Person:William Fobes (2)

m. 1634
  1. Mary Fobes1636 -
  2. Joshua Fobes1644 - 1676
  3. John Fobes1646 - 1661
  4. Lt. William Fobesabt 1649 - 1712
  5. Deacon Edward Fobes1651 - Abt 1732
  6. Caleb Fobes1653 - 1710
  7. Elizabeth Fobes1657 - 1737
m. abt 1679
  1. Phebe Fobes1679 - 1715
  2. Martha Fobes1681 -
m. ABT 1682
  1. Phebe Fobes1679 - 1715
  2. Martha Fobes1681 -
  3. Elizabeth Fobes1683 -
  4. Constant Fobes1686 -
  5. Mary Fobes1689 - 1712
  6. Mercy Fobes1694 - 1712
Facts and Events
Name[1] Lt. William Fobes
Alt Name William Forbes
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1649 Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Military[4][5] ABT 1678 Lieutenant. With Capt. Church in Phillip's War
Marriage abt 1679 to Elizabeth Southworth
Alt Marriage Abt 1680 Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United Statesto Martha Pabodie
Marriage ABT 1682 Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Islandto Martha Pabodie
Residence? BET 1683 AND 1712 Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Will[6] 04 NOV 1712 Described in Little Compton Families Vol 1
Death[3] 6 Nov 1712 Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Ancestral File Number 8J1H-2V
Probate? 18 DEC 1712 Bristol, Rhode Island, United States
Burial? Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United StatesOld Commons Cemetary

Wm. Fobes mentions son-in-law Joseph Seabury in his will, and Joseph Seabury is named as an executor of his will. Joseph Seabury is William Fobes son-in-law, by virtue of Joseph's marriage to Phebe Fobes. Phebe is William's daughter by his first marriage, to Elizabeth Southworth. However, Joseph Seabury is also William Fobes' stepson. William's wife, Martha Pabodie, was first married to Samuel Seabury, and had son Joseph.S3

Little Compton Residence: "Lived on the main road in Little Compton on Lot No. 4 of the great lots and near Windmill Hill. He ran a ferry from there to Newport in that part which is now Middletown" - Little Compton Families.

Will (abstracted) of William Fobes


Much of the above statement is incorrect. Joseph Seabury is son-in-law of William Fobes because William Fobes married his mother. In modern usage we distinguish between step-son and son-in-law, but in colonial times, both were called son-in-law, basically son by any reason but blood. Therefore, there is no implied relationship of Joseph's wife Phebe to William Fobes, and she is actually thought to be Phebe (Smith) Seabury. Further William Fobes probably never married Elizabeth Southworth. See a fuller discussion of this at Family Talk:William Fobes and Elizabeth Southworth (1).

References
  1. 16. Martha Pabodie, in Alden Kindred of America Genealogy Database.

    "16. Martha Pabodie (Elizabeth Alden, John) was born on 24 Feb 1650/1651 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA. She died on 25 Jan 1711/1712 in probably Little Compton, Newport Co., RI. She was buried in Little Compton, Newport Co., RI.
    ...
    "Martha married (2) William Fobes about 1682 in probably Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA. William was born about 1649 in probably Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA. He died on 6 Nov 1712 in probably Little Compton, Newport Co., RI."

  2.   Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, and Little Compton Historical Society [Rhode Island]. Little Compton Families. (Little Compton [Rhode Island]: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967 (College Hill Press : Providence, R.I.)), Vol 1 p271-272, Secondary quality.
  3. Alden, Mrs. Charles L (Mary Langford Taylor). Elizabeth (Alden) Pabodie and descendants. (Salem, Massachusetts: Eben Putnam, 1897), p 11-13.
  4. Webber, Samuel G. (Samuel Gilbert). A genealogy of the Southworths (Southards), descendants of Constant Southworth: with a sketch of the family in England. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981), 33.
  5. Mitchell, Nahum. History of the early settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive family register. (Boston, MA: Kidde and Wright, 1840), p 159.
  6. Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, and Little Compton Historical Society [Rhode Island]. Little Compton Families. (Little Compton [Rhode Island]: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967 (College Hill Press : Providence, R.I.)), p 271.