Thank you Judy. Coincidentally I DID contact the R I Historical Society just last week and had a correspondence with a very helpful and lucid librarian and genealogist. While he said that marriage is NOT in their records after looking extensively, he did offer other information which contradicts much data on this family which has been accepted for over one hundred years. He pointed out the error lies in the 19th century published family history of the Parkers, whose many facts and figures have been disproved with modern research, yet which was used as priarmy guide for earlier researchers. Everywhere I looked- trees on Ancestry, websites on the Internet, etc., etc- all still accept the old data as fact.
As an amateur I love being corrected and brought up to date and shed some of the false information. They are a very helpful group and did not even bring up the subject of payment.