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soldier and hardy pioneer have made many of
his descendants successful men in various vo-
cations in life.

( I 1 "flu una'- Hurlbut is thought to have
come to America in 1635. Lyon Gardiner,
who built and had command of the fort at
Savbrook, Connecticut, is said to have sailed
from England in a little Norse fishing vessel,
July ro, 1635, with a wife and female servant
and eleven male passengers, and after a long
and tempestuous voyage to have arrived at Bos-
tun, November 28. following. Thomas Hurl-
but is claimed to have been one of the eleven
passengers referred to, but nothing of his prev-
ious history is known. It is confidently be-
lieved that he was born as early as 1610. While
at Savbrook he was a member of a party of
eleven men sent out February 22, 1637, to burn
leaves weeds, and reeds upon the neck of land
half a mile from the fort. While attending to
this work they were attacked by a party of
Indians (said to have numbered a hundred),
and Hurlbut and two others were wounded
and two shot dead. "Hurlbut was shot almost
through the thigh," but escaped. After the
Pequot war Hurlbut settled at Wethersfield,
Connecticut, and was the first blacksmith there.
"A single extract from the Colonial Records
wi mid seem to indicate that he was a good
workman and charged a good price for his
work: 'March 2, 1642, Thomas Hallibut was
fined 40 shillings for encouraging others in
taking excessive rates for work and ware.' but
this fine appears to have been 'respited' Feb-
ruary 5, 1043, upon Peter Bassaker's 'tryal' to
make 'navies' with less loss and cheaper rates."
He was a man of substance and good standing
in the settlement, and was clerk of the "Train
Band" in 1640, deputy to the general court,
grand juror and also constable in 1644. He
received various tracts of land in the several
divisions of the town, which were recorded to-
gether in 1647. I n Iu( 5o the town of Wethers-
field granted Thomas Hurlbut lot 39, one of
the "four score acre lots" (in Naubuc on the
east side of the river), which he afterward
sold to Thomas Hollister. For his services in
the Indian wars, the assembly voted him a
grant of one hundred and twenty acres of land



( Ictober 12, 1671. He is supposed to have
died soon after that time. In 1694, on the pe-
tition of John Hurlbut Jr., of Middletown, a
grandson of the settler and soldier, the land
which his grandfather had never claimed was
set off to him. The baptismal name of the
wife of Thomas was Sarah, but no further
fact is known of her. Their sons were : Thom-
as, John, Samuel, Joseph, Stephen and Corne-
lius. There is no record of any daughters.

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas and Sarah
Hurlbut, was born probably in Wethersfield,
about 1644. He was a farmer, and first set-
tled in Wethersfield, where he bought, Decem-
ber 27. 1668, a house and home lot of John
(ioodrich. He owned other lots in town. He
appears as a resident of Wethersfield in 1692.
A Samuel Hurlbut died in Wethersfield, in
1 712, who may have been this Samuel, though
he may have moved to Farmington, as has
been suggested, where some of his family were
living. There is no record of his death or that
of his wife, or of the probate of his will. His
wife's name was Mary, but there is no record
of his marriage. His children were: Stephen,
Nathan, Mary. Sarah, Jonathan, David, Titus,
Miriam. Samuel, Elizabeth and Lemmon.

(III) Stephen, eldest child of Samuel and
Mary Hurlbut. was born in Wethersfield, De-
cember 27, 1668, and died October 7, 1712. He
settled in New London soon after 1690. He
married, about 1696, Hannah Douglas, of New
London, and they had .Stephen, Freelove,
Mary, John. Sarah, Titus and Joseph.

(IV) John, son of Stephen and Hannah
( Douglas ) Hurlbut, was born in New London,
and settled in North Groton, now the town of
Ledyard, where he died May 5, 1761. He mar-
ried Mary, a daughter of Ralph Stoddard. She
was living in 1782. Their children, though per-
haps not given in the order of theirages, were :
Stephen, "Mary, John, Rufus. Hannah, Ralph,
Lydia and Rispah.

(V) Stephen (2), son of John and Mary
(Stoddard) Hurlbut. was born in Groton. It
is probable that he first settled in his native
town where he resided some years, but he later
became a settler of Southampton, Massachu-
setts, after a number of children had been born
to him. He was a land surveyor, and was at
the Connecticut settlements on the Susquehan-
na in 1772 and the spring of 1773, and per-
haps part of the succeeding year in that capac-
itv. It is finite probable also that he was there
in the year 1770, and was the individual re-
ferred to in Miner's Wyoming, page 120, er-
roneously called Christopher Hurlbut, em-

ployed by the Susquehanna company to make
surveys. Christopher Hurlbut, son of Dea-
con John and nephew of Stephen, afterward
became a settler and surveyor at Wyoming,
and hence probablv comes the error. He mar-
ried (first) Mary Morgan ; 1 second ) Widow
Alley: ( diird ) Widow Rebecca Sheldon. The
children by wife Mary .Morgan were: Sarah.
Mary. Phebe, Hannah. Freelove and Stephen
Douglas: by the second wife: Martin Luther.
Collins, Rispah, Susannah and Eunice; and by
the last wife : Rufus.

(VI) Stephen Douglas, youngest child of
Stephen (2) and Mary (Morgan) Hurlbut,
was born in Groton, December 14, (or 19),
1770, and died April 4, 1832, in Southamp-
ton, Massachusetts, where all his children
were born. June 9, 1 79 1 , he married Eunice
Clapp, born November 26, 1770, in South-
ampton, who died December 24, 1824. Their
children were : Phebe, Stephen, Sarah, Doug-
las. Asaph, Samuel and Moses Clapp.

(VII) Asaph, third son of Stephen Doug-
las and Eunice (Clapp) Hurlbut, was born
in Southampton, Massachusetts, September
28, 1 80 1, and resided in West Springfield,
where he was engaged in milling. Later, to
gain better educational opportunities for his
children, he settled in the center of Spring-
field, where he was in the employ of the Bos-
ton & Albany railroad till his death. He was
a Whig in politics, and a Congregationalist in
religion. He married, in Southampton, No-
vember 8. 1827, Asenath Searle. He died Au-
gust 28. 1867, and she died December 20.
i860. Their children, all born in West
Springfield, were: Milton Clark. Cornelius
Searle, Sarah Jane. Edward Asaph, Jairus
Searle and Lewis Seneca.

(VIII) Jairus Searle. fourth son of Asaph
and Asenath (Searle) Hurlbut, was born in
West Springfield. January 5. 1842, and died
very suddenly, November 9. 1902. At ten
years of age he accompanied his parents in
their removal to Springfield, and was edu-
cated in the schools of that city, graduating
from the high school, under Ariel Parish, in
i860. From school he went into the dental
office of his brother. Dr. Cornelius S. Hurl-
but, with whom he was associated as student
and partner until 1865, in which year he went
to the Philadelphia Dental College, from
which he graduated the same year. He went
west for his health, and spent a winter in St.
Paul, Minnesota, and then returned to Spring-
field and located at 374 Main street. After
an occupancy of twenty-seven years he re-



moved his business from that place, in 1893,
to the Masonic building at the corner of Main
and State streets, where for the remainder of
his life he maintained his office, complete with
equipment of every appliance known to
modern dentistry. Dr. Hurlbut was a mem-
ber of the Connecticut Valley Dental Society,
of which he was president and executive offi-
cer. He was president, orator and member
of the executive committee of the Massachu-
setts Dental Society, and belonged to the
American Academy of Dental Science,
the New England Dental Society and the
American Dental Association, the Interna-
tional Dental Congress, and the Odontological
Society of New York. On the passage of the
state dental law in 1887 he was ap-
pointed by Governor Ames on the board of
registration, and from 1891 till his death he
was its president. He was also president of
the American Association of Dental Ex-
aminers, before which every aspirant to the
dental profession must come for examination.
It is a fact worth remark that Dr. Hurlbut
was president of every dental society of which
he was a member, and he had a national repu-
tation. Dr. Hurlbut voted the Republican
ticket but never sought political honors. Al-
though domestic in his habits he was a mem-
ber of the Winthrop and the Nayasset clubs.
While not a member of the church, he was
a very active member of the South Church
Society and did very much for it. White Dr.
Hurlbut seemed in late years the picture of
health, his appearance was due to his fine phy-
sique, and his strength was kept up only by the
strictest care of the body, for he was never
robust. He had been away from Springfield
much because of ill health, and for a number
of years had spent his winters in Nassau, a
place he was very fond of. In former years
lie had visited Florida many times, and had
also traveled in Mexico and California. He
traveled extensively through Europe, and was
benefited by all these trips. Accompanied by
his wife and her two sisters, he made his first
visit to Europe in 1876, and while absent vis-
ited all the countries in that continent except
Spain, Sweden, Norway and Russia, and in
1882, on a return trip they toured these coun-
tries and various others. He was particular-
ly interested in the benevolent and charitable
institutions of the city, and by the terms of
his will he left the Springfield Public Library
a fund, the income of which is to be used for
the purchase of dental books. He also left
bequests to the Home for the Friendless, the

Young Men's Christian Association, and sub-
sequent to his death Mrs. Hurlbut presented
to the Science Museum his valuable collection
of Mexican curios. He also left bequests to
nieces and nephews and to several of his
cousins. Very soon after the death of Dr.
Hurlbut, Mrs. Hurlbut presented to the
Springfield Hospital, on the staff of which
he served thirty years, the operating chair
used by him and a large number of his in-
struments. Dr. Hurlbut made a collection of
native woods while in the Bahamas, and
these, with a handsome case, presented by
Mrs. Hurlbut, went to the Science Museum.
He also gave to the Science Museum a col-
lection of fine photographs of rare and beau-
tiful trees of the Bahama Islands. Dr. Hurl-
but started in life without money, and by his
own efforts made his way to a splendid pro-
fessional and social success, being a man of
attractive personality, fine character and help-
ful to all who came in contact with him. His
was a cleanly life and his virtues and his
charities made him many friends. As a
friend, Dr. Hurlbut excelled. One of his most
intimate acquaintances said of him : "He
was something special to each of his friends,
and his thoughtfulness and gentleness in times
of trouble were remarkable." He died of
apoplexy after an illness of only four months.
He had been injured by a fall in a barn in
Southampton about eight weeks before his
death, sustaining injuries to his head and in-
ternal organs, from which he never fully re-
covered. Dr. Hurlbut is missed in business
circles where he was well known as a careful
investor. His judgment in business matters
was often asked and freely given. He was a
director from the time of its organization till
his death of the Springfield Safe Deposit &
Trust Company, and for many years a close
friend of Henry S. Lee. with whom he had
much in common.

Dr. Hurlbut married, October 15, 1868,
Julia Ann Sampson, who Was born in Worth-
ington, May 10, 1844, daughter of Ira B. and
Julia Ann (Blush) Sampson, of Springfield.
( See Sampson VI).

(The Sampson Line).

(II) George, second son of Abraham Samp-
son, fq. v.), was born in Duxbury, in 1655.
He was one of the first settlers of Plympton,
which was originally a part of Plymouth. The
site of the house he lived in was afterward
owned and occupied by his great-grandson,
( leorge Sampson, and also by a son of the lat-



ter. George Sampson died July 26, 1739, aged
eighty-five. He and his wife were buried in
the old cemetery in Plympton near its north-
erly side. Their gravestones were still stand-
ing some years ago. He married, about 1678,
Elizabeth, whose surname is unknown. They
had ten children, as follows : Joseph, Abigail,
Judith, Ruth, Benjamin, Martha, George,
Elizabeth, William and Seth.

(III) George (2), third son of George (1)
and Elizabeth Sampson, was born in Plymp-
ton, March 10, 1691. He resided in Plympton,
in a house which stood two or three rods north
from the Lower Mill pond on the Winnetuxet
river. It had a stone chimney, and the fire-
place in the front was capacious enough to
contain the whole family, sitting on each side
of the fire. Mr. Sampson and his wife were
members of the church in Plympton, admitted
during the pastorate of the first minister there,
Rev. Isaac Cushman. Mr. Sampson was fre-
quently moderator of the town meetings, and
was a selectman and assessor. He was town
treasurer from 1739 to 1760, a period of twen-
ty-two years. His will is dated August 27,
1773; proved April 8, 1774; recorded in Ply-
mouth. In it he calls himself "yeoman." He
died in Plympton, February 6, 1774, in the
eighty-third year of his age. He and his wife
were buried near the north side of the bury-
ing-ground. and their gravestones were recent-
ly standing. He married, December 10, 1718,
Hannah Soule, born March 18, 1697, died Sep-
tember 22, 1776, daughter of Benjamin and
Sarah ( Standish ) Soule, who were among the
first settlers of Plympton. Benjamin was the
son of John Soule by his wife Esther, who had
been the wife of Samuel Sampson ; and John
Soule was the son of George Soule, one of
the passengers in the "Mayflower" 1620. The
children of George and Hannah were: Gideon,
Sarah, Deborah, Zabdiel, Hannah, George,
Rebecca and Elizabeth.

(IV) Zabdiel, second son of George (2)
and Hannah 1 Soule ) Sampson, was born in
Plympton. April 26, 1 727. He lived in Plymp-
ton, in the house which his father had occu-
pied. He was a soldier in the "Old French
War" of 1756, and the years following. Tra-
dition has it that he was taken by the In-
dians, who tied him to a tree and amused
themselves with throwing hatchets on each
side of their prisoner, to see how near they
could throw and miss. He was also a revolu-
tionary soldier. A private in Captain John
Bradford's company, Colonel Theophilus Eas-
ton's regiment, which marched April 19, 1775,

to Marshrield; service twelve days; reported
enlisted into the army. His name appears on
the Massachusetts archives as one of the
"Eight Months' Men" who served from the be-
ginning of May till the end of December, 1775,
his service from May 2, being three months
seven days. He is also mentioned on the com-
pany return dated October 7, 1775, and on an
order November -9. At the end of that period
of service he re-enlisted and was slain in the
battle of Harlem, in the upper end of the is-
land of Manhattan. September 16, 1776, aged
forty-nine years. He married (first) Decem-
ber 31, 1747, Abigail Cushman, born Novem-
ber 22, 1727, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah
Cushman. She died in Plympton, May 4,
I 7S r . a & e d " 2 3 years, 5 mos., 12 days." He
married (second) August 22, 1752, Abiah,
daughter of Richard Whitmarsh, of Abington.
She and her husband became members of the
church at Plympton in 1763. She died De-
cember 26, 1800, aged seventy-seven. He had
by his wife Abigail one child, Sarah; by wife
Abiah, nine : Zabdiel, George, William, Abi-
gail, Gideon, Hannah, Abiah, Philemon and
Issachar, next mentioned.

1 V ) Issachar, youngest child of Zabdiel
and Abiah (Whitmarsh) Sampson, was born
in Plympton, June 12, 1768, died in Worthing-
ton, July 31. 1825. Tie married, May 28, 1795,
Deborah Wilbur, who died November 23,
1833, aged sixty. Their children were 1: For-
dyce, born April 12, 1797, died April 24, 1842.

2. Polly, March 27, 1800, died May 21, 1803.

3. William, January 23, 1803, died July 23,
1825. 4. Philo, January 3, 1807, died Febru-
ary 14, 1876. 5. Abigail, January 22, 1810,
died 1908. 6. Ira Bradford, mentioned below.

(VI) Ira Bradford, son of Issachar and
Deborah (Wilbur) Sampson, was born in
Worthington, January 18, TS12, died in
Springfield, April 26, 1856. He worked at the
trade of shoemaker for some time, and in
1846 removed to Springfield and became a
partner with his brother-in-law, H. S. Rey-
nolds, in the manufacture of fine broadcloth.
He was for some years tax collector of
Springfield. He was always of a delicate con-
stitution and died at the age of forty-four.
In politics he was first a Whig and then a Re-
publican. He married. June 9, 1834. Julia
Ann Blush, born at Middlefield, June 29, 1814.
died in Springfield, March 14, 1864, daugh-
ter of Amasa and Anna (Durant) Blush.
(See Durant VII). The children of this mar
riage were: 1. Henry Fordyce, born May 12,
1835, was educated in the common and high



schools of Springfield ; in 1855 he became
connected with the Connecticut River railroad,
and served in the freight department till 1865 ;
he there became passenger conductor running
between Springfield. Massachusetts, and
Windsor, Vermont; in 1891 he was made su-
perintendent of this road and served in that
capacity till 1901, when he r-esigned; he has
been a successful man and has taken a prom-
inent .part in local politics as a Republican,
and was a representative in the state legisla-
ture in 1902. and served in the senate in 1903-
04: he married (first) October 21, 1857, Mary
B. Rice, born in Springfield, daughter of
Charles B. Rice; she died February 16, 1879;
married (second) October 27. 1880, Martha
M. Rice, of Springfield, who died April 23,
1887: married (third) October 15 1890, Nel-
lie (Cobb) Hooper, of Westminster. Ver-
mont, who died May 15, 1900; two children
were born of the first marriage : Frederick
Henry and Charles Bradford : Frederick H..
born July 10, 1865, married. January 14.
1891, Mary H. Benjamin, of Cameron. .Mis-
souri: they have one son. George Benjamin,
born October 13, 1891 ; Charles Bradford
born February 15, 1868, married, November
6, 1889, Bertha A. Wilcox, of Springfield;
they have one child, Efne Dorris. born August
4, 1890. 2. Amasa Blush, born June 11,
1837, went to Helena, Montana, in 1855. and
during the civil war was in the cavalry ser-
vice ; at the close of the rebellion he became
a merchant in San Francisco, California,
where he was engaged in business until 1886;
he then settled in Tuscon, Arizona, where he
has since been engaged in copper mining. 3.
Ira Bradford, born April 22, 1840, enlisted
in the Twenty-seventh Massachusetts Infan-
try in 1861. and was sergeant major at the
battle on Roanoke Island, where for gallantry
and meritorious service he was made captain
of the Second Massachusetts Heavy Artillery;
he was taken prisoner and confined eleven
months in Columbia and other Confederate
prisons, but escaped and joined Sherman in
his march to the sea; at the close of the war
hi settled at Albany, New York, and engaged
in the manufacture of corks; his health fail-
ing he removed to Arizona, where he died :
he married. ( first ) April 24, 1865, Mary C.
Cooley, daughter of O. C. Cooley, of Spring-
field ; they had three children : Marcus Cooley,
February, [867; Walter Cooley, September.
[868; and Lulu. January 5, 1871. 4. Clark
Durant, born June 9, 1842, died in 1843. 5.
Julia Ann. horn May 10. 1844. married, Oc-

tober 15, 1868. Dr. Jairus Searle Hurlbut.
whom she survives; (see Hurlbut VIII) : sh ■
resides in Springfield, is a woman of means,
lives in a large and handsomely furnished
house, and has a large circle of friends, w< >n
by her general intelligence and attractive per-
sonality. 6. Martha Newton, born November
18, 1848. married Frank Moseley Hurlburt,
a native of Ohio, now president of the Union
Square Bank of New York City ; they have
four children: Elsie and Ruth (twins), born
October 15, 1880; Julia Sampson, August 31,
1882; Stephen Durant, June, 1800: Ruth
married Mason Young Jr., and has two chil-
dren. Mason and Hurlburt. 7. Mary Etta,
born April 7, 1852, married John Arthur
Murphy and had three children : Ritta.
Blanche and Helen.

(The Durant Line).

The family, a line of whose representatives
are given below, is of French extraction and
111 it unlikely found shelter on English shores
from persecution following the horrors of St.
Bartholomew's day. The name signifies en-
during, lasting, sturdy.

(I) George Durant appears first in Colonial
records in 1662, as a tenant on Dexter proper-
ty in Maiden, Massachusetts, just west of Bos-
ton. He settled at Middletown, Connecticut,
receiving a large grant of land extending over
several modern counties on both sides of the
Connecticut river. He was often recorded as
"blacksmith", which in those days covered all
occupations for shaping iron for various pur-
poses, not merely for shoeing horses. His
name is still preserved ni the Durant school
district of Middletown, on the south side, cov-
ering the site of his mill and land. He also
dwelt part of the time at Hadlyme; and also
had land and a mill at what is now North
Lyme. The christian name of his wife was
Elizabeth ; her surname has not been learned,
but certain indications suggest that her father
was John Blake, a relative of Robert Blake,
an admiral in the British navy. They had one
son Edward, mentioned below ; and four
daughters: Elizabeth, married John Wade.
Mary, married (first) John Waller; (second)
Samuel Shether ; (third) Robert Chapman Jr.
Sarah, married Amos Pinker. Abigail, mar-
ried Samuel Tinker, brother of Amos.

1 II 1 Edward, only son of George and Eliz-
abeth Durant. "was born June 2d, 1661. as his
mother saith", according to the record of the
town clerk of Middletown, Connecticut. The
town record of Boston states that he died


1 7V9

"March 28th, 1718, aged 66 years." In 1686
Edward Durant had a child baptized in Bos-
ton, and in 1689 another baptized in Middle-
town, Connecticut. In Boston he kept the fa-
mous inn of his time, the "Lamb Tavern",
which stood on the site of the present Adams
house, but had more land, on Washington
street. He married (first) about 1684, Anne
Hall, who seems to be the one of this name,
born November 20, 1661, sixth child of "Mr."
John Hall, who settled in Middletown, Con-
necticut, in June, 1654, and died there May 26,
1673, "being in the 89th year of his age, and
the 40th of his being in New England." The
following inscription is on his tombstone in
Middletown :

"Here lyeth the body of Iohn Hall
aged LXXV years departed this life January the
XXII, 1694. Here lyes OUR
deacon Hall who studyed
peace withall was
upright in his life voyd
of malignant strife
gon to his rest, left us
in sorrow, doubtless
his good works will

him follow."

(III) Captain Edward (2), fifth child of
Edward ( 1 ) and Anne ( Hall ) Durant, was
born in Boston, March 2, 1694-95, and died at
Newton, October 14. 1740, and was buried in
the churchyard of King's Chapel, Boston. In
1732 he bought for £1800 ninety-one acres in
Newton, including a large part of Nonantum
hill, on which he built a large wooden house
which descended to one of his daughters who
married a Kenriok, and it went out of the fam-
ily only a year or so ago. He moved to New-
ton about the time of the purchase. He left a
great estate, which was appraised by Samuel
Jackson, Esq., John Hill, Thomas Foster, Sam-
uel Sparhawk, Thomas Greenwood, August,
1 74 1. He had ninety-seven acres of land,
house, and two bams in Newton, three dwell-
ing houses in Boston : one hundred and thirty
acres of land, with house and barn, in Worces-
ter, and a township in New Boston, and three
slaves, amounting in all to £ 10,277 and 10s. He
married, March 31, 1714. Judith Waldo, born
in Boston, January 25, 1692, died in Medford,
October 27, 1785, daughter of Cornelius and
Faith (Peck) Waldo. Their children were:
Edward, Thomas, Cornelius and Elizabeth.

(IV) Edward (3), eldest child of Captain
Edward (2) and Judith (Waldo) Durant, was
born in Boston, February 7, 171 5, and died at
Newton. April 10, 1782. He settled on the
homestead which his father left him in New-
ton. He was moderator of town meetings

from 1765 to 1775; selectman four years, and
was a leading, influential, and patriotic man in

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