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daughter of John Tisdale. who was slain by the Indians in King Philip's War, June
7. 1675. His wife died January 12, 1737, aged sixty-one years, and was buried in
Berkley South Cemetery. He married (second) November 3, 1737, Hannah Win-
slow. He married (third) March 2, 1748-49. Hannah Booth, of Middleborough, a
widow. He married (fourth) November 30. 1749, Martha Hathaway, of Freetown.
He married (fifth) (intention dated September 6, 1750) Mary Jones, of Berkley.
His will was dated March 5. 1753, and proved May 5, 1761. Children, born at Free-
town: Josiah, born June 9, 1697; Mercy, December 19, 1700; Ebenezer. November
22, 1705; Edward, August 11. 1709; James, mentioned below; Margaret. March 24,
1720; Rachel, February 9. 1722.

(X) Colonel James Winslow. son of Captain Josiah Winslow, was born at
Freetown. .August 10, 1712. died March i, 1777, and was buried at Berkley. Ht
succeeded his father in the cloth-dressing business and lived at Freetown, where ■
he erected the house lately occupied by Barnahv Winslow. He was sole executor
of his father's will. He was also prominent in civil and military life, and filled the
offices of justice of the peace, town treasurer in 1755. selectman in 1762, lieutenant
of the first foot company of militia in Freetown, commissioned June 4. 1762: cap-
tain of the Second Regiment of Bristol county, commissioned July 25. 1771. He
was run over by an ox-sled on the hill a mile from Assonet and killed. His will
was dated June 17, 1776. and proved March 22. 1777. He married. June 8. 1738,
Charity Hodges, of Norton. Massachusetts, born March 30, 1716. daughter of Major
Joseph and Bethia (Williams) Hodges. Children, born at Freetown: Mehitable,
born April 22, 1739: Epliraim, July 7, 1741: Margaret, November 23, 1743; Joseph,
March 8, 1745-46: James, September 2, 1748; Shadrach, mentioned below; Bethia,
August 29. 1753: Thankful, October 30. 1754: Isaac. June 23, 1759.

(XI) Dr. Shadrach Winslow, son of Colonel James Winslow, was born Decem-
ber 17, 1750, at Freetown, died February i, 1817. at Foxborough. Massachusetts,
where he was buried. He was graduated from Yale College in 1771. and became
an eminent physician and surgeon. During the Revolution, he helped to fit out
a privateer, on which he sailed as surgeon. On the first voyage, the vessel was
seized by the British, oflf the coast of Spain and he was kept a prisoner for a year
in the old Jersey prison ship at Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn. His health was im-



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paired by the confinement. On his return home he practiced his profession at Fox-
borough. "He was much respected as a phj'sician and man." He practiced through
a large circuit, extending fully twenty miles from his home, and was widely known
and popular. His college diploma, dated September 11, 1771, has been preserved.
He married, March 12, 1783. Elizabeth Robbins who was born April 29, 1764, at
Foxborough, died April i, 1846, daughter of Eleazer and Mary (Savellj Robbins.
Children, born at Foxborough : Betsey Peck, born September 29, 1784 ; Eleazer Rob-
bins, mentioned below; James, May 14. 1788; Isaac, February 21, 1791 ; Jesse, May
25, 1794; Samuel, August 15, 1797; Thomas Jefferson, June 6, 1800, drowned June
18, 1803; Mary, October 3, 1802; Fanny, March 6, 1805; Joseph, August 28, 1807.

(Xn) Eleazer Robbins Winslow, son of Dr. Shadrach Winslow, was born at
Foxborough, March 21, 1786, died August 8. 1863, at Newton Upper Falls. Massa-
chusetts. "He was engaged in various manufacturing enterprises and in this pur-
suit showed great and thorough knowledge. He was always philosophical and the
testimony of those associated with him was that he had few superiors in general
intellectual powers. On account of ill health, he lived for a time in the Catskill
Mountains, at Himter, Greene Coimty, and Ramapo, Rockland County, New York,
and spent his time in hunting bears and wolves, on which at that time the state
paid a bounty. During his absence his wife and children in their cabin feared
the threatened attack of wild beasts and life proved particularly trying to a woman
who had spent her early life in the city. Mr. Winslow was at one time selectman of
Newton."

He married, at Boston. April 21, 1813, .-Knn Corbett. born there October 2, 1793,
and educated there, a daughter of IDavid and Deborah (Cowin) Corbett. She died
September 18, 1871, at Newton Upper Falls. She was a woman of fine character
and great piety, a friend of the clergy in that section and one of the first seventeen
in the Methodist Episcopal class formed at Newton in 1826. Children: Charles,
born January 30. 1814; Ann, July 13, 1815. at Hunter; Elizabeth Robbins, October
24, 1816, died young; Clarissa Williams. March 13, 1818: David Corbett. at Hunter,
June 9, 1819, father of Charles Howard Winslow, a prominent New York lawyer;
Emeline. November 4. 1820; Seth Collins. January 11. 1822; George, August II,
1823; John, October 21. 1825; Samuel, mentioned below; Deborah Ann. August 8,
1828; Mary Pratt, April 14, 1830; Elizabeth Robbins, twin of Mary Pratt; Martha
Switner, April 14, 1834. at Newton; Harriet F., July 25, 1836.

(XIII) Hon. Samuel Winslow, son of Eleazer Robbins Winslow, was born
February 28, 1827, at Newton, died October 21, 1894, at Worcester. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of his native town, and in his boyhood was employed in
-he manufacture of cotton machinery, becoming a foreman over fifty men when a
boy of twent}'. He showed great natural ability and inventive genius. He removed
to Worcester, April i, 1855, forming a partnersliip with Seth C. Winslow, his broth-
er, and estalilished a machine shop in the old Merrifield building. Cypress street.
In 1857 the firm began to manufacture skates, establishing an industry that has con-
tinued with increasing success to the present time. Ahev the death of his brother,
Samuel Winslow continued in business alone. In 1886 the business was incorpor-
ated as The Samuel Winslow Skate Manufacturing Company, of which corporation
Mr. Winslow was president and treasurer to the end of his life. After occupying
the original location for twenty-seven years, the plant was removed to its present
location at the corner of Mulberry and Asylum streets. Mr. Winslow took rank
among the leading manufacturers of the city.

He took a prominent part also in public'affairs. In 1848 he served on the pru-
dential committee in charge of the schools in Newton Upper Falls, and was active
in promoting the building of the railroad, becoming clerk of the Boston Woon-
socket division of the New York & New England Railroad Company. He was a
member of the Worcester Common Council in 1865-66. and was representative to
the General Court from. Worcester in 1873-74. In 1885 he was in the Board of
Aldermen. From 1886 to 1869 he was mayor of Worcester. He proved to be an
able and popular executive, and he contributed materially to the progress and devel-
opment of the municipality. Not the least of his service to the community was the
promotion and building of the first electric suburban railroads that have contrib-
uted so materially to the growth and wealth of the city. He was president and prin-
cipal stockholder of the Worcester. Leicester & Spencer Street Railway Company;
of the Worcester & Millbury Company and of the State Central & Blackstone Val-
ley_ Street Railway Company, and was active in building and operating these prop-
erties to the time of his death. The controversy that followed the organization of
the latter company undermined his health. The State Central line, organized in
January, 1893, built a road from Worcester to Marlborough, with branches to Graf-

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ton, Westborough and Hudson, and projected a line to Webster. The road from
Worcester to Spencer was built and an extension to Southbridge planned. The
Blackstone Valley Company was organized to build to BramanviUe and North-
bridge. A bitter fight developed between Mr. Winslow, aided by Burton W. Pot-
ter and others on the one hand, and by H. H. Bigelow and his associates on the
other. Mr. Winslow spoke at meetings in all the towns where franchises were
wanted and finally won, receiving the franchise in Grafton, the other towns falling
into line afterward. In building and operating the Spencer and Millbury lines,
Mr. Winslow was a pioneer in the electric railway business, displaying wonder-
ful e.xecutive and business ability. He was successively trustee, vice-president and
president of the Mechanics' Association ; director of the Citizens' National Bank,
of which he was president from 1889 until he died. In politics he was a Republican.

The following editorial from the Worcester Spy was published at the time of
his death : "In the death of Hon. Samuel Winslow, Worcester loses one of her most
representative men. Especially was Mr. Winslow well known in all that concerned
the material progress and development of this city. Prominent as a manufacturer,
business man and benefactor of worthy objects and institutions, he did his part as
a local legislator and filled the important office of mayor with credit to himself and
honor to the city. But it is perhaps as the successful promoter and active manager
of the suburban railway system, now of such incalculable benefit to all the interests
of this city, that the late Mr. Winslow will be longest remembered. It was an un-
dertaking whose present complete success has more than justified its founder's
sanguine and wisely entertained expectations. The premature taking off of Mr.
Winslow is a distinct loss to the city."

He married, November i, 1848, at Newton Upper Falls, Mary VVeeks Robbins,
born November 12, 1825, at Union, Maine, daughter of David and Lydia A- (Maxey)
Robbins. Children: i. Frank Ellery, born May 16, 1852, died June 12, 1905. 2.
Samuel Ellsworth, mentioned below.

(XIV) Hon. Samuel Ellsworth Winslow, junior son of Hon. Samuel and Mary
Weeks (Robbins) Winslow, was born April 11, 1862, in Worcester, in which town
he has been a very active citizen ever since attaining manhood. He was educated
in the public schools, including the high school, from which he graduated in 1880,
»s president of his class. He then attended Williston Seminary, of which he was
class president, and graduated Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in the class of 1885.
After several months of travel in Europe, he engaged in business in Worcester, in 1886,
with his father, as secretary and clerk of The Samuel Winslow Skate Manufacturing
Company. After an experience in various departments of the business, he went on
the road as a salesman, was also a buyer, traveling throughout the United States.
He is now president of the company, and active in many of the business enterprises
of his home city, being a director of the United States Envelope Company, the State
Mutual Life Insurance Company of Worcester, and the Mechanics' National Bank.
For twenty-two years he has been associated with the Worcester City Hospital, of
which he has been twenty-one years a trustee, and is now president of the board. He
is also a member of the executive committee of the Leicester (Massachusetts)
Academy ; trustee of Worcester Academy : is a member of the Worcester County
Musical Association; and vice-president of the Worcester .Agricultural Society. In
religion a Unitarian, in politics a Republican, Mr. Winslow has been very active
in public concerns, especially in connection with his party. He was an aide-de-camp
on the staff of Governor J. Q. A. Brackett, with the rank of colonel in 1890; was
chairinan of the Republican City Committee of Worcester from 1890 to 1892, and of
the State Committee from 1893 to 1894. In 1908 he was a delegate to the National
Republican Convention at Chicago, and served as a member of the sixty-third and
sixty-fourth congresses, representing the Fourth Massachusetts District. He is
associated with several clubs, including the Worcester, Commonwealth, Automo-
bile, Tatnuck Country, Worcester Country, Quinsigamond Boat, the Harvard clubs
of Boston, Worcester, New York and Washington, the Metropolitan. Chevy Chase,
and National Press clubs of Washington, the Worcester Grange and many organi-
zations for special purposes.

Mr. Winslow married, April 17, 1889, Bertha Lucenia Russell, daughter of Col-
onel Edward J. Russell, and his wife, Lucenia (Prouty) Russell, of Worcester (see
Russell, VIII). Children: i. Dorothy, married William H. Sawyer. Jr. 2. Rus-
sell, unmarried. 3. Samuel, 2nd, died at the age of ten months. 4. Samuel E., Jr.,
now a member of the class of 1918 at Harvard University. 5. John, now a student
at Worcester Academy, class of 1917. 6. Kenelm.

JOHN RUSSELL, .'\ncestor of Colonel Edward J. Russell, born about 1597, in
England, came in the ship "Defiance" to America, and settled at Cambridge, Massa-



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chusetts, October 3, 1635, with his sons, John and Philip. He was made a freeman,
March 3, 1636, surveyor of farms, 1638, selectman, 1642-43, clerk of writs, 1645, and
constable, 1048. With his son he removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1649, and
was a freeman of that town. May 17, 1655. As early as 1660 he was in Hadley,
Massachusetts, and was made freeman there, March 26, 1661, and became in the
same year clerk of writs for that town. He received grants of land there, and died
May 8, 1680. The name of his first wife is unknown, and he married (second) in
Wethersfield, Dorothy, widow of Rev. Henry Smith, first pastor of the church at
Wethersfield. His elder son, John Russell, became second pastor of the same
church.

(,11) Philip Russell, son of John Russell, born in England, settled in what is now
Hatfield, and. like his father, was a glazier by trade. He filled various public offices,
and died May 19, 1693. The inventory of his estate amounted to 259 pounds. 6 shillings
and I pence. He married (first) February 4, 1664, Johanna Smith, daughter of his
stepmother. He married (second) January 10, 1666, Elizabeth Perry, of Windsor,
Connecticut. She was killed by Indians, December ig, 1677. and he married (third)
December 25, 1679, Mary Church, born 1656, daughter of Edward and Mary Church,
of Norwalk, Connecticut, and Hatfield, Massachusetts. Tliere was one child of the
first marriage, which was buried at the same time as its mother. Children of second
marriage: John, born January 2, 1667: Samuel, 1669: Philip, January 24, 1672, died
young; Stephen, October 12, 1674. Children of third marriage; Samuel. December 30,
1680; Thomas, February 12, 1683; Mary. February 10, 1685; Mary, May 21, 1686;
Philip, January 2. 1689 ; Daniel, mentioned below.

(IH) Daniel Russell, youngest child of Philip and Mary (Church) Russell, was
born October 8. 1691, in Hadley, and was among the first settlers in the town of Sun-
derland. Massachusetts, where he died June 28. 1737. He married. January 18. 1713,
Jerusha Dickinson, born March 20, 1693. daughter of John and Sarah Dickinson, of
Hatfield. She married (second) October 25, 1744, Simon Cooley. Children : Jonathan,
mentioned below; Mary, born Nfivember i. 1716; Daniel. April 12. 1719; Jerusha. mar-
ried Ebenezer Clark, of Northampton; Sarah. July 7. 1723.

(IV) Jonathan Russell, eldest child of Daniel and Jerusha (Dickinson) Russell,
born August 2, 1714. lived on the paternal homestead in Sunderland, and died there
April 8. 1777. He married. November 10. 1743. Mary Smith, born Februarv 10. 1724.
daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail (Allis) Smitli. died Feliruary 28. 1816. "Children:
Daniel, mentioned below; Jonathan, born April 28. 1746; Martha'. July 21, 1748; Mary,
April I, 1750; Philip, March 18. 1752; Israel, baptized June 9. 1754; Samuel, born Octo-
ber 17, 1756; John, .\pril 7, 1759; Spencer. November 21. 1761 ; Persis. March 3. 1765.

(\') Daniel (2) Russell, eldest child .if Jonathan and Mary (Smith) Russell, born
September 10. 1744. settled in the northern part of Hadley. where he died September
30, 1828. He married. February 6, 1771, liis cousin, Lucy Clark, born October 24, 1750.
daughter of Jedediah and Sarah (Russell) Clark, died October 2, 1840. Children :
Daniel, mentioned below; Chester, baptized October 7. 1773; Moses, October 8, 1775 ;
Sarah, July 27, 1777; Elisha. November 28. 1779; Polly, born 1783.

(\T) Daniel (3) Russell, eldest child of Daniel (2) and Lucy (Clark) Russell,
born in North Hadley, was baptized January 12, 1772, and died August 2, 1847. He was
a farmer in his native town, a deacon of the Congregational church of North Am-
herst, and a Whig in politics. He married. May 19, 1798. Sarah, daughter of Fran-
cis Newton, born 1769, died October 4, 1844. They were the parents of eight chil-
dren.

(VII) Charles Russell, son of Daniel (3) and Sarah (Newton) Russell, was
born 1799, in North Hadley. and was a farmer, carpenter and contractor, a C^ongre-
gationalist, a Whig in politics, a member of the militia in the War of 1812, but saw
no active service. He married Cordelia Smith, born 1800. in Hadley, and had chil-
dren: Charles, Francis, Julia M., George, Eliza. Harriet, Edward Julius, lulius
Henry.

(VIII) Colonel Edward Julius Russell, son of Charles and Cordelia (Smith)
Russell, was born October 23, 1833, in North Hadley. Massachusetts, and there
passed his boyhood, beginning his education in the "little old red schoolhouse."
After attending Deerfield Academy two terms, he set out to make his own way in
the \vorld, at the age of eighteen years, having the permission of his parents and
promising to care for himself. For some two years he worked as a carpenter in
Sunderland. Massachusetts, and for a similar period in Northampton, same State.
After working a few months in Worcester, he went to North P.rookficld, Massachu-
setts, where he was employed two years. He was then appointed manager of a
department of the Batchelor Shoe Manufacturing Company, in North Brookfield,
and while in this employ volunteered as a soldier of the Civil War. In May, i86r,
he enlisted in what was afterward called Company F, Tenth Massachusetts Vohm-



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teers, mustered into service, July 12, 1861. At this time Mr. Russell was made sec-
ond sergeant, and on March i. 1862, was promoted first sergeant. He was com-
missioned second lieutenant, July 23, 1862, and was made first lieutenant, September
13, same year, following the battle at" Antietam, On December 21, following after
the battle of Fredericksburg, he was commissioned captain. He participated in all
the battles of the Army of the Potomac, except that at Gettysburg, during which time
he was in hospital suffering from a sunstroke. He was very fortunate in escaping
any injuries through his long military career. On May 11, 1864, Captain Russell
was commissioned by Governor Andrews to raise a company as a nucleus of a regi-
ment of heavy artillery, which was filled two weeks later. Before the close of the
month he had been elected second lieutenant, first lieutenant and senior first lieu-
tenant, and was soon after promoted and made captain of Company K. Third Mas-
sachusetts Heavy Artillery. In May, 1865, he was commandant of Fort Stevens,
District of Columbia, and during the summer of that year was judge advocate of
court marshal. He was mustered out of the service, October I, 186;. Returning
to the arts of peace he was engaged in business for a short period as a manufacturer
of wallets. He had been much in the civil service since the war. From 1867 to 1886
he was justice of the peace ; for two years, beginning 1866, was state constable, and
was deputy sheriff for eleven years' beginning 1871. For nearly two years he was
master of the House of Correction of Worcester county, and on July I, 1886, he
was appointed bj' Governor Robinson as warden of the State Prison at Charlestown,
Massachusetts. After five years he resigned this position, and six months after-
ward was appointed probation officer at the Worcester Central District Court. This
position he resigned at the age of sevent\ - five years, after seventeen years' con-
tinuous service. In 1884 he was appointed colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of
Governor George D. Robinson, and served in that capacity three years. For five
years, beginning 1896, Colonel Russell was a trustee of the Worcester Public Li-
brary. For nine years, by appointment of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, he
served as bail commissioner, and for six years was agent of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He represented the town of North Brookfield
in the State Assembly in 1863, was a member of the Common Council of Worcester
in 1895, and of the Board of Aldermen of that city in 1898. For a period of five
years he was connected with the Co-operative Bank of Worcester, as director and
vice-president, and resigned on accoimt of his long absences during the winter sea-
son in Florida. For many years he was a member of the Masonic fraternity, affil-
iating with several of its branches, and was a member of Post No. 10, Grand Army
of the Republic, of Worcester, and the Massachusetts Commandery of the Loyal
Legion. He was a member of the Commonwealth Club of Worcester three years,
and while warden of the State Prison was associated with the Boston Art Club.
While not a member of any church organization, he was a faithful supporter of all
moral and religious influences. He married at North Brookfield, January 8, 1856,
Lucenia Prouty, a native of North Spencer, Massachusetts, daughter of a farmer of
that town. She was formerly a member of the Salem Street Congregational Church
of Worcester, and later affiliated with the old South Church of that city. Children :
Charles Arthur, died at the age of nine tnonths ; Bertha Lucenia, mentioned below.
Colonel Edward J. Russell died December 16, 1915, in Worcester.

(IX) Bertha Lucenia Russell, only daughter of Colonel Edward Julius and Lu-
cenia (Prouty) Russell, was born September 26, 1867, in North Brookfield, and
became the wife of Samuel E. Winslow, of Worcester (see Winslow, XIV).

ARDELIA E. (FARNUM) CONGER, D. S. T., Health teacher and demon-
strator of psychotherapy, was born in Westport, Massachusetts, February 7, 1856,
daughter of Elisha C. and Ardelia Pcckhal. When she was twelve years old her
parents moved from Westport to Middletown. Rhode Island, and she attended the
public schools at both Westport and Middletown.

She married, at the age of eighteen years, Charles L. Farnum, of Fall River,
Massachusetts. He was a mason and builder. He died in Taunton in 1913, aged
sixty years. Mr. and Mrs. Farnum had five children : I. Annie Mabel, born Feb-
ruary 2, 1876, died May 2, 1901, in Taunton, leaving two sons, Earl L. and Ken-
neth J. Ridley, and her husband, Lewis F. Ridley, of Taunton. 2. Stephen A., born
December 15, 1879, now a contractor in business in Fall River. 3. Joseph E.. born
February 21, 1883, a dentist, practicing in Providence, Rhode Island. 4. Charles
Edward, born September 9. 1885, an osteopath, practicing in Newport, Rhode Island,
and highly successful in his profession. 5. Ernest B., born November 13, 1888. The
family lived in Fall River until 1882; then at Tiverton, Rhode Island: again at
Fall River; and since 1910 Mrs. (Farnum) Conger has resided in this city. In
September 11, 1915, Mrs. Farnum married H. G. Conger.




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Mrs. (Farnum) Conger became interested in the Xew Thought movement in
the early days of the cult and prepared herself by protracted stiidy at The Weltiner
Institute of Nevada, Missouri, in suggestive therapeutics. She has been practicing
in this city as a "Health and Happiness" teacher since 1910. New Thought is a
practical application to daily living of Christ's teaching and is described as Salva-
tion on Earth. The basic principle is found -in the 4th chapter of Philippians, 8th
verse, and interpreted means "Find the good in everybody and everything cvcry-
time." Mrs. (Farnum) Conger advertises : "All Diseases successfully treated with-
out Drugs or Surgery." Her offices are at 216 Day building, No. 306 Main street.
Her home is in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She is a memlier of the Worcester
Grange. Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Metaphysical Center of Worcester.

JOSEPH TURNER. President of the J. R. Torrey Razor Company, was born
in Sheffield. England. 1838. died in Worcester, February 25. 1907, a son of James
Turner. His father died when he was a mere lad and his schooling was cut short,
having to begin work at the age of eight years to help his mother support the fam-
ily. In the factory of Wade . & Butcher, manufacturers of razors, well-known
throughout the world, he learned his trade, .\fterward he was employed in the



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