|Also Known As:||"William Peabody", "William Paybody of Duxborrow"|
|Birthplace:||St Albans, Hertfordshire, England|
|Death:||Died in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island|
|Place of Burial:||Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States|
Son of John Pabodie and Isabel Pabodie
|Occupation:||1648-Yeoman, 1672-Planter, 1681-Wheelwright, land-surveyor, and school teacher, yeoman, boatman, planter, and wheelwright. He was also a land surveyor.|
|Managed by:||Bianca May Evelyn Brennan|
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Death: Dec. 13, 1707
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WILLIAM PABODIE was born in 1619 in England. He married, Dec. 26, 1644, at Plymouth, Mass., Elizabeth Alden, daughter of John and Priscilla (Mullens) Alden, born in 1623 at Plymouth. Elizabeth is supposed to have been the first white female child born in New England.
William, who grew up in Duxbury, Mass., is referred to in various documents of the period as a yeoman, boatman, planter, and wheelwright. He was also a land surveyor. On Nov. 1, 1648, four years after he was married, he bought from John Holland and Hopestill Foster of Dorchester, Mass., a dwelling house, garden, stables, land and meadow. He later bought additional tracts of land in Mattapoisett and Sepecan. At one point, on Oct. 27, 1680, he adjusted a boundary line between his lands and those of Mrs. Sarah Parke and William Brewster. He served as a Duxbury town officer and as a representative or deputy to the General Court at Plymouth, being repeatedly elected to the court from 1654 to 1663, then again in 1668, and continuously from 1671 to 1682. He was admitted a freeman of the colony June 5, 1651.
About 1684, he removed to Little Compton, then in Massachusetts but now in Rhode Island, where he had acquired a share in lands. Thus he established in Rhode Island what has come to be known as the Rhode Island branch of the family. He died Dec. 13, 1707, in Little Compton. His widow survived for almost 10 years, dying May 31, 1717, in Little Compton.
William's will provided as follows:
“The Last Will & Testament of William Pabodie of Little Compton in the County of Bristoll being aged and weakly, but of perfect understanding, as at other times, blessed be God for it, for the settling & continueing peace in my family and amongst my children after my decease do order my estate in the world as followeth
“Impris that my Body after it be Dead have Decent buriall & all funerall charges be Defrayed out of my estate....
“Item That all my Lawful Debts be fully & clearely and truely payed out of my estate as soon after my Death as Conveniently Can....
“Item I give unto my beloved wife all my houseing and lands in that part of ye town of Little Compton aforsd called the three quarters of a mile square the land being the one halfe of fourteen eleven acre lotts of land lyeing all of them in said three quarters of a mile square the Dwelling house being the East end of said house (the one halfe of sd fourteen eleven acre lotts of land. I gave formerly unto my son William Pabodie as may appear by a Deed of Gift unto him under my hand and Seal) Dureing the time of her widowhood: but if she Marry againe then I give her the Third part only Dureing her life. Allso I give unto my sd wife all my household stuff beds and beding puter brass Iron Tinn wood except onely one sett of Green Curtaines which I have given unto my Daughter Lidea Greenill after my wives Decease Together with the vallens thereunto belonging Allso I give unto my wife what cattle or beast of any sort or kind shall be found mine at my Death Together allso will all Bills due unto me at my death and what money shall be found mine at my Death Provided she Marry not againe and allso Rest contented with this my bequest to her in this my last will & Testament But if my wife shall see cause to claime her Thirds of my house and lands that was mine at Duxbury which I sold unto Samuel Bartlett and make use thereof then my will is my son William Pabodie shall have the whole use of houseing & lands at Little Compton & pay Samuel Bartlett fifty shillings by the year Dureing the time his mother makes use of her thirds at Duxbury....
“Item my will further is that if my wife will not be Contented with her thirds at Little Compton onely nor with her thirds at Duxbury onely but shall claime her thirds in both places or Marry Againe then my will is that I do hereby make Voide all my Bequest to her before Mentioned in this my last will & Testament and that she shall have onely such part of my estate as the law provides when the Husband. Dyes Intestate, and my bequest in this my last will & Testament in what is more then the law Request as aforesaid shall goe to make up the Damage any person shall sustain by her Refusall....
“Item I give to my son William Pabodie after his Mothers death that part of my house and land in Little Compton which I have bequeathed unto his mother dureing her life to him & his heirs for ever with all the Appurtenances....
“Item I give unto my son William Pabodie one Quarter part of a four & Twenty acre lott of land in Little Compton to him and his heires and assigns for ever....
“Item I give unto my son William Pabodie all my books not otherwise Disposed of before my Death and all my tools Axes hoes augurs saws Chaines hooks plows Irons. Crow & c...
“Item I give unto my three Gransons Namely Stephen Southworth the naturall son of my daughter Rebecca now Deceased and the naturall sons of my son William Pabodie Namely John Pabodie & William Pabodie as followeth, whereas there are certain lands belonging unto me the Testator Lyeing in or about a place called Wesbanange westward of the town of Providence in Rhod Iland Jurisdiction in New England not as yet bound out nor Divided namely one whole share I purchased of Philip Taber as may apear by Deeds under the hand & seale of sd Taber bearing date November the 12th 1685. and one other share in sd. Land in the same Country Purchased by my son William ffoabs of Shuball Painter as may appear by Deed under his hand and seal bearing date March the 8th, 1682, but assigned over by the said William ffobes unto my son in law Icabod Wiswell and my self the Testator as may appear by an assignment on the back side said Deed Now I give unto my three Gransons before named viz Stephen Southworth John Pabody and William Pabodie one third part of that whole share of land bought of Phillip Taber the other two third parts haveing formerly sold unto my two sons in law namely Edward Southworth & William ffobes allso I give two third parts of my halfe share of what was said Suball Painters the other third part of said half share I sold unto my said son in law Edward Southworth now I say the one third part of my share I bought that was Suball Painters I give unto my said three Gransons namely Stephen Southworth John Pabodie & William Pabodie by an equal Division to them and their heirs for ever.
“Item I give unto my naturall Daughter Mary one shilling & to my naturall Daughter Mercey one shilling and unto my naturall Daughter Martha one shilling and unto my naturall Daughter Priscilla one shilling & unto my Naturall Daughter Ruth one shilling and unto my naturall Daughter Hannah one shilling & to my naturall Daughter Lidia one shilling and to the heires of my naturall Daughter Elizabeth one shilling and unto the heirs of my naturall Daughter Rebeccah one shilling.
“Lastly I constitute and apoint my beloved wife & my son William Pabodie sole executors of this my last will and Testament Desireing my beloved friends:
William Pabodie (s)
“Signed and sealed in the presence of these witnesses May: 13th: 1707 John Woodman Peter Taylor Samuel Wilbore
An account of the administration of the estate was filed by the son William on Sept. 13, 1709, showing he had paid each of the heirs their cash legacies and paid the expense of the funeral, which included “one shilling for the robe, six shillings for digging the grave, three shillings for the coffin, twelve shillings for 3 gallons of rum and 13 shillings for the grave stones, besides paying the doctor two pounds and three shillings.”_
Children (thirteen) (dates follow old style, year beginning March 25), all born in Duxbury:
John, b. Oct. 4, 1645; sold his grandfather's legacy in 1668; d. Nov. 17, 1669. The coroner's jury found “hee riding on the road, his horse carried him underneath the bow of a tree, violently forceing his unto the body thereof, broke his skull, which wee doe judge was the cause of his death.”_
Elizabeth, b. April 24, 1647; m. Nov. 16, 1666, in Duxbury, John Rogers Jr., son of John and Ann (Churchman) Rogers of Duxbury; she d. before 1707 and he m. (2) Hannah (Hobart) Browne, widow of John Browne of Salem, Mass., and daughter of the Rev. Peter Hobart of Hingham, Mass.; Hannah d. 1691 and he m. (3) int. March 22, 1692/3, Marah (Cobham) Browning, widow of Joseph Browning and daughter of Josiah and Mary Cobham or Marah (Browning) Newell, who d. in 1739; he d. June 28, 1732, in Barrington, Mass., (now R.I.); children born to John and Elizabeth: Hannah Rogers, John Rogers, Elizabeth Rogers, Ruth Rogers, Sarah Rogers.
Mary, b. Aug. 7, 1648; m. Nov. 16, 1671, in Duxbury, Edward Southworth, son of Constant and Elizabeth (Collier) Southworth; lived in Duxbury; children: Mercy Southworth, Elizabeth Southworth, Thomas Southworth, Constant Southworth, Benjamin Southworth, John Southworth, Priscilla Southworth.
Mercy, b. Jan. 2, 1649; m. Nov. 16, 1669, in Duxbury, John Simmons, son of Moses and Sarah (Chandler?) Simmons; lived in Duxbury; he d. before Feb. 9, 1715/16; she d. before Nov. 8, 1728; children: John Simmons, William Simmons, Isaac Simmons, Martha Simmons, Benjamin Simmons, Joseph Simmons, Rebeckah Simmons, Joshua Simmons, Moses Simmons.
Martha, b. Feb. 24, 1650; m. (1) Apr. 4, 1677, in Duxbury, Samuel Seabury, a Duxbury physician b. Dec. 10, 1640, in Duxbury, son of John and Grace (_____) Seabury; Samuel, whose first wife was Patience Kemp, who d. Oct. 29, 1675; Smauel d. Aug. 5, 1681, in Duxbury, and Martha m. (2) William Fobes, b. in 1650, son of John and Constant (Mitchell) Fobes; Martha d. Jan. 25, 1712, in Little Compton; William d. Nov. 6, 1712; children: Joseph Seabury, John Seabury, Martha Seabury, Elizabeth Fobes, Constant Fobes, Mary Fobes, and Mercy Fobes.
Priscilla, b. Nov. 16, 1652; d. March 2, 1653.
Priscilla, b. Jan. 15, 1653/4; m. Dec. 24, 1677, or Dec. 2, 1679, in Duxbury, the Rev. Ichabod Wiswall, b. 1637/8, probably in Dorchester, Mass., son of Thomas and Elizabeth (_____) Wiswall; he had m. (1) Remember _____; he d. July 23, 1700, in Duxbury; she d. June 3, 1724, in Kingston; children: Mercy Wiswall, Hannah Wiswall, Peleg Wiswall, Perez Wiswall, Priscilla Wiswall, Deborah Wiswall.
Sarah, b. Aug. 7, 1656; m. (1) Nov. 10, 1681, probably in Duxbury, John Coe, b. June 30, 1649, son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Whately) Coe of Portsmouth, N.H.; he d. Dec. 10 or 16, 1728, in Little Compton, and she m. (2) Oct. 7, 1731, Caesar Church; she d. Aug. 27, 1740, in Little Compton; children: Lydia Coe, Sarah Coe, Lydia Coe, Sarah Coe, Samuel Coe, Elizabeth Coe, Hannah Coe, John Coe, Joseph Coe.
Ruth, b. June 27, 1658; m. December 1676 or 1678, in Duxbury, Benjamin Bartlett, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Brewster) Bartlett; lived in Duxbury; she d. before March 27, 1725, in Duxbury; his will, dated Dec. 10, 1717, was proved Apr. 10, 1724; children: Robert Bartlett, Sarah Bartlett, Rebeckah Bartlett, Ruth Bartlett, Mercy Bartlett, William Bartlett, Priscilla Bartlett, Deborah Bartlett, Abigail Bartlett.
Rebecca, b. Oct. 16, 1660; m. in 1680, William Southworth, b. in 1659, in Duxbury, Mass., son of Constant and Elizabeth (Collier) Southworth; she d. Dec. 3 or 23, 1702, in Little Compton, and he m. (2) Nov. 14, 1705, Martha (Kirkland) Blague (later spelled Blake), widow of Joseph Blague and daughter of Nathaniel and Parnell Kirkland; he d. June 25, 1718 or 1719, in Little Compton; children born to William and Rebecca: Benjamin Southworth, Joseph Southworth, Edward Southworth, Elizabeth Southworth, Alice Southworth, Samuel Southworth, Nathaniel Southworth, Thomas Southworth, and Stephen Southworth.
Hannah, b. Oct. 15, 1662; m. Aug. 2, 1683, Samuel Bartlett, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Brewster) Bartlett; he d. in 1713, and she d. after 1714; children: Benjamin Bartlett, Joseph Bartlett, Samuel Bartlett, Hannah Bartlett, Ichabod Bartlett, Elizabeth Bartlett, Lydia Bartlett, Sarah Bartlett, possibly Judah or Judith Bartlett, and possibly William Bartlett.
William, b. Nov. 24, 1664.
Lydia, b. Apr. 3, 1667; m. about 1683, Daniel Grinnell, b. about 1668, in Portsmouth, R.I., son of Daniel and Mary (Wodell) Grinnell; he d. Jan. 7, 1740, in Saybrook, Conn.; she d. July 13, 1748, in Saybrook or Killingworth (later Clinton), Conn.; children: Peabody Grinnell, George Grinnell, Mary Grinnell, Priscilla Grinnell, Ruth Grinnell, Elizabeth Grinnell, Lydia Grinnell, Sarah Grinnell, Jemima Grinnell, Daniel Grinnell, Rebecca Grinnell.
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Death: Dec. 13, 1707
Rhode Island, USA
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Grew up in Duxbury, MA, resided for a time in Plymouth, MA then settled in Little Compton, RI circa 1684. He was one of the first settlers of Little Compton, RI which was part of Massachusetts until 1747.
1654-63, 1668, 1671-82: Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony.
Siblings: Thomas, Francis, and Annis.
William was born about 1620 in probably England. He died on 13 Dec 1707 in Little Compton, Newport Co., RI. He was buried in Old Commons Cemetery, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI.
Notes for WILLIAM PABODIE:
Source for the Pabodie Family:
National Genealogical Society Quarterly; Vol. 9, page 37
He removed to Duxbury, after Elizabeth died, where he held many offices of trust, being Town Clerk for 18 years, and Deputy to the General Court for many years.
His will was dated Little Compton of Bristol Co., Mass., May 13, 1707; proved Feb. 27, 1707, wits. John Woodman, Peter Taylor and Samuel Wilbore.
William was one of the original purchasers in 1673 of portions of "Saconett," lands that would become Little Compton, and he also, along with Constant Southworth, performed the surveying work behind the purchases.
Around 1684 William and Elizabeth moved to Little Compton (then still part of Plymouth Colony), and several of their children and grandchildren followed and established their own families there. William traded on his employment experience in Duxbury to become Little Compton's first town clerk, a position that he held well into his old age. He also served as a school teacher. Around 1690, William and Elizabeth built a home on West Main Road. Much changed and expanded, it's now known as the Peabody-Wilbour Farm. (The "Wilbour" was Isaac C. Wilbour, who lived there in the 1890s, and the appearance of the house today reflects the tastes of his day. It originally was a simple two-story building consisting of four rooms).
Elizabeth's current monument, erected in June 1882, incorporates her original headstone. William's marker, "recut by the Colonial Daughters of the 17th century," is to the left of his wife's as you face the United Congregational Church. The current church building, originally just a plain meeting house, was not erected until 1832, and so was never attended by the Pabodies. Ditto the previous building on the same site, which was first occupied in 1724. For a while it was used concurrently with the original meeting house, built circa 1693, which was located nearby.
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Walter G. Ashworth 8th Great Grandson
William settled in Plymouth and was a Representative of Duxbury from 1659-1678.
Name: William Pabodie
Birth: 1620 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Death: 13 DEC 1707 in Little Compton, Newport Co., Rhode Island
Ref.1; Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island , By: J.O. Ausin
Ref.2; Genealogies of Mayflower Families . 1500s- 1800s, CD #171, FTM
Ref.3; Alden Genealogy , By; Mrs, Charles L. Alden, of Troy , N. Y.
Ref.4: Mary Lonford Taylor Alden, Elizabeth (Alden) Pabodie and Descendants(Salem, MA: E. Putnam, 1897),Page: 3.
Ref.5; Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000.
Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)
Ref.6: Dwight Brainerd, Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd (Montreal, QP Canada: 1948)Page: 232.
Ref.7: Ramon Meyers Tingley, Some Ancestral Lines; Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford: Solon Tingley and His Wife, Martha Pamelia Meyers, Collected by Their Son, Raymon Meyers Tingley (Rutland, VT: The Tuttle Publishing Co., 1935)Page: 275.
Ref.8; New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society)
Vol. 40, p. 60; Vol. 52, p. 54; Vol. 142, p. 86
Ref.9; The Genealogical Magazine (Salem, MA: Salem Press, 1890+), Vol. 5, p. 1
Ref.10; The Mayflower Descendant
Legacy CD-ROM contains 48 volumes of Pilgrim records. The first 37 volumes, compiled by George Ernest Bowman in "The Mayflower Descendant Magazine" from 1899 to 1937, are rich sources of information about the first 250 years of American history. Also included are all five volumes of Bowman’s Pilgrim Notes and Queries and three volumes of Bowman’s Vital Records of Brewster, Halifax, and Truro, and Bowman’s post-publication corrections taken from his personal copy of the magazine. New are B. N. Derick’s volume on Dennis cemeteries and a volume on Wellfleet cemeteries. (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899 to 1937]
[republished on CD by Search & Research Publishing, Wheat Ridge, CO 1996]
Vol. 3, p. 11 and p. 231; Vol. 6, p. 129; Vol. 8, p. 231; Vol. 10, p. 8
Ref.11; John Osborne Austin, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690, with Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation (Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, 1887] [reprinted with additions and corrections, Baltimore, MD: 1969], Page: 141.
Father: John Peabody b: BET 1589 AND 1590 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Mother: Isabell Harper b: 1592 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Marriage 1 Elizabeth Alden b: BET 1622 AND 1623 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Married: 26 DEC 1644 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
John Pabodie b: 4 OCT 1645 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts
Elizabeth Pabodie b: 24 APR 1647 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Mary Pabodie b: 7 AUG 1648 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Mercy Pabodie b: 2 JAN 1648/49 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Martha Pabodie b: 25 FEB 1649/50 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts
Priscilla Pabodie b: 15 JAN 1652/53 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Sarah Pabodie b: 7 AUG 1656 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts
Ruth Pabodie b: 27 JUN 1658 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts
Rebecca Pabodie b: 16 OCT 1660 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts
Hannah Pabodie b: 15 OCT 1662 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
William Pabodie b: 24 NOV 1664 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Lydia Pabodie b: 3 APR 1667 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co
Burial: AFT 13 DEC 1707 Commons Cemetery, Little Compton, Newport Co., Rhode Island 1
BRISTOL COUNTY, MA PROBATE RECORDS, 1687-1745, VOL. II 1699-1710, PAGE 39
Will of WILLIAM PABODIE of Little Compton, dated 13 May 1707, prob. 27 Feb. 1707/8. wife mentioned but not named. Son William Pabodie. Daus: Lidea Greenill & Mary, Mercy, Martha, priscilla, Ruth, Srah, Hannah, Elizabeth dcd. & Rebecca dcd. [no surnames]. 3 persons: Stephen Southworth son of dau. Rebecca dcd. & John & William Pabodie sons of my son William. Mentions son-in-law William Foabes & son-in-law Icabod Wiswall. Mentions lands in Little Compton, in Duxbury & west of Providence. Witnesses: John Woodman, Peter Taylor & Samuel Willbore [2:193/4]
INV. of Est. of WILLIAM PABODIE of Little Compton who died 13 Dec. 1707, dated 30 Dec. 1707, pres. by Mrs. Elizabeth Pabodie, widow & her son William Pabodie, Execs. Apprs: John Palmer & Edward Richmond [2:195].
Married Abigail Alden, of John and Priscilla Alden (Mayflower). -------------------- Old Burial Ground, Little Compton, RI.
12 children; 2nd Elizabeth. -------------------- "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations"
Volume Sixteen, Part 1
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Elizabeth Alden and William Pabodie
ELIZABETH2 ALDEN (John1) was born at Plymouth, about 1624-25 (age at death); died at Little Compton, 31 May 1717 (RIVR, 4:6:143) in her 93rd (The Boston News-Letter, 17 June 1717) or 94th year (gravestone). She and her husband are buried in Little Compton (NEHGR, 115:263, her stone says "Erected June 1882"; his says "Stone recut by the Colonial Daughters of the 17th century"; MD, 34:98-99).
She married at Duxbury, 26 December 1644 (Duxbury Town Rec, 1:1 and Plymouth Col Ct Orders, 2:107 in MD, 8:231,~ 13:86; PCR, 8:288; VR, 282 has "20[sic]"), WILLIAM PABODIE/PAYBODY, son of John and Isabell (Brittaine?) Paybody (Torrey's Marriages, 549), born probably in England (Stiles Diary, 1:150), about 1620 (deposition 1681, age at death); died at Little Compton, 13 December 1707 in his 88th year (MD, 34:99 and ill.; RIVR, 4:6:143; NEHGR, 115:263). On 9 June 1681 William made a deposition stating he was aged about 61 (Suffolk Files #3347, copied from Plymouth Court Records). William was named as the youngest son in John Paybody's will, dated 16 July 1649 and proved 27 April 1667, which also named William's son John (MD, 17:23; NEHGR, 11:198). In 1653 Bradford recorded that William Paybody and Experience Mitchell had sold to Joseph Beedle of Marshfield the grant of land at the North River in Scituate that John Paybody and Mitchell had received in 1640. Beedle had since sold the land to John Hoare of Scituate (Plymouth Col LR, 11:1:47 in MD, 2:96).
No birth record for Elizabeth Alden survives, but her parentage is confirmed in the Division of Cattle made 22 Nat 1627 (1 June 1627 n.s.), which shows her with John and Priscilla Alden in the "fourth lot" (MD, 1:150). Bradford stated in his list of Mayflower passengers made in 1651 that John and Priscilla's "eldest dau. is maried & hath five children" (MD, 1:13).
In 1771 Ezra Stiles, D.D. LL.D., President of Yale University, recorded in his diary a "Memoir of the Family of Pabodie as I received it from Deacon Pabody of Newport":
"He [William] came out of England & settled first at Plymouth; afterwards removed & was among the first Settlers of Saconet or Little Compton perhaps about 1680. For many years he kept up the Lordsday Worship in his house where most of the settlers attended -- by praying Reading & singing: till about 1700 when they got a preacher. He was a very pious and exemplary Man: became Deacon of the Chh. He always sat with the Minister in the pulpit (tho' not as Elder). He was with his son Wm in the Foundation of the Chh in Saconet at its Gathering in 1704. Of which Chh he himself & afterwards his son William Pabodie — & afterwards his Grandson Wm Paboide (& I think another Grandson, viz. Joseph Pabodie) were Deacons. They are all dead. But another of his Grandsons, viz. Benjamin Pabodie, born 1717 is now living an exemplary Deacon of the first congregational Chh in Newport Rh. Island: from whom I [Ezra Stiles] have this Account" (Stiles Diary, 1:150).
William Pabodie was listed at Duxbury as a male "able to bear arms" (between the age of 16 and 60) in August 1643 (PCR, 8:187). He was an original proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645 and was admitted a Freeman of the colony on 5 June 1651 (PCR, 2:154, 167; Gen Dict RI, 141). In 1648 he purchased for £70 the 80-acre homestead in Duxbury which had formerly belonged to Jonathan Brewster from John Holland and Hopestill Foster of Dorchester (Plymouth Col LR, 11:1:43 in MD, 2:93-94).
In 1669 William was one of the first proprietors of Freetown, purchasing the fourteenth lot (Plymouth Col LR, 3:1:151-52; MD, 41:15) but exchanging it for land elsewhere (Freetown Hist, 6). He was a proprietor of Saconett (Little Compton) in 1675, but he remained in Duxbury where he was a selectman and town clerk for 18 years and where he recorded the births of all of his children (MD, 1:163). He called himself of Duxbury, "planter," when be sold 30 acres in Duxbury "lying neare namasakisit" in 1672 (MD, 32:101-102). William Pabody of Duxbury is included on a list of the early land owners in Little Compton on 29 April 1675 (TAG, 61:133).
In 1679 William Pabodie of Duxborrow, planter, exchanged his half of 2/5 of the 2nd lot at Saconet, which he owned in common with Constant Southworth, for the 9th lot in the possession of William Southworth (Bristol Co LR, 1:296). On 5 July 1683 Benjamin Church of Bristol and William Pabodie of Little Compton exchanged houselots in the first division of Little Compton, and William Pabodie sold the 6th, 8th, and 9th lots in Little Compton to John Woodman on 5 December 1688 (Bristol Co LR, 2:146; 1:85). William Fobes assigned a deed to William Pabody and Ichabod "Wrisenall" on 14 May 1683. Philip Tabor sold land in weskanaugh to William Pabody on 12 November 1685 and Pabody assigned the same land to Edward Southworth and William Fobes (his sons-in-law] on 28 January 1685/6 (Land and Notarial Records of RI, 3:222-23 in Rhode Island Roots, 14:87). On 6 September and 18 November 1686 William bought land in the 3/4 Mile Square [which had been laid out to 32 different purchasers and which was formerly the reservation of Awashonks, Queen of the Sogonates -bounded on the east by the great main road and on the west by the Sakonet River (Little Compton Farns, 436-39)1 from Capt. Benjamin Church and Daniel Greenel, and on 3 October 1686 he exchanged land with Daniel Wilcock for another lot in 3/4 Mile Square (Bristol Co LR 2: 271-72, 278). On 13 March 1688/9 William sold Lot 52 in the second division of houselots in Little Compton to Anthony Colomer, and a reproduction of this deed with William's autograph signature is printed in MD, 17:129.
William Pabodie served on the grand jury in June 1648 and was receiver of excise in June 1650. In March 1655 he served on a jury that found John Walker guilty of manslaughter "by chance medley." In 1657, 1660, and 1662 he served on committees laying out land and roads. In October 1665 his committee attended to rebuilding the bridge over Jones River. On 27 June 1667 William was granted "the remainder of that land he paid for, being a parcel of poor hilly barren land." To satisfy a debt of £7 from William and Moses Numaker, William Pabodie received lands on 1 July 1672. He was on the coroners jury in June 1673 and was on committees hearing complaints from persons to whom the Colony was indebted in July 1677 and to apportion tax rates in 1681. In June 1680 he and two others bound out Talamanuck's one thousand acres at Saconnett and in October 1681 ran the line between lands of Saconnett and Punckateeset to the Dartmouth bounds. On 3 March 1686 William and partners bought lands at Saconnet Neck for £75 from Awashunk, Squaw Sachem. He was a selectman in both Duxbury and Little Compton in 1668, 1672-1675, 1680, 1684 and a Deputy to the General Court in 1654-1663, 1670-1677, and 1679-1682 (PCR, 3:77, 49, 115, 135, 162, 187, 198, 214; 4:14, 37; GenDictRi, 141).
William Pabodie of Little Compton, husbandman, gave for "affection to my grandson William Simmons of Little Compton," the 24th and 34th lots and 1/4 of the first lot in Little Compton on 21 June 1700 (Bristol Co LR, 3:157). He made a similar gift to his daughter Sarah and her husband John Coe of Boston of three small parcels in Little Compton on 18 February 1685, and one to his daughter Lydia and her husband Daniel Grinnell dated 1 January 1687/8 for "80 acres of land in Little Compton in the sixth great lott"(Bristol Co LR, 1:226, 3:3).
In his will of 13 May 1707, William Pabodie of Little Compton, "for the settleing & Continueing peace in my family and amongst my Children after my Decease do order my estate in the world as followeth," to his wife (not named) all the housing and lands the part of in Little Compton called the "three quarters of a mile square," the east end of the house for the term of her widowhood, all household stuff except one set of green curtains already given to daughter "Lidea Greenil," all of the livestock, money and the bills; if she remarried she was only to receive her dower thirds. His only surviving son, William, had received some property by deed of gift and was to receive the whole of the housing and lands in Little Compton after his mother's death, as well as all of the books not otherwise disposed of. Grandsons Stephen Southworth, son of daughter Rebecah deceased, and William and John Pabodie, Sons of William, receved the one third of the land at "weskanauge westward of the town of Providence in Rhod Island...not as yet bound out nor Divided Namely one whole share I purchased of Philip Taber [in a deed dated 12 November 1685]," and two thirds of the land in the same area bought by son-in-law William "Foabs" from Shuball Painter on 8 March 1682 and then signed over to son-in-law Ichabod Wiswall and himself. The other two shares of the Taber land had been sold to sons-in-law Edward Southworth and William Fobes, and the other third of the Painter land was sold to Edward Southworth. Pabodie gave one shilling each to his "naturall" daughters (i.e. legitimate biological daughters as opposed to daughters-in-law) Mary, Mercey, Martha, Priscilla, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Lidia, the heirs of daughter Elizabeth, and the heirs of daughter Rebecah. The widow and son were named executors and the will was witnessed by John Woodman, Peter Taylor, and Samuel Willbore. Witnesses were sworn on 27 February 1707(18] and on that day bond was given by "m" Elizabeth Pabodie and her son william Pabodie."
The inventory of William's estate, taken on 30 December 1707, was valued at £407.14.00, most of which was the 70 acres of undescribed land valued at £315. The share of land at "washquanoug" was not valued. The will was recorded 1 March 1707[/8] and William Pabodie filed an executor's account on 7 September 1709 in which be lists legacies paid to "sisters" Mary, Mercey, Martha, Prissilla, Sarah, Ruth, Hannah, and Lidiah; to "the heirs of sister Elizabeth"; and to "husband of sister Rebecca" (Bristol Co PR, 2:193-94, 268-69, 295; MD, 6:129-35 reproduces entire text of will and inventory; Bristol PR Abstracts, 1:39).
Children of William and Elizabeth (Alden) PABODIE, all recorded at Duxbury by William (VR, 114 and MD, 1:163, 9: 171-72):
i. JOHN,3 b. 4 Oct 1645; d. Duxbury, 17 Nov. 1669 (VR, 397); unm. On 18 November 1669 a Coroner's Jury found "that he rydeying on the road, his horse caryed him underneath a bow of a young tree and violently forcing his head into the body thereof brake his skull, which we doe judge was the cause of his death" (PCR, 5:19). John was named in his grandfather John Paybody's will of 16 July 1649 from which he received "my lott of Land at the new plantation" (MD, 17:23).
ii. ELIZABETH, b. 24 April 1647; m. JOHN3 ROGERS.
iii. MARY, b. 7 Aug. 1648; m. EDWARD SOUTHWORTH.
iv. MERCY, b. 2 Jan. 1649(1501; m. JOHN SIMMONS.
v. MARTHA, b. 24 Feb. 1650(111; m. (1) SAMUEL SEABURY, (2) WILLIAM FOBES.
vi. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 16 Nov. 1652; d. Duxbury, 2 March 1652/3 (vR, 397).
vii. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 15 Jan. 1653[/4]; m. ICHABOD WISWALL
viii. SARAH, b. 7 Aug. 1656; m. JOHN COE.
ix. RUTH, b. 27 June 1658; m. BENJAMIN4 BARTLETT.
x. REBECCA [Rebeckah], b. 16 Oct. 1660; m. WILLIAM SOUTHWORTH.
xi. HANNAH, b. 15 Oct. 1662; m. (1) SAMUEL4 BARTLETT, (2) JOHN CHURCHILL.
xii. WILLIAM, b. 24 Nov. 1664; m. (1) JUDITH4 TILDEN, (2) ELIZABETH (THROOPE) PECK, (3) MARY (MORGAN) STARR.
xiii. LYDIA [Lideah], b. 3 April 1667; m. DANIEL GRINNELL.
"William, who grew up in Duxbury, Mass., is referred to in various documents of the period as a yeoman, boatman, planter, and wheelwright. He was also a land surveyor. On Nov. 1, 1648, four years after he was married, he bought from John Holland and Hopestill Foster of Dorchester, Mass., a dwelling house, garden, stables, land and meadow. He later bought additional tracts of land in Mattapoisett and Sepecan. At one point, on Oct. 27, 1680, he adjusted a boundary line between his lands and those of Mrs. Sarah Parke and William Brewster. He served as a Duxbury town officer and as a representative or deputy to the General Court at Plymouth, being repeatedly elected to the court from 1654 to 1663, then again in 1668, and continuously from 1671 to 1682. He was admitted a freeman of the colony June 5, 1651.
"About 1684, he removed to Little Compton, then in Massachusetts but now in Rhode Island, where he had acquired a share in lands. Thus he established in Rhode Island what has come to be known as the Rhode Island branch of the family."
Hon. William Pabodie's Timeline
May 24, 1619
Burbage, Leicester, England
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
December 26, 1644
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 4, 1645
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
April 24, 1647
Duxbury, MA, USA
August 7, 1648
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
January 2, 1649
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
February 24, 1650
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
November 16, 1652
Duxbury, Plymouth County, MA, USA