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A History of Barrington , Rhode Island
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A History of Barrington, Rhode Island. Thomas Williams Bicknell. Softcover, 2 volumes, originally published in 1898 and reprinted here in 1999, as new, Illus., Index, Addenda, 615 pp. This volume covers the history of Barrington from 1621 to 1898, with the biographies of leading citizens, and brief outlines of genealogy. The actors and their acts constitute the warp and woof of the town's life, and few of the old towns, outside of Plymouth, have so worthy a record....Throughout these chapters will be found constant evidences of an honest yeomanry, 'a nation's pride,' liberty loving, God-fearing, working out in their individual, social, town, and church life, the problems of builders on new foundation. The Barrington of today, with its intelligent, prosperous, and happy people, its excellent schools, and its churches of a true and exalting faith, is not the growth of a day, but the product of the generous, sacrificing life and labors of three centuries in America. Topics of interest include: 'Verrazzano's Visit to the Wampanoags', 'The First Baptist Church in Massachusetts', 'Early Education in Swansea', 'Philip's War', 'Gleanings from Town and Plymouth Court Legislation', 'Incorporation of Barrington', 'Town Census and Valuation [1774 and 1793 respectively]', 'Barrington in the Revolution', 'Domestic Slavery and Slaves', 'Cemeteries', 'Barrington Militia and the Dorr War', 'Barrington in the Civil War', 'Census Returns', and much more. 'Biographies and Genealogies' provides brief biographical sketches for a number of notable Barrington residents. The text is profusely illustrated and retains its original index. [B143-H]