Biography of John F. Makinson
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Makinson, John F., was born in Slatersville, R. I., February 6, 1838. His father, John Makinson, was a native of Bolton, England, and. came to the United States in 1812, settling in Slatersville, where he married Amy R., daughter of Rufus Briggs, and they had three Sons: Charles E., William H. and John F. John Makinson was a weaver by trade and died in 1849. John F. Makinson was educated in the common schools and at the age of twelve began the struggle of life. In the fall of 1849 he began to learn the jewelry business with Freeman & Co., and thoroughly learned the business with different concerns. In 1861 he enlisted as musician in the 7th Mass. Regt., and was discharged in August, 1862, taking part in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks and Seven Days fight. He returned to North Attleborough and in 1881 he formed a partnership with Walter G. Clark and established the firm of W. G. Clark & Co., which continued up to February, 1895, when he sold out to his partner and retired from active business. In 1861 he married Betsey S., daughter of Thomas Wilmarth, and they have one daughter, Emma F. Mr. Makinson is one of the oldest jewelry manufacturers in Bristol county, of independent, conservative character, serving as commissioner on the electric light, water board and Sinking fund, of which he is treasurer, and ever taking an intelligent interest in educational and religious institutions, and is recognized as a man of sterling integrity who has ever advanced the best interests of his town and its people.

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
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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