Distance does present its challenges, but all the 19th century and earlier RI records are available on microfilm through Family History Centers. Of course, getting access to the Beaman books can be a challenge since not many libraries have them.
Aunt Caroline Kenyon is a big hint. I have a suspect Caroline Kenyon, b 1815 on page 33 of my book, "Ancestors and Descendants of William Browning Greene and Mary Hoxsie Lewis With Allied Families." Both the Birmingham and Huntsville, AL, libraries should have a copy. At least they did at one time.
George R. Miller, age 20 is listed in the 1870 census of Richmond (Wyoming p.o), on page 282. He is living with Harriet W., also age 20. The head of the household is Francis M. Tanner, 45, female. George and Francis work in a W. mill. Harriet is keeping house.
Harriet could be Francis's daughter.
Looks like my hunch may be correct. I found this in my database (This one is not on accessible microfilm):
Westerly, 9/3/91, Marriages Vol 3, 1892-1955, p 46
14 Apr 1902 William Braddick Green of Westerly 70 engineer, b Charlestown s/o Joseph Kenyon & Sarah N. Green m Harriet Ware Miller of Westerly 57, b Richmond, d/o Hiram & Francis B. Tanner. 2nd marr for both, m by Rev C. Grand Savage, Bapt.
Joseph Kenyon and Sarah N. Green are a challenge to track. William's first wife d in 1895 and he died in 1917.
Again from my database, here is Hattie's first marriage:
Marriages, Charlestown (LDS film )93052) p 18,
11 Sep 1869, George R. Miller of Richmond 20 manufacturer b
Charlestown s/o John & Elizabeth Miller m Hattie W. Tanner of/b Richmond 20 d/o Hiram & Francis Tanner First marr for both. m by J. N Rich clergyman
The 1870 census index on heritagequestonline.com lists 2 John Millers in Washington Co, RI: Johnson Miller and John W. Miller. Both live in Westerly. Johnson is 56, b in CT. John W., is 41, b in RI. John W. is a superintendant in a mill, Johnson works in a Woolen mill.
I was unsuccessful in finding Caroline Kenyon in the 1860 or 1870 census index. Heritagequestonline only lists heads of families and there were 100+ Kenyon hits in both years in Washington Co.
The 1860 census index produced 3 hits for a John Miller: John, 37, living in Hopkinton, b Scotland; Johnson, Westerly, 45, b CT; and John, 54, South Kingstown, b RI.
#3 scored a bullseye. George R. is 10, living with John and Elizabeth. John is living in the household of Charles H. Babcock. Charles H. is listed on pp 32 and 35 of my book.
Hirma Tanner apparently died before 1860. His children (if there were more than one) are scatttered. Harriet W., age 10, is living in Charlestown with Nancy (?? hard to read) Babcock. She may be a widow listed on pp 33-34 of my book. The census index lists three other Tanner children living in Exeter.
By the way. I live in Texas. I took severasl vacations in RI during the 20 years I spent researching my 778 page book. But I also did a lot of my research at the local library and family history center. One time I spent a lot of time looking at cemeteries in Germantown, NY. I could not find the grave of the lady born in RI for which I was looking. I returned home and went to the lbirary. There was a new book with the grave listed.
This information should give you a new start. I hope it helps. I should be able to dig up some more information in my library at home. Do you have a couple more quesitons for me? We probably share some RI ancestry in which case ... I just checked the index of my book again. Hiram Tanner is listed on p 33. He m Francis M. Babcock, sister of Caroline (Babcock) Kenyon. So that's where Aunt Caroline comes in.
We share Babcock, Greene, Peckham, Knowles, Aylesworth, Perry, Hazard, Kenyon, and Coggeshall ancestry. If you can't find my book in a library, you may want to buy the CD-ROM with the text of the book. For a list of families in the book, goto http://www.hal-pc.org/~wmewrght/families.html
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