William Elmes
(est 1557-1622)
Elizabeth Baynes
Richard Spratt
(Abt 1550-)
Audrey Athow
William Elme
(Cir 1580-1648)
Grisell Sprat
(Abt 1585-Between 1612/1617)
Christopher Helme
(1603-Between 1649/1650)


Family Links

1. Margaret Rouse (Rosse)

Christopher Helme

  • Christened: 24 Jul 1603, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England 358
  • Marriage (1): Margaret Rouse (Rosse) in 1638 in Exeter, NH 358,359
  • Died: Between 26 May 1649 and 19 Dec 1650, Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 358

  Noted events in his life were:

• Surname. 358 He was also identified as Christopher “Elme” or “Elmes.”

• Emigration Record, 1620-1650. 160,360 A Christopher Helme is listed as emigrating from the Parish of Southwark (S. Olave), county Surrey, England to Exeter, NH and Warwick, RI between 1620 and 1650 in the Dictionary of English Emigrants.

Holmes records Christopher as being in Exeter, NH in 1639, removing to Massachusetts in 1643 and then to Warwick, RI 1644.

• Emigration Group, 1637, Boston. 149,358 He is believed to have arrived in Boston in July of 1637. He was likely part of a group led by the Reverend John Wheelwright, a clergyman from Lincolnshire, who had indirect family ties to Christopher's stepmother Priscilla Wentworth. According to a book on Wheelwright by CH Bell, Wheelwright "was a man of leading character, of advanced opinions, and of bold speech; one who in those times might well look forward to being silenced, any day, for non-conformity."

Christopher may have come to New England with his cousin William Wentworth and went with him to Exeter, N. H. in 1639.

• To New Hampshire, Cir 1637. 358 Reverend John Wheelwright was banished from Massachusetts and went to New Hampshire, along with thirty-four others including Christopher Helme.

• Exeter Combination, 4 May 1639, New Hampshire. 358 Christopher was among those who founded Exeter, New Hampshire through the signing of the Exeter Combination. There is a partial copy of this document including Christopher's signature in Strahle, 2006, p. 17. Christopher and ten others who signed did not receive shares in the original allotments of lands, perhaps because they were all single men or had moved from the area before the allotments were recorded.

• Settlement of Rhode Island, 1643-1644, Warwick, Rhode Island. The settlement of Rhode Island was begun by individuals such as Roger Williams, Ann Hutchinson and Samuel Gorton, who questioned the formal rigidity of the Massachusetts churches, and as a result were banished. Gorton and a few friends bought land from the Narragansett Indians about twenty miles south of Providence, where they settled in 1641 and established Warwick in 1643. On April 19, 1644 the Narragansett Indians signed an act of voluntary submission to England. The three English witnesses were Christopher Helme, Robert Potter and Richard Carder.

• To Boston and then Rhode Island, 1643-1644, Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island. By 1643 Christopher was back in Boston with Christopher Lawson, who was also one of the signers of the Exeter Combination.77,78
On November 3, 1643 two of the people with whom Christopher would be connected in the future, Samuel Gorton and Richard Carder (who was to become his neighbor later in Rhode Island), were imprisoned for heresy and sedition by the Massachusetts authorities. In March of 1644, Carder and other Gortonists were banished from Massachusetts. It is likely that Christopher left Boston with Carder for what eventually became Warwick, Rhode Island, where Christopher lived until his death.

• Death, 1649-1650, Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island. Christopher died in Warwick between his trial in May, 1649 and December 19,
1650. He had been a farmer who worked his own land.

• Legal issues, May 1649, Rhode Island. Christopher had some legal issues to deal with according to Court records:
At the Court houlden at Warwick from May 26 to the .... (1649) for Christopher Helmes John Greene put out & Mr. Dyer put in fore man Christopher Helmes upon the bill presented concerning the death of Rufus Bartin,traversseth his inditement (ED: in legal terms meaning that he denied the charges made against him) and putteth himself upon the tryall the vedict of the Jury is we finde hime not guilty.
Christopher Helmes upon the bill presented concerning the pretended purchase of some of Warwick land traversseth his inditement and putteth himself upon the tryall the verdict of the Jury is guilty and fine given forty shillings to be payed into the publick tresurie with in xx Days of the next Session of Gene Assemblie: Judgment granted and execution thereupon for the charges of the courte.

• Granted land: Warwick, Rhode Island. 149 Christopher was received as an early inhabitant of Warwick and was granted land on 1 May 16??.

Also in Warwick, he was chosen Town Sargeant on 8 Aug probably 1647, chosen to lay out lots and hishgways, 13 Aug 1647 signed a list of Warwick inhabitants on 10 Nov 1648 and was disenfranchised by the town for seditious speeches 23 Jan 1647/48. Mrs. Helmes was accepted as an inhabitant on 8 Aug 1648.

Christopher married Margaret Rouse (Rosse), daughter of Robart Rosse and Margret, in 1638 in Exeter, NH 358.,359 (Margaret Rouse (Rosse) was born in 1620 in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England 361,362 and died in 1653 in Warwick, RI 362,363.)

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