Earle #5600

Ralph Earle (1606-1678)

Born in England.  Arrived in Rhode Island by 1634 and

Joan Savage (1609-1679)

Born in England.  Arrived in Rhode Island in 1634.

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I am descended from Ralph Earle (1606-1678)[1] and William Earle (1635-1715)[2] in more ways than the path summarized above.  Specifically, I am descended from Ralph Earle (1606-1678) and Joan Savage (1609-1679) through two of their sons, William and Ralph.  In addition, I am descended from Ralph‘s son, William, through two of William‘s sons: Ralph Earle (by William‘s first wife, Mary Walker) and John Earle (by William‘s second wife, Prudence [family surname unknown]).  All of these lines reconnect with the marriage of Caleb Earle and Elizabeth Brightman in 1764.  Both Caleb and Elizabeth were descended from the immigrant progenitor of this line in America, Ralph Earle (1606-1678).

Pliny Earle of Northampton, Massachusetts

Pliny Earle of Northampton, Massachusetts

An invaluable resource for obtaining details of the descendants of Ralph Earle is the book entitiled The Earle Family: Ralph Earle and his Descendants compiled by Pliny Earle of Northampton, Massachusetts (Worcester, Massachusetts, privately printed for the family by Charles Hamilton) 1888.

Both Ralph Earle (born about 1606) and his wife, Joan Savage[3] (born about 1595), came to the New World from Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.  There is little doubt that they were married in England and came together to America.  According to a tradition among his descendants, they came to Boston in 1634.  They may have come with a group of Puritans led by John Cotton[4] (a Puritan minister), which included William and Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson[5], who arrived in 1633, with approximately 200 other passengers, on the ship Griffin.  The passenger list for this voyage is incomplete, so we do not know for certain whether they were on this ship or another.

We also do not know for sure whether Ralph Earle was a Puritan or whether he came to the new world to flee religious persecution.  It is known that he joined himself with the Puritans of Massachusetts and later followed William and Anne Hutchinson to Rhode Island, where he settled and lived for many years. The earliest trace of Ralph Earle hitherto discovered is in the records of Newport, Rhode Island.  His name is there found under date of first of eighth month [October], 1638, in a list with fifty-eight others, arranged as,

A catalogue of such persons who, by the General consent of the company, were admitted to the Inhabytants of the Island now called Aqueedneck, having submitted themselves to the Government that is, or shall be established according to the word of God therein.

Ralph Earle appears to have been a person of some consequence in the colony. The records show that he was a large landholder, as many sales are found.  He was chosen to keep an inn in 1647.  In 1649, he was elected treasurer and also overseer of the poor. On 29 Apr 1650, Ralph Earle and five others were chosen for the committee for the General Assembly of Newport in May next.  In 1651 he was elected one of the committee to proportion every man’s farm, and in the same year he was again chosen town treasurer.  He served later as juryman and grand juryman.  He was appointed in 1655 to keep a house of entertainment.  In 1667 joined the troope of horse of which subsequently he became captain.   He fulfilled various other offices, served as grand juror and witnessed deeds and other instruments.

Ralph Earle and his wife Joan Savage had five children, of whom I am descended from two sons:

  1. Ralph Earle (Jr.), born about 1632 and died 1716.  He married Dorcas Sprague, daughter of Francis Sprague and Lydia on 26 Oct 1659.  Their descendants are discussed after the descent through William Earle (see below).
  2. William Earle (see below)
  3. Mary, born 1636 and married (1st) William Cory, (2nd) Joseph Timberlake
  4. Martha, born 1638 and married William Wood, son of John Wood and Margaret Carter[6].
  5. Sarah, born 1640 and married Thomas Cornell.

Ralph Earle died 1678 at Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.  Ralph’s will was dated 19 Nov 1673 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  This will, of which his friend John Tripp was the overseer, after providing for his widow, leaves two-thirds of his real estate to his son Ralph, and one-third to his grandson Ralph, the son of his son WilliamWilliam received only one shilling, probably due to the fact that he had already provided for him.  Indeed, in April 1655, he conveyed to him a homestead in Portsmouth near John Tripp’s property.

Joan died in 1679.


DESCENT THROUGH WILLIAM EARLE (son of the immigrant, Ralph Earle):

The son of Ralph Earle and Joan Savage is William Earle, born about 1635 and died 1 Jan 1715, probably in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Noted events in the life of William Earle:

  • The first known record of William is under date of 2 Apr 1654, when he and his wife Mary sold to James Sands their interest in fourteen 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.
  • On 3 Dec 1656 the proprietors of Portsmouth ordered that William Earl and James Sands shall have 50 acres of land it being an old grant to John Walker deceased.
  • On 11 May 1658, 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.  On 8 Jun, he and two others were chosen Jurymen to attend the General court of Tryels, at Newport.
  • On 3 Dec 1659, Phillip Delano Sr. with the consent of Mary his wife sold one half his purchase lands at Coaksett or Cushena or both to William Earle.
  • At a town meeting held 1 May 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 ye 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 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. The history of this quasi-public enterprise is rather complicated and occupies considerable space in the town records.  Numerous transfers and retransfers of land between the town and Earle and Cory and Cory’s widow were necessary to straighten things out, but in the end it seems to have been satisfactorily resolved.  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.
  • On 24 Jun 1673, Henry Langstarr and Anthony Nutter were sued by William Earl for a debt against John Partridge at court.
  • In his will, executed 13 Nov 1713, he gave to his son William, a brass milk pan, and a like gift to his sons Thomas, Ralph and John, and his daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix and Prudence Durfee, and to the last a negro girl, Kate.  Also, to his son John, all the rest of the estate, real and personal.  Legacies as follows: To grandson Caleb Earle, forty acres, or 40 pounds] at the age of twenty-one.  To granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb, 10 pounds, at twenty years of age. His son John was to allow his mother comfortable and sufficient maintenance.

William Earle removed to Dartmouth 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 the record.  In one of the latter, dated 26 Jun 1680, in consideration of naturall Love and affection, he conveyed to his son Ralph and his wife Mary, of 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 Daugther 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 6 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 distmper.  It was adjourned until 23 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 of Newport; and on 6 October he conveyed to his welbeloved son Thomas Earll, of the Town of Dartmouth, one full quarter of a share of upland in Dartmouth.

He was a deputy from Portsmouth to the General Assemblies held at Providence, 25 Oct 1705, and at Newport, 1 May 1706 and 3 Jul 1706.

In 1654 William married Mary Walker[7].  I am not confident in Mary’s dates, but it seems in many genealogies she is confused with another Mary Earle (1636-1718), the daughter of Ralph and Joan.  This is not surprising since Ralph had both a daughter and a daughter-in-law who were known as “Mary Earle”, who would have been approximately the same age.  Most likely, William’s wife, Mary, died earlier (probably before 1676), because William is thought to have been married second to Prudence after her death and had his two youngest children with her, as early as 1677.

William Earle died 15 Jan 1715.  The likely children of William and Mary Walker are:

  1. Mary, born 1655 and died 1734.  She married John Borden
  2. William, born 1657 at Portsmouth, Rhode Island married Elizabeth [surname unknown]
  3. Ralph Earle, born about 1660 and married Mary Carr (the widow of John Hicks and daughter of Robert Carr of Newport, Rhode Island) in 1689.  Ralph Earle died at Leicester, Massachusetts in 1757, as did his wife.
  4. Thomas, born about 1665 and married Mary Taber[8]
  5. Caleb, born 1673 and married Mary [name unknown]

The likely children of William and Prudence are:

  1. John Earle, born about 1677 at Portsmouth and died August 1759.  He married Mary Waite
  2. Prudence, born 1681 and died 1732.  She married Benjamin Durfee.

I am descended from William Earle and through both of his wives and two of his sons, as follows:


Descent through Ralph Earle (son of William Earle and Mary Walker):

The son of William Earle and Mary Walker is Ralph Earle, born about 1660 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and died at Leicester, Massachusetts in 1757.  In 1688 Ralph married to Mary Carr (Hicks), born in Newport, Rhode Island and died at Leicester, Massachusetts, also in 1757.  Some sources indicate a year of birth for Mary of 1652, but its seems unlikely (but not impossible) that she may have lived to the age of 105. 

The earliest known record of Ralph Earle is that he had taken the freeman’s oath in Dartmouth, Massachusetts prior to 24 March 1686.  In 1688, his father gave to him and his wife the land adjoyning the Fall River at Pocasset, in Freetown, Massachusetts.  His removal to and occupancy of this land must have occurred soon afterward.  He lived there between twenty-five and thirty years.  He was surveyor of highways in 1690, 1692 and 1696, constable in 1699 and grand juryman in 1700 and 1715.  An old letter addressed to him in 1715, gives him the military title Ensign.  In that year he conveyed to his son John eight acres of land, five of which was at Bristol Ferry, and came by gift from his grandfather Ralph.

In 1716, he went through Providence, Rhode Island, into the interior of Massachusetts as far as Leicester.  On the way, at Grafton, Massachusetts, he hired an Indian named Moses Printer as a guide.  Upon a portion of their route there was no path, and they marked trees as guides on their return.  In the course of the next following year, 1717, he removed with a part of his family to Leicester and purchased two tracts or lots of land of the original Proprietors of that town.  The two tracts contained about 550 acres.

At a town meeting on 5 Mar 1721, it was Voted that Ralph Earl should have a certain pew spot in the meeting-house, he paying the town twenty shillings.  Within the next succeeding twelve years a meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) was organized in the town.  Ralph joined the Friends Meeting in 1732.  At that time he, his sons William and Robert and four other men asked to be released from paying any part of the Tax for the Seport of the minister or ministers established by the Laws of this province, alleging that they were Quakers, with a conscientious scruple against such payment, and laying claim to the Privileges granted to the people so-called.  A meeting house was erected upon a lot taken from the farms of Ralph and his neighbor and fellow Quaker, Nathaniel Potter.  Ralph‘s interest in the Society was such that he went to Philadelphia to visit William Penn.  Penn was at that time building a house at Pennsburg, and it is said that he told Ralph that he would put the initials of his name upon the chimney.

Ralph‘s Will was executed on 25 May 1750.  Among the bequests to his wife is his negro boy Sharp, and he directs that if the negro be faithful and well-behaved, he shall have his freedom at her decease.  If he be not faithful, he may be sold.  But before Ralph died he manumitted the slave, and on 6 Apr 1756 gave him thirty acres of land.  In the deed of conveyance, he says In consideration of Love, good will and faithful service to me performed by my negro servant Sharp he makes this gift.  It appears that Sharp afterwards assumed the name Freeborn as a surname.

The daughter of Ralph Earle and Mary Carr is Elizabeth Earle, born 24 Dec 1696 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and died [unknown].  In 1716 in Portsmouth she married Robert Lawton, born 5 Jan 1695 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and died 23 Apr 1735 in Freetown, Massachusetts.

The daughter of Elizabeth Earle and Robert Lawton is Mary Lawton, born 17 Dec 1723 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and died 2 May 1797 in Westport, Massachusetts.


Descent through John Earle (son of William Earle and Prudence):

The son of William Earle and Prudence is John Earle, born about 1677 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and died about 1757.  John was married to Mary Waite on 27 Feb 1700 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

The son of John Earle and Mary Waite is William Earle, born 28 Mar 1710 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and died 15 Apr 1797 in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts.  On 29 May 1740 in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, William was married to Mary Lawton, born 17 Dec 1723 at Portsmouth, Rhode Island and died 2 May 1797 at Westport, Massachusetts.

Here, the lines of John Earle and Ralph Earle reconnect.

The son of William Earle and Mary Lawton is Caleb Earle[9], born 12 Nov 1745 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts (Caleb also had a twin brother, Joseph) and died 1820 in New York.  On 6 Dec 1764 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, Caleb was married to Elizabeth Brightman, born 14 Apr 1742 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and died in [date unknown].

Pierrepont Manor Cemetery (also known as the Zion Church Cemetery), Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York – It is located on NYS Route 11 in the Village of Pierrepont Manor. Turn west onto County Route 193. The cemetery is located north of County Route 193, just west of the Zion Church.

The daughter of Caleb Earle and Elizabeth Brightman is Prudence Earle.  She was born 14 Jan 1767 in Westport, Massachusetts and died 27 Dec 1843 in Pierrepont Manor, New York.  On 27 Jun 1784, she married Joseph Allen, who was born 14 Nov 1758 in Westport, Massachusetts and died 23 Sep 1838 in Pierrepont Manor, New York.  After the birth of their first four children, Joseph and Prudence moved eventually to Jefferson County, New York (in the north-central portion of that state along the shore of Lake Ontario) and settled as the first residents of Bear Creek (now Pierrepont Manor near the village of Ellisburg) in 1805.  According to Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York[10], Joseph Allen was apprenticed to a blacksmith for four years, and when a young man worked at vessel blacksmithing at Providence, Rhode Island.  He was a minute-man two years and nine months during the Revolutionary War, was attached to a piece of artillery and was called out on active duty several times[11]Joseph and Prudence share a headstone in the Pierrepont Manor Cemetery in Jefferson County, New York.


The lineage of Prudence Earle and Joseph Allen is continued under the heading of George Allen (1568-1648).


DESCENT THROUGH RALPH EARLE (son of the immigrant, Ralph Earle):

The son of Ralph Earle and Joan Savage is Ralph Earle, born about 1632 in Hertfordshire, England and died in 1716 at Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

The following information has been extracted from The Earle Family: Ralph Earle and his Descendants compiled by Pliny Earle (cited above):

“The first intimination of this Ralph is in the record of a town meeting in Portsmouth, January 19, 1651, where his father is mentioned as Ralph Earle, Senior.  This next is his signature as a witness to one of his father’s deeds of real estate, November 24, 1656.  He was received a freeman of the town May 11, 1658; and at the same meeting it was Ordered that Ralph Earll Junr shall be payd Eleven Shillings after the Rate of Eight white peages (beads) per peny, by the Treasurer.

October 26, 1659, Francis Sprague, of Duxborough, conveyed to his son-in-law, Ralph Earl, of Road Island, one-half share of land at Coaksett and Sacushena, in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth.  Sprague had his title to the land from the Indians Wosamequin and Wamitta.

It is probably that Ralph immediately removed from Portsmouth and settled upon this land, as at the time of all known subsequent allusions to him he was in Dartmouth, within which the land was situated.  He was one of the persons who received the confirmatory deed of the town, and it is known that he was there in 1663.

May 10, 1684, John Eyanoe conveys to Ralph Earle, a neck or island, made at high water, in Yarmouth, in consideration of a certain parcel of Land sittuate under ye goverment of new york in America, upon cutAhonkko, viz. one neck and one island in A fresh pond upon sd cutAhonkko, and Twenty acres of Land on Dartmouth, payd by Ralph Earl.

Jun 13, 1688, Ralph Earl of Dartmouth, in consideration of natural love and affection, conveyed to his son Ralph, one half of the westermost island, called Elizabeth Island, to be his after my decease.

October 20, 1689, in consideration of natural affection, he conveyed to his son William one hundred acres in Dartmouth.

June 10, 1692, he says that of my own moote [and] motion, for divors good causes and good considerations moveing mee therunto, beside my trew Love and naturall Affections that I bare unto this my youngest son Joseph Earle, and for his advancement for time to come, and with the consent of Dorcas, my wife, he conveyed to the said Joseph two hundred acres of land in Dartmouth.  This was bounded upon Ronaganset River, So up into the woods.

July 24, 1693, he conveyed to his son William, in consideration of natural love and affection, one quarter part of the Island called by the Indians Pocatahunka, being the westermost Island.  He was a large land holder, and many other of his conveyances are upon record.  Of these grants, the only consideration for the value of the land appears to have been his natural love and affection in the following instances, namely: 250 acres to his son John; after his death 100 acres to his grandson John, 100 acres to his grandson Daniel, 50 acres to his grandson Benjamin, and A small Island, or Tract of Land, to William Ingraham.

The following paragraph is taken from John W. Barber’s Historical Collections of Massachusetts:

“During Philip’s War a great part of this town [Dartmouth] was laid desolate and many of the inhabitants killed.  The most of the Plymouth forces were ordered thither.  In coming to Russel’s garrison, at Ponaganset, or Aponaganset, in this town, they met with a number of the enemy that had surrendered themselves prisoners, on terms promised by Capt. Eels, of the garrison, and Ralph Earle, who persuaded them to come in, by a friendly Indian whom he employed.  It is to be regretted, however, that notwithstanding the promises made by the above persons to the Indian, they were, by the superior authorities, carried away to Plymouth, then sold and transported out of the country, being about eight score persons.” “

The following additional information was taken Certain Comeoverers by Henry Howland Crapo (New Bedford, Massachusetts: E. Anthony & Sons) 1912, p. 413-414,  Volume I.

“Ralph Earle, the second, was probably born before his father came to Portmouth, i.e. prior to 1638.  He was admitted as a freeman of the town in 1658.  About this time he married Dorcas, the daughter of Francis Sprague of Duxbury.  Francis Sprague was one of the original thirty-four purchasers of Dartmouth, and in 1659 he conveyed to his son in law Ralph Earl of Rhode Island one-half of his share, and in the confirmatory deed of Governor Bradford, Ralph Earle is named as a proprietor of Dartmouth.  I think, however, that it is not likely that he removed to Dartmouth for some years.  In 1667 Ralph Earle of Portsmouth, joined Captain Sanford’s troop of horse, and afterwards himself became the Captain.  It is surely more likely that this warlike Ralph was Ralph, the second, who would have been about thirty years old, rather than Ralph the first, who was over sixty.

Francis Sprague, the father of Dorcas who married Ralph Earle, came over in the Ann in 1623 with his wife Lydia and one child.  It was of this ship’s company that Morton tells us that the new comers Seeing the low and poor condition of those that were before them, were much daunted and discouraged.  Governor Bradford says the best dish we could present them with is a lobster or a piece of fish without bread or anything else but a cup of fair spring water; and the long continuance of this diet, with our labors abroad has somewhat abated the freshness of our complexion; but God gives us health.  Francis Sprague may have been daunted and discouraged, yet none the less he took hold of the problem of self support in good earnest, and in 1633 was taxed eighteen shillings, a considerable tax.  In the division of the cattle in 1627 Francis Sprague shared in the sixth lot.  To this lot fell the lesser of the black cowes came at first in the Anne which they must keep the biggest of the two steers.  Also this lot has two shee goats.  It is to be hoped that the little Dorcas obtained at least her father’s thirteenth share of the milk of the lesser cowe and the two shee goats.  Francis Sprague removed to Duxbury prior to 1637.  He lived by the shore between Captains Hill and Bluefish River.  It is said of him that he was of an ardent temperament and great independence of mind.  That he was a grave and sober person is clearly indicated since he was permitted to sell spirituous liquors, since it was to grave and sober persons only that this privilege was granted.  None the less, in 1641 he was before the Court for selling wine contrary to the orders of the Court.  He was living in Duxbury in 1666, and died probably a few years thereafter when his son took up his business of keeping an ordinary.

One wonders how Ralph Earle of Portsmouth, who so far as we may know had no relation with the Pilgrims at Plymouth, happened to meet and woo and win a Duxbury girl.  To be sure they were both ‘ordinary’ children.  At least as early as 1688 Ralph Earle and his wife Dorcas Sprague were living in Dartmouth, since in that year and the years following he so describes himself in conveyances of land in Dartmouth to his sons.  His homestead farm of some four hundred acres was on the westerly side of the Apponegansett River, extending westerly beyond the Tucker Road on both sides of the road from the head of Apponegansett to Macomber ‘s Corner, or Slocum’s Corner as it was known in earlier days.  He evidently had allotted to him as a part of his share of Dartmouth the island of Cuttyhunk.  In conveying one half of this island to his son Ralph in 1688 he describes it as the westernmost island called Elizabeth Island.  In 1693 in conveying a quarter of the island to his son William he describes it as the island called by the Indians Pocatahunka being the westernmost island.  We hear of him in connection with his neighbor John Russell in the troublous times of the Indian war.”

Ralph (Jr.) married Dorcas Sprague, daughter of Francis Sprague and Lydia Archer, before 26 Oct 1659.  Dorcas was born in 1635 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts and died in 1716 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.  Ralph (Jr.) probably died in 1716, as letters were granted to his son John on 6 Jan 1717.  The children of Ralph Earle (Jr.) and Dorcas Sprague are listed as follows:

  1. John (1660-1728), who married Mary Wilcox.
  2. Elizabeth (1662-1716)
  3. Mary (1664-1732)
  4. Ralph (1659-1718), who married Dorcas Dillingham.
  5. William Earle (1666-1715), who married Hepzibah Butts (continued below).
  6. Joseph(1668-1756) , who married Elizabeth Slocum.
  7. Dorcas (1670-1754).

William Earle, the son of Ralph Earle (Jr.) and Dorcas Sprague, was probably born about 1666 and married Hepzibah Butts, the daughter of Thomas Butts and Elizabeth Lake on 26 Dec 1695.  Hepzibah was born about 1675 in Little Compton, Rhode Island and died 19 Dec 1722 at Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut.

William Earle was of Dartmouth when he sold 112 acres to Peleg Slocum in August 1693 for £65.  He sold more land in 1696 to Robert Havens and was a Constable in 1695 and 1696.  His children were recorded in Little Compton but the Earle Family Genealogy, (page 29), notes “no further history of this family is found: they probably emigrated from New England.”  The family is next found in Pomfret, Connecticut, and several of William Earle’s children came to the Beekman Patent[12].  Samuel Rice, John Franklin and John Earl were all in lot 4 area of Pawling by about 1740.  Rice and Franklin married (presumed) sisters to John Earle.

The children of William Earle and Hepzibah Butts are listed as follows: (1) Sarah Earle, born 18 Dec 1696, married Thomas Manchester (see below); (2) Mary?, born about 1698, married John Franklin on 31 Aug 1716 at Woodstock, Connecticut.  John Franklin took a lease in lot 4 of the Beekman Patent 28 Nov 1740 that was adjacent to the land purchased by John Earle, her (presumed) brother (children: Benjamin, John, Amitta); (3) Elizabeth?, married Benjamin Bugbee on 6 Nov 1724.  She died 19 March 1743/4 at Pomfret.  They had son William Bugbee born 24 Apr 1737; (4) Anna, born 10 Mar 1700, married William King; (5) Joseph, born 9 Feb 1702; (6) William, married Elizabeth Miles on 12 Jan 1725 at Pomfret.  He lived and died at Pomfret; (7) Thomas, born 17 Jan. 1704; (8) Nathaniel, born 28 Jan 1705, married Sarah Adams; (9) Damaris, born 18 Jan 1707; (10) John, probably born about 1710, married Rachel Adams; (11) Jonathan, born 7 Jun 1712, probably married Hannah, born 1 Apr 1719, son of Joseph and Hannah (Edwards) Earl.

The lineage of Sarah Earle and Thomas Manchester is continued under the heading of Thomas Manchester (1620-1691).


[1] Ralph Earle and Joan Savage are also my 11th g-grandparents through their son, Ralph (Jr.): Ralph Earle (1606 – 1678) – 2nd g-grandfather – Ralph Earle (1632 – 1716) – William Earle (1666 – 1715) – Sarah Earle (1696 – 1727) – Judith (or Judah) Manchester (1720 – ).  Judith Manchester (my 7th g-grandmother) married Thomas Brightman (1718- ), and their lineage is continued under the heading of Henry Brightman (about 1650-1728).

[2] William Earle and his first wife, Mary Walker, are my 9th g-grandparents through their son, John Earle.  William Earle is also my 10th g-grandfather through his second wife, Prudence [family surname unknown] and their son, Ralph Earle (1660-1757): William Earle (1635-1715), 2nd g-grandfather – Ralph Earle (1660 – 1757) – Elizabeth Earle (1696 – ) – Mary Lawton (1723 – 1797) – Caleb Earle (1745-1820).  The various Earle lines of descent reconnect with the marriage of Caleb Earle (my 6th g-grandmother) and Elizabeth Brightman (1742- ) in 1764, and their lineage is continued above.

[3] Many sources list Joan’s surname as “Savage”, although Pliny Earle claims that her surname, dates of birth and death, etc. are unknown.

Rev. John Cotton (1585-1652), engraving made in 1856 by H.W. Smith, copied from a painting

Rev. John Cotton (1585-1652), engraving made in 1856 by H.W. Smith, copied from a painting

[4] Rev. John Cotton (1585 – 1652) is my 11th g-grand uncle and the father-in-law of 1st cousin 11x removed, Increase Mather (1639 – 1723), who is discussed in an article under “Notable Kin”.

[5] My 10th g-grandparents.

[6] My 9th g-grandparents, discussed under their own heading.

[7] Some genealogies report that Mary Walker was William and Anne Hutchinson’s granddaughter through their daughter, Katherine Hutchinson.  It is hard to imagine how this could be, since Katherine was born in 1629 and died in 1643 (killed by Indians), at age 14.   Most sources report that Mary Walker was born in 1635.  Some sources identify her mother as a Katherine Hutchinson born in 1613, but there is no known daughter of Anne Hutchinson of that age.

[8] Granddaughter of our 10th g-grandfather, Philip Taber (1604-1672), discussed under his own heading.

[9] Caleb Earle is descended from William Earle (1635-1715) in both the paternal and maternal lineages.  William and Prudence are his g-grandparents through their son, John, on his father’s side, and William and Mary Walker are his 2nd g-grandparents though their son, Ralph  on his mother’s side.

[10] Rensselaer Alston Oakes. Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York (Lewis Publishng Co., Chicago) 1905.

Cherry Valley massacre, the fate of Jane Wells, one of thirty non-combatants killed during the massacre. Engraver: Thomas Phillibrown from the original picture by Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887).

Cherry Valley massacre, the fate of Jane Wells, one of thirty non-combatants killed during the massacre. Engraver: Thomas Phillibrown from the original picture by Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887).

[11] Joseph was a private in Capt. William Hudson Ballard’s company of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Colonel Ichabod Alden. His name is on a master roll of the company drafted 1 Jul 1777 which shows him enlisted 4 March for three years. The regiment saw action at the Battles of Saratoga, the Cherry Valley Massacre and the Sullivan Expedition.

[12] Beekman is a town in Dutchess County, New York.  It is today part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY  Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.  The “Beekman” name became attached to the area in 1697, from Henry Beekman, a Kingston native, who had numerous land stakes in Dutchess County.  The town had also been occupied by the Wappinger Indians, before the first European settlers arrived around 1710.  The Beekman Patent, granted to Beekman in 1697, was the second largest land holding in Dutchess County.


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  • Dawne

    My maiden name was Earll and I am also descended from Ralph Earle. I recall reading a few years ago that he arrived in Boston in 1634 on the Speedwell. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the source.

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