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Re: Francis Colegrove, Patriarch
Posted by: Kyle Williams Date: March 03, 2000 at 14:40:21
In Reply to: Re: Francis Colegrove, Patriarch by Kyle Williams of 365

Here's where I get my information:

(1) Pedigree chart & family group sheets compiled by Grace C. Barr, 1038 Bear, Idaho Falls, ID 83402. (These are at least 15 years old, so she may or may not be there anymore.)

As sources of information on the FGS of Francis Colegrove & Hannah Bailey, she lists: (a) 974.5 V2a Vol 5 Vital Records of Rhode Island; (b) 908,269 Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850; (c) 940,222 Deed of Samuel Bailey & Elizabeth Book 3, Page 32.

Grace C. Barr recorded this information:

Francis Colegrove (Coldgrove), son of Francis Colegrove & Ann, was born 20 Aug 1698 in Newport, Newport, RI. Married 5 Mar 1718/19 at Westerly, Washington, RI to Hannah Bailey. Hannah Bailey, daughter of Samuel Bailey & Elizabeth, born 20 Aug 1698 at Newport, Newport, RI.

(2) Margaret Laing of Lovell, WY, submitted a FGS to the LDS Archives, apparently about 1945. She cites sources: (a) Child #1 submitted by Veda J. Mortimer, 126 Cooper Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ; (b) West and Osborn fa. B.J. Osborn; (c) R.I. Viltal Stats Westerly Vol 5, p 22, 93; (d) Vol 1, p 1156 Warwick; (e) Mayflower Desc. Vol 26 p 10; (f) Westerly, Births, Marr., Deaths, Books II p 119.

Ms Laing claims the following:

Francis Colegrove, son of Francis Colegrove & Ann, born abt. 1663 (crossed out, and 1695 is written beside it) Wales. married 8 Mar 1719 Westerly, Washington, RI to Hannah Bailey. Hannah Bailey, daughter of Hugh Bailey & Anna, was born at Westerly, Washington Co, RI, and christened 20 Aug 1698 Newport, Sabbatarion Church, RI.

(3) Another FGS was submitted to the LDS Archives on 12 Sep 1944 by Emma P. Walton of Centerville, UT. She claims the following, without citing sources:

Francis Colegrove Sr. was born abt. 1663 at Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. He died 1759. He married (1) Ann (born abt. 1667 of Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales; died 1715). Francis, Sr., married (2) Hannah. Francis and Ann had 4 children: Stephen, Francis, John, & Eli.

Francis Colegrove, Jr., was born abt. 1695 at Warwick, Kent, RI. Francis, Jr., m(1) ?. He married(2) Hannah Bailey on 5 Mar 1718.


page 23: "With the exception of those just mentioned in Chicago and Cleveland, the Colegroves in the United States are descended from Francis Colegrove, who came from London, Eng., to Warwick, Rhode Island, about the year 1683, or possibly as early as 1680. He was probably born at or near Swansea in Wales."

page 24: "Francis the Patriarch, as I find it convenient to call him, did not seem very patriarchal at first, being only sixteen years old when he came...."

(This gives Francis, Sr., a birthyear of about 1667.)

page 25: "He was married twice. By the first wife he had four sons; and by the second he had one son and two daughters (twins)."

page 25: "His oldest son at an early age lost his life in the service of his Country at the taking of Port Royal, Nova Scotia, in 1710...."

page 26: "The twin daughters were named Mary and Elizabeth. One of these, Elizabeth, was married to a man named John Williams...."

page 26: "Unfortunately it has hitherto been impossible to ascertain the name of either the first or second wife of Francis, except the pre-name of the second, which was Hannah."

page 26-27: "The Descendants, respectively, of the five sons of Francis, -- Eli, Stephen, Francis, John, and William,--constitute what I have called the Five Tribes of the Family.

"1.--The tribe of Eli,--the smallest except one, is found mostly in the States of N.Y., Pa., and Mich. It is more largely represented in Tioga Co., Pa., than in any other single County.

"2.--The Tribe of Stephen,--the largest,--has developed in R.I., Conn., Mass., Vt., N.Y., Pa., Ohio, Mich., Ind., Ill., Wis., Iowa, Kas., Neb., Ark., Or., Cal., and N. Dakota.

"3.--The Tribe of Francis, the second in seze, has spread largely in n.Y., Pa., Ind., Ohio, Ill., Ky., Mo., and Cal.

"4.--The Tribe of John,--the third in size, has flourished in N.Y., Pa., Ohio, and Mich.

"5.--The Tribe of William,--the smallest, is mostly confined to N.Y., Conn., N.J., Del., Iowa, Minn., and So. Dakota."

page 51: "Francis Colegrove, the Patriarch (Pedigree not known), of Warwick, R.I.; Farmer and Pioneer; b. in 1667 (?); d. about 1759 (?); m. 1st, in 1688 (?), m. 2nd, in 1728 (?), Hannah

"He is supposed to have lived near the place now called Colegrove's Corners...."

1.--Eli, of Warwick, R.I.
2.--Stephen, of Foster, R.I.
3.--Francis, of Stonington, Conn.
4.--John, of South Kingston, R.I.
5.--Mary, b. June 2, 1729.
6.--Elizabeth, b. June 2, 1729. (m., 1753, John Williams).
7.--William, of the Highlands, N.Y."

page 643-645: "The materials for a Biography of the Patriarch are very meager. The greater part of the known facts in regard to his life have already been given at pages 23 to 26, 46 and 51.

"He was evidently an active, enterprising, pioneer farmer, who attended to his own business and kept out of politics,--thus setting an excellent example--which has been followed by most of his descendants.

"The death of his oldest son seems to have been a severe blow to him in respect to his business, compelling him to ask a little relief from the Legislature of the Colony,--which relief, it is pleasant to know, was readily granted.

"The following is from the R.I. Colonial Records, V. 4, p. 136; "Proceedings of General Assembly held for the Colony of R.I. and Prov. Plantations at Newport, 27th February 1711-12."

""Francis Colegrove petitioned for an abetement of the sum of L11. 18s. 4d., due from him to the Colony for land lately bought of the Colony's Committee in the Narragansett Country, alleging that his eldest son, who was his chief help and support, being lately dead, in her Majesty's service in behalf of this Colony, in the late expedition against Port Royal, whereby he is incapable to pay the same;--Wherefore, be it enacted by the Authority aforesaed that the said sum of L11, 18s, 4d, shall be, and is hereby remitted and given to the said Francis Colegrove."

"Notwithstanding his purchase of land in the "Narragansett Country," he continued to reside in Warwick, and probably died there. No record of his death has been found; but circumstantial evidence indicates that he lived to be over 90 years of age. He was at least old enough to receive a visit from his great-grandson Reuben, p. 106; and Reuben was old enough to remember and report what he saw and heard during his visit.

"It is a matter of regret that the search for the names of the two wives of Francis has thus far been unavailing.

"He seems to have been married the first time at the age of about 25 years, and the second time at nearly 62 years.

"It is easy to infer from what is known that he was a man of robust physical constitution, tall and comely. Also that he was a man of intelligence and good sense, and probably religious.

"He is said to have been of a lively social disposition, and very fond of joking.

"He sometimes claimed to be the first man who ever bore the name Colegrove. This, however, was probably a part of his joking. He seems not to have wished his relatives to be known. It is very possible that he left his home without the knowledge or consent of his parents, and did not wish to be traced. he cannot be allowed the honor of having been the first to wear the name."

Well, I seem to have gotten carried away. The book does not have the name of Francis, Jr.'s wife. And since it says that Francis Sr. married Hannah at about age 62 (about 1729), the book seems to support the theory that Hannah Bailey was married to the Senior Francis.

Hmmm. It looks like more research is required in the primary sources.


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