Richard Sisson

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Richard Sisson
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Death

Death:
Date: 1684-02-26
Place: Portsmouth,Newport,Rhode Island, USA

Imported only 1684 from Death Date.


Biography

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Birth

Birth:
Date: abt 1608
Place: England[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Death

Death:
Date: FEBRUARY 26, 1683/4
Place: Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island[8][9][10][11][12]

Could not interpret date in Death Date (FEBRUARY 26, 1683/4).

Data Changed

Data Changed:
Date: 1 DEC 2005

Prior to import, this record was last changed 1 DEC 2005.

Immigration

Immigration:
Date: BET 1639 AND 1644
Place: Possible ship "Anne"[13][14]

Event

Event:
Date: 1640'S
Place: History[15]
Note: A little review of English history might be in order: In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. If indeed Richard and Mary were Quakers (a rather shaky theory since The Society of Friends was not formally organized until the 1650s), they might very well have wanted to flee England. Indeed, after the capture, trial, and execution of Charles in 1649, the persecution of Quakers increased under the new Commonwealth of England. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers.
Event:
Date: 1651
Place: Dartmouth, Mass.[16][17][18]
Event:
Date: MAY 17, 1653
Place: admitted as a "Freeman", Dartmouth[19][20]
Event:
Date: AUGUST 1653
Place: served as a juror[21][22]
Event:
Date: 1655
Place: admitted as a "Freeman", Portsmouth, Rhode Island[23]
Event:
Date: NOVEMBER 30, 1657
Place: given planting land on Hog Island[24][25]
Note: At a "Meeting of the Inhabitants of portsm:o [i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island] November 30th, 1657" it was ordered that the following ten men should be given planting land on Hog Island (in Mount Hope Bay between Portsmouth and Bristol) for seven years: "Edward ffisher, Richard Sison [sic], John Tripp [Richard and Mary's daughter's father-in-law], John Anthony, ffrancis Brayton, Thomas Ginings, Ralph Earll junr:, John Archar [sic], Samuell [sic] Wilson, & John Baslie." [13]
Event:
Date: JULY 6, 1658
Place: bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island[26][27][28]
Note: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island.
Note: Thomas Manchester, was born in England, where he spent the earlier years of his life. He took passage for this country late in 1638, and became a resident of New Haven, Conn., in 1639, one year after the planting of that colony. Shortly afterward, however, he removed to Portsmouth, R. I., and there spent the remainder of his life. He is mentioned in the land records of that town, January 25, 1655, when he and his wife sold to one Thomas Wood twelve acres of land, but there is evidence that he had lived in Portsmouth or the vicinity for some years previous to the latter date. A grant of eight acres of land was made to Thomas Manchester at Portsmouth, December 10, 1657, and during the same year he sold to Richard Sisson one three-hundredth rights in Canonicut and Dutch Islands.
Event:
Date: 1660
Place: Sold land to Peleg Sanford[29][30]
Note: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island. In 1660 he sold both and an additional 1/300th to Peleg Sanford.
Event:
Date: JUNE 5, 1667
Place: Dartmouth, Mass., was chosen on the Grand Jury[31][32]
Event:
Date: MAY 27, 1668
Place: gave testimony[33][34]
Note: "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth."
Note: Martin continues (part 1, page 2): "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth."
Event:
Place: politics he was reported as Huguenot[35]
Note: In politics he was reported as Huguenot [which is a term used of French Protestants, not a political term - DAS].
Event:
Date: NOVEMBER 15, 1683
Place: Inventory dated[36][37]
Note: Martin, part 1 page 3, continues:
"The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz:
House & lands in Dartmouth L240
[ditto] Rhode Island L60
Cattle and horse kind L113/15s
Swine L30
Sheep L14/10s
Beds, etc. L50
New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13
One Negro servant L28
One Indian [ditto] L10
Money L12"
Event:
Date: FEBRUARY 26, 1684
Place: will proved in Dartmouth[38]

Residence

Residence:
Date: JUNE 16, 1651
Place: Portsmouth[39][40][41]
Residence:
Date: 1650'S
Place: Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built[42][43]
Note: A house was built by Richard and Mary's son George, or possibly by George's son Richard who inherited the land in Portsmouth. The house perhaps included or superseded remains of Richard and Mary's house. It can be seen at 1236 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It was purchased (about 1998) by Roland A. Morgan, a trained archaeologist, who planned in 1998 to open an antique shop there. Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s.
Residence:
Date: 1660'S
Place: lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then[44][45]
Note: In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there.
Residence:
Date: 1667
Place: Plymouth Colony, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts[46]
Residence:
Date: abt 1667
Place: moved to Dartmouth, Mass.,[47]
Note: John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office.
Residence:
Place: a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.'[48][49]
Note: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads.
Note: Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787.
Note: John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 4: "From an address by Henry B. Worth at Westport "Old Home Week" 8/24/1908: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads."
Residence:
Date: MID 1680'S
Place: returned to Portsmouth[50][51]
Note: Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there.
Residence:
Date: 1685
Place: Portsmouth

Will

Will:
Date: OCTOBER 18, 1683[52][53]
Note: Richard's will
"To wife Mary, my dwelling house and movables during her life, and twelve pounds sterling yearly rent; with firewood, orchard fruit, land for garden, liberty to keep poultry for her use, and also a horse to be maintained and kept at her command to ride on, also 2 oxen and two cows that I bought with my money; all debts due me I give to my wife. She shall have a milch cow maintained for her use, with winter shelter and summer pasture during live and two parts of all my swine. Also she shall have her corn carried to the mill and the meal brought home again sufficient for use during life, and 10 bushels of Indian corn, 3 of Rye and half of my wheat and barley. To son James, all my housing and land in Dartmouth, excepting land near Pongansett Pond and reservations to wife as aforesaid. To daughter Ann Tripp and her husband Peleg, tract of land near Pongansett Pond, and to daughter Tripp and her husband Peleg Tripp's children, all those sheep he is keeping. To son John, all my house and land in Portsmouth. To son George, five pounds in money. To daughter Elizabeth Allen, wife of Caleb Allen, five pounds. To Indian servant Samuel, a two-year-old mare. To grandchild Mary Sisson, daughter of George, three cows and one bed, etc., on the day of her marriage, and one pewter flagon and brass kettle which were her Aunt Mary's."
"The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz:
House & lands in Dartmouth L240
[ditto] Rhode Island L60
Cattle and horse kind L113/15s
Swine L30
Sheep L14/10s
Beds, etc. L50
New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13
One Negro servant L28
One Indian [ditto] L10
Money L12"
Note: The Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Index to Plymouth Colony
Wills and Inventories, 1670-1685
© 2001 Copyright and All Rights Reserved.
by Patricia Scott Deetz
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz/Plymouth/willsindex00.html
Sison, Richard
Dartmouth
will date: 10/18/1683
Inventory 11/15/1683
Note: "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684. The executor was his son James."

Probate

Probate:
Date: 1684
Place: will was probated[54]

Occupation

Occupation: Constable
Date: 1653[55]
Note: 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
Occupation: elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways
Date: JUNE 5TH, 1671[56][57][58]
Note: Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways, and no further records of him are found, till his death in 1684."
Note: We have never found any indication of a formal occupation. Some have called Richard a surveyor, but he held that title as an appointee of the town of Dartmouth, and it is unlikely that he did much actual surveying as a profession.

Religion

Religion: Member of the Society of Friends (Quakers)[59][60][61]
Note: A. Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated.

Note

Note: Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated.
In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers.
Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787. At a town meeting on June 5th, 1671, Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways.
Note: Descendants of Richard (1608-1684) and Mary (d. 1692) SISSON of Rhode Island
First Generation
1. Richard SISSON was born about 1608 in England. He died before 26 Feb 1683/1684 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. I. Speculation about Richard's English origins: A. Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. B. In a note to me, June 19, 1999, David and Joan Sisson say they "have heard that Richard came to America on the ship 'Anne,' and they also wonder about the George Sisson supposedly here earlier than Richard. "Could he be Richard's father, especially reasonable since Richard's (first?) son was named George? We haven't found a reference for either idea, however." C. In a phone call July 30, 2000, David Sisson of Livermore, California, told me, David Arne Sisson of Rochester, that Paula Wisher Mason wrote to tell him, David of Livermore, that she had found a record in the microfilmed "Torrey Collection" of early New England marriages at her local library in Peoria, Illinois, which has also been published as "New England Marriages Before 1700." Paula quoted this entry from the Torrey Collection in her letter to David of Livermore -- "SISSON, Richard (1608-1684) & Mary ? (-1692); b 1644; Portsmouth, RI/Dartmouth." Many researches want to see the actual record, but David said that this record tentatively seems to "settle several things" including these issues -- 1) We no longer need to wonder about the marriage of "a Richard Sissons of Elmeshall [who] married Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith [Yorkshire] February 14, 1632." 2) Richard and Mary were in Rhode Island by 1644 and perhaps earlier. (Students of English history will want to review the events of the early 1640s, when the English Civil Wars were brewing.) 3) Richard and Mary's *first* child was George [or at least their first child in New England was George - DAS]. These suppositions suggest that Richard's father's name might well have been George since first sons were traditionally named for their paternal grandfathers, and that Mary's father's name might well have been James since second sons were traditionally named for their maternal grandfathers. D. On the introductory page x of their "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson," (published in 1999), David and Joan Sisson say that "records of a Richard Sisson in the town of Greystoke, Cumbria, England, were found in the early 17th century, among other Sissons in the Penrith area." There are many other records of late 16th or early 17th century Sisson families in England, one of which may turn out to be connected to "our" Richard Sisson. E. The 2000 Sisson Gathering in Florence, Kentucky, has named two genealogical researchers to try to determine the origins of Richard and Mary in England. Contributions toward that search may be sent to Dr. David S. Martin, 10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. (Thank you very much!) Reports on the progress of that research will be made to all subscribers of the Sisson List and to the Sisson Newsletter. F. A little review of English history might be in order: In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. If indeed Richard and Mary were Quakers (a rather shaky theory since The Society of Friends was not formally organized until the 1650s), they might very well have wanted to flee England. Indeed, after the capture, trial, and execution of Charles in 1649, the persecution of Quakers increased under the new Commonwealth of England. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers. II. Immigration: A. It has been reported that Richard came to Portsmouth, RI, in 1639, but it has never been confirmed, nor has evidence been found yet for the birth places of the first three children: George, Anne, and Elizabeth. A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. As shown above Richard and Mary may have brought three children with them when they immigrated but only one of them was a son (George). We doubt that other children would have immigrated with the family without being recorded. B. From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England." III. Records in New England: A. When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected." At a "Meeting of the Inhabitants of portsm:o [i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island] November 30th, 1657" it was ordered that the following ten men should be given planting land on Hog Island (in Mount Hope Bay between Portsmouth and Bristol) for seven years: "Edward ffisher, Richard Sison [sic], John Tripp [Richard and Mary's daughter's father-in-law], John Anthony, ffrancis Brayton, Thomas Ginings, Ralph Earll junr:, John Archar [sic], Samuell [sic] Wilson, & John Baslie." [13] Quoting Footnote 13 - Brigham, "Early Records of Portsmouth [note 9], 80. The reference to the Hog Island planting land is found on p. 85 of the original Portsmouth Records, Book I, in the Rhode Island State Archives. These quotations are from the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Volume 157, April 2003, page 103. Further records show that in August 1653, Richard served as a juror. On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island. In 1660 he sold both and an additional 1/300th to Peleg Sanford. John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office. Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787. At a town meeting on June 5th, 1671, Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways, and no further records of him are found, till his death in 1684." Martin continues (part 1, page 2): "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth." "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684. The executor was his son James." In politics he was reported as Huguenot [which is a term used of French Protestants, not a political term - DAS]. He was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). We have never found any indication of a formal occupation. Some have called Richard a surveyor, but he held that title as an appointee of the town of Dartmouth, and it is unlikely that he did much actual surveying as a profession. The inventory was dated Nov. 15, 1683 (see http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz/Plymouth/willsindex00.html). B. Houses A house was built by Richard and Mary's son George, or possibly by George's son Richard who inherited the land in Portsmouth. The house perhaps included or superseded remains of Richard and Mary's house. It can be seen at 1236 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It was purchased (about 1998) by Roland A. Morgan, a trained archaeologist, who planned in 1998 to open an antique shop there. Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s. In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there. Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there. John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 4: "From an address by Henry B. Worth at Westport "Old Home Week" 8/24/1908: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads." IV. Richard's will From Part 1 page 2 of John L. Martin's "Sisson Family": "To wife Mary, my dwelling house and movables during her life, and twelve pounds sterling yearly rent; with firewood, orchard fruit, land for garden, liberty to keep poultry for her use, and also a horse to be maintained and kept at her command to ride on, also 2 oxen and two cows that I bought with my money; all debts due me I give to my wife. She shall have a milch cow maintained for her use, with winter shelter and summer pasture during live and two parts of all my swine. Also she shall have her corn carried to the mill and the meal brought home again sufficient for use during life, and 10 bushels of Indian corn, 3 of Rye and half of my wheat and barley. To son James, all my housing and land in Dartmouth, excepting land near Pongansett Pond and reservations to wife as aforesaid. To daughter Ann Tripp and her husband Peleg, tract of land near Pongansett Pond, and to daughter Tripp and her husband Peleg Tripp's children, all those sheep he is keeping. To son John, all my house and land in Portsmouth. To son George, five pounds in money. To daughter Elizabeth Allen, wife of Caleb Allen, five pounds. To Indian servant Samuel, a two-year-old mare. To grandchild Mary Sisson, daughter of George, three cows and one bed, etc., on the day of her marriage, and one pewter flagon and brass kettle which were her Aunt Mary's." Martin, part 1 page 3, continues: "The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz: House & lands in Dartmouth L240 [ditto] Rhode Island L60 Cattle and horse kind L113/15s Swine L30 Sheep L14/10s Beds, etc. L50 New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13 One Negro servant L28 One Indian [ditto] L10 Money L12" V. References: Useful references for Richard and his descendants are: * Rhodes, ed. "Colonial Families of the United States," Vol. II (D&J #4) * Austin, John O. "160 Allied Families" (Salem, Mass.) pages 120, 208-12 (D&J #5) * Munsell et al. "American Ancestry," (1899) Vol. 12 (D&J #6) * Arnold, James N. "Rhode Island Vital Records" (D&J #7) * Welling, B. "They Were Here, Too" (Greenwich, Washington County, NY: New York Historical Society, 1963-71) (D&J #8) * Paige, Lucius R. "List of Freemen of Massachusetts, 1630-1691" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978) (D&J #9) * Austin, John O. "The Genealogical Dictionary of RI," (Albany, 1887), p. 181 (D&J #10) * Martin, John L. "Sisson Family" (New Bedford, Mass.: typescript, 1930s; indexed by David S. Martin, 1991) Vol I, pp 10-4, 7, 17 (D&J #11) * Rhode Island Historical Society. "The Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth." (Freeman and Sons, 1901) (D&J #392)
Richard married Mary about 1644 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Mary was born about 1615. She died 22 Sep 1692 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 3: "The wife of Richard Sisson was Mary . . . . . The date of her birth and marriage are not known, but she died in 1692. Her will dated April 15th, 1690 was proved in Dartmouth on December 1st, 1692, her son James being executor, and the witnesses were Joseph Tripp, George Cadman, and John Anthony." Text of will and following notes: From the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, vol. 62 (1908), p 182. “Abstracts from the first book of Bristol County [Massachusetts] Records” Mary Sison of Dartmouth widow, made her will "the fifteenth day of the second month Caled aprill" 1690, "being uery ill in body.” - To my loving son Georg Sison L35 in money and a Bible. [L=pound sign] - To my two grandchildren John and Mary Sison, children of my son John Sison L35 in money to be divided equally between them, to be paid to my son George Sison for the use of said two grandchildren. - All my brass, pewter, iron, linen and woolen, milk vessels and pails shall be divided into three equal parts. + One part I give to my daughter Elizabeth wife of Caleb Allin, also L5.. 10 [shillings] in money, one chest and a wheel. + Another part I give to my daughter Ann wife of Peleg Tripp, also L5..10 in money, a chest and a wheel. + The other part I give to my granddaughter Mary Sison daughter of my son George Sison, also L5 in money. - I hereby acknowledge that I have received of my son James Sison in full for all estate left me by my husband Richard Sison in his will, and acquit him of the same. Said son James to be sole executor. Witnessed by Joseph Tripp, George Cadman, and Jnº Anthony, of whom the first two made oath at Bristol Dec. 1, 1692 before John Saffin. Attest Stephen Burton Registr. Entered Sept: 1693 by John Cary Registr. The receipts for the bequests were signed and witnessed: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, vol. 62 (1908), p 233 “Abstracts from the first book of Bristol County [Massachusetts] Records” Georg Sison "of Road Island in the Collony of Road Island and prouidence plantations" has received of my brother James Sison of Dartmuth the money and goods given me by my mother Mary Sison by her will. Dated “the feuenteeth of ye 10th mth Cald December 1692", and witnessed by Valentine Hudelstun and Richard Allen. Entered Oct. 10, 1693 by John Cary Registr. George Sisson of Road Island gave receipt to my brother James Sisson of Dartmouth for L35 in money that my mother Mary Sisson gave by will my brother John Sisson's two children. Dated Dec. 17, 1692, and witnessed by Valentine Hudelstun and Richard Allen. Entered Oct. 10, 1693 by John Cary Registr. Elizabeth Allen wife of Caleb Allen of Sandwich, Barnstable Co., has received of my brother James Sisson of Dartmouth the money and goods given me by my mother Mary Sisson in her will.Dated Dec. 17, 1692, and witnessed by Vallentine Hudlestun and Deliverance Smith. Entered Oct.10, 1693 by John Cary Registr. Ann Tripp wife of Peleg Tripp "of the Colleny of Road Island and prouidence plantations" has received of my brother James Sisson of Dartmouth, the money and goods given me by my mother Mary Sisson in her will. Dated Dec. 17, 1692 and witnessed by Vallentine Hudlestun and Richard Allen. Mary Sisson daughter of George Sisson “of Road Island Colleny & providence plantations" has received of my uncle James Sisson of Dartmouth all the money and goods given me by my grandmother Mary Sisson her will. Dated Dec. 17, 1692 and witnessed by Valentine Hudlestun and Deliverance Smith. ******** The house Mary lived in probably already had been transferred to James. Mary's inventory was L190: "L120 in silver money, plus 29 cheeses, etc." Some sources called Richard's wife Mary Freeman, born in 1619. We have found no documentation of this. There is speculation about a Richard Sissons (note the final S) of Elmeshall who married a Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith, England, February 14, 1632. There is no way of knowing from this information whether this Richard and Mary (Atkinson) Sissons are related in any way to the Richard and Mary Sisson who were in New England. Research is on-going to find Richard and Mary's marriage record in England.
They had the following children:
+ 2 M i George SISSON was born about 1645 and died 7 Sep 1718.
+ 3 F ii Anne SISSON was born about 1647/1648 and died after 1718.
+ 4 F iii Elizabeth SISSON was born 8 Apr 1650 and died 1740.
+ 5 M iv James SISSON was born 2 Nov 1652 and died Dec 1734.
6 F v Mary SISSON was born about 1653/1654 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. She died 1674 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Mary is reported, probably unreliably, to have been born in 1652, but since that is the year her brother James was born, she may have been born in 1654. Mary and Isaac Lawton have been reported as the parents of Mary Lawton and even more doubtfully of Isabel Lawton. According to John Osborne Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" p 123, Isaac Lawton's first and third wives had no issue. If correct, Mary Sisson Lawton had no issue and Mary Lawton and Isabel Lawton are the daughters of Elizabeth Tallman Lawton, if they existed at all. Most sources say that Mary died in childbirth "of her first child."
Mary married Isaac LAWTON, son of Thomas LAWTON and Elizabeth SALISBURY, on 3 Mar 1674 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. Isaac was born 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died 25 Jan 1732 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
+ 7 M vi John SISSON was born about 1658 and died 24 Jun 1687. [62]
Note: Richard of New England: The majority of our matches are with this line. We have results that track back to two of Richard's sons, seven grandsons, and eleven great-grandsons. Our tests have provided long-awaited answers for two large subgroups. One man knew that his line went back to a Thomas of Washington Co., N.Y, born in 1775. Another knew that he was from the line of a Richard, born 1750 in Rensselaer Co., N.Y. The DNA tests have proven that both are exact matches for the line of Richard of New England, which means that their lines are not from separate immigrants.
Note: F iii Elizabeth SISSON was born 8 Apr 1650 and died 1740.
+ 5 M iv James SISSON was born 2 Nov 1652 and died Dec 1734.
6 F v
Mary SISSON was born about 1653/1654 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. She died 1674 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.
Mary is reported, probably unreliably, to have been born in 1652, but since that is the year her brother James was born, she may have been born in 1654. Mary and Isaac Lawton have been reported as the parents of Mary Lawton and even more doubtfully of Isabel Lawton. According to John Osborne Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" p 123, Isaac Lawton's first and third wives had no issue. If correct, Mary Sisson Lawton had no issue and Mary Lawton and Isabel Lawton are the daughters of Elizabeth Tallman Lawton, if they existed at all. Most sources say that Mary died in childbirth "of her first child."
Mary married Isaac LAWTON, son of Thomas LAWTON and Elizabeth SALISBURY, on 3 Mar 1674 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. Isaac was born 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died 25 Jan 1732 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
+ 7 M vi John SISSON was born about 1658 and died 24 Jun 1687.[63]

Marriage

Husband: Richard Sisson
Wife: Mary Freeman
Child: Anne Sission
Child: George Sisson
Child: Elizabeth Sisson
Child: James Sisson
Child: Mary Sisson
Child: John Sisson
Marriage:
Date: abt 1644
Place: Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island[64][65][66][67][68]

Sources

  • WikiTree profile Sisson-201 created through the import of 25a.GED on Jan 8, 2012 by Michael Lechner. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Michael and others.
  • Source: S141 Author: Herman Tripp Title: John Tripp The Founder Abbreviation: John Tripp The Founder Publication: http://home.frognet.net/~bobt/Herman/index.html Note: SOURCES CONT 1. Bob Tripp. GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2001. CONT 2. Gravestone Inscription. CONT 3. 1790 Census. CONT 4. 1810 Census. CONT 5. Hope Farms Press. 1708 Rt. 212, Saugerties, New York12477. CONT 6. 1820 Censuso. CONT 7. Margaret Buckridge Bock. Descendents of John Tripp of Portsmouth, R.I. The Geneaologist Vol. 4 No. 1 Spring 1983. p 91. CONT 8. National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C.. Index to Revolutionary War Pensions Applications in the National Archives, Bicentenial Edition. 1976. CONT 9. 1830 Census. CONT 10. Paul Peck. Landsmen of Jackson Co. Michigan, Land Takeup form the Government. CONT 11. Michigan Land Records 1807-1908. CONT 12. 1840 Census. CONT 13. 1860 Census. CONT 14. J. H. Beers and Co.. Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Lakes Region - containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. Chicago, Ill 1905. CONT 15. 1850 Census. CONT 16. GEDCOM file imported on 30 Dec 1998. CONT 17. History of Niagara County, New York. page 267. CONT 18. Ohio Land Grants - State of Ohio, Auditors Office. CONT 19. Original Property Deed. CONT 20. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. CONT 21. 1870 Census. CONT 22. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 1. CONT 23. Ibid. CONT 24. A History of Jackson County Michigan. 1881. CONT 25. 1880 Census. CONT 26. 1900 Census. CONT 27. Portrait and Biographical Album of Jacion County Michigan. CONT 28. Records of Deaths - Jackson County, Michigan. CONT 29. Death Records - Lenawee County, Michigan. CONT 30. Record of Wills - Lenawee County, Michigan. CONT 31. Records of Deaths -- Lenawee County, Michigan. CONT 32. Remmele Family Bible. CONT 33. History of Fulton County. Page 315. CONT 34. Ibid. Page 314. CONT 35. Death Certificate. CONT 36. History of Fulton County. CONT 37. Military History of Ohio "War of the Rebellion". CONT 38. Fulton County, Ohio Land Records. CONT 39. Military History of Ohio "War of the Rebellion". In the front of the book. CONT 40. Of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer - A Manual of Instruction and Prayers. 1869. CONT 41. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 1. CONT 42. Gary Bartlett. HISTORY & GENEALOGY OF A SURVIVING LINE CONT DESCENDED FROM GEORGE & MARY (CRUTTENDEN) BARTLETT CONT GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT- CONT 1639. CONT 43. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 1. CONT 44. Ibid. Page 1. CONT 45. Ibid. Pg. 76. CONT 46. Ibid. Pg. 76. CONT 47. Ibid. Pg. 76. CONT 48. History of Fulton County. Pg. 520. CONT 49. Ibid. Pg. 520. CONT 50. Ibid. Pg. 520. CONT 51. Ibid. Pg. 520. CONT 52. 1910 Census. CONT 53. 1920 Census. CONT 54. Portrait and Biographical Album of Jacion County Michigan. Pages 397-398. CONT 55. Record of Births - Lenawee County, Michigan. CONT 56. Gravestone Inscription. Sarah J. Tripp, wife of Byron 1852-1930. CONT 57. Record of Marriages -- Lenawee County, Michigan. CONT 58. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 26. CONT 59. Ibid. Page 26. CONT 60. Disclosure By that Individual. CONT 61. Catholic Chronicle. CONT 62. Part of the Tripp Family Collection. CONT 63. History of Fulton County. Pg. 520. CONT 64. Ibid. Pg. 521. CONT 65. Ibid. Pg. 521. CONT 66. Ibid. Pg. 521. CONT 67. Fulton County Ohio Marriages. Vol. 3, Page 59. CONT 68. The Meteor - Metamora High School Yearbook. CONT 69. Record of Births -- Fulton County, Ohio. CONT 70. History of Fulton County. Located on P. 64-65. CONT 71. Baptism Certificate. CONT 72. History of Fulton County. Page 65. CONT 73. Military Records. CONT 74. History of Fulton County. Page 65. CONT 75. Ibid. Page 65. CONT 76. Ibid. Page 64. CONT 77. Records of Death - Fulton County. CONT 78. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 26 Trpp, Norman P. 1878 -1947. CONT 79. Record of Wills -- Fulton County, Ohio. CONT 80. History of Fulton County. Page 65. CONT 81. The Daily Globe, Newspaper in Shelby, Ohio. CONT 82. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 26. CONT 83. Estate Settlement for Catherine A. Tripp, Deceased. Part of the Tripp Family collection. CONT 84. Fulton County Ohio Marriages. CONT 85. Marriage License. CONT 86. Social Security Death Master File. CONT 87. Disclosure by Family Member. CONT 88. The Toledo Blade -- newspaper. CONT 89. A Story of the Ancestry Of Marynette Tripp. CONT 90. The History Channel - located on the internet at: http://www.historychannel.com/thisday/. CONT 91. Alton C. Tripp. Lineage of Decendents of Norman N. Tripp. 1971. CONT 92. Comunion Certificate. CONT 93. Currently in the posession of Robert H. Tripp. CONT 94. Family photo album. CONT 95. Newspaper Article. CONT 96. Will Signed. CONT 97. Church Bulletin. CONT 98. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 17 -- Tripp, John F. 1911 - ne. CONT 99. Metamora Record - newspaper. CONT 100. Mildred Tripp. Wedding Memory Book. 1932. CONT 101. Fulton County Chaptr of OGS. Tombstone Inscriptions - Fulton County Ohio Vol. 2. 1986. Page 26 Tripp, Baby John - 1960. CONT 102. Memorial Bequest. CONT 103. Funeral Card. CONT Old website: CONT http://www.users.ohiohills.com/~bobt/Herman/Herman/d33.htm Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: Ann SISSON (daughter of Richard SISSON and Mary FREEMAN)
  • Source: S190 Title: www.rootsweb.com Abbreviation: www.rootsweb.com Italicized: Y Data: Text: HENRY AUGUSTUS SISSON -- Richard Sisson, founder of this family in America, was born in England, in 1608, and on coming to this country settled at Portsmouth, R. I., and was there made a freeman. Later he lived for a time in Dartmouth, Mass., residing there in 1667 and serving on a grand jury. In 1671 he is of record as a surveyor of highways, and in 1684 his will was probated, the exact date of his death being unknown. By his wife Mary he had sons: George, James, John, and from them spring all of the Sissons of Rhode Island claiming early Colonial ancestry. Henry A. Sisson, a retired farmer of Washington, R. I., is a son of John and Amy (Allen) Sisson, and a descendant of Richard Sisson, the American founder of the family. Note: Biography of HENRY AUGUSTUS SISSON
  • Source: S32 Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints Title: Family Search Ancestral File v4.19 Abbreviation: Family Search Publication: http://www.familysearch.org Note: Ancestral File is a collection of genealogical information taken from Pedigree Charts and Family Group Records submitted to the Family History Department since 1978. The information has not been verified against any official records. Since the information in Ancestral File is contributed, it is the responsibility of those who use the file to verify its accuracy. Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S34 Title: Torrey Collection, New England Marriages Before 1700 Abbreviation: Torrey Collection, New England Marriages Before 1700 Italicized: Y
  • Source: S371 Author: Rich Douglass Abbreviation: Rich Douglass
  • Source: S373 Author: Sam Behling Title: Sisson Abbreviation: Sisson Publication: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~sam/sissoni.html Note: My Direct Line CONT CONT Richard SISSON (ca 1608 - ca Feb 1684/1685) & Mary FREEMAN (?) ( - bef 1 Dec 1692) CONT John SISSON (ca 1658 - 24 Jun 1687) & Mary ? (ca 1662 - 1687) CONT Mary SISSON ( - ca 1730) & Benjamin NICHOLS (28 Jan 1676/1677 - 1736) CONT Joseph NICHOLS (8 Jun 1707 - bef 22 Feb 1790) & Mary SPINK (11 Apr 1710 - bef Dec 1752) CONT Mary NICHOLS (8 Dec 1731 - 28 Dec 1822) & Rev. William WAIT (9 Jan 1730/1731 - 30 Mar 1826) CONT Nichols WAIT (16 Apr 1763 - 14 Jun 1834) & Olive PHELPS (23 Mar 1771 - 27 Jul 1837) CONT Russel WAIT (27 Dec 1787 - 10 May 1854) & Mercy BOOTH (26 Jan 1789 - 9 Jan 1835) CONT Julius Porter WAITE (20 Nov 1830 - 22 Dec 1910) & Lucretia Melvina MOSHER (8 Jul 1835 - 30 May 1909) CONT Edith Lusetta WAITE (10 Jul 1875 - 26 May 1967) & William (Will) Edgar DELANEY (17 Jun 1864 - 10 Oct 1956) CONT Laura May DELANEY (5 May 1895 - 28 Jan 1984) & George Alvin BEHLING (13 Oct 1893 - 26 Nov 1948) CONT James (Jim) Barton BEHLING (Living) & Dorothy Chloe WILLIAMS (3 Apr 1915 - 22 Dec 1990) CONT Susanne (Sam) Lucretia BEHLING (Living) Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: 1. RICHARD SISSON. Born ca 1608 in England. Richard died in prob. MA, ca Feb 1684/1685; he was 76. Richard married Mary FREEMAN (?). Mary died bef 1 Dec 1692. They had the following children: CONT 2 i. George (1644-1718) CONT 3 ii. Anne (1647-1714) CONT 4 iii. Elizabeth (1650-1740) CONT 5 iv. James (ca1656-<1734) CONT v. Mary. Born ca 1657 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA. Mary died in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA, in 1674; she was 17. On 3 Mar 1673/1674 when Mary was 16, she married Isaac LAWTON, son of Thomas LAWTON & Elizabeth SALISBURY, in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. Born on 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. Isaac died in Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI, on 25 Jan 1731/1732; he was 80. CONT CONT 6 vi. JOHN (ca1658-1687)
  • Source: S374 Author: Carol Regehr Title: Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson of Rhode Island Abbreviation: Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson of Rhode Island Publication: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson/richard/index.htm#TOC Note: cregehr@phys.ksu.edu CONT References: CONT Useful references for Richard and his descendants are: CONT * Rhodes, ed. "Colonial Families of the United States," Vol. II (D&J #4) CONT * Austin, John O. "160 Allied Families" (Salem, Mass.) pages 120, 208-12 (D&J #5) CONT * Munsell et al. "American Ancestry," (1899) Vol. 12 (D&J #6) CONT * Arnold, James N. "Rhode Island Vital Records" (D&J #7) CONT * Welling, B. "They Were Here, Too" (Greenwich, Washington County, NY: New York Historical Society, 1963-71) (D&J #8) CONT * Paige, Lucius R. "List of Freemen of Massachusetts, 1630-1691" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978) (D&J #9) CONT * Austin, John O. "The Genealogical Dictionary of RI," (Albany, 1887), p. 181 (D&J #10) CONT * Martin, John L. "Sisson Family" (New Bedford, Mass.: typescript, 1930s; indexed by David S. Martin, 1991) Vol I, pp 10-4, 7, 17 (D&J #11) CONT * Rhode Island Historical Society. "The Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth." (Freeman and Sons, 1901) (D&J #392) Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S445 Author: Margaret Buckridge Bock/Bucky Title: Descendants of John TRIPP Abbreviation: Descendants of John TRIPP Publication: Tripp Family Association,Tripp Genealogical Web: http://home.frognet.net/~bobt/Tripp.htm http://home.frognet.net/~bobt/B Note: Searched for years to find her Tripp ancestors that might connect to John and his wife Mary (Paine) but was never able to find them beyond William Tripp of Saybrook, Connecticut. He was born by 1746 and his first child was born in 1768. He died in the Essex quarter of Saybrook 30 August 1819. He died intestate, but the distribution of his estate is recorded naming his children. He is said to have married (1) Ruth Stannard about 1767 and he married (2) Margaret Starkey, died June 1813. He had one daughter by his first wife and ten children by his second wife. She extensively documented her findings and to this day this is the greatest asset of her work. Margaret was published in "The Genealogist" in the Spring of 1983 providing a wealth of information entitled "Descendants of John Tripp of Portsmouth, R.I. CONT We hope that through her efforts she is able to unlock the mysteries that some of you might be troubled with and through your efforts and determination YOU might be able to uncover the ancestors of her William Tripp. Last updated September 8, 2002. Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S446 Author: Carol Sisson Regehr Title: The Sisson Genealogy Site Abbreviation: The Sisson Genealogy Site Publication: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson/ Note: Carol Sisson Regehr CONT My Sisson lines: CONT 1.Richard & Mary 2.George 3.Thomas 4.Giles 5.John 6.Benjamin 7.JohnCr. 8.WmBenj. 9.BenjFr. 10.Edgar 11.WillieFr. 12.myself Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: Descendants of Richard (1608-1684) and Mary (d. 1692) SISSON of Rhode Island CONT First Generation CONT CONT 1. Richard SISSON was born about 1608 in England. He died before 26 Feb 1683/1684 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island. CONT CONT I. Speculation about Richard's English origins: CONT A. Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. CONT CONT B. In a note to me, June 19, 1999, David and Joan Sisson say they "have heard that Richard came to America on the ship 'Anne,' and they also wonder about the George Sisson supposedly here earlier than Richard. "Could he be Richard's father, especially reasonable since Richard's (first?) son was named George? We haven't found a reference for either idea, however." CONT CONT C. In a phone call July 30, 2000, David Sisson of Livermore, California, told me, David Arne Sisson of Rochester, that Paula Wisher Mason wrote to tell him, David of Livermore, that she had found a record in the microfilmed "Torrey Collection" of early New England marriages at her local library in Peoria, Illinois, which has also been published as "New England Marriages Before 1700." Paula quoted this entry from the Torrey Collection in her letter to David of Livermore CONT -- "SISSON, Richard (1608-1684) & Mary ? (-1692); b 1644; Portsmouth, RI/Dartmouth." Many researches want to see the actual record, but David said that this record tentatively seems to "settle several things" including these issues -- CONT CONT 1) We no longer need to wonder about the marriage of "a Richard Sissons of Elmeshall [who] married Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith [Yorkshire] February 14, 1632." CONT CONT 2) Richard and Mary were in Rhode Island by 1644 and perhaps earlier. (Students of English history will want to review the events of the early 1640s, when the English Civil Wars were brewing.) CONT CONT 3) Richard and Mary's *first* child was George [or at least their first child in New England was George - DAS]. CONT CONT These suppositions suggest that Richard's father's name might well have been George since first sons were traditionally named for their paternal grandfathers, and that Mary's father's name might well have been James since second sons were traditionally named for their maternal grandfathers. CONT CONT D. On the introductory page x of their "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson," (published in 1999), David and Joan Sisson say that "records of a Richard Sisson in the town of Greystoke, Cumbria, England, were found in the early 17th century, among other Sissons in the Penrith area." There are many other records of late 16th or early 17th century Sisson families in England, one of which may turn out to be connected to "our" Richard Sisson. CONT CONT E. The 2000 Sisson Gathering in Florence, Kentucky, has named two genealogical researchers to try to determine the origins of Richard and Mary in England. Contributions toward that search may be sent to Dr. David S. Martin, 10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. (Thank you very much!) Reports on the progress of that research will be made to all subscribers of the Sisson List and to the Sisson Newsletter. CONT CONT F. A little review of English history might be in order: In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. If indeed Richard and Mary were Quakers (a rather shaky theory since The Society of Friends was not formally organized until the 1650s), they might very well have wanted to flee England. Indeed, after the capture, trial, and execution of Charles in 1649, the persecution of Quakers increased under the new Commonwealth of England. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers. CONT CONT II. Immigration: CONT A. It has been reported that Richard came to Portsmouth, RI, in 1639, but it has never been confirmed, nor has evidence been found yet for the birth places of the first three children: George, Anne, and Elizabeth. A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. As shown above Richard and Mary may have brought three children with them when they immigrated but only one of them was a son (George). We doubt that other children would have immigrated with the family without being recorded. CONT CONT B. From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England." CONT CONT III. Records in New England: CONT A. When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected." CONT CONT At a "Meeting of the Inhabitants of portsm:o [i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island] November 30th, 1657" it was ordered that the following ten men should be given planting land on Hog Island (in Mount Hope Bay between Portsmouth and Bristol) for seven years: "Edward ffisher, Richard Sison [sic], John Tripp [Richard and Mary's daughter's father-in-law], John Anthony, ffrancis Brayton, Thomas Ginings, Ralph Earll junr:, John Archar [sic], Samuell [sic] Wilson, & John Baslie." [13] CONT CONT Quoting Footnote 13 - CONT Brigham, "Early Records of Portsmouth [note 9], 80. The reference to the Hog Island planting land is found on p. 85 of the original Portsmouth Records, Book I, in the Rhode Island State Archives. CONT CONT These quotations are from the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Volume 157, April 2003, page 103. CONT CONT CONT Further records show that in August 1653, Richard served as a juror. On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island. In 1660 he sold both and an additional 1/300th to Peleg Sanford. John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office. Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787. At a town meeting on June 5th, 1671, Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways, and no further records of him are found, till his death in 1684." CONT CONT Martin continues (part 1, page 2): "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth." CONT CONT "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684. The executor was his son James." In politics he was reported as Huguenot [which is a term used of French Protestants, not a political term - DAS]. He was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). We have never found any indication of a formal occupation. Some have called Richard a surveyor, but he held that title as an appointee of the town of Dartmouth, and it is unlikely that he did much actual surveying as a profession. CONT CONT The inventory was dated Nov. 15, 1683 (see http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz/Plymouth/willsindex00.html). CONT CONT B. Houses CONT A house was built by Richard and Mary's son George, or possibly by George's son Richard who inherited the land in Portsmouth. The house perhaps included or superseded remains of Richard and Mary's house. It can be seen at 1236 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It was purchased (about 1998) by Roland A. Morgan, a trained archaeologist, who planned in 1998 to open an antique shop there. Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s. In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there. Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there. CONT CONT John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 4: "From an address by Henry B. Worth at Westport "Old Home Week" 8/24/1908: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads." CONT CONT IV. Richard's will CONT From Part 1 page 2 of John L. Martin's "Sisson Family": "To wife Mary, my dwelling house and movables during her life, and twelve pounds sterling yearly rent; with firewood, orchard fruit, land for garden, liberty to keep poultry for her use, and also a horse to be maintained and kept at her command to ride on, also 2 oxen and two cows that I bought with my money; all debts due me I give to my wife. She shall have a milch cow maintained for her use, with winter shelter and summer pasture during live and two parts of all my swine. Also she shall have her corn carried to the mill and the meal brought home again sufficient for use during life, and 10 bushels of Indian corn, 3 of Rye and half of my wheat and barley. To son James, all my housing and land in Dartmouth, excepting land near Pongansett Pond and reservations to wife as aforesaid. To daughter Ann Tripp and her husband Peleg, tract of land near Pongansett Pond, and to daughter Tripp and her husband Peleg Tripp's children, all those sheep he is keeping. To son John, all my house and land in Portsmouth. To son George, five pounds in money. To daughter Elizabeth Allen, wife of Caleb Allen, five pounds. To Indian servant Samuel, a two-year-old mare. To grandchild Mary Sisson, daughter of George, three cows and one bed, etc., on the day of her marriage, and one pewter flagon and brass kettle which were her Aunt Mary's." CONT CONT Martin, part 1 page 3, continues: CONT "The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz: CONT House & lands in Dartmouth L240 CONT [ditto] Rhode Island L60 CONT Cattle and horse kind L113/15s CONT Swine L30 CONT Sheep L14/10s CONT Beds, etc. L50 CONT New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13 CONT One Negro servant L28 CONT One Indian [ditto] L10 CONT Money L12" CONT CONT Richard married Mary about 1644 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Mary was born about 1615. She died 22 Sep 1692 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Note: V. References: CONT Useful references for Richard and his descendants are: CONT * Rhodes, ed. "Colonial Families of the United States," Vol. II (D&J #4) CONT * Austin, John O. "160 Allied Families" (Salem, Mass.) pages 120, 208-12 (D&J #5) CONT * Munsell et al. "American Ancestry," (1899) Vol. 12 (D&J #6) CONT * Arnold, James N. "Rhode Island Vital Records" (D&J #7) CONT * Welling, B. "They Were Here, Too" (Greenwich, Washington County, NY: New York Historical Society, 1963-71) (D&J #8) CONT * Paige, Lucius R. "List of Freemen of Massachusetts, 1630-1691" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978) (D&J #9) CONT * Austin, John O. "The Genealogical Dictionary of RI," (Albany, 1887), p. 181 (D&J #10) CONT * Martin, John L. "Sisson Family" (New Bedford, Mass.: typescript, 1930s; indexed by David S. Martin, 1991) Vol I, pp 10-4, 7, 17 (D&J #11) CONT * Rhode Island Historical Society. "The Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth." (Freeman and Sons, 1901) (D&J #392)
  • Source: S451 Author: Charlotte Dolan Title: Descendants of John Tripp & Isabel Moyses Abbreviation: Descendants of John Tripp & Isabel Moyses Publication: http://www.jenforum.com/tripp/messages/1781.html Note: Posted by: Charlotte Dolan (ID *****1204) Date: May 22, 2004 at 18:29:01 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: Anne Sisson, b. 1642 or 1647, Dartmouth, d/o Richard CONT Sisson & Mary (?Freeman or ?Atkinson);
  • Source: S515 Author: Phillip Clark Title: My Ancestor's Abbreviation: My Ancestor's Publication: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=200&id=I14446 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: ID: I7419 CONT Name: Richard SISSON CONT Surname: Sisson CONT Given Name: Richard CONT Sex: M CONT Birth: 1608 in England 1 CONT Death: 26 Feb 1682/1683 1 CONT _UID: 89CD2FF13CC54846BCB98DA2ADCAF9C9E223 1 CONT Change Date: 15 Jun 2005 at 20:49:54 CONT CONT Marriage 1 Mary FREEMAN b: 1619 in England CONT Children CONT Anne SISSON b: 12 Dec 1642 in Dartmouth, Newport, Rhode Island CONT George SISSON b: 1644 CONT Elizabeth SISSON b: 1646 CONT CONT Sources: CONT Repository: CONT CONT Title: rons.FTW CONT Note: CONT Source Media Type: Other CONT Text: Date of Import: Jul 30, 2004
  • Source: S516 Author: Bob Carroll Title: Rogers-Cushing-Stiles-Carroll Abbreviation: Rogers-Cushing-Stiles-Carroll Publication: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rcarroll&id=I8124 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y Data: Text: ID: I4554 CONT Name: Richard SISSON CONT Sex: M CONT Birth: ABT 1608 in Engl 1 CONT Death: 1684 in Portsmouth Newport RI 1 2 CONT Religion: Quaker CONT Note: CONT CONT see http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson CONT Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. CONT Ancestor of President Harding CONT Change Date: 1 NOV 2003 CONT CONT Marriage 1 Mary CONT Married: by 1644 in Portsmouth RI prob 1 CONT Children CONT Anne SISSON b: 1647/8 in Dartmouth Bristol MA CONT James SISSON b: 2 NOV 1652 in Portsmouth Newport RI CONT Elizabeth SISSON b: 8 APR 1650 Note: Sources: CONT Text: Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Gen Publ Baltimore, MD. 1985 plus Supplements 1 and 2. & S&R CDROM. CONT Text: {Old Dartmouth Hist. Soc. 560; Austin's Dict. 181; Davol-Willets 157; Allen (#1) 32, 77; Crapo 285, 883; Reg. 62:182, 233, 85:230, 343; McIntire Anc. 57, 75} CONT Text: Crapo, Henry Howland, Certain Comeoverers, New Bedford, Mass.: E. Anthony & Sons, 1912, 1065 pgs Heritage Quest on-line. CONT Text: 1-282 John Tripp
  1. Source: #S371 Data: Text: RICHARD SISSON-4127 was born 1608 in DARTMOUTH, BRISTOL CO, MASS. CONT Information confirmed by family history file from Mary V. Thune
  2. Source: #S373 Data: Text: Born ca 1608 in England
  3. Source: #S374 Data: Text: born about 1608 in England
  4. Source: #S190 Data: Text: born in England, in 1608
  5. Source: #S446 Data: Text: born about 1608 in England
  6. Source: #S515 Data: Text: Birth: 1608 in England 1
  7. Source: #S516 Data: Text: Birth: ABT 1608 in Engl 1
  8. Source: #S373 Data: Text: died in prob. MA, ca Feb 1684/1685; he was 76
  9. Source: #S374 Data: Text: died before 26 Feb 1683/1684 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island
  10. Source: #S446 Data: Text: died before 26 Feb 1683/1684 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island
  11. Source: #S515 Data: Text: Death: 26 Feb 1682/1683 1
  12. Source: #S516 Data: Text: Death: 1684 in Portsmouth Newport RI 1 2
  13. Source: #S374 Data: Text: In a note to me, June 19, 1999, David and Joan Sisson say they "have heard that Richard came to America on the ship 'Anne,' and they also wonder about the George Sisson supposedly here earlier than Richard. "Could he be Richard's father, especially reasonable since Richard's (first?) son was named George? We haven't found a reference for either idea, however." CONT From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England."
  14. Source: #S446 Data: Text: In a note to me, June 19, 1999, David and Joan Sisson say they "have heard that Richard came to America on the ship 'Anne,' and they also wonder about the George Sisson supposedly here earlier than Richard. "Could he be Richard's father, especially reasonable since Richard's (first?) son was named George? We haven't found a reference for either idea, however." CONT CONT In a phone call July 30, 2000, David Sisson of Livermore, California, told me, David Arne Sisson of Rochester, that Paula Wisher Mason wrote to tell him, David of Livermore, that she had found a record in the microfilmed "Torrey Collection" of early New England marriages at her local library in Peoria, Illinois, which has also been published as "New England Marriages Before 1700." Paula quoted this entry from the Torrey Collection in her letter to David of Livermore CONT -- "SISSON, Richard (1608-1684) & Mary ? (-1692); b 1644; Portsmouth, RI/Dartmouth." Many researches want to see the actual record, but David said that this record tentatively seems to "settle several things" including these issues -- CONT CONT 1) We no longer need to wonder about the marriage of "a Richard Sissons of Elmeshall [who] married Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith [Yorkshire] February 14, 1632." CONT CONT 2) Richard and Mary were in Rhode Island by 1644 and perhaps earlier. (Students of English history will want to review the events of the early 1640s, when the English Civil Wars were brewing.) CONT CONT 3) Richard and Mary's *first* child was George [or at least their first child in New England was George - DAS]. CONT CONT These suppositions suggest that Richard's father's name might well have been George since first sons were traditionally named for their paternal grandfathers, and that Mary's father's name might well have been James since second sons were traditionally named for their maternal grandfathers. CONT CONT Immigration: CONT A. It has been reported that Richard came to Portsmouth, RI, in 1639, but it has never been confirmed, nor has evidence been found yet for the birth places of the first three children: George, Anne, and Elizabeth. A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. As shown above Richard and Mary may have brought three children with them when they immigrated but only one of them was a son (George). We doubt that other children would have immigrated with the family without being recorded. CONT CONT From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England."
  15. Source: #S446 Data: Text: A little review of English history might be in order: In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. If indeed Richard and Mary were Quakers (a rather shaky theory since The Society of Friends was not formally organized until the 1650s), they might very well have wanted to flee England. Indeed, after the capture, trial, and execution of Charles in 1649, the persecution of Quakers increased under the new Commonwealth of England. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers.
  16. Source: #S374 Data: Text: A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653.
  17. Source: #S190 Data: Text: lived for a time in Dartmouth, Mass., residing there in 1667 and serving on a grand jury. Note: Biography of HENRY AUGUSTUS SISSON
  18. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Immigration: CONT A. It has been reported that Richard came to Portsmouth, RI, in 1639, but it has never been confirmed, nor has evidence been found yet for the birth places of the first three children: George, Anne, and Elizabeth. A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. As shown above Richard and Mary may have brought three children with them when they immigrated but only one of them was a son (George). We doubt that other children would have immigrated with the family without being recorded.
  19. Source: #S374 Data: Text: A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. CONT From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England." CONT Records in New England: CONT A. When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
  20. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Immigration: CONT A. It has been reported that Richard came to Portsmouth, RI, in 1639, but it has never been confirmed, nor has evidence been found yet for the birth places of the first three children: George, Anne, and Elizabeth. A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. As shown above Richard and Mary may have brought three children with them when they immigrated but only one of them was a son (George). We doubt that other children would have immigrated with the family without being recorded. CONT CONT When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
  21. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Further records show that in August 1653, Richard served as a juror.
  22. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Further records show that in August 1653, Richard served as a juror.
  23. Source: #S374 Data: Text: From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England."
  24. Source: #S374 Data: Text: At a "Meeting of the Inhabitants of portsm:o [i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island] November 30th, 1657" it was ordered that the following ten men should be given planting land on Hog Island (in Mount Hope Bay between Portsmouth and Bristol) for seven years: "Edward ffisher, Richard Sison [sic], John Tripp [Richard and Mary's daughter's father-in-law], John Anthony, ffrancis Brayton, Thomas Ginings, Ralph Earll junr:, John Archar [sic], Samuell [sic] Wilson, & John Baslie." [13] CONT CONT Quoting Footnote 13 - CONT Brigham, "Early Records of Portsmouth [note 9], 80. The reference to the Hog Island planting land is found on p. 85 of the original Portsmouth Records, Book I, in the Rhode Island State Archives. CONT These quotations are from the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Volume 157, April 2003, page 103.
  25. Source: #S446 Data: Text: At a "Meeting of the Inhabitants of portsm:o [i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island] November 30th, 1657" it was ordered that the following ten men should be given planting land on Hog Island (in Mount Hope Bay between Portsmouth and Bristol) for seven years: "Edward ffisher, Richard Sison [sic], John Tripp [Richard and Mary's daughter's father-in-law], John Anthony, ffrancis Brayton, Thomas Ginings, Ralph Earll junr:, John Archar [sic], Samuell [sic] Wilson, & John Baslie." [13] CONT CONT Brigham, "Early Records of Portsmouth [note 9], 80. The reference to the Hog Island planting land is found on p. 85 of the original Portsmouth Records, Book I, in the Rhode Island State Archives.
  26. Source: #S374 Data: Text: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island.
  27. Source: #S190 Page: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/article145.html Data: Text: Thomas Manchester, was born in England, where he spent the earlier years of his life. He took passage for this country late in 1638, and became a resident of New Haven, Conn., in 1639, one year after the planting of that colony. Shortly afterward, however, he removed to Portsmouth, R. I., and there spent the remainder of his life. He is mentioned in the land records of that town, January 25, 1655, when he and his wife sold to one Thomas Wood twelve acres of land, but there is evidence that he had lived in Portsmouth or the vicinity for some years previous to the latter date. A grant of eight acres of land was made to Thomas Manchester at Portsmouth, December 10, 1657, and during the same year he sold to Richard Sisson one three-hundredth rights in Canonicut and Dutch Islands. Note: History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical CONT JACOB MANCHESTER
  28. Source: #S446 Data: Text: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island.
  29. Source: #S374 Data: Text: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island. In 1660 he sold both and an additional 1/300th to Peleg Sanford.
  30. Source: #S446 Data: Text: On July 6, 1658, he bought 1/300th of Quonaquett Island and 1/300th of Dutch Island. In 1660 he sold both and an additional 1/300th to Peleg Sanford.
  31. Source: #S374 Data: Text: John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office.
  32. Source: #S190 Data: Text: lived for a time in Dartmouth, Mass., residing there in 1667 and serving on a grand jury.
  33. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Martin continues (part 1, page 2): "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth."
  34. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Martin continues (part 1, page 2): "On May 27th, 1668, Richard Sisson being 60 or thereabouts, gave the following testimony: 'John Archer, being at my house did speak as followeth, and said the deed of gift made by Namumpan to John Sanford and himself was a cheat, and the intent thereof was to deceive Namumpan, squaw Sachem of her land: and they were to have both corn and peague to secure her land from Wamsutta or Peter Tallman, and was to resign up the deed at her demand.' 'And I, Mary Sisson, do testify that I heard the same words at the same time, and further, when my husband was gone out of the house, I heard them both say they were troubled in conscience they had concealed it so long, and did refuse to take part of the gratification.' The above was attested upon oath before John Cooke. On June 3rd, 1668 Richard Sisson was sworn to this testimony before John Alden. The event occurred probably in Portsmouth, before he moved from that place to Dartmouth. John Archer and John Sanford were both residents of Portsmouth."
  35. Source: #S446 Data: Text: In politics he was reported as Huguenot [which is a term used of French Protestants, not a political term - DAS].
  36. Source: #S374 Data: Text: The inventory was dated Nov. 15, 1683 (see http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz/Plymouth/willsindex00.html).
  37. Source: #S446 Data: Text: The inventory was dated Nov. 15, 1683 (see http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz/Plymouth/willsindex00.html). CONT CONT Martin, part 1 page 3, continues: CONT "The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz: CONT House & lands in Dartmouth L240 CONT [ditto] Rhode Island L60 CONT Cattle and horse kind L113/15s CONT Swine L30 CONT Sheep L14/10s CONT Beds, etc. L50 CONT New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13 CONT One Negro servant L28 CONT One Indian [ditto] L10 CONT Money L12"
  38. Source: #S374 Data: Text: "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684.
  39. Source: #S374 Data: Text: A man needed to be a resident in good standing for two years before he could be declared a freeman. Apparently Richard and his family did come to Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) in 1651, since Richard was mentioned in Dartmouth town records in 1651 and became a freeman there on May 17, 1653. CONT From page 2 of "Descendants of Richard and Mary Sisson" (1999) by David and Joan Sisson: "There are two schools of thought on the immigration of Richard to New England. The first is that he immigrated to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1639 and later to Rhode Island. The second is that he immigrated directly to Rhode Island before 1653. In either case Richard was received as inhabitant of Portsmouth June 16, 1651, admitted as a freeman in Dartmouth May 17, 1653 ("age 45") and admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. Whether he arrived in Portsmouth from Massachusetts or England is not stated in the record. If Richard immigrated in 1639, then probably his marriage and the birth of all his children occurred in New England. To the best of our knowledge, no records exist indicating Richard's presence in New England prior to 1651. This seems unusual in view of the many records that exist after 1653. If on the other hand, the family immigrated in 1651, his marriage and the birth of his first three children would have occurred in England." CONT Records in New England: CONT A. When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
  40. Source: #S190 Data: Text: on coming to this country settled at Portsmouth, R. I., and was there made a freeman
  41. Source: #S446 Data: Text: When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
  42. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s. In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there. Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there.
  43. Source: #S446 Data: Text: A house was built by Richard and Mary's son George, or possibly by George's son Richard who inherited the land in Portsmouth. The house perhaps included or superseded remains of Richard and Mary's house. It can be seen at 1236 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It was purchased (about 1998) by Roland A. Morgan, a trained archaeologist, who planned in 1998 to open an antique shop there. Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s.
  44. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s. In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there. Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there.
  45. Source: #S446 Data: Text: In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there.
  46. Source: #S374 Data: Text: John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office.
  47. Source: #S446 Data: Text: John L. Martin says "About 1667 he moved to Dartmouth, Mass., as in that year [June 5, 1667] he was chosen on the Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although he held no office.
  48. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787. CONT John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 4: "From an address by Henry B. Worth at Westport "Old Home Week" 8/24/1908: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads."
  49. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Richard Sisson had a large farm on the west bank of the Coakset River [Dartmouth] at the 'Head.' His house was probably near what is now the corner of the road leading southerly from the Head of Westport to South Westport, and the 'Rhode Island Way' leading westerly between Sandy Pond and Stafford Pond to the Sakonnet River. The location was known as 'Sisson's,' and James Sisson, his son, kept a tavern in the old homestead, which was so used for nearly two centuries. . . . This part of Dartmouth became a part of the town of Westport in 1787. CONT CONT John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 4: "From an address by Henry B. Worth at Westport "Old Home Week" 8/24/1908: Before the King Philip War [1685-6] it would have been venturesome to think of settling eight miles from the seashore, and so far as is known only one made the attempt. If the information furnished by the records is complete, the first man to locate at the head of the Noquochoke River was Richard Sisson, and he was bold and hardy enough to locate his home as early as 1671 on the west side of the river and on the south side of the highway, for in that year he was elected surveyor of the Town Roads."
  50. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Richard and Mary's house was perhaps built in the 1650s. In the 1660s they lived with or near their second son, James, in Westport, now in Bristol County, Massachusetts, then in Plymouth Colony. He owned a large piece of land there. Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there.
  51. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Richard and Mary returned to Portsmouth, probably before King Philip's War in the mid-1680's, and Richard died there, hough later Mary returned to Dartmouth and died there.
  52. Source: #S374 Data: Text: "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684. The executor was his son James." CONT Richard's will CONT From Part 1 page 2 of John L. Martin's "Sisson Family": "To wife Mary, my dwelling house and movables during her life, and twelve pounds sterling yearly rent; with firewood, orchard fruit, land for garden, liberty to keep poultry for her use, and also a horse to be maintained and kept at her command to ride on, also 2 oxen and two cows that I bought with my money; all debts due me I give to my wife. She shall have a milch cow maintained for her use, with winter shelter and summer pasture during live and two parts of all my swine. Also she shall have her corn carried to the mill and the meal brought home again sufficient for use during life, and 10 bushels of Indian corn, 3 of Rye and half of my wheat and barley. To son James, all my housing and land in Dartmouth, excepting land near Pongansett Pond and reservations to wife as aforesaid. To daughter Ann Tripp and her husband Peleg, tract of land near Pongansett Pond, and to daughter Tripp and her husband Peleg Tripp's children, all those sheep he is keeping. To son John, all my house and land in Portsmouth. To son George, five pounds in money. To daughter Elizabeth Allen, wife of Caleb Allen, five pounds. To Indian servant Samuel, a two-year-old mare. To grandchild Mary Sisson, daughter of George, three cows and one bed, etc., on the day of her marriage, and one pewter flagon and brass kettle which were her Aunt Mary's." CONT Martin, part 1 page 3, continues: CONT "The inventory of the estate was L600/19s . viz: CONT House & lands in Dartmouth L240 CONT [ditto] Rhode Island L60 CONT Cattle and horse kind L113/15s CONT Swine L30 CONT Sheep L14/10s CONT Beds, etc. L50 CONT New cloth, wool yarn, hemp & flax L13 CONT One Negro servant L28 CONT One Indian [ditto] L10 CONT Money L12"
  53. Source: #S446 Data: Text: "The will of Richard Sisson was dated October 18th, 1683, and was proved in Dartmouth February 26th 1684. The executor was his son James." CONT CONT IV. Richard's will CONT From Part 1 page 2 of John L. Martin's "Sisson Family": "To wife Mary, my dwelling house and movables during her life, and twelve pounds sterling yearly rent; with firewood, orchard fruit, land for garden, liberty to keep poultry for her use, and also a horse to be maintained and kept at her command to ride on, also 2 oxen and two cows that I bought with my money; all debts due me I give to my wife. She shall have a milch cow maintained for her use, with winter shelter and summer pasture during live and two parts of all my swine. Also she shall have her corn carried to the mill and the meal brought home again sufficient for use during life, and 10 bushels of Indian corn, 3 of Rye and half of my wheat and barley. To son James, all my housing and land in Dartmouth, excepting land near Pongansett Pond and reservations to wife as aforesaid. To daughter Ann Tripp and her husband Peleg, tract of land near Pongansett Pond, and to daughter Tripp and her husband Peleg Tripp's children, all those sheep he is keeping. To son John, all my house and land in Portsmouth. To son George, five pounds in money. To daughter Elizabeth Allen, wife of Caleb Allen, five pounds. To Indian servant Samuel, a two-year-old mare. To grandchild Mary Sisson, daughter of George, three cows and one bed, etc., on the day of her marriage, and one pewter flagon and brass kettle which were her Aunt Mary's."
  54. Source: #S190 Data: Text: will was probated Note: Biography of HENRY AUGUSTUS SISSON
  55. Source: #S446 Data: Text: When first found in Dartmouth, Richard was recorded as 45 years of age. According to John Locke Martin's "The Sisson Family in 4 Parts: Compiled during the 1930's by John Locke Martin (1876-1942)" (Washington, DC: David S. Martin, 1991) (Part 1, page 1): "At a town meeting held in Portsmouth [RI] June 16, 1651 'Richard Sisson is received inhabitant amongst us and hath given his engagement'. . . . He was enrolled a freeman on May 17th, 1653, and in the same year 'Goodman Sisson' was chosen Constable, an office in which he must have been efficient, since he was repeatedly re-elected."
  56. Source: #S374 Data: Text: At a town meeting on June 5th, 1671, Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways
  57. Source: #S190 Data: Text: In 1671 he is of record as a surveyor of highways Note: Biography of HENRY AUGUSTUS SISSON
  58. Source: #S446 Data: Text: Richard Sisson was elected [Portsmouth, RI] town surveyor of highways, and no further records of him are found, till his death in 1684." CONT CONT We have never found any indication of a formal occupation. Some have called Richard a surveyor, but he held that title as an appointee of the town of Dartmouth, and it is unlikely that he did much actual surveying as a profession.
  59. Source: #S374 Data: Text: Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. CONT A little review of English history might be in order: In the 1640's, England was embroiled in a civil war between King Charles I and his loyalist supporters on one hand and the Puritan-controlled Parliament and its army under Oliver Cromwell on the other. Neither the Established Church of England, of which Charles was Head, nor the Puritans tolerated Quakers. If indeed Richard and Mary were Quakers (a rather shaky theory since The Society of Friends was not formally organized until the 1650s), they might very well have wanted to flee England. Indeed, after the capture, trial, and execution of Charles in 1649, the persecution of Quakers increased under the new Commonwealth of England. Whether they were Quakers (a very new movement in the mid-17th century), they were certainly Protestants of some sort, and not in agreement with the Church of England or even its Puritan wing. Not for many decades was the existence of Quakers legal in England, and they were hanged both in old England and in Massachusetts, which probably explains why Richard and Mary came to Rhode Island where the Baptist church under Roger Williams, remembering its own persecution in Massachusetts, was prepared to welcome Quakers. CONT In politics he was reported as Huguenot [which is a term used of French Protestants, not a political term - DAS]. He was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
  60. Source: #S446 Data: Text: A. Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. CONT CONT He was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
  61. Source: #S516 Data: Text: Religion: Quaker CONT see http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson CONT Discussion during the Sisson Gathering of June 4 to 6, 1998, suggested that Richard and Mary were probably Quakers and, if so, could not legally leave England. If so, no records of their departure from England or arrival in New England would have been made. However, once they were in the New World, they left many records in the free atmosphere of Rhode Island where people of diverse religious persuasions were tolerated. CONT Ancestor of President Harding
  62. Source: #S446
  63. Source: #S374
  64. Source: #S373 Data: Text: married Mary FREEMAN (?)
  65. Source: #S374 Data: Text: C. In a phone call July 30, 2000, David Sisson of Livermore, California, told me, David Arne Sisson of Rochester, that Paula Wisher Mason wrote to tell him, David of Livermore, that she had found a record in the microfilmed "Torrey Collection" of early New England marriages at her local library in Peoria, Illinois, which has also been published as "New England Marriages Before 1700." Paula quoted this entry from the Torrey Collection in her letter to David of Livermore CONT -- "SISSON, Richard (1608-1684) & Mary ? (-1692); b 1644; Portsmouth, RI/Dartmouth." Many researches want to see the actual record, but David said that this record tentatively seems to "settle several things" including these issues -- CONT CONT 1) We no longer need to wonder about the marriage of "a Richard Sissons of Elmeshall [who] married Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith [Yorkshire] February 14, 1632." CONT CONT 2) Richard and Mary were in Rhode Island by 1644 and perhaps earlier. (Students of English history will want to review the events of the early 1640s, when the English Civil Wars were brewing.) CONT CONT 3) Richard and Mary's *first* child was George [or at least their first child in New England was George - DAS]. CONT CONT These suppositions suggest that Richard's father's name might well have been George since first sons were traditionally named for their paternal grandfathers, and that Mary's father's name might well have been James since second sons were traditionally named for their maternal grandfathers. CONT married Mary about 1644 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island CONT John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 3: "The wife of Richard Sisson was Mary . . . . . The date of her birth and marriage are not known, but she died in 1692. Her will dated April 15th, 1690 was proved in Dartmouth on December 1st, 1692, her son James being executor, and the witnesses were Joseph Tripp, George Cadman, and John Anthony." CONT Some sources called Richard's wife Mary Freeman, born in 1619. We have found no documentation of this. There is speculation about a Richard Sissons (note the final S) of Elmeshall who married a Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith, England, February 14, 1632. There is no way of knowing from this information whether this Richard and Mary (Atkinson) Sissons are related in any way to the Richard and Mary Sisson who were in New England. Research is on-going to find Richard and Mary's marriage record in England.
  66. Source: #S446 Data: Text: In a phone call July 30, 2000, David Sisson of Livermore, California, told me, David Arne Sisson of Rochester, that Paula Wisher Mason wrote to tell him, David of Livermore, that she had found a record in the microfilmed "Torrey Collection" of early New England marriages at her local library in Peoria, Illinois, which has also been published as "New England Marriages Before 1700." Paula quoted this entry from the Torrey Collection in her letter to David of Livermore CONT -- "SISSON, Richard (1608-1684) & Mary ? (-1692); b 1644; Portsmouth, RI/Dartmouth." Many researches want to see the actual record, but David said that this record tentatively seems to "settle several things" including these issues -- CONT CONT 1) We no longer need to wonder about the marriage of "a Richard Sissons of Elmeshall [who] married Mary Atkinson of Heck in the town of Snaith [Yorkshire] February 14, 1632." CONT CONT 2) Richard and Mary were in Rhode Island by 1644 and perhaps earlier. (Students of English history will want to review the events of the early 1640s, when the English Civil Wars were brewing.) CONT CONT 3) Richard and Mary's *first* child was George [or at least their first child in New England was George - DAS]. CONT CONT These suppositions suggest that Richard's father's name might well have been George since first sons were traditionally named for their paternal grandfathers, and that Mary's father's name might well have been James since second sons were traditionally named for their maternal grandfathers. CONT CONT Richard married Mary about 1644 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Mary was born about 1615. She died 22 Sep 1692 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. CONT CONT John L. Martin's "The Sisson Family" part 1 page 3: "The wife of Richard Sisson was Mary . . . . . The date of her birth and marriage are not known, but she died in 1692. Her will dated April 15th, 1690 was proved in Dartmouth on December 1st, 1692, her son James being executor, and the witnesses were Joseph Tripp, George Cadman, and John Anthony."
  67. Source: #S515 Data: Text: Marriage 1 Richard SISSON b: 1608 in England
  68. Source: #S516 Data: Text: Marriage 1 Richard SISSON b: ABT 1608 in Engl CONT Married: by 1644 in Portsmouth RI prob 2



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