Rouse Helme Jr.
- Born: Cir 1683, Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island 329
- Marriage (1): Sarah Niles on 21 Jul 1709 in South Kingston, Rhode Island 329
- Died: 28 Aug 1751, South Kingston, Rhode Island about age 68 330
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Elected positions, 1720. 331 Rouse was Clerk of the State Assembly in 1720, and Judge of the Superior Court for over twenty years. He was an assistant Justice of the Peace and performed a number of marriages and other related legal duties in the South Kingston area from 1716 through at least 1739. In February of 1723, he and Francis Willett were appointed by the Assembly to copy all records belonging to South Kingston from the records of the late Kings Town, and deliver it to the clerk of South Kingston. (The two towns of North and South Kingston had recently been formed from Kings Town.) After transcribing 1,230 pages they submitted their bill for £66, but were willing to take £60 if paid promptly. The towns of North and South Kingston refused to pay, whereupon the State Assembly ordered North Kingston to pay £30 to Willet, and South Kingston £30 to Helme. If the towns refused, the General Treasurer was to pay the bill and withhold certain revenues from the towns.
• Judge, 1720-1740. 332 The town records of Kingston state that Rouse was Judge of the Superior Court over twenty years successively.
• Builder, 1732. 331 Rouse built the county court house, which was completed in 1732, billing the State Assembly £791. It was located near the center of a village known as Tower Hill, which was an outgrowth of the original settlement site in what was known as
the Pettaquamscutt Purchase.
At a meeting of the town of North Kingston on August 26, 1746, Rouse, Francis Willett, and James Wightman were appointed as a committee to consider proposals for a highway. Their report was accepted by the town and subsequently endorsed by the Rhode Island General Assembly.
• Will, 1751. 331 Rouse’s will was dated April 15, 1748, and proved on September 9, 1751. The executors were his sons James and Rouse. He left his wife Sarah half of his dwelling house and a third of his real and personal estate for the rest of her life. He left his daughter Sarah Helme £150. The rest of his estate he left to his six sons; James (of South Kingston), Rouse (of North Kingston), Nathaniel, Silas (of East Haddam), Oliver and Samuel. At death of his wife all of the sons, except James and Rouse who had already received their parts, were to have the house and land. The youngest sons Oliver and Samuel were to have the opportunity of learning a trade, being bound out, and were given Rouse’s tools to share equally. All the sons and daughters were admonished to be kind to their mother, and dutiful to her in all respects.
Rouse married Sarah Niles, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Niles and Sarah Sands (or Sandys), on 21 Jul 1709 in South Kingston, Rhode Island.329 (Sarah Niles was born in 1687 in New Shoreham Block Island, Rhode Island 333,334 and died after 1748 in South Kingstown, RI 335.)