WILKIN of Montserrat
William Wilkin b.1810 came from England in 1835 and in 1851 married Sarah Evelina Tucker who was born in 1832 in Antigua. William died in 1883 and Sarah in 1904...both in Montserrat.
The family tradition is that the Wilkin family originally came from Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire in England. We know of six siblings, presumably born in Yorkshire, three of whom lived in the West Indies – Henry, William Henry and John Richard. There was another brother – Thomas and two sisters Louisa and Mary. These were all named in Henry’s Will made in 1883.
William came to Montserrat with his friend Thomas Masters Howes (a Yorkshire doctor) to sell ploughs. The story goes that one day in Yorkshire, Thomas was walking on a country road when a lady in a trap passed with runaway horse. Thomas stopped the horse and saved the lady. Her husband, a Mr Johnson was so grateful to Howes for saving his wife’s life that he offered Howes a job as a manager of his estate (Roches) in Montserrat. So Thomas Masters Howes and Wm.H Wilkin I [and a Francis] came to Montserrat in 1835.
And so it was that William came to live in the West Indies and marry SarahTucker. The children of William and Sarah were: Eva Mary, Ada Ann, Laura, Margaret, William Henry, York and Emily.