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Birthplace: Lancaster Close, Lcp Stanhope and Wolsingham Parishes And, Durham, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Providence, Rhode Isl, USA
Occupation: Cavalier and officer in army of King Charles/deputy to the assembly of Rhode Island
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  1. ID: I90164
  2. Name: Lawrence Wilkinson
  3. Given Name: Lawrence
  4. Surname: Wilkinson 1 2
  5. Sex: M
  6. Birth: Abt 1615 in Lanchester, County Durham, England 2
  7. Death: 9 May 1692 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 2 2
  8. Event: 1st Military service Bet 1636 and 1647 Lieutenant Army of King Charles I 2
  9. Immigration: Bet 1645 and 1647 Providence Plantation, Rhode Island 2
  10. Change Date: 3 Jul 2007 at 14:56
  11. Note:
   1 _MILT
   2 DATE BET. 1658 - 1675
   2 PLAC Captain Provincial Militia of Rhode Island
   Colonial Families in the U.S. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE WILKINSON, one of the founders of The Providence and Rhode Island Plantation, who claimed descent from Henry DE BOHUN, Earl of Hereford, a Magna Charta Baron, through Ida Estelle STITT, dau. of Seth Bunker and Sarah Wilkinson (WALL) STITT THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Being a CATALOGUE OF FAMILY HISTORIES.
   GENEALOGIES. Memoirs of the WILKINSON family in America. Comprising genealogical and biographical sketches of Lawrence Wilkinson of Providence, R. I.; Edward Wilkinson of New Milford, Conn.; John Wilkinson of Attleborough, Mass.; Daniel Wilkinson of Columbia co., N.Y., etc., and their descendants, from 1645-1868. By Rev. Israel Wilkinson, A. M. Jacksonville, Ill.: Davis & Penniman, priters, 1869. 8vo, 585 pages, indexes, arms. Database: Full Context of Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, Volume 4
   Ore, Arethusa, tuo Siculis confunditur undis. page 552 Wilkinson, often WILKESON, EDWARD, Milford, m. 2 July 1672, Rebecca, d. of Henry Smith of Stamford, had Eliz. aged 24; Rebecca, 22; Edward, 19; Ruth, 16; Hannah, 13; Abigail, 11; Samuel, 8; John, 6; and Thankful, less than 2; at the giv. of his iv. 21 Mar. 1698. HENRY, Ipswich, is prob. the tallow chandler, emb. at London, early in May 1635, aged 25, in the Elizabeth and Ann, but all else is unkn. JOHN, Malden, by a wid. Prudence W. who was of Charlestown 1635, in her will of 1655, pro. July in that yr. call. her only s. and she names no other person but John Bucknam, wh. had been tak. by her from inf. as in the will of his f. is explain. and d. Eliz. w. prob. of George Felt. He d. 12 Dec. 1675, hav. fam. I judge from seeing the summons to John, prob. his s. in 1674, to come up to take o. of fidel. JOHN, constable of Scarborough 1640. JOHN, Providence, s. perhaps youngest, of Lawrence, by w. Deborah, m. 16 Apr. 1689, had John, b. Mar. 1690; Mercy, 30 June 1694; Sarah, 22 June 1696; Freelove, 2 July 1701; Daniel, 8 June 1703; and Jeremiah, 4 June 1707. This last was ancest. of the disting. prophetess Jemima Wilkinson. His eldest s. m. Rebecca, d. of the sec. Richard Scott. JOSEPH, propound. for freem. 1667, in Conn. as Trumbull, Col. Rec. II. 60, shows; yet the name is not seen on the list of 1669, and he may have gone to Providence to take engagem. of alleg. 1668 to Charles II. JOSIAH, [p.552] Providence, perhaps eldest s. of Lawrence, took engagem. of alleg. to Charles II. 29 May 1682, had no male offspring to surv. him, and only d. Ruth wh. m. a Dexter, of wh. are still descend. LAWRENCE, Providence, bef. 1646, m. Susanna, d. of Christopher Smith, had beside three s. Joseph, Samuel, and John, the first b. 2 Mar. 1654; ds. Susanna, b. 9 Mar. 1652; Joanna, 2 Mar. 1657; and Susanna, again, Feb. 1662; own. alleg. to the k. 31 May 1666, and d. 9 Aug. 1692. He was call. capt. and tradit. tells that he was a capt. under Cromwell, but it is rather inconsist. that he should have hurried to get out of tha serv. and be so early at Providence, as to avoid much of the peril of the civil war, and forego all the benefits of the triumph of the holy brethren in his native ld. ROSIMUS, if the real name were not Erasmus, d. 22 Aug. 1669, by shipwreck in the W. I. and Henry Coggan claim. 5 Nov. 1670, his little prop. under the nuncup. will. SAMUEL, Providence, s. of Lawrence, engag. alleg. to the k. 29 May 1682; m. 1672, Plain, d. of William Wickenden, had Samuel, b. 18 Sept. 1674; John, 25 Jan. 1678; William, 1 Aug. 1680; Joseph, 22 Jan. 1683; Ruth, 31 Jan. 1685; and Susanna, 27 Apr. 1688. Ruth m. William Hopkins, and thus bec. mo. of Ezek. the first commodore of an Amer. Fleet in 1776, and of the more disting. Gov. Stephen, whose chirography is so sacred. legib. on the Declarat. of Independence. THOMAS, for disord. carriage in the meeting-ho. on Sunday, was commit. to pris. in Conn. Sept. 1649, till the Ct. sees cause to free him; but we find not in what town he was inhab. THOMAS, Billerica 1675, was complain. of next yr. for pract. of chirurg. and physick contra. to law, but he contin. an inhab. and is found in the tax list 1679; and at B. d. 8 Feb. 1692, Ann W. says Farmer, aged 94, wh. may have been his mo. A wid. Isabel W. d. at Cambridge, 23 Feb. 1656, whose d. Margaret was w. of Edward Goffe, and next of John Witchfield; and perhaps her d. Jane was the first w. of Edward Winship.
   Thayer and Burton Ancestry , Page 141
   Wilkinson. LIEUTENANT LAWRENCE WILKINSON was a defender of Charles I., fighting as a lieutenant in the Royal army. At the siege of Newcastle-upon-Tyne he was taken prisoner when the town fell into the hands of the Parliamentary army, October 22, 1644. His estate was thereupon sequestered and sold by order of Parliament. Having obtained special permission from Lord Fairfax, Lieutenant Wilkinson came, with his wife and son, to America. The records of 1645-47, at Durham, where the sequestration took place, have this: "Lawrence Wilkinson, of Lanchester, officer in arms, went to New England." He soon came to Providence, R. I., where, in 1657, land was granted him. In 1659 he served as juryman and commissioner, in 1667 as commissioner and deputy, and in 1673, again as deputy. He died at Providence, August 9, 1692. His wife was Susannah, daughter of Christopher and Alice ((???)) Smith, probably of Lanchester, England. Lawrence Wilkinson was the son of William Wilkinson, of Lanchester, by his wife, Mary, sister of Sir John Conyers, Bart, and the grandson of Lawrence Wilkinson, of Harpsley House, county of Durham, to whom the family arms were confirmed and the crest granted, September 18, 1615. JOHN WILKINSON, son of Lawrence and Susannah (Smith) Wilkinson, of Lanchester, England, was born probably at Providence, R. I., March 2, 1654, and married Deborah Whipple, April 16, 1689. During the King Philip war he was wounded, and the town, in 1682, voted him œ10 in compensation for his injuries. In 1700, and again in 1706, he was chosen deputy. In the inventory of his estate were joiners', coopers' and carpenters' tools, and a "negro youth, œ30." He died at Providence, April 10, 1708.

Father: William Wilkinson b: in Lanchester, County Durham, England

Mother: Mary Conyers b: 1597 in Horden, County Durham, England

Marriage 1 Susannah Smith b: Abt 1620 in Lanchester, County Durham, England

   * Married: Abt 1639 in Lanchester, County Durham, England 1 2
   * Change Date: 3 Jul 2007


  1. Has No Children Susannah Wilkinson
  2. Has No Children Joanna Wilkinson
  3. Has No Children Josias Wilkinson
  4. Has No Children Susannah Wilkinson
  5. Has Children Samuel Wilkinson b: Abt 1640 in Lancaster, County Durham, England
  6. Has No Children John Wilkinson b: 2 Mar 1653/54 in Providence Plantation, Rhode Island


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  1. ID: I2635
  2. Name: Lawrence WILKINSON
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: ABT 1620 in Lanchester, Durham, England
  5. Death: 9 AUG 1692 in Providence, Providence, Rhode IsIand
  6. Change Date: 28 JUL 2000

Father: William WILKINSON b: in of Lanchester, Durham

Mother: Mary CONYERS

Marriage 1 Sussannah SMITH b: ABT 1628 in England

   * Married: 1649 in Probably Lanchester, Durham, England


  1. John WILKINSON b: 2 MAR 1653 in Providence, Providence, Rhode IsIand
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He was in the service as a lieutenant in the English Royal Army during the English Civil War of the 1640's, on the side of Chalres I, and was taken prisoner at the fall of Newcastle, England. His estates were sequestered by Parliament as a result.

1645-47: Sequestrations in Durham, England. "Lawrence Wilkinson of Lancaster, officer in arms, went to New England."

1657, January 27- Providence, RI. He had 3 acres granted him, lying by Newfield, beyond the great swamp.

1659, January 27- Juryman.

1659- Commissioner.

1665, February 19- He had lot 50 in a division of lands.

1667- Commissioner.

1667-73: Deputy. 1679, July 1- He and two sons were taxed 3 shillings, 9 pence.

1684, March 17- He drew lo 32 in a division of lands west of the 7 mile line.

1687, September 1- Taxed 5 shillings, 6 pence.

1691, August 31- He deeded to son Josias a house and 60 acres where the Senior Wilkinson dwelt, and also 12 acres swamp and 3/4 right in common land.

1692, August 31- Administration of his estate went to sons Samuel and John, with bond for 60 pounds.


Lawrence Wilkinson, the first of our race in America, was born in Lanchester County Durham, England. He was the son of William Wilkinson by his wife, Mary, sister of Sir John Conyers, Bart, and the grandson of Lawrence Wilkinson, of Harpley House, Durham.

Our knowledge concerning him on the other side of the Atlantic is limited to a few, but quite important particulars. His birth, his parentage, and his own conduct, entitle him to very favorable consideration, and reflect honor upon his character as a conscientious adherent of the constituted authorities. The house to which he belonged had always been noted for its consistent adherence to the throne of England, and had, from time to time, been the recipient of many royal favors,and, when the civil strife arose, he conscientiously girded on the sword and went forth to fight for his King and Country and his ancient home. In short, he was a Loyalist, and, at the surrender of Newcastle, October 22, 1644, was taken prisoner by the Parliament and Scotch troops. At this period the Parliamentarians were greatly exasperated toward the adherents of King Charles I. Russell, in his Life of Cromwell, says, "the Parliament had already manifested a very determined feeling of animosity against all privileged orders, and were still directing the thunder of their power, not only against his Majesty, whose interests appeared now incompatible with their own, but also against all that class whose wealth and rank were wont to constitute the support of the throne." This spirit began to show itself as early as July, 1643, and continued to increase in intensity until the final overthrow of Charles.

Many estates were confiscated and the owners banished or imprisoned. At the time of his capture Lawrence held a Captain's commission, and shared the fate of many others who fell into the hands of the enemy. He was deprived of his property and his estates sequestered by order of Parliament. Deeply injured by the injustice of the Cromwellians, and feeling unable any longer to endure the oppression of the Government, he determined to leave his fatherland, accordingly, after having obtained special permission from Lord Fairfax, Chief Commander of the Parliamentary Army, he bade farewell to the scenes of his early youth - the "dear old home" - now in possession of enemies, and embarked with wife and child for New England to seek a home in the wilderness of America.

Lawrence Wilkinson arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1645. James, (born 1786) Wilkinson's Bible contains the following record: "He was Captain under King Charles in the wars with his Parliament, but, during Oliver Cromwell's usurpation, he became exposed to the tyranny of the Government and was obliged to leave his native country."

Upon his arrival in Providence, Lawrence signed the Civil Compact and received a gift of twenty-five acres of land, which was called a "quarter right" and upon this stood the primeval forest consisting of oak, walnut and pine, which was to be cleared up before the "Staff of Life" could be obtained.

Captain Lawrence Wilkinson, as he was called by his townsmen, was admitted as one of the original "Proprietors of Providence" and in the laying out of the land and in the drafts of the subsequent divisions on the east and on the west side of the seven mile line, his name constantly appears with the other purchasers of the town. He soon acquired a large real estate, and held a prominent position among his fellow citizens. In 1659, he was elected a member of the Legislature which met at Portsmouth. He subsequently was chosen to fill offices of trust in the infant Colony. He was an active business man, and though frequently called to serve in a public capacity, he by no means neglected his private affairs. He was greatly interested in the building up of the town, and entered heartily into every enterprise which had for its object the promotion of the Colony. The great principal of soul liberty which characterized Roger Williams found an earnest advocate in him. He lived in his adopted country nearly half a century, and we have no account of his ever returning to his native land. He died in August, 1692.


Captain in the army of King Charles I of England. Fought in the 1642 battle of Newcastle on Tyne. Captured by Oliver Cromwells forces. His lands were seized. Through negotiations with Cromwell and the King, he was released and came to Providence R.I. where he was welcomed by the infant colony and took up 1000 acres around Providence as his own. -------------------- REFN: 15947 [rickwall2.ged] LAWRENCE WILKINSON of Lanchester died 9 August 1692, a cavalier, and an officer in the army of King Charles I. He was taken prisoner at the surrender of New Castle 22 October 1644, and his estates in Durham were sequestered and sold by the Long Parliament. In 1645 he came to Providence, Rhode Island, where he was taxable in 1652. From 1667 to 1673 he was deputy to the Assembly of Rhode Island. He married about 1649 Susannah, died 1692, daughter of Christopher Smith of Providence and his wife Alice

2. Lawrence WILKINSON155 Capt. Born 1620 in Lancaster, Durham, England. Died 9 Aug 1692 in Rhode Island. Occupation Soldier, politician.

Was a Lt. in the army of Charles I but was taken prisoner by Scotch abd Parlimentary troops in the surrender of Newcastle-on-Tyne Oct 22, 1644. He was deprived of his property and obtained permission from Lord Fairfax to emigrate to America about 1645/47. He was granted lands and settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1652155

Military: Lieutenant in army of Charles I. Was a soldier in the Indian wars in Rhode Island.155

He married Susannah SMITH, daughter of Christopher SMITH & Alice, 1649 in Rhode Island. Born 1628 in Providence,Warwick Co., RI. Died 1692 in Providence,Providence Co., RI. They had the following children:

3i.Samuel WILKINSON Capt 4ii.Susannah WILKINSON 5iii.John WILKINSON 6iv.Joanna WILKINSON 7v.Josias WILKINSON 8vi.Susannah WILKINSON

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Lcp Stanhope and Wolsingham Parishes And, Durham, United Kingdom
Age 17
Providence, Rhode Island
Age 21
Lanchester, Durham, Durham, England
Age 22
Loquiessett, Providence, Rhode Island
March 9, 1652
Age 24
Providence, Providence, RI
March 2, 1654
Age 26
Providence, Rhode Isl, USA
March 2, 1657
Age 29
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
August 10, 1659
Age 31
Providence, Providence, RI
August 1, 1680
Age 52
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
August 9, 1692
Age 64
Providence, Rhode Isl, USA