William Elme
(Cir 1580-1648)
Grisell Sprat
(Abt 1585-Between 1612/1617)
Robart Rosse
Christopher Helme
(1603-Between 1649/1650)
Margaret Rouse (Rosse)
Rouse Helme
(Between 1641/1644-1712)


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1. Mary Eldred

Rouse Helme

  • Born: Between 1641 and 1644, possibly in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 344
  • Marriage (1): Mary Eldred circa 1673 in Kingstowne, Washington, RI 343
  • Died: 17 May 1712, North Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island 344

  Noted events in his life were:

• "Helmes." 344 He was also identified as Rouse “Helmes.”

• Freeman, 1671-1673, Rhode Island. 344 In 1673 he was admitted as a freeman of Rhode Island, when he was described as being "of Narragansett." Rouse took an oath of fidelity in Kings Town on May 19, 1671.

• Bloodshed, 1675-1676, Kingston, Rhode Island. 344 There was considerable bloodshed between the colonists and the Indians beginning in June 1675 and ending in August 1676. The house of Jirah Bull, a neighbor north of Rouse, was raided and burned by Indians, who killed fifteen men and women. English troops subsequently retaliated in a bloody battle known as "The Swamp Fight."

• Petition, 29 Jul 1679, Warwick, Rhode Island. 336 Rouse and 41 other inhabitants of Narragansett petitioned the King praying the "he would put an end to these differences about the government thereof, which hath been so fatal to the prosperity of the place, animosities still arising to people's minds as they stand affected to this or that government". Narragansett and the rest of Rhode Island at that time was under the government of Connecticut. Apparently, this was not working to the satisfaction of the residents and the area eventually separated from CN and became an independent state.

• Land, Bef 1696, Kingston, Rhode Island. 344 Rouse was one of the early settlers of Kings Town, Rhode Island and obtained one of the original land grants of the Pettaquamscutt Purchase. The Pettaquamscutt
purchasers granted Rouse two lots of land, one a “town lott” of 20 acres on the eastern slope of Tower Hill and the other a 250 acre site east of present day Curtis Corners. Helm sold the “town lott” to Thomas Hazard in 1696. His home was on the 250 acre lot, near a main road to Pequot or New London, Connecticut. There is a map of the area showing R Helme property on p. 25 of Strahle's 2006 CD.

• Will, 1711-1712, Kingston, Rhode Island. 344 Rouse’s will was dated March 14, 1711, and proved in Kingston, Rhode Island on June 9, 1712.135,136,137 The executors were his wife Mary and son Rouse, and the overseers were “his trusty & well beloved friends” Thomas Eldred, John Eldred, William Knowles and Ephraim Bull, all of Kingstown. He left a substantial part of his land plus orchards, housing and a negro named Jack to his son Rouse. His wife Mary had preceded him in death and so a large part of Mary's bequest was designated for Rouse. The will specifically mentions five negroes who are willed to various family members.

His son Rouse was also charged with the care or his brother William. Rouse took special care to provide for William who may have been handicapped in some way.

Rouse married Mary Eldred, daughter of Samuel Eldred and Elizabeth Miller, circa 1673 in Kingstowne, Washington, RI.343 (Mary Eldred was born on 15 Jun 1646 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass. 343,345 and died on 16 Nov 1729 in Portsmouth, Newport, RI 343,345.)

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