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Ancestors of Jane Clark Mullen

Generation No. 11

      1608. Richard Lane439, born 27 Aug 1596 in Hereford, England; died 23 Dec 1656 in a storm at Eleuthera, Bahamas. He was the son of 3216. Roger Lane and 3217. Beatrix. He married 1609. Alice Carter 07 Oct 1623 in London, England.

      1609. Alice Carter, born 24 Aug 1603 in London, England; died 24 Sep 1678 in London, England. She was the daughter of 3218. Humfrey Carter.

Notes for Richard Lane:
Richard Lane's Appearances in "The Calendar of State Papers" is as follows: "Richard Lane, b. 1596, and his wife Alice Carter emigrated with their family to Providence Island in the West Indies. It is uncertain whether Richard and Alice ever settled on the mainland, but their sons Samuel and Joseph, established branches of the Lane family in what would become the southern United States (Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina). The Tortugas, mentioned in the text, are small islands about 50 miles west of Key West, Florida. Providence Island is probably in the Bermuda Islands, quite possibly the same as "New Providence Island," where Nassau, the current capital of the Bahamas, is located. This speculation is strengthened by the fact that Richard and his son Oziell are supposed to have drowned off Eleuthera Island, one of the Bermudas."

Richard was the son of Roger Lane. We can assume Richard grew up in the City of Hereford. There is no record that his young widowed mother remarried. Richard must have left Hereford and come to London as a very young man. On December 14, 1613, he apprenticed to Nathaniel Thornhill for seven years. Thornhill was a merchant tailor by trade. On February 26, 1620, at 24 years old, Richard was admitted a freeman to the Merchant Tailor Co. He apparently prospered in his trade. On October 7, 1623, Richard married Alice Carter at London. Richard's religious beliefs appear to have been unorthodox and with a Puritan leaning. He was not secretive about his opinions. This was during a period when the Church of England and Authorities of the Crown were persecuting the Puritans. In October 1631, there was an "Examination of Richard Lane" by authorities. This examination worried Richard. He was fearful of what the future might bring to he and his family. His children were coming along, Samuel in 1628, John in 1631 and Oziell in 1632. As a result, he arranged for a trip to the West Indies as a representative of the Company of Providence Island, a quasi-governmental oganization formed to exploit the Colony. Richard reached Providence Island in 1635. He was assigned to introduce and supervise growing madder (a small plant, the root of which was to make a red dye). During his stay on the Island, 1635-1657, he had his ups and downs. For most of the period, he appears to have been in the good graces of the Company. In 1641, he came under criticism for his Puritanical religious views. He, along with two clergymen, were ordered arrested and brought to trial in London. At the hearing, the charges were found unmerited and Lane was returned to his duties. Later in 1641, he was unsuccessfully nominated Governor of Providence Island. Sometime before August 1657, Richard and his son, Oziell, were drowned at Providence Island. His widow, Alice, petitioned the Company for payments in arrears and a pension. The petition was approved and the widow and children returned to London. One of their sons, Samuel (1), a direct ancestor, probably had returned earlier for his education.

Another Resource on Richard Lane reports as follows:

Richard Lane Born abt. August 27, 1596
Richard Lane, son of Roger and Beatrix Lane, was baptized at St. Peters Church on 27 Aug 1596 at Hereford, England. He left Hereford at an early age and was apprenticed to Nataniel Thornhull of Birchin Lane for seven (7) years from the 14th of December 1613 and was admitted ot the freedom of the company on the 26th of February 1620.

Alice Carter
The final record concerning Richard Lane was found in the following, August 7, 1657 Petition of Alice Lane, sets forth her great sufferings in the West Indies, her husband and son having been drowned in Eleuthera, and that appears for service in England of 702 pounds, 13 shillings, and 6 pence are certified.

Richard Lane - Tidbits

On 5 April 1671, a marriage license was issued to Captain John Lane (an Uncle of Richard Lane) age about 41, to Elizabeth Saltonstall, a widow, age about 34. She was the widow of Charles Saltonstall. Both husbands were considerably older than she. Both men were wealthy and adventurous mariners. She appears to have prospered through her marriages.

The connection between the prominent Saltonstall family of London, England and Boston, Massachusetts, USA and the early Lane ancestors existed in these early times.

Of interest is that some 300 years later, another association between the Leverett Saltonstall and the Russell Lane family of Ithaca, New York developed. (See R.R.Lane reflections on the Saltonstalls.

Children of Richard Lane and Alice Carter are:
  804 i.   Maj Samuel S Lane, born 1628 in London, England; died 18 Jan 1681/82 in Anne Arundel Co, MD; married (1) Barbara Roddam; married (2) Margaret Mauldin 1669 in Anne Arundel Co, MD.
  ii.   Joseph Lane, born 1631.
  iii.   Oziell Lane, born 1632; died 1657 in a storm at Eleuthera, Bahamas.

      1610. Francis Mauldin440, born 1600 in Wales; died Bef. 1644 in VA. He married 1611. Katherine Sutton Abt. 1629.

      1611. Katherine Sutton440, born 1605 in London, England; died 1637.

More About Francis Mauldin:
Immigrated: Abt. 1635, Arrived in Virginia
Child of Francis Mauldin and Katherine Sutton is:
  805 i.   Margaret Mauldin, born 1630 in England; married (1) John Burrage 1649 in Anne Arundel Co, MD; married (2) Maj Samuel S Lane 1669 in Anne Arundel Co, MD; married (3) Job Evans Abt. 1682.

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