Roger Amidon

Bordeaux, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Death 11 Nov 1673 (aged 58–59)
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
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Roger Amidon was a shipwright, b. ca 1614 in Bordeaux, France. Was he a Huegonot? Or was he simply someone fleeing France's insanity that led to the death/emigration of 25% of the population during the late 1500s through early 1600s? Did Roger go to England and stay there a few years before emigrating to America, where he hoped he wouldn't be forced to worship against his beliefs?

When Roger arrived is unknown, but it's possible he was in America as early as 1629 as there were other ships besides the Mayflower coming to the country that year. Roger was first recorded at Salem, Massachusetts as Roger Aimedowne; there he was granted 1/2 acre of land on December 25, 1637. He was in Weymouth by 1640 where his daughter Sara's birth was recorded: "Sara dau, of Roger Amadowne born 10 (6) 1640". Next, he was found on Boston's list of births: "Lida dau. Roger and Sara Amadowne 27, Feb. 1643". That was the first record of Roger's wife's name, Sarah. Was she born in France too? England? Elsewhere?

Roger had removed to Weymouth by July 1640 and was in Rehoboth by July 18, 1648 when he was granted a "house lot of six acres between Walter Palmer's house lot and the mill" plus "three acres of salt marsh in Watchemoquit neck". Roger was a Freeman in Rehoboth by 1658 which permitted him to vote and work in town. That same year Roger served on a coroner's jury. He was also granted land in 1662 and 1671, the 1671 grant being 100 acres.

Roger's first son with Sarah was Ebenezer, who was old enough to help fund Perce's Fight on March 25, 1676, a battle of Philip's War. Daughter Hannah's relationship to Roger as well as her marriage to Jeremiah are proved via the settlement of Roger's estate. Rehoboth recorded a daughter Joanna, b. September 20, 1652. This Joanna is probably not Hannah, as Hannah would have then been 13 yrs old when her first child was born, highly unlikely at that place and time.

Roger's first wife Sarah d. June 20, 1668 in Rehoboth. Roger's first child with his second wife was Philip b. January 26, 1669, explaining why Roger md. Joanne Harwood so quickly after Sarah died.

Rehoboth records don't indicate a date of death for Roger, but they state that he was buried on November 13, 1673. There was an inquest into his death which was signed off upon on November 11th. Yes, an inquest as Roger and Joanne had been arguing so intensely before his death that it was believed she decided to permanently end the fighting.

The Rehoboth census of February 7, 1689, listed Philip (b. January 26, 1669) and Henry Amidowne (b. January 24, 1670) as Orphans despite their step-mother still living at that time. Their full sister Mehitabel (b. August 27, 1672) was not listed as an orphan.

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