This is a excerpt of a letter a Tinker cousin/family historian sent me years ago.
ď I believe the TINKERS come from the immigrant John of whom some generations of descendants are known in Connecticut . But I donít know a certain link and have no facts earlier than Capt. Jonathan. He had a brother (twin perhaps) Capt. James who lived in West Tremont (on MDI) both brothers married Daws sisters, Eunice is assumed to be a sister. Perhaps they were sons of a Jonathan. One story calls, Jonathan TINKER a half brother of John Tinker of Ellsworth.
Most of what I have on TINKER+DAWS was pieced together by me years ago from bits that turned up from here and there. Records are very scanty. All needs substantiation. There are stories which I canít accept as fact...The only TINKER named in MDI c/1790 is David, who sold land, West Tremont, with Rebecca ? 1789 (he yeoman, she widow) She re-married soon and at that time and was of Robinson Island. Iíve assumed David was Rebeccaís stepson and she was the mother of the three we know. But I am alone in my thinking, probably. The father of all would be an earlier John/Jonathan. John was a petitioner Deer Island 1762 and was at the first town meeting Mount Desert 1776. I think he was the original town settler and the husband and father. But there is much uncertainty and lack of information.Ē
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