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ly the slightest forewarning in either case, indeed,
none at all in the first.

Both were taken from the midst of their active



participation in life's duties. Since they ceased
to be members of their father's family, they had
lived along side of one another on the same parcel
of ground, which was their ancestral inheritance.
Few men were better known than they in the com-
munity or more implicitly trusted or more highly
respected. Their lives of activity were different,
but both were brought into contact with many
men by their business interests and responsibili-
ties. Both were men of unbending integrity, of
large intelligence, of wide sympathy with that
which was good. Both were loyal to the churches
of their parents, which was their church, that of
the New Jerusalem, and both of them have been,
almost together, translated to the City of Peace.

They were members of one of the oldest of the
Fall River families. When their father, Oliver
Buffington, was born, there were very few houses
on the whole tract north of the Quequechan river.
When he located his home on Hanover street,
there were almost no residences in all that sec-
tion east of Rock street, even if on that street.
All the immediate district in which they lived was
a part of the Buffington homestead.

The life work of the elder brother, to whom the
call home came first, was that of handling the
railroad freight entering and leaving Fall River.
In this business he was both skillful and faithful
in a high degree.

The work of the younger, as everybody knows,
was with flowers, his knowledge of which was
extraordinary and his love of which was a passion
of his life. Through them he has ministered to
most of our oldest families, as well as to many
of the more recent comers. In this way he came
into close touch and into most friendly relations
with a multitude of people. The story of the
sudden ending of the life of the beloved florist
and the expert decorator of churches, halls and
homes, is told in another column.

Either event would have touched the commu-
nity widely. The concurrence of both within four
days, and circumstances in some respects so simi-
lar, is most unusual and startling. A great vol-
ume of Fall River history was carried in the
minds of these men and of their now doubly be-
reaved sister, Miss Mary Elizabeth Buffington.
Their sudden departure is a loss that can never
be made up.

To Miss Buffington, the sister, older than either,
and to the other members of the family group, so
suddenly stricken, the sympathy of their friends
and neighbors, goes out, expressed or unexpressed,
it is deeply felt.



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ROUNSEVILLE, Cyrus C,

Manufacturer, Financier.

The Rounsville or Rounseville family is
said to have been of French-Huguenot
stock, driven by religious persecution to
England, but the family was well estab-
lished in England at the time the first im-
migrant came to America.

( 1 ) Philip Rounseville, the first of the
family in this country, son of William,
was born in Honiton, Devonshire, Eng-
land, about 1680. He was a cloth dresser
or fuller by trade, and came to New Eng-
land when a young man, settling in Free-
town, near Assonet village, following his
trade there in the employ of Captain Jo-
siah Winslow. From a letter that has
been preserved, dated December 25, 1704,
from his father to him, we have the ap-
proximate date of his arrival in this coun-
try. He afterward moved to the site of
the Malachi Howland house, built a dam,
and engaged in business in a mill of his
own. About 1 72 1 he moved to another
location near Hunting House Brook, in
Middleborough, and afterward to that
part of Tiverton which was later East
Freetown. He there purchased a large
tract of land and built the mill dam at
Freetown village, where his sons after-
ward erected a blast furnace, a saw mill,
grist mill, and finally a sash, door and
blind factory. He married, about 1705,
Mary Howland, daughter of Samuel and
Mary Howland, and granddaughter of
Henry Flowland, who came to Plymouth
as early as 1624, a brother of Arthur
Howland and of John Howland, who
came in the "Mayflower." Henry How-
land and wife, Mary (Newland), came
from England and settled in Plymouth,
about 1624. He later went to Duxbury,
where he died July 17, 1671, his wife,
Mary, dying June 17, 1674. He joined the
Society of Friends about 1657, and was



not a little persecuted on this account.
Perhaps none of the colonists have a
better record for intelligence, thrift, up-
rightness and faith in the Divine One
than he. In 1652, with others, he pur-
chased a large tract of land in Dartmouth,
and in 1659 he was one of the twenty-
seven purchasers of what is now Free-
town, and in the division of 1660 received
for his share the sixth lot, which was
afterward inherited by his son, Samuel
Howland, father of the wife of Philip
Rounseville. Mr. Rounseville died No-
vember 6, 1763; his wife, Mary, died May
8, 1744. Their children were: William,
born October 10, 1705, married Elizabeth
Macomber, of Taunton ; John, born in
1706, married (first) Sarah Holloway, and
(second) Sarah Spooner ; Philip, men-
tioned below ; and Mary, born March 3,
171 1, married Henry Hoskins, Jr., of
Taunton.

(II) Philip (2) Rounseville, son of
Philip (1) and Mary (Howland) Rounse-
ville, was born about 1708. He married
Hannah Jenney, and they resided in Free-
town, where the following children were
born to them : Hannah, born May 2, 1749;
and Philip, mentioned below.

(III) Philip (3) Rounseville, son of
Philip (2) and Hannah (Jenney) Rounse-
ville, was born July 2, 1750, in Freetown.
He was a soldier in the Revolution from
Freetown, in 1780, being a member of
Captain Joseph Norton's company, Colonel
John Hathaway's regiment, in the Rhode
Island campaign. (See "Massachusetts
Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution,"
p. 611, vol. xiii.) He married, in 1775,
Mercy Cole, daughter of Abial and Anna
(Pierce) Cole; granddaughter of Eben-
ezer Pierce and wife, Mary (Hoskins) ;
great-granddaughter of Isaac Pierce, Jr.,
and wife, Judith (Booth) ; great-great-
granddaughter of Isaac Pierce, who was
a soldier in the Narragansett War, and



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received a grant of land for his services,
and died in Lakeville, Massachusetts, in
1732; and great-great-great-granddaugh-
ter of Abraham Pierce, who is of record
at Plymouth in 1623. and who served as
a soldier under Captain Miles Standish.
To Philip and Mercy (Cole) Rounseville
were born the following children : Gama-
liel, born October 12, 1776; Philip, born
February 7, 1779, who never married ;
Abial, born September 6, 1780; Hannah,
born April 12, 1783, who married Brad-
ford Rounseville ; Ebenezer, born Sep-
tember 21, 1785, who married Sally
Rounseville ; Lydia, born December 3,
1787, who never married; Phebe ; Benja-
min, born November 28, 1789, who mar-
ried Ann Gifford; Joseph, born March
25, 1792, who married Delia Lawrence ;
Phylena, born August 12, 1794, who mar-
ried Jonathan Washburn, of Dartmouth ;
Alden, born October 26, 1797, who mar-
ried Cornelia Ashley, of Freetown ; and
Robert G., who married, in 1827, Mrs.
Delia, widow of Joseph Rounseville.

(IV) Abial Rounseville, son of Philip
(3) and Mercy (Cole) Rounseville, was
born September 6, 1780, at Freetown. He
was a farmer by occupation in his native
town. He married, July 20, 1803, Betsey
Ashley, of Freetown, where the following
children were born to them : Amos ; Cla-
rinda, who married Pardon Gifford, and
died in Mattapoisett ; Macomber, died in
1854; Mercy, who married Stephen Nye,
of Fall River; Abial, who went West
when a young man, and all trace of him
has been lost; Sophronia, who married
Hosea Presho, of Raynham ; Betsey, who
married Elbridge Werden, and died in
Providence ; Cyrus Cole, mentioned be-
low ; and Ebenezer, a sea faring man, en-
gaged in the whaling industry, who died
in the Sandwich Islands.

(V) Cyrus Cole Rounseville, son of
Abial and Betsey (Ashley) Rounseville,



was born in Freetown, March 6, 1820.
Early in life he went to sea from New
Bedford on a whaling vessel, and con-
tinued in the whaling industry until his
death. In the course of time he rose
to the rank of first officer of his ves-
sel, and on his last voyage was taken
ill and placed in a hospital on the
Island of Mauritius, in the Indian ocean,
and died there October 18, 1853, in
the thirty-fourth years of his age, where
his remains are buried. He married, Sep-
tember 1, 1844, Irene P. Ashley, who was
born at Lakeville, Massachusetts, March
18, 1828, daughter of James Emerson and
Orinda (Haffards) Ashley. Her father
was a farmer in Freetown, born January
31, 1806, and died August 4, 1883; her
mother was born July 14, 1802, and died
October 22, 1868. After the death of her
husband, Mrs. Rounseville continued to
reside for a few years in Acushnet, then
removed to East Freetown, where her
parents were living. Subsequently she
married (second) Aaron S. Drake, of
Stoughton, Massachusetts, by whom she
had one daughter, Carrie W., who became
the wife of Josiah Brown, of Fall River.
Mrs. Rounseville spent her last years in
the family of her son, the only child by
her first marriage, Cyrus Cole Rounse-
ville, Jr., mentioned below, at whose home
in Fall River she passed away April 24,
1909, at the age of eighty-one years.

(VI) Cyrus Cole Rounseville, only child
of Cyrus Cole and Irene P. (Ashley)
Rounseville, was born at Acushnet, Mas-
sachusetts, December 8, 1852, and upon
the death of his father, when he was but
a mere child, he was taken by his widowed
mother to live at East Freetown. His
early educational training was obtained
in the district schools, and when older he
attended Bryant & Stratton's Commercial
School at Boston, from which he was
graduated. He started his business ca-



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reer when seventeen years of age, in Fall
River, as clerk in the freight office of the
Narragansett Steamship Company, then
owned by James Fisk, of New York, and
during the two years he was with this
company acquired valuable training and
experience. In January, 1872, he accepted
a position as clerk in the office of the
Granite Mills, and during the twelve
years in this office he earned the respect
and confidence of his employers, and was
from time to time promoted and given
additional responsibilities, finally being
lecommended by them to the important
and responsible position of treasurer of
the Shove Mills, to succeed George Albert
Chace, assuming that office August 10,
1884, having been treasurer and business
manager since that time, as well as being
a director of the corporation. In the ad-
ministration of the financial affairs of this
corporation, which he has served for more
than thirty years, Mr. Rounseville has dis-
played the highest order of ability, and to
his energy, industry and thoroughness
must be ascribed in large measure the
growth, prosperity and importance of the
Shove Mills. Now one of the oldest treas-
urers in the textile industry of the city
and State, in point of service, Mr. Rounse-
ville has good reason to take pride and
satisfaction in his long and successful ca-
reer. He is widely known, not only
among his business associates in Fall
River and elsewhere in textile circles, but
among all classes of people in the city,
and, wherever he is known, he is honored
and respected for his high personal char-
acter.

Mr. Rounseville has not only been an
important factor in the development and
management of the Shove Mills, but has
been interested in other Fall River enter-
prises, being vice-president of the Union
Savings Bank, and has taken an important
part in the management of that highly
successful financial institution ; he is also



vice-president since 1887 of the Troy Co-
operative Bank, which was organized in
1880, and of which he was one of the in-
corporators and the first secretary, serv-
ing in that capacity from 1880 until his
his promotion to the vice-presidency in
1887. For a period of fifteen years he
served as secretary of the Cotton Manu-
facturers' Association, from 1885 to 1900,
and was also a member of the executive
committee of that organization. He was
also an active member of the selling com-
mittee of that association, which was
formed in 1898 for the purpose of selling
the product manufactured by the various
mills of Fall River, and was one of its
first trustees.

In political faith, Mr. Rounseville has
always been a stalwart adherent of the
principles of the Republican party, and at
times has been active in public affairs,
always keenly interested in the city, State
and national governments. For three
years from 1883 to 1885 he represented
his ward in the common council of the
city of Fall River, early taking a position
of leadership in that body, and during his
last year served as president. He has
also been active in religious circles, being
a leading and zealous member of the Uni-
tarian church, having served as chairman
of the standing committee of the church,
and as superintendent of the Sunday
school.

Mr. Rounseville married, November 8,
1893, in Fall River, Mary O. Pitman, who
was born in that city, daughter of John
H. Pitman, and granddaughter of Charles
Pitman, who was the first postmaster of
Fall River. Mr. and Mrs. Rounseville
have two children : Marion Pitman, who
was born August 31, 1894; and Cyrus
Cole, Jr., who was born January 28, 18
a graduate of the Moses Brown Prepara-
tory School, of Providence, in the class
of 1916, and now a student of Dartmouth
College, class of 1920.



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HEMENWAY-WEEKS.

The Hemenways are of an old New
England family. Upon the early records
we find the signatures spelled in vari-
ous ways — Henenway, Hemingway, Hem-
mingway, Heneway, Hinningway. Ralph,
the founder of one branch, was in Rox-
bury, Massachusetts, as early as 1633 ;
was a member of the church ; freeman in
1634. He died in 1678. He married, July
5, 1634, Elizabeth Hews, and their chil-
dren were: Mary, born April 4, 1635, died
young; Samuel, born June, 1636, settled
in New Haven, Connecticut, married
Sarah Cooper; Ruth, born September 21,
1638, unmarried, died 1684; John, born
April 27, 1641, settled in Roxbury, Massa-
chusetts, married Mary Trescott ; Joshua,
baptized April 9, 1643 ! Elizabeth, born
May 31, 1645, married a Bolbrook ; Mary,
born April 7, 1647, died young.

(II) Joshua, son of Ralph and Eliza-
beth (Hews) Hemenway, was baptized
April 9, 1643, lived in Roxbury and prob-
ably died there, October 29, 1716. He
married (first) Joanna Evans, January 16,

1667-68; (second) Mary , who died

May 5, 1703; (third) April 5, 1704, Eliza-
beth, daughter of William Weeks, born
1655, died September 20, 1737. Children :
Joshua, born September 15, 1668; Joanna,
baptized October 2, 1670, married Edward
Ainsworth ; Ralph, baptized May 18, 1673,
died June 1, 1699; Ichabod ; Elizabeth,
married Stanhope ; Samuel, bap-
tized September 30, 1683 ; John ; Eben-
ezer, baptized April 29, 1688.

(III) Ebenezer, son of Joshua Hemen-
way, baptized April 29, 1688, died 1755.
He was a weaver by trade. There seems
to be no record of his settlement in Fram-
ingham, Massachusetts, but his brother
Joshua settled there in 1692-93, and Eben-
ezer was a citizen of the town prior to
1710, as his name appears upon a tax list
to procure a stock of ammunition dated



June 27, 1710. He married (first) May
17, 171 1, Hannah Winch, born June 16,
1687-88, died April 27, 1737; she was the
daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Gibbs)
Winch. Samuel Winch was one of the
petitioners for the incorporation of the
town of Framingham ; and at the first
town meeting in 1700 was elected one of
the surveyors of the highways. He mar-
ried (second) February 23, 1738, Thame-
zin, daughter of Benjamin Nuise ; she
died about 1767. Children of Ebenezer
and Hannah (Winch) Hemenway were:
Ebenezer, born October 24, 1712; Samuel
Hemenway, lived in Attleboro ; Keziah,
baptized August 4, 1717, married Jere-
miah Pike; Daniel, born February 2, 1719,
settled in Marlboro, in 1745 removed to
Shrewsbury, where he died November 15,
1794; Jacob, born March 20, 1721-22, set-
tled in Worcester, where he died ; Sam-
uel, born August 3, 1724, married Hannah
Rice, daughter of Richard, died June 18,
1806; Elizabeth, born June 19, 1727, mar-
ried, 1747, Benjamin Robins, of Stur-
bridge.

(IV) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer
(1) and Hannah (Winch) Hemenway, was
born in Framingham, Massachusetts, Oc-
tober 24, 1712, and died in 1781. During
the last French and Indian War his name
appears on the list of Framingham men
who served as soldiers in Colonel Joseph
Buckminster's company of militia, April
26, 1757, Hezekiah Stone, clerk. He mar-
ried Mary Eve. There is a tradition in
the Hemenway family that during infancy
she was captured by Indians and re-
deemed in girlhood. She died November
29, 1805, aged ninety-three. Children of
Ebenezer and Mary (Eve) Hemenway:
1. Mary, born November 4, 1734, blind;
died unmarried, February 18, 1821. 2.
Hannah, born March 26, 1737, died young.
3. Hannah, married Charles Dougherty,
who was very active during the war of



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the American Revolution ; was a minute-
man in Captain Micajah Gleason's com-
pany at Concord, April 19, 1775 ; quarter-
master in Colonel Jonathan Brewer's com-
pany at the battle of Bunker Hill, and
with General John Nixon at the battles of
Stillwater and Saratoga ; made lieutenant
and served until the end of the war. 4.
Ebenezer, born May 6, 1740. 5. Adam,
may have settled in Shrewsbury or Boyls-
ton. 6. Samuel. 7. Jacob, died Decem-
ber 19, 1822; married (first) an Eaton,
(second) Sybil Walker.

(V) Ebenezer (3), son of Ebenezer (2)
and Mary (Eve) Hemenway, was born
May 6, 1740, and died December 11, 1831.
He saw much service in several wars. In
the last French and Indian War he was in
the same company with his father, Colonel
Joseph Buckminster's, April 26, 1757, and
in 1761, after the capture of Montreal and
the surrender of the Province of Canada
to the British crown, he was enrolled as
sergeant in Captain John Nixon's com-
pany (Massachusetts) and was in service
from April 18, 1761, to July 28, 1762. He
was also prominent in the war of the
American Revolution. In 1774 was clerk
in the second company of minute-men, as
clerk under Captain Thomas Nixon. The
company went in for active drill at once.
The name of Ebenezer Hemenway, clerk,
also appears upon the muster roll of min-
ute-men from Framingham under com-
mand of Captain Micajah Gleason at Con-
cord and Cambridge, April 19, 1775. He
was in Captain Gleason's company when
he shot a British soldier named Thomas
Sowers, near Merriams Corner, and took
his gun, which he brought home with
him, August 22, 1776. Twelve men from
Framingham enlisted for the defence of
Boston, and were assigned to Captain
Caleb Brook's company, in Colonel Dike's
regiment. Ebenezer Hemenway was one
of the twelve and served until December
1, 1776. Again, when Framingham sent



twelve men with Captain John Gleason to
North Kingston, Rhode Island, April 12,
1777, Ebenezer Hemenway was one of
them, and served two months and eight
days in Colonel Josiah Whitney's regi-
ment. His name also appears upon the
muster roll of Captain Joseph Winch's
company, in Colonel Samuel Ballard's
regiment of Massachusetts State Militia
from August 16 to December 10, 1777. He
was a member of the North Company,
serving as ensign with Captain Lawson
Buckminster in May, 1779, Colonel Abner
Perry's regiment. From July 5 to No-
vember 30, 1 781, he was in Captain John
Hayward's company. He rose to the rank
of lieutenant; his name was on the pen-
sion list in 1801. Ebenezer Hemenway
married Bathshebah Stone Hemenway,
widow of John, born September 20, 1739,
died July 19, 1828. She was the daughter
of Samuel and Rebecca (Clark) Stone.
The Stone family was among the early
New England settlers, and like many
others settled in Watertown, Massachu-
setts, before coming to Framingham. She
traced her ancestry back to the immi-
grants, Gregory and wife Lydia, who came
from England in 1635. Samuel Stone was
a Revolutionary soldier, and marched to
the alarm on the 19th of April, 1775, to
Concord and Cambridge ; also served in
the Northern Department from August
14 to December 10, 1777; was a member
of the company engaged in the battles
under General Gates which led to the sur-
render of Burgoyne, and was present at
the surrender. Ebenezer Hemenway was
also of this company.

Children of Ebenezer and Bathshebah
(Stone) Hemenway: 1. Fanny, born No-
vember 2, 1764; married Josiah Warren.
2. Levinah, born April 1, 1767, married
Elijah Clayes. 3. Olive, born April 1,
1769, died March 30, 1787. 4. Josiah,
born June 26, 1771. 5. Sally, born March
1, 1774; married Abel Eaton, sergeant in



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the Framingham artillery company, 1814.
6. Adam, born March 15, 1777; married
Catherine Patterson, died December 31,
1864. 7. Samuel, born August 8, 1779;
physician ; removed to Dummerston, Ver-
mont ; married Rebecca Stone ; died No-
vember 20, 1834. 8. Bathshebah, died
young. 9. Lucy, born January 24, 1784;
married Thomas Larrabee.

(VI) Josiah, son of Lieutenant Eben-
ezer (3) and Bathshebah (Stone) Hemen^
way, born June 26, 1771, died January 28,
1848. He married, February, 1793, Mary
Parkhurst, born November 15, 1771, died
December 31, 1858. She was the daugh-
ter of Josiah and Elizabeth Parkhurst,
who settled in Framingham, Massachu-
setts, in 1762. She was a lineal descend-
ant of George Parkhurst and wife Lu-
sanna, who were in Watertown as early
as 1643; removed to Boston, 1645. Chil-
dren of Josiah and Mary (Parkhurst)
Hemenway: 1. Dexter, born August 22,
1794; married, November 23, 1820, Ann
Manson, daughter of Loring Manson. 2.
Windson, born September 13, 1796, died
December 2, 1862 ; married, May 8, 1823,
Sophronia, daughter of Deacon Enoch
Belknap, a descendant of Abraham and
wife Mary, of Lynn, 1637. 3. Adam, born
March 12, 1800. 4. Willard, born Octo-
ber 17, 1802; married, April 21, 1831,
Jerusha H. Parmenter, of Sudbury. 5.
Josiah, born June 2j, 1804. died young.
6. Eliza, born February 24, 1806; mar-
ried William Moulton, son of Lieutenant
Winsor Moulton, of Sudbury. 7. Josiah,
born May 1, 1808, died April 14, 1883;
married, November 25, 1839, Ann Maria
Eames, daughter of Lorell and Lucy
Eames; both were direct descendants of
Thomas Eames, the pioneer ancestor,
who came to America as early as 1634. The
Eames came from a little town near Strat-
ford-on-Avon, England. The name is a
prominent one in the annals of Framing-
ham history, partly because of the Eames

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massacre which took place during King
Philip's War; also because Lucy Eames
and her sister Hitty were the pioneer
straw bonnet workers, and were really
the founders of what later developed into
one of the largest straw goods industries
in New England. (See history of Eames
family.) 8. Fisher, born February 22,
181 1 ; married, May 14, 1835, Elizabeth
J. Fitch ; lived in Hopkinton, Massachu-
setts. 9. John, born April 8, 1813 ; mar-
ried, April 1, 1839, Susan Coolidge, daugh-
ter of Peter and Mary Monroe Coolidge,
and a descendant of John, the emigrant
ancestor, who came from Cottenham,
England, in 1630. 10. Ebenezer Thomas
Sowers, born February 18, 1817; lived
in Hopkinton and Worcester, Massachu-
setts.

(VII) Adam, son of Josiah and Mary
(Parkhurst) Hemenway, was born in
Framingham, March 12, 1800, died Octo-
ber 27,, 1890, and is buried in Edgell
Grove Cemetery. He lived in the north
part of Framingham, and was by trade a
carpenter. Many of the houses at the
center were built by him. He was also
a large landowner. Adam Hemenway
was a man of quiet and domestic tastes,
of temperate habits, and of liberal re-
ligious views; voted the Democratic
ticket. He was for many years a member
of the Masonic fraternity. He was one
of the grand old men of the town in which
he lived for ninety years, respected for his
upright character. He married, Novem-
ber 29, 1830, Deborah Brown Sanger, born
in Framingham, March 28, 1807, daughter
of Daniel and Betsey Goodnow (Sud-
bury) Sanger. Daniel Sanger kept a
tavern opposite where St. Stephen's Cath-
olic Church now stands, at South Fram-
ingham. The nearby land was used as a
muster field, 1820-30. Her grandfather,
Daniel Sanger, was also proprietor of the



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