Was John Gladding (1640-1727), one of the Founders of Bristol, Rhode Island, US, born in England or America?

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Am trying to source his profile.  His birthplace on profile Gladding-43 is Newbury, Massachusetts.  On profile Gladding-59 (to be merged) his birthplace is England.  The Gladding Book, which I linked under Research Notes, states that "he came to this country in 1660" (page 8).  

Does anyone know his correct place of birth?  


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John Gladding was 37 in 1677. See History of Newbury https://archive.org/stream/historyofnewbury1902curr#page/182/mode/2up

Before John m. Elizabeth in 1667 there were no vital records (in Newbury) for any Gladdings. Their children are registered in Newbury. See https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008904243

There are no recorded births, deaths or marriages in Massachusetts, prior to his wedding. I did a search at American Ancestors (NEHGS) for Gladding vital records 1635-1667. The absence of Gladdings in the records would leave me to believe that the Gladding book is correct.

Also remember there was no US in 1640.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Thank you, Anne B!
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The Gladding Book missed a generation.  John (Jean) Gladding came to America from England and brought his wife and 1year old son John with him.

The immigrant John was born in 1617 in Montherme, France.  His son John was 1 year old when they came to America.  The Salt lake City Library  has a small old book  "The Gladding Family" which shows this information and has copies of wills & marriage settlements of the Gladdings.
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My grandmother was Georgianna Gladding, that married my grandfather, Philip Newitt in 1915 in Ely, NV. (she was originally from Ashtabula, OH).  I have a Nevada published history that tells of how the Gladding name is derived from the Osbert family, that took the name of the English estate, 'Gladesfer" before 1660.  An ancestor of the Osbert family was killed in the battle of Hastings (1066).

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