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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

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144 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

the company employs 300 hands besides seaters, and a capital to the amount of between $600,000 and $700,000 is required. The company has mills for preparing stock at Barton, Vt., and has stores at New York and Boston for the sale of their products. As the result of close application to business Mr. HEYWOOD accumulated a handsome property. He made large invest- ments in the manufacturing interests of the city, and his counsel was sought in the management of concerns in which he was interested. He was formerly one of the largest stockholders in the Putnam Machine Company, and has been a director since 1867. In 1866 he purchased an interest in the Fitchburg Iron Foundry, and at his death was senior member of the firm Hey- wood, Wilson & Co. He has been a director of the Fitchburg Machine Company since 1870, and was a partner in the Fitch- burg Machine Works since the company was organized in 1877. He was a director of the Burleigh Rock Drill Company since its organization in 1867, a director of the Fitchburg State or National Bank for 37 years, a trustee of the Fitchburg Savings Bank from its organization, May 12, 1846, till June 21, 1877. He was also town treasurer of Gardner from 1834 till his removal to Fitchburg in 1841. He retained his vigor to a remarkable degree, and his mind was clear and active till a few days previous to his death. His success in business was the growth of patient years of toil rather than any series of brilliant exploits. He was no adventurer in doubtful projects, but his energies and his counsels were always in the line of discretion and prudence. If ever his judgment was waived in business matters, it was generally observed in the end that his views were sound and reliable, and would have yielded the largest measure of success. He was plain and unostentatious, solving his prob- lems by a careful process of reasoning, rather than by jumping at conclusions. He was conservative, persevering, yet ener- getic, and thorough in everything he undertook. From the one- horse load of chairs which he made in 1824 his business grew until he was president of the largest chair manufacturing establishment in the world. He established a reputation for integrity which was world wide and commanded the confidence of the leading houses in his line of business in all quarters of the globe. The Heywood chairs are as familiarly known in Africa, Australia and South America as in Boston, New York or San Francisco. Mr. HEYWOOD was fortunate in calling around him a class of men who rendered great assistance in the management of the extensive business. His associates, with few exceptions, grew up with the business under his training. He leaves a widow, also two daughters, Mrs. William O. BROWN and Mrs. D. A. COREY. His first wife, whom he married in 1828 died Aug. 1, 1861, just 19 years previous to his decease. Will- iam, b. Nov. 9, 1808; m. Frances SHUTTLEWORTH; d. Jan. 10, 1874; Seth, b. Nov. 12, 1812; m. Feb. 11, 1836, Emily WRIGHT; res. Gardner; Charles, b. Mar. 10, 1818; d. Sept. 10, 1824. 1922. iv. JOSEPH, b. May 20, 1775; m. Hannah PERLEY. 1923. v. AMASA, b. June 16, 1777; m. Mary GOODRIDGE. 1924. vi. SARAH, b. Sept. 3, 1779; m. Jan. 12, 1802, Smyrna BANCROFT; b. May 15, 1776; d. May 5, 1818. She d. -----; res. Gardner, Ch.: Harvey M., b. May 1, 1803; m. Betsey C. GLAZIER; Smyrna W., b. Dec. 13, 1804; m. Lucy JACKSON; deacon and prominent citi- zen; res. Gardner; Mary E., b. Nov. 5, 1807; Sally W., b. Apr. 13, 1810; Amasa, b. Mar. 16, 1812, m. Caroline A. SHUNWAY; pres. Gardner Bank; Viola, b. Aug. 26, 1815. 1925. vii. LUKE, b. May 21, 1783, m. Cynthia PARTRIDGE. 783. REV. PHINEHAS WHITNEY William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Weston, Apr. 23, 1740; m. Apr. 28, 1762; Miriam WILLARD, b. 1740; d. May 20, 1769; m. 2d Mar. 3, 1770, Lydia BOWSE, a cousin of John HANCOCK; d. Oct. 11, 1805; m. 3d Mrs. Jane GARFIELD, d. Mar. 4, 1824.

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