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Richard Waterman

Male Abt 1605 - 1673  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Richard Waterman 
    Born Abt 1605  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Oct 1673  Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I19179  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2018 

    Family Bethia,   d. 3 Dec 1680, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1630  [1, 2
    Children 
    +1. Mehitable Waterman,   b. Abt 1630, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1682, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F11892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He came to New England in 1629, in advance of the Winthrop Fleet, and was one of the founders of Salem, Massachusetts. After a few years, he became a follower of Roger Williams, and was in due course banished from the Bay Colony and removed to Rhode Island, where he was one of the founders of Providence. He spent the rest of his life there in a variety of public offices and roles.

      Surviving records suggest that he was known as a skilled hunter in his native England, and that he continued to practice this in the New World, both in order to provide food and also to drive away wolves.

      A monument to him was raised in Providence in 1840; it contains several errors of fact. He never bore the title Colonel; there is no evidence that he came from Bristol in England; and he did not arrive in 1631 on the Lion with Roger Williams.

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    2. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.

    3. [S689] The Waterman Family, by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut: Edgar F. Waterman, 1939.