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and as far south as Virginia. Perhaps very few men in the town have ever
held more responsible positions, or discharged their duties with more
ability, or with more acceptance to their constituents. Formerly a Uem-
ocrat, later a Freesoiler, he was from 1857 a Republican. Mr Horton was
connected with various corporations and business interests of taU lijver,
being a stockholder in several Banks, and a number of cotton mills, ot one
of which, the Bourne Mills, he was a director, from the time of its organ-
ization until his death. He was often caUed upon to administer estates,
and had the reputation of being not only an able and upright business man,
but an agreeable and very social gentleman, with a large following of
friends. His death occurred Jan. 4, 1900, and he was buried m Gold Brook
cemetery, Rehoboth. He was almost as well known, and honored m
Swansea, as in his native town, and in later years his fanuly and social hfe
centered very largely in the little hamlet, formerly caUed 'Swansea l^ac-
tory " on the border of Rehoboth, but generally known these many years
as Hortonville, in honor of the subject of the above sketch. „ , , ,,

Hail Buffinton, father of Mrs. Mary J. Horton, was born m Rehoboth,
Mass., son of Benjamin and Mary (Mason) Buffinton, and there spent the



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greater part of his life. He died at the age of thirty-nine years. He married
Patience, daughter of David and Ehzabeth (Luther) Bosworth, and they
had five children: Ruth A., who married John H. Pierce and resides in
Lawrence, Mass.; Mary J., who married Nathaniel B. Horton; David B.,
deceased; Gardner Luther, deceased; and George Hail, deceased.

For many years Mrs. Horton resided during the summer at her
cottage in Tiverton, R. L, overlooking the waters of Mount Hope bay and
the Seaconnet River. During the rest of the year she hved in a new house
which she built at Hortonville after the death of her husband, while her son
Arthur resides at the old homestead. Mrs. Horton died Mar. 24, 1913.

(V) Adin Baker Horton, son of Nathaniel B., and Mary J. (Buflfin-
ton) Horton, was born Nov. 7, 1855. On June 26, 1879; he married Hannah
S. Hale, daughter of William B. and Ehzabeth Hale, and she died in
October, 1909, the mother of four children: Alvah H., born Sept. 7, 1880
(married Etta Allen of Assonet, and has one son, John Allen); Mary E.,
Oct. 1, 1881, (married Robert Hewitt, of Middleboro, and has one son,
Bertram Adin); Angie B., April 12, 1883; and Nathaniel B., Dec. 18,
1891.



The Slade Family

For over two hundred years — during almost the life- time of Fall
River and its entire industrial history — the name Slade has been contin-
ually identified with that life, especially in agriculture, from which the
name was derived and prominent also in other lines of effort in that great
city of spindles. In 1812-13, when the real substantial pioneer estabhsh-
ments in the cloth making business of Fall River were projected and com-
pleted — the Troy Cotton and Woolen Manufactory and the Fall River
Manufactory — began the Slade name in this connection, Eber Slade of
Somerset being one of the most prominent promoters of one of the corpor-
ations; he became its first treasurer and filled the position until in the
middle twenties. WiUiam Slade of Somerset was one of the owners of the
site of these first estabhshments, and was himself an original proprietor of
the Pocasset and Watuppa Manufacturing Companies. The brothers
Jonathan and WiUiam Lawton Slade were among the founders of the cele-
brated cotton mills of Fall River, both becoming presidents of the corpora-
tion. John Palmer Slade, another of Somerset's sons, figured largely not
only in the industrial hfe of the city but in other lines, becoming president
of both, the Shove and Laurel Lake Mills. George W. Slade, one of the
"forty-niners" of the Pacific coast, was for full fifty years one of the
extensive and wholesale merchants of Fall River and his name, too, is
coupled with the city's industrial hfe. And of younger generations one or
more of the sons of some of these are at this time officially and otherwise
connected with this industrial life and in other fines, notably Leonard N.
deceased and Everett N. Slade, of the firm of John P. Slade & Son, insur-
ance and real estate; David F. Slade, deceased, was a member of the law
firm of Slade & Borden, and active in the affairs of the city and of the State;
and Abbott E. Slade is now treasurer of the Laurel Lake Mills.

This southeastern Massachusetts Slade family, while for a brief
period at Newport, is a full-fledged Massachusetts family, a Swansea-
Somerset family, prominent and influential here for two hundred years and
more. There follows in detail from the earhest known American ancestor
some family historv and genealogy of these Slades, and in England as far
back as 1350.

(I) William Slade, the first of the fine in this country, is said to have
been born in Wales, Great Britain, the son of Edward, of whom nothing



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seems to be known more than that he died. This family came from Somer-
setshire, England, probably being of Wales only a short time. William
appears of record at Newport, R. I., in 1659, when admitted a freeman of
the colony. He became an early settler in the Shawomet Purchase or
Shawomet Lands, which included that part of Swansea which, in 1790,
became the town of Somerset. Mr. Slade located in Swansea as early as
1680, the year of the beginning of the first record book, and the meetings of
the proprietors were held at his house after their discontinuance at
Plymouth, in 1677. Mr. Slade was a large landholder, his possessions
including the ferry across Taunton River which took his name, "Slade's
Ferry," and which remained in the family until the river was bridged in
1876, and it was last operated by William L. and Jonathan Slade. Mr.
Slade married Sarah, daughter of Rev. Obadiah Holmes of Rehoboth. He
died March 30, 1729, at the age of sixty-seven years; Sarcdi, his widow
died Sept. 10, 1761, aged ninety -seven, and her descendants numbered, at
that time, 435. Of their ten children three were sons — Jonathan, Edward,
and WiUiam. Children are recorded as follows: Mary, born in May, 1689;
William, born in 1692; Edward, bom June 14, 1694; Elhzabeth, born Dec.
2, 1695; Hannah, born July 15, 1697; Martha, bom Feb. 27, 1699;
Sarah; Phebe, bora Sept. 25, 1701; Jonathan, born Aug. 3, 1703 (died
aged about eighteen); Lydia, born Oct. 8, 1706.

(II) Edward Slade, son of William, born June 14, 1694, married
(first) in 1717 Elizabeth Anthony, (second) Dec. 6, 1720, Phebe, daughter
of Samuel and Sarah (Sherman) Chase, and (third) Deborah Buffum.
They were members of the Society of Friends. There was one child by the
first marriage, William, born Sept. 25, 1718; by the second union there
were: Samuel, born Sept. 26, 1721; Elizabeth, bora April 29, 1723; Joseph,
born Nov. 16, 1724; Sarah, born in February, 1726; and bv the third:
Edward, Jr. bora Nov. 11, 1728; Philip, born Sept, 19, 1730; Phebe, bom
July 4, 1737; and Mercy, born in 1744.

(III) Samuel Slade, son of Edward and Phebe, born 26th of 9th
month, 1721, married Mercy, born 3d of 5th month 1723, in Salem, Mass.,
daughter of Jonathan and Mercy Buffum. Their children, all born in
Swansea, were: Jonathan, bom 13th of 6th month, 1744; Robert, bom 7th
of 8th month, 1746; Henry, born 20th of 6th month, 1748; Edward, bom
27th of 7th month, 1749; Samuel, bora 20th of 11th month, 1752; Caleb,
born 24th of 4th month, 1755; Buffum, born 31st of 3d month, 1757;
William, born 18th of 8th month, 1759; and Benjamin, btwn 14th of 1st
month, 1762. The father of these received from his uncle, Capt. Jonathan
Slade, who died without issue, the ferry alluded to in the foregoing. This
he operated and also was engaged in agricultural pursuits and blacksmi th-
ing. Mrs. Slade died 18th of 9th month, 1797.

(IV) Jonathan Slade, son of Samuel and Mercy, bom 13th of 6th
naonth, 1744, in Swansea, Mass., married Mary, bom 15th of 12th month,
1746, in Swansea, daughter of Daniel Chase and his wife Mary. They
lived in Swansea, where their children were born. Mr. Slade died 16th of
11th month, 1811 ; Mrs. Slade died 7th of 9th month, 1814. Their children
were: Jonathan, born 10th of 2d month, 1768, (died 8th of 12th month,
1797); Mercy, bom 31st of 6th month, 1770; Mary, bom 15th of 4th
month, 1772; Anna, bom 20th of 1st month, 1775, (died 19th of 5th month,
1805); Patience, bom 5th of 5th month, 1777 (died 26th of 10th month,
1798); WiUiam, born 4th of 6th month, 1780; Nathan, bom 10th of 2d
month, 1783; Phebe, born 15th of 5th month, 1785; Hannah, born 18th


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