Generations One & Two

WILLIAM HAVENS -- I: was born 1618 died 1683 married Jan 24 1639 Dennis---; issue:

John -201
Sarah--202 m John Tyler of Bristol who d 1700; Sarah survived him at least 18 years. They had five children. (R4)
Mary--206 m Thomas Cook, called captain to distinguish him from his father Thomas Sr and his son Thomas Jr. Issue: Thomas, John, George, Stephen, Ebenezer, Phebe (1665), Martha. (R4).
Ruth--207 m ---- Card.
Rebecca --209
Margaret --210
Elizabeth--211 not listed by MaIlman, but mentioned in her father's will (R4).
Martha--.213 -- not listed by MaIlman but mentioned in her father's will (R4).

    William--I, first in this country, was either English or Welsh, from all accounts. Authorities differ, but most say he was from Aberystwith, Cardiganshire, Wales. A standard source is Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island." Information is also provided by "The Havens Family in New Jersey" by Henry C. Havens of Lawrenceville, N.J., and Munsell's "History of Suffolk County." As in so many similar situations, it is not always easy to determine who, among the various chroniclers, has done original research on the subject, in view of the rather common custom -- as in my own case here -- of relying on others for information. As I have done no original research of my own on this question, I have had to rely on the writings of others. However, Mr. Edwin Havens of Arleta, California, has investigated, and his conclusions are outlined in my Introduction.
    William--I joined the settlement established by the followers of Roger Williams. In 1638 he was admitted as an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck, and in 1639 he and 28 others signed a compact binding themselves into a civic body politic subject to the laws of King Charles. He received a grant of four acres of land in 1644. He died in 1683 and his wife survived him for at least nine years. His will, dated March 24/30 1680 proved Sept 25 1683, named wife Dennis executrix and mentioned children John, Thomas, Robert, George, William, Sarah Tyler, Mary Cook, Ruth Card, Dinah Havens, Elizabeth Havens, Martha, Rebecca, and Margaret.

JOHN HAVENS--201: son of William--I and Dennis---  came, it would seem, from Portsmouth, RI. into what is now Monmouth County, N.J. at some time between Dec 2, 1662, the date of the leasing of his father's home, and Jan 1, 1665. "Beginning on Feb 27, 1667-8 an oath of allegiance was administered to all the inhabitants of Navesink in New Jersey. This list included 24men, of whom one was John Havens, son of William of Portsmouth, whose grant of land is set down as 120 acres". He married 1) Ann ---- 2) Anna Stannard; his descendants have been researched at length by H.C. Havens (R4); he lists the following children, saying they are probably in order of age:

First Marriage:
Jane - 321 d 1739 m Aug 1686 John Shreve of Portsmouth, RI
Alice - 322 m Thomas Wainwright
William - 323
Daughter - 324(Hannah?) m George Antone

Second Marriage:
Nicholas--326 d 1723.
Daniel--327 d 1740 m Christian

    Mrs. Edward K. Price of Larchmont, N.Y. has published (R14) a Bible record of some descendants of John--201 in the form of a family record of John Havens--5 (John--4, 3, 201) b Feb 14 1747 d Oct 13 1815 ae 68 m Jan 311770 Rebecca Jeffery b Nov26 1752 d May 301790; they had seven children. Mrs. Price's account says the family was of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, N.J.

THOMAS HAVENS--203: son of William--I & Dennis - died in or before 1704. His wife is unknown; issue:

Thomas --302 -- see below
Martha --305

    He was a freeman in 1671 and a juryman in 1677. He was taxed in 1687 at Kingstown, R.I. His estate was probated in 1704, and his son William--301 was administrator.

    Athough Thomas--203 was not a Suffolk County man, nor is there any evidence that any of his children were either, in the interest of the broad picture, especially of the very early branches of the family, I am supplying some further information on him. He evidently was the progenitor of a Rhode Island line, and some of his descendants migrated elsewhere, as so many men did in those days. I am grateful to Mrs. W.K. Russell of Irvine, Calif., a Havens by birth, for information on her descent from Thomas--203.

    Joseph--303, son of Thomas--203, born 1675 in Wickford, RI., spouse unknown, had Sylvester, born 1728, same place, who married Sarah Davis; they had John born 1758, Lyme, Conn. d Apr 29 1824 Lyme m Nov 22 1785 Mary Saunders b Mar 22 1762 d Oct 22 1861; they had Silas b Feb 4 1794 Lyme d Jan 20 1853 Lyme m Sep 29 1826 Mariette Griffin b Dec 5 1809 d Apr 18 1884; they had Joseph b Apr 26 1835 Lyme d Oct 23 1902 Fishkill, N.Y. m Aug 5 1855 Catherine O'Shaughnessy d Feb 2 1905 Fishkill; they had James b Mar 7 1868 Fishkill d Jan 16 1938 Glen Ellen, Calif. m Susan Curtis b Jul 8 1871 Bridgeport, Conn. d Jul 10 1933 San Francisco; they had James b Jan 26 1902 Bridgeport, Conn. m Aug 12 1924 Blauvelt, N.Y. Irma Overlander b Jan 3 1904 New Haven, Conn.; they had Barbara b Jun 11 1928 W. Los Angeles, Calif., m Jul 31 1948 Laguna Beach, Cal. William K. Russell b Apr 1 1927 Anaheim, Cal., this Mrs. Russell being my correspondent.

ROBERT HAVENS--204: son of William--I & Dennis born ca 1646 died Apr 7 1712, married Elizabeth who survived him; issue:

Robert--306 b 1686.
Ruth--307b Dec 14 1690.
E/izabeth--308b Feb 1 1694.
William--309 b Jun 1698
George--310 b Mar24 1700.
Joseph--311 b Jun 19 1703.

    On Oct 31 1677 he and 47 others were granted 5000 acres on Cowesott Bay, RI. He was made freeman in 1678. His will, Mar 30 1708 proved Apr 7 1712, named wife Elizabeth administratrix, names children Robert, William, George, Joseph, Ruth, Elizabeth. He was first at Portsmouth, R.l. and later at Dartmouth, Mass. (R4).

    A statement left by a descendant (R27) reads: "My great-great-great grandfather William--I lived and died in England. My great-great grandfather Robert lived and died in R.l. He had three sons: Robert, Silas, Thomas. Robert died in Vermont, Silas at sea, Thomas went south.  My great grandfather Silas lived in Coventry, RI., served in the French War, died at sea, captain of a slave ship. He had three sons and one died: William, Robert, Peleg, and a sister Bethany. William died in Stephentown, N.J., Robert and Bethany died in Coventry, RI. My grandfather Peleg was born in the town of East Greenwich, Kent Co., N.Y. 1761 and died 1847."

    The third generation children given in this statement do not agree with my list above, but over 100 years elapsed between the birth of Robert--204 (1646) and his grandson Pefeg (1761), and this could indicate that a generation was missed during that interval and lost in the records.

GEORGE HAVENS--205: son of William & Dennis, was born 1653 Jamestown, R.l., lived Portsmouth, died Feb 21/25 1706 Shelter Island, but a N.Y. Historical Society record says letters of administration were issued Feb 11 1706--7 to wife Eleanor and the estate was inventoried Apr 4 1706. H.C. Havens (R4) says he is buried in the Old Cemetery, New London, Conn. He married 1674 Eleanor/Elinor Thurston da Edward & Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston of Newport, R.l., she b Mar 1655-8 d Nov 7 1747 ae 93; she m 2) Thomas Terry of Southold. MaIlman says his will was dated Jan ii 1704 proved Mar 12 1707. Moore's Index (R3) says he was at Newport, R.l., that he bought 1000 acres on Shelter Island in 1699, and that he deeded in 1701 200 acres of it to his son Jonathan and 250 acres in 1706-7 to son John. (MaIlman says Edward Thurston b 1617 d Mar 1 1707 m Jun 1647 Elizabeth da Adam Mott; she b 1629 d Sep 2 1694) (Ri, 3,4, 13, 15, 17, 20,43, 46); issue:

George--312 b pr ca 1675 (based on m. date) m Mary Remington.
Jonathan --313  b Feb 22 1681 Jamestown, R.I. m Hannah Brown.
Wi/liam--314 died unmarried 1746. His will, Apr 30 1716 pr Aug 7 1746 (Lib 16 p 34) mentions mother Eleanor, brothers George,Jonathan,
     John, sisters Ruth Terry, Content Paine, "Pacion" Loper, Desire Gardiner, and Abigail Havens (she married after his death) --RiO.
John--315 pr b ca 1685 married Sarah Conklin.
Ruth--316 m --.. Terry (R15). MaIlman omits her.
Content--317 m Cornelius Payne son Thomas; he d Feb-Mar 1715-6. Their son Elisha (d Mar 1761 Shelter Island) m Oct 311748 Southold,
     Deliverance Tuthill b ca 1724 Oysterponds da Nathaniel (b 1694) & Mary Tuthill. (M p 292)
Patience--318 m 1696 Arthur Loper (R43).
Desire--319 b 1668 d Sep 20 1733 ae 65 m Lion Gardiner b 1665 d Sep 23 1723; issue: Giles bp Feb 10 1722-3 d Jun 14 1763 m Wid.
     Jane (Parsons) Conkling b Oct 3 1728 d Feb 7 1759; Mary b 1694 d measles May 141714; Lion b 1693bp Feb 101722-3d Nov 131784
     m Jan 111721-2 Hannah Merrywhod Jan 111774 (R43,48).
Abigail--320 pr m Thomas Terry (R3) 1752; their da Elizabeth (d Apr 23 1825 ae 64 Oysterponds) m Mar 17 1781 Oysterponds Christopher
     Tuthill b Nov 26 1760 Oysterponds d Nov 26 1823 Oysterponds son Christopher (b ca 1726) & Phebe Youngs (A 12). Ruth, another dab
     Dec 2 1752 Oysterponds d Nov 12 1802 Oysterponds m Feb 1 1770 Oysterponds Daniel Tuthill b Mar 13 1747 Shelter Island d Jul 17
     1830 Oysterponds, son of Noah (b 1714) & Hannah Tuthill (Ri2).

    George--205 was a freeman 1680 and was taxed at Kingstown, R.l. Sep 6 1687 and was a constable there Jul 15 1695. In 1696 he sold farms on Boston Neck. He was on Shelter Island in 1701 and the following year sold a farm near E. Greenwich, R.I. He was 53 when he died in 1706-7. He was buried in a New London, Conn. cemetery (R23). He died intestate and letters of administration were issued Feb 11 1706-7 to widow Eleanor (Liber 6 NY p 156, Liber 7 p 291) -- R23.