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Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA - From R. R. Bridge, Tiverton, R. I.
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
From R. R. Bridge, Tiverton, R. I.
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Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA - From Hummock, Tiverton, R. I.
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
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Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA - Hen Island (1910)
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
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Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
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Where is Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA?  Tiverton, Rhode Island once belonged to Massachusetts. It was annexed to Rhode Island in 1746.

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1819 - Tiverton
Tiverton is a post town, the most extensive in the county, situated in the southeastern section of the State, 24 miles southeast of Providence, and about 13 northeast of Newport; bounded on the north and east by the State of Massachusetts, on the south by Little-Compton, and on the wast by the eastern passage of the Naragansett bay and Mount Hope bay.

The township is more than eight miles in length, from north to south, and about 5 miles in breadth, from east to west, comprising 42 square miles.

The surface is generally diversified with hill and dale; but there are some sections that are rough and rocky. The prevailing geological structure is granitic. The soil is somewhat various, corresponding with the geological character, but is principally a gravelly loam, and is considerably fertile both for grass and grain.

The forests, in some sections of the town, are extensive and valuable, the prevailing timber being oak, hickory and some other deciduous trees, and is of an excellent quality, especially for ship timber.

The agricultural productions of the town are such as are common to this region, consisting of barley, Indian corn, hay, and the products of the grazing and dairy business....

The population of the town, in 1810, was 2837; and there are about 400 Dwelling houses, 4 companies of Militia and about 340 Freemen or Electors.

There are two small villages in town, on of which is at the bridge or Howland's ferry. This town sends two representatives to the General Assembly.

Tiverton originally belonged to Massachusetts, and was not annexed to Rhode-Island until 1746.

A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... : with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State
Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles
Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819



News 1833 - Horrid Outrage and Murder
Some time, in December last, a young female named Sarah M. Cornell, was found dead, hanging by the neck by means of a small cord fastened to a stake in a fence enclosing a stock of hay, in Tiverton, Rhode Island. She belonged to Woodstock, Conn. and she had resided in Bristol a short time. The Rev. E. K. Avery, of Bristol, had been arrested on susp... Read MORE...



1834 - Tiverton vs. Fall River
The inhabitants of Fall River, Mass. and Tiverton, R. I. it appears are in a bit of a quarrel. A portion of the line between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, happens to run along within a clever stone's throw of the most populous part of Fall River, which town it also divides from Tiverton. The good people of Factory village refuse to license dram s... Read MORE...



1835 - Tiverton vs. Fall River
A new survey of the line between the town of Fall River, in this State, and Tiverton, in Rhode Island, places the boundary line much further south than it has heretofore been supposed to be; so far, at least, as to include the whole of the village at Fall River in this State.
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New Bedford Gazette
New Bedford, Massachusetts
February 23, 1835


News 1838 - Another Factory Burnt
The main building of the Tiverton Print Works, at Tiverton, (R. I.) was consumed by fire on the night of the 4th inst., with part of its contents. $10,000 was insured at the American office, Providence; $2000 at Aetna office, in Hartford; $8500 Hartford ditto; and $7000 by the Washington office of Providence. It is said the whole loss will not exce... Read MORE...



News 1844 - Supposed Murder
Gideon Manchester, of Tiverton, R. I., has been committed to take his trial for the murder of his wife, she having unaccountably disappeared in the month of August last, and no trace of her having been discovered since that time, when she left her mother's house to meet her husband.
The Sun
Baltimore, Maryland
July 25, 1844


News 1862 - Brothers Drown
Two young men, brothers, by the name of Wilcox, belonging in Tiverton, while crossing the river in a leaky old boat, from Rhode Island to Tiverton, at a late hour Saturday night, the 26th ult., were drowned.
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Barre Gazette
Barre, Massachusetts
May 16, 1862


News 1882 - Many Fish
The catch of menhaden by boats of Tiverton, R. I., for the season of 1882, was 141,000 barrels. The menhaden fish have been on the coast in unusually large quantities since the 1st of July, and had the weather been suitable for fishing since the 1st of October the catch would have been very large.
The Coffeyville Weekly Journal
Coffeyville, Kansas
December 9, 1882


News 1883 - NEWPORT, July 16. - A rumor reached here this morning that the steamer Lottie E. Merrill, of Tiverton, R. I., was lost off George's Bank, with all on board.

The Independent Record
Helena, Montana
July 17, 1883


News 1889 - Tarred by White Caps
Fall River, Mass., Jan 24. - "Sim" Sherman has been boarding at the house of Clark King on what is known as the King road, near Bliss' Four Corners, Tiverton, R. I. The attentions of Sherman to Mrs. King excited comment by the neighbors, and they, to the number of twenty, went to the King house supplied with coal tar. They invited Sherman, who had ... Read MORE...



News 1894 - All the members of the school board in Tiverton, R. I., are women; and the superintendent says the schools of that town are the best conducted in the state.

Fayette County Leader
Fayette, Iowa
August 23, 1894


News 1900 - David Hambly’s Fate at Tiverton. HIS BOAT CAPSIZED.
Fall River, Mass., June 28.— News reached here today of a drowning accident which occurred in Tiverton last evening. David Hambly, a prominent citizen of that town, while sailing in his catboat, was precipitated into the water near the Tiverton bridge by the capsizing of his craft. Hambly struck out for the shore, but collapsed when a few feet from... Read MORE...



News 1902 - GHASTLY FIND MADE AT TIVERTON, R. I. - Tide Draws Veil from 50-Year-Old Mystery - Skeleton Found on Beach
Remains Believed to Be Those of Mrs. Gideon Manchester, Who Disappeared 50 Years ago and Who Was Believed to Have Been Murdered.

Tiverton, R. I., April 3. - A mysterious disappearance and suspected murder of half a century ago are recalled by the discovery of a human skeleton in a crude white cedar box which the wind and tide exposed this week o... Read MORE...



News 1909 - MAY BE MURDER CASE
Severed Legs of A Woman in a Dress Suit Case
It Was Found Among Some Bushes in an Outlying Section of Tiverton, R. I.
Tiverton, R. I., Oct. 12. - The finding of the severed legs of a woman in a dress suit case among some bushes in an outlying section of this town has brought to light what the authorities are convinced is a case of murder. The dis... Read MORE...



News 1913 - METEOR FALLS IN RIVER. Shock of Its Explosion Breaks Windows in Tiverton, R. I.
FALL RIVER, Mass., Aug. 28. - A meteor fell into the Seaconnett River near Tiverton, R. I., last night, churning up the water and producing and explosion that sounded like the discharge of a twelve-inch gun. The phenomenon occurred during a electrical storm.

The explosion was heard for a distance of twenty miles. In the immediate vicinity window... Read MORE...




Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here



We currently have information about 69 ancestors who were born and/or died in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. View them Now



Ancestors Who Were Married Here


William Almy (27 Oct 1665 - 6 July 1747) & Deborah Cook (15 Feb 1669 - )
married


1698
Josiah Stafford (Stover) (abt. 1661 - 9 Apr 1743) & Sarah Lake (10 May 1678 - 10 May 1754)
married 1698


1717
Job Almy (28 Apr 1696 - 27 July 1777) & Lydia Tillinghast (8 July 1700 - 30 Dec 1774)
married 18 July 1717


1731
John Mosher (12 Mar 1703 - 19 Jan 1782) & Hannah Davol (13 Mar 1712 - 5 Nov 1776)
married 20 Jan 1731


1739
John Coggeshall (26 May 1717 - ) & Amy Dwelley (abt. 1719 - )
married 28 DEC 1739


1765
Paul Mosher (15 Jun 1740 - 1821-1827) & Martha Wood (21 Aug 1743 - )
married 27 Oct 1765


1774
John Coggeshall (abt. 1743 - ) & Elizabeth Stafford (17 Jun 1754 - )
married 1 Oct 1774


1793
George Durfee (11 Sept 1772 - 12 Nov 1854) & Sarah Coggeshall (18 Aug 1774 - 21 Aug 1859)
married 1793


1827
Gideon Gifford Durfee (28 DEC 1800 - 31 MAY 1882) & Pamelia Francis (28 NOV 1807 - 9 APR 1851)
married 8 JAN 1827


1841
Abner Coggeshall (9 Sept 1792 - 14 Jun 1864) & Elizabeth Albert (2 JUL 1811 - 21 NOV 1898)
married 4 JAN 1841


1843
Gideon W Manchester (28 May 1821 - 27 May 1906) & Phebe Ann Palmer? ( - August 1843)
married 3 Feb 1843


1855
Gideon Gifford Durfee (28 DEC 1800 - 31 MAY 1882) & Rhoda Manchester (1816 - 15 Aug 1884)
married 7 Oct 1855


1868
Joseph G Wilbur (1830 - ) & Caroline Coggeshall (13 OCT 1837 - 11 APR 1922)
married 04 Oct 1868
 



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3/30/2011
My family has the following information recorded:

William Brightman - b 1685 Portsmouth, RI
parents - Henry & Joan (James) Brightman
d 1721 Tiverton, RH
m Jan 22, 1708 Washinton Co
Mercy Spurr - b 1680 Dorchester, MA
d 1721 Tiverton, RI


Please contact me after reviewing the above.

Sincerely,
Idamae Wave (Brightman) Picheco

I have plans to come to Rhode Island in August of this year.

mike328@gotown.net
3/30/2011 5:47:39 PM -



Hi-

I bought a small (high school???)autograph book from Tiverton, RI dated 1926.

The initials BMCD are written after the signatures of most students.

Just curious what BMCD might stand for, would appreciate a reply, if you know the answer.

Thank You - Anne M. Hamel, Melbourne Beach, FL

ahamel001@hotmail.com

ahamel001@hotmail.com
11/14/2011 6:42:44 PM -



Wait, not so fast! The Atlanta Constitution of Sept 9, 1913 reported:

Tiverton "Meteor" Proves to be Fake

Tiverton R.I. September 8 - The Tiverton meteor of August 27 was today removed from the realm of natural phenomena by two young men who confessed to the police that the supposed celestial meteor was composed of sixty pounds of dynamite and a quantity of copper slag.

The meteor which was reported to have fallen in the Seaconnet river was accompanied by a blinding light and a deafening crash. Two fishermen later found in the nets a heavy piece of metal, which was declared to be the fallen "meteor."

The fishermen put their find on exhibition and did a profitable business until a Brown University geologist pronounced the meteor nothing but copper slag, found in quantities near a local manufacturing plant.

The police closed the exhibition and began an investigation which resulted in the confession of two young men that with some companions, they had taken the dynamite and exploded it behind Gould's Island in order to cause a sensation.

owen@clipboardinc.com
3/4/2013 6:04:02 PM -


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