151. CHARLES7 ALMY (Pardon6, Sanford5, John4, Job3-2, William1),b. Little Compton, RI, 8 Jun 1819; d. New Bedford, MA, 1 Nov 1886.
He m. Dartmouth, MA, 28 Oct 1846, MARY ANN CUMMINGS, b. Dartmouth, MA, 6 Jan 1823; d. 1910; dau of Benjamin and Cynthia (Smith) Cummings.
Children, b. New Bedford:
|i||HELEN WAYNE8, b. 19 Aug 1847.|
|283||ii||CHARLES, b. 23 Jan 1851; d. Cambridge, MA, 29 Oct 1934; m. Canton, MA, 6 Oct 1882, HELEN JACKSON CABOT, b. 26 Jan 1856; d. Cambridge, 10 Apr 1938; dau of Dr. Samuel and Hannah Lowell (Jackson) Cabot of Boston.|
|iii||FREDERICK, b. 28 Nov 1858. Harvard A.B. 1880, A.M. 1883. He was a lawyer in Buffalo, NY; unmarried.|
|iv||FRANCIS, b. 28 Nov 1858. Harvard A.B. 1879, A.M. 1880. He was in commercial business in Buffalo, NY; unmarried.|
Charles Almy was reared a farmer, and from early years was accustomed to labor. He had a good common school and academic education, and commenced teaching school when but seventeen. He was a good teacher for seven consecutive years. In 1843 he opened a country store at Tiverton, where he remained until January 1, 1846, when he went to New Bedford and engaged in a dry-goods and tailoring business. He shortly after, in partnership with George A. Bourne, as Almy & Bourne, started an auction and commission business. He soon became interested in whaling, and devoted himself largely to that lucrative business, relinquishing the management of his store to his brother Sanford, who purchased it in 1861. Charles continued whaling until the breaking out of the civil war. In 1854 he built a whaling ship (four hundred tons), the Seconet, at Fairhaven, and afterwards a bark of three hundred and eighty tons for merchant service, which he names for his daughter Helen W. Almy. He commenced an insurance business in 1864 when he was induced to take the agency of the National Travelers Accident Insurance Company, of New York. This proving profitable, he accepted agencies from life and fire insurance companies, and built up a fine business.
Following are the Charles Almy households in the Federal censuses for New Bedford, MA.
1850: Charles 29, merchant; Mary A. 27; Helen W. 2; Sanford 20, clerk. (Sanford is Charles' brother.
1860: (could not find due to poor microfilm)
1870: Charles 51, life and fire insurance agent; Mary A. 47; Helen W. 22; Charles, Jr. 19; Francis 11; and Frederick 11.
1880: Charles 61, insurance agent; Mary A. 56; Helen W. 32; Francis 21; Frederick 21; and EmilyM.32, daughter-in-law.
REFERENCES: BRISTOL pp. 153-155; FAMILY RECORDS; FEDERAL CENSUSES; HISTORIC FAM p. 43; LAWTON p. 54; LITTLE COMPTON FAM p. 9.