On my road trip last week, I visited the Paradise School, a one room school-house built in 1875 that is maintained by the Middletown, RI Historical Society. The society is in the possession of my 8th Great Grandfather, Samuel Hubbard’s headstone. They are storing the headstone in the basement of the school because the stone was found in a rock wall that was being repaired at the White Hall Farm which is the location of the cemetery that Sam was buried in along with the rest of his family. The nice ladies of the historical society opened up the school house for me so I could go take a look at the stone for myself. Samuel was born in the year 1610 in England the son of James Hubbard and Naomi Cooke and died 10 May 1689 in Newport, RI and was married in 1636 to Tacy Cooper. Here is a photo of me and his head stone which is the stone right in front of me.
Here is a large picture of Samuel’s stone.
When we finished in the basement, the ladies drove me a couple of miles up the road to the farm where the stones were found. Here’s some pictures of the house and rock walls that the stone was found in.
It wasn’t until I started to go through the pictures for this post that I realized that the other stone in the wheelbarrow was a Langworthy stone. It says something like Here was M….. Langworthy… Aged 25 Days of … Aged 16 Y …. Months …. 1626. Now Samuel’s daughter Rachel Hubbard married Andrew Langworthy and Rachel is supposed to be buried in the same cemetery as her father was so this is probably the same Langworthy family that Rachel married into but who died in 1676???? Any one out there have any ideas??? To the best of my knowledge it wasn’t Rachel who was supposed to have died in 1699. If this person died in 1676 and was 16 years old, that would mean they were born about 1660 which would put them at about the right age to be the child of Rachel Hubbard and husband Andrew Langworthy but our into on their children is sketchy at best. Here’s a picture of that stone:
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