John Tinker1

#12577, (circa July 1613 - October 1662)
Relationship7th great-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Robert Tinker1 (s 1565 - c 1624)
Mother*Mary Merwin1 (s 1575 - a 1648)

Family 1

Sarah Wilshire b. c 1620, d. 1648

Family 2

Alice Smith
Children 1.Sarah Tinker9 (1651/52 - 1652)
 2.Mary Tinker9 (1653 - )
 3.John Tinker Jr.9 (1655 - b 1688)
 4.Amos Tinker9 (1657 - )
 5.Samuel Tinker9 (1660 - 1733)
 6.Rhoda Tinker9 (1661/62 - )
Birth*circa July 1613He was born circa July 1613 at Berkshire, EnglandG.1 
Baptism18 July 1613He was baptized on 18 July 1613 at New Windsor, Berkshire, EnglandG.1 
7 March 1633/34In Anthony Merwin's will dated 7 March 1633/34, John Tinker was named as an heir, "to John Tinker 20s and to Sarah Tinker 20s," presumably his nephew (son of his sister Mary) and his wife.2 
Marriage*before 22 July 1648He married Sarah Wilshire, daughter of Gregory Wilshire and Joan Worrall, before 22 July 1648 at Boston, Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG.3,4,5 
Marriage*circa 1649He married Alice Smith circa 1649 at MassachusettsG.6 
Death*October 1662He died in October 1662 at Hartford, Connecticut.7 
Inventory*22 December 1662His estate was inventoried by John Tinker on 22 December 1662 at New London, Connecticut.8 


  1. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England", Part Two. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (Jul., Oct. 1995): 412. Hereinafter cited as English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families.
  2. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 299, 300. Abstract: "burial in the churchyard of Clewer, and made bequests: . . . the messuage or tenement wherein I dwell and other appurtenances therein to belonging and the three acres of land now used as a Garden purchased of Thomas Dickenson unto my kinsman Thomas Murwen dureing the terme of his naturall lyfe and after his decease . . . unto Thomas Murwen his eldest sonne and the heires of his body lawfully begotten and to be begotten And for want of such yssue then I will the same to come to Iohn Murwen the second sonne of the sayd Thomas . . . [if Thomas leaves no issue] to Richard Murwen the third sonne of the said Thomas. . . [if Richard leaves no issue] then the same to be and come to Elizabeth Murwen daughter of the said Thomas and her heires forever Item I doe give and bequeath my lease estate and terme of yeares in the Tenement wherein Robert Lovell now dwelleth unto the sayd Elizabeth Murwen together with the Bed Bedsted and all the bedding and furniture thereto belonging and all other goods moveables and implements nowe being in the Chamber where I nowe lye . . . to the said Elizabeth Murwen [£50] to be payed unto her at her age of [20] yeares . . . to John Murwen and Richard Murwen £20 apiece at age 21 . . . to John Tinker 20s and to Sarah Tinker 20s . . . to Susanna Smith my sisters daughter 40s . . . to my kinswoman Katherine Hill of Rickmondesworth parrish £10 within one year . . . to Ioane Lovet the maidservant 10s . . . to Thomas Murwen the sonne before named 50s. . . . kinsman Thomas Murwen the father to be sole executor, and his loveing friends Humfry Collins of Clewer and William Mills of New Windsor to be overseers.
    Witnesses were Robert Lowe, Walter Merwen, Mary Collins, and john Laxton.
    Signed by mark and seal."
    Citing Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 31 Seager; FHL microfilm 92,129.
  3. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 415.
  4. [S1220] Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, online, "John [Tinker] (-1662) & 1/wf Sarah (Wilshire) [Barnes] (-1648), div wf of William Barnes; betw 6 Jun 1646 & 22 Jul 1648, aft 6 Apr ?; Boston/Lancaster. Originally published as New England Marriages Prior to 1700. CD-ROM. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hereinafter cited as New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (AA).
  5. [S1233] W. B. Trask, "Abstracts of Wills of the Early Settlers of New England", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7 (continued) (1853): p. 174. Actually an accounting of goods and debts for purposes of the divorce settlement. Inventory 22 (5) 1648, recorded 13 (10) 1648.
  6. [S1220] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (AA), online, "John [Tinker] (-1662) & 2/wf Alice [Smith], m/2 William Mesure [1664]; ca 1649; Boston/Lancaster.
  7. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 416.
  8. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 1904), I:244, citing original volume III:3-4.
    Tinker, John, New London. Invt. £145-15-00. Taken 22 December, 1662, by Obadiah Bruen & James Rogers. The children: Mary, born 2 July, 1653 ; John, 14 August, 1665 ; Amos, 28 October, 1657 ; Samuel, 1st April, 1659; Roakdey Tinker, 23 February, 1661.
    John Smith — Copy.
    By a Deed left in the hands of Mr. Buckley, which alsoe is upon Record, he hath upon good consideration given and made over to his wife his houseing wth one Hundred Ackers of upland, upon the neck of Land called the general neck, towards the Harbours mouth; also one Mare Coult two years old and a yearling heifer bought of Wm Cheesbrook, now by Mrs. Tinker called Blackey; also a farme of two Hundred and Forty acres of upland, and also a parcell of meadow four or six acres if it be to be had, this farme Lying neere to Andrew Lesters farme on the east side of the great River. This farme of 240 acres is by Deed made over by Mr. Tinker to Mr. Richardson for the use of his son John Tinke; also in the same Deed a Cowe wth all her increase made over to Mr. Richardson for the use of Mary Tinker, the daughter of Mr. John Tinker ; also a breeding Mare with halfe her increase left Amos Tinker, the Mare being now at Norwoake.
    Signed, Obadiah Breuen, James Rogers, John Smith. 20 May, 1663.
    Court Record (Special) Page 6 — 9 July, 1663: Invt. exhibited. Mr. Rogers, Mr. Bruen and John Smith to husband the Estate, to pay Debts so far as the Estate proves solvent. Some action was taken in New London.
  9. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 424, 425.