1706 - 1797 (91 years)
|1. ||Richard WATERMAN, Jr. was born 30 Apr 1706, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island (son of Richard WATERMAN and UNKNOWN); died 25 Jun 1797, Greenfield, New York; was buried , Mitchell Cemetery, Greenfield,New York. |
Richard married Mercy CORPE 14 Nov 1725. Mercy (daughter of John CORPE and Patience KNAPP) was born Abt 1708, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; died Between 1746 and 1754, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]
Richard married Martha MUNRO 17 Feb 1754, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]
|5. ||Mercy WILLIAMS was born 15 Jul 1640, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island (daughter of Roger WILLIAMS and Mary BARNARD); died Aft 1705. |
- John WATERMAN was born Between 1664 and 1666; died 26 Aug 1728, Warwick, Rhode Island.
- 2. Richard WATERMAN was born 03 Jan 1660, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died 28 Sep 1748, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
- Mercy WATERMAN was born 1663; died 19 Feb 1756, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
- Resolved WATERMAN was born 1667, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died Bef 11 Jun 1730.
- Waite WATERMAN was born 1668; died Between 21 Feb 1711 and 1712.
|8. ||Richard WATERMAN was born Abt 1590, England; died 26 Oct 1673. |
From "Descendants of Roger Williams, bk 1":
Richard Waterman, one of the earliest settlers in Providence, was born in England around 1590. Charles E. Banks (topographical Dictionary, 1937, p. 158) cites his English roots as Nayland, County of Suffolk, but no true identification of either his birth date, birthplace or his parents seems to have been made (the name, Waterman, apparently deriving from "a ferryman"). Richard Waterman died at Providence 26 October 1673 and was buried on his land at what has become the southeast corner of Waterman and Benefit Streets in Providence......
Richard Waterman came to America in Higginson's Fleet, landing in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, on 29 June 1629 in advance of the Winthrop Feet of 1630. His reputation as a skillful hunter seems to have followed him to new England where a letter written and received in the colony prior to this arrival notes his chief employment will be "to get...good venison" On 27 June 1636, he was appointed to inspect canoes by the Court at Salem, and he also served on a Petit Jury on that date.
Richard Waterman agreed with many of the religious ideas and beliefs in civil liberty preached by Roger Williams in Salem at that time. Following Roger William's banishment from Salem and his settlement at Providence, it was determined by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 12 March 1637/38 that a group of his followers, including Richard Waterman, should remove with their families from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to Rhode Island........
Richard Waterman was one of the signers of the Compact at Providence of 27 July 1640, proposing a form of government under the Charter Roger Williams brought back from England. This Charter had been granted by the Commission for the Government of the Colonies on 14 March 1644, during the tie of Civil War in England.
Richard Waterman held numerous civic posts during the remainder of his life and on 29 April 1670 he took the oath of Allegiance to King Charles II, his sons Nathaniel and Resolved having taken the Oath earlier on 31 May 1666.
After Richard's death on 26 October 1673, his will was known to have been recorded in Providence but was lost when Indians burned the Town in 1676. At the time of his death, Richard held property both in Warwick and in Providence, bequeathing it to his legal heirs, including among his grandchildren those of his deceased son, Resolved. Richard was known as an "able, diligent, and conscientious an, probably without much formal education, but with no small measure of natural talent."
Richard — Bethia WAITE. Bethia died 03 Dec 1680. [Group Sheet]
|10. ||Roger WILLIAMS was born Abt 1604, London, London, England (son of James WILLIAMS and Alice PEMBERTON); died Between 16 Jan and 16 Apr 1683, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. |
From "The Descendants of Roger Williams, bk 1":
Rogers Williams was born in London, circa 1604, the son of James and Alice (Pemberton) Williams. James the son of Mark and Agnes (Audley) Williams was a "merchant Tailor" (an importer and trader) and probably a man of some importance. His will proved 19 November 1621, left, in addition to bequests to his "loving wife, Alice," to his sons, Sydrach, Roger and Robert, and to his daughter Catherine, money and bread to the poor in various sections of London.
The will of Alice (Pemberton) Williams was admitted to probate 26 January 1634. Among other bequests she left the sum of Ten Pounds yearly for twenty years to her son, Roger Williams,"now beyond the seas." She further provided that if Roger predeceased her, "what remaineth thereof unpaid ... shall be paid to his wife and daughter..." Obviously, by the time of her death, Roger's mother was aware of the birth in America in 1633 of her grandchild, Mary Williams.
Roger's youth was spent in the parish of "St. Sepulchre's, without Newgate, London." While a young man, he must have been aware of the numerous burning at the stake that had taken place at nearby Smithfield of so-called Puritans or heretics. This probably influenced his later strong beliefs in civic religious liberty.
During his teens, Roger Williams came to the attention of Sir Edward Coke, a brilliant lawyer and one-time Chief Justice of England, through whose influence he was enrolled at Sutton's Hospital, a part of Charter House, a school in London. he next entered Pembroke College at Cambridge university from which he graduated in 1627. All of the literature currently available at Pembroke to prospective students mentions Roger Williams, his part in the Reformation, and his founding of the colony of Rhode Island. At Pembroke, he was one of eight ranted scholarships based on excellence in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Pembroke College in Providence, once the women's college of Brown University, was named after Pembroke at Cambridge in honor of Roger Williams.
In the years after he left Cambridge, roger Williams was Chaplain to a wealthy family, and on 15 December 1629, he married Mary Barnard at the Church of High Laver, Essex, England. Even at this time, he became a controversial figure because of his ideas on freedom of worship. And so, in 1630, then years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Roger thought it expedient to leave England. he arrived, with Mary, on 5 February 1631 at Boston in the Massachusetts Bay colony. Their passage was aboard the ship "Lyon".
He preached first at Salem, then at Plymouth, then back to Salem, always at odds wit the structured Puritans. When he was about to be deported back to England, Roger fled southwest out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was befriended by local Indians and eventually settled at the headwaters of what is now Narragansett Bay, after he learned that his first settlement on the east bank of the Seekonk River was within the boundaries of the Plymouth Colony. Roger purchased land from the Narragansett Chiefs, Canonicus and Miantonom and named his settlement Providence in thanks to God. The original deed remains in the Archived of the City of Providence.
Roger Williams made two trips back to England during his lifetime. The first in June or July 1643 was to obtain a Charter for his colony to forestall the attempts of neighboring colonies to take over Providence. He returned with a Charter for "the Providence Plantations in Narragansett Bay" which incorporated Providence, Newport and Portsmouth. During this voyage, he produced his best-known literary work - - "Key into the Languages of America", which when published in London in 1643, made him the authority on American Indians.......
Roger Williams was Governor of the Colon 1654 through 1658. During the later years of his life, he saw almost all of Providence burned during King Philip's War, 1675-1676. He lived to see Providence rebuilt. he continued to preach, and the Colony grew through its acceptance of settlers of all religious persuasions. The two volumes of the correspondence of Roger Williams recently published by the Rhode Island Historical Society, Glenn W. LaFantasie, Editor, present an excellent picture of his philosophy and personality Unfortunately, there was no known painting made of him during his lifetime, although many artists and sculptors have portrayed him as they envision him......
Roger Williams died at Providence between 16 January and 16 April 1683/1684, his wife Mary having predeceased him in 1676. His descendants have congtributed in many ways, first to the establishment of an independent Colony, later to the establishment of an independent state in a united nation. The United States of America has maintained the reality of separation of church and state which Roger Williams envisioned, and ordained in his settlement at Providence.....
Roger married Mary BARNARD 15 Dec 1629, Church of High Laver, Essex, England. Mary died 1676. [Group Sheet]
|11. ||Mary BARNARD died 1676. |
- Daniel WILLIAMS was born Feb 1641, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died 14 May 1712.
- Mary WILLIAMS was born Aug 1633, Plymouth, Plymouth Colony; died 1684.
- 5. Mercy WILLIAMS was born 15 Jul 1640, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died Aft 1705.
- Freeborn WILLIAMS was born 04 Oct 1635, Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony; died 10 Jan 1710.
- Joseph WILLIAMS was born 12 Dec 1643, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died 17 Aug 1724.
- Providence WILLIAMS was born Sep 1638, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; died Mar 1686.