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Andrew Jackson Vose
 Andrew Jackson Vose, 1833-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.

ANDREW JACKSON VOSE, a well-to-do resident of Dorchester, son of Robert and Abigail (Pope) Vose, was born July 6, 1833, in the house in which he now lives. He is a descendant of Robert Vose, first, a native of Lancashire, England, born 1599, who came to New England and settled in the town of Milton, then a part of Dorchester, and who died there in 1683. The maiden name of the wife of the early ancestor was Abigail Swift. Mr. Vose's line of descent is as follows: --

Thomas, son of Robert, born in 1641, died August 8, 1708. He married Waitstill Wyatt, who died in August, 1708, aged eighty-four years. Henry Vose, son of Thomas and Waitstill, born April 9, 1663, married Elizabeth Babcock, and died March 26, 1572. Robert, son of Henry, born October 25, 1693, married Abigail Sumner, September 14, 1721. Robert, son of Robert and Abigail, born October 15, 1723, married Merriam Vose, 1746. He died at Stoughton, 1773. Reuben Vose, son of Robert and Merriam, born in Milton, Mass., June 22, 1765, married Polly Willis, of Easton. He died at Westford, Mass, in 1822.

Robert Vose, son of Reuben and Merriam Vose, and father of the subject of this sketch was born in Easton, March 28, 1798. He was brought up in Milton; and when a young man, he engaged in teaching school in that town and in Braintree, Dorchester and Charlestown. In 1820 he settled in Dorchester, and taught there in the academy and also in district school No. 4. Subsequently, he took charge of Mr. Roswell Gleason's tin shop and grocery store, which he managed for many years. He was also postmaster of Dorchester. He frequently performed the duties of an auctioneer; and he settled more estates than any other man in Norfolk County, his service being largely in demand in this capacity. He held the office of Assessor for twenty-six years, and was three years a Selectman. He was trustee of the old Dorchester Bank. He was very regular in his habits, and it was his practice to rise at four o'clock in the morning. He was a man highly esteemed by a large acquaintance; and his death, which occurred December 17, 1880, at the advanced age of eighty-two years, brought sadness to many hearts.

He was married on February 5, 1826, to Abigail Pope, a daughter of Colonel John Pope, of Squantum, Mass., and grand-daughter of Ebenezer Pope. She was born July 19, 1799; and she preceded her husband to the grave by a few weeks, dying October 22, 1880, at the age of eighty-one. They were the parents of five children -- Robert, John, Sarah Pope, Andrew Jackson, and Reuben. Robert, born in Dorchester, January 26, 1827, was like his father, a teacher, and taught in Braintree, Quincy, and Dorchester. Subsequently he became a dealer in real estate and an auctioneer. He died June 11, 1891, at the age of sixty-five years; and his wife Abbie A. Harding, died March 11, 1890. They had one daughter, Mary Wilder, born July 27, 1854, who died September 27, 1896. John Pope, born June 15, 1829, was a resident of the home farm, where his death took place March 24, 1872. He was unmarried. Sarah Pope, born September 3, 1831, died June 2, 1836. Reuben was born July 7, 1837, and died November 30, 1843.

Andrew J. Vose was brought up and educated in his native town of Dorchester. In 1849 he became associated with R. Gleason & Sons as clerk in the silver-plating business, and he continued to act in that capacity for twenty-five years. Since then he has given his attention to looking after his estate. He was married December 29, 1870, to Miss Abbie T. Buzzell, of West Newfield, Me., daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Rogers) Buzzell, and a representative of an old Maine family. His only child, Sadie Lizzie, born March 26, 1873, died May 2, 1896, at the age of twenty-three years. Mr. and Mrs. Vose are still living at the old homestead, enjoying the fruits of a well-spent and busy life. They attend the Unitarian church.

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