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Bruce Follansbee 1931 – 1981

    Bruce Edward Follansbee born May 13th, 1931 was the only child of Howard Barney Follansbee (1902-1947) and Martha (Sweet) Follansbee (1906-1946). He comes from a long line of Follansbees beginning with our Immigration from England, circa 1640’s. Migrating across the continent where his Grandfather and Father would settle in Zillah. Edward P Follansbee (1854-1948) would become the Treasurer for the city council and Howard (son of Edward) would be a partner in the Follansbee and Co General Store.

     Bruce was orphaned early in life around the age of 15 according to his parents recorded dates of his parent’s deaths in the WA state archives. He lost his mother in 1946 to a brain tumor and his father in 1948 to kidney failure; just as the Nation was recovering from the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Loss at such a young age would always color Bruce’s life.

    He spent a little time with each of his Grandmothers, Lena Sweet and Edna Follansbee before he started working at the Yakima Ice Rink, where he met his soon to be Wife, Joan Nelson (1931-2008). Joan and her sister Jean performed in a group at that ice rink and were known to be pretty good skaters. From this chance meeting on the cold ice, Bruce and Joan would start a family at the ages of 17 years old. A year later his first child, a daughter was born. It was a rough start, when Bruce’ first son was born Bruce had to give up his motorcycle as three could fit and not four!! Bruce had a bike accident in the Zillah orchard and took care of baby Sharon while he was in a body cast. She would be followed by two brothers. Having three children to support, Bruce would work various jobs, mostly as a driver. For Safeway he drove a truck to transport lettuce and he worked for Belkin Moving Company. Eventually he would work and rise in the ranks for Prudential Insurance.

    As his grandson, who lost him at a young age, Bruce seemed to me to be both at once a hard, tough man who was loved and greatly respected by his family and the Yakima Community. Perhaps over the years his toughness softened, or perhaps he only had a hard shell and a heart of gold. He loved a good joke and had a fabulous sense of humor. Bruce was never one to rest on his laurels and let life move on without him. He took up running in his 40’s where he would run in the cold, in the heat, and kept pressing no matter how many blisters his blisters got. My father tells me he liked to run the roads between the old Yakima Mall and the YMCA on Yakima Ave.

    Grandpa was not without his antics as our family stories prove. From his daughter, we are reminded of her early memories. “I remember being woken in the night a few times to go camping. Bruce and friends decided after a few beers that the families should jump in the cars and head to Rimrock Lake.” My father tells stories of a tough upbringing and a strict father, but he clarifies these as due to his stubbornness (The Famous Follansbee Stubbornness) and it was during the 50’s and 60’s a tough crossroad en a generation that remembered the Depression and were toughened up by WWII and the generation of Car Hops, a Musical Revolution, and an Age that benefited from the sacrifices of previous few generations. Bruce was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He loved his boat “Joan Louise” and had to sell it when he got esophageal cancer age 49. He died age 50 after a very difficult year. Mt St Helens blew when he had the first surgery and a year later he was gone. But he is never forgotten. In memory of Bruce, feel free to share any stories you would like to add here to this mini biography.

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Report to the Follansbee Association: The Pedigrees Pt. 1

The next few posts will be transcripts of the pedigrees listed at the end of “The Report…”

From “…Follansbee Association” PDF pp. 41-53

“Pedigree of the American Follansbees, furnished by the Follansbee descendants of New Hampshire, as gleaned from letters sent me by various members of the family”

I. Thomas Follansbee, who came from England to the Colony of Massachusetts previous to 1677, with his wife Abigail and children,

1. Thomas, b 1674-5.

2. William,

3. Abigail, 4. Sarah, who died in Newburyport, Nov. 6, 1683, they afterwards had other

children born in Newburyport, Mass., as appears by the records there, viz ;

5. Francis, b October. 1677;

6. Hannah, b April 10. 1683.

1. Thomas, son of Thomas named above m. Abigail. He died June 10, 1755, and

buried in West Newbury. His wife died in Oct. —, aged 74 years. They had issue, viz:

III. 1. Mary, b March 28, 1697.

2. William, b 3 March 14, 1700-1, married first Mary Robinson. He is described in the

Newburyport records as the son of Thomas Follansbee, Jr, from. England. He had issue

by his wife Mary, viz:

IV. 1. Moses Follansbee. b Dec. 15, 1721, at Newburyport, d in Enfield, N. H., June 14,

1812.

III.     2. William m. for his second wife ____________, and for his third wife,

Hannah Simmons, by whom he had issue, viz:

IV. 1. Thomas, b. March, 1736. d. April, 1818, at Ware, N. H.

2. Simon, b in Haverill. Mass., 1738, m Martha Huse, of Hampstead. He died May, 1821, and his wife died May, 1818, aged 83. They had issue viz:

V. Nathan, b. in Plaistow, Aug. 16, 1763, m. Anna Sawyer, of Haverhill,

    Mass: Dec. 17, 1783. He died in Enfield, N. H., Dec. 26, 1847. Anna, his wife, died Aug. 30, 1854, aged 93 1/2 years. They had issue eight children, viz:

VI     1. Leonard, b in Canaan, N. H., Dec. 7, 1784, m Love Machmore, of Newburyport, July 5, 1S05. He was a sea captain, and died at New Orleans, while doing     business at that port, Sept. 1839, and his wife. Love, died 1863.

2. James, bin Canaan, Sept. 9, 1788, m Eliza Currier, of Enfield, June 9, 181G. He died in Enfield, 1849, leaving issue.

3. Nathan, b in Canaan, N. H, Sept. 27, 1789, m Catharine Montry, of Newburyport, Oct. 24, 1809. She died March, 1841, aged 56. They had issue.

4. Martha, b in Hampstead, June 30, 179

5. Betsey, b ” ” June 10, 1795, m Abial Goodrich, of Enfield, March 15, 1814. He died Jan. 2, 1857, and she died Sept. 6, 1864, leaving issue.

6. Sarah, b in Enfield, Aug. 27, 1797, m Geo. Harris, of Canaan, Feb. 26. 1822.

7. Anne, b in Enfield, N. H, January, 1839, m Samuel Thomas, of Plainfield, N. H., August 31, 1839, now living in Burnett, Wis., with issue,

8. Lucy, b Nov. 8, 1804, m Capt. S. Whitmore, May 29, 1831. She died -March 16, 1850, leaving issue.

VI.     4. Martha, above named, m. Hubbard Harris of Canaan, March 6, 1820, by whom she had the following issue, viz:

VII.     1. Hubbard D., b in Plainfield N. H., Jan. I6. 1821, m Louisa Dearing, of Boston. Mass. Nov. 30. 1845. She was born in Portsmouth N.H. April 10, 1823. They     have one son, Hubbard D., b in Boston, Mass., Aug. 23, 1816.

VII.     2. Martha J. S. Harris b in Warren, N.H. Feb. 4, 1822, m Rev. Isaac Hobart, at Enfield, May 11, 1840. She died March 5, 1850, leaving one daughter and a son,     viz:

VIII.     1. Alfredor. b in Radnor, PA, Feb. 8, 1842.

2. Adoniram Judson, b in Radnor, Pa. April 7. 1844.

IV.     Moses Follansbee, son of Wm. Named above, m. Priscilla Heath, June 14th. 1750, and had issue,

V.     1. Moses; 2. John; 3. William; 4. Joseph; 5. Samuel; 6. Rachel; 7. Anna; 8. Betsy;

    9. Abigail; 10. Sarah; 11. Susan; 12 Martha, and 13. Rhoda.

1. Moses m. _______ and had issue, viz:

VI.     Warren; Anna. b. 1785. m. Timothy Higgins, 1861; Sally, b. in Vt., 1787, m. Ansel Fish, 1810, d. 1864 ; Polly m. Hugh Canada; Susan m. Geo. Whitney;     Prescilly, b. 1800, m. Walter Belknap, Sept. 24, 1818, and Sally who m. Ambrose Kibbee.

VI.     Dolly Follansbee. b. July 4th. 1781, in Newbury Port, Mass., m., Feb. 14th. 1700, Ambrose Kibbee, who was born in Summers, Conn., May 25th 1770 and died     in East Randolph, Vt., Nov. 22, 1827. She died Dec. 17th. 1823. They had the following issue, viz;

VII.     1. Dolly, b April 2d, 1800, d Sept. 3d, 1821, Sp in East Randolph.

2. Ambrose, b Jan. 3d, 1802. now living: in Royalton, Vt.

3. Anna, b Nov. 27th, 1803, m, 1st, Lewis Debbie; 2d, R. Gay, and d leaving; issue by both husbands.

4. Leonard, b Sept. 11th, 1805. now living: in E. Randolph,

5. P. Chandler, b Oct. 23d, 1807, living in Wisconsin.

6. Moses C, b Aug, 17th, 1809, d in Troy, and left issue.

7. Shubel C. b July 1st, 1811, a bachelor in Randolph.

8. Benjamin P. b July 28th. 1813, lives in Detroit. Mich.

9. Nathaniel, b Nov. 3d, 1815, d in E. Randolph, Nov. 5th, 1815.

10. Harvey, b Nov. 20Eh. 1816. d in Michigan. Sp,

11. Henry C., b Oct, 22d, 1818. lives in Detroit. Mich.

12. Jerred, b Nov. I4th. 1820, lives in Michigan.

13. Dolly, b Feb. I3th 1823, m Phineas D. Pierce, and now lives in Royalton, Vt.

V.     Rachel Follansbee. b. Oct. 10, 1756, m Abial Goodrich (who Was born June 3d, 1750.) at Haverhill, Mass. They had issue viz;

VI.     1. William, b Oct. 25, 1770;

    2. Ezekiel, d;

3. Follansbee, dead;

4. Nathaniel, living;

5. Eliphalet, living;

6. Abial, living;

7. Jeremiah, living;

8 Joseph. b. Sept. 7th, 1792; living:

9. Joshua, living;

10. Sally, m Wm. Welch, living; and

11. Betsey, living, unmarried.

1. Wm. Goodrich, above named, m. June 3d. 1800, Betsy Jones of Canaan, N. H. He Died Feb., 1859, and his wife died March 13th, 1845. They had issue, viz:

VII.     1. Pollv, b June 6th 1802;

     2. Betsey, b June 26th, 1805;

3. Sally, b June 5th, 1809;

4. Rachel, b. June 2d, 1812;

5. Follansbee, b June 25, 1814;

6. Eunice, b. April 7, 1819;

7. Abram, b Oct. 1, 1822.

1. Polly, above named, m. in Brookfield, Vt., Clark Wilson, of Williamstown, Vt., Dec. 17th. 1820. Clark Wilson died August 9th, 1841, and his wife Polly, May 11, 1851. They had issue, viz:

VIII.     1. Abigail G., b Au 5th, 1831.

2. Henry L., b May 19th, 1841

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VII.     2. Betsey C. Goodrich, m. first in Williamstown, Vt., June 27, 1832, James Wolcott. He died in Iowa, in 1852, and she m. second David Martin, May 12, 1859. She had by her first husband issue, viz :

VIII. 1. Mabel, b Nov. 4, 1838, m. Ira J. Badger.

2. Boxanna, m. ____ ___ Sept. 16th, 1860, Ira C. Taylor, of Waitsfield, Vt.

VII.     3. Sally Goodrich, m. Nov, 6th, 1838. Elijah Edson, of Williamstown, Vt. She died July 25, 1859. They had issue, viz:

VIII. 1. Charles W. Edson, b. April 24th, 1841, m Aug. 21, 1864, Esther Stone, of Brookfield, Vt.

2. Lynas b Feb. 9th, 1848.

3. Ann, b March 19th, 1850.

VII. 4. Rachel Goodrich, m. Dec. 22, l826, Charles Boatwell and had issue.

VIII.     1. Mariah, b Oct. 27th, 1837, m. Andrew B. Blood, of Lewell, Mass., Nov., 1859.

2. Wesley, b Aug, 1. 1844.

3. William, b July 1.5, 1848.

4. Emma, b July 15, 1850.

5. Sarah J., b May 23, 1853.

VIII. 5. Follansbee Goodrich m. April l9th, 1849, Bethiah Harrington, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     1. Mariah, b Sept. 2Gth, 1850.

2. Esther J., b April 22, 1852.

3. Albert, b June 1854.

4. Burnet, b Nov. 8th. 1857.

5. Alma, b Nov. 21, 1861.

VII.     7. Abram Goodrich m Harriet Cass, April 26, 1854, and had issue

VIII.     Joseph C, b April 7th, 1862.

VI.     2. Ezekiel Goodrich, b in Newbury, Mass., March 4th, 1778, m Rhoda Ferrin (who was born in Ware, N. H., Feb. 28, 1780,) Nov. 25th 1802. He died in Chelsea, Vt., Aug. 13, 1841. He had issue by his wife Rhoda, born in Chelsea viz:

VII.     1. Pollv, b Aug. 9th, l805.

2. Sophia, b Aug. 10, 1808.

3. Susan, b Feb. 23, 1812.

4. Horace, b Oct. 7th, 1814.

    1. Polly Goodrich, last above named, married in Chelsea, Vt., Seth G. Durkee, of Williamstown, Vt., Sept. 23, 1824, and had issue, viz :

VIII.     Azro Durkee, b. in Williamstown, Vt, Sept. 21, 1825, and Leonora, b Nov. 5th, 1828.

    Azro Durkee, m. Maria S. Robinson, of Stowe, Sept. 14th, 1854, and had issue, viz.

IX.     1. Ella M. Durkee, b in Hydepark, Feb. 8th, 1856. Hattie P. Durkee, b in Stowe, Nov. 21, 1860. Leonora Durkee, above named, m Geo, S. Wheeler, of Randolph,     June 23d, 1853, and had issue, viz,

IX. Mary E. Wheeler, b in Brookfield, Aug. 1st, 1854. Henry P., b March 11th, 1856.

VIII.     2. Sophia Goodrich, m Luther “W. Bigelow, of Brookfield, April 2d, 1829, and had issue, viz:

IX.     1. Lester G. Bigelow, b Jan. 17th, 1831.

    2. Wilber F. Bigelow, b Jan. 5th, 1834.

    3. Lewis F., b June 14, 1830.

    1. Lester G. Bigelow m Sila Day, of Coventry, Vt., Jan. 1st, 1854, and have children, viz,

X.     Harry, b Sept. 22d, 1855.

    Fred, b Feb. 8th, 1857.

    Ida, b Oct., 1861.

    Girty S., b July 6, 1864.

IX.     2. Wilber F. Bigelow m Georgie S. Langley, Oct. 13th, 1861.

     8. Lewis F. Bigelow m Lizzie Kittredge, of Walden, Vt., May 28rd, 1861, and have issue

X.     Clarence A. Bigelow b Jan. 6th, 1862.

VIII.     3. Susan Goodrich m Eleazer Quinby, of Chelsea, Sept. 18th, 1834, and had issue, viz,

IX.     Albert E. Quinby, b June 18, 1841, and Ann Quinby. b. July 13th, 1844, m Asa J.     Kittredge, of Walden, June 13, 1863.

VII.     4. Horace Goodrich m Ann White of Sharon, Jan. 10th, 1836, and had issue.

VIII.     1. Pluma A. Goodrich, b Oct. 2Sth, 1839.

    2. Harley ” b March 19th, 1843, and married Mary F. Alicott, August, 1862, in Charlestown, Mass., and had a daughter.

IX. Ella A. Goodrich, b April 14th, 1863.

VIII.     1. Pluma A. Goodrich m Silas B. Woodbury, of Manchester, N. H., and had a son.

IX.     Fred G. Woodbury, b August 16th, 1863.

VI.     5. Eliphalet Goodrich, b in Newbury, Mass, March 6th, 1783, m Judeth Kimball, who was born in Hopkinton, N. H., April 28th, 1793. She died in Chelsea,     Vt., Feb; 7th, 1848,     and he     died in Chelsea, July 25th, 1856. They had the following children, viz:

VII.     1. Melinda Goodrich, b .March 5th, 1815, d Sept. 11th, 1819.

    2. Denison Goodrich, b Feb. 23d, 3 819, d Oct, 20th, 182-*.

    3. Nancy J. Goodrich, b Sept. I5th, 1823, m Kev. A. I. Copeland, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     Mary J. Copeland, b in Montpelier, September, 1850.

    Osmon B. Copeland, b in Waitsfield, February, 18.54.

    Carrie ” ” b in Bradford, January, 1856.

VII.     4. Judith K. Goodrich, b November 18th, 1825.

    5. Maria Goodrich, b March 14th 1829, m Matthew H. Kimball, September, 1855, and had issue, viz:

VIII. George Kimball, b in Hopkinton, N. H., March, 1858.

VII.     5. Marenda F. Goodrich, b in Chelsea, October 17th, 1835, m Elliot P. Densmore, May 2nd, 1854.

VI.     8. Joseph Goodrich, b 1792, m Sarah Glidden, November 17th, 1817, and had issue.

VII.     1. Richard K., b January 20th, 1818.

    2. Rachel, b May 1st, 18l9.

    3. Jane H, b December 21st, 1820.

    4. Abial, b December 28th, 1822.

    5. Alpheus, b July 23d, 1824.

    6. Mahala S., b March 16th, 1826.

    7. Malinda, b September 29th, 1829.

    8. J. B., b June 18th, 1831.

    9. Darwin, b March 20tb, 1834.

    10. Warren, b March 19th, 1839.

    12. George, b April 10th, 1841.

    1. Richard K. Goodrich m Olive Smalley, February 14th, 1842, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     1 Fanny, b November 21st, 1843.

    2 Abbie, b February 11th, 1846, and m Goin B. Evins, October 21st, 1864.

VII.     2 Rachel m Albert Hixon, February l9thth, 1843, and had issue.

VIII.     1 Matilda F. Hixon, b February 19th, 1849, m Lewis Hovey, February 2nd, 1865.

    2 Charles A. Hixon, b May 25th, I860.

VII.    1 Jane H. m Noah Downs, January 2d 1842, and had issue, viz:

VIII.    1 Henry, b January 25, 1845.

    2 Adna B., b. Nov. 21st, 1847.

    3 Laura Ann, b March 21st, 1862.

VII.     4 Abial Goodrich m Elmina Waldo, and had issue, viz :

VIII.     Nellee, b 1856.

VII.     5 Alpheus m Luna C Sprague, December 2nd, 1832, he died December 6th, 1858, leaving issue,:

VIII.     Ellee S., b April 17th, 1856.

VII.     6 Mahala S. m Harley D. White, August 4th, 1851, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     Marcelus, b August, 1853.

    Sarah, b January, 1855.

    Clarence, b July, 1859.

VII.     7 Malinda, b 1829, m Wm. A. Robins, July 5th, 1854, and had issue,

VIII.     Hattie J., b March 10th, 1859.

VII.     8 J.B. Goodrich m Doborah J. Osgood, April 3d, 1856, and had issue,

VIII.     Hattie, b March 28th, 1857.

    Lucy, b November, 1858.

    Sarah b August, 1859.

    John, b February, 1862.

VII. 9 Darwin m Julia Jeffords, July, 1861.

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