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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Some Parker graves at Chelmsford
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 20:16:21 EDT
This is the only item I have on Lovejoy in this new computer - my other
computer died a few months ago
taking years of work. - Janice Farnsworth
History of Lowell and its People
by Frederick William Coburn
The Lovejoy Family
A 20th century representative of an honored New England family is Roy
F. Lovejoy, head of the firm, D. Lovejoy & Son, manufacturers of
machine knives for machinery used in the manufacture of leather,
paper, wood and all other machines which require knives.
This plant was established by Daniel Lovejoy in 1848 in a small
shop, the site of which is lost in the large plant which covers
the original locations and the surrounding section.
Daniel Lovejoy started very humbly and in the beginnined welded, hammered
and tempered - he alone being the factory and office force, skilled mechanical
department, executive head and capital stock. He was the 2nd man in the U.S.
to own and operate a machine knife plant, and when his one rival sold out, a
change of the firm name left Daniel Lovejoy the first and oldest under one
He went from Hollis, N.H., to Worcester, Mass., after learning all he though
he could in a small country blacksmith shop, making horse shoe nails on the
anvil, shoeing horses and oxen, his ambition being to become expert in
forging machine parts.
Probably no greater expert existed than he in his line, and after working in
Worcester for perhaps a period of two years, he came to Lowell. In Lowell he
first worked for his brother, Lund Lovejoy, a blacksmith on Market Street,
near the present police stat=ion and soon after became a partner in the
business which operated as L. & D. Lovejoy. Soon after, the firm L. & D. Lovejoy
dissolved and he came to the present site, where he started his first small shop
which in 1848 began operating as a machine knife plant.
Until he was 54 yrs of age, he continued the active head of the prosperous
business he founded. He then surrendered the burdens of the management to his
son Elwyn W. Lovejoy and for 34 yrs thereafter, lived a practically retired
life although in excellent health. Even when an octogenarian, he frequently
visited the plant, regaining a keen interest in all the branches of the business.
1. Daniel Lovejoy was a descendant of John Lovejoy, the founder of the
family in New England, who was born in England in 1621 and died at Andover, Mass.
November 7, 1690.
John Lovejoy with Nicholas Holt and others, founded the first church in
Andover in 1645. It is thought that his first landing was at Newbury, Mass., and
his first place of settlement known as Cochichewick. He m. (1) Jan 1, 1651
at Ipswich, Mass., Mary Osgood, dau. of Christopher and Mary (Everett) Osgood.
Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy was born in England April 1633 and died at Andover,
Mass., July 15, 1675.
He m. (2) Nov. 12, 1676, Hannah Pritchard who died at Andover.
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