History of the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island, from Its Organization in 1730-31 to Its Division in 1871 - Thomas Steere.
This book covers the growth and early development of Smithfield, Rhode Island, by looking at prominent men and early events that shaped the city. Smithfield was originally part of Providence, a town first settled by Roger Williams and others from Plymouth Colony. Williams is credited with giving the town its social and political spirit. Information on the development of other nearby towns (Providence, Woonsocket, Central Falls, and Albion) is included as the historical data blends while the cities are taking shape. There are extensive records in this work of offices held by different men from year to year, such as members of the House of Representatives. Continental Congress, and Justices on the Supreme Court. Lists of men involved in the cavalry, infantry, and enlisted militia as well as lists of volunteers are included. The general assemblies of Smithfield and presidents of its town council are listed by year. Charters for Providence and Smithfield are discussed as well as agreements between new settlers from Plymouth Colony and the Indians. Proposals for town projects, taxes, bridge building, etc. are described and either rejected or ratified. The Constitution proposed by the Constitutional Convention of 1841 is discussed. A new index provides easy access to all names in the text.
(c1876, 1992), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 262 pp.