On the mission back to England he was instrumental in obtaining a royal charter for Rhode Island and in defending its political independence from the threat of dominance by Massachusetts. He arrived the latter part of March of that year. On 17 November 1641, these men sent a letter to Massachusetts in which they complained of the "insolent and riotous carriage of Samuel Gorton and his company," and they petitioned Massachusetts to "lend us a neighborlike helping hand. As expressed in Williams" letter, " to preserve the lives and liberties of the people." This law, so early, could not be sustained. [Research of Sandra Flippen, WorldConnect], Marriage 1 Mary Maplet b: 12 MAR 1608/09 in Manchester (Lancashire) England, Married: 11 JAN 1629/30 in Manchester, Manchester (Lancashire) England. Samuel Gorton (1593–1677), was an early settler and civic leader of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and President of the towns of Providence and Warwick for one term. . Note: Gorton's oun words-"I was born in the town of Gorton, old England; not only I, but the fathers of my body for many generations. Although doctrinally opposed to them, he sent letters of loving sympathy to those that were imprisoned, and he was about the only man of prominence of that time, we can find, who kindly respected, even advocated, the rights of others to opinions differing with his own. "History of Rhode Island." He was a man of deep, strong feelings, keenly alive to every injury, though inflicted on the humblest of God's creatures. . Father of Samuel Gorton, II; Mahershallalhashbaz Coles; John Gorton; Elizabeth Crandall; Sarah Mace and 5 others; Elnathan Gorton; Mary Sanford; Ann Warner; Susanna Barton and Benjamin Gorton « less [23], Gorton's views on the role of government had transformed markedly during his time in England. The life and times of Samuel Gorton : the founders and the founding of the Republic : a section of early United States history and a history of the colony of Providence and Rhode Island plantations in the Narragansett Indian country now the state of Rhode Island, 1592-1636-1677-1687 : with a genealogy of Samuel Gorton's descendants to the present time. . "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; p. 313; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS). [23], Gorton remained in England while Holden returned to the American colonies in 1646 and presented the order to the Massachusetts authorities,[24] who found it unacceptable. . In 1648, May 10th, he, upon his return, landed in Boston, where he was so detained by the Massachusetts Magistrates in collusion with the Arnold-Coddington faction, in violation of the Parliament order, that it was impossible for him, a promising candidate for the chief office in the colony, to reach his government to be present at their annual court and election; whereupon Coddington, the Arnold candidate for the Presidency, whose treasonable acts and papers had confronted Gorton while in England, and against whom Gorton's testimony was desired by the court before the election, Coddington, against whom various bills of indictment thus deferred were pending, was fraudulently declared elected! He was a President of the Providence Plantations in 1651 and founder of the town of Warwick. Father of Samuel Gorton, II; Mahershallalhashbaz Coles; Elizabeth Crandall; Sarah Mace; Elnathan Gorton and 5 others. ", When the Governor stated, "all that own the King take away Gorton and carry him to prison," he replied, "all you that own the King take away Coddington and carry him to prison.". They settled south of the Pawtuxet River in an area which they called Shawomet. . The militia now had to escort Samuel safely back to Rhode Island and the government was ordered to never interfere with Samuel Gorton or the Gortonist’s again. He was married to Mary MAPLET before 1630 in England. 1637, March: Samuel Gorton landed in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of forty-four years, with his wife, his eldest son Samuel, then six years of age, and one or more other children. The clergy continued to preach against the Gortonists and some even urged the people to whom they were impressed to starve them to death. Philadelphia: George S. Ferguson Co., 1907. Father: *Thomas Gorton b: 1546 in Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire, England, Mother: *Anne Johnson b: BEF 2 MAR 1571 in Penrith, Cumberland, England c: 2 MAR 1571 in Penrith, Cumberland, England, Marriage 1 *Mary Elizabeth Maplett b: 12 MAR 1608 in St. Lawrence Jewry,London City, Middlesex (now London), England, Married: BEF 11 JAN 1630 in St Mary Magdalene Milk, London City, Middlesex (now London), England 2 3, "Life and Times of Samuel Gorton" by Adelos Gorton; George S. Ferguson Company, p. 162; Printers and Electrotypers; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1907 (929.2 G6886G ACPL, Publication: Release date: January 12, 1997, Title: Book: "Samuel Gorton Of Rhode Island And His Descendants" by Thomas Gorton, FAMILY HISTORY AND STORY OF SAMUEL GORTON. [14] At this point, he moved once again to an area called Pawtuxet along the Pawtuxet River, about five miles south of the settlement at Providence (later the dividing line between the Rhode Island towns of Cranston and Warwick). Despite the efforts of Winslow, and the delaying tactics employed by Massachusetts's agents in having him arrested on board the ship that was to take him home, on the eve of departure (and on a false charge of unpaid debts), Samuel Gorton finally returned to Rhode Island in May 1648. That he was courteous, affable and_ elegant, his very enemies admit, and even greviously complain of his seductive language. [1] Mary Gorton's brother was Dr. John Mayplet, physician to King Charles II.[1]. [32] In 1651, Gorton was chosen as President of the colony, but Coddington had been successful in gaining his commission to put the island towns under his own authority, so Gorton presided only over the plantations of Providence and Warwick. Having arrived in Boston at the height of the Ann Hutchinson affair (the "Antinomian Crisis") the Gortons rejected that oppressive society and moved on to Plymouth where it is reported that Samuel "began drawing away part of the congregation to a separate meeting"; but there is no evidence of this. Samuel married Mary Gorton, daughter of Benjamin and granddaughter of Samuel Gorton, Warwick's founder. It is often cited in mitigation of Massachusetts's actions in sending a band of forty musketeers "and many Indians" to sieze the "dangerous incendiary" Samuel Gorton dead or alive. Nothing is more probable than that such a man, in the presence of the Massachusetts Magistrates, felt his superiority and moved and spoke with somewhat more freedom than they deemed suited to their dignity. . For decades, territorial claims made by Massachusetts in the Narragansett region were an issue of contention for Roger Williams, who wanted to consolidate all of the towns around the Narragansett Bay into a unified government. [24], This success did not end Gorton's time in England, however; he had been called to preach and found many favorable audiences for his religious views. Death: 6 SEP 1724 Mother: SUSANNAH BURTON: Birth: ABT. The occasion must have given Gorton great personal satisfaction in witnessing his former persecutor's humiliation. . They had to wear leg irons. This faction also controlled the town government. Coddington eventually returned to power and set about removing those who had opposed him. etc. i, P- 454. [2], Gorton's early development centered around religious themes, and he was inspired by the Puritan's challenge to the established Anglican Church in early 17th century England. Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and his descendants Author: Gorton, Thomas, 1910-1997. No monument of marble or stone has ever marked their graves. was born on Feb 12 1592 in manchester, , , eng. [13] Here he became a resident, and on the last day of April 1639 he and 28 others signed a compact calling themselves subjects of King Charles and forming a "civil body politick. The item Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and his descendants, by Thomas Gorton represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Indiana State Library. He is most commonly described as "bewitching and bemadding" not only Providence but the whole of southern New England. From Humphrey Bogart to Julia Child, find out about seven famous Americans whose relatives came over on the Mayflower. xliv and xlvi. Samuel Gortons writing chair is in the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C. Residing in the British Museum is a manuscript called The Saxon Chronicles. By 1648, most New England leaders had it in for Samuel Gorton. This was not the real Gorton. In June, 1637, he, while a resident of Plymouth, joined one of the military companies which was raised in response to Massachusetts' call for aid to defend themselves against the Pequot Indians.6 In 1638 he led the opposition to the illiberal changes, delegate representation, etc. Miantonomo was called to Boston where he was humiliated before the court. His library contained volumes "in which the ancient statutes of his country were written. 1980 Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and His Descendants, Thomas Gorton. . It was clear that he viewed women with "a spiritual and social equality unusual for that time", as did other Puritan radicals, a position that was later embraced by the Quakers. . There are suggestions on the review page for improving the article. He soon became involved in many disputes with the Puritan government in Massachusetts, so much so that they tried to imprison him. Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and his descendants. my share of Meddow at Taskeunck . 1592: Samuel Gorton, born in the parish of Manchester, Lancashire, England, the English home having been for many generations at a village of the parish called "Gorton". "[6] Ultimately, however, Winslow's efforts failed when the English commission ruled in favor of Gorton. Samuel Gorton was married prior to 11 January 1629/30 to Mary Mayplet, the daughter of John Mayplet who was a haberdasher. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. In August 1646 Randal Holden returned to Rhode Island with ratification of the Williams patent, and a letter of safe conduct through Boston. Religious instruction in the home was expected of the godly householder but Samuel attracted outsiders, including those not granted a voice in the formal church - women and young people. Rhode Island colonial governor William Greene, as well as state governors William Greene, Henry Lippitt and Charles W. Lippitt are all descendants. He was one of the incorporators named in the 1663 new charter. No monu- ment of marble or stone has ever marked their graves. John Winthrop, Jr., 4th Ser. Other names on the deed, dated January 12, 1642, were: William Hutchinson, John Wickes, Sampson Shotten, and Robert Potter. This same year an order was issued from the Commissioners of Plantations (Rhode Island) to Massachusetts to suffer the petitioners, etc, "to freely and quietly to live and plant upon Shawomet (Warwick) and all other the lands included in the patent lately granted to them, without extending your jurisdiction to any part thereof or otherwise disquieting their consciences or civil peace," etc. He gave to others the same liberty of thought and expression that he claimed for himself. i, pp. Samuel had 6 siblings: Margaret Whitman , Ann Remington , Edward Gorton , William Gorton , Elizabeth Tallman and Sarah Collins . Samuel Gorton was even reinstated as magistrate in Portsmouth. [23] Gorton had gotten what he came for; the Commissioner of Plantations, responsible for overseeing the activities of the colonies, issued an order to Massachusetts to allow the residents of Shawomet and other nearby lands to "freely and quietly live and plant" without being disquieted by external pressures. Samuel's parents were influential and well to do, "not entirely unknown to the heraldry of England," wrote Judge George A. Brayton, Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Four or more generations of descendants of Samuel Gorton (1592-1677) if they are properly linked: 1. . thrust into the government by Prence, the then Governor of Plymouth, was snared into Prence's court and, for his contempt for it, banished. His career entailed the pursuit of the right to free speech and freedom of religion. Winthrop began to hear disturbing reports of broader support for the prisoners, particularly in Salem, where Randal Holden was held, and closer to Boston in Roxbury and Charlestown, where Richard Carder and Samuel Gorton were serving their sentences. Son of Thomas Gorton, of Gorton and Anne Gorton Samuel purchased from the Indians a tract of land in 1643 and settled there. He also appeared before another committee and was satisfactorily examined on his fitness to preach. [39] More than a century later, however, Rhode Island Secretary of State Samuel Eddy wrote, "In the case of Gorton... no one of the first settlers has received more unmerited reproach, nor any one suffered so much injustice. Son of Thomas Gorton, of Gorton and Anne Gorton. Gorton refused to allow her to appear and went in her place. Paying them for their lands instead of just taking it as many of the colonists did. Houses were broken into and ransacked while the occupiers were working in the fields, stones were thrown at women and children when the men were absent and other acts of robbery were common. They became friends with the Indians and Gorton and his older brother, Thomas, became adept in the Indian tongues. [37] Nathaniel Morton was the keeper of the Plymouth records for years, and he published a "libellous and scandalous" book about Gorton while he was still alive. To son Samuel he commits " the care of my beloved wife during widow- hood, if she live to be a widow, and she to be maintained with con- venient housing and necessaries ; " provision is also made for her " recreation in case she desires to visit her friends.". Yet, in ordinary life, no one was more plain, simple, and unaffected than Samuel. . ", On November 27, 1677, he deeded to his son Samuel the homestead at Warwick, to his son John all lands west of Warwick, other lands to Benjamin; and further deeded for love, etc., to sons-in-laws and daughters lands in Narragansett, viz. Professor the Misterys of Christ. Religious conversion, then, was the willingness to follow the dictates of this inner divinity, even against human authority. Gorton, John Greene and Randal Holden departed for London, probably in the late summer of 1645. "History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" by Thomas William Bickwell; pp. They later moved to Aquidneck and then to Warwick, Rhode Island. John S. Taylor, NY 1853, page 40. "[37] Later, Rhode Island historian and Lieutenant Governor Samuel G. Arnold wrote of Gorton: He was one of the most remarkable men that ever lived. In 1649 Gorton was chosen a member of the Assembly. The couple were married at the church of St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street, 20 May 1628. Samuel Gorton. [Researched and transcribed by Claire Gilbert Dietz, RIGENWEB], "Rhode Island Land Evidences, 1648 -1696" compiled by Dorothy Worthington; I:190; Rhode Island Historical Society; Providence, Rhode Island; 1921 (974.5 RI/Land Abstract SCGS) (974.5 R343L ACPL), 1677, December 10: Samuel died within a few days of eighty-six years. He befriended a Separatist elder who later moved to Holland. The Shawomet men refused the summons, claiming that they were loyal subjects of the King of England and beyond the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. They raided Samuel's home and burned it down. Massachusetts stepped up its attempts to absorb the Narragansett region and those who would eventually become Rhode Islanders continued to resist. 1637, June: He, while a resident of Plymouth, joined one of the military companies that were raised in response to Massachusetts' call for aid to defend themselves against the Pequot Indians. 3 Oct 1774, d. Williamston, MI, 8 Apr 1857; m. (1st) Elizabeth Towner; m. (2nd) ca 1831/2 Mrs. Louisa (Woodward) Chadwick, wid. They had no difficulties among themselves but that were lovingly arbitrated, and he "never raised his hand in violence against any human being, not even against his own children." He left, all right! He was a learned man, self-educated, studious, contemplative, a profound thinker, who in his spiritual meditations amid ancient Warwick's primeval groves wandered off into infinite and eternal realities, forgetful of earth and all earthly relations. In 1646 he secured from the Parliament Commissioners a mandate commanding the other colonies not to disturb the petitioners and inhabitants living within the bounds of their charter. Mary was remarkable not least in the posession of both reading and writing skills, unusual for a woman of the age. . England was under the rule of the Conformist, King James. Happily, he lived to see religious freedom secured to the colony in its Constitution. It is observable that his friends and the people, nearly all of whom were of dissimilar religious views who lived in Warwick, did not fall out with him or complain of him. However, like many of his peers and contemporaries in the region, Thomas was clearly prosperous in other fields as this was a man able to provide for the apprenticeship premiums of at least two of his four sons, Samuel and Edward (a carpenter), and the informal education, probably by private tutor, of at least one - Samuel. The Shawomet people changed the name of their town to Warwick in honour of the Earl of Warwick, Parliamentary "Governor for Foreign plantations", who confirmed the validity of the patent. To this day, several lines of Gortons live in the area. the majority of the court being against him, and they immediately suspending him from the government, and deputing and installing Jeremiah Clark President of the colony. Samuel Gorton. Such attitudes were being embraced by parliamentary leaders who were seeking broad support in their war against the king. He was dead by 10 December, though the exact date of his death was not recorded. [34] The people of Warwick were forced to flee their homes during the war and returned in the spring of 1677 to a barren wasteland and the task of rebuilding.[34]. There are various biographical sources including: Well known religious disserter, sectary and founder of the American sect of Gortonites. Gorton himself had been cast out of Boston, Plymouth, Aquidneck, and Newport before seeking refuge in Providence. Once charter government was established in Warwick, Gorton was satisfied and we hear no more of him making trouble. I . Roger Williams wrote to Governor Winthrope of Massachusetts under this date as follows: "Master Gorton having abused high and low at Aquidneck (Portsmouth, RI), is now bewitching and bemadding poor Providence, both with unclean and foul centures of all the ministers of this country...", A letter was sent this date signed by 13 persons, who complained of the "insolent and riotous carriage of Samuel Gorton and his company" and therefore petitioned Massachusetts to "lend us a neighborlike helping hand.". "Simplicities Defence Against Seven-Headed Policy," by Samuel Gorton London, 1646. Before leaving Providence Gorton had written a lengthy and highly critical letter to Massachusetts, attacking their government and intolerant religious practices, and refusing to obey summonses to the Boston court. Mary was the granddaughter of the Reverend John Mayplet, Rector of Great Leighs Parish in Essex, Vicar of Northolt in Middlesex, and a writer on the topics of natural history and astrology. . Both Williams and Hutchinson have been subject to fitting historical revision and rescued from the margins they had been consigned to. Samuel Gorton was baptized on 12 February 1592/3[a] in Manchester, Lancashire, England, the son of Thomas and Anne Gorton from the chapelry of Gorton, a part of Manchester. Mary Smith told Samuel "how glad she was that she could come into a family where her spirit was refreshed in the ordinances of God as in former days". unto my sonn John Gorton . The latter work includes an extensive account of Rhode Island's earliest colonial records. Samuel had private tutors who taught him the classics. He became part of the very civil authority which he had previously rejected, serving as an assistant, commissioner, deputy, and president of the two towns of Providence and Warwick. He was a man of courage, and when aroused no hero of the Iliad ever breathed language more impassioned or effective. [25] During his time in England, Gorton had become a prominent part of the Puritan underground, centered mostly around London, where divergent sectarian views were being shared and embraced. ^ The date is written this way in the original record. Birth: 12 FEB 1590 in Gorton, Lancashire, England 2 3, Death: 10 DEC 1677 in Warwick, Kent County,Rhode Island 2 3, Burial: Family Cemetery, Rocky Point Road, Warwick Cove, Warwick, Kent County, RI, Occupation: clothier of London, Middlesex (now London), England. [33] A remarkable statute during this administration was likely authored by Gorton, an act for the emancipation of slaves.[33]. [12][19] Once tried, the charges against Gorton and the others had nothing to do with the original complaints, but instead were about Gorton's letters, conduct, and religious views. This land with the buildings he had erected thereon he abandoned on account of claims made by his opponents with fraudu- lent underlying titles. Search. In 1644, upon Williams' return with the charter, which included the Narragansett lands (the greater part of the present State), a government was at once organized with Williams as Governor and Gorton as one of the Assistants: "The Government of the Providence Plantations." Massachusetts enlisted two Indian chiefs, Ponham and Soconoco, to get Gorton out. a. 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