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William Arnold

Birthplace: Ilchester, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Pawtuxent, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Thomas Arnold and Alice Arnold
Husband of Chritiana Arnold and Christian Arnold (Peak)
Father of Elizabeth Peake Carpenter; Elizabeth Arnold, of Pawtucket; Gov. Benedict Arnold; Joanna Rhodes; Thomas Arnold, of Watertown & Providence and 15 others
Brother of Thomasine Hacker; Joanna Hopkins; Margery Barnard (Arnold); Joanna Dudley; Agnes Arnold and 7 others
Half brother of Nicholas Arnold; Eleanor Arnold; Elizabeth Arnold, of Ilchester; Unnamed Arnold and Thomas Arnold (Not an Immigrant)

Occupation: @N78@, Warden of St. Mary's Church, Ilchester, England, Immigrant, PawtuxetKent CountyRhode Island, USA
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About William Arnold

William Arnold--the ancestor of such famous Americans as Benedict Arnold and Presidents James Abram Garfield and George Walker Bush--sailed from Dartmouth ENG on May 1, 1635 on the Plain Joan, arriving in New England on June 24th. He was accompanied by his family and they settled initially in Hingham MA. By April 20, 1636, however, William Arnold had joined with Roger Williams as one of the twelve original proprietors of Providence Plantations

In 1638, with other friends of Roger Williams, the Arnolds relocated to Pawtuxet, Providence RI (which later became the Town of Cranston) and William Arnold was the first Englishman to settle there. He built a home in the wilderness about a mile north of the Pawtuxet Falls and was shortly followed by William Harris, William Carpenter and Zachariah Rhodes (William's son-in-law). Rhodes and Arnold's brother-in-law, Stephen Arnold, built a gristmill near the falls and laid out the "Arnold Road" northward to join the Pequot Trail that led south to Connecticut.

William Arnold was President of the towns of Warwick, Providence, Newport and Portsmouth for five years and Governor of the Colony for ten.



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William Arnold of Hollesley, County Suffolk, England.


His mother died when he was nine years old. His older sister Joanne was his foster mother thereafter.

1636, April- He settled in Providence, RI.


From the Find A Grave page for William Arnold:

Birth: Jun. 24, 1587 - Ilchester, Somerset, England

Death: 1677 - Pawtuxet, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA

He was mentioned as deceased by his son Benedict on Nov 3,1677, and died "after the beginning of King Philip's War", i.e. mid-1675.

He came to New England in 1635, first settling at Hingham, and then Providence by April 1636. In 1638, he settled in Pawtuxet (now Warwick).

Son of Nicholas Arnold and Alice Gully Arnold of Ilchester, Co.Somerset. He was a brother of Joan (Arnold) Hopkins, and therefore his nephew was Thomas Hopkins of Providence,RI.

He married Christian Peake/Peak by 1611.


  • 1. Elizabeth Arnold Carpenter,
  • 2. Benedict Arnold,
  • 3. Joanna Arnold Rhodes Reape, and
  • 4. Stephen Arnold.

There may have been other children that died young.

Thomas Hopkins was great grandfather of Stephen Hopkins who signed the Declaration of Independence and became both Governor and Rhode Island's first serious historian.

Family links:


  • Elizabeth Arnold Carpenter (1611 - ____)*
  • Benedict Arnold (1615 - 1678)*
  • Joanna Arnold Rhodes Reape (1616 - 1691)*
  • Stephen Arnold (1622 - 1699)*


  • Christian Peake Arnold (1584 - ____)*

Burial: Unknown

Created by: Linda Mac

  • Record added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 34348560

-------------------- William Hopkins died on 8 July 1723 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was born <1656> in Providence, Providence, Ri. Parents: Thomas Hopkins (LH7F-MBZ) and Elisabeth Arnold (KNHF-JT4).

Spouse: Joanna Arnold (KNZ7-TCG). Joanna Arnold and William Hopkins were married on 13 October 1611 in Of Melcombe, Horsey, D, England. ________________________________________________________________________________ Arnold Family History

The following copy of early Arnold records, received from Canada by the Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, president of the Chicago Historical Society, was made by me in May, 1878. The volume from which I copy is a small quarto of sixteen pages of English paper, un ruled, faded and worn. The original,* of which this appears to be a copy, seems to have been written by four different persons. If I were to attempt to assign the authorship to the several writers, it would be, first, from the beginning to the second or third paragraph of page 4 of the quarto volume (the pages of which are given in brackets in the middle of the page), to William Arnold, born June 24, 1587 ; second, thence to the second paragraph of page 9, to Gov. Benedict Arnold, born Dec. 21, 1615, died 1678 ;third, thence to the end of page 12, to Josiah Arnold, Sen., bom Dec. 22, 1646 ;fourth, thence to the close, to Josiah Arnold, Jr., born Aug. 25, 1707. The quarto volume from which Icopy is probably in the handwriting of the last named Josiah. The record extends one generation farther back than is given by Mr.Savage or any of the authorities referred to by him ; and, besides giving the names of the English port from which William Arnold sailed for New England, and the precise date of his sailing, it other dates and localities not previously met with by me". The records of the four writers are all in the first person. If the authenticity of the document and copy be admitted, we have the unusual instance of a personal record of a distinguished family for six generations, extending over a period of two hundred and twenty three years, from A.D, 1553 to 1776. I have appended a genealogy of one line of this family, giving the ancestry of Mr. Arnold, through whose courtesy I have copied the old record. E. H. A Register, or true account of my owne agge, with my Mother, my Wife, my Brothers and Sisters, and Others of my frinds and acquantance. 1. Imprimis Alee Gully the Daughter of John Gully of Northouer. Who was my Mother, was Baptized ye 29: Septem 155.3. 2. Tamzen, my Sister was Baptized the 4th of Jan. 1571. 3. Joane Arnold, my Sister was Baptized the 30th of November in the yeare 1577. ' 4. Margery Arnold,my Sister was Baptized the 30th of August;, 1581. 5. IWilliamArnold, their Brother was borne the 24th ofJune, 1587. 6. Robert Arnold, my Brother was Baptized the 18thof October; 1593. 7. Elizabeth Arnold my Sister was borne the 9th of April, 1596.

Query. Is this original document still inexistence €”Ed. 4 Early Records of the Arnold Family. [2 ] 8. Thomas Arnold myBrother, my Mother in lawes Sonne, wasBap­ tized the 18° April,1599. 9. Elenor Arnold, my Sister was Baptized the 31° ofJuly, 1603. The age of my Sister Tamzens Children. 1. Robert Hacker was Baptized the 22° of Jan/. 1597. 2. Francis Hacker was Baptized the 24th of January.1599. 3. John Hacker their brother was Baptized the 25th of October, 1601. 4. WilliamHacker was Baptized the 31th of October, 1604. 5. Alee Hacker was Baptized the 25 of August, 1607. 3. Mary Hacker was' Baptized the 4th of March, 1609. 7. Thomas Hacker was Baptized the 7 th of April,1616. [3 ] 1. Christian the Daughter of Thomas Peak of Muoheny* my wife was Baptized the 15th of February, 1583. 2. Elizabeth Arnold our Daughter was borne the 23th of November, 1611. 3. Benedict Arnold her Brother was borne the 21th of December, 1615. 4. Joane Arnold their Sister was borne the 27th ofFebr y ,1617. 5. Steven Arnold their Brother was borne the, 22nd of December, 1622, __________________________________________________________________________________

WILLIAM ARNOLD: b.1587, d.1676. Deeded land in Providence which Roger Williams bought from the Narragansett sachems, Canonicus and Miantonomi. One of the original members of the First Baptist Church and signer of the agreement for a form of government. Moved to Pawtuxet where he and other settlers subjected themselves to the government of Massachusetts for a 16-year period. Wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Governor complaining of the injustice shown by the Indians by the Warwick settlers, "who are going on with a high hand." Wrote to Massachusetts, protesting against Roger Williams' proposal errand to England seeking a charter. Expressed a desire, along with other Pawtuxet settlers, to be reunited with Providence. Photo location: City Hall, Cranston, Rhode Island.

Reference: The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, John Osborne Austin, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1969 (Originally published in Albany, New York, 1887.). ____________________________________________________________________________________

Colonial Dames society ____________________________________________________________________________________

Friend Stukeley Westcott-Wikepedia source mentions William Arnold The baptisms of two of Stukeley Westcott's children were also recorded in Yeovil: a daughter Damaris in 1620/21 and a son Samuel in 1622/23.[5][6] There is no record of where Westcott lived following the baptisms of these two children, but there is evidence that in 1635 he and his family accompanied the family of William Arnold to New England, departing from the port town of Dartmouth in county Devon. Roscoe Whitman states this as a fact, [7] based upon a memorandum made in April 1656 by Benedict Arnold, the oldest son of William Arnold, and found among old family papers.[8] The Arnold family came from the town of Ilchester, scarcely five miles north of Yeovil, and it is probable that the two families were acquainted with each other before sailing to the New World. Both families came to Providence at about the same time. The oldest daughter of Stukeley Westcott, Damaris, married Benedict Arnold several years later.[9] Settling in New England[edit]

Source: ____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ On June 24, 1635, there arrived in Massachusetts Bay a group of neighbors, nearly all related, either by blood or mar- riage. They had sailed from Dartmouth in Devonshire May 1 of the same year, all but one of the party, William Car- penter, coming from Ilchester, in southern Somersetshire or within about five miles of that place. The leader of the party was William Arnold whose 48th birthday was the day of their arrival. His oldest son Benedict one of the party, a lad 19 years of age at that time, has given us the only account that we have of their embarkation, in his own family record, written probably soon after his removal to Newport in 1651. which begins as follows. Source:

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William Arnold's Timeline

June 24, 1587
Ilchester, Somerset, England
June 24, 1587
Ilchester, Somerset, England
June 24, 1587
Ilchester, St. Mary's, Somerset, England
June 24, 1587
Ilchester, Somerset, England
June 24, 1587
Ilchester, Somerset, England
April 15, 1599
Age 11
Hollesley, Suffolk, England
Age 18
Ilchester, Somerset, , England
Age 19
Ilchester, Somerset, , England
November 23, 1611
Age 24
November 23, 1611
Age 24
Ilchester, Somersetshire, England