• Smithfield, Rhode Island, Surveyor Asa Winsor Beautifully Executed Color Survey For Mowry Family

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    Large hand-drawn, hand-colored survey, on heavy stock gray paper, approximately 14 x 22, and dated at Smithfield, Rhode Island, September 25, 1854, by surveyor ASA WINSOR. Executed with beautiful large compass rose points to the north at right, trees and boundaries hand-colored in green, pink and red.

    Winsor (1788 – 1870) was a farmer, Civil Engineer and Justice of the Peace in Smithfield.

    Winsor describes the survey as “A Plat of Adaline Elizabeth Mowry and Sidney Howard Mowry’s wood lot, situated near Still Water Bridge, Surveyed, platted and Lotted off into lots, for the purpose of selling Timber and Wood thereon at Public Auction, at the request of Lamech C. Mowry, Guardian; and is lotted off into thirteen lots, containing Eleven acres & 47 Rods. Scale ten rods to an inch.”

    LAMECH CLARK MOWRY was the father and guardian of three young children: the two mentioned in this survey, ADALINE ELIZABETH MOWRY (1846 – 1904) and SIDNEY HOWARD MOWRY (1848 – 1930).

    Sidney Mowry, only son of Lamech C. Mowry (1807 – 1880), was born July 12, 1848, in the house he once occupied. He received his education in the district schools. He was reared to farm work and remained at home assisting his father until his marriage after he he removed to the ‘Yellow Tavern’ house. He later removed to the Col. Sessions Mowry farm and then removed to Yellow Tavern until the death of his father when he went back to the home place, which he acquired by purchasing the interests of the other heirs.

    On October 15, 1868, Mowry married in the family home to Bertha Deborah Pratt, born Feb. 20, 1847, a native of South Branch, Nova Scotia, daughter of James and Susannah (Andrews) Pratt. They had five children.

    Mowry was a Republican who served as a member of the town council and a member of the board of tax assessors. He also served as postmaster at Smithfield. He was a director of the National Exchange Bank at Greenville.

    Light chipping around the top, not affecting actual survey. Light toning.

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