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8. Eleazar ARNOLD11,23 was born on 17 June 1651 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2 He died on 29 August 1722 at the age of 71 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.18

Elezar was born the 17th of the 4th month, 1651 [old style dating]

Name given in Beekman Patent book as "Ebenezer" but it also says name may have been Eleazer. Married Eleanor Smith. [Town records of Providence refer often to Eleizer/Eleazer Arnold but never an Ebenezer.]
Early Town Records of Providence:
Will dated 25 Aug 1722; died 29 Aug 1722. No wife mentioned but named three sons Joseph, John, and Jeremiah "Jeremy"; daughter in law Sarah Arnold, widow of deceased son Eleazer and her sons Eleazar and David; daughters Phebe Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Ellener Arnold, Mary Thomas, Abigail Man; granddaughter Deborah Smith. Three sons to be joint Executors. Witnesses by Joseph Jenckes, Silvanus Scott, William Hopkins. Estate appraised 19 Sep 1722 by Thomas Arnold and Thomas Comestock.

Note from cousin Lyndon Comstock, Aug 2006
We then went to the Eleazar Arnold house in Lincoln, which dates to 1693 and is one of the oldest remaining houses in Rhode Island. It’s referred to as a “stone-ender” because there’s a massive stone fireplace and chimney that takes up nearly all of one end of the house. Eleazar Arnold was a brother to our direct ancestor Elizabeth (Arnold) Comstock, hence a great uncle to us, and also a brother to Richard Arnold. The house is located on the Great Road, which was the road between Providence and Worcester, MA and which the Comstocks and Arnolds helped to build - we drove along part of it - very scenic. The house doubled as a tavern and way station for travelers.

Eleazar ARNOLD and Eleanor SMITH were married in 1672 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.24 Eleanor SMITH4, daughter of John SMITH and Elizabeth [SMITH], died before August 1722.23

Vol. XX, Deed Book 2, p.77 Eleazar Arnold & Thomas Hopkins take into custody the care of their aged mother-in-law, Elizabeth Smith. 7 Jan 1706.

Eleanor was not mentioned in Will of her husband in 1722.

Eleazar ARNOLD and Eleanor SMITH had the following children:

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Phebe ARNOLD.

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Eleazer ARNOLD Jr..

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Joseph ARNOLD.

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John ARNOLD.

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Elizabeth ARNOLD.

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Eleanor ARNOLD23 died after 1722.

Eleanor died unmarried.

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Mary ARNOLD23 was born in 1697.

Mary married George Thomas of Portsmouth at the Narragansett Society of Friends, 29th day of the 9th month [Nov], 1717. George was a carpenter. He wrote his will 26 May 1753, proved 12 Apr 1756. The probate records indicate he died on 11 Mar 1756. Named in the will were his wife Mary; his sons, George, Richard, Benjamin, Abraham, & Arnold; and daughters, Sarah Sherman, wife of Sampson Sherman; Mary Willcox, wife of Stephen Willcox, and Abigail Thomas, who was single.

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Jeremiah ARNOLD23 was born circa 1700.

Jeremiah married Freelove, surname unknown, probably about 1721. He was a freeman at Providence 30 Apr 1723.

Children were Freelove, b. 10 Jan 1722, Jeremiah, b. 1725, Lavina, b. 11 Nov 1727, Oliver, b. 21 Apr 1730, James, b. 4 Aug 1733, Sarah, b. 1 Feb 1736, Eleazer, b. 10 Jul 1739, Charles, b. 1743, and possible another daughter named Elizabeth.

Jeremiah died before 13 Mar 1775, when administration was granted his son-in-law, Job Arnold, who was his largest creditor.

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Abigail ARNOLD23,24 died in 1775.24

Abigail married John Man, 29 Jun 1720, Providence. He was a son of Thomas & Mary (Wheaton) Man.

John died the 7th day of the 12th month [February] 1782. His will dated 6 Mar 1775 and proved 19 May 1783. Abigail was not mentioned and was likely deceased. It does name a son John and daughters Abigail Ballard, deceased, but leaving children, Sarah Man, who "is to be maintained", Mary Lapham, and Dorcas Herendeen.

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Deborah ARNOLD24 was born (date unknown).

Not mentioned in will of her father. She was likely deceased before the will was written, leaving no heirs.