Colonial Newport history bears the imprint of Arnolds, Pelhams, and Banisters. These Rhode Island scions controlled land connecting their mercantile wharfs in the harbor to their meadowlands near present-day Bellevue Avenue. Research of marriage documents, wills, and court cases reveals the importance of what is now called the Old Stone Mill, as the families contended for control of land in Newport during the eighteenth century.
Desrosiers, Marian M.
"Colonial Families and Ownership of the Old Stone Mill,"
Newport History: Vol. 75
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol75/iss255/3