Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. I am not an expert and I consider most of my research as a work in progress. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Charles Francis Washburn 1857-1941, Plymouth, Mass.

Charles Washburn was born Plymouth on 7 October 1857, the oldest child of Seth and Mary (Bumpus) Washburn’s three children.

On 24 August 1878, Charles married Hattie Maria Benson, daughter of Josiah and Aurilia (Nye) Benson. They had eight children:
1.       Charles, b. 2 April 1879; married Annie Gertrude Berry and had a son Roscoe and daughter Alberta.
2.       Lucy Annie, b. 24 April 1882; m.1st Albert Libby and had Margaret, Jessie and Kenneth; m. 2nd Hiram Bryant and had Edith, Charlotte and Isabelle; m. 3rd Warren Raymond.
3.       Benjamin, b. 1885; died 1887.
4.       Hattie May, b. 4 April 1890; m. Alfred Bruneau and had Marjorie, Blanche, Alfred, Beatrice; m. 2nd F. Joseph Yager or Yaeger and had Frank.
5.       Arthur Ellis b. 18 January 1892; m. Ida ____; do not know if he had children; moved to Torrington CT.
6.       Lillian b. 19 April 1894; no further record found.
7.       Carrie Clyfton, b. 5 February 1896; had son Arthur with George Brewster Smith; m. Everett “Pete” Ellis and had Francis, Dorothy, Gladys, Marion, Nancy, Everett, Walter, Barbara, Marjorie, Robert.Carrie is my great-grandmother.
8.       Marion b. 2 April 1901, m. William Haverstock and had Ralph.
His great-granddaughter Jane told me family members say Charles had a disagreeable nature with an ill humor. Over the years, he worked as a clerk, laborer, superintendent at a cranberry bog, and farmer.
Old postcard of cranberry picking on Cape Cod

Charles died at age 84 in Plymouth on 17 July 1941 of arteriosclerosis. Hattie had died many years before him on 20 December 1914. She was just 53 and died of apoplexy.

Charles’ obituary from Old Colony Memorial newspaper: In Plymouth. July 17, (1941);
Charles F. Washburn, age 84, died this morning at his home on Stafford St. He was born in Plymouth, a son of Seth Washburn and Mary Washburn, both of Plymouth, and for many years had made his home in the Russell Mills section of town. He leaves 2 sons, Charles of Bridgewater and Arthur of Florida; and five daughters: Mrs. Hattie Yaeger of Kingston, Mrs. Carrie Ellis of Duxbury, Mrs. Annie Bryant, Mrs. Mildred Griffin, and Mrs. Marion Haverstock, all of Plymouth. Funeral Services will be held at home of daughter, Mrs. Marion Haverstock 7 Edes St. on Sat at 2:00pm. with Rev. John Shanley of the Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at Chiltonville Cemetery.
First Baptist Church, Westerly Road, Plymouth

Although his obituary states he is buried Chiltonville Cemetery, the cemetery department doesn’t have a record of that burial and there isn’t a stone there for him. 
Stone of Charles Jr at Chiltonville. Perhaps Charles Sr is buried nearby?

Old Colony Memorial: "Mrs Hattie May, wife of Charles F. Washburn, superintendent of Manter's cranberry bog in the neighborhood of Chiltonville, died at their home in that part of the town on Sunday from apoplexy, aged 53 years. She was a native of this town and daughter of Josiah and Orelia (Nye) Benson. She is survived by several children besides her husband. The remains were brought to town and funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of her son, Charles F. Washburn, Jr., 9 Washington Street.

Thank you to Jane Weston for Charles' and Hattie’s obituaries. 

Unfortunately I don't have any photos of Charles and Hattie. 

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