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John Hazeltine

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Haverhill, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: November 21, 1777 (75)
Townshend, Windham County, Vermont Republic, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hazeltine and Abigail Hazeltine
Husband of E. Jane Hazeltine
Father of Paul Hazelton; Rachel Wood; Abigail Lucy Barnard; Elizabeth Fish; Silas Hazeltine and 7 others
Brother of Abner Hazeltine, Sr.; Daniel Hazeltine and Mehitable Hazeltine

Occupation: large land owner in SuttonMA
Managed by: Nancy D. Coon
Last Updated:

About Col. John Hazeltine

DAR Ancestor #: A053496

From the Proceedings of the Committees from a number of Townships in the County of Cumberland, held at the County Hall, at Westminster, on the 19th and 20th days of October, 1774 Proceedings of the Committees from a number of Townships in the County of Cumberland Page v2:1065

At a meeting of the Committees from a number of Townships in the County of Cumberland, and Province of New-York, held at the County-Hall, at Westminster, on the 19th and 20th of October, 1774, to consider a Letter very lately received from Mr. Isaac Low, Chairman of the Committee of Correspondence of New-York, dated May 21st, 1774, to consult on measures proper to be taken at this important day: present, eighteen Delegates from twelve Towns.

Colonel JOHN HAZELTINE chosen Chairman. After having read Mr. Chairman Low' s Letter, and the Act of the British Parliament in laying a duty or tax on Tea, for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, the Boston Port Bill, so called, and divers other late Acts of the British Parliament; sundry debates being had thereon, Voted, That John Grout, Esquire, Mr. Joshua Webb, Doctor Paul Spooner, Mr. Edward Harris, and Major William Williams, be a Committee to take into consideration the aforesaid Letter, and divers aforesaid Acts, and report to this meeting. Who reported as follows: This County being in its infant state, contending with the hardships of subduing the wilderness, and converting it into fruitful fields, being situated here in a corner, at a considerable remove from the populous, civilized parts of the Country, conceive they, by their own experience, in a small degree feel the sufferings of their ancestors. The first planters in America endured hunger, cold, and other distresses, until they, by their arduous industry, found suitable relief from their bountiful fields and their own expenses; and as the people of this County were chiefly born in some one or other of the New-England Provinces, and conceive them to be at least as loyal to the King as any subjects he can boast of, are surprised to find, by the late Acts of Parliament, that all Americans are deprived of that great right of calling that their own, which they by their industry have honestly acquired; are surprised to find a power arise in Britain, which, with impunity say, they have a right to bind the Colonies in all cases whatsoever, and attempt to exercise that authority, by taking, at their pleasure, the properties of the King' s American subjects without their consent; especially since some of the former Kings of Great Britain by charter granted to their subjects in New-England, their heirs, and assigns, and all others who should settle within certain boundaries, divided into Colonies, all the liberties and privileges of natural free-born subjects of England; yet, notwithstanding this, that such a power should arise under the mere inspection of the King, unrebuked, to claim all American property, and actually to take as much as they please in direct breach of the solemn compact between a former King, on his part, and his successors, made with the first planters of these Colonies, and others that after should be born among them, or join them, or be born on the seas when going thither; and we do not conceive those whose rights are as aforesaid solemnly declared, are more sacred in respect of the security of their property, than the right of this and other Colonies whose rights are only natural as British subjects; for he who has nothing but what another has power at pleasure lawfully to take away from him, has nothing that he can call his own, and is, in the fullest sense of the word, a slave — a slave to him who has such power; and as no part of British America stipulated to settle as slaves, the privileges of British subjects are their privileges, and whoever endeavours to deprive them of their privileges is guilty of treason against the Americans, as well as the British Constitution. Therefore Resolved, I. That as true and loyal subjects of our gracious Sovereign, King George the Third of Great Britain, &c., we will spend our lives and fortunes in his service. Page v2:1066

II. That as we will defend our King while he reigns over us, his subjects, and wish his reign may be long and glorious, so we will defend our just rights, as British subjects, against every power that shall attempt to deprive us of them, while breath is in our nostrils, and blood in our veins. III. That considering the late Acts of the British Parliament for blocking up the Port of Boston, &c., which we view, as arbitrary and unjust, inasmuch as the Parliament have sentenced them unheard, and dispensed with all the modes of law and justice which we think necessary to distinguish between lawfully obtaining right for property injured, and arbitrarily enforcing to comply with their will, (be it right or wrong,) we resolve to assist the people of Boston in defence of their liberties to the utmost of our abilities. IV. Sensible that the strength of our opposition to the late Acts consists in a uniform, manly, steady, and determined mode of procedure, we will bear testimony against and discourage all riotous, tumultuous, and unnecessary mobs which tend to injure the persons or properties of harmless individuals; but endeavour to treat those persons whose abominable principles and actions show them to be enemies to American liberty, as loathsome animals not fit to be touched or to have any society or connection with V. Resolved, That we choose a Committee to correspond with the other Committees of Correspondence of this Province and elsewhere, and that Mr. Joshua Webb, John Grout, Esquire, Deacon John Sessions, Major William Williams, and Captain Jacob Hoisington, be a Committee as aforesaid. VI. Resolved, That the thanks of this Committee be given to the Committee of Correspondence in the capital of this Province, for the notice they have taken of this infant County. VII. Resolved, That Mr. Chairman forward these Resolves to Mr. Low, Chairman of the Committee of Correspondence at New-York, and communicate to him by Letter the reasons why his Letter to the Supervisors of this County was answered no sooner. VIII. Resolved, That Colonel Hazeltine, the Chairman, have the thanks of this Committee for his good services as Chairman The above Report being divers times read, paragraph by paragraph, Voted, nemine contradicente, That the same be accepted as the sense of this meeting, and as their Resolves. By order of the Convention: JOHN HAZELTINE, Chairman.

John Hazeltine, his son Paul, and the other residents of Springfield and Townshend, New York [eventually Vermont] sign their names in support of the proceedings of the Continental Congress being held in Philadelphia on the 5th day of September, 1775 - noting that all of the men of Townshend have signed save those in the service of Gen. Washington, in Roxbury... Signers in Springfield and Townshend, Cumberland County Page v3:620

Province of New-York, Cumberland County, Townshend, July 12, 1775. We, the subscribers, heartily and sincerely adhere to the proceedings of the Continental Congress, held at Philadelphia on the 5th day of September, 1775, more especially the Association Agreement; as witness our hands: John Hazeltine, Amos Holbrook, John Burt, Timothy Holbrook, John Wright, Paul Hazeltine, William Hayward, John How, John Hazeltine, Jr., Silas Hayward, John How, Jr., Thomas Walker, Caleb Hayward, James Watkins, Jesman Walker, Peter Hazeltine, Jonathan Claton, Samuel Wisell, Paul Hayward, William Christopher, John Dyer, Joseph How, Ezra Holbrook, Benjamin Dyer, Benjamin How, William Johnson, Isaac Harhart, Daniel Blanchard, Joseph Tyler, John Barns, Benjamin Hayward, Ebenezer Ober, Epherim Barns, Amariah Tost, Matthew Martin, Lemuel Robings, Calvin Hayward, Abraham Martin, William Robings, Eli Hayward, David Linsey, Benjamin Fletcher, Josiah Fish, James Linsey, Thomas Reed, John Wood, Mike Johnson, Benjamin Rugg, Moses Holbrook, Caleb Darling, Asa Ober. The above subscribers are all the men now in Townshend; those out of Town are: Samuel Fletcher, Benjamin Moredock, Oliver Moredock, Aaron Johnson, Samuel Parkis, Thomas Barns, Ebenezer Burt. These are in the service at Roxbury, under Gen. Washington. The above completed July 12, 1775, but no safe opportunity till now, the 6th day of December, 1775. This from a real friend to liberty. JOHN HAZELTINE.

" ... an early resident of Sutton, his name appearing on the town records as early as 1728." He reportedly owned Hazeltine's Rum Shop in Upton and was found guilty of "selling strong drink" to Indians in 1731.

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Col. John Hazeltine's Timeline

Haverhill, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
November 20, 1728
Age 26
Sutton, MA, USA
February 26, 1731
Age 29
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
March 14, 1732
Age 30
August 9, 1733
Age 31
November 9, 1735
Age 33
Upton, Worcester County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
May 14, 1738
Age 36
Sutton, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
November 20, 1740
Age 38
Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
March 13, 1744
Age 42
Upton, Worcester, MA