230. FRANKLIN LAWTON8 ALMY (Benjamin7, Tillinghast6, Job5-4, William3, Christopher2, William1),b. Little Compton, RI, 2 Jul 1833; d. Fall River, MA, 12 Jun 1911.
He m.(1) Fall River, 22 Sep 1862, CHARITY ROBINSON BUFFINGTON, b. Fall River, 12 Apr 1837; d. Fall River, 27 May 1886, buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River; dau of Israel and Nancy B. (Lincoln) Buffington. He m.(2) MARY K. COTTON, b. Fall River, MA, Jun 1846; dau of John S. Cotton.
Children, born Fall River:
|i||SARAH LOUISA9, b. 14 Sep 1863; d. Fall River, 26 Mar 1929.|
|ii||NANCY BUFFINGTON, b. 10 Jul 1865; d. Somerset, MA, 19 Jan 1958.|
|iii||IDA LAWTON, b. 13 Dec 1867; d. Fall River, 28 Apr 1946.|
|iv||NELLIE ROBINSON, b. 3 May 1870; d. Fall River, 26 Jun 1874 of scarlet fever, buried Oak Grove Cemetery.|
|378||v||FRANK STRATTON, b. 23 Aug 1873; d. Short Hills, NJ, 26 Nov 1943; m. Fall River, 7 Oct 1902, MARIAN STAFFORD, b. Fall River, 26 Nov 1878; d. East Providence, RI, 15 Feb 1973; dau of Foster Manning and Ella Jane (Flint) Stafford.|
|vi||THOMAS, b. 7 Mar 1883; d. Fall River, 6 Sep 1946; m. West Newton, MA, 16 Nov 1912, KATHERINE EDDY, b. West Newton, 14 Jun 1882; d. Fall River, 26 Dec 1939. They had no children.|
The following is from Franklin L. Almy's obituary in the Fall River newspaper.
Franklin Almy was the youngest of the 11 children of Benjamin and Ruth Almy, and had been a resident of Fall River since the family moved there in 1837. He attended the local schools, and in the early summer of 1845, at the age of 12 years, became a carrier for the Weekly News, which had been started but a few weeks before by John C. Milne and Thomas Almy (1239-2126). The paper then had but two carriers, and Franklin Almy carried half the entire edition.
In the following September he expressed a desire to learn to set type, and he entered the News office as an apprentice. He was faithful and efficient, and became a journeyman in 1850 and subsequently the foreman of the composing room.
In 1862 he became a member of the firm, the name of which was changed to Almy, Milne & Co., and became the business manager, a position which he held continuously up to the time of his death. On the death of Thomas Almy in 1882, Franklin L. Almy and Mr. Milne purchased his interest in the firm, and the old name of Almy & Milne was resumed.
When Franklin Almy first became associated with the paper, it was only a small, four-page weekly.
The News was originally a Democratic paper, but withdrew from the support of that party because of its defense of slavery. It became a Free Soil and later a Republican paper, with the organization of that party.
Franklin L. Almy was associated in business with John C. Milne for 67 years. They had been partners for 50 years, and during that time there never had been any serious disagreement or unpleasant word between them. Franklin was a trustee of the Citizens Savings Bank for many years. He was also director of the Flint, Wampanoag and Charlton mills, and was president of the Wampanoag and the Flint. He had considerable interests in other local manufacturing corporations. He held public office only as a member of the common council in 1867 and 1868.
Fall River land evidence of 16 Feb 1889 gives the names of the children of Charity Almy, deceased, and Franklin Lawton Almy as follows: Sarah L. Almy, Nancy B. Almy, Ida L. Almy, Frank S. Almy, and Thomas Almy.
The Franklin Lawton Almy family is in the Federal censuses in Fall River, MA, as follows.
1870: Frank L. Almy 36, printer and publisher, b. RI; Charity 33, b. MA; Sarah L. 6, b. MA; Nancy B. 4, b. MA; Ida 2, b. MA; and Nellie, 28 days, b. MA.
1880: Franklin Almy 46, b. RI; Charity 43, wife, b. MA; Sarah 16, dau, b. MA; Nancy 14, dau, b. MA; Ida 12, dau, b. MA; and Frank 6, son, b. MA.
1900: Franklin L. Almy 66, b. RI Jul 1833; Mary C. wife, b. MA Jfan 1846; Sarah L. 36, dau, b. MA Sep 1863; Nancy B. 34, dau, b. MA Jul 1865; Ida L. 32, dau, b. MA Dec 1867; F. S. 26, son, b. MA Aug 1873; and Thomas 17, son, b. MA Mar 1883.
REFERENCES: FAMILY RECORDS; FEDERAL CENSUSES; LAWTON pp. 68, 108.