Location: Adams Massachusetts

Samuel Todd of Waterbury CT

Samuel Todd4, (Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 6, 1716-17, died June 10, 1789, married Aug. 31, 1739, Mercy, daughter of Rev. Peter Evans, of Northfield (Mass.?). He graduated from Yale college in 1734; ordained May 7, 1740, as the first minister at Waterbury, Conn., Northbury Parish; dismissed Aug., 1764; installed pastor at Plymouth, 1766; removed to Lanesborough, Mass., remaining there two years; organized First Church at Adams, Mass. and remained there as pastor until 1778; Moved to Orford, N. H. where he died. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now “He possessed a mind of more than ordinary strength, and great decision of character. His religious sentiments and feelings were strictly evangelical. The revivals of 1740, he warmly approved and exerted himself to promote.” From the History of Berkshire County, Mass. It was his approval of these revivals which led to his dismissal from Northbury. His church became Episcopalian. “He was a clergyman of much note. I shall not forget how he used to shake his large...

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Evelyn Todd of Adams MA

Evelyn Todd6, (Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 5, 1812, died Jan., 1904, married Mercy Rice. He was a shoemaker and a good one. He lived in Adams, Mass. Children: 903. George. 904. Frederick Solomon, m. and had four children, all of whom d. young. 905. Eveline, m. Reuben...

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Biography of William Edward Staples

WILLIAM EDWARD STAPLES – The same energetic characteristics that were the means of conquering all hardships that apparently stood in the path of Mr. Staples’ career during the earlier part of his life have proven the dominant feature of his activities, and have accompanied him throughout an interesting course both of service and of leadership in the business and the political world. He is conceded to be one of the Western Massachusetts captains of industry and of civic advancement, who, beginning life with but few advantages of a material kind, overcame all difficulties by sheer hard work, pluck, and native resourcefulness, and achieved his present place of high esteem among his fellowmen. The community has been the gainer because of his enterprising relationships to the advancement of the business interests of Pittsfield. Not only has he frequently been accorded offices of trust in local business and politics, but in the State Legislature he continues to fulfill the highest anticipations of his many friends. He is a son of Chauncey Staples, who by occupation was a farmer, and of Bridget (Shannon) Staples. William Edwards Staples was born in Adams, March 31, 1866, and he attended the Richmond district schools until he was about eleven years of age when, as his father had died while he was a child, it became incumbent upon him to go to work in cotton mills...

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Biography of Charles Fuller Mosher

CHARLES FULLER MOSHER, a leading business executive and engineer of Western Massachusetts, who holds a responsible position with the Turners Falls Power and Electric Company, and is prominently identified with worthy lines of useful and progressive activity, is a man of high achievement, whose work is his principal interest and whose attitude toward life and its responsibilities is that of the serious but ever forward looking spirit. He is a son of William D. and Lillian A. (Fuller) Mosher, both parents residents of North Adams for many years. Charles Fuller Mosher was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, October 16, 1879. His education was begun in the public schools of North Adams, and pursuing courses of advanced study, he entered the electrical field. Gaining practical experience in the power plants of the Hoosac Valley and Berkshire Street railroad, he became identified with the Greenfield Electric Light and Power Company in 1906. He was placed in charge of the generating plants of this concern and was active thus for a period of eight years, and has since 1914 served the company in consultant and supervisory capacities, still being thus affiliated. Since 1912 Mr. Mosher has served as superintendent of stations in charge of operation, maintenance and new construction of generating and sub-stations for the Turners Falls Power and Electric Company. In addition to his other affiliations, he furnishes consultant and supervisory...

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Biography of Augustus Keefer Boom, M.D.

AUGUSTUS KEEFER BOOM, M. D., holding a noteworthy position in Western Massachusetts, has done much both along private lines of practice and in the public service and as a leading physician of Adams he is considered one of the foremost men in his profession in this section. Giving to the world his highest endeavors, his progress governed by lofty ideals, and his ever forward looking attitude, Dr. Boom has made his influence strongly felt in various lines of current endeavor, as well as in his professional work. He is a member of an old and honored family of America, originally from the Netherlands, Matthews and Johannes Boom having come to this country early in the eighteenth century. Dr. Boom is a great-grandson of Nicholas Boom, who was a member of Captain Nicholas Van Rensselaer’s company in the Revolutionary War. James Boom, the doctor’s father, was a prominent man of his day, and his mother, Lucy (Selby) Boom, was also a member of a prominent family. Augustus Keefer Boom was born in Albany, New York, May 13, 1866. Receiving his early education in the public schools of his birthplace, Dr. Boom later attended the medical department of Wooster University, Cleveland, Ohio, which was later absorbed by the Western Reserve University. His graduation from this institution occurred in 1888, and on November 9, 1888, he opened his office at Adams. From...

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Biography of Arthur Burdette Daniels

ARTHUR BURDETTE DANIELS, the distinguished president of the L. L. Brown Paper Company of Adams, stands among the leaders in his field of industrial progress in New England, and as a leading business executive of Western Massachusetts is affiliated with numerous important interests. He has reached his present outstanding position by the force of his own initiative and devotion to worthy purpose. Mr. Daniels is a son of Amos Dixon and Helen Lucretia (Cross) Daniels, his father was for many years a hotel proprietor and, during the later period of his life, active in association with the New Home Sewing Machine Company, of Orange, Massachusetts, in the capacity of general agent. Arthur Burdette Daniels was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, October 21, 1861. Receiving his early education in the local public schools he gained only the advantages of the high school course, then entered the employ of the L. L. Brown Paper Company, of Adams, of which he is now president. The faithful and steadfast purpose which has carried him to this high level of industrial progress is one of the commendable instances of high achievement which it is the privilege of the biographer to record on these pages. Mr. Daniels served first as bookkeeper, entering the organization in 1878, and fourteen years later he was elected treasurer and general manager of the company. He continued active in these responsible...

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Biography of Hugh J. Downey

HUGH J. DOWNEY – With enlarging zones of practice wherein Dr. Downey has made his abilities as a physician and his value as a citizen evident and welcome for the pact decade, he has likewise established a wide range of enduring friendships because of an optimistic personality and his advanced methods and usages of the profession, at his medical office and home in Pittsfield. He is a son of Hugh J. and Sarah (McCann) Downey. Hugh J. Downey was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, December 5, 1882, and the family removed to Adams, Berkshire County, during Mr. Downey’s childhood. He there attended grammar and high schools and afterwards, in preparation for his chosen vocation, matriculated at the Baltimore Medical School, now incorporated with the University of Maryland, where he graduated in the class of 1910, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Mr. Downey left in June, 1924, for six months of special and post-graduate studies at the University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. He was resident physician at Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, for two and one-half years, and then began the practice of his profession at Pittsfield. He is a member of the staff of the Boylard Memorial Hospital, a member of the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Berkshire County Medical Society. and is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Pittsfield. He...

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Biography of Frank Whitman Roberts

FRANK WHITMAN ROBERTS – The surname Roberts is frequently encountered in the early records of New England. There were Revolutionary soldiers, farmers, business men, and seafaring men of that name, and their progeny is today scattered over the land, while many descendants of the older settlers of the name still adhere to the original soil. The seafaring men of generations past in New England were venturesome and enterprising persons, some of them whalers, others traders with the West Indies, whose islands then had even more glamorous and romantic atmospheres than they have today, although they are still glamorous and romantic. Among those of the later generations of the Roberts name was William Roberts, thought to have been born in Middletown, Connecticut He died in Feeding Hills, in the town of Agawam, Massachusetts. He is thought to have been the son of Simeon Roberts, of Middletown. He married (first) Beulah Hedges; and (second) Sarah Hedges. His children were: Isaac, of whom further; Horace, William, Henry, Eleanor, Betsy, Laura, Beulah. Isaac Roberts, son of William Roberts, was born at Feeding Hills, Agawam, Massachusetts, March 3 1803, died at Feeding Hills in 1889. He was a farmer. He married, April 3, 1834, Cornelia Clark, born in Connecticut, October 29, 1810, died November 7, 1876. They had one child, Morton Samuel, of whom further. Morton Samuel Roberts, son of Isaac and Cornelia (Clark)...

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Biographical Sketch of Noah Aldrich

(IV) Noah, son of Jacob (2) Aldrich, was born in Mendon about 1720. He deeded lands in Mendon in 1772. He appears to have moved soon afterward to New Salem, Massachusetts, of which he was a soldier in the revolution in 1775 in Captain John King’s company, Colonel Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge’s regiment. In 1790, according to the first federal census, he was living in Adams, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and had one son over sixteen and four females -in his family. He married...

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Biographical Sketch of Isaac Hathaway

(VI) Isaac (2), son or nephew of Isaac (1) Hathaway, was born October 28, 1955, in Rhode Island. He was one of the pioneers in Farmington, New York, and was doubtless with the settlers who went from Rhode Island to Adams, Massachusetts, and thence to central New York after the revolution. He married, in 1784, Jemima Comstock, born 1760, daughter of Nathan Comstock, born 1735, granddaughter of John, son of Samuel. Soon after their marriage his wife rode on horseback from Rhode Island, using a poplar sprout for a whip, and she planted it near the log house in which they made their home and it grew into a large tree still standing there. She died in 1793, and he married (second), May 4, 1794, Elizabeth Richmond, born March 9, 1760 or 1761, died April 21, 1830, daughter of Perez Richmond, who was born October 13, 1729, and died November 13, 1800, and Mercy (Church) Richmond, born September 18, 1734 (see Richmond). Children of first wife: ,. Isaac, born January 2, 1787; married, January, 1807, Nancy Richmond; five children. 2. Otis, born December 2, 1788; married and had two children. Children of second wife: 3. Sylvester, born August 8, 1795; married Mary Paine; five children; lived in Sylvania, Lucas county, Ohio. 4. Charles, born October 22, 1996; married Levina Hammond; three children. 5. Phebe, born February 27, 1800; died...

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