The William Hubbard family arrived in the Connecticut Western Reserve in the late spring of 1834.
William had been sent here from Trenton, Oneida County, New York to work as a land agent for his uncle Nehemiah Hubbard, Jr. He was one of the 39 men who formed the Connecticut Land Company following the 1795 re-division of the lands in the Ohio Territory.
He owned approximately 58,000 acres of land in this area. Because of his advanced years, he sent his brother Isaac’s sons out to establish a presence for him in the Western Reserve. Only weeks after arriving in Ashtabula, William became a member of the Ashtabula County Anti-Slavery Society. His brothers Matthew and Henry, who had arrived earlier and made homes for themselves in this part of the county, were already heavily involved in the Abolitionist movement, both having helped to found the Ashtabula Sentinel, an Abolitionist newspaper.