HUCKINS, John - I42473

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The name is variably spelled Huckins, Huckens, Hutchins, Huckings, and Huggins, although the first named form is by far the most common.

Huckins Family Crest
I. The first ancestor of the name on these shores was Thomas HUCKINS, who came over before he was of age, being first a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. As to the year of his birth, accounts differ. Strangely, several place it as 1617, at the same time stating that he was one of the assistants mentioned by Hutchinson, "elected in England on 13 May 1628," coming to America probably soon after. An extremely young “assistant" one would think.[1]

In 1637 he was in Boston, his name appearing seventh on the original muster roll of the "Military Company of Massachusetts," that year. It is said he had served as a member of the Honorable Artillery Company of London, which, he had joined 4 April 1630, in which case, again, his birth date should apparently be placed much earlier than 1617. When this military company was chartered, in 1638, his name appears sixth on the roll. He was ensign of the company the following year[2], a notable distinction for one of his years. This company was first armed with pikes, wand guns, and swamp branches. In 1658 the name was changed to "The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts," and is still in existence.

In 1640 Thomas Huckins moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, one of its first settlers, and for eight years he was a member of its board of selectmen. [3] On the list of inhabitants able to bear arms, 1643[4], his name appears, and he was made freeman 1647.[5] On 1 March 1653, he was licensed to "retail wine and strong water until the next June Court," and ten years later, on June 1, records again show him licensed as an inn keeper.

On 5 June 1667, be was appointed collector of excise duty, and three years later, collector of "minister's rates," the taxes imposed upon the inhabitants for the support of their minister. He was deputy to the court of elections and to the General Court held at Plymouth, from 1669 to 1675, and again in 1677 and 1678. He was elected member of the council of war, 5 June 1671, for the Plymouth Colony. In 1669, 1670, and 1672 be was auditor of the Colony accounts. He was in the expedition against the Indian Fort, or what is now known as Kingston, Rhode Island, in December, 1675, and was given the appointment of commissary general of the Colony forces, procuring supplies for the soldiers of the Indian Wars.[6]

Thomas Huckins was one of a number who returned to England and, under the command of Colonel William Rainsburrow, fought in the Army and cause of Parliament. Unlike many others of his comrades not so fortunate, he lived to return to America. A grant of a house lot on 3 February 1661 is recorded. He had a landing place near his house, where freight was received and shipped, and he was one of the partners, or "farmers," who hired the fisheries at Cape Cod. It, is said of him that "as a business man he perhaps had no superior in the Colony, certainly not in the town."

"He was an exemplary member of Reverend Lothrop's congregation." It is said his name appears but once on the criminal calendar, and that was when he was accused of abusing a poor servant, the court being considered the guardian of poor boys who came over here as apprentices. This accusation does not seem to have been sustained, for no fine or punishment was imposed.

In 1642, at Barnstable, Thomas Huckins married Mary, daughter of Isaac WELLES. She bore him three daughters, and died in 1648[7], being buried on 28 July. He married (2) 3 November 1648, at Nocett, Rose HILLIER, widow of Hugh Hillier, of Yarmouth. Pope, in his Pioneers of Massachusetts (246), adds the information that she was also Widow Tillye. She died in 1687, aged seventy one years.

On 9 November 1679 Thomas Huckins and his son Joseph, the latter twenty four years old, were "cast away in a vessel in a gale," and both perished. Thomas was then in his sixty second year. The inventory of his estate is found in Plymouth Colony Wills. Among his descendants is numbered Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States.[8]

CHILDREN of Thomas and Mary: [9]

  1. Lydia born 4 July 1644; died 28 July 1644.
  2. Mary, born 29 March 1646; died 24 September 1683; married 6 December 1666, Samuel Storrs. They were the parents of six daughters and one son. They resided at Mansfield, Connecticut. He married (2) 14 December 1685, Hester Egard, and had two sons and one daughter.
  3. Elizabeth, born 2 February 1648; died 4 December 1648, about four months after her mother.

CHILDREN of Thomas and Rose:

  1. John, born 2 August 1649; married Hope CHIPMAN.
  2. Thomas, born 25 April 1651; married (1) 1 May 1680, Hannah Chipman, born 14 January 1658/9, daughter of Elder John and Hope (Howland) Chipman, and sister of his brother John's wife. She died 4 November 1696, and Thomas married (2) 17 August 1698, Widow Sarah Hinckley. He was the father of three daughters and five sons by his first wife, and one child by the second. He lived in Barnstable.
  3. Hannah, born 14 October 1653; died 13 February 1727. She married 24 February 1673, James Gorham, son of Captain John and Desire (Howland) Gorham. There were ten children.
  4. Joseph, born 21 February 1655; drowned at sea with his father, 9 November 1679. He was apparently unmarried.


II. John HUCKINS, born at Barnstable, "about Ye 2 of August 1649," married 10 August 1670, Hope, daughter of Elder John CHIPMAN, and granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilly) Howland, the Mayflower Pilgrims. She was born 31 August 1652.

He was a constable of Barnstable in 1672, and commissioned commissary general in King Philip's War, 1675.[10] He died 10 November 1678, in his twenty ninth year, leaving five daughters. His widow married (2) 10 March 1682/3, Jonathan Cobb, born 10 April 1660, son of Henry Cobb and his second wife, Sarah Hinckley. Through this marriage is descended General Adolphus Washington Greeley, famous soldier and Arctic explorer.[11]

Hope Cobb died 26 July 1728, and her husband, Deacon Jonathan Cobb, a few days after, on 5 August 172.8, aged sixty eight. Both are buried in Old Cemetery at the Green, Middleboro, Massachusetts.[12]

CHILDREN of John and Hope:[13]

  1. Elizabeth, born 1 October 1671; married John LEWIS.
  2. Mary, born 3 April 1673; married 1690, Nathan Bassett, born 1667, son of William and Mary (Rainsford) Bassett, and grandson of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett. They lived in Chilmark, Massachusetts, where she died 16 November 1743, and he the same year, in his 77th year of age. There were eight sons and four daughters.[14]
  3. Experience, born 4 June 1675; married 28 September 1699, Thomas Lewis.
  4. Hope, born 10 May 1677; married 24 March 1697, Thomas Nelson.
  5. Mehitable, (not on Barnstable records, but mentioned in settlements of father's and grandfather's estates).[15]

CHILDREN of Jonathan Cobb and Hope:[16]

  1. Samuel, born 23 February 1683.
  2. Jonathan, born 26 April 1686.
  3. Ebenezer, born 10 April 1688.
  4. Joseph, born 24 August 1690.
  5. Lydia, born 17 January 1692.

Elizabeth HUCKINS

III. '''Elizabeth HUCKINS''', born 1 October 1671, at Barnstable, Massachusetts, married 4 June 1695, '''John LEWIS''', born 1 January 1666.

For continuation of this family line please see the LEWIS biography.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


  1. (Smith with Collatteral Lines, Hannah S. Barnes, 2 8.)
  2. (History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts 1: 28)
  3. (Ibid. 1: 28.)
  4. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4: 255)
  5. (Smith with Collateral Lines, 2 8.)
  6. (New Hampshire Genealogies, Stearns , 3: 1439.)
  7. (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 2: 423)
  8. (History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts 1: 28.)
  9. (Barnstable Town Records, Mayfiower Descendant, vols. 5, 6, 10, 12, 24, etc.)
  10. (Smith with Collateral Lines, 30.)
  11. (Smith with Collateral Lines, 25.)
  12. (Genealogicd Quarterly, 1903, 170.)
  13. (Mayflower Descendant 6: 103; 24:179.)
  14. (Chilmark Vital Records.)
  15. (Mayflower Pescendant 24: 179.)
  16. (Mayflower Descendant 3: 149.)