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THE plan of the First Edition, in dividing the work into two chapters, has been followed in this, as being more convenient than giving to each generation a chapter, especially where they are so small.
The black-faced Arabic numerals on the extreme left hand of the page, directly opposite the name to be carried forward, refer to a like number in the centre of the page, where a fuller and more complete record of the person will be found. This central number also refers back to its fellow in the margin.
Under each reference number in the middle of the page, the head of the family in Roman Capitals will be observed, while those in italics, immediately following in parenthesis, denote the lineal descent from Shadrach1, his children2, and so on down to the generation in hand. The small superior figures after the Christian name, in all cases, indicate the generation to which such person is removed from the first immigrant.
At the left hand of the family of Hapgood children, in the order of their birth, is placed a column of Roman numerals, signifying the number of children in such family.
The female line of descent is not traced beyond grandchildren, -- except in a few instances copied from the first edition, -- and these grandchildren are numbered in the margin by Arabic numerals.
Abbreviations have been very little used, and when introduced are of such familiar character as to require no 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), without issue, unm. unmarried, and possibly a few others, readily understood, may be encountered.
QUITE early in life our curiosity was aroused by the tales and discussions about the origin of the Hapgood race in America, but no definite conclusion was ever reached as to where they came from, or in what numbers. There was a sort of unreliable tradition that three brothers 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 when the first edition of the Genealogy was born. They were here, and it should be known from whence they came, at what time they arrived, their condition and standing. Facilities for research were not then as ample as at present. We puzzled over the problem considerably during the earlier portion of our business career, without arriving at any satisfactory result. About the year 1859, we became acquainted with the Rev. Abner Morse, then a noted genealogist, antiquarian, and man of letters. Being then in active business, we could not afford the time required for such research, nor had we the talents necessary for its successful prosecution. We had, however, been moderately successful in business, and felt that we could afford to have the records searched, and our life-long curiosity gratified. The matter was laid before Mr. Morse, who readily saw the importance of such a compilation, and cheerfully entered upon its manifold duties and trials. About two years were consumed in collecting and arranging necessary statistics. State archives, town and church records and histories were searched, mortuary monuments inspected, traditions and oral testimony sifted, and, in 1862, the little volume was launched upon the community. The Hapgood family had not expanded as rapidly as some of the other immigrants, the interest in the work was languid, and we presumed the worthy author 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, many errors and omissions, and we then pledged ourselves, if life and health were vouchsafed us for a quarter century, we would then essay a new edition, with such additions and amendments, as would be required to bring dates and records down to the time of issue.
From time to time, items of value as they appeared were garnered up, so as to form a nucleus for the more extended work, but it did not amount to so very much when the twenty-five years had expired. How very brief, looking backward, is a quarter century! We hesitated, 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 wise advice 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 to work; issued circulars and blanks, wrote numerous letters, searched town records and state archives, vexed the souls of innumerable relatives and friends, and performed such other menial service as, from time immemorial, genealogists have been obliged to endure. We had flattered ourselves that as the family was small, by the aid of the first edition as a guide, six months or a year would give ample time for its completion. Had all the members responded promptly, much time and patience would have been saved; but in no event could the work be done in a year. With the apathy, indifference, and lack of interest one encounters, six years would be all too short a time.
Possibly it is well for us that we do not always foresee the obstacles that hedge us about, for if we did, no attempt would be made to do anything. We had from many quarters, the most gratifying assurance of sympathy, generous aid, co-operation and encouragement; while from others we were consoled by cool neglect. Obstacles "too numerous
to mention" were cast before us, but we struggled on with a devotion worthy of any cause, and are now ready at the end of nearly four years of constant labor and anxiety, to lay the volume before our readers, with all its imperfections and shortcomings upon its head, in the hope that they will exercise the same degree of patience and forbearance that the Compiler has. Many of our relatives and friends have laid us under a deep debt of obligation by kindly examining records, searching church registers and graveyards, writing letters, and giving their time freely to the cause, and, in various ways, contributing to the final completion of the work.
The prefatory remarks upon the origin and location of the family in England, as well as the settlement in this country, together with the introduction to Chapters I. and II., and the early history of Nathaniel and Thomas and their descendants, are mostly transcribed from the first edition. Other parts of the first edition have been so modified and mingled with the material of the new edition, as to render analysis and due acknowledgment almost impossible, and they have been presented as original.
The records of the Maine and Northern New York families are almost entirely new, and much new matter has been added to all the other branches, and still there is much left to the future gleaner. In our final "round up," we find there are many stragglers afield, which, we trust, some brave soul will, in the future, undertake to discover, and bring into the fold. The sources of information are so varied and obscure, as to tax to the utmost one's skill and patience in research; town records have not always been properly kept; some have been destroyed by fire; church records, at best, are limited; traditions are unreliable and memories treacherous. To say an event was "probably" so and so, is not very clear, definite, or satisfactory, leaving to the compiler the duty of analyzing and adopting. All this requires patience, perseverance, endurance, energy. The
most discouraging feature one encounters is the withholding of family records by individuals, that should be promptly and cheerfully rendered; appeal to them again and again, and no response is heard; attempt a flank movement, and the result is the same; they must, of necessity, be left out, and have no one to blame but themselves. They seem to have no reverence, no respect, for the sacred memories of noble and patriotic ancestors. "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them," seems never to have entered their code of ethics. There was during the last and early part of the present century, a most reliable source of information, which, we are sorry to believe, is falling into desuetude. We refer to the family Bible, in which all births, marriages, and deaths were carefully registered. Few families were so poor as not to possess one or more of these reliable records; but to-day we fear the Bible does not hold 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 probably be wide of the mark. We erect statues, monuments, and buildings in memory of our brave, self-sacrificing, worthy citizens, but the best monument to commemorate their noble deeds is the written page.
Efforts have been made to discover the origin and history of the Hapgood race in England, without success. Certain incidents have been elicited that may ultimately lead to a disclosure of the facts that will unite the younger branches in America and the elder in England into one harmonious whole. The gutteral sound of the name Habgood would seem to indicate its Saxon origin or derivation; but whether it was introduced into England during the Saxon rule in the fifth or sixth century, or had a lodgement there at a later period, is to us unknown. It would seem most probable that they were in the realm at an early period. Thomas Hapgood 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, the well-known antiquarian, then residing in London, to see what could be learned about the Hapgood race in England. He visited Andover and places adjacent thereunto, probably including Penton, only two and three-quarters miles distant, where resided Peter Noyes, an uncle of Shadrach. Much of the skeleton of a record of Shadrach's parentage and early career was obtained from this source, and while it did not disclose any tangible, lineal descent, it did proclaim the time and place of embarkation of the first Hapgood emigrant for America. It would be exceedingly gratifying to the descendants of the Hapgood and other New England families, to become better acquainted with the home life of their progenitors, their condition, character, and standing.
The Hapgood family is not numerous, nor has it produced many very distinguished men in art, science, or literature, or as statemen, jurists, or generals; and yet, they have been true, loyal, and patriotic; serving in the Indian and Colonial Wars and War of Revolution, and numerously in the War of Rebellion. They were among the earlier settlers of New England, from the farming districts of the south of England, and were by nature, instinct, and heredity farmers; selecting and cultivating their lands with exceeding good taste and judgment, and so long as they stuck to husbandry were prosperous, and the peers of any other class. Those who have abandoned agriculture as a vocation, have hardly sustained the well-earned reputation bequeathed to them. The early generations purchased extensive tracts of land, built large houses, barns, and other buildings, and apparently aspired to 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 means great responsibility; immense wealth is a symbol of anxiety and unrest. To sum it all up, is not the condition of the "well-to-do" farmer, in his quiet home, rather to be chosen, than the uncertain
rewards of office, the anxieties of commercial enterprises, or the watchful, chafing care of great wealth? The earlier generations had mostly large families of children, with males in numerical predominance, while latterly the families of children are small, with females in excess to such extent as to jeopardize the perpetuity of the race.
In 1888, when in London, we had several interviews with Henry F. Waters, Esq., one of the best arch‘ologists America has had there, and after much persuasion, he consented to visit Andover and 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, but did 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 in the appendix, with others of no positive value, other than to satisfy the reader that no pains have been spared to secure the records of the family in England, as well as this country.
Through the kindness of Rev. E. E. Hale, D. D., we received a letter from H. J. Hapgood, Esq., private secretary to the younger Gladstone, which throws some light upon the orthography and other matters. There are families of Hapgoods in the United States, which we have not been able to trace back to a connection with Shadrach or his kindred. We cannot help believing that Professor George Thomas Hapgood, of Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, is not so very remotely connected with our family. The Christian names of his family are almost identical with those of Shadrach and his descendants, who were doubtless named after ancestors or relatives 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 as Shadrach. These items, with others, are thrown together as a sort of appendix to the volume for what they are worth, in the hope that some future gleaner may derive some benefit from them, or that they may present a clue to something of value.
Some articles of our own, that have from time to time appeared in print, mostly of a sporting character, have been collected and published herewith as a "Supplement," not so much for 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 been impressed with the idea that there would not be data sufficient in so small a family to form a volume, and that, in order to produce a book, we must press into service all the material that was germain. The first edition of Hapgood genealogy was bound with other families in order to make a book. Of itself, in double-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, that by admitting small portions of somewhat extraneous matter, and by using heavy paper and leading out the lines, while it might be pleasant to the eyes of the reader, 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 it was 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 turgid condition.
While it might appear invidious for us to mention some of the most ardent co-workers, we desire in the most hearty and sincere manner to tender to all, who have in any way rendered the least assistance, our warmest thanks. Without their aid the work in hand would never have been finished. It was our aim and purpose from the beginning, to present a copy to each person who in any way cheerfully contributed anything toward 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 induced us to modify this conclusion. Since the book would be for free delivery, the demand would likely be large, and to terminate an endless correspondence, and save ourselves from the liability
to constant annoyance, we shall place the books on sale. (See page 3.)
And here our constructive labor ends, with a regret that we have not been able to make it more perfect and complete; but we have done our level best--"Angels can no more."
WARREN HAPGOOD, Compiler,
469 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, BOSTON.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Title Page 1
Miscellaneous Items 3
Explanatory Notes 4
Table of Contents 13
List of Illustrations 15
Hapgood Family, First Generation 17
Chapter I, Second Generation 27
Third Generation 32
Fourth Generation 42
Fifth Generation 55
Sixth Generation 80
Seventh Generation 127
Eighth Generation 156
Hapgood Family, Chapter II, Second Generation 160
Third Generation 173
Fourth Generation 181
Fifth Generation 191
Sixth Generation 237
Seventh Generation 306
Other Hapgood Families 335
The Ohio Family 335
Descendants of John Hapgood, England 342
A Family from Prince Edward Island 345
A Family residing in St. Louis 346
Notes and Comments by Henry F. Waters 347
Letter from H. J. Hapgood, London, England 352
Hapgood Revolutionary War Records 354
Hapgoods in the Civil War 358
Brant Geese, Habits, etc. 363
Game Birds of New England 370
Range and Rotary Movements of Limicol‘ 379
Address at Dedication of Harvard Library 399
Letter from Italy 409
A Trans-Continental Trip 411
Sporting in the Far West 445
Letter from California 452
Recollections of a Half Century 455
Brant Shooting at Cape Cod, 1881 467
" " " " " 1882 485
" " " " " 1887 489
" " " " " 1888 491
" " " " " 1890 495
" " " " " 1891 499
" " " " " 1892 502
" " " " " 1894 505
" " " " " 1895 511
" " " " " 1896 516
Resignation Address and Note 522
Partridge, (Quail) Shooting, North Carolina 528
Two Letters from County line 529
Dublin Lake Trout 534
Trout Fishing in Yosemite Valley 535
Sporting in South Lancaster 536
Sporting in Littleton 538
Index of Persons 539
Index of Towns 584
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
Frontispiece (Mansion house, Harvard).
Commission to Shadrach 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 Fairbank Hapgood 111
Theodore Goldsmith Hapgood 116
Warren Hapgood 119
Julia Adelaide (Gamage) Hapgood 126
Lemuel Bicknell Hapgood 151
John Guy Hapgood and Family 158
Gen. Charles H. Taylor 215
Isabel Florence Hapgood 257
Rev. George Grout Hapgood, D.D. 265
Charles H. Hapgood 269
Thomas Emerson Hapgood 297
Julien Weeks Hapgood, wife and daughter 319
Col. Charles Edward Hapgood 320
Francis Calvin Hapgood 323
Melvin Hathaway Hapgood 332
George Negus Hapgood 335
William Hapgood 339
Live Brant Decoys 363
Shore Birds -- (Limicol‘) 379
Harvard Library and Soldiers' Monument 399
Warren Hapgood, and pointer, Mark 455
Brant Box and Decoys in Position 467
Resident Members Monomoy Branting Club 507
Monomoy, Providence, and Manchester Club Houses 516
Starting out for a Day's Hunt 528
At Lunch, County Line, N. C. 530
Dublin Lake Trout 534
Yosemite Valley Trout 535
Rufus Eager and his Day's Work 537
Peter S. Whitcomb 538
ORIGIN OF THE FAMILY IN ENGLAND AND FIRST
HAPGOOD, originally Habgood, is an ancient name, as the simplicity of the arms of Habgood denotes, and no doubt originated when the Normans were mixing their corrupt Latin with the Saxon, and laying the foundation of the English language. It would, on this hypothesis, date as far back as the adoption of surnames, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In England the name of Hapgood is rare, if not now unknown, but Habgood is not uncommon; and that the latter was the true orthography of the name, is evident from its occurrence in signatures to the wills and deeds of the grandparents of Hapgoods now living. The name of their emigrant ancestor in the settlement of his estate in 1675 was uniformly spelled Habgood, as it had been in the record of 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 not a Hapgood in this country who may not by inheritance claim the more euphonious and ennobled English name of Habgood. But if this was the true spelling, how came it to be altered? It happened, as I conceive, on this wise. The pronunciation of the name, as often occurs, first became corrupted, and this led 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 be so used in issuing summonses, levying taxes, and assigning lands. The public records, and not the usage of the family, would be the standard, and the name would continue to be erroneously written, until the race, from fashion or convenience, or to hold their lands, adopted the change. Many New England names by such entries became altered, and only one, to my knowledge, ever succeeded in conquering the record, and this they did at the end of 140 years. The corruption of this name was not improbably aided by the published account of the Indian massacre at Brookfield, in which Captain Wheeler spells the name Hapgood. It had previously been spelled by another, Hopgood. Each of the three modes 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 common ancestor of all the New England Hapgoods.(*) He was nearly related to two of the 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 and standing in the Colony.+ He was brought over in his youth, and no doubt completed his minority with his distinguished uncle, Peter Noyes. Of his antecedents no information has been obtained beyond the record of his embarkation. Through the liberality of Warren Hapgood, Esq., of Boston, I have been enabled to procure an extensive examination of records in London and Southampton without finding his name. From returns, however, it appears that the name first occurred in that county about 1600, when six of the name in the central and west part of the county made their wills, 1603-1638, viz., John Hopgood of
+ Peter Noyes was from Penton, Mewsey, only two and three-quarters miles from
Andover, where, as I believe, the father of Shadrach Habgood was born, and only a quarter
of a mile from Weyhill, from whence, according to family tradition, Mr. Noyes came.
(See letter of ll. F. Waters in the Appendix.)
Andover, 1608; John Habgood the elder, yeoman, of Andover, 1615; Widow Joan Hapgood of Tangley, February 21, 1603, which was proved April 4, 1603; William Hopgood, tanner, son of William of North Stoneham, 1611; Thomas Hopgood, husbandman, of Mottisfont, 1617; and John Hopgood of Tangley (probably the son of Widow Joan Hapgood of Tangley), in 1638. These, judging from the names of their legatees, must have been all of one family. Widow Joan at the date of her will had a son Thomas, then the father of Joan and Christian. John Hopgood of Andover, whose will was proved 1608 but is not to be found, is supposed to have been the father of John Habgood 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, and Alice, were of age; and Robert, Clare, and Thomas, then minors. This Thomas was probably the father of Shadrach, who named his first son Nathaniel, after his maternal grandfather, his second, Thomas, doubtless after his paternal grandfather, as was the uniform practice of his day, whenever the eldest son was 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 paternal grandfather. Nearly the only exceptions were when the latter had a non-scriptural name, or embarrassment would arise from making the identical name too common among grandchildren of equal ages in the same town or neighborhood. All relating to Shadrach Habgood that can be gleaned from our records is here given in the variable and defective orthography in which it occurs:--
"Shadrach Hopgood aged fourteen years embarked at Gravesend May 30, 1656, in the Speadwell, Robert Lock, Master, bound for New England," and in July arrived in Boston. Several other minors embarked at the same time, whose names soon after reappeared at Marlboro' and Sudbury, where he had a cousin, Thomas Haynes, who had not improbably "been sent to bring him."
October 21, 1664, he was married at Sudbury to Elizabeth Treadway, born April 3, 1646, daughter of Nathaniel Treadway, then of Sudbury and afterwards of Watertown, where he served seven years as selectman. Her mother, Sufferance (Howe) Treadway, was the daughter of Elder Edward Howe of Watertown, whose wife was Margaret, and whose descendants in this country have retained the arms and claimed a descent from Lord Howe, an English peer. Her grandmother, Margaret Howe, married for a second husband George Bunker, constable of Charlestown, 1630, and owner of the summit of that immortal hill of glory bearing his name, and by will gave half her estate to Nathaniel Treadway, and bequests to John Stone (eldest son of Deacon Gregory Stone of Cambridge), husband of her sister Ann, and to her sister, Mary Rogers of Boxtead, Essex County, England. The next notice of Shadrach Hopgood occurs in the following deposition in the records of the Court of Assistants.
"June 26, 1666 "Sidrache Habgood" aged about twenty-two yrs. witnesseth & saith that for this seven years past or more time while I lived with my cousin Peter Noyes & in the time when my uncle [Peter] Noyes lived, I then knew the bounds of my cousin's land at Cedar Craught & the tree owned the last week by Lt. Goodenow, and also the stake in the meadow by the River side or towards the River side 5 or 6 rods to the Southward of the brooke to be where it ever was 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 Edmund Goodnow as an appraiser of the estate of Joseph Davis of Sudbury.
Shadrach Habgood was a young man of enterprise, and early laid the foundation of the spacious and fertile landed estates which so many of his descendants have enjoyed quite down to the present time.
In 1669, after Concord, Sudbury, Marlboro', Lancaster, Groton, and "Nashaby" had been granted, there was left a large and irregular tract between them, running in a north-westerly direction from Sudbury to Lunenburg, was then called "Pomposetticut"; and he, in 1678 or 1679, with eleven other men from Concord, Sudbury, and Chelmsford, then petitioned the General Court for a grant of the same. The records of the General Court are silent about it, yet from records of the proprietors of Stow, it appears that the Court entertained such petition, sent a committee to view the tract, and actually granted them the land for a new town, in 1670, requiring them to begin to improve it by May, 1673, and no doubt annexing other customary conditions, such as taking up 50 acres each, building a meeting-house, and settling an orthodox minister, &c., within a specified time, and procuring a certain number of additional settlers to become equal partners with themselves, after which they might proceed to make further allotments of land. With all such conditions they did not probably comply. Yet they proceeded and "took up lots of 50 acres each" on both sides of Assabet River, from one to two miles above the site of Assabet Village, and located their meeting-house near the old burying yard in Stow. How far they progressed 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 the grantees, 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 themselves and heirs large interests in the town, which, by a further Act of the General Court, May 16, 1683, was fully incorporated by the name of Stow. That portion of the narrow belt, known as "Stow Leg," lying within their boundaries, fell to each of the towns, Harvard, Shirley, and Boxborough, as they were incorporated.
Shadrach Habgood took up his lot of 50 acres on the south side of the river, where Mr. Nathaniel Hapgood
resides, about one and one half miles south or southwest of the site of the first meeting-house. Here he began improvements, and operated two or three years, it is supposed, preparatory to removing his family from Sudbury, if he did not actually do so; but the Indian war came on, and he was summoned to the field.
The Nipmuck Indians, whose original country embraced the upper basins of Concord, Charles, and Blackstone rivers, and extended west to the Connecticut, had engaged secretly with King Philip to make war upon the English, but the war having been brought on before they were fully prepared to take part, they dissembled, and assured the settlers of their friendship. Still they were suspected by the government. Captains Hutchinson and Wheeler were therefore ordered, with twenty mounted men, and three Indian interpreters, to proceed into their country to treat with them, to insure their loyalty. In this company was Shadrach Habgood. They proceeded to Brookfield. Here the Indians being made acquainted with the object of their visit, engaged to meet them, August 2, 1675, at a certain spot at Quaboag, about three miles from the village and garrison of Brookfield. They proceeded to the place, but finding no Indians, and imagining they had mistaken the locality, directed their course to Wikabaug Pond, in single file, between a swamp on the left and an abrupt high hill on the right. The place is supposed to be on the south side of the railroad, between the depot in Brookfield and West Brookfield. Here they fell into an ambush, and were suddenly surrounded with 200 or 300 warriors, who killed eight of their number and mortally wounded three others. Among the murdered was Shadrach Habgood. Captain Wheeler, whose letter describing this tragedy has been often before the public, spells his name Hapgood. Mrs. Habgood, with her five children, was probably at Sudbury, to receive 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 Peter Noyes 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 abatement of 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 at Pomposetticut, for Sudbury was not burnt until April 6, 1676, although his descendant, who occupies the spot, has no tradition of the event. [From first edition.]
About the close of her administratorship, probably in 1677, the record says: "There are five children left of Sydrack," (or Shadrach) and Elizabeth Treadway (or Tredaway) Habgood, viz.:
2 I. Nathaniel2, born October 21, 1665; married Elizabeth
Ward of Marlboro. [See Chapter I.]
II. Mary2, born November 2, 1667; married at Watertown,
April 10, 1688, John Whitney, son of Jonathan, and
grandson of John and Elinor, born June 27, 1662, at
Watertown. He settled in Framingham, built a house
near Washakum pond, was selectman in 1714 for
three years, constable 1719, tythingman 1719 and 1724,
admitted to 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. Mary3 Whitney, born March 27, 1689; married, February
1, 1709, Daniel Moore of Sudbury, born
April 18, 1686.
2. Elizabeth3, born January 21, 1690; married Jonathan
Willard, born at Roxbury, June 27, 1693; she
died July 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
April 10, 1770.
2 III. Thomas2, born October 1, 1669, in Sudbury; married, 1690-91,
Judith Barker, 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 lot and built a house near Chestnut Brook, in
Sherborn, about 1691. He afterwards went to Concord,
where he died March 17, 1735. Will dated
March 14, proved March 18, 1735. He served in
King Philip's war in 1676; resided in Sherborn,
Watertown, and Concord.
1. Sarah3 Whitney, 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,
May 8, 1725. She married second, April
19, 1726, George Parkhurst; and third, August 10,
1736, Samuel Hunt.
4. Shadrach3, born October 12, 1698; married, January 5,
1732, Mrs. Prudence Lawrence, and was a prominent
man in the town of Groton, Mass.; died
July --, 1764.
5. Jonathan3, born November 25, 1700; resided in Lunenburg,
6. Anne3, born May 22, 1702; married, March 3, 1723,
in Concord, 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
and served in the Colonial Militia, and took part
in many of the skirmishes and battles with the
Indians. He was left in 1725 in the fort at Ossipee
by Captain John Lovewell. He was probably killed
by the Indians in 1739.
9. Isaac,3 born 1708; a glazier in Concord, was a soldier
in the early Indian wars, and with his brother
Zaccheus, was left by Captain John Lovewell in
the fort 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, Joseph Hayward of Concord, where her son Thomas is said to have been brought up. The records show that Hayward married Elizabeth Treadway, possibly he had her maiden name restored on the record to show her respectable origin, or the clerk committed an error in not knowing her previous marriage, or how to express both of her previous names. Joseph Hayward was born one year after her first husband, and having buried his first wife, December 15, 1675, four months after Shadrach Hapgood was slain, married, March 23, 1677, Elizabeth Treadway Hapgood. She buried her mother at Watertown, 1682, and her father, Nathaniel Treadway 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. Ebenezer Hayward, born May 22, 1679, at Concord.
2. James Hayward, born March 1, 1681, at Concord.
3. Simon Hayward, born _____, 1683, at Concord.
4. Abiell Hayward, born September 12, 1691, at
Prudence, probably daughter of Joseph Hayward by first wife, 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 slain by Indians
at Brookfield, July 24, 1710, and Elizabeth Treadway's first husband, her son, and her step-daughter's husband were victims of the savages.
August 31, 1714, Prudence, widow of John White, conveys to John Keyes all her right, title and interest, in certain lands which had been "laid out to my honored grandfather, Nathaniel Treadway of Watertown, on the twenty-second of the third month 1660."
DEACON NATHANIEL2 (Shadrach1), was, for his time, a man of eminence, distinguished for enterprise and success in business, official trusts, and usefulness. Being the eldest son, he received a double portion of his father's estate, and succeeded to the inheritance of his home-lot and proprietary in the then extensive town of Stow; and, as if not satisfied or accommodated by this, he, May 17, 1697, for £32. 10s., bought of Simon Willard 80 acres adjoining his home-lot, on the southwest, 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., 'the farm' in Marlboro') and south by Assabet River, which parted it from Habgood's land formerly bought of Willard. His home farm, well adapted to tillage, must now have been very extensive, including, as is presumed, the 500 acres granted 1657, by the General Court, to Major Symon Willard of Concord, for his services to this colony," added to the 50 acres inherited from his father, and 23 more adjacent on the east, assigned in the second division of common lands in 1719, and another lot adjoining the "Willard Farm," granted in 1723; and when we consider the great allowance then made for swag of chain in laying out grants, Deacon Habgood's home farm could have been little, if any, short of 700 acres.
Subsequently, as the common lands of Stow were from time to time divided among the proprietors, he, "in the right of his father Shadrach," drew many lots, especially in the
north and northwest parts of the town. June 22, 1721, there was assigned to Isaac Gates 9 acres 55 rods of meadow, meadow bottom and upland, in two pieces, supposed to have been subsequently 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 south by common land. The other lot of 3 acres 93 rods, situated also on Pinhill Brook, next to Groton line, bounded north by that line, east by the brook, west by common land, and south by Ephraim Willowby's meadow.
May 22, 1722, there was laid out for him, for a fourth division, 95 acres in Stow, 50 in the right of his father Shadrach, and 45 in the right of Joseph Daby, on the west side of Pinhill Brook, bounded northeasterly [for a short distance] by the brook, and a way, 2 rods wide, left for the conveniency of the meadows, "Northerly near to Groton line, westerly near to George Robin's land and southerly by undivided land." 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 John Daby's lot of 15 acres, then east by 28ø south 100 rods, and then east 148 rods to the brook. This lot constituted the nucleus of the second Hapgood farm in the old town of Stow, and was situated on the hip of Stow Leg, between Lancaster and Groton, and now in Harvard, about 1 1/4 miles from the Town House.
In 1726, to Nathaniel Hapgood, 3 1/2 acres of meadow in Pinhill meadows, bounding southerly upon Lancaster line and Pinhill Brook, east by Isaac Gates' meadow, the first above described, and northerly upon common land.
May 16, 1727, there was laid out in Stow, for Deacon Nathaniel Hapgood, 24 acres 140 rods of the fifth and sixth division, 6 acres and 28 rods of which were to the right of his father Shadrach, and 10 acres to the right of John Daby.
"It lyeth," says the record, "westerly of John Daby's land, where he now dwells." It had a way, running northerly or rather northeast and southwest for 7 rods of its eastern boundary, and the land of Samuel Hall for the northeast boundary, and its extreme south angle was "at or near the town line," probably Lancaster 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 inherited right, and 8 acres 132 rods to the right of Joseph Daby. This was bounded north 86 rods by his own land, east by Thomas Wheeler's, 73 rods, southeast by Pinhill Meadow, south by said meadow, and southwest by John Daby's land. Its south and southwest lines met near a small run of water in the bank of the meadow.
He early became the proprietor of William Kerley's right in the public lands of Lancaster, and of a lot upon Bare Hill. For, March 16, 1722-3, 23 acres, in two lots, were "laid out for him for a third and fourth division to the estate of William Kerley, Jr." One lot was bounded northwest by his own land on Bare Hill, and the other northeast by the same. These were no doubt included in the 65 acres afterward owned by his son Shadrach. These lots, perhaps, by some exchanges, were gathered into a large farm, and by a division of Stow, in 1732, thrown into Harvard. Thus it appears that, years after the death of Shadrach Habgood the first, lots continued to be assigned to Deacon Nathaniel in the right of his father, which went to his descendants and gave them ample farms, and what was still better, farms on the mica slate formation.
Deacon Nathaniel was much interested 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 John Remain, for £138, a meadow at Long Hill, 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 of Isaac Miller a right in the undivided lands of Worcester, where, in the part now 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 in Hassanamisco, now Grafton.
March 28, 1725, he conveyed to his son Shadrach "all his lands in Harvard with the rights and privileges thereto belonging which lands, it is added, are set forth in Stow & Lancaster proprietors' records." This shows that they were originally in two towns, and drawn partly in the right of Deacon Nathaniel, and partly in the right of his father Shadrach.
Deacon Nathaniel, it is safe to presume, 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 religious history. In the management of the municipal interests of the town his name is most conspicuous. Between 1697 and 1727, he served as selectman 14 years; and in 1711 and 1712 as grand juryman, and in 1716-18 as town treasurer, and sometimes 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 any further 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 occur after 1732, when he appeared to be setting his house in order. His wife was a widow in 1741. [From first edition.]
He married, September 6, 1695, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Howe) Ward. Samuel was a son of William Ward, born in Marlboro' September 24, 1641;
married, June 6, 1667, Sarah, daughter of John Howe, of Marlboro'. 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 was approved 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 two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Lucy Gates, in equal shares, the other half. Her estate was inventoried at £626. 7s.
3 I. Nathaniel3, born about 1696; he married second, published
December 3, 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,
born 1703, 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 _____,
born July 14, 1715; died October 23, 1738.
V. Elizabeth3, born 1708; married Phineas Gates. (No
other record found.)
1. Elizabeth4 Gates, born about 1732, legatee to the estate
of her grandmother, Elizabeth, 1748.
2. Lucy4 Gates, born about 1734, legatee to the estate of
her grandmother, Elizabeth, 1748.
VI. Sarah3, born about 1710; married the widower, Phineas
Gates, husband to her deceased sister, Elizabeth. No
NATHANIEL3 (Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born about 1696, settled in Lancaster prior to 1727, in the part which became Bolton (1738), doubtless on land previously received of his father, to which other lots and a town right were added in 1730. May 18, 1741, he sold to his brother Shadrach of Harvard, for £10, 30 acres and 25 rods, 27 of which were to be assigned to Shadrach in the right of William Kerley, whose right Nathaniel3 possessed, December 9, 1745, for £**, to Jeremiah Priest of Harvard, 18 acres in Lancaster, laid out in the right of William 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., 25 acres to Jonathan Moor of Bolton, to be laid out in any of the undivided lands of Lancaster, in the right of William Kerley; and February 9, 1749-50, for £12, to Joseph Sawyer of Harvard, 23 acres, to be laid out in old Lancaster; and February 16, 1749-50, for £4, to Nathaniel Oaks, a lot to be laid out within the bounds, formerly Lancaster.
He was published December 3, 1727, and married Mary Heald, of Stow.
January 6, 1745-6, he made his will, giving his wife Mary, the improvement of all his real estate until his granddaughter, Sarah Gates, should become twenty-one years of age, or married, and afterwards the improvement of one-half of the same during life. After her decease the whole should become the property of Sarah Gates, but if she did not live
to the age of twenty-one, or to marry, the whole should go to the relatives of the testator.
I. Sarah4, born December 21, 1728; married _____ Gates,
and had a daughter, Sarah5, born _____, and became
heir to her grandfather's estate.
CAPTAIN HEZEKIAH3 (Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), was born in 1699; married, 1723, Sarah Whitney, born at Stow, 1703. He settled upon the west half of his father's extensive farm in the southwest part of Stow, and became a prominent citizen. He was a captain in the French and Indian wars, and in 1735 drew lot number one in the distribution of lands in Narragansett Township, number six, now Templeton. In 1726, 5 acres were laid out to him in the 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 chosen tythingman, and selectman 1741, 1742 and 1753. December 20, 1764, "Hezekiah Hapgood, gentleman, being much advanced in years, sick and weak," 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, his homestead buildings, and all his lands in Stow, requiring him to provide room for his mother Sarah, and suitable provisions and attention in health and sickness, furnish her a horse to ride whenever she pleases, and pay all debts and 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 and great 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
great respectability and commanding influence in
Stow. He resided about two miles southwest of the
centre of the town, on the west part of what had been
the Willard Farm. He held the commission of Lieutenant,
Captain and Colonel in the Militia, and was
appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts a magistrate.
He served fourteen years as selectman, between
1768 and 1791, and as town clerk eleven years. In
1774 he was chosen a delegate to the County Convention
at Concord, and afterwards, in the same year, a
delegate to the Provincial Congress, and in 1776, a
member of the convention for framing a Constitution
for the State. He was the proprietor of one or more
slaves who took their master's name, and carried it
with them into freedom, and may have transmitted it.
The tombstone at Stow records his death, March 20,
1801, but no settlement of his estate is recorded. The
late John Miles occupied his place. He married Ruth
Wolcott, to whom he was published January 10, 1775.
She was born 1736; died January 17, 1784. He married
second, October 5, 1785, Mrs. Sarah Whitney of
Stow. He is not recorded as having had any children.
He appears (Massachusetts Archives) among a list of
field officers of the Massachusetts Militia as First
Major of the First Middlesex County regiment, commissioned
August 30, 1775, and he appears as First
Major in the Fourth Middlesex County regiment,
commissioned May 10, 1776; chosen by Legislature,
February 15, 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,2 Shadrach1), born November 6, 1704; received from his father, lands drawn
partly in the right of his grandfather 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 the proprietors of Lancaster, February 19, 1763, added 9 acres 27 rods, drawn in the right of Major Willard, and 4 acres and 20 rods as an allowance for a road or 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, which had 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, and the proprietors, instead of dividing it, made it good to him to that amount, by a grant of 30 acres 25 rods, "upon other after divisions," and his brother Nathaniel, as the proprietor of Kerley's right, executed him a deed in May following. This lot was oblong, bounded easterly by John Whitney, 74 rods; northwesterly by a byway,(*) 267 rods; southwesterly by Captain Houghton, 52 rods, and southeasterly, 240 rods, mostly by his own land.
These lots, and those previously assigned to his father, were all in one vicinity, and mostly conterminous. Without including either of the Gates meadows, they embrace 350 acres upon which Lieutenant Shadrach Hapgood began life; about the same quantity, which an equal division of the original homestead, must have been secured to his brothers, Hezekiah and Daniel.
He owned land in Lancaster in 1730, and then received damages in the form of 2 1/2 acres from Lancaster for a road
and north northeast. In 1743, a road 2 rods wide and 110 rods long was laid out by
Harvard through his land.
laid out through his farm. These 2 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 to Samuel Fellows; and May 29, 1762, for 40s., 1 acre 40 rods in Harvard to Benjamin 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 same sold to Daby in 1769), and a tract of 20 acres, bounded by a line beginning on the south side of a road by John Atherton's, then running northerly across said road by Richard Harris' land to Elias Haskell's, and next to Thomas Willard's land, then southwesterly by a private way near Joseph Willard's land, until it crosses the road above named, which it follows to said Harris' land, then easterly by his land and southerly by it, and then northerly by John Atherton's land to the place of beginning; and also 7 acres of meadow, south of said Harris' meadow, and east of a brook immediately below where it flows out of a pond.
At the incorporation of Harvard, June 29, 1732, out of portions of Lancaster, Groton and Stow, he was thrown into Harvard. In 1761 he was appointed guardian of Anna Stone, aged seven years, and of Sarah Stone, aged above fourteen years, daughters of Oliver Stone, 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 a lieutenant's commission from the royal governor, William Shirley (now in possession of the compiler), a copy of which is here reproduced. He served six years as
selectman, and had the first seat in 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 private in 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, one cow and two sheep, for her use and disposal, requiring his executor to furnish her a horse to ride at any time, while she remained his widow. He also gave her the improvement of one half of his estate for her dower, the use of one half of the 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; and these so long as she remained his widow. His three eldest daughters, and doubtless the rest, with their husbands, April 28, 1770, acknowledged the receipt of £100 each, from their father as their full portion of his estate, and signed a quit claim to the remainder. He therefore bequeathed only £1, to his daughter, Mary Clark, which, with what she had already received, was to be 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 Lydia Munroe £13. 6s. (silver money) and a pillion. 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 pay their funeral expenses, and made him executor:
The following excerpt from Harvard History gives so clear and 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 Shadrach Hapgood, who, on May 30, 1656, at the age of fourteen years, embarked for New England from Gravesend in the ship Speedwell. The first Shadrach lived with his uncle, Peter Noyes of Sudbury, during his minority; married Elizabeth Treadway, October 21, 1664, and was slain by the Indians in the Surprise of Captains Hutchinson and Wheeler at Brookfield, August 2, 1675. The eldest of the five children, fruit of the marriage, was Nathaniel, born in 1665. He married Elizabeth Ward of Marlboro', August 14, 1695. Became a deacon and a wealthy land-holder in Stow, and was long prominent in town councils. Nathaniel was the father of the Harvard Shadrach, and transferred to him, in 1725, all his lands upon Pin Hill Brook and Bare Hill, amounting to 350 acres. Shadrach was born in Stow, November 6, 1704, and married Elizabeth Wetherbee. He was commissioned Lieutenant by Governor William Shirley, in 1742, but what military service he rendered is not known. He had but one son, Shadrach, and five daughters, all of whom had families. The Hapgood house is an excellent example of the homes of the thriftier farmers of New England at the period when Harvard was incorporated. In it Shadrach and Elizabeth (Wetherbee) Hapgood passed their married life of more than half a century, and their son Shadrach succeeded to its possession, living here with his wife, Elizabeth Keep, nearly fifty years. He was succeeded by his youngest son, Joel, whose wife was Sally, daughter of Jonathan Fairbank. The large addition to the old mansion at its western end was built by Joel in 1812, and the capacious farm barn by his son, Jonathan Fairbank Hapgood, in 1854. The last owner of the estate bearing the family name was
Warren, youngest son of Joel, now living, a retired merchant of Boston.
"The old house was probably new, 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 for the ministers, who should come to supply the pulpit, at Shadrach Hapgood's, although over a mile from the meeting-house. The original lattices, with their bottle-green diamond lights, were preserved in the gable windows for several years after the opening of the present century."
He married, about 1732, Elizabeth Wetherbee, born 1714, and died November 30, 1803, in the ninetieth year of her age. He died October 8, 1782. Will proved December, 1782. [Worcester Probate 1. 18, page 316.]
CHILDREN, all born in Harvard.
I. Mercy4, born January 26, 1733; married, October 12, 1757,
Jonathan Clark 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, born June 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. Simon5 Daby, 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, born April 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
October 18, 1825. He resided in Harvard, and
later removed 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, born July 4, 1757; married, April 4, 1775, Abraham
Munroe of Harvard, a soldier in the Continental Army,
who died March 11, 1778.
1. Lydia5 Munroe, born December 22, 1776. Married,
April 5, 1797, Ivory Longley of Shirley, Massachusetts,
son of Israel and Lucy (Conant)
Longley of Harvard, where he was born, 1775;
a blacksmith by trade. In attempting to cross
the Catacunemaug, 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
and Crown 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, Deacon Nathaniel, and grandfather Shadrach, two and one-half miles south southeast of Stow townhouse, and the east half of the original plantation of 700 acres. Succeeded his father in the deaconship, and about 1760, built the great house yet 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 his will, having previously settled his real estate in Stow upon his sons, giving to his wife Mary, two cows; and to sons Daniel and Samuel, and daughter Hepsebeth Wheeler, all his indoor movables in equal shares; to his adopted grandson, Jacob Gibson of Stow, his live-stock and a tract of 300 or 400 acres in Waterford, Maine. In 1735-6 he was chosen reeve, and in 1743, selectman. He married first, Hepsebeth, born July 14, 1715; died October 23, 1738; and second, July 6, 1745, Mary Gibson, who died, his widow, January 15, 1793. He died April 30, 1791.
CHILDREN, all by second 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 first settled on a part of his father's spacious farm in Stow, where his intention of marriage with Rebecca Gibson was published January 17, 1746-7. After 1753, he removed to Acton and settled where his grandson, Benjamin F. Hapgood, now resides. In the summers of 1779 and 1780 he went with his sons, Ephraim and Nathaniel, to open up farms in Norridgewock, Maine, for some of his family. It is not, however, probable that any permanent settlement was effected there, as the records of the town are silent upon the subject. At the close of the second season, he, with Nathaniel, in returning by water, perished from shipwreck, while Ephraim returned safe by land. He died intestate, October 31, 1780, leaving an estate inventoried at £1,597. His widow died September 15, 1803, aged seventy-six. Abraham was appointed administrator.
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,
1756, at Acton.
11 III. Abraham5, born at Stow, October 9, 1752; appointed December
13, 1780, administrator on his father's estate;
married Lucy Davis.
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's regiment,
September 28, 1777, discharged November 7, 1777;
term of service, one month, eleven days. Discharged
from Colonel Brooks' regiment to reinforce General
Gates at the northward. He was also a private in
Captain Francis Brown's company, Colonel McIntosh's
regiment, for service in Rhode Island, enlisted August
4, 1778, discharged September 1, 1778. Served eleven
days in Lovell's brigade. He then enlisted in Captain
Joshua Walker'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, born April 7, 1765; married, August 24, 1779,
Timothy Wood of Harvard. He died July 18, 1800,
and she married, second, May 2, 1809, Jonas, son of
Joseph and Rebeckah Wright, born in Concord, June
18, 1762, husband of her deceased sister Mary, who
died January 3, 1799.
15 IX. Jonathan5, born July 30, 1767; married Abigail Austin.
X. Mary5, born October 17, 1769; had her uncle Jonathan for
guardian, December 13, 1780; married, March 30, 1794,
Jonas Wright of Concord, and died January 3, 1799,
leaving three children.
1. Anthony6 Wright, born January 14, 1795; married
Mary E. Smith, February 14, 1819.
2. Henry6, born October 22, 1796; married Sarah
Flint of Lincoln, April 22, 1819.
3. Hapgood6, born December 22, 1798.
Jonas married second, the widow Sarah (Hapgood) Wood,
sister to his first wife. He died June 15, 1818, and she,
February 12, 1813.
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, born December, 1801; died September 3,
1802, at Acton.
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 this country. A brother of Elizabeth, Jonathan, married Hannah Hildreth. Experience Lawrence Keep, who married _____ Wright, was also sister to Elizabeth, and Mary, another sister, married Leonard Proctor. Mary Washington Wright, daughter of Experience (Keep) Wright, was born June 30, 1827, at Westford; married George Lowe; removed to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she has resided forty-eight years. Mrs. Lowe is deeply interested in the Lawrence Townley estate in England. Mrs. Lowe's grandmother, Rhoda Hildreth, was a daughter of Experience Keep. Experience Lawrence was daughter or granddaughter of John Lawrence, who married Mary Townley.
He appears with rank of private on muster and pay rolls of Captain Samuel Hill's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment, enlisted August 19, 1777, discharged August 25, 1777; term of service, six days; marched on Bennington Alarm from Harvard. He re-enlisted as private in the same
company and regiment, October 2, 1777, discharged October 26, 1777; term of service, twenty-four days, under Lieutenant Colonel Ephraim Sawyer (Massachusetts Archives). He was a member of Committee of Correspondence and Safety, 1781, and selectman, 1791, 1792.
16 I. John5, born June 20, 1771; married, December 6, 1797,
Mary Haskell 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
the Shirley Shakers, turning all his property over to
the Community. His children were not compelled to
accept the 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
was barely eight months old when his mother
was taken from him, but his grandparents
kindly took him, brought him up, educated him,
and treated him as their own child. He was
small of stature, but cheerful, well disposed,
and large hearted. His grandfather Hapgood
died, 1818, but David remained with his grandmother,
in charge 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
the old 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
a quiet, 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, June 1, 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, born December 9, 1775; married, December 15, 1828,
James Wilson, a wool carder, fuller, and cloth dresser.
She died October 29, 1851; resided in Shirley, Massachusetts.
IV. Mercy5, born February 5, 1779; married, September 11,
1798, Theodore, son of Richard and Sarah Goldsmith,
born in Harvard, August 7, 1775. A man of great
physical and mental energy; learned the trade of a
cooper; settled on the farm now recently occupied by
his son-in-law, George Atherton, adjoining the large
farm where his father had settled, on Oak Hill. His
parents being advanced in years and requiring assistance,
Theodore left 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
diligent use of every leisure hour, even down to that
period when labor ordinarily ceases; he read fresh
books with as much avidity as a young student, thereby
keeping old age green, and making himself a most
agreeable companion. Not ambitious for office, but
served his town as selectman, 1821-22. The extensive
farm was well managed. He prospered and was a
leading citizen. She died October 31, 1850, and he,
March 22, 1859.
1. Mary6 Goldsmith, born August 24, 1804; married,
May 6, 1824, George Atherton, born in Still
River, Harvard, January 21, 1797; purchased a
farm on Oak Hill, adjoining that of Theodore
Goldsmith, his father-in-law. He became a
prosperous farmer, with the aid and co-operation
of his most industrious and frugal wife, whose
good sense 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 of Representatives, 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
and quiet by nature, but was a good neighbor
and kind-hearted man. For many years in
business with his brother Asa, under firm name
of A. & E. Daby, extensive blacksmiths, in
Harvard Centre, enjoying an enviable reputation
for uprightness and honorable dealing.
By close 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,
of paralysis; he died February 2, 1876. No
3. Mercy6, born February 24, 1818; married, October
17, 1839, Charles Maynard, born May 5, 1814,
at Heath, 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
much attached to the home of her youth. The
new home in Fitchburg was never to her taste
and in 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
was ample 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
the respect of father Goldsmith, but also of his
fellow-citizens. In the church both he and his
wife were prominent, especially in the choir,
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 became proprietor
of the 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
the most skilful medical treatment, and
on the 10th of November, 1860, when just stepping
upon the threshold of manhood, he passed
away. The brilliant hopes that clustered around
this noble 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
of three generations. She had seen
much of society, had entertained liberally, and
her humor and cheerful manners made her a
favorite with young and old. Now the scene
was changed. In place of the pleasant round
of society 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 among friends
she loved. Still, bereaved of family and home,
she could not be happy or reconciled. She
lived on for many years, but the strain was too
great; visions of those happy days with her
family and friends flitted before her, but at last
a morbid gloom overshadowed her, reason was
dethroned, and on the 18th of November, 1889,
the once cheerful soul took its flight. Let us
bravely endeavor to forget the end, and remember
her "at her best."
17 V. Jabez5, born September 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 63 years, 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
farmer in the northerly part of Harvard, Old
Mill district, and, like the other members of his family,
had a village of buildings, barns, sheds, cider mill, etc.,
and was very neat and orderly in his surroundings.
He served as selectman, 1821-25; obtained the title of
Major, by his excellent handling of the fife. He died,
January 21, 1853; his widow died March 8, 1894, aged
86 years, 5 months, 11 days. No children.
18 VII. Joel5, born March 26, 1788; married, November 12, 1812,
Sally Fairbank 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 May 16, 1833. He settled on the ancient homestead in Stow, where all his children were born.
Daniel Hapgood appears with rank of corporal on Lexington Alarm Rolls of Captain William Whitcomb's company, Colonel James Prescott's regiment; marched on the Alarm of April 19, 1775, from Stow; time of service, eight days. Enlisted October 1, 1777, in Captain Silas Taylor's company, Colonel Jonathan Reed's regiment, discharged November 8, 1777; term of service, one month, eight days. Belonged to Stow company of Volunteers; marched by resolve, September 22, 1777, to join army under General Gates' service, Northern department. He belonged to the Alarm list of Captain Benjamin Munroe, Sixth company, Fourth regiment, December 1, 1776. [Massachusetts Archives.]
CHILDREN by first wife.
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 of Stow, son
of Oliver and Lucy Gates, born 1773; died March
1. Joel6 Gates, 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, born February 12, 1780; died at Stow; unmarried.
IV. Nathaniel5, born October 22, 1781; died at Stow, young.
V. John5, born October 30, 1786; married, December 19, 1804,
Alice Maynard of Sudbury. He died without issue.
VI. Betsey5, born March 26, 1790; married, October 17, 1805,
Joseph Maynard, born February 22, 1780, in Sudbury;
resided in Concord, New Hampshire, where his first
three children were born; removed to Stow, 1813,
where Joseph was born; in 1814 he removed to Lancaster,
Massachusetts, and established himself on a farm,
where the remainder of his children were born. She
died February 29, 1867, and he, October 18, 1870.
1. Elvira6 Maynard, born October 4, 1807; died May
2. Mary Esther6, born January 7, 1810; died March
3. John Hapgood6, born March 1, 1812; died June
4. Joseph6, born in Stow, November 1, 1814; died in
Boston, July 12, 1883.
5. Mary Esther6, 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;
married Rebecca W. (Brooks) Davis, May 16, 1831, at
VIII. Felicia5, born February 28, 1798, in Stow; intentions of
marriage published 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
Bartlett of 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 farm in Stow. He died
December 2, 1881, and the dear old place around
which so many sacred memories cluster, passed out
of the family.
SAMUEL4 (Daniel3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born October 17, 1751; married, December 14, 1786, Elizabeth Maxwell of Stow. He settled first on the homestead in Stow, and afterwards one mile north, on the north side of Assabet River. Served as private in Captain William Whitcomb's company, Colonel James Prescott's regiment, from Stow, on the Alarm of April 19, 1775. He died April, 1821. His widow died March, 1830, at the home of her daughter,
Hannah Walcott, in Stow, with whom she resided after the death of her husband.
I. Mary5, born _____; baptized May 27, 1787; died 1868.
Resided in Boston; unmarried.
II. Hannah5, born at Stow, 1787; baptized November 30, 1788;
married, April 11, 1817, in Boston, by Reverend
Charles Lowell, Robert Walcott from Baltimore, Maryland,
son of Ephraim and Betsey Walcott, born at
Stow, 1792; resided in Boston till 1825, when he
returned to his native town. Mrs. Walcott died at
Stow, 1867, and Robert at Somerville, Massachusetts,
April 9, 1885. He was a blacksmith by trade. Children:
-- Four born in Baltimore, two in Stow.
1. Mary6 Walcott, 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;
died August 22, 1886.
5. Joshua Huntington6, born May 19, 1825, at Stow.
Went to Rochester, New York, at the age of
eighteen. Conductor on Rochester & Albany
Railroad several years; removed to Central
America, became superintendent of railroad;
removed to Tucson, Arizona, where he died
6. Hannah6, born November 16, 1827; married,
May 30, 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, who married Susanna5,
daughter of Daniel4 and Esther (Gardner) Hapgood
of Stow (9).
III. Ephraim5, born _____; baptized June 27, 1790; died
in Boston; unmarried.
IV. Samuel5, born _____; baptized October 28, 1792. Married,
November 13, 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 Abraham was educated. He married (published October 25, 1775) Lucy Davis, who died April 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 whom she had a daughter, Mary Wright, born December 31, 1777; married, October 23, 1800, Winthrop Faulkner, and was the mother of Winthrop Emerson Faulkner of South Acton. She died January 24, 1808, and he married third, Mary Foster of Littleton, November 21, 1815.
He appears a private on Lexington Alarm rolls of Captain John Hayward's company, Colonel Abijah Pierce's regiment; 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, Colonel Eleazer Brooks' regiment; marched to Roxbury, March 4, 1776; belonged to Acton. Drafted by Captain Simon Hunt, under Resolve of August 8, 1777, to reinforce Continental army; date, August 14, 1777.
He appears a private on muster and pay rolls of Captain George Minot's company, Colonel Samuel Ballard's regiment;
time of enlistment, August 16, 1777; discharged November 30, 1777; time of service, three months, twenty-five days; town to which he belonged not given, but as he was a citizen of Acton, presumably he was from that town; service performed in Northern department.
His name appears among a list of the Massachusetts Militia as second lieutenant of the Fifth company, of the Third Middlesex County regiment, commissioned June 7, 1780, Captain Davis' company, commanded by Colonel Faulkner. [Massachusetts Archives.]
Appointed Administrator of his father's estate, December 13, 1780, died April 6, 1819. An industrious, thrifty, and highly-esteemed farmer.
I. Samuel Davis6, born April 6, 1777 (by first wife); died
September 4, 1778.
II. Lucy6, born December 5, 1783 (by second wife); married,
January 3, 1805, Abel Jones of Acton, born August 26,
1783; died January 18, 1872. She died 1844.
CHILDREN, all born in Acton.
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. Abel White7, born January 20, 1812; married,
August 30, 1843, Ann Maria Johnson. He died
February 5, 1882.
6. Clarissa7, born September 16, 1814; died January
7. Luke7, born November 16, 1815; married first,
Lucy K. 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. James Francis7, 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,
born March 28, 1812, and became proprietor of
the Nagog House in Acton. Later on he
removed to West Rindge, and became a large
manufacturer of tubs and woodenware. His
wife died 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,
born February 14, 1819. Both still living on a
farm in 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. Mary Sophia7, 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, born March 14, 1794; married, September 27,
1815, Daniel White, second, of Acton, born 1791;
brother to 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,
at Newfane, New York.
3. James Addison7, born, 1825; married, 1844, Lucy
Abbie Lee of Dracut, Massachusetts. He was
killed by railroad train while crossing the track
at Woburn, 1847.
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, born July 14, 1796; married, September 1, 1819,
Mary Creasy Estabrook.
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, and he 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 first wife.
I. Rebecca6, born September 8, 1780; married, April 24, 1810,
Jonathan Billings of Acton, clockmaker, who died February
13, 1841. She died August 17, 1865.
1. Mary Hapgood7 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
died July 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. Lois Gibson7, born July 17, 1820; died December
8. Luther7, born November 10, 1821; married, December
2, 1851, Martha A. Wormwood; resided
9. James E.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 in Acton.
1. Mary7 Wetherbee, born October 9, 1808; married,
May 26, 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
at Acton; 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
both still live, and carry on the farm in Concord.
23 V. Simon6, born January 2, 1788; married Mary Frazier.
VI. Polly6, born February 11, 1790; died January 11, 1811.
VII. Sophia6, born February 13, 1792; married, April 11, 1820,
Silas Taylor of Boxboro, born June 27, 1793; died
January 28, 1874; resided in Acton, a large and
wealthy farmer 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
of his 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,
born February 7, 1793; he died September 17, 1864.
1. Simon7 Tuttle, 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
August 21, 1831, of consumption; no children. He
married second, Mary Puffer.
24 X. John6, born February 10, 1802 (by second wife); married,
April 20, 1826, Mary Ann Hosmer.
25 XI. Benjamin Franklin6, 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 first in Stow, with his uncle Jonathan, after whom he named his first son. He enlisted at Sudbury in Captain Wheeler's company, 1776; served in the Canadian expedition; appears as private in Captain Edmund Longley's company, Colonel Cogswell's regiment, enlisted October 1, 1778, discharged December 31, 1778. Term of service, three months, one day. Detached for purpose of guarding and fortifying posts in and near Boston. Engaged to serve until January 1, 1779, to credit 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 of land, intending to settle all his sons there, but only
succeeded in keeping William, the seventh child, with whom he resided till his death, October, 1818. His widow, Dorcas, resided with her daughter Catharine, in Fryeburg, where she died February 25, 1846.
I. Sarah6, born June 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;
died June 1, 1873; married, March 26, 1822,
at Denmark, Maine, Mary Howe, born at Denmark,
December 8, 1802; died January 18, 1884.
II. Jonathan6, born November 8, 1779; probably died young.
III. Mercy6, born October 17, 1782; married, November 27,
1800, Moses Nourse. She died May 29, 1801.
IV. Betsey6, born 1783; married, April 18, 1804, Jesse Dunham
of Otisfield, Maine.
1. Permelia Robbins7 Dunham, born October 29,
1807; married, May 13, 1824, James Wight,
born April 19, 1800, at Otisfield, where he died
June 13, 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
died young, as no further record of her is found.
27 VII. William6, baptized April 5, 1790, at Stow; married, 1813, at
Fryeburg, Mary Harnden.
28 VIII. Sprout6, born April 27, 1793, at Stow; married, March 3,
1822, at Waterford, Betsey Sawin.
IX. Polly6, born May 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, and Eldridge, November 18, 1874, at Denmark,
CHILDREN, all born in Fryeburg.
1. Calvin7 Harnden, born December 16, 1819; married,
November 25, 1852, at Bridgton, Maine,
Rosanna Dennett, born September 4, 1826. He
died August 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,
born in 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, at Waterford; married, December
2, 1830, Jane McWain of Putney, Vermont.
XII. Catharine6, born April 7, 1807, at Waterford; married,
January 10, 1826, Silas Warren, born February 20, 1802,
at Denmark, where he resided. He died June 27, 1886,
in West Bridgton. 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, February 10, 1785, Lucy Tuttle, born June 9, 1762, at Littleton, Massachusetts; she died at Waterford, December 5, 1819. Removed to Waterford, Maine, September 9, 1785, settled in the southerly part of that town, erected a carding mill, 1810. A large real estate owner, and one of her most prominent and enterprising citizens. He died November 11, 1819.
30 I. Ephraim6, born November 26, 1786; married, March 24,
1816, Joanna Salmon.
II. Lucy6, born March 18, 1788; married, April 17, 1817, at
Waterford, Isaac Towne of Bethel, a farmer. She
died November 3, 1839.
31 III. Artemas5, born June 14, 1789; married Mary Haskell.
IV. Nathaniel Tuttle6, born March 20, 1791; died November
6, 1820; unmarried.
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; married Abigail Austin. Removed to Milton, Vermont, about 1788, and in the spring of 1798, apparently feeling that the romance of frontier life was losing its flavor in a place so densely populated, he concluded to make a prospecting tour further west, where he might establish a new home on the solemn border of a vast wilderness. His judgment was good as to farming land, and
his taste dictated a settlement at Malone, Franklin County, Northern New York. He took up 300 acres of timber land, and through many hardships and privations, worked that summer and the next, making a clearing and building a log house for his family, which he brought the following year (1800) from Milton. The new soil of Malone yielded abundant crops that amply rewarded labor, and by skilful manipulation, coupled with great industry and economy, he prospered and became a wealthy farmer and prominent citizen.
The original purchase of 300 acres was situated three miles due north from the present village of Malone, on the border line of Constable. He was the first settler in Malone, then "a howling wilderness"; planted the first fruit orchard, and showed to the world what pluck, energy, intelligence and industry can produce and unfold. In 1820 he built a framed house on the opposite side of the road from the old log house, which he abandoned, and occupied the new structure up to the time of his death. He had two sons, Cornelius and Amos, born to him before he removed to his new home in the wilderness, and four daughters afterward. He died January 1, 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, born 1799, at Vergennes, Vermont; married, February
25, 1821, Harriet Holmes.
III. Eliza6, born 1804, at Malone; married, 1824, Philamon
Crandall of 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. Buel M7, born _____.
6. Amelia A.7, born _____.
7. Eda P.7, born _____.
8. John R.7, born August 24, 1838.
9. Philancy E.7, born _____.
10. Sallie7, born _____.
11. Samuel B.7, born _____.
12. Alva B.7, born _____.
IV. Sarah6, born, 1809; married at Malone, Warren Wentworth,
born 1801, in Vermont. He died October 10, 1870, and
she, December 5, 1844; resided in Constable, New
York; a farmer.
1. Woodbury7 Wentworth, born _____; died at
2. Arabella7, born February 13, 1837, at Constable;
married, September 19, 1861, George W. Child
of Constable, 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, born about 1816; married Amos Bassett, at Malone;
died about 1868.
1. Daughter7, born _____; married _____; died
_____, leaving two children.
2. Amos7 Bassett, Jr., born _____; resides in Malone.
DEACON JOHN5 (Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born June 20, 1771; was a true type of the 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 broadest sense, never happier than with a bush scythe in hand, assaulting and destroying those prolific bushy intruders upon his soil; tilling his grounds with the care and taste of the skilled husbandman. The massive stone walls still standing, so deftly laid, exhibit mechanical taste and ingenuity that attest to his skill and industry; and his fields, barren of these stone incumbrances, are worthy the gratitude of his successors. It was fortunate that so sturdy a race was thrown upon our rugged soil. A feebler race -- in the midst of "a howling wilderness," beset by barbed arrows in the hands of a savage foe, and scarcely less savage beasts, awaiting an opportunity to prey upon his defenceless flocks or family of children -- would have quailed at the onset and abandoned the enterprise. But the stout hearts and stalwart frames of these hardy farmers, bravely assisted by those noble women, their wives and daughters, faced every foe and conquered every obstacle, leaving to their descendants 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, subsequently receiving additions therefrom, built there extensive buildings, like most of the race, and by great industry and frugality, became a wealthy farmer. He was selectman, 1803-4, parish treasurer, 1819, and for many years deacon in the Orthodox church of the strictest order. He died April 24, 1859, and his wife, March 4, 1866.
I. John6, born October 6, 1798; died October 5, 1802.
II. Mary6, born January 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 in Boston, where he remained about three
years. He then, in 1830, went into mercantile business
in Greensboro, Vermont, prosecuting it with great
energy. In the autumn of 1831, his knee became so
afflicted as to require on the 12th of April, 1832, amputation
of his leg, but the disease had extended
through his 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 down in his 24th year.
VI. Mary6, born May 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 for them to part with her, and as there was plenty
of land to cultivate and a small village of buildings,
the young couple were induced to remain with her
parents. The deacon was a strict temperance man,
and his son-in-law was like unto himself. They were
also in unison in matters of faith, and the union proved
a happy one. He died of consumption, March 20, 1862.
His widow still survives him. They had one daughter,
an only child, Mary Louisa Conant, born May 23, 1836;
married, December 20, 1860, Albert Atherton, son of
David and Susan (Randall) Pollard, born at Harvard,
December 6, 1831. He, too, settled on the old homestead
founded by her grandfather, Deacon John Hapgood,
and her mother is enjoying her riper years amid
the blessings of a comfortable home from which she
has never been separated, and is surrounded by her
grandchildren, who are ever ready to contribute to her
JABEZ5 (Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born September 30, 1781; settled in the northern part of
Harvard, and, like most of the other descendants of Shadrach4, 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, born October 20, 1806; married, April 9, 1829,
Josiah Hartwell, born in Shirley, January 23, 1799;
died September 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,
at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she
died February 21, 1897. He was a man of
energy, fond of horses, as was his father before
him; in various kinds of mercantile business,
with fluctuating fortune, and at the time of his
death, March 26, 1885, was a member of the
firm of D. C. Hall & Co., New York; s. p.
2. Sarah7, born November 20, 1834; married, February
12, 1857, in Boston, William Henry Getchell,
born March 10, 1829, at Hallowell, Maine;
removed to Peoria, Illinois; returned to Boston
and became a distinguished photographer.
Resides in Dorchester.
1. Frederick8 Getchell, born January 19, 1858,
3. Ellen Cleora7, born December 15, 1848, at Harvard;
she was adopted, 1876, by Amasa Davis and
Hannah6 (Hapgood) Gamage of Boston, taking
her adopted father's name. Six years after his
decease, in 1881, she returned to her old home
in Harvard, which was unfortunately destroyed
by fire, May 10, 1892; a more modern structure
was erected on the old site, near the common,
the following summer, where she now resides,
a cheerful, genial soul, much respected and
36 II. Henry6, born January 2, 1808; married, May 8, 1839, Ann
III. George6, born December 12, 1809; married, November 12,
1843, at Hartford, Connecticut, Cleora Morgan, born
October 19, 1810, at Northfield, and died in Leominster,
Massachusetts, May 13, 1850; no children. George
was a good scholar and one of the most intelligent
and energetic young men in "Old Mill" district.
He worked on the home farm till he was of age, then
went to Leominster and found employment in a comb
factory, that industry being somewhat extensive in that
and the adjoining town of Lancaster, at that time.
Fashions changed, the business languished, and to-day
many of the factories are in ruins. He was a hardworking,
economical man, saved his earnings and
invested his money with prudence and good judgment,
and at the end of twenty-one years, 1860, returned to
the farm with a handsome fortune. He assisted his
aged father on the farm, and at his death became the
proprietor. His wife having died in 1850, his two
maiden sisters, Lizzie and Lydia, both very capable,
united their interests with his, and the trio together
carried on the farm in a neat, profitable, and husbandlike
manner. He was a brave, uncomplaining man, and
died suddenly 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 her parents on the farm in "Old Mill"; was an
excellent housewife, neat, industrious, economical and
painstaking; inherited from her father a vein of humor,
and, with him, very constant at church on Sundays.
By nature, reserved, unostentatious and modest, caring
little for the giddy whirl of society, but attending
faithfully to every duty of domestic life, and never
happier than when setting her house in order. She
was strictly a domestic woman, making home cheerful
and others happy. When George assumed the responsibility
of running the large farm, no one ever had
better helpmates than he, or more united and prosperous.
By the marriage of Lydia, 1877, to Mr. Hartwell,
the charmed circle was broken, and by the death
of George, in 1878, destroyed. In 1879 she removed
to Shirley and was again united with Lydia, whose
husband died the previous year, leaving his widow in
possession of his estate. They remained here for two
years, then returned to Harvard and occupied the
Holman house, near the common. April 10, 1883,
Lydia was married to Luke Whitney of Bare Hill,
West Harvard, for second husband. He died July 11,
1884, and she returned to abide with her sister till
separated by the hand of death. In 1891 they purchased
a lot and erected the beautiful and commodious
house on the Littleton road, occupied by them to the
time of Elizabeth's death, by pneumonia, January 2,
V. Nancy6, born July 26, 1814; married, April 17, 1838, at
Harvard, Phineas Holden, son of Ellis and Miriam
(Holden) Harlow, born December 14, 1814, in Old
Mill district, Harvard, and educated in the public
school. He bought the Robbins' farm at the northerly
end of Pin Hill, settled down with his most excellent
and frugal wife, where they spent the remainder of
their days; prospered, and reared a large family of
honored and respected children, none in town more
sensibly indulged or kindly treated. The mother died
January 25, 1883, and the father followed August 23,
1. Ann Eliza7 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
he remained on the farm with his parents,
then went to Boston and was employed in a
provision store a few years. August 25, 1862,
he enlisted 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
a camp 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
army corps. About the 20th of May
reported at Washington, turned over the
guns to the arsenal, and returned to Boston,
where, a few days later, they were mustered out
of service, having nowhere met the enemy in the
In December, 1863, he re-enlisted in same
battery, under same commander, as corporal,
for three years, finding about fifty of the old
boys with him, who were mustered in, January
2, 1864. On February 5, they proceeded to
Washington and were attached to Ninth army
corps, under Burnside, at Camp Barry, District
of Columbia. Here he was taken down with fever,
dysentery, and pneumonia, and died March 2,
1864. The remains were forwarded to his native
town for interment.
3. Edward Omar7, born December 25, 1842; married,
February 15, 1872, at Gloucester, Massachusetts,
Mary Lowe Poole, born April 13, 1837; resides
at Ayer, Massachusetts; a provision dealer.
4. Clara Miriam7, 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. Susan Matilda7, born April 23, 1847; died December
27, 1871, at Harvard; unmarried.
6. Adaline Sawyer7, born July 21, 1849; resides at
7. George Hapgood7, born December 10, 1851; married,
June 14, 1879, at Jay Bridge, Maine, Ada
Frances Ludden, born November 11, 1852, at
Livermore, Maine; resides at Somerville, Massachusetts;
he is a salesman in Boston; s. p.
8. John Bowker, born June 28, 1854; married, February
8, 1893, at Harvard, Carrie Etta Cobleigh,
born in Boxboro, April 10, 1866; settled on the
homestead of his father; a quiet, industrious
and prosperous farmer, a good citizen, and from
year to year making improvements on his farm.
9. Mary Wetherbee, born December 23, 1857; died
April 27, 1865.
VI. Lydia Haskell6, born July 14, 1819; a bright, cheerful, amiable
girl, never leaving home for any great length of
time till her marriage, November 27, 1877, to Jeremiah
Chaplin Hartwell, brother to her sister Susan's husband,
born August 31, 1807, in Shirley, where he died
suddenly of heart failure in a field near his house,
October 14, 1878. In 1879 her sister came to live
with her till 1881, when they removed to Harvard Centre.
She married second, April 10, 1883, Luke Whitney
of Bare Hill, West Harvard, an honorable, upright,
well-to-do farmer. On the second day of July, 1884, he
climbed an old cherry tree, quite near the house, for
some cherries, and in his eagerness for the fruit, ventured
too far out on a limb, which broke and precipitated
him to the ground, causing a compound fracture
of the spine. Death did not immediately ensue, but
sensation was, below the upper break, suspended,
while the brain remained normal to the time of death,
July 11, 1884. This calamity caused her sister
Elizabeth to open her arms and welcome her back to
her home. They remained in the Holman house till
1891, when, having ample means, they bought a house
lot on the Littleton road, near the common, and built
the pretty house occupied by them to the time of the
death of her sister, January 2, 1897. She still resides
there; no children.
VII. Lucy6, born June 6, 1823; resided with her parents, and
died unmarried, September 27, 1859.
JOEL5 (Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1) was born in Harvard, March 26, 1788, and educated in the Old
Mill school. He bought, of his father, for $620, a part of the old homestead farm and dwelling, founded by his grandfather Shadrach3, about 1727, and settled there; deed signed by Shadrach and Elizabeth, April 12, 1809, recorded May 29, 1809. [Worcester Register of Deeds, Book 175, Page 292.]
The house was one of the first of large frame houses built in what was then Stow, but became Harvard on the incorporation of that town in 1732, and was located about one and one-fourth miles north of the first meeting-house, on what was known as "Stow Leg." The building was of the Colonial style, two stories in front and running down back to one story, with long kitchen, large chimney, fireplace, oven and ash pit; it also served as dining, sitting and reception room on ordinary occasions. It had a portico in front with large hall opening into spacious rooms on either side. It was glazed with lozenge-shaped glass, set in lead, a portion of which remained down to the early part of the present century, as we well remember; the other part was presumably stripped of its lead and bestowed to the cause of liberty, in the shape of bullets. Here the large families of the two Shadrachs, Joel and Jonathan, were reared, and educated 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 in the opposite direction. Previous to his marriage, in 1812, Joel built the annex, or house, at the west end of the original mansion, connected with and opening into it, so that he could at all times pass in and out, as his duty in caring for the comfort of his parents might require, by day or night. He bought the "Deacon Stone" farm, off the main road, about midway
between his own farm and the middle of the town, and carried it on for many years, but finally disposed of it. He also owned other outlands, and was a prosperous and wealthy farmer.
His son Jonathan succeeded to the occupancy 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 his son Charles assumed the conditions of the covenant.
Joel married first, November 12, 1812, Sally7 Fairbank, born September 23, 1792, died January 19, 1820, daughter of Jonathan6 Fairbank (born September 4, 1758, died September 8, 1840), by his wife, Hannah Hale of Stow, born April 27, 1763, died September 19, 1849, and granddaughter 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 of Deacon Joseph4, born, 1693, died December 6, 1772; married, April 21, 1718, Mary Brown, who died November 14, 1791, and great great granddaughter of Captain Jabez8 (born in Lancaster 8:11: 1670, died March 2, 1758), and his wife, Mary Wilder, born in 1675, died February 21, 1718, and great great great granddaughter of Jonas2 Fairbank, one of the original proprietors of Lancaster, who married, May 28, 1658, Lydia, daughter of John Prescott, who came from Sowerby, 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 of Jonathan and Grace (Lee) Fairebanke, who came from Yorkshire to Boston,
1633, and Dedham, 1636, bringing Jonas in infancy. He was a man of consideration and moral worth and allied in England to men of standing. He was, without doubt, the common ancestor of all New England families who spell their names Fairbank or Fairbanks. Joel Hapgood married second, January 30, 1822, Charlotte, daughter of Jason and Silence Mead, born December 22, 1791.
He was the youngest of the four robust sons of Shadrach4, all frugal, industrious and prosperous farmers. They all had peculiar and similar traits, and yet each had considerable individuality. Their lands were cultivated and kept exceedingly neat and in good taste, fenced mostly with massive stone walls, ever in good repair, crops gathered promptly, and a village of buildings, nicely painted, seemed to be their delight. Order was the rule of the household and farm. Everything must be in place, and there must be a place for everything. They were all fairly good mechanics, but none great scholars, nor have any of the four, except in a single instance, a great grandchild living bearing the Hapgood name. It is painful to see so many of these old American families becoming extinct. He was favored 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 neatly parry the ready wit of a rival. Having no children of her own, she readily adopted and devoted herself to the three children by the first wife, none of which ever regarded her as any other than their own dear mother. We copy from the Clinton Courant of December 31, 1881, the following notice:
The quiet little town of Harvard was very pleasantly agitated on Thursday, the 22d inst., in a 'reception' given by Mrs. Charlotte Hapgood,
at her residence, from 12 M. to 3 P. M., in commemoration of her ninetieth birthday. The weather was quite unpropitious, but about ninety of her neighbors and friends assembled to pay their respects to the dear memories of the past and the bright hopes for the future. Few people of her age are in a better state of preservation. Her step is not as elastic as it was forty years ago, but she moves about with great facility, and can walk her mile with as much ease as some younger persons; nor is her sight or hearing very much impaired. She has always enjoyed good health, and we attribute this very largely to her cheerful disposition. It was her loveliness and magnetism of character that drew together so many loving hearts upon the present 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; and although she is not able to minister to the sick and needy as generously as in earlier days, she sympathizes fully with those who are sick or in trouble.
The 30th of January, 1822, was a fortunate day for the late Joel Hapgood, when Charlotte Mead consented to become his companion for life, and a mother to his three small children. We have known her intimately from infancy, have shared her kindness, partaken of her generous hospitality, and may say, without any attempt at flattery, that no family ever had a more conscientious, self-sacrificing, devoted mother than did this one; in fact, we have never seen her in anger; we have often seen her rise in her lofty, womanly dignity, in scorn above some uncivil remark, some discourteous treatment, but we have never witnessed that unreasoning ebulition, that sort of volcanic explosion that sometimes emanates from certain quarters. She was more likely to parry such assaults by some humorous or witty retort, in such gentle, smiling manner as to place the offender hors de combat and compel his respect. Another peculiarity of this woman's life was that she always had plenty to do. What a blessing! She never ate the bread of idleness, nor did Satan find in her nimble fingers any mischievous desires to appropriate. And now I say to the young reader, her example is before you. Do you covet longevity? Be cheerful, be industrious, 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 by first marriage.
37 I. Jonathan Fairbank6, born January 15, 1814; married first,
II. Hannah6, born May 14, 1815; married first, April 14, 1836,
Hiram, son of Thomas and Polly (Whitney) Houghton,
born in Harvard, 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 town of Harvard,
adjoining that of his father on the opposite side of
the road, and resided there about four years. He
was the only child of his parents, whose advancing
years and declining health rendered it proper and
fitting that he should dispose of his farm and return
to the old homestead, in charge of the farm and his
venerable parents. 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 brother of Julia Adelaide Gamage, the wife of her
brother, Warren Hapgood, born January 19, 1815.
Left an orphan at the age of eight years, he was
placed on a farm at Westminster, Massachusetts,
where he remained six years, and then returned to his
native city. After a period spent at Mr. Thayer's
celebrated Chauncey Hall School, he entered a wholesale
dry-goods store in Central street, where he
remained several years; later on, he was employed by
Ladd & Hall, who were doing an extensive Nova
Scotia trade. For many years cashier and confidential
clerk with that firm in Chatham street, and on the
death of Mr. Ladd, the senior member, became a
partner, under firm name of John G. Hall & Co., which
continued up to the time of his death. He resided
with his widowed mother till her death, 1867, and
then removed to Charlestown where he died, March
He became an active member of Tiger Engine
Company No. 7, 1835; member of Boston Light
Infantry, 1838; Attentive Fire Society, 1867, and was a
member of the 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 widow resides at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts,
and well sustains 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, May 16, 1831, Rebecca W. (Brooks) Davis of Templeton, Massachusetts. She died May
JONATHAN6 FAIRBANK was born in Harvard, 1758, settled on the homestead of his father, 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
July 22, 1874.
2. Jonathan7, born December 29, 1788; was twice married;
lived with his parents during the brief period of his
first marriage, but after the second (1821), he bought
the Gates farm, adjoining, and built the mansion
house, where he spent the remainder of his days.
The following obituary appeared in the Clinton
Courant, October 22, 1881.
Died, on the 3d inst., after a brief illness of three days, at the advanced age of ninety-two years, Deacon Jonathan Fairbank.
In this death the town has sustained the loss of one of its oldest and most esteemed citizens. He was born in the old Fairbank mansion, in the south part of Harvard, called "Bare Hill," December 29, 1788, and descended from Jonathan and Grace (Lee) Fairbank, who came to this country from Yorkshire, England, about 1636, and who are presumed to be the common ancestors of all of that name in this country. Here he was raised to habits of industry and economy, receiving a good common-school education, where he was regarded an excellent scholar.
Quite early in life he manifested superior mechanical and artistic skill and taste, and many traces of his originality may still be seen in the houses of his kindred, in designs for furniture ornamentation, both in carving and painting, and in fancy and ornamental inscriptions of various kinds. His minority was, however, spent with his parents on the farm, but on arriving at his majority, he at once commenced mechanical business, first as a carpenter, and later, cabinet maker. It must be borne in mind that at that early period there were no ready-made furniture stores 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 town to-day. Nor was it possible to buy a set of tools such as are in the hands of the merest tyro of to-day; and our young aspirant had to make his own simple set of tools. His success was the more remarkable since he never served an apprenticeship to any trade, but took it up by mere force of will and natural ingenuity; and many a bridal outfit was the result of the taste, skill, and handiwork of young Fairbank, as may be seen to-day in some of the old houses in his native town.
February 25, 1817, he married Hannah Howard of Bolton, still making a pleasant home under the paternal roof, working most of the time in his little
shop where he had been so successful, but occasionally assisting his father, during hurried seasons, in farming. His wife died in 1819, aged twenty-four years. September 19, 1820, he married Sally Hartwell of Littleton.
In the spring of 1821 be purchased the large and well-known "Gates farm," adjoining his father's, which he then occupied. The old Gates house was not, however, to his taste, and during the following summer he built the large mansion house on the main road. This was his happy home for nearly sixty years, and here the last rites of sepulture were performed.
By the second marriage were born two sons -- Jonathan Howard, in 1825, and Daniel Hartwell, in 1830. J. Howard deceased in 1840, D. Hartwell alone surviving both parents. Howard, as he was familiarly called, was a bright, intelligent, promising boy, and his early death cast a deep gloom over his parents for years, and even down to the very end of his life the deacon could not speak of his darling boy without a pang.
In his business of farming he was admirably sustained in all his movements by a most estimable wife, whose energy and good judgment were ever equal to any emergency. The milk of twenty cows was to be converted into butter and cheese; wool must be carded, spun, and woven into cloth for family use--nay, more, must be cut and made into garments; company must 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 the Orthodox faith, his parents remaining in that fold to the end of their honorable lives. It was prior to the pastorate of the Rev. Mr. Blanchard that an unhappy schism separated the first church, the Orthodox or Puritanic branch seceding and building a new house of worship, while the Unitarian or Monotheistic branch remained in the old church. The subject of these remarks remained with the latter. He was tendered the best pew in the house, was elected deacon, which office he held for fifty-eight years, and was a most constant worshipper as long as he could hear. He was of even temper and at peace with all men. No one ever spoke ill of him, or had occasion to. Not a teetotaler, but strictly a temperate man during the whole of his long life, and this, together with his cheerful disposition and regular habits, as well as constant industry, working down to within three or four days of his final departure, 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 life and character to others.
"Deacon Fairbank was a captain of militia during 1812-14. He was chosen deacon of the first church (Unitarian) of Harvard in 1823, holding that office for fifty-eight years. He was the fifth and last of five deacons Fairbank, in unbroken succession in Harvard's-first church from its 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 October 1, 1811, at Stewartstown, New Hampshire; she died August 20, 1886, at Ashburnham, Massachusetts; resided in Templeton, where he died, 1874, a prominent and prosperous farmer.
I. Daniel6, born May 13, 1832, at Templeton (by first wife),
the only great grandson and heir by the name of
Hapgood, from Deacon Daniel, the inheritor of the
homestead of Shadrach the first; died February 4,
1861, at Townsend; unmarried.
II. John Dearth6, born July 12, 1837 (by second wife); died
September 9, 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. Mary Esther6, born October 8, 1841; married, June 18,
1859, David William Day, born March 30, 1837, at
South Orange, Massachusetts; resides at Leominster,
1. Frank E.7 Day, born May 16, 1860, at Leominster.
2. A son7, born May 14, 1862, at Clinton, Massachusetts.
3. Minnie B.7, born December 13, 1864, at Leominster;
married, August 5, 1887, Charles Marsh
of Swanzey, New Hampshire.
4. Julia A.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
of Pembroke, New Hampshire.
6. Walter Edward7, born September 5, 1870, at
Leominster; married, March 22, 1893, Minnie
E. Marsh of Swanzey.
7. Hannah Colton7, born January 22, 1873, at Fitchburg;
married, July 4, 1894, at Leominster,
Fred O. Bishop of Swanzey.
8. Mabel Kendall7, born February 19, 1875, at Fitchburg;
married at Leominster, August 7, 1893,
Fred Foster of England.
9. Arthur John7, born September 27, 1878, at Leominster.
10. Blanch Elizabeth7, born December 1, 1880.
11. Charles7, born September 20, 1882.
12. Warren Hollis7, 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 of Reverend Joseph Estabrook of Concord, one of the first settlers and minister there, for nearly fifty years. She was a woman of rare ability and a real helpmeet in the rearing of their numerous family.
After his father's death he removed from West Acton to East Acton, on the "Great Road" from Boston to Keene, New Hampshire, then the great thoroughfare of travel through Acton.
He filled various offices of trust in his native town, was commissioned, in 1827, Captain of Militia company, Third regiment, First brigade, Third division of Infantry, and was for many years identified with the history of the town. Besides carrying on his large farm, he was usually engaged in other business enterprises. He invested in real estate in the city of Lowell, when that place was becoming a
manufacturing centre, and after his time for active business had passed, he moved there to spend his declining years, two of his children having settled there before him. He left a visible monument to his memory in the rows of beautiful elms he planted, bordering the road through his farm 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, born June 8, 1820; married, July 26, 1846, at
Lowell, Roxana, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Wilson,
born 1825, at New Boston, New Hampshire. He died
at New Orleans, April 21, 1867; a merchant.
I. Henrietta8, born 1847; died 1864, at New Orleans,
II. Sarah Wilson8, born 1848; died at Lowell, 1852.
III. George Woodman8, born 1850; killed at Boston
by railroad accident, 1880.
IV. Fred Eugene8, born July 29, 1854; went to sea and
not since heard from.
V. Wilson8, born 1858, at Mount Sterling, Illinois;
died there February, 1859.
II. Mary Elizabeth7, born January 14, 1822; married, June 6,
1849, at Nashua, New Hampshire, Elbridge, son of
John and Sallie (Jones) Robbins, born in Acton, March
23, 1811; a large farmer and dealer in live-stock; died
October 19, 1890. His widow still survives him.
1. Chauncy Bowman8 Robbins, born April 15, 1850;
succeeded to his father's large farm and business
in Acton; unmarried.
2. Howard Jackson8, born March 14, 1852; married,
September 27, 1883, at Independence, Kansas,
Urena, daughter of Doctor J. D. Hollis of Knoxville,
3. Sarah Frances8, born August 30, 1854; married,
July 21, 1879, at Acton, Silas Taylor, son of John
and Martha (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,
May 25, 1885, Amelia Harriet Nichols,
born September 20, 1865, at Danbury, Connecticut;
resides in Acton, a live-stock dealer.
6. George Harvey8, born October 29, 1862; resides
in Acton; a druggist, unmarried.
39 III. William Estabrook Stearns7, born November 19, 1823;
married, February 17, 1847, Maria Haven of Lowell.
IV. Frances Emily7, born October 2, 1825; married first, at
Nashua, New Hampshire, May, 1850, Wesley Hindman;
died in Massachusetts, 1865, and she married
second, at Galveston, Texas, July 17, 1871, Abram
Hoxie of Easton, New York; resides in Galveston; a
civil engineer. 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. Charlotte Maria7, born August 21, 1829; married, January
17, 1855, at Boston, Lewis Lawry of Vinal Haven;
resides in Taunton; a manufacturer.
1. Lillian Gertrude8 Lawry, born November 30, 1868,
at Newburyport; unmarried.
VII. Annette7, born August 8, 1831; resides in Taunton;
VIII. Sarah Robbins7, born May 6, 1834; married, June 25, 1867,
at Galveston, Texas, Henry Jackson Beebe, born
Louisville, Kentucky, about 1834, reared in New
Orleans, where he became a wholesale merchant;
removed to Galveston in 1873, and died there April 25,
1. Inez Florence8 Beebe, born September 30, 1868, at
New Orleans; 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
July 4, 1890.
IX. James7, born May 29, 1836; died May 1, 1851, at Acton.
X. Ellen Augusta7, born June 20, 1838; married, November
13, 1866, at Galveston, James Taylor Huffmaster,
born at Newport, Kentucky; resides in Galveston;
1. Helen8 Huffmaster, born March 6, 1868.
2. Blanche8, born July 9, 1874.
3. Beatrice8, born September 19, 1875.
4. Edna8, born November 20, 1877.
5. Hu Taylor8, born February 3, 1880.
XI. John Estabrook7, born October 19, 1840; married, August
20, 1874, at Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth
Lowey Payne, born September 3, 1857, at Coal Valley,
Pennsylvania, daughter of James Payne, Jr.; resides
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; machinist.
I. Lowey Payne8, born March 21, 1876, at Pittsburgh,
where he resides; a doctor.
II. James Estabrook8, born January 22, 1885.
III. Frances Sarah8, born October 14, 1894.| Twins.
IV. Chauncy Lewis8, born October 14, 1894.|
XII. Abbie Victoria7, born January 20, 1843; married, December
20, 1866, at Lowell, Hiram Edwin Wheeler, born
in Concord, Massachusetts; resided at Lowell; a
merchant; died November 2, 1875, and she married
second, April 14, 1894, at Lowell, James Menzies of
Montrose, Scotland; resides in City of Mexico; manager
of Mexican Telephone Company.
1. Ethel Gertrude8 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, born at Rockingham,
Vermont, September 2, 1806; died January 7,
1861, at Ovid, New York. His widow died at same
place, September 8, 1884.
1. Calista Ann8 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. Joseph Bartlett8, 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.
He was graduated from Madison Theological
Seminary, 1867, ordained a Baptist minister, and
died May 30, 1889.
4. Hannah Hapgood8, 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,
George Baldwin of Concord. She married second,
Nathan Raymond of Boxboro', born 1787. She died
November 23, 1855.
1. Harriet8 Raymond, born March, 1836; died 1873,
2. Ephraim Hapgood8, born March, 1838; married
Eunice Blanchard; resides in Somerville; a
3. Marcus Morton8, born February 1, 1841; married
and resides in Somerville; a milk dealer.
III. Maria7, born May 14, 1809; married, January 1, 1829, Ira
Stockwell of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, born 1805.
1. George Baldwin8 Stockwell, born July 21, 1830;
died December 3, 1886.
2. Cyrus Hapgood8, 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,
of wounds received in battle.
3. Eben Smith8, born April 17, 1838; resided at
Healdsburg, California, where he died March
4. Ann Maria8, 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 of Cavendish, Vermont.
V. Ann7, born February 25, 1817; drowned in a small brook,
quite near the house, September 10, 1819.
VI. Thomas Tuttle7, born October 26, 1820; died October 27,
41 VII. Andrew7, born August 28, 1823; married Eliza Ann Adams
of Hollis, New Hampshire.
VIII. Edwin7, born July 21, 1830; died August 8, 1831.
NATHANIEL6 (Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 21, 1784; married by Reverend E.
Ripley, February 22, 1810, Rebecca, daughter of Nathan and Abigail Stowe of Concord, born May 22, 1783; died February 28, 1873. He died February 10, 1874, at Acton; a farmer and leading citizen.
I. Nathan Stowe7, born December 13, 1810; died December
II. Rebecca7, born March 7, 1812; died June 28, 1836.
III. Mary7, born April 19, 1814; died March 24, 1816.
IV. Nathaniel7, born March 5, 1816; taught school in early manhood;
went to California, 1849; returned to the farm at
Acton and was for many years one of the "selectmen,"
a prominent and much esteemed citizen. Driving with
his uncle, Benjamin Franklin, was struck by a train on
the Fitchburg Railroad at Hapgood's Crossing in West
Acton, and both were instantly killed, March 17, 1864.
He was unmarried.
42 V. Cyrus7, born July 16, 1818, at Acton; married, January 18,
1842, Eleanor Wheeler.
43 VI. Joseph7, born May 26, 1821; married, August 11, 1847,
Almira Jane Holmes.
VII. Mary7, born May 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 April 26, 1873. He died December 21, 1874, at Acton. An excellent farmer, and respected citizen.
I. Mary7, born April 9, 1818; died March 15, 1822.
II. Simon7, Jr., born January 19, 1823; married, February 27,
1853, Mrs. Abby (Howard) Willis of Warwick, Massachusetts,
born January 25, 1821. Had adopted son,
Oscar Duane, son of Wellington Fisk, born May 17,
1859, at New Salem, Massachusetts; adopted March
2, 1861, and resides at Orange, Massachusetts; a
III. Nathan Frazier7, born May 4, 1825; married, July 4, 1862,
Mrs. Mary (Temple) McCollom of Acton, born March
I. Flora Lamira8, born March 30, 1863, at Ashby;
II. Lula Viola8, born March 11, 1866, at Ashby;
IV. Lucy7, born July 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 in Fitchburg, where most of his children were born; removed to Acton, where he died January 15, 1867. An industrious, frugal, well-to-do farmer.
I. John7, born January 26, 1827, at Acton; died September 16,
1842, at Fitchburg.
II. Mary Ann7, born October 12, 1829, at Acton; died November
III. David Wood7, born August 24, 1833; married, October 11,
1861, Ann Maria Stockwell, born March 28, 1840,
daughter of Ira and Maria7 (Hapgood) Stockwell of
Acton, granddaughter of Abel Stockwell of Chesterfield,
New Hampshire, and great granddaughter of
Silas Stockwell from Barre to Chesterfield. He
was educated in the public and private schools of
Acton, and at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, New
Hampshire; prevented by illness from teaching, 1852;
went to California, 1853, worked in the mines; with
partially restored health, returned 1859; became interested
in Snow's Pathfinder and Railway Guide, published
in Boston, which he edited nearly up to the
time of his 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
residence in Somerville, Massachusetts, was a resort
for musical people. 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,
at Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Her parents, John and
Mary Ann (Hosmer) Hapgood removed to Acton in
1846, where Clara attended the public schools. Subsequently
she was transferred to Pierce Academy at
Middleboro', then to Appleton Academy, New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, graduating from the advanced class
in the State Normal School, at Framingham. She was
a successful teacher, and after graduating taught in the
High schools of the State, at Marlboro' and Danvers.
January 1, 1869, she married, at West Acton, Frederick
Cushing Nash, born at Columbia, Maine, January
31, 1839. Soon after her marriage, Clara commenced
the study of law, and in October, 1872, was admitted to
the bar of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, being
the first woman admitted to the bar in New England.
Mr. Nash was graduated from Tufts College, 1863;
admitted to the bar of Maine, 1866, where he practised
till 1881, when he removed to Massachusetts, and was
admitted to the bar, with office at Boston and residence
at West Acton; much interested in education and the
cause of temperance, an eminent lawyer, a good citizen,
and highly esteemed.
1. Frederick Hapgood8 Nash, born January 3, 1874,
in Portland, Maine, was graduated from Harvard,
June 26, 1895, elected to the Phi-Beta-Kappa,
the first eight in the class, April, 1894, entered
the Boston University Law School, 1896, and
the next year appointed instructor in contracts,
and is a young man of great promise.
VI. Henry7, born February 5, 1842; resided with his parents
up to the time of the "little unpleasantness with the
South," when he took up arms in defence of his
Country's flag, by enlisting August 31, 1862, in Company
E, Sixth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers;
was in engagements at Ludlow Lawrence's Plantation,
November 18, 1862, Joiners Ford on the Blackwater,
December 12, 1862, Deserted house, January 30, 1863,
Siege of Suffolk, April 11, 1863. Served out his term
of nine months, came home with his company, sick, and
died November 25, 1863. Though cut down so young,
he left to the world the legacy of a noble, upright and
VII. Luke7, born January 13, 1846, at Bolton, Massachusetts;
married, June 30, 1886, at South Hanson, Georgiette
Leavitt, born December 19, 1850, at Columbia, Maine,
daughter of George and Mary Ann Leavitt. He
remained on the farm with his parents till 1874, when
he went to Boston and occupied a stall in Washington
Market up to 1882. In 1886 he removed to Brockton
and went into the grocery and provision business,
which he is still prosecuting energetically. No children.
VIII. Ephriam7, born October 22, 1848, at Acton; married, April
15, 1875, at Waltham, Catherine Heleanor, daughter
of Uriah and Mary Ann (Coolidge) Hadley, born February
13, 1852. He was graduated from Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island, Class of 1874,
studied Theology at Newton Theological Seminary,
ordained a Baptist minister, October 21, 1875, at South
Windham, Vermont; removed to Nebraska 1878, having
been previously called to the pastorate of the Baptist
church in Seward City. His next pastorate was
in David City, Nebraska. He returned East and was
settled over the church at South Hanson, Massachusetts.
He is now (1896) in the service of the Massachusetts
Total Abstinence Society.
I. Marion Hadley8, born March 17, 1876, a graduate
of the State Normal School, 1895, now a teacher.
II. Ernest Granger8, born February 12, 1878, at South
Windham; now fitting for college at Colby
Academy, New London, New Hampshire.
VI. Henry7, born February 5, 1842; resided with his parents
up to the time of the "little unpleasantness with the
South," when he took up arms in defence of his
Country's flag, by enlisting August 31, 1862, in Company
E, Sixth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers;
was in engagements at Ludlow Lawrence's Plantation,
November 18, 1862, Joiners Ford on the Blackwater,
December 12, 1862, Deserted house, January 30, 1863,
Siege of Suffolk, April 11, 1863. Served out his term
of nine months, came home with his company, sick, and
died November 25, 1863. Though cut down so young,
he left to the world the legacy of a noble, upright and
VII. Luke7, born January 13, 1846, at Bolton, Massachusetts;
married, June 30, 1886, at South Hanson, Georgiette
Leavitt, born December 19, 1850, at Columbia, Maine,
daughter of George and Mary Ann Leavitt. He
remained on the farm with his parents till 1874, when
he went to Boston and occupied a stall in Washington
Market up to 1882. In 1886 he removed to Brockton
and went into the grocery and provision business,
which he is still prosecuting energetically. No children.
VIII. Ephriam7, born October 22, 1848, at Acton; married, April
15, 1875, at Waltham, Catherine Heleanor, daughter
of Uriah and Mary Ann (Coolidge) Hadley, born February
13, 1852. He was graduated from Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island, Class of 1874,
studied Theology at Newton Theological Seminary,
ordained a Baptist minister, October 21, 1875, at South
Windham, Vermont; removed to Nebraska 1878, having
been previously called to the pastorate of the Baptist
church in Seward City. His next pastorate was
in David City, Nebraska. He returned East and was
settled over the church at South Hanson, Massachusetts.
He is now (1896) in the service of the Massachusetts
Total Abstinence Society.
I. Marion Hadley8, born March 17, 1876, a graduate
of the State Normal School, 1895, now a teacher.
II. Ernest Granger8, 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, Perciveranda Joy of Brattleboro', Vermont, born March 23, 1812; resided in West Acton, on the homestead. The following appeared in the journals of the day:
"Fatal accident on the Fitchburg Railroad: -- a wagon, containing two gentlemen, named Benjamin F. and Nathaniel Hapgood (his nephew), while crossing the track of the Fitchburg Railroad, 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 the men 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. Alonzo Franklin7, born December 8, 1835; died July 6,
1872, at Brattle 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
public schools; entered the store of his brother-in-law,
Charles Robinson, in West Acton, and later went as
clerk in the extensive miscellaneous goods store of
James Tuttle & Company, South Acton. The firm
name was changed to Tuttle, Jones & Wetherbee, but
his valued 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 other offices of honor and responsibility; a
prompt, energetic, and reliable business man, worthy
the generous confidence reposed in him.
I. Ida Augusta8, 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. Frank Elbridge8, born July 25, 1878; graduated
from the 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,
August 13, 1822. He died December 22, 1891, at
West Somerville, and his widow, December 27, 1891.
CHILDREN, all born in West Acton.
1. Lizzie Maria8 Robinson, born August 11, 1859.
2. Charles Ellis8, born February 18, 1861; died
October 31, 1862.
3. George8, born September 18, 1864.
4. Mabel Louise8, born October 14, 1871.
5. Edward Hollis8, 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,
April 11, 1890.
I. Emily Jeannette8, 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
Hudson, Michigan; unmarried.
VII. Elvira7, born January 28, 1847; married, December 9, 1870,
William C. Ames, born in Marlboro', Vermont, September
17, 1849; resides in Hudson, Michigan; a
farmer. No children.
VIII. Emily7, born September 16, 1849; married, May 18, 1871,
Albert E. Thurber, born February 16, 1843, at Guilford,
Vermont; resides at Brattleboro', Vermont; a
1. Minnie E.8 Thurber, born December 14, 1875.
2. Rubie Evelyn8, born June 29, 1887.
IX. Eugene7, born September 23, 1851, at Acton; went to
Brattleboro' and worked for his uncle; removed with
his mother to Pella, Iowa, where she purchased a
small farm which he and his brother George cultivated.
They removed to Hudson, Michigan, where she bought
land which her sons cultivated successfully. They
bought more land and raised garden vegetables and
small fruits for the town market, up to the death and
their mother. George died, 1890, and Eugene inherited
the property and continued the business; unmarried.
EPHRAIM6 (Hezekiah5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 3, 1785; removed with his father, 1797, from Stow, Massachusetts, to Waterford, Maine, where he resided 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,
at Waterford, Charles Asia Ford, born December 20,
1810, at Sumner, 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. Acelia Emma8, born November 25, 1837; resides
with her brother Charles, in Portland; unmarried.
3. Oscar Rodolphus8, 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,
and now in New York in mercantile business.
4. Ella Frances8, born May 30, 1843, at Waterford;
resided in Boston, Assistant Matron at Institution
for the Blind, and later held a position at
Parker House; unmarried.
5. Ada Augusta8, born September 29, 1846; married,
September 28, 1875, at Melrose, Massachusetts,
John M. Houdlett of Dresden, Maine; resides
in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
44 II. Sherman Willard7, born January 12, 1815, at Waterford;
married, May 4, 1839, Abigail Fletcher of North Anson,
III. Frances Willard7, born January 30, 1817, at Waterford;
resides with her brother Sherman at North Anson;
IV. Conant Brown7, born July 3, 1818; died December, 1838;
a saddler at North Anson; unmarried.
45 V. Charles C.7, born July 31, 1821; married, October 19, 1843,
Salome Savage of Kingfield, Maine.
VI. Nancy Longley7, born August 2, 1825; married March 10,
1844, at North Anson, Gustavus, son of Daniel and
Olive Stewart, a lawyer at North Anson, born June 8,
1817; died August 28, 1853. She resided several
years in Boston, and married second, November,
1867, William Weymouth, born September, 1825;
died October 1, 1885. She died January 7, 1892, and
was interred at North Anson with her first husband.
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 he died November 24, 1871; a large and
prosperous farmer and prominent citizen. His widow died September 2, 1872.
46 I. William7, Jr., born May 28, 1814; married, December 31,
1840, Maria McKay of Saccarappa, Maine.
II. Maria7, born April 30, 1816, at Saco, Maine; married,
1842, Stephen L. Ladd. She died October 24, 1865,
at East Fryeburg.
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,
born November 22, 1859, at Fryeburg.
5. William Byron8, born March 4, 1853, at Denmark;
married, November 25, 1880, Cora Etta Harnden,
born October 11, 1860, at Fryeburg.
6. Adela Maria8, born December 1, 1857; died September
IV. Hezekiah7, born March 25, 1822; married _____, who
soon died; resided at Lowell, Massachusetts; a barber
and musician; died October 14, 1875. No children.
V. Mahalah7, born April 18, 1824; married, 1845, Alfred Perkins
of Nashua, New Hampshire; a mechanic. She
died July 4, 1855.
1. Child, died young.
2. Child, died young.
3. Abby Jane8 Perkins, born _____; married Frank
Piper; resided in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
VI. Mary7, born October 20, 1825; married, September, 1875,
Samuel Sawyer; a farmer of West Bridgton, where
she resides, 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,
Leonard Abbott, son of Leonard K. and Dorcas L.
(Abbott) Ingalls, born January 5, 1837; resides in Denmark,
Maine; a merchant.
1. Katie F.8 Ingalls, born February 1, 1862.
2. Lilly G.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; died September 7, 1874. He was adjutant of the militia, 1832, on a commission for distributing 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. Abby Jane8 Perkins, born _____; married Frank
Piper; resided in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
VI. Mary7, born October 20, 1825; married, September, 1875,
Samuel Sawyer; a farmer of West Bridgton, where
she resides, 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,
Leonard Abbott, son of Leonard K. and Dorcas L.
(Abbott) Ingalls, born January 5, 1837; resides in Denmark,
Maine; a merchant.
1. Katie F.8 Ingalls, born February 1, 1862.
2. Lilly G.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; died September 7, 1874. He was adjutant of the militia, 1832, on a commission for distributing 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. Sarah Elizabeth8 Howard, born February 28, 1848,
at Harvard; died September 17, 1849, at
2. Jenny Lind8, born July 8, 1850; married, June 30,
1874, James H. Willoughby.
3. George Levi8, 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,
May 21, 1878, Louisa C. Warner, born October
16, 1858, at Chelmsford.
6. Edwin8, born May 18, 1861; was graduated from
7. John Galen8, 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
a practising architect.
IV. Frances Elizabeth7, born June 15, 1829; died December
13, 1887; unmarried.
V. Ann Maria7, born September 14, 1831; died April 4, 1832,
at Waterford, Oxford County, Maine.
47 VI. Andrew Sidney7, born (twin with Ann Maria) September
14, 1831; married, January 18, 1870, Annie Winter of
VII. Antoinette Maria7, born December 8, 1834; resided at
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where she died July 4,
VIII. Helen Louise7, 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; removed to 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 wife died at West Bangor, New York, February 17, 1859.
I. David Thomas7, 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. Harry S.8, born December 4, 1866; died September
II. Laura Jane7, born August 18, 1835; died December 31,
III. Lura Adaline7, born July 21, 1838; married, March 9, 1859,
at Malone, New York, Sylvanus Wait, son of Samuel
and Mehitable 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
to Durango, Colorado.
2. Grace Wait8, born January 19, 1863, at Norway;
resides in Durango, unmarried.
3. Charles Henry8, born at Waterford, Maine; died
IV. Andrew Sprout7, born November 11, 1841; educated in the
public schools of Waterford; worked for his father in
the saw mill till 1861; enlisted in Company G, First
regiment, Maine Volunteers (three months' men);
reported at Washington for service; performed guard
duty till term expired; removed to California, 1862,
and worked in a saw-mill two years; went to Idaho
and worked a placer gold mine for a year or more, then
crossed the Plains, 1,600 miles, to Omaha on horseback,
1865; returned to his native town, resumed his
saw-mill and lumber business; taught school one winter
in Bangor, New York, and two in Waterford; a
man of strict integrity and temperate habits; chairman
of the board of selectmen two years, and represented
the town in the Legislature, 1895; married, July 7,
1870, at Lovell, Maine, Irene, daughter of Eben and
Hannah (Barker) Willard, born December 14, 1844;
died February 12, 1895; no children; he married
second, August 9, 1896, at North Bridgton, Leiona
Green, daughter of Horace W. and Ellen F. (Widbur)
Willard of Waterford, born March 20, 1870.
V. Charles Henry7, 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, January 26, 1798; died July 26, 1876, at Bethel, Maine. The proprietors of the town of Waterford, in order to encourage immigration, gave to a few of the first settlers, their lands. They also offered a premium of fifty acres of land to the 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 town affairs. Died September 29, 1864.
I. Lucy Elizabeth7, born May 7, 1817, at Boston; married,
January 11, 1838, at Bethel, John Bryant of Waterford,
born May 2, 1808; removed to Cambridge, Massachusetts,
about 1840; 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 her family to Waltham, Massachusetts, July, 1883,
where she now 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. William Salmon7, 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,
December 29, 1828.
50 IV. John Francis7, born September 9, 1824; married, April 25,
1851, Mary L. Young of Sherburn, New Hampshire.
V. Martha Jane7, born September 4, 1829; died March 20,
VI. Abigail Swan7, born February 16, 1832; died November 10,
51 VII. Richard7, born February 24, 1841, at Waterford; married
Nellie G. Pike.
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
Jollie Hamlin, born September 4, 1811; died June 25,
1886. She died March 29, 1893. Had one child, died
52 II. Artemas7, born September 2, 1816; married, September 17,
1848, at Sweden, 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, at Harrison, Joseph Adams, born at Stoneham,
Maine, August 6, 1819; resides at North Bridgton,
1. Ella Maria8 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. Mary Ann8, born October 20, 1846, at Stoneham;
died August, 1855.
3. Calvin Hapgood8, 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,
born at Sweden, April 23, 1834; resides in
5. Daniel Townes8, born November 11, 1854, at Stoneham;
married, October 26, 1884, at Waterford,
Ella F. Abbott, born March, 1861, at Fryeburg,
Maine; resides at Sweden; a farmer.
6. Lemuel Goodwin8, born August 29, 1858, at Stoneham;
resides at North Bridgton; unmarried.
7. Joseph Nelson8, born January 9, 1860; married,
November 8, 1887, Hattie Gertrude Flint, born
May 21, 1868, at Bridgton; resides at North
V. Eliza7, born February 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. She died at Waterford, January, 1894.
at Waterford, July 24, 1874, Frank T.
Green, born in Portland, November 15, 1848;
resides in Norway, Maine.
5. Flora E.8, born April 10, 1858; married, September
7, 1884, Elma A, Bacon of Norway. She died
May 24, 1885.
6. John8, born January 28, 1860; died September 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. Kate N.8, born March 4, 1868; married, February
11. Ida M.8, born April 30, 1870; married, February
18, 1888, Charles E. Packard.
VII. Lydia7, born March 29, 1831; died April 7, 1833.
VIII. Maria7, born October 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 Commissary department. At the age of twenty-five he had a severe attack of rheumatic fever, which greatly impaired the use of one leg, rendering
, born September 27, 1829; died March 1, 1833.
III. Abigail7, born July 19, 1831; married, December 1, 1851,
at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Albion G. Lewis,
born at Hiram, Maine, September 7, 1826; died at
Portland, February 20, 1881. No children.
IV. Rebecca Nourse7, born June 29, 1833; married, June 8, 1863,
at South Dedham, Massachusetts, Cloyes W. Gleason,
M. D., born May 13, 1821; removed, 1865, to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, where he has since resided,
enjoying a large practice. He is the author of a valuable
book, entitled "Everybody's own Physician; or,
How to Acquire and Preserve Health." No children.
V. Lucy7, born August 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,
August 20, 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. Dana L.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. Cora M.8, born January 12, 1870; resides in Naples.
VII. Oliver7, Jr., born September 11, 1839; died September 11,
VIII. Sarah7, born April 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, born March 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 by first wife.
I. Sarah7, born June 1, 1820, at Constable, New York; married
1. Byron8 Smith, born _____.
2. Elizabeth8, born _____; resided in Boston, where
she died 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,
October 11, 1849, at Malone, Lucy M. Hogel, born
in Canada, October 17, 1824; resides in Cherubusco,
New York; a farmer; no children.
III. Mary7, born March 19, 1824, at Constable; died young.
54 IV. Cyril William7, born March 9, 1825; married, May 9,
1851, Adaline Leigh.
V. Dimis7, born January 16, 1827; married, June 1, 1848, Joel
C. Taylor of 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; resides in Malone;
VI. Marilla7, born December 29, 1828; married William Miller.
1. Kilburn8 Miller, born _____; resides in Hague,
Warren County, New York.
VII. Guy7, born December 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, born January 5, 1839; married, April 15, 1861,
Charlotte Hutchins, and died December 3, 1890, at
Malone; a farmer.
AMOS6 (Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Nathaniel3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born 1799; married, February 25, 1821, Harriet S., daughter of Lemuel Holmes of Malone, born 1801. She died January 29, 1866, and he married second, Mrs. Aldrich Bunker, born 1825; died August, 1892. He died at Malone, May 2, 1875, in his seventy-sixth year.
CHILDREN, all born in Malone.
I. Edwin Cornelius7, born January 1, 1822; died May 5, 1828.
II. Caroline Celia7, born August 24, 1823; married, October
12, 1841, Oren James Ward, born in Vermont, July 21,
1820; settled in New York; removed to Rockford,
Illinois, October, 1852; sold out in 1854; purchased
160 acres and later added 80 more in Iowa, and
occupied the same September 5, 1854. His wife being
feeble, he took her for a tour through Southern Iowa,
Missouri and Kansas, spending July 4, 1871, at Arkansas
City, Kansas. In March, 1872, he purchased what
is now the town site of Genda Springs, Kansas, where
he permanently located. His wife died there May 4,
1. Helen E. Asenath8 Ward, born February 27, 1844,
at Malone; 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,
their present residence.
2. Royal Leroy8, born March 16, 1847, at Lawrence,
New York; married, April 18, 1878, Eva Highland,
born April 15, 1853, at Puma; resides in
Kansas; the owner of several large farms, one
especially devoted to fruit growing, which has
3. Silas Lemuel8, born February 16, 1849, at Lawrence;
married, October 7, 1879, at Princeton,
Missouri, Angie Carter, born March 14, 1850;
resides in Kansas; a hotel proprietor.
4. Henry Oren8, 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,
clear morning he took a couple of friends out to
view the surrounding country. At about 10
o'clock a heavy, black cloud suddenly gathered,
and in twenty minutes a thick mist with fine
rain and snow burst upon them with such fury
as to blind the horses and men so as to prevent
a movement in any direction. The cold became
intense, and the storm continued forty-eight
hours. During the next two days, January 7th
and 8th, eleven dead bodies were brought into
that little town, victims of the blizzard. Henry
escaped with his life, but lost both feet, while
both his companions were frozen to death He
died at Fort Smith, Texas, March 18, 1895.
5. Chester Orson8, 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. Amos Pierce8, 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. Harriet Celia8, born June 14, 1858, at Bethel, Iowa;
married, February 7, 1886, at Genda, Kansas,
James E. Lobdell of New York, born March
30, 1856; resides in Portland, Sumner County,
Kansas; a blacksmith.
8. Herbert Howard8, born April 7, 1860, at Bethel;
married, March 30, 1884, Lizzie Echternach,
born in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1862; resides in
9. Linda Sophia8, born March 9, 1862; died August
10. Llewellyn Orcutt8, born August 23, 1865; resides
III. Harriet Asenath7, born January 23, 1826; married, February
1, 1848, Henry W. Hobbs; resided in Ellenburgh
Centre, Clinton County, New York. No children.
She resides 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. Ruth Amelia7, born May 18, 1833; died May 22, 1851.
56 VIII. Lemuel Bicknell7, 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,
New York; enlisted with his brother, Lemuel,
in Company D, 142d regiment, New York Volunteers,
in War of Rebellion, and was killed at battle of Drurys
Bluff, May 10, 1864. No children.
X. Mary Caroline7, born May 22, 1841, at Malone; married,
March 14, 1866, at Bangor, New York, Ezra J. Carpenter,
born November 19, 1841, at Hinesburg, Vermont;
settled in Constable; a large real estate owner.
Enlisted August 23, 1864, in Company C, Third regiment
Cavalry, New York Volunteers, and was mustered
out June 7, 1865. He engaged in mercantile business
at Whippleville, and in 1893 removed his family thither
another store at Owls Head, New York.
1. Henry Amos8 Carpenter, born January 26, 1867,
at Constable; married, November 29, 1893, at
Tacoma, Washington, Lelia May Carpenter;
resides in New York City; a railroad contractor.
2. Fred Wesley8, born November 9, 1868, at North
Yakima, Washington; married there, July 3,
1890, his third cousin, Emma Carpenter; resides
at Yakima; a farmer.
3. Frank Lemuel8, born October 16, 1870; married,
July 29, 1896, Fannie Benedict of Ottawa,
Canada; resides in Whippleville; in general
merchandise business with his father.
4. Ada Blanche8, born December 17, 1872; resides
with her parents.
5. Albert Ezra8, born December 7, 1874, at Constable;
6. Oren Howard8, born March 13, 1877, at Constable.
7. Caroline Elizabeth8, born August 20, 1878; resides
with her parents at Whippleville.
8. Wilber Austin8, born April 10, 1885, at Constable;
resides in Whippleville, attending school.
XI. Mindwell7, born January 3, 1844; died August 28, 1870.
XII. Samuel Marsh7, born February 10, 1847; married, January
1, 1874, at Fort Covington, Lucinda Manson; resides
in Belmont; a farmer.
CHILDREN, all born at Malone.
I. Anna Adaline8, born October 21, 1874; married,
September 1, 1894, Fred McGowan.
II. Amos Austin8, born August 27, 1876.
III. James Manson8, born June 19, 1878.
JOHN6 (John5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born March 18, 1807; settled on the Patterson farm and lands
taken from the original homestead of the Hapgoods adjoining, and was quite a prominent citizen, having filled various important offices. He inherited and accumulated a handsome property, which was judiciously 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, was attacked by a disease, probably rheumatism, which caused her joints to swell and ossify to such extent as to deprive her of locomotion, but by the assistance of others, she was moved from one part of the house to another, directing with singular precision the affairs of her household, manifesting great patience and cheerfulness under severe trials. The malady baffled all medical skill, increasing from year to year for nearly thirty years, when the heart of that loving soul and sweet disposition ceased to beat, on the eleventh day of March, 1868. By the aid of his daughters and son-in-law, the business of the farm moved steadily forward; a large house and barn were erected, the families were united and harmonious, and the last years of John's life were crowned with deserved joy and happiness. During all those thirty long years of anxiety for his suffering companion he was gentle, kind, patient, and attentive to every want, and on the 16th of February, 1886, went to his reward.
I. Mary Ann7, born May 7, 1838; married, January 10, 1861,
Charles Corey Maynard, born at Cambridge, Massachusetts,
December 2, 1836. The condition of her
mother's health was such as to require the presence of
the young couple, and they settled with her father on
the homestead which he had created. He is a quiet,
intelligent, kind-hearted man, with a disposition that
would make friends anywhere; generous, faithful and
attentive to the affairs of town, church, or neighborhood,
and withal an industrious and prosperous farmer,
worthy of the homestead of which he is now proprietor.
1. John Edward8 Maynard, born March 17, 1865;
educated at the public schools and Bromfield
Academy; studied civil engineering, which vocation
he desired to fit himself for and follow, but,
being an only child, the loving hearts of his
parents clung to him with such tenacity as to dissuade
him from 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,
and is the able assistant to his father on the
large farm. In 1897 he built a house on the
opposite side of the road from his father, and on
the 5th of January, 1898, married Elizabeth May,
daughter of Henry Hartshorn of Harvard, born
May 1, 1868, and they are now happy in the new
II. Clara Charlotte7, born August 13, 1851; has always resided
with her parents and sister on the homestead; prominent
in all charitable duties; active in the Unitarian
Sunday School and other church and charitable work,
and is a fine assistant in the household affairs, in which
she excels; unmarried.
Henry6 (Jabez5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 2, 1808. Was educated at the public school in "Old Mill"; remained with his parents on the farm during his minority; married, May 8, 1839, Ann Matilda Estabrook, born in Shirley, December 23, 1821; purchased the farm adjoining his father's, including the "Old Mill" built by John Prescott, 1669, then a part of Groton, and after
being incorporated in the town of Harvard, 1732, the northerly part of that town was known as "Old Mill." He was a quiet, industrious, patient man, bearing all the misfortunes of life bravely, but as his wife became a confirmed 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 there and remove to Ayer (then South Groton), to take charge of a large grist mill. He continued this business, under somewhat discouraging circumstances, up to the time of his death, April 1, 1879. His wife never recovered her health, and died at Ayer, July 11, 1888.
I. Charles Henry7, born October 7, 1840, at Old Mill, Harvard.
Educated in the public schools there; learned
the baker's trade, at Groton; worked at Clinton some
years before the war; enlisted for three years in Company
C, Fifteenth regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers,
Infantry; severely wounded in the right shoulder,
placed on invalid corps, remained to end of term;
mustered out, returned to Clinton, and worked at his
trade. Resides in Worcester, unmarried.
II. Augusta Angelina Porter7, born September 22, 1843. Her
mother being too ill to give proper training and instruction
to the child, she was placed in the hands of
her maternal grandparents in Shirley, where she was
educated. In 1864, her mother being still feeble, she
was summoned home, where she remained, faithfully
performing her duty as companion, housekeeper, and
nurse, to the end. She resides in Ayer, unmarried.
JONATHAN FAIRBANK6 (Joel5, Shadrach4, Shadrach3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born January 15, 1814; spent his minority on the farm with his father; received such education as the
district schools of that day afforded, and established for himself a high character for industry, energy, and fidelity. After attaining his 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 kindly cared 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 the Robbins farm in the northwesterly part of the town, and turned his attention to farming. This, however, did not prove as lucrative as he had anticipated, and the 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, in the care of his brother Warren, he, with others, took passage, December 7, 1849, on board the ship "Marcia Cleves" for San Francisco, via Cape Horn, to seek a fortune in that auriferous region. When the tedious six months' voyage was ended, a "sea of troubles" still environed the fortune hunters. No framed houses had at that time been erected in San Francisco, which to-day is the finest built city on the Pacific coast; thousands of miners from all 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 mines about two years with moderate success, returning in November, 1851, for his family. From this project he was, however, diverted; his father, then about sixty-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 he should 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 inherited from 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, wiry frame that seemed never to become weary.
Probably no man of his age and weight (about 157 pounds) in that town had ever performed more hard labor than he. In 1854 he built the large barn, and from time to time greatly improved the farm. He was blessed with twelve children, and the half income of the farm being inadequate to their support, the deficit was supplied by his indomitable energy, lumbering in winter, and doing outside work with his team at other seasons. Nor was he deficient in mental vigor; a genial, social companion of considerable vivacity, quick at repartee, a good neighbor, true as steel and as trenchant, and thoroughly imbued with that stern integrity so characteristic of the Pilgrim Fathers. His principal amusements were with rod and gun, and he was justly counted one of the best shots in Worcester County. He was also an expert pickerel fisherman.
He was fond of music, and many a social party was indebted to his violin and sonorous prompting for their evening's amusement. Still vigorous and active at sixty-two, he was planning new enterprises and improvements on the farm. Late in the autumn of 1875, he began to feel some derangement of the stomach and digestive organs; along into winter he experienced some difficulty of breathing, grew weaker, food was rejected, as in dyspepsia; said he had a "lump" in his stomach; as spring approached he was unable to work, and the farm was carried on by other hands. He could retain
no food upon his stomach, and what nourishment he obtained at last was by absorption. He died August 29, 1876. An autopsy disclosed an indurated cancer in the pyloris, which entirely closed that canal, so that no food could pass from the stomach to the intestines, and death ensued from absolute starvation. Not so painful at first, but seriously distressing at last; and yet he was beautifully calm, brave and uncomplaining, retaining his mental faculties up to within a few moments of the end.
He married, first, December 25, 1839, Susan, daughter of Charles and Susan (Randall) Wetherbee of Harvard, born November 26, 1822. She died February 28, 1842. He married, second, in Ashburnham, 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. Alfred Warren7 (by first marriage), born November 17,
1841; married, at Harvard, March 3, 1861, Eliza
II. Susan Wetherbee7 (by second marriage), born December
31, 1845, at Harvard; married, July 10, 1872, John
Hiram, son of Hiram and Hannah (Drake) Leonard,
born April 23, 1831, at Stoughton, Massachusetts;
educated there in the public schools; graduated from
Bridgewater academy, 1847; learned the painter's
trade in Stoughton; carried on the business in several
towns up to 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 of Petersburg, Virginia; returned home and
worked three years in the Navy Yard at Charlestown;
followed painting in Hudson, Ayer, Leominster and
Marlboro', where he now resides, receiving a small
pension from the government; no children.
VI. Mary Elizabeth7, born December 26, 1853; died June 10,
1869, of typhoid fever.
58 VII. Jonathan Gardner7, born in Harvard, February 10, 1855;
married, December 23, 1877, Mary Adaline Barnard.
VIII. Hannah Gamage7, born November 4, 1856; married, September
25, 1879, Frederick Alonzo, son of Francis L.
and Susan A. Joslin, born in Leominster, August 14,
1855; educated in the common schools; learned the
trade of shoemaking of Isaac Smith, with whom he
lived for eleven years after the death of his father, in
1860; became an expert shoe and shirt cutter; now
employed by the G. A. Gane Shirt Company in
Leominster; an upright, industrious, reliable man;
built a house on Oak avenue, Leominster, 1895, where
he resides, much respected.
1. Theodore Goldsmith8 Joslin, born February 20,
IX. Ella Maria7, born February 11, 1858; lived with her parents
till September 4, 1876, when she resided with her
uncle Warren, in Boston; attended school for three
years; learned dressmaking, and in October, 1882,
removed to Leominster with the intention of pursuing
that business, but her health requiring more exercise,
she felt obliged to abandon that occupation, and on the
12th of December, 1883, entered the employ of F. A.
Whitney & Company, as trimmer in their large baby-carriage
factory in Leominster. She became interested
in the Orthodox Congregational church, to which she
was united November 6, 1887, becoming an active, useful
co-worker in that organization. Having a taste for
music, she learned to play the guitar, and often joined
a troupe to entertain an audience. She remained in
the trimming department of the factory up to the time
of her marriage to Fred Austin Spring, April 26, 1893;
resides in Leominster; a mason by trade.
1. Warren Hapgood8 Spring, born June 19, 1895.
59 X. Charles Butler7, born August 21, 1859; married, August
25, 1880, Frances Augusta Foster of Harvard.
XI. Theodore Goldsmith7, born October 18, 1860; died March
10, 1883, at Duane, Adirondacks, New York. The
following obituary appeared in the Clinton Courant
of April 14, 1883, which we reproduce in full, as giving
a better account of his life than we could give to-day.
"The subject of this notice, Theodore Goldsmith Hapgood, was born in the old Hapgood mansion, at Harvard, Massachusetts, on the 18th of October, 1860. Up to the age of ten he had lived with his parents on the farm, attending the district school and making such progress as boys of his age usually make. His uncle, Warren Hapgood of Boston, believed young Theodore better adapted to some other field of activity than farming, and proposed to his father, the late Jonathan F. Hapgood, to take the boy and educate him either 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 his abode with his uncle. The training in a village school is somewhat different from a city, and in some respects he was hardly up in his studies to enter a grammar school, but through the kindness of Master Page and a pledge from his uncle that he should keep abreast with his class, he was, September 11, admitted to 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, but full of kindness of heart, sweetness of disposition, and a determination to do his whole duty, unflinchingly and without complaint. He was what would be called a thoroughly good boy. Seven years were most agreeably spent in the Dwight school where, by his great industry, patiently toiling through his home lessons and obtaining a double promotion, he graduated, receiving his diploma July 2, 1877.
In point of scholarship he was not the highest, nor was 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 day by sickness nor was he absent but a single day, and that to attend the funeral of his honored father, September 1, 1876; and what is more remarkable and greatly 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 his teacher was usually "conduct excellent." As several of his fellow graduates from the grammar school had decided to enter the Roxbury high school he concluded to join them, and entered September, 1877. For two years
the same habits of industry and punctuality that had carried him successfully through the grammar school won for him the love of his teachers and the respect of his classmates in the Roxbury high school. Military drill is one of the excellent auxiliaries to the Boston system of high-school education. Theodore was fond of this kind of exercise, becoming quite efficient in tactics, even competing for the individual prize. Company A, Roxbury high school, to which he belonged, won the first prize both years, at the prize drill at Boston Theatre.
He regarded the last year in the high school as more ornamental than useful, and as he was in the nineteenth year of his age, and as he 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 of more value to him than in a schoolhouse, he abandoned the last year of his course, and on September 23, 1879, entered a store, selecting the leather business as most congenial to his taste. During the winter of 1881-82 he attended an evening class in Comer's Commercial college. Late in February he took, in these rooms, a slight cold, and as the season advanced, instead of removing it he seemed to add more to it. It did not, however, cause serious alarm till early in April, when a physician was summoned, his lungs examined and found to be inflamed, but not necessarily dangerously so. He was always so patient, brave and uncomplaining that it was difficult to determine how seriously he was affected. As the cough became more aggravated, a trip to a more congenial clime was suggested, and on May 3 he took passage on board steamer for Norfolk, visiting Baltimore, Washington and Richmond, without receiving the slightest benefit. His physician next recommended some hill country, and he was sent to his native town of Harvard. This was as signal a failure as the southern trip, and only seemed to provoke the cough, under the baleful influence of which, he was losing nearly half a pound in weight daily. Another examination of the lungs revealed the melancholy fact that his lungs were much inflamed, and that he was in a very critical condition.
As a last resort his physician now advised his being sent to the Adirondack woods, hoping that the fir-impregnated atmosphere of that 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 kindly undertook to carry the patient thither and to take care of him and administer to his wants. On July 11 they set out upon their tedious journey, and two days later 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 get their meals. The atmosphere here, at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sea level, is very pure, and our patient improved slightly, giving promise of ultimate victory. But this insiduous disease, phthisis, feels not the throbbing heart of relative or friend, and is ever ready to deceive. The patient gained two pounds in weight in a short time, and the night sweats nearly ceased. All this, however, was before winter set in.
As the Lake Meacham House was to be closed for the winter, the patient was removed to the well-kept hotel of William J. Ayres, at Duane, ten miles from Meacham and fifteen from Malone. Relays of fruit and game were sent to him and every care taken of his physical comfort. The most hopeful symptom in the case was, that he ate and slept well. He
and development, to speak, and yet we can not refrain from expressing our appreciation of his uniform courtesy, kindness and gentleness of temper, his affectionate and unselfish disposition and readiness to do a favor for others. The advice of Wolsey to Cromwell, "Be just and fear not," seemed to find a home in his heart. He was one of those rare specimens of a boy who did not think the world all made for him. Nothing seemed to give him greater pleasure than to show attention and respect to elderly people, often going out of his way and sacrificing a delightful hour with young people, to do them a kindness. He was in no sense a fast young man, was strictly temperate in all his habits, never, to our knowledge, using tobacco or spirituous 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 he became more robust and hardy, and at the age of twenty was but little below medium size. Quite as much care had been bestowed upon his physical as his mental development, particularly during his grammar school period.
He became early attached to the Reverend Doctor Edward Everett Hale's Sunday school and society, was baptized by him on Easter Sunday, April 5th, 1874, was deeply interested in the Sunday school, especially while in Mr. Hale's own class, where he was much beloved by his teacher. At the risk of wearying the reader, we make the following extract from a letter received from a very intelligent gentleman, who was for several years his teacher in a more advanced class in the Sunday school: -- "In running back over my memory of our being together in the Sunday school, I have only one thought of him, a manly, true-hearted young man; his bearing in the class was as nearly perfect as it was possible to be, setting a high tone and example to the others, always loyal, earnest and faithful in all he did, and helpful to me in 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 talks with him, and I knew that his aims were high, and that the standard he set for himself was one only to be reached by a truly religious consecration. But your devotion 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 years from childhood to youth passed on into his young manhood, giving such promise of usefulness, which now must have its fruition in another world."
Faithful to every duty at home, in school, in the church, and particularly in his business, where he was as prompt and faithful as he had
been in the other walks of life, his genial temperament and gentlemanly conduct brought around him warm friends 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 a Boston merchant? We do not, but an All-wise Providence has seen fit to remove him just as he was upon the threshold of usefulness, and we are left to mourn his 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 October 14, 1816.
"Advantageously known as a merchant and a gentleman of liberal attainments and enviable social position, is properly the father of this genealogy. For he it was, who, impressed with the various uses it might subserve, and affectionately regardful of the benefit of the race, first conceived the enterprise of snatching it from oblivion; and it has been through his liberality alone that the labors of compilation have been sustained. This acknowledgment may satisfy him, but not his many obliged and ardent friends, nor the Hapgood race. All will be curious to know the minute history of a cousin who has placed them under such obligations.
He was born in Harvard, upon the original Hapgood farm in that town. In childhood he was sprightly but not robust; entered with zest into the sports of his playmates, but had no instinctive willingness for labor upon the farm. He was early sent to the district school, where he was marked for attention to his books, and rare proficiency in every branch of study which he pursued. In his youth he conceived a desire for a liberal education; but instead of being sent to college he was placed in a store at Fitchburg, spring of 1834, where his employer soon failed, and he returned to the
farm, for which the father fondly designed him. A youth, however, who had begun to yearn for college, would not be a farmer."
His stepmother, a most excellent woman, with a kind and generous heart, and sound judgment, took in the situation, and used her best endeavor to have him released from the farm, so distasteful to him, and to place him in a more congenial position, and one better suited to his capacity. Early in September, 1834, the way was opened for him to enter the large general merchandise store of Archibald Babcock, on Charlestown Neck. Goods purchased in Boston by merchants of New Hampshire and Vermont were transported thither by heavy six or eight-horse teams. Babcock kept a large stable and lodging rooms, and it became a rendezvous for these teams and the farmers who marketed their own produce. The teamsters often had orders to buy heavy articles, such as molasses, salt, etc., and much of that trade fell to this store. The introduction of the railroad system, soon after this period, ruined this business. Warren's salary for the first year was $25 and board in the family of Mr. Babcock. He drew no money from his father, and at the end of the year had a balance in the treasury, which was increased by a present of five dollars from his employer. The second year his salary was doubled, but the sale of the business to Simonds & Ford, and the retirement of Babcock before the end of the year, threw him out, and he had to seek employment elsewhere. He had, by force of circumstances, been obliged to practise the most rigid economy, and it was a good lesson for him. It is a blessing in disguise for any young man to be brought in touch with poverty. If by energy and force of character he works his way out, he knows how difficult and dangerous the road is, and he will
be more likely in after life to sympathize with and assist those who are struggling in that direction. Every step forward will bring its reward, and having reached the goal of his ambition, he is equipped to enjoy every blessing that wealth may bring, and more 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 he must forever play a subordinate part in the drama of life. He, however, found employment 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 fine opportunity occurred for indulging his early desire for reading. The large libraries of Boston were now accessible to him, and he left no moment to be wasted in idleness. He appropriated much of his first earnings to the purchase of books, and took lessons in book-keeping, chemistry, rhetoric, the French language, etc. He also belonged to several literary societies, sharing in their honors and offices. But the labors of the counting-house and his reading at home -- the latter frequently extending through the entire night -- made such inroads upon his health it was deemed necessary for him for a time to give up book-keeping, which he did, and spent the winter of 1843-4 at the home of his youth in Harvard. He had never fully abandoned the hope of a liberal education, and at this period, having accumulated sufficient funds, he seriously contemplated entering college; but a difficulty of the eyes, together with his advanced years, induced him, with much reluctance, forever to abandon it. His active mind and temperament required employment, and in the spring of 1844 he returned to Boston and resumed his former
employment. Still feeble in health, which was augmented by the confinement of a counting-room, he at the end of the year determined to try a more active life. He now engaged with a wool and domestic goods commission house, as travelling agent through the Western States; an employment for which his address eminently fitted him. So successful was he, that he was solicited to visit the Southern States for the same 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 and New York, and in attending to the correspondence of the house. He adopted the wise plan of keeping a full journal of all his travels. He also made many pleasant acquaintances, and obtained much valuable information. Greatly improved 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 with Samuel B. Appleton, under the firm name of Hapgood & Appleton, for the purpose of doing a ready-made clothing and tailoring business, at 18 Dock square, Boston. At the end of the first year the firm was dissolved and Hapgood assumed the responsibilities of the concern. The business increased, and in 1855 he removed to the large store, 50 Washington street, where he conducted the three branches, ready-made clothing, tailoring, and gentlemen's furnishing goods.
The store was demolished in 1872, and he moved to number 48, next door. The block in which 48 was situated was sold 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 following year he would retire, having been fifty-three years in active business, forty of which had been on his own
account; never borrowed money or asked for a discount, though said to be the oldest depositor in the Exchange Bank, and always paid one hundred cents on the dollar. On the first of February, 1887, he turned the business over to the Messrs. Richardson & Swett, two of his experienced employees. The building, 17 Court street, was, in 1889, taken down to make room for a more modern structure, and the young firm moved to 21 Court street, taking the old proprietor with them, where he may still be found, a hale and hearty octogenarian. It took several years to settle up the affairs of the old concern, but in 1888, he, with his wife, spent about four months travelling in Europe. Other journeys were made, in later years, to the Pacific Coast, Yellowstone Park, Canada, the Saguenay River, and other points of interest in America.
His mother died of consumption when he was barely three years old, and as he advanced in age, the fatal disease appeared to have made a lodgement in him. Later on, that most distressing malady, asthma, assailed him, and for many years tormented him fearfully; then quietly disappeared, almost entirely. During these critical periods, his physician, the late Doctor Oliver Wendell Holmes, then a practising physician in Boston, advised more out-of-door exercise. The change from the active duties of a New England farmer boy to the close confinement and mental work of a counting-room, together with change of diet consequent, was too much for a constitution, not naturally robust. The physician's recommendation was adopted, and as sporting was his choice, whenever a few hours could be snatched from business, they were appropriated in that way. The beaches and marshes of East Boston, at that period, offered a fair field
for marsh-bird shooting, and thither he occasionally repaired, with gratifying results in health, if not in hunting. This, however, could not be indulged in to any great extent while he was employed as a clerk, but when he went into business for himself, it was different, and he could gratify his taste and spend more time afield than before. That order of Doctor Holmes was undoubtedly the initiative to his future sporting career.
Partridge, woodcock and snipe were much more abundant fifty years ago than at present, and their pursuit afforded him ample exercise and amusement. After his brother Jonathan came in possession of the homestead farm, that was the most favorite resort. Jonathan was 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 treatment under 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. Jonathan was, furthermore, an expert fisherman, especially for pickerel, and the two brothers did not neglect the trout streams in that vicinity. After the death of his brother, Warren found other resorts, but for several years has devoted some time 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 elastic and 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 and animals, led him to the study of ornithology, and to the collecting of specimens; his collection now embraces nearly all of the Limicol‘ (shore
birds), as well as the game birds of New England, with many others. He often remarked that he did not regret any day or dollar spent in sporting, and he firmly believed that if business men would, before it was too late, take an occasional day off, in some kind of congenial out-of-door exercise and amusement, there would not be as many total wrecks of body and mind, as at present reported. It is the "ounce of preventive" that is better than the "pound of cure." Nor did he confine himself alone to the woods and waters of his native State. He fished and hunted the Adirondack and Rangeley regions; caught trout in the Merced, Yellowstone and Washington Territory (now State) streams; spent a part of six or eight winters in North Carolina, quail (partridge) shooting; organized the Monomoy Branting Club in 1862, and was its president and manager for thirty-four years; has been a member of the Massachusetts Fish and Game Protective Association twenty years; also a member of the Boston Art Club, and the Museum of Fine Arts, the Bostonian Society, the New England Historic-Genealogical Society; belongs to Doctor Edward Everett Hale's church, and the Hale Club; has served on the Boston School Board; always a Whig or Republican; subscribes liberally to periodical and other literature; donated a handsome sum to complete the Public Library of his native town, and made an address at its dedication; presented her citizens a clock to be placed upon the Unitarian church; published, in 1894, a History of Harvard for free distribution, no copy ever being sold; and wrote numerous articles for the press, mostly on sporting matters.
Unfortunately for him, he had no children to share with and enjoy the results of his life-work, but he contributed in various ways to aid in such worthy objects as came to his
notice. He took his brother's son, Theodore Goldsmith Hapgood, when he was about nine years old, and kept him in school about as much longer, and would have cheerfully fitted and sent him to college, but the young man preferred mercantile business, and the purpose was abandoned. He also aided several of his brother's other children in the way of education.
It was through his instrumentality that Hell Pond, in Harvard, was stocked with black bass. The fish were taken from Half-Way Pond, in Plymouth, by Thomas Pierce and transported 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 seventeen large bass were liberated, the effort proving in every way successful. He was also most conspicuous in introducing European quail (Coturnix Communis) into this country. Of the thousands that were afterwards imported, from some cause unknown, none are believed to have survived.
"The active duties of business absorbing much of his time, he has found less leisure than formerly for literary pursuits; yet these have not been wholly neglected, nor the happy effects of previous culture obscured. In social intercourse he is frank without being abrupt, genial and sympathetic; and many bear witness to his kindness and generosity.
"As a merchant he is high minded, honorable and energetic. Abhorring those little tricks that tradesmen sometimes resort to, and believing that mere pecuniary gain at the cost of honor 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 had enjoyed the advantages of public and private schools in Boston, receiving
medals from each as the award of scholarship. From her youth to the present time she has been engaged as pupil, teacher, and patron of Sunday schools, and takes an active part in the support and management of various other charitable institutions. She was born July 28, 1821, in Boston, the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Cowdin) Gamage, and the granddaughter of William Gamage, M. D., of Cambridge, by his second wife, Lucy Watson, and great granddaughter of William and Abigail Gamage of Cambridge, and great great granddaughter of Joshua and Deborah (Wyeth) Gamage of Cambridge, the common ancestor of all of the name in this country. He was not improbably a merchant from London, where only was the name reported two hundred and fifty years ago, and then in connection with knighthood. On the maternal side, Mrs. Hapgood was the granddaughter of Daniel Cowdin, by his wife, Zabiah Davis, who was the daughter of the honored and revered General Amasa Davis of Boston, born August 17, 1744; died January 30, 1825, who married 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 merchant of Boston, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 18, 1793; died January 3, 1823; married, May 24, 1812, Sarah Cowdin, born July 27, 1794, in Boston, where she 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. Frank Wesley8, born April 23, 1848; married, January 25,
1878, Jennie Ingalls Hildreth, born in Lowell, May 22,
1849, where he resides, a machinist.
II. Mary Louisa8, born April 23, 1848, twin with Frank Wesley;
died August 25, 1849, at Lowell.
III. James8, born December 25, 1850; married, May 14, 1879,
Etta May Huckins, born June 9, 1859, at Deerfield,
New Hampshire; resides in Lowell, a machinist; s. p.
IV. Charles Haven8, born October 18, 1853; married, December
26, 1875, Luella Googin of Lowell, where he
resides, a jeweler.
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 millwright business; became associated with Milton Aldrich for about seven years in the manufacture of shuttles and wood screws, then went into tinware and stove business 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 a mattress factory, which resulted in the present extensive establishment of E. Hapgood & Son, High street, Lowell. He married, February 19, 1837, Harriet Amanda, 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;
in mattress business. No children.
II. George Currier9, born May 14, 1865; died January
II. Edgar8, born April 1, 1845; resides in Lowell in company
with his brother Edwin, as successors to their father's
extensive business; unmarried.
ANDREW7 (Ephraim6, Ephraim5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born at the home of his father, near the Fitchburg railroad crossing, West Acton, August 28, 1823; educated at the district and private schools; remained on the farm during his minority; went to Lowell and worked at various kinds of mechanical business. His father being feeble, he returned, 1847, to Acton, and assisted in carrying on the farm till his death, February 3, 1849; he then purchased of the heirs their interest in the estate, where he has since lived, and, by industry and frugality, prospered. This farm which Ephraim6 bought was known as the "Brooks estate." Andrew held the office of Justice of Peace for thirty years, and served the town in several minor offices; married, August 12, 1846, at Lowell, Eliza Ann, daughter of William and Martha Lawrence Adams of Hollis, 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 the employ of the American Rubber Company,
1. Walter Andrew9 Dinsmore, born November 25,
II. Lucius8, born February 14, 1851; educated for business;
was in the 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
years been a leading grocer in Lynn, Massachusetts.
She died December 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. Edith Eliza9, born December 2, 1890.
6. Nelson Wolcott9, born May 13, 1892.
IV. Irving8, born July 7, 1858, at West Acton; removed to
Lynn, in 1879; married, September 30, 1885, Annie M.
Kennedy of Whitefield, Maine; is with his brother-in-law,
S. S. Perkins, in the grocery and provision
I. Roy Glendon9, 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
known and popular Lynn express.
I. Edna Frances9, born November 4, 1892.
II. Mabel Eliza9, 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 to work for his uncle Stowe in his soap and candle factory in Concord, and at nineteen, succeeded him in that business. Two years later, 1839, the factory was burned and he lost everything, except "pluck." He next went into the butchering business with Jabez Reynolds, in Concord. Afterwards he removed to Bedford, where for eight years he was in the meat business. He then moved to Cambridge, where for fifteen years he conducted a wholesale slaughter-house for Boston market, and then retired from active business, and has resided in Newtonville, Acton, and now in Everett, Massachusetts.
60 I. Cyrus Stowe8, born November 23, 1842, at Concord; married
Clara Augusta Conner.
II. Henry Augustus8, born March 16, 1845, at Concord; died
March 4, 1849, at Bedford.
III. Ellen Frances8, 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 of Londonderry, New Hampshire, born August, 1827. She died September 28, 1868, at Gibsonville, Sierra County, California. He went to California in 1851, but came back September, 1861, for his wife, two boys, and twin sister, and took passage on board steamer from New York, November 1, 1861, for his residence at Rocky Point, Sierra County. His present residence is Mohawk, Plumas County, California, farmer and miner, still expecting, at seventy-five, to realize a fortune from his mining interests.
I. Nathan Henry8, born September 15, 1848, at Dorchester,
New Hampshire; married, September 20, 1880, Alice,
daughter of Henry M. and Eliza T. Kingsbury of
Berlin, Wisconsin, born May 19, 1854; resides in
Beckwith, Plumas County, California.
I. Maude Estelle9, born July 31, 1881, at Quincy,
Plumas County, California.
II. Iva Alice9, born November 27, 1890, at Reno,
III. Hattie May9, born April 18, 1894, at Reno.
II. Joseph Frank8, born June 7, 1850, at Dorchester, New
Hampshire; went west, engaged in stock raising on
the south 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 no one ever knew how it happened. He was a
man of excellent habits, fearless and determined, and
had he lived would have made his mark in the world;
was not married.
III. Mary Lizzie8, 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
County, California; unmarried.
V. Matthew Holmes8, born August 19, 1865, at Gibsonville;
resides in 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 fair district school education, such as was accorded to the New England boy of that period; removed, May, 1832, to North Anson; learned the harness maker's trade, but subsequently went into hotel business with his brother-in-law, William Brown, keeping the Somerset House at North Anson. They also became interested in 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 about two years. The next enterprise was a tannery, the product of which was converted into harnesses and boots. The sale of boots in that section was limited 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, he concluded to retire and enjoy the closing years of his life at North Anson, in the midst of his family and friends, where he was much beloved and esteemed. He married, May 4, 1839, Abigail, daughter of Joel and Abigail Fletcher of North Anson, born October 12, 1820. He died September 23, 1896, in North Anson, Maine.
I. George Edmund8, 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 North Anson; removed to California, September
12, 1859, and after varying fortunes, in 1868 he
returned to the place of his birth, where he still
resides; a merchant.
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. William Henry8, 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,
but abandoned it to join his brother Solon, in a
hotel at Milford, Massachusetts. Went west, 1876,
and has not since been heard from.
I. Caroline Manley9, 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
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1. Alice10 Baxter, born March 29, 1885.
2. Charles Sherman10, born December 19, 1887.
III. Solon Eugene8, born July 9, 1842; married, December 24,
1868, Frances Libbey of Milford, born July 9, 1845.
He was educated, with the other members of the family,
in the district schools of North Anson; was a
clerk in the Somerset House; 1860, formed a co-partnership
under firm name of Hapgood & Thompson,
as proprietors of the Curritunk House at Solon, Maine.
Returning to North Anson, 1864, he opened a store for
the sale of furniture, under firm name of Hapgood &
Mantor. This proving unsatisfactory, he sold out and
removed to Milford, 1871, where for a quarter century
he has been the successful proprietor of the Mansion
House in that flourishing town.
I. Helen Maud9, born October 18, 1869, at North
Anson; married, January 10, 1890, Wallace
Stimpson of Milford.
IV. Abbie Frances8, born July 12, 1846; married, February 22,
1863, George Frank, son of Dennis Moore, Judge of
Probate for the county of Somerset, Maine, born 1835;
resides in North Anson.
1. Lewis Sherman9 Moore, born December 24, 1865;
died September 14, 1887.
2. Fred Dennis9, born October 12, 1870; resides in
North Anson; a farmer.
3. Annie9, born April 10, 1874.
4. Eda9, born October 10, 1876.
V. Eda Augusta8, born July 12, 1846, twin with Abbie Frances;
married, June 8, 1868, Thomas Boyd, son of Manley
and Almeda Townsend of Calais, Maine, born February
28, 1844; removed, September 1, 1890, to Kansas
City, Missouri; in real estate business; Mrs. Townsend
has a divided interest between her husband and her
venerable father, and is part of the time with each; s. p.
VI. Fannie Estelle8, born June 18, 1843, at Norridgewock,
Maine; married, October 10, 1871, William Caswell
of North Anson; a farmer.
1. Gertrude9 Caswell, 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 in Waterford, then returned to North Anson, where he died, May 9, 1851, and his widow 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 with General Banks in his Red River campaign,
came home sick, was in Readville hospital six
months; returned to the front and served to the end
of the war, when he was mustered out; he removed
to Omaha, Nebraska, 1869, and to West Glendale,
Southern California, 1887; a small fruit grower, with
a pension, and impaired health.
CHILDREN, all but Hattie born in Omaha.
I. Hattie9, born April 17, 1867, at East Boston; married,
1889, Frank Vance of Ohio; resides in
Los Angeles; 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 at Westbrook, Maine, August 28, 1816, and resides with her daughter, Mrs. Berry, in East Fryeburg, where William died January 4, 1892; he had spent several summers in business at North Conway, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN, all born in East 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. Byron Elwood9 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
East Fryeburg; a farmer.
1. Lulu Marcia9 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. George Leonard8, 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
of Fryeburg, born April 25, 1862; resides in Portland,
Maine; a merchant; 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 the public schools of Waterford, Maine, but later the family removed to Augusta, where his father died, and here he learned the tanner's trade and established himself in that business; he afterwards moved to Boston, where he was employed in the lobster canning business on the coast of Maine, and in the oyster business on the Maryland coast. In 1864 he went to California and formed a copartnership with William Hume, and established the first salmon canning factory on the Pacific coast, at Sacramento, under the firm name of Hapgood & Co. Here they carried on the salmon canning business for two years. About this time they heard much of the great quantities of salmon that were found in the Columbia River, and of the superior quality of the fish. In 1866 they erected the first salmon cannery on that river, at Eagle Cliff. This was the pioneer factory. Here they continued the business until 1873, when the firm was dissolved and Mr. Hapgood built a new factory and works three miles below Eagle Cliff, calling it Waterford, after his native town, where he carried on the business of canning for two years. Failing health compelled him to give up business, and in August, 1875, he sold out. The following nine months he spent in 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, born January 13, 1873; died at birth.
II. Lyman Sawin8, born July 22, 1874, at Gloucester; was a
student at 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 East Stratford, New Hampshire; carried on a large farm; manufactured and sold lumber extensively; 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 of his son Calvin, in Stratford.
I. Abbie Scribner8, born May 29, 1844, at Bethel; married,
March 11, 1865, William Pingree of Denmark, born January
10, 1843; resided in Fryeburg, Maine; removed
to North Conway, New Hampshire, September 12,
1. Georgiana9 Pingree, born March 9, 1866, at Denmark;
married, September 9, 1883, at North
Conway, New Hampshire.
2. Fred William9, 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. Charles Arthur8, born March 29, 1846; married, at Stratford,
January 2, 1868, Jennie Vilonia Paguin.
III. Catharine Matilda8, born April 18, 1848, at Bethel; married,
October 21, 1866, at Norway, Simon, son of John and
Judith Grover, born January, 1845, at Berlin, New
Hampshire; resides in Stoneham, Maine.
1. Ada Louisa9 Grover, born April 17, 1868, at Bethel,
Maine; married, October 27, 1888, James Edwin
Day of Brownfield, Maine; resides in Norway.
1. Willie Loren10 Day.
2. Mather Ada10.
3. Bertie Roland10.
2. Mary Ellen9, born March 13, 1870, at Stratford,
New Hampshire; married, October 6, 1887,
William John Culbert of Province of Quebec,
Canada; resides in North Stratford.
1. Mather Mary10 Culbert.
4. Abbie Susan10.
3. William Salmon9, born March 1, 1872, at Stratford;
resides in Albany, Maine.
4. John Carter9, 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. Frank Henry9, born March 14, 1880, in South
Columbia; resides in Stoneham.
8. Abby Almon9, born November 4, 1882, at North
9. Clarence Henry9, born November 22, 1885, at
10. Alton Everett9, born June 18, 1890, at Stratford.
IV. Calvin Lewis8, born April 30, 1850, at Bethel; married,
March 24, 1876, Lizzie Fostina Barnett, born February
27, 1857, at Columbia, New Hampshire; resides in
I. Burton Lee9, born February 21, 1877.
II. Elwin Edwin9, 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. Guy Forist9, born August 8, 1885.
VII. Gertie Louise9, born December 3, 1887.
V. Oliver Massina8, 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.
About 1895 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. Ola Frank9, 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;
by trade, a painter.
IV. Marion9, born August 17, 1880, at Foristell, Missouri;
died at Marion, Ohio, January 2, 1881.
V. Harley Horace9, born June 13, 1882, at Stratford,
VI. Percy Ray9, 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. William Salmon8, 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, a large farmer and
I. Florence May9, born November 2, 1874; married,
October 12, 1892, at Columbia, William Jesse,
son of Joseph and Mary Jane Ormsby, born
January 4, 1845, at Guildhall, Vermont; resided
in Columbia, New Hampshire, where she died
September 29, 1893.
1. Florence May10 Ormsby, born September 8,
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. Flora Bell9, born January 18, 1885.
VI. Delia Bertha9, born May 10, 1888.
VII. Ruth9, born May 24, 1893.
VIII. Harold Bryan9, born August 4, 1896.
VII. Richard Frank8, born December 9, 1855, at Albany; married,
June 6, 1880, Mary Elvila Buzzell, born October 31,
1861, at Granby, Vermont; resides at Stratford.
I. Effie Rebecca9, born July 9, 1881.
II. William Solon9, born March 30, 1883.
III. Lucy Elnora9, born November 15, 1885.
IV. Blanche Florence9, born November 18, 1895.
VIII. Lucy Elnora8, born February 27, 1857, at Bethel; married,
November 9, 1874, at North Stratford, David Gillanders
of Broughton, Province of Quebec, Canada, born October
9, 1851; died May 11, 1889, at Sherbrook, Province
of Quebec; she married second, April 22, 1896, at
Groveton, New Hampshire, Alexander McDonald of
Nova Scotia, whose father was Donald McDonald of
CHILDREN, by first husband.
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,
Charles Augustus Morse, born in Columbia, New
Hampshire, May 30, 1848; resides in Lancaster, New
Hampshire; a blacksmith.
1. Mary Ella9 Morse, born February 22, 1880, at
2. Prescott Howard9, born January 21, 1883, at Riverton,
X. Martha Jane8, born August 21, 1862; married, November
20, 1876, Melvin Young, born at Stratford, March 16,
1. Clara Eva9 Young, born March 19, 1878.
2. Edward John9, born April 25, 1880.
3. Josie Maud9, born April 27, 1882.
4. Nellie Maria9, born July 1, 1884.
5. Fred Ray9, born April 17, 1889.
6. Colin Herman9, born May 25, 1891.
7. Cristy Pearl9, born May 1, 1893.
XI. Cora Isabel8, born August 20, 1864, at Stratford; married,
May 3, 1882, Lincoln H. Holmes of Jefferson, New
Hampshire; resides in Albany, Maine, and Lancaster,
New Hampshire; no children.
XII. Jennie Rose8, 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 the breaking 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 as Orderly Sergeant. His widow died April 4, 1869.
I. Oliver Massina8, 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;
resides in Cambridgeport; foreman of electric street
II. Henry Clifton8, born July 20, 1851, at Cambridgeport;
resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts; a motorman,
III. Mary Jael8, born September 6, 1861; married, October 21,
1885, Milton Augustus Parker, born September 2,
1855, at Hopkinton, Massachusetts; resides in Wellesley,
1. Chester Curtis9 Parker, born August 6, 1886, at
Arlington; died December 11, 1886.
2. Roy Milton9, 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 of twenty-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 the lot. Thrift followed sharp upon the footprints of industry, but something was wanted -- a companion to share his toils and fortunes, and cheer the lonely hours 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 1869 he built the large mansion house, now occupied by the family, though all of the seven children, except Fred, were born in the old house. Family traits are singularly uniform and expressive. The earlier settlers of New England were from agricultural districts in England; the Hapgoods were among them, and as farmers, were very industrious, frugal and prosperous. One trait was a desire for many buildings, and a great lot of cattle; in the present instance, John had the traditional characteristic. In addition to the new house, rose into view two barns, a stable, and sheds innumerable. One half of the 300 acres original purchase are now under cultivation, and 400 acres of wood and pasture land 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 he suffering for want of exercise, with the care of the extensive farm, and seventy-one head of cattle to look after, summer and winter; in fact, he is one of the most successful and richest farmers in that section of the State.
CHILDREN, all born at Bethel.
I. John8, born January 24, 1853; married, November 26, 1879,
Inez Anna, daughter of Otis and Vianna Hayford, born
January 3, 1857, at Albany, Maine, died July 2, 1886;
no children. He is a quiet, intelligent, industrious
man, deeply interested in farming, and has pretty
much the entire care of the large estate since his
father has 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. George Joseph8, born July 29, 1861; married, May 2, 1886,
Mae Lizzie, daughter of Emery and Lucy Emerson,
born at Fryeburg, August 2, 1868; resides in Bethel;
I. Ula Alice9, born July 27, 1888.
V. Frank8, born May 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,
at Lisbon, Maine. He died March 23, 1895, at Lewiston,
1. Mildred Hapgood9 Whittier, born June 30, 1889,
at Bethel, where both mother and child reside,
with her father, at the old homestead.
VII. Fred8, born July 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 and Elizabeth C. Pike, born November 24, 1848, at Hebron, New Hampshire; resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts; General Roadmaster of the West End Street Railway Company.
I. Charles Carlos8, born December 9, 1870; married, October
26, 1892, Mary Alexander Gardner of Cambridge, born
November 8, 1871; resides in Cambridge; educated in
the public schools; went west, January 7, 1885; two
years on a stock farm in Nebraska, returned, and
entered the employ of Hosmer, Robinson & Co., hay
and grain merchants, which position he has faithfully
filled for eleven years; no children.
II. Emma Lizzie8, born October 26, 1874; married, April 26,
1893, at Cambridge, Arthur Spencer Cummings; in
III. Nellie Arline8, 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 of Reuben and Sally Nevers Parker, born August 25, 1819, at Portland. He died January 8, 1890; she survives him at Waterford.
I. Lyman8, born October 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. Sarah Isabel9, born June 16, 1885.
II. Harold9, born March 4, 1887, at Windham, Maine.
II. Arzelia Worcester8, 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, born August 4, 1828, at Albany, Maine; died at South Waterford, Maine, June 10, 1854; no children; and he married second, April 25, 1855, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Ellen Mariah, daughter of John and Almira (Smith) Coburn, born at Portland, May 24, 1836. He died February 13, 1887, at South Waterford.
I. George Albert8, born January 25, 1856 (by second wife),
at Portland; married, February 16, 1878, at Lawrence,
Massachusetts, Jennie Durden, born August 9, 1852,
at Chessetts Wood, England; resides in Portland, a
I. Harry Llewellyn9, 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. Ralph Durden9, born October 24, 1888, at Portland.
II. Abbie Ellen8, 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 of Waterford,
where they reside.
2. Lizzie Maud9, born May 6, 1877, in Waterford; married,
March 7, 1894, Daniel Wood; resides in
North Bridgton, Maine.
3. Ethel Carrie9, born August 9, 1878, at Waterford.
4. Bessie Mabel9, born November 9, 1879.
5. Fred Harold9, 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. Frank Clifford9, born September 13, 1892.
11. Mildred H.9, born September 24, 1893.
III. Charles Henry8, born February 2, 1860, at South Waterford;
married, July 2, 1881, Jennie Mary Cox, born
December 4, 1861, at St. Johns, New Brunswick;
resides in South Waterford.
I. Hallie Louise9, born February 28, 1884; died
August 20, 1884.
II. Walter William9, born March 20, 1886, at Deering,
III. Freda Frances9, born June 1, 1892, at Waterford.
IV. Ella Maria8, born April 1, 1862, at Waterford; married,
June 6, 1880, at Lynn, Massachusetts, Leamon, son of
Alanson Dawes; resides in Harrison, Maine.
1. Josephine9 Dawes, born March 27, 1882.
V. Llewellyn Nelson8, born February 14, 1864, at South Waterford;
resides in 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 April 13, 1829, at Malone, where he resided, and died February 29, 1882; an extensive and 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, at Malone, Jennie, daughter of Wesley and Sarah
Brown of Georgia, Vermont; resided at West Bangor,
New York, where she died January 1, 1895. He is a
large farmer 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. Nina Lee9, 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, born March 15, 1858; married, September 11, 1873,
at Malone, Charles Montgomery, born March 23, 1851,
at Detroit, Michigan; resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
V. William8, born August 15, 1860; married, September 14,
1887, at Holyoke, Massachusetts, Kate McTigue of
Ireland, born April 24, 1862; resides in Bangor, New
York; a farmer.
I. Sarah Ann9, born May 14, 1887, at Holyoke.
II. William Dana9, born October 8, 1889, at Chicopee,
III. Anna May9, born March 11, 1891, at Chicopee.
VI. Emma8, born September 26, 1862; died January 27, 1864.
VII. Minnie Amie8, 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. Dana Boardman8, 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 farm of 300 acres was divided among his five children; Abigail having died previously, 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 there till 1840, rearing a family of ten children. In that year he erected a framed house about 100 rods west of the log house, which he vacated and finally demolished. 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 son Wesley for six thousand dollars. On the death of Cornelius, the son received his full share of the estate in cash. After the death of his uncle Amos, Wesley bought 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 divided at her decease, between Ida, who lived on the homestead with her mother, and John 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, in Belmont, New York;
married in Malone, March 16, 1880, Benjamin, son of
Benjamin and 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. Ray R.9, born May 27, 1893.
7. Asa Morton9, 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, born August 13, 1865, at Constable; married, December
24, 1889, at Malone, Lawrence Westcott, born
February 24, 1866, at Chasm Falls, New York; resides
on the original 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, Sarah Goodwin, youngest daughter of Asa Clark of North Hero, Vermont. The following notice appeared in a local paper: "Mr. Clark, the oldest member of Centenary Methodist Episcopal church of Malone, died September 8, 1896. Born August 19, 1804, he had passed his ninety-second birthday. He had also reached an unusually advanced age in Christian life and service. The last eighteen years of his life has been spent with his daughter Sarah (Clark) Hapgood, at Malone," whose patience and loving care of her venerable father was most admirable and praiseworthy. Lemuel, with his brother Howard, enlisted in Company D, 142d regiment, New York Volunteers, served three years in defence of his 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 most excellent wife manages her family with good judgment, and has a special pride in the education and training of her children.
I. Carroll Lemuel8, 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. Carrie Lucretia8, born April 19, 1867; drowned in a brook
running between the house and barn at Malone, when
only three years old.
III. Harriet Adeline8, born May 28, 1869; graduated from
Franklin Academy, June, 1887, and from Pottsdam
Normal School, June, 1892; taught school in Orange,
New Jersey, and in her native town up to March 23,
1897, when she married John Alexander, son of Duncan
and Eliza Grant of Bells Corners, Ontario, born
October 14, 1862. His early education was at the
public schools of that place. He then entered St.
Catherine Collegiate Institute, and after one year he
changed for a year in Ottawa Collegiate Institute, then
attended the Normal School at Ottawa. After leaving
the Normal School he taught a year in Hull Model
School, and two years in Alymer Academy. In 1883
he began the study of medicine in the University of
the City of New York, from which he was graduated
in March, 1887. In July of the same year he commenced
the practice of medicine in Malone, where
he has since resided.
IV. Sarah Mae8, born August 1, 1871; was graduated from
Franklin Academy, Malone, 1889, and the Pottsdam
Conservatory of Music with honor, 1892; entered
Plattsburg Normal School as teacher, 1892, which
position she held up to the time of her marriage, at
Malone, March 23, 1897, to Robert Henderson, eldest
son of Alfred and Sarah (Wever) Guibord, born in
Plattsburg, New York, April 6, 1869. He was graduated
from the High School in Plattsburg, 1887. The
next year he spent in Wilbraham (Massachusetts)
Academy, after which he entered Wesleyan University
at Middletown, Connecticut, graduating in 1892. He
then opened an insurance office in Plattsburg, which
he has conducted successfully up to the present time.
He is also a member of the Greydenburgh Pulp Company.
V. Howard Clark8, born November 17, 1877; was graduated
from Franklin Academy, June, 1896, and entered the
insurance office of R. H. Guibord, his brother-in-law,
in Plattsburg, 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 months old. He received the tender and generous care of his grandmother Pollard until his father married second, April 9, 1843, when he was removed to Ashburnham. He spent much time under the care and supervision of his step-grandmother Hapgood in Harvard, who became much interested in him, and he enjoyed her loving kindness during the remainder of her life. He attended the "Old Mill" district school, and under the patronage of his Uncle Warren, in 1849, he was sent to the academy in Groton; but academic honors had no charm for him, and his term was brief and fruitless. Being fond of horses he took to teaming for a livelihood, which he pursued with varying fortune in Harvard, Ayer and Leominster, 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. Russell Warren3, born September 9, 1864, in Harvard;
many of the happy days of his childhood were spent
with his step great grandmother Hapgood; he had the
advantage of a fine district school education; worked
in a shirt factory in Leominster; was captivated by
the rage, then prevalent, for cattle-raising, and in 1883
became a herder 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
the factory; married, September 16, 1889, Agnes Gove
O'Neil of Brechin, Scotland, born October 12, 1868.
I. Edna May9, 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 Martha Ann Barnard of Harvard, born July 2, 1857, at Watertown, Massachusetts. Resides in Harvard; a farmer.
I. Wesley Gardner3, born August 14, 1878, at Harvard; educated
in the public schools and Bromfield Academy;
lived with his parents up to 1896, when he entered the
Industrial Institute at Springfield, Massachusetts, with
a desire to become a practical machinist.
II. Edith Elizabeth3, born April 15, 1884, at Shirley, Massachusetts;
resides with 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 Katharine Foster of Harvard, born October 27, 1860, at Ayer, Massachusetts. Charles was educated, like unto most other farmer boys, in the district school, and worked on the farm with his father until his death, 1876. To settle the estate, the farm had to be sold, subject to a claim of the widow of Joel to one half the product or income of the place. In order to protect the interests of the widow of Joel, Warren Hapgood bought the farm, and at the age of seventeen, Charles was placed in charge. For several years he had exhibited considerable skill and judgment in the management of the farm, which further experience hardly sustained.
His step-grandmother, Charlotte Hapgood, died in 1884, and in 1885 he retired from the management, and the place was let to Asa Burgess for two years, but as there was no probability that any member of the family would succeed to the ownership, the grand old mansion, the venerated home of five 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 time since.
CHILDREN, born at Harvard.
I. Warren Foster8, born November 15, 1881.
II. Charlotte Augusta8, born October 9, 1883.
III. Charles Henry8, 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 in the public schools of Cambridge, and Chauncey Hall, Boston; entered the wholesale provision store of Potter & Dinsmore on City wharf, as assistant book-keeper. At the end of the first year he took the position of book-keeper for 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 the present time. The firm prospered and became one of the
largest of the many large beef dealers in the city. He is a 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. Clara Learnard9, born November 25, 1864; married, April
27, 1887, Charles Hapgood Mead, from New Hampton,
New Hampshire; contractor and builder.
1. Stanley10 Mead, born August 31, 1889, at Everett.
II. George Henry9, born November 19, 1868, in Chelsea;
died August 29, 1871.
III. Alice9, born August 2, 1872, in Chelsea, where she was
educated, and graduated from the Museum of Fine
Arts in Boston; travelled extensively in Japan and
other countries; engaged to be united in marriage,
April 27, 1898, with Charles Henry Miller, born in
Waterford, Connecticut, June 14, 1869.
IV. Charles Warren9, born April 18, 1875; graduated from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1896; superintendent
of the Learnard & Bird Oil Company at
V. Cyrus Howard9, born in Everett, August 27, 1880; a student
in Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CHARLES ARTHUR8 (William Salmon7, 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. Louisa Jennie9, 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. Harold David10, 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 Eliza Hagar Stone, born April 16, 1870, at Stratford,
brother to her sister Emma's husband; resides
1. Everett Nicholas10 Stone, born March 8, 1891.
2. Flora Eliza10, born February 27, 1892.
3. Earl James10, born July 4, 1895; died July 20, 1895.
IV. Arthur Lee9, born December 22, 1875; watchman.
V. Fred Charles9, born December 31, 1878; resides in Stratford.
VI. Dora Bell9, born September 17, 1881.
VII. Edward Leroy9, born March 25, 1883.
JOHN GUY8 (Wesley7, Cornelius6, Jonathan5, Ephraim4, Hezekiah3, Nathaniel2, Shadrach1), born October 5, 1862, at Constable; married, December 27, 1883, at Malone, Laura, daughter of William and Sophia (Fletcher) Wells of Brandon, Vermont, born February 23, 1863; he was educated in the common school, much after the fashion of his predecessors; resided with his parents and faithfully performed duty on the large farm till 1889, when his father died, and he took the house and land acquired upon the decease of his Uncle Amos.
In 1893 he dismantled the old house and built a new one near by, which he occupies with his capable and accomplished companion and five bright, healthy boys,--no other such family of boys in the entire race of Hapgood, up and down the land,--"May his tribe increase,"--tilling the same soil and reaping the harvests as his great grandfather did, nearly a century before,--and may his descendants prosper and flourish as did their worthy ancestors.
CHILDREN, all born in Malone.
I. Guy Grover9, born February 1, 1885.
II. Willie Wesley9 born November 5, 1886.
III. John Jay9, born February 28, 1888.
IV. Fay Gilbert9, born July 13, 1893.
V. Warren Earl9, born January 9, 1896.
"THOMAS2 (Shadrach1), born October 1, 1669, as well as his brother Nathaniel, began life with considerable means, and, like him, aspired to manorial possessions. According to a reliable tradition, he had been brought up in Concord, and, following the course of the Assabet River, he penetrated the Indian Reservation of Agogonquemeset, consisting of 6,000 acres, which had been purchased of them in 1686 by the planters of Marlboro', and which now forms the north northeastern part of that town; here he decided to settle. He, accordingly, purchased of Edmund 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, another 30-acre right; and of William Ward, December 31, 1706, "for a reasonable sum," 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 the first division already made. These five rights enabled him to draw, at subsequent divisions, a great amount of land, and he actually owned and occupied, 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 this day. The spot where he encamped the first night on arriving upon his land, and the location of his house, was about four miles from his brother's in Stow, two miles south of Feltonville, 40 rods southwest of Round Hill, and four or six rods east of a spring; it is still pointed out. But these were not his only
purchases, creating foundations for homes and independence to generations of his race.
February 21, of the first year of the reign of George I, 1714, he purchased for £14, of John and Lydia Hanchett of Suffield, Connecticut, their right to 80 acres in an undivided tract of 3,200 acres on the north side of Quinsigamond Pond, which had 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, as 4,200 acres, requiring Newell to pay £10, due to the treasury of the colony.(*) On these 80 acres he, no doubt, settled his son Thomas, and, April 18, 1738, gave him all the land laid out and to be laid out unto the whole of the fifteenth house lot in Shrewsbury, showing that he 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 in the Haynes farm." [From first edition.]
He seems to have been a quiet and respected citizen, who devoted his energies to business, leaving to others the management of public affairs. He was once chosen selectman. One of the garrison houses in Marlboro' was named for him in 1704, and in 1744 he was chosen on a committee of arbitration between opposing parties, for the location of a church in Southboro'.
Tradition reports him and his wife to have been worthy members of the church in Marlboro'.
He married, about 1693, at Marlboro', Judith, eldest daughter of John and Judith (Symonds) Barker (married December 9, 1668) of Concord, born September 9, 1671. She died (*)Mr. Newell died, and the General Court, 1657, ordered the land laid out to his executor, Nathaniel Treadway of Watertown, the grandfather of Thomas Hapgood, who sold it to John and Josiah Haynes of Sudbury, who are presumed to have sold 8,040 of the same to John Goulding of Worcester and Sudbury (see Morse's genealogy of the Gouldings). The grant was probably reduced 1,000 acres to pay the £10 due to the colony.
August 15, 1759. The Symonds family first appears on Woburn Records, 1644.
Through the courtesy of an accomplished authority on historic-genealogical matters, we received the following note, in reference to the family name of Judith, which had escaped the vigilance of the careful compiler of the first edition.
ST. PAUL, Minn., July 22, 1896.
W. HAPGOOD, Esq.,
Dear Sir:--Judith Barker was the wife of Thomas Hapgood. Middlesex Probate Record Docket, No. 571:--Will of John Barker of Concord, Massachusetts, dated March 14, 1710-11, probate April 21, 1718, names "My eldest daughter Judith Hapgood," and Thomas Hapgood and wife Judith, sign a receipt to the Executor in October, 1718, for their share of the estate.
Very respectfully yours,
(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, page 641), Thomas Hapgood of Marlboro', deeds 105 acres in Marlboro' to (his son) John Hapgood of Marlboro', "in consideration of good will and affection."
Thomas Hapgood, November 12, 1703, petitioned the General Court for an allowance, alleging that "he having, in 1690, been detached into the service against the Indian enemy, was engaged in the bloody fight near Oyster River, New Hampshire, wherein Captain Noah Wiswell and divers others were slain and wounded; that he then had his left arm broken and his right hand much shot, so that he endured great pain and narrowly escaped with his life; that he was thereby much disabled for labor and getting his livelihood; forced to sell what stock he had acquired before being wounded to maintain himself since, and that in the fight he
was necessitated to leave and lose his arms with which he was well furnished at his own charge." The court granted him £5.
He died October 4, 1764. An English 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 were very numerous, viz., nine children, ninety-two grandchildren, two hundred and eight great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren; in all, three hundred and thirteen. His grandchildren saw their grandchildren and their grandfather at the same time.
A double headstone marks their graves in the ancient cemetery in Marlboro'.
COPY OF THE WILL OF THOMAS HAPGOOD.
In the Name of God amen the Tenth Day of June one Thousand seven Hundred and sixty and in the thirty third year of His Majestys Reign I Thomas Hapgood of Marlborough in the County of Middlesex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman. Being advanced in age and Infirm in Body But of Perfect mind and memory Thanks be Given to God therefor Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament that is to say Principly and first of all I give and Reacomend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my Body I Reacomend to the Earth to be Buried in Decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executor Nothing Doubting But at the genaral Resurection I shall Receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God and as Touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I Give and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form
Inprimis I Give and Bequeath to the Heirs of my son Thomas Hapgood Deceased the Sum of Sixteen Pounds to be paid by My Executors hereafter named within three years after my Deceas to be Equaly Divided Between them
Itim I give to my son John Hapgood over and above what I have already Given him the Sum of thirty three Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence to be paid out of my estate within three years after my decease also one half of my husbandry tools also the one half of my rights in the Indian land propriety
Itim I give to my son Joseph Hapgood over and above what I have already given him the sum of thirty three pounds six shillings and eight pence to be paid out of my estate within three years after my decease also I give to my said son Joseph Hapgood his heirs and assigns forever all my part of my dwelling and about two acres of land bounded as
follows Southerly and westerly and northerly by his own land and easterly by the high way also one half of my Husbandry tools also one half of my rights in the Indian land propriety
Itim I give to my daughter Mary the wife of John Wheeler the sum of Sixty Six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors hereafter named within two years after my decease also one sixth part of my indore moovables after my decease
Itim I give to my daughter Sarah Hoar the wife of Benjamin Hoar the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors within two years after my decease also I give to her one sixth part of my indoore moovables after my decease
Itim I give to the children of my daughter Judith Taylor deceased the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to them or their heirs within two years after my decease also I give them one sixth part of my indoore moovables after my decease
Itim I give to my daughter Elisabeth the wife of William Taylor the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to her or her heirs by my Executors within two years after my decease also one sixth part of my indoore moovables after my decase
Itim I give to my daughter Hepzibah the wife of Edward Godard the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid her or her heirs by my Executors within two years after my decease also one sixth part of my indoore moovables after my decase
Itim I give to my daughter Huldah Witherbe the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to her or to her heirs by my Executors within two years after my decease also one sixth part of my indoore moovables
Itim my will is that the Rest of my Estate if any there be after the Leagesees afore said and my funeral charges are paid and my just debts if any there be the Rest of my Estate to be equaly divided between all my sons and daughters or their heirs as afore said
Itim I like wise constitute make and ordain my two sons John Hapgood and Joseph Hapgood my sole Executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull all and every other or former Testaments wills Leagices and bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof 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 the said Thomas Hapgood as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers
JOSEPH X TAYNTOR. JOHN WARREN EZRA HOW
October ye 8th 1763
We the Subscribers Being Leagetees in the afore said will are
satisfied with the Leagecies given us therein and Desire the said will may be proved and approved as witness our Hands
BENJA HOAR SARAH HOAR
STEPHEN FLAGG JUDITH FLAGG
| Heir to
| Elisabeth Taylor
one of the heirs to
Middlesex SS. October, 31. 1763
Mr Ezra How (who wrote the foregoing instrument) made solemn oath that what the aforenamed Testator gave in this his Will -- to the Children of his Daughter Judith Taylor -- He intended that it should be equally divided among them, as he declared to the said Ezra; but that it was a casual omission 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 died in 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, born October 6, 1694; married, October 17, 1717,
John, son of John and Elizabeth (Wells) Wheeler,
born August 15, 1695, in Marlboro', who was a son of
Thomas and Hannah Wheeler of Concord, in 1661,
soon after of Marlboro', who was son of Captain
Wheeler of Concord, who went (his son Thomas with
him) with Captain Hutchinson and about twenty men
(of whom Shadrach Hapgood was one) to treat with
the Nipmuck Indians, at Brookfield, in 1675. John
Wheeler, first mentioned, in 1718 shared in the first
division of land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and
was one of the first settlers. There is no record in
that town of the death of John Wheeler or his wife.
After the birth of their second child they removed from
Marlboro' to Shrewsbury, where Mary was admitted to
the church in 1730. In 1729 he was chosen one of a
committee to assist the town surveyor in laying out
undivided lands. He was one of the assessors from
1731 to 1735, and for a part of that time was constable
with Lieutenant Eleazer Taylor. In 1743 he held
several offices of trust, being precinct (parish) clerk,
assessor, one of the precinct committee, and one of a
committee of nine to "seat the meeting-house." This
first office he held for three years. In 1746 he was
moderator of town meeting. He seems to have retired
from public life soon after this. He was made ensign
1. Cyrus4 Wheeler, 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.
The death 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
in 1774 to the covenanting brethren in Newfane,
Vermont, in order to be formed into a church
state there." He was at Fort William Henry at
the time of "the memorable and unparalleled
massacre of the English and Provincial troops
by the 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, born February 10, 1696; married first, Jonathan
Howe, son of Captain Daniel and Elizabeth (Kerley)
Howe, born April 23, 1695, and died July 25, 1738, in
Marlboro'. (Captain Daniel Howe was born 1658;
married Elizabeth Kerley, 1688, and died April 3,
1718. He was a large landholder in Marlboro', Lancaster
and Westboro'; his property was inventoried
at £1,264. His widow administered upon his estate,
and died in 1735.) [Hudson's History of Marlboro'.]
Sarah administered on the estate and gave the following
bond (a few words left out as they could not be
"Know all men by these presents, that we Sarah Howe
of Marlborough In ye County of Midlesex widow and
[Administratrix] of Jonathan Howe late of Marlboro'
aforesaid Deceased and Edward Goddard of Shrewsbury
in ye County of Worcester [ ] are held and
firmly bound and obliged unto Joseph Wilder Esquire
Judge of the Probate of Wills and granting Administration
in Said County In the full sum of one hundred
pounds to be paid to ye said Judge or to his Successor
in said office or Assigns to ye which payment well and
truly to be made we bind ourselves our several &
[ ] heirs [ ] and [ ] Jointly and Severally
firmly to these presents to hold with [ ] Dated
the first day of February A. D. 1742-3. The condition
of the above obligation is first that whereas the Said
Sarah on her petition to the General Court in December
1742 as She was guardian to her children(*) Sarah,
Damaris, Sylvanus, Mellisent, Ichabod, Abigail &
Isaac, Children of ye Said deceased was Impowered to
make Sale of Said minors interest of land in a certain
mortguage or tenement of land lying in town of
Shrewsbury whereof Daniel How of Said Shrewsbury
died served for the most [* * * * * *]."
Signed, "SARAH How
(*)The two eldest of the ten children were married, and Abigail had died. Page 167
Sarah married second, at Marlboro', Benjamin Hoar
of Littleton, Massachusetts, March 4, 1745-6. He
was probably a grandson of John Hoar of Concord,
sixth son of Daniel, who had eleven children; came
early to Littleton and died, 1775. Sarah died, and was
buried in the old cemetery in Littleton. Her epitaph
reads: "Here lies buried the body of Mrs. Sarah
Hoar, wife of Deacon Benjamin Hoar, who departed
this life, January 16, 1770, in ye 74th year of her age."
CHILDREN, all born in Marlboro', by first husband.
1. Solomon4 Howe, born December 17, 1718; married
Mary Howe of Marlboro', about 1738.
2. Elizabeth4, born February 2, 1720; married Paul
Howe of Paxton, Massachusetts, about 1739.
3. Sarah4, born October 25, 1721; married, April 10,
1747, Adonijah Church, born October 17, 1710.
She died 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
died October 5, 1773, and she, December 3, 1809.
6. Silvanus4, born April 6, 1727; married Mary,
daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Earle) Rice,
born in 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,
and he, 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 her sister Elizabeth's husband; they were admitted
to the church in Shrewsbury in 1728, and in 1729 were
living on house lot No. 43, in that town. He shared
in the first division of land in Shrewsbury in 1718, and
he was probably in town as early as 1722, for his eldest
child, born that year, is on the Shrewsbury record. His
land was in the North Precinct, and in 1843, he, with
twelve others, requested that they might be permitted
to form a new church in that part of the town. The
request was granted, and the next year the wives of
these men, and some others, were dismissed from the
first church to the second church. In 1743 they purchased
the burying ground of Eleazer Taylor, and
built a meeting-house. In 1720 he was chosen town
collector, the first collector chosen in the town. In
1727-28 he was town surveyor. In 1734, one of the
three constables chosen. In 1742-43 he was treasurer
for the North Precinct, which soon built its church,
and in 1746 chose Eleazer Taylor one of the parish
committee. His wife died November 8, 1742, and he
married second, 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, Sarah Hale 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
1789 she 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
now resides, and was one of the founders of the church
in Shrewsbury, to which his wife, Elizabeth, was
admitted in 1724. In the first division of land in
Shrewsbury, in 1718, William Taylor seems to have
had some interest, for 70 acres were granted "to James
Gleazon in room of William Taylor." In 1721 he was
granted 5 acres "for Satisfaction for 15 acres of land
which the said Taylor has alienated to the proprietors
of Shrewsbury for to build a meeting-house upon."
On the organization of the Shrewsbury militia, he was
one of the four first appointed sergeants, a title of
more regard at that time than that of colonel has since
become. He was chosen in 1722-23, one of a committee
to procure a minister; in 1727-28, he was the first constable,
and was one of the selectmen, 1731, 1734, 1735
and 1740. He died August 14, 1775, and his wife,
March 17, 1763.
1. Jonah4 Taylor, born in Marlboro', 1718; died at
Cape Breton, September 8, 1745.
2. Abigail4, born in Shrewsbury, March 5, 1720;
married first, Moses Hastings, April 25, 1739,
and second, Samuel Bigelow, May 7, 1770.
3. Mary4, born in Shrewsbury, August 15, 1722;
married, January 9, 1740, Hezekiah Rice, who
died September 13, 1759. She was admitted to
the church, 1744, and died April 25, 1796.
4. Elizabeth4, born June 3, 1725; married, November
19, 1741, Solomon Stowe, and resided in Grafton.
He died, 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
his descendants 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, Lieutenant Marshall 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
Lake George, in the French war, and aided in
building Fort William Henry; in 1776 he commanded
a company in throwing up works on
Dorchester heights during the night; from an
illness taken there he never recovered. His
wife died in June, 1770, and he married second,
1771, Zillah, daughter of Lieutenant Eleazer 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,
Damaris Hutchins, 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 among the first settlers of Shrewsbury, and one of
the founders of the church; she was admitted in 1728,
and died July 19, 1763. He lived on the place of the
late Charles H. Fitch, in Shrewsbury, where he died
October 13, 1777.
CHILDREN, all born in Shrewsbury.
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, born February 9, 1706-7; married at Marlboro',
VIII. Huldah3, born February 10, 1709; married (according to
the records of Southborough), November 8, 1737,
Caleb Witherby. The record reads:--"Born unto
Joseph Witherby & Elizabeth, his wife on ye fifth
of January, 1700-1701, a Son named Caleb Witherby."
His children's births are entered Witherbe. As the
children married they gave the name, Witherbee.
Huldah was Caleb's second wife, the first being,
according to Hudson's History of Marlboro', "Caleb
Witherbee, born January 5, 1701; married, January 26,
1726, Joanna Wheeler." His will mentions other
children than those recorded as by his second wife.
(The loss of a portion of the page that should give the
years of birth of the last six children of Huldah, is
most unfortunate.) In Caleb Witherbe's will, dated
November 28, 1757, he makes bequests to all his sons
then living. The estate was not settled until 1774.
An inventory, 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
two days later,
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,
at Marlboro', 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,
July 15, 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,
Mary Brooks of Concord.
CAPTAIN THOMAS3 (Thomas2, Shadrach1), born April 18, 1702; married, August 12, 1724, Damaris Hutchins of 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, a lot of 105 acres of Haynes' farm, 6 acres of meadow in Saybrook, 1 acre 45 rods in 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 sold for £17. 10s., to Nathan Wait of Poquaog, 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 inventoried November 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 in Housatonic. To Asa, the homestead was assigned; to Seth, 220 acres on the north line of Poquaog; to Joab, a right to draw 300 acres; to John, the rights at Housatonic; to the daughters, 5 lots of the outlands were assigned; Asa being required to pay considerable sums to each of his brothers and sisters. The estate was completely settled and assigned, May 15, 1751.
Captain Thomas removed, early in life, to Shrewsbury, where he became a leading citizen. He was constable in 1729; 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 town meeting, November, 1745, his successor was chosen, and "a committee to look into the accounts of the deceased" was appointed. In March, 1746, the committee reported: "Settled accounts with the administratrix of the late Thomas Hapgood, late
Precinct Treasurer; we find that there is due to the heirs of the said treasurer, the sum of £3. 8s. 5d. Old Tenor." He was chosen parish treasurer after the "setting off" of the north parish in 1743. This parish became Boylston in 1786. It is evident from the records that he was a man of sound judgment, and one who was highly esteemed by his fellow-townsmen, being often chosen to conduct matters demanding careful and wise consideration. His widow, Damaris, died June 7, 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, born December 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, born October 20, 1732; died April 23, 1804; married,
May 31, 1757, Lydia Bowker.
8 VI. Joab4, born January 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 now improved for the support of the town's poor.
He died February 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
Lois Wheelock, 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
(second wife), born in Shrewsbury, baptized
March 14, 1756. He died before 1812, and she,
5. John Hapgood5, born October 8, 1764; married,
September 3, 1787, Sarah, daughter of Aaron
and Dinah (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,
and died 1799.
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, born September 12, 1739; died February 17, 1761,
unmarried, leaving £180. 9s. His mother administered.
IX. David4, born February 2, 1742; died October 26, 1745.
X. Eunice4, born August 17, 1744; married, April 20, 1767,
Ebenezer Hartshorn of Athol, Massachusetts.
JOHN3 (Thomas2, Shadrach1), born February 9, 1706-7; settled on the northwesterly part of the homestead in Marlboro', March 18, 1735. He received from his father (Book 36, Page 641) 105 acres in Marlboro', "in consideration of good will and affection." May 22, 1751, he bought for £80, of Eliphalet Howe, 30 acres, partly in Holden and partly in Rutland, and, December 3, 1756, resold the same to him for £106. He bought, with Asa Hapgood, for £131, of John Morss, 80 acres in Shrewsbury, September 17, 1754, and sold, August 28, 1760, for £26, to William Brewer, Jr., 22 acres in Shrewsbury. 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 funeral charges. To his son John he gave two thirds of his homestead, lands, and buildings, and the possession of one third at the age of twenty-one years, and of the other one third after the death of his mother; but, if he died in his minority, his brother Jonathan should succeed to his bequest. To his son Jonathan he gave one third of his homestead, to be sold at the discretion of his wife, to give him a liberal education at college; but, if he died in his minority, this bequest should go to John; and if she died during the minority of these sons, his eldest then living should succeed to the trust committed to her. 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 said lands to be
equally divided between his five daughters. 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 of the Alarm list attached to Captain Weeks' company in 1757, when threatened by the French and Indians; selectman, 1745, 1749, 1753, 1755, 1757, and a man of influence. He died May 26, 1762. His wife Abigail was born May 12, 1712; died March 31, 1798.
I. Jonathan4, born February 12, 1732; died December 14,
II. David4, born July 4, 1734; died January 5, 1737.
III. Abigail4, born January 16, 1737; died August 9, 1739.
IV. Mary4, born June 4, 1740; married, November 24, 1757,
Charles Brooks; 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,
Solomon Barnes, born June 20, 1740; resided in Marlboro'.
She died April 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, born October 8, 1752; married, January 5, 1775,
X. Abigail4, born August 13, 1755; married, September 15,
1772, Thomas Rice of Marlboro', born 1789; died
October 28, 1840. She died April, 1828.
1. Lydia5 Rice, born May 26, 1778; married John
Carruth; resided at Northboro'.
2. Nancy5, born September 11, 1780; married, 1804,
Abel Maynard; 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 homestead of 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 administering on the estate of his brother Thomas, late of Marlboro'; and his wife Mary, July 28, 1767, was appointed administratrix, who concluded the settlement of both estates, 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,
1773, Lucy Woods.
12 V. Joseph4, born January 23, 1754; married Ruth Jackson.
He died May 18, 1818.
VI. Mary4 born August 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 Swedish origin, born September 4, 1728; died June 4, 1795. He settled upon the homestead left him by his father, but was required to pay to each of his brothers and sisters considerable sums. He seems to have disposed of the home lot to his brother Joab, about 1754, and to have removed to Rutland District, now Barre, which was incorporated 1753. April 16, 1765, he, with his wife, signed a quitclaim, in favor of Charles Bowker, to her interest in the estate of Asa Bowker, late of Shrewsbury, and other quitclaims to Charles Bowker, August 26, 1765, in favor of Ebenezer and Eleazer Rice. The meadow in Shrewsbury, which he bought for £47, March 5, 1753, may have been included in these quitclaims. About 1763, he began to be identified as 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 from the town of Boston, concerning the State and Rights of the Province." The letter was referred to a committee, of which Asa Hapgood was one. The grave questions then agitating the colony, made it important to the district to be represented in the General Court. The warrant for a town meeting, issued March 15, 1773, had this article: -- "To see if the District will petition the Great and General Court to be set off as a town, or to act anything relative thereto." Asa Hapgood was placed upon the committee to present the petition. 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 "Committee of Correspondence," and Board of Selectmen of the Rutland District. He had great influence in reorganizing the militia. In April, 1779, it was voted by the Legislature to call a convention of delegates of the towns to meet at Cambridge on the first of September following, for the express purpose of framing a form of government. In this important convention, Barre was represented by those clear-sighted and trusty men, always foremost when any grave public service was to be rendered, John Mason, Esquire, Lieutenant Andrew Parker, 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's regiment, for service at Rhode Island on the Alarm of _____; time of enlistment, May 3, 1777; discharged July 5, 1777; belonged to Barre. He enlisted, September 2, 1777, in Captain Benjamin Nye's company, Colonel James Wilder's regiment; discharged September 18, 1777. He died December 23, 1791, at Barre.
I. Levinah5, born February 16, 1752; died, unmarried, at Barre.
II. Thomas5, born March 22, 1753; appears with rank of sergeant
on muster and 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 he belonged, Bolton or Princeton; marched to
reinforce General Gates at Saratoga. [Massachusetts
Archives.] Removed to Reading, Vermont; was
chosen her first representative in 1780; town clerk,
1781, 1782, 1783, 1784; selectman and town treasurer,
1784; returned to Massachusetts, 1788-90, and spent
the remainder of his life in Hubbardston; was one
of the selectmen, 1795 to 1797, and was on a list of
two hundred and six persons who died in that town
over eighty 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
and Prudence (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,
at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Laura Powers,
born January 30, 1799. He was a soldier in the
War of 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, born May 10, 1757, died July 3, 1829; married
14 VI. Asa5, born November 25, 1759; married Jennie Bowker.
VII. John5, born May 10, 1761; died July 23, 1778.
VIII. Anna5, born October 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
October 3, 1846.
DEACON SETH4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born October 20, 1732; purchased land and removed to Petersham 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 April 16 and August 26, 1765, he, with his wife, signed quitclaims to her interest in the estate of Asa Bowker, late of Shrewsbury. He married, May 31, 1757, Lydia, daughter of Asa and Martha (Eager) Bowker, born December 6, 1733, in Shrewsbury; died October 9, 1813. He died April 23, 1804.
I. Damaris5, born May 15, 1758; married, March 15, 1782, at
Petersham, Judge William Bigelow of Guilford, Vermont.
He was the son of Jotham and Mary (Richardson)
Bigelow of Holden, Massachusetts, where he was
born February 20, 1751; when a small boy he moved
with his parents to Guilford; he was a prominent
man; early chosen town clerk; was a selectman several
years; represented his town in the State Legislature;
for a period of twenty years was Judge of Windham
County Court. 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
with the 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.
He was 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;
died August 7, 1858. He died February 18,
1862; had nine children.
4. Asa6, born January 21, 1790; married Eliza Browning
of North 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,
New York, about 1828; unmarried.
II. Catharine5, born October 22, 1759; died October 21, 1843,
III. Lydia5, born May 14, 1761; died March 29, 1829; married,
February 8, 1789, Jonas Bond of Maine.
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,
at Petersham, Captain John Fitch of Guilford, Vermont.
She died July 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, born August 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,
Deacon Guy Bridgman of Hinsdale, Vermont; resided
in Kendall, New York.
XI. Levi5, born June 8, 1775; died October 12, 1776.
20 XII. Levi5, born December 6, 1778; married, September, 1823,
Anna (Chapman) Hapgood.
JOAB4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born January 21, 1735. He was at Petersham, October 14, 1765, where he bought of Joseph Hudson, April 29, 1765, for £170,41 acres,
with house and barn, and 26 acres; October 5, 1765, sold for £200, to Ephraim Whitney, 41 acres in the northern part and 26 acres in the northeastern part of Petersham. He, before and subsequently, lived in Shrewsbury, on the homestead, about one mile southwest of the meeting-house, which was possessed after him by his son Ephraim. He married, June 20, 1765, Abigail, daughter of Lieutenant Isaac and Elizabeth (Brown) Stone, born at Shrewsbury, December 9, 1735. Lieutenant Isaac Stone was a member of the first board of selectmen in Shrewsbury, and a leading man in town, church and parish affairs. Joab died March 21, 1803, and his widow, November 28, 1804.
I. Lucy5, born June 25, 1766; died August 23, 1851, in
21 II. Ephraim5, born March 1, 1768; died December 15, 1843;
married Elizabeth Cunningham Allen.
III. David5, born November 25, 1769; died unmarried, September
IV. Nahum5, born October 7, 1771; died October 9, 1789.
22 V. Elijah5, born November 10, 1773; died July 22, 1853;
married Eunice Baker.
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 Ruth Jackson. 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, born February 9, 1776 (by first wife); married,
October 29, 1799, Betsey Temple.
24 II. Benjamin5, born March 9, 1783 (by second wife); married,
August 30, 1805, Ann Whitman of Stow.
III. Lois5, born October 20, 1785, at Marlboro'; married Frederick
IV. Henry5, born November 24, 1787; married, July 6, 1809,
Catharine Conant of Dedham, Massachusetts, who
died April 5, 1859, aged seventy-three; Henry died
October 29, 1861, aged seventy-four; resided in
I. Jane M.6, born 1810; died August 27, 1890.
II. Adaline R.6, born 1812; died December 9, 1846.
III. Henry M.6, born 1814; died November, 1844.
IV. Catharine A.6, born 1817; died October 27, 1834.
V. Lucy Ann6, born 1819; died December 5, 1845.
V. Hannah5, born December 27, 1789; married Ebenezer
Kenfield of Boston, born March 18, 1795; died November
13, 1880; she died June 24, 1849.
1. William Frederick6 Kenfield, born August 13, 1822.
2. Sarah J.6, born April 17, 1830.
VI. Mary5, born March 5, 1792; died _____; unmarried.
VII. Elizabeth5, born June 23, 1794; died June 6, 1880, at
VIII. Sarah5, born September 26, 1796; died June 7, 1874, at
DEACON JONATHAN4 (John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born May 16, 1759; married, May 6, 1783, Jerusha Gibbs, 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, born June 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
from Harvard College, 1796; Deacon of the West
church and a magistrate; died September 24, 1833.
His wife died 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,
June 30, 1847.
6. John6, born November 10, 1815.
7. Mary C.6, born August 21, 1818.
26 III. Nathaniel5, born September 14, 1787; married, May 22,
1808, Elizabeth Barber.
IV. Abigail5, born February 4, 1790; married Josiah Gilman of
Tamworth, New Hampshire; removed from that place
some years 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
Elisha Perry 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;
died February 17, 1875. She died May 4, 1865.
1. Martha6 Barnes, born December 20, 1818; married,
April 17, 1861, Henry Williams of Marlboro';
died April, 1876.
2. Jerusha6, born September 24, 1820; married,
December 3, 1848, Artemas Walcott of Stow;
died August, 1892.
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,
May 4, 1852, Henry Williams of Marlboro'.
She died 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,
born September 9, 1828, at Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
He died December 28, 1892.
She resides in Marlboro'.
7. Joseph Weeks6, born September 19, 1838; married,
December 25, 1866, Emma J. Warren, born at
Weathersfield, Vermont, August 5, 1842; graduated
from Springfield, (Vermont) Seminary;
died June 28, 1897; resided in Marlboro', a carpenter.
VIII. Moses5, born April 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. In early life he went to sea, as most of the
youngmen of Cape Cod did in those days, and rose to
the position of Shipmaster. As our commercial
marine began to feel symptoms of decay, he abandoned
the sea-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 a school teacher; died May 11, 1882, leaving one
daughter, Julia A. Cole, who married Samuel Atwood
of Wellfleet, and is still living.
X. Hannah5, born August 10, 1805; died 1807.
COLONEL THOMAS4 (Joseph3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born November 13, 1747; married, December 16, 1773, Lucy, daughter of James and Hepsibeth Woods, born September 14, 1747. He appears on the muster rolls as private in William Morse's company, Colonel Jonathan Reade's regiment; enlisted October 2, 1777, discharged November 8, 1777; term of service, one month, seven days. This company of volunteers marched to assist General Gates, under resolve of September 22, 1777, belonged to Marlboro'. He rose to rank of colonel in the militia at Marlboro', where he resided, and died September 13, 1822; his widow died July 25, 1825.
28 I. Aaron5, born September 18, 1774; married Sarah Carr of
Sudbury. He died about 1844, at Stow.
29 II. Thomas5, Jr., born August 24, 1776; married, June 27,
1803, Mary Witt.
III. Abigail5, born April 10, 1779; married, June 23, 1798,
Thomas Whitney of Marlboro', born June 15, 1777.
1. Lucy6 Whitney, born September 8, 1798.
2. William Hapgood6, born July 5, 1800.
IV. William5, born November 20, 1780; died young.
V. James5, born January 15, 1784; died June 19, 1784.
30 VI. Asa5, born April 13, 1785; married, 1812, Phebe, daughter
of Jonah Rice, 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 in Marlboro'; he died May 18, 1818.
32 I. Josiah5, born March 7, 1779, at Marlboro'; married, May
29, 1806, Elizabeth Maynard, born February 7, 1783.
II. Mary5, born November 20, 1780; married, October 19, 1803,
Ethan Darling of Marlboro', born March 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', born January 19, 1791. She died
May 13, 1828.
IX. Lydia5, born July 9, 1795; married Ezekiel 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; died at Niagara, January
19, 1846; unmarried.
XII. Judith5, born October 14, 1803; died August 23, 1820.
DAVID5, Esquire (Asa4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born May 10, 1757; was distinguished for enterprise, courage, energy, and reverence. At the age of twenty-two he left home, purchased a large tract, twelve miles west of Windsor, Vermont, near the centre of the present town of Reading,
and immediately commenced improvements. Then there were only two families in the region, each miles in opposite directions from his location. Here he labored alone during the first season. But ere he had completely secured his little harvest, news reached him that the settlement at Royalton, twenty-five miles north of Reading, had been laid in ashes by Indians from Canada, and many out of the three hundred inhabitants massacred and others taken captive. Trusting in solitude for defence 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 such other articles as they most coveted. He now hastily struck his tent, returned to Massachusetts, spent the winter of 1778-79 in enlisting his brother Thomas and other young men of Worcester County to accompany him back in the spring. Here, through privations and hardships no longer experienced by planters of new countries, they prepared the way for a large and prosperous settlement, which was organized in 1780, and he elected selectman and constable; the future history 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 in the township of Reading, Vermont, consideration, £150, lawful money; David bought of Thomas a tract of land, consideration, £1,185, lawful money. June 27, 1781, David erected the first framed building and opened the first tavern in the place, and the first town meetings were held in his house. He was early chosen representative, and for a series of years served as magistrate.
As his children attained their majority he proceeded to divide to them his estate, giving to each of the elder sons
100 acres of the south part of his farm, and to the third son his homestead, etc., and he lived to see all his family comfortably settled in life. He married, 1781, Sally Myrick of Princeton, Massachusetts, born April 6, 1762; died August 7, 1826; he died July 3, 1829.
36 I. John6, born December 11, 1782, at Princeton; married,
March 2, 1808, at Reading, Sally Amsden.
37 II. David6, born February 20, 1786, at Reading; married Sally
III. Sally Myrick6, born June 8, 1788; married, December 25,
1815, Edmund Durrin, Esquire, of Weathersfield, Vermont;
a manufacturer, afterwards an eminent landlord
at Springfield, Vermont, who died at New Orleans,
February 22, 1837, when in quest of health, having
appointed Bridgman Hapgood, Esquire, executor of
his will. She died at the home of her sister, Mrs.
Fidelia Forbush, in Reading, July 3, 1855; s. p.
IV. Lucinda6, born June 28, 1790; died October 21, 1835; married
Jared Bigelow of Reading, February 2, 1812, born
April 26, 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. Jared Addison7, 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. Laura Bigelow 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; married Rebecca Fay.
VII. Fidelia6, born August 20, 1797; married, March 14, 1822,
Captain Rufus Forbush, son of Rufus of Westboro,
Massachusetts, who was proprietor of the farm originally
improved by Thomas5 Hapgood of Reading. Has
served the town for years as selectman, representative
and magistrate, and as often as the Constitution of
Vermont has become rickety, he has been chosen to
conventions to strengthen it.
1. Charles A.7, Forbush, born January 8, 1823; married,
May 25, 1859, Lizzie Davis; resides in
Springfield, Vermont; cashier of the Springfield
2. Rufus Orestes7, born October 7, 1824; married,
June 9, 1863, Eliza A. Spencer, who died September
19, 1897; resides at Springfield, and was
in company 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. Agnes Victoria7, 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, born June 28, 1802; died August 11, 1806.
X. Dexter6, born April 14, 1807; died August 30, 1847,
unmarried, at Dubuque, Iowa.
ASA5 (Asa4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born in Shrewsbury, November 25, 1759; married, about 1785, Jane or
Jennie, daughter of Charles, and granddaughter of Asa Bowker of Shrewsbury, born May 26, 1761; settled in Reading, Vermont, soon after his marriage. August 28, 1780, Thomas Hapgood of Reading sold to Asa Hapgood, Jr., a tract of land for £18, lawful money. He moved to Fairfax, Vermont, about 1796, and Jericho, 1804, and next to Rushford, New York, where his wife died February 16, 1822; he died at Jericho, 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, born June 2, 1794; married Eben Woodworth;
resided in Essex, Vermont. She died March 20, 1865,
at Underhill, Vermont.
VI. Asa6, born December 18, 1795, at Reading; drowned in
Lake Correnango, New York, near Maysville, April 2,
VII. Elmira6, born June 26, 1797, at Fairfax; died at Jericho,
December 28, 1805.
VIII. Jane6, born March 21, 1799, at Fairfax; married, December
10, 1826, at Ripley, New York, James Wells, born
in Cambridge, Washington County, New York;
resided and died in Harmony, Chautauqua County,
March 28, 1854. She died January 25, 1883, at the
house of her 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. Lewis Berry7, 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, of Petersham, 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
February 5, 1797; died September 12, 1845, at Attica,
New York, on his way home from the West. She died
January 6, 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
at Barre, 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,
New York; 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,
where they resided.
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;
resided in 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 died at Barre, June 14, 1832, and she married
second, December 8, 1842, Samuel Austin Kinsman,
born January 24, 1808, in Hubbardston, Massachusetts;
died at the house of his stepdaughter, Mrs. Stitt, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1888; she died
in Barre, January 19, 1882.
CHILD, by first husband.
1. Eliza Freeman7 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
November 23, 1878.
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. Anson Hapgood7, 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 Lydia Crossley of Kentucky.
X. Anson6, born February 21, 1815; died April 30, 1839.
XI. Fidelia6, born May 27, 1818; married, November 17, 1842,
John Field Woods, son of Captain James Woods of
Barre, the fifth James Woods in direct descent, born
November 5, 1820; died March 26, 1887; she died
April 9, 1894.
1. Ella Eliza7 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 the Revolutionary War, and Member of Congress; resided in Petersham, an eminent and leading citizen; eldest son of Deacon Seth; represented the town eight years in the General Court; postmaster for many years; chosen a member to the convention for revising the constitution, 1820; a successful merchant; died September 4, 1837.
49 I. Thomas6, born June 20, 1790; married, February 3, 1818,
Betsey Hopkins of Petersham.
II. Hutchins6, born September 2, 1792; graduated from Dartmouth
College, (A. M.) class 1813; read law with
Major John Taylor, at Northampton, Massachusetts,
from November 6, 1814, to July, 1815, finishing the
course at Cavendish, Vermont; did not practise, but
turned his attention to mercantile business in New
York City, and died in Petersham, Massachusetts,
June 2, 1828.
III. Eliza6, born October 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
the late 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,
April 28, 1823, Ephraim Hinds, Esquire, of West
Boylston, born in Shrewsbury, 1780; graduated from
Harvard College, 1805; studied law, and established
an office 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. Flora Isabella7, born _____; married, _____
Walker; resided in Columbus, Ohio.
6. Ellen7, born _____.
V. Lydia6, born September 5, 1802; died June 6, 1807.
50 VI. Seth6, born June 10, 1805; married Lydia Seaver 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 Bellows Falls, February 10, 1858, in her eighty-seventh year. Her father, Judge Burt, was appointed by "William Tryon, Captain General and Governor of the Province of New York and dependencies, captain of a company of Foot in the Township 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 a blacksmith, and for many years carried on that business extensively, but having acquired large landed estates, demanding his attention, his time was divided between 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 was honorable to labor, in fact, no one was respected who did not. Eight children were 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,
Daniel Tuttle, 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,
at Saxton'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. Lyman Hapgood7, born October 28, 1819; took a
voyage to recover his health and was lost at sea,
October 3, 1841.
II. Fanny6, born October 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,
Clarinda Harvey of Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
53 VI. Charles6, born September 17, 1805; married, October 6,
1834, Harriet Silsby.
VII. Levi6, born March 12, 1809; married Lucretia Leonard,
and died June 8, 1839; no children.
VIII. Frances Mary6, born July 31, 1811; married, June 12, 1838,
James Henry Williams, born January 16, 1813, at
Bellows Falls, where he resided; cashier of the old
Bellows Falls 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
an eminent architect of Boston; died March,
1896; no children.
2. William7, born March, 1841; died November 12,
3. James Henry7, 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. Sarah Hubbard7, born January 16, 1848; died
May 28, 1878.
6. John Harris7, born November 18, 1849; married,
October 17, 1883, Merab Ann Bradley Kellogg
of Westminster, Vermont.
7. Kate Amelia7, born December 30, 1851; resides
at Bellows Falls; unmarried.
8. Mary Grace7, 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 War and Member of Congress, sister to the wife of his brother Hutchins, a very superior woman, born May 1, 1772, in Petersham, and died July 16, 1822. He died July 6, 1851.
54 I. George Grout6, born February 17, 1804; married Marcia
II. Dolly6, born October 14, 1805; married, September 8, 1840,
Joel Bordwell of Cazenovia, New York, born February
4, 1808, son of Reverend Joel Bordwell, A. M.,
fifty years pastor of Congregational church at Kent,
Connecticut, and nephew of Reverend Samuel Mills of
Torrington, Connecticut. She died July 27, 1871, and
he married 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. Ellen Eliza7, born September 22, 1844; died June 3,
4. Levi Hapgood7, 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, at Petersham, Massachusetts;
married Rebecca Hibbard of Waterford,
IV. Lyman Wilder6, born February 7, 1810; married, March
5, 1840, Nancy A., daughter of James and Eliza
(McKenzie, from Canada) Pinkerton, born July 6, 1813.
After an absence of fifteen years, one of which was
spent in Maine, five in Lowell, and seven in Ohio, he
returned to the homestead of his father and grandfather
in Petersham. He died at Grafton, April 19,
1871. She died at Petersham May 3, 1864.
I. Eliza Pinkerton7, born January 8, 1841, at Bedford,
Ohio; died September 14, 1845, at Munson, Ohio.
II. Mary Frances7, born September 14, 1842, entered
University of Ann Arbor, graduated and taught
for several years, dying of consumption at Kalamazoo,
V. Mary Frances6, born May 19, 1812; married, March 31,
1840, Elijah Kimball, resided in Grafton; he died
December 17, 1867; she married second, April 3,
1872, Joel Bordwell of Cazenovia, New York, her
deceased sister's husband, who died March 12, 1882;
she died August 1, 1874; no children.
VI. Levi6, born April 2, 1814; died unmarried at Bedford, Ohio,
December 31, 1839.
VII. Susan Elizabeth6, born June 17, 1818; married, May 17,
1842, Joseph Warren Upton, born April 26, 1818;
resided in Petersham; died October 25, 1889; she
died April 8, 1855.
1. Mary Elizabeth7, Upton, born December 25, 1844;
married, May 21, 1868, Silas Theodore Wheeler.
2. Ann Eliza7, born May 25, 1846; died February 12,
3. Lena Hapgood7, born September 29, 1854; resides
in Orange, Massachusetts; unmarried.
OLIVER5, (Seth4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born September 26, 1772; married, November 10, 1799, Lucy Smith of Petersham, who died, and he married, second, in 1810, Anna Chapman; removed, about 1799, to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and about 1801 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.
She married first, William Johnson, and second,
Eliphalet Johnson; resided in Swanton, Vermont, and
was the mother of Mrs. Lucy7 Foster of Swanton;
Oliver H7. Johnson, Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec;
Mrs. Caroline A7. Landon, William A7. Johnson,
Burlington, Vermont; Mrs. Ellen A7. Dunton, Swanton;
and Myra E.7, Edwin7, and Sidney7 Johnson,
56 II. John Weeks6, born June 3, 1811 (by second 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 1830-32 as a member of her Legislature. He married September, 1823, Anna (Chapman) Hapgood (widow of his brother Oliver); she died March 15, 1846.
I. Levi Hutchins6, born July 15, 1825; married, August 30,
1847, Harriet Ellen Horton, born April 18, 1826,
daughter of Daniel Gideon Horton, by wife Mary
Drury and 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
Benjamin Horton from Scotland to Brandon, Vermont,
at its earliest settlement. Mrs. Hapgood's
mother, Mary Drury, born June 25, 1795, married,
January 1, 1813, and died October 30, 1848, was the
daughter of Luther and Rhoda (Hopkins) Drury of
Plattsburg, New York, and granddaughter of Deacon
Ebenezer Drury from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,
to Pittsford, Vermont, who was baptized February
17, 1733; married, October 21, 1761, Hannah Keyes,
born April 17, 1742, and great granddaughter of
Daniel Drury of Framingham (died June 5, 1786),
by wife Sarah Flagg (born at Sudbury about 1705;
married, July 14, 1729; died November 29, 1775), and
great great granddaughter of John or Thomas Drury,
and great great great granddaughter of Hugh Drury
of Boston 1640; freeman 1654; constable 1655-56; a
member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
1659; died, and is interred in King's Chapel
Cemetery. His wife Lydia was received a member
of First Church, March 12, 1648, and died 1675. Levi
Hutchins Hapgood was a leading merchant and prominent
citizen of Sheldon, Vermont, up to 1876, when
reverses in business induced him to remove to Alton,
Illinois, and accept employment from his cousin
nephew, Charles Hutchins Hapgood, who had established
the immense works of the Hapgood Plow Company,
in that place, where he continued to labor till the
time of his death, December 14, 1885.
I. Anna Keith7, born October 9, 1848, at Sheldon;
died August 6, 1889.
II. Seth Chapman6, born November 3, 1828, at Sheldon, Vermont;
married, November 4, 1850, Louisa Mann from
Jamaica, Western New York, died June 10, 1867, and
he married second, February 10, 1885, Anna Elizabeth
Davy; resided in Malta, De Kalb County, Illinois, but
is now a large merchant and extensive landholder in
Shorey, Shawnee County, Kansas.
I. Ella May7, 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 his father 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 great grandfather Thomas Hapgood first settled.
He died June 10, 1858, and she January 14, 1876;
II. Simon Allen6, born August 5, 1802; died October 5, 1803.
III. Lucy6, born April 27, 1805; married, January 27, 1834,
Washington, son of Joshua and Miriam Briggs, born
July 2, 1796, in Spencer, where he resided a merchant
and farmer, and died April 29, 1867; she died at
Worcester, April 18, 1895.
1. Martha Hapgood7 Briggs, born February 26, 1837,
in Spencer; married, June 23, 1867, John A., son
of John and Susan (Howland) Wilson, resided in
Worcester; teacher and provision dealer. He
died November 2, 1891.
2. Lucy Elizabeth7, born April 19, 1841; died June 12,
3. Ephraim Hapgood7, born July 4, 1842, resided in
Boston, Massachusetts, a provision dealer; he
died there November 29, 1876; unmarried.
ELIJAH5 (Joab4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born November 10, 1773. In 1802, purchased the Wheeler farm
in Shrewsbury for $3,000, paying the first instalment of $1,000 in silver out of old stockings. This farm was about half a mile south southwest of the original Thomas Hapgood farm in Shrewsbury, and one and a half miles southwest of the old congregational meeting house. To this he made many additions and improvements, and left it one of the most valuable farms in Shrewsbury.
He married, September 26, 1802, Eunice, daughter of Reuben and Charlotte (Howe) Baker, born June 27, 1781. She died November 14, 1841, aged sixty, and he died at Shrewsbury, July 22, 1853.
I. Abigail6, born October 7, 1803; married, December 14,
1824, John Roper, 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, born September 6, 1804; married Elizabeth Eager.
58 III. Lemuel Bemis6, born October 12, 1805; married Amazonia
IV. Charlotte6, born August 30, 1807; married October 4, 1830,
at Shrewsbury, Horace, son of Alpheus and Lydia (Fay)
Abbott, born July 29, 1806, in Sudbury, Massachusetts,
and went to Westboro' when a boy and there learned
the trade of a blacksmith, and carried on that business
in a country shop. In 1836 he removed to Baltimore,
Maryland, where he resided till his death, August 8,
1887. He took charge of a large forge, and manufactured
heavy forgings, steamboat shafts, cranks, locomotives
and car axles. At the breaking out of the
Civil War, 1861, having the largest plate mill in the
United States, 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 the monitors that were built immediately succeeding.
He also furnished the armor plates which
strengthened the fleet before Charleston; and for his
promptness of delivery, received a letter of commendation
from the then Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Wells.
So important were Mr. Abbott's works to the government,
particularly the naval department, that the men
in his employ were protected by the government
against draft into the army and navy; thus, in effect,
making an arsenel of the establishment. We add the
following extract (from J. S. C. Abbott's History of
the Civil War, Volume I, Page 339), to show his patriotic
zeal and sound judgment, when it was predicted
he could never fulfil the contract for the Monitor.
"In 101 days from the time the contract reached him,
the Monitor was launched. The upper hull is 174
feet long, forty-one feet four inches wide, and five
feet in depth. The sides constitute the armor of
the vessel. In the first place is an inner guard
of iron half an inch thick. To this is fastened a
wall of white oak placed end-wise and thirty inches
thick. To this is bolted six plates of iron, each an
inch thick, one over the other. The pilot house is
made of plates of iron, the whole about ten inches
thick. The turret is a round cylinder, twenty feet
in interior diameter, and nine feet high. It is built
entirely of iron plates, one inch in thickness, and
securely bolted together. Eight of these plates, one
over the other, with a lining of one inch iron, completes
He was one of the first to move in establishing National
Banks in the city of Baltimore was one of the organizers
of the First National Bank, of which he was a
director and vice-president until his death, as also a
director in the Second National Bank of Baltimore.
His widow died May 2, 1888.
1. Lucy Fay7 Abbott, born November 14, 1831, in
Westboro', Massachusetts; resided with her
parents in Baltimore, where she died, January
2. Ella Antoinette7, born in Baltimore, January 26,
1834; married, October 4, 1854, at Baltimore,
John Stratton Gilman, born at Hallowell, Maine,
March 19, 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. Horace Fay7, 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
and Nancy Smart (Hobbs) Cate, born at Effingham,
New Hampshire, February 6, 1838;
resides in Baltimore.
6. Mary Lydia7, born May 18, 1844; died at Baltimore
April 11, 1849.
7. Horace Fay7, born July 21, 1846; died at Baltimore,
July 23, 1848.
59 V. Nahum Roland6, born March 6, 1809; married the widow
Emily (Chase) Garfield, of Worcester.
VI. David Thomas6, born July 19, 1813; learned the gunmaker's
trade of his 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
to Baltimore, Maryland, established the business of
manufacturing and dealing in guns and sporting materials,
somewhat extensively, and for several years prospered;
but his health failed, and he was obliged to close
up his business and return to Shrewsbury, where he
died August 9, 1843; no children. His widow married,
second, October 4, 1854, Henry Marcus Fairbanks,
born April 9, 1812, in Shirley, Massachusetts, a widower
with two sons, and lived most of the remainder of her
life in Worcester, where she died June 12, 1893. Mr.
Fairbanks died June 25, 1861.
60 VII. Lorenzo Elijah6, born November 9, 1815; married, Sarah
61 VIII. Reuben Leander6, born July 10, 1817; married, Lucy
62 IX. Ephraim Augustin6, born November 3, 1823; married, Nancy
Holmes, of Grafton.
JOHN5 (John4, John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born February 9, 1776; married, October 29, 1799, Betsey Temple, of
Marlboro', who died December 31, 1841; removed, 1801, to Winchendon, Massachusetts, where he died April 5, 1848; a farmer.
I. Eliza6, born December 12, 1802, at Marlboro; married,
at Winchendon, Phinehas Parks, of Winchendon.
He died March 2, 1885, and his widow, May 9, 1887.
1. George H.7 Parks, born_____.
2. A daughter_____; she married William S. Brooks,
63 II. George Dana6, born December 3, 1811; married, September
9, 1841, Catharine Wight Mixer, of Dedham.
III. Jane6, born June 4, 1821, at Winchendon; married Bethuel
Ellis, of Ashburnham; resided in Winchendon, where
she died December 5, 1867, and he April 9, 1881.
IV. Otis Whitney6, 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 whom died in infancy, but their records are not at hand.
CAPTAIN BENJAMIN5 (John4, John3, Thomas2, Shadrach1), born March 9, 1783; married, August 30, 1805, at Stow, Ann, daughter of Charles and Catharine (Davies) Whitman, M. D. Ann was born December 12, 1787, and died at East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, November 27, 1868. Benjamin was a captain in the militia, and died at Stow, May 11, 1836; resided in Marlboro'; a farmer.
64 I. Charles Whitman6, born December 30, 1806, at Marlboro';
married first, Mary Hunter, and second, Elizabeth
II. Catharine Davies6, born October 3, 1807; married, February
20, 1828, at Stow, Mark Whitcomb, who died
November 29, 1886; she died August 20, 1888.
1. William7 Whitcomb, born November 4, 1828.
2. Anna Maria7, born September 24, 1830; married,
December 7, 1852, Abraham H. Stowe, of Hudson,
where she died October 20, 1881, leaving
3. John Marshall7, born November 8, 1832; married,
January 6, 1860, Eliza Clapp, of Stow; had
4. Albert7, born June 1, 1845; resides at Stow.
III. Dorcas Whitman6, born March 15, 1809; married, September
15, 1846, at Stow, Rufus Scott, born February 9,
1800, at Amherst, Massachusetts; resided at North
Hadley and Amherst. He died August 16, 1855; she
1. Israel Storrs7 Scott, born November 19, 1848;
died August 24, 1849, at North Hadley.
2. Mary Helen7, born July 5, 1850; resides in
3. Israel Frederick7, born July 2, 1852; died September
11, 1871, at North Hadley.
IV. Anna Whitman6, born December 19, 1810; married, first,
November 1, 1834, Charles English, born in Brighton,
May 19, 1807; resided in Boston, Brighton, and East
Bridgewater. He died July 2, 1859, at Brighton, and
she married, second, at Elmwood, Massachusetts,
August 25, 1864, Samuel Shaw, born August 7, 1802,
at South Weymouth, a shoe manufacturer of wealth
and influence, at Elmwood. He died at East Bridgewater,
Massachusetts, September 15, 1874; she is still
1. Anna Elizabeth7 English, born March 17, 1841;
died September 5, 1885.
2. Amelia Victoria7, born January 3, 1844; died July
3. Charles Benjamin7, born August 31, 1846; married,
May 23, 1877, Mrs. Hannah Sisson; resides
in Chicago, Illinois.
V. Nathan Davies6, born February 20, 1813, at Marlboro;
was captain's mate aboard ship "Canton Packet,"
died on the voyage home from Manilla, and was
buried at sea; unmarried.
VI. Martha6, born January 26, 1815, at Marlboro; married at
Stow, May 15, 1834, Timothy Atwood, who died at
Boston, December 13, 1872, and she married, second,
February 4, 1875, Thaddeus Smith, of North Hadley,
where he died, October 31, 1878. She died at Wellfleet,
August 4, 1882; no children.
VII. Felicia Davies6, 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 at Stow, Massachusetts, October 9, 1819,
resided at North Bridgewater (now Brockton) and
Boston. His wife died July 2, 1872, and he is now
enjoying the well-earned reputation of an honorable
merchant, in his pleasant home in Auburndale.
1. Maria Louise7 Robinson, born February 7, 1844,
at Stow; married, September 29, 1867, Nathaniel
2. Joseph Winchester7, born September 17, 1846;
married, April 14, 1869, Julia Ann Sprague,
of North Bridgewater.
IX. Margaret6, born February 23, 1822, at Stow; married,
December 1, 1846, at East Bridgewater, Galen
Kingman Richards, born January 9, 1823; she died
February 16, 1870, at West Bridgewater, and he
January 23, 1884.
1. Hannah Kingman7 Richards, born August 11,
1847; died December 31, 1873.
2. Henry7, born January 11, 1851; died April 1, 1856.
3. Henry Galen7, born August 24, 1856; died January
4. Ann Whitman7, born July 28, 1858; died June 12,
5. Charles Benjamin7, born September 23, 1866; died
July 21, 1885.
X. Lucy Cotton6, born September 3, 1825, at Stow; married,
August 19, 1856, at North Bridgewater, Baalis Sanford,
born October 4, 1833; resides in Brockton; a
leading merchant and prominent citizen.
1. Irene Gertrude7 Sanford, born April 18, 1859.
2. Anna Cora7, born August 19, 1860; died September
3. Mabel Louisa7, 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 December 22, 1850.
65 I. Moses6, born December 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, born May 31, 1813; married Maria Barnes.
67 V. Reuben6, born May 31, 1813, twin with Rufus; married
Ruth C. Moore.
VI. Mary6, born May 11, 1815; married, Daniel Florence, born
in Northboro'; died May 5, 1863, at Berlin; she
1. William7 Florence, born October, 1840, in Northboro';
resided in Berlin; a shoemaker. Enlisted
July 25, 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
in Bolton, 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. Abigail Russell6, 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
died March 9, 1888, at Roslindale, Massachusetts, and
he at Haverhill, Massachusetts, March 31, 1890.
1. Mary Elizabeth7 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,
born in Charrestown, April 12, 1847, daughter
of George W. and Lorilla Davis. He was educated
in the public grammar and high schools
of that city. At fifteen years of age he found
his first 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
on those papers. The year 1861 found him in
the Boston Traveler Office, where he worked at
different times in the mail room, the press room,
and the composing room. He was but sixteen
years of age when he left the Traveler office
and shouldered a musket in the war as a private
soldier in the Thirty-eighth Regiment of Massachusetts
Volunteers, one of the youngest recruits
to enlist 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
was honorably discharged from the
service and sent home. He still carries the
bullet with which he was wounded. Returning
to civil life, he re-entered the Traveler office,
and after working for some time in the composing
room of that paper became one of its
reporters, and soon made his mark as an intelligent
and ready 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 a stenographer. While connected with the
Traveler he also earned considerable reputation
as a correspondent for papers in other cities,
his letters 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
one around the State House. Governor Claflin
made him a member of his military staff, with
the rank 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
him a 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,
and never once disassociated himself from his
chosen profession as a journalist. He remained
at his secretarial post in the governor's office for
three years. In 1872 he was elected a member
of the House of Representatives from Somerville,
and was re-elected the following year,
receiving the unusual honor on both occasions
of being the unanimous choice of his fellow-citizens,
regardless of party lines. In the year
1873 he was nominated by the many friends
whom he had made in the Legislature for the
clerkship of the House, a position that had
been long held at that time by the well-remembered
newspaper correspondent, William S.
Robinson, whose letters over the signature of
"Warrington," were then among the most
salient features of the Springfield Republican.
Mr. Robinson's friends made a stout fight for
his re-election, but Colonel Taylor defeated him
overwhelmingly. He filled the office of clerk of
the House until the month of August, 1873,
when another chapter in his remarkable career
was to open. It was in that month and year
that Colonel Taylor took charge of The Boston
Globe, then a new paper, which had been started
a little over a year before, and which was struggling
hard to 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
took a bold, new departure, and, reorganizing it
as a democratic two-cent daily paper, conducted
on popular 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
in the history of The Globe. Colonel
Taylor had found for his paper and himself that
tide, "which taken at its flood leads on to fortune."
The history of The Boston Globe, from
that date on to the present time, is one of the
romances of modern journalism, and records a
newspaper success of such splendid proportions
as to place Charles H. Taylor's name among
those of the great captains of the newspaper
host -- the Bennetts, the Greeleys, the Danas,
and the Pultizers.
3. George William7, 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. Addie Frances7, born September 4, 1855; married,
May 1, 1878, J. B. Wright, of Charlestown.
6. Abbie Maria7, born September 4, 1855, twin with
Addie Frances; died December 4, 1855.
7. John Ingalls7, born September 3, 1859; died
December 18, 1867.
68 IX. George6, born May 7, 1821; married, March 26, 1844,
Harriet Angeline Warren.
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
in battles, Port Hudson, June 14, 1864; Fisher's
Hill, September 19, 1864; Cedar Creek, October 19,
1864; and later served with wagon train; discharged
July 13, 1865; returned home; appointed on police
force at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1870 to 1873;
resides in Belmont, Massachusetts. No children.
XI. Eliza6, born August 5, 1826, in Marlboro'; married April 1,
1847, Asa Appleton Deane, a farmer in Oakham, where
she died August 13, 1877, a most excellent housekeeper,
nurse, and mother. He died December 8,
CHILDREN, all born in Oakham.
1. Harriet Maria7 Deane, born September 17, 1849;
married, December 24, 1874, George Washington
Sibley, of Spencer, Massachusetts, where
he died April 26, 1888.
2. Abbie Jane7, born September 15, 1851; married,
May 15, 1873, William Wallace Smith, of North
Brookfield; she died July 26, 1878.
3. Amanda Amelia7, born December 4, 1853; married,
December 13, 1876, Freeland Converse
Sibley, of Spencer.
4. Addie Elizabeth7, 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. He removed to Boston, where he resided a merchant, and where he was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a gun, in the hand of a friend, November 22, 1816.
I. Henry Nathaniel6, born, in Boxboro', 1809; died in New
York City, December 19, 1837; unmarried. He was
at one time 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,
born September 21, 1802; died January 11, 1881;
she died August 17, 1842.
1. Henry Nathaniel7 Sabin, born June 28, 1834, in
Putney; died February 10, 1857; unmarried.
2. Ellen Elizabeth7, born April 11, 1839, in Putney;
married S. Wilson Wilder, son of John and
Polly (Wilson) Wilder, of Brattleboro', Vermont,
who was born March 1, 1806. He was
born March 6, 1838. No children.
III. Elizabeth Crosby6, born April 15, 1813; married, Captain
Edward Denison, of Leyden, Massachusetts, son of
Edward and Rucy (Babcock) Denison; he died February
11, 1879, age 79 years. She resides with her
daughter, Mrs. Sawyer, in Leyden.
CHILDREN, all born in Leyden.
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. Edward Hapgood7, 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
in Leyden; four children.
4. Ellen Louise7, born August 3, 1844; married,
February 19, 1876, Charles Frederick Sawyer,
of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; resides in Leyden;
is a painter.
5. Marion Harriet7, born June 17, 1848; married,
October 21, 1885, David Ashcroft, a farmer
of Whateley, Massachusetts. No children.
6. Eva Juline7, born October 12, 1851; married,
Clinton Addison Ware, December 3, 1873;
resides in Northfield, Massachusetts; a farmer,
with two children.
7. George Henry7, born August 4, 1854; married,
April 17, 1890, Jacobina Koch; a farmer; resides
on the old homestead. No children.
8. Carrie Jeanette7, born April 26, 1857; married,
December 11, 1878, Albert Brown Warren,
a farmer of Bernardston, Massachusetts; two
IV. Mary4, born in 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 at Holden, December 31, 1872; married, December, 1814, Dorcas Willis, born February 12, 1793, at Sudbury, daughter of Jesse and Sarah Willis; died May 11, 1839, at Medway; he married, second, March 30, 1841, Jemima, daughter of Ephraim 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 he married, fourth, December 24, 1867, Lavinia Ann Davis, born May 7, 1812; died about 1894, at New Ipswich, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN, all by first wife.
69 I. Gilbert6, born April 21, 1816, at Marlboro'; married
Hannah Scripture, of Dubuque, Iowa.
II. Salome6, born March 30, 1818; married July 19, 1840,
Daniel White, at Thompson, Connecticut, son of John
White, of Leicester, Massachusetts.
1. Son7 born 1842; died in infancy, at West Medway.
III. Hannah6, born at Marlboro', March 14, 1820; married at
Mendon, February 1, 1842, George Capron, born
1819, at Cumberland Hill, Rhode Island; resided in
Holden. He died at Worcester, April, 1879, and she
married, second, James Elder, of Worcester, who
died aged 74, and she married, third, Horace L. Fisk,
of Athol, who died at Paxton, aged 79, and she
married, fourth, October 4, 1893, Martin F. Peeler,
born at Holden, August 21, 1820.
CHILDREN, both by first 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,
at Worcester, 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,
born July 30, 1825, at Paxton.
V. Sarah6, born May 1, 1825; married, November 20, 1844, at
Mendon, Deacon Isaac Thomas Johnson, born July
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. Olive Mason7, 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;
resides in Chelsea, Massachusetts; a watch repairer
in Boston. 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,
Lucia Hooker, of Rutland; resided in West Boylston,
Massachusetts. He married, second, 1892, Helen
Bowen, and removed to Maine. No children recorded
by second marriage.
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, at Marlboro'; died about 1844, at Stowe; married, Sarah Carr, of Sudbury, born 1788; died 1872, at Sudbury.
I. Eliza6, born June 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, born December 1, 1809; died, South Sudbury.
IV. Aaron Hamilton6, born May 16, 1812; removed to New
York City; married, and had twelve children. Enlisted
in the army with his oldest son (?), Henry Otis,
1861, and not further reported.
V. Abigail6, born April 9, 1813, at Waltham; married (published
April 16, 1836), Jonas C. Munroe, of Concord.
VI. William Harrison6, born July 22, 1815, at Marlboro';
married at Framingham. No other record obtained.
VII. Henry Otis6, born April 1, 1818; married, 1844, Margaret
Kenney, of Ireland; she died March 23, 1890.
I. John H.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. Edward Francis7, born July 1, 1858; married,
June 10, 1892, Victory Morry, daughter of his
brother's third wife by her first husband; resides
at Marlboro'; a shoemaker.
VIII. Asa6, born 1821, at Marlboro'; died at Hartford, Vermont.
IX. Sarah6, born 1825, 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; his widow died January 17, 1874.
I. Elvira6, born November 9, 1803; died September 2, 1805.
72 II. Ira6, born January 17, 1805; married Persis Bigelow.
III. Elvira6, born September 15, 1806; married May 13, 1827,
Aaron Bigelow, of Marlboro', born April 29, 1796;
died February 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. Mary Eliza7, born December 9, 1835; married,
1853, Thomas L. Barnard, of Marlboro7.
3. Caleb Benjamin7, 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. George W.7, born April 9, 1841; died June 23,
6. Ella Sophia7, born November 24, 1843; resides in
7. Harriet Newell7, born August 17, 1844; married,
June 2, 1864, Hiram W. Chase, of Boylston;
resides in Hudson; a provision dealer.
VII. Harriet6, born January 4, 1817, at Marlboro'; married,
Edward Ball, of Northboro', born June 12, 1807;
removed to Poplar Grove, Illinois, where he died
June 27, 1889.
1. George Dana7 Ball, born May 29, 1835, at Northboro';
died February 20, 1845.
2. Harriet7, born December 20, 1836; married, at
Chemung, Illinois, November 25, 1857, G. T.
Wheeler, born August 14, 1828, at East Hamburg,
3. John Baker7, born October 14, 1838; died October
4. Edward Baker7, born March 17, 1840; married,
June 12, 1868, Mary E. Cowan, of Fall River.
5. Helen Maria7, born January 3, 1842; married,
February 7, 1872, John C. Shackell, of New
York City. She died at Poplar Grove, November
6. Oliver Puffer7, born April 12, 1844; married,
December 1, 1885, Hattie B. Wheeler, of
Brighton, New York.
7. Willie7, born February 20, 1846; died March 21,
8. Mary Sophia7, born March 7, 1847; married,
December 13, 1866, George Ray, of Fall River,
9. Abbie Emerson7, born March 27, 1853; married,
November 21, 1877, Joseph H. Emmons, of
Chicago; he died November 30, 1893.
10. Annie Caroline7, born August 14, 1856; twin with
Alice; married, September 17, 1879, George G.
Moore, of Poplar Grove.
11. Alice Augusta7, born August 14, 1856; married,
September 4, 1878, Thomas G. Merritt, born
April 8, 1855, at Hinsdale, Pennsylvania.
12. Charlotte7, born July 20, 1859; married, April 3,
1879, at Poplar Grove, Edward H. Burnside,
born June 27, 1853.
13. Nahum7, born February 6, 1862; died March 3,
74 VIII. William George6, born December 2, 1819; married, May
16, 1842, Caroline Brunswick Howe.
IX. Caroline Augusta6, born October 1, 1821; married, September
1, 1840, Ai Roe, born December 30, 1815, at
Bolton; died February 3, 1892; she died August 30,