William Paine

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William Paine, son of Gideon Paine and Rebecca Corp, was born at Smithfield, Providence Co., Rhode Island, say 1738.1,2,3 He died at Adams, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, before 1793.4

William married Sarah Hawkins, daughter of John Hawkins and Mary (…), at Smithfield 23 November 1757.5,3

He and his three brothers were all born by 1734 or later as they were all under 21 when their father wrote his will in May 1754.

In 1793 three of his children (Gideon, Zimroda, and William ) joined to sell 100 acres, theirs by virtue of each inheriting a 1/10 share of their father's estate. The seven other shareholders have not been identified.4


Sarah Hawkins b. abt. 1738, d. abt. 1822
  • Zimroda Paine4 b. say 1763
  • Gideon Payne+3 b. 10 Jan 1765, d. 23 Nov 1848
  • William Paine4 b. say 1767
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  1. [S1128] Smithfield, Rhode Island (now at Central Falls), Probate records, 1733-1917, 2:186, FHL microfilm 959526 #2, further cited as Smithfield Probate.
  2. [S1119] William B. Browne, "William B. Browne Collection", Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Paine Family Genealogy Notes, further cited as Browne, "Browne Collection."
  3. [S547] Lewis Cass Aldrich and George S. Conover, History of Ontario County, New York: With Illustrations and Family Sketches of Some of the Prominent Men and Families (Syracuse, New York: D. Mason, 1893), 139-141, further cited as Aldrich and Conover, Ontario Co. History.
  4. [S1118] Berkshire County, Massachusetts, North Berkshire Deeds, 3:114; Registry of Deeds, Adams; FHL microfilm 879513.
  5. [S602] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island. 1636-1850: First Series: Births, Marriages and Deaths. A Family Register for the People, 21 vols. (Providence, Rhode Island: Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1891-1912), 3:6:38, 56, town record 1:72, further cited as Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island.