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John Rathbun and Ann Dodge

HUSBAND:
John RATHBUN. (RATHBONE) (RATHBON-S5).
Born (about 1655-S1)(1655-1657-S3)(1655/1688-S4) at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts-S1,S2,S3); son of John RATHBUN (RATHBONE) and Margaret ACRES.

He was early at Block Island, Rhode Island. The following (S5) is taken from the records of New Shoreham (Block Island), Rhode Island:

'To All Persons to Whom This Testomony Shall Appear:
'Know Ye, I, Simon Ray of Block Island, being eighty-one years of age and now upon oath doth testify and declare that on ye first erecting and settleing of s'd Block Island there was some undivided land reserved by ye first purchasers for to accommodate fishermen for promoting of a fishing trade, and Tristram Dodge Sr. a fisherman came from Newfoundland and ye freeholders willing for to settle him on s'd Island, gave unto him said Tristram Dodge three acres of land unto him and his heirs forever which land ordered by freeholders for to be measured unto him said Dodge situated and being on ye South East of ye Harbor that is now joining to the land of John Rathbon.
'And unto ye truth of this testimony I set to my hand,
'Simon Ray, Warden.
'Block Island, Feb. 28, 1718-19.'

He married (1) (unknown) (10-S7)(16-S1) January 1679, Block Island, Rhode Island.(S1). This wife's name is not legible in the records. They had one son, John Rathbun, Junior, who was born 22 June 1680, and who died in infancy. The mother died also apparently about this time. (S7).

On 21 September 1679 his parents gave him for love, 60 acres of land and thier home on Block Island. This gift was questioned later, and they made a new deed on 3 January 1688, clarifying the first deed. For a barrel of pork, to be paid yearly on demand, with the provision that should he ever decide to sell it, he should offer it to one of his brothers. (S7).

John Rathbun, Jr. was admitted Freeman of the Colony of Rhode Island on 1 May 1684, which means that he was over 21, a property owner, and therefore had the right to vote. (S7).

After the death of this wife, John is said to have had an affair with his 19-year old cousin, Margery Acres. When she married Daniel Tosh in 1685, Margery already had a 6-month old son, later named Acres Tosh who may have been John's illegetimate child. (S7).

He married (2) Ann DODGE on 11 November 1686, Rochester, Kings Province, Rhode Island. (S1,S3,S4,S7).

He died by 1 March 1723 (S1) at Block Island, Rhode Island. He was buried in New Shoreham, Rhode Island.

CHILD of John RATHBONE and his first wife:
  1. John Rathbone Jr. Born 22 Jun 1680 in New Shoreham, Rhode Island.(S4). He died 1680-1681 in Block Island, Rhode Island, and was buried on Block Island, Rhode Island.


Possible CHILD of John RATHBONE and Margery Acres:
  1. Acres Tosh. Born about 1684 or 1685. (S7).


WIFE (2):
Ann DODGE.
Born (in 1660-S4)(about 1660-S3,S6) at Block Island, Newport, Rhode Island; daughter of Tristram DODGE and Anne MANSFIELD {S3}.

It has been speculated that she MAY (S5,S7) have been the (widow of Thomas DODGE, son of Tristam DODGE-S1), but this speculation has only caused confusion and error, and is not based in known fact. Thomas Dodge is mentioned in the early records of Block Island, but soon disappears from the record. (S7).

She married Ann married John RATHBONE on 11 November 1686 at Rochester, Kings Province, Rhode Island. (S1,S3,S4,S7).

She died in (1723-S3,S4) at Block Island, Rhode Island. (after 25 OCT 1725-S6).

CHILDREN of John Rathbun and Ann Dodge:
  1. Mercy RATHBUN. [Ancestors]. Born 3 October 1688 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.(S3). She married Jonathan BURCH on 22 August 1706 at Stonington, New London, Connecticut. (S3). She died after 28 February 1767 at Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
  2. Jonathan Rathbone. Born 22 May 1691 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He married (1) Elizabeth on 13 Jan 1711 at New Shoreham, Rhode Island. He married (2) Katherine WIGHTMAN in Oct 1755 at Norwich, New London, CT.-S3). . He died 1 Apr 1766 at Cholchester, Connecticut.
  3. Elizabeth Rathbone. Born (about 1693-S3,4). She was of Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. (S4).
  4. John Rathbone. Born (23 Dec 1693-S1,S4)(about 1705-S3) at Block Island, Rhode Island. He married (1) Alice. He married (2) Patience Fish on 26 Dec 1720 at Block Island, Rhode Island. He died in 1752 at Exeter, Rhode Island.(S3,S4).
  5. Joshua Rathbun. Born 19 Feb 1696 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He married (1) Martha CARD on 30 Nov 1721 at Westerly, Rhode Island. He married (2) Mary WIGHTMAN on 16 Feb 1724 at Stonington, New London, Connecticut. (S3). He died 6 Jun 1779 at Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
  6. Isaiah Rathbone. Born (about 1697-S3,S4). He was of Newport, Newport, RI.
  7. Benjamin Rathbone. Born 17 Feb 1701 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He married Hannah CARPENTER on 31 Oct 1732 at Westerly, Rhode Island. (S3). He died in 1772 at Exeter, Rhode Island.
  8. Ann Rathbone. Born 9 Aug 1703 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. She married William DODGE on 20 Jan 1728 at New Shoreham, Rhode Island. (S3).
  9. Nathaniel Rathbone. Born on 6 Feb 1708 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He married Mercy. (S3). He died in 1750 at Exeter, Rhode Island.
  10. Thomas Rathbone. Born 2 Mar 1709 at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He married Charity PERKINS on 31 Dec 1732 at Exeter, Rhode Island. (S3). He died in 1803 at North Kingston, Rhode Island.


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