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Name Changes in Rhode Island, 1800-1880
Abstracts from an article originally printed in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 149, 1995. The records were abstracted by Maureen Taylor from the Rhode Island General Assembly Reports, and are documentation for name changes, adoptions, divorces and legitimacies. The original manuscript petitions are on microfilm at the Rhode Island State Archives, and copies can be obtained from that office with the date and page reference. Only names indicating Irish heritage have been abstracted from the article and appear in this listing.

Original Surname

Given name

Type of Petition

New Name

Date of Petition

Town of Residence

Parents' Names

Adoptive Parents or Person Filing Petition

Page No.

Brown

Cornelius H.

name change

Cornelius H. Barnes

Jan 1873

Providence

 

Henry A. & Julia A. Brown

277

Brown

Ella

name change

Ella Bagley

May 1866

 

 

John S. & Harriet J. Bagley

11

Brown

Harriet A.

name change

Harriet A. Bagley

May 1866

 

 

John S. & Harriet J. Bagley

11

Brown

Harriet J.

adoption

Harriet J. Bagley

May 1866

 

 

 

11

Brown

Henry A.

name change

Henry A. Barnes

Jan 1873

Providence

 

 

277

Brown

John S.

name change

John S. Bagley

May 1866

 

 

 

11

Brown

Julia A.

name change

Julia A. Barnes

Jan 1873

Providence

 

 

277

Brown

Minnie C.

name change

Minnie C. Barnes

Jan 1873

Providence

 

 

277

Buckley

Jemima

divorce

 

Jan 1841

Providence

wife of William Buckley

 

58

Buckley

Matilda

adoption

Matilda Buckley Cole

Jan 1841

Providence

William & Jemima Buckley

John W. & Sila H. Cole

32

Burke

Mary

name change

Mary Burke Seagrave

May 1875

 

 

 

17

Butler

Joseph

name change

Joseph Allen Butler

Oct 1810

Providence

Samuel Butler Jr.

 

4

Cahoe

Ella Gertrude

adoption

Ella Gertrude Chase

Oct 1851

N. Providence

 

George & Alfreda Chase

23

Carbery

Daniel

name change

Daniel John Bennett

May 1873

Newport

 

 

099

Carty

Ann M.

name change

Ann M. McCarthy

Jan 1877

Providence

 

 

217

Carty

Patrick J.

name change

Patrick J. McCarthy

Jan 1877

Providence

 

 

217

Castillia

Minnie Cara

adoption

Minnie Cara Tracy

May 1864

Newport

 

George W. Tracy

014

Collins

Betsey M.

adoption

Betsey M. Fiske

Jan 1866

Cumberland

 

Joseph C. & Albina C. Fisk

318

Conley

Alfred Elmer

name change

Alfred Elmer Storey

May 1868

Bristol

 

John & Harriet Storey

16

Conley

Arthur

name change

Arthur Storey

May 1868

Bristol

 

John & Harriet Storey

16

Conley

Harriet

name change

Harriet Storey

May 1868

Bristol

 

 

16

Conley

John

name change

John Storey

May 1868

Bristol

 

 

16

Costigan

William

name change

William Powers

May 1861

Woonsocket

 

 

42

Curran

James D.

adoption

 

Jan 1856

Providence

 

James & Margaret Heap

137

Curtis

Susan W.

name change

Susan W. Harrington

Oct 1836

Scituate

 

 

35

Darvand

Charles

adoption

Charles McCann

Jan 1865

N. Providence

 

James & Mary McCann

291

Delanah

Albert W.

name Change

Albert W. Delnah

Jan 1874

Providence

 

 

242

Delanah

Mary E.

name change

Mary E. Delnah

Jan 1874

Providence

 

 

242

Dolan

James

name change

James Dolan Harris

Jan 1876

 

 

 

233

Donnelly

Abner

name change

Abner J. Donle

Jan 1872

 

 

 

248

Doud

Mary Ann

name change

Mary Ann Brown

Jan 1874

 

 

 

242

Dougherton

Bernard

adoption

Bernard Bardeen

May 1874

 

 

Ferdinand & Amy Bardeen

99

Dunning

Mary

adoption

Mary Susan Gorham

Jan 1865

Bristol

 

Susan Gorham

289

Fitzsimons

William Henry

name change

William Henry Simons

May 1873

Providence

 

 

099

Galligher

Alfred S.

name change

Alfred S. Hopkins

Jan 1874

Scituate

 

 

242

Galligher

Charles H.

name change

Charles H. Hopkins

Jan 1874

Scituate

 

 

242

Galligher

Thomas A.

name change

Thomas A. Hopkins

Jan 1874

Scituate

 

 

242

Gibney

Kate

adoption

Kate Gibney Anthony

May 1858

Newport

 

Henry & Ann Anthony

55

Gibney

Patrick

name change

Charles P. Gibney

June 1854

 

 

 

84

Grady

Ann Eliza

name change

Ann Eliza Gilmore

Jan 1876

 

 

 

234

Grady

Courtland W.

name change

Courtland W. Gilmore

Jan 1874

 

 

Charlotte Cynthia Gant

243

Harrington

Penelope

legitimacy

 

June 1827

 

Samuel & Alice Harrington

 

10

Harrinton

Charles

legitimacy

 

June 1829

Foster

James & Alsa Harrinton

 

15

Healey

Jeremiah Sandford

adoption

Jeremiah Sandford Potter

Jan 1851

Cranston

 

William L. Potter

66

Henley

James Warren

name change

James Walter Henley

Jan 1867

Providence

 

 

180

Henneford

George B.

name change

George B. Brayton

June 1853

 

 

 

20

Henneford

James A.

name change

James A. Brayton

June 1853

 

 

 

20

Hennessey

Catharine

adoption

Catharine Cornell

Jan 1866

Cumberland

 

James & Catharine Greene Cornell

322

Holland

Hannah

adoption

Ida J. Oatley

May 1857

S. Kingstown

 

Simeon L. & Eliza A. Oatley

43

Kearins

Edward

 

Edward Patrick Kearins

Jan 1877

Providence

 

 

219

Kilroy

Bridget

name change

Dora Kilroy

Jan 1868

Newport

 

Bridget Kilroy

167

Mahannah

Mary Ann

name change

Mary Ann Hammond

Jan 1848

 

 

 

7

McCabe

John

name change

John Henry Livingston

Jan 1856

Providence

 

 

130

McCarron

John

name change

John Francis McCarron

Jan 1880

 

 

 

180

McClatchie

Eliza

adoption

Mary Anna Usher

Jan 1866

Providence

 

William B. & Lydia Usher

323

McCrillis

Ida Elizabeth

adoption

 

Jan 1864

Providence

 

Thomas & Hattie McCrillis

246

McCulloch

Jasper

name change

Jasper Caller

Oct 1848

 

 

 

84

McDonald

Thomas H.

name change

Thomas H. Rea

Jan 1873

 

 

 

278

McGilroy

Patrick

name change

Sylvester McGilroy

Jan 1836

Providence

 

 

47

McGinness

John

name change

John Patrick McGuinness

Jan 1877

 

 

 

218

McGrath

Mary

name change

Mary Heywood

Jan 1872

Johnston

 

 

248

McKenzie

Albertina Lorena

adoption

Albertina Lorena Weaver

Jan 1870

 

 

Albert & Catherine Weaver

226

McLaughlin

John Patrick

adoption

 

Jan 1872

 

 

Terrance & Mary Ann McLaughlin

251

McMinniman

Eliza

name change

Eliza Ware

Jan 1846

Providence

 

 

41

McMinniman

Mary

name change

Mary Ware Miles

Jan 1847

 

 

 

3

Mellen

John

adoption

John Glynn

May 1852

Newport

 

John & Eliza Glynn

38

Murphy

Adeline

name change

Adeline Marshall

Jan 1857

 

 

 

85

Murphy

Albert F.

name change

Albert F. Marshall

Jan 1857

 

 

Leander & Adeline Marshall

85

Murphy

George W.

name change

George W. Marshall

Jan 1857

 

 

Leander & Adeline Marshall

85

Murphy

Ida F.

name change

Ida F. Marshall

Jan 1857

 

 

Leander & Adeline Marshall

85

Murphy

John Downing

name change

Charles Edward St. Clair

Jan 1865

 

 

 

278

Murphy

Leander

name change

Leander Marshall

Jan 1857

 

 

 

85

Murphy

Susan S. March

name change

Susan S. March St. Clair

Jan 1865

 

 

 

278

Nugen

Hannah

name change

Hannah Law

Jan 1866

 

 

 

315

Quin

Albert Henry

name change

Albert Henry Hayward

Jan 1859

 

 

 

76

Quin

Leonard Harrison

name change

Leonard Harrison Hayward

Jan 1861

 

 

 

174

Quin

William S.

name change

William S. Heywood

Jan 1857

 

 

 

83

Riley

Ellen Wallace

adoption

 

May 1859

 

 

William D. Stewart

48

Shanley

Katy

adoption

Katy Bannon

Jan 1862

Providence

 

Hugh Bannon

250

Sheridan

Susan

name change

Susan Huddy

Jan 1864

Newport

 

 

256

Sullivan

Anna

adoption

Mary Anna Browning

Jan 1859

S. Kingstown

 

Ezekiel H. & Hannah M. Browning

77

Sweeney

Thomas

 

Thomas Nye

May 1871

S. Kingstown

 

 

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