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Genealogy of Oscar Arnold

From Stephentown Genealogy

Written by Tina Ordone

From about 1954 until 1960, my family lived on Old Post Road in Lebanon Springs, in a home owned by Arthur Clark, and before him, his father, Andrew. Also living on Old Post Road was a family who was very familiar to everyone in the area. Rev. Oscar A. Arnold had married just about all my friend's parents, and presided at the burials of all our grandparents. That case was certainly true in my family. On January 22, 1949, he married my parents in Stephentown.

I remember walking to and from the school bus, passing in front of the Arnold home. Invariably, Rev. Arnold and his wife would be sitting on their porch, and always ready for a visit from the neighborhood kids. He was a very friendly man and made it his business to know who we were.

When my grandfather, L. Nelson Sweener, died in September 1966, Rev. Arnold was there to console my grandmother and my mother, aunts and uncles. He had a gentle way about him.

He died sometime shortly after my grandfather did in 1966. At the time of his passing, the impact of his loss didn't strike me. However, in working on this site and on my personal genealogy, I realize what a loss his was, as I come across his name everywhere I look. With that in mind, I decided to do his genealogy, something he had worked on during his lifetime. As you will see, he had some famous connections, some very instrumental in the forming of the Colonies. Those people are listed in CAPS, along with a brief biography.


Oscar A. Arnold's Genealogy

Guillaume, Duke of Normandy b. 1524 of Normandie

Children:

1. Nicholas b. 1550; d. January 24, 1622

Nicholas Arnold b. 1550 Northover, Somersetshire, England; d. January 24, 1622 Wells or Ilchester, Somersetshire, England; m. Alice Gulley in 1569 in Ilchester.

Children:

1. William b. June 24, 1587; d. September 7, 1685

William Arnold b. June 24, 1587 Ilchester, Somerset, England; d. September 7, 1685 Pawtucket, Providence, RI; m. Christian Peake in 1614 in Muchelney, Somerset, England; she was the daughter of Thomas Peake, b. 1560 in Muchelney; d. in RI

Children:

1. Benedict b. 12/21/1615 Leamington, Dorset, England; d. 6/19/1678 Newport, Newport, RI; m. on December 17, 1640 prob. Salem, Essex, Mass., to Damaria Westcott (This is the line to Stephen Arnold Douglas, shown elsewhere on this site. See Martha Arnold Douglas' page)

2.Stephen b. December 22, 1622; d. November 15, 1699


Stephen Arnold b. December 22, 1622 Bighere, Ilchester, Somersetshire, England; d. November 15, 1699 Pawtucket, Providence Co., RI; m. Sarah Smith on November 24, 1646 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; she was the daughter of Edward Smith b. 1600 in Weymouth, Mass; d. 1675 in Newport, RI

Children:

1. Isreal b. October 30, 1649; d. September 15, 1677

Isreal Arnold b. October 30, 1649 Pawtuxet, Providence, RI; d. September 15, 1677; m. Mary Barker on April 17, 1677 in Providence, Providence, RI; She was born 1649 in Newport, Newport, RI and d. September 19, 1723 in Warwick, Kent, RI

Children:

1. Elisha b. about 1687; d. December 23, 1748

Elisha Arnold b. about 1687 Warwick, Kent, RI; d. December 23, 1748 Warwick, Kent Co., RI; m. Hannah Carpenter on December 9, 1709 in Warwick, Kent, RI; she was born about 1687 in Warwick and d. March 24, 1711 in Warwick. She was the daughter of Timothy Carpenter and Hannah Burton.

Children:

1. James b. Sept. 30, 1719

James Arnold b. Sept. 30, 1719 Warwick, Kent Co., RI; d. December 3, 1777 in Warwick, Kent Co., RI; m. Freelove Burlingame on May 3, 1740 in East Greenwich, Kent, RI; she was born abt. 1723 in Kent Co., RI; d. 1804 in Warwick, Kent Co., RI

Children:

1. Eleazer b. October 1748; d. March 24, 1833


Eleazer b. Oct. 27, 1748 Warwick, Kent, RI; d. March 24, 1833 Berlin, Rensselaer, NY; m. Anna Dyer* (see Dyer genealogy) b. about 1751 RI; d. October 15, 1813 Cherry Plain, NY. They married on March 15, 1772 in W. Greenwich, Kent, RI. She was the daughter of Samuel Dyer and Tabitha Niles

Children: 1. Ira b. abt. 1797; d. aft. 1850; m. Betsy 2. Elijah b. 1793 Cherry Plain, NY; d. 1825 buried Berlin/Arnold Cemetery 3. Orris Arnold b. 1799; d. 1815 buried Berlin/Arnold Cemetery, Berlin, NY 4. Loraney b. 1803; d. 1823 5. Samuel b. Jan. 24, 1775 in RI; d. November 20, 1859 Cherry Plain, NY 6. Dyer b. Feb. 22, 1785 Berlin, NY; d. March 3, 1855 Peru, NY; buried Peru M.D. Cemetery, Peru, NY; m. Ruth Whitcomb; Content Perrigo; Ruth Conger all in Peru, NY 7. Daniel b. August 11, 1776 Cherry Plain, NY; d. April 22, 1848 Harkness, Clinton, NY; m. Dorcas; Sarah Eldred

Samuel Arnold, b. Jan. 24, 1775 in RI; d. Nov. 20, 1859 in Cherry Plain, NY at 85y2m4d; m. Mary b. 1779; d. March 26, 1864 in Cherry Plain, NY at 84y7m15d;

Children: 1. Orlando Arnold d. December 5, 1863

Orlando Arnold d. December 5, 1863, at 46y11m3d, buried in Cherry Plain, NY; married Bathsheba, b. about 1861. 1. Elizabeth b. about 1853 2. Albert b. August, 1855

Albert Arnold b. August 1855; m. Sadinia; Children: 1. Arthur O. b. June, 1879; d. Dec. 29, 1940 in Defreestville, NY 2. Myron S. b. April 11, 1881; d. Nov. 1972

Arthur O. b. June, 1879; d. Dec. 29, 1940 in Defreestville, NY

Oscar A. Arnold b. March 22, 1904 in Brainard, NY; d. 1966.


Rev. Oscar A. Arnold

(You have seen his name in many of the obits, now here is his:)

The Rev. Oscar A. Arnold, 62, of Lebanon Springs, pastor of three area churches, teacher, commercial artist, printer, amateur magician and former barber, died Friday (don't know the month, year is 1966, according to my mother’s note on the obit) at Albany Medical Center, after a long illness.

The funeral was held Monday at the E.B. Gifford & Son Funeral Home in Chatham with burial in East Nassau Cemetery.

Mr. Arnold was pastor of the Stephentown Baptist Church 32 years and of the East Chatham and Red Rock Methodist Churches about 22 years. He was one of the old school of extemporaneous teachers.

"I've never used notes," he once said proudly. A sermon is never good unless it comes from the heart. I never use the same sermon twice on a Sunday and on occasion people hve attended services at all three of my churches without getting a repeat performance."

A powerful orator and a find student of the Bible, he was frequently called upon of officiate at funerals.

He also taught in area schools, for about 45 years and also operated a sign-painting and printing shop. In addition, he had operated a barber shop for about 30 years.

Born in Brainard, NY March 22, 1904, he was educated in local schools and at Albany Bible School. He also took extension courses from the Moody Bible Institute and Little Rock (Ark.) Baptist Seminary.

He traced his mother's family back to the American Indian and his father's family back to William Arnold, who came to Massachusetts in 1635 with Roger Smith and later moved to Providence, R.I. from the Salem Colony. The Arnold family moved about 1790 to Stephentown, then known as Jericho Hollow.

Mr. Arnold was a member of the Lebanon Valley Protective Association, was past master of the New Lebanon Grange, past lecturer of the Pomona Grange, served 13 years on the New Lebanon Central Board of Education and had held all the offices in the Stephentown Baptist Association. He also served as secretary and treasurer of the East Nassau Rural Cemetery Association.

He leaves his wife, the former Etta Diamond of Manchester, Mass., two daughter, Miss May Arnold of Poughkeepsie and Miss Phyllis Arnold of East Greenbush and his father, Myron S. Arnold of Lebanon Springs. (His mother's name was Amy Harris Arnold, daughter of Albert Harris and Jennettie Wheeler Harris)

Arthur O. Arnold

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, Stephentown, for Arthur O. Arnold, who died December 29, 1949 at the Fuigo Memorial Nursing Home at Defreetsville, N.Y. after a long illness. Mr. Arnold was the custodian of the Stephentown firehouse and was born at Cherry Plains, N.Y., June 21, 1879, the son of the late Albert and Sadinia Arnold. He resided in Stephentown for 25 years. His nephew, Rev. Oscar A. Arnold, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Stephentown officiated at the services. The bearers were Silas Hicks, William Thomas, James McCarthy, John Whitman and Henry Rose. Interment was in East Nassau Cemetery.

Dyer Genealogy

John Dyer b. abt. 1504 Roundhill, Somersetshire, England; d. October 15, 1558; m. Jane Erneley abt. 1555; she was born abt. 1513 Canninges, Wiltshire, England

Children:

1. George b. abt. 1579

George Dyer b. abt. 1579 Bratton, Seymour, Wincanton, England; m. Dorothy Shirley October 1586 in Stauton, Harold, Leicestershire, England; she was b. abt. 1581 in Staunton, England

Children:

1. William b. September 19, 1609; April 18, 1672

William Dyer b. September 19, 1609 in London, London, England; d. April 18, 1672 Newport, RI; m. Mary Stewart on October 27, 1633 St. Martin’s, London, England; she was born 1612 in London; died June 1, 1660 Boston, Mass.

Children:

1. Samuel b. October 10, 1635; d. 1678

Samuel Dyer b. October 10, 1635 Newport, Newport, RI; d. 1678 North Kingston, Washington, RI; m. Anne Hutchinson on November 17, 1663 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. (see Hutchinson genealogy) She was born November 17, 1643 in Boston; d. January 10, 1716 Newport, RI

Children:

1. Edward b. 1670; d. 1725

Edward Dyer, b. 1670 Newport, Newport, RI; d. 1725 Kings Town, RI; m. m. Mary Greene*(see Greene genealogy), daughter of William Greene and Mary Sayles. She was born January 3, 1677 in Providence, RI; d. 1706.

1. Samuel b. 1703 Providence, RI; d. 1760


Samuel Dyer b. 1703 Providence, RI; d. 1760; m. Tabita Niles, b. 1707 in Providence, RI

Children:

1. Anna b. about 1751; d. October 15, 1813 in Cherry Plain, NY

Anna Dyer b. about 1751 RI; d. October 15, 1813 Cherry Plain, NY; m. Eleazer Arnold on October 27, 1748 in Warwick, Kent, RI; he was the son of James Arnold and Freelove Burlingame (see Arnold genealogy)

Children:

1. Samuel b. January 24, 1775 RI; d. November 20, 1859 Cherry Plain, Rensselaer, NY

Hutchinson Genealogy

John Hutchinson, Lord Mayor of London, b. 1515 Lincolnshire, England; d. May 24, 1565 St. Mary Le Wigford, Lincolnshire, England; m. Anne Marbury (See Anne Marbury) b. 1519 Alford, England; d. March 25, 1586 London, England

Children:

1. Edward Hutchinson b. 1564; d. 1631

Edward Hutchinson b. 1564 St. Mary Parish, Le Wigford, Lincolnshire, England; d. February 14, 1631 Alford, Lincolnshire, England; m. Susanna b. 1564 of Alford; d. 1646 Wells, York, Maine, on May 22, 1585 Alford, England.

Children:

1. William b. August 14, 1586; d. 1641/42

William Hutchinson b. August 14, 1586 Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England; d. 1641/1642 Boston, Mass.; m. ANNE MARBURY (see Marbury genealogy) b. July 20, 1591 Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England; d. August 20, 1643 Killed by Indians, Pelham Bay, Long Island, New York; They married on August 9, 1612 Chapel-Rectory of St. Martin Vintry, London, England

1. Edward Hutchinson b. Sept. 19, 1613 in Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England; d. August 19, 1675 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.; m. Katherine Hamby (daughter of Robert Hamby and Elizabeth Arnold) on October 13, 1636 Ipswich, Suffolk, England; She was b. 1615 Alford, Lincolnshire, England; d. 1650 probably in Boston.


(Elizabeth Arnold, born Abt. 1580 in England; died Aft. 1635 in England. She was the daughter of John Arnold. She married Robert Hamby Abt. 1613 in England. He was born July 05, 1573 in Dallinghoe, Suffolk, England, and died August 06, 1635 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He was the son of William Hamby and Margaret Blewett.

John Arnold, born Abt. 1554 in Northover, Somerset, England. He was the son of Richard Arnold, Lord of Bagbere Manor and Jaquita.

Children of John Arnold are: i. John Arnold ii. Elizabeth Arnold

Richard Arnold, Lord of Bagbere Manor, born 1520 in Somerset, England; died Bef. July 09, 1595 in Tower of London; London, Middlesex, England. He was the son of Richard Arnold and Emmate Young. He married Jaquita, born 1520 in Northover, Somerset, England; died Bef. 1640.

Children of Richard Arnold and Jaquita are: i. Repentance Arnold, born in Northover, Somerset, England; married William Arnold. ii. Richard Arnold, born in Northover, Somerset, England; died 1607. iii. Nicholas Arnold, born Abt. 1550 in Northover, Somerset, England; died Bet. January 18 and 26, 1622/23 in Ilchester, Somerset, England; married Alice Gulley 1569 in Ilchester, Somerset, England; born September 26, 1553 in Northover, Somerset, England; died Aft. April 25, 1596 in Ilchester, Somerset, England. iv. Robert Arnold, born in Northover, Somerset, England. v. John Arnold, born Abt. 1554 in Northover, Somerset, England.) Children: 1. Anne Hutchinson b. November 17, 1642; d. January 10, 1716

Anne Hutchinson b. November 17, 1643 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.; d. January 10, 1716 Newport, Newport, RI; m. Samuel Dyer (see Dyer genealogy) on November 17, 1663.

Child:

1. Edward Dyer b. 1670; d. 1725; m. Mary Greene in 1695. (See Greene Genealogy)



Marbury Genealogy

John Marbury b. abt. 1413 Cransby, Northampton, England; d. abt. 1460; m. Eleanor Cotton, b. abt. 1418 Cransby.

Children:

1. William Marbury b. abt. 1446; d. 1508

William Marbury b. abt. 1446 Lowick, Northampton, England; d. 1508 Lowick; m. Anne Blout b. abt. 1453 Lincolnshire, England, daughter of Thomas Blount and Agnes Hawley.

Children:

Robert Marbury b. abt. 1490; d. abt. 1545

Robert Marbury b. abt. 1490 Lowick, Northampton, England; d. abt. 1545 Grisby, Lincolnshire, England; m. Catharine Williamson, who was b. about 1494 Grisby; d. August 17, 1525 Grisby

Children:

William Marbury b. 1524; d. 1581

William Marbury b. 1524 Grisby, Parish-Borgh, Lancashire, England; d. 1581 Grisby; m. in 1544 to Agnes Lenton, b. 1528 Aldwinkle, Northampton, England; d. 1581 Grisby.

Children:

1. Francis Marbury b. abt. 1561; d. 1610/11

Francis Marbury b. about 1561 Alford, Lincolnshire, England; d. bef. 1610/11 Alford, Lincolnshire, England; m. abt. 1588 in Alford to Bridget Dryden, b. 1563 Canons, Ashby, Northampton, England; d. April 2, 1645 Berkhamsted, Hartford, England. She was the daughter of John Dryden and Elizabeth Cole.

Children:

1. Anne Marbury b. 1591; d. 1643

ANNE MARBURY b. July 20, 1591 Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England; d. August 20, 1643 Killed by Indians, Pelham Bay, Long Island, NY; m. William Hutchinson (See Hutchinson genealogy) b. August 14, 1586 Alford, England; d. 1641/42, m. on August 9, 1612 in London, England.

Children


1. Sex Name

F Bridget HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-ST)



Born: 15 Jan 1618 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 15 Jan 1618 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 1698 Place: Saco, Maine, Or Boston, Mass.

Buried: 1698 Place: Boston, Suffolk, England

2. Sex Name

F Katherine Or Katherene HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVV-11)


Born: 7 Feb 1629 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 7 Feb 1629 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

Buried: 1643 Place:

3. Sex Name

F Elizabeth HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-V6)



Born: 15 Feb 1621 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 15 Feb 1621 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 4 Oct 1630 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshireh, England

Buried: 4 Oct 1630 Place: Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

4. Sex Name

F Mary Or Maria HUTCHINSON (AFN:MX1Z-CK)



Born: 22 Feb 1627 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 22 Feb 1627 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Pelham Bay, Long Island, New York

Buried: 1643 Place:

5. Sex Name

M Zuriel Or Zuryall HUTCHINSON (AFN:JB9T-BB)



Born: 13 Mar 1636 Place: Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

Christened: 13 Mar 1636 Place: Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

6. Sex Name

F Anne HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-ZP)



Born: 5 May 1626 Place: Alford, Lincoln, England

Christened: 5 May 1626 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Pelham Bay, Long Island, New York

7. Sex Name

M Edward HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-PB)



Born: 28 May 1613 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 28 May 1613 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 19 Aug 1675 Place: Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

Buried: Aug 1675 Place: Killed In King, Phillip's War

8. Sex Name

M William HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-WC)



Born: 22 Jun 1623 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 22 Jun 1623 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Buried: Bef 1631 Place: Alford, , Lincolnshire, England

9. Sex Name

F Faith HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-RN)



Born: 14 Aug 1617 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 14 Aug 1617 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: Abt 1651 Place: Boston Mass

10. Sex Name

F Susanna HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVS-XD)



Born: 4 Sep 1614 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 4 Sep 1614 Place: First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Died: 8 Sep 1630 Place: Pelham Bay, Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Buried: 8 Sep 1630 Place: , Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

11. Sex Name

M William HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVV-26)



Born: 28 Sep 1631 Place: Alford, Lincoln, England

Christened: 28 Sep 1631 Place: Alford, Lincoln, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Killed, By Indians, New Amsterdam, New York

Buried: 1643 Place:

12. Sex Name

M Richard HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-QH)



Born: 8 Dec 1615 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 8 Dec 1615 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 1670 Place: London, England, Will Proved, 11 Apr 1670

13. Sex Name

M Samuel HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-XJ)



Born: 17 Dec 1624 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 17 Dec 1624 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Hutchinson Farm, Pelham Bay, Nieuw Nederland, (now Westchester

Buried: 1643 Place: Burial Mound, Hutchinson Farm, (now Westchester, New York)

14. Sex Name

M Francis HUTCHINSON (AFN:2QVT-T1)



Born: 24 Dec 1620 Place: Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England

Christened: 24 Dec 1620 Place: Alford, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 20 Aug 1643 Place: Hutchinson Farm, Pelham Bay, Nieuw Nederland, (now Westchester

Buried: 1643 Place: Burial Mound, Hutchinson Farm, (now Westchester, New York) Children from http://www.familysearch.org



On July 20, 1591, Anne Marbury was baptized in Alford, England. America’s first female religious leader, Anne Marbury Hutchinson was the daughter of an outspoken clergyman silenced for criticizing the Church of England. Better educated than most men of the day, she spent her youth immersed in her father’s library. At twenty-one, Anne Marbury married Will Hutchinson and began bearing the first of their fifteen children. She became an adherent of the preaching and teachings of John Cotton, a Puritan minister who left England for America. In 1634, the Hutchinson family followed Cotton to New England. In the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Anne began meeting with other women for prayer and religious discussion. Her charisma and intelligence also drew men, including ministers and magistrates, to her gatherings. Soon, she surpassed even Cotton in her emphasis on the individual’s relationship with God, stressing personal revelation over institutionalized observances. By 1637, Hutchinson’s views challenged religious orthodoxy, while her growing power as a female spiritual leader threatened established gender roles. Called before the General Court of Massachusetts in November 1637, Hutchinson ably defended herself against charges she defamed the colony’s ministers. Her extensive knowledge of Scripture allowed Hutchinson to debate her position on equal ground with her accusers. Yet, her eloquence and intelligence merely rankled judges, who were offended that a woman dared teach and lead men. After two days on the stand, Hutchinson claimed direct revelation from God. As a result, Puritan authorities banished her from the colony on theological grounds. Refusing to recant, Hutchinson accepted exile and migrated with her family to Roger Williams’ colony of Rhode Island. After her husband died Hutchinson moved to Dutch territory (to an area now known as Co-op City along New York’s Hutchinson River Parkway). There Hutchinson and all but one of her children were killed by Wampage Indians [1643]. “Proud Jezebel has at last been cast down,” wrote Hutchinson’s nemesis, Puritan minister and Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. — Library of Congress

In Memory of Anne Marbury Hutchinson Baptized at Alford Licolnshire England 20 - July 1595 Killed by the Indians at East Chester New York 1643 Courageous Exponent of Civil Liberty and Religious Toleration

Greene Genealogy

Henry DeGreene b. abt. 1352; d. Sept. 2, 1399 Children: 1. Thomas De Greene b. abt. 1430 Thomas De Greene b. abt. 1430 Green Norton, Northampshire, England; m. Ela Malorie b. abt. 1440 Gillingham, Dorset, England Children: 1. John De Greene b. abt. 1468 John De Greene b. abt. 1468 Gillingham, Dorset, England Children: 1. Robert b. abt. 1490 Robert Greene b. abt. 1490 Bowridge Hill; Children: 1. Robert b. 1534; d. aft. 1558 Robert Greene b. 1534 Bowridge, Dorsetshire, England; d. aft. 1558 Bowridge Hill; Children: 1. Richard b. 1527; d. 1608 Richard Greene b. 1527 of Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England; d. May 3, 1608 Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England; Children: 1. Richard Green b. 1578; d. 1660 Richard Greene b. 1578 Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England; d. 1660 Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England; m. 1577 to Mary Hooker, b. August 16, 1567 England; d. aft 1617, Bowridge Hill. Children: 1. Joseph Greene b. 1597; d. 1659 Joseph Greene b. February 9, 1597 Bowridge Hill. Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England; d. January 7, 1659 Conimicut Farm, Warwick, Kent, RI; m. Joanne Tattershall (Tatarsole) on November 4, 1619 St. Thomas Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. She was born 1598/1601 Gillingham, Dorset, England; d. April 6, 1635 Ship “James”, Southampton, England Children: 1. John Greene (Major) b. 1620; d. 1708 2. James Greene b. June 21, 1626 Warwick, Kent, England; d. April 27, 1698 Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; m. Elizabeth Anthony on August 3, 1665 Warwick, Kent, RI. She was born 1646 Portsmouth, Newport, RI; d. October 27, 1698 Warwick, Kent, RI Major John Greene b. August 15, 1620 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; d. November 27, 1708 Warwick, Kent, RI; m. abt. 1648 in Warwick to Ann Almy b. February 26, 1627, South Kilworth, Leicester, England; d. May 17, 1709 Warwick, RI Children: 1. William Greene b. 1652; d. 1681 2. James Greene b. June 21, 1626 Warwick, Kent, England; d. April 27, 1698 Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; m. Elizabeth Anthony on August 3, 1665 Warwick, Kent, RI. She was born 1646 Portsmouth, Newport, RI; d. October 27, 1698 Warwick, Kent, RI; James was the great-grandfather of Major General NATHANIEL GREENE, Revolutionary War Hero, b. 1742; d. 1786; m. Catharine Littlefield in July, 1774 (The line is: Maj. Gen. Greene; Nathaniel Greene; Jabez Greene; James Greene)

William Greene b. May 3, 1652 RI; d. January 16, 1681 Providence, RI; m. on December 17, 1674 in Warwick, Kent, RI to Mary Sayles b. July 11, 1652 Providence; d. 1713/1717 Newport, Newport, RI. She was the daughter of John Sayles and Mary Williams* (see Williams Genealogy) Children: 1. Mary Green b. January 3, 1677; d. 1708 Mary Greene b. January 3, 1677 Providence, Providence, RI; d. 1706; m. Edward Dyer (see Dyer Genealogy) b. 1670 Newport, Newport, RI; d. 1725 Kings Town, RI; m. 1695 Newport, RI Children: 1. Samuel Dyer b. 1703 Providence, Providence, RI; d. 1760; m. Tabitha Niles b. 1707.

Williams Genealogy

James Williams b. 1514 St. Albans, England; Children: 1. Mark Williams b. 1540 Mark Williams b. 1540 St. Albans, Herts, England; d. London, England; m. 1561 to Agnes Audley. Children: 1. James Williams b. 1562/1576; d. September 7, 1620 James Williams b. 1562/1576 St. Albans, Herts, England; d. September 7, 1620 London, England; m. January 2, 1597 to Alice Pemberton Children: 1. ROGER WILLIAMS b. December 21, 1603; d. April 1, 1683 ROGER WILLIAMS b. December 21, 1603 Long Lane, Middlesex, London, England; d. April 1, 1683 Providence, Providence, RI; m. Mary Barnard on December 15, 1629 High Laver, Essex, England Children: Mary Williams b. 1633; d. 1681 Mary Williams b. Mary 8, 1633 Salem, Essex, Mass.; d. 1681 Providence, Providence, RI; m. John Sayles 1650/1652 Providence, RI. He was b. 1630/1633 in Plymouth, Mass.; d. 1681 Middletown, Newport, RI

Roger Williams ... A Brief Biography

ROGER WILLIAMS was born in London, circa 1603, the son of James and Alice (Pemberton) Williams. James, the son of Mark and Agnes (Audley) Williams was a "merchant Tailor" (an importer and trader) and probably a man of some importance. His will, proved 19 November 1621, left, in addition to bequests to his "loving wife, Alice," to his sons, Sydrach, Roger and Robert, and to his daughter Catherine, money and bread to the poor in various sections of London.

The will of Alice (Pemberton) Williams was admitted to probate 26 January 1634. Among other bequests, she left the sum of Ten Pounds yearly for twenty years to her son, Roger Williams, "now beyond the seas." She further provided that if Roger predeceased her, "what remaineth thereof unpaid ... shall be paid to his wife and daughter...." Obviously, by the time of her death, Roger's mother was aware of the birth in America in 1633 of her grandchild, Mary Williams.

Roger's youth was spent in the parish of "St. Sepulchre's, without Newgate, London." While a young man, he must have been aware of the numerous burnings at the stake that had taken place at nearby Smithfield of so-called Puritans or heretics. This probably influenced his later strong beliefs in civic and religious liberty.

During his teens, Roger Williams came to the attention of Sir Edward Coke, a brilliant lawyer and one-time Chief Justice of England, through whose influence he was enrolled at Sutton's Hospital, a part of Charter House, a school in London. He next entered Pembroke College at Cambridge University from which he graduated in 1627. All of the literature currently available at Pembroke to prospective students mentions Roger Williams, his part in the Reformation, and his founding of the Colony of Rhode Island. At Pembroke, he was one of eight granted scholarships based on excellence in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Pembroke College in Providence, once the women's college of Brown University, was named after Pembroke at Cambridge in honor of Roger Williams.

In the years after he left Cambridge, Roger Williams was Chaplain to a wealthy family, and on 15 December 1629, he married MARY BARNARD at the Church of High Laver, Essex, England. Even at this time, he became a controversial figure because of his ideas on freedom of worship. And so, in 1630, ten years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Roger thought it expedient to leave England. He arrived, with Mary, on 5 February 1631 at Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Their passage was aboard the ship Lyon (Lion).

He preached first at Salem, then at Plymouth, then back to Salem, always at odds with the structured Puritans. When he was about to be deported back to England, Roger fled southwest out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was befriended by local Indians and eventually settled at the headwaters of what is now Narragansett Bay, after he learned that his first settlement on the east bank of the Seekonk River was within the boundaries of the Plymouth Colony. Roger purchased land from the Narragansett Chiefs, Canonicus and Miantonomi and named his settlement Providence in thanks to God. The original deed remains in the Archives of the City of Providence.

Roger Williams made two trips back to England during his lifetime. The first in June or July 1643 was to obtain a Charter for his colony to forestall the attempt of neighboring colonies to take over Providence. He returned with a Charter for "the Providence Plantations in Narragansett Bay" which incorporated Providence, Newport and Portsmouth. During this voyage, he produced his best-known literary work -- Key into the Languages of America , which when published in London in 1643, made him the authority on American Indians.

On his return, Roger Williams started a trading post at Cocumscussoc (now North Kingstown) where he traded with the Indians and was known for his peacemaking between the neighboring colonists and the Indians. But again colony affairs interfered, and in 1651 he sold his trading post and returned to England with John Clarke (a Newport preacher) in order to have the Charter confirmed. Because of family responsibilities, he returned sometime before 1654. John Clarke finally obtained the Royal Charter from Charles II on 8 July 1663, thereby averting further trouble with William Coddington and some colonists at Newport, who had previously obtained a charter for a separate colony.

Roger Williams was Governor of the Colony 1654 through 1658. During the later years of his life, he saw almost all of Providence burned during King Philip's War, 1675-1676. He lived to see Providence rebuilt. He continued to preach, and the Colony grew through its acceptance of settlers of all religious persuasions. The two volumes of the correspondence of Roger Williams recently published by the Rhode Island Historical Society, Glenn W. LaFantasie, Editor, present an excellent picture of his philosophy and personality. Unfortunately, there was no known painting made of him during his lifetime, although many artists and sculptors have portrayed him as they envision him.

Roger and Mary (Barnard) Williams were the parents of six children, all born in America:

1. MARY, born at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, August 1633, died 1684; married JOHN SAYLES in 1650; six children. John and Mary Sayles lived on Aquidneck Island and are buried near Easton's Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island.

2. FREEBORN, born at Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 4 October 1635, died 10 January 1710; married first THOMAS HART, died 1671; four children. There were no children of Freeborn's second marriage to WALTER CLARKE, a Governor of Newport.

3. PROVIDENCE, born at Providence, September 1638, died March 1686; never married.

4. MERCY, born at Providence, 15 July 1640, died circa 1705; married first in 1659 RESOLVED WATERMAN, born July 1638, died August 1670; five children. Mercy married second SAMUEL WINSOR, born 1644, died 19 September 1705; three children.

5. DANIEL, born at Providence, February 1641 "counting years to begin about ye 25 of March so yt he was borne above a year & half after Mercy (Carpenter, Roger Williams), died 14 May 1712; married 7 December 1676 REBECCA (RHODES) POWER, died 1727, widow of Nicholas Power; six children.

6. JOSEPH, born at Providence, 12 December 1643, died 17 August 1724; married LYDIA OLNEY, born 1645, died 9 September 1724; six children.

Roger Williams died at Providence between 16 January and 16 April 1683/84, his wife Mary having predeceased him in 1676. His descendants have contributed in many ways, first to the establishment of an independent Colony, later to the establishment of an independent state in a united nation. The United States of America has maintained the reality of separation of church and state which Roger Williams envisioned, and ordained in his settlement at Providence.

Sources: Carpenter, Edmund J., Litt.D., Roger Williams, New York, 1909; Anthony, Bertha W., Roger Williams of Providence, RI, Vol. II, Cranston, RI, 1966; Haley, John Williams, The Old Stone Bank History of Rhode Island , Vol. IV, Providence, 1944; Hall, May Emery, Roger Williams, Boston, 1917.


Drypoint etching, 1936, by Arthur W. Heintzelman, commemorating the Tercentenary of the founding of Rhode Island by Roger Williams. Courtesy of Roger Williams University Archives. Martha Arnold Douglas