Delmont Tufts family of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

I am trying to find the family descendants of this family who ran this farm called Unkamet Farm in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Delmont Locke Tufts, Sr. was born in Exeter, New Hampshire December 6, 1888. He was a twin; his sister was named Theodora. They were the third and fourth children of James A Tufts I and his wife Effie (Locke) Tufts. Delmont married Florence Spencer Stevens and had 2 children, Katherine and Delmont. The name Delmont derives from Effie’s adoptive father Benjamin Delmont Locke of Arlington, Massachusetts. This is one of those stories where the vital records were scant, but the newspaper articles told the story. The clip below is from the October 4, 1929 Exeter Newsletter found in a collection of the Tufts family.

The article details Delmont’s life before Pittsfield and that he had 2 children while working in Connecticut. From what I can determine Delmont retired in 1962 and moved to Florida. Katherine Keyes husband Ted Keyes ran the farm for some time but the barn burned in 1968 and I have found no evidence of remaining buildings as the area has grown up into homes and a golf course. I would like to connect with any Keyes descendants.

Delmont and Florence children:

Katherine Tufts was born in 1913. She married Edwin Keyes and had a family there on the farm in Pittsfield. They are detailed in some part in the articles below.

Berkshire Eagle Jan. 30, 1971
Springfield Republican. 30, 1972

From these I can determine the family on the farm with husband Edwin Keyes including sons Clyde Keyes, and Delmont Tufts Keyes and 3 daughters. (Katherine, Linda-Kay and Barbara.) The picture below was dated 1947 with a question mark. Katherine’s children were born from 1934 to 1950. The description on the back of the photo is below

These color images from 1947 are really amazing. Color was new then. I have had the black and white version for a while and these2 horse team shots. I never knew who the family was or who and where the horses were. Through close examination it looks to me like they were probably taken the same day. The man in back with the white t-shirt seems to be Clyde Keyes. I believe the other man in the picture is Delmont Tufts Jr. It compares to his Navy picture below. The two women on the right of the picture would probably be Katherine (Tufts) Keyes, and Delmont’s wife Mary (Beebe) Tufts. I haven’t figured out the kids yet, but likely a mix of the two families.

Please contact me if you have any information on the descendants of this family.

Delmont Locke Tufts Jr. was born in Pittsfield in 1915. “Del Jr”, went to Pittsfield schools then University of Iowa, then joined the US Navy. He married, in 1942, Mary Beebe. She was a local schoolteacher and had traveled abroad for education and teaching. They lived in Florida while he served in the Navy. The newspaper record indicates they had a son Peter Tufts in 1944 but I have found no further records of him.

Berkshire County Eagle August 29, 1943
clip from The Story of The Bannion

There is probably a lot more to discover here. Stay tuned

Berkshire County Eagle Aug. 23, 1944
Springfield Daily Republican May 24, 1932
The Springfield Union Sep. 30, 1968

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