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 Herbert A. Capron

Herbert A. Capron, born January 2, 1885, in Providence, Rhode Island, was a prominent figure in the state’s automobile industry. He began his career in 1903, working with his father to sell Franklin automobiles, later representing Pope and Cadillac cars. In 1929, he became the distributor of Auburn and Cord cars, serving as president of the Auburn Motor Car Company of Rhode Island. Capron was also active in Masonic organizations and the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers’ Association. He married Charlotte Smith in 1912, and they had two children, George B. and Barbara N. Capron passed away…
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Biography of Moses E. Shippee

Moses E. Shippee, born May 19, 1859, in Richmond, Rhode Island, was a notable businessman in East Greenwich. He began his career in the grocery and market business, later managing the Updike Hotel. Despite losing his sight in 1895 due to rheumatism, he continued successfully in real estate and insurance until his retirement in 1922. Shippee was active in the First Baptist Church and the Masonic Order. He married Sarah Aylesworth, and they had one daughter, Marion. Shippee passed away on April 2, 1927, leaving a legacy of dedication to his community and business acumen.
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Biography of John Francis Deering

John Francis Deering, born November 24, 1863, in Melfort, Scotland, was a prominent educator in Rhode Island. After moving to the United States, he graduated from La Salle Academy in 1878 and later took a course at the Rhode Island School of Design. Deering worked as a principal and teacher at Arctic Public School from 1882 to 1913 before becoming superintendent of schools in West Warwick. He was active in various organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the National Education Association. He married twice and had two children from his first marriage.
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Biography of Joseph Howard Ladd, M. D.

Joseph Howard Ladd, M.D. (1876-1948), was a prominent psychiatrist specializing in the care of the feeble-minded. Born in High Forest, Minnesota, and educated at Dartmouth Medical College, he began his career at the Walter E. Fernald School in Massachusetts. In 1907, he became superintendent of the Exeter School in Rhode Island, leading significant advancements in the care and education of mentally deficient individuals. Under his administration, the school expanded its facilities and programs, despite ongoing challenges. Dr. Ladd was an esteemed member of various medical and psychiatric associations, contributing significantly to the field until his death.
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Biography of Governor Henry Lippitt

Henry Lippitt: From the Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island (1881) Governor Henry Lippitt — The Lippitt family has given to Rhode Island two governors: Governor Henry Lippitt, subject of this record, and his son, Charles Warren Lippitt. The former was an outstanding manufacturer and financier, and the son was associated with the father in most of these important enterprises. The family was founded in America by John Lippitt, who had a house and home lot of six acres in Providence, Rhode Island, in the year 1638. On July 27, 1640, he signed a…

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Biography of W. Norman Sayer

W. Norman Sayer, born January 20, 1894, in Newport, Rhode Island, interrupted his studies at the University of Pennsylvania to serve in World War I. Enlisting in the U.S. Army Engineers Corps in 1917, he rose to first lieutenant before his discharge in 1919. Post-war, Sayer worked for the New England Steamship Company and later became clerk of the Newport District Court. Active in local politics and community organizations, he was elected city clerk of Newport in 1930. Sayer married Zita V. Fletcher in 1918, and they had one son, Archibald Baldwin Sayer.
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Rhodes and Dennis Families

The Rhodes and Dennis families hold a distinguished place in Rhode Island’s history, with their union dating back to the marriage of Sarah Arnold Rhodes and Dr. William B. Dennis on September 27, 1868. Dr. Dennis, a Harvard-educated physician, served briefly in the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War and passed away in 1877. The Rhodes lineage, notably traced to the early settler Zachariah Rhodes, highlights a legacy of civic engagement and resistance to Massachusetts’ religious mandates, leading to their relocation to Rhode Island. The marriage of these two families brought together two…
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Biography of Andres Anderson

Andres Anderson — Engaged in the dairy and poultry business on the Sneach Pond Road in the town of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Andres Anderson owns a sixty-four-acre farming property in this district and is widely and favorably known among the farmers here and in the milk trade. He sells his dairy products wholesale and conducts an extensive business in this region of New England. Mr. Anderson was born in Sweden, on July 17, 1870, son of Andrew Carlson Anderson. His parents never came to the United States, but he himself crossed the ocean to take up…

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