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St. Paul's in Narragansett
Recollections of the
Jersey Prison Ship (Revolutionary War)
Old St. Paul's Church in Narragansett
The church of St. Paul's is located in the Village of Wickford at the end
of Church Lane and is better known as the Old Narragansett Church. The
Episcpal church was built in 1707.
Rectors of the Old Narragansett Church
|Isaac B. Pierce (Lay Reader)
|Lemuel Burge (Lay Reader)
|Patrick H. Folker
|John H. Rouse
|Alonzo B. Flanders
|William H. Collins
|James A Sanderson
|George J. Magill
|William W. Ayres
|Albert J. Thompson
|Frederick B. Cole
|Richard R. Graham
|H. Newman Lawrence
|Herbert J. Piper
|Harold Conant Whitmarsh
|Leonard H. Flisher
|Frederick H. Belden
List from the book, Old St. Paul's in Narraganset, by Col. Hunter
C. White, published by the Wakefield Printing Company, Wakefield, Rhode
RECOLLECTIONS OF THE JERSEY PRISON SHIP
Few names compiled for genealogical purposes by Gaytha
Wallace from RECOLLECTIONS OF THE JERSEY PRISON SHIP, written by Albert
Green, from the manuscript of Captain Thomas Dring's account as a prisoner
of war on the Jersey moored in the East River, New York, during
the Revolution. Applewood Books: Bedford Massachusetts, 1829.
Crew members of The Chance
held prisoners on the Jersey
Thomas Dring, born 3 Aug 1758, Providence, RI. Died 8 August 1825,
Thomas Dring was held as a Prison of War on the Jersey Prison
ship. The book describes in wretching detail the horrors of illness,
starvation, and brutality meted out to Americans held prisoner on The
Officers of The Chance:
Daniel Aborn, Commander, Pawtuxet, RI
John Tillinghast, 1st LT, Providence, RI
James Hawkins, 2nd LT, Providence
Sylvester Rhodes, Sailing Master, Providence
Thomas Dring, Master's Mate, Providence
Joseph Bowen, Surgeon, Providence
Robert Carver, Gunner, Providence
Joseph Arnold, Carpentar, Providence
John W. Gladding, Prize Master, Providence
Additional names mentioned:
Captain Charles Collins, Warren, RI
David Sprout, Commissary of Prisoners, American Rufugee, "universally detested
for his cruelty"
Deaths during summer of 1782
"lad named Palmer" age 12
James Mitchell of Providence, RI
Thomas Sturmey, son in law of James Mitchell, died same day as his father
Woman named as "Dame Grant" who supplied the prisoners with bread, fruit,
and sundries until her untimely death from exposure to the diseases of
A man known only as Cooper, a Virginian, who lamented about the fact that
no clergy ever visited the jersey and thus assumed a ministering persona.
Rather than the Bible, Cooper fervently read the ship's by-laws. Rejected
any title and accepted being called, "Doctor".
Young man named Lawrence, mate of ship from PA, attempted escape, captured,
brutallized and shot, left dying in the midst of prisoners.
Prisoner Nelson, one of the escapees, whereabouts unknown, Drill assumed
he was murdered.
James Pitcher, member of the Chance, successful escape. Actually
Oct 1782, Captain William Corey retrived members of the Chance from the
Jersey. 35 crew members had survived their imprisonment and were
freed that day. Forty prisoners were released. Five members
of "the Gun Room" were allowed to assume the identities of deceased crew
members and thus gained their freedom.
Last man to die: young man named Bicknell, of Barrington, RI,
died of fever within sight of his father's house. The Bicknell family
rushed to the shore only to arrive after the young man had died.
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