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Capt James Pendleton

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Capt James Pendleton

  • Birth 1627 England
  • Death 29 Nov 1709 Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Burial Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Memorial ID 31757205

James first wife was Mary Palmer, b 1632 Watertown, Middlesex Co. MA father William, (no mother listed in vital records of Watertown.) Married Hannah Goodenow. They are the parents of Joseph Pendleton

Capt. James Pendleton, was born in England about 1627, or 1628, as indicated by the facts that he was admitted freeman at Watertown, Mass., 10 May 1648, and that on the 26th of July 1672, he testified at Portsmouth, NH, that he was forty-four years of age.

On the 21st of Oct 1650, James Pendleton and Mary, his wife, of Watertown, Mass., sold to George Parkhurst, "Same towne" five or six acres known as "crocked meadow" (Middlesex Co., Mass., Deeds, I, 17). Shortly afterwards he removed to Sudbury, Mass., where he served on a coroner's jury in May, 1654.

In 1671, James began to dispose of the property he had accumulated at Portsmouth and vicinity, with his wife, Hannah, he sold land and buildings at Portsmouth to Thomas Thatcher.

On the 25th Jany. 1688, James Pendleton bought of Nathaniel Lynde 1,000 acres on the sea-coast of Westerly, including Watch Hill. He sold a small part of this land and the rest he willed to his sons, Joseph, Edmund, and Caleb.

His death occurred in Westerly on the 29 Nov, 1709. Like his father he was active in public affairs until the time of his death and like his father too, wherever he went he became at once one of the leading citizens.

The will of James-2 Pendleton, names wife, Hannah, sons: Joseph, Edmund and Caleb, daughters Ann Borwn, Eleanor Pendleton and Dorothy Pendleton, "children by my present wife, Hannah," and daughters Mary and Hannah "had by my former wife."

No reference is made by Capt. James Pendleton to his sons, James-3 and Brian-3, named in his father's will in 1677, or to any heirs of these sons, and as no mention of any such has elsewhere appeared, it would seem indisputable that James-3 and Brian-3 died without issue. James-3 had died previous to 1698, but we have nothing to show what became of Brian-3.

Another source says: Went to Watertown, Mass., with parents from England. They moved to Sudbury, and he was given 140 acres of land by his father. Moved to Portsmouth, N.H., where he was in business with his father. There he was a selectman, 1663 to 1668; town clerk, 1663 and 1664; one of the commissioners (local magistrates) to determine small actions from 1667 to 1671, and captain of the Portsmouth military company from 1666 until 1674, his last year in Portsmouth. He owned property on the Great Island and continued in business after his father moved to Winter Harbor (Saco), Maine, in 1665.

He moved to Stonington, Conn., being granted land, and also had some 700 acres of land given him by his father. Those 700 acres are in what is now Westerly, Rhode Island, but both Connecticut and Rhode Island once claimed the Westerly area. (The land was given him in trust, with instructions it be passed on to his children by his second wife.)

James, a staunch Puritan, favored Connecticut over the more liberal Rhode Island, but he eventually lost that fight. He continued his business activities and was affluent enough to be referred to as "Esquire" and "Gentleman."

He was a selectman in both Stonington and Westerly, sold intoxicants, imported sugar from Barbados and had dealings with tobacco planters in Maryland. Dealing in liquor was not considered reprehensible in those days, and a man could engage in that business, as well as in politics, and still be a community leader and a pillar of the church.

About the time he moved to Stonington, the King Philip's War broke out, and Capt. James took part. He also may have participated in the great Narragansett fight. He was awarded land in Voluntown for his services during the war. He also obtained captive Indians whom he sold into slavery. Eventually, James obtained more property in Rhode Island, buying 1,000 acres at Watch Hill in Westerly. His Watch Hill home still stands. It is unclear when he moved from Stonington to Westerly.

Researching this line is Jean Reid, 106 Beal's Court, Tama, Iowa 52339

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  • Created by: Gus Pendleton
  • Added: 27 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31757205
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Pendleton (1627–29 Nov 1709), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31757205, citing Pendleton Ground, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Gus Pendleton (contributor 47054338) .