Descendants of Thomas de Gorton

 

Generation 1

 

1.      THOMAS1 DE GORTON was born in 1518. He died in 1611 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He married ANNE UNKNOWN. She was born in 1518. She died in 1586 in Gorton, Manchester, England. Thomas is my 11th Great Grandfather.

 

Thomas de Gorton and Anne Unknown had the following child:

 

2.               i. THOMAS2 GORTON was born about 1566 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He died on 03 Jan 1611 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He married Anne Johnson in 1581 in England. She was born about 1566 in Gorton, Manchester, England. She died in 1623 in England.

 

Generation 2

 

2.      THOMAS2 GORTON (Thomas1 de Gorton) was born about 1566 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He died on 03 Jan 1611 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He married Anne Johnson in 1581 in England. She was born about 1566 in Gorton, Manchester, England. She died in 1623 in England.

 

Thomas Gorton and Anne Johnson had the following children:

 

i.        KATHLEEN3 GORTON was born in 1584. She died in 1639.

 

ii.       JOHN GORTON was born in 1586.

 

iii.      WILLIAM GORTON was born in 1587. He died in 1587.

 

iv.      THOMAS GORTON was born in 1588. He died in 1649.

 

v.       FRANCES GORTON was born in 1592. She died in 1677.

 

4.               vi. SAMUEL (GOV) GORTON was born on 12 Feb 1592 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He died on 10 Dec 1677 in Providence, Providence Co, RI. He married Mary Maplett, daughter of John Maplett and Mary Unknown on 20 May 1628 in London, England. She was born in 1608 in London, England. She died in 1646 in Portsmouth Co, RI.

 

Generation 3

 

3.      SAMUEL (GOV)3 GORTON (Thomas2, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born on 12 Feb 1592 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He died on 10 Dec 1677 in Providence, Providence Co, RI. He married Mary Maplett, daughter of John Maplett and Mary Unknown on 20 May 1628 in London, England. She was born in 1608 in London, England. She died in 1646 in Portsmouth Co, RI.

 

Notes for Samuel (Gov) Gorton: Providence/Warwick Presidents:

 

1651-1652, Samuel Gorton of Warwick

 

1652-1653, John Smith of Warwick

1653-1654, Gregory Dexter of Providence

 

This was extracted from a piece by the author found on the web site "Rhode Island Reading Room".

 

Samuel was baptised in Manchester Cathedral on 12 Feb 1592. He was the son of Thomas Gorton [1566-1611] and his second wife, Anne. His parents were wealthy and influential and Samuel was educated privately, becoming proficient in Hebrew and Greek. He was said to be courteous, friendly and elegant. In appearance he was Saxon-like, tall, thin with blue eyes and light brown hair.

 

Samuel became a nonconformist preacher and thinker and was consequently in trouble with authority. Early records suggest he was a clothier in London where he may have met his wife, Mary Maplett, whose brother was a personal physician to Charles I. In order to avoid persecution for his outspoken opposition to the Puritan authorities, he and his wife with 3 children emigrated to America aboard the "Speedwell" in 1636.

 

Samuel found the same opposition to his ideas in Boston's Puritan society. They tried to imprison him. His maid was gaoled for smiling in church and Samuel went to gaol in her stead. He was ejected from Boston and went to Portsmouth, Rhode Island where he caused similar trouble with his outspoken attitude. Samuel built homes in Portsmouth but they were raided and burned by Indian chiefs, Ponham and Soconoco at the instigation of the Massachusetts authorities. A battle ensued and Gorton's people surrender and were gaoled. A death sentence for Gorton was narrowly avoided, instead he and his followers were banished in leg irons to other towns but repeated their errors. They were given 14 days to make themselves scarce.

 

Samuel then negotiated a submission of the Narragansett Sachems indians which led in no small measure to the independence of Rhode Island. Samuel and 100 followers then travelled in Winter to establish a new home in what is now Providence. Samuel and his followers purchased land from indian Chief Miantonomo which became known as the Shawomet Purchase by a deed of 12 Jan 1642. They befiended the indians and Samuel and his older brother, Thomas, became proficient in the indian languages. The ownership of the land was disputed by the Massachusetts Magistrates who went so far as to charge Samuel with blasphemy and burned his house. He was arrested and gaoled but later released but was told to leave Shawomet.

 

In order to avoid further trouble Samuel headed for England with a petition entitled "Simplicitie Defence Against a Seven Headed Policy". He was away for 3 years during which time, with the help of the Earl of Warwick, Samuel was granted a Royal Charter which gave him safe passage and grant of land with peaceful enjoyment. Samuel set up a charter government in Warwick which he named after his great supporter.

 

In 1649 Samuel was elected general assistant to the Governor and in 1651 First President of the towns Warwick and Providence called the Providence Plantations. He achieved further office in the ensuing years.

 

By 1670 Samuel had retired from official duties and died on 10 Dec 1677 aged 85. His grave lies behind a home off Warwick Neck Road, an area where several Gorton decendents still live. His chair is in the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington DC.

 

Samuel Gorton (1592-1677), English sectary and founder of the American sect of Gortonites, was born on 12 February 1592 at Gorton, Manchester, in Lancashire.

 

He was first apprenticed to a clothier in London, but, fearing persecution for his religious convictions, he sailed for Boston, Massachusetts, in 1636. Constantly involved in religious disputes, he fled in turn to Plymouth, and (in 1637-1638) to Aquidneck Island (now Newport, Rhode Island), where he was publicly whipped for insulting the magistrates.

 

In 1642 he bought land, known as "Shawomet Purchase", from the Narragansett people at Shawomet-now Warwick--where he was joined by a number of his followers; the authorities at Boston, frightened that his views would take hold among the population at large, sent soldiers to arrest Gorton and six of his companions. The Massachusetts soldiers ignored pleas from Roger Williams to respect the boundaries of Providence. As a result leaders from Providence got together with leaders from Newport and Portsmouth and formally created the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. After being arrested, Gorton and some of his followers served a term of imprisonment for heresy at Charlestown, but was released and formally banished when Winthrop and the other leaders found out Gorton was making converts. Of all the people banished from Massachusetts, none was more hated and feared by the Massachusetts leaders than Gorton.

 

Gorton's beliefs included rejection of baptism, rejection of communion, and a total rejection in formal religious training.

 

In England in 1646 he published the curious tract Simplicities Defence against Seven Headed Policy (reprinted in 1835), giving an account of his grievances against the Massachusetts government. In 1648 he returned to New England with a letter of protection from the Robert Rich, 5th Earl of Warwick, and joining his former companions at Shawomet, which he named Warwick, in honour of the earl, he remained there until his death.

 

He is chiefly remembered as the founder of a small sect called the Gortonites, which survived until the end of the 18th century. They had a great contempt for the regular clergy and for all outward forms of religion, holding that true believers partook of the perfection of God.

 

In 1649, Samuel Gorton was elected general assistant to the Governor, and in 1651, was elected the first President over the two towns Warwick and Providence, called the Providence Plantations. He was elected a Deputy Governor in 1664, 1665, 1666, and 1670.

 

The spelling of Gorton's first name with one L (Samuel, as opposed to Samuell) is a convention adopted by later scholars. In Gorton's personal papers and publications, he consistently spelled his name with two Ls.

 

Gorton died on the 10th of December in 1677, and his grave is visible behind a private home, on Samuel Gorton Avenue off Warwick Neck Road in Warwick, Rhode Island. However, the grave aforementioned is that of one of Samuel's descendants.[citation needed] Scholars agree that we actually do not know where he was buried, but there is a small memorial park with a bench, stone, and plaque commemorating the place where his homestead once stood on Warwick Neck Ave. in Warwick. Samuel's homestead along with the rest of Warwick was burned to the ground during King Philip's War.

 

Among his writings:

 

An Incorruptible Key composed of the CX. Psalms wherewith you may open the rest of the Scriptures (1647)

 

Saltmarsh returned from the Dead, with its sequel, An Antidote against the Common Plague of the World (1657)

 

See LG Jones, Samuel Gorton: a forgotten Founder of our Liberties (Providence, 1896). [ edit] References

 

Samuell Gorton, A Forgotten Founder of our Liberties, First Settler of Warwick, R.I., by Lewis G. Janes, Preston and Rounds, 1896

 

Gorton, Adelos, The Life and Times of Samuel Gorton, Philadelphia, George S. Ferguson Co., 1907

 

Thompson, Kathryn Mae Gorton, Family History and Story of Samuel Gorton, Rhode Island Reading Room, 1999

 

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press

 

Samuel (Gov) Gorton and Mary Maplett had the following children:

 

i.        SAMUEL4 GORTON was born in 1630 in Gorton, Manchester, England. He died in 1724 in Warwick, Providence Co, RI.

 

Notes for Samuel Gorton:

 

Samuel Gorton Jr. came to New England with his parents, Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet in 1636 and lived with them at Warwick on the homestead granted to his father as a first settler. He was made freeman in 1655. Like his father he was friendly with the indians and on May 27, 1659 he witnessed a deed in which Cauhanaquanack, alias Tascaconakutt, gave "full donation" to Samuel Gorton, Sr. and Randall Holden to a parcel of land called Arokananosett. Re: The Early Records of the town of Warwick, Providence, 1926, p.25.

                      On February 18, 1665, he served on a coroner's jury for Mary Samon *aged 9 years or their about...found drowned in ye brooke." (Ibid.,p.311

                      He was adept in the Indian tongues and often served as court interpreter between the Indians and the English settlers. On June 29, 1670 he was fined 20 shillings

                      for not serving at the Court of Trials in Newport. He apparently had begged off because some of his Indian friends were involved in the legal action. His fine was

                      remitted in view of his previous service as an interpreter. (Austin, op. cit.,p 302)

                      Samuel however served as a member of the court of Newport for the trial of Indians who were charged with offenses during King Phillip's War in 1678.

                      His will, dated December 21, 1721, describes him as of his 92nd year. He bequeathed to his wife Susanna all his real and personal property for her use during

                      her lifetime; afterwards it was to go to his sons, Samuel and Hezekiah. Included in his estate were "my negro man and girl."

 

                ii.       MAHERSHAL GORTON was born in 1634 in Gorton, Manchester, England. She died in 1664.

 

                iii.      MALER GORTON was born in 1636 in Gorton, Manchester, England.

     

      4.               iv. JOHN GORTON was born in 1638 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He died on 03 Feb 1714 in Warwick, Providence Co, RI. He married MARGARET WHEATON. She was born

                       about 1618.

 

       5.               v. ELIZABETH GORTON was born in 1641 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She died in 1704 in Rhode Island. She married John Crandall, son of John Crandall and Mary Opp

                       on 18 Jun 1672 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He was born in 1649. He died in 1704.

 

                 vi.      MARY GORTON was born in 1643 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He died in 1731.

      

       6.              vii. ANN GORTON was born on 05 Jun 1644 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She died on 22 Apr 1712 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She married John Warner on 07 Aug 1670

                       in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He was born in 1645. He died in 1712 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.

 

Generation 4

 

4.      JOHN4 GORTON (Samuel (Gov)3, Thomas2, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born in 1638 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He died on 03 Feb 1714 in Warwick, Providence Co, RI. He married MARGARET WHEATON. She was born about 1618.

 

John Gorton and Margaret Wheaton had the following child:

 

7.               i. MARY5 GORTON was born on 21 Jun 1641 in Rosbury, Suffolk, Mass. She died on 30 Jun 1703 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. She married DANIEL MASCRAFT. He was born about 1637. He died before 30 Jun 1703 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.

 

5.      ELIZABETH4 GORTON (Samuel (Gov)3, Thomas2, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born in 1641 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She died in 1704 in Rhode Island. She married John Crandall, son of John Crandall and Mary Opp on 18 Jun 1672 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He was born in 1649. He died in 1704.

 

John Crandall and Elizabeth Gorton had the following children:

 

i.        PETER5 CRANDALL was born in 1672. He died in 1704.

 

ii.       JOHN CRANDALL was born in 1673. He died in 1707.

 

iii.      ELIZABETH CRANDALL was born in 1675. She died in 1704.

 

iv.      EBER CRANDALL was born in 1676. He died in 1704.

 

v.       MARY CRANDALL was born in 1677. She died in 1712.

 

vi.      SAMUEL CRANDALL was born in 1687. He died in 1758.

 

6.      ANN4 GORTON (Samuel (Gov)3, Thomas2, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born on 05 Jun 1644 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She died on 22 Apr 1712 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. She married John Warner on 07 Aug 1670 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He was born in 1645. He died in 1712 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.

 

John Warner and Ann Gorton had the following children:

 

i.        MARY5 WARNER was born in 1670. She died in 1757.

 

ii.       JOHN WARNER was born in 1673. He died in 1732.

 

iii.      PRISCILLA WARNER was born in 1675. She died in 1750.

 

iv.      EZEKIEL WARNER was born in 1681. He died in 1761.

 

Generation 5

 

7.      MARY5 GORTON (John4, Samuel (Gov)3, Thomas2, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born on 21 Jun 1641 in Rosbury, Suffolk, Mass. She died on 30 Jun 1703 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. She married DANIEL MASCRAFT. He was born about 1637. He died before 30 Jun 1703 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.

 

Daniel Mascraft and Mary Gorton had the following child:

 

8.               i. SAMUEL6 MASCRAFT was born about 1663 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. He died in Woodstock, Windham, Conn. He married THANKFUL HOLMES. She was born on 11 Sep 1690 in Woodstock, Windham, Conn.

 

Generation 6

 

8.      SAMUEL6 MASCRAFT (Mary5 Gorton, John4 Gorton, Samuel (Gov)3 Gorton, Thomas2 Gorton, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born about 1663 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. He died in Woodstock, Windham, Conn. He married THANKFUL HOLMES. She was born on 11 Sep 1690 in Woodstock, Windham, Conn.

 

Samuel Mascraft and Thankful Holmes had the following child:

 

9.               i. SARAH7 MASCRAFT was born on 29 Aug 1727 in Woodstock, Wi;ndham, Conn. She died in Dec 1800 in Contoocook, New Hampshire. She married STEPHEN HARRIMAN. He was born on 09 Mar 1728 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. He died on 01 Feb 1804 in Hopkington, MerrimackCo, New Hampshire.

 Generation 7

 

9.      SARAH7 MASCRAFT (Samuel6, Mary5 Gorton, John4 Gorton, Samuel (Gov)3 Gorton, Thomas2 Gorton, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born on 29 Aug 1727 in Woodstock, Wi;ndham, Conn. She died in Dec 1800 in Contoocook, New Hampshire. She married STEPHEN HARRIMAN. He was born on 09 Mar 1728 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. He died on 01 Feb 1804 in Hopkington, MerrimackCo, New Hampshire.

 

Stephen Harriman and Sarah Mascraft had the following child:

 

10.            i.     ELIZABETH8 HARRIMAN was born on 16 Sep 1768 in Plaistow, Rockingham Co, New Hampshire. She died on 20 Jan 1816 in Choconut, Susquehanna Co, PA. She married Matthew Stanley, son of Matthew Stanley and Mary Putney in Plaistow, Rockingham Co NH. He was born on 04 Apr 1765 in Hopkingston, Merrimack Co, NH. He died on 18 Mar 1838 in Choconut, Susquehanna Co, PA.

 

Generation 8

 

10.      ELIZABETH8 HARRIMAN (Sarah7 Mascraft, Samuel6 Mascraft, Mary5 Gorton, John4 Gorton, Samuel (Gov)3 Gorton, Thomas2 Gorton, Thomas1 de Gorton) was born on 16 Sep 1768 in Plaistow, Rockingham Co, New Hampshire. She died on 20 Jan 1816 in Choconut, Susquehanna Co, PA. She married Matthew Stanley, son of Matthew Stanley and Mary Putney in Plaistow, Rockingham Co NH. He was born on 04 Apr 1765 in Hopkingston, Merrimack Co, NH. He died on 18 Mar 1838 in Choconut, Susquehanna Co, PA.

 

Notes for Matthew Stanley:

 

Matthew Stanley and Elizabeth Harriman had the following children:

 

i.        CALVIN9 STANLEY was born on 02 Oct 1707 in Hopkinton Twp, Merrimack Co, NH. Notes for Calvin Stanley:

 

ii.       SALLY STANLEY was born on 23 May 1789 in Hopkinton Twp, Merrimack Co, NH. She married BENJAMIN BALCH.

 

iii.      LUTHER STANLEY was born on 06 Oct 1791 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vt. He died on 11 Aug 1872 in Butler Twp, Scott Co, IA. He married (1) CORRNITHA D UNKNOWN before 1839 in VT or PA. She was born on 05 Oct 1801 in VT. She died on 10 Nov 1855 in Butler Twp, Scott Co, IA. He married (2) MELINDA UNKNOWN between 1860-1870 in Scott Co, IA. She was born about 1811 in NJ. She died after 1870 in Butler Twp, Scott Co, IA

 

iv.      STEPHEN (CAPT) HARRIMAN STANLEY was born on 23 Apr 1792 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. He died in Jan 1852 in Sylvester, WI.

 

v. JASPER STANLEY was born on 09 Jan 1793 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. He died in 1884 in Choconut Twp, Susquehanna Co, PA. He married ROXINDA SHERER . She was born in 1801 in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. She died on 03 Oct 1869 in Choconut Twp, Susquehanna Co, PA.

 

vi.      HORACE STANLEY was born on 15 Apr 1794 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. He died on 11 Nov 1871 in Butler Twp, Scott Co, IA.

 

vii.     ARCHIE STANLEY was born on 22 Apr 1797 in Turnbridge Twp, Orange Co, VT. He died on 08 Dec 1852 in Sylvester, Green Co, Wisconsin. He married ARAHUTIA UNKNOWN. She was born on 25 Dec 1802. She died on 29 Aug 1837 in Stanley Lake, Choconut, Susquehanna Co, PA. He married OLIVE J GLIDDEN. She was born on 17 Jul 1820 in Auburn, NY. She died on 22 Feb 1908 in Juda, Green Co, WI.

 

                       viii.    LUCY STANLEY was born on 22 Apr 1797 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. She married EDWARD HEALD.

 

                        ix.      JASON STANLEY was born on 11 Sep 1800 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont.

 

                        x.       POLLY STANLEY was born on 04 Jan 1803 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont.

 

                       xi.      MATTHEW STANLEY was born on 11 Dec 1803 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. He married MARY JACKSON.

 

                       xii.     BETSY STANLEY was born on 13 Jun 1811 in Turnbridge, Orange Co, Vermont. She died on 20 Apr 1893 in Carimona, MN. She married AMOS L DAY.