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THE plan of the First Edition, individing the work into two chapters, has been followed in this, as being moreconvenient than giving to each generation a chapter, especially where they areso small.
The black-faced Arabic numeralson the extreme left hand of the page, directly opposite the name to be carriedforward, refer to a like number in the centre of the page, where a fuller andmore complete record of the person will be found. This central number alsorefers back to its fellow in the margin.
Under each reference number inthe middle of the page, the head of the family in Roman Capitals will beobserved, while those in italics, immediately following in parenthesis, denotethe lineal descent from Shadrach1, his children2, and so on down to thegeneration in hand. The small superior figures after the Christian name, in allcases, indicate the generation to which such person is removed from the firstimmigrant.
At the left hand of the family ofHapgood children, in the order of their birth, is placed a column of Romannumerals, signifying the number of children in such family.
The female line of descent is nottraced beyond grandchildren, -- except in a few instances copied from the firstedition, -- and these grandchildren are numbered in the margin by Arabicnumerals.
Abbreviations have been verylittle used, and when introduced are of such familiar character as to requireno explanation: gr. for great, grd. for grand, bap. baptized, b. born, d. died,dau. daughter, m. married, r. resided at, rs. resides at, s. p. (Sine prole), withoutissue, unm. unmarried, and possibly a few others, readily understood, may beencountered.
QUITE early in life our curiositywas aroused by the tales and discussions about the origin of the Hapgood racein America, but no definite conclusion was ever reached as to where they camefrom, or in what numbers. There was a sort of unreliable tradition that threebrothers came over from England, one settling near Providence, one in Boston,and one in Middlesex County. The story had no foundation in fact, and died whenthe first edition of the Genealogy was born. They were here, and it should beknown from whence they came, at what time they arrived, their condition andstanding. Facilities for research were not then as ample as at present. Wepuzzled over the problem considerably during the earlier portion of ourbusiness career, without arriving at any satisfactory result. About the year1859, we became acquainted with the Rev. Abner Morse, then a noted genealogist,antiquarian, and man of letters. Being then in active business, we could notafford the time required for such research, nor had we the talents necessaryfor its successful prosecution. We had, however, been moderately successful inbusiness, and felt that we could afford to have the records searched, and ourlife-long curiosity gratified. The matter was laid before Mr. Morse, whoreadily saw the importance of such a compilation, and cheerfully entered uponits manifold duties and trials. About two years were consumed in collecting andarranging necessary statistics. State archives, town and church records andhistories were searched, mortuary monuments inspected, traditions and oraltestimony sifted, and, in 1862, the little volume was launched upon thecommunity. The Hapgood family had not expanded as rapidly as some of the otherimmigrants, the interest in the work was languid, and we presumed the worthyauthor was somewhat disappointed by the limited
demand for the book. There were,as there must of necessity always be, in first editions of this kind, manyerrors and omissions, and we then pledged ourselves, if life and health werevouchsafed us for a quarter century, we would then essay a new edition, withsuch additions and amendments, as would be required to bring dates and recordsdown to the time of issue.
From time to time, items of valueas they appeared were garnered up, so as to form a nucleus for the moreextended work, but it did not amount to so very much when the twenty-five yearshad expired. How very brief, looking backward, is a quarter century! Wehesitated, pondered, reflected, did not really feel equal to the task; and yet,felt it in our heart, that some one ought to do it. We remembered the very wiseadvice of Polonius to his son Laertes, "to thine own self be true,"and as the pledge was made, it must be redeemed or we to ourselves prove false.Still we vacillated for several years, and finally, in 1894, set seriously towork; issued circulars and blanks, wrote numerous letters, searched townrecords and state archives, vexed the souls of innumerable relatives andfriends, and performed such other menial service as, from time immemorial,genealogists have been obliged to endure. We had flattered ourselves that asthe family was small, by the aid of the first edition as a guide, six months ora year would give ample time for its completion. Had all the members respondedpromptly, much time and patience would have been saved; but in no event couldthe work be done in a year. With the apathy, indifference, and lack of interestone encounters, six years would be all too short a time.
Possibly it is well for us thatwe do not always foresee the obstacles that hedge us about, for if we did, noattempt would be made to do anything. We had from many quarters, the mostgratifying assurance of sympathy, generous aid, co-operation and encouragement;while from others we were consoled by cool neglect. Obstacles "toonumerous
to mention" were cast beforeus, but we struggled on with a devotion worthy of any cause, and are now readyat the end of nearly four years of constant labor and anxiety, to lay thevolume before our readers, with all its imperfections and shortcomings upon itshead, in the hope that they will exercise the same degree of patience andforbearance that the Compiler has. Many of our relatives and friends have laidus under a deep debt of obligation by kindly examining records, searchingchurch registers and graveyards, writing letters, and giving their time freelyto the cause, and, in various ways, contributing to the final completion of thework.
The prefatory remarks upon theorigin and location of the family in England, as well as the settlement in thiscountry, together with the introduction to Chapters I. and II., and the earlyhistory of Nathaniel and Thomas and their descendants, are mostly transcribedfrom the first edition. Other parts of the first edition have been so modifiedand mingled with the material of the new edition, as to render analysis and dueacknowledgment almost impossible, and they have been presented as original.
The records of the Maine andNorthern New York families are almost entirely new, and much new matter hasbeen added to all the other branches, and still there is much left to the futuregleaner. In our final "round up," we find there are many stragglersafield, which, we trust, some brave soul will, in the future, undertake todiscover, and bring into the fold. The sources of information are so varied andobscure, as to tax to the utmost one's skill and patience in research; townrecords have not always been properly kept; some have been destroyed by fire;church records, at best, are limited; traditions are unreliable and memoriestreacherous. To say an event was "probably" so and so, is not veryclear, definite, or satisfactory, leaving to the compiler the duty of analyzingand adopting. All this requires patience, perseverance, endurance, energy. The
most discouraging feature oneencounters is the withholding of family records by individuals, that should bepromptly and cheerfully rendered; appeal to them again and again, and noresponse is heard; attempt a flank movement, and the result is the same; theymust, of necessity, be left out, and have no one to blame but themselves. Theyseem to have no reverence, no respect, for the sacred memories of noble andpatriotic ancestors. "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do yeeven so to them," seems never to have entered their code of ethics. Therewas during the last and early part of the present century, a most reliablesource of information, which, we are sorry to believe, is falling intodesuetude. We refer to the family Bible, in which all births, marriages, anddeaths were carefully registered. Few families were so poor as not to possessone or more of these reliable records; but to-day we fear the Bible does nothold that sacred place in the family which it did two or three generations ago.To say there is less respect for the Old and more for the New would not probablybe wide of the mark. We erect statues, monuments, and buildings in memory ofour brave, self-sacrificing, worthy citizens, but the best monument tocommemorate their noble deeds is the written page.
Efforts have been made todiscover the origin and history of the Hapgood race in England, withoutsuccess. Certain incidents have been elicited that may ultimately lead to adisclosure of the facts that will unite the younger branches in America and theelder in England into one harmonious whole. The gutteral sound of the nameHabgood would seem to indicate its Saxon origin or derivation; but whether itwas introduced into England during the Saxon rule in the fifth or sixthcentury, or had a lodgement there at a later period, is to us unknown. It wouldseem most probable that they were in the realm at an early period. ThomasHapgood who married, October 1, 1587, Helena Earle, daughter of Richard Earle,of Collingbourne, Kingston, England,
was knighted in Elizabeth's time.About 1859, Mr. Morse entered into a correspondence with Mr. Somerby, thewell-known antiquarian, then residing in London, to see what could be learnedabout the Hapgood race in England. He visited Andover and places adjacentthereunto, probably including Penton, only two and three-quarters milesdistant, where resided Peter Noyes, an uncle of Shadrach. Much of the skeletonof a record of Shadrach's parentage and early career was obtained from thissource, and while it did not disclose any tangible, lineal descent, it didproclaim the time and place of embarkation of the first Hapgood emigrant forAmerica. It would be exceedingly gratifying to the descendants of the Hapgoodand other New England families, to become better acquainted with the home lifeof their progenitors, their condition, character, and standing.
The Hapgood family is notnumerous, nor has it produced many very distinguished men in art, science, orliterature, or as statemen, jurists, or generals; and yet, they have been true,loyal, and patriotic; serving in the Indian and Colonial Wars and War ofRevolution, and numerously in the War of Rebellion. They were among the earliersettlers of New England, from the farming districts of the south of England,and were by nature, instinct, and heredity farmers; selecting and cultivatingtheir lands with exceeding good taste and judgment, and so long as they stuckto husbandry were prosperous, and the peers of any other class. Those who haveabandoned agriculture as a vocation, have hardly sustained the well-earnedreputation bequeathed to them. The early generations purchased extensive tractsof land, built large houses, barns, and other buildings, and apparently aspiredto manorial possessions, but never seemed to have any ambition for public life.The gilded dome or tented field had no attraction for them. High office meansgreat responsibility; immense wealth is a symbol of anxiety and unrest. To sumit all up, is not the condition of the "well-to-do" farmer, in hisquiet home, rather to be chosen, than the uncertain
rewards of office, the anxietiesof commercial enterprises, or the watchful, chafing care of great wealth? Theearlier generations had mostly large families of children, with males innumerical predominance, while latterly the families of children are small, withfemales in excess to such extent as to jeopardize the perpetuity of the race.
In 1888, when in London, we hadseveral interviews with Henry F. Waters, Esq., one of the best arch‘ologistsAmerica has had there, and after much persuasion, he consented to visit Andoverand its neighborhood, and see what he could make out. He did not, however,succeed in finding statistics of much value. He found records of Hapgoods, butdid not have the good fortune to connect the names with any in this country,and they were not available for the work in hand. These papers will be found inthe appendix, with others of no positive value, other than to satisfy thereader that no pains have been spared to secure the records of the family inEngland, as well as this country.
Through the kindness of Rev. E.E. Hale, D. D., we received a letter from H. J. Hapgood, Esq., privatesecretary to the younger Gladstone, which throws some light upon theorthography and other matters. There are families of Hapgoods in the UnitedStates, which we have not been able to trace back to a connection with Shadrachor his kindred. We cannot help believing that Professor George Thomas Hapgood,of Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, is not so very remotely connected withour family. The Christian names of his family are almost identical with thoseof Shadrach and his descendants, who were doubtless named after ancestors orrelatives in the mother country. There is a very respectable family in Ohio,whose origin is obscure, and yet we are confident they are of the same race asShadrach. These items, with others, are thrown together as a sort of appendixto the volume for what they are worth, in the hope that some future gleaner mayderive some benefit from them, or that they may present a clue to something ofvalue.
Some articles of our own, thathave from time to time appeared in print, mostly of a sporting character, havebeen collected and published herewith as a "Supplement," not so muchfor their intrinsic value as to swell the little volume to a respectable size.In fact, from the very first setting out upon this prolonged task, we have beenimpressed with the idea that there would not be data sufficient in so small afamily to form a volume, and that, in order to produce a book, we must pressinto service all the material that was germain. The first edition of Hapgoodgenealogy was bound with other families in order to make a book. Of itself, indouble-leaded small pica, it would have made a pamphlet of about seventy pages.After all the material had been assembled, we found, much to our surprise, thatby admitting small portions of somewhat extraneous matter, and by using heavypaper and leading out the lines, while it might be pleasant to the eyes of thereader, the book would be in bulk much beyond previous estimates. This was not,however, discovered till the manuscript was in the hands of the printer, and itwas too late to eliminate without marring the beauty and symmetry of the work,and we reluctantly acceded to its being sent forth in its present turgidcondition.
While it might appear invidiousfor us to mention some of the most ardent co-workers, we desire in the mosthearty and sincere manner to tender to all, who have in any way rendered theleast assistance, our warmest thanks. Without their aid the work in hand wouldnever have been finished. It was our aim and purpose from the beginning, topresent a copy to each person who in any way cheerfully contributed anythingtoward the rearing of the structure. This plan we shall endeavor to carry out;nor did we intend to offer any for sale. More mature deliberation has inducedus to modify this conclusion. Since the book would be for free delivery, thedemand would likely be large, and to terminate an endless correspondence, andsave ourselves from the liability
to constant annoyance, we shallplace the books on sale. (See page 3.)
And here our constructive laborends, with a regret that we have not been able to make it more perfect andcomplete; but we have done our level best--"Angels can no more."
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Title Page 1
Table ofContents 13
List ofIllustrations 15
Hapgood Family,First Generation 17
Chapter I,Second Generation 27
Hapgood Family,Chapter II, Second Generation 160
Other HapgoodFamilies 335
The OhioFamily 335
Descendants ofJohn Hapgood, England 342
A Family fromPrince Edward Island 345
A Familyresiding in St. Louis 346
Notes andComments by Henry F. Waters 347
Letter from H.J. Hapgood, London, England 352
HapgoodRevolutionary War Records 354
Hapgoods in theCivil War 358
Brant Geese,Habits, etc. 363
Game Birds ofNew England 370
Range andRotary Movements of Limicol‘ 379
Address atDedication of Harvard Library 399
Letter from Italy 409
ATrans-Continental Trip 411
Sporting in theFar West 445
Letter fromCalifornia 452
Recollectionsof a Half Century 455
Brant Shootingat Cape Cod, 1881 467
" "" " " 1882 485
" "" " " 1887 489
" "" " " 1888 491
" "" " " 1890 495
" "" " " 1891 499
" "" " " 1892 502
" "" " " 1894 505
" "" " " 1895 511
" "" " " 1896 516
ResignationAddress and Note 522
Partridge,(Quail) Shooting, North Carolina 528
Two Lettersfrom County line 529
Dublin LakeTrout 534
Trout Fishingin Yosemite Valley 535
Sporting inSouth Lancaster 536
Sporting inLittleton 538
Index ofPersons 539
Index ofTowns 584
Frontispiece(Mansion house, Harvard).
Commission toShadrach Hapgood 38
Mercy (Goldsmith)Maynard 48
George Hapgood 70
Charlotte (Mead)Hapgood 76
Hannah (Hapgood)Gamage 78
Dea. Jonathan Fairbank 78b
Andrew S. Hapgood 98
Jonathan FairbankHapgood 111
Theodore GoldsmithHapgood 116
Warren Hapgood 119
Julia Adelaide(Gamage) Hapgood 126
Lemuel BicknellHapgood 151
John Guy Hapgood andFamily 158
Gen. Charles H.Taylor 215
Isabel FlorenceHapgood 257
Rev. George GroutHapgood, D.D. 265
Charles H. Hapgood 269
Thomas EmersonHapgood 297
Julien Weeks Hapgood,wife and daughter 319
Col. Charles EdwardHapgood 320
Francis CalvinHapgood 323
Melvin HathawayHapgood 332
George Negus Hapgood 335
William Hapgood 339
Live Brant Decoys 363
Shore Birds --(Limicol‘) 379
Harvard Library andSoldiers' Monument 399
Warren Hapgood, andpointer, Mark 455
Brant Box and Decoysin Position 467
Resident MembersMonomoy Branting Club 507
Monomoy, Providence, and Manchester Club Houses 516
Starting out for aDay's Hunt 528
At Lunch, CountyLine, N. C. 530
Dublin Lake Trout 534
Yosemite ValleyTrout 535
Rufus Eager and hisDay's Work 537
Peter S. Whitcomb 538
ORIGIN OF THE FAMILYIN ENGLAND AND FIRST
HAPGOOD, originally Habgood, is an ancient name, as thesimplicity of the arms of Habgood denotes, and no doubt originated when theNormans were mixing their corrupt Latin with the Saxon, and laying thefoundation of the English language. It would, on this hypothesis, date as farback as the adoption of surnames, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. InEngland the name of Hapgood is rare, if not now unknown, but Habgood is notuncommon; and that the latter was the true orthography of the name, is evidentfrom its occurrence in signatures to the wills and deeds of the grandparents ofHapgoods now living. The name of their emigrant ancestor in the settlement ofhis estate in 1675 was uniformly spelled Habgood, as it had been in the recordof his marriage in 1664. One, certainly, and probably both of his sons,preserved the same orthography, as did some of his grandsons; and there is nota Hapgood in this country who may not by inheritance claim the more euphoniousand ennobled English name of Habgood. But if this was the true spelling, howcame it to be altered? It happened, as I conceive, on this wise. Thepronunciation of the name, as often occurs, first became corrupted, and thisled reporters and clerks, both in Old and New England, into wrong spelling.When once entered wrong upon a muster
roll it would so remain, and beso used in issuing summonses, levying taxes, and assigning lands. The publicrecords, and not the usage of the family, would be the standard, and the namewould continue to be erroneously written, until the race, from fashion orconvenience, or to hold their lands, adopted the change. Many New England namesby such entries became altered, and only one, to my knowledge, ever succeededin conquering the record, and this they did at the end of 140 years. Thecorruption of this name was not improbably aided by the published account ofthe Indian massacre at Brookfield, in which Captain Wheeler spells the nameHapgood. It had previously been spelled by another, Hopgood. Each of the threemodes of spelling occur in Southampton, England, viz., at Andover, Tangley,Mottisfont, and North Stoneham. At Weyhill the name cannot be found.
SHADRACH HAPGOOD was the commonancestor of all the New England Hapgoods.(*) He was nearly related to two ofthe early planters of Sudbury, viz., Peter Noyes, and Peter Noyes (or Haynes),Senior, both of whom were from Southampton, England, and were men of wealth andstanding in the Colony.+ He was brought over in his youth, and no doubtcompleted his minority with his distinguished uncle, Peter Noyes. Of hisantecedents no information has been obtained beyond the record of hisembarkation. Through the liberality of Warren Hapgood, Esq., of Boston, I havebeen enabled to procure an extensive examination of records in London andSouthampton without finding his name. From returns, however, it appears thatthe name first occurred in that county about 1600, when six of the name in thecentral and west part of the county made their wills, 1603-1638, viz., JohnHopgood of
(*) Also, with few exceptions, of all theHapgoods in this country.
+ Peter Noyeswas from Penton, Mewsey, only two and three-quarters miles from
Andover, where, as I believe, the father of ShadrachHabgood was born, and only a quarter
of a mile from Weyhill, from whence, according tofamily tradition, Mr. Noyes came.
(See letter of ll. F. Waters in the Appendix.)
Andover, 1608; John Habgood theelder, yeoman, of Andover, 1615; Widow Joan Hapgood of Tangley, February 21,1603, which was proved April 4, 1603; William Hopgood, tanner, son of Williamof North Stoneham, 1611; Thomas Hopgood, husbandman, of Mottisfont, 1617; andJohn Hopgood of Tangley (probably the son of Widow Joan Hapgood of Tangley), in1638. These, judging from the names of their legatees, must have been all ofone family. Widow Joan at the date of her will had a son Thomas, then thefather of Joan and Christian. John Hopgood of Andover, whose will was proved1608 but is not to be found, is supposed to have been the father of JohnHabgood of the same place, who in 1615 had a wife Alice and eight children,five of whom, viz., John, Katharine, Mary (wife of Henry Reade), Anne, andAlice, were of age; and Robert, Clare, and Thomas, then minors. This Thomas wasprobably the father of Shadrach, who named his first son Nathaniel, after hismaternal grandfather, his second, Thomas, doubtless after his paternalgrandfather, as was the uniform practice of his day, whenever the eldest sonwas not named for the latter. This conclusion has almost the force of a record,so uniformly was the second son, if not the first, called after his paternalgrandfather. Nearly the only exceptions were when the latter had anon-scriptural name, or embarrassment would arise from making the identicalname too common among grandchildren of equal ages in the same town orneighborhood. All relating to Shadrach Habgood that can be gleaned from ourrecords is here given in the variable and defective orthography in which itoccurs:--
"Shadrach Hopgood agedfourteen years embarked at Gravesend May 30, 1656, in the Speadwell, RobertLock, Master, bound for New England," and in July arrived in Boston.Several other minors embarked at the same time, whose names soon afterreappeared at Marlboro' and Sudbury, where he had a cousin, Thomas Haynes, whohad not improbably "been sent to bring him."
October 21, 1664, he was marriedat Sudbury to Elizabeth Treadway, born April 3, 1646, daughter of NathanielTreadway, then of Sudbury and afterwards of Watertown, where he served sevenyears as selectman. Her mother, Sufferance (Howe) Treadway, was the daughter ofElder Edward Howe of Watertown, whose wife was Margaret, and whose descendantsin this country have retained the arms and claimed a descent from Lord Howe, anEnglish peer. Her grandmother, Margaret Howe, married for a second husbandGeorge Bunker, constable of Charlestown, 1630, and owner of the summit of thatimmortal hill of glory bearing his name, and by will gave half her estate toNathaniel Treadway, and bequests to John Stone (eldest son of Deacon GregoryStone of Cambridge), husband of her sister Ann, and to her sister, Mary Rogersof Boxtead, Essex County, England. The next notice of Shadrach Hopgood occursin the following deposition in the records of the Court of Assistants.
"June 26, 1666"Sidrache Habgood" aged about twenty-two yrs. witnesseth & saiththat for this seven years past or more time while I lived with my cousin PeterNoyes & in the time when my uncle [Peter] Noyes lived, I then knew thebounds of my cousin's land at Cedar Craught & the tree owned the last weekby Lt. Goodenow, and also the stake in the meadow by the River side or towardsthe River side 5 or 6 rods to the Southward of the brooke to be where it everwas since I knew it & was in my sight renewed by neighbor Edward Rice &my cousin Peter Noyes together & further saith not."
[Sworn] "Before mee Tho:Danforth, Assist." Jan. 25, 1676, he served with Peter Noyes and EdmundGoodnow as an appraiser of the estate of Joseph Davis of Sudbury.
Shadrach Habgood was a young manof enterprise, and early laid the foundation of the spacious and fertile landedestates which so many of his descendants have enjoyed quite down to the presenttime.
In 1669, after Concord, Sudbury,Marlboro', Lancaster, Groton, and "Nashaby" had been granted, therewas left a large and irregular tract between them, running in a north-westerlydirection from Sudbury to Lunenburg, was then called "Pomposetticut";and he, in 1678 or 1679, with eleven other men from Concord, Sudbury, andChelmsford, then petitioned the General Court for a grant of the same. Therecords of the General Court are silent about it, yet from records of theproprietors of Stow, it appears that the Court entertained such petition, senta committee to view the tract, and actually granted them the land for a newtown, in 1670, requiring them to begin to improve it by May, 1673, and no doubtannexing other customary conditions, such as taking up 50 acres each, buildinga meeting-house, and settling an orthodox minister, &c., within a specifiedtime, and procuring a certain number of additional settlers to become equalpartners with themselves, after which they might proceed to make furtherallotments of land. With all such conditions they did not probably comply. Yetthey proceeded and "took up lots of 50 acres each" on both sides ofAssabet River, from one to two miles above the site of Assabet Village, andlocated their meeting-house near the old burying yard in Stow. How far theyprogressed is not ascertainable. Philip's war came on soon, some lost their lives,and the settlement is supposed for a time to have been broken up. Still thegrantees, if they did not fully comply with all the conditions of the grant,went so far as to obtain an extension, and certainly to secure to themselvesand heirs large interests in the town, which, by a further Act of the GeneralCourt, May 16, 1683, was fully incorporated by the name of Stow. That portionof the narrow belt, known as "Stow Leg," lying within theirboundaries, fell to each of the towns, Harvard, Shirley, and Boxborough, asthey were incorporated.
Shadrach Habgood took up his lotof 50 acres on the south side of the river, where Mr. Nathaniel Hapgood
resides, about one and one halfmiles south or southwest of the site of the first meeting-house. Here he beganimprovements, and operated two or three years, it is supposed, preparatory toremoving his family from Sudbury, if he did not actually do so; but the Indianwar came on, and he was summoned to the field.
The Nipmuck Indians, whoseoriginal country embraced the upper basins of Concord, Charles, and Blackstonerivers, and extended west to the Connecticut, had engaged secretly with KingPhilip to make war upon the English, but the war having been brought on beforethey were fully prepared to take part, they dissembled, and assured thesettlers of their friendship. Still they were suspected by the government.Captains Hutchinson and Wheeler were therefore ordered, with twenty mountedmen, and three Indian interpreters, to proceed into their country to treat withthem, to insure their loyalty. In this company was Shadrach Habgood. Theyproceeded to Brookfield. Here the Indians being made acquainted with the objectof their visit, engaged to meet them, August 2, 1675, at a certain spot atQuaboag, about three miles from the village and garrison of Brookfield. Theyproceeded to the place, but finding no Indians, and imagining they had mistakenthe locality, directed their course to Wikabaug Pond, in single file, between aswamp on the left and an abrupt high hill on the right. The place is supposedto be on the south side of the railroad, between the depot in Brookfield andWest Brookfield. Here they fell into an ambush, and were suddenly surroundedwith 200 or 300 warriors, who killed eight of their number and mortally woundedthree others. Among the murdered was Shadrach Habgood. Captain Wheeler, whoseletter describing this tragedy has been often before the public, spells hisname Hapgood. Mrs. Habgood, with her five children, was probably at Sudbury, toreceive the sorrowful tidings. But their griefs and losses were not yet ended.She was appointed to administer on her husband's estate, which, with
his right and interest in the"New Plantation at Pomsetticutt," now Stow, was appraised by PeterNoyes and Edmund Goodenow, September 2, 1675, at £145.2s. October 5 (8), 1675, she presented a new inventory of the estate, valued at£106. 11s., praying for an abatementof the difference, in consequence of the burning of a house by the enemy. This,no doubt, refers to a house which her husband had built upon his lot atPomposetticut, for Sudbury was not burnt until April 6, 1676, although hisdescendant, who occupies the spot, has no tradition of the event. [From first edition.]
About the close of heradministratorship, probably in 1677, the record says: "There are fivechildren left of Sydrack," (or Shadrach) and Elizabeth Treadway (orTredaway) Habgood, viz.:
2 I. Nathaniel2,born October 21, 1665; married Elizabeth
Ward ofMarlboro. [See Chapter I.]
II. Mary2, bornNovember 2, 1667; married at Watertown,
April 10,1688, John Whitney, son of Jonathan, and
grandsonof John and Elinor, born June 27, 1662, at
Watertown. He settled in Framingham, built a house
nearWashakum pond, was selectman in 1714 for
threeyears, constable 1719, tythingman 1719 and 1724,
admittedto the church July 26, 1719. Was a fuller by
trade;died _____, 1735. His inventory bears date
May 22, 1735, and his estate was valued at£619.
14s. 7d.Resided at Framingham, Sherborn and
1. Mary3Whitney, born March 27, 1689; married, February
1,1709, Daniel Moore of Sudbury, born
2.Elizabeth3, born January 21, 1690; married Jonathan
Willard, born at Roxbury, June 27, 1693; she
diedJuly 4, 1720.
3. James3,born December 28, 1692; married Martha
Rice,February 2, 1715, and second, _____, 1732,
Mrs. Elizabeth (Holbrook) Twitchell; Hon.Daniel
Whitney of Sherborn was their son. He died
2 III. Thomas2, born October 1, 1669, inSudbury; married, 1690-91,
JudithBarker, born April 9, 1671; died August 15,
1759. [See Chapter II.]
IV. Sarah2, born_____ 1672; married _____ 1691, Jonathan
Whitney,born October 20, 1658, brother of John,
above,and grandson of John and Elinor Whitney of
Watertown, who embarked at London, 1635, in the
"Elizabeth and Ann," Roger Cooper, Master. He
had a lotand built a house near Chestnut Brook, in
Sherborn,about 1691. He afterwards went to Concord,
where hedied March 17, 1735. Will dated
March 14,proved March 18, 1735. He served in
KingPhilip's war in 1676; resided in Sherborn,
Watertown, and Concord.
1. Sarah3Whitney, born March 2, 1692; married, November,
1712,Jonathan Warren, and died April
2.Jonathan3, born September 27, 1694; died young.
3. Tabitha3,born August 22, 1696; married, February
28,1715, Jacob Fulham, who was a sergeant in
Captain Lovewell's company, and was killed in
"Lovewell's fight" with the Indians at Pigwacket,
May8, 1725. She married second, April
19,1726, George Parkhurst; and third, August 10,
4.Shadrach3, born October 12, 1698; married, January 5,
1732,Mrs. Prudence Lawrence, and was a prominent
manin the town of Groton, Mass.; died
5.Jonathan3, born November 25, 1700; resided in Lunenburg,
6. Anne3,born May 22, 1702; married, March 3, 1723,
inConcord, Captain Ebenezer Cutler; she died
August 24, 1793.
7. Amos3,born May 1, 1705; probably died in Townsend,
8.Zaccheus3, born November 16, 1707; married, May 23,
1734,Mary Wheeler. In 1725, when but eighteen
years of age, with his brother Isaac, he enlisted
andserved in the Colonial Militia, and took part
inmany of the skirmishes and battles with the
Indians. He was left in 1725 in the fort at Ossipee
byCaptain John Lovewell. He was probably killed
bythe Indians in 1739.
9. Isaac,3born 1708; a glazier in Concord, was a soldier
inthe early Indian wars, and with his brother
Zaccheus, was left by Captain John Lovewell in
thefort at Ossipee in 1725.
10. Timothy3,born February 20, 1709; married, May 24,
1738,Submit Parker, and died 1740.
11. Daniel3,born 1710; married, March, 1739, Thankful
V. Elizabeth2,born _____ 1674; died unmarried, July 20,
Elizabeth (Treadway) Hapgood married second, JosephHayward of Concord, where her son Thomas is said to have been brought up. Therecords show that Hayward married Elizabeth Treadway, possibly he had hermaiden name restored on the record to show her respectable origin, or the clerkcommitted an error in not knowing her previous marriage, or how to express bothof her previous names. Joseph Hayward was born one year after her firsthusband, and having buried his first wife, December 15, 1675, four months afterShadrach Hapgood was slain, married, March 23, 1677, Elizabeth TreadwayHapgood. She buried her mother at Watertown, 1682, and her father, NathanielTreadway of Watertown, in 1687, who left legacies for the children of his"daughter Elizabeth Hayward by her first husband Habgood."
Of Joseph and Elizabeth (Treadway-Hapgood) Hayward.
1. EbenezerHayward, born May 22, 1679, at Concord.
2. JamesHayward, born March 1, 1681, at Concord.
3. SimonHayward, born _____, 1683, at Concord.
4. AbiellHayward, born September 12, 1691, at
Prudence, probably daughter of Joseph Hayward by firstwife, Abigail, (Middlesex deeds XXII. 233),born _____; married Sergeant John White of Brookfield, Mass., November 26,1707. He and his wife's half-brother, Ebenezer Hayward, and others, were slainby Indians
at Brookfield, July 24, 1710, andElizabeth Treadway's first husband, her son, and her step-daughter's husbandwere victims of the savages.
August 31, 1714, Prudence, widowof John White, conveys to John Keyes all her right, title and interest, incertain lands which had been "laid out to my honored grandfather,Nathaniel Treadway of Watertown, on the twenty-second of the third month1660."
DEACON NATHANIEL2 (Shadrach1), was, for his time, a man ofeminence, distinguished for enterprise and success in business, official trusts,and usefulness. Being the eldest son, he received a double portion of hisfather's estate, and succeeded to the inheritance of his home-lot andproprietary in the then extensive town of Stow; and, as if not satisfied oraccommodated by this, he, May 17, 1697, for £32.10s., bought of Simon Willard 80 acres adjoining his home-lot, on thesouthwest, and Assabet River on the north. March 19, 1702-3, he purchased for £70, of Mr. Willard, then of Salem,"all his farm in Stow bounded southwest by near Alcocks farm (i. e., 'thefarm' in Marlboro') and south by Assabet River, which parted it from Habgood'sland formerly bought of Willard. His home farm, well adapted to tillage, mustnow have been very extensive, including, as is presumed, the 500 acres granted1657, by the General Court, to Major Symon Willard of Concord, for his servicesto this colony," added to the 50 acres inherited from his father, and 23more adjacent on the east, assigned in the second division of common lands in1719, and another lot adjoining the "Willard Farm," granted in 1723;and when we consider the great allowance then made for swag of chain in layingout grants, Deacon Habgood's home farm could have been little, if any, short of700 acres.
Subsequently, as the common landsof Stow were from time to time divided among the proprietors, he, "in theright of his father Shadrach," drew many lots, especially in the
north and northwest parts of thetown. June 22, 1721, there was assigned to Isaac Gates 9 acres 55 rods ofmeadow, meadow bottom and upland, in two pieces, supposed to have beensubsequently bought by Deacon Habgood. One, containing 5 acres 122 rods,extending up and down on the west side of Pinhill Brook, near Lancaster[original] line, and bounded east and northeast by that brook, west and southby common land. The other lot of 3 acres 93 rods, situated also on PinhillBrook, next to Groton line, bounded north by that line, east by the brook, westby common land, and south by Ephraim Willowby's meadow.
May 22, 1722, there was laid outfor him, for a fourth division, 95 acres in Stow, 50 in the right of his fatherShadrach, and 45 in the right of Joseph Daby, on the west side of PinhillBrook, bounded northeasterly [for a short distance] by the brook, and a way, 2rods wide, left for the conveniency of the meadows, "Northerly near toGroton line, westerly near to George Robin's land and southerly by undividedland." The northeast line began near Isaac Gates' meadow, above described,2 rods from Groton line, and ran near west northwest parallel to said line,then parallel to Robins' land, with a highway 2 rods wide between, then by JohnDaby's lot of 15 acres, then east by 28ø south 100 rods, and then east 148 rodsto the brook. This lot constituted the nucleus of the second Hapgood farm inthe old town of Stow, and was situated on the hip of Stow Leg, betweenLancaster and Groton, and now in Harvard, about 1 1/4 miles from the TownHouse.
In 1726, to Nathaniel Hapgood, 31/2 acres of meadow in Pinhill meadows, bounding southerly upon Lancaster lineand Pinhill Brook, east by Isaac Gates' meadow, the first above described, andnortherly upon common land.
May 16, 1727, there was laid outin Stow, for Deacon Nathaniel Hapgood, 24 acres 140 rods of the fifth and sixthdivision, 6 acres and 28 rods of which were to the right of his fatherShadrach, and 10 acres to the right of John Daby.
"It lyeth," says therecord, "westerly of John Daby's land, where he now dwells." It had away, running northerly or rather northeast and southwest for 7 rods of itseastern boundary, and the land of Samuel Hall for the northeast boundary, andits extreme south angle was "at or near the town line," probablyLancaster north line. And at the same date another lot, of the fifth division,containing 18 acres and 132 rods; 9 acres and 25 rods to his own inheritedright, and 8 acres 132 rods to the right of Joseph Daby. This was bounded north86 rods by his own land, east by Thomas Wheeler's, 73 rods, southeast byPinhill Meadow, south by said meadow, and southwest by John Daby's land. Itssouth and southwest lines met near a small run of water in the bank of themeadow.
He early became the proprietor ofWilliam Kerley's right in the public lands of Lancaster, and of a lot upon BareHill. For, March 16, 1722-3, 23 acres, in two lots, were "laid out for himfor a third and fourth division to the estate of William Kerley, Jr." Onelot was bounded northwest by his own land on Bare Hill, and the other northeastby the same. These were no doubt included in the 65 acres afterward owned byhis son Shadrach. These lots, perhaps, by some exchanges, were gathered into alarge farm, and by a division of Stow, in 1732, thrown into Harvard. Thus itappears that, years after the death of Shadrach Habgood the first, lotscontinued to be assigned to Deacon Nathaniel in the right of his father, whichwent to his descendants and gave them ample farms, and what was still better,farms on the mica slate formation.
Deacon Nathaniel was muchinterested in Lancaster, and probably in Worcester and Grafton. At Lancaster,September 10, 1713, he sold, for £55,to Thomas Carter, a house lot of 20 acres. October 19, 1730, he bought of JohnRemain, for £138, a meadow at LongHill, in Lancaster; and sold for £60,December 1, 1730, to Ephraim Wilder, 28 acres; and for £10, February 6, 1732, to Samuel Wilson, 40
acres in Lancaster. May 20, 1730,he gave his son Nathaniel, then of Lancaster, 12 acres in Stow, at Hogpen Hill,and all his town rights and lands in Lancaster.
He seems to have purchased ofIsaac Miller a right in the undivided lands of Worcester, where, in the partnow Holden, 120 acres were drawn in his right, by his son Daniel, and June 20,1750, sold for £100, to"Zacceus" Gates. November 5, 1728, he sold for £60, to John Coller, 48 acres inHassanamisco, now Grafton.
March 28, 1725, he conveyed tohis son Shadrach "all his lands in Harvard with the rights and privilegesthereto belonging which lands, it is added, are set forth in Stow &Lancaster proprietors' records." This shows that they were originally intwo towns, and drawn partly in the right of Deacon Nathaniel, and partly in theright of his father Shadrach.
Deacon Nathaniel, it is safe topresume, was an excellent man, early and long a pillar in the church of Stow,although her records are too defective to inform us of any of his religioushistory. In the management of the municipal interests of the town his name ismost conspicuous. Between 1697 and 1727, he served as selectman 14 years; andin 1711 and 1712 as grand juryman, and in 1716-18 as town treasurer, andsometimes as moderator of town meetings. He was early styled"Ensign." He seems to have settled his estate mainly in his lifetime,and probably died intestate. Yet there was no resort to any court for anyfurther settlement. No record exists of his death, but his ashes, no doubt,repose in the graveyard by the old common in Stow. His name does not occurafter 1732, when he appeared to be setting his house in order. His wife was awidow in 1741. [From first edition.]
He married, September 6, 1695,Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Howe) Ward. Samuel was a son ofWilliam Ward, born in Marlboro' September 24, 1641;
married, June 6, 1667, Sarah, daughter of John Howe, ofMarlboro'. She died August 11, 1707, and he, 1729. Elizabeth was born 1672;made her will February 25, 1741-42, and died November 5, 1748. Her will wasapproved November 18, 1748, giving to Nathaniel, her eldest son, £20; to Hezekiah, her second son, £10; to Shadrach, her third son, £30; to Daniel, her fourth son, £10; to Sarah Gates, her second daughter,and wife of Phineas Gates, half of the remainder of her estate; and to her twograndchildren, Elizabeth and Lucy Gates, in equal shares, the other half. Herestate was inventoried at £626. 7s.
3 I. Nathaniel3,born about 1696; he married second, published
December3, 1727, Mary Heald, Haild, or Hale,
of Stow,born June 22, 1704; date of her death not
recorded. He died about 1746. The records of
Nathaniel's birth, marriage and death, have not been
found,and probably do not exist.
4 II. Hezekiah3,born 1699; married 1723, Sarah Whitney,
born1703, in Stow.
5 III. Shadrach3,born November 6, 1704, in Stow; married
Elizabeth Wetherbee, born 1714, and died November
6 IV. Daniel3,born about 1706; married Hepsibeth _____,
bornJuly 14, 1715; died October 23, 1738.
V. Elizabeth3,born 1708; married Phineas Gates. (No
1.Elizabeth4 Gates, born about 1732, legatee to the estate
of her grandmother, Elizabeth, 1748.
2. Lucy4Gates, born about 1734, legatee to the estate of
hergrandmother, Elizabeth, 1748.
VI. Sarah3, bornabout 1710; married the widower, Phineas
Gates,husband to her deceased sister, Elizabeth. No
NATHANIEL3 (Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born about 1696, settled in Lancaster priorto 1727, in the part which became Bolton (1738), doubtless on land previouslyreceived of his father, to which other lots and a town right were added in1730. May 18, 1741, he sold to his brother Shadrach of Harvard, for £10, 30 acres and 25 rods, 27 of whichwere to be assigned to Shadrach in the right of William Kerley, whose rightNathaniel3 possessed, December 9, 1745, for £**,to Jeremiah Priest of Harvard, 18 acres in Lancaster, laid out in the right ofWilliam Kerley. On the same day Nathaniel of Bolton sold a lot in Bolton for £50, to Paul Gates, and December 25, 1744,for £10, 3 acres to John Whitcomb,and March 6, 1756, for £12. 10s., 25acres to Jonathan Moor of Bolton, to be laid out in any of the undivided landsof Lancaster, in the right of William Kerley; and February 9, 1749-50, for £12, to Joseph Sawyer of Harvard, 23acres, to be laid out in old Lancaster; and February 16, 1749-50, for £4, to Nathaniel Oaks, a lot to be laidout within the bounds, formerly Lancaster.
He was published December 3,1727, and married Mary Heald, of Stow.
January 6, 1745-6, he made hiswill, giving his wife Mary, the improvement of all his real estate until hisgranddaughter, Sarah Gates, should become twenty-one years of age, or married,and afterwards the improvement of one-half of the same during life. After herdecease the whole should become the property of Sarah Gates, but if she did notlive
to the age of twenty-one, or to marry, the whole should goto the relatives of the testator.
I. Sarah4, bornDecember 21, 1728; married _____ Gates,
and hada daughter, Sarah5, born _____, and became
heir toher grandfather's estate.
CAPTAIN HEZEKIAH3 (Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), was born in1699; married, 1723, Sarah Whitney, born at Stow, 1703. He settled upon thewest half of his father's extensive farm in the southwest part of Stow, andbecame a prominent citizen. He was a captain in the French and Indian wars, andin 1735 drew lot number one in the distribution of lands in NarragansettTownship, number six, now Templeton. In 1726, 5 acres were laid out to him inthe right of Thomas Ward, and in 1728, 3 acres in the right of Richard Whitney,and April 3, 1732, 13 acres adjoining his own land.
In 1726-27 he was chosentythingman, and selectman 1741, 1742 and 1753. December 20, 1764,"Hezekiah Hapgood, gentleman, being much advanced in years, sick andweak," made his will, giving to his wife Sarah all his personal property;to Ephraim of Acton, his oldest son, 12s., and to his other son Jonathan, hishomestead buildings, and all his lands in Stow, requiring him to provide roomfor his mother Sarah, and suitable provisions and attention in health andsickness, furnish her a horse to ride whenever she pleases, and pay all debtsand funeral charges; and made Jonathan sole executor. He died May 13, 1768;will proved July 19, 1768.
His wife was a daughter of Richard Whitney, Jr., of S andgreat granddaughter of John and Elinor Whitney.
7 I. Ephraim4,born April 21, 1725; married Rebecca Gibson.
II. Jonathan4(Col. and Esq.), born 1733, was a gentleman of
greatrespectability and commanding influence in
Stow. Heresided about two miles southwest of the
centreof the town, on the west part of what had been
theWillard Farm. He held the commission of Lieutenant,
Captainand Colonel in the Militia, and was
appointed by the Governor ofMassachusetts a magistrate.
Heserved fourteen years as selectman, between
1768 and1791, and as town clerk eleven years. In
1774 hewas chosen a delegate to the County Convention
atConcord, and afterwards, in the same year, a
delegateto the Provincial Congress, and in 1776, a
memberof the convention for framing a Constitution
for theState. He was the proprietor of one or more
slaveswho took their master's name, and carried it
withthem into freedom, and may have transmitted it.
Thetombstone at Stow records his death, March 20,
1801,but no settlement of his estate is recorded. The
lateJohn Miles occupied his place. He married Ruth
Wolcott,to whom he was published January 10, 1775.
She wasborn 1736; died January 17, 1784. He married
second,October 5, 1785, Mrs. Sarah Whitney of
Stow. Heis not recorded as having had any children.
Heappears (Massachusetts Archives) among a list of
fieldofficers of the Massachusetts Militia as First
Major ofthe First Middlesex County regiment, commissioned
August30, 1775, and he appears as First
Major inthe Fourth Middlesex County regiment,
commissioned May 10, 1776; chosen by Legislature,
February15, 1776, First Major, Colonel Henry Gardner's
regiment, and Lieutenant-Colonel, Fourth Middlesex
regiment, February 25, 1779, concurred in
council,February 26, 1779.
LIEUTENANT SHADRACH3 (Nathaniel,2Shadrach1), born November 6, 1704; received from his father, lands drawn
partly in the right of hisgrandfather Shadrach, situated in the northwest part of Stow, known as"Stow Leg," and 119 acres, originally in Lancaster, afterwards (1732)Harvard, drawn partly in the right of Major Simon Willard. To these theproprietors of Lancaster, February 19, 1763, added 9 acres 27 rods, drawn inthe right of Major Willard, and 4 acres and 20 rods as an allowance for a roador byway through said Hapgood's land, making this one lot contain 133 acres.April 1, 1741, he was the proprietor of a lot of 65 acres on Bare Hill, whichhad been assigned to William Kerley, at a third division of Lancaster lands.This being then surveyed for him, was found to contain 95 acres 25 rods, andthe proprietors, instead of dividing it, made it good to him to that amount, bya grant of 30 acres 25 rods, "upon other after divisions," and hisbrother Nathaniel, as the proprietor of Kerley's right, executed him a deed inMay following. This lot was oblong, bounded easterly by John Whitney, 74 rods;northwesterly by a byway,(*) 267 rods; southwesterly by Captain Houghton, 52rods, and southeasterly, 240 rods, mostly by his own land.
These lots, and those previouslyassigned to his father, were all in one vicinity, and mostly conterminous.Without including either of the Gates meadows, they embrace 350 acres uponwhich Lieutenant Shadrach Hapgood began life; about the same quantity, which anequal division of the original homestead, must have been secured to hisbrothers, Hezekiah and Daniel.
He owned land in Lancaster in1730, and then received damages in the form of 2 1/2 acres from Lancaster for aroad
(*)The general course of thisway, so often referred to, seems to have been south southwest
and north northeast. In 1743, a road 2 rods wide and110 rods long was laid out by
Harvard through his land.
laid out through his farm. These2 1/2 acres he sold for 17s. to Abraham Rugg, June 24, 1740.
He sold, April 19, 1754, for £14 12s., 5 acres of meadow in Harvard toSamuel Fellows; and May 29, 1762, for 40s., 1 acre 40 rods in Harvard toBenjamin Lawrence; and April 30, 1759, for £73.10s., 43 acres in Harvard to Eliphalet Wood; and December 7, 1769, for £26, to John Daby, a tract in Harvard,with buildings. January 5, 1764, he bought of Joseph Kneeland, of Harvard, for £86, a certain messuage (probably the samesold to Daby in 1769), and a tract of 20 acres, bounded by a line beginning onthe south side of a road by John Atherton's, then running northerly across saidroad by Richard Harris' land to Elias Haskell's, and next to Thomas Willard'sland, then southwesterly by a private way near Joseph Willard's land, until itcrosses the road above named, which it follows to said Harris' land, theneasterly by his land and southerly by it, and then northerly by John Atherton'sland to the place of beginning; and also 7 acres of meadow, south of saidHarris' meadow, and east of a brook immediately below where it flows out of apond.
At the incorporation of Harvard,June 29, 1732, out of portions of Lancaster, Groton and Stow, he was throwninto Harvard. In 1761 he was appointed guardian of Anna Stone, aged sevenyears, and of Sarah Stone, aged above fourteen years, daughters of OliverStone, late of Harvard. He was constable, 1738, 1739, 1741, and in 1764,collector of church money in the Old Mill quarter. In 1742 he received alieutenant's commission from the royal governor, William Shirley (now inpossession of the compiler), a copy of which is here reproduced. He served sixyears as
selectman, and had the first seatin the first of eight classes of seats in the new meeting-house in Harvard,assigned 1774, by a committee of the town.
He appears on the rolls as privatein Captain Thomas Gates' company, and marched on alarm of April 19, 1775;belonged to Lancaster Troop, term of service, nine days.
He seems to have been a quiet,industrious and thrifty farmer and highly respected citizen.
He made his will April 17, 1780,giving his wife Elizabeth all his household furniture and indoor movables, onecow and two sheep, for her use and disposal, requiring his executor to furnishher a horse to ride at any time, while she remained his widow. He also gave herthe improvement of one half of his estate for her dower, the use of one half ofthe upright part of the house, i. e., the west lower room and chamber over it,one half of the chimney, including the back-room fireplace, half of the cellar,one third of the barn, and equal privilege at the well and in the garden; andthese so long as she remained his widow. His three eldest daughters, anddoubtless the rest, with their husbands, April 28, 1770, acknowledged thereceipt of £100 each, from theirfather as their full portion of his estate, and signed a quit claim to theremainder. He therefore bequeathed only £1,to his daughter, Mary Clark, which, with what she had already received, was tobe her full portion. To Elizabeth Willard £1,which was to be her full portion. To Lois Whitney £1, and a pillion, which was to be her full portion. To LydiaMunroe £13. 6s. (silver money) and apillion. To his only son, Shadrach, Jr., he bequeathed his apparel, tools,live-stock, and all his real estate, binding him to support his parents and paytheir funeral expenses, and made him executor:
The following excerpt from Harvard History gives so clearand concise a record of this branch of the family, we transcribe it in full.
"In Stow Leg, A. D. 1732,the largest land-owner was Shadrach Hapgood. He was a grandson of that ShadrachHapgood, who, on May 30, 1656, at the age of fourteen years, embarked for NewEngland from Gravesend in the ship Speedwell. The first Shadrach lived with hisuncle, Peter Noyes of Sudbury, during his minority; married Elizabeth Treadway,October 21, 1664, and was slain by the Indians in the Surprise of CaptainsHutchinson and Wheeler at Brookfield, August 2, 1675. The eldest of the fivechildren, fruit of the marriage, was Nathaniel, born in 1665. He marriedElizabeth Ward of Marlboro', August 14, 1695. Became a deacon and a wealthyland-holder in Stow, and was long prominent in town councils. Nathaniel was thefather of the Harvard Shadrach, and transferred to him, in 1725, all his landsupon Pin Hill Brook and Bare Hill, amounting to 350 acres. Shadrach was born inStow, November 6, 1704, and married Elizabeth Wetherbee. He was commissionedLieutenant by Governor William Shirley, in 1742, but what military service herendered is not known. He had but one son, Shadrach, and five daughters, all ofwhom had families. The Hapgood house is an excellent example of the homes ofthe thriftier farmers of New England at the period when Harvard wasincorporated. In it Shadrach and Elizabeth (Wetherbee) Hapgood passed theirmarried life of more than half a century, and their son Shadrach succeeded toits possession, living here with his wife, Elizabeth Keep, nearly fifty years.He was succeeded by his youngest son, Joel, whose wife was Sally, daughter ofJonathan Fairbank. The large addition to the old mansion at its western end wasbuilt by Joel in 1812, and the capacious farm barn by his son, JonathanFairbank Hapgood, in 1854. The last owner of the estate bearing the family namewas
Warren, youngest son of Joel, nowliving, a retired merchant of Boston.
"The old house was probablynew, and perhaps reputed the finest in Harvard, when the town, in July, 1734,complimented it and the builder, by instructing a committee to engage board forthe ministers, who should come to supply the pulpit, at Shadrach Hapgood's,although over a mile from the meeting-house. The original lattices, with theirbottle-green diamond lights, were preserved in the gable windows for severalyears after the opening of the present century."
He married, about 1732, ElizabethWetherbee, born 1714, and died November 30, 1803, in the ninetieth year of herage. He died October 8, 1782. Will proved December, 1782. [Worcester Probate 1. 18, page 316.]
CHILDREN, all born inHarvard.
I. Mercy4, bornJanuary 26, 1733; married, October 12, 1757,
JonathanClark of Harvard, born May 26, 1733.
1.Jonathan5 Clark, born January 28, 1759.
2.Hannah5, born September 19, 1762.
II. Elizabeth4,born September 26, 1734; married, February 14,
1753,Joseph Willard, Jr., of Harvard.
1.Shadrach5 Willard, born December 13, 1753.
2.Mercy5, born February 16, 1755.
3.Elizabeth5, born June 18, 1758; died April 9, 1759.
4.Joseph5, born September 4, 1760.
5.Elizabeth5, born November 20, 1764.
6.Oliver5, born May 1, 1769.
7. Levi5,born August 15, 1775.
III. Phinehas4,born August 11, 1737; died, a few days old.
IV. Asa4, bornJune 13, 1740; died August 16, 1743.
V. Israel4,born March 1, 1743; died March 2, 1743.
VI. Sarah4, born June 16, 1744; married, January 17, 1765,John
Daby,Jr., of Harvard.
1. Simon5Daby, born May 20, 1765.
2. Asa5,born February 6, 1767.
3.Mercy5, born May 11, 1769.
4.Sarah5, born February 7, 1772.
5.Betsey5, born May 7, 1774.
6. John5,born January 9, 1779.
8 VII. Shadrach4,born October 4, 1747; married Elizabeth Keep,
July 23,1770, and died June 20, 1818.
VIII. Oliver4,born October 7, 1751, and died same day.
IX. Lois4, bornApril 13, 1754; married, May 25, 1772, Jacob
Whitney, born March 24, 1748. He enlisted in Captain
Jonathan Davis' company, Colonel Asa Whitcomb's
regiment, in Revolutionary Army, October 6,
1775.His will was dated November 8, 1815, probated
October18, 1825. He resided in Harvard, and
laterremoved to Winchendon, where he died July 11,
1. Hannah5 Whitney, born December 14,1772.
2.Mercy5, born December 10, 1774.
3.Jacob5, born October 16, 1776.
4.Lois5, born August 1, 1779.
5. Eli5,born May 17, 1783.
6. Nancy5, born August 8, 1785.
7.Emory5, born October 1, 1791.
X. Lydia4, bornJuly 4, 1757; married, April 4, 1775, Abraham
Munroeof Harvard, a soldier in the Continental Army,
who diedMarch 11, 1778.
1.Lydia5 Munroe, born December 22, 1776. Married,
April 5, 1797, Ivory Longley of Shirley, Massachusetts,
sonof Israel and Lucy (Conant)
Longley of Harvard, where he was born, 1775;
ablacksmith by trade. In attempting to cross
theCatacunemaug, upon a dam, he slipped
from his icy footing and perished in the stream
below, January 14, 1808. His widow died April
4,1859. They had four children.
Lydia4 married second, February 25, 1784, David Dickinson,
born October 7, 1741. He was a soldier in the
Revolutionary Army, and served at the Siege of Ticonderoga
andCrown Point. Removed to Keene, New
Hampshire about 1811, where she died.
2.William5 Dickinson, born _____.
3.Abraham5, born _____.
DEACON DANIEL3 (Nathaniel2,Shadrach1), born about 1706, inherited the homestead of his father, DeaconNathaniel, and grandfather Shadrach, two and one-half miles south southeast ofStow townhouse, and the east half of the original plantation of 700 acres.Succeeded his father in the deaconship, and about 1760, built the great houseyet standing and occupied by his grandson, Nathaniel5 Hapgood. June 20, 1750,he sold to Zaccheus Gates of Stow, 120 acres in Holden, inherited from his father.August 13, 1785, "being very aged, infirm and weak," he made hiswill, having previously settled his real estate in Stow upon his sons, givingto his wife Mary, two cows; and to sons Daniel and Samuel, and daughterHepsebeth Wheeler, all his indoor movables in equal shares; to his adoptedgrandson, Jacob Gibson of Stow, his live-stock and a tract of 300 or 400 acresin Waterford, Maine. In 1735-6 he was chosen reeve, and in 1743, selectman. Hemarried first, Hepsebeth, born July 14, 1715; died October 23, 1738; andsecond, July 6, 1745, Mary Gibson, who died, his widow, January 15, 1793. Hedied April 30, 1791.
CHILDREN, all bysecond wife, born at Stow.
9 I. Daniel4,born November 16, 1747; married Esther Gardner
II. Hepsebeth4, born June 24, 1749; married Ephraim Wheeler
10 III. Samuel4,born October 17, 1751; died April, 1821; married
ENSIGN EPHRAIM4 (Hezekiah3,Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born April 21, 1725, is presumed to have firstsettled on a part of his father's spacious farm in Stow, where his intention ofmarriage with Rebecca Gibson was published January 17, 1746-7. After 1753, heremoved to Acton and settled where his grandson, Benjamin F. Hapgood, nowresides. In the summers of 1779 and 1780 he went with his sons, Ephraim andNathaniel, to open up farms in Norridgewock, Maine, for some of his family. Itis not, however, probable that any permanent settlement was effected there, asthe records of the town are silent upon the subject. At the close of the secondseason, he, with Nathaniel, in returning by water, perished from shipwreck,while Ephraim returned safe by land. He died intestate, October 31, 1780, leavingan estate inventoried at £1,597. Hiswidow died September 15, 1803, aged seventy-six. Abraham was appointedadministrator.
I. Nathaniel5,born at Stow, February 26, 1748; died October
8, 1756,at Acton.
II. Oliver5,born at Stow, November 7, 1749; died October 7,
11 III. Abraham5,born at Stow, October 9, 1752; appointed December
13, 1780,administrator on his father's estate;
12 IV. Ephraim5,born at Acton, May 3, 1755; married Molly
13 V. Hezekiah5,born December 23, 1757; married Dorcas
VI. Nathaniel5,born April 2, 1760; enlisted as private in
John Buttrick's company, Colonel Read'sregiment,
September28, 1777, discharged November 7, 1777;
term ofservice, one month, eleven days. Discharged
fromColonel Brooks' regiment to reinforce General
Gates at the northward. He was also aprivate in
CaptainFrancis Brown's company, Colonel McIntosh's
regiment,for service in Rhode Island, enlisted August
4, 1778,discharged September 1, 1778. Served eleven
days inLovell's brigade. He then enlisted in Captain
JoshuaWalker's company, Colonel Samuel Denny's
regiment,October 13, 1779, discharged November 23,
1779;served one month, eleven days (Massachusetts
Archives). He was drowned, with his father, October
31, 1780,by shipwreck, returning from Maine.
14 VII. Oliver5,born August 12, 1762; married Lucy Tuttle.
VIII. Sarah5, bornApril 7, 1765; married, August 24, 1779,
TimothyWood of Harvard. He died July 18, 1800,
and shemarried, second, May 2, 1809, Jonas, son of
Josephand Rebeckah Wright, born in Concord, June
18, 1762,husband of her deceased sister Mary, who
diedJanuary 3, 1799.
15 IX. Jonathan5,born July 30, 1767; married Abigail Austin.
X. Mary5, bornOctober 17, 1769; had her uncle Jonathan for
guardian,December 13, 1780; married, March 30, 1794,
Jonas Wright of Concord, and died January 3,1799,
1.Anthony6 Wright, born January 14, 1795; married
MaryE. Smith, February 14, 1819.
2.Henry6, born October 22, 1796; married Sarah
Flint of Lincoln, April 22, 1819.
3.Hapgood6, born December 22, 1798.
Jonasmarried second, the widow Sarah (Hapgood) Wood,
sister tohis first wife. He died June 15, 1818, and she,
XI. Joseph5, born April 2, 1772; had his uncle Jonathan for
guardian;married, February 11, 1798, Sarah Hunt.
I. Henry6, born_____; died in parts unknown.
II. A son6, bornDecember, 1801; died September 3,
SHADRACH4 (Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born October 4, 1747; married,July 23, 1770, Elizabeth Keep, daughter of Jabez, who died in Harvard, 1797.She was born April 20, 1750, and died August 30, 1826; he died January 20,1818. Jabez Keep was the son of Ensign Samuel Keep, of Springfield,Massachusetts, who was the presumed progenitor of all the Keeps in thiscountry. A brother of Elizabeth, Jonathan, married Hannah Hildreth. ExperienceLawrence Keep, who married _____ Wright, was also sister to Elizabeth, andMary, another sister, married Leonard Proctor. Mary Washington Wright, daughterof Experience (Keep) Wright, was born June 30, 1827, at Westford; marriedGeorge Lowe; removed to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she has residedforty-eight years. Mrs. Lowe is deeply interested in the Lawrence Townleyestate in England. Mrs. Lowe's grandmother, Rhoda Hildreth, was a daughter ofExperience Keep. Experience Lawrence was daughter or granddaughter of JohnLawrence, who married Mary Townley.
He appears with rank of privateon muster and pay rolls of Captain Samuel Hill's company, Colonel JosiahWhitney's regiment, enlisted August 19, 1777, discharged August 25, 1777; termof service, six days; marched on Bennington Alarm from Harvard. He re-enlistedas private in the same
company and regiment, October 2, 1777, discharged October26, 1777; term of service, twenty-four days, under Lieutenant Colonel EphraimSawyer (Massachusetts Archives). He was a member of Committee of Correspondenceand Safety, 1781, and selectman, 1791, 1792.
16 I. John5, bornJune 20, 1771; married, December 6, 1797,
MaryHaskell of Harvard.
II. Betsey5,born February 16, 1773; married, May 26, 1795,
Thomas,son of Thomas Hammond, who removed from
Connecticut with his wife and children, and joined
theShirley Shakers, turning all his property over to
theCommunity. His children were not compelled to
acceptthe situation and most of them wisely departed.
The son,Thomas, settled in Harvard and became hopmerchant,
inn-holder and farmer. She died June 22,
1797,and he removed to Shirley, where he died, 1816.
1.David6 Hammond, born October 17, 1796. He
wasbarely eight months old when his mother
wastaken from him, but his grandparents
kindly took him, brought him up, educated him,
andtreated him as their own child. He was
small of stature, but cheerful, well disposed,
andlarge hearted. His grandfather Hapgood
died, 1818, but David remained with his grandmother,
incharge of the farm up to April 10,
1825, when he married Elmira Hosmer, born
February 16, 1805, at Acton. He bought a
farm in the northeasterly part of Harvard, adjoining
theold Hapgood estate, better known
to-day as the Hall place. Here their four children
were born, and by industry and economy
were fairly prosperous. The farm being larger
than he cared for, he sold out and bought a small
farm on the brook off of the road, near the present
town "poor farm" in Harvard.He was
aquiet, modest, industrious man, and much
respected in the community. The town built
him a road and bridge to cross the brook, and
here he passed in peace the remainder of his
days, his eldest daughter remaining with her
parents, faithfully caring for their wants till
both had passed beyond the line of time. His
wife died August 24, 1883, and he, June1, 1889.
I.Elmira7, born February 12, 1826; died June
II.Lucy7, born February 18, 1828; married,
November 4, 1846, George Albert Harrington.
III.Thomas Whittemore7, born March 31, 1830;
died in Acton, December 18, 1897; married,
April 28, 1863, Mary Alice Blood,
born in Boston, October 5, 1837.
IV.Simon Hosmer7, born March 31, 1830, twin
with Thomas Whittemore; married, May
3, 1860, Hannah L. Steele, and died
November 6, 1885.
III. Lucy5, bornDecember 9, 1775; married, December 15, 1828,
JamesWilson, a wool carder, fuller, and cloth dresser.
She diedOctober 29, 1851; resided in Shirley, Massachusetts.
IV. Mercy5, bornFebruary 5, 1779; married, September 11,
1798,Theodore, son of Richard and Sarah Goldsmith,
born inHarvard, August 7, 1775. A man of great
physicaland mental energy; learned the trade of a
cooper; settled on the farm now recentlyoccupied by
hisson-in-law, George Atherton, adjoining the large
farmwhere his father had settled, on Oak Hill. His
parentsbeing advanced in years and requiring assistance,
Theodoreleft his own farm and assumed the
management of that of his father. In early life he had
cultivated a taste for reading, which he gratified by a
diligentuse of every leisure hour, even down to that
periodwhen labor ordinarily ceases; he read fresh
bookswith as much avidity as a young student, thereby
keepingold age green, and making himself a most
agreeablecompanion. Not ambitious for office, but
servedhis town as selectman, 1821-22. The extensive
farm waswell managed. He prospered and was a
leadingcitizen. She died October 31, 1850, and he,
1. Mary6Goldsmith, born August 24, 1804; married,
May6, 1824, George Atherton, born in Still
River, Harvard, January 21, 1797; purchased a
farmon Oak Hill, adjoining that of Theodore
Goldsmith, his father-in-law. He became a
prosperous farmer, with the aid and co-operation
ofhis most industrious and frugal wife, whose
goodsense and sound judgment carried them
triumphantly through every trial. He died
February 17, 1875; the place was sold, and his
widow removed to the middle of the town,
where she died March 8, 1886.
1.Mary Maria7 Atherton, born June 12, 1825;
married, April 15, 1858, Horatio B. Hersey,
born in Boston, January 18, 1823.
Commenced business as a clerk in the
office of a ship owner on Central wharf,
January, 1838; was book-keeper, salesman,
and finally a member of the well-known
leather firm of Spaulding & Hersey, 1843
to 1870. He settled in Chelsea in 1849;
was in the Common Council six years,
1862-68, the last two years as president,
and was in Board of Aldermen, 1868-69;
in the House ofRepresentatives, 1871-72;
City Treasurer, 1876 to 1883, and is now
the treasurer of the City of Chelsea
Sinking Fund, and auditor of the Chelsea
1. Mary Louise8 Hersey, born at Chelsea,
April 24, 1865; graduated from
the public schools in Chelsea, and
from the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston, in the decorative department.
2. Louisa Farwell7, born November 4,1827;
married, November 27, 1847, Absalom B.
Gale, born at Jamaica, Vermont, December
1, 1814; was a popular stage driver
for many years. After marriage bought a
farm in Harvard, settled there and became
a wealthy farmer, a prominent member
of the Unitarian church, and a leading
citizen. She died June 22, 1860.
1. Henry Howard8 Gale, born in Harvard,
August 6, 1854. He is a
member of the firm of Gale &
Dixon, principal merchants of the
2. George Theodore8, born June 16,
1857; he manages the farm for his
aged father, and also assists his
brother in the store; both excellent
2. Lucy Hapgood6, born February 28,1807; married,
April 30, 1834, Ethan Daby, born February 27,
1799, son of Asa Daby and grandson of Sarah4
(Hapgood) and John Daby, Jr. He was retiring
andquiet by nature, but was a good neighbor
andkind-hearted man. For many years in
business with his brother Asa, under firm name
ofA. & E. Daby, extensive blacksmiths, in
Harvard Centre, enjoying anenviable reputation
foruprightness and honorable dealing.
Byclose attention to business he accumulated a
handsome property, built a large double house,
with his brother, on the common,where they
lived very happily together. The structure was
swept away by the great fire that destroyed the
hotel, August 25, 1880. She died April 7, 1869,
ofparalysis; he died February 2, 1876. No
3.Mercy6, born February 24, 1818; married, October
17,1839, Charles Maynard, born May 5, 1814,
atHeath, Massachusetts. After marriage he
removed to Fitchburg, where he worked in a
paper mill. Mercy was the youngest of the
children of Theodore and Mercy (Hapgood)
Goldsmith,a bright, intelligent girl, and very
muchattached to the home of her youth. The
newhome in Fitchburg was never to her taste
andin nowise took the place of the one she left.
The advancing age of her father rendered
assistance necessary in the management of the
large farm, and this necessity proved a door
through which she could return to the dear old
paternal mansion. The house was large;there
wasample room for the two families, and the
union proved profitable and satisfactory to all
concerned. Mr. Maynard was an upright,
honorable, industrious man, of unquestioned
integrity and sound judgment, winning not only
therespect of father Goldsmith, but also of his
fellow-citizens. In the church both he and his
wife were prominent, especially in thechoir,
where they rendered valued service.
The two families lived very harmoniously
under the one roof for nearly twenty years, and
on the death of her father, Charles becameproprietor
ofthe extensive farm. One son, Charles
Theodore, was born to them in Fitchburg,
August 16, 1840, a lad of great promise, the
hope and idol of his parents. In vain were all
their aspirations for the future. That most
obstinate disease, diabetes, fell upon him, baffling
themost skilful medical treatment, and
on the 10th of November, 1860, when juststepping
uponthe threshold of manhood, he passed
away. The brilliant hopes that clustered around
thisnoble young man were now forever blasted.
Nor did the griefs end here;symptoms of consumption
began to develop in the dear husband.
Change of location was suggested. Isle of
Shoals and other resorts tried, but all of no
avail. He died at Harvard, March 8,1862. The
lonely heart of the widow was all that now remained
ofthree generations. She had seen
muchof society, had entertained liberally, and
her humor and cheerful manners madeher a
favorite with young and old. Now the scene
was changed. In place of the pleasant round
ofsociety and a cheerful home, the burden and
care of the great farm was upon her.This
proved too much for her; the place passed into
other hands, and she removed to a pleasant
tenement in the middle of the town, near to the
church so dear to her heart, and amongfriends
sheloved. Still, bereaved of family and home,
shecould not be happy or reconciled. She
lived on for many years, but the strain was too
great; visions of those happy dayswith her
family and friends flitted before her, but at last
amorbid gloom overshadowed her, reason was
dethroned, and on the 18th of November, 1889,
the once cheerful soul tookits flight. Let us
bravely endeavor to forget the end, and remember
her"at her best."
17 V. Jabez5, bornSeptember 30, 1781; married Susannah Haskell,
sister to his brother John's wife.
VI. Shadrach5,born December 16, 1783; married, November
14,1806, Nancy, daughter of Jonathan and Abigail
Puffer,born May 16, 1786. She died October 16, 1849,
aged 63years, 5 months. He married second, June 18,
1851,Relief, daughter of Daniel and Relief (Sawyer)
Crouch,born July 27, 1807. He was a large and properous
farmerin the northerly part of Harvard, Old
Mill district, and, like the other membersof his family,
had avillage of buildings, barns, sheds, cider mill, etc.,
and wasvery neat and orderly in his surroundings.
Heserved as selectman, 1821-25; obtained the title of
Major,by his excellent handling of the fife. He died,
January21, 1853; his widow died March 8, 1894, aged
86years, 5 months, 11 days. No children.
18 VII. Joel5, bornMarch 26, 1788; married, November 12, 1812,
SallyFairbank of Harvard. He died September 28,
DANIEL4 (Daniel3,Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born November 16, 1747; married, December 20, 1774,Esther Gardner of
Concord, born _____; died _____,and he married second, April 30, 1795, Rebecca Sargent, born _____; died May16, 1833. He settled on the ancient homestead in Stow, where all his childrenwere born.
Daniel Hapgood appears with rankof corporal on Lexington Alarm Rolls of Captain William Whitcomb's company,Colonel James Prescott's regiment; marched on the Alarm of April 19, 1775, fromStow; time of service, eight days. Enlisted October 1, 1777, in Captain SilasTaylor's company, Colonel Jonathan Reed's regiment, discharged November 8,1777; term of service, one month, eight days. Belonged to Stow company ofVolunteers; marched by resolve, September 22, 1777, to join army under GeneralGates' service, Northern department. He belonged to the Alarm list of CaptainBenjamin Munroe, Sixth company, Fourth regiment, December 1, 1776. [Massachusetts Archives.]
CHILDREN by firstwife.
I. Betsey5,born January 13, 1776; died September 1, 1778.
II. Susanna5,born November 13, 1777; died May 15, 1847;
married, November 12, 1794, Isaiah Gates ofStow, son
of Oliverand Lucy Gates, born 1773; died March
1. Joel6Gates, born May 2, 1795, at Stow; married
August 12, 1812, Eunice Piper of Ashby. He
died December 16, 1869.
1.Franklin7 Gates, born May 17, 1827; died
December 1, 1886; married Hannah6
Walcott, a daughter of Hannah5 Walcott
(Hapgood), and granddaughter of Samuel4
Hapgood (10) of Stow.
2.Francis Everett7, born April 11, 1798; married,
January 30, 1822, Chloe Constantine
from East Wallingford, Vermont,
born June 20, 1822; resided at Ashby,
where he died April 20, 1860. She died
March 12, 1887.
III. Rufus5, bornFebruary 12, 1780; died at Stow; unmarried.
IV. Nathaniel5,born October 22, 1781; died at Stow, young.
V. John5, bornOctober 30, 1786; married, December 19, 1804,
AliceMaynard of Sudbury. He died without issue.
VI. Betsey5,born March 26, 1790; married, October 17, 1805,
JosephMaynard, born February 22, 1780, in Sudbury;
residedin Concord, New Hampshire, where his first
threechildren were born; removed to Stow, 1813,
where Joseph was born; in 1814 heremoved to Lancaster,
Massachusetts, and established himself on a farm,
wherethe remainder of his children were born. She
diedFebruary 29, 1867, and he, October 18, 1870.
1.Elvira6 Maynard, born October 4, 1807; died May
2. MaryEsther6, born January 7, 1810; died March
3. JohnHapgood6, born March 1, 1812; died June
4.Joseph6, born in Stow, November 1, 1814; died in
Boston, July 12, 1883.
5. MaryEsther6, born August 14, 1816; died January
6. Abigail6, born December 2, 1819;married, January
19,1851, Gilbert Maynard; resides at
7.Rufus6, born March 20, 1822; died February 6,
8.Susan6, born June 8, 1824; died August 1, 1858;
married William Russell, who died in 1851.
9.Martha6, born February 12, 1826; died August 4,
1896; married Isaac Crouch.
10.Eliza6, born August 9, 1829; married Otis Whitney;
died August 3, 1857.
11.Catharine6, born August 9, 1830; married, August
31,1853, Alvin P. Nickerson; resides on the
homestead of her father in Lancaster.
19 VII. Daniel5,born March 9, 1796 (by second wife), in Stow;
marriedRebecca W. (Brooks) Davis, May 16, 1831, at
VIII. Felicia5,born February 28, 1798, in Stow; intentions of
marriagepublished October 31, 1818, to Timothy Eastman
1.Hapgood6 Eastman, born _____.
2.Joel6, born _____.
3.Amos6, born _____.
4. George6,born _____.
5. Ann6,born _____.
6.Abby6, born _____.
IX. Abigail5,born May 2, 1802; married, June 4, 1829, Ira
Bartlettof Stow; both died in Sullivan, New Hampshire.
1. George6 Bartlett, born _____.
2.Willis6, born _____.
3.Rebecca6, born _____.
X. Nathaniel5,born June 30, 1804; resided, unmarried, the
proprietor of the old homestead, together with a part
of his grandfather's extensive farmin Stow. He died
December2, 1881, and the dear old place around
which somany sacred memories cluster, passed out
SAMUEL4 (Daniel3,Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born October 17, 1751; married, December 14, 1786,Elizabeth Maxwell of Stow. He settled first on the homestead in Stow, andafterwards one mile north, on the north side of Assabet River. Served asprivate in Captain William Whitcomb's company, Colonel James Prescott'sregiment, from Stow, on the Alarm of April 19, 1775. He died April, 1821. Hiswidow died March, 1830, at the home of her daughter,
Hannah Walcott, in Stow, with whom she resided after thedeath of her husband.
I. Mary5, born_____; baptized May 27, 1787; died 1868.
Residedin Boston; unmarried.
II. Hannah5,born at Stow, 1787; baptized November 30, 1788;
married,April 11, 1817, in Boston, by Reverend
Charles Lowell, Robert Walcott fromBaltimore, Maryland,
son ofEphraim and Betsey Walcott, born at
Stow,1792; resided in Boston till 1825, when he
returnedto his native town. Mrs. Walcott died at
Stow, 1867, and Robert at Somerville,Massachusetts,
April 9,1885. He was a blacksmith by trade. Children:
-- Fourborn in Baltimore, two in Stow.
1. Mary6Walcott, born May 6, 1818; married, May
2,1848, George Tisdale. She died June 20, 1894.
2.Martha6, born September 14, 1819; married,
November 6, 1842, Joel Carr; died March, 1888.
3.Charles6, born January 18, 1821; married, April 11,
1843, Elizabeth Gates; resides at Stow.
4.George6, born January 10, 1823; married, August
13,1848, Lorena Houghton of Harvard, Massachusetts;
diedAugust 22, 1886.
5. Joshua Huntington6, born May 19, 1825,at Stow.
Wentto Rochester, New York, at the age of
eighteen. Conductor on Rochester & Albany
Railroad several years; removed to Central
America, became superintendent ofrailroad;
removed to Tucson, Arizona, where he died
6.Hannah6, born November 16, 1827; married,
May30, 1848, Franklin Gates of Stow, born
_____; resided in Stow. Enlisted, January 5,
1864, in Fifteenth Massachusetts Battery,
served during the war, and mustered out
August 4, 1865. Died December 1, 1886. He
was son of Isaiah Gates, whomarried Susanna5,
daughter of Daniel4 and Esther (Gardner) Hapgood
III. Ephraim5, born _____; baptized June 27, 1790; died
IV. Samuel5,born _____; baptized October 28, 1792. Married,
November13, 1822, Mary Haskell. He died in
Boston,December 6, 1849. No children.
LIEUTENANT ABRAHAM5 (Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1),born October 9, 1752, at Stow. His father removed to Acton, 1753, where Abrahamwas educated. He married (published October 25, 1775) Lucy Davis, who diedApril 27, 1777, and he was married second, March 13, 1783, by Reverend Mr.Ripley of Concord, to Mary Merriam, widow of Joseph Wright of Concord, by whomshe had a daughter, Mary Wright, born December 31, 1777; married, October 23,1800, Winthrop Faulkner, and was the mother of Winthrop Emerson Faulkner ofSouth Acton. She died January 24, 1808, and he married third, Mary Foster ofLittleton, November 21, 1815.
He appears a private on LexingtonAlarm rolls of Captain John Hayward's company, Colonel Abijah Pierce'sregiment; marched on Alarm of April 19, 1775, from Acton; length of service,ten days; he appears with rank of corporal, in Israel Heald's company, ColonelEleazer Brooks' regiment; marched to Roxbury, March 4, 1776; belonged to Acton.Drafted by Captain Simon Hunt, under Resolve of August 8, 1777, to reinforce Continentalarmy; date, August 14, 1777.
He appears a private on musterand pay rolls of Captain George Minot's company, Colonel Samuel Ballard'sregiment;
time of enlistment, August 16, 1777; discharged November30, 1777; time of service, three months, twenty-five days; town to which hebelonged not given, but as he was a citizen of Acton, presumably he was fromthat town; service performed in Northern department.
His name appears among a list ofthe Massachusetts Militia as second lieutenant of the Fifth company, of theThird Middlesex County regiment, commissioned June 7, 1780, Captain Davis'company, commanded by Colonel Faulkner. [MassachusettsArchives.]
Appointed Administrator of hisfather's estate, December 13, 1780, died April 6, 1819. An industrious,thrifty, and highly-esteemed farmer.
I. SamuelDavis6, born April 6, 1777 (by first wife); died
II. Lucy6, bornDecember 5, 1783 (by second wife); married,
January3, 1805, Abel Jones of Acton, born August 26,
1783;died January 18, 1872. She died 1844.
CHILDREN, all born inActon.
1.Lucinda White7 Jones, born August 24, 1805;
married, November 23, 1826, at Acton, Luther
Robbins. She died July 6, 1864.
2. Lucy7,born September 17, 1807; married, March
15,1827, Horace Tuttle of Acton. She died
August 5, 1845.
3.Abigail Merriam7, born April 24, 1809; married,
September 10, 1827, Lewis Wood.
4.Charlotte Hapgood7, born November 24, 1810;
married first, July 19, 1827, George Washington
Tuttle. He died 1831, and she married second,
December 31, 1840, Theodore Ames, who died
5. AbelWhite7, born January 20, 1812; married,
August 30, 1843, Ann Maria Johnson. He died
6.Clarissa7, born September 16, 1814; died January
7. Luke7,born November 16, 1815; married first,
LucyK. Brigham, and second, Hannah Leer.
8. Clarissa7, born October 6, 1817;married, July 19,
1836, Daniel7, son of Edward and Susanna6
9.Abraham Hapgood7, born August 22, 1819; married,
January 17, 1844, Harriet Estabrook Hosmer;
resides in Acton.
10.Winthrop Emerson7, born November 25, 1821.
11. JamesFrancis7, born January 26, 1830; married,
November 23, 1851, Elizabeth Whitney.
III. Joseph6,born July 2, 1787; died January 1, 1804.
IV. Thomas6,baptized September 20, 1789, at Stow; died
V. Charlotte6,born September 22, 1791; married, October 17,
1811, John White, Jr., of North Acton.
1.Abraham7 White, born August 22, 1812; married,
September 5, 1833, Susanna7, daughter of
Edward and Susanna6 (Hapgood) Wetherbee,
bornMarch 28, 1812, and became proprietor of
theNagog House in Acton. Later on he
removed to West Rindge, and became a large
manufacturer of tubs and woodenware. His
wifedied November 30, 1893, at Lewiston,
Maine, and he, at West Rindge, April 30, 1882.
2.Charlotte7, born May 1, 1814; married Elbridge
Robbins, of Acton. She died September 8,
1844, and he married second, June 6, 1849, Mary
Elizabeth7, daughter of James6 Hapgood (20).
3.Winthrop Faulkner7, born September 10, 1817;
married, October 28, 1839, Harriet7, daughter of
Edward and Susanna6 (Hapgood) Wetherbee,
bornFebruary 14, 1819. Both still living on a
farmin Concord, Massachusetts.
4.Luther7, born July 26, 1822; married, June 26, 1845,
Hannah Tufts of West Cambridge, Massachusetts;
resided at Holliston, Massachusetts,
where he died a prosperous farmer, October 4,
1884; his wife died November 1, 1888.
5. MarySophia7, born July 2, 1825; resided with her
parents at Acton; and died November 30, 1846,
6. John7,born October 1, 1831; married, May 6,
1863, Sarah Ann Rouillard of Acton, born February
16,1839; she died November 1, 1889.
VI. Nabby6, bornMarch 14, 1794; married, September 27,
1815,Daniel White, second, of Acton, born 1791;
brotherto her sister's husband. He died 1857, and
she, 1865, both at Lowell.
1.Daniel7 White, born, 1817, at Acton; married, 1846,
Elizabeth Kimball of Maine.
2. Mary7,born, 1820; married, 1846, at Lowell, Jacob
Kelly of New Sharon, Maine. She died, 1892,
atNewfane, New York.
3. JamesAddison7, born, 1825; married, 1844, Lucy
Abbie Lee of Dracut, Massachusetts. He was
killed by railroad train while crossing the track
4.Charlotte7, born June, 1830, at Lowell; married,
1852, George D. B. Kelly of New Sharon,
5.Edwin7, born October 17, 1832, at Acton; married,
November 3, 1864, at Concord, New
Hampshire, Henrietta A. Cole.
20 VII. James6, bornJuly 14, 1796; married, September 1, 1819,
EPHRAIM5 (Ephraim4,Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born May 3, 1755; married, April 13,1780, Polly, or Molly, Tuttle, born September 21, 1759; died March 5, 1796, andhe married second, January 23, 1800, Molly, or Polly, Hunt, born November 22,1765; resided one mile from the village
of West Acton, on the road to Littleton. He died March 28,1828, and his widow, February 7, 1850.
CHILDREN by firstwife.
I. Rebecca6,born September 8, 1780; married, April 24, 1810,
JonathanBillings of Acton, clockmaker, who died February
13, 1841.She died August 17, 1865.
1. MaryHapgood7 Billings, born March 3, 1811;
married, October 13, 1835, Horace Ward of
2. Sophia7, born September 12, 1813;married Charles
Robinson of Bedford, September 3, 1840, and
diedJuly 9, 1882.
3.Jonathan7, born March 6, 1815; died March 1, 1816.
4.Jonathan7, born October 20, 1816; died March 1,
5.Rebecca7, born January 22, 1818; died July 27,
6.William7, born April 26, 1819; died August 14,
1849; married, September 2, 1841, Hannah W.
Sargent; resided in Acton.
7. LoisGibson7, born July 17, 1820; died December
8.Luther7, born November 10, 1821; married, December
2,1851, Martha A. Wormwood; resided
9. JamesE.7, born January 2, 1823; married, October
7,1855, Tamson Miller; resided in Acton.
21 II. Ephraim6,born June 9, 1782, at Acton; married, May 23,
1805, Hannah Ball.
22 III. Nathaniel6,born at Acton, March 21, 1784; married, February
22, 1810,Rebecca Stowe.
IV. Susanna6,born March 12, 1786; married, December 24,
1807,Edward Wetherbee of Acton, tavern-keeper, born
April 19,1782; died May 6, 1861. She died November
CHILDREN, all born inActon.
1. Mary7Wetherbee, born October 9, 1808; married,
May26, 1831, Stephen Hosmer; resided in
Lowell, where she died, July 5, 1882.
2.Edward7, born June 21, 1810; died at Acton, May
12,1867; a farmer; unmarried.
3.Susanna7, born March 28, 1812; married, September
5,1833, Abram White of Acton, born
August 22, 1812; resided at Acton, Ashby,
Townsend, and West Rindge, where he died
April 30, 1882. She died November 30, 1893,
at Lewiston, Maine.
4.Daniel7, born August 18, 1814; married, July 19,
1836, Clarissa, daughter of Abel and Lucy5
(Hapgood) Jones, born October 6, 1817; resided
atActon; a merchant, miller, and farmer; died
5.Sophia7, born March 11, 1817; married, December
29,1842, Winthrop F. Conant, born June 11,
1814. She died November 3, 1877, he, September
6.Harriet7, born February 14, 1819; married, October
28,1839, Winthrop Faulkner White, son of
Charlotte6 Hapgood and John White, Jr., of
North Acton, born September 10, 1817. They
bothstill live, and carry on the farm in Concord.
23 V. Simon6, bornJanuary 2, 1788; married Mary Frazier.
VI. Polly6, bornFebruary 11, 1790; died January 11, 1811.
VII. Sophia6,born February 13, 1792; married, April 11, 1820,
SilasTaylor of Boxboro, born June 27, 1793; died
January28, 1874; resided in Acton, a large and
wealthyfarmer and leading citizen. She died March
1.Sophia7 Taylor, born March 8, 1821; died August
2.Moses7, born April 16, 1822; married, June 18,
1846, Mary Elizabeth Stearns of Acton; died
December 16, 1895; resided on the homestead
ofhis father in Acton.
3.Silas7, born April 2, 1825; died March 18, 1844.
4.Martha7, born March 8, 1829; married, April 25,
1850, Hon. John Fletcher, Jr., born August 8,
1827. She died August 14, 1882.
VIII. Betsey6,born March 13, 1794; died September 24, 1819;
married,February 17, 1814, Simon Tuttle of Acton,
bornFebruary 7, 1793; he died September 17, 1864.
1. Simon7Tuttle, Jr., born _____; married Mary A.
Sargent of Stow, May 2, 1839.
2.Susan7, born _____; married, _____ Archibald, of
IX. Molly Tuttle6, born March 5, 1796;married, February 23,
1823,Deacon Silas Hosmer of Acton. She died
August21, 1831, of consumption; no children. He
marriedsecond, Mary Puffer.
24 X. John6, bornFebruary 10, 1802 (by second wife); married,
April 20,1826, Mary Ann Hosmer.
25 XI. BenjaminFranklin6, born November 3, 1805; married
Perciveranda Joy (or Jay) of Brattleboro, Vermont.
CAPTAIN HEZEKIAH5 (Ephraim4,Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born December 23, 1757, at Acton;married, November 25, 1777, Dorcas Whitcomb of Stow, born 1761. Settled firstin Stow, with his uncle Jonathan, after whom he named his first son. Heenlisted at Sudbury in Captain Wheeler's company, 1776; served in the Canadianexpedition; appears as private in Captain Edmund Longley's company, ColonelCogswell's regiment, enlisted October 1, 1778, discharged December 31, 1778.Term of service, three months, one day. Detached for purpose of guarding andfortifying posts in and near Boston. Engaged to serve until January 1, 1779, tocredit of Stow. Was chosen fire-ward at Stow, 1781, reeve, 1785 and 1788,captain, 1795, and selectman, 1795-96. Removed to South Waterford, Maine, 1797,with his family, and to Fryeburg, 1810, where he purchased a large tract ofland, intending to settle all his sons there, but only
succeeded in keeping William, the seventh child, with whomhe resided till his death, October, 1818. His widow, Dorcas, resided with herdaughter Catharine, in Fryeburg, where she died February 25, 1846.
I. Sarah6, bornJune 28, 1778, baptized same day; married,
1797,Jeduthan, born 1775, probably a son of Jeduthan
Alexander, who was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.
1.Jonathan Hapgood7 Alexander, born July 8, 1798;
diedJune 1, 1873; married, March 26, 1822,
atDenmark, Maine, Mary Howe, born at Denmark,
December 8, 1802; died January 18,1884.
II. Jonathan6,born November 8, 1779; probably died young.
III. Mercy6, bornOctober 17, 1782; married, November 27,
1800, Moses Nourse. She died May 29, 1801.
IV. Betsey6,born 1783; married, April 18, 1804, Jesse Dunham
1.Permelia Robbins7 Dunham, born October 29,
1807; married, May 13, 1824, James Wight,
bornApril 19, 1800, at Otisfield, where he died
June13, 1871; a farmer.
26 V. Ephraim6,born January 3, 1785, at Stow, Massachusetts;
married,January 7, 1812, Fanny Willard of Harvard,
VI. Elizabeth6,baptized September 2, 1787. She probably
diedyoung, as no further record of her is found.
27 VII. William6,baptized April 5, 1790, at Stow; married, 1813, at
28 VIII. Sprout6,born April 27, 1793, at Stow; married, March 3,
1822, atWaterford, Betsey Sawin.
IX. Polly6, bornMay 25, 1795, at Stow, Massachusetts; baptized
May 31,1795; married, December 8, 1818, at
Fryeburg,Maine, Elbridge Harnden, born at Wilmington,
Massachusetts, July 31, 1796; brother to William's
wife,Mary. Polly died at East Fryeburg, October 10,
1863, andEldridge, November 18, 1874, at Denmark,
CHILDREN, all born inFryeburg.
1.Calvin7 Harnden, born December 16, 1819; married,
November 25, 1852, at Bridgton, Maine,
Rosanna Dennett, born September 4, 1826. He
diedAugust 16, 1880, and she, September 20,
1884; resided in Fryeburg; a farmer.
2.William7, born January 13, 1822; married, November
9,1849, at Bridgton, Betsey Douglass, born
December, 1827, at Denmark. He died February
4,1864, at Fryeburg.
3.Rebekah N.7, born March 6, 1824; married, March,
1842, at Bridgton, Jeduthan Trumbull, born
April 3, 1817, at Denmark. She died October 16,
4.Sarah7, born August 23, 1825; died March 28, 1832.
5.Elbridge, Jr.7, born August 7, 1827; died March 29,
6.Wyman7, born July 18, 1830; died March 27, 1832.
7.Elbridge7, born August 13, 1833; married, December
2,1855, at Fryeburg, Phebe Ann Smith,
bornin Bridgton, July 12, 1835. He died May
8.Wyman7, born January 24, 1835; married, July 13,
1856, at Denmark, Eliza Fuller Warren, born
March 11, 1834; resides at Fryeburg; a farmer.
X. Hezekiah,Jr.6, born at Waterford, 1799; died there March
29 XI. Thomas6, born July 12, 1802, atWaterford; married, December
2, 1830,Jane McWain of Putney, Vermont.
XII. Catharine6,born April 7, 1807, at Waterford; married,
January10, 1826, Silas Warren, born February 20, 1802,
atDenmark, where he resided. He died June 27, 1886,
in WestBridgton. She died January 21, 1872, in
1.Harriet7, born February 18, 1827; married, December
26,1843, Asa O. Pike, born at Fryeburg,
November 25, 1822; died April 19, 1888.
2. Jane7,born January 4, 1832; died March 4, 1857.
OLIVER5 (Ephraim4,Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born August 12, 1762; married, February10, 1785, Lucy Tuttle, born June 9, 1762, at Littleton, Massachusetts; she diedat Waterford, December 5, 1819. Removed to Waterford, Maine, September 9, 1785,settled in the southerly part of that town, erected a carding mill, 1810. Alarge real estate owner, and one of her most prominent and enterprisingcitizens. He died November 11, 1819.
30 I. Ephraim6,born November 26, 1786; married, March 24,
II. Lucy6, bornMarch 18, 1788; married, April 17, 1817, at
Waterford, Isaac Towne of Bethel, a farmer. She
diedNovember 3, 1839.
31 III. Artemas5,born June 14, 1789; married Mary Haskell.
IV. NathanielTuttle6, born March 20, 1791; died November
32 V. Oliver,Jr.6, born December 30, 1794, at Otisfield, Maine;
married,February 8, 1826, Abigail Welch of Raymond,
JONATHAN5 (Ephraim4,Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born July 30, 1767, at Acton,Massachusetts. Had his uncle Jonathan for guardian, December 30, 1780; marriedAbigail Austin. Removed to Milton, Vermont, about 1788, and in the spring of1798, apparently feeling that the romance of frontier life was losing itsflavor in a place so densely populated, he concluded to make a prospecting tourfurther west, where he might establish a new home on the solemn border of avast wilderness. His judgment was good as to farming land, and
his taste dictated a settlementat Malone, Franklin County, Northern New York. He took up 300 acres of timberland, and through many hardships and privations, worked that summer and thenext, making a clearing and building a log house for his family, which he broughtthe following year (1800) from Milton. The new soil of Malone yielded abundantcrops that amply rewarded labor, and by skilful manipulation, coupled withgreat industry and economy, he prospered and became a wealthy farmer andprominent citizen.
The original purchase of 300acres was situated three miles due north from the present village of Malone, onthe border line of Constable. He was the first settler in Malone, then "ahowling wilderness"; planted the first fruit orchard, and showed to theworld what pluck, energy, intelligence and industry can produce and unfold. In1820 he built a framed house on the opposite side of the road from the old loghouse, which he abandoned, and occupied the new structure up to the time of hisdeath. He had two sons, Cornelius and Amos, born to him before he removed tohis new home in the wilderness, and four daughters afterward. He died January1, 1843, and his widow died May 12 of the same year.
33 I. Cornelius6,born October 13, 1789, at Milton, Vermont;
married,March 1, 1819, Betsey Hutchins.
34 II. Amos6, born1799, at Vergennes, Vermont; married, February
25, 1821,Harriet Holmes.
III. Eliza6, born1804, at Malone; married, 1824, Philamon
Crandallof Moira, Franklin County, New York, born
July 26,1802, at Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont.
1.Jonathan William7 Crandall, born October 16,
2. Cornelius7,born _____.
3.Hezekiah7, born _____.
4.Cordelia7, born _____.
5. BuelM7, born _____.
6. AmeliaA.7, born _____.
7. EdaP.7, born _____.
8. JohnR.7, born August 24, 1838.
9.Philancy E.7, born _____.
10.Sallie7, born _____.
11. SamuelB.7, born _____.
12. AlvaB.7, born _____.
IV. Sarah6,born, 1809; married at Malone, Warren Wentworth,
born1801, in Vermont. He died October 10, 1870, and
she,December 5, 1844; resided in Constable, New
1.Woodbury7 Wentworth, born _____; died at
2. Arabella7, born February 13, 1837, atConstable;
married, September 19, 1861, George W. Child
ofConstable, born April 3, 1835; died March
25,1881; resided in Chicago, Illinois.
3. Abbie, born _____; married L. W. Conrad;
resides in Chicago.
V. Abigail6,born 1812; died April 11, 1829.
VI. Mary6, bornabout 1816; married Amos Bassett, at Malone;
1. Daughter7, born _____; married _____;died
_____, leaving two children.
2. Amos7Bassett, Jr., born _____; resides in Malone.
DEACON JOHN5 (Shadrach4,Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born June 20, 1771; was a true type ofthe south of England yeomen, that came to New England among the
early settlers, tall, slim, wiry,muscular, capable of enduring great hardship. He was a worker in its broadestsense, never happier than with a bush scythe in hand, assaulting and destroyingthose prolific bushy intruders upon his soil; tilling his grounds with the careand taste of the skilled husbandman. The massive stone walls still standing, sodeftly laid, exhibit mechanical taste and ingenuity that attest to his skilland industry; and his fields, barren of these stone incumbrances, are worthythe gratitude of his successors. It was fortunate that so sturdy a race wasthrown upon our rugged soil. A feebler race -- in the midst of "a howlingwilderness," beset by barbed arrows in the hands of a savage foe, andscarcely less savage beasts, awaiting an opportunity to prey upon hisdefenceless flocks or family of children -- would have quailed at the onset andabandoned the enterprise. But the stout hearts and stalwart frames of thesehardy farmers, bravely assisted by those noble women, their wives anddaughters, faced every foe and conquered every obstacle, leaving to theirdescendants a heritage of which they are justly proud.
He married, December 6, 1797,Mary, daughter of James and Lydia Haskell, born in Harvard, November 25, 1776.He bought lands from and adjoining the old Hapgood homestead, subsequentlyreceiving additions therefrom, built there extensive buildings, like most ofthe race, and by great industry and frugality, became a wealthy farmer. He wasselectman, 1803-4, parish treasurer, 1819, and for many years deacon in theOrthodox church of the strictest order. He died April 24, 1859, and his wife,March 4, 1866.
I. John6, bornOctober 6, 1798; died October 5, 1802.
II. Mary6, bornJanuary 28, 1801; died September 26, 1803.
III. George6,born August 15, 1804; died September 16, 1808.
35 IV. John, Jr.6,born March 18, 1807; married Mary Ann Munroe.
V. Andrew6,born March 27, 1809. He received an academic
education, and at the age of eighteen, entered a drygoods
store inBoston, where he remained about three
years. Hethen, in 1830, went into mercantile business
inGreensboro, Vermont, prosecuting it with great
energy.In the autumn of 1831, his knee became so
afflictedas to require on the 12th of April, 1832, amputation
of hisleg, but the disease had extended
throughhis system so that he died, unmarried, September
28, 1832,at his father's house in Harvard. A genial,
brilliant, intelligent young man of great promise,
cut downin his 24th year.
VI. Mary6, bornMay 5, 1813; taught school for several years;
married,March 24, 1835, at Harvard, Peter Dudley
Conant,born at Boxboro, Massachusetts, April 11,
1803;Mary being the only daughter, it was a great
trial forthem to part with her, and as there was plenty
of landto cultivate and a small village of buildings,
the youngcouple were induced to remain with her
parents.The deacon was a strict temperance man,
and hisson-in-law was like unto himself. They were
also inunison in matters of faith, and the union proved
a happyone. He died of consumption, March 20, 1862.
His widowstill survives him. They had one daughter,
an onlychild, Mary Louisa Conant, born May 23, 1836;
married,December 20, 1860, Albert Atherton, son of
David andSusan (Randall) Pollard, born at Harvard,
December 6, 1831. He, too, settled on theold homestead
foundedby her grandfather, Deacon John Hapgood,
and hermother is enjoying her riper years amid
theblessings of a comfortable home from which she
has never been separated, and issurrounded by her
grandchildren, who are ever ready to contribute to her
JABEZ5 (Shadrach4,Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born September 30, 1781; settled in thenorthern part of
Harvard, and, like most of the other descendants ofShadrach4, was an industrious, frugal, and wealthy farmer; married, July 26,1805, Susannah, daughter of James and Lydia Haskell of Oak Hill, Harvard,sister to his brother John's wife, both most excellent women and housewives,born July 26, 1781; died February 19, 1851. He died August 12, 1860.
I. Susan6, bornOctober 20, 1806; married, April 9, 1829,
JosiahHartwell, born in Shirley, January 23, 1799;
diedSeptember 19, 1851, in Groton. She died March
18, 1881,at Harvard, of typhoid pneumonia.
1.George7 Hartwell, born November 24, 1830, at Harvard;
married, September 13, 1856, in Boston,
Margaret Anna Stokell, born November 4, 1831,
atPortsmouth, New Hampshire, where she
diedFebruary 21, 1897. He was a man of
energy, fond of horses, as was his father before
him;in various kinds of mercantile business,
withfluctuating fortune, and at the time of his
death, March 26, 1885, was a member of the
firmof D. C. Hall & Co., New York; s. p.
2.Sarah7, born November 20, 1834; married, February
12,1857, in Boston, William Henry Getchell,
bornMarch 10, 1829, at Hallowell, Maine;
removed to Peoria, Illinois; returned to Boston
andbecame a distinguished photographer.
Resides in Dorchester.
1.Frederick8 Getchell, born January 19, 1858,
3. Ellen Cleora7,born December 15, 1848, at Harvard;
shewas adopted, 1876, by Amasa Davis and
Hannah6 (Hapgood) Gamage of Boston, taking
heradopted father's name. Six years after his
decease,in 1881, she returned to her old home
inHarvard, which was unfortunately destroyed
byfire, May 10, 1892; a more modern structure
waserected on the old site, near the common,
thefollowing summer, where she now resides,
acheerful, genial soul, much respected and
36 II. Henry6, bornJanuary 2, 1808; married, May 8, 1839, Ann
III. George6,born December 12, 1809; married, November 12,
1843, atHartford, Connecticut, Cleora Morgan, born
October19, 1810, at Northfield, and died in Leominster,
Massachusetts, May 13, 1850; no children. George
was agood scholar and one of the most intelligent
andenergetic young men in "Old Mill" district.
He workedon the home farm till he was of age, then
went toLeominster and found employment in a comb
factory,that industry being somewhat extensive in that
and theadjoining town of Lancaster, at that time.
Fashionschanged, the business languished, and to-day
many ofthe factories are in ruins. He was a hardworking,
economical man, saved his earnings and
investedhis money with prudence and good judgment,
and atthe end of twenty-one years, 1860, returned to
the farmwith a handsome fortune. He assisted his
agedfather on the farm, and at his death became the
proprietor. His wife having died in 1850, his two
maidensisters, Lizzie and Lydia, both very capable,
unitedtheir interests with his, and the trio together
carriedon the farm in a neat, profitable, and husbandlike
manner.He was a brave, uncomplaining man, and
diedsuddenly of Bright's disease and ossification of
the valves of the heart, November 21,1878.
IV. Elizabeth6,born November 15, 1811; had a good commonschool
education; resided the greater part of her life
with herparents on the farm in "Old Mill"; was an
excellent housewife, neat,industrious, economical and
painstaking; inherited from her father a vein of humor,
and, withhim, very constant at church on Sundays.
Bynature, reserved, unostentatious and modest, caring
littlefor the giddy whirl of society, but attending
faithfully to every duty of domestic life, and never
happierthan when setting her house in order. She
wasstrictly a domestic woman, making home cheerful
and others happy. WhenGeorge assumed the responsibility
ofrunning the large farm, no one ever had
betterhelpmates than he, or more united and prosperous.
By themarriage of Lydia, 1877, to Mr. Hartwell,
thecharmed circle was broken, and by the death
ofGeorge, in 1878, destroyed. In 1879 she removed
toShirley and was again united with Lydia, whose
husbanddied the previous year, leaving his widow in
possession of his estate. They remained here for two
years,then returned to Harvard and occupied the
Holmanhouse, near the common. April 10, 1883,
Lydia wasmarried to Luke Whitney of Bare Hill,
WestHarvard, for second husband. He died July 11,
1884, andshe returned to abide with her sister till
separatedby the hand of death. In 1891 they purchased
a lot and erected the beautiful andcommodious
house onthe Littleton road, occupied by them to the
time ofElizabeth's death, by pneumonia, January 2,
V. Nancy6, bornJuly 26, 1814; married, April 17, 1838, at
Harvard,Phineas Holden, son of Ellis and Miriam
(Holden)Harlow, born December 14, 1814, in Old
Milldistrict, Harvard, and educated in the public
school.He bought the Robbins' farm at the northerly
end ofPin Hill, settled down with his most excellent
andfrugal wife, where they spent the remainder of
theirdays; prospered, and reared a large family of
honoredand respected children, none in town more
sensiblyindulged or kindly treated. The mother died
January25, 1883, and the father followed August 23,
1. AnnEliza7 Harlow, born March 23, 1839; resides
at Ayer; unmarried.
2.Charles Ellis7 (Corporal), born at Harvard, Massachusetts,
November 6, 1840, where he
received his early education. For several years
heremained on the farm with his parents,
thenwent to Boston and was employed in a
provision store a few years. August 25, 1862,
heenlisted as private for nine months in the
Eleventh Massachusetts battery, Captain Edward
J.Jones, and reported at Camp Meigs,
Readville, which place they left in October for
acamp of instruction at Washington. In
November the company, being equipped as a
six-gun battery, crossed the Potomac at Chain
Bridge, into Virginia, occupying a position on
Hall's Hill. As no enemy appeared they were
ordered to Centreville, where the winter was
spent doing guard duty, attached to Twenty-second
armycorps. About the 20th of May
reported at Washington, turned over the
gunsto the arsenal, and returned to Boston,
where, a few days later, they were mustered out
ofservice, having nowhere met the enemy in the
In December, 1863, he re-enlisted in same
battery, under same commander, ascorporal,
forthree years, finding about fifty of the old
boyswith him, who were mustered in, January
2,1864. On February 5, they proceeded to
Washington and were attached toNinth army
corps, under Burnside, at Camp Barry, District
ofColumbia. Here he was taken down with fever,
dysentery, and pneumonia, and died March 2,
1864. The remains were forwardedto his native
3. EdwardOmar7, born December 25, 1842; married,
February 15, 1872, at Gloucester, Massachusetts,
MaryLowe Poole, born April 13, 1837; resides
atAyer, Massachusetts; a provision dealer.
4. ClaraMiriam7, born January 31, 1845; married, at
Harvard, November 3, 1880, Eugene Manley
Niles, born September 7, 1847, at North Jay,
Maine; resides at North Cambridge, Massachusetts.
5. SusanMatilda7, born April 23, 1847; died December
27,1871, at Harvard; unmarried.
6.Adaline Sawyer7, born July 21, 1849; resides at
7. GeorgeHapgood7, born December 10, 1851; married,
June14, 1879, at Jay Bridge, Maine, Ada
Frances Ludden, born November 11, 1852, at
Livermore, Maine; resides at Somerville, Massachusetts;
heis a salesman in Boston; s. p.
8. JohnBowker, born June 28, 1854; married, February
8,1893, at Harvard, Carrie Etta Cobleigh,
bornin Boxboro, April 10, 1866; settled on the
homestead of his father; a quiet, industrious
andprosperous farmer, a good citizen, and from
yearto year making improvements on his farm.
9. MaryWetherbee, born December 23, 1857; died
April 27, 1865.
VI. LydiaHaskell6, born July 14, 1819; a bright, cheerful, amiable
girl,never leaving home for any great length of
time tillher marriage, November 27, 1877, to Jeremiah
ChaplinHartwell, brother to her sister Susan's husband,
bornAugust 31, 1807, in Shirley, where he died
suddenlyof heart failure in a field near his house,
October14, 1878. In 1879 her sister came to live
with hertill 1881, when they removed to Harvard Centre.
Shemarried second, April 10, 1883, Luke Whitney
of BareHill, West Harvard, an honorable, upright,
well-to-do farmer. On the second day of July, 1884, he
climbedan old cherry tree, quite near the house, for
somecherries, and in his eagerness for the fruit, ventured
too far out on a limb, which broke andprecipitated
him tothe ground, causing a compound fracture
of thespine. Death did not immediately ensue, but
sensationwas, below the upper break, suspended,
while thebrain remained normal to the time of death,
July 11,1884. This calamity caused her sister
Elizabethto open her arms and welcome her back to
her home.They remained in the Holman house till
1891, when, having ample means, they bought ahouse
lot onthe Littleton road, near the common, and built
thepretty house occupied by them to the time of the
death ofher sister, January 2, 1897. She still resides
VII. Lucy6, bornJune 6, 1823; resided with her parents, and
diedunmarried, September 27, 1859.
JOEL5 (Shadrach4,Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1) was born in Harvard, March 26, 1788, andeducated in the Old
Mill school. He bought, of hisfather, for $620, a part of the old homestead farm and dwelling, founded by hisgrandfather Shadrach3, about 1727, and settled there; deed signed by Shadrachand Elizabeth, April 12, 1809, recorded May 29, 1809. [Worcester Register of Deeds, Book 175, Page 292.]
The house was one of the first oflarge frame houses built in what was then Stow, but became Harvard on theincorporation of that town in 1732, and was located about one and one-fourthmiles north of the first meeting-house, on what was known as "StowLeg." The building was of the Colonial style, two stories in front andrunning down back to one story, with long kitchen, large chimney, fireplace,oven and ash pit; it also served as dining, sitting and reception room onordinary occasions. It had a portico in front with large hall opening intospacious rooms on either side. It was glazed with lozenge-shaped glass, set inlead, a portion of which remained down to the early part of the presentcentury, as we well remember; the other part was presumably stripped of itslead and bestowed to the cause of liberty, in the shape of bullets. Here thelarge families of the two Shadrachs, Joel and Jonathan, were reared, andeducated in the little Old Mill district red-brick schoolhouse, a mile away,while the meeting-house and the middle of the town were a mile and a quarter inthe opposite direction. Previous to his marriage, in 1812, Joel built theannex, or house, at the west end of the original mansion, connected with andopening into it, so that he could at all times pass in and out, as his duty incaring for the comfort of his parents might require, by day or night. He boughtthe "Deacon Stone" farm, off the main road, about midway
between his own farm and themiddle of the town, and carried it on for many years, but finally disposed ofit. He also owned other outlands, and was a prosperous and wealthy farmer.
His son Jonathan succeeded to theoccupancy of the original house, carrying on the farm for half its products,during the natural life of his father and stepmother. She outlived him, and hisson Charles assumed the conditions of the covenant.
Joel married first, November 12,1812, Sally7 Fairbank, born September 23, 1792, died January 19, 1820, daughterof Jonathan6 Fairbank (born September 4, 1758, died September 8, 1840), by hiswife, Hannah Hale of Stow, born April 27, 1763, died September 19, 1849, andgranddaughter of Captain Joseph5 (born November 4, 1722; married October 4,1749; died May 28, 1802), by his wife, Abigail Tarbell of Groton, born June 6,1721; married October 4, 1749; died April 12, 1798, and great granddaughter ofDeacon Joseph4, born, 1693, died December 6, 1772; married, April 21, 1718,Mary Brown, who died November 14, 1791, and great great granddaughter ofCaptain Jabez8 (born in Lancaster 8:11: 1670, died March 2, 1758), and hiswife, Mary Wilder, born in 1675, died February 21, 1718, and great great greatgranddaughter of Jonas2 Fairbank, one of the original proprietors of Lancaster,who married, May 28, 1658, Lydia, daughter of John Prescott, who came fromSowerby, England, born in Watertown, Massachusetts, August 15, 1641. Jonas,with his son Joshua, was slain by the Indians at the burning of Lancaster,February 10, 1676. Jonas moved from Dedham to Lancaster in 1657, was the son ofJonathan and Grace (Lee) Fairebanke, who came from Yorkshire to Boston,
1633, and Dedham, 1636, bringingJonas in infancy. He was a man of consideration and moral worth and allied inEngland to men of standing. He was, without doubt, the common ancestor of allNew England families who spell their names Fairbank or Fairbanks. Joel Hapgoodmarried second, January 30, 1822, Charlotte, daughter of Jason and SilenceMead, born December 22, 1791.
He was the youngest of the fourrobust sons of Shadrach4, all frugal, industrious and prosperous farmers. Theyall had peculiar and similar traits, and yet each had considerableindividuality. Their lands were cultivated and kept exceedingly neat and ingood taste, fenced mostly with massive stone walls, ever in good repair, cropsgathered promptly, and a village of buildings, nicely painted, seemed to betheir delight. Order was the rule of the household and farm. Everything must bein place, and there must be a place for everything. They were all fairly goodmechanics, but none great scholars, nor have any of the four, except in asingle instance, a great grandchild living bearing the Hapgood name. It ispainful to see so many of these old American families becoming extinct. He wasfavored by fortune in the choice of his second wife. She was an intelligent,agreeable woman, with a vein of humor in her composition, and could neatlyparry the ready wit of a rival. Having no children of her own, she readilyadopted and devoted herself to the three children by the first wife, none ofwhich ever regarded her as any other than their own dear mother. We copy fromthe Clinton Courant of December 31, 1881, the following notice:
The quiet little town of Harvard was very pleasantlyagitated on Thursday, the 22d inst., in a 'reception' given by Mrs. CharlotteHapgood,
at her residence, from 12 M. to 3 P. M., incommemoration of her ninetieth birthday. The weather was quite unpropitious,but about ninety of her neighbors and friends assembled to pay their respectsto the dear memories of the past and the bright hopes for the future. Fewpeople of her age are in a better state of preservation. Her step is not aselastic as it was forty years ago, but she moves about with great facility, andcan walk her mile with as much ease as some younger persons; nor is her sightor hearing very much impaired. She has always enjoyed good health, and weattribute this very largely to her cheerful disposition. It was her lovelinessand magnetism of character that drew together so many loving hearts upon thepresent occasion. This venerable lady still retains her interest in the church,in public affairs, and even reads the newspapers with as much zest as ever; andalthough she is not able to minister to the sick and needy as generously as inearlier days, she sympathizes fully with those who are sick or in trouble.
The 30th of January, 1822, was a fortunate day for thelate Joel Hapgood, when Charlotte Mead consented to become his companion forlife, and a mother to his three small children. We have known her intimatelyfrom infancy, have shared her kindness, partaken of her generous hospitality,and may say, without any attempt at flattery, that no family ever had a moreconscientious, self-sacrificing, devoted mother than did this one; in fact, wehave never seen her in anger; we have often seen her rise in her lofty, womanlydignity, in scorn above some uncivil remark, some discourteous treatment, butwe have never witnessed that unreasoning ebulition, that sort of volcanicexplosion that sometimes emanates from certain quarters. She was more likely toparry such assaults by some humorous or witty retort, in such gentle, smilingmanner as to place the offender hors de combat and compel his respect. Anotherpeculiarity of this woman's life was that she always had plenty to do. What ablessing! She never ate the bread of idleness, nor did Satan find in her nimblefingers any mischievous desires to appropriate. And now I say to the youngreader, her example is before you. Do you covet longevity? Be cheerful, beindustrious, be self-sacrificing, and your days will be many and full of honor.
He died September 28, 1855, and his widow, July 17, 1884.
CHILDREN, all byfirst marriage.
37 I. JonathanFairbank6, born January 15, 1814; married first,
II. Hannah6, bornMay 14, 1815; married first, April 14, 1836,
Hiram,son of Thomas and Polly (Whitney) Houghton,
born inHarvard, April 16, 1814. At the time of his
marriage,he purchased a farm about three-quarters of
a mile southeast of the middle of the townof Harvard,
adjoiningthat of his father on the opposite side of
the road,and resided there about four years. He
was theonly child of his parents, whose advancing
years and declining health renderedit proper and
fittingthat he should dispose of his farm and return
to theold homestead, in charge of the farm and his
venerableparents. He died January 2, 1853; had one
child,born April 26, 1837; died at birth. She married
second,March 4, 1856, Amasa Davis Gamage of Boston,
a brotherof Julia Adelaide Gamage, the wife of her
brother,Warren Hapgood, born January 19, 1815.
Left anorphan at the age of eight years, he was
placed ona farm at Westminster, Massachusetts,
where heremained six years, and then returned to his
nativecity. After a period spent at Mr. Thayer's
celebrated Chauncey Hall School, he entered a wholesale
dry-goodsstore in Central street, where he
remainedseveral years; later on, he was employed by
Ladd& Hall, who were doing an extensive Nova
Scotiatrade. For many years cashier and confidential
clerkwith that firm in Chatham street, and on the
death ofMr. Ladd, the senior member, became a
partner,under firm name of John G. Hall & Co., which
continuedup to the time of his death. He resided
with hiswidowed mother till her death, 1867, and
thenremoved to Charlestown where he died, March
He became an active member of TigerEngine
CompanyNo. 7, 1835; member of Boston Light
Infantry,1838; Attentive Fire Society, 1867, and was a
member ofthe Boston Veteran Firemen's Association.
He was constant in business, a firm friend,of strict
integrity, and upright and honorable in all his dealings.
His widowresides at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts,
and wellsustains her character as an industrious,
prudent,economical housewife, rather retiring from
society,except to a few familiar friends.
38 III. Warren6,born October 14, 1816; married, January 14,
1852,Julia Adelaide Gamage.
DANIEL5 (Daniel4,Daniel3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 9, 1796; married at Stow, May16, 1831, Rebecca W. (Brooks) Davis of Templeton, Massachusetts. She died May
JONATHAN6 FAIRBANK was born in Harvard, 1758, settled on the homestead of hisfather, Joseph; married Hannah Hale of Stow.
1. Artemas7,born November 3, 1787; married, January 25,
1816,Rachel Houghton; settled with his father on the
homestead in East Bare Hill, Harvard, where he died
2. Jonathan7,born December 29, 1788; was twice married;
livedwith his parents during the brief period of his
firstmarriage, but after the second (1821), he bought
theGates farm, adjoining, and built the mansion
house,where he spent the remainder of his days.
Thefollowing obituary appeared in the Clinton
Courant, October 22, 1881.
Died, on the 3d inst., after a brief illness ofthree days, at the advanced age of ninety-two years, Deacon Jonathan Fairbank.
In this death the town has sustained the loss of oneof its oldest and most esteemed citizens. He was born in the old Fairbankmansion, in the south part of Harvard, called "Bare Hill," December29, 1788, and descended from Jonathan and Grace (Lee) Fairbank, who came tothis country from Yorkshire, England, about 1636, and who are presumed to bethe common ancestors of all of that name in this country. Here he was raised tohabits of industry and economy, receiving a good common-school education, wherehe was regarded an excellent scholar.
Quite early in life he manifested superiormechanical and artistic skill and taste, and many traces of his originality maystill be seen in the houses of his kindred, in designs for furnitureornamentation, both in carving and painting, and in fancy and ornamentalinscriptions of various kinds. His minority was, however, spent with hisparents on the farm, but on arriving at his majority, he at once commencedmechanical business, first as a carpenter, and later, cabinet maker. It must beborne in mind that at that early period there were no ready-made furniturestores as at present, and to furnish a house orders must be given to a"cabinet maker" for the furniture, who was as well a lumber dealer,in the absence of lumber yards, which greet our eyes in almost every large townto-day. Nor was it possible to buy a set of tools such as are in the hands ofthe merest tyro of to-day; and our young aspirant had to make his own simpleset of tools. His success was the more remarkable since he never served anapprenticeship to any trade, but took it up by mere force of will and naturalingenuity; and many a bridal outfit was the result of the taste, skill, andhandiwork of young Fairbank, as may be seen to-day in some of the old houses inhis native town.
February 25, 1817, he married Hannah Howard ofBolton, still making a pleasant home under the paternal roof, working most ofthe time in his little
shop where he had been so successful, butoccasionally assisting his father, during hurried seasons, in farming. His wifedied in 1819, aged twenty-four years. September 19, 1820, he married SallyHartwell of Littleton.
In the spring of 1821 be purchased the large andwell-known "Gates farm," adjoining his father's, which he thenoccupied. The old Gates house was not, however, to his taste, and during thefollowing summer he built the large mansion house on the main road. This washis happy home for nearly sixty years, and here the last rites of sepulturewere performed.
By the second marriage were born two sons --Jonathan Howard, in 1825, and Daniel Hartwell, in 1830. J. Howard deceased in1840, D. Hartwell alone surviving both parents. Howard, as he was familiarlycalled, was a bright, intelligent, promising boy, and his early death cast adeep gloom over his parents for years, and even down to the very end of hislife the deacon could not speak of his darling boy without a pang.
In his business of farming he was admirablysustained in all his movements by a most estimable wife, whose energy and goodjudgment were ever equal to any emergency. The milk of twenty cows was to beconverted into butter and cheese; wool must be carded, spun, and woven intocloth for family use--nay, more, must be cut and made into garments; companymust be entertained, and no woman in Harvard could do it with more royal grace,nor were many houses better furnished or more homelike.
He was educated under the most rigid form of theOrthodox faith, his parents remaining in that fold to the end of theirhonorable lives. It was prior to the pastorate of the Rev. Mr. Blanchard thatan unhappy schism separated the first church, the Orthodox or Puritanic branchseceding and building a new house of worship, while the Unitarian orMonotheistic branch remained in the old church. The subject of these remarksremained with the latter. He was tendered the best pew in the house, waselected deacon, which office he held for fifty-eight years, and was a mostconstant worshipper as long as he could hear. He was of even temper and atpeace with all men. No one ever spoke ill of him, or had occasion to. Not ateetotaler, but strictly a temperate man during the whole of his long life, andthis, together with his cheerful disposition and regular habits, as well asconstant industry, working down to within three or four days of his finaldeparture, may account for his great length of days. But he has gone"where the just made perfect" go, and left the record of a noble lifeand character to others.
"Deacon Fairbank was a captain of militiaduring 1812-14. He was chosen deacon of the first church (Unitarian) of Harvardin 1823, holding that office for fifty-eight years. He was the fifth and lastof five deacons Fairbank, in unbroken succession in Harvard's-first church fromits foundation in 1733, a period of nearly 150 years."
3.Sally7, born September 23, 1792; married, November 12,
1812, Joel Hapgood, and died January 19, 1820, leaving
three children: Jonathan, Hannah, and Warren.
The record of Deacon Fairbank was accidentally omitted,and is here inserted with his portrait.
11, 1835, and he married second, March 20, 1836, Clarissa Dearth, born October1, 1811, at Stewartstown, New Hampshire; she died August 20, 1886, atAshburnham, Massachusetts; resided in Templeton, where he died, 1874, aprominent and prosperous farmer.
I. Daniel6,born May 13, 1832, at Templeton (by first wife),
the onlygreat grandson and heir by the name of
Hapgood,from Deacon Daniel, the inheritor of the
homesteadof Shadrach the first; died February 4,
1861, atTownsend; unmarried.
II. JohnDearth6, born July 12, 1837 (by second wife); died
September9, 1866, at Townsend; unmarried.
III. Euthera6,born October 28, 1838; died October 23, 1861.
IV. Jerusha6,born July 25, 1840; died January 21, 1864, at
V. MaryEsther6, born October 8, 1841; married, June 18,
1859,David William Day, born March 30, 1837, at
South Orange, Massachusetts; resides atLeominster,
1. FrankE.7 Day, born May 16, 1860, at Leominster.
2. Ason7, born May 14, 1862, at Clinton, Massachusetts.
3. MinnieB.7, born December 13, 1864, at Leominster;
married, August 5, 1887, Charles Marsh
ofSwanzey, New Hampshire.
4. JuliaA.7, born January 16, 1866, at Ashburnham;
married, October 30, 1890, at Leominster, Orion
Burgess of Ayer, Massachusetts.
5.William Fisher7, born January 14, 1868, at Leominster;
married, March 21, 1893, Gertrude Fife
ofPembroke, New Hampshire.
6. WalterEdward7, born September 5, 1870, at
Leominster; married, March 22, 1893, Minnie
E.Marsh of Swanzey.
7. HannahColton7, born January 22, 1873, at Fitchburg;
married,July 4, 1894, at Leominster,
FredO. Bishop of Swanzey.
8. MabelKendall7, born February 19, 1875, at Fitchburg;
married at Leominster, August 7, 1893,
FredFoster of England.
9. ArthurJohn7, born September 27, 1878, at Leominster.
10. BlanchElizabeth7, born December 1, 1880.
11.Charles7, born September 20, 1882.
12. WarrenHollis7, born January 12, 1886.
CAPTAIN JAMES6 (Abraham5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2,Shadrach1), born July 14, 1796; married, September 1, 1819, at Lexington,Massachusetts, Mary Creasy, daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Warren) Estabrook,born April 6, 1802, at Brookline, Massachusetts, a direct descendant ofReverend Joseph Estabrook of Concord, one of the first settlers and ministerthere, for nearly fifty years. She was a woman of rare ability and a realhelpmeet in the rearing of their numerous family.
After his father's death heremoved from West Acton to East Acton, on the "Great Road" fromBoston to Keene, New Hampshire, then the great thoroughfare of travel throughActon.
He filled various offices oftrust in his native town, was commissioned, in 1827, Captain of Militiacompany, Third regiment, First brigade, Third division of Infantry, and was formany years identified with the history of the town. Besides carrying on hislarge farm, he was usually engaged in other business enterprises. He investedin real estate in the city of Lowell, when that place was becoming a
manufacturing centre, and after his time for activebusiness had passed, he moved there to spend his declining years, two of hischildren having settled there before him. He left a visible monument to hismemory in the rows of beautiful elms he planted, bordering the road through hisfarm in East Acton. His estimable wife died at Lowell, July 21, 1871, and he,November 5, 1872. Both are interred in Lowell Cemetery.
I. Abram7, bornJune 8, 1820; married, July 26, 1846, at
Lowell,Roxana, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Wilson,
born1825, at New Boston, New Hampshire. He died
at NewOrleans, April 21, 1867; a merchant.
I.Henrietta8, born 1847; died 1864, at New Orleans,
II. SarahWilson8, born 1848; died at Lowell, 1852.
III. GeorgeWoodman8, born 1850; killed at Boston
by railroad accident, 1880.
IV. FredEugene8, born July 29, 1854; went to sea and
notsince heard from.
V.Wilson8, born 1858, at Mount Sterling, Illinois;
diedthere February, 1859.
II. Mary Elizabeth7, born January 14, 1822;married, June 6,
1849, atNashua, New Hampshire, Elbridge, son of
John andSallie (Jones) Robbins, born in Acton, March
23, 1811;a large farmer and dealer in live-stock; died
October19, 1890. His widow still survives him.
1.Chauncy Bowman8 Robbins, born April 15, 1850;
succeeded to his father's large farm and business
2. Howard Jackson8, born March 14,1852; married,
September 27, 1883, at Independence, Kansas,
Urena, daughter of Doctor J. D. Hollis of Knoxville,
3. SarahFrances8, born August 30, 1854; married,
July21, 1879, at Acton, Silas Taylor, son of John
andMartha (Taylor) Fletcher, born February
18,1854; resides in Malden, Massachusetts; a
merchant in Boston.
4.Charles Joseph8, born February 23, 1856; married,
September 21, 1892, at Acton, Blanche Mady
Bassett, born May 29, 1871; resides in Shelton,
Nebraska, dealer in live-stock and grain.
5.Webster Cushing8, born January 28, 1860; married,
May25, 1885, Amelia Harriet Nichols,
bornSeptember 20, 1865, at Danbury, Connecticut;
resides in Acton, a live-stock dealer.
6. GeorgeHarvey8, born October 29, 1862; resides
inActon; a druggist, unmarried.
39 III. WilliamEstabrook Stearns7, born November 19, 1823;
married,February 17, 1847, Maria Haven of Lowell.
IV. FrancesEmily7, born October 2, 1825; married first, at
Nashua,New Hampshire, May, 1850, Wesley Hindman;
died inMassachusetts, 1865, and she married
second,at Galveston, Texas, July 17, 1871, Abram
Hoxie ofEaston, New York; resides in Galveston; a
civilengineer. No children.
V. Julia Ann7,born September 8, 1827; married, November
25, 1852,at Acton, Ira Franklin Lawry, born at Vinal
Haven, Maine; resides in Taunton,Massachusetts;
1.Charles Allison8 Lawry, born January 1, 1855, at
Newburyport, Massachusetts; married, November
18,1878, Mary Louise _____; resides in
Taunton; a book-keeper.
VI. CharlotteMaria7, born August 21, 1829; married, January
17, 1855,at Boston, Lewis Lawry of Vinal Haven;
residesin Taunton; a manufacturer.
1.Lillian Gertrude8 Lawry, born November 30, 1868,
VII. Annette7,born August 8, 1831; resides in Taunton;
VIII. SarahRobbins7, born May 6, 1834; married, June 25, 1867,
atGalveston, Texas, Henry Jackson Beebe, born
Louisville, Kentucky, about 1834, reared in New
Orleans,where he became a wholesale merchant;
removedto Galveston in 1873, and died there April 25,
1. InezFlorence8 Beebe, born September 30, 1868, at
NewOrleans; resides in Galveston; a teacher.
2. Dee8,born January 8, 1870, at New Orleans;
resides in Galveston; an artist.
3.Pantine8, born October 21, 1873, at Galveston; died
IX. James7, bornMay 29, 1836; died May 1, 1851, at Acton.
X. EllenAugusta7, born June 20, 1838; married, November
13, 1866,at Galveston, James Taylor Huffmaster,
born atNewport, Kentucky; resides in Galveston;
1. Helen8Huffmaster, born March 6, 1868.
2.Blanche8, born July 9, 1874.
3.Beatrice8, born September 19, 1875.
4. Edna8,born November 20, 1877.
5. HuTaylor8, born February 3, 1880.
XI. JohnEstabrook7, born October 19, 1840; married, August
20, 1874,at Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth
LoweyPayne, born September 3, 1857, at Coal Valley,
Pennsylvania, daughter of James Payne, Jr.; resides
inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania; machinist.
I. LoweyPayne8, born March 21, 1876, at Pittsburgh,
where he resides; a doctor.
II. JamesEstabrook8, born January 22, 1885.
III.Frances Sarah8, born October 14, 1894.| Twins.
IV.Chauncy Lewis8, born October 14, 1894.|
XII. AbbieVictoria7, born January 20, 1843; married, December
20, 1866,at Lowell, Hiram Edwin Wheeler, born
inConcord, Massachusetts; resided at Lowell; a
merchant; died November 2, 1875, andshe married
second,April 14, 1894, at Lowell, James Menzies of
Montrose,Scotland; resides in City of Mexico; manager
ofMexican Telephone Company.
1. EthelGertrude8 Wheeler, born July 13, 1868, at
Lowell; married, October 9, 1895, Frank Page
Cheney of that place.
EPHRAIM6 (Ephraim5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born June 9, 1782; married,May 23, 1805, to Hannah Ball of Bolton; resided in Acton, a farmer and cooper,on the farm now occupied by his son Andrew. He died February 3, 1849.
I. Harriet7,born February 23, 1806, at Acton; married, October
7, 1830, Joseph Bartlett Barry, bornat Rockingham,
Vermont,September 2, 1806; died January 7,
1861, atOvid, New York. His widow died at same
place,September 8, 1884.
1. CalistaAnn8 Barry, born July 10, 1832, at Shirley,
Massachusetts; married, August 29, 1849, Reverend
Bowles Colgate Townsend, at Ovid, Seneca
County, New York.
2.James8, born November 12, 1833, at Lowell;
married, February 10, 1858, at Elmira, Chemung
County, New York, Mary Elizabeth Sly.
3. JosephBartlett8, Jr., born September 2, 1835, at
Ovid; married, September 2, 1857, at Terre
Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, Mattie Keyes, a
graduate from Elmira College, New York, 1861.
Hewas graduated from Madison Theological
Seminary, 1867, ordained a Baptist minister, and
diedMay 30, 1889.
4. HannahHapgood8, born October 11, 1837, at
Ovid; married, September 7, 1864, Edwin Clark
Parker of Ovid.
II. Hannah7,born July 5, 1807; married, May 12, 1829,
GeorgeBaldwin of Concord. She married second,
NathanRaymond of Boxboro', born 1787. She died
1.Harriet8 Raymond, born March, 1836; died 1873,
2.Ephraim Hapgood8, born March, 1838; married
Eunice Blanchard; resides in Somerville; a
3. MarcusMorton8, born February 1, 1841; married
andresides in Somerville; a milk dealer.
III. Maria7, bornMay 14, 1809; married, January 1, 1829, Ira
Stockwellof Chesterfield, New Hampshire, born 1805.
1. GeorgeBaldwin8 Stockwell, born July 21, 1830;
diedDecember 3, 1886.
2. CyrusHapgood8, born July 16, 1832; resided in
Peoria, Illinois; enlisted in Company G, Seventy-seventh
regiment, Illinois Volunteers, made
sergeant; died May 13, 1864, at New Orleans,
ofwounds received in battle.
3. EbenSmith8, born April 17, 1838; resided at
Healdsburg, California, where he died March
4. AnnMaria8, born March 28, 1840; married, October
11,1861, David Woods. He died, and she
married, second, George W. Greene.
40 IV. Ephraim7,born September 16, 1812; married, February
19, 1837, Harriet Amanda Whitten ofCavendish, Vermont.
V. Ann7, bornFebruary 25, 1817; drowned in a small brook,
quitenear the house, September 10, 1819.
VI. ThomasTuttle7, born October 26, 1820; died October 27,
41 VII. Andrew7,born August 28, 1823; married Eliza Ann Adams
ofHollis, New Hampshire.
VIII. Edwin7, bornJuly 21, 1830; died August 8, 1831.
NATHANIEL6 (Ephraim5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 21, 1784; marriedby Reverend E.
Ripley, February 22, 1810, Rebecca, daughter of Nathan andAbigail Stowe of Concord, born May 22, 1783; died February 28, 1873. He diedFebruary 10, 1874, at Acton; a farmer and leading citizen.
I. NathanStowe7, born December 13, 1810; died December
II. Rebecca7,born March 7, 1812; died June 28, 1836.
III. Mary7, bornApril 19, 1814; died March 24, 1816.
IV. Nathaniel7,born March 5, 1816; taught school in early manhood;
went toCalifornia, 1849; returned to the farm at
Acton andwas for many years one of the "selectmen,"
aprominent and much esteemed citizen. Driving with
his uncle, Benjamin Franklin, was struck by atrain on
theFitchburg Railroad at Hapgood's Crossing in West
Acton,and both were instantly killed, March 17, 1864.
42 V. Cyrus7, bornJuly 16, 1818, at Acton; married, January 18,
43 VI. Joseph7,born May 26, 1821; married, August 11, 1847,
VII. Mary7, bornMay 26, 1821, twin with Joseph, with whom she
resides in California; unmarried.
SIMON6 (Ephraim5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 2, 1788; married,February 26, 1817, Mary Frazier of Athol, born December 25, 1791; died April26, 1873. He died December 21, 1874, at Acton. An excellent farmer, andrespected citizen.
I. Mary7, bornApril 9, 1818; died March 15, 1822.
II. Simon7, Jr.,born January 19, 1823; married, February 27,
1853,Mrs. Abby (Howard) Willis of Warwick, Massachusetts,
bornJanuary 25, 1821. Had adopted son,
OscarDuane, son of Wellington Fisk, born May 17,
1859, atNew Salem, Massachusetts; adopted March
2, 1861,and resides at Orange, Massachusetts; a
III. NathanFrazier7, born May 4, 1825; married, July 4, 1862,
Mrs. Mary(Temple) McCollom of Acton, born March
I. FloraLamira8, born March 30, 1863, at Ashby;
II. LulaViola8, born March 11, 1866, at Ashby;
IV. Lucy7, bornJuly 22, 1827, at Acton; unmarried.
V. Benjamin7,born November 27, 1833, at Acton, where he
resides;unmarried; a farmer.
JOHN6 (Ephraim5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born February 10, 1802;married, April 20, 1826, Mary Ann, daughter of Nathan Davis and Rebecca (Ball)Hosmer of Acton, born June 1, 1808; died April 13, 1890. He resided inFitchburg, where most of his children were born; removed to Acton, where hedied January 15, 1867. An industrious, frugal, well-to-do farmer.
I. John7, bornJanuary 26, 1827, at Acton; died September 16,
II. Mary Ann7,born October 12, 1829, at Acton; died November
III. David Wood7,born August 24, 1833; married, October 11,
1861, AnnMaria Stockwell, born March 28, 1840,
daughterof Ira and Maria7 (Hapgood) Stockwell of
Acton,granddaughter of Abel Stockwell of Chesterfield,
NewHampshire, and great granddaughter of
SilasStockwell from Barre to Chesterfield. He
waseducated in the public and private schools of
Acton,and at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, New
Hampshire; prevented by illness from teaching, 1852;
went toCalifornia, 1853, worked in the mines; with
partiallyrestored health, returned 1859; became interested
in Snow'sPathfinder and Railway Guide, published
inBoston, which he edited nearly up to the
time ofhis death, which occurred at Bricksburg, New
Jersey,May 11, 1869, whither he had gone for his
health.He had fine musical talents, and his pleasant
residencein Somerville, Massachusetts, was a resort
for musicalpeople. A man of strict integrity and
unswerving honor. No children.
IV. Maryette7,born April 27, 1836; died May 25, 1837.
V.Clarissa7,--better known as Clara,--born January 15, 1839,
atFitchburg, Massachusetts. Her parents, John and
Mary Ann(Hosmer) Hapgood removed to Acton in
1846,where Clara attended the public schools. Subsequently
she wastransferred to Pierce Academy at
Middleboro', then to Appleton Academy, New Ipswich,
NewHampshire, graduating from the advanced class
in theState Normal School, at Framingham. She was
asuccessful teacher, and after graduating taught in the
Highschools of the State, at Marlboro' and Danvers.
January1, 1869, she married, at West Acton, Frederick
CushingNash, born at Columbia, Maine, January
31, 1839.Soon after her marriage, Clara commenced
the studyof law, and in October, 1872, was admitted to
the barof the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, being
the firstwoman admitted to the bar in New England.
Mr.Nash was graduated from Tufts College, 1863;
admitted to the bar of Maine, 1866, wherehe practised
till1881, when he removed to Massachusetts, and was
admittedto the bar, with office at Boston and residence
at WestActon; much interested in education and the
cause oftemperance, an eminent lawyer, a good citizen,
1.Frederick Hapgood8 Nash, born January 3, 1874,
inPortland, Maine, was graduated from Harvard,
June 26, 1895, elected to thePhi-Beta-Kappa,
thefirst eight in the class, April, 1894, entered
theBoston University Law School, 1896, and
thenext year appointed instructor in contracts,
andis a young man of great promise.
VI. Henry7, bornFebruary 5, 1842; resided with his parents
up to thetime of the "little unpleasantness with the
South," when he took up arms in defence of his
Country'sflag, by enlisting August 31, 1862, in Company
E, SixthRegiment, Massachusetts Volunteers;
was inengagements at Ludlow Lawrence's Plantation,
November18, 1862, Joiners Ford on the Blackwater,
December12, 1862, Deserted house, January 30, 1863,
Siege ofSuffolk, April 11, 1863. Served out his term
of ninemonths, came home with his company, sick, and
diedNovember 25, 1863. Though cut down so young,
he leftto the world the legacy of a noble, upright and
VII. Luke7, bornJanuary 13, 1846, at Bolton, Massachusetts;
married,June 30, 1886, at South Hanson, Georgiette
Leavitt,born December 19, 1850, at Columbia, Maine,
daughterof George and Mary Ann Leavitt. He
remainedon the farm with his parents till 1874, when
he wentto Boston and occupied a stall in Washington
Market upto 1882. In 1886 he removed to Brockton
and wentinto the grocery and provision business,
which heis still prosecuting energetically. No children.
VIII. Ephriam7,born October 22, 1848, at Acton; married, April
15, 1875,at Waltham, Catherine Heleanor, daughter
of Uriahand Mary Ann (Coolidge) Hadley, born February
13, 1852.He was graduated from Brown University,
Providence,Rhode Island, Class of 1874,
studiedTheology at Newton Theological Seminary,
ordaineda Baptist minister, October 21, 1875, at South
Windham,Vermont; removed to Nebraska 1878, having
beenpreviously called to the pastorate of the Baptist
church inSeward City. His next pastorate was
in DavidCity, Nebraska. He returned East and was
settledover the church at South Hanson, Massachusetts.
He is now(1896) in the service of the Massachusetts
I. MarionHadley8, born March 17, 1876, a graduate
ofthe State Normal School, 1895, now a teacher.
II. ErnestGranger8, born February 12, 1878, at South
Windham; now fitting for college at Colby
Academy, New London, New Hampshire.
VI. Henry7, bornFebruary 5, 1842; resided with his parents
up to the time of the "littleunpleasantness with the
South," when he took up arms in defence of his
Country'sflag, by enlisting August 31, 1862, in Company
E, SixthRegiment, Massachusetts Volunteers;
was in engagements at Ludlow Lawrence'sPlantation,
November18, 1862, Joiners Ford on the Blackwater,
December12, 1862, Deserted house, January 30, 1863,
Siege ofSuffolk, April 11, 1863. Served out his term
of ninemonths, came home with his company, sick, and
diedNovember 25, 1863. Though cut down so young,
he leftto the world the legacy of a noble, upright and
VII. Luke7, bornJanuary 13, 1846, at Bolton, Massachusetts;
married,June 30, 1886, at South Hanson, Georgiette
Leavitt,born December 19, 1850, at Columbia, Maine,
daughterof George and Mary Ann Leavitt. He
remainedon the farm with his parents till 1874, when
he wentto Boston and occupied a stall in Washington
Market upto 1882. In 1886 he removed to Brockton
and wentinto the grocery and provision business,
which he is still prosecutingenergetically. No children.
VIII. Ephriam7,born October 22, 1848, at Acton; married, April
15, 1875,at Waltham, Catherine Heleanor, daughter
of Uriahand Mary Ann (Coolidge) Hadley, born February
13, 1852.He was graduated from Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island, Class of 1874,
studiedTheology at Newton Theological Seminary,
ordaineda Baptist minister, October 21, 1875, at South
Windham,Vermont; removed to Nebraska 1878, having
beenpreviously called to the pastorate of the Baptist
church inSeward City. His next pastorate was
in DavidCity, Nebraska. He returned East and was
settledover the church at South Hanson, Massachusetts.
He is now(1896) in the service of the Massachusetts
I. MarionHadley8, born March 17, 1876, a graduate
ofthe State Normal School, 1895, now a teacher.
II. ErnestGranger8, born February 12, 1878, at South
Windham; now fitting for college at Colby
Academy, New London, New Hampshire.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6 (Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2,Shadrach1), born November 3, 1805; married, September 1, 1833, PerciverandaJoy of Brattleboro', Vermont, born March 23, 1812; resided in West Acton, onthe homestead. The following appeared in the journals of the day:
"Fatal accident on theFitchburg Railroad: -- a wagon, containing two gentlemen, named Benjamin F. andNathaniel Hapgood (his nephew), while crossing the track of the FitchburgRailroad, at Hapgood's Crossing, in West Acton, this morning (March 17, 1864),was struck by the first inward passenger train from Fitchburg, and both of themen were instantly killed and the team demolished."
His widow died in Hudson,Michigan, May 5, 1895, and was interred in her son's tomb, at West Acton.
I. Sarah Joy7,born July 21, 1834; died June 9, 1855, at Acton.
II. AlonzoFranklin7, born December 8, 1835; died July 6,
1872, atBrattle boro.
III. Hiram Joy7,born September 8, 1837; married, November
22, 1871,Augusta Ann Parker, born at Westford,
Massachusetts, August 18, 1847; educated in the
publicschools; entered the store of his brother-in-law,
CharlesRobinson, in West Acton, and later went as
clerk inthe extensive miscellaneous goods store of
JamesTuttle & Company, South Acton. The firm
name waschanged to Tuttle, Jones & Wetherbee, but
hisvalued services were retained and he was made
purchasing agent for the house, which position he now
holds.Held office of selectman five years, overseer of
the poor,road surveyor, trustee of the library, and
held otheroffices of honor and responsibility; a
prompt,energetic, and reliable business man, worthy
thegenerous confidence reposed in him.
I. IdaAugusta8, born June 16, 1875; was graduated
from the Concord High and Training schools;
became a successful teacher in the graded
schools, and now promoted to teacher in the
II. FrankElbridge8, born July 25, 1878; graduated
fromthe Concord High School, now (1896) in
Burdett's Business College, Boston.
IV.Perciveranda7, born August 19, 1839; married, March 7,
1858,Charles Robinson, born at Newfane, Vermont,
August13, 1822. He died December 22, 1891, at
WestSomerville, and his widow, December 27, 1891.
CHILDREN, all born in West Acton.
1. LizzieMaria8 Robinson, born August 11, 1859.
2.Charles Ellis8, born February 18, 1861; died
October 31, 1862.
3.George8, born September 18, 1864.
4. MabelLouise8, born October 14, 1871.
5. EdwardHollis8, born June 13, 1874.
V. Marshall7,born August 8, 1841; married, February 1, 1864,
Emily M.Palmer, born June 30, 1845, at Stamford,
Connecticut, where he was killed by a railroad accident,
I. EmilyJeannette8, born May 28, 1866; died July 28,
II.Harriette Isabelle8, born May 9, 1869; married,
September 26, 1889, Albert Owen, born in
1.Hattie Marion9 Owen, born August 12, 1890.
2.Annie Beatrice9, born September 26, 1893.
VI. George7,born October 30, 1843; died June 21, 1890, at
VII. Elvira7,born January 28, 1847; married, December 9, 1870,
WilliamC. Ames, born in Marlboro', Vermont, September
17, 1849;resides in Hudson, Michigan; a
VIII. Emily7, bornSeptember 16, 1849; married, May 18, 1871,
Albert E.Thurber, born February 16, 1843, at Guilford,
Vermont;resides at Brattleboro', Vermont; a
1. MinnieE.8 Thurber, born December 14, 1875.
2. RubieEvelyn8, born June 29, 1887.
IX. Eugene7,born September 23, 1851, at Acton; went to
Brattleboro' and worked for his uncle; removed with
hismother to Pella, Iowa, where she purchased a
small farm which he and his brotherGeorge cultivated.
Theyremoved to Hudson, Michigan, where she bought
landwhich her sons cultivated successfully. They
boughtmore land and raised garden vegetables and
smallfruits for the town market, up to the death and
theirmother. George died, 1890, and Eugene inherited
theproperty and continued the business; unmarried.
EPHRAIM6 (Hezekiah5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 3, 1785; removedwith his father, 1797, from Stow, Massachusetts, to Waterford, Maine, where heresided and died, August 29, 1836; an extensive farmer; married, January 7,1812, Fanny Willard, a native of Harvard, Massachusetts, born February 21,1788, and died April 30, 1881.
I. Eliza Ann7,born July 23, 1813; married, October 26, 1835,
atWaterford, Charles Asia Ford, born December 20,
1810, atSumner, Maine, son of Charles and Rebecca
1.Charles Horace8 Ford, born June 8, 1836, at Waterford;
resides at Portland, Maine, a painter;
married, November 28, 1865, Henrietta Coleman
Loring, born in Portland,January 5, 1845.
2. AceliaEmma8, born November 25, 1837; resides
withher brother Charles, in Portland; unmarried.
3. OscarRodolphus8, born June 22, 1840, at Waterford;
married, 1863, Minnie Cobb of Norway,
Maine; was engineer in United States Navy,
1862. After the war he was in railroad service,
andnow in New York in mercantile business.
4. EllaFrances8, born May 30, 1843, at Waterford;
resided in Boston, Assistant Matron at Institution
forthe Blind, and later held a position at
Parker House; unmarried.
5. AdaAugusta8, born September 29, 1846; married,
September 28, 1875, at Melrose, Massachusetts,
JohnM. Houdlett of Dresden, Maine; resides
44 II. ShermanWillard7, born January 12, 1815, at Waterford;
married,May 4, 1839, Abigail Fletcher of North Anson,
III. FrancesWillard7, born January 30, 1817, at Waterford;
resideswith her brother Sherman at North Anson;
IV. ConantBrown7, born July 3, 1818; died December, 1838;
a saddlerat North Anson; unmarried.
45 V. Charles C.7,born July 31, 1821; married, October 19, 1843,
SalomeSavage of Kingfield, Maine.
VI. NancyLongley7, born August 2, 1825; married March 10,
1844, atNorth Anson, Gustavus, son of Daniel and
OliveStewart, a lawyer at North Anson, born June 8,
1817; died August 28, 1853. Sheresided several
years inBoston, and married second, November,
1867,William Weymouth, born September, 1825;
diedOctober 1, 1885. She died January 7, 1892, and
was interred at North Anson with her firsthusband.
WILLIAM6 (Hezekiah5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), baptized April 5, 1790;married, 1813, at Fryeburg, Maine, Mary Harnden of Wilmington, Massachusetts.He removed, with his father, from Waterford to East Fryeburg, 1810, where hedied November 24, 1871; a large and
prosperous farmer and prominent citizen. His widow diedSeptember 2, 1872.
46 I. William7,Jr., born May 28, 1814; married, December 31,
1840,Maria McKay of Saccarappa, Maine.
II. Maria7, bornApril 30, 1816, at Saco, Maine; married,
1842,Stephen L. Ladd. She died October 24, 1865,
1. Augustus Ladd, born _____.
2.Charles T. Ladd, born _____.
III. Melinda7,born October 25, 1817, at East Fryeburg;
married,1837, Joshua H. Warren of East Fryeburg;
1. Alonzo8 B. Warren, born April 14,1839, at Darien,
Georgia; married, September 13, 1862, at Denmark,
Maine, Sarah Ann Harnden, born February
26,1841; she died July 9, 1873. Resides
in Denmark; a farmer.
2.Eldora6, born February 23, 1843, at Fryeburg;
married, July 25, 1869, at Conway, New Hampshire,
David P. Lord, born at Stowe, Maine,
3. Edwin Baker8, born February 14, 1847;married,
October 11, 1869, at Fryeburg, Ellen Rebecca
Harnden, born in Fryeburg, April 18, 1852;
resides in Fryeburg; a farmer.
4.Charlton Hynes8, born September 21, 1850; married,
September 18, 1878, Sarah Jane Harnden,
bornNovember 22, 1859, at Fryeburg.
5.William Byron8, born March 4, 1853, at Denmark;
married, November 25, 1880, Cora Etta Harnden,
bornOctober 11, 1860, at Fryeburg.
6. AdelaMaria8, born December 1, 1857; died September
IV. Hezekiah7,born March 25, 1822; married _____, who
soon died; resided at Lowell,Massachusetts; a barber
andmusician; died October 14, 1875. No children.
V. Mahalah7,born April 18, 1824; married, 1845, Alfred Perkins
ofNashua, New Hampshire; a mechanic. She
died July 4, 1855.
1. Child,died young.
2. Child,died young.
3. AbbyJane8 Perkins, born _____; married Frank
Piper; resided in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
VI. Mary7, born October 20, 1825; married,September, 1875,
SamuelSawyer; a farmer of West Bridgton, where
sheresides, his widow.
VII. Malvina7,born April 11, 1829; married, May, 1853, Richard
Douglass;resided at West Bridgton. He died June
10, 1878;she died at Denmark, January 24, 1890.
1.Herbert8 Douglass, born August, 1854.
2.Carrie8, born April, 1856.
3. Fred8,born February, 1859.
4.Jessie8, born May, 1872.
VIII. Martha7,born February 8, 1831; resides in Biddeford,
IX. Marilla7,born February 3, 1834; married, July 8, 1860,
LeonardAbbott, son of Leonard K. and Dorcas L.
(Abbott)Ingalls, born January 5, 1837; resides in Denmark,
1. KatieF.8 Ingalls, born February 1, 1862.
2. LillyG.8, born January 19, 1864; married, December
26,1880, George A. Smith of Denmark.
SPOUT6 (Hezekiah5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born April 27, 1793; married,March 3, 1822, Betsey Sawin of Sudbury, Massachusetts, born April 9, 1797; diedSeptember 7, 1874. He was adjutant of the militia, 1832, on a commission fordistributing surplus revenue _____; postmaster _____; nine years moderator;served the town as her representative in the Legislature; resided at Waterford,keeping a store at the Flats, west side of Temple Hill;
1. Child,died young.
2. Child,died young.
3. AbbyJane8 Perkins, born _____; married Frank
Piper; resided in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
VI. Mary7, born October 20, 1825; married,September, 1875,
SamuelSawyer; a farmer of West Bridgton, where
sheresides, his widow.
VII. Malvina7,born April 11, 1829; married, May, 1853, Richard
Douglass;resided at West Bridgton. He died June
10, 1878;she died at Denmark, January 24, 1890.
1.Herbert8 Douglass, born August, 1854.
2.Carrie8, born April, 1856.
3. Fred8,born February, 1859.
4.Jessie8, born May, 1872.
VIII. Martha7,born February 8, 1831; resides in Biddeford,
IX. Marilla7,born February 3, 1834; married, July 8, 1860,
LeonardAbbott, son of Leonard K. and Dorcas L.
(Abbott)Ingalls, born January 5, 1837; resides in Denmark,
1. KatieF.8 Ingalls, born February 1, 1862.
2. LillyG.8, born January 19, 1864; married, December
26,1880, George A. Smith of Denmark.
SPOUT6 (Hezekiah5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born April 27, 1793; married,March 3, 1822, Betsey Sawin of Sudbury, Massachusetts, born April 9, 1797; diedSeptember 7, 1874. He was adjutant of the militia, 1832, on a commission fordistributing surplus revenue _____; postmaster _____; nine years moderator;served the town as her representative in the Legislature; resided at Waterford,keeping a store at the Flats, west side of Temple Hill;
1. SarahElizabeth8 Howard, born February 28, 1848,
atHarvard; died September 17, 1849, at
2. JennyLind8, born July 8, 1850; married, June 30,
1874, James H. Willoughby.
3. GeorgeLevi8, born December 18, 1852; died January
4. Mary8,born February 3, 1855; married, January
20,1894, Elwyn H. Fowler.
5. Amasa8(M. D.), born April 20, 1857; married,
May21, 1878, Louisa C. Warner, born October
16,1858, at Chelmsford.
6.Edwin8, born May 18, 1861; was graduated from
7. JohnGalen8, born May 8, 1864; graduated from
Boston Latin School; student at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; spent several years in
Paris, France; married, August 1, 1893, Mary
Robertson Bradbury of New York, where he is
IV. FrancesElizabeth7, born June 15, 1829; died December
V. Ann Maria7,born September 14, 1831; died April 4, 1832,
atWaterford, Oxford County, Maine.
47 VI. AndrewSidney7, born (twin with Ann Maria) September
14, 1831;married, January 18, 1870, Annie Winter of
VII. AntoinetteMaria7, born December 8, 1834; resided at
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where she died July 4,
VIII. HelenLouise7, born February 24, 1837; died February 29,
CAPTAIN THOMAS6 (Hezekiah5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born July 12, 1802; married,December 2, 1830, Jane McWain, born at Putney, Vermont, March,
1810; removed with his father, Hezekiah, to Fryeburg,1810; went to Gorham, New Hampshire, 1846; returned to Waterford, 1850; removedto Brasher Falls, 1856, and to Bangor, New York, 1857; back again to Waterford,1859, where he died December 26, 1864, a farmer, miller and lumberman. His wifedied at West Bangor, New York, February 17, 1859.
I. DavidThomas7, born November 17, 1832; married, October
23, 1856,Helen, daughter of Daniel and Alma
(Gliddon)Stanard of Brasher Falls, Essex County,
New York,born November 16, 1837; resided at Greeley,
Colorado,where he died May 16, 1882.
I.Lillian Adaline8, born November 18, 1860; died
February 17, 1864.
II. HarryS.8, born December 4, 1866; died September
II. Laura Jane7,born August 18, 1835; died December 31,
III. LuraAdaline7, born July 21, 1838; married, March 9, 1859,
atMalone, New York, Sylvanus Wait, son of Samuel
andMehitable Cobb of Norway, Maine; removed to
Durango,Colorado, where he died June 3, 1897.
1.Elizabeth Jane8 Cobb, born January 17, 1860, at
Norway; married, at Conway, New Hampshire,
Charles A. Pike of Portland, Maine; removed
2. GraceWait8, born January 19, 1863, at Norway;
resides in Durango, unmarried.
3.Charles Henry8, born at Waterford, Maine; died
IV. AndrewSprout7, born November 11, 1841; educated in the
publicschools of Waterford; worked for his father in
the sawmill till 1861; enlisted in Company G, First
regiment,Maine Volunteers (three months' men);
reportedat Washington for service; performed guard
duty tillterm expired; removed to California, 1862,
and workedin a saw-mill two years; went to Idaho
andworked a placer gold mine for a year or more, then
crossedthe Plains, 1,600 miles, to Omaha on horseback,
1865;returned to his native town, resumed his
saw-milland lumber business; taught school one winter
inBangor, New York, and two in Waterford; a
man ofstrict integrity and temperate habits; chairman
of theboard of selectmen two years, and represented
the town in the Legislature, 1895;married, July 7,
1870, atLovell, Maine, Irene, daughter of Eben and
Hannah(Barker) Willard, born December 14, 1844;
diedFebruary 12, 1895; no children; he married
second, August 9, 1896, at NorthBridgton, Leiona
Green,daughter of Horace W. and Ellen F. (Widbur)
Willardof Waterford, born March 20, 1870.
V. CharlesHenry7, born February 8, 1846; died January 12,
EPHRAIM6 (Oliver5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born November 26, 1786;married, March 24, 1816, at Boston, Joanna Salmon, born in that place, January26, 1798; died July 26, 1876, at Bethel, Maine. The proprietors of the town ofWaterford, in order to encourage immigration, gave to a few of the firstsettlers, their lands. They also offered a premium of fifty acres of land tothe first boy that should be born in the town and live to become of age.Ephraim Hapgood was the recipient of that bounty. He removed, February, 1830,to Bethel; was an enterprising and prosperous farmer, prominent in townaffairs. Died September 29, 1864.
I. LucyElizabeth7, born May 7, 1817, at Boston; married,
January11, 1838, at Bethel, John Bryant of Waterford,
born May2, 1808; removed to Cambridge, Massachusetts,
about1840; performed police duty for several
years,served as night watch at Boston & Albany Railroad
Station,six years, and died at Cambridge, September
10, 1874;Mrs. Bryant removed with members
of herfamily to Waltham, Massachusetts, July, 1883,
where shenow resides, his widow.
1.Richard8 Bryant, born September 5, 1839; died
2. Leon8,born August 6, 1843; died young.
3.Malinda8, born June 21, 1845.
4.Frank8, born December 23, 1851.
5. Elliott8, born November 8, 1853.
6.Martha8, born August 26, 1859; died October 9,
48 II. WilliamSalmon7, born at Boston, June 17, 1819; married,
March 23,1843, Rebecca W. Mason of Gilead, Maine.
49 III. Oliver7,born February 13, 1822; married, September 20,
1848,Mary Jael Sanderson, born in Sweden, Maine,
50 IV. JohnFrancis7, born September 9, 1824; married, April 25,
1851, Mary L. Young of Sherburn, NewHampshire.
V. MarthaJane7, born September 4, 1829; died March 20,
VI. AbigailSwan7, born February 16, 1832; died November 10,
51 VII. Richard7,born February 24, 1841, at Waterford; married
ARTEMAS6 (Oliver5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born June 14, 1789; married,January 16, 1814, at Waterford, Polly Haskill, born 1790, at Sweden, Maine,where he died December 7, 1865; a farmer. She died August 10, 1873.
I. Mary Ann7,born November 23, 1814; married, December
21, 1845,at Waterford, Eleazer, son of Eleazer and
JollieHamlin, born September 4, 1811; died June 25,
1886. Shedied March 29, 1893. Had one child, died
52 II. Artemas7,born September 2, 1816; married, September 17,
1848, atSweden, Sarah Ann Parker.
III. Calvin7,born September 3, 1818; married, December 23,
1874,widow Marr, who died at Sweden; s. p.
IV. Mary Jane7,born March 12, 1821; married, December 23,
1874, atHarrison, Joseph Adams, born at Stoneham,
Maine,August 6, 1819; resides at North Bridgton,
1. EllaMaria8 Adams, born December 12, 1844, in
Stoneham; married, June 11, 1865, at Sewell,
Harris Birney Kneeland, born at Sewell, July 9,
1840; resides at South Waterford.
2. MaryAnn8, born October 20, 1846, at Stoneham;
3. CalvinHapgood8, born April 13, 1848; married,
January 22, 1875, Abbie Ellen8 Hapgood, his
second cousin, daughter of Joel7 and Columbia
(Wheeler) Hapgood, born at Portland, July 7,
1858; resides at South Waterford; a farmer.
4.Frances Elizabeth8, born June 24, 1851, at Sweden;
married, June 2, 1866, at Portland, Elden Brown,
bornat Sweden, April 23, 1834; resides in
5. DanielTownes8, born November 11, 1854, at Stoneham;
married, October 26, 1884, at Waterford,
EllaF. Abbott, born March, 1861, at Fryeburg,
Maine; resides at Sweden; a farmer.
6. LemuelGoodwin8, born August 29, 1858, at Stoneham;
resides at North Bridgton; unmarried.
7. JosephNelson8, born January 9, 1860; married,
November 8, 1887, Hattie Gertrude Flint, born
May21, 1868, at Bridgton; resides at North
V. Eliza7, bornFebruary 12, 1824; died at Waterford, March
VI. Betsey7,born July 26, 1827; married, October 29, 1846, at
Sweden,William Parker, born February 28, 1829, at
Biddeford, Maine, and died at Waterford, May 10,
1892. Shedied at Waterford, January, 1894.
atWaterford, July 24, 1874, Frank T.
Green,born in Portland, November 15, 1848;
resides in Norway, Maine.
5. FloraE.8, born April 10, 1858; married, September
7,1884, Elma A, Bacon of Norway. She died
6. John8, born January 28, 1860; diedSeptember 1,
7.George8, born January 24, 1862, died May 6, 1863.
8.Malinda8, born September 12, 1863; died September
9. Adelbert E.8, born April 18, 1865;married, July 4,
10. KateN.8, born March 4, 1868; married, February
11. IdaM.8, born April 30, 1870; married, February
18, 1888, Charles E. Packard.
VII. Lydia7, bornMarch 29, 1831; died April 7, 1833.
VIII. Maria7, bornOctober 10, 1834.
OLIVER6 (Oliver5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born December 30, 1794;married, January 30, 1826, at Sebago, Maine, Abigail Welch of Raymond, Maine,born November, 1803. He resided at Waterford, where all his children were born.During the war of 1812, he was employed by the Government in the Commissarydepartment. At the age of twenty-five he had a severe attack of rheumaticfever, which greatly impaired the use of one leg, rendering
, bornSeptember 27, 1829; died March 1, 1833.
III. Abigail7,born July 19, 1831; married, December 1, 1851,
at Portsmouth,New Hampshire, Albion G. Lewis,
born atHiram, Maine, September 7, 1826; died at
Portland,February 20, 1881. No children.
IV. RebeccaNourse7, born June 29, 1833; married, June 8, 1863,
at SouthDedham, Massachusetts, Cloyes W. Gleason,
M. D.,born May 13, 1821; removed, 1865, to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, where he has since resided,
enjoyinga large practice. He is the author of a valuable
book,entitled "Everybody's own Physician; or,
How toAcquire and Preserve Health." No children.
V. Lucy7, bornAugust 23, 1835; died February 14, 1836.
VI. Joanna7,born January 29, 1837; married, May 8, 1857, at
Bridgton,Lendoll S. Brackett, born in Naples, Maine,
August20, 1831, where he resides; a farmer and
1.Melville S.8 Brackett, born November 30, 1858;
married, December 27, 1891, Minerva Moins of
Otisfield; resides in Naples.
2. DanaL.8, born October 14, 1862; married, November
30,1891, at Portland, Mary Davis of Boston;
resides in Portland.
3. Lillie G.8, born January 20, 1866;married, January
1,1887, Herbert A. Edwards of Bethel; resides
4. CoraM.8, born January 12, 1870; resides in Naples.
VII. Oliver7,Jr., born September 11, 1839; died September 11,
VIII. Sarah7, bornApril 28, 1842; died April 26, 1885, at Portland,
CORNELIUS6 (Jonathan5,Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born October 13, 1789; married,March 1, 1819, at Moira, New York, Betsey, daughter of Cyril Hutchins, bornMarch 6, 1794; died December 16, 1858, and he married second, March 23, 1859,at Malone, New York, the widow, Maria (Chapin) King, daughter of John King,born in New Hampshire, April 8, 1800; died September 21, 1870, at Westville,New York; he died September 11, 1874, at Malone; a thrifty farmer.
CHILDREN, all byfirst wife.
I. Sarah7, bornJune 1, 1820, at Constable, New York; married
1. Byron8Smith, born _____.
2.Elizabeth8, born _____; resided in Boston, where
shedied January 19, 1891.
3. Clara8,born _____; married George Adams, and
resided in West Groton, Massachusetts.
4.Millard8, born _____.
II. Jonathan7,born November 1, 1821, at Moira; married,
October11, 1849, at Malone, Lucy M. Hogel, born
in Canada,October 17, 1824; resides in Cherubusco,
New York;a farmer; no children.
III. Mary7, bornMarch 19, 1824, at Constable; died young.
54 IV. CyrilWilliam7, born March 9, 1825; married, May 9,
V. Dimis7, bornJanuary 16, 1827; married, June 1, 1848, Joel
C. Taylorof Malone, born July 16, 1824.
1.Jeanette8 Taylor, born June 10, 1849, at Boston,
Massachusetts; married, July 1, 1875, Henry
2.Herbert8, born June 8, 1850, at Constable; married,
March 26, 1871, Christina Bean.
3. Guy8,born January 22, 1858.
4.Alice8, born February 16, 1862; married, December
25, 1889, Leslie Spencer; residesin Malone;
VI. Marilla7,born December 29, 1828; married William Miller.
1.Kilburn8 Miller, born _____; resides in Hague,
Warren County, New York.
VII. Guy7, bornDecember 20, 1829, at Constable; died December
21, 1871,at Malone; a farmer; unmarried.
VIII. Betsey7,born July 15, 1831; died November 15, 1845.
55 IX. Wesley7,born July 3, 1835; married, July 3, 1859, Delia
X. Allen7, bornJanuary 5, 1839; married, April 15, 1861,
CharlotteHutchins, and died December 3, 1890, at
AMOS6 (Jonathan5,Ephraim4, Nathaniel3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born 1799; married, February25, 1821, Harriet S., daughter of Lemuel Holmes of Malone, born 1801. She diedJanuary 29, 1866, and he married second, Mrs. Aldrich Bunker, born 1825; diedAugust, 1892. He died at Malone, May 2, 1875, in his seventy-sixth year.
CHILDREN, all born inMalone.
I. EdwinCornelius7, born January 1, 1822; died May 5, 1828.
II. CarolineCelia7, born August 24, 1823; married, October
12,1841, Oren James Ward, born in Vermont, July 21,
1820; settled in New York; removed toRockford,
Illinois, October, 1852; sold out in 1854; purchased
160acres and later added 80 more in Iowa, and
occupiedthe same September 5, 1854. His wife being
feeble,he took her for a tour through Southern Iowa,
Missouriand Kansas, spending July 4, 1871, at Arkansas
City,Kansas. In March, 1872, he purchased what
is nowthe town site of Genda Springs, Kansas, where
hepermanently located. His wife died there May 4,
1. HelenE. Asenath8 Ward, born February 27, 1844,
atMalone; married, March 22, 1865, at Bethel,
Iowa,John J. Broadbent, born in England,
October 5, 1839; removed to Genda Springs,
1871,and in 1893 to Rock Falls, Oklahoma,
2. RoyalLeroy8, born March 16, 1847, at Lawrence,
NewYork; married, April 18, 1878, Eva Highland,
bornApril 15, 1853, at Puma; resides in
Kansas; the owner of several large farms, one
especially devoted to fruit growing, which has
3. SilasLemuel8, born February 16, 1849, at Lawrence;
married, October 7, 1879, at Princeton,
Missouri, Angie Carter, born March 14, 1850;
residesin Kansas; a hotel proprietor.
4. HenryOren8, born August 13, 1851; married,
October 21, 1879, at Ness Centre, Kansas, Claro
Gully; resides at Wichita, Kansas; a retail
merchant. In 1886 he was locating agent at
Syracuse, Hamilton County, Kansas. One fine,
clearmorning he took a couple of friends out to
viewthe surrounding country. At about 10
o'clock a heavy, black cloud suddenly gathered,
andin twenty minutes a thick mist with fine
rainand snow burst upon them with such fury
as toblind the horses and men so as to prevent
amovement in any direction. The cold became
intense, and the storm continued forty-eight
hours. During the next two days, January 7th
and8th, eleven dead bodies were brought into
thatlittle town, victims of the blizzard. Henry
escaped with his life, but lost both feet, while
bothhis companions were frozen to death He
diedat Fort Smith, Texas, March 18, 1895.
5. ChesterOrson8, born December 9, 1852, at Rockford,
Illinois; married, July 26, 1887, at McPherson,
Kansas, Mary Skinner of Illinois, born
September 7, 1865; resides in Oklahoma Territory;
6. AmosPierce8, born March 3, 1855, at Bethel, Iowa;
married, February 10, 1882, at McPherson,
Kansas, Huldah Munyon, born February 10,
1863;resides in Cares Grandes, Mexico.
7. HarrietCelia8, born June 14, 1858, at Bethel, Iowa;
married, February 7, 1886, at Genda, Kansas,
JamesE. Lobdell of New York, born March
30,1856; resides in Portland, Sumner County,
Kansas; a blacksmith.
8. HerbertHoward8, born April 7, 1860, at Bethel;
married, March 30, 1884, Lizzie Echternach,
bornin Reading, Pennsylvania, 1862; resides in
9. LindaSophia8, born March 9, 1862; died August
10.Llewellyn Orcutt8, born August 23, 1865; resides
III. HarrietAsenath7, born January 23, 1826; married, February
1, 1848,Henry W. Hobbs; resided in Ellenburgh
Centre,Clinton County, New York. No children.
Sheresides in Star, Clinton County, New York.
IV. A daughter7,born April 18, 1828; died May 1, 1828.
V. Abigail7,born March 17, 1829; died December 7, 1829.
VI. Austin A.7,born September 25, 1830; died February 20,
VII. RuthAmelia7, born May 18, 1833; died May 22, 1851.
56 VIII. LemuelBicknell7, born March 5, 1836; married, September
13,1863, Sarah Goodwin Clark.
IX. Howard7,born September 30, 1839; married, September
11,1862, Caroline, daughter of Jason Hutchins of Constable,
NewYork; enlisted with his brother, Lemuel,
inCompany D, 142d regiment, New York Volunteers,
in Warof Rebellion, and was killed at battle of Drurys
Bluff,May 10, 1864. No children.
X. MaryCaroline7, born May 22, 1841, at Malone; married,
March14, 1866, at Bangor, New York, Ezra J. Carpenter,
bornNovember 19, 1841, at Hinesburg, Vermont;
settledin Constable; a large real estate owner.
EnlistedAugust 23, 1864, in Company C, Third regiment
Cavalry,New York Volunteers, and was mustered
out June7, 1865. He engaged in mercantile business
atWhippleville, and in 1893 removed his family thither
another store at Owls Head, New York.
1. HenryAmos8 Carpenter, born January 26, 1867,
atConstable; married, November 29, 1893, at
Tacoma, Washington, Lelia May Carpenter;
resides in New York City; a railroadcontractor.
2. FredWesley8, born November 9, 1868, at North
Yakima, Washington; married there, July 3,
1890,his third cousin, Emma Carpenter; resides
at Yakima; a farmer.
3. FrankLemuel8, born October 16, 1870; married,
July29, 1896, Fannie Benedict of Ottawa,
Canada; resides in Whippleville; in general
merchandise business with his father.
4. AdaBlanche8, born December 17, 1872; resides
5. AlbertEzra8, born December 7, 1874, at Constable;
6. OrenHoward8, born March 13, 1877, at Constable.
7.Caroline Elizabeth8, born August 20, 1878; resides
withher parents at Whippleville.
8. WilberAustin8, born April 10, 1885, at Constable;
resides in Whippleville, attending school.
XI. Mindwell7,born January 3, 1844; died August 28, 1870.
XII. SamuelMarsh7, born February 10, 1847; married, January
1, 1874,at Fort Covington, Lucinda Manson; resides
inBelmont; a farmer.
CHILDREN, all born atMalone.
I. AnnaAdaline8, born October 21, 1874; married,
September1, 1894, Fred McGowan.
II. AmosAustin8, born August 27, 1876.
III. JamesManson8, born June 19, 1878.
JOHN6 (John5,Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 18, 1807; settledon the Patterson farm and lands
taken from the original homestead of the Hapgoodsadjoining, and was quite a prominent citizen, having filled various importantoffices. He inherited and accumulated a handsome property, which wasjudiciously invested for the benefit of his family. He married in Harvard,September 27, 1829, Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph and Polly (Blanchard) Munroe,born February 26, 1810. She was an excellent housewife, but about 1838, wasattacked by a disease, probably rheumatism, which caused her joints to swelland ossify to such extent as to deprive her of locomotion, but by theassistance of others, she was moved from one part of the house to another,directing with singular precision the affairs of her household, manifestinggreat patience and cheerfulness under severe trials. The malady baffled allmedical skill, increasing from year to year for nearly thirty years, when theheart of that loving soul and sweet disposition ceased to beat, on the eleventhday of March, 1868. By the aid of his daughters and son-in-law, the business ofthe farm moved steadily forward; a large house and barn were erected, thefamilies were united and harmonious, and the last years of John's life werecrowned with deserved joy and happiness. During all those thirty long years ofanxiety for his suffering companion he was gentle, kind, patient, and attentiveto every want, and on the 16th of February, 1886, went to his reward.
I. Mary Ann7, born May 7, 1838; married,January 10, 1861,
CharlesCorey Maynard, born at Cambridge, Massachusetts,
December2, 1836. The condition of her
mother'shealth was such as to require the presence of
the young couple, and they settledwith her father on
thehomestead which he had created. He is a quiet,
intelligent, kind-hearted man, with a disposition that
would makefriends anywhere; generous, faithful and
attentiveto the affairs of town, church, or neighborhood,
and withalan industrious and prosperous farmer,
worthy ofthe homestead of which he is now proprietor.
1. John Edward8Maynard, born March 17, 1865;
educated at the public schools and Bromfield
Academy; studied civil engineering, which vocation
hedesired to fit himself for and follow, but,
beingan only child, the loving hearts of his
parents clung to him with such tenacity as to dissuade
himfrom his purpose. He taught school
successfully for several years; established a
greenhouse,and became a florist; is a land surveyor;
served on the School Board nine years,
andis the able assistant to his father on the
largefarm. In 1897 he built a house on the
oppositeside of the road from his father, and on
the5th of January, 1898, married Elizabeth May,
daughter of Henry Hartshorn of Harvard, born
May1, 1868, and they are now happy in the new
II. ClaraCharlotte7, born August 13, 1851; has always resided
with herparents and sister on the homestead; prominent
in allcharitable duties; active in the Unitarian
SundaySchool and other church and charitable work,
and is afine assistant in the household affairs, in which
Henry6 (Jabez5,Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 2, 1808. Waseducated at the public school in "Old Mill"; remained with hisparents on the farm during his minority; married, May 8, 1839, Ann MatildaEstabrook, born in Shirley, December 23, 1821; purchased the farm adjoining hisfather's, including the "Old Mill" built by John Prescott, 1669, thena part of Groton, and after
being incorporated in the town of Harvard, 1732, the northerly part of thattown was known as "Old Mill." He was a quiet, industrious, patientman, bearing all the misfortunes of life bravely, but as his wife became aconfirmed invalid, he could not carry on the business of the farm and the mill,and after many years of struggle, he concluded to dispose of his property thereand remove to Ayer (then South Groton), to take charge of a large grist mill.He continued this business, under somewhat discouraging circumstances, up tothe time of his death, April 1, 1879. His wife never recovered her health, anddied at Ayer, July 11, 1888.
I. CharlesHenry7, born October 7, 1840, at Old Mill, Harvard.
Educatedin the public schools there; learned
thebaker's trade, at Groton; worked at Clinton some
yearsbefore the war; enlisted for three years in Company
C,Fifteenth regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers,
Infantry; severely wounded in the right shoulder,
placedon invalid corps, remained to end of term;
musteredout, returned to Clinton, and worked at his
trade.Resides in Worcester, unmarried.
II. AugustaAngelina Porter7, born September 22, 1843. Her
motherbeing too ill to give proper training and instruction
to thechild, she was placed in the hands of
hermaternal grandparents in Shirley, where she was
educated. In 1864, her mother being still feeble, she
wassummoned home, where she remained, faithfully
performing her duty as companion, housekeeper, and
nurse, tothe end. She resides in Ayer, unmarried.
JONATHAN FAIRBANK6 (Joel5,Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 15, 1814; spenthis minority on the farm with his father; received such education as the
district schools of that day afforded, and established forhimself a high character for industry, energy, and fidelity. After attaininghis majority, he worked in several towns, among them Ashburnham, in a tannery.While engaged here, he married and took his young bride to his home, in 1839.February 28, 1842, he was left a widower with an infant child, who was kindlycared for by his maternal grandmother in Harvard, where he was born. April 9,1843, he married his second wife; returned to Harvard in 1844, purchased theRobbins farm in the northwesterly part of the town, and turned his attention tofarming. This, however, did not prove as lucrative as he had anticipated, andthe California gold fever, that led away so many of our best young men in 1849,carried him also. Placing the farm, with his wife and three small children, inthe care of his brother Warren, he, with others, took passage, December 7,1849, on board the ship "Marcia Cleves" for San Francisco, via CapeHorn, to seek a fortune in that auriferous region. When the tedious six months'voyage was ended, a "sea of troubles" still environed the fortunehunters. No framed houses had at that time been erected in San Francisco, whichto-day is the finest built city on the Pacific coast; thousands of miners fromall parts of the world were rushing in the wildest confusion for the mines;Jonathan and his companions were among them. He remained, working in the minesabout two years with moderate success, returning in November, 1851, for hisfamily. From this project he was, however, diverted; his father, then aboutsixty-four, felt the necessity of securing some one to take charge of the farm,and himself, then growing feeble, he offered it to him on condition that heshould during his lifetime, and that of his wife, receive one
half the products of the farm.This was accepted and faithfully performed to the end. Jonathan had inheritedfrom his ancestry -- dating back in this country on the paternal side to 1656,and on the maternal side to 1633 -- not a large, but well knit, muscular, wiryframe that seemed never to become weary.
Probably no man of his age andweight (about 157 pounds) in that town had ever performed more hard labor thanhe. In 1854 he built the large barn, and from time to time greatly improved thefarm. He was blessed with twelve children, and the half income of the farmbeing inadequate to their support, the deficit was supplied by his indomitableenergy, lumbering in winter, and doing outside work with his team at otherseasons. Nor was he deficient in mental vigor; a genial, social companion ofconsiderable vivacity, quick at repartee, a good neighbor, true as steel and astrenchant, and thoroughly imbued with that stern integrity so characteristic ofthe Pilgrim Fathers. His principal amusements were with rod and gun, and he wasjustly counted one of the best shots in Worcester County. He was also an expertpickerel fisherman.
He was fond of music, and many asocial party was indebted to his violin and sonorous prompting for theirevening's amusement. Still vigorous and active at sixty-two, he was planningnew enterprises and improvements on the farm. Late in the autumn of 1875, hebegan to feel some derangement of the stomach and digestive organs; along intowinter he experienced some difficulty of breathing, grew weaker, food wasrejected, as in dyspepsia; said he had a "lump" in his stomach; asspring approached he was unable to work, and the farm was carried on by otherhands. He could retain
no food upon his stomach, andwhat nourishment he obtained at last was by absorption. He died August 29,1876. An autopsy disclosed an indurated cancer in the pyloris, which entirelyclosed that canal, so that no food could pass from the stomach to theintestines, and death ensued from absolute starvation. Not so painful at first,but seriously distressing at last; and yet he was beautifully calm, brave anduncomplaining, retaining his mental faculties up to within a few moments of theend.
He married, first, December 25,1839, Susan, daughter of Charles and Susan (Randall) Wetherbee of Harvard, bornNovember 26, 1822. She died February 28, 1842. He married, second, inAshburnham, April 9, 1843, Dolly Mosman, born in Westminster, September 29,1822; died at the house of her daughter, Susan (Hapgood) Leonard, in Marlboro',Massachusetts, January 4, 1894. Interment at Harvard.
57 I. AlfredWarren7 (by first marriage), born November 17,
1841;married, at Harvard, March 3, 1861, Eliza
II. SusanWetherbee7 (by second marriage), born December
31,1845, at Harvard; married, July 10, 1872, John
Hiram,son of Hiram and Hannah (Drake) Leonard,
bornApril 23, 1831, at Stoughton, Massachusetts;
educatedthere in the public schools; graduated from
Bridgewater academy, 1847; learned the painter's
trade inStoughton; carried on the business in several
towns upto the breaking out of the War of Rebellion;
enlisted, September 14, 1861, in Company I, First
regiment, Massachusetts Cavalry Volunteers, for three
years;served out his term, and was mustered out in
front ofPetersburg, Virginia; returned home and
workedthree years in the Navy Yard at Charlestown;
followedpainting in Hudson, Ayer, Leominster and
Marlboro', where he now resides, receiving a small
pension from the government; no children.
VI. MaryElizabeth7, born December 26, 1853; died June 10,
1869, oftyphoid fever.
58 VII. JonathanGardner7, born in Harvard, February 10, 1855;
married,December 23, 1877, Mary Adaline Barnard.
VIII. HannahGamage7, born November 4, 1856; married, September
25, 1879,Frederick Alonzo, son of Francis L.
and SusanA. Joslin, born in Leominster, August 14,
1855;educated in the common schools; learned the
trade ofshoemaking of Isaac Smith, with whom he
lived foreleven years after the death of his father, in
1860;became an expert shoe and shirt cutter; now
employedby the G. A. Gane Shirt Company in
Leominster; an upright, industrious, reliable man;
built ahouse on Oak avenue, Leominster, 1895, where
heresides, much respected.
1.Theodore Goldsmith8 Joslin, born February 20,
IX. Ella Maria7,born February 11, 1858; lived with her parents
tillSeptember 4, 1876, when she resided with her
uncleWarren, in Boston; attended school for three
years;learned dressmaking, and in October, 1882,
removed toLeominster with the intention of pursuing
thatbusiness, but her health requiring more exercise,
she feltobliged to abandon that occupation, and on the
12th ofDecember, 1883, entered the employ of F. A.
Whitney& Company, as trimmer in their large baby-carriage
factory inLeominster. She became interested
in the OrthodoxCongregational church, to which she
was unitedNovember 6, 1887, becoming an active, useful
co-workerin that organization. Having a taste for
music, shelearned to play the guitar, and often joined
a troupe to entertain an audience. Sheremained in
thetrimming department of the factory up to the time
of hermarriage to Fred Austin Spring, April 26, 1893;
resides inLeominster; a mason by trade.
1. WarrenHapgood8 Spring, born June 19, 1895.
59 X. CharlesButler7, born August 21, 1859; married, August
25, 1880,Frances Augusta Foster of Harvard.
XI. TheodoreGoldsmith7, born October 18, 1860; died March
10, 1883,at Duane, Adirondacks, New York. The
followingobituary appeared in the Clinton Courant
of April14, 1883, which we reproduce in full, as giving
a betteraccount of his life than we could give to-day.
"The subject of this notice, Theodore GoldsmithHapgood, was born in the old Hapgood mansion, at Harvard, Massachusetts, on the18th of October, 1860. Up to the age of ten he had lived with his parents onthe farm, attending the district school and making such progress as boys of hisage usually make. His uncle, Warren Hapgood of Boston, believed young Theodorebetter adapted to some other field of activity than farming, and proposed tohis father, the late Jonathan F. Hapgood, to take the boy and educate himeither for mercantile or professional life.
After much misgiving the proposition was accepted,and on September 7, 1871, he bade adieu to his native hills and took up hisabode with his uncle. The training in a village school is somewhat differentfrom a city, and in some respects he was hardly up in his studies to enter agrammar school, but through the kindness of Master Page and a pledge from hisuncle that he should keep abreast with his class, he was, September 11, admittedto the Dwight grammar school. He was now nearly eleven years of age, a gentle,timid, delicate boy, as innocent and unsophisticated as could be imagined, butfull of kindness of heart, sweetness of disposition, and a determination to dohis whole duty, unflinchingly and without complaint. He was what would becalled a thoroughly good boy. Seven years were most agreeably spent in theDwight school where, by his great industry, patiently toiling through his homelessons and obtaining a double promotion, he graduated, receiving his diplomaJuly 2, 1877.
In point of scholarship he was not the highest, norwas he ever numerically below the middle of his class, and sometimes he was"head boy." During the whole time he was in school he lost not a dayby sickness nor was he absent but a single day, and that to attend the funeralof his honored father, September 1, 1876; and what is more remarkable andgreatly to his credit, we do not recall a single instance of a"tardy." It is a great thing to train a boy to regular habits,because it is of incalculable service to him in after life. The report of histeacher was usually "conduct excellent." As several of his fellowgraduates from the grammar school had decided to enter the Roxbury high schoolhe concluded to join them, and entered September, 1877. For two years
the same habits ofindustry and punctuality that had carried him successfully through the grammarschool won for him the love of his teachers and the respect of his classmatesin the Roxbury high school. Military drill is one of the excellent auxiliariesto the Boston system of high-school education. Theodore was fond of this kindof exercise, becoming quite efficient in tactics, even competing for theindividual prize. Company A, Roxbury high school, to which he belonged, won thefirst prize both years, at the prize drill at Boston Theatre.
He regarded the last year in the high school as moreornamental than useful, and as he was in the nineteenth year of his age, and ashe had decided to adopt a mercantile rather than a professional field of duty,and, moreover, feeling that the time spent in a store, at his age, would be ofmore value to him than in a schoolhouse, he abandoned the last year of hiscourse, and on September 23, 1879, entered a store, selecting the leatherbusiness as most congenial to his taste. During the winter of 1881-82 heattended an evening class in Comer's Commercial college. Late in February hetook, in these rooms, a slight cold, and as the season advanced, instead ofremoving it he seemed to add more to it. It did not, however, cause seriousalarm till early in April, when a physician was summoned, his lungs examinedand found to be inflamed, but not necessarily dangerously so. He was always sopatient, brave and uncomplaining that it was difficult to determine howseriously he was affected. As the cough became more aggravated, a trip to amore congenial clime was suggested, and on May 3 he took passage on boardsteamer for Norfolk, visiting Baltimore, Washington and Richmond, withoutreceiving the slightest benefit. His physician next recommended some hillcountry, and he was sent to his native town of Harvard. This was as signal afailure as the southern trip, and only seemed to provoke the cough, under thebaleful influence of which, he was losing nearly half a pound in weight daily.Another examination of the lungs revealed the melancholy fact that his lungswere much inflamed, and that he was in a very critical condition.
As a last resort his physician now advised his beingsent to the Adirondack woods, hoping that the fir-impregnated atmosphere ofthat elevated region would heal the lungs and restore him to health.Fortunately a consumptive man who owned a camp and had lived on Lake Meacham --one of the most beautiful lakes in the world -- was found, and he kindlyundertook to carry the patient thither and to take care of him and administerto his wants. On July 11 they set out upon their tedious journey, and two dayslater the weary pilgrims arrived in camp. The "Lake Meacham Hotel,"admirably kept by A. R. Fuller, was hard by the camp, and here they were to gettheir meals. The atmosphere here, at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sealevel, is very pure, and our patient improved slightly, giving promise ofultimate victory. But this insiduous disease, phthisis, feels not the throbbingheart of relative or friend, and is ever ready to deceive. The patient gainedtwo pounds in weight in a short time, and the night sweats nearly ceased. Allthis, however, was before winter set in.
As the Lake Meacham House was to be closed for thewinter, the patient was removed to the well-kept hotel of William J. Ayres, atDuane, ten miles from Meacham and fifteen from Malone. Relays of fruit and gamewere sent to him and every care taken of his physical comfort. The most hopefulsymptom in the case was, that he ate and slept well. He
and development, to speak, and yet we can notrefrain from expressing our appreciation of his uniform courtesy, kindness andgentleness of temper, his affectionate and unselfish disposition and readinessto do a favor for others. The advice of Wolsey to Cromwell, "Be just andfear not," seemed to find a home in his heart. He was one of those rarespecimens of a boy who did not think the world all made for him. Nothing seemedto give him greater pleasure than to show attention and respect to elderlypeople, often going out of his way and sacrificing a delightful hour with youngpeople, to do them a kindness. He was in no sense a fast young man, wasstrictly temperate in all his habits, never, to our knowledge, using tobacco orspirituous liquors -- except as a medicine in his last sickness -- in any form.In his youth he was feeble and small of his age, but as he advanced in years hebecame more robust and hardy, and at the age of twenty was but little belowmedium size. Quite as much care had been bestowed upon his physical as hismental development, particularly during his grammar school period.
He became early attached to the Reverend DoctorEdward Everett Hale's Sunday school and society, was baptized by him on EasterSunday, April 5th, 1874, was deeply interested in the Sunday school, especiallywhile in Mr. Hale's own class, where he was much beloved by his teacher. At therisk of wearying the reader, we make the following extract from a letterreceived from a very intelligent gentleman, who was for several years histeacher in a more advanced class in the Sunday school: -- "In running backover my memory of our being together in the Sunday school, I have only onethought of him, a manly, true-hearted young man; his bearing in the class wasas nearly perfect as it was possible to be, setting a high tone and example tothe others, always loyal, earnest and faithful in all he did, and helpful to mein everything. There were few in that large class of some thirty young people,who won my respect and affection more than he did. I had some earnest talkswith him, and I knew that his aims were high, and that the standard he set forhimself was one only to be reached by a truly religious consecration. But yourdevotion and faithful affection has had its reward in seeing so earnest,pure-minded and faithful a spirit taking on new graces day by day, as the yearsfrom childhood to youth passed on into his young manhood, giving such promiseof usefulness, which now must have its fruition in another world."
Faithful to every duty at home, in school, in thechurch, and particularly in his business, where he was as prompt and faithful ashe had
been in the other walksof life, his genial temperament and gentlemanly conduct brought around him warmfriends and admirers. Does any one doubt that with these traits and tendencies,had he lived, he would have made for himself an honorable mark in the world --would have left a reputation and a name any one might be justly proud of as aBoston merchant? We do not, but an All-wise Providence has seen fit to removehim just as he was upon the threshold of usefulness, and we are left to mournhis loss."
BOSTON, March 31st, 1883. H.
XII. Martha Ann7,born May 23, 1862; died October 22, of the
WARREN6 (Joel5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born October14, 1816.
"Advantageously known as amerchant and a gentleman of liberal attainments and enviable social position,is properly the father of this genealogy. For he it was, who, impressed withthe various uses it might subserve, and affectionately regardful of the benefitof the race, first conceived the enterprise of snatching it from oblivion; andit has been through his liberality alone that the labors of compilation havebeen sustained. This acknowledgment may satisfy him, but not his many obligedand ardent friends, nor the Hapgood race. All will be curious to know theminute history of a cousin who has placed them under such obligations.
He was born in Harvard, upon theoriginal Hapgood farm in that town. In childhood he was sprightly but notrobust; entered with zest into the sports of his playmates, but had noinstinctive willingness for labor upon the farm. He was early sent to thedistrict school, where he was marked for attention to his books, and rareproficiency in every branch of study which he pursued. In his youth heconceived a desire for a liberal education; but instead of being sent tocollege he was placed in a store at Fitchburg, spring of 1834, where hisemployer soon failed, and he returned to the
farm, for which the father fondlydesigned him. A youth, however, who had begun to yearn for college, would notbe a farmer."
His stepmother, a most excellentwoman, with a kind and generous heart, and sound judgment, took in thesituation, and used her best endeavor to have him released from the farm, sodistasteful to him, and to place him in a more congenial position, and onebetter suited to his capacity. Early in September, 1834, the way was opened forhim to enter the large general merchandise store of Archibald Babcock, onCharlestown Neck. Goods purchased in Boston by merchants of New Hampshire andVermont were transported thither by heavy six or eight-horse teams. Babcockkept a large stable and lodging rooms, and it became a rendezvous for these teamsand the farmers who marketed their own produce. The teamsters often had ordersto buy heavy articles, such as molasses, salt, etc., and much of that tradefell to this store. The introduction of the railroad system, soon after thisperiod, ruined this business. Warren's salary for the first year was $25 andboard in the family of Mr. Babcock. He drew no money from his father, and atthe end of the year had a balance in the treasury, which was increased by apresent of five dollars from his employer. The second year his salary wasdoubled, but the sale of the business to Simonds & Ford, and the retirementof Babcock before the end of the year, threw him out, and he had to seekemployment elsewhere. He had, by force of circumstances, been obliged to practisethe most rigid economy, and it was a good lesson for him. It is a blessing indisguise for any young man to be brought in touch with poverty. If by energyand force of character he works his way out, he knows how difficult anddangerous the road is, and he will
be more likely in after life tosympathize with and assist those who are struggling in that direction. Everystep forward will bring its reward, and having reached the goal of hisambition, he is equipped to enjoy every blessing that wealth may bring, andmore likely to share it with others than if reared in affluence.
It is so easy for a young man,from day to day, to fritter away his small earnings, and then when he is old,have nothing to fall back upon, or rely on to carry him into business, and hemust forever play a subordinate part in the drama of life. He, however, foundemployment in a counting-room in Boston, where nearly eight years were spent,at first as assistant and next as principal book-keeper and manager of the business.
"During this period a fineopportunity occurred for indulging his early desire for reading. The largelibraries of Boston were now accessible to him, and he left no moment to bewasted in idleness. He appropriated much of his first earnings to the purchaseof books, and took lessons in book-keeping, chemistry, rhetoric, the Frenchlanguage, etc. He also belonged to several literary societies, sharing in theirhonors and offices. But the labors of the counting-house and his reading athome -- the latter frequently extending through the entire night -- made suchinroads upon his health it was deemed necessary for him for a time to give upbook-keeping, which he did, and spent the winter of 1843-4 at the home of hisyouth in Harvard. He had never fully abandoned the hope of a liberal education,and at this period, having accumulated sufficient funds, he seriouslycontemplated entering college; but a difficulty of the eyes, together with hisadvanced years, induced him, with much reluctance, forever to abandon it. Hisactive mind and temperament required employment, and in the spring of 1844 hereturned to Boston and resumed his former
employment. Still feeble inhealth, which was augmented by the confinement of a counting-room, he at theend of the year determined to try a more active life. He now engaged with awool and domestic goods commission house, as travelling agent through theWestern States; an employment for which his address eminently fitted him. Sosuccessful was he, that he was solicited to visit the Southern States for thesame firm, which he did, spending part of the winter of 1845-6 in New Orleans.Another year was spent in the same capacity, travelling through New England andNew York, and in attending to the correspondence of the house. He adopted thewise plan of keeping a full journal of all his travels. He also made manypleasant acquaintances, and obtained much valuable information. Greatlyimproved in health, he now determined never again to enter a counting-house,and in August, 1847, embarked in the cloth and clothing business."
A copartnership was formed withSamuel B. Appleton, under the firm name of Hapgood & Appleton, for thepurpose of doing a ready-made clothing and tailoring business, at 18 Docksquare, Boston. At the end of the first year the firm was dissolved and Hapgoodassumed the responsibilities of the concern. The business increased, and in1855 he removed to the large store, 50 Washington street, where he conductedthe three branches, ready-made clothing, tailoring, and gentlemen's furnishinggoods.
The store was demolished in 1872,and he moved to number 48, next door. The block in which 48 was situated wassold to A. J. Wilkinson, hardware merchant, and in 1874 he removed to chambers,383 Washington street, where he remained about four years, and in February,1878, removed to 17 Court street. In 1886, he decided that in the followingyear he would retire, having been fifty-three years in active business, fortyof which had been on his own
account; never borrowed money orasked for a discount, though said to be the oldest depositor in the ExchangeBank, and always paid one hundred cents on the dollar. On the first ofFebruary, 1887, he turned the business over to the Messrs. Richardson &Swett, two of his experienced employees. The building, 17 Court street, was, in1889, taken down to make room for a more modern structure, and the young firmmoved to 21 Court street, taking the old proprietor with them, where he maystill be found, a hale and hearty octogenarian. It took several years to settleup the affairs of the old concern, but in 1888, he, with his wife, spent aboutfour months travelling in Europe. Other journeys were made, in later years, tothe Pacific Coast, Yellowstone Park, Canada, the Saguenay River, and otherpoints of interest in America.
His mother died of consumptionwhen he was barely three years old, and as he advanced in age, the fataldisease appeared to have made a lodgement in him. Later on, that most distressingmalady, asthma, assailed him, and for many years tormented him fearfully; thenquietly disappeared, almost entirely. During these critical periods, hisphysician, the late Doctor Oliver Wendell Holmes, then a practising physicianin Boston, advised more out-of-door exercise. The change from the active dutiesof a New England farmer boy to the close confinement and mental work of acounting-room, together with change of diet consequent, was too much for aconstitution, not naturally robust. The physician's recommendation was adopted,and as sporting was his choice, whenever a few hours could be snatched frombusiness, they were appropriated in that way. The beaches and marshes of EastBoston, at that period, offered a fair field
for marsh-bird shooting, andthither he occasionally repaired, with gratifying results in health, if not inhunting. This, however, could not be indulged in to any great extent while hewas employed as a clerk, but when he went into business for himself, it wasdifferent, and he could gratify his taste and spend more time afield thanbefore. That order of Doctor Holmes was undoubtedly the initiative to hisfuture sporting career.
Partridge, woodcock and snipewere much more abundant fifty years ago than at present, and their pursuitafforded him ample exercise and amusement. After his brother Jonathan came inpossession of the homestead farm, that was the most favorite resort. Jonathanwas also fond of gunning, and was a most cheerful companion, an excellent shot,and an indomitable worker. The dogs and guns received the best of treatmentunder his supervision, and he and his team were ever in readiness for a tramp.For more than a quarter-century were the coverts of not only their native town,but other towns contiguous, beaten over with satisfactory results. Jonathanwas, furthermore, an expert fisherman, especially for pickerel, and the twobrothers did not neglect the trout streams in that vicinity. After the death ofhis brother, Warren found other resorts, but for several years has devoted sometime to shore-bird shooting. "The grasshopper is a burden" at eighty,and the limbs, as well as the mental faculties, at that age, are less elasticand nimble than at forty, and long tramps afield become tedious and irksome.His love of nature, and keen observation of the ways and habits of birds andanimals, led him to the study of ornithology, and to the collecting ofspecimens; his collection now embraces nearly all of the Limicol‘ (shore
birds), as well as the game birdsof New England, with many others. He often remarked that he did not regret anyday or dollar spent in sporting, and he firmly believed that if business menwould, before it was too late, take an occasional day off, in some kind of congenialout-of-door exercise and amusement, there would not be as many total wrecks ofbody and mind, as at present reported. It is the "ounce ofpreventive" that is better than the "pound of cure." Nor did heconfine himself alone to the woods and waters of his native State. He fishedand hunted the Adirondack and Rangeley regions; caught trout in the Merced,Yellowstone and Washington Territory (now State) streams; spent a part of sixor eight winters in North Carolina, quail (partridge) shooting; organized theMonomoy Branting Club in 1862, and was its president and manager forthirty-four years; has been a member of the Massachusetts Fish and GameProtective Association twenty years; also a member of the Boston Art Club, andthe Museum of Fine Arts, the Bostonian Society, the New EnglandHistoric-Genealogical Society; belongs to Doctor Edward Everett Hale's church,and the Hale Club; has served on the Boston School Board; always a Whig orRepublican; subscribes liberally to periodical and other literature; donated ahandsome sum to complete the Public Library of his native town, and made anaddress at its dedication; presented her citizens a clock to be placed upon theUnitarian church; published, in 1894, a History of Harvard for freedistribution, no copy ever being sold; and wrote numerous articles for thepress, mostly on sporting matters.
Unfortunately for him, he had nochildren to share with and enjoy the results of his life-work, but hecontributed in various ways to aid in such worthy objects as came to his
notice. He took his brother'sson, Theodore Goldsmith Hapgood, when he was about nine years old, and kept himin school about as much longer, and would have cheerfully fitted and sent himto college, but the young man preferred mercantile business, and the purposewas abandoned. He also aided several of his brother's other children in the wayof education.
It was through hisinstrumentality that Hell Pond, in Harvard, was stocked with black bass. Thefish were taken from Half-Way Pond, in Plymouth, by Thomas Pierce andtransported to Boston by rail, carted across the city to Fitchburg railroad,and thence to Ayer, where they were met by Jonathan F. Hapgood with an ox team,in a pouring rain, and the tanks conveyed to the pond, where the seventeenlarge bass were liberated, the effort proving in every way successful. He wasalso most conspicuous in introducing European quail (Coturnix Communis) intothis country. Of the thousands that were afterwards imported, from some cause unknown,none are believed to have survived.
"The active duties ofbusiness absorbing much of his time, he has found less leisure than formerlyfor literary pursuits; yet these have not been wholly neglected, nor the happyeffects of previous culture obscured. In social intercourse he is frank withoutbeing abrupt, genial and sympathetic; and many bear witness to his kindness andgenerosity.
"As a merchant he is highminded, honorable and energetic. Abhorring those little tricks that tradesmensometimes resort to, and believing that mere pecuniary gain at the cost ofhonor is not success, he has won for himself a reputation worthy of emulation.
"Mr. Hapgood married,January 14, 1852, Julia Adelaide Gamage, a lady of congenial tastes, who hadenjoyed the advantages of public and private schools in Boston, receiving
medals from each as the award of scholarship. From her youth to the presenttime she has been engaged as pupil, teacher, and patron of Sunday schools, andtakes an active part in the support and management of various other charitableinstitutions. She was born July 28, 1821, in Boston, the daughter of Nathanieland Sarah (Cowdin) Gamage, and the granddaughter of William Gamage, M. D., ofCambridge, by his second wife, Lucy Watson, and great granddaughter of Williamand Abigail Gamage of Cambridge, and great great granddaughter of Joshua andDeborah (Wyeth) Gamage of Cambridge, the common ancestor of all of the name inthis country. He was not improbably a merchant from London, where only was thename reported two hundred and fifty years ago, and then in connection withknighthood. On the maternal side, Mrs. Hapgood was the granddaughter of DanielCowdin, by his wife, Zabiah Davis, who was the daughter of the honored and reveredGeneral Amasa Davis of Boston, born August 17, 1744; died January 30, 1825, whomarried Sarah Whitney, daughter of William and Mary (Pierce) Whitney of Weston,and great great granddaughter of John and Elinor Whitney of Watertown.
Nathaniel Gamage was a merchantof Boston, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 18, 1793; died January 3,1823; married, May 24, 1812, Sarah Cowdin, born July 27, 1794, in Boston, whereshe died March 2, 1867."
WILLIAM ESTABROOK STEARNS7 (James6, Abraham5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1),born November 19, 1823, at Acton; married, February 17, 1847, at Lowell,Massachusetts, Maria Haven, born October 19, 1819,
at Laconia, New Hampshire. He died at Lowell, February 16,1872; by trade a painter. His widow survives him.
I. FrankWesley8, born April 23, 1848; married, January 25,
1878,Jennie Ingalls Hildreth, born in Lowell, May 22,
1849,where he resides, a machinist.
II. MaryLouisa8, born April 23, 1848, twin with Frank Wesley;
diedAugust 25, 1849, at Lowell.
III. James8, bornDecember 25, 1850; married, May 14, 1879,
Etta MayHuckins, born June 9, 1859, at Deerfield,
NewHampshire; resides in Lowell, a machinist; s. p.
IV. CharlesHaven8, born October 18, 1853; married, December
26,1875, Luella Googin of Lowell, where he
I. Sarah Mariah9, born June 9, 1877.
EPHRAIM7 (Ephraim6,Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born September 16,1812; went to Lowell, 1832; learned the carpenter's trade; worked at millwrightbusiness; became associated with Milton Aldrich for about seven years in themanufacture of shuttles and wood screws, then went into tinware and stovebusiness with William T. and Charles P. Whitten, and next into junk, rag,cotton waste and paper stock, which he pursued till 1870, when he started amattress factory, which resulted in the present extensive establishment of E.Hapgood & Son, High street, Lowell. He married, February 19, 1837, HarrietAmanda, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Taylor) Whitten of Cavendish, Vermont.He died November 30, 1873. His widow still survives him.
November 12, 1864; resides in Chicago, Illinois;
inmattress business. No children.
II.George Currier9, born May 14, 1865; died January
II. Edgar8, bornApril 1, 1845; resides in Lowell in company
with hisbrother Edwin, as successors to their father's
extensive business; unmarried.
ANDREW7 (Ephraim6,Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born at the home ofhis father, near the Fitchburg railroad crossing, West Acton, August 28, 1823;educated at the district and private schools; remained on the farm during hisminority; went to Lowell and worked at various kinds of mechanical business.His father being feeble, he returned, 1847, to Acton, and assisted in carryingon the farm till his death, February 3, 1849; he then purchased of the heirstheir interest in the estate, where he has since lived, and, by industry andfrugality, prospered. This farm which Ephraim6 bought was known as the"Brooks estate." Andrew held the office of Justice of Peace forthirty years, and served the town in several minor offices; married, August 12,1846, at Lowell, Eliza Ann, daughter of William and Martha Lawrence Adams ofHollis, New Hampshire.
I. Esther Ann8,born at Acton, July 12, 1847; married, December
16,1874, James Trescott Dinsmore of Lubeck,
Maine,born April 21, 1847; resides in Dorchester;
in theemploy of the American Rubber Company,
1.Walter Andrew9 Dinsmore, born November 25,
II. Lucius8,born February 14, 1851; educated for business;
was inthe employ of Messrs. Peters & Derby, at
Hudson;much esteemed for integrity and business
capacity; died September 30, 1870.
III. Josephine8,born July 31, 1854; married, May 19, 1875, in
Acton,Samuel Spencer Perkins, who has for many
yearsbeen a leading grocer in Lynn, Massachusetts.
She diedDecember 30, 1892.
1.Charles Shipley9 Perkins, born April 17, 1876.
2.Samuel Ernest9, born April 22, 1878.
3.Clarence Andrew9, born October 15, 1884.
4.Albert Harrison9, born October 12, 1888.
5. EdithEliza9, born December 2, 1890.
6. Nelson Wolcott9, born May 13, 1892.
IV. Irving8,born July 7, 1858, at West Acton; removed to
Lynn, in1879; married, September 30, 1885, Annie M.
Kennedyof Whitefield, Maine; is with his brother-in-law,
S. S. Perkins, in the grocery andprovision
I. RoyGlendon9, born November 4, 1888.
V. Ellsworth8,born February 26, 1861; married, September
30,1890, Eliza Ellen Tabour, born July 20, 1857, at
Salem.He resides in Lynn; proprietor of the well
knownand popular Lynn express.
I. EdnaFrances9, born November 4, 1892.
II. MabelEliza9, born June 14, 1895.
III.Marion Esther9, born June 30, 1896.
VI. Herbert8,born November 15, 1865; resides in Cambridge-port;
traveling agent for Plymouth Rock Gelatine
CYRUS7 (Nathaniel6,Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born July 16, 1818,at Acton; married, January 18, 1842, Eleanor Wheeler, born February 23, 1817;died March 31, 1860, in Cambridge, and he married second, March 7, 1861, Mrs.Abby H. Lewis, daughter of Josiah Davis, Esquire, of Concord, born September 6,1817; died February 8, 1895, at Everett. At the age of fourteen, he went towork for his uncle Stowe in his soap and candle factory in Concord, and atnineteen, succeeded him in that business. Two years later, 1839, the factorywas burned and he lost everything, except "pluck." He next went intothe butchering business with Jabez Reynolds, in Concord. Afterwards he removedto Bedford, where for eight years he was in the meat business. He then moved toCambridge, where for fifteen years he conducted a wholesale slaughter-house forBoston market, and then retired from active business, and has resided inNewtonville, Acton, and now in Everett, Massachusetts.
60 I. CyrusStowe8, born November 23, 1842, at Concord; married
II. HenryAugustus8, born March 16, 1845, at Concord; died
March 4,1849, at Bedford.
III. EllenFrances8, born August 24, 1849; resides with her
venerable father in Everett.
JOSEPH7 (Nathaniel6,Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born May 26, 1821;married, August 11, 1847, Almira Jane, daughter of Nathaniel Holmes ofLondonderry, New Hampshire, born August, 1827. She died September 28, 1868, atGibsonville, Sierra County, California. He went to California in 1851, but cameback September, 1861, for his wife, two boys, and twin sister, and took passageon board steamer from New York, November 1, 1861, for his residence at RockyPoint, Sierra County. His present residence is Mohawk, Plumas County,California, farmer and miner, still expecting, at seventy-five, to realize afortune from his mining interests.
I. NathanHenry8, born September 15, 1848, at Dorchester,
NewHampshire; married, September 20, 1880, Alice,
daughterof Henry M. and Eliza T. Kingsbury of
Berlin,Wisconsin, born May 19, 1854; resides in
Beckwith, Plumas County, California.
I. MaudeEstelle9, born July 31, 1881, at Quincy,
Plumas County, California.
II. IvaAlice9, born November 27, 1890, at Reno,
III.Hattie May9, born April 18, 1894, at Reno.
II. JosephFrank8, born June 7, 1850, at Dorchester, New
Hampshire; went west, engaged in stock raising on
thesouth fork of Pitt River, Modoc County; on June
2, 1880,while attempting to ford the river with two
horses,near Centerville, California, he was drowned,
but noone ever knew how it happened. He was a
man ofexcellent habits, fearless and determined, and
had he lived would have made hismark in the world;
III. MaryLizzie8, born July 11, 1852, at Londonderry, New
Hampshire; died August 11, 1853.
IV. Nathaniel8,born September 27, 1862, at Gibsonville, Sierra
County,California; worked on the farm, with his
father,at Mohawk Valley; resides at Wash, Plumas
V. MatthewHolmes8, born August 19, 1865, at Gibsonville;
residesin Truckee, Plumas County, California; lumberman;
SHERMAN WILLARD7 (Ephraim6,Hezekiah5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 12,1815; reared on the farm of his father Ephraim, in Waterford; received a fairdistrict school education, such as was accorded to the New England boy of thatperiod; removed, May, 1832, to North Anson; learned the harness maker's trade,but subsequently went into hotel business with his brother-in-law, WilliamBrown, keeping the Somerset House at North Anson. They also became interestedin a line of stage coaches from Waterville to North Anson, via Norridgewock,where they opened a hotel. After this, he followed farming at Anson for abouttwo years. The next enterprise was a tannery, the product of which wasconverted into harnesses and boots. The sale of boots in that section waslimited and he was obliged to ship his goods west for a market. In 1879,becoming weary of business and feeling old age slowly creeping upon him, heconcluded to retire and enjoy the closing years of his life at North Anson, inthe midst of his family and friends, where he was much beloved and esteemed. Hemarried, May 4, 1839, Abigail, daughter of Joel and Abigail Fletcher of NorthAnson, born October 12, 1820. He died September 23, 1896, in North Anson,Maine.
I. GeorgeEdmund8, born January 21, 1838; married, 1873,
Ella,daughter of Luke and Abigail Mantor of North
Anson,born May 20, 1845. George was a trader
at NorthAnson; removed to California, September
12,1859, and after varying fortunes, in 1868 he
returnedto the place of his birth, where he still
I.Florence Talbott9, born March 10, 1874; married,
October 15, 1894, Charles Tarbell of Georgetown,
Maine, born April 20, 1872.
II. Nellie9, born January 9, 1877.
III.Sherman9, born September 11, 1884.
II. WilliamHenry8, born September 12, 1839, at North Anson;
married,April 15, 1860, Betsey Manley of Skowhegan,
Maine,born July 7, 1839. He was in the harness business,
butabandoned it to join his brother Solon, in a
hotel atMilford, Massachusetts. Went west, 1876,
and hasnot since been heard from.
I. CarolineManley9, born November 11, 1860; married,
December 10, 1890, T. Starr Hittinger of
Boston; resides in Townsend, Massachusetts;
II.Blanche Sherman9, born January 14, 1863; married,
December, 1885, Charles W. Baxter; resides
inGrand Rapids, Michigan.
1.Alice10 Baxter, born March 29, 1885.
2.Charles Sherman10, born December 19, 1887.
III. SolonEugene8, born July 9, 1842; married, December 24,
1868,Frances Libbey of Milford, born July 9, 1845.
He waseducated, with the other members of the family,
in thedistrict schools of North Anson; was a
clerk inthe Somerset House; 1860, formed a co-partnership
underfirm name of Hapgood & Thompson,
asproprietors of the Curritunk House at Solon, Maine.
Returning to North Anson, 1864, he opened a store for
the saleof furniture, under firm name of Hapgood &
Mantor.This proving unsatisfactory, he sold out and
removedto Milford, 1871, where for a quarter century
he hasbeen the successful proprietor of the Mansion
House inthat flourishing town.
I. HelenMaud9, born October 18, 1869, at North
Anson; married, January 10, 1890, Wallace
Stimpson of Milford.
IV. AbbieFrances8, born July 12, 1846; married, February 22,
1863,George Frank, son of Dennis Moore, Judge of
Probatefor the county of Somerset, Maine, born 1835;
residesin North Anson.
1. LewisSherman9 Moore, born December 24, 1865;
died September 14, 1887.
2. FredDennis9, born October 12, 1870; resides in
North Anson; a farmer.
3. Annie9, born April 10, 1874.
4. Eda9,born October 10, 1876.
V. EdaAugusta8, born July 12, 1846, twin with Abbie Frances;
married,June 8, 1868, Thomas Boyd, son of Manley
andAlmeda Townsend of Calais, Maine, born February
28,1844; removed, September 1, 1890, to Kansas
City,Missouri; in real estate business; Mrs. Townsend
has adivided interest between her husband and her
venerablefather, and is part of the time with each; s. p.
VI. FannieEstelle8, born June 18, 1843, at Norridgewock,
Maine;married, October 10, 1871, William Caswell
of NorthAnson; a farmer.
1. Gertrude9Caswell, born April 15, 1884.
CHARLES C.7 (Ephraim6,Hezekiah5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born July 31, 1821;married, October 19, 1843, at North Anson, Salome Savage, born in Kingfield,March 9, 1824; he learned the trade of saddler and
harness maker; spent two years in North Anson, two inWaterford, then returned to North Anson, where he died, May 9, 1851, and hiswidow removed, 1852, to Boston, where she has since resided.
I. Albion Danville8,born March 1, 1845, at Waterford; married,
June 20,1866, at East Boston, Delia Smith of
Maine,born April 17, 1846; resided in Boston, a clerk;
enlisted, January 4, 1863, in Third Massachusetts Cavalry;
was withGeneral Banks in his Red River campaign,
camehome sick, was in Readville hospital six
months;returned to the front and served to the end
of thewar, when he was mustered out; he removed
toOmaha, Nebraska, 1869, and to West Glendale,
SouthernCalifornia, 1887; a small fruit grower, with
apension, and impaired health.
CHILDREN, all butHattie born in Omaha.
I.Hattie9, born April 17, 1867, at East Boston; married,
1889, Frank Vance of Ohio; resides in
LosAngeles; a carriage painter.
1.Alice10 Vance, born January 8, 1894.
2.Ethel10, born July 28, 1895.
II.Charles9, born August 6, 1870; married, January
15,1896, at Ontario, Colorado, Alice Brown from
Minneapolis; resides in Los Angeles; a clerk.
III.Susan9, born January 15, 1874; married, August
18,1892, Albert Miller of San Fernando, California.
1.Stella10 Miller, born August 24, 1893.
2.Annie10, born June 23, 1896.
IV.Stella9, born July 11, 1876; died October 25, 1879.
V. May9,born March 10, 1881.
VI.Alma9, born September 18, 1885.
WILLIAM7 (William6,Hezekiah5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born May 28, 1814,at East Fryeburg, Maine; married, December 31, 1840, Marcia McKay, born atWestbrook, Maine, August 28, 1816, and resides with her daughter, Mrs. Berry,in East Fryeburg, where William died January 4, 1892; he had spent severalsummers in business at North Conway, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN, all born inEast Fryeburg.
I. Charlotte8,born June 1, 1842; died September 8, 1848.
II. Marcia8,born June 13, 1843; married, July 20, 1862, Joshua
Ames,son of Simeon and Sally Harnden of Denmark,
Maine;she died May 23, 1865, and he, March 28, 1888.
1. ByronElwood9 Harnden, born June 25, 1863, at
Denmark; resides in Bridgton, Maine.
III. Henrietta8,born August 4, 1845; died July 12, 1851.
IV. Franklin8,born July 1, 1848; died July 17, 1851.
V. Lottie8,born April 13, 1851; married, August 2, 1872, at
Denmark, Harmon Velrufas, son of Joseph and Abigail
Berry,born April 18, 1849, at Denmark; resides in
EastFryeburg; a farmer.
1. LuluMarcia9 Berry, born October 31, 1877.
2.William Hapgood9, born January 27, 1885.
VI. William8,born May 20, 1853; died May 24, 1854.
VII. Willis8,born February 11, 1855; died November 11, 1855.
VIII. GeorgeLeonard8, born June 8, 1857; died March 25, 1864.
IX. Sherman8,born March 2, 1860; married, November 24,
1881,Lena May, daughter of Wyman and Eliza Harnden
ofFryeburg, born April 25, 1862; resides in Portland,
Maine; amerchant; no children.
ANDREW SIDNEY7 (Sprout6,Hezekiah5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born September 14,1831; married,
January 18, 1870, Annie Winter of Gloucester,Massachusetts, born March 14, 1838; he received his early education in thepublic schools of Waterford, Maine, but later the family removed to Augusta,where his father died, and here he learned the tanner's trade and establishedhimself in that business; he afterwards moved to Boston, where he was employedin the lobster canning business on the coast of Maine, and in the oysterbusiness on the Maryland coast. In 1864 he went to California and formed acopartnership with William Hume, and established the first salmon canningfactory on the Pacific coast, at Sacramento, under the firm name of Hapgood& Co. Here they carried on the salmon canning business for two years. Aboutthis time they heard much of the great quantities of salmon that were found inthe Columbia River, and of the superior quality of the fish. In 1866 theyerected the first salmon cannery on that river, at Eagle Cliff. This was thepioneer factory. Here they continued the business until 1873, when the firm wasdissolved and Mr. Hapgood built a new factory and works three miles below EagleCliff, calling it Waterford, after his native town, where he carried on thebusiness of canning for two years. Failing health compelled him to give upbusiness, and in August, 1875, he sold out. The following nine months he spentin California, and in May, 1876, he came East, where he died November 26, 1876,of consumption; his widow survives him, residing in Gloucester.
I. Son8, bornJanuary 13, 1873; died at birth.
II. LymanSawin8, born July 22, 1874, at Gloucester; was a
studentat Harvard University, class 1897.
WILLIAM SALMON7 (Ephraim6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born June 17, 1819;removed from Waterford to Bethel, 1830, with his parents, and in 1863 to EastStratford, New Hampshire; carried on a large farm; manufactured and sold lumberextensively; was an energetic and enterprising man; married, March 23, 1843,Rebecca Woodsum Mason, born in Gilead, Maine, May 19, 1824; died July 18, 1891,of heart disease; he died of pneumonia, February 20, 1896, at the residence ofhis son Calvin, in Stratford.
I. AbbieScribner8, born May 29, 1844, at Bethel; married,
March11, 1865, William Pingree of Denmark, born January
10,1843; resided in Fryeburg, Maine; removed
to NorthConway, New Hampshire, September 12,
1. Georgiana9 Pingree, born March 9,1866, at Denmark;
married, September 9, 1883, at North
Conway, New Hampshire.
2. FredWilliam9, born September 6, 1871, at Bethel,
twin with Wilhelmina; married, March 22, 1894,
Arvilla Gordon of Fryeburg; telegrapher.
3.Wilhelmina9, born September 6, 1871; kindergartner;
4.Charles Henry9, born January 11, 1882, at Lovell.
61 II. CharlesArthur8, born March 29, 1846; married, at Stratford,
January2, 1868, Jennie Vilonia Paguin.
III. CatharineMatilda8, born April 18, 1848, at Bethel; married,
October21, 1866, at Norway, Simon, son of John and
JudithGrover, born January, 1845, at Berlin, New
Hampshire; resides in Stoneham, Maine.
1. AdaLouisa9 Grover, born April 17, 1868, at Bethel,
Maine; married, October 27, 1888, James Edwin
Dayof Brownfield, Maine; resides in Norway.
1.Willie Loren10 Day.
2. Mary Ellen9, born March 13, 1870, atStratford,
NewHampshire; married, October 6, 1887,
William John Culbert of Province of Quebec,
Canada; resides in North Stratford.
1. Mather Mary10 Culbert.
3.William Salmon9, born March 1, 1872, at Stratford;
resides in Albany, Maine.
4. JohnCarter9, born April 18, 1874, at Stratford;
resides in Stoneham.
5.Charles Barnett9, born May 29, 1876, at Stratford;
married, November 28, 1894, at Otisfield, Florence
Gould; resides in Otisfield;farmer.
6.Artemas Benjamin9, born March 15, 1878, at
South Columbia, New Hampshire; resides in
7. FrankHenry9, born March 14, 1880, in South
Columbia; resides in Stoneham.
8. AbbyAlmon9, born November 4, 1882, at North
9.Clarence Henry9, born November 22, 1885, at
10. AltonEverett9, born June 18, 1890, at Stratford.
IV. CalvinLewis8, born April 30, 1850, at Bethel; married,
March24, 1876, Lizzie Fostina Barnett, born February
27,1857, at Columbia, New Hampshire; resides in
I.Burton Lee9, born February 21, 1877.
II. ElwinEdwin9, born September 14, 1878.
III.Melvin Barnett9, born July 31, 1880.
IV.Benjamin William9, born April 28, 1882.
V.Rebecca Mason9, born June 13, 1883.
VI. GuyForist9, born August 8, 1885.
VII.Gertie Louise9, born December 3, 1887.
V. OliverMassina8, born February 11, 1852, at Bethel, Maine;
married,August 1, 1873, Nettie Walker, born October
22,1855; settled in Columbus, Ohio; removed to
California, where he engaged in the business of nurseryman.
About1895 or 1896 he returned to Massachusetts.
I.Eliott Elwood9, born May 9, 1874, at Marion, Ohio;
married, February 22, 1895, Rosilla Baker, born
October 24, 1878, at Marion.
II. OlaFrank9, born May 6, 1876, at Stratford, New
Hampshire; married, March 3, 1894, Rosa Lucy
Schumacher, born October 28, 1872, at Columbus,
III.Britta Mart9, born April 7, 1878, at Marion, Ohio;
married, May 20, 1896, at Natick, Massachusetts,
James Wood, born in Fall River, Massachusetts,
October 13, 1864; resides in Natick;
bytrade, a painter.
IV. Marion9, born August 17, 1880, atForistell, Missouri;
died at Marion, Ohio, January 2, 1881.
V.Harley Horace9, born June 13, 1882, at Stratford,
VI. PercyRay9, born February 18, 1885, at Wells
River, Vermont; died August 13, 1885, at
Plymouth, New Hampshire.
VII.George Epler9, born September 10, 1887, at Holderness,
VIII. Myrtle Jeanette9, born April 9,1890, at Springville,
Kentucky; died January 8, 1896, at Boston,
IX.Bertha9, born October 17, 1892, at Columbus, Ohio.
VI. WilliamSalmon8, Jr., born December 14, 1853, at Albany,
Maine;married, October 9, 1873, at Stratford, New
Hampshire, Harriet Barnett, sister to his brother Calvin's
wife,born June 10, 1854, at South Columbia,
New Hampshire, where he resides, alarge farmer and
I.Florence May9, born November 2, 1874; married,
October 12, 1892, at Columbia, William Jesse,
sonof Joseph and Mary Jane Ormsby, born
January 4, 1845, at Guildhall, Vermont; resided
inColumbia, New Hampshire, where she died
September 29, 1893.
1. Florence May10 Ormsby, born September8,
1893; died September 10, 1896.
II.Minnie Eliza9, born July 1, 1877, at Columbia; died
April 3, 1878.
III.Durwood Malcom9, born December 8, 1878.
IV.Georgie Eva9, born November 30, 1880.
V. FloraBell9, born January 18, 1885.
VI. DeliaBertha9, born May 10, 1888.
VII.Ruth9, born May 24, 1893.
VIII.Harold Bryan9, born August 4, 1896.
VII. RichardFrank8, born December 9, 1855, at Albany; married,
June 6,1880, Mary Elvila Buzzell, born October 31,
1861, atGranby, Vermont; resides at Stratford.
I. EffieRebecca9, born July 9, 1881.
II.William Solon9, born March 30, 1883.
III. LucyElnora9, born November 15, 1885.
IV.Blanche Florence9, born November 18, 1895.
VIII. LucyElnora8, born February 27, 1857, at Bethel; married,
November9, 1874, at North Stratford, David Gillanders
ofBroughton, Province of Quebec, Canada, born October
9, 1851;died May 11, 1889, at Sherbrook, Province
ofQuebec; she married second, April 22, 1896, at
Groveton, New Hampshire, Alexander McDonald of
NovaScotia, whose father was Donald McDonald of
CHILDREN, by firsthusband.
1.Carrie Maud9 Gillanders, born August 1, 1878, at
2.Jessie Beulah Brown, born May 25, 1880.
IX. Josie Eva8,born November 22, 1858, at Bethel, Maine;
married,August 7, 1875, at Lemington, Vermont,
CharlesAugustus Morse, born in Columbia, New
Hampshire, May 30, 1848; resides in Lancaster, New
Hampshire; a blacksmith.
1. MaryElla9 Morse, born February 22, 1880, at
2.Prescott Howard9, born January 21, 1883, at Riverton,
X. MarthaJane8, born August 21, 1862; married, November
20,1876, Melvin Young, born at Stratford, March 16,
1. ClaraEva9 Young, born March 19, 1878.
2.Edward John9, born April 25, 1880.
3. JosieMaud9, born April 27, 1882.
4.Nellie Maria9, born July 1, 1884.
5. Fred Ray9, born April 17, 1889.
6. ColinHerman9, born May 25, 1891.
7.Cristy Pearl9, born May 1, 1893.
XI. CoraIsabel8, born August 20, 1864, at Stratford; married,
May 3,1882, Lincoln H. Holmes of Jefferson, New
Hampshire; resides in Albany, Maine, and Lancaster,
NewHampshire; no children.
XII. JennieRose8, born June 10, 1867; married, July 5, 1887,
Nathaniel White Bennett of Albany, Maine, where he
1.Rebecca Cora9 Bennett, born February 22, 1892.
2.William Hapgood Sylvanus9, born July 3, 1893.
OLIVER7 (Ephraim6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born February 13,1822; educated in the public schools of Waterford; removed to Cambridge,Massachusetts; was employed in the gas-fitting business; married, September 20,1848, Mary Jael Sanderson, in Sweden, Maine; resided at Cambridge till thebreaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company I, Nineteenth regiment,Massachusetts Volunteers; was killed June 30, 1862, at the Battle of
Frazier's Farm, Virginia, while performing his duty asOrderly Sergeant. His widow died April 4, 1869.
I. OliverMassina8, born July 31, 1849, at Cambridgeport,
Massachusetts; received common school education;
married,September 11, 1895, at Cambridge, Fanny Fay
Cartwright of Cambridge, born December 31, 1867;
residesin Cambridgeport; foreman of electric street
II. HenryClifton8, born July 20, 1851, at Cambridgeport;
residesin Haverhill, Massachusetts; a motorman,
III. Mary Jael8,born September 6, 1861; married, October 21,
1885,Milton Augustus Parker, born September 2,
1855, atHopkinton, Massachusetts; resides in Wellesley,
1.Chester Curtis9 Parker, born August 6, 1886, at
Arlington; died December 11, 1886.
2. RoyMilton9, born October 3, 1887, at Cambridge.
3.Harold Bryant9, born December 22, 1891.
JOHN FRANCIS7 (Ephraim6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1) was born September 9,1824; enterprising, energetic and courageous. In 1848, at the age oftwenty-two, he purchased of Barker Burbank, in Bethel, about 300 acres of land,only five of which were cleared. There was also a very small house upon thelot. Thrift followed sharp upon the footprints of industry, but something waswanted -- a companion to share his toils and fortunes, and cheer the lonelyhours of a forest home. Such an one was vouchsafed, and on the 25th of April,1851, he was united in marriage, at Sherburne, New Hampshire, with
Mary Lemine Young, born at Gray, Maine, April 14, 1833.The union proved a happy one; they have worked and prospered together. In 1869he built the large mansion house, now occupied by the family, though all of theseven children, except Fred, were born in the old house. Family traits aresingularly uniform and expressive. The earlier settlers of New England werefrom agricultural districts in England; the Hapgoods were among them, and asfarmers, were very industrious, frugal and prosperous. One trait was a desirefor many buildings, and a great lot of cattle; in the present instance, Johnhad the traditional characteristic. In addition to the new house, rose intoview two barns, a stable, and sheds innumerable. One half of the 300 acresoriginal purchase are now under cultivation, and 400 acres of wood and pastureland have been added by the father and son John, who has always lived at home,and is now, in the waning years of the father, the mainstay. Nor is hesuffering for want of exercise, with the care of the extensive farm, andseventy-one head of cattle to look after, summer and winter; in fact, he is oneof the most successful and richest farmers in that section of the State.
CHILDREN, all born atBethel.
I. John8, bornJanuary 24, 1853; married, November 26, 1879,
InezAnna, daughter of Otis and Vianna Hayford, born
January3, 1857, at Albany, Maine, died July 2, 1886;
nochildren. He is a quiet, intelligent, industrious
man,deeply interested in farming, and has pretty
much theentire care of the large estate since his
fatherhas felt old age creeping upon him.
II. Albert8,born October 21, 1855; died December 17, 1873.
III. George8,born February 14, 1858; died March 9, 1861.
IV. GeorgeJoseph8, born July 29, 1861; married, May 2, 1886,
Mae Lizzie,daughter of Emery and Lucy Emerson,
born atFryeburg, August 2, 1868; resides in Bethel;
I. UlaAlice9, born July 27, 1888.
V. Frank8, bornMay 15, 1864; resides at Bethel; a farmer;
VI. Ella Mary8,born November 23, 1868; married, August 23,
1888,Charles Edgar Whittier, born January 17, 1850,
atLisbon, Maine. He died March 23, 1895, at Lewiston,
1.Mildred Hapgood9 Whittier, born June 30, 1889,
atBethel, where both mother and child reside,
with her father, at the old homestead.
VII. Fred8, bornJuly 9, 1872; resides in Bethel; unmarried.
RICHARD7 (Ephraim6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born February 24,1841; married, December 22, 1868, Nellie Grace, daughter of Carlos Lapere andElizabeth C. Pike, born November 24, 1848, at Hebron, New Hampshire; resides inCambridge, Massachusetts; General Roadmaster of the West End Street RailwayCompany.
I. CharlesCarlos8, born December 9, 1870; married, October
26,1892, Mary Alexander Gardner of Cambridge, born
November8, 1871; resides in Cambridge; educated in
thepublic schools; went west, January 7, 1885; two
years ona stock farm in Nebraska, returned, and
enteredthe employ of Hosmer, Robinson & Co., hay
andgrain merchants, which position he has faithfully
filledfor eleven years; no children.
II. EmmaLizzie8, born October 26, 1874; married, April 26,
1893, atCambridge, Arthur Spencer Cummings; in
III. NellieArline8, born April 24, 1876; died June 11, 1878.
ARTEMAS7 (Artemas6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born September 2,1816; married, September 17, 1848, at Sweden, Maine, Sarah Ann, daughter ofReuben and Sally Nevers Parker, born August 25, 1819, at Portland. He diedJanuary 8, 1890; she survives him at Waterford.
I. Lyman8, bornOctober 21, 1849; married, February 22,
1883, at Steep Falls, Maine, Hattie B.Merrill of
Limington, Maine. He was killed in a pulp mill at
Gorham,Maine, September 11, 1890.
I. SarahIsabel9, born June 16, 1885.
II. Harold9,born March 4, 1887, at Windham, Maine.
II. ArzeliaWorcester8, born January 22, 1854; died August
11,1862, at Sweden.
JOEL7 (Oliver6,Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born August 23, 1827;married, October 10, 1852, at Gorham, New Hampshire, Columbia Wheeler, bornAugust 4, 1828, at Albany, Maine; died at South Waterford, Maine, June 10,1854; no children; and he married second, April 25, 1855, at Portsmouth, NewHampshire, Ellen Mariah, daughter of John and Almira (Smith) Coburn, born atPortland, May 24, 1836. He died February 13, 1887, at South Waterford.
I. GeorgeAlbert8, born January 25, 1856 (by second wife),
atPortland; married, February 16, 1878, at Lawrence,
Massachusetts, Jennie Durden, born August 9, 1852,
atChessetts Wood, England; resides in Portland, a
I. HarryLlewellyn9, born March 14, 1879, Lawrence.
II.Ernest Albert9, born August 22, 1880, at South
III.Blanch Maria9, born November 5, 1885; died
December 27, 1885.
IV.Bertha May9, born November 24, 1886, South
V. RalphDurden9, born October 24, 1888, at Portland.
II. AbbieEllen8, born July 7, 1858, at Portland; married, January
22,1875, at Sweden, Maine, Calvin Hapgood8
Adams,son of Joseph and Mary Jane7 (Hapgood)
Adams,born April 3, 1848; resides in South Waterford.
1.Gertie May9 Adams, born November 15, 1875, at
Sweden; married, January 20, 1895, South
Waterford, Eugene K. Kilgore ofWaterford,
where they reside.
2.Lizzie Maud9, born May 6, 1877, in Waterford; married,
March 7, 1894, Daniel Wood; resides in
North Bridgton, Maine.
3. EthelCarrie9, born August 9, 1878, at Waterford.
4.Bessie Mabel9, born November 9, 1879.
5. FredHarold9, born July 9, 1881.
6.Walter H.9, born November 13, 1882.
7. Stella9, born November 18, 1883.
8.Ellroy9, born September 9, 1884.
9.Marjory Ellen9, born July 27, 1891.
10. FrankClifford9, born September 13, 1892.
11.Mildred H.9, born September 24, 1893.
III. CharlesHenry8, born February 2, 1860, at South Waterford;
married,July 2, 1881, Jennie Mary Cox, born
December4, 1861, at St. Johns, New Brunswick;
residesin South Waterford.
I. Hallie Louise9, born February 28,1884; died
August 20, 1884.
II.Walter William9, born March 20, 1886, at Deering,
III. FredaFrances9, born June 1, 1892, at Waterford.
IV. EllaMaria8, born April 1, 1862, at Waterford; married,
June 6,1880, at Lynn, Massachusetts, Leamon, son of
AlansonDawes; resides in Harrison, Maine.
1.Josephine9 Dawes, born March 27, 1882.
V. LlewellynNelson8, born February 14, 1864, at South Waterford;
residesin Portland; insurance agent, unmarried.
CYRIL WILLIAM7 (Cornelius6,Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 9, 1825;married, May 9, 1849, Adaline, daughter of Elijah and Sarah Leigh, born April13, 1829, at Malone, where he resided, and died February 29, 1882; an extensiveand prosperous farmer, of ability and standing.
I. Eliza Jane8,born June 2, 1850; died at Constable, New
York,October 10, 1867.
II. Cornelius8,born September 18, 1852; married, January 1,
1873, atMalone, Jennie, daughter of Wesley and Sarah
Brown ofGeorgia, Vermont; resided at West Bangor,
NewYork, where she died January 1, 1895. He is a
largefarmer and leading citizen.
I.Adelbert9, born June 21, 1874, at Malone; married,
March 16, 1892, Susie, daugher of Miner and
Clara Hutchins, born June 4, 1874, at Brandon,
New York; resides in Bangor; a farmer.
1.Eugene Cardell10, born August 6, 1894, at
II. NinaLee9, born October 26, 1889, at Brandon,
III. George8,born October 5, 1855; resides in Springfield,
Massachusetts; an employee in freight department,
Boston& Albany Railroad.
IV. Ada8, bornMarch 15, 1858; married, September 11, 1873,
atMalone, Charles Montgomery, born March 23, 1851,
atDetroit, Michigan; resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
V. William8,born August 15, 1860; married, September 14,
1887, atHolyoke, Massachusetts, Kate McTigue of
Ireland,born April 24, 1862; resides in Bangor, New
I. SarahAnn9, born May 14, 1887, at Holyoke.
II.William Dana9, born October 8, 1889, at Chicopee,
III. AnnaMay9, born March 11, 1891, at Chicopee.
VI. Emma8, bornSeptember 26, 1862; died January 27, 1864.
VII. MinnieAmie8, born September 22, 1865; married, September
30,1884, Eugene Frederick Cardell, born at Reading,
Massachusetts, September 4, 1863; resides in
Lowell;in employ of Association of Fire Underwriters;
VIII. DanaBoardman8, born April 27, 1870, at Constable, New
York;resides in Fay, New York, a farmer; unmarried.
WESLEY7 (Cornelius6,Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born July 3, 1835;married, at Malone, July 3, 1859, Delia, daughter of William and Orpha Earl,born May 2, 1836. On the death of his grandfather, Jonathan, the original farmof 300 acres was divided among his five children; Abigail having diedpreviously, Amos took for his share, the framed house and 75 acres of land;Cornelius took the log house, where all his sisters were born, and lived theretill 1840, rearing a family of ten children. In that year he erected a framedhouse about 100 rods west of the log house, which he vacated and finallydemolished. He subsequently bought two of the girls' shares, making his
farm 150 acres. Here he resided till 1866, when he sold the place to his sonWesley for six thousand dollars. On the death of Cornelius, the son receivedhis full share of the estate in cash. After the death of his uncle Amos, Wesleybought his 75 acres, which enlarged his farm to the unwieldy size of 225 acres.In 1889 Wesley died, leaving the farm in possession of his widow, to be dividedat her decease, between Ida, who lived on the homestead with her mother, andJohn Guy, who occupied the farm of 75 acres, formerly owned by his uncle Amos.Wesley died April 29, 1889; his widow still survives.
I. Eunice8, born January 29, 1860, inBelmont, New York;
marriedin Malone, March 16, 1880, Benjamin, son of
Benjaminand Sarah Lester, born April 16, 1856, at
Duane,New York; resides in Constable; a farmer.
1.Wesley9 Lester, born December 11, 1880.
2.Bessie9, born March 27, 1882.
3.Myrtle9, born September 23, 1887.
4.Burnie9, born November 10, 1889.
5.Lawrence9, born August 24, 1891.
6. RayR.9, born May 27, 1893.
7. AsaMorton9, born March 30, 1895.
62 II. John Guy8,born October 5, 1862, at Constable, New
York;married, December 27, 1883, at Malone, Laura
III. Ida8, bornAugust 13, 1865, at Constable; married, December
24,1889, at Malone, Lawrence Westcott, born
February24, 1866, at Chasm Falls, New York; resides
on theoriginal 150-acre farm of her father, the old
homestead, with her mother; no children.
LEMUEL BICKNELL7 (Amos6,Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah8, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 5, 1836;married,
September 13, 1863, at Fort Covington, New York, SarahGoodwin, youngest daughter of Asa Clark of North Hero, Vermont. The followingnotice appeared in a local paper: "Mr. Clark, the oldest member ofCentenary Methodist Episcopal church of Malone, died September 8, 1896. BornAugust 19, 1804, he had passed his ninety-second birthday. He had also reachedan unusually advanced age in Christian life and service. The last eighteenyears of his life has been spent with his daughter Sarah (Clark) Hapgood, atMalone," whose patience and loving care of her venerable father was mostadmirable and praiseworthy. Lemuel, with his brother Howard, enlisted inCompany D, 142d regiment, New York Volunteers, served three years in defence ofhis country's flag, and honorably discharged, 1865, now receiving a small pension.He is a much esteemed citizen and well-to-do farmer in Malone. His mostexcellent wife manages her family with good judgment, and has a special pridein the education and training of her children.
I. CarrollLemuel8, born April 30, 1866; married, January 12,
1888,Hattie, daughter of Thomas Thompson of
Malone.He also is a respectable tiller of the soil at
I.Harold Morton9, born November 23, 1888.
II. Gertrude Mae9, born January 26,1893; died eight
II. CarrieLucretia8, born April 19, 1867; drowned in a brook
runningbetween the house and barn at Malone, when
onlythree years old.
III. HarrietAdeline8, born May 28, 1869; graduated from
FranklinAcademy, June, 1887, and from Pottsdam
NormalSchool, June, 1892; taught school in Orange,
NewJersey, and in her native town up to March 23,
1897,when she married John Alexander, son of Duncan
andEliza Grant of Bells Corners, Ontario, born
October14, 1862. His early education was at the
publicschools of that place. He then entered St.
Catherine Collegiate Institute, and after one year he
changedfor a year in Ottawa Collegiate Institute, then
attendedthe Normal School at Ottawa. After leaving
the Normal School he taught a year in HullModel
School,and two years in Alymer Academy. In 1883
he beganthe study of medicine in the University of
the Cityof New York, from which he was graduated
in March, 1887. In July of the same yearhe commenced
thepractice of medicine in Malone, where
he hassince resided.
IV. Sarah Mae8,born August 1, 1871; was graduated from
FranklinAcademy, Malone, 1889, and the Pottsdam
Conservatory of Music with honor, 1892; entered
Plattsburg Normal School as teacher, 1892, which
positionshe held up to the time of her marriage, at
Malone,March 23, 1897, to Robert Henderson, eldest
son ofAlfred and Sarah (Wever) Guibord, born in
Plattsburg, New York, April 6, 1869. He was graduated
from theHigh School in Plattsburg, 1887. The
nextyear he spent in Wilbraham (Massachusetts)
Academy,after which he entered Wesleyan University
atMiddletown, Connecticut, graduating in 1892. He
thenopened an insurance office in Plattsburg, which
he has conductedsuccessfully up to the present time.
He isalso a member of the Greydenburgh Pulp Company.
V. HowardClark8, born November 17, 1877; was graduated
fromFranklin Academy, June, 1896, and entered the
insurance office of R. H. Guibord, hisbrother-in-law,
inPlattsburg, New York, as a clerk.
ALFRED WARREN7 (Jonathan6,Joel5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born November 17,1841, at the house of his maternal grandparents in Harvard, where his mother
died February 28, 1842, when he was barely three monthsold. He received the tender and generous care of his grandmother Pollard untilhis father married second, April 9, 1843, when he was removed to Ashburnham. Hespent much time under the care and supervision of his step-grandmother Hapgoodin Harvard, who became much interested in him, and he enjoyed her lovingkindness during the remainder of her life. He attended the "Old Mill"district school, and under the patronage of his Uncle Warren, in 1849, he wassent to the academy in Groton; but academic honors had no charm for him, andhis term was brief and fruitless. Being fond of horses he took to teaming for alivelihood, which he pursued with varying fortune in Harvard, Ayer andLeominster, residing for many years in the latter place. He married, March 3,1861, in Harvard, Eliza Rebecca, daughter of Henry and Hannah (Giles) Davis,born December 29, 1841, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
I. RussellWarren3, born September 9, 1864, in Harvard;
many ofthe happy days of his childhood were spent
with hisstep great grandmother Hapgood; he had the
advantageof a fine district school education; worked
in ashirt factory in Leominster; was captivated by
the rage,then prevalent, for cattle-raising, and in 1883
became aherder on a ranch in Wyoming; some two
years'experience as a ranchero satisfied him with life
in the"Wild West"; he retured to Leominster and
thefactory; married, September 16, 1889, Agnes Gove
O'Neil ofBrechin, Scotland, born October 12, 1868.
I. EdnaMay9, born at Leominster, April 30, 1896.
JONATHAN GARDNER7 (Jonathan6,Joel5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born February 10,1855; married, December 23, 1877, Mary Adaline, daughter of Josiah and MarthaAnn Barnard of Harvard, born July 2, 1857, at Watertown, Massachusetts. Residesin Harvard; a farmer.
I. WesleyGardner3, born August 14, 1878, at Harvard; educated
in thepublic schools and Bromfield Academy;
livedwith his parents up to 1896, when he entered the
Industrial Institute at Springfield, Massachusetts, with
a desireto become a practical machinist.
II. EdithElizabeth3, born April 15, 1884, at Shirley, Massachusetts;
resideswith her parents, and attends the
CHARLES BUTLER7 (Jonathan6,Joel5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born August 21, 1859;married, August 25, 1880, Fannie Augusta, daughter of Henry and KatharineFoster of Harvard, born October 27, 1860, at Ayer, Massachusetts. Charles waseducated, like unto most other farmer boys, in the district school, and workedon the farm with his father until his death, 1876. To settle the estate, thefarm had to be sold, subject to a claim of the widow of Joel to one half theproduct or income of the place. In order to protect the interests of the widowof Joel, Warren Hapgood bought the farm, and at the age of seventeen, Charleswas placed in charge. For several years he had exhibited considerable skill andjudgment in the management of the farm, which further experience hardlysustained.
His step-grandmother, Charlotte Hapgood, died in 1884, andin 1885 he retired from the management, and the place was let to Asa Burgessfor two years, but as there was no probability that any member of the familywould succeed to the ownership, the grand old mansion, the venerated home offive generations of the race, with all its hallowed memories and associations,its joys and its sorrows, passed into other hands; at first, November 10, 1888,I. W. Sprague became the owner, and later on the place was sold to Stephen N.Lougee, the present owner, who has made many improvements on the estate.Charles took up his abode in Lancaster, where he has resided most of the timesince.
CHILDREN, born atHarvard.
I. WarrenFoster8, born November 15, 1881.
II. CharlotteAugusta8, born October 9, 1883.
III. CharlesHenry8, born July 20, 1885.
IV. Bertha8,born July 3, 1890, and lived only a day.
CYRUS STOWE8 (Cyrus7, Nathaniel6, Ephraim5, Ephraim4,Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1). He was born November 23, 1842; educated inthe public schools of Cambridge, and Chauncey Hall, Boston; entered thewholesale provision store of Potter & Dinsmore on City wharf, as assistantbook-keeper. At the end of the first year he took the position of book-keeperfor S. S. Learnard, 52 Faneuil Hall Market. He did not long remain book-keeper,but was admitted a general partner, which position he has held up to thepresent time. The firm prospered and became one of the
largest of the many large beef dealers in the city. He isa very active business man and one of the leading citizens of Everett,Massachusetts, where he resides. He married, November 25, 1863, at Cambridge,Clara Augusta Conner of Orland, Maine, born October 18, 1842.
I. ClaraLearnard9, born November 25, 1864; married, April
27, 1887,Charles Hapgood Mead, from New Hampton,
NewHampshire; contractor and builder.
1.Stanley10 Mead, born August 31, 1889, at Everett.
II. GeorgeHenry9, born November 19, 1868, in Chelsea;
diedAugust 29, 1871.
III. Alice9, bornAugust 2, 1872, in Chelsea, where she was
educated,and graduated from the Museum of Fine
Arts inBoston; travelled extensively in Japan and
othercountries; engaged to be united in marriage,
April 27,1898, with Charles Henry Miller, born in
Waterford, Connecticut, June 14, 1869.
IV. CharlesWarren9, born April 18, 1875; graduated from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1896; superintendent
of theLearnard & Bird Oil Company at
V. CyrusHoward9, born in Everett, August 27, 1880; a student
inMassachusetts Institute of Technology.
CHARLES ARTHUR8 (WilliamSalmon7, Ephraim6, Oliver5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1),born March 29, 1846; married, January 2, 1868, at Stratford, New Hampshire,Jennie Vilonia Paguin, born December 9, 1850, at North Danville, Vermont;resides in Stratford; an extensive farmer.
I. LouisaJennie9, born September 28, 1869; died April 21,
II. Emma Rose9,born December 13, 1870; married, June 5,
1889,David Henry Stone, born January 6, 1859, at
Stratford, where he resides; a lumber manufacturer.
1.Florence10 Stone, born May 1, 1890.
2. HaroldDavid10, born October 20, 1893; died
November 17, 1893.
III. Ella Maud9,born November 30, 1872; married, September
24, 1889,at Bloomfield, James Moore, son of Nicholas
and ElizaHagar Stone, born April 16, 1870, at Stratford,
brotherto her sister Emma's husband; resides
1.Everett Nicholas10 Stone, born March 8, 1891.
2. FloraEliza10, born February 27, 1892.
3. EarlJames10, born July 4, 1895; died July 20, 1895.
IV. Arthur Lee9,born December 22, 1875; watchman.
V. FredCharles9, born December 31, 1878; resides in Stratford.
VI. Dora Bell9,born September 17, 1881.
VII. EdwardLeroy9, born March 25, 1883.
JOHN GUY8 (Wesley7,Cornelius6, Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), bornOctober 5, 1862, at Constable; married, December 27, 1883, at Malone, Laura,daughter of William and Sophia (Fletcher) Wells of Brandon, Vermont, bornFebruary 23, 1863; he was educated in the common school, much after the fashionof his predecessors; resided with his parents and faithfully performed duty onthe large farm till 1889, when his father died, and he took the house and landacquired upon the decease of his Uncle Amos.
In 1893 he dismantled the old house and built a new onenear by, which he occupies with his capable and accomplished companion and fivebright, healthy boys,--no other such family of boys in the entire race ofHapgood, up and down the land,--"May his tribe increase,"--tilling thesame soil and reaping the harvests as his great grandfather did, nearly acentury before,--and may his descendants prosper and flourish as did theirworthy ancestors.
CHILDREN, all born in Malone.
I. GuyGrover9, born February 1, 1885.
II. WillieWesley9 born November 5, 1886.
III. John Jay9,born February 28, 1888.
IV. FayGilbert9, born July 13, 1893.
V. WarrenEarl9, born January 9, 1896.
"THOMAS2 (Shadrach1),born October 1, 1669, as well as his brother Nathaniel, began life withconsiderable means, and, like him, aspired to manorial possessions. Accordingto a reliable tradition, he had been brought up in Concord, and, following thecourse of the Assabet River, he penetrated the Indian Reservation ofAgogonquemeset, consisting of 6,000 acres, which had been purchased of them in1686 by the planters of Marlboro', and which now forms the north northeasternpart of that town; here he decided to settle. He, accordingly, purchased ofEdmund Rice, February 28, 1694, for £8,a 30-acre right in the entire tract; and of John Fay and Nathan Brigham,October 30, 1699, for £17, another30-acre right; and of William Ward, December 31, 1706, "for a reasonablesum," another 30-acre right; and of Thomas Howe, December 31, 1713,"for a reasonable sum," a 30-acre right; and of Jonathan Forbush,April 6, 1711, "for a reasonable sum," a 30-acre right, including thefirst division already made. These five rights enabled him to draw, atsubsequent divisions, a great amount of land, and he actually owned andoccupied, in one body, between 500 and 700 acres of the mica-slate formation,several farms of which have remained in the hands of his descendants to thisday. The spot where he encamped the first night on arriving upon his land, and thelocation of his house, was about four miles from his brother's in Stow, twomiles south of Feltonville, 40 rods southwest of Round Hill, and four or sixrods east of a spring; it is still pointed out. But these were not his only
purchases, creating foundationsfor homes and independence to generations of his race.
February 21, of the first year ofthe reign of George I, 1714, he purchased for £14,of John and Lydia Hanchett of Suffield, Connecticut, their right to 80 acres inan undivided tract of 3,200 acres on the north side of Quinsigamond Pond, whichhad been granted by the General Court, 1650, to Isaac Johnson, "for £400, adventured in the common stock"and laid out, 1657, to his executors, Thomas Dudley and Increase Newell, as4,200 acres, requiring Newell to pay £10,due to the treasury of the colony.(*) On these 80 acres he, no doubt, settledhis son Thomas, and, April 18, 1738, gave him all the land laid out and to belaid out unto the whole of the fifteenth house lot in Shrewsbury, showing thathe had become a proprietor of Shrewsbury. June 21, 1725, he, with five others,quit claimed to Deacon Samuel Wheeler their rights to certain pieces of land inthe Haynes farm." [From first edition.]
He seems to have been a quiet andrespected citizen, who devoted his energies to business, leaving to others themanagement of public affairs. He was once chosen selectman. One of the garrisonhouses in Marlboro' was named for him in 1704, and in 1744 he was chosen on acommittee of arbitration between opposing parties, for the location of a churchin Southboro'.
Tradition reports him and hiswife to have been worthy members of the church in Marlboro'.
He married, about 1693, atMarlboro', Judith, eldest daughter of John and Judith (Symonds) Barker (marriedDecember 9, 1668) of Concord, born September 9, 1671. She died (*)Mr. Newelldied, and the General Court, 1657, ordered the land laid out to his executor,Nathaniel Treadway of Watertown, the grandfather of Thomas Hapgood, who sold itto John and Josiah Haynes of Sudbury, who are presumed to have sold 8,040 ofthe same to John Goulding of Worcester and Sudbury (see Morse's genealogy ofthe Gouldings). The grant was probably reduced 1,000 acres to pay the £10 due to the colony.
August 15, 1759. The Symondsfamily first appears on Woburn Records, 1644.
Through the courtesy of anaccomplished authority on historic-genealogical matters, we received thefollowing note, in reference to the family name of Judith, which had escapedthe vigilance of the careful compiler of the first edition.
ST. PAUL, Minn., July 22, 1896.
W. HAPGOOD, Esq.,
Dear Sir:--Judith Barker was thewife of Thomas Hapgood. Middlesex Probate Record Docket, No. 571:--Will of JohnBarker of Concord, Massachusetts, dated March 14, 1710-11, probate April 21,1718, names "My eldest daughter Judith Hapgood," and Thomas Hapgoodand wife Judith, sign a receipt to the Executor in October, 1718, for theirshare of the estate.
(Signed) HENRY P. UPHAM.
December 31, 1711, she (Judith)joined with her husband, Thomas Hapgood, in a deed to John Forbush;acknowledged December 17, 1719; recorded January 1, 1720. [Book 21, page 30.]
March 18, 1735 (book 36, page641), Thomas Hapgood of Marlboro', deeds 105 acres in Marlboro' to (his son)John Hapgood of Marlboro', "in consideration of good will andaffection."
Thomas Hapgood, November 12,1703, petitioned the General Court for an allowance, alleging that "hehaving, in 1690, been detached into the service against the Indian enemy, wasengaged in the bloody fight near Oyster River, New Hampshire, wherein CaptainNoah Wiswell and divers others were slain and wounded; that he then had hisleft arm broken and his right hand much shot, so that he endured great pain andnarrowly escaped with his life; that he was thereby much disabled for labor andgetting his livelihood; forced to sell what stock he had acquired before beingwounded to maintain himself since, and that in the fight he
was necessitated to leave andlose his arms with which he was well furnished at his own charge." Thecourt granted him £5.
He died October 4, 1764. AnEnglish publication had this notice of his death:--
Died, at Marlboro', New England,in the ninety-fifth year of his age, Mr. Thomas Hapgood. His posterity werevery numerous, viz., nine children, ninety-two grandchildren, two hundred andeight great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren; in all, threehundred and thirteen. His grandchildren saw their grandchildren and theirgrandfather at the same time.
A double headstone marks theirgraves in the ancient cemetery in Marlboro'.
COPY OF THE WILL OF THOMASHAPGOOD.
In the Name of God amen the TenthDay of June one Thousand seven Hundred and sixty and in the thirty third yearof His Majestys Reign I Thomas Hapgood of Marlborough in the County ofMiddlesex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman. Beingadvanced in age and Infirm in Body But of Perfect mind and memory Thanks beGiven to God therefor Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowingthat it is appointed for all men once to Dye Do make and ordain this my Lastwill and Testament that is to say Principly and first of all I give andReacomend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my Body I Reacomend tothe Earth to be Buried in Decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of myExecutor Nothing Doubting But at the genaral Resurection I shall Receive theSame again by the mighty Power of God and as Touching such Worldly Estatewherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I Give and Dispose ofthe same in the following manner and form
Inprimis I Give and Bequeath tothe Heirs of my son Thomas Hapgood Deceased the Sum of Sixteen Pounds to bepaid by My Executors hereafter named within three years after my Deceas to beEqualy Divided Between them
Itim I give to my son JohnHapgood over and above what I have already Given him the Sum of thirty threePounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence to be paid out of my estate within threeyears after my decease also one half of my husbandry tools also the one half ofmy rights in the Indian land propriety
Itim I give to my son JosephHapgood over and above what I have already given him the sum of thirty threepounds six shillings and eight pence to be paid out of my estate within threeyears after my decease also I give to my said son Joseph Hapgood his heirs andassigns forever all my part of my dwelling and about two acres of land boundedas
follows Southerly and westerlyand northerly by his own land and easterly by the high way also one half of myHusbandry tools also one half of my rights in the Indian land propriety
Itim I give to my daughter Marythe wife of John Wheeler the sum of Sixty Six pounds thirteen shillings andfour pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors hereafter namedwithin two years after my decease also one sixth part of my indore moovablesafter my decease
Itim I give to my daughter SarahHoar the wife of Benjamin Hoar the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillingsand four pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors within two yearsafter my decease also I give to her one sixth part of my indoore moovablesafter my decease
Itim I give to the children of mydaughter Judith Taylor deceased the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillingsand four pence to be paid to them or their heirs within two years after mydecease also I give them one sixth part of my indoore moovables after mydecease
Itim I give to my daughterElisabeth the wife of William Taylor the sum of sixty six pounds thirteenshillings and four pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors withintwo years after my decease also one sixth part of my indoore moovables after mydecase
Itim I give to my daughterHepzibah the wife of Edward Godard the sum of sixty six pounds thirteenshillings and four pence to be paid her or her heirs by my Executors within twoyears after my decease also one sixth part of my indoore moovables after mydecase
Itim I give to my daughter HuldahWitherbe the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to bepaid to her or to her heirs by my Executors within two years after my deceasealso one sixth part of my indoore moovables
Itim my will is that the Rest ofmy Estate if any there be after the Leagesees afore said and my funeral chargesare paid and my just debts if any there be the Rest of my Estate to be equalydivided between all my sons and daughters or their heirs as afore said
Itim I like wise constitute makeand ordain my two sons John Hapgood and Joseph Hapgood my sole Executors ofthis my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke anddisanull all and every other or former Testaments wills Leagices and bequestsand Executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed Ratifyingand confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witnesswhereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year afore written
THOMAS X HAPGOOD (Seal)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by thesaid Thomas Hapgood as his last will and testament in the presence of us thesubscribers
JOSEPH X TAYNTOR. JOHN WARREN EZRA HOW
October ye 8th 1763
We the Subscribers Being Leagetees in the afore said willare
satisfied with the Leagecies given us therein and Desirethe said will may be proved and approved as witness our Hands
BENJAHOAR SARAH HOAR
STEPHENFLAGG JUDITH FLAGG
| Heir to
one of the heirs to
Middlesex SS. October, 31. 1763
Mr Ezra How (who wrote the foregoing instrument) madesolemn oath that what the aforenamed Testator gave in this his Will -- to theChildren of his Daughter Judith Taylor -- He intended that it should be equallydivided among them, as he declared to the said Ezra; but that it was a casualomission in him -- (in writing said Will) that it was not so expressed
Sworn before me S. DANFORTH J. PROB _____
Justice of the Peace
A true copy.
Attest, S. H.FOLSOM Register.
His will was proved October 31, 1763, and John having diedin the meantime, Joseph, who was his co-executor, acted alone. His estate,exclusive of indoor movables, was inventoried at £533.2s. 3d. He had, in his lifetime, given each of his sons farms.
I. Mary3, bornOctober 6, 1694; married, October 17, 1717,
John, sonof John and Elizabeth (Wells) Wheeler,
bornAugust 15, 1695, in Marlboro', who was a son of
Thomasand Hannah Wheeler of Concord, in 1661,
soonafter of Marlboro', who was son of Captain
Wheeler of Concord, who went (his sonThomas with
him) withCaptain Hutchinson and about twenty men
(of whomShadrach Hapgood was one) to treat with
theNipmuck Indians, at Brookfield, in 1675. John
Wheeler, first mentioned, in 1718shared in the first
divisionof land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and
was oneof the first settlers. There is no record in
that townof the death of John Wheeler or his wife.
After thebirth of their second child they removed from
Marlboro'to Shrewsbury, where Mary was admitted to
thechurch in 1730. In 1729 he was chosen one of a
committeeto assist the town surveyor in laying out
undividedlands. He was one of the assessors from
1731 to1735, and for a part of that time was constable
withLieutenant Eleazer Taylor. In 1743 he held
severaloffices of trust, being precinct (parish) clerk,
assessor,one of the precinct committee, and one of a
committeeof nine to "seat the meeting-house." This
firstoffice he held for three years. In 1746 he was
moderator of town meeting. He seems to haveretired
frompublic life soon after this. He was made ensign
1. Cyrus4Wheeler, born November 7, 1718, in
Marlboro'; married Lois, daughter of Deacon
Samuel Wheelock, May 1, 1746; they were
admitted to the church, 1765. He died in
Shrewsbury, February 19, 1782, aged sixty-five.
Thedeath of his wife not recorded there.
2.Darius4, born December 27, 1719, in Marlboro'.
3.Jonathan4, born June 22, 1720, in Shrewsbury.
4.Thomas4, born January 5, 1721.
5.Lydia4, born March 25, 1722; married William
Norcross, November 6, 1741.
6.Josiah4, born October 7, 1723; married, February
28,1744, Elizabeth Bailey.
7.Hezediah4, born February 16, 1725; married David
Taylor4, her cousin, 1746.
8.Martha4, born October 2, 1726.
9.Philemon4, born April 11, 1728; died April 19, 1729.
10.Persis4, born October 6, 1729; admitted to the
church, 1748; married John Baker, Jr., June 11,
11.Azubah4, born September 3, 1731; married Peter
Larkin of Lancaster, April 4, 1751.
12.Demaris4, born August 17, 1733; married, October
25,1751, John Barr of New Braintree.
13. John4,Jr. (Lieutenant), born September 9, 1735, in
Shrewsbury; married, April 3, 1760, Jedideh
Bigelow, and with his wife was admitted to the
church there in 1765. They "were dismissed
in1774 to the covenanting brethren in Newfane,
Vermont, in order to be formed into a church
state there." He was at Fort William Henry at
thetime of "the memorable and unparalleled
massacre of the English and Provincial troops
bythe Indians in 1757, after its surrender to
Montcalm, the French commander."
14. Mary4,born October 7, 1737.
15.Hepzibah4, born July 16, 1739.
II. Sarah3, bornFebruary 10, 1696; married first, Jonathan
Howe, sonof Captain Daniel and Elizabeth (Kerley)
Howe,born April 23, 1695, and died July 25, 1738, in
Marlboro'. (Captain Daniel Howe was born 1658;
marriedElizabeth Kerley, 1688, and died April 3,
1718. Hewas a large landholder in Marlboro', Lancaster
andWestboro'; his property was inventoried
at £1,264. His widow administered upon hisestate,
and diedin 1735.) [Hudson's History of Marlboro'.]
Sarahadministered on the estate and gave the following
bond (afew words left out as they could not be
"Knowall men by these presents, that we Sarah Howe
ofMarlborough In ye County of Midlesex widow and
[Administratrix] of Jonathan Howe late of Marlboro'
aforesaidDeceased and Edward Goddard of Shrewsbury
in yeCounty of Worcester [ ] are held and
firmlybound and obliged unto Joseph Wilder Esquire
Judge ofthe Probate of Wills and granting Administration
in SaidCounty In the full sum of one hundred
pounds tobe paid to ye said Judge or to his Successor
in saidoffice or Assigns to ye which payment well and
truly tobe made we bind ourselves our several &
[ ] heirs [ ] and [ ] Jointly and Severally
firmly tothese presents to hold with [ ] Dated
the firstday of February A. D. 1742-3. The condition
of theabove obligation is first that whereas the Said
Sarah on herpetition to the General Court in December
1742 asShe was guardian to her children(*) Sarah,
Damaris,Sylvanus, Mellisent, Ichabod, Abigail &
Isaac,Children of ye Said deceased was Impowered to
make Saleof Said minors interest of land in a certain
mortguageor tenement of land lying in town of
Shrewsbury whereof Daniel How of Said Shrewsbury
diedserved for the most [* * * * * *]."
Signed, "SARAH How
(*)The two eldest of the ten children were married, andAbigail had died. Page 167
Sarahmarried second, at Marlboro', Benjamin Hoar
of Littleton,Massachusetts, March 4, 1745-6. He
wasprobably a grandson of John Hoar of Concord,
sixth sonof Daniel, who had eleven children; came
early toLittleton and died, 1775. Sarah died, and was
buried inthe old cemetery in Littleton. Her epitaph
reads:"Here lies buried the body of Mrs. Sarah
Hoar,wife of Deacon Benjamin Hoar, who departed
thislife, January 16, 1770, in ye 74th year of her age."
CHILDREN, all born inMarlboro', by first husband.
1.Solomon4 Howe, born December 17, 1718; married
MaryHowe of Marlboro', about 1738.
2.Elizabeth4, born February 2, 1720; married Paul
Howeof Paxton, Massachusetts, about 1739.
3.Sarah4, born October 25, 1721; married, April 10,
1747, Adonijah Church, born October 17, 1710.
Shedied September 8, 1758, and he at Holden,
Massachusetts, March 24, 1787.
4.Abigail4, born September 20, 1723; died, 1729, in
5.Damaris4, born July 31, 1725; married, January 25,
1743, Stephen, son of Simon and Sarah (Woods)
Gates, born August 8, 1718, at Marlboro';
resided in Rutland, Massachusetts, 1749. He
diedOctober 5, 1773, and she, December 3, 1809.
6.Silvanus4, born April 6, 1727; married Mary,
daughter of Jonathan and Mary(Earle) Rice,
bornin Worcester, 1737. He died in Petersham,
7.Millicent4, born April 20, 1729; married, September
8,1746, at Marlboro', Alpheus Woods, born
February 28, 1727. She died April 16, 1761,
andhe, December 12, 1794.
8.Ichabod4, born January 9, 1731.
9.Abigail4, born March 25, 1733.
10. Isaac4,born January 27, 1735.
III. Judith3,born February 24, 1698; married, July 5, 1721,
Lieutenant Eleazer, son of Eleazer and Lydia (Barrett)
Taylor,born in Marlboro', December 3, 1699, brother
to hersister Elizabeth's husband; they were admitted
to thechurch in Shrewsbury in 1728, and in 1729 were
living onhouse lot No. 43, in that town. He shared
in thefirst division of land in Shrewsbury in 1718, and
he wasprobably in town as early as 1722, for his eldest
child,born that year, is on the Shrewsbury record. His
land wasin the North Precinct, and in 1843, he, with
twelveothers, requested that they might be permitted
to form anew church in that part of the town. The
requestwas granted, and the next year the wives of
thesemen, and some others, were dismissed from the
firstchurch to the second church. In 1743 they purchased
theburying ground of Eleazer Taylor, and
built ameeting-house. In 1720 he was chosen town
collector, the first collector chosen in the town. In
1727-28he was town surveyor. In 1734, one of the
threeconstables chosen. In 1742-43 he was treasurer
for theNorth Precinct, which soon built its church,
and in1746 chose Eleazer Taylor one of the parish
committee.His wife died November 8, 1742, and he
marriedsecond, Hannah, widow of Gershom Flagg,
March 26,1744, and died September 20, 1753.
1.Nathan4 Taylor, born February 24, 1722, in Shrewsbury;
married, April 10, 1744, SarahHale of
Harvard, Massachusetts, and died March 30,
2.David4, born September 17, 1723; married, April
8,1746, Hezediah, daughter of John and Mary3
(Hapgood) Wheeler. She died December 15,
1754, and he married, second, October 28, 1756,
Esther Jones of Marlboro'. He removed to
Berlin, Massachusetts, where he died.
3.Micah4, born June 15, 1726; died August 9, 1735.
4.Eleazer4, born August 26, 1728.
5.Judith4, born February 13, 1729; married, 1750,
6.Hannah4, born November 17, 1731; died February
7.Huldah4, born September 8, 1733; married, 1755,
8.Submit4, born November 26, 1735.
9.Zillah4, born March 15, 1738; married Captain
Nathan Howe (his second wife) in 1771, and in
1789she married Lieutenant Jonas Temple of
Boylston (his third wife).
10.Rufus4, born August 15, 1740.
11. Elizabeth4, born October 27, 1742.
IV. Elizabeth3,born October 4, 1699; married, November 28,
1717,Sergeant William, son of William and Mary
(Johnson)Taylor, born February 15, 1692, in Marlboro';
probably removed to Shrewsbury, prior to 1720.
He lived,as supposed, where Captain Amasa Howe
nowresides, and was one of the founders of the church
inShrewsbury, to which his wife, Elizabeth, was
admittedin 1724. In the first division of land in
Shrewsbury, in 1718, William Taylor seems to have
had someinterest, for 70 acres were granted "to James
Gleazonin room of William Taylor." In 1721 he was
granted 5 acres "for Satisfactionfor 15 acres of land
which thesaid Taylor has alienated to the proprietors
ofShrewsbury for to build a meeting-house upon."
On theorganization of the Shrewsbury militia, he was
one ofthe four first appointed sergeants, a title of
moreregard at that time than that of colonel has since
become.He was chosen in 1722-23, one of a committee
toprocure a minister; in 1727-28, he was the first constable,
and wasone of the selectmen, 1731, 1734, 1735
and 1740.He died August 14, 1775, and his wife,
1. Jonah4Taylor, born in Marlboro', 1718; died at
CapeBreton, September 8, 1745.
2.Abigail4, born in Shrewsbury, March 5, 1720;
married first, Moses Hastings, April 25, 1739,
andsecond, Samuel Bigelow, May 7, 1770.
3. Mary4, born in Shrewsbury, August 15,1722;
married, January 9, 1740, Hezekiah Rice, who
diedSeptember 13, 1759. She was admitted to
thechurch, 1744, and died April 25, 1796.
4. Elizabeth4, born June 3, 1725; married,November
19,1741, Solomon Stowe, and resided in Grafton.
Hedied, and she married second, Captain
Benjamin Fay, October 28, 1765, and resided in
5. Dinah4, born March 12, 1727;married, April 10,
1751, Ross, son of Ensign Seth and Sarah (Ross)
Wyman (his second wife), and died November
15, 1759; he was a farmer, kept a tavern, and
hisdescendants still live in the same old house.
6.Eunice4, born March 28, 1729; married, June 10,
1748, Daniel Howe, who died July 5, 1750, and
she married second, LieutenantMarshall Newton,
August 13, 1751, and died July 1, 1759.
7. Lois4,born March 10, 1731; died October 15, 1745.
8.Hepzibah4, born March 6, 1733; married, November
10, 1748, Captain Nathan Howe,born June
17,1730. He was an officer in the service at
LakeGeorge, in the French war, and aided in
building Fort William Henry; in 1776 he commanded
a company in throwing up workson
Dorchester heights during the night; from an
illness taken there he never recovered. His
wifedied in June, 1770, and he married second,
1771, Zillah, daughter of LieutenantEleazer and
Judith3 (Hapgood) Taylor, cousin of his first
wife. He was chosen first lieutenant of the
First company of militia raised in Shrewsbury,
1774, and died March 21, 1781.
9.Beulah4, born October 20, 1736; died October 28,
10.Mercy4, born November 22, 1741; baptized same
day,and died in infancy.
3 V. Thomas3,born April 18, 1702; married, August 12, 1724,
DamarisHutchins, and died October 5, 1745.
VI. Hepsibeth3,born June 27, 1704, in Marlboro'; married,
1822,Edward, son of Edward and Susanna (Stone)
Goddard,born in Watertown, Massachusetts, 1697;
was amongthe first settlers of Shrewsbury, and one of
thefounders of the church; she was admitted in 1728,
and diedJuly 19, 1763. He lived on the place of the
late Charles H. Fitch, inShrewsbury, where he died
CHILDREN, all born inShrewsbury.
1.Hepzibah4 Goddard, born February 11, 1723; died
unmarried, October 7, 1781.
2.Nathan4, born January 18, 1725; married Dorothy
Stevens; died February 12, 1806; she died
March 30, 1808.
3.Elizabeth4, born September 4, 1726; married
Daniel Fiske, November 2, 1743.
4.Robert4, born August 13, 1728; married, January
8,1752, Hannah Stone; died June, 1807.
5.David4, born September 26, 1730; married, October
9,1753, Margaret Stone of Watertown, born
October 14, 1728.
6.Hezekiah4, born August 13, 1732; died 1734.
7.Daniel4, born February 7, 1734; married, November
17,1756, Mary Willard, born in Grafton,
April 3, 1730; died January 13, 1796.
8.Ebenezer4, born November 25, 1735; died in
9.Ebenezer4, born December 28, 1736; died September
29,1838; she died December 7, 1820.
10.Rhoda4, born February 25, 1740; married, August
24,1765, Reverend William Goddard, born in
Leicester, April 27, 1740; died June 16, 1788.
11.Miriam4, born April 30, 1742; died November 8,
12.Edward4, born March 12, 1745; married, November
1,1769, Lois How. He died October 13,
4 VII. John5, bornFebruary 9, 1706-7; married at Marlboro',
VIII. Huldah3,born February 10, 1709; married (according to
therecords of Southborough), November 8, 1737,
CalebWitherby. The record reads:--"Born unto
JosephWitherby & Elizabeth, his wife on ye fifth
ofJanuary, 1700-1701, a Son named Caleb Witherby."
Hischildren's births are entered Witherbe. As the
childrenmarried they gave the name, Witherbee.
Huldahwas Caleb's second wife, the first being,
accordingto Hudson's History of Marlboro', "Caleb
Witherbee, born January 5, 1701; married, January 26,
1726,Joanna Wheeler." His will mentions other
childrenthan those recorded as by his second wife.
(The lossof a portion of the page that should give the
years ofbirth of the last six children of Huldah, is
mostunfortunate.) In Caleb Witherbe's will, dated
November28, 1757, he makes bequests to all his sons
thenliving. The estate was not settled until 1774.
Aninventory, being dated April 18, 1774, was
1.Thomas4 Witherby, born November 7, 1739; married,
April 14, 1757, Anna Berry, who died at
Southborough,December 26, 1760, and he died
2.David4, born April 30, 1741; died December 15,
3.Shadrach4, born December 31, 1744; went to
Canada, 1760, and not further reported.
4.Nathan4, born June 3,_____; married, May 30, 1769,
atMarlboro', Patience, daughter of Robert and
Lydia Baker, born February 23, 1743.
5. John4,born October 20,_____; married, May 5,
1767, Mary Newton.
6.Ephraim4, born June 8,_____.
7.Zacheus4, born December 27, 1752(?); married,
July15, 1773, Sarah Snow.
8.Huldah4, born May 7,_____; died September 13,
9.Joseph4, born January 1,_____; died December 11,
1765. All of Huldah's children born in Southborough.
5 IX. Joseph3,born October 2, 1714; married, April 26, 1739,
MaryBrooks of Concord.
CAPTAIN THOMAS3 (Thomas2,Shadrach1), born April 18, 1702; married, August 12, 1724, Damaris Hutchinsof Marlboro', born March 12, 1705, and had a numerous family, who
settled in Shrewsbury, Petersham,and other towns in Worcester County, some of whom became quite distinguished.He settled in Shrewsbury, where he received from his father, June 30, 1725, alot of 105 acres of Haynes' farm, 6 acres of meadow in Saybrook, 1 acre 45 rodsin Great Brummit, and probably an interest in Poquaog, now Athol. February 2,7125-6, he exchanged 4 acres of the Haynes' farm with Ebenezer Bragg, and soldfor £17. 10s., to Nathan Wait ofPoquaog, March 29, 1743, a lot in Poquaog.
He died intestate, October 5,1745, and his widow was appointed administratrix, and guardian to Damaris,John, David and Eunice, his youngest children. His estate was inventoriedNovember 25, 1745, at £4,998. 8s.,consisting of his home place, live-stock, 16 acres of meadow in Saybrook,outlands in Shrewsbury, lands in and adjoining Poquaog, and a lot of rights inHousatonic. To Asa, the homestead was assigned; to Seth, 220 acres on the northline of Poquaog; to Joab, a right to draw 300 acres; to John, the rights atHousatonic; to the daughters, 5 lots of the outlands were assigned; Asa beingrequired to pay considerable sums to each of his brothers and sisters. Theestate was completely settled and assigned, May 15, 1751.
Captain Thomas removed, early inlife, to Shrewsbury, where he became a leading citizen. He was constable in1729; selectman, 1731 to 1740, most of the time; surveyor of highways, 1732;treasurer from 1735 to the time of his death, October 5, 1745. At a townmeeting, November, 1745, his successor was chosen, and "a committee tolook into the accounts of the deceased" was appointed. In March, 1746, thecommittee reported: "Settled accounts with the administratrix of the lateThomas Hapgood, late
Precinct Treasurer; we find that there is due to the heirsof the said treasurer, the sum of £3.8s. 5d. Old Tenor." He was chosen parish treasurer after the "settingoff" of the north parish in 1743. This parish became Boylston in 1786. Itis evident from the records that he was a man of sound judgment, and one whowas highly esteemed by his fellow-townsmen, being often chosen to conductmatters demanding careful and wise consideration. His widow, Damaris, died June7, 1793, aged eighty-eight; a very superior woman.
I. Ephraim4,born April 28, 1725; died September 1, 1739, in
II. Solomon4,born September 20, 1726; died July 20, 1740.
6 III. Asa4, bornDecember 6, 1728; died December 23, 1791, at
Barre;married Anna Bowker, or Bouker.
IV. Elijah4,born January 16, 1731; died October 5, 1745.
7 V. Seth4, bornOctober 20, 1732; died April 23, 1804; married,
May 31,1757, Lydia Bowker.
8 VI. Joab4, bornJanuary 21, 1735; married Abigail Stone.
VII. Damaris4,born March 12, 1737; married, February 12,
1756,Gideon, son of Captain Daniel and Esther
(Cloyes)Howe, born March 15, 1732, and lived on the
place nowimproved for the support of the town's poor.
He diedFebruary 8, 1815; the death of his wife is not
1.Lucretia5 Howe, born June 10, 1756; married,
March 25, 1778, Artemas, son of Cyrus and
LoisWheelock, born December 5, 1748.
2.Solomon5, born October 21, 1758; married Rebecca
3.Esther5, born September 1, 1760; married, April
12,1784, Reuben, son of Ephraim and Thankful
(Howe) Holland, born in Shrewsbury, November
4.Charlotte5, born May 6, 1762; married, January 4,
1781, Reuben, son of Thomas and Eunice Baker
(secondwife), born in Shrewsbury, baptized
March14, 1756. He died before 1812, and she,
5. JohnHapgood5, born October 8, 1764; married,
September 3, 1787, Sarah, daughter of Aaron
andDinah (Wheeler) Smith, born in Shrewsbury,
March 21, 1765. He died January 3, 1839, and
she,March 12, 1814.
6.Damaris5, born November 1, 1765; married, June
24,1792, Joseph Brooks, son of Samuel and
Mary(Heywood) Jennison, born January 5, 1756;
removed from Shrewsbury, before 1830, to Worcester,
where he became a prominent business
7.Daniel5, born March 13, 1769; married, about
1789, in Newfane, Vermont, Hannah Hall, born
about 1767. He died at Shrewsbury, January
10,1806, and she at Worcester, March 15, 1840.
8.Alvan5, born May 12, 1772.
9.Eunice5, born November 15, 1774; married, September
24,1797, at Shrewsbury, Joseph Cloyes,
housewright, born in Framingham, Massachusetts,
10.Lyman5, born June 1, 1777; married, March 25,
1802, Sylvia, daughter of George and Tabitha
Slocomb, born at Medifield, Massachusetts, September
13, 1778. He died at Shrewsbury,
November 19, 1853, and she at same place,
November 2, 1856.
11.Relief5, born April 14, 1784; married, May 13,
1802, Doctor Seth Knowlton, son of Deacon
William and Hannah (Hastings) Knowlton of
Shrewsbury, born May 11, 1781. He died April
12,1832, and his widow died May 5, 1862.
VIII. John4, bornSeptember 12, 1739; died February 17, 1761,
unmarried, leaving £180. 9s.His mother administered.
IX. David4, bornFebruary 2, 1742; died October 26, 1745.
X. Eunice4,born August 17, 1744; married, April 20, 1767,
EbenezerHartshorn of Athol, Massachusetts.
JOHN3 (Thomas2, Shadrach1), born February 9, 1706-7; settled on thenorthwesterly part of the homestead in Marlboro', March 18, 1735. He receivedfrom his father (Book 36, Page 641) 105 acres in Marlboro', "inconsideration of good will and affection." May 22, 1751, he bought for £80, of Eliphalet Howe, 30 acres, partlyin Holden and partly in Rutland, and, December 3, 1756, resold the same to himfor £106. He bought, with AsaHapgood, for £131, of John Morss, 80acres in Shrewsbury, September 17, 1754, and sold, August 28, 1760, for £26, to William Brewer, Jr., 22 acres inShrewsbury. April 3, 1762, he made his will, bequeathing to his wife, Abigail,the improvement of all his homestead lands until his son John should be of age,after which he should have the improvement of one half of the same during life,and all his personal estate forever, she paying all his debts and funeralcharges. To his son John he gave two thirds of his homestead, lands, andbuildings, and the possession of one third at the age of twenty-one years, andof the other one third after the death of his mother; but, if he died in hisminority, his brother Jonathan should succeed to his bequest. To his sonJonathan he gave one third of his homestead, to be sold at the discretion ofhis wife, to give him a liberal education at college; but, if he died in hisminority, this bequest should go to John; and if she died during the minorityof these sons, his eldest then living should succeed to the trust committed toher. To his daughter Mary Brooks, to whom he had already given £39, he bequeathed 20s.; to his daughters,Judith, Hazediah, Hepzibah, and Abigail, each £40,to be raised by the sale of a part of his outlands, and the remainder of saidlands to be
equally divided between his fivedaughters. He made his wife, Abigail, executrix. Will proved June 14, 1762.
He married, February 17, 1731,Abigail, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Stow) Morse of Marlboro'. He was one ofthe Alarm list attached to Captain Weeks' company in 1757, when threatened bythe French and Indians; selectman, 1745, 1749, 1753, 1755, 1757, and a man ofinfluence. He died May 26, 1762. His wife Abigail was born May 12, 1712; diedMarch 31, 1798.
I. Jonathan4,born February 12, 1732; died December 14,
II. David4, born July 4, 1734; died January5, 1737.
III. Abigail4,born January 16, 1737; died August 9, 1739.
IV. Mary4, bornJune 4, 1740; married, November 24, 1757,
CharlesBrooks; resided in Princeton.
1. Lydia5 Brooks, born September 11,1759.
2.Persis5, born January 4, 1762.
3. Mary5,born November 13, 1764.
V. Judith4,born November 8, 1742; married, May 2, 1764,
SolomonBarnes, born June 20, 1740; resided in Marlboro'.
She diedApril 19, 1820. He died 1830, aged
1.Katherine5 Barnes, born July 27, 1765; married,
November 26, 1783, Ithamar Brigham.
2. William5, born September 3, 1766;married, 1788,
3.Samuel5, born 1772; died September 10, 1776.
4.Daniel5, born August 22, 1775; married, 1795,
VI. Hazadiah4,born July 7, 1745; married, May 20, 1766, John
Nourse;resided at Bolton, Massachusetts.
VII. Persis4,born July 19, 1748; died November 10, 1748.
VIII. Hepzibah4,born June 5, 1749; married, May 30, 1769, Jonas
Howe,born June 10, 1739, at Marlboro'; resided at
9 IX. John4, bornOctober 8, 1752; married, January 5, 1775,
X. Abigail4,born August 13, 1755; married, September 15,
1772,Thomas Rice of Marlboro', born 1789; died
October28, 1840. She died April, 1828.
1. Lydia5Rice, born May 26, 1778; married John
Carruth; resided at Northboro'.
2.Nancy5, born September 11, 1780; married, 1804,
AbelMaynard; died, gored by an ox.
3.Catharine5, born July 9, 1783; married, 1806,
4.Jonathan5, born November 30, 1786; married,
March 23, 1809, Betty Brigham.
5. Levi5,born June 23, 1789; married, September 15,
1811, Lucinda Bigelow.
6. Lucy5,born June 13, 1792; died July 11, 1796.
7. Willard5, born September 7, 1794;married, 1815,
8.Solomon5, born September 3, 1799; married first,
1836, Mary H. Perkins, who died 1840, and he
married second, Nancy Cunningham.
10 XI. Jonathan4,born May 16, 1759; married, May 6, 1783,
JOSEPH3 (Thomas2, Shadrach1), born October 2, 1714; inherited the homesteadof his father, with the east half of his spacious farm in Marlboro'; selectman,1758, 1763, 1764, 1766, 1767; assessor, 1766, and was a prominent and leading
citizen; died intestate, June 5, 1767, while administeringon the estate of his brother Thomas, late of Marlboro'; and his wife Mary, July28, 1767, was appointed administratrix, who concluded the settlement of bothestates, November 1, 1768. Her husband's estate was inventoried at £387. 8s. 10d. He married, April 26, 1739,Mary, daughter of Hugh and Abigail (Barker) Brooks, born in Concord, July 11,1714; died, his widow, September 15, 1807, at the advanced age of ninety-three,beloved, honored and respected.
I. Abigail4,born October 12, 1741; died December 10, 1746.
II. Thomas4,born August 29, 1743; died December 16, 1745.
III. Jonathan4,born November 3, 1745; died December 17, 1746.
11 IV. Thomas4,born November 13, 1747; married, December 16,
12 V. Joseph4,born January 23, 1754; married Ruth Jackson.
He diedMay 18, 1818.
VI. Mary4 bornAugust 6, 1756; married, June 21, 1773, Francis
Howe,born June 26, 1750; died February 28, 1833.
1.Joseph5 Howe, born November 7, 1773; died
August 12, 1775.
2.Francis5, born January 7, 1776.
3.Lewis5, born February 3, 1778.
4.Ezekiel5, born July 30, 1780.
5.Thomas5, born December 2, 1883.
6.Polly5, born June 10, 1786; married, October 25,
1811, Aaron Cutter.
7. Lucy5,born October 21, 1788; married James
Woods5 Hapgood (31).
8.Lydia5, born February 23, 1791; married, 1823,
Nathaniel A. Bruce.
9. Lambert5, born August 12, 1795;married Charlotte
10.Abigail B.5, born February 28, 1810.
LIEUTENANT ASA4 (Thomas3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, December 6, 1728;married, December 6, 1750, Anna, daughter of Asa Bowker (or Bouker) of Swedishorigin, born September 4, 1728; died June 4, 1795. He settled upon thehomestead left him by his father, but was required to pay to each of his brothersand sisters considerable sums. He seems to have disposed of the home lot to hisbrother Joab, about 1754, and to have removed to Rutland District, now Barre,which was incorporated 1753. April 16, 1765, he, with his wife, signed aquitclaim, in favor of Charles Bowker, to her interest in the estate of AsaBowker, late of Shrewsbury, and other quitclaims to Charles Bowker, August 26,1765, in favor of Ebenezer and Eleazer Rice. The meadow in Shrewsbury, which hebought for £47, March 5, 1753, mayhave been included in these quitclaims. About 1763, he began to be identifiedas one of the leading men of the Rutland District. On the 23d of February,1773, a town meeting was called, "to consider of a Circular Letter fromthe town of Boston, concerning the State and Rights of the Province." Theletter was referred to a committee, of which Asa Hapgood was one. The gravequestions then agitating the colony, made it important to the district to berepresented in the General Court. The warrant for a town meeting, issued March15, 1773, had this article: -- "To see if the District will petition theGreat and General Court to be set off as a town, or to act anything relativethereto." Asa Hapgood was placed upon the committee to present thepetition. Passed, to be enacted, at Salem, June 14, and signed by the Governor,June 17, 1774.
He was chosen chairman of the"Committee of Safety," 1775, and as chairman of the "Committeeof Correspondence," and Board of Selectmen of the Rutland District. He hadgreat influence in reorganizing the militia. In April, 1779, it was voted bythe Legislature to call a convention of delegates of the towns to meet atCambridge on the first of September following, for the express purpose offraming a form of government. In this important convention, Barre wasrepresented by those clear-sighted and trusty men, always foremost when anygrave public service was to be rendered, John Mason, Esquire, Lieutenant AndrewParker, and Lieutenant Asa Hapgood. [See Centennial address of Reverend J. W.Thompson, D. D., at Barre, June 17, 1874, for the above.]
He appears, with rank of private,on muster and pay rolls of Captain William Henry's company, Colonel Whitney'sregiment, for service at Rhode Island on the Alarm of _____; time ofenlistment, May 3, 1777; discharged July 5, 1777; belonged to Barre. Heenlisted, September 2, 1777, in Captain Benjamin Nye's company, Colonel JamesWilder's regiment; discharged September 18, 1777. He died December 23, 1791, atBarre.
I. Levinah5, born February 16, 1752; died,unmarried, at Barre.
II. Thomas5,born March 22, 1753; appears with rank of sergeant
on musterand pay roll of Captain James Mirick's
company,Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment (under
Lieutenant-Colonel Ephraim Sawyer, Jr.); time of
enlistment, October 2, 1777; time of discharge, October
28, 1777;time of service, twenty-five days; town to
which hebelonged, Bolton or Princeton; marched to
reinforceGeneral Gates at Saratoga. [Massachusetts
Archives.] Removed to Reading, Vermont; was
chosenher first representative in 1780; town clerk,
1781,1782, 1783, 1784; selectman and town treasurer,
1784;returned to Massachusetts, 1788-90, and spent
theremainder of his life in Hubbardston; was one
of theselectmen, 1795 to 1797, and was on a list of
two hundredand six persons who died in that town
overeighty years old. He married Hannah Sawyer, of
Reading,where his widow, in 1838, sued for a pension.
III. Betsey5,born May 6, 1754; married, October 19, 1769, John
IV. Sophia5,born April 6, 1756; married Lyman, son of John
andPrudence (Wilder) Wilder, born July 12, 1744, at
Petersham. She died September 24, 1799.
1. John6 Wilder, born 1780, at Petersham;married
2. Asa6,born _____.
3.Nahum5, born 1791; married, November 21, 1818,
atWindsor Locks, Connecticut, Laura Powers,
born January 30, 1799. He was asoldier in the
Warof 1812, and died at Rock Hill, Connecticut,
August 22, 1839, a farmer. She died December
18,1879; had six children.
4. Prudence6,born _____; married John Grout of
Petersham; had four children.
13 V. David5, bornMay 10, 1757, died July 3, 1829; married
14 VI. Asa5, bornNovember 25, 1759; married Jennie Bowker.
VII. John5, bornMay 10, 1761; died July 23, 1778.
VIII. Anna5, bornOctober 27, 1764; died April 17, 1766.
IX. Windsor5,born December 10, 1767; married; resided at
Hubbardston, where he was instantly killed, December
24, 1829; no children.
15 X. Artemas5,born March 15, 1769; married Polly Rice; died
DEACON SETH4 (Thomas3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born October 20, 1732; purchased land and removed toPetersham in
1756, where, October 10, 1760, for £33. 4s., he sold to Nathan Goddard, a farm adjoining Poquaog(Athol), lying by the southwest corner of Royall Shire (Royalston), and April16 and August 26, 1765, he, with his wife, signed quitclaims to her interest inthe estate of Asa Bowker, late of Shrewsbury. He married, May 31, 1757, Lydia,daughter of Asa and Martha (Eager) Bowker, born December 6, 1733, inShrewsbury; died October 9, 1813. He died April 23, 1804.
I. Damaris5,born May 15, 1758; married, March 15, 1782, at
Petersham, Judge William Bigelow ofGuilford, Vermont.
He wasthe son of Jotham and Mary (Richardson)
Bigelowof Holden, Massachusetts, where he was
bornFebruary 20, 1751; when a small boy he moved
with his parents to Guilford; he was aprominent
man;early chosen town clerk; was a selectman several
years;represented his town in the State Legislature;
for aperiod of twenty years was Judge of Windham
CountyCourt. He died October 14, 1814; she died
May 9,1846, at Bainbridge, New York.
1.William6 Bigelow, born January 26, 1783; married
Lucretia Ashcroft. They resided in Guilford,
where he was a well-known citizen, and bonored
withthe title of Captain. He died October 15,
1848; had six children.
2. Levi6(Honorable), born February 25, 1785; married,
February 23, 1814, Hannah G. Goodrich;
settled in Bainbridge, where he became prominent.
Hewas Judge of Chenango Common
Pleas and County Court for a period of twenty-two
years,and served his county in the State
Assembly; had seven children.
3.Rebecca6, born July 24, 1787; married, April 1, 1810,
Salmon Sheldon of Leyden, Massachusetts;
diedAugust 7, 1858. He died February 18,
1862; had nine children.
4. Asa6,born January 21, 1790; married Eliza Browning
ofNorth Adams, Massachusetts; had four
5. Damaris6, born May 9, 1792; married,October 31,
1816, Daniel Garrett of Bainbridge.
6.Betsey6, born August 1, 1795; married, _____
Daniels; resided in New York.
7.Joseph6, born October 22, 1798; died at Catskill,
NewYork, about 1828; unmarried.
II. Catharine5,born October 22, 1759; died October 21, 1843,
III. Lydia5, bornMay 14, 1761; died March 29, 1829; married,
February 8, 1789, Jonas Bond ofMaine.
1.Newell6 Bond, born _____.
2.Thomas6, born _____; resided in Cleveland, Ohio.
16 IV. Hutchins5,born April 14, 1763; married Betsey Grout.
V. Lucinda5,born January 16, 1765; married, June 16, 1791,
atPetersham, Captain John Fitch of Guilford, Vermont.
She diedJuly 18, 1820.
17 VI. Solomon5,born December 30, 1766; married Azuba Burt.
VII. Lucretia5,born September 19, 1768; died May 11, 1789;
18 VIII. Eber5, bornAugust 5, 1770; died July 6, 1851; married
19 IX. Oliver5,born September 26, 1772; married, November 10,
1799,Lucy Smith, and second, 1810, Anna Chapman.
X. Eunice5,born July 22, 1774; married, February 17, 1797,
DeaconGuy Bridgman of Hinsdale, Vermont; resided
inKendall, New York.
XI. Levi5, bornJune 8, 1775; died October 12, 1776.
20 XII. Levi5, bornDecember 6, 1778; married, September, 1823,
JOAB4 (Thomas3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born January 21, 1735. He was at Petersham, October14, 1765, where he bought of Joseph Hudson, April 29, 1765, for £170,41 acres,
with house and barn, and 26 acres; October 5, 1765, soldfor £200, to Ephraim Whitney, 41acres in the northern part and 26 acres in the northeastern part of Petersham.He, before and subsequently, lived in Shrewsbury, on the homestead, about onemile southwest of the meeting-house, which was possessed after him by his sonEphraim. He married, June 20, 1765, Abigail, daughter of Lieutenant Isaac andElizabeth (Brown) Stone, born at Shrewsbury, December 9, 1735. Lieutenant IsaacStone was a member of the first board of selectmen in Shrewsbury, and a leadingman in town, church and parish affairs. Joab died March 21, 1803, and hiswidow, November 28, 1804.
I. Lucy5, bornJune 25, 1766; died August 23, 1851, in
21 II. Ephraim5,born March 1, 1768; died December 15, 1843;
marriedElizabeth Cunningham Allen.
III. David5, bornNovember 25, 1769; died unmarried, September
IV. Nahum5, bornOctober 7, 1771; died October 9, 1789.
22 V. Elijah5,born November 10, 1773; died July 22, 1853;
VI. Stephen5,born December 14, 1775; died August 19, 1778.
VII. Martha5,born March 1, 1778; died September 1, 1778.
JOHN4 (John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born October 8, 1752.Settled in Marlboro' in sight of his cousin, Joseph Hapgood, who married RuthJackson. He married, January 5, 1775, Lois Stevens, who died April 10, 1776,aged twenty-one, leaving an infant, two months old, and he married second,February 7, 1782, Lucy Munroe of Lincoln, Massachusetts.
He died February 10, 1835, and Lucy died July 25, 1835,aged seventy-eight.
23 I. John5, bornFebruary 9, 1776 (by first wife); married,
October29, 1799, Betsey Temple.
24 II. Benjamin5,born March 9, 1783 (by second wife); married,
August30, 1805, Ann Whitman of Stow.
III. Lois5, bornOctober 20, 1785, at Marlboro'; married Frederick
IV. Henry5, bornNovember 24, 1787; married, July 6, 1809,
CatharineConant of Dedham, Massachusetts, who
diedApril 5, 1859, aged seventy-three; Henry died
October29, 1861, aged seventy-four; resided in
I. JaneM.6, born 1810; died August 27, 1890.
II.Adaline R.6, born 1812; died December 9, 1846.
III. HenryM.6, born 1814; died November, 1844.
IV.Catharine A.6, born 1817; died October 27, 1834.
V. LucyAnn6, born 1819; died December 5, 1845.
V. Hannah5,born December 27, 1789; married Ebenezer
Kenfieldof Boston, born March 18, 1795; died November
13, 1880;she died June 24, 1849.
1.William Frederick6 Kenfield, born August 13, 1822.
2. SarahJ.6, born April 17, 1830.
VI. Mary5, bornMarch 5, 1792; died _____; unmarried.
VII. Elizabeth5,born June 23, 1794; died June 6, 1880, at
VIII. Sarah5, bornSeptember 26, 1796; died June 7, 1874, at
DEACON JONATHAN4 (John3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born May 16, 1759; married, May 6, 1783, JerushaGibbs, born in Marlboro', 1762; died March 2, 1842. He was elected
deacon of the first church, 1821, and died April 12, 1849;a farmer.
25 I. David5, bornJune 1, 1783; married, September 24, 1805,
II. Persis5,born May 1, 1785; married, July 21, 1803, Benjamin
Rice,born July 8, 1774, at Marlboro'; was graduated
fromHarvard College, 1796; Deacon of the West
churchand a magistrate; died September 24, 1833.
His wifedied January 4, 1821.
1.Persis6 Rice, born January 5, 1804; married (as
second wife) Reverend Seth Alden.
2.Susanna W.6, born August 16, 1805; married,
1827, Lewis Bigelow.
3.Benjamin P.6, born July 7, 1808; married Deborah
4.Elizabeth6, born December 28, 1810.
5.George6, born June 4, 1813; died at Worcester,
6. John6,born November 10, 1815.
7. MaryC.6, born August 21, 1818.
26 III. Nathaniel5,born September 14, 1787; married, May 22,
IV. Abigail5,born February 4, 1790; married Josiah Gilman of
Tamworth,New Hampshire; removed from that place
someyears ago; had four sons, but not further
27 V. Francis5,born August 2, 1792; married, 1814, Dorcas
VI. Jerusha5,born December 13, 1794; married Reverend
ElishaPerry of Paxton, Massachusetts. Had three
children,two boys and one girl, names not given.
VII. Hepsibeth5,born June 20, 1798; married, December 3,
1818,Moses Barnes of Marlboro', born June 28, 1789;
diedFebruary 17, 1875. She died May 4, 1865.
1.Martha6 Barnes, born December 20, 1818; married,
April 17, 1861, Henry Williamsof Marlboro';
2.Jerusha6, born September 24, 1820; married,
December 3, 1848, Artemas Walcott of Stow;
3. Eda6,born February 9, 1823; married, November
2,1849, Annie C. Tarbell of St. Albans,
Vermont. She died February 4, 1892; he,
January 4, 1895; a farmer.
4. Lucy Eager6, born December 10, 1824;married,
May4, 1852, Henry Williams of Marlboro'.
Shedied January 20, 1860; he, April, 1876.
5.Rebecca6, born April 21, 1830; died January 31,
6.Rebecca Hapgood6, born September 1, 1836; married,
January 3, 1864, Charles H. Dalrymple,
bornSeptember 9, 1828, at Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
Hedied December 28, 1892.
Sheresides in Marlboro'.
7. JosephWeeks6, born September 19, 1838; married,
December 25, 1866, Emma J. Warren, born at
Weathersfield, Vermont, August 5, 1842; graduated
from Springfield, (Vermont) Seminary;
diedJune 28, 1897; resided in Marlboro', a carpenter.
VIII. Moses5, bornApril 11, 1801; died April 15, 1805.
IX. Ann Gibbs5,born March 1, 1803; married, December 30,
1830, Collins S. Cole of Wellfleet,Massachusetts, born
1803. Inearly life he went to sea, as most of the
youngmenof Cape Cod did in those days, and rose to
theposition of Shipmaster. As our commercial
marine began to feel symptoms ofdecay, he abandoned
thesea-going life, and went into mercantile
business,1841, which he pursued up to the time of his
death,May 30, 1868. He represented his town in the
Legislature, and held various other offices of trust and
responsibility in the town. His wife, before marriage,
was aschool teacher; died May 11, 1882, leaving one
daughter,Julia A. Cole, who married Samuel Atwood
ofWellfleet, and is still living.
X. Hannah5,born August 10, 1805; died 1807.
COLONEL THOMAS4 (Joseph3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), bornNovember 13, 1747; married, December 16, 1773, Lucy, daughter of James andHepsibeth Woods, born September 14, 1747. He appears on the muster rolls asprivate in William Morse's company, Colonel Jonathan Reade's regiment; enlistedOctober 2, 1777, discharged November 8, 1777; term of service, one month, sevendays. This company of volunteers marched to assist General Gates, under resolveof September 22, 1777, belonged to Marlboro'. He rose to rank of colonel in themilitia at Marlboro', where he resided, and died September 13, 1822; his widowdied July 25, 1825.
28 I. Aaron5, born September 18, 1774; marriedSarah Carr of
Sudbury.He died about 1844, at Stow.
29 II. Thomas5, Jr., born August 24, 1776;married, June 27,
III. Abigail5,born April 10, 1779; married, June 23, 1798,
ThomasWhitney of Marlboro', born June 15, 1777.
1. Lucy6Whitney, born September 8, 1798.
2.William Hapgood6, born July 5, 1800.
IV. William5,born November 20, 1780; died young.
V. James5, bornJanuary 15, 1784; died June 19, 1784.
30 VI. Asa5, born April 13, 1785; married,1812, Phebe, daughter
of JonahRice, born February 3, 1789.
31 VII. James Woods5, born April 21, 1787; married,October 26,
1814,Lucy5 Howe, born October 21, 1788.
JOSEPH4 (Joseph3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born January 23, 1754; married, 1777, Ruth Jackson,born July 31, 1759;
died February 8, 1839; resided inMarlboro'; he died May 18, 1818.
32 I.Josiah5, born March 7, 1779, at Marlboro'; married, May
29, 1806, Elizabeth Maynard, bornFebruary 7, 1783.
II. Mary5, born November 20, 1780;married, October 19, 1803,
Ethan Darling of Marlboro', bornMarch 13, 1780.
She died July 2, 1868.
III. Sarah5, born March 25, 1783; married,March 23, 1806,
William Wesson. She died July 6,1869.
33 IV.Joseph5, born November 17, 1784; married, November 26,
1807, at Bolton, Massachusetts,Mrs. Susanna Maynard,
born May 1, 1785; died April 1,1860.
34 V.Jonathan5, born December 26, 1786; married, 1813, Betsey
VI. Ruth5, born November 2, 1788;married, May 7, 1807, John
35 VII.Isaac5, born March 8, 1791; married, September 2, 1817,
Abigail Green of Ashby.
VIII. Lucy5, born May 12, 1793; married,October 4, 1809, Asa
Bigelow of Marlboro', bornJanuary 19, 1791. She died
May 13, 1828.
IX. Lydia5, born July 9, 1795; marriedEzekiel Davis, and died
July 25, 1826.
X. Caty5, born November 15, 1797;married (published March
6, 1818), Abraham Ray. She died April 18,1833.
XI. Joel5, born September 20, 1801; diedat Niagara, January
19, 1846; unmarried.
XII. Judith5, born October 14, 1803; diedAugust 23, 1820.
DAVID5, Esquire (Asa4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born May 10, 1757; was distinguished forenterprise, courage, energy, and reverence. At the age of twenty-two he lefthome, purchased a large tract, twelve miles west of Windsor, Vermont, near thecentre of the present town of Reading,
and immediately commencedimprovements. Then there were only two families in the region, each miles inopposite directions from his location. Here he labored alone during the firstseason. But ere he had completely secured his little harvest, news reached himthat the settlement at Royalton, twenty-five miles north of Reading, had beenlaid in ashes by Indians from Canada, and many out of the three hundredinhabitants massacred and others taken captive. Trusting in solitude fordefence he did not flee; until returning to his cabin from a temporary absence,he found the savages had plundered it of meat left over the fire, and suchother articles as they most coveted. He now hastily struck his tent, returnedto Massachusetts, spent the winter of 1778-79 in enlisting his brother Thomasand other young men of Worcester County to accompany him back in the spring.Here, through privations and hardships no longer experienced by planters of newcountries, they prepared the way for a large and prosperous settlement, whichwas organized in 1780, and he elected selectman and constable; the futurehistory of Reading cannot fail to recognize him as her most efficient founder.He and his brother Thomas purchased, June 5, 1780, one whole right of land inthe township of Reading, Vermont, consideration, £150,lawful money; David bought of Thomas a tract of land, consideration, £1,185, lawful money. June 27, 1781, Daviderected the first framed building and opened the first tavern in the place, andthe first town meetings were held in his house. He was early chosenrepresentative, and for a series of years served as magistrate.
As his children attained theirmajority he proceeded to divide to them his estate, giving to each of the eldersons
100 acres of the south part ofhis farm, and to the third son his homestead, etc., and he lived to see all hisfamily comfortably settled in life. He married, 1781, Sally Myrick ofPrinceton, Massachusetts, born April 6, 1762; died August 7, 1826; he died July3, 1829.
36 I. John6, born December 11, 1782, atPrinceton; married,
March 2,1808, at Reading, Sally Amsden.
37 II. David6, born February 20, 1786, atReading; married Sally
III. SallyMyrick6, born June 8, 1788; married, December 25,
1815,Edmund Durrin, Esquire, of Weathersfield, Vermont;
amanufacturer, afterwards an eminent landlord
atSpringfield, Vermont, who died at New Orleans,
February22, 1837, when in quest of health, having
appointed Bridgman Hapgood, Esquire, executor of
hiswill. She died at the home of her sister, Mrs.
FideliaForbush, in Reading, July 3, 1855; s. p.
IV. Lucinda6,born June 28, 1790; died October 21, 1835; married
JaredBigelow of Reading, February 2, 1812, born
April26, 1786; died August 2, 1856.
1.Addison Clinton7 Bigelow, born September 28,
1812; died May 21, 1813.
2.Fidelia Hapgood7, born May 1, 1814; married,
September, 1859, William Kingsbury of Charlestown,
3. Mary Ann7, born January 25, 1816; married,1836,
George W. Fuller of Reading.
4.Norman C.7, born January 16, 1819; married,
April 20, 1845, Betsey Smith; resided in Cavendish,
5. JaredAddison7, born August 24, 1821; died
March 15, 1822.
6.Adeline L.7, born _____; married, 1841, Sylvanus
Daniels of Charlestown, Massachusetts. She
died May 31, 1855.
7. LauraBigelow Durrin (adopted), born October 25,
1824; married, 1842, Benjamin B. Snow of
Springfield, Vermont; resides in Charlestown,
8.Sarah7, born April 15, 1826; died August 16, 1827.
V. Betsey6,born January 21, 1793; died August 28, 1795.
38 VI. Artemas6, born July 16, 1795; marriedRebecca Fay.
VII. Fidelia6,born August 20, 1797; married, March 14, 1822,
CaptainRufus Forbush, son of Rufus of Westboro,
Massachusetts, who was proprietor of the farm originally
improvedby Thomas5 Hapgood of Reading. Has
servedthe town for years as selectman, representative
andmagistrate, and as often as the Constitution of
Vermonthas become rickety, he has been chosen to
conventions to strengthen it.
1.Charles A.7, Forbush, born January 8, 1823; married,
May25, 1859, Lizzie Davis; resides in
Springfield, Vermont; cashier of the Springfield
2. RufusOrestes7, born October 7, 1824; married,
June 9, 1863, Eliza A. Spencer, who died September
19,1897; resides at Springfield, and was
incompany with his brother Charles, who,
together, ranked high as honorable and thrifty
3.Harriet Fidelia7, born May 29, 1832; died June 15,
1839, at Reading.
4. AgnesVictoria7, born August 30, 1835; died June
5. Mary Jane7, born May 8, 1838; married,October
3,1866, Dr. Orlando W. Sherwin, born in Woodstock,
Vermont, October 30, 1837; where he
resides; was graduated from Dartmouth Medical
College, 1865. She died December 1,1885.
39 VIII. Bridgman6,born August 13, 1799; married first, Elizabeth
Morrison, second, Laura M. Weston.
IX. Lucy6, bornJune 28, 1802; died August 11, 1806.
X. Dexter6, bornApril 14, 1807; died August 30, 1847,
unmarried, at Dubuque, Iowa.
ASA5 (Asa4, Thomas3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born in Shrewsbury, November 25, 1759; married, about1785, Jane or
Jennie, daughter of Charles, and granddaughter of AsaBowker of Shrewsbury, born May 26, 1761; settled in Reading, Vermont, soonafter his marriage. August 28, 1780, Thomas Hapgood of Reading sold to AsaHapgood, Jr., a tract of land for £18,lawful money. He moved to Fairfax, Vermont, about 1796, and Jericho, 1804, andnext to Rushford, New York, where his wife died February 16, 1822; he died atJericho, Vermont, October 15, 1823.
40 I. Elmore6, born October 29, 1787, at Reading;married, at
Jericho,March 14, 1813, Rheuanna Smith.
II. Sylvia6,born July 2, 1788; married John Booth of Westford,
Vermont.She died November 10, 1826, at
41 III. Charles6, born November 18, 1790;married Lucy Kendall.
42 IV. Tillison6, born April 13, 1792; married,February 13, 1823,
V. Lucy6, bornJune 2, 1794; married Eben Woodworth;
residedin Essex, Vermont. She died March 20, 1865,
VI. Asa6, bornDecember 18, 1795, at Reading; drowned in
LakeCorrenango, New York, near Maysville, April 2,
VII. Elmira6,born June 26, 1797, at Fairfax; died at Jericho,
VIII. Jane6, bornMarch 21, 1799, at Fairfax; married, December
10,1826, at Ripley, New York, James Wells, born
inCambridge, Washington County, New York;
resided and died in Harmony, ChautauquaCounty,
March28, 1854. She died January 25, 1883, at the
house ofher son, Lewis B., in Ashville, New York.
1.Emeline Adelia7, Wells, born April 17, 1828; married,
September 8, 1850, William W. Ball of
Harmony; resides in Stowe, New York.
2.Eveline Cornelia7, born September 30, 1830; died
September 4, 1840, in Illinois.
3. Morrice Berry7, born January 11,1832; enlisted
first, in War of Rebellion, in Company C, Pennsylvania
Volunteers; served about one and a
half years; sent to hospital for six months;
returned, re-enlisted, and served to end of the
war; died November, 1895, at the Soldiers'
Home, Erie, Pennsylvania.
4. LewisBerry7, born January 7, 1835; married, June
23,1859, Sophia, daughter of James and Mary
Green, born May 9, 1841, at Hickory, Pennsylvania;
resides in Ashville, New York; a farmer.
43 IX. Bates Turner6, born November 6, 1800;married, January
25,1826, Alzina Taylor.
44 X. Joel Wilson6, born April 21, 1802;married, September 1,
1830,Susan Harrington of Whitehall, New York.
XI. Martin6,born November 16, 1805, at Jericho, Vermont;
died January 24, 1826.
ARTEMAS5 (Asa4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born March 15, 1769; married, June 16, 1799,Polly, daughter of Martin (a fifer in the Revolution), and Ruth Rice, ofPetersham, born September 21, 1799; died October 7, 1861; resided at Barre,Massachusetts, where he died October 3, 1846.
45 I. Horace6, born May 25, 1800; married,March 22, 1823,
II. Sylvia6,born July 4, 1801, at Barre; married, November 19,
1820, Williams Hamilton of Bridport, Vermont,born
February5, 1797; died September 12, 1845, at Attica,
NewYork, on his way home from the West. She died
January6, 1867, at Kenwood, Oneida Community, New
1.Erastus Hapgood7 Hamilton, born November 6,
1821, at Barre; married, June 26, 1844, Susan C.
Williams of Devonshire, England; died October
15,1864. He died September 2, 1894, at
2.Augusta Williams7, born November 10, 1822; died
atBarre, February 17, 1827.
3.Chauncey7, born August 18, 1825; married, February
1,1849, Almira Van Wagener; died February
11,1893, at Syracuse, New York.
4.George Williams7, born April 25, 1827; married,
June, 1849, Philena Baker, who died December
13, 1893. He died April 13, 1893,at San
5.Charles Lyman7, born April 12, 1833, at Cortland,
NewYork; married, and has five children.
46 III. Chauncey6, born October 17, 1803;married, May 2, 1833,
Lucy F.Rice of Barre.
IV. Direxa6,born June 15, 1805; married, July 22, 1828, Joseph
K.Sperry, born September 12, 1804; died August 2,
1879.She died February 4, 1890, at Cornwall, Vermont,
1.Albert Hapgood7 Sperry, born June 11, 1829; married,
November 15, 1854, Ann E. Eells.
2.Charles Artemas7, born April 3, 1834; resides in
Quechee, Vermont; is a doctor of medicine.
3.Harriet Augusta7, born September 21, 1836; married
Judge George W. Foote; resides at Crown
Point, New York; secretary and treasurer of
Crown Point Knitting Company.
V. Mary Ann6,born February 28, 1807; married Amos Hamilton;
residedin Bridport, Vermont. She died January
1.Eugene7 Hamilton, born _____.
2.Henry7, born _____.
3.Walter7, born _____.
4.Delia7, born _____.
5.Mary7, born _____.
6.Anson7, born _____.
7.Carlton7, born _____.
8. George7, born _____.
VI. Betsey6,born July 17, 1808, at Barre, Massachusetts; married,
June 3,1830, Freeman Rice, born June 6, 1806,
who diedat Barre, June 14, 1832, and she married
second, December 8, 1842, Samuel AustinKinsman,
bornJanuary 24, 1808, in Hubbardston, Massachusetts;
died atthe house of his stepdaughter, Mrs. Stitt, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1888; she died
inBarre, January 19, 1882.
CHILD, by firsthusband.
1. ElizaFreeman7 Rice, born (posthumous) July 26,
1832; married, July 22, 1854, Seth Bunker Stitt,
born at Athens, New York, January 20, 1822;
resided in Philadelphia (and Newport, Rhode
Island), since 1836; no children.
VII. Harriet6,born February 27, 1810; married, November 28,
1831,Abiathar Lawrence, born in Hardwick, August
14,1804; died in Barre, May 6, 1877; she died
1.Caroline Louisa7 Lawrence, born June 30, 1836;
married, October 6, 1859, Lyman L. Harding of
Barre, born December 25, 1835; a very active,
intelligent business man; went to Boston, and
later was admitted a partner in the large wholesale
clothing house of Freeland, Harding &
Loomis; attacked by cerebro spinal meningitis,
which unfitted him for business, he retired and
removed to Chicago, Illinois, where he died
March 29, 1893.
2. AnsonHapgood7, born September 9, 1842; married,
October 1, 1873, Amelia Kendall of Chicago.
3.Frederick Abiathar7, born April 9, 1845; married,
June 13, 1872, Mary Davis Palmer.
47 VIII. Lyman Wilder6,born November 27, 1811; married, April
18,1839, Eliza Jane, daughter of Levi Phinney.
48 IX. Asa6, born July 1, 1813; married LydiaCrossley of Kentucky.
X. Anson6, bornFebruary 21, 1815; died April 30, 1839.
XI. Fidelia6,born May 27, 1818; married, November 17, 1842,
JohnField Woods, son of Captain James Woods of
Barre,the fifth James Woods in direct descent, born
November5, 1820; died March 26, 1887; she died
April 9, 1894.
1. EllaEliza7 Woods, born August 14, 1852; married,
February 24, 1876, John Thomas Bottomly,
born June 20, 1847, in England; resides in Camden,
New Jersey; a manufacturer.
HONORABLE HUTCHINS5 (Seth4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born April 14, 1763; married, October 20,1789, Elizabeth, daughter of Honorable Jonathan Grout, colonel in theRevolutionary War, and Member of Congress; resided in Petersham, an eminent andleading citizen; eldest son of Deacon Seth; represented the town eight years inthe General Court; postmaster for many years; chosen a member to the conventionfor revising the constitution, 1820; a successful merchant; died September 4,1837.
49 I. Thomas6, born June 20, 1790; married,February 3, 1818,
BetseyHopkins of Petersham.
II. Hutchins6,born September 2, 1792; graduated from Dartmouth
College,(A. M.) class 1813; read law with
MajorJohn Taylor, at Northampton, Massachusetts,
fromNovember 6, 1814, to July, 1815, finishing the
courseat Cavendish, Vermont; did not practise, but
turnedhis attention to mercantile business in New
YorkCity, and died in Petersham, Massachusetts,
III. Eliza6, bornOctober 9, 1796; died September 24, 1835;
married,June 27, 1826, Aaron Arms, Esquire, of
1.Hutchins Hapgood7 Arms, born October 1, 1827;
died June 24, 1845, at Petersham.
2.Elizabeth Grout7, born June 1, 1830, at Deerfield;
married Reverend Doctor Heman L.Wayland,
president of Franklin College, Indiana, son of
thelate President Wayland of Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island.
1.Lincoln3 Wayland, born September 1, 1861.
2.Fanny Hapgood8, born April 12, 1864.
3.Sophia Holland7, born March 15, 1835; married,
October 7, 1863, Amory Bigelow of Petersham;
resides in Chicago; a merchant.
IV. Maria H.6,born July 15, 1798; died January 28, 1842; married,
April28, 1823, Ephraim Hinds, Esquire, of West
Boylston, born in Shrewsbury, 1780; graduated from
HarvardCollege, 1805; studied law, and established
anoffice in Harvard, Massachusetts, 1820, having previously
practised in Athol and Barre; removed to
Marlboro', 1834, and died at West Boylston, June 18,
1.Alfred Hutchins7 Hinds, born _____; resided in
2.Ephraim7, born _____; resided in Marlboro'.
3.Albert7, born _____; resided in West Boylston.
4.Maria7, born _____; resided in West Boylston.
5. FloraIsabella7, born _____; married, _____
Walker; resided in Columbus, Ohio.
6.Ellen7, born _____.
V. Lydia6, bornSeptember 5, 1802; died June 6, 1807.
50 VI. Seth6, born June 10, 1805; married LydiaSeaver Wilson.
VII. Charles6,born April 2, 1811; died September 17, 1828.
SOLOMON5 (Seth4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born December 30, 1766, at Petersham,Massachusetts; died March 5, 1856, at Bellows Falls, Vermont; married, 1791,Azubah, daughter of Benjamin (who was born May 10, 1740) and Mary (Root) Burt(born 1741) of Westminster,
Vermont, where she was born 1771, and died at BellowsFalls, February 10, 1858, in her eighty-seventh year. Her father, Judge Burt,was appointed by "William Tryon, Captain General and Governor of theProvince of New York and dependencies, captain of a company of Foot in theTownship of Westminster, Vermont"; he died June 9, 1835, aged ninety-five,and his wife Mary, December 15, 1831, aged ninety-one. Solomon was by trade ablacksmith, and for many years carried on that business extensively, but havingacquired large landed estates, demanding his attention, his time was dividedbetween the shop and farm, and later on, during the closing years of his life,the latter proved more attractive and congenial, and absorbed most of his time.He was an industrious, upright and prosperous man. At that period it washonorable to labor, in fact, no one was respected who did not. Eight childrenwere born by this union to honor their father and noble mother.
I. Lucretia6,born June 12, 1792; died March 19, 1871, at
Brooklyn, New York; married, 1808, at Bellows Falls,
DanielTuttle, born June 5, 1788, at New Haven,
Connecticut; died June 6, 1861.
1.Quartus Morgan7 Tuttle, born August 28, 1809;
died, unmarried, March 19, 1877, at Althuna,
2.Frances Adeline7, born March 15, 1811, at Grafton,
Vermont; married first, November 27, 1834, at
Bellows Falls, Holland Wheeler, who died 1842,
atSaxton's River; she married second, 1846,
Edward Hall of Westminster, Vermont.
3.Adaline7, born October, 1813; died October 3, 1818.
4.Daniel Atwater7, born July 3, 1815; married, July
27,1842, Harriet Lombard of Springfield,
Massachusetts, who died July 17, 1882.
5.Caroline Matilda7, born August 18, 1817; married,
September 21, 1841, Solon Foster Goodridge of
Bellows Falls, a China tea merchant of New
York City, who died July 15, 1892.
6. LymanHapgood7, born October 28, 1819; took a
voyage to recover his health and was lost at sea,
October 3, 1841.
II. Fanny6, bornOctober 5, 1793; died September 14, 1794.
III. Solomon6,born April 6, 1795; died March 3, 1839; unmarried.
51 IV. Lyman6, born October 29, 1799; married,November 10,
1822,Emma Church, of Westminster.
52 V. Seth6, born October 21, 1803; married,February 18, 1829,
ClarindaHarvey of Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
53 VI. Charles6, born September 17, 1805;married, October 6,
VII. Levi6, bornMarch 12, 1809; married Lucretia Leonard,
and diedJune 8, 1839; no children.
VIII. FrancesMary6, born July 31, 1811; married, June 12, 1838,
JamesHenry Williams, born January 16, 1813, at
BellowsFalls, where he resided; cashier of the old
BellowsFalls Bank; died August 13, 1881.
1.Caroline Frances7 Williams, born February 24,
1839; married, October 31, 1867, William Pitt
Wentworth, born April 23, 1839, at Bellows
Falls; resided in Newton, Massachusetts; was
aneminent architect of Boston; died March,
2.William7, born March, 1841; died November 12,
3. JamesHenry7, born July 19, 1843; married first,
Lucy Amelia Willson, and second, Fannie Warren
Schouler, daughter of General Schouler of
4.Harriet Henry7, born May 5, 1845; married, August
30,1866, Lucius Adelbert Morse of Rutland,
Vermont; resides in Bellows Falls.
5. SarahHubbard7, born January 16, 1848; died
6. JohnHarris7, born November 18, 1849; married,
October 17, 1883, Merab Ann Bradley Kellogg
of Westminster, Vermont.
7. KateAmelia7, born December 30, 1851; resides
atBellows Falls; unmarried.
8. MaryGrace7, born May 24, 1855; died June 14,
EBER5 (Seth4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born August 5, 1770; married, July 13, 1803,Dolly, daughter of Honorable Jonathan Grout, a colonel in the Revolutionary Warand Member of Congress, sister to the wife of his brother Hutchins, a verysuperior woman, born May 1, 1772, in Petersham, and died July 16, 1822. He diedJuly 6, 1851.
54 I. George Grout6, born February 17, 1804;married Marcia
II. Dolly6, bornOctober 14, 1805; married, September 8, 1840,
Joel Bordwell of Cazenovia, New York, bornFebruary
4, 1808,son of Reverend Joel Bordwell, A. M.,
fiftyyears pastor of Congregational church at Kent,
Connecticut, and nephew of Reverend Samuel Mills of
Torrington, Connecticut. She diedJuly 27, 1871, and
hemarried second, her younger sister, Mary Frances
Hapgood,April 3, 1872.
1.Lavinia7 Bordwell, born August 23, 1841; died
September 6, 1841.
2.Lavinia7, born July 28, 1843; a stenographer,
3. EllenEliza7, born September 22, 1844; died June 3,
4. LeviHapgood7, born December 29, 1845.
5.Marilla7, born June 7, 1847; died September 12,
6.George Hapgood7, born February 10, 1849; died
August 12, 1849.
7. James7,born July 9, 1850; died September, following.
8.Mary7, born July 7, 1851; died August 8, 1851.
55 III. Charles6, born October 11, 1807, atPetersham, Massachusetts;
marriedRebecca Hibbard of Waterford,
IV. LymanWilder6, born February 7, 1810; married, March
5, 1840,Nancy A., daughter of James and Eliza
(McKenzie, from Canada) Pinkerton, born July 6, 1813.
After anabsence of fifteen years, one of which was
spent inMaine, five in Lowell, and seven in Ohio, he
returnedto the homestead of his father and grandfather
inPetersham. He died at Grafton, April 19,
1871.She died at Petersham May 3, 1864.
I. ElizaPinkerton7, born January 8, 1841, at Bedford,
Ohio; died September 14, 1845, at Munson, Ohio.
II. MaryFrances7, born September 14, 1842, entered
University of Ann Arbor, graduated and taught
forseveral years, dying of consumption at Kalamazoo,
V. MaryFrances6, born May 19, 1812; married, March 31,
1840,Elijah Kimball, resided in Grafton; he died
December17, 1867; she married second, April 3,
1872,Joel Bordwell of Cazenovia, New York, her
deceasedsister's husband, who died March 12, 1882;
she diedAugust 1, 1874; no children.
VI. Levi6, bornApril 2, 1814; died unmarried at Bedford, Ohio,
VII. SusanElizabeth6, born June 17, 1818; married, May 17,
1842,Joseph Warren Upton, born April 26, 1818;
resided in Petersham; died October25, 1889; she
diedApril 8, 1855.
1. MaryElizabeth7, Upton, born December 25, 1844;
married, May 21, 1868, Silas Theodore Wheeler.
2. AnnEliza7, born May 25, 1846; died February 12,
3. LenaHapgood7, born September 29, 1854; resides
inOrange, Massachusetts; unmarried.
OLIVER5, (Seth4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born September 26, 1772; married, November10, 1799, Lucy Smith of Petersham, who died, and he married, second, in 1810,Anna Chapman; removed, about 1799, to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and about1801 to Sheldon, Vermont, where he died January 7, 1813.
I. Almira6,born 1800; died January 15, 1859; found dead in
her bed,having apparently expired without a struggle.
Shemarried first, William Johnson, and second,
Eliphalet Johnson; resided in Swanton, Vermont, and
was themother of Mrs. Lucy7 Foster of Swanton;
OliverH7. Johnson, Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec;
Mrs.Caroline A7. Landon, William A7. Johnson,
Burlington, Vermont; Mrs. Ellen A7. Dunton, Swanton;
and MyraE.7, Edwin7, and Sidney7 Johnson,
56 II. John Weeks6, born June 3, 1811 (bysecond wife); married
LEVI5, (Seth4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born December 6, 1778. Settled in Sheldon,Vermont, February, 1804, where he resided up to the time of his death, June 15,1864, serving the town in all the offices in her gift, and the State in 1830-32as a member of her Legislature. He married September, 1823, Anna (Chapman)Hapgood (widow of his brother Oliver); she died March 15, 1846.
I. LeviHutchins6, born July 15, 1825; married, August 30,
1847,Harriet Ellen Horton, born April 18, 1826,
daughter of Daniel Gideon Horton,by wife Mary
Druryand granddaughter of Gideon Horton, Junior, of
Hortonville, Hubbardton, Vermont, by wife Thyrza
Farrington, and great granddaughter of Gideon Horton,
senior,by wife Sarah Douglass, from Springfield,
Massachusetts, and great great granddaughter of
BenjaminHorton from Scotland to Brandon, Vermont,
at itsearliest settlement. Mrs. Hapgood's
mother,Mary Drury, born June 25, 1795, married,
January1, 1813, and died October 30, 1848, was the
daughterof Luther and Rhoda (Hopkins) Drury of
Plattsburg, New York, and granddaughter of Deacon
EbenezerDrury from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,
toPittsford, Vermont, who was baptized February
17,1733; married, October 21, 1761, Hannah Keyes,
bornApril 17, 1742, and great granddaughter of
DanielDrury of Framingham (died June 5, 1786),
by wifeSarah Flagg (born at Sudbury about 1705;
married,July 14, 1729; died November 29, 1775), and
greatgreat granddaughter of John or Thomas Drury,
andgreat great great granddaughter of Hugh Drury
ofBoston 1640; freeman 1654; constable 1655-56; a
memberof the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
1659;died, and is interred in King's Chapel
Cemetery. His wife Lydia was received a member
of FirstChurch, March 12, 1648, and died 1675. Levi
HutchinsHapgood was a leading merchant and prominent
citizenof Sheldon, Vermont, up to 1876, when
reversesin business induced him to remove to Alton,
Illinois, and accept employment from his cousin
nephew,Charles Hutchins Hapgood, who had established
theimmense works of the Hapgood Plow Company,
in thatplace, where he continued to labor till the
time ofhis death, December 14, 1885.
I. AnnaKeith7, born October 9, 1848, at Sheldon;
died August 6, 1889.
II. SethChapman6, born November 3, 1828, at Sheldon, Vermont;
married,November 4, 1850, Louisa Mann from
Jamaica,Western New York, died June 10, 1867, and
hemarried second, February 10, 1885, Anna Elizabeth
Davy;resided in Malta, De Kalb County, Illinois, but
is now alarge merchant and extensive landholder in
Shorey,Shawnee County, Kansas.
I. EllaMay7, born October 9, 1858; died March
EPHRAIM5 (Joab4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born March 1, 1768; married,February 28, 1796, Elizabeth Cunningham, daughter of Silas and Priscilla(Plympton) Allen, of Medfield, Massachusetts. Settled on the homestead of hisfather in Shrewsbury; died December 15, 1843. His wife was born in Medfield,February, 1773, and died in Shrewsbury, September 24, 1863.
I. Martha6,born in Shrewsbury, May 15, 1798; married,
April 13,1845, Benjamin Flagg, born in Boylston,
1815.They lived on a portion of the farm on which
her greatgrandfather Thomas Hapgood first settled.
He diedJune 10, 1858, and she January 14, 1876;
II. SimonAllen6, born August 5, 1802; died October 5, 1803.
III. Lucy6, bornApril 27, 1805; married, January 27, 1834,
Washington, son of Joshua and Miriam Briggs, born
July 2,1796, in Spencer, where he resided a merchant
andfarmer, and died April 29, 1867; she died at
Worcester, April 18, 1895.
1. MarthaHapgood7 Briggs, born February 26, 1837,
inSpencer; married, June 23, 1867, John A., son
ofJohn and Susan (Howland) Wilson, resided in
Worcester; teacher and provision dealer. He
diedNovember 2, 1891.
2. LucyElizabeth7, born April 19, 1841; died June 12,
3.Ephraim Hapgood7, born July 4, 1842, resided in
Boston, Massachusetts, a provision dealer; he
diedthere November 29, 1876; unmarried.
ELIJAH5 (Joab4,Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born November 10, 1773. In 1802, purchasedthe Wheeler farm
in Shrewsbury for $3,000, payingthe first instalment of $1,000 in silver out of old stockings. This farm wasabout half a mile south southwest of the original Thomas Hapgood farm inShrewsbury, and one and a half miles southwest of the old congregationalmeeting house. To this he made many additions and improvements, and left it oneof the most valuable farms in Shrewsbury.
He married, September 26, 1802, Eunice,daughter of Reuben and Charlotte (Howe) Baker, born June 27, 1781. She diedNovember 14, 1841, aged sixty, and he died at Shrewsbury, July 22, 1853.
I. Abigail6,born October 7, 1803; married, December 14,
1824, JohnRoper, Jr., of Princeton, where she died,
October,1825. Date of his birth and death notreported.
1.Abigail7 Roper, who died, aged about twenty-one
57 II. Joab6, bornSeptember 6, 1804; married Elizabeth Eager.
58 III. LemuelBemis6, born October 12, 1805; married Amazonia
IV. Charlotte6,born August 30, 1807; married October 4, 1830,
atShrewsbury, Horace, son of Alpheus and Lydia (Fay)
Abbott,born July 29, 1806, in Sudbury, Massachusetts,
and wentto Westboro' when a boy and there learned
the tradeof a blacksmith, and carried on that business
in acountry shop. In 1836 he removed to Baltimore,
Maryland,where he resided till his death, August 8,
1887. Hetook charge of a large forge, and manufactured
heavyforgings, steamboat shafts, cranks, locomotives
and caraxles. At the breaking out of the
CivilWar, 1861, having the largest plate mill in the
UnitedStates, and the only one capable of doing the
work, Mr.Abbott made the armor and plates for Captain
Ericsson's first monitor, and all the armor plates
for themonitors that were built immediately succeeding.
He alsofurnished the armor plates which
strengthened the fleet before Charleston; and for his
promptness of delivery, received aletter of commendation
from thethen Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Wells.
Soimportant were Mr. Abbott's works to the government,
particularly the naval department, that the men
in hisemploy were protected by the government
againstdraft into the army and navy; thus, in effect,
making anarsenel of the establishment. We add the
followingextract (from J. S. C. Abbott's History of
the CivilWar, Volume I, Page 339), to show his patriotic
zeal andsound judgment, when it was predicted
he couldnever fulfil the contract for the Monitor.
"In101 days from the time the contract reached him,
theMonitor was launched. The upper hull is 174
feetlong, forty-one feet four inches wide, and five
feet indepth. The sides constitute the armor of
thevessel. In the first place is an inner guard
of ironhalf an inch thick. To this is fastened a
wall ofwhite oak placed end-wise and thirty inches
thick. Tothis is bolted six plates of iron, each an
inchthick, one over the other. The pilot house is
made ofplates of iron, the whole about ten inches
thick.The turret is a round cylinder, twenty feet
ininterior diameter, and nine feet high. It is built
entirelyof iron plates, one inch in thickness, and
securelybolted together. Eight of these plates, one
over theother, with a lining of one inch iron, completes
He was oneof the first to move in establishing National
Banks inthe city of Baltimore was one of the organizers
of theFirst National Bank, of which he was a
directorand vice-president until his death, as also a
directorin the Second National Bank of Baltimore.
His widowdied May 2, 1888.
1. LucyFay7 Abbott, born November 14, 1831, in
Westboro', Massachusetts; resided with her
parents in Baltimore, where she died, January
2. EllaAntoinette7, born in Baltimore, January 26,
1834; married, October 4, 1854, at Baltimore,
JohnStratton Gilman, born at Hallowell, Maine,
March19, 1830; she died in Baltimore, November
26,1855, and he, November 16, 1889.
3.Charlotte Eunice7, born August 10, 1836; died
September 1, 1838.
4. HoraceFay7, born September 18, 1838; died
November 29, 1843.
5.Charlotte7, born April 7, 1842; married, June 9,
1863, at Baltimore, Isaac Martin, son of Isaac
andNancy Smart (Hobbs) Cate, born at Effingham,
NewHampshire, February 6, 1838;
resides in Baltimore.
6. MaryLydia7, born May 18, 1844; died at Baltimore
April 11, 1849.
7. HoraceFay7, born July 21, 1846; died at Baltimore,
59 V. NahumRoland6, born March 6, 1809; married the widow
Emily(Chase) Garfield, of Worcester.
VI. DavidThomas6, born July 19, 1813; learned the gunmaker's
trade ofhis brother Joab; married, August
13, 1840,Mary Bruce, daughter of Ephron and
Zipporah(Maynard) Eager, born in Northboro', March
25, 1813,sister to his brother Joab's wife; removed
toBaltimore, Maryland, established the business of
manufacturing and dealing in guns and sporting materials,
somewhatextensively, and for several years prospered;
but hishealth failed, and he was obliged to close
up his business and return to Shrewsbury,where he
diedAugust 9, 1843; no children. His widow married,
second,October 4, 1854, Henry Marcus Fairbanks,
bornApril 9, 1812, in Shirley, Massachusetts, a widower
with two sons, and lived most ofthe remainder of her
life inWorcester, where she died June 12, 1893. Mr.
Fairbanksdied June 25, 1861.
60 VII. LorenzoElijah6, born November 9, 1815; married, Sarah
61 VIII. ReubenLeander6, born July 10, 1817; married, Lucy
62 IX. EphraimAugustin6, born November 3, 1823; married, Nancy
JOHN5 (John4, John3,Thomas2, Shadrach1), born February 9, 1776; married, October 29, 1799,Betsey Temple, of
Marlboro', who died December 31, 1841; removed, 1801, toWinchendon, Massachusetts, where he died April 5, 1848; a farmer.
I. Eliza6, bornDecember 12, 1802, at Marlboro; married,
atWinchendon, Phinehas Parks, of Winchendon.
He diedMarch 2, 1885, and his widow, May 9, 1887.
1. GeorgeH.7 Parks, born_____.
2. Adaughter_____; she married William S. Brooks,
63 II. GeorgeDana6, born December 3, 1811; married, September
9, 1841,Catharine Wight Mixer, of Dedham.
III. Jane6, bornJune 4, 1821, at Winchendon; married Bethuel
Ellis, ofAshburnham; resided in Winchendon, where
she diedDecember 5, 1867, and he April 9, 1881.
IV. OtisWhitney6, born at Winchendon; married Sarah Ann
Church,of Alstead, New Hampshire. He died May
2, 1863,and she, 1860.
Other children were born to John and Betsey, all of whomdied in infancy, but their records are not at hand.
CAPTAIN BENJAMIN5 (John4, John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), bornMarch 9, 1783; married, August 30, 1805, at Stow, Ann, daughter of Charles andCatharine (Davies) Whitman, M. D. Ann was born December 12, 1787, and died atEast Bridgewater, Massachusetts, November 27, 1868. Benjamin was a captain inthe militia, and died at Stow, May 11, 1836; resided in Marlboro'; a farmer.
64 I. CharlesWhitman6, born December 30, 1806, at Marlboro';
marriedfirst, Mary Hunter, and second, Elizabeth
II.Catharine Davies6, born October 3, 1807; married, February
20, 1828, at Stow, Mark Whitcomb, whodied
November29, 1886; she died August 20, 1888.
1.William7 Whitcomb, born November 4, 1828.
2. AnnaMaria7, born September 24, 1830; married,
December 7, 1852, Abraham H. Stowe, ofHudson,
where she died October 20, 1881, leaving
3. JohnMarshall7, born November 8, 1832; married,
January 6, 1860, Eliza Clapp, of Stow; had
4.Albert7, born June 1, 1845; resides at Stow.
III. DorcasWhitman6, born March 15, 1809; married, September
15, 1846,at Stow, Rufus Scott, born February 9,
1800, at Amherst, Massachusetts; residedat North
Hadleyand Amherst. He died August 16, 1855; she
1. IsraelStorrs7 Scott, born November 19, 1848;
died August 24, 1849, at North Hadley.
2. MaryHelen7, born July 5, 1850; resides in
3. IsraelFrederick7, born July 2, 1852; died September
11,1871, at North Hadley.
IV. AnnaWhitman6, born December 19, 1810; married, first,
November1, 1834, Charles English, born in Brighton,
May 19,1807; resided in Boston, Brighton, and East
Bridgewater. He died July 2, 1859, at Brighton, and
shemarried, second, at Elmwood, Massachusetts,
August25, 1864, Samuel Shaw, born August 7, 1802,
at SouthWeymouth, a shoe manufacturer of wealth
andinfluence, at Elmwood. He died at East Bridgewater,
Massachusetts, September 15, 1874; she is still
1. AnnaElizabeth7 English, born March 17, 1841;
diedSeptember 5, 1885.
2. AmeliaVictoria7, born January 3, 1844; died July
3.Charles Benjamin7, born August 31, 1846; married,
May23, 1877, Mrs. Hannah Sisson; resides
V. NathanDavies6, born February 20, 1813, at Marlboro;
wascaptain's mate aboard ship "Canton Packet,"
died onthe voyage home from Manilla, and was
buried atsea; unmarried.
VI. Martha6,born January 26, 1815, at Marlboro; married at
Stow, May15, 1834, Timothy Atwood, who died at
Boston,December 13, 1872, and she married, second,
February4, 1875, Thaddeus Smith, of North Hadley,
where hedied, October 31, 1878. She died at Wellfleet,
August 4,1882; no children.
VII. FeliciaDavies6, born July 30, 1817; died October 21, 1820.
VIII. Elizabeth6,born July 30, 1819, at Marlboro; married, April
6, 1843,at East Bridgewater, Henry Winchester Robinson,
born atStow, Massachusetts, October 9, 1819,
residedat North Bridgewater (now Brockton) and
Boston.His wife died July 2, 1872, and he is now
enjoyingthe well-earned reputation of an honorable
merchant,in his pleasant home in Auburndale.
1. MariaLouise7 Robinson, born February 7, 1844,
atStow; married, September 29, 1867, Nathaniel
2. JosephWinchester7, born September 17, 1846;
married, April 14, 1869, Julia Ann Sprague,
IX. Margaret6,born February 23, 1822, at Stow; married,
December1, 1846, at East Bridgewater, Galen
KingmanRichards, born January 9, 1823; she died
February16, 1870, at West Bridgewater, and he
1. HannahKingman7 Richards, born August 11,
1847; died December 31, 1873.
2.Henry7, born January 11, 1851; died April 1, 1856.
3. HenryGalen7, born August 24, 1856; died January
4. AnnWhitman7, born July 28, 1858; died June 12,
5.Charles Benjamin7, born September 23, 1866; died
X. LucyCotton6, born September 3, 1825, at Stow; married,
August 19,1856, at North Bridgewater, Baalis Sanford,
bornOctober 4, 1833; resides in Brockton; a
leadingmerchant and prominent citizen.
1. IreneGertrude7 Sanford, born April 18, 1859.
2. AnnaCora7, born August 19, 1860; died September
3. MabelLouisa7, born July 3, 1867; died August
DAVID5 (Jonathan4,John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born June 1, 1783; married, September 24, 1805,Abigail Russell, who died February 22, 1806; and he married, second, December,1806, Lydia Stearns, of Leominster, born March 26, 1786; resided in Marlboro'where all his children were born. He died October 13, 1830, and she December22, 1850.
65 I. Moses6, bornDecember 12, 1807; married, in Harvard,
April 9,1831, Sally Wetherbee.
II. Joseph6,born May 15, 1810; died in infancy.
III. William6,born July 20, 1811; died May 16, 1832.
66 IV. Rufus6, bornMay 31, 1813; married Maria Barnes.
67 V. Reuben6,born May 31, 1813, twin with Rufus; married
VI. Mary6, bornMay 11, 1815; married, Daniel Florence, born
inNorthboro'; died May 5, 1863, at Berlin; she
1.William7 Florence, born October, 1840, in Northboro';
resided in Berlin; a shoemaker. Enlisted
July25, 1862, in Company I, Thirty-sixth
Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers,
discharged March 5,1863, for ill-health, at Newport
News, returned to Berlin and died there of
consumption, on the 5th of May following.
2. Mary Aravilla7, born October 15,1844; married,
September 13, 1863, Jonathan Mann; resides in
VII. Nathaniel6,born August 27, 1817, at Bolton, Massachusetts;
married,at Natick, Malinda Muzzy; resided
inBolton, where he died August, 1853.
I.Llewellyn7, born _____; died young, in Marlboro'.
II.Charles7, born September, 1851, in Marlboro';
resides in Hudson; a farmer; twice married;
VIII. AbigailRussell6, born April 28, 1819; married, May 21,
1842,John Ingalls, son of John and Olive Taylor, born
at Salem,Massachusetts, May 21, 1816; resided in
Charlestown, where all his children were born. She
diedMarch 9, 1888, at Roslindale, Massachusetts, and
he atHaverhill, Massachusetts, March 31, 1890.
1. MaryElizabeth7 Taylor, born January 15, 1843;
married, August 16, 1867, R. L. Spear, of
Boston, who died June 12, 1892.
2.Charles Henry7, born July 14, 1846; married,
February 7, 866, Georgianna Olivia Davis,
bornin Charrestown, April 12, 1847, daughter
ofGeorge W. and Lorilla Davis. He was educated
inthe public grammar and high schools
ofthat city. At fifteen years of age he found
hisfirst employment in a Boston general printing
office. In this office the Massachusetts
Ploughman and the Christian Register were set
up,so that he learned the trade of a compositor
onthose papers. The year 1861 found him in
theBoston Traveler Office, where he worked at
different times in the mail room, the press room,
andthe composing room. He was but sixteen
years of age when he left the Traveler office
andshouldered a musket in the war as a private
soldier in the Thirty-eighth Regiment of Massachusetts
Volunteers, one of the youngest recruits
toenlist in defence of the Union. He
served in the field about a year and a half with
General N. P. Banks' command. In the memorable
assault upon Port Hudson, June 14, 1863,
Private Taylor was badly wounded, and in consequence
washonorably discharged from the
service and sent home. He still carries the
bullet with which he was wounded. Returning
tocivil life, he re-entered the Traveler office,
andafter working for some time in the composing
roomof that paper became one of its
reporters, and soon made his mark as an intelligent
andready writer, with a sharp nose for
news. He grappled with the mysteries of
shorthand writing, and, having mastered that
difficult art, did a great deal of notable work
as astenographer. While connected with the
Traveler he also earned considerable reputation
as acorrespondent for papers in other cities,
hisletters to the New York Tribune and Cincinnati
Times attracting much attention at the
time. On January 1, 1869, a new phase of his
career opened. On that date he became private
secretary to Governor William Claflin, and for
several years thereafter his face was a familiar
onearound the State House. Governor Claflin
madehim a member of his military staff, with
therank of colonel. It was twenty-five years
afterward, when Governor Russell anxious to
bring within his official family this sagacious
adviser, loyal friend, and rare companion, made
hima brigadier-general on his staff. While
acting as Governor Claflin's private secretary,
Colonel Taylor continued a large part of his
former work as a newspaper correspondent,
andnever once disassociated himself from his
chosen profession as a journalist. He remained
athis secretarial post in the governor's office for
three years. In 1872 he was elected a member
ofthe House of Representatives from Somerville,
andwas re-elected the following year,
receiving the unusual honor on both occasions
ofbeing the unanimous choice of his fellow-citizens,
regardless of party lines. In the year
1873he was nominated by the many friends
whomhe had made in the Legislature for the
clerkship of the House, a position that had
been long held at that time by thewell-remembered
newspaper correspondent, William S.
Robinson, whose letters over the signature of
"Warrington," were then among the most
salient features of the SpringfieldRepublican.
Mr.Robinson's friends made a stout fight for
hisre-election, but Colonel Taylor defeated him
overwhelmingly. He filled the office of clerk of
the House until the month ofAugust, 1873,
whenanother chapter in his remarkable career
wasto open. It was in that month and year
thatColonel Taylor took charge of The Boston
Globe, then a new paper, whichhad been started
alittle over a year before, and which was struggling
hardto obtain a foothold among the old
Boston dailies. For nearly five years Colonel
Taylor, as manager of The Globe, seemed to be
fighting a losing battle; but on March 7, 1878, he
tooka bold, new departure, and, reorganizing it
as ademocratic two-cent daily paper, conducted
onpopular lines and appealing to the many
instead of the few, he gave it a new birth. This
somewhat audacious step proved to be the turning-point
inthe history of The Globe. Colonel
Taylor had found for his paper and himself that
tide, "which taken at its flood leads on to fortune."
Thehistory of The Boston Globe, from
thatdate on to the present time, is one of the
romances of modern journalism, and records a
newspaper success of such splendid proportions
asto place Charles H. Taylor's name among
those of the great captains of the newspaper
host-- the Bennetts, the Greeleys, the Danas,
3. GeorgeWilliam7, born February 24, 1850; died
March 10, 1868.
4. Nathaniel Hapgood7, born March 4,1854; married,
April 12, 1881, Anna Brooks, of Augusta, Maine.
5. AddieFrances7, born September 4, 1855; married,
May1, 1878, J. B. Wright, of Charlestown.
6. Abbie Maria7, born September 4,1855, twin with
Addie Frances; died December 4, 1855.
7. JohnIngalls7, born September 3, 1859; died
December 18, 1867.
68 IX. George6,born May 7, 1821; married, March 26, 1844,
X. Luther6,born June 25, 1824; married, September 28, 1848,
Harriet,daughter of James and Esther Deane, born
March 4,1825, in Oakham, Massachusetts. Enlisted
July 13,1862, in Company F, Thirty-eighth Regiment,
Massachusetts Volunteers; served three years. Participated
inbattles, Port Hudson, June 14, 1864; Fisher's
Hill,September 19, 1864; Cedar Creek, October 19,
1864; andlater served with wagon train; discharged
July 13,1865; returned home; appointed on police
force atCambridge, Massachusetts, 1870 to 1873;
residesin Belmont, Massachusetts. No children.
XI. Eliza6, bornAugust 5, 1826, in Marlboro'; married April 1,
1847, AsaAppleton Deane, a farmer in Oakham, where
she diedAugust 13, 1877, a most excellent housekeeper,
nurse,and mother. He died December 8,
CHILDREN, all born inOakham.
1.Harriet Maria7 Deane, born September 17, 1849;
married, December 24, 1874, George Washington
Sibley, of Spencer, Massachusetts, where
hedied April 26, 1888.
2. AbbieJane7, born September 15, 1851; married,
May15, 1873, William Wallace Smith, of North
Brookfield; she died July 26, 1878.
3. AmandaAmelia7, born December 4, 1853; married,
December 13, 1876, Freeland Converse
Sibley, of Spencer.
4. AddieElizabeth7, born May 4, 1861; married,
March 24, 1883, Charles Horace Baldwin, of
NATHANIEL5 (Jonathan4,John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born September 14, 1787; married, May 22, 1808,Elizabeth, daughter of Ephraim Barber, of Marlboro', born February 19, 1789. Heremoved to Boston, where he resided a merchant, and where he was instantlykilled by the accidental discharge of a gun, in the hand of a friend, November22, 1816.
I. HenryNathaniel6, born, in Boxboro', 1809; died in New
YorkCity, December 19, 1837; unmarried. He was
at onetime on the editorial staff of the Worcester Spy.
II. Louise H.6,born January 11, 1811, in Boxboro'; married,
October,1834, Jedadiah Sabin, of Putney, Vermont,
bornSeptember 21, 1802; died January 11, 1881;
she diedAugust 17, 1842.
1. HenryNathaniel7 Sabin, born June 28, 1834, in
Putney; died February 10, 1857; unmarried.
2. EllenElizabeth7, born April 11, 1839, in Putney;
married S. Wilson Wilder, son of John and
Polly (Wilson) Wilder, of Brattleboro', Vermont,
whowas born March 1, 1806. He was
bornMarch 6, 1838. No children.
III. ElizabethCrosby6, born April 15, 1813; married, Captain
EdwardDenison, of Leyden, Massachusetts, son of
Edwardand Rucy (Babcock) Denison; he died February
11, 1879,age 79 years. She resides with her
daughter,Mrs. Sawyer, in Leyden.
CHILDREN, all born inLeyden.
1.Frances Elizabeth7 Denison; born September 8,
1839; married January 11, 1860, John Hamilton
Newcomb, of Leyden.
2. Maria Rucy7, born August 15,1841; married,
November 25, 1877, Henry Clayton Howe, of
Gill, Massachusetts, son of Asa and Almira
1.Mary Denison8 Howe, born January 1, 1877;
resides in Monona, Iowa.
3. EdwardHapgood7, born June 9, 1843; married,
February 16, 1871, Lestina Dorrell, born
October 20, 1851, daughter of Harris and
Caroline (Darling) Dorrell. He is a farmer
inLeyden; four children.
4. EllenLouise7, born August 3, 1844; married,
February 19, 1876, Charles Frederick Sawyer,
of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; residesin Leyden;
5. MarionHarriet7, born June 17, 1848; married,
October 21, 1885, David Ashcroft, a farmer
ofWhateley, Massachusetts. No children.
6. EvaJuline7, born October 12, 1851; married,
Clinton Addison Ware, December 3, 1873;
resides in Northfield, Massachusetts; a farmer,
7. George Henry7, born August 4, 1854;married,
April 17, 1890, Jacobina Koch; a farmer; resides
onthe old homestead. No children.
8. CarrieJeanette7, born April 26, 1857; married,
December 11, 1878, Albert Brown Warren,
afarmer of Bernardston, Massachusetts; two
IV. Mary4, bornin Boxboro'; died in Boston, September 16,
1826, in the eleventh year of her age.
FRANCIS5 (Jonathan4,John3, Thomas,2 Shadrach1), born August 2, 1792, at Marlboro'; died atHolden, December 31, 1872; married, December, 1814, Dorcas Willis, bornFebruary 12, 1793, at Sudbury, daughter of Jesse and Sarah Willis; died May 11,1839, at Medway; he married, second, March 30, 1841, Jemima, daughter ofEphraim Whitney, of Upton, born January 6, 1795; died August 14, 1848, at
Holden. No children. He married, third, January 11, 1859,Laura (Howard) Chamberlain, born January 3, 1804; died October 17, 1866, and hemarried, fourth, December 24, 1867, Lavinia Ann Davis, born May 7, 1812; diedabout 1894, at New Ipswich, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN, all byfirst wife.
69 I. Gilbert6,born April 21, 1816, at Marlboro'; married
HannahScripture, of Dubuque, Iowa.
II. Salome6,born March 30, 1818; married July 19, 1840,
DanielWhite, at Thompson, Connecticut, son of John
White,of Leicester, Massachusetts.
1. Son7 born 1842; died in infancy, at WestMedway.
III. Hannah6,born at Marlboro', March 14, 1820; married at
Mendon,February 1, 1842, George Capron, born
1819, atCumberland Hill, Rhode Island; resided in
Holden. He died at Worcester, April,1879, and she
married,second, James Elder, of Worcester, who
diedaged 74, and she married, third, Horace L. Fisk,
ofAthol, who died at Paxton, aged 79, and she
married, fourth, October 4, 1893,Martin F. Peeler,
born atHolden, August 21, 1820.
CHILDREN, both byfirst husband.
1.Alfretta7 Capron, born May 16, 1843, at Uxbridge,
where she died September, 1844.
2.Almira7, born December 26, 1852, at Mendon;
married, March 25, 1875, at Charlotte, North
Carolina, Artemas Ward Johnson, born January
6,1814, at Holliston, Massachusetts; died
November 6, 1886, at Gainesville, Florida; no
children; she married, second, July 23, 1895,
atWorcester, George Henry Boyd, born May
25,1847, at Worcester, where they reside.
70 IV. Jonathan6,born January 7, 1823, at Holden; married,
September 12, 1843, Mary Ann Condy Warren,
bornJuly 30, 1825, at Paxton.
V. Sarah6, bornMay 1, 1825; married, November 20, 1844, at
Mendon, Deacon Isaac Thomas Johnson, bornJuly
11,1819, son of Rufus and Hannah Johnson, of
Upton,Massachusetts, where he resides.
1.Hannah Newton7 Johnson, born September 17,
1850, at Upton; unmarried.
2.Harrison Willis7, born May 8, 1854; married,
November 18, 1880, Ida Emogene Searles;
resides in Worcester. No children.
3. OliveMason7, born December 26, 1857; unmarried.
71 VI. Samuel6,born December 21, 1827; married Maria Elizabeth
VII. Martha6,born February 1, 1831; died July 5, 1836.
VIII. Robert6,born June 19, 1833, at Medway; married, April
18, 1857,Sarah S., daughter of James and Catharine
C. (Keen)Cutting, of Templeton, Massachusetts;
residesin Chelsea, Massachusetts; a watch repairer
inBoston. No children.
IX. Oliver Mason6,born April 3, 1836, at Medway; died April
9, 1853,at Holden.
X. Francis6,born December 14, 1838, at Medway; married,
LuciaHooker, of Rutland; resided in West Boylston,
Massachusetts. He married, second, 1892, Helen
Bowen,and removed to Maine. No children recorded
I.Robert7, born in Worcester, and died young.
II.Charles7, born in Worcester, and died young.
AARON5 (Thomas4, Joseph3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born September 18, 1774, atMarlboro'; died about 1844, at Stowe; married, Sarah Carr, of Sudbury, born1788; died 1872, at Sudbury.
I. Eliza6, bornJune 27, 1806 (?); married, May 13, 1828, at
Concord,Andrew C. Dole, of Framingham; died
II. Sarah Carr6,born March 8, 1808; died September 18, 1820.
III. Ann6, bornDecember 1, 1809; died, South Sudbury.
IV. AaronHamilton6, born May 16, 1812; removed to New
YorkCity; married, and had twelve children. Enlisted
in thearmy with his oldest son (?), Henry Otis,
1861,and not further reported.
V. Abigail6,born April 9, 1813, at Waltham; married (published
April16, 1836), Jonas C. Munroe, of Concord.
VI. WilliamHarrison6, born July 22, 1815, at Marlboro';
marriedat Framingham. No other record obtained.
VII. Henry Otis6,born April 1, 1818; married, 1844, Margaret
Kenney,of Ireland; she died March 23, 1890.
I. JohnH.7, born 1851; died August 24, 1873.
II.George William7, born June 10, 1854, at Marlboro';
married, May 12, 1874, Nellie M.Rice, and
second, January, 1884, Annie Branning, who
died September, 1891, and he married third,
June 10, 1892, Mrs. Victoria Perry Morry.
I.Estella Mabel8, born April 22, 1885 (by
second wife), at Worcester; died May 2,
II.Eva Viola8, born March 12, 1891; died
March 19, 1895.
III.Mabel8, born October 26, 1892 (by third
wife); died January 1, 1893; resides in
Marlboro'; a farmer.
III. EdwardFrancis7, born July 1, 1858; married,
June 10, 1892, Victory Morry, daughter ofhis
brother's third wife by her first husband; resides
atMarlboro'; a shoemaker.
VIII. Asa6, born1821, at Marlboro'; died at Hartford, Vermont.
IX. Sarah6, born1825, at Northboro'; died 1837.
THOMAS5, (Thomas4,Joseph3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born August 24, 1776; married, June 27, 1803,at Marlboro', Mary Witt, born July 17, 1781. He died December 6, 1846; hiswidow died January 17, 1874.
I. Elvira6,born November 9, 1803; died September 2, 1805.
72 II. Ira6, bornJanuary 17, 1805; married Persis Bigelow.
III. Elvira6,born September 15, 1806; married May 13, 1827,
AaronBigelow, of Marlboro', born April 29, 1796;
diedFebruary 11, 1861; she died February 9, 1892.
1.George Hapgood7 Bigelow, born September 28,
1838; died August 31, 1860.
2.Francis D.7, born October 22, 1842; died August
73 IV. Gilman6,born February 1, 1809; married, Susan Wright
V. William6,born March 11, 1811; died May 13, 1813.
VI. Mary Ann6,born July 20, 1813; married at Marlboro', May
1, 1832,George Brigham, born at Hudson, October 12,
1808;resided in New Hampshire. She died November
23, 1878,and he April 6, 1888, at Hudson.
1.Frances Augusta7 Brigham, born March 27, 1833;
married, July 1, 1849, John A. Goddard, of
Berlin; a farmer.
2. MaryEliza7, born December 9, 1835; married,
1853,Thomas L. Barnard, of Marlboro7.
3. CalebBenjamin7, born September 14, 1837; married,
September, 1879, Augusta Frye, of Bolton.
4.Willard, Ebenezer7, born April 9, 1839; married,
April 25, 1861, Abby Randall, born February
3, 1842; resides in Marlboro'; Railroad
5. GeorgeW.7, born A