Your grandfather Richard was brother to my father Byron.The following information was compiled by Jack (Erwin) Johnson, husband of Mariom, who was Byron Sylvester's sister. I copied it years ago from the information he had. Hope it helps, it's a little confusing.
George Hershe - ,Enoch's great-grandfather came over on the Mayflower. Vernon, Vermont, North Cemetary, Lot 42.
Enoch Ainsworth, born Jan. 1, 1863. Died Feb. 9, 1934. His wife Dorothie (Dorothea) Rebecca Hersey, called Jenny,was born Jan 9, 1873, died 1936.
Enoch- son of John and Sarah- born in Lancashire, (Chorley), England was one of 17 children, all had bibllical names. His father was a strict methodist, perhaps related to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church. His father had a farm and store. The names of his brothers and sisters we know about were: John - a musical composer of church hymns and a band conductor. In some of our hymn books you will find his name. He rode a motorcycle and was killed by a lory, which we know as a bus. At one time he performed for Queen Victoria. Caleb - his daughter Katherine married Dick Leach. They lived in Saskatoon Sascathewean Canada . Dick was a railroad man. Tom - came to this country some years after Enoch. He had a son Charles and a daughter Nellie. Charles lived in Leyden, Mass summers, winters in Panama. His son Richard lived in Leyden, his daughter Barbara lived in Panama. Nellie had a son Howard and a daughter Margaret. The rest of the known names were Joshua,Dick, Sarah, and Rebecca.
It is thought the family lived in Blackburn Lancashire Co., a cotton center about 25 miles from Liverpool. The maker of Ainsworth organs was a relative. Enoch, at the age of 7, worked in a cotton mill in Lancashire County, probably Blackburn. At the age of 13, in 1874, he left England with a companion as a stowaway on a cattle boat. They probably sailed from Liverpool on a boat going to Montreal, Canada. Enoch left home because of a whipping he had received from his stern father. The two boys hid in the dark under the deck boards in the hull of the ship without food or water. After 9 days they were discovered.The boys were very weak from the ordeal and Enoch's companion died as a result. Enoch pleaded with the captain to let him land in Canada.The captain at first refused, finally when they reached Montreal he allowed Enoch to leave the ship. We were told he drove mules for awhile, hauling canal boats.He worked in a brickyard and a logging camp. While he was there he composed a song called "The Shanty Boys"
At 4:00 o'clock in the morning
the choir boy loudly shouts,
"Come get up all ye teamsters
it's time that ye were out."
There were perhaps 10 verses to the song and it was published in Yankee Magazine some years ago. He composed one about leaving the old country.
Friends they were saying Goodbye, Goodbye.
Tears could be seen in every eye.
Fond mothers cry.True lovers sigh.
As the ship sailed away from old England.
This one had several verses.
Enoch probably came to Fall River around 1880 to work in the textile mills. He met his brother Tom there. Enoch and Tom would later entertain family and friends with their own and British songs,dialogues, and imitations that usually had a moral in them.
Enoch once caught his head in a loom that was a vertical lay and was out of work for awhile. November 26, 1893, he married Dorothea Rebecca Hersey of Frederickton, New Brunswick in Newburyport, Mass. Her parents were George and Jenny (McGaw) Hersey. The parents ancestors came from Northern Ireland to the U.S. about the time of the Pilgrims. After the American Revolution, their ancestors went to Canada. There were several generations before George and Jenny married. Dorothea said her grandfather was an Indian .Dorothea was called Jenny. She had that we know of 4 brothers - Archibald,Eddy, William, and George. We know of 5 sisters -Maud Jackman, Vera Ellery, Augusta Lang, Liza Kinston, and May. The brother George was a Major in the Salvation Army. Dorothea, or Jenny as she was called, was born 1873, in upperGatestown or Gagetown, Novia Scotia. Enoch met Jenny at the Salvation Army in Newburyport, Ma. She worked in a shoe factory. He was 29 when they married. He used to tell a story about their honeymoon. They went for a sleigh ride and the umbrella turned inside out. At this point Jenny always made him stop. No one knows the rest of the story.
Two months after Grover Cleveland was nominated for his 2nd term as President, the great panic of 1893 was brought on by fear the government would be forced off the gold standard. During these hard times, which lasted until about 1896, we know of two stories. In 1893, Enoch invented and madeweather stripping for doors and with another fellow sold them door-to-door. They traveled from Providence to Fall River, RI. Enoch told of being poor and hungry, with holes in the soles of his shoes.Once when Enoch was down to his last cent, he went to a bar, ordered a drink, and asked,"Would you take a guys last cent for a drink?" The bartender said, "Yes.", so Enoch gave the penny for the drink.
In 1894, on July 5th, their first child Charles was born in the upper story of the house Enoch and Jenny livedin Newmarket, N.H. During 1895-1897, Enoch and family lived in Newburyport, Ma.. He and his brother-in-law,George Hersey, built a summer cottage near Plum Island, Ma. At one time during this period they lived in Augusta, Maine.In 1897, the second child Agnes was born. This was the year that McKInley became President and the Stanley Steamer came out .Enoch's family moved tp Schuylerville, N.Y.. Jenny's mother lived with them, and also Uncle Ed Lang and Aunt Gus. Enoch was head foreman at a cotton mill in Victory Mills. He had 2 bookkeepers and 2 second hands working for him. He lived in a 16 room house. Enoch had a 2 seated bicycle for him and Jenny. He got his coal free and had his lawn moved free with his job. About this time Enoch became interested in horse tracing. He owned a race horse and used to go to Saratoga Raceway. He would ofen come home from the races drunk and his mother-in-law would unharness the horse and leave him in the buggy to sleep it off. One night he and a friend came home in this condition and barely made it with the horse and buggy over a draw bridge. In 1898, Enoch's family moved to Victory Mills, N.Y. A picture taken shows Enoch and Jenny on the front steps of theis home. Jenny is holding Agnes, (about 1 year old). Charles, about 4, is seated on the step. Enoch was a good looking man, 5'5 and wore a mustache. Jenny was5'8 , thin and attractive. In 1899 Enoch was repeatedely warned about his drinking by his superior at the mill and finanlly lost his job. They gave him 2 weeks pay and he took the money and left home without a word to anyone. He retuned to his family 9 months later. Uncle Ed and Aunt Gus movedwith Jenny and the two children back to Newburyport. Agnes 2 1/2 fell and later died of an enlarged hip. She died in the summer in Salisbury, Ma. and was buried in Newburyport. In 1900, on Jan 31, my grandfatherSylvester was born. In Providence, RI,, a cousin of Jenny's was approached by a man who wanted money for a schooner of beer. Jenny's cousin was a big man, over 6' tall and he said to the man,"Say, are'nt you Enoch Ainsworth?"To which the man replied"Yes, is it any of your business?" "Well, I'll make it my business." , he said. He grabbed Enoch, took him home andlocked him in a room to sober up. He told Enoch to get a job and to take care of his family. Enoch went to Crompton, R.I. and got a job in the Crompton Mill. He later got a home and Jenny's cousin got in touch with the family in Newburyport. Uncle Ed took Jenny and her baby Sylvester and Charles to the railroad station in Newburyport. He saw them safely on a train to Boston. At the North Station, they were met by Jenny's cousin. They took a horsedrawn hack to South Station and continued on to Providence by train. Jenny's cousin put the family up for awhile before they continued on to Crompton where they were reunited with the father. Charles was 6 years old and was fascinatated watching the electric streetcars in Providence from the 3rd floor apartment of Jenny's cousin. In 1901, the family lived in Crompton, R.I. and Enoch worked in the Crompton Mills. Charles, age 7, remembered visiting Uncle Tom in Fall River, Ma. AuntMaggie opened up a boarding house. They also had the house next door to Enoch and his family. They owned a horse and buggy. Maggie had two daughters.In 1902, Enoch and Tom bought a farm in Warwick, R.I. Tom finally left Enoch with the farm. Enoch had a hard time keeping up the payments and finally was able to make some profit by selling chestnut posts. Tom came back and asked for half of the profits. In 1903 the family moved to Centerville,R.I.. Here they lived in a 4 story house that had been vacant because the former owner,oa man known as "
Taney" had hung himself on thestairway that led to a store on a lower level.Enoch opened the store and they did a fine business. Jenny and Charles, age 9, would take turns tending to the store. Lillian, the 2nd daughter and fifth child was born here.There were two rooms to the store. In one room they put a pool table and the neighborhood boys used to hang around there. Once Enoch decided to play a trick on the boys. He got Charles to pull the switch on the newly installed electricity when he would give the signal. Enoch put flour on his face, two pieces of clay pipe in his mouth, and drapped himself in a sheet. He knocked, Charles pulled the light switch and Enoch came down the stairway where Taney had hung himself saying " I am Taney's ghost." Some of the boys dropped on the floor. Others fled. They had in the store a roaster for peanuts and the aroma of peanuts flooded the neighborhood. They sold hot dogs at football games. They had small steamer boxes to keep them in. Enoch, during this time remained at Crompton Mills.The store business was good and a neighbor next to them opened up a store also. It failed at first then the neighbor renovated with the most modern equipment. He extended his store to the sidewalk. As a result, the family store lost the neighborhood business. In 1904, the family moved to Jericho, R.I.. They opened a store there but business was slow. Archie was born here on Aug.6th. Charles remembered being sent to the store for some ginger. The bably arrived before Dr. Black did. Dr. Black told Enoch that if he didn't stop chewing tobaco he would die in 10 years. In 1905, the family moved to the Crompton farm. Enoch loved dogs and training them. About this time he got a dog named Sport, 1/4 St. Bernard, 3/4 Newfoundland.A little later , he got a dog 1/2 St. Bernard named Major. He trained these dogs to pull the covered wagon which he built for them to pull. Sylvester, age 5, and Charles, age 11, would get in the wagon and the dogs would pull them 3 miles to see Uncle Tom. Enoch peddeled the Sunday Boston American with the dogs and the wagon. He had a good business and a story was written up in the newspaper about it and people would come to see the dogs. Enoch's mother wrote from England asking Enoch to come back with his family. She offered to pay for the expense. Enoch's father had died (age 67). They owned seversal houses (32) in England and Enoch was afraid that if he went that he would end up staying in England. Enoch's mom died just before they moved from the Crompton farm. In 1907, on May 1, Marion Dorothea was born in Newburyport.Royal Alfred was born Mar 3, 1912. They moved to Clinton, Ma., then to Brattleboro, Vt. Enoch got a job setting up looms as an assistant overseer in the new Fort Dummer Mills that had just been built. He worked there for 15 years. During this time they lived in Fort Dummer, 11 Walnut Street. He built a store at the top of the cootonmill and lived over it. They bought a little farm on Chicken Koop Hill. They owned this for 4 or 5 years.Then Enoch bought a farm in Weatherhead Hollow in Guilford, Vt., called the Goodnow place. They next bought the Bigatti house on Thomas St. in Brattleboro. In 1922, Enoch sold the house and bought a farm in Vernon, Vt. While living there, their daughter Lillian married Howard Buffam. On Aug. 9,1925, Marion married Erwin Johnson. In 1926, Enoch sold the Vernon farm and bought the Whitaker farm in Gill, Ma.About 1919, Enoch and Jenny took in two homeless childrern about 10 and 12 years old. Therse were Perley and Florence Carruth. They raised them as their own. While living in Gill,
Sylvester married Florence. That winter, 1926-1927, the house burned. Enoch then bullit a new home. Soon he sold that and bought a block in Greenfield. He sold that block and bought the Hubbard farm in Guilford, just east of the long Green River HillEnoch died there Feb 9, 1934 and is burried in the North Cemetery, Vernon. Jenny died in the same house in the summer of 1936. Enoch, aged 71, died at his son Sylvesters house. In April of '32, he sustained a shock and had not been able to talk since. Mary Pike, mother of Florence and Perley Carruth,first married a Hitchcock. They had a daughter Lena. Her 2nd marriage was to Charles Carruth, who had two sons , Clarence and George. Mary and Charles had three daughters, Martha, Florence, and Ida. Ida died at age three.. Florence was born Nov. 28, 1906. They also had twins, Percy and Perley who were born May 19, 1909. Percy died at birth. Mary Pikethen married Daniel Pratt. They had a son Raymond who lived in Newfane and was a game warden. It is thought Mary died of childbirth at 36.
Byron Sylvester -His family came to Brattleboro about 1911 when the cotton mill opened. He attended Canal Street School and later worked in the cotton mill. He worked in various cotton mills most of his life. He was a member of Company 1 in Brattleboro during WW1 and was training at Camp Devon when the war ended. Around 1950 or so he gave up working in the cotton mills and managed motels inDeerfield, Ma. and Platsburg, NY for about 10 years. He then retired to Canterbury, Ct.