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Dea. Hugh Calkins

Male about 1603 - 1690  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Hugh Calkins 
    Prefix Dea. 
    Born about 1603  Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 8 April 1603  St. Peter’s Church, Waverton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died June 1690  Norwich, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From Frances Manwaring’s History of Norwich, Connecticut:
      Hugh Calkins (or Caulkins*) was one of a body of emigrants, called the Welsh Company, that came to New England in 1640, from Chepstow in Monmouthshire, on the border of Wales, with their minister, the Rev. Mr. Blinman. The larger portion of this company settled first at Marshfield, but soon transferred their residence to Gloucester, upon the rough promontory of Cape Ann. From thence, after eight years of experiment, most of them removed to New London, hoping probably to find lands more arable and productive, and allured also by affectionate attachment to Mr. Blinman, whom Mr. Winthrop had invited to his plantation.
      Hugh Calkins was, in 1650, deputy from Gloucester to the General Court of Massachusetts, and chosen again in 1651, but removing early in that year to New London, the vacancy was filled by another election.
      While living at New London, he was chosen twelve times deputy to the Connecticut Assembly, (the elections being semi-annual.) and was one of the townsmen, or select-men, invariably, from 1652 till he removed to Norwich.
      From Norwich he was deputy at ten sessions of the Legislature, between March, 1663, and October, 1671, and was one of the first deacons of the Norwich church. At each of the three towns in which he was an early settler and proprietor, he was largely employed in public business, being usually appointed one of committees for consultation, for fortifying, drafting soldiers, settling difficulties, and particularly for surveying lands and determining boundaries. These offices imply a considerable range of information, as well as activity and executive talent, yet he seems to have had no early education, uniformly making only a bold H for his signature.
      In a deposition made in 1672, he stated that he was then 72 years of age. The year 1600 may therefore be taken as the date of his birth. Of his wife, we only know that her name was Ann. Six children have been traced, four of whom were probably born before the emigration to this country.

      From Cutter’s Families of Massachuetts:
      Hugh Calkins was a radical, in religion a non-conformist, and living in the troublous times of Charles, the First, soon became satisfied that there were safer countries than England and Wales—for men who wished to worship God according to the dicatates of their own consciences. Accordingly, he with his wife, Ann, and John, their son, then four years old, joined a body of emigrants called the ‘Welch Conspany,’ and with their pastor, Rev. Richard Blinman, embarked and came to America, about 1638 or 1640. They settled first at Green’s Harbor (now Marshfield) in New Plymouth colony, but religious dissentions arising, Mr. Blinman, Hugh Calkins and others removed to Gloucester. Hugh Calkins became one of the first board of selectmen, and in 1650 was chosen deputy to the general court of Massachusetts Bay colony. He was chosen again in 1651, but for some reason he and others removed in that year to Connecticut colony, some say to Saybrook, but he could not have remained there long, as he was soon in New London. The Connecticut colonial records show that Hugh Calkins was deputy at the general court from New London, May 20 1652. In all, he served twelve times as deputy from New London. By order of the general court, held October 3, 1654, Hugh and another were appointed a committee for enlisting men to fight the Naragansett Indians. The records also show that he was a deputy magistrate. In 1660 he again changed his residence to the place where the city of Norwich now stands, then a wilderness and owned by the Mohegan Indians. Just previously a treaty had been concluded, by and between the celebrated major Mason and others with the Mohegan chiefs, by which a tract of land nine miles square around Norwich was ceded to the whites, for the sum of seventy pounds sterling. Hugh and his son, John, were of the thirty-five original proprietors. Hugh appears in the colonial records as a deputy from Norwich to the general court, ten times. He was an active worker there in all measures for the public good; and also at home constantly identified with public interests. He was a deacon in the first churcth built in Norwich.

      Freeman 27 Dec 1642 in Gloucester, selectman 1643-48, rep. 1650-52. In New London, selectman, rep., and town clerk. In Norwich, first deacon, rep.

      Hugh came to this country about 1640, stopped at Marshfield for a short season, then removed to Lynn, Mass., thence to New London about 1652, and finally to Norwich, Conn., about 1659. [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I6399  Schirado
    Last Modified 11 June 2013 

    Father Rowland Calkin,   d. between 1625 and 1637, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ellen Payne,   d. August 1605, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 June 1597  St. Peter’s Church, Waverton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F61500  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Ann,   b. about 1605,   d. June 1688, Norwich, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Calkins,   b. about 1627, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 October 1683, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
    +2. Mary Calkins,   b. about 1629, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 November 1717, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
     3. Rebecca Calkins,   b. about 1631, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 January 1651, Gloucester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years)
    +4. John Calkins,   b. about 1634, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. January 1702/3, Norwich, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     5. Deborah Calkins,   b. about 1639, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. October 1639, Waverton, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +6. David Calkins,   b. 3 November 1639, Gloucester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 November 1717, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +7. Deborah Calkins,   b. 18 March 1645, Gloucester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 November 1717, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Family ID F4579  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] William Richard Cutter, (Lewis Hist. Publ., New York, 1910).

    2. [S9] Joseph Savage, (Little Brown, Boston, 1860).

    3. [S249] John Homer Bliss, (Boston, 1881).


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