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cherryCherry Fletcher Bamberg (b. 1944) grew up in Newport, Rhode Island and never quite got over it. She is a graduate of Brown University (MA 1965) and Linacre College, Oxon. (M.Phil. 1967) where she learned to cherish historical and biographical writing. The daughter of a weekend genealogist, she came to serious genealogy via involvement in the Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Database project, deciding after some years of searching out old cemetery records that she was much more interested in the people under the gravestones than in the gravestones themselves. Her research and writing centers on Rhode Island families and sources, with infrequent forays outside its borders. She has edited Rhode Island Roots, the journal of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, since 2002 and edited or assisted with many of the books published by that organization. While public speaking used to terrify her, she now enjoys any opportunity to persuade audiences of the delights of Rhode Island research. Although she is happy to help authors with Rhode Island articles, she does not take contract work. Her email is bamberg@tiac.net.

Books:

The Diary of Capt. Samuel Tillinghast of Warwick, Rhode Island, 1757–1766, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (Greenville R.I.: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2000).

Elder John Gorton & the Six Principle Baptist Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island (Greenville, R.I.: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2001).

More Early Records of the Town of Warwick, Rhode Island, transcribed by Marshall Morgan, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg and Jane Fletcher Fiske (Boston: NEHGS, 2001).

Henry Clay Oatley, Jr., Daniel Stedman’s Journal 1826–1859, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (Greenville, R.I.: RIGS, 2003).

John E. Sterling and James L. Wheaton, IV, Historical Cemeteries of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (Greenville, R.I.: RIGS, 2004).

Jane Maxson, Diaries of J. Irving Maxson, 1898–1923, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (South Kingstown, R.I.: The Author, 2009).

John Eylers Sterling, Barbara J. Austin, and Letty Champion, Newport, Rhode Island Colonial Burial Grounds, ed. and preface Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (Hope, R.I.: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2009).

Introduction to Bruce C. MacGunnigle, Regimental Book, Rhode Island Regiment for 1781 &c. (East Greenwich, R.I.: RISSAR, 2011).

Articles:

“Major Henry Rice of Warwick and His Family,” Rhode Island Roots 24 (1998), 1–60.

“John1 Rice of Warwick, Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Roots 24 (1998), 153–68.

“John2 Rice, Jr., of Warwick, Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Roots 25 (1999), 81–118, 26 (2000), 57–84, 27 (2001), 1–26.

“Funeral Ceremonies for King George II,” Rhode Island Roots 27 (2001), 134.

With Violet Kettelle, “Walter5 Spencer (Benjamin4, Walter3, Benjamin2, John1) of East Greenwich and Descendants,” Rhode Island Roots 28 (2002), 1–26.

“Dr. Jeremiah Greene and His Family: A Cautionary Tale for Genealogists,” Rhode Island Roots 28 (2002), 105–20.

“Bible Record: The Watson Family of Jamestown,” Rhode Island Roots 28 (2002), 198.

“Taylor Family Record,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 90 (2002), 296.

“Bible Record: Harris-Clemence-Smith,” Rhode Island Roots 29 (2003), 44–46.

“Some Rhode Islanders in Surinam: Notes from the Records of John Waterman,” Rhode Island Roots 29 (2003), 77–86.

With John E. Sterling, “Warren Historical Cemetery #14: The Obadiah Bowen Lot,” Rhode Island Roots 29 (2003), 139–48.

“The 1774 Census of Rhode Island: A New Look at an Old Friend,” Rhode Island Roots 29 (2003), 164–66.

“Bible Record: Samuel Foster Sheldon,” Rhode Island Roots 29 (2003), 210–11.

“Rhode Island,” in A Guide to the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, ed. Maureen A. Taylor and Henry B. Hoff (Boston: NEHGS, 2004), 162–81.

“Images of Our Ancestors: Nathan Hathaway of Exeter, R.I.,” Rhode Island Roots 30 (2004), 110–11.

“Bible Records from South Kingstown: Steadman/Stedman,” Rhode Island Roots 30 (2004), 163–65.

“The 1774 Census of Rhode Island: Warwick,” Rhode Island Roots 30 (2004), 194–205.

“1776 Census of Providence, Rhode Island,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 159 (2005), 12–24, 141–54.

“Residency Certificates from the Warwick Archives, 1737-1820,” Rhode Island Roots 31 (2005), 32–39.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: Providence,” Rhode Island Roots 31 (2005), 66–87.

“Peleg Gifford’s Tale,” Rhode Island History 63(3) (2005), 51–68.

“Bible Records from South Kingstown: Cleary,” Rhode Island Roots 31 (2005), 142.

“Announcement of a New Series: Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records,” Rhode Island Roots 31 (2005), 201–4.

“A Rhode Island Tragedy in Verse—and Record,” Rhode Island Roots 32 (2006), 37–42.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: North Providence and Cumberland,” Rhode Island Roots 32 (2006), 73–85.

“Comfort (Pearce) (Mathewson) Coggeshall and Her Children,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 160 (2006), 85–98, 224–35, 297–310.

“Peleg Gifford,” in The Encyclopedia of US Disability History (Facts on File), 2007.

“Bible Records From South Kingstown: Eldred / Babcock / Tucker,” Rhode Island Roots 33 (2007), 50–51.

“Caesar, Murry, and William Lippitt of Warwick, Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Roots 33 (2007), 57–89.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: Tiverton,” Rhode Island Roots 33 (2007), 194–201.

“Dorcas (____) Lippitt of Providence and Her Descendants,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 162 (2008).

“Bible Record: The Family of John and Esther (Grove) Fletcher,” Rhode Island Roots 34 (2008), 41–42.

“Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1734–1774,” Special Bonus Issue 2008 of Rhode Island Roots.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: Middletown,” Rhode Island Roots (2008), 72–75.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: Jamestown,” Rhode Island Roots (2008), 189–91.

With Neil Dunay, “Passenger List of the Orient, 1812, to Newport,” Rhode Island Roots 34 (2008), 202–5.

“Notes on Mary Carder of Warwick,” Rhode Island Roots 35 (2009), 30–33.

“Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1775–1800,” Special Bonus Issue 2009 of Rhode Island Roots.

“1774 Census of Rhode Island: Newport (Part 2),” Rhode Island Roots 35 (2009) 81–92.

“Samuel1 Sharp of Providence, Rhode Island,” The American Genealogist 84 (2009), 1–16, 144–54.

“Joshua6 Rathbun and His Family,” Rhode Island Roots 36 (2010), 33–42; addition/correction 39 (2013), 104.

“Nathaniel and Esther (Carpenter) (Bardeen) Bowen of Warren, R.I.,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164 (2010), 121–34, 207–18, 2xx–65; 165 (2011), 53–61.

“Navigating the Shoals of the 1810 Census of Providence and Beyond,” Rhode Island Roots 37 (2011), 13–16.

“Amy (Smith) Russell and Her Family,” Rhode Island Roots 37 (2011), 57–78.

“Hopkins Family Letters,” Rhode Island Roots 37 (2011), 119–41; 185–206.

With Donald R. Hopkins, MD, “Where Did Ship Carpenter Lewis Hopkins (~1810–1850) Come From?” Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society 33 (2011), 51–58.

With Donald R. Hopkins, MD, “The Slaves of Gov. Stephen Hopkins,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register (2012).

“Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Warwick Town Council Records, 1742–1780,” Special Bonus Issue of Rhode Island Roots, April 2012.

“The Cato Coggeshalls: An African-American Family of Newport and Providence, Rhode Island,” The American Genealogist 85 (2011).

With Donald R. Hopkins, MD, “Lewis Hopkins, Mariner, and the War of 1812,” Rhode Island Roots 38 (2012), 73–84.

“Notes on Thomas Ward of Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Roots 38 (2012), 144–64.

With Judith C. Harbold, “Margaret A. (Lester) (Chapman) (Glazier) Crandall and Her Family,” American Ancestors, October 2012.

With Michael F. Dwyer, “Margaret (Ward) (Bradley) Wrightington, Part One: Piracy and Piety in Newport,” Rhode Island Roots 38 (2012), 169–83; Part Two: “George2 Bradley (George1),” Rhode Island Roots 39 (2013) 1–14; Part Three: “Margaret’s Wrightington Descendants,”Rhode Island Roots 39 (2013), 57–84.

“A Line of Descent from Ambrose1 Taylor, Chairmaker of Apponaug,” Rhode Island Roots 39 (2013), 113–33.

“Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Warwick Town Council Records, 1781–1801,” Special Bonus Issue of Rhode Island Roots, April 2013.

“Warwick Records in 1776,” Rhode Island Roots 39 (2013), 203–5.

“Carried Away by the British,” Rhode Island Roots 40 (2014), 36–39.

With Charles A. Watson, “1767 Estimates of Rateable Estate for Newport,” Rhode Island Roots 40 (2014), 75–96; 153–166; 197–206.

With Linda L. Mathew, “Cotton Palmer, Colonial Church Builder, and His Family,” Rhode Island Roots 41 (2015), 3–25.

With Letty Champion, “Capt. Simon Newton and His Family,” Rhode Island Roots 41 (2015), 138–58.

“Bristol Yamma and John Quamine in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island History 73 (Winter/Spring 2015), 4–30.

“Arnold Tifft of Smithfield and His Family,” Rhode Island Roots 41 (2015), 201–23.

“Some South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Warnings Out and Removals,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 169 (2015), 233–36; 334–36.

With Bruce C. MacGunnigle, “The Last Slaves in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Roots 42 (2016), 47–56.

“Major Alexander3 Hart, A Jewish Confederate Officer, and His Family,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 170 (2016), 1–14.