Name: John II ROUND
Given Name: John II
Change Date: 5 Nov 2004
see The John Round Family of Swansea and Rehoboth, MA (1983) by H.L. P eter
(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.