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Angelina Maria Ellis [Phillips Hartwell]
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Sept. 18, 1837
|Family notes say Angelina Maria Ellis was born Sept. 18, 1837
in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Her obituary confirms this date. Her 1895 journal confirms this: "I born in the house on the hill Sept. 18, 1837. Grandpa owned it then." She wrote this journal when she was on a trip to her childhood home. For a complete transcription of her journal, go to Angelina's 1895 diary.
Her second husband's (Samuel Hartwell's) diary in 1897 said that Sept. 18 was Angie's birthday and that she was "now 60 years old." Her tombstone in Germania, Marquette Co., WI, also said Angelina M. Hartwell was born Sept. 18, 1837.
Joseph S. Ellis and Henrietta Jones
|Family notes say that Joseph S. Ellis and Henrietta Jones were her parents.
Angelina's 1895 journal speaks with fondness about her father, Joseph S. Ellis. His obituary spoke of his two young children, but did not name them. [SOURCE: Obituary published in the Methodist Episcopal Church Annual Conference Minutes in 1843; stored in Boston University Theology archives]
Married to James Madison Phillips
|The date and place of this marriage are unknown, but the fact of their marriage is supported by a variety of sources, including family notes and a letter written by James to her after their marriage. This letter (dated Oct. 25, 1866) apologized to her for his false accusations. A rumor passed down over the years (through both his first family and second family branches) said that he left her and moved south to start a new life because she was having an affair when he was serving in the Civil War. The letter seems to invalidate this rumor.|
Married to Samuel Noel Hartwell on Mar. 11, 1868
|Family notes say Samuel married Angelina on Mar. 11, 1868. He was born
Feb. 21, 1845 and died. Dec. 18, 1913 [SOURCE: His headstone in a Germania Cemetery, Marquette Co., WI] Samuel appears on the 1880 and 1900 census with his wife (see census details below). Samuel Hartwell Sr. was living alone, according to the 1905 Wisconsin Census (age 60, widow, born in Mass., parents born in Mass., farm clerk, owns his own house free of a mortgage).
Angelina's 1875 diary had a newspaper clipping pasted in it that said: "In Germania, Mar. 11, 1868 by the Rev. H.A. Allwardt, Mr. Samuel N. Hartwell and Mrs. Angelina M. Phillips, all of Germania." This diary is kept by the Marquette County Historical Society in Westfield, WI. A transcription online of the Princeton Republic (March 19, 1868) confirms this information (maybe the clipping I saw came from this paper).
Samuel built a 24-room hotel in Germania in 1868, which was called the Hartwell House Hotel and Livery. In 1888, it was torn down and rebuilt as the Hartwell House. Samuel was also the town clerk, librarian and poet. He ran the creamery. An ancestry.com entry said he was born in Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and was the son of John Holden Hartwell (born Nov. 11, 1806 in Groton, MA) and Caroline Shattuck (born Oct. 14, 1811 in Groton, MA). Go to the Shattuck web page for misc. records of others with this same surname.
Click here to see Caroline's headstone in Germania, Marquette County, Wisconsin, which says she was born Oct. 14, 1811 in Groton, MA, and died Jan. 28, 1888. John H. Hartwell's tombstone in the same cemetery said he was born Nov. 11, 1806 in Groton, MA, and died Jan. 29, 1900 in Germania. The death index in Marquette Co., WI, shows John H. Hartwell died Jan. 29, 1900 (Vol. 3, p. 38).
The Hartwell Family:
The 1850 Federal Census in Groton, Middlesex Co., MA, shows Samuel and his family:
Groton Historical Series Vol. II, 1890 by Dr. Samuel A. Green (page 290) says Samuel Noah Hartwell was born in Groton, Feb. 21, 1845, the son of John Holden Hartwell and Caroline (Shattuck) Hartwell (daughter of Noah and Anna [Sheple] Shattuck). Samuel's parents were married May 12, 1831. John's and Caroline's other children included Susannah Shattuck Hartwell (b. Jan. 4, 1833 in Groton), John Albro Hartwell (b. Jan. 21, 1834 in Groton), Mary Ann Hartwell (b. Aug. 10, 1835 in Groton; married Joseph H. Richardson on Nov. 26, 1856) and William Chaplin Hartwell (b. Aug. 2, 1838 and d. Oct. 16, 1839). John Holden Hartwell's parents were Deacon Samuel Hartwell and Matilda (Wright) Hartwell. John was b. Nov. 11, 1806 and died in Germania, Marquette Co., WI on Jan. 28, 1888.
The Hartwells of America genealogy [posted on ancestry.com] says that John Holden Hartwell was b. Nov. 11, 1806, d. Jan. 29, 1900, married Caroline M. Shattuck of Groton (b. Oct. 14, 1811, d. May 28, 1888). He was a farmer who moved to Germania, Wis. in 1860. His children were:
This source adds that Samuel Hartwell, b. Apr. 30, 1702, d. May 26, 1782, married his first wife "in the 26th year of his age" to Sarah Farnsworth of Groton (sister of Rachel, b. Nov. 20, 1707, d. 1733), married his 2nd wife Sarah Holden (daughter of John and Sarah [Davis] Holden, b. Sept. 5, 1717, d. Dec. 27, 1753 [per Littleton records], according to the Farnsworth Genealogy (March 5, 1798). They settled in northern part of Groton near the Nashua River and had two children who died in infancy.
The Hartwells of America genealogy says that Samuel Hartwell's father was Ebenezer Hartwell was b. Apr. 6, 1665, d. Jan. 1, 1723, married on Mar. 27, 1690 to Sarah Wheeler (daughter of John and Sarah [Smedley] Wheeler of Concord, MA, b. Dec. 12, 1666, d. Nov. 13, 1715). The genealogy says "Ebenezer inherited much land from his father, and by deed of date June 3, 1698, his father-in-law conveyed to them the south half of the house and lot in Concord village where John S. Keyes lived about 1885, and a tract of land just across the line in Carlisle, to which he probably removed. He and Samuel Jones were appointed a committee to plant 30 trees for shade on the sheep common, penalty for cutting any of them to ten shillings. From records he appeared to be a man of superior business acumen, as we find he made a point of putting down in writing, with witnesses, different tracts of land that he owned and where they wee located. He was field driver (hayward) in the north quarter in 1696-7, fence viewer in 1700, and field driver in 1702 and 1708. He died intestate [without a will], and his estate valued at L520-5-4, was partitioned by agreement among his heirs.
The genealogy continues with Samuel's father, John Hartwell. John's father was William Hartwell. John was b. Dec. 23, 1640, d. of smallpox Jan. 12, 1702-3, married his first wife Priscilla Wright (daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wright, died Mar. 3, 1680-1), married his 2nd wife Elizabeth Wright (sister to his first wife) who d. Dec. 16, 1704. This source says: "[John] served in King Philip's War, reported by Capt. Thomas Wheeler as a member of his company which marched to the defense of Quaboag, now Brookfield. His estate was settled by agreement between his heirs, Middlesex record VI, 553. He was made a freeman of the colony Mar. 21, 1689-90. The exact place of his residence is unknown, as he owned several small tracts of land scattered over the town, vaguely described and bounded by similar tracts owned by other men. In the apportionment of the grant of lands in Concord Village, now Acton, he was allowed one right. On Apr. 19, 1697, he was one of a committee to run lines between Blood's farms and Chelmsford line, "from a stake of Hill's ordinary with Chelmsford line to Walter Powers' hill." In 1698 and 1702 he was tythingman. In Jan. 23, 1699-1700 he deeded to John Fasset, late of Billerica, husband of his niece, Mary Hill, a "meadow and uplands, formerly belonging to William Hartwell, decd." in Shawshine corner, now a part of Bedford.
Eleanor Gavazzi (the Regent of the Prudence Wright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution) wrote to me in July 2005 that her research found the following: John Holden Hartwell was born Nov. 11, 1806 in Groton, Massachusetts. His parents were Samuel Hartwell and Carolina Matilda Wright (from Groton, MA vital records to 1850). Carolina Matilda Wright was born Aug. 21, 1772 in Pepperell, MA, and married Samuel Hartwell of Groton, MA. She died March 5, 1853 at age 80. Her parents were Prudence Cumings Wright and David Wright of Pepperell. Eleanor wrote that Prudence is a local hero in Pepperell, Massachusetts.
Samuel N. Hartwell left behind a diary written in 1897, which was referenced in two articles written by Fran Sprain in the Marquette County Tribute in Mar. 9 and Mar. 16, 1955. These articles talked about daily life in Germania. They took a trip to Princeton to the cattle fair, eating at a boarding house, spending 60 cents at a harness shop and $1.75 for shoes, and selling 21 bushels of potatoes for 25 cents a bushel in Princeton and 24 bushels in Montello for 30 cents a bushel.
This 1897 diary talked about a Fourth of July celebration that included Samuel as "Uncle Sam and Mary Scovel as Goddess of Liberty. Albert Krinke wore a clownish suit, Jim Judge and Eddie Warnke rode horseback, and two boys were dressed as Indians." A band played for the crowd, George Phillips read the Declaration of Independence, and Samuel talked about the history of this country for about 15 minutes. This journal mentions the death of Emil Weckwerth in November 1897. He slipped, caught his foot in a hayrack and his runaway team dragged him.
|Child 1 [father
James Madison Phillips]:
George Ellis Phillips
b. Feb. 7, 1855;
d. Mar. 21, 1934
|For details about George and his wife and children, go to George Ellis Phillips' web page.|
|Child 2 [father
James Madison Phillips]:
Edward James Phillips
aka Edwin or Eddie
b. Oct. 1857
|For details about Edward James Phillips (aka Edwin or Eddie) and Edward's wife and children, go to James Madison Phillips' web page. Edward was Angelina's and James' second child together.|
|Child 3 [may be informally adopted ??]:
aka William (?)
b. Oct. 31 (ABT 1868);
d. on/after 1880 & before end of 1900
|Willie Hartwell shows up as the son of Samuel N. Hartwell in the 1880 census as age 12 (see census entry below). In the 1900 census Angelina said she had five children with
four living. This means he likely died after the 1880 census was taken but before the end of 1900.
A three-year-old named "William Shields" was living with Angeline and her husband Samuel in 1870. This could very well be Willie Hartwell. Willie's history is unclear.
Angelina's 1897 diary said that Oct. 31 was Willie's birthday. Willie is not mentioned in Samuel Hartwell's 1908 diary where he gives family genealogy information [see Misc. Note below].
|Child 4 [father Samuel N. Hartwell]:
Eugene Joseph B. Hartwell
b. Dec. 19, 1870
|Eugene J. Hartwell is on a Marquette Co., WI, birth index on ancestry.com (born Dec. 19, 1870). In his father's (Samuel Hartwell's) diary in 1897, it says Eugene was 27 years old on Dec. 19. His father's (Samuel Hartwell's) diary in 1908 said that Eugene Joseph Hartwell was born Dec. 19, 1870.
He appears on the 1880 census as age 9 and living with his parents Samuel Hartwell and Angelina. Family notes say his middle name was Joseph.
The 1900 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
A note in Edward Harold Phillips' journal said that Aunt Alice's baby died in the morning on October 16, 1898. Edward Harold Phillips was the son of Angelina Ellis' brother George Ellis Phillips and therefore Alice's nephew-in-law.
The 1930 Federal Census in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI, shows:
|Child 5 [father Samuel N. Hartwell]:
Albert Elihu Hartwell
b. Apr. 18, 1877;
d. 1959 (Sept. 5?)
|Family notes say he was born Apr. 1877 and died in 1959. His father's (Samuel Hartwell's) diary in 1908 said Albert Elihu Hartwell was born Apr. 18, 1877.
An inscription in a book entitled "Child Culture Vol. 1: Lessons in Right Doing" by Emma Ballou (copyright 1890) says: "For Bro. Allie - Apr. 18, 1891, from Eugene - Germania, Wisc." This gift from Albert's older brother (Eugene) was dated on Albert's 21st birthday. This book had been in the possession of Fred Phillips and has since been passed down to a descendant.
Other family notes say that he married Cecelia Schlinske of Eldorado on Dec. 27, 1901 (born in 1878, died May 17, 1917). They had one son (Maurice, born May 25, 1903). He then married Olive Hanson of Neillsville on Dec. 18, 1918 (born Mar. 15, 1880, died Jan. 4, 1968). Olive is buried at Neillsville; Albert is buried in the Germania Cemetery. His tombstone in Germania, Marquette Co., WI, said he lived from 1877-1959.
He was age 9 in 1880 and living with his parents (see census details below).
The 1910 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
The 1920 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
A Wisconsin death index on ancestry.com shows Albert E. Hartwell died Sept. 5, 1959. This entry does not say which county.
An article in the Portage Daily Register on Nov. 2, 1955, said that A.E. Hartwell was postmaster for 15 years, ran a hardware store and had a farm about a half mile south of Germania.
1860 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1860 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:|
1870 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1870 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1880 Federal Census
Shields Township, Village of Germania, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1880 Federal Census in Shields Township, Germania Village, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1900 Federal Census
Crystal Lake, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1900 Federal Census in Crystal Lake, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
|Angelina kept a diary in 1897, which is now in the hands of the Marquette County Historical Society in Westfield, WI. Here are a few excerpts from this diary:
Angelina also kept a journal in 1895. For a transcription of this diary (which talks about her trip back to Massachusetts), go to Angelina's 1895 diary.
|Angelina's obituary said she taught a few terms of district school after attending school at Kenosha.|
1908 Journal written by S.N. Hartwell, Angelina's second husband
|Here are some excerpts from S.N. Hartwell's 1908 diary pertaining to genealogy and cemetery information [this diary is kept by the Marquette County Historical Society in Westfield,
Samuel Noah Hartwell was born in Groton, Mass., on Feb. 21, 1845. Moved west with his parents in 1860 and settled in Wisconsin. Married Mar. 11, 1865 to Angelina Ellis Phillips thereby becoming her second marriage. She was b. in Lunenburg, Sept. [? my notes are unclear on date] 1837.
From when descended:
Germania Cemetery Record:
Census Records Found on The Above-Mentioned Leighton Family:
The 1850 Federal Census in Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, shows:
Dec. 5, 1901
|Her tombstone in Germania, Marquette Co., WI, says "Mother
of G.E. & E.J. Phillips and says she was born Sept. 18, 1837 and
died Dec. 5, 1901. To see documentation of her death date and other family details, go to her obituary.
Her will, probated Feb. 1, 1902, named her her "brother Clarence E. Peirce" as her executor (he was her half-brother). She bequeathed land to her sons George Ellis Phillips and Edward James Phillips. [Marquette Co. Will Records, Vol. 1, #110]
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