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Frederick Judson “Fred” Hoagland 1880–1961 — Founder of the Yellow Cab Company in Elgin, Illinois

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Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND

1880–1961

 My Great Grandfather

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Frederick Judson “Fred” Hoagland, founded Yellow Cab Company in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, Pedigree

My connection:
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me 
The daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

“Fred J. Hoagland”as written by my grandmother, his daughter, Helen Marie Hoagland about 1950:
“He attended the same grade school I did, George P. Lord, also the same high school. We had a few of the same teachers. He excelled in mathematics and business. He had a great love of dogs. When I was born he had a Dalmatian named Tony who went everywhere he did. Tony lived until I was about age 15. Dad attended the Baptist Church and Sunday School when he was a boy. 
When my father was a young man, a popular weekend trip was by boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1905, he met my mother Mabel Gladys Hawley on one of these excursions. He has told me that he was attracted to her because she was the most beautiful girl on the boat! They were surprised to find each other afterward on the train to Elgin after the boat, as he said they were each playing a little deception game whereby each had considered it a ‘shipboard romance’ only.
They were married June 12, 1906, on his 26th birthday, at the First Methodist Church in Elgin with the most beautiful wedding of the Elgin 1930’s. I was told repeatedly of the beauty of my mother on her wedding day, by people who remembered her when I was a girl.
My father became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1904 at the age of 24 and was a member for 56 years. On his 50th Anniversary as a member, he was honored by the Shrine Temple of Chicago with a life membership. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Elgin Lodge 117 AF & AM.
My father was in business with his father with the livery from 1900-1913, when he established the Hoagland Taxicab Co., starting the business with five cars. In 1919, he founded the Elgin Yellow Cab Company and introduced the first cab meters in that part of the country. The rate at that time was 25 cents first mile and 10 cents every 2/5 mile thereafter. Dad drove his own cab from 1913-1946. In all that time, he had never been ‘held up’ or delivered even one baby. His peak day was in 1922, when he grossed $125 on a trip to Chicago and then to Rockford. In 1946, he also purchased the Terminal Cab Company. Shortly afterward, he installed two-way radios in all of his cabs. When he passed away in 1961, there were nearly 30 radio equipped cars. After 1948, his son Charles F. Hoagland was engaged in the business but Dad still had it at his fingertips in his office and at home, where he listened to the business over the radio. His pleasure of the day became visiting the office and going to the bank. On his death, his son Charles and his associates purchased the business, so as long as the Elgin Yellow Cab Company is in existence, Fred Hoagland’s memory will be perpetuated. (Some of this information came from an article which appeared in the American Taxicab Association News on his 50th year in business in 1950.
My parents were divorced in the late 1930’s and my father remarried in 1944 to Mary Wells, who had for years worked for him. She became a kind companion and a loving wife until his death February 3, 1961, after a stroke weeks prior.
He was a great lover of dogs all of his life, so I must mention his last pet, a Boxer named “Taxi,” a handsome dog that gave my father great pleasure since 1951. When Dad went for a ride, “Taxi” was always there and went with him to California and to Mississippi to visit children and grandchildren. Most of my life, when I saw my father he was with his dog. Tony, Freida, Jiggs, Smoke, and Little Keith were some of the dogs that we learned to love because they were Dad’s.

Fred Judson Hoagland written by Grandson Frank H. Bosworth – 1985: 

I became first truly aware of my grandfather as a real person, when he was able to spend time with me after our 1947 Kankakee, Illinois auto accident.  I’ll always remember his looking to be about 7 feet tall at my hospital bedside, standing net to my Uncle Bob Mogler.  He lit a cigar and offered one to me before he thought of my age (14), looked piercingly at me, and asked if I smoked.  I stated that I did not and his penetrating eyes that were kindly but seemed to see through me, he chuckled and smiled and said, “You’d better not!”  He really loved my mom, my brother, and me.  He later came to the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, to see us with his dogs “Taxi” and “Chevy”-a matching pair of beautiful boxers.



When Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND was born on June 12, 1880, in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, his father, Samuel, was 24 and his mother, Maria, was 25.

Fred was a resident of Elgin, Illinois, all his life.

Fred attended George P. Lord Grade School & went to high school.

He married Mabel Gladys Hawley on June 9, 1906, at the First Methodist Church in Elgin, Illinois and they had six children together:

Helen Marie Hoagland 1907-1965
Richard Samuel Hoagland 1909-1952
Charles Frederick Hoagland 1913-2009
Edyth Louise Hoagland 1915-1998
Robert Judson Hoagland 1917-1975
Ruth Lucille Hoagland 1920-2012

Fred and Mabel were divorced on April 6, 1938, in Elgin, Illinois, when he was 57 years old. He then married Mary Wells.

Fred founded the Elgin Yellow Cab Company in Elgin and introduced the first cab meters in that part of the country. In 1946, he added the Terminal Cab Company to his business.

According to my family history notes, Fred was a “great dog lover all his life.” 

Fred attended the Baptist church.

Fred was a member of the Masons through the Elgin Lodge 117 AF & AM Masonic Lodge for 56 years. As a Master Mason, he was part of the Freemasonry appendant bodies called the Scottish Rite. He was honored by the Shrine Temple of Chicago with a life membership.

He died on February 2, 1961, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 80, and was buried there in the Bluff City Cemetery.


 

Excerpt from “ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By”

Hoaglands

For more than a century, through four generations and changingmodes of transportation, the Hoaglands hauled freight and people around Elgin.

Zephania Hoagland’s aunt and uncle pioneered east of town in Hanover Township in 1837. Born in Steuben County, New York, Zeph also was an early arrival here, but didn’t settle down in Elgin until he had tried his luck as a’49er seeking gold in California. Zepbania became a teamster whose horse-drawn wagon carried goods around the little mill town that grew into an industrial city during his lifetime.

Zeph’s son, Sam C. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1855. He worked for his father and then purchased his own one-horse express wagon in 1876. The livery (a stable keeping horses and vehicles for hire) he bought four years later became one of Elgin=s largest. He also ran buses to and from the factories and supplied a big Tally-Ho wagon for picnics.

Sam Hoagland was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index on the cost of every animal and piece of equipment in his stable. His records indicated what each horse had eaten and earned. He also knew each one’s habits. When a drummer had rented a rig to go to Dundee, be complained on returning that the horse had balked. Sam charged him more than originally agreed because the rig had gone all the way to Algonquin. How did Sam know? Old Betsy never stalled except on the Algonquin bill.

Some customers desired well-dressed drivers as well as a carnage. In the Hoagland wardrooms were 15 outfits of fur coats, gloves, and caps. There were enough neatly brushed silk hats to costume a half-dozen minstrel shows.

By the time be retired in 1913, Sam Hoagland owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, three hearses, three fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two-seat carriages, picnic wagons, and one-seat light driving rigs of all descriptions.

Sam’s son, Fred J. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1880 and joined the business after leaving high school. When the livery closed, he adapted to the motor age and started the Hoagland Taxicab Company with three Model-T Fords and two Reos, all black. Meters were introduced in 1919, and the original fare they tallied was 25 cents for the first mile and 10 cents for each succeeding two-fifths mile. After World War I, Fred began buying Yellow cabs manufactured in Chicago by John Hertz, and the firm’s name was changed to the Elgin Yellow Cab Company.

The early Yellows had tonneaus in which only the passenger compartment was enclosed. The driver was in the open air, exposed to rain and snow. After Hertz sold out to General Motors, Hoagland switched to Chevrolets.

Two-way radios, which reduced cost and response time, were introduced in 1946. At its operating peak in the 1950s, Elgin Yellow had about 60 full and part-time employees, including three full time dispatchers, two telephone operators, maintenance shop repairmen, and drivers. The firm had 18 cars on the streets in the summer and 25 in the winter. The cars averaged about 7,000 mile per month. Eight new cars were purchased each year. By the end of the decade, Elgin Yellow had switched from Chevrolets to Checkers made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fred’s son, Charles Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1913. While still a boy, he learned the ropes by guiding new drivers around the city. He eventually became a partner in the business, withdrawing in 1964, but was driving his private livery until he reached the age of 70.

http://www.elginhistory.com/dgb/ch06.htm ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By – E. C. Alft

 


 

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918

Fred Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 1
Frederick Judson Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 1
Fred Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 2
Frederick Judson Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 2
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration 1
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration 2
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration – Back of Card

 

I was one of the grandchildren listed in Fred’s obit:

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1961 Chicago, , Illinois, USA Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003
Bluff City Cemertery Interment for Fred Judson Hoagland
Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA Bluff City Cemetery – The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears is by her first husband’s last name, not her second husband’s last name, Lester.
Record of Funeral - Conn Schmidt Stout Funeral Home, Volume 7, Page 2.
Fred Judson Hoagland – Record of Funeral – Conn Schmidt Stout Funeral Home, Volume 7, Page 2.
Fred and Mary Hoagland Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL
Fred and Mary Hoagland Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL
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Frederick Judson Hoagland and Mary Wells Hoagland – Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL
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Capt. John Rankin Harkness 1830-1903

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Capt. John Rankin Harkness 1830–1903 / Biloxi Pioneer / Architect and builder of many homes, the school and businesses in Biloxi. Harkness was street commissioner on the Biloxi City Council and was a member of the school board as evidenced in The Biloxi Herald newspaper at the time.

 

 


Capt. John Rankin Harkness

 

1830–1903

Birth 26 Mar 1830 Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Death 11 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA

my great-great grandfather

 


Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952)
daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
 
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

J.R. Harkness is a descendant of two proved Mayflower passengers:
Francis Cooke and John Turner

 

When Capt. John Rankin Harkness was born on March 26, 1830, in Pelham, Massachusetts, his father, William, was 37 and his mother, Abigail, was 36. He married Irene Jordan on November 19, 1868, in Harrison County, Mississippi. They had seven children in 14 years. He died on June 11, 1903, in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the age of 73, and was buried there.

 

Capt. John Rankin Harkness Family Chart
Capt. John Rankin Harkness of Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi. Biloxi Pioneer.

J.R. Harkness resided in Biloxi.

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25 Feb 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald – J.R. Harkness, Biloxi, MS

 

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23 Jun 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald / Mississippi / J.R. Harkness

In 1888 the state of Mississippi began providing pensions to former Confederate soldiers and sailors, as well as their widows and wartime servants residing in the state.

1888 JR Harkness designed this building. Howard Memorial School-Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi

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J.R. Harkness – Architect – Biloxi, Mississippi 1888
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John Rankin Harkness – 23 Jun 1888 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA – Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald-Contractor & Builder

 

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John Rankin Harkness-President of Mechanics Steam Fire Engine Company No. 2 – 19 Sep 1891 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald, Also show W.T. Harkness as 2nd Assistant.
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Confederate Veterans-J.R. Harkness is listed as part of committee of arrangements for a barbecue for ex-Confederates, their families and friends. 8 Oct 1892

Biloxi Herald – November 19, 1892 states J.R. Harkness ran for Alderman.

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1893 John R. Harkness & Sons Planing and Milling Co. of Biloxi, Mississippi Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS

 

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Capt. J. R. Harkness Contracted to Repair Damages-The Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS 24 Feb 1894
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The Harkness Boys Have Always Been Sailors 7 Aug 1897 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS Note: Their boat was named the May H. (May Harkness?)
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William Harkness Family in History of Pelham History of Pelham, Page 421. Mention of John Harkness in Pelham as William Harkness’ son.

J.R. Harkness was a member of the Freemasons

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Downtown Biloxi 1902-Photo from The Daily Herald Twentieth Century Coast Edition-Historical and Biographical 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA The building on the right side of this photo, on the corner, is one built by J.R. Harkness and his son.
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J. R. Harkness – Biloxi Street Commissioner 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Twentieth century coast edition of the Biloxi Daily Herald … historical and biographical: “one of the oldest and most respected citizens”

 

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List of Biloxi Pioneers – “HARKNESS” is on the list.
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 / Biloxi Pioneer
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John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 Zoom
U.S. City Directories 1822-1995 Biloxi Mississippi Listing for J.R. Harkness' Widow Irene
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Biloxi, Mississippi listing for John R Harkness’ widow, Irene.

The Carson edifice at Belle Fontaine, was designed and built by John R. Harkness & Sons of Biloxi.  John .Rankin Harkness (1827-1903), a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, had commenced his contracting business at Biloxi in 1868.  The two-story residence cost $5000 and was shingled from the ground to the cone.  Mr. Harkness and his family and friends occasionally sailed to the construction site, often referred to as “New Chicago”, for a days outing.  J.R. Harkness & Sons completed the Carson home in October 1892.(Dyer, 1895, “Biloxi”, The Biloxi Herald, April 9, 1892, p. 4, July 30, 1892, p. 4, and September 28, 1892, p. 4)

http://www.oceanspringsarchives.com/osfamilies.htm taken from several issues of the Biloxi Daily Herald 1892


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John R. Harkness / Irene Jordan Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Old Biloxi City Cemetery
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John Rankin Harkness Death Notice 12 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Notice from the Daily Herald

 

Memorial on Find-A-Grave for John Rankin Harkness:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29276167&ref=acom

 

Alice (Carpenter) Bradford 1590–1670: Plymouth Colony

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Alice Carpenter (Southworth) Bradford

1590–1670

 my 10th great-grandmother

Constant SOUTHWORTH (1615 – 1679)
son of Alice CARPENTER
 
Alice SOUTHWORTH (1647 – 1719)
daughter of Constant SOUTHWORTH
 
Charles CHURCH (1682 – 1746)
son of Alice SOUTHWORTH
 
Constant CHURCH (1708 – 1740)
son of Charles CHURCH
 
Mary Reynolds CHURCH (1741 – 1781)
daughter of Constant CHURCH
 
Alfred BOSWORTH (1773 – 1861)
son of Mary Reynolds CHURCH
 
Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D. (1801 – 1843)
son of Alfred BOSWORTH
 
Franklin Smith BOSWORTH (1832 – 1919)
son of Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D.
 
Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1870 – 1919)
son of Franklin Smith BOSWORTH
 
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

Alice Carpenter was born on August 3, 1590, in Wrington, Somerset, England, the child of Alexander and Priscilla. She married Edward Southworth and they had two children together. She then married Governor William Bradford on August 14, 1623, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died on March 26, 1670, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 79 years.

William Bradford and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth: Gov. William Bradford, the son of William Bradford and Alice Hanson, was born in about 1590 and was baptized on Thursday, 19 March 1590 o.s. in St. Helen’s chapel, Austerfield, Yorkshire. He immigrated in 1620 to Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. He died at the age of about 67 on Tuesday, 19 May 1657 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. William Bradford (aged about 33) married Alice (Carpenter) Southworth (aged about 33) on Thursday, 14 August 1623 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, the daughter of Alexander Carpenter, was born in about 1590 and was baptized on Monday, 3 August 1590 o.s. in Wrington [Wrentham], Somerset. She immigrated in July 1623 to Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. She died at the age of about 80 on Saturday, 26 March 1670 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. She was buried on Tuesday, 29 March 1670 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Their children were: Maj. William Bradford, born on Thursday, 17 June 1624 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony, died on Sunday, 20 February 1704 o.s., buried in Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married Mary (Atwood) Holmes in 1677 in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Mercy Bradford, born before 1627. She married Benjamin Vermayes on Thursday, 21 December 1648 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Joseph Bradford, born in 1630, died on Sunday, 10 July 1715 o.s. in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, buried in Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married Jael Hobart on Wednesday, 25 May 1664 o.s. in Hingham, New Plymouth Colony. Research Notes: William Bradford came over on the Mayflower. Torrey lists William Bradford (1590 (1588?) – 1657) m. Dorothy May, 9 Dec 1613, Amsterdam, Holland Alice was a widow. William, her son is listed with the surnames of both her husbands in the IGI. IGI lists William and Alice married as follows: William Bradford m. Alice Southworth 14 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Carpenter 14 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Southwaite 15 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Carpenter 24 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Richards 17 Jun 1624 Torrey lists: William Bradford m. Alice (Carpenter) Southworth 14 Aug 1623 1590-1657 c 1590-1670 IGI lists William (the son) both as William Bradford son of William Bradford and Alice Carpenter and as William Southworth son of Edward Southworth and Alice Carpenter. Since he was born ~44 weeks after William and Alice married, he would appear to be a legitimate Bradford. According to AHD: John Bradford (son of Gov. Bradford) m. Martha Browne Martha Browne 2nd m. Thomas Tracy (82-12)

Alice Carpenter Southworth Bradford

Alice Carpenter and her sisters (Agnes, Juliana, Mary and Priscilla) were part of the Leiden Separatist community. Alice married Edward Southworth; they had two sons, Constant and Thomas.

After Edward Southworth died, Alice Carpenter Southworth sailed to Plymouth on the Anne in 1623. Shortly after her arrival, she married Plymouth Governor William Bradford.
The marriage of William Bradford and Alice Carpenter Southworth was noted in a letter written by Emmanuel Altham to his brother Sir Edward Altham in September, 1623:
“Upon the occasion of the Governor’s marriage, since I came, Massasoit was sent for to the wedding, where came with him his wife, the queen, although he hath five wives. With him came four other kings and about six score men with their bows and arrows – where, when they came to our town, we saluted them with the shooting off of many muskets and training our men. And so all the bows and arrows was brought into the Governor’s house, and he brought the Governor three or four bucks and a turkey. And so we had very good pastime in seeing them dance, which is in such manner, with such a noise that you would wonder…
“And now to say somewhat of the great cheer we had at the Governor’s marriage. We had about twelve pasty venisons, besides others, pieces of roasted venison and other such good cheer in such quantity that I could wish you some of our share. For here we have the best grapes that ever you say – and the biggest, and divers sorts of plums and nuts which our business will not suffer us to look for.”
Sidney V. James, Jr., editor, Three Visitors to Early Plymouth
(Plymouth, Mass.: Plimoth Plantation, 1963), p. 29-30.
Constant and Thomas Southworth came to Plymouth sometime after 1627, they probably lived with their mother and stepfather. Alice and William Bradford had three children: William, Mercy and Joseph. William Bradford died in 1657, Alice died in 1670. Her death was noted in the Records of Plymouth Colony:
“On the 26th day of March, 1670, Mistris Allice Bradford, Seni’r, changed this life for the better, haueing attained to fourscore years of age, or therabouts. Shee was a godly matron, and much loued while shee liued, and lamented, tho aged, when shee died, and was honorabley enterred on the 29th day of the month aforsaid, att New Plymouth.”

Before her death, Alice Carpenter Southworth Bradford wrote a will.
Click here for that will as well as for the inventory of her estate at the time of her death.

Great source of information – 

John Harkness 1750-1821

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John Harkness

1750–1821

Birth: 1750 Pelham, , Massachusetts, USA

Death: 4 June 1821 Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA


John Harkness was my 4th great-grandfather.
William HARKNESS (1793 – 1831)
son of John HARKNESS
 
Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS (1830 – 1903)
son of William HARKNESS
 
Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952)
daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
 
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
 
Me
Daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

When John Harkness was born in 1750 in Pelham, Massachusetts, his father, William, was 28 and his mother, Ann, was 28. He married Keziah Edson on September 1, 1781, in his hometown. They had seven children in 19 years. He died on June 4, 1821, in Pelham, Massachusetts, at the age of 71, and was buried there.

John Harkness fought against the British during the Revolutionary War at the age of 25. 

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John Harkness Revolutionary War 1

John Harkness Listed in Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary war

Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Author: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State Volume: 7 Subject: United States — History Revolution, 1775-1783 Registers; Massachusetts — History Revolution, 1775-1783; Massachusetts — Militia Publisher: Boston, Wright and Potter Printing Co., State Printers Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language: English Call number: 3180790 Digitizing sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries Book contributor: UMass Amherst Libraries

US Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783 John Harkness

U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 for John Harkness: He’s listed 2nd from the bottom.


John Harkness 1750-1821 DAR Lineage Book Clip from Ancestry

North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, D, Daughters of the American Revolution


John Harkness, Sr. was a miller. Paul J. Bigelow [1937-2001] writes [in 1993] that “John Harkness added a wooden dam and a sawmill” at what became the Allen Mill [Bigelow Mill Site A1] in 1794 [pg. 19]. A little closer to home, “John Harkness and John [Rankin] built a sawmill at some point during the early 1790s” at Orient Springs, located at present 52 Amherst Road [Bigelow Mill Site A5] [pg. 38].

 After the death of John Harkness, Sr. in 1821, 44 Amherst Road was transferred to his sons John Harkness, Jr. [1788-1844] and William Harkness, Sr. [1793-1831]. It appears that, shortly thereafter, William was living at 44 Amherst Road while John, Jr. was living just up the street at 51 Amherst Road.

 William’s son, Isaac Harkness [b. 1822], recalled [in a 1909 sketch map] that brothers John, Jr. and William Harkness had a stone yard at their house at 44 Amherst Road “in 1827.” Bigelow writes [in 1993] that one of the stone quarries [which he calls the “Harkness-Sibley-Shaw Quarry”] was located about a mile and a half east of 44 Amherst Road. The site of this quarry, located today along the M. and M. Trail, is on Assessors Map Plat 7, Lot 58. Isaac’s half-sister, Mary Caroline Rankin Rushmore [b. 1834], writing about Isaac’s map in 1909, said: “He [Isaac] says John and William Harkness, his uncle and father, were the only stone cutters in those days up to the time of his father’s death in the early 30tys and had a yard as marked on the paper [at 44 Amherst Road]…One of them lived in the house [44 Amherst Road] now standing near and the other on the opposite side of the road a little farther east, now standing [i.e., at 51 Amherst Road]. The stone was brought down from the same Quarry as now used, up the [North] valley road a mile or two, and then owned by my father.” [This quarry may have been located north of 26 North Valley Road.]
William Harkness died in 1831. His widow, Abigail Turner Harkness [Rankin] [1793-ca. 1885] remarried. An 1837 Guardian’s Sale Notice lists the farm as having “a good house and barn, with out-house and sheds, and is divided into mowing, pasture, tillage land, orcharding and wood land, and has one or more good water privileges…” John Harkness, Jr., the next resident (he may not have owned it), apparently left 51 Amherst Road and moved into 44 Amherst Road, until 1838. John, Jr.’s son, Dr. Harvey Wilson Harkness [b. 1821], while born at 51 Amherst Road, presumably lived with his parents at 44 Amherst Road while he was a teenager. Dr. Harkness, later a resident of Sacramento, represented the State of California by presenting the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah in 1869.

http://www.pelham-library.org