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John Tompkins (1610 - 1684)

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John Tompkins
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Husband of — married in Edles Borough, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
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Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
John Tompkins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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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:

"Some secondary sources, as well as Torrey's Marriage Index, state that John Tompkins, son of this immigrant, married at Edlesborough, Bucks, on 27 August 1632 Margaret Goodman [Farr Anc 282]. This marriage is found in the Edlesborough register, and John Tompkins, son of Ralph, did have wife Margaret. However, there was a Tompkins family long established in Edlesborough, including a John Tompkins who married [blank] Hopkins in late 1609, who could have been father of the John who married there in 1632. (Edlesborough is about ten miles northeast of Wendover, and must be carefully distinguished from Ellesborough, which is immediately adjacent to Wendover on the southwest.)

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.[19] She died in Salem 8 July 1672 and he m2 in Salem in September 1673 Mary Read.[1]

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."[2]

John was born in 1608 in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England.[3][4] 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.[5] He died in Salem June 23, 1684 at age 75.[6] [7]


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration..., Boston, MA: NEHGS (2012), vol VII, p 71
  2. Tompkins discussion list Subject: Ralph and John Tompkins: from Edlesborough? Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 11:30:42 -0000
  3. Source: #S591 JOHN TOMPKINS, yeoman; married, first, Margaret Goodman Aug. 27, 1632, in Edlesborogh, Bucks, England; she died in Salem July 18, 1672; married second, Mary Read Sept. __, 1673; died June 23, 1681; his wife Mary survived him; children; I. Nathaniel; living in 1682; 2. Hannah, baptized Feb. 10, 1638-9; died young; 3. Elizabeth, baptized may 19, 1639; died young; 4. Hannah, baptized Feb. 21, 1640-1; married Hugh Joanes; 5. Sarah, baptized Jan. I, 1642-3; married John Waters; 6. John, baptized Feb. 16, 1644-5; 7. Elizabeth, born Nov. 29, 1646; 8. Mary, baptized April 19, 1649; married John Felton; 9. Deborah, baptized June 8, 1651; married Nathaniel Silsby; 10. Prescilla; married Samuel Marsh.; Vol I, pl 426
  4. Source: #S589
  5. Source: #S587 TOMKINS, John (-1681) & 2/wf Mary (____) READ, w Thomas?; Sep 1673; Salem. p. 1528. (Note that Torrey also records a marriage of TOMPKINS, John and Mary REED on November 20, 1683, in Salem, who were evidently someone else.)
  6. Source: #S591
  7. Entered by Audrey Neva, Oct 17, 2011
  • Little Compton Families: From Records Compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, (Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co, Fifth edition, 1997) Vol. II, p. 678.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. III, p. 1528. TOMPKINS, John (-1681) & 1/wf Margaret GOODMAN (-1672); Adlesborough, Bucks, 27 Aug 1632; Salem. TOMKINS, John (-1681) & 2/wf Mary (____) READ, w. Thomas?; Sep 1673; Salem.
  • Source: S587 New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. III, p. 1528. TOMPKINS, John (-1681) & 1/wf Margaret GOODMAN (-1672); Adlesborough, Bucks, 27 Aug 1632; Salem {EIHC 17:261; Reg. 61:151; Snow-Estes 2:113; Tubbs (1956) 20c; Mendell 106; Randall Anc. 434, 440, 446; Stevens-Miller 248; TAG 22:209; Brown-Parker 188; Salem 1:126; Buckinghamshire Mar. 1:30; Essex Ant. 5:173; Farr Anc. 282; Felton 245; Silsbee 7; John Marsh Gen. 9; Bond Anc. 140; Tingley-Meyers 101, 167} TOMPKINS, John (-1681) & 2/wf Mary (____) READ, w Thomas?; Sep 1673; Salem {Salem 1:426; Felton 244; Silsbee 7; EIHC 17:261; Farr Anc. 282}
  • Source: S591 A History of Salem Massachusetts, by Sidney Perley (Sidney Perley, Salem, Mass., 1924)

  • Thank you to Patricia Sage for creating WikiTree profile Thompkins-31 through the import of SAGE and beyond_2013-02-08.ged on Feb 13, 2013.
  • Thank you to Bennett Rockney for creating WikiTree profile Tompkins-620 through the import of Rockney GEDCOM.ged on Feb 16, 2013.
  • This person was created through the import of Davidson.GED on 19 March 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Tompkins-376 created through the import of RamageRice102011.ged on Oct 12, 2011 by Molly Rice.
  • Audrey Neva, firsthand knowledge. -22 Changes page] for the details of edits by Audrey and others.

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On 1 Jun 2017 at 16:45 GMT Carrie (Hensel) Lippincott wrote:

Tompkins-2085 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: I'm sorry. I accidentally made another page for John Tompkins, when I uploaded my gedcom. Could you please merge 2085 into 106, to be able to remove this error. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks, Carrie Lippincott

On 11 Sep 2016 at 07:33 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

Tompkins-1619 and Tompkins-106 are not ready to be merged because: Tompkins-1619 has a son, Nathaniel, who was born in Fairfield. Tompkins-106 lived in Salem until his death and all his children were born there. Tompkins-106 and Tompkins-1619 can't be the same person, unless the details in Tompkins-1619 are wrong.

On 10 Sep 2016 at 13:31 GMT Audrey (Di Lorenzo) Neva wrote:

Tompkins-1619 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: most info is the sam, only.Birth dates differ.

On 8 Sep 2016 at 12:51 GMT Timothy Wilder wrote:

Tompkins-1619 and Tompkins-106 are not ready to be merged because: Tompkins-1619 needs to have son Nathaniel detached first. Arguable the different Nathaniel Tompkins-500 of the Rhode Island Tompkins could be put on instead. There is no evidence they are connected, but at least it is not know to be wrong like the current Nathaniel who belongs to the Eastchester Tompkins.

On 8 Sep 2016 at 11:40 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

Tompkins-1619 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same parents and dates match. I don't see anything against a match and Tompkins-1619 has very few links.

On 2 Apr 2015 at 07:41 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Tompkins-376 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same daughter

On 27 Aug 2014 at 13:20 GMT Timothy Wilder wrote:

Before a merge, composite characters such as Thompkins-21, who combines individuals from two unrelated families, need to be removed from the children list and disposed of somehow.

On 21 Aug 2014 at 01:43 GMT Bennett Rockney wrote:

Tompkins-620 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: families - children and siblings and spouses - appear to be the same.

On 21 Aug 2014 at 01:29 GMT Bennett Rockney wrote:

Thompkins-22 and Tompkins-106 appear to represent the same person because: Families - parents, spouses, siblings - are the same. Birthdates are very close.

On 22 Jul 2014 at 19:14 GMT Timothy Wilder wrote:

Thompkins-22 and Tompkins-620 are not ready to be merged because: Different mothers and born a generation apart.

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