Our immigrant ancestor came to America prior to 1679 but the exact date has
been lost in history. Opinions seem to prevail that he left England because of
the religious situations involving Charles II. The family in England was,
according to tradition, adherents of the Cromwell Party and some were officers
in his army.
It is possible that he married first in England and had a daughter there in
1677. Noted in the records (Ref. 9c) is an account of one Arth Aylworth whose
daughter, Mary, was christened on May 29, 1677 in Thornbury, Gloucester. Later
in Arthur Aylsworth and His Descendents in America we notice a reference to "The
Aylsworth Register" & a list of his children that does not mention a Mary, but
later in his will he calls her his eldest daughter. (Ref. 10) Could he have
married there and on the trip to America his first wife died? This is the only
record of an Arthur in England that could be our immigrant ancestor, discovered
so far. Someday history will reveal the answer.
The first record of the immigrant is found in a petition (Jul. 29, 1679) to
King Charles II(1660-1685) signed by Arthur Aylworth & forty-one others of
Narragansett praying that he: "Would put an end to these differencies about the
government thereof; which hath been so fatal to the prosperity of the place;
animosities still arising in peoples minds as they stand affected to this or
that government." (Rhode Island and Connecticut both claimed jurisdiction of
Narragansett.) One of the signers of this petition, Richard Smith Jr., was from
Gloucester and a Major in Cromwell's army. A possible enforcement of the theory
that Arthur was from Gloucester, England.
From the book above, (Ref. 10), has been taken the record of the first six
generations, and notes added to further complete the record. So then this is our
start in America.