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History of Providence County, Vol I & II Ed. by Richard M. Bayles; W.W. Preston & Co., NY. 1891 
Biographical sketches, "Town of Burrillville" - p. 572: "James E. FRANCE was born in 1813, in Burrillville, in the same house in which he has always lived. He is a son of Joseph and Annie (Inman) France. His first wife was Sarah Goodenow. His present wife, whom he married in 1844, is Susan, daughter of Thaddeus Phillips. He has one child living, Erwin J., who was educated at Brown University, and was senator from the town of Burrillville, and is now practicing law in Woonsocket. James E. France was in the general assembly in 1861 and 1862, and in the town council four or five years." 

p. 573: "James O. INMAN was born in 1829 in Burrillville, and was a son of James and Nancy (Thompson) Inman. He was educated at the Friends' School, Providence. He was president of the Pascoag National Bank, a director of the Industrial Trust Company of Providence, and director of the Providence and Springfield Railroad. He was married in 1854 to Ruhamah, daughter of John and Lydia Whaley, of South Kingstown. Their children are: Mary E., who married Albert Sweet, of Burrillville; Olney T., who married Leonora M. Salisbury, of Burrillville; Orianna O., who married W. A. Cady of Providence; Cora M., Isabel A. and Francis A.  Mr. Inman died in 1880." 

p. 573: "L. L. INMAN, born in 1852 in Burrillville, is a son of Donison and Hannah S. (Mowry) Inman. He was married in 1874 to Ellen M., daughter of Philip A. Sweet, of North Providence, and has two children -- Sarah T. and Elmer C.." 

p. 573: "M. V. INMAN was born in 1833 in Mendon, Mass., and came to Burrillville when seven years old. He is a son of Nathaniel and Rhody (Pierce) Inman. He is district trustee and has served as such several years. He was married in 1866 to Rebecca A., daughter of Shadrach Steere, of Burrillville."  

p. 573: "Oliver A. INMAN, born in Burrillville in 1826, is a son of James and Nancy (Thompson) Inman. He has been deputy sheriff for over thirty years, for more than thirty years chairman of the board of assessors, and moderator since 1856, with the exception of two years. He was elected president of town council in 1888. He married Matilda E. Beckwith in 1850. She was a native of New Hampshire. His father was born in Burrillville, and was a manufacturer of scythes from 1830 to 1850, when he died." 

p. 573-74: "Olney T. INMAN, born in 1859 in Burrillville, is a son of James O. and Ruhamah Inman. He was educated at the Friends' School, Providence, and graduated in 1877. He was married in 1886 to Leonora M., daughter of Edward M. Salisbury, of Burrillville. He first entered his father's mill as finisher, afterward was designer, and superintendent in 1884. He has been a partner since January 1st, 1886." 

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,
Oct. 1, 1800.

The Creditors of William Inman, of Gloucester, in the County of Providence, Labourer, are hereby notified to appear, if they shall think fit, at the General Assembly to be holden at Providence, on the last Monday in October inst. then and there to shew Cause, if any they may have, why his Petition for the Benefit of an Act passed in June, 1756, entitled, "An Act for the Relief of insolvent Debtors," ought not to be granted.

The Providence Gazette - Providence, RI 10-4-1800

Whereas Betsy, the Wife of me the Subscriber, has eloped from me, and behaved in a very indecent Manner: I therefore forbid all Persons concealing, harbouring, entertaining, employing or detaining the said Betsy, or trusting her, as I am determined to pay no Debts of her contracting after this Date.
Cumberland, April 14, 1802.

The Providence Gazette 4-24-1802

Take Notice
Whereas I the subscriber having been appointed Guardian by the Honourable Town Council of Cumberland, for Nathan Inman, minor, of said Cumberland: -- therefore, hereby forbid all persons trading with trusting or harbouring the said Nathan, as I am determined to pay no debts or cost of his contracting after this date.
Levin Bartlet.
Cumberland, April 19.

The Providence Phoenix 5-18-1802

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, Clerks Office of the Supreme Judicial Court, August 23rd, 1802.

Whereas Lillis Inman, wife of Joseph Inman, of Smithfield, in the county of Providence, has filed her Petition in said Office, praying for divers reasons therein fit forth, that said Court would pass a Sentence of Divorce, rendering null and void the Bonds of Matrimony subsisting between the said Lillis, and her said husband:--
Notice is therefore, hereby given to the said Joseph Inman, to appear (if he shall see fit) before said Court, at their term commencing, on the third Monday of September next, then and there to shew cause (if any he has) why the Prayer of said Petition should not be granted.
Theodore A. Foster, Clerk.

The Providence Phoenix - Providence, Rhode Island 8-31-1802

    In Cumberland, on the 13th instant, Phebe Inman, relict of the late Jeremiah Inman, in the 64th(?) year of her age. She was a member of the Society of Friends, and her morals a worthy pattern of life.

Providence Patriot, Providence, RI 10-23-1819

Providence - June 1

Shooting the Elephant
    The perpetrators of this wanton act we are happy to state are fully discovered. Some circumstance having fastened suspicion upon two individuals they were privately examined and finally induced so make a disclosure of the whole transaction, which was subsequently repeated on a examination before a Court of Justices, Judge Branch of this town presiding. From this investigation it appears that there were six persons engaged in the affair. Fenner Eddy, John Inman, Albert Eddy,
Francis West, Angell Darling and Benjamin Bowen. Three guns were to be used. Angell Darling loaded two, one with seven and the other with two bullets, the other gun was loaded by Albert Eddy, with five bullets. Fenner Eddy and Inman stationed themselves in the Mill with the three guns, expecting to be joined by a third person, who however did not appear. West and Bowen gave them notice of the starting and the approach of the Elephant at two separate times. Bowen told them if there was no man in the way to shoot the Elephant wherever they could hit her. Just as the animal was leaving the Bridge, Fenner Eddy fired the gun with seven bullets, and as she was falling Inman discharged his gun with two bullets. Fenner then threw his gun into the floom, seized the gun which had not been discharged, being afraid the dog might attack him, and they made their escape and soon after mingled with the persons collected on the bridge where their accessories were also assembled. When the people dispersed the gun was raked out of the gloom, the three guns were deposited at a Tan-yard, and the parties each went home. After hearing these facts and confessions, the Court ordered the parties individually to recognize the sum of five hundred dollars with sureties for the same amount; the law which makes the killing of a beast an offence, punishing the same with a fine not exceeding $100 and two months imprisonment, and also subjecting the party convicted to pay to the owner treble damages to be recovered in an action of trespass. This was doubtless intended to apply to ordinary animals, horses, kine, etc. and the law could not have anticipated the shooting an elephant.

    In the whole course of this arduous investigation, which occupied more than a day, no direct motive was shown that could have induced the act. It appears to have been done thoughtlessly in pure love of mischief, and just for the pleasure of killing an elephant. Unfortunately the parties are not men of much substance, though it is believed some part of the value of the noble animal they have destroyed may be obtained from them eventually.--Patriot.

American Mercury - Providence, RI (?) 6-6-1826


    SHIRLEY A. INMAN, 69, of Malvern, Ark., died last Friday at Hot Spring County Medical Center. 
    She was the wife of Alan Inman. Born in Lincoln, a daughter of the late Raymond and Ethel (Teal) Midgley, she had lived in Lincoln most of her life, moving to Arkansas in 1984. 
    Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters, Linda Carduff of Cranston, and Joyce Comstock and Carol Almond, both of Lincoln; two stepdaughters, Alana Hughes of Bismarck,
Ark., and Tammy Hicken of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, James Comstock of Pawtucket and John D. Comstock of Lincoln; a sister, Barbara Warden of Colchester, Conn.; and 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 
    Burial was in Atchley Cemetery, Dalark, Ark.

Source: The Providence Journal, March 21, 2000


    William L. Perry, 82, of 234 Flanders Road, a lifelong Stonington resident and former owner of a popular borough restaurant, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, after a long illness. Mr. Perry and his brother Edward owned and operated the Sea Village Restaurant and marina for decades. The original building was destroyed by the hurricane of '38, and the brothers rebuilt the family business on the Hancock Street site, operating it into the early 60s. They also owned the former Seaport Manor Restaurant on Cove Road.
    Born March 29, 1921, Mr. Perry was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Francis Perry. Educated in Stonington schools, he played high school football. He joined the Army and was a corpsman during World War II in North Africa and Italy. He married the former Doris "Dot" Butten, who also helped with the restaurant, serving for years as a waitress and hostess. She died in 1985. Mr. Perry later worked as a maintenance supervisor at the Mystic Seaport Museum, retiring in 1988 after 25 years.
    A diehard sports fan, he closely followed his beloved New York Yankees and the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. He rarely missed a UConn game on television and meticulously chronicled each season, keeping statistics at home and collecting photos and posters of his "girls."
    He passed on his love of the sea and nature to his three children, and delighted in gardening and bird watching. His quick wit, sense of humor, and storytelling endeared him to many.
    He is survived by his son Gregory Perry of Griswold, daughter Elaine Perry and her partner Beth Hess of Stonington, and daughter Janice Inman Perry of Stonington; a sister, Anna Sisk of Mystic; seven grandchildren, Ilena Inman Bustamonte and Travis Inman, both of California, Kimberly Perry, Daniel Perry, and Brian Perry all of Griswold, Barbara Jean Taylor and Michelle Counce, both of Memphis, Tenn.; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Perry was predeceased by two brothers, Edward Perry and Joseph Mello; and a sister Caroline Cottrell.
    He was a member of St. Mary Church in Stonington, the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, and the Hugo Simonelli Post VFW of Mystic.
    Funeral services will be held at the Mystic Funeral Home. Route 1, Mystic on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Stonington. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Contributions may be made in his memory to the Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355 or to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

Online from Westerly, Rhode Island

EVELYN I. (TUCKER) INMAN, 93, of Rockland Road, a retired invoice clerk, died Wednesday at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence.

Providence Journal (Dec/30/2003)

Age at Death: 93
Newspaper Title: Providence Journal
Newspaper Location: Providence, RI, US
Obituary Publication Date: Dec/30/2003
Locations Mentioned in Obituary: Greenville; Foster; Harmony; North Scituate; Providence
Other Persons Mentioned in Obituary: Malvina (Perry) Tucker; Jesse Tucker Jr; Nellie Renault; Ernest Tucker; Eliza Joyal; Charles F. Inman; Albert Tucker; Jesse L.; EVELYN I. (TUCKER) INMAN; Goldie Plante; Nora Farnum; William Tucker Sr; Elizabeth Smith; Shirley M. Colwell; Howard Tucker

Esther Inman-Posey
Age at Death: 90
Newspaper Title: Providence Journal
Newspaper Location: Providence, RI, US
Obituary Publication Date: May/2/2004
Locations Mentioned in Obituary: Cranston; ESTHER INMAN; Pascoag; Chepachet; Providence; Harrisville
Other Persons Mentioned in Obituary: Mary K. Taylor; Evald Elmer; Posey Inman; Violet Ernst; Edith Elmer; Harold Inman; Nana (Franson) Elmer; Elizabeth Deschamps; Shelton Posey

    MERIDEN -- Annie Mae Inman, 69, of Meriden, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home surrounded by her loved ones following a brief illness.
    She was born in Fairmont, N.C., the daughter of the late Alex and Carrie Bell Inman. She had resided in Connecticut since 1963. She was employed by A.G.C. Co. for more than 30 years. Before she became ill, she was a member of Parker A.M.E. Zion Church, Meriden.
    She is survived by a son, Jimmy Inman of Meriden; two daughters, Diane Inman of Meriden and Shelby Rogers of New Haven; nephews, Rudolph and Ervin Inman, both of Meriden; also grandchildren, Devonya Inman, Tanya Thomas, Ann Leggit, Tracy Rogers, Johnny Hicks, Keke Rogers and Dana Hicks; she also leaves 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Adele Rogers.
    The funeral will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Parker A.M.E. Zion Church, 1280 North Broad St., Meriden, with the Rev. LeRoy White and the Rev. Daniel Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Relatives and friends may call at the church prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Parker A.M.E. Zion Church, 1280 No. Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden.