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Did You Know?America - Did you know? Inches, Teaspoons and a Ton of Bricks: It's perfectly acceptable to use the metric system in the United States - Congress originally authorized it in 1866 and has repeated those sentiments in the years since - but tradition tells a whole other tale. Although the government now requires metric use in some public sectors and strongly encourages it in many private industries, the American public never really took to the system and largely dismissed it, making the United States the only industrialized nation where that's the case. In an effort to move the matter along, Congress even passed a Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and set up a U.S. Metric Board to take care of all the planning for the desired transition, but they apparently didn't empower the board with enough authority, and the American people essentially said, 'meh' to adopting metric and continued on with their miles, pounds, ounces and all the rest. Similarly lackluster efforts since then have done little to get Americans to change their ways.

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The first mention of Rhode Island in writing ('isola di Rhode') was made by explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 (he refers to an island near the mouth of Narragansett Bay which he compares to the Island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean). Some attribute the name to Dutch explorer Adriaen Block ('Roode Eylandt'), again because its red clay is similar to the Greek island of Rhodes. (statesymbolsusa.org)

Prior to 1633 - New England
1633 - 1662 - Providence Plantations
1663 - 1685 - Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1686 - 1689 - Dominion of New England
1690 - 1790 - Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
May 29, 1790 - Rhode Island becomes 13th U.S. state



Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA -
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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - From R. R. Bridge, Tiverton, R. I.
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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - From Hummock, Tiverton, R. I.
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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - Hen Island (1910)
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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - Train Station, Tiverton
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American Revolutionary War Soldier flag  John  Durfee

  (b. 31 August 1736Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations   d. 31 August 1812Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA )  

John Durfee was born 31 August 1736 in Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. John Durfee was the child of Job Durfee and Mary Earle and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Thomas Durfee and Ann Freeborn (maternal)  John Earle and Mary Waite

He married  Phebe Gray 15 December 1757 in Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Phebe Gray  was born 17 November 1740 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA .  She died 12 February 1819 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA . 

John Durfee died 31 August 1812 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA.


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John Durfee married flag Phebe Gray-- Date: 15 December 1757 Place: Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations


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Children:
flag Thomas Durfee (b.4 November 1759, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Abner Durfee (b.18 September 1761, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag William Durfee (b.1763, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Mary Durfee (b.1765, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Priscilla Durfee (b.1767, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Silvia Durfee (b.1769, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag John Durfee (b.1771, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Sarah Durfee (b., Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

flag Phebe Durfee (b.1779, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. 1851, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA)




1757 Marriage / Partner
John Durfee and Phebe Gray 15 December 1757, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1759 Birth of Child
Thomas Durfee was born 4 November 1759, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1761 Birth of Child
Abner Durfee was born 18 September 1761, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

Death
31 August 1812
Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA


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