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John Rodman

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: New Ross, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland
Death: between September 16, 1686 and December 4, 1686 (71)
Barbados, West Indies
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Rodman and Elizabeth Ann Rodman
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Rodman
Father of Dr. Thomas Rodman; Susannah Rodman; John Rodman; Anne Twayt; Katherine Brandreth and 2 others

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About John Rodman, of Barbados

John Rodman

Born: 1615 England

Died: October 15, 1686, Christ Church Parish, Barbados

Father: Thomas Rodman, b. 1595; Ireland; d. July 26, 1656, Christ Church Parrish, Barbados

Mother: Elizabeth Ann Robinson, b. 1595

Wife: Elizabeth Ann Unknown


  1. Dr. Thomas Rodman, b. 26 Dec 1640, England, d. 11 Jan 1728, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  2. Dr. John Rodman, b. Abt 1653, England, bapt March 21,1655, Christ Church Parrish, Barbados; d. 10 Jul 1753, Flushing Meeting, Queens, New York
  3. Ann Rodman, bapt.December 8,1661, Christ Church Parrish, Barbados
  4. Katherine Rodman, bapt. May 8,1665, Christ Church Parrish, Barbados

Notes (Research):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.


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The Leeds Family of New Jersey:Information about John Rodman -

1. JOHN1 RODMAN was born in Prob. New Ross, Ireland1, and died Bef. 04 Dec 1686 in Barbados, West Indies. He married ELIZABETH.

   Children of JOHN RODMAN and ELIZABETH are: 2.
       i. THOMAS2 RODMAN, DR., b. 26 Dec 1640, Ireland; d. 11 Jan 1727/28, Newport, R.I.. 3.
       ii. JOHN RODMAN, DR., b. 1653, Barbados, West Indies; d. 10 Jul 1731, Flushing, Long Island, New York.
       iii. ANN RODMAN, m. UNK THWAITE.

Husband: John RODMAN

  Born: ABT 1615         at: (possibly) Ireland  

Married: BEF 1640 at:

  Died: BET 16 SEP 1686 AND 4 DEat: the Parish of Christ Church, Barbados Island  
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John Rodman, of Barbados's Timeline

New Ross, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland
December 26, 1640
Age 25
Age 28
Age 31
Age 37
Age 38
England, United Kingdom
Age 43
Age 44
Barbados, West Indies
September 16, 1686
Age 71
Barbados, West Indies