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Amherst Genealogy in Around a Village Green










The list on this page consists of individual and/or family names I obtained from Around a Village Green, Sketches of Life in Amherst, Mary Adele Allen's memoir of her youth in Amherst, Massachusetts. [Northampton, Mass.: The Kraushar Press, 1939.] You will find surnames beginning with "A" through "M" on the alphabetical list below. However, for surnames beginning with "N" through "Y" (no "Z"), you will need to visit the continuation page. I've included page references to the book and some genealogical and other details found in the work. As there are numerous references to Mary Adele Allen and her immediate family, I've listed just a few pages related to the Allens. For the sake of historical accuracy, please be sure to verify, through reference to original sources, all the details below. You should not use this page as anything but a research aid or guideline for your own future investigations.

Names Included in Around a Village Green

  • Adams, John Quincy (autograph mentioned, p. 71)
  • Adams, John S. (established, along with Samuel C. Carter, Amherst's first printing press; p. 45)
  • Allen, Mrs. Henry F. (daughter of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, pp. 16-17)
  • Allen, Rev. Henry F. (Grace Church rector and a son-in-law of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe; pp. 16, 34)
  • Allen, M. Adams (father of Mary Adele Allen; pp. 10, 23-24, 47, many other pages)
  • Allen, Mrs. M. Adams (formerly Mary Adela James; the mother of Mary Adele Allen; pp. 58-60, 67, many other pages, diploma photograph before the title page)
  • Amherst, Sir Jeffery (King's soldier, p. 19)


  • Baker (name given to Baker's Grove, p. 57)
  • Ballantine (family, p. 32)
  • Barnes (author, p. 36)
  • Beaman, Mina (organist, p. 30)
  • Beecher, Harriet (became Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe; pp. 16-17, 34)
  • Beecher, Henry Ward (attended Amherst College and was entertained by Mrs. Lucius Boltwood; pp. 48, 51, 64)
  • Bentley (owned a house next to the Allen family house, p. 85)
  • Berceau (artist, p. 84)
  • Bianchi, Martha Dickinson (friend of Mary Adele Allen, p. 54)
  • Biscoe, Walter Stanley (friend of Melvil Dewey, p. 89)
  • Bissell (family, p. 32)
  • Bixler, Prof. Seelye (Amherst College professor and the son of Bessie Seelye, p. 17)
  • Bliss (family generally, p. 32)
  • Bliss, Mrs. Daniel (formerly Abbie Wood, pp. 31-32)
  • Bliss, Rev. Daniel (married Abbie Wood, Deac. Luke Sweetser's niece; founded the Protestant College, Beirut; obtained a cedar of Lebanon log for the construction of the Amherst church pulpit; pp. 30-32)
  • Bliss, Frederick (archaeologist son of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Bliss, p. 32)
  • Bliss, Howard Sweetser (son of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Bliss, p. 32)
  • Blymyer, Miss (sister of "Miss Ella" of Marietta, Ohio, and later the wife of Gen. Charles E. Dawes; p. 41)
  • Blymyer, Ella (from Marietta, Ohio; p. 41)
  • Boltwood ("children" mentioned but not specifically named, p. 51)
  • Boltwood ("daughters" of Hon. Lucius Manlius Boltwood, p. 55)
  • Boltwood ("School Mate" referenced in a note by Emily Dickinson to Mrs. Lucius Boltwood upon her son's death, pp. 54-55)
  • Boltwood, Prof. Bertram B. (Yale professor and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 62)
  • Boltwood, Elvira Wright (granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 53)
  • Boltwood, Fanny Haskins (granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, pp. 53-54)
  • Boltwood, Mrs. Fanny Haskins Shepard (known as Mrs. Lucius Boltwood; pp. 48, 50-55, 62, photograph before p. 47)
  • Boltwood, Lucius (leading figure in Amherst society; pp. 48-51, 53, 55, 62)
  • Boltwood, Mrs. Lucius (formerly Fanny Haskins Shepard; a leading figure in Amherst society and the mother of Hon. Lucius Manlius Boltwood; pp. 48, 50-55, 62, photograph before p. 47)
  • Boltwood, Hon. Lucius Manlius (Amherst College librarian, 1852 to 1863, and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Boltwood; pp. 55-56, photograph before p. 47)
  • Boswell (author, p. 43)
  • Bowdoin, James (Bowdoin College benefactor, p. 21)
  • Bowles, Sam (Springfield Republican editor, p. 14)
  • Breck, Rev. Robert (Springfield preacher who delivered the funeral sermon for the junior Rev. David Parsons, p. 21)
  • Brown ("children" mentioned but not specifically named, p. 62)
  • Brown, Charles T. (sold his house to Dickinson Cowles, p. 62)
  • Brown, Mrs. Charles T. (mother of Nina Brown, p. 62)
  • Brown, Nina (Smith College archivist, p. 62)
  • Brummel, Beau (fashion figure referenced in connection with Prof. Goodell, p. 90)
  • Bullard (painted a portrait of Mrs. Deborah Haskins Shepard, 1839, and a portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Boltwood; pp. 52-53)
  • Burgess, Prof. John W. (author and professor, p. 65)
  • Burnett, Prof. Charles (Bowdoin College professor, p. 93)
  • Bynner, Witter (edited the sonnets of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, p. 43)
  • Byron, Lord (friend of Prof. Alexander Van Millingen's father, p. 59)


  • Carroll, Lewis (author, p. 90)
  • Carter, Samuel C. (established, along with John S. Adams, Amherst's first printing press; p. 45)
  • Cate, Dr. Hamilton J. (established an Amherst town library, p. 83)
  • Cate, Mrs. Hamilton J. (grand-niece of Washington Irving, p. 83)
  • Cheng, Sir Chen-tung Liang (knighted by Queen Victoria, p. 89)
  • Choate, Rufus (entertained by Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 51)
  • Church (builder of the Amherst village church, p. 27)
  • Clark, Rev. Eber L. (father of Helen Mary Clark, p. 93)
  • Clark, Helen Mary (daughter of Rev. Eber L. Clark, p. 93)
  • Clark, Millie (became Mrs. Frank W. Stearns, p. 33)
  • Clark, Mrs. Orton (granddaughter of Mrs. Cooper, p. 82)
  • Clark, Col. William S. (Massachusetts Agricultural College president; pp. 32-34, 68)
  • Colton, Rev. Aaron M. (First Parish pastor, c. 1850, and the brother of Rev. Walter Colton; p. 22)
  • Colton, Rev. Walter (Navy chaplain; a travel book author, 1850s; the brother of Rev. Aaron M. Colton; p. 22)
  • Conybeare (author, p. 36)
  • Coolidge, Calvin (President of the United States, p. 89)
  • Coolidge (spelled "Cooledge" in the memoir), Susan (children's book author and the sister of Dora Woolsey, p. 84)
  • Cooper (family generally; pp. 42-43, 82)
  • Cooper ("father" of Mary Ingersoll Cooper, p. 42)
  • Cooper (student "doctor" son of Mrs. Cooper, p. 43)
  • Cooper, "Mrs." or "Mrs. Abbie" (had a pew next to the Allen family pew; took Mary Adele Allen for drives; pp. 41-43, 69, 82)
  • Cooper, Alice (became Mrs. Frederick Tuckerman; pp. 43, 82)
  • Cooper, Elizabeth (left Amherst society, p. 43)
  • Cooper, James (companion of Mary Adele Allen, p. 43)
  • Cooper, Mary Ingersoll (friend of Mary Adele Allen; had an old-fashioned garden; pp. 42-43, 69, 82)
  • Cowles, Dickinson ("Dick") (bought the house of Charles T. Brown, pp. 62-63)
  • Cox, Allen (architect, p. 10)
  • Crowell, Mr. (referenced in a letter, p. 90)
  • Crowell, Mrs. Edward P. (had a garden on Amity Street, p. 70)
  • Crowell, Prof. Edward P. (Latin professor, pp. 69-70)
  • Cutler, George (connected to Amherst's public library, p. 83)


  • Dana, Richard Henry (author, p. 36)
  • Davis, Mrs. (owned a barn; the mother of Hattie Davis; pp. 63, 87-88, 91)
  • Davis, Fanny Stearns (married name of the wife of Rev. W. V. W. Davis and the maiden name of the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W. V. W. Davis, p. 64)
  • Davis, Hattie (taught Naibu Kanda, p. 87)
  • Davis, Rev. W. V. W. (married Fanny Stearns, p. 64)
  • Davis, William Stearns (son of Rev. and Mrs. W. V. W. Davis, p. 64)
  • Dawes, Gen. Charles E. (married Miss Blymyer, p. 41)
  • Delano, Charles (Northampton judge and the brother of Mrs. Eliza Parkman Delano Stoddard, p. 48)
  • Delano, Eliza Parkman (daughter of Gideon Delano, p. 48)
  • Delano, Gideon (bought the house of Mrs. Deborah Haskins Shepard, p. 48)
  • Dewey, Melvil (Amherst College librarian, pp. 89-90)
  • Dickinson (family generally; pp. 13, 23-24, 41, 44, 76-77)
  • Dickinson, Mme. (Northampton dressmaker; pp. 73, 91)
  • Dickinson, Austin (lawyer, an Amherst landscaper, and the brother of Emily Dickinson; pp. 13-14, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 71-72, 75)
  • Dickinson, Mrs. Austin (gave Mary Adele Allen a book illustrated by Gustave Dore, p. 75)
  • Dickinson, Hon. Edward (Congressman and the father of Emily Dickinson; sold a pew to M. Adams Allen, 1859; pp. 13, 23-24, 41, 44)
  • Dickinson, Mrs. Edward (mother of Emily Dickinson, p. 41)
  • Dickinson, Emily E. (poet; pp. 12-13, 24, 41, 44, 54-55, 59, 61, 65, 73, 76-78, 84)
  • Dickinson, Lavinia ("Vinnie") (sister of Emily Dickinson; pp. 41, 45, 73-74, 76, 78)
  • Dickinson, Samuel Fowler (had a law firm, c. 1817; p. 49)
  • Dickinson, Wm. A. (witnessed the signing of Hon. Edward Dickinson's pew Deed to M. Adams Allen, 1859; p. 23)
  • Dodge, Rev. S. (helped to obtain a cedar of Lebanon log for the construction of the Amherst church pulpit, p. 31)
  • Dore, Gustave (book illustrator, p. 75)
  • Dwight, Timothy (connected to Yale, p. 21)
  • Dwight, Dr. William (father of William George Dwight, p. 93)
  • Dwight, William George (son of Dr. William Dwight and Helen Mary Clark, p. 93)


  • Eastman, Julia (Dana Hall founder and a niece of Solomon Eastman, pp. 61-62)
  • Eastman, Sarah (Dana Hall founder and a niece of Solomon Eastman, pp. 61-62)
  • Eastman, Solomon (had three daughters, p. 61)
  • Eaton, Walter Prichard (quoted, p. 69)
  • Elwell, Prof. (Amherst College professor, p. 17)
  • Emerson ("mother" of Ralph Waldo Emerson, p. 54)
  • Emerson, Laura (taught Sunday school in Grace Church, p. 61)
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo (poet and a first cousin of Mrs. Lucius Boltwood; pp. 51, 53-54)
  • Emily, "Aunt" (cook employed by the Amherst House, pp. 73-74)
  • Esty ("children" mentioned but not specifically named, p. 17)
  • Esty, Prof. William Cole (Amherst College professor of mathematics, p. 79)


  • Fairbanks (family, p. 32)
  • Fearing, H. D. (had a house near the circus grounds, p. 50)
  • Fearing, Laura (cousin of the Blymyer sisters, pp. 41-42)
  • Ferry, Mme. (Northampton dressmaker; pp. 73, 91)
  • Ferry, Sarah (aunt of Julia and Sarah Eastman, p. 62)
  • Field, Eugene (friend of Mary Adele Allen; held boyhood performances in the barn of the Boltwood family; pp. 11-12, 51, 60, 86)
  • Field, Mrs. Eugene (mentioned as the "wife" of Eugene Field, p. 11)
  • Field, Henry P. (judge, p. 80)
  • Field, Roswell ("Rosie") (brother of Eugene Field; pp. 11, 60)
  • Field, Rev. Thomas P. (Amherst College pastor and the father of Henry P. Field, p. 80)
  • Fiske, Helen (author known as Helen Hunt Jackson; pp. 12-13, 57, 63, 77)
  • Fiske, Prof. Nathan (Amherst College professor and the father of Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson; pp. 13, 63)
  • Fitch, Clyde (playwright, p. 87)
  • Ford, Gordon L. (married Emily Fowler, p. 12)
  • Ford, Mrs. Gordon L. (formerly Emily Fowler, p. 12)
  • Ford, Paul Leicester (son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Ford, p. 12)
  • Ford, Worthington (son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Ford, p. 12)
  • Forsythe, William (gave his name to forsythia, p. 68)
  • Fowler, Emily (Prof. William C. Fowler's daughter, who married Gordon L. Ford; p. 12)
  • Fowler, Mrs. William C. (mentioned as the "daughter" of Noah Webster, pp. 10-11)
  • Fowler, Prof. William C. (Amherst College professor of rhetoric and elocution; married Noah Webster's daughter; pp. 10-12, 85-86)
  • French, Mary (Eugene Field's guardian, who was the daughter of Mrs. Jones; pp. 11-13, 83)
  • Fuess, Claude Moore (author, p. 85)


  • G., M. L. (poet; p. 58, diploma photograph before the title page)
  • Gardiner, Prof. H. Norman (Englishman and Smith College philosophy professor; pp. 16, 92)
  • Gates, Pres. (Amherst College president, p. 83)
  • Gifford, Mrs. Fanny Stearns Davis (granddaughter of Pres. Stearns, p. 64)
  • Goessmann (spelled "Goessman" in the memoir), Dr. (connected to the Massachusetts Agricultural College, p. 68)
  • Goodell, Prof. (became a Massachusetts Agricultural College president, pp. 90-91)
  • Gough, John B. (entertained by Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 51)
  • Grant, Gen. (became President of the United States, p. 64)
  • Greeley, Miss (sent a night-blooming cereus to the Allen family, p. 69)
  • Green, Misses (gave dancing lessons, p. 63)
  • Greene (co-wrote a hymn book, p. 24)
  • Grosvenor, Prof. Edwin A. (Amherst College professor, p. 79)


  • Hall, Francis (from Elmira, New York; brought honeysuckle from Japan; p. 68)
  • Hallock, Leavitt (gave Hallock Park, formerly Baker's Grove, to Amherst College; p. 57)
  • Hamlin, Cyrus (founder of Robert College, Constantinople; p. 32)
  • Hardy, Alpheus (befriended Joseph Neesima, p. 33)
  • Hardy, Mrs. Alpheus (befriended Joseph Neesima, p. 33)
  • Harrison, Benjamin (law partner of Cyrus Hinds, p. 58)
  • Hartwell ("children" mentioned but not specifically named, p. 32)
  • Haskins (mentioned as the "grandfather" of Mrs. Fanny Haskins Shepard Boltwood and Ralph Waldo Emerson, p. 53)
  • Haskins, Deborah (married Rev. Mase Shepard; pp. 48, 52)
  • Hathorne, George (New York man who drew the Amherst village church plan; pp. 27, 31)
  • Henderson, Peter (imported Japanese trees and shrubs, p. 68)
  • Herbert (English poet, p. 12)
  • Hickok, Mrs. Laurens P. (interested in missions and held benefit fairs, pp. 80-81)
  • Hickok, Rev. Laurens P. (textbook author, pp. 80-81)
  • Hills, Dwight (bank president and a son of L. M. Hills, p. 41)
  • Hills, Mrs. Dwight (bequeathed property to the Amherst Woman's Club, p. 41)
  • Hills, Henry (contributed to the location of the Amherst village church, p. 27)
  • Hills, Mrs. Henry (brought bunches of jockey club when visiting, p. 70)
  • Hills, Henry F. (son of L. M. Hills, p. 41)
  • Hills, Mrs. Henry F. (seen in church, p. 41)
  • Hills, L. M. (Amherst hat manufacturer, p. 41)
  • Hills, Mrs. L. M. (grandmother of Laura Fearing, pp. 41-42)
  • Hinds, Cyrus (law partner of Benjamin Harrison, p. 58)
  • Hitchcock ("children" mentioned but not specifically named, p. 17)
  • Hitchcock (family generally, pp. 58-59)
  • Hitchcock ("girls" who performed in Barrett Gymnasium plays, p. 81)
  • Hitchcock, Pres. (Amherst College president and the father of Emily Hitchcock; pp. 55, 58-59, 65-66, 82-83)
  • Hitchcock, Albert (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Bessie (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Caroline (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Charles (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Edward (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Dr. Edward (Amherst College professor of physical education; pp. 82, 85, 89)
  • Hitchcock, Emily (Pres. Hitchcock's daughter, who became the wife of Rev. C. M. Terry; p. 59)
  • Hitchcock, John (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Lucy (playmate of Mary Adele Allen, p. 82)
  • Hitchcock, Mrs. Orra White (wife of Pres. Hitchcock, pp. 57-59)
  • Hobbs, Rev. (missionary who brought his family to Amherst, p. 32)
  • Holland, Dr. Josiah Gilbert (Springfield Republican editor, p. 36)
  • Holland, Mrs. Josiah Gilbert (visited Amherst, p. 36)
  • Holmes (mentioned in connection with a hymn and a quotation; pp. 39, 45)
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell (entertained by Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 51)
  • Howard, "Brother" (referenced in a Parsons quotation, p. 45)
  • Howe, Julia Ward (mentioned in connection with a hymn, p. 39)
  • Howells, Mr. (referenced in a note by Emily Dickinson to Mrs. Lucius Boltwood, p. 54)
  • Howland, Misses (had a school for children, p. 62)
  • Howson (author, p. 36)
  • Hoyt (builder of the Amherst village church, p. 27)
  • Humphrey, Pres. (Amherst College president; pp. 10, 82, 85-87, 93)
  • Hunt, Helen (author known as Helen Hunt Jackson; the daughter of Prof. Nathan Fiske; pp. 12-13, 57, 63, 77)
  • Hunter, Dexter (lived in Hadley, p. 47)


  • Ingraham, Rev. J. H. (author, p. 36)
  • Irving, Washington (author, p. 83)


  • Jackson, Andrew (President of the United States, p. 20)
  • Jackson, Helen Hunt (author and the daughter of Prof. Nathan Fiske; pp. 12-13, 57, 63, 77)
  • James (family, p. 81)
  • James, Miss (became Mrs. Julius H. Seelye, p. 81)
  • James, Mary Adela (wrote a poem about flowers, 1854; married M. Adams Allen and became the mother of Mary Adele Allen; pp. 58-60, 67, many other pages, diploma photograph before the title page)
  • Jenkins ("father" of Rev. Jonathan Leavitt Jenkins, p. 34)
  • Jenkins, Mrs. Jonathan Leavitt (played Christmas carols; pp. 31, 34, 37, 62, 75, photograph after p. 26)
  • Jenkins, Rev. Jonathan Leavitt (First Church pastor, 1867-1877; pp. 15, 26-31, 34-39, 62, 74-75, photograph after p. 26)
  • Jessup, Rev. (wrote an article about the Lebanon cedar forests, pp. 30-31)
  • Jesup, Prof. (botanist; pp. 17-18, 67)
  • Johnson (subject of a Boswell work, p. 43)
  • Jones, Mrs. (mother of Mary French; an aunt of Eugene Field; pp. 11-12, 51, 83)
  • Jones, Samuel Minot (bequest established Amherst's public library building, p. 83)
  • Judd, Sylvester (friend of Hon. Lucius Manlius Boltwood, p. 55)


  • Kalm, Pehr (quoted, p. 82)
  • Kanda, Naibu (attended Amherst College and later became a baron, pp. 87-89)
  • Kast, Sally Inman (married Rev. George Champlin Shepard; p. 52, silhouette)
  • Keats (poet quoted, p. 69)
  • Knox, William (poet, p. 78)


  • Ladd, Mr. (referenced in a letter by Ralph Waldo Emerson, p. 54)
  • Larcom, Lucy (elocution teacher; quoted; pp. 46, 59-60)
  • Leland, Deac. (held prayer meetings at Gideon Delano's house, p. 48)
  • Leland, Mrs. (widow of Deac. Leland, p. 48)
  • Lessey, C. W. (contractor for the Amherst village church, p. 27)
  • Lincoln, Abraham (President of the United States; pp. 64, 71, 84)
  • Lincoln, Dr. Robert (New York man who built the house of the Misses Green, p. 63)
  • Lind, Jenny (sang at Northampton, 1851; pp. 39, 71)
  • Longfellow, Henry W. (poet; pp. 59, 71)
  • Lorraine, Claude (artist, p. 70)
  • Lothrop, Rev. Charles (conducted services for Zion's Chapel, p. 79)
  • Lovell (photographer credited for the 1866 photograph before p. 9)
  • Lyon, Mary (founder of Mount Holyoke College, p. 58)


  • Mack, Gen. David (married Mrs. Harriet Parsons Washburn; bought the birthplace of Emily Dickinson; pp. 11, 44)
  • Mack, Mrs. David (formerly Mrs. Harriet Parsons Washburn; the widow of Rev. Royal Washburn; an aunt of Mary Williams; pp. 11, 22, 44-46)
  • Marsh, Mrs. (lived in the house of Gen. Stoddard, pp. 68-69)
  • Marsh, Robbie (Mrs. Marsh's son, who ran a foreign stamp exchange; p. 69)
  • Marvel, Ik (author who was born as Donald G. Mitchell, p. 57)
  • Mason (co-wrote a hymn book, p. 24)
  • Mather, Alice (performed in Barrett Gymnasium plays, p. 81)
  • Mitchell, Donald G. (author known as Ik Marvel, p. 57)
  • Montague (owner of a Main Street lot, p. 27)
  • Montague, Prof. (Amherst College professor of modern languages, p. 80)
  • Montague, George (lived on Main Street, p. 40)
  • Montague, Harriet (sister of George and Zebina Montague, p. 40)
  • Montague, Zebina (brother of George and Harriet Montague, p. 40)
  • Moore (poet, p. 60)
  • Moore, Pres. (first president of Amherst College; pp. 10, 82, 85-86, 93, photograph description before p. 9)







Hadley, Massachusetts, Names in 1909 Souvenir (Historic Hadley, Quarter Millennial Souvenir)


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