This article focuses on the story of the Wanton Family farm on Conanicut Island during the American Revolution. Joseph Wanton Jr. was born in Newport in 1730. A Harvard graduate, and veteran of the French and Indian War, Wanton made his fortune as an overseas trader. As a loyalist, Wanton sought to escape Newport, where tensions were rising, and bought his farm on Conanicut Island. However, much of his fortune would be loss as the war with England proceeded, and many officials investigated Wanton for his loyalty to the English.
Lippincott, Bertram III
"The Wanton Farm of Jamestown, R.I.,"
Newport History: Vol. 58
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol58/iss199/1