Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals


William Earle

Were among original settlers of Rhode Island.

Ralph Earl and his Descendants compiled by Pliny Earle of Northhampston, Mass. printed by Press of Charles Hamilton Worcester in 1888 (A5C8) p.25, 31. (B3D10) p. 525.    Gen Dictionary of Rhode Island page 68-69. Ralph Earle was an Immigrant in 1638.

Entry by Dianne Perrins in FS Family Tree: Moved to Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Mass. in 1670 and stayed several years. The first known record of William is under date of April 2, 1634, when he and his wife Mary sold to James Sands their interest in 14 acres that came by right of the late widow  Walker; the land having come by marriage of Mary Walker (daughter of the widow) to William Earle. In 1658, on the 11 of May, he was "Received a freeman", of Portsmouth; on the 18th of the same month "Att the Generall court of Commissioners held for the Collony, at Warwicke," he was admitted as a freeman of the colony; and on the 8th of June, he and two others were "chosen Jurymen to attend the Generel court of Tryels, at Newport." At a town meeting held May 1 1665, it was ordered that William Earle and William Correy (Cory) should have "one acker of land on the hill cauled Briges hill, or some other conveniant place in this townes Comons, and a quarter of an acker of land lying aganst y towne pond over against William Earle's new dwelinge house, and these two pearcells of land they are to have and to enjoy to them and theres, so long as they maintain a wind mill in this towne for the towns use, provided that if they maintain a wind mill in this towne for the towns use, provided that if they maintain not the said mill then the said pearcells of land is to be returned and laid downe to the townes use and dispose."  In 1668, the wind mill had been erected, and the town, at the request of said Earle and Cory, annulled the above order, and exchanged two acres of ground near the mill for two acres belonging to the said parties.  In 1684, the site of the mill is mentioned as "Windmill hill," and in 1685, the grounds were re-exchanged, the town and the parties taking their former property respectively. "The Eare marke of William Earl's cattell is a hapeny under the side of y further Eare and a slit on the Nere Eare. of 12 yeares standing, and Entred upon Record by me, Richard Bulgar, towne Clarke, December, y 5th, 1667." William removed to Darmouth about the year 1670, and stayed several years, his interest there being large.  He owned more than two thousand acres from his claims in the original division of the land.  Copies of many conveyances both to and from him are upon record.  In one of the latter, dated June 26, 1680, in consideration of naturall love and affection, "he conveyed to his son Ralph and his wife Mary, "Dartmouth," a parcel of Land scituate lying and being in the township of Freetown, in the county of Bristoll aforesaid, on the Eastward side of Tanton River, containing half a share, that is to say, half that whole share Adjoyning to the Fall River, two thirds whereof I do give to my said son Ralph Earll his heirs and Assigns forever; and the other third thereof I do give to my said daughter in law Mary Earll her heirs and assigns forever."  This deed was executed in Portsmouth, and the land conveyed is now the site of the central and earliest settled part of the city of Fall River. On the 6th of May, 1691, the "General Assembly for their Majesties collony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England, in Portsmouth on said Rhode Island, for the election of general officers for the said collony was held at the house of William Earle, it being removed from Newport by reason of the distemper."  It was adjourned until the 23 day of June, and then to meet again at the house of William Earle, in Portsmouth, except the governor sees cause to meet sooner, if urgent occasion should present." In 1692, he was on the "grand inquest at New port" and on the 6th of October he conveyed to his "welbeloved son Thomas Earll of the town of Dartmouth, one full quarter of a share of upland" in Darmouth. He was a deputy from Portsmouth to the general assemblies held at Providence, October 25, 1704, and at Newport, May 1, 1706, and July 3, 1706. In his will, executed Nov. 13, 1713, he have to his son William, a brass milk pan, and a like gift to his  sons Thomas, Ra lph and John, and his daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix and Prudence Durfee, and to the last a negro girl, "Kate," also to his John all the rest of the estate, real and personal, he paying legacies as follows; to grandson Caleb Earle, forty acres, or L40, at the age of 21.  To granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb, L10, at 20.  His son John was to allow his mother comfortable and sufficient maintenance.

Alice Thornton

In the will written on 18 Nov. 1724 by John Catlett of Essex Co., Virginia he states, "To my daughter-in-law Alice CATLETT all my land in the fork of Pewmansend dureing her life or day of marriege and also four Negroes Sambo and Jenny and her two youngest children provided she makes no claime or title to those Negroes given by her husband to her wich he said I give him. In case my said daughter-in-law Alice CATLETT make any claime to those Negroes then I give all to be equally divided between my five children John and Thomas and Mary and Elizabeth and Rebecca."

John Catlett III

  John Catlett, III, the oldest child of Col. John Catlett, Jr. and his second wife, Elizabeth Gaines, was born ABOUT 1685 in Old Rappahanock County, VA.
  John, III, married first Elizabeth Taliaferro, daughter of Lt. Col. John "The Ranger" Taliaferro, Sr. and Sarah Smith.
  Elizabeth had been born at Powhatan Plantation, Essex County, VA. After Elizabeth's death, John married, second, Mary Grayson on 20-Oct-1726 in Spotslyvania County, VA.
  John died in 1739 in St. Mary's Parish. His will was probated 3-Jun-1739.