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Roger Williams
Birth: Dec. 21, 1602
Smithfield
Greater London, England
Death: Apr. 1, 1683
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Religious Reformer and Founder of Rhode Island. Educated at Cambridge, Roger Williams was a Calvinist minister who left England because of his disagreement with English principle of an established state church. He emigrated to New England in 1631, but rejected an invitation to pastor the Boston church because of its continuing ties with the Church of England. He served in both Salem and Plymouth Colony before being banished from Massachusetts over his disagreement with the policies of taking Indian land without compensation and legally punishing impiety. He settled in Narragansett Bay and studied the language of the Narragansett Indians. He and his companions purchased land from the Narragansett and founded both the settlement of Providence and the colony of Rhode Island. The government of this territory featured a more open democracy than Massachusetts, including absolute freedom of religion and no established church. Williams would go on to found the first Baptist church in America before declaring himself an unaffiliated Christian "seeker," and would serve as president of the Rhode Island colony from 1654 to 1657. (bio by: Stuthehistoryguy) 
 
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  Mary Barnard Williams (1609 - 1683)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Erected in accordance of the will of
MISS BETSEY WILLIAMS
who bequeathed to the
City of Providence
the adjoining park, part of the original of
Miantonnomi
to
ROGER WILLIAMS"
 
Burial:
Williams Family Cemetery *
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Record added: Jun 04, 2007
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He was my tenth great grandfather. May he rest in peace.
- Theodore Clabeaux
 Added: Sep. 23, 2014
From who we descend."Por mi raza hablara el espiritu"
- Arturo Williams
 Added: Aug. 21, 2014

- Lanie
 Added: Dec. 23, 2013
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