Because of my husband's recent death and my attempts to complete the second edition of THE FAMILY IN AMERICA, I have not kept up with Genforum queries.
John Frink, who arrived in Stonington in 1666/7 with his wife, Grace Stevens Frink,and 3 daughters, and subsequently had 3 more sons and 1 more daughter, was born in 1633. It is probable that the John Frink, born in Malborough, Devonshire, England, in 1633 and christened there February 9, 1633,was John of Stonington. He died February 9, 1717, and is buried in the Frink/Williams Yard in Stonington. There are later Frink family members who were buried at Taugwonk Burial Ground in Stonington, but not John (1). His fieldstone marker still exists in the Frink/Williams Yard, and a modern monument has been installed there for John and Grace.
No one has been able to verify that Grace Stevens was born in Taunton, MA, and much speculation and research about her parents has not resulted in proof. It is likely that she, too, was born in England, possibly also in Devonshire. It was her brother, Henry Stevens, who married Elizabeth Gallup and settled in Stonington. Many Stonington land and legal records show that Henry and Grace were brother and sister.
Grace and John Frink married in 1657. She died May 7, 1717, aged 83.
There was a John Frink in Ipswich, MA, in the 1630s, but no relationship between him and John of Stonington has been proved. John of Ipswich, his wife, probably Mary Wood, and two sons, John and George, settled in Kittery, Maine, and their descendants were in Maine and Massachusetts for several generations. This family is included in the Appendix of my book, as it was in the first edition.
John Frink (2), one of the sons of John of Stonington, was born in 1671 and died November 14, 1753. His wife, Hannah Prentice, was alive at the time his will was proved in 1754. Their first child, also John Frink, died in 1718, and that death has been variously claimed over the years as,
sometimes, John, sometimes Hannah. It was neither.
I hope this information will be helpful to you, and I apologize for being slow in sending it to you.
Peggy Frink Humphreys
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