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More History & Names of Woonsocket outgrowth of Re: OBITUARY ARCHIVES thread

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  • mjbarnett23@ymail.com
    Lisa, Generation before him. May still search thru if come across them in a library search. Mary
    Message 1 of 14 , Mar 24, 2013
      Lisa,

      Generation before him. May still search thru if come across them in a library search.

      Mary

      --- 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,
      >
      > Lisa
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > 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
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Lisa,
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > Mary
      >
      > --- 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
      > Bellingham
      > > 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
      > in
      > > 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.
      > Nathaniel
      > > & 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
      > Re:
      > > 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.
      > It
      > > may not be of immediate help but with all the digging everyone does, at
      > some
      > > 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
      > verbose
      > > 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
      > I'd
      > > 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
      > which
      > > 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
      > are
      > > the Woonsocket Falls. The breakdown of the Native place name Woonsuskete
      > is
      > > 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
      > Comstock
      > > 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
      > Providence
      > > & west beyond Lime Rock; to a "champ" of pines known as The Keys - book
      > says
      > > 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
      > Mowry
      > > & John's nephew Nathaniel son of John's brother (unnamed in the book).
      > Inman
      > > soon - 12 Apr 1668 - disposed of 1/6 of his interest to John Steere & 1/6
      > to
      > > Thomas Walling making the original propritors of the Woonsocket land part
      > of
      > > 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
      > among
      > > Edward Inman, John & Nathaniel Mowry & Stephen Arnold, uncle of Richard
      > > Mowry. In Apr 1682, the town of Providence appointed Arthur Fenner,
      > William
      > > 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
      > end
      > > 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
      > of
      > > 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
      > River
      > > being the north west corner and from a white oak tree just south of the
      > rock
      > > on the brim of the river as a range tree following the brim of the river
      > to
      > > a walnut tree which is the north east bound of the 1000 acres; 3) 150
      > acres,
      > > 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
      > the
      > > line in the book, "For upwards of a century and a half the inhabitants of
      > > western Woonsocket participated in the annual elections of Smithfield."
      > It's
      > > 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
      > a
      > > 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
      > date
      > > 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
      > house,
      > > 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
      > or
      > > 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,
      > no
      > > children resulted from that union.
      > >
      > > John died in his 86th year in Oct 1756 and was buried in the burying
      > ground
      > > 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
      > one
      > > 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
      > original
      > > land not transferred/sold to one of his sons, was inherited by his
      > grandson
      > > 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
      > near
      > > where Arioch Comstock later built his house midway between the
      > Slatersville
      > > & Chepatchet roads. It also mentions that Arnold Paine's land would
      > > eventually become the "estates" of Willing Vose and Epherim Coe. (There
      > are
      > > 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
      > introducing
      > > 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
      > at
      > > Woonsocket, licensed Sep 1739.
      > >
      > > William Comstock, son of Hezekiah, lived in a house located at the top of
      > a
      > > 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
      > known
      > > 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
      > lost
      > > to fire sometime in the 1780's. His brother Abraham had lived on the
      > eastern
      > > slope of Logee Hill. Nor relationship to Hezekiah is mentioned so
      > apparently
      > > 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@%0b>
      > > <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net> > wrote:
      > >
      > > From: finnjordan4@ <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net>
      > > <finnjordan4@
      > <mailto:finnjordan4@%20%3cmailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net>
      > <mailto:finnjordan4%40verizon.net> >
      > > Subject: Re: Re: [RI_Ancestors] Re: WHERE TO OBTAIN BEST ACCESS TO
      > OBITUARY
      > > ARCHIVES
      > > To: RI_Ancestors@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RI_Ancestors%40yahoogroups.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
      > Attleborough
      > > 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,
      > and
      > > the now smaller Smithfield; a sliver of that partitioning was also given
      > to
      > > 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
      > Woonsocket
      > > 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
      > the
      > > 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
      > discussion
      > > 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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      > >
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