The Viall Family History

VIALL: John Viall (1619-1685,86) (I) John Viall was born in Twickenham, Middlesex, England in 1619, according to the second report of the record commissioners of Boston, was allowed to become an inhabitant of that town, January 11, 1639. He was admitted a freeman of Boston, June 2, 1641, and joined the first church in Boston. In various records his occupation is given as laborer, weaver, vintner and webster. He sold land and buildings near Pendall's dock, Boston, in 1669, to Thomas and Jabez Hunt. "The Old South," on that date. The first record of real estate owned by John Viall in Boston is found in the "Book of Possessions" of land-owners. "31. 5m., 1647. John Viall, one house and garden, containing one-half acre, bounded on the east, Richard Woodhouse; west, highway; north. George Griggs; south, marsh and cove." John Viall purchased the "Ship Tavern," Boston, probably in 1662, as his petition to keep a tavern is dated May 7, 1662. The following account of this old tavern is to be found in the "Memorial History of Boston," edited by Justin Winsor, of Cambridge, Massachusetts:

One old house, which until a few years ago stood upon the corner of North and Clarke Sts., happily does not belong to this category. We mean the old Ship Tavern, or "Noah's Ark," as it is often called from the rough representation of a ship over a door. This old house is supposed to have been built previous to 1650. Its first known owner was Capt. Thomas Hawkins, a busy, restless ship builder, who owned a ship yard near his house, made many voyages, was cast away three times, and at length, as if determined to show that he was not born to be hanged, lost his life by shipwreck. In the apportionment of his estate, "his brick house and lands" were set off to his widow, from whom, indirectly, it passed to one John Viall, by whom it was kept as an inn, or ordinary, as far back as 1655. It was in a room in this inn that Sir Robert Carr, the Royal Commissioner, assaulted the constable, and wrote the defiant letter to Governor Leverett. The house was built of English brick laid in the English bond. It has deep projecting jetties, Lutheran attic windows, and floor timbers of the antique triangular shape. It was originally only two stories high, but a third story has been added by a later occupant. A large crack in the front wall was supposed caused by the carthquake of 1663, "which made all New England tremble."

According to the records of the Massachusetts Bay, vol. 5, p. 489, we find as follows: "Ship Tavern Headquarters of Recruits for Army and Navy. All gentlemen soldiers or seamen, willing to serve His Majesty in the expedition against certain suspected pirates were ordered to repair with sufficient and complete arms to Mr. John Vyall at the Ship Tavern, Boston, where Cap. Sampson Waters was to enter their names and go on board a brigandine to sail in pursuit of pirates, 1685." John Viall was the owner and occupant of the Ship Tavern Inn as late as 1679, at which time he removed to Swansea, and still later became a proprietor in the Narragansett country. We find his name on record, January 20, 1680, when he became the owner of one hundred and fifteen acres, on or near Annawomscott brook, and he died February 26, 1685-86.

John Viall's first wife, Mary, died between 1656 and 1664 and his second wife was Elizabeth, Smith, daughter of Richard Smith, of Bristol (1682) and its first town clerk. By this marriage it is inferred that Mr. Viall had become a proprietor in the Narragansett country. On Jan. 20, 1680, he became owner of 115 acres on or near Annawomscott brook. He died Feb. 26, 1685-86. His children by his first marriage were: Hopestill, born Aug. 14, 1639, married July 1, 1659, William Shute; Mary born 30, 1641; John, baptized June 2, 1644; Nathaniel, born July' 23, 1646; Mercy, born March 11, 1649; Sarah, born March 14, 1651-52; Joseph, born June 4, 1654 (mariner); Abigail, born Oct. 21, 1656. The children by the second marriage were: James baptized June 12, 1664; Samuel, born Nov. 25, 1667 (died in Bristol, R.I. June 10, 1749, aged eighty-two); Elizabeth born April 16, 1670; Benjamin, baptized April 14, 1672; Jonathan, born 16– (died Barrington in 1724).

(II) Benjamin Viall (1672-1750), baptized April 14, 1672 in Rehoboth, son of John, died in Rehoboth, Mass., Sept. 6, 1750. He was married in Rehoboth, May 26, 1701, to Esther Wiswell (or Wiswall) and his second wife's name was Sarah. Benjamin Viall was a prominent man in Barrington as a town officer. He was chosen assessor in 1717, the year of the incorporation of the town; was chosen one of the selectmen March 16, 1718-19, and in 1722; ensign, selectman and treasurer in 1723; was chosen moderator of the town meeting and town treasurer in 1723; and assessor in 1725. On Sept. 1, 1708, Benjamin and his brother bought of Samuel Cranston, of Newport, the estate in Swansea and Rehoboth formerly, owned by Noah Floyd, of Swansea, and which was originally a part of the "Willett" estate. His children were: John, baptized in Rehoboth, March 19, 1704-05, died before 1750; Nathaniel, baptized in Rehoboth, Nov. 11, 1705, died Feb. 19, 1800, in his ninety-fourth year ; Thomas; Hannah, married June 29, 1735, Joshua Smith; Esther, born in 1716 married (intent published) Sept. 3, 1744, Capt Ephraim Tiffany, of Warren, and she died in Barrington March 19, 1792.

(III) Nathaniel Viall (1705-1787), baptized in Rehoboth Nov. I, 1705, son of Benjamin, married Alethea Allen, daughter of Thomas Allen; she died May 26, 1787, in her eighty-fourth year. Their children were: Samuel, born in 1730, was killed on board the galley "Spitfire" by an explosion of gunpowder, April 2, 1777; Benjamin born in 1731, died March 22, 1819; John, born May 25, 1734, died Feb. 20, 1756; Elizabeth, was born February 24, 1735; Alethea, born in 1739, died July 25, 1768.

(IV) Benjamin Viall (1731-1812), born in 1731, Son Of Nathaniel, married in Warren, Jan. 23, 1755, Keziah Brown, who died Nov. 4, 1812. Children: Johanna, born Dec. 22, 1755, married Dec. 3, 1778, Peleg Paine, of Rehoboth; John, born Nov. 26, 1759, died April 7, 1833; Nathaniel, born April 11, 1762, died in Seekonk, Dec. 31, 1852, aged ninety years; Alethea, born April 17, 1765, married Nov., 19, 1786, Joseph Bicknell, of Barrington, R.I.; Hezekiah, born May 10, 1772, died Oct. 11, 1849.

(V) Capt. John Viall, son of Benjamin and Keziah Viall, born Nov. 26, 1759, died April 7, 1833. He married March 22, 1780, Esther, born May 18, 1751, daughter of Solomon Peck. She died June 9, 1818, in her sixty-ninth year. He married (second) Elizabeth, relict of John Coy (nee Barnes). His widow married (third) Jonathan Drown, The children of Capt. Viall were follows: Samuel, born Nov. 25, 1782, died 1867; Benjamin, born Feb. 5, 1785, died Nov. 5 1867; Keziah, born Nov. 16, 1786, died Dec. 9: 1803, in her eighteenth year; Esther, born Jan. 21, 1789, married about 1818 Ebenezer Peck.

(VI) Benjamin Viall, born Feb. 5, 1785, son of Capt. John and Esther (Peck) Viall, married Jan. 1, 1809, Hannah Kinnicut, who died March 7, 1874. Their children were: (I) Benjamin. Bourne born Oct. 9, 1809, married Oct. 15, 1831, in Providence, Julia Frances Rice, who died March 2., 1874. He died Dec. 8, 1865. They had one child, Anna Harriett Byron, who married George T. Gardner. (2) Horace Townsend was born April 2, 1813. (3) Esther, (4) Hannah, (5) Rebecca, triplets, born Nov. 3, 184, died Nov. 4, 1814. (6) Julia Kinnicut was born April 27, 1816. (7) Esther Peck, born March 29, 1818, married in Providence, Nov. 28, 1844, Joshua Bickwell, and had a son, Walter. (8) George Kinnicut was born March 9, 1820. (9) Martha Bourne, horn Dec. 5, 1821, married Feb. 7, 1843, Henry Saunders, and had children: William, born in Warren Dec. io, 1843, now in New Bedford; Julia W., born in Warren, March 13, 1847, in New York married a Greenman;. Henry V., born in New Bedford, April 2, 1853. (10)Edward Harvey, born Nov. io, 1824, died Sept. 4, 1882. (11) Shearjashub Townsend was born June 1, 1827. (12) William Brown was born June 13, 1829.

(VII) George R. Viall, born March 9, 1820 son of Benjamin and Hannah (Kinnicut) Viall: married in Barrington, R. I., April 4, 1840, Ardelia, daughter of Perez and Harriet Richmond. Their children all born in Barrington, were: Harriet R. and Ednah A., twins, born Sept. 4, 1842, died Sept. 12, 1842; George Richmond, born Sept. 11, 1843, married in Barrington, Ella Thayer, daughter of George W. Thayer, of Providence; Ednah, born March 13, 1845, married Isaac T. Barnum; Anna Louisa born Jan. 1, 1848, married (first) Mr. Winslow, and (second) Joshua A. Paine; Williarn Henry, bom Nov. 9, 1850, died April 5, 1854; Ida Corinne, born April 8, 1856, married Henry B. Dean, of East Providence, of the firm of Dean & Sibley, of Providence, Rhode Island.

(VIII) George R. Viall, son of George R., was born in Barrington, and attended first. the district school of his native town, and then the high school of Barrington, and later for several terms the high school of Warren. He left school permanently when about seventeen or eighteen years of age. His father was then engaged in the meat business, and he worked with him being, as he said, the boy of all work. When nineteen he left home, and for one season worked in New Bedford, Mass. He came back home and spent one season with his father, and when twenty-one came to Providence, working for a Mr. Read for one winter. He then started in the retail business for himself at Nayatt Point, running a cart for himself for two or three years.

His next change was to engage in the wholesale meat business in a small way, buying his cattle partly in Brighton, and partly at home, dressing and selling all his own beeves. In this he continued for four or five years. In 1880 he went to Lincoln R. L, and leased the plant of a Mr. Tucker, who had recently died, and continued the dressing and selling of meat by the wholesale in that place for two years, but on account of natural complications he discontinued business there, and in 1882 removed his business to Providence, where he formed an arrangement with Comstock Bros., to buy cattle for him in Albany. These he killed and supplied his trade. At about this time western dressed beef began to be shipped in, and Comstock &Son stopped killing cattle and took the agency of a Chicago firm. Mr. Viall made arrangements to sell that beef through them on commission, taking this beef in car lots, but he continued this for but ine year. In the spring of 1883 he was approached by the agent of the Armours, and accepted the igency of that great fim, taking their beef on consignment, and selling it principally by the car, a thing which seemed almost impossible at those times, but by the most indomitable will, he succeeded.

He was then doing business in small cramped quarters; the disadvantages were so great that he insisted that the company put up a building for him. It was finally located at No. 316 Canal street, where it is now. This district at that time seemed much out of the way for business, but it has since become the center of the wholesale meat business of Providence. To Mr. Viall's energy and business grit, the trade was put up to a point where the sales reached an average of 150 to 175 beeves per week. Since that time he has been the representative of the Amours in Providence. As said before he is the consignee of the company, and the relations between himself and his house have been of the most cordial nature during this whole time. His business has been a success in the best sense of the word; but a success built upon the hardest kind of work and strict attention to the best business principle.

Mr. Viall is a Republican in national politics, but he has taken no active part in local party work and never become a member of either fraternal or social clubs of any kind. On Jan. 1, 1872, Mr. Viall was united in marriage in Barrington, to Ella Thayer, daughter of George W. Thayer, of Providence. R. I. Their children were: Florence T., born Feb. 4, 1873, died. Aug.20, 1873; Anna R., born Sept. 20, 1874, married George A. Abbott, of Providence; Ella F., born July 30, 1877, married Dr. J. W. Bond, of Providence, R. I., and.Milton T., born April 12, 1882.

(V) Nathaniel Viall (1762-1852), son of Benjamin, born April 11, 1762, died Jan. 25, 1852. He married April 28, 1783, Patience Richmond, of Rehoboth, born Feb. 24, 1763, and died June 11, 1854, daughter of John Rogers and Harmah (Kinnicut) Richmond. They became the parents of the following children: Richmond, born Nov. 8, 1789, died unmarried, March 31, 184; Ora, born June 9, 1791, died unmarried July 7, 1876; Nancy, born Jan. 15, 1793, died unmarried Aug. 29, 1816; Anson, born April 9, 1795, died Nov. 3, 1866; Hannah was born Feb. 28, 1799; Nathaniel, born March 14, 1803, died in Providence, April 8, 1847.

Mrs. Patience (Richmond) Viall, through her father, was descended from John Alden and his wife Priscilla Mullins, daughter of William, who came to Plymouth in the "Mayflower," in 1620. John Alden and Priscilla, were married in 1623, and had eleven children. Elizabeth Alden, their eldest daughter, married, Dec. 18, 1644, William, Peabody, who died Dec. 13, 1707, aged eighty-seven years, at Little Compton, R. I.; she died May 31, 1717, aged ninety-four years, and is buried at Little Compton, R. I. Elizabeth Peabody, their daughter, born April 24, 1647, married, Nov. 16, 1666, John Rogers, a Boston and D-bury merchant, who died June 28, 1732, in his ninety-second year, and was buried at Prince's Hill, Barrington, R. I. Elizabeth Rogers, their daughter, married Sylvester Richmond, of Little Compton, who was born in 1672, and who died Nov., 1754; she died Oct. 23, 1724, the mother of eleven children. Peleg Richmond, their son, born Oct. 25, 1700, married Mary Viall, who died April 19, 1781, and he died Aug. 3, 1783; both am buried at Little Neck, East Providence, R. I. John Rogers Richmond, their son, died April 30, 1816, aged seventy-nine years; he married Harmah Kinnicutt, who died July 5, 1800, in her sixty-first year, and their daughter, Patience, married Nathaniel Viall, as above mentioned.

(VI) Anson Viall (1795-1866), born April 91 1795, son of Nathaniel, married March 29, 1832, Elizabeth Bicknell, daughter Of Joshua Bicknell. Anson died in East Providence Nov. 3, 1866. Elizabeth Bicknell Viall died in East Providence Oct. 13, 1883. Both were buried in Little Neck Cemetery. Their children were: Mary, born Feb. 13, 1833, married Edward R. Wheeler; Richmond was born Dec. 16 1834; Amey; Nathaniel, born in April, 1836, died June 10, 1856; and Elizabeth Bicknell.

(VII) Richmond Viall (1834-), born Dec. 16 1834, married Eliza Nelson Cole June 1, 1859 of Attleboro Mass., and their children were: One that died in infancy; William Angell, born Oct. 26, 1861; Richmond Irvin, born in Providence, Nov. 6 1863, died June 10, 1875; Abert A., born Sept. 5: 1871. Richmond Viall was born in Barrington, R. I., (Bicknell reports birth in Bullock’s Neck, Seekonk Mass., now Riverside R.I.) but his father having rnoved into Seekonk (now East Providence) he received his schooling in the public schools of that town at Bullock Point, now Crescent Park.
Leaving school at seventeen years of age, he learned the jeweler's trade in the employ of the firm of Briggs, llough & Stone, Providence. In this he served a regular apprenticeship of three years, and continued with the firm for one year thereafter, making his home during this time with Mr. Hough, one of the firm. In 1857 he went to Attleboro, and continued working at his trade until the war broke out, when he dropped it, and never again resumed it. At this time he was employed for some time by Mr. Hendel Daggett, manufacturerof Cavalry sabres, continuing with him until Jan. 5, 1863. On the following day, Jan. 6, 1863, Mr. Viall came to Providence and entered the shops of J. R. Brown & Sharpe, as a machine hand, at $1.50 per day, or at fifteen cents per hour. The books of Mr. Sharpe show that on April 1st, of this year there were employed in their shops about 150 men. On Jan. 1, 1864, Mr. Viall's name first appeared as a foreman on sewing machine castings, having 37 men under him. In 1872 when the first removed to its present location, Mr. Viall was given of entire charge of the sewing machine work, having under his immediate charge a much larger force of men. On Feb. 16, 1878, he was made superintendent of the entire Plant and has continued as such to the present time. In his long connection with the firm of over forty-two years, Mr. Viall has seen it grow from a plant employing from 125 to 150 men to me now (August, 1907) ernploying 4,100 men. Mr. Viall has been a Republican on national questions, but is independent on local politics, and has never taken an active part in public affairs. He is a member of the Central the Congregational Church.

(VIII) William A. Viall (1861-1939), born in Providence, Oct. 26, 1861, married at Medina Ohio, June10, 1891, Harriett E. Warner, daughter Carlos J. and Nancy (Loring) Warner. To this union have been born three children, namely: Katherine, born Dec. 1, 1892, died July 23, 1893; Virginia, born Nov. 12, 1894, and Richmond II, born June 26, 1896.
Mrs. Harriet Elizabeth Viall was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, and Cornell University, N.Y., graduating from the later in 1890. She spent a year in European travel in 1888-89. Mr. And Mrs. Viall are members of Grace Church, Providence.
William Angell Viall received his primary education in the public schools of Providence, R.I.; special student in chemistry in Brown University, 1880-81; student at Leipsic 1886-7-8; Tubingen, 1887; instructor in pharmacy Cornell University, 1880-90; assistant professor at Cornell, 1890; with Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co., Providence, since 1890. He is a regular attendant at the services of the Grace Episcopal Church, of which he is a vestryman, and is a member of the following organizations: The Orpheus Lodge, Providence Chapter and Calvary Commandery, all of the Masonic fraternity; University, Turk's Head, and Wannamoisett Country clubs. Residence, Providence, R.I.

(IX) Richmond Viall (1896-1973), born June 26, 1896 married Adelaide Brown (1896 - 8 Jun. 1982) and their children were: Richmond b.1920, Maybery b. 1929, and William Angell II b. 1926. Richmond served in The Great War in His Majesty’s R.F.C.. He flew the Sopwith Camel No. F1971, and is credited with a Fokker DVII in flames at Cambrai. After the war Richmond worked at Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co., and resided in Providence. Richmond died July 16, 1973.

(X) Richmond Viall Jr. (1920-May 4, 1996) married Elizabeth Roberts and their children were Richmond and Beebe.

(X) William Angell Viall II (1926) Born April 13, married Gretchen Elliott and to them were born William Angell Viall III January 27, 1963. William served with the Marines in the Pacific Theater, 1944-45. He fought in the Okinawa campaign, trained for the invasion of Japan and served with occupying US forces in China, 1946. He worked at Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co., and Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis.

(XI) Richmond Viall

(XI) William Angell Viall III (1963)born January 27, 1963 married Louise Jakobson of London England June 24, 1997. To them were born Henry Angell Viall November 25, 1998.

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