Name: Elizabeth UNKNOWN 1 2
Change Date: 18 OCT 2015
Death: AFT 1686 in Probably in Barbadoes 1|
- Anne RODMAN
- Katherine RODMAN
- Thomas RODMAN b: 26 DEC 1640 in Probably in Barbados
- John RODMAN b: ABT 1653 in Barbados
- Title: History of Newport County, Rhode Island: from the year 1638 to the year, Url: HeritageQuest
Abbrev: History of Newport County, Rhode Island: from the
Page: History of Newport County, Rhode Island: from the year 1638 to the year ….
Doctor Thomas Rodman came to Newport with his younger brother, Dr. John Rodman in 1680. They were the sons of Dr. John Rodman of Christ Church parish, Barbadoes, where they had been long resident. Doctor Thomas Rodman had a wife, Sarah, previously, but so far as known, no children. In 1682, June 7th, he married Patience Malins, widow of Robert, and daughter of Peter and Ann (Coggeshall) Easton, and had a son Thomas and a daughter Ann. He married, third, Hannah, daughter of Governor Walter Clarke and had six children, of whom the second was the future Doctor Clarke Rodman. Doctor Thomas Rodman died January 17, 1727, aged 87 years and 16 days. He was born in 1640 and was, therefore, forty years old when he came to Newport. He soon became an important factor in the Quaker Society, to which his family belonged, as well as in public affairs, besides occupying a leading place in his profession, and for the fifty years, nearly, of his residence in Newport, he held high rank among her most respected citizens. His residence was the house on the west side of Thames street, second below the city hall, now the residence of Rowland Sherman, Esq., and late of his father, Job Sherman. Doctor Rodman’s progeny are very numerous, and hold many prominent positions throughout the country.
Doctor Thomas Rodman, Jr., son of Doctor Thomas and Patience (Easton) Rodman, was born in Newport, November 11, 1683, married September 20th, 1706, Katherine Fry, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Griffin) Fry, and died in South Kingstown, R. I., in 1775. He had nine children, from whom are descended many persons of great prominence, and the name is  among the leading ones in South Kingstown at this date. Doctor Rodman received his medical training from his father in Newport, and was equally influential and successful in the sphere of activity he had selected.
Doctor Clarke Rodman, second son of Doctor Thomas Rodman by his third wife, Hannah, daughter of Governor Walter and Hannah (Scott) Clarke, was born in Newport March 10th, 1699, and died August 30th, 1752. He married, January 3d, 1717, Ann, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Mowry) Coggeshall of Portsmouth, R. I. They had ten children, of whom Walter and Thomas were also physicians. Doctor Clarke Rodman followed in the footsteps of his father, ministering to the Newport people, promoting the interests of the community in which he lived, and of the religious society to which his family were attached, in a manner which inspired the esteem and respect of his contemporaries. He built and occupied the house corner Thames street and Touro, afterward removed to Bridge Street, and still standing, the site being occupied by Young’s brick block, in which house afterward lived successively, Doctors Hunter, Senter, Case, and Watson, down to 1837, about 100 years. The piece was given to him in the division of the estate of his grandfather, Governor Walter Clarke, whose own residence was the house next south of it, formerly Isaac Gould’s. This house is still standing, having been removed to Elm Street. He was an original member of Redwood Library Company.
Doctor Walter Rodman, eldest son of Doctor Clarke and Ann (Coggeshall) Rodman, was born in Newport August 13th, 1719, and died at Jamestown July 20th, 1753, aged 34 years. His wife was Rebecca Redwood, sister of Abraham, founder of the library, and daughter of Abraham and Patience (Howland) Redwood. They had no children. It is not known whether he practiced in Newport or on Conanicut, but it is probable that he lived on the farm on the west side of that island, still known as the Rodman farm, and it is certain that he died on that island. His widow married Joseph Clarke, for many years (1761 to 1792) treasurer of the colony and the state.
Doctor Thomas Rodman, Second, third son of Doctor Clarke and Mary (Coggeshall) Rodman, was born in Newport June 5th, 1726. He married, July 6th, 1750, Catherine, daughter of Deputy Governor John and Frances (Sanford) Gardner. He was admitted freeman of the colony in April, 1745, and signed the petition to the king in 1750. In 1758 he was commissioner relative to flags of truce. In February, 1759, “Mr. Thomas Rodman (son of Clarke Rodman, late of Newport, Physician, deceased) was elected Surgeon to the Regiment ordered by this government for the ensuing campaign.” In Febuary, 1760, he was reelected. A letter addressed to his wife from Sorel, now in existence, proves that he was engaged under Lord Amherst in that glorious campaign which resulted in the triumph of the British arms in North America. All this proves also that the religious sentiments of his ancestors had lost so much of their hold on the young surgeon as to have failed to restrain his patriotic ardor. In 1760, he was 34 years old, and had probably practiced in Newport for a dozen or more years, but no record is afforded of that interval, nor of his future. The time of his death is not known. He left a son, Walter, some of whose descendants are still living in Newport. This gives us an unbroken succession of Doctors Rodman in Newport from 1680 to 1760.
Doctor John Rodman, brother of Doctor Thomas of Newport, and son of Doctor John of Christ Church parish, Barbadoes, came to Newport in 1680 with his brother and practiced here for several years, and had several children born here. He was afterward at Block Island for some years, and went finally to Long Island, and has a large number of descendants in New York and New Jersey and elsewhere. He had a wife Mary, who, perhaps, came with him from Barbadoes. He died at Flushing, Long Island, July 10th, 1731, aged 78 years.
- Title: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
Abbrev: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
Author: Charles Henry Jones
Publication: Allen, Lane & Scott, 1886 - Barbados - 287 pages, HeritageQuest, 1886
Page: First Generation:
John Rodman, the progenitor of the nine generations contained in this book, died in the Island of Barbadoes sometime between the 16th of September and the 4th of December, 1686. His will bears the former date, and it was proved on the latter date. From whence he came is not now known. No memorials now exist in the family showing this fact, and the researches necessary to discover it from other sources have not been made. The only fact that has come under my notice which throws any light upon the subject is contained in the following passage from Rutty’s History of the Quakers in Ireland, page 366, published in 1751: - “In the year 1655, for wearing his hat on the Assizes in New Ross, was John Rodman committed to Gaol by Judge Louder, kept a prisoner for three months, then banished that country.” His banishment, no doubt, followed, because he conscientiously refused to purge himself of the contempt of Court. New Ross is a seaport and parliamentary borough of Ireland, situated on the estuary of the Barrow, partly in the county of Kilkenny, but chiefly in that of Wexford, eighty-four miles south-southwest from Dublin. Upon his banishment it is probably that John Rodman went to Barbadoes. By his will he devised a plantation “in the parish of Christ Church situated in the Irish Quarter, so called.” There is a logical connection between this fact and the one related by Rutty, which, if followed out, would, no doubt, throw much light upon the early history of the family. The island of Barbadoes was among the first settled of all the English colonies.  Some authorities fix its settlement as early as 1612. It was granted to James, Earl of Carlisle, in 1625. Sugar planting, the chief source of its prosperity, began between 1640 and 1646, and had attained fair perfection about 1650. Land was then worth about one hundred and fifty dollars an acre. Those who engaged in it grew rich, which “tempted gentlemen of good families and moderate estates to transport themselves thither.” 11 The British Empire in America, 1708, Vol. 2, p. 113. Some of these were of families which were “of the most ancient and honorable in England.”22 Ibid.
The life of a planter in Barbadoes is described as follows by an historian writing in 1708:33 The British Empire in America, 1708, Vol 2. “The inhabitants are ranked in these three orders: Masters (who are either English, Scots, or Irish, with some few Dutch, French, and Portuguese Jews), white servants, and slaves. The masters, merchants and planters, live each like little sovereigns in their plantations. They have their servants of the household and those of the field. Their tables are spread every day with a variety of nice dishes, and their attendants are more numerous than many of the nobility’s in England. Their equipages are rich, their liveries fine, their coaches and horses answerable, their chairs, chaises, and all the conveniences for their traveling magnificent.”
The following is a copy of the will of John Rodman:
“In the name of God – Amen. I John Rodman of the Parish of Christ Church in the aforesaid island, planter, being at this present weak of body but of sound and perfect memory, praised be God for it. – do constitute and make this my last will and testament – revoking all former wills by me made or caused to be made in manner and form as followeth viz –
“I commit my soul into the hands of God – trusting through the precious merit of Jesus Christ my alone Savior and Redeemer to obtain remission of all my sins and after this miserable and transitory life ended a joyful resurrection  and fruition of Eternal happiness in the world to come.
“I bequeath my body to the earth from whence it came – decently to be buried in the old church yard as near to my wife as may be deceased, with Christian burial which I leave to the discretion of my beloved wife.
“I give unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Rodman my whole estate real and personal, that is my plantation, that now we live on and my plantation that is rented out in the aforesaid parish – she paying my debts, and what I may be indebted and my funeral charges and that my said wife Elizabeth Rodman do enjoy my estate real and personal with all household stuff during her lifetime, to the intent, no sale made – conveyance be made of land, negroes or household stuff and that my said wife to be my whole and sole executrix.
“I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Rodman and to my son John Rodman, after my wife’s decease, my plantation that I now live on to be disposed of as they shall think fit – to them and their heirs.
“I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Twayt, after my wife’s decease one negro woman called Bridget, and one negro child and one negro woman called Funda to her and her heirs.
“I give to my daughter Katherine Brandreth my plantation that is rented out, containing four acres and a half or thereabouts in the parish of Christ Church situated in the Irish quarter so called, and one negro woman called Judah to her and her heirs forever after my wife’s decease.
“I give and bequeath to my son John Rodman, after my wife’s decease, and to his heirs one negro woman called Unjea.
“I give to my daughters Anne and Katherine, after my wife’s decease, all my household stuff to be equally divided between them; all which foregoing particulars I do ratify and confirm under my hand and seale [sic], to this  my last will and testament this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty-six.
Signed John Rodman
“Proved before Edwyn Hoode Governor – and recorded in the Secretary’s Office the 4th day of December 1686.”