Biography of Lloyd S. Earle
Bristol County, MA Biographies

LLOYD SLADE EARLE was for sixty years a prominent and respected citizen of Fall River. He emphasized those sterling qualities of honesty, uprightness of character, and manly sobriety which mark the true gentleman, and which distinguished him as one of the nobler sons of New England. Springing from a line of ancestry that dates from the colonial times, be inherited the noblest attributes of manhood and wrought a career full of usefulness and honor. He was descended from (1) Ralph Earle, who came from England and settled in Newport, R. I., as early as 1638, and who by his wife Joan had five children; (2) William Earle, second son of Ralph, married Mary, daughter of John and Katharine Walker, of Portsmouth, and died January 15, 1715; (3) Thomas Earle, one of William's three children, married Mary, daughter of Philip and Mary Taber, of Dartmouth, removed to Dartmouth about 1692, and died April 28, 1727; (4) Oliver Earle, married, June 9, 1720, Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Martha (Tripp) Sherman, of Portsmouth, settled in Swansea, and died in 1766; (5) Caleb Earle, born in Swansea, Mass., January 30, 1729, married, first, October 5, 1745, O. S., Sarah (born September 1, 1727), daughter of Benjamin and Isabel Buffington, of Swansea, and had six children, and second, in 1769, Hannah (born December 12, 1744, O. S.), daughter of Daniel and Mary Chace, of Swansea, by whom he had eight children, and died November 14, 1812; and (6) Weston Earle, son of Caleb and Sarah (Buffington) Earle, born April 18, 1750, in Swansea, and died September 5, 1838. Weston Earle was a lifelong resident of Swansea. He was three times married, and bad three children by his first wife, Hepzibeth Terry, three by his second, Sarah Slade, and one by his third, Martha H. Smith. Slade Earle (7), son of Weston and Sarah (Slade) Earle, was born October 16, 1791, in Swansea, and was married early in 1812 to Hannah, daughter of Robert and Martha Gibbs, of Somerset, where he settled. His wife died January 4, 1863. He died in Fall River September 21, 1872. Their children were Lloyd S, the subject of this memoir; Gibbs, born July 20, 1814, married Laura Carpenter, and died January 24, 1857; George W., born April 25, 1818, married, first, Julia A. Vickery and, second, Mary E. Case; Slade W., born January 24, 1820, married, first, Elizabeth W. Winslow and afterward Mary Becknell, and died January 15, 1880; Hannah J., born February 19, 1824, married William Maxam; and John M., born July 3, 1830, married, in 1856, Lucretia A. Simsabaugh. Slade Earle and his wife were members of the Baptist Church in Rehoboth.

Lloyd Slade Earle, the eldest of these six children, was born in Somerset, Mass., December 11, 1812, and spent his youth in Swansea, working summers and attending the common schools winters. In 1829, when less than seventeen, he went to New Bedford, where he served a four years' apprenticeship at the mason's trade with Pierce & Wheaton, contractors and builders. During this period he thoroughly mastered the business in every detail. Afterward, in 1834, he was employed for a short time by Ephraitn G. Woodman, of Fall River,. and in the autumn of that year he formed a copartnership with his brother-in-law, Danforth Horton, for the purpose of carrying on the business, of contracting and building. Mr. Earle, however, returned to Swansea and taught school in his own district during the winter of 1834-35, and during the next two winters he had a school in Dighton. The firm of Earle & Horton conducted a large and successful business until 1860, when it was dissolved, and thereafter, until about 1880, Mr. Earle continued alone. Early in his career he won a high reputation for honest! and thoroughness as a contractor, and throughout life these were the dominating traits of his character. He built nearly twenty mills in Fall River, including the two Granite Mills and the foundation for No. 3, the American Print Works twice on account of fire, the two Flint Mills, the American Linen Mill, the two Shove Mills, the first Union Mill, the Böurne Mill, the second Wampanoag Mill, the two Globe Yarn Mills, and the first Pocasset Mill. He also built the old First Baptist church, the Granite block, the old City Hall, the Fall River Water Works, and many fine residences. He was very successful in contracting for brick and stone work and also for finishing interiors of houses, and for many years he conducted a heavy business.

Mr. Earle was pre eminently a self made man. Starting in life as a poor boy of seventeen, he devoted every energy to his work, and accumulated, unaided by any one, a fortune. He always bore the highest reputation for honesty and integrity. His word was as good as his bond. As a business man and citizen he was universally respected. He was a strong temperance advocate, and never used tobacco or liquor of any kind. In politics he was originally a Free Soil Derpocrat and afterward a strong Republican from the organization of that party in 1856. He served in the Common Council of Fall River one year and as a member of the General Court of Massachusetts in 1860 and 1861. He was a director of the Shove, Wampanoag, Robeson, and Bourne Mills, president of the Robeson Mill, a director of the Pocasset National Bank, and a trustee of the Citizens Savings Bank and a member of its board of investment. For over forty years he was active as a teacher in the Sunday school of the First Baptist Church, of Fall River, of which his wife and himself were prominent members.

Mr. Earle died August 12, 1895, widely esteemed and respected. His career was a most successful one. He enjoyed the confidence of all who knew him, and as a citizen took a deep interest in all public improvements and in the general welfare of the community. On the 8th of June, 1836, he married Persis P., a very estimable woman, daughter of Canton and Sarah (Brayton) Sherman, whose other children were Zeruiah A., Sarah B., and Benjamin B. She was born January 23, 1809, in Fall River, and died April 16, 1884. Their only son, Andrew B. Earle, a grocer in Fall River, was born February 27, 1837, and died January 12, 1867. He was married to Hannah E., daughter of Durfee and Grace (Read) Borden, of Fall River, and they had three children: Lloyd B., who died in infancy; Emma P., who was married June 15, 1893, to Dr. Charles W. Connell, of Fall River, and has two children, Clarissa Earle and Grace Connell; and Mary A., who was married April 27, 1886, to Edwin Howard Davis, son of Baylies Davis and Abbie Gibbs, of Somerset. Edwin H. Davis died February 23, 1894, leaving one daughter, Persis Earle Davis.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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