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Early Settlers of Bristol, Rhode Island

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Date: 14 Sep 1680 to 1747
Location: Bristol, Plymouth Colonymap
Surnames/tags: Bristol_Rhode Island Rhode_Island Plymouth
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Space: Founders and First Families of Bristol, RI

Note: This Page is currently in development.

Dorothy Saunders in her work, Bristol Rhode Island's Early Settlers provides genealogical biographies with primary sources used on each of these early settlers.[1]

Map of Plymouth Colony with Disputed Lands



  • 1620 Pilgrims arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • 1669 Plymouth Colony Grants John Gorham 100 Acres (Today's Historic Bristol) if it could honorably be purchased of the Indians.[2]
  • 1 July 1672 Constant Southworth, James Brown and John Gorham appointed to purchase said land.[3]
  • 20 Jun 1675 King Phillip's War Begins
  • 12 Aug 1676 Death of King Phillip (Metacomet) at the hands of Benjamin Church's party.[4]
  • 12 Apr 1678 End of King Phillip's War
  • 12 Jan 1680 King Charles II of England awards Charter to Plymouth Colony.[5]
  • 14 Sep 1680 Plymouth Colony. Deed conveyed by Plymouth Colony represenatives Josiah Winslow, Governor, Thomas Hinkely, Deputy Governor and William Bradford, Treasure to John Walley, Nathaniel Byfield, Stephen Burton and Nathaniel Oliver "The Proprietors" having secured the requested 60 families needed to create a new county.[6]
  • 22 Sep 1680 Plymouth Colony. Transfer Ceremony "by Turf and by Twig."[7]
  • 1 Sep 1681 Bristol, Plymouth Colony. The People name the town Bristol, after Bristol, England known at the time as a great sea port in England.[8]
  • 2 Jun 1685 Bristol, Bristol, Plymouth Colony. Plymouth Colony is divided into Counties. becomes Bristol County, Plymouth Colony. named for it's Shire Town (County Seat).
  • 1686 - 1689 Bristol, Bristol, Dominion of New England.
  • 1689 -1691 Bristol, Bristol, Plymouth Colony
  • 1691 Bristol, Bristol, Province of Massachusetts Bay. Plymouth Colony merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony and other territories to form Province of Massachusetts Bay.
  • 1747 Bristol, Bristol, Royal Colony of Rhode Island. Bristol is transferred to the Royal Colony of Rhode Island.
  • 4 July 1776 Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States

Bristol, Rhode Island's Early Settlers

Note: Numbered in accordance to Saunders work.

The Proprietors of Mount Hope Lands

The First White Settler

The Charter Families

(Note: many of these profiles need to be created and/or well documented and connected to the greater WikiTree)

Those who signed Articles on 27 Aug 1680 to purchase lands

Other Settlers Admitted at First Town Meeting of Bristol (1 Sept 1681)

* Saunders unable to establish Vital Records or Lineage.


  1. Saunders: TOC
  2. Munro: Page 77
  3. Munro: Page 77
  4. Munro: Page 48
  5. Munro: Page 60
  6. Munro: Page 76
  7. Munro: Page 78
  8. Munro: Page 78

Selected Sources used by Saunders

  • Vol. 6 & 8 of James Arnold's Vital Records of Bristol, R.I.
  • Rhode Island Genealogical Register
  • The Two Volumes of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1687 - 1782 by H.L. Peter Rounds
  • James Savages Four Volumes
  • NEGHS Register
  • C.A. Torrey's New England Marriages prior to 1700
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