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History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical

NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920

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Edward Sumner MacomberEDWARD SUMNER MACOMBER is engaged in the cotton business as a broker and merchant with offices at No. 18 South Water street, Providence, R. I.  He comes of a Massachusetts family, and was born near New Bedford, Mass., April 26, 1880, a son of William P. Macomber, now deceased, and Nellie A. (Tucker) Macomber, who now resides in New Bedford.

After preparing for college at the old Friends' Academy, he entered Brown University in the class of 1904.  After three years at the institution his desire to take up a business career caused him to leave college and accept a position with P. C. Headley, Jr., a successful cotton broker of New Bedford. For three years he remained with Mr. Headley, learning the details of the cotton business in the meantime, and left him to become associated with the cotton house of George H. McFadden & Brother, of this city.  This was the beginning of Mr. Macomber's residence at Providence, which has continued unbrokenly ever since.  He remained with Mr. McFadden six years as salesman and then, severing his connection with them, opened his present office to engage in the same line of business on his own account.  That was in the summer of 1912, and with untiring energy and attention to details Mr. Macomber was successful from the start and has now established a business which evidently is proving most remunerative. Mr. Macomber is not one to seek public offices, preferring rather to spend his spare time with his family or to engage in  in outdoor recreation, -- horses and dogs being his hobbies.  His home at No. 134 Blackstone boulevard, with its spacious grounds, is an example of attention to the smallest detail, characteristic of the owner.  Within may be found a collection of antiques, the pride of both Mr. and Mrs. Macomber and ranking among the finest privately owned. Mr. Macomber is a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, a Free Mason, and also a member of the Wannamoisett Country Club.

Edward Sumner Macomber was united in marriage, June 5, 1907, at Providence, with Emily Brainard Day, a daughter of James W. and Annie R. (Allen) Day, of this city.  Mr. and Mrs. Macomber have two children:  Virginia Day, born Feb. 18, 1910, and now attending Lincoln School, and Brainard Tucker, born Aug. 23, 1916.

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GEORGE HOLMES BRAYTON  --  Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island Brayton families descend from Francis Brayton, who was born in 1612, came to New England, was received an inhabitant of Portsmouth, R. I., in 1643, a freeman in 1655, a commissioner, 1662-62, deputy, 1669-70-79 and 1684, and died in 1692.  Francis and Mary Brayton were the parents of two sons, Francis (2) and Stephen, through whom the Braytons of early New England ancestry descend, George Holmes Brayton, of Providence, R. I., tracing through six generations, he the son of Francis, son of Borden, son of David, son of Benjamin, son of Francis (2), son of Francis (1) Brayton, the founder.

(II)  Francis (2) Brayton, son of Francis (1) Brayton, accompanied his parents to Portsmouth, R. I., and was admitted a freeman, April 30, 1672. He married Mary Fish, who died April 4, 1747, daughter of Thomas and Mary Fish.  The line of descent is through Benjamin, the youngest of their six children.  Francis (2) Brayton died January 30, 1718.

(III)  Benjamin Brayton, son of Francis (2) Brayton, was born September 8, 1695, and died April 2, 1749.  He was a resident of Portsmouth, R. I., and at one time lived in Tiverton, for in the records of that town the births of all his children are recorded.  He married, November 12, 1719, Mary Butts, daughter of Zaccheus and Sarah Butts.  The eldest child of Benjamin and Mary (Butts) Brayton was David Brayton, great-grandfather of George Holmes Brayton.

(IV)  David Brayton, son of Benjamin Brayton, was born August 5, 1720.  He was recorded in both Portsmouth and Tiverton.  He was a man of importance in Newport, moderator of town meetings, peacemaker, and general advisor. During the Revolution he was obliged to move across the river to Tiverton, where he had large holdings of land and cattle.  He married, November 25, 1742, Deborah Borden, of an ancient and influential family, and they were the parents of six children, all of record in Tiverton birth lists.

(V)  Borden Brayton, youngest of the children of David and Deborah (Borden) Brayton, was born May 25, 1760.  He married, September 12, 1784, Mary Remington, daughter of Joseph Remington, and in Tiverton the births of all their children are recorded.  Their children were:  Deborah, born May 23, 1785;  Thomas, born Dec. 30, 1786, was captain of the first passenger boat which ran between Providence and Fall River, and his son, Captain Benjamin Brayton, ran a steamer between Providence and New York for thirty years; Innocent, born Feb. 11, 1789;  Abigail, Jan. 27, 1791;  David, Oct. 16, 1792;  Hannah, May 9, 1794;  Francis, mentioned below;  Sarah, July 18, 1799;  Patience, Nov. 6, 1802;  Borden, Oct. 29, 1804;  and Mary, June 10, 1808.

(VI)  Francis Brayton, seventh child of Borden and Mary (Remington) Brayton, was born in Tiverton, R. I., March 20, 1797.  He was engaged in farming a good part of his life, and was also a manufacturer of soap at Fall River, Mass., and near New Bedford, Mass.  He married Agnes Lake, of Tiverton, R. I., and they were the parents of George Holmes, mentioned below.

(VII)  George Holmes Brayton, of the seventh American generation of the Rhode Island family founded by Francis Brayton, and son of Francis and Agnes (Lake) Brayton, was born at Fall River, Mass., July 18, 1838, and is now a retired resident of Providence, R. I., having just attained octogenarian honors.  He grew up upon the farm, and attended public schools, but had the great misfortune of being deprived of a mother's love when but a small boy. At the age of sixteen years he began learning the mason's trade under Gideon T. Sawyer, of New Bedford, Mass., and after becoming a journeyman mason came to Providence, R. I., and for sixteen years continued in the employ of Ellery Millard, and other contractors of Providence.  At the end of that period he abandoned his trade, and soon afterward moved to New Bedford, Mass., where he opened a store at No. 448 South Water street, corner of Howland, for the wholesale and retail dealing in hay, grain, butter, lard, eggs, teas, coffees, and flour of all grades.  This venture proved a most successful one, and as business incresed Mr. Brayton enlarged his place, finally removing to a larger store on Dartmouth street, where he developed a very large business, especially in grain.  He built up a high and honorable reputation for fair dealing, and in success and prosperity continued business in New Bedford until 1908, when he sold out and bought a Massachusetts farm.  Later he retired from all connection with business and moved to Providence, where at his home, No. 8 East street, he is enjoying the rewards of a well spent life.  For many years the Braytons have been connected in membership with the Methodist Episcopal church, while in his political faith Mr. Brayton is a Republican.  He has never sought nor desired political office, but has ever taken a lively interest in public affairs, and neglected none of the duties of a good citizen.  Wherever known he is esteemed, and no man has warmer, truer friends.

Mr. Brayton married, in Providence, in 1872, Maria Louise Crowell, born in Providence, daughter of Anthony and Hannah (Duncan) Crowell.  Mrs. Brayon died in March, 1893.  Anthony Crowell was a member of the firm, Nichols & Crowell, shipping merchants of Providence, he coming to that city at the age of seventeen, and there residing until his death in 1899, at the age of seventy-seven.  He was a man of enterprise and public spirit, an ardent Republican, and highly regarded as business man and citizen.  Anthony and Hannah (Duncan) Crowell were the parents of children:  Freeman W., who died in 1917, leaving a daughter, Mrs. Richard Moore, and a son, Frederick A. Crowell;  Maria Louise, married George Holmes Brayton;  Modena F., married Charles Bradford Baird, he born in Grafton, Vt., and for thirty-seven years until his death, in 1888, connected with the police force.  Mr. and Mrs. Brayton were the parents of two children:  Laura Frances, who married Edward Rogers, of New Bedford, both of whom are now deceased;  and Alice Louise, who died in infancy.

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Theodore F. DexterTHEODORE F. DEXTER, deceased, for several decades a prominent figure in business and public life in the city of Central Falls and vicinity, died at his home there, April 17, 1905, at the close of a career which had brought him the respect and love of his fellow men, and had shed honor on a name which has carried prestige and influence in Rhode Island affairs for two and a half centuries.

Theodore Frelinghuysen Dexter was born in Cumberland, October 28, 1844, the son of John A. and Margaret Greene (Slocum) Dexter.  He came of most distinguished ancestry on both the paternal and maternal sides.  Rev. Gregory Dexter, progenitor of the Dexter family in America, was conspicuous in the early Colonial history of Providence.  He had accompanied Roger Williams to America, and subsequently followed him in his exile to Providence. He was a man of great force of intellect, and an able leader, traits which have been marked in his descendants for many generations.  It was he who, in 1643, had printed for Roger Williams in London the first edition of the latter's dictionary of the Indian language.  He was the first accomplished printer who came to the colony, and although he did not pursue the business here, he printed with his own hands the first almanac for the meridian of Providence.  He was pastor of the Providence church in 1699, and of him it was written:  'Mr. Dexter by all accounts was not only a wellbred man, but remarkably pious.  He was never observed to laugh, seldom to smile, and so earnest was he in his ministry that he could hardly forebear preaching when he came into a house, or met with a concourse of people out of doors.'  Mr. Dexter was descended maternally from Major Slocum, who was descended from Giles Slocum, founder of the family in Rhode Island.  The early family were members of the Society of Friends, and successive generations in some lines hold to the old faith.  Theodore F. Dexter was a man of strong character, and was but eighteen years of age when he enlisted in the Union Army, serving in Company F, Twelfth Regiment ('The Fighting Twelfth') Rhode Island Infantry.  During the thirteen months of his service, he participated in several of the most stirring engagements of the war, among them the hard fought battle of Fredericksburg.  At first a member of the Army of the Potomac, he later was transferred to the Army of the Cumberland, with which he was discharged.  On his return home he resumed the trade of carpentry, and later engaged in contracting and building, establishing himself in Central Falls, in 1868.  Here he rose to a leading position in the trade.  From earliest manhood he was identified with the Republican party and held important offices in the organization.  While living in the old town of Lincoln, he served as assessor of taxes and in other offices; he was first eleted in 1891, and filled office continuously until 1897.  In Central Falls he was elected a member of the Common Council in 1897, and was re-elected in 1898, 1899, and 1900.  In 1901 he was elected alderman from the Third Ward.  He was returned to office in 1902, and in both years was chosen president of that body.  In 1901 he was elected a representative from Central Falls in the General Assembly, was renominated in 1902, and at the ensuing election, though defeated, ran far ahead of his ticket.  He was a man of unblemished integrity, and in his entire tenure of office used his utmost endeavor to advance the cause of the public weal.  He never let expediency affect his conduct either as a public man or as a private citizen, and always stood as a type of the ideal American, taking his share in the burdens of the community, and serving it with faithfulness and unsparing zeal.

Mr. Dexter was past commander of Ballou Post, No. 3, Grand Army of the Republic, and for several years served as aide on the staff of the commander of the Rhode Island Department, and as a member of the staff of the National Commander-in-Chief.  A few years prior to his death he was a delegate from the Rhode Island Department to the National Encampment, held at San Francisco.  He was long prominent in Masonic circles in the State.  He was a member and past master of Jenks Lodge, No. 24, Free and Accepted Masons, of Central Falls; Pawtucket Chapter, Royal Arch Masons;  Pawtucket Council, No. 2, Royal and Select Masters; Holy Sepulchre Commandery, No. 8, Knights Templar; Palestine Shrine, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America; and Rhode Island Consistory, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

Theodore F. Dexter married Harriet Emma Tingley, daughter of Lyman Lafayette and Bethia (Baxter) Tingley, and a descendant of the patriot, Benjamin Tingley, who rendered notable service in the Colonial wars and in the Revolution.  Mr. and Mrs. Dexter were the parents of the following children: 1.  Henry C., a sketch of whom follows.  2.  Theodore Everett, born March 10, 1876, assistant principal of the Hope Street High School of Providence. 3.  Roscoe Morton, mentioned elsewhere.  4.  Myrtle Tingley, born Nov. 3, 1879.  5.  Ruth Augusta, born Jan. 8, 1887.

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HENRY C. DEXTER  --  In the manufacturing circles of Pawtucket, the name of Dexter is one held in high esteem, for ability, integrity and public spirit. The position won in the community by Henry C. Dexter is in accordance with the family tradition, and is at the same time the result of his own efforts and ability, and in no way owing to the prestige of the family name or the influence of another man's achievements.

Mr. Dexter is a son of Theodore F. and Harriet Emma (Tingley) Dexter.  He was born May 12, 1869, in Central Falls, and as a boy attended the public schools of his native town.  He was an ambitious boy, and his restless energy longed for the outlet which he hoped to find in a business career. His was not the type of mind fitted for scholarly pursuits.  He wanted to be up and doing, and he early found employment with the Greene & Daniels Manufacturing Company, the position being that of junior clerk; he later became bookkeeper for the company.  From this he was promoted to the office of treasurer, in which capacity he served for ten years.  In all he was identified with this firm for twenty-five years.  During this period he had become interested in other undertakings; among these was the Warwick Lace Works, of which he has been president since its organization.  Mr. Dexter has twice visitied European markets to purchase yarns and machinery for the company.  The present flourishing state of the Warwick Lace Works is in large measure due to his business genius and his indefatigable efforts on its behalf.  The plant is equipped with the latest and best machinery obtainable.  Since 1915 Mr. Dexter has been connected with the Fales & Jenks Machine Company of Pawtucket as sales agent and as one of their most valued and trusted men.  Active in his business relations, with a ready courtesy and sympathy for all, he is a man who is a conspicuous figure in the industrial circles of the city.  He commands the esteem of the whole community.  Mr. Dexter is a Republican in political affiliation, and takes an active interest in all matters which concern the welfare of the community.

Mr. Dexter is a member and an ex-president of the To-Kalon Club of Pawtucket, and was very active in the building of the new club house in 1908.  He is also a member and an ex-president of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Mr. Dexter holds the office of Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Rhode Island, and is also a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants.  He holds membership in the Rhode Island Country Club, Wannamoisett Country Club, Ninigret Country Club, Quacompaug Lodge, Squantum Association of Providence; the Turk's Head Club of Providence, and in several similar organizations. He is very active in Masonic bodies, and is one of the foremost Masons of the State.  He is a member of Union Lodge, No. 10, Free and Accepted Masons; Pawtucket Chapter, No. 4, Royal Arch Masons; Pawtucket Council, No. 2, Royal and Select Masters; Holy Sepulchre Commandery, No. 8, Knights Templar; Rhode Island Consistory, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  He is an officer in the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; a district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island; past potentate of Palestine Shrine, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America. Under appointment of Governor Beeckman, Mr. Dexter served as a member and chairman of the local board for Division No. 7, State of Rhode Island under the selective service law.  He has been prominently identified with numerous war activities.  He is a member of Captain A. K. Tilton Camp, Sons of Veterans, of Pawtucket.  Mr. Dexter is also a member and ex-president of the Southern New England Textile Club; member of the National Association of Cotton Manufacturers; and a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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ROSCOE M. DEXTER  --  A conspicuous figure in the professional life of the city of Pawtucket, and Central Falls, R. I., Roscoe M. Dexter is a leader among the progressive men of the community.  He comes of fine old Rhode Island stock, and is the son of the late Theodore Frelinghuysen Dexter and his wife, Harriet Emma (Tingley) Dexter.

Mr. Dexter was born in Central Falls, R. I., November 3, 1877.  He was prepared for college in the public schools of the town, and matriculated at Brown University with the class of 1900. After taking his degree at Brown, he attended the law school of Harvard University for two years.  He was admitted to the bar in Rhode Island, May 23, 1903.  Since that time he has continued the practise of his profession in Pawtucket, steadily making his way to the front ranks.  A man of keen, alert and vigorous mentality, his integrity and his public-spirit endear him to a large circle of friends.  He served as judge of probate in Central Falls for three years, and has served as the clerk of the Eleventh District Court since 1913.  In political affiliation Mr. Dexter is a Republican, and for twenty years has been a member of the Republican City Committee, and was for three years chairman of the same.  He is a member of Union Lodge, No. 4, Free and Accepted Masons; Pawtucket Chapter, No. 4, Royal Arch Masons; Pawtucket Council, No. 2, Royal and Select Masters; Holy Sepulchre Commandery, Knights Templar, and Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  He is also active in club life, and is a member of the Pawtuket Golf Club, the To-Kalon Club, the Pawtucket Business Men's Association, and the University Glee Club of Providence, of which he is secretary.  Mr. Dexter finds the leisure in a very busy life to devote some time to historical research, and has made himself to a certain extent an authority in this line.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; was government Appeal Agent for Central Falls under the selective service or draft regulations during the war; also member of the Legal Advisory Board for the town of Lincoln; was engaged in all the Red Cross, Liberty Bond, Red Triangle and other drives during the war; is a member of the Sons of Veterans; past commander of Sylvanus B. Hiscox Camp, No. 14, Sons of Veterans of Central Falls, and division counsellor of Sons of Veterans of Rhode Island.


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