Daniel Gookin

Brief Life History of Daniel

When Daniel Gookin was born in 1687, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Captain Samuel Gookin I, was 35 and his mother, Mary Larkin, was 35. He died on 17 June 1743, in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 56.

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Captain Samuel Gookin I
1652–1730
Mary Larkin
1652–1707
Mary Gookin
1679–1743
Elizabeth Gookin
1681–1762
Captain Samuel Gookin II
1683–1768
Nathaniel Gookin
1685–1686
Daniel Gookin
1687–1743

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    Name Meaning

    Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Guagáin (see McGuigan ).

    History: Born in 1612 in England or Ireland of an Irish father, the soldier and magistrate Daniel Gookin spent time in VA on his father's plantation as a teenager. In 1644 he moved to MA to escape the persecutions of Governor Berkeley. He was a stalwart defender of the rights of the Indians and wrote two books on the subject, Historical Collections of the Indians in New England, written in 1674 and The Doings and Sufferings of the Christian Indians, completed in 1677. Gookin also wrote a History of New England, the manuscript of which was unfortunately destroyed without being published. He died in 1687.

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