Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island Genealogy

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Bristol, Rhode Island
Map of Bristol County highlighting Bristol
Location in Bristol County
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Bristol County
Bristol County's location in the state of Rhode Island
Founded 1680
Seat Bristol
Address Town Hall
283 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806-2406

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Quick Facts

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  • Barrington was originally part of Swansea, Massachusetts from its incorporation in 1667, then part of the Plymouth Colony until its merger with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.
  • The Baptist residents petititoned for separation from Swansea in 1711.
  • 1747, Barrington was ceded to Rhode Island but made part of Town of Warren, Rhode Island.
  • 1770, its independence was restored by the act of the Rhode Island legislature.
  • In late 19th and early 20th century Barrington was home of the Barrington Brick works, which made bricks that were used worldwide. Many of laborers were from Italy and worked in the brickyard. Their descendants still make up a sizeable portion of the town population.

Town Hall

283 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806-2406




  • Rhode Island town of Barrington historical cemeteries FHL Collection
    Includes list of the historical cemeteries in the town giving the names of the American war veterans buried there ; and a historical sketch of the town with a map showing the locations of the cemeteries.


  • Federal Census: 1790 . 1800 . 1810 . 1820 . 1830 . 1840 . 1850 . 1860 . 1870 . 1880 . 1900 . 1910 . 1920 . 1930
    • 1790 - The USGenWeb Archives Project

Centennial Celebrations, etc

  • An historical address and poem : delivered at the centennial celebration of incorporation of the town of Barrington, June 17, 1870: with an historical appendix FHL Collection


  • Some databases are accessible at the Barrington Public Library
    • Britannica Online
    • Rhode Island's State Reference Resource (including Heritagequestonline, World Book Online, etc.)


  • Warren and Barrington Directory, 1897: comprising a complete general and business directory of the towns of Warren and Barrington, also, a record of the town governments, institutions, societies, etc. FHL 349814

Land and Property

Military Records


  • The Warren Gazette and Barrington Call (1907)
  • Warren and Barrington Gazette (1907)
  • The Bristol County Item (1906)
  • Barrington Times (1958)
    • Barrington Public Library
  • The Barrington Herald (1860)
  • The Gleaner (1871)
    • University of California, Santa Barbara

Probate Records

  • The probate records are kept at the town level rather than at the county level.
  • The records usually are: wills, guardianships, inventories, estate settlements, inventories, sales, land divisions and payments to heirs and/or creditors.

Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums



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