Robert Paine

Robert Treat Paine (1731 - 1814)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Robert Treat Paine
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Feb 2011 | Last significant change: 5 Feb 2019
14:40: SM Reaper edited the data for Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814). [Thank SM for this]
This page has been accessed 3,312 times.

Categories: Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence | Signers of the Continental Association | American Founding Fathers | American Revolution.


Robert Paine served during the American Revolution
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:


Information developed from "Find A Grave" memorial no. 787

Contents

Biography

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

Timeline

1770: tried case of Captain Preston
1772: Chairman of the Committee of Virgilance in Taunton, MA
1774: Member of the Provincial Assembly; commissioner appointed to conduct the proceeding in the case of the impeachment of Chief Justice Oliver
1775: Elected to the General Congress
1776:' Voted for the Declaration of Independence, was one of its signers.
1777: Attorney-General of MA; held office until 1790
1790: Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court
1814: Died at the age of 84; “His long and active life was devoted to the public service, and his labors were duly appreciated by a grateful people.” [1]


Marriage

March 15, 1770
Sally Cobb, the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Leonard Cobb and a sister of General David Cobb. She was born May 15, 1744, died June 6, 1816.

In 1770 he was married to sally, daughter of Thomas Cobb, Esq., and sister of General David Cobb.[2]

Children of Sally and Robert

  1. Robert Paine, b. May 14, 1770; d. July 28, 1798, unmarried. graduate of Harvard College, 1789.
  2. Sally Paine , b. March 7, 1772; d. Jan. 26, 1823, unmarried.
  3. Thomas Paine, b. Dec. 9, 1773 ; name changed by law in 1801 to Robert Treat
  4. Paine, Jr.; d. Nov. 13, 1811. graduate of Harvard College, 1792.
  5. Charles Paine, b. Aug. 30, 1775; d. Feb. 15, 1810. graduate of Harvard College, 1793.
  6. Henry Paine, b. Oct. 20, 1777; d. June 8, 1814; m. Olive Lyman, daughter of Theodore Lyman (1755–1839). Issue.
  7. Mary Paine, b. Feb. 9, 1780 ; d. Feb. 27, 1842 ; m. Rev. Elisha Clap. No issue,
  8. Maria Antoinetta Paine, b. Dec. 2, 1782; d. March 26, 1842; m. Deacon Samuel Greele. No issue
  9. Lucretia Paine, b. April 30, 1785; d. Aug. 27, 1823, unmarried.


Sources

  1. Lossing, Benson John. Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence: The Declaration Historically Considered; and a Sketch of the Leading Events Connected with the Adoption of the Articles of Confederation and of the Federal Constitution. Derby & Jackson, 1857 - 384 pages. p. 39
  2. P. 27 Paine Ancestry: The Family of Robert Treat Paine, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Acknowledgement

  • WikiTree profile Paine-463 created through the import of wikitree.ged on Aug 1, 2011 by Abby Brown.
  • This person was created on 10 February 2011 through the import of James_s Complete Family Tree.ged.




More Genealogy Tools



Sponsored Search




Search
Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Robert by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Robert:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.



Images: 4
Robert Treat Paine Image 1
Robert Treat Paine Image 1

Robert Treat Image 2
Robert Treat Image 2

Jana Rains Image 1
Jana Rains Image 1

Signing the Declaration of Independence
Signing the Declaration of Independence

Collaboration

On 30 Mar 2016 at 21:22 GMT A (Morgan) M wrote:

Something you may want to add to Bio.

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

Art Morgan

On 13 Feb 2016 at 22:39 GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

Added timeline to profile and additional sources.

On 3 Apr 2015 at 15:53 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Paine-195 and Paine-1313 appear to represent the same person because: clearly the same person, Paine-195 is the LNAB and is project protected. all the Ancestry links in Paine-1313 need editing.

On 2 Apr 2015 at 14:56 GMT Paul Leonard wrote:

Paine-195 and Paine-1313 are not ready to be merged because: I do not have confidence to make merge, I wanted the profile managers to concur, but neither approved and one of the profiles is protected.

On 3 Mar 2015 at 18:54 GMT Paul Leonard wrote:

Paine-195 and Paine-1313 appear to represent the same person because: I believe the correct birth date is Mar 11 1731 and death date is May 11 1814 per Wikipedia. Both Paines have same children list

On 30 Jul 2013 at 19:03 GMT Jana Rains wrote:

Paine married Sally Cobb, the daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Leonard) Cobb and a sister of General David Cobb, on March 15, 1770. She was born May 15, 1744, died June 6, 1816.

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:

Our records indicate taht Robert Treat Paine was bor in Taunton, MA 16 Mar 1770. He married Sarah Cobb, 16 Mar 1770 in Taunton, MA. He died in Boston, 11 May 1841. Sarah died in Boston, 6 Jun 1816



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.

P  >  Paine  >  Robert Treat Paine