AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 941
N. HATHEWAY is the leading tobacco
grower in the town of Ellington, Tolland County, and was born in Suffield,
Conn., where the Hatheways are a numerous family.
Hatheway, great-grandfather of Dwight N., was born in 1726 and died in 1807; his
wife, Aphia, was born in 1729 and died in 1810.
Their children were: Aphia,
Philisinda, Charles, Charles (2), Erchiel, Luther, Anna, Lucy, Elijah and
Hatheway was a farmer in Boston Neck, Suffield, and his son, Luther, was born
July 12, 1763, in Suffield, where he followed farming.
He also operated an oil mill near his home.
At the age of eighty-four years, he completed a long and busy life on his
own farm. In his active days he sold
his oil in Boston, and the journey there and back with loaded teams required two
weeks. The homeward load was
supplies for the local store. Luther
Hatheway was a member of the Baptist Church, and was buried in the old cemetery.
Clara Safford, his wife, was a native of Vermont, born Feb. 3, 1774.
She lived to be ninety-two years of age, and was buried by the side of
her husband. They had six children:
(1) Emily, born April 3, 1795, who married Park Loomis, Dec. 15, 1814,
and had Luther H., Emily, Jane L., George R., Francis P., Mary S. and Georgiana
H.; (2) Milton;
(3) Eliza, born Oct. 2, 1799, wife of Allen Loomis, and mother of William
R., Henry A., Calvin, Roland Newton, Burdett and Eliza;
(4) Maria, born Aug. 12, 1801, wife of Gamaliel Fuller, and mother of
Hiram, Apollas, Luther, Marie and James; (5)
Clara, born Aug. 16, 1805, wife of Neland Loomis, and mother of Byron and
Elizabeth F.; (6) Mary, born Oct.
13, 1809, wife of Charles Mather, and mother of Emily A., Augusta M. and Clara,
now living in Hartford, a widow. Emily,
Maria and Clara died in Suffield.
Hatheway was born in 1797 on the old homestead, which is now owned by his son,
Safford. He was brought up as a
farmer boy, and when he became older, took charge of the farm, caring for his
parents in their old age, and on their death bought the interest of the other
heirs, becoming the sole owner of the family patrimony.
As long as it was profitable he operated the oil mill, and he was a
tobacco raiser. He died of old age,
Sept. 12, 1888. Quite prosperous and
wealthy, he gave each of his children $2,000 as a marriage portion.
When he died he left a good estate. In
politics he was a Democrat, held office as a selectman for a number of years,
and was repeatedly elected to the State Legislature.
Hatheway was married Jan. 20, 1819, to Mary Heath, a native of Suffield, who
died in 1846, when her son, Dwight N., was four years old.
She became the mother of six children.
(1) Caroline Maria, Dec. 6, 1819, who married George Champlin, May 11,
1837, was the mother of Mary Jane, born in March, 1840; and Cordelia Elizabeth,
born in January, 1842. She died in
New London, Conn., Nov. 24, 1848. (2)
George Miller, April 2, 1822, married Harriet L. Hyde, Feb. 22, 1848.
She was born Sept. 10, 1826, and died Feb. 23, 1858, leaving two
children: Harriet Augusta, born
March 6, 1851, deceased Oct. 29, 1868; and Willie Hyde, born Sept. 9, 1855.
April 14, 1859, George M. Hatheway married for his second wife, Julia M.
Purpin, born June 12, 1836, deceased Sept. 27, 1868, who also left two children:
George Eugene, born Oct. 14, 1861, who died Aug. 15, 1863; and Carrie E.,
born Sept. 27, 1864. George Hatheway
married (third) April 11, 1869, Lucy M. Adams, born Sept. 17, 1833.
(3) Elizabeth Cordelia, born Oct. 16, 1824, married March 10, 1847, Ralph
P. Mather, who was born May 26, 1818. They
had two children: Henry Milton, born
May 30, 1849; and Mary Elizabeth, born Dec. 8, 1855.
(4) Luther Bliss, born Oct. 20, 1828, married Nov. 27, 1862, Mary E.
Hurburt, born Aug. 17, 1838. Their
son, Edward F., was born Dec. 25, 1863. (5)
Henry Safford, born Nov. 19, 1830, married June 28, 1857, Mary Jane Denslow,
born Jan. 30, 1834. Their children
were: Ada Eliza, born Jan. 3, 1860;
Melissa Inez, Feb. 23, 1862; and Frank Safford, Dec. 15, 1865.
(6) Dwight N.
Hatheway was again married Oct. 20, 1847, to Elizabeth Bliss, born in
Middletown, Conn., Aug. 26, 1817, who survived him one year.
They were the parents of two children, Sarah Elizabeth, born Feb. 14,
1850, who became the wife of Benjamin Jerome, a fruit grower in Florida; and
Frederick Bliss, born Jan. 28, 1851, who married Emma Blush, and is a Suffield
N. Hatheway was born March 18, 1842, and attended the district school, and for
one term the Manchester high school. Remaining
on his father’s farm until the age of twenty-five years, he was then married,
Nov. 6, 1867, to Alice T. Pease, who was born Sept. 27, 1841, and died July 23,
1870. After marriage he settled on a
small farm which he rented in Suffield, for a year, and then spent a year in
Enfield on a farm which he bought, where his wife died.
After her death he sold the Enfield property and returned to the home of
his parents, where he spent the next five years.
At the expiration of that period he was again married, and followed
farming until March 31, 1882, when he moved to Ellington, where he bought a farm
which is part of the present place where he lives.
It was sold by a Mr. James Avery, and was a portion of the original
McCray farm, at one time a tract of twenty-two acres.
Since then the entire McCray homestead has come into his possession, a
farm of 115 acres. An extensive
dealer and a leader in tobacco culture, he has about ten acres yearly which he
devotes to the better grades, and for the products commands a high price; he
sells at wholesale in the bundle.
Hatheway was again married April 10, 1875, to Hannah Connelly, daughter of
Dennis and Mary Connelly, who was born in County Cork, Ireland, March 24, 1852,
and came to this country when she was sixteen years old, being two weeks en
route. In 1877 they made a long
visit to her old home, and spent a year among its pleasant associations.
Their children are as follows: (1)
Charles H., born March 27, 1876, is a member of the Ellington Grange, and is an
inmate of the family home; (2)
George B., born Nov. 5, 1882, educated in the district schools, with three years
in Rockville high school, and now at home with her (**see
footnote) father, assisting him in business;
(3) Mary C., born Aug. 14, 1884, educated in the district schools and
Rockville high school, class of 1903; (4)
Nellie E., born July 9, 1888, now in the Rockville high school;
(5) John E., born Feb. 27, 1889, attending the district school.
Hatheway is a Democrat, and he and his family are members of the Catholic Church
“her father” does not seem correct since the
child’s name is George, but “her father” is how it was published.
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