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Lineage: Squcie4, Jeremiah3, John2, Thomas1

  FONES, c.1550-aft.1760
Related Families: West | Soule | Cole

Migration:  England>Washington Co., RI


        (1) Thomas Fownes, born about 1550 in BrIstol, England, died 24 April 1637 in Plymouth, Devon, England and was buried 13 Jun 1638 in Plymouth, Devon, England. He married firstabout 1596 in Travistock, Devon, England, Prudence Nichols; married second Joane Heale, daughter of Walter Heale of Knaton, Devon, England.
        Thomas was Free Merchant of Bristol in 1599, and was Mayor of Plymouth from 1611 to 1612 and from 1619 to 1620 when the Mayflower left. Parents of:


        (2) Capt. John Fones, born about 1635, died 20 December 1703 in Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island; married Margaret born. He was member of the court martial at Newport, for the trial of Indians charged with taking part in the war on behalf of King Philip in 1676. He was also Deputy from 1679 to 1681, and later was Majesty's Justice of the Peace in 1683, Clerk of the Court of Commissioners, Permanent Clerk of the Court of Records of Narragansett Province, and in 1698 was Assistant and Deputy.


  1. John, born September 1663, resident of North Kingstowne, died 20 December 1703; married Lydia Smith, daughter of Benjamin Smith and Lydia Carpenter.
  2. Jeremiah, mentioned below
  3. Samuel, born 1666, died December 1757; married first Anne Tibbets; married second Meribah Smith.
  4. Mary, born 1668; married on 29 January 1689 at Warwick, Rhode Island, John Greene.
  5. James, born 1670, died young.
  6. Daniel, died young.


        (3) Jeremiah Fones, born 1664, died 29 April 1747 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island; married first in 1694 Elizabeth Havens; married second on 9 November 1710 in Jamestown, Newport Co., Rhode Island, Martha West, born 1675 in Kings Towne, Rhode Island, died 2 December 1764 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island, daughter of Francis West, born about 1640, died 1687 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island, and his wife Susanna Soule, born 1642 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, died 1684 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island.


  1. Squcie "Excuse" Fones, born 23 February 1718/1719 in Jamestown, Rhode Island; married 13 July 1747 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island, Benjamin Cole, born 1716 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island, died 18 January 1812 in North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island. The identity of Squcie Fones, the last child of Martha and Jeremiah Fones, whose birth was recorded without a name is determined from the will of Martha's step-son Capt. Jeremiah Fones, who names his half-sister Squcie Cole, and the will of Martha's son Samuel, who names his sister Squcie Place.  Her identity is also established by a deed. In Nov 1745 Thomas Place sold land to Scusie [sic] Place, widow to his brother Samuel Place. Her children Samuel, James and Hannah were named in the probate of the estate of Samuel Place. Her daughter, Squcie Place, was born posthumously. After Benjamin died, Squcie married Samuel Place. On 5 May 1747 Daniel Fones was appointed guardian to Samuel Place, Jr., and as the guardian of Samuel Place, Jr., sold the proerty of Samuel Place, Sr., deceased.
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