Location: Wareham Massachusetts

Descendants of William Swift of Sandwich, MA

William Swift, the founder of the family on Cape Cod, was a native of Bocking, County of Essex, England, and came to New England in 1634, stopping first at Watertown, of which he was a proprietor in 1636. He sold his property there in 1637 and removed to Sandwich, where he spent the remainder of his life and where he died about 1641. His wife Joan bore him two children, William and Hannah, and after the death of her husband she married Daniel Wing, Nov. 5, 1642. She died Jan. 31, 1664.

William Swift (2), son of William, born in England, came to the New World with his parents and settled at Sandwich, Barnstable county. He represented his town in the General Court, 1673, 1674, 1677 and 1678. He died in the latter part of 1705.

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Stetson Family of Bridgewater, MA

The Stetson family of Bridgewater is one of the oldest and most prominent in that section of the State, and it has for upward of two centuries been identified with the manufacturing interests of the town, its representatives being the founders of the iron industry of Bridgewater. Especial reference is made to Capt. Abisha Stetson, who was one of the first to engage in the iron business; his son, Nahum Stetson, whose name was a household word in his native town, and who by his great foresight, enterprise and progressive ideas built up the great Bridgewater Iron Works; and the latter’s sons and grandsons, all men of substance and good citizenship.

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Knowles Family of New Bedford, MA

The family bearing this name in New Bedford, where it is one of nearly one hundred years’ standing one, too, of prominence and wealth, is a branch of the ancient Knowles family of the town of Eastham, Barnstable county, this Commonwealth. Reference is made to some of the descendants of the brothers Thomas and James H. Knowles of Eastham, several of whose sons – at least two of the former and one of the latter – in their earlier manhood cast their lot with the people of New Bedford. The firm of Thomas Knowles & Co. for many years was one of the greatest engaged in the whale fishery business in New Bedford; and its members in turn have been succeeded in business by younger generations who have most worthily worn the family name and sustained its reputation; and today the name continues of record in and about the city of their birth connected prominently with many of the most extensive commercial establishments and banking institutions of the locality.

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1867 Wareham Massachusetts General Directory

Adams Thomas C. saloonkeeper Alden Addison, farmer Alden Joseph A. farmer Babcock Milton, blacksmith Barker Charles, carder Barker Leonard, nailer Barker Rufus S. mason Barrows Abishai, depot master Barrows Hiram, wheelwright Barrows Hiram W. wheelwright Barrows Isaac, nailer Barrows Isaac F. nailer Barrows Wm. carpenter Bartlett John M. clerk Bartlett Lewis H. merchant Bartlett Zephaniah, hostler Barnes Elmer Bassett S. C. depot master Bassett Washington, depot master Bates Leonard Bates William, Justice of the Peace Benson Eleal, teamer Benson Elnathan Benson John W. farmer Benson Lothrop W. moulder Benson Marcus M. nailer Benson Martin V. B. clerk Benson William, cooper Bent George W. shingler Bent Isaac, blacksmith Bent Isaac B. stove dealer Bent Lewis, blacksmith Besse Albert S. nailer Besse Alden, sea captain Besse Alvin F. mariner Bosse Augustus F. nailer Besse Benjamin F. nailer Besse Charles F. nailer Besse Charles F. 2d, trader Besse Charles H. mariner Besse David, sea captain Besse Earl G. nailer Besse Edward A. laborer Besse Elisha G. nailer Besse Emerson F. nailer Besse Ichabod, nailer Besse John G. wood chopper Besse John M. nailer Besse Joshua B. mariner Besse Josiah C. teamer Besse Josiah U. jr. teamer Besse Lothrop A. nailer Besse Lothrop A. 2d, merchant Besse Obed B. carpenter Besse Rodolphus, expressman Besse Samuel C. nailer Besse Samuel S. nailer Besse Seth C. sea captain Besse Sidney C. nailer Besse Silas, nailer...

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Descendants of Samuel Sturtevant

(1) Samuel Sturtevant, the immigrant ancestor of the family, was at Plymouth, Mass., as early as May 3, 1642; married in Plymouth in 1643, to Ann (surname unknown). ISSUE: Ann, b. June 4, 1647. John, b. Oct. 17, 1650. (2) Samuel, Jr., b. April 19, 1654; d. April 21, 1736. Hannah, b. Sept. 4, 1658. John, b. Sept. 4, 1655. James, b. Feb. 11, 1660. Joseph, b. July 16. 1666. Mary, b. Dec. 7 , 1668. Lydia, b. Dec. 13, 1670. (2) Dacon Samuel Sturtevant, Jr., b. April 19, 1654: d. April 21. 1736. His will is recorded at Plymouth Probate Court 1736, as of Halifax, Mass., in which he mentions his wife, Elizabeth, and children, but the records do not give many of the dates of deaths or marriages. Married Elizabetht 1676 (surname unknown). ISSUE William b.1678. Marcy, b. 1680. Samuel, b. 1682; m. Mary Price, Jan. 20, 1706. Hannah, b. 1684. Nehimiah, b. 1686. James, b.1688. Josiah, b. 1690. John, b. Feb. 10, 1692. (3) Moses, b. June 15, 1695. (3) Moses Sturtevant of Wareham, Mass., b. June 15, 1695; m. Elizabeth Howell, June 16, 1720, daughter of Thos. Howell of Mansfield, Mass. ISSUE Abigail, b. 1721. Joseph, b. 1723. Moses, b. 1725. Marcy, b. 1729. (4) Consider, b. April 5, 1733; d. Feb. 10, 1805. (4) Consider Sturtevant of Wareham, Mass., served as a soldier during...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Thomas Wellman

Wellman, Samuel Thomas; mechanical engineer; born, Wareham, Mass., Feb. 5, 1847; son of Samuel K, and Mary L. Besse Wellman; educated, Norwich University, Vermont, B. S. and C. E. (hon.); married, Stoneham, Mass., Sept. 3, 1868, Julia A. Ballard; issue, Mina Bessie, Aug. 11, 1870, Addle Lena, June 1, 1872, Wm. S., Nov. 1, 1874, Holley G., May 19, 1881, Frederick S., Dec. 8, 1887; served as corporal Co. F, 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, 18641865; built first open hearth furnace in United States to make steel commercially, Bay State Works, Boston, 1870; engineer and supt. Otis Steel Co., 18731889, building it from the ground up; organized Wellman, Seaver Engineering Co., 1896, now Wellman, Seaver, Morgan inventor of the open hearth charging machine, and of the application of the lifting magnet to the handling of iron and steel, both of these inventions in use in every important steel mill in the world, saving millions of dollars a year; 19001901, pres. of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; chairman of directors of The Wellman, Seaver, Morgan Co.; pres. Wellman Bronze Co.; director Daw Chemical Co., and The Caxton Building Co.; member American Society Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Mining Engineers, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Electric Chemical Society; belongs to Union and Rowfant...

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Agawam Tribe

Agawam Indians (Agawom) (fish-curing [place]), Hewitt. A name of frequent occurrence in south New England and on the Long Island, and by which was designated at least 3 Indian villages or tribes in Massachusetts. The most important was at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. The site was sold by the chief in 1638. Its jurisdiction included the land on Newbury River, and the tribe was a part of the Pennacook confederacy. It was almost extinct in 1658, but as late as 1726 there were still 3 families living near Wigwam hill. The second tribe or band of that name had its chief town on Long hill, near Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Springfield was sold in 1635 and the Indian town was in existence in 1675. This tribe was commonly classed with the Pacomtuc. The third tribe or band was about Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the site of which was sold in 1655. It was probably subject to the Wampanoag, but joined in the plot against the English in...

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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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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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