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mittee reported instructions from the town to its
deputy in the general court in May. 1774.

He married at Worcester. March 14. 1744, Sarah
dale, born November 30, 1726. Their children were:
John, born October 12, 1745, married Lydia Jones;
Oliver, March 12, 1746, married thrice; Susannah,
October 2. 1747, married Dr. Isaac Cheney; Sarah,

July 26. 1750. married Stephens; Josiah, Mav

7. I7C2. married Lucretia Bigelow : Mary. April
20, I7S4, died April 22, 1754; Molly, De-
cember 15, 1755. married Daniel Heywood ;
Joseph, March 6, 1757. married Eleanor Crawford;
Lydia, November 28. 1759, married Calvin Glazier;
Levi, of whom later; Azubah, September 25,

1762, married Morse and Luther Fiske;

Byficld, January 30. 17/14, married Mary Hamilton
•and Betsey Small : Abijah, September 22, 1765, mar-
ried Sarah Bond. Nancy Gay, Chloe Merrifield :
Joel. August 27, 1767, married Lucy Davis; Han-
nah. January 7. 1770. married John Ball, Jr.: Jervis,
November 8, [671, resided Springfield, Illinois.

(VII) Levi Pierce, tenth child of Josiah Pierce
(6). was born at Worcester. Massachusetts. Sep-
tember 15, 1761. He settled at West Boylston,
Massachusetts, an adjoining town. He married,
April 9, 1789, Pcrsis Robinson. Their children
were: John, born January 2^, 1790. married Martha
Puck; Nancy. October 14, 1794; Levi, of whom
later; Josiah. September 13, 1796. married Sally
Merriam and Mrs. Hannah Walker; Altnira, June
24. TS04, married Nathaniel Johnson; Ezra B.. Feb-
ruary 7, 1807. married. September 14. 1834. Mary
S. Bigelow; Persis. August II, 1809, married Emory

(VIII) Captain Levi Pierce, third child of Levi
. Pierce (7). was born in West Boylston, October

14, 1794. He settled in bis native town and be-
came one of the leading citizens. He was repre-
sentative to the general court, captain of the militia.
assessor and selectman of the town. He died March
24, 1867. In addition to his farm Mr. Pierce manu-
factured baskets for many year- lie was a mem-

ber of the Unitarian church and liberal in bis views.

He married (first), December 24. 1818, Polly
Merriam, born April 20. 1796, died December 21,
1841. He married (second), May 20. 1846, Mrs.
■Roxanna Wilcox, of Clinton, who bad two chil-
dren by a previous marriage. The children of Cap-
tain Levi and Polly Pierce were: George W., of
whom later; William, born July 26, 1821. married
Eliza Henderson; Marcia A.. March 20. 1823, mar-
ried, November 29, 1843. George Ark. born Septem-
ber 9, 1813: Mary. June 16, 1825, died June 26,
1825: Henry. August 27. 1826. married Theresa
Adams and (second) Carrie E. Holt; Jane, October
4. 1828. married. March 25, 1845, Leonard Newton,
born February 11. 1818, resided at Pittsfield, Massa-
chusetts; Adelia, February 18, 1831, married, Sep-
tember 14, 1853, Dr. Chauncey A. Wilcox, of Ux-
bridge; Levi M., June 21, 1833, married Mary H.
Foster; James E., December 20, 18 J4, married Eliza

(IX) Dr. George W. Pierce, son of Levi Pierce
(8), was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts,
October 15, 1819. He attended the district schools
and Leicester Academy. He studied medicine at
the Harvard Medical School, from which he was
graduated in 1845. Locating for practice first in the
quiet little town of Bolton he stayed there two years,
then settled in the neighboring town of Leominster
in 1847. He practiced there with gratifying suc-
cess for a period of nearly forty years. He not
only won the confidence and esteem of his patients,
but of all his fellow-townsmen. He did not con-
fine his attention to his profession, but gave freely
of his time and means to the public. He was par-
ticularly interested in public education and for many
years was a member of the school committee and
trustee of the public library. He was a strong-
anti-slavery man and in politics wa» a Republican.
He died in Leominster. May 5, 1S86.

He married (first), February 22, 1850, Damaris
Balch, born June 6. 1829, daughter of Er Balch,
of Leominster. He married (second), June I, 1869,
Mrs. Charlotte A. (Billings) Carter, born March
28, 1827, at Lowell, Massachusetts. The children
of Dr. George W. and Damaris Pierce were : Sarah
Eva, born February 24, 1852, married, September
'7. '873, Edwin Crosby Farwell and their children
are : Harold C. born February 2. 1877, died Decem-
ber 22. 1877; Minnie G, born September 21, 1878;
Chester W., born November 3. 1S80 ; Mary A., born
April 2, 1854, died November 27, 1864; Helen B.,
born December 21, 1855, a school teacher of Leom-
inster ; George B., born December 26, i860, mar-
ried Addie Shattuck and their children are : Marion,
Mildred, Melbourne N. ; Henry W„ born June 7,

1863, died August 6, 1864: Susie, born May 27,

1864, died July 22, 1864; Harriet, born October 9,

1865, married Dr. Woodbury and have had three
children : Vernon, born February 22, 1893 : Helen,
born June 5, 1894; Paul F., born December 14,
1895, died January 20, 1898. The only child of the
second marriage was : Appleton H., of whom later.

(X) Dr. Appleton H. Pierce, son of Dr. George
W. Pierce (9), was born in Leominster, Massachu-
setts. October 4, 1870. He attended the public and
high schools of his native town, Harvard College,
and the Harvard Medical School, from which he
received his degree of M. D. in 1895. He had two
years of hospital practice in Worcester, and in
1897 began to practice in Leominster. In the past
ten years Dr. Pierce has built up an excellent prac-
tice in the town where his father practiced for
forty years. He is also a member of the school
committee on which his father served so efficiently.
Dr. Pierce is a member of the Massachusetts Medi-



cal Society and the American .Medical \ssociation.
In 1903 he was appointed associate medical ex-
aminer by Governor Mates. In politics he is a Re-
publican. He belongs to the Leominster Council of
the Royal Arcanum.

Dr. Pierce married, r.896, Marion E. Veaton,
daughter of John C. and Marion (Wood) Yeaton,
of Worce tei Thej have two children: Arthur J.,
born February 4. 1899; Marion. June 29, 1900.

ROBERT ASHWORTH. The names Ashworth
and Jones are always associated in the minds of
Worcester people. The great industry that bore
the name of Ashworth & Jones made the firm
name familiar in every household. Then the fact
that the partners in the firm were brothers-in-law
made them of one family. Neither of the partners
left descendants of their own surname. Mr. Ash-
worth never married, but a number of the descend-
ants of 'his brother reside in Worcester. The de-
scendants of Mr. Jones will be mentioned later.

(I) Richard Ashworth. progenitor of the Ash-
worth family of Worcester, Massachusetts, lived at
Milnrow, Lancashire, England. He was a mechanic,
a man of the middle classes. He never came to this
country, but died in his native town. His wife
came to Worcester, late in life, and died in Wor-
cester. She is buried in Hope cemetery. Their
children, all born in Milnrow, were : Martha, mar-
ried Fielding and they had two daughters:

Mary, married Charles Chadwick, and now, a widow,
is living on the Edward Jones homestead near
Cherry Valley, Worcester; Hannah, married Thomas
Milnes and is living at 27 Elm street, Worcester,
also a widow. John : James, see forward. Thomas,
see forward. Mary, married Edmund Jones, see for-
ward. Robert, left sons : Robert, George and

(II) Thomas Ashworth, son of Richard Ash-
worth (1), was born January 4, 1822, at Milnrow,
Butterworth, Lancashire, England. He died in Wor-
cester, January 18, 1882. He received a common
school education in his native town, and learned
the trade of weaver there. <He left England in
December, 1848, with nothing but his trade and
skill to depend upon. He came to New England
and went first to Millbury, Massachusetts, where he
remained with friends until he secured work with
Harding Brothers in Oxford as weaver. He worked
in that mill for four years and saved his first capital.
He went to work again at his trade for Buffum
& Thayer at Oxford and later for George Hodges.
He began business on his own account in the year
1856, leasing and operating the Franklin Mill in
Holder], where he manufactured shoddy, being one
of the first if not the first to engage in this busi-
ness in this country. He imported a picker from
England for his work and the business proved re-
munerative. After a year there he removed to Ox-
ford, where he made shoddy goods in the Gates mill.
Mr. Thomas Ashworth left Oxford about 1862, go-
ing to Cherry Valley, wdiere he began the first suc-
cessful shoddy cloth plant in this country, making
for years the celebrated Ashworth & Jones beav-
ers, having as a partner his brother-in-law, Mr.
Jones. They bought for a nominal sum the valua-
ble water privilege at Valley Falls. In connection
with this may be told the story of Mr. Ashworth's
early struggles. Arriving in this country about the
time gold was discovered in California, he imme-
diately started for the scene of hidden treasures in
the Rockies. His hardships and toils were rewarded,
for he returned in two or three years with his gold,
stopping at Philadelphia to have it minted, then
coming on to Millbury, Massachusetts, to the home

of James Brierly, tin- cotton manufacturer,
showed his western success by covering the top ol
a round old-fashioned mahogony table with his gold
coins, the gold which pushed shoddy cloth Lo

in 1 -in 1 ess m this country.

In [864 the first woolen mill was erected there,
ami in 1870 a large brick mill was built. Ashvi
& Jones built up the whole section at Valley Falls,
including most of the dwelling houses. They built
up a very large and prosperous business. It is said
of Ashworth & Jones that they never gave a note
and never asked for credit, and yet they were for
many years the heaviest manufacturers in their line
111 that section of the county. They had what was
pronounced the model woolen mill of Massachusetts.

The Spy said of Mr. Ashworth at the time of
his death : "His business career here, begun soon
after his arrival, has been crowned with success,
which was the reward of untiring industry, personal
endeavor, the strictest integrity and a careful at-
tention to the details of his business of which he
was a thorough master. He and Edward Jones be-
gan with the same capital and built up a business
remunerative as well as extensive. His reputation
for business integrity was excelled by none."

In 1880 Mr. Ashworth was stricken with par-
alysis and died two years later. He was of a retir-
ing disposition and declined all public honors. He
was a member of Athelstan Lodge of Free Masons,
Eureka Chapter and Worcester County Com-
mandery. Knights lemplar. He never married. He
left a large estate to nephews, nieces and other rela-
tives in England and America.

(II) James Ashworth, son of Richard Ashworth
(1), was born in Milnrow, about 1820. and resided
there. All of his children were born there. Two
of them, Thomas and Robert, settled in the United
States. His children: Martha, Elizabeth, Thomas,
see forward; Robert, died in Pennsylvania; Mary,
Hannah, Alice, James.

(II) Mary Ashworth, daughter of Richard Ash-
worth (1), was born in Milnrow, Lancashire, Eng-
land, about 1825, died August 7. 1889. She married
there Edward Jones. He was a weaver by trade.
He was born in Lancashire, February 8, 1824. He
was the junior partner of the well known firm of
Ashworth & Jones, and after the illness and death
of Mr. Ashworth he carried on the business alone.
After his death the business was sold to Edward D.
Thayer. He died March 7, 1885. He was a promi-
nent citizen of Worcester. He served the city two
years in the common council. He was well known
in Masonic circles. He left a large estate to his
brothers, Robert Jones, of Worcester, William Jones,
of Milnrow, England, his sister, Ann Clegg, of
Bradley Bottom, Lancashire, England ; the son of
his sister Betty, Edward Whitworth, of Milnrow,
and to his wife. He left no children.

(III) Thomas Ashworth, son of James Ash-
worth (2). was born in Milnrow, Lancashire, Eng-
land, January 29, 1844. He had a common school
education in his native town. He came to this
country when a young man and went to St. Claire,
Pennsylvania, and worked as a miner in the coal
region, leaving tfiere about 1879 for Valley Falls,
Worcester, to work for his uncles, Ashworth and
Jones, of Worcester, wdiere he learned the trade of
dyer. He was only forty-two years old when he
died, April 8, 1885, at Worcester. He married. 1865,
Hannah Howard, born December 24, 1841. daugh-
ter of Charles and Sarah Howard, of Milnrow.
Mrs. Ashworth resides on Gould Hill. Worces-
ter. Their children were: Charles Richard, see for-
ward : Robert, see forward : James, see forward ;
Mary, born in St. Claire, October 7, 1871, resides



with her mother ; Sarah, born in St. Claire, April
6, 1874, married, June 25, 1896, Edward A. Lamb,
at present a clerk in California ; their children :
Howard Ashworth Lamb, Anna Mae Lamb, Thomas,
see forward.

(IV ) Charles R. Ashworth, son of Thomas Ash-
worth (3), was born in Milnrow, England, May 24,
1864. He received a common school education in
Worcester, and learned the trade of iron molder at
the Allen Boiler Works. He also worked for the
Colvin foundry and others. Mr. Ashworth also
knew the woolen business, and in 1903 he and his
brother Robert formed the Leicester Woolen Com-
pany and have since been operating a two set mill
in Leicester in the old electric light station, em-
ploying forty hands. Their machinery is new and
the mill has been prosperous. He married Emma
Lindley, of Worcester. Their children are: Ruth
Lindley, Florence May.

(IV) Robert Ashworth, son of Thomas Ash-
worth (3), was born in St. Claire, Pennsylvania,
April 6, 1866. He was educated in the Worces-
ter public schools and at Becker's Business College.
He learned the machinist's trade. In 1897 he pur-
chased the grocery store of E. W. Conant, at Cherry
Valley, and has conducted it profitably since then.
He has also been postmaster since owning the store.
He is one of the best known and most popular men
in that section. He and his brother, Charles R.
Ashworth, since 1903, have been manufacturing
woolen goods at Leicester in the old electric light
station under the firm name of Leicester Woolen
Company. Mr. Ashworth is a member of the Cherry
Valley Methodist church and has been its treasurer
for eleven years. He married Clara Richardson.
They have no children.

(IV) James Ashworth, son of Thomas Ashworth
(3), was born in St. Claire, Pennsylvania, May 6,
1869. He received his early education in the public
schools and at Becker's Business College in Wor-
cester. He learned the trade of weaver in the E. D.
Thayer, formerly Ashworth & Jones, mill, and got
a thorough knowledge of the business. In 1902
he and his brother, Thomas Ashworth, began to
manufacture woolens in an old mill in Charlton
City, Massachusetts, formerly owned by the Aldrich
Manufacturing Company, and called Copp's mill.
They were burned out about two years afterward,
but rebuilt a modern two-set mill and are operating
the mill successfully. He married Beulah Brothers,
of Worcester. They have one child, Ralph William.

(IV) Thomas Ashworth, son of Thomas Ash-
worth (3), was born in St. Claire, Pennsylvania,
February 18, 1878. He attended the public schools
and graduated at Hinman's Business College in
Worcester. He is a member of Montacute Lodge
of Free Masons. He is in partnership with his
brother James in the woolen business with a mill
at Charlton City. He is unmarried.

JOHN EMORY WINDLE. John Windle (1),
father of John Emory Windle, of Worcester, born
in Bernley, England; married Grace Blakely. and
had by her six children. He was p. confectioner in
England. About 1846 he came to America. His
first wife died shortly before and he left behind
him the six children. He went to work first in a
cotton mill as dresser. Later he settled on a farm
at West Boylston. He married. October 17, 184S.
at Lancaster. Eliza Sargent, daughter of Stephen
Sargent, of Bolton and Lancaster. (See sketch of
the Sargent family for ancestors of Eliza Sargent,
elsewhere in this work.) They had five children,
four of whom grew to maturity. After his second
marriage some of his children by the first marriage

came to live with him in 1848 or later. His death
in September, 1863. was caused by eating what he
supposed were mushrooms. He was fifty-six. His
widow Eliza died in 1871. His children were:
James, entered the British army, and after twenty
years service died in India while stationed there
with his company ; left one son who became a phy-
sician and is living in England. Grace, Blake, Jane,
Mathew, Thomas. Foregoing all born in Bernley.
Mary, born in Clinton, June 21, 1849, died in Ox-
ford, July, 1901. Eliza, born in Clinton, March
25, 1851. John Emory (see forward). Ade-
line, born in Worcester, 1855 ; died 1864. Emma,
born in Worcester. September 18, 1S59.

(II) Thomas Windle, son of John and Grace
Blakely Windle (1), was born at Bernley, England,
March 6, 1845. He came to this country when very
young and was brought up on his father's farm. He
attended the district schools. At the age of fifteen
he went to work in the woolen mill of Booth Bot-
tomly, at Cherry Valley, and remained a year and
a half. In 1862 he enlisted. His decision to go
into the service was made one day while he was
mowing, and he quit work at once to make the
arrangements to go. He agreed to pay $130 for
his time. He enlisted in Company K of the Twenty-
Fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. At New-
bern, North Carolina, in the vicinity of the Dismal
Swamp, he contracted malaria and had pneumonia.
Mr. Windle feels that he owes his life to the skill
and care of the surgeon. He recovered and re-
turned to his duty. He was in ten battles, and many
minor skirmishes. In 1875 he began the manufac-
ture of cloth in Baltic, Connecticut, in company
with his brother-in-law, Edwin Hoyle. the firm
1 icing Hoyle & Windle. After being there two years
he was successively in Millville, Massachusetts,
Hopeville, Connecticut, and Woodville, Rhode Is-
land, during part of the time managing two mills
simultaneously. He came to Millbury in 1880,
bought the tannery of Salem Griggs and converted
it into a wool scouring mill. He has resided in Mill-
bury since then and has large property interests
there. Mr^ Windle, Senator Samuel E. Hull and
A. S. Winters together bought the Wheeler Cotton
mill in Millbury about ten years ago. He deals
extensively in wool. He is a Free Mason and in
politics a Republican. He is a charter member of
General Thomas Post, Grand Army of the Republic,
No. 121. He married September 2, 1866, Hannah
M. Buckley, who was then in her sixteenth year.
She is the daughter of Charles and Sarah Buckley,
both of whom were born in England. Mr. Buckley
was a mill overseer. He had two daughters. Mrs.
Windle and Mrs. Hoyle.

The children of Thomas and Hannah M. (Buck-
ley) Windle were: 1. William W., (see forward).
2. Arthur D., born October 3, 1878; associated with
his father. 3. Grace G., born Januarv 29, 1887.

(III) William W. Windle, son of Thomas Windle
(2), was born November 2, 1870. He was form-
erly in the bicycle business and achieved a phe-
nomenal record as a bicycle rider. When he was
fifteen years of age he defeated the fastest rider in
the county, and for the next five years held the
world's championship. His highest record during
that period was 2.08. He has since then made a
mile in 1.42. On May 25, 1888. he won a hotly
contested race in Canada from Klucky and Foster.
He was the winner of many handsome trophies and
souvenirs, including one prize of a thousand dollars.
He has not been in training for several years, hav-
ing given his whole time to business since he be-
came associated with his father. He is a member
of the Advent Church.



(II) John Emory Windle. son of John Windle
(1), was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts,
April 8, 1853. He attended the public schools in
"Worcester, but when a young boy went to work in
the woolen mill at Cherry Valley. He worked his
way up step by step until at the age of twenty-five
he was superintendent. Three years later he left
the woolen business to engage in the manufacture of
textile machinery that he had invented. Since he
patented his first machine in 1880, he has taken out
a large number of patents which he manufactures,
many of which have proved very useful and profit-
able." He has an extensive plant at 23 Hermon
street, Worcester, and a factory at North Grafton,
Massachusetts. He makes a specialty of cloth fin-
ishing machinery for cotton and woolen goods. He
invented the first cloth measuring machine to run
by power, and his machinery has been adopted by
the United States Government for their quarter-
master's storehouse. United States Army. His resi-
dence is at North Grafton, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried, in 1886, Marietta A. Wilbur, daughter of
George E. and Mary A. (Slocum) Wilbur, of Rich-
mond, Rhode Island. Mr. Wilbur was in the dyeing
business. The children of John E. and Marietta
A. (Wilbur) Windle were: I. John E., Jr., born
at North Grafton, July 4, 1887. 2. Mildred Eliza-
beth, born at North Grafton, December 31, 1889..
3. Helen E., born at North Grafton, June 22, 1891 ;
died August 7, 1891.

SARGENT FAMILY. (I) William Sargent,
one of the first settlers of Ipswich, was an ancestor
of John Emory Windle of Worcester, Massachu-
setts. Much erroneous matter has been printed about
William Sargent. The author of the Sargent
Genealogy is uncertain as to the date or place of
his birth. The most probable record shows William
Sargent, son of Richard and Katherine (Stevens)
Sargent, who were married November, 1602. The
son William was baptized June 28, 1606, in the
Abbey church at Bath, England. As there is no
further record of father or son there they may have
gone to London, and William Sargent shipped from
there. William was a seaman and is said to have
been with Captain John Smith at Agawam in 1614.
when that famous adventurer landed there, and later
described its attractions. As the father of Sargent's
first wife, Quartermaster John Perkins, was from
the vicinity of Bath in England, and was at Agawam
in August, 1631, a short time after arriving in
America, there is some probability that the Bath
records refer to William Sargent, of Agawam, later
called Ipswich.

William Sargent was at Agawam in April, 1633,
when the general court passed an act to protect him
and other grantees of land there. He was admitted
a freeman in 1630. He was one of the first set-
tlers of Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1635 ; of Hamp-
ton, New Hampshire, in 1638; of South Merrimac.
now Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1639. He was in
Salisburv in 1650. He was next located at Salis-
bury, New Town, now Amesbury, and Merrimac
in 1655. where he resided until his death. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Perkins, daughter of John Perkins,
who was born in 1618 at Newent, Gloucestershire,
England. They were married about 1633, as she
came to America with her parents in the ship "Lion"
in the spring of 1631 and they were both at Agawam
prior to 1633. She died before September 18. 1670,
for he married (second), on that date, Joanna
Rowell, who survived him and married Richard
Currier, of Amesbury, Massachusetts. William Sar-
gent was one of the "Prudential Men" in Ames-
bury in 1667. He resided in that part of the town

known as the West Parish, and built a house near
the church and academy. He died in March, 1675,
and was buried in the graveyard at the ferry. His
will was proved at Salem in 1675. It mentions his
wife and children. The will was dated March 24,

The children of William and Elizabeth Sargent
were: 1. Mary, born about 1634; married Philip
Challis. a farmer, of Amesbury, where he resided,
held office and died 1681. 2. Elizabeth, died July 14,
1641, at Salisbury. 3. Thomas, born April n, 1643,
at Salisbury. 4. William (see forward). 5.
Lydia (?), born June 17, 1647; died 1661. 6. Eliza-
beth, born August 22, 1648; died September 4,
1649. 7. Sarah, born December 29, 1651 ; died young.
8. Sarah, born February 29, 1652-3 ; married December

22, 1681, Orlando Bagley, a farmer at Amesbury,
who was town clerk for some years ; she died Octo-
ber 3, 1701. 9. Elizabeth, born about 1653; mar-
ried prior to 1670, Samuel Colby, of Amesbury.

(II) William Sargent, son of William Sargent

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