Hi - I just ran across your message and believe that your Windleys might be descended from my ancestor, Robert Windley. I don't have any direct information about the Windleys in Rhode Island, but have pulled this together from censuses:
JAMES ROBERT4 WINDLEY(SAMUEL M.3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1) was born March 1892 in Missouri.He married MABEL.She was born May 14, 1901 in RI, and died September 07, 1987 in Newport, Newport, RI.
Children of JAMES WINDLEY and MABEL are:
i. DANIEL C. WINDLEY, b. July 07, 1918, RI; d. June 1986, Portsmouth, Newport, RI; m. PATRICIA; b. December 07, 1928; d. May 1977, Newport, Newport, RI.
ii. REBA N. WINDLEY, b. abt. 1921, RI.
iii.HOWARD T. WINDLEY, b. abt. 1924, RI.
iv. KATHERINE M. WINDLEY, b. abt. 1926, RI.
v.NORMAN A. WINDLEY, b. abt. 1930, RI.
James Robert Windley was the son of Samuel M. Windley and Nellie Lonergan.
Samuel M. Windley, born August 1870 in Missouri; died June 17, 1902 in Missouri.He was the son of Thomas Windley and Abiah Ashton.He married Nellie Lonergan abt. 1891. Nellie Lonergan was born March 1873 in PA.
Thomas Windley, born abt. 1839 in England; died July 25, 1895 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.He was the son of Robert Windley and Mary.He married (1)Abiah Ashton November 25, 1868 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Abiah Ashton, born abt. 1845 in England; died October 06, 1875 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.She was the daughter of Samuel Ashton and Martha. He married (2)Missouri Ann Eoff after 1880.
Robert Windley, born abt. 1805 in England; died August 16, 1863 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.He married Mary abt. 1832 in England. Mary, born abt. 1809 in England; died June 22, 1861 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
Samuel Ashton, born abt. 1801 in England; died April 03, 1877 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.He married Martha, born abt. 1810 in England; died March 27, 1891 in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
I am descended from another of Robert Windley's sons, Nephi Levi Windley. He left Missouri in about 1889 and settled in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington. If you believe that this is the same family, I would love to compare information with you.