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NEAR WOONSOCKET, R. I. 



ERECTED BY 

HON. ARLON MOWRY. 



BOSTON: 

PRINTED BY DAVID CLAPP & SON. 

1898. 



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Beprinted from the Xew-Eng. Historical and Genealogical Register for April, 1898, 

with additions. 



THE 



MO WRY 

FAMILY 

MONUMENT 



WOONSOCKET 
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A UNIQUE FAMILY MOmj^lE:N'T. 



By WiiLiAii A. MowRT, Ph.D., Hvde Park, Mass. 



Within the cemetery near "Woonsocket, E. I., opposite the Friends' Meet- 
ing House, and near the main entrance, has Lately been erected a unique 
monument to one branch of the Mowry family in America, includiuij nine 
generations. Excellent half-tone cuts shearing this monument and the in- 
scriptions upon its four sides from photographs by Merrill, the photo- 
graphic artist in Woonsocket, are inserted in this pamphlet. 

The monument is beautiful in design, of excellent proportions, every 
way attractive and imposing, and, standing as it does directly by the side 
of the thoroughfare, near the principal entrance of the cemetery, cannot 
fail to attract the special attention of all passers by. It is made of white 
bronze, in color resembling granite ; is five feet and a half square at the 
base and sixteen feet high. It is surmounted by a figure of Hope with 
one hand upon the anchor, and a face, exquisite in expression, turned up- 
ward. This monument was erected solely at the expense of Hon. Arlon 
Mowry, now of Providence, but a native and former resident of old Smith- 
field, later North Smitlifield. 

]\Ir. Mowry has been a successful business man ; is now president of one 
of the banks in Woonsocket. and has served his town and state in various 
public ofBces. He has been a member of the General Assembly and has 
served as State Senator. He has shown great interest in historical and 
genealogical matters, and his loyalty to the family whose name he bears 
has impelled him to the erection of this unique monument. 

Upon the panels and plinths of the four sides are placed the inscriptions 
which include the entire genealogy of one direct line of nine generations 
of :Mowrys m this country, beginning with Roger Mowry, one of the early 
settlers of Boston, aud entling with the children of Arlon, including their 
husbands and wives. 

These inscriptions include, as will be seen by reading them, a great 
amount of hiformatiou respecting this line of descendants from the patriarch 
Roger. They givy the names of more than one hundred persons, and the 
entire inscriptions embrace over one thousand words in telling the story. 



The following are the inscriptions upon the four sides of this monument 



[north side. — FRONT.] 

ERECTED 

A. D. 1896. 

By 

Hon. Arlon Mowry 
To the Memory of 
ROGER MOWRY 

And 

Eight Generations 

Of His Descendants 

Through His Son 

Nathaniel. 

MOWRY. 

Roger Mowry registered in Boston. Mass., after his arrival from Eng- 
land, May 18, 1631. He lived in Plymouth for several years, and later 
in Salem from about 1635 to 1649. He then removed to Providence, 
Rhode Island, where he resided till his death, Jan. 5, 1666. 

He married Mary, daughter of John Johnson of Roxbury, Mass. 
She died Jan. 1679. 

Chtldrex. 

Roger, died young. 
Jonathan, born in 1637. 
Bethiah, born in 1638. 
Mary, born in 1640. 
Elizabeth, born in 1643. 
NATHANIEL, bom in 1644. 
John, born about 1645. 
Mehitable, born about 1646. 
Joseph, born in 1647. 
Benjamin, born in 1649. 
Thomas, born in 1652. 
Hannah, born in 1656. 






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[west side.] 

NATHANIEL MOWRY. 

Son of Roger, 

born in 1644, married 

in 1666 Johannah, 

daughter of Edward Inman 

of Providence, 

(later Smithfield) one of 

the first settlers in 

Rhode Island. 

Nathaniel died in Providence 

Mar. 24, 1718. 

Johannah survived him. 



Children. 


Nathaniel, 


Sarah, 


John, 


Mary, 


HENRY, 


Johannah, 


Joseph, 


Patience, 


Martha, 


Marcy, 



Experience. 

HENRY MOWRY, son of Nathaniel, born about 1670, married 1st 
in 1701 Mary, daughter of Isaac and Mary Bull of Newport. jMarried 
2d in 1726, Hannah Mowry, widow of John Mowry 2d of Smithfield. 
Her maiden name was Packard. Mary died about 1725. 

Henry died in Smithfield, Sept. 23, 1759. Hannah survived him. 

Children. 

Mary, born Sept. 28, 1702. Jeremiah, born Apr. 7, 1711. 

URIAH, born Aug. 15, 1705. Sarah, born Apr. 5, 1717. 
Jonathan, born June 1, 1708. Elisha. 

Phebe. 



URIAH MOWRY, son of Henry, born Aug. 15, 1705, married 1st 
about 1724, Urania, daughter of John Paine of Providence. She was 
born July 4, 1706. Married 2d in 177.3, Hannah, widow of William 
Arnold of Providence. She was daughter of Job Whipple. Urania 
died Mar. 8, 1772. Uriah died in Smithfield March 6, 1792. Hannah 
6ur\'ived him. 

Children. 

Martha, born Apr. 1, 1726. Wanton, bom Aug. 7, 17.39. 

Nathan, horn June 10, 1729. JONATHAN, born Mar. 10, 1742. 
Stephen, born Dec 13, 1731. Mary, born Oct. 30, 1745. 
Philip, born Feb. 17. 1734. Elizabeth, born Oct. 30, 1748. 

Gideon, born July IS, 1736. 

And others, Jonathan being the seventh son. 



[south side.] 

JONATHAN MOWRY, 

son of Uriah, 

born Mar. 10, 1742, 

married in 1769, Deborah, 

daughter of 

Jabez and Mary Wing. 

Jonathan died in Smithfield, 

Mar. 25, 1814. 
Deborah died July 13, 1825. 

He was a noted doctor. He and his wife were 
both members of the Society of Friends and were 
Preachers of note in that religious body. 

Children. 
Rebecca, born Feb. 9, 1770. Abigail, born Mar. 30, 1780. 

CALEB, born Mar. 5, 1771. Dorcas, born May 6, 1782. 

Anna, born Feb. 4, 1773. Urania, born June 21, 1785. 

Robert, born Dec. 2, 1774. Peleg, born Feb. 2, 1788. 

Martha, born June 7, 1777. Deborah, born Oct. 6, 1789. 



CALEB MO WRY, son of Jonathan, bom March 5, 1771, married 
in 1795, Nancy, daughter of David Mowry. Nancy, born Oct. 29, 
1775. Caleb died in Smithfield, Mar. 31, 1814. Nancy married 2d in 
1818 Eliakim ^lowry. Eiiakim died in Smithfield in 1845. Nancy died 
Nov. 13, 1860. 

Childrex. 
Jesse, born June 4, 1796. Died young. 
Duty, born Feb. 14, 1798. His monument in this cemetery. 
Urania, born May 22, 1800, married in 1824. 
Charles Bowen, born Sept. 16, 1800. 
BARNEY, born May 3, 1804. 

BARNEY MOWRY, son of Caleb, born May 3, 1804, married 1st 
in 1828, Phila, daughter of Amasa and Anna Mowry, of Smithfield, who 
were married Apr. 24, ISOO. Phila was born in 1806. Anna was the 
dau;:hter of Francis Hamilton. Married 2d in 1846, Urania, daughter 
of Paoli and Martha Steere of Smithfield. She was born July 29, 1821. 
Phila died Nov. 25, 1«39. Urania died July 21, 1865. Barney died 
in North Smithfield, Nov. 12, 1891. 

Children of Barney and Phila. 
Orrin P., born May 24, 1829, died in North Smithfield, Aug. 1, 1895. 
Albert, born Mar. 9, 1831, died in North Smithfield, Apr. 3, 1893. 
AFwLON, born Feb. 23, 1833. Burial in Middletown, R. I. 
Stafford, born Apr. 14, 1»35, died in Hampton, Va., Mar. 27, 1889. 

He was Quarter-Master in the 3d R. I. Cavalry, in the Civil War. 
Atwell, born Nov. IS. 1>36, died in Butte, Moutana, Sept. 1, 1882. 
Child of Barney and Urania. Erwin A., born Dec. 8, 1847. 



[east side.] 

ARLON MOWRY, 

who 

erected this monument, 

The third son of Barney, 

born Feb. 2 3, 1833, 
married in 1857 Harriet, 
daughter of Isaac and Susan 
(Borden) Wightman. 

This name is spelled both "Wightman and Whitman 
by members of the same family. 

Isaac was born in Newport, R. I., June 22, 1803, 
and died in North Smithdeld, Feb. 15, 1882. 

Susan was born in Fall River, Mass., Sept. 22, 
1800, and died May 14, 1884. 

Childrkx of 
Isaac and Susan TTightman. 
Ruth R., born Sept. 16, 1832. 
Harriet, born Jan. 1, 1837, died Jan. 2, 1865. 

Children of Ajrlon axd Harriet Mowry. 
These are of the ninth generation in this country. 

Emma L., born Apr. 27, 1868, married in 1886, Stephen E. Batch- 
eller. He was born May 29, 1858, son of Alexander and Kezia (Wal- 
lin) Batcheller. Alexander was a physician in practice in BurriUville, 
R. I., and later in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Eugene C, born Aug. 12, 1860. Married in 1889 Daisy B. Under- 
wood. She was born Jan. 12, 1867, daughter of William H. and Ellen 
(Ansell) Underwood of Cambridge, Mass. Eugene is a physician in 
practice in the city of New York. 

Wilfred L., born Nov. 15, 1862, died Nov. 17, 1866. 

Harriet W., born Sept. 15, 1864, married in 1891, Albert E. Crowell. 
He was born Mar. 24, 1863, son of Nathaniel and Ellen M. (Macomber) 
Crowell of Providence, R. I. 

For further information concerning the descendants of Roger Mowry, 
see a volume entitled '"The Descendants of Nathaniel Mowry of Rhode 
Island," by William A. Mowry, A.M., Ph.D., copies of Avhich are in the 
Providence Public Library, the Harris Institute Library, and the Librar}'' 
of the Society of Friends in Woonsocket. 



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It is doubtful if another monument similar to this in design and scope 
can be found in the whole country. It places the genealogy of this one 
family for nearly three centuries in the most compact form and in a public 
place, %yhere it will be read not only by the members of this family, but 
by thousauds who otherwise would be entirely ignorant of the early his- 
tory of the family in America. 

The earliest mention of Roger Mowry in this country is found in the 
Boston recoi'ds, as follows : — 

"Eighteen May, 1631, names of such as desire to be made ft'reemen, 
[among them] Roger Mawry, Roger Williams." Xeither of these two 
Rogers remained in Boston to accept the duties and privileges of "ffree- 
men " in that colony. But. soon after, we find them both citizens of Ply- 
mouth, later both became citizens of Salem, and finally they lived side by 
side in Providence. Roger Mowry was in Salem from 1G36 to 1649. He 
and his wife Mary were members of the church at Salem. The Suffolk 
records (vol. ui., p. 374) show that his wife was " the eldest daughter of 
John Johnson, late of Roxbury." In 1637 "he had fifty acres laid out" 
to him two miles or more from the settlement at Salem toward what was 
afterwards known as Salem Village. He built his house on the lot which 
is now the corner of Essex and Flint Streets, adjoining the Bowditch 
School. Indeed this house lot ran from what is now Essex Street north- 
ward to the river and included the land upon which now stand the Bow- 
ditch School and the Catholic Church. 

The records of the church in Salem show that his oldest son, Jonathan, 
was baptized April 2, 1637, and other children as follows : Bethia, 1638, 
June 17; Mary, 1640, June 16; Elizabeth, 1643, January 20; Benjamin, 
1649, May 20; between Elizabeth and Benjamin were four other children 
as given on the north side of the monument and no record is found of their 
baptism. In August, 1658, in open Town Meeting, at Providence, Roger 
Mowry testified that his three youngest children, Benjamin, Thomas and 
Hannah, were born in Providence. It is supposed that the Salem pastor, 
when on a visit in 1649 to the members of his church then residing in 
Providence, found the infant Benjamin, baptized him there and entered the 
record upon the Salem Church book on his return home. The original 
records of that period of the Salem Church have been lost, although some 
of them were copied and kept in a later book which has been preserved. 
The above facts are gleaned from that book. 

"When the book, "The Descendants of Xathaniel Mowry of Rhode 
Island," referred to above, was published, in 1878, it was not known that 
Nathaniel and John, as well as Joseph of Portsmouth and of Conanicut, 
were sons of Roger. The facts were discovered by Mr. John O. Austin 
of Providence, and the evidence is clearly given by him in his " Genealog- 
ical Dictionary of Rhode Island," from probate records. 











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Bv this it appears that John Mowry died July 7, 1690, and his brother 
Natlianiel was appointed administrator upon his estate, Oct. 3, 1690. Soon 
riftcr that date he rendered a partial accpunt, and among his payments was 
12 t^hillings "paid to my brother Joseph ^Nlowry of Conanicut." This 
shows that Joseph was brother to Nathaniel and John. But it was not yet 
known who this Joseph was. 

Joseph died May 27, 1716. His wife Mary was executrix, under his 
will, which was proved and allowed May 31, 1716. By this will Joseph 
gave a small legacy to his '• Brother Benjamin " and another legacy to his 
nephew " Joseph Mowry, son of Benjamin." It was previously clear that 
Benjamin was the son of Eoger, both from the church records of Salem 
and Roger's deposition in town meeting in Providence as to the birth of 
his children. Now if Joseph was brother to Benjamin he was son of Roger. 
Tlien if Nathaniel was brother to Joseph they were all sons of Roger. 
This evidence is very simple and very clear. The records of the Society 
of Friends, in commenting upon the death of Mary Mowry, widow of Jo- 
seph, state that "she was a valuable minister and celebrated doctress, and 
ill great repute in the Society and with people generally." 

Joseph was evidently a man of superior intelligence, possessed of con- 
siderable wealth, and much respected by the people of the colony. He 
was constable, and served the town of Portsmouth as deputy to the Gen- 
eral Assembly in the 3-ears 1686, 1698, 1699, 1701-3-5-8 and '11. He was 
one of forty-eight persons to whom was granted 5000 acres of land to be 
Cidled JErtst Greenwich. Tliis was in 1677, and two years later he had 50 
:aQr«8 hild out. Thits Tve have traced several of the early branches of the 
:f{tmily. 

3^pger Mowry was admitted fi'eeman in Providence in 1655. He built 
Hib^U-se about 1653, a portion of which is bow standing, newer parts hav- 
ing l>ce.n built to it from time to time during these intervening centuries. 
This house is on Abbott Street, near North Main Street, not far from 
the ^orth burial ground. It has been known for many years as the 
oldest 'houvse in the city, and has been called the Olney House. 

Profes.sor Isham of Brown Uuiversity has lately proven by real estate 
records that this house was built by Eoger Mowry as mentioned above. 
koT a series of years he kept a " tavern " in the town of Providence. 
About the same time Richard Pray was licensed to keep a public house 
al.so. It would seem that the liberty-lo'ving people of tlie town were ac- 
customed to frequent the house kept by ]Mowry. 

A story is told of a Massachusetts constable who had arrested a man at 
Pawluxet and was carrying him to ^Massachusetts. He stopped with his 
prisoner over night at Pray's Tavern. During the evening some citizens 
of the town gathered at Mowry 's Tavern, discussed the matter, decided 
that a Massachusetts constable had no right to arrest a man in their colony 
and carry him to the Bay Colony. They, therefore, suddenly summoned 



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a meeting of the town council at Mowry's Tavern. The members of the 
council soon gathered and sent a messenger to the Massachusetts oiHcer 
demanding by what authority he held his prisoner. Some controversy en- 
sued between the parties, but the result was that the othcer did not carry 
his prisoner to Boston but he was released. 

Roger's son Thomas, who was born in Providence in 1652. settled in 
Roxbury, where in 1G73 he married Susanna Newell. This Thomas had 
a daughter Abigail born in 1C81. In Roxbury one of the leading families 
in that early time was the Harris family. Robert Harris was one of the 
first settlers there and his son Timothy was born iu 1650, and did not marry 
until he was nearly forty-seven years old. When he was about thirty years 
of age, one day he rapped at the door of neighbor Mo wry (Thomas), and 
as no one answered the summons he puUed the latch string and walked in. 
Mrs. Mowry being out at the time had left her babe Abigail asleep in the 
cradle. The noise of Timothy's entering awakened the child, who immedi- 
ately began to cry. "While Timothy was trying to pacify the little one, 
Mrs. Mowry came in and, amused at the old bachelor's attention to her 
babe, lifted up her hands and exclaimed : " Good heart, old bachelor, I 
have some hopes of you yet." Looking up at her, Timothy immediately 
replied : " And well you may, good wife, for I propose to wait for this 
damsel until she be grown and ask her for my wife." 

He kept his promise and on the second of April, 1G97, Timothy Harris, 
then in his forty-seventh year, was married to Abigail Mowry, who was at 
that time sixteen years and three days old. They had four children and 
Timothy lived to be eighty years of age and his wife died in her eighty- 
seventh year. 

Abigail had a brother John who inherited the farm from his father and 
was a man of property and high standing in the community. He was one 
of seventeen male members who organized the second church in Roxbury, 
now "West Roxbury. This was in 1712. He presented the church with a 
silver christening basin, and when the third church was established, now 
the Unitarian Church at Jamaica Plain, he presented it with a clock which 
is still used, — a roimd, gilded dial clock, at the present time in the chapel 
of that church. 

The descendants of Roger Mowry are scattered in large numbers all 
over the country. His two sons Nathaniel and John were among the early 
settlers of northern Rhode Island and at one time they were half owners 
with three other partners, Edward Inman, Thomas Wallin and John Steer, 
of 3500 acres of land, running from the Blackstone river near Pawtucket 
westward to the Connecticut Line and including the vicinity of what is now 
the city of Woonsocket. To commemorate the descendants of Nathaniel, 
in only one direct line, that of Hon. Arlon Mowry, this monument is 
erected. 

The original spelling of the name is stUl a subject of conjecture. In 



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the eai-ly colonial times it was variously spelled, but much of this variety 
was doubtless due to the carelessness of the times in regard to spelling and 
of the clerks who frequently wrote the name as it sounded when pro- 
nounced in their hearing. The signature of Nathaniel in 1711 was spelled 
Nathaniel INIowrey, and in Salem the prevailing spelling of Roger's name 
was Mowry. The spelling however gradually settled into two forms, so 
that today, with almost entire uniformity the descendants of Jonathan and 
Thomas spell the name Morey. I have been unable to trace any descend- 
ants of Benjamin. At one time it was thought that Roger came from 
Wales, and if so the name may have been Mawry, wliich would mean the 
"hill men," or the highlanders, from Mawr, a hill. 

From what part of the old country Roger JMowry came is still uncer- 
tain, as well as the tradition that he was a relation of Roger Williams. It 
is stated that there are families in England today spelling their name Mo- 
rey, and also others who spell it Mowry. A few years ago a stationer 
lived in Bristol, England, who spelled his name ^Morey. 

The history of the family in America is an interesting one, and every 
way honorable to those who bear the name. 

Most of the facts in this brief article have never before been brought 
together, but are culled from reliable sources after much research. 

Twenty years ago a volume of three hundred and forty pages, entitled 
" The Descendants of Xatlianiel Mowry of Rhode Island," and another 
volume of two hundred and forty pages, entitled •' Richard Mowry of Ux- 
bridge, Mass., his Ancestors and his Descendants," were published, having 
been prepared by the writer of this article. No genealogy of any other 
branch of the family has yet appeared, but in some directions wide re- 
search has already been made and much labor bestowed upon the subject, 
80 that it is hoped the records of other branches of this great family will 
before long be rescued from oblivion and placed in proper form before the 
public. 

When the Nathaniel Mowry book was published, twenty years ago, as 
has already been stated, it was not known that Nathaniel and John Mowry 
were the sons of Roger. As John's name first appears with the name of 
Edward Inman, and Nathaniel's name appears later, it was naturally sup- 
posed that John was the older brother. 

In Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New 
England," it is stated that a John Mowry came over in the ship Blessing 
in 1C3.5. The supposition, therefore, would be natural that this John of 
Rhode Island was the John who came over in the Blessing. Subsequent 
investigations, however, proved that this supposition was entirely erroneous 
and that Nathaniel was the older of the two. 

Roger Mowry died in 1C66. At that time his son Nathaniel was twenty- 
two and John twenty-one vears of age. Young as they were, we find them 
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William Minnion, — a petty Xipmuck chief, subject to the Narragansoits, 
— for a large tract of land. Subsequently this land was divided into shares 
among the several proprietors owning it. The land was parcelled off into 
tracts of three hundred acres including upland and swamps, and with each 
of these tracts were set apart six acres of meadow-land. The five pro- 
prietors than drew lots for the division of the land. The laud being thus 
divided each proprietor proceeded to locate upon his own premises as a 
homestead. John Mowry's home from that time tUl his death was on 
Sayles's Hill — as it has been known in later days, but in those earlier 
days for one hundred years it was called Mowry's Hill. John and his 
wife both died of small-pox in 1690. As we have already seen, his 
brother Nathaniel administered upon his estate. 

It was not absolutely certain where the homestead of Nathaniel was, but 
it is supposed to have been on what is now known as Iron Mine Hill. 
Nathaniel died in 1718. By his will he appointed his son Joseph execu- 
tor. He gave to his son Nathaniel one hundred acres at "Wansecutt Hill ; 
to his son John forty acres ; to his son Henry fifty acres, '• to be taken oS 
on the north side of my homestead upon Wesquotomsit Hill " ; to his son 
Joseph the "remainder part of my homestead including dwelling house, 
orchard and one hundred and ten acres of land " ; this bequest being larger 
than others, he says, because he had received money from Joseph. 

Joseph, the executor of his father's estate, was called Captain Joseph and 
he rendered his account to the Town Council In 1791. This Captain 
Joseph was one of the leading men of the colony during his lifetime. His 
home was near the summit of a prominent hill about a mile westward from 
the village of Stillwater, a large, square, two story house which is still 
standing and in excellent condition. It was built by him in the year 1708. 
The tradition in the family is that at the time this house was built it was 
the largest house in the colony. Here Captain Joseph died in 1746. A full 
account of this house is given in the Nathaniel Mowry book, beginning on 
page 40. 

His brother Henry was doubtless older than Joseph and was probably 
born about the year 1672. Henry's home was on the northerly side of 
Sayles's Hill, at or near the place lately known as the Tyler Mowry place. 
Very little more is known of Henry than is given in the Mowry book 
beginning on page 32. He was evidently a man of prominence and of 
great activity. He held the important office of constable at a time when 
that office required considerable activity. 

It will be noticed that the dates of the birth of the children of Nathaniel 
are not given. "\Miile the family lived within the boundaries of the town 
of Providence, yet they were about twelve miles from the principal settle- 
ment. Being so far away from the seat of government, the records of the 
family do not seem to have been kept. After that generation, however, 
the records were very carefully kept and are quite full. Henry was mar- 




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ried in 1701 to Mary, the daughter of I?aac and Mary Bull, of Newport. 
This family was one of the prominent families of that settlement. His 
wife died in 17'25, having borne him seven children. He was afterwards 
married to Hannah, the widow of John Mowry "id. Henry lived to a great 
age, being at the time of his death between eighty-five and ninety years 
old. His oldest son was Uriah, who married about 1724, Urania, the 
daughter of John Paine of Providence. She bore him at least ten children, 
and died in her sixty-sixth year. Uriah married again when he was sixty- 
eight years of age. His second wife was Hannah, the widow of William 
Arnold, of Providence. She was the daughter of Job Whipple, of Provi- 
dence. Uriah also lived to a ripe old age, being in his eighty-seventh 
year when he died. 

Uriah's seventh son was Jonathan Mowry, who was for many years a 
well known doctor. He married Deborah the daughter of Jabez Wing. 
It is a notable circumstance that in addition to the fact that Jonathan was 
a doctor, he and his wife were both preachers among the Friends or 
Quakers. He was seventy-two at the time of his death, and although we 
do not know the date of his wife's birth, we do know that she lived fifty- 
six years after their marriage. Her death occurred eleven years after 
that of her husband. 

It cannot escape the notice of all, that generation after generation these 
were large families. Roger, the first ancestor in this country, had twelve 
children. His son Xathaniel had eleven ; Nathaniel's son Henry seven ; 
Henry's son Uriah ten at least ; Uriah's son Jonathan had ten children ; 
Jonathan's son Caleb had five ; Caleb's son Barney six, and Barney's son 
Arlon four, — eight generations and sixty-three persons. 

Let me give another series of facts to show the strength and vitality of 
this race. Of the twelve children of Roger, the first generation in this 
country, all but one, the oldest, lived to maturity. In the next generation, 
all of the eleven children of Nathaniel lived to maturity and all were mar- 
ried. Following the line which leads to the writer, Captain Joseph had 
five children, all of whom lived to maturity. Then his son Captain Daniel 
had six children, only one of whom died in childhood. 

The next generation was Lawyer Joseph, who had eight children, and 
all of them lived to be married. The generation follo\nng was Preacher 
Richard, who had six children, all of whom were married. Gideon 
was the son of Richard and he had nine children, all of whom were 
married. Then came his son Jonathan, who had three children, all of 
whom lived to mature years, two being married and one unmarried. Of 
the two who were married the writer has three children, all living, and his 
sister is the mother of ten children, all married and all but one living at 
the present time; the oldest being fifty-five and the youngest more than 
thirty-three years of age. Here, therefore, is the record of one branch of 
the family in one straight line from the writer of this and his children, 



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back to the year 1631. a period of two hundred and sixty-seven years, with 
the record of the death of only two children prior to maturity and includ" 
ing an aggregate of seventy-three persons. Seventy-one of these lived to 
maturity. 

The race as a whole have manifested the same stalwart physical strength, 
and have quite uniformly shown commendable industry and enterprise, 
with a large degree of intellectual and moral worth. The family may be 
called a fair specimen of New England yeomanry. 

-Of the descendants of Xathaniel and John, very many are still inhab- 
tants of northern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. But their 
descendants are also found to-day in the British Provinces, all of the Xew 
England States, Xew York and Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio, 
Indiana and Illinois, ]Michigan and Wisconsin, California and doubtless 
other states. 



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WILLIAM A. MOWRY.