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William Fobes

Birthplace: probably Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA.
Death: Died in Little Comptom, Rhode Island, United States
Place of Burial: Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John Forbes, Jr. and Constant Briggs
Husband of Martha Forbes
Father of Elizabeth Fobes / Forbes; Mary Southworth; Abigail Forbes; Phebe Seabury; Martha Fobes and 1 other
Brother of Mary Forbes; Deacon Edward Fobes; Joshua Fobes; John Forbes; Deacon Caleb Forbes and 1 other

Occupation: Lt., he was LT Commisary, in CAPT CHURCH'S 3RD expedition in KING PHILLIP'S WAR ; ran a ferry from Little Compton to Newport in that part which is now Middletown
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About William Fobes


William Fobes was born about 1649 or 1650, probably at Duxbury, Massachusetts. In 1675 he was elected constable of Duxbury. Prior to marriage he was described as of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. About 1682 he married Martha (Pabodie) Seabury probably at Duxbury. After marriage, the family seems to have resided at Little Compton, Rhode Island. The couple had four children; Elizabeth, Constant (female), Mary, and Mercy. He died about a year after his wife, on November 6, 1712.



THE MAYFLOWER DESCENDANT VOL 42 NO 1 JANUARY 1992 ALDEN NOTES by Alicia Crane Williams Editor, Alden Five Generations Project Genealogist, Alden Kindred of America, Inc.

CORRECTION - FOBES/SOUTHWORTH by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG In 1840 Nahum Mitchell, in his History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater (p. 162), said that William Fobes married Elizabeth Southworth, daughter of Constant Southworth, and the story was repeated in l849 by Justin Winsor in his History of the Town of Duxbury. Massachusetts, (pp. 258, 314). Like a snowball rolling down hill, this story has grown, adding two daughters along the way, and now has added The Mayflower Descendant to the list of publications making this statement (MD, 4l:l4l). ' The 27 February 1678/9 will of Constant Southworth named his daughter Elizabeth Southworth "provided she doe not marry William Fobbes" (Plymouth Colony PR, 4:1:l8-20). I believe Elizabeth honored her dying father‘s wishes and did not marry William Fobes. Samuel Gallup married an Elizabeth Southworth in Bristol, 12 May 1685 (Rhode Island Vital Records, [hereafter RI VR], Bristol:22). It was a search for the identification of this Elizabeth Southworth that led me to the solution of this problem. While there were many Elizabeth Southworths in that time frame, they are either too old, too young, or otherwise accounted for. The wife of Samuel Gallup had to be the daughter of Constant Southworth or else be a "stranger," the likelihood of which is slim.

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William Fobes's Timeline

July 1, 1650
probably Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA.
Age 16
Little Compton, Rhode Island, USA
Age 28
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Age 30
Little Compton (Newport) Rhode Island
Age 32
Little Compton (Newport) Rhode Island
June 29, 1686
Age 35
Little Compton, RI, USA
Age 38
Little Compton (Newport) Rhode Island
December 8, 1698
Age 48
November 6, 1712
Age 62
Little Comptom, Rhode Island, United States