most distressing malady, asthma, assailed him, and for many
years tormented him fearfully ; then quietly disappeared,
almost entirely. During these critical periods, his physidfen,
the late Doctor Oliver Wendell Holmes, then a practising
physician in Boston, advised more out-of-door exercise. The
change from the active duties of a New England farmer boy
to the close confinement and mental work of a counting-
room, together with change of diet consequent, was too
much for a constitution, not naturally robust. The physi-
cian's recommendation was adopted, and as sporting was his
choice, whenever a few hours could be snatched from busi-
ness, they were appropriated in that way. The beaches and
marshes of East Boston, at that period, offered a fair field
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for marsh-bird shooting, and thither he occasionally repaired,
with gratifying results in health, if not in hunting. This,
however, could not be indulged in to any great extent while
he was employed as a clerk, but when he went into business
for himself, it was different, and he could gratify his taste
and spend more time afield than before. That order of
Doctor Holmes was undoubtedly the initiative to his future
Partridge, woodcock and snipe were much more abundant
fifty years ago than at present, and their pursuit afforded
him ample exercise and amusement. After his brother
Jonathan came in possession of the homestead farm, that
was the most favorite resort. Jonathan was also fond of
gunning, and was a most cheerful companion, an excellent
shot, and an indomitable worker. The dogs and guns received
the best of treatment under his supervision, and he and his
team were ever in readiness for a tramp. For more than a
quarter-century were the coverts of not only their native
town, but other towns contiguous, beaten over with satisfac-
tory results. Jonathan was, furthermore, an expert fisher-
mam, especially for pickerel, and the two brothers did not
neglect the trout streams in that vicinity. After the death
of his brother, Warren found other resorts, but for several
years has devoted some time to shore-bird shooting. "The
grasshopper is a burden " at eighty, and the limbs, as well
as the mental faculties, at that age, are less elastic and
nimble than at forty, and long tramps afield become tedious
and irksome. His love of nature, and keen observation of
the ways and habits of birds and animals, led him to the
study of ornithology, and to the collecting of specimens ; his
collection now embraces nearly all of the Limicolae (shore
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birds), as well as the game birds of New England, with many
others. He often remarked that he did not regret any day
or dollar spent in sporting, and he firmly believed that if
business men would, before it was too late, take an occasional
day off, in some kind of congenial out-of-door exercise and
amusement, there would not be as many total wrecks of
body and mind, as at present reported. It is the "ounce of
preventive" that is better than the "pound of cure." Nor
did he confine himself alone to the woods and waters of his
native State. He fished and hunted the Adirondack and
Rangeley regions ; caught trout in the Merced, Yellowstone
and Washington Territory (now State) streams ; spent a part
of six or eight winters in North Carolina, quail (partridge)
shooting; organized the Monomoy Branting Club in 1862,
and was its president and manager for thirty-four years ; has
been a member of the Massachusetts Fish and Game Protec-
tive Association twenty years ; also a member of the Boston
Art Club, and the Museum of Fine Arts, the Bostonian
Society, the New England Historic-Genealogical Society;
belongs to Doctor Edward Everett Hale's church, and the
Hale Club ; has served on the Boston School Board ; always
a Whig or Republican ; subscribes liberally to periodical and
other literature ; donated a handsome sum to complete the
Public Library of his native town, and made an address at its
dedication ; presented her citizens a clock to be placed upon
the Unitarian church; published, in 1894, a History of Har-
vard for free distribution, no copy ever being sold ; and wrote
numerous articles for the press, mostly on sporting matters.
Unfortunately for him, he had no children to* share with and
enjoy the results of his life-work, but he contributed in
various ways to aid in such worthy objects as came to his
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notice. He took his brother's son, Theodore Goldsmith
Hapgood, when he was about nine years old, and kept him
in school about as much longer, and would have cheerfully
fitted and sent him to college, but the young man preferred
mercantile business, and the purpose was abandoned. He
also aided several of his brother's other children in the way
It was through his instrumentality that Hell Pond, in
Harvard, was stocked with black bass. The fish were taken
from Half- Way Pond, in Plymouth, by Thomas Pierce and
transported to Boston by rail, carted across the city to Fitch-
burg railroad, and thence to Ayer, where they were met by
Jonathan F. Hapgood with an ox team, in a pouring rain, and
the tanks conveyed to the pond, where the seventeen large
bass were liberated, the effort proving in every way successful.
He was also most conspicuous in introducing European quail
(Coturnix Communis) into this country. Of the thousands
that were afterwards imported, from some cause unknown,
none are believed to have survived.
"The active duties of business absorbing much of his time,
he has found less leisure than formerly for literary pursuits ;
yet these have not been wholly neglected, nor the happy
effects of previous culture obscured. In social intercourse
he is frank without being abrupt, genial and' sympathetic ;
and many bear witness to his kindness and generosity.
"As a merchant he is high minded, honorable and ener-
getic. Abhorring those little tricks that tradesmen some-
times resort to, and believing that mere pecuniary gain at
the cost of honor is not success, he has won for himself a
reputation worthy of emulation.
"Mr. Hapgood married, January 14, 1852, Julia Adelaide
Gamage, a lady of congenial tastes, who had enjoyed the
advantages of public and private schools in Boston, receiving
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medals from each as the award of scholarship. From her
youth to the present time she has been engaged as pupil,
teacher, and patron of Sunday schools, and takes an active
part in the support and management of various other charit-
able institutions. She was born July 28, 1821, in Boston,
the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Cowdin) Gamage, and
the granddaughter of William Gamage, M. D., of Cambridge,
by his second wife, Lucy Watson, and great granddaughter
of William and Abigail Gamage of Cambridge, and great
great granddaughter of Joshua and Deborah (Wyeth) Gamage
of Cambridge, the common ancestor of all of the name in
this country. He was not improbably a merchant from
London, where only was the name reported two hundred and
fifty years ago, and then in connection with knighthood.
On the maternal side, Mrs. Hapgood was the granddaughter
of Daniel Cowdin, by his wife, Zabiah Davis, who was the
daughter of the honored and revered General Amasa Davis
of Boston, born August 17, 1744; died January 30, 1825,
who married Sarah Whitney, daughter of William and Mary
(Pierce) Whitney of Weston, and great great granddaughter
of John and Elinor Whitney of Watertown.
Nathaniel Gamage was a merchant of Boston, born in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 18, 1793; died Janu-
ary 3, 1823 ; married, May 24, 1812, Sarah Cowdin, born
July 27, 1794, in Boston, where she died March 2, 1867."
WILLIAM ESTABROOK STEARNS 7 (James 6 , Abraham*,
Ephraim*, flezekiah?, Nathaniel*, Shadrach 1 }, born Novem-
ber 19, 1823, at Acton; married, February 17, 1847, at
Lowell, Massachusetts, Maria Haven, born October 19, 1819,
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at Laconia, New Hampshire. He died at Lowell, Febru-
ary 1 6, 1872 ; by trade a painter. His widow survives him.
I. Frank Wesley 8 , born April 23, 1848; married, January 25,
1878, Jennie Ingalls Hildreth, born in Lowell, May 22,
1849, where he resides, a machinist.
II. Mary Louisa 8 , born April 23, 1848, twin with Frank Wesley ;
died August 25, 1849, at Lowell.
III. James 8 , born December 25, 1850; married, May 14, 1879,
Etta May Huckins, born June 9, 1859, at Deerfield,
New Hampshire; resides in Lowell, a machinist; s. p.
IV. Charles Haven 8 , born October 18, 1853; married, Decem-
ber 26, 1875, Luella Googin of Lowell, where he
resides, a jeweler.
I. Sarah Mariah 9 , born June 9, 1877.
EpHRAiM 7 (Ephrainf 1 , Ephrainf, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,
Nathaniel*, Shadrach 1 }, born September 16, 1812; went to
Lowell, 1832 ; learned the carpenter's trade ; worked at mill-
wright business ; became associated with Milton Aldrich for
about seven years in the manufacture of shuttles and wood
screws, then went into tinware and stove business with Wil-
liam T. and Charles P. Whitten, and next into junk, rag,
cotton waste and paper stock, which he pursued till 1870,
when he started a mattress factory, which resulted in the
present extensive establishment of E. Hapgood & Son, High
street, Lowell. He married, February 19, 1837, Harriet
Amanda, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Taylor) Whitten
of Cavendish, Vermont. He died November 30, 1873. His
widow still survives him.
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I. Edwin D. 8 , born October 26, 1838, at Lowell; married, Jan-
uary 12, 1862, Mary Agnes, daughter of Mathew and
Lucinda (Elkins) Currier of North Troy, Vermont, born
May 12, 1838. She died January 6, 1892.
I. Frank Elkins', born October 20, 1862, at Lawrence ;
married, October 15, 1890, Nettie Anderson of
North Cape, Racine County, Wisconsin, born
November 12, 1864; resides in Chicago, Illinois;
in mattress business. No children.
II. George Currier 9 , born May 14, 1865 ; died Janu-
ary 29, 1869.
II. Edgar 8 , born April i, 1845; resides in Lowell in company
with his brother Edwin, as successors to their father's
extensive business ; unmarried.
ANDREW 7 (Ephraim*, Ephraim*, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,
Nathaniel?, Shadrach 1 }, born at the home of his father, near
the Fitchburg railroad crossing, West Acton, August 28,
1823 ; educated at the district and private schools ; remained
on the farm during his minority ; went to Lowell and worked
at various kinds of mechanical business. His father being
feeble, he returned, 1847, to Acton, and assisted in carrying
on the farm till his death, February 3, 1849; he then pur-
chased of the heirs their interest in the estate, where he has
since lived, and, by industry and frugality, prospered. This
farm which Ephraim 6 bought was known as the " Brooks
estate." Andrew held the office of Justice of Peace for thirty
years, and served the town in several minor offices ; married,
August 12, 1846, at Lowell, Eliza Ann, daughter of William
and Martha Lawrence Adams of Hollis, New Hampshire.
130 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
I. Esther Ann 8 , born at Acton, July 12, 1847 ; married, Decem-
ber 16, 1874, James Trescott Dinsmore of Lubeck,
Maine, born April 21, 1847; resides in Dorchester;
in the employ of the American Rubber Company,
1. Walter Andrew' Dinsmore, born November 25,
II. Lucius 8 , born February 14, 1851; educated for business;
was in the employ of Messrs. Peters & Derby, at
Hudson; much esteemed for integrity and business
capacity; died September 30, 1870.
III. Josephine 8 , born July 31, 1854; married, May 19, 1875, i n
Acton, Samuel Spencer Perkins, who has for many
years been a leading grocer in Lynn, Massachusetts.
She died December 30, 1892.
1. Charles Shipley 9 Perkins, born April 17, 1876.
2. Samuel Ernest 9 , born April 22, 1878.
3. Clarence Andrew 9 , born October 15, 1884.
4. Albert Harrison^, born October 12, 1888.
5. Edith Eliza 9 , born December 2, 1890.
6. Nelson Wolcott 9 , born May 13, 1892.
IV. Irving 8 , born July 7, 1858, at West Acton; removed to
Lynn, in 1879; married, September 30, 1885, Annie M.
Kennedy of Whitefield, Maine ; is with his brother-in-
law, S. S. Perkins, in the grocery and provision
I. Roy Glendon 9 , born November 4, 1888.
V. Ellsworth 8 , born February 26, 1861 ; married, September
30, 1890, Eliza Ellen Tabour, born July 20, 1857, at
Salem. He resides in Lynn ; proprietor of the well
known and popular Lynn express.
I. Edna Frances 9 , born November 4, 1892.
II. Mabel Eliza 9 , born June 14, 1895.
III. Marion Esther 9 , born June 30, 1896.
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VI. Herbert*, born November 15, 1865; resides in Cambridge-
port; traveling agent for Plymouth Rock Gelatine
CYRUS 7 (Nathaniel*, Ephrainf, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,
Nathaniel' 1 , Shadrach 1 ), born July 16, 1818, at Acton ; mar-
ried, January 18, 1842, Eleanor Wheeler, born February 23,
1817; died March 31, 1860, in Cambridge, and he married
second, March 7, 1861, Mrs. Abby H. Lewis, daughter of
Josiah Davis, Esquire, of Concord, born September 6, 1817;
died February 8, 1895, at Everett. At the age of fourteen,
he went to work for his uncle Stowe in his soap and candle
factory in Concord, and at nineteen, succeeded him in that
business. Two years later, 1839, the factory was burned and
he lost everything, except "pluck." He next went into the
butchering business with Jabez Reynolds, in Concord. After-
wards he removed to Bedford, where for eight years he was
in the meat business. He then moved to Cambridge, where
for fifteen years he conducted a wholesale slaughter-house
for Boston market, and then retired from active business, and
has resided in Newtonville, Acton, and now in Everett, Mas-
60 I. Cyrus Stowe 8 , born November 23, 1842, at Concord; mar-
ried Clara Augusta Conner.
II. Henry Augustus 8 , born March 16, 1845, at Concord; died
March 4, 1849, at Bedford.
III. Ellen Frances 8 , born August 24, 1849; resides with her
venerable father in Everett.
132 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
JOSEPH 7 (Nathaniel' 1 ', Ephraim*, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,.
Nathaniel 2 , Shadrach 1 ), born May 26, 1821 ; married, August
n, 1847, Almira Jane, daughter of Nathaniel Holmes of
Londonderry, New Hampshire, born August, 1827. She
died September 28, 1868, at Gibsonville, Sierra County,
California. He went to California in 1851, but came back
September, 1861, for his wife, two boys, and twin sister, and
took passage on board steamer from New York, November
i, 1861, for his residence at Rocky Point, Sierra County.
His present residence is Mohawk, Plumas County, California,
farmer and miner, still expecting, at seventy-five, to realize a
fortune from his mining interests.
I. Nathan Henry 8 , born September 15, 1848, at Dorchester,
New Hampshire; married, September 20, 1880, Alice,
daughter of Henry M. and Eliza T. Kingsbury of
Berlin, Wisconsin, born May 19, 1854; resides in
Beckwith, Plumas County, California.
1. Maude Estelle 9 , born July 31, 1881, at Quincy,
Plumas County, California.
II. Iva Alice 9 , born November 27, 1890, at Reno,
III. Hattie May 9 , born April 18, 1894, at Reno.
II. Joseph Frank 8 , born June 7, 1850, at Dorchester, New
Hampshire ; went west, engaged in stock raising on
the south fork of Pitt River, Modoc County ; on June
2, 1880, while attempting to ford the river with two
horses, near Centerville, California, he was drowned,
but no one ever knew how it happened. He was a
man of excellent habits, fearless and determined, and
had he lived would have made his mark in the world ;
was not married.
III. Mary Lizzie 8 , born July n, 1852, at Londonderry, New
Hampshire; died August u, 1853.
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IV. Nathaniel 8 , born September 27, 1862, at Gibsonville, Sierra
County, California ; worked on the farm, with his
father, at Mohawk Valley; resides at Wash, Plumas
County, California; unmarried.
V. Matthew Holmes 8 , born August 19, 1865, at Gibsonville;
resides in Truckee, Plumas County, California; lum-
SHERMAN WILLARD T (Ephraim*, HezekiaJv 1 , Ephrainfi,
Hezekiah*, Nathaniel "*, Shadrach 1 }, born January 12, 1815;
reared on the farm of his father Ephraim, in Waterford ;
received a fair district school education, such as was
.accorded to the New England boy of that period ; removed,
May, 1832, to North Anson ; learned the harness maker's
trade, but subsequently went into hotel business with his
brother-in-law, William Brown, keeping the Somerset House
at North Anson. They also became interested in a line of
stage coaches from Waterville to North Anson, via Nor-
ridgewock, where they opened a hotel. After this, he fol-
lowed farming at Anson for about two years. The next
enterprise was a tannery, the product of which was converted
into harnesses and boots. The sale of boots in that section
was limited and he was obliged to ship his goods west for a
market. In 1879, becoming weary of business and feeling
old age slowly creeping upon him, he concluded to retire
and enjoy the closing years of his life at North Anson, in the
midst of his family and friends, where he was much beloved
and esteemed. He married, May 4, 1839, Abigail, daughter
of Joel and Abigail Fletcher of North Anson, born Octo-
ber 12, 1820. He died September 23, 1896, in North Anson,
134 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
I. George Edmund 8 , born January 21, 1838; married, 1873,
Ella, daughter of Luke and Abigail Mantor of North
Anson, born May 20, 1845. George was a trader
at North Anson; removed to California, September
12, 1859, and after varying fortunes, in 1868 he
returned to the place of his birth, where he still
resides ; a merchant.
I. Florence Talbott 9 , born March. 10, 1874; married,
October 15, 1894, Charles Tarbell of George-
town, Maine, born April 20, 1872.
II. Nellie', born January 9, 1877.
III. Sherman 9 , born September 11, 1884.
II. William Henry 8 , born September 12, 1839, at North Anson ;
married, April 15, 1860, Betsey Manley of Skowhegan,
Maine, born July 7, 1839. He was in the harness busi-
ness, but abandoned it to join his brother Solon, in a
hotel at Milford, Massachusetts. Went west, 1876,
and has not since been heard from.
I. Caroline Manley 9 , born November 11, 1860; mar-
ried, December 10, 1890, T. Starr Hittinger of
Boston ; resides in Townsend, Massachusetts ;
II. Blanche Sherman 9 , born January 14, 1863 ; married,
December, 1885, Charles W. Baxter; resides
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1. Alice 10 Baxter, born March 29, 1885.
2. Charles Sherman 10 , born December 19, 1887.
III. Solon Eugene 8 , born July 9, 1842; married, December 24,
1868, Frances Libbey of Milford, born July 9, 1845.
He was educated, with the other members of the fam-
ily, in the district schools of North Anson; was a
clerk in the Somerset House ; 1860, formed a co-part-
nership under firm name of Hapgood & Thompson,
as proprietors of the Curritunk House at Solon, Maine.
Returning to North Anson, 1864, he opened a store for
the sale of furniture, under firm name of Hapgood &
Mantor. This proving unsatisfactory, he sold out and
SEVENTH GENERATION. 135
removed to Milford, 1871, where for a quarter century
he has been the successful proprietor of the Mansion
House in that flourishing town.
I. Helen Maud', born October 18, 1869, at North
Anson ; married, January 10, 1890, Wallace
Stimpson of Milford.
IV. Abbie Frances 8 , born July 12, 1846; married, February 22,
1863, George Frank, son of Dennis Moore, Judge of
Probate for the county of Somerset, Maine, born 1835 ;
resides in North Anson.
1. Lewis Sherman 9 Moore, born December 24, 1865 ;
died September 14, 1887.
2. Fred Dennis 9 , born October 12, 1870; resides in
North Anson ; a farmer.
3. Annie 9 , born April 10, 1874.
4. Eda 9 , born October 10, 1876.
V. Eda Augusta 8 , born July 12, 1846, twin with Abbie Frances ;
married, June 8, 1868, Thomas Boyd, son of Manley
and Almeda Townsend of Calais, Maine, born Febru-
ary 28, 1844; removed, September i, 1890, to Kansas
City, Missouri ; in real estate business ; Mrs. Townsend
has a divided interest between her husband and her
venerable father, and is part of the time with each ; s. p.
VI. Fannie Estelle 8 , born June 18, 1843, at Norridgewock,
Maine; married, October 10, 1871, William Caswell
of North Anson ; a farmer.
1. Gertrude 9 Caswell, born April 15, 1884.
CHARLES C. 7 (Ephraim*, Hezekiah*, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,
Nathaniel" 1 , Shadrach 1 }, born July 31, 1821; married, Octo-
ber 19, 1843, at North Anson, Salome Savage, born in King-
field, March 9, 1824; he learned the trade of saddler and
136 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
harness maker; spent two years in North Anson, two in
Waterford, then returned to North Anson, where he died,
May 9, 1851, and his widow removed, 1852, to Boston, where
she has since resided.
I. Albion Danville 8 , born March i, 1845, at Waterford; mar-
ried, June 20, 1866, at East Boston, Delia Smith of
Maine, born April 17, 1846; resided in Boston, a clerk;
enlisted, January 4, 1863, in Third Massachusetts Cav-
alry; was with General Banks in his Red River cam-
paign, came home sick, was in Readville hospital six
months ; returned to the front and served to the end
of the war, when he was mustered out ; he removed
to Omaha, Nebraska, 1869, and to West Glendale,
Southern California, 1887; a small fruit grower, with
a pension, and impaired health.
CHILDREN, all but Hattie born in Omaha.
I. Hattie 9 , born April 17, 1867, at East Boston; mar-
ried, 1889, Frank Vance of Ohio; resides in
Los Angeles ; a carriage painter.
1. Alice 10 Vance, born January 8, 1894.
2. Ethel 10 , born July 28, 1895.
II. Charles 9 , born August 6, 1870; married, January
15, 1896, at Ontario, Colorado, Alice Brown from
Minneapolis; resides in Los Angeles; a clerk.
III. Susan 9 , born January 15, 1874; married, August
1 8, 1892, Albert Miller of San Fernando, Cali-
1. Stella 10 Miller, born August 24, 1893.
2. Annie 10 , born June 23, 1896.
IV. Stella 9 , born July n, 1876; died October 25, 1879.
V. May 9 , born March 10, 1881.
VI. Alma 9 , born September 18, 1885.
SEVENTH GENERATION. 137
WiLLiAM 7 (William*, Hesekiah 5 , Ephraim*, HezekiaW,
Nathaniel*, Shadrach x ), born May 28, 1814, at East Fryeburg,
Maine; married, December 31, 1840, Marcia McKay, born
at Westbrook, Maine, August 28, 1816, and resides with her
daughter, Mrs. Berry, in East Fryeburg, where William died
January 4, 1892; he had spent several summers in business
at North Conway, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN, all born in East Fryeburg.
I. Charlotte 8 , born June i, 1842; died September 8, 1848.
II. Marcia 8 , born June 13, 1843; married, July 20, 1862, Joshua
Ames, son of Simeon and Sally Harnden of Denmark,
Maine; she died May 23, 1865, and he, March 28, 1888.
1. Byron Elwood 9 Harnden, born June 25, 1863, at
Denmark; resides in Bridgton, Maine.
III. Henrietta 8 , born August 4, 1845 ; died July 12, 1851.
IV. Franklin 8 , born July i, 1848; died July 17, 1851.
V. Lottie 8 , born April 13, 1851 ; married, August 2, 1872, at
Denmark, Harmon Velrufas, son of Joseph and Abigail
Berry, born April 18, 1849, at Denmark; resides in
East Fryeburg; a farmer.
1. Lulu Marcia' Berry, born October 31, 1877.
2. William Hapgood 9 , born January 27, 1885.
VI. William 8 , born May 20, 1853; died May 24, 1854.
VII. Willis 8 , born February u, 1855; died November u, 1855.
VIII. George Leonard 8 , born June 8, 1857; died March 25, 1864.
IX. Sherman 8 , born March 2, 1860; married, November 24,
1881, Lena May, daughter of Wyman and Eliza Harn-
den of Fryeburg, born April 25, 1862 ; resides in Port-
land, Maine ; a merchant ; no children.
ANDREW SIDNEY? (Sprout*, HezekiaJc 1 , Ephraim*, Hezekiah*,
Nathaniel 2 , Shadrach 1 ), born September 14, 1831 ; married,
138 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
January 18, 1870, Annie Winter of Gloucester, Massachusetts,,
born March 14, 1838; he received his early education in the
public schools of Waterford, Maine, but later the family
removed to Augusta, where his father died, and here he
learned the tanner's trade and established himself in that busi-
ness ; he afterwards moved to Boston, where he was employed