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Rev. martin LOVERING

Rutland, Vermont
The Ttjttle Company, Publishers

CJte Marble Citg ^res»

To the memory of Hannah (Bailey) Lovejoy
of Andover^ Mass., bom Dec. 13, 1776,
died Dec. 23, 1875, the author s grand-
mother, at whose knee when a boy he sat
many an hour^ listening to stories, not only to
those having the savor of Life unto life, but
also to those of the time when the nation was
young, and to the custotns of the times of yore,
to the mode and training of home life that
makes for peace, this volmne is affectionately

Scotland, Ci., May 1, 1915.


He who would write the history of a town must have not
only the historic insight but an abounding sympathy for its peo-
ple. He should be a lover of humanity and enter as completely
as possible into the civil and social life of the people, deeming
nothing too trivial for notice if it only brings to the reader
more clearly the life of the town as it really was in the period
covered. As it is the history of a small region it will necessarily
be local, yet its local color may add greatly to its historic interest
and charm if it be properly used. Men in town and domestic
life where they are known intimately by their neighbors, and
take their places in the shifting panorama of town life during
a period of nearly one hundred and fifty years, ''having their
entrances and their exits," form a picture that has charm to it
for the student of human life, and especially so when some of
them were pioneers and the first white men to settle in the
region, the picture seems like the changing portraiture of life
as it is frequently put upon the stage.

Now and then one runs across an item in the town records
that bears upon state or national history and not a matter for
town deliberation at all. Yet the action taken reveals the local
feeling upon the questions at issue, and may reflect a state of
feeling nation-wide, although the vote may seem to be ridiculous-
ly out out of place now. But such votes impress one with a
sense of our democratic institutions and show vividly how they
are the outgrowth of public sentiment and feeling and are ser-
vants of the public will. What the state owes to its small to^vns
like Holland is a matter hard to estimate, but that the town has
borne a brave and honorable part in the development of the
state and nation, her history affords ample proof.

8 The History op Holland, [Mass.

The present work is a product of spare hours employed for
relaxation and diversion from pastoral duties. Its possibility
was suggested through historical research rendered necessary
in the preparation of an historical address delivered Aug. 25,
1912, in the Congregational Church of Holland. That a work
of this kind should be free from all errors is too much to be
expected. That they shall be as few as possible has been the
author's wish and aim, and to that end he has spent many an
hour weighing conflicting evidence. That the work will prove
equally satisfactory to all its readers is not to be expected.
He has selected such material as seemed to him to be important
and available and he hopes that nothing vitally important in
the town's history has been omitted. Tradition has not been
ignored, but it has not been allowed to set aside, or contradict,
recorded facts. Until a better history of the town be produced,
he hopes the present work will find a place upon the shelves of
all interested in local history.

Many of the valuable facts of Holland's history are already
lost. But' to prevent more being lost is the compiler's excuse
for undertaking such a work. Children of Holland families are
now scattered about all over the Union, and bearing an honor-
able part in state and national life. It emphasizes the value of
the small town in the building of a nation, with free institutions
for the development of a noble Christian manhood and woman-
hood. The land the pioneers settled was a howling wilderness
(hints of this fact are found in the family records) and under
the sway of England, the mother country, which required toil
and courage to subdue. They left it a free land to their children,
which time proves to be a howling success, to which fact recent

events in Europe give emphasis.

The author will feel that his work has accomplished much
if it creates interest in local history and leads to something
better. He has consulted the state archives freely, and wishes
to acknowledge his obligations to the custodian thereof, the

Preface 9

Honorable James J. Tracey and his assistants, for aid rendered
in getting at facts of early history, as also to the state Librarian
and his corps of assistants. He wishes also to express his appre-
ciation of the kindly aid and suggestions of the residents of
the town who have contributed to its success. Of these the
aid of Mrs. Ursula ]\IacF. Allen Chase, in the genealogies, has
been very helpful. Also Mrs. Ellen I\I. Webber, whose work in
genealogies has been helpful and whose acquaintance with local
tradition and history has been inspiring. Mr. T. J. S. Parsons
and Mr. D wight E. Webber and wife have given aid in the way
of tradition and local customs that always enter into town life
and give it interest and character. Mr. Harry E. Back's
"Sources of the Quinnebaug River" we have freely quoted and
found valuable. We have also used freely " Evert 's His-
tory of the Connecticut Valley" and Copeland's ''History of

Hampden County."

Martin Lovering.
Scotland, Conn., May 1, 1915.

Map of town, the Inscription; the preface.


Early history and general description — Boundaries —
Ponds, etc.


Sources of history — First settlers — Difference between
town and district — Causes for incorporation of new
districts — Petition of inhabitants of southeast part of
Brimfield to be made a district — The act of incorpora-
tion of South Brimfield — Church organized — Efforts to
build a church — Petition to General Court relating
thereto — Petition of the opposite faction — The church
built north of David Bugbee's tavern — Also the church
begun between Grandy Plill and Rattlesnake Mt. —
Petition of Joseph Blodgett et alii — Petition of James
Lawrence and John ^loulton — Act creating the East
and the West parishes — Joseph Blodgett et alii agree-
ment with the Baptists — The Stamp Act, and David
Anderson's tax warrant — Court of Justice and Honor
— General Act by which So. Brimfield became a town
Aug. 23, 1775— Tax list of the East Parish, So. Brim-
field and board of assessors for year 1782 — List of
Selectmen of So. Brimfield 1762-1783.


Petition to divide So. Brimfield — Certificates of General
Timothy Dauielson and Capt. Nehemiah May — East
Parish made a district July 5, 1783 — Act of Incorpora-
tion. The name Holland — First town warrant and the
first town meeting — ^Second town meeting Sept. 8, 1783,
and division into school districts — Wardens and tith-
ingmen — Later customs. ,

Contents. 11


Trouble over So. Meadow road — Shay's Insurrection.
— Conventions at Hatfield and Hadley and the delegates
— Jethro Story — Perambulations of town bounds —
Assessment roll 1798 — Constables' birth — The Embar-
go Act and the Boston petition — ^Division of Hamp-
shire County — Alliance with France — Petition about
deeds — Voted not to send a representative 1837 — Com-
mittee to preserve good order — The causeway — Efforts
for a Town Hall^Southbridge and Palmer R. R. —
Holland's care of her poor — Pounds — Cemeteries.


Roads of Holland, Map — South Meadow Road 1731 —
Road from Nehemiah May's to Benjamin Perrin's, 1759
— South i\Ieadow Road as a factor in settling the region
— Trouble over the road, 1783-1795 — Holland takes one
mile, two hundred and ten rods — The stone monuments
set up 1829 — The Hartford and Worcester turnpike,
1803 — For other roads, see map of Holland with prob-
able date of construction.


Manufactures of Holland — Source of the Quinnebaug
and its re)uarkable power — E. G. Fuller's mill — Joseph
Belknap's mill — Eliphalet Janes' et alii, and now
Alexander's mill site — Harvey Janes — Paddock's forge
and mill — Frizell's mill: — Hamilton Reservoir, — Ste-
vens mill; — Storage Dam ( ?) — 'Gristmill — ^Butterworth
batting mill : his saw and gristmill and silk mill — "Wick-
ing mill — Storage Dam — ]Munger's mill — Marcy's mill
— ]\Iorris mill — Hiram Wallis' mill — Gardner Waliis'
mill — Tan yard — Brickmaking — Pottery — Powder ^Nlill.


Stores of Holland — Mr. BroAvn's store — Col. Alfred
Lyon's — Isaac Partridge, Chase and "Ward — Others —
Willard Weld and Son — Taverns — David Bugbee's,

12 The History op Holland, ]\Iass.

Alfred Lyon's, Isaac Partridge's, HoUowell Perrin's,
David ^larcy's, Elisha Kinney's and Holland Inn —
Holland mail service — Postmasters — R. F. D.


The schools of Holland — Discussion of facilities for
schooling prior to 1783 — Division into four school dis-
tricts, and school sites with a list of the patrons. School
improvements 1803 — Three districts and their bound-
aries — The four districts restored — School law changed
— School Consolidation — School superintendents —
School registers for 1847-48 — School now in the town
hall — Town Hall, how obtained — Baptist meeting house
a gift.


Holland Public Library — Subscription Library — Vote
to accept of provisions of State Library Commission
and secure state fund — First Librarian — Vote to build
a public library April, 1911 — Committee on plans —
Mr. J. R. Coolidge, architect — ^Plans presented to town
for acceptance July 31, 1911— Building committee —
The money voted — Soliciting committee — Total cost —
Dedication Aug. 24, 1912— Addresses, see "Old Home
Day" sermon preached Aug. 25, 1912, in State Library,
Boston, Mass.


Holland Congregational Church — Formation — Benja-
min Couchelin — Rev. Ezra Reeve — ^Confession of Faith
— The Covenant and subscribers to it — Items from
Jason — Morse's Annals of Brimfield Church — Addi-
tions made to the church roll (adults) 1781-1817 — A
snake story — Right of church to require confession —
Suit by Baptists — ^The church moved on to the plain,
1793, as result of effort to repair it — Sundry votes relat-
ing thereto — Old church torn down, 1839 — The town
Common, as a training field — Vote to accept of the
treaty with Great Britain — Paying Col. Lyon — Tax

Contents. 13

list for 1793 — Vote about a singing school ; a Lottery —
Reiiiiest of pastor Reeve — 'Committee to assist chosen
— Pastor Reeve ill, 1812 — Supply committee — Efforts
of Baptists and their success — Death of pastor Reeve,
Apr. 28, 1818 — Council of ministers — Committee to
raise a fund — The appeal; the subscribers; the amount
raised — Rev. Enoch Burt called, and agreement with
So. Brimfield, 1820 — Parsonage built 1822 — Parsonage
well — Cistern — Rev. Enoch Burt dismissed — Efforts at
union with Baptists, 1827 — Rev. Jas. Sandf ord ; admis-
sions — New church erected 1835 — Sale of pews — Form
of a deed — Clocks, Noon and Curfew bells — Church
burned Apr. 3, 1858— Baptists offer to sell for $200—
Vote to build Apr. 10, 1858 — List of church members
Feb. 3, 1842 — Sale of pews with plan of church — List
of pastors — Biographical sketch of each — List of dea-
cons — Biographies.


Holland Baptist Church organized 1817 — ^Articles of
organization — List of subscribers — List of Baptists with
date of declaration or admission — Forms of declaration
— Quotation from Evert 's "History of Connecticut
Valley" — Petition of 1831 and the subscribers — Rev.
Joseph Glazier — See Glazier Genealogy — Rev. "Wash-
ington Munger, ordained 1832 — Left 1839 — Other pas-
torates — List of Baptist Pastors — Holland ^Methodist
Church started 1859 in the unused Baptist church —
Rev. John Carpenter, pastor.

CHAPTER XII. . . . . . . . 260

Vital statistics — Intentions and marriages — Births —


War — Introductory to French and Indian War — Rea-
sons for giving same in the history of Holland — Cap-
tains in French and Indian War who commanded Brim-
field soldiers — Brimfield soldiers in that war — Intro-


The History of Holland, ;Mass.

ductory matter relating to the Revolutionary "War —
Captains in the lievolutionary war whose companies
contained So. Brimfield men — List of South Brimfield
men in the Revolution — List of Revolutionary soldiers
from South BrimReld, whose homes were in the part
that became Holland 1783— The war of 1812— List of
men — Military Drill — The war with Mexico— Militia
list of 1846— The Civil War— Militia list for year 1861
Abraham Lincoln — List of Holland men with their mil-
itary record — Address of J. Brainerd Hall — War with
Spain, 1898.


Town officers.



Holland's physicians with biograi3hical sketches.






Genealogies of the following families;


















Curtis [seeLilley;












De Estrees

































Explanations for Interpreting the Map.

Abandoned roads and bridle paths are marked thus
House sites Avith house now gone thus:
House sites with house still standing thus:
Mill dams are marked with Roman numerals :
Roads now in use are marked thus :
Public buildings if gone are marked thus :
Public buildings or grounds now in use :
Houses close to the town line are marked :

1 Joseph Blodgett, Sr. John Polley.

2 John Anderson. David Anderson.
2^ Jonas Blodgett. Elijah Blodgett.

3 Jeremiah Sherman.
3^ Caleb Blodgett.

4 Albert Rice.

5 David Wallis, Sr.

6 Dea. David Wallis.

7 William A, Robbins

8 Archibald Graham.
8^ James Fuller ( ?)

9 Nehemiah Allen. Abel Allen. Col

10 Eliphalet Janes, Ichabod Goodell.

E. Morse.

11 Kimball Webber. Louis Shumway.

12 Henry Webber. Nath'l Alexander.
12^ Rev. John Carpenter's Store.

13 Tenement house for E. G, Fuller's mill,

14 Rinaldo Webber. Later a tenement house

15 John Carpenter's store.

16 James A. Lynn.



I. etc.


a etc.

Ezra Allen.
John Polley.

16 The History of Holland, ]\Iass.

17 Abijali Pierce.

18 John Webber. Edward Blodgett. Dr. E. J. Hitchcock.

19 Dea. Benjamin F. Wilson, Edwin Damon, Fred Blod-


20 Zebinah Fletcher, Henry J. Switzer, Ernest Bennett.

21 John Belknap, John Weaver, Geo. L. Webber, Wm.

21^ Timothy Anderson.

22 Joseph Blodgett, Jr., Solomon Blodgett, Mr. Gaudette.

23 xMoses Clark, Lurvey Clark.

24 Henry Webber, Reuben Webber, R. A. Bennett, Bax-

ter C. Bennett.

25 Unknown.

26 Ernest A. Bickford's summer cottage, the N. "W.

school house remodelled.

27 Elijah Janes (?)

28 Israel Janes, F. L. Burley, John F. Hebard.

29 Linger Longer |

30 Oak Lodge J Summer cottages.

31 Lake View J

32 John Webber, Dea. Sherebiah Ballard, Willard Wood,

W. A. Webber.

33 Trenance, Erastus, Albert, Charles Webber.

34 Dea. Samuel Webber, Ezra Webber, Dwight E.


35 Dea. Samuel Webber, Jr. (?), Harris Cutler, Alvin

Goodell, Wm. Morse.

38 John Ballard, Abner Blodgett, Mr. Warrington.

37 James Frizell.

38 Summer cottage of 0. L. Howlett.

39 William Frizell, Dea. F. B. Blodgett.

40 C. B. Drake, Ebenezer Darling.

41 John Butterworth.

42 Asahel Pierce, Betsy Humes.

43 Hiram Towne.

44 Willard Weld's store, post office. Ruel Williams.

45 John Paddock.

46 Freeland Wallis (new house), Warren A. Wallis.

47 Freeland Wallis (old house).

Explanation op Map 17

48 Calvin Frizell

49 Eli Kendrick.

50 Alvin GoodeU.

51 Alfred Lyon, Benjamin Church, Willard Weld, Alon-

zo Mason.

52 Mrs. John Carpenter.

53 Washington Munger. The Baptist parsonage.

54 Andrew Webber, Mrs. Henry Brown.

55 Lucinda Wood, Francis Wight, Louisa M, Howlett.

56 Isaac Church, Charles Roper, A. F. Blodgett.

57 Sewall Glazier, Edward Blodgett, F. E. Kinney.

58 Rev. Ezra Reeve, James Webber, Silas Fletcher.

59 Benjamin Reeve.

60 Wyles Williams, Edward Wakefield.

61 Edward Blodgett, Otis Williams.

62 Amasa DeWolf, Freeland Lynn, jMi's. Bradean.

63 David Bugbee, Dr. David B. Dean, William Lilley.

64 John Webber (?)

65 Joseph Bruce, Reuben Stevens, L. C. Howlett.

66 Antipas Bruce.

67 Hollowell Perrin, David Marcy.

68 Isaac Foster, Jonathan Blanchard, Isaac Partridge.
68^ Dr. Seth Smith.

69 Ephraim Bond.

70 Benjamin Perrin, Asarael Perrin, Neh. Underwood.

71 John Perrin (?), Ambrose Perrin.

72 — Smith.

73 Lemuel Chandler.

74 Amasa DeWolf, Sr., John Hinds.

75 Benjamin Beal.

76 — Rockwell.

77 John Nelson, Dr. Nathan Burnap, James Marcy.

78 Elisha Marcy, E. W. Marcy.

79 Thomas Nally, Lewis M. Howlett.

80 Toll House, Freeland Lynn, IMiehael Flannigan.

81 Olney Brown.

82 Henry Haradon, Fred Rice, Erwin Bennett.

83 Ruel Williams.

84 James Walker, Levi Steward.

85 John C. Butterworth.


18 The History of Holland, Mass.

86 Dwight E. Butterworth.

87 George Harradon.

88 John Muiiger, Simeon Munger, Benjamin Parsons.

89 John Smalladge.

90 Kobert Henry.

91 Carlos Bond.

92 Thomas Dorral.

93 James Marcy, Loring Marcy.

94 Amos Fletcher.

95 Mrs. Eli Damon.

96 Levi Smith, Thomas Williams.

97 Darius Hinds.

98 Edward B. Knapp, Sylvester Howlett.

99 Ephraim Colbiirn.

100 Hayes, Lemuel Colburn.

101 Benjamin Smith.

102 Benjamin Franklin, Perry Burley.

103 Gardner Wallis, William Harris, Chas. Wells.

104 Rinaldo Wallis, Nancy Wallis.

105 Dr. Thomas Wallis.
105^ Bradley Webber.

106 Zuriel May.
106^ Alanson Wallis.

107 Grosvenor May.

108 Capt. Nehemiah May, Neh. May, Jr., Judah Back.

109 John C. Butterworth (?), Hiram Wallis.

110 Leonard M. Morris.

111 Ebenezer Morris.

112 Perley Dunton.

113 Nehemiah May, Jr. (?), Merrick Vinton.

114 Rufus May, Smith Adams, Loring C. Howlett.

115 Mark Stacy, Albert Butterworth.
115^ Reuben Allen (?).

116 Old house site.

117 Calvin Glazier, Chas. Sands, Clarence Vinton.

118 Chandler Webber.

119 Ebenezer Stone.

120 Ichabod Goodell, Nathan Badger, Truman Davis.

121 Gershom Rosebrooks.

Explanation of Map 19

122 Unknown, but probably the Ames homestead.

123 "Widow Eunice Halladay,

124 Dr. Daniel Mason, Henry Vinton.

125 Asa Dana, Asa Kimball.

126 E. G. Fuller, A. G. Childs, Thos. Kelley.

127 E. G. Fuller, C. B. Drake.

128 William Belknap. Old house site.

Mill Dams.

I Dam for Elbridge G. Fuller's mill.

II Joseph Belknap's mill. Eliphalet Janes.

III Alvin and Harvey Janes.

IV James Paddock, foundry and blacksmith shop.

V Calvin Frizell, Henry Wood, Rev. John Carpenter.

VI Hamilton Reservoir Dam.

VII Stevens' mill.

VIII A storage dam probably.

IX Grist mill (?).

X Cotton batting. J. C. Butterworth.

XI Saw and grist mill. J. C. Butterworth.

XII Silk mill. Candle wicking.

XIII Butterworth storage dam.

XIV The Munger mill.

XV The i\Iarcy mill. Uriah Marcy.

XVI Ebenezer Morris' mill.

XVII John C. Butterworth. Hiram Wallis.

XVIII William Eaton, Gardner Wallis, and Col. Sessions.

Public Buildings and Grounds.

A Baptist meeting house. Town Hall since 1870.

B Public Library,

C Congregational Church Parsonage.

D Congregational Church.

E Pound.

E^ The first Pound.

F Cemetery.

G Hotel

H Site of Congregational Church erected 1764.

20 The History op Holland, Mass.

I Site of Northeast school house.

J Site of Northeast school house built 1847.

K Site of Fuller Factory.

L Northwest school site (1800).

M The later site, now E. J. Bickford's summer cottage.

N Southwest school site (1800).

The later site.

P The Southeast school site.

Q The Congregational Church site 1793-1835.

R The Sholes Cemetery.

S Munger and Marcy Cemetery.

Non-residents but closely identified with Holland people.

a William Wallis. See perambulation of, 1789, page

b William Lumbard and later gate house,

c Jeremiah Sholes. Felix Bouvier.

d ]Mr. Snow.

e Munger.

f Fletcher.

g Benjamin Needham.

h Dea. Nathaniel Munger. Jas. Henry Walker.

i Unknown.

j Site of church begun 1764, by the west faction ( ?).

k Mr. Thompson.

1 Site where Washington ^Munger lived, who became pas-
tor of Holland Baptist Church,

m Capt. Joseph Browning.


General Description of Holland.

The small town known as Holland is situated in the south-
eastern corner of what is now Hampden County, but it formed
a part of Hampshire County until the division Feb. 28, 1812.
It is bounded on the north by Brimfield, on the east by Stur-
bridge, on the south by Union, Conn., and on the west by
Wales. Originally it was the southeast corner of Brimfield
and some of the settlers obtained their grants of the same
propietary owners as did the settlers of Brimfield. The others
bought of the Winthrop heirs. The town is in the form of a
quadrilateral, the east and west lines extend north and south,
while the north and south boundaries extend approximately
east and west. The area of the town is about four miles
square, giving an area of approximately sixteen square miles.
It appears from the history of Brimfield that "the settlement
of Brimfield was greatly hindered by the large extent and un-
certain tenure of land claimed by the Winthrop heirs, lawful
heirs of Gov. John Winthrop." Gov. Winthrop had secured
a deed of land ten miles round about the Black Lead mine
situated in Sturbridge near the eastern boundary of Holland.
We give a copy of this Indian Deed given by two Nipmuck

Liber W. Folio 5i.

County Records.

This is to Testifj'e to whom it may concern that I, Webonuscom
and Nodowahunt, For and in consideration of Sundry Goods I
have received do give' to John Winthrop ten miles round about
the Hills where the mine is, that's called Black Lead, and for
Mr. Winthrop 's enjoyment of it we bind ourselves and Heirs
forever to the free performance of the premises, to which I
set my hand this present Day and Date, Sealed and Delivered


The History of Holland, Mass.

in the presence of us, 8th day of 8th month 1644.
The Mark X of Webomscom and (SEAL)
The Mark X of Nodowahunt and (SEAL)
Witness the mark X of Sundach,

Thomas King
Stephen Day-
Richard Smith

Received 24th of June 1752, and recorded from the original.
By Edward Pynchon Registrar. {See Miss Lamed' s Histoxy of
Windham County, Vol. /, page 16. We think that she had not
seen a copy of this deed.)

Form Of The Original Survey

General Description of Holland 23

*It comprised parts of Brimfield, Holland, Wales, Stur-
bridge, Southbridge in Mass., and of Woodstock, Union and
Stafford in Conn. This would make a part of those towns a
part of Massachusetts. Judging from subsequent history of
the claim, it consisted of about ten square miles round about
the lead mine. The region was called Tantuisque by the In-
dians. John Winthrop did nothing with the land. When
Brimfield came to be settled, the settlers encroached upon land
claimed by the Winthrop heirs for by the orginal plan the
land extended northwesterly and included the land on which
Brimfield centre now stands. This led the Winthrop heirs,
led by the son, Waitstill Winthrop, to petition the General
Court for redress of grievances. The matter was adjusted by
laying out an equivalent of the Winthrop heirs' claim in the

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