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Thomas Rodman

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: England
Death: January 11, 1728 (87)
Newport, Newport County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rodman, of Barbados and Elizabeth Ann Rodman
Husband of Sarah Rodman; Patience Rodman and Hannah Rodman
Father of Thomas Rodman; Dr. Thomas Rodman; Anne Richardson; Samuel Rodman; Hannah Wanton and 4 others
Brother of Susannah Rodman; John Rodman; Anne Twayt; Katherine Brandreth; Elizabeth Rodman and 1 other

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About Dr. Thomas Rodman

Dr. Thomas Rodman

  • Born: 26 Dec 1640 Ireland
  • Died: 11 Jan 1728 Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  • Father: John Rodman, b. 1615, England; d. 1686, Christ Church Parish, Barbados
  • Mother: Elizabeth Unknown
  • Marriage (1) March 9, 1671, Barbados
    • Wife: Sarah (Butcher) Pead (Pead her married name from first marriage) , d. 11 Mar 1681, Barbados
  • Marriage (2) 7 Jun 1682
    • Wife: Patience Easton, b. 11 Jan 1655, Newport, Rhode Island; d. 21 Nov 1692, Newport, Rhode Island

Note: Barbados records spelled her maiden name Bowcher


  1. Dr. Thomas Rodman, b. 11 Nov 1683, Ireland , d. Abt 1775, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  2. Anne Rodman, b. 16 Nov 1686, Newport, Rhode Island, USA , d. 25 Jun 1714

Marriage (3) 26 Nov 1691 Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Wife: Hannah Clarke, b. 28 Oct 1667, d. 22 Oct 1732; daugh of Gov.Walter Clarke of Rhode Island



  1. Hannah Rodman, b. 29 Nov 1694; d. 10 Jul 1753
  2. Clarke Rodman, b. 10 Mar 1697, Newport, Rhode Island; d. 30 Aug 1752, Newport, Rhode Island
  3. John Rodman, b. 29 Sep 1701; d. 9 Jan 1702
  4. Samuel Rodman, b. 23 Jul 1703; d. 27 Feb 1749
  5. Patience Rodman, b. 5 Jun 1706; d. 9 May 1739
  6. William Rodman, b. 12 Nov 1708; d. 26 Jan 1710

Notes (Research): Thomas Rodman's father, the first John Rodman was born in the North of England and went to Ireland as a Quaker Friend about 1654. He was banished from Ireland in 1655 after spending three months in prison for wearing his hat in the Assizes in New Ross. Banishment was to the Barbados Islands in the Carribean Sea. John Rodman had two sons Thomas and John, and two daughters Ann and Katherine. Thomas is said to have been born in 1640, John in 1653. We do not know whether the family accompanied the father in the voyage to Barbados. It may be presumed the younger children did so, and we find that John, the younger son, resided on the island until he was nearly thirty years of age. The two sons became educated and practicing physicians. They were earnest and active members of the Society of Friends. In 1675, Dr. Thomas Rodman settled in Newport, Rhode Island, coming from Barbados with William Edmundson who was recently from Ireland " on a religious visit."' Dr. John Rodman the younger brother, came to Newport several years later. Here again, the change of residence tended towards greater religious freedom. Dr. Thomas Rodman seems to have been a man of practical sagacity, of uniform stability of character and of kindly sympathetic nature. He was well educated as a physician and devoted to the practice of his profession in which he became eminent. Dr. John Rodman was born and grew up when the Quaker excitement was at its greatest intensity. Of the brothers, the younger was more versatile, more conspicuous in. public affairs, and was noted as a Quaker preacher. He was very demonstrative in his religious professions, reiterating his advice and spiritual exhortations after the most approved Quaker fashion. The brothers were men of means, they commanded the public esteem to an eminent degree and left large families whose descendants number many thousands.

Dr. Thomas Rodman died in Newport in 1727, aged 87 years, He had been married three times. "Tradition says that he had a wife when he first came to Newport, but there is no record of her death on Friends records " (J. S. Gould). If Barbados was the home of the Doctor previous to his coming to Newport, we may presume his first wife died on the island. This has been taken for granted hitherto, without evidence on the subject. At present we can give no account of this first wife beyond the fact that her name was Sarah. The second marriage, June 7, 1682, when he was 42 years of age, was to Patience, daughter of Peter Easton and widow of Robert Malins: The third wife to whom he was married Nov. 26, 1691, was Hannah, daughter of Governor Walter Clarke of Rhode Island. Of his second wife were born Thomas and Ann. The children of the third wife were Hannah, Clarke, John, Samuel, Patience and William.

The family records of the Friends were kept with scrupulous exactness. It is singular that no record has been found of the family of Dr. Thomas Rodman by his first wife. Our only knowledge comes from tradition and from a clause in the Doctor's will. The early explorers of our family history found traditions of a son and of a daughter Mary, who was reported as having married in 1700. In his will he bequeathed "a sum of money to (his) former wife Sarah's son to acquit him " (J. S. Gould). These are all the glimpses as yet obtained of the Doctor's history before he came to Newport at the age of 35 years. We know nothing of his wife Sarah, her parentage or her history. No recognition of herself or her offspring have left any trace. The scanty notice in the will is all that remains. The most common of all memorials at the time, the retention of her name among the granddaughters and the nieces of the family was omitted, judging by the records transmitted to us.

[https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofrodma00jone/genealogyofrodma00jone_djvu.txt/ *"Genealogy of the Rodman family, 1620-1886" by CHARLES HENRY JONES.

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Burial: Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island

Also known as: Golden Hill Burial Ground; Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Newport #14


THOMAS2 RODMAN, DR. (JOHN1)2 was born 26 Dec 1640 in Ireland, and died 11 Jan 1727/28 in Newport, R.I.. He married (1) SARAH READ. He married (2) PATIENCE EASTON3 07 Jun 1682, daughter of PETER EASTON and ANN COGGESHALL. He married (3) HANNAH CLARKE4 26 Nov 1691 in Newport, R.I.5, daughter of WALTER CLARKE and HANNAH SCOTT.

More About THOMAS RODMAN, DR.: Fact 2: Buried Clifton ground, Newport, R.I.

More About PATIENCE EASTON: Fact 2: Buried Clifton ground, Newport, R.I.

More About HANNAH CLARKE: Fact 2: Buried Clifton ground, Newport, R.I.


  • i. THOMAS3 RODMAN, JR, DR., b. 11 Nov 1683, Newport, R.I.; d. Abt. 1775, South Kingston, R.I..
  • ii. ANN RODMAN, b. 16 Nov 1686; d. 25 Jun 1714; m. JOHN RICHARDSON.


  • iii. HANNAH3 RODMAN6, b. 29 Nov 1694; d. 10 Jul 1753; m. PHILIP WANTON.
  • iv. CLARKE RODMAN, DR.6, b. 10 Mar 1698/99, Newport, R.I.; d. 30 Aug 1752; m. ANNE COGGSHALL.
  • v. JOHN RODMAN6, b. 29 Sep 1701, Newport, R.I.; d. 09 Jan 1701/02, Newport, R.I.. 5.
  • vi. SAMUEL RODMAN, J.P., b. 23 Jul 1703, Newport, R.I.; d. 27 Feb 1748/49. 6.
  • vii. PATIENCE RODMAN, b. 05 Jun 1706, Newport, R.I.; d. 09 May 1739, Rhode Island.
  • viii. WILLIAM RODMAN6, b. 12 Nov 1708, Newport, R.I.; d. 26 Jan 1709/10, Newport, R.I..


From Findagrave.com

Thomas Rodman

  • Birth: Dec. 26, 1640
  • Death: Jan. 11, 1728, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Spouse: Hannah Clarke Rodman (1667 - 1732)


  • Hannah Rodman Wanton (1694 - 1753)
  • Clark Rodman (1697 - 1752)

Burial: Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA

Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17756895&ref=wvr

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Dr. Thomas Rodman's Timeline

December 26, 1640
November 11, 1683
Age 42
November 11, 1683
Age 42
Newport, RI, USA
November 16, 1686
Age 45
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
November 29, 1694
Age 53
Society of Friends, Newport Co., RI
March 10, 1698
Age 57
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
September 29, 1701
Age 60
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island