Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Valley Falls Depot, 1883
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Valley Falls Depot, 1883
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Church and School at Chapel Four Corners, Cumberland, R.I.
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Church and School at Chapel Four Corners, Cumberland, R.I.
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Diamond Hill Train Station
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Diamond Hill Train Station
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Cumberland Mills Depot, 1907
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Cumberland Mills Depot, 1907
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Diamond Hill Reservoir Gate House
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Diamond Hill Reservoir Gate House
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Broad Street Bridge
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Broad Street Bridge
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - Lonsdale Company
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

Lonsdale Company
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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - 1955 - Flames Destroy Mill
Alton Evening Telegraph
Alton, Illinois
September 13, 1955
Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)

1955 - Flames Destroy Mill
Alton Evening Telegraph
Alton, Illinois
September 13, 1955






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Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)
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Where is Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA? 

Cumberland is the northeasternmost town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, first settled in 1635 and incorporated in 1746.

Cumberland was originally settled as part of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, which was purchased from the local Native Americans by the Plymouth Colony. It was later transferred to Rhode Island as part of a long-running boundary dispute. The town was named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland.Wikipedia


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1777 - First Nail
The first cut nail in the world was made in 1777 by Jeremiah Wilkinson, of Cumberland, R.I.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
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News  1809 - Earth Trembling
May 16.
In Cumberland, R.I., near Attleborough, an extraordinary trembling of earth has been repeatedly noticed of late; sometimes so hard as to break crockery ware. Several persons have removed. It appears to be local.

The Maryland Gazette
Annapolis, Maryland
May 24, 1809
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1819 - Cumberland
Cumberland, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the State, about eight miles northeast from Providence; bounded east on Attleborough and Wrentham in Massachusetts, north on Wrentham, Bellingham & Mendon, in Massachusetts, southwesterly on Pawtucket river, which separates it from ...Read MORE...


News  1842 - COPPER MINE IN RHODE ISLAND
A rich Copper Mine has been opened at Cumberland, R. I. - Within the last week fifteen tons of ore have been shipped for Boston, from the mine, commenced this season, and worked by four men only. The ore was sent to Liverpool to be sold at the monthly mart of ore at Swansea. There is not a single...Read MORE...


News  1853 - AWFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. FOURTEEN LIVES LOST. THIRTY OR FORTY SERIOUSLY INJURED.
Disagreeable necessity obliges us to shock the sensibilities of our readers, by the recital of another horrible calamity from a collision of Railway trains.

At 8 o'clock, yesterday morning, a collision occurred on the Providence and Worcester Railroad, which caused the death of fourteen persons, ...Read MORE...



1859
CUMBERLAND, a township of Providence co., in the state of Rhode Island, 8 m. N of Providence. It is to some extent hilly, but is in some parts fertile and well-cultivated. Abbott's Mill, and Peter's rivers, by which it is intersected, afford good water-power. Boat-building and the manufacture of...Read MORE...


1869 - In the towns of Cumberland, Smithfield, Blackstone, and Bellingham, R. I.,
there are seventeen cotton and eight woolen mills, which employ 5,550 hands, run 4,480 looms, and annually use 15,300,000 pounds of cotton. Foundations are now being laid to run 150,000 spindles.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 20, 1869
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News  1877 - Diamond Hill Quarry Company
The Woonsocket Patriot says that the Diamond Hill Quarry Company of Cumberland, have made a contract with the Poughkeepsie Bridge Company to furnish all the stone for the abutments and piers of that bridge. The contract is a large one, and it will probably require two years to complete it. In order ...Read MORE...


News  1885 - A VILLAGE TERRORIZED
WEST WRENTHAM, Mass., Aug. 1 . - The village of Diamond Hill in Cumberland, just over the line in Rhode Island, is terrorized by a gang of laborers employed on the Pawtucket Water Reservoir building at that place. Citizens do not dare to go out after dark without being armed. Men have been knocked...Read MORE...


News  1890 - FISHING FOR TURTLES. When the Shell-Backed Monster Bites Run Like a Steer.
Terrapin or turtle farms are run in the South and on the Pacific coast, but the business has only been tried in New England as an experiment. As experiments, many of these have been failures, so far as a money making basis is concerned, and many are now kept up for the pleasure of the owner, or by...Read MORE...


News  1899 - SERVANT GIRL VANISHES. Apparently Wore Nothing but a Nightrobe and a Picture Hat.
(Special to the World.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 5. - Cumberland Hill has a mystery which the town officers and others are trying to unravel. Walter Grant, who has a fine home at Diamond Hill, went to Boston Thursday, and at an intelligence office hired a domestic, who gave her name as Mary...Read MORE...



News  1900 - TRAPPISTS ARE TO MOVE. Monastery in Nova Scotia to Be Removed to Cumberland in Rhode Island.
St. John, N. B., April 28. - The trappist monastery at Tracadie, N. S., is soon to be removed to a far near Cumberland, R. I., and the farm at Tracadie abandoned. It was established in 1814. It was founded by members after the house in France was broken up by the Emperor, Napoleon. There are...Read MORE...


1916
Cumberland, a township (town) of Providence co., R.I., the northeasternmost town in the state. It manufactures cotton, horseshoes, etc., and contains coal and many interesting minerals. Pop. in 1900, 8925.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
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News  1924 - GAS EXPLOSION KILLS FIFTEEN
Man Strikes Match in Gas-Filled Room of Tenement House; Family Dies

(By Tribune's Special Leased Wire)
CUMBERLAND, R.I., Jan. 28 - Fifteen persons met death in a terrific gas explosion that early to-day demolished a tenement house owned by the Manville Mills. An entire family - mother, father...Read MORE...



1928 - Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
The monument was erected in 1928, by monks living in a nearby monastery.
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News  1934 - Communist Plot Rumored To Dynamite Water Supply
CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 14. - (UP) - Unconfirmed rumors of a communist plot to dynamite Pawtucket's water supply spread today and police guards were assigned to the reservoir at Diamond Hill in this town.

Neither state nor local police would admit having received tips indicating such a plot,...Read MORE...



1949 - Testimony of Water Shortage in New England
...The old stone walls of farmlands flooded 62 years ago are visible in the top picture [illegible] of the Diamond Hill reservoir, Cumberland R.I., which also serves to show a typical example of the acute water shortage throughout the New England area...
Fitchburg Sentinel
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
November 15, 1949
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News  1950 - Monastery in Rhode Island Is Destroyed
Cumberland Hill, R. I. (UP) - Fire early today destroyed the hilltop Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, built by the patient hands of Trappist monks.

The blaze apparently broke out in the infirmary of the massive granite structure, driving 110 monks and 20 guests from the four...Read MORE...



News  1955 - Industrial Blaze Ends 2,000 Jobs in Rhode Island
CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 13 - (INS) - Two thousand persons were left jobless today by a $5 million fire which destroyed five buildings of the Manville Mills on the banks of the Blackstone River.

Firefighter James Bannon of Pawtucket was hospitalized for a fractured leg suffered when he fell while ...Read MORE...



News  1967 - It Was Good Ski Season For New England Resorts
...Rhode Island ski resorts survived abnormal warm weather in January to record a good season, with one exception. The January snow lack was balanced by good falls in other months plus many cold nights for the making of machine snow.

Three of the four resort owners in Rhode Island listed 30...Read MORE...



News  1976 - Blast Destroys Aerosol Plant
CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - "When I got to the window, there was no wall left. It just blew me right through," said Norman Brule.

Brule was one of at least 27 persons working in the Peterson-Puritan Aerosol spray plant when an explosion ripped through the building Saturday, tossing chunks of cement...Read MORE...



News  1976 - Century-old twins
CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - Emmanuel and Samuel Lussier's relatives are planning a centennial celebration of their own next year when the twin brothers reach a landmark birthday.

Emmanuel and Samuel were born Aug. 11, 1877. They are believed to be the oldest male twins in New England.

The Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
November 11, 1976
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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Arnold
America/USA  Polly Arnold (1788, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 17 April 1861, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Baker
America/USA  Esek Baker (1781, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 25 May 1861, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
America/USA  Jon Smith Baker (1804, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 2 June 1871, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )

Ballou
America/USA  Leonard Ballou (1790, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 2 September 1880, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
America/USA  Stephen Ballou (1783, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 5 March 1859, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Braley
America/USA  Alice Braley (1784, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 14 October 1860, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Burlingame
America/USA  Amelia Burlingame (1821, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 14 February 1886, Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA)

Cargill
America/USA  David Cargill (April 1782, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 22 December 1858, Wrentham, Massachusetts, USA)
America/USA  David Cargill (2 May 1765, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 19 October 1856, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA ) gravestone

Cook
America/USA  Eseec Cook (1769, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 25 May 1855, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)
America/USA  Polly Cook (1793, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 11 October 1867, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)
America/USA  Silas Cook (1784, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 10 August 1860, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*)
America/USA  Silas Cook (1784, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 10 August 1860, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*)

Darling
America/USA  Julia A. Darling (1855, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 20 September 1886, Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA)

Jillson
America/USA  Reiley Jillson (1802, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 23 October 1863, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)
America/USA  Varnum Jillson (1804, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 12 February 1864, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )

Jilson
America/USA  Amasa Jilson (1788, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 3 July 1872, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Lovett
America/USA  Addison A. Lovett (1813, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 17 September 1860, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )

Newell
America/USA  David Newell (1801, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 6 April 1874, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Tillson
America/USA  Riley Tillson (1802, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 22 October 1863, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)

Traske
America/USA  Phebe Traske (1792, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 19 April 1854, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )

Wilmarth
America/USA  Briah Wilmarth (abt. 1765, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - , )
 


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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1648
James Redway (18 April 1620 - 28 October 1676) & Mary Whipple (1626 - 27January 1675)
married 14 April 1648

1785
Timothy Merriam (29 September 1757 - 17 September 1835) & Huldah Darling (16 June 1765 - 1844)
married 30 June 1785
 




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