Location: Cummington Massachusetts

Biographical Sketch of Worchester Reed Warner

Warner, Worchester Reed; manufacturer; born, Cummington, Hampshire County, Mass., May 16, 1846; son of Franklin J. and Vesta Wales (Reed) Warner; educated, district school, Cummington; (D. Mech. Sc., Western University of Pennsylvania, 1897) ; married, Cleveland, Cornelia F. Blakemore, of Philadelphia, June 26, 1890; learned machinist’s trade at Boston and at Exeter, N. H.; with Pratt & Whitney Co., Hartford, Conn.; 1870-1880, and at same time pursued studies in astronomy, and other scientific branches, and experimented in telescope building as a recreation; in 1881, with Ambrose Swasey, established firm of Warner & Swasey, incorporated as The Warner & Swasey Co., 1900; mfrs. machine tool and optical instruments of precision, including range-finders, gunsights, field telescopes, etc., for the government; director Citizens’ Savings & Trust Co., Cleveland Society for Savings; trustee Western Reserve University, Case School of Applied Science; fellow Royal Astronomical Society, A. A. A. S.; member British Astronomical Society, American Society Mechanical Engineers (mgr. 1890-1893, pres. 1896-1897); past pres. Civil Engineers Club, Cleveland; Republican. Clubs: Union, Country, University, Sleepy Hollow...

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Biography of Edward Franklin Warner

EDWARD FRANKLIN WARNER, dealer in farm implements and cultivator of the ancestral farm of three hundred acres, where he passed his days, at Cummington, Massachusetts, was born on the homestead property, November 16, 1844, and died there March 27, 1911. He was the son of Franklin John Marvin and Vesta Wales (Reed) Warner. The Warner family, of ancient English origin, has had many honored representatives in England and America. More than twenty families of the name have coats-of-arms of different designs. Important branches of the name live to-day in the counties of Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwick, York, England; in Ayrshire, Scotland; and in Ireland. (I) Andrew Warner, immigrant ancestor in America, was born in England about shoo. He came to America in 1632, and was a proprietor of Cambridge in 1633. He was admitted a freeman, May 14, 1634. In 1635 he was living in Cambridge on the northeasterly side of Eliot Street, about midway between the westerly end of Winthrop and Brighton streets. He owned also several other lots in Cambridge, but sold his property there to Captain George Cooke, December 30, 1636, and removed to Hartford, Connecticut. He removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, about 1659, and was one of the first settlers. He died there December 18, 1684. (II) Daniel Warner, son of Andrew Warner, was born about 1640. He married (first) a lady who died September 1g,...

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Biography of Charles L. Gardner

The family from which Charles L. Gardner came is one of very old New England ancestry, as his first forebear in this country was an early settler in Massachusetts, known as John Gardner, of Hingham, who settled and died in that town November 24, 1668. More than ten generations of Gardners have made New England their home, the family, of course, originating in England. Charles L. Gardner, noted as lawyer and legislator, aided in making the name illustrious. John Gardner, of Hingham, and his wife, Mary, were the parents of the second John Gardner (a), who was baptized July 18, 1652, and they had eight other children. Of these, Benjamin, born April 8, 1666, died June 30, 1736, married Sarah Dunbar, and they had two children, Benjamin (2) and Sarah. Benjamin (2) was born May 15, 1700, and in 1725 married Joanna Jones. Their son, Benjamin (3), was born in 1729 and died in 1821. In 1748 he married Rachel Smith. Their son, Jacob, born in 1761, died in 1816, married Deborah House. Their son, Jacob (2), born in 1780, married Hannah Cook in 1806. They had a son, Elisha, who married Elvira Sprague, and they had a son, Charles L. Gardner, with whom this history is concerned. Charles L. Gardner was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, May 27, 1839, and died in Springfield, Massachusetts, March 20, 1913. He was...

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Biography of James Foster Wells

JAMES FOSTER WELLS – In the Vaux, or Bank, or Bayeux, or de Vallibus family of France originated the De Welles family of Lincolnshire, barons by summons to Parliament. It is one of the most illustrious families known to history. The derivation is traced to the year 794, from which period its members held the highest rank personally and by royal intermarriages. It was founded in England after the Conquest by Harold de Vaux (a near connection of William the Conqueror) and his three sacs, Barons Hubert, Ranulph and Robert, who were all surnamed de Vallibus. The descent is through the younger son, Robert, whose grandson, William, had four sons: Robert de Dalston, baron; Adam and William de Welles, of Lincolnshire, 1194; and Oliver de Vallibus, prior of Pentney Abbey. Adam de Welles died s. p., and his brother, William, thus became founder of that long line of noblemen of Lincolnshire, whose history is given in full by Dugdale in his standard work on “Baronage of England.” Among the different branches of the Wells family in America are varied traditions of origin, but they are not contradictory, nor are they inconsistent with one another. Thus the descendants of George, afterwards of Southampton, Long Island, Richard, afterwards of Salisbury, Massachusetts, and William, afterwards of Southold, Long Island, known as among the first settlers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1638, claim that there...

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