Vincent is another immigrant settler from the south of England, apparently from the parish of Chardstock in Dorset. Luckily the Bishop's Transcripts of the parish [1579-1641] were found in 1991 and copied by a researcher, providing excellent confirmation of 3 of his children, plus the name and details of his wife.
Vincent's surname is recorded as "also known as Vincent LOVE" in a record of being landlord of the Angle Inn, in Axminster. This AKA surname might indicate he was an illegitimate child.
Note that the surname MEGGS comes from 'Margaret's son': i.e., Megs/Maggs as a nickname for Margaret. It is spelled many ways; John, Vincent's third child, apparently changed the spelling to "Meigs".
Much of my information comes from Rick Meigs' detailed genealogies of the Meigs brothers, online at http://meigs.org/Vincent.htm as well as from a book by Henry Benjamin Meigs, who published in 1901 "Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs, who came from Dorsetshire, England to America about 1635." pub Baltimore, MD, John S. Bridges & Co. [available online]. I am very grateful for the work done by many individuals on these early settlers to America.
Vincent is believed to have been born about 1583 in Dorset, and married Emma Strong about 1608 in the parish of Chardstock. Emma's parents were William & Margaret; Margaret's will in 1621 confirms Vincent as Emma's husband. We do not know Vincent's parents' names or details. Interestingly there is another will from Axminster (adjacent parish) of a John Maggs 1632, listing children and wife, and also listing "overseers: Vincent Maggs, Thomas Lovinge". However the relationship of this John to Vincent is not clarified. A father? brother? uncle?
Vincent and Emma had 4 children that we know of, the younger 3's christening records were detailed from the parish of Chardstock:
- Vincent, b. bef 14 Dec 1608; no marriage/children known of; d. 3 Nov 1700, New London CT
- Mary Ann, b. bef 16 Apr 1610
- *John, [direct ancestor], b abt 29 Jan 1611/2; m Thomasina FRYE abt 1632; 5 children
- Mark, b 25 Aug 1616; m. Avis ___ about 1658; at least one child (Hannah)