The Worland Family in America and Beyond

I began my life in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, on an island filled with forests and wild rhododendrons. I was separated from my Worland family there at an early age. Recently, I was reunited with my family and learned of my heritage. And so, this journey to know my ancestors began. The Worlands, Gideons, Newtons, Conards... they were the colonists, the settlers, the pioneers. They fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War. This is their story, and the story of a nation. -Deci Worland MacKinnon

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9th, before the Revolution

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David I (left) with the young Malcolm IV (right).
December 9, 1165- My 22nd great granduncle, King Malcolm IV of Scotland, dies at the age of 24at Jedburgh .He was the eldest son of Henry, Earl of Huntingdon and Northumbria (died 1152) and Ada de Warenne.
He succeeded his grandfather David I. Malcolm's grandfather died at Carlisle on 24 May 1153, and Malcolm was inaugurated as king on 27 May 1153 at Scone at age twelve. The coronation took place before the old king was buried. Malcolm was not only King of Scots, but also inherited the Earldom of Northumbria.

Malcolm IV of Scotland
Malcolm IV of Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Called Malcolm the Maiden by later chroniclers, a name which may incorrectly suggest weakness or effeminacy to modern readers, he was noted for his religious zeal and interest in knighthood and warfare. For much of his reign he was in poor health and died unmarried.  His mother formulated a plan for a marriage to Constance, daughter of Conan III, Duke of Brittany, but Malcolm died before the wedding could be celebrated. His premature death may have been hastened by Paget's disease (a chronic disorder that typically results in enlarged and deformed bones).

December 9, 1609- My ninth great granduncle, Peter Doors, is born to Pieter Dohrs & Lysgen Grietes in Kaldenkirchen, Bruggen, Prussia.

December 9, 1673- A daughter, Esther, is born to John Wilcox & Esther Cornwall in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
Esther is my first cousin 10 times removed.

December 9, 1681- My eighth great grandmother, Martha Luther, is born to Samuel Luther & Mary Abell in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

December 9, 1687- A son, Francis, is born to Samuel Wetmore & Rebecca Gardner in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Francis is my second cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1709- A daughter, Dorcas, is born to William Tew & Abigail Sisson in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.
Dorcas is my first cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1717- My seventh great granduncle, Edward Cole, dies at the age of 60 in St. Mary's, Maryland. The third son of Robert Cole & Rebecca Gill, he was born at St. Clement's Manor.
As a young man, he went to England for further education, perhaps in care of his father Robert's executor, Henry Hanckes. He first married Honora Ford in 1683 in St. Mary's, Maryland. Honora died about 1696.
In 1688, he left St. Clement's Manor, probably settling on "St. Edward's", the land surveyed for him by Luke Gardiner adjacent to Gardiner's holding at "St. John's".
At his death, he left his second wife, Elizabeth Slye. They had wed about 1705. Elizabeth would survive into the 1730s.
He left a large, well-furnished house, several hundred acres of land and a valuable estate. He was firmly established as one of the leading Catholic gentlemen of St. Mary's.

Will of Edward Cole

" IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Edward Cole Senior of St. Marys County
[MD] being now in good bodily health & of Sound & perfect sence & memory
thanks be to Almighty God for all his Benefits & Considering the uncertainty
of this transitory Life we live in doe think it Expedient & Necessar y tosettle & Dispose of all such temporall benefits which pleased Al mightGod hither to Endow me with & in order thereunto doe make thi s my lastWill Renouncing Revoking & making Voyd any Will or Wills he retofore byme made either Verball or in writing but this to be Effec tually takenfor my last will & Testament in Manner and forme followi ng vidis Impriis

First and Principally I give & bequeath my Soule to Almighty God
that gave it firmly & constantly believing that through the meritorio usdeath
and passion of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ I shall receive full pardon and
[P]remission of all my past crimes & Sins & my body I bequeath to th eEarth
from whence it came to be buried in Decent manner according to the discretion
of my Executor & Executrix hereafter specified.

1st Item I will and Desire that all Such Debts which of Righ t Iowe to any person may be Discharged & paid in some reasonable tim e aftermy decease -Especially to Captn John Hyde or his assignes i f any due.

2ndly Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Col e &her assigns forever one Negroe man called George & his wife calle d Bessnow att Madenbower, any one chest of Drawers which she shall p lease tomake choice of the two chests of Drawers which I now have wi th as muchof the rest of my Estate as shall come to her thirds.

3rdly Item I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Edward Cole o neshilling sterling to be paid in some convenient time after my Dece asewhich said shilling is to be all that he shall have out of my Est atemore than he has already had for his part he having Received hi s fullpart except this shilling already.

4thly Item I will & Desire that if after my Decease any Good scomes in from Captain John Hyde or his assigns Consigned to me or t hatdoath anywise concern the said Hyde & my marchandizing I desir e & willthat my son Edward Cole shall have the disposall of them & b e paid forhis trouble & Cares & the profit & Gaine of the said Cargo e or Goods tobe added to my Estate.

5thly Item I will and Desire after my decease if any Goods b e inthe store be them more or less I will & Desire that my son Edwar d Colehave the Disposall of them as of the other before mentione d & that hemay have Liberty to come & Dispose of the same when he sh all have hisSett Days & as soon as my Decease I will & Desire that m y son EdwardCole take the key of the stores & the Goods into his pos session & Cares.

6thly Item I give and bequeath all my wearing apparell my Wigg sonly Excepted to be Distributed to such poor peoples as my Executo r &Executrix shall think fitting and Convenient.

7thly Item I will & Desire that after the Discharge of my jus tDebts that then the Remaining part of my Estate as well Quick and D eedbe equally Divided amongst my Six Children Vidte Elizabeth Heard[ ,]Robert Cole[,] Honour Spalding[,] Ruth Mattingly[,] Susannah Jenki ns[,]and Mary Jenkins[.]

8thly Lastly And for the Executing Effecting & fulfilling of t hismy last Will & Testament I nominate Constitute & appoint my wel l belovedwife Elizabeth Cole & my beloved son Robert Cole to be tru e & lawfullExecutor & Executrix, ----- the true performance of thi s my last Will &Testament to see that nobody here above mentioned b e any wise wronged asye Shall answer the same at the Day of Judgmen t As Witness my hand &Seale this Sixteenth Day of April Anno Domin i 1717

Edwd his Cole


 Sealed Signed & Delivered in the Presence
of Clemt Gardiner Joseph Powers James Thompson
The aforegoing Will was thus Endorsed
December the 20th 1717

Then came Clement Gardiner & Joseph Power two of the Witnesses to th ewithin
Will & made oath that they saw the above named Edward Cole Seale Sign e &
Deliver the same as his last Will & Testament
Wm Aisquith Depty Com y"

December 9, 1721- A son, Samuel, is born to Samuel Doolittle & Mary Fenn in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Samuel is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1730- Thomas Carter, son of Thomas Carter & Margaret Wetmore, marries Sarah Gilbert, daughter of Samuel Gilbert & Mercy Warner.
Thomas is my second cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1739- A daughter, Mary, is born to Caleb Abernathy & Lois Gaylord in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mary is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 9, 1742- Thomas Langton, son of Joseph Langton & Rachel Cowles, marries Abigail Richards, daughter of Thomas Richards & Abigail Turner, in Farmington, Connecticut.
Abigail Richards is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1743- A daughter, Anna, is born to Thomas Cole & Christiana Luther in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Anna is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1751- Mary Maurle, wife of Abraham Lukens, and their 10 year-old daughter, Mary, both die in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mary Maurle is 52 years old.
Young Mary Lukens is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1752- A son, Daniel, is born to Isaac Shoemaker & Hannah Roberts in Upper Dublin Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Daniel is my fourth cousin 7 times removed.


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 8th, Before the Revolution

December 8, 1724- Jonathan Tuttle, son of Simon Tuttle & Elizabeth Abernathy, marries Mary Cooper, daughter of John Cooper & Sarah Thomas, in Connecticut.
Jonathan Tuttle is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1726- Jabez Carpenter marries Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of Richard Mitchell & Elizabeth Tripp, in Rhode Island.
Elizabeth Mitchell is my third cousin 9 times removed.
Jonathan Tuttle, son of Nathaniel Tuttle & Esther Doolittle, marries Rebecca Gilbert, daughter of Samuel Gilbert & Hannah Little, in New Haven, Connecticut. They would have no children.
Jonathan Tuttle is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1742- Daniel Seamans is born to John Seamans & Priscilla Wood in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Daniel Seamans is my first cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1743- Nehemiah St. John marries Lois Cornwall, daughter of Paul Cornwall & Susannah Bowden in Connecticut.
Lois Cornwall is my first cousin 9 times removed.

December 8, 1747- A son, Preserved, is born to Preserved Sherman & Sarah Lawton in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.
Preserved Sherman is my third cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1742- A daughter, Deborah Adamson, is born to Thomas Adamson & Mary Burson in Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Deborah Adamson is my second cousin 6 times removed.

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William Penn  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

December 8, 1761- John Lukens, (1720-1789), was  appointed by Thomas and Richard Penn to the position of Surveyor General under the Proprietaries, December 8, 1761.
On the death of Nicholas Scull, the surveyor-general, he was commissioned,  to fill the place, and continued in the position until his death, in the fall of 1789, -the long period of almost twenty-eight years, from the colonial period to the establishment of the State government.
William Penn's early decisions about Pennsylvania land distribution gave the Land Office significant power from the beginning of settlement. The land office was comprised of the secretary for proprietary affairs, the surveyor general, and the receiver general. Over time, the surveyor general became the most powerful position in the land distribution system because his duties were an integral part of that system.
A prospective settler made "an application," that is, a request for land, in a particular place. Barring any problems such as a previous application for the same land, the secretary of proprietary affairs would issue a warrant for a survey of the property. The surveyor general then assigned a deputy in the appropriate district to perform the survey. After its completion, the surveyor general certified the survey's accuracy and returned a report to the secretary who could then formally grant the land.
Lukens remained Surveyor General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania until the American Revolution.
John Lukens is my second cousin 8 times removed.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

On This Day in the Colonies: December 7

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English: John Rogers House, Branford CT on National Register of Historic Places (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
December 7, 1645- My eighth great granduncle, Daniel Hubbard, is born to George Hubbard & Elizabeth Watts in Hartford, Connecticut.

December 7, 1664- My ninth great grandmother, Sarah Hall, wife of Deacon Thomas Wetmore, dies at the age of 42 in Middletown, Middlesex County,Connecticut.
Born in England, she was the daughter of John Hall & Esther Willoche.

December 7, 1696- Connecticut Route 108, third oldest highway in Connecticut, is laid out to Trumbull.

December 7, 1703- A daughter, Mary, is born to Daniel Maltby & Esther Moss in Branford, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mary is my second cousin 9 times removed.

December 7, 1708- A daughter, Margaret, is born to Matthias Tyson & Mary Potts in Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Margaret is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 7, 1724- My ninth great grandmother, Deborah Allen Buckland, wife of Hugh Cole, dies at the age of 64 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Joseph Buckland & Deborah Allen.
She is buried in Kickemuit Cemetery, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island.

December 7, 1732- A son, James, is born to Robert Harlow & Susannah Cole in Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British America.
James is my second cousin 9 times removed.
William Penn, son of William Penn & Mary Jones, marries Christiana Forbes, daughter of Alexander Forbes, a merchant, in London, England.
William Penn is my fourth cousin 8 times removed.
The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England.

December 7, 1747- A daughter, Mary, is born to Thomas Adamson & Mary Burson in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Mary is my second cousin 6 times removed.

December 7, 1749- Peleg Sisson, son of George Sisson & Elizabeth Sherman, marries Ruth Sherman, daughter of John Sherman & Grizzel Fish, in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. They are married by William Sanford, Justice.
Peleg is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 7, 1751- A son, Samuel, is born to Benjamin Tallman & Elizabeth Gorton in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island.
Samuel is my third cousin 8 times removed.

December 7, 1755- A son, John, is born to Jarvis Brown & Ann Kinnicut in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
John is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 7, 1760- A daughter, Sarah, is born to Giles Sanford & Elizabeth Smith in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island.
Sarah is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 7, 1763- A daughter, Ann, is born to Jeremiah Walton & Margaret Tyson in Moreland Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
Ann is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 7, 1767- A son, Seth, is born to Joseph Blake & Marnara Grant in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Seth is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 7, 1768- Stephen Brownell, son of Joseph Brownell & Rebecca Tripp, marries Susanna Fish, daughter of David Fish & Jemima Tallman, in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island.
Stephen and Susanna are my third cousins 8 times removed.

December 7, 1771- A daughter, Tabatha, is born to Joseph Hoxie & Abigail Sherman in Dutchess County, New York.
Tabatha is my fourth cousin 7 times removed.

December 7, 1773- A daugher, Elizabeth, is born to Squire Seamans & Elizabeth Lee in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth is my third cousin 6 times removed.

December 7, 1776- David Potts and his wife Alice Schull, moved to York County, Pennsylvania, He, along with his wife and children Jonathan, Ann, Hannah, Rachel, Joseph and Stephen, made a request to be received into Friends Meeting. Their request was granted February 8, 1777. They were members of Menallen Particular Meeting, (now included in Adams County,) then under the care of the Warrington Monthly Meeting.
David Potts is my second cousin 7 times removed.
Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general.

December 7, 1780- Josiah Seymour marries Dinah Doolittle, daughter of James Doolittle & Sarah Andrews, in Watertown, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Dinah is my third cousin 7 times removed.
Ebenezer Cole, son of Ebenezer Cole & Prudence Miller, marries Martha Ingraham, daughter of Joshua.
Ebenezer is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 7, 1782-  A son, Robert, is born to Reverend Robert Hubbard & Lucy Hubbard in Shelburne, Franklin, Massachusetts.
Robert is my third cousin 6 times removed.

December 7, 1787- Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Connecticut, after 1742

St. John-Ashwell House (1742)

In 1742, Jonathan Huested purchased a newly built house, on what is now Park Street in New Canaan, from Henry Inman. The house was next owned by Lt. David St. John. It was later home to the Lieutenant’s granddaughter, Hannah, who married the Congregational minister, Rev. Theophilus Smith in 1831. Her brother, Dr. Samuel St. John, was born in the house in 1813. A notable scientist, he was a professor at the Western Reserve College in Ohio and later the Cleveland Medical College. He later returned to New Canaan, serving for twenty years as Professor of Chemistry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, and lived in a house across from the old St. John House. A few months before his death, he gave a Historical Address in the Congregational Church on the Centennial, July 4, 1876. The old house remained in St. John family until it was sold to Helen M. Ashwell in 1919. The entrance was originally on the north side, but the current front door faces Park Street. Historical Buildings of Connecticut.

Esther Moss, daughter of John Moss & Martha Lothrop, dies at age 64 some time before November, 1743, in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. In 1742, she had married her third husband, Samuel Frary.

(Esther Moss is my first cousin 10 times removed. Our common ancestors are John Moss & Abigail "Goody" Charles.)
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 1742, Rhode Island

A case of rape is brought before the Rhode Island court. The incident allegedly happened on December 23, 1742, when a 39 year-old woman, Comfort Dennis Taylor, traveled between Portsmouth and Bristol on a ferry navigated by a slave named Cuff.
Taylor knew how a woman who had been raped should act, and she comported herself accordingly: she screamed for help in order to demonstrate that she had resisted her attacker; she quickly reported the attack; and she had bruises to show from her ordeal.
In Rhode Island (but not elsewhere in New England) courts could rely on circumstantial evidence if there were no eyewitnesses. A second example concerns Rhode Island's laws about rape. Colonies did not have laws about attempted rape, so Taylor's accusation of Cuff fell into a grey area. But in the midst of her legal struggles to get redress in any forum, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a law in August 1743 that pertained to attempted rape by a black man. The law made attempted rape by a black man punishable by branding, whipping, and transportation. This law, and others like it in colonial America, racialized laws about attempted rape by assuming that any advance by a black man toward a white woman would be unwanted, and thus the man was automatically guilty of rape

December 22, 1742- A son, Barthrum, is born to James Round & Susannah Seamans in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island.
 Joseph Brownell marries Rebecca Tripp, daughter of Abiel Tripp & Elinor Waite, and George Sisson, son of James Sisson & Deborah Cook, marries Abigail Cook in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island.

(George Sisson is my first cousin 9 times removed. Our common ancestors are George Sisson & Sarah F. Lawton.
Barthrum Round is my second cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Seamans & Susannah Salisbury and William Wood & Susannah Beckwith.
Rebecca Tripp is my second cousin 9 times removed. Our common ancestors are William Hall & Mary Thomas.)
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 1742, Connecticut

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Israel Putnam birthplace
December 1742- The last wolf in Connecticut was killed. The story goes that Israel Putnam, who later became a hero of the Revolutionary War, led an effort, with the help of a group of farmers from Mortlake, to find and kill a marauding wolf that was savaging sheep flocks in the northeast part of the state.
The den where the wolf was found and cornered is in Mashamoquet Brook State Park. On the right of the den, is a plaque that reads, in part:
''Following her tracks through one day and night in the early snow of December 1742 to the Connecticut River and back, the early settlers of this region here discovered the den of the she wolf that had for years devastated their flocks.'' Putnam, then in his early 20's, was the only one willing to go in after the wolf.
''Israel Putnam, 70 of whose sheep had been slaughtered, at 10 o'clock at night, with a rope tied to his feet, first with a torch, again with a musket, entered this cave, and by the light of her angry eyes, shot and killed the marauder, and entering a third time, dragged forth the body of the last wolf in Connecticut.'' He emerged, according to one account, dragging the wolf by the ears to the acclaim of his companions.
The farmers thought killing all the wolves was necessary to safeguard their sheep and early settlements typically offered bounties on such predators.

December 9, 1742- Thomas Langton, son of Joseph Lankton & Rachael Cowles, marries Abigail Richards, daughter of Thomas Richards & Abigail Turner, in Farmington, Connecticut.

December 18, 1742- Samuel, son of Nathaniel Bacon & Esther Hubbard, dies at age 9 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.

December 24, 1742- Christiana, daughter of Ebenezer Savage Wetmore & Elizabeth Cornwall, dies at the age of 7 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.

(Samuel Bacon is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Nathaniel Hubbard & Mary Earle and Nathaniel Bacon & Ann Miller and Deacon Thomas Wetmore.
Samuel Bacon and Christiana Wetmore are second cousins. Christiana Wetmore is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Deacon Thomas Wetmore & Sarah Hall and William Cornwall & Mary Bailey.
Abigail Richards is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Edward Turner & Mary Sanford.)

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November 1742, Rhode Island

18th Century Newport Colony House, early meeti...
18th Century Newport Colony House, early meeting place of the Court (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
November 23, 1742- A daughter, Rachel, is born to Isaac Peckham & Jane Sisson in Middletown, Newport, Rhode Island.
She would die in childhood.

(Rachel Peckham is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are George Sisson & Sarah F. Lawton.)

18th Century Newport

By 1720, Newport was a leading urban center of the colonies, with a population of 3,800. By 1742 its people numbered 6,200.
Among the religious groups attracted to this haven in a world of threatening intolerance were Quakers and Jews. Together they transformed the town from a small agricultural outpost to one of colonial America's five leading seaports.

The Quakers became the most influential of Newport's numerous early congregations and they dominated the political, social and economic life of the town into the 18th century. Their "plain style" of living was reflected in Newport's architecture, decorative arts and early landscape.
The beginning of the commercial activity which raised Newport to its fame as a rich port was begun by a second wave of Portuguese Jews who settled there about the middle of the 18th century. They had been practicing Judaism in secret for three hundred years in Portugal, liable to torture and murder by the Inquisition if they were caught, and were attracted to Rhode Island because of the freedom of worship there. They brought with them commercial experience and connections, capital and a spirit of enterprise.

Much of the commercial activity was centered on the area called Washington Square, which was once the center of both the commercial and civic life of the colonial city. Upon its completion in 1741, the Old Colony House at the head of Washington Square served as a seat of Rhode Island's government, until the current Rhode Island State House in Providence was completed in 1904 and Providence became the state's sole capital city.
Newport suffered from an imbalance of trade with the largest colonial ports. As a result, Newport merchants were forced to develop alternatives to conventional exports.The Quakers neighborhood on Eastons Point was home to some of the most highly skilled craftsman in colonial America. Throughout the 18th century the famous Goddard and Townsend furniture was made in Newport.
During this time the waterfront bustled with activity with over 150 separate wharves and hundreds of shops crowded along the harbor between Long Wharf and the southern end of the harbor.

Trade and the export of rum, candles, fish, furniture, silver, and other value-added goods were the main engines of economic growth during the 18th century, activities inexorably linked to Newport's participation in the slave trade and widespread ownership of slaves by families throughout the city. During the colonial period, Newport was the center of the slave trade in New England. Newport was active in the “triangle trade,” in which slave-produced sugar and molasses from the Caribbean were carried to Rhode Island and distilled into rum, which was then carried to West Africa and exchanged for captives. Many of the great fortunes made during this period were made in the slave trade. The Common Burial Ground on Farewell Street was where most of the slaves were buried. Sixty percent of slave trading voyages launched from North America – in some years more than 90% – issued from tiny Rhode Island, many from Newport. The Rhode Island slave trade was broadly based. Seven hundred Rhode Islanders owned or captained slave ships, including most substantial merchants, and many ordinary shopkeepers and tradesmen, who purchased shares in slaving voyages.
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