River Days

Regicides and the Execution of Charles I

Descendant of a Regicide

Amherst And Hadley, MA Vol. 2

Hadley, Massachusetts
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Town Clerk
Town of Hadley
100 Middle Street
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: (413) 584-1590
Fax: (413) 586-5661

On-Site Resources

Profile of the Town of Hadley
A brief introduction to early Hadley, extracted and edited from “History And Antiquities of Every Town In Massachusetts” by John Warner Barber, 1848. Includes some early town history and names of many early settlers.

The Regicides in New England, By Frederick Hull Cogswell
This is a 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.

An Unpublished Legend of the Regicides, By Helen Evertson Smith
This is a 1904 article on the New England regicides, the mystery as seen by the eyes of (then child) Rev. Samuel Russell of Hadley, MA.

Molly Webster, a poem by Julia Bayne Taft.
Molly Webster is a poem about Mary (Molly) Webster, the Hadley witch. Mary was tried and acquitted in Boston for witchcraft, predating the Salem witchcraft trials.

Tombstone Inventory, Hockanum Cemetery, Hadley, MA.
Complete with photographs and incriptions. This is an old burying ground, located in Hadley close to the South Hadley town line. Established in 1767. Predominant family names include Barstow, Bartlett, Johnson, Lyman, Richardson, Russell and Thayer, plus many others

Coming soon! —
A brief historic profile of Hadley, extracted from Volume II of History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, by Louis H. Everts, 1879. Topics include geographical, natural features, early settlement, military, list of selectmen and town clerks, churches, schools, burial-places, industries, Hadley's military record in the Rebellion.

Off-Site Links

Official Hadley Home Page

Hadley Census, 1790

Hadley Profile (PDF Format). Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

Commonwealth Community Profile & Links related to the town including addresses of libraries.

Hampshire County
Western Mass History & Genealogy

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Last Update 29 Apr 2006