Ralph Earle

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
Ralph Earle, son of Ralph Earle and Joan Savage, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, 22 April 1632.1 He died at Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, before 6 January 1716/17, when administration was granted to his son John.1

Ralph married Dorcas Sprague, daughter of Francis Sprague, before 26 October 1659.1,2

Ralph settled first in Portsmouth RI with his father, who is first called "Senior" in the records in 1651. He was made a Freeman there, with his brother William 11 May 1658. On Oct 26 1659 Francis Sprague of "Duxburrow" planter, gave to his son-in-law Ralph Earle of "Road Iland" one half his share of land at Coaksett and Acushena. 16 Dec 1659, Ralph Earle of Portsmouth on Road Iland, sells to Robert Hazard of Portsmouth, with the consent of Dorcas, his wife, "my Quarter share lott and portion of land which is the quarter part of one share that belongeth to thirty foure; which thirty foure is where the first purchasers of the land Comonly Called by the Indian Names of Chushena and Acoaksett in the Jurisdiction of New Plymouth," etc. This deed is signed also by Dorcas Earle and witnessed by Thomas Browning, Thomas Cornwell, John Cornwell. This is evidently the land given him by his father-in-law Francis Sprague. Later he removed to Dartmouth. There are no dates of birth recorded for his children and the Earle Genealogy gives him no daughters, but deeds in Bristol County prove he had at least three.

Ralph Earle died intestate, but 13 Jun 1688, "for love and affection," he conveyed to son Ralph Earle, one half of Elizabeth Island; 20 Oct 1689, he gave son William Earle, 100 acres of land in Dartmouth; 10 Jun 1692 he gave to son Joseph Earle 200 acres in Dartmouth and at other times he gave land to his son John and to various grandsons. Administration on his estate was granted to his son John Earle, 6 Jan 1717.

Bristol Co. Deeds, 12:66: Whereas our brothers, John Earl, Ralf Earl, William Earl and Joseph Earl have sold unto Philip Tabor of Dartmouth . . . yeoman, a meadow that did by right belong to the the three daughters, Elizabeth Havens, Dorcas Clapp and Mary Mars---, to confirm the deed of sale our borthers have given unto the abovesaid Philip Tabor . . . we Elizabeth Havens, of Dartmouth, widow of _____ Havens, and John Clapp of Rochester . . . and Dorcas, my wife. . . etc . . . . confirm the meadow to Philip Taber, 11 mar. 1717-8

12:67 John Clapp of Rochester, yeoman and Dorcas my wife. . . for £15 paid by Capt John Akins and Philip Taber both of Dartmouth, quitclaim . . . our whole right throughout Dartmouth, 11 Mar 1717/8.1


Dorcas Sprague b. abt. 1632
  • John Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • Ralph Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • William Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • Joseph Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • Elizabeth Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • Mary Earle1 b. aft. 1660
  • Dorcas Earle+1 b. abt. 1680, d. bef. 1752
This person was last edited on20 Sep 2017


  1. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 238-240, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 490, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).