Newport County, Rhode Island
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Posted Queries for Newport County, RI
           February thru September 2006


Surnames: DEAN, MELVILLE, TENNANT
Researcher: Lynette
Email: dolphin730@aol.com
Date posted: Monday, February 20, 2006

I am searching for information on James Madison MELVILLE. I know he married Charlotte TENNANT in Newport, RI, and I know of their children. I am looking for his pedigree. I have been told his parents were Thomas Melville and Clarissa DEAN. I am looking for confirmation and additional information.


Surnames: COWEN, COWING
Researcher: Joe W. Cowing
Email: jwcowing@direcway.com
Date posted: Saturday, February 25, 2006

COWEN OR COWING: Looking for any and all information on these families from Rhode Island. Some lived in Newport, and Warren in Rhode Island. Sure hope someone has some info to share. Thanks,


Surnames: GARRETT, POTTER
Researcher: Virginia Sanok
Email: ginsan1@gmail.com
Date posted: Saturday, February 25, 2006

I am looking for information on Thomas GARRETT, born Newport, RI around 1717. He married Mary POTTER (sister of Simeon of the Gaspee fame). He had a son John (I don't know of other children.) He moved to Nine Partners, NY at some point. They are both Great...grandfathers to me. I think his father's name might be Joseph. Am also trying to find out Thomas' parents and where this line of Garretts originally came from and if they first settled in MA and then went on to RI. Thank you for your help.


Surnames: BENZON, GALVIN, HALL
Researcher: Jackie Benson McGrath
Email: jacmac@optonline.net
Date posted: Sunday, March 5, 2006

I am seeking information on Russell HALL, born 1899 adopted by Mary BENZON in 1914, I am searching for his birth parents. I know his mother was a GALVIN. thanks for any help.


Surnames: SANFORD, STAFFORD
Researcher: Ron White
Email: ronfran@netscape.com
Date posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I am looking for information about STAFFORDs of Tiverton, Sakonnet Pt., Little Compton. Joshua STAFFORD was born 1798/99 apparently at Sakonnet Point and his brother Philadelphia was apparently also born there in about 1800. Their parents were Abraham STAFFORD born 1774 at Tiverton and their mother was Content SANFORD (STAFFORD) born 1771, possibly at Bristol. It is believed that Abraham and Content married ca 1796 in Bristol. I am trying to see if I can find a birth record for Joshua and Philadelphia and any birth and marriage information about Abraham and Content.


Surnames: SMITH
Researcher: Cheri Amarna
Email: amarna1@verizon.net
Date posted: Saturday, March 18, 2006

James SMITH who left Newport, RI in 1760 on the sloop Sally and landed in Newport, Nova Scotia. The log of the ship said he had 5 family members with him. I have no idea about his connection to Rhode Island or his family


Surnames: BURNHAM, HAZEN, HUMES, LAY, NAVY
Researcher: Sandra Lay
Email: rhody805@verizon.net
Date posted: Sunday, March 19, 2006

Looking for any Children that grew up in The Children's Home at 24 State Street Newport ,that might have known my mom her sister or brothers. The Family name is LAY.My mom might have been in the home around 1936 till she was 21 or 18.her name is Louise Eliabeth LAY, sister, Frances HAZEN LAY, brothers, Willis LAY, Fredrick LAY and Thomas LAY. Fredrick or Thomas died as a baby and the other one was adopted.The parents of these LAY children were Willis Thomas LAY and Mildred Frances BURNHAM LAY. Willis T. LAY serve in the NAVY as a deep sea diver in Newport.A marton of the home a Miss Dorothy HUMES was godmother to my mom, louise. Thank you, Sandra Lay Salzillo


Surnames: BAILEY, GEORGE, HOLMES, PECKHAM
Researcher: J B Peabody
Email: peabodygenealogy@hotmail.com
Date posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2006

PECKHAM Seeking info on James PECKHAM. I cannot find this particular James in the "Peckham Genealogy" (S.F. Peckham), but did find and Arnold PECKHAM who was married to Martha GEORGE (see ref to Capt. George below). Could these be his parents, and he was left out of the genealogy somehow? What I know or have as clues: - Family info & his daughter's death certificate say he was born Newport RI. - I estimate his birth as c1800. - Family info says his family was connected to "Capt. GEORGE." - Family info says his middle name was "Leopold," but his wife's gravestone lists middle initial "A." - He married Nancy HOLMES "of Plymouth MA" (BAILEY genealogy). Family info says she had ties to the Cornish Tavern there. - They had one daughter named Martha G. PECKHAM, b. c1838 possibly in NH. (Not sure about other children). Martha married Edward BAILEY, of Rowley MA, in Kittery, ME on 7 Feb 1860. James is not buried with his wife and daughter. Nancy Holmes' gravestone, located in Rowley MA with her daughter & son- in-law, reads: Mother Nancy Widow of James A. Peckham Born in Plymouth Mass Jan 4 1804 Died in Rowley Mass Feb 6 1883 Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can you tell me who his parents are? Where he was married? Where/when he died? Any information appreciated.


Surnames: WINDSOR
Researcher: Lawrence Windsor
Email: Deliver925@aol.com
Date posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Any information on WINDSOR, family was part of settlement around 1653, need a list of cemeteries, or any signed documents, land ownership etc.


Surnames: DENNIS, FINLEY
Researcher: Kimberly Hurst U.E.
Email: gypsygirl2002@aol.com
Date posted: Thursday, April 27, 2006

FINLEY, Jonathan b.circa 1740 Newport, Newport County Married Jane DENNIS 24 Nov 1765, in Newport, Newport Co, Rhode Island, USA Parents are unknown Children: Robert b. circa 1760 and 6 others I am looking for the history of this family and I would love to get baptism records for the children as well as their names. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Kimberly Hurst U.E.


Surnames: FENNER, SMITH, TOMKINS
Researcher: Darlene T. Holling
Email: DTDoe@aol.com
Date posted: Saturday, May 6, 2006

Am looking for The Parents of Abigail FENNER who married John TOMKINS in 1801 in Rhode Island. I found a John TOMKINS in 1810 at Newport. She was born in Rhode Island 25, March 1780. Her Husband was born in New Jersey-4, Dec. 1777 at Newark. They had a child Horatio John TOMKINS born at Scituate. Rhode Island 14, April 1809. Horatio ffirst married Anna M. Corwin of N.Y. State. He married 2nd-Rachel Angelina SMITH in Cranston, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Deacon Remington SMITH. She died less than 2 years after their marriage. I'm mainly interested in the Parents of Abigail FENNER who was born in Rhode Island-25, March 1780. She married John TOMKINS 22, Nov. 1801 in Rhode Island. I found a John TOMKINS in 1810 at Newport. Thanks for any help. Darlene T. Holling


Surnames: ANTHONY, ROBY
Researcher: Richard McMullen
Email: mcmullenr@adelphia.net
Date posted: Friday, May 19, 2006

ANTHONY, John b. circa 1585 in England as son of Francis ANTHONY and Judith ROBY and arrived in RI on ship, John Kiddey 16 Apr 1634 and married Mary ?.14 Jul 1640 admitted as freeman of Portsmouth, Newport, RI; d. 26 Jul 1675 in RI;Looking for any proofs of birth, marriage or death or last name of his wife, Mary.


Surnames: DAVISON, NEGUS
Researcher: Charlie Wadhams
Email: cwadham@comcast.net
Date posted: Friday, July 14, 2006

I am searching for the parents of Sally NEGUS Davison who was born in Troy 1766 married in Troy 1787 to Hezekiah DAVISON, bore several children ther before moving west. Died Oswego 25 Apr 1852. A RI publication speaks of " ? NEGUS, Widow of Newport, died at Troy Nov 23 1819" could she be the person buried at Evergreen Cem, Washington County "John and Rachel NEGUS" with no dates??? She is the only one we have found mentioned there. Her 1850 cesus said she was born in "Rd" Help! Charlie Wadhams


Surnames: GHORMLEY, GORMLEY, GORMLY
Researcher: Jessie Ruth (Green) Sturdivant
Email: sturdiv@hiwaay.net
Date posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006

GORMLEY An old GORMLEY family Bible (which I have only heard of, but have not seen), reported that W. H. GORMLEY was born 5 May 1760 in Cork, Ireland, and died 17 Oct 1809 in Newport, RI. Can anyone help me by verifying the death date/location, and (hopefully) a burial location? Surname is sometimes spelled GORMLY or GHORMLEY. Thanks so much.


Surnames: POTTER
Researcher: David W. Potter
Email: dwpotter2005@yahoo.com
Date posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

I am seeking any and all information on POTTER family settling in Newport RI in 1640 - 1641 coming from England. I am trying to recreate lost data my grand father Leo Potter had put together in the 7o's I know we are in direct line back to this settling but have lost names and family branches. Line should include Capt. James Potter who served in the Rev. War, and possibly the F&I. Any help would be great.



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