My fifth great-grandfather, Lancelot Larkham, was born on November 20, 1740. He was the son of Thomas & Frances Larkham of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Although Lancelot's place of birth is not known, his father, Thomas Larkham, appears in South Kingtown records as early as February 26, 1739, almost two years before Lancelot's birth, so it is assumed that Lancelot was born in South Kingstown.
Aside from his birth date, the earliest record of Lancelot is found in an indenture for his apprenticeship on 7 July 1749. His mother, Frances Larkham of "South Kingstown in Kings County in the Colony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantation in New England *woosted corner", indentured him as an apprenticeship to two weavers, Joseph Enoss and his wife Margaret (Webster) Enoss of Richmond, Rhode Island. Joseph Enoss, in his fifties at the time he took on young Lancelot as an apprentice, perhaps needed additional help because most of his own children were grown and on their own. Lancelot’s term of apprenticeship was 12 years, 4 months and 13 days, meaning that his apprenticeship would be over on 20 November 1761, the date of his 21st birthday. The fact that Frances Larkham signed the indenture and not Lancelot's father indicates that Thomas Larkham was no longer present. The last precise record of Thomas Larkham was for his service in King George's War in 1746. It is possible that Thomas Larkham died in this war.
Lancelot did not complete the full term of his apprenticeship to Joseph Enoss. In 1759, when he was nineteen years old (two years before his apprenticeship was to end), he entered service in the French War under the Rhode Island Regiment. In 1760, he served in Colonel Harris’ Regiment, and was at the capitulation of Montreal under the command of Jeffrey Amherst. He is also on record as having served in Colonel Rose's regiment in 1762. His service in the French War ended in 1762 when he was twenty-two years old. Joseph Enoss died in November of 1762.
In 1763, Lancelot married Prudence Adams. By 30 October 1765 , a land deed places Lancelot and Prudence in Richmond, Rhode Island. Lancelot and Prudence’s first child, John, was born in Richmond on 18 March 1767. They had five more children while they lived in Richmond: Thomas, born 15 March 1768; Sarah, born 13 May 1769; Joseph (who may have been named after Joseph Enoss), born 19 September 1770; Prudence, born 24 August 1772; and Lot, Jr., born 14 March 1774.
In 1770, Lancelot served as Surveyor of Highways for Richmond. Deeds for land in Richmond (dated 30 October 1765 and 18 November 1775 ), give evidence that Lancelot was probably a farmer as well as a weaver by occupation during the decade after he returned from the French War and began a family with Prudence. In 1777, Lancelot was listed in the Rhode Island census for males over the age of 21 who were eligible to serve in the (Revolutionary) war.
By 1779 the Larkhams had moved to Voluntown,Connecticut, where Lancelot and Prudence’s seventh and youngest child, Patience, was born on 17 November 1779. Lancelot and Prudence Larkham established a farm in Voluntown, and remained there for the duration of their lives. In three land deeds, dated 1794 - 1795, Lancelot continued to acquire Voluntown acreage along the southeast shore of Beach Pond, land which had originally belonged to the Winthrop family.
Although the Larkhams technically lived in Voluntown, Connecticut, their Beach Pond farmland was next to the Rhode Island border. The Larkhams maintained strong ties with Rhode Island. Lancelot (who was now going by the shortened name, Lot) and Prudence are both listed among the members of the First General Baptist of Richmond in 1770. They were later listed among the members of the North Kingston (RI) Six Principle Baptist Church: Lot joined the church on 4 September 1784 and Prudence joined in October 1786. On 17 September 1810, Lancelot, his son John, and John's family re- j