John Rodman was born in New Ross, Wexford, Ireland, around 1615 - 1620. (Yates Publishing, US & International Marriage Record, 1560-1900). He is the "founder of the family in America, who was banished from his native land for stern adherence to his religious principles. In "Rutty's History of the Quakers in Ireland," page 366, published in 1751, we find: "In the year 1655, for refusing to remove his hat in the assizes in New Ross (where he was summoned as a witness) was John Rodman committed to Gaol by Judge Louder, kept a prisoner for three months and then banished
his country. " "It is probable that upon his banishment John Rodman went to Barbadoes. His will was recorded in the secretary's office in Barbadoes December 4th, 1686. His oldest son, Doctor
Thomas Rodman, came to Newport, [Rhoda Island] from Barbadoes in a yacht."

(Extracted from "Biographical Sketches of South Kingstown, [Rhode Island], p. 519, Cole, J. R.. History of Washington and Kent Counties: Rhode Island, Including Their Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time, United States, W. W. Preston & Company, 1889.,

and Jones, Charles Henry. Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620 to 1886. United States, Allen, Lane & Scott, 1886.)

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Date of Birth 1st Jan 1615 (circa) VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 15th Oct 1686 VIEW SOURCE

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