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Descendants of William Tanner

From Stephentown Genealogy

The below information came from Lynne Collins.

William Tanner was born 1660 in England, and died in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He married (1) Hannah Tibbetts, daughter of Henry Tibbetts and Sara Stanton. She was born 1664 in Kingstown, Rhode Island, and died in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He married (2) Mary Babcock. He married (3) Elizabeth Cottrill.

The earliest record found was when a William Tanner witnessed a deed in May 1682 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. It’s believed that he emigrated from western England or Wales, some conjecture Swansea as this is where most of the English Baptists were from and the Tanners were ‘good Baptists.”

Child of William Tanner and Hannah Tibbetts are: i.William Tanner, b. 1687, South Kingstown, Rhode Island; d. 1757, North Kingstown, RI

Children of William Tanner and Mary Babcock are: ii.Benjamin Tanner, b. 24 Dec 1692 iii.Thomas Tanner iv.John Tanner v.Avis Tanner

Children of William Tanner and Elizabeth Cottrill are: vi.Francis Tanner, b. 03 Jul 1708 vii.Nathan Tanner, b. 20 Feb 1710 viii.Anna Tanner, b. 14 Mar 1712 ix.Rebecca Tanner, b. 02 Jul 1714 x.Elizabeth Tanner, b. 14 Nov 1717 xi.Abigail Tanner, b. 17 Oct 1719


William Tanner was born 1876 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island and died 1757 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He married (1) Hannah Palmer. She was born 1691 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and died in 1729 in Washington, Rhode Island. He married (2) Elizabeth Reynolds.

William moved from South Kingstown to North Kingstown when he inherited land from his maternal grandfather, Henry Tibbetts. He was admitted as a freeman in 1723/4. He was a member of the North Kingstown town council 1746-1752.

His will was proved 13 Jun 1757.

Children of William Tanner and Hannah Palmer are: i.William Tanner, b. 22 Sep 1712, North Kingstown, Rhode Island; d. Stephentown, New York ii.Benjamin Tanner, b. 16 Jun 1714, North Kingstown, Rhode Island; d Dec 1743 iii.Palmer Tanner, b. 15 Dec 1716, North Kingstown, Rhode Island; d. 1767 North Kingstown, Rhode Island iv.Hannah Tanner, b. 16 October 1720, North Kingstown, Rhode Island v.Mary Tanner, b. 19 Jan 1721, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Children of William Tanner and Elizabeth Reynolds are: vi.Henry Tanner vii.Deborah Tanner viii.Elizabeth Tanner ix.Francis Tanner x.Avis Tanner


William Tanner was born 22 Sep 1712 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and died in Stephentown, New York. He married Deliverance Briggs in Exeter, Rhode Island, daughter of John Briggs and Sarah Reynolds. She was born 1725 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and died 30 Jun 1778 in Stephentown, New York.

William was admitted freeman in 1734 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. In 1744 and 1745 he was an ensign in the North Kingstown Company. In 1747 he bought land in Exeter, Rhode Island. In 1757 he was a captain in the Exeter Company.

In 1771 he sold his land in Exeter and moved his family to Stephentown, New York. He was a blacksmith and a farmer.

William married three times. His first wife was Martha Hill whom he married in 1733/4. His second wife was Ann Sweet, and his third wife was Deliverance Briggs. There is record of 14 children.

Children of William Tanner and Deliverance Briggs are: i.Mary Tanner, b. 25 May 1754, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. 23 Jul 1796, Stephentown, New York ii.Thankful Tanner, b. 29 Aug 1757, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. 18 April 1837, Stephentown, New York iii.Abel Tanner, b. 22 Jun 1762, Exeter, Rhode Island; d 02 Jan 1830, Stephentown, New York iv.Nathan Tanner, b. 28 May 1763, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. 20 Jul 1852, Henry, Ohio v.Deliverance Tanner, b. Exeter, Rhode Island vi.Lydia Tanner, b. Exeter, Rhode Island


Normally, I would end with Mary Tanner – see Jeremiah Rose Descendants Mary Tanner marries Jeremiah Rose. But in this case, I also descend from Abel Tanner.

Abel Tanner was born 22 Jun 1762, Exeter, Rhode Island and died 02 Jun 1830, Stephentown, New York. He married Lydia Sweet, daughter of Amos Sweet and Elizabeth Straight about 1782, Stephentown, NY. She was born 25 Jan 1764, East Greenwich, Rhode Island and died 07 Mar 1842 in Stephentown.

Abel was a Revolutionary soldier (at the age of 14!) Abel was a blacksmith – a very large man.

Abel Tanner and Lydia Sweet had, among others: i.Huldah Tanner, b. 12 Jun 1783, Stephentown, New York; d. 16 Oct 1853, Stephentown, New York; m. Daniel Brown, 1801 Stephentown, New York


See Descendants of Richard Brown - Huldah Tanner marries Daniel Brown