My mother, Emily Ide, daughter of Lewis Ide of Providence RI, is a descendant of Nicholas Ide who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636. In 1644 [after possible moves with his (probable) stepfather, Thomas Bliss, a blacksmith, to Hartford and Braintree] he went with his mother and stepfather and a group of Puritans from Weymouth to found Rehoboth. They were led by the Rev Samuel Newman which would lead one to think that the move was a result of a split in the church at Weymouth. I've seen some reference to the Rev Newman, a former Anglican minister who joined the dissenting Puritans, probably in England, but who found the Weymouth church too restrictive, so led this more 'liberal' group to Seekonk (later called Rehoboth).
I have seen a reference to Nicholas Ide, Jr (b 1654) being a weaver.
The area was already inhabited by another dissident minister, living with the local Native Americans. Modern Rehoboth is in MA, but very close to the RI border, and the original Rehoboth included what is now East Providence, RI. I think Roger Williams lived in Rehoboth for a time before he went to found Rhode Island.
My wife and I were on our way home from a visit to Plymouth two years ago. Even though it was a Sunday afternoon we decided to take the route back through Rehoboth and see if we might come across anything. We lucked out- the Rehoboth Historical Society happened to be open and two knowledgable men were there, just about to close up. They generously stayed an extra hour and pointed us to some of the early texts on Rehoboth. They also gave us directions to the church founded by the Rev Newman (his name is still on the much more modern church building), and the cemetery across the street from the church. Light was failing by then so we didn't have a lot of time to read gravestones, but we did see a number of Ides, including Timothy (b 1745) who was a minuteman during the Revolution.
We would love to go back sometime and explore the area more. I find the Ide family history rich and fascinating, even in the short time I've been at it.
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