Once in America, the five Goodhind brothers came into the papermaking business within the western Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Hampden. In the mid-1800s, there was a flourishing trade in paper here, with renowned mills (such as Hurlburt Paper Mill in South Lee and Crane Paper in Dalton) supplying much of the nation's need for fine paper.

Richard Goodhind was a Superintendent at Crane Paper Co. of Dalton for 10 years. Since 1879, Crane Paper has been the sole supplier of the paper used to make US currency.

Counties of Western Massachusetts

On the above map of Massachusetts, red is the area of Berkshire County; blue colors Hampshire County; and green represents Hampden County. [The next northernmost county is Franklin. At one point, James Thomas Goodhind did work at a papermill in the village of Turners Falls, within the Franklin County town of Montague. He and his wife Mary had a child there. To the east is the large county of Worcester. - TSG]

Within Berkshire County, the Goodhinds lived and worked in the city of Pittsfield and in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Great Barrington (and Housatonic), and Lee. Henry Goodhind appears to have been the most sedentary, living most of his life in the village of Housatonic. The hills of Berkshire County are well-known today as a summer vacation spot for the wealthy.

Within Hampshire County , the early Goodhinds worked at papermills and lived in the communities of South Hadley and Huntington. It is in Huntington (today just another small New England town) that James Thomas Goodhind died in an industrial accident in 1880; he and his brother Frederick's family are buried there.

Within Hampden County, they lived and worked in the cities of Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee and in the towns of Chester and Russell. It is interesting to note that while at one time small towns such as Russell and Chester were booming industrial centers, factories have left those areas many years ago, leaving small towns again. As I researched in Russell, for example, I found that these days there are barely 30 births a year there. In the mid- to late 1800s, however, there were page after page of births recorded amongst the mill workers. Many of the workers were English, Irish or German immigrants.

I have not been able to find a map of the towns in each county but there is one centered in Berkshire County on the right sidebar that may help you to visualize the relationship between some communities.

You can learn more about these three westernmost counties of Massachusetts below. You can also follow links here below to discover more about papermaking:


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