annex, or house, at the west end of the original mansion, con-
nected with and opening into it, so that he could at all times
pass in and out, as his duty in caring for the comfort of his
parents might require, by day or night. He bought the
"Deacon Stone" farm, off the main road, about midway
FIFTH GENERATION. 75
between his own farm and the middle of the town, and car-
ried it on for many years, but finally disposed of it. He
also owned other outlands, and was a prosperous and wealthy
His son Jonathan succeeded to the occupancy of the origi-
nal house, carrying on the farm for half its products, during
the natural life of his father and stepmother. She outlived
him, and his son Charles assumed the conditions of the
Joel married first, November 12, 1812, Sally 7 Fairbank,
born September 23, 1792, died January 19, 1820, daughter of
Jonathan 6 Fairbank (born September 4, 1758, died September
8, 1840), by his wife, Hannah Hale of Stow, born April 27,
1763, died September 19, 1849, an< ^ granddaughter of Cap-
tain Joseph 5 (born November 4, 1722; married October 4,
1749; died May 28, 1802), by his wife, Abigail Tarbell of
Groton, born June 6, 1721; married October 4, 1749; died
April 12, 1798, and great granddaughter of Deacon Joseph 4 ,
born, 1693, died December 6, 1772; married, April 21, 1718,
Mary Brown, who died November 14, 1791, and great great
granddaughter of Captain Jabez 3 (born in Lancaster 8 : 1 1 :
1670, died March 2, 1758), and his wife, Mary Wilder, born
in 1675, died February 21, 1718, and great great great grand-
daughter of Jonas 2 Fairbank, one of the original proprietors
of Lancaster, who married, May 28, 1658, Lydia, daughter of
John Prescott, who came from Sowerby, England, born in
Watertown, Massachusetts, August 15, 1641. Jonas, with
his son Joshua, was slain by the Indians at the burning of
Lancaster, February 10, 1676. Jonas moved from Dedham
to Lancaster in 1657, was the son of Jonathan and Grace
(Lee) Fairebanke, who came from Yorkshire to Boston,
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1633, and Dedham, 1636, bringing Jonas in infancy. He
was a man of consideration and moral worth and allied in
England to men of standing. He was, without doubt, the
common ancestor of all New England families who spell
their names Fairbank or Fairbanks. Joel Hapgood married
second, January 30, 1822, Charlotte, daughter of Jason and
Silence Mead, born December 22, 1791.
He was the youngest of the four robust sons of Shadrach 4 ,
all frugal, industrious and prosperous farmers. They all had
peculiar and similar traits, and yet each had considerable
individuality. Their lands were cultivated and kept exceed-
ingly neat and in good taste, fenced mostly with massive
stone walls, ever in good repair, crops gathered promptly,
and a village of buildings, nicely painted, seemed to be their
delight. Order was the rule of the household and farm.
Everything must be in place, and there must be a place for
everything. They were all fairly good mechanics, but none
great scholars, nor have any of the four, except in a single
instance, a great grandchild living bearing the Hapgood
name. It is painful to see so many of these old American
families becoming extinct. He was favored by fortune in
the choice of his second wife. She was an intelligent, agree-
able woman, with a vein of humor in her composition, and
could neatly parry the ready wit of a rival. Having no
children of her own, she readily adopted and devoted herself
to the three children by the first wife, none of which ever
regarded her as any other than their own dear mother. We
copy from the Clinton Courant of December 31, 1881, the
following notice :
The quiet little town of Harvard was very pleasantly agitated on
Thursday, the 22d inst., in a 'reception ' given by Mrs. Charlotte Hap-
Cbarlotte (/Ifceafc) Tbapgoofc.
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good, at her residence, from 12 M. to 3 p. M., in commemoration of her
ninetieth birthday. The weather was quite unpropitious, but about
ninety of her neighbors and friends assembled to pay their respects to
the dear memories of the past and the bright hopes for the future. Few
people of her age are in a better state of preservation. Her step is not
as elastic as it was forty years ago, but she moves about with great
facility, and can walk her mile with as much ease as some younger per-
sons ; nor is her sight or hearing very much impaired. She has always
enjoyed good health, and we attribute this very largely to her cheerful
disposition. It was her loveliness and magnetism of character that drew
together so many loving hearts upon the present occasion. This vener-
able lady still retains her interest in the church, in public affairs, and
even reads the newspapers with as much zest as ever ; and although she
is not able to minister to the sick and needy as generously as in earlier
days, she sympathizes fully with those who are sick or in trouble.
The 3oth of January, 1822, was a fortunate day for the late Joel Hap-
good, when Charlotte Mead consented to become his companion for life,
and a mother to his three small children. We have known her intimately
from infancy, have shared her kindness, partaken of her generous hos-
pitality, and may say, without any attempt at flattery, that no family ever
had a more conscientious, self-sacrificing, devoted mother than did this
one ; in fact, we have never seen her in anger ; we have often seen her
rise in her lofty, womanly dignity, in scorn above some uncivil remark,
some discourteous treatment, but we have never witnessed that unrea-
soning ebulition, that sort of volcanic explosion that sometimes emanates
from certain quarters. She was more likely to parry such assaults by
some humorous or witty retort, in such gentle, smiling manner as to
place the offender hors de combat and compel his respect. Another
peculiarity of this woman's life was that she always had plenty to do.
What a blessing ! She never ate the bread of idleness, nor did Satan
find in her nimble fingers any mischievous desires to appropriate. And
now I say to the young reader, her example is before you. Do you
covet longevity ? Be cheerful, be industrious, be self-sacrificing, and
your days will be many and full of honor. H.
He died September 28, 1855, and his widow, July 17, 1884.
CHILDREN, all by first marriage.
37 I. Jonathan Fairbank 6 , born January 15, 1814; married first,
II. Hannah 6 , born May 14, 1815; married first, April 14, 1836,
Hiram, son of Thomas and Polly (Whitney) Houghton,
born in Harvard, April 1 6, 1814. At the time of his
marriage, he purchased a farm about three-quarters of
a mile southeast 'of the middle of the town of Harvard,
adjoining that of his father on the opposite side of
the road, and resided there about four years. He
was the only child of his parents, whose advancing
years and declining health rendered it proper and
fitting that he should dispose of his farm and return
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to the old homestead, in charge of the farm and his
venerable parents. He died January 2, 1853 ; had one
child, born April 26, 1837; died at birth. She married
second, March 4, 1856, Amasa Davis Gamage of Boston,
a brother of Julia Adelaide Gamage, the wife of her
brother, Warren Hapgood, born January 19, 1815.
Left an orphan at the age of eight years, he was
placed on a farm at Westminster, Massachusetts,
where he remained six years, and then returned to his
native city. After a period spent at Mr. Thayer's
celebrated Chauncey Hall School, he entered a whole-
sale dry-goods store in Central street, where he
remained several years ; later on, he was employed by
Ladd & Hall, who were doing an extensive Nova
Scotia trade. For many years cashier and confidential
clerk with that firm in Chatham street, and on the
death of Mr. Ladd, the senior member, became a
partner, under firm name of John G. Hall & Co., which
continued up to the time of his death. He resided
with his widowed mother till her death, 1867, and
then removed to Charlestown where he died, March
He became an active member of Tiger Engine
Company No. 7, 1835 ; member of Boston Light
Infantry, 1838 ; Attentive Fire Society, 1867, and was a
member of the Boston Veteran Firemen's Association.
He was constant in business, a firm friend, of strict
integrity, and upright and honorable in all his dealings.
His widow resides at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts,
and well sustains her character as an industrious,
prudent, economical housewife, rather retiring from
society, except to a few familiar friends.
38 III. Warren 6 , born October 14, 1816; married, January 14,
1852, Julia Adelaide Gamage.
DANIEL 5 (Daniel*, DanieP, Nathaniel 2 , Shadrach 1 }, born
March 9, 1796 ; married at Stow, May 16, 1831, Rebecca W.
(Brooks) Davis of Templeton, Massachusetts. She died May
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JONATHAN 6 FAIRBANK was born in Harvard, 1758, settled
on the homestead of his father, Joseph ; married Hannah
Hale of Stow.
1. Artemas 7 , born November 3, 1787; married, January 25,
1816, Rachel Houghton; settled with his father on the
homestead in East Bare Hill, Harvard, where he died
July 22, 1874.
2. Jonathan 7 , born December 29, 1788; was twice married;
lived with his parents during the brief period of his
first marriage, but after the second (1821), he bought
the Gates farm, adjoining, and built the mansion
house, where he spent the remainder of his days.
The following obituary appeared in the Clinton,
Courant, October 22, 1881.
Died, on the 3d inst., after a brief illness of three days, at the advanced age
of ninety-two years, Deacon Jonathan Fairbank.
In this death the town has sustained the loss of one of its oldest and most
esteemed citizens. He was born in the old Fairbank mansion, in the south
part of Harvard, called " Bare Hill," December 29, 1788, and descended from
Jonathan and Grace (Lee) Fairbank, who came to this country from York-
shire, England, about 1636, and who are presumed to be the common ancestors
of all of that name in this country. Here he was raised to habits of industry
and economy, receiving a good common-school education, where he was
regarded an excellent scholar.
Quite early in life he manifested superior mechanical and artistic skill and
taste, and many traces of his originality may still be seen in the houses of his
kindred, in designs for furniture ornamentation, both in carving and painting,
and in fancy and ornamental inscriptions of various kinds. His minority was,
however, spent with his parents on the farm, but on arriving at his majority,
he at once commenced mechanical business, first as a carpenter, and later,
cabinet maker. It must be borne in mind that at that early period there were
no ready-made furniture stores as at present, and to furnish a house orders
must be given to a " cabinet maker " for the furniture, who was as well a
lumber dealer, in the absence of lumber yards, which greet our eyes in almost
every large town to-day. Nor was it possible to buy a set of tools such as are
in the hands of the merest tyro of to-day ; and our young aspirant had to
make his own simple set of tools. His success was the more remarkable
since he never served an apprenticeship to any trade, but took it up by mere
force of will and natural ingenuity ; and many a bridal outfit was the result of
the taste, skill, and handiwork of young Fairbank, as may be seen to-day in
some of the old houses in his native town.
February 25, 1817, he married Hannah Howard of Bolton, still making a
pleasant home under the paternal roof, working most of the time in his little
78b HAPGOOD FAMILY.
shop where he had been so successful, but occasionally assisting his father,
during hurried seasons, in farming. His wife died in 1819, aged twenty-four
years. September 19, 1820, he married Sally Hartwell of Littleton.
In the spring of 1821 he purchased the large and well-known " Gates farm,"
adjoining his father's, which he then occupied. The old Gates house was
not, however, to his taste, and during the following summer he built the
large mansion house on the main road. This was his happy home for nearly
sixty years, and here the last rites of sepulture were performed.
By the second marriage were born two sons Jonathan Howard, in 1825,
and Daniel Hartwell, in 1830. J. Howard deceased in 1840, D. Hartwell
alone surviving both parents. Howard, as he was familiarly called, was a
bright, intelligent, promising boy, and his early death cast a deep gloom over
his parents for years, and even down to the very end of his life the deacon
could not speak of his darling boy without a pang.
In his business of farming he was admirably sustained in all his movements
by a most estimable wife, whose energy and good judgment were ever equal
to any emergency. The milk of twenty cows was to be converted into butter
and cheese ; wool must be carded, spun, and woven into cloth for family use
nay, more, must be cut and made into garments; company must be enter-
tained, and no woman in Harvard could do it with more royal grace, nor were
many houses better furnished or more homelike.
He was educated under the most rigid form of the Orthodox faith, his
parents remaining in that fold to the end of their honorable lives. It was
prior to the pastorate of the Rev. Mr. Blanchard that an unhappy schism
separated the first church, the Orthodox or Puritanic branch seceding and
building a new house of worship, while the Unitarian or Monotheistic branch
remained in the old church. The subject of these remarks remained with the
latter. He was tendered the best pew in the house, was elected deacon,
which office he held for fifty-eight years, and Was a most constant worshipper
as long as he could hear. He was of even temper and at peace with all men.
No one ever spoke ill of him, or had occasion to. Not a teetotaler, but
strictly a temperate man during the whole of his long life, and this, together
with his cheerful disposition and regular habits, as well as constant industry,
working down to within three or four days of his final departure, may account
for his great length of days. But he has gone "where the just made perfect"
go, and left the record of a noble life and character to others. H.
" Deacon Fairbank was a captain of militia during 1812-14. He was
chosen deacon of the first church (Unitarian) of Harvard in 1823, holding
that office for fifty-eight years. He was the fifth and last of five deacons
Fairbank, in unbroken succession in Harvard's first church from its
foundation in 1733, a period of nearly 150 years."
3. Sally 7 , born September 23, 1792; married, November 12,
1812, Joel Hapgood, and died January 19, 1820, leaving
three children : Jonathan, Hannah, and Warren.
The record of Deacon Fairbank was accidentally omitted, and is here in-
serted with his portrait.
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n, 1835, and he married second, March 20, 1836, Clarissa
Dearth, born October i, 1811, at Stewartstown, New Hamp-
shire; she died August 20, 1886, at Ashburnham, Massa-
chusetts; resided in Templeton, where he died, 1874, a
prominent and prosperous farmer.
I. Daniel 6 , born May 13, 1832, at Templeton (by first wife),
the only great grandson and heir by the name of
Hapgood, from Deacon Daniel, the inheritor of the
homestead of Shadrach the first; died February 4,
1861, at Townsend ; unmarried.
II. John Dearth 6 , born July 12, 1837 (by second wife); died
September 9, 1866, at Townsend; unmarried. .
III. Euthera 6 , born October 28, 1838; died October 23, 1861.
IV. Jerusha 6 , born July 25, 1840; died January 21, 1864, at
V. Mary Esther 6 , born October 8, 1841 ; married, June 18,
1859, David William Day, born March 30, 1837, at
South Orange, Massachusetts ; resides at Leominster,
1. Frank E. 7 Day, born May 16, 1860, at Leominster.
2. A son 7 , born May 14, 1862, at Clinton, Massa-
3. Minnie B. 7 , born December 13, 1864, at Leomin-
ster ; married, August 5,1887, Charles Marsh
of Swanzey, New Hampshire.
4. Julia A. 7 , born January 16, 1866, at Ashburnham ;
married, October 30, 1890, at Leominster, Orion
Burgess of Ayer, Massachusetts.
5. William Fisher 7 , born January 14, 1868, at Leom-
inster; married, March 21, 1893, Gertrude Fife
of Pembroke, New Hampshire.
6. Walter Edward 7 , born September 5, 1870, at
Leominster ^ married, March 22, 1893, Minnie
E. Marsh of Swanzey.
7. Hannah Colton 7 , born January 22, 1873, at Fitch-
burg; married, July 4, 1894, at Leominster,
Fred O. Bishop of Swanzey.
80 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
8. Mabel Kendall 7 , born February 19, 1875, at Fitch-
burg; married at Leominster, August 7,1893,
Fred Foster of England.
9. Arthur John 7 , born September 27, 1878, at Leom-
10. Blanch Elizabeth 7 , born December i, 1880.
11. Charles 7 , born September 20, 1882.
12. Warren Hollis 7 , born January 12, 1886.
CAPTAIN JAMES" (Abraham*, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*, Nathan-
iel*, Skadrach 1 }, born July 14, 1796; married, September i,
1819, at Lexington, Massachusetts, Mary Creasy, daughter
of Samuel and Abigail (Warren) Estabrook, born April 6,
1802, at Brookline, Massachusetts, a direct descendant of
Reverend Joseph Estabrook of Concord, one of the first
settlers and minister there, for nearly fifty years. She was a
woman of rare ability and a real helpmeet in the rearing of
their numerous family.
After his father's death he removed from West Acton to
East Acton, on the " Great Road " from Boston to Keene,
New Hampshire, then the great thoroughfare of travel
He filled various offices of trust in his native town, was
commissioned, in 1827, Captain of Militia company, Third
regiment, First brigade, Third division of Infantry, and was
for many years identified with the history of the town.
Besides carrying on his large farm, he was usually engaged
in other business enterprises. He invested in real estate in
the city of Lowell, when that place was becoming a
SIXTH GENERATION. 81
manufacturing centre, and after his time for active business
had passed, he moved there to spend his declining years, two
of his children having settled there before him. He left a
visible monument to his memory in the rows of beautiful
elms he planted, bordering the road through his farm in East
Acton. His estimable wife died at Lowell, July 21, 1871,
and he, November 5, 1872. Both are interred in Lowell
I. Abram 7 , born June 8, 1820; married, July 26, 1846, at
Lowell, Roxana, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Wilson,
born 1825, at New Boston, New Hampshire. He died
at New Orleans, April 21, 1867; a merchant.
I. Henrietta 8 , born 1847 ; died 1864, at New Orleans,
II. Sarah Wilson 8 , born 1848; died at Lowell, 1852.
III. George Woodman 8 , born 1850; killed at Boston
by railroad accident, 1880.
IV. Fred Eugene 8 , born July 29, 1854; went to sea and
not since heard from.
V. Wilson 8 , born 1858, at Mount Sterling, Illinois;
died there February, 1859.
II. Mary Elizabeth 7 , born January 14, 1822; married, June 6,
1849, at Nashua, New Hampshire, Elbridge, son of
John and Sallie (Jones) Robbins, born in Acton, March
23, 1811 ; a large farmer and dealer in live-stock; died
October 19, 1890. His widow still survives him.
1. Chauncy Bowman 8 Robbins, born April 15, 1850;
succeeded to his father's large farm and busi-
ness in Acton; unmarried.
2. Howard Jackson 8 , born March 14, 1852; married,
September 27, 1883, at Independence, Kansas,
Urena, daughter of Doctor J. D. Hollis of Knox-
3. Sarah Frances 8 , born August 30, 1854; married,
July 21, 1879, at Acton, Silas Taylor, son of John
82 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
and Martha (Taylor) Fletcher, born February
18, 1854; resides in Maiden, Massachusetts; a
merchant in Boston.
4. Charles Joseph 8 , born February 23, 1856; married,
September 21, 1892, at Acton, Blanche Mady
Bassett, born May 29, 1871 ; resides in Shelton,
Nebraska, dealer in live-stock and grain.
5. Webster Gushing 8 , born January 28, 1860; mar-
ried, May 25, 1885, Amelia Harriet Nichols,
born September 20, 1865, at Danbury, Connecti-
cut; resides in Acton, a live-stock dealer.
6. George Harvey 8 , born October 29, 1862; resides
in Acton ; a druggist, unmarried.
39 III. William Estabrook Stearns 7 , born November 19, 1823 ;
married, February 17, 1847, Maria Haven of Lowell.
IV. Frances Emily 7 , born October 2, 1825; married first, at
Nashua, New Hampshire, May, 1850, Wesley Hind-
man; died in Massachusetts, 1865, and she married
second, at Galveston, Texas, July 17, 1871, Abram
Hoxie of Easton, New York ; resides in Galveston ; a
civil engineer. No children.
V. Julia Ann 7 , born September 8, 1827; married, November
25, 1852, at Acton, Ira Franklin Lawry, born at Vinal
Haven, Maine ; resides in Taunton, Massachusetts ;
1. Charles Allison 8 Lawry, born January I, 1855, at
Newburyport, Massachusetts ; married, Novem-
ber 1 8, 1878, Mary Louise ; resides in
Taunton ; a book-keeper.
VI. Charlotte Maria 7 , born August 21, 1829; married, January
T 7) l &55i at Boston, Lewis Lawry of Vinal Haven;
resides in Taunton ; a manufacturer.
1. Lillian Gertrude 8 Lawry, born November 30, 1868,
at Newburyport ; unmarried.
VII. Annette 7 , born August 8, 1831; resides in Taunton;
VIII. Sarah Robbins 7 , born May 6, 1834; married, June 25, 1867,
at Galveston, Texas, Henry Jackson Beebe, born
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Louisville, Kentucky, about 1834, reared in New
Orleans, where he became a wholesale merchant;
removed to Galveston in 1873, and died there April 25,
1. Inez Florence* Beebe, born September 30, 1868, at
New Orleans ; resides in Galveston ; a teacher.
2. Dee 8 , born January 8, 1870, at New Orleans;
resides in Galveston ; an artist.
3. Pantine 8 , born October 21, 1873, at Galveston ; died
July 4, 1890.
IX. James 7 , born May 29, 1836; died May i, 1851, at Acton.
X. Ellen Augusta 7 , born June 20, 1838; married, November
13, 1866, at Galveston, James Taylor Huffmaster,
born at Newport, Kentucky ; resides in Galveston ;
1. Helen 8 Huffmaster, born March 6, 1868.
2. Blanche 8 , born July 9, 1874.
3. Beatrice 8 , born September 19, 1875.
4. Edna 8 , born November 20, 1877.
5. Hu Taylor 8 , born February 3, 1880.
XI. John Estabrook 7 , born October 19, 1840; married, August
20, 1874, at Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth
Lowey Payne, born September 3, 1857, at Coal Valley,
Pennsylvania, daughter of James Payne, Jr. ; resides
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; machinist.
I. Lowey Payne 8 , born March 21, 1876, at Pittsburgh,
where he resides ; a doctor.
II. James Estabrook 8 , born January 22, 1885.
III. Frances Sarah 8 , born October 14, 1894. )
IV. Chauncy Lewis 8 , born October 14, 1894. y
XII. Abbie Victoria 7 , born January 20, 1843; married, Decem-
ber 20, 1866, at Lowell, Hiram Edwin Wheeler, born
in Concord, Massachusetts ; resided at Lowell ; a
merchant; died November 2, 1875, an d sne married
second, April 14, 1894, at Lowell, James Menzies of
Montrose, Scotland; resides in City of Mexico; mana-
ger of Mexican Telephone Company.
84 HAPGOOD FAMILY.
1. Ethel Gertrude 8 Wheeler, born July 13, 1868, at
Lowell ; married, October 9, 1895, Frank Page
Cheney of that place.
EPHRAIM 6 (Ephraim*, Ephraim*, Hezekiah*, Nathaniel*,
Shadrach 1 ), born June 9, 1782; married, May 23, 1805, to
Hannah Ball of Bolton ; resided in Acton, a farmer and
cooper, on the farm now occupied by his son Andrew. He
died February 3, 1849.
I. Harriet 7 , born February 23, 1806, at Acton; married, Octo-
ber 7, 1830, Joseph Bartlett Barry, born at Rocking-
ham, Vermont, September 2, 1806; died January 7,
1861, at Ovid, New York. His widow died at same
place, September 8, 1884.
1. Calista Ann 8 Barry, born July 10, 1832, at Shirley,
Massachusetts; married, August 29, 1849, Rev-
erend Bowles Colgate Townsend, at Ovid, Seneca
County, New York.
2. James 8 , born November 12, 1833, at Lowell;
married, February 10, 1858, at Elmira, Chemung
County, New York, Mary Elizabeth Sly.
3. Joseph Bartlett 8 , Jr., born September 2, 1835, at
Ovid; married, September 2, 1857, at Terre
Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, Mattie Keyes, a
graduate from Elmira College, New York, 1861.
He was graduated from Madison Theological