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John Warner, Sr.

Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: circa March 1, 1654 (35-43)
At sea - returning from Rhode Island to England
Immediate Family:

Son of Timothy Warner and Margaret Warner
Husband of Priscilla Warner
Father of John Warner, Jr.; Susanna Warner; Mary Warner and Rachel Potter

Occupation: Colonist
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

About John Warner, Sr.

“John Warner, who came on the ship Increase in 1635, and settled in Providence, R. I., in or before 1637, at which time he signed a "Compact" in that place. Later he went back to England with his family, but his son John returned to

Rhode Island in 1655 where he afterwards resided. In 1676 he was married to Ann Gorton.”

Excerpt From: Nichols, Josephine Genung, joint author. “The descendants of Andrew Warner.” New Haven, Conn. : Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1919. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.

JOHN WARNER,Sr (b.1615-d.1652). (see Perry Street's biographical sketch - John Warner of Warwick, Rhode Island - PDF document)

  • parents: Timothy Warner b abt 1589 & Margaret Dover

John Warner,Sr of Hertfordshire England, arrived in Rhode Island April 14,1635, married Priscilla Holliman in 1637, took up residence in Warwick, Rhode Island area. 

They are the Parents of Rachel Warner-Potter (who married Abel Potter Jr in 1669).

In 1652, John Warner Sr, hastily departed Rhode Island under unpleasant circumstances (ie pending criminal charges) & returned to England, with entire family, except wife Priscilla who'd recently died & daughter Rachel. Of the family, only Rachel did not return to England.

Years later, John Warner,Jr would return in attempt to reclaim his late Father's properties/holdings.

Children, born at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island:

  1. John-2, b. 1 Aug 1645; d. 22 April 1712; m. Ann Gorton.
  2. Susanna
  3. Mary
  4. Rachel, d. 8 Nov 1724; m. 16 Nov 1669 Abel-2 Potter (George-1, George-A), b. Portsmouth, RI, d. 1692 Warwick, son of George-1 Potter.  


  1. 2 Colonists Named John Warner
  2. Austin: One Hundred and Sixty Allied Familiesand his Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.


Except of 1st passages written by Perry Streeter

EZEKIEL HOLLIMAN OF WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND 1 Copyright 1999 Perry Streeter (Content updated 25 October 2000) © 1999 Perry Streeter d d

EZEKIEL1 HOLLIMAN (WilliamA, LeonardB) was born at Tring, Hertford, England in 1586 and died at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 17 September 1659. He married first SUSANNA OXTON (JohnA), daughter of JohnA Oxton, alias Fox of Stanmore, Middlesex, England. He married second probably at Salem, Massachusetts around 1638 MARY ( ) SWEET, widow of John Sweet.

Ezekiel came to America around 1634 and first settled at Dedham, Massachusetts. In 1637, he received a grant of land at Salem, Massachusetts. Around 1638 he married John Sweet's widow, Mary and had the name of her daughter Meribah changed to Renewed before she married John Gereardy.

Like his son-in-law, John1 Warner, Ezekiel found himself in conflict with the authorities of Massachusetts. On 12 March 1638 he was summoned to the General Court "because he did not frequent the public assemblies and for seducing many, he was referred by the Court to the ministers for conviction." Later that year he began planning his escape from Massachusetts; on 8 October he was one of the twelve persons that bought land of Roger Williams at Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1639, Ezekiel baptized Roger Williams and was baptized by him, both being among the twelve original members of that church at Providence. He was an assistant pastor to Roger Williams and spread the Baptist doctrine at Providence, Portsmouth, Newport and Warwick. Rev. Hugh Peters of Salem in a letter to the church of Dorchester that same year alludes to Mary Holliman and others as having had "the great censure passed upon them in this our church."

Ezekiel Holliman and John Warner purchased (then Shawomet, now) Warwick from Minatonomi for 144 fathoms of Wampum with nine others on 12 January 1643. That same year, a lot of land that had been granted to him at Portsmouth was forfeited because he had not built upon it yet.

On 27 January 1645 he sold twenty-five acres and a share of meadow to John Field. Ezekiel served as a Member of Town Council in 1647 and a Member of Court of Trial in 1648, and Commissioner from 1652 through 1659, except for 1657. He also served as a Magistrate in 1656 and a Warden in 1658. During this time, he was made a Freeman in 1655. On 1 August 1654 he and John Greene Jr. were appointed to review the general laws of the colony and report to the next Court of Commissioners what they found "defective or any way jarring, etc."

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John Warner, Sr.'s Timeline

August 20, 1615
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
London, England
August 1, 1645
Age 30
Warwick, (Present Kent County), Providence Plantations (Present Rhode Island)
Age 32
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
Age 34
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
Age 36
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
March 1, 1654
Age 39
At sea - returning from Rhode Island to England