History


John and Mary (Paine) Tripp of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

He was born 6 February 1610 in Horkstow, Lincolnshire, England. He died 12 Feb 1678  at the age of 68 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. His parents were John and Isabel (Moses). The first Tripp to come to America has been appropriately called  ”The Founder,” because he is the ancestor of most of us. An early Twentieth Century Tripp family author, Carolyn Valentine, may have first tagged him ” The Founder” (Reference #1 and Reference #2). By his own hand, he wrote that he had 11 brothers and sisters, so he evidently did not have much to start with. For that reason he indentured himself to Randall Holden so that he could learn the carpenter trade. He was admitted as an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck (Newport, Middletown & Portsmouth, RI), and on April 30, 1638 signed a compact with twenty-eight others as follows: “We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of His Majesty King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politic, unto his laws according to matters of justice”. Records show that he accumulated land in Dartmouth, (that he purchased from John Alden), land in Narragansett, land in Westerly and land on Hog Island. Hog Island got its name from the fact, that all of the hogs that were not controlled by their owners by fences or buildings were hauled over and turned loose on Hog Island! I don’t know what John did with them, when he started farming the island! I guess this was the first Tripp to raise pigs in this country! John Tripp was active in several aspects of the government, including Commissioner. He was Deputy for the following years: 1648, 1654, 1655, 1658, 1661, 1662, 1663, 1664, 1666, 1667, 1668, 1669, and 1672. He left in his will various lands, buildings plus orchards, and fencing. John Tripp married Mary Paine in 1639 and during the next 21 years had, and then reared eleven children.

The indenture of John Tripp of Horkstow, Lincolnshire, Boston and Portsmouth; and his three New England mastersRonald E. Benson, Jr.