Most people with the surname of RATHBONE, RATHBUN or RATHBURN in North America can lay claim to being descended from John RATHBONE > RATHBUN (1629-1702) from Ditton, Lancashire, who emigrated to America, using money which he had inherited from his father who had died on 7 February, 1654. He and his wife first settled in Dorchester, MA circa 1655, and then acquired land on Block Island (now RI) circa 1660.
John RATHBONE > RATHBUN was born in Ditton, Lancashire in 1628/29, the son of Thomas RATHBONE (c1596-1654), a shoemaker,and his wife: Alice (nee CHILDWALL); and baptised on 8 March 1629 at Farnsworth. He married Margaret ACRES, the daughter of Thomas ACRES. Their children were:
born: c 1655, Dorchester, MA.
died: by 1 March 1723, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
married (i):16 January 1679, Rhode Island.
Spouse (i): unknown
married: (ii): 11 November 1686, Rochester, Kings Province, Rhode Island.
spouse (ii): Ann DODGE (? widow of Thomas DODGE, son of Tristam DODGE)
born: c 1657, Dorchester, MA.
died: 26 December 1733, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
married 21 August 1685, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
spouse: Mary DICKENS (daughter of Nathaniel & Joan DICKENS).
born: c 1657, Dorchester MA
died: 30 October 1727, Westerly, Rhode Island
married (i): 18 Dec 1680
spouse (i): Sarah nee ?
born: 10 Jun 1659, Dorchester, MA.
died: 6 April 1718, Newport, Rhode Island.
married (i): 20 December 1678, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
spouse (i): Samuel GEORGE (son of Peter GEORGE & Mary ROWNING)
married (ii): by 6 january 1693.
spouse (ii): John MITCHELL, son of Thomas MITCHELL.
born: c 1663, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
died: after 1740
married: 19 May 1691, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
spouse: Thomas MITCHELL, son of Thomas MITCHELL
born: c 1667, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
died: before August 1749, Exeter, Rhode Island.
married: 19 May 1691, Nrew Shoreham, Rhode Island.
spouse: Mary MOSHER (daughter of Hugh MOSHER & Rebecca HARNDELL)
born: 1670, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
died: 14 August 1747, Dartmouth, MA.
married: 12 August 1687
spouse: Nicholas MOSHER
born: 3 August 1672, Newport , Rhode Island.
died: 24 Jan 1757, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
married: 3 Nov 1692, New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
spouse: Patience COGGESHALL (daughter of John COGGESHALL & Patience THROCKMORTON).
The RATHBUN Family Association in the US have done a fine job
in recording the descendants of the RATHBUN family of Block Island. Please
address your enquiries regarding RATHBONE, RATHBURN, RATHBUN (& variations)
in the U.S.A. and Canada, to:
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Alfred RATHBONE (c1859- )
arrived on the "Parisian", Port of Halifax, Canada, aged 25, in 1884
(no birth registration found in the UK c.1858/1860 - but could have been born in Staffordshire)
Charles RATHBONE (c1847- )
arrived on the "Sardinian", Port of Halifax, Canada, aged 36 in 1883
(no birth registration found in the UK c.1845/1849 - but could have been born in Yorkshire)
Clarence RATHBONE (c1925-1996)
died in Chicago area aged 71, husband of Shirley, father of Debra, Dan & Robert; brother of Florence RATHBONE, Frances Van ZANDT, Morton RATHBONE & Robert LAING.
David RATHBONE (c1868- )
imigrated to Canada in 1872 and appears aged 33 at the Census of 1901 in the Province of Quebec.
Eubanks RATHBONE (c1729-??)
a Quaker, who lived in Middlesex NJ. m. 1 April 1758
to Mary BLOODGOOD (26 Dec 1729-??)
Harry RATHBONE (c1820- )
who was aged 61 and living in district 187, Nebraska City, NE at the US Census of 1880, with his wife: Ann RATHBONE (c1821- ), aged 59;
both were recorded as being born in England, of English parents.
emigrated from Great Britain to US on 6 October 1872; lived in Kings County NY, where he obtained US citizenship.
James C. RATHBONE (1865- )
born 1 December 1865, Mercer Co. Kentucky, son of James RATHBONE (1824-1917) of Wolverhampton > Mercer Co. KY > Denton Co. TX & Margaret H. (KYLER) PARROTT of Garrett Co. KY, daughter of John & Margaret KYLER.
Married Pearl PERRY, and had two sons:
(i) Samuel Cyril RATHBONJames E. RATHBONE (1856-??)
born 7 August 1892, Wellington TX
died 25 November 1963 Redding, CA
(ii) Gene RATHBONE
> Council Bluffs, IA
John RATHBONE said to own a whaling
fleet out of Bangor, Maine. married in Marseilles, and his son:
John H. RATHBONE/RATHBUN
born Marseilles, 22 July 1812(4), died O'Neill, Nebraska 18 June 1911.
John RATHBURN (c1840-
aged 40, single, coal miner, born France (parents also born France) who was living in boarding house or mining camp in Shawnee, Perry, Ohio, USA at the US Census of 1880 ?
John W. RATHBUN
married Pauline (died before 1880), and they had three children:
Walter RATHBUNJoshua RATHBONE (c.1770- )
born 12 April 1856 Casno, Michigan, died July 1914 Cherokee, Iowa.
married 29 January 1887, Henrietta RATHBONE, born 1861.
married 28 October 1880, Marshall County, Iowa to John MATTOON.
John Liberty RATHBUN
born 10 November 1860, Deep River, Lake, Indiana
died 21 June 1933, Monticello, Illinois
married 3 June 1888, Albia, Marshall, Iowa, Sarah Elizabeth DURHAM.
(b. 19 Dec 1809 in Humberton Ontario; d. 27 Mar 1883 Nissouri, Ontario)
the father of Mary RATHBORNE who married to William NEHER
from Great Britain, who became a US citizen on 20 October 1860 in New York City.
Thomas H. RATHBONE
from Great Britain, who became a US citizen on 9 November 1859 in Brooklyn, New York City.
William RATHBONE (c1860- )
born England, married Clare TYLER (born England c1862).
A daughter, Mabel RATHBONE, was born in St Louis, Missouri, on September 2 1889.
William was still living in St Louis, Missouri at the Census of 1900.
1 December 2001
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