The Wing Family
By Frank W. Wing
was taken around 1900. The guy in the middle was my grandfather, Charles
H. Wing, Sr.
My grandfather and his family lived in Assonet, Massachusetts. Most likely
that's where this picture was taken. Assonet is a part of Freetown and is
located just north of Fall River in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Everyone in the Wing family called my grandfather "Pa".
The caption under
the picture says "Pa Wing in the middle (Charles H. Wing, Sr)".
in the middle
(Charles H. Wing,Sr.)
My mother Hilda S. Wing's picture
taken from the
BMC Durfee High School 1933 Yearbook
Much of the material below was copied from
information I obtained from the "Wing Family".
The Wings Family in America
have been traced back to 1632. Members of the Wing Family in the United States and Canada have
traced their ancestry back to Matthew Wing of Banbury, England.
One of his son's, the Reverend John Wing, a graduate of Queen's
College, Oxford, was a prominent clergyman in London in the years just after
the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He became a dissenter from the
teachings of the established church, crossed the English Channel and
preached to the English Churches in Germany and Holland.
After his death, his widow, Deborah, came with her four sons and father
to Boston in 1632 and settled in Saugus.
When the "Ten men of Saugus" received it from the Crown in 1637 to that part
of Cape Cod which lies south of Plymouth Colony, Mother Deborah
and her four sons, John, Daniel, Stephen, and Mathew joined this
group and were among the original settlers of Sandwich.
Today the Wing Family is still alive and well in
Starting in 1902 the "Wing Family of America" was establish and has been
meeting annually ever since. From June 13, to the 16th of
2002, the family had it's one hundredth annual family meeting at the "Wing Fort
House" in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Approximately five hundred
members of the Wing Family gather in Sandwich from across
The "Wing Fort House" in Sandwich was built in 1641 by the
Wing Family. The "Wing Fort House" is the oldest house in New England owned and
occupied continuously by the same family for over three centuries.
Today the house has been restored and preserved by the "The Wing Family of
America, Inc.". It is located at Spring Hill Road in
Sandwich, Massachusetts and is open to the public on Tuesday through
Saturday, June 15th to September 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There is a
small charge admission charge. For off-season visits please call the
Caretaker at (508) 833-1540.
For more information and pictures on the Wing Family go
The Wing Family also has a lighthouse named after the family. The
Wing's Neck Lighthouse is on Cape Cod in Massachusetts
For information and pictures on the Wing's Neck Lighthouse on
Cape Cod go
NOTE: If you do check out the "www.wingfamily.org" site,
please note that it states that the site is maintained by "Frank Wing"
who lives in Rhode Island. This "Frank Wing" is
another "Frank Wing" and not the same Frank W. Wing from WINGS
Television, Inc. Sound confusing? You should
attend one of the Family Meeting's where almost everyone had the last name of
Frank W. Wing