Portsmouth Asylum
Overseer of the Poor - A Biographical Note on
Seth R. Anthony

  OVERSEER OF THE POOR (Biographical Note)
Seth Russell Anthony (1812-1873): Local farmer (a Quaker & a Republican) served on Portsmouth Town Council and as Overseer of the Poor.1

(VII) Seth Russell Anthony, son of Seth and Abigail (Clarke) Anthony, was born August 9, 1812, at Portsmouth, R. I. Mr. Anthony followed the occupation of farming at Portsmouth, where he resided during his entire life, and where his death occurred March 2, 1873, in his sixty-first year. He was prominent in the life of the town, serving in the Town Council an was overseer of the poor. In politics he was a Republican, and in religion a member of the Society of Friends. He married (first) March 21, 1835, Abby Freeborn, born September 12, 1815, a daughter of William Freeborn. She was a direct descendant of William Freeborn who came from Ipswich, England, in the ship "Francis," with his wife, Mar, and two children, Mary and Sarah, and after stopping for a time at Boston, settled in Portsmouth, where he was a signer of the compact in 1638. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony were the parents of the following children: Henry Clay, with whose career we are here especially concerned; Sarah E., born Mary 1, 1854, and became the wife of Charles H. Dyer, of Portsmouth. Seth Russell Anthony married (second) March 23, 1869, Henrietta Slocum, of Smithfield, Providence county. There were no children by this union.1

[1] Geneological reference from the Rhode Island USGenWeb Project at the Rhode Island Reading Room.

Portsmouth Asylum Links
  Historical Context
  Act Establishing (1832)
  Inventory Report (1833)
  Rules & Regulations (1838)
  Committee Report (1840)
  Committee Report (1857)
  The Portsmouth Cripple (1848)
  Produce Sold (1849)
  Meat Sold (1849)
  Town Council Excerpts
  1865 Census Excerpts
  1875 Census Excerpts
  1892 Account Book
  Committal Letters (1867)
  Oakum and Idle Hands
  Newport Daily News Clips (1851)
  Site Mapping (10/5/01)
  NPR Interview

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  Report on Poor & Insane (1851)
  Fales Memoir (1851)
  Peterson's History (1853)

Selected Biographies
  Thomas R. Hazard -1
  Thomas R. Hazard -2
  Seth R. Anthony
  William R. Fales

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