Baptized:   22 Apr 1632   Bishop’s Stortford, Hersford, England


Note: 19 JAN 1651
Details: In the record of a town meeting in Portsmouth, his father is mentioned as Ralph Earle, Senior.

Note: 24 NOV 1656
Details: Witnessed one of his father’s deeds of real estate.

Freeman:  11 MAY 1658
Details: At the same meeting it was “Ordered that Ralph Earll Junr shall be payd Eleven Shillings after the Rate of Eight white peages (beads) per peny, by the Treasurer.

Land Rec: 26 OCT 1659
Details:  Francis Sprague, “of Duxborough,” conveyed to his “son-in-law, Ralph Earl, of Road Island,” one-half share of land at “Coaksett and Sacushena, in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth.” Sprague had his title to the land from the Indians Wosamequin and “Wamitta.”  It is probably that Ralph immediately removed from Portsmouth and settled upon this land, as at the time of all known subsequent allusions to him he was in Dartmouth, within which the land was situated. He was one of the persons who received the confirmatory deed of the town, and it is known that he was there in 1663.

Birth of Son:  1660
Name: John Earl

Birth of Daughter:  1662
Name: Elizabeth Earl

Birth of Son:  1666
Name: William Earl

Military: 1667
Details:  Ralph Earle of Portsmouth, joined Captain Sanford’s troop of horse, and afterwards himself became the Captain.  During Philip’s War a great part of this town [Dartmouth] was laid desolate and many of the inhabitants killed. The most of the Plymouth forces were ordered thither. In coming to Russel’s garrison, at Ponaganset, or Aponaganset, in this town, they met with a number of the enemy that had surrendered themselves prisoners, on terms promised by Capt. Eels, of the garrison, and Ralph Earle, who persuaded them to come in, by a friendly Indian whom he employed. It is to be regretted, however, that notwithstanding the promises made by the above persons to the Indian, they were, by the superior authorities, carried away to Plymouth, ‘then sold and transported out of the country, being about eight score persons.'”

Birth of Son:  1668
Name: Joseph Earl

Birth of Daughter:  1670
Name: Dorcas Earl

Land Rec: 10 MAY 1684
Details:  John Eyanoe conveys to Ralph Earle, a neck or island, made at high water, in Yarmouth, in consideration of a “certain parcel of Land sittuate under ye goverment of new york in America, upon cutAhonkko, viz. one neck and one island in A fresh pond upon sd cutAhonkko, and Twenty acres of Land on Dartmouth, payd by Ralph Earl.”

Note:  At least as early as 1688 Ralph Earle and his wife Dorcas Sprague were living in Dartmouth, since in that year adn the years following he so describes himself in conveyances of land in Dartmouth to his sons. His homestead farm of some four hundred acres was on the westerly side of the Apponegansett River, extending westerly beyond the Tucker Road on both sides of the road from the head of Apponegansett to Macomber’s Corner, or Slocum’s Corner as it was known in earlier days. He evidently had allotted to him as part of his share of Dartmouth the island of Cuttyhunk.

Land Rec: 13 JUN 1688
Details: “Ralph Earl of Dartmouth,” “in consideration of natural love and affection,” conveyed to his son Ralph, “one half of the westermost island, called Elizabeth Island, to be his after my decease.”

Land Rec: 10 JUN 1692
Details:  He says that “of my own moote [and] motion, for divors good causes and good considerations moveing mee therunto, beside my trew Love and naturall Affections that I bare unto this my youngest son Joseph Earle, and for his advancement for time to come,” and “with the consent of Dorcas, my wife,” he conveyed to the said Joseph two hundred acres of land in Dartmouth. This was “bounded upon Ronaganset River, So up into the woods.”

Land Rec: 24 JUL 1693
Details:  He conveyed to his son William, “in consideration of natural love and affection, one quarter part of the Island called by the Indians Pocatahunka, being the westermost Island.”

Land Rec: He was a large land holder, and many other of his conveyances are upon record. Of these grants, the only consideration for the value of the land appears to have been his “natural love and affection” in the following instances, namely: 250 acres to his son John; after his death 100 acres to his grandson John, 100 acres to his grandson Daniel, 50 acres to his grandson Benjamin, and “A small Island, or Tract of Land,” to William Ingraham.

Death: 1716  Dartmouth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts

Click here to see parents:  Ralph Earl and Joan Savage

Dorcus Sprague     

Birth:  1635  Duxbury, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts

Death:  1716  Dartmouth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts

Click here to see parents:  Francis Sprague and ?

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