Stephen Arnold

Male 1622 - 1699


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  • Name  Stephen Arnold 
    Born  22 Dec 1622  Bighere, Ilchester, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Will  02 Jun 1698  Pawtuxet (now Pawtucket), Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Here followeth the Record of the last will and Testament of Stephen Arnold of Pawtuxitt in Providence who died the 15th Day of November, 1699:

      To All Christian People whome this My last Will & Testament may or shall come, Greeting, Know yee that I Stephen Arnold, Senior, inhabitant of Pawtuxit in the Township of Providence in ye Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England in America. Have made this present writing to be my last Will & Testament to prevent future Trouble & Controvereyes that might anyways arise concerning my worldly Goods or Estate.

      I being now in my perfect memory and understanding. I doe with my owne hand write this my last Will & Testament.

      Item: I do give & bequeath unto my eldest son Israell Arnold & his heirs & Assignes for ever all my Right Title & Interest in all the lands & meaddowes that I have or ought to have on the south side of Pawtuxett River both devided & undevided, To say, a purchase of lands & meaddowes which I bought of Zachary Roades as by a deede under his hand bearing date 1658 doth therein appeare - And also a pareell or Tract of land that Keketawekitt Sachem of Pawtuxett passed over unto me by a deede bearing date 1660 doth therein appeare. And also a confirmation from Naunantchoo alias Quanonchhet Chiefe Sachem of the Narragansett Countrey bearing date July 1674 doth appeare. And also a purchase of lands & meaddowes that I bought of Joseph Carpenter both devided & undevided as by a deede under his hand doth appeare. The one halfe of all the aforesaid lands & meaddowes I formerly gave unto my son Israell & now I doe hereby g ive my foresaid son Israell all the rest of my foresaid lands & meaddowes both devided and undevided.

      I doe hereby give my said son Israell A note with all the Privelidges & the appurtenqnces thereto belonging to him his heirs executors & assignes forever. And I also doe give & bequeath unto my son Israell Arnold a Pond called and knowne by the name of the Duck Pond which lieth & is scituate on the west side of the long Boogy meaddow & on the east side of the Path that leadeth from Choliissit unto Pawtuxett River. And also one hundred & fifty acres of land lieing on the south side of the said Pond & adjioneing to it; Which - said Pond with the land I had of Jamis Sweets & Daniel Sweete as by a deeds under their hands bearing date 1682 doth therein appeare; All whica Pond, with the land aforesaid shall be the full Inheritance of my, son Israell Arnold & his heirs & Assignes forever. And also I doe Give unto my son Israell a peece of meaddow scituate within the Prescinks of ye Towne of Warwick and is knowne by the name of Crafts Meaddow the which I bought of Job Almey as by Deede under his hand doth appeare; the said meaddow with the appurtenances shall be the lawful inheritance of my son Iskaell Arnold his heirs & Assignes forever. Also I do Give & bequeath unto my son Israell all that my right Tittle & Interest that I bought of Edward Inman at a place call Wainsokit which cont ' s about 350 acres by the eighteene foote pole as by deedes & Covenants under his hand doth therein appeare; All which lands at Wainsokit I doe give unto my son Israell Arnold & his heirs Executors & Assignes forever.

      And also I doe hereby Give & bequeath unto my Three sons Israell Stephen & Elisha to them &, their heirs & Assignes forever a certain Tract & pareell of lands containeing seven hundred and fifty acres of land lieing & is scituate on the south side of Aponack Cove or River & bordering on Cohissit Bay the which land I purchased of Major John Greene & Capt Randall Houldon of Warwick as by deede under their hands bearing date 1681 doth plainly appeare. And the aforesaid seven hundred & fifty acres of land shall be equally devided between them as convenient for the one as for the other - And if it should fall out that either of my three sones should dye before they have devided the said land between them, yet their child or children to whome they may or shall Give any of the aforesaid lands those child or children shall Have as full Power & Right to devide,the aforesaid lands with their unkle as their father or fathers bad when they were living-And the said lands with all the privelidges & appurtenances tbereunto belonging shall be their true & lawfull Inheritance for themselves their heirs exsecutors & Assines forever' - And I doe also give and bequeath unto my three sones Israell, Stephen & Elisha a comonage in the Towneshipp of Warwick which I bought of Job Almey as by deede under his hand doth appeare. All the aforesaid land at Cohissit & the foresaid comonage shall be equally between them & their heirs & Assignes forever.

      Item. I doe hereby give & bequeath unto my son Stephen Arnold a part or halfe of all my lands on ye north side of Pawtuxett River both devided & undevided which was laid out to me by the thirteene men of Pawtuxett lands, who were ye heirs of the Ancient Purchasers: To say, all my lands & meaddowes that are neare adjacent to my Dwelling house as far westward as to a Ditch which my father William Arnold caused to be made betweene his meadow & my meaddow & so from the North End of said ditch upon a straight line up the hill northward unto the barrs or place that barrs did usually goe into the orchard where my father William Arnold Dwelt, And from thence on the same line northward unto the bounds of the land laid out for Peleg Roades on the Plaine; And from the aforesaid Ditch & line Eastward my son Stephen shall have all the land & meaddow except a peece of meaddow at the south and bounded with the Great River & on the west by the foresaid Ditch; & on the East by the vineyard Pond, & on the north by a line beginning a little northward of being oppositt against the middle of the vineyard a low gutter, or a place that the water first runneth out of the Pond into the meaddow & from that place on the east over to the foresaid Ditch on ye west side of it. And the line shall run athwait from east to west in the lowest meaddow fitt for parting with a Ditch; And it is on the south side of a little hill or Ridge that doe runn athwait the meaddow where a haystack doe use to stand; All the foresaid peece of meaddow as is before bounded containes about three acres be it more or less; And the foresaid meaddow shall be the true & lawfull Right & Inheritance of my son Elisba & his heirs and assignes forever.

      And all the rest of the meadow & upland & orchards that lie and are scituate between the foresaid Ditch & the Lotts on the neck & my right in the Island called the vineyard bv the meaddow and all my lands that lieth in Pawtuxett neck on the North side of Pawtuxett Falls & River also all my lands on the long neck lieing eastwardly from the falls; Only my son Elisha shall have free egress & regress for his catell to goe or to drive them to the Salt water on the said long neck in the winter season & also to fetch Rockweede for his use at any time on the said neck; Also my son Elisha shall have free egress & regress to Pawtuxett Ffalls to take fish or any other necessarye thing. When he or his heirs have any ocasion for ever.

      And also I doe give,and bequeath unto my son Stephen a Tract of land adjoyneing on the north side of the Thirteene Lotts on the Great Neck; and it is in part bounded on the south side by meaddow of Richard Watermans & part by the lotts in ye neck, and it is bounded on the north by land layd out for Peleg Roades & on the east the salt water & so extending westward unto a highway layd out to goe from the Country Rhode to Pawtuxett Falls, and from thence upward untill it come in parralell with the foresaid line & ditch on the west that my father caused to be made between his meaddow & my meaddow; All which afore specified & meaddowes so bounded shall be the true & proper right & lawfull Inheritance both for my son Stephen & his heirs exsecutors and assignes for ever; and also my dwelling house & houseing shall be my foresaid son Stephens; but only my wife Sarah Arnold his mother shall have part of my dwelling house for her owne use so long as she doe live that is, she shall have the chamber at the southerly end of the house that have a chimney in it to make a fire in it & where shee have always lodged; which chamber my wife shall have to her owne use & comand as long as shee doe live; and my wife shall have all the money & goods that is in that chamber both in clossetts che or bixes, and the bedds slice shall have for her owne proper use; And shee shall have equall priveledge in the lower room under the said chamber & the leanetoo & the cellar for her nessesary use when slice have occasion as long as she doe live; and my son Stephen shall always provide two good milch cowes for his mother & he shall provide & looke after them both winter & summer; And if any one of those cowes may or should faile of being a good milch cow then my son Stephen shall dispose of that cow and put another good milch cow instead of the other for his mothers use & benefit as long as shee doe live, and he shall provide firewood Sufficient for his mother both for winter & summer for her comfortable subsistance as long as shee doe live; Also my wife shall have privelidge & use of the kitchen & ovens as long as she doo live and after my wifes decease then all my dwelling house & houseing and all the land & meaddow before specified shall all be my son Stephens true & lawful Inheritance for himselfe & his heirs & assignes forever.

      Item: I Doe hereby give & bequeath unto my son Elisha Arnold & his heirs & assignes forever all that meaddow & upland which was my father William Arnolds which I perchased of my brother Benedict by a deede under his hand doth therein appeare. The which said meaddow & upland & orchard is scituate & being on the west side of the land & meaddow that I have given to my son Stephen & is started with a Ditch & line that Runneth from the north end of the said Ditch up the hill northward unto the Gapp or barrs where we did use to goe into the orchard where my father dwelt and from thence northward unto land laid out for.Peleg Roades on the Playne, which boundeth it on the Playne northward; and on the west by land on the Playne belonging to Benjamin Carpenter and also by the ancient River which is now a Pond, and on the south end by the great River that runneth to Pawtuxett Falls and the foresaid Ditch boundeth it on the east. All which said meaddow & upland so bounded shall be the true & lawful Right & Inheritance of my son Elisha Arnold, both for himself & his heirs & his assignes for ever.

      And also I doe give & bequeath unto my son Elisha Arnold & his heirs and assignes forever a pereell of meaddow which my father William Arnold bought of William Harris as by a deede under his hand doth appeare which said meaddow lieth is scituate in a neck of meaddow on the north side of Pawtuxett River, and is bounded on ye north eastwardly part with a Pond now which was formerly the Great River; And on the south meaddow of Silas Carpenter & on the southeastwardly by the River & on the west by a Ditch; all which said meaddow with the appurtcriances tliereunto belonging shall - all 4 now be the true & lawfull Right & Inheritance for himselfe. & his Heirs & his Assignes forever.

      And further I doe hereby also give & bequeath unto my son Elisha Arnold & his Heirs & Assignes forever a Tract or percell of land neere fifty or sixty acres more or less, where Elishas housing standeth & his orchard groweth, being bounded on the south side by land in possession of Peleg Roades & on the east by the salt water & on the north side by a highway leading from the salt water westward unto the Country Roade on the west, and on the southwestwardly side by a highway leading from the country Roade unto Pawtuxett Falls; all which aforesaid land & premises & with the appurtenances thereon shall all be the true proper & lawful Inheritance of my son Elisha & his Heirs and Assignes forever. Also I doe give & bequeath unto my son Elisha & his Heirs & Assignes forever a Tract or percell of land containing seventy acres of land. It is bounded on the north by the south line of Providence Towne & adjoyneing to fifty acres of land lieing on the north side of the aforesaid line where Ephraim Carpenter formerly dwelt; and it is bounded on the west by Pauchassett River & on the east by land of Joseph Williams or Benjamin Carpenter and so laid out southward untill the land was made up seventy acres; the which seventy acres of land I gave unto my son Elisha because the said land doe joyne unto the foresaid fifty acres which was his owne before; all which land foresaid shall be the true lawful & proper Inheritance of my son Elisha & his heirs & Assignes forever.

      And I do also give & bequeath unto my son Stephen Arnold seventy acres of land scituate & lieing on the west side of Papaquinnepauge Pond & bounded on the east by the said pond & on the south by land of Silas Carpenter and on the west by land layd out for Peleg Roades & on the north part of the same land layd out to me; All which said Tract of land so bounded shall all be the true lawfull & proper Inheritance of my son Stephen & his heirs & his Assignes forever.

      Item: I do also hereby give & bequeath unto my two sons both Stephen Arnold and Elisha Arnold both for themselves & their heirs & Assignes forever, all the rest of my lands both divided & undivided which was laid to me by the Purchassers of Pawtuxett land according to my right which I had when it was all undevided betweene Pawtuxett River & the bounds of Providence Towne; and from the east to west throughout all the Purchase of Pawtuxett lands; that is to say, All the lands both devided & undevided which I purchased of my Brother Benedict Arnold, and also the land that I bought of Mr. John Sayles as by Deede under their hands do plainly appear, all the foresaid lands betweene or lieing between the salt water on the east & Pauchassett River on the west; And also all my right & Title that doe by right belong unto me on the west side of the Pauchasett :River that is now undevided; All which foresaid lands both devided & undevided shall be all in equall Propriety to my two sons both Stephen & Elisha in all privelidges whatsoever in any proffit or bennefit; And they shall and may devide between them at any time when they shall see cause. But if either of my sons should dye, either Stephen or Elisha before the lands foresaid be devided between them, yet the said lands shall not, be subject to that law of survivership, but if either of my two sons should dye & decease before they have devided any of those lands equally between them which I have given & left to them in partnerships yet undevided between them, yet nevertheless the heirs or children of to whome it may be given by their father before or at his decease, both child or children shall have as full and lawfull Power & right to devide with any of their Unckles as their father or fathers had whilst they lived; And if both of my sons Stephen & Elisha should both dye before any of the lands foresaid be laid out betweene them, yet their children to whom their father doe give it shall have as full power & right to lay out any of the foresaid undevided lands between themselves as their fathers had before them; And there shall be alwayes & the same Power, Privelidge & Right to all my children & grand-children in the like case at any time forever. And so all the aforesaid lands & premises both devided & undevided so farr as Pawtuxett purchase doe or ever did goe or extend shall all be the true & Proper Right & lawful Inheritance for themselves & their heirs & Assignes forever.

      Also I doe by these presents give unto my three sons both Israell, Stephen & Elisha all my Right Title & Interest that I have & ought to have in all the lands & meaddowes which I have in Partnershipp with Mr Weston Clarke, Capt. John Foanes, & Caleb Carr & Severall others which by bonds and covenants under our hands doth appeare at a place called Wesquadennaiak; All which Propriety & Right of all the foresaid lands & meaddowes, to say, all my proper Right that I have in all the said lands both upland & lowlands, with my part of all privelidges & bennefttts, with all the appurtenances thereon that I have any Right or Title unto, I doe hereby give & bequeath unto my three sons, both Israell Stephen & Elisha, for them & their Heirs, Exsecutors & Assignes forever.

      Item: I doe give & bequeath unto my son Stephen & his heirs & Assignes forever a Towne share in Providence beyond the seven mile line westward, the which share of land I purchased of Thomas Clemence as by a deede bearing date the second day of December 1682 doth therein plainly appear, and the said share of land shall be the true & lawful Inheritance of my son Stephen & his heirs & Assignes forever.

      Also, I doe give & bequeath unto my son Stephen & his heirs & Assignes forever Sixty acres of land laid out by the eighteene feete pole which I purchased of Major William Hopkins as by a deede under his hand bearing date the first of May 1686 doth therein plainely appeare. All which foresaid land shall be the true & lawfull Inheritance of my son Stephen Arnold & his Heirs & Assignes forever.

      And I doe also give & bequeath unto my two sons Stephen & Elisha one hundred acres of land that is passed over to me by Zachary Rhodes Sene. deceased, as by a deede under his hand dated the eighteenth of April 1668 doth therein plainely apeare; And my two sons aforesaid shall make use of all the proffitts bennefitts & privelidges mentioned in the foresaid Deede Signed by Zachary Roades, which land I gave Sixty pound for it, which I have demand to be layd out to me, but it is not done; Therefore my sons both Stephen & Elisha shall demand the said hundred acres of land to be laid-out to them when they see cause. And in the meane time until the said hundred acres be laid out according to the foresaid deede which was made to me by Zachary Roades, they shall make use of all the Priveliges that are specified & mentioned in the said deede & keep possession of all the privelidges in the lands that was layd out for Peleg Roades, for which I payd the surveior for the layin-out of the said land because Peleg Roads would not; In which said lands the foresaid hundred acres ought to be taken or layd out, and when the said land is layd out according to the deede, the land or all the privelidges specified in said deede shall all be the true & lawfull Inheritance of my two Sons both Stephen & Elisha for themselves & their Heirs & Assignes forever. i

      Also, I doe give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Greene and her heirs forever a share of land or lands being & is scituate in the neck of Quinimicuk in the Town of Warwick which I purchased of John Low as by a deede under his hand doth therein appeare, All which lands aforesaid I doe hereby give unto my daughter Elizabeth Greene & her heirs forever according to the same Tennure & privelidges by which I gave her other lands in the same neck of Quininileuk by deede of gift before this time.

      Item; I doe also give & bequeath unto mv daughter Sarah Carpenter & her Heirs forever all my Right & Title & Interest that doe any wayes belong unto me in a small percel of meaddow that my father did once give to Jeremiah Roades, but not unto his Heirs nor Assignes. And Jeremiah died before he tooke any possession thereof, neither could he give it to his heirs because it was only given to Jeremiah, but not to his heirs, which was but for his life; so after the said Jeremiah was dead the said meaddow, as the law have determined shall returne to the Doner or his Heirs againe, which must be to the Doners eldest son & heire, Benedict Arnold, who sold all his Right, Title & Interest which he had by vertue of being son & Heire to his father, William Arnold, unto his brother Stephen Arnold; So when I had pirchased all my brothers Right & Title which he had in all my fathers lands & meaddowes in Pawtuxett Purchase then I had power to give or sell it, And by vertue thereof I doe firmely give unto my daughter Sarah Carpenter & her heirs for ever that Tract or peece of meaddow being on both sides of Mashapauge Brook wch was once given to Jeremiah; the meaddow that is on the west side of the brooke is bounded on the south end by meaddow of Joane Roades and on the east side by land of Silas Carpenter and on the west by Silas Carpenters land & on the north by meaddow - that was Joseph Williams; And also my wife, Sarah Arnold shall have a third part of all my household stuff, as Potts, kettles, skellotts or any other thing that may be nessessery for her use as long as she doe live.

      And now I do hereby declare ordaine & appoynt & impower my two sons both Stephen & Elisha Arnold shall be my lawfull exsecutors, & they shall cause this my will to be Proved & Recorded, and they sl;all pay all my lawfull debts & dues & they shall demand & receive & gather up all the debts that are due to me upon all accounts whatsoever & they shall burye me when I am dead, decently & also when their mother dieth they shall see that shee be buryed cumly & decently. And so now I doe humbly Pray & desire the Almighty & Eternall God of heaven & earth to bless preserve & keepe all my friends and children that they may live so worthily & righteously in this world that they may live with our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to all eternitye. And so to confirme this my last will & testament I doe hereunto set my hand & scale this second day of June one thousand six hundred ninety eight.

      STEPHEN ARNOLD SENR:
      And confirmed in the presence of witnesses
      Tho: Olney Senr
      John Whipple
      James Maifiewson
      Samuell Baily

      All the aforenamed witnesses came & did acknowledg before me upon their engagement that they witnessed to the above said Last Will & Testament of Stephen Arnold Senior And the Testator owned the above written to be his act & Deede before me Richard Arnold Assistant on June the 6th. 1699

      The 12th day of
      December 1699
      This Will hath been
      by the Towne Councill
      of Providence examined
      & approved
      Ita Testis
      Tho. Olney
      Clerk of the Counil
    Died  15 Nov 1699  Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried  Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • "Here lies the body of Stephen Arnold aged 77. Deceased 15th November 1699."
    Notes 
    • Stephen came with his father to New England. After residing some time at Providence he removed to Pawtuxet, where he had a large estate, a part of which he divided among his sons in his lifetime. He was prominent in public affairs, and filled important positions in the colony. He was deputy governor for twelve years and an assistant for eight years.
    Person ID  I14863  Bryant
    Last Modified  15 Dec 2002 

    Father  William Arnold,   b. 24 Jun 1587, probably, Ilchester, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 03 Nov 1677, Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Christian Peak,   b. Feb 1584, Muchelney, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1659, Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1611  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID  F692  Group Sheet

    Family  Sarah Smith,   b. 15 Nov 1629, probably, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1713, Pawtuxet (now Pawtucket), Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Nov 1646  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 8, 9
    Children 
     1. Esther Arnold,   b. 22 Sep 1647, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Israel Arnold,   b. 13 Oct 1649, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1716, Warwick, Kent Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Stephen Arnold,   b. 27 Nov 1654, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1720
     4. Elizabeth Arnold,   b. 02 Nov 1659, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1728
     5. Elisha Arnold,   b. 18 Feb 1661/62, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1711, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah Arnold,   b. 26 Jun 1665, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1727
     7. Phebe Arnold,   b. 09 Nov 1670, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1040  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Dec 1622 - Bighere, Ilchester, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Nov 1646 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 02 Jun 1698 - Pawtuxet (now Pawtucket), Providence Co, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Nov 1699 - Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S214] Cutter, No. NY Families, Cutter, William Richard, (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1910), p.107.

    3. [S312] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 89.

    4. [S234] Arnold Memorial, Arnold, Elisha Stephen, (The Tuttle Publishing Co., Inc., Rutland, VT, 1935), p.57.

    5. [S274] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).

    6. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 33:437.

    7. [S312] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 88.

    8. [S151] Arnold, RI Vital records, Arnold, James N., (Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, 1891-1912), Vol. 2; Providence:7.

    9. [S295] Search for Passengers M & J:18, Spear, Burton W., (The Mary & John Clearinghouse, 5602-305th St., Toledo, OH 43611, 1992), p. 10.


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