RISEUP made arrangements through the Tiverton Historical Society to gain access to one of its most celebrated
local landmarks, The Chase-Cory House. In presenting our case, the mission as it were would be two-fold: to
investigate and document any possible paranormal activity in the former home and; to bring more public
awareness of this vital and significant throwback to the Colonial era.
We approached this investigation with no real sense of gain from a paranormal standpoint. There had been
no reported claims of activity there, but that was tempered with the knowledge that as a functioning museum,
there was no constant presence there beyond the occasional tenants in the small, second floor apartment. As
we stand firmly as a group that embraces historical preservation and education, we welcomed the opportunity
to spend more than a few brief moments exploring the home. Our ultimate goal was to combine our particular
interests in the paranormal and history to bring positive attention to the museum and perpetuate its use as a
living memorial to its Colonial roots.
Since our first investigation, Chris Blanchette and Ken and Dave DeCosta have become members in good
standing of the Tiverton Historical Society and hope to use the resources and objectives of RISEUP to bring a
different perspective to the organization's efforts.
RISEUP Investigators Present: Ken DeCosta
Geographical and Historical Data
The Chase-Cory House dates its construction back to 1730 or perhaps even earlier. It was donated to the
T.H.S. by former Secretary of the Navy, J. William Middendorf (below), who was at that time a resident of
neighboring Little Compton. The restoration effort was performed under the direction of noted local historian
While little is known of its first few years of existence, it is known that a member of the Chase family, either
Benjamin or Abner was its builder and first occupant. It was a home that would change hands quite frequently
as the years passed. The house and its residents saw the likes of King Philip's War, the advent and proliferation
of the whaling industry and our country's struggle for liberty. In many ways, it was on the front lines of each of
those landmark events.
There is a bit of a gap in its history between the years of 1823 to 1846, but we know the adventurous and
well-traveled son of local residents Phillip and Sarah Pierce Seabury named Corneilius married a woman named
"Polly" Mary Gray, who was the daughter of Col. Pardon Gray. Col. Gray did not approve of her marriage to the
audacious young man, but in the end, Polly won out. The only concession to his grudging consent was her dowry
- which was to consist of a horse and two slaves. This was a far cry from the usual handsome sum she would
have normally been given by a more approving father. The newlyweds made the long trek to Schoharrie, NY,
where they would construct their first home and farmed the land for eight years.
Tired of frontier living, the couple eventually sold the farm and returned to Tiverton in either 1802 or 1803,
this time with four children in tow. It was a hard existence and their children in later years would recount
hearing the howling of wolves outside their cabin door. They moved into the Chase house in 1804 and that was
where a daughter, Nancy, was born.
Of the four children born in NY, Pardon and Jane later attended school there in Albany. Jane became a
teacher, eventually mentoring the neighborhood children in an upstairs room of the house. Pardon, who
originally had planned on becoming a minister, gave up on that notion and went on to become a successful
businessman in New Bedford, Mass. Harriet married a local man named Frederic Almy and they moved into their
new home not a mile away while Joseph became a sea captain and eventually purchased the home. Nancy would
go on to marry the minister of the local church.
In 1816, it was acquired by Andrew Cory and his wife Jane Gray Seabury, the grand-daughter of Col. Pardon
Gray. Andrew was the great grandson of Thomas Cory, one of the twenty-seven freemen listed as the original
inhabitants of Tiverton when it became incorporated in 1694. Andrew's father, Phillip, achieved the rank of
Captain in the Rhode Island Militia during the Revolutionary War. Andrew would also make the sea his vocation,
serving as a cooper on a whaling ship. It was said he was quite fond of children.
Andrew and Jane's oldest son Edward also made his living from the sea. On dec. 2, 1842 at the age of 26, he
married Mary Ann Bamford, 19, in Albany, Australia and brought his new bride home to Tiverton on his ship. On
his last voyage, Edward was injured by a whale his ship was hunting and, as a result, was forced to endure six
years away from his home, three of which were spent in an hospital in China.
Edward J. Cory Sr., was the home's next inhabitant. His wife was the former Gertrude Sisson of Middletown,
R.I. Edward was a man of a few vocations over the course of his life: oil works manager, fisherman, and poultry
farm owner. Their son, Edward, Jr. was the last of the Cory's to live in the home. Like his forbearers, he too
made his living as a man of the sea and married a woman from Middletown as his father did. Her name
coincidentally, was Christine Sisson.
When we arrived wed were let in by a member of the historical society who gave us carte blanche for the
evening without anyone from the organization present. We would phone him to lock up when we were done for
the night. Out of respect for his time, we decided to limit our initial investigation to a few hours as we were all
but certain this would become an on-going process.
Static cameras would be set up in each of the three rooms (kitchen, bedroom, living room, L-R below).
The base would be set up in a smaller entry area off the kitchen. Only 2 pairs of investigators would be
allowed in the main house at any one time, with one pair quietly observing in one room while EVP sessions are
conducted in another room.
Inside the bedroom, Ken and David were performing an audio session when their KII meter went off after the
question "Is this a member of the Chase family" was asked. It was interesting only because there is little to no
electricity on this floor, and even more so after a series of questions yielded no further results until again the
question "Are you a member of the Chase family?" was asked again and the device spiked.
Within this time frame they recorded a female voice that was not audible. The roster for this evening
included no females and was not the result of any outside television or radio interference. Despite the
remarkable clarity of the recording and little doubt a voice is imprinted, there is some debate as to the word or
words that are being spoken. It is quite possible this voice is not in direct response to any line of questioning,
but residual in nature. Is a female saying, "Wake up!" ? This is subject to debate.
Female Voice in Bedroom @0:05
Repeat - Isolated
Within this same time frame, yet another interesting piece of audio was generated. This time, it sounds very
much like either a laugh or a cry of anguish. It is very hard to discern, and again may be residual in nature.
Female Outcry @ 0:03
Repeat - Isolated
There was nothing particularly overt in terms of activity during the remainder of the evening and a large part
of it was spent inspecting various artifacts from the Colonial era that remain inside the home. As we were
investigating, we were also gathering data on the house. The otherwise peaceful night was thrown into
borderline chaos by one event that left everyone there puzzled and looking for answers.
Earlier in the night, while watching the monitor, Tom Stewart found an old silver spoon on a shelf in the entry
way, picked it up and held it in his hands, spinning it absentmindedly while he observed the rest of the group.
When it came his turn to enter the home, he placed it back down where he had found it and went to his
Dan Snizek was also in that next group. He was sitting on a folding-type chair we had brought along in the
event the furniture in the home was not adequate or sturdy enough to sit on. This proved to be unnecessary, but
nonetheless was done out for respect for the property. Dan brought the chair into the gathering area, opened it
up and sat down for a while before eventually getting up and switching his viewing position to the other side of
the room. At this point everyone else was sitting quietly in other rooms simply "listening" to the house and
taking note of anything that might be considered either normal or unusual.
At the very end of the night, as we all started to break down for the night, we heard what obviously sounded
like metal hitting the wooden floor. Dan heard it more clearly than everyone else as the sound came from
directly under his chair. He looked down and was surprised to see a spoon sitting underneath him on the floor.
What would be even more astonishing seconds later was that Tom recognized the object and retreated to the
entry way only to find this was the very spoon he had been toying with 30 minutes earlier. It was no longer
where he had placed it.
In this period of time, all investigators were on camera with only Dave Grady alone at the monitor. No one
strayed from their positions save for Dan moving his chair to get a better overall view of the room and this was
recorded on camera as well. How then, could this happen? We were certain Tom was not mistaken as Chris had
also seen the spoon in the entry way in the multiple visits he had paid to the home prior to our visit and had also
seen it there that night as well. Apportation of an object is a phenomenon we have all heard about but had
never witnessed before and we, to a man, were astonished by what had just happened.
It was left to us then to do whatever we could to explain what had just happened before we made such a
fantastic claim. The effort would spill into the following day, when we took the folding chair out and for the
better part of an hour attempted to stick the spoon somewhere on it where it might wedge or rest only to be
released when the chair was folded, unfolded or moved from one place to another. Only one thing we did
accomplished this and that was jamming the spoon into a hinge on the chair in the closed position, but this
resulted in not being able to unfold the chair into the open position. It was also literally impossible to jam a
spoon into any hinge on this particular chair when it was in the open position. Placing it inside a fold was just as
difficult without being able to at least see it in plain sight or, more importantly, maintain its position when
moved. Dan had brought the chair into the room folded and opened it in clear view of our DVR cameras, then
closed and opened it again when he moved his position, so neither scenario explained what we heard and saw.
Dan had not brought the spoon in with him and in fact was not aware of its existence. The spoon had not
come in with the chair either wedged into the folds or resting on the seat where Dan obviously would have been
able to feel it when he sat down. The spoon was not inside either of the mesh drink holders on either arm and
neither holder had any holes in it a spoon might slip through. The two photos below were taken within a minute
of our find and shows exactly how we found the spoon.
There are two additional pieces of this story we can present; one is audio of the event taken from our
wireless audio mic that was placed on a table in the living room and the other is a video from a static camera
that was trained on the exact spot Dan was sitting. While it is impossible to actually see the event take place as
people are beginning to move out of their assigned areas and crossing in front of the camera, you can clearly
see that no one is responsible for the placement or tossing of the object. There is one shot in which we think we
may be seeing the spoon suspended above the floor just before it makes contact with it. Below are some screen
captures that document the incident.
Dan Sniezek sitting in folding chair Gets up to check on a noise in the pantry
Sees nothing out of the ordinary And sits back down. Nothing is disturbed
on the chair.
Investigators walk by ready to end session
The sound of metal on wood floor is first heard
At first the object cannot be located Finally the spoon is found under the chair
Dave DeCosta begins to take readings on the spoon No magnetic fields are found around the object
Tom Stewart (foreground) believes he has recognized
the object and heads off to confirm if it is missing.
2:00 audio of the 'spoon incident'
That we were anxious to view the audio and video the following day goes without saying. We packed our
equipment up for the night, thanked our hosts and set for home. This is a video review the following day.
Through the years, the Chase-Cory House has been a must-stop on elementary and middle school field trips.
It harkens back to a harsh, volatile and crucial period in American history when survival was difficult and
creature comforts few and far between. Men made their living from the land and the sea and each was a
grueling vocation in its own way. The times were fraught with peril and only the strong endured.
We approached this investigation with more of an eye toward learning about the families of the Chase-Cory
House and left with much more. It does seem that there is a residual energy about the house as our recorders
picked up voices we could not adequately explain. The spoon incident was particularly baffling. In RISEUP, as in
all reputable groups of this nature, a strong emphasis is placed on trust and honesty and whatever experiences
we might have are free of tampering, slight of hand and misdirection. It was rewarding then to see such effort
put into the attempt to invalidate the appearance of this object. Our first response was to point to the chair as
the vehicle for which the spoon appeared, but despite our efforts to do so, we cannot point to it or any
individuals actions as the culprits.
This leaves our group to be the ones scrutinized. Beyond our inherent trust in each other, the presence of our
cameras proved a valuable asset is dispelling any notion that anything sinister took place. Our IR cameras are
never placed with the intent of capturing paranormal activity, but to document the scene of our investigations so
a quick review might reveal ordinary reasons for something initially thought to be supernatural. In this respect
the camera did not lie.
We will return to this location on several occasions as we move forward as the historical society has
welcomed our presence there. Some of these visits will be investigative, yet others will be geared toward
education and preservation. In either case, our priority will remain advancing our knowledge of this most
noteworthy and unusual location.