Including a Complete Account of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. The authoritative history of Florence, its industries, leaders, and of the Association, drawn from the Judd Manuscript, Gazette files, town records, documents of the Association, and recollections of individuals. Trumbull, a retired local editor, compiled this history using the Judd Manuscripts, in which he had half interest. Indexed, but without notes or bibliography.(UM, SC, FL, HN) Betty Allen Chapter, D. Essays on local history, published by Daily Hampshire Gazette. Attempts to explain Stoddardism (open communion to almost every one)as part of Stoddard's Presbyterianism and zeal to slow the declension of New England religion. Of particular interest is the account of the Free Congregational Society of Florence and its famed Cosmian Hall.(FL, UM, HN) Wilbur, Ruth E. Despite what has been commonly believed, there was little difference between the views of Stoddard and his grandson on the issue of communion to all, whether predestined or not. "Solomon Stoddard's Open Communion: A Reexamination." New England Quarterly 43(1970):97-114. Jonathan Edwards, A Life Yale University Press, 2003. The History of Women in Northampton from 1660-1980. As background for the Hestia Art Collective mural, the artist produced a short sketch of Northampton women in history. Regrettably lacks direct attributions, bibliography and index. History of Northampton, Massachusetts, From Its Settlement in 1654.
"On the Eve of Revolution: Northampton, Massachusetts, 1750-1775." Ph. "The History of Industries in Florence, Massachusetts." Seminar paper, Smith College, 1985.
Stoddard's fame as a revivalist spread through New England. Appendices include the Stoddard family tree, lists of the Northampton oligarchy 1661-1726, and a useful biographical glossary.(UM) Gura, Philip F. 1739/40 inviting Whitefield to preach at Northampton, hoping he would stop the decline of piety in Edwards's congregation. Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition and American Culture. Lists the 22 culprits, witnesses and one adult named by Edwards. Edwards tried to make his congregation a prototype for his social vision of a post-millenial "beautiful world." (UM) Winslow, Ola E. Notes, a good bibliography up to 1941 and an index. Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643.
Edwards' influence on the second Great Awakening and on the Colonial Revival in America. Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. Semi-fiction: a thinly documented biography of Sarah Pierrepont Edwards, using largely secondary sources. A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls in Northampton and the Neighboring Villages of New-Hampshire in New England. Provides documentation in the "immoral book" controversy of 1764, identifying the book as Aristotle's Legacy, not Fielding's Pamela as Trumbull suggested. "A Colonial Parson's Wife: Sarah Pierrepont Edwards, 1710-1758." Review and Expositor 47(1950):41-56. On her married life with Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Stockbridge and Princeton. "Social Criticism and the Heavenly City of Jonathan Edwards." Soundings 59 (1976). A straightforward biography, with considerable detail on Edwards's ministry in Northampton. Spirit of New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore, 1620-1984.
Finds discrepancies in Jonathan's and Sara's stories and concludes her conversion rose "out of a struggle to subdue her own ambition and the ambivalence, fear and envy aroused by her social situation." Footnotes.(UM) Gillett, E. "Jonathan Edwards, and the Occasion and Result of His Dismission from Northampton." Historical Magazine 2nd ser.1(1867):333-338. Examines the decline of the covenant society in Hampshire County. "Another Look at the Society of Seventeenth-Century Northampton, Massachusetts: The Slander and Witchcraft Trials of Mary Parsons (1656-1679)." Honors thesis, Smith College, 1978. "Family Structure in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1654-1729." Ph. Over 100 families were identified during the first 75 years of its history. The Parsons Family, Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons (1618-1683)... Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts. Robert Romer presents a "snapshot" of slavery, choosing a moment - 1752 - and a place - the main street of Deerfield, Massachusetts - to present detailed information about the slaves who lived in that place at that time - and their owners. A scholarly treatment of Hawley by a historian and Northampton native. Describes the Northampton lawyer's career in the provincial bar from 1749 until the Revolution. Reproduces a letter dated April 16, 1782, written by Joseph Hawley to Ephraim Wright, describing the recent mob action at Northampton. "The Life, Work, and Letters of Joseph Hawley." Master's thesis, Smith College, 1917.
"Sowing for the Harvest: William Williams and the Great Awakening." Journal of Presbyterian History 56(1978):326-341. William Williams of Hatfield, although of an evangelical bent, sided with his nephew Jonathan Edwards in several theological controversies. Examines the second religious conversion of Jonathan Edwards's wife Sara in 1742. The nuclear family was the foundation of the community. Of most interest is the thoroughly researched and referenced study of the first three generations of the Parsons, placing them in context of Northampton history.(FL, UM, HN) Romer, Robert H. "The Law Career of Major Joseph Hawley." New England Quarterly 4(1931): 482-508. "Shays's Rebellion." American Historical Review 36 (1931): 776-778.
Date of this essay is an indicator of how long historians have been discussing this issue. "A Preface to Jonathan Edwards' Financial Difficulties." Journal of Presbyterian History 45(1967): 27-32. "'For Their Spiritual Good': The Northampton, Massachusetts Prayer Bids of the 1730s and 1740s." William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser.37(1980):261-285. Story of the 1704 raid on Deerfield by the Canadian French and Indians, and particularly about six-year-old Eunice Williams, daughter of the Rev. In chapter five, Romer takes a quick look at slavery in thirteen other towns in the Connecticut Valley to demonstrate that slavery was pervasive throughout the area. "Marriage and Family Life in Northampton, Massachusetts: A Demographic Study, 1690-1750." Master's thesis, Mount Holyoke College, 1975. Focuses on the early settlers' conflict with Indians and the succession of Congregational ministers, including Williams himself.