Descendants of
Adiel Harvey Hathaway (1864-1935)

LYDIA EMELINE9 HATHAWAY (Adiel8, John7, David6, Salathiel5, Thomas4, Arthur3, John2, Arthur1) was born at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on 16 July 1890, in a daughter of Adiel Harvey Hathaway and his wife Julia Lawton Reed. As a young woman she worked as a milliner, and lived on Myrtle Street in Taunton. That is where she met Leroy "Roy" Dunham, who also lived on that street. Lydia moved back to her parents' home in Fairhaven, and in 1912 she circulated a petition on Sconticut Neck, asking the Selectmen of Fairhaven to get electric lights on the Neck (Fairhaven Star, 13 April 1912). Electricity did not reach the neighborhood until the 1920s.

Roy moved to Sandwich, where he worked as a foreman in the Sandwich Freezer, which froze and stored locally caught fish. Daughter Doris reported: "He used to tell about walking from Sandwich to Fairhaven to court my mother."

Lydia Emaline Hathaway and LEROY ASHTON DUNHAM were married on 12 November 1912. Leroy was born at Brockton, Massachusetts, on 19 September 1889. After marriage they lived in Sandwich. Roy and Lydia moved to New Bedford, then Taunton, as Roy changed jobs. Then in September 1927, they moved to Dennisport, where Roy ran a gas station. Daughter Gene remembered him delivering groceries for the Economy Grocery Store in Dennisport in 1936. Then they moved to Fairhaven in 1939, and he worked for Fibre Leather with Lydia's sister Leita.

In 1943 Roy came down with tuberculosis and became a semi-invalid. The Doctors gave him six months to live, but with Lydia's help, he lived 12 years. Roy, Lydia and daughter Gene moved to Rochester, where they tried to run a chicken farm. It was too much for Lydia, so they sold out. With the help of Mac, Adiel and friends, they built a home on a lot behind daughter Doris' home in Dennisport. Roy Dunham died at Pocasset, Bourne, Massachusetts, on 26 May 1952. That Spring Lydia and daughter Doris both became widows. Lydia continued to live behind Doris until Lydia's death 12 years later, at Hyannis, Massachusetts, on 28 June 1964.

Lydia was a life member of the Eastern Star of Harwich, and the Helping Hand Society of Dennisport, and Fairhaven Grange #363.

Daughter Gene wrote, "Mother was a hard working woman all her life and nothing was easy for her."

Leroy and Lydia Dunham had the following children:

    • b. at Sandwich, MA, on 25 August 1913
    • m (1). at Dennisport, MA, on 12 September 1937 JOHN SEARS GARFIELD
      • b. at Dennis, MA, on 27 December 1913
      • Occupation. Fisherman--He was a trawl fisherman. He owned two boats, operating one himself. In the off season he did carpentry work.
      • Illness. 1952 hemochromotosis--A rare disease caused by a faulty metabolism.
      • d. at Boston, MA, on 15 March 1952
    • 3 children; six grandchildren
    • m (2). CLARENCE M. BURGESS
    • b. at Taunton on 21 April 1926
    • Graduation. 1945 from Fairhaven High School, Fairhaven
    • Occupation. from 1956 to 1964 Waitress
    • Occupation. from 1964 to 1981 bookkeeper
    • Occupation. from 1981 to 1985 bookkeeper and receptionist for husband's TV repair business.
    • Residence. Cape Cod--Osterville, West Barnstable, Hyannis, and Sandwich
    • d. at Tobey Hospital on 11 August 1999
    • m (1). at East Sandwich, MA, on 24 June 1945 RICHARD EWELL THOMAS
    • div. Aug 1958 (Gene divorced her husband. She did not receive custody of her children)
      • b. at Sandwich on 21 November 1926
      • d. on 7 November 2001, res. Vassalboro, ME (SSDI)
    • 4 children; at least 8 grandchildren
    • m (2). at Wareham, MA, on 31 December 1966 BRUCE STEWART RAYMOND
      • b. at Cambridge, MA, on 1 August 1924
      • Occupation. 1985 TV Repairman--owned and operated his own TV repair business
      • d. on 22 April 1988

Information on this family was gathered from interviews and correspondence in 1985 with:

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