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Harrington Descendants

From Stephentown Genealogy

The information on this page was sent to Tina Ordone in 1999 by Dick Lacatell, with whom she shares g-g grandparents with - Pascal Sweener (Chouinard) and Sarah Carr. Lewis Sweener, who married Lydia Harrington was the son of Pascal and Sarah Harrington


Generation 1

Samuel Harrington, Sr. ?

Child of Samuel and ?

1. Samuel, Jr. b. in 1769 in Stephentown; m. Nancy Anner

Generation 2

Samuel Jr. b. 1769; m. Nancy Anner:

Children of Samuel Jr. and Nancy:

1. John A. b. May 1, 1795 in Cherry Plain, NY; m. there March 10, 1814 to Mary (Polly) Rounds of Round Mountain near Hancock, Mass. He was killed there by a hemlock tree falling on him May 11, 1858. Mary was the daughter of Moses Rounds and wife, Honor and was born August 29, 1796 and d. January 6, 1785. Her father, Moses Rounds was b. September 3, 1767 and d. February 5, 1853; his wife Honor was b. 1765 and d. March 14, 1834.

2. Jacob. b. Stephentown, NY 1791. He was a farmer residing there at census of 1850 with John A. and Polly Rounds.

Generation 3

John A. b. May 1, 1795 in Cherry Plain, NY; m. there March 10, 1814 to Mary (Polly) Rounds of Round Mountain near Hancock, Mass. He was killed there by a hemlock tree falling on him May 11, 1858. Mary was the daughter of Moses Rounds and wife, Honor and was born August 29, 1796 and d. January 6, 1785. Her father, Moses Rounds was b. September 3, 1767 and d. February 5, 1853; his wife Honor was b. 1765 and d. March 14, 1834. He was Path Master in Stephentown, NY for District No. 41 for years: 1834, 1837, 1839, 1844 and 1851. He was Path Master for District No. 43 in the year 1853. He was shown there in Federal Census for 1831, 1840 and 1850. In 1850 there was residing in his home an elderly man, Jacob Harrington, born 1791, probably his brother.

Children of John A. and Mary (Polly) Rounds Harrington:

1. Honor Orilla b. Cherry Plain May 10, 1813; d. there May 30, 1815

2. William Alonzo b. Cherry Plain July 3, 1816; d. March 23, 1887 at Washington, Mass.; m. Melissa Cane b. at Williamstown, Mass 1826; d. March 24, 1893.

3. Lorenzo b. Cherry Plain April 6, 1818; d. there May 10, 1901; m. there to Sarah Trites, b. September 22, 1830. They had 6 children.

4. John A. b. Cherry Plain May 14, 1820; d. November 13, 1869 (note reads “cripple”; m. Lucinda Morse b. June 8, 1829. They had three children.

5. Melvina b. Cherry Plain 1822; d. there June 5, 1862; m. there Peter Parker; had. James and Augustus

6. Honor b. Cherry Plain October 3, 1824; d. October 16, 1863; m. there Lorenzo Carr b. May 12, 1814; d. October 16, 1885

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7. George Washington b. Cherry Plain November 13, 1831; d. there December 10, 1920; m. 1) Mary E. Atwater on June 11, 1855. She was b. January 27, 1833; George m. 2) Mary Brown of Becket, Mass., on August 12, 1869. By his first wife he had two children and by the second wife, he had four. In 1853 he was Path Master of district No. 46 and in 1865 he was Path master for District No. 55. He was residing with his parent in 1850.

8. Henry b. 1842 in Stephentown. Was residing with his parents in 1850.

Generation 4

William Alonzo b. 1816; d. 1887; m. Melissa Cane b. 1826 d. 1893; both are buried under the stone Thomas Alonzo Harrington and his wife Melissa in Pittsfield, Mass. cemetery, Westlawn section Lot # 152. Cemetery office has no record of Thomas. City Hall Records show only William Alonzo, stone also has wrong dates.

Children of William Alonzo and Melissa Cane Harrington:

1. William Henry b. Cherry Plain April 25, 1842; d. Pittsfield, Mass February 13, 1913; m. there Mary Ellsworth of Stephentown and had children.

Obit from Berkshire Eagle February 13, 1913

“William Henry Harrington William Henry Harrington, 70, died at 3:45 o’clock this morning at the home of his nephew, Walter B. Harrington on Danforth Avenue after an illness with bronchitis dating from last September. Mr. Harrington was b. in Stephentown, NY, where he married Miss Mary F. Ellsworth of that place. They came to Pittsfield about 40 years ago, living the remainder of their lives here. Mr. Harrington died 12 years ago. Mr. Harrington was employed as a teamster to the time of his sickness. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and leaves two sons, George E. and Irving and two daughters, Mrs. Henry Van Valkenburgh and Miss Mildred H. Harrington and five brothers, Fred, Frank, Oscar, Adelbert and Alton, all of Pittsfield.”


2. Oscar of Stephentown b. Cherry Plain March 13, 1844; d. Pittsfield, Mass December 5, 1916; m. there Mary Moore of Sand Lake, NY, who was b. August 18, 1851 and d. Pittsfield, Mass march 25, 1921. They had children. He resided in Stephentown with his parents in 1850.

Obit from Berkshire Eagle, December 6, 1916:

“Oscar J. Harrington Oscar Harrington, aged 72 years died last night at his home at 99 Seymour Street after a lingering illness. He was born in Stephentown, NY on March 13, 1849, but had spent the greater portion of his life in this city. He retired from active work a number of years ago. Besides his wife, his survivors are four sons, Walter, James, Arthur and Alonzo Harrington of this city and three daughters, Mrs. Miles rochello and Mrs Theodore Durea (note: Viola Durea Houser)of this city and Mrs. Pierce of Dalton. Also four brothers, Frederick, Frank and Robert Harrington of this city and Ardon Harrington of Stephentown, NY and a sister, Mrs. Henry Secords of Springfield. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and Rev. W.L. Genzmer will officiate. Burial will be in the Pittsfield Cemetery.


3. Frederick b. Cherry Plain July 4, 1846; d. Pittsfield, Mass January 3, 1918; m. Mary Donnolly from Ireland; they had children; He resided in Stephentown with his parents in 1850.

Obit from Berkshire Eagle January 4, 1918

“Fred A. Harrington

Fred A. Harrington age 70 years, died at his home at 92 Brown Street yesterday afternoon after a lingering illness. He was born in Berlin NY on July 4, 1874, the son of Thomas Alonzo and Melissa C. Harrington. He had lived in this city for more than 50 years and at one time conducted a livery stable at North and Wahconah Streets, where the Pittsfield Car Barn now stands. He retired from business some years ago. Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. D.T. Lambrert, Mrs. Edward Lambert, Mrs. Albert jones and Miss Nora Harrington, all of this city and Sister M. Flavian of Springfield; two sons Thomas and William Harrington of this city; a sister, Mrs. Henry Sager (Polly Ann Harrington) of Springfield and three brothers, Frank K., Delbert and Alton Harrington of this city. The funeral will be held on Monday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s of the Morning Star Church. Rev. Jeremiah A. Riordan will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.”


4. Polly Ann b. Cherry Plain 1848 or 1849; d. Pittsfield about 1923; m. Henry Sickers of Washington, Mass and they had: Minnie, Fred and Jennie; who d. about 1875. She resided in Stephentown with parents in 1850.

5. Frank b. Cherry Plain about 1850; d. Pittsfield, Mass September 13, 1919; m. there Katherine O’Kieff of Richmond, Mass.

6. Lydia b. Cherry Plain January 24, 1855; d. Pittsfield, Mass December 30, 1905; m. Lewis Sweener of the same place; b. April 4, 1856 and d. in Wyomanock, NY July 10, 1927. They had Frank, Pascal and George.

Obit from Pittsfield Evening Journal December 20, 1905

“Mrs. Lydia Harrington Sweener

Mrs. Lydia Sweener, aged 51 years, wife of Louis Sweener died this morning in the House of Mercy after a long illness. Mrs. Sweener had lived in this city about four years, having come here from Stephentown, where she was well known. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, George, Frank L. and Pascal Lewis Sweener. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made, but it will probably he held Monday afternoon. Buried Pittsfield Cemetery, Westlawn #152.”

 Lydia Harrington Sweener


7. Adelbert Eugene (Delmar) b. Cherry Plain 1861; m. Delia Gibbons from Meath, Ireland b. 1858 and d. in Pittsfield, Mass. November 30, 1946. Adelbert d. in Pittsfield March 6, 1942. They had children and resided in Pittsfield from about 1880 to death dates. He moved to Washington, Mass. with his parents in 1868. He won a silver cup as champion old time fiddler of Berkshire County about 1927. He met Delia when he was a coachman and she a chamber maid both employed at the Maplewood Hotel in Pittsfield, Mass. Both were illiterate.

Obit from Berkshire Eagle – March 7, 1942

“Ex-Champion fiddler Dies in Hospital

Adelbert Eugene Harrington 81, Held County Title

Adelbert E. Harrington 81, of 185 Toronita Avenue, former champion fiddler for square dances in Berkshire County, died last night at St. Luke’s Hospital after a prolonged illness.

Born in Stephentown, NY, Mr. Harrington lived in Pittsfield more than 60 years. One of his prized possessions was the silver trophy presented him many years ago on willing the fiddler championship title.

He was well known throughout Berkshire County for his tuneful fiddling. He was a member of St Charles Church and belonged to the Holy Name Society.

Survivors are his widow, the former Delia Gibbons, five daughters, Mrs. A.F. Boure, Mrs. Edith Zahn and Mrs. Stella Hovey, all of this city, Mrs. Delia Wheeler of Hinsdale and Mrs. Clarence Hassan of Poestenkill, NY and one son, Michael J. Harrington of Pittsfield, 30 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The body rests at the Devanny Funeral Home, Maplewood Avenue where the funeral will be Tuesday morning at 8”30 followed at 9 at St. Charles church with a high mass of requiem. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Houghtling plot section L, lot 23.”


Obit from Berkshire Eagle, Saturday, November 30, 1946

“ Mrs. Harrington Dies, Leaving 71 Grand, Great-Grandchildren

Mrs. Delia Gibbons Harrington, 86, widow of Adelbert Harrington, of Hinsdale, died this morning at St. Luke’s Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Harrington was born in Meath, Ireland, and had lived in Pittsfield 65 years, before moving to Hinsdale. She was a communicant of t. Patrick’s Church, Hinsdale. Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Delia Wheeler, of Hinsdale; Mrs. Clarence Hassan of Poestenkill, NY, Mrs. A.F. Boure; Mrs. Edith Zahn and Mrs. Stella Hovey and one son, Michael J. Harrington, all of Pittsfield; also 30 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The body reposes at the Davanny Funeral Home where friends may call tonight, Sunday and Monday evening from 7 to 10 tomorrow and Monday afternoon from 2 to 3. Buried Houghtling Lot, Sec. L, Lot 23, St. Joseph Cemetery, Pittsfield.”

8. Alton b. Cherry Plain February 2, 1863; d. July 13, 1934; m. Mary Cox and had children. He resided with Pascal Sweener at Wyomanock, NY

Obit from Berkshire Eagle July 14, 1934 “Alton D. Harrington

Alton D. Harrington, 71, at the House of Mercy Hospital yesterday afternoon at 3:00. He was born at Stephentown, NY, February 2, 1863. He was a shoemaker by trade but was for some time employed in railroad work. He had made his home for the past three years with is son, Eugene Harrington of Centennial Avenue, who survives. Also surviving are a brother Adelbert, of Pittsfield; two daughters, Mrs. Lydia Cassidy and Mrs. Beatrice Miner, both of Dalton; one other son, William of New Haven, Conn. and six grandchildren, The funeral services are to be held Monday morning at 9 o’clock in the St. Agnes Church, of which Mr. Harrington became a member recently. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.”

Generation 5

William Henry b. in Cherry Plain April 25, 1842; d. Pittsfield February 13, 1913; m. Mary Ellsworth of Stephentown:

Child of William Henry and Mary Ellsworth Harrington:

1. William d. May 19, 1909.

Article of his death from Berkshire Eagle May 20, 1909:

“Desire For More Drink Proved Fatal

William Harrington told to finish work at 3 O’clock; Goes after more liquor.

Mrs. Garbarino only witness of accident in which he met death yesterday afternoon on McKay St.

The funeral of William Harrington, who was killed yesterday afternoon by being run over by his own team on McKay Street, will probably be held Saturday.

The accident happened near the Harder stable, and as far as ca be learned, the only eye witness of Harrington’s tragic ending was Mrs. Ralph Garbarino, who lives on McKay Street. The weight of the wagon with the load of gravel was about three tons.

Assistant Medical Examiner Flynn viewed the body, finding that in addition to a broken neck, Harrington’s face was badly mangled. The body was taken I charge by Undertakers Wellington and Crosier, who prepared it for burial and then took it to his home on Crosier Street.

The manner in which Harrington came to his death was particularly sad, because it was a desire for “one more drink” that undoubtedly brought him to the fatal accident. He had been working during the afternoon drawing gravel from the cellar of the new Y.M.C.A. building. During the afternoon, Daniel Walsh, the contractor, saw that Harrington had been drinking and at 3 o’clock he considered that the man was unfit for further employment that afternoon because of his condition.

Consequently, Mr. Walsh ordered him to take the load to a place on Fourth Street and to go home after delivering it. Harrington, however, insisted that he must have another drink and apparently it was this carving which caued him to drive his team in the direction of the fatal spot, as he had no other reason for being there. Leaving the cellar, Harrington drove his team down North Street and Depot Street into Clapp Avenue and thence up West Street into McKay Street, where the fatality occurred. As he drove up West Street it was noticed that he was unsteady in his seat and it is evident that he lost control of himself and fell from the wagon after turning into the side street.

Mrs. Garbarino, who lives south of the Harder stable, was hanging clothes out to dry when Harrington passed. She remarked at the time that she thought he must be intoxicated or stricken by shock. Only a second after, she had made the remark, she saw the man fall from his seat and saw the wheels grind down on his head. His teeth were knocked out of his head and the wound was from the chin, up over the top of the head. A blood stained patch of dirt marks today the scene of the accident.

He is survived by his widow, one son, Charles, two brothers George and Irving and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Van Valenburg and Miss Millie Harrington.” Oscar Harrington b. March 13, 1844; d. December 5, 1916; m. Mary Moore

Children of Oscar and Mary Moore Harrington:

1. Lillia Henrietta b. January 29, 1870 in Pittsfield; m. Nelson Pierce of Windsor, Mass. They had: Alfred, Herbert, Francis, Homer, Mabel, Bertha, Elizabeth, Dora and one child who died in infancy.

2. Harriet b. April 16, 1871 in Pittsfield; m. there November 7, 1888 to Miles Rochal of Canada and they had: Alfred, Thomas, Walter, Bessie, Agnes, Grace and Anna

3. Lucy b. about 1873 in Pittsfield; d. 1890; unmarried

4. Walter b. January 3, 1875 in Pittsfield; m. Etta Hoover and had a set of twins and one girl.

5. James b. May 13, 1877 in Pittsfield; m. Bessie Kent, b. April 8, 1874; no issue.

6. Arthur b. about 1879 in Pittsfield; m. Grace and had four children.

7. Violet b. about 1881 in Pittsfield; m. 1) Teddy Dercay and 2) Leonard Howser and they resided in Pittsfield in 1928; no issue.

8. William (Alonzo) b. July 22, 1884 in Pittsfield; m. Catharine Lyons of Ireland; no issue.

Frederick b. July 4, 1846; d. January 3, 1918; m. Mary Donnolly.

Children of Frederick and Mary Donnally Harrington:

1. Frederick b. Pittsfield about 1875; d. young

2. Mary Ellen b. Pittsfield about 1877; m. there Nicholas Lambert of same place. They had Nicholas b. 1906 and Esther.

3. Nora b. Pittsfield about 1879; was residing there in 1928; unmarried. 4. Julia b. Pittsfield about 1881; She was a Nun.

5. Elizabeth b. Pittsfield about 1883; m. there Edward Lambert. They had no natural children, but one adopted.

6. Katie b. Pittsfield about 1885; m. there Bert Jones. They had 9 children; resided near Lanesborough, Mass.

7. Thomas b. Pittsfield about 1887; d. there 1915; m. Ella Goff.

Frank b. Cherry Plain about 1850; d. Pittsfield, Mass September 13, 1919; m. there Katherine O’Kieff of Richmond, Mass.

Children of Frank and Katherine O’Kieff Harrington:

1. Mary b. Pittsfield about 1876; m. Charles Strong b. Springfield, Mass about 1878 and d. Pittsfield in 1920. They had no children.

2. Ella b. Pittsfield about 1879; m. William Daugherty; they resided in Springfield in 1928; had seven boys.

3. Francis b. Pittsfield April 1881; was unmarried in 1928

4. Fred b. Pittsfield July 1883; m. Harrah Steers, who was b. in Stephentown about 1884.

5. John b. Pittsfield January 13, 1885; m. Maggie Bastion, b. there September 22, 1888. They had no children.

Adelbert Eugene (Delmar) b. Cherry Plain 1861; m. Delia Gibbons from Meath, Ireland b. 1858 and d. in Pittsfield, Mass. November 30, 1946. Adelbert d. in Pittsfield March 6, 1942. They had children and resided in Pittsfield from about 1880 to death dates. He moved to Washington, Mass. with his parents in 1868. He won a silver cup as champion old time fiddler of Berkshire County about 1927. He met Delia when he was a coachman and she a chamber maid both employed at the Maplewood Hotel in Pittsfield, Mass. Both were illiterate.

Children of Adelbert and Delia Gibbons Harrington:

1. Twins stillborn May 31, 1882

2. Melissa Philena (Lena) of Pittsfield b. there 1884; d. there October 7, 1964; m. Arman Frank Boure of Peru, Mass June 27, 1906. He worked at General Electric Company. They had three boys – Arman, Alden and Robert.

3. Elizabeth (Bess) of Pittsfield was b. there June 25, 1887; d. there June 1963; m. 1) Lloyd Houghtling of Stephentown, son of Frederick and Eunice Hayes Houghtling on November 22, 1906. He was b. 1887 and d. 1925. They had Doris and Glenna. She married 2) Clarence Hassan of Hoosick Falls, NY, who d. 1948. He was a farmer.

4. Eva Jeannie b. Pittsfield 1890 and d. there 1893 of bronchitis.

5. Josephine Edith (Eda) of Pittsfield b. there November 3, 1891; d. there about 1974; m. Jacob Zahn. They ran a piggery on Pecks Road in Pittsfield. They had William, Edith, Gertrude, Francis and Patricia.

6. Estella J. of Pittsfield b. there July 31, 1893; d. April 3, 1977; m. James Curtis Hovey July 26, 1912; they had Estelle, James, Delia, Dorothy, Joseph and Jean.

7. Michael Joseph of Pittsfield was b. there September 8, 1895 and d. there April 10, 1953 of smoke inhalation in an auto fire. He married Anna Gertrude Fox of Dalton, Mass. who was b. May 10, 1886 in her grandmother Adam’s house across from the Renfrew Cotton Mill on Hinsdale Road. There is a road named Fox Road across from said cotton mill named after Anna Fox’s grandfather, Thomas Fox who had a farm there. Michael Joseph and Anna were m. first by elopement to Bennington, Vermont 1916 and then solomized in Pittsfield April 24, 1916. Michael’s occupation was varied from self employed bakery route to General Electric Company. He is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Section 25. They had Glenna Patricia, Ann Gertrude, and Robert John.

8. Delia H. of Old Windsor Road, Dalton b. August 13, 1897; d. Sat. November 30, 1946; m. Roswell Everett Wheeler of Richmond, Mass on June 12, 1916; they had Vera, Gerald, Elaine and twins Ruth and Roswell, Jr.

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