John Montague 1655 - 1732


John, son of Richard, was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut and moved to Hadley in 1659 with his family.  He married Hannah, daughter of Chileab and Hannah (Hitchcock) Smith of Hadley.  Her death is not recorded, but it is interesting to note that her parents were married for 70 years.  John had been married only a short time when his father died.  The couple lived on the family homestead with his widowed mother.  John was a selectman of Hadley and remained on the family farm until his death.

 Doris and I could not find a grave marker for John, but are convinced he resides in the Hadley Cemetery with many other Montague's.  We have personally seen pictures, taken in 1936, of a devastating flood of the Connecticut River that had grave markers broken, strewn all over, and where many washed away and were retrieved several miles down river.  The  River has gone over its banks many times in the past and it is our belief that John is here but his marker is not.

 The marker on the left, in the picture to the right would be of Johnís, (1681-1722), gravestone first son of John (1655).  Samuel was the fourth son, of six, of John and Hannah and my Montague line follows with him.

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