Early Settlers of Albion RI

A Presentation by Robert L. Tessier
North Gate, Upstairs Hall
1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865
December 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

All are welcome.  Presentation is free, donations are gratefully received.

cropped-Scan-2While much of what is known about Albion revolves around the history of its mill, little is known about the area prior to 1822. What has been known about early settlement has come down through oral history and has been repeated many times since its original publication in 1936. Truth does not come through repetition, however. It comes from hard facts and reliable source documents. Based on comprehensive research, this program will identify some of the early settlers of Albion and the lands they owned, with particular emphasis on the Lapham family, who owned land in Albion for over 150 years. In the course of this discussion, many long-held claims will be debunked as well.
Image: View of Albion from Cumberland, Woonsocket Call, September 1948.  From the website, “Tell me about Albion, RI”
TessierBiography: Bob Tessier is a retired Federal employee and Providence College alumnus who spent his formative years in Albion. Currently living in Maryland, Bob has nevertheless maintained a keen interest in the history of Albion. He is the creator and administrator of the Facebook group page “Remembering Albion, Rhode Island” and also the website “Tell Me About Albion, Rhode Island.”  He is a member of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society and the Rhode Island Historical Society, and is completing a research project about an aspect of Albion history that is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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