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Thomas Waite

Also Known As: "Wayte", "Weight. Waite", "Wait"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of William Waite and Rosanna Waite
Husband of Eleanor Cowland
Father of Samuel Waite, Sr.; Benjamin Waite; Jeremiah Waite; Joseph Waite; Reuben Waite and 4 others
Brother of Mehitable Hall; Richard Waite and Eleanor Cowland

Occupation: Immigrant
Managed by: Steve Swales
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About Thomas Waite, of Alford & Portsmouth

1634- Immigrated to New England with his brothers Richard and Gamaliel. He settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. His brothers settled in Boston, MA.

1639, July 1- Granted a house lot in Portsmouth, RI next to Mr. Wickes'. Additional grants were made in 1644 and 1646.

1641, March 16- Freeman.

1655- Freeman.

1658, June 7 and 1663- Chosen Constable.

1661, April 30- He purchased of William Earl 1/4 share of the Acushnet and Cohasset lands in what is now Dartmouth, MA.

He was also one of the purchasers of Conanicut (Jamestown) and Misquamicut (Westerly), RI.

1669, December 4- His estate was divided by the Portsmouth, RI Town Council among his wife, Eleanor, and his Children.

Siblings: Richard born in 1596 and Gamaliel born in 1598.

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Source, World One Tree, Ancestrycom

And as follows

Descendants of Thomas Waite


Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 WAITE1 was born 1601 in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England, and died September 13, 1677 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. He married ELEANOR ?.

Notes for THOMAS WAITE: Immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1633.

Thomas Waite was born in 1601 in England, and in 1640 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, married Eleanor (?) who was born in 1605 in England. Thomas died on 13 Sep 1665 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Thomas may have been the son of Samuel Waite and Mary Ward of Essex, England.

(Another Historical document records: THOMAS WAIT. Born bef 13 Jun 1612 in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England. Thomas was baptized in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England on 13 Jun 1612. Thomas died in Portsmouth, Newport, RI bef 14 Dec 1669; he was 57. Occupation: Husbandman. Thomas married Eleanor ? Born in England. Eleanor died bef 13 Jun 1671 in RI. )

Children of THOMAS WAITE and ELEANOR ? are:

i. RUEBEN2 WAITE, b. Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. October 07, 1707, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

Notes for RUEBEN WAITE: Reuben Waite was born about 1655 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, and on 2 Jul 1681 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, married Tabitha Landers, daughter of Thomas Landers and Jane Kirby, who was born about 1662 in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Reuben died on 7 Oct 1707 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Tabitha died after 1707.

2. ii. SAMUEL WAITE, b. 1640, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island; d. February 1693/94, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

iii. JOSEPH WAITE, b. 1643, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island; d. August 25, 1665, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Notes for JOSEPH WAITE: Joseph Waite was born about 1643 in Rhode Island, and married Sarah (?). Joseph died on 25 Aug 1665 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Joseph drowned.

3. iv. BENJAMIN WAITE, b. 1644, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island; d. February 29, 1703/04, Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts.

v. JEREMIAH WAITE, b. December 04, 1645, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island; d. May 19, 1677.

Notes for JEREMIAH WAITE: Jeremiah Waite was born in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, and on 16 Sep 1665 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, married Martha Brownell, daughter of Thomas Brownell and Mary (?), who was born in May 1643. Jeremiah died before May 1677. Martha died on 15 Feb 1744 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Martha was married to Charles Dyer.

Jeremiah. Born aft 1648. Jeremiah died bef 10 May 1677; he was 29. Jeremiah married Martha BROWNELL, daughter of Thomas BROWNELL & Ann BOURNE. Born in May 1643. Martha died in Portsmouth, Newport, RI on 15 Feb 1743; she was 99.

vi. THOMAS WAITE, b. December 04, 1648, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island; d. June 16, 1733, Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island.

Notes for THOMAS WAITE: Thomas Waite was born about 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, and about 1676 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, married Sarah Cooke, daughter of John Cooke and Mary Borden, who was born about 1658 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Thomas died about 1730 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Sarah died on 17 Jan 1744 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

vii. MARY WAITE, b. 1650, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. September 03, 1687.

Notes for MARY WAITE: Mary Waite was born about 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, and on 5 Apr 1676 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, married Joseph Anthony, son of John Anthony and Susanna Potter, who was born about 1648. Mary died after 1713. Joseph died about 1728.


Generation No. 2

2. SAMUEL2 WAITE (THOMAS1) was born 1640 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, and died February 1693/94 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. He married HANNAH WHITMAN.

Child of SAMUEL WAITE and HANNAH WHITMAN is:

i. SAMUEL3 WAITE, b. 1660.

3. BENJAMIN2 WAITE (THOMAS1)1 was born 1644 in Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, and died February 29, 1703/04 in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts1. He married MARTHA LEONARD1 June 08, 1670 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts1, daughter of JOHN LEONARD and SARAH HEALD.

Notes for BENJAMIN WAITE: (See Notes for Benjamin Waite, Hatfield Hero.)

Notes for MARTHA LEONARD:>From Hale/House - page 680. Martha, daughter of John and Sarah (HEALD) LEONARD, b. 15 Apr. 1649; m. at Hartford, 8 June 1670, BENJAMIN WAIT, of Hatfield, who was slain at Deerfield, 29 Feb. 1702/4.

Children of BENJAMIN WAITE and MARTHA LEONARD are:

i. JEREMIAH3 WAITE.

ii. MARY WAITE1, b. February 25, 1671/721; m. EBENEZER WELLS1, December 04, 1690, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts1.

iii. MARTHA WAITE1, b. January 23, 1672/73, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts1.

iv. SARAH WAITE1, b. 1675, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts1; m. JOHN BELDEN1.

Notes for JOHN BELDEN: From Hatfield.

v. CANADA WAITE1, b. January 22, 1678/79, Canada1; d. May 05, 1749, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts; m. JOSEPH SMITH1, December 15, 1696, Hatfield, Masschusetts.

Notes for CANADA WAITE: "[Canada Waite] was the child born in captivity to Benjamin Waite, the hero of the early days, who with Stephen Jennings made the perilous trip to Canada in the Winter to ransom captives taken in the memorable attack on Hatfield, Sept. 19, 1677." Daily Hampshire Gazette, 22 October 1972

vi. JOHN WAITE1, b. January 17, 1679/80, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts1; d. 17441; m. MARY BELDEN1, February 12, 1701/02, Hatfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts1.

Notes for JOHN WAITE: He was like his father, much in service, was also a sergeant and commanded in many scouts, was in the fight at Deerfield 29 February 1704, when his father was slain and secured as a trophy a hatchet captured from the enemy and was surrendered to the colony. This and other things found were sold at auction, th ehatchet selling for 2s, 7d. He was often sent on a scout, at one time thirty privates, all on snow shoes, went far up country for a winter's scout.

vii. JOSEPH WAITE, b. July 17, 1682, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; d. January 21, 1685/86.

viii. JOSEPH WAITE, b. November 11, 1688, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; d. 1780.

Endnotes

1. History of the Town of Whately Massachusetts, including a narrative of leading events from the First planting of Hatfield;1661-1899, By James M. Craft.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mcstayfamily/waite.htm

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WAITE, Thomas 898

Born: 1601, Alford Lines, Lincolnshire, England 898

Marriage: [--?--], Eleanore

Died: 13 Sep 1665, Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island 898

 Noted events in his life were:

• Notes: from Douglas Steward Aldrich. 898 Event: Public service 7 Jun 1658 and in 1663 Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island - Constable

Note: "Thomas Waite was granted land in Portsmouth on 1 Jul 1639... Some rather significant inferences can be made regarding the religious orientation of the Waits by the fact that Thomas at least, became a part of Roger Williams' settlement on Delaware Bay which was organizedin 1637 only two years previous to Thomas Waite's arrival. Roger Williams was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 for his belief in freedom of conscience in religion. He was warmly received by two Indian chiefs, Massosoit and Canonicus, who gave him tracts of land on the Seekonk river. Williams reserved no political power to himself, but seemed to be actuated solely by the desire to make happy all those around him. He was strenuous in asserting his own views, but he and his associates resolutely refrained from interfering with the rights of others. Thomas Waite was made a Freeman 16 Mar 1641 and given further grants in 1644 and 1646. Chosen Constable 7 Jun 1658 and in 1663 all in Portsmouth RI. 8 Jul 1650 he was a Juryman. In Apr 1661 he purchased of William Earle 1/2 share of the Acushnet and Coxetlands in what is now Dartmouth MA. He was one of the purchasers of Conanicut and Dutch Islands in 1636. He was also a large owner of lands at Narragansett and Misquamicut (Westerley RI). Aquidneck, now Rhode Island had been settled in 1637 by Ann Hutchison and her followers. In May 1638 another Boston group joined them and it is thought that Thomas Waite was of this group. On 4 Dec 1669 the estate of Thomas Waite was divided by the Portsmouth Town Council among his wife Eleanor and children; Samuel, Thomas, Benjamin, Reuben and Jeremiah and Mary. Joseph had died previously and so was not named. Thomas and Jeremiah were under 21 years of age. For years Historians had disagreed as to whether or not Benjamin was a son of Thomas. In the winter of 1913/4 the document was found in the basement of the Town House. This gave a division of the estate. See article by Moriarty on this family in the Vol. 73 page 291-304 NEHGS and also The Genealogist for April 1944 and Rhode Island Historical Collections Vol. 21 page 131." (EWT) "Eleanor Waite was made administrix of her husband's estate, as 'Elen' Waite. She married Ralph COWLAND shortly after this date. On 13 Jun 1671 'Elen COWLAND' and Thomas Waite Jr. were taxed on the estate (Portsmouth Tax List). She d. before 21 Jun1676, when Samuel Waite was made Administrator in her place.(Portsmouth Scrapbook)" (NEHGR)

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mcmanigle/17108.htm

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thence to Northern Wales, the land from which our progenitors

came to the New World, and very often in the responses

to our inquiries of those of the same name have we

received the same reply, showing that tradition, which investigation

proves to be a fact, has handed down well that

portion of our own history. " We descended from three

brothers who came from Wales." Richard, the eldest of

those brothers, was born in 1596, Gamaliel in 1598, and

Thomas in 1601, and they came to Boston in 1634, the same

year the ballot box was first used in the colony, and Richard

was at one time marshal there.

The different branches of the Wait family contribute approximately

the same traditions of the early life of their

ancestors. In each there are some essential and prominent

features, from which it may be deduced, and with reasonable

certainty, that our ancestor, Thomas Wait, of Rhode

Island, came originally from Wales and that there were

three brothers, who were farmers and herdsmen by occupation.

That on one particular occasion they were driving a

herd of cattle to some market place in Wales and were

beset by a so-called press-gang. By their daring and skill

they managed to get away, sold their cattle and immediately

went on board a vessel named the "Abigail," bound to Plymouth, N. E., America,

at which port they safely arrived. Two settled in Plymouth

colony and the third settled in Rhode Island. The above

is doubtless true in most particulars. It was Thomas who

went to Portsmouth, R. I., probably in 1638....

The earliest settlers of New England, of the name, were: Richard, born 1596, of Boston, 1634, Marshal of the colony; Gamaliel, his brother, born 1598, of Boston; Thomas, born 1601, of Portsmouth, R.I.. 1639...(and others)....

In 1635 Roger Williams was sentenced to banishment, but

through the efforts of his friends the sentence was not carried

out. In the following winter Williams fled into exile....in the summer of 1636 went down the river and up the Providence river and began a settlement which they named Providence.

The freedom of conscience enjoyed at Providence drew

many people thither from Boston and other towns in Massachusetts...In the autumn of 1637, under the leadership of William Coddington, John Clarke, Ann Hutchinson and fifteen

others, left Boston with the intention of settling on Delaware

Bay. They called on Roger Williams during the journey

and were treated with such winning hospitality that they

accepted his invitation to settle in the land of the Narragan-

setts, from whose chief, Miantonomah, they purchased the

island of Aquidneck (Peaceable Island), now Rhode Island,

and in March, 1638, they laid the foundation of ...Portsmouth...

...Absolute liberty of conscience prevailed, and the persecuted nocked thither from the other colonies. These people were so-called non-conformists and were Quakers...Another settlement at Newport was formed in the southern part of the island. ...The next year, in early May, 1638, another company went from Boston and joined them, and it is supposed that among that number was Thomas Wait, who was born in 1601, and who landed in America in 1634.

I. THOMAS1 WAIT (1601-1677), almost immediately after

his arrival at Rhode Island, applied for a lot on which to

build (the land being held in common), and at the first

meeting of the Council thereafter the record of its proceedings

reads: "July 1, 1639, Granted to Thomas1 Wait a

house lot next Mr. Wick's." Mar. 16, 1641, he was made a

Freeman at Newport, R. I., a privilege then only granted

to church members, and May 6, 1649, he was witness to the

will of Anthony Paine; in 1655 He is again described as a

Freeman; Apr. 30, 1661, he bought lands in Acushnet and

Cohasset, Mass., and is described as a husbandman. Thomas1

Wait was also a Freeman at Boston, Oct. 8, 1640. He died

in Portsmouth some time before Apr., 1677, intestate, and

the Town Council divided his property among his children;

Samuel2, Joseph2, Jeremiah2, Thomas2, Mary2 and Reu-

ben2. His wife's name is not on record that we can find;

she must have died previous to the division of his property.

These are the only children mentioned in the division,

but there is some evidence that Thomas1 had another son,

Benjamin2, who is supposed to have been the third child of

Thomas, and to have been born about 1644, and who is believed

to be the same Benjamin2 who was one of the petitioners

of Hadley, Mass., Apr. 25, 1665; of Hatfield, Hampshire

Co., Mass., 1668, and who was slain by Indians at

Deerfield, Mass., 1704. These facts seem to be verified by

Hampshire Co. deeds, at Springfield, Mass., Vol. C, pp. 72-3,

whereby Thomas1 Wait, of Seacourt, R. I., and Benjamin2

Wait, of Hatfield, Mass., Feb. 3, 1700, bought property in

Brookfield, Mass., of John Ayers, etc. Brookfield is about

half way between Hatfield and Portsmouth, R. I., near

Worcester, Mass. Seacourt, R, I., is not given on the modern

maps. In Vol. C, p. 439, a deed is recorded whereby

John3, Jeremiah3 and Joseph3, sons of Benjamin, of Hat-

field, Mass., and John Belding, Joseph Smith and Ebenezer

Wells, who married daughters of Benjamin2, deceased, sold,

May 24, 1717, the land in Brookfield, formerly the estate of

John Ayers, deceased, and they warranted the same against

Thomas Wait, our uncle, brother of the aforesaid Benjamin

Wait, deceased. Henry E. Waite, who has made the records

of the Wait family the' subject of much study and investigation,

says: " There is no doubt in my mind about Benjamin

being the son of the first Thomas Wait, of Rhode Island.

He was in Hatfield in 1665. (Petition Mass. Archives, State

House, Boston, pp. 106, 107.)"

Thomas1 invariably wrote his name Wait, and his descendants

also, with very few exceptions, down almost to

the present, while his cousin, Richard, born in 1608, and

who settled in Watertown, Mass., in 1637, wrote his name

Waite, and also did all the descendants of Thomas, the

regicide, who settled in Connecticut. The use of the letter

e at the end of the words was very common at one time, after

the early spelling of many words, as thinke, spcake, finde, etc.

...(Thomas had six children)...

VI. REUBEN* (Thomas^), d. Oct. 7, 1707 and Tabitha

had eight children.

From

Family records of the descendants of Thomas Wait of Portsmouth, Rhode Island by John Cassan Wait, 1904

http://books.google.com/books?id=Go5ZAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Family+records+of+the+descendants+of+Thomas+Wait+of+Portsmouth,+Rhode+Island#PPA4,M1

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1. THOMAS1 WAITE1 was born 1601 in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England, and died September 13, 1677 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. He married ELEANOR ?.

Notes for THOMAS WAITE: Immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1633.

Thomas Waite was born in 1601 in England, and in 1640 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, married Eleanor (?) who was born in 1605 in England. Thomas died on 13 Sep 1665 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Thomas may have been the son of Samuel Waite and Mary Ward of Essex, England.

(Another Historical document records: THOMAS WAIT. Born bef 13 Jun 1612 in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England. Thomas was baptized in Rigsby-With-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England on 13 Jun 1612. Thomas died in Portsmouth, Newport, RI bef 14 Dec 1669; he was 57. Occupation: Husbandman. Thomas married Eleanor ? Born in England. Eleanor died bef 13 Jun 1671 in RI. )

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Some rather significant inferences can be made regarding the religious orientation of the Waites by the fact that Thomas at least, became a part of Roger Williams' settlement on Delaware Bay which was organized in 1637 only two years previous to Thomas Waite's arrival. Roger Williams was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 for his belief in freedom of conscience in religion. He was warmly received by two Indian chiefs, Massosoit and Canonicus, who gave him tracts of land on the Seekonk River. Williams reserved no political power for himself, but seemed to be actuated solely by the desire to make happy all those around him. He was a strenuous in asserting his own views, but he and his associates resolutely refrained from interfering with the rights of others. Thomas Waite was made a Freeman March 16, 1641 and given further grants in 1644 and 1646. Chosen Constable June 7, 1658 and in 1663 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, July 8, 1650 he was a Juryman. In April 1661, he purchased of William Earle 1/2 share of the Acushnet and Coxet lands in what is now Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was also a large owner of lands at Narragansett and Misquamicut (Westerly Rhode Island). Aquidneck, now Rhode Island had been settled in 1637 by Ann Hutchison and her followers. In May 1638 another Boston group joined them and it is thought that Thomas Waite was of this group.

On December 4, 1669 the estate of Thomas Waite was divided by the Portsmouth Town Council among his wife Eleanor and children; Samuel, Thomas, Benjamin, Reuben, Jeremiah and Mary. Joseph had died previously and so was not named. Thomas and Jeremiah were under 21 years of age. For years historians had disagreed as to whether or not Benjamin was a son of Thomas. In the winter of 1913/14 the document was found in the basement of the Town House. This gave a division of the estate. See article by Moriarty on this family in the Vol. 73 pg 291-304 NEHGS and The Genealogist for April 1944 and Rhode Island Historical Collections Vol.21 pg 131. Elean or Waite was made administrix of her husbands estate, as "Elen "Waite. She married Ralph Cowland shortly after this date. On June 13,1671 "Elen" Cowland and Thomas Waite, Jr. were taxed on the estate (Portsmouth Tax List). She died before June 21, 1676, when Samuel Waite was made Administrator in her place. -------------------- The brothers are said to have been a cousin of Thomas Walt who was a member of Parliament and one of the Judges who signed the death warrent of Charles the 1st. Our Wayte Coat of Arms was used down to the middle of the 17 th century but when Charles the 2nd ascended to the throne in 1660, thdse instrumental in his fathers death were brought to the scofford except 'the few who fled to America. Thomas Wayte being from that number, either by act of Parleament or an edict from the throne, the family was deprived of its insignea.

There was on one particular occasion they were driving a heard of cattle to some market place in Wales and were beset by a so-called press gang. The three brothers managed some ho* to get away and sold their cattle immedlatley and went on board a vessel to Plymoth N.E. America, Richard and Gamaliel settled in Phymoth: Colney. Also some records say Richard settled in Plymouth and was Marshall of the Colony and that Gamaliel lived on Long Island, at Boston Harbor. And Thomas settled In Providance R. I.

Thomas and Ellen lived in Portsmouth, R.I most of their lives. Thomas lived in Boston about 4 years after he landed in Boston in 1634 before going to R.I. Was freeman at Boston

On July 1, 1639 Thomas was granted land in Portsmouth, R.I. In 1669 he obtained permission to build a house (house being held in common).

On March 16, 1641 he was made a freeman at New Port, R.I., a privilage then only granted, to church members.

Upon his death, the town council divided hls property among the children. After Thomas died Ellen married Ralph Cowland "Portsmouth, R.I. about 1669;

Thomas invariably wrote his name Wait and his decendents also with very few exceptions down almost to present time.

His estate was administered in Feb. 1669

Thomas is believed to be the 6th. son of Samuel and Mary Ward,Wait

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Thomas Waite, of Alford & Portsmouth's Timeline

1601
1601
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
1612
June 13, 1612
Age 11
Rigsby, Alford, Lincolnshire, England
June 13, 1612
Age 11
Rigsby, Lincolnshire, England
1640
1640
Age 39
Newport, Rhode Island
1640
Age 39
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1642
1642
Age 41
1642
Age 41
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
1643
1643
Age 42
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1643
Age 42
Hatfield, (Present Hampshire County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1647
1647
Age 46
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA