Baptism:  12 OCT 1628  Colnbrook, Horton, Buckinghamshire, England

Name Var:  Jenks

Note:  Joseph Jenckes II is known as the founder of Pawtucket. A skilled ironworker, he had come to the New World to join his father, Joseph Jencks I, who had organized and operated the first American iron works in Saugus,Massachusetts.

Marriage:  ABT 1652 to Esther Ballard in Lynn, Essex Co, Massachusetts

Birth of Son:  1656
Name:  Joseph Jenckes

Birth of Daughter:  1658
Name:  Elizabeth Jenckes

Birth of Daughter:  1660
Name:  Sarah Jencks

Birth of Son:  1663
Name:  Nathaniel Jencks

Birth of Son:  1669
Name:  Ebenezer Jenckes

Moved:  1670
Details:  Joseph left Massachusetts intending to build his own forge in Rhode Island.

Land Rec:  10 OCT 1671
Details:   He purchased 60 acres of land on the west bank of the Blackstone River, marking the establishment of the first permanent settlement of Pawtucket. However, it was short-lived, as the Jenckes settlement was burned to the ground in 1675 during King Philip’s War.

Birth of Daughter:  1672
Name:  Joanna Jencks

Birth of Son:  1675
Name:  William Jenckes

Note:  When the war ended, the Jenckes forge was rebuilt, and soon it became the center of a small village including the foundry, a gristmill, and sawmill. The commerce of the village was founded on the production of iron products essential to the survival of these early settlers.

Freeman:  1677

Office Held:  BET 1679-1698
Details:  He served several terms in the Rhode Island Assembly

Note:  During 1685–1688, at the direction of King James II, Rhode Island became a county in the Dominion of New England, under Governor Sir Edmund Andros. After the Revolution of 1688, King William and Queen Mary ascended to the throne, and Joseph Jenckes was included in a small group selected to write a letter congratulating them on their ascension and informing them that Sir Edmund Andros had been arrested in Rhode Island.

Death:  04 JAN 1717  Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island

Burial:  Governor Joseph Jencks Lot, Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island

Click here to see parents:  Joseph Jencks and Joan Hearne

Esther Ballard

Birth:  ABT 1632  England

Immigration:  1635 with her parents on the “James”
Note:  There is different William Ballard who arrived in 1633 on the “Mary and John.”  This is not Esther’s father.

Death:  ABT 1717  Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island

Burial:  Governor Joseph Jencks Lot, Pawtucket, Providence Co, Rhode Island

Click here to see parents:  William Ballard and Elizabeth ?

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