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Frederick Baker FURBISH

Male 1849 - 1918  (69 years)


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  • Name Frederick Baker FURBISH 
    Born 21 Jan 1849  Eliot, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jun 1918  Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • “Frederick Baker Furbish, the second son of Joseph and Caroline Greenleaf Baker Furbish, was born 21 January 1849 in Eliot, Maine.

      Frederick did not complete high school, most children didn't in those days, but he learned the trade of carpentry from his father Joseph who was a farmer and house carpenter. Frederick's son Frederick Baker Furbish, Junior was also a carpenter, as was his brother Joseph Hall Furbish before he became a policeman for the City of Cambridge.

      Frederick married Sarah Lucretia Grant on 29 September 1872, in Eliot, Maine. Sarah, the daughter of Sedley and Lucretia (Merchant) Grant was born in South Berwick, Maine on 13 February 1853.

      They moved to Brighton, Massachusetts before 1873 where their first daughter Rena was born. We know that Frederick was living in Brighton, Massachusetts and was a carpenter from an entry in the Township of Brighton Massachusetts records.

      By 1875 the family was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Frederick continued working as a carpenter. He and Sarah had four additional children while living in Cambridge, Cyrus, Mabel, Louis and Frederick Baker, Jr.

      Mabel, their second daughter died shortly before her first birthday, and their first son, Cyrus died of the results of a bicycle accident shortly before his thirteenth birthday.

      Frederick later worked as an architect and builder. Some of the works attributed to him include Harvard Stadium, the Agassiz Theater at Harvard, and the Masonic Temple in Porter Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

      Fred Furbish was a well-known builder in Cambridge and Medford; our records, which are incomplete, list about 25 buildings constructed and/or designed by him between 1886 and 1916. Most were residential buildings in the area north of Harvard Square; his largest known building is the Masonic Lodge at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge, where he was also a member. The Church Street Garage was demolished about 1980.

      Frederick later lived at 50 Park Street in Medford, Massachusetts, the house was a large one (19 rooms, three baths, and nine working fireplaces!) We had a big home, because grandfather planned that his children in growing up should have a good home atmosphere where they could bring and entertain their friends. He even had a bowling alley set up in the cellar, so that the boys and their friends could entertain at home. After Frederick had a stroke, he had an elevator and a handicapped bathroom installed as he was now confined to a wheelchair. The installation of the elevator was right in the middle of the bowling alley.

      Frederick developed his interest in genealogy from his mother, Caroline who was a school teacher and published author. She  had published a history of the Baker family in the Maine Historical and Genealogy Recorder in 1889. Frederick assisted Everett S. Stackpole with the Furbish Genealogical Notes section of Old Kittery and Her Families and preserved a number of family papers which are referenced on these pages.

      After Sarah died on 3 December 1897, Frederick went back to Maine and brought a stone back to Cambridge to mark his beloved wife's grave at the Cambridge Cemetery. His son's Cyrus and Louis, his daughter Mabel, his daughter-in-law Winnie and his granddaughter Cornelia are also buried there.

      He died 19 June 1918 in Medford, Massachusetts.

      It is interesting that his brothers Joseph Hall Furbish, and Howard Bartlett Furbish married sisters from the Grant family. Joseph married Emma M. Grant, and Howard married Minnie Clifford Grant, and subsequently  Mabel Cecelia Grant after Minnie's death.”«s34» [1]
    Person ID I5747  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2021 

    Father Joseph FURBISH,   b. 26 Feb 1805, Eliot, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1886  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Caroline Greenleaf BAKER,   b. 20 May 1819, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1896, Eliot, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1845  Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Lucretia GRANT,   b. 13 Feb 1853, South Berwick, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1897  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1872  Eliot, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rena Cecilia FURBISH,   b. 14 Jul 1873
     2. Cyrus H. FURBISH,   b. 26 May 1875,   d. 1 Apr 1888  (Age 12 years)
     3. Mabel Ethel FURBISH,   b. 9 Jun 1878,   d. 3 Jun 1879  (Age 0 years)
    +4. Louis FURBISH,   b. 27 Jun 1882, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1971, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Frederick Baker FURBISH,   b. 4 Jul 1887
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F2169  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jan 1849 - Eliot, York, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Sep 1872 - Eliot, York, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jun 1918 - Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Furbish, David B.