Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical, 48
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History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical

NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920

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JOHN G. BROWN, president of the Glencairn Manufacturing Company, began the manufacture of silk cotton, mercerized flat shoe laces and narrow fabrics in Pawtucket, R. I., in 1908.  His plant, located at No. 110 East avenue, Pawtucket, contained but ten braiding machines at the beginning, but the business quickly grew beyond their capacity to produce and in 1909 Mr. Brown purchased the factory belonging to the New England Thread Company, at the corner of Cottage and Saunders streets, and began operations on a much larger scale.  Mr. Brown was sole owner of the business he founded during the first year of existence of the Glencairn Manufacturing Company, but in 1909 John N. Alexander associated  with him Messrs. Brown and Alexander, the principal owners and managers until the present. The business has enjoyed a steady growth, and in 1917 it was necessary to make additions that doubled the capacity of the mill.  The manufacture of elastic braids has been added since 1913, and the plant at present is now engaged in the manufacture of leggings and breeches, boot and shoe laces for the United States Government, the staple lines of the company's manufacture, also being fully maintained. Over one hundred hands are in constant employ, and forty thousand square feet of floor space is in use in the different departments.  The present officers of the company are:  John G. Brown, president; John N. Alexander, treasurer; James P. Brown, secretary, and William Newman, agent.  The company maintains a New York office in the Woolworth building, Mr. Newman, agent of the company, in charge, and who also through that office manages the agencies throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America.

John G. Brown, born in Lowell, Mass., came to Pawtucket with his parents when a child.  After completing public school courses he took a course of technical instruction at the New Bedford Textile School, received a diploma of graduation, and when twenty-one years of age began the business of which he is the founder, developer and executive head.  He is unmarried.

John Nelson Alexander came to Pawtucket from San Francisco, Cal., in the year 1909.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, class of 1909.  He became interested with Mr. Brown in the Glencairn Manufacturing Company soon after his arrival, was for some years president of the corporation, being now its efficient treasurer.

James P. Brown, secretary of the company, and brother of John G. Brown, is now in the service of his country, in the navy.

These young men have built up a valuable business enterprise from its very foundation, and to their ability, industry and progressive spirit, Pawtucket owes a share of her prosperity.

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Harry M. HolbrookHARRY McPHERSON HOLBROOK, an eminent lawyer of the Rhode Island bar, is a son of William H. and Josephine (Webb) Holbrook, his father a native of Massachusetts, his mother a daughter of a leading Southern family.  William H. Holbrook after the Civil War, located in the South, and until 1883 was chief engineer of the Santa Fe system of railroads.  In that year he resigned his position and returned to New England.

Harry M. Holbrook was born in Vicksburg, Miss., April 14, 1866. His early life was spent in the South and in travel with his parents, his education having been supervised entirely by private tutors.  In 1883 he came to his grandfather in Massachussests, his father having met with reverses through railroad speculation.  After his return to New England, Mr. Holbrook engaged in teaching, acting for three years as principal of Glastonbury Academy at Glastonbury, Conn.  During that period he continued his studies of law, and later moved to the State of Nebraska and completed his legal studies under the preceptorship of William O. Hammill, a famous jurist of that State.  He was admitted to the Nebraska bar in 1889, but in 1890 the ill health of his father brought him to Massachusetts, where he engaged in blooded stock breeding until 1894.  The winter of 1891 was spent in New York City as legal adjuster for an insurance company. In 1894 he abandoned stock-farming, and during the following four years taught in Massachusetts schools, but in 1898 applied for and gained admission to the Massachusetts bar.  He practised very successfully for several years, accumulated some capital, which, added to by a fund raised in Boston, was invested in silver mines and smelter in old Mexico.  Later the unsettled conditions which threatened the investment caused Mr. Holbrook to make a journey to Mexico, where he remained until 1913.  The smelter and mines are now shut down, the Revolution having destroyed their productive value, but the investment is intact.  After returning North, in 1914, Mr. Holbrook located at Providence and has taken leading rank at the Rhode Island bar.  He has been connected with many important cases, and is both learned in the law and skillful in its application to the cause in hand.  He is a member of the bar associations of the city and State, and has been admitted to all State and Federal courts of the State, and is held in highest regard by the brethren of his profession. A son of a soldier of the Union, he became a member of the order, Sons of Veterans, and held the rank of captain and department commander in Massachusetts. He is a present member of the Cranston Blues, a famed organization with an ancient history.  He is a Democrat in politics, but is extremely independent; shaping his party action in accordance with his personal opinions and beliefs.

Mr. Holbrook married (first), in 1891, Carrie Maude Sauger, they the parents of two sons:  Louis Tufts and Henry Parsons Holbrook. He married (second) Daisy M. Wesley, and they are the parents of two daughters, Mary Ruth and Edna Elsie, and of a son, John Wesley.

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DANIEL JACOBUS MAHLER  --  An authority in dermatology and manager of the D. J. Mahler Company's College of Dermatology and Laboratory, the largest in New England, Mr. Mahler is best known among those who constitute his vast army of patrons or hearers, and he lectures in all parts of the United States, his reputation extending also to foreign lands.  He is a son of Jacob Mahler, a native of Wolfstein, in the Rhine Palatinate (Rhienpfalz), a town of France in the department of Mt. Tonnere, forty-three miles northwest from Manheim, ceded to France in 1801, restored to Germany in 1814.  Jacob Mahler came to the United States, settled at Hackensack, N. H., and died at Providence, R. I., in April, 1890.  He was twice drafted in the Civil War, the first time rejected on account of his being near-sighted, but drafted later, but saw no service, peace being declared. He married Anna Elizabeth Filler, daughter of Frederick and Anna Katherine (Erbe) Filler, a native of Saxony.

Daniel J. Mahler was born in Hackensack, Bergen Country, New Jersey, October 7, 1860, and until 1873, studied there under private teachers. In that year he came to Providence, R. I., and in 1880 began business under the firm name of D. J. Mahler Company, at No. 331 Westminster street, later moving to No. 249 1/2 Westminster street, where he began the practice of dermatology. During the years 1885-86-87 he pursued scientific courses of study under private tutors of Brown University.  In 1900 he removed his business to No. 131 Mathewson street, and on October 18, 1902, incorporated as the D. J. Mahler Corporation, under the laws of the State of Maine, capital $100,000, D. J. Mahler, president.  Later the company purchased the estate at Nos. 3124-64 Pawtucket avenue, East Providence, R. I., transformed the residence into a College of Dermatology, and built a commodious laboratory, where all the specialties of the Mahler Company are compounded.  Progress has marked each year of Mr. Mahler's history, and through his creative genius new products have been evolved which have won leading place in toilet preparations.  He is a dermatologist and hair specialist of a quarter of a century fame, and has given exhibitions and demonstrations of his skill in the principal cities of the United States.  His knowledge has been greatly increased through travel, and when freed from business care he finds pleasure in art and literature.  He has risen to a strong position in the business world, and is highly regarded professionally and socially.  His writings, lectures, electrical devices and proprietary beautifying preparations are greatly sought  after, as is his treatise 'Consiets de Beaute'.  He is a member of Redwood Lodge, No. 14, Free and Accepted Masons; Providence Lodge, No. 14, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; King Philip Lodge, No. 1, Improved Order of Red Men; and Providence Athletic Club.

Mr. Mahler married Teodelinda Machada, born in the Azores, but a resident of Pawtucket since childhood.  Children:  Daniel Jason, Phyllis Maybelle, and Arthur Young.  The family home is a beautiful one on Pawtucket avenue, East Providence, R. I.

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JOSEPH T. WITHEROW, one of the successful attorneys of Pawtucket, R. I., and a man who has already made a name for himself in the public life of this region, is a native of West Stockbridge, Mass., where he was born, December 29, 1889.  He is a son of William and Margaret (Curtin) Witherow, old and highly-respected residents of that place, both of whom were born in that part of the State.  Mr. Witherow received the elementary portion of his education at the public schools of his native town until he had completed the grammar school courses.  At about this time his parents removed to Pawtucket, R. I., and it was here that he attended the high school and prepared himself for college.  He then entered Brown University at Providence, and graduated with the class of 1911, taking the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  He had in the meantime determined to adopt the law as a profession and, accordingly, matriculated at the law school of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor.  After completing the usual four years' course, he graduated with the class of 1914 and won  the degree of Bachelor of Laws.  Throughout his school and college years he had proved himself an intelligent and painstaking student, and at the close came to the opening of his career unusually well equipped both with natural gifts and a training that was the result of long and conscientious effort.  Immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to the East and settled at Pawtucket, where he passed his bar examinations and established himself in the practice of his chosen profession.  He opened an office at No. 18 East avenue, in this city, and this has remained his headquarters ever since.  He has built up an excellent practice and has handled many important cases up to the present, proving himself to be a most capable and conscientious attorney.

Besides his legal activity Mr. Witherow has interested himself in the conduct of public affairs in the community, and has come to be regarded as a leader of the local organization of the Democratic party.  In the year 1916 he was elected a member of the Rhode Island Legislature and is now serving his second term in that office, having been reelected in 1918.  He is a member of the Bar Association of Pawtucket, and of the local branch of the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Witherow is unmarried.

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Charles SissonCHARLES SISSON is a scion of an ancient and honorable New England family founded in Rhode Island by Richard Sisson, who was made a freeman of the Colony at Portsmouth in 1653.  By his wife Mary he had sons:  James, John, and George, all of whom married, and from them sprang the different branches of the family in Rhode Island.  Charles Sisson, now a retired manufacturer of Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the descendants of Richard Sisson, whose life has been worthy of the best traditions of the Sisson name, and who, in the retirement which he has fully earned, reviews a life of exceptional activity and value.  His father, Asa Sisson, was also one of the men whose genius made for Rhode Island a name written big in manufacturing annals, he being a well-known mechanical expert and builder of cotton machinery at Anthony, R. I.  Mary A. (Peck) Sisson, wife of Asa Sisson, and mother of Charles Sisson, was a daughter of Perez Peck, a builder of cotton machinery, and a prominent manufacturer of the Pawtucket [sic] Valley.  Thus Charles Sisson came rightfully to his inheritance, predestined through heredity to become a manufacturer, and through native ability sure to fill commanding position.

Charles Sisson, son of Asa and Mary A. (Peck) Sisson, was born in Coventry, R. I., September 7, 1847, and there attended the public school.  He next entered Friends' School, now the Moses Brown School of Providence, in 1862, and there remained until graduation with the class of 1866.  He began business life as a clerk with the firm of Vaughan & Greene, who were then just beginning the manufacture of webbing at Hamilton, R. I.  From this entrance into the business world in 1866 dates his half century of active business life, seventeen of the first years of that period having been spent with Vaughan & Greene, and their successors, The Hamilton Web Company.  In 1883 Mr. Sisson resigned his position with the last-named company and removed to Providence.  That same year, 1883, he formed a partnership with Oscar A. Steere and under the firm name, The Hope Webbing Company, started a ten-loom mill on Sprague street, Providence, for the manufacture of narrow woven fabrics of cotton, wool and silk.  The partners were both practical mill men, and not unfamiliar with each other, they having been associated with the firm, Vaughan & Greene, Mr. Steere in the manufacturing, Mr. Sisson in the managerial department of the operations of that firm.  Each had shown his ability in his own department, Mr. Steere having demonstrated inventive genius and mechanical skill, Mr. Sisson having risen from clerk to general superintendent.  Thus the firm was well balanced from the start, a condition which insured success.

The little ten-loom business increased in importance each year until, in 1889, The Hope Webbing Company was incorporated, a large mill at Pawtucket erected, and the business removed thereto.  Further expansion followed, and a great business developed in narrow woven fabrics.  The great mill, the largest of its kind in the country, was completed in 1907, and a great part of the special machinery in use later was built from designs and patents produced by Oscar A. Steere, who was superintendent of the plant from its very beginning.  The original capitalization of the company was $100,000, but this later was increased to $1,000,000. As treasurer of the company from 1889 to 1909, as manager from 1909 to 1915, and president from 1915 to 1917, Mr. Sisson was the active mover and responsible head of the company which owned and operated the largest mill of its kind in the United States. In 1917 he retired from all active participation in business life.

His life has been a very successful one, and from lowly beginning he has won his way through sheer ability to high and honorable position. He is a member of the Home Market Club of Boston, is vice-president of the Rhode Island Historical Society, a trustee of the Moses Brown School of Providence (a school he attended in youth), is a member of the Society of Friends, and in politics an independent Republican.  He is a member of the Providence Chamber of Commerce, and always actively interested in the welfare of his city; served the city of Providence as councilman from 1896 to 1905; and for one year was a member of the Board of Aldermen. In North Kingston he was a member and chairman of the school board of the Town Council, and for a time its president.  He has never sought public office, neither has he shirked any duty, public or private, but has met squarely every demand made upon him, and in a public-spirited manner discharged every obligation of citizenship.

Mr. Sisson married, in New York City, October 4, 1888, Elizabeth Davis Eyre, of Philadelphia.  They are the parents of six children: 1.  Charles P., born in 1890; is a graduate of Moses Brown School, Brown University, A. B., Harvard Law School, L.L. B., has practiced law since 1915, and is now third assistant solicitor of the city of Providence; he married, June 17, 1916, Margaret A. Gifford, and they are the parents of a daughter, Mary Eyre, born March 30, 1918.  2.  Russell Eyre, born in 1891; a graduate of Moses Brown School, Brown University, A. B., and a student of the Rhode Island School of Design, now second lieutenant in the Ordnance Department of the United States Army.  3.  Hope, born in 1893; educated in the private and  public schools, and Brown University; married Charles P. Roundy, of Pawtucket, R. I., and they are the parents of a son, George Roundy.  4.  Ruth, born in 1894; educated in the public and private schools, Brown University and Wellesley College, now a teacher of physical culture at Ogdensburg, N. Y. 5.  Alice, born in 1895, died in infancy.  6.  William Eyre, born in 1898; a graduate of Moses Brown School, Brown University, A. B., 1918.

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ELMER E. MOORE, M. D.   --  This is an early New England name, and is found with various spellings in the pioneer records, such as Moors, Moores, Mooers, and Mores, also sometimes as Moore. It was identified with the settlement and development of several New England towns.  Its Revolutionary record is an honorable one, and its members have been no less worthy in civil life.  The Moore coat-of-arms is as follows:

Arms - Azure, on a chief indented or, three mullets gules.
Crest - Out of a ducal coronet a demi-swan rising argent, beaked proper.
Motto - Fortis cadere, cedere non potest. (The brave may fall, but cannot yield).
(I)  Edmund Mooers, born about 1614, came from Southampton, England, to Boston, Mass., in 1638, and is found of record in Newbury, Mass, as early as 1640, with his wife Anne.  He died in Newbury, June 7, 1676. Among his children was Jonathan, of whom further.

(II)  Jonathan Moore, son of Edmund and Anne Mooers, was born in Newbury, Mass., April 23, 1646.  He subscribed to the oath of allegiance in 1678, and either he or his son, bearing the same name, was a soldier in 1707.  He married Constance Langhorne, and among their children was Jonathan, of whom further.

(III)  Jonathan (2) Moore, son of Jonathan (1) and Constance (Langhorne) Moore, was born in Newbury, Mass., April 30, 1681, and died April 8, 1745. He married January 17, 1714, Mary Poor, born August 12, 1692, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Wallingford) Poor.  Among their children was Joseph, of whom further.

(IV)  Joseph Moore, son of Jonathan (2) and Mary (Poor) Moore, was born in Newbury, Mass., February 3, 1715, and presumably resided in Massachusetts. Among the children born to Joseph and Sarah Moore was Daniel, of whom further.

(V)  Daniel Moore, son of Joseph and Sarah Moore, was born in Newbury, Mass., in January, 1734.  He resided in Haverhill, Mass., where he married, January 4, 1753, Abigail Springer, born August 28, 1729, in Newbury, daughter of Henry and Joanna (Pike) Springer.  Among their children was Joshua, of whom further.

(VI)  Joshua Moore, son of Daniel and Abigail (Springer) Moore, was born in Haverhihll, Mass., March 28, 1755, and he died there about 1816.  He married Dorothy Moody, born April 2, 1769, in Newbury, Mass., daughter of Caleb and Dorothy (Sargent) Moody.  Among their children was James Spencer, of whom further.

(VII)  James Spencer Moore, son of Joshua and Dorothy (Moody) Moore, was born in Strafford, Vt., October 23, 1805, and died in Royalton, Vt.  He was judge of probate for Orange county in 1856-57-58, and was prominent in local affairs.  He married, February 23, 1830, Julia Ann Comstock, born February 20, 1809, died November 25, 1892, in Pawtucket, R. I.  Children:  John, born June 21, 1831, died April 7, 1832; David Comstock, of whom further;  John Harris, born Aug. 18, 1836, died Jan. 8, 1907; Carrie Asenath, born Feb. 21, 1841, died Aug. 17, 1865, in Strafford.

(VIII)  Dr. David Comstock Moore, son of James Spencer and Julia Ann (Comstock) Moore, was born in Strafford, Vt., May 15, 1834, died in South Royalton, Vt., October 9, 1876, and his remains were interred in Strafford. He pursued a course of study in medicine, and after his graduation settled in Sherburne, Vt., and engaged in active practice.  In 1862 he removed to South Royalton, where he was successful in the practice of his profession, and was also interested in a drug store.  He served during a portion of the Civil War as surgeon with the Union forces, located at Point Lookout, Md. In 1872 he removed with his family to Charlestown, N. H., where he conducted a drug store, but later returned to South Royalton, where he spent the remainder of his days.  He married, in 1860, at Woodstock, Vt., Hannah A. Esterbrook, a native of Sherburne, daughter of Richard and Dorcas (Colton) Esterbrook.  Shortly after the death of Dr. Moore, his widow and two sons, Dr. James Spencer Moore and Dr. Elmer E. Moore, removed to Boston, and she thereafter made her home with her sons.

(IX)  Dr. Elmer E. Moore, son of Dr. David Comstock and Hannah A. (Esterbrook) Moore, was born in Hartford, Vt., October 10, 1861. He received his education in the public and high schools of Boston, and spent two years in the famous Eliot School at Jamaica Plains, a suburb of Boston. During the succeeding five years he engaged in the drug business in various parts of Vermont and in Boston, Mass., and later attended the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy.  In 1883 he began the study of medicine, and in 1885 entered the medical department of the University of Vermont at Burlington, after which he entered the medical department of Dartmouth College, from which institution he was graduated, in June, 1886, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  In the fall of the same year he located at East Providence Center, R. I., and for twenty-seven years was among the most successful physicians of that section of the State, his practice extending largely over Bristol and Providence counties, as well as adjoining districts of Massachusetts.  In 1898 Dr. Moore visited Europe, and pursued a course of study in the medical schools of Berlin, Germany, remaining there a year.

Dr. Moore was extremely popular in his community, both for his genial nature and his well-known ability in the practice of his profession.  He was a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society, the Providence Medical Association, and the Providence Clinical Club, and he was also very popular in Masonic circles, holding membership in Rising Sun Lodge, No. 30, Free and Accepted Masons, of East Providence; Providence Chapter, No. 1, Royal Arch Masons; Providence Council, No. 1, Royal and Select Masters; St. John's Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar; Rhode Island Consistory (thirty-second degree), and Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  He was a member of the Newman Congregational Church at East Providence, and for many years prior to his death acted as its treasurer. He was president of the Men's Club of that organization for a number of years.

Dr. Moore married, June 28, 1897, at East Providence, R. I., Annie Richmond Pearse, a native of that town, daughter of Robert R. and Ruth Anne (Kent) Pearse (see Pearse and Kent).  Mrs. Moore was educated in the public and high schools of East Providence, and engaged in the profession of teaching for several years in the public schools of her home town.  She is a faithful member of the Congregational church, and highly esteemed in the community. Children:  1.  Roger Ellsworth, born at East Providence, R. I., July 12, 1900; he received an excellent common school education, graduated from the Hope High School, of Providence, in June, 1917, and in the fall of 1917 entered Brown University; he is a diligent student, intensely fond of good books, and is particularly interested in history. 2.  Robert Spencer, born July 12, 1904, at the present time (1917) attending the Bowen Avenue Grammar School at Rumford, R. I.  3.  Marjorie Kent, born March 14, 1906, died in infancy.  Dr. Elmer E. Moore passed away at his home, No. 280 Pleasant street, Rumford, East Providence, R. I., January 30, 1913, at the height of a promising and brilliant career. His remains were interred in Lakeside Cemetery, East Providence.

(The Pearse Line).

The Pearse family is both ancient and historic in the annals of England, the lineage of Richard Pearse, the immigrant to New England and founder of the American family, being traced to the time of Galfred.  In more recent English generations were Peter Percy, standard bearer of Richard III, at the battle of Bosworth Field (1485), and Richard Percy, the founder of Pearse Hall.  For nearly two and a half centuries the Pearse family has been identified with the political, judicial and legislative history of Rhode Island and Bristol.  During both the Colonial and Revolutionary periods the name constantly recurs either in legislative or military affairs. Captain Nathaniel Pearse commanded an artillery company at the burning of Bristol by the British, during the Revolution, and covering the period from 1757 to 1849, different members of the family represented the town in the State Legislature.

(I)  Richard Pearse (name changed from Percy in this generation), born in England in 1590, was the immigrant ancestor.  He was a son of Richard Percy, grandson of Richard Percy, the founder of Pearse Hall, in York, England, where he lived and died, and great-grandson of Peter Percy, who was standard bearer to Richard III, at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.  Richard Pearse came to America in the ship, 'Lyon', from Bristol, England, his brother, Captain William Pearse, being master of the ship.  He married, in England, Martha ----- , and among their children was Richard, of whom further.

(II)  Richard (2) Pearse, son of Richard (1) Pearse, was born in England in 1615, and died at Portsmouth, R. I., in 1678.  He was at Portsmouth as early as 1654, and was admitted a freeman of the colony from Portsmouth.  He married, in 1642, in Portsmouth, Susannah Wright, born in 1620.  Among their children was Richard, of whom further.

(III)  Richard (3) Pearse, son of Richard (2) Pearse, was born in Portsmouth, R. I., October 3, 1643, and died in Bristol, R. I., July 19, 1720.  He was a freeman of the colony of Portsmouth, in May, 1663. He married Experience ------- , and among their children was Richard, of whom further.

(IV)  Richard (4) Pearse, son of Richard (3) Pearse, was a resident of Bristol, R. I.  He married (first) Sarah ----- , and (second) May 22, 1723, Susannah Lawton, born April 3, 1689, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Tallman) Lawton.  Mr. Pearse died October 28, 1744.  His widow married (second) in September, 1746, John Burden, of Portsmouth. Among his children was Nathaniel, of whom further.

(V)  Nathaniel Pearse, son of Richard (4) Pearse, was born in Bristol, R. I., November 23, 1708, and resided in that town.  He married, April 6, 1732, Mary Lindsay, and among their children was Richard, of whom further.

(VI)  Captain Richard (5) Pearse, son of Nathaniel Pearse, was born in Bristol, R. I., January 15, 1737, and died in Rehoboth, Mass., in 1809.  He married, about 1760, Phebe Munro, born in Bristol, R. I., June 16, 1743, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Jolls) Munro. Among their children was Robert, of whom further.

(VII)  Robert Pearse, son of Captain Richard (5) Pearse, was born in Bristol, R. I., July 18, 1777, and died at Rehoboth, Mass., January 3, 1832. He married, May 3, 1798, Lydia Blanding, born February 22, 1778, in Rehoboth, died December 17, 1833, daughter of William and Lydia (Ormsby) Blanding.  Among their children was Robert Munro, of whom further.

(VIII)  Robert Munro Pearse, son of Robert Pearse, was born in Rehoboth, Mass., October 27, 1803, and died in Providence, R. I.  He married Lucy Carpenter Blanding, born May 23, 1813, in Rehoboth, daughter of Christopher and Mary (Lawton) Blanding.  Among their children was Robert R., of whom further.

(IX)  Robert R. Pearse, son of Robert Munro Pearse, was born in Seekonk, Mass. (which became East Providence), December 14, 1841, and died there, December 4, 1900.  He married, June 3, 1869, Ruth Anne Kent, a native of East Providence, daughter of Isaac B. and Hannah R. (Kent) Kent.  They were the parents of Annie Richmond Pearse, aforementioned as the wife of Dr. Elmer E. Moore, and Mary, wife of Dr. Edward Gledhill, a well-known dentist of Providence.

(The Kent Line).

For two hundred and twenty-five years the Kents of the section of the country now embraced in Rehoboth and Swansea, Mass., and East Providence and Barrington, R. I., have been a continuous family, and one among the honorable and highly respected families of that section.  Back in Old England the Kents were an ancient family, their history reaching back to the year 1295, and possibly earlier, but in that year they were residents of Sherbeck.  Various branches of the family had coats-of-arms, many of which are of record.  In this country the name is now numerous, and most honorably connected with American history. From our colleges have graduated many of the name, a number have risen to the gubernatorial chair in different commonwealths, while many are represented in the learned professions.  The family, too, has been fully and ably represented in in the several wars of this country, a number being high in command.

(I)  Joseph Kent appears in Dedham, Mass., in 1645, whither he came from England.  Later he appears at Block Island, and still later was at Swansea, Mass., of which town he was admitted an inhabitant, December 15, 1673.  He married, in 1663, Susanna George, and among their children was Samuel, of whom further.

(II)  Samuel Kent, son of Joseph Kent, born in 1668, married Desire Cushman, born in 1673, daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Howland) Cushman, and granddaughter of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, both passengers of the 'Mayflower'.  Their only son was Josiah, of whom further.

(III)  Josiah Kent, son of Samuel Kent, born September 9, 1705, married, September 4, 1730, Alethea Bullock, born April 4, 1712, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Salisbury) Bullock.  Among their children was Josiah, of whom further.

(IV)  Josiah (2) Kent, son of Josiah (1) Kent, was born April 8, 1741.  He was a patriot of the Revolution.  He is referred to as of Rehoboth and of Rhode Island.  He married, April 16, 1767, Elizabeth Bullock, of Rehoboth, who died August 2, 1781.  Among their children was Josiah, of whom further.

(V)  Josiah (3) Kent, son of Josiah (2) Kent, was born in June, 1771.  He married, July 5, 1795, Patty Brown, daughter of Isaac Brown, and among their children was Isaac Brown, of whom further.

(VI)  Isaac Brown Kent, son of Josiah (3) Kent, was born July 3, 1812, and resided in Seekonk, R. I., now known as East Providence, where he died May 8, 1885.  He engaged in general farming, conducting his operations on the homestead, which he inherited at his father's death, which embraced about one hundred acres, to which he added from time to time, until the estate included over two hundred acres.  He was a regular attendant and supporter of Newman Congregational Church of East Providence.  He married, April 20, 1837, Hannah R. Kent, daughter of Alfred Kent, of Seekonk, granddaughter of Joseph Kent and great-granddaughter of Samuel Kent.  Among their children was Ruth Anne, abovementioned as the wife of Robert R. Pearse.


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