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Kate Chase, Mrs. William Sprague

There was a name in America a little more than a generation ago that possessed a power amounting almost to enchantment, the name of Kate Chase, a woman who holds a unique place in both the political and social history of this century. The story of her life, between the high lights of its early days and the shadows in which it closed, presents a peculiar succession of superlatives. There stands forth, however, through all its changes, one unvarying dominant feature which must strike us at once, whether we approach it in the spirit of a student or actuated merely by a passing curiosity: her absolute devotion to her father. Through our knowledge of him, therefore, we may, in a measure, penetrate those mists in which she is enveloped by the divided opinion of a public, some of whom loved and idealized her as a social divinity, while others hated and maligned her as an opposing political force. Thus may we reach some just valuation of a character that with its man’s virility and woman’s delicacy was in itself singularly enigmatical, of its incentives and ideals, and, indirectly, therefore, of the failure and disappointments which have left their indelible stamp upon the life of Kate Chase. In her father, profoundly cultured and endowed with inexhaustible intellectual resources, she found the complete realization of her most exalted conception. She well knew the tenderness of the heart, the sensitiveness of the nature; he carried beneath that superb exterior of majestic and unapproachable dignity. She lived in close communion with the man, the angry rebuke of whose eye, says one of his...

Rhode Island Genealogy at Ancestry

Ancestry is the largest provider of genealogy data online. The billions of records they provide have advanced genealogy online beyond imagination just a decade ago. The following is but a small sample of what they provide for Rhode Island genealogy at Ancestry. While some of these databases are free, many require a subscription. You can try a 14 day free trial and see if you can find any of your Rhode Island genealogy at Ancestry! Rhode Island Genealogy Databases – Subscription May be Required Ancestry Free Trial Statewide Genealogy Additions and corrections to the first series of Rhode Island historical tracts : with an index to the same. An account of the churches in Rhode Island Bibliography of Rhode Island : a catalogue of books and other publications relating to the state of Rhode Island, with notes, h Bibliography of Rhode Island history Biographical encyclopaedia of Connecticut and Rhode Island of the nineteenth century Directory of churches and religious organizations of Rhode Island Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Vol. I Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Vol. II Gleanings from the judicial history of Rhode Island Industries and wealth of the principal points in Rhode Island Inventory of the town and city archives of Rhode Island Inventory of the town and city archives of Rhode Island Memoir concerning the French settlements and French settlers in the colony of Rhode Island Memoirs of the Rhode Island bar Men of progress : biographical sketches and portraits of leaders in business and professional life in the state of Rhode Island Negroes on the island of Rhode Island Officers, boards and commissions of Rhode Island Official...

Biographical Sketch of Samuel Cropper

Samuel Cropper was born near Manchester, England, May 12, 1831. His parents were Benjamin and Mary Cropper, also natives of England. He received his education and grew to manhood in his native country, and emigrated to the United States in May, 1853, locating in Rhode Island, where he learned the art of photographing. He has since spent some time in various States of the Union, engaged at his trade. He located in Jamesport in 1875 and has since erected a commodious gallery and built up a good patronage. Mr. Cropper was married in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, October 5, 1853, to Miss Jane, daughter of Mark and Jane Broadbent, all natives of England. The issue of this marriage is four children living: Elizabeth A., Albert W., Samuel B., and Jennie A. Mr. Cropper is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and I. O. O. F. He is Republican in politics, a good artist, and popular...

Rhode Island World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Rhode Island World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 Rhode Island Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 482 Prison Camp 6 Missing 0 Wounded 492 Released Prisoners 14 Total 994 Rhode Island World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List – B Surnames Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List – C Surnames Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List – D Surnames Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List – E Surnames Rhode Island WW2 NMCG Casualty List –...

Bakers in the American Revolution

Officers of the Continental Army Amos Baker (Conn.). Surgeon’s Mate of Bradley’s Connecticut State Regiment, May to December, 1776. David (N. J.). 1st Lieutenant of Spencer’s Continental Regiment, 1st May, 1777; resigned 6th April, 1778. David (Mass.). Private in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; Sergeant of Heath’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; Sergeant 24th Continental Infantry, 1st January, 1776; 2d Lieutenant, 8th October, 1776; 1st Lieutenant 9th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; resigned 28th December, 1777. Henry (Md.). 2d Lieutenant 5th Maryland, Ist August, 1781; transferred to 2d Maryland, 1st January, 1783; retained in Maryland Battalion, April, 1783, and served to 15th November, 1783. Hugh (Pa.). Lieutenant Pennsylvania Militia, ; was a prisoner in 1780. James (Pa ). 3d Lieutenant 1st Pennsylvania Battalion of the Flying Camp, July to December, 1776. (Name also spelled Barker.) James (Va.). Ensign; killed at Stony Point 1st June, 1779. Jesse (S. C.). 1st Lieutenant 2d South Carolina, – January, 1777; Captain, 2d October, 1778; was in 3d South Carolina in May, 1780; taken prisoner at Charleston 12th May, 1780. John (Ga.). Captain Georgia Riflemen, 8th January, 1776; Colonel Georgia Militia; wounded at Bull Swamp 8th November, 1778, and was in service to January, 1783. John (Mass.). Captain of Little’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; Captain 12th Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776. John (Mass.). 1st Lieutenant of Baldwin’s Artillery Artificer Regiment, 18th February, 1778. John (Mass.). Lieutenant of Colonel W. R. Lee’s Continental Regiment Ist July, 1777; resigned 1st March, 1779. John, Jr. (Mass.). Sergeant in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; Captain in Gerrish’s Massachusetts Regiment, April to December, 1775. John, Jr....

King Philip’s War Records

King Philip’s war was the most devastating war between the colonists and the Indians in New England. The war is named for King Philip, the son of Massasoit and chief of the Wampanoag. His Wampanoag name was Metacom, Metacomet, or Pometacom. Upon the death of his brother, Alexander (Wamsutta), whom the Indians suspected the English of murdering, Philip became sachem and maintained peace with the colonists for a number of years. Hostility developed over the steady succession of land sales forced on the Indians by their growing dependence on English goods. The Wampanoag were joined by the Nipmuck and by the Narragansett, and soon all the New England colonies were involved in the war. Philip’s cause began to decline after he made a long journey west in an unsuccessful attempt to secure aid from the Mohawk. In 1676 the Narragansett were completely defeated and their chief, Canonchet, was killed in April of that year; the Wampanoag and Nipmuck were gradually subdued. Philip’s wife and son were captured, and he was killed (Aug., 1676) by an Indian in the service of Capt. Benjamin Church after his hiding place at Mt. Hope (Bristol, R.I.) was betrayed. 1675-1676 History of King Philip’s War Treaty signed at Casco Bay 1726 (starts on page 4) King Philip’s Views Of The English (hosted at Mayflower Families) King Philip’s Ancestry Quaboag Plantation (hosted at Dianne Elizabeth’s Family History) King Philip’s War (hosted at Wikipedia) King Philip’s War (hosted at Pilgrim Hall) Images of King Philip’s War Timeline King Philip’s War People The Rutledge Family Association (hosted at The Rutledge Family Association) Mary Rowlandson, Captive (hosted at...

Rhode Island County Courthouse Addresses

Division of Vital Records Rhode Island Department of Health 3 Capitol Hill, Room 101 Providence, RI 02908-5097 Bristol County 1 Dorrance Plaza Bristol, RI 02809 (508) 823-6588 Providence County 250 Benefit Providence, RI 02903-2719 (401) 277-6710 Kent County 222 Quaker Lane East Greenwich, RI 02818 (401) 841-8350 Washington County 4800 Tower Hill Road Wakefield, RI 02879 (401) 841-8350 Newport County Washington Square Newport, RI 02840 (401) 841-8350 . Towns and Cities Barrington Town Clerk 283 County Road Barrington, RI 02806 (401) 247-1900 New Shoreham Town Clerk P.O. Box Drawer 220 Old Town Rd Block Island, RI 02807 (401) 466-3200 Bristol Town Clerk 10 Court St Bristol, RI 02809 (401) 253-7000 Newport Town Clerk 43 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 (401) 846-9600 Burrillville Town Clerk 70 Main Street Harrisville, RI 02830 (401) 568-4300 North Kingstown Town Administrator 80 Boston Neck Rd Wickford, RI 02852 (401) 294-3331 Central Falls Town Clerk 580 Broad Street Central Falls, RI 02863 (401) 727-7400 North Providence Town Clerk City Hall, 2008 Smith St N. Providence, RI 02911 (401) 232-0900 Charlestown Town Clerk P.O. Box 849 4540 South County Trl Charlestown, RI 02813 (401) 364-1200 North Smithfield Town Clerk 1 Main St Slatersville, RI 02876 (401) 767-2200 Coventry Town Clerk 1670 Flat River Rd Coventry, RI 02816 (401) 822-9173 Pawtucket City Clerk City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 728-0500 Cranston City Clerk City Hall, 869 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 (401) 461-1000 Portsmouth Town Clerk 2200 E. Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 02871 (401) 683-4087 Cumberland Town Clerk 45 Broad St Cumberland, RI 02864 (401) 728-2400 Providence Town Clerk 25 Dorrance St Providence, RI 02903...

Rhode Island Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking. Division of Vital Records Rhode Island Department of Health 3 Capitol Hill, Room 101 Providence, RI 02908-5097 State office keeps birth and marriage records for 100 years and keeps death records for 50 years. For earlier records, write to the city/town clerk where the event occurred or to the Rhode Island State Archives, 337Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are$10.00 each. Money order should be made payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (401) 277-2811. This will be a recorded message. Birth  $15.00  1899 to present Death$15.00 1949 to present Divorce  $3.00 Clerk of Family Court 1 Dorrance Plaza Providence, RI 02903 Marriage  $15.00 Ancestry.com – Rhode Island Births, 1636-1930 Rhode Island Marriages, 1636-1930 – This collection contains records from the following locations: Providence Births 1636-1920, Providence Marriages 1851-1920, Providence Deaths 1636-1930, Bristol County – Barrington, Bristol, and Warren, Kent County – Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, and West Greenwich, Washington County – Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, and Westerly. Rhode Island State...

King Philip’s War

The events of which we shall now proceed to give a brief synopsis, were of more momentous interest, and fraught with more deadly peril to the New England colonies, than aught that had preceded them. The wild inhabitants of the forest had now become far more dangerous opponents than when they relied upon their rude flint-headed arrows, or heavy stone tomahawks, as the only efficient weapons of offense. Governor Bradford, many years before the breaking out of the hostilities which we are about to detail, had given a graphic description of the effect produced upon their deportment and self-confidence by the introduction of European weapons. We quote from Bradford s verse, as rendered in prose in the appendix to Davis edition of the New England Memorial. “These fierce natives,” says he, “are now so furnished with guns and muskets, and are so skilled in them, that they keep the English in awe, and give the law to them when they please; and of powder and shot they have such abundance that sometimes they refuse to buy more. Flints, screw-plates, and moulds for all sorts of shot they have, and skill how to use them. They can mend and new stock their pieces as well, almost, as an Englishman.” He describes the advantages which they thus obtained over the whites in the pursuit of game; their own consciousness of power, and boasts that they could, when they pleased, “drive away the English, or kill them;” and finally breaks out into bitter upbraiding against the folly and covetousness of the traders who had supplied them with arms. His forebodings were truly...
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