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Michael Wanton, Sr.

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Scituate, Plymouth Colony
Death: June 13, 1741 (62)
Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Wanton and Elizabeth Wanton
Husband of Mary Wanton and Abigail Rodman
Father of Mary Coggeshall; Stephen Wanton; Lusanna Wanton; Hannah Wanton and Michael Wanton, Jr.
Brother of Joseph Wanton; George Wanton; Elizabeth Scott; William Wanton, 20th Colonial Governor of Rhode Island; Stephen Wanton and 2 others

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About Michael Wanton, Sr.

Michael Wanton

Born: April 9, 1679, Scituate, Massachusetts

Died: Jun 13 , 1741, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Occupation: Shipwright. Religion: Quaker.

Father: Edward Wanton, b. Sept. 13, 1658, Boston, MA; d. March 1695, Scituate, MA; Son of Edward and Elizabeth Wanton

Mother: Mary Phillips, d. June 10, 1706

Married 1) January 15, 1704/5, Scituate, Massachusetts

Spouse: Mary Mew, b. August 1689, Newport, RI; d. July 22, 1711, Scituate, MA; dau. of Noel and Mary Mew


1. Ruth Wanton, b. Oct 30, 1705, Scituate, MA


2. Mary Wanton, b. Oct 4, 1707, Scituate, MA


3. Stephen Wanton, b. Nov 18, 1709, Scituate, MA; m. April 14, 1736, Mary Clarke, of Samuel, of Jamestown, R.I.

Married 2) April 11, 1717, Society of Friends, Pembroke

Spouse: Abigail Barker, b. Aug. 24, 1682, Duxbury, MA

Friends marriage record: Abigail, widow of William Carr of James Town, R.I., daughter of Robert Barker, yeoman, and Michael Wanton, shipwrite, of Scituate, son of Edward dec’d of Scituate


1. Lusanna Wanton, b. Nov. 11, 1717, Scituate, MA

2. Michael Wanton, b. Aug. 14, 1724, Scituate, MA; d. June 13, 1741, Scituate, MA

From Dean’s History of Scituate:50

   Michael settled on the paternal estate in Scituate. ... He succeeded his father as the religious teacher of the Society of Friends, and was a successful propagator of the sect. He was a cotemporary with Rev. Nathaniel Eells of the South Parish in Scituate, and they are said to have lived in more harmony with each other than could be expected form the circumstances, Wanton being fired with the zeal of a new sect, and Eells entertaining contempt for an uneducated ministry. He is said to have been a man of so much meekness and gentleness, that all contention with the Congregationalists was laid aside; a circumstance which, if it did not contriubte to promote his sect, at least disarmed opposition and persecution.



Boston: NEGHS, 1911.

The Rhode Island historical magazine, by Turner, H. E. (Henry Edward) July 1885

Scituate Births, marriages, and deaths, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

Pane-Joyce Genealogy - http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/report/rr10/rr10_116.html

  1. Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from Its First Settlement to 1831., Loring, Boston, 1831, http://archive.org/details/historyofscituat00dean.
  2. Vital records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Boston: NEGHS, 1911, http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofpe00newe.
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Michael Wanton, Sr.'s Timeline

April 9, 1679
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
October 4, 1707
Age 28
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
Age 33
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
November 11, 1717
Age 38
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
March 17, 1721
Age 41
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
August 14, 1724
Age 45
Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
June 13, 1741
Age 62
Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts