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My 8x great grandfather Thomas Arnold is buried in the Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Union Cemetery, Smithfield, R.I.

Today I visited the grave.

In Memory of Mr. Thomas Arnold Esq who died December the 11th AD 1765 in the 61st Year of His Age

Thomas Arnold was married three times and his third wife Patience, who survived him, is buried beside him. Thomas Arnold was a judge, but I am still searching for details of his career.  Of Thomas’ 13 children, the most famous is Peleg Arnold, a lawyer and tavern keeper who represented Rhode Island in the Continental Congress and later served as Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

I am descended from the first wife, Susannah Comstock.  I did not see her grave nor can I find her son from whom I am descended, Thomas Jr., in the cemetery or in the Rhode Island Cemeteries Index.  I am seeking more information about Thomas Jr because I am trying to prove that my 6x great-grandmother Lucy Arnold is his daughter.

If Lucy is indeed Thomas Jr’s daughter I am related to Thomas Arnold Sr (of the Smithfield Arnolds: Richard3, Richard2, Thomas1) in the following way:

Thomas Arnold (1705 – 1765)
-Thomas Arnold (1733 – )
–Lucy Arnold
—Mercy Ballou (1778 – )
—-Nancy Ann Aldrich (1800 – 1879)
—–Ellis Aldrich Darling (1824 – 1883)
——Addison Parmenter Darling (1856 – 1933)
——-Russell Earl Darling (1883 – 1959)
——–Edna May Darling (1905 – 1999)= my grandmother
The most important source for this part of the Arnold Family:
  • Benson, Richard H.  The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2009.

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