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Genealogy of Patty Rose

Birth 1588, co. Somersetshire, England
Death 26 Jan 1688, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1 M Robert* CROSSMAN
Birth 1 Nov 1632, St Andrews, Plymouth, Devon, England
Death 27 Oct 1692, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts
Spouse Sarah* KINGSBURY
Marriage 25 May 1652, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts15
Spouse Martha BILLINGTON
Marriage aft 1686
Notes for John* CROSSMAN
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possibly son of Lawrence CROSSMAN
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JOHN, Taunton, one of the first purch. a. 1639, had Robert. [ref 20]
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birth possibly Taunton, Somersetshire, England

possibly married Elizabeth who died in England before 1639

This is possibly the John Crossman of Somersetshire in the RI Quaker records listed as born 1588, resided Taunton prior to removal to Providence, mariner, banished from MA for bad language. "Whereas the Court & jury did not agree in Crossmans case, who is now a prisonor for blasphemy, & so, it necessarylie cominge to this Court to be determined, the Court, on a full hearing of the case, uppon the evidence given in doe order & determine as follows, vizt: that the sd Crossman be severely whipt in open market place, & imediately after to be burnt in his forehead with the letter: B: & also to be banished for ever out of or jurisdiction" (Vol. III, p. 328 MBC). 1651, Oct. 24. "Whereas the Courte and jury did not agree in John Crossmans case, who is now in prison for blasphemy and so it necessarily comes to the Court to be determined, itt is ordered, that that case be heard before the whole Courte on the morrow, by nine of the clock in the morning, being 28th of the 8th mo, 1651. Att the tyme appointed, the prisoner was brought before the whole Courte, the evidence against him was read, and itt was ordered, that John Crossman, for utterring blasphemy against God, as was prooved, shall be severely whipped, and branded on the forehead, with a hott iron, with the letter B, presently after the lecture in Boston, the 30th of this instant October, and be bannished out of this jurisdiccon for ever, from the 20th of November next, not to retourne at his perill" (Vol. III, p. 328 MBC). He was a mariner, and died aged about 100 years, according to the Quaker Records.

The Taunton History (1893) says that John Crossman came from Somerset County, England, when he was about 50 or 51 years old and settled in Taunton, Massachusetts, where he was one of the original 46 purchasers of land from the Indians. Later the author says that the name in the original list of purchasers if John Greenman, not John Crossman. John Crossman residence is proved, however, by the following order of 1661 found amoung the papers of the Ancient Iron Works. It proves that he had residence in Taunton prior to his removal to Providence.

1673: General Court of Rhode Island Colony voted "John Crossman, and four others, all freemen of the towne of Providence, are admitted freemen of this Colony."

1677: Land records of Providence, RI: "This Deed witnesseth that I John Crossman of newport on Roadisland in ye Collony of Roadisland and providence Plantations, Marriner: Have for Seaverall good Causes and Considerations moving me thereunto, have Bargained and sould & doe for my selfe, my heires, executrs, Administrators, & Assignes make over Bargaine and sell for forty shillings in silver in hand payd all my Right of land in ye Towneshippe of providence in ye Collony aforesayd: To John Easton and Walter Clerke for ye use and Benneffitt of the people called Quakers in sd Roadisland & theire Successors: with all prievelledges & Appurtenances what Soe Ever, as, fences or fencing Stuffe, house or Ruinge of house or Stones to Builde with being upon or on ye shore side of ye sayd Land: with all & singular ye abovesd Conveinances, As it Ley at a place Called Cow-Cove Chiefely bounded upon ye Sea or River; which sd Land soe Bounded, with sd prieveledges; I doe afirme my selfe to be ye just and Lawfull owner; and doe therefore for Ever, warrant unto ye sd John Easton & Walter clerke & theire foresd Successers against me. . . John (his mark) Crossman, L.S."
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