Information developed from "Find A Grave" memorial no. 787
Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts.
His father was a clergyman, and his mother was the daughter of Reverend Mr. Treat of Barnstable county. His maternal grandfather was Governor Treat of Connecticut. Stephen Hopkins, Mayflower is his third great grandfather.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Paine graduated from Harvard University in 1749 at the age of 18, and taught school in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Discovering he lacked the patience to teach, after one year, he began to sail about the Atlantic, going to Spain, the Azores, and Greenland. Returning home in 1754, he began to study law, and became a lawyer in 1757 in Taunton, Massachusetts. There he married Sally Cobb, who was already pregnant with their first child, and eventually they would have eight children.
In the 1760s and early 1770s, he was active in the resistance movement to the hated Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, and quickly became a patriot for the cause of independence. In 1770, Boston hired him to prosecute the British soldiers involved with the "Boston Massacre," and although he only convicted two of the eight soldiers (who were dismissed from the Army), he became popular among the patriots. In 1775, he was elected to the Second Continental Congress as a delegate from Massachusetts, and supported the move for independence. Following the war, he returned to his Massachusetts legal profession, and in 1779-80, he helped to write the Massachusetts constitution. In 1790, he because a justice of the state court, where he served until retiring in 1804 when he became too deaf to hear the cases. He was considered a conservative justice and very judgmental.
When one of his sons, Robert Jr, married a stage actress, he disavowed his son (in those days, many people considered actors and actresses as morally corrupt people), reconciling just before his son died in 1811. He died at his home in 1814. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)
For More see Wikipedia article on Robert Treat Paine
In 1770 he was married to sally, daughter of Thomas Cobb, Esq., and sister of General David Cobb.
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On 30 Mar 2016 at 21:22 GMT A (Morgan) M wrote:
Paine was a sixth-generation descendant of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger on the Mayflower who had also lived in Jamestown, Virginia, and a signer of the Mayflower Compact. Through his great-grandmother Rebecca Winslow he was reportedly descended from William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, Alfred the Great and Magna Carta Baron Saire de
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On 30 Jul 2013 at 19:03 GMT Jana Rains wrote:
They were the parents of eight children: Robert Paine, b. May 14, 1770; d. July 28, 1798, unmarried. graduate of Harvard College, 1789. Sally Paine, b. March 7, 1772; d. Jan. 26, 1823, unmarried. Thomas Paine, b. Dec. 9, 1773 ; name changed by law in 1801 to Robert Treat Paine, Jr.; d. Nov. 13, 1811. graduate of Harvard College, 1792. Charles Paine, b. Aug. 30, 1775; d. Feb. 15, 1810. graduate of Harvard College, 1793. Henry Paine, b. Oct. 20, 1777; d. June 8, 1814; m. Olive Lyman, daughter of Theodore Lyman (1755–1839). Issue. Mary Paine, b. Feb. 9, 1780 ; d. Feb. 27, 1842 ; m. Rev. Elisha Clap. No issue, Maria Antoinetta Paine, b. Dec. 2, 1782; d. March 26, 1842; m. Deacon Samuel Greele. No issue Lucretia Paine, b. April 30, 1785; d. Aug. 27, 1823, unmarried.
On 24 Jan 2013 at 21:57 GMT Jim Alexander wrote:
Robert is 13 degrees from Kay Sands, 14 degrees from Grant Wood and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.