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Bates, son of Eev. Joshua, D.D., pastor at Dedham, after-
wards president of Middlebury College, where his son William
was born, and where he graduated in 1837. He studied for
the ministry at Andover in the same class with Professor Jo-
siah Clark. He taught for a time, then settled and preached
thirteen years at Northbridge, 1845-58. Next became asso-
ciated as pastor with the Falmouth Church, on the Cape, in
1858, but after a brief residence he deceased in the autumn
of 1859, in his forty-third year. Pleasant recollections are
connected with his memory. She survived him and lived
recently at Grantville.

Sixtieth. Sarah B. Whitney, daughter of Josiah D. Whit-
ney, born at Springfield, who, as merchant, cashier, bank
president, and otherwise, spent sixty-two years at Northamp-
ton, 1807-69. His family, one of the nine, so far as now
known of the same size, numbered thirteen children. Sarah
B., named after her grandmother, Sarah Birdseye, married,
in 1848, Eev. Kobert C. Learned, a native of New London,
educated at Yale and Andover, settled first in Ohio, at
Twinsburgh from 1843 to 1846. Preached next for eleven
years at Canterbury, Ct., 1847-58. Three years at Berlin
and four at Plymouth, Ct., 1861-65. Died there in 1867,
in his fiftieth year. Whole number of their children, six.
The oldest, Dwight Whitney Learned, entered the ministry.

Sixty-first. Lovisa P. Chapin. A native of Hatfield, only
daughter of Camillus and Mira Parsons Chaj)in. She made
her home for a long time at South Farms, in the family of
the late Asahel Lyman, whose wife was her aunt. She mar-
ried, in 1842, William D. Clapp, son of Zenas, on South
street. See homestead number twenty-four. He pursued
freshman and sophomore studies out of college, expecting

to enter the junior class at Amherst in the autumn of 1840,
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246 AKTIQUITIES AND HISTORICALS.

but failure of health prevented. Taught at Williston Semi-
nary, Easthampton, in 1842. Has been in business in North-
ampton for many years, served as superintendent of schools,
is a member of the school committee. While thus occupied,
he has for years preached nearly every Sabbath in the vicin-
ity. Eecently completed a term of three years' service for
the First Church in Huntington, and entered there upon a
fourth year. They lived together but a few years. Married
his second wife, Sarah G. Fisher, of Westhampton, Aug.
29th, 1850.

Sixty-second. Mrs. Daniel J. Cooke. Her original name
was Melissa Judd, daughter of David Judd, a cabinet maker
who settled in Northampton early in his married life. Five
of his children still survive, Mrs. Thomas Bridgman and
Mrs. Cutler, Elm street, Northampton; Pamelia, Mrs. Foster
and David C, live in Spartanburg, S. C, and the subject of
this brief notice. Melissa Judd married for her first hus-
band, Daniel James Cooke, at one time in comjmny with her
father, David Judd. He left Northampton in 1830, moved
to Providence, R. I., and died in New York, Feb. 9th, 1836.
Mrs. Cooke married for her second husband, April 11th,
1848, Rev. Andrew Benton, of College Hill, Ohio. This
place is six miles north of Cincinnati; Farmers' College is
located there, also the Ohio Female College. Since his
death, her home has been in Chicago, 111., with her only
son, David B. Cooke.

Before proceeding farther, the following may be instanced
respecting the late Rev. Andrew Benton. Native place,
Hartford, Ct.; born Feb. 12th, 1800. His father's early
death compelled him to make his own way in the world.
First, he acquired the printer's trade; next, that of paper-
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friends, among the number, Rev. Joshua Leavitt, went to
St. Louis to commence the work of establishing Sabbath-
schools. Afterwards, advised by prominent men to study for
the ministry, he did so. Settled over Mount Pleasant Pres-
byterian Church, Ohio. There preached till obliged to re-
sign by impaired health. Next, for some years, associate ed-
itor of the Watchman of the Valley at Cincinnati. Subse-
quently engaged in educational enterprises in establishing in-
stitutions of a high grade. At length, in feeble health, he
removed to Beloit, Wis., where he died Jan. 12th, 1865.
Ever an earnest worker in the Lord's vineyard. His daugh-
ter, Maria W. Benton, lives in Northampton.

Sixty- third. Sarah M. Cooke, daughter of Daniel J., and
granddaughter of David Judd; born and spent her earliest
years in Northampton. She married, April 11th, 1848, Prof.
John Silsby, of College Hill, Ohio. The next year, 1849,
in company with Dr. Bradley, Rev. L. B. Lane, M. D., and
their wives, they went on a mission to Siam, sent out by
the American Missionary Association, their residence being
at Bankok. Owing to poor health they continued there
but five years, being obliged to suspend missionary work
and return home. After the war, Mr. Silsby went South
to assist in establishing schools for the freedmen. For sev-
eral years he has been connected with the Maryville Col-
lege, Tennessee, and makes his home there. Their oldest
daughter, great-grandchild of David Judd, was married in
September, 1880, and left for India with her husband,
Lyman B. Tedford, as foreign missionaries. Their present
work is at Kolapoor.

Sixty-fourth. Susan Inches Lyman, the tenth child of
Judge Joseph Lyman, formerly, for nearly thirty years, 1816-
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248 ANTIQUITIES Al^D HISTORICALS.

of Judge Samuel F. and of E. H. K. Lyman. She mar-
ried, in 1849, Eev. J. Peter Lesley, born at Philadelphia,
in 1819, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, in
1839, and of the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N.
J., in 1844. Authorized by the American Tract Society
to establish its colportage system in JSTorthern and Central
Pennsylvania. He was Congregational pastor for four years
at Milton, is now professor of the University where he
graduated; also head of the Geological Survey of the State
of Pennsylvania, a member of the National Academy of
Science. Lives in Philadelphia. They have two daugh-
ters; one of them is studying painting in Paris. He was
United States Commissioner to the Exposition of 1867. Has
published on Coal, the Iron Works of the U. S., and
Geological Surveys.

Sixty-fifth. Hannah H. Lyman, daughter of Jonathan
H., a lawyer, father of thirteen children, son-in-law of
Judge Hinckley, own son of Rev. Dr. Lyman, a tutor at
Yale, and for about fifty-five years, 1772-1826, minister of
Hatfield, whose sermon at the funeral of Gov. Caleb Strong,
in 1819, was published; in his day one of the most in-
fluential ministers of Hampshire county. His pithy sayings,
numerous and valuable, have been long remembered. Han-
nah H., the tenth child, married Rev. Charles Mason,
pastor of Grace Church, Boston, son of the Hon. Jeremiah
Mason, a foremost member of the Boston bar, also U. S.
Senator. Rev. Charles graduated at Harvard in 1832, and
from the General Theological Seminary, New York, in 1836.
Settled first for ten years at Salem, 1837-47. Next at Bos-
ton for fifteen years, 1847-62. Died there in his fiftieth
year, in 1862. Number of their children, three. She was
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Lawrence, whose private and princely charities amounted to
half a million.

Sixty-sixth. Harriet Parsons, a daughter of the third
Moses, and a descendant of Lieut. John, who settled in South
street. See homestead number twenty-seven. Her father
married Esther Kingsley, one of the ten daughters of Enos,
an ancestor of the late Dea. Daniel. Harriet was the oldest
of five children, born in 1792. She lived in Northampton
previous to her first marriage upwards of thirty years. Was
well posted in respect to the families of the town. On the
introduction of the Sabbath-school, she was one of the earliest
teachers, and preserved through her long life, a record of the
names of her scholars in those early days. Married for her
first husband, by Rev. Dr. Tucker, a Mr. Munn, and lived
in Greenfield. Her second husband, Eev. Jos. Knight,
preached eighteen years in Peru, 1836-54, They were mar-
ried April 29th, 1851, and lived together about ten years.
After his decease at East Stafford, Ct., where he preached
some six years or more, she returned and spent her last
days mostly at Peru, occasionally visiting her native town.
The writer saw her repeatedly after she became an octoge-
narian, well preserved her faculties, physical and mental;
her memory, intelligence and religious trust, down to the
last, clear and strong. She died in 1879, in her eighty-
eighth year, at her step-son's, Joseph Knight, M. D., Lake-
ville, Ot. Commencing with Esq. Joseph Parsons, her an-
cestral line runs thus: Lieut. John, Moses, Moses, Moses. The
first Moses lived to be thirty-seven; the second, eighty- two;
the third, sixty-nine. The connections of Harriet Parsons
Knight in Northampton and the vicinity were very nu-
merous.

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250 ANTIQUITIES AND HISTORICALS.

married, Dec. 18th, 1852, Rev. Henry Norman Hudson.
They were married in St. John's Church, Northampton,
by the Rt. Rev. Horatio Southgate, D. D. Mr. Hudson was
born in Cornwall, Vt., in 1814, graduated in 1840, at
Middlebury, under President Bates; afterwards taught at
the South, in Kentucky and Alabama, received ordination
to the ministry in the Episcopal Church, in 1849, for a
time editor of the Churchman, and later of the Church
Monthly. Rector of a church in Litchfield, Ct., was an
army chaplain during the war. Has been occupied of late
in teaching classes in English literature, in preparing sev-
eral works for the use of such classes; also, a Reader for
High Schools and Academies. His Critical Notes and Lec-
tures on Shakespeare have been read by many. Resides in
Cambridge. They have one son.

Sixty-eighth. Louisa Healey, born in Chesterfield, daugh-
ter of Dea. Healey. Her home, previous to her marriage,
was in Northampton, where, in 1855, she married Rev.
Stephen C. Pixley, of Plainfield, then under appointment
as a missionary of the American Board for Southern Africa.
He graduated at Williams College in 1852, and at East
Windsor Hill Seminary in 1855; and for about twenty-five
years, without returning, during that interval, to their na-
tive country, their home has been among the Zulus. She
is the second lady missionary, married at Northampton,
and connected with the same mission in South Africa.
Both have been there for a quarter, and one for a third
of a century. Rev. Mr. Pixley's sister, Mrs. David Rood,
and her husband, both of Plainfield, have been missiona-
ries among the Zulus, in the service of the American
Board, since 1848. Mr. Pixley and family are now, 1881,
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Sixty-ninth. Adriana S. Allen, the fourth daughter of
President Allen, married, in 1855, Rev. Charles Hammond,
who originated in Union, Ct., in 1813. Graduated at Yale
in 1839, studied theology at Yale and Andover, where he
graduated in 1844. Held the position, for about twenty-
five years, of principal of Monson Academy, and for eleven
years the same position in the Lawrence Academy, Groton.
By his superior scholarship and qualifications as a teacher,
he promoted the cause of education, both in the county
and commonwealth. He received the honor of LL. D.
His pupils occupy various positions of usefulness in the
East and at the West. Number of their children, two;
neither of them living. His death occurred Nov. 7th,
1878, at Monson. Large numbers of former scholars, friends
of education from abroad, and people of the town attended
his funeral.

Seventieth. Clara Minerva Brewster, daughter of Capt.
Jonathan, who kept the first Mansion House, and who de-
ceased Feb. 21st, 1862. She was the granddaughter of the
second Elijah Allen, of Robert's Meadow, and married,
Nov. 18th, 185G, Rev. Hiram Bingham, Jr. Rev. Hiram,
Sr., born in Bennington, Vt., made one of the first com-
pany which sailed in October, 1819, for the Sandwich
Islands, where, after a voyage of five months, they arrived,
March 31st, 1820. He was stationed at Honolulu, on the
Island of Oahu. The following item illustrates the forward
movement of that mission. About 1831, after the forma-
tion of a Temperance Society and the spread of temper-
ance principles, the governor of Oahu, being applied to for
a license to sell ardent spirits to foreicjners only, made
this emphatic answer: To horses, cattle, and hogs you
may sell rum, but to real men you must not on these
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252 AICTIQUITIES AKB HiSTORlCALS.

Hiram, Jr., was born at Honolulu. Came to the United
States with his father about 1841, Educated at Yale,
where he graduated in 1853. Afterwards, during a part
of his theological course, was a student at Andover. Or-
dained Nov. 9th, 1856. A missionary of the American
Board first at Ascension Island, afterwards at Charlotte
Island in the Pacific, 1857-64. For two years had com-
mand of the missionary packet. Morning Star, 1866-68.
Next located at Charlotte Island. For several years has re-
sided at Sandwich Island connected with the Hawaiian For-
eign Missionary Society. They have one child, a son.

Seventy-first. Maria P. Woodward. One of the children
of Samuel B., for thirteen years Supt. of the Worcester
Lunatic Asylum. Spent his last years in Northampton.
He descended from Henry Woodward, from Dorchester, one
of the seven pillars of the Northampton church, and for
twenty-five years active and efiicient in the affairs of the
town, chosen selectman not less than eight times. Maria
P. married, 1858, Rev. William Silsbee, then pastor of the
Unitarian Church in Northampton, being the fifth settled
minister of that society. They were married by his im-
mediate predecessor, Eev. Rufus Ellis, D. D. Mr. Silsbee
has been for several years pastor of the Reformed Christian
Church, Trenton. N. Y. His first wife was Charlotte,
daughter of William Greene, Lieut. Governor of Rhode
Island, a granddaughter of Major Erastus Lyman of North-
ampton, brother of Judge Joseph.

Seventy-second. Elizabeth Hopkins, the second of the six
children of Rev. Samuel Hopkins. She married as his sec-
ond wife, Nov. 22d, 1859, Rev. Joseph Henry Myers. His
father, Peter J. H. Myers, was a merchant of Watertown,
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under President John Wheeler. Studied theology at the
Union Theological Seminary, New York, and graduated in
the class of 1841. Pastor at St. Augustine, Florida.
Taught in Georgia before the late war. Afterwards was
a teacher for two years at Oyster Bay, Long Island, 186G-
68. Has now a boarding and day school on the Hudson
river at Milton, where their mother, Mrs. Samuel Hopkins,
recently deceased.

. Seventy-third. Arethusa Salisbury, born in Townshend,
Vt., daughter of Barnard Salisbury. Lived in Northamp-
ton four or five years at her cousin's, L. Maltby, Esq.,
on Elm street, where. May 1, 1862, she married Eev. Sam-
uel John Mills Merwin, of Yale College, 1839, and of the
theological department of Yale, 1844. Settled fifteen years
at Southport, Ct., 1844-59. He preached seven years at
South Hadley Falls, 1860-67. Has been thirteen years at
Wilton, Ct., 1868-81. His father. Rev. Samuel, was set-
tled in New Haven, Ct., twenty-six years. Next became
pastor at Wilton, where his son now preaches. Spent his
last days in New Haven, and deceased, 1856, in his seventy-
fifth year. The late Rev. Gordon Hall, D.D., his son-in
law, was settled in October, 1848, in Wilton, and continued
there till his removal, June 2, 1852, to the pastorate of
the Edwards Church, Northampton. Thus the father, son-
in-law, and son sustained the relation of pastor in the
same pulpit among the same people.

Seventy-fourth. Hannah M. Williston, the seventh child
of Dea. J. P. Williston. She married, 1864, Rev. George
S. Bishop, D.D., a native of Rochester, N. Y. He gi-ad-
uated at Amherst, 1858, and at Princeton Theological Sem-
inary, 1864. The same year became pastor of the Pres-
byterian Church, Trenton, N. J. In 1866, settled over the
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254 ANTIQUITIES AND HISTORICALS.

Calvary Church, Newburgh, N. Y. Received D. D. from
Rutger's College, New Brunswick, N. J. Is now pastor of
the First Reformed Dutch Church, East Orange, N. J.
They have two children, sons.

Seventy-fifth. Helen A. Crane, daughter of Rev. D. M.
Crane, who twice sustained the pastoral relation to the Bap-
tist Church, Northampton. The first period continued from
1846 to 1858. The second from August, 1878, to the time
of his decease, September, 1879. She married. May 29th,
1864, Rev. J. R. Haskins, settled at West Acton, Mass. It
was at this place, on a visit to his daughter and her husband,
that Mr. Crane's death occurred. On the Sabbath, Aug.
17th, 1879, he occupied the pulpit of his son-in-law, preach-
ing from the text: ** Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye
out to meet him." It proved his last preaching service.
While addressing that people, the bridegroom came for him.
^^Like a valiant soldier, he fell with his armor on."

Seventy-sixth. Louisa C Stoddard, daughter of Professor
Solomon Stoddard, for four years tutor at Yale, 1822-26, and
for nine years professor of languages at Middlebury. He de-
ceased 1847. She is of the sixth generation from the Rev.
Solomon Stoddard, the second minister of the town. She
married. May 29th, 1869, Martin Luther Williston, adopted
son of Dea. J. P. Williston. Having pursued a collegiate
and theological course, he was ordained, 1870, at Flushing,
N. Y. His second pastorate at Galesburg, 111., continued
about four years, 1872-76. His third settlement at James-
town, N. Y., embraced a period of three years, 1876-79. For
the past two years, with his family, he has been in Germany,
much of the time engaged in study. They have three chil-
dren. Now Professor in Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

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Bodman, president of Hampshire County National Bank, also
president of Hampshire Savings Bank. Owns the paternal
estate at Williamsburg, which for over a century has been in
the possession of the Bodman family. She married, 1871,
Kev. Charles H. Parkhurst, who graduated at Amherst, 1866.
Subsequently taught at Williston Seminary. Licensed to
preach in June, 1871, at Plainfield, by the Hampshire Asso-
ciation. His first settlement in the ministry was at Lenox.
In 1880, became pastor of the Madison Square Presbyterian
Church, New York City.

Seventy-eighth. Martha Ellen Gould, daughter of Nathan
P. Gould, married, 1873, Eev. James E. Knapp. When last
heard from was preaching at Mechanicsville, Vt. A postal
from one of the parents of Martha E. Gould, now Mrs.
Knajip, dated at Northampton, referring to their son-in-law,
closes with the emphatic sentence: *^His labors are blest
wherever he goes, which is a great comfort to us."

Seventy-ninth. Hattie N. Clark, daughter of John G.
Clark, married, April 10th, 1875, Eev. Elwin E. Hitchcock.

Eightieth. Mary Clark, daughter of Dea. Anson B. Clark,
who originated in Southampton, whose father, Timothy, moved
to Northamjoton many years ago and resided on Market street.
Anson B., lately deceased, one of the original members of the
Florence Church, was also deacon and clerk of the same.
Highly regarded in the business and religious community,
the memory of his excellencies will be long and extensively
cherished. His daughter Mary married, April 17th, 1879,
Rev. George E. Guild. He graduated at Amherst in the
class of 1876. Studied for the ministry at Union Theologi-
cal Seminary, New York. Settled at Scranton, Penn., 1879.

Eighty-first. Susan J add. Originated at North Farms,
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numerous family, moved to Ohio. Slie married in June,
1837, at Cleveland, Ohio, then a comparatively small place.
Rev. Verren D. Taylor. He there preached several years in
the earlier part of his ministry. Continuing to own a resi-
dence there, he ever after considered that as his home. He
preached for some time in Dover, Ohio. They lived together
twenty-seven years. She is described as much above medioc-
rity as to mental abilities and withal a most excellent critic,
it being nothing unusual for him to submit his discourses to
her for criticism before preaching them. In other ways she
proved an efficient helper in his work. Spent his last days
at his home in Cleveland, where he died, 1864. She survived
him ten years and left two children. A daughter married
Amasa N. Strong, of Huntsburg, Ohio. His parents origina-
ted in Westhampton, but settled with a numerous family,
comprising many sons, at Huntsburg. The Strongs of that
place, all well-to-do farmers, are characterized for their
numbers, industry and various good qualities. It is said
none have ever been convicted of crime. The principles of
the fathers influence the children.

Eighty-second. Sarah Ann Parsons of the sixth genera-
tion from Cornet Joseph Parsons. Her grandmother, Phebe
Bartlett, remarkable in the religious annals of the town, wife
of Noah Parsons, Jr., was the mother of twelve children.
Her father, Justus, who owned and occujoied the paternal
estate, was the youngest of the twelve. Sarah Ann, the
youngest of the family of Justus, married, 1840, Rev. Josiah
Leonard, a native of St. Johnsville, N. Y., a graduate, 1837,
of Union College and of the Union Theological Seminary,
New York City, 1840. His first settlement was in Mexico,
N. Y. Next in Oswego, where his wife deceased in 1843.
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Eighty- third. Mary Smith. Born and lived several years
in Northampton. Daughter of Jonathan Smith, who married
Elvira, the oldest daughter of the foregoing Justus Parsons.
He moved his family to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 1829 or 1830,
and died there six years after. Mary Smith, living with her
mother, at Poughkeepsie, married, as his second wife, 1845,
the foregoing Eev. Josiah Leonard, settled at that time in
Maiden, N. Y., where she deceased in 1849 or 1850, leaving
two children, a son and daughter. Both are married and
live in Illinois. Mr. Leonard's last settlement was in Fulton,
111., where he preached a number of years, and where he
died in 1878.

Eighty-fourth. Jane Louisa Boies, daughter of Justus,
married. May 20th, 1845, Joel Lyman Dickinson, of Granby,
a descendant of Joel Lyman, of South Farms. Kev. Joel
L. Dickinson, of Amherst College and Andover Theological
Seminary, was prevented by failure of health from going as
a missionary to Southern India. Settled at Plain ville, Ct.,
where he enjoyed a continuous revival for two years.
Greatly blest in his ministry, he deceased there, 1867,
aged fifty-five.



CHAPTER XVII.

NORTHAMPTON LADIES WHO MARRIED MINISTERS — THE SUM-
MING UP AND REVIEW — 1673-1879.

The whole number comprised in the series, eighty-four.
The period covers two hundred and six years of the town's
history. Number of different families to which the eighty-
four belonged, seventy-two. The largest number from any
one family, six, viz. : the five daughters and stepdaughter
of the Rev. Solomon Stoddard. The next largest number
from any one family, three, viz.: Charlotte F., Elizabeth
L., and Adriana, daughters of President Allen. Number
married previous to the year 1700, seven. Number married
during the one hundred years between 1701 and 1800, twenty.
From 1801 to 1879, the number reached fifty-seven. Of the
eighty-four ministers, about seventy became settled pastors.
Two were college presidents. Seven were connected with
various colleges as professors. Four were tutors. Three be-
came professors in theological seminaries; one of the three
occupied this position forty-eight years, another forty-five
years. Nine were authors and six editors. Five became
principals of academies.

Of the eighty-four ladies, three were wives of home mis-
sionaries. Six married foreign missionaries. One of the six
went to the Sandwich Islands in 1822. One made Syria her
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Africa in 1849. The same year the fourth sailed for Siam.
The fifth, in 1855, went to South Africa. The last went to
the islands of the Pacific, in 1856. Five of the six are


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