Saturday, September 16, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ HUCKINS of Barnstable, Massachusetts


Thomas Huckins, my 9th great grandfather, first appears as a member of the “Military Company of Massachusetts” muster roll in 1637 in Boston.  In 1659 this company became known as “The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts”, which still exists.  He was the 6th man  (out of 23 original members) to sign the muster in 1638, and was an ensign in 1639.

By 1640 he removed to Barnstable on Cape Cod as one of the first settlers in town.  He was a freeman in Barnstable in 1647 and was granted a house lot in 1661. Over the years he held many civil positions including tax collector,  representative to the General Court, selectman, and a member of the Council of War in 1671.  He was in the military expedition to Kingston, Rhode Island in December 1675.

Thomas Huckins was a member of Rev. Lothrop’s church.  In 1642 he married first to Mary Wells, who died in July 1648.  His second wife was the widow Rose Hyllier, who was my 9th great grandmother.  He was accused of abusing a servant, but no fine was paid.

Thomas died at sea in 1679 when his vessel sank with his son, Joseph Huckins aboard, too. The records read “Mr. Thomas Huckens was cast away ye 9 of Nvemb 1679 & died in ye 62 year of is age. His Son Joseph Lost with him at ye Same time aged 24 years 1679”  [“Barnstable Mass Vital Records”, Mayflower Descendant, Volume 6, No. 3, July 1904].

Thomas Huckins, Jr., my 8th great grandfather, was a carpenter and farmer in Barnstable.  He married Hannah Chipman in 1680 as his first wife (my 8th great grandmother), and took a second wife, Sarah Pope, widow of Samuel Hinckley in 1698. His daughter, Hope Huckins (1689 – after 1730), is my 7th great grandmother, who lived in Barnstable with her husband, Benjamin Hamblin, and had four children, and two more children with her second husband, Ebenezer Childs.

President Rutherford B. Hayes was a descendant of Thomas Huckins.

Some HUCKINS resources:

The History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Volume 1, page 28

Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, by Amos Otis, 1888, Volume 1, pages 58 - 63 [available online at]

My HUCKINS genealogy:

Generation 1:    Thomas Huckins, born in Dorsetshire, England, died at sea 9 November 1679; married first about 1642 in Barnstable, Massachusetts to Mary Wells.  She was born about 1624 in England and died on 28 July 1648 in Barnstable (she gave Thomas three daughters).  He married second on 3 November 1648 in Barnstable to Rose Unknown who was the wife of Hugh Tilley.  She gave him four children.

Generation 2:  Thomas Huckins, born 25 April 1651 in Barnstable, died before 15 October 1714 in Barnstable; married first to Hannah Chipman, daughter of John Chipman and Hope Howland.  She was born 14 January 1659 in Plymouth and died 4 November 1696 in Barnstable (nine children).  He married second to Sarah Pope, the widow of Samuel Hinckley (one daughter).

Generation 3:  Hope Huckins, born 21 September 1689 in Barnstable, died after 4 January 1730 in Barnstable;  married first on 29 May 1709 to Benjamin Hamblin, son of John Hamblin and Sarah Bearse.  He was born on 11 February 1687 in Barnstable, and died before 29 May 1718 (four children).  Hope married second to Ebenezer Childs, son of Richard Childs and Elizabeth Crocker, born March 1691 in Barnstable, and died 17 January 1756 in Barnstable (2 children).

Generation 4:  Hannah Hamblin m. Jonathan Crosby
Generation 5: Ebenezer Crosby m. Elizabeth Robinson
Generation 6: Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
Generation 7.  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 8.  Mary Etta Healy m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 9. Florence Etta Healey m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ HUCKINS of Barnstable, Massachusetts”,  Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 16, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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