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Re: Seeking ancestors of John Elderkin
Posted by: Doug Smith Date: December 08, 1999 at 17:10:43
In Reply to: Seeking ancestors of John Elderkin by Kreg R DeGroff of 140

I, too, would like to know the ancestors of John ELDERKIN. Here is what I have on John from various sources:

from the Genealogy of the Elderkin Families by Dyer White Elderkin, 1884:
John Elderkin, the ancestor of the family and the progenitor of all who bear the name in this country, came to New England and was first heard of in Lynn, MA in 1637. He was at Dedham, MA in 1641, Reading, MA in 1646, Providence, RI in 1648, and New London, CT in 1651. At all these places , it is said, he built a corn mill; and at New London a church. In 1663, he moved to Norwich, CT where he built the first mill and church erected in that town. In 1664, he moved to Killingworth, CT where he also built a mill on the Manunkatesk River. He returned to Norwich where he died 13 June 1687, aged 75 years. His first wife's given name was Abigail; when and where married and the date of her death is unknown.

from the History of New London by F.M. Caulkins, 1895:
..."John Elderkin was a mill-wright, ship-wright and house-carpenter, and the general contractor for the building of the mills, bridges and meeting-houses in New London, Norwich and the settlements in their vicinity, for a period of thirty-five years. He had been engaged in the same line in Massachusetts, before he came to Pequot: and can be traced as a resident in various places, pursuing these occupations. In a deposition of 1672, he states his age to be fifty-six, and that he came to New London the same year that Mr. Bliman's Company came. This was early in 1651, when the town mill was built. He built not only the first meeting house in New London, but the second. Mr. Elderkin was apparently a married man when he came to New London: he was at least a householder and this supposes a family. But of this wife or of children by her there is no account on record. He married after 1657, Widow Elizabeth Gaylord, of Windsor, and by her had several children. She had also two children by her first husband. Mr. Elderkin died at Norwich, June 23d, 1687; Elizabeth, his relict, June 8th, 1716, aged ninety-five." [NOTE: age 95 is obviously an error that is repeated in other accounts.]

I have his first wife as Abigail KINGSLAND and his second as Elizabeth DRAKE, widow of William GAYLORD and dau. of John and Elizabeth (ROGERS) DRAKE.

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