Chickering Family Papers

2 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 95
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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.

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Background on Creator:

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 of 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.


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

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.


Acquired from Donald W. Howe, 1960

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Processing Information

Processed by Ruth Owen Jones, October 1985.




Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More information )

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

Search terms


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


  • Chickering family [main entry]
  • Chickering, Otis.

Genres and formats

  • Account books.

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