Sunday, October 18, 2009


The John Judd Hazen family appeared in Hornby only in the 1860 census, but thanks to The Hazen Family in America, compiled by Tracy Elliot Hazen and published in 1947, we know a great deal about where they came from and what happened to them. John, the son of Anson and Hannah (Townsend) Hazen, was the descendant of immigrant ancestor Edward Hazen born 1614 England. He was a lumber dealer in 1860, living in Hornby Forks with his wife Esther Jane Hale of Williamsport, PA and four year old son William Hale Hazen who was born in Hornby 3 October 1856.

The family returned to Williamsport. There was a stillborn daughter born March 1862 and Esther died in November at the age of twenty five. John returned to his birthplace of Carmel, NY where he died in 1864 age thirty five.

Their son William lived in Williamsport with his maternal grandparents William H. and Eliza (Bradley) Hale into the 1870s. In June 1880 he was in Carmel, a locomotive engineer boarding in the household of butcher Charles Brewster and wife Mary Tandy. He married their daughter Nellie in July and they had four children before divorcing in 1895. That same year he married Gertrude Wheeler with whom he had three more children. They lived in Brooklyn where in 1900 he was a saloon keeper and in 1910 a chauffer. Gertrude reportedly died about 1914. I have yet to discover what happened to William, but have some additional information on his children posted at the Hornby site.

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