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Oziel Wilkinson (1744-1815) was a Quaker from Smithfield, Rhode Island, who moved to Pawtucket and established an anchor forge there in 1784. He built an air furnace in 1791 and produced large iron castings. He had six sons and four daughters. One son died at the age of 4, but the others became prominent manufacturers. Abraham and Isaac formed one patnership, and David and Daniel formed another. One of his daughters married Samuel Slater.