Church of Plymouth, Massachusetts and Little Compton,
Rhode Island

Richard Church [a] b 1608, England, d 2 Oct 1673, Duxbury, MA. He md Elizabeth Warren abt 1634, England, daughter of Richard Warren [b] and Elizabeth. She was b abt 1617, England, d 9 Mar 1669/70, Duxbury, MA.
Surviving children of Richard Church and Elizabeth Warren were:
  • Joseph Church b 1637/1638.
  • Col. Benjamin Church b 1639, Plymouth, MA, d 17 Jan 1717/18, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Alice Southworth 26 Dec 1671.
  • Nathaniel Church abt 1640, d 1668; md Sarah Barstow 1665.
  • Caleb Church b 1642, d 1722; md Joanna Sprague 16 Dec 1667, Hingham, MA
  • Priscilla Church b 1645.
  • Abigail Church b 22 Jun 1647, Plymouth, MA, d 25 Dec 1677; md Samuel Thaxter 19 Dec 1666.
  • Sarah Church md James Burroughs.
  • Lydia Church md unknown and removed to France.
  • Deborah Church b 27 Jan 1657, d 17 Jan 1690, Boston, MA.
  • Elizabeth Church b 3 Feb 1658/59, MA; md Caleb Hobart 20 Jan 1657, Hingham, MA.
Deac. Joseph Church [c] b 1637/38, Plymouth, MA, d bef 5 Mar 1711, Little Compton, Newport, RI. He md Mary Tucker 30 Dec 1660, daughter of John Tucker and Mary. She was bapt 8 Oct 1640, Hingham, MA, d 21 Mar 1710, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
Children of Joseph Church and Mary Tucker were:
  • Joseph Church b 4 Dec 1662, d 19 Dec 1715, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Grace Shaw 1688.
  • Elizabeth Church b 28 Jan 1663/64; md Joseph Blackman Dec 1685.
  • Mary Church b 26 Mar 1666/67, d 11 Nov 1748; md John Wood.
  • John Church b 5 Jul 1668, d 7 Jan 1756, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Rebecca 1693.
  • Alice Church b 1 Jun 1670, d 3 Jan 1670/71.
  • Benjamin Church b 11 Jan 1671/2, d 31 Oct 1672.
  • Sarah Church b 3 Sep 1673.
  • William Church b 10 Oct 1675.
  • Deborah Church b 12 Mar 1676/7.
  • Abigail Church b 1680, d 4 Jul 1720; md William Simmons 1696.
Deborah Church b 12 Mar 1676/77. She md [1] Samuel Gray 13 Jul 1699, son of Edward Gray and Dorothy Lettice, and [2] Daniel Throope 1712.

a. He came to America probably in 1630 in the Fleet with John Winthrop, and, according to Banks was from Ashton in Northamptonshire. He later removed to Plymouth, and lastly to Duxbury. Wilbour's listing of his children appears to contain discrepancies: in addition to those listed above, there were four children, Elizbeth, Mary, Charles, and Richard, all of whom died young, as well as daughter, Hannah, who is given a birthdate of 8 Aug 1647 and a marriage to Josiah Sturdevant. Since another daughter, shown above, Abigail, is given a birthdate of 22 Jun 1647, it is obviously impossible both she and Hannah were born less than two months apart in the same year.

b. Recent information posted on soc.genealogy.medieval by Edward Davies indicates that Richard Warren's origins may have been discovered. He cites the marriage of one Richard Warren to Elizabeth Walker, 14 Apr 1610 in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, and also the will of Augustine Walker, father of Elizabeth, written in Apr 1613, in which he states "I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Warren wife of Richard Warren sixteene pounds of lawful money of England, and unto her three children Marey, Ann and Sarey Warren fower pounds." Immigrant Richard Warren and wife Elizabeth, at the time of Augustine Walker's will, had three daughters, Mary, Ann, and Sarah, all born between 1610 and 1613; additionally, the baptismal record of Elizabeth Warren, in Baldock, Hertfordshire, daughter of Augustine Walker, dated Sep 1583 which fits her age at death as "above 90" in Oct 1673, so all the dates are consistent, as well as the order in which Augustine Walker cites his three granddaughters. Mr. Davies is quite confident of this discovery and is planning to publish this information. Richard Warren was likely born around 1578, and, at the time of his arrival on the Mayflower in 1620, was said to be "of London." Richard Warren died in 1628, leaving his widow, Elizabeth, to care for their five daughters and two sons. Elizabeth lived some forty-five years as a widow and at her death in Oct 1673, it was noted that she lived to see 75 great-grandchilden.

c. He settled in Little Compton on land he puchased from Governor Winslow and also held several other parcels of land. His wife predeceased him by almost a year. In his will, made 15 Feb 1710/11 and proved 12 Mar 1710/11, he mentions "my small farm of 35 acres", as well as 24 acre lots 9, 10, and 11, and two 15 acre lots, which he left to his daughters Elizabeth Blackman, Mary Wood, Deborah Gray, and Abigail Simmons. To his sons John and Joseph and daughter Abigail Simmons he left "a strip of land, four rods long at the northeast corner of brow of hill, the land being near John Church and below William Simmons' house", and "to Mary Torobono, that lives with me, the bed that she lies upon, to Indian boy Amos, one half of 16 acre lot at Cokset."

LCF: The Church Family, pp 166-172.
Return to TOP of this page


Return to MAIN INDEX

Return to HOME