Staff and Directors


  • Executive Director: Marjory O’Toole
    • 401-635-4035
  • Administrator: Carol Scanlon
    • 401-635-4035
  • Weekend Managers: Marie Jenkins & Gerald Vinci

Board of Directors

  • President: Bart Brownell
  • Vice President Randy Byers
  • Secretary: Jane Lorch
  • Treasurer: George Kilborn
  • Assistant Treasurer: Richard Lisle
  • Directors: Claudia Cooley Bell, Shelley Bowen, Fred Bridge, Steven Lubar, Diane MacGregor, Richard Menoche, J. William Middendorf II, Dora Atwater Millikin, Carolyn Montgomery, Chris Rawson, Maureen Rego, Michael Steers, Paul Suttell, Caroline Wilkie Wordell

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  1. Just wrote you but it disappeared??? Please contact me at my email below so we may write your project up in the CBA Bulletin. Thanks, Bill

  2. I am interested in the research of enslaved person in little Compton. My ancestors are Scipio Cook freed by David Cook in 1784 and Care cook and her nine children freed by Abner chase in 1796. I can trace back to them thru Bridget Lewis. I am interested in trying to find where Bridget cook married unknown Lewis spouse. Bridget was listed as head of household in 1820 in Newport. I have seen a Gracie Lewis ( Indian) mentioned in the area in Peleg borroughs diary. I also noticed Tiverton records from 1800 to 1850 are missing. Believe it or not there us a small book in Tiverton town hall of the poorhouse records and that is where I was able to make many missing links.DNA has also verified African DNA and a trace of American Indian. We were told growing up by john Berg that our ancestors were gayhead Indians. I also found out Bridget’s daughter lucinder would have an illigitamte son named Wilson Lewis. From two different marriage records in family history his father was listed as Benjamin Slocum. This history is very fascinating to me. Scipio son Abraham cook is listed on the black regiment memorial in Portsmouth. Any help or direction will be much appreciated. Thank you

  3. Marjory Gomez O’Toole – I just saw a little article in our local paper about your efforts to tell the story of slavery and indentured persons who lived in Little Compton. I have no connection that I am aware of to Little Compton, but I am excited that you are digging into this history to “re-member” it to our state and national history. I live in Pawcatuck, CT. Please let me know if I can be of any help.

  4. Needing help or direction. Just found a relative that could still be living on your area. Her maiden name being Emily Almeida, born @ 1930 . In a recently found obituary, in 1956 she was listed as Mrs. Emily James. My grandmother is her half sister. Their father Augustus Almeida was a long time resident of Little Compton. ( Beginning about 1900 ) The homestead as I know was at 71 East Main Rd. Would any of your older volunteers possible know if she is still living. This July my cousin and I are going to Sao Miguel , island in the Azores that Augustus emigrated from (to our knowledge). My cousin and I would very much like contact with her or if any children. Thank you for any help you maybe able to pass our way.
    Cynthia St. John Jacob
    P.s. We are in Ohio

  5. Dear Ms. O’Toole and Staff: This isn’t directly historical, but it’s set in Little Compton’s Congregational Church and involves Benjamin Church. We live in Jamestown and keep a website about our autistic daughter, who provides quite a bit of unexpected perspective. Your slavery/freedom series, incidentally, looks terrific:

    Thank you very much, Mike Freeman

  6. Is there anyone on the staff or otherwise that I could contact about Native American Indian artifacts found in Little Compton? I found something that I’d like an opinion on.
    Deborah Leary

    • Deborah – just saw this today. Sorry for the delay. Please email me at or call me at 401-635-4035. I will be in and out of the office all day today. Hope we can connect. Back in office on Tuesday if we miss each other today. Marjory O’Toole – Managing Director

  7. I had read in the book Families of Little Compton a nugget of information about my ancestor’s. The information was about t
    The Hickney Family (vol. 1). The parents that are listed for Augustus James Hickney are not, as far as I know his parents. Everyone else mentioned is correct. I wondered where the information may have been sourced? The parents listed are a Gerald F. and Fanny Bertwell) Hickney. As far as I know his parents were Frances (Brennen) Hickney, and James Hickney. Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you. Lesley Gentry

    • The author spent decades in the early 20th century seeking and copying vital records from sources all over New England and even England. He got an awful lot right – but it is certainly not perfect. I cannot tell you where that specific info came from. If you have a primary source document to back up your corrected info, please send it, and we will archive it. Thanks for your interest. Marjory O’Toole, Managing Director

  8. I am working with the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford to flesh out the story of William Rotch Jr. as a birthright Quaker and as an abolitionist and whatever links may exist between those two identities. In that connection I read If Jane Should Want to be Sold and was much interested in your discussions of Quacko Bailey. I had long known about him from my earlier work in New Bedford, but in this more recent research I came across a statement in Memoir of the Life, Travels, and Religious Experience, of Martha Routh, Written by Herself, or Compiled from Her Own Narrative (York: W. Alexander and Son, 1822), about Routh’s voyage from England to New England in 1794. She wrote, “Our steward or cook, is a black man named Quares Bailey. He was brought from Guinea, and sold as a slave, to the person from whom he received his latter name. His bonds were broken through the interest of William Rotch, junior. He is a man of distinguished quietude, and readiness to oblige in all his power.” I’m assuming that the man she called “Quares” was actually Quacko Bailey, and if that assumption is justified I am curious about how Rotch might have been involved in Thomas Bailey’s decision to manumit him. Do you know how that might have been, and are there documents in your collection that might shed some light on Routh’s statement?

    Thanks so much for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • This is fascinating and I am happy to learn anything at all about Quacko. Some of the Baileys moved to NB and they were rather upper class so it would not surprise me if they knew Rotch. Send me your email and I will send you my database with all of my sources for Quacko – none mentions Rotch. If I remember correctly he was mannumitted in front of the town council in LC and according to census records he seems to have moved to the Westport MA area.

  9. I will be very happy to work one the headstone cleaning project this summer. I will not be able to attend on 7/17, but will be able to do the rest. Kathy Chase

  10. Greetings, I was wondering what you could tell me, if any, about any Lockhart immigrants from Ireland or Scotland that settled in your area around the early 1700’s. I can across some information that inferred that the Lockhart family first came to the US. The Lockhart family might have been one of the first families to settle New England. Once they came to the US they then moved onto Nova Scotia. Any information information that you may have regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Zane

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