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Edward Wanton

Birthplace: of, London, Middlesex , England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Wanton
Father of Joseph Wanton; George Wanton; Elizabeth Scott; William Wanton, 20th Colonial Governor of Rhode Island; John Wanton, 21st Colonial Governor of Rhode Island and 3 others

Occupation: Shipwright
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About Edward Wanton

Edward Wanton

  • Birth: Between 1630 and 1631 - England
  • Death: Oct 17 1716 - Scituate, Plymouth, Ma

From Miner Descent Posted July 2019

Edward WANTON (1632 – 1716) was Alex’s 9th great grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miner line.  He was a prominent Boston shipbuilder who converted to Quakerism and moved to Scituate, Massachusetts in 1661. The Wanton family, known as the Fighting Quakers was among the most prominent and public minded of colonial families, and includes numerous governors and public officials.

Edward Wanton was born about 1632 in England.  His parents may have been Valentine WANTON and Margaret CROMWELL. He emigrated from London to Boston about the year 1658. He  was probably married in England and his first wife died in 1660 or 1661.  He married second  Elizabeth [__?__] in 1663 in Scituate, Mass.  He married Margaret [__?__] in 1677.  Two of his sons, one nephew and one grandson become Governors of Rhode Island. Edward died 16 Dec 1716 in Sciuate, Mass.

Little information is known about Elizabeth and Margaret.


From Deane’s History of Scituate:

Edward Wanton was in Boston before 1658: tradition says he came from London; and further, that his mother came with him; but of his father we have neither record nor tradition. He appears in Scituate as a resident in 1661, and had lands 1660. Before he left Boston, he became a convert to the faith of the Quakers, the narritive of which is as follows. The severity of the Massachusetts Government towards this new sect, having been carried to the extent of executing three of them in 1659, 1660 and 1661. Edward Wanton was an officer of the guard, on one or more of these occasions. He became deeply sensible of the cruelty, injustice and impolicy of these measures: he was greatly moved by the firmness with which they submitted to death, and won entirely by their addresses before their execution. He returned to his house, saying, ‘Alas, Mother! we have been murdering the Lord’s people,’ and taking off his sword, put it by, with a solemn vow never to wear it again. From this time he conversed, on every opportunity, with the Friends, and soon resolved to become a public teacher of their faith. In Scituate 1661, he purchased a farm of 80 acres, of William Parker, at the well known ship-yard, a little below Dwelley’s creek. He had also extensive lands on Cordwood hill: and also south-west of Hooppole hill, which latter were sold to Nathaniel Brooks 1723. The house of Edward Wanton stood near the bank of the river, on the land that is now improved as a ship-yard, and on the spot occupied by the smaller Work-house. Here he conducted the business of shipbuilding with great success: and we may add, that he held a distinguished place amongst the enterprising settlers of the Town. Of his success as a religious teacher we have spoken elsewhere, (see Ecclesiastical History). He remained firm and active to an advanced age. His last visit to Newport as a representative from the quarterly to the yearly meeting was in 1716, when he was fourscore and five years old, and he deceased soon after his return, Oct. 16th, 1716, and was buried on his own plantation, a few rods north-east of his house, where several of his family and of the family of Rogers have since been buried. The farm bears the name of this venerable man, though it has passed into the possession of another family nearly a century since. His name will go down to posterity so long as a history of the Town shall be known. His memory is held in respect, by tradition, from generation to generation. It may gratify some antiquarian, when we record, that a widow Mary Howland, a descendant, on the Island of Canonicut, has preserved some curious articles of the household furniture of Edward Wanton, which he brought with him from England.

“He was probably married before he left England. In Boston were born to him Edward 1658, Margaret 1660, neither of which children lived to mature years: and their motther also deceased 1660-1. After his removal to Scituate, one of the Ministers, of his sect visited him, having recently come form England, and took an opportunity to recommend to him a woman of his acquaintance in England for a second wife. Proposals were accordingly sent in wrriting, and she came in compliance therewith. Her name was Elizabeth _____. There were married 1663, and had children, Joseph born 1664, George 1666, Elizabeth 1668, William 1670, John 1672, Sarah and Margaret 1674, Hannah 1677, Michael 1679, Stephen 1682, Philip 1686.

Edward died age 85. [1, 2]


Last updated Oct 2015

Seen as a son of Sarah Ormsby (Upham) & Wanton. However she seems unmarried in 1635 (named as "my daughter Sarah Upham in New England" in her father's will, implying she was never married as of that date. Edward Wanton's birth date has been seen as 1628-1632, but not after 1635.

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Edward Wanton's Timeline

London, Middlesex , England
May 1, 1664
Age 33
Scituate, RI, USA
Age 35
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
September 16, 1668
Age 37
Scituate, MA
September 15, 1670
Age 39
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
December 24, 1672
Age 41
York, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 9, 1679
Age 48
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
Age 51
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Age 55
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
October 17, 1716
Age 85
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts