Family of Smithfield, R.I.
Papers, 1769-1924. Bulk, 1769-1854.
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Catalog number: MSS 1063
Processed by: Rick Stattler, November 2000
©Rhode Island Historical Society
These are the papers the family of Hope (Manchester) Adams (1889-1967): both of her parents, all four of her grandparents, and several of her great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. For details of the family history, please see the inventory section below.
Faxon, George L. History of the Faxon Family..., 108-110, 169. Springfield, MA: Springfield Printing Co., 1880.
Phetteplace, Edward G. Genealogies of the Phetteplace Family, 27, 68-69. Norwich, N.Y.: 1983.
Rhode Island Cemetery Database
Rigdon, G.T. A Contribution to the History, Biography and Genealogy of the Families Named Sole, Solly, Sowle, Soulis..., 1020. Lewiston, Me.: Journal Press, 1926.
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Scope and content:
This is collection includes a wide variety of miscellaneous material from many different families. Particularly interesting items include:
Two letters from Charles Faxon, serving in a Massachusetts regiment in the War of 1812.
Several letters among the women of the Faxon family re production of braid and bonnets
Asahel Phetteplace's 1828 contract to receive 200 tons of stone
Abner Soule's blacksmith ledger showing his accounts with customers back to 1769
Sixteen letters to Caroline Stone from her sisters in Smithfield, 1853-1854.
Papers of Lemuel Stone, a prominent railroad official from North Providence
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The Phetteplace papers were passed on to Asahel Phetteplace's daughter Caroline (Phetteplace) Stone (1825-1924). Her daughter Caroline P. (Stone) Manchester (1850-1941) added the papers of her father Lemuel Stone and her husband George Manchester's Manchester, Soule and Faxon ancestors. These papers were inherited by her daughter Hope (Manchester) Adams (1889-1967), who passed them on to her step-son Henry Judson Adams. They then passed to his daughter Karen (Adams) Ludwig, who donated them to the R.I.H.S. in 2000.
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Donated with this collection were two folders of papers of John C. Borden and his family of Troy / Fall River, Massachusetts. After extensive research, no connection was noted between Borden and the Phetteplace family or with Rhode Island. These papers were then given to the Fall River Historical Society.
Five photographs of the Stone family were transferred to the Graphics Division.
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Relationships are given to Hope (Manchester) Adams, who first assembled these papers as a unit.
Faxon Family. Fanny Faxon (1796-1875) was the grandmother of HMA; she married Cornelius Manchester. These papers relate to her parents Samuel Faxon (1758-1821) and Priscilla (Thomas) Faxon (1765-); her siblings Priscilla Stockbridge, Lucy Sweet, Charles Faxon, Luther Faxon and Elbridge G. Faxon; her uncle James Thomas (1784-1827); and her cousin Mary Thomas (b.1797); her uncle Noah Hobart (1767-); and her aunt Deborah (Thomas) Hobart (1767-1834). The family was dispersed across southeastern Massachusetts in Duxbury, Bridgewater, Foxboro, Wrentham, Mendon and Uxbridge; two of the letters are addressed to Rhode Island, as noted below.
Folder 1. Family correspondence, 1807-1837:
1807/04/14 Priscilla Faxon to Noah and Deborah Thomas
1810/11/10 James Thomas to Noah Hobart. Death of nephew Nathan Thomas.
1811/02/18 Benjamin Faxon to brother Samuel Faxon
1813/09/21 Mary Thomas to cousin Fanny Faxon. Discusses making braid to sell.
1814/07/28 Charles Faxon (serving in Maine) to parents Samuel and Priscilla.
1814/09/11 Luther Faxon to mother Priscilla Faxon. Going to serve in army in Boston.
1814/09/22 Noah Hobart to Charles Faxon. Farm and family news.
1814/10/10 Charles Faxon to Noah Hobart. Discusses troop movements in Maine.
1817/02/03 Luther Faxon to father Samuel Faxon, with moral advice for brother.
1817/11/20 Luther Faxon to parents Samuel and Priscilla Faxon.
1818/05/15 Noah Hobart to niece Lucy Faxon
1819/09/02 Luther Faxon to sister Lucy Faxon, with advice for brother Elbridge
1822/03/11 Luther Faxon to sister Lucy in Providence.
1823/03/27 Priscilla W. Stockbridge to mother Priscilla Faxon of N. Providence
1823/05/09 Elbridge G. Faxon to mother Priscilla Faxon in North Providence.
1825/12/13 Elbridge G. Faxon to mother and sisters [in North Providence?]
1829/04/07 Luther Faxon to sister Fanny Faxon
1831/11/20 Lucy Sweet to sister Fanny (Faxon) Manchester in N. Providence.
1832/08/29 Priscilla Faxon to daughter Lucy Sweet
1833/01/04 Lucy Sweet to father-in-law Henry L. Sweet. Writing from Michigan.
1835/06/07 Deborah --- to aunt Fanny (Faxon) Manchester in N. Providence.
1837/11/02 Lucy Sweet to mother Priscilla Faxon in N. Providence
Undated "B.K." to Priscilla Thomas
Undated Priscilla Faxon to mother Priscilla Thomas. Discusses bonnet-making.
Undated Priscilla (Faxon) Stockbridge to mother Priscilla Faxon.
Folder 2. Miscellaneous Faxon papers:
Faxon-Thomas family record, 1758-1828 (3 copies)
Deed, Paul Crocker to James Thomas of Nova Scotia land, 1772
Priscilla Thomas, power of attorney to William White, 1782
Samuel Faxon commissions as sergeant, 1788 and 1792
Broadside dated Bridgewater, September 9, 1801
Poem by Mary W. Thomas, 1811
Penmanship sample, Elbridge G. Faxon, 1814
"An Address Before the Officers and Soldiers, of the 40th Regt. U.S. Infantry, Lord's Day Morning, March 27, 1814" (broadside)
Pension claim acknowledgment of Priscilla Faxon, 1855
Invitations, poem, teacher's commendations, recipe (undated).
Caroline P. (Stone) Manchester (1850-1941). Wife of George A, Manchester, mother of HMA.
Folder 3. Miscellaneous:
Related property memoranda, 1887 and 1906
Swatch from great-great-grandmother Nancy Waterman's wedding dress
Cornelius Manchester (1798-1876). Blacksmith, of North Providence. Grandfather of HMA. Married Fanny Faxon. Their son George A. Manchester (1838-1923) m. Caroline P. Stone (Asahel Phetteplace's granddaughter).
Folder 4. Deeds, 1828-1849
Folder 5. Miscellaneous:
Memorandum re pearl stone found in 1800
Marriage certificate, 1829
Letter of appointment as postmaster, 1833
Letter from U.S. Postal Solicitor's office, 1836
Letter to Horatio Stockbridge, 1838, re pension for mother-in-law
Pew deeds, Second Baptist Church of North Providence, 1840, 1843
Release of debt, 1842
Letter from sister-in-law Jane Faxon, 1843
Insurance policies, Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Co., 1845, 1852
Commission as notary public, 1858
Family record, 1859
Manchester, George A. (1838-1923). Son of Cornelius; husband of Caroline; father of HMA.
Folder 6. Miscellaneous:
Promissary note to Lemuel Stone, 1883
Letter from H. Woodward re property in Florida, 1887
Certificate re World War I monument in North Providence, [1919?]
Asahel Phetteplace (1788-1838). Of Burrillville and Smithfield. Great-grandfather of HMA. Raised in Glocester, and settled in Smithfield, R.I. Married Nancy Smith (1783-1873), daughter of James and Nancy (Waterman) Smith. Children: Henry M. Phetteplace (b.1812); James S. Phetteplace (1814-1900); Thurston E. Phetteplace (1816- ); Ann Maria Bartlett (1818- ); Zalmon Phetteplace (1821-1822); Caroline L. (1825-1924); Anna M. Richards (1826-1864)
Folder 7. Deeds, 1810-1831
Folder 8. Paid bills, 1825-1847.
Folder 9. Miscellaneous:
Writs, 1813, 1814
Contract for the Killingly Slag Quarry to deliver 200 tons of stone, 1828
Writ of execution, 1831
Estate papers re father Eliakam Phetteplace, 1831-1837
Eliakam Phetteplace (1755-1832). Of Glocester and Burrillville. great-great-grandfather of HMA. Born in the northern part of the town of Glocester, R.I., which was set off as the new town of Burrillville in 1806. Children: Arca Phetteplace (1775-1858); Thankful Phetteplace (1778- ); Rhoda Moon (1781- ); Nancy Eddy (1785- ); Asahel Phetteplace (1788-1838); Phebe Keach (1794- ).
Folder 10. Deeds, 1779-1806
Folder 11. Miscellaneous:
Agreement with Hezekiah Bellows, 1794
Apprenticeship indenture for Nathan Truman for husbandry, 1817
Paid bills, 1827-1831
Nancy (Smith) Phetteplace (1783-1873). Widow of Asahel. Great-grandmother of HMA.
Folder 12. Paid bills, 1845-1855
Thurston Phetteplace (1816-1899). Son of Asahel. Great-uncle of HMA.
Folder 13. Paid bills, 1836, 1847; deeds, 1849
Folder 14. Miscellaneous:
Duty Phetteplace receipt, 1828
George Phetteplace deed to Hannah, 1848
Henry Phetteplace receipt, 1831
Smith family. Family of Nancy (Smith) Phetteplace, maternal great grandmother of HMA.
Folder 15. Bills of James, Amos and Miss R. Smith, 1827-1835
Abner Soule (1748-1814). Blacksmith of Tiverton. Grandfather of Cornelius Manchester, and great-great-grandfather of HMA.
Folder 16. Blacksmith ledger, 1769-1776.
Caroline (Phetteplace) Stone (1825-1924). Daughter of Asahel Phetteplace, wife of Lemuel Stone, grandmother of HMA.
Folder 17. Miscellaneous:
16 letters from sisters Hannah Phetteplace and A.M. Bartlett, 1853-1854
Four letters from daughter and grandchildren, 1871 and undated
Deed from son-in-law George Manchester, 1881
Stock sale receipt, 1893
Probate inventory, 1924
Lemuel M.E. Stone (1820-1895). Railroad superintendent of North Providence. Maternal grandfather of HMA. Children: Caroline m. George Manchester; Waterman Stone; Charles Stone. The R.I.H.S. also has Stone's original diary from 1867 to 1881, cataloged separately.
Folder 18. Miscellaneous:
Letter from William Woodford of Ohio re Henry A. Stone and the Daniel Winsor estate, 1842
Six deeds, 1846-1884
Letter of recommendation, 1851
Letter from Henry Stone of Smithfield, 1854
R.I. House of Representatives roll call re Ives vs. Hazard case, 1859
Will of Lucina Stone, 1867
Four letters from Asa Winsor re Stone's mother's estate, 1867
Small scrapbook of clippings re retirement, 1871
Obituary of sister-in-law Emily Stone, no date
Obituary of wife Caroline (Phetteplace) Stone, 1923
Abstract of 1782 deed
Abstract of note on Winsor family, 1847
1861 letter from Melissa --- to Charles and Waterman Stone
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Apprentices - Rhode Island - Smithfield
Blacksmiths - Rhode Island - Tiverton
Cottage industries - Massachusetts
Hobart, Noah (1767-)
Killingly Slag Quarry
Manchester, Cornelius (1798-1876)
Massachusetts - Social life and customs
North Providence, R.I. - Social life and customs
Phetteplace, Asahel (1788-1838)
Phetteplace, Eliakam (1755-1832)
Smithfield, R.I. - Social life and customs
Soule, Abner (1748-1814)
Stone, Caroline (Phetteplace) (1825-1924)
Stone, Lemuel M.E. (1820-1895)
Tiverton, R.I. - Commerce
United States - History - War of 1812
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