Thomas Wilkins, son of Bray Wilkins and Hannah Way, was
baptized May 16, 1647 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Ma. and
died in 1717 in Salem, Essex County, Ma. He married Hannah
Nichols, daughter of William Nichols and Mary Southwick.
She was born ca 1646 and died after 1718.
#1 Thomas died intestate. An inventory of his estate was
taken on Dec. 2, 1717 and within the various papers involved
with the estate mentioned are his wife Hannah and sons Thomas, Isaac, and Joseph. LDS FHL Microfilm #087127 of the
Essex County, Ma. Probate Records Vol. 312 pgs. 117, 154, 322/3.
#2 Due to the fact Thomas died without a will, it has been
very difficult to determine who was Thomas and Hannah's
children. David L. Greene, Ph.D., F.A.S.G., C.G. wrote an
article, in Jan. of 1984, in Vol. 60 of The American Genealogist about "Bray Wilkins of Salem Village, Ma.and his
children." On pages 14-18 and on pages 111-113, he gives a
good argument utilizing deductive reasoning and preponderance of the evidence as to whom all might be Thomas
and Hannah's children. As of this writing, I have neither
any evidence or documentation to argue otherwise with him
plus I can understand as to how he came to his conclusions,
so for the moment, I am going to list the children he named
as Thomas and Hannah's as being theirs. If and when I come
up with any evidence and/or documentation to the contrary,
I will edit and refute the information here.
#3 Greene does not agree with William Carroll Hill (nor do I)as to two children Hill listed being Thomas and Hannah's.
They being Elizabeth and Henry. Both children are Thomas's
brother Henry's children. See Henry for more info on this.
#4 On May 4, 1693, Thomas and his brother Henry and their
brother-in-law Philip Knight, conveyed land to Isaac Peabody
for 45 pounds. LDS FHL's Essex County, Ma. Land and Property
Records Microfilm # 0866018 Vol. 9 pg. 130.
#5 On Sept. 4, 1693, John Wilkins conveyed to his uncle,
Thomas Wilkins Sr., "a field of upland and meadow being at
Will's Hill pond three acres and three quarters more for
favors good and valuable." LDS FHL's Essex County, Ma.
Land/Property Records Microfilm #0866018 Vol. 9 pg. 189.
#6 Elizabeth Corwin, in March of 168-(unable to read full
year on the microfilm) sold "four or five hundred acres in
Rowley" to Thomas, Henry Wilkins, Philip Knight and John
Willard. LDS FHL's Essex County, Ma. Land/Property Records
Microfilm# 0866020 Vol. 13 pg. 15.
#7 "On the first day" of July in 1691, Thomas and his brother Henry, Philip Knight and John Willard sold to Zacheus and Ephraim Curtice a"parcel of land of upland, swamp, woods, trees and rocks." This sale of deed was not
only signed by the partners but also by their wives: Margaret Knight (wife of Philip), Hannah Wilkins (wife of
Thomas), Margaret Willard (wife of John) and Ruth Wilkins
(wife of Henry). LDS's Microfilm #0866018 Vol.9 pg. 225
of the Essex County, Ma. Land/Property Records.
#8 Thomas and Hannah, on June 26, 1702, gave one hundred
acres of upland swamp and meadow to their sons Thomas Jr.
and Bray "for consideration of natural affection." LDS's
Essex County, Ma. Land/Property Records Microfilm #0866021
Vol. 15 pg. 244.
#9 On Mar. 4, 1711/12, Thomas deeded several parcels of land
to his son Joseph and half his homestead to his son Isaac for "natural affection and love." LDS's Essex Cty., Ma.
Land/Property Records Microfilm# 0866028 Vol. 33 pg. 60.
Children of Thomas Wilkins and Hannah Nichols:
1. Margaret Wilkins b. ca 1668
2. Hannah Wilkins b. Nov. 14, 1669. Hill proposes that this
might be the Hannah that married Nehemiah Wilkins on Oct. 4,
1711. I find this highly improbable as she would have been
42 years old at the time of her marriage.
3. Thomas Wilkins b. May 26, 1673
4. Bray Wilkins b. Nov. 13, 1678
5. Joseph Wilkins b. ca. 1680
6. Isaac Wilkins b. ca. 1682
7. Nathaniel Wilkins b. ca. 1684
8. Susannah Wilkins b. ca. 1686.
The Family of Bray Wilkins, Patriarch of Will's Hill, of
Salem, (Middleton) Ma. by William Carroll Hill.
Records of the lst Church of Dorchester in New England
New England Marriage Prior to 1700 by: Torrey
A Genealogical Dictionary of the lst. Settlers of New England Vol. 4 by: James Savage
Essex County, Ma. Probate Records Vol. 307 pgs. 254-257.
History of Salem by: Perley
Salem, Ma. Vital Records to 1850
Historical Collections of the Essex Institute Vol.3 pgs. 29-32 Vol. 54 pgs. 131-133.