James/1 Redway

M, #24617, (say 1616 - )
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:27 Aug 2017

Child with an unknown spouse/person:

James/1 Redway, of English birth, is first heard of 23 Jun 1637 in Dublin, Ireland, a servant of stationer and alderman William Bladen. "Redway arrived at Hingham [Massachusetts] later that summer with former Dublin merchant Ralph Woodward, with whom Bladen and John Fisher, a tailor of that city, had formed a partnership … James1’s period of indenture would thus have expired in 1640, and he probably married the following year; his second child, the first recorded at Rehoboth, was born in 1644.1
     Among the first settlers of Seekonk (renamed Rehoboth, 1645), in mid-1644 an 8-acre home lot was granted “unto James Redewaie which he now poseseth.” By about 1662 he had acquired 65 acres, and at his death in 1684 had a personal estate valued at £36.10s.3d. Eugene Zubrinsky comments, "These figures, when compared to those of other Rehoboth men in the same or similar years, depict the gradual rise of one of the town’s poorest householders to one of average means."1
     "Although the records are not available to confirm it, Redway was almost certainly a member of the Rehoboth church under its first minister, Samuel Newman. As pastor of the Weymouth church, Newman had been a key organizer of the migration to Rehoboth. Following his death, in 1663, the town took several years to select a permanent replacement. Among those who preached in the interim was John Myles, whose Baptist sympathies soon alienated Rehoboth’s Congregational majority. Rev. Myles and those of like mind therefore established in the fall of 1666 a separate, unsanctioned church. (Founded about a year after the one at Boston, it was the second Baptist church formed in Massachusetts.) Less than a year later, the Plymouth Colony General Court concluded that Myles’s church competed unduly with Rehoboth’s established Congregational church and ordered that his meetings be discontinued. In the fall of 1667, the church was reestablished in that part of Rehoboth that the General Court formally set off as the major part of Swansea, a new, essentially Baptist, town. Redway evidently found Myles’s brand of Christianity appealing, for on 20 February 1667[/8] he was proposed for membership in the Swansea church and, barring objections, was to be received the following Sunday. His name appears in the church records several times thereafter, the last being on 11 March 16[79/]80 (NEHGR 139:27–47 passim; PCR 4:163)."1
     James Redway was buried 31 Mar 168[4].1
     See "Selected Branches of the Redway Family Tree," by Eugene Cole Zubrinsky.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S2277] Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, "Selected Branches of the Redway Family Tree," 3, James (1.) Redway.
  2. [S2277] Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, "Selected Branches of the Redway Family Tree," 1, James (1.) Redway.
  3. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 1:407–11, Gilbert Brooks.

William/2 Carpenter

M, #24618, (circa 1605 - 7 February 1658/59)
Father*William/1 Carpenter1 b. c 1576
Last Edited:27 Aug 2017

Children with Abigail Briant:

William/2 Carpenter Jr., born in England circa 16052,1, married, 28 Apr 1625 at Shalbourne, Wiltshire/Berkshire, England, Abigail Briant, daughter of John Briant and Alice (–?–).3 In 1638, then resident at Wherwell, Hampshire, they sailed from Southampton with his father aboard the Bevis.1 They settled first at Weymouth, Massachusetts. William was a freeman of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 16434, and died there 7 Feb 1658/59.5,1 Abigail was buried there 22 Feb 1686/87.1
     See "The Family of William2 Carpenter of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, With the English Origin of the Rehoboth Carpenters," by Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, TAG 70:4 (Oct 1995).

Local Notes:

Elected28 Jan 1640/41, Weymouth, MAWilliam Carpenter, being chosen cunstable of Waymoth for the year ensuing, tooke his oath to that place belonging./6
Elected2 Jun 1641, Weymouth, MAWilli: Carpentr. | Deputy to the General Court of June, 16417
Propertycirca 1643, Rehoboth, MAA list of the first purchasers, with the value of their alottments, about 1643. | 48, Will Carpenter, £254-10-008
Property30 Jun 1644, Rehoboth, MAAt a Town Meeting, the 31st day of the 4th month (June), 1644, lots were drawn for a division of the woodland, between the plain and the town. Shares were drawn to the number of 58 as follows: | 10. William Carpenter.9
Property1645, Rehoboth, MAThe names of those appearing on the register of 1645 as owning land in the town: | 9. William Carpenter.10

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S2267] Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, "William2 Carpenter," 203.
  2. [S2102] Martin E. Hollick, New Englanders in the 1600s, 44.
  3. [S2267] Zubrinsky, "William2 Carpenter," 194.
  4. [S575] James N. Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 917, List of freemen.
  5. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 808, William Carpenter Sr. d.
  6. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:313.
  7. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Recs. of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:319.
  8. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 910, List of the first purchasers.
  9. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 911, Division of the woodland.
  10. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 912, 1645 register of landowners.
  11. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 571, William Carpenter's children.
  12. [S2267] Zubrinsky, "William2 Carpenter," 196-197.