I was able to pick up an old book about the history of Winchester, MA.I was very interested in whether the HUTCHINSON name was mentioned often.Unfortunately, there is no Index of any kind, so I need to browse the fragile pages.In the first few pages I found 2 references to the HUTCHINSON family in regards to 1850, when Winchester annexed off of Woburn, MA.What I was surprised at is that one of the names was one I was not familiar with:Mrs. Lucetta HUTCHINSON... I did a little on-line investigating and found out she had married Samuel HUTCHINSON in West Cambridge, MA, in 1789.(now Arlington, MA).On-line researchers have Samuel and Lucetta having 9 children.
Between my sister and I, we have researched our HUTCHINSON ancestors and the large HUTCHINSON Farm in what is now Winchester, MA, for 20-30 yrs.Part of the reason is that we spent our early childhoods living on that Farm (1940's).I next had to find out how Samuel was connected to the Thomas HUTCHINSON in our line.Each day I work a little on my project, and this afternoon I figured out that Samuel was a brother to our ancestor, Thomas HUTCHINSON, who had married Betsey HOMER.
At the time that Winchester was becoming its own town in 1850, the census showed the widow, Mrs. Lucetta HUTCHINSON.Her husband had passed 3 yrs. before.And, she was one of the first purchasers of a plot in the newly established Wildwood Cemetery.I'm just finding this out this week, so I'll try to find out if a gravestone exists.
Another of the first purchasers of a plot was Thomas O. HUTCHINSON.His wife was the former Mary MASTERS / MARSTERS, and I believe that the stone I found and have a photo of is for these 2 surnames.
I looked at the web page for the Archival Center for the Town of Winchester, and discovered they have a photo of the Samuel HUTCHINSON house.It stood on Main Street and was built ~1840.My ancestor, Jacob Homer HUTCHINSON, married in 1838, and reportedly built his house on Ridge St. also ~1840.The original HUTCHINSON Farm was reportedly started in 1720's, but we don't know when the farmhouse which stood for most of the 1800's was built.It burned down in 1883.We'd sincerely love to see a photo of that house.My family lived in the replacement farmhouse on Ridge St.
Because of the RUSSELL and PIERCE names, those families are mentioned in several family-history books.I'm curious if anyone is researching Samuel and Lucetta.
Betty(near Lowell, MA)
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