The Scagels

The following pages cover the Scagels concerning this blog, who eventually married into the Atwell family in 1830. Thanks to Nancy Benton for the pages.

The Scagels

Orson Patrick BRYAN, having married Sally, the daughter of George Scagel, the
descendents of this marriage would also be part of the Scagel family. It has
been a long time since anyone with the Scagel surname had lived in Waterbury.
There are Scagel descendents presently living in Morrisville and Richmond. Of
course, the Bryans and Scagels had close family ties. Two of my father’s
brothers and one sister, who died as infants or young children, are buried in
the George Scagel lot in the old Center cemetery.

George Scagel came to Waterbury in 1794. Lewis’ History of Waterbury says p.
30, “George Scagel took up his residence on a center plot in 1794, and spent
his life there. “This was early in Waterbury’s history as a political entity.
The first settler in the area of Waterbury was a Mr. Marsh, who arrived in
1783. Ezra Butler, who is considered to be the first permanent resident in
what was to become the town of Waterbury, arrived in 1785. Note that Georg
Scagel arrived a scant nine years later. The Bryans, thorough the Scagels, are
one of the oldest families in Waterbury to continually reside or own property
and pay taxes in the town. Book 2, Page 123 of the Waterbury Town records
states that George Scagel purchased from Josiah Smith on January 6, 1797, land
in the Center for which he paid $200. This was “the original right of Joseph
Badgley in the township of Waterbury.” A map of the lots assigned to the
original grantors, shows this to be the lot where the brick house, opposite the
Methodist Church, now stands.

George Scagel apparently was a man of considerable substance. The brick house
was originally a farm house built by George Scagel. Even today, it is the most
imposing structure in the Center. We have noted that the community’s first
church services were held in a barn. When the present brick church was built
opposite the Scagel home, it was built on land donated by George Scagel in
accordance with family tradi-


tion. Among my mother’s newspaper clippings is an article written about the
church in 1949. This article states, “Land for this church was leased for the
sum of $10 by George Scagel to Chester Lyon, Thomas B. Scagel, and Ira Hudson,
trustees of the church.” Thomas Best Scagel was a son of George Scagel. He
was later the postmaster at Waterbury Street. Apparently the $10 involved was
a good faith token payment for the land. An interesting story involving the
church is that the church bell was pealed 100 times on the 100th birthday of
Rachel Lee Scagel, the mother of George Scagel. She was born in 1733, and so
this event occurred in 1833, shortly after the completion of the church. On
that same day, at 100 years of age, she took a stroll from her son George’s
house in the Center, to her granddaughter Sally Bryan’s house. This would, of
course, be the house on present Route 100, where my father was born forty years

A resume of the movement of the Scagel family to northern Vermont may be of
interest. Jacob Scagel, fourth and last known child of Christopher and Deborah
(Wallis) Scagel, was born at Rye, New Hampshire, October 25, 1736. An entry in
the marriage register of the Congregational Church of Rye for the year 1755
states: “Jan 21 Jacob Scadgel and Rachel Lee were married.” In a record
published by the Hunkins family, in 1961, it states that George Scagel was born
in Maine on October 8, 1765. In the genealogy chart of the Scagel family, his
birthplace is given as Rye, New Hampshire. In the reminisences (sic) written
by Edith Emma Atkins, it states that George Scagel came to Vermont from Saco,
Maine. George Scagel may have been born in Maine, but authenticated
information shows that the family started moving north from Rye, New

Over the years, there have developed many variations in the spellling of the
Scagel name. In 1766, Jacob “Schagell” was living in Rye, New Hampshire. In
1769, Jacob “Scagel” was employed in building the road from Middleton to
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Also, in 1769, Jacob “Sceggel” became a resident of
the latter town. The New Hampshire State Papers report that by 29 January 1770
Jacob “Seageal” had fulfilled the conditions of the deed issued to him in
Wolfeboro. Jacob and Rachel (she who lived to be 103 and died in Waterbury
Center in 1836) lived in Wolfeboro for five years, during which time their last
three children were born. On December 8, 1770, Jacob mortgaged his land for
fifty pounds. Unable to meet the payment on the morgage, the court forced
Jacob out of his home in April, 1775.

The family next moved east to Parsonfield, Maine which area was just opening up
for settlement. In 1785, the family was still in Parsonfield


field, for the history of the town states that in that year Jacob “Schagel”
owned a potash works. It is not known when Jacob Scagel left Parsonfield.
Possibly, he turned over the potash works to his son, Jacob Jr., when the
latter returned from the Revolutionary War. He may have turned the business
over to his son, George. In those days, no recording of deeds was required
when property was transferred from father to son, so the possibility of
following the movement of people through transfer of property is made

At the taking of the 1790 census, Jacob and Rachel Scagel were living in
Newbury, Orange County, Vermont. Official records there show that also in
Newbury, Vermont were Jacob’s sons, Jacob Jr., Elijah and William. No where is
mention made of George Scagel, Jacob’s son, being in Newbury.

George Scagel probably came to Waterbury from Saco, Maine as noted in the Bryan
family records. Later, George’s older brother, Jacob Jr., moved north to
Stanbridge East, Quebec. Also, later, Jacob and Rachel Scagel moved to
Waterbury. Later activity of Jacob is not known. He died March 18, 1817. We
have been unable to find a gravestone marking his place of burial. He was in
his 81st year, and his wife Rachel was nearly 84 years old. They had been
married for 62 years. Rachel continued to make her home with her son, George,
for another nineteen years.

Two of my grandfather’s brothers married two Scagel sisters from Standridge,
Quebec. They were second cousins. My second cousin Macie Bryan Evans is
descended from Jacob Scagel, from both her grandfather Denis Bryan and her
grandmother Mary Scagel Bryan.


Scagel 1


Scagel 2


Scagel 3

Caroline Atwell Noyes’ address book

Caroline Atwell Noyes’ address book shows:

J.A. Noyes Anna, Union Co., Illinois
N.W. Gilbert Montpelier, Vermont
Hannah M. Wolger 87 Hampshire St., Lawrence, Massachusetts
Mary Chilton Franklinville, N.C.
Marilla Wells Lawrence, Massachusetts

Written at another time:

Hannah M. Wolger No. 42 Broadway, South Lawrence, Massachusetts
Francis Barry Berlin Heights, Ohio

On second sheet, sometime later, in blue ink
Miss Carrie A. Hunkins Box 453 Waukesha, Wisconsin

SOURCE: Nancy Benton April 26 2003

J. A. Noyes in Anna, Union County, Illinois would seem to be noting when she and her husband James Allen Noyes were living in Anna.

The N. W. Gilbert is Norman West Gilbert, husband of her sister Sarah Ann Lydia Atwell who died in 1877. The 1870 census shows them in Montpelier.

I’ve no information on Mary Chilton or Marilla Wells.

The entry for Hannah Wolger on Broadway is likely to be at an earlier point in time than the Hampshire Street address, as her husband is seen on Hamphsire Street in the 1880 census, and Hannah appears to have died as her husband is then married to a Mary E. who was born in NY, not England.

The 1870 census for Lawrence Ward 3, Essex, Massachsetts shows:

280/579 WOLGER James G. 37 cotton weaver b. England
Hannah U. 31 b. NH
George A. 9/12 b. MA Sept.
GOULD Martha 63 b. MA

1860 shows:

Lawrence Ward 4, Essex, Massachusetts
1829/2592 Thomas HASELDIN 38 m Operator $75 pesonal property b. England
Alice 29 House keeper b. NH
Mary 18 Operator b.MA
1829/2593 James G. WOLGER 26 Operator b. England (Essex Co. 4 West Lawrence, page 342)
Hannah W. or M. (looks like a W but could be an M) 21 House keeper b. England
Martha GOULD 53 House keeper b. England

4th Ward (Essex Co., 5 West Lawrence, page 382)
1907/2710 George WOLGER 43 Laborer b. England
Annie 45 Housekeeper b. England
May A. 33 Operative b. England
Sarah 29 Operative b. England
James 26 Operative b. England
Hannah 24 Operative b. England
William 14 b. England
Elizabeth A. 4 b. England
Emmanuel CHARTSWORTH 37 Operative b. England

1850 shows:

Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
66/83 Martha Gould 43 b. MA
Nehemiah 14 b. NH
Israel 13
Hannah W. 11

It is the Hannah Wolger, wife of James Wolger, who is in Carrie’s address book. James G. Wolger appears in the 1880 census living at 87 (or may read 89) Hampshire Street, but his wife is given as a Mary E., 42, born NY and her parents b. NY, so it seems Hannah may have died by 1880. Curiously, Wolger is a rare enough name and the 1880 census shows them in four areas. Wolgers from Germany are in Patterson, Pasaic, NJ. There is a pocket of Wolgers in, as mentioned, Lawrence, MA. There is a family with Wolgers in Thornapple, Barry Co., MI, and a family from England in Van Buren, Wayne County, MI.

It would seem Carrie knew the Wolgers from her time at the mill. The youngest child in the Lawrence Massachusetts Wolger families is 4 in 1860 and is given as born in England. If this is correct the Wolgers didn’t arrive in MA until at least 1856 and as Carrie wouldn’t have had an opportunity to meet them until at least 1856. Carrie was at Pacific Mills in Lawrence by 1854.

The Wolgers in Michigan in 1880 are a family that were in NY by 1845 and in Michigan by at least 1854, according to birthdates of children. I note this because it’s interesting they were in Michigan and Massachusetts, but it’s likely coincidental.

Francis Barry at Berlin Heights, Ohio, records her association with the free love community there. It was at Berlin Heights, Ohio that Carrie met James Allen Noyes.

As for Carrie Hunkins in Wisconsin, the 1880 census shows:

WI, Waukesha Co. Waukesha
A. S. HUNKINS widowed female 55 b. VT parents b. VT
W. F. son 23 b. WI
A. L. daughter in law 19 b. WI
Carrie daughter 24 b. WI
J. W. DRUITT other 26 b. MA merchant father b. VT
E. W. CHAPIN other 28 b. WI lawyer parents b. VT

This family would be that of Hazen Hastins Hunkins b. 19 May 1820 in Danville, Caledonia Co. VT, died 29 March 1879 Waukesha, Waukesha Co. WI and Aurelia Seymour Scagel (daughter of George Scagel and Deborah Hunkins) b. 4 Sept 1825 in Waterbury, Washington Co. VT, married 25 Nov 1847 in New Berlin, Waukesha Co. WI.

Carrie Hunkins was married in 1881 so this would have been noted previous to her marriage.

The family of Deborah Hunkins Scagel (mother of Aurelia) is the one Carrie would have stayed with in New Berlin, Waukesha, Wisconsin, after her time at the mill, which was why I was interested in when it seemed the Wolgers were first in Massachusetts.

Carrie Hunkins was related to Caroline Atwell Noyes in 3 ways. They were first cousins through Caroline’s mother, Rachel Scagel, and Carrie’s father, George Scagel Jr. They were 2nd cousins through Jacob Scagel and Rachel Lee (Aurelia as daughter of Deborah Hunkins who was daughter of Hannah Scagel, daughter of Jacob, while Caroline was daughter of Rachel Scagel who was daughter of George who was son of Jacob Scagel and Rachel Lee). And 2nd cousins through Captain Robert Hunkins and Lydia Chamberlain (Aurelia’s mother was Deborah Hunkins, Deborah’s father was Moses Hunkins son of Capt. Robert, while Caroline’s father was Hiram Atwell, son of Lydia Hunkins who was sister of Moses Hunkins).

Also, among some of (Caroline Atwell Noye’s) belongings I found a calling card for Mrs. H. H. Hunkins, edged in black, as though in mourning.
SOURCE: Nancy Benton 2 May 2003

Hazen Hastings Hunkins died 29 March 1879.