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  • ID: I102130
  • Name: Margaret GROSSE 1
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 19 OCT 2015
  • Birth: 02 JUN 1718 in Flushing, Long Island, New York

    Father: Thomas GROSSE
    Mother: Elizabeth UNKNOWN

    Marriage 1 John RODMAN b: 14 MAY 1679 in Island of Barbadoes
    • Married: 07 AUG 1705 1
    1. Has Children Mary RODMAN b: in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    2. Has Children John RODMAN b: 1714 in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    3. Has Children Thomas RODMAN b: 1716 in Flushing, Long Island, New York

    1. 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
        Name: HeritageQuest

      Page: 3. JOHN RODMAN (John). He was b. in 1653. By Hotten’s Lists (p. 484), he appears among the inhabitants of Christ Church Parish Barbadoes, Dec. 22, 1679 as the owner of forty-seven acres and thirteen negroes. At that time forty-seven acres in Barbadoes was worth as much as five thousand acres in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Two of his children were b. in Barbadoes, John, May 14, 1679, and Mary, July 5, 1681. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and while he lived in Barbadoes was fined thirteen hundred and fifty pounds of sugar “for default of appearing in the Troop.” He subsequently removed to Newport, R. I., about 1682, whither his brother Thomas had preceded him in 1675. He resided in Newport for five or six years, and was admitted a freeman of that place May 6, 1684. Three of his children, Samuel, Joseph, and William, were b. there. In 1684, he purchased a large tract of land on Block Island, which remained in his descendants for a century. April 8, 1686, he purchased from James Budd four hundred and ninety two acres in Burlington County, N. J., and April 14, 1686, he purchased five hundred acres in the same county from William Biddle. This land passed by descent to his sons and grandsons. April 12, 1751, Scammon Rodman, for John Rodman’s estate, offered for rent “a dwelling-house with sundry tracts of [13] land, containing in all upwards of seven hundred acres of fine pasture and meadow or mowing ground, situate on Block Island, alias New Shoreham, in the County of Newport, and also 3/16ths of the undivided part of said island, with the following stock, viz., 850 good sheep and lambs, 51 head of neat cattle, 5 fine breeding mares, and 3 young horses. Also, eight thousand chestnut rails.” The town-book of Block Islnad shows that on June 20, 1758, Scammon and Samuel Rodman, of Burlington, N. J., gave notice to trespassers that the Estate of John Rodman owned the “three-sixteenths of the undivided part of said island.” This property was afterwards sold by William Rodman (John, John, John), of Bucks County, Pa., to Nathan Gardner and Rowland Robinson.
      John Rodman removed to Block Island about 1688, and resided there for two or three years. One of his daughters, Ann, was b. there Aug. 11, 1689. He was admitted a freeman of Block Island April 7, 1690. Owing to hostilities between England and France, and its exposed position, Block Island was at that time subject to the plunder of French vessels of war and privateers. In July 1689, a French fleet entered the harbor, and plundered the inhabitants of their clothing and valuables. “They entered the house of Dr. John Rodman, a skillful physician and devoted Quaker, and insulted his wife, ‘a very desirable gentlewoman,’ between whom and the insolent Frenchman the doctor sprang, as the ruffian cocked his pistol at Rodman, who bared his bosom and said, ‘Thou mayest do it if thou pleases, but thou shalt not abuse my wife.’”11 History of Block Island, by Rev. S. T. Livermore, A. M., pp. 16, 17, 18. He is described at that time by the Rev. Samuel Niles as follows: “A gentleman of great ingenuity, and of an affable, engaging behavior, of the profession of them called Quakers. He also kept a meeting in his house on the Sabbaths, with exhortations until good works, after the manner of the teachers in that Society, but more agreeably than I suppose is common with them, whose meetings I had attended in my younger time.22 Ibid., p. 190. [14]
      In the summer of 1690, a French privateer, manned by French, English, and Mustees, appeared in the harbor, and took a number of the inhabitants, who were at the landing, prisoners, including men and women, were brought to his house by the privateersmen. They imprisoned the men in an upper room; but Dr. Rodman refused to leave his wife and children. Finding that threats were of no avail, they consented to release him and his family. A neighbor’s wife, whose husband was absent, requested permission to accompany them. Dr. Rodman refused to leave the house while a woman or child remained in it, whereupon one of the ruffians made a pass at him with his sword, which was parried by a confederate. Finding themselves thwarted and defied, they released their prisoners, and left the island with their plunder.33 Memoir of William Rodman, by Charles Henry Jones, p. 7.
      These repeated hostile incursions made Dr. Rodman’s residence on Block Island so uncomfortable that he removed to Flushing, L. I., about 1691, retaining his estate on Block Island. He is recorded among the inhabitants of Flushing in 1698, with his wife Mary, nine children, John, Samuel, Joseph, William, Thomas, Anne, and Elizabeth, and eleven negro servants.44 Doe. History of New York, vol. 1, p. 664. On the 26th of July, 1698, he was admitted a freeman of the City of New York. He is described as a “Chirurgeon,” in the document conferring this freedom of the city upon him. He resided in New York City for a few years, and one of his daughters, Hannah, was b. there. He owned the land on the East river front at the foot of John Street. What is now known as “Burling’s Slip,” was called “Rodman’s Slip,” after him, for upwards of a century, and is so marked upon old maps of the City of New York. About 1702 he returned to Flushing, L. I., where he continued to reside for the remainder of his life in the active practice of his profession. He d. July 10, 1731, at the age of 78. He was a [15] man of great force of character, of earnest piety, and was very much respected by those among whom he lived. The records of the Society of Friends at Flushing, L. I., contain the following note of his death: “John Rodman, an eminent doctor, did abundance of good in that practice, and was also a worthy minister of the gospel in this town about 40 years; a man beloved by all sorts of people, lived to a good old age, about 78 years, died ye 10 day of 7 mo., 1731.”
      He m. Mary Scammon, who was b. in 1663, and d. at Flushing, L. I., Feb 24, 1748, aged 85 years and 1 month.
      They had twelve children.
      14. John Rodman, b. May 14, 1679; d. July 13, 1756; m. 1st Margaret Grosse; 2d, Mary Willett.
      15. Mary Rodman, b. in Barbadoes, July 5, 1681; d. at Newport, R. I., Feb 7, 1683.
      16. Samuel Rodman, b. in Newport, R. I., Aug. 6, 1683; d. in New York City, May 1, 1720.
      17. Joseph Rodman, b. April 11, 1685; d. Sept. 1759; m. 1st, Sarah Lawrence; 2d, Helena Willett.
      18. William Rodman, b. in Newport, R. I., May 20, 1687; d. May 23, 1704.
      19. Anne Rodman, b. Aug 11, 1689; d. 1715; m. Walter Newberry.
      20. Thomas Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., Feb. 1682; d. Oct., 1693.
      21. Mary Rodman, b. Dec 20, 1693; m. John Willett.
      22. Elizabeth Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., Jan 24 1696; d. Oct., 1701.
      23. Thomas Rodman, b. Jan 9, 1698; m. Elizabeth Scott.
      24. Hannah Rodman, b. Aug 6, 1700; m. 1st, Jonathan Dickinson; 2d, Samuel Holmes.
      25. Elizabeth Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., March 7, 1702; d. Dec 22, 1724; m. Oct 10, 1723; Thomas Masters, Jr., son of Thomas Masters, merchant of Philadelphia, who was one of the Provincial Judges of Pennsylvania in 1903, the court consisting of William Clark, Edward Shippen, and himself; Mayor of Philadelphia in 1708; and Provincial Councillor of Pennsylvania from 1720 to 1723. He was a prominent member of the Society of Friends. After their marriage they lived at his father’s home on Front Street, Philadelphia. His father d. in January, 1725, and by his will devised this property with its river front and the stable and grounds thereto belonging, situated on the south side of Market Street, to his son Thomas Masters in fee, together with his coaches, coach-horses, furniture, and two negroes. He also devised to him a piece of land in the Northern Liberties, between Germantown and Frankford Roads. Thomas Masters, Jr., afterwards m. Hannah Dickinson, dau. of Jonathan [16] Dickinson, who d. March 1734. He was b. Nov. 19, 1697, and d., without issue, Dec. 1740. By his will he left all his estate to his brother, William Masters.
      No issue.
      5. Katherine Rodman (John), m. Timothy Brandreth, who afterwards removed to West Jersey. They had one daughter.
      26. Mary Brandreth, m. at Flushing, L. I., April 9, 1709, Jonathan Hustes.
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