Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Thomas Totman's wife Mary Parker was my 8x great grandmother. While looking into her parents, William Parker and Mary Rawlins, I was able to push back her line one more generation to her grandfather, Thomas Rawlins of Scituate, Ma., my 10x great grandfather.

I found information about Thomas in a book by John Rollins:

Thomas RawliwS, Of Soituate.

(i.) Thomas Rawlins came from England in 1630 in the same company with Governor Winthrop, the first company of that year; settled in Roxbury; was admitted freeman May 18, 1631*; removed to Scituate, according to Roxbury records, about 1639!. He must have been in Scituate before 1639, because the Colony records say that Thomas Rawlins and others, of Scituate, were presented by the jury Dec, 1638, for receiving foreigners and strangers into their houses and lands without license of the Governor and Assistants, or acquainting the town of Scituate therewith. They were all discharged by the Court, 1639. Mr. Rollins purchased Anthony Annable's North River lot, in 1642. His house, situated where Dea. Thomas and Dea. George King afterward resided, was built in 1637. In 1646 he was one of the Connihasset partners^.

During his residence in Scituate he was a man of note and usefulness, having been appointed by the General Court a member of the Grand Jury of the Colony in 1641, 1642, and 1646; he was also a surveyor of Scituate, 1642, 1644, and one of the Town Committee in 1643; he was also one of the Deputies from Scituate at the special session of the General Court held at Plymouth, Sept. 27, 1642, for the purpose of providing forces against the Indians, for an offensive and defensive war, at which session "Miles Standish was appointed Captain of the forces to be raised; Mr. Thomas Prence to be his counsel, and to advise in the wars; William Palmer, leftenant, and Peregrine White, auncient bearer."*

Oct. 10, 1643, he was again a delegate to the General Court, convened on the occasion of the insurrection of the Indians against the Dutch and English.

His first wife, Mary, died just prior to his removal, having, according to Roxbury Church Records, "lived a godly life." His second wife, Emma, died Dec. 27, 1655, and he married May 2, 1656, Sarah, widow of David Mattocks, of Roxbury.f

Mr. Rawlins died in Boston, Mar. 15, 1660. His will, dated Mar. 12, 1660, conveyed property to his wife Sarah; and to his son Thomas, a house in Boston, provided he live there with his mother as heretofore; to his son Nathaniel, a farm in Scituate, etc. It is added in the record of probate that "Thomas Rawlins, ye sonne, declared that knowing his father to have left his mother-in-law, Sarah, too little, he was free and willing, and did give her nine pounds more," etc. -pp271-272

Records of families of the name Rawlins or Rollins, in the United States    . Geo. S. Merrill & Crocker, Printers, Lawrence, Mass. 1874

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