NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The surname Harrington is spelled Herington, Errington and Arrington in the early records of this country as well as of England, and even at the present time this variation is spelling is found. The surname is of local origin, the final syllable indicating a town or village. There are parishes of Harrington at the present time in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. There is a parish of Arrington in Cambidge, for even in ancient days the Englishman dropped his "h"s and in Yorkshire there is a parish of Errington.
The family is large in England. An important branch has its origin in the parish of Errington and Beaford, Northumberland, and bears arms: Argent wo bars in chief three escallops azure. Crest: A cock gules combed and wattled sable. At Walwich Grand and High Warden county, Northumerland, a branch of the family traces its descent from Gerard Errington, of Woolwich Grange, at the time of Henry VIII. The spelling Harrington is most favored in England, as well as America. Many of them bore coats-of-arms, the Harringtons of Essex county: Sable a fret argent charged with nine fleur-dis-lis gules; and families bearing arms have lived or are living at Bangworth, county Leicester; Hanwell, county Middlesex; Stepney, county Middlesex; Bishtoh county, Salop; Kelston county Somerset and others.
Robert de Haverington, son of Osulphus or Oswulf, who held the manor of Flemingby in the time of Richrad I, had a great grandson, Robert de Haverington, or Harington, who removed to Aldington, Lancashire. The name Robert has been continued in this family, and some writers believe the Watertown settler a descendant of this branch of the English family.
(I) Robert Harrington, the immigrant ancestor, was in Watertown, Mass., as early as 1642-44, when he appears as a proprietor. He then owned a homestall given him by Thomas Hastings. This gift renders it probable that he was a relative of Deacon Hastings. He was admitted a freeman May 27, 1663. He held various town offices in Watertown and was a man of prominence. He was a mill owner. In his will, dated Jan. 1, 1704-5, he mentions his sons John, Daniel, Benjamin, Samuel, Thomas, Edwin (his youngest son to whom he gave the homestead) and daughters Susannah Beers, Mary Bemis, Sarah Winship; daughter-in-law Joanna Ward, late wife of his son Joseph. His inventory mentions sixteen lots of land, amounting to six hundred and seventeen pounds. His homestead, bought Dec. 24, 1684, of Jeremiah Dummer, a goldsmith of Boston, for ninety pounds, comprised the westerly half, some two hundred and fifty acres of the Oldham farm, and it is interesting to note that his farm on the Charles is or was recently owned by descendants, having been kept in the family continuously.
He married, Oct. 1, 164_, Susanna George, born 1632, died July 6, 1694, daughter of John George.
1. Susanna, born Aug. 18, 1649; married, Feb. 9, 1671, John Cutting; (second) April 21, 1690, Eliezer Beers; (third) Jan. 2, 1704-5, Peter Cloyes, of Framington.
2. John, Aug. 24, 1651, mentioned below.
3. Robert, Aug. 31, 1653 , probably died young.
4. George, Nov. 24, 1655; member of Captain Wadsworth's company, and was killed by Indians at Lancaster, 1675-6.
5. Daniel, Nov. 1, 1657.
6. Joseph, Dec. 28, 1659; admitted freeman April 18, 1690.
7. Benjamin, Jan. 26, 1661-2; died 1724.
8. Mary, Jan. 12, 1663-4; married about 1680, John Bemis.
9. Thomas, April 20, 1665; admitted freeman April 18, 1690; died March 29, 1712.
10. Samuel, Dec. 18, 1666.
11. Edward, March 2, 1668-9.
12. Sarah, March 10, 1670-1; married Nov. 24, 1687, Joseph Winship Jr., of Cambridge.
13. David, June 1, 1673; died March 11, 1675-6.
(II) John, son of Robert Harrington, was born Aug. 24, 1651, in Watertown, and married, Nov. 17, 1681, Hannah, daughter of John Winter Jr., of Watertown, afterwards of Camebrige Farms. She died July 17, 1741, and her husband, Aug. 24, 1741, in Waltham.
1. Hannah, born Aug. 9, 1682.
2. John, October, 1684, mentioned below.
3. Mary, May 11, 1687.
4. Lydia, baptized March 2, 1689-90.
5. George (?)
6. James, April 2, 1695.
7. Patience, baptized Oct. 10, 1697.
8. Ann, baptized March 31, 1700.
9. Sarah, March 6, 1701-02.
10. Ruth, Jan. 24, 1704-05.
11-12. Josiah and Joshua (twins), June 12, 1709.
(III) John (2), son of John (1) Harrington, was born October, 1684, in Watertown, and married April 12, 1705, Elizabeth, daughter of William and Rebecca (Rolfe) Cutter, of Cambridge Farms (Lexington), where he settled. She was born March 5, 1680-81. He came to Lexington, Mass. in 1713, and resided there, near Hancock Hill. He died in Lexington, Nov. 29, 1750.
1. Richard, born at Watertown, Sept. 26, 1707.
2. Moses, Jan. 6, 1709-10.
3. Henry, Jan. 8, 1711-12, mentioned below.
4. John, March 22, 1713-14.
5. Hannah, baptized in Watertown, Feb. 20, 1714-15.
6. William, Feb. 4, 1716-17.
7. Abigail, Dec. 14, 1718.
8. Caleb, July 13, 1721.
(IV) Henry, son of John (2) Harrington, was born at Watertown, Mass. Jan. 8, 1711-12. He married at Lexington, June 4, 173_, Sarah Laughton, who died May 16, 1760, daughter of Deacon John and Sarah Laughton. He married (second) Abigail ____, widow of Ebenezer Blodgett, who died Jan. 23, 1820, at the age of ninety-four years.
He died Dec. 25, 1791, aged eightly.
He is said to have been in the revolution, doubtless during the fighting of April 19, 1775.
Children, born at Lexington:
1. Sarah, born Sept. 17, 1735.
2. Henry, Aug. 27, 1737.
3. Jeremiah, 1741.
4. John, 1743, mentioned below.
5. Jonathan, 1745.
6. Thomas, 1738.
7. Elizabeth, Sept. 17, 1750.
8. William, March 18, 1752.
9. Moses, March 23, 1754.
10. Mary, April 19, 1756.
11. Ebenezer, May 15, 1760.
(V) John (3), son of Henry Harrington, was born at Lexington in 1743. He was a soldier in the revolution, in Captain Parker's company in the battle of Lexington, and later the same year in Captain John Bridge's company, Colonel Eleazer Brook's regiment, in 1776; and perhaps had other service.
He moved to Deering, New Hampshire, in 1783.
He married, at Lexington, Dec. 3, 1763, Mary, daughter of John Wootton, an Englishman, shipmaster, who made twenty-two voyages to Surinam.
Children, born at Lexington:
Abigail, born March 3, 1765.
Sarah, Feb. 17, 1766.
John, Feb. 1, 1770.
Stephen, Nov. 22, 1774.
Rebecca, May 3, 1781.
William, mentioned below.
(VI) William, son of John (3) Harrington, was born at Lexington, Nov. 21, 1779, according to town records. He moved to Plymouth, Chenango county, New York, where he followed farming. He married, at Salem, Oct. 9, 1800, Betsy Hemingway, born at Salem, Mass. Jan. 9, 1785.
Children, born at Salem, Mass.:
Alphonso, March 30, 1802.
Laura, March 31, 1803.
William Albert, May 25, 1805.
Children born at Plymouth, N.Y.:
Caliata A., June 14, 1807.
Julia Ann, May 2, 1809.
Melza Wootton, July 6, 1811.
James Henry, Aug. 9, 1813.
Marcius P., Nov. 24, 1815.
Aordus, Dec. 20, 1817.
Orson, Dec. 17, 1820.
Orlando, mentioned below.
(VII) Orlando, son of William Harrington, was born May 24, 1822, in Plymouth, Chenango county, N.Y. He was educated in the common schools of his native town and has followed farming in his native town all his life. He also dealt in cattle.
His religion was Methodist.
He died in August, 1864.
He married (first) Hannah Brown; (second) Jane Knowles, born June 2, 1830, died Nov. 9, 1887, at Smyrna, N.Y., daughter of William and Olive Wilcox Knowles. Olive was a daughter of Hopson Wilcox, of Exeter, Washington county, Rhode Island. children: Robert, Russell, Hazard, Betsy and Olive Wilcox.
Children of Olive and William Wilcox were: Norah, Ann and Jane Knowles.
Jane (Knowles) Harrington married (second) Elijah Goodrich.
Children of Orlando and Hannah Harrington, born at Plymouth, N.Y.:
Herbert Orson, lives at North Egremont, Mass.
Charles, a merchant and miller at Plymouth, N.Y.
Eva Tillinghast, resides at Oneonta, N.Y.
Child of second wife:
Orlando, mentioned below.
(VIII) Orlando (2), son of Orlando (1) Harrington, was born in Smyrna, Chenango county, N.Y., July 29, 1864. His father died when he was an infant. He was educated in the common schools of his native town. He worked at farming during his youth. In 1890 he went to work in a creamery at Conway, Mass., and a year later removed to Jacksonville, Vermont, where he was employed in the same line of business. Then he was employed in a co-operative creamery at Easthampton, Mass.
In 1898 he bought a creamery business at North Bangor, New York, and engaged in business on his own account. He lost his plant by fire April 21, 1904, but immediately rebuilt it. In 1907 he changed his plant to a condensary, which is known as the Franklin County Creamery and Condensed Milk Company, and he was the first and still (1910) is the only man engaged in the business of condensing milk in Franklin county. He has recently built a seventy-foor stack for his factory and made extensive improvements with new machinery, which makes it a thoroughly modern equipment throughout. The business has proven so prosperous that he has built a new plant at Fort Covington, New York, which was started about Oct. 1, 1910.
He is a member of the Masonic lodge of North Bangor, N.Y., of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 89; of the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry; of the Knights of Honor.
He is a prominent member of the Methodist church, and one of the trustees.
He married, June 11, 1882, Cora A. Richardson, born at Georgetown, N.Y. Aug. 1, 1864, daughter of Albert and Melvina (Coy) Richardson, granddaughter of Aldine and Sophia (Coy) Richardson. Her father was a native of Connecticut.
Their only child is Martha Jane, born in Plymouth, July 30, 1885, married, Oct. 7, 1908, to Ernest Thurgood, born at Bombay, N.Y., associated in business with Mr. Harrington. His father was born in England.
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