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Torrey records a different John Tomkins also of Salem, whose second wife was Mary Reed (1653-).
Recent research (see below) indicates that this John Tomkins was not from Edlesborough and his wife Margaret was not Margaret Goodman. Most genealogies will, however, include those two items, and it is the same person in Massachussets, but not the contemporary John Tomkins who remained in Edlesborough, England. Anderson (2012, p 71) reports:
Also this John Tompkins was a different person than the John Tompkins of Concord who settled in Eastchester. The two are confused in traditional genealogies because of a speculation by James Savage (A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England).
John Tompkins was born in England, about (say) 1610.
From Anderson (p 71): John Tompkins, b abt 1609; m1 by 1636 Margaret ____ (25 Dec 1636 division of Salem land indicates John had a household of two. She died in Salem 8 July 1672 and he m2 in Salem in September 1673 Mary Read.
A John Tomkins married Margaret Goodman at Edlesborough, England on August 27, 1632, but the John Tompkins of this record (Tompkins-106) was in Massachussets by March 20, 1636 when he was promised admission to the Salem church upon obtaining release somewhere else. He received a grant of land in Salem on August 22, 1663. The Tompkins were not always in harmony with the leaders of the community. In 1653 John Tompkins wife was fined for wearing a silk hood, and John was fined in 1679 for refusing to take the oath as tythingman. He married second Mary Read. An inventory of his estate was made June 30, 1681 and administration was granted to his widow Mary. His children are mentioned in this order: Nathaniel, John, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Deborah and Priscilla Tompkins.
The identity of John Tompkins first wife is problematic. Matthew Tompkins, a researcher in England examined all the Tomkins entries in the Edlesborough registry for the 17th century. He reported "There was clearly at least one John Tomkins living in Edlesborough at the time when the American one was living in Massachusetts." and that "I think the only reasonable interpretation of the entries in 1632, 1633/4, 1655 and 1664/5 is that they all relate to the same man. If so, then it is certain that the Massachusetts John did not come from Edlesborough, and his wife was not Margaret Goodman."
John was born in 1608 in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. John Thompkins married Margaret Goodman, daughter of John Goodman, on August 1632, in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. He married the widow Mary Read September 1673 in Salem, Massachusetts. He died in Salem June 23, 1684 at age 75. 
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