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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE NUTTING, a prominent and well-to-do farmer of Granby, was born March 16, 1832, in the town of Hatfield, son of Bryant and Matilda (Belding) Nutting.

The father, a native of Leverett, Mass., was a stone mason by trade, which calling he followed in this State for many years. He finally went West to Monmouth, Ill., where he resided until his decease, August 23, 1840. His wife was a native of Whately, born August 26, 1800. After the death of her husband she returned to her native State and settled in Granby, where her death occurred August 23, 1877. She bore her husband six children; namely, Lucius, Lucy, Julia, Harriet, George, and Margaret. The first named was born May 27, 1822, married Elizabeth Allison, and they reside in Bozeman, Mont. Lucy, born October 21, 1825, is the widow of the late James Ferguson, and now makes her home with her son in Salt Lake City, Utah. Julia, born November 23, 1828, has been twice married, her first husband having been George Dame, and her second Rufus Graves, and is now living in California. Harriet, born August 17, 1830, living in Holyoke, has also been twice married, her first husband having been Louis Shelley, and her second Charles Wells. Margaret, born October 14, 1835, in Chicopee, married E. A. Cook, of Springfield, but is now deceased.

George Nutting received a good common school education. His brother Lucius, who was educated at Galesburg, Ill., was the only member of the family to attend a higher institution of learning. When he was sixteen years old he came with his mother to Granby, where she bought the present home farm. A few years later Mr. Nutting bought out his mother’s interest in the property, and he has since managed it on his own account. He carries on general farming, raising corn and hay as his staple products, in addition to a profitable business in dairying. Another industry of his that brings him in good returns is the butchering and peddling of meat, in which he has the assistance of his son. In politics Mr. Nutting has always gone with the Republican party. He declines political honors, though often urged to do so by his fellow-citizens. The only official capacity in which he has served was that of Surveyor, which he held for twenty years.

Mr. Nutting was married December 27, 1852, to Miss Mary M. Lyman, a native of Granby, born February 11, 1832, daughter of Henry and Prudence (Willey) Lyman, respectively natives of Northfield, Mass., and Somers, Conn. Mr. Lyman was a manufacturer in his early days, but subsequently engaged in business as a miller. He died August 30, 1867. His wife, who died February 21, 1859, bore him five children; namely, Mary M. (Mrs. Nutting), Eliza M., Charles T., Dwight C., and Nancy Jane. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Nutting two children have been born, Dwight Curtis and William Lucius. Dwight C., born March 17, 1861, resides near his parents. He married Mary Jane Bardwell, and they have two children, George H. and Lucius. William L., born October 12, 1867, died November 30, 1894, leaving his widow, formerly Carrie Belle Adams, with four children. Mr. and Mrs. Nutting have also one adopted son, Oliver G., born October 15, 1856. He married Ella Upham, and is now residing in Springfield. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dwight C. is engaged in agricultural pursuits, having a fine farm, on which he carries on mixed husbandry, making somewhat a specialty of dairying. Both Mr. George Nutting and his wife are people of high moral worth and consistent members of the Congregational church, toward the support of which they contribute generously.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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