Friday, October 16, 2009

The John Chipman Family- US 1631- Current

1631 Friendship
**Connected to the William Crocker Family at Eleazer Crocker b. 21 July 1650**
**Connected to the John Howland Family at John Howland b. abt. 1602**
**Underlined names are linked to their connecting pages**

First Generation
John Chipman b. abt 1614 at Bryans Piddle, England; m (1) Hope Howland; m (2) 1684 Ruth Sargent; d. 1708.
Their Children:
1. Samuel b. 15 April 1661 at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA; m. 27 December 1686 Sarah Cobb  Barnstable, Barnstable, MA; d. 1723.
2. John b. 3 March 1670 at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA; m (1) Mary Skiff; m (2) Elizabeth Handley; m (3) Hannah Hoxie; d. 4 January 1756.
3. Elizabeth b. 24 June 1647; m. Hosea Joyce
4. Hope b. 31 August 1652; m (1) Jonathan Huckins; m (2) Jonathan Cobb;
5. Lydia b. 25 December 1654; m. John Sargent
6. Hannah b. 14 January 1658; m. 1680 Thomas Huckins;
7. Ruth b. 31 December 1663; m. 1682 Eleazer Crocker
8. Bethia b, 1 July 1666; Shubael Dimock
9. Mercy b, 6 February 1668; m. 1699 Nathan Skiff
10. Desire b. 26 February 1673; m. 1695 Col., Melatiah Bourne
11. Son
12. Daughter
      John sailed from Barnstable, Devon, England in May 1631. He sailed on the Friendship and arrived in Boston, Suffolk, MA on 14 July 1631. It seems he lived in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA from 1631 to 1646. He later moved to Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA from 1646 to 1649. He later moved to Barnstable, Barnstable, MA until 1670 and again moved to Sandwich, MA. In the records there is a suit filed by Chipman on 2 March 1642 against his cousin, John Derby. He claimed that Derby withheld money from him. He served as a selectman. In Plymouth, he was a Deputy to Court. He and his assistants were at many early Quaker meetings and “endeavor to reduce them from errors of their ways.”
     He joined the church at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA on 30 June 1653. The records of the church state, “Henry Cobb and John Chipman were chosen and ordained to be ruling elders of the same church and were solemnly invested with office upon ye 14th day of April A. D. 1670. : p. 13
     He married Hope Howland in 1646. In 1684, he remarried, this time to Ruth Sargent. John’s will was dated 12 November 1702 and proved 17 May 1708. In it his wife, Ruth, the children, and his grandchildren Mary Gale and Jabez Dimock, and a friend Reverend Jonathan Russell of Barnstable was mentioned

1. The Chipman Family, A Genealogy of the Chipmans in America, Bert Lee Chipman, Bert L. Chipman Publisher, Winston- Salem, NC
2. Swain and Allied Families, William C. Swain. Swain and Tate Company Milwaukee, Wis. 1896

The John Tilley, Pilgrim- U.S.1620 - Current- Mayflower

Dunbar Lineage

**Connected to the Howland Family at John Howland (1602-1673) **

Generation One:
John Tilley b. abt. 1571; baptized 19 December 1571 at Henlow, Bedfordshire, England; m. bef. 1597 Joan Hurst; d. March 1621 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA .
Their children:
1. Rose b. abt. 1597; baptized 23 October 1597; died young.
2. John b. abt. 1599; baptized 26 August 1599;
3. Rose b. abt. 1601; baptized 28 February 1601/2
4. Robert b. abt. 1604; baptized 25 November 1604
5. Elizabeth b. 1607; baptized 30 August 1607; m. 1622 John Howland at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. 21 December 1687 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA

      John Tilley was a passenger on the Mayflower with his wife and daughter. He was the sixteenth signer of the Compact. He was a member of the exploration party that found Plymouth harbor. Both he and his wife Joan died the first winter.

1. Great Migration
2. Plymouth Court Records
3. History of Bridgewater
4. Swain and Allied Families, William C. Swain. Swain and Tate Company Milwaukee, Wis. 1896
5.May flower Increasing Second Edition

Monday, October 12, 2009

The John Howland Family, Pilgrim- US 1620- current- Mayflower

Dunbar Lineage
**Connected to the Bosworth Family at Jonathan Bosworth b. 1636**
**Connected to the John Brown Family at James Brown b. abt. 1623**
**Connected to the John Chipman Family at John Chipman b. abt. 1620**

Generation One:
John Howland- abt. 1602 assumed at Fenstanton, Huntingdon, England; m. abt 1625 Elizabeth Tilley; d. 23 February 1673 at Rocky Nook, Kingston, Kingston, Plymouth, MA
Their children:
1. Desire b. abt. February 1626 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 1643 Captain John Gorham; d. 13 October 1683 at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, aged 57 years.
2. John b. 24 February 1627 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 26 October 1621 Mary Lee at West Barnstable, Barnstable, MA; d. abt 1702 aged 74 years
3. Hope b. 20 August 1629 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. abt 1646 John Chipman; d. 8 January 1684 aged 54 year
4. Jabez b.abt 1631 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. abt 1660 Bethiah Thatcher; d. 7 April 1708 at Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island aged 77 years
5. Elizabeth b. Feb 1633 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m (1) 13 September 1649 Ephraim Hicks at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m (2) 10 July 1651 John Dickerson; d. 26 January 1683 at Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Aged 49 years
6. Lydia b. abt 1634 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. abt 1655 James Brown; d. 10 October 1710 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, aged 76 years
7. Hannah b. abt 1639 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 6 July 1661 Jonathan Bosworth at Swansea, Bristol, MA;
8. Joseph b. abt 1637 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 7 December 1664 Elizabeth Southworth; d. 1 January 1704, aged 67 years
9. Ruth b. abt 1642 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 17 December 1664 Thomas Cushman at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
10. Isaac b. 15 November 1649 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; m. 1672 Elizabeth Vaughan at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; d. 9 March 1724
     John Howland was baptized on 16 Jan 1603 at Ely, Cambridge, England. John Howland boarded the Mayflower in England in September 1620.He was the 13th name on the list of 41 who signed the Mayflower Compact. He was 28 years old at that time. He was a servant or sometimes considered a member of Governor Carver’s family.

His travel across the Atlantic was not without danger. Governor Bradford wrote:
 “ In sundrie of these stormes the winds were so fierce and ye seas so high, as they could not beare a knote of saile, but were forced to hull for diverce days together. And in one of them, as they lay thus at hull, in a mightie storme, a lustie yonge man (called John Howland_ coming upon some occasion above ye gratings, was, hould of he top-saile halliards which hunge overboard, and rane out at length; yet he hild his hold (though he was sundrie fndomes under water) till he was hald up by ye same rope to ye brime of ye water, and then with a boat hooke and other means got into ye ship againe, and his life was saved; and though he was some thing ill with it, yet he lived many years after, and became a profitable member both in church and commone wealth.” 1p. 316

      When the Mayflower was yet in Cape Cod Harbor, ten of her "principal men", including John, were sent out in a boat, manned by eight sailors, to select a place to establish a home. A storm drove them into Plymouth harbor, and Plymouth was selected as the place of settlement.
     The winter of 1620-21 saw half of the 102 (+2 newborns) die. John was one of the few not ill who cared for the sick and buried the dead. His employer, Gov. John Carver, died of sunstroke, now presumed to be a stroke or heart attack. John was given the responsibility of managing the household. When Carver’s wife died in May of 1621 only a month after the Governor, the household, originally of eight: John Carver, Katherine, his wife, John Howland, Desire Minter, Roger Wilder, man servant, Jasper More, the boy, William Latham, the boy, and the servant maid. Roger Wilder had already passed before Carver, and the maid servant died in a year or so after. Jasper died on 6 December 1621. The remaining members, John, Desire, and William were the only ones left.
    In the 1623 division of land, John was allotted four acres “lying on the south side of the borook to the woodward.” It is assumed that he and Elizabeth married around 1625, when she was about 16 years for in 1627, the division of cattle allotted to him, his wife, son John and daughter, Desire one of the 4 heifers that came in the Jacob called Ragborn.

     “ In 1627 Isaac Allerton was sent to London to secure a patent for the Kennebec and the Pilgrims then erected a trading house on the river at Cuchenoc in what is now Augusta. This patent was superseded by another in January 1630 under which Plymouth received exclusive jurisdiction over the Kennebec within a limit of 15 miles down the river from the falls where they had built a house. In their trading they first used a shallop but soon found they needed a larger boat, so the Pilgrims cut the shallop in half, added six feet in the middle and decked it over. This vessel, called a barque, was used for the next seven years. John Howland was put in charge of the trading post and in 1634 he and John Alden were the magistrates in authority there.
     In 1633, John’s tax was 18 shillings, the same as miles Standish. In 1634, Unfortunately, Pilgrims and Indians were not the only ones on the Kennebec. Agents of Lord Say and Seal and Lord Brooke also were on hand to make a fast pound or two. One April day John Howland found John Hocking riding at anchor within the area claimed by Plymouth. Hocking was from the nearby Piscataqua Plantation. Howland went up to him in their “barke” and politely asked Hocking to weigh anchors and depart. Apparently Hocking used some strong language and the two exchanged some words not recorded, but the result of the conversation was that Hocking would not leave and Howland would not let him stay.
     Howland then sent three of his men—John Irish, Thomas Savory and William Rennoles (Reynolds?) — to cut the cables of Hocking’s boat. They severed one but the strong current prevented them from cutting the other cable so Howland called them back and ordered Moses Talbott to go with them. The four men were able to maneuver their canoe to the other cable, but Hocking was waiting on deck armed with a carbine and a pistol in his hand. He aimed first at Savory and then as the canoe swished about he put his gun almost to Talbott’s head. Seeing this, Howland called to Hocking not to shoot his man but to “take himself as his mark.” Saying his men were only doing what he had ordered them to do. If any wrong was being done it was he that did it, Howland shouted. Howland called again for Hocking to aim at him.
     Hocking, however, would not even look at Howland and shortly afterwards Hocking shot Talbott in the head and then took up his pistol intending to shoot another of Howland’s men. Bradford continues the story in his history of Plymouth: Howland’s men were angered and naturally feared for their lives so one of the fellows in the canoe raised his musket and shot Hocking “who fell down dead and never spake word.”
     The surviving poachers must have skedaddled for home where they soon wrote to the bigwigs in England but failed to tell the whole truth including the fact that Hocking had killed a Plymouth man first. The lords “were much offended” and must have made known their anger. The hocking affair did have severe international implications. Colonists feared that King Charles might use it as an excuse for sending over a royal governor to rule all New England. This was a real threat for early in 1634 the king had created a Commission for Regulating Plantations with power to legislate in both civil and religious matters and even to revoke charters.”
     In the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 John Howland was assessed 18s., and in the list of 27 March 1634 £1 4s. [PCR 1:9, 27]. John Howland was a Purchaser [PCR 2:177].On 4 December 1637 "forty acres of land are granted to Mr. John Howland, lying at the Island Creeke Pond at the western end thereof, with the marsh ground that he useth to mow there" [PCR 1:70]. On 5 November 1638 the "island called Spectacle, lying upon Green's Harbor, is granted to Mr. John Howland" [PCR 1:102, 110, 168]. Granted six acres of meadow "at the North Meadow by Jones River" [PCR 2:49].

     The Howland family lived in  a house that is still standing in Plymouth. It is know as the Carver House and is located on Sandwich Street. Originally the house was 6-8 foot post, but it appears to have had the roof raised at least three times. In 1638 they moved to Rocky Nook, Kingston, Kingston, MA.
     John died at Plymouth, MA, on 23 February 1672. He was buried on 25 February 1672 in Plymouth, MA.

     "The 23th of February 1672 Mr John Howland senir of the Towne of Plymouth Deceased: he was a Godly man and an ancient professor in the waves of Christ hee lived untill hee attained above eighty yeares in the world, hee was one of the first Comers into this land and proved a usefull Instrument of Good in his place & was the last man that was left of those that Came over in the shipp Called the Mayflower, that lived in Plymouth hee was with honor Intered att the Towne of Plymouth on the 25 of February 1672".

      On Burial Hill is a monument to John Howland erected in 1897 with funds raised by Mrs. Joseph Howland. This replaces a stone erected about 1836 by John and Henry Howland of Providence, Rhode Island. The earlier stone was buried under the new one. This earlier stone stated that John Howland’s wife was “a daughter of Governor Carver”, but after the discovery in 1856 of Governor William Bradford’s manuscript Of Plimoth Plantation, it was known that he married Elizabeth Tilley, daughter of John and Joan Tilley who were also passengers of the Mayflower.

Notes: He had two brothers, Arthur and Henry who arrived a few years later. Arthur Howland married Margaret Reed, settled in Marshfield and had five children. Sir Winston Churchill, an honorary member of the Pilgrim John Howland Society, was one of his descendants. Henry Howland married Mary (Newland) and lived in Duxbury. They had eight children. Both brothers joined the Society of Friends. For many generations the descendants of these two men remained Quakers, many settled around Dartmouth, Massachusetts where they became very prosperous.
Transcribed from the original records,
John Howland died at Plymouth, on the twenty third of February 1672 - 3 and his will and inventory were recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume III, Part I, pages 49 to 54.
[p. 49] The Last Will and Testament of mr John howland of Plymouth late Deceased, exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the fift Day of March Anno Dom 1672 on the oathes of mr Samuell ffuller and mr Willam Crow as followeth
Know all men to whom these prsents shall Come That I John howland senir of the Towne of New Plymouth in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England in America, this twenty ninth Day of May one thousand six hundred seaventy and two being of whole mind, and in Good and prfect memory and Remembrance praised be God; being now Grown aged; haveing many Infeirmities of body upon mee; and not Knowing how soon God will call mee out of this world, Doe make and ordaine these prsents to be my Testament Containing herein my last Will in manor and forme following;
Imp I Will and bequeath my body to the Dust and my soule to God that Gave it in hopes of a Joyfull Resurrection unto Glory; and as Concerning my temporall estate, I Dispose therof as followeth;
Item I Doe give and bequeath unto John howland my eldest sonne besides what lands I have already given him, all my Right and Interest To that one hundred acrees of land graunted mee by the Court lying on the eastern side of Taunton River; between Teticutt and Taunton bounds and all the appurtenances and privilidges Therunto belonging, I belonge to him and his heires and assignes for ever; and if that Tract should faile, then to have all my Right title and Interest by and in that Last Court graunt to mee in any other place, To belonge to him his heires and assignes for ever;
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Jabez howland all those my upland and Meddow That I now posesse at Satuckett and Paomett, and places adjacent, with all the appurtenances and privilidges, belonging therunto, and all my right title and Interest therin, To belonge to him his heires and assignes for ever,
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Jabez howland all that my one peece of land that I have lying on the southsyde of the Mill brooke, in the Towne of Plymouth aforsaid; be it more or lesse; and is on the Northsyde of a feild that is now Gyles Rickards senir To belonge to the said Jabez his heires and assignes for ever;
Item I give and bequeath into Isacke howland my youngest sonne all those my uplands and meddowes Devided and undivided with all the appurtenances and priviliges unto them belonging, lying and being in the Towne of Middlebery, and in a tract of Land Called the Majors Purchase neare Namassakett Ponds; which I have bought and purchased of Willam White of Marshfeild in the Collonie of New Plymouth; which may or shall appeer by any Deed or writing that is Given under the said Whites hand all such Deeds or writinges Together with the aformensioned prticulares To belonge to the said Isacke his heires and assignes for ever;
Item I give and bequeath unto my said son Isacke howland the one halfe of my twelve acree lott of Meddow That I now have att Winnatucsett River within the Towne of Plymouth aforsaid To belonge to him the said Isacke howland his heires and assignes for ever,
Item I Will and bequeath unto my Deare and loveing wife Elizabeth howland the use and benifitt of my now Dwelling house in Rockey nooke in the Township of Plymouth aforsaid, with the outhousing lands, That is uplands [p. 50] uplands and meadow lands and all appurtenances and privilidges therunto belonging in the Towne of Plymouth and all other Lands housing and meddowes that I have in the said Towne of Plymouth excepting what meadow and upland I have before given To my sonnes Jabez and Isacke howland During her naturall life to Injoy make use of and Improve for her benifitt and Comfort;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Joseph howland after the Decease of my loveing wife Elizabeth howland my aforsaid Dwelling house att Rockey nooke together with all the outhousing uplands and Meddowes appurtenances and privilidges belonging therunto; and all other housing uplands and meddowes appurtenances and privilidges That I have within the aforsaid Towne of New Plymouth excepting what lands and meadowes I have before Given To my two sonnes Jabez and Isacke; To belong to him the said Joseph howland To him and his heires and assignes for ever;
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Desire Gorum twenty shillings
Item I Give and bequeath To my Daughter hope Chipman twenty shillings
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Dickenson twenty shillings
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Lydia Browne twenty shillings
Item I Give & bequeath to my Daughter hannah Bosworth twenty shillings
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ruth Cushman twenty shillings
Item I Give to my Grandchild Elizabeth howland The Daughter of my son John howland twenty shillings
Item my will is That these legacyes Given to my Daughters, be payed by my exequitrix in such species as shee thinketh meet; Item I will and bequeath unto my loveing wife Elizabeth howland, my Debts and legacyes being first payed, my whole estate: viz: lands houses goods Chattles; or any thinge else that belongeth or appertaineth unto mee, undisposed of be it either in Plymouth Duxburrow or Middlbery or any other place whatsoever; I Doe freely and absolutly give and bequeath it all to my Deare and loveing wife Elizabeth howland whom I Doe by these prsents, make ordaine and Constitute to be the sole exequitrix of this my Last will and Testament to see the same truely and faithfully prformed according to the tenour therof; In witnes wherof the said John howland senir have heerunto sett my hand and seale the aforsaid twenty ninth Day of May, one thousand six hundred seaventy and two 1672
Signed and sealed in the John howland prsence of Samuell ffuller And a seale Willam Crow

Elizabeth's Story:

     John died at the Plymouth house, bought by their son, Jabez. John and Elizabeth would winter there. In 1673moved to Swansea to live with her daughter, Lydia Brown. But the Swansea home is in the middle of the conflict with King Phillip so Elizabeth fled to family in  Barnstable. Around 1675 the Rocky Nook Farm house burned to the ground and Elizabeth moves in with Jabez' family. In 1680 Jabez sells the Plymouth house and Elizabeth signed the deed.  When she died in Dec. 22, 1687, she was buried in the Brown Family plot in Little Neck Cemetery in what is now east Providence, Rhode Island. The monument and grave are maintained by the Pilgrim John Howland Society.
Her final will :
“And first being penitent & sorry from ye bottom of my heart for all my sins past most humbly desiring forgiveness for ye same I give & commit my soule unto Almighty God my Savior & Redeemer in whome & by ye merits of Jesus Christ I trust & believe assuedly to be saved & to have full remission & forgiveness of all my sins & that my Soule wt my Body at the generall day of resurrection shall rise againe wt Joy & through meritts of Christ’s Death & passion possesse & inherit ye Kingdome of Heaven…” 
"It is my Will & Charge to all my Children that they walke in ye Feare of ye Lord, and in Love and peace towards each other…”

1. John Howland Society
2. John Howland- Pilgrim Hall
3. John Howland- Mayflower
4. John Howland- Find a Grave

1. Great Migration
2. Plymouth Court Records
3. History of Bridgewater
4. Swain and Allied Families, William C. Swain. Swain and Tate Company Milwaukee, Wis. 1896
5. May flower Increasing Second Edition p. 67-
6. Pilgrim Village Sketches-

The John Brown Family- US 1635- Current

**Connected to the Joseph Kent Family Lineage at Joseph Kent b. 1665**
Generation One:
John Brown- b. abt. 1595 at England; m. abt. 1616 Dorothy Brown Nee Unknown; d. 10 April 1662 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, aged 71 years.
Their children:
1. Mary b. 1616 ; m. 16 July 1636 Thomas Willett
2. James b abt 1623 at England
3. John b. 1627; m. abt 1655 Lydia Buckland
     John originally game from London, London, England. He immigrated here in 1635 on the Elizabeth. In England he was a baker, later became a magistrate. He is listed in the Plymouth Colony Records as have been chosen as an assistant to Governor Bradford in 1635. He held this position for the seventeen years. He was also chosen assistant for the years 1636 and 1649. He was a commissioner from Plymouth Colony as the commissioner of the United Colonies of New England for 1644-48 and 1650-51. He was one of the four viewers of the hay grounds from the town of Plymouth to Island Creek on 20 March 1636/7 (PCR 1:55). On 2 October 1637 he was added to the committee to divide the meadow ground between the Eel River and South River (PCR 1”67) He was appointed with Captain Willet on 5 march 1660/1 to apprehend Henry Hobson from Rhode Island for authorizing a counterfeit solemnizing of marriage of Robert Whetcom and Mary Cudworth (PCR 3:209)
     He had a house on the Jones River but sold it by 1640. In 1641 John along with Edward Winslow were appointed to purchase a tract of land eight miles across at Asameccum for the inhabitants of Seekonk He held interests in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA and at Wannamoisett in Swansea, Bristol, MA. He moved the family to Wannamoisett before 1645.He is buried at the Viall Burial Ground on Little Neck at the head of Bullock’s Cove.

Generation Two:
James Brown- b. abt 1623 at England; m.abt 1655 Lydia Howland; d. 29 October 1710
Their Children:
1. James b. 4 May 1655; d. 1725 at Barrington, Providence, Rhode Island
2. Dorothy b. 29 August 1666; m. Joseph Kent;
3. Jabez b. 9 July 1668; m. Jane Nee Unknown Brown; d. 1747

     James is listed as being an assistant to the court for Rehoboth in 1673 and 1683

1. New England families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 4, William Richard Cutter p.1694
2. History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Part 1, edited by Duane Hamilton Hurd, p. 249
3. History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts, William Thomas Davis p. 14
4. Great Migration  pp.420-427

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The William Carpenter Family- US 1638 to Current

**Connected to the Joseph Kent Family Lineage at John Kent b. 8 Sep 1697**

Generation One:
William Carpenter- b. abt. 1605 at England; m. Abigail Carpenter Nee Unknown; d. February 1659 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA at aged 54 years.
Their Children:
1. John b. about 1628 at England; m. Hannah Hope d. 23 May 1695 aged 67 years.
2. Abigail b. abt. 1630 at England ; m. 1659 John Titus, Jr; d. 5 March 1710 aged 80 years.
3. William b. abt. 1632 at England.
4. Joseph b. abt. 1634 at England; m. 25 May 1655 Margaret Sutton; d. bef. 6 May 1675.
5. Hannah b. 3 April 1640 at Weymouth, Norfolk, MA.; m. Joseph Carpenter; d. abt 1670 aged 29 years.
5. Abiah b. 9 April 1643 at Weymouth, Norfolk, MA; d. bef. 1702 aged 58 years
6. Samuel b, about 1644; m. 25 May 1660 Sarah Readaway; d; 20 February 1682/83 aged 39 years.

      William and Abigail came over on the Bevis in 1638 leaving Southhampton, England with William, Sr., the father. He returned to England after seeing William and Abigail settled. William of Weymouth and William of Providence were cousins. William of Providence was here two years earlier and is presumed to have assisted his cousin in adapting to the new land. William of Weymouth was also a cousin to Alice Carpenter who later married Governor Bradford. William Carpenter and Governor Bradford had a very close relationship, or at least it is presumed based on all their private and public dealings. 
     William was a farmer and was admitted a freeman 13 May 1640 at Weymouth, MA. He was a representative for Weymouth to the General Court in 1641 and 1643. He also held this position for Rehoboth in 1645. William purchased the Seekonk Plain.

     The Court of Plymouth in 1641 granted the inhabitants of Seekonk (aka. Rehoboth) liberty to take up a tract of land for their comfortable subsistence containing a quantity of eight miles square; and Court was pleased to appoint Mr. John Brown and Mr. Edward Winslow to purchase the aforesaid tract of land of Asamacum, the chief sachem and owner thereof, which accordingly hath been effected. And the purchase paid for y the aforesaid inhabitants according to the Court order. 1 p. 38

      This land was said to be the same land chosen by Roger Williams when he first driven out of the Massachusetts Colony. It was found to be in the Massachusetts limits and so he moved on to Providence, Rhode Island. In Weymouth of 1643, William was chosen proprietor’s clerk, and at a second meeting the same year, it was voted to divide the real estate of Rehoboth according to the person and value of each settler. Williams’s estate was valued at 254 pounds and 10 shillings. He also served as Proprietor’s and Town Clerk from 1643 to 1649. 

      With this position the legal business of the colony was completed by him. His transactions were all very accurate. Once he paid eight pounds, seventeen shillings, and three pence towards King Philip’s War expenses. He was on a committee to lay road from Rehoboth to Dedham. William’s name is in the division of land in the first settlement of the Colony of Rehoboth of 31 June 1644. The Colony was built in a semicircle around Seekonk Common and open toward the Seekonk River. The semicircle was called the “Ring of the Town”.

The last will and testament of William Carpenter, senior, of Rehoboth, late deceased, exhibited before Captain Thomas Willett, Major Josiah Winslow, and Mr. William Bradford, the 21at April 1659. Dated the 10th month, the 10th day of the month:
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I William Carpenter, Sr. of Rehoboth, being in perfect memory at present, blessed be God, do make my last will and Testament.
(1)- I give to my son John Carpenter one mare, being the old white mare, and my best sublet, and my handsomest coat. and new cloth to make him a pair of breeches.
(2)- I give unto his son beside twenty shillings to buy him a calf.
(3)- I give to him Mr. Ainsworths upon the five books of Moses, Canticles, and Psalms, and Mr. Brightman on revelation and m y concordance.
(4)-I give to my son William the young grey mare, or two yearling colts, and five pounds in sugar and wampum, and my (passett) coate, and one suit of apparel, and Mr. Mahew on the four Evangelists upon the 14 chapters of Saule (or Paul).
(5)- I give unto him my Latin books, my Greek grammar, and Hebrew grammar. And my Greek Lexicon. And I give him 10 (or 5) pounds of cotton wool: and to his son John, twenty shillings to be paid him a year after my decease.
(6)- I give unto my son Joseph. Two f the youngest steers of the four that were bought to work this year: and to his son Joseph, twenty shillings, and to Joseph I give one of Perkin’s works and of Barrows upon private contentions called harts divisions.
(7)-I give to Joseph a suit of better cloths, to be given at his mother’s discretion. And I give him a green serge coat. and ten pounds of cotton wool, and a match lock gun.
(8)- I give to give my daughter Hannah half of my Common at Pawtuxet, and one-third of my impropriate only my meadow expected. And my home lot. And that land I had laid out to cousin that I had for the low land cousin Carpenter that I had by. (no doubt refers to exchange of land or land purchased of Joseph Carpenter son of William of Providence, RI.)
(9)- I give my daughter Hannah one yearling heifer, also I give Hannah her Bible, the practice of piety and the volume of prayer, and one ewe at the island, and twenty pounds of cotton and six pounds of wool.
(10)- I give to my son (Abijah) Abiah the rest of my land at Pawtuxet and the meadow after my decease: and his mother and Samuel to help him build a house. Because Samuel hath a house built already. Only if my wife marry again. She shall have nothing to do with that land.
(11)- I give to my daughter Abigail, one young mare, a three-year old bay mare. And if the mare should be dead at Spring. She shall have fifteen pounds in her stead. Within one year after my decease.
(12)-I give twenty shillings to John Titus. His for to be paid a year after my decease: but if John Titus comes to dwell and take the house and land. Which I sent word he shall have if he come. Then he shall have the land and not the money.
(13)- I give to my son Samuel, one-half of my land which I now live upon. (and two pens of the young sheep. Two cows. One bull) and he now lives on. with his furniture. And half of my working tools: and Abiah the other half: and Samuel to have one book of Psalms, a Dictionary, and a Gun, and my best coat, and one ewe at the island.
(14)- I give to my wife the other half of the land I now live upon. Her lifetime, and the use of my household stuff. Carts. And plows. If she not marry. But if she marry she shall have a third part in my land and Samuel, the rest: and she shall have four oxen. One mare. Which is called the black mare, four cows. One bed and its furniture. One pot, one good kettle and one little and one skillet and half of the pewter her lifetime, and then to give it up to the children: and if she does not marry. To have the rest of my land at Pawtuxet, which remaineth, that which is left which is not given to my daughter Hannah and that which is left Abiah to have after my wife’s decease: if she marry to have it the next year after.
(15)- I give to my wife those books of Perkins called Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, the good Bible. Burroughs Jewell of Contentment, the oil of Gladness.
(16)- I give her two hundred of sugar.
(17)- My wife is to have the room I now lodge in , and the chamber over it, and to have liberty to come to the fire and do her occasions and she shall have the meadow that was made in John Titus lot because it is near, and she is to have a way to the swamp through the lot. And if John Titus come. Samuel is to have two acres out of his lot that is not broken up, and my wife is to have the rest: and Samuel to break it up for her. Also I gave to my wife (corn) towards housekeeping, and the cloth in the house towards clothing herself and the children with her, and twine that she hath to serve towards house-keeping, and three acres at the Island.
(18)- I give to Abiah, a yearling mare colt, being the white mare’s colt, and one yearling heifer, and Dr. Jarvis Catechism, and Helens History of the World, and one ewe- about my wife’s occasion when she was at the Island (Abiah was to care for her when at the Island).
(19)- When the legacies are paid out, the remainder is to be disposed amount the children at the discretion of my wife and the overseers. Memorandum:- If my son Titus come and do possess the land in two divisions, the fresh meadow, salt one last laid out, and not the fresh I fenced in. and to pay the rates for, for that he do agree, and if he go from it, he shall not sell it to any but his brother Samuel or his mother.
This is my Will and Testament to which I set my hand
William Carpenter of Rehoboth
The day and year before written.
(20)- I make my wife the Executrix and Overseers to be Richard Bowen and John Allen is to be helpful to my wife, and I appoint my brother Carpenter to help and to have ten shillings for their pains.
This will was attached this 21st day of April 1659
Thomas Willett
Josiah Winslow
William Bradford
Plymouth 7th February 1669. The foregoing is a true copy from Plymouth Colony Records. Wills. Vol. 2 Pages 280, 81, 82, and 83.
Pawtuxet , Rhode Island was called the Island.

Generation Two:
William- b. abt 1632 at England; m(1)5 October 1651 Priscilla Bennett; m(2) 10 December 1663 Miriam Seales at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 26 January 1702 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, aged 70 years.
M (1) Children:
1. John b. 19 October 1652 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m(1) Rebecca Readaway; m(2) Sarah Nee Unknown Day;
2. William b. 20 June 1659 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. 8 April 1685 Elizabeth Robinson at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 10 March 1718 at Attleboro, Bristol, MA aged 58 years
3. Priscilla b. 24 July 1661 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. Richard Sweet at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
4. Benjamin b. 20 October 1663 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m.14 March 1691 Hannah Strong; d. 18 April 1738, aged 98 years.
M(2) Children:
5. Josiah b. 18 December 1664 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. 24 November 1692 Elizabeth Read; d. 28 February 1727 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA aged 62 years
6. Nathaniel b. 12 May 1667 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.
7. Daniel b. 8 October 1669 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m (1) 15 April 1695 Bethiah Bliss; m. 30 March 1704Elizabeth Butterworth; m(3) 12 December 1710 Margaret Thurston; m(4) 15 October 1718 Mary Hunt; m. Mary Nee Unknown Hyde; April 1756 at Attleboro, Bristol, MA; d. 14 September 1721 aged 51 years.
8. Noah b. 23 March 1672 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m(1) 3 December 1700 Sarah Johnson; m. 22 May 1727 Ruth Follet (Talbott); m(3) 29 November 1745 Tabitha Bishop; d. April 1756 aged 84 years
9. Meriam b. 26 October 1674 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; 23 June 1691 Jonathan Bliss; d. 21 May 1706 aged 31 years.
10. Obadiah b. 12 March 1678 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; 6 November 1703 Deliverance Preston; d. 25 October 1749 aged 73 years.
11. Ephraim b. 25 April 1681 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. young
12. Ephraim b. 25 April 1683 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m(1). 14 August 1704 Hannah Read; m(2) 24 March 1719 Martha Ide; d. 20April 1753 aged 69 years.
13. Hannah b. 10 April 1684 at Rehoboth Bristol, MA; m. 23 November 1703 Jonathan Chaffee
14. Abigail b. 15 April 1687 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA12 November 1706 Daniel Perrin; d. 15 January 1781 aged 94 years.

       William was Town Clerk of Rehoboth, Bristol, MA 13 May 1668 until his death. (one year 1693 the exception). He was at General Court at Plymouth as a deputy in 1668 as well as Deacon of the church that year. He was on the committee to settle the bounds between the Town of Taunton and the north purchase in 1670. In 1682, he was the Clerk of the community of the north purchase. He was on a committee to sell the ,meeting house in 1683. On 26 May 1668 he drew his lot in the meadow. He served as surveyor for the 18 February 574 division of acres. He surveyed out 83 fifty acre lots.
     He was considered very intelligent and accurate in all of his business transactions and a reliable counselor in the colony., He had superior penmanship. The house was on the left hand side of the road leading to the East Providence, Providence, RI meeting house to Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. “Some fifty to sixty rods from the crossing of the ten mile river, on a rise of land, and was one of the pleasantest spots for a house in that locality. The estate amounted to 215 pounds 5 shillings, ad four pence. 1 p. 44

Inventory of the Estate of William Carpenter
Late of Rehoboth, Deceased.
Presented the 5th of February in the year 1702 or 1703
John Butterwork
Moses Read
John WIllmarth
Item (1)- His wearing apparel. Woolen and Linnen                   10 pounds
Item (2)- In Money                                                                     2 pounds   13 shillings  4 pence
Item (3)- Four beds and furniture to them B. Std.                   21 pounds
Item(4)- Tablecloth, Napkins and sheets                                   7 pounds
Item (5) -Linen Yarn and Woolen yarn and wool                        2 pounds     6 shillings
Item (6)-Pewter, Earthen, and Glass bottles                            2 pounds   10 shillings
Item (7)- Brass Kettles and Pans and Skillet                             3 pounds
Item (8)- Iron pots, Andirons Frying pan and Tongs and Spitt   2 pounds     4 shillings
Item (9)- Books 3 pounds                                                                            10 shillings
Item (10)- Cross-cut Saw and other Tools and Bells                  1 pound     11 shillings
Item (11)- Compass to lay out land                                           2 pounds
Item (12)- 2 Guns and Swords and Ammunition                         2 pounds  10 shillings
Item (13)- A Saddle and Bridle and old iron                              1 pound      5 shillings
Item (14)- A Box Iron and Grind-stone and Hour glass                               12 shillings
Item (15)- In (pet hakes) Spinning Wheel and Cds                     1 pound      2 shillings
Item (16)-In Chests, Boxes, Tables and Chairs                         2 pounds   10 shillings
Item (17)- In Corn, Indian and English                                    10 pounds
Item (18) -In Pork, and Beef, Butter and Tallow                       4 pounds   10 shillings
Item (19)- In Wooden-ware and Lumber                                    3 pounds     5 shillings
Item (20)- In Tobacco, Flax, and Flax-seed and Salt                                 19 shillings
Item (21)- In Neat Cattle, Sheep, and in Hay                          28 pounds    10 shillings
Item (22)- In Horse kind, Swine, Two Cow-hides                        5 pounds    16 shillings
Item (23)- In Housing and Lands                                              96 pounds    12 shillings
Sum Total                                                                             215 pounds       5 shillings 4 pence

Generation Three:
Nathaniel- b. 12 May 1667 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m(1) 19 September 1693 Rachel Cooper at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m(2) Mary Preston 17 November 1695; m(3) 8 July 1707 Mary Nee Unknown Cooper; m(4) Mary Bacon
M(1) Children:
1. Nathaniel b. 8 July 1694 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 1 May 1709 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA aged 14 years.
M(2) Children:
2. Ezekiel b. 29 June 1696 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. 8 January 1719 Sarah Ide; d. 7 December 1771 aged 73 years.
3. Ezra b. 20 March 1698 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; 28 November 1723 Elizabeth Greenwood;
4. Elijah b. 22 January 1701 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 18 May 1727 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA aged 26 years.
5. Dan b. 9 June 1703 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. 5 December 1728 Mary Wiswell; d. 2 May 1748, aged 45 years.
6. Rachel b. 29 March 1705 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. 30 March 1726 John Kent at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.
M(3) Children:
7. Mary b. 14 November 1709 Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 11 December 1709 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.
8. Nathaniel b. 14 November 1709 at Rehoboth, Bristol; d. 7 December 1709 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.
9. Mary b. 19 April 1711 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 8 May 1712 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

     Nathaniel was elected town representative in 1724, 1729, 1733 and 1735. He served four year terms. He made his will in 1740 and it does not seem to have been probated but signed and sealed in the regular form.

In it he mentions his son Ezekial Carpenter, his rights in Wrentham” To his son Ezra he received in addition to what he had been given real estate, money and other minor articles as his square barrel gun,, great andirons, Iron Peal, his best hat, great coat, three fine shirts, and silver shoe buckles.
He left his daughter Rachel Kent, in addition to what he had formerly given her, land and money and various articles: Namely his negro boy, named Dick: two beds and bedsteads, with the furniture belonging to them; one of the beds he then occupied: the other bed stood in the chamber with calico curtains and quilt belonging to it: one-half of the sheets in the house and also those upon the beds: a case of drawers that stood in the lower room: two chests and half the chairs: warming-pan: box iron and heaters: the round table: two thirds of the pewter: all iron pots and kettles and skillet (with exception of the largest iron kettle) that is all the brass kettles and skillet: the shay and the tackling there to belonging: a callominco gown and the largest portion of his late wife’s linen, and the cheife of all his said wife’s wearing apparel: all the wool in the house not disposed of: half of the molasses: a pair of chains: and a cow.
He gives to his son Dan ( in addition to what he had formerly given him) land and money; he also gave him a right and a held in the Town of Ashford, in the Colony of Connecticut, and he appoints him as his executor.
He also find that he gave to the first church in Rehoboth, a good tanker, (Tankard) and another tanker to the church of Attleboro to be purchased out of his estate
Signed Nathaniel Carpenter---       witnesses by Noah Carpenter 1 p. 53

1. A Genealogical History of the Rehoboth Branch of the Carpenter Family In America, Amos Carpenter, Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, Amherst, MA 1898.
2. Rehoboth Vital Records
3. Weymouth Vital Records
4. Attleboro Vital Records
5. History of Weymouth Massachusetts, 4 Vols. (Boston: Weymouth Historical Society; 1923). Vols. 1 & 2: Historical; Vols. 3 & 4: Genealogy of Weymouth Families by George Walter Chamberlain, repr. 1984.

Kent Lineage Table of Contents

Kent Lineage~Table of Contents

Gen. # Name of Head or Spouse                     Blog Family Link
1 Joseph KENT (1637-1704)                      The Joseph Kent Family- US 1645
   +Susannah AUSTIN (1643- )                      Incomplete at this time
2 Joseph KENT (1665-1735)                     The Joseph Kent Family- US 1645
   +Clarissa NEE UNKNOWN (1668- )             No direct link
   +Dorothy BROWN (1666- )                     The John Brown Family- US 1635
3 John KENT (1697-1780)                        The Joseph Kent Family- US 1645
   +Rachel CARPENTER (1705- )                The William Carpenter Family- US 1638
4 Joseph KENT (1737- 1792)                   The Joseph Kent Family- US 1645
   +Huldah BARROWS (1741-1792)           The John Barrows Family- US 1635
5 John KENT (1797- )                               The Joseph Kent Family- U.S. 1645
   +Betsey LUTHER (1767- )                         Incomplete at this time
6 Luther KENT (1802- )                            The Joseph Kent Family- U.S. 1645
   +Mary SALISBURY (1798- 1848)
   +Patience BARNEY (1816-1913)            The Jacob Barney Family- US 1629
7 Charles Newton KENT (1856- )              The Joseph Kent Family- U.S. 1645
   +Etta HODGDON (1858-1947)                   Incomplete at this time
8 David Luther KENT (1877-1966)            The Joseph Kent Family- U.S. 1645
   +Nellie May STEVENSON                           Incomplete at this time
9 Charles Herbert KENT (1907-1969)       The Joseph Kent Family- U.S. 1645
   +Laura RAYMOND (1909-1986)              The John Raymond Family- U.S. 1630

Pilgrim Connections
1. Howland              John Howland                      Oct 2009
2. Tilley                   John Tilley                           Oct 2009

Other Early Connections
Allen                        George Allen, US 1629                 April 2010
Barney                     Jacob Barney, US 1629
Barrows                    John Barrows, US 1635               Dec 2009
Bayley                      Thomas Bayley, US 1633                 April 2010

Bosworth                  Edward Bosworth, US 1634         Dec 2009
Brown                      John Brown, US 1635                  Oct 2009
Buckland                  William Buckland, US 1635         Dec 2009
Bunker                     George Bunker, US 1633             Dec 2009
Carpenter                 William Carpenter, US 1638        Oct 2009
Chickering                Francis Chickering, US 1637       Dec 2009
Davis                       James Davis, US 1636                   Oct 2009
Dexter                     Thomas Dexter, US 1629              April 2010
Fish                         Thomas Fish, US 1643                 April 2010
Jackson                    John Jackson, US 1635               Dec 2009
Mellowes                   Abraham Mellowes, US 1633      Dec 2009
Newman                   Samuel Newman, US 1635          Dec 2009
Peck                         Joseph Peck, US 1638                Dec 2009
Preston                     William Preston, US 1635          Nov 2009
Raymond                  John Raymond, US 1630
Sale(Seales)              Edward Sale, US 1635                Nov 2009
Vincent                     John Vincent, US 1636              April 2010
Witt                         John Witt, US 1639                     Dec 2009
Woodward                 Peter Woodward, US 1640         Dec 2009