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Mary Coles (Hawxhurst)

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Death: April 5, 1656 (50-58)
Oyster Bay, Queens, New York
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Sampson Hawxhurst and Elizabeth Hawxhurst
Wife of Robert Coles and Mathias Harvey
Mother of Robert Coles; Deliverance Coles; Daniel Coles; Anne Townsend; John Cole and 6 others
Sister of William Hawxhurst; Christopher Hawxhurst and Samson Hawxhurst

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About Mary Coles

Birth: 1597, England Death: 1656 New York, USA

Mary Hawxhurst was born in Warwick England. Her father Sampson Hawxhurst was a vicar of the church on Nuneaton in Warwick England. Mary's mother is unknown to us. Mary sailed with her brother Christopher to Salem Mass. in 1630.

At the age of 33 Mary married Robert Coles in RI. Mary was Robert's second wife. Robert sailed to America with the Winthrop Fleet. Robert and Mary had eight childern. Much has been written about Mary's husband in our history books. He led a colorful life. Often he was in conflict with the newly formed government and yet at times he was one of the leaders. Mary was always at his side and she too was considered "difficult" by the establishment at certain times during their marriage. After Robert's death Mary married Matthias Harvey and moved to Long Island.

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 Ann Coles Townsend (1635 - 1695)*
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Note: Sampson Hawxhurst in this cemetery is her nephew.


Burial: Townsend Cemetery Mill Neck Nassau County New York, USA

Created by: JMC Record added: Jan 19, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 103792783 ____________________________________

Mary Hawxhurst, sister of Christopher Hawxhurst; she d. 1656. After marrying Matthias Hervey, she went to Oyster Bay, as did her sons, Nathaniel and Daniel, as well as her daughters who married Townsends.

Married about 1630, Robert Coles, who was of a good English family. He was b. about 1597-8, at Sudbury, Suffolk Co., Eng., and came to this country with Governor Winthrop to Salem, Mass., Oct. 19, 1630; at Roxbury, Mass., requested to be made a "Freeman." Was admitted May 13, 1631. In March, 1633, with John Winthrop, jr., and twelve others began the plantation at Ipswich, where he lived for a time; was at Providence, R. I., 1634, and where he was one of the twelve original members of the First Baptist Church. July 27, 1647, he and thirty-eight others signed an agreement for a form of government. He subsequently lived at Shawomet, June 5, 1648, was recorded as an inhabitant of Warwick, R. I. Feb. 27, 1654, he and wife Mary sold to Zachariah Rhodes, for ;£8o dwelling house at Pawtuxet and certain land. Oct. 25, 1655; Inventory of his estate, ^501; wife Mary, administratrix. They had:

John, d. 1676 at Portsmouth; m. Ann .

Elizabeth, m. John Townsend, who d. 1669.

Deliverance, m. Richard Townsend.

Daniel, d. Nov. 29, 1692; m. Maha— Gorton.


Ann, m. Henry Townsend.

Nathaniel, b. 1640; m. (i) Aug. 30, 1667, Martha Jackson; m. (2) Deborah Wright.

Robert, d. April 16, 1715; m. Jan. i, 1670; Mercy Wright, who d. Oct. 21, 1708.

The maiden name of the wife of Robert Coles seems evidently to have been

Hawxhurst (see Hawxhurst Lineage). A sister doubtless of Christopher, coming

with him 1630.

Issue of Robert and Mary (?Hawxhurst) Coles, (In approximate order).

I Deliverance, b. 71631 ; m. Richard Townsend.

II John. b. 71633; m. Ann .

III Ann. b. 71635; m. Henry Towneend.

IV Daniel, b. 71637; m. Maha-Shalal-hasbnz Gorton.

V Nathaniel, b. 71640; m. 1st, Martha Jackson; m. 2d. Deborah Wright; m. 3d. Sarah ?Harcurt.

VI Sarah, b. 71644; m. Thomas Townsend.

VII Robert, b. 7164S : m. Mercy Wright.

Mary, his wife, was prob. a dau. of Rev. Sampson Hauxhurst, Vicar of Nuneaton, Eng. She d. 2 Nov., 1684 (MSS. G. W. Cocks), and was prob. a sister of Christopher Hauxhurst, of O. Bay.

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Mary Coles's Timeline

Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 20
England, United Kingdom
Age 26
England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Musketo Cove LI, NY, United States
Age 28
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
Age 28
Salem, MA
Age 28
Salem, MA