West Hartland Road 0043 Chapman, Bates, Nelson, Aldrich, Clifford, Hague House (Now Gone)


West Hartland Road 0043 Chapman, Bates, Nelson, Aldrich, Clifford, Hague House (Now Gone)


The Major Nelson place on West Hartland Road, West Granville, now torn down. See "Comments" for more information.

This house was likely constructed by Isaac and Ruth Chapman some time prior to 1778. He was born in 1747 in Old Saybrook, CT, and she was born in 1755 in Durham, CT. They were married in 1773. Their happiness would be short-lived. Isaac Chapman fought for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was killed at Ticonderoga in 1778. His widow Ruth owned the property for another 16 years. 

Ruth and Isaac had one daughter, Content Chapman, who married Rev. Timothy Mather Cooley in 1786. Rev. Cooley's portrait hangs over the fireplace in the Mabel Root Henry Historical Museum at the Granville Library.

Ruth Chapman eventually remarried (Capt. Jacob Bates). One son, Isaac Chapman Bates, became a United States Senator.

Subsequent owners included Capt. Cyrus Webster and wife Rhoda Russell Webster; Ephraim Root, Col. Dennison Parsons; Dwight Wheeler; Henry and Martha Peebles; then to Major Nelson in 1872.

A diagram of the house is shown here along with the farm layout, the first diagram being the property with the house west of West Hartland Road, the next being the land east of the road.

This page includes May Aldrich Hague's remarkable account of life at this farm during her childhood. It is among the best accounts of what country life was like during this time (early 1900's). Transcribed by Rene Ellinger, 2021.

Newer (color) photos taken 1971, 1998, Spring 2000 (note 2000 census form on front door), Dec. 12, 2000 and 2001, site photos taken 29 Dec 2020.

1. 1917 Ford Model T
2. 1972 Plymouth

Lat.  42.073518

Location Reference Point: See 2020 site photos. The two large maples that were in front of the house are still there (as of Jan 2021). There is a fire pit (see photo) near the road. This was originally used for smoking. The house stood about 100' to the north of the fire pit (to the right in the photo). The cellar hole was filled in when the house was demolished.


1. 1917 or later
2. Newer Photos: 1971, 1998, 2000, 2001, 29 Dec 2020


May Aldrich Hague, account of life at this farm during the early 1900's.
Rene Ellinger, transcription of May Hague's document, 2021


Early Photo: Granville Public Library Historical Room
2000, 2001 & 1998 photos: Paul Jensen, digital images used here with permission of the photographer. No permission is given by the Granville Historic Image Library for further use. Contact photographer for further information.
29 Dec 2020: Granville Library Historical Room (Rowley)


“West Hartland Road 0043 Chapman, Bates, Nelson, Aldrich, Clifford, Hague House (Now Gone),” Granville History Digital Collection, accessed June 21, 2024, https://granvillehistory.omeka.net/items/show/64.


Robert Hague

This is the Nelson house in W. Granville. My grandmother was Ruth Nelson Aldrich and my grandfather was George Aldrich and my great grandfather was Major Nelson. Ruth and my mom May Hague were raised at "The Farm" as we called it as was my aunt Leona Clifford. By the way, most, if not all, of the postcards you have with a description written in white ink on the front were taken by my grandfather who, in addition to being a farmer, trapper and musician (he played fiddle and called for the local dances), was a photographer.You can also find some of these cards at the Drum Shop and at the Granville Store. You may have seen the glass photographic at the historical society--they were his.

Keep up the good work.  Bob Hague (413.267.3755)

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