Mathew Beckwith1

(circa 1614 - between 20 September 1681 and 8 June 1682)

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Relationship8th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Corkum
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Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildMathew Beckwith was born circa 1614. The only reference to a possible birth date for Matthew was made by the Rev. Simon Bradstreet who stated Mathew was "about seventy" at his death in 1682. It could be noted that since Mathew was apparently not a member of Bradstreet's church, would mean "Bradstreet had only conjectural knowledge of his age". Matthew was excused from military training in 1673; this was usually done when men turned 60 years old which would suggest a birth year of 1613.2
GroomHe married Mary circa 1643 in Connecticut Colony, New England. Probate records name the widow of Matthew Becket as Mrs. Mary Becket... clarifying the name of Matthew's wife which has often been given incorrectly as Elizabeth.3,1
DeceasedHe died between 20 September 1681 and 8 June 1682 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. These are dates recorded with his name in New London... he filed a complaint against a John Robbins on the earlier date and the second date is that of the session in which his after-death inventory was presented to the court.
     Rev. Simon Bradstreet records that "Oct. 21 1680. Matthew Becket Senr, aged about 70, missing his way in a very dark night, fell from a Ledge of Rocks about 20 or 30 foot high, and beat out his braines against a stone he fell vpon. Another man yt was wthin a yard of ye place, but by gods Provide came not to such and end. Let him & all nearly concern you, every one make a good vse of such and awful & solemne Provid'e"... but 1680 would be inconsistent with the court records cited above. Caulkins History of New London gives the date of 13 Dec 1681 which would fall in the right time-frame, but others dispute the specificity saying the exact date cannot be found.2,4,5

Children with Mary:

Immigrant Ancestor

Circa 1639, Mathew Beckwith arrived in Hartford, Connecticut Colony, New England. "the first authentic record of Matthew Beckwith is at Hartford in 1639. (2 Feb 1639 - in a deed describing property abutting his; 1 Aug 1639 when he, and four others, was fined for "unreasnoable and immoderate drinking at the pinnace".) He probably was of Hartford until he removed to New London in 1652..."6,7

Residences and Censuses

In 1652, Mathew Beckwith resided in New London, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Mathew settled in the Niantic district, close to the eastern boundary of Lyme.7

Sources - Citations

  1. [S957] "Genealogical", Boston Evening Transcript, (1911-1914), Boston, Massachusetts 1928:Feb 27:5635; names, relationships, dates, (Digitized copies of complete page, archived by American Ancestors )
  2. [S957] Various, ”Transcript - Genealogy Columns”, 1911-1914, 1927:Oct:3:5635; names, relationships, dates, Bradstreet quote, age at death and date excused from military training.
  3. [S957] Various, ”Transcript - Genealogy Columns”, 1911-1914, 1917:Jan:15:6017; names, relationships, dates; clarifies given name.
  4. [S954] New England Historic Genealogical Register (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-), 9(1855):50: Bradstreet's Journal.
  5. [S649] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, Connecticut. From the First Survey of the Coast in 1612, to 1860 (New London, Connecticut: H.D. Utley, 1895), pg. 298; date of 13 Dec 1681.
  6. [S957] Various, ”Transcript - Genealogy Columns”, 1911-1914, 1917:Jan:15:6017; names, relationships, dates;.
  7. [S957] Various, ”Transcript - Genealogy Columns”, 1911-1914, 1915:May:5:1391; names, relationships, dates;.
  8. [S957] Various, ”Transcript - Genealogy Columns”, 1911-1914, 1923:Apr 2:2067; names, relationships, dates.
Last Edited8 Dec 2017

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