Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA - Early Settlers
Extracted from
Our County & Its People
A Descriptive & Biographical Record of
Bristol County
Massachusetts
Alanson Borden
1899
Pages 13 - 19




          As copied from the Proprietors' Records:

          About the year 1643, a joint agreement was made by the inhabitants of Sea conk alias Rehoboth, ffor the bringing in of their estates; that soe men's lotments might be taken up according to person and estate, as alsoe for the carrieing on of all publick chardges both for present and future; furthermore the means and interest of what is heare expressed is that by which lands, now granted by the Court of Plymouth to the towne, is to be divided according to person and estate, as is expressed in the following list:



- s - d
1. Mrs. BUR
[Ruth INGRAM accepted in her place]
100 - 00 - 00
2. Widow WALKER 50 - 00 - 00
3. John READ 300 - 00 - 00
4. John COOKE
which is still in the town's hands
300 - 00 - 00
5. The Schoolmaster 50 - 00 - 00
6. Will CHEESBROOK 450 - 00 - 00
7. Mr. WINCHESTER 195 - 00 - 00
8. Richard WRIGHT 834 - 00 - 00
9. Mr. NEWMAN 830 - 00 - 00
10. Will SMITH 196 - 10 - 00
11. Walter PALMER 419 - 00 - 00
12. James CLARK
now John PERRUM's
71 - 00 - 00
13. Ralph SHEPHARD
now Jas REDEWAYE's
121 - 10 - 00
14. Zachariah ROADS 50 - 00 - 00
15. John MATHEWES 40 - 00 - 00
16. John PERRUM 67 - 00 - 00
17. John MILLAR 69 - 10 - 00
18. Saml. BUTTERWORTH 50 - 00 - 00
19. George KENDRICK 50 - 00 - 00
20. Abram MARTIN 60 - 10 - 00
21. The Teacher 100 - 00 - 00
22. Edward SEALE 81 - 00 - 00
23. John BROWNE 50 - 00 - 00
24. Mr. HOWARD 250 - 00 - 00
25. Mr. PECK 635 - 00 - 00
26. Mr. Obed HOMLES
now Robt. WHEATON's
100 - 00 - 00
27. Edward SMITH 252 - 00 - 00
28. Job LANE
now Robert ABELL's
50 - 00 - 00
29. Thomas HITT 101 - 00 - 00
30. James WALKER
now John FFITCHE's
50 - 00 - 00
31. Thomas BLYSS 153 - 00 - 00
32. The Governor's lot
now Richard BULLOCK's
200 - 00 - 00
33. Isaack MARTIN
now Thomas WILMONT's
50 - 00 - 00
34. Robert MORRIS 94 - 10 - 00
35. Ed. BENNET
now Richard BOWEN's Jr.
134 - 00 - 00
36. The Pastor 100 - 00 - 00
37. Mr. Henry SMITH 260 - 00 - 00
38. Mathew PRATT 239 - 00 - 00
39. John MEGG's 120 - 00 - 00
40. Thom. CLIFTON
now Stephen PAYNE's Jr.
160 - 00 - 00
41. Joseph TORRY
now John PECK's
134 - 00 - 00
42. Thomas COOPER 367 - 00 - 00
43. Robert FFULLOR 150 - 00 - 00
44. John ALLEN 156 - 00 - 00
45. Ralph ALLEN 270 - 00 - 00
46. Ed. GILMAN,
no Joseph PECK's
306 - 00 - 00
47. Thomas HOULBROOK 186 - 10 - 00
48. William CARPENTER 245 - 10 - 00
49. John HOULBROOK,
now Nicholas IDE's
186 - 10 - 00
50. Robert TITUS,
no Robert JONES's
156 - 10 - 00
51. William SABIN 58 - 00 - 00
52. Stephen PAYNE 525 - 00 - 00
53. Mr. BROWNE 600 - 00 - 00
54. Ed. PATTESON
now John WOODCOCK's
50 - 00 - 00
55. Peter HUNT 327 - 00 - 00
56. Robert MARTIN 228 - 10 - 00
57 Robert SHARP,
but now Rice LEONARD's
106 - 00 - 00
58 Richard BOWEN 270 - 00 - 00



          This action was probably taken before any other division of land was made, unless perhaps it was that assigning house lots. A subsequent meeting of the proprietors was held,the date of which was destroyed in the records, at which it was voted that nine men shoud be chosed to order the general affairs of the plantations; they were givenpower to sell the lands "in lots of twelve, eight, or six acres, as in their discretion they think the quality of the estate of the person do require." This provision applied to the house-lots. Als that no person should sell his improvements "but to such as the town shall accpt of'" also it was voted "that the meeting house shall stand in the midst of said town."

          A town meeting was held in Rehoboth on the 31st of June, 1644, at which lots were drawn for a division of the woodland between the plain and the town. Fifty-eight shares were drawn as follows:

1. Mr. WINCHESTER 30. The pastor's
2. Mr. LEONARD 31. Stephen PAYNE
3. Peter HUNT 32. Edward SMITH
4. William CHEESBOROUGH 33. William SMITH
5. Ralph ALLIN 34. James CLARK
6. John HOLBROOK 35. The Governour
7. John PERRAM 36. Edward BENNETT
8. The schoolmaster 37. Obadiah HOLMES
9. Matthew PRATT 38. Mr. BROWNE
10 William CARPENTER 39. Thomas COOPER
11. Ephraim HUNT 40. Thomas HOLBROOKE
12. Samuel BUTTERWORTH 41. Thomas HITT
13. Edward PATTERSON 42. John ALLIN
14. James BROWNE 43. John MEGGS
15. Richard BOWIN 44. William SABIN
16. Mr. NEWMAN 45. Mr. Henry SMITH
17. Mr. PECK 46. Zachary ROADES
18. Walter PALMER 47. Edward GILMAN
19. Abraham MARTIN 48. Thomas CLIFTON
20. John SUTTON 49. Joseph TORREY
21. Robert MORRIS 50. Thomas DUNN
22. John MATTHEWS 51. Robert MARTIN
23. Isaac MARTIN 52. Widow WALKER
24. James WALKER 53. John MILLER
25. Robert TITUS 54. Mr. B___ [obliterated]
26. Edward SEALE 55. The Teacher
27. George KENDRICK 56. John COOKE
28. [obliterated] 57. Ralph SHEPHERD
29. Thomas BLISS 58. John READ



          Up to July, 1644, there had been three separate allotments of land made in Seekonk, and on the 5th of that month it was ordered that all who had allotments in either of the three divisions "presently to be laid out by Mr. OLIVER and his partner, Joseph FISHER," and who did not pay of the surveys either at Boston or Dedham by the 28th of the following October, should forfeit their lands so laid out. The nine men chosen on the 9th of December, 1644, to direct public affairs wee the following: A'exander WINCHESTER, Richard WRIGHT, Henry SMITH, Edward SMITH, Walter PALMER, William SMITH, Stephen PAYNE, Richard BOWEN, and Robert MARTIN. On the 10th of the succeeding January, at a meeting of the townsmen, it was agreed that eighteen men should forfeit their lands for not fencing them, "or not removing thier families according to a former order." These men were the following: Ralph SHEPHERD, James BROWNE, Mr. LEONARD, The Governor's lot, Matthew PRATT, Thomas DUNN, John MEGGS, Thomas COOPER, John SUTTON, Mr. PECK, Obadiah HOLMES, James WALKER, Edward GILMAN, Thomas HOLBROOKE, John HOLBROOKE, Mr. BROWNE, Edward PATTESON and Ephraim HUNT. Probably these men conformed to the requirements and retained their lands. At the same meeting all those men having lots on the neck ofland were reuired to fence so much as the number of his acres cometh to." by the 15th day of the second month, or pay two shillings for every rod not fenced.



          Thus far the inhabitants of this large tract of territory considered themselves residents of Seekonk, and the meetings all bear that date. Though they purchased their land of the Plymouth Colony, yet their compact made when they became inhabitants of Seekonk indicates that they felt a large measure of independence. They were subsequently claimed by both the Plymouth and the Massachusetts Colonies. In 1645 they submitted to the jurisdiction of the Plymouth Court and were incorporated with the name of Rehoboth, which was given by Mr. NEWMAN, the pastor.

          Following this important action, the records contain the following list of names with the register of thier lands; many of these have already been mentioned, but there are also manynew ones, who became settlers somewhere in the territory of the towns into which Rehoboth was afterwards divided:

Mr. Alexander WINCHESTER Robert MORRIS Thomas HETT
Mr. HOWARD John MATTHEWES John ALLIN
Peter HUNT John FITCH John MEGGS
William CHESBOROUGH Robert TITUS William SABIN
Ralph ALLIN George KENDRICKE Henry SMITH
John HOLBROOKE Robert SHARP Zachary ROADS
John PERAM Thomas BLISS Edward GILMAN, Sr
The Schoolmaster The Pastor Thomas CLIFTON
Matthew PRATT Stephen PAINE Joseph TORREY
William CARPENTER Edward SMITH Widow WALKER
Samuel BUTTERWORTH James CLARK Richard INGRAM
(now INGRAHAM)
Edward PATTESON William SMITH
Richard BOWEN Edward BENNETT Thomas LORING
Mr. Samuel NEWMAN Obadiah HOLMES Ralph SHEPHERD
Mr. PECK Mr. John BROWNE John READE
Abraham MARTIN Thomas COOPER John MILLER
John SUTTON Thomas HOLBROOKE Richard WRIGHT



          The date of the registry of Robert FULLER's land was not until 1652.

          Meetings of the inhabitants continued to be regularly held and such orders were passed as seemed necessary for the regulation of town affairs. On the 16th of March, 1645, it was agreed "that all the fence in the general field shall be fenced by the 23d of the present month;" a penalty was attached to neglect of this work. On the same day Mr. BROWNE, Stephen PAYNE, Mr. Henry SMITH, Robert MARTIN, Thomas COOPER, William CARPENTER, and Edward SMITH were named as "townsmen" for one yer. On the same day the town was ordered divided into two parts "for the making of foot bridges and the keeping of them, and the highways leading to them to be done by the whole town."

          On the 9th of June, 1645, "lots were drawn for the great plain, beginning upon the west side; and he that is first upon the west side shall be last upon the east." Fifty-eight persons drew these lots, who were nearly the same as given in the preceding list of those who drew the original shares. Again on the 18th of February, 1646, another drawing was made "for the new meadow, and to be divided according to person and estate, only those who were under 150 estate to be made up to 150." Forty-six lots were drawn, the list containing the names of Nicholas IDE, Ademia MORRIS, James REDWAIE, Robert ABELL, John DOGGET, that have not appeared before.

          Names "of the inhabitants and proprietors of the Towne of Rehoboth having Rights and Titles to the Measuages, Tenements and Lands contained in the quit-claim deed of William BRADFORD to the town of Rehoboth, which hath been reade and allowed in a full Towne Meeting, February the 7th, 1689:"

Mr. Samuel ANGLER John REDWAY Joseph PECK, jun'r
Decon Thomas COOPER Sam'l CARPENTER Hezekiah PECKE
Joseph PECK, sen'r John TITTUS Richard BOWEN
John FFITCH Samuell TITTUS Thomas BOWEN, sen'r
John WOODCOCK, sen'r Joseph TITTUS John MARTEN
Serj. Thomas READE John CARPENTER Joseph PALMER, jun'r
George KENRICKE Thomas GRANT Samuel COOPER
Nichollas IDE, sen'r John WILLMATH Nathaniell PERRY
George ROBINSON, sen'r Samule BLISE John DAGGETT
John PEREN Samuell PAINE Nathaniell DAGGETT
Jonathan FFULLER, sen'r Joseph BROWNE Nathaniell WHITAKER
Enoch HUNT William CARPENTER, jr. Eprahim WHEATON
John HUNT Isack ALLEN Abiah CARPENTER
Ephrahim HUNT Thomas WILLMATH, jr. James CARPENTER
Rice LEONARD John WOODCOCK, jun'r Samson MASON
Sam'l BUTTERWORTH Iserall WOODCOCK Joseph MASON
Philip WALKER Thomas WOODCOCK Joseph BUCKLAND, jun'r
ffrancis STEVENS, sen'r Jonathan WOODCOCK Baruk BUCKLAND
John ORMSBY Samuel NEWMAN, jr. Silas TITUS
Nathaniel CAFFEE John KINSLEY Nath. PAINE, jun'r
Samuel SABIN Thomas IDE William ROBENSON
Serj. Preserved ABLE Jonathan FFULLER, jun. Josiah CARPENTER
Daniell READE Jeremiah WHEATON ffrancis STEVENS, jun'r
Israll READE John SHAWE Richard BOWEN, jun'r
James SABIN Joseph SABINE Joseph MILLERD
John SABIN Richard WHIEEAKER Benjamin MILLERD
Noah SABIN Samuel BULLOCK John BOWEN
The Hieres of
Thomas KENRICK
Thomas ORMSBY Benjamin ROBINSON
Thomas MAN David NEWMAN
Samuel ROBINSON Robert MILLERD, sen'r David FFULLER
Mosses READE Mr. Henry SWEETING John JENKINS
Mr. Christopher SANDERS Jathniell PECK John JONSON
Jonah PALMER, sen'r Joshua SMITH Daniel SHEPARD, sen.
Samuel PALMER John SMITH David FFREEMAN
Noah MASON Richard EVENS James WILSON
Samuell MASON James THURBER James WELCH
Nicholas IDE, jun'r Sam'l BOWEN John BULLOCK
Sam'l MILLERD, sen'r Jonathan WILLMATH John CALLENDER
Sam'l MILLERD, jr. John FFRENCH John BARTLET's heirs
John HALL Joseph BORSWOTH
ORPHANS
Thomas COOPER &
Nathaniel COOPER, sons
of Nath. COOPER
Jonathan CARPENTER Daniel SABIN, son
of Nehemiah SABIN
David CARPENTER
Solomon CARPENTER John FFULLER
The Herres of
Benjamin BUCKLAND
Zacheriah CARPENTER Abiall FFULLER
Abraham CARPENTER Benjamin PAINE
Samuell FFULLER The Heires of
Robert JOANES
George ROBINSON, jr.
The Heires of Eldad
KINSLEY
Isake MASON
Thomas BOWEN

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