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Rebecca Harndell

Birthplace: England
Death: after January 15, 1657
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rebecca Harndell's father and Rebecca Harndell's mother
Wife of Richard Maxson, I and John Harndell, of Newport
Mother of Mary Stanton

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About Rebecca Harndell

Escaped in a shallot or shallop (small boat) after husband was killed by Indians, according to legend.


  1. By about 1639 to John Maxson
  2. by 1647 John Harndell (Mary, daughter of 'John Harndell,' born at Newport 6 Jul 1647 [RIVR 7:64]).


  1. i. JOHN MAXSON, b. abt 1639 (d. Westerly 17 Dec 1720, "in the 82nd year of his life" [Walter LeRoy Brown, The Maxson Family (n.p. 1954), 2, citing tombstone "in the Clark burying ground near the Paytucket river"]); m. by about 1667 Mary _____[Austin 342-43].
  2. ii. REBECCA MAXSON, b. say 1641; m. by about 1660 Hugh Mosher [Mosher Gen 1-3]
  3. Iii. MARY HARNDELL b 6 July 1647



We know little about Rebecca MAXSON HARNDELL. After her return to Rhode Island from Throgg's Neck, NY, she appeared in a record in 1644 in which she received payment for land her husband sold in Portsmouth in 1642. There she was called Goodwife MAXSON, (a title like Mrs.). (21) Rebecca was also mentioned indirectly in another land sale record. In this record, dated Jan 15, 1657, Richard MORRIS of Portsmouth sold land to Thomas BROWNELL which consisted of a parcel of land of 31 acres in Portsmouth which had been granted by the townsmen of Portsmouth to Richard MAXSON, deceased and sold by the widow of Richard MAXSON to Richard MORRIS. (15)


The Maxson Family Association states that "We know less about Rebecca and definitely nothing about her birth, her maiden name, or arrival in Boston. After Richard's death, she married John Harndell and they lived in Rhode Island or nearby Mass (possibly Bristol County). To the best of our knowledge, she did not die in N.Y."

Most of what we know of the structure of the family of this immigrant derives from the will of John Harndell. In his will, dated 9 Feb 1684/5 and proved 8 Apr 1698, "John Harndall of Newport on Rhode Island" included bequests to "my son-in-law John Maxson" and "my daughter-in-law Rebeckah Mosure the wife of Hugh Mosure of Portsmouth on Rhode Island" [Newport Town Council 5:131-2]. Austin provided an incomplete and inaccurate abstract of this will, and concluded that Rebecca was John Harndell's daughter [Austin 93]. In 1990 Mildred Chamberlain and Laura Clarenbach pointed out this error and concluded that both John Maxson and Rebecca Mosure were children of Richard Maxson, and that John Harndell must have married the widow of Richard Maxson [Desc. of Hugh Mosher and Rebecca Maxson through 7 generations, pp. 1-3 (cited above as Mosher Gen)].

There is some controversy regarding the identity of Richard Maxson's wife. She has been referred to as "Goodwife" Maxson ... as well as Rebeccah (Marbury) Maxson, a daughter of Rev. Francis Marbury. There is good circumstantial evidence that she was a half sister of Anne Hutchinson, (the "Dissenter"), which explains much of the Maxson storyline for Richard after he immigrated in 1634. However, there is no indication in the Marbury (rev. Francis Marbury, Anne's father) or the Hutchinson's (Anne's husband) family line that shows a Rebeccah Marbury marrying a Richard Maxson.



Rebecca (?)1,2,3 (F)

Last name unKnown, but possibly either Hutchinson or Goodwife

b. circa 1615,

    Rebecca (?) was born circa 1615. She married Richard Maxson. 
    Her married name was Maxson.  
    Children of Rebecca (?) and Richard Maxson: 

John Maxson b. 1638, d. 17 Dec 1720

Rebecca Maxson+ b. c 1640, d. bt 29 Dec 1707 - 25 Feb 1708


[S50] Sarah George Zakzrewski, "Sarah Zakrzewski Family Tree".

[S137] Maxson Family Association, online

This source shows marriage to John Harndall as first marriage: Rebecca born in Rhode Island, married and widowed young, traveled to England, married again to John Maxson, and then returning at some time to America.

Rebecca -Maxson Harndall

Born: 1604, Aquidneck, Washington Co., RI

Marriage (1): John Harndall

Marriage (2): Richard Maxson in 1624 in England

Died: 1643, Throgg's Neck, NY at age 39

Rebecca married John Harndall. (John Harndall died.)

Rebecca next married Richard Maxson, son of John Maxson, in 1624 in England. (Richard Maxson was born in 1602 in England and died in 1643 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.)

Richard came to America on the ship, " Griffen" in 1634 In the ships manifest list:

William Hutchinson and his wife,Ann Marbury Hutchinson with ten children.

Richard Maxson and his wife, Rebecca Marbury Maxson with two children.

Richard Scott and his wife, Catherine Marbury Scott.

Ann , Rebecca and Catherine were daughters of Rev. Frances Marbury and Bridget Dryden of London,England.

The names above are of importance to the Maxson lineage. Naturally there were more aboard the ship but many did not survive the trip across the Alantic.

In Sept. 1643, Ann Hutchinson and five of her children were massacred by Pequot Indians at Pelham Bay, Long Island, New York. Anns youngest child, Susanna was taken captive . She was released four years later.

  • See "Ann Hutchinson" in Encyclopedia

Richard Maxson and his family escaped by small boat. Richard and his son went back to try to help Ann and her children . They also were killed by the Indians.

Rebecca and her remaining child rowed the boat to safety in Rhode Island.

More About Richard Maxon and Rebecca Marbury: Marriage: Jan 02, 1627/28, London, England.

Children of Richard Maxon and Rebecca Marbury are: +Rev. John Maxon, Sr., b. Mar 24, 1637/38, Portsmouth, Westerly County., Rhode Island, United States d.

Richard Maxon, b. 1629, d. date unknown.

Rebecca Maxon, b. 1630, d. date unknown.


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Rebecca Harndell's Timeline

May 1602
Alford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
May 1602
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
July 6, 1647
Age 32
Newport, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island
January 15, 1657
Age 42
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
August 29, 1922
Age 42
November 10, 1922
Age 42
February 24, 1934
Age 42