James "Bonesetter" Sweet

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James Sweet

Birthplace: probably, Wales
Death: Died in South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: North Kingtown, Washington , Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sweet, of Salem and Mary Holliman
Husband of Mary Sweet
Father of Capt. Dr. Benoni Sweet; Philip Sweet; James Sweet, Jr.; Mary Wickham (Sweet); Valentine Sweet and 5 others
Brother of John Sweet, of Newport and Meribah Gereardy

Occupation: bonesetter
Managed by: George Bryant Reynolds, Jr.
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About James "Bonesetter" Sweet

James Sweet, probably born in Wales, 1622, came to America about 1630 with his parents, was a resident of Portsmouth, 1681; Coweset, Warwick, 1683, and Kingstown, 1686. He was progenitor of the celebrated natural "bone-setters" who bore that name, and was the son of John and Mary Sweet, who as "widow of John", (who had died at their home in Salem, MA in 1637) was assigned land in Providence, RI, in 1637, she having removed there soon after her husband's death.

James Sweet was made freeman in 1655, and settled on Ridge Hill, N. Kingstown; he was Commissioner from Warwick, 1653-58-59; juryman 1656. In 1660 he sold the lot granted him at Warwick with the house thereon (afterwards known as "Stone Castle" to Thomas Greene. He was three time married and died in 1695 in the seventy third year of his age.


  1. [S51] Paragraphs on Early Prudence Island, Charles Gregory Maytum.
  2. [S45] Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode island, John Osborne Austin, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD, 1969).
  3. [S68] Sweet, Toomey, French and Sibbald.
  4. [S99] New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation, William Richard Cutter, (Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1915).
  5. [S119] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900-.
  6. [S157] (Genelogical Publishing Co. Inc. Baltimore 1991), page 42.


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James "Bonesetter" Sweet's Timeline

June 18, 1622
July 15, 1655
Age 33
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
May 28, 1657
Age 34
Warwick, (Present Kent County), Providence Plantation (Present Rhode Island)
February 2, 1659
Age 36
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
March 28, 1663
Age 40
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
February 14, 1664
Age 41
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Age 43
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
November 1, 1667
Age 45
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
January 6, 1669
Age 46
North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island