Newport County, Rhode Island
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Posted Queries for Newport County, RI
           July 2004 thru January 2005

Researcher: Robert A. Heber
Date posted: Sunday, July 4, 2004

WOOD, Mary Own sampler made by subject in 1736. Born 1724. Sampler traced to Newport, RI, by design. She is my X? greatgrandmother through CORLIES. Unfortunately I am at a dead end at my g grandmother's parents (my gg grandparents) George and Elizabeth CORLIES. From notes on back of sampler, Mary WOOD is grandmother of George (D) Corlies. I find George D. Corlies in Pickaway Co. OH in 1880 census but nothing before or after. Other family notes indicate George born in NY and his child Abbie Rose CORLIES born in Meadville, PA. Would appreciate any help offered.

Researcher: Richard Smith
Date posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

Deborah DWELLEY was born at Tiverton, RI 30 Aug 1788, the daughter of Pearce Dwelley and Hope (?). Could she be the Deborah DWELLEY who married Nathaniel Morten RIDLEY in the Second Baptist Church at Boston, MA 31 Mar 1811? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: pegg gardner
Date posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

I'm looking for any information regarding Elizabeth BRINDLEY {BRISELEY], or family, who married Rev. William DAVIS in 1685. She was born in R.I. [believed to be Newport] in 1670.

Researcher: Ev Seitz
Date posted: Monday, July 26, 2004

Seeking any information on Joseph SOUSA/SOUZA est. b. 1876 in Portugal; his wife Emma SOUSA/SOUZA est. b. 1880 in Portugal; their sons, Manuel est. b. 1898 in MA, and John R. est. b. 1910 in RI. Family lived in Newport, Newport County, RI during 1920s and 1930s according to census records and Newport city directories. Joseph SOUSA/SOUZA was a blacksmith in shipyard,and Manuel SOUSA/SOUZA was a boilermaker at a shipyard. John R. SOUSA/SOUZA, also, worked as a boilermaker. Joseph and Emma's daughter Marie Helen, b. 1903, married Lloyd V. LAVALLEY. I am doing research for Marie Helen and Lloyd's daughters.

Researcher: Lynne Roberts
Date posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2004

HAMMOND (Edward, Zenas, Moses, John); PECKHAM, THURSTON - am researching Hammonds - line that came from Barnstable, MA in the 18th century and settled in Newport. Moses and son John came out to Stockton, CA. The Zenas Lockwood Hammond (father), Edward (son)line remained in Rhode Island. Would like to get more information on them if possible. Edward had a daughter Eliza who married a Peckham and a Thurston. Would like more details. She is in the 1880 census - est birth date is 1857.

Researcher: Thomas EP Randall
Date posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

in Newport County, RI My direct ancestors are John RANDALL (at Newport 1660-1666) and Elizabeth TORREY (Born at Rehoboth, at Newport 1651-1667) who were married at 1st Baptist Church of Newport circa 1665. John pioneered lot of land at Westerly given by his father-in-law. Elizabeth and John II followed 1667 with "Mosher's Group" of settlers. Elizabeth's parents are Lieutenant Joseph Torrey, Esquire (born Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, ENG 1621, at Weymouth, MA 1640-1643, at Rehoboth 1643 to OCT 1650, at Newport 1651-1676, Recorder for RI General Court of Trials 1654-1670, Attorney General 1670 and 1672, etc. Elder of 1st Baptist Church 1651-1676) and Mary (Member of 1st Baptist 1651-?, baptized 1661). There are reports Mary may be the eldest daughter of a John GREENE, not the surgeon. Does any researcher of the Green/Greene family have a mrriage of a Greene to a Torrey at Weymouth or Rehoboth, MA or Newport, RI between 1640 and 1645?

Surnames: PEARCE
Researcher: William F. Hubbard
Date posted: Saturday, August 28, 2004

Seeking information on Ellery A. PEARCE of Little Compton or Newport. Please note new email address above. Thank you

Researcher: Shannon
Date posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Can someone please help me find two marriages that occurred in Rhode Island? Armand Rosario ARBOUR married Sophia A. ... Armand Rosario ARBOUR married Cora Marie PILOTTE Armand was born in 1902 and emigrated from Canada in 1921. Sophia was born in about 1905 and emigrated in 1922. They were married for 4 years by the time of the 1930 Census, when they lived at 293 Thomas St in Newport, Newport Co, RI. Armand still lived in Newport at the time of the 1931 Directory. However, we are not sure that Sophia was still alive. We know that she passed away not too long after, as Armand married again to Cora. Armand died in 1956 and Cora died in 1957; they both lived in Riverside, Providence Co, RI, at the time.

Researcher: Zelma Anderson
Date posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004

Sarah COOK SISSON - Am looking for the death record or cemetery where Sarah Cook Sisson is buried. She was born 1783 in Tiverton, RI to Thomas and Mary (PERRY) Cook, and died 1823 or 1824 when my great grandfather (her son) was about 4 yrs. old. He was sent to live with a DURFEE family in Fall River, MA. He had brothers and sisters but they are unknown to me. Wouldn't Thomas and Mary Cook (her parents) have been made guardians of her children. In 1820 Census she was in Fall River, MA with at least 5 children. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Zelma Anderson of CT (I was born in MA).

Researcher: Virginia Sanok
Date posted: Friday, November 26, 2004

I am a direct descendant of Thomas GARRETT (born 1717 Newport, RI) His wife was Mary POTTER. I am seeking more information on family connections and his/her parents, children and any other information available.

Researcher: Barbara Hill
Date posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

DENCE, LANDERS, LEONARD, TARBOX, WOGAN, EARLY I am researching my grandmother's family. Her name was Elizabeth Dence Early. Her parents were George Dence and Catherine Landers Dence (born in Ireland). (Catherine's parents were William and Margaret Landers who immigrated from Ireland and settled in Cambridge, MA.) George and Catherine lived in Newport, Rhode Island during the 1880's and 1890's. George was a carpenter/builder who supposedly worked for wealthy families such as the Vanderbilts. They had about 9 children including Frances Dence (Tarbox), Mary Dence (Wogan), Nellie Dence, Joseph John Dence, Georgianna Dence, and Margaret Jane Dence. The father, George Dence, apparently disappeared when he left town to find carpentry work, possibly at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Catherine ran a boarding house for a short time, but eventually died in the early 1890's. I believe that Joseph John Dence remained in the Newport area and married Sarah E. Benson. He was a butcher. I would appreciate any/all information pertaining to this family. Thanks.

Surnames: SANDS
Researcher: Rebecca Walch
Date posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Does anyone know about the Loyalist soldiers assigned to garrison duty in Newport during the Revolutionary War? Stephen SANDS was born in Rhode Island about 1778 according to the 1850 Eaton Grant, Aroostook, Maine census ( Stephen's father, also named Stephen Sands, was a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War. According to the British Archives website he was born in Connecticut about 1761 ( His military records begin in 1776. I don't know what regiment Stephen was in before 1780--he is listed on Queen's Rangers muster rolls as of 1780. I now suspect Stephen was assigned to garrison duty in Newport in 1777 and that's why his son was born in Rhode Island in 1778. The Prince of Wales American Regiment went to the British garrison in Newport in 1778 "arrival on the 11th and 12th of June. . .Another hardship was that the corps would only be allowed to bring thirty women with them, and therefore had to leave behind a number of the soldiers wives and children. . . Rhode Island was evacuated on 11 October 1779. They. . . had increased their number of women and children considerably since their arrival in Newport" (

Researcher: Kevin Mullinix
Date posted: Saturday, January 15, 2005

I have discovered I have a genealogy link to Col. CLAGHORN. I am interested in more information on the Beebes of Conneticut and the Clagorns of Massachusetts. I am also interested in current information on Claghorn family members linked to Col. Claghorn. I would also like to find out if Grace Claghorn had an occupation during her lifetime and what occupation William BEEBE had. My father's side is Mullinix and I have had little luck with this search. My grandfather on my fathers side was born in Pulaski, Iowa and was raised in Missouri. I have seen many Mullinix clans (MACON, Missouri for example) in Missouri, but have not found a link. I had heard that my family may have been French Heugonats (where my last name ended with eaux) that fled to England (and changed to inix).

Researcher: Amelia Harrington
Date posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

Some time after 1918 a Florence HARRINGTON ran a Girl School in RI. I don't know the name of the school or which town she was in. I know that she was successful. I don't know when she died and have been searching for any records at all about her. One family member thought she was born in Vermont but it may not have been. Her madin name was VAN SPOONER. I know that she had at least 3 children that lived with their dad in Connecticut. I don't know if she had any children that went with her.

Researcher: Lucina Johnson
Date posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

Looking for death or marriage information for Warner COREY born 31 July 1772 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island to John and Ruth (WARNER) COREY. No other information has been found on him.

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