First series. Births, marriages and deaths
A Family Register for the People,
by James N. Arnold, Editor of the Narragansett Historical Register

Contents- Marriages, Rhode Island American: letters A to Z.
Deaths, Rhode Island American: Letters A and B

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

[Coder's Note:-- The Rhode Island American published not only local marriages & deaths, but those of prominent persons in America & Europe. The records make for interesting browsing.]


The first number of the Rhode Island American was issued Friday, October 21, 1808, by Dunham and Hawkins, William W. Dunham, editor, and David Hawkins, Jr It was printed at the sign of the American Eagle, opposite the market. Terms three dollars per year, half in advance.

The editorial announcement in the first number stated probably as the reason for establishing the paper that the "pressing necessity of the present period which was to decide whether the politics of Washington shall once more regain their proper influence in the hearts of his countrymen demands correspondent exertion." October 5th, 1825, a consolidation was effected between the Gazette and the American. The firm of Brown and Carlisle was formed (Hugh H. Brown and Francis T. Carlisle) and conducted the printing on the north side of Market Square. William S. Patten was editor for one year when he was succeeded by Christopher E. Robbins

In March, 1827, Mr. Carlisle bought out his partner and employed Benjamin F. Hallett as editor. In the July following the Microcosm, a weekly paper, established June 10, 1825, by Walter R. Danforth, was absorbed by the American. Two years later (July, 1829), the Cadet and Statesman also taken in. The title was changed to that of the RHODE ISLAND AMERICAN STATESMAN AND GAZETTE. The Cadet and Statesman was founded as the Literary Cadet and Saturday Evening Bulletin. It was published by Smith and Parmenter (Samuel J. Smith, Jonathan C. Parmenter); Sylvester S. Southworth was editor. It was a weekly until July, 1828, and then semi-weekly until its absorption. The last number was issued Friday, Feb. 1, 1833. Saturday, Feb. 9, it was continued under the title Of MICROCOSM AMERICAN AND GAZETTE until its final discontinuance March 29, 1834. Daniel Mowry, 3d, was proprietor of these last consolidation papers. April 6, 1833, he sold out to James S. Hamm & Co. (Joseph Knowles the Co.,) who owned it at its final discontinuance. The paper obtained a high position in the community and had among its writers the best talent of the State. William Goddard was editor when it was at its best

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