Descendants of
James Bradford Tirrell (1852-1938)
Sarah Jane Blanchard (1855-1935)

JB + SJ Tirrell
James B. and Sarah Jane Tirrell
JAMES BRADFORD8 TIRRELL (James7, Cornemius6, Benjamin5-4, Gideon3-2, William1) was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, on 4 December 1852 (VR Wey(H) Births 1843-1860:68:151). His birth took place at home, in the Major Bayley House, on Main Street in South Weymouth. He was the son of the late James Bradford Tirrell and his newly widowed wife, the former Marie Angenette Bayley.

SARAH JANE BLANCHARD was born at Randolph, Massachusetts, on 23 September 1855 (DMH--T), the daughter of Lewis Austin Blanchard and his wife Lydia Hollis. Her place of birth is sometimes given as Holbrook, but the Town of Holbrook was not created out of part of Randolph until 1872. Sarah Jane lived in that part of Randolph that later became Holbrook until 1862, when her family moved to South Weymouth. She was a member of South Parish (Congregational) Church, South Weymouth.

James B. Tirrell and Sarah Jane Blanchard were married at South Parish Church, South Weymouth, on 11 June 1874, by Rev. George F. Stanton (VR Wey(H) Marr. 1853-1910:1:145:35). James B. Tirrell lived his entire life in the Bayley House, on Main Street in South Weymouth, and there He and Sarah Jane raised their family.

Some biographical information and names of relatives are found in a newspaper report on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. See below.

James B. Tirrell was trained to be a shoemaker, and worked at that trade for several years. He was called a "boot finisher" on his marriage record (1874). He was called a "bootmaker" on the birth record of daughter Bertha (1875) and "boot finisher" on the birth record of son Lewis (1879). Soon after that he entered business for himself as a confectionary salesman. He bought candy, cigars and tobacco wholesale. Then he traveled from his base in South Weymouth, through Norfolk and Plymouth Counties with a horse and wagon delivering these items to small neighborhood stores. He was called a "peddler" on the birth record of daughter Mary (1880) and "teamster" on the birth record of son Wallace (1885).

Grandchildren Doris Maxfield Hartshorn and Charles Maxfield, Jr., shared with me their memories of James Bradford and Sarah Jane Tirrell:

memories from Doris Maxfield Hartshorn memories from Charles A. Maxfield, Jr.
So far as I know Sarah Jane and James B. Tirrell always lived on Main St., South Weymouth. . . . Arthur was in business with his father and always lived in South Weymouth. . . . I know Grandma Tirrell and Aunt Maym were both members of the Congregational Church in South Weymouth.
Always had the guest room with Aunt Harriet's picture on the wall. My grandfather's sister and my mother mother named for her. I always thought she was SO beautiful.
I played with Brad Tirrell and his crowd of girls and boys. Lots more friends and fun than at 91 Bridge St. Fairhaven. Brad and I climbed trees--had tree house, etc. Brad had a pony.
After Grandma Maria's death the Tirrell house was made over; plumbing installed; heating system installed; no more baths in the big wash tub in the kitchen and heating water on the stove. No more going out through long shed to outside toilets--expecting rats and mice to pop out any time. Nice warm house.
Grandma and Grandpa moved into Maria's apartment--all remodeled. There they fixed their first apartment over to rent. My Dad did the plumbing and heating for them weekends.
He liked cigars and he liked to listen to the radio. He couldn't be bothered--we'd go visit them maybe once or twice a year, and he'd sit in that chair rocking, looking at the radio, at the ballgame . . . he followed all those ball games. He had enough cigars. He was a dealer in cigars. All he had to do was go out to the barn and get another box of 50.
He used to come down to Marion once in a while. Once or twice he came down there to visit. As long as it was the time of year before his garden. Because he had a big garden, he wouldn't leave the place for anything. But when he came down there he'd go out and chop wood. We had a wood shed. Chop wood and chop wood! One time he got mad out there and wanted to go home--we took him home.
My Grandmother taught me to eat several vegetables that I wouldn't try before this, but if Grandma said they were good--they were.
I think I was the one member of the Maxfield family that visited regularly with Grandma and Grandpa Tirrell. When I was about 3 or 4 years old my mother had scarlet fever. So I was sent to South Weymouth by electric car with my little suitcase and a tag on the front of me: "Please see that this child is transferred in Brockton to Rockland car; at Rockland to South Weymouth electric car and see that she gets off car in South Weymouth at corner of Main and Park Avenues. Her grandmother will meet her.
We all had to go to Sunday School.
When I was in South Weymouth Aunt Sadie would make sure my laundry was done so that Grandma T. didn't have additional work.
I was always begging my mother to let me stay another week at Grandma Tirrell's.
Aunt Sadie and Grandma T. and I played "parcheesey" by the hour and "slap-jack."
If I was uneasy on Sunday--I was told, "find a book and go down in the meadow under the tree and read." NOW that is old Rte. 128.
My Grandmother, well she was a nice lady. Once or twice I ate up there but I didn't enjoy it too much, I'll tell you why. Whatever they had is what you ate, whether you liked it or not. If you ate part of what you liked and if you wanted some more, first you had to finish everything on your plate. They served us; we didn't serve ourselves.

Sarah Jane Blanchard Tirrell died June 26, 1935, at South Weymouth, age 79 years, 8 months, 28 days (DMH--T). James Bradford Tirrell died there November 6, 1938, age 85 years, 11 months, 2 days (DMH--T). Ruth Howe reported to me a newspaper clipping she had, that called him at death "a well known merchant, having been engaged in candy and tobacco business for 36 years." They were both buried at Rural Cemetery, Weymouth.

James B. and Sarah Jane Tirrell had the following children:

  1. BERTHA HARRIET9 TIRRELL b. at Weymouth on 8 February 1875
  2. ARTHUR BRADFORD9 TIRRELL b. at Holbrook on 20 January 1877
    • b. at Weymouth on 16 March 1879 (VR Wey(H) Births 1861-1910:2:129:42)
    • Occupation. frm 1898-1955 hotel manager. For notice of his retirement see below
    • d. at Williamsport, Pa., on 19 February 1965 (DMH--T)
    • m (her 2d). on 27 June 1914 MABEL LOVELLA CURTIS
      • b. in 1880
      • d. on 13 September 1952
      • m (her first). ________ Mann
  4. MARY MARIA9 TIRRELL b. at Weymouth on 28 May 1880
  5. WALLACE BLANCHARD9 TIRRELL b. at Weymouth on 5 November 1885

from Williamsport Sun Feb. 12, 1953


The retirement of Lewis O. Tirrell, manager of the Lycoming, was announced Wednesday evening at a meeting of the board of directors of the hotel. Mr. Tirrell's retirement will become effective on April 1. He has been manager of the local hotel for the past 21 years.
The board has not yet selected anyone to succeed Mr. Tirrell in the managership of the hotel.
Mr. Tirrell's career embraces 55 years of continuous association in an executive capacity with various hotels in the East.
A native of Weymouth, Mass., he first entered the hotel field in 1898 as manager of the Hotel Hemenway, Boston. He held that position for seven years. He then went to the Cooley Hotel, Springfield, Mass., as assistant manager. He remained there for another seven years, and followed this with two years each as assistant manager at the Hotels Bond and Heublein. both in Hartford, Conn. In 1916, Mr. Tirrell became manager of the Hotel Green in Danbury, Conn. He stayed there seven years. In 1923, Mr. Tirrell became associated with the American Hotels chain, then in the process of organization. He worked out of its New York office under the direction of Gen. J. Leslie Kincaid, serving as a zone supervisor and overseeing the design, construction and equipment of the early hotels of the chain. In this capacity, he started in operation the Hotels Burritt, New Britain, Conn.; Colonial, Gardner, Mass.; and George Washington, Winchester, Va. In 1926 he assumed the general managership of the Hotels Hendrick Hudson and Troy in Troy, N.Y., as well as supervising managership of the Hotel Queensbury, Glen Falls, N.Y., and the Governor Clinton, Kingston, N.Y. Mr. Tirrell came to Williamsport in 1932 as general manager of The Lycoming and has been here since that time.
In his years at The Lycoming he has seen to it that the hotel has kept pace with every improvement that makes for progress in hotel operation. He has kept the standards for the house so high that today its position in the upper brackets of Pennsylvania hotels is secure.
The local hotel manager has long been a member of the Pennsylvania Hotels Association and the American Hotels Association. Aside from his hotel duties, Mr. Tirrell has always taken an active interest in the civic life of Williamsport. He is a mason, a Rotarian, a member of the Governing Board of the Williamsport Hospital and treasurer of the Lycoming County Chapter of the American Automobile Association.
Mr. Tirrell's wife died on Sept. 13, 1952. Her son, Curtis Mann, is executive assistant manager of The Lycoming. He resides with his wife and two sons at 2514 Hillside Avenue. Mr. Tirrell, who plans to remain a resident of Williamsport, has a brother and a sister residing in South Weymouth, Mass.

Clipping, June 12, 1924


SOUTH WEYMOUTH, June 12--Fifty years ago yesterday, James Bradford Tirrell and Miss Sarah Jane Blanchard were married by Rev. George F. Stanton, then pastor of the Old South Congregational Church.
Last night in the old colonial house built in 1750, 459 Main St., in which Mr. and Mrs. Tirrell have lived all their married life and in which Mr. Tirrell was born, they observed their golden wedding of their marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Tirrell were assisted in receiving by their children, Mrs. Charles A. Maxfield of Fairhaven, Arthur B. Tirrell of South Weymouth, Lewis O. Tirrell of Winchester, Va., Mrs. Richie T. Howe of South Weymouth and Wallace B. Tirrell of New Bedford. Ushers were the following grandsons: Bradford Tirrell, Gordon Maxfield, Norman Howe, Lawrence Maxfield and Winston Howe. Mrs. Arthur B. Tirrell had charge of the guest book. Serving the wedding lunch were the Misses Carrie Gardner, Annie Poole, Grace Stowell, Ethel Hayden, Doris Maxfield, Thais Maxfield and Margaret Tirrell.
An orchestra led by Luther Hayden played, Miss Mary Chapman sang. Miss Bessie Sargent gave readings and Miss Anna Cady piano solos.
Mr. Tirrell was born in the Maj. Bailey house Dec. 4, 1852, one of the three children of James B. and Maria (Bailey) Tirrell. He learned the trade of a shoeworker. In 1877 he became a salesman of confectionery in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties, continuing for 37 years, until his retirement 10 years ago. He is a member of Wildey Lodge, I. O. O. F.
Mrs. Tirrell was born in Holbrook, Sept. 29, 1855, one of seven children of Lewis A. and Lydia (Hollis) Blanchard. The family came to South Weymouth when Mrs. Tirrell was 6 years old. She is a member of the Old South Union Congregational Church. There are five children and ten grandchildren.

Some information on this family is found in:
Tirrell, Robert Wilson. The Tirrell-Tirrill-Terrill-Tyrrell Book: Descendants of William Therrill. Englewood, NJ, 1969. p. 319.

Some information on this family comes from the notes of Bertha Tirrell Maxfield, which are contained, with other material, in:
Hartshorn, Doris Maxfield. Genealogy of the James Bradford Tirrell Family. (Ditto duplication, distributed in the family).

Other information has been provided, through interviews and correspondence, by:

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