Roger Mowry


Roger Mowry

Death 5 Jan 1666 (aged 55–56)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial North Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 34256637 View Source

BIRTH: By about 1610 based on date of freemanship.
DEATH: Providence 5 January 1666[/7]. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 & settled in Salem. Moved to Lynn by 1646, & Providence by 1652. He was a Neat herd at Salem, 1636-41 & an innkeeper at Providence by 1655
Married by 1637 Mary Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON . She married (2) Rehoboth 14 January 1673 John Kingsley and was buried at Rehoboth 6 January 1678/9.
Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project.

res Plymouth MA before removing to RI.
Friend of Roger Williams founder of RI. Arrived Boston 1631; removed to Plymouth, then Salem, then Providence RI.
b by 1610 based on date of freemanship. Migration 1630. m by 1637 to Mary Johnson daughter of John Johnson. First residence Salem MA. Removed to Lynn MA by 1646, to Providence RI by 1652. Occupation "Neat herd" at Salem. Innkeeper at Providence by 1655. Member Salem church 1635. Freeman 1631 as "Roger Mawry". Could sign his name. frequent juryman Essex and Providence. Salem land grant rec'd 40 acres 1636. Land next to Cole and "Estye's". 23 Nov 1660 RM bought Daniel Comstock's former house in Providence RI from Henry Neale of Braintree, MA. 4 may 1661 Roger Mowry bought 4 acres in the row of houses in the north part of Providence, from Anne Smith of Providence the widow of Samuel Comstock. d providence 5 Jan 1666/1667.

Roger Mowry Tavern. On list of the oldest buildings in Rhode Island. Roger Mowry Tavern in ca. 1885
The Roger Mowry Tavern (also known as the Roger Mowry House or Olney House) was a historic stone house, built around 1653, in Providence, Rhode Island. It was the oldest house in Providence, Rhode Island until it was demolished in 1900. Roger Mowry, an early settler in Providence, built the house around 1653 according to research by Norman Isham. Mowry was a constable and operated the only tavern in the town. The tavern also served as a government meeting place, church, and jail. The Mowry Tavern was allegedly one of only five buildings not burned by the Indians during King Philip's War because Roger Williams, a friend of the Indians, held Christian worship services there. The house was located on Abbott Street adjacent to North Burial Ground and was demolished in 1900 so a three story tenement house could be constructed on its site.

Mowry Headstone - North Smithfield, Rhode Island N 41° 59.333 W 071° 31.779
Zinc headstone giving the family history of a family through nine generations in the Union Cemetery in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
One of the largest zinc gravestones and by far the one with the most text inscribed on it. The Mowry grave marker is in the front of Union Cemetery in North Springfield, Rhode Island. The marker is inscribed as follows: Erected A.D. 1896, By Hon. Arlon Mowry, To The Memory of Roger Mowry
And Eight Generations of His Descendants, Through His Son Nathaniel Mowry.
Roger Mowry Register in Boston, Mass., after his arrival from England, May 18, 1631. He lived in Plymouth for several years, and later in Salem from about 1635 to 1649. He then removed to Providence, Rhode Island, where he resided till his death, Jan. 5, 1666. He married Mary, daughter of John Johnson of Roxbury, Mass. She died Jan. 1679.
Roger, Died Young.
Jonathan, Born in 1637
Bethiah, Born in 1638
Mary, Born in 1640
Elizabeth, Born in 1643
Nathaniel, Born in 1655
John, Born About 1645
Mehitable, Born about 1646
Joseph, Born in 1647
Benjamin, Born in 1649
Thomas, Born in 1652
Hannah, Born in 1656

For further information concerning the descendants of Roger Mowry, see a volume entitled "The Descendants of Nathaniel Mowry of Rhode Island" by William A. Mowry, A.M. PhD., copies of which are in the Providence Public Library, The Harris Institute Library and the Library of the Society of Friends in Woonsocket.
references see: 1. Gen Dict of RI, by John Austin. 2. The Great Migration Begins. 3. NEHGR 52:207.


Those who came were resolved to be Englishmen
Gone to the World's end, but English everyone
And they ate the white corn kernels parched in the sun
And they knew it not, but they'd not be English agaian

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  • Added: 27 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 34256637
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Roger Mowry (1610–5 Jan 1666), Find a Grave Memorial ID 34256637, citing Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) .