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Wadsworth Building
Wadsworth Family





 

Built in 1898, the Wadsworth Building is recorded as being sold by Peleg Briggs Wadsworth in June of 1900 for a consideration of $48,000.

The Wadsworth family in Massachusetts dates back to 1632, twelve years after the arrival of the Pilgrims in the Mayflower. (see Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Wadsworth Family in America). Famous descendants include Peleg Wadsworth (1748-1829) (Wikipedia), an officer during the American Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts representing the District of Maine. His grandson was the poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) (Wikipedia).

John Wadsworth was born in 1820 in Duxbury, MA. In the 1880 census he is shown living in Winthrop married to Catherine (Josselyn) with his occupation listed as fisherman. His home was on Winthrop St. just opposite the Public Library. His daughter, Jennie E. Wadsworth, is shown on a 1914 map owning the land that would become location of Wadsworth Ave.

John's brother Peleg (1828-1882) had two sons who moved to Winthrop. George L. (b. 1855) is shown in the 1880 census living in Winthrop with an occupation as retail grocer. He later conducted a real-estate business as a promoter of Winthrop Highlands owning and building over 40 houses.
- National Magazine: Volume 2, 1895, Town of Winthrop, page 591

George's brother P. Briggs (b. 1862), also born in Duxbury, MA, with his wife Henietta Grace (Hall) are in the 1893 List of Polls and Estates owning property and living in Winthrop. In 1900 they are living in Brookline, MA. Briggs went on to become a successful builder in Boston.

Location: Near Metcalf Square.

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