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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA? 

Williamstown, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Originally called West Hoosac, the area was first settled in 1749. Prior to this time its position along the Mohawk Trail made it ideal Mohican hunting grounds. Its strategic location bordering Dutch colonies in New York led to its settlement, because it was needed as a buffer to stop the Dutch from encroaching on Massachusetts. Fort West Hoosac, the westernmost blockhouse and stockade in Massachusetts, was built in 1756. The town was incorporated in 1765 as Williamstown according to the will of Col. Ephraim Williams, who was killed in the French and Indian War. He bequeathed a significant sum to the town on the condition that it were named after him and started a free school. In 1791, the school opened, but only lasted a short time as a free school before becoming Williams College in 1793.
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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - Williams College
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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - The Greylock
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Field Park and West Main Street
Williamstown, Mass.
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

The Greylock
Henry N. Teauge, Lessee
Field Park and West Main Street
Williamstown, Mass.
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907

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In 1798, the Legislature of Massachusetts granted two townships of land to Williams College, located at Williams town, Mass.
The present towns of Garland and Lee, both situated in the present county of Penobscot, were the...Read MORE...

News  1838 - June 12 - Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

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June 12, 1838
6. WILLIAMSTOWN. [Pop. 2,153. Inc. 1765.]
This town, once called West Hoosick, was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, a native of Newton, ...Read MORE...

News  1846 - Stage Accident.
The Pittsfield Sun states that a bridge near Williamston broke down on Monday evening,...Read MORE...

News  1850 - CATTLE KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
Five yearlings, belonging to Mr. D. A. Bulkley, of Williamstown, were killed by lightning, on...Read MORE...

News  1869 - Young Sears, the richest boy in America, who has been attending school at South Williamstown, Mass., was, it is said, killed on the 16th, while coasting, having slid against a rock by which his brains were dashed out.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 30, 1869
Williamstown Massachusetts, 1890
Williamstown forms the northwestern extremity of Berkshire County and of the State. It is noted as...Read MORE...

News  1904 - DORMITORY FIRE STARTED BY CIGARETTE. $20,000 DAMAGE TO A WILLIAMS COLLEGE BUILDING.
Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 24. - Morgan Hall, the largest and newest of the dormitories connected...Read MORE...

1906
Williamstown, a banking post-village of Berkshire co., Mass., in Williamstown township (town), on...Read MORE...

News  1908 - WILLIAMSTOWN. BURNING OF ADAMS BLOCK. LOSS WILL BE ABOUT $25,000.
Blaze Starts From Unknown Came in Prindle's Restaurant.

The Adams block, one of the principal...Read MORE...

News  1918 - WILLIAMS COLLEGE HAS $50,000 FIRE.
Williamstown, Nov. 5. - Damage estimated at close to $50,000 was done to Jessup hall, one of the...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Adams
flag   Frederick William ADAMS (06 January 1869, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 16 June 1939, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA)

Bigalow
flag   Amasa BIGALOW (1778, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 26 March 1833, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)

Bigelow
flag   Haldah BIGELOW (1775, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 3 December 1852, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)

Bourdeau
flag   Grace BOURDEAU (15 January 1880, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 16 February 1974, Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Hugo Alfred BOURDEAU (26 June 1909, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 15 February 2000, San Antonio, Texas, USA)
flag   Joseph Alfred BOURDEAU (7 May 1878, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 16 March 1952, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Burbank
flag   Mary BURBANK (30 January 1768, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - abt. 1844, , Vermont, USA)

Coin
flag   William COIN (1826, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 16 May 1894, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Cole
flag   Benton H. COLE (22 January 1834, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 11 April 1860, Adams, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Cox
flag   Connie COX (1876, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 2 January 1894, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Ethier
flag   Dora ETHIER (20 January 1899, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 1945, Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   William ETHIER (1 January 1897, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - , )

Ethier (Akey)
flag   Exilda Rosina ETHIER (AKEY) (23 May 1896, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 24 November 1900, Adams, Massachusetts, USA)
flag   Herman ETHIER (AKEY) (June 1897, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - , )

Geary (Gerry)
flag   Phebe GEARY (GERRY) (4 May 1730, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - , )

Hosford
flag   Stephen C. HOSFORD (12 August 1763, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 11 April 1855, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Houghton
flag   Thomas HOUGHTON (2 December 1763, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 27 May 1840, Anson, Somerset, Maine, USA) gravestone

Millard
flag   Peter MILLARD (1774, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 27 January 1863, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)

Powell
flag   Mary J. POWELL (1840, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 9 August 1863, Dalton, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Temple
flag   Seth TEMPLE (10 October 1787, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - , )

Thompson
flag   Philena THOMPSON (1836, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 27 May 1873, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield))
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Alderman
flag   Mabel ALDERMAN (20 September 1905, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA - 10 October 1993, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Anderson
flag   Mary ANDERSON (1825, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 28 March 1896, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Baker
flag   Elisha BAKER (6 October 1724, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA - 1 August 1797, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Bassett
flag   Nathan BASSETT (1855, Lee, Massachusetts, USA - 17 April 1875, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Beauchamp
flag   Stella Marie BEAUCHAMP (11 September 1913, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA - 16 May 2000, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)
flag   Yvonne Gertrude BEAUCHAMP (9 April 1911, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA - 3 May 1965, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Bourdean
flag   Theophile BOURDEAN (1832, Saint-Jacques, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm) - 1 July 1897, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Bourdeau
flag   Joseph BOURDEAU (1871, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 12 February 1877, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
immigrant - Canada to US    Joseph Theophile BOURDEAU (26 February 1832, Napierville, Québec, Canada (Saint-Cyprien) (Saint-Édouard) - 1 July 1897, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Margaret (Marguerite) BOURDEAU (2 April 1866, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 24 December 1908, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Sophia BOURDEAU (1868, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 23 February 1877, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Victor BOURDEAU (1871, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 1962, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Burbank
flag   Daniel BURBANK (4 April 1736, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA - 27 September 1802, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

COIN
flag   William COIN (1826, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 16 May 1894, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

COX
flag   Connie COX (1876, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - 2 January 1894, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Ethier
immigrant - Canada to US    Henri ETHIER (8 February 1822, Repentigny, Québec, Canada (La Purification-de-Repentigny) - 25 June 1905, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Ethier (Akey)
flag   Henry ETHIER (AKEY) (December 1846, Saranac, New York, USA (Redford) - 9 August 1923, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Markes
flag   Mary MARKES (18 July 1740, Warren, Massachusetts, USA - 25 February 1808, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Rusins
   Peter RUSINS (1855, - 29 June 1895, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Slade
flag   Doris Isabelle SLADE (18 May 1916, , Vermont, USA - 5 July 1995, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Tremblay
flag   Cleophas TREMBLAY (1830, , Canada - 3 December 1897, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant - Canada to US    Flavie TREMBLAY (3 May 1836, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 1 December 1920, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1786
Ira BAKER (16 September 1764 - 1843) & Mary BURBANK (30 January 1768 - abt. 1844)
married 25 January 1786

1875
Thomas ETHIER (AKEY) (abt. 1852 - aft. 1910) & Louise BOYER (abt. 1852 - )
married 5 September 1875

1883
Joseph ETHIER (AKEY) (4 September 1859 - 15 February 1925) & Malvina-Alexina ROUSINE (abt. 1866 - )
married 1 January 1883
Joseph DUBELL (abt. 1849 - ) & Margaret ETHIER (AKEY) (abt. 1849 - )
married 1 January 1883

1887
John Baptiste ETHIER (22 February 1868 - aft. 1920) & Matilda HEBERT (1868 - )
married 8 August 1887

1893
Henri ROYAL (abt. 1872 - ) & Rosalie BOURDEAU (abt. 1874 - )
married 4 January 1893

1908
Joseph Alfred BOURDEAU (7 May 1878 - 16 March 1952) & Anna Katherine HUGO (1877 - 1985)
married 6 September 1908
 

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