M, b. before 1608, d. after 1654
F, b. 11 March 1614, d. 13 March 1674
M, d. 10 December 1633
F, d. 12 August 1611
M, b. circa 1590, d. 25 August 1636
F, d. 14 June 1636
M, b. circa 1550, d. circa 1595
- Father*: Heinrich Spiess b. c 1525, d. c 1585
F, b. circa 1555, d. 16 November 1622
M, b. circa 1525, d. circa 1585
- Father*: Franz Spiess b. c 1500, d. c 1570
- Birth*: Heinrich Spiess was born circa 1525 at Schwarenau, Sayn Wittgenstein, Germany.
- Death*: He died circa 1585 at Schwarzenau, Sayn Wittgenstein, Germany.
- Franz Spiess+ b. c 1550, d. c 1595
M, b. circa 1500, d. circa 1570
- Birth*: Franz Spiess was born circa 1500 at Diedenshausen, Sayn Wittgenstein, Germany.
- Death*: He died circa 1570 at Schwarzenau, Sayn Wittgenstein, Germany.
- Heinrich Spiess+ b. c 1525, d. c 1585
M, b. circa 1550, d. 17 May 1617
F, d. 16 January 1611
M, b. 1935, d. 4 August 1935
- Father*: James Wellington Bell b. 14 Feb 1892, d. 15 Apr 1951
- Mother*: Emma Isabel Sutherland b. 16 Oct 1895, d. 1 Jun 1988
M, b. 1713, d. 1767
- Note*: John drowned in 1767. Lived at Newport or close by.1
- Occupation: Was a merchant captain..died insolvent. His wife, Patience (Redwood) Easton, was a lady of placid fortitude and piety, and also of inherited wealth--partly in Antigua, West Indies. After her husband's death--through their children had not yet married--she lived with her Redwood brother in Newport and Philadelphia.
- Birth*: John Easton was born in 1713 at Kingston, Washington County, RI, USA.
- Marriage*: He married Patience Redwood on 17 April 1735.
- Death*: John Easton died in 1767.
Family: Patience Redwood b. 24 Aug 1719, d. 1772
F, b. 24 August 1719, d. 1772
- Birth*: Patience Redwood was born on 24 August 1719.1
- Marriage*: She married John Easton on 17 April 1735.
- Death*: Patience Redwood died in 1772 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, USA; of smallpox in Philadelphia.2
Family: John Easton b. 1713, d. 1767
- Residence*: Abraham Redwood lived; native of Bristol, England.1
- Marriage*: He married Patience Howland.
- [S309] Roger D. Petersen, "Redwood Easton."
- Marriage*: Patience Howland married Abraham Redwood.
M, b. 5 April 1682, d. 1732
- Marriage*: Stephen Easton married Sarah Hazard.
- Birth*: Stephen Easton was born on 5 April 1682.
- Death*: He died in 1732.
F, b. 5 July 1687
- Marriage*: Sarah Hazard married Stephen Easton.
- Birth*: Sarah Hazard was born on 5 July 1687.
M, b. 1662
- Marriage*: James Easton married Miriam Allen.
- Birth*: James Easton was born in 1662.
- Marriage*: Miriam Allen married James Easton.
M, b. circa 1622, d. 12 December 1705
- Father*: Nicholas Easton b. c 1592, d. 15 Aug 1675
- Birth*: John Easton was born circa 1622 at Lymington County, England.
- Immigration*: He immigrated in 1634; Came from England with his brother and father.1
- Marriage*: He married Mehitable Gaunt on 4 January 1660.
- Occupation: Deputy governor of the colony 1674-1675 and Governor from 1690-1695. Attorney general of the colony. in 1674.1,2,3
- ObituaryText: John Easton died this year; he was the son of Nicholas Easton, a former governor who died in the year 1675. He came with his aforesaid father and his brother Peter from England in the year 16312 to Massachusetts, who, after having aided in the settlement of Ipswich, Newbury and Hampton, they removed to Rhode-Island and built and planted at Portsmouth in the year 1638 and in 1639 they with other settlers, removed to the south end of the Island and settled the town of Newport. The said Eastons built the first English house which was built in the town.
He was deputy governor of the colony in the years 1674 and 1675, and Governor from 1690 to 1695. His remains were interred in the Coddington burying place, where his tombstone now lies, which is engraved as follows vgiz: Here lies interred the Body of John Easton Governor who departed this life December 12th 1705 in the 85th year of his age. Peter Easton, brother to the above named John Easton, left a large estate and a numerous posterity, he died the 12th of the 12th month 1693 aged about 71 years, and was buried in the Coddington burying place in Newport. A printed book (Morton's Memorial) which formerly belonged to him has recently fallen into our hands which contains numerous memorandums in his ? which we have carefully copied and compared with the said originals and here present them to our readers. "Peter Easton his book bought at Boston for 3s. 6d. 1669 Nov. 19." 1634 "25th of March; this year we came aboard the ship at South Hampton to come for N. England--Peter Easton, John Easton and their father." 14th of May Nicholas Easton with his two sons Peter and John came ashore in New England." "This year the Eastons wintered at Ipswich one whole winter and the summer before." 1635. "The beginning of this year we came to Newbury." Attached to the page in Morton's Memorial describing the great storm which happened in 1635 is the following: "On Saturday night forty years after came much the like storm, blew down our windmill and did much harm the 28th of August 1675." "This year the Eastons went in the spring to Newbury then called agawom, and there builded and planted; this was the first settling of that town, lying on the south side of the Mery made river in New England." 1638. "In the beginning of this year 1638 the Eastons left Newbury and went and builded at Winaconcck, now called Hampton, beyond Merimack and this was the beginning of the year, March, but being put by our purchase by the dissension in the country when Vane was turned out from being governor; they went into Rhode-Island in June and builded at Portsmouth at the cove, and planted there this year 1638 15th of 4th month. 1639. "This year the 1st of the 3d month we came to Newport." "In the beginning of May this year the Eastons came to Newport in Rhode-Island and builded there the first English building, and there planted this year; and coming by boat they lodged at the Island called Coaster's Harbour the last of April 1639 and the first of May in the morning gave that Island the name of Coaster's Harbor, and from thence came to Newport the same day." 1643. "This year the 15th of November Peter Easton was married to Ann Coggeshall of Newport." 1644. "This year of 12th of November young Nicholas Easton was born at Newport in 1644." 1645. "This year Peter came to live at the end of the Beach, on the east end thereof." 1654. "This year Friends first began in the north of old England." 1663. "This year we built the first windmill."1
- Death*: John Easton died on 12 December 1705 at Newport, Newport County, RI, USA.1,4
- Burial*: He was buried after 12 December 1705 at Newport, Newport County, RI, USAG.1
- Marriage*: Mehitable Gaunt married John Easton on 4 January 1660.
M, b. circa 1592, d. 15 August 1675
- Occupation*: A tanner.1
- Note: Was a pioneer in Newbury, Massachusetts, and built the first Englishman's house in Hampton. Coming to Rhode Island for religion's sake, he was one of the ninteen signers of the Portsnouth"contract" and the second signer of the Newport "Agreement." With his two sons, Peter and John, he rowed down from Pocasset (Portsmouth) to an island in Newport's harbor, which he called Coaster's Harbor, now the site of the Naval War College and training school, and which may be regarded as being, historically, to Newport what Cape Cod is to Plymouth. The Eastons built the first house and the first wind-mill in Newport, on Marlborough St. but the house was destroyed by fire in 1641, and a modern jail stands on or near the site of the mill. Easton became a Friend, with Coddington and most of his other associates, about 1657, but remained one of the pillars of the state as well as of the Quaker church. He was a member of the governor's council, a member and moderator of the assembly, president of the first united colony, and deputy-governor and governor of the second. When George Fox spent two months in Rhode Island in 1672, Easton was governor of the colony, but accompanied Fox almost constantly on his missionary tour. His sons, Peter and John, emulated their father's civic activities, the former serving as member of the assembly and of the governor's council, attorney-general and treasurer; the latter as attorney-general for fourteen years, member of the assembly and council, deputy governor, and governor from 1690-95.2
- Marriage Fact*: Says wife Mary___http://www.werelate.org/wiki/John_Easton,_peacemaker:_Rhode_Island,_1675.
- Note: Nicholas Easton (1593 - 1675) was an early governor of Rhode Island, as well as a religious and political leader.
Easton was born in 1593 in Lymington, England. His parents were listed as John and Elizabeth Easton. Easton was brought up to be tanner, an important, but dirty profession in 17th century England. At he grew into an adult, Easton was drawn into the Puritan movement. This was certainly the main reason why he chose to emigrate with his two sons, Peter and John to Massachusetts in 1634.
Arriving in 1634 with his two sons (it is to be assumed his wife, whose name is lost to history, was already dead), Easton set up a tanner shop in Ipswich and later moving to Newbury. Like many early colonists, Easton and his family moved around a few times, going wherever there was employment. Easton and his sons finally settled in Boston. In Boston, Easton became a follower of Anne Hutchinson. Easton, along with William Coddington and John Coggeshall become the most devoted and well known of Hutchinson's followers. When Hutchinson was expelled from Massachusetts in 1637, Easton's time in Boston was limited.
In the spring of 1638, Easton was formally banished from Massachusetts. Easton headed south to Providence where with fellow exiles Roger Williams, Coddington, Coggshall, and John Clarke purchased Aquidneck Island. On the northern end of the island, Easton joined the Hutchinson family, the Coggeshalls, and other exiles from Massachusetts; there they founded Portsmouth. However, a nasty fallout occurred, and in order to keep the peace Coddington and Clarke moved to the southern end of the island. Coggeshall and Easton joined with them and in 1639 founded Newport. Easton was named an "elder" of the community. In December of that year Easton was fined 5 shillings for coming to a public meeting without any weapons. However, this incident did not cause long lasting damage to his reputation because the following year, Easton, with the consent of the town residents, was granted 389 acres of land. The location of this land includes the site of Easton's Beach, which is sometimes known as First Beach.
During this whole period, Easton had taking up preaching, though it appears that he had no formal study or training. He came up with a very interesting theology. According to Easton, all believing Christians had both God and the Devil dwelling within them, and because of this, the physical body of Christians became a battleground between the forces of good and evil. When the Puritans heard of this, they became horrified because of its unchristian theology, and because it was felt that Easton did not have the qualifications for the important role of preacher.
Over time, Easton would modify his teachings and would later join the Quakers.
During the 1640s, Easton was a community leader on Aquidneck Island. When the towns of Newport, Portsmouth, Providence and Warwick were unified into the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Easton became a colonial leader. In 1650, Easton was elected "President" of the colony, and was elected for two more terms, one in 1651 and in 1654. Later beginning in 1666, Easton became the deputy governor of the colony. He held that post until 1672, when he was elected governor of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In keeping with the belief that officeholders should not stay in power for long, (a common belief in 17th century Rhode Island), Easton stayed in power only until 1674.
Nicholas Easton died in Newport on August 15, 1675. He was buried at the Friends Burial Ground in Newport. His son John later served as governor of Rhode Island.1
- Note*: And sons Peter and John, from the parish of Lymington County, Hants England sailed on the ship Mary and John from South Hampton, England in march 1634. Nicholas was 41 years of age and the boys were 10 and 12. They lived in Massachusetts for several years then moved to Rhode Island. Nicholas was one of the founders of Newport Rhode Island. He was governor of RI from 1672 to 1674. He died age 83 in 1675.3
- Marriage*: Nicholas Easton married Ann Clayton.
- Birth*: Nicholas Easton was born circa 1592.
- Immigration*: He immigrated on 14 May 1634; arrived in New England with his two sons.4
- Death*: He died on 15 August 1675; One of the village Hampdens whose graves are marked is Nicholas Easton, who died August 15, 1675, at the age of eighty three.2
- Will*: He left a will in 1676; Will of Nicholas Easton.
my son Nicholas my houses and Lands and my
daughter Elizabeth the Corner house and Land that I
had of Adam Wooly and alsoe that Land that by my Gran father was given to my sister Mary which I bought of hir
Husband Weston Clarke My plate my son one halfe
and my daughter the other halfe; Christopher Holder to have my best halt my Uncle Daniell halfe a peece of Worsted Chamlett, my uncle John Easton my old horse my mother to have my gray paceing horse, my Brother John to have all my
wearing apparrill Except handkercher and Neckercloths
these I give to my sonn Nicholas; my small Lott and house at Towne, I give to Christopher Holder and my Uncle John Easton, or to whome they shall asigne it to for to be improved
to give in yearly to the publick stock of my friends
called Quakers, and I give to my brother John, Thirty
pounds to help build a Towne house, to my sister
Mary a barrill of porke, and a barrill of porke to my sister Patience my son I leave to the Tuition of my brother John untill my Son be Twenty one yeare old my Daughter to the Tuition of Amy Borden untill she be Marriead
or twenty yeare old my brother John to be Executor
My Overseers are Christopher Holder, Daniell Gould
and John Easton,
Newport :15 d. II m. 1676. Nicholas Easton.
John Easton senior
John Easton Junir.
to my brother Peter Twenty shillings and Twenty
shillings to my brother Joshua, and ten Shillings to my Sister Elizabeth, and my sister waite shall have a silver spoone of
ten shillings price—my Indian Squa to be free my Indian
childe to be free at twenty five yeares of age to Joseph
Bryer my best sadle
15 d. 11 m. 1676
John Easton senior John Easton Junior.
John Easton senr. and John Easton junr 5th of I mo
called March 1676-7 did affirme the afore written
Will of Nicholas Easton (deceassed) late of Newport.5
Family 1: Ann Clayton d. 30 Jan 1707
- [S42] Easton Nicholas facts, online http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Easton
- [S45] Franklin G. McKeever, Early religious leaders.
- [S35] William Hedrick Maddox, Joseph Dickinson and family.
- [S347] Edward Peterson, History of Rhode Island, p. 28.
- [S349] Dorothy Worthington, RI Land Evidences, p. 119-120.
M, b. circa 1622, d. 12 February 1693
- Father*: Nicholas Easton b. c 1592, d. 15 Aug 1675
- Birth*: Peter Easton was born circa 1622.1
- Marriage*: He married Ann Coggeshall on 15 November 1643.
- Death*: Peter Easton died on 12 February 1693.1
- [S44] Charles Pierce Coggeshall, Coggeshalls in America.
F, d. 30 January 1707
- Marriage*: Ann Clayton married Nicholas Easton.
- Marriage*: Ann Clayton married Governor Henry Bull on 28 March 1677; Elizabeth, wife of Henry Bull, died October 1, 1665, and was buryed in Newport. He afterwards married Ann Easton, the widow of Nicholas Easton, March 28, 1677. Her maiden name was Ann Clayton, who survived him and died Jany. 30th, 1707; she was the person who sold the land called Easton's Point to the Quackers, which is the North part of the Town of Newport fronting the Bay.1
- Death*: Ann Clayton died on 30 January 1707 at Newport, Newport County, RI, USA.1
Family 1: Nicholas Easton b. c 1592, d. 15 Aug 1675
Family 3: Governor Henry Bull d. 22 Jan 1693/94
F, b. circa 1622, d. 6 March 1688/89