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Posted by: Joyce Irene Hayward (ID *****2130) Date: May 25, 2002 at 05:10:47
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ROBERT TREAT PAINE (5), born Mar. 12, 1730 or 1731, in Boston; died May 11, 1814, age 84, and is buried in the Granary Burial Grounds, Boston, MA, son of RICHARD and ALICE TREAT of Milford, CT.

.. + married: SALLY COBB, born --/--/-- in City, County, State; died Jun. 16, 1816 in City, County, State; age 76; daughter of THOMAS and LYDIA COBB, of Taunton, MA.

ROBERT PAINE studied at the Boston Latin school. In 1745 he entered Harvard College, and graduated in 1749. After teaching school for a year, he next made three voyages to North Carolina, acting as Master. He subsequently sailed to Fayal, Cadiz, and to Greenland, on a whaling voyage, in the same capacity.

In 1755 he read law in Lancaster with JUDGE WILLIARD, a relative, and at the same time preached in Shirley, --. He was appointed Chaplain of COL. WILLIARD's regiment, which was sent to Crown Point, which was in camp at Lake George about three months. Maps and plans drawn there by him are still preserved.

In 1757 he was admitted to the bar, and re-moved to Taunton, MA in 1761. After the Boston massacre, Mar. 5, 1770, he was retained by the town to prosecute CAPT. PRESTON. He espoused the popular cause, and in 1773 was a representative from Taunton.

In 1774 he was one of the deputies to the first Congress; in the winter and spring of 1775; he attended the provincial congress at Cambridge in May the congress at Philadelphia. July 4, 1776, he signed the Declaration of Independence. ROBERT TREAT PAINE was elected to Congress in 1777 and 1778, but did not attend.

In 1781 he re-moved to Boston, MA and purchased the former residence of Governer Shirley on the corner of Milk and Federal Streets, a brick and wooden building, three stories, fifty windows, the lot containing 18,476 sq. feet.

He was Attorney General from 1777 to 1790; in 1790 he was made judge of the Supreme Court, which position he resigned in 1804.

(See Hopkin's Ministry of Taunton, pp. 309-16, Vol. 2)

ROBERT TREAT PAINE and SALLY COBB had eight children; the first six were born in Taunton, MA and the rest were born in Boston,MA.

ROBERT TREAT, b: 1770; d: Jul. 30, 1798 in Boston, MA of yellow fever

SALLY, b: 1772; d: Jan. 26, 1823

THOMAS, b: Dec. 9, 1773; d: Nov. 13, 1811, age 37, Boston, MA

CHARLES, b: Aug. 30, 1775; d: Feb. 15, 1810

HENRY, b: Oct. 20, 1777; d: Jun. 8, 1814

MARY, b: Feb. 9, 1780; d: Feb. 27, 1842 age 2

MARY ANTOINETTE, b: Dec. 2, 1782; d: Mar. 26, 1842 (named in honor of the French Court, for assistance received during the revolution)

LUCRETIA, b: Apr. 30, 1785; d: Aug. 27, 1823

EUNICE TREAT (4), SAMUEL (3), ROBERT (2), RICHARD (1)): siblings of ROBERT TREAT PAINE, son of -- and -- of City, County, State.

EUNICE TREAT, born in England, was married to REV. THOMAS PAINE at age 16. THOMAS PAINE entered Harvard in 1713 at age 19 and graduated in 1717. He was a great mathematician, published almanacs in Boston in his own name in 1718 and 1719. He calculated the Great Eclipse of 1806. REV. THOMAS PAINE was ordained to the ministry in Aug. 1719. EUNICE PAINE was a very beautiful woman as well as singularly accomplished, refined and captivating in her manners.

RICHARD TREAT was born in Pitminster, England, now Somerset, in 1584 and died in 1669 or 1670. He married ALICE GAYLARD, born Apr. 1615 in Pitminster.

GOV. ROBERT TREAT was born in 1624 in Pitminster, England and died in Milford, CT on Jul. 12, 1710. He married JANE TAPP, born 1629 and died in Oct. 1703.

See the TREAT Genealogy at

Submitted by TREAT-LATSCH Genealogy at Yahoogroups.

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