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Representative Men and Old Families
of Rhode Island

Genealogical Records and Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the old Families.

Volume III, published by H.J. Beers & Co. Chicago, 1908

Page 1504

RICHARD A. HARRALL, a highly esteemed resident of South Kingstown, and an honored veteran of the Civil war, was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, Sept. 4, 1839.

At the age of twenty years Mr. Harrall left his native country, where he was educated, and came to the United States, spending the next three years as an apprentice to the marble cutting trade, at Fall River, Mass.  On May 4, 1864, he enlisted in D. H. Dyer's 5th Unattached Company, Massachusetts Volunteers, and was discharged from service Aug. 2 1864, at Readville, Mass. Subsequently he followed his trade at Providence, R.I., and Stonington, Conn., and since 1872 has engaged in monumental work at Wakefield, R.I.  Mr. Harrall is a member of Sedgwick Post, No. 7, G.A.R.; Hope Lodge, A. F. & M., of which he is past master, and Franklin Chapter at Hope Valley.

Mr Harrall was married (first) in Providence to Ellen Hood, who is now deceased, and the following children were born to them:  William Henry, D. D. S., of Woonsocket, who married Emma Wiles, and has one child, William Roland; Edwin T., of Riverside, Rhode Island, who married Louise Newton and has one child, Edwin Russell; Jennie Belle; Nellie A.; and Mattie Belle.  Mr. Harrall married (second) March 9, 1885, Sarah Alice Clarke, daughter of Carder Hazard Clarke, whose sketch appears elsewhere.


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GEORGE W. BUTLER.  Among the leading farmers of Little Compton, R.I., none is more deserving of mention in this biographical record than George W. Butler, who resides on his beautiful place of 100 acres.  He was born not far from the Commons, in Little Compton, Dec. 7, 1831.

Zalmon Butler, father of George W., was born Jan. 1, 1803, in Wareham, Mass., and there grew to manhood, learning the trade of shoemaker.  When a young man he came to Little Compton, where the rest of his life was spent in shoemaking and farming.  He died on his small tract June 24, 1849, and was buried in the Little Compton cemetery.  On Aug. 25, 1827, he married Lydia Wilbour, born March 14, 1807, in Little Compton, daughter of Isaac Wilbour.  Mrs. Butler died June 8, 1851, and was buried in the Little Compton cemetery.  Their children were:  Henry R., born Aug. 28, 1828, who died in Little Compton; George W., our subject; Isaac W., born Nov. 8, 1842, who died March 5, 1844; and John F., born March 25, 1845, who died in Little Compton.

George W. Butler's educational advantages were exceedingly limited, as the death of his parents made it necessary for him to assume responsibility at an early age.  At the age of eight years he was laboring on a farm for ninepence per day, his first employer being Thomas White, with whom he remained twelve years.  At the age of twenty years he rented a farm from Otis Lake, on Maple street, Little Compton, and it was there he laid the foundation for his present business success.  He spent ten years on that farm, and during that time started in the market gardening business.  He spent ten years on that farm, and during that time started in the market gardening business, selling butter, chickens, farm produce and meats at the New Bedford market, following this line for yearly thirty years.  At this time, feeling that he could afford to operate a farm of his own, he purchased the 100-acre tract of Pardon Almy, on Maple street, on which he has since made many improvements, including a large house, barns and outbuildings.  He gave up the market gardening business, turning his attention to poultry raising, at which he has been very successful.  He is a man of progressive ideas, very industrious and enterprising, and in spite of his advanced years is still very active in the duties of his business.  In politics a stanch Republican, he is no office seeker, although he served thirteen years as a member of the town council and was also assessor of taxes for some time.  He is one of Little Compton's good citizens and has an honestly won reputation for integrity and fair dealing. He is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Little Compton, being a trustee thereof and a member of the official board.

In 1852 Mr. Butler was married to Abby C. Brownell, daughter of the late Thomas Brownell and she died on the farm, and was buried in the Little Compton Commons cemetery.  Mr. Butler was married (second) in 1900 to Mrs. Emily J. (Herendeen) Lake, widow of Capt. Theodore Lake, of Dartmouth, Mass., who was a whaling captain, and whom for a period of thirteen years she accompanied on his voyages, traveling nearly around the world.  Mrs. Butler was born in Falmouth, Mass., daughter of Sanford Herendeen, and she passed away Oct. 20, 1907, in Little Compton, at the age of sixty-six years, four months.  Like her husband, she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is identified with the official board thereof.


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ANTHONY.  The Anthony family is one of the oldest settled families in the State of Rhode Island, the American progenitor of the family having been a resident of Portsmouth as early as 1640.  Middletown has been the home of many members of this family for generations, and that town is still the abiding-place of two worthy representatives of the name in the persons of Miss Susan A. Anthony and Abraham Anthony.  The first of the name in New England was one John Anthony, or Anthonie, as he wrote his name.  The first known of the family was one William Anthony, who was born in 1495, in Cologne, Germany.  He had three sons, the youngest, Francis, having been goldsmith and jeweler to Queen Elizabeth.  The genealogy of the Anthony family in America will be found in detail elsewhere in these volumes.

(I)  John Anthony (or Antonie [sic] ) as he wrote it, who was born in 1607, and was a resident of the village of Hempstead, near London, England, became the founder of the family in New England, coming to America in the barque "Hercules", in 1634.  He married Susanna Potter, and settled at Portsmouth, R. I., where he is of record in 1640 and the next year became a freeman of the Colony.

(II)  Abraham Anthony, son of (I) John, born in 1650, married Alice Wodell, and lived at Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

(III)  William Anthony, son of (II) Abraham, born Oct. 31, 1675, married Mary Coggeshall, and lived in Portsmouth, R. I., and Swansea, Massachusetts.

(IV)  Abraham Anthony (2), son of (III) William, was born Sept. 29, 1696.  He married Feb. 7, 1716, Elizabeth Gray, of  Tiverton, R. I., and they settled and died in Rhode Island.  Their children were:  Abraham, born Dec. 9, 1717, Mary, Feb. 9, 1718-19; Edward, May 3, 1720 (died Feb. 6, 1721); Thomas, Oct. 19, 1721; Philip, April 11, 1723; Elizabeth, April (or July) 24, 1725; Isaac, March 7, 1727; Sarah, Sept. 4, 1730; Elisha, Jan. 22, 1732,; Jonathan, March 12, 1733; Peleg, Sept. 30, 1735; and Daniel, Sept. 1, 1738.

(V)  Philip Anthony, sonof Abraham (2), was born April 11, 1723, in Swansea, Mass, and married Mary Godard [sic], daughter of Thomas Goddard.  Their children, of Portsmouth town record, were:  Abraham, born Aug. 19, 1751, who died Jan. 18, 1821; Eunice (died Dec. 3, 1754 [sic]), Ann and Susannah (died Jan. 5, 1754), triplets, born Dec. 14, 1753; Philip, born Jan 2, 1755, who died in February, same year; Philip (2), born Feb. 16, 1756, who died Sept. 6, 1777; Eunice (2) , born Aug. 3, 1759, who died Oct. 16, 1777; Susannah (2), born Nov. 21, 1761; Beriah, born Sept. 17, 1763, and Gideon, born June 20, 1766.

(VI)  Gideon Anthony, son of Philip and Mary (Goddard) Anthony, was born in Portsmouth June 20, 1766, and was engaged in farming all of his life, in Portsmouth and later in Middletown, where he died April 7, 1832.  He was married Jan. 1, 1787, by Rev. Gardner Thurston, to Elizabeth Coggeshall, daughter of Joshua Coggeshall, and she died Sept. 3, 1828.  Their children were: Mary, born Nov. 11, 1786 (who died March 18, 1788); Philip, March 1, 1789; Hannah, Jan 25, 1792; Ann, March 4, 1794 (died March 24, 1794); Gideon, Jan. 10, 1796; and Joshua, Jan. 4, 1798.

(VII)  Philip Anthony, the eldest son of Gideon, was born March 1, 1789, and grew to manhood on the farm.  When he started out in life for himself he located on the West Main road in Middletown, where he farmed until 1858, in which year he turned the place over to his son, Gideon, and removed to the old Anthony farm on the East Main road, near Oliphant Lane, there making his home the remainder of his life on a forty-acre tract.  He made many improvements, and the house in which he lived is still standing; it was removed to its present location in 1857, and is now over one hundred years old.  Mr. Anthony worked hard and lived an honest, upright life, was strictly temperate in his habits, and domestic in his tastes.  He died March 23, 1873, at the ripe old age of eighty-four years, and was buried in the family plot on the old homestead.  He was originally a Whig, and later a Republican, and took an active interest in the town.  For twelve years he was a member of the board of councilmen, and was president of the council.

On Dec. 4, 1817, Mr. Anthony married Mary Manchester, who was born in Middletown, daughter of John and Sarah (Wood) Manchester, and died Aug. 28, 1873, five months after the death of her husband, when eighty-eight years old.  Their children were:  (1) Gideon, born Sept. 19, 1819, married Julia Crosby, and died in Newport.  (2) Sarah Wood, born Feb. 6, 1821, married George A. Brown, and both are deceased.  (3) John, born Aug. 31, 1823, died on the old homestead, unmarried.  (4) Elizabeth married George A. Brown, widower of her sister, Sarah.  (5) Miss Susan A. Anthony has since the death of her parents been conducting the farm with success.  She made many sacrifices for her parents, devoting her life to their care, and she is well known and beloved for her many acts of kindness.

(VII) Joshua Anthony, the youngest son of Gideon, and brother of Philip, was born Jan. 4, 1798 in Portsmouth, R. I., and received a common school education.  He grew up on a farm, and worked from early youth at farming, in time owning and operating fifty-eight acres in Middletown on the East Main road, near the home of his brother Philip.  There he built a fine frame dwelling-house in 1851, and there he spent his active life, dying Jan. 4, 1877, from the effects of an injury to his hip from which he suffered ten years.  He was buried in the old family burying-ground on the farm.  He was independent in political views, and was no office seeker.  Honest to the core, devoted to his home and family, he lived an honorable, upright life.

Mr. Anthony married Abbie Anthony, daughter of Abraham and Mary (Brown) Anthony and granddaughter of Daniel Anthony, a full sketch of whom will be found elsewhere.  They had children as follows:  Mary, who still lives in Middletown, aged over eighty-five years; Abraham, mentioned below; William Henry, who died Jan. 4, 1905, in Middletown, and is buried in St. Mary's Church cemetery; and Ann Elizabeth, who married Samuel Corey, and died in Portsmouth.

(VIII)Abraham Anthony, the oldest son of Joshua, was born Nov. 4, 1826, on the old Anthony homestead in Middletown, and received a common school education.  He remained at home with his parents, and, on his father's death, took charge of the farm, which he has been operating ever since.  The tract now consists of forty acres, upon which Mr. Anthony has made many improvements.  He was for many years in the dairy business but is now living retired, the farm being conducted by his son, Albert A.  Like his father, Mr. Anthony takes no part in politics, only doing his duty as a citizen.  His religious belief is summed up in the Golden Rule.

Mr. Anthony was twice married, first in 1850 to Sarah D. Gould, daughter of Samuel Gould.  She died in 1886, leaving three children:  Albert A., who operates the homestead, married Sarah E. Manchester; Abbie A. married Ashton C. Barker, a farmer of Middletown; Sarah Maria married Charles Albro, of Middletown.

For his second wife Mr. Anthony took Ruth Maria Barker, born in Middletown, daughter of James and Ruth (Wilcox) Barker, and widow of John Gould, by whom she had one child, Leprelete Gould, who died young.


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Benjamin Sheffield Anthony, long a member of the Portsmouth town council, a well known and successful agriculturist, and a man of sterling characteristics and high levels of citizenship, has been a life long resident of Portsmouth.  He was born on the Glen Farm, Aug. 29, 1837, and is a descendant of one of the oldest families of Rhode Island, first brought to New England by John Anthony, who was born in 1607, near London, England, and who came to New England in 1634.  He was the father of three sons and two daughters.

(II)  Abraham Anthony, youngest son of the emigrant, was a native of Portsmouth.  He married Dec. 26, 1671, Alice Wodell, Born Feb. 10, 1650. They made their home in Portsmouth, where he was owner of land.  He served eight terms as deputy, and was speaker of the House of Deputies, 1709-10.  He became the father of thirteen children.

(III)  William Anthony, second son of Abraham, was born Oct. 31, 1675, in Portsmouth, and there he married March 14, 1694, Mary Coggeshall, daughter of John Coggeshall.  They were residents of Portsmouth where their lives were spent.

(IV)  Abraham Anthony, only son of William, was born Sept. 26, 1696.  He made his home in Swansea, Mass. for some years, but later returned to Portsmouth where the remainder of his life was spent.  He married in Swansea, Elizabeth Gray, and they became the parents of eleven children, nine of whom were born in Swansea [For detailed account of these early generations, see Vol. I, P 823.]

(V)  Daniel Anthony, youngest son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Gray) Anthony, was born Sept. 1, 1738, in Portsmouth.  He made his home in Middletown, and later in Newport.  He was twice married, and was the father of nine children, five by the first marriage, and four by the second.

(VI)  Abraham Anthony, eldest son of Daniel by his second marriage, was born July 29, 1790.  He made his home in Portsmouth, where he was a land owner and farmer, and where he spent his entire life.

(VII)  Edward Anthony, son of Abraham, was born in Portsmouth and there grew to manhood making farming his occupation.  He bought a tract of 110 acres of land on the West Main Road in Portsmouth, part of which is now owned by heirs of the late Benjamin Hall.  He made great improvements on the farm and owned 150 acres of land during his active life.  He was engaged in general farming and market gardening, spending his entire life on the farm.  He attained the ripe age of eighty-three years, and died on his farm Aug. 29, 1893, and was buried in the Friends' Cemetery, Portsmouth.  In his political principles he was a Republican, but cared nothing for the honors of public office.  He was liberal in his religious views.

In Middletown, R. I., Mr. Anthony married Julia Sheffield, born in that town, daughter Benjamin and Mary (Barker) Sheffield.  She was a faithful church woman and died on the home farm and was buried in the Friends' cemetery.  She was the mother of six children:  Edward Franklin, born April 27, 1834, was a farmer in Portsmouth, where he died.  Benjamin Sheffield was born Aug. 29, 1837.  Julia F., born Sept. 19, 1840, died young.  Abby, born Aug. 30, 1842, married Capt. William R. Landers, of Newport, and is now a widow residing in Portsmouth.  Thomas, born Sept. 13, 1845, was connected with the Celluloid Manufacturing Company, of Newark, N. J., and is now deceased.  James M., born Nov. 1, 1848, resides in Providence, where he is engaged in the wholesale and retail tobacco business.  Mr. Anthony married for his second wife, Mary Barker, widow of Capt. William Barker, of Newport, and she died in Portsmouth.

(VIII) Benjamin Sheffield Anthony attended the public schools of his native district and worked at home with his father from early youth.  Farming became his occupation, and he owns and operates a tract of ninety acres of the homestead, on which he has made extensive improvements.  He has engaged in market gardening, stock raising and dairy farming, working hard all his days.  He is noted for his thrift and business propensities, and his absolute honesty in all transactions.  His fine taste is evidenced in the beauty and neatness of his home and surroundings. Public-spirited and progressive, he has long been active in town affirs, and for two years was a member of the town council.  His political faith is that of a staunch Republican.  He takes a deep interest in the town, and is a firm friend of good schools.  Fraternally, he is a member of Eureka Lodge, No. 22, A. F. & A. M., Portsmouth; and Aquidneck Chapter, No. 9, R. A. M., also of Portsmouth.  Both he and his wife are members of  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, in which he has held the office of vestryman and junior warden and is now senior warden.  His love for his home and family is a marked characteristic, and he is never happier thn when, surrounded by his loved ones, he welcomes his legion of friends under his hospitable roof.

Mr. Anthony married in Jamestown, R. I., March 11, 1874, Mary C. Watson, born June 12, 1848, daughter of Robert H. and Catharine (Carr) Watson.  The children of this union are:  Julia Sheffield, born Feb. 12, 1876, is at home; Eva B., born Oct. 9, 1878, died Aug. 31, 1879; Oriana W., born Jan. 25, 1881, is at home; and Benjamin Earl, born May 18, 1883, proprietor of the Eureka Springs, and shipper of a large amount of his noted spring water to Providence and Newport, married Augusta Chase, daughter of Isaac Chase, of Portsmouth.

(VIII) Edward Franklin Anthony, now deceased, eldest brother of Benjamin Sheffield Anthony, was born on the homestead, and he received his education in the district school.  He worked at farming with his father until in his young manhood, when he left the farm and went to Providence, where he learned the trade of jeweler with Palmer & Capron.  This trade he followed several years, when ill-health forced him to return to Portsmouth and seek out-of-door work.  Accordingly he rented a farm near his father's home, and later farmed a tract of forty-four acres on what is known as Barker's Hill, west of the main road.  There he spent the remainder of his days, and there he died March 22, 1902, and is buried in Union Cemetery, Portsmouth.  His political principles were those of the Republican party, and his religious connection was with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in which he was senior warden.  Fraternally he was a member of the A. F. & A. M., and the Royal Arch Chapter.

Mr. Anhony married in Portsmouth, Nov. 27, 1856, Emma A. Barker, born in Newport, daughter of Capt. William S. and Mary Barker, and granddaughter of Samuel Barker.  They had one child, Elwyn Bailey, born Oct. 17, 1858, who was engaged in farming at Quaker Hill, Portsmouth.  He died Sept. 6, 1905, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Portsmouth; he left a widow, Lucy Chase, daughter of George and Carrie Chase.

(VIII) James M. Anthony was born in Portsmouth on the old homestead, and was educated in the district schools.  He left school at the age of sixteen, and the next year went into the general store of Young & Lyon, as clerk, the store being located then on the corner of College and South Main streets.  At the end of two years he went to Wrentham as clerk in the store of C. Stone & Son, and remained one winter, when he came to Providence, entering the tobacco store of Young  & Olney, where he was for one year, thence going to the cigar store of Reynolds & Salisbury and remaining two years.  The firm then changed to Reynolds & Parker, the latter buying out Mr. Salisbury, and he stayed with the new firm two years, and in 1875 he bought Mr. Parker's interest, the firm becoming Reynolds & Anthony.  They did a wholesale and retail business, and the partnership continued until 1883, when M.[sic] Anthony bought Mr. Reynolds interest.  He continued the business in the same place until the building was torn down in 1896, then removing to his present location.  With perhaps one exception, Mr. Anthony is the oldest man in years in this business in the city, beginning when little more than twenty-one.  He is a member of What Cheer Lodge, A. F. & A. M.; Royal Arch Chapter and St. John Commandery.  He was a member of the Pomham club when it started, but his business made it necessary for him to withdraw.  He married (first) Orianna Gorton, daughter of Dexter Gorton.  In 1892 he married Clara Franklin, daughter of Henry B. Franklin and they have two children: Henry F., born Oct. 23, 1895; and Ralph S., born Jan. 14, 1898.


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ANTHONY.  The Anthony family of which George Anthony and Robert Wilcox Anthony, and the latter's brother, William Wilcox Anthony, of Portsmouth, are descendants, of one of the early settled families of the State, and its records show a long list of honorable and useful citizens.

(I)  John Anthony, the emigrant ancestor of the American branch of the family, was born near London, England, in 1607, and came to the New World on the barque "Hercules" in 1634; located in Portsmouth in 1640; at what is known as Wading River in 1644.  His death occurred in 1675.  He was the father of four children.

(II)  Abraham Anthony, son of John, was born in Portsmouth.  On Dec. 26, 1671, he married Alice Wodell, daughter of William and Mary Wodell, and they became the parents of thirteen children.  He died Oct. 10, 1727, and she passed away in 1734.  He held many offices of trust in Portsmouth.

(III)  William Anthony, son of Abraham, was born Oct. 31, 1675, and on March 14, 1694-95 married Mary Coggeshall, daughter of John Coggeshall.

(IV)  Abraham Anthony, son of William, was born Sept. 26, 1696.  In Swansea, Mass., Feb. 7, 1716-17, he married Elizabeth Gray, and some of their children were born in Swansea and some in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

(V)  Jonathan Anthony, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Gray) Anthony, was born Jan. 12, 1733 in Portsmouth.  He married Elizabeth Gould, and they became residents of Middletown, where he died in 1774.  His widow survived until Dec. 13, 1812, when she was aged seventy-seven years.  She was a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gould.  To Jonathan and Elizabeth Anthony were born five children, three sons and two daughters.

(VI)  Gould Anthony, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Gould) Anthony, was born in Middletown Sept. 30, 1759, and was twice married.  On March 10, 1785, he wedded Abigail Headly, daughter of James Headly, of Portsmouth.   To this marriage came one child, Jonathan, born in Middletown, Dec. 26, 1785.  He married (second) March 16, 1794, Bathsheba Chadwick, of Newport, and they had one son, Jacob Gould, born March 6, 1797.

(VII)  Jonathan Anthony, son of Gould and Abigail (Headley) Anthony, was born Dec. 26, 1785, and grew to manhood in his native town of Middletown.  He made farming his life occupation, and owned and operated a tract in South Portsmouth, where he spent his active years, and where he died and was buried.  He was a man well-known and much esteemed, taking an active part in town and county affairs, and always looking to the progress and general welfare of the community.  He died Dec. 18, 1870.  In the Baptist Church, at Newport, he was married by the Rev. Michael Eddy, Oct. 27, 1805, to Rachel Church, born April 1, 1782, in Little Compton, R. I., daughter of Caleb Church, of Little Compton.  They had seven children:  Reuben, born Feb. 9, 1808; Peter, born Feb. 6, 1810; Caleb, born April 8, 1812; Martha, born March 12, 1814; Abby, born Feb. 26, 1816; Gould, born March 16, 1819; and Joseph, born July  15, 1823.

(VIII)  Gould Anthony, son of Jonathan, born at Portsmouth March 16, 1819, was educated in the schools of his native town.  In his early life he followed farming, but feeling that he was called upon to work in the Master's cause, he entered the ministry of the Christian Church, and devoted the remainder of his life to the preaching of the Gospel.  He had charges in several towns in Connecticut, chiefly in Scotland and Windham, and also in Westport, Mass., where his latter life was spent.  He did great work for his Church, and was an especially strong advocate of temperance.  His death occurred Nov. 19, 1902, at the age of eighty-three years, eight months and three days, and he was laid to rest in Union cemetery in Portsmouth.  He commanded the respect of all men, because like Chaucer's good man of religion "he preached but first he practiced it himself."  On Jan. 1, 1844, he married Annie E. Chace, who was born in Middletown, daughter of Capt. James Chace.  She died April 26 1855, aged forty-two years, and he married (second) Rhoda Borden, of Westport, where she died.  Four children were born to his first marriage:  James and Ann Elizabeth, who both died in infancy; Edward Edmunds, of Newport; and George.

(IX)  George Anthony, youngest son of Rev. Gould Anthony was born April 17, 1855.  His education was acquired in the public schools of Portsmouth, and at an early age he began work at farming with his father, and later with Robert Wilcox, of Portsmouth, and with the latter he continued until he started out for himself.  His life work has been general farming and stock raising and dairying on one of the oldest farms in South Portsmouth.  He has made many improvements, and by hard work and strict attention to his business, he has won a well-merited prosperity.  The house is one of the oldest in the town, and the only one that has fire chimneys in it.  He is very domestic in his tastes and has taken great pride in educating his children.  Like his father he is a strong advocate of temperance, and he always supports the Prohibition party.  Fro over seventeen years he has been a deacon in the Christian Church of Portsmouth, and for a long time has been the teacher of the Bible class.  In Middletown he married (first) Lucy Coggeshall, born in Middletown, daughter of the late George C. Goggeshall, and the one child of this union was Mary, who married Frank W. Wheeler, a merchant at Bristol Ferry, Portsmouth.  Mrs. Anthony died Oct. 6, 1883, in the twenty-ninth year of her age, and is buried in the Union cemetery at Portsmouth.  He married (second) Dec. 23, 1885, Ellie Maria Coggeshall, born in Portsmouth, daughter of William F. and Martha Coggeshall.  To this union have come children as follows:  Gould, at home, who attended the Industrial School at Newport; William Coggeshall, who graduated from the Rogers high school of Newport, and is now a student at Brown; and George, a student in the grammar school at
Newport.

(VIII)  Joseph Anthony, youngest son of Jonathan, born at Portsmouth July 15, 1823, was educated in his native town, and he made farming his chief occupation through life.  In the early sixties he opened a store near his farm in South Portsmouth, and for several years carried on a mercantile business successfully.  He was appointed, in 1866, by President Johnson postmaster of South Portsmouth, succeeding William Henry Gifford, and this office he held fourteen years to the general satisfaction of the public. After giving up the mercantile business he continued to operate his fifty-acre tract, which has been in the family name over one hundred years, and which it was his pride to keep in perfect condition.  He spent his latter years all in farming, and he died Oct. 29, 1886, in the sixty-fourth year of his age, and was buried in the Union cemetery.  He was a member of the Christian Church, and quite active in its work.  He was always a consistent Republican, and he served as trustee of school district No. 1, and was also assessor for damages done by dogs in Portsmouth.  He was a charter member of Oakland Lodge, No. 32, I. O. O. F. of Portsmouth.  In Newport he married Caroline Wilcox, born in Newport, daughter of Charles and Hannah (Slocum Wilcox, of Portsmouth; she died July 27, 1901, aged seventy-eight years, and was buried in Union cemetery.  Three children were born to them:  (1)  Robert Wilcox, mentioned below; (2) William Wilcox, who resides on the homestead, and who married Sarah A. Durfee, of Portsmouth, and had children, Caroline Durfee (at home), Josephine Morton (who married Charles G. Clark, of Portsmouth), Sarah Cranston (at home).  Kate Lillian (died April 15, 1904), Jonathan (died Sept. 25, 1893), and Charles William (at home); and (3) Annie Chase, who married John H. Brown, a gold and silver refiner in Providence.

(IX)  Robert Wilcox Anthony, eldest son of Joseph, was born upon the farm in South Portsmouth Sept. 27, 1847, and he received the education afforded by the district schools.  He learned good business methods and principles under his father, and for a long time was assistant postmaster, beginning at the age of eighteen.  After his father gave up the store, the son took it and conducted it most successfully until 1902.  He succeeded his father also as postmaster, holding that office for fourteen years.  In 1901 he sold out his business.  In 1901 the Union cemetery was formed into a corporation, of which he is a stockholder, and he has been secretary and superintendent since he retired from the mercantile business.  The cemetery reflects great credit upon his skill and taste, and certainly is the most beautifu City of the Dead.  In sentiment he is a Republican, but cares little about politics.  He served as trustee of school district No. I for five years.  Fraternally he belongs to Eureka Lodge, No. 22, A. F. & A. M., Portsmouth; and was formerly a member of Oakland Lodge, No. 32, I. O. O. F., of which he was secretary for several years.  He has been a vestryman in St. Mary's Episcopal Church for several years.  Every one who knows him holds him in high esteem.  He is unmarried, and makes his home with his brother, William W., in the house where is grandfather, Jonathan Anthony, went to housekeeping when he was first married.

(IX)  William Wilcox Anthony, son of Joseph and brother of Robert Wilcox Anthony, is also a Republican in politics, and has held various town offices, havng been trustee of School District No. I for several years, as well as having been surveyor of highways for a period of years, and has also served as appraiser of damages done by dogs, succeeding his father in that office.


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ANTHONY.  The Anthony family to which Mrs. Delancy G. Rice, of Providence, belongs, is descended from  (I)  John Anthony (or Anthonie, as he wrote it), who was the founder of the name in New England.  He came to this country with his wife Susannah, April 16, 1634, in the ship "Hercules," J. Kiddy [sic] (Kidde), master.  He had, says Savage, previously lived in the beautiful village of Hempstead, near London.  He was admitted a freeman of Portsmouth, R. I., July 14, 1640, and soon afterward was elected corporal in a military company.  On Sept. 14, 144, his land was assigned to him at a place called "Wadding River," [sic] (Wading River on early maps) and on May 25, 1655, he was chosen by the General Court one of the two persons authorized by law to keep houses of entertainment in Portsmouth.  He was a commissioner in 1661, and a deputy from 1666 to 1672.  He died July 28, 1675, aged sixty-eight years, leaving five children --John, Joseph, Abraham, Susannah and Elizabeth.

(II)  John Anthony, son of John, born in 1641, died Oct. 20, 1715.  He married (first) Frances Woodle [sic] (Wodell), born July 6, 1652, died Oct. 12, 1692, daughter of William and Mary Woodle [sic], of the original purchasers, with Samuell Gorton, of Warwick, R. I.  John and Frances (Woodle) Anthony had nine children:  John, born June 28, 1671, died before 1699; Joseph, born Oct. 28, 1673, died Dec. 16, 1709; William, born July 18, 1676, died Nov. 9, 1757; Susannah, born Jan. 1, 1679, died in 1698; Mary, born June 16, 1681, died Dec. 8, 1684; Sarah, born Oct. 1, 1683, died May 13, 1684; Elizabeth, born Sept. 14, 1686; Alice, born April 26, 1689; and Samuel, born Oct. 8, 1691.  John Anthony married for his second wife, Jan. 3, 1694, Susannah Albro, and had three children:  Albro, born Sept. 25, 1694; Sarah, born Aug. 1, 1697, and John, born Dec. 16, 1698-99.

(III) Albro Anthony, son of John, born Sept. 25, 1694, married June 30, 1727, Susannah Heffernan, and to this union were born:  Elizabeth, April 27, 1728; Sarah, Nov. 23, 1730; John, Oct. 2, 1732; William, Sept. 14, 1734; Samuel, July 23, 1736; Joseph, Dec. 18, 1738, and Mary, born June 30, 1743.

(IV)  William Anthony, son of Albro, born Sept. 14, 1734, married Alice, and their children were:  William, born Jan. 10, 1773; Albro, born Aug. 17, 1775; Elizabeth, born Dec. 17, 1777; Alice, born March 15, 1781; Hannah, July 4, 1783; and Jams, Nov. 6, 1785.

(V)  Albro Anthony son of William, born Aug. 17, 1775, married Sarah Fry, and their children, all born in Warwick, were:   Lucy Ann, March 2, 1800; Deborah Fry, Dec. 30, 1801; Alfred, Sept. 20, 1805; and Henry, Aug. 26, 1806.

(VI)  Hon. Alfred Anthony, son of Albro, born Sept. 20, 1805, was given his schooling in the public schools of Apponaug, R. I., and his education was limited to a thorough knowledge of the "three R's" only.  When a mere boy he went to Albany, N. Y., where he learned the tanner's trade, and at that early period of life conceived the idea of becoming a rich man, making every effort with that purpose in view.  He returned to Rhode Island after learning the trade, and worked as a journeyman for various tanners.  About 1824 he was connected with Samuel Irons and Ebenezer Walker in Olneyville, in the tanning of sheep skins, and this business was carried on opposite what is now No. 1417 Westminster street.  This partnership was continued for some time, and in the prosecution thereof Mr. Anthony would drive into the country with his horse and wagon and buy his own hides, pulling the wool from his own sheepskins.  Samuel Irons retired from this partnership and removed to North Scituate, where he manufactured boots for William and George Browning, and while working there he formed a new partnership with Mr. Anthony, they hiring the tannery of a Mr. Pettis in Olneyville, in which both had worked before.  In 1835-36-37 they secured control of and operated the tannery of a Mr. Medbury, of Wellington, Mass.  In this undertaking, Mr. Anthony remained at Olneyville and purchased hides, while Mr. Irons operated the tanner.  Mr. John Pettis died in 1838, and Mr. Anthony and his partner purchased this tannery the following year from the estate, the firm then being known as Anthony & Irons.  Later it became Alfred Anthony & Co., and the firm continued business until 1868, when Mr. Irons died.  Mr. Anthony continued to operate the tannery for the rest of his life.

In his later years Mr. Anthony saw his youthful determination to become rich fully fulfilled, as he left a large estate to his relatives.  He was fond of books, especially the works of Shakespeare and Cowper, and was more than usually well informed.  He was, withal, a most benevolent man, and very charitable.  Remembering his own early struggles, he took a great interest in poor young men, and helped many who were worthy to get a start in a business way.  Throughout all of the earlier years of his struggles, he found a most capable helpmate in his wife, both have left to their descendants a legacy of sweet rememberance.  He was president of the Jackson Bank for a number of years, and was a director in the Savings Bank.

An editorial in the Providence Journal, June 23, 1882, says:  "Hon. Alfred Anthony died at his residence in Olneyville, June 22, 1882, aged seventy-eight years.  Mr. Anthony was long prominent in business and financial circles, where his sound judgment and sagacity were much esteemed.  He was a leading Democratic politician, having great influence with his party, which has so often been desirous of electing him governor that the title was not infrequently attached to his name.  He represented the town of Johnson in the Senate of the General Assembly for several years, and was a valuable member of that body.  The growing infirmities of age had gradually withdrawn Mr. Anthony from active pursuits, and for two years previous to his death he was rarely seen on the streets of Providence."

Hon. Alfred Anthony married Phobe Salisbury, of Olneyville and they became the parents of the following children:  Luccanna, born in May, 1831, married (first) Samuel G. Brayton, and had one son, Lloyd Anthony, and she married (second) Rev. Delancy G. Rice, an Episcopal clergyman, and Rector Emeritus of the Episcopal Church of Olneyville; Henry Mark, born in March, 1841; Sarah Fry; and Mary Hawkins, born Dec. 6, 1846, married Cornelius Sweetland, and had children, Louise A. and Harold Anthony.


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ANTHONY.  The  Anthony is one of the old and conspicuous families of Rhode Island, prominent in the Colonial and Commonwealth annals.  Hon. John Anthony, the emigrant from England, served in various public capacities, representing Portsmouth, R. I., in the Colonial Assembly, and his son, Hon. Abraham Anthony, was many times honored with a seat in the General Court, and was at one time Speaker of the House of Deputies.  Many of the name who later chose Providence as their field of action acquitted themselves in keeping with the records of their forefathers.  The State is proud of her distinguished sons, the late Hon. Henry B. Anthony, journalist and statesman, and the late Hezekiah Anthony, of Providence, merchant and banker, who held a creditable place in that city's business life for over fifty years.

This article, however, is to treat of the Middletown branch of the old Portsmouth family, whose illustrious sons have held prominent positions in their various communities, other branches being referred to elsewhere in this work.  To the Middletown branch belongs the Hon. James Anthony, who has most intelligently represented his town in the State Assembly and efficiently served his county as sheriff; and Hon. Elijah Anthony, one of the substantial citizens of Jamestown, R. I.  The genealogy following is chronological, generations from the settler. being designated by Roman numerals.

(I)  John Anthony, born in 1607, a resident of the village of Hampstead, near Longdon, England, came to New England in the bark [sic] "Hercules", in 1634.  He is of record in 1640 in Portsmouth, R. I., and was made a freeman in 1640.  He became a corporal in the military company and had land assigned to him at the "Wading River" in 1644.  He had authority granted him May 25, 1655, to keep a house of entertainment in Portsmouth.  He was commissioner in 1661, and deputy in 1666-72.  Both he and his wife, whose maiden name was Susanna Potter, died in 1675.  Their children were:  John, born in 1642; Susanna; Elizabeth; Joseph; and Abraham.

(II)  Abraham Anthony, son of John, married Dec. 26, 1671, Alice Wodell, born Feb. 10, 1650, daughter of William and Mary Wodell, and they were residents of Portsmouth, R. I., when he was made a freeman in 1672.  He was deputy in 1703, 1704, 1705, 1707, 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711, and was Speaker of the House of Deputies in 1709-10.  He died Oct. 10, 1727, and his widow passed away in 1734.  Their children were: John, born Nov. 7, 1672; Susanna, Aug. 29, 1674; Mary, Aug. 29, 1674 [twins] ; William, Oct. 31, 1675; Susanna, Oct. 14, 1677; Mary, Jan 2, 1680; Abraham, April 21, 1682; Thomas, June 30, 1684; Alice, Jan. 22, 1686; James, Jan. 22, 1686 [twins]; Almy, Jan. 30, 1688, Isaac, April 10, 1690; and Jacob, Nov. 15, 1693.

(III)  William Anthony, son of Abraham, born Oct. 31, 1675, married March 14, 1694, Mary Coggeshall, daughter of John Coggeshall, and their children were: William, born May 14, 1695; Abraham, Sept. 26, 1696; Elizabeth, May 2, 1698; Mary, Dec. 8, 1699; John, Sept. 12, 1702; Alice, May 22, 1705; Anne, March 17, 1707; John (2), Nov. 16, 1708; Amey, Nov. 16, 1708 [twins]; William (2), Oct. 26, 1709; James, Nov. 9, 1712; Job, April 10, 1714; Benjamin, June 10, 1716; and Daniel, May 19, 1720.

(IV)  Abraham Anthony (2), son of William, born Sept. 26, 1696, married in Swansea, Mass., Feb. 7, 1716-17, Elizabeth Gray, and their children, the first nine born in Swansea and the others in Portsmouth, were:  Abraham, born Dec. 9, 1717; Mary, Feb. 9, 1718-19; Edward, May 3, 1720 (died Feb. 6, 1821); Thomas, Oct. 19, 1721; Philip, April 11, 1734 (died Sept. 8, 1777); Elizabeth, April 24, 1725; Isaac, March 7, 1727; Sarah, April 7, 1730; Elisha, Dec. 15, 1732; Jonathan, Jan. 12, 1734; Peleg, Sept. 30, 1735; and Daniel, Sept. 1, 1738.

(V)  Jonathan Anthony, son of Abraham (2), born Jan. 12, 1734, married, Nov. 10, 1757, Elizabeth Gould, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gould, and they were residents of Middletown, R. I.  He died at forty-one years of age, and his widow Elizabeth lived to be seventy-seven, dying in Middletown Dec. 13, 1812.  Their children were:  Mary, born Aug. 19, 1758;  Gould, Sept. 30, 1759; Elizabeth, July 16, 1762; Elijah, Oct. 19, 1767; and Jonathan, March 29, 1769.

(VI)  Elijah Anthony, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth, born Oct. 19, 1767, married, Sept. 4, 1793, Lois Sisson, of Middletown, who was born in 1772, daughter of Joseph and Ruth Sisson.  He was engaged in farming in Middletown, where he died Dec. 3, 1842.  Their children were:  Joseph, born June 29, 1794, died from poisoning aged three years; George, born Oct. 31, 1796; Joseph (2), born Dec. 23, 1798, was killed by falling on a pitchfork when he was aged forty-two years; and Hannah, born Feb. 15, 1802, died unmarried, Nov. 9, 1878.

(VII)  George Anthony, son of Elijah and Lois, born Oct. 31, 1796, married, May 13, 1829, Margaret Hathaway, daughter of George and Susanna Hathaway, and they were residents of Middletown.  He died April 9, 1888, and she passed away Oct. 29, 1885, aged seventy-seven years.  Their children of Middletown record were:  George Hathaway, born May 1, 1830, died unmarried July 28, 1854; Joseph Sisson, born March 11, 1833, who now resides on the homestead engaged in farming, married (first) Josephine Gould, and (second) Sarah Shove, of Fall River:  Elijah, born May 28, 1835, is mentioned below; Rachel, born Nov. 15, 1837, died unmarried Oct. 27, 1900; James, born Nov. 6, 1840, is mentioned below; William, born April 6, 1843, died in infancy; and Hannah Green, born Dec. 10, 1844, died aged thirteen years.  George Anthony, the father, was a farmer of thrift and industry.  In 1829 he moved to the farm where all the rest of his life was passed.  He was a man of rugged health and never but once in his long life of ninety-one years had he required the aid of a physicians, and that was when at the age of seventy-eight he suffered an attack of fever.  He was active in the town's affairs, and served as a member of the town council, of which he was president.  In early life he was a Whig, and later became a Republican.  For over fifteen years he was an elder in the Friends Church.  In appearance he was fine looking, being five feet ten inches in height, and his genial disposition made him many friends.

(VIII)  James Anthony, son of George and Margaret, born Nov. 6, 1840, in Middletown, R. I., married Feb. 14, 1869, Charlotte S[isson] Coggeshall, and two children blessed their union:  Arthur R[ogers], who conducts a grist mill in Middletown, married Sue C. Oxx, of Newport, and has two daughters, Louise H. and Charlotte H.; and Alfred C[oggeshall], a clerk in the employ of the Newport Paper and Grocery Company, married Flora Sisson, of Portsmouth, and has two children:  George S. and Mabel C. [third child James Howard]

James Anthony was reared on a farm, attending in boyhood the neighborhood schools and in season assisting his father with the farm work.  His tastes and inclinations were in keeping with his early labors and as the years passed he continued farming as an occupation, and in that calling kept abreast of the times and succeeded in his undertakings, continuing in same until the death of his father.

Well fitted for public business and successful in his own affairs Mr. Anthony has in different ways been called upon by his fellow townsmen to look after, in a measure, the public affairs of his town.  He has served on the school committee, and also in the town council.  He has also represented his town in the General Assembly of Rhode Island, and has served his county ably and efficiently as sheriff since 1890.  His political affiliations are with the Republican party, to the principles of which he is a stanch [sic] adherent.  Mr. Anthony attends Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Middletown, of which his wife is a member.

Mr. Anthony is one of the substantial and useful men of Newport county, bearing the esteem and respect and holding the confidence of a large acquaintance.  He is a member of Coronet Council, No. 63, Royal Arcanum, of Newport; of Aquidneck Grange, Patrons of Husbandry; of Weenat Shassit Tribe, No. 6, I. O. R. M.; and of the Red Men's Club of Newport.

(VIII)  Elijah Anthony, son of George and Margaret, was born in Middletown, May 28, 1835, and received his educational training in the common schools of his native town, supplemented by a three terms' course at the Friends School in Providence.  Leaving school at the age of eighteen years, he then took up school teaching in Little Compton, Portsmouth and Jamestown, and was thus engaged for five winters.  When  married he set up farming in Portsmouth and Middletown, and stayed some three years, then removing to Jamestown in 1860, and there rented a farm.  For several years he ran a farm of 160 acres.  Since 1887 he has lived retired.  Mr. Anthony has always been prominent in public affairs.  He is an active worker in the Republican party, and has been a member of the town council for many years, in 1905 being its president.  For about twenty years he was town treasurer, and he has served many years on the school committee, and as assessor of taxes, overseer of the poor and tax collector.  In 1871-1872-1873 he represented his town in the State Assembly, and served on several very important committees.

On Dec. 2, 1855, Mr. Anthony was married to Harriet W. Almy, daughter of David Almy, of Portsmouth.  She died in Jamestown April 25, 1894.  On Dec. 6, 1899, he married (second) Mrs. Carrie R. (Gorton) Couch, of Ossining, N. Y., daughter of James I. and Jane M. (Sherman) Gorton, of Portsmouth, R. I.  Mrs. Anthony is a member of the Baptist Church, which he also attends.  Mr. Anthony's children, all born to his first marriage, were:  (1) Louis W., born Dec. 9, 1856, in Portsmouth, is a carpenter, living in Jamestown.  He married Maude Ledyard St. Clair, and has three children:  Ledyard St. Clair, born May 19, 1894; Elijah, Feb. 25, 1897; and Marion, Jan. 13, 1903.  (2) Hannah M., born Dec. 14, 1858, in Middletown, married Henry L. Smith, of Wickford, a marine engineer, and they now live in Providence.  Their children are:  Dalton and Wayland.  (3) George D., born Oct. 23 1860, is a carpenter by trade.  On Jan. 4, 1888, he married Emma H. Cushman, of Dartmouth, Mass., and they have had children as follows:  Alma, born May 19, 1890; Mildred, April 6, 1892; and Doris, Sept. 26, 1897.  (4) Frederic, born Dec. 7, 1862, married Nov. 7, 1889 Sarah L. Anthony, daughter of Henry Anthony, and their children are:  Kathryn, born Aug. 14, 1890; and Mariquita, May 14, 1892.  (5) Abraham L., born April 3, 1865, died July 31, 1867.  (6)  Margaret, born June 28 1867, in Jamestown, married May 2, 1887, Adolphus Clarke Knowles, of Jamestown, a carpenter in the marine service.  Their children are:  Ruth H., born Feb. 27, 1888; Foster S., Aug. 23, 1889; Kenneth H., March 29, 1891; Beulah A., July 20, 1892; and Harriet, April 17, 1897.  (7)  Elijah, Jr., born Jan. 30, 1873, died Feb. 18, 1873.

Mr. Anthony has found other interests than farming and his good judgment has been of inestimable value in various corporations in which he has been interested.  He has for several years been a member of the directorate of the New England Commercial Bank, and of the Arctic Ice Company at Newport.  He is one of the substantial citizens of Jamestown, being held in the highest esteem by the entire community, and enjoys the respect of all who know him.  Mrs. Anthony is a descendant of several of New England's earliest settled families, among them being the Sherman, Rogers and Gorton families.


From Probate Records, Vol 10, Pg 369 Middletown, R. I.

[Margaret was the wife of George Anthony (VII).]

To sons Joseph S(isson) Anthony, Elijah Anthony, $200 each.

Rachel Anthony $1000, 4 blankets marked M. H., one silver spoon marked EM, 6 silver teaspoons, marked MA or H, one soup ladle, the dozen plated tea knives, one bureau, one table, one work stand and Websters Unabridged Dictionary.  Also her choice from all the following articles belonging to me:  2 beds, 2 bolsters, 4 pillows, 2 counterpanes and 2 bedsteads.  I also give her all my wearing apparel.

James or his heirs, $200

All above to be paid within one year after my decease by my Executor hereinaftrer named.

Margaret Anthony, daughter of son Elijah, my gold watch and chain.

Hannah M. Anthony, daughter of son Elijah, my best silver sugar spoon and gold thimble.

Josephine Louise Gould Sweet, daughter of son Joseph, one stuffed mohair rocking chair.

Residue and remainder of all my estate both real and personal of every description and wherever found to my husband George Anthony, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Last, I nominate, constitute and appoint my son Joseph Executor, tenth day of tenty month 1885.


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