Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

26 Sept 2012 – Road Trip Findings: Orsemus Morgan Stillman September 26, 2012

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One of the stops on my road trip was the Westerly, RI Library.  I knew that they had a portrait of my Second Cousin Five Times Removed Orsemus Morgan Stillman ( 4 Nov 1801 to 5 Jan 1879) and the library was kind enough to haul it out of the basement for me to see in person.  Here is what Orsemus looks like:

I laugh when I look at the pictures because I remember saying to the gal who brought it out for me “Wow, he’s really good looking.  They usually aren’t so cute!” and I still think so, he’s a nice looking guy!

Anyway, he’s the son of Ethan Stillman and Polly Lewis and the husband of Frances Hazzard-Brown and also of Martha Hazzard.  Orsemus is also buried in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI.  Here’s his stone:

Here’s a few other notes I’ve collected on him:

Some notes upon the introduction of the woolen manufacture into the United States, by Royal Chapin Taft, Publisher S. S. Rider, 1882, Page 19

During the year 1806, John Scholfield bought a water privilege and Oil mill in Stonington, Conn., near Pawcatuck Bridge. This mill he filled with woolen machinery, and also built near by a factory building 30 by 40 feet, two stories high, which continued in his charge until 1812, when he returned to Montville, placing his son Joseph in charge, who operated the factory until 1834 when he sold the property to Orsemus M. Stillman. It is now standing and form a portion of the Stillmanville Mills.


The Bankers’ magazine, and statistical register, Volume 16, Part 2, Volume 588; Volumes 1648-1659 of American periodical series, 1800-1850, Publisher Wm. Crosby and H.P. Nicholes, 1862, Page 983

Name of Bank: Pawcatuck Bank … Location of Bank: Stonington, CT

President: Orsemus M. Stillman … Cashier: John A. Morgan … Capital:$75,000


1869 Commissioner of Patents annual report,  By United States. Patent Office, Page 603,

74,443.- Orsemus M. Stillman, westerly, R.I. – Gig for Cloth. – February 11, 1868.- The cloth is brought in contact with the cloth-raising cylinder in four distinct places. Two of the rollers are journaled in rack plates, which are raised simultaneously to hold the cloth clear of the cylinder with desired. The course of the cloth may then be reversed.

Claim. – 1. The combination and arrangement of the cross hands o o’. reverse driving pulleys p p3, counter p2 p3, adjusting board 10, shaft q, tubular shaft s, bevel wheels t t1 r, as herein described, for the purpose specified.

2. The arrangement of the cylinder A, rollers c, racks 1, pinions 3, shaft z, worm wheels x, rollers m n n1, reversible cloth beans b b1 and gear wheels d d1 d2 d3, as herein described for the purpose specified.


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