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Amos Stafford

Birthplace: Old Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died in Old Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
Place of Burial: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Stafford and Mercy Stafford (Westcott)
Husband of Mary Stafford
Father of Samuel Stafford; Mercy Stafford; Amos Stafford; Stukely Stafford; Patience Stafford and 2 others
Brother of Stukely Stafford; Mercy Martin; Sarah Stafford; Patience Howland (Stafford); Samuel Stafford and 3 others

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About Amos Stafford


He was the Treasurer of Warwick, RI for many years.

1702- He gave 6 shillings toward building the Quaker Meeting house at Mashapaug.

1705, 1708, and 1721- One of the Deputies to the Colonial Assembly.

1753, March 24- He made his will. Proved 20 October 1760. Inventory of estate 2,547 pounds, 7 shillings.

He became blind shortly before his death at nearly 95 years of age. One of his daughters over 70 years of age was his nurse and attendant.

1760, October 10- The Boston Post in announcing his death said this: "He always suppoerted a fair character and left behind him a numerous offspring and a widow with whom he had lived in great union and tenderness for seventy-two years." He was noted for his industry, regarding four of the twenty-four hours sufficient for sleep.

1760, December 8- Inventory of the estate of Widow Mary valued at 1,704 pounds, 2 shillings.

Siblings: Stukeley born 7 November 1661-died young, Mercy born 8 July 1668, Sarah born 1669-died young, Sarah born 18 April 1671, Samuel born 19 November 1673-died young, Patience born 1675, Freelove born 1677, Elizabeth born 1680, and Thomas born 1682.


STAFFORD.-"Providence, October 10th, 1760. Died on Wednesday last, and this day was decently buried, Amos Stafford, of Warwick in the Colony of Rhode Island, aged 97 years. He always supported a fair character. He left a numerous offspring behind him; and a widow (his only wife) aged 92 years. They lived together in great union and tenderness 72 years, in a married state. Within the grounds of his homestead farm are yet to be seen the remains of the intrenchments and batteries, raised against the poor and harmless inhabitants of the Town of Warwick, by the furious zeal, and cruel madness of the ridiculous priests and bigots of the last century." [Boston Evening Post, 13 Oct. 1760] Note.-The writer of the above is probably wrong in attributing the erection of the intrechments and batteries to the ridiculous priests. It would have been correct, perhaps, if he had said they were the occasion of their being erected. See "Hist. & Antiqs. of Boston, 274-6.

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  • 'Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, Biographical--genealogical (1916)
    • (The Stafford Line).
  • (I) Thomas Stafford was born 1605, in Warwickshire, England, and died at Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1677. He is said to have come to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1626, and to have built there the first grist mill operated by water power in this country. His name is on the list of inhabitants admitted to Newport, Rhode Island, after May 30, 1638, and he soon received a grant there of seventeen acres of land, and was mentioned as in the employ of Nicholas Easton. He was witness to a will in Portsmouth, March 18, 1647; was received as a townsman of Warwick, June 7, 1657, having bought a house from Christopher Unthank; bought another house and land from Mr. Unthank, March 1, 1663, and in 1665 was a freeman of the colony. He bought a house and land in Warwick from Thomas Lawton, of Portsmouth, April 16, 1657; in 1667 he was granted a lot in the division of Potawomut and also one in the division of Toscunk; and in 1673 was a deputy to the General Assembly. His will was dated November 4, 1677, and proved April 27, 1679, bequeathing to wife, Elizabeth, and children. She died after 1677. Children: Thomas, died January 26, 1723; Samuel, mentioned below ; Hannah, married Luke Bromley; Sarah, married Amos Westcott; Joseph, born March 21, 1645, at Warwick ; Deborah, married, June 9, 1670, Amos Westcott.
    • (II) Samuel Stafford, second son of Thomas and Elizabeth Stafford, born 1636, lived in Warwick, and died March 20, 1718. He served as deputy to the General Assembly in 1670-72-74-79-82-86-90 and 1705, and in 1674-86 was elected assistant but refused to serve. On February 24, 1671, he and his wife sold to Richard Carder land for twenty pounds, and on September 1, 1700, he gave six shillings toward building the Friends' meeting-house at Mashapaug. He was overseer of the poor in 1687. His will was dated March 16, 1711, and proved April 16, 1718, his son Thomas being executor. He bequeathed to his son, Amos, to daughters, Sarah Scranton, Patience Howland, Freelove Tillinghast and Elizabeth Devotion, to granddaughters, Mary Thurber and Mary Stafford, and to son, Thomas. He married Mercy, daughter of Stukeley Westcott, who died March 25, 1700. Children, born in Warwick: Stukeley, November 7, 1661, died young; 'Amos, mentioned below' ; Mercy, July 8, 1668 ; Sarah, April 18, 1671, married ___ Scranton; Samuel, November 19, 1673, died young; Patience, married Jabez Howland ; Freelove, married Joseph Tillinghast; Elizabeth, married ___ Devotion ; Thomas, born 1682.
      • ' (Ill) Amos Stafford, second son of Samuel and Mercy (Westcott) Stafford, was born November 8, 1665, in Warwick, and died in that town in 1760. In 1702 he gave six shillings for building the Quaker meetinghouse at Mashapaug, and served as deputy to the General Court in 1708-21. His will was dated March 24, 1753, and proved October 20, 1760, his wife, Mary, and son Amos being executors. He bequeathed to wife, children and grandchildren. The inventory of his estate amounted to one thousand, seven hundred and four pounds, two shillings, dated December 8, 1760. He married, December 19, 1689, Mary Burlingame, who died in 1760, daughter of Roger and Mary Burlingame. Children, born in Warwick : Mary,
      • September 16, 1690; Samuel, September 24, 1692; Mercy, September 21, 1694; Amos, mentioned below; Stukeley, November 7, 1704; Patience, April 21, 1707; Freelove, October 14, 1709.
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Amos Stafford's Timeline

November 8, 1665
Old Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
September 16, 1690
Age 24
September 24, 1692
Age 26
September 21, 1694
Age 28
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
April 24, 1702
Age 36
November 7, 1704
Age 38
April 21, 1707
Age 41
October 14, 1709
Age 43
Warwick, Providence Plantations County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
October 8, 1760
Age 94
Old Warwick, Rhode Island, United States