Re: Origin of Hugh Calkins
Thank you for responding. I'm sorry to hear about Bob.
You are correct, I descend from David Coit and Elizabeth "Betsey" Calkins of New London, daughter of Pember Calkins and Abigail Bliss. David Coit's parents were Dr. Thomas Coit II and Mary Gardiner if that interests you. David Coit was town clerk in New London, "a man of blunt manner and stern integrity".
David and Betsey Coit's two sons, Rev. John Calkins Coit (my 3rd grgrandfather) and Dr. David Gardiner Coit moved to Cheraw SC after they graduated from Yale. I believe one of the Calkins may have made that move, too.
Books on the John Coite family say they were from Wales and left before Blynman and the "Welsh Company". The Coites also sailed from Chepstow. Although the Coites left 3-4 children behind, there are no records of Coite/Coit/Coitie that I have yet found in Wales.
From early records:
"Pequot (New London) CT: October 19, 1650, grants were made by the townsmen to Mr. Blynman, Obadiah Bruen, Hughe Calkin, Hughe Roberts, John Coite, Andrew Lester, James Averye, Robert Isbell…These were all from Gloucester, a town on the eastern coast of Massachusetts, situated upon the peninsula of Cape Ann.
1651 New Street, in the rear of the town plot, was opened for the accommodation of the Cape Ann company. This position was designated as “beyond the brook and the ministry lot.' It was carved into house lots and took the name of Cape Ann Lane. The lots on this street were nine in number, of six acres each, extending both sides of the narrow street, from the alder swamp in front to Cedar Swamp on the west. Beginning at the lower end, Hugh Calkins had the first lot by the Lyme road, or highway to Nahantick, as it was then called, and next to him was his son-in-law, Hugh Roberts; then Coite, Lester, Avery, Allyn, Meades, Hough, Isbell.”
Lots on Cape Ann Lane were problematic, and the soil was hard to cultivate. The settlers soon abandoned the land to pasturage or waste and found other homesteads."
I have entered the Coit family and many members of the Calkins on Wiki-Tree. If any of the Calkins would like to expand on that, it would be welcomed.