Hagedorn Family of Morehouse

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

    1.  Henry Hagadorn was born in Germany and died in Morehouseville on 22 Dec 1868, age 61 yrs and 3 months, and is buried in the Morehouse Methodist Cemetery.  He married Margaretha A. Mesloh who was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany in 1804 and died in Morehouseville in 1889 and is also buried in the Morehouse Methodist Cemetery.  They came to Morehouseville in 1837 and had the following children:

    1.1.  Henry Hagedorn, born 15 Nov 1838 in Morehouseville, died 10 Mar 1901 (Rome Sentinel death index for 1901 online on Oneida county NYGenWeb site).  In 1866 he was the Town Clerk of Morehouse and from 1872 to 1875 he was the Town Supervisor of Morehouse.  In 1877 he married Amelia Colwell of the town of Ohio, Herkimer county, NY, where they were living in 1880 and they moved to Prospect, NY at a later time.

    From Our County and It's People, Oneida county, NY: Part II; page 45-6

    Henry Hagedorn, of Prospect, Oneida county, was born November 15, 1838, in Hamilton county, N.Y.  His home was in Morehouseville, where he spent most of his life up to 1878.  The district school at Morehouseville supplied the foundation for his education, and a subsequent course at the Prospect Academy completed his school life.  At the age of twenty-two he decided to learn the carpenter's trade, for at that time the building and progress of the northern part of New York was active.  Mr. Hagedorn became one of the leading contractors and builders in that section, a business which proved both profitable to himself and satisfactory to those with whom he did business.

    In 1863 Mr. Hagedorn regarded New York city as a more advantageous point in which to carry on his line of work, so he removed to that city and entered into building and pattern making on a large scale.  This continued profitably for three years, when he sold out and returned to Morehouseville.  He then remained in the latter place til 1879, when a change in business affairs took him to Prospect, where he has since resided.  At that time he bought the Watkins grist mill property and at once assumed active control of the plant.  Although a new experience Mr. Hagedorn readily adapted himself to the new conditions and requirements which resulted in his building up one of the best mill properties in the northern part of Oneida county.  The mill in 1886 was destroyed by fire, but Mr. Hagedorn at once replaced it with a complete Munson Bros.' milling outfit, so that it is now one of the leading mills of the county.  Besides this Mr. Hagedorn owns the Bagg Hotel at Prospect, which is well suited for a haven for those seeking a summer outing.

    Mr. Hagedorn is a Democrat, and has benn an earnest, consistent supporter of the party's principles.  For several years he represented his town in the Board of Supervisors, and for many years was a prominent member of the County Committee, besides the many delegations of which he formed an important part.  Mr. Hagedorn has, however, retired practically from political work, choosing rather to devote his whole energies to his growing, prosperous business.  He does step aside, though, in the interests of the Red Men, for to that organization he is a devoted member, always zealous in aiding its advancement.

    Mr. Hagedorn's father was also Henry Hagedorn, who came from Germany and settled in Morehouseville in 1837, being one of the early farmers there.  He died in 1868.  His wife was Margaret A. Mesloh, a native of the kingdom of Hanover, Germany.  She died in 1890.  Henry Hagedorn, subject of this sketch, was one of three children born to them, Andrew and Helen being the others.  Andrew died at Morehouseville in 1891.  Helen married Thomas Williams, of Grey, N.Y.

    Mr. Hagedorn married, in 1877, Amelia Colwell, of Ohio, Herkimer county.  They have one daughter, Catherine, who is living at home.

    From Our County and It's People, Oneida county, NY: Part III; page 13

    Hagedorn, Henry, was born in Hamilton county, N.Y., November 15, 1838, son of Henry and Margaret Hagedorn, of Hamilton county.  Henry Hagedorn, jr., settled in Oneida county with his family about 1880.  His wife was Amelia, daughter of Samuel Colwell, of Herkimer county, and they have one child, Katherine, who was born in Herkimer county, February 4, 1881.  Mr. Hagedorn started for himself when twenty-one years of age as a carpenter, which business he followed until 1880, when he purchased the grist and grinding mill at Prospect, which he has run to the present time.  He is a charter member of Lodge No. 221, I. O. R. M., of Prospect, and is active in lodge work.

    1.2.  Andrew K. Hagadorn, born 1846, died 1891 in Morehouseville, married Tammy C., daughter of Joel Lane.  They are both buried in Morehouse Methodist cemetery.  Andrew was the Town Clerk of Morehouse from 1882 to 1885.

    1.3.  Helen Margaretha, born 13 Mar 1848 in Morehouseville (Town of Morehouse records, age 2 in 1850 census) , married Thomas Williams of Grey, Herkimer county, NY.

    From "History of Herkimer County New York," by Hardin, 1893: Part II; page 233

    Williams, Thomas, Ohio, was born in Remsen, Oneida county, in 1837, a son of Lewis R. Williams, a native of Oneida county, where his father was a very successful farmer. The wife of Lewis R. was Eleanor R., by whom he had eight children. He died in 1877 and his wife is still living. Thomas was reared on a farm and at twenty-one years of age started in life for himself. For a number of years he worked for Gardner Hinckley. In 1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-first NY Infantry, Company C, under Captain Moon, and served three years. He was in the battles of South Mountain, 2d Antietam, Wilderness, Gettysburg, Shenandoah Valley, etc., and at Wilderness he was wounded in the breast, but remained with the regiment. While with Sheridan he was wounded in the left shoulder and was taken to Saterlee Hospital, Philadelphia, and remained four months, and was discharged. At the close of the war he returned to Gang Mills and worked for Gardner Hinckley. He then went to Ohio and purchased a farm, on which he remained three years and then returned to Gang Mills and worked for Hinckley & Ballou six years. In 1880 he returned to Ohio and has since lived on a farm. In 1872 he married Helen Hagadorn, a native of Morehouseville, by whom he has had these children: Alida, Ella, Mary J., Annie and Ira, all of whom are living. Mr. Williams is a Republican and has been highway commissioner and justice of the peace two terms. He is a member of the G. A. R. Thomas Post at Prospect, NY.


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