NEHGS MA VR -14 Nov 1862 Georgetown, MA records William Straw/Niles died ae 59y 8m 2d in Georgetown, MA; s/o William Straw and Martha Sargent; William was born in Sandwich, NH as were his parents.Cause of death: phthisis(a general wasting away of the body) Record indicates he died in PA [could he have died in Civil War? that would explain the cause of death] Georgetown, MA is where his death is registered. He married Hannah Cheney the d/o Abner Moores Cheney and Lois Hannaford. Hannah was born in Rowley, MA Jan 1805 and died in Georgetown, MA 8 June 1896 at age 91y 4m 18d Here are census records for this family:
1830 Rowley, Essex county, MA Wm Straw [HOH] 1 male 1825-1830 [Charles O - b. 1829] 1 male 1820-1825 [William E- b1825] 1 male 1800-1810 [William- b. 1803] 1 female 1825-1830 [Hannah M. born 1827] 1 female 1800-1810 [wife Hannah born 1805]
1840 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts - there is a Wm STRAW HOH with 3 males 5-10; 1 male 30-40; 1 female under 5; 1 female 30-40
1843 - surname changed from STRAW to NILES [reason unknown to me]
1850 Georgetown, Essex County, MA Wm NILES 1803 Hannah C. 1805 William E. 1831 John 1833 George 1835 Cynthia 1838 OrestesH. 1841
1860 Georgetown, Essex County, MA Wm NILES 1803 NH Hannah C. 1805 MA Lois Cheney/Cheeney c1782 MA [ mother of Hannah]
1870 Georgetown, Essex County, MAssachusetts Hannah M. Niles age 65 [HOH] Clara J. Jaynes ? age 15 b. MA Joseph Cheney age 67 b. MA
1880 Hannah is age 75; widowed and living in Georgetown, MA. also in HH is John F. Waldson born 1834 NH ; widower and relationship to Hannah is "other"