Peter Tallman

Peter TALLMAN (1623 – 1708) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line. He was Solicitor General of Rhode Island in 1662 and records indicate he was volatile, stubborn, prone to dispute and lawsuits and had the first divorce in family history.

Tallman Coat of Arms

Peter Tallman was born about 1623 in Hamburg, Germany.    His parents were  Henrich TAELMON (1586 – )  and Anna [__?__],  a burgher family which may have had Dutch or Schleswig-Holstein origins.  He was made a burgher of Hamburg on 14 Aug 1646.  He emigrated to Barbados in 1647 where he soon married Anne HILL on 2 Jan 1649  in Church Christ, Barbados.

Christ Church Barbados


Barbados Map

Peter signed a contract 2 Jun 1648 with Nathaniel Maverick who was Captain of the Golden Dolphin to ship cargo and carry passengers.  Peter agree to ship at least 10 tons of cargo and to pay £3/ton for rum, 5 fatherings/pound for cotton, and 1 penny/pound for tobacco.  Peter Tallman agree further to provide the necessary provisions for the voyage, to have and English bondsman and 3 slaves aboard, and to travel himself and his wife and his mother-in-law widow Ann Hill and his brother-in-law Robert Hill.  They sailed in September 1649 and settled in Newport, Rhode Island.

On 18 Nov 1650 Peter is described as an apothecary (practiced the art of healing, “no cure, no pay”).  He was also a merchant trader and he sold Barbadian imports such as rum and tobacco and cotton in Newport for grain and livestock that he could sell in Barbados and he also made sales trips to New Netherlands to sell these wares and wine and brandy and clothing.  He also often acted as an interpreter between the English and the Dutch.  Peter Tallman was a Freeman in 1655 and was thereafter allowed to vote and to own land.

Peter divorced Anne in May 1665 in Portsmouth, RI. because  her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”.  All evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.    Peter married Joan Briggs in 1665 in Taunton, RI.  He married a third time to Esther [__?__] in  1686 in Rhode Island.  Peter died on 1 Apr 1708 in Portsmouth, RI.

Anne Hill was born around 1633 in Barbados.  Her parents were Philip HILL and Anne KINGE. The first settlement in Barbados was in 1627.   Anne’s parents were among the early British planters and would have likely cultivated tobacco and cotton, as the famous sugar plantations did not develop extensively until after 1642.  After were divorced, Anne married  married her lover Thomas Durfee (1643 – 1712) and had six more children.  Anne died between 1680 and 1684 in Portsmouth, RI.

Peter’s mother-in-law Anne Hill removed from Barbados with her daughter Anne and son-in-law Peter Tallman to Rhode Island, where she remarried John Elton in 1650 in Newport RI and removed to Flushing.  Ann apparently either acquired 100 acres of land in Flushing, or had inherited it from her first husband, and apparently later left it or gave it to her daughter. She later moved to Staten Island, and eventually went with her son Robert Hill to Virginia, where,, she married once more, a Capt. Hudson.

Children of Peter and Anne

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Tallman 1651 Ensign  John Pearce Jun 1720
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
2. Elizabeth Tallman 1654
Portsmouth, RI
Isaac Lawton
3 Mar 1674 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1701
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3. Anne Tallman 1656 Stephen Brayton 1732
4. Dr. Peter Tallman 22 Mar 1657/58
Portsmouth, RI
Ann Wright (Watson) 6 Jul 1726
5. Joseph Tallman 1660
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Timberlake
1685 Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3 May 1709
6. Sussanah TALLMAN c. 1662 (many alternatives have been suggested)
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Joseph BECKWITH 1717
Lyme, New London, CT
7. Sarah Tallman 1664
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
William Wilbore
18 Dec 1680 Little Compton, Newport,  RI
Little Compton, Newport,

Children of Peter and Joan Briggs:

Name Born Married Departed
8. Jonathan Tolman 1666
Newport, RI
Sarah [__?__]
c. 1689
Dartmouth, Mass
9. Dr. James Tallman 1668
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Davol
18 Mar 1689 Portsmouth, RI
Hannah Swain
Nantucket, Mass.
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
10. Mercy Tallman 1670 Isreal Shaw
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Islan
11. John Tallman 1672
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary [__?__]
1693 Portsmouth, RI
Flushing, NY
12. daughter 1674
13. Nathaniel Tallman 1680
Bristol, Mass.
Rachel Sherman
13 Jun 1724 Bristol, Mass.
Bristol, RI
14. Benjamin Tallman 28 Jan 1685
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Patience Durfee
23 Sep 1708 Portsmouth, RI
Deborah Cook
7 Jun 1724 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1759
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island

Children of Peter and Esther [__?__]

Name Born Married Departed
15. Samuel Tallman 14 Jan 1687/88
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
16. Joseph Tallman 1691
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Joanna Mayhew
1 Dec 1713 Portsmouth Newport, Rhode Island
13 Apr 1756
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island


1648 – Peter visited Rhode Island sailing there from Barbados on the Golden Dolphin.

Shortly after their marriage, Peter made arrangements for the transportation of his family. He signed a contract with Nathaniel Maverick, captain of the Golden Dolphin, on June 2, 1648. This contract included the shipping of at least ten tons of cargo, including rum, cotton and tobacco. Peter agreed to pay Captain Maverick three pounds sterling for
each ton of rum, five farthings per pound for the cotton, and one penny per pound for shipping the tobacco. Peter also agreed to provide provisions for his passengers who included an English bondsmen and three slaves.  According to his affidavit, his brother-in-law and mother-in-law also came with Peter and Ann Tallman.

1650 – Now he set himself up as an apothecary, undoubtedly while maintaining and juggling many other business ventures. He was known to be engaged in “healing” as late as 1660 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

1650 – He gave power of attorney to Mr. John Elton “for good causes and considerations.” Mr. Elton was empowered to collect a bad debt from Samuel Maverick of Noddles Island or else imprison him. Mr. Elton would then keep the money he collected. In effect, Tallman sold the debt. He also sold a runaway slave to Elton, if he caught him. Describing the slave, Tallman said, “The Negro is named Mingoe & but a yong man & hath the marke of I:P: on his left shoulder: & did unlawfully depart from my house in Newport about six months since.” Since the document was signed on  eptember 18, 1650, it can inferred that Tallman had settled in Newport no later than March of that year

28 Nov 1650 – A Barbados will for Francis Kinge mentions children of sister Ann Hill. (Also mentions his siblings Arthur, Joseph, Abigail Kinge, Johanna Kinge, and brothers and sisters with surname Arthur). Potentially “Kinge” could be the maiden name for our Ann Hill, wife of Philip.

1650’s – Documented numerous times being in New Amsterdam (New York City) sometimes as a translator (which would seem to confirm his being of Dutch heritage), and where he owned a house and lot. He also was active in Flushing, New York, and in Connecticut, and later in the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard. He also purchased land in Plymouth Colony.

Nov 1650 – John Elton, Peter’s new step father-in-law, held a power-of-attorney from Tallman in to collect debts and pursue an escaped slave, and their dealings went back about a year prior to that).

27 June  1651 – He is called Peter Taelman, had clearance of a Vessel from Manhattan to South (Delaware) River.


21 November 1656. On this day Peter Talemann recovered a judgment, and on 23 January 1657 [1656/7] he entered an annuity of 124 bank marks for his daughter Susanna.

9 October 1663 Susanna Talemann, by her curator [guardian], Hans Erlekamp, Cancelled this annuity entry.

1655 – Peter is in the list of freemen at Newport

25 Jan 1656 – He of Middleburgh (Newton) NY, was complained of by the magistrate of Middleburgh for removing tobacco by the court at Flushing.

1656 – The first record of Peter Tallman in New Amsterdam is in a probate court. He owed 201 florins to the estate and was ordered to pay it.  It is unlikely that he moved to New Amsterdam since this  , only one year after being established as a freeman in Newport. That same year, 1656, he was plaintiff in a case, suing Rutgert Jansen for
defaulting on a debt.

1658 – He was again in court to collect on a debt. This time he sued the defendant for fl. 60:6. The court awarded him two-thirds, the other thirds awaiting better proof. Debt
was not taken lightly. The defendant, Tomas Yongh, was ordered to pay within twenty-four hours or face imprisonment. When Peter brought in his accounts the court decided they were unsatisfactory. He was ordered to prove each item.  In March, 1659, his full account was finally approved.

1658 – Peter Tallman also served as interpreter for the court between the Dutch and the English. Also in 1658, he appeared with Jan Denman; it isn’t clear what his role was, but interpreter seems likely. The case was over Denman’s losing his license to sell beer. He lost it because “there is so great a noise and racket, that the whole neighborhood is kept awake.”  He was given his license for a trial period since he promised to better control the noise level in the future. It would be interesting to know if Peter Tallman was there as a friend, partner, or merely as an interpreter. Unfortunately, the records are not that complete.

18 Dec 1658 – Peter Tallman moved to Portsmouth in with his wife Ann and 2 daughters and 1 infant son.  He bought land from Richard and Mary Morris and from William Wilbore [father of his future son-in-law] that was connected properties totaling 15 acres and he paid 35s/acre.  After this he continually added to his real estate holdings.He was one of the early purchasers of land on Martha’s Vineyard, and was very active in the settlement of that island.

There were two other court cases in 1658 that were particularly interesting. In the first, Tallman was sued for withholding 297 pounds of tobacco that he had agreed to trade for Spanish wine and stockings. After receiving the wine and stockings, he defaulted on the payment. He did not show up for the first hearing, sending a letter of protest and filing a countersuit for “all costs, damages and wrongs.”  It seems that this country has been a litigious country from its beginnings. His case must have been poorly supported by the evidence because he lost at the first hearing.

The other case involved an arrest Tallman made. He arrested the surgeon of the ship Sphera Mundi, claiming this surgeon was acting as an attorney for Tallman’s skipper, making his responsible for the skipper’s debts and duties. Peter claimed that he was owed for an “anker of brandy… and 400 pounds of tobacco.” The attorney of the skipper (in court) said the surgeon was merely a messenger; that the skipper had met Tallman ; that Tallman had thanked the skipper, that the skipper had sent Tallman a letter and that Peter Tallman had also written the skipper a letter.  Tallman asked for a continuance because he needed time to prove that the surgeon was the attorney. Unfortunately, the case in not continued in the records. Either Tallman realized his error and declined to press his claim any further or the records were not included in the collection. This entry raises more questions than it answers. In does indicate, though, that Peter Tallman was engaged in commerce. The evidence from the New Amsterdam records reveal that he was a merchant. Taken with his definition of his occupation in the Aspinwall Notarial Records when he gave Mr. Elton his power of attorney, it seems likely that he sold Barbadian imports from his apothecary shop to the residents of Newport in exchange for grains and livestock which he could resell in Barbados for rum, cotton and tobacco. In New Amsterdam, he could sell some of what he obtained in Barbados diversifying his stock with wine, brandy and clothing. The book, New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century, describes this triangular trade pattern as fairly typical.  Trade was usually within a correspondence group. What this means is that Tallman probably had a friend in Barbados upon whom he depended to represent his interests. The trading partner would expect the same in return. This would work to each person’s mutual benefit. There is no conclusive evidence as to whom the Barbadian trading partner may have been, but a relative of Ann Hill, Tallman’s wife, seems likely.

Jan 1661 – Peter bought land from Wamsutta or King Alexander as he was called by New England colonists,  chief sachem of the Wapanoag Indians who was told by Plymouth Colony that if he sold land again outside Plymouth colony he would be arrested.  He did and he was.   Peter was forced to return that land because the sale was deemed illegal by the colonial authorities.


Wamsutta (ca. 1634–1662), was the eldest son of Massasoit and a  sachem of the Wampanoag.. His sale of Wampanoag lands to colonists other than those of the Plymouth Colony brought the Wampanoag considerable power, but aroused the suspicions of the Plymouth colonists. He was imprisoned for three days at Plymouth; he died shortly after release, causing tribal suspicion of the colonists. His death contributed to King Philip’s War of 1675. Wamsutta  was honored in the naming of a United States Navy steamer in commission during the American Civil War between 1863 and 1865.

Wamsetta was ill at the time of the land sale to Tallman.  He was arrested and he became even more ill on the march and then, even though he was sent home, he died soon after.

The cause of death was disputed, and Wamsutta’s brother Metacomet (who succeeded Wamsutta in leadership of the Wampanoag) suspected that he had been poisoned. Wamsutta’s death was one of the factors that would eventually lead to the 1675 King Philip’s War.

Some historians believe Wamsutta was poisoned or tortured by Governor Josiah Winslow, who saw him as a threat. But considering Winslow’s father, Edward Winslow and Governor William Bradford (both of whom had died before this), and their previous peaceful relations with Wamsutta’s father, Massasoit, their devout Christian character, and their having treated the Indians with respect, such speculation is open to question. Nan Apashamen, a Wampanoag historian at Plymouth Plantation, suggests Wamsutta’s name had changed to Moanam and that he was Phillips’ father, not brother.

May 1661, Aug 1661, May 1662 – Commissioner in Portsmouth.  The Commissioners were the legislative body and the handled civil cases.

May 1661 – Peter was General Solicitor for the General Court of Rhode Island at Portsmouth.  The General Court was made up of a President, 4 Assistants, a General Recorder, a General Attorney, and a General Solicitor.  The General Court existed to act as a court of trials, to advise the governor, and to act as a council of war – with the court of trials the most important duty.  The General Court was replaced by the General Assembly in 1663 when Rhode Island received her Charter from England and Peter Tallman was Deputy to the General Assemby from Portsmouth for 1662-1665.  Peter Tallman did not hold political office after 1665 and this may be because he was divorced that year.

14 Oct 1662 – John Hudson (his Mother-in-law’s third husband) charged Peter Tallman on behalf of her for cheating her and her children of £300, a charge to which Tallman pleaded not guilty and was cleared by a jury. Hudson appealed but final resolution is not known. This falling out with his mother-in-law may have begun much earlier, for another item from 1650 is apparently copied into the 1662 court record, documenting that Ann had charged Tallman in 1650 with “craftily” obtaining her goods and substance and being unwilling to pay for or return them.

ca. 1660 – A young Thomas Durfee (around 17 years old) arrived in Rhode Island. It appears that he was initially an indentured servant in the Tallman household. He was first documented witnessing a land deed for Tallman in 1661, where Tallman purchased land from the famous Indian sachem Wamsutta.  They were both admitted as inhabitants of Portsmouth in 1662. Tallman launched legal proceedings against Tom starting 12 Jun 1664 for “breach of his bond”. This would likely be a breaking of the indenture, possibly by Tom’s leaving the household; Tom was found guilty by the Court. Records of 19 Oct 1664 document a “bill of indictment” by Tallman against Tom, with an apparent “discharge” of the “redemption” bond by Durfee paying £10 to Tallman.

In addition to the legal “breach”, the underlying cause of the falling out between the two were much deeper.  Tallman in the same month of Oct 1664 started legal proceedings against Tom for “disrespecting his wife” Ann.  Tom Durfee quite clearly was having an affair with his employer’s wife, who was about ten years his senior. We don’t know when the affair started, but by time of the legal suit it was public. Tallman’s petition emphasized Tom’s “insolent carriage” toward Ann. The court sent for Durfee and he was admonished for this behavior.

3 May 1665 – Tallman petitioned the court “to be released from his wife”, and the court asked the governor to issue a warrant to bring her in the next day by 8 a.m.   Peter brought a letter to court that Ann had written him that stated that their youngest child was not his and when this was read out in court Ann admitted to adultery.  She re-confirmed what she had apparently written her husband, that her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”. Circumstantial evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.

Ann requested mercy, and the Court asked whether she were willing to reconcile with her husband, “to which her answer was, that she would rather cast herselfe on the mercy of God if he take away her life, than to returne”. The Court declared her an adulteress and sentenced her to be whipped twice, first with 15 stripes in Portsmouth on 22 May, and 15 more lashes on 29 May in Newport. They also fined her £10, and granted the divorce to Peter Tallman. She was to remain in prison until punishment was rendered.

Tom Durfee was also brought in to the Court of Trials and found guilty by a jury on 8 May, sentenced to pay fines and receive 15 lashes.

While Tom presumably endured his punishment, Ann fled the colony before hers could be administered. While it was said she went to her brother in Virginia, other evidence indicates she went to nearby Plymouth Colony, at least initially, where a certain John Arthur was charged on 1 Aug 1665 with “entertaining the wife of one Talmon and the wife of William Tubbs.”

In any case, Ann remained away from Aquidneck for about two years. If she had remained in nearby Plymouth this whole time, certainly Durfee could have visited her. He could possibly have left the colony with her for all or part of that period, for we can find no documentation that Durfee was in Rhode Island for that period. On the other hand, the fact that no additional children were born until “around” 1667 might imply they were apart that entire time.

In 1667 Ann returned to Aquidneck and resumed the relationship with Tom at least by 1668 when they were again “apprehended” by the authorities for their relationship. (Or alternately they both returned together and the relationship was never interrupted).

Court records of 1 May 1667 stated that because Ann Tallman, late wife (i.e. “ex-wife”) of Peter Tallman, escaped her punishment in 1665 and had now returned to the colony, a warrant for her arrest was issued to Constable Anthony Emery. Because she had petitioned the Court for mercy (apparently knowing she had to face apprehension on return to Rhode Island), the punishment was halved to 15 stripes in Newport only, and the fine was remitted.  It isn’t known if the sentence was carried out.

A year later, however, Ann and Thomas were brought to court again. On 11 May 1668 he was charged with fornication and pleaded guilty, being sentenced to either be whipped with “15 stripes” in Portsmouth” or pay a fine of 40 shillings. Ann was charged with the same (not adultery since she was no longer married) and was found guilty although she did not appear in court. She was sentenced to be twice whipped or to pay a fine of £4.

It would appear that things “settled down” and somehow they were “tolerated” as a couple. As the guilty party in her divorce from Tallman, Ann would not have been allowed to re-marry, and thus their relationship was in essence a “common-law” marriage. While there is no direct evidence, Ann must have been the mother of his next four children, born between 1667 and 1679. Thomas was made a freeman of Portsmouth in 1673, implying possibly he had been “forgiven” as normally he would have been eligible at age 21.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

Name Born Married Departed
i. Robert Durfee 10 Mar 1665
Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN 
Mary Sanford
1687 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island,
10 May 1718
ii. Richard Durfee 29 Nov 1667
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Ann Almy
1687 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island
aft 10 Apr 1700
iii. Thomas Durfee 28 Mar 1669 Ann Freeborn
1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
11 Feb 1729
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727
v. Ann Durfee c 1675/76 William Potter
12 Jan 1693
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
c. 1731
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
vi. Benjamin Durfee c. 1678/79
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Prudence Earle
1699 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
 6 Jan 1754
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

No records are known mentioning Ann after this date, and she died between 1680 and 1684.  Thomas “remarried” sometime after 1684 (probably by 1685) to Deliverance Hall, who became the widow of Abiel Tripp in 1684. Thomas and Deliverance had two children: Patience, born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and Deliverance, born c. 1690. Patience notably married Peter Tallman’s son,  Benjamin Tallman,  just months after Peter Tallman died in 1708.

The documentation from 3 Nov 1682 records two 50-acre lots at Flushing, Long Island deeded from “Ann Dorfee” of Rhode Island to her son John Tallman, with the deed signed by Thomas Dorfee and Ann A. Dorfee, “his wife”. Ann possibly had inherited this land from her mother. The fact that Thomas and Ann appear here as husband and wife is still not proof that they were legally married, but does indicate their relationship survived to this time. John Tallman also mentioned in his will of 1709 the 100-acre plantation on which he lived, which may have been this same land.

7 June 1674, having broken a law of Mass., prohibiting the receipt of land from Indians by deed of gift, Peter was imprisoned, but on giving up the deeds he was at this date released.

20 Oct 1675, He bought suit against Rebecca Sadler, wife of Thomas, for breach of peace and threatening his family.

1865 – Peter among the proprietors of Guilford CT.

13 Mar 1702/03 – Peter declared to Joseph Sheffield, one of her Majesties Assistants.

“I am now 80 years of age and in the year 1647 I came from Hambrough to the Island of Barbados and within two years after my arrival I married with Ann Hill daughter of Philip Hill and Ann his wife.” “He was married in Christ Church Parish in said Island, and after sever or eight months after his marriage, the said Tallman moved from the Island of Barbados to Rhode Island, bringing with his wife and his wife’s brother called Robert Hill as likewise his wife’s mother, who after said Philip Hills death married Mr. John Elton, and Mrs. Elton remained in Rhode Island about one year with her son Robert, and afterwards removed from Rhode Island to Flushing upon Long Island, and thence to Staten Island in the Government of New York, and afterwards under Virginia or Maryland, carrying her son Robert Hill, and after her being in Virginia she had a child or more by Capt Hudson, who, as is reported, she married, and further said Robert Hill settled in Virginia, and further said Tallman declared to me, the said deponent, that the Peter Tallman whose habitation is now at Guilford, in the County of New Haven in Connecticut is eldest lawful son of said Perter Tallman”

The original freeman of Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island were Major Benjamin Church [wiki], John Pearce [husband of 1. Mary Tallman], John Cook, Gersham Woodle, Richard Borden, Christopher Almy [father-in-law of ii. Richard Durfee], Thomas Cory, Stephen Manchester, Joseph Wanton, Forbes Manchester, Daniel Howland, Edward Gray, Edward Briggs, William Manchester, Amos Sheffield, Daniel Wilcox, Edward Colby, Joseph Tabor, David Lake, Thomas Waite, 5. Joseph Tallman, John Briggs, John Cooke, William Almy, and John Cooke,Jr.

Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

Tiverton is located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island (also known as the Island of Rhode Island). Together with the adjacent town of Little Compton, the area is disconnected from the rest of the state of Rhode Island.

Tiverton was incorporated by English colonists in 1694 as part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. In 1746, in the final settlement of a long colonial boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island by Royal Decree (together with its fellow towns along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay,Barrington, Bristol and Little Compton, and the town of Cumberland, to the north of Providence). Tiverton was incorporated as a town of Rhode Island in 1747.

1. Mary Tallman

Mary’s husband Ensign John Pearce was born 8 Sep 1647 in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England. His parents were Richard Pearce and Susannah Wright. John died 5 Dec 1707 in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

John was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

2. Elizabeth Tallman

Elizabeth’s husband Isaac Lawton was born 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury. He first married between 1670 and 1673 in Portsmouth, RI to Mary Sisson (b. 24 Jun 1639 in Dartmouth, Mass. – d. 1674 in childbed of her only child in Dartmouth, Mass). He married second, 1 Mar 1674 to Elizabeth Tallman, by whom he had all his children. His third wife, to whom he was married 11 Oct 1701, was Naomi, widow of George Lawton and daughter of Bartholomew Hunt. Naomi died 3 Jan 1720. Isaac died 25 Jan 1732 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Isaac was a deputy in 1696, 1698, 1699, 1704-06. He was an honest farmer and had three wives.

3. Anne Tallman

Anne’s husband Stephen Brayton was born 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Francis Brayton and Mary [__?__]. Stephen died 2 Apr 1694 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

4. Dr. Peter Tallman

Peter’s wife Ann Wright was born 1655 in Guilford, New Haven, CT. Her parents were Benjamin Wright (1634 – ) and Jane Meigs (1638 – ). She first married 26 Feb 1677 Age: 22 in Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut to John Walstone (1644 – 1680). Ann died 21 May 1731 in Guilford, New Haven, CT.

5. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Mary Timberlake was born about 1660

Joseph was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

6. Sussanah TALLMAN (See Joseph BECKWITH‘s page)

7. Sarah Tallman

Sarah’s husband William Wilbore was born Dec 1660 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were William Wilbore and Martha Holmes. William died 1738 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

8. Jonathan Tolman

Jonathan’s wife Sarah [__?__] was born xx. Perhaps Sarah was Mary Davol’s sister.

9. Dr. James Tallman

James’ first wife Mary Davol was born 1667 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Joseph Davol and Mary Brayton, Mary died in 1701 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

James’ second wife Hannah Swain was born 1679 in Nantucket Island, Mass. Her parents were John Swain (1633 – 1715) and Mary Weare (1633 – 1714). Hannah died 1765 in Portsmouth, RI

James was a physician (as was his brother Peter)

1698 -He deeded to Mary Timberlake, of Tiverton, wife of Joseph, for many kindnesses formerly to me shown and given by her, certain land and buildings in Portsmouth for life, and them to her daughters Joan Cory and Sarah Timberlake.

1700 – He had lot 77 assigned to him; paying therefor £1701. His marriage to Hannah Swain, at Nantucket, by Wm. Worth, Justice of the Peace, is noted upon the records at that island; wherein he is called “James Tallman, M.D.”

1705 – He deeded brothers Benjamin, Samuel and Joseph, for love, etc., twelve acres.

1706 -Thomas Barnes of Providence, died and made will on this date, and directs that his debts be paid to utmost of his estate, “especially to my careful and kind Doctor, Mr. James Tallman,” etc.

1724 -Will, proved 1724, 2. Executrix, wife Hannah. Witnesses, Josiah Arnold, Jr., Daniel Amory, William Anthony. Overseer of will, John Earl. To son John, 100 acres in Tiverton; he to pay his brother Jeremiah £500. To son Peter, 50 acres in Tiverton. To son Silas, land in Tiverton. To son Joseph, land in Portsmouth. Son Stephen to have the rest and remainder of homestead where I do dwell, etc., he paying sister Jemima £200, and sister Hannah £100, when she is 17, etc. Wife Hannah to have use of land given Joseph until he is 21; and use of 1/2 of land given Stephen with privilege of 1/2 the housing to live in with as many of her children as she wishes. The rest of property is given her, she paying my (and her) daughter Mary, £200. If Silas dies before 21, his share goes to Peter, and if Joseph dies before 21, his share goes to Stephen.Inventory, £1373, 16s. 6d. Neat cattle £138. 100 sheep £40. Little boat £5. “Horse kind” £35. 4 swine £7, 10s. Poultry oe1. Bills due £287. 2 guns and 1 sword £4. Cider mill, 2 cheese presses, 1 flock bed, 2 saddles, 1 side saddle, pillion, etc. His profession is disclosed by following items: 1 bell metal mortar, and 2 other mortars, 1 still, and physick and syrup £5. He also left a negro woman valued at £40.

1734 – Ordered by town that “Hannah Tallman, for keeping Job Bennett ten days and doctoring his foot, be allowed 20s. to be paid out of the Treasury.” She seems to have inherited her husband’s profession, as well as estate.

1764 – Hannah’s Will, proved 1765 – Widow Hannah. Executors, sons-in-law David Fish and Mathew Slocum. Witnesses, Henry Hedley, Joseph Thomas, Robert Dennis. To 3 sons Stephen, Peter, and Silas, 5s. each. To daughter Mary Freeborn, oe700. To daughter Jemima Fish and son-in-law David Fish, £600. To son Jeremiah, £600. To daughter Hannah Slocum, household goods. To son-in-law Matthew Slocum, £500. To 3 daughters aforesaid, land in Tiverton.
Inventory, £3868, 18s.”

10. Mercy Tallman

Mercy’s husband Israel Shaw was born 29 Jan 1660 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Anthony Shaw and Alice Stonard. Israel died 21 Aug 1705 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

He sold two parcels of land in Portsmouth, February 11, 1707, to his brother-in-law, John Cook, of Tiverton, and in the bargain were included buildings and orchards, and a share in Hog Island. The consideration was £210, 10s.

11. John Tallman

John’s wife Mary [__?__] was born about 1672 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Mary died in 1707 in Rhode Island

13. Nathaniel Tallman

Nathaniel’s wife Rachel Sherman was born 24 Sep 1705 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Sherman and Sarah Pierce.

14. Benjamin Tallman

Benjamin’s first wife Patience Durfee was born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Thomas Durfee and Deliverance Hall. Patience died 1723 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Benjamin and Patience married just months after Benjamin’s father died.  It’s not surprising that they waited because Patience’s father was the same house servant who eloped with Benjamin’s father’s first wife Ann.   Deliverance was Thomas’ second wife, so there was no blood relation, but still!

Benjamin’s second wife Deborah Cook was born 1692 in Portsmith, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Cook and Mary Havens. Deborah died in 1759 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

16. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Joanna Mayhew was born 9 Jun 1693 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were John Mayhew and Joanna Christopher.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

i. Robert Durfee (Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN)

Robert’s wife Mary Sanford was born 30 Mar 1664 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Sanford and Mary Gorton. Mary died 15 Nov 1748 in Freetown, Bristol, Mass.

ii. Richard Durfee

Richard’s wife Ann Almy was born 29 Nov 1667 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Christopher Almy and Elizabeth Cornell. Ann died 1708 in Rhode Island.

iii. Thomas Durfee

Thomas’ wife Ann Freeborn was born 28 Mar 1669 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Gideon Freeborn and Sarah Brownell. Ann died 1729 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727

v. Ann Durfee

Ann’s husband William Potter was born 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel Potter and Elizabeth Stokes. William died 1720 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

vi. Benjamin Durfee

Benjamin’s wife Prudence Earle was born 1681 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were William Earle and Prudence [__?__]. Prudence died 12 Mar 1733 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island.


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Peter Tallman A Footnote In History
©1984, RuthAlice Anderson

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  6. Ben says:

    Very interesting reading some of the history of part of my family.
    Peter Tallman was a very industrious man, the history of his descendants is also very interesting
    There was a DNA study a couple of years ago establishing my connection to these Talmans and not the English Talmans of Virginia or the Dutch Tallmans of Rockland Co. New York
    Please contact me if you are seeking further information about the various branches of the Talman family.

    • Terry Grange says:

      This made for great reading and I thank you. I am new to genealogy and am researching my Tallman branch on my father’s side (shown below)

      Peter Tallman (1623 – 1708) is my 8th great grandfather
      James Tallman (1668 – 1724) Son of Peter
      Jeremiah Tallman (1712 – 1764) Son of James
      Oliver Tallman (1737 – 1788) Son of Jeremiah
      William Tallman (1758 – 1833) Son of Oliver
      Ellis Tallman (1797 – 1849) Son of William
      Ellis Joseph Tallman (1834 – 1876) Son of Ellis
      Robert Joseph Tallman (1862 – 1930) Son of Ellis Joseph
      Sarah Elizabeth Tallman (1888 – 1957) Daughter of Robert Joseph
      and my father’s mother (William A Grange)

      I was wondering if you have ever read the document,
      Peter Tallman
      A Footnote In History
      ©1984, RuthAlice Anderson

      Click to access PeterTallmanFootnote.pdf

      I just located it today and am eager to read your info and her’s – probably with several glasses of wine to enjoy the Tallman dramas. I’ve not yet pieced them all together (or tossed out those that are inaccurate) but I am posting the Tallman tree on

      There is an interesting twist with Oliver’s son Peter (1756 – 1822) marrying a Seneca Tribe, Irqaquois Indian along with several Revolutionary War fighters.

      I hope you will find it interesting and will email my any corrections, inaccuracies that you spot. Thank you for your hard work!

      Terry Grange (daughter of William Grange and Sara Elizabeth Tallman)

      • Kathy Williams says:

        Your mother was my father’s god mother ..

      • Ben says:

        Yes, I have read “A Footnote in History”. It is interesting as I just gave a talk about Genealogy at my son’s grade 6 class making reference to Peter Tallman, all those years ago, also talking about the DNA study that I was a part of, to establish my relationship to him. I am still looking to establish the missing generations between his son John of Flushing fame, and the intriguing possible link via Saratoga and Dutchess Co, the Perinton Talmans and finally Dr. John Talman of Hudson in 1820, my ancestor. John of Flushing is the missing branch of the Greater Tallman, and this is where I think that we fit into. This seems to be the only and very logical conclusion, especially when you look at the level of detail in each of the other branches down to the present day.

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  12. Marianne Kornegay says:

    Correction: #14 Benjamin Tallman. Paragraph number two “…was same house servant who eloped with Benjamin’s mother Ann.” This should read Benjamin’s father( Peter Tallman ) his first wife Ann Hill.
    Benjamin Tallman’s mother was Joan Briggs the second wife of Peter Tallman.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Marianne,

      Thanks for the correction,


      • Marianne says:

        Thank you for correcting this. You sure have some interesting genealogy research. It does matter to me since I am a descendant of this marriage of Benjamin Tallman and Patience Durfee!! The daughter of Thomas Durfee’s later marriage with Deliverance Hall (widow of Abiel Tripp) and also a descendant of Peter Tallman and Joan Briggs through this son Benjamin Tallman.

  13. Losim says:

    Where did you find that coat of arms? Do you know what the star and mountains (?) mean on the right side?

  14. Bill Tallman says:

    I appreciate your good work here, especially intrigued by the Tom Durfee controversy with Peter Tallman’s first wife, Ann Hill.

    There’s another record that contradicts, and I don’t know how to reconcile — I’m reading Allen Donald Tallman’s ’s “Tallman Family History”, 2nd Ed. (1995) and of course it is deficient with respect to the backstory – but on p.2 it sets out Peter Tallman’s issue with Ann, ending with a “Mercy Tallman-3258”, born 1665 at Portsmouth, Newport, RI (and shows Peter married “Joan Briggs-144” on 24 July 1665, and Joan gave birth to “Jonathan Tallman-145” *and* “Mercy Ruth Tallman-150” in 1666.)

    Naturally, it would be a feat for Ann Tallman Durfee to bear Mercy Tallman in 1665 and Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.

    I don’t have access to A.D. Tallman’s source material to be able to compare the “Mercies” Being born a year apart in the same locality and same father with different mothers? Maybe it’s the same person and somebody got sloppy?

    Anyone with input welcome. Thanks again for all your work on this. Buy you a cold one if you ever get down to Miami.

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