150. James6 Openshaw (William7) was born in Cheshire, England 29 April 1839. He immigrated to Newport, Rhode Island, arriving in New York with his parents and brother on 21 Sep 1841 aboard the RMS Britannia of the Cunard Steamship Company, which was launched just the year prior. The Britannia was a large ship for the period, 207 feet (63 m) long and 34 feet (10.3 m) across the beam, with three masts. She had paddle wheels and her two-cylinder side-lever engine (from Robert Napier) had a power output of about 740 indicated horsepower. She was relatively fast for the time: her usual speed was about 8.5 knots (16 km/h), but she could do better if the winds and currents were favourable. She had a tonnage, or carrying capacity, of 1,154 tons (by the Builder's Old Measurement). She was capable of carrying 115 passengers with a crew of 82. from Wikipedia

In 1855 when James was 15 he worked as an apprentice with one of Newport's leading master plumbers, N.M. Chaffee, with whom he served a seven years' apprenticeship. He bought the business some years later, which remained in the family for more than 80 years at 8 Mill Street in Newport (currently the Rockport Shoe Store. He developed the business into the foremost retail and wholesale suppliers of plumbing supplies, as well as "water closets, urinals, bath tubs, wash stands, nickle and brass-plated faucets, water gauges, wrought, cast iron, and earthen pipe". He was elected a member of the Newport City Council in 1886. In 1893 he was elected Alderman from the fourth ward. He was also prominent in society affiliations; Past Grand RI Lodge president; Quidneck Encampment No5; Knights of Honor; Foresters and Order of St George; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; charter member of Daughters of Rebekah (Odd Fellows), and a member of the Commercial Club. He resided at 135 Prospect Hill. James died 24 March 1902 in Newport, Newport, RI, at 62 years of age. After his death the business was incorporated by members of his family to wit:

Issued March 26, 1903.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, &C.
I, Charles P. Bennett, secretary of state, hereby certify that Margaret Openshaw, Samuel R. Openshaw, Esther A. Crowell, Albert B. H. Openshaw, Ella F. Openshaw, James M. Openshaw, and Sidney P. Openshaw have filed in the office of the secretary of state, according to law, their agreement to form a corporation under the name of The James Openshaw Company, for the purpose of engaging in the business of buying and selling plumbing goods, of every kind and description, and any other merchandise whatsoever, and engaging in a general plumbing business and doing any other thing incident to or connected therewith, and with the capital stock of nine thousand dollars, and have also filed the certificate of the general treasurer that they have paid into the general treasury of the state the fee required by law.

He married Margaret Kelley 19 October 1860 in Newport, Newport, RI. Margaret was born 9 April 1838 in Saint Marys, Carlisle, Cumberland, England. Margaret was the daughter of Edward Kelley and Margaret Palmer. Margaret died 20 May 1905 in Newport, Newport, RI, at 67 years of age.

James Openshaw and Margaret Kelley had the following children:

child 151 i. Albert Thomas5 Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 4 June 1861. Albert died 22 Sep 1863.

child 152 ii. Edward William Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 17 March 1863. He was engaged in the family plumbing business throughout his life. He married twice. He married first Katharine Gyer in 1887. Katharine was born June 1863 in NY to Jacob and Katharine Gyer and died 6 Jan 1922, aged 59, in Rhode Island. Her parents were born in Germany. He married second, unknown. Edward Openshaw died 22 Feb 1923 in Rhode Island.(1)

child 153 iii. Samuel Robert Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 20 April 1867. He carried on the family plumbing business. Samuel died 4 August 1941 in Newport, Rhode Island, just a month after his brother and business partner, Sidney. He married He married Mary A. Healy who was born 14 Feb 1867 in Ireland and died 8 Nov 1947 in Waterbury, VT. Mary was the daughter of James Healy and Julia Sullivan. Mary was a member of the Newport Baptist Church and owned an employment agency in Newport for many years at 18 John street. She was also an early member of the Women's suffragette movement, the Republican Club of Newport County, and was a published poet. Samuel R. Openshaw and Mary Healy had the following child:

child 154 iv. Esther Ann Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 17 November 1869 and died 24 Nov 1962 at the Harbor View Nursing Home in Jamestown, RI. She worked as a Dressmaker throughout her life.(2) She married William H. Crowell 1898. He was born Jan 1865 to John F. Crowell and Ellen Fraser and was a machinist by occupation. He died in Jamestown, RI 22 Mar 1950. They lived at 12 Golden Hill Street in Newport, RI, where the Newport Library now stands. William and Esther had the following children:

child 155 v. Ella F. Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 1 Feb 1872 and died there 8 July 1932. Ella married prominent Newport businessman Andrew J. DeBlois 18 Feb 1914. Andrew died in May 1928.(3)

child 156 vi. Albert Booth Hill Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI 7 September 1874. He married Amie G. Lawton 4 Nov 1896 in Boston, MA. Amie was born Aug 1877 in Rhode Island to George C. and Caroline Lawton. Albert was living in Newport, Rhode Island, during the 1900 through 1920 Census where he was employed as a postal clerk. They had one child:

child + 64 vii. James Moss Openshaw was born 20 January 1876.

child 157 viii. Sidney Perry Openshaw was born in Newport, Newport, RI October 1878. He carried on the family plumbing business and was an active member of the Newport Elks Lodge. He died of a heart attack at his home at 107 Prospect Hill Street in Newport, Rhode Island 6 July 1941. (4)

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