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Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville)
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Where is Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA? 

Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Located in northern Rhode Island, the Town was founded in 1730 and is home to approximately 21,000 people, covering 26.7 square miles. The Town is experiencing continued growth. Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest mutual fund company has located one of two New England regional centers in Smithfield. We are also the home to a division of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Navigant Credit Union, Uvex Corporation, FGX International (AAi Foster Grant), and many other large and small companies. A regional shopping mall, The Crossing at Smithfield, is located at the junction of Putnam Pike (Rt. 44) and Interstate 295. Additionally, Smithfield is home to Bryant University, a top business school.

Georgiaville is a village in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The village was named after the Georgia Cotton Manufacturing Company mill located in the area. The Georgiaville Pond Beach is located in the village and is a popular recreation spot. In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan was active in the area, and Klan rallies were held in Georgiaville.

Esmond is a historic mill village in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. Old County Road School, East Smithfield Public Library, and the historic Allenville Mill are located in the village.

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News  1802 - Fatal Accident
As Mr. William Burlingham, of Smithfield, State of Rhodeisland, was attempting to pass from one hay mow to another, across a temporary loft in the barn, formed with loose rails, by a fatal incident he fell through upon the threshing floor, and fractured his skull in so shocking a manner it put an...Read MORE...

1819 - Smithfield
Smithfield is a large and flourishing post township, situated nine miles northwest of Providence; bounded northeasterly by Blackstone or Pawtucket river, which divides it principally from Cumberland, northerly by the State of Massachusetts, westerly by Burrellvile and Gloucester, south and...Read MORE...

News  1828 - Mother's Love
Who but a mother can conceive the depth of a mother's love? We learn from the Providence Journal, that a woman of Smithfield Rhode-Island, went to the well to draw water, with a young child in her arms, and while in the act, from some cause, the child slipped or sprung from her, and plunged into...Read MORE...

News  1853 - Steam-Boiler Explosion - Two Lives Lost, Several Wounded.
Special Correspondence of the N. Y. Daily Times.

PROVIDENCE, Tuesday, Oct. 25.- The steam-boiler in SCHROEDER'S Print Works, in Smithfield, burst about 8 o'clock this morning, with a terrible explosion, instantly killing two operatives, and wounding the engineer and several other persons,...Read MORE...

News  1854 - Destruction of a Cotton Bleachery by Fire - Serious Freaks of an Elephant.
PROVIDENCE, Monday, June 5, The Bleachery at Scott's Pond, Smithfield, belonging to W. P. SAYLES, was destroyed by fire about 3 o'clock this morning. The buildings were insured for $18,500 in this city, $1,000 at the People's Mutual Company, Worcester; $2,500 at the Metropolitan, Boston; $4,000 at...Read MORE...

News  1867 - Aruged to Death
While a young clerk in the Dexter line company, at Smithfield, Rhode Island, named George Steward, and an elderly man named Lemuel Alexander, were engaged in an angry scuffle on Sunday of last week, the latter suddenly expired from some internal rupture.
Albany Evening Journal
Albany, New York
August 6, 1867
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News  1869 - Married 78 Years
At Smithfield, R.I., Jonathan Buxton, aged 102 years, is living with his wife Saloma, aged 101. This pair of nuptial century-plants have flourished side by side for 78 years, and have nine children living, the oldest being 72 years of age.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 11, 1869
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1869 - In the towns of Cumberland, Smithfield, Blackstone, and Bellingham, R. I.,
there are seventeen cotton and eight woolen mills, which employ 5,550 hands, run 4,480 looms, and annually use 15,300,000 pounds of cotton. Foundations are now being laid to run 150,000 spindles.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 20, 1869
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Smithfield, a post-township (town) of Providence co., R.I., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., about 12 miles NW. of Providence. Pop. in 1900, 2107.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Added: 10/22/2014 3:46:49 PM - 1  Updated: 10/23/2014 10:37:28 AM - 1

"Discover Rhode Island" Episode 2: Smithfield, RI

"Discover Rhode Island" Episode 2: Smithfield, RI (

Added: 12/5/2017 12:51:26 PM - 1  Updated: 12/5/2017 12:52:04 PM - 1

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Dorcas Arnold (18 May 1732, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 25 September 1825, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA (Kingston) (West Kingston) (Matunuck)) gravestone

flag  George Harry Baker (21 December 1939, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 30 September 2000, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA (Hillsgrove) (Pontiac))

flag  Edouard Corbeille (Sept. 1, 1895, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - July 7, 1963, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

flag  Lloyd Grant (22 April 1856, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 28 May 1911, Lady Lake, Florida, USA) gravestone

flag  Beatrice Melanise Plante (21 December 1911, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - January 1986?, Rockville, Maryland, USA)
flag  Earle George Plante (3 February 1909, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - June 1968, )
flag  Lillian May Plante (27 April 1903, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 30 August 1966, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
 flag  Raymond Lester Plante (13 December 1920, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 3 May 1993, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville)) gravestone

flag  Huldah Read (16 February 1760, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 1 October 1834, Jamestown, New York, USA)

flag  Donald Elwood Schenck (23 January 1923, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 13 July 2002 , Coventry, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone
World War II Soldier flag  Earl Francis Schenck (5 December 1925, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 4 August 2012, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

 flag  Fidelia Adelaide "Delia" Smith (7 December 1861, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 26 April 1914, East Providence, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

flag  Constantine Francis Volney Streeter (13 February 1836, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 15 November 1889, Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

flag  Ebenezer Trask (12 January 1754, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 2 February 1813, Jamestown, New York, USA)
flag  Peleg Trask (21 October 1786, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA (Esmond) (Georgiaville) - 2 May 1842, Busti, Chautauqua, New York, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Jonathan Sprague (28 May 1648 - 10 September 1741) & Mehitable Holbrook (29 June 1649 - 29 October 1710)
married 20 July 1670

William Irvin ( - ) & Susannah Salisbury (7 April 1713 - )
married 2 November 1748

James Cargill (27 February 1729 - 21 November 1804) & Dorcas Arnold (18 May 1732 - 25 September 1825)
married 7 September 1752

Ebenezer Trask (12 January 1754 - 2 February 1813) & Huldah Read (16 February 1760 - 1 October 1834)
married 1 April 1783

George Joseph Plante (1 January 1879 - 30 July 1961) & Jennie Susan (Jane) Baker (8 February 1880 - 13 March 1962)
married 21 February 1903

Adolphe Edward Schenck (24 February 1902 - 20 February 1971) & Lillian May Plante (27 April 1903 - 30 August 1966)
married 21 August 1922

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