Robert took the oath in 1652 and became freeman 27 May 1663. He was a member of the First Church of Watertown, elected surveyor of highways in 1654 and was selectman from 1679-1700. In 1664 and 1665 he was elected as constable. He was a miller and mill owner.
In December 1684 he purchased from Jeremiah Dummer, 250 acres situated in the southwest half of the Oldham farm. In September 1685, he purchased 55 acres from Simon Cooledge and gave them to his son Joseph. This parcel was the original lot granted by the town to Henry Green.
His will, dated 1 January 1704/05 [Middlesex Probate], assigned executorship to sons Daniel and Edward. In the will he mentions sons John, Daniel, Benjamin, Samuel, Thomas, and Edward, to whom he gives his homestead. Also mentioned are dughters Susanna Beers, Mary Bemis, Sarah Winship, and grandchild Joseph, son of his deceased son Joseph, and daughter-in-law Joanna (Ward), widow of his son Joseph. The inventory of his estate listed 642 acres of land, appraised at 717 pounds. His house and mill appraised at another 120 pounds.
He married Susanna GEORGE * on 1 Oct 1648 in Watertown, Middlesex Co.,MA.
Children of Robert and Susanna Harrington were:
i. Susanna HARRINGTON (35)was born on 18 Aug 1649 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Susanna married first, 9 February 1671, John Cutting, son of Richard and Sarah of Watertown, he d. 18 July 1689. She married second, 21 April 1690, Eleazer Beers, son of Capt. Richard, he d. 5 December 1691. She married third, 2 January 1704/05, Peter Cloyse of Farmington.
iv. George HARRINGTON (35)was born on 24 Nov 1655 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. He died on 10 Feb 1675/76 in Lancaster, MA. George was killed by Indians while a member of Capt. Samuel Wadsworth's company.
v. Daniel HARRINGTON(281)was born on 1 Nov 1657/58 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. He died on 19 Apr 1728 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Daniel married first, 18 Oct 1681, Sarah Whitney, daughter of John and Ruth (Reynolds) of Watertown, who died 8 June 1720. He married second, Elizabeth Bridge, widow of Capt. Benjamin Garfield, daughter of Mathew and Anna (Danforth) Bridge of Cambridge. Was freeman 8 April 1690.
vi. Joseph HARRINGTON(282)was born on 28 Dec 1659 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. He died on 2 Dec 1690 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Joseph married, 7 November 1688, Joanna Mixer, daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Garfield) of Watertown. When he died he left one child and his widow who remarried, 20 December 1693, Obadiah Ward of Sudbury.
vii. Benjamin HARRINGTON(176)was born on 26 Jan 1661/62 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. He died in 1724 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Benjamin married, 10 December 1684, Abagail Bigelow, daughter of John and Mary (Warren) of Watertown; she died 12 January 1754 at age 90.
viii. Mary HARRINGTON(283)was born on 12 Jan 1663/64 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. She died on 8 Sep 1716 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Mary married, abt 1680, John Bemis, born August 1659 in Watertown, son of Joseph and Sarah Bemis of Watertown, he died 24 October 1732. He was the brother of Sarah Bemis who married Rebecca's brother Thomas and married second to Sarah Holland, widow of Jonathan Phillips. He married third, Judith Jennison, widow of James Barnard. John and Mary had 13 children.
ix. Thomas HARRINGTON(176)was born on 20 Apr 1665 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. He died on 29 Mar 1712 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Thomas married, 1 Apr 1686, Rebecca Bemis, widow of John White and daughter of Joseph and Sarah Bemis of Watertown. Rebecca was first married in 1684 to John White, son of Anthony and Grace White.
x. Samuel HARRINGTON(284)was born on 18 Dec 1666 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Samuel married first 6 October 1691, Grace, b.28 September 1671, d.4 November 1703, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Bridge) Livermore; married second, 14 March 1704/5, Mary, widow of John Warren, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Shattuck) Brown of Watertown.
xi. Edward HARRINGTON(285)was born on 2 Mar 1668/69 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Edward married first, 30 March 1692, Mary Ockington; married second, 24 May 1727, Anna, widow of Jonathan Bullard of Weston.
xii. Sarah HARRINGTON(286)was born on 10 Mar 1670/71 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Sarah married 24 November 1687, Joseph Winship, Jr., of Cambridge.