Captain William Dare

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William Dare

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Lyme Regis, County of Dorset, England
Death: between March 15, 1720 and May 30, 1720 (64)
Newport, Cumberland, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Newport, Cumberland, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Dare and Rachel Dare
Husband of Constant Dare
Father of William Dare, Jr.; Hannah Nixon; Benoni Dare; Elizabeth Dare; Robert Dare and 3 others
Brother of Robert Dare; Robert Dare and Sarah Dare

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About Captain William Dare

William Dare: 1 Nov 1655 - c. March 15, 1720-May 1720

Parents: NIcholas Dare 1627-1667 and Rachel 1628-1668

Wife: Constant m. 1684, 1660-1721

Children with Constant:

  1. William, Jr. c.1686
  2. Hannah c.1688
  3. Sarah c.1689
  4. Benoni c.1694-1770
  5. Elizabeth c.1698
  6. Robert 1702-1772
  7. Constant c.1704
  8. Sarah c. 1706

Captain William Dare is called "mariner" in various legal documents, and obtained his title of "captain" in a seafaring life. This was in the time that pirates like Blackbeard roamed the waters off of the New Jersey shore. Captain Dare was a man of good education and a fine penman, and became one of the leading men in his community. He is buried in Newport on land that once belonged to him. A simple rock with the initial "W" marks his grave, and beside him is another rock with the initial "C" for his wife, Constant Dare (Warwick.)

Several of William Dare's ancestors named William Dare were mayors of Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. In the church at Lyme Regis, a column on the south side of the nave bears the initials of William Dare inside a shield. The other columns all bear the coats of arms of the wealthy and royalty in that church. Since a William Dare was mayor in 1491, 1500 and 1506, and the church usually reserved a seat in the front for the mayor, and since the church was remodeled during that period, we can assume that they did this to honor him.

The Dare coat-of-arms is as follows:

Shield: Silver

Lion: Blue

Crescents: Red

Cap: Red, turned up ermine

Demi-lion-natural holding silver increscent

The progenitor of the Dare family in South New Jersey was Captain William Dare, who emigrated from the county of Dorset or Somerset (he owned land in both), in the south of England at an early date. He was a ship's Captain in a time when piracy was rampant along the southern coast of England. Other Dares were held for ransom by pirates during this time.

He located to what is now Cumberland County (prev. Salem County), N.J., and on August 3, 1695, he bought 100 acres of land in Back Neck, Fairfield Twp., and March 19, 1696, he had surveyed for him 100 acres of cedar swamp on Lebanon Branch about five miles east of Bridgeton. Cedar was a necessary building material for all houses of that time.

He is called "Mariner" in some of the earlier conveyances and doubtless obtained his title of captain in a sea-faring life. He was a man of good education and fine penman and became one of the leading men in his community. He was appointed Sheriff of Salem County by Governor Cornbury, December 9 1703, and re-appointed September 13, 1704. He was also appointed ranger for Salem County in 1704, Captain of a company of militia in 1706; and Justice for Salem County in 1707 and re-appointed as Justice in 1708 and 1710. He was a large land owner, among his purchases being 200 acres of land at Autuxit, New Jersey (now Newport) where he finally settled and died in 1720. He left a widow, Constant, and children, -William (2), Benoni, Elizabeth, Constant, Sarah and Robert.

      1695 Aug. 3.   Do.   Samuel HEDGE of Salem Town, gentleman, to
 William DARE of Chohansey, Salem Co., yeoman, for 100 acres on the
 Back Neck near the River Tweed in said Co.                                          481
 PAGE 611                    Salem Deeds, No. 6.
      1695 Aug. 3.   Assignment by William DARE to Joseph BACON, both of
 Chohansey, Salem Co., of the "wthin menconed 100 acres."                            484
      1695 Aug. 1.   Deed.   William WAITHMAN of Chohansey, Salem Co., to
 Joseph DENNIS of the same place, planter, for 69 acres there, on Holt's
 Creek, part of a 100 a. lot bought of Samuel JENJNGS and wife Margrett
 May 2, 1688.                                                                        485
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Captain William Dare's Timeline

November 1, 1655
Lyme Regis, County of Dorset, England
November 10, 1655
Age 25
Fairfield,Cumberland,New Jersey,USA
Age 32
Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
Age 33
Fairfield,Cumberland,New Jersey,USA
Age 39
Fairfield Township, Salem County, Province of West Jersey
Age 42
Age 46
Fairfield,Cumberland,New Jersey,USA