Genealogy of That Branch of the Russell Family Which Comprised the Descendants of John Russell, of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1640-1878
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... THE RUSSELLS OF NEW BEDFORD, DESCENDANTS OF RALPH RUSSELL. It is stated by Baylies, in his History of New Plymouth, Massachusetts, (vot. ii., p. 268, ) that Ralph Russell, who came from Pontypool, Monmouthshire, England-(noted for its iron manufactures, ) was the progenitor of the Russells, of New Bedford. He first appears at Taunton, in 1652, where, in counection with James and Henry Leonard-he erected the first iron works in North America. Rlcketson (History of New Jiedford) says that Ralph Russell removed to Dartmouth, apd was one of the earliest settlers of that town, the lauds on which it stands having been purchased of the Indians, by William Bradford, in 1652. The territory so purchased, once known as Dartmouth, included the present townships of Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford and Fairhaven. He died soon after 1652, as his son, John Russell, Senior, appears first in the early records as a proprietor. The latter died February 13,1G94-5; and Dorothy, his wife, December 18, 1687. He was a Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts, in 1665. He had a son, Joseph, born May 6, 1650;' died December 11, 1739: and another, John, Junior, who died March 20; 1695-6. Joseph settled within what is now the limits of the city of New Bedford. His grandson, Joseph Russell, third, fourth son of Joseph, Junior, was born tenth month, 8th, 1719; died tenth month, 16th, 1804. He is considered the founder of New Bedford, and to him is also attributed the honor of being the pioneer of the whale-fishery in that place. It is well authenticated that he had pursued this business as early as the year 1755. "As the village where he lived increased," writes Mr. Ricketson, "it was thought necessary to give it a particular designation from the rest of the old townships; an...
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