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Conway, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Conway, Massachusetts, USA? 

Conway, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
Conway was first settled in 1762 as the southwest portion of Deerfield. The town was eventually separated and was officially incorporated in 1775. The town was named for General Henry Seymour Conway, a leader in the British House of Commons during repeal of the Stamp Act. wikipedia

NOTE ABOUT CONWAY'S 250th CELEBRATION:
Conway is updating the histories and genealogies from 1917 and 1967 for the upcoming 250th celebration in 2017. If anyone has any connections to Conway's past, we'd very much appreciate the opportunity to share by recording any family stories, copying old photos or documents or receiving photos of any furniture, etc. that came from Conway. We will be building an ongoing website for Conway's history, genealogy, cemeteries, stories - it's all great! You can reach us at conway250gen@gmail.com.


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Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Main Street
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

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Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Masonic Hall
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

Masonic Hall
Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Conway House
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

Conway House
Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Caron Street railway (1910)
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

Caron Street railway (1910)
Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Field Memorial Library
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

Field Memorial Library
Conway, Massachusetts, USA - Town Hall
Conway, Massachusetts, USA

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1767 - The town of Conway is incorporated

The first gristmill in Conway was built about the year 1767, by Caleb Sharp.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
1768 - Previous to the incorporation of the town of Conway, religious meetings had not been held with regularity.
Such as were able went to Deerfield; or they attended any occasional meeting they could hear of. At ...Read MORE...

1773 - The first schoolhouse in Conway was begun in 1773, and finished the next year.
Its dimensions were 25 feet by 22 feet. It stood a few rods northeast of the old meeting house,...Read MORE...

In 1778 the town of Conway voted to accept the propositions made by the Continental Congress for a union between the states.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
Aaron Hayden set up a "fulling mill" in Conway, about 1780.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
The population of Conway in 1790 was 2,092.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
About 1797 Dr. Moses Hayden, with R. Wells (his son-in-law), set up an oil mill in Conway.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
In 1810 there was established in Conway, a broadcloth manufactory and a cotton mill.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
The woolen mill of the Conway Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1837.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
7. CONWAY. [Pop. 1,409. Inc. 1767.]
Conway is nearly divided by South River, a branch of Deerfield River, and it is chiefly...Read MORE...

A cotton mill was erected in Conway in 1846 by Gen. James S. Whitney and Charles Wells.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
1848 - Conway
This town was incorporated in 1767. The first minister of the place was Rev. John Emerson, who...Read MORE...

The Conway Stock and Mutual Fire Insurance Company began business in 1849.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
The South River Cutlery Company began operations in 1851, erecting a building in Burkeville (Conway), on the right bank of the river, toward the old center of the town.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
A Fire Company was formed in Conway in 1852.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
News  1852 - Destructive Fire at Conway, Mass.
Springfield, Mass., Monday, Aug. 16.
The Dye and Storage House of the Conway Manufacturing...Read MORE...

In 1853 the Conway Academy was incorporated.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
News  1860 - June 2 - DIED WHILE DANCING
A young man named Frank Stanhope attended a dance in Conway, Mass., a few evening since, and while...Read MORE...

1866 - a fine stone dam was erected in Conway, making a large reservoir, a mile westward up the river.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
1869 - Conway was known for its sheep farming and other agrarian pursuits in its early years, with some industry along the South River which was washed out in a dam break in 1869.
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"The great freshet of 1869 is still vividly remembered by the older residents of the...Read MORE...

Conway was afflicted with an epidemic of diphtheria in 1874.
"Beginning with October 21 there were, within a year, thirty-six deaths from diphtheria. In several ...Read MORE...

The Conway Cornet Band was organized in 1876 with John R. Holcomb, leader.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
1878 - Conway freschet
In 1878, the cause of this freschet "was a heavy fall of snow followed by rain and a south wind on...Read MORE...

The bank building in Conway, with town office and rooms occupied by the public library, was totally destroyed on the night of January 11, 1878.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
The telegraph came into Conway in the fall of 1880.
Mr. Charles C. Burdette, who had recently opened a drug store in the village, arranged with the...Read MORE...

News  1885 - February 24 - The Congregational church at Conway, Mass., was totally destroyed by fire last night. Loss, $12,000.

The Times
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 24, 1885
Conway Massachusetts, 1890
Conway is a hilly but thriving town in the western part of Franklin County, having Deerfield River...Read MORE...

A Lodge of Good Templars was formed in Conway in 1894.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
News  1894 - August 2 - TWENTY-SIX FIRES. Much Property Belonging to One Family Burned - Charges.
Conway, Mass., August 2. - Mrs. Susan J. Taylor, of Walpole, is under arrest, charged with...Read MORE...

1895 - Conway Electric Road opens for traffic
...In the early spring of 1895 the tracks were cleared of snow and work was resumed with such vigor ...Read MORE...

The New England Telephone Company began business in Conway in the spring of 1897 with six subscribers.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
In 1899 a dam was built across South Rixer near Conway Station to furnish power to run the electric road and also to furnish electric lights and power for the townspeople.
This dam was made of logs and crushed stone faced with plank.
History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
The Wequanock Tribe of Red Men was organized in Conway, December 1, 1899.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
News  1901 - July 14 - FIELD LIBRARY IS DEDICATED. Chicago Merchant Delivers Keys of Memorial at Conway, Mass.
TOWN ON A HOLIDAY
Day Ends with Big Display of Pyrotechnics.
Gift Has Brought About a Boom in the ...Read MORE...

News  1903 - April 25 - Two cases of smallpox were found at Conway, Mass., and the board of health is puzzled to account for the appearance of the disease.

Newport Mercury
Newport, Rhode Island
April 25, 1903
The Burkeville Woolen Mill, once so important to the town of Conway, was destroyed by fire on the sixth of March, 1904.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
On August 1, 1905, of the buildings of the Conway Co-operative Creamery were lost by fire.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
News  1906 - October 8 - Kills His Hunting Companion.
Conway, Mass., Oct. 8. - After remaining reticent for twelve hours over the tragic death in Conway...Read MORE...

1916
Conway, a banking post- village of Franklin co., Mass., 30 miles N. by W. of Springfield. It has...Read MORE...

The First Framed House in Conway. Built about 1766. Burned in 1916.

History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
2017 - Conway's 250th Celebration
Conway is updating the histories and genealogies from 1917 and 1967 for the upcoming 250th...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

We currently have information about 77 ancestors who were born in Conway, Massachusetts, USA.
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Ancestors Who Died Here

We currently have information about 35 ancestors who died in Conway, Massachusetts, USA.
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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1793
William GATES (1758 - March 1850) & Vashti ABBOTT (11 September 1772 - )
married 30 November 1793

1799
Samuel DENHAM (16 September 1773 - 2 June 1849) & Nancy ADAMS (4 August 1777 - 18 February 1802)
married 6 February 1799

1800
Jesse SEVERANCE (20 March 1778 - 20 April 1847) & Sophia ABBOTT (29 November 1776 - 16 January 1832)
married 23 August 1800
Nathaniel HOLMES (abt. 1776 - ) & Polly ADAMS (11 November 1779 - )
married 17 April 1800

1802
Chester CRITTENDEN (9 October 1780 - 31 January 1825) & Azuba ABBOTT (20 November 1782 - 1872)
married 2 February 1802

1807
Mordecai Hale ADAMS (1 April 1782 - 22 October 1817) & Thankful CLARK (7 September 1776 - )
married 26 December 1807
John EMERSON (21 December 1780 - 24 June 1820) & Persis ADAMS (10 August 1784 - 4 August 1865)
married 26 December 1807

1821
Wilder TRUESDELL (3 May 1798 - 5 May 1861) & Hannah BIGELOW (16 October 1798 - 28 April 1864)
married 7 Apr 1821

1828
Scotto CLARK (14 July 1767 - 1 May 1851) & Joanna ADAMS (20 April 1792 - 14 February 1861)
married 1 May 1828

1838
Osee ADAMS (5 August 1794 - 28 March 1877) & Mary Catherine PHINNEY (1818 - 24 April 1907)
married 6 November 1838

1843
Joseph WHEELOCK (21 September 1819 - ) & Betsey DICKINSON (21 December 1821 - 5 January 1853)
married 25 March 1843

1847
Albert D CLARKE (6 November 1810 - 25 December 1868) & Betsey ADAMS (4 April 1810 - 13 January 1873 )
married 7 April 1847
Charles ADAMS (25 May 1790 - 25 November 1863) & Catherine HOWLAND (abt. 1795 - 12 November 1891)
married 11 November 1846

1876
David Ormond NEWHALL (10 April 1848 - 21 January 1907) & Jennie Frances TOTMAN (5 February 1852 - 13 May 1927)
married 25 December 1876

1877
Alderic Alfred BELAIR (24 April 1876 - 25 May 1946) & Emily NEWHALL (27 December 1877 - 23 September 1948)
married 29 December 1877

1881
Herman E REINHARDT (11 April 1859 - 19 February 1913) & Célanire (Selina) GERMAIN (abt. 1862 - )
married 22 December 1881

1946
George Merrill BELAIR (1 March 1912 - 4 March 1990) & Mary Francis TOWLE (11 November 1922 - 4 January 1967)
married 10 March 1946
 

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