Horswell of Little Compton and Newport, Rhode Island
Peter Horswell b 1650, England, d 9 Jun 1733, Little Compton, Newport, RI. He md Elizabeth 1692. She was b abt 1665, d aft 9 Jun 1733.
Children of Peter Horswell and Elizabeth were:
  • Sarah Horswell b Jul 1693, Little Compton, Newport, RI, d 18 Dec 1719; md John Taylor 31 May 1716.
  • Elizabeth Horswell b Sep 1695, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md John Hunt 24 Dec 1719.
  • John Horswell b Sep 1697.
  • Judith Horswell b 2 Sep 1699, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
  • Lydia Horswell b 3 Sep 1701, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Daniel Amory 24 Dec 1721.
  • Hannah Horswell b 11 Apr 1707, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md George Rouse 19 Sep 1723.
  • Peter Horswell b 1708, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
John Horswell [a] b Sep 1697, Little Compton, Newport, RI, d 24 Jul 1761, Little Compton, Newport, RI. He md Mary abt 1720. She was b abt 1700, d aft 24 Jul 1761.
Children of John Horswell and Mary were:
  • Sarah Horswell b abt 1722; md William Head 29 Aug 1742.
  • Peter Horswell b abt 1725.
  • Luke Horswell b abt 1727; md Rebecca Church 1 Jun 1756.
  • John Horswell b abt 1729; md Ruth Pearce 24 Oct 1750.
  • William Horswell b abt 1732, d bef Jul-Aug 1761; md ___.
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Horswell b abt 1735, d 11 Nov 1801; md William Wilcox 25 May 1756.
  • Benjamin Horswell b abt 1737.
Peter Horswell [b] b abt 1725, of Newport, Newport, RI, d bef 7 Mar 1785, Newport, Newport, RI. He md Martha Burgess 8 Mar 1747, daughter of Thomas Burgess and Patience.
Identified children of Peter Horswell and Martha Burgess were:
  • Thomas Horswell b abt 1749.
  • Nathaniel Horswell b 8 Mar 1751, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Ruth Clarke 30 Oct 1783.
  • Burgess Horswell b abt 1768. He md [1] Phebe Handy and [2] Abigail Spooner 18 Jan 1818, Newport, RI.
Thomas Horswell b abt 1750, of Portsmouth and Newport, Newport, RI, d bef 1815. He md [1] Priscilla Corey 7 Mar 1770, and [2] Amey Lake 13 Jan 1783, Newport, Newport, RI. She was b abt 1762, of Tiverton, Newport, RI.
Identified children of Thomas Horswell and Amey Lake were:
  • Sally Horswell b abt 1785/86, Newport, RI, d 9 Nov 1865; md Solomon Southwick.
  • Mary Horswell b 1788.
  • Nancy Norswell; md William Molten.
  • Alice Horswell.
Mary Horswell b 1788, Newport, Newport, RI, d 10 Oct 1843, Newport, Newport, RI. She md Benjamin Tew 20 May 1811, First Baptist Church, Newport, Newport, RI, son of Capt. Thomas Tew and Ann Clarke.

a. The will of John Horswell of Little Compton:

Dated 1 Jun 1761, proved Aug 1761.
John Horswell of Little Compton June 1, 1761 the First year of the reign of George the first.
To wife Mary Horswell 200 pds all house goods.
To two sons Peter Horswell and John Horswell land I bought of Fobes Southworth about 38 acres.Bounded north by the miistry land and east by William Simmons. South by Fobes Little and west by the highway.
To son Peter Horswell the house where he now lives and ye hould face mare that was Robert Browns.
To son John Horswell my black horse.
To son Luke Horswell 100 Spanish milled dollars etc.
To son Benjamin Horswell 300 pounds at age of 24 years.
To daughter Bettey Wilcox 100 pounds.
To sister Judith Horswell 30 pds.
To grandsons, sons of William Head dec Henry Head, Francis Head 5 pounds.
To Granddaughter Mary Horswell daughter of my son John 5 pounds.
To Grandaughter Hope Head 50 pounds at the age of eighteen.
To sons Peter Horswell, John Horswell all the rest and residue.

          John Horswell
George Rouse
Fobes Little
Jepthah Pearce

b. Mr. Todd Farmerie, a noted genealogist and descendant of the Little Compton Horswells, believes that Peter is likely the father of at least Thomas Horswell, and probably also Burgess Horswell. He has done much research on his Horswell/Haswell ancestry and graciously shared his findings with this author. By process of elimination, having accounted for all known Horswell individuals of the appropriate time period, and the introduction of the name Thomas into this family, he believes this name came from Peter Horswell's father-in-law, Thomas Burgess. Additionally, this author located the very brief will abstract of Peter Horswell, who gives no names of his children, further lending credence to these "unattached" Horswells belonging to his branch of the family:

HORSWELL, Peter, of Newport, husbandman. Will dated 20 Apr 1784, proved 7 Mar 1785, pg 245. Mentions: Wife Martha Horswell. Each of my (unnamed) children. Witn: Thos Crossly, Weston Clarke, Peleg Barker.
LCF: Vol I, The Horswell Family, p 348; Todd Farmerie; GL: Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Vol. 6, No. 4, Abstracts Post-Revolutionary Newport Wills, p 210; NEHGS: Little Compton Wills, by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, p 138.
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