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Captain Francis Brigham

Captain Francis Brigham

Male 1813 - 1880  (67 years)


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  • Name Francis Brigham 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 12 Apr 1813  Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Library book: History of the Brigham Family 359 
    Occupation He founded the company "F. Brigham & Co." They were for many years the largest shoe manufacturer in the United States. They supplied large quantities of shoes for soldiers in the Civil War.

    From the writings of Wilbur F Brigham: The first pegging machine ever seen in Hudson was purchased and used by F. Brigham & Co. in 1858. The late Capt. Brigham aided Sturtevant, then a poor man, in perfecting the invention. The prospect of success was doubtful for some time, but at last improvements were introduced that made it a success. The old method of hand pegging, fifty pairs a day was a good days work. The pegging machine was a revolution in the business. Brigham had a royalty on every roll of peg-wood used in Marlboro, Feltonville included, during the life of the patent. In a quarter of a century the business increased enormously and paid handsome profits. The first sewing machine every seen in Hudson was purchased by F. Brigham & Co. in 1854. It was used in the house recently destroyed by fire, owned by W. B. Brigham. It was a Grover & Baker machine. It was thought to be the eighth wonder of the world. 
    Died 7 Dec 1880  Hudson, Middlesex, Masschusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Person ID I2744  Nagel
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2014 

    Father Ivory Brigham,   b. 30 Apr 1765, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1853, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sally Wilkins,   b. 15 Apr 1779, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1849, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 19 Feb 1800 
    Family ID F919  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sophia Gleason,   b. 18 Apr 1814, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1845  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1835 
    Children 
     1. Francis D Brigham,   b. 27 Oct 1835,   d. 20 Sep 1836  (Age 0 years)
     2. Rufus H Brigham,   b. 9 Jun 1837, Hudson, Middlesex, Masschusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1899, Hudson, Middlesex, Masschusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Wilbur F Brigham,   b. 9 Apr 1839, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1901  (Age 62 years)
     4. William F Brigham,   b. 9 Apr 1839, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1865, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     5. Waldo Brigham,   b. 23 Jun 1841, Hudson, Middlesex, Masschusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Laura S Brigham,   b. 14 Sep 1843
    Family ID F845  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Emily N Houghton,   d. 6 Dec 1855 
    Children 
     1. Infant Brigham,   b. Jan 1853
     2. Ida M Brigham,   b. 6 Apr 1855,   d. 12 Jan 1918  (Age 62 years)
    Family ID F1144  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Persis E Watkins,   b. 20 May 1818,   d. 22 Jun 1886  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 24 May 1856 
    Family ID F1143  Group Sheet