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Chickering Family Papers, 1813-1873
2 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 95

Nathaniel Chickering was the operator of grist mills in both Belchertown and Enfield, Massachusetts. Includes land and pew deeds of Nathaniel Chickering and Mrs. Otis Chickering's account booklet with C.F. Wood and Co.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

Nathaniel Chickering came to Enfield, Massachusetts in 1800 with his son Otis and operated a grist mill for twenty years. One of Otis' children, Bertrand, operated the Enfield telephone system in the Howe family store and lived with the Edwin H. Howe family.

Enfield was among the Western Massachusetts towns abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection comprises deeds (land and pew) in Nathaniel Chickering's name and an account booklet of Mrs. Otis Chickering. Nathaniel Chickering's deeds show evidence of mills in Belchertown, Massachusetts in 1813 and Enfield in 1835. He seems to have been on the line between the two towns and may have owned property in both at the same time. In 1843, Nathaniel Chickering bought a horse shed near the church in Enfield. Mrs. Otis Chickering's account booklet consists of six pages of her accounts with C.F. Wood and Co, from the years 1856-1873.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Chickering Family Papers (MS 95). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Alternative Formats Available


History of the Collection

Acquired from Donald W. Howe, 1960

Processing Information

Processed by Ruth Owen Jones, October 1985.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Deeds (land and pew), Nathaniel Chickering Family, Dover, Belchertown, Enfield

Box :1
Mrs. Otis Chickering account booklet with C.F. Wood and Co.

Box :2

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Belchertown (Mass.)--History.
  • Enfield (Mass.)--History.
  • Mills and milling--Massachusetts--Enfield.
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History.

  • Chickering, Nathaniel.
  • Chickering, Otis.

Genre terms
  • Account books.

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