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Inman, Edward - 384
B: 05 Mar 1619/20, St Margaret Parish, London, England
D: Jun 1706, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
M: Bef Jul 1648, Elizabeth Hopkins b. 03 Jul 1619 in Yeovilton, Somerset, England; d. Abt. 1654, Probably in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. She was the dau of William Hopkins and Joanna Arnold.

FN: John Inman - 768
MN: Margaret Brouche

Notes for Edward Inman:

One source lists his parents as Edward and Margaret Brouche Inman.

A son, Francis, is suggested.

Taken from "The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844-1910"

Proof is lacking of the English origin of Edward Inman, a wealthy fox glover, who settled in Providence, RI. However, a baptism in the parish of St. Margaret, Westminster, London generally fits what is known of the colonist and is presented here with possible siblings in hopes that further research will either prove or disprove the connection.

When Abraham Inman of Westmoreland County, VA wrote his will 18 April 1662, he left a bequest to Anne, the wife of one Michael Phillips. Since Edward Inman, the immigrant to Providence, RI, married as his second wife, the widow of one Michael Phillips, it has been suggested that Edward and Abraham could be related. A close look at the chronology of the Rhode Island man's appearances shows that these are separate individuals.

Michael Phillips of Rhode Island had a wife named Barbara, not Anne. Their children were born within the period 1651 to 1675 and probably within 1651 to 1668. The children were clearly with wife Barbara, from the gifts of land, etc., given by Barbara's second husband to the Phillips children.

Michel Phillips appears in 1657 in Westmoreland County, VA and makes sporadic appearances well into the 1690s. Michael Phillips of Rhode Island is not seen directly after 1668 when he became a freeman and is certainly dead by 1676 when his wife was remarried.

In 1645 Edward was one of the "25 acre men" signing for his free grant at Providence. He became a townsman Oct. 27, 1651. He also lived in Warwick for a short time, being recorded as an inhabitant of that town in 1648. He sold his six-acre home lot to Stephen Paine of Rehoboth in 1667. In 1666 he and John Mowry bought from William "Manannion" of Punskepage, Mass. 2000 acres lying from Loguesit northwards, bounding partly on the Pawtucket River, and in 1669, calling himself late of Providence, received a deed for 500 acres on the Pawtucket from the Indian William "Manannion", this deed being confirmed by King Phillip and others. The 1666 purchase was Wesquadomeset, the present Sayles Hill in the town of North Smithfield and surrounding territory. It was here Edward and seven others worked a silver mine under an agreement signed in 1675.

Edward was one of the 12 signers of the Providence Oath of Allegiance of 1651/2. In 1651 and 1658 he was elected Commissioner to attend the General Court of Commissioners at Portsmouth. In 1659 and 1660 he was elected to the Town Council, and in 1662 again elected Commissioner, to serve in the Court held in Warwick. He was Deputy to the General Assembly in 1666, 1667, 1672, 1676, and 1678. He was a glover and a planter.

Thus far, no record of an Edward Inman on ship lists to New England has been located from research either in this country or in England. The Register of St. Margaret Westminster does show the baptism March 5, 1619/20 of Edward, son of John Inman, and a John Inman, b. ca. 1598, arrived in Virginia on the "Falcon" in 1619. (Note - Our Edward named his first known son John, and at that period the first son was customarily given the paternal grandfather's name.)

It has been hypothesized that the John of the "Falcon" was the person referred to in the St. Margaret parish records, and that his son came with him and later moved to Rhode Island. Although such a theory requires coast-wise migration to New England at an early date, there are some interesting coincidences that prevent dismissing this scenario out-of-hand. In addition to the name of "our" Edward's first son mentioned above, Fothergill in his Wills of Westmoreland Co., VA 1654-1800 reports that the will Abraham Inman, 5-18-1662, lists a bequest to a Mrs. Michael Phillips. The second wife of our Edward Inman was Barbara Phillips, widow of Michael Phillips. Unfortunately, this will cannot be located.

Regarding Edward's first wife, Nora Snow in Vol. II of her 1939 Snow-Estes Ancestry points out that on Dec. 7, 1663 Edward Inman and Thomas Hopkins gave bond to the town for any money to be used for the relief of Joanna Hazard. Nora theorizes that Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins married secondly a Hazard and that she was supported by her son, Thomas Hopkins, and son-in-law, Edward Inman. William Hopkins and his wife, Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins were the parents of Elizabeth Hopkins, b. 1619. Note that Edward's first daughter was named Joanne, possible for his wife's mother.

Children of Edward Inman and Elizabeth Hopkins:

Joannah Inman, born September 16, 1646 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; died March 1716/17 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; married Nathaniel Mowry August 28, 1666 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; born January 10, 1642/43 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; died March 24, 1717/18 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.

Notes for Nathaniel Mowry:

Lovader D. and Elizabeth G. Mowry were owners of the Great Eastern House in Manlius, NY during the Civil War. Lovader's stepfather, Richard, was the descendant of 1644-born Nathaniel Mowry and his wife, Joanna Inman Mowry.

Nathaniel and Joanna owned a famous tavern in Lime Rock, Rhode Island on the post road between Woonsocket and Providence. The tavern sign pictured a horse, a popular tavern symbol in its day, and well-suited, for the tavern served as a relay house for the mail coaches.


John Inman, born July 18, 1648 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; died August 06, 1712 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.

192 Edward Inman, born July 01, 1654 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA; died June 14, 1735 in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, USA; married Elizabeth Bennett Bef. 1679 in Probably Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.