Manchester Summary Genealogy

Issue Date: 20/07/2023

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This volume starts at Generation 9. The earlier generations have been transferred to the Poole001 Volume. It contains any relevant information I have found to supplement HAP’s original.




Manchester Summary Genealogy 1





9.1      ISAAC MANCHESTER, Captain - 1731 9-1

9.1.1      ABIGAIL BROWNE - 1731 9-1

9.2      JACOB TABER - 1735 9-1

9.2.1      SUSANNA DENNIS - 1736 9-2

9.3      JAMES INGOLS - 1739 9-2

9.3.1      ABIGAIL SCOTTOW - 1740 9-2


10.1        JOHN MANCHESTER - 1695 10-1

10.1.1        PHEBE GRAY - 1699 10-1

10.2        ABRAHAM BROWNE 10-1

10.2.1        SARAH CORY 10-1

10.3        EBENEEZER TABER 10-1

10.3.1        ABIGAIL TABER 10-1

10.4        JOHN B DENNIS - 1706 10-2

10.4.1        HANNAH WILBOR - 1709 10-2

10.5        JAMES INGOLS - 1711 10-2

10.5.1        JOANNA CALL - 1714 10-2

10.6        JOSHUA SCOTTOW - 1708 10-2

10.6.1        MARY SMITH - 1711 10-2


11.1        JOHN MANCHESTER - 1656 11-1

11.1.1        MARY GRINNEL 11-1

11.2        WILLIAM MANCHESTER - 1654 11-1

11.3        EDWARD GRAY - 1666 11-2

11.3.1        MARY SMITH 11-2

11.4        THOMAS CORY - 1661 11-4

11.4.1        SARAH TABER 11-4

11.5        JOSEPH TABER - 1646 11-4

11.5.1        HANNAH GRAY 11-4

11.6        THOMAS TABER - 1644 11-4

11.6.1        MARY THOMPSON - 1650 11-4

11.7        ROBERT DENNIS - 1677 11-4

11.7.1        SUSANNA BRIGGS - 1681 11-4

11.8        SAMUEL WILBOR - 1646 11-5

11.8.1        MARY POTTER 11-5

11.9        ROBERT INGALLS - 1684 11-5

11.9.1        ANNA PARKER - 1687 11-5

11.10      JOHN CALL - 1687 11-5

11.10.1      JOANNA BRIGDEN - 1690 11-5

11.11      JOSHUA SCOTTOW 11-5

11.11.1      SARAH SYMMES - 1672 11-5

11.12      SAMUEL SMITH 11-5

11.12.1      MARY BENJAMIN - 1672 11-5


12.1        THOMAS MANCHESTER 12-1

12.1.1        MARGARET WOOD 12-1

12.2        EDWARD GRAY - 1623 12-4

12.2.1        DOROTHY LETTICE 12-4

The Pardon Gray Preserve 12-4

12.3        PHILLIP SMITH - 1634 12-5

12.3.1        MARY SHERMAN - 1644 12-5

12.4        WILLIAM CORY 12-5

12.4.1        MARY EARLE 12-6

12.5        PHILLIP TABER - 1644 12-7

12.5.1        MARY COOKE - 1651 12-7

12.6        PHILLIP TABER 12-7

12.6.1        LYDIA MASTERS 12-7

12.7        JOHN THOMPSON 12-8

12.7.1        MARY COOKE - 1626 12-8

12.8        ROBERT DENNIS 12-8

12.8.1        SARAH HOWLAND - 1645 12-8

12.9        WILLIAM BRIGGS - 1650 12-8

12.9.1        ELIZABETH COOKE - 1653 12-8

12.10      WILLIAM WILBOR 12-8

12.11      NATHANIEL POTTER - 1637 12-9

12.11.1      ELIZABETH STOKES 12-9

12.12      ROBERT INGALLS - 1689 12-10

12.12.1      REBECCA LEIGHTON 12-10

12.13      DANIEL PARKER - 1667 12-10

12.13.1      ANNE ERRINGTON - 1661 12-10

12.14      JOHN CALL - 1658 12-11

12.14.1      MARTHA LOWDEN - 1659 12-11

12.15      MICHAEL BRIGDEN - 1664 12-11

12.15.1      JOANNA WILSON - 1667 12-11

12.16      ZECHARIA SYMMES - 1636 12-11

12.16.1      SUSANNA GRAVES - 1643 12-12

12.17      ABEL BENJAMIN 12-12

12.17.1      AMATHIA MIRRICKE - 1641 12-12


13.1        FRANCIS COOKE 13-1

13.1.1        HESTER MAHIEU 13-1

13.2        Henry  Howland 13-1

13.2.1        Mary (Newland?) 13-1

13.3        JOHN BRIGGS - 1609 13-1

13.3.1        SARAH CORNELL - 1623 13-1

13.4        JOHN COOKE - 1631 13-1

13.4.1        MARY BORDEN - 1632 13-2

13.5        NATHANIEL POTTER 13-2

13.6        Robert Ingalls - 1620 13-3

13.6.1        Sarah Harker 13-3

13.7        Zecharia Symmes – 1599 13-3

The Last Will of Zechariah Symmes 13-3

13.7.1        Sarah Baker 13-5

13.8        Thomas Graves - 1605 13-5

13.8.1        Katherine Gray 13-7


14.1        RICHARD BORDEN - 1596 14-1

14.1.1        Joane Fowle 14-1

14.2        Henry Howland - 1564 14-1

14.2.1        Margaret Alice Aires 14-1

14.3        Edmund Ingalls - 1598 14-1

14.3.1        Ann Tripp 14-3

14.4        William Symmes, Rev - 1568 14-3

14.5        John Greaves/Graves 14-4


15.1        Richard Fowle 15-1

15.1.1        Mary Filkes 15-1

15.2        John Howland - 1541 15-1

15.2.1        Emme Revell 15-1

15.3        Henry Greaves 15-2

15.4        Robert Ingalls1 15-2

15.5        Thomas FOWLE - ~1540 15-2

15.6        Richard FOWLE 15-3

15.7        Thomas FOWLE 15-3

15.8        John Howland - 1516 15-3

15.8.1        Agnes  Anne Greenway 15-3

15.9        John Howland - 1481 15-3

Other Manchesters 15-4



Information on the Manchester family including: Ingols, Taber, Browne, Scottow, Gray, Cory, Dennis, Wilbor, Smith, Thompson, Briggs, Potter, Call, Brigden, Symes, Benjamin, Lettice, Cooke, Masters, Howland, Leighton, Errington, Lowden, Wilson, Graves, Mirricke

A summary of the data on the Manchester family contained in Herbert Poole's family history, with later additions by Antony Maitland from family, internet and from LDS IGI & Ancestral Files. Generally, Bert Poole's work is not included in full, only the reference to the original file (subject) number.

The Poole family and additions to Herbert Poole's history are contained in a separate file.


References "HP..." are to Bert Poole's original text files.
References to HAP are extracts from Bert Poole's original.

References "AF" and of the type (FJ2C-DB) are from the LDS Ancestral File.

References to HSRI:
Information received from, among others, Beth Hurd, in 6 March 2002, from "History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY": American Historical Society Inc, 1920, pp 146-8 shows a different line from Thomas Manchester through his son William, rather than through John as shown by HAP. This information is included under the appropriate individuals below: other than the different line, most of the data repeats HAP's earlier work.

Beth Hurd supplied some data.


A quote from "History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920":

pp. 146 - 148: (part 1)

The name Manchester is of local derivation, meaning 'of Manchester'.  It is unusual to find representatives of the larger cities, as the natural tendency was rather to come to them than to leave them. Hence many little towns, villages, corners and communities are the fruitful parents of surnames.

The surname Manchester is probably as old, or nearly so, as the town From which it was taken, and, as is usually the case in a cognomen of that sort, it has differed very slightly in orthography to the present day.

Arms  --  Quarterly, first and fourth, argent three lozenges conjoined, In fesse gules within a bordure sable for Montagu; second and third or, an eagle displayed vert, beaked and membered gules, for Monthermer.
Crest  -- A griffin's head couped, wings expanded or, gorged with a Collar argent, charged with three lozenges gules.
Supporters  -  Dexter, an heraldic antelope or, armed, tufted and hoofed argent; sinister a griffin or, gorged with a collar as the crest.
Motto  --  Disponendo me, no mutando me.

Its earliest known form is Manchestre, represented by John de Manchestre, who lived in the county of York in the reign of Edward II.  John Manchester is found in the Close Rolls of Henry VI.'s reign; there is a Richard Manchester, of Ratcliffe, in the public records of 1671; and a Sarah Manchester, of Manchester, in 1676.

Its representatives, though of a small family, have a large part in all the great historical events of England and America.  There were pioneers and builders, doctors of medicine, solemn dignitaries of the law, gallant soldiers and famous scientists, and business men that knew no peers.

                                               |Thomas Manchester
                                         |John Manchester
                                         |           |John Wood
                                         |     |Margaret Wood
                                   |John Manchester
                                   |     |Mary Grinnel
                             |Isaac Manchester
                             |     |     |     |Edward Gray
                             |     |     |Edward Gray
                             |     |           |     |Thomas Lettice
                             |     |           |Dorothy Lettice
                             |     |Phebe Gray
                             |           |     |Phillip Smith
                             |           |Mary Smith
                                               |Mary Sherman
                       |Isaac Manchester
                       |     |     |Abraham Browne
                       |     |Abigail Browne
                       |           |            |William Cory
                       |           |     |Thomas Cory
                       |           |     |      |Mary Earle
                       |           |Sarah Cory
                       |                 |      |Phillip Taber
                       |                 |Sarah Taber
                       |                        |Mary Cooke
                 |Otis Manchester
                 |     |                        |Phillip Taber
                 |     |                 |Joseph Taber
                 |     |                 |      |Lydia Masters
                 |     |           |Ebeneezer Taber
                 |     |           |     |Hannah Gray
                 |     |     |Jacob Taber
                 |     |     |     |      |Thomas Taber
                 |     |     |     |Abigail Taber (1693-)
                 |     |     |            |     |JOHN THOMPSON
                 |     |     |            |Mary Thompson
                 |     |     |                  |     |Francis Cooke
                 |     |     |                  |Mary Cooke
              |     |     |                        |Hester Mahieu
                 |     |Abigail Taber
                 |           |                  |Robert Dennis
                 |           |            |Robert Dennis
                 |           |                  |Sarah Howland
                 |           |      |John Dennis
                 |           |      |           |William Briggs
                 |           |      |     |Susannah Briggs
                 |           |      |           |Elizabeth Cooke
                 |           |Susannah Dennis
                 |                  |           |William Wilbor
                 |                  |     |Samuel Wilbor
                 |                  |Hannah Wilbor
                 |                              |Nathaniel Potter
                 |                        |Mary Potter
                 |                              |Elizabeth Stokes
    |Otis A Poole
    |      |Maria Manchester
    |            |                              |Robert Ingalls
EI Poole         |                        |Robert Ingalls
                 |                              |Rebecca Leighton
                 |                 |James Ingols
                 |                 |      |     |Daniel Parker
                 |                 |      |Anna Parker
                 |                 |            |Anne Errington
                 |           |James Ingols
                 |           |     |           |John Call
                 |           |     |     |John Call
                 |           |     |     |     |Martha Lowden
                 |           |     |Joanna Call
                 |           |           |     |Michael Brigden
                 |           |           |Joanna Brigden
                 |           |                 |Joanna Wilson
                 |     |James Ingols
                 |     |     |          |Joshua Scottow
                 |     |     |     |Joshua Scottow
                 |     |     |     |    |       |Zecharia Symmes
                 |     |     |     |    |Sarah Symmes
                 |     |     |     |            |Susanna Graves
                 |     |     |Abigail Scottow
                 |     |           |     |Samuel Smith   
                 |     |           |Mary Smith
                 |     |                 |           |John Benjamin
                 |     |                 |     |Abel Benjamin
                 |     |                 |     |     |     |William Edddye
                 |     |                 |     |     |Abigail Eddy
                 |     |                 |     |           |Mary Fosten
                 |     |                 |Mary Benjamin
                 |     |                       |           |John Mirricke
                 |     |                       |     |John Mirricke
                 |     |                       |Amathia Mirricke
                 |Hannah Ingols
                       |Mary Beals  


GENERATION 9             


9.1               ISAAC MANCHESTER, Captain - 1731

AM09/41 HP40

Born: 27/6/1731, RI.      
Parents: John & Phebe (Gray) Manchester (10.1)
Died: 27/6/1792
Married 1/11/1750:

9.1.1                     ABIGAIL BROWNE - 1731

Born: 21/2/1730-31
Parents: Abraham & Sarah (Cory) Browne
Died: 1769
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Isaac Manchester , b. 4/8/1756

1/5. Abraham Manchester. Born at Tiverton, August 8/1761,

died there April 27/1848.  He resided in Tiverton and served in the Revolution. He served also as lieutenant and captain of Militia, 1794 to 1798. He married on December 13/1792, Anna Cook, born in 1777, died May 5/1861, aged 87 years and four months, daughter of William Cook.
2/1. William Cook Manchester, born September 20/1793.
2/2. Charles Manchester, born May 22/1795.
2/3. Thomas Manchester, born May 13/1797.
2/4. Ruth Manchester, born February 16/1799,
2/5. Frederick Manchester, born June 24/1801.
2/6. Anna Manchester, born June 7/1803, died in 1880.

She married in 1825, Seth Hathaway of New Bedford, R.I., born 1800, died 1859; son of Henry and Mary Evans (Bailey) Hathaway.
3/1. Caroline Frances Hathaway, born 1845. died 1887.

She married Asa Nash, born 1844, died 1897, a lumber merchant of Norwich, Ct.
Christopher Nash[i]. GGG Grandson email contact 11/2008.
Caroline married Asa Nash, father was another Asa & Emilie Corning, father Asa ,also, who married Amie Ross.  Asa & Caroline(Cory)`s child was George Norris Nash who married Maude Hodson and they moved to California. Their son George Norris(Norrie) Nash Jr. married my grandmother Myrtle Chamberlain from Lincoln CA. ,both met and married after graduation from U.C. Berkeley. He retired as Vice Pres. of Kaiser Industries, on Board of Regents at CAL. Their daughter married the nephew of the Governor of Calif. I`m the son of Norrie`s first son, Gordon C Nash. He became a champion sailor and still cruises in Canada and Mexico.

Ref Liz Perkins:
Captain Isaac Manchester, son of John Manchester, was born at Tiverton, R. I., June 27, 1731.  He married (first), November 1, 1750, Abigail Brown;  (second), April 9, 1769, Deborah, daughter of Thomas Cook.
He had eight children, all by his first wife, and all born at Tiverton: Phillip, born Aug. 23, 1751;  Sarah, Oct. 1, 1753;  Isaac, mentioned below; Thomas, April 5, 1759;  Abraham, Aug. 8, 1761;  John, July 10, 1764;  Phebe, Aug. 22, 1766;  Abigail, Feby. 9, 1769.


9.2               JACOB TABER - 1735

AM09/43 HP42

Born: 2/10/1735
Parents: Ebeneezer & Abigail (Taber) Taber
Married 11/5/1783:

9.2.1                     SUSANNA DENNIS - 1736

Born: 19/1/1736-7
Parents: John & Hannah (Wilbor) Dennis
1/1. Abigail (Alice) Taber 4/6/1765


9.3               JAMES INGOLS - 1739

AM09/45 HP44

Born: 25/3/1739
Parents: James & Joanna (Call) Ingalls

9.3.1                     ABIGAIL SCOTTOW - 1740

Born: 17/9/1740
Parents: Joshua & Mary (Smith) Scottow.
1/1. James Ingols (2/1/1771)


GENERATION 10         


10.1           JOHN MANCHESTER - 1695

AM10/81 HP80

Born: 1695
Parents: John & Mary (Grinnell) Manchester


10.1.1                  PHEBE GRAY - 1699

Born: 6/9/1699
Parents: Edward & Mary (Smith) Browne
Issue (internet):
1/1. William Manton Manchester, b. 9 Feb 1719/20,

d. 1772 at Newport, m. at Tiverton 7 Oct 1742 Rebecca Cook;

1/2. Phillip Manchester, b. 11 Feb 1722;
1/3. John Manchester, b. 12 Feb 1724, d. young;
1/4. Mary Manchester, b. 23 Jan 1726;
1/5. John Manchester, b. 17 Apr 1728;
1/6. Peleg Manchester, b. ca. 1730;
1/7. Isaac Manchester, b. 27 Jun 1731.

HAP, inter alia:
1/1. Isaac Manchester, b. 27/6/1731

The modern line rejoins HAP's line here:

Ref Liz Perkins & Rhode Island and Providence:
John Manchester, son of William and Mary (Cook) Manchester, was born in 1695.  He lived at Tiverton all of his life, and married, June 22, 1718-1719, Phebe Gray.  Children, all born at Tiverton:  William, Feby. 9, 1719-1720;  Philip, Feby. 11, 1722;  John, Feby. 12, 1724;  Mary, Jany. 23, 1726;  John, April 17, 1728;


10.2           ABRAHAM BROWNE

AM10/83 HP82

Born: No info
Married, 17/12/1731, Tiverton:

10.2.1                  SARAH CORY

She married 2nd, Robert Burrington.
Parents: Thomas & Sarah (Taber) Cory
1/1. Abigail Browne, 21/2/1730-1


10.3           EBENEEZER TABER

AM10/85 HP84

Born: Abt 1685

Parents: Joseph & Hannah (Taber/Gray) Taber

10.3.1                  ABIGAIL TABER

Born: 2/5/1693
Parents: Thomas & Mary (Thompson) Taber
1/1. Abigail  Taber 2/5/1693

10.4           JOHN B DENNIS - 1706

AM10/87 HP86

Born: 24/1/1705-6         
Parents: Robert & Susannah (Briggs) Dennis

10.4.1                  HANNAH WILBOR - 1709

Born: 9/2/1708-9
Parents: Samuel & Mary Potter Wilbor
1/1. Susanna Dennis, b. 29/1/1736-7


10.5           JAMES INGOLS - 1711

AM10/89 HP88

Born: 22/4/1711
Parents: Robert & Anna (Parker) Ingalls

10.5.1                  JOANNA CALL - 1714

Born: 4/3/1713-4
Parents: John & Joanna (Brigden) Call
1/1. James Ingols (25/3/1739)


10.6           JOSHUA SCOTTOW - 1708

AM10/91 HP90

Born: 5/5/1708
Parents: Joshua & Sarah (Symmes) Scottow


10.6.1                  MARY SMITH - 1711

Born: 23/11/1711
Parents: Samuel & Mary (Benjamin) Smith
1/1. Abigail Scottow, b. 17/9/1740


GENERATION 11         


11.1           JOHN MANCHESTER - 1656

AM11/161 HP160

Born: 1656
Parents: Thomas & Margaret (Wood) Manchester

11.1.1                  MARY GRINNEL

1/1. John Manchester, b. 1695 Goto: 10.1.

Other more modern researchers have the line continuing from Thomas to William to John, b. 1695:

11.2           WILLIAM MANCHESTER - 1654

(II)  William Manchester, son of Thomas Manchester, was born in 1654, probably in the vicinity of Portsmouth, and resided at Tiverton, R. I., in 1718.  He was one of the public-spirited and prominent men of his day.  He was admitted a freeman in 1675.  There is a record that he with others purchased, March 5, 1680, of Governor Josiah Winslow, land at Pocasset, and became the owner of five of the thirty shares.  He was one of the organizers of the town of Tiverton, March 2, 1692.  In his will, dated September 27, 1716, and proved November 3, 1718, he left his lands at Tiverton to his son John, and made other legacies to his wife and children, to be paid by John as administrator.  He left a large estate for that early date, it being appraised at £1,586.  He married Mary Cook, a daughter of John and Mary (Borden) Cook, and she died in 1716.
His children were: 
1/1. John Manchester, b 1695, mentioned above in 10.1;
1/2. William,
1/3. Mary,
1/4. Sarah,
1/5. Deborah,
1/6. Elizabeth,
1/7. Margaret,
1/8. Amey,
1/9. Susanna,
1/10. Rebecca,
1/11. Thomas.
William Manchester (M) b. 1654, d. 1718
Relationship=8th great-grandfather of Pamela Joyce Wood.
    William Manchester was the son of Thomas Manchester and Margaret Wood. William Manchester was born in 1654 at Portsmouth, Newport Co, Rhode Island.1 He married Mary Cook, daughter of John Cook and Mary Borden.1 William Manchester died in 1718 at Tiverton, Newport Co, Rhode Island.
     William Manchester was admitted Freeman of Portsmouth, Rhode Island on 9 April 1675. He was one of the purchasers of Pocasset in the Plymouth Colony (now Little Compton and Tiverton). He was an inhabitant there at the organization of Tiverton 2 March 1692/3. William also held numerous town offices, from Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts, to fence viewer.

Children of William Manchester and Mary Cook:
William Manchester   (living)
Mary Manchester   d. 1729
Sarah Manchester   d. a 1718
Elizabeth Manchester
Margaret Manchester
Amey Manchester   (living)
Rebecca Manchester   (living)
John Manchester   b. c 1656
Deborah Manchester   b. c 1677
Susannah Manchester+   b. c 1686, d. Apr 1776
Thomas Manchester   b. c 1704, d. Dec 1788


11.3           EDWARD GRAY - 1666

AM11/163 HP162

Born: 31/1/1666-7, USA
Parents: Edward & Dorothy (Lettice) Gray
Died: 7/6/1720, USA.

11.3.1                  MARY SMITH

Parents: Phillip & Mary (Sherman) Smith (mother possible)
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Phebe Gray, 6/9/1699
1/2. Thomas Gray, 4/2/1704-26/2/1773

2/1. Thomas Gray, Col, 27/1/1729-aft 1803

Will from Richard Gray, 4/2004:
I Thomas Gray, of Bristol, in the county of Bristol, and State of Rhode Island, yeoman, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blefsed be God for the same, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, in form following that is to say.
First.    I give and bequethe unto my beloved wife Abigail Gray, all my household furniture and indoor moveables of what kind or nature soever; also my negro woman Hannah, and negro boy Richard, together with my riding Mare, womans saddle, one cow, such as she may choose from among my cows at the time of my decease; also I will and order that my Son Pardon Gray, furnish and provide for the aforesaid Abigail, his mother, yearly and every year so long as she remains my widow, two hundred weight of good beef, and two hundred weight of pork, fifteen bushels of  merchantable indian corn, thirty weight of flax, and twenty weight of wood, and to pay or cause to be paid her twenty dollars yearly, so long as she remains my widow; also I will and order that my aforesaid son Pardon, cut and draw to the door as much fine wood as may be necessary for her use: also my Will is and I hereby order that my wife Abigail have a privilege in the orchard for as much fruit summer & winter, as she may need for her own consumption; and to be furnished with three barrels of cider yearly, provided the orchard affords so much: also my Will is that my aforesaid wife have the use and improvement of all the new part of my now dwelling house in situate in the Township of Bristol, with the garden to the Northward of the house, together with the privilege of keeping any kind of poultery in and about the houses and yard, with free privilige of pafsage to and from any part of my farm wherever she may have an occasion: also my Will further is that my Son Pardon furnish keeping summer and winter for the horse and cow aforesaid long as she remains my widow: all of which I give unto my wife Abigail in liew of her dower or right of thirds (provided she accepts the same) and not otherwise.
  Having of late given to my Son John Gray, such parts and parcels of my real Estate lying in Bristol and else where by Deed, to enable him to distribute the same amongst his wife and children in such a way and manner as he thot’ best by Will, which distribution he has since made and is now dead. I shall therefore make no other provision for my grandchildren, the children of my son John aforenamed than to  give to the sons and daughters of the sd. John, that may survive me, One dollar in cash; which I hereby order my Executor named to pay them immediately after my decease.

Item     I give and devise unto my Son Pardon Gray, all my lands and buildings thereon standing lying and being in the township of Bristol, which I have not heretofore disposed of (saving and excepting out of the same such uses and privileges as I have heretofore assigned and set out to my aforenamed wife Abigail) to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Moribah Munro, one hundred and twenty dollars, to be paid to her in one year after my decease, by my Executor hereinafter nam’d.

Item     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Waldron, One hundred and thirty dollars, to be paid her by my Executor in one year after my decease.
Item     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail Peck, one hundred and twenty dollars, to be paid her by my Executor in one year after my decease.
Lastly   As to the remainder and residue of my Estate that I have not heretofore disposed of, be it what kind or nature soever I give and bequeath the same to my son Pardon Gray to further enable him to perform the duties enjoined upon him by this my Will; whom I hereby appoint whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannulling all former Will by me made.__ In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Three.

Signed, Sealed published and Declared by the aforesaid Thomas Gray, to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of  us who have subscribed names as Witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.
 John Cook
Sarah Almy
Thomas Durfee
___________ .............................................................. Whereas it escaped my recollection in giving  off the various devises contained in the foregoing Will to do for my Wife Abigail, what my desire is to do for her. Now my mind and Will is that all the ready Money I may have by me at the time of  my decease, I give and bequeath to my aforesaid Wife, Abigail, to be taken out before any legacy or other things are paid out by my Executor. And I hereby declare this present Instrument to be a Codicil to my said Will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as part thereof. In Witness whereof I have set my hand thereto, in  (presence) of the subscribing
Witnesses: the day and year above said,
John Cook
Thomas Durfee                     Thomas Gray          (seal)
Sarah Almy
At a Court of Probate holden within and for the  Town of Bristol, Dec. 5, 1803; The last Will and Testament of Thomas Gray, late deceased, and a Codicil to the same was exhibited to said Court and John Cook, Sarah Almy and Thomas Durfee, the subscribing witnesses to the said Will and Codicil appeared and made oath agreeably to Law, and the said Court having examined the evidence relative to the execution of the said Instruments, do consider that they are proved, and thereupon do order and Decree that the same be Recorded as & for the Last Will and Testament of the said Thomas Gray.___

Byorder of said Court.--                Jon a  Rufsell, Clk.
Recorded by Geo. Munro  2nd Prob’t Clk.__    March 30, 1815


11.4           THOMAS CORY - 1661

AM11/167 HP166

Born: Abt 1661      
Parents: William & Mary (Earle) Cory
Died: 1738, Portsmouth, RI

11.4.1                  SARAH TABER

Born: abt 1669, USA
Parents: Phillip & Mary (Cooke) Taber
1/1. Sarah Cory
1/2. Philip Cory, M Hannah Gray

2/1. Philip Cory, m Comfort Hicks (info from Thomas E Cory, 10/2002).

3/1. Joseph Cory m Mary Gray,

4/1. Philip Cory m. Louisa Miller

5/1. William Cory m Mary Moloney

6/1. Joseph Cory m Edna Diebert

7/1. Joseph Cory, son Thomas E. Cory, William Cory.


11.5           JOSEPH TABER - 1646

AM11/168 HP168

Born: 2/1645-6, USA

11.5.1                  HANNAH GRAY

1/1. Ebeneezer Taber, abt 1685

11.6           THOMAS TABER - 1644

AM11/170 HP170

Born: 2/1643-4, Yarmouth, Mass
Died: 11/11/1730, Yarmouth
Married 6/1672:

11.6.1                  MARY THOMPSON - 1650

Born: 1650
Parents: John & Mary (Cooke) Thompson
Died: 30/5/1734
1/1. Abigail Taber, 2/5/1693.


11.7           ROBERT DENNIS - 1677

AM11/173 HP172

Born: 6/11/1677 Portsmouth, RI
Died: 5/1/1729-30
Married 6/1/1699-00

11.7.1                  SUSANNA BRIGGS - 1681

Born: 9/4/1681, Portsmouth, RI
Parents: William & Elizabeth (Cooke) Briggs
Died: 4/1744

1/1. John B Dennis, 24/1/1705-6


11.8           SAMUEL WILBOR - 1646

AM11/175 HP174

Born: 2/1645-6, USA
Parents: William & Martha Wilbor.
Died: 1740
Married 1689:

11.8.1                  MARY POTTER

Parents: Nathaniel & Elizabeth (Stokes) Potter (12.11)
1/1. Hannah Wilbor, 9/2/1708-9


11.9           ROBERT INGALLS - 1684

AM11/177 HP176

Born: 16/7/1684, USA
Parents: Robert & Rebecca (Leighton) Ingalls

11.9.1                  ANNA PARKER - 1687

Born: 4/11/1687
1/1. James Ingalls, 22/4/1711


11.10       JOHN CALL - 1687

AM11/179 HP178

Born: 2/11/1687 USA
Parents: John & Martha (Lowden) Call

11.10.1               JOANNA BRIGDEN - 1690

Born: 14/2/1689-90
Parents: Michael & Joanna (Wilson) Brigden.
1/1. Joanna Call 4/3/1713-4


11.11       JOSHUA SCOTTOW

AM11/181 HP180

Born: No more info.
Married 25/5/1697, Boston

11.11.1               SARAH SYMMES - 1672

Born: 20/5/1672, Mass, USA
Parents: Zecharia & Susanna (Graves) Scottow
Died: 15/3/1708-9
1/1. Joshua Scottow, 5/5/1708


11.12       SAMUEL SMITH

AM11/183 HP182

Married 30/11/1710

11.12.1               MARY BENJAMIN - 1672

Born: 22/12/1672, USA
Parents: Abel & Amathia (Mirricke) Benjamin
1/1. Mary Smith, 23/11/1711


GENERATION 12         


12.1           THOMAS MANCHESTER

AM12/321 HP320

Born: Abt 1620, England (Warwick ref Liz Perkins).
Parents: Henry de Mancestre (this is pure speculation, others say Peleg)
Died: Abt 1691, Portsmouth, RI
Married, bef 1650:

12.1.1                  MARGARET WOOD


Born: Portsmouth, RI
Parents: John Wood, of Portsmouth RI (ref HP), and of Southwark, London (ref Liz Perkins).
Died: abt 1693.

There are two lines from Thomas Manchester which lead to our family:

HAP, to quote his sources:        
The following is from "The Manchester Family of Rhode Island", by Alden and Rita C. Manchester, Takoma Park, Md., in the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston Register, October 1947. It differs considerably from, and corrects many errors in the following other genealogies, from which I have added several items of interest, namely:.  Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, Vol 2, p 108: from "New England Families", by William Richard Cutter, Vol 2, p 853, New York, 1913: from "Colonial Families", by the American Historical Society, New York, 1929: from the "Genealogy of Stephen Manchester: from "The Genealogy of the "Briggs Family", by Pearl Leona Heck: from Daniel Wilcox of Puncatest", by Herbert A. Wilcox, South Pasadena, Cal., 1943: and from the "Cooke Family & Descendants and Relatives of Francis Cooke of the Mayflower". The genealogy by Alden and Rita C. Manchester carries the descendants down much further than given below (in HP320).

An alternative line comes from "History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY": American Historical Society Inc, 1920, pp 146-8 (sent by Beth Hurd) largely repeats HAP's work, though the latter contains more general detail, except that it shows John Manchester born 1695 to be son of William Manchester (1654), rather than of John Manchester (1656): Some of HAP's sources post date this publication.

1/1. John Manchester, abt. 1656.

HAP has our line descending from this John:
2/1. John Manchester, b. 1695., and his son Isaac.

1/2. William Manchester, abt 1654, Portsmouth RI,

Rhode Island and Providence Biographical has our line from the William:
d 15/1/1718, Tiverton.
m. Mary Cooke, dau of John & Mary (Borden) Cooke, (HP320/694). This Cooke line rejoins the Poole line from Mary's sister, Elizabeth (Cooke) Briggs.
2/1. John Manchester. HAP has no data on this line,

but Liz (Manchester) Perkins and others has this John as our ancestor, b. 1695. For her line see above, Isaac, b. 1756.

1/3. Elizabeth Manchester,

ref Internet: b 1667, RI, m Benom Sweet (b 28/3/1663, Warwick, RI). Descendancy on, 11/2001.

The following passage from History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY: American Historical Society Inc, 1920, pp 146-8 (sent by Beth Hurd and found on internet) largely repeats HAP's work, though the latter contains more general detail:

(I) The immigrant ancestor of the branch of the Manchester family treated in this article, Thomas Manchester, was born in England, where he spent the earlier years of his life. He took passage for this country late in 1638, and became a resident of New Haven, Conn., in 1639, one year after the planting of that colony. Shortly afterward, however, he removed to Portsmouth, R. I., and there spent the remainder of his life. He is mentioned in the land records of that town, January 25, 1655, when he and his wife sold to one Thomas Wood twelve acres of land, but there is evidence that he had lived in Portsmouth or the vicinity for some years previous to the latter date. A grant of eight acres of land was made to Thomas Manchester at Portsmouth, December 10, 1657, and during the same year he sold to Richard Sisson one three-hundredth rights in Canonicut and Dutch Islands. On July 9, 1691, a short time before his death, he granted to his son John his mansion house and lands at Portsmouth, except the place at the lower end of the grounds then in possession of his son Thomas, all of his personal effects including cattle, tools, etc., one-half to be his at the death of the grantor and the other half at the death of grantor's wife, mother of grantee, providing he pay to the sons Thomas, William and Stephen, ten shillings each; to Job twenty shillings; and to the daughters Mary and Elizabeth, ten shillings each. Thomas Manchester died in 1691, and his wife followed him two years later in 1693.
Children: Thomas, born about 1650; William, mentioned below; John, George, Stephen, Job, Mary, Elizabeth.

From the internet,
A Court held at New Haven the 4th of December, 1642
Thomas Manchester, servant to Mr. Perry, being accused by his master for being drunk, and for giving his master uncomely language, for which his master having given him some correction, the Court caused him to be set in the stocks for a certain time.

Comment by Wendell Hayes, 22/10/2002.

In your subject 320 (Thomas Manchester, b. a 1620) there is a Thomas Manchester b. 30 Sep 1749, son of Matthew, son of Thomas, son of Thomas, son of Thomas [above subject 320].

Thomas Manchester, b. 30 Sep 1749 is shown marrying 2nd, Hannah Carr, born 3 Aug 1763 as the daughter of Esek and Susannah Clarke.

However, in your subject 174, Samuel Wilbor, it is showing a Samuel Wilbor b. 7 Nov 1692 who married Elizabeth Carr, b. 29 Jul 1691, also the daughter of Esek Carr and Susannah Clarke.

Unless there were two different Esek Carrs who married two different Susannah Clarkes something doesn't look right.

I have an Esek Carr b. 1650 and Susannah Clarke with children Mary, Elizabeth, Esek (b 1693), Robert and Thankful. The Hannah Carr (above with Manchester) with a birth date of 1763 just doesn't fit.

Wendell descends from Susannah Manchester (dau of William & Mary Cooke) and John Taber.

Carr confliction prob due HAP confusion.

2nd Email:

….My connection is to the Manchesters, as well as several others in early new England, such as Francis Cooke and Richard Warren.

I also trace back to Nicholas HART (of Tauton, Mass) born in London about 1610. He married Joanna Rossiter of Devonshire.

The connection to Manchester comes from Susannah Manchester, b. abt 1683 in Portsmouth, RI. Susannah married John Taber and their daughter Sarah Taber married my 5th great grandfather, Stephen Hart of Little Compton or Tiverton, RI. Their son, Joseph Hart is therefore my 4th great grandfather, etc.

Susannah Manchester, the daughter of William Manchester and Mary Cook.
William Manchester, the son of Thomas Manchester and Margaret Wood.

My source for much of the HART information came from: "HART Gen. hist. of Samuell Hartt from London, Eng. to Lynn, Mass., 1640, & desc. to 1903, Nicholas, Isaac & others, by J.H. Hart. 631p. 1903"; [by James M. HART.}

Roostweb:  10/8/2007.
From: "BBFFRRPP" <>
Subject: [MANCHESTER] Gilbert MANCHESTER and Mary TOMPKINS, 1800, Westport, MA
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 08:14:30 -0500

I spent a good part of yesterday looking for information on one couple:
Gilbert MANCHESTER and Mary TOMPKINS. And, because of the help of several researchers and on-line information, I have come up with a possible description of their family:

Gilbert Manchester* was born in 1766 in Little Compton, RI, and he was the son of Thomas MANCHESTER and Dorcas GIFFORD (of Little Compton, RI?).
Mary TOMPKINS was born in 1763 and was the daughter of Micah TOMPKINS and Sarah DRING married in 1755 in Little Compton, RI.

Gilbert and Mary married in 1788? in Little Compton, RI. At some point they moved to Westport, MA, as they were listed in the 1800 Census as living in Westport with 5 children, and their younger children were born there.
So far, I have come up with the following for their possible children:

Samuel Tompkins Manchester, born 1789
Otis Manchester, born 1795
Hannah Manchester, born 1797
Calvin Manchester, born 1800
Rhoda Manchester, born 1800
Elizabeth Manchester, born 1805

Note: Rhoda was born in Dec., so Calvin could have been born in Jan.
Note: I have seen a Salome Manchester mentioned as having been born in Westport in 1803.
Note: There seems to be a child missing between 1789 and 1800.

Rhoda Manchester's first husband was Epophraditus LAVARE. They married in Westport in 1816, and had 3 children: Arnold, William, and Lavinia.
Epophraditus died in 1825 before his daughter was born. (Information from K. Eddy) Rhoda's second marriage was to James CLARKE/CLARK in 1829 in Westport, MA. The only child I know about is Mary Anna CLARK/E born there in 1837. James seems to have died in the 1840's, as he is not listed in the 1850 Census with Rhoda and Mary, Age 13.

Note: Mary Anna CLARKE/CLARK married John DEXTER who had been born in 1837 in Killingly, CT. I cannot locate the information on their marriage. When? Where? I also cannot locate any information on children born to them. Where? (possibility of Killingly, CT, on both)

Note: Samuel T. Manchester seems to have had 2 sons: Erastus Manchester and Otis Manchester. I think someone said that Samuel and his wife had moved north (to NY?) (to ME?). Otis Manchester, brother to Samuel T., seems to have headed to Wisconsin, where he died at Age 85. It's possible that Calvin Manchester (brother) did not live to adulthood.

>From another researcher I have learned that Gilbert Manchester died in 1834, and his widow, Mary, died in 1855. And, Karen Eddy found out that Rhoda (Manchester) (Lavare) CLARKE died in Westport, MA, in 1886 at Age 85. (Her daughter, Mrs. Mary DEXTER, died in 1899, and was buried in Killingly, CT.)

*There was another Gilbert MANCHESTER who was born some 20 years before this one. And, it seems many researchers have "mixed up" the two families. This Gilbert was the son of William MANCHESTER and Rebecca COOK and was born in 1745. This Gilbert married Mary or Mercy DURFEE in 1767 in Tiverton, RI. They had 2 children: Eliphal (f) and James MANCHESTER. I have not yet looked up this Gilbert's "line" .. but wonder whether the two Gilbert's could have been cousins or somehow related.

Thank you for your time.
Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA)

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children; one is roots, the other is wings."
Hodding Carter, Jr.


12.2           EDWARD GRAY - 1623

AM12/325 HP324

Born: 15/4/1623, Stapleford Tawney, Essex, England.
Died: 30/6/1681, Tiverton, LI.
See Edward Gray Descendants

Married 12/12/1665:

12.2.1                  DOROTHY LETTICE


Born USA
Parents: Thomas Lettice & possibly, Anne Savoy
Died: 1686.
1/1. Edward Gray, 31/1/1666-7.

From Linda Gray, 2/2008  <>
The Tiverton Land Trust (

The Pardon Gray Preserve


In 1648, two young brothers arrived in Plymouth Colony from Essex, England with instructions to establish a financial base in the New Colonies. Edward Gray was 19 years of age. Thomas Gray, then 17, died twelve years after arriving, but Edward went on to become quite successful. In 1650, Edward married Mary Winslow whose family had arrived as passengers on the Mayflower. They had five children, but Mary died in 1663. In 1667, Edward married Dorothy Lettice and they had eight children, one of whom was Edward, later of Tiverton, who was born in January of 1665. His father Edward died in 1681 and is buried in Plymouth where his headstone remains today, and is the only headstone remaining there of the original Pilgrims.
For more about the Gray’s, go to

Plymouth Colony was impoverished by King Phillip’s War, and to improve its treasury began to dispose of its only resource, unused land. On March 5th, 1679, Gov. Josiah Winslow signed a deed that, for 1100 pounds, conveyed to Edward Gray of Plymouth, Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield, Benjamin Church, Daniel Wilcox, and William Manchester of Punkateest, and Christopher Almy, Job Almy and Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, a huge tract of land extending from Quequechan in Fall River to the Little Compton line. This was called the Pocasset Purchase. Later, some of the Pocasset Proprietors joined by others purchased another tract as well extending from Sapowet Creek in the north, northeasterly across the south end of Sandy Pond and bordering the Sakonnet River to the west. It became known as the Punkateest Purchase.

Nathaniel Thomas was designated as surveyor for the Pocasset Purchase, and the first division of lands was in the form of thirty “great lots” and thirty “house lots.” An eight-rod highway about a mile from the Sakonnet (or Seconnet) east shore was established through the length of the territory and another nearer the shore to traverse the great lots. The great lots extended from the river to the eight rod way except where Nanaquaket pond intervened.

In 1696, young Edward Gray left Plymouth to take possession of the Gray great lots property, to clear some of it and prepare it for farming. One of the Gray lots was bounded on the north by Lafayette Road and Sapowet Road, and on the south by a line just north of what remains of the town farm which was Edward’s original home and where he is buried.

It appears that Edward Gray’s grandson, Pardon Gray, was among the last of the Gray’s to own and operate the farm property. Pardon was also a colonel. in the Revolutionary army, supplying the troops at Fort Barton with food grown on his farm and breads baked in the farm’s large stone ovens. Pardon, his wife, and members of his family are buried in a well-preserved cemetery on the farm. The earliest headstone visible in the plot is dated 1759, for the infant Tillinghast Gray.

Pardon, as well as several of the South Tiverton Gray families lived with distinction during this period. Capt. Robert Gray discovered the Columbia River and became the first to sail around the world under the American flag. Samuel Gray was the first colonist to die at the Boston Massacre and therefore possibly the first American to die in the Revolution. David Gray was captured by the British off the coast of Rhode Island, escaped from prison in England and made his way to France. Benjamin Franklin paid for his voyage back to Tiverton to rejoin the Revolution. His letter to his wife is in the National Archives in Washington D.C.


12.3           PHILLIP SMITH - 1634

AM12/327 HP326

Born: 1634, USA.
Parent: Edward Smith
Died: 6/12/1700, Newport, RI.
Married (Possible):

12.3.1                  MARY SHERMAN - 1644


Born 1644, USA
Died: 3/12/1700
1/1. Mary Smith


12.4           WILLIAM CORY

AM12/333 HP332

Born: Abt 1615, Devon, England.
Died: 4/1/1682-3, Portsmouth, RI.
Married Abt 1653:

12.4.1                  MARY EARLE


Born: New England
Parents: Ralph & Joan (Savage) Earle.
Died: 22/3/1717-8
1/1. Thomas Cory, abt 1661

Information from Thomas E Corey 10/2002.

William was raised by his step grandfather (John Roome) and paternal grandmother Anne Roome. His father John Cory is not the same John Cory of Southold, Long Island, New York. DNA testing by descendants has proven that they are not the same blood line. There was a John Cory in Portsmouth about the same time as the Roomes but disappeared and was never heard from around Portsmouth again.
In Anne (Wauker) Roome's will she left the bulk of her estate to William. In her will she spelled his last name the same as the old Scottish spelling (Corrie) which led everyone to think our branch of the Cory's came from Scotland. Later information shows William to have been born in Bristol, England before 1634.
He was Baptized at the Saint James Parish in Bristol, England in 1634. Charlotte Muller of Farminton, MI provided this information after she made a search seeking mission to England. Much of the information on the early Cory families in Rhode Island come from the Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by Austin and The Little Comptons Families by Wilbour.
William apparently was a Carpenter (a trade taught to him by John Roome) and miller. From the Gen Dic of R.I. he built one of the first mills in Portsmouth.
William was declared a freeman in Portsmouth in 1658.
Source: Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island pg. 56
>From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume CXVLV April 1991 Page 122
A clue to the English Background of the Cory Family of Rhode Island by Jane Fiske note; Jane Fiske is a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and editor of both the Register and Rhode Island Roots, the quarterly of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society.
The first record on William in Portsmouth is on 10 December 1657, when the town granted him 8 acres of ground. From the Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island we find that he was admitted a freeman in May of 1658. A record that many researchers missed is from the Colony Records: on 28 Feb. 1667, Ann Roome, widow of John Roome of Portsmouth, "for and in consideration of full and just satisfaction and true payment by mee in hand Received from" William Corrie of Portsmouth, house carpenter, deeded to him "two certain mansion houses with the lands thereto belonging... in St. James Parish in the street called St. James back in the Citty of Bristol, in Old England" which had been left to her by her late husband and by him "put into the hands and care of Mr. Thomas ffloyd of Bristol" On 18 Oct. 1667, she gave him a confirmatory deed, and immediately following it, on the same page is another record dated 13 Nov. 1669, stating that William Correy, being aged about fowre and thirtye yeares being now personally presant and intending a voyage to England upon ocation of demandeing and Recieving the Estate that his grandmother named Ann Roome hath made sale and surrender of unto him by within written deed: I say this certifieth that the bearer hereof William Correy aforesaid is the reputed son of one John Correy deceased who was somtime inhabitant in or near the City of Bristoll in England and the son of Ann Roome aforenamed: and further this certifieth that the said William Correy is bound for England in Company with one William Earll inhabitant in the same towne of Portsmouth on Rhod Island and the aforesaid William Correy is alsoe Inhabitant of the aforesaid Portsmouth... which said William Earll may be able to testifie in England and to the parson that shall ther Exhibett these presentes whether hee be the same to whome they are now committed and in whose behalfe these Lines are written ... Voted at Newport ... the thiertenth day of November ... 1669 ... under hand of the governor [Benedict Arnold] ... Joseph Torrey recorder.
16 April 1657; Portsmouth, Rhode Island, acknowledged as townsman among us.
16 Dec. 1657; Portsmouth, Rhode Island, granted eight acres of land.
18 May 1658; Portsmouth, Rhode Island, designated as a freeman.
28 Apr. 1668; Portsmouth, Rhode Island, permission to build a windmill on Briggs Hill.
04 Dec. 1669; Purchased a one third share in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, (now Westport)
05 Mar. 1679/80; Purchased a one thirtieth share in the Pocassett Purchase (Tiverton)
1678; Appointed representative Lieutenant William Corey.
1680; Militia Company officer Captain William Corey
29 Feb 1680/81 Will proved pgs. 182-184.

>From Rhode Island Genealogical Register Volume 3 No. 1 Page 24
Cory, William of Portsmouth Will dated 4 Jan 1681, proved 29 Feb 1681, pgs 182-184. Mentions Wife Mary Cory. Sons John eldest, William, Thomas 3rd, Caleb 4th, & Roger 5th last 3 under 21. Daughters Marcy eldest, Ann 2nd, Mary 3rd, & Joan 4th last 3 under 18 no surnames given.


12.5           PHILLIP TABER - 1644

AM12/335 HP334

Born: 1644, USA.
Parents: Phillip & Lydia (Masters) Taber. (see below:
generations mixed)
Died: 1693.
Married abt 1667:

12.5.1                  MARY COOKE - 1651


Born: 12/1/1651-2, USA
Parents: Rev John Cooke & Sarah (Warren) Cooke
Died: 1694, Dartmouth, RI.
1/1. Sarah Taber, abt 1669.


12.6           PHILLIP TABER

AM12/337 HP336

As son Joseph appears in the tree one generation later than his brother Phillip, the individual numbers are a bit confusing.

Born: prob 1605, Essex, England.
Died: aft 1672, Providence, RI.
Married 21/12/1639, Watertown

12.6.1                  LYDIA MASTERS


Parents: John & Jane Masters.
1/1. Joseph Taber 02/1645-6, USA.
1/2. Phillip Taber, 1644, USA. (HP168)
1/3. Thomas Taber, 2/1643-4 (HP170).


12.7           JOHN THOMPSON

AM12/343 HP342

Born: Abt 1616, N. Wales.
Died: 6/6/1696.
Married 26/12/1645.

12.7.1                  MARY COOKE - 1626


Born: 1626, Plymouth, Mass
Parents: Francis & Hester (Mahieu) Cooke
Died: Abt 1714.
1/1. Mary Thompson, 1650.


12.8           ROBERT DENNIS

AM12/345 HP344

Born: Abt 1645, Portsmouth, RI
Parents: Robert Dennis
Died: 5/6/1691, Portsmouth, RI
Married, 16/11/1672:

12.8.1                  SARAH HOWLAND - 1645


Born: 1645, Duxbury, Mass
Parents: Henry & Mary (Newland?) Howland
Died: 2/10/1712, Duxbury, Mass.
1/1. Robert Dennis, 6/11/1672.


12.9           WILLIAM BRIGGS - 1650

AM12/347 HP346

Born: 1650, Portsmouth, RI
Parents: John Briggs.
Died: 5/1716 of smallpox.
Married, 1680:

12.9.1                  ELIZABETH COOKE - 1653


Born: 1653, USA
Parents: John & Mary (Borden) Cooke
Died: 8/1716 of smallpox.

1/1. Susannah Briggs, 9/4/1681.


12.10       WILLIAM WILBOR

AM12/349 HP348

Born: 1630, USA
Parents: Samuel & Ann (Smith) Wilbor
Died: 1710, Tiverton, LI.
Married, 1653: Martha.
1/1. Samuel Wilbor, b 1664, (11.8),  married Mary Potter.


12.11       NATHANIEL POTTER - 1637

AM12/351 HP350

Born: 1637, USA (HAP)
Parents: Nathaniel & Dorothy Potter (HSRI) (13.5).
Died: 20/10/1704.(HAP)

(II)  Nathaniel (2) Potter, son of Nathaniel (1) and Dorothy Potter, was born in 1637.  He was a resident first of Portsmouth, R. I., and later of Dartmouth, Mass., where he died October 20, 1704.  In 1677 he became a freeman.  His will, dated October 18, 1704, was proved November 20, of the same year.  He married Elizabeth ----- , and among their children was Nathaniel, mentioned below.


12.11.1               ELIZABETH STOKES


1/1. Mary Potter, (11.8.1) married Samuel Wilbor.
1/2. Nathaniel Potter:

(III)  Nathaniel (3) Potter, son of Nathaniel (2) and Elizabeth Potter, was born about 1669.  He was a life-long resident of Dartmouth, Mass., and married there Joan Wilbur, who died in 1759, daughter of William Wilbur. Nathaniel Potter died November 16, 1736, and his will, dated November 15, 1732, was proved on the day of his death.

(IV)  William Potter, son of Nathaniel (3) and Joan (Wilbur) Potter, was born in Dartmouth, Mass., November 12, 1689. Toward the close of the seventeenth century he settled in Rhode Island.  He married Mary Browning, and they were the parents of several children, among them Benjamin, mentioned below.

(V)  Benjamin Potter, son of William and Mary (Browning) Potter, was born in Dartmouth, Mass., April 15, 1712, and was a farmer on an extensive scale in Richmond, R. I.  He married Mary Manchester, and among their children was Nathaniel, mentioned below.

(VI)  Nathaniel (4) Potter, son of Benjamin and Mary (Manchester) Potter, was born in 1736.  He resided all his life in Richmond, R. I., a prosperous farmer, and well-known member of the early community.  He married Lucy Moore, and died in February, 1825.

(VII)  Joshua Potter, son of Nathaniel (4) and Lucy (Moore) Potter, was born in Richmond, R. I., August 18, 1768, and died there January 18, 1853.  He married Mary Sherman.

(VIII)  Freeborn Potter, son of Joshua and Mary (Sherman) Potter, was born in Richmoond, R. I., October 18, 1793, and died February 16, 1877.  He married Deborah Clark, who was born in 1795, and died in 1882, a daughter of Moses Clark.

(IX)  Freeborn (2) Potter, son of Freeborn (1) and Deborah (Clark) Potter, was born in Richmond, R. I., February 14, 1817. In 1858 he removed to Cranston, R. I., where he followed agricultural pursuits throughout his life.  He was prominent in the affairs of Cranston, and a leader in civic life until the time of his death.  The Potter residence, which he built on his coming to Cranston, was his residence for thirty-nine years, and there he died, February 20, 1897.  Freeborn Potter married, November 26, 1843, Louisa Williams, daughter of Pardon and Mary (Stafford) Williams; she was born September 28, 1820, and died August 9, 1898.  (See Williams VII). Freeborn and Louisa (Williams) Potter were the parents of the following children:  1.   Daniel Clarke, a graduate of Amherst College, and a landscape architect; resides at Fairhaven; he married Ellen H. Parker, and they are the parents of a daughter, Mabel L. Potter, graduate of Brown University, now a teacher.  2.  Julia Anne, born in Cranston, was a teacher in the schools of Warwick for twenty-three years, and in various nearby localities; she is now registrar of the Roger Williams Society; Miss Potter resides in Auburn, R. I.  3.  Jobe [sic] S., inherited the Potter farm in Cranston, on which he resided until 1915; he married Ida Budlong, and now makes his home at Hills Grove;  they are the parents of the following children:  Earl A., Mary E., Lydia M., Gladys.
Freeborn Potter was a member of the Town Council of Cranston for twenty-two years, and throughout that period worked earnestly for the advancement of the welfare of the city, and the introduction of many needed reforms, and also served on various other committees.  He was a Democrat in political affiliation.  A Baptist in religious belief, he was one of the founders of the Congregational church of Cranston, and one of its most liberal supporters throughout his life.


12.12       ROBERT INGALLS - 1689

AM12/353 HP352

Born: 9/2/1648-9, Lynn, Mass.
Parents: Robert & Sarah (Harker) Ingalls
Died: 30/1/1688-9.
Married, 10/6/1675:

12.12.1               REBECCA LEIGHTON


Parents: Thomas Leighton
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Robert Ingalls, 16/7/1684.


12.13       DANIEL PARKER - 1667

AM12/355 HP354

Born: 1667, Charlestown, Mass.
Parents: John & Mary (Fairfield) Parker.
Died: 18/10/1694.

12.13.1               ANNE ERRINGTON - 1661


Born: 1661, USA
Parents: Abraham & Rebecca (Cutter) Errington.
1/1. Anna Parker, 4/11/1687.


12.14       JOHN CALL - 1658

AM12/357 HP356

Born: 1/1657-8, USA
Parents: John & Hannah (Kettel) Call.
Died: 4/5/1713.
Married, 20/7/1681.

12.14.1               MARTHA LOWDEN - 1659


Born: 6/2/1658-9
Parents: Richard & Mary (Cole) Lowden.
Died: 4/9/1729.
1/1. John Call, 2/11/1687.


12.15       MICHAEL BRIGDEN - 1664

AM12/359 HP358

Born: 2/6/1664, USA
Parents: Thomas & Mildred (Carthrick) Brigden
Died: 12/6/1709, Charlestown, Mass
Married, 11/1/1687-8

12.15.1               JOANNA WILSON - 1667


Born: 20/4/1667, Charlestown, Mass
Parents: Edward & Mary (Hale) Wilson.
Died: 19/10/1735.
1/1. Joanna Brigden, 14/2/1689-90.


12.16       ZECHARIA SYMMES - 1636

AM12/363 HP362

Born: 9/1/1636-7, USA
Parents: Zecharia & Sarah (Baker) Symmes.
Died: 22/3/706-7

The SYMMES Memorial:

She died 23 July 1681 and he married, second, MEHITABLE (PALMER) DALTON, 26 November 1683. She was the daughter of Henry Palmer - one of the founders of Haverhill, and a distinguished citizen there - and widow of Hon. Samuel Dalton, of Hampton, N.H.

He was admitted to his father's church in Charlestown 22 August 1685 and graduated Harvard College 1657. He is the first named of his class in the catalogue, which indicates that he was the first scholar in rank. He became one of the fellows of the college. The Latin inscription on his tombstone says that he was distinguished for learning and piety. He went to Rehoboth (now Pawtucket, R.I.) to preach as early as 1661 - probably a year or two before. In September 1661 the church and town voted that he should receive £40 a year, "besides his diet at Mr. Newman's". This was Rev. Samuel Newman, who was pastor of the church there, and compiler of a valuable concordance; a very learned and excellent man. He died 5 July 1663, aged 63. He revised the concordance by the light of pine knots.

Mr. Symmes was admitted an inhabitant of Rehoboth 13 April 1666. About this time, or a little earlier, Rev. John Miles, who had been pastor of a Baptist church in Swansea, Wales, came to the place - or rather that part of it which is now Swanzey - and preached, and the people became divided in religious sentiment. A Baptist church was formed there in 1667. Mr. Symmes left Rehoboth that year and came to Bradford, a new town on the Merrimack, previously known as Rowley Village - incorporated as a town in 1675. There he became permanently established in 1668, and was the first minister of the town, although not ordained till 27 December 1682. The people built a house for him in 1668, which was standing in 1838. His salary was fifty pounds a year, besides which the people gave him forty acres of land, and chose a committee from year to year to provide for having his work done. The whole period of his ministry in Bradford was forty years. He died there 22 March 1707-8, aged 70 years. [Felt's Eccl. Hist. of New England, ii. 317, 387; Am. Quart. Reg., x. 245; Budington's Hist. of First Church in Charlestown, p. 210].

Married, 18/1/1669:

12.16.1               SUSANNA GRAVES - 1643


Born: 8/5/1643, USA.
Parents: Thomas & Katherine (Gray) Graves
Died: 23/7/1681
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Sarah Symmes, 10/5/1672.


12.17       ABEL BENJAMIN

AM12/367 HP366

Born: Charlestown, Mass
Parents: John & Abigail (Eddy) Benjamin.
Died: 1710
Married, 6/11/1671:

12.17.1               AMATHIA MIRRICKE - 1641


Born: 1641, Windsor, Conn.
Parents: John & Hopestill Mirricke
Died: 10/5/1710.
1/1. Mary Benjamin, 22/12/1672.


GENERATION 13         


13.1           FRANCIS COOKE

AM13/687 HP686

Born: bef 1579
Parents: Richard & Alice (Caunton) Cooke
Died: 7/4/1663
Married: 20/7/1603, Leiden Holland:

13.1.1                  HESTER MAHIEU


1/1. Mary Cooke

See Cooke ancestry file

13.2           Henry  Howland

Henry J. Howland
Born: 25 Nov 1604 at: Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England
Married: 1628 at: England 
Died: 17 Jan 1670/1671 at: Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA 
Father: Henry Howland Mother: Margaret Alice Aires

13.2.1                  Mary (Newland?)

Wife: Mary Sarah Newland
Born: ABT 1609         at: England
Died: 16 Jun 1674      at: Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA

1/1. Sarah Howland, M Robert Dennis

13.3           JOHN BRIGGS - 1609


born in 1609 at London, England,
Parent: Henry Briggs of Clerkenwell Parish, Essex County,
Died: 1690, Portsmouth, RI.
Married: 1640 in St. James, Clerkenwell - not in HAP.
(ref Lafferty/Briggs Genealogy,

13.3.1                  SARAH CORNELL - 1623

Born: 30/3/1623
Parents: George & Susan (Case) Cornell
Died: abt 1690, Portsmouth, RI.
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. William Briggs, 1650-1716 See 12.9.
1/2. Susannah Briggs,

13.4           JOHN COOKE - 1631


Born: 1631 England
Died: 1691, Portsmouth, RI – See end for more info.   15.9.1

13.4.1                  MARY BORDEN - 1632


Born: 13/1/1632, England (Bap)
Parents: Richard and Joan (Fowle) Borden

Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Mary Cooke. Born l650.

She married William Manchester, born 1645, died 1718. See subject 320 for issue and further particulars.

1/2. Elizabeth Cooke.

married William Briggs, born 1650, died May 1716. Elizabeth was born 1653, died August 1716. See subject 346 for issue and further particulars.


13.5           NATHANIEL POTTER


(I)  Nathaniel Potter, immigrant ancestor and progenitor of the Rhode Island family of which the late Freeborn Potter was a member, was a native of England, and first appears on the records of Aquidneck, R. I., in 1638, when he was admitted an inhabitant of the Island.  On April 30, 1639, he was one of the twenty-nine signers of the following compact:  'We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of his Majesty King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politicke, unto his laws according to matters of justice.'   
He married Dorothy ----- , who married (second) John Albro; she was born in 1617, and died February 19, 1696.  Nathaniel Potter died about 1644.

1/1. Nathaniel Potter (12.11)

HSRI: p. 161 - 162:

FREEBORN POTTER  --  The first form of surname to be adopted in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, when the custom came into use in England, was that form derived from the estate of the bearer, or if he were a man of humble circumstances, from the locality  in which he lived.  When the custom obtained a greater vogue, names were taken from widely diversified sources. The surname Potter belongs to that class of English surnames which were originally derived from the occupations or callings of their bearers, of which class Smith and Cooper are also examples.  The name is very ancient and is found in the earliest of English registers.  It boasts a very honorable and distinguished lineage in England.  The coat-of-arms is as follows:

Arms - Sable a fesse ermine between three cinquefoils argent.
Crest - A seahorse or.

The American family has been no less distinguished.  Seven immigrants of the name came to the New England Colonies in the early decades of the seventeenth century, driven hither by religious intolerance and persecution in the mother country.  Many came to seek their fortunes, and many purely through the spirit of adventure.  The descendants of these early Potters are of a stock than which there is no finer in America, men of patriotism, high moral stamina, stern and rugged codes of honor and business.  The name of Potter has figured in the annals of the Nation from the very earliest settlements down to the present day, and has been borne by men who have achieved prominence in the professions, in the ministry, and in every department of financial, commercial and industrial life in the country.
The line herein under consideration is that of the late Freeborn Potter, of Cranston, R. I., descendant of Nathaniel Potter, the founder of the family in Rhode Island.

13.6           Robert Ingalls - 1620


Born: 13/7/1620, Skirbeck, Lincs
Parents: Edmund & Ann (Tripp) Ingalls
Died: 3/1/1698, Lynn Mass
Married: 1646, Lynn Mass

13.6.1                  Sarah Harker

Parents: William & Elizabeth Harker
Died: 8/4/1696
Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Robert Ingalls, 9/2/1649

13.7           Zecharia Symmes – 1599

Born 5/4/1599, Canterbury
Parents: Rev William Symmes, and G son of William Symmes

SYMMES, Zechariah, clergyman, born in Canterbury, England, 5 April, 1599; died in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 4 February, 1671. He came from England in 1634, and was ordained as teacher in the church at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on 22 December of that year, succeeding Thomas James as pastor when the latter was dismissed on 11 March, 1636. During his ministry the Antinomian controversy culminated in the banishment of John Wheelwright and the dismissal of his adherents from the church. See "The Symmes Memorial," containing a sketch of his life and a genealogy, by John Adams Vinton (Boston, 1873).--His grandson, Thomas, clergyman, born in Bradford, Massachusetts, 1 February, 1678 ; died 6 October, 1725, was graduated at Harvard in 1698, and was minister of Boxford from December, 1702, till 1708, when he succeeded his father, Zechariah, as second minister at Bradford. He possessed a strong mind and much learning, and, besides occasional sermons, published "Joco-Serious Dialogue on Singing" (1723); and " Historical Memoirs of the Fight at Piggwacket, 9 May, 1725," with a sermon on the death of Captain John Lovewell (1725 ; republished with notes by Nathaniel Bouton, Concord, New Hampshire, 1861). See an account of his life by Reverend John Brown, to which is appended his advice to his children and to the members of his church (1726).

Edited Appletons Encycloedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM

The Last Will of Zechariah Symmes

The twentieth day of January 1664, I Zechariah Symmes of Charlestown, New England, being at present through God's mercy in some competent measure of health, yet daily wayting for my change, have revised the last former draught of my will, but revoking it, do establish this following as my last will and testament, and do hereby appoint my dear and faithful wife Mrs. Sarah Symmes sole executrix thereof.

First, I commit and commend what I am and have into the hands of my most loving Father and Gracious God in Christ Jesus : my soul immediately upon my death to be received into those heavenly mansions which my blessed Saviour hath prepared for me ; my body to be for a time, in a comely, but not over costly manner, interred, in assured faith and hope that my Saviour will in his time raise up my vile body and make it like his glorious body, and, uniting it to my soul, will continue them forever with himself in perfect blessedness and glore.

For my temporal estate wherewith the Lord hath blessed me, it is already in good parte disposed of by reason of the mariage of my eldest sonne William, and of six of my daughters, viz., Sarah, Marye, Elizabeth, Huldah, Rebeckah, Deborah. To each of these seven I have already given such a portion, as our own necessities would permit, and that without any partialitie farther than a legacy given to my daughter Brock, and daughter Savage did equity require ; therefore my earnest desire and will is that none of them grudge at any of the other, or trouble their mother in the least wise any further demand, or motion about what is already disposed of.

For Ruth, my wife hath already set by for her a portion as with a very small enlargement (which I leave to my widow's discretion) may equal her portion with her sisters.

For my two sonnes Zechariah and Timothy, to the former upon his going to Rehoboth I gave some books, with some household stuff, and to make up his first dividend, I assign unto him all my library, except what is after mentioned, and provided that soone after my death he oblige himself in a bonde of eighty pounds, together with his heirs and assigns, to pay unto his brother Timothie fourty pounds sterling in money, or merchantable goods at money price, within one year after my decease, or in case his brother Timothy dye before the year expired, then to pay it to my other children surviving, in equal portions, reserving a double portion to my eldest sonne William.

Other legacies doe some of my dear friends deserve, and therefore may probably expect, but considering my dear widos probable necesseties, and that farr most of our estate came by her, I trust they will take it well though I do dispose of the remainder of my estate in the manner following.

First, my debts being discharged (which are none that I know of but what my wife is privye unto) and one legacy of five pounds to my dear brother Mr. William Symmes, to which I know my wife will be as willing as myself, it being but a small remembrance of his very great love and costs to us and ours, I then give and bequeath to my faithful and dearly beloved wife, the whole use and benefit of all my temporal estate, consisting in lands, houses, cattell, moneye, plate, with all other goods and moveables which the Lord hath given, to her own proper use, to have, hold and enjoy during the whole time of her widowhood. In case she shall see good to marry, which I suppose she will never do without good advice, then I take it for granted that it will be with one that may bring some comfortable outward estate with him, and therefore in case she shall marry I give a third part of my whole estate to be equally divided among my children then living, only a double part to my eldest sonne, and at her death the other two thirds to be alike divided, only I give her liberty and power at her decease to dispose of fifty pounds sterling to any of her children or any other of her relatives or friends as she shall see mete. Further, out of my books and papers, I give her that large English Bible wch was her mothers, also such books as I have of Doc Sibs or Doc Prestons, also a book of Baynes letters, and about comfortable walking with God. Also all my notes and sermons, one book in octavo upon 16th Matthew 24 and 17 cap of John, 2 small books of my latter sermons, one in decimo sexto, the other hath yet but a few sermons. Also I give to my eldest sonne Fulke on Rhem. Test. with 4 books in quarto of Mr. Bolton's works, as also a fourth part of such manuscripts either mine owne or my father's sermons, as are in papers or stitch, but not bound up. All my written books besides I give to Zech: with the rest of the manuscripts, yet so as upon their requests not to deny the lending of them for a small time to any of their brethren or sisters to peruse for their owne private use only, for I never intended or prepared anything of mine to be put in print.

Item. At my wives death I give my farm neere Woburne and land at Nottimos to my eldest sonne, provided that he bynde it over to pay onto the rest of my children a hundred pounds in equall portions in two years time : 50 pounds per annum.

Item. I give to all my sonnes in law, at the death of my wife, to each of them thirty shillings for a ring, or any other meanes of remembering my love to them ; and to each of my grandchildren, by nature or by law, thirteen shillings four pence for a spoone.

Witnesses. Francis Norton, Joshua Teed [Tidd].

13.7.1                  Sarah Baker

Issue, inter alia:
1/1. Zecharia Symmes – 1636

13.8           Thomas Graves - 1605

Born: 16 June 1605,
Parents: John & Sarah (Malter) Graves
Died: 31 July 1653. 

This is Rear Admiral Thomas Graves.  See Rear Admiral Thomas Graves of Charlestown, MA book for information.

The SYMMES Memorial:
of Charlestown, a prominent citizen of that place.
Thomas Graves was born in Ratcliffe, near London, in England 6 June 1605. He was a seafaring man, and a master of several ships, as the Whale, the Elizabeth Bonadventure, the James, the Trial, that made voyages from Old to New England. He came every year, from 1629 to 1635, inclusive. He at length settled in Charlestown, or between that place and Woburn, and married Catharine Coytmore, daughter of Thomas and Catharine Coytmore of Charlestown. He and his wife Catharine were admitted to the church in that place 7 October 1639. Some of his descendants are still living in Charlestown. He was one of those who undertook the settlement of Woburn, but became discouraged and returned to a seafaring life. For his good conduct in capturing, though in a merchant ship, a Dutch privateer in the English Channel, he was put in command of a ship of war and made a rear admiral by Cromwell. He died in Charlestown 31 July 1653. - Sewall's Hist. of Woburn, pp. 69, 70; Frothingham's Hist. of Charlestown, pp. 139, 140., 4/1009:

Thomas Graves was born 6 June 1605 at Ratcliff, England, near London (or at Stepney, England[1]), was baptized 16 June 1605 at Stepney, part of the city of London, and died 31 July 1653 (old style calendar, 31st day, 5th month, 1653) in a sea battle with the Dutch in the English Channel.  (A number of sources say he died in Charlestown, MA, but this definitely appears incorrect; e.g., Tracy Genealogy[2], p. 177, and NEHGS Register[3].)  His will was dated 13 June 1652 and probated 1 Oct. 1653.

Thomas Graves sprang from a prominent shipbuilding and mariner family of London, and came to America as early as 1628.  He was a skilful shipmaster, and was mate of the Talbot, in which Higginson came to Salem, Mass. in 1629. He was mate of the Arabella, master of the Plantation in 1630, master of the Plough in 1631, of the Whale in 1632, of the Reformation and Elizabeth Bonadventura in 1633 and 1634, and of the James in 1635.  He was master of the first American built ship, the Tryall, on her second voyage in June 1643, and followed the sea more or less until his death.  He brought his family (consisting of his wife and two children) to America about 1636 or 1637 and settled in Charlestown, Mass., probably at the same time that his wife's mother came.

He married Katherine (or Katharine or Catharine) Gray before 1635 (probably by 1630) in England.  She was born about 1606 at Harwich, England, died 21 Feb. 1682 (old style calendar, 21, 12, 1681), and was buried 23 Feb. 1681/2. [4]  She was a daughter of Thomas Gray and Katherine Myles (daughter and co-heir of Robert Myles, of Sutton, in County Suffolk).  Thomas Gray died in 1607, and his widow married on 23 Dec. 1610 at Harwick, England, Rowland Coytemore, of Wapping (next to London, in Middlesex), a widower, who died in 1626; she came to New England in 1636 or 1637 and settled in Charlestown, Mass.; was admitted to the church in 1638, and died 28 Nov. 1659.  Her will, dated 28 or 30 April 1658 named 14 grandchildren, including the 5 children of her daughter Katherine. [5]  An article in the NEHGS Register[6] gives much more information on the Myles family, and also says that Katherine (Myles) Gray had 6 children.  (See Appendix of this book for more information.)

Katherine Coytemore, mother of Thomas Graves' wife, with her son Thomas and wife and her daughter Elizabeth, also came to America, probably at the same time as the family of Thomas Graves.  The son, Thomas Coytemore, was a mariner and commanded the Tryall on her first trip.  He was lost on the coast of Spain 27 Dec. 1644, and his widow Martha, daughter of Captain William Rainsborough, a mariner of England, married 4 Dec. 1647 at Boston as her second husband Governor John Withrop who died 26 March 1649.  She married thirdly John Coggan of Boston on 10 March 1652.

Thomas Graves was admitted to the First Church, Charlestown, with his wife, 7 Oct. 1639, and was made freeman at general court, Boston, on 13 May 1640.  He became possessed of a large amount of land in Charlestown and Woburn.  (Woburn is next to and just south of Wilmington.)  He continued to follow the sea, and while in command of a merchantman captured a Dutch "man-of-war" vessel in the British Channel, for which gallant act he was appointed by Parliament captain of the frigate President in the Royal Navy on 30 May 1652.  The following year he was appointed rear admiral of the White, and on board the St. Andrew (with 360 men and 56 guns)[7] he participated in the naval battles with the Dutch, and was killed 31 July 1653.[8][9]  His body was landed from the fleet in Aldborough Bay, Co. Suffolk, England, 8 Aug. 1653, and buried the same day, his wife's family being from that county.  Parliament granted his family 1000 pounds.  His will dated 13 June 1652, deposited with his brother Abraham in England, was forwarded to America.  It was presented for probate by his widow and proved on the first of the tenth month of 1653 (old style calendar, 1 Dec. 1653), several months after his death.

Thomas is said to have been commissioned Rear Admiral in the British Navy by Oliver Cromwell, after the overthrow of King Charles I.  Previous to that event he had been in America and laid plans for his future abode here, by securing, for some service rendered the colony, a grant of 250 acres of land located in that part of what was then Charlestown, now near Wilmington, called the "land of nod".  (This seems strange, since Wilmington is nowhere near present day Charlestown.  It is much farther north of Boston, next to Billerica.)  For some years he commanded a vessel running between Boston and the ports of the mother country.  By this means he kept up his acquaintance with men and affairs in England.  He was on familiar terms with the principal men of the Mass. Colony, and was held by them in high esteem, being pronounced by Gov. Winthrop after his death in 1653, "an able and godly man".  Winthrop wrote his name Greaves.

Will of Thomas Graves of Charlestown: This my last will and testament is that I do bequeath unto my beloved wife Katharine Graves, my now dwelling house scittuate in Charlestowne in New England for the terme of her life, and also the one-third part of all my goods, shiping & moneys and plate, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca[10] five pound, & to her child three pound, I do bequeath unto my sonne John my house scittuate in Limehouse neere Dickes shoare, he paying One hundred Pound, to be payd the one third part of it to his mother my beloved wife, the other two thirds to be divided unto my sonne Thomas, Nathaniel, Susanna & Joseph, my will is that my Land at Oburne in New England, and Land in Charlestowne neck, and what goods, household stuffe, chipping, plate or moneys I have be all vallued, with one hundred Pound, I Appoynt my sonne John to pay of all with my will is that my wife shall have the one third part of, And the other two thirds to be Equally divided between my sonne Thomas, Nathaniel, Susanna & Joseph, but my desire is, that if the house at Limehouse which I do bequeath unto my sonne John he paying one hundred pound be not vallued to be worth as much as double what wilbe of my estate dividable to my sonne Thomas, Nathaniel, Susanna or Joseph, that then my sonne John shall pay lesse to be dividable as above mentioned, for my desire is that my son John should have twice as much as the rest of my children.

Further I do bequeath unto my sonne Thomas after his mother's decease, my now dwelling house, with all the garden & orchard there unto belonging, which is scittuate in Charlestowne in New England, provided that my sonne Thomas pay unto his sister Rebecca ten pound, Nathaniell Ten pound, Susanna ten pound, Joseph Ten pound.  I do Appoynt my beloved wife and my sonne John to be my Executors and do appoint them to pay to the church at Charlestowne forty shillings And I do intreate my Brother Nowell & my Brother Lindes of Charlestown to be overseers of my will, and do give to them Twenty shillings apeece, witnes my hand this 13th of June 1652.
 Thomas Graves

This last will of me Thomas Graves being left by himselfe sealed up, and delivered to his Brother Abraham Graves and presented by his relict widow before the Deputy Governer, and the rest of the magistrates, it was by them allowed & Approved the first of the 10th month 1653.
Thomas Danforth, Recorder

Entred & Recorded 25 10 mo. 1655.
Thomas Danforth, Recorder.

Rear Admiral Thomas Graves has sometimes been confused with the engineer of the same name.  Thomas Graves, the engineer was of Gravesend, County of Kent, England, signed a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Company in March 1629, arrived in New England in July 1629, and laid out Charlestown.  Thomas Graves, the engineer, was clearly not the same as Rear Admiral Thomas Graves.  In 1629 the engineer already had an impressive reputation for engineering, had traveled extensively, and had a wife and five children.  He was older than the 24 years of age that the Rear Admiral was at that time.  In addition, the signature of the Rear Admiral from his will, and that of the engineer from his contract, as shown below, are different (from History of Charlestown, page 140, by.Richard Frothingham).

(R201, R202, R203, R206)

Married, before 1635:

13.8.1                  Katherine Gray

1/1. John Graves, b.c. 1630, m. Dorcas Pett.
1/2. William Graves, b. England, probably died young.
1/3. Rebecca Graves, b.c. 1631,

m. Samuel Adams, 1651, d. 8 Oct. 1664.

1/4 Thomas Graves, b.c. 1638,

m(1) Elizabeth Hagburne, 16 May 1677, m(2) Sarah Stedman, 15 May 1682, d. 30 May 1697.

1/5 Nathaniel Graves, bapt. 5 Nov. 1639,

m. Elizabeth Russell, 24 Aug. 1664, d. 12 Feb. 1680.

1/6 Susannah Graves, b. 8 July 1643,

m. Zechariah Symmes, Jr., 18 Nov. 1669, d. 23 July 1681.

1/7 Joseph Graves, b. 13 April 1645,

m(1) Elizabeth Maynard, 15 Jan. 1665/6, m(2) Mary Ross, 1678.


GENERATION 14         


14.1           RICHARD BORDEN - 1596


Baptized at Headcorn, Kent, on February 22/1595-6,
Parents: Matthew Joan (Reeder) Borden
Died at Portsmouth, R.I., on May 25/l671.

married Sep 28/1625

14.1.1                  Joane Fowle

Parents: Richard & Mary (Filkes) Fowle
Died: 15/7/1688, Portsmouth, RI.
1/1. Mary Borden, 1632

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003
   If this inquiry is a bother, please just delete. Your site peeked my interest because of the Borden line from Headcorn. We are descended from that line as are many millions of other Americans. It's well documented however I have had this nagging impression for years that the Borden of Headcorn and the Boorman of Headcorn are actually the same family.
    I suspect that the surname of Borden was a result of Quakerism. I can't prove this of course as I am not privy to the church records if any exist. I have searched for earlier wills from Headcorn but to no avail.
    I find it interesting that you quote from Herbert Armstrong Poole, as the Poole family of Kent is connected to the Boorman family by marriage. In particular a rogue named Anthony Poole who literally threw his first wife and children out on the street. I would love to find that man in a genealogy file just to satisfy myself that he died a horrid death. He would have died in the early 17th century.
    Any connection you can lead me to as a connection between the Borden family and the Boorman family would be appreciated.

Yours,  Patty Sullivan

14.2           Henry Howland - 1564

Born: 1564 at: Fen Stanton, County Huntingdonshire,
Married: ABT 1589 at: Ely, Cambridge, England 
Died: 17 May 1635 at: Fen Stanton, County Huntingdonshire,
Father: John Howland
Mother: Emme Revell

14.2.1                  Margaret Alice Aires

Born: 1567
Died: 30 Jul 1629: Fen Stanton, County Huntingdonshire, England 

1/1. Henry Howland,

14.3           Edmund Ingalls - 1598


Born: 26/6/1598, Skirbeck, Lincs has:
Birth: 26 Jun 1586 at Skirbeck; Lincolnshire; England 
Christening: 26 Jun 1586 at Wyberton, Lincs., England 

Parents: Robert & Elizabeth Ingalls
Died: 3/1648/9, Saugus River, drowned, USA.

Said to have died from the effects of an injury received by falling through a defective bridge while travelling on horseback from Lynn to Boston. His will, dated Aug. 28, 1648, was presented for probate Sept. 14, 1648, and is on file with inventory of his estate, in the Essex Registry at Salem, Mass

Edmund Ingalls (born about 1598 in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England) booked passage with Governor Endicott and headed to Salem with his wife and six children. This trip was probably on the Abigail in 1628. Although they debarked at Salem, the family moved to Saugus (now Lynn, Massachusetts) within a year or so. There they settled in and had 3 more children.

Edmund was mostly an apt Puritan of good character. But in 1646, his neighbors filed a complaint against him for “bringing home sticks in both his arms on the Sabbath day from Mr. Holyokes rails”.

EDMUND INGALLS (ROBERT) was born Abt 1598 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire Eng, and died Sep 16, 1648 in Lynn, MA. He married ANN.
Edmund and Francis, his brother, settled in Lynn, MA near Goldfish Pond in 1629. The site of the house was between Nos. 33 and 43 of Bloomfield St.

"Estate of Edward Ingalls of Lynn"

August 28. Anno Dom: 1648. I Edmund Ingalls of Linne being of perfect memory comit my soule to God, my body to the grave, and dispose of my Earthly goods in this wise, ffirstly I make my wife Ann Ingalls sole Exectrix: leaving my house & house lot together with ye Stock of Cattle & Corne wth her. Likewise I leave Katherine Skipper wth my wife.

Item. I bequeth to Robert my sonne & heire, foure pound to be payd in two yeers time by my wife either in Cattle, or Corne; likewise I bequeath to him (or his heires) my house & houslot after the decease of my wife. Likewise I bequeth to Elizabeth my daughter twenty shillings to be payd by my wife in a heifer calf in two yeers time after my decease. Likewise to my daughter Faith wife to Andrew Allin I bequeth two yeerling calves, and injoyne my wife to pay to him forty shillings debt in a yeers time after my decease. Likewise to my Sonne John I bequeth the house & ground that was Jerimy fitts lying by the Meeting house only out of it the sd John is to pay wth in foure yeers foure pound to my sonne Samuel and the ground to be his security: further I leave wth the sd John that three Acres land he hath in England fully to possesse & Enjoy. Likewise I give to Sarah my daughter, wife to william Bitnar my two Ewes. Likewise to Henry my sonne I give the house that I bought of Goodman west, & Six acres of ground lying to it, & three acres of marsh (ground) lying at Rumly Marsh, and this the sd Henry shall possesse in two yeers after my decease, Only out of this the sd Henry Shall pay to Samuel my sonne foure pound wthin two yeers after he Enters upon it. Likewise I bequeth to Samuel my Sonne Eight pound wch is to be discharged as above in the proomisses. Lastly I leave wth mary the heifer Calfe that formerly she enjoyed and leave her to my wife for future dowry. Finally I appoint Francis Ingalls my Brother & Francis Dane my sonne in Law overseers of my will, and order that those things that have no particular Exemption in the will mentioned be taken away presently after my decease: I intreat my overseers to be helpful to my wife for ordering these matters.

Edmund Ingalls
Witness: William Morton, Francis Dane, Francis 6 Ingols
Proved 14:9:1648 by Francis Ingalls, and 27:4:1649 by William Morton.
Essex Co. Quarterly Court Files, vol. 1, leaf 103

Children of EDMUND INGALLS and ANN TRIPP are:

Robert INGALLS, born Abt 1621 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire England; died 1698 in Lynn, MA.
Elizabeth INGALLS, born 1622; died Jun 09, 1676 in Andover, MA. She married Francis Dane Sep 21, 1677 in Lynn, MA.
Faith INGALLS, born Abt 1623 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire England. She married Andrew Allen.
Sarah INGALLS, born Abt 1626 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire England. She married William Bitner.
John INGALLS, born Abt 1625 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire England; died Dec 31, 1721 in Rehoboth, MA.
HENRY INGALLS, born 1627 in Skirbeck Lincolnshire England; died Feb 08, 1718/19 in Andover MA.
Samuel INGALLS, born Abt 1634; died in Ipswich, MA.
Mary INGALLS, born Abt 1636. She married John Eaton.
Joseph INGALLS, born Abt 1638. not mentioned in Will.

14.3.1                  Ann Tripp

Born: 17 Aug 1599 at Of; Skirbeck; Lincolnshire
Christening: 17 Aug 1599 at St. Peter, Barton upon Humber, Lincoln,

Parents: John & Isabella (Moses) Tripp
John Son of Nathaniel Tripp.
Marriage: 7 Jun 1618 at Church of St. Nicholas, Skirbeck,
Death: ABT 16 Sep 1648 at Portsmouth; Newport; Rhode Island 

Inter alia:
1/1. Robert Ingalls, b 13/7/1620
1/4. John Ingalls, b. 9/5/1625 from whom descends JM III Ingalls[ii]

John Tripp, 1575 - 1678, <- 13 2-> , [25]
Birth: 1575 at Of; Skirbeck; Lincolnshire; England
Christening: ? at Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England
Marriage: 1608 at Skirbeck, Northumberland Co., England to Isabela Moses, 1579 - 1678 [25]
Death: 1678 at Skirbeck; Lincolnshire; England?
Burial: 28 Oct 1678 at Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island 

14.4           William Symmes, Rev - 1568

Born: 1568
Parent: William Symmes
(The SYMMES Memorial: was a truly religious man, and a firm protestant, in the reign of the bloody Queen Mary, from 1553 to 1558. His wife was like-minded.)

Rev. WILLIAM SYMMES, was ordained to the ministry of the gospel in that famous year 1588. He exercised his office faithfully, at a time when it exposed him to great suffering. Queen Elizabeth was afraid of carrying the Reformation too far. She had set up a standard of her own in things ecclesiastical, retaining many of the old Popish rites, and she determined that all her subjects should conform to it. She inherited the stern, unrelenting spirit of her father, and was fond of the old ceremonies in which she had been educated. The year after her accession, the parliament made her the supreme head of the Church of England, and conferred on her the right of regulating all its affairs. Her authority was thus made to supersede the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ; and the power thus conferred she was not slow to exert. She was in effect the Pope of England.

14.5           John Greaves/Graves 4/2009:

Parents: Henry & Margaret Greaves
Died: 1637, England

John Greaves (9) lived in Limehouse, and was a shipwright.  His will was dated 1 Aug. 1637, and proved 15 Dec. 1637.  He first married Sarah Malter of Ratcliff on 6 April 1597.  She died between 1618-1624.  He secondly married Susan Hoxton on 24 June 1624.  He thirdly married Mary Raymond, widow, of St. Mary Whitechapel, on 18 May 1630.  The baptisms of all the following children were recorded in the Stepney parish records.

John Greaves, the elder, of Lymehouse, Middlesex, shipwright.  Will dated 1 Aug. 13th Charles (1704); proved 15 Dec. 1637.  To be buried in eastern end of Stepney churchyard on the south side of the church as near my first wife and children as conveniently may be; to wife Mary lease of house now in tenure of Mr. Richard Elli, mariner, and in possession of John Shaw, mariner; to Anne Shaw and her heirs; after wife's decease the Elli house to return to my son John Greaves who I had by her; wife Mary the least of my four new houses lately built held of lease of Mr. James, and so much of the wharf as is now laid out and enclosed for the use of said houses; if she marry, to my son John and daughter Mary Greaves whom I had by her; to children of first wife; to wife Mary lease of my six tenements in Lymehouse yard which I have of John Marsh, also lease of house at Shadwell, and other property, all of which is for the maintenance and bringing up of children John and Mary; they are also to have 50 pounds, one third plate and one third of dwelling in the yard; son John 5 pounds out of the yard near the limekilns; to sons William, Abraham and Nathaniel the lease I took of Mr. James excepting the four new houses above mentioned; widow Andrews and widow Rowland Langram occupants of tenaments; son Robert Greaves 50 pounds when 21 and 5 pounds per year out of my lower yard.

To John, William and Rebecca, children of my son Thomas Greaves 10 pounds each when 21; to Sarah and Rebecca children of my son William Greaves ditto; son Matthew Greaves a house; son Joseph Graves, when 21, a house in Cooper Lane, London, in occupation of William Dorrett; also such household stuff as I had by his mother; also 50 pounds, 20 pounds whereof was the legacy of his grandmother; daughter Rebecca Margate 30 pounds and to her daughters Anne and Mary 10 pounds when 21; daughter Anne Shawe 30 pounds and to her daughter Sara Shawe 10 pounds when 21; to grandchild John Graves 20 pounds at 21; sister Ducie 40sh, her daughter 20sh; cousin Matthew Graves 20sh; cousin Rebecca Puzey, 20sh; mentions ships and shipping; the other two thirds to be divided between my children by my first wife; son John house and lands in Bridges in parish of Brixley, Kent and at Blendon, and when 21 12 pounds; daughter Mary when 21 100 pounds; son Thomas and his hears house where I now dwell near Dickshore in Lymehouse; son William and his heirs male one third of dock, wharf, yard and crane lying near to Dickshore aforesaid as far as it is boarded with the red house and way under it by the house that is tiled and now occupied by John Askew, joiner; two thirds of said dock, yard, wharf and crane to sons Abraham and Nathaniel Greaves and if they die without heires male to the survivor, and if they all three so die to my sons Thomas, Matthew and Robert; in case either choose to sell the others to have option of buying at 5 pounds less than any one else; sons Abraham and Nathaniel 50 pounds each, and they to be freed of their apprenticeship indentures; wife Mary all rents due from my servants.  To the poor of Ham and Hookend 20sh; Jacob Aishley 20sh; every servant 10sh.  Sons Thomas and William Greaves, and son George Margatte executors.  Friends Anthony Tutchen, Mr. John Ducie, Joseph Chapman, overseers.  Signed, 1 Aug., before John Ducie, George Hutchinson, John Ednor, scr.

Mem. 10 Aug., 1632, John Greaves, etc., a customary tenant of the said manor since the last court day did surrender into the hands of the Lord of the manor by the rodd according to the custom of said manor by the hands of John Domelaw head borowe or Cheise pledge, in presence of William Pulbery, Michol Austie, Francis Holliday, John Watte, William Delton, and Stephen Traford all six customary tenants, etc., all such the premises for the use of the last will and testament of said John Greaves.

Codicil, 17 Nov., 1637.  There being due me from the company of shipwrights 200 pounds, said sum is bequeathed to sons William, Abraham, Nathaniel Greaves.  Proved 15 Dec., 1637 by William Greaves and George Margatte, executors.              P.C.C.  Goare 163, 164.

John Greaves of parish of Stepney, alias Stebunheeth, in Middlesex, ship-builder.  The Vestry minutes published by G. W. Hill and W. H. Frere, from 1579-1662, contain frequent mention of the name.  From those records it appears that John Graves was one of the Vestrymen in 1603 and frequently thereafter, as well as engaged upon other work of the parish till 1637 when his name appears on those records for the last time.

He was a shipbuilder of consequence and the limits of his yard are shown upon a map published by Hill and Frere.  According to a note in the work above mentioned his first wife was Sarah Chester [whether her name was Chester or Malter she lived long enough to bear her husband fourteen children, or else she was a second wife who died childless] who died within a few months of marriage and almost at once he married Susan Hoxton on the 24 June, 1624.  He married for the third time 18 May, 1630, Mary Raymond.  (R206)

Children - Greaves, by Sarah Malter
1/1. William Greaves, bapt. 1 Feb. 1597/8, died young.
1/2. John Greaves, bapt. 20 Aug. 1600, died young.
1/3. Sarah Greaves, bapt. 13 Dec. 1602, died young.
1/4. Thomas Greaves, b. 16 June 1605,

m. Katherine Gray, before 1635, d. 31 July 1653.  This is Rear Admiral Thomas Graves.  See Rear Admiral Thomas Graves of Charlestown, MA book for information.

1/5. Rebecca Greaves, bapt. 13 Dec. 1607, m. George Margett.
1/6. Matthew Greaves, bapt. 5 March 1608.
1/7. William Greaves, bapt. 18 March 1609,

m. Elizabeth Diggins, 1 Sept. 1631, d. 1667-68.

1/8. Henry Greaves, bapt. 15 March 1611, died young.
1/9. Anne Greaves, bapt. 11 April 1613, m. John Shawe.
1/10. Susanna Greaves, bapt. 16 June 1614,

possibly m. John Ducie.

1/11. Samuel Greaves, b. 9/10/1615, bapt. 15/10/1615, d. young.
1/12 Abraham Greaves, b. 13 Jan. 1616/17,

m(1) Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Mary Wallace, Sept. 1654, m(3) Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d.c. 1689.

1/13. Nathaniel Greaves, b. 1 June 1618, bapt. 7 June 1618. 

Administration on his estate to brother William Greaves, 11 Sept. 1638.

1/14. Robert Greaves, a minor in 1637, living in 1667.

Children - Greaves, by Susan Hoxton
1/15. Joseph Greaves, under 21 in 1637.
Children - Greaves, by Mary Raymond
1/16. John Greaves, m. Alice ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d.c. 1665.
1/17. Mary Greaves, m. James Putt.


GENERATION 15         


15.1           Richard Fowle

Richard FOWLE, the third of 9 children, was a child of his father's second wife. He was christened at Frittenden, County Kent, England, on 18 December 1569. He was a yeoman (i.e., farmer). From his father's will he received lands at Frittenden and Marden in County Kent. His first wife, whose name is unknown, died after the birth of their first child. Richard is listed in 1597 paying taxes to Queen Elizabeth I. He secondly married Mrs. Mary (-----) FILKES on 3 September 1601 at St. Margaret's church in Canterbury, County Kent. She was buried at Headcorn, County Kent, on 1 August 1627. Richard was buried at Headcorn on 2 March 1631/2. His will lists his four children: Richard FOWLE (b. 1602), Joane (FOWLE) BORDEN (1604-1688), Elizabeth (FOWLE) JOSEPH (b. 1608/9), and Jane (FOWLE) BABSON (b. 1612). [It is worth pointing out here that Richard FOWLE, son of Richard, was reported to have been baptized on 1 August 1601 in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 75, July 1921, p. 229, by G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr. This is an error which has been repeated in multiple genealogies. Regardless of the reputation of our reference, it is always wise, when possible, to examine the primary source, which in this case is the Parish Register of Frittenden, County Kent, 1563-1612. The year "1602" was entered within the list of baptisms and it is now evident that Richard's date of christening was 1 August 1602, as you can see in this photocopy.]

15.1.1                  Mary Filkes

15.2           John Howland - 1541

Born: 10 Aug 1541: Essex, England
Married: 1560 at: Essex, England
Died: 10 Jan 1611/1612 at: White Chapel, Middlesex, England
Father: John Howland
Mother: Agnes  Anne Greenway


15.2.1                  Emme Revell

Born: ABT 1540 at: London, Middlesex, England
Died: 1614 at: London, Middlesex, England

1/1. Henry Howland

Born: 1564 at: Fen Stanton, County Huntingdonshire, England
Married: ABT 1589 at: Ely, Cambridge, England
Died: 17 May 1635 at: Fen Stanton, County Huntingdonshire,
Spouses: Margaret Alice Aires

15.3           Henry Greaves 4/2009:

Married Margaret

Henry Greaves (2) married Margaret ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He was of Stepney, England, in Middlesex, just east of London. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow Margaret on 8 July 1590.  She secondly married Thomas Masters on 14 Dec. 1591.  She was living in 1603, and may have thirdly married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Barbor (see will of Margaret Barbor, 1608).  (R206)

Children – Greaves
1/1. Mary Greaves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lane, d. by 1603.
1/2. Hester Greaves (probable dau.), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Cocke.
1/3. Robert Greaves, m. Susanna May, 18 June 1593.
1/4. Thomas Greaves, m. Joan Gibbs, 17 Oct. 1585, d. 1603.
1/5 John Greaves,

m(1) Sarah Malter, 6 April 1597, m(2) Susan Hoxton, 24 June 1624, m(3) Mary Raymond, 18 May 1630, d. 1637.

1/6. Joane Greaves, bapt. 17 July 1581,

not married in 1603.  She may have married Nathaniel Moulser, 31 July 1603.

1/7. Margaret Greaves, bapt. 2 May 1582.
1/8. William Greaves, bapt. 14 April 1583.

15.4           Robert Ingalls1
     11th great grand father

b. 1563, d. 12 July 1617, #37422

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Father   **Henry Ingalls b. circa 1480, d. June 1555, born circa 1480 at Skirbeck

Mother   **Joan Wytton b. circa 1525




Birth 1563 Robert was born in 1563 at Shirbeck, Lincolnshire, England.1



Marriage  Robert Ingalls married Elizabeth (?). 



Death 12 July 1617 Robert died on 12 July 1617 at Shirbeck, at Lincolnshire at England.1 




Family  Elizabeth (?) b. circa 1567, d. 22 April 1631

Child  1. Edmund Ingalls+ b. c 1598, d. Mar 1648





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15.5           Thomas FOWLE - ~1540

the oldest of 4 children, was born about 1540, probably at Frittenden, County Kent, England. He first married Elizabeth CARRE at Frittenden on 22 October 1564. His second wife Joane ----- was buried at Frittenden on 21 May 1570. He inherited lands from his father in 1572 in Frittenden and Marden, County Kent. In 1573 Thomas was churchwarden at Frittenden. His third wife was Margery -----, who was buried at Frittenden on 13 January 1584/5. Thomas was buried at Frittenden on 25 Aug 1592. Most of his lands in Marden and Frittenden were given to his son Richard. Thomas and his first wife had a son (1560's-1571/2). Thomas and Joane's children were: Joane (FOWLE) HALSWORTHE (1568-after 1632) and Richard FOWLE (1569-1631/2). The children by the third wife were: William FOWLE (b. 1571/2), Francis FOWLE (1572-c.1633), John FOWLE (1574/5-1580), Marion (FOWLE) PAYNE (1577-after 1633), Thomas FOWLE (1579-1628), and Clemence (FOWLE) FITCHE (1580/84-after 1633).

15.6           Richard FOWLE

, the youngest of two children, was born in 1514 or 1515 following the death of his father, probably in Marden, County Kent, England. Richard is listed paying taxes to King Henry VIII and to his son King Edward VI. Richard's wife, whose name is unknown, apparently died before he did, not being mentioned in his will written in 1570. Richard lived in Frittenden, County Kent, and also owned land at Marden. He was buried at Frittenden on 5 May 1572. His children were: Thomas FOWLE (c.1540-1592), Alice FOWLE, Joane FOWLE, and a daughter (d. before 1570) who married a Mr.DONNER.


15.7           Thomas FOWLE

, of Marden, County Kent, England, married Johane -----. They had a daughter Costaunce FOWLE (b. prob. c.1512). Thomas was buried at the cemetery of the church of St. Mighioll at Marden between 28 September and 7 November 1514. He stated in his will that his wife Johane was pregnant, and it is believed she later gave birth to Richard FOWLE (c.1515-1572).



15.8           John Howland - 1516

Born: 1516 at: Newport Pond, Essex, England
Died: 1599 at: Newport Pond, Essex, England
Father: John Howland   Mother: Anne


15.8.1                  Agnes  Anne Greenway

Born: ABT 1521 at: Cley, Norfolk, England
Died: AFT 24 Feb 1567/1568at: St. Peter Le Poor, England
Father: Mother:

1/1. John Howland

Born: 10 Aug 1541 at: Essex, England

Married: 1560             at: Essex, England 
Died: 10 Jan 1611/1612 at: White Chapel, Middlesex, England 
Spouses: Emme Revell 

15.9           John Howland - 1481

Born: 1481 at: Manor At Newport Pond, Essex, England
Died: AFT 8 Nov 1546 at: Newport Pond, Essex, England

Wife: Anne
Born: ABT 1502 at: England
Died: AFT 12 Apr 1550  at: Newport Pond, Essex, England
Father:  Mother:
1/1. Ralph Howland
1/2. John Howland

Born: 1516 at: Newport Pond, Essex, England
Died: 1599 at: Newport Pond, Essex, England
Spouses: Agnes  Anne Greenway


Other Manchesters



Son of Isaac Manchester ():

"History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY": American Historical Society Inc, 1920, pp 146-8

"(VI)  Jacob Manchester, a son of Isaac (2) and his wife, Alice (Tabor) Manchester, was born at Tiverton, R. I., May 2, 1806, on the old Homestead which had for generations been the seat of the family in that vicinity. He attended the public schools of Tiverton until he reached the age of twelve years, and then left home to go to Providence, R. I., there to study the science of surveying under the immediate tutorage of his brother Robert, who was at that time well known in surveying and civil engineering circles throughout the State. Jacob Manchester became quite proficient in this profession in a short time, and followed it with varying degrees of success until he became interested in and learned the trade of carpenter. This trade he followed with uniformly good fortune for some years, finally forming a partnership with Albert Dailey, of Providence, and engaging in the lumber business, with headquarters and yards on Dyer street, under the firm name of Manchester & Dailey. This firm continued until 1840, when Mr. Manchester left it to enter business as a dealer in builders' supplies, including soon after the handling of coal, and thus became one of the first coal dealers in the city. His offices at that time were on the Dorrance street wharf. He took as a partner, in 1846, William H. Hopkins, and the firm name became Manchester & Hopkins. When G. P. Pomroy and John H. Hopkins were later admitted, the name was again changed to Manchester, Hopkins & Company. He continued as the active head of this business until his death.

Mr. Manchester was a self made man in every sense the word implies. He Began life with only a rudimentary education, and entered business with practically no capital except that which he was able to gather together through his own exertions. He became well known and popular throughout the city because of his honest dealings. He was honorable, enterprising and progressive in all walks of life, and eminently successful in business because of his high and well practiced principles, combined with a keenness and far-sightedness always chief among his characteristics. The long up-hill fight that he encountered at the beginning of his career would have been more than sufficient to sour the nature of many another man, but it had the effect of making Mr. Manchester only more patient of the faults of others, and more tolerant of the adversities of life.

In politics, he was a pronounced Republican, taking a large interest in the affairs and government of his State and city, although the great amount of time and attention his business demanded prevented him from availing himself of the opportunities to fill the various public offices frequently offered him. He was one of the early members of the old Providence Fire Company.

He married (first) in Providence, R. I., September 3, 1827, Caroline Pettis, who was born September 19, 1806, and died June 6, 1838. He Married (second), December 25, 1838, Thankful Stevens, daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Hilliard) Stevens, born at Barnstable, Mass., September 25, 1817, and died at her home on Friendship street, Providence, September 15, 1892. She was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church on Chestnut street.

Jacob Manchester died at his home in Providence, June 29, 1871, at the age of sixty-five years, and is buried in the North Burying Grounds, in the latter city. Children by first wife, born in Providence: 
1. Caroline Frances, born Sept. 14, 1828, died Aug. 18, 1904; married Norval B. Lamb.
2. William Dart, born March 13, 1834, died Aug. 1, 1877, in Chicago.
3. Mary Ann, born May 31, 1838, died Oct. 1, 1838.

Children by second wife:
4. Daughter, born March 15, 1840, died same day.
5. Lucy Hammond, born Sept. 22, 1841, died March 8, 1846.
6. Jacob, Jr., born July 24, 1843, died Feby. 14, 1846.
7. Emma Louise, mentioned below.
8. Mary Simmons, born Dec. 26, 1849.
9. Walter Howland, mentioned below.
10. Eleanor Lewis, born March 1, 1855, died Sept. 15, 1858.
11.  Willard, mentioned below.

(VII)  Emma Louise Manchester, daughter of Jacob Manchester and his wife, Thankful (Stevens) Manchester, was born at Providence, R. I., July 29, 1846. She and her sister, Mary Simmons Manchester, reside at No. 152 Adelaide avenue, Providence, in the section known as Elmwood. They are Prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Misses Emma L. and Mary Simmons Manchester are members of both the Rhode Island Woman's Club and Elmwood Woman's Club. Miss Emma L. Manchester has been a member of the board of the Providence Children's Friends' Society for over forty years; was manager many years and is now vice-president of the same.

(VII)  Walter Howland Manchester, son of Jacob Manchester, was born in Providence, R. I., August 16, 1851.  He received his early education in the public schools of his native town, and later entered and graduated from Scofield's [sic] Commercial College.  He entered the employ of Manchester & Hopkins as a salesman at the age of eighteen years, continuing with that firm until 1878, when he became a partner in the firm of Manchester & Hudson, dealers in masons' and  builders' supplies, and located in Point street, near the Point street bridge.  In 1910 Mr. Manchester arose to the presidency of the company, when it was incorporated under the laws of Rhode Island, and holds that position today.  Since his entrance into the firm the business has prospered exceedingly, and Mr. Manchester is known as one of the foremost and progressive of Providence business men and merchants.

He is equally prominent socially; a member of What Cheer Lodge, No. 21, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; of Providence Chapter, No. 1, Royal  Arch Masons; of Providence Council, No. 1, Royal and Select Masters; of Calvary Commandery, No. 13, Knights Templar; Palestine Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and Rhode Island Consistory (thirty-second degree).

Mr. Manchester married (first), December 31, 1872, Ida Davis, daughter of James and Julia (Sherman) Davis.  She died September 8, 1905.
1. Child, died in infancy.
2. Ida Louise, born Oct. 12, 1875; died Feby. 15, 1878.
3. Edith Howland, married Thomas J. Griffin, now of Abington, Mass., and has had children:  Thomas J., died in infancy; Deborah Manchester; Thomas J. (2nd), and Edith Amanda Griffin.  Bertha Simmons married J. Forrest Perkins, of Providence [sic - this is how the text reads].
Mr. Manchester married (second), March 19, 1907, Ella (Patton) Bardeen, widow of Bernard Bardeen, and a daughter of Lorenzo Patton.

(VII)  Willard Manchester, son of Jacob Manchester, was born at Providence, R. I., July 27, 1857.  He was educated in the Providence public schools.  He was for years in the office of Manchester & Hudson, and later engaged in the insurance business.  He died at his home in Providence, May 1, 1910.  He married Vesta Louise Trescott, and they had four children:
1. Raymond Lindumon, born April 14, 1881, died April 12, 1893.
2. Helen Louise, born April 10, 1883.
3. Ruth Frances, born May 22, 1886; married Howard W. Congdor, April 7, 1915; died Jany. 16, 1916.
4. Lewis Trescott, born Oct. 13, 1887, died in infancy."

from the RI Historical Cemeteries Database Index:
MANCHESTER, JACOB       1806  - 29 JUN 1871    PV001
MANCHESTER, CAROLINE (PETTIS)   1806  -  6 JUN 1839    PV001
MANCHESTER, EMMA L       1846  -  2 SEP 1933    PV001
MANCHESTER, MARY S       1849  - 17 NOV 1920  PV001
MANCHESTER, WALTER H  1851  - 14 JAN 1936   PV001
+MANCHESTER, IDA A  (DAVIS) 1853  -  8 SEP 1905  PV001

15.9.1                  John Cook & Mary Borden from ancestry July 2023

Baptism: 30 Mar 1630, Netherbury, Dorset, England


Children: Mary Cook Manchester, Elizabeth Cook Briggs, John Cook Jr, Sarah Cook Waite, Hannah Cook Wilcox Briggs, Joseph Cook(father of Joseph Cook Jr), Martha Cook Cory, Deborah Cook Almy, Thomas Cook, Amey Cook Clayton, and Samuel Cook.


John Cooke's will dated 15 May 1691, Although of sound memory and understanding, yet being aged and calling to mind the brevity and uncertainty of this life not knowing how soon the Lord may call me from hence especially considering the sore visitation of the smallpox wherewith many are now visited and many have been taken away.

To my son John Cook I leave the land at Puncatest Neck, it being about 150 acres, together with the housing thereon, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet in Little Compton, together with one-half of the upland, 8 head of neat cattle, the feather bed and bedding in the house John, Jr. now lives in at Puncatest, and 20 sheep. From this bequest 15 head of cattle at Puncatest reserved for Joseph Cook during his lifetime to keep and to harvest hay there for the wintering of those cattle.

To my son Joseph Cook the housing where John now lives in Portsmouth, together with all the land and outbuildings, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet and one-half of the upland there. If Joseph should die without male heirs this property then goes to son Thomas and his male heirs. Within a half year of my decease, Joseph is to pay his sister Mary, wife of William Manchester, £10 and to deliver to her 10 sheep. To his sisters, Elizabeth, wife of William Briggs, Sarah, wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah, wife of Daniel Wilcox, and Martha, wife of William Cory, Joseph is to pay £10 apiece. Sister Deborah, wife of William Almy, is to have only one shilling. Sister Amy, wife of David Clayton, is to be paid £10 in money, and to each of his other sisters being six of them he shall deliver to each of them a cow. Elizabeth Briggs also to receive a feather bed, bedding and furniture. To Joseph I leave my Negro man called Jack who is of service for time of his Life and my Indian woman Maria to be his servant for ten years and then to be freed, and my Indian boy Goan Francisco to serve with him until he be twenty-four years old, at which time Joseph is to put him in good apparel and give him corn and a horse. Joseph also to receive feather bed and bedding.

To son Thomas Cook I leave the 16th lot in Pocasset Purchase, divided or undivided, and 4 acres of salt marsh.

To son Samuel Cook I leave the 19th lot in Pocasset Purchase, but Samuel is to have the disposal of this without the advice and consent of the executor and overseers of the will.

To son John Cook I bequeath my Negro woman Betty and to son Thomas 20 sheep, 3 cows and a mare.

Joseph Cook was named whole and sole executor of the will and Request and Intreat my Loving friends and neighbours George Sisson and Isaac Lawton to be my overseers to do their utmost that all Things may be managed aright according as I do hereby dispose. Moreover I will and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sarah Manchester a cow to be delivered her at the day of her marriage....


Will was proved 25 May 1691(Portsmouth TC 2:266). A copy of this will is included in Court Files, Suffolk, 42579, where it was entered into evidence over fifty years later by John's great-grandson William Cook when he was seeking to recover his inheritance.



John Cooke was made a freeman of Portsmouth on 10 July 1648, when he was only eighteen years old (Early Records of Portsmouth, p. 39). His name appears again on a 1655 list of freemen, and on the Conanicut Purchase agreement, date 10 March 1656/7 at Newport, for 1/250th part of [Jamestown] Island (R.I. Archives). On 14 May 1660 his parents deeded to him sixty acres of land in Portsmouth, using for both father and son the name "Cooke alias Butcher."

The ear mark for John's cattle was recorded 26 April 1668, as of fourteen years standing: "a crope one the left Eare and a hapene under the crop one the under side of ye Eare and a slitt on the Right Eare and a hapeny before or one the fore side of the same Eare," wich, translated into modern English, meant a corp (small cut) on the left ear with the brand of a halfpenny under it, and a slit on the right ear with the brand of a halfpenny in front of it.

On 22 February 1665/6, John Cooke was among those Portsmouth men chosen to serve on a committee to make a rate (i.e. an assessment for tax purposes) of £100 to pay Dr. John Clarke. Dr. Clarke had gone to England to obtain from King Charles II a new Royal Charter which would give the Colony much needed legal guarantees and freedoms; his efforts were successful and the General Assembly voted to pay his expenses and to give him an additional sum for his trouble.

John Cooke was chosen 17 October 1667, along with his brother Thomas, to be a grand juryman at the Court of Trails, a duty he performed again in 1669 and 1673. In 1670 he was a deputy to the General Assembly in Newport, and on 5 June 1671 was chosen a constable of Portsmouth.

On 3 June 1668 John Cooke and Daniel Wilcox were given the privilege of running a ferry at Pocasset. This was the ferry at the northern end of the island, sometimes called Howland's Ferry, about where the Stone Bridge to Tiverton was later built.

On 20 March 1669/70 John Cook signed his mark to a receipt for "six hundred and three quarters and three pounds of good and merchantable barr iron received from Capt. Thomas Leonard and James Leonard Jr. of Taunton in the county of Bristol upon ye account of Theodotious Moore Chaynmaker of Boston in New England for the use of Jonathan Blackman of Little Compton in ye county of Bristol" (scrapbook in office of Taunton city clerk, p.301).

John Cooke of Portsmouth on 22 August 1671 purchased from Thomas Burge of Newport one-sixty share of land in Dartmouth "at Acushnet Ponegansett" for £11, 5 shillings. He evidently owned land in New Jersey before 15 July 1673, when, calling three-fourths of a share of land at Portapeage, N.J., the deed being witnessed by John Sanford and Francis Brayton. The deed was annulled 24 January 1674 by mutual agreement (R.I. Land Evidences 1:30,31). In 1677, a warrant for 240 acres in the Monmouth Patent, "to be subsequently located and surveyed," was issued by the East Jersey Proprietors to Caleb Shrife (Shrieve) in the firht of John Cook (Edwin Salter, A History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties [Bayonne, N.J., 1890], p. 30), but the deed from Cook to Shrieve was apparently never recorded. alter comments that many of those "to whom warrants were issued in 1675 or later had been settlers for a number of years previous".

Zoeth Howland was murdered by Indians at Little Compton, and on 24 August 1676, John Cooke, aged about 45 years, testified that he "being at Punckatest in the middle of July or thereabouts, did ask of severall Indians named as followeth, Woodcoc, Matocoat, and Job, whome they were kil'd Zow Howland...answer was that there was six of them in company and Manasses was the Indian that fetched him out of the water" (Newport Court Book A, p. 36, Providence College Archives).

Thomas Cook Sr. died in 1677 and sometime "in the year of 1678" John Cook, Sr. signed a receipt for his inheritance under his father's will, "of my mother-in-law (i.e. stepmother] Mary Cook as executrix to the estate of my deceased father Thomas Cook." Under the terms of the will, he received only one cow, (probably because his father had already given him land in 1660), and each of his children was to have one shilling.

On 30 April 1680 John Cooke of Portsmouth sold to Thomas Ward of Newport for £18, 5 shillings the land in Dartmouth that he had bought from Thomas Burge in 1671 (R.I. Land Evidences 1:134). Although he was not one of the original proprietors of the Pocasset Purchase in March 1680, whereby the area which became Tiverton was bought from the Plymouth Colony, John Cooke on 24 November 1680purchased two shares in the Purchase from his son-in-law William Manchester, who owned five. Called John Cooke, Sr., of Portsmouth, yeoman, he paid £73:05:08 to William Manchester of Punckatest, yeoman, and his wife Mary (R.I. Land Evidence, 1:138). When the Great Lots were laid out, from the Sakonnet River eastward, John Cooke drew numbers 16 and 19.

On the same day that he bought the Pocasset land, John Cooke purchased one-half of thirteen shares of land lying in Punckatest Neck from William Manchester and his wife Mary for £60, it being land which Manchester had bought from Thomas Lawton of Portsmouth in 1677. On 17 July 1682 John Cooke, aged 51 years, and John Cooke Jr., aged 26 years, both of Portsmouth, testified that in March last they had witnessed the delivery of Premises in Portsmouth deeded by William Browne of Salem, Mass. to George Sisson. This deed, dated 11 February 1681/2, conveyed a 400 acre farm which had been given to Mehitable Brown, wife of Joseph Brown, by her father William Brenton. It was bounded on the south by land "late in the Teanure of Thomas Cooke Senr. deceased and Westerly ... partly by the land lately in Teanue of John Cooke senr. and partly by the land of the late Widow Cooke".

John Cooke Sen'r of Portsmouth and Mary his wife on 1 June 1686 deeded to Thomas Waite of Punckatest five shares in the 13th lot and one share in the 11th lot at Punckatest Neck. William Manchester and Ephraim Turner witnessed the deed (Bristol Co. Deeds 4:78). On 28 February 1686/7 Benjamin Church of New Bristol in New England, for £36 paid by John Cooke Sr., inhabitant of Portsmouth on Rhode Island, deeded to him land on Punckatest Neck, the whole of the 10th lot which was laid out for 22 acres, which Church had bouht of Edward Gray of Plymouth and Arthur Hathaway of Dartmouth by Deeds dated 4 March 1679. George Sisson and Gilbert Magick witnessed this deed (Court Files, Suffolk, 42579).

On 29 March 1688 Jeremiah Browne of Newport and his wife Mary, formerly wife of Thomas Cooke Sr., deeded to John Cooke of Portsmouth for £39 ten acres in Portsmouth bounded on the east by land of George Sisson, north by Stephen Cornell, west by land formerly of Thomas Fish, deceased, and south by land of said John Cooke and the Common. Robert Little and Weston Clarke were witnesses (R.I. Land Evidence 1:211). This was evidently the ten acres which Thomas Cooke in his will had left to Mary for her own use.



Family Members


      Thomas Cook




      Mary Borden Cook




      Thomas Cooke




      John Cook



Elizabeth Cook Briggs



      Hannah Cook Wilcox



      Thomas Cook


12/2/2001: edited and added data.
15/6/2001: resaved HTML from Word
15/1/2002: added data from Robert Manchester 1790.
29/10/2002: revised and extra data
25/3/2004: links edited
1/6/2004: Thomas Gray will
2/7/2004: Tree Data
22/4/2006: added Manchester/Poole letters
18/8/2007: added HSRI data and reformatted.
10/8/2008: small changes and additions – Ingalls descent
11/10/2015: edited for frames on internet.
21/8/2020: Starts at Generation 9, previous generations to Poole001

20/7/2023: John Cook from ancestry at end


[ii] "J.M. "Jay" Ingalls" <>, 5/2008.