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Divorce has been granted by the Rhode Island courts, and the governing bodies that preceded the court system, since the beginning of Rhode Island’s history.

Statistics on divorce

In 1896, statistics were published about divorces in the period 1869-1894. The Forty-second Report Relating to the Registry and Return of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, and of Divorce, in the State of Rhode Island for the Year Ending December 31, 1894, prepared by Gardner T. Swarts, M.D., (Providence: E.L. Freeman, 1896) devoted 6 pages to statistics on divorces applied for and granted in Rhode Island. No names are included.

As of 1894, divorce could be granted by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island for the following reasons (p. 144):

  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Willful desertion of five years for either of the parties, or for a shorter period, in the discretion of the court
  • Continued drunkenness
  • Neglect or refusal to provide necessaries (having ability) for the subsistence of a wife
  • Gross misbehavior and wickedness other than the aforesaid
  • Impotency

The book explains the portions of the marriage laws that, if disobeyed, would also invalidate a marriage (p. 144):

Divorces were also decreed, or marriages set aside, in the discretion of the court, for ascertained affinity, consanguinity, idiocy, insanity, penitentiary crimes, and bigamous or otherwise illegal marriage.

The following were the “causes alleged” in divorce filings in 1894 (note each case may contain more than one cause):

Causes alleged for divorce applications, 1894 (p. 145)

The numbers of divorce filings and outcomes in the period 1873-1894 ranged from 261 applications in 1873 to 506 in 1894, during a time of significant population growth. In that period, 7,222 applications were made, and 5,350 divorces were granted. The population at this time was topping 400,000.

Divorces applied for, granted, and refused, continued or withdrawn, 1873-1894 (p. 146)

Similar reports were published every year, although 1894 is the first year that contains specific pages about divorce. To see all statistical reports 1853 – 1937, visit Hathitrust.org. These do not contain names of individuals, but contain a lot of helpful data for understanding the communities of our ancestors, like occupations of men at the time of marriage, religions of those being married, ages at marriage. Seeing how many brides and grooms signed their name with a mark can highlight the growth of literacy in Rhode Island. There were even statistics on the churches most likely to perform a marriage for a previously divorced person. Causes of death, ages at death, and nativity of parents of those marrying also indicate trends that our ancestors were a part of.

Finding divorce records

If you believe your ancestors may have been among those numbers prior to 1900, you can try requesting a record from the Rhode Island Supreme Judicial Records Center:

Link to request form, Supreme Judicial Archives, Rhode Island. If the form doesn’t work try sending the same information in email to archives@courts.ri.gov .

They do not hold every county’s records, particularly after 1900, but you can try.

Although nothing in the archives is generally accessible by the public (must be shown by request), they have a Divorce index for Providence County, 1840-1905, which they can use for a quick look up. If found, the entry will indicate where the outcome of the case is recorded. There may also be a packet of papers. Other holdings will vary from county to county, during different time periods.

Sample page from the Providence County divorce index, Supreme Judicial Archives, Rhode Island
Label for the Providence divorce index book. Nothing fancy, but a valuable book.
Typically the packet of loose papers contains sworn affidavits of friends and relatives about the case. It may also contain a marriage certificate.
R.I. Judicial Records Center

Another resource for Kent County divorce records is the article by Katherine Bruce and Violet E. Kettelle, “Kent County Divorces from Court Records,” Rhode Island Roots, Vol. 14, No, 2 (June 1988) – the link will download the pdf copy. Rhode Island Roots editor Cherry Bamberg has granted permission to link the article itself here. One note, it refers to records at Providence College, but these days, those are contained in the Judicial Records Center. For other helpful content on all areas of Rhode Island genealogy, Rhode Island Genealogical Society members have access to ALL issues online; others can link to the older issues through the RI Genealogical Society website.

Of the other New England states, Massachusetts appeared to have the lowest level of divorce in these years of the late 1800’s, so always consider the possibility that a Massachusetts marriage may have ended with residence, however briefly, in nearby Rhode Island towns (see chart, page 149).

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Recently, I discovered that the pages of the Rhode Island portion of the federal 1820 Census of Manufactures have been made available on FamilySearch.org.  The same content for Connecticut and Massachusetts is also online.

Manufacturing in 1820

I’d like to review the state of manufacturing and then explain why I believe this will be very helpful in finding your ancestors.

After the Revolutionary War ended in the 1780’s, the U.S. was anxious to reduce its dependence on British imports which had been, prior to the war, imposed on them by law. Manufacturing of cotton and wool threads and fabrics began at about the same time that the rocky, inadequate farmlands of southeastern New England could no longer support growing families. Younger generations of farmers either fled to states north and west for better farmland, or took on work in nearby manufacturing, sometimes by performing piecework at home, sometimes by reporting for work onsite. This transition occurred over the period of, say, 1790 to 1840. After 1850, the expansion of mills in both size and number tended to be supported more by immigrant labor than by labor pulled from New England’s farms.

The machinery needed for large-scale manufacture of thread and fabric had been duplicated from machinery in use in England in the 1780’s by Samuel Slater and his partners in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (see more here). The invention of the cotton gin in the south in 1793 led to a boom in cotton production and popularity. Slater Mill was quickly followed by an explosion of new mills, small at first, which began cropping up along New England’s waterways … even a very minor river might be made to provide enough water power for a mill. In Rhode Island, in addition to textile manufacture, the manufacture of the machinery itself also became an important industry.

The federal 1820 Census of Manufactures was taken at a disastrous time for New England manufacturing. Embargoes of British manufactured goods put in place during the War of 1812 had led to booming times for New England manufacturing (since there was no competition with British goods) followed by a bust in the second half of the 1810’s when the embargoes had been lifted and cheaper, higher quality European goods flooded back into the market.  By the time of the 1820 federal census, the federal government was desperate for facts and figures on the stalled manufacturing sector, perhaps hoping that some solution could be found.

Imagine the job of the poor census taker in 1820, forced to approach every manufacturing business in his territory and inquire about how much they were producing, how business was going, how much equipment they owned, and what their financial situation was. In virtually every case they were met with anger, hopelessness and glorious tales of times gone by, no longer really relevant to the job of collecting data on today’s business. So the data collected was spotty, and sometimes reported on businesses which were actually closed down.

Why this is important

There are three major takeaways for genealogists from this census, explained further in the paragraphs that follow:

  1. Since the 1820 Federal Census population schedule (the “normal” census, not this special schedule) reports on the number of household members engaged in Manufactures, that should tip you off to whether your family was working in a mill.
  2. Many Rhode Island children worked in mills in 1820. The idea of child labor was carried over from the farms; children would have worked there, and when the family went to mill work, it was natural for the children to play a role. I think few genealogists really consider this reality.
  3. In the period 1800-1850 many individuals moved from a Rhode Island farm to a nearby village with a mill. If we continue to look for them in the town where the family farm had been, we will miss a lot.

1820 Census of Manufactures

First, here is access to the 1820 Census of Manufactures.  Each surviving sheet is available on FamilySearch.org.  It is not particularly easy to use, so give yourself some time to adjust to what you’re seeing.

  • On FamilySearch.org, the link for the digitized 1820 census of manufactures. Look for the second entry on the page,
    “Schedules for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.” Massachusetts comes first on the images; Rhode Island starts on image 469 of 770.
  • A pdf Name Index of Rhode Island manufacturers – note that some names on here will refer to the Agricultural manufacturing lists submitted by some of the towns. The page number refers to the “page” or numbered form from the collection.
  • A pdf Summary Digest of the data for Rhode Island, divided by county and subdivided somewhat by industry shows some manufacturing data and shows the numbers of men, women and children employed.

Here is a typical census page: a report of the “Natick Turnpike Manufacturing Company” in Warwick, found on page 103. Note that these standard questions were used for all entries, although in some cases the form was copied into handwriting.

 

Next, let’s review those three points.

1820 Federal Census

Mills could be in any town since the requirement was an appropriate water source. They were sometimes in areas that would be considered rural and sometimes in large towns like Pawtucket and Providence. Because of the boom-and-bust nature of the early mills, owners may have retired to a life of obscurity after 1820.

To check out an ancestor’s source of income in 1820, consult the regular (population schedule) 1820 federal census. Each page actually is a two-page spread. Look for the following columns (image below) in between the Free White Females columns and the Slave columns. The columns report the number of persons in the household engaged in Agriculture, the number in Commerce, and the number in Agriculture.  While most farms had side businesses and specific skills being offered, most of that would be attributed to agriculture.  Seeing it attributed to manufactures shows you that the household was doing more than making sides of beef and wheels of cheese – maybe they were making shoes in the winter or, year-round, sending family members to a local mill for work or doing piecework within the house for goods needed at a nearby mill.

This snippet of information would not tell us what the particular line of work was, but that’s where the Census of Manufactures comes in.  You can look for the particular town to see if any businesses were reported.

Children worked in mills in 1820

Using the “Digest” pages, a quick calculation shows the following numbers of individuals employed statewide in manufacturing:

  • Men:  655
  • Women:  742
  • Boys & girls:  1381

I have searched in many places for a definition of “boys & girls.”  I find no surviving instructions for this section.  My guess, and it is really just a guess, is that a man was 18 or over.  A woman was 18 or over, and most likely not married since some listings referred to them as “young women” and some as “marriageable” women.  Which would mean a boy or girl was 17 or younger.  There’s always a possibility boy and girl meant 16 and under because many children worked from a very young age. If someone has better evidence about this I would love to have it here in the comments for readers to see.

Mostly, I think we need to get our heads around the fact that children from as early an age as possible worked, if not in official jobs then around their farms, or were “bound out” to work outside their family.  Public education in Rhode Island was not too bad in cities, but quite behind in more rural areas. There were numerous private schools around the state which obviously would never serve mill workers.

Most Rhode Island mill workers were living with their families, but some lived in boarding houses or with relatives because few people had transportation to a mill; they needed to live nearby. This became more true as time went by and the mill buildings got larger; the idea of placing “piecework” in households became less common, and reporting daily to the mill became more common.

The migration to mill villages

By 1820 the growing mill towns that attracted Rhode Islanders were Providence, Pawtucket, Warwick (especially the area that became West Warwick), Norwich, CT, and nearby Fall River (Troy) MA (which fell at various times in Rhode Island and Massachusetts). But almost any area could, and did, have mills. Check out your location of interest in the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission guides to historic architecture and resources around the state. They provide village-by-village guidance and maps for the changing landscape of each town.

 

The bad news is, moving from farms to industrial jobs meant that property was, in many cases, no longer owned; our ancestors became renters. Industrial depressions and crises kept their incomes unstable. As a result, deeds and probate tend not to exist for the mill folks.

Genealogists should widen the scope of records searching to areas surrounding the town where their ancestors spent the 1700’s. To the extent possible, do statewide searches for vital records. Places of burial became more scattered as the families no longer owned the family farm, and would bury their loved ones in the new village where they resided. Newspapers might ignore those new to town. Note that the state census of 1865 reports a Rhode Island town of birth for each person enumerated.

In closing

I hope this census might prove helpful to those with early Rhode Island roots, and help them imagine the many changes faced by their ancestors in the early 1800’s.

Illustrations in this post are taken from Robert Grieve and John P. Ferland, The Cotton Centennial, 1790-1890 (Providence: Reid, 1891).

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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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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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