Location: Berkshire Massachusetts

Biographical Sketch of James Hamlin

(II) James (2), second son and fourth child of James (1) and Anna Hamlin, was born in England and baptized April 10, 1636, at St. Lawrence parish, Reading, Berkshire. He came to Plymouth colony, New England, with his mother and sisters, prior to 1642, and married, November 20, 1662, at Barnstable in that colony, Mary, daughter of John and Mary Dunham. John Dunham, who was an inhabitant of Marlborough, Massachusetts, in 1623, was deputy to the general court several years and died in 1692, aged seventy-two years. He was a son of Deacon John Dunham, who came from England to Plymouth with his wife Abigail, and they had, about 1628, three sons and a daughter. James Hamlin was a farmer and lived on the Coggin’s Pond lot, owned by his father up to 1702, when he removed to Hamblin Plains in West Berkshire. In his will, made in 1717, he claims to be a resident of Tisbury, but is reported as a representative at a great and general court or assembly, for Her Majesty’s Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, held in Boston, Wednesday, May 13, 1705, as Mr. James Hamlin, Barnstable. His wife, Mary, died April 19, 1715, in the seventy-third year of her age, and James Hamlin died in Tisbury, May 3, 1718. Their children, all born in Barnstable, were fourteen in number: 1. Mary, July...

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Biographical Sketch of Deacon Ebenzer Hamlin

(III) Deacon Ebenezer, eighth child and fifth son of James and Mary (Dunham) Hamlin, was born July 29, 1674. He occupied the homestead farm at Coggin’s Pond until about the time of his second marriage when he removed to Rochester, Massachusetts, now (1910) Wareham. He was one of the original members of the Wareham church which was organized December 25, 1739. He was chosen deacon, February 18, 1740. He was dismissed to the church at Sharon, Connecticut, May 30, 1742, which is about the date of his removal to that town and state. In his will he bequeathed “twenty-four pounds, old tenor, toward the worship of God, in the neighborhood where I now (1910) dwell,” viz., in or near the newly-erected meeting house on the oblong near Sharon. This was the Presbyterian church at Amenia Union, in Dutchess county, New York, across the line from Sharon, now (1910) South Amenia. He died at Sharon, April 8, 1755. He married (first) at Barnstable, Massachusetts. April 4, 1698, Sarah Lewis. He married (second) at Rochester, September 20, 1729, Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Arnold. Children, all by first wife and born at Barnstable. 1. Ebenezer, born March 18, 1699. 2. Mercy, September 10, 1700. 3. Hopestill, July 23, 1702. 4. Cornelius, June 13, 1705. 5. Thomas, May 6, 1710. 6. Isaac, of whom further. 7. Lewis, January 31,...

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Biography of Henry H. Northup

Henry H. Northup, of Portland, was born in Berkshire, Massachusetts, February 27, 1839. His father was a farmer as were his ancestors for several generations. He attended the public schools, and when of sufficient age, which in those days was nine or ten years, was kept at home during the summer to assist in the work upon the farm. When he had reached the age of twelve years his father died, leaving, with slender property, a widow and three children of whom the subject of this sketch was the only son. From that time commenced a struggle for existence. His mother, a courageous and capable woman, descended from the Wilmarths, wished her son to follow some other vocation than that pursued by his father, and to this end was desirous that he should attend school and be educated. In this desire the boy shared. At the age of fourteen, that being before the era of public schools, he was sent to the Academy located in the town of Lenox, Berkshire, then the shire town of the county, remaining two years. By working outside of school hours he paid for his board, while his mother, by her efforts supplied his other needs. It was while attending this school he first formed the idea of following the law for a profession, never communicating the thought, however, as it was the wish...

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