Roger Mowry who came from England to, Boston in 1631. After marrying here and moving about several times, Roger Mowry settled permanently in Providence county, Rhode Island, where his descendants remained for many generations.
There have been four Mowry genealogies published; three by William A. Mowry. One of these covers Roger Mowry, son, Nathaniel, and his descendants; one covers Nathaniel's brother, John's descendants; one covers Richard Mowry, heading the fifth generation of one line of the descendants of Nathaniel; and the other covers Augustus Mowry, heading the sixth generation of another line of the descendants of Nathaniel. Many of these early Mowrys were Quakers, and the descendants of Richard were predominantly so.
In addition to these genealogies, Mr. Arlon Mowry has, at his own expense, erected near the city of Woonsockett Rhode Island, a huge white bronze monument 51/2 feet square by 16 feet high on which are inscribed the first several generations of the descendants of Roger Mowry.
There were originally many different ways of spelling the name, such as Mory, Morey, Morie, Moury, Moorey, Moorie, Mooree, Mawrey, Mawry, and Mowry, but soon Mowry became the most used. However, about 1880, the members of our subject, Philips line, adopted the "Morey" spelling, but other lines have adhered to the "Mowry" spelling to this day. The adoption of the "Morey" spelling was influenced by the coming to this country from England many others than the Roger Mowry line, and they used the Morey spelling at their arrival.
The names and authors of the four Mowry genealogies are:
The descendants of Nathaniel Mowry of Rhode Island by William A. Mowry-1878. There is a supplement to this-1900.
The descendants of John Mowry of Rhode Island. By William A. Mowry-1909
A family history of Richard Mowry of Uxbridge, Mass. By William A. Mowry-1878.
The Descendants of Augustus Mowry- 1784 to 1941. By Robert M. Mowry 1942
Roger Mowry, parents unknown, was born about 1606, died Jan. 5, 1666, married 1634 Mary Johnson-issue;
Roger d. y. .
Jonathan b. 1637
Bethia b. 1640
Elizabeth b. l643
Nathaniel b. 1644- d March 24,1718
John b- 1645
Mehitable b. 1646
Joseph b. 1647
Benjamin b. 1649
Thomas b. 1652.
Hannah b. 1656
Roger Mowry was born in England, and with Roger Williams, a possible relative, came to America, probably on the ship, Lion, which sailed prom Bristol, Eng., Dec.1,1630, and arrived in Boston, Feb.5, 1631. Both took the freeman's oath in Boston May 8, 1631. In 1634, Roger Mowry married Mary Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Mary of Roxbury, Mass. Roger Mowry and Roger Williams moved about together, from Boston to Salem, where Roger Mowry joined the Church, and then to Providence, Rhode Island where Roger Mowry died. Speculation regarding his age at his death resulted in the estimate that he was not over 60. He was, therefore, born about 1606.
See Heath connection by Douglas Richardson, NEHGR #146 pages 261-278
The following is from "The Great Migration Begins" by Robert Charles Anderson
FIRST RESIDENCE: Salem
REMOVES: Lynn by 1646, Providence by 1652
OCCUPATION: Neat herd at Salem, 1636-41 [STR 1:41, 109]; innkeeper at Providence by 1655 [RICR 1:313]. In 1657 the Rhode Island Treasurer was ordered to pay Roger "Moorie" 1s. 6d. out of the treasury "for this day's firing & house room" [PrTR 2:110].
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: In list of Salem church members compiled in late 1636 [SChR 5] (annotated "removed").
FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 (as "Roger Mawry") [MBCR 1:366].
EDUCATION: He could sign his name [PrTR 1:63], and his wife made her mark [PrTR 3:213].
OFFICES: Essex petit jury (from Salem), 25 January 1641[/2] [EQC 1:33].
Providence constable, 1655 [PrTR 2:81]; one of six men chosen to hear cases in Providence 1662 [PrTR 3:37]; in later life frequently a Providence juryman.
ESTATE: In the Salem land grant of 1636 "Roger Morie" received 40 [or 50] acres "next to Mr. Cole" [STR 1:20; 26]. On 14 August 1637, he requested a "spot of ground by Estye's" [STR 1:54-55]. He was granted three-quarters of an acre of marsh on 25 December 1637, with a household of five [STR 1:103].
He had fifty acres laid out 20 February 1637 and on 20 July 1638 he was granted a strip of meadow of 2½ acres and 1½ acres of upland [STR 1:71].
Land was laid out in Providence to Roger Mowry in early 1656 at his request [PrTR 2:92]. On 27 August 1656 he had a house lot laid out to him upon the hill against Robert Williams's meadow [PrTR 2:97]. On 15 January 1658 he bought a house and four acres from Robert Colwell [PrTR 2:16] and sold it to Thomas Olney Sr. of Providence 19 March 1658/9 [PrTR 1:62-63]. On 7 April 1660 was granted six acres of land and three acres of meadow in exchange for land that he had been previously granted [PrTR 2:126]. On 12 June 1660 he sold ninety acres of land a mile outside of Providence to John Acres of Dorchester [PrTR 1:14-6, 3:118]. On 23 November 1660 Henry Neale of Braintree, carpenter, sold Mowry everything he had in Providence, including his house, which had been purchased from Daniel Comstock [PrTR 1:57-8]; on 3 February 1661/2 Mowry sold the right of commonage that came with this land to William Carpenter [PrTR 1:85]. On 4 May 1661 Samuel Comstock's widow, Anne Smith of Providence, sold Mowry four acres in the row of houses in the the north part of Providence, next to a parcel already owned by Mowry [PrTR 1:58-9]. Mowry sold Robert Colwell's right of commonage to William Carpenter of Pautuxett on 22 December 1662 [PrTR 1:70-76]. In the Division on the East Side of the Seven Mile Line, Roger Mowry drew lot #74 on 19 February 1665[/6] [PrTR 3:73].
On 3 June 1685 Timothy Brookes reveals that "for & in satisfaction of a certain sum of money which the said Roger Mawrey promised unto the said Eldad Kinsley in marriage with his said daughter Mehittabell for part of her portion, [Mowry] did ... give ... unto the said Eldad Kinsley a certain quantity of land containing by estimation twelve acres" [PrTR 14:129].
Although Roger Mowry had made her his executrix, the widow Mary ultimately refused administration of his insolvent estate [RICR 2:244]. She later accepted administration, but neither will nor inventory survive and were missing as early as 1677 when a review of town books which had survived King Philip's war revealed that the administration papers and bond were missing. She may have been an ineffective administratrix, for son Jonathan claimed before a Providence town meeting that he had taken possession of twelve acres of upland that had been his father's right, being the "son & heir apparent" [PrTR 8:93].
BIRTH: By about 1610 based on date of freemanship.
DEATH: Providence 5 January 1666[/7] [NEHGR 52:207].
MARRIAGE: By 1637 Mary Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON. She married (2) Rehoboth 14 January 1673 John Kingsley [ReVR 220] and was buried at Rehoboth 6 January 1678/9 [Early Rehoboth 1:32].
i JONATHAN, bp. Salem 2 April 1637 [SChR 16]; m. (1) Plymouth 8 July 1659 Mary (Bartlett) Foster, widow of Richard Foster and daughter of ROBERT BARTLETT [PCR 8:22; TAG 32:193-96, 53:154-56]; m. (2) say 1694 Hannah (Pincen) (Young) Witherell, daughter of Thomas Pincen [TAG 32:194-95].
ii APPIA/BETHIAH, bp. Salem 17 June 1638 [SChR 16]; m. 30 September 1662 George Palmer [TAG 20:53-54].
iii MARY, bp. Salem 16 January 1639[/40] [SChR 17]; no further record.
iv ELIZABETH, bp. Salem 27 March 1642 [SChR 18]; living in 1690 when she appears in an account of payments from the estate of her brother John [Providence Probate A50]; apparently unmarried.
v NATHANIEL, b. say 1643; m. (intention) Providence 28 August 1666 Joanna Inman, daughter of Edward Inman [RIVR 2:Providence:134].
vi MEHITABLE, b. say 1644; m. (1) Providence 9 May 1662 (or shortly thereafter) Eldad Kingsley [PrTR 3:23]; m. (2) by 1685 as his second wife Timothy Brooks, son of Henry Brooks (they made a deed together on 3 June 1685 [PrTR 14:129-31]).
vii JOHN, b. say 1646 ; m. by about 1674 Mary _____ [Austin 348-49].
viii JOSEPH, b. say 1647; m. by 1672 Mary Wilbur, daughter of William Wilbur [Austin 228].
ix BENJAMIN, b. 8 May 1649 [PrTR 2:18]; bp. Salem 20 May 1649 [SChR 22]; m. say 1676 Martha (Hazard) Potter, widow of Ichabod Potter and daughter of Thomas and Martha (_____) Hazard.
x THOMAS, b. Providence 19 July 1652 [PrTR 2:18]; m. Roxbury 6 September 1673 Susanna Newell.
xi HANNAH, b. Providence 28 September 1656 [PrTR 2:18]; m. Portsmouth 3 December 1674 Benjamin Sherman [Austin 179].
ASSOCIATIONS: Hannah Mowry and Elizabeth Mowry were members of the Salem church in the 1640s and may have been connected in some way to Roger Mowry [SChR 11]. Alternatively, their surnames may have been variants of "Moore" or "More."
COMMENTS: In a warrant to the constable of Lynn, dated 29 December 1646, one of the witnesses was "Roger Morey" [EQC 1:107].
Mention is made of "where Rogr Morey's old house stood" in 1649 [EQC 1:175], perhaps referring to his remove from Salem to Lynn. A flawed reading of records in the case in which Mrs. Lydia Bankes sued Mowry for debt in June of 1650 resulted in the erroneous conclusion that Lydia was the daughter of John Johnson of Roxbury [EQC 1:193].
John Clawson, a servant of Roger Williams, is said to have complained of some men, "such as Roger Mowry," according to the deposition of Edward Inman on the occasion of Clawson's violent death [PrTR 15:83-84].
Roger was administrator of the estate of William Robinson of Providence in October 1657 [PrTR 2:108].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1992 Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn published a comprehensive treatment of Roger Mowry and his son Nathaniel [Angell Anc 414-34].