ALBERT HENRY WARREN STIMSON – After a rich experience in the business world, Albert Henry Warren Stimson, of Northampton Massachusetts, since 1909 has followed farming and become not only one of the prosperous farmers of the vicinity but a man active in community affairs and highly regarded by all his fellow citizens. He is the descendant of a very old New England family, which traces back to early Colonial days.
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(I) The surname Stimson is in its origin identical with Stephenson, Stevenson and Stimpson, and in its various forms is common in England and Scotland and of very ancient usage. The first members of the family of whom there is record in America are James and Naomi Stimson who werd to be found in Reading, Massachusetts, in 1638.
(II) Dr. James Stimson, son of James and Naomi Stimson, was a resident of Reading. He married, in 1661, Mary Liffingwell, and they were the parents of twelve children. James Stimson was a physician.
(III) Dr. James Stimson, son of Dr. James and Mary (Liffingwell) Stimson, and like his father a physician,, was born in 1669. There is proof that he moved from Lynn, Massachusetts, to Tolland County, Connecticut, prior to 1716, and on June 21, 1720, he received a grant of county land from the General Assembly. He was the first resident physician of that vicinity. He married (first) Sarah Upton, (second) Hannah Stearns, and was the father of six children.
(IV) Ichabod Stimson, son of Dr. James Stimson, born January 22, 1713. He married, February 28, 1740, Mary Park, and was the father of six children.
(V) Joseph Stimson, son of Ichabod and Mary (Park) Stimson, was born in Tolland, Connecticut, January 12, 1746, and died July i, 18so. He settled in Monson, Massachusetts. He married, in 1771, Rebecca Williams who died in August, 1828. They had eleven children.
(VI) Rufus Stimson, son of Joseph and Rebecca (Williams) Stimson, was born in Tolland, Connecticut, February 20, 1781, and died January 18, 1821. In 1810 he with his brother Noah came to Palmer, Massachusetts. He married Polly Fuller, who died January 15, 1863, and they were the parents of five children: Rachel, Horace, Pauline, Joseph Williams, of whom further, and Rufus A.
(VII) Joseph Williams Stimson, son of Rufus and Polly (Fuller) Stimson, was born at Palmer, Massachusetts, in 1812, died there at the age of seventy-four years, having been a farmer all his life. He married Lucia Whitaker and they had eight children: Horace Williams, of whom further; Pelina, Jennie, Ida, Martha, Mattie, Henry and Warren.
(VIII) Horace Williams Stimson, son of Joseph Williams and Lucia (Whitaker) Stimson, was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, November 8, 1840, and died there in 1913. He was a contractor and builder, and very prominent in local affairs; also he was a veteran of the Civil War and active in the Grand Army of the Republic. He married, March 28, 1867, Harriet A. Hunt, of Palmer, daughter of Harding and Abigail (Hubbard) Hunt; they were the parents of eight children: Rufus Whitaker born February zo, 1868; Cyrus Flint, born April i, 1870; Joseph Hayden, born November 18, 1871; Albert Henry Warren, of whom further; Harriet L., born 1877, deceased; William H., born 1880, deceased; Helen, married John Short; and Silas Newton.
(IX) Albert Henry Warren Stimson, son of Horace Williams and Harriet A. (Hunt) Stimson, was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, October 14, 1873. He received his education in the public schools of Palmer and Monson. For several he was engaged in stone construction work, and in this connection built many dams for water power and put in the stone foundation for the Sagawa Hotel in Lynn, among other projects of a similar nature. He had charge of Senator Prescott’s estate in Grafton, Massachusetts, for a period of four years, for one year had charge of the town farm and was with the Boston Street Railway Company for several years. In 1895 he came to Northampton and carried on an extensive business in the contracting line, specializing in sidewalks, curbing and the like. Since 1909 he has devoted himself to farming raising particularly com, potatoes and tobacco, with about ten acres in tobacco each year. Mr. Stimson takes a prominent part in local affairs, being a member of the City Council from Ward Four, and active on the traffic and transportation committee. He is a director in the Easthampton Milk Association; a member of the Grange, of the Sons of Veterans, and of the Junior Order United American Mechanics.
He married, November 26, 1895, Sarah E. Kingsley, of Becket, Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph and Sarah P. (Wells) Kingsley; they have three children: 1. Newell Charles, born October 19, 1896; he married Marion Edwards, and they have two children : Newell James, born May 7, 1920, and Dorothy Louise, born October 28, 1924. 2 Vera Kingsley, born March 12, 1898; married John Ewing, and they have a son, David W., born October 9, 1922. 3. Joseph Williams, born August 14, 1900; he married Josephine Sherman, and they have two children : Joseph W, Jr., born March 16, 1922, and John Warren, born June 6, 1923.