1668 - 1745 (77 years)
|1. ||Anne OLNEY was born 13 Jan 1668 (daughter of Thomas OLNEY, Jr. and Elizabeth MARSH); died 16 Oct 1745, Warwick, Rhode Island. |
Anne married John WATERMAN 1691. John (son of Resolved WATERMAN and Mercy WILLIAMS) was born Between 1664 and 1666; died 26 Aug 1728, Warwick, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]
- Elizabeth WATERMAN was born 18 Apr 1692, Warwick, Rhode Island; died 14 Jun 1764, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- Benoni WATERMAN was born 25 May 1701, Warwick, Rhode Island; died Between 03 and 08 Nov 1787, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- Patience WATERMAN was born Abt 1716, Warwick, Rhode Island; died 08 Feb 1795, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- Resolved WATERMAN was born 13 Oct 1703, Warwick, Rhode Island; died 27 Jul 1751, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- Mercy WATERMAN was born 27 Jun 1694; died 10 Mar 1734.
- Phebe WATERMAN died 16 Jan 1765.
- John WATERMAN was born 05 Feb 1698, Warwick, Rhode Island; died 1751, Coventry, Rhode Island.
- Anne WATERMAN was born 20 May 1696, Warwick, Rhode Island; died 1790.
|2. ||Thomas OLNEY, Jr. was born 1632, England (son of Thomas OLNEY and Marie SMALL); died 11 Jun 1722, Rhode Island. |
He came from England with his parents when a small child, and quite early in life became a leading spirit in the Rhode Island Colony, and was constantly engaged to the time of his death in public affairs.
He was chosen Assistant during the years 1669, '70, '77 to '79. For thirty years he was a member of the Town Council, and frequently we find his name among the members of the Colonial Assembly. His signature occurs though a long term of years as Town Clerk. he was ordained a minister in 1668, and succeeded the Rev. Gregory Dexter as pastor to the First Baptist Church, serving until about the years 1710 to 1715.
He was an earnest opponent to George Fox, a leading Quaker, who came from England and resided some years in the Colony. He very severely criticised his methods and teachings in a document entitle "Ambition Anatomized," the original of which may be seen at the R.I. Historical Society. His home was near where the works of the American Screw Co. are now located at the North End, at the foot of Stampers Hill. He was an owner of a very large tract of land known as the Wenscot Farm, lying in those parts of Providence, now forming a portion of North Providence and Lincoln, considerable of which still remains in the possession of his descendants.
Thomas married Elizabeth MARSH 3 Jul 1660. [Group Sheet]
|3. ||Elizabeth MARSH|
- William OLNEY was born 25 Jun 1663, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died 1750/51.
- 1. Anne OLNEY was born 13 Jan 1668; died 16 Oct 1745, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- Elizabeth OLNEY was born 31 Jan 1666/67, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died 02 Nov 1699, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
|4. ||Thomas OLNEY was born 1600, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England; died 1682, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. |
Thomas Olney, the ancestor of the Olneys in America, had his birthplace in the city of Hertford, Hertfordshire, England; which city formed a part of the Parish of St. Albans, the seat of one of the most ancient monasteries, and long celebrated in English history as the center of spiritual influence. Of his early life we know nothing. he received a "Permit to emigrate to New England," April 2, 1635, and came to Salem, Mass., by the ship Planter. He was appointed a surveyor in january, 1636, and granted forty acres of land at Jeffrey Creek, now known as Manchester, near Salem. He was made a freeman the same year, and early associated with those who accepted the peculiar views of Roger Williams. With a number of others he was excluded from the colony, March 12, 1638. Previous to this, however, in company with Williams, he visited Narragansett Bay while seeking some place where they might live outside the jurisdiction of Massachusetts Colony, and had decided upon the west side of the Seekonk River. Accordingly, with eleven others, they formed a new settlement at the head of the bay which they named Providence, in grateful remembrance of their deliverance from their enemies. They thus became the "Original Thirteen Proprietors of Providence," having purchased their rights from the Indians. In July, 1639, he and his wife and their companions were excluded from the church at Salem, "because they wholly refused to hear the church, denying it, and were re-baptized."
His prominence in the Colony is shown by the various duties he was called to perform.
In 1638 he was chosen the first Treasurer.
In 1647 he was chosen commissioner to form a Town Government.
In 1648 he was chosen assistant for Providence, and held the office almost continuously until 1663.
In 1655, with Roger Williams and Thomas Harris, he was chosen a judge of the Justices Court.
In 1656, he was chosen to treat with Massachusetts Bay about the Pawtuxet lands.
In 1663 his name appears among the grantees of the Royal Charter of Charles II.
In the same year he was chosen an assistant under the new Charter.
He was one of the founders of the First Baptist Church in Providence, and at one time the acting pastor or minister. He was the leader in a schism in the church upon the question of the "laying on of hands," about 1652-4.
He was evidently a man of stern and decided opinions, who did not hesitate to advance his views among his neighbors. Of him, in his occupation as surveyor, it is said," as he entered upon the surrounding lands with his field book, chain and compass, and mystic words, with the peculiar dignity of official characters of that day, he may well have inspired the Indians with profound awe, and led them to feel that no Indian could henceforth dwell upon that part of their tribal property again."
Thomas married Marie SMALL 1631. [Group Sheet]