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Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - The Gillett Residence, Enfield, Mass.  GILLETT-TYLER HOUSE, 103 Circle Road, a.k.a. 103 The Circle, Staten Island. Built c.1846, Re-constructed 193

Enfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
*TOWN NO LONGER EXISTS DUE TO THE CREATION OF THE QUABBIN RESERVOIR

Work on the Quabbin Reservoir began in 1926 with construction of the Ware River Diversion, a tunnel connecting the Wachusett Reservoir with the Ware River, followed in 1936 by construction of the Goodnough Dike and Windsor Dam. After the town's official disincorporation on April 28, 1938, the above-water portions of Enfield were annexed to nearby Belchertown, New Salem, Pelham, and Ware. On Aug. 14, 1939, the reservoir began to fill. scua.library.umass.edu

Enfield included: Shakers, Smiths, and Thompsonville.


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The Gillett Residence, Enfield, Mass.

GILLETT-TYLER HOUSE, 103 Circle Road, a.k.a. 103 The Circle
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The Gillett Residence, Enfield, Mass.

GILLETT-TYLER HOUSE, 103 Circle Road, a.k.a. 103 The Circle, Staten Island.
Built c.1846, Re-constructed 1931, Additions 1932 and 1986-93.

"Originally built in Enfield, Massachusetts around 1846 for Daniel B. Gillett, this two-story house was reconstructed in Staten Island in 1931, when the buildings in the Swift River Valley were moved or razed to allow for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in western Massachusetts... The over-200-mile move is testament to the deep interest in colonial and early American history at the time, and the perceived value of its architecture..." www.nyc.gov
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Smiths Village School, 1915
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Quabbin Lake near Enfield, Mass.
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1839 - Enfield
Enfield, Massachusetts
Hampshire county. Swift river passes through this town and adds much to its beauty and importance.—The manufactures of this place, the year ending April 1, 1837, amounted to $182,669. The articles consisted of cotton and woolen goods, leather, boots, shoes, hats, hoes, shingle machines, palm-leaf hats, wool cards, cotton batting and wicking. The value of wool grown was $1,090. Enfield lies 71 miles W. from Boston and 15 E. from Northampton. Population, 1837, 1,058.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - ENFIELD. [Pop. 976. Inc. 1816.]
Enfield was taken from Greenwich and Belchertown. It is watered by Ware River and one of its branches. Its chief manufactures are cotton and woollen goods, wool-cards, boots and shoes, and palm-leaf hats.

Distance from Northampton, 15 miles; from Boston, 75.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1859
ENFIELD, a township in Hampshire co., in Massachusetts, 75 m. W by S of Boston, on Swift river. Pop. 976.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
Enfield Massachusetts, 1890
Enfield is a farming town of varied and picturesque scenery, lying in the easterly part of Hampshire County, near 100 miles west of Boston. It is bounded on the north by Pelham, Prescott and Greenwich, east by the latter and Hardwick, south by Ware, and west by Belchertown and Pelham. The assessed area is 10,041 acres, of which 2,471 is woodland.

Ridges of high and wooded land extend from north to south through the town, and through the valleys intervening flow Swift River and two or three small tributaries. Beaver Brook, having its origin in Sunk and Morton Ponds, flows southerly from the southeast section. These streams furnish motive power for a woollen factory and several saw and box mills.

The farms — 89 in number — yield fair crops in the usual variety; and these, with the dairies, domestic animals and the poultry yard, yielded an aggregate product, in the census year of 1885, valued at $75,118. The valuation in 1888 was $606,210; with a tax of $9 on $1,000. The population ... Read MORE...

1895 - Enfield
Enfield, a post-village of Hampshire co, Mass., in Enfield township, on Swift River, and on the Springfield, Athol & Northeastern Railroad, 27 miles N.N.E. of Spring field. It has 2 churches, and manufactures of cassimere and flannel. Pop. of the township, 1065
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1896 - EXTENSIVE FIRE IN ENFIELD, MASS.
Athol, Mass., Oct. 19. - The town of Enfield was visited to-day by a fire which wiped out the whole business part. The fire started in a bakery, presumably from an overheated oven.
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New York Herald-Tribune
New York, New York
October 20, 1896
1916
Enfield, a post-village of Hampshire co., Mass., in Enfield township (town), on the Swift River and on the Bos ton and Albany It.. 27 miles NNE. of Springfield. It has manufactures of cassimere, shoddy, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1036.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1927 - Quabbin Reservoir
"In 1927, the Massachusetts State Legislature officially declared the valley would become the Quabbin Reservoir, the source for Boston’s unquenchable thirst. By 1933 and 1935 respectively, construction of Goodnough Dike and Winsor Dam began, which would create “The Quabbin” as it’s known locally. Before the reservoir’s construction, there was a hill in Enfield called Quabbin Hill and a lake in Greenwich called Quabbin Lake. Named for a Native American chief called Nani-Quaben, meaning place of many waters, these became the basis for naming the new reservoir..."
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1938 - Enfield's Town Hall is probably best remembered as the site of the April 27, 1938, Farewell Ball,
"commemorating the passing of the Town of Enfield and Swift River Valley", held the evening before the town's dissolution and attended by as many 3,000 souls. At the stroke of midnight, McEnelly's Orchestra played Auld Lang Syne while weeping townsfolk held each other close on the dance floor. By the time the song was over, the town of Enfield had ceased to exist.
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female ancestorSarah HOWE (1772, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 5 September 1860, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
male ancestorJohn NOONEY (1783, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 4 April 1860, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorSilas COOK (1784, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill) - 10 August 1860, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*)
male ancestorEbenezer TRAIN (1787, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 9 October 1855, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorJerusha W WARNER (4 September 1792, Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA - 13 December 1866, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA*)
female ancestorMary GILBERT (1795, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 12 June 1870, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
female ancestorSophronia CROSBY (1797, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 12 December 1879, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))
female ancestorBetsey G. NEWCOMB (1798, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 13 August 1868, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
female ancestorSarah PACKARD (1799, Enfield, Massachusetts, USA* - 10 December 1875, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA)

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male ancestorGeorge Phillip RHEEL (5 April 1854 - 22 October 1921) and female ancestorMinna Ernestine "Minnie Alice" THEINERT (6 October 1861 - 28 March 1903) married 12 November 1879

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