Person:Benedict Arnold (1)

Gov Benedict Arnold
m. abt 1610
  1. Thomas Arnold
  2. Elizabeth Arnold1611 - est 1683
  3. Gov Benedict Arnold1615 - 1678
  4. Joanna Arnold1616/17 - AFT 1692/93
  5. Stephen Arnold1622 - 1699
m. 17 DEC 1640
  1. Benedict Arnold1642 - 1727
  2. Freelove Arnold1643 -
  3. Dr. Caleb Arnold1644 - Bef 1718/19
  4. Oliver Arnold1645 -
  5. Josiah Arnold1646 - Bef 1725
  6. Damaris Arnold1648/49 - AFT 1717
  7. Priscilla Arnold1650 -
  8. William Arnold1651 - 1651
  9. Penelope Arnold1652/53 - AFT 1733
  10. Oliver Arnold1655 - 1697
  11. Godsgift Arnold1658 - 1691
  12. Freelove Arnold1661 - 1711
Facts and Events
Name Gov Benedict Arnold
Gender Male
Birth[1] 21 Dec 1615 Ilchester, Somerset, England
Marriage 17 DEC 1640 to Damaris Westcott
Death[2] 19 Jun 1678 Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Reference Number? Q4887243?

Benedict, who with his father, William, first upon arriving in New England, June 24 1635, settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, then on April 20 1636, in Providence he succeeded Roger WIlliams in 1644 as President of the Colony becoming Governor under the charter granted by King Charles II. Benedict moved his family from Providence to Newport November 19, 1651, where he died in office. Benedict and Damaris are both buried in Newport.

  1. Hubbard, Edwin. Early Records of the Arnold Family. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (1879).
  2. Ancestral File.
  3.   Benedict Arnold (governor), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

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    Benedict Arnold (21 December 1615 – 19 June 1678) was president and then governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving for a total of 11 years in these roles. Coming from Somerset, England, he was born and raised in the town of Ilchester, likely attending school in Limington, nearby. In 1635, at the age of 19, he accompanied his parents, siblings and other family members on a voyage from England to New England, where they first settled in Hingham in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In less than a year they moved to Providence on the Narragansett Bay at the request of Roger Williams. In about 1638 they moved once again, about five miles south to the Pawtuxet River, settling on the north side at a place commonly called Pawtuxet. Here they had serious disputes with their neighbors, particularly Samuel Gorton, and as a result put themselves and their lands under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, a situation lasting for 16 years.

    Learning the native languages at an early age, Arnold became one of the two leading interpreters in the Rhode Island colony, Roger Williams being the other. He was frequently called upon to interpret during negotiations with the natives, but on one occasion was accused by them of misrepresentation.

    In 1651 Arnold left Providence and Pawtuxet with his family, settling in Newport where he began his public service which would last continuously until his death. He quickly became a freeman, Commissioner, and Assistant, and in 1657 succeeded Roger Williams as President of the colony, serving for three years. In 1662 he was once again elected President, and during the second year of this term the Royal Charter of 1663 was delivered from England, naming him as the first Governor of the colony, and offering broad freedoms and self-determination to the colony.

    A bold and decisive leader, Arnold was elected for two additional terms as governor, the last time following the devastation of King Philip's War. He died on 19 June 1678 while still in office, and was buried in the Arnold Burying Ground, located on Pelham Street in Newport. In his will he left to his wife his "stone built wind mill," which still stands as an important Newport landmark. His many descendants include General Benedict Arnold, best known for his treason during the American Revolutionary War, and Senator Stephen Arnold Douglas who debated Abraham Lincoln in 1858, and lost to him during the 1860 presidential election.

  4.   "History & Genealogy of Stukely Westcott" researched by J. Russell Bullock.
Founders of Providence, Rhode Island
Roger Williams was exiled from Massachusetts Bay in June 1636 for his religious beliefs. He settled the area now known as Providence with a few others, and two years in 1638 purchased it from the Narragansett. He then deeded 12/13 of it to twelve other religious dissenters known as the "Original Proprietors." There also exists in City Hall in Providence a manuscript that purports to show the lands of the first settlers, as originally allotted. It is undated, but appears to have been created before about 1650.
First Comers with Williams: William Arnold, John Smith, William Harris, Francis Wickes, and possibly Joshua Verin and Thomas Angell
Original Proprietors: Stukely Westcott, William Arnold, William Carpenter, John Greene, Thomas James, Robert Cole, William Harris, Thomas Olney, John Throckmorton, Francis Weston, Richard Waterman and Ezekiel Holliman.
Other early landowners (from south to north): Robert Williams - Christopher Unthank - William Hawkins - Robert West - Hugh Bewitt - John Lippitt - Matthew Weston - Edward Hart - Thomas Hopkins - Widow Sayer - Widow Tiler - Nicholas Power - William Wickenden - William Man - William Burrow - Adam Goodwin - Thomas Harris - Joshua Winsor - John Field - William Field - Richard Scott - George Rickard - John Warner - Chad Brown - Daniel Abbott - William Reynods - John Sweet - Alice Daniels - Widow Reeve - Benedict Arnold - John Greene Jr. - Edward Manton - Thomas Painter - Matthew Waller - Gregory Dexter
Resources: History of the State of Rhode Island - Lands and Houses of the First Settlers of Providence

Current Location: Newport County, Rhode Island   Parent Towns: Boston   Daughter Towns: Newport

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