This branch of the Hartwell family, nine generations of which are mentioned in this article, is descended from William Hartwell, an immigrant from England, who was one of the founders of old Concord, Massachusetts, and whose posterity are now widely distributed through many states in the Union.
(I) William Hartwell, with several other intelligent Englishmen who were desirour of worshipping unmolested according to the dictates of their conscience, settled in Concord in Sept., 1635. Receving an allotment of land amounting to about nine acres, he erected his dwelling house on the Lexington or old "Bay" road, about one mile east of the public square. He was made freeman in 1642, and in 1653 signed a petition asking the general court to authorize the establishment of the adjoining town of Chelmsford.
As the settlement of Concord advanced in growth and prosperity, his possessions increased, and in 1666, when the board of selectmen found it necessary to make clear the titles and boundaries of each proprietor, he was one of the largest real estate holders in the town, owning nineteen separate tracts, the whole comprising some two hundred and forty-seven acres. Though not conspicuous for his prominence in the town government, he nevertheless fulfilled with marked ability his share of public service, both civil and military, and possessed the confidence of his fellow-townsmen. He was one of a committee of nine, formulated in 1672, for the purpose of framing rules for the guidance of the selectmen; was appointed a corporal in 1671; quartermaster in 1673; and ws subsequently chosen cornet of the Second Troop of Horse, Middlesex county militia.
He was probably about twenty-three years old at the time of his settlement in Concord, and his death occurred March 12, 1690, in the seventy-seventh year of his age.
Jazan, his wife, who was born in England in 1608, died in Concord, Aug. 5, 1695.
1. Sarah, married Benjamin Parker, of Billerica; died July 8, 1674.
3. Samuel, born March 26, 1645; died July 16, 1725.
4. Martha, April 25, 1649; died prior to 1690.
(II) John, eldest child of William and Jazan Hartwell, was born in Concord, Dec. 23, 1640; died Jan. 12, 1702-03. He served in Captain Wheeler's company, which marched to the defence of Quaboag (now Brookfield) during King Philip's war, and in 1689-90 was made a freeman of the colony.
June 1, 1664, he married (first) Priscilla, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wright, who died March 3, 1680-81, and on August 23, 1682, he married (second) her sister Elizabeth. She died Dec. 16, 1704.
1. Ebenezer, born Feb. 28, 1665; died Jan. 1, 1723-24.
2. John, April 15, 1669.
3. Samuel, Oct. 9, 1673; died Dec. 31. 1694.
4. Sarah, Feb. 12, 1676-77; married Ebenezer Lamson.
5. William, Dec. 22, 1678; died July 10, 1762.
6. Joseph, Jan. 24, 1680-81.
7. Elizabeth, Oct. 23, 1683; died young.
8. Elizabeth, Dec. 23, 1684; probably the one who married Samuel Wilson.
10. Jonathan, Feb. 15, 1692, died Oct. 18, 1713.
(III) Edward, son of John and Elizabeth (Wright) Hartwell, was born in Concord, Aug. 23, 1689; died Feb. 17, 1785. In 1707-08 he was a soldier in the colonial forces serving against the allied French and Indians; he was a sergeant in the militia in 1722, and subsequently attained the rank of major.
When a young man he located in Lancaster, Mass., where he married Sarah, daughter of Thomas Wilder, and in 1724 removed to Lunenburg, Mass. A man of gigantic stature and unusual physical strength, his mental powers were equally superior, and possessing a remarkably forcible character he was especially fitted for leadership in a newly settled county. He was therefore one of the most conspicuous figures on the frontier in his day. For many years he acted as a justice of the peace; was judge of the court of common pleas from 1750 to 1762; a member of the committee of safety from 1773 to 1776; and when more than eighty years of age represented Lunenburg in the general court. He lived to be over ninety-five years old, surviving his wife, who died Aug. 7, 1764, aged eighty years.
Jonathan, died young.
(IV) Jonathan, son of Edward and Sarah (Wilder) Hartwell, was born Sept. 21, 1719. He grew to manhood in Lunenburg, where he became an industrious farmer, and like his father he attained an unusually advanced age, dying July 10, 1816, at ninety-six years, nine months and eleven days.
Dec. 3, 1745, he married Elizabeth Tarbell, of Groton, Mass., born April 13, 1729; died Oct. 21, 1819.
(V) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (1) and Elizabeth (Tarbell) Hartwell, was born in Lunenburg, Oct. 25, 1748; died in May 1800. From his native town he went to New Hampshire, locating first in Walpole, and in 1779 removed to Lancaster, settling there as a pioneer. His name appears in a petition for a garrison at Lancaster for protection against hostile savages, and he also petitioned with others for a new road.
He married Nancy Daggett, born in 1753 or 1754, and she survived him many years, dying April 21, 1838.
Nancy, and probably others.
(VI) Alfred, son of Jonathan (2) and Nancy (Daggett) Hartwell, was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire, in 1796. In early life he resided for a time in Bennington, Vermont, going thence to Keeseviklle, N.Y. in 1822, and in 1839 established himself as a woolen manufacturer at Ausable Forks. In 1845 he removed to Plattsburgh, and resided there for the remainder of his life.
He was married in 1819 to Fanny Bronson; her death occurred about 1865.
(VII) William Wallace, son of Alfred and Fanny (Bronson) Hartwell, was born July 28, 1821. He became a prosperous merchant and manufacturer, and was one of the most prominent business men of Plattsburgh and vicinity, carrying on an iron foundry, operating flouring mills, dealing in lumber and conducting an extensive grocery and hardware business. His surplus capital was invested wisely in real estate and in numerous local enterprises which rendered excellent financial returns, and he was connected with various banks.
Mr. Hartwell died in Plattburgh, 1891. He married June 3, 1852, Maria McLean, of Stillwater, N.Y., born Oct. 18, 1829. She became mother of five children, four of whom died unmarried.
(VIII) Chastine, only surviving child of William W. and Maria (McLean0 Hartwell, was born in Plattsburgh, Feb. 17, 1861. She was married in Plattsburgh, Jan. 17, 1889, to Clarkson Crosby Schuyler, M. D., whose line of descent is as follows: (she married (second) Oct. 1909, Walter Geer Rogers of Ausable Forks.)
Dr. Clarkson Crosby Schuyler was a descendant in the seventh generation of Philip Pieteire Van Schuyler (1), a native of Holland, who settled in Albany, N.Y. about the middle of the seventeenth century, was commissioned captain in 1667 and died there May 9, 1683. He married, Dec. 2, 1650, Margarita Van Slechtenhorut. Peter Schuyler (2), son of the immigrant, was born in Albany, Sept. 17, 1657; died there Feb. 19, 1724. In 1686, prior to his thirtieth birthday, he was chosen first mayor of Albany, retaining that office for eight years; was commissioned major in 1688 and subsequently commanded the fort at Albany; rendered other valuable military services and became the trusted friend of the Indians, acquiring great influence over the Five Nations. From 1701 to 1713 he was a member of the New York assembly; was at one time elected president of the King's council and was acting governor in 1719.
In 1681 he married (first) Engeltie Van Schaick, and (second) Sept. 14, 1691, Maria Van Rensselaer.
Peter (3), of Albany, son of Peter and Maria (Van Rensselaer) Schuyler, was born in 1697; died in Albany. He married Catherine Grosbeck.
Philip (4), son of Peter and Catherine (Grosbeck) Schuyler, was born in Albany in 1736; died June 3, 1808. He served as a colonel in the Continental army during the revolutionary war. He married Annatje Wendell.
Hermanus P. (5), son of Philip and Annatje (Wendell) Schuyler, was born in Watervliet, N.Y. in 1769; died there Oct. 13, 1822. He married there Oct. 13, 1822, Sarah Packwood.
Thomas H. (6), son of Hermanus P. and Sarah (Packwood) Schuyler, was born in Watervliet in 1816; died in West Troy, in 1864. He married Angelica Aspinwall.
Clarkson Crosby (7), son of Thomas H. and Angelica (Aspinwall) Schuyler, was born in White Plains, N.Y., Sept. 17, 1850. He was graduated from the medical department of Union University in 1875, and locating for practice in Troy, he became a very prominent physician in that city. Dr. Schuyler died in August. 1904. He was a member of various professional, fraternal and social organizations, and was highly esteemeed by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
In 1880 he married (first) Catherine, daughter of Eben K. Scoville. He married (second) Chastine Hartwell. Mrs. Schuyler married (second) Oct. 1909, Walter Geer Rogers of Ausable Forks.
The Hartwell family in England is traced back to the days of William and Conqueror, who allotted land to one of his followers in Normandy by the name of Hartwell, perhaps the progenitor of all the English families of that name. He must have been born as early as 1050 A.D. Although the American progenitor's ancestry is not definitely known, he is probably a descendant of this ancient family, and he is undoubtedly the ancestor of all the American families of that name.
(I) William Hartwell, immigrant ancestor, was born in England about 1613. He was among the first settlers of Concord, in New England, in 1636, and was admitted a freeman May 18, 1642. He signed a petition for the grant of Chelmsford in 1653. He was commissioned a corporal in 1671 and a quartermaster in 1673. He had a homestead in Concord, a mile east of the common on the road to Lexington, lately occupied by E. W. Bull. In 1666 he owned two hundred and forty-seven acres of land, and was among the largest taxpayers of the town.
He died March 12, 1690, aged seventy-seven years. His wife Jazan deposed May 11, 1675, that she was sixty-seven years old, which would fix her birthday in 1608. She died Aug. 5, 1695.
1. Sarah, died July 8, 1674; married, April 18, 1661, Benjamin Parker, of Billerica.
2. John, mentioned below.
3. Mary, born about 1643, died Feb. 13, 1695-96; married Jonathan Hill.
4. Samuel, born March 26, 1645.
5. Martha, born May 25, 1649, died before 1690.
(II) John, son of William Hartwell, was born Dec. 23, 1640, at Concord, Mass., died Jan. 12, 1702-03. He was a soldier in King Philip's war under Captain Thomas Wheeler, and was in the fight at Brookfield, Mass. He was admitted a freeman March 21, 1689-90.
He married (first) June 1, 1664, Priscilla, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wright. She died March 3, 1680-81. He married (second) Aug. 23, 1682, her sister, Elizabeth Wright.
Children of first wife, born in Concord:
1. Ebenezer, Feb. 28, 1665-66.
2. John, April 15, 1667; mentioned below.
3. Samuel, Oct. 9, 1673.
4. Sarah, Feb. 22, 1678.
5. Joseph, Jan. 16, 1680.
Children of second wife:
9, Edward, 1689.
(III) John (2), son of John (1) Hartwell, was born at Concord, April 15, 1667. He settled in Lebanon, Conn., buying a farm in the south part of the town on Saw Mill river. He married, June 7, 1697, Sarah Shepard, of Concord.
1. John, born July 9, 1698, had a grandson, Dr. Thomas, it is thought, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
2. Sarah, July 28, 1702.
3. Mary, Dec. 23, 1705.
4. Hepzibah, Sept. 2, 1709.
5. Peter, mentioned below.
(IV) Peter, son of John (2) Hartwell, was born in Concord, July 16, 1712. He removed from Lebanon, Conn. after 1738 to Carmel, then in Dutchess county, now the county seat of Putnam county, New York, and died there abouat 1750. Winchell, historian, says he had a second wife. He certainly married, April 22, 1736, Mary Coleman, of Colcheter, born April, 1718.
1. Abraham, mentioned below.
2. Ebenezer, died April 2, 1813, aged sixty-seven; moved to Castleton, Vermont in 1786; was in revolution.
3. Mary, lived at Carmel.
4. Peter, lived at West Granville.
5. Sarah, died March 8, 1836.
James, mentioned below.
(V) Abraham, son of Peter Hartwell, was born June 2, 1743, died Aug. 24, 1820. He married, April 2, 1761, Mary Lawrence of the town of Northeast. He was a soldier in the revolution with the rank of captain, in the Sixth Dutchess County Regiment, and his name appears on the land bounty lists.
In 1790 he was the only head of family of this surname living in the town of Northeast, Dutchess county, N.Y. James, presumably a brother, lived in 1790 in the town of Southeast, same county, and had a family. Peter lived in Washington county in 1790. The only other Hartwell heads of families were David and Thomas, in other parts of the state.
Children of Abraham:
1. Mary, born Feb. 7, 1762.
2. Chloe, Feb. 13, 1764.
3. Charlotte, May 8, 1767.
4. Clarissa, Nov. 10, 1768.
5. Abraham, June 29, 1772, lived at Northeast.
6. Lawrence, Oct. 29, 1779.
7. Mills, July 29, 1782, died Dec. 1, 1793.
8. Thirza, May 7, 1785.
9. Nathaniel, Sept. 29, 1787, died Oct. 10, 1827.
(V) James, son of Peter Hartwell, was born about 1750. He settled in Dutchess county, N.Y. In 1790, according to the first federal census, he had two sons over sixteen, four under sixteen, and two females in his family.
(VI) William, son of James Hartwell, was born in Dutchess county, N.Y., in 1777. He went thence to Denmark in 1814 with wife and children. He was one of the early settlers there and cleared his farm, enduring the hardships and suffering the privations of the pioneers.
He married Elizabeth Cooper, who died Jan. 6, 1871, aged ninety-two years, at Denmark. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and after his death his widow received a soldier's land bounty. He died Sept. 18, 1845.
Children, born in Dutchess county:
1. Ransom, 1797.
2. Hannah, 1799, died April 10, 1880.
3. Morris, July 18, 1801, died Aug. 25, 1880.
4. Abigail L., July 12, 1803.
Born at Denmark:
5. William Jr., Sept. 12, 1806.
6. Laurie, July 27, 1808.
7. James, 1810.
8. Almon, 1812.
9. Charles, 1814.
10. Benjamin D., mentioned below.
(VII) Benjamin D., son of William Hartwell, was born at Denmark, N.Y., Dec. 11, 1817, died Jan. 15, 1881. He was educated in the common schools and in the Denmark Academy. He was for some years employed as clerk in the general store of Bent & Decker at Denmark. He resigned to accept a postiion with the company which was about to try an experiment of using packet boats on the Erie canal to carry mail and passengers, and he had the distinction of being captain of the first boat of this kind plying between Albany and Rome, N.Y.
He afterward went to Illinois and was superintendent of a hardware business owned by his brother. For a period of twenty-three years after that he was in the employ of a transportation company in New York City. He was well and favorably known to the shippers of the metropolis.
On account of ill health he left New York City and returned to Lewis county. In 1876 he was appointed keeper of the Lewis county almshouse and asylum and manager of the county farm, and held that position for three years to the entire satisfaction of the authorities and others concerned. In every position that he filled, indeed, he exhibited those qualities that command success, faithfulness, consideration of the opinion of others and marked executive ability.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. In politics he was a Democrat, in religion a Universalist.
He married, Dec. 20, 1858, Anna Falcom Bent, at Denmark. She was educated at Denmark Academy and ranked high in scholarship. She began to teach school at the age of fourteen and was the first teacher in the town of Montague. She completed her schooling at the Clinton Seminary. In 1884-85, she taught in Winfield, Kansas.
She married (second) a Mr. Edwards, who died shortly afterward. She was a daughter of Abel and Sally (Bedell) Bent, born July 26, 1838, at Denmark, N.Y., granddaughter of Peter and Hannah (Farwell) Bent. Peter Bent came to Denmark from Mount Holly, Vermont, and was one of the early settlers. Abel was the second white child born in the town. He was born July 1, 1802, died at Deer River in 1880.
Sally (Bedell) Bent was born in 1799, died in 1860. Abel Bent studied law when a young man, and devoted much of his time to that profession. He was a lifelong student and his mind was stored with a wealth of general knowledge.
Benjamin D. and Anna F. (Bent) Hartwell had children:
1. Abe Arlington, born Jan. 20, 1860, died April , 1860.
2. Anna Virginia, Feb. 28, 1861.
3. Benjamin Vernon (twin of Anna V.), died Sept., 1861.
4. Harry Arthur, born April 1, 1863.
Anna Virginia Hartwell married Frank A. Dexter in 1883; children: Vera Lavina Dexter, born Feb. 13, 1887; Frances Alberta Dexter, Nov. 22, 1898; Lorna Antoinette Dexter, April 17, 1900.
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