Robert KINSMAN Rebecca KINSMAN Mary KINSMAN Joanna KINSMAN Pelatiah KINSMAN Charles KINSMAN Thomas KINSMAN Bethiah DOGGETT Newport KINSMAN Rosanna MALLONE Prince KINSMAN Jeremiah KINSMAN Margaret KINSMAN Rebecca BURLEY Mini tree diagram
1713 Robert Kinsman 1788 MI

1713 Robert Kinsman 1788 MI


1713 - 16th Dec 17883,4

Life History


Born in Essex Co., Massachusetts (Ipswich)

3rd Mar 1713

Baptised in Essex Co., Massachusetts (Ipswich).1

s/o Robert & Rebecca

27th Sep 1749


Robert Kingsman of Norwich, CT,  married Bethiah Doggett at Boston by the Rev. Andrew Eliot on 27 Sep 1749

27th Sep 1749

Married Bethiah DOGGETT in Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.6

Robert Kingsman of Norwich, CT,  married Bethiah Doggett at Boston by the Rev. Andrew Eliot on 27 Sep 1749


Birth of son Pelatiah KINSMAN

about 1752

Birth of son Charles KINSMAN in Norwich, Connecticut

about 1754

Birth of son Newport KINSMAN in Windham Co., Connecticut

8th Dec 1756

Birth of son Thomas KINSMAN in New London Co., Connecticut


Birth of son Prince KINSMAN in Windham Co., Connecticut

about 1780

Death of son Charles KINSMAN

26th Mar 1785

Wrote will in Windham Co., Connecticut (Plainfield).2

16th Dec 1788

Died in Windham Co., Connecticut (Plainfield).3,4

In Memory of Mr Robert Kinsman who departed this life Decr 16th 1788 in ye 76th year of his age.

3rd Mar 1789

Probate in Windham Co., Connecticut (Plainfield).2

Other facts


Married Rosanna MALLONE


  • The children listed here for Robert Kinsman are highly conjectural.

    William Charles Kinsman in his book on the Kinsman family published in 1996 lists 4 possible sons (Pelatiah, Charles, Newport and Thomas) and hints that according to family lore there may have been more. However, Robert's will leaves no bequests to any children and neither does he specifically rule them out (in the case of family disagreements it was often the custom to specifically leave a tiny bequest to a disinherited child, just so that they could not later claim to have been forgotten).

    Bethiah, in her will ten years later, also mentions no children at all.

    From circumstantial evidence it is possible that Newport Kinsman was a child of Robert's, born as a slave, freed (probably under Connecticut law at age 25) and living in the same area as this Kinsman family as a free coloured person in 1790.

    There is stronger evidence that Prince Kinsman was in the same situation. Robert gifted him 12 sheep, Bethiah gifted him ?8 in her will, and Robert's brother Jeremiah made provision for him in his will in case it was deemed that Prince had a claim on Robert's estate.


  • 1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
  • 2. Will of Robert Kinsman 1785
  • 3. Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934
  • 4. Monumental Inscription
  • 5. Kinsman Family Volume I
    • Alfred Mudge & Co, Boston, 1876
  • 6. Boston, Massachusetts, Marriages, 1700-1809

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