William Francis Tanner

William Francis Tanner

Birth
Surrey, England
Death 23 Dec 1740 (aged 83)
South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 77355209 · View Source
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William Tanner, Tenterdum, Kent Co, England. Sometime in the seventeenth century a boy by the name of William Tanner was kidnapped in the street of London,on his way home from school, with a Bible under his arm,and put on board a ship as a cabin boy, taken to America, settling in Rhode Island where he married and died. He came to the colony about 1678 when he was near 21. He may have come to RI as an attendant of Roger Williams of Randall Houlding. In 1693 William Tanner purchased from Henry Hall of Westerly a 100 acres of land lying on the east side of the Usquepaugh River. This was about a mile below what was known as the village of Usquepaugh, earlier known as Mumford's Mills.
William Tanner was married to Hannah Tibbetts, 1660, Mary Babcock 1690, and Elizabeth Colgrove Gardinier Cottrill, 1707. I am a decendent of William and Elizabeth.
William Tanner was buried on his farm. Tanner Cemetery is located behind the Laurel Golf Course, West Kingston, RI. Instead of going down the golf course lane, drive straight down the driveway to a house. Walk from the right rear corner of the house about 45 degrees to a path through the woods to an enclosed burial grounds #17, the most NW rough granite stone is marked W.T. (William), to the right one is marked M.T. (Mary). These stones were seen in 1997.


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  • Created by: M Tanner
  • Added: 30 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 77355209
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Francis Tanner (10 Mar 1657–23 Dec 1740), Find a Grave Memorial no. 77355209, citing Tanner Cemetery, South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by M Tanner (contributor 47588861) .