Notes

[NI3886] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 35

Huckens Storrs, father and son, were original proprietors of
Lebanon, New Hampshire, in 1767, and grantees of the township
of Hanover, New Hampshire, and were large land holders and
influential personally and through their families in the
building of the two towns.

[NI3899] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 36

Joshua was deputy in the General assembly of
Rhode Island in 1766; was Lieutenant-Colonel of the militia of
Bristol County, 1767; entered a protest with many others against
a colony tax of 12,468 on grounds of oppression and unjust taxation.
In the census of 1774, Joshua is credited with a household
of seventeen persons, three of whom were slaves.

[NI3909] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 72

Freeborn was the superintendant of a large commercial building, Broadway, New York City, about 1890.

[NI3910] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 72

Raymond was a graduate of the East Greenwich Academy, Rhode Island

[NI3920] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 73

Joseph Carlo Mauran was born in Villafranca, Province of
Verona, Italy, in 1748. At about the age of twelve young Mauran,
sailing on the Mediterranean with a lad named Suchet, was kid-
napped by the officers of an English man-of-war, and impressed
into service as a cabin boy.
By a singular fortune, Mauran
escaped from enforced British service and found himself on
shore at New London, Conn. The lad soon found a home in the
family of David Maxon, of Westerly, R. I., where he remained
until about twenty years of age.
Leaving Westerly, he came to
Barrington, and was employed by Joshua Bicknell, the father of
Olive, his future wife. Mutual attachments held Mauran in the
Bicknell home until the marriage of Joseph Carlo and Olive in
1772. Olive received as a marriage gift a lot of land on the
Barrington River, adjoining and south of the Congregational
meeting-house lot, on which a commodious dwelling was erected,
which became the home of the family, and in which the father
and mother died.
Although of Roman Catholic parentage and
education in Italy, Mr. Mauran accepted the creed and customs
of the Protestant faith, and united heartily with his wife, a de-
scendant of staunch Pilgrim ancestry, in support of the ancient
faith of her fathers.

Mr. Mauran became a loyal American citizen and a devoted
patriot, and engaged in the service of defending the cause of the
Colonies with true native zeal and courage.

In August, 1775, Rhode Island ordered two row galleys, or
gunboats, to be built, each to carry fifty men and one eighteen-
pound gun, besides swivel guns. They were named the Spitfire
and the Washington. Mauran, now twenty-eight years of age,
was put in command of the Spitfire, and with her consort the
two vessels did valiant service. Later, Capt. Mauran commanded
the Washington, and later still the Weazel, the General Warren
and other vessels, closing his eventful career as a commander in
the United States merchant marine.

Mr. Mauran is described as a man of tall and commanding
presence, black hair, a florid complexion, and a certain type of
nobility in a strong, frank, open countenance. He won and held
the respect and affection of a great circle of the best men and
women of the State. So attractive was his personal appearance
that as he walked the streets he was the object of special attention.

The Rhode Island American, May 4, 1813, says: "Few men
have acquired and maintained through life stronger characteristics
of honor, probity and truth. His industry and integrity early
secured for him employment as a military commander. He was
a patriot of the Revolutionary War, and at that eventful period
imbibed and has since maintained the true political principles of
the sincere patriot, the Father of his Country. As testimonials
of their esteem, his friends and fellow townsmen elected him to
offices of trust and honor, and he never disappointed their most
sanguine expectations. In his public and private life he was
" A man resolved and steady to his trust,
Inflexible to ill, and obstinately just. "

Joseph Carlo Mauran, his wife, Olive Bicknell, and scveral
of the Mauran family are buried at Swan Point Cemetery, Provi-
dence, R. I.

MEMORIALS of THE MAURAN FAMILY, quarto,161 pp.,
collected, compiled and edited by James Eddy Mauran, a grandson
of Joseph Carlo, and by Rev. J. C. Stockbridge, D.D., who mar-
ried a granddaughter, contains valuable genealogical records for
three and four generations.

[NI3931] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book

Jerusha was the Widow of the Rev. Peleg Heath, of Barrington, Rhode Island.

[NI3934] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 75, 76, 77 and 176

Joshua was born in Barrington, at the house known as "The
Kinnicutt Tavern." Amy, his wife, was born at "The Ferry
House,"opposite Warren. His school education was limited to
the rudiments, reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic, as taught
in the district schools of his boyhood. He built the house on the
Bicknell Road in 1788, where he lived and died. This house is
now the headquarters of the St. Andrew's School of Barrington,
about one-fourth of a mile west of "The White Church."

At the age of sixteen, Joshua joined Capt. Thomas AiIm's
company, Barrington Militia,and was present in the alarm and
attack on Bristol by the British, April I, 1776. He enlisted for
fifteen months in the Colonial service, Capt. Thomas AIim's com-
pany, Col. Crary's regiment, serving in Bristol and Newport
Counties, R. I. Enlisted for fifteen months in Col. Christopher
Smith's regiment June 4, 1777; bounty, 12. Enlisted as an ex-
press rider, as aid to the Quartermaster-General's department,
and stationed at Tiverton, R. I., Oct. 15, 1779. A pension was
allowed his widow, Amy Bicknell, for twenty-four months' actual
services of her husband as private in the Rhode Island troops.
Mr. Bicknell's occupation was that of a farmer, taking special
pleasure in fruit culture, particularly apples, planting a large
number of trees. His interest in and knowledge of public ques-
tions was recognized by his townsmen, and he was elected a
Deputy or Representative from the town to the General Assem-
bly for 1787, 89, 90, I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1802, 3, 4, 1807, 8, 1823,
4, 5. While a member of the General Assembly he served on
the most important committees and commissions, receiving from
his associates the sobriquet, "Old Aristides."

He held the office of an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court of Rhode Island from 1794 to 1801, and from 1811 to
1818, a period of fourteen years, being associated with the most
distinguished legal talent of the State, holding his position, not
by great knowledge of the law, which he had never studied, but
by his well-trained mind and judicial temper.

He was treasurer of the Congregational Society of Barring-
ton from 1797 till his death, in 1837, a member from 1805, and
a deacon of the Congregational Church from 1817 till his death.
He was chairman of the committee to organize and superintend
the Sunday school of the Congregational Church, in 1818. With
Gen. Thomas Allin and later, at his death, with William AIIm,
Esq., Mr. Bicknell was an associate manager of the Barrington
Meeting-House Lottery, authorized by the General Assembly for
the purpose of raising money to rebuild the meeting house.

In all public affairs of his day he was a progressive leader,
and won a position of great influence, not by scholarship or cul-
ture, but by the plain virtues of honesty of purpose, purity of
character and unselfish motive.

A bit of history will illustrate Judge Bicknell's spirit as a
legislator. At the session of the General Assembly that met at
South Kingstown, Oct. 27, 1801, Mr. Bicknell offered a reso-
lution for a day of public thanksgiving to be recognized by the
State, as in Massachusetts and other States. After a spirited
debate the resolution was lost by a vote of twenty-four in favor
and of forty-one against it. But the action of the Assembly and
the debate prepared the way for the adoption of the resolution
at a later session of the Rhode Island Legislature.

He was loved, trusted and honored because he was a truly
honest and honorable man, a just judge, and an uncorrupted and
incorruptible legislator.

The following obituary appeared in The Providence Journal
at his death:
"Died at Barrington, on Saturday last, Hon. Joshua Bicknell,
aged seventy-nine, for many years a distinguished Justice of the
Supreme Court of Rhode Island. He was early and repeatedly
a member of the General Assembly, and survived all who were
members with him when he first took his seat, excepting two. He
has also filled various other public offices by special appointment
with distinguished ability."

"But very few men have been better known through the State,
and perhaps none survive him who possess more historical and
statistical knowledge of the State from the commencement of the
Revolution to the present time. Of no man may it be more justly
said, he has lived devoted to the best interests of Rhode Island.
No man more ardently loved his country. Respecting his talents
and acquirements - he read much, meditated much; but perhaps
the most wonderful trait in his character was his extraordinary
power of discrimination. In these particulars he has left few
superiors, even among those more fortunate in opportunities for
improvement. But that which adds the brightest luster to his
character is that his latter days have especially adorned the Chris-
tian character. The church, of which he was a member, and in
which he had long sustained an important office, has great reason
to mourn that a good and distinguished man in Israel has fallen."

From "The Providence Journal" at the death of Joshua's son, James.

"Hon. Joshua Bicknell, revolutionary patriot, Senator and
Judge of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, died in 1837, aged
seventy-nine years. His widow, Amey Bicknell, died in 1846,
aged eighty-four years. Their children, of whom James was one,
lived to the following ages:
"Joshua died of yellow fever at the Balize, age ~.
"Jeriasha died in 1857, age 74, 6, 20.
"Mary died in i866, age 82, 4.
"AIIm died in 187o, age 83, 4, 9.
"Amey died in 1877, age 87, II, 20.
"Elizabeth died in 1883, age 84, 7, 21.
"Joseph Peck died in 1885, age 84, S, 29.
"James died in r8gx, age 96, 0, 19.

" Excepting Joshua, who died of yellow fever, an accidental
death, the average of the seven other children was 84 years, 9
months and 8 days, and the average age of the seven children
and their father and mother, Joshua8 and Amey, was 84 years, 7
months and 24 days. This is the age record of a family in the
sixth and seventh generations from the planting of the Bicknell
family in Weymouth, MA., by Zachary and Agnes Bicknell1,
in 1635."

[NI3940] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 173

Seth Chapin was born in Mendon, MA.; graduated from
Brown University, Providence, R. I., in 1808, receiving the degree
of A. B. Studied theology at Andovcr Seminary, and was
ordained and settled as pastor of the Congregational Church,
Hilisboro, N. H., in 1812; minister of Congregational Church at
Rowley, MA., 1816-1819; minister at Hanover, MA., 1819-
1824; at Hunter, N. Y., 1825-1827; at Attleboro and West Gran-
yule, MA., 1827-1835. Resided in Providence, R. I., where he
died April 19, 1850.

Moses was a young man of great promise, and on leaving
Williams College he studied law one year with Gen. Albert C.
Greene, of Providence. Admitted to the bar, he commenced legal
practice at Columbus, Ga. He died of bilious fever at Irvington,
Ala., Sept. ii, 1836, and was buried there.

[NI3942] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 173

Moses was a young man of great promise, and on leaving
Williams College he studied law one year with Gen. Albert C.
Greene, of Providence. Admitted to the bar, he commenced legal
practice at Columbus, Ga. He died of bilious fever at Irvington,
Ala., Sept. 11, 1836, and was buried there.

[NI3943] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 173

AIIin Bicknell was a farmer, and until his second marriage
cultivated a part of the original Bicknell estate, adjoining Princes
Pond. This property was sold to Ebenezer Tiffany about 1844,
and the family removed to the Gen. Thomas AIIm homestead at
West Barriugton, the property of his second wife.

He was Ensign of the Barrington Infantry in 1812, and elected
Captain in 1813. In 1814-15 lie was chosen as Major of the
Bristol County Regiment, and in 1816 Lieutenant-Colonel. With
about seventy others lie united with the Congregational Church,
Barrington, in 1820, following what was known as "The Great
Revival," which spread over New England at that time. He
succeeded his honored father, Judge Joshua Bicknell, as deacon
of the church in 1839, holding the office until his death in 1870;
was a member of the Town Council of Barrington several years;
was elected as Representative in the General Assembly 1842-6-9,
and Senator 1850-1-2-3. Mr. Bicknell was a Whig in politics
until the birth of the Republican party, when he adopted its prin-
ciples and maintained them by voice and vote. He was a strong
temperance man, a friend of the slave and the oppressed, a gener-
ous supporter of all good enterprises, cordial, sympathetic, Chris-
tian in his thought and life. He never for a clay, in his long life,
omitted saying grace before every meal, and reading the Bible
and daily prayer with the family before the day's work began.

AIIin died in the home of his son Thomas. W, Bicknell, in West Barrington,
Aug. 16, 1870, age 83 years and 4 months. His last words were,
"With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

[NI3944] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealgy book page 174

Harriet Byron (Kinnicutt) Bicknell, wife of AIIinBicknell,
was the daughter of Josiah and Rebecca (Townsend) Kinnicntt,
andI granddaughter of Rev. Solomon Townsend, b. in Boston,
MA., in 1716, graduated at Harvard College in 1735, and the
minister of the Congregational Church in Barrington, R. I., from
1743 to Dec. 25, 1796. Mrs. Bicknell was a woman of unusual
ability and excellence of character. Her home was made happy
by a joyous, hopeful, loving spirit. She was very orderly and
systematic in household affairs, was an hospitable host, enter-
taining her many friends by bright and witty conversation, most
agreeable manners, as well as a generous table. Of a deeply re-
ligious spirit, she was a close student of the Bible, and a ready
conversationalist on doctrinal subjects, which were in her day the
topics of daily discussion. Her favorite subject was Free Will
as opposed to Predestination, and in debate the Scriptures were
freely quoted in defense of her belief. On Sunday at noon her
home was the meeting place of many members of the church, who
came from a distance and remained for the afternoon sermon.
A review of the morning sermon and a survey of the religious
conditions at home and abroad were mingled with the social tea,
cake and doughnuts of the noon lunch. During her last years
troublous times came to the Congregational Church, concerning
which she had great spiritual anxiety, as letters of hers, still pre
served, testify. Mrs. Bicknell lived a sweet, motherly, beautiful
life, was the ruling spirit of her family in love and obedience to
truth as revealed to her, and at the early age of forty-three passed
on to fulfill the incompleteness of a short but truly consecrated
life. She was beloved in life and sorely lamented in death.

[NI3947] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 299

Joshua learned the Capenter's trade.
Owing to an injury, occasioned by a fall from a building, he turned his
attention to the market business, to which he devoted his life,
in the city of Providence.
He was active in the Militia and in the fire department service until the accident.
Both he and his wife were members of the Baptist church, Providence, Rhode Island.
It is said that in his features, color of eyes and hair, and the
expressions of the face, Joshua resembled his mother, Harriet.

[NI3959] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 399

Walter was a graduate of Dartmouth College, Hanover,
New Hampshire, and was a successful teacher of Physics.
He was an associate in the Pawtucket, Rhode Island High
School for several years, and taught in Brockton, Massachusetts.

[NI3962] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 300

George was a very energetic business nam, devoting his life
to farming, stock buying and selling and a public market at Springfield.
He died from the effects of a sunstroke.
He was six feet three inches in height, weighing about 200 pounds;
was a man of a generous nature, social, devoted to his family and
friends, and honest in all his business relations.

[NI3966] [Usa.ftw]

From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 299

Emma became a Christian Science healer, was reader in the
Christian Science Church at Kansas City, Missouri and about
1903 took up a residence in New York City, New York, where she
practiced as a healer.

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