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Subject: [GM-L] Samuel Prescott HILDRETH
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 19:15:41 EST
Subject: Samuel Prescott Hildreth, Line of descent from John Prescott
Source: Prescott Memorial by Dr. William Prescott 1870, Concord, NH
John Prescott Line, Lancaster, MA
John Prescott and wife, Mary Platts of Lancaster, MA Their 8th
child was, Jonathan Prescott b. prob. at Watertown abt 1643. His first
wife was Dorothy______.
Jonathan Prescott & first wife, Dorothy Prescott of Lancaster, MA. Their
was Samuel Prescott b. 1674; m. Esther Wheeler, May 5, 1698 and settled
at Acton, MA and died July 25, 1758 aged 84 yrs.
Samuel Prescott & wife, Esther Wheeler. Their 2nd child was Dorothy
Prescott b. 1702; m. James Hildreth and resided at Westford, MA (see
p.452 History of Westford, MA)
James Hildreth b. 1698 at Chelmsford, MA; d. 1761 at Westford, MA
His wife, Dorothy Prescott b. 1702 at Acton; d. 1774 at Westford.
1. Oliver Hildreth b. 1723; d. 1793 m. Ann Blaisdell b. 1727 d. 1800
2. Rebecca Hildreth b. 1726; d. 1785
3. Zachariah Hildreth b. 1726
4. Anna Hildreth b. 1730
5. Dorothy Hildreth b. 1733; d. 1735
6. Dorothy 2d Hildreth b. 1736; m. Peletiah Fletcher
7. Amos Hildreth b. 1738/39
8. Lucy Hildreth b. 1742; d. 1763
9. Samuel Hildreth b. 1745; d. 1748
Oliver Hildreth m. Ann Blaisdell b. 1727; d. 1800. They resided at
Townsend, MA. Their 4th child was Samuel Hildreth, b. 1750; d.1823
at Belpre, Ohio. He was a physician. Dr. Samuel Hildreth m. Abigail Bodwill
b. 1755; d. 1822. Their children were:
1. Susan Hildreth b. 1777
2. Abigail Hildreth b. 1779
3. Samuel Prescott Hildreth b. Sept. 30, 1783; died 1863 Marietta, Ohio
4. Mary Hildreth b. 1786
5. Nancy Hildreth b. 1789
6. Harriet W. Hildreth b. 1795
7. Charles T. Hildreth b. 1798
Samuel Prescott Hildreth married. His youngest dau Harriet Hildreth
m. (1) Perkins; m. (2) 1854 John Means.
"On the 25th of October, 1854, was solemnized the marriage of Mr.
John Means to Mrs. Harriet E. Perkins, the youngest daughter of Dr. Samuel
Prescott Hildreth, of Marietta, Ohio." See his life story at:
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes,
Lewis Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version, Vol. III,
pp 1170 to 1174
JOHN MEANS--"A truly great life," says Webster
The Hildreth Collection consists mainly of the nine bound volumes of letters,
documents, and memorabilia of Samuel Prescott Hildreth (1783-1863),
Marietta physician, geologist, botanist, and amateur historian. The volumes
deal primarily with the early history of the Ohio Valley from 1787-1847
and with natural history and geology. The three volumes of meteorological
part of the data from Dr. Hildreth's 40 years of weather observation, are
for than time. Of unusual interest are his journals of disease, 1831-1854.
Some of the material is included in two of his publications, Pioneer History,
published in 1848, and Biographical and Historical Memoirs of the Early
Pioneer Settlers of Ohio, published in 1852. Also included are books from Dr.
Hildreth's own library.
Samuel Prescott Hildreth, The American Philosophical Society
Letters of Samuel Prescott Hildreth held at the American Philosophical
Societh as follows (website end of report)
1296. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [Feb. 12, 1833].
Hildreth wants a skeleton and a young anatomical specimen (cadaver?). He has
sent skulls, evidently, for he promises another cranium found in an Ohio
river bank, and hopes to get some others from Illinois.
1297. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [June 20, 1833].
Hildreth has secured 2 skulls from mounds 105 miles above St. Louis, on the
Mississippi River. Has 2 more, one from the banks of the Ohio, one from a
sandstone cave. More promised from Illinois and western Ohio. "So you see we
shall not lack heads, if we are deficient in bodies...."
1298. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [March 5, 1834].
Has sent 5 crania (probably those mentioned in earlier letter).
1299. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [March 20, 1835].
Trustees of Marietta College will not permit the Otahitean (Tahitian?)
cranium to leave Marietta, for, like the Roman Catholic Church and bits of
the true cross, the owner of the skull believes it will quicken the spirits
of future missionaries to the heathen. Hildreth, going north in Ohio shortly,
will look for American Indian skulls in ancient mounds.
1300. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [Dec. 29, 1835].
He has sent MS. of Visit to ... Cuyahoga to Morton. The Indian skulls have
got as far as Pittsburgh.
1301. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [Aug. 25, 1836].
Hildreth says that Dr. John C. Warren of Boston visited; claimed the Ohio
region was originally populated by Peruvians and/or Mexicans. A skull found
in Meigs County, Ohio, now in the Boston Athenaeum, proves to be identical
with the Peruvian temple skulls owned by Warren. Hildreth trying to get
skulls from Newark, from the old burying ground on the Muskingum near
Coshocton, to send to Morton.
1302. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [Feb. 9, 1837].
Hildreth has promise of a fine skull.
1303. HILDRETH, SAMUEL PRESCOTT. Letter to Samuel G. Morton [March 3, 1838].
Hildreth forwards cranium of aborigine, found in Hocking Valley quarrying
stone; probably female. Also, grey fox crania, etc.
Home Page: http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/
Hildreth, Samuel Prescott Father-in-law of John Means. Member of Ohio state
legislature. (see website above for Life of John Means
Materials gathered and transcribed by Janice Farnsworth