Eleazer Arnold and Eleanor Smith 9th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree
I could spend the rest of my living days gathering details about Eleazer Arnold, Eleanor Smith and their Providence, Rhode Island family. Eleazer was a man with money, descended from white English immigrants, he has so many records and references, primary documents showing his existence and character and community involvement in 1630s colonial America.
Eleazer Arnold was born on June 17, 1651 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. His parents were Thomas and Phebe Parkhurst Arnold, they settled first in Massachusetts then by 1658 were in Providence, Rhode island. Both Thomas and Eleazer were admitted as freemen there on May 18, 1658. Eleazer’s dad was deputy of the colony, a member of the legislature and more. Eleazer was as involved his community. He was on the town council, was a deputy and a justice of the peace.
Eleanor Smith was born in 1655 in Providence. She died on August 29, 1722. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Smith of England. Eleanor and Eleazer married in 1672 or so. They had at least 10 children. They had a tavern or public house inside their house. “Arnold, a landowner with a wife and ten children, secured a license for a ‘Public House’. Tavern customers were probably served in the great room or hall of the house.”
Their home, built by Eleazer around 1693, is still standing and considered “the best of the “stone-enders” remaining in Rhode Island”. It’s an historical site, museum with tours and on Google maps at 487 Great Road, on highway 123 in [now] Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Eleazer died August 29, 1722 he left a will, a large estate. Eleanor was not in this will so died before Eleazer. In the will were sons Joseph, John, Jeremiah, daughter in law Sarah [Hawkins], daughters Phebe Smith, Elizabeth [Israel] Smith, Eleanor Arnold, Mary Thomas, Abigail Man, some grandchildren and brother John. An inventory lists possessions.
- Inventory in The early records of the town of Providence at HathiTrust
- Keeping a public house in The early records of the town of Providence at HathiTrust
- Stray horse in The early records of the town of Providence at HathiTrust
- Eleazer Arnold house on google maps
- Eleazer Arnold house, Arnold House History at Historic New England
- Eleazer Arnold house at American Heritage
- Eleazer Arnold House, Great Road, Saylesville, Providence County, RI at Library of Congress
- Eleazer Arnold house in 1952 Rhode Island History journal, PDF
- Eleazer Arnold house in NEXUS: New England Across the United States at AmericanAncestors
- Stone ender at Wikipedia