Well we are off to the East Coast of the United States to visit one of the early American settlements, South Kingston, Rhode Island. Here is a map of South Kingston:
South Kingston, Rhode Island is where my Tanner family ancestors originally settled in America. South Kingston is located in Washington County and is the largest, by land area, of all the towns in Rhode Island. It was formed in 1722 when the former Kings Town was separated into two parts; North Kingston and South Kingston. In 1888 a narrow strip of land along the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of Narragansett Bay was separated from South Kingstown to form the town of Narragansett. See Wikipedia: South Kingston, Rhode Island.
My wife and I once spent an interesting afternoon in the blackberry brambles trying to find the grave marker for William Tanner (b. abt. 1660, d. aft. 1735). Here is a photo of his gravesite which is located off of the third tee of the Laurel Lane Country Club and is registered as #17 as a Rhode Island Historical Cemetery in the Town of South Kingston.
Most of the markings on the grave markers have been eroded off because of the long time period involved. Since I have been doing research in this area for years, I thought I would share some of the places I have looked. This is a list of the books specifically used for William Tanner. If you want to see any of these, you can do a Google search on the name of the book or source or find it in WorldCat.org.
1790 US Census; Image Source: Year: 1790; Census Place: Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island; Roll: M637_10; Page: 44; Image: 0076. Joshua Tanner
Alden G., Washington County, Rhode Island, births 1770 to 1850 : comprising the towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton vol. 5, Washington County, East Princeton, Mass. : A.G. Beaman, 1976, c1976, 974.5 V2b v. 02, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Arnold, James N., Editor of the Narrangansett Historical Register, Compiler, The Records of the Proprietors of Narrangansett. Otherwise Called the Fones Record, Rhode Island Colonial Gleanings, n.d. 974.5 R2 Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Arnold, James N., Index to civil and military list Providence?, R.I. : Narragansett Historical Publishing? 191-?, 974.5 M22, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Arnold, James N., Vital record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, first series, births, marriages and deaths : a family register for the people, (6 vols.), "Published under the auspices of the General Assembly." Providence, Rhode Island, Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1894, 974.5 V2a Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Austin, John Osborne , 1849-1918. (Main Author) Moriarty, G. Andrews (George Andrews), 1883-1968. (Added Author), The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island : comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690 (with many families carried to the fourth generation (Albany, N.Y. : Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887. viii, 440 p. [With a new foreword by Albert T. Klyberg, librarian, The Rhode Island Historical Society, and the additions and corrections, Baltimore, Maryland Genealogical Publishing Inc., 1969] 974.5 D26a 1969 Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Austin, John Osborne, Ancestry of Thirty-Three Rhode Islanders (Born in the Eighteenth Century) also Twenty-Seven Charts of Roger Williams’ Descendants to the Fifth Generation, and an Account of Lewis Latham, Falconer to King Charles I, with a Chart of His American Descendants to the Fourth Generation and a List of 180 Existing Portraits of Rhode Island Governors, Chief Justices, Senators etc. and of Certain Military Officers, Divines, Physicians, Authors, Lawyers, Merchants, etc. (Albany, New York, Joel Munsell’s Sons, 1889) 974.5 D2ajo Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Barnes, Robert and Catherine, Genealogies of Rhode Island Families from Rhode Island Periodicals with the Gore Roll of Arms and Other Records, 2 Vols., (Baltimore, Maryland, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983) LC #82-84324, Set #0-8063-1016-2, 974.5 D2g Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Beaman, Alden G., North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter and Richmond, Rhode Island marriages from the probate records, 1692-1850, Princeton, Mass. : [s.n.], c1975, 974.59 V2ba, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Beaman, Alden G., Ph.D., Editor, Rhode Island Genealogical Register, 20 Vols. 2nd Ed. Revised and Enlarged, (East Princeton, Massachusetts 01517Alden G. Beaman, P.O. Box 585, 1986). 974.5 D2ri Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Chapin, Howard Millar and Rhode Island Historical Society (Providence, Rhode Island) (Added Author) Rhode Island in the colonial wars; a list of Rhode Island soldiers & sailors in the old French & Indian war, 1755-1762, Providence, Rhode Island, Printed for the Rhode Island Historical Society, 1918, 974.5 M2c Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Coldham, Peter Wilson, Bonded Passengers to America. 9 vols. in 3. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. Vol. 6. Oxford Circuit, 1663-1775: Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire. 95p. Page: 54, Ancestry.com.
Coldham, Peter Wilson, The Complete Book of Emigrants: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1661-1699. 1990. 894p, Ancestry.com.
Cole, J. R., History of Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island including Their Early Settlement and Progress to the Present time; A Description of Their Historic and Interesting Localities; Sketches of Their Towns and Villages; Portraits of Some of Their Prominent Men, and Biographies of Many of Their Representative Citizens, New York, W.W. Preston Co., 1889 [Facsimile Reprint: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, P.O. Box 778, Salem, Massachusetts 01970, 508-745-7170] Call No. 974.5 H2c Mesa Regional Family History Center. Call No. 974.5 H2c Mesa Regional Family History Center
Cowell, Benjamin, Spirit of ’76 in Rhode Island, with Cowell’s “Spirit of ‘76” An Analytical and Explanatory Index, by James N. Arnold, Baltimore, Maryland, Genealogical Publishing Inc., 1973 [Originally published as “Spirit of ’76 in Rhode Island, or, Sketches of the Efforts of the Government and the People, in the War of the Revolution, Together with the Names of Those who belonged to Rhode Island Regiments in the Army, with Biographical Notices, Reminiscences Etc. Etc. by Benjamin Cowell, Boston, Massachusetts, A. J. Wright, Printer, No. 3 Water Street, 1850] 974.5 M2cbe Mesa Regional Family History Center.
De Brouwer, Elizabeth, Compiler, Under the Direction of George Shepherd Tanner, Sidney Tanner, His Ancestors and Descendants, Pioneer Freighter of the West, 1809 – 1895, Sidney Tanner Family Organization, 4545 South 2760 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117, 1982.
Dougine, Genevieve N., Detailed Index to Rhode Island Land Evidences, Vol. 1 (1648 – 1696), Microfilm #22254 R Is G 6, (handwritten).
Farnham, Charles W. F.A.S.G., Rhode Island Genealogy, typed manuscript, n.d. 15 pages: Call No. 974.5 D2 Mesa Regional Family History Center
Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2005.
Hazard, Caroline , 1856-1945. The Narragansett Friends' Meeting in the XVIII century, with a chapter on Quaker beginnings in Rhode Island Boston : Houghton, Mifflin, 1899, c1899 (Cambridge, Mass. : Riverside) 974.5 K2hc, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
McAleer, Althea H., Beatrix Hoffius, and Deby Jecoy Nunes, Graveyards of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, North Kingstown, R.I. : A.H. McAleer, 1992, c1992, 974.59/N2 V3m, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society, Map, Close-up U.S.A., New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., National Geographic Society, 1975.
Parker, J. Carlyle, Rhode Island biographical and genealogical sketch index 1991 compiled by J. Carlyle Parker, California, Marietta Publishing Co., 1991, 974.5 D32p Mesa Regional Family History Center
Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory, Electronic Database, Ancestry.com, Downloaded information for John Tanner, John Joshua Tanner, Julia Ann Shepherd Tanner, Martin Henry Tanner, Nancy Agnes Keys Tanner, Nathan Tanner, Rachel Neyman Fulmer Tanner, Sidney Tanner, Sidney C. Tanner, Thomas Tanner, William Stuart Tanner, 10 May 2006.
Representative men & old families of Rhode Island, genealogical records and historical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the old families Chicago, Illinois, J.H. Beers & Co., 1908, 974.5 D3r Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Rhode Island Census, 1740-1890, Record; Name: Joshua Tanner; State: RI; County: Washington County; Township: Hopkinton; Year: 1777; Page: 004; Database: RI 1777 Military Census Index; Ancestry.com
Rhode Island Genealogical Society, Rhode Island Roots, Vol. 13, No. 4, December, 1987 (Warwick, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 1987) [P.O. Box 7618, Warwick, Rhode Island 02887-7618].
Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Descriptions, http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/cemetery/
Rhode Island State Library On-Line Catalog, http://www.library.state.ri.us
Rhode Island. Secretary of State, Bartlett, John Russell , (Added Author) Census of the inhabitants of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1774, (Reprint of 1858 edition, arranged by John R. Bartlett) Lambertville, N.J. : Hunterdon House, c1984, 974.5 X2pb 1774, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Sons of the American Revolution, Manual of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 1900 – 1910 Inclusive, Providence, Rhode Island, Published by The Sons of the American Revolution, E.A. Johnson & Company, 1911: Call No. 974.5 C4sm Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards, Electronic Database, Ancestry.com, Downloaded John Tanner, Elizabeth Beswick, Nathan Tanner Sr., Nathan Tanner, Jr., Rachel Neyman Tanner, William Smith Tanner, 10 May 2006.
Sperry, Kip, Rhode Island Sources for Family Historians and Genealogists, (Logan, Utah, Everton Publishers, Inc. 1986). 974.5 D23s Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Tanner, Elias, Reverend, The Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Tanner, Sr. of Cornwall, Connecticut, with Brief Notes of Several Allied Families, also Short Sketches of Several Towns of their Early Residence. Lansing, Michigan, Darius D. Thorp, Printer and Binder, 1893.
Tanner, George C., Reverend, William Tanner of South Kingston and his Descendants, Faribault, Minnesota (Self Published, 1910).
Tanner, George C., Reverend, William Tanner of South Kingston and his Descendants, Faribault, Minnesota (Self Published, 1905).
Tanner, George Shepherd, John Tanner and his Family, Salt Lake City, Utah; The John Tanner Family Association; 1974.
Tanner, Maurice, Descendants of John Tanner, Born August 15, 1778, at Hopkintown, R. I. Died April 15, 1850 at South Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah, The Tanner Family Association, 1942.
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Electronic Database, Ancestry.com, Record; Name: Joshua Tanner; Gender: male; Birth Year: 1757; Spouse Name: Thankful Tefft; Spouse Birth Year: 1757; Marriage Year: 1775; Number Pages: 1, 10 May 2006.
United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the time of the ratification of the Constitution from 1777 and 1795 Originals in the Library of Congress at Washington, [reprinted, 1936 by U.S. Geological Survey, Original Engraved and Printed for Wm Feden, Charing Cross, July 22, 1777], 974.5 E7r, Mesa Regional Family History Center.
Here are some other useful bibliographic references and suggested websites for South Kingston:
FamilySearch.org FamilySearch Catalog for South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
FamilySearch.org Research Wiki for Washington County, Rhode IslandRhode Island USGenWeb Project Archives, Washington County
The number of sources for information about New England states and counties can be overwhelming. There is really no end to the records.