Bio: Hartwell, Adelbert S. (Commemorative Bio - 1895)

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Adelbert S. Hartwell

Adelbert S. Hartwell was born in Milwaukee, Wis., October 21, 1850, and is descended from ancestors who have long resided in this country. His grandfather, William Hartwell, was born in New York, and followed the occupation of farming. He wedded Betsy Heath, and their six sons were named John, William, Horace, Orin, Lewis, and George. During the war of 1812 grandfather Hartwell served as an infantry solider.

John Hartwell, father of our subject, was born in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., in 1814, and he, too, carried on agricultural pursuits. In the Empire State he wedded Mary Ray, daughter of John and Mary Ray, the former of whom was a major general in the Revolution, serving with great distinction in that struggle. In his family were five children-Otis, Mary Marcia, Augusta, and Caroline. John Hartwell and his wife had four children-Theresa, Frances, Augusta, and Adelbert. The father became one of the early settlers of Milwaukee, Wis., and purchased a farm which is now comprised in the center of that city. The family located in Shiawassee County, Mich., in 1855, and there the mother died the following year, after which the father wedded Mrs. Merriam, a widow lady. The children on the death of their mother had returned to Wisconsin to live with their grandfather, who is the meantime had removed from New York to Pewaukee, Waukesha County, Wis., where he died in 1875. John Hartwell passed away in 1877.

Adelbert S. Hartwell was a child of only six summers when his mother died, and he then went to live with is grandfather with whom he remained until 1860, when he went to the western part of the State and resided with an uncle two years. At the age of fourteen he commenced the battled of life for himself, sometimes working on the river, and again on a farm in Minnesota. At the age of fifteen he went into the lumber woods and securing employment in a sawmill worked his way steadily upward, having for the past six years held the responsible position of head sawyer with the Upham Manufacturing company.

In 1879, Mr. Hartwell married Miss Imogene Manning a native of Jefferson County, Wis., and daughter of Adkins and Helen (Grover) Manning, the former a native of New York, the latter of Wisconsin. They lived upon a farm in Jefferson County and had three children: Imogene, Lucia and Clara. The mother died in 1866, the father in 1880. Mr. Hartwell was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife in 1888, and in October, 1891, he married Anna Judson, who was born in Rome, Jefferson Co., Wis., a daughter of Lyman T. and Angeline (Foss) Judson. Her father was born in Canada in 1829, and during the Civil War served for three years in the First Wisconsin Artillery, when he was honorably discharged. His wife was a native of Wisconsin, and died in 1884, leaving three children, Anna, Willis E. and Ernest. The father is now living with his daughter, Mrs. Hartwell, who by her marriage has one son, Earl Adelbert.

Mr. Hartwell exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican Party, and has been honored with several local offices, including that of alderman, while residing in Merrill, Wis. He belongs to the Masonic, Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen fraternities, and is a plain, unassuming man, devoting himself to his business interests, and by his quiet, upright life has won the respect and confidence of all with whom he has been brought in contact.

---Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano. publ. 1895 by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1110 pages, illustrated; Page 162-163


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