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So, I was researching a book from the 1800's. I had known the original Colegrove in America, Francis Colegrove and his wife, Ann, were members of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church in Rhode Island since 1698. Now I have the documentation. The following are quotes from that book, even detailing a dispute that Francis Colegrove, Jr. had with a fellow member of the church. Interesting note. William Colegrove in 1894 said that he believed Francis, Sr. had died around 1759, making him in his 90's. Most think that is exaggerated and place his death between 1726 and 1729, for no apparent reason. This proves Francis Sr. was still alive at least in 1728. Here follows:

Excerpts from “The Memorial: Portraits of William Bliss (and others)”

From this we have record of both Francis Colegrove, his wife Ann, and his son Francis, Jr. Note the name was most often spelled “Colgrove” but a few times “Colegrove”. They belonged to the Seventh-Day Baptist Church of Newport and then Westerly, RI.

The Memorial Three Volumes in One – Complete Westerly, RI: G.B. & J.H. Utter, Publishers and Steam Printers, 1874

The Seventh-Day Baptist Memorial

Page 127

“The Church met at Westerly, August the 20th, 1698. Francis Colgrove, Jeremiah Crandall, and Mrs. Colgrove, wife of Francis Colgrove, and Benj. Burdick, were baptized and added to the church.”

Page 31

Original Male Members Francis Colgrove

Females Ann Colgrove

Page 176 & 177

“July the 11th, 1705, at a church meeting at Benjamin Burdick’s, the church being informed by their messengers, Joseph Crandall and Joseph Clarke, Jr., that Francis Colgrove and his wife declared to them, that the reason why they absented the meeting, was because that they differed from William Gibson about the divinity and humanity of Christ; Francis and his wife being present, (and William Gibson), did own it was true; and further declared, before the congregation, that Bro. Gibson’s conversation and doctrine did not agree – giving instances wherein:

1. In setting his fence upon land claimed by Colgrove. 2. Said Gibson hunted swine of Colgrove’s. 3. Said Gibson’s withdrawing his hand from a bond he had signed, without leave.

As to the manner of brother and sister Colgrove’s withdrawing of their communion from Bro. Gibson, we deem it to be contrary to the rules of our Lord, (Matthew 7:18;) and their charging Bro. Gibson’s conversation to be contrary to his doctrine, we deem to be rash, and hope our Bro. Gibson doth endeavor and pursue a conversation agreeable to his doctrine.

As to the difference in their understandings about the divinity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we deem to be no just ground of breach of communion.

And for the other three particulars, we, having heard what hath been said on both sides, do judge our Bro. Gibson hath declared that which doth amount to full satisfaction, according to rule.

Page 38 & 39

The names of the Brethren and Sisters belonging to the Church at Westerly, the 5th of the 9th month, 1712:

Francis Colgrove Anna Colgrove

Page 64 & 65

The following is a list of members in full communion, recorded in 1718 by Thomas Hiscox:

Brethren Francis Colgrove


Ann Colgrove Hannah Colgrove

Page 69 & 70

“Church Meeting, June 20, 1727

Francis Colgrove made complaint to the church against William James, in that said William James doth wrongfully withhold from the said Colgrove the sum of six pounds ten shillings in money, due him on account of a pair of oxen sold by said Colgrove to said James, which six pound ten shillings was the last payment due for said oxen. Ordered, that Bro. Hiscox write a note to inform Bro. James of the complaint entered against him, and to notify him to appear at the next church meeting to make answer to the same, unless by agreement between themselves the matter be issued before.”

“December 26, 1727. The matter controverted between Bro. Francis Colgrove, Jun., and Bro. Wm. James, being considerably debated, and some difficulty seeming to arise respecting the same, and neither of the persons being present, it is thought by said meeting necessary that both of the persons be required to attend the next church meeting, in order, if possible, that further light may appear, and that justice may be done. Also that Francis Colgrove, Sen., be desired to come, to the end that the cause may be heard, and if possible issued. To which end Bro. Joseph Maxon, Jun., and Bro. John Maxon, Jun., are hereby appointed to notify Bro. Francis Colgrove, Jun., and Bro. William James, of the church meeting, and also in the name and behalf of the church require them both to appear at said meeting; and that Bro. Hiscox notify Bro. Francis Colgrove, Sen., by note, in the behalf of the church, to desire him to attend the same.”

“At a church meeting at the meeting house in Westerly, the 20th day of February, 1728, present –

John Maxon, Eld. Benjamin Burdick, Dea. Joseph Maxon, Sen. John Davis Oliver Babcock Geo. Stillman Joseph Maxon, Jun. Zacheus Renels Rob’t Burdick Thomas Clarke Thomas Hiscox Francis Colgrove, Sen. Francis Colgrove, Jun. William James Tacy Maxson Content Maxson Hannah Maxson Elizabeth Davis

A complaint being exhibited to the church, the 20th of June 1727, by Francis Colgrove, Jun., against William James, for wrongfully withholding from him the sum of six pounds ten shillings in money, as is more at large to be seen in the complaint on the 55th page of the church record;

The matter being thus laid before the church, and having been divers times considered, debated, and seriously weighed, and being to the utmost of our power willing to have an impartial regard and unbiased affection to each of them, without the least degree preferring one before another in judgment, but to do justly, love mercy, in a humble walk with God, and faithful discharge of duty to these our brethren; and insomuch as –

1st. That Bro. Colgrove and Bro. James both agree that Bro. James did formerly and really contact the debt with and thereby became indebted to Bro. Colgrove; and,

2d. That Bro. Colgrove awfully affirms, in the presence of God and before the church, that the debt hath never been paid him;

3d. That Bro. James is so cautious, careful, and uncertain, that he hath not freedom to say or satisfaction to affirm that he hath ever paid the same, but thinks and verily believes he hath paid it; it is therefore evident, that the debt was once undoubtedly due; and that it neither appears by affirmative evidence or demonstration ever to have been answered, paid or discharged in any manner of way; therefore we conclude, that it is but justice the money should be paid, and therefore do accordingly hereby order Bro. William James to pay to said Bro. Colgrove the above said sum of six pounds ten shillings in money, in answer to the debt aforesaid.

Voted without any contrary voice, excepting Sister Tacy Maxson”

Page 114-116

The following is a list of members made up by a Committee of the church in 1740: –

Francis Colgrove Hannah Colegrove John Colegrove Francis Colegrove

Page 130-132

Elder Thomas Clarke died Nov. 26, 1767, in the 82nd year of his age. In May 1768, Joshua Clarke, who had long been an active member of the church, was ordained to the office of Elder, by the “laying on of hands of Elder Hiscox, and Elder John Maxson” of Newport, who had been invited to assist on that occasion…

Elisha Stillman and Joseph Clarke, being requested by the church to ascertain who were still members of the church, reported members to the number of 278, as follows: –

“The names of the brethren and sisters belonging to the Church, transcribed from the original entries, and duly examined and compared in July, A.D. 1768, by Elisha Stillman and Joseph Clarke, Jr.”

Francis Colgrove Susanna Colgrove, wife of John Elizabeth Colgrove, widow

• Interesting note by Christopher, there were many “negro’s” and at least one “Indian” listed in the church register, side by side with everyone, reminding us that Rhode Island was a place of great tolerance in its day

Pages 175 & 183

List of members added to the church after the list of 1768 was made up. Sarah Colgrove, April 20, 1770 Ruth Colgrove, May 13, 1786

Page 124 & 125

The names of members added to the church for ten years previous were as follows: – Anna Colgrove, daugh. Of Francis Eli Colgrove

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