Ebenezer Bourne Keene Gurney, “Hanson”, published in The Plymouth County Directory, and Historical Register of the Old Colony, Containing An Historical Sketch of the County, And of Each Town in the County; A Roll of Honor, With The Names of All Soldiers of the Army and Navy, From this County, Who Lost Their Lives in Service; An Alphabetical List of the Voters; A Complete Index to the Mercantile, Manufacturing, And Professional Interests of the County, Together with Much Valuable Miscellaneous Matter (Middleboro, Mass.: Stillman B. Pratt & Co., 1867), 47-48.
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Hanson was incorporated Feb. 22d, 1820, and was formerly the “West Parish” of the town of Pembroke. Its size is comparitively small, containing an area of only 9730 acres, with a population of 1188, according to the last census. Its local early history will, property, be contained in the history of Pembroke. Like all other towns in Plymouth Co., it contains many relics of Indian settlements, such as remains of old orchards, cellars, &c. and rude implements of war, and articles for domestic use, &c. Nearly all its territory is embraced in the purchase of Major Josiah Winslow, of the Indian sachem, Josiah Wampatuck, as by deed, dated July 9th, 1662, known as the “Major’s Purchase”. There is a reserve made in said deed, of 1000 acres about the ponds at Mattakeset, (lying in Pembroke and Hanson,) to his son and George Wampy, which is still supposed, (a part of it at least,) to belong to their heirs, if any remains. Among the first settlers of Hanson, was a family by the name of Bourne, that located in the south part of this town, as early as about 1725, or before, as the name of Josiah Bourne is found in the records of the Proprietors of the “Major’s Purchase” in 1732, May 12th, and from circumstances therein mentioned, he must have resided here some years before. The exact spot where he lived, is well known, and traces of the location yet remain to mark the spot, viz: old apple trees, old bricks, &c. In the north part of town, a family by the name of Thomas, located, and the name of Edward Thomas, as being the clerk of the “Proprietors,” is found in their book of records, as early as May 28th, 1759.
Rev. Gad Hitchcock, D.D., a man of talents, sociable, friendly, hospitable, and somewhat eccentric, was the first pastor, ordained in 1748, which office he held 55 years.
Rev. George Barstow was successor and colleague with Dr. Hitchcock, and continued the pastoral relation eighteen years, and died in 1821 [sic], aged 51 years. He was succeeded by the Rev. Mr. Howland.
The Baptist Church was organized in 1812, with Rev. Joseph Torrey as first pastor.
The well-known tack manufactory of E. Y. Perry & Co., is located in the limits of Hanson, although the post office address is South Hanover. Luther Howland, also, has a similar manufactory.
The “High-top” or “Summer Sweeting” apple-trees, yield now, as they did in the earliest days of the Colony, their prolific crop of golden fruit.
The name of the town, was one, out of many, that were suggested, and selected by vote. It has no particular derivation. Property is very equally distributed compared with many towns around. We have none of those persons, who from small beginnings, become noted, in a few years, as rich men, but each one makes slowly but surely. The town is very evenly settled.
No whole company was raised in this town, during the Rebellion, but a part of Co. A, 3d Reg’t, went out to Fortress Monroe, April 16, 1861, for 3 months, and again to Newbern, N.C., for 9 months, Sept. 23d, 1862. Of those, all safely returned, and most of them again enlisted for 3 years.
Hanson raised for the Union service, 188 men; 6 for one hundred days; 14 for three months; 22 for nine months; 35 for one year, and 113 for three years, at an expense of $19,502, in addition to generous supplies through benevolent commissions.
The following  men, lost in service, with one exception [Joseph L. Fish], belonged in this town: –
- Thomas Drake, Co. D, 4th Calvary, of starvation, at Andersonville, March 14th, 1865
- Julius W. Monroe, Co. D, 38th Reg’t of starvation, at Saulisbury, Feb. 15th, 1865
- George Thompson, 11th Reg’t, of starvation, at Andersonville, June 13th 1864
- Austin E. Luther, Co. F, 3rd Calvary, at Marine Hospital, New Orleans, of wounds, April 5th 1864
- Daniel Bourne, Co. D, 58th Reg’t, killed, near Spotsylvania, Va., May 7th 1864
- Alfred G. Howe, Co. H., 18th Reg’t, killed, near Spotsylvania, May 5th 1864
- Edward P. Mansfield, Co. C, 29th Reg’t, killed near Spotsylvania, May 12th 1864
- Henry L. Ewell, 10th Battery, of wounds, at Washington, Nov. 20th 1864
- George S. Golbert, Co. B, 22d Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at Fortress Munroe, August, 1862
- Stephen Bates, Co. D, 38th Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at Baton Rogue, May 3d 1863
- Andrew W. Fish, Co. C, 38th Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at Baton Rogue, Aug. 3d 1863
- Joseph L. Fish, Co. D, 38th Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at home, Oct. 31st, 1863
- John Lyons, Co. B, 41st Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at Port Hudson, Sept, 29th 1863
- Morton E. Hill, Co. C, 38th Reg’t, of chronic diarrhoea, at Brashear City, April 13th, 1863
- Horatio Foster, 1st R.I., of disease, at Catlett Station, Va., May 22d 1862
- Theodore L. Bonney, Co. E, 32d Reg’t of fatigue and fever, at Potomac Creek, Va., May 11th, 1863
- Augustus F. Elmes, Co. K, 7th Reg’t, of fever, near Washington, Oct. 25th, 1861
- John H. Perry, K, 7th Reg’t, of disease
- James Coolican, Co. B, 41st Reg’t, of disease, La., Feb. 25th 1863
- George H. Bourne, Co. B, 40th Reg’t, of diarrhoea, near Folly Island, S.C., Nov. 28th 1863
- James A. Lyons, Co. D, 38th Reg’t, of wounds, at Brashear City, La.
Hanson General Directory [of Eligible Voters], 47-50.
- Adams, Russell W., farmer
- Aldridge, Stillman, farmer
- Ames, John C., box maker
- Ames, Marcus, farmer
- Ames, Marcus F., peddler
- Arnold, Caleb, shoemaker
- Banican, Patrick, farmer
- Bailey, George C., shoemaker
- Baldwin, C. H., farmer
- Barker, Benjamin, farmer
- Barker, Bowen, physician
- Barker, John, farmer
- Barker, Josiah, farmer
- Barker, Lot P., farmer
- Barker, Philip H., shoemaker
- Barrows, Alfred, supt. almshouse
- Barrows, George L.
- Bates, Andrew H., shoemaker
- Bates, Cyrus A., carpenter
- Bates, Elbridge G., shoemaker
- Beal, Alden, farmer
- Beal, Bernhard C., shoemaker
- Beal, Charles M., shoemaker
- Beal, George P., farmer
- Beal, Gibson, shoemaker
- Beal, Henry A., shoemaker
- Beal, John, farmer
- Beal, William L., shoemaker
- Beal, William O., shoemaker
- Bearce, Benjamin H., shoemaker
- Bearce, Isaiah, farmer
- Bearce, Joseph, moulder
- Bearce, Virgil P., shoemaker
- Bearce, William W., shoemaker
- Beggen, Francis, farmer
- Bonney, Ezekiel, farmer
- Bonney, Josiah, shoemaker
- Bonney, Josiah 2d, bootmaker
- Bonney, Morton V., clerk
- Bonney, Otis L., teacher
- Bonney, Seth, laborer
- Bosworth, Ichabod, shoemaker
- Bourne, Abel, farmer
- Bourne, Calvin F., shoemaker
- Bourne, Charles, farmer
- Bourne, Charles W., laborer
- Bourne, Ebenezer B., farmer
- Bourne, Ephraim B., shoemaker
- Bourne, Ferdinand A., shoemaker
- Bourne, Francis, farmer
- Bourne, Francis W., farmer
- Bourne, Isaac, shoemaker
- Bourne, James A., farmer
- Bourne, John T., moulder
- Bourne, Martin W., shoemaker
- Bourne, Samuel T., shoemaker
- Bourne, William, farmer
- Bowker, Andrew, dry goods and grociers
- Bowker, Benjamin H., teamster
- Bowker, Gad, farmer
- Bowker, George T., clerk
- Bowker, John, shoemaker
- Bowker, Luther, shoemaker
- Bowker, Richard, laborer
- Branning, John, shoemaker
- Brewster, James B., farmer
- Brewster, Philip, farmer