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James Scriven,born England,

James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 15 Nov 2008 6:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
My immigrant ancestor was James Scriven, born somewhere in England abt 1693. He arrived in Oyster Bay, New York, sometime before 1715, and became a well known Quaker preacher. In England he was a Quaker, then a Ranter. I have been unable to get him across the Atlantic. I have seen some say he was from Gloucestershire, England. Is this true? Does anyone know where he was born in England? I would appreciate any help in this quest.

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 8:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Scrivens
Not exactly what you wanted, but may be helpful:
"Although the Scriven Record states that William Scriven immigrated from England around 1776, the town records of Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island indicate that he was born in Westerly on 6 Jun 1727. According to the Westerly records, he was the son of James Scriven and Alice Knowles, prominent members of the Rhode Island Society of Friends (Quakers). James Scriven was an immigrant from England, arriving in Rhode Island before 1715. Alice Knowles was the daughter of William Knowles and Alice Fish, both members of established Rhode Island families.
According to the Scriven Record, William married twice. He married his first wife, Mercy Lewis (1726-1768), around 1750, and they had ten children before Mercy died in 1768. William then married Mary Mosher (or Mosier -- 1755-1809) around 1769, and they had four, possibly five, children. Some researchers believe that William was also married briefly to a woman named Elipha after Mercy's death and before his marriage to Mary; with one son, Isaac, resulting from this marriage in 1770. However, the first child of William and Mary was a daughter named Elipha (also known as Phally or Sally.) This daughter Elipha was born in 1770, the same year Isaac was born, and only two years after the death of Mercy Lewis. The evidence seems to indicate that Elipha was Isaac's twin sister, not his mother, and that Isaac's mother must have been Mary Mosher. Isaac may have died in infancy."
--from a website posted by David Scrivens
P.S. A link I followed to James had a letter that had some very unflattering things to say about him. But he was also a Quaker minister, so there may be prejudice involved.

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 18 Oct 2010 1:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Scriven, Saunders, Peckham
In researching William and family, I recently got a copy of his entry in "The Families of Petersburgh" by Hilda Allen which states "William Scriven of Westerly, Rhode Island, was the son of James Scriven and teh great-grandson of the Rev. William Scriven of Maine and Charelston, South Carolina."

Has anyone found evidence to support this claim?

Also, the book says William came to Grafton with his wife Mercy Lewis before 1790. Any evidence of Mercy in Grafton?

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 7 Mar 2011 6:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
I replied but didn't "post". I will try again. William Scriven's first wife, Mercy Lewis died in Westerly,Rhode Island abt 1868. He moved to Grafton,New York with his second wife,Mary Mosher, 1783. Also he is not the great grandson of William Scriven of Maine. He is the son of James Scriven who came from England. We know this by studying Quaker meeting minutes. We don't know where James came from in England,nor who James' father is. I wish I did. Hence back to my original question: where did James come from in England???

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 7 Mar 2011 6:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you. Yes, I agree with What David Scrivens posted. William Scriven and Mary Mosher had a set of twins, Isaac and Elipha, born 15 Aug 1770. As far as James is concerned, he apparently was really a character. See Narragansett Historical Register, vol 2,pg 200-203, 1882-1883

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Not sure if this is the same James Scriven as mine, but mine was born in Devon, England and settled in Rhode Island

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 6:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think he came from Devon, England ....and his father may have been George

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 11:18PM GMT
Classification: Birth
Surnames: Scriven
I put James' origins up on WikiTree G2G, and got a reply based on "England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" from a member named Gill. That record has James christened on Aug. 2, 1961 (earlier than I've seen anywhere) in Colyton, Devon. His father's name is George Scriven. I'll be looking into the father and the place in the future. Before that, someone had suggested that Combe St. Nicholas might be his birthplace. There were many Scrivens there in that period and still are today.

I contacted the Colyton Historical Society, and a member named John Cochrane send me some Scriven parish wedding records that had James birth listed along with three siblings. His father's name was George, and it would appear he had a first marriage outside the area. If I'm interpreting the data correctly, he had a brother living in Colyton, which may explain why he came back there. There have been a lot of clues to James coming from southwest England. Lots of Scrivens from Somerset (just east of Devon), for one, and Coleton is right on the border. There is also a town, Combe St. Nicholas with Scrivens that might figure into this line at some point, too; lots of early Scrivens, too.

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 5:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am very glad to hear from you. My James Scriven was born about 1693 in England. He arrived in Oyster Bay New York about 1715, became or resumed being a Quaker, settled in Rhode Island. When he married, a letter was sent to England to clear him for marriage, and the reply said he had become a Ranter, and so no further record of him in the Quakers. (I wish I knew where that letter went).I have known about George Scriven and his family in Devon for years, but no info that the James born there in 1693, is my James. If you have information tying them together as the same James, please help me. Thank you

Re: James Scriven,born England,

Posted: 24 Apr 2013 5:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you. My question is; is my James Scriven, who settled in Rhode Island as a Quaker, married Mary Fry, Alice Knowles,and Hannah Shearman, and is the father of William Scriven born 6 June 1727, the same James as the one in Devon, son of George? For years I have tried to make that connection, to no avail. This has been my worst "brick wall". If you have information about this, I would love to obtain it.
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