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Rosanna Wardwell

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Warwickshire,England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Wardwell and Meribe Marcelle Lascelle
Wife of William Waite
Mother of Mehitable Hall; Thomas Waite, of Alford & Portsmouth; Richard Waite and Gamaliel Waite
Sister of Lascelle Wodell and Gershom Wodell, (1568)
Half sister of Busbye Odell or Woodhall or Wodell; William Woddel; Agnes Odell or Woodhall or Woddell; Isacke Wodell; Phillip Wodell and 1 other

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About Rosanna Wardwell

  • 'The Greene family and its branches from A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904 (1904)
  • About A. D. 1480, one ___ Ithell, of North Wales, married a Miss Pierce. They had a son, Pierce Ithell, whose daughter Mary was m. about 1540, to Richard Woodall, Udall, Woddall, Worrell, or Wardwell, of Warwick, England. One of their sons. Dr. John Wardell, and a grandson, who crossed the ocean in 1594, had much to do with early Virginia settlements. An older son, William, was married by 1565 to Meribe Lascelle, the daughter of a French couple, Gershom and Meribe Lascelle.
  • Reading between the lines of the records, it is evident that the Frenchman came to England with his wife and family of grown children about 1560 at the first muttering of the storm that finally broke into bloody wrath against the Huguenots, or French Protestants. Gershom had many namesakes for more than a century, and Meribe, her name anglicized into Meriba or Meribah and Meribeth, still has her namesakes scattered over New England. The next two generations of the family intermarried with the Slocums, Kings, Waites and Hills. Their names were so peculiarly odd and Frenchy, that they can almost be traced by that alone. Anteres, another daughter of these Huguenot refugees, married a Pierce. There is more about her line in Chapter XXIV.
  • There was a good deal of restlessness in the blood of these allied families. Before the New England settlement some of the Pierces and Wardwells went to Virginia, where the older generation of the Wardwell's had investments. Some of these then drifted to the Barbadoes, where later we read of one of the Pierces owning many acres of land and 80 slaves. All of the Lascelle-Wardwell line seem to have been Independents in religious matters, and under religious oppression quite ready to cross the sea for conscience's sake. Some of the Pierces were in Plymouth in 1623. And rebelling against Laud's tyranny about a score of the allied families of this line came to Mass. in 1633-5.
  • There were three great-grandsons of Gershom Lascelle and Richard Wardwell among these. Two of them, William4 and Thomas4 were brothers, sons of Lascelle Wardwell3. The other was their cousin, William4, son of Gershom Wardwell3. The fathers of these men, Lascelle and Gershom, were sons of William2 and Meribe Lascelle the younger, mentioned in a preceding paragraph. *
  • ' Another child of William and Meribe Wardell was Rosanna, who married ___ Waite. They had several children who came to the Colonies, Melutable, the oldest, who married Richard Hill, of William, and was left a widow soon after coming to the new country ; Richard Waite, born in 1596, Gambiel, b. in 1598, and Thomas, b. 1601. All of these came about the height of the Anti-Laud emigration. One of the sons, Thomas, went to Portsmouth, R. I., in 1639, and from him all the R. I. Waites are descended. D. Byron Waite's "Waite Genealogy" takes up their history, so it need not be given here.
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Rosanna Wardwell's Timeline

Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Of Warwickshire, England
Of Warwickshire, England
Of Warwickshire, England
Warwickshire, England
Age 24
June 13, 1601
Age 31
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 38
Wethersfield, Essex, England
June 13, 1614
Age 44