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ton, Ct. After graduating, he taught a grammar school at
Salem, Mass. Forty-five years pastor of the Farmington
church. Four children. One of them, Elnathan, a graduate
of Yale in 1726, sustained the pastoral relation to the Second
Church in Hartford from 1732 to 1776. A daughter married
Kev. Thomas Strong of Northampton, minister at New Marl-
borough, Berkshire county. Rev. Dr. Lansing, of New York
City and elsewhere, married a descendant of the foregoing.

Ninth. Hannah Stoddard, the sixth daughter and twelfth
child of Rev. Solomon Stoddard, married, about 1712, Rev.
William Williams of Weston, Mass., a native of Hatfield.
Eight children, three sons and five daughters. One of the
daughters married Rev. Joseph Buckminister of Rutland,
Mass. Rev. Joseph Buckminister, of Portsmouth, N. H.,
was their son, and Rev. Joseph S. of Boston, their grandson.
Like his father of Hatfield, the Rev. William Williams, of
Weston, was an eminent preacher, whose praise was in all
the churches in the eastern part of the State. A sermon of
his is still extant on the death of Dea. Caleb Lyman, of
Weston, one of the sons of Northampton, who early went to
Boston; one of the thirteen, who in 1712, organized the
New North Church in that citv, one of the first deacons in
it, who, at his decease, left a legacy of £500 for the use of
the pastors of the church and their widows.


Tenth. Sarah Chauncey, daughter of Rev. Nathaniel and
Abigail Strong Chauncey, afterwards Mrs. Dea. Medad Pom-
eroy, married, in 1712, Eev. Samuel Whittlesey, of Walling-
ford, Ct., one of the most distinguished preachers in the
region where he lived. An obituary, published in a Boston
paper soon after his decease, in 1752, closes as follows :
^^Thus died Samuel, the prophet, full of days and the Holy
Ghost, after he had long and faithfully served his generation,
he fell asleep, was gathered to his fathers, and all Israel
lamented him." Eight children; two of the sons were min-

Eleventh. Dorothy Hawley, the second daughter of Capt.
Joseph Hawley, who came to Northampton the same year he
graduated at Harvard, in 1674, then only nineteen. See
homestead number fifty-four. She married, in 1716, Rev.
Samuel Cheney, the first minister of Brookfield. Her older
and only sister, Lydia, married, in 1702, Capt. Henry Dwight,
of Hatfield, the first of the five Dwights of Hampshire
county, who at different times, sat as justices on the bench
of the Court of Common Pleas.

Twelfth. Martha Hunt, daughter of Lieut. Jonathan
Hunt, who built, in 1724, on the Judge Henshaw place,
the grandfather of Madam Henshaw. See homestead num-
ber twenty-five. She married, in 1725, Rev. Thomas White,
of Bolton, Ct., the first minister settled there. Officiated
as pastor of that church thirty-eight years, 1725-63. He
fitted young men for college. One of these, a native of
Bolton, was the celebrated Dr. Lathrop, for sixty-three
years minister at West Springfield, a patriarch in his day
among the Congregational churches, highly esteemed and
widely known.

Thirteenth. Naomi Strong, one of Ebenezer, Jr.'s thir-


teen children, his eighth daughter, married, in 1742, Rev.
Abraham Hill, of Shutesbury, a native of Cambridge, grad-
uated at Harvard in 1737, in a class of thirty-four. Or-
dained at Shutesbury in 1742; minister thirty-six years until
1778. Lived ten years longer, and died at Oxford in 1788,
nearly seventy. The eight daughters of Ebenezer Strong,
Jr., the third in succession of the famous race of tanners,
were all married, six of them to Northampton men.

Fourteenth. Silence Sheldon, daughter of Capt. Jona-
than Sheldon, married, in 1743, Rev. Jonathan Judd, orig-
inally and for ten years pastor of the Second Precinct of
Northampton, afterwards Southampton; minister of that
church sixty years. A descendant of Dea. Thomas Judd,
who died in Northampton, on what is now Pleasant street,
in 1688. Rev. Jonathan and Silence Sheldon had four
sons, each over six feet in height.

Fifteenth. Martha Hunt, daughter of the third, usually
called Oapt. Jonathan, on Elm street, married, in 1748,
Rev. Stephen Williams, Jr., of Woodstock, Ct., where he
lived as minister nearly fifty years; one of three brothers,
grandsons of Rev. John Williams, of Deerfield, all de-
scribed as highly respectable preachers. Martha Hunt Wil-
liams was niece of the Martha Hunt who married Rev.
Thomas White, of Bolton, Ct.

Sixteenth. Sarah Burt married Rev. Noah Baker, son
of the first Capt. John Baker, much in public life, who
built the John Whittlesey house, at that time, 1712, the
farthest house west, on Elm street. Capt. John's first
nine children were all sons. Noah, born m 1719, was the
fifth. All are mentioned as over six feet in height, large
framed, and very good men. Noah became a Baptist min-
ister, lived and preached in Sunderland. Time of his mar-


riage to Sarah Burt not ascertained, probably not later
than 1750. They lived together till 1790, and had nine
children. He lived to be ninety-one, older than any of
his eight brothers.

Seventeenth. Martha Clark, daughter of Samuel Clark,
Jr. This was the Samuel Clark, grandson of Lieut. William
Clark. When, in 1683, the twelve acre homestead of Lieut.
William was divided between his two sons, John and Samuel,
John received the southern portion and Samuel the northern.
See homestead number fifty-five. Samuel, Jr., born the same
year of the division, lived on the northern portion. Some
of his children and grandchildren also lived there till about
the commencement of this century. Martha Clark married,
first, Daniel Strong, brother of Job, the minister, sons of
Nathaniel, on Hawley street. He lived only two years after
their marriage. In 1750, she married Rev. John Woodbridge,
of South Hadley. Number of their children, five. A de-
scendant, seventy-seven years of age, speaks of these five
**as above the ordinary standard of talents, especially fond
of theological disputation in which it was always difficult to
conquer them." They were hard nuts to crack, and all mem-
bers of Congregational churches. One of the five, ^neas,
**old uncle Enos," is described as the oddest man that ever
lived. In dress, speech, and conduct, humorously peculiar.
He never said yes or no, or used ordinary names from about
his fifteenth year. The South Hadley Rev. John Wood-
bridge was the ninth of that name, all ministers and all re-
lated to each other as ancestor and descendant. He was the
father of Sylvester, the physician of Southampton, and grand-
father of Rev. John Woodbridge, D.D., of Hadley.

Eighteenth. Esther Edwards, daughter of Rev. Jonathan
Edwards, the third of the eight daughters of that family,


born Feb. 13tb, 1732, on King street. She married, in 1752,
Kev. Aaron Burr, pastor for ten years at Newark, N. J.,
afterwards president of Princeton College. They lived to-
gether six years, only twenty-six at her death, in 1758, the
same year her father and mother died. President and Mrs.
Burr had two children, a son and daughter. The daughter,
Sarah, married Judge Reeve, of Litchfield, Ct., at the head
of the Law School in that town; also, chief justice of the
Supreme Court, of Connecticut. The son, Aaron Burr, a
lawyer, and Vice President of the United States, was in
character quite unlike his father and mother. He fought
a duel with Alexander Hamilton. Died in 1836, aged eighty,
honored by no one. " Everybody remembered that he killed
Alexander Hamilton."

Another daughter of Mr. Edwards, Jerusha, so to speak
one of the historical characters of the town, deserves to be
mentioned in this connection. She was the second of the
eight daughters, born in 1730, and engaged to Rev. David
Brainerd, a successful, highly esteemed missionary to the
Indians in New Jersey. His last sickness occurred at her
father's, during which, from July 25th to Oct. 9th, she min-
istered to his wants. She survived him only about four
months, and died in the triumphs of faith at the early age
of seventeen, and was buried at his side. Having introduced
the foregoing respecting Brainerd, it may be proper to state
as an item of history, that at his funeral, in Northamj^ton,
on Monday, the 12th of October, 1747, much respect was
shown to his memory. The occasion was one of unusual
solemnity. Eight of the neighboring ministers were in at-
tendance; seventeen others who had received a liberal educa-
tion, and a great concourse of people.

Nineteenth. Jerusha, daughter of the first Benjamin Shel-


don, father of six daughters. Five were married, one to
Capt. William Lyman, another to Qiiartns Pomeroy, another
to Joseph Lyman, Jr., father of Judge Joseph, another to
Benjamin Parsons; prominent names these in the community.
Jerusha, the seventh child, married Rev. Richard Ely. He
was ordained and installed the same year of his marriage,
1757, at North Madison, then Guilford, Ct. Eight children.
Two of their sons graduated at Yale. Two of their daugh-
ters married physicians, one married a minister. One son,
William Ely, an East India shipper, commanded his vessel
on several voyages. Of three of their grandsons, two en-
tered the ministry. The third, besides being a tutor at
Yale, settled as a lawyer in Providence. The above Rev.
Richard and Jerusha lived together forty-four years.

Twentieth. Mary Hunt, daughter of Capt. Jonathan
Hunt, the third in succession of that name, married, in
1768, Rev. Benjamin Mills, first minister of Chesterfield.
They were the parents of Hon. Elijah Hunt Mills, United
States Senator, also with Judge Howe at the head of the
Northampton Law School. Senator Mills' wife survived
him fifty-two years, and attained the age of ninety. Their
daughter, Sarah, married, in 1833, Prof. Benjamin Pierce,
recently deceased, for almost fifty years professor in Harvard
College. One of their sons, James Mills Pierce, has been
professor in the same institution since 1869.

Twenty-first. Martha Strong, daughter of the first Caleb.
She was the seventh in a family of twelve, her brother.
Gov. Caleb, being the fifth. Her sister, Dorothy, the
eleventh child, married Judge Samuel Hinckley. Martha
Strong married, in 1773, Rev. and Col. Ebenezer Mosely.
He graduated at Yale in 1763. In September, 1767, ordained
a missionary among the Western Indians, the Six Nations, so


called. He afterwards returned and became a merchant in
Hampton, Ct. As captain of a military company, fought un-
der Gen. Putnam, at the battle of Bunker Hill, afterwards
promoted to the rank of Colonel. For thirty years, with few
intermissions, represented his native town in the Connecticut
Legislature. She survived him two years. Their son, Hon.
Ebenezer Mosely, a lawyer in large practice in Newburyport,
received into his ofiQce, as law students, many young men,
among them the celebrated Caleb Cushing, Eev. John Pier-
pont the poet, and Gov. Dunlap of Maine.

Twenty-second. Beulah Clapp, the tenth child in a fam-
ily of eleven. Her father, Jonathan Clapp, born on South
street, became one of the earliest, most energetic of the set-
tlers at Easthampton. She married, in 1774, Solomon Allen.
See homestead number forty-seven. See also. Deacons in
Early Times in Northampton, twenty- third. Having spoken
of Solomon Allen as an ofiBcer in the Eevolution, as a dea-
con in the First Church, as a minister in Western New
York during the last twenty years of his life, it will suffice
to say that towards the last of his days, on returning to his
children at the East, his parting with his church at Brighton,
N. Y., was like the parting of Paul with the elders of the
church of Ephesus. Many of the members accompanied him
to the boat, and tears were shed and prayers offered on the
shore of Lake Ontario as on the sea coast of Asia Minor.
Even the passengers on the boat, witnessing the scene, could
not refrain from weeping. It proved the last interview be-
tween the aged, greatly beloved pastor, and a dee^^ly attached

Twenty-third Eachel Lyman, daughter of Capt. William
Lyman, who was born on Pleasant street, on the ancient
family homestead of Theodore Lyman. Of eight children.


Eachel was the oldest, Gen. William, who served through
the Eevolutionary war, being the second. Esq. Levi, at one
time a cashier, afterward register of deeds, being the sixth.
She married Kev. Noah Atwater, a native of New Haven.
Graduated at Yale in 1774. Tutor there three years, 1778-
81 ; ordained at Westfield in 1781, this probably being the
year of their marriage. As a student of unusual ability, it
may be mentioned that he graduated from Yale with the first
honors of his class. The last sermon he preached, Novem-
ber, 1801, was on the twentieth anniversary of his ordination.
Dr. Lathrop, of West Springfield, preached his funeral ser-
mon, and characterized him as having *'a capacious mind,
as a wise counsellor in the churches, remarkably tender of
character." Worthy of being written in letters of gold, his
advice to his only son, showing uncommon practical wisdom.
** Always speak and w\^lk and act naturally. Be always wise,
kind, mild and condescending; and yet, keep at a proper
distance from all improper intimacies."

Twenty-fourth. Mary Hooker, daughter of Eev. John
Hooker, the fourth minister. She was the oldest of nine
children. Married, in 1779, Rev. Solomon Wiiliams, her
father's successor. Lived with her husband fifty-five years,
attained her eighty-sixth year, and always lived in the same
house. Two of her sisters, Sarah and Lucy, were wives of
United States Senators. One of her brothers was a lawyer
and judge of the Court of Common Pleas; another was long
a physician in Westhampton. One of her daughters married
a minister, afterwards an editor, viz. : Rev. Joshua Leavitt,
of New York City. Another daughter still lives on the
homestead. Her oldest child, born in 1780, was the time-
honored President of the Northampton National Bank, Hon.
Eliphalet Williams.


Twenty-fifth. Eunice Lyman. Her mother, Thankful,
was the youngest of Major Ebenezer Pomeroy's nine children.
Her father, Gad Lyman, was the youngest of Lieut. John's
ten childen, all born at South Farms. Mention has already
been made of Gad Lyman's removal, late in life, to Goshen.
His daughter, Eunice, born in 1747, married Rev. Mr. Mills.
Where they were married, the date, Mr. Mills' first name and
2)lace of residence, are points not known to the writer.

Twenty-sixth. Catharine Sheldon, daughter of Elias
Sheldon, on Bridge street. She was the sister of the late
Isaac and of Caleb, Avho lived and died in Chesterfield. Her
mother, also Catharine, was from Bernardston, daughter of
Caleb Chapin, Jr. She married at her home on Bridge
street. Rev. Eli Smith. Date of the marriage, it is supposed,
about 1786. Place of residence not given. She died early
in her married life. Their only son, Eli, liberally educated,
entered the ministry, went South, settled in Kentucky, be-
came celebrated in that State as a preacher. She was aunt
of Rev. George Sheldon, D.D., of Princeton, N. J.

Twenty-seventh. Anne Parsons, daughter and sixth child
of Noah Parsons, Jr., and Pliebe Bartlett, born and reared
near the bridge in South street, in the house now occupied
by Mrs. Lewis Parsons. She married for her first husband
Oliver Parish, of Worthington, and for her second, about the
year 1800, Rev. John Leland, minister of Peru, 1783-1815.
Rev. Dr. Leland, professor in the Theological Seminary,
Columbia, S. C, was his son, a very eloquent preacher. A
sermon preached by him, thirty or forty years since, to a
large congregation in the First Church, on the words, **Why
stand ye here all the day idle?" made a deep impression at
the time.

Twenty-eighth. Lucy Tappan, daughter of Benjamin Tap-


pan, who originated in Boston, the eldest of twelve children
who settled in Northampton, in 1769, as a goldsmith, after-
ward entered the mercantile business, under the firm of Tap-
pan & Whitney. Whole number of his children, ten — six
sons and four daughters. Lucy married. May 6th, 1802,
Eev. John Pierce, of Brookline, tutor one year at Harvard,
1796. Ordained at Brookline in 1797. Minister there till
his death in 1849. He preached what is called the Thurs-
day lecture, in Boston, one hundred times, and attended that
lecture one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four times.
His vigor, sprightliness, and good humor characterized him
till past three score and ten.

Twenty-ninth. Betsey Pomeroy, daughter of Gains Pomeroy,
who lived above Mr. Hartwell's, on Elm street, a descendant
of the fifth generation from Dea. Medad Pomeroy. She
married, in 1807, Rev. Ebenezer Wright, a native of North-
ampton, son of Dea. Enos and Elizabeth, on Bridge street.
After graduating from Williams College, in 1805, he studied
for the ministry with Rev. Dr. Lyman, of Hatfield. Pre-
vious to 1808, the year Andover Theological Seminary opened
its doors and admitted its first class, young men in New
England, having the ministry in view, studied theology with
some prominent pastor. The Hampshire Missionary Society,
a valuable organization of those early times, received Rev.
Mr. Wright under their patronage. From 1809 to 1814, the
period of his ministerial career, he preached in St. Lawrence
county, 'N. Y. At this latter date, in the midst of his use-
fulness, he deceased, at Russell, N. Y., in the thirty-sixth
year of his age, leaving a son, William K., and also a

Before passing to the next, it may be added that Mrs.
Betsey Pomeroy Wright married, for her second husband, in


1815, Eev. Abel Cutler, a native of Sudbury. Regarded one
of the best scholars in his class at Williams College. His
commencement oration in 1807, on the Misapplication of
Talent, well spoken, won much applause. Graduated at
Andover, in the first class which left the seminary, 1810.
Settled seventeen years at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1816-33.
Not settled afterwards. For the last twenty years of his life,
with health much impaired, he lived at Northampton, where
he died Feb. 27th, 1859, aged seventy-eight.

Thirtieth. Asenath Edwards, daughter of the third Na-
thaniel Edwards, of Roberts Meadow, married, in 1811, Rev.
Josiah Clark. Having completed his collegiate course,
he became principal of the Leicester Academy for sev-
eral years, filling the position to the acceptance of all
classes. From 1818 to 1845, he sustained the pastoral
relation to the Congregational Church at Rutland. It might
almost be said of him as was said of the fourth North-
ampton pastor, ''he secured to such an extent the love and
respect of his people that they were always satisfied to hear
him, and did not care to hear anybody else." Whenever
he visited and preached in his native town, such were his
discourses and style of delivery, he was always heard with
interest by the large congregation. The late and estimable
Professor Josiah was his son.

Thirty-first. Sally Starkweather, sister of Kingsley, and
Martha, the wife of Hon. Chauncey Clark, children of
Charles, who, in October, 1787, settled on South street.
She married Rev. James Sanford, a native, it is supposed,
of Berkley, a graduate, 1812, of Brown University, Provi-
dence, R. I., in the same class with his brother, Rev.
John Sanford. The exact date of her marriage does not
appear, later, however, than 1812.^ At the time of his


marriage, he was i^reaching in Fabius, N. Y. After leav-
ing Fabius, he located in Holland, Mass., where he preached
a number of years. His death occurred at Ware, in 1865,
one year earlier than his brother John's, who resided in his
last years, some ten or twelve, at Amherst. Rev. James
Sanford left several children. Addison, his eldest son, a
prominent citizen of Ware, a successful business man, repre-
sented the town in the Legislature. Was unwearied in his
kindness toward his aged parents, and did not long survive
them. Another son still lives in the same community. Rev.
James Sanford was uncle of the Hon. John E. Sanford,
speaker of the Mass. House of Representatives. Mrs. James
Sanford was aunt of Mrs. Aaron Breck, now of Lawrence,

Thirty-second. Elizabeth Tappan, daughter of Benjamin
Tappan the merchant, also a j)^triot of the revolution, a
man of steadfast principle, who brought up his large family
in the ways of integrity. She married, in 1817, Rev. Alex-
ander Phoenix, a native of New Jersey, who, at the age of
seventeen, graduated at Columbia College, New York City,
in 1795. He lived at Northampton several years, and settled
in the ministry at Chicopee. She survived their marriage
only about two years, and deceased, universally esteemed, in

Thirty-third. Sally Williams, daughter of Rev. Solomon

Williams, minister of the town, 1779-1834. Died in his

eighty-third year, wrote and published in 1815, a historical

sketch of Northampton, copies of which now are quite rare.

She married, in 1821, Rev. Joshua Leavitt, a native of Heath,

son of Col. Roger. Having graduated, 1814, at Yale, he

studied law at Northampton with Gov. Strong, and his son,

Lewis Strong. Admitted there to the bar, to practice as an


attorney, in 1819, and settled in his profession at Putney,
Vt., this being the native place of his son, Rev. William S.
Subsequently relinquished legal practice and entered the min-
istry; preached one of his first sermons in Northampton.
Studied theology at Yale Theological Seminary, and settled
in 1824 at Stratford, Ct., where he preached four years.
Not settled afterwards as a pastor. Occupied the editorial
chair from 1828, for about forty-five years, first in connection
with the Sailors' Magazine; next with the Evangelist, then
with the Emancipator, and lastly with the Independent, all
published in New York City. He died Jan. 16th, 1873.
She survived him five years. They lived together fifty-two

Thirty-fourth. Clarissa Lyman, daughter of Esq, Levi Ly-
man. She married, in 1822, Rev. William Richards, a native
of Plainfield. Converted in early life, he decided about the
time of entering college, 1815, to follow the example of his
brother James, and become a foreign missionary. Seven
years later, in 1822, he received ordination at New Haven, a
few weeks previous to his going abroad. The next sixteen
years, partly owing to his earnest agency, showed rich results
at the Sandwich Islands. In 1838, became associated with
the government as the King's adviser. Went on an embassy,
1842-45, to the United States, to England and France, which
proved very successful. In 1846, became Minister of Public
Instruction, Councillor, and Chaplain to the King. Deceased
through over labor in 1847. His widow survived him nine
years. Whole number of their children, eight. A son, Wil-
liam, went as a missionary to China in 1847. Four years
later, 1851, he died on his homeward passage. Two other
sons graduated at Amherst. A daughter married Professor
W. S. Clark of Amherst College, afterwards president of the
Agricultural Institution.


Thirty-fifth. Sarah Ann Wait Hopkins, oldest child of
John Hopkins, formerly Capt. John, son of Kev. Samuel
and Sarah Porter, of Hadley, a trader in his native town,
afterwards in Boston, moved, about 1824, to Northampton;
built on King street, where he deceased in 1842. Seven
children. Two of the seven entered the ministry. One died
while a member at Yale. Another, Lewis, became a physi-
cian; now at Bridgewater. Sarah Ann married, in 1822,
Rev. John Wheeler, D.D. Graduated at Andover, in 1819,
in a class containing several distinguished names, viz. : Hi-
ram Bingham, Cyrus Byington, Orville Dewey, Louis Dwight,
Jonas King, Abner Morse, Worthington Smith, Aaron War-
ner of Northampton, and others of equal note. Rev. John
Wheeler sustained the relation of pastor to the Congrega-
tional Church in Windsor, Vt., twelve years, 1821-33. Presi-
dent of Vermont University sixteen years, 1833-49. A su-
perior scholar, gifted as a preacher, heard with attention
whenever he preached in Northampton. One thing may be
added respecting Capt. John Hopkins, viz. : his connection
by parentage, ancestry, and otherwise with some twenty-five

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