Dear Joy, I found your post just today.I hope you are still looking for information.
THE BECKWITH FAMILY
This family was represented in the Nine Partners area by a number of people but we have found only one reference to the name in Beekman. MATTHEW BECKWITH signed the Association in Beekman and while the Paul Beckwith writings noted below feel he was a son of Hezekuah4 Beckwith we believe that he was probably a son of Matthew5 but will follow both lines since Hezekiah lived in the Nine Partners. (My thanks to Janet T. Newman of Tuckerton, NJ for her help on this family). The emigrant ancestor was MATHEW1 BECKWITH, born in Yorkshire, England 22 Sept. 1610, came to Lyme CT where he spent most of his days. He removed to E. Lyme by 1653 and died in the spring of 1682 by falling from a rocky cliff on a dark night. His widow, Mary (Lynde) m. 2nd Samuel Buckland. [Early family history from The Beckwiths by Paul Beckwith, 1891; TAG 21:259-265, 22:49-52].
Children: i. Mary, b. ca. 1643; m. (1) Benjamin Grant, (2) Samuel Daniels. 1. ii. Mathew, b. 1645; m. (1) Elizabeth ___, (2) Elizabeth Griswold. iii. Elizabeth, b. 1647; m. (1) Robert Girard, (2) John Bates. iv. Sarah, b. 1650; m. Joshua Grant. 2. v. Joseph, b. 1653; m. Susanna Tallman. vi. Nathaniel, b. 1656; m.(1) ? (2) Martha ___. vii. John, b. 1665; m. Prudence Manwaring.
This last entry is the John Beckwith I am related to and could be a possible candidate. I am only privy to this information and the child who carries on the name until they meet another of my ancestors.Let me know if you want the descendants. Sincerely Kelly Gillett