PIONEER HARBRIDGE FAMILY



1. JAMES HARBRIDGE was born 17 May 1816 in New York State. According to the 1840 census, the couple lived in Hounsfield with 2 children (not the ones listed below). They owned property in Sackets Harbor, per Jefferson County records. In 1850 they are listed both in Jefferson County NY and in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County WI. Manitowoc County records show they owned property in Two Rivers, WI. In 1860 they were still in Two Rivers, with James I listed as a ship's carpenter and James II as a tub and pail maker. While residing in Two Rivers, from 1850 until 1862, the family lived at 22nd and Adams (the oldest house still standing in Two Rivers). During this time he owned a small shipyard and built 10 schooners, the most famous of which was the WILLIAM ALDRICH (built for a man of the same name). The WILLIAM ALDRICH sailed the Great Lakes from 1862 until 1918 when it went aqround and sank in a storm near Point Eppofette in Upper Michigan.

Other ships built by James Harbridge were: MARY C. PLATT, WILLIAM JONES, STELLA, JOSEPH VILAS, GERTRUDE, MYRTLE, LAURA, TRIUMPH, and ELEANOR. He had various partners and employed a Swedish man. James belonged to the Old (Odd?) Fellows.

James disappeared from Two Rivers in about 1862, after he closed his shipyard and sold the house. In 1870 James II and Alice lived in DePere, Brown County, WI. Ann, James Wellington and Alice were found buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brown County, WI. James is buried in Hingham Cemetery, Sheboygan County, with Sally Dunn and James Dunn. He died 1871 at Hingham, Sheboygan County, WI and was buried in the Hingham Cemetery there.

He married 9 Jul 1835 at Oneida County,New York

ANN (---) who was born 1 Dec 1817 in New York State. She died 22 Jul 1868 at DePere, Brown County, WI and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Brown County, WI

Children, HARBRIDGE:

2 i JAMES WELLINGTON HARBRIDGE married MARY ELIZABETH HARRISON

3 ii ALICE E. HARBRIDGE married SIMEON BURKE SMITH

2. JAMES WELLINGTON HARBRIDGE (son of JAMES & ANN (---) HARBRIDGE) was born 17 May 1842 at Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County, NY He married 28 Sep 1876 at DePere, Brown Co, WI. He was a member of the Odd Fellows for over 25 years. He died 20 Jan 1899 at DePere, Brown County, WI "suddenly after a short, fatal illness; resulting from surgery for a malignant tumor, with complications." His obituaries stated: "James ... was a man with a big heart, who had many friends and no enemies; he was merry and light hearted who was the life of every social gathering in which he took part." The DePere News of January 1899, stated, "...he was of a genial disposition and enjoyed the esteem and friendship of all who knew him." He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery there with his mother Ann and his sister Alice Smith.

He married 28 Sep 1876 DePere,Brown,WI
MARY ELIZABETH HARRISON

Children, HARBRIDGE.

4 i WELLINGTON JAMES HARBRIDGE married MARY "Mamie" HOBBINS

3. ALICE E. HARBRIDGE (daughter of JAMES & ANN (---) HARBRIDGE) was born 1848 at Oneida, NY though census records state Alice was born in Hounsfield, NY. She died sometime after birth of child in Jan of 1888. Greenwood Cem. records show Alice buried there.

She married
SIMEON BURKE SMITH who was an "enginere"; died Jefferson Co. 9 Apr 1899.

Child, SMITH:

5 i ALICE M. SMITH


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