Smith-Appleby House

Table of Contents

Title Page

Collection Overview

Historical Information

Scope and Content Note


Index Terms




Deeds and Records, 1787-1907

Family Scrapbook,

Land Information,

Newsclippings and Journals, 1983

Subject Files, 1851-2001

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© 2009 Historical Society of Smithfield

Historical Society of Smithfield
Smith-Appleby House Museum
Special Collections

Guide to Mowry Family collection

Collection Overview


Mowry Family


Mowry Family collection




4 box(es) (2 linear feet)


The Mowry Family collection consists of correspondence, deeds, a family scrapbook, maps, handrwritten notes, newspaper clippings, as well as genealogy information. These papers were collected by Mary E. Mowry over the course of her lifetime.



The records are in English.


Historical Society of Smithfield, Special Collections
220 Stillwater Road Smithfield, RI 02917

Historical Information

The Mowry family is one of the oldest families in the state of Rhode Island. Roger Mowry came from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by way of Salem shortly after Roger Williams was driven out of the Bay Colony for his religious beliefs. Mowry settled in Providence around 1650 and built a home off of North Main Street in 1653. The house stood as one of Providence's oldest homes until it was demolished in 1900. As the Mowry family grew, various family members purchased lands throughout the state, but mostly in areas from Woonsocket down to Providence. There are records indicating that one of Roger Mowry's sons, John Mowry, was buried in 1690 in a small family plot on Sayles Hill in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The family grave yard can still be seen there today.

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence, deeds, scrapbooks, newsclippings and notes comprising this collection concern the life of Mary E. Mowry and the history of her family. Most of these documents relate to genealogical information concerning the Mowry family.


The collection is arranged in 6 series.

Series List

Deeds and Records
Family Scrapbook
Land Information
Newsclippings and Pamphlets
Subject Files
Index Terms

Researchers wishing to find materials related to this collection should search their library catalog with these index terms

East Greenwich (R.I.)

Rhode Island

Smithfield (R.I.: Town)

Whitehead, Russell F. (Russell Fenimore), 1884-1954

Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection was acquired and maintained by Mary E. Mowry before she donated it to the Smith Appleby House of Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Preferred Citation

Mowry Family Collection, Special Collections, Historical Society of Smithfield

Acquistions Information

This collection was donated to the Historical Society of Smithfield by Mary E. Mowry.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed in 2007 and re-processed in 2009.

Finding aid prepared by Margo Guditus.

Finding aid encoded by Margo Guditus on 2009


Open for research. Advance notice is required to access this collection.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Photocopying and scanning of materials is a fee based service available in the repository and is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist when in compliance to the Society's policy on copyright and publication.

Separated Materials

There are no known separated materials

Related Materials

Mowry Family of Rhode Island Collection, 1722-1785: Finding Aid at Princeton University Library 2006.