Biography of William B. Nooning
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Nooning, William B., who died in New Bedford, May 30, 1874 was one of the promising young business men of the city, and noted as well for a most charitable and benevolent spirit. He was born in Bristol, Mass., January 31, 1836, a son of Jonathan and Eliza (Bowler) Nooning, educated in the schools of the vicinity and very early in life learned the sailmaking trade under his father. At this trade he continued until 1956, when he removed to New Bedford and in a small way started a millinery business on Purchase street. To this he gave all his energy and ability and had soon increased the business to considerable proportions. He was a trustee and valued member of the Pleasant Street Methodist Church and one of the origin. ators of the Young Men's Christian Association movement in New Bedford. Fraternally, he was a member of the Eureka Lodge of Masons, Sutton Commandery and Acushnet Lodge of Odd Fellows. He was a faithful friend of the poorer classes and in a quiet, unassuming way did much to improve the condition of cases which came under his notice. Mr. Nooning married, in 1857, Hannah H. Sherman, daughter of Justice and Clarissa (Gifford) Sherman, and they bad three daughters, one now survives, Clarissa, wife of James H. Gorham of New Bedford. The millinery business which Mr. Nooning established on Purchase street is still continued at the same location by Mrs. Nooning.

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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