An American Family History

Patience Davis Ridland

Charlestown was first settled in 1628 and was the Massachusetts Bay Colony's initial seat of  government. Charlestown became part of Boston in 1874.

Patience Davis Ridland was born on December 21, 1636 in England. She was the daughter of Barnabas Davis and Patience James.

Her family immigrated to America in June, 1639 and settled in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

She married William Ridland (Redland, Ridlon) on March 20, 1661. He was born in 1635 in Watertown.

Their children included:
William Ridland (1663),
Nathaniel Ridland (1665),
Patience Ridland Cady (1666/67, married Nicholas Cady),
Joanna Ridland (1670),
Mary Ridland (1671/72), and
Barnabas Ridland (1679). 

William died of fever on December 2, 1694.
Children of
Barnabas Davis
and Patience James
  • Samuel Davis
  • Patience Davis Ridland
  • Barnabus Davis
  • Nathaniel Davis
  • Hopewell Davis
  • James Davis

  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Suffolk County, Massachusetts was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643. It initially contained Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth.


    Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655

    History of the Ancient Ryedales: And Their Descendants in Normandy, Great Britain, Ireland, and America, from 860 to 1884 by Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, published by The author, 1884

    William Ridland, was in Charlestown, Mass.; married Patience Davis, and died of fever there Dec. 2, 1694, aged sixty or upwards. He gave testimony concerning land of S. Frothingham (see Fosket) in 1682, aged 47 years; made deed of Groton land, 1694; wife, Patience, joined in a deed with B. Davis, 1685; joined in Groton deed, 1694. He had issue six children, as follows:
    William Ridland- eldest son of William, was born Dec. 21, 1863, probably in Charlestown.
    Nathaniel Ridland, second son of William, was born Dec. 6, 1665, presumably in Charlestown
    Patience Ridland, eldest daughter of William, was born Jan. 18, 1667, presumably in Charlestown.
    Joanna Ridland, second daughter of William, was born Aug. 15, 1670, presumably in Charlestown.
    Mary Ridland, third daughter of William, was born Jan. 9, 1672, presumably in Charlostown.
    Barnabas Ridland, third son of William, was born June 28, 1579, probably in Charlestown.

    Note. There were three sons of William Ridland, and yet the family evidently became extinct in the male line. It is singular if all these sons died issueless. The mother and children may have left this country soon after the father's death. The name is not now known in the United States. We must leave them In obscurity.

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    Elizabeth Fones (1610) was a Puritan woman in New England. She married her cousin, Henry Winthrop, son of John Winthrop. After he died, she married Robert Feake and lived in Watertown and Greenwich, Massachusetts. Robert apparently suffered from mental illness and abandoned his family. She then lived with William Hallett in Long Island.

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