Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and love that this blog helps with that. I consider much of my research as a work in progress, so please let me know if you have conflicting information. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My male Mayflower ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, and John Howland.
Female Mayflower ancestors: Mary Norris Allerton, Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Mrs. James Chilton, Sarah Eaton, and Joan Hurst Tilley.
Child Mayflower ancestors: Giles Hopkins, (possibly) Constance Hopkins, Mary Allerton, Francis Billington, Love Brewster, Mary Chilton, Samuel Eaton, and Elizabeth Tilley.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nathaniel Ryder b. June 1705 and Desire Godfrey b. ca 1712, of Yarmouth and Chatham, Mass.

Nathaniel Ryder was born June 1705 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, the son of John Ryder and Esther (sometimes Hester) Hall. He was presented for baptism on 2 September 1705 by his mother "ye wife of Jn'o Rider of Yarmouth" at the Barnstable West Parish Church. I wrote about John and Esther here. The Ryder name is often spelled Rider in records. Nathaniel is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family.

Nathaniel was about 14 years of age when his father died. He was to receive 39 pounds three shillings and four pence in the 7 July 1721 settlement of his father's estate, as well as part of a windmill and part of his father's personal estate. Sometime after his father’s death, he relocated to Chatham, where his brother John was living and prospering. His cousin James Ryder also moved to Chatham.

Postcard of a Cape Cod windmill
Nathaniel married Desire Godfrey at Chatham, Massachusetts, on 26 September 1728 (Chatham VR). Theirs was the first marriage recorded at Chatham.  Desire was born about 1712, probably in Yarmouth, the daughter of Moses and Deborah (Cooke) Godfrey. The last name is sometimes seen as Godfree.  I wrote about Moses and Deborah here. In his will of February 1742 (Barnstable Co. Probate 6:306), Moses Godfrey mentions his daughter Desire, wife of Nathaniel Ryder.

Nathaniel and Desire had 11 children, although none of their births were recorded so there has been some disagreement by genealogists. The well researched 1991 work by Eleanor Cooley Rue gives them 11, possibly 12, children. Nathaniel’s daughter Eunice left a will, dated 3 December 1808 and offered for probate 10 January 1809 (Barnstable Co. Probate 33:311 and 32:170). With the aid of Eunice's will and other data it is possible to reconstruct Nathaniel and Desire’s children.

1. Nathaniel, born about 1729, married Bathsheba Hinckley and had a large family in Barnstable (8 girls and child number 9 was a boy). Nathaniel is not named in his sister’s will, but his daughter Eunice Taylor is.
2. Esther born 1730/31, married Thomas Freeman, was a Quaker, lived at Falmouth. Her daughter Eunice (Freeman) Crocker was identified in Eunice’s will.
3. William, born about 1733, no marriage or death record found. Not named in Eunice’s will, so perhaps was deceased. Believe he is a son of Nathaniel as he served in the Army in 1760 with Moses and Josiah. His brother Moses named a son William.
4. Deborah born about 1737, married Daniel Rogers at Chatham; married second Joshua Nickerson; third Thomas Doty. She is called sister Deborah Doaty, deceased, in Eunice’s will.
5. Josiah was born in 1739/40; he married Huldah Gross at Wellfleet; named in Eunice’s will.
6. Eunice was born about 1741; she married Lumbert Nickerson at Chatham; no children.  She is identified as Nathaniel’s daughter in records when he initially forbade her marriage to Lumbert.
7. Moses, born about 1742, m. Patience Doane. Nathaniel identified him as a son in a 1760 petition to the General Court for a refund of 3 pounds for a gun charged to Moses at the end of his 1768 Army service.
8. Jonathan who was living in 1808, married Fear Eldredge, widow of Elisha Dunbar; mentioned in Eunice’s will.
9. John, born about 1746, married Lydia Phillips. His son John is mentioned in Eunice’s will.
10. Desire born about 1748, m. Stephen Phillips; identified in Eunice’s will.
11.  Samuel born about 1752, married first Betty Atkins, 2nd Hannah/Anna (Nickerson) Havens; mentioned in Eunice’s will.

They may have also had a daughter Zerviah who married William Cheever. Their first child was named Nathaniel and the name Zerviah is used throughout the family.

I descend from their daughter Esther.  

Esther Ryder Freeman's gravestone at East End Burying Ground, Falmouth
To support his large family, Nathaniel probably worked in the main industry of Chatham at that time: fishing.

The 1755 Chatham tax bill shows he owned little property. He was taxed for two polls (himself and one adult son; likely William), 3 pounds for real estate and 2 pounds for personal property.

In 1749, Nathaniel and his family were Congregationalists and members of Rev. Emery's Church at Chatham.

Desire died after February 1741/42 when she is mentioned in her father’s will.  Nathaniel died after 1755,  when he is listed as a Chatham taxpayer. They likely both died at Chatham.

Sources Not Listed Above:

Eleanor Cooley Rue, The Nathaniel Ryder Families of Barnstable and Chatham in the 18th Century, Mayflower Descendant, Vol 41, No. 2, July 1991

Arthur H. and Katharine W. Radasch, The Family of Nathaniel Ryder of Chatham, MA, NEHGR, October 1973
CW Swift, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, No. 66 The Rider Family of Yarmouth, 1913

James W. Hawes, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, No. 98, Ryder Genealogy, 1912

William C. Smith, A History of Chatham Mass., 1947

Elizabeth Pearson White,  The Godfreys of Chatham, Mass., NEHGR October 1972

Monday, June 24, 2013

Daniel Baker b. 1650 and Elizabeth Chase b. ca 1656, Yarmouth (now Dennis) Mass.

Daniel Baker was born at Yarmouth, Mass., (now Dennis) on 2 September 1650, the son of Francis and Isabel (Twining) Baker. He is my 7th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family.

Daniel married Elizabeth Chase on 27 May 1674, at Yarmouth (now Dennis). She was born about 1656, the daughter of William and Mary Chase. They were Quakers.

Elizabeth and Daniel had at least six children:
Daniel, born Yarmouth, April 1675
Samuel, born Yarmouth, October 1676
Hannah, born Yarmouth, 1696
Thankful, born Yarmouth 1698
Elizabeth, born Yarmouth (no date given in Yarmouth VR)

One of the children was born in October 1700, but name is not legible in the vital records. Perhaps Tabitha. I have seen additional children for Daniel and Elizabeth, but not sure if they are accurate: Elisha, Joseph and Abraham.

I descend from Hannah who married Joshua Wixon. I wrote about that couple here.

Daniel received 20 shares in the 1712 division of common land.

Daniel Baker served in King Phillip's War, in the First Expedition, receiving pay of 3 pounds 3 shillings in 1675. In 1676 he had taxable property worth 13 shillings, 9 pence. In 1733 his descendants received a land grant in Maine for Daniel’s service in King Philip's war. He was granted 107 lots at Narragansett Township No. 7 (now Gorham, ME) for his service. Samuel Baker and William Baker also received lots, likely his brothers.

Daniel served as a fence viewer at Bass River in 1696-7, 1697-8, 1699, 1700, 1701, 1702, 1703, 1704, 1707, 1708-9, 1710, 1711. A fence viewer settled disputes regarding boundary lines and oversaw construction of walls, fences, hedges and other markers that divide properties. They sometimes were also expected to deal with problems involving roaming livestock.

In September 1704, Daniel Baker served on a jury.

In March 1700 Daniel and his brothers William, John and Thomas Baker were asked by the Sandwich Monthly Meeting why they were "walking disorderly concerning training." Apparently several men were attending the militia training and were thereby remiss in their duty to the principle advocated by their faith. The following month the above men answered. Daniel and Thomas did not know that they should go to training anymore.
File:East Sandwich Friends Meeting House, East Sandwich MA.jpg
Sandwich Quaker Meeting House

Daniel Baker lived in what is now West Dennis, on the southeast corner of Main Street and Center Street. He later moved to Southeast corner of Pine and Maple Terrace in South Dennis and was the first settler in that part of town. His house is now part of the oldest house in town, known as the Judah Baker House.

My Bakers and Chases are always confusing, so if anyone sees anything here that is incorrect, please let me know!

The date and location of Daniel’s death haven’t been discovered but he died after 1713, possibly in Rhode Island.

Sources Not Listed Above:

 Charles Swift, History of Old Yarmouth, 1884

Nancy Thacher Reid, Dennis, Cape Cod from Firstcomers to Newcomers, 1639 – 1993, 1996

CCGS Bulletin, Spring 2001

CW Swift, publisher, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, The Baker Family of Yarmouth, Descendants of Francis, No. 73, 1912

William B. Bragdon, Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy, The South Dennis Meeting House,  No. 19, 1924

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Barnabas Wixon b. ca 1660-died after June 1735 and Sarah Remick of Yarmouth (now Dennis), Mass.

Barnabas Wixon was born circa1660-1663, the son of Robert and Alice (maiden name unknown) Wixon. He is my eighth great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side. His last name is spelled in a variety of ways including Wixam, Wickson, Wixson, and Wixum.

Tradition says he moved from Eastham to Harwich to Yarmouth and resided on Crocker's Neck (now Dennis Port) where he was a large land holder.

Barnabas served in King Williams War (referred to as the second Indian War) from 22 August to 27 November 1722 in Master Roll of Col. John Wheelwright's Co. relative to Indian affairs in what is now Maine, he was a Sergeant from Yarmouth. Corporal Barnabas Wixum, still living, was one of 25 to petition for land for his service. He was in 1690 expedition to Quebec, Canada under Sir William Phipps and Capt. Jonathan Gorham. He wanted tract 6 mile square (in Maine). Signed 12 June 1735. (Mass State Archives, Vol 114, p116)
Map of the campaigns of King Williams War

On 6 Nov 1683, Samuel Mayo Jr., for striking of Barnabas Vixon on the Lord's Day, is fined 25 shillings. (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol VI)

Barnabas is named in his father Robert’s 1 October 1686 will, receiving 30 acres of land with his brother Titus.  

On 6 April 1706, Elisha Higgins was granted land by the town of Eastham, beginning at a white oak near the land of Barnabas Wixam running then to an oak, which is bound of Joseph Higgins (at Pochet).

On 26 May 1711 Joseph Higgins Jr. of Eastham granted land on the westerly side of his other land where he now lives near Benjamin Wixam (Little Skaket Neck).

In Jonathan Sparrow's 10 March 1706/7 will, he mentions marsh near the beach creek that he bought from Barnabas Wixum in Eastham.

Around 1692, Barnabas married Sarah Remick. She was born in Kittery (now in Maine but then part of Massachusetts) 16 July 1663, the daughter of Christian and Hannah Remick.

Sarah married, first, John Green, a mariner of Kittery, probably before 19 Jun 1687, when his father, dwelling on his fatherly affection, tender care and love for this beloved son, gave him land at the Cove nears Franks Fort, adjacent his own land. John died before 1693.

Barnabas Wixon of North Ham (now Dover, NH--thank you Janet Mackie for that information) was named administrator of Sarah’s first husband’s estate on 7 January 1695/6 and put in a bill for two years support of the deceased's wife and daughter (daughter not named). Barnabas signed the document with his mark.

Perhaps Barnabas was living in Kittery and was a friend to the Green family? If anyone knows more about this, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

The births of Barnabas and Sarah’s children are recorded in the Eastham-Orleans Vital Records:

Barnabas born 15 September 1693, died April 1694
Joshua born 14 March 1694/95
Lydia born 12 June 1697
Robert born 29 May 1698
Prince born 2 December 1700

I descend from Joshua who married Hannah Baker, whom I wrote about here. 

It seems likely Barnabas moved his family to Yarmouth (an area called Crooks’ or Crocker’s Neck, now Dennis Port) in the early 1700s. There were mostly Native Americans living in the area at the time. His home was at what is now 38 Smalls Ave. His land was bounded by the present day Lower County Road at the north, Nantucket Sound at the south, Sea Street to the west and Pound Pond to the east. Pound Pond is no more, but was on the west side of Division Street. The Wixons of a later time were called "down-alongers" because they lived down along the shore. The family was engaged in fishing for many generations, including Nathaniel H. Wixon of the ninth generation who kept a fishing shack, dock and fishing vessel in Herring River until the 1960s.
CCGS Bulletin, Spring 2001
In Vernon Nickerson’s From Pilgrims and Indians... he writes that Barnabas was called “Black Bart.” Many descendants believe that Barnabas’ father Robert married a Native American woman.

I have read that Sarah died in 1722 but I don’t know what the source is for this. Barnabas died sometime after June 1735 when he is mentioned in the land petition for his military service.

Sources Not Listed Above:

Calkins' manuscript at NEHGS, Robert Wixon of Eastham

Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700

Justin H. Wixom, Wixom Family History, 1963

Nancy Thacher Reid.  Dennis, Cape Cod from Firstcomers to Newcomers, 1639 - 1993, 1996

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, 1928

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Richard Bourne ca 1610 England to 1682 Sandwich and Mashpee, Mass.

Richard Bourne was born circa 1610 in England (exactly where is unknown although some say Devonshire). He is well-known in the history of Massachusetts because he was a missionary for many years (formally  ordained in 1670) to the Native Americans and was instrumental in securing the Mashpee reservation land. 

I have mixed emotions about the man as I’m not in favor of forcing your religious beliefs on others, but he did seem to genuinely care about the natives and treated them with more respect and open-mindedness than most white men of his generation. He didn’t take their native language from them, rather he mastered it himself and taught them to read and write in their native tongue, as well as in English. He is often referred to by historians as a man of integrity and his goal was for the Natives to manage their own affairs. He was interested in improving their sense of self-respect and thought owning their own land would help with that, so he worked for 20 years to obtain land at Mashpee for a Reservation.

Historian Elizabeth Reynard described Richard Bourne as "a lawyer trained at the Inn of Court, thickset with iron grey hair...the White Sachem or Little Father, energetic, gentle, with square shoulders thick from wrestling with Lucifer..."

I believe Richard is my 10th great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side, although I'm not 100 percent sure of generation no. 7 (see below). I’ve found a lot of conflicting and confusing information on William Nye, especially since there are three in a row of the same name. If anyone else descends from William and Ruth, it would be great to hear from you!
1    Richard Bourne     1610 - 1682
2    Elisha Bourne  1641 - 1706
+Patience Skiffe   1652 - 1715
3    Hannah Bourne     1689 - 1744/45
+Seth Pope      1689 - 1744
4    John Pope  1716 - 1762
+Mercy Swift  1719 - 1815
5    Abigail Pope   1747 - 1829
+William Nye  1733 - 1806
6    William Nye    1765 - 1841
+Ruth Snow    1768 - 1854
7    William Nye    1794 - 1831
+Nancy Snow 1797 - 1880
8    Aurilla West Nye  1829 - 1905
+Josiah Benson     1826 - 1910
9    Hattie Maria Benson   1861 - 1914
+Charles Francis Washburn    1857 - 1941
10        Carrie Clyfton Washburn  1896 - 1974
+George Brewster Smith  1895 - 1913
11        Arthur Elmer Washburn Davis     1913 –
+Mildred Louise Booth    1917 - 1999
12        my parents
13        me

Richard was one of the 13 men who joined Edmund Freeman to settle Sandwich between 1637-1640. Some were from Saugus and others from Plymouth.

Around 1636, Richard married a woman named Bathsheba, possibly the daughter of Andrew Hallett, although that hasn’t been proven. They had four sons, the first probably born at Plymouth and the rest probably born Sandwich:  
1.      Job, b. 1639, died in 1677, m. Ruhama Hallett, predeceased his father
2.      Elisha, b. 1641, m. Patience Skiffe, inherited the land at Herring River and Manomet, died Sandwich 1706
3.      Shearjashub, b. 1644, m. Bathshua Skiffe,  inherited the lands in Mashpee and in Falmouth and was the Indian Commissioner and judge in Barnstable
4.      Ezra, b. 1648, who died after 9 Mar 1672, when he witnessed a deed but before his father’s death, without issue

In addition to his work as an ordained pastor to the Indians, Richard was also involved in town affairs in Plymouth and Sandwich, serving as Selectman and on various committees.

He was a householder in Plymouth in 1636 and his name is on list of freeman 7 March 1636/7. On 2 May 1637 he was surveyor of highways to lay out roads around Plymouth, Duxbury and Eel River. On 5 June 1638 he was a grand juror and member of a coroner's inquest.

When Sandwich was fully accepted as a town in 1639, Richard Bourne was one of two men appointed Deputies to the Court, a position he held for 14 years. In 1640 Richard was on the committee to reallocate meadowland, a controversy in town as some citizens felt the original settlers were given more than their fair share. Richard was allowed to cut hay in Manomet with the strict understanding that it remained Indian land. In 1648 he was part of a group set up to satisfy the demands of Committees for various expenses in founding the town.

In June 1676 he was on a special committee appointed to take an account of and pay the town's debts regarding the Colony's involvement in the Indian War. He served in other capacities as well, to settle border disputes and to purchase land and items such as tar on behalf of the town.
Depiction of Colonial surveyors

In 1655 Sarah Kerby was at court for uttering “suspicious speeches” against Mr. Bourne. She was to be whipped if she did it again. In 1654, Mr. Bourne submitted his accounts for shopping in Boston for supplies for the Sandwich militia. In 1658, he and James Skiffe were appointed to lay out land in the Common area for townspeople to use for planting. He was named to a committee in 1658 to survey land holdings in Sandwich. In 1667 he was named to the Council of War.

At a time when a man didn’t have to do much to draw the attention of the Court, Richard’s only transgression was on 4 Sep tember 1638 when he was fined 8 pence in Sandwich for having 3 unringed pigs.

His early progress in mission work is shown in the annual budget of Commissioners of the United Colonies:

1657 - Richard Bourne...encouraged to the work
1658 - For pains in teaching the Indians 15 pounds
1659 - A teacher of the Indians 20 pounds
1660 - For his pains in keeping a constant weekly lecture amongst the Indians 20 pounds
1663 - To Mr. Bourne at Sandwich his salary 25 pounds
1664 - John Eliot stated "my beloved brother Mr. Bourne is a faithful and prudent laborer and a good man." (Eliot transcribed the Bible into Algonquin)
1667 - To Mr. Bourne at Sandwich his salary 30 pounds
1672 - To Mr. Bourne 30 pounds. To 3 Indians under Mr. Bourne, 15 pounds.

In 1649 Richard went among Natives suffering from an epidemic (to which they were sadly prone) and showed himself immune. This gave him some of the magical status that was accorded the medicine men.

Richard lived on what is now the end of Dock Lane off Main Street, in the Ox Pasture Neck/Jarvesville area of Sandwich where the glass factory would eventually be built. His next door neighbor was Thomas Tupper, whom I also descend from.  
1884 map showing Jarvesville and the factory--imagine how rural is was in the17th century?

Richard held lands in the Indian-occupied Mashpee area. These lands, some purchased with his own money, were an essential part of the formation of the Indian reservation. In 1660 liberty was granted to Richard Bourne to find land towards the South Sea (Vineyard Sound). He was able to diplomatically block grants and shortly after obtained grants exclusively for himself, evidence of an extraordinary prestige at Plymouth Court plus high persuasive powers among his fellow citizens.

Evidence of Richard's early vision of an Indian reservation emerges in his skilled work to readjust the fuzzy Barnstable boundary agreed to by Chief Paupmunnock in 1648. In 1658 a new agreement was signed in which the western boundary between Barnstable and the Indians was shifted.  It was a rare, almost unique, event for the Indians to regain land once granted away, and Richard was present at the signing.

Beginning in 1655 Bourne was granted by either Plymouth Colony or by the Mashpee Indians land in several areas: On Mashpee River just off Mashpee Pond, ten acres originally just to use then half to own; a neck of marsh and upland in Waquoit Bay, plus adjacent upland; a homestead and grazing center on present John Ewer Road where he lived when not in his home in Sandwich village; a five acre neck in Peter's Pond; a 30 acre house lot on the east short of Mashpee Pond. Also right to take 12,000 alewives per year, to cut 10-12 loads of marsh hay and rights to cut wood and to graze cattle on lands adjoining his own.

Little has been actually recorded about Richard's work among the Cape Indians in the 1650s and early 1660s, but it is recognized that it produced results. He must have been an extremely effective teacher in conveying the basics of reading and writing both in the Indians' own language and in English. One wonders how he could have spent so much time with his charges while running his own farm, even with sons to help, and serving in the town and Colony government. His accomplishments are indicated in three formal documents from 1665 and 1666.  The first document showed a plan for a new way of government administered by the Indians themselves, to operate with Richard's help and advice. The second document talks of land to remain with the South Sea Indians forever, excepting one parcel of meadow and land already sold unto Richard Bourne at a place called Manamuchcoy and Aunto-Anto. This was the real authority to develop the reservation at Mashpee. A literate Indian named Simon Paupmunnock eventually became Richard's successor as preacher. The third document was a deed which formally turned over the Mashpee area lands to the five Indian leaders.

In July 1666 Bourne felt confident enough of the results of teaching the Indians to invite a group of ministers, with Governor Thomas Prence and several Assistants, to assemble in Mashpee. These important visitors gathered at Briant's Neck, Santuit Pond, for the double service of inaugurating the Indian Church and ordaining Richard Bourne as its pastor.

In 1674 there were 497 Indians from Plymouth to the Lower Cape that attended services; 142 could read; 72 could write and 9 could read English. Bourne lamented the irreligion of many saying they "are very loose in their course to my heart-breaking sorrow."

At his solicitation, 10,500 acres, known as the plantation of Marshpee (later Mashpee), was reserved by grant from the colony to the South Sea Indians. The formation of the Mashpee reservation south of Sandwich and the establishment of a successful church there were due mainly to the labor and devotion of the uniquely talented Richard Bourne.

After Richard’s death in 1682, a general law on Indian village organization in Plymouth Colony was passed "for their better regulating and that they may be brought to live orderly soberly and diligently."  It laid out a series of laws and regulations for the Indians. In 1684, a year before his death, a new meeting-house was built to replace the first Mashpee church, and it has been maintained to this day as his monument.

King Philip, sachem of Mount Hope, was unable to induce the Christianized Indians to join his war against the English. They remained faithful, much to Richard Bourne's efforts. If they had turned into rebels, Plymouth Colony would have likely become extinct.  In other areas, whites didn't trust the Indians and wanted them taken away. In Natick they were transported to Deer Island in Boston Harbor. Some of the Indians in Plymouth Colony, particularly at Pembroke, were conveyed to Clarke's Island, Plymouth.

The respect the natives had for Richard Bourne lasted after his death, when one of his descendants was very ill and nothing the white doctors did was helping. Some Natives came and used their traditional medicines and cured the child.

According to Jeremiah Diggs, Bathsheba fell ill of a fever which neither the minister's "dosage and pills" or the Indian herbs could cure. She died around 1676.

On 2 July 1677, Richard married the much younger  Ruth (Sargent) Winslow at Sandwich, the widow of Jonathan Winslow. Some of Richard’s love letters to Ruth survive, but I have not seen them myself.

In 1676, shortly after Bathsheba's death, Richard wrote to the widow: "I have had divers motions since I received yours, but none suits me but yourself, if God soe incline your mynde to marry me ... I doe not find in myselfe any flexableness to any other but an utter loatheness."

Elder John Chipman tried to dissuade him from marrying Ruth. The widow, he said, was a worldly creature, too worldly for Richard. Interestingly, after Richard died and Elder Chipman had lost his wife, he in turn married the wordly Ruth!

Richard died at Sandwich after 18 August 1681, when he is mentioned in the town records, and by October 1682, when letters of administration on his estate were granted to his sons Shearjashub and Elisha.  His burial location is not known.  Richard's moveables were valued at about £134; his land at £300; his debts from English people at £502 and his debts from Indians at £173.

"The Finall Settlement of ye Estate both real and Personall of Mr. Richard Bourne, late of Sandwich, deceased, by agreement of ye parties concerned therein & approved by the Court held at Plymouth 31 Oct. 1682. Whereas ye sd Richard Bourne died intestate & also his eldest son Job died in ye life time of his father, leaving four sons and one daughter who arc yett living and also Shearjashub and Elysha sons of ye sd Richard are yett living. It is mutually agreed between John Miller, agent for ye children of sd Job & his Relict Widdow Ruhamah Bourne of ye one part; and ye sd Sherjashub & Elisha of ye other part as followeth, viz: That the sd children of ye sd Job shall have all ye housing and lands of ye sd Richard Bourne which he died seized of, namely ye housing and lands he lived on, aprised at £300, and twenty acres of land lying at a place called ye Great Hollow in Sand­wich afsd, to them and their heirs, to be divided in such manner as ye Court see cause. After ye decease of Ruth Bourne, Relict Widdow of ye sd Richard Bourne shall belong & appurtain to ye sd Shearjashub and Elisha Bourne who are the administrators of ye sd Estate, and for the confirmation hereof ye Court orders ye recording of this Instrument" (Plymouth Colony Probate, vol. 4, pt. 2, p. 1). Letters of Administration were "graunted by the Court unto Shearjashuub Bourn and Elisha Bourne" same date (Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 6, p. 97).

Ruth died in 1713, age 71.

Sources Not Listed Above:
RA Lovell, Sandwich, A Cape Cod Town, 1984
Elizabeth Reynard, The Narrow Land, 1968
Jeremiah Diggs, Cape Cod Pilot, American Guide Series, 1937
Amos Otis, Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, 1888
Simeon Deyo, History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts,1890
Edward Rowe Snow, A Pilgrim Returns to Cape Cod, 1946
Lydia B. (Phinney) Brownson & Maclean W. McLean, The Rev. Richard Bourne of Sandwich, Mass.  NEHGR, vols. 118-9, 1964-65