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Subject: [GM-L] John Henry Hartwell - A Biographical Sketch
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 13:46:21 EDT
Source: Biographical Review
Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Middlesex
County, Massachusetts 1898 Biographical Review
Publishing Company - Boston
"Who among men art thou, and thy years how many, good
friend?" - Xenophanes.
John Henry Hartwell, a well known and highly respected
citizen of Arlington, MA, the senior member of the firm
of J. Henry Hartwell & Son. He was born in Boston, Jan.
16, 1835, son of John B. Hartwell and wife, Julia Ann
His paternal grandfather, William Hartwell was a farmer
of Bedford, MA and died there at the age of forty-eight.
He was an attendant of the Orthodox Church. By his lst
wife, Joanna Davis he had eight children of whom John B.
Hartwell above named, was the youngest. By his 2nd wife
Mary Lake, William Hartwell had four children. Of these
a son Elbridge Hartwell was still living in 1898. He
m. Lucy Lane and had one son, Edwin Hartwell.
John B. Hartwell, when a young man learned the carpenter
trade at Billerica, MA and he subsequently worked at it
in Lowell, MA and in Claremont, NH; in Boston and in
Arlington, MA having come to this place in 1836, the
town then being known as West Cambridge, MA. In 1841
he was appointed undertaker and he remained in that line
of business until 1884, when he retired. He died Jan 19,
1888 in his eightieth year; and his wife, who was the
daughter of Samuel Harringon of Westminster, MA, died
Feb 21, 1890 also in her eightieth year. John B. Hart-
well was Constable of Arlington, MA, for many years.
He was also the janitor for the Unitarian Church for
about 30 years. In politics he was a Whig and he was
warmly interested in local affairs. His two children
were: John Henry Hartwell and Charles F. Hartwell, the
latter of whom married May J. Boothby and had four child-
The subject of this sketch, John Henry Hartwell, was but
a year old when his parents moved to Arlington, MA and
he received his education in the public schools of this
town. After leaving school he went to South Boston,
where he was employed in a dry-goods store for three
years. He then returned to Arlington and worked for John
Peak & Son, learning the undertaker's business. After
five years he went into business with his father and
after his father's retirement, he took charge of the
business which he conducted to the present time (1898)
taking his own son into the business. He was interested
in many things in Arlington. He was also Chief of Police
at Arlington for sixteen years.
On Nov. 21, 1861 he married Emmeline Augusta Stearns,
daughter of Leonard Stearns of Belmont, MA. They had
four children, namely: George H. Hartwell, Ada Augusta
Hartwell, Charles T. Hartwell and Julia A. Hartwell.
George H. Hartwell m. Emma Greenard and had one child,
Grace M. Hartwell. Ada A. Hartwell m. James W. Nickles
and had three children, Clara, Esther and Howard Nickles.
Charles T. Hartwell m. Annie M. Saville. They had no
Mrs. Emmeline A. Hartwell died Sept. 19, 1883. She was
a devoted member of the Universalist Church of Arling-
ton. He was a Republican in politics and one of the
prominent citizens of Arlington. He was a Mason and a
member of Hiram Lodge of Arlington.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth