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 Smithfield Town Records Collection

  Records, 1731-1892

 Size: 0.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 217

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, November 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The town of Smithfield was set off from Providence in 1731. In 1871, it was divided into Smithfield, Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket.

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            The following accessions are represented in this collection. The provenance of many items remains unknown. Some items, especially the 1731 boundary document, appear to have come from the Theodore Foster Papers.

#1896.10.1, #1896.12.2-3       Gifts of Henry L. Dempsey

#1908.17, #1908.19                Gifts of David W. Smith

#1910.10.3                              Purchased from the estate of Albert W. Brown

#1969.37.1-6                          Gift of Nino D. Scotti

#1973.279.4                            Gift of Old Slater Mill

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Processing note:

            These records were brought together in the 1970s from the miscellaneous holdings of the Society. They were rehoused in archival folders and inventoried in 1997.

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Folder 1. Tax books, 1822 (3 vol.)

Folder 2. Tax books, 1823 (2 vol.)

Folder 3. Tax books, 1842, 1848

Folder 4. Tax lists for school district #14 (Greenville), 1856, 1858

Folder 5. Tax books, 1886, 1887, 1889

Folder 6. Tax books, 1890, 1891, 1892

Folder 7. Resolution to support ban on slave trade in General Assembly, 1783

Folder 8. Act re highways, 1793

Folder 9. Justice Court, loose documents, 1802-1809

Folder 10. Justice Court minute book, 1813-1814, kept by Asa and Duty Winsor

Folder 11. Justice Court minute book, 1822-1823, kept by Asa and Duty Winsor

Folder 12. List of residents of two highway districts, 1845

Folder 13. Voting list, 1848

Folder 14. School district report, 1849 (District #2, Slatersville)

Folder 15. 1860 U.S. Census - Schedule 4 - Products of Agriculture

Folder 16. Miscellaneous:

                        Extract from report of committee to lay boundary line, 1731

                        Petition re bastard child born to Bethiah Herendeen and Jeremiah Ballard, 1742

                        Resolution to settle with Andrew Waterman, 1807

                        Indenture of the Overseers of the Poor, 1808

                        Memorandum re lottery, undated

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Rhode Island General Assembly

Schools - Rhode Island- Smithfield

Slave trade - Rhode Island - Smithfield

Taxes - Rhode Island - Smithfield

Winsor, Asa

Winsor, Duty

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