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Caleb Arnold

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 9 Feb 1719 (aged 74)
Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 110714814 · View Source
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Note: While no burial record has been found, Caleb was almost certainly buried in the family cemetery located in his orchard in Portsmouth, mentioned in his will. He gave the size of the lot as being about 48 feet by 48 feet, and directed his son Josiah to keep the lot fenced. His son Peleg was the only burial there mentioned in his will.

Caleb Arnold was the son of Governor Benedict Arnold and Damaris Westcott of Providence, Pawtuxet, and Newport, Rhode Island. He was married on 10 June 1666 to Abigail Wilbur, the daughter of Samuel Wilbur, Jr. and Hannah Porter. His father-in-law had been one of the original Pettaquamscutt purchasers, and his father became an additional purchaser of these lands.

Caleb was a physician, or as he called himself, a "practitioner of physic." His father and grandfather were original settlers of Providence with Roger Williams in 1636, but his family moved to Newport in 1651. He lived in Newport during his childhood and young adulthood, but was living in Portsmouth by 1670 when he was admitted as a freeman there. He was Deputy on several occasions between 1671 and 1707, and part of this time bore the title of Captain. In 1676 he was a member of a court martial held at Newport for the trial of some Indians charged with their involvement in King Philip's War. Caleb's will, dated 7 July 1716, was proved 9 March 1719. Children of Caleb and Abigail:

* William, b. 31 May 1667, d. Portsmouth 22 Sep 1723, m. Portsmouth 22 Feb 1694/5 Hannah NICHOLS, b. 7 Aug 1674, d. after 1723, the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Nichols. William's will was dated at Portsmouth 19 Sep 1723. They had six children.

* Penelope, b. 3 Aug 1669, d. 1743, and m. c. 1689 George HAZARD, b. c. 1662, d. 1743, the son of Robert Hazard and Mary Brownell. George was a freeman in Kingstowne in 1696, and in Dec 1695 he was deeded land at Point Judith Neck by Oliver Arnold and probable wife Phebe (RIGR 10:271). He was at various times Deputy, Assistant, and a Lt Col of militia for the main land. George was called a yeoman of S. Kingstown in his will dated 3 Nov 1742 and proved 14 Nov 1743. His inventory showed a very large estate. George and Penelope had six children, and were great great grandparents of Commondores Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry.

* Josiah, b. 26 Dec 1671, d. 17 March 1673, per his grandfather Arnold's family record.

* Caleb, b. c. 1673, perhaps m. Hannah SLOCUM, per the 1935 Arnold Memorial. Caleb was mentioned in the will of his brother William in 1723, but not in the wills of either of his parents (1716 and 1725).

* Samuel, b. c. 1675, m. 1708 Mary SHEFFIELD

* Oliver, b. 1677, d. Newport 21 Sep 1741 in his 65th year, and m. Newport 15 June 1715 to Elizabeth CARD, b. say 1695, d. perhaps c. 1725, the daughter of Joseph and Jane Card. He was a physician and is likely the Doctor Oliver Arnold of Newport mentioned in the will of Abraham Row, dated Newport 27 Oct 1716. Curiously, Oliver is not mentioned in the 1716 will of his father, but he is mentioned in the 1725 will of his mother. A deed in Exeter, RI, dated 23 Aug 1742, between Benjamin Mory of N. Kingstown and Joseph Arnold of N. Kingstown (Oliver's nephew and son of his brother Samuel), mentioned land that did belong to Oliver Arnold, lately deceased. This land abutted land belonging to Oliver's brother, Samuel Arnold. (RIGR 4(3):243) Oliver and Elizabeth had four children, born 1719-1724, and it is likely that Elizabeth died shortly after the birth of her last child. Oliver is buried with an extant marker in the Governor Arnold Burying Ground on Pelham St. in Newport.

* Peleg, b. say 1679. His father, in his 1716 will, mentions "my orchard where my son Peleg was buried."

* Josiah, b. say 1681, d. Portsmouth 1757, unmarried. He is mentioned in the wills of both of his parents, though he is mistakenly called Joseph in his mother's will. He was undoubtedly the Josiah Arnold who administered the estate of Hannah Wilbur, his grandmother, on 9 April 1722. His own will, dated 1 Jan 1757, was proved at Portsmouth 14 Feb 1757, and mentioned his siblings and their children.

* Sarah, b. say 1683, either never married or else married an Arnold as she is called Sarah Arnold in the wills of both parents (1716 and 1725).

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  • Created by: Stan Arnold
  • Added: 17 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110714814
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caleb Arnold (19 Dec 1644–9 Feb 1719), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110714814, citing Caleb Arnold Lot (lost), Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Stan Arnold (contributor 48121400) .