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1774 Census

of the
Inhabitants of the Colony
of
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations


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At the session of the General Assembly of the Governor and Company of the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England, in America, begun and holden in Newport on the first Wednesday in May, in the year 1774, and fourteenth of the reign of His most sacred Majesty George the Third, by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, the following resolution was passed: It is Voted and Resolved, That the Number of Families and Persons in this Colony be taken; specifying the Number of Whites, Indians, and Blacks, both Male and Female, and ascertaining the Number above, and under, the Age of Sixteen.

Bristol County

Kent County

Newport County

Providence County

Washington County


RECAPITULATION

of the inhabitants of the colony of Rhode Island,
according to the official census taken in 1774.

Key:
A = White males above 16 years of age.
B = White males under 16 years of age.
C = White females above 16 years of age.
D = White females under 16 years of age.
E = Total Whites.
F = Indians
G = Blacks
H = Total of each town

Town Families A B C D E F G H
Newport 1,590 2,100 1,558 2,624 1,635 7,917 46 1,246 9,208
Providence 655 1,219 850 1,049 832 3,950 68 303 4,321
Portsmouth 220 343 341 400 285 1,369 21 122 1,512
Warwick 353 569 512 615 465 2,161 88 89 2,438
Westerly 257 421 441 443 401 1,706 37 69 1,812
New Shoreham 75 109 119 121 120 469 51 55 575
East Greenwich 275 416 345 464 338 1,563 31 69 1,663
North Kingston 361 538 497 595 552 2,182 79 211 2,472
South Kingston 364 550 554 597 481 2,185 210 440 2,835
Jamestown 69 110 90 118 82 400 32 131 563
Smithfield 476 742 665 769 638 2,814 23 51 2,888
Scituate 564 909 879 933 817 3,538 8 55 3,601
Glocester 525 743 724 740 719 2,926 - 19 2,945
West Greenwich 304 429 395 465 456 1,745 - 19 1,764
Charlestown 307 312 315 350 264 1,241 528 52 1,821
Coventry 274 474 555 493 470 1,992 11 20 2,023
Exeter 289 441 415 478 446 1,780 17 67 1,864
Middletown 123 210 179 259 156 804 13 64 881
Bristol 197 272 232 319 256 1,079 16 114 1,209
Tiverton 298 418 500 438 434 1,790 71 95 1,956
Warren 168 237 251 255 185 928 7 44 979
Little Compton 218 304 254 382 220 1,160 25 47 1,232
Richmond 189 286 316 324 287 1,213 20 24 1,257
Cumberland 264 400 408 478 450 1,736 3 17 1,756
Cranston 340 476 399 517 390 1,782 19 60 1,861
Hopkinton 299 427 420 477 415 1,739 21 48 1,808
Johnston 167 242 227 254 234 957 9 65 1,031
North Providence 138 193 172 230 197 792 7 31 830
Barrington 91 142 118 162 120 542 18 41 601
Totals 9,450 14,042 12,731 15,349 12,386 54,460 1,479 3,668 59,707


NOTE:

At the January Session of the General Assembly 1858 of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, the following resolution was passed:

RESOLUTION for printing and distributing the census returns of 1774.
Resolved, That the secretary of the state be, and is hereby, authorized and empowered to cause to have printed, at the expense of the state, five hundred copies of the official census of Rhode Island, made by order of the General Assembly in the year 1774; together with a list of men over 16 years of age, made in 1776; provided the cost of the same shall not exceed four hundred dollars; and that when printed, the volume be distributed as follows:

One copy to each of the states and territories in the United States; one copy to each of the public offices in Washington; one to each of the historical societies in the United States; one to each town clerks in the state; one to each of the judges and the clerks of the several courts in the state; one to each of the public libraries in the state; one to each of the general officers, school commissioner and the members of the present General Assembly; one to each public library or institution which now receives the documents of the state; thirty copies to the Rhode Island Historical Society; and thirty copies for libraries, societies and individuals engaged in historical research, at the discretion of the secretary.

On examining the census returns of 1776, alluded to in the resolution, it was found that those of Newport and several other towns were wanting. For this reason it was thought best, rather than to give imperfect lists, to confine the publication to the census of 1774, the original returns of which were complete among the files of the secretary's office, except those of the town of New Shoreham. Of this town, merely the numbers were given, and no names. In printing the census, the orthography of the original manuscript has been followed in the names, as nearly as possible. A recapitulation of the census will be found at the end.


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