Home Page    

The Rounds Family of Rehobeth MA.

ID: I56
Name: John II ROUND
Given Name: John II
Surname: Round
Sex: M
_UID: B9DB1C3E2F9DD511BDC94445535400005691
Change Date: 5 Nov 2004
see The John Round Family of Swansea and Rehoboth, MA (1983) by H.L. P eter Rounds
(pg 19) below is an excerpt;

JOHN2 ROUND (Johnl), possibly b. ca. 1672, d. between 19 July/19 Aug. 1 758 (dates his Will executed and Inventory taken). Called "my son John R ound" in his father's Will.
He m. lst, probably ca. 1698, ABIGAIL , b. possibly ca. 1675, probabl y d. ca. 1710/11 (based on John's2 2nd marriage date). Nichols (P. 11) c alled her "Bowen," but no supporting evidence has been found. She does n ot fit into any known place as a descendant of the Richard Bowen family o f Rehoboth and Swansea, the only Bowens who were in the area at that ti me.
John2 m. 2nd 26 Nov. 1711 (Int. 2 Nov. 1711-RVR) at Swansea (SVR) HAN NAH ( ) CARDER, widow of John Carder (Richard1) of Warwick, R.I., who d . 26 Oct. 1700 (WKVR) [Robert W. Carder, " Richard Carder of Warwick, R hode Island, and His Descendants," an unpub. typescript Ms sent t o thi s compiler by the author with a letter of 20 May 1981; hereinafter refe rred to as "Carder Gen."). Extensive research has not uncovered Hannah' s maiden name, parentage or birthdate . She d. after 19 July 1758, whe n she was called "my well beloved wife" in John's2 Will.
The earliest record of John2 Round, other than his first Deed of 1704 , is found in The Swansea Proprietors Records, Book of 1667-1730, p. 11 7, in an entry made in 1709, which speaks of "...rights deriving from J ohn Round Juner..." in describing land holdings. Then, in Oct. 1 716, J ohn2 appeared with his mother in Probate Court to present his father's I nventory (BMP R 3:301).
John2 received one vote in the balloting to elect two Deacons by the m embers of the North Swansea Baptist Church on 22 May 1718 [ Ilston Book , p. 207; a book of church records from Ils ton, Wales in the 1600's; b rought to America by the Rev. John Myles. Empty pages in it were late r used for recording meetings and other proceedings of the North Swanse a Baptist Church , from the early 1700's up through the mid-1800's; on L DS #104,833; hereinafter referred to a s Ilston Book.]. Contrary to imp lications by both Woodward and Nichols, the original records clearly sh ow that neither John2 nor his brother, Richard2, were ever elected as D eacons.
The Ilston Book contains a number of references to John2 Round. On 5 D ec. 1720 "The Church made choice of Bro. Theophilus Luther and Bro. Jo hn Round to notify Bro. Ebenzr Eddy to appear before ye Church ye next C hurch Meeting to answer to such Things as Shall be aledged against him. " (Ibid., p. 218). John2-was voted to be one of a committee of five co mmissioned t o care for "The Pastors & Teachers Lott" on 7 May 1730 (Ib id., p. 231). Then, on 13 July 17 30, John2 was elected to be one of f ive agents to go to Court to present an action of trespass against Rich ard Harding, who was living on the "Pastors & Teachers Lott," not wanti ng to move out because he felt he had made an investment in it (Ibid., p . 231).
On 14 Jan. 1731, a number of the Church members who were residents of R ehoboth petitioned t he Church of Swansea for permission to start a sis ter church in Rehoboth (Ibid. , p. 234) an d John's2 brother George2 wa s one of these petitioners. However, John2 Round remained in the Swans ea Church because he was still a Swansea resident at that time. On 7 J an. 1741 John 2 was one of 12 Commissioners chosen to go to the Rehobot h Church to talk about common concerns (Ibid., P. 239). John2 Round and J ohn Martin were chosen on 2 June 1743 as agents to the General Court at B oston with regard to getting permission for selling "wild land" in "The P astors & Teachers Lott" (Ibid. 0 P. 243). There are also a number of o ther references to John2 Round in the Ilston Book.
It was the practice in early Rehoboth, as in virtually every part of e arly New England colonies, to support their ministers by "Ministerial R ates", special taxes on the inhabitants. In the" Rehoboth Town Meeting R ecords", Book for 1670 - 1740, in the fall of 1734, there is an entry ( p. 267): "Pursuant to an actt Intitled an actt further to Exempt person s commonly called Anabaptis within this province from being Taxed for a nd toward the Support of Ministers we the Subscribers Assessors of the T owne of Rehoboth have taken a list of Names of the person s within sd T owne whome we Judge Should be Exempted according to sd Actt for ye year 1 734 and are as followeth..." Then follows a list of about 120 names. J ohn2 Round is not among them , although his brothers Richard2 and Georg e2 are, as well as his son David3 and his nephew Ri chard, Jr.3. Howeve r, similar lists for the years 1738, 1740, 1741, 1744 and 1750 [the onl y other years for which such lists of Baptists were recorded in Rehobot h Town Meeting records] all contain the name of John2 Round. As Baptis ts, they supported their own ministry and felt it was wrong for the cle rgy to be supported by public funds. [These lists of Baptists in Rehobo th are scheduled to be published in the New England Hist. Gen. Register o f Jan. 1984, as contributed by this compiler.)
The North Swansea Baptist Church records show that: "July 10:1750 Han nah Round the wife of John Round was baptized and joynd" (Ilston Book, p . 290).
In his land transactions, up through the Deed of 1737, John2 Round wa s called "of Swansey. " On Deeds of 1744 and later, as well as on his W ill and Inventory, he was referred to as "of Rehoboth." Since his name a ppeared on the list of Rehoboth Baptists in 1738, but his Deed o f 14 N ov. 1737 called him "of Swansey," it narrows down the time period of wh en he moved from Swansea to Rehoboth, indicating the move took place be tween the end of 1737 and the end o f 1738. Probably he waited until th e snow and cold weather had waned, moving in the spring or summer of 17 38. John2 probably lived on the farm in Rehoboth that he had bought of N athaniel Millerd (unrecorded) near "Monwheague Swamp," as mentioned in B MD 14: 284, below. It was in the southeastern part of Rehoboth.