Location: Gloucester Massachusetts

Descendants of David E. Harding of Mansfield, MA

DAVID E. HARDING, deceased, who for more than a half century was a leading business man and manufacturer of Mansfield, Mass., was born there May 6, 1826. He was a descendant of an old Cape Ann family, the founder of the family in America being Edward Haraden, who came from Ipswich, England, to Gloucester. The name is found variously spelled, appearing as Haraden, Hardon and Harding, etc.

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Ashley Family of New Bedford, MA

ASHLEY (New Bedford family). Among the first settlers of Rochester, Mass., and their families appear the names of Joseph Ashley and his wife Elizabeth and their children. There had settled at Springfield as early as 1639 Robert Ashley; and from the fact that many of the early settlers of Springfield were drawn from Roxbury by Pynchon, perhaps Mr. Ashley had been there previously a short time. One Thomas Ashley resided at Cape Ann (Gloucester) in 1639; he was admitted an inhabitant of Boston in 1658, and was probably the Thomas Ashley of Maine, 1654, who, says Savage, may have removed in 1658 to Boston, where his wife Joanna died Dec. 27, 1661, and he married the last of the next month Widow Hannah Broome. At Wells, Maine, lived William Ashley, whose name is given among those who were inhabitants of that place from 1641 to 1687. He was appointed constable there July 4, 1659. Joseph Ashley, the head of the Rochester family alluded to in the foregoing, is made by some members of the Rochester-New Bedford branch of the Ashley family the son of William and Elizabeth (Batson) Ashley and grandson of Thomas Ashley, who was a brother, of Robert Ashley, of Springfield. Accepting this, Joseph Ashley of Rochester is made generation (III) in the genealogy that follows. This article, however, is to deal with the one branch only...

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Genealogy of Jonathan Biles

Jonathan Biles, born about 1646, lived in Beverly, being a house-carpenter by trade, but a yeoman as well. He was sworn a freeman 26: 9: 1678. He married, first, Elizabeth Patch Nov. 15, 1674, and she was his wife in 1696. He mar­ried, second, Margaret Cleaves May 3, 1716. He conveyed his house and some land to his son Nicholas Biles in 1719. He was living in 1727. Children, born in Beverly: Richard Biles, b. Nov. 8, 1675. Richard Biles, baptized in Beverly April 21, 1678. He was first a mariner, then weaver and husbandman, and lived in Gloucester until 1727, when he returned to Beverly. He married Mary Davis (published Jan. 22, 1695-6); and she was his wife in 1727. He died in 1771, his will dated April 2, 1762, being proved April 2, 1771. Children, born in Gloucester: Capt. Charles Biles, born in Gloucester Dec. 20, 1700. He was a mariner and yeoman; and lived in Gloucester. He married Hannah Eveleth Jan. 17, 1727; and died in 1782, his will dated Jan. 30, 1781, being proved April 1, 1782. She survived him, and died, his widow, in 1785, her will, dated Sept. 10, 1782, being proved June 7, 1785. He had a Negro servant named Robbin. Children, born in Gloucester: Hannah Biles, b. April 13 , 1728; m. Job Stanwood Sept. 14, 1749. Abigail Biles, b. Aug....

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William Haskell

(1) WILLIAM HASKELL,1 brother to Roger, was born in England in 1617, being 55 years of ago in 1672. He settled first in Beverly, and thence about 1643, he removed to Gloucester, whore he died. Aug. 1693. He was a mariner, and was also styled captain and lieutenant; was representative to the legislature, 1672, ‘79, ‘81 to ‘83, and 1685. He m. Nov. 6, 1643, Mary dau. of Walter Tibbets, of Gloucester; she d. Aug 16, 1693. Mr. Tibbets left a will, proved June 5, 1651, wherein be mentions his daughter Mary, wife of William Haskell, and their two sons Joseph and William. The descendants of William are to the present day quite numerous in Gloucester and Rockport. Nine children — 2. WILLIAM2 b. Aug. 26, 1644; d. June 5, 1708. Inventory of his estate, £666 06s. 3d, including a large amount of real estate. He owned an extensive grist and saw-mill, which fell, in the division of the estate, to his son William. This mill was probably situated in what is now the town of Rockport, and where the elder William settled. Mr. Haskell m. July 3,1667, Mary, dau. of William and Mary Brown. Eleven children — MARY3 d. April 29, 1668 ; m. Jacob Davis. WILLIAM3 b. Nov. 6, 1670. JOSEPh3 b. April 21, 1673 ; d. April 11, 1718. ABIGAIL3 b. March 2, 1675; m. Nathaniel...

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Biography of Walter G. Tyzzer, M.D.

Dr. Walter G. Tyzzer, a physician and surgeon of St. Louis, was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, August 8, 1863. His father, the late George It. Tyzzer, a native of England, came to America in 1846 with his parents, Josiah and Mary Ann (Roberts) Tyzzer, who settled in Wakefield, Massachusetts, where George R. Tyzzer was reared and educated. In the latter part of his life he engaged in carriage manufacturing and passed away in Wakefield, February 4, 1904, when seventy-one years of age, his birth having occurred in Cornwall, England, December 18, 1832. In early manhood he wedded Matilda J. Edwards, who was also born in England, a daughter of John and Johanna (Mayne) Edwards, both now deceased. Her mother came to America from Cornwall, England, in 1846, the family settling in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The parents of Dr. Tyzzer were married in Wakefield and to them were born five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are yet living, namely: George A., who is a school teacher of Boston, Massachusetts; Isabel M., the wife of A. Fremont Oliver, living at Wakefield; Walter G., of this review; Jennie R., the wife of Martin L. Cunningham, likewise living at Wakefield; and Dr. Ernest E. Tyzzer, a prominent physician who is now a professor in the Harvard Medical School. At the usual age Walter G. Tyzzer became a pupil in the...

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Biography of Joseph Reed Burgess

JOSEPH REED BURGESS. Superintendent of schools of Monson, is one of the best known educators of Hampden County and Western Massachusetts. A man of wide education and excellent knowledge of his profession, he has held innumerable responsible and important pedagogical positions in the county, the State, and in Maine, and he is now one of the most highly esteemed members of the teaching profession. He is an active citizen and club and fraternal man of the town and county and is generally recognized as a leader of the pedagogical fraternity. Joseph Reed Burgess was born in Rockland, May 21, 1893, the son of Horatio B. Burgess, a sole leather buyer, who successively held the posts of chief of fire department and chief of police department in Rockland, and Georgianna Burgess. Joseph Reed Burgess was educated in the public schools of his native town, in the Rockland High School and he took his pedagogical studies in the Bridgewater Normal School, going through all the courses, including the advanced normal subjects. He completed his education in Harvard University. He had been teaching school but a short time when he was appointed principal of the Eastham Grammar School at Eastham, where he remained several years. He then became principal of the Longfellow and Emerson schools at Sanford, Maine, after which he was principal of the Sawyer School, in Gloucester. Massachusetts. His next...

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Biographical Sketch of Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery, the founder of this family, was born in England, about 1590, and died in New London, Connecticut, March 12, 1679. There are several traditions as to his place of origin, one that he came from an old Cornish family, another that he was a native of Salisbury, county Wilts. According to one statement, he accompanied Governor Winthrop to Boston, on the “Arbella” in 1630, and a second account says he emigrated with the younger Winthrop, in 1631 and on the voyage formed a close friendship with the latter, which eventually led to his settling in Connecticut. Whether, as has been said, he spent several years at first in Boston is uncertain, but he was in Gloucester about 1644, and was selectman there 1646, 1652 and 1654. He was made freeman at Salem June 29, 1652, and was also clerk of the band, constable, and clerk of the market there. In 1658 be sold his Gloucester land and removed to Boston, where he purchased, March 18, 1658-59 a house and lot. This he sold again a few years later, and followed his son to New London, where he bought property August 8, 1665, and finally settled. His wife, and possibly his children with the exception of his son James, referred to below, did not come to this country, as in 1654, the court passed a resolution relieving him...

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Biographical Sketch of James Avery

(II) James, son of Christopher Avery. the only child of whom there is any record in America, and the founder of the Averys of Groton, was born in England about 1620. He accompanied his father to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and lived with him for several years in Gloucester, and then removed to New London, Connecticut, where the first entries in the town book are the births of his three eldest children, who were born in Gloucester. He took up many land grants and built the Hive of the Averys “at the head of Poquonnock Plain in the present town of Groton, about one and one-half miles from the River Thames.” He was a prominent public character, was ensign, lieutenant and captain of the train band, deputy to the general court. Indian commissioner and agent, and townsman from 1660 for twenty years. He married, November 10, 1643, Joanna Greenslade, of Boston. Children : 1. Hannah, born October 12, 1644, married, June 20, 1666, Ephraim Miner. 2. James, born December 16, 1646, died August 22, 1748: married, February 18, 1669, Deborah Stallyou. 3. Mary, born February 19, 1648, died February 2, 1708, married, October 28, 1668, Joseph Miner. 4. Thomas, born May 6, 1651: died January 5, 1737; married, October 22, 1677, Hannah Miner. 5. John, born February 10, 1653-54. married, November 26, 1675, Abigail Cheeseborough. 6. Rebecca, born October...

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