James "Bonesetter" Sweet

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James Sweet

Birthdate: (76)
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 Philip Sweet; James Sweet, Jr.; Mary Wickham (Sweet); Capt. Dr. Benoni Sweet; Valentine Sweet and 5 others
Brother of John Sweet, of Newport and Meribah Gereardy

Occupation: bonesetter
Managed by: George Bryant Reynolds, Jr.
Last Updated:

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 times married and died in 1695 in the seventy third year of his age.

James Sweet

Birth: Jun. 18, 1622, Modbury, South Hams District, Devon, England

Death: Jun. 18, 1698, South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA

The second son of JOHN & MARY SWEET, James Sweet came with his parents to America in 1632. He worked at a grist mill with his step-father, Ezekiel Holliman. He was an inhabitant of Warwick in 1648, Commissioner in 1653/1658/1659, freeman in 1655, juryman in 1656 and lived at the estate of the late William Congdon at the foot of Ridge Hill. He married MARY GREENE, daughter of JOHN GREENE & JOANE (TATTERSOL) GREENE, about 1654 in Providence, RI. On Sept. 30, 1660, he sold to Thomas Greene, the lot he had received from the town of Warwick along with meadow land. Later, the family moved to Prudence Island in Portsmouth Twp. about four miles southwest of Bristol in 1664 being one of the first families to live on the island from 1664 to about 1685. Several family members are buried in the old family burying ground in the center of the island.

On November 8, 1686, he deeded his land in Providence that he had inherited from his father to eldlest son, Philip of Prudence Island. On the same date, he deeded to son, Benoni, certain land in Mashiantatack, and to son, James of Prudence Island, Valentine of Kingstown, and Samuel & Mary Sweet living with their parents, land in Mashiantatack. In 1695, James deposed and gave his age as 73. He died at age 76 years.

All the "bone-setter" family lines originate with James Sweet and his wife, Mary, who learned the art of bone-setting from her surgeon father, JOHN GREENE. James Sweet & his brother, John Sweet were interpreters to the Indians for first settlers and their names can be found on early Indian deeds. James Sweet signed with his mark.

Other children of John & Mary (Greene) Sweet that are not listed below are: James Sweet Jr., Philip Sweet married to Elizabeth Blackington, Mary Sweet, Jeremiah, Renewed Sweet & Sylvester Sweet

Father: John Isaac Sweet (1579 - 1637)

Mother: Mary Wescott Periam Sweet-Holliman (1581 - 1681)

Spouse: Mary Greene (1633 - 1686)


  • Phillip Sweet (1655 - 1710)
  • Benoni Sweet (1663 - 1751)
  • Valentine Sweet (1664 - 1725)
  • Samuel Sweet (1667 - 1728)


  • John Sweet (1620 - 1677)
  • Meribah Renewed Sweet Gereardy (1632 - ____)

Burial: Sweet - Austin Lot, North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA

James Sweet memorial, created by: Nareen, et al - https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37963391


  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.
  7. James Sweet memorial, created by: Nareen, et al - https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37963391


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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