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Coles Family of Long Island
by John Carpenter via email June 17, 1999. Much
of the following introduction came from
Records of The Coles family go back to Richard Colles of Pickwick Co.,
,who sprung from the family of Collefern of Co. Somerset. ------ Research by
Coles of Glen Cove LI. NY. ----- 22 Dec. 1980
from England in the fleet with Govenor Winthrop in 1630 to either
or Roxbury (Massachussetts Bay Colony) , and October of that yr
to be a Freemanof Roxbury. He was made a Freeman in 1631. He was
several times for intoxication. These fines were remitted possibly with
understanding that he was to leave the colony. He came to Rhode Island
1637. (possibly forced out of town becaused of drinking), reformed in
and was one of the founders of the First Baptist Church along with
Williams and William Carpenter.
died, he did not leave a will, his property was distibuted by the town
the same as it should have been had he left a will. He may have
Welch from near Bristol England Migration: 1630
1633, Salem 1635, Providence 1638, Paxtuxet, Warwick 1653
Church member #8. Excommunicated at some later date. In
he was in Providence ,RI and was one of the twelve original
of the First Baptist Church.
Disenfranchised 3/4/1633/4, readmitted 5/14/1634.
Representative for Roxbury to General Court 1632. Helped write
arbitration law 1640.
From public records:
16, 1631: Fined 5 marks, for drinking too much aboard ship
9, 1632: Appointed on a committee to confer with the court about
of a public stock.
4, 1633: "The court orders that Robert Coles, for drunkenness by
committed at Roxbury, shall be disenfranchised, weare about his necke
soe to hange upon his outward garment a D made of redd clothe and sett
white; to contynue this for a yeare, and not to leace it off at any
when he comes
amongst company, under
penalty of XLs. for the first offense, and V pounds for the second, and
after to be
punished by the court as they think meete; also he is to weare the D
and in enjoyned to appear at the next general court, and to contynue
until it be ended."
1, 1633: Among those who had gone to Agawam (Ipswich) to plant a
Providence. He was one of the twelve original members of
First Baptist Church.
He was appointed with three others to form a committee on all matters
difference regarding the dividing line between Providence and Pawtuxet,
on July 27 of that year , he and 38 others signed a agreement to form a
He was one of the 17 who purchased the Pautuxet meadows, and he made
home there. Three others were appointed with him to arbitrate
and make rules of government, and their report was the compact signed
all the settlers. He became a friend of Samuel Gorton when he
to Providence, driven from Massachusetts by the intolerance of the
of that colony, and
gave him part of his land.
actions of Gorton and his followers were such, however, as to cause the
older settlers to wish to be free of them, and he, with four others, in
September 1642, appeared
before the general court at Boston and yielded themselves up to the
Colony, which accepted jurisdiction and appointed them
In the formal complaint of the Indians to the Plymouth colony in
1652, the seventh article is as follows:
bought a mastiff dog of Robert Cole, and gave 40 shillings for him,
which dog ran
home to Robert Cole, who killed the said dog; wherefore,
40s. of said Cole."
The commissioners found
charge true, and promised to write Mr. Cole to return the money.
January 2, 1653 he sold
his house & lot in Providence,RI to Richard Pray.
Feb. 27, 1654 he & his
sold to Zacharoah Rhodes for 80 pounds his dwelling house at Pawtuxet
He married Mary
Hawkhurst. He died previous to October 18, 1654, when his
property was distributed by
the town, "the same as it should have been had he left a will." After
death, Mary married Mathias Harvey and moved to Oyster Bay, NY where
" COLES, Robert
(1598-before 1655), from Eng. to Roxbury, Mass., 1630; removed to
Ipswich 1633; a founder of Providence, R.I.; dep. Gen. Ct."
by Vircus, p 3468)
"COLES, ROBERT, Roxbury,
in the fleet with Winth. req. to be made freem. 19 Oct. 1630, and was
18 May foll. rem. perhaps to Salem, and to Ipswich, was oft. punish.
drunken. yet in 1638 seems to be reform. if remis. of fines may just.
thus understood, tho. it may only have been act of policy to ensure his
from our jurisdict. But at last he went to Providence, was reform. in
and bec. one of the found. of the first Bapt. ch. there. By w. Mary he
John, beside Daniel, Nathaniel, Robert, and ds. Sarah, perhaps
Ann, wh. m. Henry Townsend; Eliz. wh. m. John Townsend; both from L. I.
Quakers were persecut. by the Dutch. He d. bef. 18 Oct. 1654, when the
counc, exercis. their duty of mak. distrib. of his prop. in the way he
have made his will. The wid. m. Matthias Harvey, and rem. to Oyster
L. I. with hers. Nathaniel and Daniel, and the two ds. that m. Townsend
"First Settlers of NE Vol I", p 17)
Notes for MARY HAWXHURST:
"Mary Cole, the wife of
Cole. god also wrought upon her heart (as it was hoped after her
N.E. but after her husbands excommunication, & falls she did too
favor his ways, yet not as to incur any just blame, she lived an
life, by reason of his unsetlednesse & removing fro place to place."
John Eliot's Record of Church Members, Roxbury, Mass.")