Westcott of Devonshire, England, and Rhode Island
Stukely Westcott [a] b abt 1592, Yeovil, Devonshire, England, d 12 Jan 1676/77, Portsmouth, RI. He md Juliana Marchant 5 Oct 1619, Yeovil, Devonshire, England, daughter of John Marchant. She was b abt 1597, Devonshire, England, d bef 1670, Warwick, RI.
Children of Stukely Westcott and Juliana Marchant were:
Damaris Westcott b 27 Jan 1620/21, Devonshire, England, d aft 1678, Newport, RI. She md Gov. Benedict Arnold 16 Dec 1640, Providence, RI, son of Gov. William Arnold and Christian
a. From Ilminster, Somerset, England, he initially settled in Salem 1636, where on 25 Dec he had a house lot of one acre alotted to him, his family consisting of eight persons. He removed to Providence, RI, and on 8 Oct 1638, his name appears first in the initial deed from Roger Williams to his twelve associates. The following year the church of Salem having passed the "great censure" upon he and his wife, he left Salem to settle at Providence, where on 27 Jul 1640, he signed the agreement with 38 others of Providence for their civil government. He was recorded in 1648 as one of the inhabitants of Warwick, RI. He served there as Commissioner in 1651, 1652, 1653, 1655 and 1660. On 7 Jun 1652, he and two others were appointed to lay out the meadows about the town on "Thursday next, for the inhabitants which are yet not provided for..." He served as Surveyor (numerous years) often on the Jury at Warwick, and in 1653 was Assistant, as well as on a committee to confer with the Indians. In 1652, he received a deed from John Gereardy of 36 acres and in 1655 a deed from Henry Townsend of 6 acres, as well as rights at Potawomut. In 1657 he was appointed to keep a house of entertainment, and in 1664, he and others were authorized to keep an Ordinary, "for entertainment of strangers", during the time that the King's Commissioners held court at Warwick. He also served as Deputy in 1671. He made his will on 12 Jan 1677, and died on the same day, while at Portsmouth. He calls himself about eight-five years of age, and gives to eldest son Amos (also apointed executor) all movable estate, as cattle, goods and chattels; also land at Potawomut Neck, etc.; to grandson Amos, a town lot at Warwick where he formerly lived, with orchard and fencing, etc., and a 60 acre lot at Shawomet, etc. He died before he could sign his will, but on petition of his sons Amos and Jeremiah, the Town Council approved it in effect as follows: To Amos, "the now eldest son", all goods, chattels, movables and lands not otherwise disposed of, and he was made sole executor. A deed of gift from the deceased to his son Jeremiah, 22 Nov 1670, was now confirmed to him by the Council, and other lands given Jeremiah, but he to pay 7 pounds to the executor. To daughter Damaris Arnold, 20s., and daughter Mercy Stafford, bed, etc. Grandson Zorobbabel, eldest son of Robert, to have lands, as also grandson Amos Stafford, son of Samuel Stafford, and Amos Westcott, son of Amos.
GL: Early New England Settlers, Ancestral Heads of New England Families, p 257, The First Settlers of New England, p 310, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, pp 259-261; Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume II, Some Notes on Eighteenth Century Block Island, pp 364-365; Stukely Westcott.
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