Genealogies of Hadley Families

Embracing the Early Settlers
of the Towns of
Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby

Compiled by Lucius M. Boltwood

Arranged for computer by Stephen M. Lawson

The foundation for this work was a collection of notes by Sylvester Judd as part of his then unpublished work on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts. Mr. Boltwood explains the efforts required to complete Genealogies of Hadley Families in the Introduction (see below), and the volume was first published in 1862. The following year, with the completion of the History of Hadley, the Genealogies... was included as a separate section, and is now available in reprint from a number of publishers both as a separate and combined volume.

The arrangement of Genealogies... is as a series of family groups, thus making presentation as Family Group Sheets a logical choice. Mr. Boltwood included 10,324 individuals in his work, together with occasional comments concerning the reliability of his conclusions. All of the original text appears in this arrangement. However, to maintain consistent date and name formats, qualifying words (such as perhaps, probably, doubtless) have been moved to a special Comment field with an expanded explanation. In addition, it was discovered that more that a century of research has provided parent identification and family intermarriages in some cases. Ten individuals have been added and clearly marked, four to identify a correct mother, two to identify the father of siblings, two to connect a family across two generations, and two to show a marriage between families.

This presentation of Genealogies of Hadley Families provides links between families of different surnames which Mr. Boltwood identified, plus some which are based on material from other publications, with a Comment added if any link seems questionable. The result is an interlinked web of 9,853 individuals, with the remaining 481 individuals appearing in unconnected families.

Finally, the 61 individuals included who are ancestors of Stephen M. Lawson are identified and links from each ancestral couple or ancestor are provided to family narratives.







to Genealogies of Hadley Families (1862)

The material for the following pages has been drawn from every available source. Town, county, probate, church, and family records have been examined with the utmost care, and the moss-grown and crumbling tomb-stones of all the old burying yerds within the limits of ancient Hadley, have been carefully deciphered. I may safely say, that prior to 1700, the records of but few towns were more carefully kept than those of Hadley, have been carefully kept than those of Hadley, and although since that time, until within about twenty years, the records are less complete, it is thought that in few works of this character are so many of the families traced back to the first settlers of the town, as in this.

The plan adopted in the arrangement of the families, is so simple as to be readily understood by all familiear with genealogical tables. For the information of others, it is only necessary to explain, that the figures which precede the names of individuals denote their place in the series, and those which follow point back to the place in the series where the paternal ancestor is to be found. For example, in the family of Barnard, we read, "5. John, s. of Joseph, (4.)" The figure 5 denotes that this is the fifth family described; and the figure (4) refers back to the fourth family, on examining which we find that John was born Nov. 19, 1696. By observing this rule, it will be easy to trace any family back to the first ancestor in the town.

In justice to myself, and as an apology for the delay in putting these genealogies to press, I ought to remark, that Mr. Judd left his minutes of Hadley settlers in quite a confused state, not having taken the first step towards preparing them for the printer, and hence the labor of arranging them has been four-fold what I had anticipated. Having however, at length compared with the original records every date in regard to which I was at all in doubt, and arranged the same with care, I have the satisfaction of submitting the work to the public, with the feeling that it will be found, in the main, accurate and reliable.


Amherst, June, 1862.

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