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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA - From Hummock, Tiverton, R.I.

Tiverton, Newport, RI

Originally a part of Plymouth colony, Massachusetts, and named for Tiverton, Devon, England, it was annexed to Rhode Island in 1746 and was incorporated in 1747. Southwest of Tiverton Four Corners, the Battle of Almy’s Pea Field was fought during King Philip’s (Indian) War in July 1675.


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The Fisheries Co., 1907
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Ferry Boat "West Side" from Tiverton to Portsmouth, R.I.
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The Stone Bridge Inn
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Hayfield of Joshua T. Durfee, Tiverton, R.I., which was seeded down four years ago with Hubbard's
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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... Read MORE...

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 suspicion of being the murderer, and was undergoing an examination at Bristol. Very strong circumstantial evidence had been adduced against him, and not an eight part of the witnesses had been examined. The excitement among the people is said to be unprecedented. It appears that Avery had seduced this unfortunate young lady, and a correspondence took place between them, in which he advised her to take a certain drug as the means of preventing the exposure of their crime; which she declined. He then addressed her a letter, stating his intention to convey her out of town, where she could enjoy a privacy in confinement, necessary to preserve her... 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 shops, while their Tiverton neighbors, agreeably to Rhode Island laws, license all applicants, either for the sale of rum or lottery tickets. The existence of these nurseries of vice at that place, is as great a grievance to the inhabitants of Fall River, as if there were located in the heart of their village. They do not like it. - And while we deeply sympathise with them in their misfortunes, there does really appear no remedy - no other course - but to 'grin and bear it.' - N. Y. Gaz.
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Painesville Telegraph
Ohio
September 26, 1834
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
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 exceed $15,000.
The Sun
Baltimore, Maryland
October 8, 1838
1839 - Tiverton
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Newport county. Tiverton is bounded N. and E. by Massachusetts, S. by Little Compton, and W. by the eastern passage of Mount Hope and Narraganset bays. It is connected with Portsmouth, on the island of Rhode Island, by a stone bridge at a place called "Howland's Ferry."

The surface of the town is varied by hills and valleys. Its structure is granite, and the land, in some parts, is stony. The soil is principally a gravelly loam, and capable of producing good crops. There are valuable forests of timber in the town and a good number of sheep.

The navigable privileges of Tiverton are of a superior kind; and are improved, to some extent, in the fishery, and foreign and domestic trade. There are large ponds in the town, well supplied with fish. These ponds produce a water power which is applied to the manufacture of cotton and other materials.

The town was attached to Massachusetts until 1746. It is 24 miles S.E. from Providence and 13 N.E. from Newport.... Read MORE...

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
1854 - Tiverton
Tiverton, a manufacturing post-villsge in Newport co., Rhode Island, near Narraganset bay, 18 miles S. E. by S. from Providence, contains a bank. Pop. of the township, 4699.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
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
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
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
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 been previously notified to leave town, to come outside. When he accepted the invitation he was taken in charge by the mob, his head face and hands covered with tar and he was told to run and not to stop till he dropped. He obeyed the order at once under an impetus from the crowd and fetched up in the Niagara engine-house in this city, and managed to become presentable by the next day, when he told of his adventure with the White Caps. Sherman has not been back to Tiverton since. The affair occurred last Friday. Sherman is about 45 years, and Mrs. King about 40 years.
The Inter Ocean
Chicago, Illinois
January 25, 1889
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
1895 - Tiverton
Tiverton, a post-village of Newport co., R.I., in Tiverton township, on the E. shore of Narragansett Bay, near the Old Colony Railroad, 13 miles N.N.E. of Newport, and 6 miles S. by W. of Fall River. It contains 4 churches. Pop. of the township in 1880, 2505; in 1890, 2837.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
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 land. All efforts at resuscitation were of no avail. He will be buried in New Bedford.
Boston Journal
Boston, Massachusetts
June 29, 1900


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1906
Tiverton, a post-village of Newport co., R.I., in Tiverton township (town), on the E. shore of Narragansett Bay, 13 miles NNE. of Newport, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. It has oyster- and other industries. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2977 ; of the village, about 1700.
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 ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1907 - Explosion at Tiverton
Two persons were killed and five hurt at Tiverton, R.I., by the explosion of a gasoline tank on a motor boat.
The Clinton Mirror
Clinton, Iowa
August 24, 1907
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 discovery of a New Bedford newspaper of October 10 with the portions of the limbs is regarded as the most important clue thus far obtained, indicating possibly the place of the murder, if murder there was. The authorities are of the opinion that the woman was murdered in New Bedford, that the legs were placed in the suit case there and brought by team or automobile to Tiverton...
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Elyria, Ohio
October 12, 1909
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 windows were broken and crockery shaken from shelves, while at Island Park, nearly two miles away, a merry-go-round was jarred into motion.

Persons who saw the fiery body as it hissed through the sky say it was of unusual size and traveling so rapidly as to appear almost like a flash of lightning. Great jets of steam spurted from the water when the meteor struck the river.
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 29, 1913
2023 - Tiverton has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to visit and things to do in Tiverton:
Tiverton Four Corners Historic District: Start your exploration in the heart of Tiverton at the Four Corners Historic District. This charming area is lined with 18th and 19th-century buildings housing galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. It's a great place to stroll, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy some local cuisine.

Fort Barton: History buffs will appreciate a visit to Fort Barton, a Revolutionary War-era fortification. You can explore the earthwork remains and learn about the town's role in the American Revolution. The site offers great views of the Sakonnet River.

Weetamoo Woods and Pardon Gray Preserve: If you love the outdoors, these two adjacent nature preserves are perfect for hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking. Weetamoo Woods features a network of trails through lush forests, while Pardon Gray Preserve offers open fields and beautiful pond views.

Tiverton Town Beach: On a warm day, head to Tiverton Town Beach. It's a lovely spot for swimming, sunbathing, and... Read MORE...

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