Rebecca Gaines b. 1688

Rebecca Gaines 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Rebecca was born in Connecticut in 1688 or so, one of 10 children of Samuel and Anna Burnham Gaines. On August 1, 1704 Rebecca married Samuel Risley in Hartford, Connecticut where they set up a home. Around 1710 Rebecca’s mom deeded land to Rebecca’s husband, “Anna Gaines of Hartford, widow, for 30 shillings, conveys to her son-in-law, Samuel Risley of Hartford, all her right and interest in land formerly sold to her father, Thomas Burnham, late of Hartford, by the Indian sachem Totonimo, which lands are undivided among the children of Thomas Burnham, [Signed] Anna Gaines, her mark..

Rebecca was a widow in 1752. In her husband’s will, “I give and bequeath to my Beloved Wife Rebecca one hundred and fifty pounds out of my moveable Estate old Tennor and also ye free use and improvement of ye one half of my dwelling house and cellar and three acres of land by said house as long as she shall Remain my widow.”

There’s no date, no record for Rebecca’s death and her burial place is unknown. She was a widow at 68, probably died fairly soon after her husband. He has a headstone at Old Eastbury Cemetery in Glastonbury. Rebecca is probably right by him.

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Sarah Bulkeley b. 1640

Sarah Bulkeley 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Sarah was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1640 to Thomas and Sarah Jones Bulkeley. Both grandpas were pastors, VIPs of their time, their writings, lives, arrival, all documented in detail. In 1640s Concord there was trouble, disagreements about religion, Sarah’s grandpas were on opposite sides. Sarah’s family was one of several that followed Pastor Jones and joined Pastors Davenport and Eaton in New Haven, Connecticut. Sarah’s dad Thomas was in his dad Peter’s will so even though Thomas chose the Jones side instead of the Bulkeley side he was still family. Sarah married Eleazer Brown in 1663, they had 7 children and stayed in New Haven. Sarah’s mom died in 1683, her will left books to her daughter Sarah: Graham’s Works 3 vols. Walker’s God’s Providence, and A View of False Christianity.
Sarah and Eleazer were most likely buried in what is no the Center Church on the Green Churchyard. This burial place has changed over the years, their headstones aren’t there anymore. There’s a memorial plaque at the site. “From the Settlement of New Haven 1638 to 1796 the adjoining ground was occupied as a common place of burial the a new burying ground was opened and divided into family lots and city squares. In 1813 this church was placed over the monuments of several whose names are engraved on tablets in the vestibule. In 1821 the remaining monuments were by consent of survivors and under direction of the city removed to the new ground. In a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump.(et) The dead shall be raised”.  The current church has a crypt, in the basement burials and headstones and they offer tours and a few photos here: https://centerchurchonthegreen.org/history/crypt/ .

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Samuel Hill b. 1652

Samuel Hill 8th great grandpa on RoostMagic

Samuel was born in 1652 in Malden, Massachusetts son of Joesph Hill and second wife Hannah Smith. Joseph, his dad, was well known in Malden: a lawyer, town rep, deputy etc. Samuel fought in King Philips war between 1675-79 in Captain Brocklebank’s command and may have been a Sergeant. On May 20, 1679 in Newbury, Massachusetts on the coast, about 40 miles northeast of Malden, Samuel married Abigail Wheeler.

Hills, Samuel and Abigail Wheeler marriage 1679

Samuel Hill and Abigail Wheeler marriage 1679

They stayed in Newbury and had more than 10 children. On August 5, 1732 Samuel was 80 years and wrote his will. ‘Weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, the mortality of my body … give and command my soul to the hands of God that give it’.  Samuel’s will mentioned his wife Abigail, then listed his children. His inventory included silver, books, armor, pewter, earthenware, Indian and English corn, barrels and casks and Cooper’s tools to make barrels and casks. Samuel is buried in Bridge Street Cemetery in Newbury his headstone is still there.

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Lydia Parrish b. 1687

Lydia Parrish 8th great grandma on RootsMagic

Lydia was born in Groton, Massachusetts on April 20, 1687, the daughter of John Parrish and his 2nd wife Mary Wattles.

Parrish, Lydia 1687 birth register

Lydia’s family moved from Groton to Ipswich, Massachusetts, then to Preston, Connecticut. In Preston on May 20, 1705 Lydia married Christopher Tracy. Lydia’s brother Benjamin married Mary Tracy and Lydia’s sister Sarah married David Tracy, David and Mary were siblings of Christopher. The Tracy and Parrish families all stayed in the Preston, New London Connecticut area. Lydia and Christopher had 9 children. Lydia was a widow in 1725 and the executor of her husband’s estate. After her husband’s death Lydia probably lived with a daughter and family, and probably died around 1745.

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Martha Ide b. 1656

Martha Ide 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Martha was born October 1656 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. At HathiTrust, page 649 Martha and siblings births in Vital record of Rehoboth. She was a middle child of Nicholas and Martha Bliss Ide, both born in England then living in Plymouth Colony by 1636. Martha would have lived on a farm and once old enough helped her mom with any number of jobs for most of the day. Martha married Samuel Walker in 1681, after the end of King Philips War -her husband was in that war. She and Samuel had at least 6 children and lived where The Philip Walker House is today: 432 Massasoit Ave East Providence, RI 02914.

Philip Walker House, East Providence, RI

Philip Walker House built in 1724

The house was known as the 2nd oldest in Rhode Island and it was accepted that Philip Walker and son Samuel built it in late 1670 or 80. Recent research shows the house was built with “mill sawn timbers” chopped down in 1724. Philip Walker owned the land, passed down to Philip’s son Samuel, then to Samuel and Martha’s son Timothy who built the house in 1724. The house is almost 300 years old and still standing. At Philip Walker House at Preserve Rhode Island the house is part of a study project.

Philip Walker House at Wikipedia

Margaret Denison b. 1657

Margaret Denison 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Margaret was born in 1657 in Connecticut. Her dad George’s family came to America in the 1630s from Hertfordshire, England. Margaret was the 8th of 9 kids and ‘the only one to marry outside of Stonington and move away’. Margaret married James Brown on June 5, 1678 in Swansea, Massachusetts then they moved to Barrington, Massachusetts, now part of Rhode Island, on the Providence River. Margaret and James may have had 12 kids.

Both Margaret and husband James’s wills survive and are printed in the Mayflower Descendent series. Margaret mentions her children including daughter Ann who married Samuel Hill. Margaret’s husband is the Mayflower Descendent: LIEUT. JAMES BROWN3, son of James and Lydia2 (Howland) Brown and grandson of John1 Howland of The Mayflower”.

Margaret Denison Brown is buried in Ancient Little Neck Cemetery in East Providence, Rhode Island. Her headstone inscription: In memory of Mrs. Margaret Brown Relict of Lieut James Brown, Who died on the 5th Day of May 1741 in ye 85th year of her age.

Denison, Margaret will snapshot

Widow Margaret Brown’s will 1733/4

At Archive.org. Page 24 Captain George and Lady Ann; the Denisons of Pequotsepos Manor, Margaret’s marriage.

At HathiTrust Their wills The Mayflower descendant, Volume 17 page 193 several pages.

Rhode Island historic cemetery database. Denison, Margaret ID 97022 Ancient Little Neck Burial Ground.

Mary Williams b. 1683

Mary Williams 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Mary Williams was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1683, the oldest child of Daniel and Rebecca Rhodes Williams. In 1709 Mary and Epenetus Olney married. They would have lived in the Stone Ender home Epenetus began building in 1702 or so. The Stone Ender home stayed in the Olney family from the time it was built till it was demolished around 1898. Mary and Epenetus had 9 children: James, Charles, Joseph, Anthony, Mary, Amy, Ann, Martha, and Freeborn. The family lived on a farm: “Here was raised in those early days beans. “turnops”. “wheate”, Indian corn. rye. “flex”, while in the orchard, through which passed the road leading to the Providence settlement, there were “Apple and peach tree, fruited deep”.

The current address for their farm is 370 Woonasquatucket Avenue, Centerdale, Providence County, RI. The farm and home stood for almost 200 years on the banks of the Woonasquatucket River about 6 miles northeast of Providence 41°50’45.1″N 71°28’37.5”W.

370370 Woonasquatucket Avenue Olney site

ON the banks of the Woonasquatucket River in Rhode Island

Roger Williams Family Association online: Genealogy, Daniel Williams, 27 i. Mary3 Williams, m. Epenetus Olney Jr. Mary and Epenetus’s daughter Martha is the mom of Marrtha Angell the mom of Asa Angell the dad of Dexter Angell the dad of Delia Angell the mom of Matilda Flood the mom of Philippa Mockford the mom of Elizabeth Speedy.

Olney’s Stone ender home at Library of Congress 

At Archive. org. A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England Volume 3 page 313.

At HathiTrust. Early Rhode Island houses: Isham, Norman Morrison, 1864-1943, plate 33.  State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Volume 3 page 627 – 630.