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Full text of "History of the town of Hawley, Franklin County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement in 1771 to 1887. With family records and biographical sketches"

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H I S T O K Y 



OF THE 



TOWN OF HAWLEY, 

Franklin County, Massacli-asetts, 

FROM ITS 

FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1771 TO 1887. 



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BY WILLIAM GILES ATKINS. 



"Breathes there the miin with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said, 

This is my own, my native land? 
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, 
As home liis footsteps he has turned 

From wandering on a foreign strand?" 




West Cummington, Mass: 

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR. 

1887. 



PREFACE. 



In compliance with a long cherished desire to compile a work of this 
kind, the History of Hawley is herewith presented. The author does 
not present it witli the expectation or desire of being noted as a histo- 
rian, but to arrange in a substantial form the archives of his native 
town, adding such facts, reminiscences, statistics, incidents, ^ketchts 
and general items, as shall interest the gener;..l reaJer, or at least those 
who have emanated from the old town, and their descendants. 

We were aware from the first that thi' quality of the work w( uld be in 
proportion to the amount of research made, and have tndeavored to can- 
vass thoroughly and carefully in its interests, still, there are on issions 
— the reader will supply them, there are errors — you will generously 
and kindly correct them. 

In the arrangement of the work, the matter is unavoidably somewhat 
mixed, as material was constantly arriving after other matter of a kin- 
dred nature was in print. The family records, as furnished by the town 
records, are very incomplete, and in many cases disagree willi records 
furnished by families themselves, but correctness has been the aim; oth- 
ers could have done better — if they would — but the lot fell on us. 

In the compilation valuable assistance has been rendered, and special 
thanks are due to Town Clerk, Lucius Hunt and family, Bev. Henry 
Seymour, Mrs, Ann Eliza Scott and others of Ilawley, Geo. D. Critten- 
den of Shelburne Falls, P. L. Page of Ann Arbor, Mich, P. F. Cooley 
of Pittsfield, Mrs Alfreda Stebbins of Deerfield, James M. Crafts of 
Whately, and others who have given acceptable aid. Cc} ious notes 
have been taken from the records left by Mrs. Jerusha King, some of 
which date from the first settlement of the town, and are regarded in the 
main as authentic, also from Dr. Holland's "History of Western Massa- 
chusetts" and Evarts' "History of the Connecticut Valley." 

There are also many to whom no thanks are duo, who have not so 
much as answered our correspondence. 

We now produce the result of these researches, hoping it will be ac- 
ceptable to those of present and future generations. Let the reader fol- 
low the generations here recorded, associating with each the events of 
which they were the witnesses; follow them through their rough pio- 
neering; through the dark days of war, and througli their subsequent 
prosperity; note their joys and their trials, their hopes and their fears. 
By a little stretch of fancy place yourself among them and live over the 
quaint customs of the olde n time, their manner of thought, of speech, 
of dresp, of worship, of amusement, and it will not only make a reality 
of history but will introduce to you your ancestors as they really were. 



It will be seen that an individual is but a link in the chain of human- 
ity; that a lifetime, at the longest, is an hour on the dial, and that ■what- 
ever we would that the past s^enerations had done for us, it is our duty 
to do for those to come. 

The following pages will portray the origin, rise and progress of one 
of the rural towns, peopled with a noble race, early inculcating the prin- 
ciples of virtue, temperance and religion. While we are forced to see 
its mild decay, we look with a degree of pardonable pride to those, past 
and present, who have been and now are wielding a power for good in 
the great drama of life. And while we regret the absence of so many 
from the ancestral acres and the paternal hearthstone, this fact must 
ever force itself upon us, that it is a good place in whicli to be born. 

Finally, the history is dedicated to the sons and daughters of Hawley, 
wherever they are, in the liopt; that they may prove w orthy of their an- 
cestrj^ in whatsoever things are true; in whatsoever things are honest; 
in whatsoever things are pure; in whatsoever things are lovely; in what- 
soever things are of good report. 

WM. G. ATKINS. 

West Cummington, Mass., June, 1887. 



CONGRATULATORY. 



"I am rejoiced that its history is to be written.'" P. L. PAGE. 

"I wish you success in this, your good undertaking." 

MRS. LOUISA M. HUNT. 

"Success to you. " (REV. ) HENRY SEYMOUR. 

"Success in your worthy undertaking." H. A. LONGLEY. 

"I wish you success in your undertaking." THOS. K. BAKER, 

"Wishing you every success in your undertaking. " 

JAS. M. CRAFTS. 



CONTENTS. 



Outline History Page 5 

Hatfield Equivalent 6 

Act of Incorporation 8 

Okganization 9 

Local Titles 12 

Cemeteries & Rev. J. Grout's Epitaph 13 

Jonas King's Inscription 15 

Schools and Highways 16 

Ecclesiastictal History 17 

Congregational Clergymen 21 

Rebellion Reiord 23 

To-WN Officeks 26 

Selectmen 28 

Representatives and Directory Jl 

Town Fakm -2 

Mills and Manupactobies -IS 

Stokes and Hotels . . 35 

Post Offices -"6 

Population and Early Settlement :i7 

First Thanksgiving anu Young America's Military Recoko oy 

Accidents, Fires, &c. '9 

A Bear Story 11 

Family Records 42 

Marriages 69 

Deaths 74 

Miscellanies 83 

In oui{ Grandmother's days 88 

The old Schoolhocse and Orthodoxy vs. Infidelity 91 

Biographical Sketches 94 

Bozrah 100 

Natives Abroad 103 

Personal Reminiscences of P, L. Page 109 

Sketches and Incidents Ill 

Reminisceni Es of p. F. Cooley 117 

Appendix 129 

Index to Family Records 131 



HISTORY. 



OUTLINE HISTORY. 

From the time of the first settlement within the limits of New England, 
at Plymouth, Mass., Dec. 1620, to the present time, the tide of emigra- 
tion has been "Westward Ho." Tlie arrival of the Mayflower having 
formed a nucleu.s, other emigration from Europe soon followed, and 
towns in the eastern part of the state were rapidly settled and organ- 
ized. The first settlement in Western Massachusetts was made at 
S-iringfield, in May, 1636. In a few years other towns were founded 
f ".he Connecticut river, the Hadleys, Northampton, Deerfield, Noith- 
t 3, Greenfield, &c. Fiom this natural avenue civilization still push- 
westward, part iculaily up the valley of tlie Wcstfield river, and up 
lie Deerfield as far as Chailemont, leaving the entire territory of the 
Green Mountain range unknown to civilization for more than m century 
after the arable lands of the Connecticut valley had bem opened as 
homes to the white man. As those desirable localities became filled 
up, the poimlation, following the spirit of their ancestors, sought new 
fields of adventure, that they might enjoy civil liberty and religion ac- 
cording to the dictates ol their own conscience, establish local govern- 
ment for themselves, appropriate the fertility of the virgin soil, which 
in those days 

"Still oQ her bosom wore the enameled vest, 

That blommed and budded on her youthful breast." 

Thus many people souglit the primeval forest to rear liomes, in pursu- 
ance of the spirit which has reigned ever since those days, that of going 
to the frontier, and beyond tlie border of civilization. So far as we 
know, the original settlers of all these mountain towns were from some 
portion of this state, all the way from the salt waters of Cape Cod to the 
Connecticut vallev, and in some instances from towns west of the river. 
The pioneer settlers ;vere generally from the old puritan stock, and, as 
a rule, adorned their religious profession, and early established church- 
es and schools. 

A large tract in the western part of the original County of Hampshire, 
now comprising ten towns, was sold at auction by the General Court, 
June 2, 1762. No. 7 of that series, afterward named Hawley, was bought 
by Moses Parsons for £875. Parsons in turn sold to other land-specula- 
tors; but those records are not attainable, and it is believed that none of 
the first proprietors became actual settlers. A portion of the east part 
of the town was known as the "Hatfield Equivalent," previous to the 
purchase of Parsons, which will be treated in a subsequent chapter. 
It is therefore reasonable to conclude that that portion was not included 
in the purchase of Parsons, it being previously owned by other parties. 



" HISTORY OF IIAVVLEY. 



The orighial town of Hawley was larger than at present; June 3, 1803 
a tract was taken from the south side, and a strip from the north 'line of 
Cummiugton were united to form the town of Plainfield. The present 
town of Hawley contains about thirty square miles. It is bounded ou 
the north by Charlemont, on the east by Buckland, on the south by 
Plainfield, in Hampshire County, and on the west by Savoy, in Berk- 
shire County, making it the southwest corner town in Franklin County. 

The natural features are broken and hilly, making a natural business 
center impraciicable; Some of the south and east part of the town 
might be termed table-laud, although the extreme eastern part has quite 
a descent towards Buckland, while the noilheast porlion descends in a 
like manner towards the Deerfidd valley in Charlemont. Through the 
west part of the town, a deep valley is traversed by Chickley's river, flow, 
iug north the entire length of the town into the Deerfield. Southeast of 
the center is the highest elevation in Franklin County, called "Parker's 
Hill." A similar elevation is also in the extreme south part of the town 
called "Beals' Hill." On both of these peaks signal flags have recently 
been placed to assist in, a U. S. topographical survey. The streams flow 
north and east, and help swell the waters of the Deerfield before reach- 
ing Shelburue Falls. The people have generally followed agriculture 
as an occupation, but water privileges have been utilized to some extent 
for manufacturing purposes, such as saw mills and other wood-working 
machinery and the tanning of leather with hemlock bark. But as tlie 
forests have become depleted and the population decreased, these latter 
industries are of less importance than formerly. 

The point around which the most historic associations cluster is called 
the "square. " This was for a long term of years the Mecca of the peo- 
le of the town. Here was the first meeting house, where the people met 
alike for religious services and the transaction of town business. Here 
was also the first post-office, store and hotel, altogether making it the 
cential business point. But in the lapse of time the business merged 
from that point and became scattered. In those primitive days the social 
and financial interests of towns were much more individualized and lim- 
ited by geographical lines than at present. 

Hawley is in latitude 42 1-2 degrees North, and about 73 degrees West 
longitude. 



HATFIELD EQUIVALENT. 

In 1659, in consideration of some services rendered, the Geueial Court 
granted to Mr. Simon Broadstreet, afterward Gov. Broadstreet 500 acrts 
of land, and also Maj. Daniel Denison 500 acres of land, with the privi- 
lege "that they might locate the same at any place west of the Connec- 
ticut River, provided that it be full six miles from the place intended for 



HISTORY OF HAWLEV. i 

Northampton meetinG; hodse, upon a straight line." Gov. Broadstreet 
had the first choice, and he chose Hatfield nortli meadows, beginning at 
the north end of the street and rnnniug north and west to the ponds. 
Maj. Denisou took Lis north of the ponds, extending north on the rivei 
one mile, and west from the river 250 rods. 

Immediately after this Hatfield was settled, and tlie inhabitants began 
to murmur about these grants. As they were not then set off from Had- 
ley, that town induced Goa'. Broadstreet to remove his claim and accept 
1000 acres lying north of Major Denison's, and in addition they were to 
pay the Gov. £200. So alter the transfer had been made they had a 
strip three miles long ;inil 250 i ods wide, taking all the meadow land for 
three miles on the liver. 

After Hatfield became a separate town she felt uneasy about this posses- 
sion of so mucli of licr best farm lands. So she petitioned to the "Great 
and General Court" for some redress for her grievance and the legisla- 
ture, in 1744, gave them t!ie lands lying adjacent to Huntstown, now 
Ashtield, in all 8064 acres as an equivalent for the lands originally 
granted to Broadstreet and Dcnison. The basis of the division of the 
Hatfield Equivalent was the valuation of estates for taxation, after tlie 
manner of the original division of the town of Hatfield in 1684. So peo- 
ple with large estates drew large lots, while those witli small estates drew 
but a small proportion. "Verily to him that hath shall be given, and to 
lum that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." 

There were 8o recipients of this bounty, which included all the tax- 
payers of Hatfield at the time the grant was made, and parties who 
came into the town after the grant did not receive any- of the land. The 
names of these 83 proprietors are given in the records, with tlie number 
of aci es and I'ods given to each, together with the width of each lot, 
given in rods, feet and inches. The length of tiie lots is not given, but 
we conclude tl ey were of uniform length, and that the width was estab- 
lished so as to give each one the amount of laud i-equired, and preserve 
this uniformity in length. 

The proprietors of the grant met at Hatfield, on Monday, May 6 1765> 
and the following votes were passed relative to the Hatfield Equivalent. 

Voted, that a way be laid out North and South through ye whole tract, 
half way from ye West way voted by ye town to ye West line of ye grant 
Voted, two ways be laiii f'oni sd way to ye middle way in snch phices 
as ye Committee who shall stake out ye land shall judge best. 

Voted, that two ways be laid by ye Committee as aforesaid from ye 
middle way to ye East way that runs through ye tract. 

Voted, that a way be laid by sd Committee Two hundred rods North 
of ye Northermost way voted by ye Towne, which runs East & West and 
from ye East line till it meet witli ye West line of ye grant. 

Voted, that a way be laiii in some convenient i)lace by sd Committee 
from ye last mentioned way to lun South Two bundled rods to ^-e way 
next South, 



O HISTOKY or llAWLEY. 

Voted, f liat each of yo ways agreed iipou & voted at this meeting be 
four rods wide & so laid by ye Conimittae as no: to divide anj^ proprie- 
tor's lot. 

Voted, by ye Proprietors, that they will draw division lots for their 
several portions in sd properly, & tliat No. 1 begin at ye Southeast cor- 
ner of ye tract, & ye lots be laid East & West as far as ye Northeast cor- 
ner of Ml-. Maj'^liew's farm. Then ye lots to be laid Noith & South, 
bounding North on ye Southway that runs East & West so to continue 
to ye East line of ye grant. Then to begin at East side of ye next range 
North & proci'od to ye East waj-- running tiirough ye tract voted by ye 
town. Then to begin at ye Nonii end of ye West range of ye first Divis- 
ion & to continue to ye South lino. This completes ye first Division. 

Voted, that No. 1 in ye second Division to begin at ye Northwest cor- 
ner of ve tract & to run South thro vgh the Westei'most range. Then to 
begin at ye South end of ye adjoining range & to extend North to ye 
North line of ye grant, then to run East in ye South range of this Divis- 
ion & proceed to ye West side of ye grant. This completes ye second 
Division, 

Voted, that when it so happens in each Division that a lot is not fin- 
ished at ye end of a range it shall be completed at ye end of next range. 

Voted, that the Proprietors Avill now proceed to stake & set out their 
land to each Proprietor his poition, & that Elisha Hubbard, David 
Wait, Elijiih Morton, Lt. Bardwell & Ebenezer Cole be a Committee for 
that piirpose. 

Evarts, in tlie History of the Conuecticnt Valley, says that a jjortion 
of the Hatfield Equivalent was merged into the town of Plainfield, but 
whether the ])ioneer settlers bouglit of the original Hatfield proprietors, 
we are not informed. 



ACT OF INCORPOEATION. 

Conmimonwc'ali/t of Massachusetts: 

In the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and nir.ety-tvvo. 
An Act to incorporate the Plantatimi of Number Seven, so called, in the 
County of Hampshire,* into a Town by the name of Hawhy. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of EeiJiesenlatives in General 
Court assembled, and by the authoiity of the same, that tlie iifoiesaid 
Plantation, bounded north on Charlemont, east, partly on Buckland and 
partly on Ashfield, south on Plainfield and west on the County of Berk- 
shire;, be 'ind hereby is incorporated into a towji by the name of Hawley, 
with all the powers, privileges and Immunities that towns within this 
Commonwealth have or do enjoy. 



*Tlns was before the division of the oiii;iiial County df Haniii.shir. 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 



And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, that David Sexton Esq. 
be and hereby is empowered to issue his warrant, directed to some prin- 
cipal inhabitant of the town of Hawley, requiring liim to notify the in- 
habitants of the said town, qualified as the law directs, to assemble and 
meet at some suitable place in said town and choose such officer or 
officers as towns by law are empowered to choose at their annual meet- 
ings in the month of March or April. In the House of Representatives 
February 1 1792. This bill having had three several readings passed 

to be enacted. 

DAVID COBB, Speaker. 

In Senate, February 6 1792. 

This Bill having had two several readings passed to be enacted. 

SAMUEL PHILLIPS, President. 

Feb. 7 1792. By the Governor. 

Approved, JOHN HANCOCK. 



ORGANIZATION. 

Now that the town had become incorporated and entitled to assume 
rank among the sister towns of the Commonwealth, the next duty in- 
cumbent upon the people was to form a municipal organization. 

During the first years of the existence of the town the municipal and 
church interests were so closely identified that we give a condensed 
sketch of the records. 

The warrant for the fiist town meeting was made by David Sexton, 
Esq. of Deerfleld, issued to Edmund Lougley, Esq., to notify the in- 
habitants of the town to meet at the house of Edmund Longley, on 
Monday, Apr. 2, 1792, to choose the necessary town officers. 

The election resulted as follows; Town Clerk, Edmund Longley; Se- 
lectmen, Thomas King, Joseph Longley, Zebedee Wood, Amos Crit- 
tenden, and Ebenezer Hall; Treasurer, Joseph Longley; Constable, 
James Parker; Assessors, Zenas Bangs, Samuel Hitchcock, Zepheniah 
Lathrop; Tilhingmen, David Parker, Whalen Hawkes, John Burroughs^ 
Joseph Bangs, Thomas King; Sealer of leather, Zenas Bangs; Lumber 
nspectors, Nathan West, Elisha Wells; Highway Surveyors, Oliver 
Edgarton, George Eddy, Amos King, Ebenezer Burroughs, Arthui- 
Hitchcock, Josiah Willard, David Parker, A. Rogers, John Taylor. 

May 7, 1792, Voted to keep the 24rtli day of May as a day of fasting 
and prayer, and neighboring ministers were invited to participate. 

Voted to raise £30 for schooling. Chose a committee of seven to di- 
vide the town into school districts. 

Voted to raise £100 for the repair of highways. Voted to allow 4 shil- 
lings per day for work on highways Tinti) Sept. 1, and 3 shillings frc-m 
that time, and the same for a good team. 

Voted to raise £10 to defray town charges. 



10 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

Voted to raise £20 for the support of tlie gospel, and to have pleach- 
ing one half the time at Col. Longley's, and the other half at Abraham 
Parker's. Chose a committee of three to pitch a meeting house spot, 
and voted to abide their judgment. 

Sept. 10, 1792, Voted not to accept the report of the meeting house 
committee, and chose another committee of seven for said purpose. 

Sept, 27, 1792, Voted to choose a committee of three from out of town 
to fix a meeting house spot. Chose one from Dalton, one from Rowe 
and one from Conway. 

Nov. 2, 1792, Voted to accept the report of the last committee. 

Jan. 14, 1793, Voted to build a meeting house, 40 by 50 feet. Chose 
Joseph Longley, Tliomas King, Edmund Longley, Nathan West and 
Hezekiah Wairinor to superintend the work. 

Voted to apply to Mv Jonathan (jlrout to preach with us the ensuing 
season. An crder was issued to several families , by order of the select- 
men to tlie constable, to depart from the town. The reasons for issumg 
this order are not giv^'n. Other similar ordurs followed. 

Oct. 25, 1793, Rev. Jouithan Grout ordtiined; council met at Edmund 
Longley's. Salary, £200, in bemi-annual instalments. A remonstrance 
against setting off a pait of the town to Plainfield was sent to the Gen- 
eral Court. 

July 7, 1794, Nathan West was chosen to provide a town stock of 
powder, leads and flints. 

In 1 795 the town appropriations were doable the amount of those first 
made, in 1792. 

The transacticms of the town during the years 1795, 6 and 7 seem to 
be mainly directed to the location and building of a meeting house. 
Various committees were chosen from time to time for that purpose, and 
their action was invari;ibly repulsed at the next meeting, and twelve re- 
considerations of votes relative to proposed sites are recorded during 
those three years. The town records do not give date of buiding the 
house, but a record of March 5, 1798 saj's, voted to sell the pews in the 
meeting house; also April 2, voted to raise £50 to paint the meeting 
house. So from the import of those records it is reasonable to conclude 
that tlie house was built in 1797. 

OTHER RECORDS. 

May 6, 1799, Voted to accept a road frtmi Camp rock west to Savoy line. 

March 3, 1800, Voted to pay 25 cents a day for a man and the same 
for a team on the highways, 

Nov. 15, 1802. Voted that the selectmen be a committee to remon- 
strate against a part ol Hawlev being set off to Plainfield. 
Apr. 4, 1803. Voted that no cattle (except what is called yearlings) shall 
be allowed to run on the common the present year under the penalty of 



HISTORY OF IIAWI.KY. 11 

the liiw. Similar votes were pa:?>ed dining succeeding years. 

Nov. 15, 1804, Voted, tlia'< a committee estimate the pew notes and 
say what each man shall pay on til • dollar for paying Rev. Grout his 
salary. Dec. "26, 1805, Voted to send a representative to the General 
Court against the County being divided. 

May, 1 808, Voted to pay 25 cents a head for crows killed iu town. 

In 1808, the town sent a committee with a petition to the President to 
suspend the embargo. 

Nov. 13, 1809, Voted to establish a scliool district on West Hill. 

1810, Voted $ 300 for schooling. 

1812, Voted that scholars shall be reckoned between 4 and 21 years of 
age. 1813, Raised $ 350 for schooling. 

Nov, 7, 1814, Voted to choose a committee to enquire what propor- 
tion of provisions Mr. Grout's salary would buy now, compared to the 
worth when settled. 

May 7, 1817, Voted to petition tlie General Court for assistance to 
build a bridge over the Deerfield rivei-. 

At the annual meeting, Mar. 6, 1818, the following rules for regula- 
ting town meetings were adopted. It would be well if business meet- 
ings at the present day could be governed by the same rules. 

Meetings shall be opened witliin one hour after the time given in the 
notice, extraordinaiy cases excepted. When called at tlie opening of 
a meeting, we will take our seats and remain seated, except we rise to 
vote, speak, or leave the place of said meeting. 

We will suspend all private business in time and place of said meet- 
ing. No person shall speak in meeting without leave of the moderator. 

No person sliall be intenupted by another except to call to order or 
correct a mistake. A person when speaking shall address the moderator. 

No person shall speak more than once to one question until others 
who have not spoken shall speak if they desire it, nor more than twice 
without leave of the meeting. 

The Moderator shall preserve decorum, speak to points of order, decide 
all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the meeting, on motion 
regularly seconded. 

We will aid the Moderator in the discharge of his duties, who is bound 
to keep the j)erson having leave to speak to the point in question or call 
him to order. 

The Moderator sliall not delay business by introducing any subject 
in the time of a meeting that is not regularly bef(n'e the meeting by a 
warrant. 

Dec. 6, 1821, Voted to take measuies to procure a stove for the meet- 
ing house, and chose a committee for that purpose. Previous to that 
time there had been no arrangements for warming the house. Some of 
the women carried foot-stoves, a square frame about eiglit inches square 
into which were placed some hot coals from tlie fire-place, on which they 



12 HISTOEY OF HAWLEY. 

would set their feet for wanniuii', and duiing the intermission ni Sundny 
they wouldgotothe nearest hDuse and replenish the coals. Think of 
people going four or five miles to cliurch in winter, an tl sometimes on 
horseback at that, going into a house where the semblance of fire had 
never been, and lemaiuing through two long services. It would be a 
question at the present day, whether the necessities of church services 
would compensate for such self-imposed barbarous treatment! 

In 1821, Voted to deposit the military stores in the meeting house. 

Nov. 12, 1838, Voted to employ only such teachers as can teach wri- 
ting. From this it may be inferred that the art of writing was not a nec- 
essary qualification for teachers in the public schools previous to that 
time. April 22, 1839, Chose a committee of tea to consider the evils 
of perpetuating slavery, and report at a future meeting. 

In 1840, 115 militia men were enrolled; in 1853, 132. 

April 3, 1848, Voted to build a town house near the center of the town. 
Chose Freeman Atkins, (!lark Sears and Harmon Barnes as a committee 
for that purpose. Appropriated $500 for schools. 

Apr. 7, 1851, Voted to buy a farm for the support of the poo-r. Chose 
Levi Holden, Calvin Cooley and Charles Baker as committee for that 
purpose. Appropriations in 1807. Schools, $900, Highways, $1200, 
Town charges, $1000. The same appropriations were made in 1886. 

Mar. 23, 1870, Voted to pay 25 cents per hour on highways. The 
change in prices of laboi- during seventy years may be noticed by refer- 
ence to a vote passed in 1800, when 25 cents a day was paid on highways. 



LOCAL TITLES. 

Several localities in town by common consent have received local 
titles, a brief account of which we give. 

"Bozrah," north part of town, adjoining Charlemont, includes one 
school district. Receiveil its name from the fact that some of the first 
settlers came from Bozrah, Ct. 

The site of the first business interests of the town, including church, 
stores, post-office and hotel, was termed the "Square," or "Common." 
It was a sightlj- elevation uf several acres, a little east tf the territorial 
center of the town. 

In the primitive days, probably before 1780, Mrs. Baker, wife of Tim- 
othy, was matched against another woman, to see which would make the 
largest hasty pudding. Mrs. Baker nnide hers in a five pail kettle, and 
came out triumphantly the "pudding head" of Hawley. That circum- 
stance gave the title "Pudding Hollow" to that neighborhood, embracing 
school district No. 1, lying in north part of the town. 

"Potash Hill" was the name formerly given 1o a very steep highway 
leading from Pudding Hollow to the Square. The name was given from 
the circumstance of a potash manufactory being formerly located near 
the road. 



HISTORV OF HAWLEY. 13 

"Forge Hollow," later called West Ilawley, received its name from 
beimi; the site of a forg'^ where iron was made In the earlj' part f)f the 
present century, the ore being received from "Forge Hill," on the old 
road leading from West Hawley to Pudding Hollow. The same water 
privilege has been continuously used, and is now owned and occupied by 
Willis Vincent. 

"King Corner," southwest corner oftowti. In the spring of 1772, 
Thomas King came fi'om Brimtieid and bought 1000 acres of land for 
one dollar an acre. His descendants of the fourth and fifth generation 
still remain in the neighborhood, and uutil the death of Warriner King 
in 1877, the original name of King had continously lived there, covering 
a period of 105 years. 

"Hallockville," on the Plainfield line, with an extensive water jiower, 
was occupied in 1826 by Leavitt Hallock, who done a large business for 
about twenty years in tanning and sawing lumber. 

"Fullerville" received its name by Clark W. Fuller having established 
a mercantile and manufacturing business, al)out 1855. 

"West Hill" is a neighborhood in the west part of the town, being 
divided from King Ooruei- by the upper waters of Chickley's river, flow- 
ing from Savoy. 



CEMETERIES. 

The first burial place in town was near the territorial center, nearly 
a mile southeast f lom the present town house, on what is known as the 
Chllds lot. All hough noi in close proximity to any settlement then 
made, it was established there Avith the sui^positioii that there woulil 
be the central business point of the lown. Tlie spot is away from any 
road, and is known to but few. It was proposed a few years ago to 
mark the sjjot b_v' setting a stone at each corner of the place occupied. 
About twenty were burled there. Before the first meeting house was 
built a cemetery was opened about a mile east of its site. This is virtu- 
ally called tlie oldest one in town. Here are buried rei^reseutatives of 
many of the oldest families, those Avho organized and manipulated the 
early transactions of the town, including Parson Grout, wlio was pastor 
for almost half of the church history of the town. His epitaiah is as fol- 
lows: "This ^tone was erected by the first parish of Hawley to the 

memory of the Kev. Jonathan Gicut, who departed this life June 6, 
1835, in the 73d year of his age, and the 42d of his micislry. He was 
the first minister in Hawley. Great unanimity among his peojjle pre- 
vailed during the ministry of this devoted servant of Christ." 

Among the inscriptions there ate the names of Longley, Warriner, 
Smith, Mantor, Crosby-, Newton, Holden, Doane, King, Hitchcock, 
Sanford, Viuing, Field and Hall. The oldest inscription found there is 
that of Nathaniel Parker, died Mar. 25, 1789. 



14 HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. 

Wheu the oLl meotiug house uas removed aud a new oue built, about 
a mile and a half south, iu 1847, a new cemetery was opened a little 
soutlr of the present chiircli. This was lai'gely due to the efforts of 
Calvin S. Lougley. Some of the names found there are Scott, Clark, 
AVood, Williams, Bassett, Longley, Eldridge and Harmon. 

Before the advent of the present century a burying ground was open- 
ed at Pudding Hollow, where their families have been buried. This 
cemetery is second in size us well as age, and contains the names of 
Baker, Hall, Croweli, St^ars, Crosby, Atkins, Rice, Bangs and Tajdor. 

Sometime about 1820, a cems-ter^' was started in the old sixth school 
district, a little east of the Gravi's place, so called. Here are buried the 
King and Rice families who early settled iu the old 7ih district, Col. 
Noah Joy and wife, and families l)8aring the names of Marsh, Sprague, 
Hunt, Holdcn and Griggs. Here is the largest headstone in town, over 
the i-emains of Jonas King, a representation ci which is given on the op- 
posite page. The slab stands six feet above the ground, is nearly three 
feet in width, 2 1-2 inches thick, the top being two inches convex. 

At West Hawley, a cemetery was founded as early as the church there 
perhaps earlier, where many of the people i,f that part of the town have 
been buried. It is on a kind cf plateau as seen from the road, and its 
approach is quite steep and difficult. Here are found the names of 
Vincent, Stiles, Curtis, Sears, Turner, Ford, Atkins, Brackett, Fullei-. 

(See Sketches and Incidents.) 

There is also a private family burying ground on the farm of Phineas 
Starks, in the southwest part of the town, whereabout a dozen have 
been buried. 

Like others, these bui ial places are the receptacles of mauj- high hopes 
and aspirations, and where the "willows of grief bend deepest." The 
grounds are usually well kept, and the most of them are annually mowed. 

"As the long train 
Of ages glides away, the sons of men. 
The youth in life's green spring, and he who goes 
In the full strength of years, matron and maid. 
The bowed with age, the infsnt, in the smiles 
And beauty of its innocent age cut off, — 
Shall, one by one, be gathered to thy side, 
By those, who, in their turn, shall follow them." 

Br^anf. 



Sacred 
to Ihc memory of 

Mr. JONAS KING, 

the venerable Father 
of tlie (listmgiiished 

Rev. JONAS KING, D. D. 

Mishlonarij to Palestine & Greece. 

On being asked by a Friend if he felt any regret in 
parting tvith his Son, as a Missionary to the Heathen, 
this Father in Israel replied, '•'God so loved the world that 
he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
in him should not perish but have everlasting life.'^ 

And should I withhold my only Son from obeying the 
comm,and of our ascended Saviour, "■Go ye into all the world 
and preach the gospel to every ereature. Mr. KING 

was one of the first settlers in Hawley. 
He lived, in example & jrrecept, a life of holiness. 

He died 

September 20th /832, 

.^ged 78 years. 

Having a blissful faith in Jesus Christ and an unshaken 
hope of a glorious immortaUty. His last words tvere: 
'■'■How often must my pulses beat. 
Before my joys shall be eompletef'' 
Come Lord Jesus! come quickly. 



A sk you my name, ' Tis JON A S KING, 

Beneath these clods I lie, 

In life I suffered much by sin, 

And sin caused me to die! 

But by the blessed Jesus, I 

Do hope to rise again, 

I then shall live and never die. 

And praise the Lord. Amen. 



Fac-simile of au inscription in the cemetery in the old sixth school 
district in Hawley. 



16 HISTORY OF HAWr.EY. 

iSCHOOLS. 

The people have always taken an active interest in their common 
schools, and have appropriated liberally for their means. That interest 
seems to be cotempor.iry with the cliiirch interest. The long list of pro- 
fessional and influential men, past and present, emanating from the town 
attests the quality and efficiency of her school work. 

In 1792, the year of the organization, £oO was voted for schooling. 
Three hiter the amonnt w ss dnublej, and in 1797, £75 was raised, in 
1840, $500, and at the preset time the appropriation is $900, showing a 
uniform increase, with the onward n.ai ch ( f progress. 

May 7, 1792, a committee, consisliug of Edmund Longley, Ebenezer 
Hall, Abel Parker, Amos Crittenden, Zebedee Wood, Abel Warner and 
Jcmathan Fuller, was chosen to divide tlie town into school districts, 

Muy 6, 1793, £210 was voted to build seven schoolhouses, £30 to each, 
and the following persons were appointed as building committee: 

District No. 1, Reuben Cooley, Zenas Bangs, Ebenezer Hall; No. 2, 
Joseph Lathrop, Ichabod Hawkes; No. 3, Elijah Hammond, Asa Blood, 
Asher Russell; No. 4, Hezekiah Wariiuer, Samuel Hitchcock, David 
Parker; No. 5, Artliur Hitchcock, Phiueas Scott; No. 6, Ebenezer Bor- 
land, John Campbell; No. 7, Tiiomas King, Simeon Crittenden. It was 
voted that the several school-houses be built fit to keep a winter school 
in by the first of November next. 

In later years there has been eleven districts, one of which was called 
the "Union," being a union with Plainfield. That house being burned 
some years ago, that district was disbanded. When the legislatui'e 
made the school district system optional with towns, Hawley with many 
other towns abolished her school districts, in 1867. Soon after, some of 
of the territoral lines were changed, condensing some of the districts, so 
that at present there are eight districts which support six months of 
schoolin g in each year. 

For some time about tea yearo ago, the matter of supervision was given 
to ladies, Mrs Bethiah S. Barton, and Miss S.irah Eastman, each success- 
fully manipulating the business at different times, but usually it is man- 
aged by a committee of three members. The average wages paid to 
teachers is about $4.50 per week. 



HIGHWAYS 

were early deemed a necessity, and it is evident that roads were in ope- 
ration befoH! th(! incorporation of the town, as a vote passed that spring 
appropi'iated £100 to repaii' highwaws. The appropriations for roads 
and bridges have uniformly been m excess of those made for any other 
matter. The first settlers located theii- roads over the rugged hills, tra- 



HISTOKV OF IIAWI.EY. 1, 

dition saying that they considered the bills less incumbered by muddy 
I'oads than the valleys, also that tliey wanted to be in a position to see 
the smoke from each others' houses. But as the valleys became more 
settled and the surrouudiug towns made through travel more of a ueces- 
sity, more feasible routes were utilized. 

The transactions of the town furnish copious records relative to 
highways, many transcripts having been made during its entire history, 
and many old roads have been discontinued, and superseded by new ones. 

The old "Potash Hi!l" mad was originally the main avenire from Pud- 
ding Hollow, West Hill, and Forge i.'ollow, for all their cliuicli-goiuir, 
town and meicantile business; now that steeliest of all highways is tlis- 
contiuued, and a new road fiom the town Imuse to the Tiieophihis Cros- 
by place. Formerly the road from Forge Hollow to Pudding Hollow 
was over Forge Hill, but for many years, a i-oad down the valley v[ 
Chickley's livei-, although a greater distance, has been a more feasible 
route. A portion of the road from the town farm to Savoy line, has 
recently been discontinued, and one built of a much easier grade. 

Many similar changes have from time to time been made, as c'.ianges 
in business interests demanded. In some cases these changes have left 
once prosperous homesteads isolated from travel, and many have ))eeu 
deserted in consequeuce. In 179o, £200 were appropriated for roads, 
and now for a score t.f years the appropriation has beoi $1200. 

The highway districts, have highway surveyors, chosen anitually, hav- 
ing charge of their respective localities, the tax-payei's iisualh' "workiu"- 
out'' their tax, the price allowed per hour being stipulated by these 
lectmen. The road on the banks of Chickley's river has often sufiered 
by destructive floods. Oer.. 4, 1869, all the bridges on the stream were 
carried away, also several wash-outs. 

May 6, 1799, the town voted to accept a road from Camp rock to Savoy 
line. This started near the Theophilus Crosby place, and probably is an 
old road running by the Graves phice, the Thomas King, afterward the 
Ezra King place, the John Hadlock jjlace, the Elijah Marsh place 
the Warriner King place, now the town farm, the Jonathan Fuller place 
to the Daniel Rice place, on the Savoy line. This road was about three 
miles in length, and a portion of the middle of its route has lono- been 
discontinued. 



ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY. 

The organization of the church antedates the incorporation of the town 
thirteen years. Sept. 16, 1788, an ecclesiastical council met at the 
house of Samuel Hitchcock, and the ministers on the organizing coun- 
cil were Revs. Nehemiah Porter and Jacob Sherwin of Ashfield, John 
Emerson of Conway, and Jonathan Leavitt of Chailemont. The num- 
ber constituting th? churcli Avas twenty, ten mules and ten femalo^, and 



18 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

wciv US loilows; — TLoiaas King, Natliauiel Rudd, Dauiel Burt, Bilas 
Hitchecck, Samuel Hitchcock, Abil Parker, Daniel Parkta-, Benjamin 
Smith, Nathaniel Parker, Josiali Graves, Mary Biut, Mary Hitchcock, 
Pliebe Parker, Sarah Parker, Thankful Hitchcock, Martha Parker, Re- 
becca Parker, Abiijail Graves, Sarah Cnoley and Elizabeth Smith. 

The articles of laith and tlie covenant then adopted, were the same 
that the church has retained until llie pirsenr time. 

From 1781 to 1793 the records aie lost, and exchidinir those twelve 
years, 55 more members were added pn-vlous to 1800. In 1807, 33 were 
added, in 1816, 118, in 1822, 18, in 1825, 44, in 18:28, 14, in 18:31, 64, in 
1882, :U. In 1834 the membership was 205, which was the liighest num- 
ber ever attained. Its present membership is about sixty. 

For about fifteen years after the organization of the church it was 
without a settled pastor. Rev. Jacob Sherwin of A^h.fleld preached 
for it a part of the time, the meetings being held in dwelling houses and 
barns. The first pastor was Rev. Jonathan Grout, who was ordained 
and installed Oct. 23, 1793. The sermon on the occasion was pieached 
by Rev. Dr. Lyman of HiUfichl, with whom Mr. Grout studied theology. 
He was I)oru in Westboro, in 1763, and graduated at Harvard college 
in 1790. He was the pastor of tiie church until his death, nearly iorty- 
two years, having passed all his ministerial life in town A neighboring 
clergeyman, probably Dr, Shepard of Ashfield, thus wro;.e 
concerning him. "Mr. Grout was a diligent, laborious, and successful 
minister. He loved his people, and his people k.'Ved him. He was 
truly a practical man. His sermons were not highly wrought, but con- 
tained important truth, adapted to the circumstances of his people. 

He was empiialically sociable, hospitable, kind-hearted and the im- 
pression which he left behind him was good, that hia people generally 
appreciate the ministry and respect the minister." (For his epitaph see 
"Cemeteries.") 

During the last year of Mr. Grout's ministry, he was so infirm as to 
be unable to perform the duties of his office, and May 14, 1834, Rev. 
Tyler Thatcher was installed as his colleague. Mr. Thatcher was born 
in Princeton, Sept. 11, 1801, and graduated at Brown university in 1824. 
Before his settlement here, lie j^reacheti in several places. His ministrj- 
here was about nine years. He afterwards went to California, where he 
spent the remainder of his life in preaching and teaching. He had a 
strong, logical mind, and was a great reasoner. Among his hciirers was 
Hezekiah Warriner, who was somewhat skeptical, and many were the 
discussions thej- had on points wherein they diifered, and many weie 
the sermons in which Mr. Warriner was specially had in mind. 

Still he paid liberally for the minister, at which some expressed sur- 
prise, but he said it was no more than fair, for he had more than his 
share of the preaching. Mr. Tliatcher died in California, Dec. 4, 1869. 



HISTORY OF HA'.VLEY. 19 

.M'ter the ui^^miriaai of Mr. Tlialelier, in l84o, llie pulpit was supplied 
by Rev. John Eastman four years, and Rev. Wm. A. Hawley two years. 

The third pastor, Rev. Henry Seymour, was installed Oct 3, 1849. 
He was born In Hadlev, Oct. 20, 1816, graduated at Amherst college in 
1838, studied theology at tlie Union seminary in New York city, and his 
first settlement was in Dcerfield, Mar. 1, 1843, where he remained ab(Uit 
six years. After a ministry of Seventeen years in Hawley, be was dis- 
missed, and tiie puljiit w.is supjiU; d ))y Rev. R. D. Miilir about three 
years. In Jane, 1870, Mi-. Si'yinour was again invited lo supply ibe pul- 
pit, wiiich be engaged lo do with the uuderstaudiug that he was to 
preach but one sormon each Sabbath, his health being infirm, which he 
has continued to do until the present time. 

Until the year 1825, there was but one meeting house and one church 
in town, and th'-- people came from all parts of the town to the old sanc- 
tuary on the hill. It was at no little inconvenience that many of them 
gathered there, and it is a strong testimony in favor of the people that 
they came so constantly from such distances, over such roads, and in 
such weather, and before the church was warmed with stoves- as now. 
The result was that the old cliurch was usuailv well filled with devout 
worshippers. 

As the population of tiie west jjai't of the town increased, it was 
thought best to organize a church and build a house there, which was 
done in 1825. Forty-four members, 19 males and 25 females, were dis- 
missed from the parent church, and organized a church at West Haw- 
ley. The church was suppled for fifteen years by Rev. Urbane Hitcli- 
cock. Dr. Packard, and his sou Theophilus and others. 

Tlie first settled pastor was Rev. Moses Miller, who was installed over 
it May 20, 1840. Mr. Miller was born in Woicester, Nov. 28, 1776, 
graduated in 1800. His first settlement was at Heath, where he remained 
35 years. The second pastor was Rev. John Eastman. He was born 
in Amherst, July 16, 1803. He was not a college graduate but received 
the degree of A.. M. at Amherst (!()llege, aa.l studied theology with Dr. 
Packar^I of Shelburne, and after having preached in various places in 
the state of New York, In; was installer^ at West Hawley. Nov. l!, 181:7. 

After remtdning with the church about eight y.'^ars, he was dismissed, 
and the pulpit was supplied at brief intervals by Revs. Lewis Brid::r.an, 
Joseph B. Baldwin, Robert (/on'iell and Robert Samuel. Mr. Eastman 
was again recalled, and preached as long as he was able fioni jige and 
infirmity. Mr. Eastman was one of the old school Calviuistic ministers 
and was quite an impressive preacher. Jan. 5, 1851, he delivered a ser- 
mon at the funeral of Rufus Sears, which was published in pamphlet 
form at the request of his parishioners. Mr. Eastman has two daugh- 
ters at Wellesly, Mass , who are eminent teachers, Julia A., wlio is a 
writer and author, and Sarah who was at one time snperii.tender.t of 
schools in Hawley. 



20 HISTORY OF IIAWLEY. 

Ill the iiUcival between Mr. Eastman's two pastorales, Rev. Jeremiah 
Pomeroy preaclicd there several years. His oldest sob, William M., en- 
tered Amherst college from Hawlev, and after graduation, took up jour- 
nalism, and has been successively editor of the Springfield Eepublican, 
Springfield Union, Pittsfleld Eagle, and at present is editor of the 
Orange Journal. 

Since Mr. Eastman's second pastorate tlie pulpit lias been supplied 
by Rev. Lincoln Harlow, Rev. Mr. Guild, and at present by T?ev. F. J. 
Grimes, all of Charleniont, conducting one service each Sabbath. Pres- 
ent number of members, forty-five. 

Tlie first Sabbath school in town was organized the first Sabbath in 
June, 1820, with twelve teachers. It has been continued ever since, 
and at present is superintended by Enos Harmon, with a membership of 
89, and 9 teaciiers. The West Hawley church also maintains a Sunday 
school, and at the time of Mr. Samuel's pastorate, it is taid that the en- 
tire congregation were regular attendants, with the exception of two 
men who could not be induced to attend. 

The present meeting house on the hill was built in 1847; the first one 
at West Hawley was built in 1825, and the present one in 1847. 

Tliomas Kin^; and Josaph Bdugs were among the early deacons of the 
town. At West Hawley the deacons have been Rufus Sears, Ebenezer 
Hall, Zeuas Bangs, Ebenezer Crosby, Millo T. Carter, Samuel Hall, 
Frederick H Sears and Samuel Williams. 

Tlie singing in both of these churches has been performed by old fash- 
ioned choiis, which were strengthened by occasional singing scliools, 
and in the "palmy days" the singing was quite powerful and impressive. 
Edwin Scott and Willis Vincent are at present the choir leaders. 

These churches are of the Congregational denomination, and are the 
only churches that have ever been formally organized in town, but the 
Methodists and Adventists have held services to considerable extent at 
different times. 

To show the stern discipline aul the prevailing sentiment in regard to 
church government half a eentuiy ago, we copy from the records of a 
chur.;h meeting held Jan. 28, 1835:— "Church met at the meeting 
house. Dea. Lathrop presented a complniot against Bro. Theodore 
Field for absenting himself from the public worship and ordinances of 
God. Voted that a communication be addressed to Bro. Field in behalf 
of the church," We predict that if the same discipline relative to 
church attendance was enforced now, the list of complaints would be 
very copious. 



HISTORY OF 1 1 AW LEY. 21 

THE CONGKEGATIONAL CLERGYMEN 

from the town have been as foHoTvs: — 

Rev. Urbane Hitchcock was boru in Hawley iu 1782; graduated atWil- 
liams in 1806, and was ordained to the ministry at Dover, Vt., in 1808. 
He was one of the eaiiy ministers at West Hawley. 

Rev. Jonas Kiug, D. D. , was born in Hawley, July 29, 1792; read the 
Bible through before he wah six yeais old, and every year thereafter; 
graduated at Williams in 1816; studied theology at Andover; was ordain- 
ed an evangelist in 1819; went as a missionary with Pliny Fjsk ;o Jeru- 
salem in 1823, and in 1828 became a missionary to Greece, wiiere his 
hibors in behalf of the struggling Greeks attracted much attention, and 
resulted in promoting the welfare of the oppressed inhabitants. His last 
visit to America was in 1865. 

Rev. Pindar Field was born in Sunderland, May 1, 1794, but removed 
to Hawley the following ymr, studied at Williams, but !',raduated at 
Amherst in 1822, and was licensed Dec. 1824, 

Rev. Isaac Oakes was born in Hadlev, June 10, 1795, graduated at 
Williams in 1820, and was ordained at Salem in 1828. 

Rev. Thomas H, Wood was born in Bozrali, (!t. , in 1772, but removed 
with hisparents to Hawley in 1775, graduated at Williams in 1799, and 
was licensed to preach in 1803. He died in 1846. 

Rev. Marshall L. Farnsworth was born iu Hawley in 1799, graduated 
at Union in 1825, and was licensed soon after. He died at Danby, N Y,, 
in 1838. 

Rev. Oliver A. Taylor was born at Yarmouth, Aug. 18, 1801, but 
came to Hawley when two years old. His parents were po(U- and unable 
to educate their children, but gave them the example of devout, consis- 
tent lives, and encouraged the m in Their eiTorts to educate themselves, 
with wliat success is shown by the four ministers the family produced. 
At the age of twenty, Oliver started to walk five hundred miles to enter 
Alleghany College, Pa., but graduated at Union iu 1825, studied at An- 
dover, completing in 1829, and was licensed in April of that year. He 
became very learned, and died in 1821. 

Rev, Timothy A. Taylor was born in Hawley, Sept. 7, 1809, gradu- 
ated at Amherst in 1835, and at Andover in 1838. 

Rev. Rufus Taylor Avas born in Hawley, March 24, 1 811 , graduated 
at Amherst in 1837, and at Princeton in 1840. 

Rev. Jeremiah Taylor, the fourth brother of this noted fanuly, was 
born in Hawley, June 11, 1817, graduated at Amherst in 1843, and at 
Princeton in 1847. 

Rev. Alvah C. Page was boru in Hawle}', March 17, 1806, and was or. 
dained as an evangelist at Charlemont in 1831. 

Rev. Thomas A. Hall was born in Hawley, Sept. 2, 1813, graduated at 
Williams in 1838, and was licensed in 1840. 



22 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

Rl-v. O. W. Cojiey was boin iu ilawley, Jime 18, I SIC; gra.luaK'd at 
Williams in 1841, and was licensed m 1845. 

Rev, Foster Lilley was boru in Hawley, June 6, 1812; graduated at 
Williams in 1838, and was licensed in 1840. 

Rev. Alfred Longley was born in Hawk-y, Nov. 10, 1809; studied at 
Oberlin, and was licensed in 1843. He died March 16, 1851, 

Rev, Moses M. LfiuL^ley was born in Hawley, June 14, 1815, studied 
at Amherst, and graduated at Oberlin in 184.5. He was mdained an evan- 
gelist in 1846. 

Rev. Elijah Harmon was born in Hawley, March 22, 1835, graduated 
at Amlierst in 1861, graduated at the Hartford Theological Seminary in 
1867, ordained at Winchester, N. H. Oct, 17. 1867, instaUed at Wilming- 
ton, Mass., Dec. 15, 1885. 

Rev. Joseph G. Longley was born in Hawley May 24, 1823. He be- 
came a Congregational minister, but died before Ix hud engaged in pas- 
toral labors. 

As Methodist minisiers Hawiey has furu'shed Judah Crosb}', Silas 
Leonard and Proctor Marsh. Three natives of the town have served ac- 
ceptably as Advent ministers, viz: Rnfus Starks, born March 21, 1812, 
Clark R. Grigg-^, b<uu March 6, 1824, and Dennis Sears. The last six 
were not graduates, but were licensed. 

NOTE. The title D. D. should have been affixed to the names of Rufus and Jeremiah 
Taylor. The four Taylors were brothers, sons of Jeremiah Taylor. Their mother was a 
woman of more than ordinary strength of mind and of eminent piety. She died at the 
house of her son-in-law, Dea. Freeman Hamlin, in Plainfield, Oct. 22, 1857 aged 80 years. 
The three Longleys were brothers, sons of Gen. Thomas Longley. 

The following ladies have married ministers or professional men: — 
Mary, daughter of Gen. Thomas Longley, married Rev. Stephen R. 
Riggs, L. L. D,, for many years a missionary to the Dakota Indians. 
She is the Mary of that interesting book by Dr. Riggs, "Mary and I." 

Nancy Newton beo:ime the .«e ond wife' of her jiastor, Rev. Tyler 
Thatcher. Angeline, daughter of Otis Longley married Dr. Ashley, a 
western clergyman. A daughter of Tiieopnilus Crosby married a min- 
ister. Mary Bassett was one of the early graduates of Mount Holyoke 
Seminary, and was for a number of years a prnnunent teaciier in Ohio. 
She is now tiie wife of Benjamin M. Ludden, M. D., of East Lynn, III- 
The widow if Dr. Forbes, nn eaily physician, manitd Dr. Mosc s 
Smith, who remained in town as a practitioner about, thirty years. 

Olive, daughter of Capt. Edmund Longley, marric-d Hezekiah Kyland 
Warriner, L. L. D., a brilliant teacher in Greenfield and Deertield, af- 
terward a law student in the office of Henry T. Grout, L. L. D., in 
Philadelphia, and died soon after being admitted to the bar, in the 
midst of a rising reputation. 



HISTORY OF IIAWI.EY. 2'-) 



KEBELLION EECOED. 



Hawley bore a creditable part lu the War of the Kebellion. She was 
represented in all the regiments that went from Western Massachusetts, 
to the frout, and at the last enrollment more than half of the able bod- 
ied men liable to do military duty were already in the field. Many were 
the loyal bons wl\o went forth to battle for the old flag in the hour of its 
peril, some to give their lives in the service for which they fought, ami 
fill soldiers' graves on traitors' soil, some to be brought home and buried 
by loving hands, beneath tluir native skies, and still others to return, 
wearing their laurels. Not only did the people respond to the country's 
necessities as soldiers, but contributed liberally in appropriations for 
state aid, bounties, clolliing and other articles of comfort. 

Nov. 5, 1861, the town voted to abate all the town taxes assessed upon 
volunteers belonging to tlie town who have entered the service. 

Aug. 29. 1862, Appropriated $300 for state aid to soldiers' families. 

Oct. 15, 1862, Vote! to pay a bounty of .§100 to each vc^lauteer enlist- 
ing under the last calls of the ]U'esident, and credited to the quota of the 
town. 

Mar. "2, 1863, Appropriati d '!f..')00 lor state aid to families of vohinteers. 

Nov. 3, 1803, Appropriated .inl05y 78 for volunteers. 

Mar. 7, 1864, Voted to raise $1000 for state aid to soldiers' famili( s. 

Apr. 25, 18()3, Voted to raise a sufficient sum to till all quotas up to 
the present time, not to exceed $125 to each man. A similar vote was 
])assed Jiuie 27 of that year. 

Amount of money raised and paid by the town and private subscrip- 
tions, exclusive of state aid, !i;17,l 75. Ainount raised, and paid by the 
town and afterwards refunded by the state, 2,8-i:2 63. 

The ladies of Hawley contributed $525 in clotliing and other articles 
of comfort for the soldiers, which were forwarded by them to tiie front. 

Tlie following is a list of those who served in the war as soldier'^: — 

J. William Doane, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. He was 
I)romoleil to corporal at Camp Miller, Greenfield, was discharged in Aug. 
1863, returui d to civil life, lives on the farm adjoining his birthplace. 

Geo. C. Braymau, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. He was 
wounded in the leg June 14, 1863, had the leg amputated, and died in 
the hospital at BatoQ Rouge, La, July 3, 1863. 

Henry C. Damon, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt., dischar- 
ged in Aug., 1863, now a farmer, in Meriden, Ct. 

Homer F. Damon, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt., dis- 
charged in Aug., 1863, now a tinne r in New Britain, Ct. 

Edwin Warriner, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt., dischar- 
ged in Aug. 1863, and died June 15. 1882, of consumption. 

David C. Clark, e:il. Sept. 4, 1862, Co. E, 52d Regt., dis. Aug. 1863. 



24 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 

Lucius Hunt, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Kegt. He was sick 
in hospital, and was discharged July 17, 1863, by reason of disability. 
His brother Josiah went to Louisiana after him and brought him home. 
He lives at his birthplace in Hawley. 

Nathan B. Baker, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862,iu Co. E, 52d Kegt. Dischar- 
ged in Aug. 1863, and is a farmer in Savoy. 

Theodore Marsh, enlisted Sept. 4, 18fi2, in Co. E, 52d Regt. was dis- 
charged in Aug. 1863 and lives in Whitingham, Vt. 

Noah Baker, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. He was shot 
through the right side at the battle of Port Hudson, La., June 14, 1863, 
died instantly, and was buried where he fell. 

Edwin Baker, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. He was dis- 
charged in Aug. 1863, and is a druggi.st at Shelburne Falls. 

Tlionias A. Hall, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. He died 
at Batou Rouge, La., Jan. 20, 1863. of typhoid fever. 

Elijah Harmon, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. discharged 
Aug. 1863, ai'd is now a clergyman in Wilmington, Mass. 

Thaxter Scott, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in ( lo. E, 52d Regt., was dis- 
charged Aug. 186^, and is a farmer in Hawlt'y. 

Clinton H. Dodge, enlisted Sept. 4, 1862, in Co. E, 52d Regt. was dis- 
cbari^ed Aug. 1863, and 's a farmer in Hawley. 

Otis B. Wood, enlisted .June 14, 1861, in Co. H, lOlli Regt., promo- 
ted to Corporal Apr. 11, 1863, and Sergeant, M; y 1, lives Turners Falls. 

Newell S. Rice, enlisted May 3, 1861, in Co. E, 10th Regt. He fol- 
lowed the fortunes of his regiment till 1863, when he re-en!isted, I'eceiv- 
ing the veterans' bounty and served through the war. He lives in Ohio. 

John H. Larabee, enlisted May 28, 18(il, in Co. B, 10th Regt. Served 
his term of enlistment, and now lives at tlie west. 

Edwin P. Cobb, enlisted Oct. 1, 1861, in Co. C, 27th Regt. discharg- 
ed July 19, 1865, and lives in Hawley. 

Alfred L Mantor, enl. Oct, 1, 1861, in Co.C. 27lh Regt. Killed in 
battle May 6, 1864, at Petersburg, Va. 

Francis W. Mantor, enl. Oct. I, 18(il, Co. 0, 27th Regt. Died of 
diphtheria Oct. 3, 1862, at Washington. N. 0. 

Luther Eddy, enl. Oct. 1, 1861, Co. C. 27th Regt. 

Samuel Woflfenden, enl. Oct. 1, 1861, Co. C. 27th Regt. 

Edmund Longley, enl. Oct. 1, 1861, Co. C. 27th Regt. Died of coo- 
sumption, at New York, Sept. 7, 1863. 

John A. Grout, enlisted July 2d 1862, in Co. C, 27th Regt., was dis- 
charged July 19, 1865, and lives in California. 

Charles H. While, enlisted July 2, 1 862, in Co. C, 27th Regt. 

William J. Sanford, enlisted Nov. 13, 1861, in Co. C, 31st Regt., now 
lives at Hartford, Ct. 

Robert H. Eldridge, enl. Nov. 21, 1861, Co. B. 31st Regt. Taken 
prisoner at Brashaer citv, Julv 3. 1863, and died July 6. 



HISTORY OF iiAWI.KV. ' J.O 

Albert Clark, enlisted April 30, 1861, Co, IT, lOtli Regt. Lives m 
Hawley. 

Clark F. Sprague, enlisted Nov. 22,' 1861, in Co. B, 31 si Regt. Dis- 
cliargeil Jniie 18, 1862, on accout.t of ill health, and died March 25, 186:1 
of consumption, at his fathers' liou.-je in Hawley. 

Asher B. Sprague, enlisted Nov. 2'2, 1861, in Co. B, lilstRegt., and 
lives in Hawley. 

Henry C. Mason, enlisted Nov. 13, 1861, in Co. B, olst Regt. He' was 
wounded in the thigh at Port Hi dst n plsiiii, July 3, I860, died in tne 
hospital July 17, of chronic diarrhea. 

Albert E. Marsh, enlisted Nov. 22, 1861, in Co. B, 21st Regt. Re- 
sides in Northampton. 

Chandler Hathaway, enlisted Oct. 15, 1861, in Co. C, 31st Regt. Died 
at Baton Rouge, La., Mar. 12, '63, of congestive chills and buried there. 

Erastus S. Kinney, enlisted July 24, 1862, in Co. F, 34th Regt., now 
lives in Ashfield, and receives a pension of $30 a mouth. 

Chandler 11. Blanchard, enlisted July 24, 1862, in Co. F, 34th Regt. 
He was wounded in battle in the leg and carried to the rear by a com- 
rade, who had also been wounded. He lives in Adams and carries a 
wooden leg. 

Peter L. Baker, enlisted July 24, 1864, Co. F. 34th Regt. Pie was 
severely wounded in the thigh, but sei-ved out his term of enlistment. 
He was a splendid marksman and stated tliat during his term of service 
he probably dischai'ged his rifle 2000 times and never without taking 
careful and deliberate aim. He died at Bernardston Vt. Jan. 8, 1879 of 
consumption. 

Alonzo Helm, enlisted July 24, 1 802, Co. F. 34th Regt. 

Samuel M. Hall, enlisted July 24, 1862, Co. F. 34th Regt. He was 
shot through the neck and instantly killed in battle. 

Everett W. Blanchard, enlisted Oct. 1863, Co. F. 34th Regt. While 
insane he was killed by jumping from a third story window in Annapo- 
lis, Md. 

Freeman L. Cobb, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, Co. H. 37th Regt. Pro- 
moted as Corporal. 

Sidney P. Wood, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, Co. H. 37th Regt. Wound- 
ed in the shoulder at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, died 
in May at Fredericksburg. 

Edward Peck, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, Co. H. 37th Regt. He was 
discharged Mar. 17, 1 863, at camp near White Oak church by reason of 
disability caused by not properly recovering from measles. He returned 
home, and died of consumption, Jan. 27, 1865. 

Edmund H. Sears, enlisted Aug, 14, 1862, Co, H. 37th Regt. Acci- 
dentally sliot by a comrade near Spottsylvania Court House May 11, 
1864, on picket duty was brought home and binied in Hawley, 



26 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 



Ira Larkins, enlisted Auj;;. 14, 1 862, in Co. H. 37th Eegt. Appointed 
Corporal Aug. 15, 1862, appointed sergeant Marcli 1863, Ivilled in battle 
May 18, 1804, carrying the colors. 

Albert Vincent enlisted Aug. 14, 18()2, Co. H. 37tU Regt. Appointed 
orderly sergeant Sept. 1,1862. Wounded May 1863, commissioned Ist 
Lieuteuant July 31, 1864. Commissioned Captain March, 1865. 

Freeman Brackett, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, Co. H. 37th Regt. Ap- 
pointed Corporal Mar. 20, 1863. Died of typhoid fever at City Poin^ 
JuliJ^ 10, 1864, brought home and buried iu W. Hawley. 

Alouzo F. Turner, eidistcd Aug. 14, 1862, Co. H. 37th Regt. Wound- 
ed July 3, 1863, transferred to V. R. C. Lives in Hawley. 

William A. Hallock, enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, Co. K. 23rd Eegt. 

John Brown, enlisted Sept. 2, 1864, Co. C. 17th Eegt. lie served 
only 8 months to the chjse of the war, saw no fighting or hard service, 
and received about $1100 as bounty, state aid and wages. Removed to 
Kansas. 



TOWN OFFICERS. 1792—1886. 

The following have served as Town Officers since the organization of 
the town, including the Moderators of the Annual March meetings: 



jDaf.r. 



Moderator. 



1792 
1793 
1794 
1795 
1796 
1797 
1798 
1799 
1800 
1801 
1802 
1803 
1804 
1805 
1806 
1807 
1808 
1809 
1810 



David Sexton 
Joseph Longlej" 
Thomas King 
Hezekia'.i Warriuer 
Elijah Field 
Joseph Longley 
Zephaniah Lathrop 
Hezekiah Warriner 

Joseph Bangs 
Zephaniah Latlirop 
Hezekiah Wr.rriner 
Joseph Bangs 

Edmund Longley 
Joseph Buttrick 
Zephaniah Lathrop 



Town Clerk. 



Constable. 



Edmund Longley James Parker 

David Parker 

< ( ki 

" Joseph Longley 

" Zen as Bangs 

" Obed Smith 

" Zimri Longlej- 

" David Parker 

William Sanford 

" Thomas Loagley 

" Argalur Pixley 

Oliver Carr 

" Edmund Longley, Jr. 
Ebenezer Hall " 

" Abel Dinsraore 

Thomas Longley John King 



Simeon Crittenden 



HISTORY OF UAWLEY. 



26 



Date. 



Moderator. 



Town Clerk. 



Constable. 



1811 Zepbaniah Lathrop 

1812 Edmund Longley 

1813 Zephaniah Lathrop 

1814 Zenas Bangs 

1815 Zephaniah Lathrop 

1816 " 
1817 

1818 Zenas Bangs 

1819 

1820 

1821 

1822 Zephaniah Lathrop 

1823 

1824 Noah Joy 

1825 " 
1826 

1827 John Tobey 

1828 Noah Joy 

1829 " 

1830 Thomas Longley 

1831 Noah Joy 
1832 

1833 John Vincent 

1834 Noah Joy 
1835 

1836 

1837 Thomas Longley 

1838 John Tobey 
1839 

1840 Noah Joy 

1841 John Vincent 

1842 John Tobey 

1843 WiUiam F Longley 

1844 " 

1845 John King 

1846 No record 

1847 Clark Sears 
1848 

1849 " 

1850 " 

1851 John Vincent 
1852 



Thomas Longley 



Moses Smith 



Thomas Longley 



Moses Smith 



Edmund Longley Ji 
Anson Dyer 
Calvin S Longley 



John Vincent 
Calvin S Longley 
George Lathrop 

C''alvit> S Longley 



Elias Goodspeed 

Abel Dinsmore 

Ebenezer Hall 

John King 

Elias Goodspeed 
<< 

Eben Crosby 
Abel Parker 
John Hall 



Theophilus Crosby 



Hezekiah Warriner Jr 
Ebenezer Crosby 
John Hall 
Gushing Shaw 



Quartus Taylor 
Abel Longley 
Bardiue Damon 
Calvin Longley 
Ezra Brackett 
Eben Crosby 



Calvin Longley 
Freeman Longley 
' Harmon Barnes 
Bardine Damon 
William O Bassett 
Harmon Barnes 
Ezra King 
Elijah Longley 

Samuel Hall 

J V King 
Elijah Longley 
Jonathan Vincent 



27 



HISTOKY OF HAWLET. 



Date- Moderator. 


Town Clerk. 


Constable. 


1853 Wm O Bassett 


Calvin S Longley 


Harmon Barnes 


1854 Clark Sears 


" 


Atherton Hunt 


1855 Wm Bassett 


(( 


(( 


1856 


u 


<( 


1857 


(( 


B Parsons Mansfield 


1858 Clark Sears 


li 


Atherton Hunt 


1859 


Dennis W Baker 


A G Ayres 


1860 r H Sears 


(I 


(( 


1861 


n 


li 


1862 Wm O Bassett 


n 


(i 


1863 John Vincent 


" 


( ( 


1864 Clark Sears 


(( 


J W Doane 


1865 John Vincent 


u 


E F Longley 


1866 Clark Sears 


u 


Samuel A Clark 


1867 Wm Bassett 


F H Sears 


•' 


1868 


a 


(( 


1869 Clark Sears 


Freeman Atkins 


J W Doane 


1870 John Brown 


n 


James Doane 


1871 W E Mansfield 


Harvey Baker 


H W Starks 


1872 Wm Bassett 


Edwin Scott 


(( 


1873 


" 


E P Hunt 


1874 W E Mansfield 


a 


(( 


1875 Wm Bassett 


J W Doaue 


Ambrose K Sears 


1876 FH Sears 


(( 


Joseph A Hitchcock 


1877 Frank Simpson 


<< 


u 


1878 


(( 


n 


1879 FH Sears 


( ( 


Edwin Scott 


1880 W E Mansfield 


Lucius Hunt 


a 


1881 J W Doane 


(( 


n 


1882 


(( 


A K Sears 


1883 *' 


(( 


Joseph A Hitchcock 


1884 " 


(( 


Lewis Hall 


1885 Frank Simpson 


(( 


Adna Bissell 


1886 Charles Crittenden " 


Joseph A Hitchcock 



HISTORY OF liAWr.EY. 



SELECTMEN 



Tlio folio will;; liiivc hven tlio selectmen of the town from 17ftM to 1886. 



1793 

1794 

1795 

179(i- 

1798- 

1800 

1801 

1802 

1803 

1804 

1805 

]806- 

1808 

1809 

1810 

1811 

1812 

1813 

1814 

1815 

1816 

1817 

1818 

1819- 

1822 

1823 

1824- 

1826 

1827- 

1829 

1830 

1831 

1832 

1833 

1834 

1835 

1836 

1837 

1838 

1839 



Joseph Loniiley Thomas King 

Hezekiali WarrintT Zeplianiah Lathrop 

7 " Moses Clark 

9 " Zephauiah Lathrop 

" Moses Clark 

" Zephaniab Lathrop 

Edmund Loogley Sylvainis Smith 

" Hezekiali Warriner 

" Sylvanus Smith 

Nathaniel Newton Hezekiali Warriner 

7 

Edmund Longley " 

( ( it, 

Nathaniel Newton " 

Zephaniah Lathrop " 

Joseph Buttrick Hezekiah Warriner 
" Zephaniah Lathrop 

Hezekiali Warriner Ebenezer Hall 
Zeplianiah Lathrop Joseph Buttrick 
Hezekiah Warriner Zenas Bangs 
Edmuml Lungley Jr " 

" " William Bassett 

20-21 Zenas B ings " 

Edmund Longley J r *' 

25 " " Noah Joy 

Wm Sanford 

•28 Edmund Longley Jr Noali Joy 
John Vincent " 

Thomas Longley " 

Edmund Longley Jr Calvin Cooley 
Warriner King John Tobay 

" Calyin Cooley 

John Tobey Samuel Hall 

Jonas Jones Calvin Cooley 

Edmund Longley Jr Clark Sears 
Thomas Longley Warriner King 
Calvin Cooley George Lathrop 



Nathan West 
Ebenizcr llaJl 



Joseph Bangs 
Jf)Seph Bangs 
Joseph Buttrick 

Zenas Bangs 



Noali Joy 



Hezekiah VVariiner 
John Tobey 



Warriner King 
John Vincent 



Joshua Vincent 

(< 

John Vincent 

it 

Sanuel Hall 



30 



HISTOKY OF HAW LEY. 



1840 Calvm Cooley 


John Vincent 


Wm F Longley 


1841 Thomas Longley 


Warriner King 


Francis Mantor 


1842 John Tobey 


CJark Sears 


Samuel Hall 


1843 Levi Harmon 


( k 


George Lathrop 


1844 


(( 


Calvin Cooley 


1845 John Vincent 


George Lathrop 


Freeman Atkins 


1846 Clark Sears 


(i 


Freeman Longley 


1847 Samuel Williams 


(1. 


(( 


1848 Clark Sears 


Levi Harmon 


Wm Bassett 


1849 John Vincent 


Freeman Atkins 


Nelson Joy 


1850 Clark Sears 


a 


Samuel Clark 


1851 


Otis Longley 


Milo T Carter 


1852 Wni Bassett 


Harvey Baker 


Joshua W Tobey 


1853 


Nathan Vincent 


it 


1854 


Joshua W Tobey 


Harvey Baker 


1855 


(t 


J G Longley 


1856 


(( 


Harvey Baker 


1857 


John Vincent 


Charles Baker 


1858 S A Clark 


a 


B P Mansfield 


1859 Calvin Cooley 


k( 


David Vincent 


1860 Charles Baker 


It 


A G Ayres 


18(31 Wm Bassett 


Charles Crittenden 


Elijah Field 


1862 


(,i 


F H Sears 


1863 Clark Sears 


A G Ayres 


Willis ViQcent 


1864 Charles Baker 


Edwin Scott 


A G Ayres 


1865 


(( 


Elijah Field 


1866 Clark Sears 


W E Mansfield 


Willis Vincent 


1867 Wm Bassett 


n 


Harvey Baker 


1868 


E S Carter 


<( 


1869 


John Vincnut 


E P Hunt 


1870 


John Vincent 


E S Carter 


1871 W E Mansfield 


F H Sears 


Willis Vincent 


1872 


E S Carter 


Harmon Barnes 


1873 Charles Crittenden 


C H Dodge 


1874 


M H Vincent 


ii 


1875-6 Wm O Bassett 


Lewis J Ha!) 


Walter Sears 


1877 


" 


Isaac C Vincent 


1878 Charles Crittender 


1 " 


C H Dodge 


1879-80 


Elijah Scoit 


Willis Vincent 


1881 


Willis Vincent 


J A Hitchcock 


1882 


C H Dodge 


E S Carter 


188:3 


" 


L-wis J HaU 


1884 


Lewis J Hall 


J W Doane 


1885-6 J WDoane 


C H D.)ck'e 


Foster R King 



HISTORY OF I'AWI.KV. 31 

RKPRESENTATIYES TO GENERAL COURT. 

1794, 179.-), 1796, 1797, 1798, 1800, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 
1807, 1809, Edmund Longley; 1810, 1811, Zenas Bangs; 1812, 1818, 
1814, 1816, Thomas Lougloy; 1818, Ebeuezer Hall; 1824, Thomas 
Longley; 1826, E.lmund LoiigleyJi-.; 1829, Moses SiiiiUi; 1832, Jobu 
Tobey; 1833, Edmund Lnngley Jr. ; 1836. Calvin Cooley; 1837, 1838, 
John Vincent; 1839, 1840, Calvin Cooley; 1841, 1843, George Lathrop; 
1844, Clark Sears; 1847, Thomas Longley; 1849, Nelson Joy; 1850, 
George Lathrop; 1851, Clark Sears; 1853, Nathan Vincent; 1860, John 
Vincent; 1864, Eev. Henry Seymour; 1868, Clark Sears; 1879, Clinton 
H. Dodge. 

Nov. 3, 1794, Theodore Sedgwick was chosen Representative to Con- 
gress from the Western District. 

DIRECTORY. 

The occupation of those engaged exclusively in agriculture will be 
understood; those engaged wholly or in part in other occiipa'.ions will 
be noted. • 

Francis W. Atkins, Asahel R. Atkins, Albert B. Atkins, Roswell Ba- 
ker, Wm. H. Bracket!, Wm. O. Bassett, Justice of the Peace, Harmon 
Barnes, Joseph Buskitt, laborer, Adnah Bissell, produce dealer, Fran- 
cis Barnard, Edna J. Barnard, Noel Barbel-, Charles Clemons, Nathan 
Clark, Nathan Clark Jr., Henry Clark, Herbert L. Clark, School Com- 
mittee, Warren Clark, David Clark, Samuel A. Clark, Tyler T. Clark, 
Edwin P. Cobb, laborer, Charles Crittenden, lumber dealer, Herbert 
L. Crowell, Stillman Carter, Maitin V. Cressy, Elias Carrier laborei-. 
Porter J. Carrier, laborer. Joseph H. Carrier, S. Russell Chaffin,car- 
Ijenter, Mattoon Church, Charles Davis, J. Wm. Doane, Selectman, 
Clinton H. Dodge, Selectman, Newell Dyer, Tiiomas E. Eldridge, saw- 
mill proprietor, Ii*a Fuller, Wm. A. Fuller, Albert Gould, mechanic, 
Lemuel Gould, George Gould, Gilbert Gould, Wilson Gould, Clarence 
Gould, Dennis Gibbons, wood chopper, A. C. GalbraiMi, Levi Hawkes, 
William Hawkes, Joseph A. Hiiciicnck, Constable, Elijah B. Howes, 
Frank J. Howes, Clarence Hubbard, laborer, Lewis J. Hall, lumber 
dealer, Wm. F. Harris, Enos Harmon, Chark s Harmon, Fiank Hill- 
man, Henry A. Hidden, J. N. Hamilton, Francis lloldeu, Asa Hulden, 
Erastus Grave'S Frank A. Holden, Atherton Hunt, Lucius Hunt, T(jwn 
Clerk, Elisha Hunt, Cliester F. Hunt, Chester L. Hunt, Charles Hunt, 
Myron C. Harwood, Mc Kendree Hicks, Liwis Hicks, wood turner, 
Henry A. Hicks, emph)yee of Davis Miniug Co., J. U. Houston, black- 
smith, Fred N. Haskius, laborer, Frank Ingrah am, teamstir, Lauriston 
King, butcher, Alfred King, teamster, John F. King, laboi-er, Foster R. 



32 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

King, merchant, selectman. Charles Kinney, William Kenny, A. J. 
Kendall, carpenter. School Committee, Lewis Lougley, laborer, Daniel 
Larkias, laboror.Nvtlian Mason, W.E. ^lausfield. Pension Agent, Justice 
of the Peace, Albert y. Maynard, Allen Murdock, James. M. Parker, 
Alvin H. Parker, Sylvester Kice, George W. Rice,Rufu8 Rice, Matthew 

D. Rice, John Rasbford, Oscar Rood, Seth Sears, R<>yal Sears, Roswell 
Sears, Edwin W. Sears, F. H. Sears, Charles. Sears, George W. Sear>, 
Ambrose K. Sears, Postmaster, Ebi-nezer Sears, Albert F. Sears, School 
Committee, James P. Sears, Walter Sears, Dennis Sears, Sylvester 
Sears, John Sprague, Asher B. Sj^rague, Chauncey Stafford, George H- 
Stetson, M. Sprague, Manly Stelfor,Eiwin Scott, Walter Scott, Elijah 
n. Scott, saw mill proprietor, Edwin Scott, Postmaster, Phineas Scott, 
Willard F. Scott, Henry Seymour, Clergyman, Bartholomew Scanlan, 
Michael Scanlan, George K. Starks, grist mill and saw mill proprietor, 
Phineas Starks, Morris D. Starks, Henry W. Starks, blacksmitli, Row- 
land Stiles, Elijah Shaw, Jr. Frank M. Simpson, Geo. TI. Taylor, Hen- 
ry Taylor, Dennis A. Taylor, Alonzo F. Turner, saw mill and wood 
workmg shop, Nathan Tyler, Henry Tyler, William Thaj'er, William 

E. Thayer, Lewis W. Temple, Warriner K. Vining, hoop manufacturer, 
Willis Vincent, Justice of the P%ace, saw mill, and rake manufacturer, 
Mark H. Vincent, rake manufacturer, Isaac C. Vincent, Samuel Will- 
iams, Wm. L. Wartield, Justin B. Warriner, Henry B. White, Melvin 
White, laborer, Justin B. Wood, William Wait, Waldo T. Ward, Ben- 
jamin C. Wilbur, David White. 



TOWN FARM. 

At a town meeting, April 7, 1851, it was voted to buy a farm for the 
support of the poor. Previous to that time the keeping of the town 
poor had usually been done by boarding tliem with the lowest bidder, or 
by the Overseei-s of the poor, which were tht; selectmen, making a con- 
tract with parties to keep them. They were not all kept at one place 
but went where circumstance s dictated. 

The committee chosen to buy a farm was Levi Holden, Calvin Cooley 
and Charles Baker, and tliey purchased of Dea. Samuel Hall the place 
known as the Warriner King farm, in the southwest part of the town. 

It was urged by some as a reason for buying an alms-house, tliat some 
who had in part been maintained by the town and allowed to remain 
with their friends would prefer to support themselves and escape the 
odium of going to tlie "puor-Iiouse," as all who received aid from the 
town were required to go there. Tlie selectmen annually hire a man and 
his wife as overseers of the farm and house, who receive a stipulated sal- 
ary, averaging about $250, who are required to keep an exact account of 
receipts and expenditures. The first of April is the time adopted f-'r 



HISTORY OF II AW LEY. 83 

making a change of overseers, and (lairying is the cbiff source of revenue 
The following, and their "wives have been the overseers of the town 
farm. 1851-2 Leonard Joy; 1853-4 S. S. Hemenway; 1855 to 62 Proc- 
tor Marsh; 1862-3 Henry Barton; 1863 tol870 Pliineas Starks; 1870 
John Brown; 1871 to 73 Henry Barton; 1875 Horace Todd; 1876 to 1879 
Daniel Larkins; 1879 to 84 Phineas Starks; 1884 Levi Hawkes; 1885 Geo. 
Turner; 1886 Charles Davis. 

At the annual town meeting, March, 7, 1853, a code of rules was a- 
dopted regulating the house and its inmates, wliicli reflects upor. the 
civilization of the 19 th century. It received the title "Black Laws,' 
copies of which were placed upon tlie records, and posted iu the liouse. 

It was the subject of a poem written and publislied at the time by 
Miss Mary Taylor entitled "Nortliern Oppression." 



MILLS AND MANUFACTOKIES. 

It is evident thai tlie erection of mills, particularly sawmills and grist- 
mills, engaged the attention of the earliest inhabitants. The oldest rec- 
ord fountl is furnished by Mr. Geo. D. Crittenden of Shelburne Fall-, 
made b}* his great grandfather, Zebcbee Wood, at a meeting of the ii.- 
habitantsof No. 7, held Feb. 24 1778, at the house of Samuel Hitchcock, 
Thomas King, moderator. The record reads, "Voted Thomas King to 
go and talk with the proprietors, and see what they will do al)out build- 
ing mills and getting on the rest of the settlers." 

iSometirae about 1790, Capt. Simeon Crittenden started in the extreme 
south part of the prcseat limi'.s of th3 town, a. id operated a sawmill and 
grist mill. He afterwards sold to Joel Rice, who came from Conway? 
paying 2000 silver dollars for the propert3^ He conveyed it to his sons 
Luther and Daniel, who operated it until 1826, when it was bought by 
Leavilt Hallock, who built a large taniiery in 1827, also built other saw. 
mills, and established a large and tiourishiiig business which conlinued 
until the tannery was burned, Feb. 11, 1846. It was rebuilt in 1848, 
but never was operated as a tan ier>-. A sawmill w,.s afterward operated 
iu the building by Homan Hallock, and other wooden ware has been 
manufactured there, but that interest is now extinct. Half a mile down 
the stream, Alonzo F. Turner built a sawmill and shoji for various man- 
ufacturing, about twenty years ago, wliich is still operated. 

A little further down, Warrin.'r King and Jonathan Fuller built a saw- 
mill in the early part of the century, which was afterward burned. 

Mr. King rebuilt, also added a shop, in which he made broom handles. 
These have been ()i3erated by A. G. Ayres, \Vm. A. Turner, A. F. Turn- 
er, and Geo. K. Starks who now occupies the mill, the shop having been 



34 HISTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

abatirloiu'd nnd taten down. Jnst below this point, Honice and David 
Thayer built a turning shop about forty years ago, which is now occupi- 
ed by G?o. K. Starks as a gi-ist mill. At Fullerville, a sr.wmill and oth- 
er wood-\vori\ing machineiy hns for u long lime been occupied by succes- 
sive parties. Half a mile from tliia point up the Savoy branch, John 
Miller built a mill about 1850, and afterward sold to Edward Peck, who 
added machinery for making butter boxes and various kinds of handles. 
The disastrous flood which visit* d all the Nortliern states, Oct. 4, 1869, 
swept away the dam and buildiuLis. leaving only bue rocks where cnce 
was heard the busy huni of indusTry. 

At West Hawley, a wuter pi-ivilege was utilized at the beginning of 
the century for the manufactuie of iron, the ore being obtained from a 
mine near by. Elias Goodspeed was one of tlie operators. The build- 
ings were burned and the forge abandoned. They were rebuilt, and have 
been used for various kinds of manufacturing. Willis Vincent has occu- 
pied and owned the place for the last thirty years, for making broomhan- 
dles, rakes, &c., and for a time run a grist mill in connection with tlie 
other business. Austin Pease built a tannery about 1835, which was 
operated by himself, and afteiward by Tlowes & Shears, and was aban- 
doned in 18-55. Chester Upton once operated a shop for making handles 
near the residence of William Wait. Jonatha'i Brackett built a sawmill 
about forty years ago, just below Isaac C. Vincent's, afteiward owned 
by Clark Sears, now abandoned. Al>out 1836, John and Phineas Starks 
built a sawmill on Fuller brook which they run for a term of years. It 
was destroyed by a freshet, and never rebuilt. 

Chicklej-'s river, flowing through the west pait of the town, furnishes 
the best water powers, although others have been successtully 
used. Before 1790, Moses Kogeis had a grist mill ifear the present town 
house. Here Mr. Kogers was killed in 1808, while cutting ice from the 
water wheel. This privilege has long been utilized for a sawmill and 
turning shop, and has been owned by D. W. Baker, Harrison Colby 
Lewis J. Hall and others. The first mill proprietor In the east part of 
the town is believed to be a Mr. White. Dea. Levi Eldridge early built 
a sawmill now run by his sons. Joshua Vincent and Healy Newton 
once owned a mid towards the Buckland line. On the Boziali brouk 
small powers have been employed to operate clothing works and shops, 
and Charles Crittenden has for some time owned a sawmill there. An 
abandoned mill-site was once improved by Abraham Parker near tlie old 
meeting house. Soon after 1800, Elisha Hani and Zenas Thayer built a 
sawmill where Theoj^hilus Crosby formerly lived, a little east of where 
Caester F. Hunt now lives. After b.'iiig used a few years it was burned 
one fall about Thanksgiving time. The ueighbors turned out, drew and 
hewed timber, employed John Hadlock as caipente r,aud put uj) another 
mill during the winter, and had it running the next sirring. This was 
used for a term of years and then abandoned. 



HISTORY OF IIAWLEY. OO 

Many 3'ears ago a small tauuery was Iniilt near where Atherton Hunt 
lives, •which was operated by horse power and hand power. 

The trades have been represented in . proportion to the wants of the 
people of a rural community. Jolin Hadiock was for a long time one 
of the carpenters of the town, and many buildings are now standing 
which he built. Lewis Cobb was also an old time carpenter. Russell 
S. Chaffin has recentlv locnted at West Hawley as a carpenter, and built 
a house which he occupies. Chester F. Griggs w.is one of tlie town 
shoemakers, and used to go around with his "kit" of tools aul make 
up the annual stock of boots and shoes for each famil}*. Warriner King 
and Phiueas Starks each done quite a local business at making and 
mending for their neighbors. Mr. King used to say that he frequently 
earned enough on his bench in an evening to pay a hired man a days' wa- 
ges. Zebedee Wood, who came from Connecticut to Hawley in 1784, 
was a tanner and shoemaker before coming there, and continued the 
business to some extent after coming. A blacksmith was one of the fix- 
tures at the "Square" when that was the business of the town. J. U. 
Houston is now the blacksmith in the vicinity of the church, and Henry 
W. Starks at FuUerville. In the palmy days of Hallockville, Horace 
Elmer was the blacksmith there, Ira Angell the shoemaker and T. E. 
Eaton the tailor. Mr. Elmer afterwads done blacksmithing at West 
Hawley. 

Charles Crittenden and Lewis J. Hall oi this town are doing a large 
business at lumbering in Moni-oe, under the firui name of Crittenden and 
Hall. They have a steam mill which they liave recentl}^ UKjved from 
Savoy, where they also done an extensive businesy. Several shops in 
town turn out chair stock which is sold to manufacturers in Worcester 
Couutj. 



STORES AND HOTELS. 

Zebebee Wood is believed to have kept a small stock of goods before 
1790 at his house, and Joseph Hubbard is said to have opened tlie first 
regular store. This stand was soon after occupied by Joshua, Wm. F. 
and Calvin S. Longley in the order named. William Sauford opened an 
opposition store near by, ana Gen. Tliomas Longley kept a store there 
at one tune, which is now one li the only two buildings left standing on 
the "Square." Whitney Hitchcock and Jonas Jones began merchandis- 
ing about 1833, and were succeeded by Lucius L. Clark and Leonaid 
Campbell. Calvin S. Longley kept a store near the present church un- 
til his death, which is now kept by his son-iti-law, Edwin Scott. At 
West Hawley, stores have been kept by James Mantor. Harvey Baker 
T. S. Allen, A. G. Ayres, C. W. Fuller, Foster King and Manly Stet- 



36 HISTOKY OF IIAWI.EV. 

SOU, the two last still in busiuess. About ISHO, a nniou store was start- 
ed at West Havvley, being No. 497 of the New England protective Union, 
which prospered for ;=;everal years, . one year the dividend paid to the 
slocklioldcrs being 42 per cent, but by some disastrous turn in tlie tide 
of affairs the stock became below par and the business closed. 

At Ibdlockville, Leavilt Hallock condncted a store during ihe time of 
his business oijerafiuns tiiere. 

Joshna Longley and Wm. Sauford kept opposition hotels near tlie first 
churcli while that was the center of business. Noah Joy bnill and open- 
ed a liotel at South llawley in 1830, wliich he kept until his deatli in 
1843. He was succeeded by Levi Ilolden, and Henry Clark, wlio kept 
it until 1865 when it was burned. Clark Fuller done a small business in 
that line in connection with his other business at Fulkrville. 



POST OFFICES. 

Three Postoffices have been established in town, with the following 
Postmasters. The date of appointment of the first Postmaster in (micIi 
place is the date of the eslablisliment of the Office. 

HAWLEY. 

Postmaster. Date of App't. Postmaster. Date of App't. 

Joshua Longley, Dec. 29, 1817 Eliza Longley, Apr. 22, 1858 
William F. Longley, Mar. 3, 1838 Edwin Scott, Sept. 25, 1862 

Calvin S. Longley, Jnlyl, 1841 

SOUTH HAWLEY. 

Noah Joy, May 26, 1832 Matthew E. Hyde, May 27, 1857 

Nelson Joy June 29, 1853 Henry Clark, Apr. 9, 1860 

Levi Holden Jr. Mar. 31, 1854 Discontinued Jan. 15, 1866 

WEST HAWLEY. 

Theodore S, Allen, Oct. 7, 1850 Aaron G. Ay res, July 2, 1867 

Henry Howes, May 13, 1852 Mark H. Vincent, May 22, 1868 

Edson B. Legate, Apr. 27, 1854 Willis Vincent Api. 11, 1878 

Stepheh K. Hitchcock, Sept, 11, ,54 Ambrose K. Sears, Jan. 17, 1882 
Willis Vincent, Apr 29, 1857. 

The Postoffice at Hawley has beeu continuously conducted by the 
same family, representing three generations, since its establishment, 
covering a period of nearly seventj^ years, Edwin Scott, the present in- 
cumbent, being a member of the family by marriage. 



HISTORY OF IfAWLEY. 37 

The first mail was a weekly mail to and from Northampton, giving 
mail facilities to several intervening towns. Later, a Iri-weekly mail 
has been run through, between Plainflold and Shelburne Falls. Among 
the carriers were Wm. J. Sliattuek, Wm. M. Cleveland and J. F. Gurney. 
At present, a dally mail connects with the railroad at Charlemont, car- 
ried by II. S. Packard. The first mails at West Hawlcy were received 
semi-weekly from Charlemont, tlu- people sometimes "taking tui-ns" in 
carrying it, the receipts not paying expenses to tlie Department. 
Now atri-weeklj' mail tlirough from Charlemont to Adams. It is a com- 
mon practice lor carriers to receive and distribute mail matter to families 
on their route, for which a stipulated sum is annually paid by the parties. 



POPULATION. 



1772 


22 


1850. 


1776 Collonial,... 


... 244 


1855 


1790 


539 


1860 


1800 


. . . . 878 


1865 


1810 


. . . 1031 


1870 


1820 


. . . 1089 


1875 


] 830 


. . . 1037 


1880 


1840 


... 977 


1885. 



881 
774 
671 
687 
672 
588 

545 



The following figures are from the Assessors' books for 1886: 

Value of Personal property, S3l,648 
Value of Real Estate, $ 11 9, r,26 

Total, $151,274 

No. of Horses, 147, Cows, 336, Sheep, 470, Neat Stock, 280, Swine, 
124, Houses, 119, Acres, 17969, 

The following were the products of the town in 1880. 
Farms, 107, Hay, 2173 tons, Butter, 46997 lbs, Eggs,12101 doz, Po- 
tatoes, 66 acres, 5505 bushels, Corn, 111 acres, 4116 buslels, total value 
of products, $42,911. Capital invested in lumbering $3500, value of 
prt)duct $2000. 



EARLY SETTLEMENT. 



Mrs. Jerusha King has furnished what is believed to be the most authentic account of 
the settlement of the town. Her grandfatlier, Thomas King, gave her the account in her 
early years, which she placed on record 

In the spring of 1 771, Noah Strickland settled where Edwin Warriner 
formerly lived, Taniel Burt t;rd Sfn.ut] Hiklcock settled just east of 
the old cemetery, Adonijah T.iylor located down the hill toward Pudding 
Hollow. In 1772, Thomas King came from Brimfield and located where 
his son Ezra has lived, Timothy Baker settled whese Martin V. Cressy 



38 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

lives, and Rtniben Coolcy bougbt where Elijah Howes lives, making 
seveu families who came during the first two years of the town's settle- 
ment. (Other families following will bo noted in the family record?, as 
far as known.) In the fall of 1772, occurod the 

FIEST THANKSGIVIXG. 

During the summer, thes seven families fully realized Ihe hardships 
and priva'ions of a pioneer ife, and felt a strong desire to jeturn to their 
old homes and enjoy Thaiu^sgiving with their f. i' nds; but as travelling 
in those days was oulj^ on horseback or witli ox teams it was hardly pos- 
sible for them to go. Mr. King proposed that they have a Thanksgiving 
and have all the town meet at one place. Accordingly, each family 
made preparations, and all met at Mr. Burt's. Theii- number was 22, 
which included every person in town. Their supper consisted of baked 
meat, puddings, chicken pie, mince pie made of bear's meat, apple pie 
made of apjjles brought from Conway, bread, &c. When their meal was 
nearly ready, one of the women remarked that they had everj'tlnng nec- 
essary but ijiilk to put in their tea. Mr. Taylor said, "Give me a pail 
and I will go and milk my horse." He had driven his farrow cow, har- 
nessed to a sled to convey himself and wife. He also drew his wood 
and did other woik, with the same team. When supper was ready, they 
all stood around the table, when God's blessing was invoked upon the 
food, ihey took seats and partook of the meal with thankful hearts, also 
thankful for the pleasant interview they had enjoyed. After supper, 
Mr. Kiug read a portion of Scripture and read a hymn from the Psalter 
(the most approved hymn book in those days;) then offered prayer. 

Soon came the parting and dispersing to their homes, which closed the 
first Thanksgiving in Hawlty in 1772. In those seven families there 
were but o professors of religion, Mr. King and wife and Timothy Baker. 



YOUNG AMERICA'S MILITARY RECORD. 

A history of Hawlej^ would be incomplete without giving a little mili- 
tary episode which Inippened neai'ly 40 years ago. About 1847, a party of 
boys in their teens, organized themselves into a company of infantry, the 
project being originated and mainly executed throiigh the influence of 
Clai-k W. Fuller, one of the oldest of their number. These amateur sold- 
iers were uniformed with red stripes on the legs of their pants, red 
belts, wooden swords and plumes of domestic manufacture, the otHcers 
having a iHiiforn to distinguish their rank. Edwin A, Atkiijs was the 
first captain, and wore a handsome plume, a relic of the Plainfleld com- 
panj- of state militia which had but recently been disbanded. The first 
pjirade was at Hallockville, with 13 men in rank and file. As time pro- 
gressed, the interest and members increased, and one Fourth of July the 



HISTORY OP HAWLEY. 39 

rompany went to Savoy to assist in nbsevvi)io- "t'.ie day we clcbiato." 
Soon a small cannon mounted on wheels was brought into use, the exer- 
cises assuming the role of a company of artillery. On oni' occasion tiie 
company divided, receiving some help fiom outside paities, and arrang- 
ed themselves for a sham tight, one ;^arty taking the woods, the other an 
. open field adjoining. After several attacks nnd rcpuist s, the i:>arty in 
the woods succeeded in cai^turiug the cannon from the t tiur side and 
won the field. The ambitious of tlie company sn<in i-( tp ired a lamer 
gun, A secondhand cannon was found, weighing ISOpoui.ds, which 
was bought bj' subscri})li>)n, each member contiihuti ig according to his 
means. At tliis time tlie lieadquarters of stores and ammunition was at 
Fullerville, and by sundry transfers of shares, quite a ] or cent of tlic 
stock was owned m West Hawley, (meaning the near vicinity of the 
cliurch, pobtoffice, &c. ,) and a kind of rivalry and liostility arose b( tween 
these two factions. The West Hawley boys claimed a control of tlie can- 
non a part of tlie time, and one night they clardestindy took it and cani- 
ed it to their own domain. By this time the contest wiis liot and the 
feeling bitter, tlie defeated party using all kinds cf stratagem to recap- 
ture it. On one occasion the W( st Hawley boys l)ecame Hie aggressors 
by going to a point near Fullerville, liischarging the caninin, and quick- 
ly retiring with it, a part of tliem remaining, apparently guardins- the 
treasure. This had the desired effect in calling out a party of th; ir an- 
tagonists which succeeded in gobbling up a wooden stick whicli had been 
brought as a feint, and the deception was complete. This of course, 
increased the feud betweeu the two neighborlioods until the older people 
sympathized in 1 lie matter. Suffice it to say tlie cannon was never re- 
turned, and afterward disappeared, tradition saying tliat it was sunk In 
an old ore bed on "Forgo Hill." After the usual changes caused bv the 
lapse of time the matter was in a measure forgotten. The military com- 
pany described in the first of this sketch was not formally disbanded, 
but seemed to die a natural death. A new cannon has tor seviral years 
been owned in that part of the town which is called into requisition on 
holidays, its ownership not being influenced by the history of its prede- 
cessors. 



ACCIDENTS, FIRES, &C. 

The following records have been collected from various sources, and 
it is a matter of regret that so many are without date. Many years ago, 
Thomas Pixley was killed by a falling tree when at work on the farm 
now owned by Win. O. Bassett. Moses Rogers was kille<l in the winter 
of 1808, while cutting ice from the water wheel in his mill, n( ar tlie 
present town house. He went out to the mill one morning before break- 



40 HISTORY OF IIAWJ.KV. 

fast, and not returning, search was made, and he was found crushed be- 
tween the wheel and the wall. It was supposed that the wheel started 
sooner than he expected, and drew him in. 

Sj'lvester Sears was drowued just below the bridge near Lewis W. 
Temple's, Sept. 8, 1820, wliile bathing. 

Harlan H. Eioe, aged Ki, son ot Clianipi:>u B. Rice, was drowned 
Aug. 18, 1858, at Hoosac Tunnel. He went in ci)inpany with two others 
to visit the tunnel wlule work was in piogress there, and it being a veiy 
hot da}\, he went in b'ltliing, just ( ast of the poital of tiie tunnel, in the 
Deerfield river, and was drowned. To adtl to the terrors of the scene, 
a terrific thunder storm occurred when the party carrying liouie his body 
were within two miles of home, accompanied by a very Iiigh wind which 
destroyed trees and buildings. A messenger was sent in advance to 
break tiie sad news to the family before the body arrived. 

Dea. Ebenezer Fales liung himself at the Town farm, June 30, 1853. 
He had previously made repeated attempts at self-destruction by pound- 
ing his head, cutting his throat, and drowning. 

Eoswell Longley hung hmiself Feb. 28, I84(i, while confined in an in- 
sane asylum. 

- A Mr. Bassett from Charlemont was once killed in this town by being 
thrown from his wagon. 

Daniel Fletcher, came to Hawley before 1800, settled a little east of 
where Otis Beals formerly, lived, fell trom ;i wagon and broke his neck. 

Jotham King's house and contuuts w^jre burned in the early years 
of the town's history. 

Theopiiilus Crosby's house was burned in 1809 or 10. 

Warriner King's sawmill and a large lot of lumber was burned about 
1820. 

Joseph Merriam, aged 15, son of Rev. Jonathan Grout, was drowned 
in June, 182o, wiiile playing in the water with a party of other boys. 

Otis LoDgley, a native of Hawley, moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 
middle life. He was foully murdered Aug. 2o, 1863, at tlie age of 51, 
by Quantreirs gang in their raid upon the town. Abbott, in his History 
of the Civil War, describing the scene, says, "The wife and daughter of 
a man tlirew themselves on his bodj', btggiug for his life. One of the 
rebel gang thrust his revolver be tweeu them and shot the man. Mrs. 
Longley since married Dea. Samuel Williams of West Hawley, and died 
a few years ago. The daughter, Angeline, married Dr. A.shley, a west- 
ern clergym-in. 

Leavitt Ilallock's tannery and several thousand cords of bark were 
burned Feb. 11, 1846. The heat from the burning piles of bark was so 
intense for two days that it was necessary to keep the adjoining build- 
ings wet to prevent their taking fire. This was tlie most disastrous fire 
ever occurring in town, and was the cause of reducing a once prosperous 
hamlet to a place known only in the memories of the ])ast. 



HISTOKV OF HAWI.EY. 41 

The Col. ISToali Joy place, includiug hotel, two barns, and most of their 
contents were burned in 1865. 

Chandler Blanchard's house and barn were burned in Dec. 1880. 

Other fires without record of date were Ichabod Hawkes' house, Na- 
tlian Clark's house, S. Burt's house, the Jonas King house, occupied by 
the Larrabee family, the Union sclioolhouse, C. AV. Fullers store, kept 
by A. G. Ayres, a house at Fullerville, occupied by a French family, 
a sclioolhouse at West Hawley, P. Starks' shop and sugar house, a saw- 
mill run by Elisha Hunt and Zenas Thayer. The well-remembered Hood 
of Oct. 4, 1869, was very disastrous to property, particularly (ui Chick- 
ley's river, where every bridge was cairied away, also Edwaril Peck's 
sawmill, and other mills were disabled. 

Andrew, a little son of Zlba Pool living at Warriner Kisig's, died Jan. 
3. 1829, in consequence of a ker lel of p.)p corn lodging iu his throat. 

Thomas L. , aged 22, son of Gen. Tliomas Longley, was drowned July 
15, 1843. 

About 1827, the body of a Mrs. Town of Plainfield was found in a 
swamp near the site of a sawmill formerly owned by Phineas Starks. 
She had wandered away from home in a fit of mental aberration and 
called at the house of Warriner King, now the Town farm. Amos Griggs 
then a boy living there, saw her leave the house and pass on up the 
rv)ad, which was the last account her friends could receive of her. A 
large party of men organized a search and scoured the country for miles 
around and after several days' search they decided to look one day more 
and give it up, aud on the last day she was found as above stated. 



A BEAE STORY. 

The events narrated below occurred in 1795 or 6. Aaron Baird was 
the first man who built a house aud lived on what is now the Hawley 
Town farm. One morning he discovered that a bear had entered his 
yard aud killed one of his best sheep and left it partly devoured near by. 
He set a trap, baited with the remains of the sheep, attached a heavy 
clog and awaited the result. The next morning the trap was gone, the 
trail showing the track of a bear. The news was soon spread and his 
neighbors turned out to secui'c the game. Among those joining in the 
hunt were Capt. Simeon Crittenden and John Stratton, living at Hal- 
lockville, about a mile from Mr. Baird's. Most of the men took the pre- 
caution to leave tht ir boys at home, but Mr. Stratton allowed his son, a 
bov of 10 or 12 years of age to go, chai'ging him to keep behind the men, 
wliich he did. The party in their search passed by the bear aud when 
t'ae boy came on the bear sprang fiom his hiding place and caught him. 
fastening his jaws firmly on his thigh and held him fast. His cries soon 
made his condition known — but what was to be done? To shoot the l)r:'r 



42 Il:SIOKV OF IIAWI.KY. 

might kill ihe boy. No time was to be lost. Mr Crittenden stepped foi- 
ward and buried an ax in the bear's head, which caused him to release his 
hold, and the boy was liberated from his terrible conditior, his wound 
bound up and he was carried to his home, where he lay many weeks 
under the care of Dr. Bryant of Cummhigton. He nearly bled to dealh 
at the time of the accident, and h*8 recovery was a wonderful one, 
though he lived many years after, but never had a taste f<ir liunting 
bears. This occurred near wheie Geo. K. Starks now lives. It migl t 
be added that the Simeon Crittenden referred to was graudfathc r i f 
Charles Crittenden of Hawley, and G, D. Crittenden of Shelburne Falls. 



FAMILY RECORDS. 

Phineas Scott, b. March 13, 1756, in "Whately, was the first Scott in 
Hawley and settled where his grandson Thaxter now lives. He was the 
sot' of David, sou of Joseph, st.n of Willluni, son of R(beit, b. about 
1600. David Scott ])ussesscd many sterling qualities. He wfis a carptr- 
ter, ond originated the square rule in lieu of the old "try rule," formerly 
used for framing. He was also a great hunter. When he died he had 
218 descendants living. Phineas Scott m. Rhoda Crafts, Dec. 26, 1776, 
and moved to I'lawley in 1782. (See "Sketches and Incidents.") Ciiild- 
ren, Patty, b. Dec. 29, 1779, Reuben, b. May 7, 1782, Phineas Jr., b. 
Oct. 17, 1784, d. Oct. 8, 1808, Rhoda, b. July 7, 1786, Asa, b. Oct. 8, 
1788, d. Oct. 22, 1820, Reuben, b. Apr. 11, 1791, d. Dec. 2G, 1871, Mi- 
nerva, b. Sept, 22, 1793, d. June 22, 1822, Cr-.lvin, b. Mar. 12 1796, d. 
Feb. 4, 1860, Luther, b. Aug. 2, 1798. 

Children of Reuben and Electa (Harmon) Scott. Martha, b. Feb, 9, 
1813, Phineas, b. Sept. 19, 1815, Elijah H. b. Jan. 16, 1819, Reuben, b. 
Mar. 18, 1823, Saphronla, b. Aug. 29, 1820, Lucius, b. May 26, 1825, 
Edwin, b. Mar. 29 1827, Saphronia E. b. Jan. 12, 1829, Irena W. b. 
May 13, 1832. 

Children of Luther and RL'bacca (Harmon) Scott; Samuel, b, Oct. 9, 
1828. Melissa, b. Mar. 10, 1830, Thaxter, b. Mar. 81, 1831, Olive, b. 
June 6, 1832, Rath, b. Nov. 20, 1835, Elizabeth, b. June 5, 1838. 

Children of Edwin and Ann Eliza (Longley) Scott; George E., b. May 
8, 1856, d. Aug. 28, 1860, Florence B. b. May 11, 1861, Frank B. b. 
Sept. 10, 1855, Carrie L., b. Aug. 11, 1869, d. May 21, 1886. 

Edmund Longley, familiarly known as "Squiie Edmund," came from 
Groton, Mass., in 1780, b. Nov. 1, 1740, d. Nov. 29, 1842. His wife, 
Alice, b. Sept. 13, 1749, d. Feb. 21, 1832. Their children were Thomas, 
b. Sept, 4, 1774, d. Sept. 22, 1848, Edmund, b, Apr. 11, 1779, d, Aug. 
18, 1853, Olive, b. June 28, 1781, Rhoda, b. Oct. 20, 1783, d. Sept. 7, 
1794. Luther, 1). Aug. 16, 1785, d. June 12, 1832, Joshua, b. Aug. 26, 



HISTORY OF IIAWLEY. 4:J 

1788, d. Nov. 2, 1851, CaJviu, b. April 5, 1791, d .Sept. 10, 1794. 

Gen. Thomas Loiigley m. Martha Arms. Their children were a sor, 
b. Sept. 11, 1805, d. Sept. 24, 1865, Mt.rtha A., b. Sept. 30, IdOfi, d. 
Jan. 26, 1817, Thomas L. b. July 13, 1803, d. June 4, 1821, Alfred, b. 
Nov. 10, 1809, Lucretia S., b. Oct. 4, 1811, Mary Ann, b. Nov. 10, 1813 
Moses M , b. June 14, 1815, Martha A. 2d, b. June 24, 1817, d. May 11, 
1820, Khoda O. , b. March 2, 1819, d. April 28, 1821, Thomas L., b. Feb 
15, 1821, d. July 15, 1843, Joseph G., b. Moy 24, 182:1, d. Mny 4, 1871, 
HenriettaA., b. July 12, 1826, d. Sept. 9, 1850. 

Capt. Edmund Lon^ley m. Olive Field, Oct. 26, 1805. Their childrcu 
were E.lmund, b. Aug. 5, 1806, d. Oct. 28, 1829, Calvin C, h. Jan. 29, 
1808, d. Nov. 17, 1825, Elijah F., b. May l;j, 1810, Otis, b June 19, 
1812, d. Aug. 23, 18C-3, William F., b. Aug. 6, 1814, Freeman, b. Oct. 

19, 18IG, >Vealtliy F., h. July, 1 :J, 1819, Abner T., b. Nov. 26, 1821, 
Olive W., b. May 1«, 1824, Eliza H., b. Sept. 11. 1827. 

Luther Longley m. Harriet Sliattuck, Jan. 5, 1808. Children, Calvin 
S., b. Nov. 20, 1809, d. Apr, 12, 1858, Dan, b. Mar. 25, 1812, lived two 
days, Luther, b. May 5, 1813, d. April 21, 1875, Alice L., b. Aug. 3, '15 
d. June 3, 1862, Harriet N,, b. July 9, 1818, d. Feb. 5, 1864, Oliver S., 
b. July 23, 1820, d, March 11, 1876, S. Newell, b. Feb. 7, 1823, cl. Dec. 
4, 1864, E. Olivia, b. May 13, 1825, m. Uzul Bisdee, Emily L., b.. Mai'ch 
2, 1828. 

Joshua L(mglcy m. Eliza Hawks. Their children were Eoswell, b. 
Feb. 27, 1813, d. Feb. 28, 1846, Henry A., b. June 5, 1814, Sylvia H. 
h. Aug. 27, 1815, Olive W,, b. July 29, 1817, d. A})ril 22, 1820, L Wor- 
cester, b, May 11, 1822, Augustus H., b. Nov. 4, 1824, Chalmers P. b. 
June 30. 1827, Elizabeth, b. Jan. 14, 1831, d. Jan. 27, 1842, Julia A., b. 
March 11, 1833. 

Calvin S. Longley m. Eliza Joy, Oct. 25, 1832. Children, Ann Eliza, 
b. Apr. 23, 1833, (For her children see the Scott family.) Sylvia H. b. 
Sept. 30, 1835, m. John H. Bassett, Persis J. b. Sept. 18, 1837, d. Dec. 

20. 1837, two sons died in Infancy, Cain-ie E. b. Dec. 15, '42, m. Nathan- 
iel Lampson, June 5, '61, d. Apr. 4, '72, Julia M. b. July 6, '45, Flora 
A. b. Mar. 10, '54' m. Nathaniel Lampson, Dec. 24, 1872 

Oliver S. Longley m. 1st Elizabeth Meekins, 2d Mrs. R. A. Kinney. 
His children were, Luther, b. May 12, '49, d. Aug, 12, '52, Sarah J. b. 
Aug. 5, '46, d. Fed. 20, '78, Ella M. b. Aug. 16, '54, d. Apr. 14, '68, 

S. Newell Longley m. Maria Bassett, Aug. 20, '49. Children, Alice 
M, b. Oct. 17, '50, d. Dec. 15, '72, Lizzie A., b. Jan. 23, '53, d. June 21 
'59, Abby L., b. July 14, '55, Harriet L., b. Jan. 17, '60. 

Luther Longley Jr. m. Elizabeth Mc Dougal in 1842 and had one son, 
Oscar Eugene . 

Elijah F. Longley had two children, died young. 



44 HISTORY OF IIAWI.EY. 

Joseph Loiigley, known as "Master Joe," came from Grot on, in 1780. 
He died July 8, 1836, aged 92. His wife Elizabetli d. Feb. 1, 1797. He 
m. Mrs. Lucy Shattiick, Dec. 13, 1797, she d. May 20, 1834. Children, 
Jonas, b. Oct. 25, 1793, d. Sept. 14, 1794, Sally, b. Aug. 28, 1795, d. 
Nov. 10, 1802, Jonas P. d. June 27, 1799, Lyman, b. Mar. 14, 1801, 
Olive, b. Jan. 20, 1803, m. Ira Holden, Oct. 7, 1828, Calvin, b. Jan. 4, 
1805, d. May 26, 1805, Sally 2d, 1). May 5, 180(1, m. C. W. Stanard, Nov 
21, 1826, d, Jan. 12, '76, James S. b. Mar. 4, 1808, Caroline, b. Sept, 
24, 1810, m. J. G. Field, d. '72, Zacliariali, b. Apr. 7, 1814. 

Zimri Longley and Lucy, had Loren, b. Mar. 22, 1794, and two others 
who died in infancy. . His wife d. July -31, 1805, and he afterward m. 
Esther Wood. 

Loren Longley m. Tliankfiil Trii)p, and had Lucy, b. May 5, 1819, 
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 28, 1821, d. July 8, 1822, Lorenzo, b. Oct. 16, 1824, 
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 30, 1826. 

Jonas P. Longley m. Almira Crittenden, Dec. 2, 1818. Children, Sal- 
ly, b Sept. 25, 1820, Olive, b. Sept. 5, 1822, Lyman, b. Aug. 30, 1824, 
Eliza, b. Apr. 7, 1827, m. Elbridge King. 

James Sullivan Longley m. Saphronia Miles, Dec. 9, 1828. Children, 
Lewis, b. Dec. 24, 1830, m. Laura Beals, Luther, b. Apr. 14, 1832, d. 
May 14, 1832, Edwin, b. May 22, 1835. 

Thomas King, b. Jau. 25, 1729, came from Brimfield to Hawley, May 
3, 1772, and located where his son Ezra lived and died. He marrried 
Abigail Warriner, by whom he had Thomas, Jonas, b. Feb 13, 1754, 
Amos and Abigail, twins, b. March 12, 1758, Jotham. b. July 16, 1760, 
Titus, Betsey and Daniel. His wife d and he m. Mercy Vincent, b. 
Jan. 20, 1744, by whom he had John, b. Aug. 5, 1782, Ezra, b. Aug. 1, 
1784. 

ChiUlren of Jonas and Abigail (Leonard) King; Hannah, b. Dec. 14, 
1783, m. Samuel Wheeler, Jonas, b. July 29, 1792. He was the distin- 
guished missionary to Palestine and Greece. 

Amos King m. June 29, 1786, Esther Robinson, b. Jan. 30, 1707, 
Their children were Warriner, b. May 28, 1787, m. Elizabeth Crowcll, 
d. Feb, 27, 1877, Jerusha, b. Nov. 25, 1788, m. Ezra K-ng, d. May 29, 
1882, Esther, b. Dec. 5, 1790 m. 1st Ziba Fenton, 2d Lemuel Lombard, 
in 1837, Lvdia, b. Oct 2, 1792, m. Cliester F. Griggs, d Feb. 24, 1853, 
Minerva, b. Sept. 27 1794, m. Willard Nash and moved to Ohio, Abi- 
gail, b. Apr. 24, 1796, d. July 29, 1800, Roana, b. Apr. 22, 1798, m. 
Dennis Bangs and removed to Central New York, still living, Abigail 2d, 
b. July 25, 1800 m. 1st Jeremiah Taylor, 2d. Stiamer Barton, still living 
Amos Jr., b. Aug. 9, 1802, Joanna, b. Aug. 10, 1804, d. Sept. 19, 1806, 
Samantha, b. Jan. 1, 1807, m. Therou Skeels and went to Ohio. 

Children of Jotham King; Clarissa, b. Dec. 6, 1 786, Sally, b. Juno 
29, 1789, Experience, b. April IH, 1793. 



HISTOKV OF HAWI.EY. 45 

Children of Ezra and Jonislia King; Hiram, b. Aug. 21, 1806, d. 1885, 
Mej-cy, b. June 7, 1808, m. George Rice, lives at North Adams, Joaima, 
b. Jan. 15, 1810, Chloe R. b. Jan. 2H, 1812, m. 1st Elislia Ford, 2d, Mer- 
ritt Jones, Esther, b. March 14, 1814, m. James Ferry and liveb at Staf- 
ford, Ct., Olive B. , b :March 4, 18 Ki, m, Edward Coope, Ezra, b. Dec. 
20, 1817, J.)!m Warrin^r, b. N;)v. io, 1819, Sylvia, b. Oct. 26, 1821, 
Abigail, b. FA). 20, 1823, m. Abi/r Longley and res. in Washington, 
D. C, Mahaleth, b. Oct. 8, 1824, in. NeKsou Joy, Jenisha, m.Henr}' Joy. 

Capt. John King m. Electa Shattuck, July 3, 1817. Children, Electa, 
b. March (3, 1820, Tiiera S., b Oct. 3, 182L, John Vincent, b. June 30, 
18-23, a daughter, b. July 24, 1825, Mary, 1827. 

Timothy Baker came from Sunderland or Conway to Hawley in 1772. 
He was b. May 15, 1748, and was the son of Noah, b. 1719, son of John, 
b. 1680, son of Timothy, b. 1647, sou of E.lward, wlu) came from Eng- 
land in J630. He. m. Abigail Kibbe, b. May 19, 1750. Children, Rufus, 
b. May 7, 177y, Julia, b. Nov. 22, 1774, Hollister, b. Feb. 4,1777, Har- 
mena, b. Oct. 11, 1779, Abigail, b. Dec. 31, 1782, Timothy, b. Feb.lO, 
1784, Ephraim, b. May 11, 1786, Sarah, b. Jan. 10, 1788, Clarissa, b 
May 24, 1790, Sophia, b. Oct. 3, I7y3, m. 1st Edmund Hawks, 2d Jona- 
than Fuller. 

Hollister Baker m. Rebecca C.owell, Oct. 22, 1799. Their children 
were Horace, b. D^c. 11, 1800, m. Apr. 13, I82(i, Mary Ann Curtis, 
Harvey, b. Apr. 30, 1803, m. June '14, 27, Ann Eliza Carter, Rebecca, b. 
Mar. 20, 1805, m. Dec. 11, 1827, Freeman Atkins, Ephraim, b. Nov. 7, 
1807, had three wives, movtd to V\ ibconsin and became wealthy, Hairiet 
b. Feb. 19, 1812, m. Mar. '37, John W. Hawkes, Iloswell, b.Mar, 16, '17, 
m. Oct. 1839, Bathsheba Carter, Charles, b. Apr. 4, 1820, m. May 28, 
1848, Wealthy W. S'.iatluck, Eieda, b. Oct. 1822, m. Nathan Howes, 
Aug 4, 1842. 

Children of Horace and Mary Ann (Curtis) Baker. Eliza, b. June 12, 
1827, m. June 17, '50, Edmund Boals. Henry, b. Mar. 21, 1829, m. 
Lucy Hills, Hollister, b. Oct. 12, 1831, d. '45, Tyler, b. Nov. 11, 1833, 
m. B-tsey Russell, 186(i, James, b. Feb, 6. 1838, m. Harriet Ct)ok, 18G6, 
Nathan, b. Oct. 5, 1841, m. Mai 3- J. Carey, 18(32. 

Children of Harvey and Ann Eliza (Carter) Baker; Dennis W , b. Jan. 
16, 1829, m. Lucretia Viiicent,March 18, 1855, d. in Charlemont, Bridg- 
man C, b. Sept. 3, 1830, removed to Lamoille, 111., and died there, Si- 
las D. b. Aug. 18, 1832, lived two years, Charles F., b. Apr. 27, 1834, 
d. March 20, 1844, Lucius T., b. Apr. 25, I83(i, d. Nov. .30, '53, Noah, 
b. Apr. 3, 1838, killed at the siege of Port Hudson, June 14, '()3, Allen 
C.b . Feb. 3, 1840, Marictte, b. June 3, 1841, m. C. B. Mayhew, Auge- 
line, b. June 3, 1843, Preston, b. Juue 15, '45, resides in Charlemont, 
Martha, b. Oct. 28, 1848, Franklin, b. Oct. 14, 1850. Eliza, b. Aug Ll 
1 853. 



46 HISIOKV OF I'AWIEY. 

Cliildi'en of Roswoll and Bathsheba (Caitur) Baker; Ercda, b. Jan. 4, 
1841, 111. Stephen B. Buddington, Edwin, b. Jan. 18, 1843, druggist at 
Sbell.urnc Falls. 

Riifus Baker m. Olive Hall, Dec. 24, 1795. Their children weie, 
Austin, b. Aug. 20. 1797, Rufus, b. Feb. 8, 1802, m. Eebecca Eicc, 
Olive, b. Apr. 27, 180i, m. Andrew Ford. Aclisah, b. Jan. 10, 1806, m- 
Joim K. Crosby, Timothy, b. Oct. 1807, m. Maria Seats, res. in Adams, 
Ocldvia, b. Aug. 5, 1809, Thomas K., b. Nov. 15, 1811, res. in Spring- 
field, Jcel, b. Nov. 17, 1813, ni. JVIary Dunham, Pliebe, b, June 17, 1816, 
d. Dec. 4, 1828, Abigail, K. b. Apr. 24, 1819, d. Aug. 26, 1848. 

Children of Joel and Mary (Dunl^am) Baker; Rufus, b. Aug. 30, 1839, 
Nathan B., b. July 20, 1841, les. iii Savoy. He was a member of Co. 
E, 52d Mass. Regt. in the Civil War. 

Jonathan Fuller is believed to have come from Lenox about 1785, and 
located where his son Jonathan recently lived. He was b. Aug. 23, 1757, 
Anna, his wife, b. Mar. 29, 1764. Their children were Hannah, b. Apr. 
1, 1786, Daniel, b. Jan 22, 1788, Hol!is, b. Nov. 20, 1789, Jonathan, b. 
May 1, 1792, d. Dec. 18, 1882, Anna, b. >'ay 16, 1794, Orin, b. Apr. 28, 

1796, Shubael, b. July 12, 1798, m. Robinson, moved to Cicero, 

N. Y., Bathshebi, b. M:irch 9, 1801, m. Phillip Perry, Ira. m. 1st Miss 
Leonard, 2d, Mrs. Abigail Elmer, passed t'.ie most of his life in Savoy, 
now lives in Havvljy, Williaii, m. — Miles, reniov-_'d to Ashfield. 

Jonathan F(dler Jr. in. Lucinda Leonard, b. March 9, 1801, and had 
Clark \V. b. Mov 27, 1822, Eliza Ann. b. March 4, 1824, Bathsheba, b. 
Aug. 8, 1826, m. 1st Wells Ayres, 2d, Levi Hawkes, Clark W. 2d, b. 
April 1, 1829, m. Sarah Larkins, res. in Boston. His wife d. and he m. 
Mrs, Sophia Ilawkes, Dec. 17, '85 by whom he ha 1 Lorinda H. b. Sept. 
20, 1836, in. Oct 10 ISJo, John C. Beals, and d. Nov. 27, 1858. 

Children of Wells and Bathsheba (Fuller) Ayres; Flora, b. June 14, 
1851, d. young, Anna, b. May 18, 1853, m. Albeit E. Marsh, resides in 
Northampton, Cary C, b, Aug. 8, 1860. 

Abisha Rogers came from the eastern part of the state and settled in 
Bozrah. He was b. Feb. 1, 1762. Betsey, his wife was b. June 28, 
1765, their children were, Cynthia, b. Sept. 2, 1786, Micah,b. Aug. 22, 
1788, Sally, b. Nov. 27, 1790, Molly, b. Mar, 15, 1793. 

Elihu Russell, b. July 30, 1768, Miriam his wife b. Dec. 10, 1775, 
their children were, Levi, b. Jan. 13, 1791, Betty, b. Apr. 4,1793, Elihu, 
b. Mar. 30, 1795. 

Wm. Farnsworth, b, Nov. 15, 1766, Delight, liis wife b. Mar. 6, 1768, 
Children, Aaron, b. Aug. 21, 1791, Tirzah, b. Mar. 30, 1793. 

Daniel Burt came, 1771, settled east of the old burying-ground, at his 
house the first Thanksgiving was held, b. Sept. 19, 1730, Margaret his 
wife was b. Dfcc. 27, 1727, Dai.iel, their son, b. Mar. 2, 1764. 



HISTORY OF I'AWr.EY. 47 

Ot1i«r cliil.Irou of Abislia Eogers; Abia, b. Aug. 22, 1788, Ellis, b. 
Feb. 8, 1795, Natbauiel, b, Jan. 29, 1797, Betsey, b. Apr. 22, 1799, m. 
Alhei-ton Hiiut Mar. :!0, 1826, Eli;)s, b. Feb. 10, 1801, Simeon, b. Apr. 
2o, 1803, Electa, b. Sept, 26, 1806, Moses, b. Apr. 12, 1809, Sarah H. 
b. Feb. 7, 1811. 

Ebenezer Hall came early and settled wliei-e Sylvester Itice lives. He 
was b. Mar. 21, 1759, Lydia. his wife b. Sept. 2, 1760. Children, Eliza- 
beth, b. Nov. 2, 1788, Keziah, h. July 28, 1785, m. Nov. i29, 1810, Eufus 
Hall, Lydia, b. Mar 30, 1787, Ebe-jezer, b. May 27, 1788, Esther, b. 
July 4, 1787, d. Sept. 18, 1866, John, b. May 9, 1793, m. Oct. 1818, 
Ruth Bangs, Polly, b. Oct. 8, 1796, Achsah, b. Dec. 16, 1799, Samuel, 
b. Sept, 11, 1802, m. 1st Azubah Howes, 2d Deborah Carter, d. Jan. 26 
1877. Their children wen- Ebtiiczer, 1). Ar.j;. l2, 1830, d. m 111. A 
daughter b. Mar. 7. 1832, Samuel M. b. Jan. 9, 1841, killed in the war, 
Emily A. b. Oct. 23,1842, m. Moses M. Maiitor, Apr. 2:J, 1861, Thomas 
A. b. July 2, 1844, d. iu the army. Lewis J. b. May 19 1846, Julia A. 
b. Mar, 21, 1848, m. Charh s Crittenden, June 22, 1870, d. May 22, '82, 
Mary E. b. Sei)t. 8, 1850, Laura J., b. Mar. 20, 1856. 

Children of EbeuezLvr Hall, Jj., Themis A., b. Sept. 2, 1813, Wash- 
bnrne b. July 25, 1815, Sophia, b. Oct. 6, 1817, Moses Smith, b. Mar. 
1, 1824. 

Silas Parkfr, b. Sept. 5, 1770, Sarah, his wife, b. June 17, 1768, their 
cliildreu were Cephas, b. D( c. 12, 1788, Phebe, b. Apr. 22, 1789, Silas, 
b. Oct. 2, 1790, Sihel, b. Nov. 2, 1792. 

Abiaham Ptirker came from Wliately, was one of the early settlers, b. 
May :J0, 1751, m. April 8, 1783, Abigail Im'-ram, b. Aug. 12, 1753. 
Of their children but tw<) grew to maturity, Abiaham, b. Dec. 7, 1792, 
Samuel, b. Dec, 16, 179S. 

Abiahiim Parker Jr. staj-ed on the old homestead, m. Achsah Howes, 
b. Dec. 27, 1784. Children, Lois, b. Aug. 14, 1812, ni. Liouard Marsh 
Lucretia, b. July 4, '14, Betsey S., b. Aug. 22, '16, in. William Ingram, 
Chapman H., b. July 3, 1819, m. Esthei Gurney, d. Dee. 15, 1863, Lu- 
cretia B.. b. Jan. 5, 1822, James M., b. Feb. 25, 1824, Abbie I., b, Jan. 
17, 1826, m. Elijah Gibbs, Abraham 3d, b. April 3, 1831, m. Ellen S. 
Phipps, resides in Amherst. 

James M. Parker, m. Orilla P. Ingram, Oct, 4, 1848, and had Alvau H. 
b. May 25, 1852, Herbert M. b. Aug. 13, 1861, and had two daughters 
died young. His wife d. June 29, 1886, and he m. Mrs. Mary Biayman, 
Nov. 4, '71, by whom he had Wilber E. b. '72, Charles S. b. '74. 

Nathaniel Parker, b. Dec. 14, 1741, Martha, his wife b. Se-ot. 14, '41, 
their children were James, b. Oct. 10, 1766, William, b. Jan. 19, 1769, 
Katharine, b. Aug. 11, 1771, Mary, Oct. 10, 1776, Nathaniel, b. May 19* 
1779, Esther, b. Oct. 16, 1781, Baui, b. Apr. 29, 1781, Abel, b. Mar. 5', 
.1788. 



48 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 

Asa Parker b. Fvh 13, 1778, Eliznbetli, liis wife, b. Aug. 16, 1760, 
Ciuldreii. Emma, b. March 19, 1793, Pliila, b. Dec. 10, 1794, Betsey, b. 
April 17, 1797, TliDra. b. Jan. 11, 1799. 

Zonas Parker, son of William and Meliit ible, b. July 11, 1796, Meliit- 
r.blj, b. Jnu.- 16, 1799, Flntijla, b. Sept. 27, 1801, William, b. June 25, 
1S04, Calvi:., b. May 10, 1809, Loi^., b. ^March 4, 1811, Lydia, b. July 
4, 1813, El<az.r, b. March 20, 1798. 

Simiicl Hitchcock was ona i.f the first four families which came to 
Hawlcy, in 1771, aud located uear the old burying ground. He was b. 
T>^c. 16, 1744, his wife. Thankful, b. Sept. 1, 1746. Their children were 
Ethan, b. Oct. 18, 1773, the first birth in town. He lived to a very ad- 
vanced age, and died at Shelburne Falls, Samuel, b. Apr. 6, 1775, Kuth 
b. July 8, 1776, Pliny, b. :< .v. lO, 1779, Urbane, Dec. 1, 1781, became 
a Congregational clergyman. Thankful, b. June 24, 1783, Asenath, b. 
Oct. 15, 1784, Erasuis, b. Oct. 18, 1787, Eli, b. Feb. 2, 1789. 

Children of Ethan iiitcliccck; Clarissa, b. Feb. 28, 1794, Rhoda, b. 
Jan. 2:3, 1796, Quartus, b. Dtc. 31, 1797, En, b. Nov. 27, 1800, Asenath 
b. Aug. 19, 1803, liomm >ud, b. Apr. 9, 1809, Ethan, b. Dec. 10, 1812. 

Arthur Hitchcock came early and settled where his grandson, Joseph 
A. lives. He was b. Sept. 5, 1751, Lucy, hii ^/dc, b. Jan. 8, 1759, their 
children weje Lucy, b. Oct. 31, 1779, Aithur, b. Mar. 3, 1783, Lucinda, 
b. Jan. 1, 1785, iSar.di,b. Feb. 25, 1787, Lois, b. S.'pt, 6, 1789, Simeon, 
b. Jan. 28. 1792, Nancy, Apr, 7, 1794, Polly, b. Oct. 6, 1796, Hemau, b. 
Sept. 25, 1799, m. May 1827, Elizabeth Thayer, b. July 5, 1804, 

'ihevr children were Joseph A. b. July 15, 1828, m. May 30, 1861. Em- 
ily M. Baine.s, Emily T. b. July 26, 1832, lives in Vt. Juliette, b. June 
18, 18o8, lives in Conway, Oramel C, b. Mar. 26, 1841. Children of 
Jos.'ph A. and Emily (B irues) Hitciicock. A daughter b. July 26, '64, 
lived five weeks, Ciara E. b. Aug. 10, 1865, Preston W. b. Nov. 18, 
1872, Cora A. b. Jan. 11, 1877. 

Z.-nas Bangs came from Dennis about 1786, and settled where Francis 
W. Atkins lives. He was b. May :J, 1763, Euth, his wife, b. Sept. 25, 
1762. Chil.lreu, Orrni, b. May 28, 1786, Rebecca, b. Dec, 8, 1787, Allen 
b. June 27, 1789, Zeuas, b. March 25, 1791, David, b. Sept. 25, 1792, 
Dennis, b. June 25, 1764, m. Roana King, Lewis, b. July 18, 1798, 
Ruth, b. June 6, 1799, m. John Hall, Luke, b. May 11, 1801, Mi.ry, b. 
July 16, 1804. 

Zyuas Bangs Jr. m. Nabby Crosby, Oct. 23, 1806. Children, Samuel 
L. b. July 8, 1808, Nabby, b. May 1, 1810. 

Joseph B:ings, b. July 5, 1757, Desire, his wife, b. Aug. 24, ] 760. 
Children, Phebe, b, Sept. 5, 1779, Joseph, b. Oct. 10, 1783, Desire, b. 
Dec. 9, 1785, Sarah, b. Jan. 6, 1788, Polly, b. Feb. 28, 1790, Jonathan, 
b. Feb. 9, 1792, Sabra, b. Feb. 10, 1794, Olive, b. June 8, 1796, Wash- 
ington, b. Oct. 16, 1798, Freeman S. b. July 11, 1804. 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 49 

V Elijah Marsh came to Hawley before 1800, aod settled half a mile east 
of the Town farm He was the sixth generation from John Marsh, who 
came from England and settled in Hartford, Ct., in 1639. He was b. in 
Conway, FeV*. 8, 1777. m. Tamzin Howes, May 27, 1800, d. May 1814. 
Their children were Emily b. Aug. 5, 1801, d. May 1810, Loron, b. Nov. 
9, 1803, m. Julia Rice, now living in Riccville Pa. Sylvanus, b. May 16, 
1805, d. Aug. 19, 1844, Luther, b. May 30, 1809, m. Susan Breed of 
Hawley, Aug. 22, 1832, Tamziii, b. June 28, 1812, removed to Wayne, 
Pa. m. Pliilander Miller. Elijah's wife d. and he m. 2d Elizabeth Alden, 
Sept. 8, 1814, the sixth geuer itiou from John Alden who came over in the 
Mayflower in 1620. Their children were Martha A. b. May 31, 1815, d. 
June 10, 1837, Elijah Jr. b. Apr. 23, 1817, d. Apr. 27, 1834, Emily, b. 
Apr. 20, 1820,d. Feb. 14, 1844, Joseph, b. May 26, 1822, removed to 
Whately, m. July 20, 1848, Mary E. Jenny, wlio d. Nov. 28, 1848, m. 
2d, June 6, 1860, Mary C. Parsons. He now resides in Northampton, 
and is a bookseller. (We are indebted to him for these records.) Jona- 
than, b. July 27, 1824, m. Harriet L. Miller, resides in Corry, Pa. 

Ephraim Marsh lived in the old sixth school district. His children 
were Proctor, b. Nov. 9, 1795, became a Methodist minister, Mary, b. 
Sept. 8, 1798, Ephraim, b. Nov. 17, 1801, Wilder, b. March 20, 1804, 
Hannah, b. March 16, 1806, Polly, b. Jan. 11, 1808, Leonard, b. May 15 
1811, Polly, 2d, b. Feb. 14, 1813, Emily, b. July 16, J814, Abuer, b. 
Jan. 12, 1816, m. Loe Rice, Theodore, b. Mar. 30, 1818, Susanna, b. 
Nov. 22, 1819. 

Leonard Maish remained where his father lived until a few years ago, 
when he removed to Amherst. He m. Lois Parker; his children were 
Jane A., b. Sept. 28, 1834, Theodore C, b. Mar. 30, 1838, Albeert E. b. 
Dec. 20, 1840, m. Anna Ayres and resides in Northampton, Lucretia, b. 
June 12, 1843, Joel W., b. Jan. 20, 1846, Achsah S., b. Jan. 17, 1858. 

Calvin 0..kes c ime early and settled in Pudding Hollow. His children 
were William, b. May 26, 1788, Ctlvin, b. May 26 1790, Gary, b. Sept, 
12, 1792, Isaac, b. June 10, 1795. bL-ca ne a Cmgregational minister, 
David, b. June 21, 1797, Caleb, b. June 29, 1801. 

Children of William Oakes, Geo. W., b. Oct. 23, 1813, Eliza, b. Mar, 
12, 1815. 

John Oak(is b. May 7, 1769, Mercy, his wife, b. March 13, 1773, their 
children were Abigail, b. July 24, 1797, Sally, b. June 1, 1799, John, b. 
March 26, 1804, Joel, b. Feb. 1806, Avery, b. Jan. 20, 1808, Luther, b. 
April 7, 1810, Levi, b. Sept. 2.3, 1811. 

Timothy Worthingtou, b. Jan. 2, 1757, Olive, his wife, b. Dec. 2, 1763 
Children, Samuel, b. March 4, 1789, John, b. May 28, 1791, Timothy, 
b. Jan. 5, 1794, Sally, b. June 28, 1796, Elisha, b Oct. 19, 1797, Ansel, 
b. Nov. 4, 1801, Ansel 2d, b. Dec. 25, 1804. 



50 HISTORY OF IIAWLEY. 

Henry Look, b. May 19, 1703, Hepzibah, Lis wife b. Oct. 19, 1764, 
their children were Marshall, b. Nov. 8, 1786, Eoxana, b. Apr. 14, 1789^ 
Betty, b. July 4, 1791, Mordecia, b. Dec. 1, 1793. 

Rufus Sears, known as Dea. Sears, when a boy of 11 years came from 
Dennis with Joseph Bangs soon after 1780, and Uved to a very advanced 
age. (Sec Sketches and Incidents.) His wife's name was Priscilla, and 
their children Avtre Vienna, b. Jan. '2o, 1795, Nathaniel, b. Aug. 3, '96, 
Priscilla, h. March 25, 1798, Dai i.d, b. Jan. 31, 1800, Eufus, 2d b. Dec. 
23, 1803, Anthony, b. Aug. 18, 1805, Piiseilla, b. Mar. 8, 1807, Maria, 
b. Apr. 10, 1806, m. Timothy Baker, resides in Adams, Predericlt H. 
b. June 25,1811, stayed on the old homeste;.d, Benjamin, b. Mar. 15, 
1814. He made edge tools at one lime in Williamsbui'g, and died at a 
recent date. 

Anthony Sears lived at Fullerville, m. Lovina Sprague, May 4, 1828. 
Their children were Rufus, b. March 15, 1829, d. Dec. 27, 1850, at 
Farmington, Ct. His remains were brought home and buried at West 
Hawley. In connection with his funeral, Jan. 5, 1851, Rev. John East- 
man delivered a half-century sermon, which was ptiblished in pamphkt 
form, by request of a niimber of parishioners. Jane M. b, Jan. IG, 
1833, m. Joseph R. Vicing, d. in early UL; Lewis E. b. June 7, 1838, m. 
Lucy Starks, and resides in Plainfield, Maiia, b. Nov. 3, 1842, d. in 
early life, Edwin, lives on the (-Id homestead. 

Frederick H. Sears lives on the old homestead, m. Mar. 3, 1836, Re- 
becca Sears. Their children were Henry F. b. Dec. 25, 1836, graduate 
of Amherst, now a teacher in Boston. Mary E. b. May 28, 1839, was 
once an eminent teacher, Freeman B. b. May 10, 1842, Harriet M. b. 
Apr. 15, 1850, Amelia I. b. Oct. 7, 1851, Chas. F. b. May 4, 1856, and 
lives with his parents. 

Alvan Sears came from Dennis before 1800, and settled on West Hill. 
He wash. Sept. 26. 1775, Bethiah Howes, his wife, b. Nov. 5, 1777. 
Their children wi re SeHi, b. July 27, 1801, the oldest native oi the town 
living there, Alvan, b. Jan. 8, 1804, Abigail b, Jan. 9, 1806, ra. 1st Hor- 
ace Elmer, 2d Ira Fuller, Edmund, b. Mar. 26, 1808, Joshua, b. July 19, 
1809, Urbane, b. Aug. 2, 1813, Vienna, b. Apr, 22, 1816, lives at West 
Hawley, Desire, b. July 22, 1819, Edmund 2d b. May 22, 1822. 

Urbane Sears remained in West Hawley till the time of his death, 
which occurred April 6, 1875. He m. Mrs. Tryphosa Hawkes, Apr. 18, 
1838. Their children were Martha T., b. May 22, 1839, m. Wills Vin. 
cent and res. in Hawley, Edmund H., b. Nov. 2, 1841, d. in the army, 
EllaC, b. Oct. 18, 1849, m. Lewis W. Temple, Sept. 12, 1871, res. in 
Hawley, George W. , b. May 18, 1855, m, Jennie H. Houston, Oct. 28, 
1879, and lives on the homestead with his mother, Clara B., b. Apr. 29, 
1857, m. and lives in Deerfield. 



HISTOEY OF HAWLEY. 51 

Rdwlaod Sears came from Dennis about 1786 and settled on the north 
line of the town, where Lewis AV. Temple lives. His son Benjamin suc- 
ceeded liim on the same farm. His children were Lydia b. Oct. 25, 
1813, Rebecc>i, b. Nov. 5, 1815, m Fiederick H. Sears, Harriet, b. Jan. 
18, 1818, m. Rodolphus Hawkes, Mary, b. Apr. 19, 1820, Benjamin, b. 
Apr. 16, 1822. He als'i succeeded his father and grandfather on the 
homestead, m. Louisa Atkius, Oct. 10, 1848, and d. Fe'\ 11, 1870. leav- 
ing no children. Eiizabetli, b. Apr. 22, 1824. 

Aldon Sears was b. in Ban. stable, .July 2:!, 1774, came to Hawley in 
Mar. 1795,. Hem. barah Crosby, Nov. 19, 1801. Their children were 
Ansel, b. May 25, 1803, riirah, b. May 25, 1805, Oliver, b. Jan. 22, 
1807, Joshua, b. Sept. 18, 1808, AMen, b. May 17, 1810, Sarah, b. Apr. 
29, 1812, Ebemzer, b June 15, 1815, m. Cordelia Tales. Childieu, Al- 
bert F. b. Mar. 10, 1840, m. Sarah A. Wihia.ns and has a daughter Edith 
b. Sept. 16, 1875, James F. b. Feb. 9, 1845. 

Children of Rowland and Persis Sears; Thankful, b. May 31, 1806, 
Persis, b. Mar. 1, 1809, Rowland, b. July 20, 1811, Mercy, b. May 8, 
]813. Rowland, b. Srpt. 16, 1815, Joseph, b. May 28, 1818, Sylvester, 
b. May. 6, 1821, 

Sylvester Sears m. Persis Hall, Sept. 17, 18l2. Children, Olive, b. 
July 22, 1817, Emily, b. June 17, 1819. 

Levi Hoklen was b. in Shirley, Mass., in 1767. He went to Langdon, 
N. H., m. and buried a wife there, by whom he had two sons, Ira and 
Joeseph. His 2d marriage was Jan. 9, 1800, to Mary Longley. His 
children by this marriage were Lydia, b. Apr. 10, 1804, Elizabeth, b. 
Aug. 6. 1806, Levi, h. Jime 2, 1807, the first Holden b. in Hawley. Ma- 
ry, b. June 10, 1809, Dorothy, b. Jan. 28, 1811, Olive, b. Oct. 24, 1812, 
Lucy, P. b. July 30, 1814, Jonas, b. May 30, 1816. 

Ira Holdeu m. Olive Longl-y, Oct. 7, 1824. Children, Olive, b. July 
6, 1825, Heury A. b. June 30, 1827, resides in Hawlev. Cooley L. b. 
Mar. 16, 1829, Olive, 2d b. June 3, 1831, Asa, b. Feb. 23, 1833, m. 
Martha E. Hunt, ri >. in Hawley. Fieenian, b. July 31, 1837, Eliza E. 
b. July 31, 1840, Francis, b. Sept. 3, 1843. 

Levi Holden Jr. m. Annie Joy, Oct. 6, 1835. Tliiir children were 
Ellen A. b. Apr. 5, 1838, m. Henry Clark, res. in Hawky. Merrick J. 
b. May '40, ni. Rebecca Mason, res. in Adams. Eliza L. b. Aug. 15, 
'43, m. H. W. Stockwell, Charles N. b. Sept. 20, '47, res. in Plaiufield, 
Frank b. Dec. 31, 1856. His wife Ann'e, d, J.-.n. 17, 1857, and he m. 
2d Mrs. Lucy S. Bennett, Dec. 2, 1858. He d. Aug. 23, 1886. 

Elisha L. Chirk renujved to Hawley, Apr. 9, 1811, He wa« b. Sept, 8, 
1786, m. Maiy W. Allis, June 14, 1810, d. July 19, 1862. Children, 
Samuel A. b. Apr. 24, 1812, lives in Hawely. Elijah D. b. Dec, 22, '15, 
d. Jan. 21, 1816, Lucius L. b. Nov. 29, 1816, d. Dec. 15, 1884, Elisha 



52 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

L., b. June 1, 1818, d. Aug. 9, 1851, Thomas D., Sept. 18, 1815 d. 
Apr. 25, 1871, Jonathan G. b. Mar. 22, 1829, d. Nov. 8, 1860, Tyler T. 
b. Nov. 13, 1834, d. May 16, i860. 

Samuel A. Clark m. Clarissa Williams of Ashfield, b. Apr. 5, 1817. 
Their children were Alb.rt B. b. Nov. 24, 1838, served in the 10th Begt. 
in the civil war, lives m Hawley, Mary A. b. June 1 1841, George D. b. 
July 19, 1843, d. Sept. 3, l863,Elislia L. b. Sept. 6, 1845, Samuel A. b. 
Sept. 17, 1847, Clara A. b. Jan. 11, 1850, Tyler T. b. Nov 20, 1852. 
Samuel A. Clark m. 2d, Mrs. Lucy W. Packard, June 16, 1853. 

Phineas Clark, b. Aug. 20, 1751, Jemima, his wife, b. Mar. 1741. 
Children, Bufut, b. May 2, 1786, Moses, b. Apr. 23, 1788, Alpheus, b. 
Oct. 22, 1790, Amasa, b, Dvc. 21, 1792, Sylvester, b. Mar. 20, 179H, Clar- 
issa, b. Apr. 10, 1798, Jemima, b. Mar. 11, 1801, Sylvia, b. Nuv. 15, 
1803, Phineas, b. Aug. : 0, 1806. 

Joseph Howes, b. May 1 1, 1770. m. Nov. 16, 1808, Elizabetli Sears, 
b. Dec. 27, 1781. Their chihlieu were Bowhiud, b. Nov. 26, 1809, Jo- 
seph Jr., b. Jan. 23, 1811, Mercy, b. Feb. 18, 1812, Henry, Nov. 9, 1813 
Franklin, b. Nov. 28, 1816, Elizabeth, b. Jan. 16, 1818, Elijah B., b. 
June, 1822, m. Mary Jane Simons, and lives in Hawley. 

Henry Howes m. June 1836, Lucy A. Simons, and lives in Cheshire. 
Their children were Lucy A., b. May 6, 1838, m. Frank Mas(m, Lovina 
b. Feb. 4, 1840, m. Charles N. Harlow, and lives iu Northampton, Weal- 
thy L. b. Jan. 13, 1842, Augusta M. b. Apr. 21, 1846, William H. b. 
Mar. 14, 1848, lives with his parents, Edgar, b. March 8, 1850, Fannie, 
b. Nov. 13, 1852, Charles, b. Feb. 28. 1854. 

Children of Edmund and Abiah Howes; Bosweli F. b. Aug. 18, 1815, 
Cynthia, b. Mar. 2, 1817, Fanny W. b. Nov, 5, 1818, Rosamond H. b. 
Dec. 30, 1820, Henry N. b. Mar. 23, 1823. 

Rev. Anson Dyer m. Mercy Howes, Aug. 1, 1833. Children, Elizabeth, 
b. July 10, 1834, m. Chester Elmer, Mercy A. b. Oct. 14, 1836, Joseph, 
May 20,1838, Benjamin F. b. May 15, 1841, Harriet A. b. June 11, '43. 

John Vincent m. Lucretia Howes and came to Hawley about 1828, 
where he lived till his death, March 4, 1873. He was prominent and 
influential in public affairs, held all the highest offices in the gift of the 
town, was for a long time a Justice of the Peace, iind for stveinl terms 
represented liis town an 1 district iu the State Legislature. His children 
were Eliza A., b. July 10 1828, m. Amos Stetson, Willis, b. Dec. 1, 18- 
29, m. Martha T. Sears, lives at the homestead, Lucretia, b. Aug. 26, 
1831, m. Dennis W. Baker, Morris, b. Mar. 23. 1833, is a farmer at 
Milan, Mich., Mark H. b. July 20, 1834, m. Emma A. Brackett, lives at 
West Hawley, Sarah b. b. Mar. 13, 1837, Albert, served in the 37th 
Regt. in tlie war, was several limes promoted, and came home v.itha 
captain's commission, now a tiavelliug salisman for agiicultuial tools at 
Sterling, III, Flora A. b. Dec. 31, 1346, m. T. M. Carter of Williamsburg. 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 53 

Nafchan Vincent, brother of John, m. Sarah Curtis, had one son, Isaac 
C, b. Mar. 2, 1844, m. Delia Carter, and lives in West llawley. 

Children of Johhua Vincent; Joel, b. Aug. 8, 1822, Esther, b. Jan. 28, 
1824, Thomas, b. Nov. 18, 1825, Joshua, b. March 8, 1827, MaryE., b. 
Jan. 24, 1829, Micajah H., b. Nov. 7, 1830, Eebecca, b. Dec. 20, 18:^4. 

vAVarh am Stiles, b. July 25, 1772, m. Sarah Nelson, b. Feb. 23, 1781. 
They cam ■ from Weslfield to Hawley a little before 1800, and settled on 
West Hill. Their children were Rdwhind, b. July 8, 1800, Warren, b. 
May 19, 1802, Garner, b. May Kl, 1804, settled in Hawley, d. Mar. 28, 
1871, Alva, b. July 5, 1806, Sarah, b. Apr. (5, 1808, Sarah 2d b. March 
12, 1810, Martin, b. May 17, 1812, lived at North Adams, Roxey, b. 
Mar. 23, 1814, Nelson, b. Mar. 23, 1816, Horace, b. July, 10, 1819, Tir- 
zah, b. Apr; 27, 1821, m. Sanderson E. Carter and settled in Hawley, 
Polly, h. Feb 23, 1823, Lucy, b. Feb. 28, 1827, m. Chas. Peck, Row- 
land, b. Apr. 15, 1831, lives on the homestead. 

Children of Garner Stiles; William, lJarri<'t, John, b. Jan. 8, 1833, 
Harvey, b. Mar. 8, 1836, Fanny, m. Alouzo F. Turner, Mary J., m. 
Charles Anthony, Cornelia, b. Aug. 13, 1844, m. Samuel T. Hortou, d. 
July 8, 1886. 

R<v. Jonathan Grout m. Polly Taylor of Buckland, Sept. 27, 1795. 
Their children were Polly, b. May 22, 1798, Saplironia, b. July 12, 1800. 
Jonathan. I). Mar. 26, 1 802, Samuel T. b. Apr. 14, 1804, lived in Hawley 
until a few ytsars ago when he removed to DeeiHeld and lives with his 
three daughters, Esther, b. Aug. 7, 1806, Joseph Merriam, b. July 
31, 1808, drowned, June, 1823, Henry T. b. Aug. 7, 1810, d. June 12, 
1886, Surah H. b. Oct. 6, 1812. 

Samuel Taylor Grout m. May 9, 1826, Laura Joy. Their children were 
Laura Alfreda, b. April 13, 1827, m. Ist Justin B. Warriner, 2d Christo- 
pher A. Stebbins, lives at Deerfleld, Thaxter P., b. Dec. 2, 1829, Hannah 

J., b. Mar 20, 1832, Mary P., b, Aug. 13, 1834, m. Warfleld, lives 

at Deerfleld, and has the care of Memorial Hall, Jonathan, b. Feb. 22, 
1837, Lucy E. b. Feb. 3, 1839, m. Henry Childs, station agent on the 
Connecticut River railroad, Jonathan 2d, b. Dec. 21 1842, MosesW., b. 
Dec. 26, 1845, Henry T. b. Dec. 25, 1850. 

Joseph Easton b. May 23. 1767, Mary, his wife, b. June 7, 1766. Chil- 
dren, :V!ary, b. Sept. 8, 1786, John, b. Dec. 8, 1790, James, b. April 2, 
1795, Josepli, b. Sept. 15, 1797, Justus, b. July 30, 1799, Alexander, b. 
Sept. 25, 1801, Orlando, b. July 8, 1803, Luinan, b. April 23, 1806. 

Elisha Wells, b. July 30, 1747, Emma his wife, b. July 20, 1753, Em- 
ma, b. Apr. 16, 1772, Suah, b. Nov. 12, 1773, Jonathan, 1). Oct. 11, '76, 
Thaddeus, b. Jan. 12, 1779, Nabby, b. Jan. 22, 1782, Sabra, b. Apr. 5, 
1784, Elisha, b. June 19. 1786, Emil;!, b. June 2, 1788, Clarissa, b. Dec. 
3, 1790, Riilb, b Aug. 4, 1793. 



154 HISTOUY UF HAWIEY. 

John Lascombe settled in tlie cast part of the town, probably before 
1800. He was dfPcribed as linving eccentiicities peculiar to himself. 
Before coming to Ua« ley, lie WMS a preai ht-r, and very earnest in the 
cause, but afterward "tell from grace," and used to say that he had prea- 
ched the everlasting gospel for fifteen years and had told a lie all the 
time. His childrfu were Francis W. b. Oct ](>, 1819, Olive, b. Apr. 8, 
1821, Samupl Dorr, b June '27, 1822, resides in Milwankie, Wis., John 
Wesley, b. Mar. 8, 1824. 

Wm. Mclntyre is believed to liavc settled in the south part of the 
town in the tract afterward set off to Plainfield, as he ajipears to have 
been one of the early residents of thai town. He was b. Mar. 1, 1754, 
Rosannuh, his wife, b. Jan. 14, 1756; childr(n, Betsey, b. Dec. 26, 1778, 
Thomas, b Dtc. 22, 1780, Wiliiam, b. Feb.' 2, 1783, Zimri, b. Oct. 2, 
1784. Anna, b. Aug. 25, 1786, M i jor, b. May 3, 1789, Annanias. b. May 
1, 1791. 

Jonas Rice came from Barre, Mass., about 1785, and settled in the 
King Corner district. He was b. Oct. 5, 1756, Abigail, his wife, b. 
Sept. 23, 1764. She was accredited among her neighbors as being i^os- 
scssed of certain powers of witchcraft, and some unaccountable circum- 
stances were supposed to be he attributed to her influence. Their chil- 
dren were Jonas, b. Mar. 22, 1784, Ansel, b. Oct. 26, 1787, Oliver, b. 
March 21, 1790, m. Desire Taylor, settled in Plainfield, where he d., Or- 
pha, b. Feb, 24, 1796, Jonas 2d, b. July 24, 1798, Abigail, b. June 8, 
1800, Sylvanus, b. Mar. 14, 1803, Zeruah, b. Sept. 24, 1805, m. John 
Braymon, and settled in Ashfield, where she died. 

Sylvanus Rice I enjained on the homestead where his children were 
born, making two generations reared on the place. He m. Clarissa Car- 
penter of Savwy. Children, Clarissa J., Rosina, m. Cushman I. Fuller, 
Elmina, b. Jan. 28, 1832, Julia A., b. Dec. 5, 1833, Newell S., b. Oct. 
28, 1836, m. Enaliue Slarks, and resides in Ohio. He was the first to 
enlist from Hawley in the War of the Rebellion, going out in the 10th 
Regt. in the spring of 1861, re -enlisted as a veteran, and served through 
the entire war. Almon M., b. Dec. 9, 1839. He was possessed of a great 
desire for romance, went on several wlialing voyages, and died on the 
island t)f Australia. While there hes<nt home a box of sea-shells and otli- 
er curiosities, wliich was nine months in reaciiing his parents. Mary F. , 
b. Jan. 13, 1843, m. 1st, Victor A. Bassett, 2d, Daniel Ingraham, and 
res. in Savoy, Ansel, b. May 4, 1846, d. in infancy, His wife, Clarissa, 
d. May 7, 1846, and he m. Philinda Bassett of Cummington, d. Aug. 7, 
1867. Mr. Ric- d. June 9, 1860. 

Daniel Hice m. Sarah Brown, and st ttlec. near the bi,v>.y line sometime 
about 1800. Ciiihlren, Lydia, m. Benjamin F. Remingion, Stallham, 
Charlotte, Baiihronia, Charlany, b. Sept. 22, 1809, Champion U. h. Se| t. 
17, 1811, Joanna, b. Sept. 6, 1813, Sarah C. b. Sept. 2, 1815, Daniel, b. 
April 15, 1818. 



HISTORY >>P HAWLEY. ")."■) 

Champion B. Rice stayed on the homestead, ni. Jane Holiis of Wind- 
sor, had Harlan H., drowned Auo-. 18, 1858, and RoswcU G., a tinner in 
Conway. 

Capt. Lutl)er Rice, brother of Daniel, settled first at Hallockville, 
having bought of Simeon Crittenden, afterward settled and built whore 
Alonzo F. Turner lives. His children emigrated west at different times, 
himself and wife afterward joininu them tiiere, where they died. Chil- 
dren, Irene, b. Aug. J6, 1816, ni. John J. Cook, Luther, b. Jan. 20, 
1818, Clarissa, b. March 31, 182u, Calvin, b. Feb. 2, 1823, Loe, b. 8ept. 
20, 1824, m. Abner Marsh, Sylvester H., b. Jan. 15, 1828, m. Elizabeth 
J. Smith, Hannah M., b. Sept. 19, 1830, m. Nicholas Dubey. 

Moses Rice m. Molly Hi)wes, and they w. re tiaut-ient residents. Their 
children were Rebecca, b. -Tulv 13, 1801, in. Rufiis Baker, Zelotus, b. 
March 17, 1808, M<'Ses, b. Dee. 6, :S05, Phebe, b. July 15, 1809, Zelo- 
tus 2d, b, June 8, 1811, Maii.tta, b. Aug. 10, 1813, Roana. b. May 10, 
1816, Levi, b Sept. 2S, 1818, Abi-ail. b. April 4, 1821, John W., b. 
April 29, 182:J. 

Elias Rice lived in Pudding Hollow; children, Rnth, b. Apr. 14, 1818, 
Emory, b, Nov. 1, 1820, Sylvester, b. Nov. 10, 1822. 

Children of Russell and Hannah Hunt; Joseph, b. Sept. 22, 1822, 
Charity, b. July 2, 1825, m. John Taylor, d. in 1880, Hannah, b. June 

6, 1828, m. Harvey Hadlock, Ruth, b. Jan. 2fi, 1830, m. Austin Beals, 
and lives at North Adams, Betsey, b. June 11. 1832, Russell F. b. June 
8, 1834, killed in the war, a few days before his term of enlistment ex- 
pired, James, b. Aug. 9, ISSfJ, Elisha, b. Oct. 12, 1839, Ebenezer, b. 
Dec. 23, 1840, Aseuath. 

Atherton Hunt has always lived wliere he was born. May 29, 1804, 
has always been a sound, substantial < itizen, and at the age of 83 he is 
reaping the reward of a life of temperance, sobriety and firm integrity. 
He m. Betsey Rogers, March 30, 1826. Tlieir children weie Moses R., 
b. Dec. 29, 1826, Henry, b. Aug. 5, 1831, d. in consequence of exposure 
in the army, and biried in the family lot at Hawley, Martha E., b. Feb. 
15, 1834, m. Asa Holden, and resides in Hawley, Josiah H., b. Dec, 26, 
1835, m. Laura Richards of Plainfield, is a real estate broker in Topeka, 
Kan 8a.s, Lucius, b. May 2('', 1839, remains on the honie,>5tead with his 
father, seived in the 52d Regt. is u(.w Town Clerk, Mary E., b. Sept. 
22, 1841, lives with her father, Johu, b. Jan. 18, 1845. 

Lucius Hunt m. Isl, Dec. 28, 1868, Sarah E. Holden, and had George 
W., b. Oct. 4, 18H9, Lizzie J., u. Sept. 2, 1871. His wife, Sarah, d. 
March 21, 1878, aud he m. Aug. 19, 1882, Hortense A. MansfieM. Their 
cbildreu are Le Roy T., b. Sept. 7, 1883, Walter F., b. Dec. 28, 1884, 
Lizzie May, b. May 6, 1886. 

Children of Chester Hunt; Adaliue, b. Dec. 8, 1821, Mary, b. April 

7, 1828, Chester F. , b. June 7, 18'.4, rcsules iu Hawky 



56 HISTOUY OF HAW'l-EY. 

John Hunt b. July 4, 1790, m. Feb. 22, 1814, Tryphena Miller, b. Jan 
6, 1796. Their cliikb-en were Josiah, b. Jan. 8, 1815, Jerusba, b. Jan. 
27, 1817, Elisha, b. Sept. 22, 1819, Josiah 2cl, b. Aug. 7, 1820, James, 
b. July 8, 1822, William, b. Jan. 27, 1826, James P., b. Sept. 8, 1828, 
Ann Eliza, b. Aug. 7, 18H1, Mary Ann, b. April 1, 1833, John, b. Feb. 

27, 1835, Edwin W., b. Oct. 27, 1837, Julia E., b. July 2, 1840, LouiPe 
A., b. Feb. 11, 1842. 

Elisha Hunt m. Louisa M. Griggs, Aug. 31, 1842, have always lived 
iu Hawley. Their children are Newell, b. Oct. 1, 1843, lives at Dia- 
mond Lake, 111, Lyman G., b. Nov. 15, 1844, lives at Leadville, Col, 
Ellen J., b. Jan. 1.5, 1846, m. l.st, Luther Dodge, 2d, Dr. Josiah Trow, 
and resides in Biickland, Flora L., b. Jan. 30, 1853. 

Chester F. Giiggs came from Brimfield. was b. Feb. 21, 1794. m. 
Lydia King. June 18, 1816 T.i ir chihlren were Amos K., b. June 10, 
1817, m. Hannah Benls, is a far ner in PLiinticld, Lyman F. , b. Oct. 19, 

1821, m. Poweis, Clark 11., b. March (J, 1824, rcsidtsinNew Yink 

city, Louisa M., b. Feb, 28, 1826, m. Elisha Hunt, and lives in Hawley, 
Samentha K., b. June 11, 1828, m. Charles A. Brown, and resides at 
Brimfield, Andrew J., b. July 16, 1830, lives at Chicago, 111., Charles 
E., b. Feb. 25, 183H, resides :it Westboro. 

Noah Cooley was (me of the early settlers, and located in the northeast 
part of the town. The original deed of bis laud is in possession of his 
grandson, Calvin E. Cooley, now of Charlemont, and bears the date, 
July 20, 1771. He was b. in Palmer, Aug. 21, 1741, m. Esther Hyde, b, 
in Monson, May 31, 1748. Their chileren were Noah, b. March 24, 1781 
Esther, b, March 3, 1783, Lovicy, b. Jan. 24, 1785, Asher, b. Jan. 1787, 
Calvin, b. March 3, 1 789, settled in Hawley. 

Children of Calvin Cooley; Tryphena, b. Aug 25, 1813, Oramel W., 
b. Jan. 18, 181ti, became a Congregational clergyman, Calvin E., b. June 

28, 1822, Pindar F., b. Oct. 14, 1827, resides in Pittsfield. 

Calvin E. Cooley remained in Hawley until a few years ago, when he 
moved to Charlemont. Hem. Nov. 1, 1854, Olive F. Crittenden, b. 
June 6, 1831. Their children were Charles S., b. April 29, 1856, Abbott 
L., b. Feb 20, 1858, Edwin W., b. June 16, 1859, Olive A., b. Dec. 31, 
1861, Clara L., b. Aug, 29, 1868, Abbie R., b. Aug. 15, 1865, Julia C, 
b. March 2, 1873. 

Reuben Cooley was one of the first four families that settled in Haw- 
ley in 1771. He wa> b. June 13, 1746, Margaret, his wife, b. Dec. 15, 
1745. Children, Alvin, b. Deo. 9, 1778, Mary, b. Feb. 15, 1775, Sarah, 
b. May 8, 1777, Orpah, b. March 27, 1781 , Reuben Jr., b. Aug. 30, 1783. 

Obed Smith, b. April 6, 1770, Rhoda, his wife, b. May, 1771; chil- 
dren, Priscilla, b. Aug. 10, 1794, Obed, b. Nov. 28, 1795. 



HISTOHY OF HAWl.EY. i")? 

Joseph Butrick was eurly identified witli the interebts of the town aud 
lived east of the present church, afterwards removed to western New 
York. He was b. Dec. 1, 1773, Polly, bis wife, b. Sept. 9, 1776; Chil- 
dren, Susannah, b. Nov. 5, 1797, Mosee, b. Nov. 10, 1798, Polly, b. 
Aug. 20, 1800, Miranda, b. Aug. 8, 1802, Lucinda, b. July 21, 1804, 
Oliver, b. Aug. 11, 1806, Rosina, b. Oct. 10, 1808, Gracie, b. A\ ril 18, 
1811, Sarah, b. Feb. 21, 1814. 

Children of Elias and Lucinda Good8]^eed; Milton, b. Jan. 8, 1801, 
Sylvia, b. Nov. 4, 1802, Elias, b. Feb. 27, 1805, Nafhsiuiel, b. Dec. 16, 
1806, Abigail, b, Aug. 19. 1808, Lncirda, 1 . June 24, 1813, Harriet, b. 
April 9, 1817, Lauia, b. Nov. 20, 1820. 

Nathaniel Newton was one cf the early deacons of the town, ids chil- 
dreu were Nancy, b. Aug. 29, 1798, btcanie the second wife of Ri v. Ty- 
ler Thai clier, Julianna, b. Dec. 2, 1800, Hannah, b. Nov. 28, 180:j, Plie- 
be Temple, b. Mar. 23, 1807. Sally, b. Oct. 21, 1809. 

Children if Joseph ana Thankful Howard. William T, b. Oct. 1, 
1800, Miranda, b. Aiig. 7, 1808, Mercy Jane, b. Oct. 1, 1813. 

Asa Blood b. Oct. 20, 1 764, Rhoda his wife b. Nov. 26, 1772, Their 
children were Asa Jr., b. Feb. 24, 1790, Leonard, b. Feb. 16, 1794, Lo- 
vain, b. June 15, 1795, Calvin, b. Dec. 19,1797, Luther, b. Dec. 12, 
1799, Electa, b. Dec. 6, 1801. 

Abner Blood b. Jan 7, 1766, Rachel his wife b. June 4, 1771. Their 
children were Prudence, b. May 22, 1788, Betsey, b. Apr. 13, 1793, 

Children of Ashe r and Lydia Cooley; Noah, b. Sept. 1, 1810, Asher, 
b. April 27, 1812, Sylvanus S. b. Dec. 20, 1813, Lydia C. b. Sept. 14, 
1815, Rosamond F. b. Sept. 16, 1817. 

Children of Edward and CMtharine Baxter; Hannah, b. Oct. 24, 1796, 
Catharine, b. Dec. 30, 1798, Edward, b. Mar. 17, 1801, Reuben, b. Nov. 
5, 1803, Betsey, b. Feb. 8, 1806. 

Samuel Russell b. Nov. 15, 1756, Esther his wife b, June 7, 1761- 
Their children were Zenas, b. Nov. 20, 1785, Eliakim, b. Jan. 10, 1788, 
Zelotus, b. Sept. 8, 1789, Susanna, b. Sept. 21, 1791. 

Spencer Russell b. Nov. 15, 1761, Ruth lis wife h. Oct. 15, 17H2. 
Their children were Adnah, b. Dec. 6, 1789. Sylvia, b. Ftb. 1792, Allei>, 
b. April 2, 1796. 

Children of James and Rebecca Man tor; Nabhy W. b. Mar. 2, 1799, 
Frauds, b. June 20, 1803, Moses, b. July 26, 1811, Giatia R. b. Aug. 
29, 1814. 

Francis Mantor m. Mahala Mayuard, July 12, 1832; Thtir childien 
were Martha W. b. July 28, 1833, Moses M. b. April 23, 1835, resides 
at Cliarlemont, is Secretary of the Deerfield Valley Agricultural Society. 



58 HISTOKY OF HAWIEY. 

Alfred L., b. Sept. 8, 1836, killed in battle at Peteipbuig, Va., May 
6, 1864, Fidelia T. b. Aug. 5, 1838, m. Henry A. Howes, Jan. 1, 1861, 
resides in Asbfield, Francis W. b. May 28, 1844, enlisted in the 27tb 
Regt. d. of diphtheria at Wasliiugton, N. C. Oct. 3, 1862. 

Jeremiah Taylor was in early life a sea captain; he came from Yar- 
mouth in 1803, settled near what is known as Fnlleiville. and raised a 
large family which have been marked for their ability and influence. 
Among them were fonr sons who were prominent clergyman, a notice 
of which is given elscwlitu. Oliver, b. Aug. 18, 1801, Sally, b. Feb. 18, 
1804, Maltha, b. Sept. 6, 1805, m. Dea. Fieemau Hamlin, and lives at 
Plainfield, Maiy, b. Aug. 10, 1807, Timothy, b. Sept. 7, 1809. Rnf ,s, b. 
March 4, 1811, Mary J., b. Apr. 13, 1813, Mira, b. Apr. 27, 1815, Jere- 
miah, b. June 1, 1817. The motlier of thi.s family was possescd of em. 
inent piety and great strcigth if cLjuacter, and altiiongh rearing her 
family in poverty, ^ave tlicni the eXMm]>le of a christian intluence. 

Children of Uzziel Sin^ons and Lucy Lis wife; E(!!-tt:;i, b. Jan. 28, 
1817, Lucy A. b. Aug. 5, 1819, Mirtin, b. Sept. 10, 1821, Lovina, b. 
Nov. 18, 1823, Simeon, b. Feb. 11, 1826, Charles, b. Feb. 25, 1828, 
Hannah b. Feb. 24, 1831, Lydia, b. June 3, 1833, Stephen, b. Feb. 19, 
1835, Elvira, b. Feb. 19, 1837. 

William Bassett came from Ashfield, was an extensive land owner. 
His children were Polly, b. Dec. 18, 1818, William O. b. Mar. 30, 1820, 
resides in Hawley, has been proiidnent in public affairs, is a large iarmer. 

Children of Elias and Elizabeth Carrier; Elias, b. Aug. 20, 1816, Lou- 
isa, b. Dec. 2, 1819, Joseph H. b. Mar. 18, 1825, resides in Hawley. 

Elias Ford was b. in Plaufield, Nov. 25, 1780, m. Soi)hia Johnson, b. 
Jan. 6, 1784. They settled on West Hill in 1802 or 3. Tiieir children 
were So}>hia, b. May 18, 1805, m. Noah Ford, Elias, b. July 20, 1807, 
removed to Albany, N. Y., then to Iowa, where he d., Maria, b. Jan. 
14, 1810, m. Isaac Atkins, d. in Conway, July, 23, 1882, Mary, b. May 
12, 1812, m. Shubael Bradford, and resides in Conway, William C, b. 
Nov. 30, 1816, resides in Fairhaven, Sarah C, m. Daniel W. Temple, 
d. in North Adams, Jane M., b. May 25, 1823, Clynthia T., b. Aug. 14, 
1831, m. Wm. B. M.irtin, und removnl west where she dieu. 

Clark Sears was b. in Ashfield, Jan. 30, 1804, in. Emeline Kelly, b. in 
Ashfield, Jan. 10, 1809, and came to Hawley about 1832. Their children 
were Clariuda, b. June 30, 1830, m. William Wait and lives in Hawley, 
Stillman, b. April 6, 1832, d. July 30, 1855, Betsey, b. July 19, 18m3, 
Emeline, b. Feb. 12, 1835, Philena, b. Nov. 20, 1837, m. Alouzo F. Tur- 
ner, d. Sept. 10, 1857, Hannah, b. June 22, 1839, Ambrose K, b. Nov. 
3, 1841, lives in West Hawley, Waher, b. Dec. 23, 1846, lives on the 
homestead at West Hewley. 

Addie Turner b. .Aug. 11, 1855, Stillman C. Turner b. July 31, 1857, 
Frank H. Sears b. Nov. 13, 1868, Foster C. Sears b. June 18, 1886. 



HISTOIiY OF HAWKEY. 59 

Children of Joel and Julia (Baker) Bartlett; Nelly, b, Aug. 9, 1800, 
Julia, b. Sept. 15, 1802, Joel, b. Aug. 16, 1804, Sally, b. May 4, 1807, 
m. Robert W. Smith, Laura, b. Mar. 31, 1809, m. Levi Harmon, Fi- 
delia, b. Aug. 2, 1811, m. Edmund Strong, Eboda, b. Mar. 23, 1818, m. 
David Strong. 

Levi Harmon lived iu tlie old sixth school district, m, Laura Bartlett. 
Their children were Harriet S. b. Oct. 22, 1833, and lives in Buckland, 
Ellen J. b. Apr. 4, 1837, in. Jesse M. Ward, ami lives in Buckland, 
Klioda A. b. Mar. 13, 1839, Cliarles A., b. June 19, 1841, Fidelia M. b. 
June 24, 1844, m. Leonard Morse of Royalston, Lewis E., b. June 9, 
1849, m. Mrs. Flora G. Crowell. 

Gains Harmon b. Nov. 26, 1799, m. Tempy Vincent, b. Apr. 20, 1802. 
Children, Paulina W., b. Feb. 23, 1830, Elijah, b. Oct. 7, 1831, Euos, 
b. Feb. 17, 1833, resides at Hawley, Elijah, b. Nov. 22, 1835, became a 
Congregational clergyman, I esides at "Wilmington, Mass., Jos-eph V., b. 
Mar. 26, 1837, lives in Florence, Charles T., b. July 10, 1839. 

Children of Enos Harmon; Charles F., b. Aug. 7, 1863, d. June 20, 
1864, Julia E., b. July 20, 1865, Horace, C, b. April 27, 1869, Nellie P.> 
b. May 2, 1873, Lou M. b. Oct. 24, 1864. 

Children of Jonathan and Martha Damon; Moses G., b. July 21, 1828, 
Cyrus, b. Jan. 9, 1830, Jonathan T., b. March 30, 1832, Stephen W., b. 
May, 1834, Charles P., b. Sept. 27, 1836, Henry C, b. Nov. 9, 1838, 
served nine months iu the war, is now a farmer in Meriden, Ct., Martha 
A., b. Dec. 14, 1840, Homer F., b. May 17, 1843, served iu the war, now 
a tinner in New Britain, Ct. 

Children of Otis and Roxana Beals; Edmnnd, b. Dec. 2, 1827, m. Eli- 
za Baker, Roxana, b. Nov. 21, 1830, removed to Ohio, Marila, b, Nov. 
28, 1833, Wesley, b. July 22, 1837, lives in Plainfield, Wm. 11., b. Aug. 
3, 1839, also lives in Plainfield. 

John Hadlock, b. Apr. 20, 1772, Mary Ann, his wife, b. June 8, 1777. 
They came Irom Williamsburg to Hawley a little before 1800, and set- 
tled about half way between Elijah Marsh and Ezra King. He was a 
carpenter and many buildings are standing that were built by his hands. 
In April 1834, they removed west where died at advanced ages. They 
were m. Sept. 13, 1798; Children, Harriet, b. .June 18, 1799, m. Horace 
Wliite. Almira, b. Oct. 9, 1800, m. Dennis Beals, and settled in Plain- 
field, Velorus, b. Apr. 12, 1802, ni. Betsey Pike, and went to Ohio, 
Hubbard, b. Apr. 9, 1804, m. Lucy Brierly, and removed to California, 
Lysander, b, Jan. 1, 1806, m. Maria Thompson, Electa, b. Dec. 10, 1807, 
Lurancy, b. Nov. 7, 1810, m. Gustavus, Dunham, Sibbil, b. July 24, 
1812, m, Simeon Harwood, and lives in Hawley, John Jr. b. Sept. 12, 
1814, d. 1832, Harvey, b. Nov. 12, 1822, m. Hannah Hunt, d. April 2, 
1867. The childien of this family were possessed of a very natural a- 
bility for music, both vocal and instrun\ental, but circumstances seemed 



60 HISTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

to prevent their making nauch capit:il from that ability. Tlieir descend- 
tmls of the second and liird generation inherit the same gift. 

Rufus Sprague m. Emma Loomis,aud lives in the old sixth district 
near the Moody spring. Cliildren, Clark F. b. Aug. 7, 1832, d. March 
25, 1863, from the war, Maria A. b. Oct. 18, 1835, Susan b. Feb. 27, '38, 
m. Wilson Gould, Aslier B., b. Apr. 27, 1840, has a war record, lives in 
Ilawley, Emma A., b. July 7, 1842, Laura E. b. Aug. 15, 1845. John F. 
b. 1850, m. — Roberts. 

Chester Up^ou lived a term of ytars near wliere William Wait now 
livds, aft(!rward removed to Haydenville. He m. Mirmelia Edgarton, 
April 3, 1828; cliildreu, Asa W., b. Feb. 18, 1833, Aurelia, b. Feb. 14, 
1835, Miry Ann, b. Sept. 4, 1837, Lucy B., b. Nov. 13, 1840, Sarah M., 
b. Oct. 16, 1844. 

Col. Nuah Joy was b. in Plainfield, Feb. 27, 1782, m. Jan. 21, 180(1, 
Persia Waruer, b. in Haruwick, Ang. 17, 1783. They came to Hawky 
soon after their marriage and settled in the south part of the town, where 
he built and run a hotel, known as "Joy's Tavern," until his death, May 
23, 1843, and was the South Hawley postmaster. Their children were 
Laura, b. Oct. 29, 1806, m. Samuel T. Grout, d. Aug. 31, 1861, Annis, 
b. Oct. 8, 1808, m. Levi Holden Jr., d. Jan. 17, 1857, Eliza, b. Dec. 11, 
1810, m. Calvin S. Longley, Hannah, b. Sept. 15, 1812, m. Ashbel W. 
Carter, Merrick, b. Dec. 27, 1814, d. June 12, 1840, Lorenzo W., b. Dec 
15, 1817, resides at Northampton, where he was for a long time the post- 
master, and like many otheis was removed to gratify President Cleve- 
land's partisan spirit. Nelson, b. Jan. 17, 1820, m. Mahalelh King, lives 
at Shelburne Falls, Henry C, b. Aug. 5, 1823, m. Jerusha King, resides 
at Shelburne Palls, Mariette, b. April 5, 1830. 

Children of Levi and Sally Eldridge; Mary P. b. Apr. 29, 1814, Sally, 
b. Mar. 18, 1817, Levi. b. Nov. 3, 1818, Roswell, b. IVLay 26, 1821, Sally 
M. b. Nov, 6, 1822, Laura A. b. Aug. 2. 1824, Lemuel, b. Nov. 22, '26, 
Adaline C. b. Aug. 24, 1828, Thomas L. b. Oct. 29, 1830, Charles G., b. 
Aug. 14, 1833, Charlotte A. b. Sept. 5, 1835, Malesta E. b. May 2, 1839. 

Millo T. Carter lived where Lewis J. Hall now lives. Children, Thom- 
as M. b. July 17, 1832, in. Flora A. Vincent, resides in Williamsburg, 
Phineas S. b. July 4, 1834, has owned a sheep ranch in Kansas, Ellen 
R. b. Nov. 25, 1836, m. A. L. Avery, and resides in Charlemont, Syl- 
via C. b. Oct. 17, 1838, m. Thomas Mayhew, resides at Shelburne Falls, 
Maria, b. Sept. 25, 1848, m. Kendrick T. Slate, resides in Greenfield. 

Sanderson E. Carter m. Tirzah Stiles and had one daughter, Delia, 
m. Isaac (!. Vincent, and lives at West Hawley. 

Ashbel W. Carter m. Hanuah Joy, and now lives at Shelburne Falls. 
Children, Noah Joy,— Olive W. b. Jan. 29, 183fi, Washburn H. b. Dec. 
3, 1837, Edwin T. b. Apr. 15, 1846. 



Hisro;:v of hawi.ev. HI 

Heury B. White m. Nancy Gibbs of Otis. Their children are Nellie 
U., b. bee. 30, 1861, m. Prank E. Mason, Melvin H., b. Mar. 12, 1863, 
Nora E., b. Dec. 30, 1864, MyrtleL., b. Oct. 30, 1866, Inez S., b. Nov. 23, 
1868, Charles F., b. May 29, 1870, Jnlia E., b. April 13, 1872, Mabel E., 
b. Jan. 21, 1878, Maiul I., b. March 15, 1882. 

Ciiildren of Clessoii and Mary Smitli; They lived a little west of the 
old meeting house, and several of the cluldren were deaf and dumb. Ma- 
ry H., b. Ang. 31, 1803, Samuel S., b. Jan. 8, 1805, Elihu, b. May 9, 
1806, Moses M., b. Sept. 28, 1807, Consider, b. Oct. 21, 1808, Wm., b. 
Jan. 10, 1810, Samuel S., b. Feb. 4, 18l:-i. Minerva, b. Mar. 19, 1815, 
.Anna, b. Jan. 4, 1820, Simeon, b. June 25, 1826. 

Knfus Hall m. Keziali Hall, Nov. 29, 1810. They lived in Pudding 
lIolh)\v, wlice William Thayer now lives, afterwards went to Williams- 
bar^, (^aildrriu. Sylvia, b. Jan. 29, 1812, Mary, b. Aug. 23, 1813, Syl- 
vester, b. May 29, 1820, Keziali E, b. July 1, 1823, PhileuaH., b. Aug. 
30, 1825. 

(Jhildren of Elder John and Catharine Breed; Charles W., b. Sept. 
21, 1822, Catharine, b. June 3, 1826, Henry G., b. Jan. 11, 1828, Mar- 
tha A., b. May 18, 1831. 

Dr. Daniel Fobes was au early physician of the town, and had Daniel 
L. B., b. Marcli 12, 1797, Olive H., b. April 26, 1801. 

Ebenezer Healy came from Chesterfield and lived east of Geo. Starks' 
sawmill, where Rowland Sears now lives. Children, Elizabeth, b. Sept. 
27, 1815, Mary, b. June 6, 1818, m. Horace Thayer, Caroline, b. FeV>. 26, 
1820, Lucretia, b. Oct. 17, 1824, m. David Hastings, Jonathan E., b. 
April 21, 1827, Harriet, b. Dec. 23, 1831, Wealthy,— 

Ebenezer Crowell came early and settled in Pudding Hollow. He was 
b. Jan. 29, 1736, Phebe his wife b. Aug. 17, 1757. Children, Eebecca, 
b. Mar. 2, 1781, m. Hollister Baker, Phebe. b. Jan. 22, 1782, Erede, b. 
May 9, 1784, Elizabeth, m. Warriuer King ,b. Sept. 21, 1788, Ebenezer, 
b. Aug. 5, 1792, Edward, b. Aug. 16, 1794, Allen, b. Nov. 8, 1798. 

Children of Edward and Apphia Crowell; Elisha, b. Mar. 12, 1821, 
Elizabeth v., b. June 16, 1823, m. Edwin Warriuer, Mary, b. May 16, 
1825, m. Wm. E. Tliayer, Rebecca b. May 31, 1827, Edward L., b. Aiig. 
19, 1829, m. Flora G. Dickinson, and settled in Hawley, Eebecca 2d b. 
Feb. 15, 1832, Harriet, b. July 31, 1839. 

Children of Ebenezer and Hannah Crowell; David, b. Sept. 14, I8l3, 
Lovinab. Sept. 14, 1814, Pliebe Bangs, b. Mar. 12, 1816, Luther F. b. 
June 31, 1818, Hannah, b. Aug. 4, 1820. 

Ebenezer Thayer was a stirring business man, and lived in several 
places la town, aftjiward Wijiit to Cliarlemont, where he kept 
the hotel. H(! m. I'hebe Ciowell, their childien were Ziiplia, b. Jan. 



62 IIISIOKY OF HAWl.EY. 

22, 1804, Hollistcr Baker, b. Oct. 31, 1805, Phebe, b. Api. 6, 1808, 
Ebenezer, b. June J 4, 1810, Elizabeth, b. Sept. J 2, 1812, John, b. Oct. 
9, 1814, is a wealthy farmer in Greenfield, Wm. R. lives In Hawley. 

Silas Dodge was an early settler in the east part of the town. His chil- 
dren were Tliomas, b. April 6, 1798, Esther, b. March 9, 1795, Mason, 
b. Dec. 30, 1797, Hiram, b. April 6, 1799, settled in Hawley, Silvina, b. 
May 31, 1801, Eunice, b. Aug. 7, 1803, Silas, b. Aug. 2, 1805, m. Ada. 
line Carrier, settled in Hawley, d. Oct. 9, 1880, Luther, b. Sejit. 28, 1807, 
Elmina, b. Feb. 28, 1810, Eber, b. April 21, 1812, Content, b. Nov. h, 
1814, Fanny, b. June 19, 1818, Charles, b. Oct. 19, 1820, a lawyer in 
Toledo, Ohio. 

Childi'en of Silas and Adaline Dodge; Palixana, b. March 17, 1834, m. 
Wm. O. Bassett, Elizabeth, b. Nov. 19, 18>5, Luther, b. Juue 11, 1840, 
m. Ellen J. Hunt, lived ami d. in Hawley. 

Children of Hiram Dodge; Alouzo T., b. Dec. 5, 1833, Chnlon II., b. 
Nov. 15, 1835, resides in Hawley, was in the 52d Regt., was in the Leg- 
islature of 1879, has been Selectman &c., Euphelia B. , b. Dec. 7, 1837, 
Lncy, b. March 26, 1840, Mason W., b. March 29, 1843, RoanaM., b. 
Nov. 29, 1845, Tyler H., b. May 6, 1852. 

Noah Ford and Sophia Ford were m. Apr. 21, 1831, and lived a few 
years on West Hill. Their first three children were b. in Hawley as fol- 
lows; John Wesley, b. Jan. 21, 1832, m. Calista Ford of Leuox, and 
resides at Stockbridge, Hester A., b. Apr. 19, 1833, m. Francis F. 
Briggsand lives in Windsor, Elisha W., b. Apr. 17, 183(5, lives in Kan. 

Elijah Ford. b. Dec. 8, 1759, Anna, his wife b. June 21, 1759. Chil- 
dren, Melinda, b. July 16, 1787, Flijah, b. May 23, 1789. Polly, b. 
June 3, 1791, Mary, b. July 11, 1793, Anna, b. July 28, 1796. 

Children of Jonathan and Charlotte Wells; Emma, b. Feb. 6, 1809, 
Charlotte, b. Mar. 16, 1813, Judith B., b. Aug. 14, 1814, Willard, b. 
Aug. 8, 1816, Wealthy, b. Dec. 6, 1818, Sally, b. Sept. 2, 1820. 

Children of Joseph and Betsey Barnard; Prudence, b. April 10, 1803 
Almira, b. July 15, 1804, Diana, b. June 3, 1806, Dauiel W., b. Jan. 21, 
1808, Joseph, b. Jan. 15, 1811. 

Children of William and Rhoda Sprague; Lovina, b. tivpt. 26, 1808, 
m. Anthony Sears, and settled in Hawley, Wm. , b. Sept. 20, 1809, Eli, 
b. Sept. 6, 1810, Rhoda, b. Sept. 5, 1811, Rosamond, b. Sept. 29, 1812. 

The Crosbys, once numerous, now extinct in town, s( tth cl in different 
parts of the town, particularly in Pudding Hollow and the old sixth dis- 
trict. Their representatives are abroad to a considerable extent. The- 
ophilus Crosby b. Mar. 29, 1779, Phebe, his wife b. Mar 6, 178(i. Chil- 
dren; Daniel, b. Apr. 4, 1806, Theophihis, b. July 12, 1812, Judah, 1). 
Dec. 26, 1814, Sally W., b. Oct. 16, 1817, Phebe H., b. June 5, 1820, 
Samuel C, b. Oct. It), 1822. 



HISTOKV OF HAWl.EV. 63 

Judah Crosby b. June 10, 1777, (Hiarlotte, his wife, b. July 10, 1785. 
Cliildren, David T., b. Jan. 15, 1808, Judah, b. March 12, 1810, Chillings- 
worth, b. July 26, 1812. 

Ebeu Crosby settled in Pudding Hollow. His childreu were Daniel, 
b. June 13, 1812, settled iu Hawley, Sarah, b. April 20, 1814, Joshua, 
b. Oct. 21, 1816, Hannah, Oct. 23, 1818, Reuben, b. Sept. 6, 1820. 

Children of Asher and Abigail Loomis; Noah, b. Feb. 16, 1803, Em- 
ma W., b. Jan. 4, 1807, Francis, b. Nov. 22, 1809, Freburn, b. Aug. 27, 
1811, Abigail, b. Aug. 25, 1816, Parlliena, b. July 29, 1820, Pembroke, 
b. April 15, 1824. 

Asa Vining came from Weymouth in June, 1806. His children were 
David, Martin and Sally, the two last never married. 

Children nf David and Gratia Viniug; David T., b. Oct. 19, 1821, a 
physician in Conway, Gratia, b. June 2r), 1824, Thomas, b. Feb. 14, '26, 
Mary, b. March 14, 1828, Edwin, b. Feb. 14, 1830. 

James Doane b. in Hadley, May 13, 1768, d. May 28, 1838, Lucy 
Woodbridge b. Jan. 6, 1765, d. Dec. 29, 1835. They were m. Sept. 27, 

1790, and settled east of the old church. Children, Allen, b. Dec. 18, 

1791, d. Jau. 23, 1835, Patty R., b. July 4, 1793, d. May 28, 1874, Lou- 
isa, b. Jan. 3, 1799, d. Dec 11, 1855, Lucy, b. Aug. 14, 1800, m. Bar- 
dine Damon, and settled in Hawley, d. Dec. 7, 1869, William, b. Aj^ril 
20, 1802, d. Oct. 16, 1826, Mary W., b. Mar. 3, 1804, d. in infancy, 
James Jr., b. Mar. 2, 1806, settled in Hawley, d. Jan. 20, 1872. 

James Doane Jr., m. Cordelia B. Sauford, b. Jan. 12, 1811, d. Dec. 1, 
1880. Their children were Martha A., b. June 20, 1832, m. Geo. Jour- 
dian in Ohio, in 1859, now resides at Northampton, James Wm., b. 
Sept. 26, 1833, was a member of the 52d Regt., and has filled several 
town offices, Helen C, b. Jan. 10, 1838, m. Franklin Beals, resides iu 
Florence, Sylvia, E., b. Dec. 27, 1844, m. James Eggleston, George W., 
b. May 4, 1848, m. Julia Williams, resides in Holyoke. 

J. William Doane lives on the old Dr. Moses Smith place, next east of 
his birthplace. He m. Angeline Butler of Buckland, May 29, 1864. Their 
children ar.3 Frank B., b. Sept. 12, 1863, now in Amherst C.jllege, Car- 
rie Ida, b. May 26, 1867, Sarah Delia, b. June 1, 18()9, Fred W., b. Feb. 
11, 1871, Willie N , b. Aug, 27, 1872. 

William Sanford came from Saybrook. Ct. , m. 1st, Betsey Parker, had 
William, Betsey, b. 1800, m. Gushing Shaw, d. in 1884; he m. 2d, Nab- 
by Hawks, and had Cordelia B., b. Jau. 12, 1811, m. James Doane, and 
another dau. m. Augustus Belding of Pittsfield. 

William Sanford Jr. m. Rebecca Damon, and had three children, two 
sons, William and Dwight, now living in Hartford, Ct. 

Children of Bardin and Rebecca Damon; Electa, b. Dec. 21, 1818, 
Phiddia, b. June 12, 1821, Allen D., b. Dec. 4, 1835. 



64 niSTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

Oliver Shattuck b. July 29, 1750, Lucy, his wife, b. Jan. 19, 1751, 
Children, Oliver, b. May 11, 1778, Amelia, b. Dec. 30, 1779, Sally, b. 
Sept. 19, 1781, Justice, b. March 1, 1783, Heniy and Harriet, twins, b. 
May 15, 1786, Calvin, b. July 30, 1790, Thera, b. Aug. 1, 1792. 

John Taylor is believed to have been the tirst Taylor tliat settled in 
Hawley, although one account gives tlie name as Adonijah. (It is prob 
able that this name, as it appears on page 37, in the chapter on the early 
settlement, is not correct.) John Taylor settled just above Pudding 
Hollow in 1771, being one of the first four families in town. He was b. 
Nov. 30, 1752, Elizabeth, his wife, b. Sept. 22, 1748. Their children 
were John Jr., b. Sept. 9, 1781, Dolly, b. Sept. 2, 1783, Kaclul, b. Sept. 
29, 1785, Shays, b. March 7, 1787. 

John Taylor Jr., settled in Hawley and ni. Lonej' Barnard. Children, 
Henry, b. Sept. 9, 1803, re>ides in Williamsburg, Edward, b. Sept. 4, 
1805, Loney, b. June 24, 1807, m. Reuben Crittenden and settled in 
Hawley, Adonijah, b. Nov. 10, 1810, Daniel, b. Oct. 12, 1812. m. Jane 
Farrar and settled in Cummington, Shays, b. Jan. 5, 1815, Elizabeth, b. 
May 17, 1817, John, b. Oct. 18, 1823, m. Charity Hunt, lives in Savoy, 
Hannah, m. Ira Joy. 

Nathan West lived in Bozrah for a term of years, and removed to 
"Gallows Hill" in Northampton. He was b. Sept. 18, 1746, Sarah, his 
wife, b. Jan. 1, 1747. Children, Asa, b, Nov. HO, 1770, Bille, b. June 
13, 1772, Nathan Jr., b. Oct. 21, 1773, John, b. May 21, 1787. 

Children of Salmon and Anna Graves; Roxana, b. Apr. 1818, Daniel, 
b. May 6, 1820, Rhoda, b. July 2, 1822, Jerusha, b. Apr. 1, 1824. 

John Starks was b. in Lyme, N. H., Nov. 30, 1783, d. May 2, 1867. 
Anne Rogers was b. in Conway, April 3, 1785, d. Feb. 3, 1868. They 
were m. Sept. 17, 1807, and settled in the southwest part of Hawley 
about the time of their marriage, where they passed the rest of their 
lives, covering a period of sixty years. Their children were Pliineas, b. 
June 5, 1809, Rufus, b. Mar. 21, 1812, settled in Savoy, was an Advent 
preacher, d. May 2, 1885, Daniel, b. Oct. 18, 1816, and went lo Ohio in 
early life, where he has since resided, Lauia A., b. April 21, 1822, m. 
Thomas K. Wheeler and lives in Plainfleld. 

Phineas Starks remained on the homestead, and m. Feb. 20, 1834, Al. 
mira King of Chesterfield, b. May 27, 1817. Their children were Mary 

Ellen, b. Aug. 18, 1839, m. Wm. H. Deming, d. , Henry Watson, b. 

April 14. 1842, m. Emma M. Temple, Sept. 4, 1862, resides at North 
Adams, Fanny L.. b. Dec. 14, 1844, m. Amos D. Taylor, Nov. 10, 1864, 
and lives at the homestead, George K , b. April 10, 1851, m. Nettie A. 
Hubbard, and resides in Hawley. 



niSTOi:v OF hawiev. bo 

Children of Dennis and Fanny (St arks) Taylor. Frank W., b. July 
2, 1868, Bertie, b. Feb. 11, 72, d. Apr. 15 1873, Hattie, b. Aug. 17, '74. 

Three generations have been born and roared on this farm, making 
lour successive generations living there. This lurnishcs an evidence that 
farming on the old hills of New Fingland may be made a success. 

Henry W. Starks has one daughter Cora, b. in Hawley, May 20, 1865. 

Samuel Wheeler ni. Hannah Kiug, Mar. 28, 1811, and settkd near 
Hallockville, at the birthplace of Jonas King, the missionary, who was 
a brother of Mrs. Wlieeler. Their children wore Thomas K , b. March 
29, 1812, m. Laura Starks, lives in Plainfield, Daniel D., b. Oct. 10, '13, 
m. — Plunkett of Adams, and was for a long time associated with his 
father-in-law in a mauuf'g busiu( ss under tlie company name of Pluu- 
kett & Wheeler, Jonas K., b. Oct. 20, 1815, removed west in early life. 

Giles Atki'is, b. in MidJletc.wn, Ct., nioved to Wliately, m. Martha 
Graves, had Elisha, b. Dec. 1795. His wife d. and he m. Sally Critten- 
den, lived a few years in Coleraine, and moved in 1807 to Plainfield, on 
the Hawley line, a part of the farm being in Hawley. The family attend- 
ed school in Hawley and in vaiious ways were identified with the inter- 
ests of the town. His second wife d. and he m. Ruth Fairbanks, wlio 
survived him, and d. in Hawley, June 23, 1861. Two of hie sons by ids 
second mariage settled in Hawley, as follows: — 

Freeman Atkins was b. in Coleraine, Aug. 21, 1806, m. Rebecca Baker 
of Hawley, Dec. 11, 1827, d. Nov. 30, 1879. Their children were Louisa, 
b. April 26. 1828, m. Benjamin Sears, settled in Hawley, d. Feb. 14, 18- 
68, Harriet, b. Jan. 28, 1832, d. Nov. 21, 1835, Almon, b, July 31, 1836^ 
d. at No. Hadley. Nov. 11, 1861, Francis W., b. Sept. 19, 1840. 

Francis W. Atkins m. Lovisa Blanchard, May 15, 1867, succeeds his 
parents on the homestead, it being the Zenas Bangs place, has two chil- 
dren, Carrie L., b. Oct 4, 1869, Carlos A., b. Oct. 2, 1876. 

Isaac Atkins was b. in Coleraine, July 16, 1808, m. Nov. 16, 1829, 
Maria Ford of Hawley, b. Jan. 14, 1810, d. July 22, 1882. He d Mar. 
4, 1884. Their children were William G., b. Oct. 1, 1836, m. Julia M. 
White of Cummington, Oct. 1, 1862, Jamc s Laroy, b. May 10, 1841, m. 
Anna M. Vining, resides in Conway, has a soii, Isaac Deloss. 

William G. Atkins resides in Crnumingtou, has one son, Almon W., b. 
May 23, 1864. 

Aaron Gould was an old residerit in tiie old sixth district. He was b. 
March 14, 1806, d. Dec. 17, 1886, Lucinda, his wife b. A us. 5, 1806. 
Their children were Lemuel, b. May 6, 1833, Wilson, b. Oct. 31, 1835, 
Daniel H., b. Nov. 23, 1839, lives in Plainfield, Gilbert A., b. July 23, 
1842, Joanna R., b. Sept. 26. 1844, Mary Ann, b. Jan. 13, 1847, Luther 
E., b. Feb. 4, 1851. 



66 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 

ChiMron of Lemuel Gould; Albert L., b. Nov. 9, 1863, W iliic S., b. 
May 24, 1865, George W., b. April 20, 18(57, Charles H., b. Nov. 19, 
1868, Atta B., b. June 9, 1871, Herbert L., b. March 12, 1873. 

Wilson Goulfl m. Susan Sprague, June 4, 18/)7. Their children were 
Clarence W., b. June 7, 18C0, Erwin F., b. Dec. 12, 1864, Laura E., 
b. July 18, 1871. His wife, Susan d. July 18, l877, and he m. Julia K. 
Mitchell, Dec. 28, 1878, 

Children of Daniel H. Gould; Carrie E., b. Apnl 17, 1862, Clark F., 
b. Feb. 19, 1863. 

Children of Gilbert A. Gould; Flora A., b. Sept 5, 1864, Frank L., b. 
Oct. 3, 1866, Rosie E., b. Nov. 6, 1868, James A., b. July 20, 1870, 
James W., b. May 8, 1880, Merritt C, b. Oct. 18, 1883. 

Children of Luther E. Gould; Vii'la E., b. Aju-il 3, 1876, Gracie, b. 
Oct. 20, 1882. 

Alpheus Hawkes was b. Dec. 26, 1786, d. Mar. 18, 1859. Polly Wash- 
burn b. June 19, 1788, d. Mar. 8, 1848. They were m. June 9, 1808. 
Their children were Koana N., b. May 7, 1809, d. Feb. 18, 1832, William 
b. Sept 26, 1810, John W., b, March 28, 1813, m. Harriet Baker, Fanny 
M., b. Jan. 3, 1816, Adaline, b. July 6, 1817, d. Jan 20, 1839, James R. 
b. Jan. 21. 1819, d. Dec. 3, 1861, Benjunin W., b. June 16, 1820, Expe- 
rience H., b. Oct. 16, 1821, L(vl, b. Jan. 5, 1824, Margaret, b. April 4, 
1826. Olive, b. March 20, 1828, Alpheus Jr., b June 1, 1830 

Levi Hawkes settled in Hawley and m. Ann Fuller, b. Aug. 23, 1831. 
Their children were Clara A., b. Nov. 30, 1850, William H., b. July 24, 
1852, m. Mrs. Martha J. Stiles, and lives in Hawley, Luciu.*, b. Mar. 6, 

1856, Julia A., b. Jan. 14, 1858, m. 1st, Wallace Cleveland. 2cl, , and 

resides in Northampton, James R., b. June 21, 1860, reeides iu Boston. 
His wife, Ann, d. and he m. 2d, Mrs. Bathsheba Ayres. By this mar- 
riage his children are Charles D., b. March 1, 1865, lives at Northamp- 
ton, Albert E., b. Feb. 28, 1871. ^ 

Children of lohabod aid Perliua Hawkes. Dwight W., b. Nov. 27, 
1812, Lucius, b. Nov. 7, 1814, Henry, b. April 2, 1817, Juliette, b. Oct. 
2, 1819, Henry, b. Jan. 17, 1822, Charles, b. Feb. 2, 1824, Catharine, ]\ 
Sept. 2, 1827, Hiram, b. Aug. 13, 1829, Samuel, b. April 9. 1832. 

Zadock llawke<, b. Sept. 15, 1770, Rhoda, his wifi', b. Jan. 1, 1775; 
Children, Amelia, b. Nov. 22, 1798, Levi, b. April 7, 1800, Olive and 
Issa, twins, b. June 4, 1802. a daughter b. and d. May 7, 1804, Zadi ck 
b. Aug. 8, 1805, Consider, b. Oct. 16, 1807, Jeremiah L., b. Apr. 8, 1811. 

Asher Hawkes, b. Oct. 13, 1764, Micah, his wife, b. :V?arch 24, 1770. 
Children, Sarah, b. Aug. 20, 17— Simeon, b. Sept. 18, 1790, Caroline, 
b. Feb. 4, 1793. 

Children of Edward and Ruth Darby. Levi, b. Nov. 15, 1794, Eben- 
ezer, b. Nov. 20, 1798, Freeman, b. Oct. 3, 1801, Olive, b. Aug. 9, 1803, 
Gracie, b. Nov 3, 1805, Lyma % b. Jidy 2, 1807, Roswell, b. Nov. IT, 
1809, Erastus, b. Sept. 14, 1810. 



HISTOF.Y OF HAWl-EY. 67 

Oliver Patcli b. Nov. 30, 1778, Polly, liis wife, b. Sept.19, 1781. Cnil- 
(Ireii, Lucy L., b. Sept. 3, 1805, Henry, b. Nov. 1, 1806, Fidelia, b, 
Feb. 14, 1808, Electa, b. July 23, 1810, Oliver, b. July 3, 1815. 

Children of Erastus and Sarali Mauslield; Sarah, b. 1827, li. Parsons, 
b. 1828, resides in Easthamptcn, Cliiistoplu-r L., b. Dec. 1, 1829, Su- 
sanna A., b. Sept. 9, 1831, Wesson E., b. Jan. '20, 1834:, and resides in 
Hawley. 

Children of Ozias and Hannah Davis; Daniel A., b. Nov. II, 1828, 
Frederick S., b. Jan. 31, 1830. 

Zebedee Wood came from Bozrah, Conn., and settled in Bozrab. It 
is evident by records left by him that he came to Hawley in 1774. He 
vv^as a tanner and shoemaker before and after his removal, and was iden- 
tified with the public interests of iiis day. He was b. March 20, 1732, 
Esther, his wife;, b. July 29, 1736. Children, Sibel, b. July 29, 1765, 
Ruth, b. March 11, 17«7, Ann, b. Sept. 8. 1771, Thomas, b. Dec. 11, 
1772, became a congregational clergyman, Esther, b. June 30, 1776. It 
has been said that Esther was the first female child born in Hawley, but 
we are not aware of the facts of the case. She m. Zimri Longley, and 
lived to an advanced age. 

Children of Andrew and Anna Wood; Betsey b. Auix. 9, 1792, John 
H., b. Feb. 15, 1795, settled in Hawley, Fitch, b. Sept. 4, 1796, settled 
in Hawley, Sarah, b. Jime 4, 1798, David, b. March 12, 1800, Jonathan, 
C, b. Feb. 7, 1804, Zebedee, b. Sept. 16, 180."3. 

Fitch Wood m. Mrs. Peggy Hall, Jan. 1, 1826. Children, Ebeuezer 
H., b. Oct. 25, 1826, Martha A., b. Oct. 9, 1828, Audrew and Thomas, 
twins, b. April 24, 1831, Margaret, b. May 26. 1833, Arabtl, b. April 16, 
1836. 

. Simeon Crittenden came from Rehoboth, settled at Hallockville at an 
early date. He was b. Jan. 28, 1762, Lucretia, his wife, b. Jan. 21, 1767, 
Children, David, b. Sept. 2, 1791, a very active business man, once own- 
ed the gristmill in (Jharlemont, Persis, b. Nov. 7, 1790, Simeon, b. May 
7, 1796, Lucretia, b. Oct. 8, 1797. 

Simeon Crittenden, son of Simeon, settled in Hawloy, in tlie part 
known as Bozrah. He m. Estlier Lathrop, Dec. 21,1826. Children, 
George D., b. Aug. 30, 1827, m. — Dawes, and resides in Slulburne 
Falls, Lucretia, b. Sept. 20, 1829, Olive, b. June 6, 1831, m. Calvin E. 
Cooley, resides at Charlemont, Caroline H., b. Feb. 21, 1833, Rebecca, 
b. March 5, 1835, lives on the homestead, Charles, b. Jan. 1, 1837, lives 
on the homestead. 

Theodore Field lived in the northeast part of the town. His children 
were Thomas, b. Aug. 5, 1815, Theodore, b. Dec. 7, 1816, Samuil T., b. 
April 20, 1820, Deborah, b. Sept. 9,1818, Caroline, b. Oct. 31, 1822, 
Rosamond, b. Oct. 22, 1824, Elijah, b. May 22, 1828, Edmund, b. July, 
1831. 



68 HISTOKV or HAWLEY. 

Children of Samuel and Jemima Dickinson; Albert F., b. June 28, 
1809, Justice M., b. Apr. 23, 1811, Mary Ann, b. Sept. '21, 1812, Abigail 
b. Feb. 23. 1815, Harriet and Samuel, twins, b. July 19, 1817, Jolm, b- 
May 3, 1821. 

Children of Ebeiiezer and Tryphena Dickinson; Koswell, b. Sept. 18, 
1816, Abner, b. Oct. 15, 1819, Harriet, b. May 15, 1821. 

Children of Harvey and Lydia Strong; Anin^a, b. Feb. 27, 1814, 
Lewis, b. April 12, 1817, Jonas, b. Sept. 8, 1819. 

Children of William and Gr.tia Patch; Gratia M, b. Apr. 27, 1810. 
William, b. Dec. 9, 1811, Eli H., b. Dec 25, 1812, Angelino S., b. May 
24, 1814, Mary Ann, b. Oct. 4, 1816, Luther, b. June 6, 1818, Alathca, b. 
Aug. 20, 1819, a daughter b. Jan. 24, 1821, Jonas K., b. June 12, 1824. 

Children of Sylvester and Loviua P.rter; Edward H., b. Sejjt. 27, 18- 
33, Simeon U., b. June 17, 1838, Mary L., b. July 28, 1841, George, H., 
b. Oct. 2, 1844. 

Children of Ebenezer and Eunice Porter; Sarah J., b. Mar. 12, 1825, 
Mehitable F., b. Nov. 26, 1826, Abigail, b. Aug. 31, 1828. 

Children of Moses and Mehitable Eogers; Almira, b. Mar. 11, 1801, 
Ahira, b. June 14, 1803, Ellas, h. Aug. 9, 1805, Polly, b. Sept. 24, 1807. 

Dr. (!har]es L. Kuowllon was b. May 3, 1824. 

Children ot Stephen and Orpha Pixley; Orrilla, b. Oct. 21, 1805, Al- 
van C, b. Oct. 19, 1809, Lorenzo, b. March 10, 1812, Stephen, b. Ap^-. 
1, 1831, Snmuer, b. Feb. 3, 1816. 

Hezekiah Warriner settled in the east part of the town at an early 
date, was influential and prominent in town affairs. His son Hezekiiih 
Jr., settled in Hawley and m. Hannah Porter, May 29, 1817. Children, 
Justin Bliss, b. Mar. 15, 1818, Edwin, b. May 10, 1819, m. Elizabeth 
Crowell, lived and d. in Hawley, Benjamin Leonard, b. Sept. 15, 1820,- 
Hezekiah Ryland, b. July 23, 1822, Henry Augustus, b. Sept. 21, 1824. 

Alvah Page lived in the northeast part of the town. His children were 
Alvah, b. Mar. 17, 1806, became a congregational clergyman, Clarinda, 
b. Dec. 19, 1807, Charles Atistin, b. Sept. 21, 1809, Horatio Franklin, 
b. Sept. 21, 1811, became a physician, Theophilus, b. July 9, !813. Re- 
becca, b. Sept. 17, 1815, Irwin B., Jan. 16, 1818, Phincas" Lovd, b. July 
20, 1819, became a lawyer and resides at Ann Arbor. Mich., Jot 1 Stanley 
b., April 26, 1822, became a lawyer, Baalis B., b., Mar. 24, 1824, L\n- 
thia A., b, Sept. 30, 1829. 

Zephaniah Lathrop was b. March 9, 1760, Rachel, his wife, b. Feb- 
1764. Children, Sibel, b. Feb. 21, 1785, Arabella, b. Sept. 25, 1786 
Daniel, b. Aug. 8, 1788, Samuel, b. Aug. 17, 1790, Zephaniah Jr. h. 
Dec. 23. 1792, George, b. March 5, 1795, settled in Hawley, Thomas, b. 
Jan. 7, 1797. Esther, b. Jan. 8, 1799, m. Simeon Crittenden, Myron, K 
June 30, 1801, Jedediah, b. Feb. 15,1804, Edwin, b, Aug. 2, 1807, 
Ephraim, b. Jan. 8, 1811. 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 01) 

Children of Zephaniah Jr. and Tryphena Lathrop; Ileiir^ W., b. Cct. 
20, 1819, Kachel W., b. Jan 21, 1821. 

Children of Zerah and Clarisi=a Graham; Abigail T., b. Jan. 7, 1818, 
Eliza, b. April 30, 1820, Hart T., b.May 27, 1821, Proctor M., b. Sept. 
22, '22, John Q. A., b. Dec. 25, ' 28. 

Children of Erastus and Naomi Ilitciicock; Whitney J., b. Dec. 24, 
1813, Dwight W., b. Feb. 29, 1816, Eliza H., b. Nov.3 , 1817, Erastns 
P., b. Jan. 28, 1820, Samuel J., b, June 28, 1822, Emily N., b. July 8, 
1824, Albert, b. June 8, 1827, Olive, b. June 11, 1829. 

Children of Samuel Jr. and Tirzah Hitclicock; Sylvia B., b. Jan. 30, 
1799, Simeon C, b. July 1, 1801, Wealthy, b. Nov. 6, 1805. 

Children of Simeon and Almiiia Hitchcock; Maria T., b. Jan. 4, 1825, 
AlminaE., b. Feb. 22, 1827, Marion, b. Sept. 13, 1828, Hannah E., b. 
April 20, 1831, Arthur, b. June 29, 1833, Catharine C, K Oct. 1841. 

Children of Eli and Ann B. Hitchcock; Horatio W., b. Jan. 21, 1817, 
Catharine K., b. July 18, 1818, Ann J., b, Sept. 11, 1820, Eli N., b. 
July 21, 1823, Lyman A., b. March 18, 1827. 

David Parker b. Oct. 15, 1747, Sarah, his wife, b. July 25, 1750. 
Children, Sally, b. April 25, 1773, Ehoda, b. Jan. 1, 1775, David, b. 
May 8, 1777, Levi, b. July 31, 1779, Edmund, h. July 11, 1785, Eleanor 
b. July 15, 1787, Oreb, b. Nov. 22, 1789, Consider, b. Oct. 31, 1792. 

Children of Rhoda and Abel Parker; Clarissa, b. April 7, 1819, Eho- 
da, b. April 9, 1822, a sou, b. Nov. 20, 1832. 

Olive Hall b. July 1, 1776, Seth Hall b. Aug. 22, 1783, Phebe Hall b- 
March 6, 1786, Ruhis Hall b. Aug. 26, 1788, Persis Hall b. June 26, '91. 

Children of Seth and Erede Hall; Erede C, b. Feb. 10, 1806, Roami, 
b. June 7, 1810, Harrison, b. Nov. 21, 1812, Seth, b. July 10, 1815, Allen 
R., b. Oct. 13, 1817. 

Children of John and Sybil Tobey; Joshua W., b. Jan. 31, 1821, Sam- 
uel, b. Nov. 8, 1822, John W. b. Aug. 3, 1828. 

MARRIAGES. 

1795 May 7, William Parker and Mehilable Lilly. 
" Dec. 24, Rufus Baker and Olive Hall. 

1797 Dec. 13, Joseph Longley and Mrs. Lucy Shattuck. 
" Sept. 19, William San ford and Betsey Parker. 

1798 Dec. 3, Sylvanus Marsh and Martha Parker. 

1799 Oct. 22, Hollister Baker and Rebecca t!rowell. 

1800 Jan. 9, Levi Holden and Mary Longley. 

" Feb. 28, Alvan Sears and Bethiah Howes. 
" Feb, Moses Kice and Molly Howes. 



70 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

1801 Nov. 19, Alden Sears and Stirah Crosby. 

1802 Nov. 1, John Taylor and Loney Barnard. 

1804 Feb. 6, Theophilus Crosby and Pliebe Hall. 

1805 Oct. 26, Edmund Longley and Olive Field. 

1806 Sept. 21, Ezra King and Jerusha King. 

" Oct. 23, Zenas Bangs and Nabby Crosby. 

1807 Rev. Thomas Wood and Olive Longley. 

1808 Luther Longley and Harrii't Shatluck. 

1809 Nov. 29, Uzziel Simons and Lucy Coney. 

1810 March 15, William Sanfoid and Abigail Hawkes. 
" March 24, Dr. Moses Smith and Mrs. Ann Fobes. 
" Nov. 29, Rufus Hall and Keziah Hall. 

1811 March 28, Samuel Wheeler and Hannali King. 
" Oct. Ziba Fenton and Esther King. 

1812 July 2S, Reuben Scott and Mrs, Electa fccott. 
" Sept. 17, Sylvester Sears and Persis Hall, 

1815 Oct. 5, Allen Bangs and Mrs. Polly Bangs. 

1816 June 13, Chester F. Griggs and Lydia King, 
" June 20, Ansel Rice and Florilla Smith. 

1817 Jan. 30, Israel Crafts and Esther Wells. 

*' May 29, Hezekiah Warriuer Jr. and Hannah Porter. 
" July 3, John King and Electa Shattuck, 

1818 April 19, Abel Parker and Rhoda Hitchcock. 
" Sept. 1, Dennis Bangs and Roana King. 

" Oct. 1, Willard Nash and Minerva King. 

" Oct. 17, John Hall and Ruth Bangs. 

" Dec. 2, Jonas Longley and Almira Crittenden. 

1820 Sept. 14, Andrew Ford and Mrs. Olive Baker. 

1821 Jan. 31, Chester Hunt and Polly Chamberlin. 

" Feb. 28, Jonathan Fuller and Lucinda Leonard. 
" Dec. 4, Thaxter Pool and Polly Grout. 

1822 March 19, Elisha Atkins and Temperance Claghorn. ^ 
" April 21, Benjamin F. Remington and Lydia Rice. 

" Sept. 5, Ethan Hitchcock and Mrs, Calhaiine Lilly. 
" Oct. 16, John Joy and Lucy Hitchcock. 

1823 May 30, William Bassett and Persis Towusley. 

1824 March 3, Ansel Hemenway and Zuba Moody. 
" Oct. 7, Ira Holden and Olive Longley. 

1825 July 17, Wilder Marsh and Rachel Chamberlin. 
" Aug. 26, Lewis Cobb and Elizabeth Holden. 

*' Nov. 23, Rufus Baker and Rebecca Baker. 

1826 Jan. 1, Fitch Wood and Mrs Peggy Hall. 

*' March 9, Horace White and Harriet Hadlock. 
" March SO, Athertnn Hunt and Betsey Rogers. 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 71 

1826 April 9, Alden Sears and Elizabeth Hall, 

" April 13, Horace Baker and Mary Ann Curtis. 
' ' May 9, Samuel T. Grout and Laura Joy. 
" Oct. 2, Theron Skeels and Samantha King. 
" Dec. 21, Simeon Crittenden and Esther Lathrop. 

1827 May 17, Phillip Perry and Bathsheba Fuller. 
'' June 14, Harvey Baker and Ann Eliza Carter. 
" Dec. 11, Freeman Atkins and Rebecca Baker. 

1828 April 3, Chester Upton and Mermeliu Edgarton, 
" same, Luther Scott and Rebecca Harmon. 

" May 4, Anthony Sears and Lovina hprague. 

1829 Nov. 16, Isaac Atkins and Maria Ford. 

1830 May IH, Bardin Damon and Lucy W. Doane. 
" Aug. 10, Timothy Baker and Maria Sears. 

1831 April 21, Noah Ford and Sophia Ford. 

1832 April 4, Ashbel W. Carter and Hannah Joy. 

" July 12, Francis Mantor and Mahala Maynard. 
" Oct. 25, Levi Harmon and Laura Bartlett. 
" " 25, Calvin S. Longley and Eliza Joy. 

1833 Simeon Harwood and Sibel Hadlock. 

" June, Silas Dodge and Adaline Carrier. 
" Aug, 1, Anson Dyer and Mercy Howes. 

1834 June 12, Ephriam Baker and Fanny Maria Hawkes. 
" Nov, 28, Leonard Marsh and Lois Parker. 

1835 Dec. 17, Jonathan Fuller and Mrs. Sophia Hawkes. 
*' Oct. Levi Holden and Aunis Joy. 

1836 March 3, Frederick Sears and Rebbecca E. Sears. 
" " «' Rodoiphus Hawkes and Harriet Sears. 

" " " Charles Howes and Mary A. Hawkes. 
" Oct. 22, Lewis Cobb and Martha Scott. 
" Oct. 27, Tlieophilus Crosby and Abigail C. Thayer. 
" " " Horace Thayer and Mary Ilealy. 

1837 June 15, Henry Howes and Lucy Ann Simons. 

" July 19, Samuel A. Clark and Clarissa R. Williams. 
" Aug. 22, William Hawkes and Tryphosa Lemoiu. 

1838 Jan. 11, Lewis Bodman and Sylvia H. Longley. 

" April 18, Urbane Sears and Mrs. Tryphosa Hawkes. 

" Nov. 20, Jeremiah Taylor and Abigail King. 

" Dec. 7, Dexter White and Lydia Gurney. 
1840 Nov. 26, Amos K. Griggs and Hannah Beals. 

" " '« Ezra Wood and Martha R, Doane. 
1841, Thomas K. Wheeler and Laura Ann Starks. 
1842 Sept. 1, Abner Marsh and Loe Rice. 

" " " Harvey Dauks and Clarissa Rice. 



72 HISTORY OF HAWIEY. 

1843 David Tbayer and Clarissu Healy, 
♦' Thaddeus Rude and Keziab E. Hall. 
" March 29, Erastus Haridon and Sarah C. Rice. 
" Oct. Franklin Crittenden and Sarah A. Hitchcock. 
" Oct. 16, Nelson Joy and Mahaleth King. 
" Dec. 19, William Blood and Eusebia A. Ayres. 

1845 May 1, Abner Longley and Abigail King. 

1846 March 26, E. Sandeison Carter and Tirzah Stiles. 
" May, William R. Thayer and Mary Crowell. 

" Nov. 25, Edward S. Coope and Olive B. King, 

1847 Nov. 30, Harvey Hadlock and Hannah Hunt. 

1848 April 6, Elijah B. Howes and Sarah Jane Simons. 

" June 27, Edwin Warriuer and Elizabeth V. Crowell. 

" Oct. 10, Benjamin Sears and Louisa Atkins. 

" Nov. 28, Ira Joy and Hannah Taylor. 

" Nov. 30, Feeeman Hamlin and Martha Taylor. 

1849 Jan. 23, Wells H. Ayres and Bathsheba Fuller. 

1850 Jan. 28, Obed Smith and Mrs. Philena Leonard. 
" May 16, Edmund Beals and Ehza Baker. 

" July 4, Horace Elmer and Abigail Sears. 

1851 July, Nicholas Dubey and Hannah M. Rice. 

" " Sylvester H. Rice and Elizabeth J. Smith. 
185S June 16, Samuel A. Clark and Mrs. Lucy W. Packard. 
" Nov. 17, Joshua T. Davis and Harriet S. Harmon. 

1854 Jan. 9, Daniel Stars and Susan A. Mansfield. 
" Sept. 10, Edwin Scott and Ann Eliza Longley. 

" Oct. 3, Albert N. Hubbard and Venila A. Crittenden. 
" Nov. 1, Calvin E. Cooley and Olive T. Crittenden. 

1855 Feb. 14, Charles H. Rice and Emeline Sears. 

" March 18, Dennis W. Baker and Lucretia Vincent. 

" May 15, J. Vincent King and Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Church. 

" May 23, Lewis Longley and Laura A. Beals. 

" Oct. 10, John C. Beals and Lorinda H. Fuller. 

" Dec. 24, Franklin H. Beals and Helen C. D.>ane. 

1856 Jan. 10, Apollos H. Gardner and Merila B. Barton. 
" July 22, George W. King and Ellen M. Pratt. 

" Sept. 16, Asa Holden and Martha E. Hunt. 

" Sept. 18, William II. Deming and Mary Ellen Starks. 

1857 Feb. 11, Sereno M. Shafner and Luana Brackett. 

" April 29, William O. Bassett and Mrs Palixana B. Eldridge. 
" June 4, Wilson Gquld and Susan Sprague. 

1858 May, WiUis Vincent and Martha T. Sears. 

" July 3, William Sanford Jr. and Margaret Cotiin. 
" Dec. 2, Levi Holden Jr. and Mrs. Lucy S. Bennett. 



HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. 7:5 

1859 June 7, Amos L. Avery and Ellen E. Carter. 

" " Thomas W. May hew and Sylvia C. Carter. 

" Aug. 27, Wm. Onslow Taylor and Hannah M. Crittenden. 

" Sept. 8, John H. Bassett and Sylvia H. Longley. 

" Sept. 29, Charles B. May hew and Mary E. Baker. 

1860 May 22, Benjamin Wing and Hannah M. Sears. 
" Aug. 22, Spencer N. Tirrell and Eunice Haskins. 

" " 29 Welcome E. Wliitman and Mrs. Jane Herring. 

1861 Jan. 1, Henry A. Howes and Fidelia T. Man tor. 
" "2, Roswell Sears and Mary E. Pierce. 

" April 23, Moses M. Mautor and Emily A. Hall. 

" May 30, Joseph A. Hitchcock and Emily M. Barnes. 

" June 5. Nathaniel Lampson and Carrie E. Longh y. 

" Sept. 10, B. Parsons Mansfield and Loriuda M. Bartlett. 

" Dec. 26, Jesse M. Ward and Ellen J. Harmon. 

1862 March 12, Hosea W. Stockwell and Eliza L. Holden. 
" Aug. 9, Estes Wilson and Sarah M. Fuller. 

" Sept. 4, Henry W. Starks and Emma M. Temple. 

1865 Jan. 1, Levi Hawkes and Mrs. Bathsheba Ayres. 

" Sept. 29, Mark H. Vincent and Emma A. Brackett. 
1864 Aug. 14, Merrick J. Holden and Rebecca C. Mason. 
" Nov. 10, A. Dennis Taylor and Fanny L. Starks. 
" Dec. 22, Charles L. Anthony and Mary J. Stilts. 

1866 June 4, Samuel Williams and Mrs Gratia R. Longlej-. 
" Feb. 21, Henry S. Barton and Bethia H. Sears, 

" Nov. 1, Luther Dodge and Ellen J. Hunt. 

" Nov. 28, Ambrose K. Sears and Sarah L. Nims. 

1867 Jan. 1, Samuel S. Morse and Mary E. Sears. 

" May 15, Francis W. Atkins and Lovisa R. Blancliard. 
" Nov. 28, Chandler H. Blauchard and Amanda M. Myers. 
" Dec. 16, James C. Ritchie and Emma Jane Ayres. 

1868 Feb. 29, Aaron G. Ayres and Mrs. Amanda M. Gloyd. 
" Sept. 21, Warriner K. Vining and Emily Harwood. 

" Dec. 10, Isaac C. Vincent and Delia E. C/arler. 
" Dec. 28, Lucius Hunt and Sarah E. Holden. 

1869 Oct. 28, Lewis E. Harmon and Mrs. Flora G. Crowell. 

1870 Feb. 27, Albert E. Marsh and Anna E. Ayres. 
" June 22, Charles Crittenden and Julia A. Hall. 

1871 April 5, Thomas M. Carter and Flora A. Vincent. 
" Sept. 12, Lewis W. Temple and Ella C. Sears. 

" Nov. 17, Stillman S. Whitman and Mary E. Brackett. 
" "30, Chester A. Bronson and Flora L. Hunt. 

1873 March 3, Lucian A. White and Bessie A. Bennett. 

1874 Aug. 23, James H. Eggleston and Sylvia E. Doane. 



74 HISTOKY or HAWLEY. 

1874 Aug. 27, Ralph W. Larrabee aud Olive E. Hastings. 
187r) May 3, William Wallace Cleveland and .Julia A. Hawkes. 

1878 May 4, Jetson A. Tower and Carrie M. Longley. 
" April 9, Walter H. King and Lilly Barge. 

" Nov. 28, Herbert L. Crowell and Myitie Taylor. 
" Dec. 28, Wilson Gould and Julia K. Mitchell. 

1879 Jan. 1, Dwight A. Hawkes and Ella Mansfield. 
" " 15, Theodore Childs and Clara B. S( ars. 

" March 12, John F. Sprague and Addie M. Roberts. 
" Dec. 28, George W. Sears and Jennie H. Houston. 

1880 Aug. 25, Dr. Josiah Tiow aud Mrs. Ellen J, Dodge. 

1882 Feb. 1, Wesson E. Mansfield and Mary B. Scott. 
" Aug. 19, Lucius Hunt and Hortense A. Mansfield. 

" Nov. 18, Clarauce A. Hubbard and Addie F. Pierson. 
" Dec. 23, Erwin F. Tiuuey and Flora E. Hewitt. 

1883 Jan. 6, Frank E. Mason and Nellie U. White. 

" March 4, Charles H. Maynard and G. Etta Fuller. 
" Dec. 25, Adna C. Bissell and Florence B. Scott. 

1885 Melvin H. White and Sarah Ida Stiles. 

" Wm. H. Hawkes aud Mrs. Martha J. Stiles. 

1886 May 6, Newell Dyer and Lila R. Thayer. 

" July 6, Erastus Graves and Maria H. Underwood. 
" Sept. 25, Dallas Staples and Clara B. Thompson. 
Nov. 13, Frederick N. Haskins and Elizabeth B. Hortou. 
" Dec. 30, S. Jerome Cornweli and Florence E. Taylor. 

1887 Jan. 29, Charles W. Hawkes and Carrie B. Holden. 
" Feb. 1, Clarence Gould aud Etta Jcnks. 



DEATHS. 

The town records contain very meagre and incomplete records of deaths for many of the 
first years of the town's history, heing occasionally one inserted among the record of hirths. 
The following is mainly from the diary of Mrs. Jerusha King, and is also imperfect, as in 
some cases the Christian name is lacking. But as the best record attainable for at least a 
part of the time it covers, we accept it. The figures following the name in some instances, 
is the age. 

1827. 
Jan. 14, Capt. Luther Rice's child, same day, Russell Hunt's child, 
Feb. 18, Elisha Clark's child, March 26, old Mr. Hunt, April 15, Will- 
iam Patch's child, May 11, Horace White's clnhl, July 23, Elijah 
Marsh's ehild, July 29, Miss Baker, Oct., Andrew Ford's two cliildren, 
Nov. 7, .Mrs. Bangs. 



HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. iO 

1828. 
Jan. 1, William Ward's chikl, Marcli 12, Williim Pntnov's cliilil, Mar. 
16, Esq. Zenas Bangs, April 2, Asa Thajer, May 1, Mr. Spr.igue's cliikl, 
July 10, Mr. Holdeu's child, July 15, Jolm Damon's child, Aug. 18, 
Amasa Howard's cliild, Aug. 19, Ciiester Smith's child, Aug. 20, Amasa 
Howard's child, Aug. 27, Ezra Brackt-tt's child, Aug. 28, Ziba Pool's 
child, Sept. 8, Milton Goodspeed's child, Sept. 9, Mrs. Moses Chamher- 
lin, same day, Mrs. Ziba Pool, Sept. 10, Mr. Howes, Sept. 27, Simeon 
Crittenden's child, Sept. 29, Mis. Eolai d Scais. S. ] t. 30. Mr. Holand 
Sears, Nov. 12, Mrs. Lascombe, Dec. 5, Phehe Baker. No. deaths, 21. 

1829. 
Jan. 3, Andrew Pool, Jan, 27, Tlieophflus Crosby's child, F( b. 1, Mr. 
Ward, s child, Feb. 10, Clarissa Cliamberlin, 22, April 11, Jesse Hall, 
May :-iO, Mrs. Solomon Graves, June 5, Samuel Dickinsru's child, July 
3, Mr. Wing's child, Aug, 27, Mrs. Pratt, Sept. 11, Mrs. Viuing, Oct. 
18, old Mrs. Hitchcock, 0.:t. 27, Edmund Longley, 3d, Nov. 13, old 
Mrs Pierce, Dec. 18, Edwin Lathrop. No. of deaths, 14. 

1830. 

Jan. 9, Mrs. Baker, and Mr. Look, April , Moses Mnntrr, and Al- 

mira Dodi^e, May 1, Alviii Sears' child, Dea. Huminoiul, July 1:\ 

Mrs, Robinson, Aug, 21, Shuhael Fuller's child, Aug, 25, Edward Crow- 
ell's child, Aug. 26, Elijah Marsh, Sept. 26, widow Elias Rice, Sept. 28, 
Moses Chamberliu, Dec. 15, Chester Hunt's child, Dec. 15, and 21, two 
children of Quartus Taylor. No. of deaths, 15. 

1831. 
Jan. 9, .Mr. Haskin's two ciiildren, Jan. 11, Sally Snath, Jan. 13, Reu- 
ben Scott's child, Jan. 17, Julia Bartlett, Jan. 18, Warren Robinson's 
child, Jan. 30, Abigail Bartlett, Feb. 4, Quartus Taylor's child, same 
day, Ezekiel Edgarton's cliild, Feb. 8, Mr. Davis' child, Feb. 9, Jouu- 
than Damon's child, same day, Chester Smith, Feb. 20, Mr. Lascombe, 
March 5, Mrs. Rice, March 13, Erastus Hitchcock, May 11. Fitch Woods 
child. May 28, Deacon Newton, July 19, William Saidord, Auff. 2, Mrs. 
Mantor, Sept. 15, Mr. Hulbert's child, Sept. 20, Silas Lilley, Oct. 21, 
Mr. Putney's child, Nov. 25, Mrs. Sophia For J, Dec. 22, Mr. Cro.v U, 
Dec. 23, Harriet Healy, 18. No. of deaths, 25. 

1832. 
Feb. 7, Samuel Ninis, Feb. 18, Mrs. Baker, Feb 22, Mrs. Longley, 
March 3, Mrs. Smith, March 14, Mrs. Hall, March 19, Mr. Densmove's 
child, March 23, E. Crowell's child, April 1, Elisha Robinson's child, 

April 2, Mr, Curtis' child. May , Mr. Harmon's child. May 10, widow 

Thayer, June 10, Dea. Hall, June IT, Luther Longley, June 15, Mr. 
Carter, July , Mr. Pierce's child, Sept. 20, Jonas King, Oct, 19, Ed- 
mund Hawks, Dec. 14, Edward Porter's child. No. rf drathf*. 19. 



7»> HISTOHY OF HAWLEY. 

1833. 

Jai). 19, old Mr. Sears, Feb. — Alviii Sears Jr.'s child, April — , widow 
Lilly, Mrs. Spras^iie, and Amanda Howard, July — , Catharine Lilly, 
Sept. 17, Mrs. Jonathan Puller, Oct.—, old Mrs. Field, Oct. 31, Mrs. 
Howard, Nov. 1, Eliza Ann Fu Her, and Mary Ann Leonard, Nov. 2, 
Hardin Damon's child, Nov. 11, John Hadlock Jr., Nov. 22, Mrs. Milton 
Leonard, D^'c. I.', Mrs. Jonathan Fuller Jr. No. of deaths, If), five of 
which were in the house of Jonathan Fuller. 

1834. 

Fdb , Mr. Atkins' child, and Mr. Wi-ig's child, Feb. 23, Mrs. 

Loveland, Mirch 13, Joel Bartl tt, April 27, P^lijah Marsh Jr., Apr. 29, 
Sarah, adopted daughter of John King, 10, May 2, Mr. Maustieurs 
child. May 20, old Mrs. Longley, Sept. 8, John Braymou's child, Oct. 7, 

Mrs, Mansfield, Oct. , llaivey Baker's clilld, Nov. 1, Amanda Smith, 

Nov. 8, Dea. Spafford, Nov. 12, and 14, two children of Mr. Barckett, 
Dec. , Salome Goodspeed. No. of deaths, 17. 

1835. 
Jan. 20, Cushlng Shaw's ciiild, Feb. — Mr. Wing's child, Mr. Carter's 
child, Sears, Mr. Howard, March 1, Mr. Wing, March 7, Mr. Hill, Mar. 
29, Mr. Vining, April 19, Chester Griggs' child. May 9, Mr. Pierce's 
child, June 6, Rev. Jonathan Grout, 73, June 23, Mrs. Smith, July 19, 
Rebecca Smitii, July 25, Mr. Brackett, Aug. 9, Joel Vincent, Oct. 10, 
Joseph Howes Jr., Nov. 21, Freeman Atkins' child, Dec. 10, Mr. Hol- 
deu's child, Dec. , Mrs. Edgaiton, Dec. 29, Mrs. Doane. Deaths, 20. 

1836. 
March 6, Cornelia (.Jurtis, 18, April 3, old Mr. Baker, April 4, Mr. 
Damon, May 12, Achsah Hall, July 8, Joseph Longley Sen., Aug. 19, 
— Mantor, Dec. 22, — Holden's child. No. oi deaths, 7. 

* 

1837. 
Feb. 21, old Mrs. Tobey, March IS, Taylor Grout's child, March 19, 
Millo Carter's wife. May 21, D< a. Lathrop, June 12, Martha Marsli, 22, 
July 10, Marila Beals, 4, Auij;. 4, Sylvia King, HI, Aug. 15, Elijah 
Longley's child, Sept. 10, — Barnard, Sept. 28, Abraham Parker, Oct. 
Lydia Lilley, Oct. 8, E. Hawkes, Oct. 26, William Hawkes, Oct. 27, 
Washburne Hall, Oct. 31, Theodore Marsh, 22, Oct. — William Cud- 
worth's child. Nov. 30, Elisiia Hunt, Dec. 6, Ezekiel Edgaiton, Dec. 
15, Phebe Newton. No. of deaths, 19. 

1838. 
Pel). 27, Noah Baker, May 28, Mr. Doane, Aug. 8, old Mrs. Cooley, 
Sppt. 12, C. Crosby's two children, Oct. 23, Mrs. Lysander Pelton, Oct. 
, widow E. Marsh, Dec. 23, Esther Grout. No. of deaths, 8. 



HISTOIIY OF HAWI.EY. 



77 



1839. 
Jan. 12, widow Tliayer, Jan. 27, Emory Eice, Ft^b. 15, Mrs. Andrew 
Wood, Feb. 19, Polly Hall, Mrs. Jonas King, 59, Feb. 28, Mr. Ives, 
Mar. 2, Mr. Warriner, March 13, Lydia Hall, March 1-2, Mr. Porter's 
child, March 22, Edmund Ilawkes' sou, March 30, Mrs. Alden Sears, 
April 1, Calvin Longley's ciiild. May 25, widow Rice's daughter, July 
3, Mrs. Stephen Damon, July 13, Amos Kin'r, 81, Sept. 18, Mr. Burton, 
Oct. 8, Abigail Rood, 18, Oct. 10, another child of Rufus Rood, Oct. 16, 
Lois Joy, Oct. 28, Luther Scott's child, Nov. 13, Andrew Wood, Dec. 
16, .Jonas Holden. No. of deatiis, 22. 

1840. 
March 29, Rev. Tyler Thatcher's wife, April 2.5, John Taylor, June 13, 
old Mrs. Sears, July 23, Calvin Longley's child, Aug. 14, Allen Bassetts 
child. No. of deaths, 5. 

1841. 
Jan. 24, Russell Hunt's child, April 17, Dea. Hammond, June 12, Ezra 
Wood, July 5, Lucretia Parker, July 15, Mr Olds' child, Sept. 23, wid- 
ow Lathrop, Oct. 17, Rebecca Sears, Oct. 28, Rhoda Harmon, 22, Alan- 
son Hitchcock, Nov, 2, Fanny Curtis, Nov. 18, Mr. Olds, Nov. 27, Mrs. 
Joel Baker, Dec. 6, Ezra King, 57. No. of deaths, 13. 

1842. 
Jan. 9, Charlotte Crosby, 20, Jan. 21, old Mrs. Harmon, Jan. 27, Ed- 
win Streeter's child, and old Mrs. Dodge, May 3, Mrs. Jonas Holden, 
May 7, Jackson Cook's child, June 4, Levi Harmon's child, Aug. 18, 
Joshua Vincent, Nov. 18, Ste|)hen Damon, Dec. 12, Edmund Longley 
Esq., Deo. 19, Mrs. Ethan Hitchcock. No. of deaths, 11. 

1848. 
Jan. 5, Mr. Mc Coy, Jan. 13, Hezekiah Warriner, Jan. 31, Otis Long- 
ley's child, Feb. 16, ohl Mrs. Ford, May 11, Millo Carter's child. May 

23, Col. Noah Joy, Aug. , Mrs. Ebenezer Crosby, Sept. 13, Mrs. 

Ebenezcr Crowell, July 5, Jonns L tngley, Sept. 26, Chillingsworth 
Crosby's child, Oct. 2, old Mrs. BracUett, Oct. 3, EiizalKth Crosby, '23, 
Nov. 4, old Mrs. Hitchc>>ck. No. ol deaths, 13. 

1844. 

Jan, 9, Mrs Oliver Patch, Feb. Olive Hawkes, March 5, Elisha 

Cobb's child, same day Haivey Bak( r's ciiild, March 30. Rev. Anson 

Dyer's child, same day, Barrus' child, April 2, old Mr. Scott, Apr. 

18, David Carrier's child, May 28, Lois Hitchcock, July 30, Dudley 
Hitchcock, Oct^'2, James Mautor's ehild, Oct. 25, Mrs. Ephraim Marsh, 

Oct. , Roland Sears' child, Nov. 27, Almira Elmer, Dec. 23, Mr. 

Burt's child. No. of deaths, 15. 



78 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

1845. 

Jan. 1, Roswell Baker's child, May , old Mrs. Howard, and Esther 

Maynard, June 17, Dea. Tobey, July 17, Chester Hunt, Oct. , Lydia 

Sears, Dec. 27, Jonas Rice, 90. Nf). of deaths, 7. 

1846. 

Jan. 1, Harvey Baker's sou, March , Atherton Hunt's child, April 

1, widow Taylor, and widow Scott, April 23, Franklin Crittenden, May 

7, Sylvanus Rice's wife and child, May 21, J. W. King's cliild, Nov. 

Mrs. Loomis, Galley Holden, Nov. 24, Elijah Longley's child. 11 in No. 

1855. 
Jan. 5. Mrs. Wood, Jan. 10, old Mrs. Campbell, 95, March 24, Mar- 
garet Hawkes, April 20, Benjamin Sears, May 4 Moses Blood, May 20, 

Mrs. Jonathan Damon, do. Ann Cornelia Wood, 11. June , Chester 

Smith, 8.3, July 30, Stillman Sears, 23, Aug. 8, Thomas K. Wheeler's 
child, Aug. 5, Mrs. Williams, Aug. 11, Ebenezer Sears' child, Nov. 27, 
Jane M. Ford, Dec. 11, Louisa Doane. No. of deaths, 14. 

1856. 
Feb. 14, Dennis Baker's child, March 5, Mrs. David Thayer, Mar. 6, 

Lemuel Eldridiz;e, April 26, Ruth Scott, July , Leman Vining's 

child, July I'], Ethan Hitchcock's sou, Aug. 24, Vienna Bears, Sept. 15, 
Betsey 8anford, Nov. 6, Dea. Rufus Sears, Nov. 23, Mrs. Fitch Wood, 
Dec. 25, old Mr. Dodge, Apr. 30, Olive Scott. No. of deaths, 12. 

1857. 
Jan. 11, Mrs. Dauiul Hall, Jan. 17, Mrs. Levi Holden, Jan. 30, Joseph 

Howes, March 1~\ Oliver Shattuck, April , Mrs. Thomas Longley, 

June 15, Uzzlc'l Simons, Sept. 10, Mrs. Philena Turner, Oct. 22, Mrs. 
Martha Taylor, Dec. , Mrs. Elisha Clark. No. -of deaths, 9. 

1858. 
Jan. 3, Preserved Larrabee's child, Feb. 26, Matilda Damon, Mar. 6, 
Mrs. Ichabnd Hawkes. April 12, Calvin S. Longley, April 16, Perlinu 
Harmon, M.iy 1. David Viii ng, June 1, David Vining's daughter, Aug. 

18, Harlan H. Rici-, 16, drowned, Aug , Joseph Tobey, Sept. 18, 

Silas King, Nov. 27, Mrs. John C. Beals, 21, Dec. 21, Mrs. Amos King, 
92, April 5, Mr. Morton's child, Dec. 27, widow Crosby. 14 deaths. 

1859. 

March 18, Mrs. Alpheus Hawkes, March 30, Hepsey Hall, April , 

Leonard Marsh's child, June 9, wife of Dea. Smith, Sept. 5, Caroline 
Holden, same day, Jonathan Damon's son. No, of deaths, 6. 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 7if 

1860. 

JaD. 14, Mrs. Tyler Curtis, Jan. 15, J. M. Parker's child, Jan. 24, Mr. 
Gould's child, May 15, Mrs. HoUister Baker, June 9, Sylvanus Kico, 
June 13, Phebe Damon, Aug. 28, Edwin Scott's cbild, same day, Roe- 
well Baker's child, Sej)t. 27, William Bassett, Oct. 6, Ebeuezer Wood, 
Nov. 16, widow Batchelder. No. of deaths, 11. 

1861. 
Jan. 17, Ephraim Marsh, Feb. 6, Thomas Eldridge's •.■hild, AprillG, 
Mrs. Mitchell, April 18, Mrs. Mantor, June 23, Ruth Atkins, 92, June 

25, Wells Ayris, Aug. 6, Curtis, Aug. 29, Mrs. Taylor Grout, Nov. 

11, Almon Atkins, 25, Dec. 20, Charles Mayhew, Dec. 26, Nathaniel 
Hall, Dec. 27, widow of Rev. Jonathan Grout. No. of diaths, 12. 

1862. 
Jan. 19, Lewis Sears' child, Feb. 16, Rhoda Scott, May — , Mrs. Por- 
ter Hawkes, May 16, Ellen, wife of Wm. H. Darning, 22, June 1, Mrs. 
Levi Hawkes, July 6, Melissa Eldridge, July 11, Mr. Mitchell's daugh- 
ter, July 16, Elisha Clark, Aug. 21, Peter L. Baker's child, Aug. 23, Em- 
ma Wheeler, Sept. 1, Mrs. Eddy, Sept. 8, George Lathrop, Sept. 13, wid- 
ow Cooley, Sept. 28, Polly Rood, Oct. 3, Elijah B. Howes' child, Nov. 
, Urbane Sears 2d. No. of deaths, 16. 

1863. 
Jan. 8, Thomas Hall, a soldier, Feb. 20, widow Silas King, March — , 
Warham Stiles, March 25, Clark Spragiie, June 12, widow John King, 
June 13, Mrs. John Taylor, July 6, Aaron Ayres' child, July 26, Mrs. 
Aaron Ayres, July 29, Mrs. Reuben Scott, Geo. C. Brayman, Noah Ba- 
ker, Henry Mason, and George Clark died in the army, Sept. 13, Mrs. 
Garner Stiles, Sept. 5. Edmund Longley, Sept. £0, William Sanford's 
child, Oct. 11, old Mrs. Stiles, Oct. 13, Hollister Baker, Oct. 29, widow 
Alvin Sears, Nov. — , Mr. Rogers, a soldier, Dec. 4, Henry Hunt a sold- 
ier, Dec. 15, Chapman Parker, Dec. 20, Levi Hawkes' child. 23 deaths. 

186-1-. 

Jan. 2, Milison Turner, Jan. 9, John Brown's child, Feb. 9, Elijah B. 

Howes' child, March 1, N.ithan Vincent, April 29, Thankful Damon, 

May 25, old Mrs. Sears, June 23, Mrs. Lyman Rice, Aug. 31, Josepli 

Hitchcock's child, Sept. 30, old Mrs. Thorp, Nov— , Mrs. Hayden. 10. 

1865. 

Jan. 27; Mr Patch, Feb. 15, Hannah Crosby, April 16, Theodore Field 

June 29, Mrs. J. Monroe Parker, Aug. 25, Mrs. Williams, Aug. 26, old 

Mrs. Hunt, Sept. 12, Horace White, Sept. 24, Sally Snow, Oct. 2, Mrs. 

Hale, Oct. 22, Willis Vincent's child, Oct. 28, Mrs. Moses Rice. 11. 



80 HISTOIIV OF HAWLEY. 

18t)6. 

Marcli 25, old Mrs. Fales, April 7, Mrs. Anthony Sears, May 13, John 
Taylor, May 20, Ethan Hitchcock, June 4, Mrs. Consider Siiiith, Anj;. 
28, Mary Holden, Sept. 18, Esther Hall, Dec, 5, Levi Holden Sr. 99, 
Dec. 7, Mrs. Esther Longley, 90. No. of deaths, 9. 

1867. 
Jan. 1, Dea. Simeon Crioteudeu, Jan. 5, Mrs. Luther Scott, March 6, 
Mrs. Freeman Atkins, 62, March 19, Edward Lewis Crowell, 37, May 2, 
Mrs. John Starks, 84, May 15, Mis. Eiastus Kinney, May 16, Mrs. 
Nathan Clark, and Willard Carpenter's child, July 13, Thos. Eldridge s 
child, July 22, Jonathan Brncki tt, Autr. 7, widow of Sylvauus Rice, 
Aug. 10, old Mrs. Hitchcock, S pt. 10. Daniel Rice, about 90, Sept. 20, 
Erastus Kinney' child, Oct. 8, Mrs. Proctor Marsh, Oct. 18, Charles Ba- 
ker, Nov. 16, Lewis Cobb, Dec. 24, widow Daniel Rice. Deaths, 18. 

1868. 

Jan. 16, widow Temperance Harmon, Feb. 3, Mrs. John Starks, 83, 
Feb. 4, Calvin Scott, Feb. 14, Mrs. Benjamin Sears, 40, April 12, Mr. 
Gilbert, April 18, Mrs Jonathan Fuller, May 26, Simeon Hitchcock, 
July 5, Onslow Taylor's child, Aug. 1, Mrs. Gillett's child, Oct. 25, Zeb- 
edee Wood, Oct. 26, Sylvester Rice's child, Dec. 24, widow Joseph 
Howes. No. of deaths, 12. 

1869. 

Feb. 25, Edward Warrlner, 20, March 25, Nettie Hall, 13, April 22, 
Alonzo Turner's child, July 27, Mrs. Eri Hitchcock, Aug. 4, William 

Sanford, Oct , a French child. No. of deaths, 6. 

1870. 

Jan. 25, Mr. Stone's child, Feb. 11, Benjamin Sears, 48, same day 
Mrs. Bushnell, 73, Feb. 22, E. P. Hunt's child, March 13, Willard Car- 
penter's child, May 21, Reuben Scott Jr., 47, June 25, John V. King, 
47, Aug. 16, Daniel Crosby, 58, Aug. 21, Justin Wood's child, Aug. — 
Gilbert Gould's child, Oct. 20, widow Polly Hunt, 75. Dec. 23, Polly 
Baker, 86. No. of deaths, 12. 

1871. 

Jan. 23, Mrs. Joshua Williams, 48, Jan. 28, Aimer Gurney'.s child, 
March 27, George Doane, 33, .March 28, Garner Stiles, 66, May 16, Gil- 
bert Gould's child, Nov. 20, Edward Crowell, 77. No. of deaths, 6. 

1872. 

Jan. 20, James Doane. 65, March 11, Ira Turner, 9, Mar. 16, William 
Thayer's child, April 3, John H. Wood, 79, April 9, Warriner Vining's 
child, June 3, Mrs. Elias Rice 87, Sept. 21, Mrs. Abraham Parker, 88, 
Oct. 21, Mrs. 'Nathan Tyler, 40, Nov. 17, Mrs. Reuben Crittenden, 65, 
Nov. 24, George Goddard's child, Dec. 12, Nathen Clark's child, Dec. 
13, Alvin Kinney, 79, No. of deaths, 12. 



niSTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 81 



1S7:J. 
Jan. 27, Eliza Guilford, 22, March 4, John Vincent, 70, April 12, 
Rowland Stiles' child, April 15, Dennis Taylor's child, July 7, Seth 
Haydeu, 83, July 16, Anthony Sears, 68, Dec. 4, Mrs. Dea. Eldildge 
82, Dee. 7, Sally Wood, 75. No. of deaths, 8. 

1874. 
Jan. 29, Elijah Shaw's child, Feb. 14, Harvey Baker, 70, Feb. 27, 
Ichabod Hawkes, 84, May 28, Martha D. Wood, 80, same da}% Mrs. 
Mary Blodgett, 25, June 8, Charles Baker, 58, Sept. 10, widow Vincent 
Kinc;, 50. JSo. of deaths, 7. 

1875. 
March 4, Mrs. Chapin, 38, March 23, W. Simons, 84, April 6, Urbane 
Sears, 61, April — Lucius Hunt's child. May 5, Dea. Eldridge, 91. 5 

1876. 
March 26, Mrs. Horton, April 20, Mrs. John Vincent, 74, April 27, 
Alvah Stiles, Aug. 1, Mrs. Rufus Sprague, 70, Aug. 15, Porter Hawkes' 
son, suicided, Dec— — , Porter Hawkes, Reuben Scott, 86. 7 

1877. 
Jan. 4. Samuel Thayer, 89, Jan. 22, Mrs. Sarah Brackett, 80, Jan. 25, 
Dea. Samuel Hall, 7S, Feb. 27, Warriner King, 90, July 17, Mrs. Lucy 
M. Gillett, 74. July 18, Mrs. Susan S. Gould, 40, July 28, Bertha A. 
Simpson, Aug. 18, Mrs. Jane Maynard, 41, Sept. 20, Mrs. Betsey Kin- 
ney, 83, Oct. 4, Frederick Hubbard. No. of deatiis, 10. 

1878. 
March 12, Lucretia Bassett, March 21, Mrs. Sarah Hunt, April 13, 
Luther Dodge, Aug. 4, Lottie J. Andrews, Sept. 15, Harvey Stiles, 42, 
Nov. 2, Zachary Hall, 87, Dec. 22, Ruth M. Rice. No. of deaths, 7. 

1879. 
March 9, Mrs. Polly Crittenden, Aug. 21, Daniel Hall, Oct. 17, Mrs. 
Apphia Crowell, Nov. 29, Chirk Sears, Nov. 30, Freeman Atkins, 73, 
Dec. 19, Mrs. Luciuda Gould, 73. No. of deaths, 6. 

1880. 
Jan. 24, Clinton H. Hadlock, April 14, Harriet M. Sears, April 19, 
Martin Vining, May 7, Hattie L. Luce, Jan. 6, Mrs. Permelia S. Mea- 
cham, Aug. 28, Bela Mitchell, Sept. 10, Sarah Clark Mason, July 28, 
Reuben Crittenden, Nov. 3, Waldo K. Baker, Dec. 1, Mrs. Cordelia B. 
Doane. No. of deaths, 10. 



82 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 

1881. 

Feb. 4, Kate A. Eldridgc, March 8, Jaue E. Mansfield, Marcli 15, 
Emcline T. Dodge, April 1, Erastus Mansfield, April 29, Auucusia E. 
Maynard, May 21, Edward M. Field, June 5, Clara Belle Sears, June 20, 
Abraham Parker, Oct. 9, Rufus C. Sprague. Nov. 3, Bartholoniew Scan- 
Ian, Sept. 18, Susanna Mansfield. No of deaths, 12. 

1882. 
March 15, Mrs. Betsey R. Hunt, 83, May 22, Mrs. Julia A. Crittcn 
den, 34, May 25, Francis H. King, Dec. 5, Mrs. Gracia R. Williams, 
Dec. 16, Jonathan Fuller, 90, Dec. 17. Nelson Brackett. No. of deaths 7. 

1883. 
Jan. 1, Joanna H. Clark, Jan. 21, Arthur A. Turner, Feb. 2, Thad- 
deus Wood, April 8, Mrs. Abigail Fuller, June 2, Mehitable Stafford, 
July 28, Emeline Stetson, Aug. 6, Anna Vincent, Aug. 13, Mrs. Harriet 
White, 84, Sept. 26, Flora A. Gould, 19. No. of deaths, 9. 

1884. 
Jan. 7, Heman Hitchcock, 84, March 5, Sarah Brayman, Aug. 4, Jes- 
sie Staples, June 19, Olive Holden, Oct. 17, Erastus W. Brayman, Jo- 
siah Archie Barber. No. of deaths, 6. 

1885. 
Aug. 18, Carrie E. King. Sept. 11, Henry A. Hillman, Sepl. 17, Lu- 
ther Scott, Sept. 22, Ellen Graves, Nov. 10, Lucy Scott, Nov. 21, Lu- 
cius Scott. Nov. — , Cora M. Turner, Dec. 12, Henry W. King. 8. 

1886. 
Marcli 19, Horace Dwight Seymour, 24, April 19, Bertie E. Galbraith, 
6, May 21, Canie L. Scott, 16, Aug. 20, Leroy G. Carrier, 4 mos. Aug. 
23, Levi Holden, 79, Oct. 9. Silas Dodge, 81, Nov. 6, Sanderson E. Car- 
ter, 69, Nov. 21, Ira Holden, 88, Dec. 14, Ira Joy, 87, Dec. 17, Arron 
Gould, 80, Dec. 27, Norman Phillip Kenney, 6 mos., April 15, Weal- 
thy B. Howes, 18. No. of deaths, 12, 



A record has been furnished, showing that the cemetery in the old 
sixth district was opened in 1827, and that Capt. Luther Rice's child 
was the first buried there. The record gives the names of 57 buried 
there, and having been abandoned several years ago, it is evident that 
nearly a hundred have been buried there. 



histo;;y of hawi.ey. 83 



MISCELLANIES. 



The following record of a mectiuff of the inliabitiints ol No. 7, beuring 
date Feb. 24, 1778, is furnished by Geo. D. Crittenden, having been left 
in an account book kept by Zebedee Wood, before and after his coranig 
to Hawley. It will be noticed that the date is fourteen yeais before 
the incorporation of the town, and it appears that Mr. Wood was clerk 
of the meeting. The record is given to show the customs adopted by the 
pioneer settlers, and the disadvantages under which they lived. 

Feb. 24, 1778; At a town meeting held at the house of Samuel Hitch- 
cock, Thomas King, Moderator: Voted Nathaniel Rudd, Samuel Hitch- 
cock and Thomas King a committee to get the town salt and distribute 
the same. 

Voted, thev will do nothing about getting a town stock of powder and 
lead. 

Voted, Thomas King to go and talk with the proprietors and see what 
they will do about building mills and getting on the rest of the settlers. 

Voted Thomas King, Daniel Burt and Nathaniel Rudd committee men 
to go and see after a ciuucil. 

Voted to hire preaching this year, and to raise money by subscription 
to pay the same. 

Voted Nathaniel Rudd to draw up a paper and get signers. 

Voted to hire Mr. Sherwin to preach. 

Voted David Parker to agree with him. 

Voted Samuel Hitchcock, Silas Hitchcock and Nathaniel Parker com- 
mittee men to lay out a highway from Mr. Curtis' to the grant. 

Copy of a subscription paper for the support of a school: — 
We, whose names are hereunder signed, being disposed to have a 
school amongst us the ensuing winter, hereby bind ourselves to })ay the 
following sums affixed to our names, provided we can pay the same in 
the products of the earth. Furthermore, agreed to have Mr. Nash keep 
an exact account of every day each scholar comes, and if any subscriber 
in the district does not subscribe his proportion according to what he 
sends, hereby obligate ourselves to naake it up according to what we do 
send. 



84: HI8TOKV OF HAWI.EY. 

Zebedee Wood, 18 shillings, 

Natliaii West, 8 

Jacob Hunt, 10 " 

Zebulon Benton, 7 " 

Zephaniah Lathiop, 7 " 

lohabod Tlawkcs, 8 " 

In 1865, there were living in the old seventh district, which tl)eu 
numbered a population of about 70, tlurteeu persopf. who were over 70, 
eleven being over 75, seven over 80, and one over 90. An i^8lle of the 
Greenfield Gazette in December of thnt jear gave their names and ages, 
and we reproduce it, with the addition of the date of death and age. 



Ethan Hitolicock, 


92 


died 


May 30, 1866, 


aged 


93 


Mrs, Esther Longlej', 


89 


" 


Dec. 7, 1886, 


( t 


90 


Daniel Rice, 


88 


(t 


Sept. 10, 1867, 


it 


90 


Mrs. Sarah Rice, 


87 


(< 


Dec. 24, 1867, 


n 


89 


John Taylor, 


84 


t( 


May 13, 1866, 


i( 


85 


John Starks, 


82 


(( 


May 2, 1867, 


n 


84 


Mrs. Anne Starks, 


80 


( ( 


Feb. 3, 1868, 


a 


83 


Mrs. Polly Crittenden, 


79 


< ( 


March 19, 1879, 


( ( 


92 


Warriner King, 


78 


(( 


Feb. 27, 1877, 


i( 


90 


Mrs. Jerusha King, 


77 


n 


May 30, 1882 


" 


93 


Zacliary Hall, 


75 


(• 


Nov. 2, 1878, 


" 


87 


Jonathan Fuller, 


7:3 


" 


Dec. 16, 1882, 


(( 


90 


Mrs. Pamelia Fuller. 


73 


(t 


April 18, 1868, 


li 


76 



Copy of a record from an account book kept by Warriner King. 

Hawley, Nov. ye 6, 1811. 
Then reckoned and settled all accounts with John Starks from the 
beginning of the world to this date. 

Warriner King. 
John Starks. 

On the occasion ol the marriage of Rev. Jonathan Grout, Oct. 23, 1795 
he made a large register or certificate, neatly and elaborately done in 
pen printing, at tlie bottom of which is the following, written as an 
acrostic: — 

Man placed in paradise to live, 

And formed and aimed for social bliss, 

Rejoiced when God a helpmeet gave. 

Received and owned her, bone of his. 

In this connection, would men gain 

All joy which thence might sweetly flow, 

Oood acts reciprocal must prove, 

Each in their turn should kindness show. 



niSTOUY OF IIAWl.EY. »■> 

This sheet is in the possession of Mr. Grout's granddaughter, Mrs. C, 
A. Stebbins, of Deerfield, also two sermons delivered by Mr. Gr.m^, 
printed in pamphlet form, one on the occasion of a Fourth of July ale - 
bratiou In Heath, In 1803, the other at the close of a singing school in 
Cummington in March, 1811. She has other relics from the ancestral- 
liomestead, also some articles from the Grout family are placed in Me- 
morial H all. 

An Illinois paper of Jan. 14, 1887, reproduces a copy of a poem writ- 
ten as a letter by Jedediah Lathrop to his brother Thomas. It was orig- 
inally written April 27, 1829, when he was a clerk in a store, aud he 
dwells at length upon the anticipation of the opening of spring. 

The life and character of Zachary Hall demands a space in this work. 
He oirginated from Ashfield, and in childhood was said to possess an 
average amount of intellect, but sometime in early life lie became demen- 
ted to a certain extent, and in consequence, became an object of chaiity, 
and came upon the town of Hawley. One account says that the cause of 
his downfall was a religious excitement under which he labored at one 
time in his youth. For many years he lived with Otis Longley, but 
upon the purchase of the Town farm in 1851, he was remov ed there and 
passed the rest of his life there. He had many hallucinations, some peo- 
ple believing his abilities were better than he assumed, and that his 
peculiarities were put on for effect.' He once had a sound tootli extract- 
ed, saying that it once bit his mother, and cut off one ol his fingeis be- 
cause it pinched her. Sometimes he would decorate himself in ever}' 
conceivable style and color of patches on his clothing, sometimes sewing 
on birch bark. He usually wore a handkerchief tied over his head, as 
he said, to keep the flies out of his ears. He often spent hours at a time 
killing flies, by strikini!; them with a little paddle or narrow shingle, and 
was a pretty good shot. Occasionally some particular shrub or weed 
would be the object of his contempt, and he would spend days in des- 
troying all he could tind of that particular species. 

One Fourth of July he heated water and put on the Canada thistles 
which grew in the chip yard near the house. It had the effect of wilt- 
ing the noxious thistles at the time, but whether the treatment elfeeled a 
permanent, eradication, we aie not informed. He was usually harniiess, 
but at times iiis vagaries assumed a miscl ievous charactc r, for instance, 
he once made a yard in an isolated part of the pasture and shut the cows 
in it, so they were not readily found. A large number of mud of swal 
lows annually built nests and reared their young under the eaves of the 
barn and a long shed. One Sunday when the family had gone to church, 
he knocked down the nests and destroyed the eggs and young birds. 
Sometimes he was coaxed, and sometimes threatened into submission. 
At one time he had a severe attack of jaundice, and on asking the pro- 
prietor what made his skin so yellow, he was gravely informed tliat it 



8(i HISTOHV OF IIAWl.EY. 

was caused by his smoking, wliertnipou he laid by liis pipe aud never 
used it ajfain. Meetings were fri queiitly held in the school house in that 
neighborhood, and one Sunday morning, the minister being late, he- 
took his seat in the desk and quietly remained until the minister arrived. 
when he as qnielly vacated it. 

Sometimes he would run away from home, and on one of these oeca- 
sioMS, one of the town fathers told him the town bought the faim for his 
special use, and he must slay and take care of it, which had the desired 
effect. Along cha})ter might be written on his eccentricities, but en- 
ough has been said to give a good description. Suffice it to say that he 
lived much beyond the allotted age of man, and it is believed tliat he 
enjoyed life, in his way, to an average degree. It is said m his last sick- 
ness he realized his condition, and was much more composed at the ap- 
pi-oach of death than many another He died Nov. 2, 1878, aged 87. 

In the early years of the town's hi,-tory, old Mr. Hale lived a little 
nortn of the South Hawley post office. He lived a kind of hermit life 
by himself, and had some peculiar fancies, among which was the sup- 
position that he was tormented by evil sjurits, and would show fight 
with his supposed enemies, armed with a pitchfork. 

Joseph P. Manning, an eccentric man, lived in Ashfield, and owned 
thirty acres of land now on the farm of Joseph Hitchcock in Hawley, 
on which was a small house where he often stayed for a month at a time, 
sometimes keeping his cow tliere. Most people in Hawley who were 
living thirty years ago will remember him as a kind of local celebrity. 
He spent much of his time travelling about, carrying a bag of lime aud 
a whitewash brush, occasionally getting a job of whitewashing, having 
favorite places wliere he would call for a "dish of tea." He was very 
erratic in his religious convictions, and sometimes his voice could be 
heard a mile when he was at his devotions. 

The year 1816 was remarkable for its cold summer. It is said that 
spots could be seen on tlie sun. Severe frosts occurred every month; 
June 7th and 8th snow fell, and it was so cold that crops were cut down, 
even freezing the roots, but they were replanted. In the early Autumn 
when corn was in the milk it was so thoroughly frozui that it never li- 
pened and was scarcely worth harvesting. Brt adstufis were scarce iincl 
prices high and the poorer class of people were often in straits for want 
of food. It must be remembered that tlie granaries ( f the great west 
had not then been opei'ed to us by railroad communication, and people 
were obliged to rely upon their own resources or upon others in their 
immediate lucalitj\ 

The winter and spring of 1857 presented some peculiar freaks. In 
February, a succession of thaws, resembling April weather, cariied off 
nearly all the snow, and considerable maple sugar was made. 



IIISTOIIV OP' HAWl.EY. 87 

March did not betra}- its trust, furnisbiug the usual complement of cold, 
snow and wind. April 20 and 21, the ground having been previously 
bare, a snow storm raged for about thirty-six hours, leaving fully three 
feet of solid snow on the ground. Travelling was impossible for sever- 
al days, and it was believed that had the weatlier been cold and the snow 
dry, it would have been six feet deep. 

Two tiotable thunder sliowers passed over the town within a year of 
each other. Aug. 18, 1858, near tl>e close of an intensely hot day, a 
shower passed from southwest to northeast, accompanied with a wind 
which assumed the proportions of a tornado, and forests, orchards and 
buildings were demolished tlirough a narrow strip where the wind was 
most violent. On the evening of July 2, 1859, a terrific thunderstorm 
of considerable duration occurred. The damage in this ca^e was caused 
by water, many of tlie highways being literally torn in pieces. 

The town received its full complement of damage and subsequent ex- 
penses by the memorable flood which swept like a tidal wave over New 
England, Oct. 4, 1869. 

The early inhabitants were sometimes in terror in consequence of the 
prevalence of beasts of prey. It is related of the wife of Timothy Baker 
that at times when her husband was absent from home, it was her cus- 
tom to shut her children in the house when going after the cow, to pre- 
vent their straying from the house and being devoured by wild beasts. 

Warriner King when a small boy, went to his grandfather's house, a- 
bout two miles from liome, and not returning as soon as expected, his 
father went after him; meeting him on the waj', and not wishing to re- 
veal the object of his mission or the fears he entertained for his little 
son's safety, lie coolly asked him if he had seen anything of their sheep. 

In the spring of 1834, tlie following families removed from Hawley, 
the most of them going to Oliio:- Solomon Graves, John Hadlock, liev. 
John Breed and Elder Wagner. At that time the "Western Beserve," 
or "New Connecticut," in Oliio, was just opened and was an objective 
point to many emigrating west. 

April 20, 1856, the families of Luther Rice, Calvin Rice and Nicholas 
Dubey removed west, several members ol the family having );rec( (kd 
them. Sept. 5, 1857, their parents, Capt. Luther Rice and wife W(.nt to 
join them. 

A few years after the marriage of Ansel Rice, he moved with his fan.i- 
ly toOldo, going the entire distance w itli an ox team, with which he carri- 
ed his family and some furniture. A cow was tied to the wagon, which 
furnished milk duiing thejoumty. The family usuidiy slept in the 
wagon, occasionally putting up at a private house. On the morning of 
their departure, their neighbors for quite a distance assembled to leave 
parting congratulations, making as much capital of the event as a pres- 
idential party would at the present day. 



8y HISTOHY OF IIAWIET. 

At the organization of the first Sunday school in June, IbiO, ILun.as 
Longley was superintendent, and among the teachers were Dea. Lath- 
rop, Levi Eldiidge, Ezra King, Theopliilus Crosby, Jndah Crosby. Fitcli 
Wood, Joshua Longley. Noah Joy was clerk; his duties being to keep a 
record of the sciiptiire verses committed and Kclted by each scholar. 
The rewarii was a four page tract for each fort}' verses repeated. A few 
years later, question books were introduced, and a library added. 

John Hadlock was a carpenter, and for a large part of the time was 
away from home in the pursuit of tliat vocation. On a frosty evening in 
the fall of the year, when on his way home, in passing over a lonely 
portion of the way, he saw what he imagined to be a man, and on ad- 
dressing him no response came. "Are you man or the devil?'' And still 
no answer. He was confident it was man; tjie form and outline gave 
him the fullest assurance. His next impression was to evade him by 
turning out of the road and pass by him. Finally summoning up all his 
courage and relying on his pliysical strength, (of which he had a good 
supply,) he approached carefully and then springing, seized a — stump! 
On seeing the place afterwards, it was revealed to him that a turn in the 
road and a little opening in the forest beyond, g»ve the object the ap- 
pearance of being in the road, and imagination had done the rest. 

Another circumstance showing the power of imagination: Horace 
Thayer made baskets during the winter season, and stored them in all 
stages of manufacture in a large open chamber. One time lie had been 
away with his wife to spend the evening, and on their return a noise in 
the chamber indicated the presence of a burglar. The plan of attack 
was arranged for Mr Thayer to go up stairs, armed with a large club, 
and his wife to keep guard at the window in case of an escape. But on 
investigation their fears were removed by finding that the house cat had 
become a self made prisoner under an overturned basket. 



IN OUR GRANDMOTHER'S DAYS. 

Written by Mrs. Jerusha King in 1873, at the age of 84, and originally published in 
the Greenfield Gazzette. It was republished in a Worcester County paper. 

I think that you would like to know 
How things were done long years ago, 
And I have lived to eighty-four 
And I can tell what people wore. 



HISTOHY OF HAWLET. 89 

Men wore felt hats of coarsest wool, 
B<iys wore buft'c.ijts to church aud school, 
'I lie la lies they wore pasteboard hats. 
Their luutfs were made of skins of cats. 

Aleii's (dotlies wire made of wool and flax; 
Tiit y was. led and shaved as neat as wax, 
Thev never looked like Esau's race, 
With hair ihol covered all their iaoe. 

The ladies they dressed plain and neat, 
In everything from head to feet; 
They never wore the thing they call 
A bustle, or a waterfall. 

We spun and wove the cloth to wear. 
Or workcil out in the opeii air. 
We pulled the flax and loaded hay, 
And helped to stow it all away. 

To card aud spin, and knit and sew, 

We learned; all kinds of house-work, too. 
To wash and bake, and churn and brew, 

And get up a good dinner, too. 

We did noi live on pie aud cake, 

As 'tis the fashion now; 
Our suppeis, then, we did not take 

Till we had milked the cow. 

Aud then we had our milk and bread. 
Our porridge made of beans, instead; 
Or hasty pudding, warm and sweet, 
And sometimes we had fish or meat. 

Our bread was made of corn and rye, 

Bolted, it made our crusts for pie. 

We always had enough to eat, 

But very seldom any wheat 

We learned to wash and mend our clothes, 

Our stockigns we could darn. 
Now, you can't find a girl who knows 

How to spin stocking -yarn. 

Then, we worked hard to card and spin 

Our thirty knots a day: 
And when the week was done we had 

But fifty cents for pay. 



90 HISTOHY OF HAWLEY. 

When we had carded, then, and spun 
Our whole nine runs of tow, 
'Twould only buy, wlieu it was done, 
Oue yard of calico. 

Of home-spun flax we wove t)ur plaid 

Fur all our summer weai ; 
We made it neatly, and were glad 

To wear it anywhere 

We had no school-house, in those times, 
But when the days were warm, 

Some oue was hired to teach us all 
In father's empty *barn. 

And when the time for haying came, 
All worked as they were able. 

The barn was filled and school was moved 
Into the clean, dry stable. 

You see how hard it must have been 
For us to get our learning, then; 
But all learned how to read and spell, 
And write, too, and we did it well. 

We read our Bibles then with care. 
Each night we said our evening prayer. 
We never were allowed to play 
Or woik UDOn God's holy day. 

And I am sorry now to say, 
Thni many disregard this day; 
This holy day that He has blest — 
The emblem ol eternal rest. 

And thus, in seventy years, or more. 
Great changes have I known; 

But of one thing now I'm sure, 
My life is nearly done. 



♦Esther Wood, afterward the wife of Zimri Longley, kept the first school in that part 
of the town in a barn built by Thomas King, siill standing where his son Ezra lived. It 
was the first framed barn built in town, and was probably built before the incorporation of 
t'ae town. When it was raised the help was insufficient, and seveial women rendered as- 
sistance. 



HlSTOin' OF HAWI.EY. 91 

THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE. 

This was written in 1870. Subject, the old schoolhouse in the old seventh district. Since 
this was written the old house has been taken down and a new one built. It will vividly 
portray the youthful experiences of many who have gone forth into the world to struggle 
with the battles of life. 

Erected many years ago by rustic liauds, 

All laded and worn by the wayside it stands — 

With sunburnt, weather beaten walls wliich knew no paint, 

With roof devoid of cornice, and chimney stood aslant. 

With solemn looking benches, and blackboaid three by four, 

With high old fashioned windows, and narrow cleated door. 

Snch was the theater of my young, ambitious pride, 
Sometimes on mischief bent, sometimes for learning tried; 
Such was tlie place wliere schoolmates met from day to day, 
With lessons learned and he;ird all were intent on play; 
Such was the scene of many a grief and joy. 
Since first I tried the fortunes of the glad schoolboy. 

Since then I've left those once familiar scenes, 

And sought 'mong strangers homes to benefit my means; 

But those teachers and scholars which I knew of yore, 

In my silent thoughts to memory appear, 

And when passing, I look with fond regret 

At the old school house tliat stands by the wayside yet. 

For those youthful days were the brightest days to me, 
So free from busy care, from anxious labor free, 
That fain would I return, again to live them o'er, 
And pass the pleasant days of school once more; 
But, ah! stern duty calls me hence to roam, 
And to others I resign my childhood's home. 



ORTODOXY VS INFIDELITY. 

JL contest that was fought out in Franklin Connty 
renewed in London. 

A singular bit of history is in existence which most of the older peo- 
ple of western Franklin will remember. In the jDalmy days of the town 
Dr. Charles Knowlton from Ashburnham settled m Hawley and com- 
menced the ]>ractice of his profession. His fame es an advocate of ma- 
terialism and other views tending to atheism had preceded him, and the 



92 HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. 

staiil old orthodox town of Hawley w:is mucli excited, especially when 
it was known that he pio})osed to publish another edLliou of his "Fruits 
of Philosophy," for issuing which he had been imprisoned at Cambridge. 
A rivalry instantly sprang up between Dr. Knowlton and Dr. Mosos 
Smith, the orthodox physician who had long practiced m the town. 
Each doctor had his strong partisan friends, and quite a number of fam- 
ilies named their children after their favorite physician. Col. Charles 
Knowlton Hawkes, who recently died in San Francisco, Cal., and Col. 
Moses Smith Hall of West Virginia, who distinguished himself during 
the war as colonel of the Virginia regiment which did such efficient ser- 
vice in bushwhack fighting with West Viiginia rebels, were both natives 
of Hawley and were named after Drs. Knowlton and Smith. 

Eev. Jonathan Grout, the first settled minister in Hawley, was then 
living and visited Dr. Knowlton and tried to persuade him to abandon 
the publication of his book, uiging among other reasons, that it was 
against the law to publish such a book. The doctor rejalied that he 
"didn't care anything about the law." Mr. Grout told him that laws 
were made for people who didn't care anything about them. 

About this time Rev. Tyler Thatcher settled in Hawley as colleague 
with Mr. Grout. He was a young man of rare talent, with reasoning 
powers of a high order, an argumentative mind, and ultra-Calvinistic 
views in theology. A brisk controversy immediately sprang up between 
him and Dr. Knowlton, which resulted in a challenge fiomMr Thatcher 
to the doctor to meet him in a public debate in the old meeting house. 
The challenge was accepted, the parties met and a great forensic battle 
was fought between the theism of the Puritan fatheis and modern ma- 
terialism, Dr. Knowlton taking his turn in occupying the pulpit in the 
old church, from which, up to that day, nothing had emanated but the 
pure unadulterated theism of the pilgrim fathers. Mr. Thatcher was 
assisted by a man named Batchelder, who made it his business to travel 
the country and hold public meetings with infidels. A large audience 
gathered from the surrounding towns to hear the debate, and the result 
was the friends of both sides claimed the victory. 

About this time Dr. Knowlton removed to Ashfield and formed a co- 
partnership with Dr. Roswel] Shepard, and Shepard & Knowlton pub- 
lished the book, the republication of which has raised such an excite- 
ment in England. Tiie town of Ashfield w as at once divided into two 
parties, the Knowlton and anti-Knowlton. The Knowlton party was 
composed, not so much of proselytes of Dr. Kiiowlton's peculiar uctions 
on materialism, as of persons who had faith in him as being a skillful 
physician, and who believed it would be better to let him alone, and al- 
low him to peaceably enjoy his own opinions, as up to tliis time he had 
made no attempt to make proselytes to his views on materialism. Eev. 
Mr. Grosvenor, the Congregational minister, made an attack on him from 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 93 * 

his iJiilpit, in wlacli ho told Lis peoj>le not to employ SliLpard & Kuowl- 
ton, — that infidelity must be crushed in Ashfield by "withdrawing patron- 
age from tliat firm, — and it was proposed to put the ban of the church 
upon all of its members who persisted in employing them. Dr. Knowl- 
tou attended the church meeting and asked permission to speak, but as 
he was not a ciiiirch member, that j^rivilege was not granted liim. He 
then published his famous "Letter to Col. Abel Williams, " a prominent 
member of the church wiio lelused to withdraw liis patronage from him, 
in which he m;',intained his light to disseminate his own opinions, if in 
doing so he did not infringe upon the rights of others. He called a meet- 
ing of the citizens of Ashfield, at wliicli he made a long address, ending 
by proclaiming liis purpose to stick at all hazards, and support himself 
and family by the practice of his profession in that town. 

Immediateh' after this Kev. Mr. Grosvenor and several of his leading 
church memhi'ia appeared before the grand jury at Greenfield, and pro- 
cured the uidictmenl of Sliepard & Knowlton for publishing a book cal- 
culated to injure the public morals. This indictment, which was found 
at the August term in 1834, is a curiously worded document, but, in its 
phraseology, somewhat similar to one found in England in June, 1877, 
and tried before the lord justice and a special jury. Knowlton & Shep- 
ard were arrested by Sherifi"s Purple and Wells, and gave bail ior their 
appearance at the November term, when the case was tried, with 
District Attorney Dewey for the Commonwealth, and Wells and Alvord 
for the defendants. The jury disagreed, and the case was re-tried in 
March, 1835, when the jury again disagreed, and the case was nolpros- ' 
sed at the next (August) term. 

It is a curious fact that nothing more is heard of this book for forty 
three years, till its republication in England caused so much excitement. 
It is also a remarkable confirmation of Dr. Kuowlton's claim to original- 
ity in the discovery of certain physiological truths put forth in this book, 
that it was slated in the Engliish court that after a diligent search 
through all medical or quasini'dicnl literature, nothing containing similar 
statements could be found. Mr. Bradlaugh and Mrs. Besant conducted 
their own defense, the latter occupying several hours in her plea,in 
which she discussed from a moral and philanthropic standpoint the pro- 
priety of scientific checks upim the increase of population. After a 
three days' tiial, the lord cliief justice charged the jury that if, in their 
opinion, the book was calculated to injure the public morals, they weie 
bound to render a verdnit of guilty, whether it was published with a bad 
intent or not. They rendered a verdict of guilty, but exonerated the de- 
fendants from any bad motive in publishing the book. Sentence was 
suspended for a time, and the defendants were released on their own re- 
cognizances. Meanwhile a writ of error has been granted, and it is 
thought the verdict will not be sustained. 



94 HISTOHY OF HAWI.EY. 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 



Justin Bliss Warriner, oldest son of Hczekiah Waniner, was born in 
Hawlej, March 15, 1818, and married Laura Alfrcda, daughter of Samuel 
T. Grout. He graduated at the Pennsylvania Medical College and com- 
menced the practice of medicine in BurliugtoD, N. J., in 1848. He died 
of Asiatic cliolera the following year, after havirg had the remarkable 
success of not losing a patient from tlie fell disease, although he treated 
on an average forty cases a day. People living in tliat part of Burlington 
called Beverly still remember the panic his death occasioned, as they 
had such confidence in his ski'l tliat even cholera had lost itsieirors. 

Hezekiah Ryland Warriner, born in HaAvley, July 23, 1822, was edu- 
cated at Williston Seminary in Easthampton. He spent several years in 
Deerfield, Greenfield, and surrounding towns, then went to Philadel- 
phia, establishing a brilliant reputation as an educator. He afterwards 
commenced the study of Law in the office of Henry T. Grout, of Phila- 
delphia, was admitted to the bar, and at the time of his death, whic;h oc- 
ctirred Jan. 31, 1873; in the prime of Hfe, was rapidly rising in his pro- 
fession. His body was brought to Deerfield for burial, at his request, 
and his former pupils in the Academy erected a monument to his memo- 
ry, and by his side rests the body of his beloved wife, Olive, daughter of 
Capt. Edmund Longley. 

Dr. Henry Augustus Warriner, youngest son of Hezekiah Warriner, 
wes born in Hawley, Sept. 21,1824, graduated from the Medical College 
in Cincinnati, Ohio, and afterwards spent a year studying in Germany? 
and then returned to fill a Professorship in Antioch College, Ohio. At 
the breaking out of the War of the llebellion he with other teachers and 
many students enlisted in the union army, and he was assigned the 
charge of the Western division of Sanitary stores. After the war he 
s;>8ut soiue years in literary work, mostly in Deerfield, and represented 
that district in the legislature. He left Deerfield to engage in teaching 
at Plymouth, where he died suddenly, in November, 1871, in the mid.-t 
of his usefulness, like his elder brotheis. 

Henry Taylor Grout, L. L. D.. youngest son of Rev. Jonathan Grout, 
was born in Hawley, Aug. 7, 1810, finished his education at Hamilton, 
K Y. He at first engaged in mercantile business at Gn.fton, Mass., 
where he was postmaster until he left the place. He finally located in 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 95 

Philadelphia and ccmmcuccd tlio study of law in the office of Judge Kcl- 
1\', and was in partnership with him for some years after being admitted 
to the bar. He was a staunch Democrat, and at one time when the city 
was largely democratic he was strcuglj^ urged to accept the i tmiuation 
for Mayor of the city, but lie declined, prcferiiug to continue in the 
practice of his profession. For several years he was City Solicitor for 
the District of Penusylvania. He died June 22, 1886. 

The ancestry of the Lougleys who settled m Hawley is traced hack 
220 years to William Longley, who was town clerk of Groton iu 1666. 
His son William was also town elerk, and with his family was massacred 
])y Indians, July 27, 1694. 

Edmund Longley was a prominent, influential man, was a Justice of 
the Peace, the first town clerk, serving thirteen consecutive years, and 
for thirteen terms represented his town in the legislat\ire. He was 
a natural leader among his cotemporaries, and m%uy of his descendants 
inheiit the same quality. He possessed a good business ability and was 
polished and gentlemanly. He was a colonel in the Revolutionary war, 
and ill after life received a pei^sicn of $296 a year. He died Nov. 29, 
184:2, at the advanced age of 96 years. Of his children, none are living, 
antl of his descendants but one family remains in Hawley, that of Mrs. 
Edwin Scott, a great granddaughter. 

Gen. Thomas Longley, oldest son of ''Esq. Edmund," was born Sei3t. 
4, 1774. Like his father, he was prominent and influeutial, for many 
years was town clerk, and was many times sent to the legislature. He 
was undoubtedly the ablest man of his time who represented the town 
in the General Court, was a fine public speaker, carrying a strong and 
positive influence, and was possessed of much dignity and bearing. 
Unlike most country members of the present day, his voice could be 
heard with telling effect in the halls of legislation, and in his day he 
was one of the most widely known and esteemed men in this part of the 
state. During the war of 1812 he was placed in command of a regiment 
of infantry drafted from the northern part of the old County of Hamp- 
shire, (now Franklin County,) with orders to march to Boston to protect 
the coast from invasion. He settled with his father, outliving him but 
six years, and died at Hawley, Sept. 22, 1848. 

Alfred Longley, son of Thomas, born at Hawley, Nov. 10, 1809, grad. 
uated from Oberlin College, Ohio, studied theology with Dr. Packard 
of Shelburne, and was licensed to i^reach bj' the Franklin Association. 
He afterwards preached iu northern Ohio, and died at Chatham Centre, 
iu that state, in 1850, aged 41. 



96 niSTOItY OF HAWLEY. 

Thomas Lawrence Loiigloy, r.on of Thrinus, was born in Fft%xl«y, 
Feb. 15, 1821. At the age of 22 be went to Dakota to assist bis brotber 
and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Riggs, in establishicg tlicmKolves at a new mis- 
sionary st:ition. S(;on alter leadiing there lie was di owned wliib batb- 
ing in the river. This sudden ending of a life of so mnch premise was 
not only a dreadful blow to his sister and bar family, but also to bis 
old father and mother at home, as they liad hoped he would soon return 
1o cheer their declining years. It was also a great loss to the town, as 
no more worthy son ever lift the hills of old Ilawley. Tlis paiting in- 
junction to a cousin to "do good and be g )od'' had been his own motlo, 
as bis beautiful, unselfish life abundantly proved. 

Joseph G. Lnngley, youngest son of Thomas, was born in Hawley, 
May 24. 1843. After bis common school life at home he became a stu- 
dent at Oberlin. Ohio, came home on a visit, and remained on account 
of his fathers' poor health. After teaching some years, a part of which 
time he served as a member of the School Committee in bis native town, 
he entisted in the army, and was 1st lieutenant in the 1st Massachusetts 
colored regiment. His health failing, he was discharged, and was em- 
jiloyed by the American Missionary Association, as Supeiintendent of 
schools among the Freedmen of North Carolina. He afterwards gradua- 
ted from the Theological Seminary at Auburn, N. Y., and soon after 
died at Greenville, 111., May 4, 1871, aged nearly 48. 

Mrs. Lucretia Longley Cooley, daughter of Thomas Longley, was 
born at Hawley, Oct. 4, 1811, and died at Marysville, C d. in 1881, 
where she bad resided with her sons seven years, after the death of her 
husband, in South Deerlield. 

Mary Ann Longley, daughter of Thomas, born March 10, 1813, mar- 
ried Rev. Stephen R. Riggs in 1837, and started for the land of the Da- 
kotas, where her life for the next thirty two years was spent in assisting 
her husband in his efforts to civilize and christianize the natives,and in 
caring for and educating her own family of eight children. Those who 
have read "Mary and I," written by her husband after her death, will 
have no doubt that the plaudit "Well done" awaited her in "Jerusalem 
the Golden." She died March 2:i, 1869, aged 55. 

One of their sons visited the east last auhamn, lecturing in the inter- 
ests of the cause in whicli his parents were engaged. During his travels 
he visited Hawley. 

Henrietta Arms Longley, youngest daughter of General Longley, was 
born July 12, 1826, was educated at South Hadley Seminary, taught at 
Mauch Chunk, Pa., died in 1850, at the age of 24. 



HISTOIJY OF HAWI.EY. 97 

The following is copied from an issue of the Greenfiekl Gazette iu 
June, 1882:— 

Mrs. Jerusha King, wlio died iu Plainfield, Maj- 29, was a representa- 
tive of one of !lie oldest families in Hawl( y. Her graiulfatlur, Thomas 
King, came into town in the spring of 1772, the seciunl year of its settle- 
ment. Slie was a direct descendant on her maternal side of Gain Rob- 
inson, a clergyman who emigrated from Scotland in 1682, being his 
great gianddaughter. (The writer is a descendant of the same stock.) 
Tlic subject of this sketch was born in Hswley, Nov. 25, 1788, which was 
t'iree years before the town was incorporated and received its name, and 
was therefore 93 years old at the time of lier death. At the age of 18 she 
married Ezra King, thereb}' not changing her maiden name, and became 
the mother of 15 children, seven of whom survive her, tiie oldest at the 
a^e of 75. She has been almost a life-long resident of her native town, 
and in the same neighborhood of her birth, having lived at one place 
forty years. She was possessed of a fine ])liysical constitution, was active 
and industrious, and lor many long years ''Aunt" Jerusha's hospitality 
was extended to friends, relatives and strangers. Her name was a house- 
hold word and she was one of those town aunts who is a friend to every 
body. About forty years ago her husband died, and about twenty five 
years ago she went to live with her brotlier and manage his household, 
he being a widower, and remained until his death in 1877. Mr. King 
died with that terrible scourge, a cancer, which ate away the entire side 
of his face, and his sister, then 88 years of ;ige, had the wiiole care of 
him, being obliged to get up several times each night for a number of 
months, and without sh'inking and with Christian fortitude did she 
minister at that bedside until death relieved him of his sufferings. She 
then went to live with lier daughter, Mrs. Jones, in Plainfield, where 
she quietly passed the last five years of her life, surrounded by the love 
of all who knew her. And now, after her life work is done, and nobly 
done, liaving I'ounded up almost a century, this venerable mother in Is- 
rael peacefully sleeps in the cemetey ia Hawley, and her children, all of 
whom occupy respectable positions in life, rise up and call her blessed. 

Warriner King was born in Hawlej', May 27, 1787. On arriving at his 
majority he mairied Elizabeth Crowell and bcucht a faim adjoinii g 
his .birthplace, which is the present town farm, which he greatly im- 
proved by erecting substantial buildings, euelcsing tlie fields with stone 
walls, and clearing up the original forest. He operated a sawmill and 
turning shop for many years, and done some local business at making 
and mending shoes. He lived without ostentation, but possessed a sound, 
matured judgment, receiving the highest offices in the gift of the town. 
It was a motto with him "What is worth doing is worth doing well." In 
his religious sentiments he was a Methodist, and in the old days of cir- 
cuit preachers his hospitality was shared bj^ many of those itinerants. 



98 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 



His voice ill prayor, cxliortatioa and song was often hoard in the con- 
ference meeting. After becoming disabled from age and infirmity he 
sold his farm and bought a homestead near by, -where he spent the rest 
of his days, enjoying a competency whir-h his liands earned in the jirime 
of life. He died Feb. 27, 1877, at the age of almost 90, having passed 
his entire life within half a mile of his birthplace. 

Jonas King, son of Jonas and Abigail (Leonard) King, was born in 
Hawley, July 29, 1792. His parents were poor, and the avenues for ob- 
taiui.ig an education were limited in those primitive days, but he had a 
strong desire for learning and used every means in his power in that 
pursuit. In his boyiiood he once went to a schoolhouse in Plainfield, 
where he knew tliere was a school, arriving the first one on tlie ground 
in the morning. When the master came he asked him who he was and 
what lie wanted. On learning his history, the master took him into the 
school and afterwards made arrangements to give him the beiiefit of that 
term. His schooldays were but a succession of stuggles for the object 
in view, but he fitted for college, and graduated at Williams in 1816, at 
the age of 22, stiadied theology at Andover, and was ordained in 1819. 
In 1823 he went with Pliny Fisk as a missionary to Jerusalem, and in 
1828 became a missionary to Greece, where lie lebcrtd the Kmainder of 
his life, being an able and t flScient power in behalf of the oppressed in- 
habitants. In 1865 he made his last visit to America, at which time he 
preached once in his native town, and was the object of marked attention 
elsewhere in this country. He died in Greece since his return. 

George Lathrop, son of Zephaniah, was born in Hawley, March 5, 
1795. Able and public spirited, he was identified with the interests of 
the town, held the office o^" town clerk, and selectman, and was several 
times sent as a Representative to the legislature. The material for the 
history of Hawley in Dr. Holland's "History of Western Massachusetts" 
published in 1855, was furnished in part by him. Honest and conscien- 
tious, he was upright in all his dealings. He died Sept. 8, 1862. 

Rufus Sears, when a boy of 1 1 years, came from Dennis with Joseph 
Bangs, and lived to advanced age in Hawley, At different periods he 
served as deacon of both the churches in town, had a strongly marked 
religious character, and held the respect of all who knew him. During 
the last of his life he used to stand in the pulpit beside the minister, 
during services, on account of deafness. He lived to see the burial of 
his namesake, a grandson who had grown to manhood. His death oc- 
curred Nov. 6, 1856. 



HISTOHY OF HAWI.EY. 99 

Ficemiin Atkins, boru in Coleraine, Aug. 21, lb06, spent the most 
of his life in Hawley, where Zenas Bangs settled in Pudding Hollow. 
Has served as town clerk and on the board of selectmen, and for thirty- 
seven years was Treasurer of the Congregational society in West Hawley, 
the duties of which he ever discharged with promptness and fidelity. 
He was a large, well proportioned man, and in his prime but few had a 
finer physical development. It was a characteristic of his to do his work 
in the neatest manner, and everything coming under his supervision was 
marked with the most perfect order. The neat, substantial farm build- 
ings which he erected, and his principles of strict integrity aid sobriety 
are a sufficient monument to his memory. He died Nov. 30, 1879. 

Lyman F. Griggs was i)oru in Hawley, Oct. 19, 1821, but went away 
in early life to shift for himself. He applied himself to stud\dng and 
leaching for some time, when he turned his attention to tie .'tudy of 
mediciae, went to a Medical college in Philadelphia, where he graduated 
and located for practice at Ware, Mass. , giving promise of a bright fu- 
ture, but died soon after. His wife was a Miss Powers of Brimfield. 

Clark Sears, born in Ashfield, Jan. 30, 1804, passed the majority of 
his life in Hawley, and died Nov. 29, 1879. He represented both his 
town and district in the legislature, and was often moderator of the town 
meetings. "Uncle Clark" was a plain spoken, good-hearted man, and 
was in every way worthy of confidence and esteem. 

Henry Martj-D Seymour was a young man of promise, was a son of 
Rev. Henry Seymour, was for several years connected with the Spring- 
field Union. He died suddenly in 1876, in Hadley, where he had gone 
with his bride of a month to keep Thanksgiving. His age was 28. 

Horace Dwight Seymour, another son of Rev. Henry Seymour, was 
associated with his brother in business in Brooklyn, N. Y. , and was also 
a brilliant and promising young man. Being ill, he came home to Haw- 
ley to recuperate, but sank under the disease, and died March 19, 1886, 
aged 24 years. 

Dennis W. Baker was born in Hawley, Jan. 16, 1829, and married 
Lucretia Vincent. He was an able, efficient business man, for a term 
of years was a manufacturer of broomhandles, and for the last eight 
years he remained in Hawley, was town clerk, was also a prominent 
member of the church clioir. He afterwards removed to Charlemont, 
where he operated a lumber mill. For a time he was Treasurer of the 
Deerfield Valley Agricultural Society, the duties of which lie performed 
ably and promptly. He also served on the board of selectmen of Char- 
lemont, and died in that town in the midst of his usefulness. 



100 



HISTOCY OF HAWI.EY. 



CONTRIBUTED BY GEO. D. CiaTTENDEN OF SHELBUKNE FALLS, FOli THIS AVOKK. 

This ncigliborhood, wliicli Is in the uorth part of the to-wn, a mile and 
a half south of Chaiicmont village, was settled in 1775, by five families 
from Bozrah, Ct. , a small town whicli was formerly a part of Norwich. 

The heads of four of ihese families were Zebedce Wood, Joseph Ed- 
gerton, Zephaniah Lathrop and Gershom West. The name of the fifth 
family is not known to the writer. 

Zebedee Wood seems to have been the pioneer, as he came to spy out 
tlie land in May, 1774. A diaiy Av]\icl) he kept dnriug liis journey slio^vs 
that he was gone about twenty-three dais, and liis travelling expenses 
were 17 shillings, six pence and 2 farthings, or about $4 25, and the dis 
tance covered by the round trip was 243 miles. He was a farmer, tanner 
and shoemaker, and his wife was a tailoress. She was also for several 
years the only person in town who acted as a physician. On one occa- 
sion her services were wanted in a family at Pudding Hollow, some two 
miles distant. The snow was v(!ry deep, there was no road, and travel- 
ling was impracticable. A spruce tree was cut, the top cut off, on whicli 
she was drawn by several men, and rendered the necessary aid. Mr. 
Wood settled on the place now occupied by Frank Simpson, and built a 
log house and a small tannery a short distance west of where Mr. Simp- 
son now lives. In the summer of 1785 he built the house now occupied 
by Mr. Simpson, which is supposed to be the oldest house now occupied 
in town. His barn was built in 1784. He was for several years clerk of 
No. 7, the name by which the town was called before its incorijoration. 
He was one of the minute men who responded to the call of Gen. Stark 
and assisted in defeating Col. Baum at the battle of Bennington, on the 
16th of August, 1777. 

Zephaniah Lathrop, who settled on the place now occupied by W. E. 
Mansfield, was for many years a prominent man, both as a town official 
and an officer in the church. 

Gershom West, who settled wliere Mr. demons now lives, is suppos- 
ed to have kept the first letail store in town. 

Joseph Edgerton settled on the farm recently occupied by the late 
Erastus Brayman. His son Ezckiel succeeded bim on the homestead, 
and besides being a farmer, he was a master mechanic. There were but 
few houses, churches or mills built in that vicinity for many years tliat 
were not under his supervision. 



nisroin- or hawi.ey. 101 

A native of the noigLboiliood, wlio has loug been abroad, gives the 
location of the families there about 1820: 

"On the hill, south, was Ebeu Maynard and his mother; at tlie foot of 
the liill, Ethan Hitchcock, next, widc-w Tajlor, Ichabod Hawkes, Abi- 
sha Rogers, Elisha Sauford, Samuel Wing, Andrew "Wood, Simeon Crit- 
tenden, Zephaniali Lathrop, Ezekiel Edgeitou; at the foot of the hill, 
north, Isaac Packard; commencing east, Capt. Ellis, Noah Look, Oli- 
ver Etlgerton, Levi Leonard; in the "Turkey pen," Seth Salisbury; 
next, Oliver Patch, Abel Parker. Mr. Parker succeeded Mr. Patch in 
the clothier busim ss. A man whose name I cannot recall, once lived 
on the Samuel Wing farm and accidentally killed Lis wife by falling a 
tree on her. 

The following fauiily history is from a member of the Edgcrton fam- 
ily, and a native of the l< wu: — 

Capt. Joseph Edgerton came from EngiaLd,— in what year is not 
known, — and setth d in Norwich, Ct. He was lost at sea and his ship 
never heard of. When he came to Norwich he brought with him four 
sons and one daughter, whose names were Simeon, Benjamin, William, 
Joseph and Hannah. Hannah married a man by the name of Lefcnwell, 
and settled in Salisbury', Ct., Simeon settled in Pawlet, Vt. , Benjamin 
settled in Bennington, Vt., William settled in Hartford, Ct. , and was a 
seafaring man. 

Joseph Edgerton, the youngest son, was born in 1738, man led Lucy 
Lyon aud came witli his family of si.x children to Hawley in 1775, being 
literally one of the fathers of the town. Their children's names were 
Darius, Oliver, Joseph, Ezekiel, Asa, Nancy, and Lucy, who was born 
in Hawley. He died in 1809, and his wife in 1823, and at the time of 
her death her descendants numbered 58. 

Darius married Mary Beckwith, and had five children, Eunice, Betsey 
Amy, Maria, and one died in infancy. He settled in Charlemont, and 
from there removed to Ovid, N. Y. , where he died in 1840. All Lis chil- 
dren have been dead some years. 

Oliver married Persis Rice, liaving no children, and settled on the 
place now owned by Charles Crittenden, when the land was in a wilder- 
ness state. He removed to Brecksvillc, Ohio, in 1831, where he died in 
1849. His wife died in 1836. 

Joseph married Candace Rice and they had eleven children, all born 
in Hawley, viz: — Dexter, Saphronia, Oliver, Joseph, Elias, Wells, Orie, 
Austin, Candace and Ruth. The two oldest are buried in the cemetery 
in Bozrah. He removed with Ins family to Brecksvillc, Ohio, in 1815, 
being one of the first settlers of that town, then a wilderness. He died 
in 1842, his wife in in 1855, and the last of their children died in 1886. 
All but two died in Brecksvillc, one in Missouri and one in Wisconsin. 
They were all farmers. 



102 



HISTOliY OF HAWLET. 



Ezekiel Edgei'toii succeeded to tlie homestead, and was the only oue 
of his name and generation whose life was spent and family reared in 
Hawley. He was a farmer and mechanic, and besides being a carpenter 
and builder lie had a shop iu which he made various kinds ofcabintt 
work, wagons and sleighs. He was a very well educated man of his day. 
He married Lucy, daughter of Dea. Ebenezer Tales of Charlemout, in 
1800. They had twelve childrci:, as follows: Harvey, born in 1801, Al- 
mira, born in 1803, John, horn iu 1805, Justus, born 1806, Sr.rdfs, btnu 
in 1808, Ann, born in 1809, David, born iu 1811, Eliza, born in 1813, 
Clarinda, born in 1815, (the writer of this sketch,) Ezekiel, born in 1817 
Luoy F., born in 1818, Hiram B., born in 1820. The father died in 1837, 
the mother in 1823, are buried in the cemetery iu Bozrah, and by their 
side rests three of their children, Eliza, whose death occurred the siime 
year of her mothei's, Lucy and Ezekiel. Three of tliem died iu North 
Royalton, Ohio, Hiram in 1884, agt d 64, John in 1883, aged 79, David 
iu 1837, aged 26. Harvey is living at No. Eoyalton, O., aged 86, Justus 
is living at Brecksville, O. , aged 81, SarfTis is living at Koyalton, aged 
79, Clarinda is living at Brecksville, aged 72. 

Asa mariied Lydia Washburn and settled in tlie west pait i f the town. 
They had eight children; Laura and Electa died in childhood, Anrelia, 
Miranda, Lydia, Sarah, Samuel lives in Palmer, runs an iron foundry, 
Mary Ann, lives in Cleveland, O. Prom Hawley he removed to Oneida 
Co., N. Y. , where he died soon after. 

Nancy married Leonard White, and settled in Coleraine, and had 
seven children, Amasa, Anson, Ezekiel, Othniel, Zilpha, Lucy and Sa- 
phrona. None of them are living but Othniel. 

Lucy married Alfred Eice; their children were Alonzo, Lorenzo, is a 
manufacturer in Wasliington, D. C, Sybil, Abigail, Huldah, Quartus, a 
merchant in Pueblo, Col., and Chloe. Mr. Eice was a meciianic; he died 
iu Savoy many years ago, his wife in Nortli Adams. 

Prices that rul(;d in Hawley one hundred years ago. 



Potatoes, per bushel, 1 shilling 

Wheat, per bushel, 4 shillings 

Eye, per bushel, 3 shillings 

Corn, per bushel, 3 shillings 

Beans, per bushel, 4 shillings 

Oats, per bushel, 18d 

Tobacco, per lb. , 6d 

Candles, per lb., 9d 

Salt pork, per lb., 6d 

Mutton, per lb., 2d 

Beef, per lb., 4d 2 far 

Swme, live weight, per lb, 2d 

Veal, per lb, 2d 



Shoes, per pair, 6 shillings 

Labor, per day, 2 shillings 

Labor, man and team, 6 shillings 



Salt, per bushel. 
Butter, per lb. , 
Hayseed, per lb., 
Eum, per gal.. 
Oil, per gal., 
Sugar, per lb.. 
Wool, per lb.. 
Tea, per lb. , 
Making coat. 



5 shillings 6d 

6d 

1 shilling 1(1 

4 shillings 

7 shillings 

6d 

18d 

4 shillings 

3 shillings 



Making shoes, per pair, 



IsSd 



Note. It is probable that a shilling of that currency was about 24 cents. 



HISTOKY OF HAAVLEY. 103 



NATIVES ABROAD. 



Rev. Moses M. Longloy was born m Hawley, June 14, 1814. He grad- 
uated from the Seminary and College at Oberliu, Ohio, and preached iu 
thnt state till 1855, when be returned to Massachusetts and located in 
Peru, representing that town once in tlie legislature In 1866, afterwards 
preached in Washington and In Filcliburg. In 1869 he removed to Illi- 
nois, and was a settled pa-^tor at Dwights and Danvers. Since 1883 he 
has been employed by the Illinois Home jMissionary Socitty, in preach- 
ing for feeble churches and organizing new ones. He is now living at 
Bloomipgton, lil. 

Abner T. Longley was for twenty year'^, until the present administra- 
tion came into power, one of the cliief officers in the Agricultural De- 
partment at Washington. His wife, — Abigail King, — is also a native 
of the town. 

Henry A. Longley left Hawley in 1836, and resides in Northampton. 
Some of his early life was spent in teaching, and for nearly thirty years 
he was Sheriff of Hampshire County, the first term by appointment, the 
other terms by election, and was always a popular official. 

Chalmers P. Longley is a musical composer in Boston. 

Elijah F. Longley is a farmei iu Charlemont. 

Eoswell Eldridge n-sides in Charlemont, his wife being a daughter of 
Capt. Edmund Longley. 

Flora A. Longley, wife of Nathaniel Lampson resides at Shelburne 
Falls. 

Mrs. Abigail (King) Barton is living at Plaiufield, aged nearly 87. 
She is the last representative of the third generation from Thomas King, 
remaining in New England. 

Mrs. Roana (King) Bangs, widow of Dennis Bangs is living at Hamil- 
ton, N. Y., at the age of 89. 

Mrs. Mercy (King) Rice resides at North Adams. Her son has reeei.t- 
ly been appointed postmaster iu that town. 

Mrs. Cldoe (King) Jones has lived for a long term of years in Plain- 
field, and now lives at Oslikosh, "Wisconsin. 

Mrs. Olive B. (King) Coope is living at Slielburne Falls. 

Mrs. Jerusha (King) Joy resides at Slielburne Falls. 

Mariette Baker, wife of Charles B. Mayhew, resides at Cliaiiemont. 

Preston Baker is an extensive dealer in flour and grain at Charlemont. 

Edwin Baker resides at Shelburne Falls. He has represented his dis- 
trict two terms in the legislature, is a druggist, and enjoys a large degree 
of confidence and esteem in business and social circles. 



104 HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. 

Mrs. Ereda (Baker) Bxiddiugton resides in Leyden. 

Allen C. Baker was formerly a farmer in East Cliarlemont, but now 
lives somewhere at the west. 

Timothy Baker formtrly lived in Savoy, was sent from there one ierm 
to the legislature, now lives in Adams, has been a coal dealer. 

Nathan B. Baker is a farmer in Savoy. He is quite prominent among 
his townsmen in agricultural and political circles. 

Clark W. Fuller has betn a lumbei dealer, nurchant, hotel keeper and 
faimer, and now keeps a large boai-ding house at 5 & 7, Northfield street, 
Boston. 

Albert E. Marsh is living at Northampton. His wife, Anna, was a 
daughter of Wells and Bathsheba Ayres, of Hawley. 

Theodore C. Marsh is living at Whitingham, Vt. 

Abniliam Parker od resides at Amherst. 

Joseph Marsli is a bookseller and newsdealer, and prc/minent cilizen 
of Northampton. 

Jonathan Marsh, brother of Joseph, lives in Corry, Pa. 

Loron Marsh, brother of Joseph, resides at Eicevillc, Pa. 

Theophilus Crosby is a business man in Manchester, Iowa. His gold- 
en wedding was celebrated Oct. 26, 1886. 

Clark E. Griggs has probably been the most successful business man 
originating from Hawley. He was born March 6, 1824; at the age of 8 
years he went to live with his uncle Waldo Griggs at Brimfield. He ob- 
tained a good education but was not a college graduate, and preached a 
term of years at Westboro, for the Adventists. Duiing the war he was 
post sutler at Memphis, Tenn., being appointed by the goveriment. 
Since then he has been a railroad contractor, and has built several 
roads. He is ranked among the millionares, and has an office in New 
York city. His residence cost $75,000. 

Andrew J. Griggs learned the trade of making matches at the shop of 
H. E. Pierce in Charlemont, afterwards conducting the business in Wil- 
liamsburg and at Pitteburg, Pa. He is now in Chicago, 111,, and is a 
large real estate owner and broker. 

Charles R. Griggs is a shoe mannfacturer in Westboro, has been suc- 
cessful in business, and is probably worth $100,000. 

Newell Hunt, oldest son of Elisha and Louisa M. Hunt, went to Mem- 
phis, Tenn., in 1863, at the age of 20, in tlie employ of his uncle, Clark 
R. Griggs, and remained with him until the close of the war. Then with 
his brother, Lyman G. , he engagetl in the manufacture of matches in 
Chicago, 111., where he remained until the great fire of 1871, when their 
factory was burned. For the last fifteen years Le has been engaged at 
dairying, first at Kenosha, Wis., now at Diamond Lake, 111., having the 
milk of 300 cows, or 10,000 pounds a day to make into butter and cheese. 



HISTOHY OF HAWI.EY. 



105 



Lymau G. Ilnut is in L-advilic, Col, Las an ( ffice at £24 Elm st. The 
following is clipped from a late copy of the Leadville Chronicle: — 

"There is no one to-Jay who commands a more enviable identity with the career of this 
young giant metropolis than Mr. L. G. Hunt, the pioneer scale man, whose handiwork is 
visible upon every thoroughfare in the city, and whose name embodies all the attributes 
that are noble. His business operations have always been stamped with honesty, and no 
transaction has gone without the broad seal of integrity. Coming here from the east in an 
early day and deciding to trust his destiny upon the waves that were then rocking the city 
and tossing its future from side to side, Mr. Hunt engaged in the scale business, being the 

authorized representative of the famous Fairbanks scales company of Chicago. 

In supplying the miner with the facilities for the correct weighing of his output, Mr. Hunt 
has erected a large number of these scales at the mines and in the city, while a large num- 
ber of orders were filled during last year. At his works on Elm street, may be seen every 
size and pattern <>f their invention of scales, and business men who find it to their interest 
to guard, carefully, the welfare of their patrons, will do well to visit Mr. Hunt before sup' 
plying their hoises with permanent and reliable fixtures. The gendeman also repairs and 
adjusts scales, and gives prompt attention to all orders." 

EllvU J. Hunt is the wife of Dr. Josiali Trow, resides in Buckland. 

Flora L. Huut married C. A. iironsou, and resides in Ashfield. 

Josiali H. Hunt was born Dec. 26, 1835. He attended the common 
sciiools in his native town, went to Kimball Union Academy, at Meriden, 
N. H., and graduated at Amherst College. He taught three terms eacli 
year for twentj-one consecutive years, the most of that time in Cliutoiu 
and Glouce.ster, in this state, and finding the confinement too severe f(.r 
his health, and a change necessary, he relinquished teaching, and estab- 
lished himself in Topeka, Kansas, as a real estate broker. He is 
conducting a large and successful business, in the interests of which 
he annually makes two trips to the east. 

Henry F. Sears is a graduate of Amherst, and a successful teacher in 
Boston. His residence is at Somerville. 

Freeman B. Sears is at the west, and has been identified with the sew- 
ing machine interest. 

Lewis E. Sears is a farmer in Plainfield. 

Clara B. (Sears) Childs resides in Deerfield, wife of Theodore Cliilds. 
Merrick J. Holdeu is doing a large business as lumber dealer in Adams. 
His wife is a daughter of Nathan Mason of Hawley. 

Charles N. Holden is a farmer in Plainfield. 

Eliza (Holden) Stockwell is the wife of Hosea W. Stockwell of Plain- 
field. 

Henry Howes resides in Cheshire. Himself and wife and children, 
some of whom remain with their parents, are all natives of Hawley. 
Lovina is living at Northampton, Wealthy is living in Ohio. 

Morris Vincent is a farmer at Milan, Mich. 

Albert Vincent Is living at Sterling, 111, is a travelling salesman for 
agricultural tools. 



106 niSTOHY OF HAWI.EY. 

Thomas M. Carter resides at Williamsburg, is a druggist. He is town 
clerk, a Justice of the Peace, has been one of the selectmen several 
years, and in every way enjoys tlie confidence and esteem of his towns- 
men. His wife is also a native of the town, being a daughter of the late 
John Vincent, Esq. 

Samuel Taylor Grout, son of Rev. Jonathan Grout, at the age of 83, is 
living at Deerfield with his three daughters, Laura Alfreda, Maiy P. and 
Lucy E., all pleasantly located in that old historic town. 

Samuel Dorr Lascombe is a business man in Milwaukie, Wis., lives in 
fine style on one of the principal avenues of the city, and is taxed for 
$100,000 

Julia A. Rice, daughter of Sylvanus, is married and lives in Buckland. 

Mary F. , another daughter, is tlie wife of Daniel Ingraham and lives 
in Savoy. 

Newell S. Rice is a farmer in Ohio. He served in the army during tlie 
entire. term of the War of th_' RebcUiou, and m;id(; an houoiable record. 

Roswell G. Rice, son of Champion B. , is a tinner in Conway. 

Calvin E. Cooley, and wife, and children, are natives of Hawley, now 
residents of Charlemont. Mr Cooley is a prosperous farmer. 

Moses M. Mantor is a farmer in Charlemont. For several years he 
has been the able and efficient Secretary of the Deerfield Valley Agricul- 
tural Society. His wife is a daughter of the late Dea. Samuel Hall. 

Fidelia T. (Mantor) Howes has lived in Ashfleld since her marriage. 

Mrs Martha (Taylor) Hamlin is the wife of Dea. Freeman Hamlin of 
Plainfieid. 

William C. Ford has for many years been a resident of Fairhaveu, Ms. 

Mrs. Mary (Ford) Bradford has resided in Conway since her marriage, 
about fifty-five years. 

Harriet S. Harmon, daughter of Levi Harmon, married Joshua T. Da- 
vis and resides in Buckland. 

Ellen J. (Harmon) Ward resides in Buckland. 

Rev. Elijah Harmon is living in Wilmington, Mass., served in the 
army, graduate of Amherst, in 1861, formerly preached at Winchester, 
N. H. 

Joseph V. Harmon is living at Florence. 

Six of the sons of Jonathan Damon are in business in the state of 
Connecticut; Homer F. in New Britain, Henry C. in Merideu. 

Dwight Smith has a position in a bank in Pitlsfleld. 

Joseph Smitli is a tradesman in Pittsfleld. 

Elisha Clark is a farmer in Illinois. 

Samuel Clark resides in Williamsburg. 

Dwight E. Sanford is an attendant at the Retreat for the Iijsane, at 
Hartford, Ct. His brother William J. also lives at Hartford. 

Wesley Beals and William H. Beals aie living in Plainfieid. 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 107 

Lorenzo W. Joy is a resident of Noitlmmptou, and for a long term of 
years was postmaster in that town, and was removed by the present ad- 
ministration from purely partisan principles. 

Nelson and Henry Joy formerly kept a boarding house in Washington, 
D. C. Among iheir patrons were Senator Wilson, one year, Senator 
Dawes six j^ears, and several Congressmen. Their brother-in-law, Hi- 
ram King, was connected with tliem in the hotel and boarding house 
business, also owned a hotel at that fashionable lesort, Saratoga, and 
another brother-in-law, Abner T. Longlej', held a government office at 
the same time. Nelson was messenger at the U. S. Capitol for thirteen 
years, and for eleven yeais Heniy was connected with the government 
book-bindery. They now occnjiy a fine residence together at Shelburue 
Falls, having retired from business. 

Ashbel W. Carter is a retired resident of Shelbiirne Falls, has a huuse 
adjoining that of his brothers in-law, the Joys. 

Phineas S. Carter went west in early lite, has been a farmer, and has 
recently been connected with a sheep ranch in Kansas. 

Capt. Ebenezer Maynard is enjoying a green old age at Shelburne 
Falls. He was for many years in the mercantile business in that place 
and at Buckland, has been connected with banking and other business. 

Ellen R. ('arter is tlic wife of Amos L. Avery, a wealthy merchant of 
Char lemon t. 

Sylvia C. Carter married Thomas Mayhew, and resides at Shelburne 
Falls. 

Maria Carter married Kendrick T. Slate and resides in Greenfield. 

Charles Dodge is a lawyer at Toledo, Ohio. 

Gf the three children of Noah Ford, born in Haw ley, John Wesley is 
a wealthy farmer in Stockbridge, Hester A. married Francis F. Briggs, 
and lives in Windsor, Elisha W. is a farmer and teacher in Kansas. 

Dr. David T. Vining has been for many years a physician in Conway. 

Martha A. Doane was a ti'acher in her native town in early life, and 
removed to Ohio, thence to Michigan, married Geo. Jourdian, After 
her husband's death she returned east with her children and now lives in 
Northampton. 

Helen C. Doane married Frank Beals and for many years has resided 
in Florence. 

George W. Doane is a carpenter and builder in Holyoke. 

Tiiree of the grandsons of John Taylor, tlie pioneer, are living; Henry, 
at Williamsburg, at the age of 83, Daniel, living in Cummington, at the 
age of 74, and John, living at Savoy. 

Daniel Starks went to Ohio in early life, where he has since resided. 

Henry Watson Starks has for several years lived at North Adams. 

James La Eoy Atldus is living i:i Conway. 

Daniel H. Gould is a blacksmith in Plaiulield. 



108 HISTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

Julia Ptrter Hawkes, daughter of Icbabcd, marritd Eichard N. Oak- 
man, Aug. 10, 1841, and resides in Montague. Mr. Oakman is president 
of the Crocker National Bank. 

Richard N. Oakman, Jr. was born in Hawley, Sept. 23, 1843, was edu- 
cated at Williamstown, now a resident of Greenfield. He is the largest 
stockholder in, and Treasurer and manager of, the John Russdl Cutlery 
works at Turner's Falls, the largest of tlie kind in this country, if not in 
the world. 

Thomas K. Wheeler is a farmer in Plainfield. His birthplace is on the 
same place as that of his illustrious uncle, Jonas King, the missionary. 

Julia A. Hawkes, daughter of Levi, Is married and lives at North- 
ampton. 

James R. Hawkes. son of Levi, is living in Boston. 

B. Parsons Mansfield has for many years resided in Easthampton. 

George D. Crittenden has for a long time resided at Shelburne Falls. 
He is an extensive dealer in lumber, making a specialty of white beech 
timber for planes. He served two terms as one of the Franklin County 
Commissioners, as a politician is an ardent temperance worker, and has 
been candidate for representative on the prohibition ticket. 

Samuel T. Field is a practicing lawyer at Shelburne Falls. He was 
once District Attorney for the district including Franklin and Hampshire 
Counties. 

Phineas Loyd Page is a lawyi r in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Dr. Charles L. Knuwlton is a practicing physician in Northampton. 

Pindar Field Cooley resides in Pittsfleld, and is a travelling salesman 
for an Albany house. He has been connected with several branches of 
mercantile business, having taken his first lesson in the store of the late 
Calvin S. Longley. He is possessed of a very clever business ability, 
a pleasing address, and his general "make up" is indicative of the live 
Yankee. 

Tliomas K. Baker has been for many yeais a resident of Springfield. 

John H. Larrabee was a Hawley soldier, in the old 10th Mass. Regt., 
doing efficient service. For many years he has been living at the west. 

Nellie, daughter of Henry B. White married Frank E. Mason, and 
resides in Savoy. 

Four of the children of Ezekiel Edgerton are living in Ohio, at advan- 
ced ages. 

Many others who originated from Hawley are living abroad, whose 
names have not been obtained. Among the list are probably some of 
tlie Longleys, Scotts, Halls, Parkers, Hitchcocks, Holdens, Bakers, 
Taylors, Dodges and others who were once representative families. 



hisioi;y of hawley. 109 



Personal Reminiscences of P. L. Page. 

My father, Phincas Page, settled iu Hawley with his uewly nianied 
wife, on tlie place win re he always lived while he resided there, in 1804. 
There were born to them eight sous aud three daughters, all of whom 
arrived to years of maturity, all were baptized in the old yellow meeting 
house on the hill, and all were members of the Cougregational church. 

I remained at home till I was l8, helping my father on his farm, attend, 
ing the district school in the winter, for about ten weeks each year. Tliis 
was all tlie scholastic training I ever had, except a term in the Ashfield 
Academy, and a shoit attendance at a high school in Charleiaont, and one 
in Pittstield, making in all about six months. In Oct. 1837, I left Haw. 
Icy, and 1 aught school in the state of New York till July, 1888. In the 
meantime my father's family had removed to Pittsfield, to which place I 
returned. After teaching school and keeping books in a cotton factory 
for some time, I turned my attention to the study of the law, in the 
office of I he late [Ion. Ensign H. Kellogg, and was admitted to the bar 
in 1844, and passed the most of my professional life in Pittsfield. I was 
Judge of the police court there for about twelve years, from 1858 to 1870. 
In 1838 I united with the first Congregational church there in 1838, and 
for a number of years was a deacon in the church. In 1842 the late Dr_ 
John Todd became our pastur. In 1849 the South church, including 180 
of our number, was formed, with Rev. Samuel Harris of Conway, now 
Dr. Harris, professor in Yale Theological Seminary, as our first pastor. 
In 1873, my health having failed, I removed to this place (Ann Arbor, 
Mich.,) to recuperate aud educate my family, where I have since resided. 

My brother, Jt)el S. Page, graduated at Williams m 1846, taught in an 
academy in Georgia a year and a half, studying law at the same time, re- 
turned to Pittsfield, and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He then en- 
tered into partnership with myself in the practice of law in Pittsfield, 
which was continued to 1857, when he removed to Chicago, 111., where 
he contmued the jjractice until liis death, m 1883. 

I had a brother next older than myself, Increase B. P;tge, who entered 
Williams College with my brother Joel in the autunui of 1842. In thtir 
class were Brewster and Coan, both of whom became foreign missiona- 
ries, and now deceased. My brother purposed to enter upon the same 
work, but he died Aug. 15, 1843, of consumption, at Pittsfield, wliich 
was the first death that occurred in our family. 

The items in regard to Alvah, a graduate of Amherst, aud Theophilus, 
a graduate of "Williams, are familiar. I had also a brother, Horatio F. 
Page, who gradua+^^ed from the Berkshire Medical College in lb3(;. He 
spent the most of his life in the practi<3e of his profession in Sycamore, 
111., and. died there in 1873. 



110 HISTOKY OF HAWLEY. 

As the years pass on, and I retire from active life, tlie familiar scenes 
of my childhood and early youth pass like a panorama before my mind. 
I seem to be in the old meeting hou?e on the hill, in the old-fashioned 
square pews, hung on hinges, and turned up for greater ease in standing, 
at prayer time, seeing the good old deacons, Newton and Sears, under 
the high pulpit, heaiingthe powerful voice of gr od old Par?cn Grout, 
in opening the morning devotions, and then adding to the general noise 
all over the house, in turning down the seats at their conclusion. 

But of far greater interest to me was the music of the large choir in 
the gallery, preceded by a knock of the pitch-pipe by uncle Ethan Hitch- 
cock, and a few strokes on the bass viol by Col. Longley. 

I must refer to two old customs which made quite an impression on 
my youthful mind. Our pastor, Mr. Grout, in making calls among his 
charge, would talk with each member personally, concerning his or her 
spiritual condition, and thea as he laft, stan ding at the door, would give 
some words of general exhortation to all. This custom, though some- 
times distasteful, making the minister's visits dreaded, especially by the 
young, was, I think, on the whole, beneficial for those times. 

The other custom grew out of the law as it then existed, in proclaim- 
ing the bans of matrimony. There were two courses open to a couple 
entering into this state. They might be "cried" by the town clerk in 
open assembly. Well do I remember how Gen. Longley, who was al- 
ways town clerk in tht)se days, would rise just before the minister open- 
ed the exercises, and amid profound silence, except a little flutter and 
giggle among the young people, proclaim in stentorian tones, "Hear ye, 
hear ye, marriage intended between — and — ." Or if the young couple 
shrank from this oral publicity the bans could be written, and stand for 
three public days near the church door. The glass box for this purpose, 
near the front door of the meeting house, was well watched by the 
young, and often looked into by the elders. 

More than half a century since, Gen Thomas Longley was by far the 
most influential man in Hawley, or any of the surrounding towns, and 
deservedly so. The last time he represented Hawley in the legislature, 
and .a short time before his death, I iiappened to be in Boston. I'sent in 
my name to him in the House of Representatives, and he immediately 
came to the door and invited me to a scat near him. It was not long be- 
fore he rose and made one of his cliaracteric speeelies, condensed, ptrong- 
ly delivered and effective. The Pittstield representative told me that he 
was one of the most influential membeis of the House. 

At the meeting of the A. B. C. F. M., held in Pittstield in 1866, Jonas 
King, then on a visit from Greece, delivered an address at the South 
church. At its conclusion, I introduced myself to him as from Hawley, 
giving my name, which at first he liardly seemed to recognize. I told him 
I understood that my father hired him to teach his first district school, 



niSIO];Y OF IIAAVI.EY. Ill 

when a youug man. He then said, "Ah! yes, mauy a nice piece of 
mince pie have I eaten at your mother's." 

There were six Hawley boys who became lawyers — all honest lawyers, 
which I suppose would seem almost a contradiction in terms to onr jjurl- 
tan sires. They were Henry T. Grout, Hezekiah Kyland Warriuei-, 
Charles Dodge, Samuel T. Field, P. L. Page and J. S. Page. The four 
last were neai of an age, and attended the district scliool together in 
Hawley. 

Well, I never knew a native ( f Hawley who went out from tiiere into 
the world, to disgrace his native town. I am rejoiced tliat its history is 
to be written, and shall be glad if I have given any items that will be of 
use. Please let me know when it is published, and where copies can be 
obtained. 

Very truly yours, 

P. L. PAGE. 
.Ann Arbor, Mhih., Dec. 1, 1880. 



Sketches and Incidents. 

The Rev. Jonathan Grcmt was an inveterate tobacco smoker. He lived 
about a hundred rods from the meeting house, and used, to go home to 
dinier, betwaeu the two long Sunday services. On one occasion, when 
returning for the afternoon service, the fire from his pipe got into the 
fence by the roadside. The alarm was given in the midst of the sermon, 
when the services stopped, the congregation rushed out and extinguished 
the fire, returning for tiie minister to take up part fifthly of his seimou. 

To show how long continued habit becomes second nature, and to 
show the force of abseut-mindedness, it is related of him that he was 
once searching the house, having his pipe in his mouth, and addressed 
his wife thus: — "Mrs. Grout, can you tell me where I laid my pipe?" 

Mr. Grout was cotemporary with Rev. Moses Hallock of Plainfield, 
and as might be inferred, they had many ministerial interviews. Mr. 
Hallock is described as being a tall, spare man, with sharp, angular fea- 
tures, and a very mea.sured, methodical manner of speech. On one occa- 
sion when they were together, Mr. Grout was smoking an unusually 
short pipe, when Mr. Grout renuirked that he should think he would 
burn his nose, whereupon Mr. Grout replied, "I should if my nose was 
as long as yours. " 

A family in Mr. Grout's parish kept geese, and the old gander had a 
habit of 'pecking on the door. One day Mr. Grout came to make a pas- 
toral call, and knocking at the door, the good housewife, being busy 
about her work, and mistaking tlie fauiliar rapping, remarked, 
"Peck away, old gander, you can't come in." 



112 HISTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

David Scott of Wliately, known as "Master Seott," was a man of great 
originalitj^, a faimer, and carpenter, also a great hunter. (See page 42.) 
His son, Phineas, was the pioneer Scott in Hawley, and removed from 
Whately in 1782. He had previously been there and made a little clear- 
ing and built a log house, covering the roof with bark. Wiieu they mov- 
ed he had a yoke of steei's two years old, and a cow, and with his family, 
household furnituie ai.d farming tools on a sled, they went the first day 
to the west part of Conway, where they found it so blocked with snow 
that tiiey were obliged to stop. The settlers turned out witli loams and 
shovels and went through, and, hitching on their teams, pulled them 
through to their liouse, when lo! they fonnd the roof had been so loaded 
with snow that it had broken in. Such was the introduction of one fam- 
ily to their newly-founded home. Mr. Scott was a farmer, an energetic, 
go-ahead man. Had done yeoman's service in the Revolutionary army. 
A man of integrity, and considerable prominence in his adopted town. 
Two of his children were born in Wliately, and the others in Hawley. 

In the old sixth school di«trict is a lot of land which has always been 
known as the "Hitchcock lot," which was never transferred by deed. 
Before tlie settlement of the town, the territory was surveyed, the sur- 
veyors taking land in paymaut for their services. Among the party was 
a Mi\ Hitchcock, whose S(m was subsequently one of the original settlers. 
This lot was taken by Mr. Hitchcock, though he never occupied it him- 
self — it being probable that he never saw it after becoming its owner — 
and its ownership has passed by inheritance through successive genera- 
tions to its present owner, Joseph A. Hitclicock, who was born there, 
now being the head ( f the only family bearing the name in town. It h.'.s 
formerly been occupied as a homestead, but now the buildings are re- 
moved, and it is occupied as an "out lot," a part of it being pasture. 

In the near vicinity of the Hitchcock lot, ou the farm formerly occu- 
pied by Ansel Ileinenway, is the celebrated "Moody spring." The wa- 
ter from this spring is very medicinal, very soft and smooth in quality, 
preserving its natural qualities for any length of time, when kept in bot- 
tles or barrels, without becoming sour or rancid. It also has the power 
of removing any musty or inoffensive qualities from an old barrel oi' jug, 
and is a great curative for cutaneous diseases, leaving the skin in a 
healthy, normal condition. Quantities of the water have been carried 
considerable distances for use. There no doubt that if its a])proaches 
were more feasible, and some enterprising citizen would work uji a boom 
by erecting fashionable buildings and attractive surroundings, it might 
rank favorably witli watering places and summer resorts. But with its 
present surroundings, it must, as in tlie past, remain in comparative ob- 
scurity, and contribute very little for the "healing of the nations." 



HISTOKY OF HAWI-EY. 113 

Rowland Sears bought land of parties in Springfield, on which he set- 
tled, being on the north line of the town, where his son Benjamin, and 
grandson of tlie same name, both lived and died, now owned and occu- 
pied by Lewis W. Temple. He did not make payment in full at the 
time of purchase, and afterward sent his neiglibor, Ebenezer Hall, to 
make the settlement, and final payment, going on liorseback. After com- 
pleting the business, wliich was at a business office, Mr. Hall took his 
departure for liome, and cogitating the matter in his mind, he discover- 
ed that an error had been made. Retracing his journey, he went to the 
office and told them he had rettirned to rectify a mistake. He was blunt- 
ly informed that they never made or rectified mistakes there. "Very 
well," said Mr. Hall, "I thnik I can stand it if you can; the mistake was 
in your favor. " 

Benjamin Sprague who lived in the east part of the town in its early 
history had a liabit of making unwarrantable statements when relating 
or describing anything, and there is a tradition that when some one ques- 
tioned a statement he had made, he said he hoped his hair would turn 
white, if it was not true, and tlie next morning it was actually white. 

Clesson Smith lived a little west of the Squaic, and v as known as an 
inveterate story teller. Some of the older people now living remember 
the yarns he used to tell, in which himself was usually the hero of the 
occasion. Whether he thought people would believe his recitals, or 
or whether he wanted to become notorious, or what his real object was, 
is still an open question. Once his daughter was taken with a fit in the 
night, and cramped so that her head and feet came together. He 
went for his horse in the pastuie, some distance away, while a violent 
thunder shower was raging, repelled a flash of lightning with his fist, 
passed on and found his horse, went four miles for a doctor, and got liim 
to the house in fifteen minutes after starting for the horse. 

Once he was loading hay in the field, when a shower arose. He made 
such speed in driving to the barn that he escaped the rain; but his dog, 
not being able to keep up, was obliged to swim to the barn, through the 
accumulating waters. 

Another of his exploits was to draw 200 loads of manure from the 
barn to the field in a day, with an ox team. 

VVarriner King, when a schoolboy, soon after the year 1800, attended 
school near the present site of Halloi>kville — being the same school where 
his cousin, Jonas King, was a scholar — more than a mile from his home, 
making his own track through tlie snow a part of the way. During one 
winter term he built the fire at the sclioolhouse, which was in a large, 
open fire-place, his only remuneration being the ashes, which he collect- 
ed and sold, and with the proceeds purchased a copy of "The American 



114 HISTOKY OF HAW1.EY. 

Preceptor," the reading book in vogue in those days. Its title page 
bears the date, "Boston, 1801." About 1850, he gave it to the author of 
tiiis work, and narrated the incidents above stated. It is highly valued 
as a relic, with its ancient and sombre appearance. 

Jonas King was once a stiident at Halifax, Vt., at a school which was 
in some degree a self-supporting institution. It was a custom for the stu- 
dents to chop the wood they used, but Jonas was so engrossed in his 
studies that he preferred them to manual labor, so much so that he was 
"dubbed" as being lazy. But dire necessity compelled him to perform 
the task, and a brother student penned the following satire, and clan- 
destinely placed it upon his door: — 

^'■Mirahile dictu, Marcy on us. 

Lament the fate of poor King Jonas; 

Who from his high exalted station, 

Is doomed to wield the axe for recreation." 

Oliver Taylor received encouragement in various ways, in early life, 
to pursue his studies. The family was poor, and could not give him the 
advantages he desired, even in his youth. One winter several families 
in the east part of the town agreed to take turns in boarding him, while 
attending school there. In his early years he is described as not being 
very prepossessing, but made an education his only purpose and object. 
One evening when he was at Capt. John King's, some one proposed that 
he try his hand at poetry, when he produced these lines: — 

* 'Cold and stormy is the weather, 

Hard and wretched is my heart;" 
They were written on his slate, and were the extent of his effusion. 
After he had retired for the night, Capt. King jokingly and wickedly 
added: — 

"You simple, shatter-headed fellow, 

From my house you may depart." 
It may be added that the sentiment and decision expressed by those 
lines were both revoked, and Oliver was allowed to continue his studies, 
with what success is attested by the reputation he attained in after life. 

When Rufus Sears came to Hawley he was a boy of 11 years. Coming 
from the "Cape," his early childhood had been identified with people of 
a seafaring life, and he had been accustomed to looking out upon the 
broad expanse of salt water. His minority, after coming to Hawley, was 
passed with Dea. Joseph Bangs, and afler attaining his majority, he re- 
turned to the Cape, in the fall of the year, intending to remain and settle 
there. But during the winter, the scenes of ocean experiences did not 
look as flattering as he had anticipated, and in the spring he returned to 
Hawley, where he remained through his long life. 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. ]15 

When he left Dennis the farmers were planting; ariiving at the hills 
east of the Connecticut river and looking westward, the landscape was 
white, and arriving at Hawley, the people were still under the embargo 
of the winter's snow. 

At a town meeting held May 6, 1799, it was voted to accept a road 
from Camp rock west to Savoy line. This rock is a little east of the 
house of Chester F. Hunt, and a little north of the site of the The(;philus 
Crosby house. It stands in a sn.ooth field, and its highesi point is 
about fifteen feet high, sloping each way from its apex to the ground, 
having a length of perhaps 50 feet, running north and south. Its ffasteru 
face is smooth and nearly perpindieular the entire length, while the 
west side is a sharp incline from top to bottom, making ii somethmg 
the shape of a quarter of an egg, cut lengthwise. 

It is said that when Thomas King came to Hawley, in tin spring of 
1772, with his family, this rock was made a camping place over night, 
lience the origin of the name, "Camp rock." By its peculiar shape, it 
made a natural protection from the west wind, and a stream near by fur- 
nished water. Whether this place was appropriated as a camping-place 
for only one night, or while they prospected for a location, tradition 
saith not. The spot wliere Mr. King located and built was about a mile 
and a half west of this rock. 

Somewhere about the year 1850, a woodchuck brought some bones 
out of its hole, in the West Hawley cemetery. Thej' remained there 
upon the ground several weeks, attracting many visitors, ar,d causing 
much speculation. It was not known to whose remains they belonged, 
until an examination was made, when a plate was found, showing it was 
the body of Joseph Howard, who had been buried many years. The 
woodchuck had entered at one end of the coffin and traversed its entire 
length, making the abode of the dead its home. 

Hawley, like other towns, had a mili^^ary company in the primitive 
times of the old State militia. In those old days ardent sjjirits were 
deemed a necessity, and were veiy freely brought into requisition on 
all occasions of that kind. Elias Goodspecd was captain of the compa- 
ny, and for some reason became unpojjular with his men. On one occa- 
sion when they met for drill, he called them into line, and when the order 
"Forward Marcli" was given, thej- staited, but cc uld not h( ar the com- 
mand "Halt," and marched up plum]) against a building. Similar ma. 
neuveis were repeated, and the men were found to be incorrigible, when 
another captain was chosen, but the spirit of rebellion had detracted so 
much from the true military spirit, and the law requiring regular milita- 
ry drill having previously been taken oif, the company disbanded in 1834, 
although some of the Hawley militia afterwards joined companies in 
adjoining towns. 



116 HISTORY OF HAWI-EY. 

On Mondaj' evening, March 7, 1887, a great reception was held in 
Pittsfield, in honor of Hon. Henry L. Dawes, and his re-election to the 
U. S. Senate. Among the letters read was one from P. L. Page, of 
Ann Arbor, Mich., tendering congratulations and contributing this sen- 
timent: — 

Massachusetts, and the equal rights of man; Fought for on her soil, in the first battle of 
the Revolution, at Lexington, and Concord. 

Maintained by the first blood shed in the war for the preservation of the Union by her 
sons, in the streets of Baltimore. 

C-mtended for by her distinguished legislators, John Quincy Adams and Charles 
Sumner, in our National Congress, in behalf of the African; and now by the senior senator 
of Massachusetts in behalf of the Indian. May his efforts be crowned with complete 
success. 

Roswell Longlej was a great scholar, fitted for college, but his health 
failed and he was obliged to give up his studies, and died at the age of 33. 
The following was written bj' him as iin Acrostic:— 

Hung up 'neath rocks and Nature's battlements she stands, 

And towards high Heaven she lifts her giant, oatstretchcd hands; 

Waked by the eagle's cry, rocked by the stormy blast. 

Long may she stand, to tell of ages past. 

Earth has no nobler clime, no race of men more brave, 

Youth, Age, and Beauty there, but not one cringing slave. 

Asa Vining, with his family, came from Weymouth to Hawley in 1806, 
arriving at the Connecticut river, at a point opposite Northampton, June 
6, the day of the execution of Daley and^'Halligar. The rush was so 
great in consequence of the hanging that they could not cross the ferry 
as they desired, and Mr. Vining made arrangements with the ferry com- 
pany to do some work in payment of their passage, and thus secured a 
transit across the river. 

On the farm of Atherton Hunt are some objects which deserve men- 
tion. Near the buildings ai-e three chestnut trees which Mr. Hunt set 
out with his own hands, more than 70 years ago. This is mentioned from 
the fact that the chestnut is not a native on these hills. 

"Aunt Cliarity's chair" is an old landmark, being a rock by an old 
discontinued roadside, in which is a depression, making, by its shape 
and height from the ground, a natural seat. 

Just east of Mr. Hunt's buildings there runs a long, narrow strip of 
swamp, which has been reclaimed, making good meadow land. There is 
a tradition that when one of the settlers came into town, his wagon be- 
came mired, and was overturned while crossing that swamp, and some 
table knives were lost. Mr. Hunt states th at he has always had an eye 
open when working there, but never discovered any of the lost knives. 



HISTORY OF HAWLET. Ill 



ReminesoIaFomerMU 

WRITTEN BY P. F. COOLEY OF PITTSFIELD. 

My earliest recollections of the olil town where I first saw the light are 
very pleasant, and I love, in imagination, to again look out from the old 
east chamber over the hills and valleys, where in the distance can be 
seen the proud Mt. Waehusett, lifting its head above all its surround- 
ings. Turning to the northeast, plainly outlined is the broad-based, yet 
equally towering Mt. Mouadnock, while facing eastward, is the valley 
of the Connecticut river, which is often curtained by dense fogs, which 
sometimes in early mornings extended over and covered its entire length. 

Our neighboring farmers used to say that fog on the river for three 
continuous mornings betokened rain. In fact, the broad expanse over 
which we coiild look became a sort of barometer, guiding the agricultur- 
ist m his daily calculations about what work to do, and what to postpone 
until the weather predictions should be favorable. In tact, all the ob- 
serving men of that time were a self constituted signal service corps, and 
in justice I must say they were as reliable as some of the modern ones. 

In those days of sparse settlers, and in the scarcity of reading matter, 
such as books and daily papers, it was very customaiy, as they met, to 
compare their prophetic skill, pertaining not only to rain, but also to 
what might be expected in the coming winti r. If the corn husks were 
thick and iieavy it was concluded that a hard winter was to come. If the 
muskrats were slow in making their holes in early autumn a long and 
pleasant fall was to be enjoyed. If the autumn winds howled with a pe- 
culiar noise around the farm buildings, it would be a time when they 
would find themselves short for hay in the spring. If, after a shower, 
the tog climbed up the sides of the hills, it would be fair on the next 
day, but if it settled into the valleys it would be a "catching" time for 
harvesting till after the next good shower had come and gone. In short, 
there was a sign for almost everything, and each event had a sign pie- 
ceding it. When the time for "hog-killing" came, it must be done in 
the full of the moon, and the hog must receive the death stroke while 
the tide was coming in, or the pork would shrink in the pot. When the 
cat washed her face, the direction of her paw showed which way the 
wind would blow the next day. During a rain if a rooster crowed on 
the fence it would soon be fair, but if he crowed standing on the ground, 
the rain would continue until another day. 



118 HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 

I can recall numerous signs like specimens given, ■which were by uni- 
versal ijonsent, considered as infallible by the old settlers; some of which 
I learned from tradition, and others I heard from the lips of the descend- 
ants of that old puritan stock which settled in the town when it was an 
unbroken fortiSt, and had to be subdued by the slow, hard work of the 
pioneer. 

The east part of the town was settled by people coming from the east- 
ern part of the state, from all the way as far as Cape Cod. My grand- 
father, Noah Cooley, came on horseback from Palmer in Hampden coun- 
ty, guided by blazed trees to indicate his road, and built a house (shanty 
it was termed) near the dividing line of Hawley and Buckland, in the 
primeval forest. The country was then filled with game, such as would 
be rare sport for the huntsmen of to day, consisting of black bears, rac- 
coons, wolves, lynx and foxes, the latter of which were very plenty and 
quite tame. After felling tlie trees and making a clearing sufficient to 
raise a few potatoes and some corn, he built a barn near by for his horse 
and cow, for which he had to return to Palmer on foot, and drive back, 
making a journey of about 120 miles, both ways. He also combined 
pleasure with business, and at the same time paid his future wife a visit, 
which visits he annually kept up for seven years, at the expiration of 
which time, by diligent and liard work he had so far made a home in the 
wilderness that he had erected a more commodious house, and cleared 
more land and put it under cultivation, so that on the eighth year Es- 
tlier Hyde accompanied liim a^ his wife to the home he had thus prepar- 
ed, he on horseback, she riding behind on a pillion. Their outfit of 
housekeeping goods, which she had been all those ei^ht years in prepar- 
ing, was hauled by a yoke of oxen attached to a two wheeled cart, the 
only wheeled vehicle then in common use. Tliis manner of settJeuieut 
by m}' grandfather is a sample of what was in almost every case the ex- 
perience of the early settlers of the town. As a sequence, the pioneers 
grew up a iiardy, self-reliant people, both men and women. They were 
brave and daring, and a community sti-ongly religious and conscientious 
was the outcome of those descendants of the Puritan, obeying the com- 
mand to be "fervent in spirit," and their necessities required them to be 
"diligent in business." 

It will be my purpose in these pages to reproduce by a pen picture as 
I remember in part, and in part as has been described to me, the pecu- 
liarities and characteristics of some individuals wlio were prominent in 
town in its early days, beginning at the eastern part, which was earliest 
settled, and where my Hawley life was for tiie most part spent. 

DEA. ISAAC TOBEY. 

One of the early settlers in the extreme northeast part was Dea. Isaac 
Tobey, a native of Taunton, Mass. I am unable to tell at what age he 



HISTORY OF HAWLET. 119 

came 1o town, but he must have been somewhat advanced in years, as 
he had previously been a soldier in the Revolution. It is said of him 
that when young he was a natural athlete, and could stand behind any 
man of common stature and vault completely over his head. 

My earliest recollection of him as a boj' was as an old man of about 75 
or 80 years of age, straight as an arrow, not tall, uf slight build, full of 
energy, and fully believing the generation iiad much deteriorated, both 
mentally and in industry. His sou John, with whom he lived, was a 
perfect contrast to the father, remarkably large and stout, weighing 
nearly or quite two hundred and fifty pounds. He had a good education, 
and his lymphatic build compelled him to a literary and sedentary occu- 
pation, in fact, the deacon considered him lazy. I well recollect on one 
occasion hearing the old pensiouer remark, "John don't like to work as 
well as I did," adding, after a pause, "Don't know as I say right; he 
don't like the profits of it as well." At the age of eighty five or more, 
the old deacon would with cane in hand every day visit the farm work 
as carried on by his grandsons, and suggest how tl)e work should be 
done, which advice was not always acceptable to the boys, who were 
not particularly pleased with his frequent visits, yet his demeanor could 
but inspire them with respect for the old gentleman, as they usually 
called him. On one occasion when the boys were piling logs on a piece 
of land they were clearing, the old deacon came oiit as usual, and seated 
himself on a log near the pile they were making, when the log rolled 
over, throwing him on his back, between that and the pile. The boys 
were quite alarmed, fearing he was badly hurt, for he did uot speak, and 
taking hold of him carefully, they began slowly and gently to lift liim 
out. All at ouce, the olJ man spoke out in strong, comiuaiiding tnuep, 
"Lift, boys. Lift! you don't lift worth a copper." As miglit be expect- 
ed, the boys speedily place d him on liis feet. 

At another time when mowing in the hayficild, tuje of the boys came 
across a bumblebees' nest, directly in liis swath. The bees came out and 
sharply attacked the lad, wiio retreated, fighting fhem with his luit. The 
old deacon was near and saw the affair, and lusliiug up to the lad, ex- 
claimed, "Wliat, afraid of a few little bumble b^es? Let me take your 
scythe." Taking the unfinished swath, he commenced mowing, but tlie 
bees were getting more troublesome and quite mad at being thus distur- 
bed. Finally the old man laid down the scythe and stamped down the 
nest with his feet, then turning to the boy, he said, "Josh, you ain't 
got much pluck." He then started for tlie house, but the boys could 
see that he often rubbed his fare, legs and arms, quite sharply, but his 
"pluck" was too good to own that the bees had siung him at all. 

He was an honorable man in all his transactions, and well fitted by 
his life to adorn the position he held so long in the church as one of the 
deacons. He dated his first religious impressions in youth, from while 



120 HISTOUY OF HAWLEY. 

walking with a comrad(>-of his own age. A lightning bolt struck down 
Ids companion and killed him bj- bis side, and from that time be 
made up bis mind that he would live a cbristiau life. His health was 
alwajs good, and he wore out, dying at the age of over ninety. 

Like every early New England town, Hawliy iiad its village "Squire'' 
to whom all questions of law and matters of dispute were r( ferred, and 

EDMUND LONGLEY, 

one of the early settlers, living near the then populated center, occupied 
that honorable position. My first knowledge of him was when be was 
well advanced in life. He was then bale, and in my boyish ej-es, a per- 
fect pattern of all that was noble and great. He and bis brother Joseph 
came from Groton, Mass. His house was larger and more imposing 
than most of his neiglibors, and he was possessed of more worldly goods 
than most of his townsmen. The Longleys by nature were of a strong, 
sterling character, of the sort born to commnnd. In fact, three of his 
sons were military commanders in days when the arms-bearing men 
were all required to do military duty. One was a Brigadier general, 
another a Colonel, and a third a Captain in the Massachusetts militia of 
that day. As the pages of this history show, Esquire Longley and his 
descendants occupied many and varied places of tiust in the affairs ©f 
the town. So honorable a position was accorded to many of that name, 
that a few years ago a quaint old divine in the town of Dalton remarked 
to me, "Your Hawley folks always thought the Longleys made the 
town." At all events, the Longleys had much to do in shaping the an- 
nual town meetings and giving general direction to all affairs of the town. 
To be able to do so, shows that tlie material from which i-ucli stock de- 
scended is of no ordinarj- type. Such men, to rule others, must be "i 
the kind wlio can rule tliemselves. As an illustiatiou, wlien Squire 
Longley was well advar.ced in years he made uj) his mind that tobacco, 
which he had constantly used from boyhood, was doing him v.o gO( d, 
and as soon as he thus decided, he took out Ids pipe and a partly useii 
paper of tobacco and laid them on the mantle shelf over the open fire- 
place, in plain siglit, and wrote on the tobacco package, "Tobacco, I 
have done with you," and there it remained untouched until he was 
gathered to his fathers, at a ripe old age. 

In the adjoining town of Buckland was a family of Taylors who occu- 
pied the same position in that town that was accorded to the Longley.s 
in Hawley, in fact, Squire Taylor of Buckland and Squire Longley of 
Hawley were considered the two magnates of that region. 

As might be expected, Squire Longley 's eldest son, Thomas, (after- 
ward Gen. Longley,) sought for a wife the eldest daugliter of Squire 
Taylor, Martha, or "Patty" as the name was then called. After tlie 
arrangements between the young people had been completed, it became 



HISTORY OF HA-WLET. 121 

neeepsary, by a custom of the times, for Thomgs to procure of his par- 
ents their consent to the imioii. For that purpose lie called them into 
the parlor, and when they were solemnly seated, ThomfS with all due 
formality made known the objict of the interview, viz, their approval of 
his marriage with Patty Taylor. The Squire, from the dignity of his 
large arm chair, responded, "Yes. my son Thomas, I am hajjpy to give 
my full and free coisent, and am glad, as well as proud, to know that 
my son is to be allied to the family of my old fiiend, Squire Taylor of 
Buckland, and shall be pleased to own Patty as a daughter." The 
Squire's wife had a full and lively sense of humor, and saw a fine chance 
for a joke, even if it was at the expeiise of her son, also anticipated sub- 
sequent events somewhat. Leaning over a little on her side, and lightly 
tapping the floor with one foot, she said, "Tommy, I strongly suspect 
the next generation of Hawley children will make their own baskets." 

Neither the Longleys or the Taylors were in complexion disposed to 
the blonde type, but on the contrary bordered on the brunette, and es- 
pecially did the Taylors assume the type of the dark brunette, with hair 
of the same color, and straight, resembling that of the Indian. 

For years there was hardly a school district in town but that had a 
representative of the Longley family, but now onlj- one family of the 
n.amo lives in town, that of Lewis Longley. Such are the changes effect- 
ed in a few short years. Squire Edmund, Master Joe, Uncle Zimri, 
Gen. Thomas, Capt. Edmund, Col. Joshua, Luther, Calvin S., Sullivan 
Otis, Freeman, Thomas, Joseph G., Worcester, Augustus, EoswcU, 
.Toshua and Oliver, faces and names familiar to my boyhood, have pass- 
ed over, and others are removed, to Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Wash- 
ington, and in fact almost all over the Union are the descendants of that 
old Hawley name, scattered and widely separated. Is it too mucii to 
hope that they and we all, in the future of God's good providence, will 
again be united, and again greet, and know each other as in days when 
we inhabited the eastern slope of the Green Mountains? 

In the primitive days of all New England towns, the minister appear- 
ed as the most prominent personage. Being usually a man of a college 
education, to him was dei:uled the adjudication of qu( stions where learn- 
ing was required in render) g a dteifrion. Often his talents were railed 
in where it was necessaiy to assume judicial as well as ecclesiastical 
functions. The proper jironuueiation el words, the geographical loca- 
tion of any new or unknown place, or any abstruse mnthematieal calcu- 
lus, all were referred to the parsdu, and his decision was final, no appeal 
therefrom, while in all tilings having reference to biblical law, he was as 
a matter of course the sole judge, and even the place and conditi(m one 
would occupy after death, he was supposed to have cognizance of. Woe 
be to the luckless, independent free thinker who dared to interpret 
scripture differently from this high authority. 



122 HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 

On his approach ohilSisli glee and sports were hushed, and the 
juvenile heart beat fast and quick -when in the august presence of 
the minister. When met upon the street each boy must remove his hat 
and make his best bow, each girl, with blushing face and downcast eyes, 
must drop her best curtsy. It is not for a moment to be supposed that 
Hawley was behind any New England town in all that pertained to min- 
isterial etiquette. My earliest recollections of 

PARSON GROUT 
was fully up to the above general requirements. He was a large, robust, 
rotund personage, to my eyes the perfect embodiment of all that goes to 
make a man and a hero. Even to day I can in fancy hear his round, so- 
norous voice, as from the immensely high pulpit he read the hymns and 
invoked God's blessing or expounded the scriptures to his flock, which 
in those days included the whole town's people. Mr. Grout was the 
first settled minister in Hawley, and commenced preaching when it was 
called No. 7, before its incorporation as a town. Of Mr. Grout's ability 
as a preacher, in consequence of my youth I was not competent to judge, 
but do know that as a good man and a faithful preacher, to his death he 
was held in high esteem, not only by his own flock but also by those of 
other and adjoining towns. In deportment he was uniformly cheerful, 
but never hilarious. According to the custom of those days, when mak- 
ing parochial calls he readily partook with his host of the universal flip 
or egg nog, but never were his potations so deep as to make any show- 
ing either in his face, carriage or speech. He spent his whole mmiste- 
rial life in the town, and under his teaching there grew up a healthy, 
strongly religous community, who to day, wherever found, are God-fear- 
ing, Snbbath-loving men and women. As a result of the teachings of 
this faithful servant of the Most High, there has emanated from the town 
a large corps of ministers, now scattered throughout the country, who 
in their stalwart Christianity bear the imprint of their first teacher. Mr. 
Grout died at a ripe old age, and on his tombstone is chiselled in many 
lines the regards of his former parishioners, in words of no ambiguous 
import. 

THE OLD MEETING HOUSE. 
To an absent son or daughter of Huwlev, probably no one thing in 
connection with the old town is more deeply graven on the memory 
than the old house of worship, where from early years to manhood we 
listened Sabbath after Sabbath to tlie instructions tliat came from that 
old high pulpit, or the voices from the well filled "singers' seats," loft- 
ily perched at the opposite end from the minister. How freshly, even to 
day, do I recall the ideas of my young bojhood, as riding in the family 
wagon, on a Sunday morning, when the view of tliat old church first 
broke on my vision. To me it was a symbol of all that was large, grand. 



HISTOUT OF HAWLEY. 123 

lofty and holy. Nearly sqiinre in foim, its two stories wcrt- well ariomed 
with large windows, and a huge, two storied porch was equally well 
lighted with windows a trifle smaller, one large entering door facing the 
east, which was reached by several stairs. On either side of of this dou- 
ble storied porch were smaller doors where those approaching from the 
north and south sides respectively, could enter. My earliest vision of 
the sacred old building was when it was a dingy yellow, but in later 
years when its weather-beaten clapboards sliowed signs of exposure to 
the elements it was painted white, which color it bore until its final 
demolition for a more modern structure in a new location near the old 
"red store," two miles south. Beside the door, on the right, was a 
glass-faced box for posting notices of all kinds pertaining to religious 
and secular business. Also an important mission this box had to fill was 
the publishing on three consecutive Sundays, a notice, bearing the offi- 
cial signature of the Town Clerk, of any parties who proposed soon to 
marry. From this latter use this box was in common parlance dubbed 
the "publishing box. " Regularly on each Sabbath morning this box 
was scanned by the young of both sexes, and often by the older people, 
to se« what two persons proposed soon to exchange single for married 
life. When such notices appeared, it was a theme, that in the hour of 
intcrndssiou occupied no small part of the conversation. At times, these 
marriage notices would be a surprise, but oftener it wsis the culmination 
of an anticipated event, which caused ranch solicitude by scrutinizing 
neighbors and friends. 

Having thus surveyed its outward appearance, now go with me inside 
nmi let us together see if we can not only reproduce its interior in gener- 
al, but also place in old niches n])jects and faces cnce so familiar to us. 
As we enter the lower porch we find, leading to the gallery, two flights 
of stairs, one on either hand, corresi)onding to the side doors for entrance, 
mounting either of which, we find quite an upper room or vestibule for 
waiting, until the time for services to begin. Right in front, is another 
flight of stairs extending the whole width of this upper porch which led 
to the final entrance of the gallery. The gallery extended around three 
sides of the main audiei^ce lOom, with seals fitted for singers in front, 
and along the sides as well, flanked in the rear by square pews with 
plain seats which turned back on iron hinges. From these distant and 
loft}' boxes the worshipper had to look down not a little to see the min- 
ister, and from the seats near the wall he could not, ev(U by hard cran- 
ing of the neck, be visible. I imagine there are now living gray haired 
men and women who well remember the corner pews where they often 
congregated out of sight of minister and parents, and dining those long 
sermons said and did things not in keeping with the puritan Sabbath or 
the sanctity of the place. Below, you will recollect the roomy broad 
aisle, standing in which, you have seen candidates for admission to the 



124 HISTOKY OF HAWI^Y. 

rites of the cLuich, and parents holding tlieii- infants for baptism. lu 
this broad aisle, too, you have seen young couples, as they presented 
themselves lo take the vows that made them twniu one tiesh. The last 
cccasion of the kind I witiu ssed there was when the now dead, but once 
celebrated Dr. Stei)hen E. Riggs pioudly led the granddaughter of 
Esq. Longley up this wide avenue, and after the ceremony was perform- 
ed he alone stood in the same spot, then and there was consecrated as the 
first missionary to the Dakota Indians, of the tribe called Sioux. On 
that occasion, which was on a week day, the old church was crowded to 
its fullest capacity. My impressions on that occasion were as that of a 
very solemn event. Dr. Riggs and wile directly went to tlieir chosen 
field, and spent their young, as well as their mature lives, in vigorous 
efforts to elevate that warlike tribe, the results of which, he graphically 
portrays in his book, "Mary and I." 

But let us go back lo the old chinch and see if we cannot see familiar 
faces. It is a Sabbath morning; way up in that lofty pulpit is the ven- 
erable Jonathan Grout, his head mantled by a snowy crown, and his full 
voice ringing out as he conducts the exercises. Directly underneath are 
seated the two equally venerable looking deacons, on the right of tl)e 
pulpit is the minister's family pew, and on tlie left is the pew occupied 
jointly by the families of Edward Porter and Stephen Damon. Squarely 
in front, on the right of the broad aisle, is the pew of "Master Joe Long- 
ley," next in the rear is the Sabbath home of Squire Edmund Longley, 
d'rectly opposite is the town doctor Forbes and family, and in front of 
these are two long wooden seats fronted by a liigh partition, which are 
for the deai. If the gospel sound cannot penetrate their ears it can fall 
on their heads with lieavy effect, so far below the minister do they sit. 

When the meeting house was built, no provision was made for warm- 
ing it, no chimney, or place left for one. Being rather cheaply covered, 
with only clapboards and plastering to keep out the winter's cold, the 
thermometer would register about the same inside as out. 

There is a time when jiatience ceases to be a virtue, and at length the 
women bscame tired of going to the neighbors' houses to fill their foot- 
stoves, and a demand eame to procure stoves and warm the house. Tliis 
met with a fierce opposition, and a portion of the ougregation strongly 
maintained that those who could not sit in. the cold, lacked religious fer- 
vor m tiieir hearts. After a long discussion, and not a little liof conten- 
tion, it was decided to get two stoves, and to insure full results, two 
long lines of pipe were extended from the stt»ves near the deaf men's seat 
entirely across the room, giving them an exit at a window each side of 
the main entrance, expecting the room would thus be made comfortable. 

Vain delusion! On llie cold mornings so often prevailing on that 
windy mountain top, it was impossible, even then, to keep comfoi table 
at the farther end of the room, even when wrapped in the traditional 
surtout. 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 125 

It was, however, quite notice nble that those who had at the first so 
liotiy opposed the introduction of stoves were the fiist to appropriutf 
them, and lingered longest u<ar tlieir genial warmtl). The buildlnir was 
so poorly covered thai if wis impossible to equally warm it. Capt. Ki.g 
used to say thai one might as well warm an acre out of doors. 

But if the building was cheaply covered, it was strongly built. Heavy 
and ponderous timbers were used in the framework, and a comical man 
once remarked that the timbers were so huge that it took a barrel of rum 
to raise it, a remark that seemed to me quite pith}', when in process of 
demolition I saw tliost huge, iiard wood timbers uncovered. 

Farewell, old meeting house! Arouud thee cluster many tender and 
ennobling memories. Within thy doors have many entered who there 
found comfort in hours of trial, consolation in limes of distress. Within 
thy sacred walls have many an one been instructed, and led to a higher 
and nobler life. Within thy courts has many a new born soul found 
peace, and sang a new song. 

A history of Hawley, and particularly of its first meeting house, would 
hardly be comjUete without some notice of its surroundings. To one 
long absent from the town of his birth, a remembrance of the old church 
as it was, necessarily takes in objects in its near vicinity. Directly north 
of the church, and on a little lower ground, was 

THE OLD SANFORD PLACE, 

a large, pretentious building of two stories, and a long ell running out 
towards the west. It had never been adorned with paint, but the elab- 
orate carvings and exterior adornments gave evidence that it had once 
been a place in which its owner felt not a little pride, in fact, William 
Sanford was at a time looked upon as the millionaire of Hawley, At 
one time he kept a "tavern" in the upright part, and iu the ell was a 
general country store. Tradition says that at that store was sold more 
wet than dry goods. When it was considered rr-putable to buy and sell 
ardent spirits, Sanford's was thought the best place to buy New England 
rum, and selling it as he did, b.y the barrel, and down in lesser quanti- 
ties till it reached the single drink, it did afford him a good revenue. 

Mr. Sanford was a pushing, wide-awake Yankee, of stalwart build, 
blessed with a good constitution. He often took large and laborious 
contracts of work, such as road-buikling, etc., ai d it was said that he 
could hire help that would perform more work than others, for two rea- 
sons; one was, a man must put forth consideiable effort to keep up with 
his employer, another was, the extra stimulus, so handy, gave them an 
unusual amount of push and vim. What mattered it if there was little 
or nothing due them at settlement? for they had had a good time drink- 
ing, instead of laying up their wages. Many are the tales I have heard 
from my elders of the sprees had at the old Sanford tavern, and of the 



126 HISTCHJY OF HAWI.ET. 

variety (if expedieuts devisi'd by the landlord to make trade bri.-k at the 
bar, such as guessing on the weight of a block of word, or even a stone 
by the roadside, the loser to treat the crowd. The knowing one s used 
to say that tlie landloid was never or seldom canght, for secretly he had 
weighed and measured all articles upon which he proposed a guess. 
While the better class of citizens deprecated such measures and censured 
tiie revelries at the tavern, it was noticeable that at times of festal gath- 
erings in tiie ample hall of that house, it was well patronized, and num- 
bers of the above mentioned critics were present. 

As wealth increased, so did a desire for lionors, and by virtue of a 
commission from the Governor, Mr. Sanford received the title, "Esq," 
as a prefix or adjunct, as the case might demand. Causes of some im- 
port were often tried ])efore Squire Sanford, partly, because of his com- 
modious hall, and also because it was so very convenient to find means 
to allay the thirst consequent upon contested lawsuits. With large 
sales at his bar on such occasions and the added legal fee, his increasing 
coffers constantl}- received accumulations, to make up the fortune he left 
at his death. But as is uniformly the case in our American society, the 
next generation scattered these accumulations much faster than the 
Squire had gathered them in. 

It would have been a high honor to any town, tliat it was the birth- 
place of 

JONAS KING, D D., 

a missionary to Greece, and for years the U. S. Consul there. Spring- 
ing from almost total obscurity, he occupied in after years, a position 
as one of the foremost men of the age. His early home, all natives of 
Ilawley know, was removed from all opportunities to grow up a polish- 
ed and refined boy, but the germs of a strong manhood was an inherent 
quality in his composition. Never did a youth upon emerging from a 
retired home, find himself more unsophisticated than did young King 
when he commenced teaciiing his first school in the old third district. 
But of all this he very well knew, and was not ashamed to confess it, 
and use all possible methods to improve. After a gathering of young 
people for an evening enteitainment, lie would ask a trusted friend if he 
had said anything tliat was wrong, awkward, or green, or if he had used 
correct language when addressing a lady, or if he had pioperly used his 
hanlkerchief or knife and loik. lie would go out of a room and in.ag- 
iue the room a place of gathering, asking for instructions as to his de- 
portment when entering. Ridicule only had the effect of making him try 
to so deport himself as not to again be its subject. Advice lie sought 
from all alike, balles, matrons, aad male companions, and was ready to 
accept it from any. A perfectly ui, polished diamond in youth, which 
never lost an3'tliing in polishing and resetting. 



HISTORY OF hawi:et. 127 

Although many of that family name formerly lived in that localit}-, 
giving it tlie title King Corner, it is with pride tliat former resideuts 
refer to it as the town where Rev. Dr. King was born, fie waa a grand- 
son of Thomas King the pioneer, and his sou, Ezra, and his grandson, 
Warriner, passed their lives in the same neighborhood, also the fatlu r 
of Dr. King, on another road but little used in travel. 

No native of the town can fail to remember 

UNCLE EPHRAIM MARSH. 

In boyish remembrance I again meet him, going with two crutches, a 
short, pendant stump taking the place of a long lost leg, as he went 
from place to place, disposing of wooden measures of his own man- 
ufacture, which contributed largely to his support. Neither shall I for- 
get the half dread I lelt when meeting him, for he would stop and press 
home upon the boy some searching question relative to his spiritnal 
welfare. These questions were propounded alike to all he met, regarii- 
Icss of age, sex or condition. I have been informied that his early litV 
was spent ae a sailor, and that he was exceedingly rough and jirofane, 
but being brought under religious influence, his life became a perlVcl 
contrast to what it had been. "Where sin did abound, grace did niort^ 
abundantly abound." Often has he asked me, "My boy, do you love 
tlie Lord, and pray to him?" a salutation common with him. He was n 
constant attendant at all Sabbath services, and equally constant at tlio 
prayer meetings. Totally uneducated and uncouth in speech, his r( - 
marks, although inspiring one, would, by their original and ungram- 
matical form, provoke a smile, sometimes quite audible, hardly deco 
rous in a prayer meeting. As an example, I quote one verbatim, made 
in one of his public prayers; — "O Lord, come with thy holy spirit, an.l 
wake up these sleepy young lambs; yes, good Lord, and stir up the old 
sheep too. O Lord, you and I both know they need it." Yet lie waH 
a man universally loved and respected, for he had a kind disposition 
and a warm heart. His deep, heartfelt earnestness impressed all he iwi 
that he was a cliristian man. He fully met tlu description of the man 
who "lived and died happy, for he loved and served his God." 

I have in mind one who was a shai]) coLtiast to Mr. Mnrsh, 

UNCLE HOLLISTER BAKER, 

a man upright in all his transactions, in full possession of all his facul- 
ties, and exerted them to their utmost to the accumulation of wealth. 
Everything with him must bow to that one supreme object; education, 
popularity or religion he cared nothing for. Money was liis idol, and 
before that shrine he was a devout worshipper. On one occasion his 
pastor, urging upon him the necessity of taking some thought for a fu- 
ture life, and not be engrossed with worldly matters to its neglect, enfor- 



128 HISTOKY OF HAWI.EY. 

ced his subject with the remark, "Bro. Baker, you know that money 
takes to itself wings and flies away." "Know it, know it, better put it 
into land." was uncle HollJster's reply. 

Near his early home lived Eben( zer Ciowell, whose daughter he 
sought for a wife, and harving obtained the girl's consent, it was necessa- 
ry to get the consent of her parents. He deputed his father for that dutj- 
who thus approached it: — "Neighbor Crowell, my son HoUister woold 
be glad to have your dafter Becky, I'm jealous; he woold if he coold I'm 
jealous." What the answer was I never learned, but must have been in 
the affirmative, as they were duly married, and raised a large famil}'. 

In the same neighborhood lived Dea. ZENAS BANGS, a farmer who 
always performed his work in a slovenly manner. It used to be said of 
him that he would tire out a dog following him when mending brush 
fence. He had a neighbor who swept out his hog pen every day, inclu- 
ding Sundays. Once on his way to church it occurred to him that lie 
had neglected the usual sweeping, and going back to perform that duty, 
they were late to church, a sin almost inexcusable those days. But liis 
good wife, Aunt Lizzie, explained the situation to the critics, by inform- 
ing them that she had cut his hair that morning, which made him forget 
all about the pig-pen. 

West Hill, Bozrah, Forge Hollow, the Square, King Corner, Hallock- 
ville, South Hawley, Red Store, Hunt district, Dodge neighborhood, 
Parker Hill. — Absent sons and daughters of old Hawley! do not these 
names of familiar locations call up interesting and tender memories? 

Lads and girls then, now gray-haired and gone, cannot let slip troui 
the pages of memory the many singing schools in which they met and 
practiced the musical scale as taught by Col. Barr, Mr. Ford, and by 
their fellow townsman, Taylor GruTit, where they not only practiced and 
sang the songs of Zion, but where were often exchanged sly glaiuos, 
and equally sly pressure of hands on the road home, little courtisies 
which in many cases culminated in the union of two hearts and a happy 
home, perhaps in the far west, or perhaps a settlement on the homestead 
to solace the declining years of loved and loving parents. 

And those old time district spelling schools; how fresh and vividly do 
they return, with other old time pleasures, as memory reverts to the old 
town and its inhabitants, and wherever we roam, we fully endorse the 
sentiment, as we sing, "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like 
home." 



HISTORY OF HAWLEY. 129 



APPENDIX. 



The following items have been gleaned from various sources, since 
the compilation of the preceding chapters — 

Much has already been said in this volume of Rev. Dr. King, but a 
tract published by tlie American Tract Society, entitled "The only Sou'' 
has just come to hand, from which we clij* the following; — 

In 1819 Mr. King was elected professor in Amherst College, and pro- 
ceeded to Paris to pursue the study of Arabic with the celebrated De 
Sacy. Soon after, the Rev. Levi Parsons, missionary to Palestine, died, 
and Mr. King was solicited to supply liis place in the missionary field. 
He was oppressed with the weight of the proposition, and sought the 
advice of an American gentleman there, with whom he had became ac- 
quainted, who was at the head of a large commercial house. His friend 
said, "Go, and I will be a son to your aged parents in America." 

It was found that $1500 were necessary as an outfit for him to go, 
and the merchant volunteered $300 of tlie anutunt, and gave him the 
namep and address of four friends in the dffcrent European states, to 
whom he could apply for the remaining $1200. By the return of the 
mails, the^e gentlemen responded, enclosing $'600 each, making the sum 
required, and Mr. King lost no time in preparing for his departure. 

Previous to this Mr. King had established religious meetings in Paris, 
and a large concourse assembled in the church of the Oratoire to listen 
to his farewell address, and he was cheered at different points on his way 
to Jerusalem. His friend, the merehiuit, wrote to the solitary parents 
from time to time, enclosing some token of regard "from their aff'ecl ion- 
ate son." The next year he returned to America, and in the spring of 
1824, he procured a team at Northampton, and freighting irt with grocer- 
ies, went twenty}' five miles to their humble abode in Hawley. He ap- 
peared in disguise, ostensibly stopping U> warm, recognizing in ihem the 
features of their son. Soon he directed liis conversation in Bueli a wa\- 
as to let them know who he was, when a very aifecting scene followed. 
Then the groceries were presented, refreshments served, and during the 
repast the father was asked if he felt any regret in partmg with his only 
son as a missionary, which question, with the answer, is engraved on 
his tombstone in Hawley. This interview was the only one ever held 
between them, and to the aged parents it was almost as a visit from 
their son. 

The spot where the missionary is buried, in Athens, is in a retired cor- 
ner, shaded by cypress and pepper trees, enclosed by an iron railing, 
supported at the corners by stone pillars. Over it is erected a white 
marble sarcophagus monument, said to be the gilt ot an aflFectionate 
daughter, on which is the following inscription: — 



130 HISTORY OF hawij:t. 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JONAS KING, D. D. 
He was born 8t Hawley, Massachusetts. Uuited States nl America, July 
29, 1792. He labored for four years as a niispioiiary in Palestine, and 
for upwards of forty years as a missionary iu Greece, and died iu Atlienp, 
May 22, 1869, in th« 77th year of his age. 

"I have fought a good fight, I Iiave finished my course, I have kept 
the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. " 

2 Tim. 4: 7,8. 



Seth Sears was born July 27, 1801, is the oldest native resident, live.'^ on 
West Hill. He m. May 19, 1827. Anna Stockwell. Their children were 
Sarah Aim, b. Aug. 13, 1828, Henry, b. Sept. 13, 1830, resides in Dal- 
ton, Silas S., b. Feb. 9, 1833, resides in Diilton, Roewell and Royal, b. 
May 7, 1835, reside iu Hawley, Bethiah H., m. H. S. Barton, and lives 
in Savoy. 

Roswell Sears m. Mary E. Pierce, Jan. 2, ISGl. Children, Annie, b. 
July 9, 1863, m. John T. Oarrington, Seth W., b. June 21, 1874. 

Royal Sears m. Roselma 8t arte van t. Children, Ernest R., b. Aug. 
4,1868, Herman E., b. March 27, 1870, Cora A., b. Jan. 30, 187 J, 
Wesley E., b. April 9, 1874. 

Children of Lewis W. and Ella (Sears) Temple; Eddie 8., b. April 30, 
1873, Bessie E., b. Sept. 4, 1876, Lizzie E. and Llda E., b. Nov. 6, '8^.. 

Three of the daughters of Theophilus Crosby married clergymen, viz: 
Saphronia married Rev. James Mc Kee, and lives in Cairo, Ga. . Sir«li 
married Rev. Mr. Hodge, and lives in Oregon, Phebe married Rev. Mr. 
Crawford, and lives in Solon, Ind. (Corrected from page 22.) 

Judah and Cutler Crosby arc in Dakota. 

Rufus Baker is living in Warren, Maes, at the age of 85. 

Tryphena, daughter of Calvin Cool<;y married Leonard E Curtis, ai;d 
resides in Iowa City. 

Rev. Oramel W. Cooley resides ;it Glenwood, 111. 

A Mr. Noyet;, born in Putney, N. H., founder of the Oneida commu- 
nity, once had a spirited discussion with Rev. Tyler Thatcher. 

Annual Town Meeting, March 7, 1887:— Moderator, Wm. O. Bassett; 
Clerk and Treasurer, Lucius Hunt; Selectmen and Assessors, Charles 
Crittenden. J. Wm. Doane, Amos D. Taylor; Schofjl Committee, for 3 
years, Justin B. Warriner, for 2 years, J. Wm. Doane; Constable and 
Collector, Adna C. Bissell. Appropriations: SchooL^, ^900; Highways 
and bridges, $1500; Town expenses; $1200; Total, $3600. 

Teachers in the public schoole. Spring term, 1887:— Dist'. No. 1, Inez 
White, No. 2, Geo. Gould, No. 3, Mary Wells, No. fi, Hattie Simpson, 
No 7, Ida L. Brackett, No. 8, Carrie L. Atkins, 



niSTOHY OF IIAWI.EY. 



INDEX TO FAMILY RECORDS. 



Atkins, Giles, Freeman, Isaac, 

Francis W., Willian\ G., page (io 
Ayres, Wills, 46 
Baker, Timothy, Hollister, Hor- 
ace, Haivt'V, 45 
Baktr, R )sw('ll, Knfiis, Joe], 46 
Breed, John, Bl 
Blood, Abner, Asa, 57 
Baxter, Edward, 57 
ButricU, Joseph, 57 
Bassett, Wilham, 58 
Beals, Otis, 59 
Bartlett, Joel, 59 
Barnard, Joseph, 62 
Bangs, Zeuas, Zenas Jr., Joseph, 48 
Burt, Daniel, 46 
Crowell, Ebenezer, Edward, 

Ebeuezer, 61 

Crosby, Tiieophilus, 62 

Crosby, Judali, Ebeu, 63 

Crittenden, Simeon, 67 

Clark, Samuel A., Phineas, 52 
Cooley, Noah, Calvin, Calvin E., 

Reuben, 56 

Cooley, Ashei-, 57 

Carrier, Elias, 58 
Carter, MilloT., Sanderson, 

Asbbel W., 60 

Davis, Ozias, 67 

Damon, Jonathan, 59 

Dodge, Silas, Hiram, 62 
Doane, James, .James Jr., 

J. William, 63 

Damon, Bardin, 03 

Dickinson, Samuel, Ebenezer, 68 

Dyer, Anson, 52 

Darbv, Edward, 66 



Eldridge, Levi, 60 - 

Easton, Joseph, 53 

Edgertoi), Joseph, 101 

Edgiiton, Ezekiel, 102 

Fuller, Jonathan, Jonathan Jr., 46 

Farnsworth, William, 46 

Foul, Elias, 58 

Ford, Noah, Elijah, t',2 

Field, Theodore, 67 

Fobes, Dr. Daniel, 61 
Grout, Eev. Jonntiian, Samuel T. 53 

Griggs Chester F. , 56 

Goodspeed, Elias, 57 

Gould, Aaron, 65 
Gould, Lemuel, Wilson, Daniel 

H., Gilbert A., Lutlier E., 66 

Graham, Zerah, 69 
Hall, Ebenezer, Ebenezer Jr., 

Samuel, 47 

Hall, Kufus, 61 

Hall, Seth, 69 
Hitchcock, Samiiel, Ethan, 

Arthur, Joseph A., 48 
Hitchcock, Erastus, Samuel Jr., 

Simeon, Eli, 60 

Holden, Levi, Levi Jr., Ira, 51 
Howes, Jopeph, Fdmnnd, Henry, 52 
Hunt, Atherton, Russell, Lucius, 

Chester, 55 

Hunt, John, Elisha. 56 

Howard, Joseph, 57 

Harmon, Levi, Gahis, Enos, 59 

lladlock, John, 59 
Hawkes, Alpheus, Levi, 

Ichabod, Zadock, Asher, 66 

Joy, Noah, 60 

King, Ezra, John, 45 



HISTORY OF HAWI.EY. 



King, Tliomas, Jonas, AmoP, 
Jotham, page 

Longley, Edmund, 

Longky, Thomas, Capt. E(i- 
Lutlier, Jophua, Calvin S., 
Olivers., S. New-lJ, Elijah F., 

Longley, Joseph, Ziniii, Loicn, 
Jonas P., James Sullivan, 

Lascombe, John, 

Look, Henry, 

Loouiis, A.vher, 

Lathrop, Zephaniab, 

Lathrop, Zephaniab Jr., 

Marsh, Elijah, Ephraim, Leon- 
ard, 

Mc lutyre, William, 

Mantor, James, Francis 

Mansfield, Erastus, 

Newton, Nathaniel, 

Oakes, Calvin, William, John, 

Parker, Abraham, Abraham Jr., 
James M<mroe, Nathaniel, 

Parker, Asa, Zenas, 

Parker, David, Abel, 

Patch, Oliver, 

Patch, William, 

Pixley, Stephen, 

Porter, Ebenezer, 

Page, Alvah, 

Rogers, Abisba, 46, 

Eussell, Elihu, 

Russell, Samuel, Spencer, 

Rogers, Moses, 

Rice, Jonas, Sylvanus, Daniel, 



Rice, Champion B., Luther, 
44 Moses, Elias, 

42 Scott, Phineas, Reuben, 
Lu+her, Edvpin, 
Sears, Clark, 

43 S Liars, Rufus, Anthony, Freder- 

ick H. , Alvan, Urbane, Ro- 

44 land, Alden, Sylvester, 
54 Stiles, Warbam, Garner, 
50 Smith, Obed, 
63 Simous, Uzziel, 

68 Sprague, Rufus, 

69 Sprague, William, 
Starks, John, Phineas, 

49 Shattuck, Oliver, 

54 Saiiford, William, Wiliam Jr., 

57 Smith, Clesson, 

67 Strong, Harvey, 

57 Taylor, Jeremiah, 

49 Taylor, A. Dennis, 

Taylor, John, John Jr., 

47 Thayer, Ebenezer, 

48 Tobey, John, 
69 Upton, Chester, 

67 Vincent. John, 

68 Vincent, Nathan, Joshua, 
68 Vining, Asa, David, 
68 Wood, Zebedee, Andrew, Fitch, 67 
68 Warriner, Hezekiah, 68 
47 Wheeler, Samuel, 65 
46 West, Nathan, 64 
57 White, Henry B., 61 
68 Worth! ngton, Timothy, 49 
f>4 Wells, Jonathan, 62 



55 

42 
58 



50 

53 

56 

58 

60 

82 

64 

64 

63 

61 

68 

58 

65 

64 

61 

69 

60 

52 

53 

63 



ERRATA. 
Page 21, Rev. Isaac Oakes was born in Hawley, instead of Hadley. 
Page 25, Peter L. Baker enlisted, 1862, died, in 1877, at Bernardston, 

Mass., instead of Vt. 
Page 37, Adonijah Taylor is probably John Taylor. 
Page 41, Aaron Baird should read Aaron Burt. 
Page 68, Alvah Page should be Phineas Page. 



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