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My thanks to Bob Wilhelm for this genealogy of his OWEN ancestors. Please see James OWEN Family for more recent generations.

FIRST GENERATION


1. Daniel OWEN was born in 1776 in Providence Rhode Island. Died in 1804.

SECOND GENERATION


2. Daniel J. OWEN was born in 1732. Died on 21 Oct 1812 in Gloucester, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Daniel was the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1786 to 1790 and was also President of the 1790 Constitutional Convention of Rhode Island. He was elected as Justice in 1790. He was elected as Chief Justice in 1794. He was a farmer in Gloucester, Providence Co., Rhode Island. He also had an iron foundry on his farm, and John Paul Jones was a partner before the revolution.

3. Hannah ANGELL was born on 16 Jan 1737 in Smithfield, Providence Co., Rhode Island [S1].

THIRD GENERATION



4. Thomas OWEN [S2] was born in 1706. Thomas Owen was a Quaker and a blacksmith.

5. Ruth ANGELL Cousin to John ANGELL b 1709. Her son m daughter of John.

6. John ANGELL Major [S2] was born on 18 Oct 1709 in Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died in 1760 in Smithfield, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died of smallpox after caring for a neighbor.

7. Lydia WINSOR [S1] was born on 5 Aug 1709 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died in May 1793.

FOURTH GENERATION



8. Josiah OWEN was born in 1681.

9. Mary ESTANCE. Maiden name unknown

10. John ANGELL [S2] was born in 1677 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died in 1744 in Johnstown, Providence Co. Rhode Island. He resided near the seven mile line, separating the town from Smithfield in Johnston, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

11. Sarah CLEMENCE [S3,S4] was born on 11 Nov 1688. She was still living on Oct 11 1725 when her mother named her in her will. Daughter of Richard Clemence and Sarah Smith

12. Daniel ANGELL was born on 2 May 1680 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died on 16 Jun 1750 in Providence, Providence Co. Rhode Island.

13. Hannah WINSOR [S1] was born in 1678 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Born sometime between 1678 and 1681. Died ca 1742.

14. Samuel WINSOR Junior [S1] was born on 18 Nov 1677 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died on 17 Nov 1758 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. He was a ninth pastor of First Baptist Church from 1733 to 1758 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

15. Mercy HARDING [S1] was born in 1673. Died on 21 Dec 1771. Daughter of Abraham and Deborah Harding

FIFTH GENERATION


16. Samuel OWEN was born in 1651 in Wales [S1]. [N.B. No records exist to support the existance or parentage of Samuel OWEN & Priscilla BELCHER. It is possible/probable that Josiah OWEN (#8) was the son of Ebenezer OWEN (William & Elizabeth DAVIES) of Braintree, MA and Hannah BELCHER (John & Sarah _?_) and raised by mother and step-father Josiah OWEN (William & Elizabeth DAVIES) of Braintree, MA who married his brother's widow and for which both were banished from Braintree.] The alternative *:

*16. Ebenezer OWEN was born 3 Mar 1657/8 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.12 Buried at sea off Cape Ann in 1690. Ebenezer was on of twelve Braintree Militiamen who served in 1675 under Capt. Johnson at the taking of the Narragansett stronghold in Kingston, RI, in King Phillip's War. In 1690 he served under Sir William Phipps in the unsuccessful expedition against Quebec and his death was due to smallpox contracted on the return voyage.

*17. Hannah BELCHER was born 2 Aug 1664 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA. Died possibly 7 Jan 1724, recorded only at Braintree, MA. She married first, circa 1685 Ebenezer OWEN [above] and second in 1691 his brother Josiah OWEN. On Christmas Day, 1691, she was summoned before the Court of Assistants at Boston:
"On the charge 'for that by indirect meanes and by the connivance of some Josiah OWEN and said Hannah OWEN procured a marriage by the Word of God and the Statutes of England.' Hannah pleaded guilty by acknowledging that 'she was said Josiah OWEN's Brother's Relict.' The court thereupon directed that the relation should be broken off forthwith and that Hannah should on the following Sunday appear before the Braintree congregation and make public confession of her transgression. At the same time the court by letter advised the Braintree pastor of its action.

In the disciplinary record kept by the Braintree pastors, Rev. Moses Fiske set down that on receipt of this message, he, with Major Quincy and Deacon Thompson, went to discourse with Hannah. Unexpectedly they found with her at their cottage Josiah who had eluded the civil authorities. The good pastor and his retinue undertook to bring Josiah to a suitable state of repentance, but finding him 'obstinate and reflecting,' charged him to be present in the congregation the following Sunday to hear what should be said to him there. The clergyman also records that Josiah was urged by his father to be compliant. Instead, Josiah and Hannah fled the jurisdiction before Sunday arrived. Josiah was solemnly excommunicated at the service which he thus missed.

Beginning in 1701 the Providence records contain frequent references to Josiah OWEN Sr. and Josiah OWEN Jr. who are described as uncle and nephew in a conveyance of land in 1703 . . . " 12

17. Priscilla BELCHER [See above.]

*18. Thomas ESTANCE, Jr.

20. John ANGELL was born in 1646 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died on 27 Jul 1720 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. He was listed as freeman on Oct 16 1670. He was a farmer.

21. Ruth FIELD was born in 1649. Daughter of John Field and an unknown wife. Died in 1727.

22. Richard CLEMENCE died on 11 Oct 1723 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island [S3]. Signed a will on Jan 2 1721, naming his son Thomas as executor.


"To son Thomas all lands, tenements and meadows in Providence both sides of the Wooasquatucket river, being all my homestead, also 40 acres on both sides of Hawkins Path at Long Swamp; with exception of privelige allowed to testators wife, To wife Sarah, two cows, a feather bed and privleges of dwelling house for life while widow, and she to have the keep of her cows from her son Thomas, who was further to provide her with bread, corn and firewood, fruit from orchard and etc. To daughter Ann Appley, two cows. To son Thomas all the rest of my movable estate, he to take care of and provide for my ancient mother during the whole term of her natural life."

23. Sarah SMITH, died on 14 Oct 1725 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island [S3].

24. John ANGELL was born in 1646 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died on 27 Jul 1720 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. He was listed as freeman on Oct 16 1670. He was a farmer.

25. Ruth FIELD was born in 1649. Daughter of John Field and an unknown wife. Died in 1727.

26. Samuel WINSOR [S1] was born in 1644 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died on 19 Sep 1705 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Samuel was the only son of Joshua Winsor, the original immigrant, and an unnamed wife.

27. Mercy WILLIAMS was born on 15 Jul 1640 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Died sometime after 1705.

30. Abraham HARDING

31. Deborah _?_

SIXTH GENERATION

*32. William OWEN was born circa 1613 probably in England. He may have been the William OWEN who left London, England 17 Feb 1634/5 for Barbados. He married 29 Sep 1650 at Braintree, MA Elizabeth DAVIES, who was known to be a passenger on the same 1634 ship to Barbados containing a William OWEN with her mother Margaret, and her brother and sister John and Marie. Her mother subsequently married Charles GRICE who was a neighbor of William OWEN in Braintree. William took the freeman's oath on 7 May 1651. In his Will dated 11 Nov 1661, Mr. GRICE referred to William OWEN as his son and included him as a beneficiary in recognition of the "filial care and love expressed to me in my aged condition." In January 1691, William and Elizabeth are mentioned by Rev. Moses Fiske, then pastor of the Braintree church, as having been long in full communion. William OWEN died 17 Jan 1702/3 at Braintree, MA.

*33. Elizabeth DAVIES was born in 1634 in England. Besides the possibility that Elizabeth may have arrived in America on the same ship as William OWEN (see above) there may have been a case of OWEN vs. DAVIES in the Chancery Court in London, suggesting prior acquaintance of the families. She died 3 Jun 1702 at Braintree, MA.

*34. John BELCHER was born circa 1633 at Braintree, MA and died circa 1683 at Braintree. He married circa 1655 at Braintree Sarah _?_.

*35. Sarah _?_

40. Thomas ANGELL was born by 1619 in England. He called himself "very aged" in his 1685 will. Died sometime between August 1688 (Providence Estate Tax) and Sep 18 1694 when his will was approved.

41. Alice ASHTON was born on 1 Feb 1617 in Hertfordshire England. Christened in St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire England. Died on 24 Dec 1694 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island [S5].

42. John FIELD [S6,S7] was born in Thurnscoe England. Died sometime between 1686 and 1692. Possibly the son of William Field and Jane Sotwell, although proof is lacking. Married to Ruth Field generally listed as unknown wife.

43. Ruth FIELD, died in 1686. Died sometime after 1686. Maiden name unknown.

44. Thomas CLEMENCE [S3], died in 1688 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Listed as freeman in 1655. He was elected as Deputy from 1666 to 1672. He was elected as Town Treasurer in 1667.

45. Elizabeth CLEMENCE, died in 1721. Mentioned in her son Richard's will dated Jan 2 1721.

46. John SMITH [S3], died in 1682 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Appointed Ensign on Nov 6 1654. Elected as Deputy from 1666 to 1672. Elected as Town Clerk from 1672 to 1676. His will was proven on Jun 2 1682. He was a miller.

47. Sarah WHIPPLE was born on 2 Feb 1642 in Dorchestor, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. Christened on 6 Feb 1642 in Dorchestor, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. Died in 1687 or after.

48. Thomas ANGELL was born by 1619 in England. He called himself "very aged" in his 1685 will. Died sometime between August 1688 (Providence Estate Tax) and Sep 18 1694 when his will was approved.

49. Alice ASHTON was born on 1 Feb 1617 in Hertfordshire England. Christened in St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire England. Died on 24 Dec 1694 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island [S5].

50. John FIELD [S6,S7] was born in Thurnscoe England. Died sometime between 1686 and 1692. Possibly the son of William Field and Jane Sotwell, although proof is lacking. Married to Ruth Field generally listed as unknown wife.

51. Ruth FIELD, died in 1686 or after 1686. Maiden name unknown.

52. Joshua WINSOR, died in 1679 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

53. WINSOR, died in 1654. Maiden name unknown.

54. Roger WILLIAMS [S8,S9,S10] was born in 1603 in London England [S11]. Born on Long Lane, which led to a vast open area on London's northwest side known as Smithville. Named after his mother's brother Roger PEMBERTON who became a county sheriff in 1618. Died at Providence between Jan 16 and Apr 16 1683/84, his wife having predeceased him in 1676. Roger WILLIAMS was a radical Puritan thinker and founder of the colony of Rhode Island. The son of a merchant tailor, the intellectually brilliant WILLIAMS, graduated (1627) from Cambridge University and was ordained in the Church Of England. His developing Puritanism; however, alienated him from the church, and in the first year of the Puritan migration to New England, WILLIAMS left England with his family, arriving in Boston in 1631.

Welcomed warmly at first, WILLIAMS refused the ministry of the Boston congregation because it had not formally separated from the English Church. He moved to Salem, to Plymouth, and back to Salem, his strange opinions arousing controversy everywhere. He insisted that the lands given to Massachusetts and Plymouth belonged to the Indians and denied that government could enforce religious laws. The rulers of Puritan Massachusetts, by contrast, believed that they were obligated to maintain a godly community and protect true religion. Refusing to change any of his "very dangerous ideas", WILLIAMS was expelled (October 1635) from the colony by the Massachusetts General Court. He fled (January 1636) with a few Salem acquaintances to the Indians on Narragansett Bay. At the head of the bay, he bought land and named the tiny settlement, the first in Rhode Island, Providence.

For the next 40 years WILLIAMS left a profound imprint on Rhode Island, making it a haven for heterodoxy. In England, in 1644, WILLIAMS secured a patent for the colony from Parliment; several years later a representative government was established with complete religious freedom. WILLIAMS returned to England (1651-1654), where he sucessfully defended the colony's grant. He was president (governor) of the colony from 1654 to 1657. In 1663, King Charles II granted Rhode Island a royal charter confirming all of its liberal institutions.

Although WILLIAMS had helped to found the first Baptist congregation in America (1639), he left it in a few months to become a seeker, opposed to all sects and creeds. He denounced the Quakers but consistent with his principles, gave them shelter.

WILLIAM'S work among the Indians, which earned him their friendship and loyalty, enabled him to learn their language and to write "A Key into the Language Of America" (1643). His defense of religious freedom, "The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution" (1644), was one of the great Puritan tracts.

55. Mary BARNARD was born in 1609 in England. Died in 1676 in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

SEVENTH GENERATION

*66. Dolar DAVIES was born after 1595 at Bennefield, Northampton, England. He married first Joane HULL, second possibly Joanna _?_ and third Margaret or Marjory WILLARD. He died 2 Jun 1673 at Barnstable, MA and was buried on 19 Jun 1673 at Barnstable, MA.

*67. Margaret or Marjory WILLARD was born 2 Nov 1602 at Horsmonden, Kentshire, England. She married first Dolar DAVIES and second Charles GRICE.

108. James WILLIAMS was born in Smithfield, London England. James was a merchant tailor (i.e. textile retailer).

109. Alice PEMBERTON was born in 1564.

SOURCES


1. Dorothy Higson White and Kay Kirlin Moore. Descendants of Roger Williams The Waterman and Winsor lines through his daughter Mercy Williams. Publication sponsored by Roger Williams Family Association; Gateway Press,Inc., Baltimore, Maryland (1991) Winsor lines 289-290

2. Avery F. Angell, Providence, Rhode Island. Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Angell who settled in Providence in 1636.

3. John Osborne Austin The Genealogy Dictionary of Rhode Island; comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690. Munsell Publishing Company, Albany New York (1887) Revised 1943-1963. Reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore Maryland (1969)

4. Austin Page 48

5. The Early Records of The Town of Providence (1892-1915)

6. Frederick Clifton Pierce, Chicago Illinois (1901) Field Genealogy

7. Frederick Adams Virkus Immigrant Ancestors A list of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750 Extracted from Volume VII, Compendium of American Genealogy. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore Maryland.

8. OWEN/DUNNING Family History Folder belonging to Alma Tingle

9. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Release 6

10. Bibliography: Garrett, John, Roger Williams (1970), Miller Perry, Roger Williams (1953); reprinted 1962.

11. The Gentle Radical, Roger Williams by Cyclone Covey Published by The Macmillian company New York

12. Unpublished OWEN Genealogy by Henry W. Owen, Jr. (approx 1935).

INDEX


_?_, Deborah (fifth generation) 31
_?_, Sarah (sixth generation) *35
ANGELL, Daniel (fourth generation) 12
ANGELL, Hannah (second generation) 3
ANGELL, John Major (third generation) 6
ANGELL, John (fifth generation) 24
ANGELL, John (fourth generation) 10
ANGELL, Ruth (third generation) 5
ANGELL, Thomas (sixth generation) 48
ASHTON, Alice (sixth generation) 49

BARNARD, Mary (sixth generation) 55
BELCHER, Hannah (fifth generation) *17
BELCHER, John (sixth generation) *34
BELCHER, Priscilla (fifth generation) 17

CLEMENCE, Elizabeth (sixth generation) 45
CLEMENCE, Richard (fifth generation) 22
CLEMENCE, Sarah (fourth generation) 11
CLEMENCE, Thomas (sixth generation) 44

DAVIES, Dolar (seventh generation) *66
DAVIES, Margaret or Marjory (seventh generation) *67
DAVIES, Elizabeth (sixth generation) *33

ESTANCE, Mary (fourth generation) 9
ESTANCE, Thomas, Jr. (fifth generation) 18

FIELD , Ruth (sixth generation) 51
FIELD, John (sixth generation) 50
FIELD, Ruth (fifth generation) 25

GRICE, Charles (second generation)

HARDING, Abraham (fifth generation) 30
HARDING, Mercy (fourth generation) 15

OWEN, Daniel (first generation) 1
OWEN, Daniel J. (second generation) 2
OWEN, Ebenezer (fifth generation) *16
OWEN, Josiah (fifth generation)
OWEN, Josiah (fourth generation) 8
OWEN, Samuel (fifth generation) 16
OWEN, Thomas (third generation) 4
OWEN, William (sixth generation) *32

SMITH, John (sixth generation) 46
SMITH, Sarah (fifth generation) 23

WHIPPLE, Sarah (sixth generation) 47
WILLIAMS, Mercy (fifth generation) 27
WILLIAMS, Roger (sixth generation) 54
WINSOR, (sixth generation) 53
WINSOR, Hannah (fourth generation) 13
WINSOR, Joshua (sixth generation) 52
WINSOR, Lydia (third generation) 7
WINSOR, Samuel (fifth generation) 26
WINSOR, Samuel Junior (fourth generation) 14

Researchers of this OWEN line:

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