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Joseph Harrington
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Birth: 1652
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1694
North Smithfield
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Joseph HARRINGTON Married Sarah TILLINGHAST on MAY 1671 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA.

Joseph was born 1648 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a twin, although I am not absolutely certain if Alice was his twin. He died 18 April 1694 in North Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island. The family settled in the Wesquadomsett section of Providence, which became Smithfield and Gloucester.

In May of 1671 he married Sarah Tillinghast (high probability, although no official record has been found.) When he died intestate in 1694, his widow was unable to procure bondsmen for herself and the children. The court ordered Pardon Tillinghast "to have some oversight and be some assistance to said woman, and for the ordering and tuition of her said children." In other words, Joseph was not the most successful farmer in town.

On 30 May 1694, administration of his estate was granted to his widow Sarah, and it was desired that Parson Tillinghast have the oversight of several young children and give advice to his widow.

"Where as Joseph Hearden of this Towne deceased upon the 19th day of Aprill last; and dieing intested, his widow Sarah Hearden hath this day preferred unto the Councill an Inventory of his estate, the which hath been by the Councill this day examined. The said widow Sarah Hearden also desiring administration upon the said Estate; But it so falleth out that the said widow Cannot procue bondsmen according as the law in such cases Requires. And whereas there are several young children to take care of and bring up & and many other necessary Considerations whereby there seems to be a Necessity of Comitting Administration to the said Widow…the Councill do therfore commit administration unto the said Widdow, Sarah Hearton…to bring up the children of the said deceased Joseph Hearnden…and Pardon Tillinghast is by the Councill desired and ordered to have some oversight and be some assistance to said woman, and for the ordering & Tuition of her said children." It must have been very difficult for a young widow who did not remarry.

It has been noted that Pardon Tillinghast and his first wife Sarah Butterworth had a daughter named Sarah born 17 November 1654. She is mentioned as having "died" in 1671, but this is now interpreted to mean that she married and there is no further record under the name Tillinghast.

At the time of Joseph Herendeen's death, Pardon Tillinghast was among the political leaders in Providence and was therefore available to be assigned to oversee the affairs of an indigent widow without any family connection, but this responsibility would seem more likely to have been passed on to another family member if one was available. There are numerous Herendeen relatives nearly, some presumably in prosperous circumstances, and there is no evidence that Joseph Herendeen and his wife were not on reasonably good terms with them. Seemingly the only reason they would be passed over would be for a maternal relative, in this case Pardon Tillinghast. (Toby Dills 2003, Harrington Researcher)

· Joseph took the Oath of Allegiance to Charles II in May 1671.

· Sometime prior to 27 January 1683 he had land laid out to him, for on that date he petitioned the Town Meeting: "I desire that I may change fower Acors of Land, that I took up in lew of Two Acres of Meadow arising upon the account of ye second Division or fifty acre devition, that I took up, and take it up elsehere upon the Townes Comon, allowable to be taken upon that Devition, the which will oblige your poore Neighbor and friend Joseph Herndon." The petition was granted, but evidently Joseph as not satisified, for the following April 27th he again sent in a petition "to the towne now mett neibors I doe apprehend that I am wronged in being put by that land wich you granted to me; therfore I pray your consideration there in that I may have my rite according to your grant and in soe doing you will oblige youre friend & nibor. Joseph herinton. This petition was referred to the next meeting for consideration, and at another Towne meeting it is recorded that "It is granted unto Joseph Hearton that hee may change that four acres of land that he took…. he having paid his change money."

· The following year on 26 May he had seven acres laid out to him in the Second Division. On 3 March 1685/6 his mother and father deeded to him 67 acres of land "for his well being and settlement …have freely…part upland, part low Swampe….in the township of Providence and lieth in two parcells. Each one of ye said parcels containing 30 acres. One parcel is about ten miles north of Providence, and southward of the tract which belongeth to Edward inman & his partners…bounds are oak trees. The other is about a mile and a half south of the first parcel and north of a piece belonging to Joseph Williams…it is lengthwise north eastward and southwestward. The said 60 acres of land was laid out onto me by the Towne of Providence theire surveyors in a second division share in the right of my father-in-law William White."

· On 24 April 1689, he sold 13 acres of land to Wm. Harnden.

· In addition to this he makes over seven acres adjoining the first piece and with a highway separating it from the land of Edward Inman. The north eastern side of this adjoins Benjamin Hearton and another side touches Lawrence Wilkerson's and he adds that this seven acres is what the Towne laid out to Joseph upon Exchange for other land but the "said land being my Right" he turns it over to Joseph by deed, as he had already done by word of mouth. Thomas Olney and William Olney witnessed the deed.

· His home in the latter years of his life was probably not far from the present village of Primrose or a little further east. He lived neighbor to his brother Benjamin and died the day following the death of Benjamin on 19 April 1694.

· On 1 July 1679 he was taxed 7 and half pence. On 16 July 1680 his tax was 2 pence on one levy and the same on another. In January of 1680/1 he paid a tax of 9 pence. These seem like small taxes, but they were average taxes for younger men. Very few paid more than 2 shillings. In 1687 he paid 2 shilling and in 1688 he was paying a shilling in tax.

· On 23 May 1683 Joseph and his brother Benjamin made a "complaynt to the magistrates that the highway up into the country was stopped by Eliazer Whipple." This means that both brothers had already moved to Westquadomsett.

· June 1, 1691 he was elected to the office of waywarden. A waywarden is a road commissioner.


· Joseph 1687

Richard 1674 and he was a freeman at Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island in 1742. He resided at North Kingstown, Washington County. He married Sarah Unknown and his children were among the first of the family to adopt the "Harrington" spelling.

Elizabeth January 1675 and was apprenticed by her father to Peter Green and wife until she turned 18, under the date of 25 May 1691.

Ebenezer 21 June 1681 and died 17 June 1713. He became a freeman at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 4 February 1734 and resided at North Kingstown, Washington County in May 1778. He married a Rebecca Unknown. He is referred to as a Pilgrim and Puritan.

Job December 1683 and married 8 June 1722 to Martha Elizabeth Weeden of the Quaker faith. Married second 4 July 1719 Lydia Fornes and married third Elizabeth Spencer

Hepzibah a daughter

Thomas 17 March 1686/7, died 6 May 1753 and married Judith Jones

Hezakiah Volunteered under Major Joseph Jenks to serve on Block Island. In 1749 he moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where many of our other lineages come from.

Sarah 1671

Family links: 
  Benjamin Harrington (1618 - 1687)
  Elizabeth White Pray (1630 - 1701)
  Sarah Tillinghast Harrington (1654 - 1694)
  Richard Harrington (1674 - 1700)*
  Job Harrington (1683 - 1744)*
  Hezekiah Herendeen (1687 - ____)*
  Benjamin Harrington (1650 - 1694)*
  Joseph Harrington (1652 - 1694)
  Alice Hearnden Brown (1652 - 1727)*
  Sarah Harrington Whipple (1654 - 1677)**
  William Harrington (1660 - 1727)*
  Thomas Harrington (1665 - 1722)*
  Isaac Harrington (1668 - 1728)*
*Calculated relationship
North Burial Ground
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Plot: drowned in Boston Harbor
Created by: Our Family History
Record added: Dec 10, 2012
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Joseph Harrington
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To My 8th Great Grand Uncle, May You Forever Rest in Peace
- Elton Ellis
 Added: Nov. 22, 2014
R.I.P my 7th great grandfather.
- Elizabeth Harrington
 Added: Sep. 11, 2014
My 8th Great GrandfatherCarol Sturtevant Andrews
- carol andrews
 Added: Aug. 7, 2014
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