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These are the graves of my 6th great-grandparents, Lieutenant Richard Haseltine and his wife Abigail Chadwick.   They are found at the Ancient Burying Ground at Bradford, Massachusetts.

They left Bradford and were founders of the town of Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire; but both bodies were returned to the family plot and interred in Bradford, Ma. 

Richard’s father was Abraham Haseltine, and his grandfather was Robert Haseltine, who arrived in Salem aboard the John of London in 1638, led by the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers.  They were Puritans who left their homes in England to pursue religious freedom in the new colony.

Richard’s son, Amos, had six sons who fought in the Revolution.  One of his younger sons, Ebenezer Haseltine, went on to found the town of Moretown, Vermont, by way of one of the Benning Wentworth New Hampshire land grants

So that’s a quick and dirty family history, to put these ancestors into some historical perspective.

“Here Lies Buried the Body of Lieut Richard Haseltine who Died the 8th of March 1755 and in the 76 Years of his age.”

“Hear lyes buried the body of Mrs. Abigail Haseltine the wife of Lieut Richard Haseltine who died July the 24th 1743 in the 60th year of her age.”

Thanks for these images goes to Harlene Soper-Brown, a distant cousin, who put these pictures on the Find a Grave website for all to share and appreciate.  Thank you, Harlene.  I myself have been to Bradford looking for these graves, but I apparently was barking up all of the wrong trees.

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Francis Marion Lewis was my paternal grandmother’s maternal grandfather.  That makes him my 2nd great-grandfather.  He was born in March of  1837, probably in Clarion, Pennsylvania.   He died in the year 1919.  The 1910 census has him living in Pittsburg with his wife,  Nettie (Blackmer) Lewis, and 4 of their children, my great-grandmother, Anna Corbett (Lewis) Haseltine,  included.

Francis Lewis served in the Union Army during the Civil War from July 5, 1861-June 11, 1864.  He served in the  10th Pennsylvania Reserves, 39th Regiment Volunteers, Company E, recruited in Clarion County.  He mustered out with his company as a 1st Sergeant, after having been held prisoner at Gaines’ Mill, and having been wounded at Fredericksburg.

I’m grateful for his service, and even more grateful he survived and went on to have a family.

For more fascinating reading on what my great-grandfather and the others of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves did during  the Civil War, check out the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves for an online history.  They saw action at Gettysburg, Antietam, and the 2nd Bull Run, among others.