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I have received some questions recently about various periodicals related to Rhode Island genealogy.  Which ones are worth seeking out? Let’s review them all.

Rhode Island Roots

Published by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society since 1975, four issues per year cover family genealogies, articles and advice about local resources, valuable transcription projects, news, book reviews, and queries. The unique stories of Rhode Island’s families are regularly featured.  A top notch journal with footnotes that provide enormous insight into Rhode Island’s record sets and their application, RI Roots should always be consulted for any pre-1900 Rhode Island family or for examples of research practices in each town or era. It is also a good place to consider submitting your own articles on Rhode Island topics.

Annually, an additional “Gleanings” volume provides transcribed town council records from one of Rhode Island’s towns, properly indexed; such work is not available anywhere else.

A membership to the Rhode Island Genealogical Society includes a subscription to current issues.  For access to older volumes, check availability through the Rhode Island Genealogical Society website.

Rhode Island Roots is published four times per year, plus a bonus issue with “Gleanings” of local town records.

Rhode Island History

Published by the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island History has been published since 1942, in four issues per year. Initially covering both Rhode Island’s history and its genealogy, a decision was eventually made to discontinue genealogy articles, which was one motivation for the formation of the separate Rhode Island Genealogical Society in 1975.  So look for genealogical articles in the early years, and fascinating stories about Rhode Island’s history, artifacts, customs, historic sites, and folkways in the full range of issues.

Available through membership in the Rhode Island Historical Society, back issues are available online at the Rhode Island Historical Society website.

Rhode Island History features interesting articles on Rhode Island’s unique history.

Narragansett Historical Register  

Full name: The Narragansett historical register : a magazine devoted to the antiquities, genealogy and historical matter illustrating the history of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  Founded and published by James Newell Arnold, better known for his published indices of Rhode Island’s early vital records (Vital Record of Rhode Island), the Narragansett Historical Register ran for 9 volumes, 1882-1891.  Originally “devoted to the antiquities, genealogy and historical matters illustrating the history of the Narragansett Country, or Southern Rhode Island,” the issues gradually came to represent work concerning all areas of Rhode Island.  One feature in most issues was the abstracted vital record sets which eventually became the basis for the larger and more complete volumes of vital record indices; in fact Mr. Arnold ceased publication of this journal as that new project grew in size and complexity. Historical sites, articles by local genealogists, queries, transcribed journals and church records, historical events and documents, snippets of local history, and the more than occasional poem fill out the issues, interspersed with editorial reflections and countless quirky stories found nowhere else. Sometimes Mr. Arnold reported on family genealogies in production which may or may not have eventually produced a published book; perhaps one could follow up searching for surviving manuscript notes from those authors. Illustrations and maps in the online copies will no longer be under copyright and might make nice graphics for our own family genealogies today.

All volumes are online and may be downloaded.  Each volume is indexed at the front (last name only).

No human can resist these adorable volumes of the Narragansett Historical Register reprinted by Heritage Press.

Rhode Island Genealogical Register

Alden G. Beaman, like James N. Arnold 100 years before him, launched a series of vital records (Rhode Island Vital Records, New Series) and a genealogy periodical.  Rhode Island Genealogical Register is the genealogy periodical, which ran for 20 volumes, 1978-1996, produced by Mr Beaman and other interested family members.  No longer in print, and still under copyright, the volumes must be perused in a library, or purchased used. Much of the content consisted of abstracts of records which, today, are available digitally and are searchable elsewhere. For instance, in a long series called “They Left Rhode Island,” census records of other states were culled for residents with Rhode Island origins and lists of abstracted records were produced; a digital search would handle this now, although possibly one could try a quick check in case such records had been badly transcribed in online indexing.

Probably the most valuable contents are the probate abstracts for numerous Rhode Island towns.  Volume 16 consists of an index of all the probate abstracts contained in volumes 1 – 15; it is often called the “Will Index.”  One looks for a name in the Will Index, follows the citation to the probate abstract in another volume, and from there gathers the citation for the original town probate location including book and page numbers and uses that information to track down the original records.  Although very far from complete, and the abstracts may contain assumptions or errors, this can be a quick and easy start to a probate search.  But a more thorough search for probate would be to utilize the complete town probate books (on microfilm) located on Ancestry.com, or of course in the town offices.

Cemetery abstracts appear from time to time as well as some land abstracts, church records, freeman records, book reviews and articles.  It is hard to use a single volume of this work; the entire set is usually needed as the indexing often covers multiple volumes.  In general, I do not recommend a great deal of trouble be taken to locate or purchase this work.  Pursue the records captured on microfilm now appearing (but not necessarily indexed) on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com.

 

Some 1985 issues of the Rhode Island Genealogical Register. Many volumes are bound into blue covers, a familiar site in repositories.

The Providence Society Blue Book

Full name: The Providence Society Blue Book including Suburbs in Rhode Island together with Fall River and the Attleboros, Mass.  Few copies of this social register, apparently published (according to Worldcat.org) from 1905-1936, appear online and it is unclear how many issues are held at local repositories in Rhode Island; more info will appear here in the future if I find them. The 1905  issue is available. Individuals are listed with their address, spouses, grown children, and club memberships; wives’ maiden names are listed. Interesting features include social and heritage Club information with membership lists, ads for services such as dressmaking, millinery, jewelry, and furs, as well as private schools and lessons, medical offices, and the following mental health service.

An ad from the Providence Society Blue Book, 1905, page 150. Dr. Bates’ Electropathic Sanitarium. My ancestors must have been grateful they couldn’t afford this.

Also The Narragansett Blue Book (1900), The Social Register, Newport and the Newport Social Index (and see 1909) provide guides to the summer residents in these resorts, which were very fashionable at the turn of the 20th century.

Small State Big History

Small State, Big History: The Online Review of Rhode Island History features articles on interesting topics in Rhode Island history, plus book reviews and announcements, reprints of older writings, and insights into Rhode Island’s military history, historic sites and artifacts. A search box helps you look for names. Visit http://smallstatebighistory.com/

The website Small State Big History

The Boston Transcript: Genealogical Column

The Boston Transcript was a Boston, Massachusetts newspaper that regularly carried a page of genealogical questions and answers.  That feature ran a couple of times per week for several decades in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. It is gradually becoming easier to locate these papers online.

In its day, it was a bit like the online query forums we see today; people sent in a question, and others wrote in to respond publicly, and if private responses were made, those are now lost to time. Some of the leading genealogists of the day would offer advice and guidance on difficult family questions; often, a specific answer pulled from records would be given.  These columns are indexed in the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI) produced by the Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut.  Today, one sees these index entries turn up in Ancestry.com search results; using them, one should seek out the newspaper columns; this link offers information about current online access.

The Genealogical section usually takes up one page, or less.

The Genealogical section of the Boston Transcript usually takes up one page, or less.

The Newport Mercury: Historical and Genealogical Notes and Queries

This feature ran in the weekly newspaper The Newport Mercury from January, 1899 through sometime in 1922.  It printed reader queries, responses submitted, and also transcripts of items of historical interest, often pulled from old manuscripts. It was similar to the Boston Transcript service, above. For the years it ran, most issues can be found on the subscription website Newspapers.com; see this link.  I was able to search using my basic paid subscription; access does not require the upgraded subscription type.

One tip: when looking at search results, remember that most Notes & Queries columns appear on page 8 (the last page of the paper).  An entry on page 8 could easily be from the genealogy column; an entry found on page 1 – 7 is likely to refer to persons and events contemporary with the time the newspaper issue was published.

Historical and Genealogical Notes and Queries in the Newport Mercury newspaper

Rhode Island Historical Tracts

Not a periodical, but a series of books or pamphlets published in the late 1800’s by Sidney S. Rider, a prolific Providence bookseller, author, and passionate collector of Rhode Island ephemera.  Rhode Island Historical Tracts. Series 1, 1 – 20, Series 2, 1 – 5 cover mostly quirky historical topics, but there is an index to series 1, found in volume 20. All volumes are online.

Mr. Rider did publish a periodical, called Book Notes: For the Week, Historical, Literary, and Critical, conducted by Sidney S. Rider.  Covering the literary and historical topics of the day, as they were discussed in Rhode Island, the best a genealogist could hope for in that work is perhaps reference to some obscure writings or manuscripts about a certain village or event in Rhode Island. Personally I have never found much info useful to my genealogy, but from an era featuring several opinionated/eccentric self-styled historians, the impassioned writings of Sidney Rider and James Arnold can be fun to read. Some compiled volumes of Book Notes have been digitized and are available online.

Newport Historical Magazine (later The Rhode Island Historical Magazine)

This publication, founded by R.H. Tilley (who also worked on the Newport Mercury column mentioned above) and H. E. Turner, ran from 1880-1887.  Like other genealogy magazines of its day, it focused on transcriptions of local vital, church, probate and cemetery records, historical narratives, brief family genealogies, queries and longer reprinted pieces.  I have found seven volumes online:

  1. The Newport Historical Magazine vol. 1
  2. The Newport Historical Magazine vol. 2
  3. The Newport Historical Magazine combined vol. 3-4
  4. Rhode Island Historical Magazine vol. 5
  5. Rhode Island Historical Magazine vol. 6
  6. Rhode Island Historical Magazine vol. 7

A chart accompanying an Austin article in Rhode Island Historical Magazine, volume 4, p. 226.

Several journals previously published by the Rhode Island Historical Society

Prior to the start of Rhode Island History in 1942 (see above), at various points in its nearly 200-year history the Rhode Island Historical Society offered several periodicals.  The following publications contain materials central to the understanding of the Rhode Island history that impacted our ancestors. Frequently, long papers or transcribed manuscripts appeared in these volumes.

Similarly, a journal published by another organization, The Publications of the Narragansett Club, featured long transcriptions of key documents in Rhode Island’s history.

These should not be thought of as places for searching our ancestor’s names; instead they offer glimpses into the world of the colonial Rhode Islanders, and the issues that shaped their lives, for instance, first settlements, King Philip’s War, the Seven Mile Line, historical and military relics, or the writings of Roger Williams.

Providence Magazine

Run by the predecessors of the Providence Chamber of Commerce, Providence Magazine not only featured business news and ads, but focused on a positive image of old Providence.  Issues appear online from 1916-1922 and probably more can be found.  The pre-1923 online issues not only picture local businesses that your ancestors might have worked in, but occasionally feature drawings that you could use in your own family history works. The articles are reflective of the business viewpoint regarding life in Providence – for instance, a 1919 article about the downtown stores closing on Saturday nights at 6:00 p.m., instead of remaining open. That would have marked a change in our ancestors’ lives. Some veterans’ issues and memorials are also discussed, as well as Providence’s public institutions and libraries.
Look for other business periodicals for Rhode Island in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, particularly, some jewelry industry publications.

Providence Magazine, April, 1916, p. 258. This is an ad for Victor Cleansing Co., owned by the family of my friend Midge Frazel. It’s a good example of the glimpses of larger local businesses that you can get in this magazine.

Report of Genealogical Records Committee of Rhode Island N.S.D.A.R.

Local members of Daughters of the American Revolution have diligently transcribed various Rhode Island records such as cemeteries and records held at town halls.  This series of reports is housed at the Rhode Island Historical Society, among other places, but some issues (1933-1954) can be accessed in an affiliate library through FamilySearch.org, which filmed the series long ago. While in many cases the records captured are now available elsewhere (for instance, it’s possible that the cemetery records were included in the work of the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission), there are likely some unusual records in this set that are not available elsewhere.  Apparently the records are held in some format at the NEHGS library in Boston as well as, I’m sure, the DAR.

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

A series of pamphlets and booklets published by this organization offer some helpful content for pre-Revolutionary War military affairs impacting Rhode Island.  A full list of publications is available from the organization, as well as a briefer list offering web links.  Very likely, most or all paper copies could be found at the Rhode Island Historical Society, as well as some additional manuscript materials.

One of the many booklets published by the Society of Colonial Wars of the State of Rhode Island.

National genealogical journals

There is Rhode Island content to be found in other genealogical journals around the country, either in the national journals or from the places Rhode Islanders traipsed off to – the rest of New England and also New York, Ohio, and Michigan, to name a few.  The Mayflower Descendant also includes content on Rhode Island families.  Many genealogists like to subscribe to the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), or The American Genealogist (TAG) both for the content and for the lessons contained in each article about research, analysis, and documentation. Many of those with Rhode Island ancestors also belong to the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.

Members of these societies can usually get online access to back issues of the journal.  Beyond that, here are two useful aids for gathering content:

  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society offers online access with indexing to older volumes of a growing range of journals. Some are available publicly (although you must establish a login); more are available to NEHGS members. Use their Search feature at AmericanAncestors.org and specify the category “Journals and Periodicals.” This helpful video reviews the use of journals and the online search process. There are about 30 journals currently available there.
  • The Plymouth Colony Pages website by Dale Cook offers compiled Table of Contents guides for about a dozen journals. Containing titles and authors for articles over a period of many years, these guides could allow for quick hunting of an article on a family name or a specific location, assuming these were mentioned in the title.  The articles themselves would have to be pursued elsewhere.

If you have additional suggestions and links, leave them as a comment.  Happy reading!

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A Memorial

Back when I was compiling the story of Private John H. Lawrence, Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, I got to know the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Providence.  I guess I had seen it all my life but, like many Rhode Islanders, I didn’t realize I had a family member on the memorial until I discovered that my ggg-grandmother Margaret Lawrence’s brother, John, had been killed in action at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.  He is listed on the Light Artillery section of the Memorial.

J.H. Lawrence, in the 1st R.I. Light Artillery section. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

The Memorial was dedicated on September 16, 1871 to honor the Rhode Island military personnel who died while serving in the Civil War; a solemn and grateful tribute to the fallen soldiers of all races and all walks of life, and their families.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Providence, date unknown, from the Boston Public Library Stereograph Collection (cropped to one image).

Over the many decades since then, several changes have been made in the positioning and presentation of the memorial, and time has done some damage, too. The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy is undertaking a fundraising effort to restore some of the unique beauty of the statue and its setting.

As this fundraising launches, film maker Jamie McGuire has produced a nine minute film highlighting the meaning of this monument to the people of Rhode Island; I hope you will watch it and consider supporting this important effort.  Their page also contains a link to the list of soldiers memorialized on the monument.  I was honored to be a part of telling Rhode Island’s story in that video.

To all of those with Rhode Island roots, I wish you a Memorial Day weekend filled with new and old memories of our families.

The video and fundraising page is here.

My original story about John H Lawrence is here

–Diane Boumenot

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I am so excited to announce the publication of a book by Maureen Taylor and me in the National Genealogical Society’s “Research in the States” series.  Research in Rhode Island was published recently by NGS and is available for sale in both pdf and paper versions on their website; see this page on the NGS bookstore; scroll to the second page of the Research in the States volumes for Rhode Island.

Maureen is the author of an article in the NGS Quarterly from 2000, now completely updated by the two of us for this volume.  Along the way we visited some important Rhode Island repositories, and got special tours and a lot of insight into the preservation of Rhode Island’s past.

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NGS Research in the States, Rhode Island, by Diane MacLean Boumenot and Maureen Alice Taylor.

The book offers a broad discussion of Rhode Island’s founding and how its unique history has shaped the development of the kinds of records that genealogists use – vital records, cemeteries, deeds, court records, newspaper, military, census, and probate.  The availability of published and manuscript record sets is investigated.

That’s me in the picture above; photo by Maureen Taylor.

The book was launched at the May, 2018 National Genealogical Society meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Maureen Taylor and I (pictured below; photo by Kathryn Doyle) are proud of our new book and hope that it will lead Rhode Island researchers to the resources that they need to uncover those fascinating Rhode Island stories.

See both pdf and paper versions for sale on the NGS bookstore on this page; scroll to the second page of the Research in the States volumes for Rhode Island.

From our book signing on May 5, 2018:

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Definition of necrology

1 : obituary
2 : a list of the recently dead

Thanks to: (Merriam Webster; https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necrology)

The other day I noted a fascinating obituary in the 1889 Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society (while looking for something else).  Being an obituary of a historical society member, it focused on the historical and genealogical work that the person had accomplished in his or her lifetime, and on genealogical details of the family.  It gave me some clues about resources that might help me, mentioning other organizational affiliations, books written by the person and even other obituaries published.

These obits may also be useful for other Rhode island researchers, so I am presenting a list of the individuals (see list at the bottom of this post) whose obituaries were included in this publication.  Even if your ancestors aren’t in here, perhaps others from the town of your ancestors might have left some genealogical works behind. Most members got an obituary; if the member was very famous or not (ever) a Rhode Islander, I left them off this list.  These are definitely some wealthy businessmen, but also some teachers, professors, genealogists and antiquarians. Membership was originally not open to women, but eventually it was, and the first female obituary is from the 1890’s. The first Irish member’s death was noted in that period, too; the membership was not a diverse group. The obituaries are sometimes perfunctory but, more often, are revealing, personal, and charming.

Apparently the Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society was published from 1872-1914, although necrologies may have been published elsewhere at other times.  The volumes have been digitized a few times; the list below is from Hathitrust.org and Archive.org and can be used for locating the particular obituary that you find in the list at the bottom of this post.

All volumes containing the cited obituaries, below:

(in the case of multi-volume pdf’s, watch out for multiple sets of page numbers within the same volume)

“Necrology” listings, Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society, 1872-1914.

  • Adams, Stephen Ludlow (1851-1900), b. at Central Falls; mother’s maiden name: Crowell; see issue: 1900-01, p. 46
  • Allen, Candace (1822-1900), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1900-01, p. 46
  • Ames, Anne Ives Carrington (1849-1904), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Dorr; see issue: 1904-05, p. 48
  • Angell, Albert Gorham (1823-1884), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Gorham; see issue: 1884-85, p. 56
  • Angell, Edwin Gorham (1837-1903), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Stewart; see issue: 1903-04, p. 45
  • Angell, John Wilmarth (1832-1910), b. at Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Wilmarth; see issue: 1910-11, p. 32
  • Anthony, Henry Bowen (1815-1884), b. at Coventry; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1884-85, p. 62
  • Anthony, John Brayton (1829-1904), b. at Fall River, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Boardman; see issue: 1904-05, p. 50
  • Aplin, Charles (1823-1889), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Page; see issue: 1889-90, p. 112
  • Armstrong, Henry Clay (1847-1899), b. at Chepachet; mother’s maiden name: Reynolds; see issue: April, 1899, p. 71
  • Arnold, Olney (1822-1900), b. at Newton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Streeter; see issue: 1900-01, p. 47
  • Arnold, Richard James (1796-1873), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1873-74, p. 64
  • Arnold, Samuel Greene (1821-1879), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Rogers; see issue: 1879-80, p. 93
  • Atwood, Charles Atwood (1851-1905), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Pratt; see issue: 1905-06, p. 50

 

  • Backus, Thomas (1822-1902), b. at Brooklyn, Conn; see issue: 1901-02, p. 85
  • Bailey, William Mason (1815-1897), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1898, p. 56
  • Baker, (Col.) George (1790-1878), b. at Ipswich, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Newhall; see issue: 1878-79, p. 91
  • Baker, David Sherman (1852-1906), b. at Wickford; mother’s maiden name: Waite; see issue: 1906-07, p. 49
  • Baker, Nathan Hale (1844-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Towne; see issue: 1906-07, p. 50
  • Ballou, Ariel (1805-1887), b. at Cumberland; mother’s maiden name: Tower; see issue: 1887-88, p. 61
  • Ballou, Frederick Milton (1818-1889), b. at Cumberland; see issue: 1889-90, p. 90
  • Ballou, Nicholas (1828-1896), b. at Block Island; mother’s maiden name: Dodge; see issue: April, 1897, p. 65
  • Banigan, Joseph (1839-1898), b. at County Monaghan, Ireland; see issue: April, 1899, p. 65
  • Barker, Frederick Arnold (1827-1910), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Lockwood; see issue: 1910-11, p. 33
  • Barker, Henry Rodman (1841-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jenks; see issue: 1901-02, p. 57
  • Barnard, Henry (1811-1900), b. at Hartford, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Andrus; see issue: 1900-01, p. 56
  • Barrows, Comfort Edwin (1831-1883), b. at Attleborough, Mass; see issue: 1883-84, p. 76
  • Barrows, Edwin (1834-1908), b. at Norton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Ide; see issue: 1908-09, p. 40
  • Barstow, Amos Chafee (1848-1903), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Eames; see issue: 1903-04, p. 46
  • Bartlett, John Russell (1843-1904), b. at New York, NY; see issue: 1904-05, p. 51
  • Barton, William Turner (1823-1907), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Turner; see issue: 1907-08, p. 55
  • Bates, Isaac Comstock (1843-1913), b. at Mendon, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Comstock; see issue: 1913-14, p. 35
  • Beckwith, Henry Truman (1818-1893), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Truman; see issue: April, 1894, p. 72
  • Benedict, David (1779-1874), b. at Norwalk, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Scudder; see issue: 1874-75, p. 89
  • Bennett, James Munro (1809-1888), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Munro; see issue: 1888-89, p. 52
  • Binney, William (1825-1909), b. at Philadelphia, Penn; see issue: 1909-10, p. 44
  • Bixby, Moses Homan (1827-1901), b. at Warren, NH; mother’s maiden name: Cleasby; see issue: 1901-02, p. 58
  • Blake, Eli Whitney (1836-1895), b. at New Haven, Conn; see issue: April, 1896, p. 56
  • Blodget, William P. (1809-1873), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Power; see issue: 1873-74, p. 70
  • Blodgett, John Taggard (1859-1912), b. at Belmont, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Taggard; see issue: 1911-13, p. 39
  • Bowen, Charles William (1836-1910), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Johannot; see issue: 1910-11, p. 33
  • Bowen, Holder Borden (1844-1911), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Holmes; see issue: 1911-13, p. 40
  • Bradley, Charles (1845-1898), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1899, p. 70
  • Bradley, Charles Smith (1819-1888), b. at Newburyport, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Smith; see issue: 1888-89, p. 43
  • Brayton, Charles Ray (1840-1910), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Clarke; see issue: 1910-11, p. 33
  • Brinley, Francis (1800-1889), b. at Boston, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Henshaw/Harris; see issue: 1889-90, p. 98
  • Brown, Albert W (1860-1909), b. at Hopkinton; mother’s maiden name: Spencer; see issue: 1909-10, p. 48
  • Brown, Harold (1863-1900), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1900-01, p. 50
  • Brown, John Adams (1827-1892), b. at Boston, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Burrill; see issue: April, 1893, p. 78
  • Brown, John Carter (1797-1874), b. at Providence; see issue: 1874-75, p. 85
  • Brown, John Nicholas (1861-1900), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1900-01, p. 50
  • Brown, Joseph Warren (1810-1876), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Rogers; see issue: 1876-77, p. 77
  • Brown, Welcome Owen (1822-1888), b. at Barton, Ver; see issue: 1888-89, p. 46
  • Browne, Benjamin E (1793-1873), b. at Salem, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Andrew; see issue: 1873-74, p. 73
  • Budlong, John Clark (1836-1907), b. at Cranston; mother’s maiden name: Martin; see issue: 1907-08, p. 56
  • Bugbee, James Henry (1837-1900), b. at Pawtuxet; mother’s maiden name: Potter; see issue: 1900-01, p. 52
  • Bull, Isaac Miles (1807-1884), b. at Milford, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Carrington; see issue: 1885-86, p. 75
  • Bullock, Julia (1814-1894), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Peckham; see issue: April, 1895, p. 55
  • Burdick, James (1830-1905), b. at Newport; see issue: 1905-06, p. 50
  • Burlingame, Edwin Harris (1836-1912), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Wood; see issue: 1911-13, p. 41

 

  • Caldwell, Samuel Lunt (1820-1889), b. at Newburyport, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Lunt; see issue: 1889-90, p. 99
  • Campbell, Daniel Gordon (1816-1893), b. at Voluntown, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Gordon; see issue: April, 1894, p. 78
  • Carpenter, Charles Earl (1824-1898), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Harris; see issue: April, 1899, p. 64
  • Carpenter, Esther Bernon (1848-1893), b. at Wakefield; mother’s maiden name: Hazard; see issue: April, 1894, p. 90
  • Carpenter, George Moulton (1844-1896), b. at Portsmouth; mother’s maiden name: Walcott; see issue: April, 1897, p. 62
  • Caswell, Alexis (1799-1877), b. at Taunton, Mass; see issue: 1876-77, p. 81
  • Caswell, Edward Thompson (1833-1887), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Thompson; see issue: 1887-88, p. 64
  • Chace, Lewid Jenkins (1826-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Hillwell; see issue: 1906-07, p. 51
  • Chace, Lucretia Gifford (1831-1910), b. at New Bedford, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Tucker; see issue: 1910-11, p. 35
  • Chafee, Hattie Whitman Budlong (1843-1913), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1913-14, p. 37
  • Chambers, Robert Babcock (1830-1905), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Babcock; see issue: 1905-06, p. 52
  • Chandler, William Henry (1818-1882), b. at Pomfret, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1882-83, p. 44
  • Chase, Thomas (1827-1892), b. at Worcester, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Earle; see issue: April, 1893, p. 82
  • Claflin, George Lyman (1822-1886), b. at Pawtucket (portion in Mass at that time); see issue: 1886-87, p. 64
  • Clark, Franklin Chase (1848-1915), b. at Barrington; see issue: 1915, p. 4
  • Clarke, Edward Stimson (1855-1913), b. at Whitinsville; mother’s maiden name: Sheldon; see issue: 1913-14, p. 38
  • Clarke, James Mason (1819-1885), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Bowen; see issue: 1885-86, p. 80
  • Clarke, Thomas March (1812-1903), b. at Newburyport, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Wheelwright; see issue: 1903-04, p. 47
  • Clifford, John H (1809-1875), b. at Providence; see issue: 1875-76, p. 69
  • Collins, George L (1821-1877), b. at Hopkinton; see issue: 1876-77, p. 86
  • Colwell, Francis (1833-1906), b. at Glocester; mother’s maiden name: Tucker; see issue: 1906-07, p. 52
  • Conant, Hezekiah (1827-1902), b. at Dudley, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Healy; see issue: 1902-03, p. 53
  • Cornet, Henry Tew (1816-1872), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Tew; see issue: 1872, p. 90
  • Cranston, Francis A (1837-1909), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Guild; see issue: 1909-10, p. 45
  • Cranston, George King (1830-1898), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Guild; see issue: April, 1899, p. 72
  • Cranston, Henry Clay (1832-1896), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Guild; see issue: April, 1897, p. 56
  • Cranston, James Edward (1822-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Guild; see issue: 1901-02, p. 59
  • Cressy, Oliver Sawyer (1835-1900), b. at Hamilton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Sawyer; see issue: 1900-01, p. 53
  • Crins, William Henry (1819-1904), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Phillips; see issue: 1904-05, p. 54
  • Cross, William Jones (1814-1885), b. at Westerly; mother’s maiden name: Cross; see issue: 1885-86, p. 81
  • Cushing, Samuel Barrett (1811-1873), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jarvis; see issue: 1873-74, p. 68

 

  • Dailey, Albert (1826-1877), b. at Providence; see issue: 1876-77, p. 84
  • Danielson, George Whitman (1829-1884), b. at Killingly, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Prince; see issue: 1884-85, p. 58
  • Danielson, John Weaver (1833-1913), b. at Danielsonville (now Danielson), Conn; mother’s maiden name: Weaver; see issue: 1913-14, p. 39
  • Davis, Charles Abbott (1868-1908), b. at Burlington, Vermont; see issue: 1908-09, p. 41
  • Davis, John William (1826-1907), b. at Rehoboth, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Davis; see issue: 1907-08, p. 58
  • Davis, Thomas (1806-1895), b. at Kilkenny, Ireland; see issue: April, 1896, p. 50
  • Davol, Joseph (1837-1909), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Saunders; see issue: 1909-10, p. 46
  • Day, Albert Clifford (1849-1913), b. at Preston, Conn; see issue: 1913-14, p. 41
  • Day, Daniel (1821-1898), b. at Uxbridge, Mass.; see issue: April, 1899, p. 59
  • Day, Daniel Eugene (1820-1893), b. at Killingly, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Dorrance; see issue: April, 1894, p. 75
  • Dempsey, Henry Lester (1855-1902), b. at West Eaton, NY; mother’s maiden name: Brannigan; see issue: 1902-03, p. 55
  • Denison, Frederic (1819-1901), b. at Stongington, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Fish; see issue: 1901-02, p. 60
  • DeWolf, John James (1807-1894), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: James; see issue: April, 1895, p. 59
  • DeWolf, Winthrop (1830-1882), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Winthrop; see issue: 1882-83, p. 45
  • Dixon, Nathan Fellows (1847-1897), b. at Westerly; see issue: April, 1898, p. 63
  • Dorr, Henry Crawford (1820-1897), b. at ?; see issue: April, 1898, p. 64
  • Dorrance, William Tully (1809-1880), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Pitman; see issue: 1880-81, p. 51
  • Douglas, Samuel Tobey (1853-1905), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Sawyer; see issue: 1905-06, p. 53
  • Doyle, Thomas Arthur (1827-1886), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jones; see issue: 1886-87, p. 66
  • Drowne, Henry Bernardin (1799-1873), b. at Union, Fayette Co., Penn — moved to Foster, R.I.; mother’s maiden name: Russell; see issue: 1873-74, p. 60
  • Drowne, Henry Thayer (1822-1897), b. at Woodstock, Conn; see issue: April, 1898, p. 67
  • Drowne, Thomas Stafford (1823-1897), b. at Fruit Hill, North Providence; see issue: April, 1898, p. 66
  • Duncan, William Butler (1830-1912), b. at Edinburgh, Scotland; mother’s maiden name: Butler; see issue: 1911-13, p. 43
  • Durfee, Charles Samuel (1840-1903), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Mumford; see issue: 1903-04, p. 50
  • Durfee, Thomas (1826-1901), b. at Tiverton; mother’s maiden name: Borden; see issue: 1901-02, p. 62
  • Dyer, Elisha (1839-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Hoppin; see issue: 1906-07, p. 53

 

  • Eames, Benjamin Tucker (1818-1901), b. at East Greenwich ; mother’s maiden name: Mumford; see issue: 1901-02, p. 63
  • Earle, Joseph Ormsbee (1844-1905), b. at New York, NY; see issue: 1905-06, p. 54
  • Easton, Nicholas Redwood (1810-1879), b. at Providence; see issue: 1879-80, p. 86
  • Elliott, Albert Timothy (1818-1883), b. at Pomfret, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Lamson; see issue: 1883-84, p. 74
  • Ely, James Winchell Coleman (1820-1906), b. at Windsor, Vermont; mother’s maiden name: Skinner; see issue: 1906-07, p. 55
  • Ely, Joseph Cady (1849-1897), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Backus; see issue: April, 1898, p. 58
  • Ely, William Davis (1815-1908), b. at Hartford, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Davis; see issue: 1908-09, p. 42
  • Everett, Richmond Pearl (1826-1910), b. at Providence?; mother’s maiden name: Howland; see issue: 1910-11, p. 35

 

  • Fairbrother, Henry Lewis (1838-1886), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: May; see issue: 1886-87, p. 70
  • Farnum, Alexander (1830-1884), b. at Blackstone, Mass; see issue: 1884-85, p. 60
  • Fenner, Herbert Nicholas (1843-1915), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1915, p. 4
  • Fessenden, (General) Guy Mannering  (1804-1871), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Williams; see issue: 1872, p. 92
  • Fisher, Charles Harris (1822-1893), b. at Killingly, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Cady; see issue: April, 1894, p. 87
  • Fletcher, Charles (1842-1907), b. at Thornton, Yorkshire, England; mother’s maiden name: Drake; see issue: 1907-08, p. 59
  • Foster, John (1835-1909), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Cady; see issue: 1909-10, p. 50
  • Foster, Samuel (1803-1901), b. at Dudley, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Tucker; see issue: 1901-02, p. 65
  • Francis, Elizabeth (1833-1901), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Francis; see issue: 1901-02, p. 66
  • Francis, Sally (1834-1904), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Francis; see issue: 1904-05, p. 55

 

  • Gammell, Arthur Amory (1862-1887), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1887-88, p. 77
  • Gammell, Asa Messer (1816-1903), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Slocum; see issue: 1903-04, p. 51
  • Gammell, Robert Ives (1852-1915), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1915, p. 4
  • Gardiner, Peleg W (1796-1878), b. at East Greenwich; mother’s maiden name: Weaver; see issue: 1878-79, p. 89
  • Gardner, Henry Wood (1821-1888), b. at Killingly, Conn; see issue: 1888-89, p. 43
  • Gladding, Henry Coggeshall (1827-1908), b. at Chenango County, NY; mother’s maiden name: Rogers; see issue: 1911-13, p. 44
  • Goddard, Francis Wayland (1833-1889), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1889-90, p. 93
  • Goddard, Moses Brown Ives (1831-1907), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1907-08, p. 60
  • Goddard, Thomas Poynton Ives (1827-1893), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: April, 1894, p. 68
  • Goddard, William (1825-1907), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1907-08, p. 61
  • Gooding, Gertrude (1855-1915), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Howland; see issue: 1915, p. 5
  • Gorham, John (1820-1898), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1899, p. 64
  • Gorton, Adelos (1848-1915), b. at Watervliet, NY; mother’s maiden name: Gardner; see issue: 1915, p. 6
  • Gorton, Charles (1841-1898), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1899, p. 60
  • Gorton, George Olney (1835-1915), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jackson; see issue: 1915, p. 6
  • Granger, Daniel L D (1825-1909), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1909-10, p. 51
  • Grant, Henry Townsend (1817-1902), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Hubbard; see issue: 1902-03, p. 56
  • Grant, Henry Tyler (1846-1915), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Howard; see issue: 1915, p. 7
  • Green, Arnold (1838-1903), b. at New York, NY; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1903-04, p. 53
  • Green, George Washington (1811-1883), b. at East Greenwich; mother’s maiden name: Clarke; see issue: 1883-84, p. 64
  • Greene, Albert Rowland (1844-1901), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1901-02, p. 67
  • Greene, Charles William (1861-1913), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Smith; see issue: 1913-14, p. 41
  • Greene, Daniel Howland (1807-1886), b. at East Greenwich; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1886-87, p. 71
  • Greene, George Sears (1807-1898), b. at Warwick; see issue: April, 1899, p. 76
  • Greene, Henry Lehre (1825-1908), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Aborn; see issue: 1908-09, p. 43
  • Greene, Henry Whitman (1814-1897), b. at Warwick; see issue: April, 1898, p. 52
  • Greene, Simon Henry (1799-1885), b. at Centreville; mother’s maiden name: Rhodes; see issue: 1885-86, p. 82
  • Greene, Thomas Casey (1826-1897), b. at East Greenwich; mother’s maiden name: Casey; see issue: April, 1898, p. 59
  • Greene, William (1797-1883), b. at Warwick; see issue: 1883-84, p. 74
  • Gregory, William (1849-1901), b. at Astoria, New York; mother’s maiden name: Naylor; see issue: 1901-02, p. 68
  • Griffin, Thomas J (1838-1911), b. at Providence; see issue: 1911-13, p. 46
  • Grosvenor, (Col.) Robert (1847-1879), b. at Providence; see issue: 1879-80, p. 88
  • Grosvenor, William (1810-1888), b. at Killingly, Conn; see issue: 1888-89, p. 54
  • Grosvenor, William (1838-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Mason; see issue: 1906-07, p. 56

 

  • Hall, Emily Ann (1817-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Lyon; see issue: 1901-02, p. 69
  • Hall, Robert (1830-1910), b. at West Greenwich; mother’s maiden name: Weaver; see issue: 1910-11, p. 37
  • Ham, Benjamin Wood (1817-1885), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ide; see issue: 1885-86, p. 85
  • Hammond, (Lt-Col.) Barnabas Benton Hammond (1825-1887), b. at Esopus, Ulster Co., NY; mother’s maiden name: Gorham; see issue: 1887-88, p. 67
  • Harkness, Albert (1822-1907), b. at Mendon (now Blackstone), Mass; mother’s maiden name: Thayer; see issue: 1907-08, p. 65
  • Harris, Caleb Fiske (1818-1881), b. at Centreville; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1882-83, p. 43
  • Harris, Edward (1801-1872), b. at Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Streeter; see issue: 1872, p. 95
  • Harris, Walter D (1862-1909), b. at Georgiaville; mother’s maiden name: Phetteplace; see issue: 1909-10, p. 48
  • Hart, Charles (1822-1903), b. at Salem, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Wellington; see issue: 1903-04, p. 55
  • Hazard, Jeffrey (1835-1911), b. at Exeter; mother’s maiden name: Crandall; see issue: 1911-13, p. 46
  • Hazard, Rowland (1829-1898), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Newbold; see issue: April, 1899, p. 67
  • Hazard, Rowland Gibson (1801-1888), b. at South Kingstown; see issue: 1888-89, p. 49
  • Hidden, James Clifford (1813-1889), b. at Walpole, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Clifford; see issue: 1889-90, p. 97
  • Hill, Elizabeth C Kenyon (1828-1908), b. at Hopkinton; see issue: 1908-09, p. 44
  • Hill, Thomas Jefferson (1805-1894), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: Walker; see issue: April, 1895, p. 56
  • Hodges, Almon D (?-1878), b. at Norton, Mass; see issue: 1878-79, p. 102
  • Holbrook, Albert (1813-1897), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Hopkins; see issue: April, 1898, p. 53
  • Hopkins, Charles Wyman (1839-1910), b. at Exeter; mother’s maiden name: Lillibridge; see issue: 1910-11, p. 37
  • Hopkins, William H (?-1896), b. at Portsmouth; see issue: April, 1897, p. 68
  • Hoppin, Frederick Street (1834-1907), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Street; see issue: 1907-08, p. 67
  • Hoppin, William Anthony (1844-1915), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Anthony; see issue: 1915, p. 7
  • Hoppin, William Jones (1813-1895), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jones; see issue: April, 1896, p. 55
  • Hoppin, William Warner (1807-1890), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Warner; see issue: 1890-91, p. 101
  • Howard, Henry (1826-1905), b. at Cranston; mother’s maiden name: King; see issue: 1905-06, p. 55
  • Howard, Hiram (1834-1907), b. at Middlebury, Vermont; mother’s maiden name: Taft; see issue: 1907-08, p. 68
  • Howland, Benjamin Baker (1787-1877), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Baker; see issue: 1877-78, p. 112
  • Howland, John Andrews (1794-1889), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Andrews; see issue: 1889-90, p. 109
  • Hudson, James Smith (1833-1910), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Fitts; see issue: 1910-11, p. 38
  • Huntsman, John F (1839-1908), b. at Burlington, NJ; see issue: 1908-09, p. 45

 

  • Ives, Robert Hale (1798-1875), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Brown; see issue: 1875-76, p. 69

 

  • Jackson, (Hon.) Charles (1798-1876), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Wheaton; see issue: 1875-76, p. 68
  • Jencks, Albert Varnum (1824-1904), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: Varnum; see issue: 1904-05, p. 56
  • Jillson, Charles Daniel (1837-1885), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Sheldon; see issue: 1885-86, p. 85
  • Jillson, Esek Arnold (1808-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Potter; see issue: 1901-02, p. 70
  • Jillson, Francocello George (1841-1912), b. at Woonsocket; see issue: 1911-13, p. 48
  • Johnson, Oliver (1799-1892), b. at East Greenwich ; mother’s maiden name: Albro; see issue: April, 1893, p. 79
  • Johnson, William Sullivan (1826-1887), b. at Centreville; see issue: 1887-88, p. 69
  • Jones, William (1875-1906), b. at Worcester, Mass; see issue: 1906-07, p. 57

 

  • Keach, Mary Alice (1854-1910), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1910-11, p. 39
  • Kelley, Arthur Livingston (1858-1915), b. at Compton, NY; mother’s maiden name: Westcott; see issue: 1915, p. 8
  • Kelly, John Balch (1844-1907), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Balch; see issue: 1907-08, p. 69
  • Kendall, Henry Lewis (1805-1883), b. at Watertown, Mass; see issue: 1883-84, p. 69
  • Kenyon, James Stanton (1841-1911), b. at Charlestown; see issue: 1911-13, p. 49
  • Kimball, Gertrude Selwyn (1862-1910), b. at Blackstone, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Farnum; see issue: 1910-11, p. 39
  • Kimball, Horace Arnold (1837-1911), b. at Chepachet; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1911-13, p. 50
  • King, George Farquhar Jones (1867-1910), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Jones; see issue: 1910-11, p. 41
  • King, Le Roy (1857-1895), b. at Rome, Italy; mother’s maiden name: Le Roy; see issue: April, 1896, p. 59
  • Kingsbury, John (1801-1874), b. at South Coventry, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Leavens; see issue: 1874-75, p. 90
  • Klapp (b. Clapp), Lyman (1827-1889), b. at Westhampton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Carr; see issue: 1889-90, p. 102
  • Knight, William (1823-1893), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Fenner; see issue: April, 1894, p. 89
  • Knox, Horatio Bickford (1856-1912), b. at Cambriatown, Penn; mother’s maiden name: Bickford; see issue: 1911-13, p. 52

 

  • Lamb, Estes (1809-1887), b. at Charlton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Barton; see issue: 1887-88, p. 71
  • Lapham, George Boardman (1842-1897), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Gerry; see issue: April, 1898, p. 60
  • Lapham, Increase Allen (1811-1875), b. at Palmyra NY; see issue: 1875-76, p. 71
  • Larned, Edwin Channing (1820-1884), b. at Providence; see issue: 1884-85, p. 67
  • Leete, George Farmer (1849-1912), b. at Rochester, NY; mother’s maiden name: Farmer; see issue: 1911-13, p. 53
  • Lincoln, John Larkin (1817-1891), b. at Boston, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Larkin; see issue: 1891-92, p. 110
  • Lippitt, Christopher (1825-1898), b. at Cranston; mother’s maiden name: Sheldon; see issue: April, 1899, p. 59
  • Lippitt, Henry (1818-1891), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Seamans; see issue: 1891-92, p. 106
  • Littlefield, Alfred Henry (1829-1893), b. at Scituate; mother’s maiden name: Himes; see issue: April, 1894, p. 95
  • Littlefield, George Abner (15-851-1906), b. at Chelsea, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Blair; see issue: 1906-07, p. 58
  • Lockwood, Amos DeForest (1811-1884), b. at Pawtuxet; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1884-85, p. 56
  • Lothrop, Henry Wood (1802-1874), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Adams; see issue: 1874-75, p. 88
  • Luther, George Edward (1850-1897), b. at Attleboro, Mass; see issue: April, 1898, p. 63
  • Lyman, Daniel Wanton (1844-1886), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Dyer; see issue: 1886-87, p. 73

 

  • Mason, Earl P (?-1876), b. at ; see issue: 1876-77, p. 79
  • Mason, Earl Philip (1848-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Larcher; see issue: 1901-02, p. 72
  • Mason, George Champlin (1820-1893), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Mumford; see issue: April, 1895, p. 50
  • Matteson, George R.W. (1834-1908), b. at Dighton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Richmond; see issue: 1908-09, p. 46
  • Mauran, Edward Carrington (1820-1886), b. at Providence; see issue: 1886-87, p. 75
  • Mauran, Joseph (1796-1873), b. at Barrington; mother’s maiden name: Bicknell; see issue: 1873-74, p. 66
  • McGuinness, Edwin Daniel (1856-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Gormly; see issue: 1901-02, p. 71
  • Metcalf, Alfred (1828-1904), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Houghton; see issue: 1904-05, p. 58
  • Miller, Augustus Samuel (1847-1905), b. at Plainfield, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Lawton; see issue: 1905-06, p. 57
  • Miller, Horace George (1840-1908), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: Munro; see issue: 1908-09, p. 46
  • Miller, William Jones (1818-1886), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Smith/Monro; see issue: 1886-87, p. 77
  • Motley, John Lothrop (1814-1877), b. at Dorchester, Mass; see issue: 1877-78, p. 109
  • Moulton, David Carpenter (1830-1905), b. at Chichester, NH; see issue: 1905-06, p. 58
  • Moulton, Sullivan (1816-1890), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Olney; see issue: 1889-90, p. 115
  • Mowry, Arlon (1833-1905), b. at Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Mowry; see issue: 1905-06, p. 59
  • Mumford, John Pitman (1815-1891), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Lyndon/Wilson; see issue: 1891-92, p. 105

 

  • Newell, Timothy (1820-1901), b. at Sturbridge, Mass; mother’s maiden name: May; see issue: 1901-02, p. 73
  • Nichols, Amos Gardner (1829-1904), b. at Hopkinton; mother’s maiden name: Langworthy; see issue: 1904-05, p. 59
  • Nichols, Charles Augustus (1825-1877), b. at Haverhill, Mass; see issue: 1877-78, p. 115
  • Nicholson, William Thomas (1834-1893), b. at Pawtucket; see issue: April, 1894, p. 84
  • Nickerson, Edward I (1845-1908), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: Darling; see issue: 1908-09, p. 47
  • Noyes, James Fanning (1817-1896), b. at South Kingstown; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: April, 1897, p. 53
  • Noyes, Robert Fanning (1850-1912), b. at South Kingstown; mother’s maiden name: Allen; see issue: 1911-13, p. 54
  • Noyes, Samuel Miller (1812-1888), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Updike; see issue: 1888-89, p. 47

 

  • Oldfield, John (1796-1879), b. at Bradford, England; see issue: 1879-80, p. 91
  • Olney, Frank Fuller (1851-1903), b. at Jersey City, NJ; mother’s maiden name: Fuller; see issue: 1903-04, p. 57
  • Olney, George Hopkins (1825-1913), b. at Cumberland; see issue: 1913-14, p. 42
  • Olney, James H (1835-1890), b. at Fall River, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Deane; see issue: 1890-91, p. 110
  • Ormsbee, John Spurr (1816-1889), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Spurr; see issue: 1889-90, p. 96
  • Owen, Franklin Pierce (1953-1905), b. at North Scituate; mother’s maiden name: Mathewson; see issue: 1905-06, p. 61
  • Owen, Smith (1809-1889), b. at Glocester; mother’s maiden name: Dexter; see issue: 1889-90, p. 88

 

  • Pabodie, Benjamin Gladding (1799-1880), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Gladding; see issue: 1879-80, p. 92
  • Packard, Alpheus Spring (1839-1905), b. at Brunswick, Maine; mother’s maiden name: Appleton; see issue: 1905-06, p. 62
  • Padelford, Seth (1807-1878), b. at Taunton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Heath; see issue: 1878-79, p. 98
  • Page, Charles Harrison (1843-1912), b. at Glocester; mother’s maiden name: Hopkins; see issue: 1911-13, p. 55
  • Paine, George Taylor (1838-1903), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Taylor; see issue: 1903-04, p. 58
  • Paine, Walter (1801-1879), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Snow; see issue: 1879-80, p. 87
  • Palmer, John Simmons (1828-1908), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Simmons; see issue: 1908-09, p. 48
  • Parkhurst, (Lt-Col) Charles H (1831-1889), b. at Chelmsford, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Fletcher; see issue: 1889-90, p. 86
  • Parsons, Charles William (1823-1893), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Holmes; see issue: April, 1894, p. 80
  • Parsons, Henry Lyman (1833-1888), b. at Sutton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Taft; see issue: 1888-89, p. 60
  • Pearce, Edward (1804-1880), b. at Providence; see issue: 1880-81, p. 52
  • Peck, Allen Ormsbee (1804-1871), b. at Rehoboth, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Ormsbee; see issue: 1872, p. 91
  • Peck, Ira Ballou (1805-1888), b. at Wrentham, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Ballou; see issue: 1888-89, p. 49
  • Peck, Maria Storrs (1857-1908), b. at Providence; see issue: 1908-09, p. 49
  • Peck, Walter Asa (1854-1901), b. at Barrington; mother’s maiden name: Remington; see issue: 1901-02, p. 74
  • Peckham, Samuel Wardwell (1814-1895), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Wardwell; see issue: April, 1896, p. 47
  • Peckham, William Mackey (1852-1915), b. at Troy, NY; mother’s maiden name: Mackey; see issue: 1915, p. 8
  • Pegram, John Combe (1842-1909), b. at Queensborough, Kentucky; mother’s maiden name: Combe; see issue: 1909-10, p. 49
  • Peirce, John (1836-1897), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1898, p. 54
  • Pendleton, Charles Leonard (1846-1904), b. at Westerly; see issue: 1904-05, p. 60
  • Phillips, Gilbert A (1843-1908), b. at Foster; mother’s maiden name: Hopkins; see issue: 1908-09, p. 50
  • Phillips, Theodore Winthrop (1836-1904), b. at Providence; see issue: 1904-05, p. 61
  • Pierce, George Augustus (1828-1885), b. at Providence; see issue: 1885-86, p. 87
  • Potter, Albert (1831-1902), b. at Sturbridge, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Stedman; see issue: 1902-03, p. 57
  • Potter, Americus Vespucius (1808-1872), b. at Cranston; mother’s maiden name: Athmore; see issue: 1872, p. 93
  • Potter, Asa King (1820-1897), b. at Cranston; see issue: April, 1898, p. 65

 

  • Randall, Stephen (1793-1874), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Winsor; see issue: 1874-75, p. 86
  • Rathbone, William, P. (1798-1877), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Kilton; see issue: 1877-78, p. 111
  • Rhodes, James Thomas (1800-1873), b. at Pawtuxet; mother’s maiden name: Aborn; see issue: 1873-74, p. 65
  • Rhodes, William Conrad (1843-1915), b. at Providence; see issue: 1915, p. 9
  • Richards, Henry Francis (1827-1906), b. at North Attleboro; mother’s maiden name: Holmes; see issue: 1906-07, p. 59
  • Richmond, Caroline (1841-1905), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Eddy; see issue: 1905-06, p. 64
  • Richmond, Walter (1839-1912), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Eddy; see issue: 1911-13, p. 57
  • Richmond, William Ebenezer (1786-1873), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Mason; see issue: 1873-74, p. 62
  • Robinson, William A (1797-1872), b. at Philadelphia, Penn; see issue: 1872, p. 94
  • Roelker, William Greene (1854-1912), b. at Cincinnati, Ohio; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1911-13, p. 58
  • Rogers, Horatio (1836-1904), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Curtis; see issue: 1904-05, p. 63
  • Root, James Pierce (1829-1887), b. at Staten Island NY; see issue: 1887-88, p. 74
  • Rugg, Henry Warren (1833-1910), b. at Framingham, Mass; see issue: 1910-11, p. 41
  • Russell, Henry Grinnell (1829-1904), b. at New Bedford, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Grinnell; see issue: 1904-05, p. 69

 

  • Sawin, Isaac Warren (1823-1906), b. at Dover, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Battelle; see issue: 1906-07, p. 60
  • Sayles, Frederic Clark (1835-1903), b. at Pawtucket; mother’s maiden name: Olney; see issue: 1903-04, p. 62
  • Sedgwick, Adam (1784-1873), b. at Yorkshire, England; see issue: 1872, p. 95
  • Shedd, Joel Herbert (1834-1915), b. at Pepperell, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Edson; see issue: 1915, p. 9
  • Sheldon, Nicholas (1830-1911), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Sweetser; see issue: 1911-13, p. 59
  • Shepard, Elizabeth Anne Goddard (1829-1910), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Ives; see issue: 1910-11, p. 42
  • Sherman, William Watts (1842-1912), b. at Albany, NY; mother’s maiden name: Gibson; see issue: 1911-13, p. 60
  • Slater, James Stuart (1841-1915), b. at Slatersville; mother’s maiden name: Carroll; see issue: 1915, p. 10
  • Slater, William Smith (1817-1882), b. at Slatersville; mother’s maiden name: Bucklin; see issue: 1882-83, p. 43
  • Small, Walter Herbert (1856-1909), b. at Provincetown, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Smith; see issue: 1909-10, p. 45
  • Smith, Amos D (1805-1877), b. at Groton, Conn; see issue: 1876-77, p. 84
  • Smith, Charles Henry (1844-1901), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Briggs; see issue: 1900-01, p. 54
  • Smith, David W (1883-1909), b. at North Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Wilkinson; see issue: 1909-10, p. 52
  • Smith, James Y (1799-1876), b. at Groton, Conn; see issue: 1876-77, p. 74
  • Smith, Sanford Billings (1816-1892), b. at Groton, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Aborn; see issue: April, 1893, p. 86
  • Snow, Amos W (1804-1877), b. at Providence; see issue: 1877-78, p. 109
  • Snow, William Cory (1794-1872), b. at Providence — moved to Little Compton; mother’s maiden name: Cory; see issue: 1872, p. 87
  • Southwick, Isaac Harrison (1811-1903), b. at Grafton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Roberts; see issue: 1903-04, p. 63
  • Southwick, Isaac Hinckley (1854-1902), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Keith; see issue: 1902-03, p. 58
  • Spicer, George Thurston (1802-1879), b. at Hopkinton; mother’s maiden name: Saunders; see issue: 1879-80, p. 89
  • Spicer, William A (1845-1913), b. at Warwick; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1913-14, p. 43
  • Sprague, Charles Hutchins (1844-1900), b. at Killingly, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Pierce; see issue: 1900-01, p. 55
  • Stanhope, Frederick Augustus (1822-1885), b. at Newport; see issue: 1885-86, p. 88
  • Staples, William (1834-1894), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Eaton; see issue: April, 1894, p. 97
  • Steere, Henry Jonah (1830-1889), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Smith; see issue: 1889-90, p. 111
  • Stevens, Benjamin Franklin (1824-1908), b. at Boston, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Sprague; see issue: 1908-09, p. 51
  • Stevens, Daniel (1849-1907), b. at Cambridge, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Partridge; see issue: 1907-08, p. 70
  • Stiness, John Henry (1840-1913), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Marsh; see issue: 1913-14, p. 46
  • Stone, Alfred (1834-1908), b. at East Machias, Maine; mother’s maiden name: Poor; see issue: 1908-09, p. 52
  • Stone, Edwin Martin (1805-1883), b. at Framingham, Mass; see issue: 1883-84, p. 65
  • Studley, Thomas Earle (1836-1895), b. at Worcester, Mass; see issue: April, 1896, p. 46
  • Sturges, Walter Knight (1876-1913), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Knight; see issue: 1913-14, p. 49
  • Swan, Jarvis B (1836-1911), b. at Providence; see issue: 1911-13, p. 63

 

  • Taft, Royal Chapin (1823-1912), b. at Northbridge, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Smith; see issue: 1911-13, p. 64
  • Talbot, Frederick (1819-1907), b. at East Machias, Maine; mother’s maiden name: Chaloner; see issue: 1907-08, p. 71
  • Taylor, Charles Sawin (1842-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Deane; see issue: 1906-07, p. 61
  • Thayer, Edgar Shephard (1838-1908), b. at Taunton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Reed; see issue: 1908-09, p. 54
  • Thornton, John Wingate (1818-1878), b. at Saco, Maine; see issue: 1878-79, p. 90
  • Thurston, Benjamin Francis (1829-1890), b. at New London, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Deshon; see issue: 1890-91, p. 98
  • Thurston, Benjamin Francis (1870-1906), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Rathbone; see issue: 1906-07, p. 62
  • Tillinghast, Charles Elisha (1812-1893), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1894, p. 79
  • Tillinghast, James (1822-1898), b. at Cooperstown, NY; see issue: April, 1899, p. 69
  • Trippe, Samuel Gardiner (1819-1895), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1896, p. 54
  • Troup, John Ebenezer (1829-1896), b. at Aberdeen, Scotland; mother’s maiden name: Bannerman; see issue: April, 1897, p. 60
  • Turner, Henry Edward (1816-1897), b. at Warwick; see issue: April, 1898, p. 57

 

  • Upham, Charles W (1802-1875), b. at St Johns, New Brunswick; see issue: 1875-76, p. 71

 

  • Vernon, Thomas (1832-1887), b. at Newport; mother’s maiden name: Peace; see issue: 1887-88, p. 77
  • Vose, James Gardner (1830-1908), b. at Boston, Mass; see issue: 1908-09, p. 55

 

  • Wales, Samuel Hazard (1810-1886), b. at Portsmouth; mother’s maiden name: Hazard; see issue: 1886-87, p. 79
  • Walker, John Pitman (1829-1887), b. at Seekonk, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Cushing; see issue: 1887-88, p. 75
  • Ward, Richard Ray (1795-1873), b. at New York City; see issue: 1873-74, p. 70
  • Wardwell, William Thomas Church (1835-1907), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Gifford; see issue: 1907-08, p. 72
  • Waterman, Rufus (1816-1896), b. at Providence; see issue: April, 1897, p. 57
  • Waters, Hardin Chester (1854-1902), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Chester; see issue: 1902-03, p. 59
  • Watson, Arthur Hamilton (1849-1914), b. at Lonsdale; mother’s maiden name: Dockery; see issue: 1913-14, p. 49
  • Webb, Samuel Heber (?-1912), b. at Bellows Falls, Vermont; see issue: 1911-13, p. 66
  • Webster, George Eldridge (1843-1904), b. at Lowell, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Littlefield; see issue: 1904-05, p. 71
  • Webster, Josiah Locke (1821-1901), b. at Nantucket, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Myrick; see issue: 1901-02, p. 75
  • Weeden, William Babcock (1834-1912), b. at Bristol; mother’s maiden name: Cross; see issue: 1911-13, p. 67
  • West, George Joseph (1852-1896), b. at Providence; mother’s maiden name: Cavanagh; see issue: April, 1897, p. 60
  • Wheaton, John Robert (1835-1907), b. at Warren; mother’s maiden name: Eddy; see issue: 1907-08, p. 73
  • White, Hunter Carson (1853-1910), b. at Zanesville, Ohio; see issue: 1910-11, p. 43
  • White, Stillman (1832-1903), b. at Canton, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Howard; see issue: 1903-04, p. 65
  • Wilbour, Joshua (1840-1902), b. at North Providence  (later Pawtucket); mother’s maiden name: Lloyd; see issue: 1902-03, p. 60
  • Wilbour, L:inda Olney Hathaway (1844-1913), b. at Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Arnold; see issue: 1913-14, p. 50
  • Wilkinson, Henry Washington (1835-1898), b. at Smithfield; mother’s maiden name: Remington; see issue: April, 1899, p. 62
  • William, William Greene (1798-1879), b. at Johnston; mother’s maiden name: Greene; see issue: 1879-80, p. 85
  • Williams, Alonzo (1842-1901), b. at Foster; mother’s maiden name: Hathaway; see issue: 1901-02, p. 75
  • Willson, Edmund Russell (1856-1906), b. at West Roxbury, Mass; mother’s maiden name: Butterick; see issue: 1906-07, p. 62
  • Wilson, George Francis (1818-1883), b. at Uxbridge, Mass.; see issue: 1883-84, p. 71
  • Winsor, Richard Brown (1848-1889), b. at Providence; see issue: 1889-90, p. 114
  • Woodward, Royal (1815-1882), b. at Ashford, Conn; mother’s maiden name: Fuller; see issue: 1882-83, p. 46

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Choosing a gift for a genealogist can be puzzling.  Loved ones and, especially, relatives want to be supportive but don’t know how.  To those who search for that perfect idea, maybe one below will be right for your favorite genealogists.  This is an update and consolidation of all previous lists.

Paper and stationery gifts

  • 1. Love this mini-book of page tabs from The Container Store.  Perfect for marking places in books or dividing sections of notebooks/binders.

Mini tab book from The Container Store

Brother Printer PT70BM Wireless Personal Handheld Labeler

Brother Printer PT70BM Wireless Personal Handheld Labeler

  • 4. Clip board. A clipboard, a pad, and a pencil can be brought into most archives, even if nothing else can, and a clipboard serves as a writing surface when at a microfilm machine or library. Try the thin printed ones at Staples but I also like this combination clipboard/mousepad.  Add a bouquet of Black Warrior Pencils topped off with a 3-pack of White Pearl Erasers.  I’m actually serious about this.  I know genealogists.
  • 5. 97.8% of genealogists love office supplies.  OK I made that up.  But this little book of sticky Redi-Tag Divider notes was love at first sight.
Redi-Tag Divider Notes would be handy when working in books or notebooks.

Redi-Tag Divider Notes would be handy when working in books or notebooks.

Genealogy binders

Personalized Genealogy Binders. Perfect for those who store a lot of information on paper.

About photos and archives

  • 7. Maybe a simple Canon Camera in the $100-$150 range.  In the end, cheaper than paying for photocopies.   LED “daylight” white light is much better than normal “soft white” room lighting for photographing pages without yellowing, and “daylight” bulbs are becoming much easier to find.
  • 8. If your genealogist is not getting any younger, try magnifiers and magnifying lights.
  • 9. Camera digital SD memory cards.  And a little case to put them in, like this.
  • 10. For the genealogist who serves as the family archivist (which is all genealogists), my friend Bernadine had a good experience with photo supplies from universityproducts.com, for instance, their archival storage boxes. When she phoned them, they were helpful.  For modern sized photographs, these storage boxes are popular.
  • 11. I like this Canoscan scanner for pictures and papers, but you might be able to find a cheaper one that you like.
  • 12. I like my Flip-Pal mobile scanner – it runs on batteries and records onto a memory card – no computer needed until you are ready to review and store the pictures. Many genealogists really covet these.  Desirable accessories would be rechargeable batteries and a case.
Flip Pal mobile scanner

Flip Pal mobile scanner

  • 13. Family Photo Detective and many other works by Maureen Taylor help genealogists figure out those old family photos, and I also like Denise Levenick’s new guide, How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally.

Electronic and computer gadgets

  • 14. Lifechat headphones for listening to webinars or group chats on the computer.  
  • 15. Cocoon Grid-It keeps small electronics together when traveling (also available in other configurations)
  • 16. Eneloop rechargeable batteries by Panasonic, size AA, with a charger and case, would be good for a person who already has a Flip-Pal.  Try Amazon or other retailers.  I also like AA batteries that re-charge in any USB port.  These would be great in a computer mouse, for travelers, in case the mouse batteries died.
  • 17. USB flash drives.  8gb or 16gb should be fine.  Look for sales. Genealogists need something large and bright so they remember to remove it from the computer.

Books and magazines

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. A new 4th Edition.

  • 23. I just realized there is a new Fourth Edition of the classic work by Val Greenwood, Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.  What a great opportunity to learn about American records. 
  • 24. If your genealogist is surrounded by books, there are some bookends with index tabs that won’t get lost when the shelves fill up.  Actually, the Container Store has three styles I love:  Index bookends, Tower bookends with a little storage cubby, and Mod bookends.
Bookends from the Container Store

Bookends from the Container Store

  • 29. I own and can heartily endorse these books by Christina Rose:
    • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th ed.  (THIS IS A NEW EDITION)
    • Military Bounty Land 1776-1855
    • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures
    • Military Pension Acts: 1776 to 1858
  • 30. Books for those with New England ancestors from the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
I love the gavestone art from Gravestone Girls.

I love the gravestone art from Gravestone Girls.

Support genealogy small businesses

Custom ancestor jewelry made by Susan Kaplan of Kaplan Creations, Eagle Creek, Alaska.

  • 34. The idea of heritage cookbooks was sent to me by Wendy Grant Walter.  She recently purchased Great German Recipes and said: “in it are many dishes that I remember having as a kid that I assume my mom learned from her 1st generation German mom.”  At that same link many other cultures are covered, too. Also, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab has a cookbook, The Polish Country Kitchen Cookbook.
  • 35. Barb’s Branches has some attractive tree jewelry in an Etsy shop.  Among her interesting handmade “tree” pieces, she has the inspired idea of making jewelry from old silver spoons.  Amazing!
A pendant made from an antique silver spoon, by Barb's Branches.

A pendant made from an antique silver spoon, by Barb’s Branches.

  • 36. Every genealogist loves a beautifully executed family tree chart.  Two suggestions:
    • I have seen the work of Family Chartmasters and it is not only excellent, but each piece is tailored to the family’s preferences. Go to this link and scroll down to check out the samples.  If you have access to enough info, you could order one, if not, you could give a gift certificate and allow your genealogist to collaborate with Family Chartmasters on a wonderful end product.
    • i (chart) you makes beautiful custom ancestor charts; you send the data and they send you the file electronically, ready for you to have printed in the size you prefer.  This would have to be ordered by the genealogist, but a gift certificate (see the last few boxes on the main page) might be nice.  Thanks to Wendy Grant Walter for this idea. I was thinking of taking this off the list this year and then I looked at them and realized I really want one.

Make your own gift

  • 37. The family genealogist wears too many hats.  Family historian, archivist, photo restorer, report writer, researcher, local historian, cemetery rabbit.  A gift that would be appreciated is an effort to collect and produce a small book on one aspect of your family history.  Say, dad’s service in WW2, the relatives overseas from when you visited, or just everyone’s childhood.  My sister does this from time to time and it’s great.  No genealogy expertise needed, she asks me for pictures in advance, and the whole family gets a slice of its story without me having to do anything.
  • 38. A similar option would be to find, scan and print a copy of an old family photo, and frame it nicely – perhaps in an old frame.

For Rhode Island genealogy

  • 39. Good news!  All 9 volumes of The Narragansett Historical Register (originally published in the 1880’s-1890’s) are back in print from Heritage Press.  Check them out!   How about one volume a year?
Narragansett Historical Register, modern reprint

Narragansett Historical Register, modern reprint

  • 40. I heartily and strongly recommend the recent book Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians by Eric G. Grundset for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR Source Guides on the American Revolution Series No. 4), 2014. Quite a bargain at $25.  It is 200 pages of guidance on where to find Rhode Island records from the 1770’s and 1780’s, but it will not contain the records themselves – most of those are buried in archives and manuscripts.
Rhode Island in the American Revolution - A source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, by Eric G Grundset

Rhode Island in the American Revolution – A source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, by Eric G Grundset

  • 41. The most valuable book for those with ancestors in Rhode Island during the 1600’s is The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John O. Austin, published by Genealogical Publishing.  It maps the first three generations of many early Rhode Island families. You can sometimes find a cheaper used copy on eBay, but be sure to buy a version with additions and corrections from the 1960’s – 70’s.
  • 42. The Rhode Island Historical Society has a bookstore at the John Brown House, and online, offering my favorite print of Providence ever, President Street by Joseph Partridge, 1822. I also love Market Square.  Only $15 each.
  • 43. New England Court Records by Diane Rappaport. Also, the New England Historic and Genealogical Society offers Holiday Bundles of books.
  • 44. Spirit of 76 in Rhode Island by Benjamin Cowell for listings of R.I. Revolutionary War soldiers.
  • 45. Many Rhode Island history fans would love the new book by Rhode Island post card collector Joseph E. Coduri, Rhode Island Towns & Villages: PostCard Views at the Turn of the 20th Century.

Rhode Island Towns and Villages

Trying something new

  • 47. For those new to DNA testing, and looking for an easy way to try it out, I could recommend an Ancestry DNA test kit.  Your genealogist will use the kit to submit a sample (in fact, it will be important to the genealogist to choose WHO will be sampled) which will be analyzed, and the results, available online, will show an estimate of ethnic origins and links to other individuals.
  • 48. A better choice for the same money, for a genealogist who is more experienced, is the Family Tree DNA Family Finder test kit.  Family Tree DNA gives enough information to more accurately allow you to estimate, if the right people are tested, the common source of your matches.

Caution I brake for cemeteries

FREE FOR EVERYBODY:  My vintage Christmas gift tag sheets on Pinterest, ready for printing.

ALSO:  Check out Anne Wagner (of Rhode Island)’s PDF handout on GIFTS GENEALOGISTS MAY WANT TO GIVE.  I may try some of these!

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An exhibit opened a few weeks ago at the Blackstone Valley Historical Society in Lincoln, Rhode Island, “An Elaborate History: The Cumberland Ballous.” Fortunately for those of us who may not make it to the exhibit, much of the content is now online at that link – just keep clicking “Begin” and “Next.”  The exhibit itself was really lovely and nicely displayed; I enjoyed my visit. The web version is well written and contains the story of the pictures and some fascinating details of the Ballous who lived in those houses.

The entrance to the North Gate Toll House, home of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. The other side of the building is viewable from route 146. Photo by Diane Boumenot

The exhibit links some pictures taken around 1900 with map sites for those properties taken from mid-1800’s maps, mostly in Cumberland.  ALL the houses pictured and mapped were Ballou households, and the original pictures may have been created for a Ballou reunion or some other purpose; at any rate, the pictures, enhanced now with the map locations and some biographical details, present a detailed glimpse into the early Ballou neighborhoods and families.

One side of the exhibit room.

While originally investigating the pictures, which had been donated to the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, researcher Lori Melucci (Vice President of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society) came across a blog post of mine from a few years ago which contained a transcription of an early article from the Narragansett Historical Register, The Ballou Pioneer Settlers.” As she started recognizing a few buildings (house images in that post, that I had copied sort of randomly from Adin Ballou’s An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America (1888)), Lori began to realize that the collection of pictures were meant to document the remains of early Ballou households, in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

The exhibit extending around the room.

From there, Lori was on a mission to locate each and every home site.  She gathered the pictures, early and recent maps, local contacts, and a pristine 1888 copy of An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America that the historical society had acquired during a museum closing.  She spent many months pinpointing the location of each house and marking them on the old maps, working sometimes alone and sometimes with fellow BVHS members.  To do this she had to learn about rearranged roadways, former swamps, new developments and, of course, some burials here and there.  In the end, Lori is doubtful that any of the near-ruins from 1900 are standing today.

Lori Melucci, pictured on the grounds of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society

Visit the BVHS exhibit online and let her tell the story of these pictures and what she learned about the occupants.  I’m really hoping some direct descendants of these folks will find this.  MY Ballous were nearby but not really a part of this group, which are mostly descendants of James Ballou.

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I own three scanners, and use my camera extensively to save documents. But it wasn’t until I acquired a Scansnap scanner that I truly “went digital.”

Binders by family name

I actually might have said, earlier, that I didn’t have that many paper files.  I had a bin of 8 hanging binders that I have not added to in 6 or 7 years.  I had a file drawer of files.  And I had a growing pile about 8 inches high of paper that had been waiting for the Scansnap purchase for the last couple years.  The problem is that I had some valuable materials amidst those files but wasn’t using them, and didn’t know where they were.

For the last 5-6 years I have exclusively used digital files, and I store new documents in the file structure promptly when I return from a repository visit with photos, or access something I need online. I have these files backed up in a couple of ways.

File cabinet my husband made. The lower is for files, the top is a desk drawer/pencil drawer. The big scanner is on top of it.

Thinking about fires/floods/damage recently, and about the need to lessen the clutter, I decided to make the Scansnap purchase.  It wasn’t cheap, which is why I had debated a long time.

But the Fujitsu Scansnap ix500  has changed everything.  Imagine going anywhere, on every computer, and still having ready access to ALL your documents, pictures, books and notes.  Even on my cell phone!

The ScanSnap doesn’t take up much room when its not in use. It fits nicely on my old portable microfilm side table. View the video below to see it opened up and running.

I started digitizing everything I could find, including household papers. After I went through every notebook and piece of paper in my study, I started eying some bound materials and realized they would be more useful to me if they were searchable pdfs. Plus, I could free up some shelves. I took a box of journals to a copy shop and had the bindings chopped off.

This is a video as one volume is scanned:

Click here for video:  vimeo.com/236313111     When the video comes up, click the triangle in the lower corner to play.

I digitized the journal, and tried searching it.  It worked beautifully!  I can’t wait to digitize more.  And when I do, opening Acrobat Reader and using “Advanced Search” under the edit menu will let me search a whole folder of pdf’s at once.

Of course I still love my book scanning stand (custom made by my husband) for delicate materials – I usually use my cell phone camera for this.

The book scanning stand, made by hubs.

I’ve found Scansnap very easy to use. You open the cover, place the papers and press the button.  The software opens up automatically and the scanning starts, scanning both sides (duplexing) at once (and it immediately deletes images that it decides are blank, meaning you only get images of the BACKS of your sheets if you have content on them).  Then you save the pdf.  If you’ve set the scanner to scan to jpg, then each document shows separately in the SnapScan organizer, and you file it.  Even that is made easier with group naming.  If the papers are different sizes, as long as the tops are aligned, Scansnap seems to have no problem with that.

One feature I love is that each page is scanned to its actual size. So there would never be a need to crop or trim.  And the pages seem to scan much more straight (not skewed) than I’ve seen with any other method.  And fast?  It’s about 25 pages (back and front at once) per minute.

I’m looking forward to using the newly digitized materials more fully, now that they are with my other files.  I was actually surprised at the useful things I had buried in those paper files.

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In the Land of Cotton

A while back, I visited the Linn Henley Research Library (of the Birmingham, Alabama Public Library) for the second time.   My first visit was several years previous, and I found some things I didn’t notice the first time.  Readers may know my great-great grandmother Emma Luella Lamphere was born in Tuscaloosa around 1854, making me anxious to make use of a stay in Birmingham to learn more.

The main reference room at the Linn Henley Research Library.

The main reference room at the Linn Henley Research Library, Birmingham, Alabama.

I think the experience of visiting a repository more than once is an important one.  In this case, it had been three years between visits.  In those years I have learned more about Russell and Hannah (Andrews) Lamphere including the location of their graves, further information about some of their children, Russell’s future business activities after he left Alabama, and my hard-won determination of Hannah’s Andrews Rhode Island-based family.

What I really want to know

It’s Russell’s business dealings in Tuscaloosa that interest me most.  It’s the earliest family story that exists in my mother’s family – that he went down south, started a business, and lost it in the Civil War.

Here is the evidence I have for Russell’s career:

Early years in Norwich, Conn., as a machinist/cotton mill overseer:

  • Russell’s father left Westerly, Rhode Island by 1805 and worked in some of the early textile mills of Plainfield and Norwich, Connecticut, so Russell, born in 1817, grew up in the mill neighborhoods of Yantic Falls, Norwich.  Russell married in 1838 and appeared in the 1840 census with his wife, new son, and 3 extra adults around their age.  Clearly, he was earning a living.
  • 13 Aug 1845 – Russell and his father together gave a mortgage of $200 for property and half a house to (Russell’s brother in law) Henry Palmer in Greeneville, Conn.
  • 9 June 1847 – Russell Lamphere 2nd purchased for $545 part of the homestead of John J. Denison “a lunatic,” “on the north side of the highway leading from the Methodist Chapel to the Paper Mill Bridge” as the highest bidder at a public auction. Also on this date contracted a mortgage on the property for $400.
  • 16 Sep 1847 – the birth record in Greeneville for Russell’s daughter Caroline M. states that Russell was “overseer in cotton mill.”
  • 1850 census (Norwich, Conn.) – Russell is listed as a “Machinist” with property worth $700.  John Denison’s household is just prior to his on the list.
  • 15 May 1851  – Russell Jr “of Montville” quitclaims for $100 his rights to the property  “at the North side of the highway leading from the Methodist Chapel to the Paper Mill Bridge, at Norwich Falls” to John Eggleston.  Quitclaim means he gives up all rights to the land, whatever those rights or the value of those rights may have been.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama years of building and losing a business, and the Civil War

  • 1855 – Russell appears in the Alabama State Census in Tuscaloosa index (FamilySearch.org) as “Russell Lampkin.”
  • 6 Aug 1859 – An ad appeared for a new business (The Independent Monitor, Tuskaloosa, Ala., August 6, 1859.  Vol XXIII, No. 17, p.2):
New Firm - Murrell & Lamphere, The Independent Monitor, August 6, 1859

New Firm – Murrell & Lamphere, The Independent Monitor, August 6, 1859

  • 1860 – Russell was in the federal census in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his family.  His unreadable occupation appears as this:
The indecipherable occupation of Russell Lamphere in the 1860 census.

The indecipherable occupation of Russell Lamphere in the 1860 census.

  • 1 Feb 1861 – An ad appeared announcing the dissolution of the business due to the death of partner Wm B Murrell (Independent Monitor, The City of Tuscaloosa, Ala. February 1, 1861, Vol XXIV, No. 42, p. 2):
The Dissolution of the Lamphere and Murrell partnership, caused by the death of Wm. B Murrell. Independent Monitor, Feb 1, 1861, p. 2

The Dissolution of the Lamphere and Murrell partnership. Independent Monitor, Feb 1, 1861, p. 2

  • 28 Aug 1861 – An ad appeared for a tin shop (The Observer and Flag of Alabama, The City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Volume 15, No. 35, p1):
Tin Shop ad, The Observer, Aug 28, 1861

Tin Shop ad, The Observer, Aug 28, 1861

  • 1866 – Alabama state census White Population – Russell is head of a household of 9 in Tuscaloosa.
  • 1870 – Russell and daughter Emma (my gg-grandmother) were enumerated in Meridian, Mississippi, and he was a “machinist.”

Later career in Rhode Island as a mill overseer

  • 1875 – Rhode Island state census, in Johnston, lists Russell and family. His occupation was “Manufr. of Cotton Goods.”
  • 1878 – Providence city directory: “Lanphere, Russell, overseer, Oriental Mills”
  • Mar 17, 1879 – married Sarah Rawson, his occupation listed as “Overseer in Cotton Mill”
  • 1879 – 1885 – Connecticut Congressman John Turner Wait submits, three times, a bill for the relief of Russell Lamphere (Session 46-2 – H.R. 5889; Session 47-1 – H.R. 3223; Session 49-1 – H.R. 3182).  Any backup papers have not yet been found.
A Bill for the Relief of Russell Lamphere, filed in 1879.

A Bill for the Relief of Russell Lamphere, filed in 1879.  $50,000.  I almost fell off my chair at the Boston Public Library when I saw that.

  • 1880 – federal census in Providence, R.I., “Works in Cotton Mill.”
  • 1883 – overseer, Oriental Mills
  • 1890s through death in 1898 – mostly boarding with his children

A summary of his career

  1. Skilled with metalworking and machinery, Russell took responsible work in cotton mills when he needed a job.  My guess is that the title “overseer” was more about overseeing the machines, rather than the people, although it could have included both.
  2. Reading between the lines, and hinted by the Relief bills, I believe Russell tried to open his own cotton mill three times:
    1. 1847, at Norwich Falls, on property near the other mills that he purchased from John J Denison, which was very close to other mills. If not, he certainly was making his plans for the Tuscaloosa move, and, possibly, working with a partner to plan the move south.
    2. 1855 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I suspect the south’s growing desire by 1850 to begin processing its own cotton, and not relying on northern mills, drew Russell to Alabama some way, somehow.  I suspect this business, whatever it was, was already dissolved by 1859 when the “new firm” of metalworkers Murrell & Lamphere opened.
    3. 1875 in Johnston, Rhode Island.  This is reasonably certain because it is listed in the R.I. 1875 census.
  3. The family legend, and the size of the H.R. Relief bills, suggest that his business interests were larger than the tin shop business described in the surviving ads.

And this is where things stood as I approached the Birmingham library for the second time.

The records in Birmingham

On my first visit, I stuck with the many volumes of vital and military records that I would never have access to in New England.  Nothing much turned up back then except some compiled military listings that seemed to show that my gg-grandmother Emma Lamphere’s two brothers, Charles C. and William, served in the confederate army. A quick review turned up nothing new.

Being more experienced now, I had several ideas about how to get smaller details that might help me.

Maps

I explored the map case.  The first discovery was a map of early roads and waterways in Alabama.  Back in the book section, I also found a map of an inland journey down the Ohio River to northern Alabama taken by Juliet Bestor Coleman, a “Connecticut Yankee in Early Alabama” (Mary Morgan Ward Glass, ed., National Society for Colonial Dames in America in the State of Alabama, p. 17).  These may help me determine, someday, how my ancestors may have traveled to Tuscaloosa.

I managed to find a Sanborn map of Tuscaloosa from 1884 using web access at the library.  Before this trip, I had reviewed the historical materials I had on Tuscaloosa, in particular, The Federal Invasion of Tuscaloosa, 1865 by Thomas P. Clinton and others (Northport, Ala: American Southern, 1965).  I knew that important buildings in Tuscaloosa were burned by federal soldiers in April, 1865 in the waning days of the Civil War, including the University of Alabama and its library, also local factories, warehouses, and munitions.  So a map from 1884 may or may not reflect the Tuscaloosa of the 1850s-60s.  But I examined it closely.

Sanford map of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1884, showing one cotton mill.

Sanborn map of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1884, showing one cotton mill.

Nothing like a visual image to bring a story into focus.  There was one cotton factory in the town of Tuscaloosa in 1884.  One.  Boy, does that clarify the search a bit.  Even if, prior to the war, there were several, what I realized was that this was not a booming metropolis with dozens of cottons mills.  I learned from the Clinton essay that the cotton mill in 1865 was called “Black Warrior” (you can see on the map it borders the Black Warrior River).  I learned on this web page, Tuscaloosa Area Visual Museum, that Black Warrior was founded in 1846.  I checked several resources at the library but could not learn very much about the Black Warrior factory; I learned the names of the series of owners, and traced some biographical info on those folks, with no obvious connections to my Connecticut family.

History

To prepare for my trip I re-read the various sources of Tuscaloosa history I had found during my last trip, and a couple of books I bought since.  At the library, I examined each history book, probably much more closely than I did on my previous trip when I was still mostly interested in finding my family’s name – a practice that I have come to realize causes you to not think and reason enough, although of course it would always be lovely to find our ancestors in those index pages.

“Hard time of the severest nature prevailed in Tuscaloosa in the last days and directly after the war. Any money available was worthless Confederate currency or city change bills, equally worthless. Acorns were frequently eaten for food. … Population fell to a new low ebb in 1870 with only 1,650 residents.”  (– A History of Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1816-1949 by Ben A. Green, ed. W. Stanley Hoole and Addie S. Hoole, University, Alabama: Confederate Publishing Co, 1980).

I’ve been curious about why my family left Tuscaloosa by 1870 and briefly stayed in Meridian, Mississippi, but I think that snippet is giving me a pretty good idea of why.  If the 1870 census is right, the wife and older children were not with Russell … perhaps now I can understand why they may have been forced to live separately, perhaps just to survive.

Records

I also learned, from a microfilm copy of the 1855 state census, that Russell Lamphere headed the following household in 1855 (Department of Archives and History, Montgomery. Alabama State Census, 1855: Tuscaloosa County, p. 75, entry for Russell Lamphere):

  • White males under 21:       2
  • White males over 21:          2
  • White females under 21:    2
  • White females over 21:       2
  • Slaves:                                    1
  • Total inhabitants:                 9

Previously, I had only seen a brief listing of his name from this census. For a family that had just arrived from Connecticut a couple of years prior, it seemed astonishing to me that a slave was counted in the household. There is no way to know if the enslaved person was male or female. A perusal of the census shows a very large enslaved population in Tuscaloosa, and the next household on the page was occupied by Robert Jemison Jr. with 162 slaves.  Were the Lampheres renting on his property?  A check of Tuscaloosa deeds that I did at the Family History Library in 2015 shows no property owned by Russell.  I’m troubled that Russell and Hannah owned another human being, although possibly, they were paying for the service of a slave owned by others.  I’ve always thought of Russell as not so much a dreamer, although he had big dreams, but an ambitious schemer. One assumes he acclimated himself quickly to southern life.

Checking the “7th Floor Records Project” of the Tuscaloosa Genealogy Society for local records which are gradually being digitized (yay for those folks, what an outstanding job) and its compiled index, I found two entries for “Russell Landfier” in the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Subpoena Docket Book 10, 1854-1859, dated 19 Sep 1856 and 19 Dec 1856; both were subpoenas issued for cases involving Robert Jemison Jr.  I wonder what else I could ever learn about the case involved and Russell’s testimony, if any.

“James Goodrum vs Robert Jemison Jr.”  “139”  “4th” – not sure what those indicate.  Looks like witnesses for the defendant are James Little, Reuben Searcy, and Russell Landfier.  With thanks to the 7th Floor Records Project.

Robert Jemison Jr.

I got curious about Robert Jemison Jr (see a photo and flattering biography here) and learned that he was a local politician and business leader.  He was involved in many business ventures and, among other things, owned plantations that produced a great deal of cotton.  Could he be the person that enticed Russell Lamphere to move south and help start a cotton mill?

Mr. Jemison’s papers are housed at the University of Alabama.  I was curious if he had any correspondence with Russell and did a search.

3 letters

I found, in the University of Alabama digital archives, three items that relate to Russell Lamphere.  One was, amazingly, an 1867 letter written by Russell Lamphere.  I’m not sure of my rights to reproduce that here, so I leave the link.  Here is a transcription:

DeSoto Miss July 12/67

Hargrove & Fitts

Gents

your letter of the 2d is at hand and its contents noticed in relation to that business I left with you.  I will be perfectly satisfied with anything you think best about the Accounts.  I think they are all togeather however I will write to my wife to send the Book to you just put the thing through and I will and I will pay the bill. I do not know when I can come but if it is nessary you can drop me a line.

Yours Very Respectfully

R Lanphere

(on reverse) R. Lamphere

July 12th 1867

I also found a letter written by Mr. Jemison to Russell Lamphere.  It contained intriguing suggestions of business activities.  Surprisingly, this was from 1860 when Russell was in his Murrell & Lanphere “guttering/piping/repairing” years (see above) … any cotton mill seemed to have been left behind.  I’m confused by this; Russell didn’t have a son named Russell, and indeed the very name Lamphere seems virtually unique in Alabama in this period – there was, presumably, only one Russell Lamphere. Would he be running the cotton mill and the tin shop at the same time? Here is a transcription:

Tuskaloosa 7 January 1860

Mr. R. Landphere

D Sir

Messrs Hines and [blot] applies to me for the use of the two small lathes belonging to the Cotton Mill.  If yourself & Mr. McLester shall think you can accommodate them without prejudice to the Company’s interest I have no objection to its being done.

Very Respectfully

R. Jemison Jun

[illegible] M. Co.

Robert Jemison Jr and “Mr. McLester” ( Robert McLester?) do not immediately bring up many ties to cotton mills, but they were wealthy Tuscaloosa businessmen who could possibly have partnered with Russell Lamphere if they aspired to start a cotton mill.  I now have wonderful new clues (albeit confusing and conflicting ones) about Russell’s ties in Tuscaloosa and Mississippi.

And lastly, I found a 1980 inquiry from a descendant of Russell Lamphere’s son, Charles, that gave me some additional evidence that Charles stayed behind in Tuscaloosa and joined the Confederate Army.  More on that another time.

Lessons learned

  • Looking at the 1855 NEIGHBOR of Russell Lamphere is what led me to the University of Alabama Archives and ultimately to these letters.
  • I should have checked the University of Alabama archives website many times, not just once, years ago.  Records are being digitized all the time, and local universities have MANY archival materials relating to local residents.
  • I had used, over the years, a briefer index of the 1855 census that did not help me realize who Russell Lamphere’s neighbors and household were.
  • I have not searched hard enough for war materials relating to Charles C. Lamphere.

This feels like a huge breakthrough, to have the name of a possible business partner or colleague.  Next stop:  Learning everything possible about Robert Jemison, Jr.

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