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Elizabeth White Pray
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Birth: 1630
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1701
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Elizabeth WHITE 1# Married Benjamin HEARNDEN/HARRINGTON on 09 JUL 1647 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA.

Elizabeth WHITE 2# Married Richard PRAY in Abt 1688 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA.

Came to America on the ship "Increase" Apr. 15, 1635; William White was in Boston in 1646 and went from Boston to Providence, R.I., where he lived for soem years, and later returned to Boston.

Elizabeth was born about 1628/30 and died at Providence, Rhode Island after December 1701.

Dec 1647 her first husband Benjamin HEARNDEN (HARRINGTON)was brought to court in Lynn, MA for beating his wife. Apparently, Elizabeth was not free from scandal herself. She was presented for stealing clothes from Mary PRAY and was ordered to make double restitution. (Essex Court Files, 1:133,137). It is interesting to note that after the death of Benjamin HARRINGTON in 1687, Elizabeth married second, as his second wife, Richard PRAY whose wife, Mary PRAY (the same Mary PRAY as named in the suit) had died in 1686.

On 20 October 1688, "Elizabeth, now wife of Richard PRAY, deeded to her son, Isaac HEARNDEN, the homestead, houses, orchard, etc. which were given her, for life, by the will of her late husband, dated 1 Feb 1686[/87], of which she was named executrix. (EPR, 5:34-37) It was suggested in an unidentified manuscript at The New England Historic Genealogical Society, that Isaac may have been the youngest child and perhaps this deed was a gift from Elizabeth to get Isaac started in married life. Isaac must have deeded this land back to his mother, because on 13 December 1701 she sold to Joseph Whipple of Providence her "dwelling house and all land thereunto lieing and adjoyneing (part belonged to husband Benjamin HEARNDEN and to my father William WHITE)..." which was to revert to son Isaac HEARNDEN upon Elizabeth's decease, but which she had purchased by a deed from Isaac. (EPR, 4:219). This is supported by the Holman manuscript which indicates that on 10 February 1689, "Isaac HEARNDEN of Providence for a valuable consideration... also for the duty of Naturall love & affection I beare unto my deare Mother Elizabeth PREY... (home stall & house)..."; it not clear what is the source of this record.

Whatever the case in these confusing purchases, on 9 June 1701 Elizabeth had made it very clear who owned what: "Whereas there is a fame gone abroad that there is Some person or persons intending to purchase the house & land to it adjoyneing which lieth in ye Towne of
Providence... which formerly belonged unto Benjamin HEARNDEN Senr of said Providence (deceased) and to purchase it of Isaac HEARNDEN hath no Right... to ye said house, nor inn or to any of the said lands, neither by Reversion nor any other wayes; But all the Right... to the said house & lands wholy belongeth unto me Elizabeth PREY (widow), formerly Elizabeth HEARNDEN; as may appeare by a deede under the said Isaac HEARNDEN his hand & seal, and I the said Elizabeth PREY, Doe therefore by these presents forbid all & Every person or persons whome so ever; for Bargaineing or purchaseing the said house and lands, or any part hereof, of the said Isaac HEARNDEN: 9 June 1701 Elizabeth PREY formerly Elizabeth HEARNDEN." (EPR, 5:256)

More About Elizabeth White:
Record Change: September 13, 2003

More About Elizabeth White and Benjamin Harrington:
Marriage: July 09, 1647, Lynn Or Providence.

Marriage Notes for Elizabeth White and Benjamin Harrington:
From New England Marriages Prior to 1700 pg 362
Hearnden, Benjamin (-1687) & Elizabeth [White], m/2 Richard Pray 1688+/-; b 9 Jul 1647; Lynn/Providence

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Family links: 
  William White (1603 - 1673)
  Elizabeth White (1610 - 1690)
  Richard Pray (1627 - 1693)
  Benjamin Harrington (1618 - 1687)*
  Benjamin Harrington (1618 - 1687)*
  Elizabeth Hearnden Northup (1642 - ____)*
  Benjamin Harrington (1650 - 1694)*
  Joseph Harrington (1652 - 1694)*
  Alice Hearnden Brown (1652 - 1727)*
  William Harrington (1660 - 1729)*
  Thomas Harrington (1665 - 1722)*
  Isaac Herrington Harrington (1668 - 1728)*
  Elizabeth White Pray (1630 - 1701)
  Margaret White Abbott (1635 - 1717)*
  Ursula White Bennett (1636 - 1703)*
*Calculated relationship
North Burial Ground
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Our Family History
Record added: Aug 03, 2012
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Elizabeth <i>White</i> Pray
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