Location: Lenox Massachusetts

Biographical Sketch of Alden, Edmund Kimball

Alden, Edmund Kimball, son of Dr. Ebenezer and Anne (Kimball) Alden, was born in Randolph, Norfolk County, April 11, 1825. He is a lineal descendant in the eighth generation, by two family lines. Of “John” and “Priscilla” of Mayflower fame. After attending the Randolph Academy, he entered Amherst College, where he graduated in 1844; was then a teacher in the Williston Seminary, at Easthampton, for a year, and graduated from the Andover Theological Seminary in 1848, continuing his studies there for a few months as Abbott resident. From 1850 to 1854 Mr. Alden was pastor of the First Church of Yarmouth, Maine; was pastor of the Congregational church at Lenox, from 1854 to 1859; and then became pastor of Phillips Church, Boston, so continuing till 1876. He received from his alma mater, in 1866, the honorary degree of D. D. Mr. Alden was married April 25, 1850, to Maria, daughter of Deacon Gershom and Sarah (Hyde) Hyde, of Bath, Me. He was a trustee for fourteen years of Phillips Academy and the Andover Theological Seminary, resigning this trust in 1881; he has also been a trustee of Amherst College since 1873; he is at present corresponding secretary, home department, of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, having held the office for thirteen...

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Biography of Henry Seeley Taylor

HENRY SEELEY TAYLOR – Thirty-three years have passed since the death of Henry Seeley Taylor caused universal sorrow in the city of Pittsfield, yet many residents of the present day recall his fine face and distinguished figure, both in the clothing store of which he was long the head, and in his activities as a leading member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. As a business man Mr. Taylor was above reproach, his kindly courtesy and considerate interest in his customers having been only the outgrowth and evidence of an integrity which governed every act of his life. Friend of all, benevolent in a marked degree, and open hearted toward every worthy cause or movement, Mr. Taylor won his successful position in the business world through his tireless endeavors and excellent judgment, and those most closely affiliated with him in his business interests were most sincere in their praise and commendation of the man. Henry Seeley Taylor was born in Bethel, Connecticut, August 18, 1828, and died in Pittsfield, September 6, 1891. His education was limited to the advantages of the common schools, and when only a young man he entered the business world. The family became residents of Monterey, Massachusetts, and he was seventeen years old when the family removed to Lenox. There he resided for a number of years, and it was in that community that he married....

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Biography of Frank Davis Taylor

FRANK DAVIS TAYLOR – A distinguished figure in Berkshire County in the clothing trade is Frank Davis Taylor, who has for many years been at the head of the firm of H. S. Taylor & Sons, which was founded by his honored father. In various community and general interests Mr. Taylor also bears a worthy and constructive part, and he is numbered among the broadly useful citizens of Pittsfield, his name also bearing distinct significance to present-day progress throughout Berkshire County. Mr. Taylor is a son of Henry Seeley (see preceding biography) and Fannie M. (Davis) Taylor, esteemed residents of Pittsfield in a day now gone by. Frank Davis Taylor was born in Lenox, Massachusetts, January 20, 1853. The family removing to Pittsfield when he was two years off age, his education was begun in the public schools of this city, and from boyhood he was interested in the clothing establishment of which his father was the founder. Mr. Taylor was received into the firm in 1876, his father retiring at that time from active participation in its progress. Mr. Taylor’s brother, Henry A. Taylor, also took a share in the interest, but his death in 1885 left Frank Davis Taylor the sole owner of the enterprise, and he has since been at the head. His period of independent activity thus spans nearly fifty years, and at this time...

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Biographical Sketch of Isaac Hamlin

(IV) Isaac, sixth child and fourth son of Deacon Ebenezer and Sarah dewis) Hamlin, was born July 1, 1714, died at Springfield, Massachusetts, 1805. He removed to Wareham where he and his wife were original members of the church in 1739 and where their eldest son Seth was baptized, March 14, 1742. He was dismissed to the Sharon church May 30, 1742. He owned a share in the Sharon Iron Works which he sold in 1749. He removed from Sharon, Connecticut, and his name appears on the records of Lenox, Massachusetts, June 11, 1777, where he bought land and erected a mill. In 1783 he deeded twenty acres of land with grist mill and half a sawmill to Perez and Asa Hamlin my sons.” This will at Lenox Furnace, now (1910) Lenox Dale, was kept in operation for many years and was burned after passing out of the family. Isaac and his wife were admitted to the Lenox Congregational church August 20, 1780, “by recommendation.” He married -Mary Gibbs of Agawam, intentions published September 24, 1737, sister of Ruth Gibbs, wife of his brother Thomas. Children: 1. Seth, of whom further. 2. Isaac, January 10, 1742. 3. Perez, February 3, 1748. 4. John. March 21, 1750. 5. Jehial, October 2, 1751. 6. Jesse, December 17, 1753 7. Cyreneus, August 15, 1755. 8. Mercy, September 8, 1757. 9. Asa, September...

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