|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1838|
|Death: ||Apr. 11, 1918|
Joshua (5) Vose, son of Joshua (4) and Sarah Ann (Berry) Vose, was born in Westerly, R. I., July 6, 1838, and spent the early years of his life on the Vose farm in Westerly. A young man at the outbreak of the Civil War, heartily in sympathy with the cause of the Union, and fired with the patriotism which swept the North at the news of the firing on Fort Sumter, he enlised on October 25, 1861, at Westerly, as second lieutenant of Company F, of the First Rhode Island Cavalry, going almost immediately to the fighting line. On June 12, 1862, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and transferred to Company H. He served as regimental adjutant for a short time, and on August 1, 1862, was commissioned captain and assigned to Company A. With his regiment he participated in twenty six of the most stirring engagements of the war, and on December 1, 1864, was honorably discharged from the United States service. On his return to the North he settled in Westerly, where until 1872 he engaged in mercantile pursuits. In the latter year he came to Providence, and secured a responsible position as manager of the Elisha Angell farm, in Manton. In 1875 he leased the Nichols farm in Manton, and became an independent farmer, raising produce for the city markets. He began business on a small scale, driving to Providence every morning with vegetables for which he had a steady market in the stores of the city. With the growth of his business and the appearance of street peddlers, Mr. Vose and other farmers established a stand, first on the old Worcester bridge, on Canal street, and later on the Crawford street bridge. Mr. Vose was also a pioneer in selling flowers from his produce wagon. In 1907 he began to sell sweet peas, asters, and dahlia blooms to his customers, a custom which spread rapidly among the trade. He was highly successful in business, and was widely known in Providence as the 'dean of the bridge'. In 1882 he removed to the Oliver Johnson farm on Cowesset bay, and in 1904 purchased the estate in Pontiac on which he resided until his death.
Mr. Vose was a member of Prescott Lodge, No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the First Rhode Island Veteran Cavalry Association. He was also a member of the Lincoln Club, the Rhode Island Horticultural Association, Oaklawn Grange, and of the Market Gardeners' Association, of which he was one of the founders. He was for many years engaged in important work for the government in reporting the condition of crops.
On September 4, 1866, Joshua Vose married Mary Emma Cragin, of Westerly, R. I. They were the parents of two daughters: Mrs. Elmer E. Carpenter, of Providence, and Mrs. Mary Thompson, wife of Rev. A. W. H. Thompson, of Newark, N. J., formerly rector of All Saints Church, Pontiac, R. I. Mrs. Vose, who survives her husband, resides at Pontiac, R. I. Joshua Vose died at his home, April 11, 1918.
Joshua Vose (1806 - 1841)
Sarah Ann Berry Vose (1813 - 1909)
Mary Emma Cragin Vose (1839 - 1924)
Joshua Vose (1838 - 1918)
Alice Wilcox Vose (1844 - 1932)**
Sarah Ann Vose (1847 - 1919)**
River Bend Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Maintained by: Jon Saunders
Originally Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Dec 06, 2010
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