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Individual: John Meigs 
Birth:  at:  
Marriage: ABT 1631 at: of Axminster, Dorsetshire, England 
Death: 4 Jan 1672 at: Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut 
Father: Vincent Meigs 
Mother: Elizabeth Churchill 
Spouses: 

Spouse: Tomasine Fry 
Birth: ABT 1610 at: Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England 
Marriage: ABT 1631 at: of Axminster, Dorsetshire, England 
Death: 4 Jan 1671/1672 at: Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut 
Father: William Fry 
Mother: Sarah Hill 
Spouses: 

Children: Tryal Meigs
Mary Megis
Elizabeth Meigs
Concurrence Meigs
John Meigs

 

Source 1. History of Guilford & Maddison Connecticut-pg: 129; John Meigs came to Guilford from New Haven, where he resided previously, and was admitted planter, on his buying a 100 acre allotment at Hammonassett (leter called Kinningworth) on its settlement on 3 March 1653-54; He was a shoe maker and seems to have been unpolular; He removed to Killingworth and died there; When he first came to Guilford his father, Vincent Meigis who appears to have been old at that time, came with him and died at Hammonasette in 1658; He came to Guilford from Killingworth soon after 1658 and settled in the east part of town (now Madison);


On the first Thursday of December, 1656, the case of Meigs vs. Stevens was tried. John Miegs claimed that Thomas Stevens had sold him land at Hammonasett for 10 shillings, which statement was confirmed by Mrs. Meigs, whereupon Thomas Stevens said Meiggs and his wife were no fit witness, whereby he went about to impeach one or both of their credits & so to breed great difference and trouble between them & him & others & yet in a matter of no great moment. The Court advised that they should rather between themselves, or by mediato of some friends to end the controversy & not to hazzard such hurtful events, as might proceed from ye way they were going on in. This benevolent advice they were sensible enough to take. meigs, however, who was engaged in almost as many suits as Wright, was plaintiff in another suit of the same characted, on February 4, 1657-8. This was the case of Miegs vc. johnson. John Miegs dlecared that John Johnson had exchanged some land with him at the terms agreed upon. Johnson objected to the testimony of Meigs and his wife, and in course of the trial, as Meigs denied something that Johnson and others affirmed he had said previously, the court fined him 10s. for lying. furthermore, Johnson brought testimony as to tow other exchangeds of land which Meigs had falsely pretended to ahve made, and the Court, weighing the testimony, saw no cause to allow or confirme his pretence of right. the Court also thought it not safe to admit his wifes testimony. as he had urged her to testify. It seems John Miegs had built a house on Johnsons land, and this the Court ordered him to remove and to pay 10s to witness and the defendant. Johnson, nevertheless, is to pay what appears due upon account.

Another suit in New Haven in 1647 was brought against John Miegs; John Parmelee testified that he bought a pair of russet shoes from him, the soles of which ripped from the uppers after 7 dayss wearing.

The quarrelsome John Miegs entered suit against William Chittenden, as agent for Mr. Nathaniel Whitfield, for debt in December, 1656. Meigs said that William Stone hired for him, about four years before, a vessel to carry goods from Hartford to Saybrook, and that Mr Whitfield laded the vessel with Tarre to the quantity of near halfe the freight. For this he had never been paid; but the decision of the Chour upon this case in unknown, for the records are silent.

Our John Miegs gave the only mortgage deed recorded by the Court; it was for l27 and was given to William Stone on 18 April, 1658; the security being three oxen and three cows.

Source 2. Families of Early Guilford, Conn-pg:809;

Source 3. New England MarriagesPrior To 1700 by Torrey states-John Meigs removed probably to Rehaboth in 1643, and removed next to NewHhaven about 1647, & not long after, about 1654, to Guilford and last to
Killingworth about 1662;

Source 4. Killlingworth Vital Records;

Source 5. The Great Migration Begins Book: 974.W2h Vol 1: pg: 1920

Source 6: Will of John Meigs of 28 August 1671 (The will indicates that of his children, only his daughter Elizabeth preceeded him in death.).

Source 7: Meigs Genealogy pg: 5: John was a tanner and currier by trade, and probably also a shoemaker, and being active in business accumulated property. He seems to have bought considerable real estate. 3 march 1653-4, he was admitted a planter at Guilford on his bying a 100 pound allotment at Hammonassett. which became known as East Guilford, and later its territory was made into the town of Madison; John Meigs bought from the agent of Thomas Jones, on 4 March 1667-68, the land on the east side of Guilford Green, known as the Thomas Jones Place;

Source 8: Ancestry And Posterity Of Joseph Smith And Emma Hale: An interesting event of John Meigs life was the assistance he gave to the escape of the Regicides, or Judges, Whalley and Goffe. They were in New haven, early in May 1661, when the Commissioners sent with authority from King Charles to arrest them, made their appearance in Guilford with the Kings orders and a letter from Governor Endicott. they urged Governor Leetes assistance to capture the Regicides, but by delays he forestalled their intention to proceed to New haven on Saturday, and strict scruples would prevent any move being made in the search on the Sabbath. Early on Monday mornign John Meigs mounted his horse at Guilford and rode with all speed to New haven, arriving ahead of the Commissioners, Kellond and Kird, and warned Whalley and Goffe in time for them to escape. It is said that john Meigs conducted them to the cave under West Rock at New haven, where a bronze tablet, now on the face of the Rock, records the fact of their concealment.

John took the Oath of Fidelity in 1644 , recored in New haven, Conn; The same year he is admitted a freeman. In 1648 he bought the lot known today as Cutler Corner; The lot along the fronts of which pass daily the greatest number of feet and on which twoers the largest private building yet erected in the city The conveyance of this property is on record and reads like this: William Jeanes passeth over to john Miegs his house and house lot lying on the corner over against the house of John Budd, and the highway. This property John owned for ten years, ceding it ot the town in 2658 when he moved away.

Several times during his residence in New Haven, John Mieghs seems to have been in litigation with the authorities, and it is not strange that when trouble arose between new Haven and connecticut colonies he should have sided with the latter. He accepted the appointment of constable for guilford from the connecticut authorities in defiance of the New haven Jurisdiction, and in many ways showed his independence.

Source 9: Ancestry And Posterity Of Joseph Smith And Emma Hale: pg: 369; Once he got into trouble through a failure to observe strictly one the the blue laws of his day. The record brigns a smile: With all the strictures of the observance of the Lords Day, we find but one accusation against any one of violating it. This is a most curious compliant, and characteristic of Puritan morals. On Dec 4 1657, John Meigs was brought up for having come with his cart on the Lords Day (saturday night) making anoise as he came with his cart, to the offence of many yt heard it. He plead that he was mistaken in the time of day, thinking that he had time enough for the journey, but being somewhat more laden that he espected, and the cattell came more slowly than usual, and so cast him behinde, it proving to be more late of day than he had thought. but he professeth to be sorry for his mistake, and the offence justly given thereby, promising to be more careful for time to come. The Court seeing the matter seemed to be done upon a suprisall, passed it over with a reproof, and comanded him to make a pulique ackowledgement of his evill on the next lecture of fast day

Source 10: New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8: 348

Source 11: Genealogies of The Early Families of Weymouth, Massacusetts: Pg: 416: John Miegs was born in England on Wednesday, 29 Februay, 1612;, according the the Meigs Genealogy. The same authority further states that he was born in the parish of Bradford-Peverell, in Dorset, which is about eleven miles north

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