Robert Junkins, #42 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

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Published on: 23 Dec 2014
Updated: 12 Feb 2017

Descendants and Researchers

Name variations: Robard Junkes, Jinkins

Additional information:
Junkins’ Garrison – York, Maine
– Helpful timeline
Robert Junkins’ Story
Use with caution

First Generation in the New World

1. ROBERT JUNKINS, may have been born at Brechin, Angus, Scotland about 1621. He died at Scotland Parish, York County, Maine in November 1699. He married in York County*, about 1664/6*, SARAH SMYTH/SMITH*, of Cape Neddick.

Biographical Notes:

Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

Early Maine Deeds and Wills. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)

YORK DEEDS, Volume 5, Page 260. Early Maine Deeds and Wills. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)

“Kittery, Maine, Probate 2 Jan 1699” From: Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. (Athens: University of Georgia, 1994, paperback version, 2004), 36.

Children of Robert and Sarah (Smyth/Smith) Junkins:
2.   i. JOSEPH JUNKINS, born about 1672; d. at Scotland Parish, Maine on 6 April 1711 (by Indians)
2.  ii. ALEXANDER JUNKINS, was probably born in York County, Maine about 1675. He married in Maine by 1701, CATHERINE STACKPOLE.
2. iii. DANIEL JUNKINS, born about 1680;

Second Generation

2. i. JOSEPH JUNKINS, was probably born in York County, about 1672 and died at Scotland Parish, Maine on 6 April 1711 (by Indians). He married, widow, ABIGAIL (INGERSOLL) LEWIS.

Children of Joseph and Abigail (Ingersoll) Junkins:
3. i. JOSEPH JUNKINS, may have been born in Scotland Parish and was born about July 1710. (He was 9 months old at his father’s death.)
3. ii. JOHN JUNKINS, was born on 21 Sep 1711

2. ii. ALEXANDER JUNKINS, was probably born in York County, Maine about 1675. He married in Maine by 1701, CATHERINE STACKPOLE.

2. iii. DANIEL JUNKINS, was probably born in York County, Maine about 1680.

SOURCES AND NOTES:
“Kittery, Maine, Probate 2 Jan 1699
From: Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. (Athens: University of Georgia, 1994, paperback version, 2004), 36.

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Scots at Oyster River
Robert Junkins (d. 1699)
by B. Craig Stinson
23 July 2016

Robert Junkins gradually acquired land in upper York, or Scotland Parish.  He constructed a fortified garrison house and became a farmer, or “planter.”  His story is recounted in Junkins family histories found on a well-maintained website, and an artifact from his home, the cradle that rocked his sons, is preserved in the Old Gaol Museum at York, Maine.  Junkins died in 1699, and his will is recorded in Maine Wills 1640-1760.  His son Joseph died in a horrific way in an  Indian attack in 1711.

Robert Junkins, aka Robard Junkes
#42 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list

Junkins family histories name Valentine Hill as his original owner.  That same history says Valentine Hill also owned Andrew Rankin [#94 DPL] and Micum McIntire [#61 DPL].

HTDNH 81:
1657 taxed at Oyster River
1657 bought land Oyster River with Edward “Urine” and Henry Brown [GDMNH 394]
1663 taxed at Oyster River as “Robard Junkes”
By 1662 had a garrison house in upper York (“Scotland”) that was still standing in early 1900’s [GDMNH 394]
1667 Junkins and James Grant were bondsmen for Andrew Rankin
before 1670 wife was Sarah Smith “Junckins” [Junkins family history]
22 March 1681 took oath of allegiance at York
2 March 1696-7 – will
3 Dec 1699 inventory returned; £90:13 [Maine Wills 128-129]
3 children named: Joseph, Alexander, and Daniel

“With an original holding of six acres, he built his homestead at Scotland on a rise overlooking the York river where he retained command of his farm lands and orchards for the remainder of his life, adding to his land holding from time to time – 20 acres on 24th March 1680, a further 32 acres in the same year, and another parcel for an orchard and barn on 10 June 1681. Before 1670 he married Sarah Smyth of Cape Neddick. They had three sons, Joseph (b. 1672), Alexander (b. 1675) and Daniel (b. circa 1680). The cradle in which they were rocked (and their children and grandchildren) is now in the Old Gaol Museum of the Old York Historic Society.”
http://junkinsfamilyassociation.wikidot.com/robert-junkins-story
Robert’s son Joseph Junkins was killed by five Indians near the Scotland garrison April 6, 1711:
“Joseph Junkins was stripped, scalped, and left for dead, but arose and walked to the garrison, gave an account and lived two hours.” [GDMNH 394]
Joseph’s wife Abigail Ingersoll Lewis Junkins (already once a widow) was left with a 9-month-old son Joseph and was pregnant with John, who was born 21 Sept 1711. [GDMNH 394]
“Robert’s will is dated 2 March 1696 and, with his mark at the bottom, is lodged in the York County Court House in Alfred, Maine. It was witnessed by John Hancock, Arthur Bragdon, Jr. and Joseph Pray in 1697, this John Hancock being the grandfather of the John Hancock who signed the American Declaration of Independence. On 2 January 1699, the will was recorded, and in November of the same year he died. Robert’s wife Sarah inherited and when she died on 20 March 1718, it was Alexander2 who inherited the homestead, for his older brother Joseph had been killed by Indians near the Garrison house on 2 April 1711.”

“Robert Junkins was born in Scotland and he died at Scotland. He was assigned to enslavement at Durham and he worked in bondage in Durham. But the Scotlands and the Durhams were an ocean apart, and so may be seen in the individual life of one christened in Brechin Cathedral the tumult, dislocation, anguish, near death, enslavement and renewed hope which those who could count themselves fortunate among Scots experienced in his times.”
http://junkinsfamilyassociation.wikidot.com/robert-junkins-story

Sources:
HTDNH History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire, vol. 1, Everett S. Stackpole and Lucien Thompson, 1913, p. 81.
GDMNH Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Noyes, Libby, and Davis, Portland, Maine: The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1928-1939, p. 394.
Maine Wills 1640-1760, William M. Sargent, Portland: Brown Thurston and Co., 1887, pp. 128-129.
http://junkinsfamilyassociation.wikidot.com/robert-junkins-story

B. Craig Stinson
July 23, 2016
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SOURCES AND NOTES:

Early Maine Deeds and Wills. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)

Early Maine Deeds and Wills. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)

 

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