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  • ID: I13679
  • Name: Peter LARKIN
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 02 MAR 2004
  • Birth: 29 JUL 1727 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
  • Death: 13 MAY 1815 in Berlin, Worcester Co., Massachusetts 1
  • Burial: Old Cemetery, Berlin, Massachusetts
  • Note: Massachusetts Sailors and Soldiers of the War Volume 9 page 516 Larkin, Peter, Lancaster.Corporal, Capt. Joseph White's co. of militia,Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775,to Cambridge; service, 4½ days; also, Private, Capt. William Greenleaf'sco., Col. Josiah Whitney's regt.; enlisted Aug. 22, 1777; discharged Aug.26, 1777; service, 4 days; company marched on an alarm at Bennington;also, Capt. William Greenleaf's co., Col. Job Cushing's regt.; enlistedSept. 3, 1777; discharged Nov. 29, 1777; service, 3 mos. 7 days, withNorthern army, including 11 days (212 miles) travel home. Volume 9 page 516 Larkin, Peter.Private; list of men returned as serving on main guardunder Lieut. Col. L. Baldwin, dated June 22, 1775. Volume 9 page 516 Larkin, Peter.Capt. Joshua Parker's co., Col. William Prescott's regt.;order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Cambridge Camp,Nov. 1, 1775. Volume 9 page 516 Larkin, Peter.Private, Capt. Nathaniel Heath's co., Col. Jonathan Reed'sdetachment of guards; muster roll dated Boston, May 14, 1778; enlistment,3 months from April 2, 1778; reported discharged at muster; also, sameco. and detachment; engaged April 24, 1778; discharged May 14, 1778;service, 21 days; detachment drafted to serve at Cambridge. Peter's middle name may have been Foster. Buried: Name Cemetery Location Reference LARKIN, Peter Old Cem Berlin MA 56 Abstract of Graves of Patriots,Vol.3, p. —Serial: 11999; Volume: 8 --------------------------------------------- Spouse: Azubah Wheeler Marriage Date: Feb 28, 1751 Town: Lancaster County: Worchester This record can be found at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City,UT, Film # 0547550. ----------------------------------- The last date I can verify that there Larkins were in Berlin was 1959 - although I haven't actually looked into it, but the town history I have covers through that date. But what I was referring to was that Phillip or Peter (I'll get to thatlater) was one of the original settlers of the town and at least somemembers of the family resided here as late as 1959. Berlin is, andalways was, a very small town and the majority of the original familiesnever left here. I'd guess that most residents today can track theirfamilies back to one of a few pre-colonial settlers. The Wheelers, fromwhich it appears you are also descended, are THE family - half the townand its businesses are owned by Wheelers. There are still (my guess) at least 125 with theWheeler name still in town (tot. pop. 2400), and they married intovirtually every other family here. And Berlin is not in any way aphysically isolated community. If you're already familiar with the settling of the area, you can skip the next few paragraphs. If not, they may be helpful. For the period of timeyou are looking at, Lancaster and Berlin were the same town. Veryroughly speaking, Lancaster is north of Bolton, which is north of Berlin,and the entire area was originally settled as the Nashaway Plantation -although no one settled in what is today Berlin, most of that area wasstill part of the Nashaway grant. The settlement was sporadic afterKing' Phillip's War (because the Indians had a fondness for razing the place to the ground on a regular basis), but was finally succesfullysettled and granted township as Lancaster (1653). Eventually, due topolitical and religious causes, the southern portion - today's Bolton andBerlin - was granted township in its own right as Bolton (1738). Whenthe southern portion of THAT began to be settled, it was known as theSouth Parish of Bolton, and then the District of Berlin. Eventually, theDistrict, along with a section of nothern Marlboro, and the Larkin landswere granted township as Berlin. However, Worcester did not become a county until 1731, so Lancaster,Bolton, and Berlin were part of Middlesex county. All records prior to1731 are still in the possession of Middlesex, NOT Worcester. In other words, it was possible to be born in Lancaster, Middlesex County and die in Berlin, Worcester County without ever having moved anywhere. For the Larkins, it's even more confusing. When Berlin was still a District of Bolton: 'To this District territory there was added theestate of Peter Larkin, consisting of approximately 144 acres, fromLancaster, dated Feb. 3, 1790. This tract was NEVER part of the Town of Bolton, lying west of the Bolton-Lancaster line, and accounts for the rectangular protrusion in the western boundary through which the Boylston road runs.' [History of the Town of Berlin - Frederick Krackhardt] So this makes Peter definitely a settler of Berlin, and the location ofhis lands is pretty straight-forward as they comprised the 'bump' in the town line. Philip, however, I'm not so sure of. The town history has Philipsettling on the south side of Snake Hill in 1710. This raises twoquestions. First, if Philip was born in 1697 (which is the date you have,I believe), it makes it unlikely he was off building his own homestead atage 13. Possibly the settling Philip was the father of your Philip? Second - and this is the part that's currently making me crazy - whereexactly was this place? Maps from the time the history was written showno Snake Hill, but there was a Rattlesnake Hill, and from the physicaldescription of the land, this has to be it. But the Peter Larkin estatewas most definitely on the NORTH side of the hill. The south side wherePhilip was said to settle is not in Berlin; it's in Boylston (Worcester County), but Boylston didn't become a town until 1786, so I have no ideawhat town or county these lands would have been in in Philip's time. Iassume they were part of Middlesex County. Perhaps part of Lancasterstill? Clinton - the town between Lancaster and Boylston - was notincorporated until 1850, so it's possible. Finally, the area south of Rattlesnake Hill is connected to Larkin Hillin Boylston. By way of Larkin Road. If you're still having trouble withPhilip, you might try the Boylston Historical Society and/or theMiddlesex County records. From Krackhardt's History of Berlin: 'Following the subjugation of the Indians by the conclusion of the KingPhillip and French and Indian Wars a few members of Indian groupscontinued to visit and wander over Berlin territory. Several currentstories are told relative to this period which give us a more personalview of the Indian story. It is said to have been a common practice atthe home of Peter Larkin of Boylston Road to leave the door unlatched;and ofttimes one Indian or more would drop in after nightfall, lie downbefore the fireplace, sleep and rest; then at the break of day continueon his journey.' Peter Larkin was part of the regiment from Lancaster that fought in theFrench and Indian War. I think it's pretty amazing that he afterwardopened his home to any Indian wandering by. A lot of character there. Pioneer Irish in New England CHAPTER XIII page 212 There were several families of the name in Worcester County, Mass., andtheir genealogy states that they were descended from one of threebrothers named Larkin who came from Ireland, and that they were a branchof the OLarkins of Lagenia. The period of their emigration is not stated,but since we are told that Peter Larkin was born at Lancaster, Mass.,about 1700, it is probable that the original emigrants were there in thelate years of the seventeenth century. Peter purchased a tract of land atLancaster, which came to be known as Larkindale. He is said to haveremoved to Poolville, Maryland, where there was a Catholic settlement,but it is evident that his family remained in Massachusetts. He had fivesons, and they were the fathers of twenty-five children, all born atLancaster in the eighteenth century. They were a patriotic family andvery active in town affairs, and the records show that John, Peter,Mat-thias, William and Edmund Larkin, all of Lancaster, served in theFrench-English War, and several of the name from that town were in theWar of the Revolution.
  • Christening: 01 OCT 1727 Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

    Father: Phillip LARKIN b: 1696 in Ireland
    Mother: Mary HARRIS b: BEF 1698 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Azubah WHEELER b: 03 SEP 1731 in Shrewsbury, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    • Married: 04 APR 1751 in Shrewsbury, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    1. Has No Children Betty LARKIN b: 27 DEC 1751 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    2. Has No Children Persis LARKIN b: 18 FEB 1753 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Hezediah LARKIN b: 24 DEC 1754 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    4. Has Children Molly LARKIN b: 25 SEP 1756 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    5. Has No Children Mary LARKIN b: 27 SEP 1757 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    6. Has No Children Azubah LARKIN b: 22 MAY 1759 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    7. Has Children John LARKIN b: 27 JAN 1761 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    8. Has Children Ephraim LARKIN b: 28 MAR 1763 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    9. Has No Children Lucy LARKIN b: 21 MAY 1765 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    10. Has No Children Lucretia LARKIN b: 04 APR 1767 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    11. Has No Children Katy LARKIN b: ABT 1769 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
    12. Has No Children Peter LARKIN b: ABT 1773 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

    1. Title: Berlin, Worcester Co., MA Vital Records to 1849
      Abbrev: Berlin, Worcester Co., MA Vital Records to 1849
      Page: pg 336

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