Biography of Jonathan R. Gurney
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gurney, Jonathan R., is of English descent and traces his ancestry to two brothers, John and Joseph,. who came to this country and settled in Whitman. on what is now Plymouth street, Plymouth county, Mass. Mr. Gurney is a son of Jonathan R. and Deborah (Reid) Gurney, born in Abington (now Whitman), Plymouth county, Mass., March 20, 1819, and his early days were spent in the employ of his father, who was engaged in the manufacture of small nails and tacks. In November, 1841, he was married to Sarah A., daughter of Rev. James and Anna (Gurney) Gurney, and they have two children: Anna, wife of Zachariah Spooner of Dartmouth, and James L., who married Anna Washburn of Middleborough. Mrs. Gurney died August 29, 1853, and on August 2, 1856, he was married to Lucy P., daughter of Abisha. H. and Lucy (Cummings) Chase, and they have seven children: William A., Herbert F., Jonathan R., jr., Franklin A., Charles E., Jennie, wife of Charles S. Maywhinney, and Nellie, wife of Samuel Taybor. Mr. Gurney's second wife died October 10, 1895. Mr. Gurney has always taken an active part in town affairs, having held the offices of assessor, selectman, school committeeman, road commissioner, and offices of minor importance. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of East Freetown.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
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