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William EARLE [1773]
(Est 1554-)
Margaret MADLE [1774]
(1551-)
George BROWNE [1771]
(Est 1555-After 1613)
Elizabeth LAWE [1772]
(Est 1559-1612)
Raulphe EARLE [2220]
(Abt 1580-1657)
Margaret BROWNE [1770]
(1581-1647)
Captain Ralph EARLE [1769]
(1605-1678)

 

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Joan SAVAGE [2214]

Captain Ralph EARLE [1769] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 25 Aug 1605, , , , England
  • Baptized: 9 Feb 1606, Bishops Stortford, , County Hertford, England 1 8
  • Marriage: Joan SAVAGE [2214] on 29 Aug 1631 in Bishops Stortford, , County Hertford, England 1
  • Died: 1678, Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States at age 73 1 2 9 10

bullet   Other names for Ralph were Ralph EARLE,12 13 Ralphe EARLE 14 and Raulfe EARLE.15

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 1606. 11 16

Baptism, 9 Feb 1606, Bishops Stortford, , County Hertford, England. 15 Entries in the records of St. Michael's church that are of particular interest to the descendants of Ralph and Joan Earle, as pointed out by Rev. William McCarthy, M.A., Vicar of St. Michael's Church to the Rear Admiral Ralph Earle and Janet Earle on the occasion of their visit to the Church July 29-31, 1933:
1580 George Brown and Elizabeth Lowe were married ye second of October.
1581 Margaret and Elizabeth Brown baptized.
1605 Raulfe Earle and Margaret Browne married ye 25 August.
1606 Raulphe, sonne of Raulfe Earle baptized ye XI of Feb.
1631 Raulfe Earle and Joan Savage were married the 29th of June
1632 Ralph Earle, Son of Raulph and Joan, 22 April baptized
1634 William Earle, son of Ralph and Joan baptized 11 of May.
Shortly after this event Ralph and Joan and their two young sons, Ralph and William left Bishop's Stortford for their future home in the New World, and landed in Boston the same year.

Alt. Birth, 9 Feb 1606, Exeter, , , England. 17

History: Extracted from records of Portsmouth, R.I, 30 Apr 1639. 9 17 We, Whose name are under [written, doe acknowledge] ourselves the legell subjects of [his majestie] King Charles, and in his name [doe hereby binde] ourselves into a civill body politicke, unto his lawes according to matters of justice."
This declaration was signed by twenty-nine men, of whom Ralph Earle was one. This name in all the very earliest records is written with the final "e", but the orthography soon begins to vary and runs into several forms -- Ear;. Earll, Erl and Earle.

History, 7 Jan 1640. 9 This declaration was signed by twenty-nine men, of whom Ralph Earle was one. January 7, 1640, it was ordered at a town meeting that he and his co-partner, Mr. Wilbur, "shall serve the town with good sufficient stuff, viz: well sawn boards at eight shillings the hundred, and half inch boards at seven shillings, to be delivered at the pit by the waterside."

History, 21 Mar 1640. 9 Ralph conveyed to William Baulstone "parcells of upland and meadow."

History, 26 Aug 1647. 9 In the record of a town meeting held August 26, 1647, it is stated that he was "chosen to keep an Inn to sell beer and wine, and to entertain strangers"; and another held June 2, 1649, he was "chosen Treasurer for this year next insuing, and also overseer of the poor."

History, 2 Jun 1649, Newport, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. 17 Ralph Earle occupied a prominent place in the town of Newport, until his death. In the record of the town meeting held June 2, 1649, he was "chosen treasurer for this year next insuing, and also overseer of the poor."

History, 29 Apr 1650. 9 At a town meeting, Ralph and five others were chosen "for the committee for the General Assembly at Newport, in May next."

History, 12 Nov 1650. 9 At a town meeting, it was, "Voated & granted that Ralph Erl's house wherein he now dwelleth be recorded & Inn, in ye room of ye former vote that he was an Innkeeper".

History, 19 Jan 1651. 9 He and three others were chosen "to proportion every man's farm," &c., for the purpose of assessing a tax for the support of a poor man; and on the 3d of June, 1651, he was again elected town treasurer.

History, 21 May 1651. 9 Ralph conveyed a tenement and eight acres of land to Nicholas and Joan Harte.

History, 25 Aug 1651. 9 There is a record of an agreement of division of fence between Ralph Earle and John Tripp. A very old copy of the original document is now in the possession of the heirs of the late George Earle of Providence, R.I.; it is dated August 25, 1639.

History, 24 Jun 1652. 9 He sold to William Arnold of Providence, land formerly owned by Francis Weston's wife Margaret, near "Pawtuxet Falls".

History, 19 Feb 1653. 9 He quit claimed to Thomas Lawton

History, 13 Dec 1653. 9 He conveyed twenty acres to William Cadman.

History, 1654. 9 He and another man were chosen as a town's committee to "oversee the work of the Prison."

History, 5 Apr 1655. 9 17 He conveyed to his son William eighteen acres of land on the northern extremity of the island, at Bristol Ferry. It is traditional that he owned the ferry, but this has not been confirmed by any discovered records.

History, 5 May 1655. 9 the "Jurymen chosen for the Generall Court of Tryals to be held at Providence," were John Sandford, Ralph Earle and Francis Brayton. Ralph was again upon the grand jury in 1669.

History, 25 May 1655. 9 He was appointed by the Court of Commissioners to keep a house of entertainment. A convient sign was to be set out at the most "perspicuoust" place, to give notice to strangers.

History, 24 Nov 1656. 9 He conveyed land to Daniel Grinnell, Ralph, Jr. signing the deed at witness.

History, 5 Jan 1658. 9 He conveyed forty acres to Jeremiah Willis

History, 2 Mar 1658. 9 At a town meeting, five men were chosen "to examine and audit Ralph Earll's accompts of what the towne is indebted unto him, and what they shall find the towne to be in his debt shall be payed to the sayd Earll by the towne Treaurer."

History, 1667. 9 Ralph claimed the lands of the Dutch House of Good Hope, now Hartford, Connecticut, and commenced a lawsuit therefor "against Richard Lord and James Richards of Hartford, possessors of the Dutch land, about 1667. Earl affirmed that he purchased the land of Underhill, in August, 1653, and paid him twenty pounds sterling for it; but Underhill protested against Earl's claim." "It is not improbable," continues the article from which we quote, "that there was some foundation for this claim. There are many papers upon the subject in the archives of Connecticut."

History, 10 Aug 1667. 9 17 He joined a "troope of horse," which had been ordered to be raised, and signed, with eighteen others a paper in which they "approve of the choyce of our Captaine (Peleg N. Sanford) and Lieftenant (John Almy to the full." He was afterward captain of the troop.

History, 7 Jun 1671. 9 In the General Assembly, Ralph "Earll" and eleven others of Portsmouth, and a number of residents of Newport, were appointed as a special court, to sit on the 15th of the same month, to try "two Indians now imprisoned upon criminall charge."

Will, 19 Nov 1673. 9 "The last will and testiment of Ralph Earle, of Portsmouth, on Rhoad Island, being in perfect memory, being sencible of man's mortalitie and for the avoiding of futur controversies amongst my Relations doe order and dispose of my Estate as followeth: -- first I doe order, substitute and apointe Jone my wife my whole and sole Executrix to Recieve and pay all whatsoever is due Either to or from mee and that which Remains of my Estate shall bee and Remaine in the hand and possession of my said wife during her naturall life and att her deceas to be disposed and divideded in maner and forme following, namely, my will is that after and upon the decease of my said wife that all my land and housing, with the apurtinenc thereto belonging, shall be and Remaine to my Eldest sonn, Ralph Earle, and to Ralph Earle, the sonn of my sonn William Earle, to be Eually divided into three parts, my sonn Ralph to have two parts thereof and my said Grandsonn one, to be to them, there heirds and Asigns a possesion and Estate forever: and further my will is that all my moveable Estate shall, at the decease of my said wife, be Equally divided into five parts, and that my sonn Ralph Earle shall have two parts thereof, he paying, or causing to be paid, the sum of one shilling to my son William Earle, as his portion of my Estate, and the other three parts thereof I doe give and bequeath to my three daughters, that is to say, Mary the wife of William Cory, Martha the wife of William Wood and Sarah, widow to the late deceased Thomas Cornell, to Each of them an Equall share: and for the dividing and disposing wherof, as an overseer, I doe order and apoint my friend and neighbor John Tripp the Elder to take care to see this my will performed as abovesaid; and that this is my will and testament, to be performed to all true intents, witness my hand and seal, this nienteenth day of november, in the year one Thousand six hundred Seventy and Three."
Witnes Thomas Havens."

Alt. Death, Abt 1678, Portsmouth, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. 11

Biography, 1888. 9 The earliest trace of Ralph hitherto discovered, is in the records of Newport, R.I. His name is there found under date of "first of eighth month" (October), 1638, in a list with fifty-eight others, arranged as "A catalogue of such persons who, by the Generall consent of the company, were admitted to the Inhabytants of the Island now called Aqueedneck, having submitted themselves to the Government that is, or shall be, established according to the word of God therein."

Newspaper: Newport Mercury;, 14 Jul 1900, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. 18 QUERIES: . . . 1452. EARLE, SAVAGE -- Who can give me any information in regard to Joan Savage, the wife of Ralph Earle, who came to American, from England, in or before the year 1638. Did they come from Exeter? Should like English ancestry of each. Has it ever been traced? -- N.B.M. . . .

Newspaper: Newport Mercury, 25 Jan 1908, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. 2 Notes and Queries. Note.
EARLE - Ralph Earle, born _____, died at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1678, married Joan Savage. There is a tradition that he came from Exeter, England, in 1634, with his wife. In 1838 he and others were admitted inhabitants of Aquidueck, and April 30, 1639, he signed the declaration of Allegiance. In 1647 he was chosen to keep an inn, to sell beer and wine, and to entertain strangers, and it was in this inn, at Bristol Ferry, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, that the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Colony and Province of Providence Plantations, was held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of May, 1647. Delagates were present from Providence, Portsmouth, Warwick, and Newport. The Inn stood on or near the site of the present hotel at Bristol Ferry. He was Treasurer, 1649, and Overseer of the poor the same year. He was Freeman, 1655; Juryman, 1655; August 10, 1667, he joined a Troop of Home, of which he was afterward Captain. He was on the Grand Jury, April 28, 1669. His will was made November 19, 1673, recorded January 14, 1678. His son
William Earle, born _______, died January 15, 1715, married for his first wife Mary Walker, of John and Katharine Walker. He was Freeman, May 11, 1658; Juryman, 1858. He removed from Portsmouth to Dartmouth about 1670. May 6, 1693, the Assembly met at his house. He was Deputy, 1693-1704-1706. His will was dated November 13, 1718, proved Feb. 8, 1715. His son
Ralph Earle, born 1660, died 1757 at Leicester, Massachusetts, married Mary (Carr) Hicks, widow of John, and daughter of Robert Carr, of Newport, R.I. He took the freeman's oath at Dartmouth, Mass., before March 24, 1686. He removed to Freetown soon after 1688, when his father gave him land there. He was surveyor of highways in 1690, 92, and 96; constable in 1699, and grand juryman in 1700 and 1715. In 1715, he had the title of Ensign. He went to Leicester in 1716, and there joined the Society of Friends. His will was executed May 25, 1750. His son
Robert Earle, born March 2, 1706, in Freetown, Mass., died in 1796, married for his first wife, Mary Newhall, born November 5, 1704, died after 1749, daughter of Thomas Newhall, of Leicester, Mass. Robert Earle removed with his father to Leicester when he was about eleven years old, and when he was twenty-one, his father gave him two tracts of land there. He was a member of the Society of Friends. His son
Thomas Earle, born Aug. 27, 1737, in Leicester, Mass, died March 21, 1819, married January 22, 1761, Hannah, daughter of Nathaniel an Hannah (Southgate) Wait, of Leicester, born 1740, died Aug. 22, 1799. He resided in Cherry Valley, Leicester, in a house which was burned in 1873. He planted the rows of sycamores that stood in front of it on the day of the battle of Lexington.
He was distinguished for his mechanical skill and ingenuity. He manufactured a gun of exquisite workmanship for Col. William Henshaw, in 1773, and when Col Henshaw marched to Cambridge in 1775, he took it into the service. Gen. Washington admired the gun so much that he ordered one of the same pattern, which Mr. Earle carried upon his shoulder to New York, and delivered personally to Gen. Washington, having travelled (sic) the distance on foot. His daughter
Betsey Earle, born in Leicester, in 1780, married October 1, 1799, Zenas Studley, born after 1773, son of Benjamin and Hannah (Litchfield) Studley, of Leicester. -- L.M.

Biography, 1910. 10 "Ralph Earle was an early settler of Aquidneck, being admitted in 1638, where he held many places of official trust. He joined the first Rhode Island Troop of Horse in 1667, becaoming Captain of the company."

Biography, 1912. "(I) Ralph Earle was among those of Portsmouth, R. I., who were admitted inhabitants of Aquidneck in 1638 and who signed the declaration of allegiance in the year following. He was chosen to keep an inn in 1647; was treasurer in 1649 and also overseer of the poor in that year. He was again elected treasurer in 1651. He was a freeman of 1655. He served later as juryman and grand juryman. He was appointed in 1655 to keep a house of entertainment. He joined a troop of horse in 1667 and afterward became captain of it. He died in 1678. His wife was formerly Joan Savage. Their children were: Ralph, William, Mary, Martha and Sarah."

Biography, 1919. 11 RALPH EARLE, Captain, was born in 1606, and died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, about 1678. He married Joan Savage, born about 1595, died after 1699, but whether she was his only wife and the mother of his children is not known. Sewall says in his diary under date of Friday 15 Sept. 1699, "Mr. Newton & I rode to Newport: see Aged Joan Savage now Earle by the way. Her husband Ralph Earle was born 1606 and his wife was ten or eleven years older than he; so she is esteemed to be one hundred and five years old."
Ralph Earle was in Newport by 1 Oct. 1638. On 30 Apr. 1639, he signed a declaration with others binding themselves into a community, which became Portsmouth. In 1640 he sold land to William Baulstone. He was made innkeeper, 26 Aug. 1647, was treasurer of the town 2 July 1649 and 1650, and was a member of the General Assembly, 29 Apr. 1650. He joined a Troop of Horse in 1667 and was later made its captain. In 1651 he was tax assessor and served on the Grand Jury in 1669.
He made his Will 19 Nov. 1673, calling himself "of Portsmouth". He gave to eldest son, Ralph Earle; to Ralph, the son of son William Earle, to three daughters, Mary, wife of William Cory; Martha wife of William Wood; Sarah, widow to late Thomas Cornell. He made his wife Joan, his executor and his friend John Tripp, the elder, his overseer.
Portsmouth Records, printed. "Bee it knowne to all men . . . that I Ralph Earll of Portsmouth on Roade Iland . . . Senior . . . doe ffreely . . . giue . . . unto my sonne william Earll . . . a peice of land . . . in the Towne of Portsmouth . . . I . . . do herewith put my hand & seale this 5th day of Aprill. Anno (1655) Ralph Earll."
Wit: Benedict Arnold
Wm. Lytherland

In 1656, he sold land to Daniel Grenill of Portsmouth and the deed is witnessed by Ralph Earle Junior.
Children:
i. Ralph, b. abt 1632; m. befor 1659, Dorcas Sprague.
ii. William b. abt 1634; m. Mary Walker and Prudence _____
iii. Mary, b. ______ m. William Cory
iv. Martha, b. ______ m. William Wood
v. Sarah, b. ______ m. Thomas Cornell


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Ralph married Joan SAVAGE [2214] [MRIN: 585], daughter of Richard SAVAGE [2215] and Mary WATERMAN [2216], on 29 Aug 1631 in Bishops Stortford, , County Hertford, England.1 (Joan SAVAGE [2214] was born on 18 Feb 1609 19, baptized on 18 Feb 1609 in , Widford Parish, Hersford, England 19 and died in 1680 10.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 1631. 16 Name: Ralph Earle
Gender: male
Birth Year: 1606
Spouse Name: Joan Savage
Spouse
Birth Place: RI
Spouse Birth Year: 1609
Marriage
Year: 1631
Number Pages: 1

Marriage, 29 Jun 1631, , , , England. 15 Entries in the records of St. Michael's church that are of particular interest to the descendants of Ralph and Joan Earle, as pointed out by Rev. William McCarthy, M.A., Vicar of St. Michael's Church to the Rear Admiral Ralph Earle and Janet Earle on the occasion of their visit to the Church July 29-31, 1933:
1580 George Brown and Elizabeth Lowe were married ye second of October.
1581 Margaret and Elizabeth Brown baptized.
1605 Raulfe Earle and Margaret Browne married ye 25 August.
1606 Raulphe, sonne of Raulfe Earle baptized ye XI of Feb.
1631 Raulfe Earle and Joan Savage were married the 29th of June
1632 Ralph Earle, Son of Raulph and Joan, 22 April baptized
1634 William Earle, son of Ralph and Joan baptized 11 of May.
Shortly after this event Ralph and Joan and their two young sons, Ralph and William left Bishop's Stortford for their future home in the New World, and landed in Boston the same year.


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1 Terry Mason; digital images, Terry Mason, "Borden Family data," Terry Mason's Family History Site
(http://www.tmason1.com/pafg55.htm#38828 : accessed 2 Oct 2010). Repository: Terry Mason's Family History Site, http://www.tmason1.com/pafg55.htm#38828.

2 Ancestry - Historical Newspapers, NOTES and QUERIES; Newport Mercury; January 25, 1908; Ancestry 8 of 8. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

3 The Earle Family, Compiled by Pliny Earle of Northampton, Massachusetts, The Earle Family, Ralph Earle and his Descendants (Printed for the Family
Worcester, Mass.:
Press of Charles Hamilton 1888), First Generation. Repository: P. Kristine Hurd, 3002 Pacific Avenue, Hoquiam, WA 98550, USA, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcmanigle/Index.html. This is PDF file of the original book.
This book is also located on Ancestry Online (ancestry.com)

4 Prepared under the direction of the Publication Committee by the Editorial Department of the Grafton Press; Volume 1, Ancestryal Records and Portraits; A Compilation from the Archives of Chapter I., The Colonial Dames of America (1910), Volume I, Volume 1; Earle Family: page 19; digital images, Ancestry; Stories, Memories & Histories(www.ancestry.com). Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com; International Standard Book Number: 0-8063-0078-7

5 Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Co., 1912), Volume I: pages 305-307. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

6 The Fall River News and The Taunton Gazette with Hon. Alanson Bordon, Our county and its people : a descriptive and biographical record of Bristol County, Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston History COmpany, 1899), pages 723-725. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

7 Mary Lovering Holman Life Member of The New England Historical Genealogical Society, The Scott Genealogy - Ancestral Lines of Harriett Grace Scott (N.p.: n.p., 1919), 238-240 EARLE; "This Book is Dedicated to the Memory of my Father, George Washington Scott, 21 July 1832 -- 28 June 1911

8 Amos Earle Voorhies, The Amos S. Earle Branch of the Ralph Earle Family in America, Number 129 of 150 copies (Grants Pass, Oregon: Daily Courier, 1940), The Ralph Earle Family: 14-15; This copy of The Amos 7 S. Earle Branch of the Ralph Earle Family presented to New England Historical Genalogical Society by (signed) Amos Earle Voorhies

9 The Earle Family, Compiled by Pliny Earle of Northampton, Massachusetts, The Earle Family, Ralph Earle and his Descendants (Printed for the Family
Worcester, Mass.:
Press of Charles Hamilton 1888), First Generation. Repository: P. Kristine Hurd, 3002 Pacific Avenue, Hoquiam, WA 98550, USA, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcmanigle/Index.html.

10 Prepared under the direction of the Publication Committee by the Editorial Department of the Grafton Press; Volume 1, Ancestryal Records and Portraits; A Compilation from the Archives of Chapter I., The Colonial Dames of America (1910), Volume I, Volume 1; Earle Family: page 19; digital images, Ancestry; Stories, Memories & Histories(www.ancestry.com). Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

11 Mary Lovering Holman Life Member of The New England Historical Genealogical Society, The Scott Genealogy - Ancestral Lines of Harriett Grace Scott (N.p.: n.p., 1919), 238-240 EARLE.

12 Yates Publishing, "United States and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900," database, Ancestry(www.Ancestry.com), Ralph Earle and Joan Savage. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com; Source Information:
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

13 Prepared under the direction of the Publication Committee by the Editorial Department of the Grafton Press; Volume 1, Ancestryal Records and Portraits; A Compilation from the Archives of Chapter I., The Colonial Dames of America (1910), Volume I, Volume 1; Corey Family: page 18-19; digital images, Ancestry; Stories, Memories & Histories(www.ancestry.com). Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

14 Amos Earle Voorhies, The Amos S. Earle Branch of the Ralph Earle Family in America, Number 129 of 150 copies (Grants Pass, Oregon: Daily Courier, 1940), The Ralph Earle Family: 16.

15 Amos Earle Voorhies, The Amos S. Earle Branch of the Ralph Earle Family in America, Number 129 of 150 copies (Grants Pass, Oregon: Daily Courier, 1940), The Ralph Earle Family: 14-15.

16 Yates Publishing, "United States and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900," database, Ancestry(www.Ancestry.com), Ralph Earle and Joan Savage. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

17 Amos Earle Voorhies, The Amos S. Earle Branch of the Ralph Earle Family in America, Number 129 of 150 copies (Grants Pass, Oregon: Daily Courier, 1940), The Ralph Earle Family - First Generation: 16-18.

18 Ancestry - Historical Newspapers, QUERIES; Newport Mercury; July 14, 1900; Ancestry 8 of 8. Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.

19 Bonita Hillmer, Descendant of James & Persis (Earle) Wells received April 2000. Repository: Bonita Hillmer.

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