|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1797|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1887|
Colonel Alexander DeWitt , son of Benjamin Witt (126.96.36.199.1), b. Apr. 2, 1798, New Braintree. In 1818 he went to Franklin and engaged in manufacturing of cotton thread in partnership with Dr. Miller. Next year he started a mill and country store at Oxford, selling the thread he made from his wagon. After he married he manufactured thread at Franklin with his father in law until 1824, when he entered a partnership with his three brothers, Sterns (188.8.131.52.1.1), Archibald (184.108.40.206.1.5) and Hollis (220.127.116.11.1.4), and they started a small business at which is now Buffum Village in Oxford. They continued but a few years. as his wealth increased he became interested in cotton and wool manufacturing elsewhere. He resided in Oxford all his life except from 1837 to 1840, where he was a partner in a commercial house in Boston. He became very wealthy and held investments in railroads, insurance and many other industrial concerns.
He married Jun. 5, 1820, Mary Makepiece, of Franklin, MA, and died Jan. 13, 1879; she died Apr. 6, 1887. They had no children, but adopted the children of his sister Nancy DeWitt Smith (18.104.22.168.1.8) [see below.]
(22.214.171.124.1.8) Nancy DeWitt , dau. of Benjamin Witt (126.96.36.199.1), was b. Mar. 29, 1800, New Braintree, MA, married Horace Smith, of Leicester, MA, as his 2nd wife. She died Sept. 24, 1830, & her 2 children were adopted by her brother, Col. Alexander DeWitt, (188.8.131.52.1 .7) who was childless. The children were: (184.108.40.206.1.8 .1) Eliza L., b. Leicester, May 2, 1825, married Dr. William Newton; (220.127.116.11.1 .8.2) Horace DeWitt, name changed to Horace Smith DeWitt, b. Leicester, Oct 2, 1828, married Sarah Jane Phelps, dau. of James Phelps of Sutton.
(18.104.22.168.1.8.2) Horace Smith DeWitt, son of Horace & Nancy DeWitt (22.214.171.124.1.8) Smith, b. Leicester, Oct 2, 1828, married Mar. 29, 1852, Sarah Jane Phelps, settled at Pepperal, MA, he died May 4, 1859. Their only son was born at Pepperal; (126.96.36.199 .188.8.131.52) Alexander, b. Mar. 7, 1854.
Extracted from Historic Homes & Institutions and Personal Memoirs of Worcester, County, Massachusetts. Prepared under the Editorial Supervision of Ellery Bicknell Crane, and Published by the Lewis Publishing Company, 1907. Vol # 1, pages 435-437
Online source: http://worcester.bettysgenealogy.org/oxford/oxforddewitt.html
Alexander DeWitt (1798 - 1879)
Plot: stone 719
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Record added: Jun 11, 2011
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