Rhoda Tinker

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Rhoda Tinker, daughter of Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin, was born probably shortly before her baptism at New Windsor, Berkshire, England, 16 June 1611.1 She died at Norwalk, Connecticut, before 6 September 1694, when John Taylor's will was finally probated after her death.1

Rhoda married (1) Thomas Hobbs at Windsor, Connecticut, 1 November 1631;1 she married (2) John Taylor, about 1639;2,3 she married (3) Walter Hoyt, son of Simon Hoyt and Jane Stoodlie, about 1651. The ancestries of Hobbs and Taylor are unknown (or not traced here).4,5

Richardson believes Rhoda Tinker immigrated (probably with her sister Mary and brother John) after the death of Thomas Hobbs, and later married John Taylor and Walter Hoyt. His rationale includes:
Rhoda Taylor did have a prior marriage as indicated in John Taylor's will of 1645, though the names of the daughters are not given.
The name Rhoda appears repeatedly among the descendants of Rhoda Tinker's two sisters and brother who also immigrated to New England.
Rhoda's second husband, John Taylor, and Matthias Sension (husband of Mary Tinker) both owned home lots in the Palisado in Windsor, and her third husband, Walter Hoyt, owned a farm in Windsor opposite that of John Tinker.
Both Hoyt and Sension later removed to Norwalk and there were intermarriages of their children.

Richardson did trace the tract John Taylor bequeathed to his two stepdaughters, but the widow Taylor conveyed that tract, along with Taylor's homelot and other Windsor land holdings, before her daughters came into possession of it, so that is not useful for attempting to to trace them.6

Family 1

Thomas Hobbs d. bef. 1639
  • (…) Hobbs1 b. say 1632, d. aft. 1645
  • (…) Hobbs1 b. say 1634, d. aft. 1645

Family 2

John Taylor d. aft. 24 Nov 1645
  • John Taylor1 b. say 1640, d. 13 May 1704
  • Thomas Taylor+1 b. say 1642, d. aft. 1707

Family 3

Walter Hoyt b. 29 Nov 1618, d. Jan 1699
  • Zerubbabel Hoyt4 b. abt. 1652
This person was last edited on29 Dec 2017


  1. [S711] Douglas Richardson, "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families. Part Two: John Tinker of Boston and Lancaster, Massachusetts and Windsor and New London, Connecticut," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (Oct 1995): 401-432, further cited as Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker."
  2. [S711] Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker," 413 n36.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1492, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S387] Paul W. Prindle, "Thomas3, Son of Walter2 Hoyt of Windsor and Norwalk, Conn.," The American Genealogist 66 (Oct 1991): 217-218, further cited as Prindle, "Thomas Hoyt."
  5. [S1872] Torrey, New England Marriages (2011), 807. Torrey also suggests Walter's may (with multiple question marks) have been Elizabeth St. John.
  6. [S711] Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker," 412 n36.