Rhode Island Genealogy

Rhode Island Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Rhode Island history.

History of Rhode Island

New Rhode Island Biographies

We have currently transcribed 219 biographies from Charles Carroll’s Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy. These biographies cover the entire state of Rhode Island. We also have placed online the first volume of which contains the early history of Rhode Island above.

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Biography of Albert Louis Greenberg

Albert Louis Greenberg, born on March 28, 1900, in Jassy, Rumania, relocated to Newport, Rhode Island, during his early childhood. Son of David and Rose (Wagner) Greenberg, Albert pursued his education at Newport’s public schools and graduated from the Law School of Boston University in 1925. Admitted to the Rhode Island bar in 1926, he established his legal practice at 166 Thames Street. Active in several fraternal organizations and local politics, Greenberg is also a member of the Newport Bar Association and the Touro St. Hebrew Temple. He resides with his father and is unmarried.
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Biography of Hon. William T. Stedman

Hon. William T. Stedman (d. 1929) was a prominent business and civic leader in Rhode Island. Born in Wakefield, South Kingstown, he began his career at the Peace Dale Manufacturing Company, rising to assistant treasurer before retiring in 1916. Stedman was active in politics as a Republican, serving as a member and president of the Town Council, a State Representative, and State Senator. He also held roles such as town treasurer, tax collector, and treasurer of the Union Fire District. Stedman married Sarah Clarke and had two children, Oliver H. and Lucy R. His death on…
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Biography of Leroy V. Bell

Leroy V. Bell (1885-), a prominent business figure in Wakefield, Rhode Island, was the sales agent for Nash and Chevrolet motor cars. Born in Wakefield to Louis F. Bell and Emily (Potter) Bell, he was educated in local public schools, South Kingstown High School, Rhode Island State College, and the School of Design. Initially a builder and contractor with his father for about twenty years, Bell transitioned to the automobile business in 1922. He successfully managed the Nash and Chevrolet agencies. Bell, an independent voter and active community member, served as a quartermaster in the Rhode…
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Biography of Louis F. Bell

Louis F. Bell (1857-), a contractor and builder in Wakefield, Rhode Island, was a significant figure in the community for over forty years. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Louis H. Bell, a saddler from Germany, and Martha (Walters) Bell from Ireland, he moved to Rhode Island and began his career in construction. Bell became an independent contractor in 1885, constructing notable buildings such as the Bell Block, Barber Block, Jones Block, Wakefield Grammar, South Kingstown High School, Hazard Memorial Building, and South County Hospital. A Republican, he also served on the South Kingstown Council and…
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Biography of William Paine Sheffield

William P. Sheffield (1893-), a prominent lawyer and industrial executive in Rhode Island, upheld the legacy of his father and grandfather, both named William Paine Sheffield. The Sheffield family, established in Newport, Rhode Island, since the colonial era, had a history of significant contributions to society and politics. Sheffield, educated at Brown University and Harvard Law School, joined the family law firm and held various civic and business roles. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WWI. Sheffield married Agatha Spoank in 1917, and they had four children: William P. IV, Edwin…
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Biography of Herbert Montague Sherwood

Herbert Montague Sherwood (1887-1923) was a prominent lawyer in Providence, Rhode Island. Born to David Faulkner and Mary Louisa (Scribner) Sherwood, he graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School. Sherwood practiced law with several firms, culminating in Sherwood, Heltzen & Clifford. He served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate, and was a captain in the U.S. Army during WWI. He married Margaret Gammell Meader in 1920, with whom he had five daughters. Sherwood was also involved in his father’s extensive real estate ventures.
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Biography of Howard W. Hathaway

Howard W. Hathaway, born December 12, 1876, in Somerset, Massachusetts, was a notable orchard owner in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He partnered with his father, Charles E. Hathaway, transitioning from pottery and electrical insulation manufacturing to orchard development in 1915. Their business, starting in Somerset in 1905, expanded to Portsmouth, cultivating fifty acres of vegetables and 150 acres of fruit trees. Active in several horticultural societies, Howard was also involved in local politics and community organizations. He married Nellie R. Calder in 1898, and they had eleven children.
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Biography of John Henry Bailey, Jr.

John Henry Bailey, Jr., born March 6, 1863, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was a dedicated educator who served as superintendent of schools in Coventry, Rhode Island. Descended from early American settlers, Bailey’s career began after graduating from the State Normal School in Providence in 1882. He held various teaching and administrative positions before becoming Coventry’s superintendent in 1919, a role he held until 1929. Post-retirement, Bailey managed the Nathanael Greene homestead in Anthony. Active in civic life, he was a Mason and member of several educational and veterans’ organizations. Bailey married Martha Josephine Harris in 1890,…
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