John LAPHAM was born in 1635 in Devon, England, United Kingdom. He died before 5 Apr 1710 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in 1710 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. John married 1, 2 Mary MANN on 6 Apr 1673 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST
Whole Number 93 Volume XXIV, No. 1 January, 1948
"John Lapham, the first we find any account of in America, came from Devonshire, England, a weaver by trade, to Providence, at which place he married Mary Mann, daughter of William Mann, and settled near burying place hill. The Indian War breaking out they wereobliged to retire to Rhode Island and their house was burned by the Indians. Sometime after he went to Dartmouth and settled there and had four Sons and one daughter.
"Thomas, their second son, after arriving at man's estate, built a house in Providence on one of the seven acre lots toward the lower end of the town near where Dr. Gibbs has since lived but soon after died a single man well beloved by his neighbors.
"William, the third son, lived to grow up, fell into a melancholy state of mind and put an end to his life by hanging himself to a tree.
"John, the eldest son, married Mary Russell, daughter of Joseph Russell of Dartmouth, whose wife was Elizabeth Fobes of the family of Fobes at Bridgewater and sister of William Fobes in Seconnet, by whom John had five sons and nine daughters, viz.: Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Rebecca, Joseph, Mary, Frances, Benjamin, Ruth, Bathsheba, Joshua, Hannah, Sylvia and Elizabeth.
"Elizabeth, the eldest, married Amos Taber of Dartmouth by whom she had two children, Hannah and Jethro, and died from fever when her son was about three months old.
"John, the second child, married Desire Rowland, daughter of Benjamin Rowland of that town, by whom he had two sons and one daughter, Benjamin, Jonathan and Jemima. His wife died in the year 1760 odd. He has since married a widow White and now lives at the Nine Partners. He has lived some part of his life at Smithfield near Providence.
"Thomas, the third child, married Abigail Wilbur, daughter of Benjamin Wilbur, by whom he had four sons and five daughters, viz.: Sylvia, David, Phebe, Abigail, Thomas, Bathsheba, Jethro, Augustus and Lillis. David died when near twenty one, Abigail at the same time aged about sixteen, and both were buried in one grave. Lillis died when eight months old. The others all lived to marry and have children. He died when near seventy four and his wife Abigail about the same age.
"Rebecca, the fourth child, married Barnabas Rowland of Dartmouth, son of Benjamin Rowland, by whom she had two sons end four daughters. All lived to marry and have children.
"Joseph, the fifth child, married Mary Ballou, daughter of Jonathan Ballou of Smithfield, by whom he had nine children, viz.: Abner, Rebecca, Amy, Lovina, Naomi, John, [Frances], Mary and Abigail. Amy died aged one year, nine months. Lovina died in her seventeenth year. Naomi lived only two weeks. The others all married and had children. He now lives in Cumberland.
"Mary, the sixth child, at about twenty years of age grew melancholy and became delirious but not very troublesome. She lives now at Glocester with her niece.
"Frances, the seventh child, married Nathan Sowdish, son of William Bowdish of Dartmouth, by whom she had two children. Both are married and now live at Oblong.
"Benjamin, the eighth child, married Lydia Ballou, daughter of Samuel Ballou of Smithfield, by whom he had three children, James, Mary and Lydia. They are all deceased and their mother also. He married the second time Mary Mann, daughter of John Mann of Smithfield, by whom he had ten children, viz.: Lydia, Sarah, Stephen, Gideon, George, Elizabeth, Abigail, Silas, BenjamIn and Ruth. All are livlng except Gideon. Silas, Lydia,Sarah and Stephen are married. They moved from Smithfield to Hoosec about twelve years ago.
"Ruth, the ninth child, married Seth Sherman, son of Daniel Sherman of Dartmouth, by whom she had two sons and three daughters of which one son died young. The other ch!ldren all married. She died about 1758.
"Bathsheba, the tenth child, married John Gifford, son of Benjamin Gifford. They now live at the Nine Partners.
"Joshua, the eleventh child, married Hannah Sherman, daughter of David Sherman of Dartmouth, by whom he had ten children, all living but one. He now lives at Hoosac.
"Hannah, the twelfth child, married three husbands, Joseph Brown, Jacob Aldrich and Richard Estes. The last is now living. She had four children by Joseph Brown. They are all living.
"Silvia, the thirteenth child, died young.
"Elizabeth, the fourteenth child, lived to marry, had one child and died. Her husband's name was Benjamin Sherman, son of Thomas Sherman of Dartmouth.
"Nicholas (son of John1 Lapham) lived till old and married Mary Arnold, daughter of John Arnold of Smithfield, and had three sons and two daughters, vIz.: Abigail, Solomon, Rebecca, Nicholas and Arnold. Rebecca died after a woman grown, unmarried. Arnold became non compos mentis. The others all married.
"Mary (daughter of John1 Lapham) married Charles Dyer who settled a little west of Providence. They had six children, vIz.: Charles, Wary, John, Samuel, Elizabeth and William."
S. F. Peckham writes: "John Lapham appeared In Providence about 1660. He was an ardent Qauker and soon became actively identified with the sect in Rhode Island, though there are no records known to me that he was subject to persecution amounting to personal violence. He lived in a house near the North Burying Ground, then on a hill at the north suburbs of the town. At the outbreak of King Philip's War, in 1676, when Providence was burned, John Lapham's house was burned and he fled to Newport with most of the inhabitants of Providence.
"1675. John Lapham was freeman in Providence and Deputy to the General Court; in 1675 he was constable.
"1682. He went to Dartmouth, Mass.
"1699, Jan. 6. At a meeting held at John Laphem's house in Dartmouth the following agreement was made: 'At a man's meeting in the town of Dartmouth, the 6 day of the 11 month 1698-9, at the house of John Lapham, wee underwritten, Peleg Slocum, Jacob Mott, Abraham Tucker and John Tucker, the day of the year above written, undertake to build a meeting house for the people of God in Scorn called Quakers, 55 foot long, 50 foot wide and 14 foot studs, to worship and serve the true and living God in according as they are persuaded in Continence they Ought to Do, and for no other use, Interest or purpose, but as afores'd and when one or more of us decease,
then immediately the survivors Choose others in our room, together with the Consent of the assembly of the s'd people, so to be and Remain to us and them forever as afores'd, which s'd house shall be completely finished at or before the 10 day of the 8 month next Insuing the date hereof.
‘In witness hereto wee subscribe our names with our own hands. And further wee of said Society of people toward the building of said House of our own free will Contribute as followeth:
John Thcker £10 Ebenezer Allen £5
Peleg Slocum 15 Ebenezer Slocurn 5
John Lapham 5 Jacob Mott 5
Nathaniel Rowland 5 Benjamin Rowland 2
Abraham Tucker 10 Pichard Evens 1
Increase Allen 5 12s Judah Smith 1
"This was the original Apponepansett Meeting House, the first Friends Meeting House built in Dartmouth. Since then another and larger one has been built on the same spot. The House was built the same year. At one time John Lapham owned 250 acres of land in and about Providence."