Rev Thomas OLNEY, Jr.

Male 1632 - 1722  (90 years)


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  • Name Thomas OLNEY  [1, 2, 3
    • 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. [1]
    Title Rev 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 1632  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Jun 1722  Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I41973  Main Tree
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2014 

    Father Thomas OLNEY,   b. 1600, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1682, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Marie SMALL 
    Married 1631  [1
    Family ID F29922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth MARSH 
    Married 3 Jul 1660  [1
    Children 
     1. William OLNEY,   b. 25 Jun 1663, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1750/51  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Elizabeth OLNEY,   b. 31 Jan 1666/67, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Nov 1699, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [Birth]
     3. Anne OLNEY,   b. 13 Jan 1668,   d. 16 Oct 1745, Warwick, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F21606  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S5763] A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Olney, an Original Proprietor of Providence, R.I., who came from England in 1635, James H. Olney of Providence, R.I.,1889.

    2. [S00047] "Descendants of Roger Williams" Book 1 - Waterman and Winsor Line Through His Daughter Mercy Williams, Dorothy Higson White & Kay Kirlin Moore, (Name: Name: Roger Williams Family Association;;).

    3. [S00048] "Descendants of Roger Williams" Book III, Sayles Line Through Mary Williams, Dorothy Higson White, (Name: Name: Roger Williams Family Association;;).