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Benjamin Wells

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Benjamin Wells was born on 24 Dec 1745 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island (son of Peter Wells and Elizabeth Sweet).

    Benjamin married Sarah Reynolds in 1764 in Lisbon, St. Lawrence, New York. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Susannah Wells was born on 23 Apr 1767 in Hebron, Washington, New York.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Peter Wells was born on 4 May 1713 in South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island (son of Peter Wells and Ann Watson); died on 6 Mar 1782 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 4 May 1715

    Notes:

    The Gardiners of Narragansett has Peter Wells and his wife Elizabeth Sweet dying, respectively, 16 Sep 1757 and 13 Sep 1757, but a correction on page 249 says that these are the death dates of a different Peter Wells and Elizabeth Sweet, who m. 2 Jul 1746. This other Peter was the son of Jonathan Wells of East Greenwich and the other Elizabeth was the daughter of Richard Sweet of West Greenwich.

    We are a little dubious about Roscoe L. Whitman's claim (citation details below) that this Peter Wells lived to be 98 years old.

    Peter married Elizabeth Sweet on 11 Dec 1733 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island. Elizabeth (daughter of William Sweet and Thankful Hamilton) was born on 14 Nov 1713 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth Sweet was born on 14 Nov 1713 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island (daughter of William Sweet and Thankful Hamilton).

    Notes:

    Her date and place of death are unknown. She should not be confused with another nearby Elizabeth Sweet, daughter of a Richard Sweet, who also married a man named Peter Wells.

    Children:
    1. 1. Benjamin Wells was born on 24 Dec 1745 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Peter Wells was born in 1681 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island (son of Peter Wells); died between 13 Nov 1732 and 11 Dec 1732.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1681, of South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island

    Notes:

    Sometimes spelled "Peter Wales".

    Peter married Ann Watson about 1705. Ann (daughter of John Watson and Dorcas Gardiner) died before 1728. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Ann Watson (daughter of John Watson and Dorcas Gardiner); died before 1728.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1724
    • Alternate death: Aft 6 Feb 1725

    Children:
    1. 2. Peter Wells was born on 4 May 1713 in South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island; died on 6 Mar 1782 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

  3. 6.  William Sweet (son of Richard Sweet and Priscilla Carpenter); died after 15 Feb 1737 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

    William married Thankful Hamilton in Mar 1707 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island. Thankful (daughter of William Hamilton and Mercy Berry) was born in 1689. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Thankful Hamilton was born in 1689 (daughter of William Hamilton and Mercy Berry).

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 1692, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island

    Children:
    1. 3. Elizabeth Sweet was born on 14 Nov 1713 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Peter Wells died after 23 Aug 1715 in South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island.

    Notes:

    He lived on the island of Conanicut five years before it was incorporated in 1678 and given the name Jamestown. Made freeman of Jamestown in 1679. Removed to Kingstown by 6 Sep 1687.

    Children:
    1. 4. Peter Wells was born in 1681 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island; died between 13 Nov 1732 and 11 Dec 1732.

  2. 10.  John Watson died before 11 Mar 1729.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1728
    • Alternate death: 11 Mar 1729

    Notes:

    He was a tailor and a farmer, first of record at Kingstown in 1672.

    Constable 1687; grand jury 1688; Conservator of the Peace and Deputy, 1690.

    As his second wife he married Rebecca Gardiner, sister of Dorcas, who was probably the infant that her mother carried to Boston.

    John married Dorcas Gardiner before 7 Nov 1673. Dorcas (daughter of George Gardiner and Herodias Long) was born about 1656; died before 4 Aug 1702. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  3. 11.  Dorcas Gardiner was born about 1656 (daughter of George Gardiner and Herodias Long); died before 4 Aug 1702.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1687

    Children:
    1. 5. Ann Watson died before 1728.

  4. 12.  Richard Sweet was born about 1660 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island (son of John Sweet and Elizabeth); died about May 1744 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island; was buried in Richard Sweet Lot, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

    Richard married Priscilla Carpenter about 1681 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Priscilla (daughter of William Carpenter and Priscilla Bennett) was born on 24 Jul 1661 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died in 1745 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island; was buried in Richard Sweet Lot, East Greenwich, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  5. 13.  Priscilla Carpenter was born on 24 Jul 1661 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts (daughter of William Carpenter and Priscilla Bennett); died in 1745 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island; was buried in Richard Sweet Lot, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
    Children:
    1. 6. William Sweet died after 15 Feb 1737 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

  6. 14.  William Hamilton was born in Mar 1647 in Glasgow, Scotland (son of Gallatin Hamilton); died in 1749 in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Said to have come from Scotland in 1668.

    According to legend (which may be true in part, or in all), he was the first man to kill a whale off the coast of Cape Cod, for which he was persecuted by people who believed he could only have accomplished such a thing with the aid of evil spirits, resulting in his subsequent emigration to Danbury, Connecticut.

    William married Mercy Berry about 1682 in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island. Mercy was born in in England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Mercy Berry was born in in England.

    Notes:

    Also called Mercy Bracy.

    Wikitree identifies her as the Mary Beere who was born at Newport, Rhode Island 6 Aug 1666 to John and Patience Beere, pointing to her listing in Torrey's New England Marriages that gives her birth date as "ca 1668/75?". But both The History and Genealogy of the Cornish Families and the distinguished Settlers of the Beekman Patent (citation details for both below) say she came from England.

    Children:
    1. 7. Thankful Hamilton was born in 1689.