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Knowles Family of New Bedford, MA

The family bearing this name in New Bedford, where it is one of nearly one hundred years’ standing one, too, of prominence and wealth, is a branch of the ancient Knowles family of the town of Eastham, Barnstable county, this Commonwealth. Reference is made to some of the descendants of the brothers Thomas and James H. Knowles of Eastham, several of whose sons – at least two of the former and one of the latter – in their earlier manhood cast their lot with the people of New Bedford. The firm of Thomas Knowles & Co. for many years was one of the greatest engaged in the whale fishery business in New Bedford; and its members in turn have been succeeded in business by younger generations who have most worthily worn the family name and sustained its reputation; and today the name continues of record in and about the city of their birth connected prominently with many of the most extensive commercial establishments and banking institutions of the locality.

Descendants of Chauncey Sears of Fall River, MA

As will be seen in what follows the Fall River family of Sears here considered – to which belongs Chauncey Howe Sears, an extensive mason contractor and builder and one of Fall River’s well-known citizens and substantial men – is one of some two hundred and sixty and more years’ standing in this Commonwealth. The family history and genealogy of the Fall River family follow in chronological order from the immigrant settler.

Muster Roll of Captain Nathan Barker’s Company

Muster Roll of Captain Nathan Barker’s Company of Light Infantry in the Detachment of drafted Militia of Maine, called into actual service by the State, for the protection of its Northeastern Frontier, from the sixth day of March, 1839, the time of its rendezvous at Augusta Maine, to the twenty-sixth day of March, 1839, when discharged or mustered. Captain Nathan Barker. Lieutenant Ephriam Harmon. Ensign John S. Willson. Sergeants Simon A. Dyer. Benjamin Boothby. Lothrop Worcester. William Proctor. Corporals James W. Stevens. Stephen Swett. S. V. R. G. Brown. Henry Towle. Musicians Thomas Pennell. William Pike. Privates Babb, Joseph H. Bacon, Samuel F. Bailey, John H. Bangs, Samuel S. Barbour, Seward P. Bean, George T. Bond, John. Bragdon, Nathaniel. Bragdon, Seth L. Buckman, Samuel. Bullard, Asa. Chandler, Charles F. Chirk, John M. Coffin, Isiah. Davice, John C.1 Donnell, Francis. Duran, Benjamin. Dyer, Alfred. Dyer. George W. Emery, Joshua t. Fernald, Saumel R. Field, Amos, Jr. Frye, John. Garland, John. Gower, Henry E. Green, Charles M. Hale, Joseph W. Harmon, Albert. Harris. George. Hasty, James M. Haynes, James M. Hutchinson, Mark. Leathers, William W. Libby, Benjamin F. Longley, David M. Mead, Jason. Merrill, Curtis B. Merrill, Daniel. Merrill, John. Merrill, Rufus N. Morris, William E. Newcomb, Lowell. Paine, Brian. Patterson, James. Pike, George W. Purinton, Joseph C. Richards, Francis. Rolf, David F. Rounds, George. Sands, Isaac. Sawyer, Ethan A. Sawyer, Francis O. Shaw. Iselson. Smith, Amos. Strout, David P. Swett, Alfred. Tuckerman, John. Winslow, Oliver. Whitten, Joseph. Whitney, Levi, Jr.FootnotesOn pay roll as John C....

Bean and Bane Family Genealogy of Saco Valley Maine

Tradition makes the ancestor of this family who first came to our shores a native of the Isle of Jersey, but I doubt the truth of the statement. I have not found the name, or one resembling it, in any record or book relating to Jersey. The surname Bain, and Bane, are derived from the Gaelic word bane which signified white or fair complexion, as Donald Bane, who usurped the Scottish throne after the death of his brother, Malcolm Canmore. An ancient branch of the family in Fifeshire, Scotland, have spelled the surname Bayne. The Highland MacBanes were a branch of the Macintosh clan, and their distinctive badge was the red whortleberry. Maj. Gillies MacBane, chief of the clan in 1745, was a man of giant stature, being six feet four and a half inches in height. He brought a hundred MacBanes into the field, and at the battle of Culloden, being beset by a squad of government troops, he placed his back against a wall, and, though wounded in several places, fought with such desperation that he laid thirteen of his assailants dead at his feet. An officer called to “save that brave man,” but they cut him down. His widow is said to have composed the pathetic lament in Gaelic, entitled mo run geal oig, or. The following lines were found in a work called “The Gael”: “With thy back to the wall, and thy breast to the targe, Full Hashed thy claymore in the face of their charge, The blood of the boldest that barren turf stain. But alas! thine is reddest there, Gillies MacBane! Hewn...

Seneca County New York Biographies

In the 1980’s a series of newsletters were published four times a year by Seneca County NY featuring historical information concerning Seneca county and her past residents. The current historian for Seneca County placed these online using PDF files. One of the main features of each edition were biographical sketches of early settlers of Seneca County. Unfortunately, while they provided an index inside of a spreadsheet for the 189 biographies, it is difficult for the average user to quickly get around. I’ve taken their spreadsheet and linked each edition to the PDF file. Once you’ve found the biography you want, click on the newsletter edition and then browse the pages until you find the specific biography you were looking for. This should help you find these wonderful biographies a little easier. SurnameGivenNewsletter Edition AckleyBenjaminSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleyJacobSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleySamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleySamuel J.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 3 No. 3 AlexanderWilliam H.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 4 No. 2 AllenSilasSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 AlmySamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 4 No. 1 ArmstrongJohnSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 3 No. 1 BachmanJosephSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 1 BaileyEbenezerSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 4 BaileyGeorge & SamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeJohnSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeMahlonSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgePeterSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BaldwinJonas C.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 2 BangsAbnerSeneca County History...

B Surnames – Walpole Massachusetts Marriage Records to 1850

BABBITT, Betsey and Samuel G. Clap, Mar. 8, 1843. Sarah P., 21, d. Willard and S., and Luther Hayward, widower [publishment of intention of marriage, omits widower], May 29, 1848. Sophia and George Copeland, Apr. 10, 1842. BACON, Alfred of Dover, and Harriett Perry, Nov. 27, 1834. Anna of Dedham, and William Kindall 1st, publishment of intention of marriage, Mar. 19, 1774. Betsy [publishment of intention of marriage, Betsey] and Jonathan Colbourn [publishment of intention of marriage, Coulbourn], May 23, 1797. Charlotte and George W. Thomas, May 28, 1840. Dean and Sybil C. Smith, publishment of intention of marriage, Nov. 13, 1836. Elijah C., widower [publishment of intention of marriage, omits widower], 41, S. W[illia]m and S., and Adaline Eldridge, Dec. 4, 1848. Ellis and Martha Shepard, publishment of intention of marriage, Feb. 12, 1842. James of N. Y., and Julia [publishment of intention of marriage, adds C.] Whitman, Jan. 8, 1845. Lydia and Hiram H. White, Sept. 27, 1836. Mary and Aaron Ellis, Mar. 17, 1796. Rebecca of Deadham, and Joseph Day, publishment of intention of marriage, July 26, 1772. Sally [publishment of intention of marriage, Betsy] and Horace Dupee, May 30, 1805. Sam[ue]l W. [publishment of intention of marriage, Warren] of Urbana, Va., and Abby P. Clap, Oct. 17, 1839. Sarah L. and Harvey Morse, Jan. 10, 1837. Sopha [publishment of intention of marriage, Sophia] and Pitt [publishment of intention of marriage, Pitts] Smith, – [publishment of intention of marriage, Dec. 26, 1813. Sybil, Mrson [publishment of intention of marriage, Sybil Baicon], and Dr. [publishment of intention of marriage, omits Dr.] Jonathan Wild, Mar. 4, 1827. Syntha...

Biography of Chauncey Ward Bangs

The subject of this sketch, a son of Benjamin and Deborah (Smith) Bangs, was born at Stanstead, Lower Canada, now the Province of Quebec, January 19, 1814. His father was a native of Massachuesetts, his mother of New Hampshire. They moved to Canada in 1812. When Chauncey was about four years old the family removed to Montreal, and a little later to L’Orignal, county of Prescott, Ontario, the business of the father being that of a hatter and fur manufacturer. The opportunities for an education in that part of the Dominion, fifty years ago, were very limited, and our subject did little more than master the rudiments. He early learned his father’s trade; moved to 0ttawa in 1847, and continued in the hat and fur business until 1875, operating in the meantime more or less in other lines. In 1867 he aided in forming the “Buckingham Manufacturing Company,” which purchased six hundred acres of timber lands and erected a saw mill eighteen miles below Ottawa, in the county of Ottawa, on the Du Lievre, a tributary of the Ottawa river. He is President of the Company, which, owing to the depression in the lumber trade, has not done much business during the last four or five years. Mr. Bangs represented Wellington Ward nine consecutive years as alderman in the city council, and was mayor in 1878. At the general election in that year, he was the candidate of the Reform party for the Dominion Parliament, and was unsuccessful, the Conservatives having a strong majority in the district though the majority against him was quite small. He was defeated for...

Edmund Todd of Meriden CT

Edmund Todd7, (Aden6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) married and lived in Meriden, Conn. Children: 1398. Sarah Ann, m. (???)Burnham. Issue: had two or three sons who were manufacturers of brick and had a kiln near New Britian, Conn. Afterwards they went west. Residence unknown. 1399. Ellen, m. (1) Henry Bangs, and lived in Meriden, Conn., had two daughters. Trouble seems to have come into his family and a divorce, and later she m. (2) George Page. 1400. Edmund, he enlisted in the army during the civil war, and d. in the service; cause unknown to my...

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