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History of Hadley,
The Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst, & Granby.
Genealogies of Hadley
Embracing the early settlers of the towns of
Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst, and Granby
From its founding to c.1860
Order item B605
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These records were excerpted and reprinted from the 1905 edition of Sylvester Judd's History of Hadley.
From the book's introduction:
The material for the following pages has been drawn from every available source. Town, county, probate, church, and family records have been examined with the utmost care, and the moss-grown and crumbling tomb-stones of all the old burying yards within the limits of ancient Hadley, have been carefully deciphered. I may safely say, that prior to 1700, the records of but few towns were more carefully kept than those of Hadley, and although since that time, until within about twenty years, the records are less complete, it is thought that in few works of this character are so many of the families traced back to the first settlers of the town, as in this.
The plan adopted in the arrangement of the families is so simple as to be readily understood by all familiar with genealogical tables. For the information of others, it is only necessary to explain, that the figures which precede the names of individuals denote their place in the series, and those which follow point back to the place in the series where the paternal ancestor is to be found. For example, in the family of Barnard, we read, "5. John, s. of Joseph, (4.)" The figure 5 denotes that this is the fifth family described; and the figure (4) refers back to the fourth family, on examining which we find that John was born Nov. 19, 1696. By observing this rule, it will be easy to trace any family back to the first ancestor in the town.
In justice to myself, and as an apology for the delay in putting these genealogies to press, I ought to remark, that Mr. Judd left his minutes of Hadley settlers in quite a confused state, not having taken the first step towards preparing them for the printer, and hence the labor of arranging them has been four-fold what I had anticipated. Having however, at length compared with the original records every date in regard to which I was at all in doubt, and arranged the same with care, I have the satisfaction of submitting the work to the public, with the feeling that it will be found, in the main, accurate and reliable.
L. M. BOLTWOOD.
AMHERST, June, 1862.
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