Click here to order online!
Home Software Records Downloads Support Company
Robert Coles Sr 1 2 3

Birth:1597 in Sudbury,Suffolk Co,England 1
Death:18 Oct 1665 in Warwick,RI 1
Father:Nathaniel Cole b. About 1578
Mother:Wife Of Nathaniel Cole b. About 1578
  2 1 3
Changed: 29 Sep 2003 21:30:04
Spouses & Children 
Mary Hauxhurst (Wife) b. About 1605 in Nuneaton,Warwickshire,England
Marriage: Abt 1618 in Salem,MA
  1. Elizabeth Coles b. About 1618 in Salem,Essex County,Massachusetts
  2. Anne Coles b. About 1630 in Ipswich,MA
  3. John Coles b. 1630 in Roxbury,Norfolk,MA
  4. Deliverance Coles b. About 1632 in Warwick,Rhode Island
  5. Nathaniel Coles Sr b. 1640 in Oyster Bay,Long Island,NY
  6. Robert Coles Jr b. 1645
  7. Daniel Coles b. 1642 in Providence,Rhode Island
  8. Sarah Coles b. About 1646
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

ID: I01614

Name: Robert COLES 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT. 1597 in Sudbury, Suffolk County, England
Death: 18 OCT 1655 in Warwick, Rhode Island
Residence: 1637 Providence RI 2
From Colonial Recrds of Rhode Island; vol 1: The 10th of 4th month (June 1637)- Robert Cole purchased land in Providence, Rhode Island. RogerWilliams sold land to Stukely Westcott, William Arnold, Thomas James,Robert Cole, John Greene, John Throckmorton, William Harris, WilliamCarpenter, Thomas Olney, Francis Weston, Richard Waterman, EzelielHolyman on Oct. 22 1666.

The following is from "The Memorial of Samuel Hicks Seaman", by Mary Thomas Seaman: from "American Ancestry", Vol 9, pp 77-80: from BunkersLong Island Genealogies: from "The Wright Family of Oyster Bay", byRowland Delano Perrine, New York, 1923: from "The Jones Family of LongIsland", by John Henry Jones, New York, 1907: from "Samuel Gorton", byAdelos Gorton, Philadelphia, 1907: and from the Cocks, Cock Family inAmerica, by George William Cocks, New York, 1912.
Robert Coles was born at Sudbury, Suffolk, England, about 1597,
and died at Warwick, R.I., on October 18/1655. He came to Roxbury, Mass, with the Winthrops in 1630. In 1632 he was a member of the firstrepresentative body, and was made a freeman on October 19/1630. He
removed to Agawan and Salem in 1633. In 1636 he was one of the thirteen original proprietors of Providence Plantations. In 1639 he was atProvidence, and one of the twelve original members of the Baptist Churchat Warwick, R.I., in 1648. He was a man of much prominence.
He married about 1630, Mary Hawkhurst, born in England, died November 2/1684, daughter of Sampson Hawkhurst, see subject 1238. She came to NewEngland with her brother Christopher in 1630, settled first at Ipswich,Mass., then moved to Rhode Island. After Robert's death, she married;2nd, Matthias Harvey, and with her children, moved to Oyster Bay, L.I.

" The Records of The Coles family go back to Richard Colles of Pickwick Co., Warwick, England
,who sprung from the family of Collefern of Co. Somerset.
------Research by Robert Coles of Glen Cove LI. NY. ----- 22 Dec. 1980

Robert came from England in the fleet with Govenor Winthrop in 1630 to either Ipswich or Roxbury (Massachussetts Bay Colony) , and October ofthat yr requsted to be a Freeman of Roxbury. He was made a Freeman in1631 He was fined several times for intoxication. These fines wereremitted possibly with the understanding that he was to leave the colony.He came to Rhode Island in 1637. (possibly forced out of town becaused ofdrinking) ,reformed in earnest and was one of the founders of the FirstBaptist Church along with Roger Williams and William Carpenter. When hedied ,he did not leave a will,so his property was distibuted by the town" the same as it should have been had he left a will He may have beenWelch from near Bristol England

Migration: 1630

First Residence: Roxbury
Removes: Ipswich 1633, Salem 1635, Providence 1638, Paxtuxet, Warwick 1653
Church Membership: Roxbury Church member #8. Excommunicated at some later date. In 1639, he
was in Providence ,RI and was one of the twelve original members of the First Baptist Church.
Freeman: admitted 5/18/1631. Disenfranchised 3/4/1633/4, readmitted 5/14/1634.
Education: Signed his name.
Offices: Representative for Roxbury to General Court 1632. Helped write arbitration law 1640.
From public records:
August 16, 1631: Fined 5 marks, for drinking too much aboard ship "Friendship"
May 9, 1632: Appointed on a committee to confer with the court about raising of a public stock.
March 4, 1633: "The court orders that Robert Coles, for drunkenness by him committed at
Roxbury, shall be disenfranchised, weare about his necke and soe to hange upon his outward
garment a D made of redd clothe and sett upon white; to contynue this for a yeare, and not to leace it off at any tyme when he comes amongstcompany, under penalty of XLs. for the first offense, and V pounds forthe second, and after to be punished by the court as they think meete;also he is to weare the D outwards, and in enjoyned to appear at the nextgeneral court, and to contynue thise until it be
April 1, 1633: Among those who had gone to Agawam (Ipswich) to plant a colony.
1639: Providence. He was one of the twelve original members of First Baptist Church.
1640: He was appointed with three others to form a committee on all matters of difference regarding
the dividing line between Providence and Pawtuxet, and on July 27 of that year , he and 38 others
signed a agreement to form a government. He was one of the 17 who purchased the Pautuxet
meadows, and he made his home there. Three others were appointed with him to arbitrate disputes
and make rules of government, and their report was the compact signed by all the settlers. He
became a friend of Samuel Gorton when he came to Providence, driven from Massachusetts by the
intolerance of the authorities of that colony, and gave him part of his land. The actions of Gorton and his followers were such, however, as tocause 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 Massachusetts Colony, which accepted jurisdiction and
appointed them magistrates. In the formal complaint of the Indians to the Plymouth colony in
September 1652, the seventh article is as follows:
"7th. Ninigrett 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, Ninigrett requires 40s. of said Cole."
The commissioners found the 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 wife sold to Zacharoah Rhodes for 80 pounds his dwelling house at
Pawtuxet and certrain land.
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 his death, Mary married Mathias Harvey and moved to Oyster Bay, NY where she died.
(Source: "Abridged Compendium" by Vircus, p 3468)

"COLES, ROBERT, Roxbury, came in the fleet with Winth. req. to be made freem. 19 Oct. 1630,
and was adm. 18 May foll. rem. perhaps to Salem, and to Ipswich, was oft. punish. for drunken. yet
in 1638 seems to be reform. if remis. of fines may just. be thus understood, tho. it may only have
been act of policy to ensure his rem. from our jurisdict. But at last he went to Providence, was
reform. in earnest, and bec. one of the found. of the first Bapt. ch. there. By w. Mary he had John,
beside Daniel, Nathaniel, Robert, and ds. Sarah, perhaps youngest; Ann, wh. m. Henry Townsend;
Eliz. wh. m. John Townsend; both from L. I. where Quakers were persecut. by the Dutch. He d.
bef. 18 Oct. 1654, when the town counc, exercis. their duty of mak. distrib. of his prop. in the way
he should have made his will. The wid. m. Matthias Harvey, and rem. to Oyster Bay, L. I. with her .
Nathaniel and Daniel, and the two ds. that m. Townsend foll."
(Source: Savage, "First Settlers of NE Vol I", p 17)

From The Jones Family of Long Island
Robert Coles, the ancestor of the Coles family of L. I., came with Winthrop to Ipswich, Mass., about 1631. He married Mary, daughter ofSamson Hawxhurst, of Warwick Co., Eng. (N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Soc. Rec.,XXXII., p. 173). Fuller's Hist. of Warwick, Conn., states he had at leastthree children; a son, John, and two daughters, who married Richard andHenry Townsend, of Oyster Bay. His great grandson, Thomas Coles, ofMuskeeta Cove, L. I., married Amelia, daughter of Divine Hewlett, of ColdSpring Harbor, L. I., 15 Nov., 1808.

Marriage 1 Mary HAUXHURST b: ABT. 1605 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire County, England
Daniel COLES b: 1642 in (Pawtuxet) Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
John COLES b: 1630
Nathaniel COLES b: 1640 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York
Robert COLES b: 1630
Anne COLE b: 1635
Deliverance COLES b: 1634

Title: Life and Times of Samuel Gordon
Title: Rhode Island Colony Records vol 1

Robert Coles. Born 1630, probably the eldest son, died April 16/1715
at Musketa Cove. He married on January 1/1670, Mercy Wright, born
June 4/1651, died October 21/1708, daughter of Nicholas and Anna
(Carpenter) Wright

Ancestry of the LEE family from Torrington, ENGLAND, and the BECKWITH family, from Illinois. Includes SPENCE (Canada), ANDERSON (Denmark),CATRON (KETTENRING from Germany) among others.

1 _UID DA3D33A741965B4AAF8555703C86EFA5BC6C

Robert Cole was one of about 700 people who accompanied Gov. Winthrop from England to Salem, Mass. 19 Oct 1630. He became a freeman at Roxbury,Mass. 18 May 1631. He was one of 2 deputies from Roxbury to the GeneralCourt, 1632. He followed Roger
Williams to Rhode Island, selling 300 acres of land granted to him by the Town of Salem. In 1638 was one of the 13 original proprietors of theProvidence Colony. He moved to Warwick, RI in 1652, where he died beforeOct., 1655, when an inventory of his
estate was filed with the Town Council.


(1) The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, comprising three generations of settlers who
came before 1690 (with many generations carried to the fourth generation) by John Osborne Austin, published 1887, reprinted with additions 1969,1978, 1982, by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md., pp. 50-51Line of Robert Cole (with additions
and corrections from The American Genealogist magazine articles by G. Andrew Moriarty)

(2) The Great Migration Begins by Robert Anderson © 1995 New England Historic Genealogical
Society, in three volumes, Vol. 1, pp. 435-439, section on Robert Coles

(3) The MacDonough-Hackstaff Ancestry by Rodney MacDonough, published 1901, Boston, Mass., Press of Samuel Usher, pp. 443-457, section onRobert Coles

(4) Cole Family of Stark, New Hampshire: Descendants of Solomon Cole of Beverly, Massachusetts by Henry Winthrop Hardon, 1932 (Haverhill, Mass.The Record Press) (p. 70 gives children of Barnet Cole)

(5) History of Sutton, Massachusetts from 1704 to 1876, including Grafton until 1735; Millbury
until 1813; and parts of Northbridge, Upton and Auburn, compiled by Rev. William A. Benedict
and Rev. Hiram A. Tracy, published 1878 "for the town, by Sanford & Company, 364 Main Street,
Worcester," pp. 613-15, in the section on Burnap family contributed by William E. Cole, son of
Webster and Polly (Burnap) Cole

(6) Long Island Genealogies, compiled by Mary Powell Bunker, 1895, Joel Munsell's Sons,
Publisher, p. 123 (record on two of Robert Cole's daughters who married Townsends)

While living in Providence, he took an active interest in local affairs and served on a
4-man committee, which was set up to draft the first form of rudimentary representative
government for Providence, since the colony had grown too large for the pure democracy form
of governing. A record of the document that was drafted and a history behind its adoption can
be found in the book, "Annals of the Town of Providence, From Its First Settlement to the
Organization of the City Government, in June, 1832," by William R. Staples, published 1843
by Knowles and Vose, Providence. There are a few references in this book to Robert Cole:
(1) pp. 32-33 on the original initial deed for the Providence Plantation, originally dated 7 Oct 1638, but written by Roger Williams many yearslater in 1666, memorializing his "grand purchase of Providence" in theNarragansett Bay from the
Narragansett Indians, and his tranfer of it "unto my loving friends and neighbors, . . . Robert Cole, . . ." and (2) on a report dated 27 5th mo.1640, wherein his name is listed as one of a committee of four men,Robert Cole, Chad Brown, William
Harris and John Warner, who drew up a document whereby the settlers agreed upon a form of government, and it was signed by the then 39 headsof families of Providence.
Staples said of this document on p. 44:

"From a perusal of this document, it is quite evident, that there existed in this little
community, a great distrust and jealousy of delegated power. Experience had forced them to
have recourse to it, and they endeavored to provide against its abuse, by the frequency both
of the general meetings of the whole body, and of the elections of their officers. Though but
a small remove from the perfect democracy of their first organized government, still it forms
an epoch in the history of the Town."

In 1652, Robert Cole removed to Warwick, Rhode Island where he died intestate sometime prior to 25 Oct 1655, the date an inventory of hisestate was filed with the Warwick Town Council, leaving an estate worth£501 with debts totaling £112.13s. After
his death, his widow married Matthias Harvey, and moved to Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, along with her children, Nathaniel, Daniel and herdaughters who had married Townsends. On 27 Sep 1677, Daniel Cole and hisbrothers, Robert and Nathaniel,
received from Governor Andros confirmation by patent of their lands at Oyster Bay.
Change Date: 21 Jun 2002 at 16:10:09

Father: Nathaniel COLE b: ABT 1578 in
Mother: Mrs-Nathaniel COLE b: ABT 1582 in , , England

Marriage 1 Mary HAWKSHURST b: 1602 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Married: 1630 in , , Ri
Note: 1 _UID EC0535991E33C446A7CE23F13CEF1C09F3CC
Robert COLE b: 1630 in of, Ipswich, Essex, Massachussetts
Elizabeth COLE b: ABT 1631 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
John COLE b: 1636 in of, Salem, Essex, Massachussetts
Deliverance COLE b: ABT 1634 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Ann COLE b: 1635 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Sarah COLE b: ABT 1636 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Daniel COLE b: ABT 1637
Nathaniel COLE b: 1640 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts

Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

Title: Ancestral File (TM)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998

Ancestors of ZoŽ Townsend & Walker Dix
Entries: 12264 Updated: Tue Jun 24 10:09:08 2003 Contact: Walker Dix

--------------------------------- -----------------------------------------------

Index | Descendancy | Register | Pedigree | Ahnentafel | Download GEDCOM | Add Post-em

--------------------------------- -----------------------------------------------
ID: I9775
Name: Robert Coles
Sex: M
Birth: 1597 in Sudberry, Suffolk, Eng.
Death: 18 OCT 1655 in Warwick, Kent Co., RI
Note: Robert came to Roxbury, Mass., with the Winthrops fleet in 1630. In 1632 he was a member of the first representative body, and was made afreeman on 19 October 1630. He removed to Agawan and Salem in 1633. In1636 he was one of the thirteen original proprietors of ProvidencePlantations. In 1639 he was at Providence, and was one of the twelveoriginal members of the Baptist Church at Warwick R.I., in 1648. He was aman of much prominence.

Father: Nathaniel Coles b: ABT 1578 in Sudberry, Suffolk, Eng.

Marriage 1 Mary Hawxhurst b: 1602 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Eng.
Married: 1630 in Salem, Essex Co., MA
Deliverance Coles b: ABT 1634 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Anne Coles b: ABT 1630 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Elizabeth (Montgomery) Coles b: ABT 1618 in Salem, Essex Co., MA
Nathaniel Coles b: 1640 in Oyster Bay, Queens Co., LI, NY
Robert Coles b: ABT 1642 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Daniel Coles b: 1642
Sarah Coles b: in Hempstead, Queens Co., NY
John Coles

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  1. Author: Robert Charles Anderson
    Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA
    1 DATE 1995
  2. Author: Dr. Frank Edgar Weeks
    Publication: Self Published
    Hempstead and Oyster Bay, LI and Collateral Lines1 PLAC Kipton, OH, 1938
  3. Title: 11073
    1 SUBM
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -