Robert Coles Jr.1,2

M, b. circa 1643, d. 16 April 1715
FatherRobert Coles b. c 1597, d. b 28 Oct 1655
MotherMary Hawkhurst b. c 1604, d. 1656
     Robert was born circa 1643 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. Robert married Mercy Wright, daughter of Nicholas Wright IV and Ann (?), on 1 January 1670 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York. Robert departed this life on Tuesday, 16 April 1715 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York.


Mercy Wright b. 4 Jun 1651, d. 21 Oct 1705


  1. [S38] Daniel Hoogland Carpenter, History & Genealogy of the Carpenter Family In America From the Settlement at Providence, R. I. 1637 - 1901
    , pages 51-52 - Robert Coles came from England in the fleet with Governor Winthrop, 163o (to Roxbury or Ipswich). He was made freeman in 1631, and for intoxication was several times fined, and his fine remitted, possibly with the understanding that he was to leave the colony. He came to Rhode Island in 1637, reformed in earnest and was one of the founders with Roger Williams, William Carpenter, etc., of the First Baptist Church. His wife was Mary Hawkhurst. He died previous to October 18, 1654, when his property was distributed by the town, "the same as it should have been had he left a will." His widow married Matthias Harvey and removed to Oyster Bay. The children of Robert Coles were john, Daniel, Nathaniel, Robert, Inn, and Elizabeth. John Coles had wife Ann     and son Solomon. John Coles died 1665, and his widow in 1683 married William Lines (Lyons). Daniel Coles married " Mahah Shalal Hasbaz," the daughter of the eccentric Samuel Gorton of Warwick, R. I. He died 1692. His children were Samuel, Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Susannah, Sarah, Ann, and Mary. Nathaniel Coles married first Martha, daughter of Robert and Agnes Jackson ; they had son Nathaniel, born August 24, 1668 ; she died December 17 following. He then married Deborah Wright and had sons Caleb and Harvey and daughter Martha. Robert Coles married Mercy Wright, sister to the wife of his brother Nathaniel (both being daughters of Nicholas and Ann Wright). They had Nathan, Tamar, John, Charles, Robert, Mercy, and Mary. Thompson, in his history of Long Island, says that the Coles family were of Irish descent. I think that they were Welsh, coming from near Bristol, England.
  2. [S457] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, ROBERT, b. say 1644; said to have m. 1 January 1670 Mercy Wright [MacDonough-Hackstaff 455].