Thomas Huckins



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Thomas Huckins Immigrant Ancestor see FAMILY TREE (Brooke)

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Born: Abt. 1617 England


Married to Mary Welles  1642

Married to Rose 03 Nov 1648 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA


Died: 09 Nov 1679  At Sea




1st Mary Welles or Wells

2nd Rose  b. Abt. 1616

          d. 1687 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA

CHILDREN with Mary Welles

1. Mary Huckins b. 29 Mar 1646

2. Lydia Huckins b. 04 Jul 1644

3. Elizabeth Huckins b. 27 Feb 1647

CHILDREN with  Rose

1. John Huckins b. 02 Aug 1649

2. Thomas Huckins b. 25 April 1651

3. Hannah Huckins b. 14 Oct 1653

4. Joseph Huckins b. 21 Feb 1656


From Amos Otis, "Genealogical notes of Barnstable families," 1888, Thomas Huckins came over before 21 years of age and resided in the vicinity of Boston; member of the Ancient and honorable Artillery company and bore its standard, 1639. - He was a member of Mr. Lothrop's church and he was one of the tolerant element of that church. "The criminal calendar records only one charge affecting his moral character. He is charged with having abused a poor servant. No details are given, and no opinion can be formed of the heinousness of the offence. Mr. Huckins was only required to pay the expenses, as he was obliged to do as the boy's master; no fine nor punishment being imposed on him." He was a large landowner; and captain of the packet. He and his son Jospeh were cast away in his vessel and perished in a gale. Nov. 9, 1679.

"Mr. Huckins had a landing place or wharf near his house, where he discharged and received freights. He was one of the 'farmers' or partners that hired the Cape Cod fisheries. In 1670 considerable quantities of tar were manufactured in the colony, and he was appointed one of the purchasers." Oct 4, 1675"

"March 1, 1653, he was licensed to sell wines and strong waters until the next June court. He had probably been authorized to keep an ordinary, or public house, during the previous ten years. He was for several years receiver of the excise imposed on the importation of wines and liquors and powder and shot. In the last mentioned year, he was captain of the packet, and he brought into the town for himself 35 gallons of wine and 9 of brandy, besides liquors and powder and shot for other persons. Mr. Otis says: After the death of Mr. Lothrop the Barnstable church ceased to act in harmony. Mr. Huckins adhered to the party that invited Mr. William sergeant to become the pastor. This faction belonged to the political party that in 1656 had become dominant in the colony, and had adopted the narrow sectarian policy that had always ruled in Massachusetts. That Mr. Huckins adopted the intolerant policy of the party to which he belonged does not appear. Though constable in 1657, he lived on friendly terms with his neighbor Nicholas Davis (of Quaker sympathies), and as the notorious Barlow of Sandwich was employed to search the house of Davis, it may be inferred that Huckins declined to act officially in the case. In 1662, Mr. Huckins cordially united with the other factions of the church in the settlement of Mr. Walley, a man of peace and an able advocate of the 'tolerant principles of the Rev. Mr. Lothrop.' He was a large land owner.

"When Mr. Huckins settled there, a stream of fresh water run all the year on the south of his house, through a morass impassable by teams. In this isolated spot he kept an ordinary, as taverns were then called, for the accommodation of travellers. It is however to be presumed that the lovers of 'strongwater' knew the paths that lead to his house."

Amos Otis says "Mr Thomas Huckins married for his first wife, in 1642, Mary, daughter of Isaac Wells of Barnstable." A genealogy by Albert Welles, 1876, claims Mary was the third child of Joseph Welles and she was taken with her father to America in 1635. She moved to Barnstable with her brother Isaac in 1640, where she lived. Both genealogies assign the same date of birth and date of death. They both say she married Thomas Huckins of Barnstable. Joseph Welles was from Colchester, Essex County, England, born about 1595 and emigrated to America in 1635. He may have travelled to America with his brother Richard on the ship Globe. He had three children, Isaac Welles born about 1618, Edward born about 1620 and Mary. This Isaac Welles, brother to Mary, is not stated as being born at the same time as the Isaac Wells which Amos Otis says is Mary's father. There must have been two Isaac Wells.

Amos Otis says the daughter, Mary, married Samuel Storrs and resided on the Dexter farm at Scorton Hill.

Both Chase (Chuck) Jackson Brooke and Susan White Brooke are related to Thomas Huckins which makes Chuck and Susan tenth cousins once removed. Chuck is descended through the first wife, Mary Welles. Susan is descended from the second wife, Rose. And Chuck is descended again through Deborah Hillier, daughter of Rose from her first marriage.