Harrington Family Genealogy Forum
Benjamin Harrington of Providence, Rhode Island
I am indebted to Dorothy (Bennett) Inderkum of Sacramento,
California for generously sharing with me the results of her
research. A principal source in the information below is The
Hearnden Line, compiled for Mrs. J.M. Morrison, 1944, by Winifred
(Lovering) Holman, S.B.; F.A.S.G., Lexington, Massachusetts. A
copy is available at the Library of The New England Historic
Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. The name seems to
originally have been Hearnden, Herndell, etc. but became
established as Harrington by the third generation in New England.
It should be noted that Benjamin-1 Harrington was not the son of
John-1 and Anne (Clinton) Harrington of Charlestown, Massachusetts
as appears in some sources.
1. Benjamin-1 Harrington died at Providence, Providence County,
Rhode Island between February 1686/7 and 17 May 1687 and was buried
in the North Burying Ground, Providence, Rhode Island (John O.
Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island) He married,
probably in Massachusetts, before December 1647 Elizabeth White
(William-1). Elizabeth was born about 1630 and died at Providence,
Rhode Island after December 1701; she married second, as his second
wife, Richard Pray, who died before 13 December 1701, whose first
wife, Mary _____, died in 1686. Elizabeth was the daughter of
William-1 and Elizabeth (_____) White of Boston, Massachusetts.
Benjamin was probably living in Essex County, Massachusetts in
December 1647 when he was presented in Lynn for beating his wife,
as witnessed by Ezekiel Gilbert and Henry Collins. Apparently,
Elizabeth was not free from scandal herself. She was presented for
stealing clothes from Mary Pray and was ordered to make double
restitution. (Essex Court Files, 1:133,137)
Benjamin first appears in Providence, Rhode Island in 1651
when he had a privilege of 25 acres for which he paid and received
quittance in March. He was taxed 4 shillings in June of 1652. On
27 October 1656, Providence "ordered yt William White be
accomodated with a house Lot adjoining to Benjamin Herndell his
house lot and further according to convenience Ordered yt
inlargeing of Benjamine Herndell his lot." (Early Providence
Records, hereinafter EPR)
On 17 February 1659, Benjamin was brought into court by a œ10
bond to answer to "the breach of peace and fright comitted on the
family of william white, of this Towne." William White was also
bonded œ10 to appear at the next town court in Providence to
prosecute Benjamin. (EPR, 15:75-76)
William White of Boston, bricklayer, with consent of wife of
Elizabeth, for œ20 sterling, "payd by Elizabeth the wife of
Benjamin Herenden of providence" confirmed to Benjamin land,
dwelling house, and other housing in Providence on 16 October 1662.
In his Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, Austin states
that Benjamin's will was presented for probate 4 April 1688 and an
inventory of goods and property totalling œ142-07-02 was taken on
27 May 1687 without citing a source. On 20 October 1688,
"Elizabeth, now wife of Richard Pray, deeded to her son, Isaac
Hearnden, the homestead, houses, orchard, etc. which were given
her, for life, by the will of her late husband, dated 1 Feb
1686[/87], of which she was named executrix. (EPR, 5:34-37) It was
suggested in an unidentified manuscript at The New England Historic
Genealogical Society, that Isaac may have been the youngest child
and perhaps this deed was a gift from Elizabeth to get Isaac
started in married life.
Isaac must have deeded this land back to his mother, because
on 13 December 1701 she sold to Joseph Whipple of Providence her
"dwelling house and all land thereunto lieing and adjoyneing (part
belonged to husband Benjamin Hearnden and to my father William
White)..." which was to revert to son Isaac Hearnden upon
Elizabeth's decease, but which she had purchased by a deed from
Isaac. (EPR, 4:219). This is supported by the Holman manuscript
which indicates that on 10 February 1689, "Isaac Hearnden of
Providence for a valuable consideration... also for the duty of
Naturall love & affection I beare unto my deare Mother Elizabeth
Prey... (home stall & house)..."; it not clear what is the source
of this record.
Whatever the case in these confusing purchases, on 9 June 1701
Elizabeth had made it very clear who owned what: "Whereas there is
a fame gone abroad that there is Some person or persons intending
to purchase the house & land to it adjoyneing which lieth in ye
Towne of Providence... which formerly belonged unto Benjamin
Hearnden Sen-r of said Providence (deceased) and to purchase it of
Isaac Hearnden hath no Right... to ye said house, nor inn or to any
of the said lands, neither by Reversion nor any other wayes; But
all the Right... to the said house & lands wholy belongeth unto me
Elizabeth Prey (widow), formerly Elizabeth Hearnden; as may appeare
by a deede under the said Isaac Hearnden his hand & seal, and I the
said Elizabeth Prey, Doe therefore by these presents forbid all &
Every person or persons whome so ever; for Bargaineing or
purchaseing the said house and lands, or any part hereof, of the
said Isaac Hearnden: 9 June 1701 Elizabeth Prey formerly Elizabeth
Hearnden." (EPR, 5:256)
Children, born in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
(Warren Adrian Barber, correspondence, 14 September 1998):
ii. Benjamin Jr., b. ca. 1650; d. Providence, RI 18 April
1694; m. Providence, RI 1670 Lydia Wells, b.
Providence, RI 1652, d. 1710.
iii. Alice, b. 1651; d. Providence, RI after 1718; m.
Providence, RI 25 Dec 1669 Daniel Browne, b.
Providence, RI ca. 1642, d. Providence, RI 29 Sep
1710, son of Chad and Elizabeth (Sharparowe)
Browne, (New England Historical and Genealogical
iv. Joseph, b. 1652; d. North Smithfield, Providence Co.,
RI 19 April 1694; m. 1671 Sarah Tillinghast, b.
Providence, RI 1652.
Children, b. Providence, RI, surname
Hearnden/Harrington: 1. Richard, b. 1674; freeman
at Coventry, Kent Co., RI 1742; resided at North
Kingstown, Washington Co., RI. 2. Elizabeth, b.
Jan 1674/75. 3. Ebenezer, b. 21 June 1681; d.
after 1778; freeman at Warwick, Kent Co., RI 1734;
resided at North Kingstown, Washington Co., RI in
May 1778. 4. Job, b. Dec 1683; m. Martha Elizabeth
Weeden, b. Providence, RI ca. 1678. 5. Joseph, b.
before 1690; d. after 1754. 6. child.
v. Sarah-2, b. 1654; d. Providence, RI 2 April 1677; m.
Providence, RI 15 May 1675 David Whipple, son of
John and Sarah (_____) Whipple, c. Dorchester, MA
28 Feb 1656, d. 18 Dec 1710, m. (2) 11 Nov 1677
Hannah Tower (New England Historical and
Genealogical Register, 32:403-407).
Child, surname Whipple: 1. David.
vi. Thomas, b. 1655; d. Providence, RI before Aug 1722; m.
Providence, RI 1685 Hannah _____.
vii. Mary, b. 1658; d. 1707; m. Providence, RI 14 Oct 1675
Andrew Edmonds, b. 1639, d. 1695.
viii. William, b. 20 Aug 1660; d. Providence, RI 27 Aug
1727; m. (1) Ester _____, d. 1694-95; m. (2)
Deliverance _____, d. 1728.
Children, surname Hearnden/Harrington: 1.
Thomas. 2. Elisha. 3. William. 4. Benjamin. 5.
Solomon. 6. Preserved. 7. Abigail, m. _____
Tucker. 8. Ester. 9. Keziah. 10. Meribah. 11.
ix. John, b. 1662; d. (then Scituate, now) Foster,
Providence Co., RI 1738-1741; m. 1698 Lydia _____.
Children, surname Hearnden/Harrington: 1. John.
2. Josiah, m. perhaps Elizabeth Bennett (John-3-2,
Edward-1). 3. Amos. 4. Jonathan. 5. Stephen.
2. x. Isaac, b. 1668; m. Sarah _____.
I am seeking all genealogical and biographical details for the
family documented above including their ancestors, children, and
grandchildren and the spouses thereof, including the full names of
those spouses' parents. All additions and corrections, however
speculative, will be greatly appreciated. Please send a copy of
any response directly to me. I subscribe to many lists and post to
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Canandaigua, New York USA
- Re: BENJAMIN-1 HARRINGTON; d. RI 1687 Perry Streeter 3/23/01
- Re: BENJAMIN-1 HARRINGTON; d. RI 1687 casey harrington 6/28/00
- Re: BENJAMIN-1 HARRINGTON; d. RI 1687 Julie Daniels 10/26/99
- ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 Perry Streeter 3/06/99
- Re: ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 Elizabeth Herrington 4/26/03
- Re: ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 charlou dolan 1/19/02
- Jemima (Harrington) Bennett charlou dolan 1/18/02
- Re: ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 Allen Niles 8/30/01
- Re: ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 Leila Balis 4/21/01
- Re: ISAAC-2 HARRINGTON; b. Providence, RI 1668; d. Norwich, CT 1727 Nan Brandon 9/02/99