Rhode Island Militia Units, August 1774

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The pre-war militia of Rhode island was documented first in August 1774, but has been noted as potentially having been a 'paper militia,' meaning one that had officers named, but did not meet or train.

Table 1 – Rhode Island Militia Regiments – August 1774 (see Fig 1, attached)

Regiment Town CompaniesCaptain Census (white males 16+)
Newport County 3594
Col Daniel Dunham Troop of Horse Benjamin Dayton
Newport1st NewportBenjamin Dunham2100
" " 2nd NewportElisha Lawton
" " 3rd NewportWilliam Tripp
" " 4th NewportHenry Wyles
Portsmouth 1st PortsmouthGeorge Lawton 343
(inc. Prudence) 2nd PortsmouthJames Allen 2nd
New ShorehamNew Shoreham Co. John Sands 109
Middletown Middletown Co.?? unknown 210
Jamestown Jamestown CoSamuel Slocum, Jr 110
Tiverton1st Company ??Unknown 418
2nd Company??Unknown
Little Compton Little Compton Co. David Hilyer 304
Providence County 4903
Col James Angell Troop of Horse Daniel Manton
Providence 1st Providence Comfort Wheaton 1219
"" 2nd ProvidenceElijah Bacon
Smithfield1st Smithfield Joseph Jenckes 742
"" 2nd SmithfieldIsrael Mowry
"" 3rd SmithfieldAbraham Matthewson
Scituate 1st ScituateJoseph Knight 909
"" 2nd ScituateSimeon Herrenden
"" 3rd ScituateJohn Pratt
"" 4th Scituate John Round
Gloucester 1st Gloucester David Burlingham 743
""2nd Gloucester John Olney
""3rd Gloucester Abraham Winsor
Cranston1st CranstonNicholas Sheldon, jr 455
""2nd Cranston Meshech Potter
""3rd Cranston Edward Knight
JohnstonJohnston Co Israel Angell 242
North Providence 1st North Providence Job Olney 193
""2nd North Providence ??unknown
Cumberland1st Cumberland??unknown 400
""2nd Cumberland ??unknown
Kent County 1888
Col John Waterman Warwick 1st Warwick Benjamin Arnold, jr 569
""2nd Warwick ?? unknown
""3rd Warwick ?? unknown
East Greenwich1st East Greenwich John Glazier 416
""2nd East Greenwich Job Vaughan
West Greenwich1st West GreenwichJohn Weathers 429
""2nd West Greenwich Nathaniel Brown
""3rd West Greenwich Job Angell
Coventry1st Coventry Edmund Johnston 474
""2nd Coventry Stukely Hudson
Kings County 2969
Col Moses Barber Westerly 1st Westerly Thomas Thompson 421
""2nd Westerly William Greene
North Kingstown1st North Kingstown Joshua Davis 538
""2nd North Kingstown John Congdon
""3rd North Kingstown James Cooper
South Kingstown1st South KingstownRay Mumford 550
""2nd South KingstownGardner Wm. Mumford
Charlestown Charlestown Co.Thomas Sheffield 312
Richmond Richmond Co. Thomas Kinyon 286
Exeter 1st Exeter Christopher Champlin 441
"" 2nd Exeter John Hoxsie
Hopkinton 1st Hopkinton Joshua Wells 421
"" 2nd Hopkinton John Randall
Bristol County 651
Col. Simeon Potter Bristol Bristol Co Jeremiah Ingaham 272
Warren Warren Co.  ?? 237
Barrington Barrington Co. Elkanah Humphry 142
Total 14,005


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