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Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

"Portsmouth, a post-township of Newport co., R.I., on Narragansett Bay, about 20 miles S. by E. of Providence. It comprises the northern part of the island of Aquidneck or Rhode Island, and is traversed by the Old Colony Rail road. It has 4 churches, and has manufactures of copper, iron, and steel, and coal-mines. Pop. 1893."

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

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  • 1638 - Portsmouth was settled in 1638 by a group of religious dissenters from Boston Colony, including Dr. John Clarke, William Coddington, and Anne Hutchinson. It is named after Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

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  • 1673 - Mysterious death of Rebecca Cornell in Portsmouth
    In 1673 Rebecca Cornell, widow of Thomas Cornell (settler), died in a house fire. Her son Thomas(Jr.) was accused, tried, convicted and hung for the...Read MORE...


  • In the war for American Independence, 10 July 1777, Lieutenant Colonel William Barton of Rhode Island captured the British Commander at Rhode Island, General Richard Prescott in Portsmouth.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1819 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth is a post township, situated upon the northern section of Rhode-Island; bounded on the north by Mount Hope bay, on the east by the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth, a post-township in Newport co., Rhode Island, 6 miles N. N. E. from Newport. Population, 1833.
    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.

  • News 1864 - Tons of Coal
    There is a bed of coal near Portsmouth, Rhode Island, which is estimated to contain about forty millions of tons, and the opening of the new railroad ...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Clergyman Switches Partners
    In Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a clergyman has created great excitement among the citizens by turning his wife out of doors and taking up with his...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - Small Pox Vaccine and Tobacco
    A Portsmouth, Rhode Island, man who was a noted tobacco-chewer, has loathed the weed ever since he was vaccinated. But it is given as fact that the...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth, a post-township of Newport co., R.I., on Narragansett Bay, about 20 miles S. by E. of Providence. It comprises the northern part of the...Read MORE...


  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    Dance Hall, Island Park, Portsmouth, R.I.
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    Oakland Farm, Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Residence, 1905
  • 1906
    Portsmouth, a post-township (town) of Newport co., R.I., on Narragansett Bay, about 20 miles S. by E. of Providence, on the New York, New Haven and...Read MORE...


  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    Ye Olde Windmill (Still in Operation)
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    Train Station
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    Husking on the Glen Farm, 1910
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    Park Avenue, Island Park
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    Old Mill, Lawton Valley
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    St. Mary's Church
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    Sandy Pint Farm, the Residence of Mr. Reginald C. Vanderbilt, showing Residence, Office and Stables, Portsmouth, near Newport, R. I.
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    Quaker Church, Portsmouth, R.I. (1910)
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    North Side, Island Park, 1913
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    U.S. Post Office, Island Park, R.I., 1914
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
    Wreckage on the Main Road at Island Park, Portsmouth, R.I.
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938


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Dance Hall, Island Park, Portsmouth, R.I.

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Oakland Farm, Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Residence, 1905

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Ye Olde Windmill (Still in Operation)


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Sandy Pint Farm, the Residence of Mr. Reginald C. Vanderbilt, showing Residence, Office and Stables, Portsmouth, near Newport, R. I.

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Quaker Church, Portsmouth, R.I. (1910)

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Train Station

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Husking on the Glen Farm, 1910

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Park Avenue, Island Park

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Old Mill, Lawton Valley

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St. Mary's Church

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North Side, Island Park, 1913


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U.S. Post Office, Island Park, R.I., 1914

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Wreckage on the Main Road at Island Park, Portsmouth, R.I.
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
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  • 1638 - Portsmouth was settled in 1638 by a group of religious dissenters from Boston Colony, including Dr. John Clarke, William Coddington, and Anne Hutchinson. It is named after Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1673 - Mysterious death of Rebecca Cornell in Portsmouth
    In 1673 Rebecca Cornell, widow of Thomas Cornell (settler), died in a house fire. Her son Thomas(Jr.) was accused, tried, convicted and hung for the... Read MORE...

  • In the war for American Independence, 10 July 1777, Lieutenant Colonel William Barton of Rhode Island captured the British Commander at Rhode Island, General Richard Prescott in Portsmouth.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1819 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth is a post township, situated upon the northern section of Rhode-Island; bounded on the north by Mount Hope bay, on the east by the... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth, a post-township in Newport co., Rhode Island, 6 miles N. N. E. from Newport. Population, 1833.
    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.
  • News  1864 - Tons of Coal
    There is a bed of coal near Portsmouth, Rhode Island, which is estimated to contain about forty millions of tons, and the opening of the new railroad ... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Clergyman Switches Partners
    In Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a clergyman has created great excitement among the citizens by turning his wife out of doors and taking up with his... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Small Pox Vaccine and Tobacco
    A Portsmouth, Rhode Island, man who was a noted tobacco-chewer, has loathed the weed ever since he was vaccinated. But it is given as fact that the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth, a post-township of Newport co., R.I., on Narragansett Bay, about 20 miles S. by E. of Providence. It comprises the northern part of the... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Portsmouth, a post-township (town) of Newport co., R.I., on Narragansett Bay, about 20 miles S. by E. of Providence, on the New York, New Haven and... Read MORE...

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