Hi Joanne, Wonder if you have come across any folks of mixed race in your hunt? I find that there were a number of mixed race in RI, and have tried to contact folks for info, but they seem loath to give out info. My ggrands are found in 1870 Wilmington, NC and find many RI surnames that appear to be connected that I suspect are of NA heritage, but again deadend. I am most anxious to find ANY info on my mulatto ggrandmother, CHARATA BROWN WEELDON, born 1833 NC and keep wondering if She could be kin to RI BROWNS. I don't know JOANNE, perhaps it is time to take a break from all of this------have yet to hear from ANYONE connected. Warm regards, carol.