|Josias Wilkinson2|| Lawrance.1 |
"April 22, 1707. Three acres of Meadow * * on the west side of the Seauen sic mile line, on the right of Lawrance Wilkinson, * * the which meddow sic lieth about a mile and a half westward of a hill called the Round Hill, * * and was laid out to Hannah Wilkinson, Heiress of Josias Wilkinson.
Samuel Wilkinson, Surveyor."
"These shall resist the empire of decay,
When time is o'er, and worlds have passed away;
Cold in the dust the perished heart may lie
But that which warmed it once can never die."
|Samuel Wilkinson3|| Samuel2  Lawrance.1 |
|21.||I.||Huldah,4||b. Dec. 16, 1697,||d.|
|22.||II.||Josiah,4 (85-87)||b. Aug. 29, 1699,||d.|
|23.||III.||Samuel,4||b. Feb. 9, 1701,||d.|
|24.||IV.||Zebiah,4||b. Oct. 2, 1702,||d.|
|25.||V.||Patience,4||b. June 9, 1704,||d.|
|26.||VI.||Mercy,4||b. Dec. 12, 1705,||d. Sept. 11, 1796.|
|27.||VII.||David,4 (88-96)||b. Oct. 16, 1707,||d. Jan. 31, 1796.|
|29.||IX.||Israel,4 (97-104)||b. March 21, 1711,||d. April 30, 1784.|
|33.||XIII.||Plain,4||b. Feb. 28, 1717,||d. May 12, 1791.|
|35.||XV.||Ichabod,4 (105-107)||b. 1720,||d.|
"Colony of Rhode Island, ss.
It is made to appear by a written instrument under the hands of upwards of twelve substantial evidences, that Ichabod Comstock and Zebiah Wilkinson, both of Providence, were lawfully joined together in marriage on the 13th day of Sept., Anno Domini, 1722, in a Friends' Public Meeting, held in said Providence."
"All the bogg oar, or mine of iron that lieth in a certain tract of land which I purchased of the said David Wilkinson, situate in the 'Gore of the Land' containing fifty acres; and also, one equal second part, one-half of all the other oars sic or mines, or minerals of Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead or any other mettle sic of what kind soever, that shall be found hereafter within the said tract, with privilege to dig and carry away. Signed. The Mark of Francis X Inman."
Dated Jan. 11, 734.
David was a man of considerable note in his native town and held many public offices. He spent the last part of his life in Providence, and was elected Justice of the Peace in that city May, 1771-2-3-4-5, &c., holding the office for a number of years. During the exciting times of the Revolution he was an active advocate of the rights of the colonies, and in 1775 he was appointed a committee on printing. This position afforded a favorable opportunity for aiding the cause of Freedom, which did not pass unimproved. The following year, 1776, he was appointed Superintendent of the Press in Providence.* His bills were invariably allowed for this service.The cause of American liberty found ardent and active supporters in the Wilkinson family notwithstanding their pacific principles. Stephen Hopkins and David Wilkinson (who were both born in the same year, 1707,) of Providence, Rhode Island, Esek Hopkins of North Providence, Jeremiah Wilkinson of Cumberland, Oziel Wilkinson and Israel Wilkinson of Smithfield, and John Wilkinson, Jr., of Bucks county, Penn., were all Quakers, but they were more than passive supporters of their country's cause.The loss of his sons has caused the name of Wilkinson to become extinct in this branch of the family. The death of David's last son was peculiarly afflicting. An aged relative still living, remembers reading when a child, in a Providence paper of "The accidental death of Daniel, only surviving son of David Wilkinson, Esq., nineteen years of age, while witnessing the launching of a vessel above the great bridge in Providence, his head was jambed sic to pieces between the vessel and the timbers of the bridge." His parents knew nothing of his absence from the house until the news of his death was brought to them. He had requested the maid to wake him early in the morning, in order that he might witness the launching of the ship, which she did without the knowledge of his parents. This sudden bereavement produced the deepest sorrow.It is said that David lost the native vigor of his mind during his last days. He was admitted freeman in 1730.IX. Israel married April 6, 1732, Mary Aldrich, dau. of Moses Aldrich of Mendon, Mass. Savage says "Mattithia, b. 10 July 1656, sic was one of the first settlers at Mendon in *1663." But whether Moses was a descendant of this man, or a later settler, is not known. He was a blacksmith by trade, and by perserverence and industry accumulated quite a large property in lands, mills, shops, &c., as appears by his Last Will and Testament bearing date 1761. There are seven sons and five daughters mentioned in his Will, viz: George, Robert, Thomas, Caleb, Luke, Moses, Aaron, Abigail, Mary, Marcy, Lydia and Alice. Abigail and Marcy married Smiths, Lydia, Joseph Allen; and Alice, Jeremiah Spencer.The following was found among the papers of Israel Wilkinson, Jr.: "Memorandum of the Children of Hannah Aldrich, widow of Moses Aldrich of the town of Mendon, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Abigail Smith, 4 children, 31 grandchildren, and [?] great grandchildren.Rachel Arnold, 12; Mary Flagg, 4; Hannah Mowry, 5.Mary Wilkinson, 3 children, 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Hannah Davis.Marcy Smith, 5 children, 21 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.In all 127quite a multitude.
This Aldrich family was remarkable for its longevity.George, d. July 14, 1797, aged 81 years, 6 months.Robert, d. July 6, 1794, aged 74 yrs, 5 mos, 27 days.Thomas, d. Oct. 11, 1795, aged 71 yrs, 4 mos., 13 days.Caleb, d. Nov. 8, 1809, aged 83 yrs, 9 mos, 24 days.Luke, d. Oct. 15, 1804, aged 76 yrs, 8 mos.Mary, d. March 25, 1805, aged 91 yrs, 1 mo, 9 days.Lydia, d. Sept. 22, 1805, aged 83 yrs, 10 mos, 16 days.Alice, d. Nov. 19, 1796. Age unknown.
The others were quite aged people when they died. The combined ages of the seven mentioned above is 562 years, 9 mos., 29 days, making an average of 80 1/3 years.
Israel was but fourteen years of age when his father died, and shared a fifth part of his property, after certain legacies had been paid to his sisters. He erected a house on the old homestead farm in Smithfield, which still stands, about half a mile north of his father's residence and about the same distance from the Blackstone River on the main road from Providence to Woonsocket Falls, three miles from the latter place, and twelve from the former. The new part of the house was finished in 1744, and was two stories high, and in shape like the letter L, fronting to the east and south. The scenery from this residence is picturesque and beautiful. To the east the land is rolling, diversified by hills and valleys, which, in the month of June, are covered with green grass and shrubbery, slopping gradually, while at the foot of these ranges rolls the Blackstone river like a silver belt wending its way to the ocean. Beyond the river Cumberland Hill, crowned with a little village, rises in the distance; and the author well remembers, for it was his home for the first decade of his life, beholding the sun rising over that hill, and shedding a flood of radiance upon meadow and woodland, gazing upon the moon beaming into his bedroom window, and smiling sweetly upon the grassy plot in front of the house, witnessing the military display of company training on Cumberland Hill, where the swords of officers, guns and bayonets of the soldiers would flash in the sun like gleams of electricity. These were some of the scenes that have left their impress upon the opening mind at the old homestead in Smithfield, and they will never fade while memory holds its place.For other facts concerning Israel Wilkinson, see Biography No. IX. [Note: The pages where this biograpy appears in the original book were not scanned, and the text is not included here].
XI. Ruth married Woodard Arnold, and lived in Smithfield. Their children, as far as known were:
- William, married Jennie Ballou. He was a physician and a very intelligent, well educated manlived, practiced, and died in Smithfield. They had one daughter who married a Steerelived in S., and left a large family.XIII. Plain married John Rogers, a man of great ingenuity and skill in the mechanic arts. He was engage sic with his brother-in-law, Israel Wilkinson, in building the "Hope Furnace," and had it not been for their skill, the enterprise would have been abandoned. The Browns and Bowens were made rich by the operation, but Wilkinson and Rogers were not materially benefitted by it. Before the Revolutionary War broke out, Rogers and his family moved to ______, Nova Scotia, but most of them came back to Rhode Island.They had:
- Samuel, unm., was a sea captain, and was cast away on Cape Cod, but being a strong swimmer he reached the shore. He was in the revolutionary war, and received a large tract of land in Ohio where the city of Columbus now stands, from the government for his losses and services in that memorable struggle for national independence. It is said he was dissatisfied with the grant, and sold it for a small sum compared with its real value. He was a good soldier, and at one time commanded a privateer.
- John, b. about 1757, married Sarah (or Sally) Ballou, and lived in Cumberland, Rhode Island for many years; he subsequently moved to Holden, Worcester County, Mass. He was a surveyor and mathematician, and left extensive works in MS. sic Enlisting as a private, he was soon promoted to orderly sergeant, then to Lieutenant, in Capt. Stephen Olney's company, of North Providence. He afterwards became a Lieut. Colonel in a Rhode Island regiment, and was one of the body-guard of General Washington. An epaulette which Washington gave him is still preserved by his descendants in Lockport, New York. He was at the crossing of the Delaware, and participated in many a hard fought battle. This Capt. Olney above mentioned was a particular friend of General La Fayette.
In 1824, when La Fayette made his last visit to America, he came to Providence, and as he was ascending the Court House steps, he saw Captain Olney standing there, and springing forward he caught him in his arms, and kissed him with all the fondness that a parent would a long absent child. Olney said that Lieut. Rogers was possessed of the most undaunted courage of any man he ever saw. The bravery of Rogers was proverbial. On one occasion the Americans were retreating hard pushed by the Hessians. Captain Olney ordered Rogers who was serving as Adjutant, to give them another fire. "Halt! right about, face, fire!" cried Rogers. The enemy were so near that the smoke of the guns entered the ranks among the men. Confusion and dismay followed. Rogers' horse was killed, and fell upon him, and he could not extricate himself. The Hessian soldiers observing his situation, rushed forward for plunder, he drew his pistols, shot and killed one, and wounded another. By this time his true friend Ichabod Howard, discovered his situation, and flew to his assistance. He shot a third, plunged his bayonet into a fourth, rescued Rogers, who, recovering his legs, joined in pursuit of the flying enemy. Rogers never forgot his "true friend." Many years afterwards they both lived on Cumberland Hill, Rhode Island. Rogers kept a public house and store. Ichabod had a failing, being human, but he did not always have money. He had, however, an unfailing resource to procure the necessary dram. By stepping up to the bar, he would say, "Esq. Rogers, do you remember them d___d Hessians?" "Yes, yes," would be the prompt reply, "what will you have to drink, Ichabod?" Lieut. Rogers was highly respected, and held several town and state offices, and was regarded by the people as a very capable and worthy man. He had ten children.
- Abigail, b. April 25, 1795; m. Samuel Chaffin, and has a family.
- Nathan Ballou, b. Feb. 3, 1797; m. Lydia Larned, and has Sarah Maria; Wm. Helmer; Sarah m. Silas R. Brown, has four children; Eliza, m. Walter B. Van Horn, has five children; James; Martha Ann; Edward Wilkinson, m. Jennie L. Gott, has Charles; Maria, m. Charles C. Brown has Francis N. Nathan Ballou [Rogers] is a first-rate independent farmer, and resides in Lockport.
- John A., b. Feb. 16, 1799; d. July 18, 1803.
- George Washington, b. March 27, 1801, m. 1st Amy Comstock and had Amy, d. about 1822. m. 2d Marcia F. Faxon, had Sarah Elizabeth, b. Dec. 17, 1833; m. Dr. Josiah H. Helmer, has George R., Sarah E. R., Albert R. and William R. Sarah E. died July 10, 1866, much lamented by the family and the community. She was a good daughter, a devoted wife, and affectionate mother. The following is an extract from an obituary notice in one of the city newspapers:
"The unlooked for announcement of the death of this amiable lady, so universally respected and loved by those who appreciate genuine goodness, and true Christian character was received by the entire community with sorrow and surprise. Born and reared in this city with all the care and solicitude, which kind, affectionate and doting parents could bestow, and richly indeed was this parental care, and wise, intelligent guardianship repaid in the intellectual, moral, and religious development of a dutiful and grateful daughter, an affectionate and highly appreciated wife, a wise, discreet and affectionate mother, and an amiable and benevolent christian sic woman, an ornament to society, a blessing to the community in which she lived."
From a wide circle of friends, from the community, from the church and from her family, she is sadly missed.
- Eliza Brown, b. March 27, 1803;
- Eunice Capron, b. March 27, 1803 (twins);
- James, b. Feb., 1805;
- Maria Ballou;
- John Wilkinson, b. 1807(?), m. Eliza Faxon;
- William Thayer, b. March 11, 1817, m. Julia J. Warner, Aug. 21, 1848. Wm. Thayer is engaged in the banking business, was first teller in the Canal Bank, cashier in the Exchange Bank, President of the Western Bank, and is now cashier in the Lockport Bank.
Lieut. Rogers' sons emigrated to Lockport [Niagara Co.,] New York, in the early settlement of that town. They still live there, and are among the foremost men in enterprise and talent, and some of them are regarded as among the richest men of Lockport, though they went there in indigent circumstances. George Washington [Rogers] became cashier of Canal Bank and afterwards President of Exchange Bank, and is known throughout the State of New York as a man of sterling quality. He is a member of the Baptist Church.
- James, unm., r. Nova Scotia.
- Plain, m. a Barlow, has a family, r. Walton, Delaware Co., N. Y;
- Deborah, unm., r. Smithfield, R. I.
- Patience, m. Thomas Wall, r. in Smithfield, had a very smart family, some of them moved to Philadelphia and are influential citizens there.
- George, unm., d. young.
Some of the members of the elder John Rogers' family lived in Nova Scotia. Samuel lived everywhere.The following record was found among the papers of Israel Wilkinson, Jr., and is in his own handwriting: "In Sackville, Nova Scotia, June 17, 1774, then John Rogers departed this life, aged 62 yrs, 3 mos, 17 days."XV. Ichabod was only five or six years old when his father died. As he shared equally with his four living brothers in his father's property, Benjamin Thayer of Mendon, Massachusetts, his brother-in-law, was appointed his guardian. Upon attaining his majority he followed his uncle John to Pennsylvania, where he married and had a family.Until 1866, while collecting names for this work, all knowledge of the whereabouts of this branch of the family had been lost. For more than one hundred years all intercourse had ceased, but now the acquaintance is renewed, and the lost found, through the instrumentality, and faithful record of an old deed.Samuel T. Wilkinson, a lineal descendant of Ichabod's uncle John, sends the following from Pennsylvania:
"The Friends' Record of their Monthly Meeting, held at Wrightstown, Penn." —;"Meeting held the First of the Twelfth Month, 1742. At this meeting, Ichabod Wilkinson produced a certificate for himself from the Monthly Meeting held at Smithfield, in Road sic Island Colony, which was read and excepted (accepted.)"
There is a further record "the Friends who were appointed to see that the marriage of Ichabod Wilkinson and Sarah Chapman was conducted in an orderly manner, report that they were married the 7th day of the 7th month, 1743."Samuel, above alluded to, says, "I find that there was a large family of girls, and but one son—that I can find any account of—whose name was Joseph. Ichabod's farm was in the Solebury Right where Newhope [probably "New Hope" in Bucks County, Pennsylvania] now stands. About 1780 the sisters and brothers-in-law deeded the farm to Joseph, Ichabod having made no will. What became of the family I am unable to say, but think they all died out."In a later communication, he says "I am still under the impression that Ichabod's boys all died without issue. Sept. 6, 1780, his daughters and sons-in-law made a deed to their brother Joseph, of all their father's real estatehe having died intestate, and if there had been other brothers, or brother's children living at the time, it would not have been legal without their own, or their attorney's signatures. The above named Joseph wrote his will Oct. 11, 1785. It was proved the 28th of the same month. He left all of his estate, which was considerable, to his mother, Sarah Wilkinson; and to his sisters, which is pretty strong evidence that the boys died without children. I have reason to think that they had a brother John and a brother William. William I know died without a family, and the above is pretty strong proof that John did also."
John Wilkinson3  Samuel,2 , Lawrance.1  and
Mary _______ Of Wrightstown, Bucks Co., Penn.
36. I. Mary,4 b. July 17, 1708, d. 37. II. Kissiah,4 b. d. 38. III. Plain,4 b. d. 39. IV. Ruth,4 b. d. 40. V. John,4 (108-116) b. d. 1782. 41. VI. Joseph,4 ( ) b. d.
I. Mary, was probably born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and married Aug., 1730, Joseph Chapman. At the time of their marriage they were members of the Wrightstown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co., Pa. In an old record of the Chapman family it appears "Mary was daughter of John Wilkinson, of Hunterdon Co., N. J."
II. Kissiah or Keziah married July, 1731, Thomas Ross. "By order of the Friends at Wrightstown."
III. Plain married Jan. 2, 1738, Peter Ball.
IV. Ruth married John Chapman, Dec. 10, 1739, resided at Wrightstown.V. John married 1st Mary Lacy, May 27, 1740, and 2d Hannah Hughes, 1770. He had five children by his first wife and four by his second.Samuel T. Wilkinson, a descendant of John, resident of Wrightstown, says, "My grandfather though a Quaker, was prominent Whig and Justice of the Peace, and took an active part in the revolutionary war, and the minutes of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting show that he was dealt with a number of times for taking too active a part in the war."It will be remembered the Quakers denied all human authority, and regarded the power of the magistrate as delegated tyranny. Their members therefore were not to participate in building up, or sustaining any government. They preached purity of life, charity in its broadest sense, and denied the right of any man to control the opinions of others. To hold an office was a grave offence sic not to be passed by with impunity. "Hireling ministers," and "persecuting magistrates" were denounced particularly and personally. When Mary Fisher and Ann Austin arrived in Boston 1656, they were cast into prison for inveighing against magistrates and ministers, and the year following the legislature of that colony passed stringent laws punishing all who embraced their doctrines with fines, imprisonments, stripes, banishment and death. The federal commissioners recommended the enactment of this law by a small majority of one only. Soon the prisons were filled, and the old Elm tree on Boston common bore strange fruit, the bodies of suspended Quakers! The bloody law was not abolished till 1661. They had good reasons for denouncing magistrates.
*See, 3 Book of Wills, p. 35, Providence, R. I.
*See Colonial Records and Schedule, 1775-6, p. 93, Secr'y. of State's Office, Prov., R. I.
*See Genealogical Dict. of N.E.