More History & Names of Woonsocket outgrowth of Re: OBITUARY ARCHIVES thread
Generation before him. May still search thru if come across them in a library search.
--- In RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com, "Lisa Lepore" <lisa.lepore2@...> wrote:
> Was your Nathaniel a Quaker, or was that the generation before him? If so,
> Quaker records might help.
> It's so difficult when you get into this time period. So much information
> was lost, or never existed in the first place.
> I have never been able to find the birth record of my 2nd great grandmother.
> Found everyone in her family except
> hers. Somewhere between Quebec and Vermont. Frustrating!
> Good luck, hope you find something new,
> From: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com [mailto:RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com] On
> Behalf Of mjbarnett23@...
> Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2013 3:58 PM
> To: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [RI_Ancestors] More History & Names of Woonsocket outgrowth of Re:
> OBITUARY ARCHIVES thread
> Thanks for that information. The Nathaniel and his children written about in
> the Bellingham Records was from the Cumberland Family.
> I knew about their efforts in Bellingham.
> He was Nathaniel son of James,b.Rehoboth, he was father of Nathaniel the 2nd
> b.Rehoboth who was father of Nathaniel III b.Cumberland 1749 who was married
> 3x had 13 children the youngest being Luke b.1806.
> I am planning to go to Smithfield and Central Falls this week if the weather
> is good. Woonsocket, has very little on the Jillsons, at last check someone
> had taken the only Jillson Book in their research library. Fortunately, the
> library does maintain quite a few old books
> from Families who have intermarried. i.e Family Ballou by Adin Ballou, Snow
> / Esty Family Genealogy, John Bartlett of Weymouth Records and more
> depending how your particular tree line branches.
> I have searched records before 1850 in every possible town in multiple
> states where Jillsons have married,had children, moved to, died and buried
> and recorded the information. Using varied spellings.
> --- In RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.com>
> , "Lisa Lepore" <lisa.lepore2@> wrote:
> > Thought I sent this last night
> > Linda's information from the RI History reminded me that part of
> > in the 1700's is Woonsocket today.
> > There is a history of Bellingham at googlebooks.com
> > http://tinyurl.com/cnqq358
> > In that book, it mentions James Jellson [Gelson] as one of the first
> > settlers of this area. He purchased land from Wamsutta which included
> > Attleboro, Cumberland, etc. in 1661. He had a son Nathaniel, who settled
> > Attleboro, but then obtained land from the
> > Bellingham proprietors. He had sons Nathaniel & Uriah. Nathaniel Jr. was a
> > large land owner in Cumberland. From
> > 1729 to 1735 there were 7 children born to Nathaniel & Uriah who are
> > recorded in Bellingham.
> > This looks like your family, or at least the earlier generations.
> > & his son Nathaniel
> > were Quakers in 1738. There is a little more information there if you have
> > a chance to read it.
> > The Vital Records of Bellingham Ma to 1850 [also called the tan books] are
> > on line here http://tinyurl.com/bmspzcj
> > There are some Jillson marriages in there as well, but not Nathaniel &
> > Chloe, so they must have been in Cumberland/Woonsocket
> > by then.
> > Lisa
> > From: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.com>
> [mailto:RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.com>
> ] On
> > Behalf Of miyukichan0987
> > Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2013 2:30 PM
> > To: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Subject: [RI_Ancestors] More History & Names of Woonsocket outgrowth of
> > OBITUARY ARCHIVES thread
> > Since the Wikipedia entries are created by folks like you & I working from
> > the resources they have access to, I though I'd see what that 1878 RI
> > History had to say about Woonsocket to add to what you've already posted.
> > may not be of immediate help but with all the digging everyone does, at
> > point it may be of use for someone.
> > This turns out to be part georgraphy & part genealogy as do most of the
> > place histories in this history book. The place histories can be pretty
> > convoluted as written in the history book but I'll extract from the
> > Victorian language of the day, the names & essentials which hopefully will
> > add to someone's research. And as with any of these old histories, those
> > mentioned as those that the authors of the time thought most prominent
> > and/or important.
> > The book is by city/town with each getting it's own separate chapter.
> > Unfortunately, the book is heavy and much larger than my scanner bed or
> > scan the sections & add them to our files & databases as each chapter
> > mentions names of those promenant in the history of each place as well as
> > civic organizations, churches, taverns and inns, roads/turnpikes, &
> > industries.
> > The history explains that long before the settlement of Smithfield by the
> > Europeans, the Natives had divided the area up into three segments:
> > Greenville (in present Smithfield on Rt. 44) and the surrounding area
> > they called Wankheege; the area of and around Lime Rock (in present day
> > Lincoln) which they called Louisquesit; and the area around the
> > present(1878) area of Woonsocket village which they called Woonesuskete.
> > As many know who've researched the area for awhile, water power and the
> > rivers that provided it were the engine that drove the development of the
> > area from agriculture to that of mills. And in the center of Woonsocket
> > the Woonsocket Falls. The breakdown of the Native place name Woonsuskete
> > given as "Woon" having the meaning of thunder and "suskete" meaning
> > mist/spray so they obviously named the area after the Falls.
> > The history goes on to name the first European settlers of Woonsocket as
> > Capt. Richard Arnold who settled along the river and Ensign Samuel
> > who settled in the area that would become Union Village. Arnold & Comstock
> > were granted title to their holdings 14 Apr 1707 long after they'd settled
> > in the area.
> > There's a bit of genealogy with names, places & some dates woven into the
> > place history & I'll try to separate it out some; it gets pretty darn
> > confusing at some points the way it's written.
> > Now then.....
> > The area that Arnold & Comstock settled was part of a larger whole abt. a
> > mile in width with bounds being a sawmill at Wionkhege; on the south
> > Loqueesit - a tract that extended from Manville, south into North
> > & west beyond Lime Rock; to a "champ" of pines known as The Keys - book
> > this was in the area of Stillwater which is a mill village in Smithfield
> > just off Rt. 104/Farnum Pike; and the Indian field at Wessukkuttomsuk Hill
> > which the book locates as being near (1878) Crook Falls Brook aka Crooked
> > River. Within these bound were western Woonsocket, Union Village(now in
> > North Smithfield), Slatersville(now in North Smithfield) & the area around
> > Woonsocket Hill.
> > The original propritors of this land deeded 14 May 1666 by William Minnion
> > of Punskepege in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, were Edward Inman, John
> > & John's nephew Nathaniel son of John's brother (unnamed in the book).
> > soon - 12 Apr 1668 - disposed of 1/6 of his interest to John Steere & 1/6
> > Thomas Walling making the original propritors of the Woonsocket land part
> > which Arnold & Comstock then settled being: Edward Inman, John Mowry,
> > Nathaniel Mowry, John Steere & Thomas Walling.
> > In the years following further transfers were made to men named Blackmore,
> > Bucklin, Phillips, Balkcolm & unspecified others. Land disputes arose
> > Edward Inman, John & Nathaniel Mowry & Stephen Arnold, uncle of Richard
> > Mowry. In Apr 1682, the town of Providence appointed Arthur Fenner,
> > Hopkins, John Whipple, Jr. & Thomas Angell, Jr. to set the bounds of the
> > tract & settle the differences of the proprietors.
> > Bounds were set as: 1) 2350 acres"lieth" north & west across the eastern
> > of the tract part bording on the Pawtucket River and a part on the small
> > stream called Wasquadomsett; 2) 1000 acres at Wansauket Hill beginning at
> > the south end of the hill, running north to the Pawtucket - the north end
> > the tract bordering on "said river", the south east corner bounded with a
> > snag tree & west from the snag tree to a low rock which is the southwest
> > corner; from "said rock" north to a big rock standing in the Pawtucket
> > being the north west corner and from a white oak tree just south of the
> > on the brim of the river as a range tree following the brim of the river
> > a walnut tree which is the north east bound of the 1000 acres; 3) 150
> > four square, where once James Blackmore's house stood in the middle.
> > According to the history, the town of Woonsocket originally formed part of
> > Cumberland and by an act of the General Assembly 31 Jan 1867 became a
> > separate town. Then in Mar 1871, a portion of Smithfield was annexed to
> > Woonsocket. A clue to what part of Woonsocket came from Smithfield is in
> > line in the book, "For upwards of a century and a half the inhabitants of
> > western Woonsocket participated in the annual elections of Smithfield."
> > to be noted here that Smithfield was set off from Providence in 1731 so
> > presumably theat 150 yr time period starts abt. 1731 when Smithfield came
> > into being.
> > Of Richard Arnold the book says that he & his family owned a large tract
> > around the "Falls" so from this one could conclude that he settled in the
> > area that would eventally become the heart of the city of Woonsocket where
> > the Falls still exist albet with some modern flood controls in place.
> > Specifics for Arnold are given as d. 22 Apr 1710 in his 68th year leaving
> > wife & children Richard, John, Thomas & Mary. He left a will dividing his
> > holdings between Richard & John. Richard got the half starting at Union
> > Village and extending westward whild John got the half starting at Union
> > Village and extenting eastward and included what became Globe village. The
> > history doesn't say anything about Thomas or Mary.
> > In 1878, part of the house of Richard, Jr. was still standing & said to
> > to 1690. Richard Jr's homestead was, in 1878 the property of Albert Mowry.
> > More is said re: John Arnold & who followed him.
> > His original house was demolished and he replaced it in 1712 with new
> > still standing in 1878, on Providence St. Most of his land that he'd
> > inherited had, by the time of his death in 1756, either been transferred
> > sold to his sons: William, John, Israel, Daniel, Anthony & Seth.
> > Further genealogy is given for John as he'd married first Mary Mowry,
> > daughter of Nathaniel Mowry & had 10 children by her. In addition to the
> > sons already named there were daughters Anne, Mary, Susanna & Abigail.
> > Wife Mary died in Jan 1742 and John next married Hannah Hayward however,
> > children resulted from that union.
> > John died in his 86th year in Oct 1756 and was buried in the burying
> > on what by 1878 was the Vose Farm in Globe Village. The history mentions
> > that John held positions of trust in his community and was thought to be
> > of the organizers of the Society of Friends in northern RI and had built
> > their first meeting house in Woonsocket.
> > At his death, John's homestead farm, apparently that portion of his
> > land not transferred/sold to one of his sons, was inherited by his
> > Arnold Paine, son of John's daughter Anne. In regard to Arnold Paine, the
> > history mentions that his uncle was Samuel Comstock whose had had been
> > where Arioch Comstock later built his house midway between the
> > & Chepatchet roads. It also mentions that Arnold Paine's land would
> > eventually become the "estates" of Willing Vose and Epherim Coe. (There
> > a Vose Florist in Cumberland & Vose Hardware in Woonsocket. I always
> > wondered about the name; never knew it went back this far in RI history)
> > Nothing is mentioned as to which of Anne Arnold Paine's sisters married
> > Samuel Comstock or if this Samuel was related to the Samuel who had
> > originally settled with Richard Arnold but the history then goes on to
> > mention Hezekiah Comstock, a cousin of Arnold Paine as a way of
> > Hezekiah's sons & some nieces/nephews and where all of those lived.
> > Patience, niece of Hezekiah & widow of Joseph Arnold, kept the tavern at
> > Woonsocket Crossroads which had been licensed in Nov 1733 to her late
> > husband. Almost opposite this, lived their son Daniel.
> > Thomas Arnold, nephew of Hezekiah & brother of Joseph, also kept a tavern
> > Woonsocket, licensed Sep 1739.
> > William Comstock, son of Hezekiah, lived in a house located at the top of
> > hill behind the Globe Bank building.
> > Seth Comstock, son of Hezekiah, had his house which had in 1878 recently
> > been taken down, located behind the Globe store.
> > Moses Arnold, grandson of Hezekiah, lived in the vicinity of the area
> > as Monument Square.
> > Woodward Arnold, nephew of Hezekiah, lived near Woonsocket Hill but had
> > moved & Nathan Staples became the next resident.
> > Philip Logee lived lived on the summit of Logee Hill but his house was
> > to fire sometime in the 1780's. His brother Abraham had lived on the
> > slope of Logee Hill. Nor relationship to Hezekiah is mentioned so
> > the history book was done with Hezekiah & his kin & starting a new, short
> > thread with Philip Logee.
> > The area of Logee Hill was once part of Edward Inman's holdings. It then
> > passed to William Sprague, then to Richard Aldrich who purchased it 18 Jan
> > 1714/15 for £18; then Joseph Cooke bought it 26 Nov 1727 for £200 and
> > finally Abraham Logee bought it for 23 Jun 1729 for £220.
> > From this point, the book is done with the early history & starts getting
> > into the mills, taverns & inns, banks, stages & stage routes, etc.
> > If you got this far through this, hope maybe you found something of
> > interest.
> > Linda
> > --- On Fri, 3/22/13, finnjordan4@
> > <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net> <finnjordan4@
> > <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net> > wrote:
> > From: finnjordan4@ <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net>
> > <finnjordan4@
> <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net> >
> > Subject: Re: Re: [RI_Ancestors] Re: WHERE TO OBTAIN BEST ACCESS TO
> > ARCHIVES
> > To: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Date: Friday, March 22, 2013, 4:16 PM
> > Wickipedia states Woon Falls Village founded in 1820. As a town, Woon was
> > est. 1867 and incorporated in 1888.
> > On 03/22/13, Linda Peloquin wrote:
> > Just wanted to interject here that a small portion of Woonsocket was
> > originally part of Smithfield. And Cumberland was once known as
> > Gore & was a part of Rehoboth.
> > When the partition of Smithfield took place in 1871 creating the new towns
> > of North Smithfield, Lincoln - which included up to 1898, Central Falls,
> > the now smaller Smithfield; a sliver of that partitioning was also given
> > the City of Woonsocket.
> > I've never seen a map of what part of the original Smithfield was given to
> > Woonsocket but maybe some of you Jillsons were in that portion of
> > that came from Smithfield. All I have is a History of RI published in 1878
> > which is how I knew of the partitioning of Smithfield.
> > The section in this old history book on Cumberland also mentions that
> > originally Cumberland as well as Pawtucket, Attleboro & most of Seekonk as
> > well as that section of Swanzey & Barrington known as Wannamoisett were
> > town of Rehoboth, MA.
> > 3 purchases of land from the Natives made up this Rehoboth. Attleboro &
> > Cumberland made up the last purchase known as the North Purchase. In case
> > you run across the place Attleborough Gore that was located within the
> > portion that eventually became Cumberland.
> > 1694 - The North Purchase is incorporated & takes the name Attleborough.
> > 1746 - Division of Attleborough begins with the section know as "The Gore"
> > or "Attleborough Gore" being partitioned off and becoming Cumberland.
> > There were further partitionings of Attleborough creating Pawtucket (which
> > also acquired a portion of the original town of North Providence), and
> > Seekonk along with a smaller Attleborough/Attleboro. but for this
> > the Cumberland split/creation is the one we're interested in.
> > At this point in the discussion, I can't remember what you said you've
> > checked & not checked. Have you checked the old Smithfield records at
> > Central Falls for the portion that was annexed to Woonsocket? How about
> > Rehoboth or Attleboro?
> > Linda
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