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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 Arnold and Alice Arnold
Husband of <private> Peake and Christian Arnold (Peak)
Father of Elizabeth Arnold, of Pawtucket; Gov. Benedict Arnold; Joanna Rhodes; Elizabeth Hopkins; Stephen Arnold, Sr. and 14 others
Brother of Thomasine Hacker; Joanna Joan Hopkins; Margery Barnard (Arnold); John April Arnold; Jane Dudley and 8 others
Half brother of <private> Arnold; John April Arnold; Nicholas Arnold; Eleanor Arnold; Elizabeth Arnold, of Ilchester and 4 others

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 Cana­ da by the Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, president of the Chicago Historical Society, was made by me in May, 1878. The vol­ ume from which Icopy is a small quarto ofsixteen pages ofEnglish paper, unruled, faded and worn. The original,* of which this ap­ pears to be a copy, seems to have been written by four differ­ ent persons. IfIwere to attempt to assign the authorship to the several writers, itwould be, first, from the beginning to the sec­ ond or third paragraph ofpage 4 of the quarto volume (the pages of which are given in brackets in the middle of the page), to Wil­ liam 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 Jo­ siah. 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, itmentions other dates and localities not previously met with by me". The records of the four writers are allinthe first person. Ifthe au­ thenticity of the document and copy be admitted, we have the unu­ sual instance of a personal record of a distinguished familyfor six generations, extending over a period of - two hundred and twentythree years, from A.D, 1553 to 1776. Ihave appended a genealogy of one line of this family, giving the ancestry ofMr. Arnold, through whose courtesy Ihave 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 4° of Jany. 1571. 3. Joane Arnold, my Sister was Baptized the 30° of November in the yeare 1577. ' 4. Margery Arnold,my Sister was Baptized the 30° of August;, 1581. 5. IWilliamArnold, their Brother was borne the 24° ofJune, 1587. 6. Robert Arnold, my Brother was Baptized the 18 th of October; 1593. 7. Elizabeth Arnold my Sister was borne the 9° of April, 1596. r

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 24° of JJay.n y .1599. 3. John Hacker their brother was Baptized the 25° of October, 1601. 4. WilliamHacker was Baptized the 31° of October, 1604. 5. Alee Hacker was Baptized the 25 of August, 1607. 3. Mary Hacker was' Baptized the 4 th 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 15° of February, 1583. 2. Elizabeth Arnold our Daughter was borne the 23° of November, 1611. 3. Benedict Arnold her Brother was borne the 21° of December, 1615. 4. Joane Arnold their Sister was borne the 27° ofFebr y ,1617. 5. Steven Arnold their Brother was borne the, 22° of December, 1622,

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William Arnold's Timeline

June 24, 1587
Ilchester, Somerset, England
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
Age 18
Ilchester, Somerset, , England
Age 19
Ilchester, Somerset, , England
November 23, 1611
Age 24
Ilchester, Somersetshire, England
Age 26
Muchelney, Somerset, England
December 21, 1615
Age 28
Ilchester, Somerset, England