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EASTON, Nicholas, governor of Rhode Island, born in 1593 : died in Newport, R. I.. 15 August 1675. He came from Wales, in 1634, with his two sons, to Ipswich, Massachusetts, and afterward lived in Newbury, Massachusetts, and Hampton, N.H. He was one of the first settlers in both the last mentioned towns, and. having had trouble with the authorities, removed to Rhode Island in 1638 and built the first house in Newport. He was governor of the united colonies of Rhode Island and Providence in 1650'2.His son, John, was governor of Rhode Island in 1690'5, and wrote a " Narrative of the Causes which led to Philip's Indian War" of 1675'6, which was edited and issued by Franklin B. Hough (Albany, 1858).
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