The last inhabitants, Earle and Clark Steere were founders of the Warwick Cove Marina and were offspring of Arthur Steere, who was a Senator and best friend of Roger Williams. Patience Island was given to Steere and Williams as a gift from the Indians to show good faith for early colonization of Rhode Island. The island and others nearby were named by Roger Williams and other early colonists. Colonial school children often recited the poem: "Patience, Prudence, Hope and Despair. And the little Hog over there." Patience Island became part of Portsmouth in 1664.