History of Easthampton, Massachusetts
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History of Easthampton,
Massachusetts - Payson W. Lyman. Payson Lyman's diminutive history of
the town of Easthampton, Massachusetts, one of the four "Hamptons" situated in
the western part of the state, was published in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Although Easthampton was not incorporated as a town until 1785, the author
traces its beginnings to 1664, when the earliest British inhabitants are known
to have occupied the site. The history of the Congregationalist Church in
Easthampton, including the establishment of the Williston Seminary, is
summarized, as is that of the more recent Methodist Church, many of whose
followers were employed in Easthampton's textile factories. The progress of the
public schools, industry and agriculture, and libraries and public houses
(taverns) takes up the middle third of the volume. The genealogist may wish to
home in on various lists of office holders-elective and appointed-as well as a
lengthy chapter on Easthampton's service in the Civil War. Virtually every
person who participated in the conflict is identified by his company and dates
of service, and those Union soldiers from Easthampton who paid the supreme
sacrifice are described in some detail. Mr. Lyman's history concludes with
detailed genealogical sketches of the following founding families: Chapman,
Clapp, Clark, Ferry, Hannum, Hendrick, Janes, Knight, Ludden, Lyman, Parsons,
Phelps, Pomeroy, White, Williston, Wood, and Wright. Includes a 52 page
genealogical register. (1886), reprint, cloth, new index, 200 pp.
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