Cliff McCarthy, 2016
Jarvis Boykin was probably born in Kent, England, but there is confusion as to the exact location. His place of origin has been given variously as “Thanington”, “Channington”, “Charington”, or “Charing.” In Kent, Charing is west of Thannington, which is west of Canterbury; I could not find a “Channington.” The name “Jarvis” may be an Anglicized version of the French “Gervais.”
He married Isabel (last name unknown) probably in England circa 1636, before coming to the New World.
It is said that Jarvis was a carpenter by trade and he came to New England on the Hercules in 1637. Coldham’s Complete Book of Emigrants does list a voyage of the Hercules, departed 23 August 1637: “John Wilson, shipper of goods in the Hercules, Mr. Thomas Wetherley [captain], bound from London to Massachusetts Bay carrying passengers and planters.” No names of the passengers are given.
Jarvis Boykin is first recorded at Charleston, Massachusetts, where he was counted as a proprietor of that town, with one servant. Subsequently, he and group of other men from Charleston joined the company led by Theophilus Eaton and John Davenport in settling at Quinnipiac, now New Haven, Connecticut. On 4 June 1639, Jarvis Boykin agreed to the Fundamental Agreement of the New Haven Colony and became one of 54 men recognized as Founders of New Haven. He was made a freeman on 9 October 1648.
He was given a lot in the first division of land in 1641 and was noted on the Brockett Map of New Haven with a lot in Tench’s Quarter on what is now College Street.
As a carpenter, his skills were sought after and much needed by the settlers of New Haven colony. In the “History of the Cutler Lot,” it is written:
“…he was useful and trustworthy in his calling in building the first meeting house and, in the repairs which were made on it from time to time, his advice was always sought. There was full occupation for one of his trade for some years for New Haven had, at first, a larger number of good substantial houses than any other town in proportion to the number of its inhabitants. In order to encourage the erection of dwelling houses, they were exempted from taxation during the first ten years of the settlement of the town. In the latter part of his life, he had accumulated some property and he was employed as an agent for managing property by several who had removed from New Haven.”
Jarvis was among the first group of Selectmen or Townsmen elected at New Haven in 1651 and served again in 1657 and 1658. He was a Corporal of the New Haven Train Band in 1652 and of the New Haven Colonial Troop in June, 1654. Listed as a Sergeant of the Train Band in August of 1657.
Jarvis and Isabel were both accepted as members of the First Church in the 1640s and were assigned seats in the meeting house. Jarvis occupied a seat in the prestigious middle section for men. In 1646, Sister Boykin had a middle seat (although the last row) in the women’s section. By 1655/6, Goodwife Boykin, was having difficulty hearing and requested to sit in the alley [or aisle]. Sister Boykin, in 1661/2, was once again permitted to sit in the alley to aid in hearing the services.
Jarvis Boykin died Abt. 1660 in New Haven, CT. The inventory of his estate was taken 23 January 1660/61, by John Nash and William Pecke, and totaled £173-02-02.
Isabel, died 1673 in New Haven, CT. A “writing” was exhibited in court as her will, but was not accepted, because it was not signed or witnessed, yet it was considered as directory in distribution of her estate. Bequeaths to son Nathaniel, to daughter Sarah, and to daughter Denison’s children. At court, 12 February 1673, her heirs accepted the distribution according to the writing. Her inventory was taken 11 November 1673, by Samuel Whitehead and William Payne, and totaled £216-14-02.
The will of the widow Jones was apparently made shortly after the death of Isabel Boykin and names the two surviving children of Isabel and Jarvis Boykin. Is there a relationship? Was Isabel a Jones?
Jones, Joanna, widow, Will made Dec 27, 1673. Bequeaths to John and Mercy Austin and their sons John and David, to Wm. Jones, to James Bishop, to Mr. Streete, to Deacon Peck, to servant Thos. Holt, to Mercy, wife of John Barned, to Widow Banister, and to Nathaniel and Sarah Boykin.
Jones, John. Inventory, taken Sept. 10, 1657 by John Nash, Matthew Moulthrop, and Jarvis Boykin.
Children of Jarvis & Isabel BOYKIN
JARVIS BOYKIN b. prob. Thanington, Kent, England, d. 1660; married ISABEL. She died 1673 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. The Children of JARVIS BOYKIN and ISABEL are:
i. NATHANIEL BOYKIN, b. September 1641 in New Haven, CT; d. 1705.
ii. BETHIA BOYKIN, b. Abt. 1643; m. JAMES DENISON, 25 November 1662, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, b. Abt. 1641; d. 8 May 1719 in East Haven, CT.
iii. SARAH BOYKIN, b. Abt. 1644; m. SAMUEL EDWARDS, 15 May 1675 in Northampton, Mass. b. Abt. 1643.
- Atwater, Edwatd E., History of the Colony of New Haven, Connecticut, Vols. I & II, (The Journal Publishing Company, Meriden, Conn., 1902).
- Coldham, Peter Wilson, The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1987).
- “History of the Cutler Lot,” Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1865.
- Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, 1981).