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Edward Larkin (abt. 1615 - 1652)

Edward Larkin
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1638 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Sep 2010
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Disputed Parents

Alleged parents John Larkin and wife Mehitable removed.


Edward Larkin. [1] [2][3][4][5][6] Source:


Born 1603 Estimate or citation needed
About 1615'

1603 England[3][4]


23 7m 1639 admitted to Charlestown Church.[7]


Arrival 1640 Charlestown, Massachusetts. [6]


1.EDWARD1 LARKIN married JOANNA BUTLER 1635 in Massachusetts. She was born 1616 in England, and died January 27, 1685/86 in Charlestown,Mass. [8]

Husband: Edward Larkin
Wife: Joanna Hale
Date: 11 Mar 1638
Place: Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts,

Married Joanna. She married 2nd John Penticost.[9]

Husband Edward Larkin. Wife Joanna Hale. Marriage 1635 MA


Wheelmaker, [9]


02 JUN 1652. Suffolk County, Massachusetts[2][3][5]

Date: before 2 Jun 1652 (will presented)
Place: Suffolk County, Massachusetts,
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts,



1652 Middlesex, Massachusetts, Inventory 14th day 11th Month 1651[2]

Will of Edward Larkin

Dated 15 of 7th?month, 1651 Legatees: wife Joan Larkin, eldest son John Larkin, son Thomas and daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna and "the child with which my wife now goes and is bigg with"[10]

"I Edward Larkin being weake in body yitt having perfitt memory and understanding doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. Imprimis I comitt my soule to God who made it and gave it And I only rely and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, I comitt my body to be decently buried - I also give and bequeath untoo my beloved wife Jone Larkin A full third part of my estate; it being rightly valued, to be first deducted, and more I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jone Larkin the full sume of five pounds likewise to be first deducted out of my estate: And those twoo parts to remaine with my whole estate in her hands untill the tyme of the division of my estate and payment of my childrens portions as hereunder is specified. I also give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Larkin a dubbell portion of my estate after my wife has hers out of the whole and my will is that my Son John shall let his portion remaine in my wifes hands untill he bee twenty and one year old, and then my wife with the other executor to pay his portion to him upon demand: but he or any of my children else doe dye before they have received their portions then it to be equally divided to my wife and the other children who remaine then alive: provided alsoe that if the Lord shall please to take away my wife by death before the childrens portions bee payed then my will is and I desire the Deacons of our Church to joyne with the other executor to so order and dispose of that portions wh. I bequeath to my children as may bee most advantagious to their benefitt untill they have them payed unto themm, Alsoe if my wife shall marry before the legacies be payed then my will is that he whom she marries and she shall retaine the legacies in their hands till the due tyme afore mentioned provided they put in sufficient security that the childrens portions may bee preserved for them. As for my son Thomas and my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna and the child with which my wife now goes and is bigg with: I doe hereby will and bequeath unto each of them a equall portion of my estate which remains after my wife and son John have theirs to be payed them by my executors if they live or by the Deacons (of said Church then being) at their Ages of twenty years: but as before if any of them Decease in the mean tyme then the survivors or survivor to have it divided equally amongst them or given to him or her if only surviving."
Witnesses John Greene Edward Larkin.
John Penticost.
This will was presented to ye Court ye 6th of ye (2) 1652 and by them accepted uppon record. p. me Tho. Danforth, Recorder.
A true copy. Attest. W. E. Rogers. Asst. Register.
Codicil. "As for my daughter Hanna whom my beloved brother and sister Penticost have taken into their hands to keep and provide for I doe give and bequeath unto her ten shillings to be layed out in good books for her at her age of eighteen years to bee delivered unto her. And I Edward Larkin doe entreat my beloved brother Robert Hale to joine with my beloved wife Jone Larkin and to bee my full and sole executors of this my last will and Testament the day and date before written."


It is recorded by Wyman[9] that Edward Larkin married Joanna in 1639 and had six children born at Charlestown, Mass....
  1. John baptized 10th 1st m 1640 (Mar 10, 1640)[11]; Married 1664, Nov. 9, Joanna Hale, daughter of deacon Robert and Rebecca Cutter Hale. He died 1678, of small pox. He was a wood turner and had a house and marsh at the Mill Pond. He had a "dubbel portion" by his father's will.
  2. Sarah bp 4 Sep 1641[12]
  3. Elizabeth Born 5 7th month 1641, (Sept. 5, 1641)[11]. Married, 1666, John Newton.
  4. Hannah Born 16 1st month 1643, (Mar. 16 1643)[11]. Married, 1665, John Newell. "Taken by brother and Sister Penticost to keep and provide for." (Edward Larkin's will.)
  5. Thomas Born 18 8th month 1644 (1644 Oct. 18) . Married (no record); Died 1676, May 20. : Note. Phipps burying Ground has a gravestone marked Thomas Larkin, died 1677, Dec. 11 (Thomas s/o Thomas & Elizabeth)[11].
  6. Joannah Born 1645/6, Feb 18. (?). Married 1668 Moses Newton.
  7. Sarah Born 12 1st month 1647, (Mar. 12 1647).[11] Married 1663 John Wheeler.
  8. Posthumous child. See will of Edward Larkin.

Research notes

Possible baptism: 30 OCT 1603. Frant, Sussex, England[1][13]

Savage confuses daughter Joanna with Edward's widow Joanna:

Joanna Larkin, widow of Edward, married Moses Newton, and land records show that she was the owner of a considerable estate. Her son, John Larkin, married Joanna Hale at Charlestown on November 9, 1644,Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, by James

Savage, Vol. 2, p. 330.22 and on April 15, 1694,

Savage also mistakenly identifies Edward of RI as the son of Edward of Charlestown:

Edward, son of the first Edward Larkin, married Elizabeth Hall at Charlestown, Savage, Vol. 2, pp. 580 and 591

Pioneer Irish in New England Chapter XIII page 210[14] The first of the name recorded in Massachusetts was Edward Larkin, wheelmaker, who was admitted an inhabitant at Charlestown on May 30, 1638, and in that year he was the owner of lands and houses scituate within Charle-towne limites.Charlestown Land Records, in Boston Town Books, Vol. 3, p. 43.19

Edward Larkin of Charletowne, Turner, sold to John Gove a house, yeard and garden at Charletowne,Ibid., p. 106.20 and on November 26th of the same year Francis Willoughby sold to Edward Larkin a parcell of ground on the Charles River in Charletowne.Ibid., p. 112.21

Thomas, married Elizabeth Miles at that place on June 8, 1674.Savage, Vol. 2, pp. 580 and 591.24 Edward, John and Thomas Larkin appear in the records of the First Church at Charlestown between 1639 and 1675, and down to the end of the eighteenth century there are approximately one hundred entries of Larkins among Charlestown births and marriages. In Wymans Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, there is an extensive genealogy of the descendants of Edward Larkin, which brings the family records down to the early part of the nineteenth [p.211]century, and which also shows that many of them were prominent and substantial people.


  1. 1.0 1.1 England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015; Probate records 1648--1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts); Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Middlesex County); Probate Place: Middlesex, Massachusetts File
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #32696054 NO Burial, NO Photo, NO Value
  4. 4.0 4.1 Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Publication: Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;
  5. 5.0 5.1 U.S., Craftperson Files, 1600-1995 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;
  6. 6.0 6.1 U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Publication: Name: Operations, Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1640; Page Number: 17
  7. "The First Record-Book of the First Church in Charlestown, Mass." New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 23:279. Boston: NEHGS, 1869
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wyman, Thomas Bellows. The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818. K-Z. Boston:David Clapp and Son, 1879."
  10. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized images provided by Case 13609: Will.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Vital Record of Charlestown Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1850. Vol I. Boston: NEHGS, 1984.
  12. Charlestown Church records
  13. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch ( : 14 March 2020), Edward Larkin, 1603.
  14. O'Brien, Michael Joseph, 1870-1960. Pioneer Irish In New England. New York: P.J. Kenedy & sons, 1937 Page 210.
  • The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) Douglas Richardson. "The Probably English Origin of John Penticost of Charlestown, Massachusetts" Vo. 62 (1987) pp 118-120.subscriber$
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) Copied by Mr. David Pulsifer "Early Records of Boston" Vol. 4, p. 268.subscribers
  • Dean Crawford Smith, Melinde Lutz Sanborn. "The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908" New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA (1996). Vol. 3, pp 290-297.see at
  • "Records of the First Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1632-1789" Printed for J. F. Hunnewell by D. Clapp & son, Boston (1880). p. 9.see at
  • Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff. "Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Printed by order of the legislature." W. White, printer to the commonwealth, Boston (1853). p. 376.see at
  • New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. Vol. 2, p. 922. (check sources)subscription needed

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Added full citations of sources from GM Directory - including links to sources. So it's ready for someone with NEHGS membership to write a biography with inline citations.

Thank you.

I think this profile needs to be upgraded... I see some PGM project non-recommended sources are cited in the biography. PGM Directory sources are listed under Research Notes. Additional research notes need to be reviewed and perhaps included in the biography.

Also, see comment below that needs to be answered.

Could one of the profile managers do this work? Or, if not, perhaps one of the PGM group members would like to take this on... Thanks.

The following came to the project via private message. It really belongs here:

"Can you please cite the primary source for the surname of Edwards wife Joanna? Also, what is the source for claim that she married John Pentecost in 1652? Thanks"

posted by Jillaine Smith
Is the wife documented to be Joanna Hale? Anderson TMG Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 Vol I-III:837 (found here at American Ancestors reads, "...Joanna Hale, sister of Robert Hale, may have been the wife of Edward Larkin..."

Can we restore PPP to avoid conflation with Edward Larkin of Rhode Island which profile is also being worked on by another person at the same time.

Edit: sorry, I see the PPP is replaced--somehow missed it.

posted by T Stanton
edited by T Stanton
Since Edward’s origins are unknown, does it make sense to keep the attached coat of arms?
posted by M Cole
Edward is PP. Could a leader disconnect son Edward and daughter Anne. They belong to another line. I'll put them where they belong.

I'm going to work on cleaning up this profile and integrate the cut and paste pieces. There's definitely some conflation with Edward Larkin of Rhode Island that needs to be sorted out. Thank you!

posted by M Cole
Ppp temporarily removed. Do what you need to do.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Thank you. Done. PPP can be restored
posted by M Cole
Ppp restored


posted by Jillaine Smith
The linked-to online tree is referring not to an Edward Larkin but to a John Larkin. Not sure what the relevance is. Please clarify, Loren.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Loren, why are you making this same comment on so many profiles? If there are flaws, please be more specific so they may be able to be fixed. Thank you.
nice tree, tho possibly flawed in places...

posted by Loren Fay
Sent as a private message:

Elizabeth Brock Larkin's "Edward Larkin of Rhode Island", @2004 points out that there where two Edward Larkins in early New England. One settled in MA, the other in RI. I wonder if this profile has them mingled and needs to be sorted out.

posted by Anne B
Always remember Jeanie that Torrey simply gathered information from all available sources without being critical. He often repeats errors found in old sources. Torrey cannot be trusted in matters of controversy without checking his underlying sources.
posted by Joe Cochoit
The following was found in WikiG2G

What is the relationship of Joanna Butler Larkin to Joanna Hale Larkin Pentecost?

Maybe you've already read this source: [Joanna Larkin] was the widow of EDWARD LARKIN. Some historians say that she married John Penticost after Edward's death, but this is not correct. John Penticost married a Joanna Larkin in 1639, two years after Edward & Joanna (Butler) Larkin were married. The Joanna Larkin that John Penticost married was probably Edward's sister.

If this is true, it seems that Joanna Butler Larkin's father is John Butler III and her mother is Jane Elliot and then we have a lot of information about this family.

Is there anyway to find out if these are two different women?

Answer The issue your running into,there are many Joanna Hale,Joanna Butler, The only info online is some Researcher that wrote a publication. Seldom giving hard facts.Unless they have Wills,Tax records and Church marriage records.These two ladies could even been cousins,in a different line of there Surname family.Sorry i could not help.If you wish keep looking.

posted by Stu Wilson
This profile def. needs some solid research and citations. Torrey says Joanna m. 2nd Pentecost, but bio here says she m. Moses Newton.
Joanna Hale is the name of the son's (John) wife not the name of Joanna who married Edward.
Elizabeth Brock Larkin's "Edward Larkin of Rhode Island", @2004 points out that there where two Edward Larkins in early New England. One settled in MA, the other in RI. I think this profile has them mingled and needs to be sorted out.
posted by Stu Wilson
Removing headstone image. It is not of this person and the photographer specifically says not to use without asking permission, no permission listed on image page.
posted by Anne B