Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Hampshire County Location

Hampshire County Location

Hampshire County Towns

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I'm a Holyoke expat now living in New York City. This site contains interesting edited reproductions of text and images about subjects and places I love: history and genealogy of Western Massachusetts.

December 14, 2017

Down Time

Apologies about the down time — I returned home on 17 Dec from a one-week vacation to learn all sites were down. Our hosting company had decided to abandon the business without warning.

The owner of that hosting service apparently has not only double- and triple-billed people but also left a lot of clients hanging because all site data is inaccessible. Other customers have lost everything and there is some speculation the owner is now in the process of launching a new hosting service! While fortunately I keep good backups, it has still taken this long to move all my domains and upload sites to a host who has been around awhile and who we expect to offer stability. So, if you see the name Javier Vidueira associated with any web hosting service, look elsewhere. Trust me on this.

Please bear with me if you notice some minor problems — they are being fixed.

Thank you for your patience — and Happy New Year to each one of you!

New! Hampshire County Town Profiles

History And Antiquities of Every Town In Massachusetts by John Warner Barber was published in 1848. This is an edited version of the Hampshire County section of the book. Interesting and brief profiles, though in many cases the author has included some tombstone transcriptions and historic description relevant to the town. Read more ...

In the Shadow of the Dam

In the Shadow of the Dam On May 16, 1874, the Williamsburg reservoir dam broke, sending an avalanche of water from the Mill River over five villages that lined the valley in western Massachusetts. The Skinner family was affected by this event and by 1876 William Skinner had mills located in Holyoke. Highly recommended fo anyone interested in western MA history — add this book to your library now, while it is still available.

Tombstone Inventory, Precious Blood Cemetery

Tombstone Inventory, Precious Blood Cemetery, South Hadley, MA. A complete index to tombstones (including photographs) located in Precious Blood Cemetery, founded in 1873. This cemetery was under the auspices of the former Precious Blood Church of Holyoke, MA and has close connections to that city (located in nearby Hampden County). No longer in existence today, Precious Blood was a Roman Catholic French church and served an early congregration that was comprised mostly of Canadian immigrants. Over 2000 burials recorded from existing tombstones.

The Regicides in New England

The Regicides in New England, By Frederick Hull Cogswell —1893 article on the New England regicides — Edward Whalley and William Goffe — who had served as judges at the impeachment trial of Charles I in England. When Charles II was restored to the throne, Whalley and Goffe were summoned before Parliament, and fearing for their lives, fled England arriving in Boston 1660 as fugitives.

Easthampton, Mass

Easthampton, Mass, by L. S. Smith—A 1904 article originally published in New England Magazine, describes the founding and development of the town, located in Hampshire County. Profile of leading citizens, including the Willistons and Williston Academy; early slaughter and kidnapping of settlers by non-local Native American tribe, churches, schools, businesses and more.

Tombstone Inventory, Hockanum Cemetery

Tombstone Inventory, Hockanum Cemetery—established in 1767, this cemetery is located on Route 47 in Hadley, close to the South Hadley line. Images and memorial transcriptions recorded from all currently existing tombstones.

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