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In memory of George Hazard, my Maternal 11th Great-Grandfather on the DECKER branch.


  • Hazard Family of Rhode Island 1635-1894, by Caroline E. Robinson and Daniel B. Updike, 1895, pp. 10-11.

  • “Recollections of olden times: Rowland Robinson of Narragansett and his unfortunate daughter: with genealogies of the Robinson,  Hazard, and Sweet families of Rhode Island”, by Thomas R. Hazard and Willis P. Hazard, 1879.

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George Hazard

Colonel of the Militia

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1662 (est.)

Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island


1690 or earlier







[ View memorial on Findagrave ]


Col. George Hazard was the son of Robert Hazard and Mary Brownell. He was born abt. 1662 at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He married Penelope Arnold, granddaughter of Gov. Benedict Arnold and cousin to the infamous “traitor”, Benedict Arnold.  

Much information about George was written by Robinson about George. “He was admitted freeman of the Colony in 1696. In 1701, ’02, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’13, he was Deputy; in 1703 and 1704, Assistant. May 6, 1713 he was appointed by the Assembly one of a committee to make the public road leading through the Colony from Pawtucket River to Pawcatuck River more strait and fair and passable. In 1719 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of militia for the main lain, and was ever afterward called Colonel George Hazard. He became a large landholder like his brother Thomas. In 1695, his father gave him by deed 350 acres being a part of the original purchase; and after the death of his mother in 1739, he bought of his nephew, Robert Hazard, the remaining part of the farm with the manor-house.” He had a very large homestead with 30-40 head of cattle, 150 sheep, and other animals. In 1719, Colonel George Hazard and Henry Gardiner gave to Thomas Culverwell “for love and good will, more especially for ye promoting of ye wollen manufacturing, which may be for my benefit and the public good, etc., a tract of land being a little part of my now dwelling place”. They also gave Culverwell full powers to build a dam and a mill, one of the first mills in South Kingstown. In 1721, George gave to his son, Caleb, 150 acres “with all houses and outhouses, & a place called the Back Side of the Ponds.” His will, proved in 1743, gives to his son Colonel Thomas Hazard “the homestead farm where I now live, with all housings, goods, chattels, and credit and he to have profits till 1747 of northern part of back Side farm, and profits of land given to grandsons Robert and Caleb, sons of my son Caleb, till said Caleb is twenty-one, my son Caleb having had his share of my estate before his death.” He gave his son, Oliver, 300 acres of land in North Kingstown, in addition to other land given him by deed.


George Hazard & Penelope Arnold were the parents of my ancestor,

  1. Abigail Hazard, born 1690

  2. Robert Hazard, born 1694, died young

  3. Caleb Hazard, born 1697

  4. George Hazard, born 1700

  5. Thomas Hazard, born 1704

  6. Oliver Hazard, born 1710

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