The State Hospital at Northampton was still there--the physical plant that is---a few years ago, though empty of patients.The ones who have trouble taking their medications walk the streets, talk to themselves and panhandle.Sad.I have no idea where or even if records of patients years ago have gone.
You may be able to find out more on your Samuel by writing to the Town Clerk.Westhampton and Southampton are still small but beautiful towns in the rolling hills heading up toward the Berkshires in western MA.I received lots of help from the Town Clerk in Southampton many years ago. They can photo copy entries in the records for you if you send some money and an SASE.Also, Pease is a name I have in my family too, and mine were in Enfield, CT and could easily have moved to Westhampton/Southampton from there.
Also, it's not great to contemplate, but occasionally mental illness does crop up in family lineage. I have two examples, one in my Irish family where a woman stayed some years in the Limerick County Asylum and her daughter who had gone to Vermont with her father and siblings, also suffered a mental illness and had to have a guardian in her 30s or 40s.
Elizabeth Alvord, b 1693, who married Preserved Bartlett Sr in 1710, also had a mental illness.This is what Rev. Jonathan Judd wrote of her: Preserved Bartlett's wife, sister of Benjamin Alvord, was crazy some years and was confined at times by chains...escaped from the house one day and could not be found. An alarm was made, the drums beat and the bell rung.She was found dead in the middle of the river, down below the pastures, July 18, 1768.
Sorry that this is not a cheerful thing to tell anyone, but it is part of life.