Martha Olney 7th great grandma on RootsMagic tree
Martha was born in Providence, Rhode island on May 16, 1707. She was a great granddaughter of Thomas Olney, John Whipple and Roger Williams, all migrated from England and all original settlers in 1635, Rhode Island. Martha married Stephen Angell a great grandson of Thomas Angell, John Smith and Thomas Clemence, who also migrated from England and were original Rhode Island settlers. Martha and Stephen had 9 sons and 2 daughters. They were Quakers or Friends (Religious Society of Friends).
Martha’s generation lived through the colonies turning into independent states. She was 53 when tax issues began, 68 when the Revolutionary War started, 76 when the war ended and 82 when General Washington was President. Martha’s son John and son in law Israel were both Colonels of Rhode Island regiments in the revolution.
Martha was a widow in 1772 and when her husband’s will was read she objected to it. In the Angell genealogy book, “she was dependent upon Daniel and William for her comfortable support … left to their discretion”. A part of the will “Item. I Give to my True and Loveing wife Martha Angell, one cow and one mare … Together with other household furniture sufficiant to keep house with at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and also one good feather bed and furniture, all which to be at ther Disposal as She Thinks Proper”. The Court upheld the will and with no additional issues recorded.
- Martha Olney Find a Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105491738
- Stephen Angell’s will at Rhode Island Reading Room Wills page 1
- Vital record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, a family register for the people, Volume 2 page 5, Providence Marriages.
- A genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Olney, page 23 and 16 at HathiTrust.
- Genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Angell page 28, 29 at HathiTrust.
- Angell Family Bible indexed as Rhode Island deaths and burials 1802-1950 database. At FamilySearch.
- Newspapers .com Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1789 May 2