Colonel Peter Mawney

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Peter Mawney

Birthplace: East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died in unknown
Place of Burial: Providence, Providence, RI, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Mawney and ? (unknown) Mawney
Husband of Mary (Tillinghast) Mawney and Mercy (Tillinghast) Brown-Mawney
Father of Elizabeth Olney; Mercy Mawney, Twin; John Mawney; Lydia Bowen and Mary Mawney

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About Colonel Peter Mawney

Peter Mawney (c.1689-1754) was a member of one of the few French Huguenot families that remained in Rhode Island, following violent clashes with the English citizens of East Greenwich, Rhode Island over disputed land. Mawney spent 24 years in the military service of the colony, serving in both the East Greenwich and Providence militias, and retiring as a Colonel in the Providence County 2nd Regiment. He also served for many years as Justice of the Peace for the town of East Greenwich.

Mawney was married twice, both times to daughters of Pardon Tillinghast, Jr., and had eight children. His son, John Mawney, was Sheriff of Providence for several years, and his grandson, John Mawney, Jr., was a surgeon and one of the raiders that attacked and burned the British revenue ship Gaspee during the leadup to the American Revolutionary War.

Peter Mawney was the son of Moses LeMoine, one of the Huguenot proprietors of the Frenchtown settlement in East Greenwich whose surname appears on the original plat. Peter was married first in E. Greenwich, RI on 6 May 1714 to Mary TILLINGHAST, the daughter of Pardon Tillinghast, Jr. and Mary Keech. Peter was married second in E. Greenwich on 14 February 1728/9 to Mercy TILLINGHAST, the sister of Mary. In August 1722 Peter was an Ensign in the first Regiment of the Militia of the Islands, but by August 1747 had become a Colonel. He lived most of his life in E. Greenwich, and was called of that place as late as 1752 when his daughter Mary was married, but shortly before his death he moved to Providence where his will is recorded. His will, dated 13 July 1754, was proved in Providence 7 October 1754. Following his death, his widow Mercy was married in Providence on 18 April 1756 to James Brown of Norwich, Conn. Peter, his second wife, and all of his known children were mentioned in the will of his father-in-law Pardon Tillinghast, dated 3 Oct 1743. Peter had five children with his first wife, and three more with the second:

Children with Mary Tillinghast: 1. Elizabeth Mawney (1714 - 1777) + sp: George Thomas + sp: James Tillinghast (1707 - 1740) + sp: Joseph Olney (1706 - 1777) 2. John Mawney (1718 - 1754) 3. Lydia Mawney (1723 - 1801) + sp: Dr. Ephraim Bowen Sr. (1716 - 1812) 4. Mercy Lemoine Mawney (1724 - 1744) + sp: Thomas Fry (1723 - 1805) 5. Mary Mawney Angell (1727 - 1769)

Children With Mercy Tillinghast: 6. Pardon Mawney (b. 1733) 7. Sarah Mawney (1735 - 1820) + sp: Joseph Whipple (1734 - 1816) 8. Amey Mawney (1737 - 1767) + sp: Samuel Carew (b.1736)

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Colonel Peter Mawney's Timeline

East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
November 22, 1714
Age 25
Providence, Providence Plantations County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Age 25
August 11, 1718
Age 29
East Greenwich Kent County Rhode Island
Age 34
Age 38
September 9, 1754
Age 65
Providence, Providence, RI, USA