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THE Connecticut Historical Society can put to good use funds 
for general expenses, for publication purposes and for the care 
and increase of the library and museum. Such funds would form 
appropriate and permanent memorials to continue life interests of 
an individual or a group of individuals. 

You are urged to include your historical society as a beneficiary 
when preparing your will. The following form is suggested: 
/ give and bequeath to The Connecticut Historical Society, 
a corporation existing under the laws of the State of Con- 
necticut and located in the City of Hartford in said State, 

dollars in trust, the income from 

which is to be used for the 

The President or the Director of the Society will be happy to 

discuss this matter with interested persons and suggest specific 

purposes for which such bequests may be made. Gifts to the 

Society are deductible from Federal Estate and Income Taxes. 

The Connecticut Historical Society 

I Elizabeth Street, Hartford 5, Connecticut 

Telephone ADams 3-2397 

Open free to the Public 

THE LIBRARY 
Open daily 9:30 — 5:30 P.M. except Sundays and holidays. 

THE MUSEUM 
Open Monday — Friday 1:00 — 5:00 P.M.; Saturdays 10:00 — 5:00 
P.M. Closed Sundays and holidays. Group tours at other times 
may be arranged upon application. 

The Building is closed Saturdays at noon during June, July and 
August. 



The Lecture Series is held on the first Tuesday of the months of 

October through May at 7:45 P.M. 

The Annual Meeting is held on the third Tuesday in May. 



THE ANNUAL REPORT OF 



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Containing the Reports and Papers Pre- 
sented at THE ANNUAL MEETING held On 

May 20, ig^8 together with a list of of- 
ficers then elected, and of the accessions 
made during the year. 




Chartered 1825 



Published by the Society 
I Elizabeth Street 

HARTFORD 5 • CONNECTICUT 



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STAFF 

Thompson R. Harlow, Director; William L. Warren, Assistant Director; 
Frances A. Hoxie, Assistant to the Librarian; Phyllis Kihn, 
Editor; Marjorie F. Waterman, Chief of Reading Room; Jessie 
A. Parsons, Cataloguer; George W. Stevens, Guide; James 
Tomasiello, Superintendent; Ronald Pitz, Assistant. 



PATRONS 

Mrs. Ferrari P. Ward, West Hartford; Houghton Bulkeley, Hartford; 
Philip H. Hammerslough, West Hartford; Hanford MacNider, 
Mason City, Iowa; Edgar F. Waterman, Hartford. 

FELLOWS 

Hiram Bissell Carey, Farmington. 
George Matthew Dutcher, Middletown. 
James Lippincott Goodwin, Hartford. 

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS 

Thompson R. Harlow, Newington. 
Mrs. Albion B. Wilson, Hartford. 



BENEFACTOR MEMBER 

Theora J. Bunnell, Baltimore, Maryland. 



Designed and printed 

at the Sign of the Stone Boo/^ 

in Hartford, Connecticut by 

Connecticut Printers, Incorporated 

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Standing Committee, ■< 



Membership Committee. 



Library Committee, 



Publication Committee, 



OFFICERS 

Elected May 20, ig^8 

President. NEWTON C, BRAINARD, Hartford 

Vice-President. CHARLES S, BISSELL, Suffield 

Recording Secrktary, FRANCES A, HOXIE, Manchester 

Corresponding Secretary, FLORENCE S, M. CROFUT, Hartford 

Treasurer. ALLERTON C. HICKMOTT, West Hartford 

FLORENCE S. M. CROFUT. Hartford. > 

ROBERT EWING. West Hartford, 

PHILIP H. HAMMERSLOUGH, West Hartford. ^ 

RANDOLPH T, NIELSEN. Wethersfield. 

DR. ERNEST CAULFIELD, West Hartford. 

HOUGHTON BULKELEY. Hartford. 

JOHN M. K. DAVIS. Avon. 

WARD S. JACOBS. Hartford, 

DR. H, GILDERSLEEVE JARVIS. West Hartford. 

ROBERT EWING, West Hartford. 
ELLSWORTH GRANT. West Hartford. 
RICHARD C. LINCOLN, JR., Hartford. 
MRS. ALLYN SEYMOUR. Bloomfield. 
MRS. HARRY L. HARTMAN. Wethersfield. 
SHEPHERD M. HOLCOMBE. W^est Hartford. 
MAXWELL L. BRAINARD. West Hartford. ^ 
MRS. FERRARI P. WARD, West Hartford. V 3 
JOSEPH SIMONS. West Hartford. J 

JOHN M. K. DAVIS. Avon. 

JAMES BREWSTER. Litchfield. 

DR. ERNEST CAULFIELD, West Hartford. 

ALBERT E. VAN DUSEN. PH. D., Storrs. 

D, G, BRINTON THOMPSON, PH, D.. West Hartford. 

MELANCTHON W. JACOBUS, Hartford. 



2 years 



Program Committee, 



Auditing Committee. 



Acquisitions Committee. 



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DONALD B. ENGLEY, Hartford. 
BEATRICE COOK. Hartford. 
BENJAMIN F. HUBBELL, Hartford. 



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HOLCOMBE. West Hartford. 
WILLIAMS. Hartford. 



NEWTON C. BRAINARD. Hartford. 

CHARLES S. BISSELL, Suffield. 

PHILIP H. HAMMERSLOUGH, West Hartford. 



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Finance Committee, 



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MAYNARD T. HAZEN. Hartford. 

BARCLAY ROBINSON. Avon. 

SPENCER GROSS, Hartford. 

NEWTON C, BRAINARD. Hartford. 

EDGAR F. WATERMAN, Hartford. 

CHARLES S. BISSELL, Suffield. 
HOUGHTON BULKELEY. Hartford. 
JAMES H. TORREY. West Hartford. 



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1. Elected May 1956 for three year term. 

2. Elected May 1957 for three year term, 

3. Elected May 1958 for three year term. 



E.xpires May 1959. 
Expires May 1960. 
Expires May 1961. 




By the il O N O U R A B L E, 

Giirdoii Saltonftall Efq. 

GOVERN OUR of Her Majtfties Colony of Connttttcttt. 

A PROCLAMATION. 

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to NJf fcvcjii frtntcJ CopiBot the Muikr Rdl ol t ■ ' •'i' 

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GOD Save the Queen 



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Hitherto unknown Proclamation printed by Timothy Green, dated August 20, 171 4 



Report of the President 

IN considering appropriate topics for the annual report of your 
President, it occurred to me that I might properly discuss the 
relation of the Society to the individual member. 

We have over one-thousand members and it seems at times as 
though they had almost that many different interests. Many think 
mostly of genealogy, others of our furniture collections. Our pic- 
ture exhibitions have attracted many, while data about local history 
constantly brings us calls for information. Let me relate briefly 
how your executives try to satisfy all of these members in so far 
as it can be done. 

You may have felt that only an occasional one of our monthly 
talks interested you. We regard this as a favorable sign, for your 
Program Committee, in selecting speakers, tries to introduce a 
variety of subjects during the season. If the series covered only a 
single theme, no matter how important it was, it would only 
appeal to a selected portion of our membership. In a similar way, 
an effort is made to have our Bulletin deal in each issue with as 
many different topics as we can cover adequately. These two 
activities, the Bulletin and our monthly meetings, are, in a way, 
of the utmost importance for they are our only contact with many 
of our members. 

Undoubtedly, our greatest attraction and the one which keeps 
on our list many members, is genealogy. We have a wide reputa- 
tion for our genealogical library, which is supplemented by a 
great mass of manuscript matter. Our staf^ is in daily corre- 
spondence with persons located all over the country who are 
seeking information regarding the history of their families. 

It is interesting, and sometimes surprising, to check on the 
kind of historical information which is requested of us and the 
purpose for which it is to be used. Not only is it called for by 
students, scholars and authors, but also frequently by commercial 
interests. We sometimes feel as though it would not be possible 
to celebrate the anniversary of a business or open a bank without 
the help of our Society. The information which we give is often 
followed by a request for loans from our museum collections. 
The historical displays which you have seen in show windows 
often are built around articles from our shelves. Advertising men 



and newspaper reporters get much of their inspiration here and 
hardly a day passes when an item, which originated here, does 
not appear in your daily newspaper. 

It has given great satisfaction to learn from casual remarks by 
others in our field that The Connecticut Historical Society has 
the reputation of being one of the most progressive organizations 
of its group. The showing of the works of early artists, which we 
have held for several years, has become an event which is looked 
forward to by students in this field. Our Bulletin articles, too, 
are spoken of as contributing to more than local knowledge. The 
books which we have published, though limited in number, have 
been well received. 

There is not time to enumerate all of our diversified collections 
and activities but I hope that this brief listing of some of the 
more prominent types will give you some idea of the wide variety 
of interests which your officers and staff must keep in mind when 
endeavoring to serve its members and the public, for our service 
is by no means confined to our members. 

This brief resume of our collections and their use justifies our 
existence but it does not mean that we are doing as good a job 
as we should. Like similar organizations, we are adding to our 
material every day. We report each month, with pride, our new 
accessions but what are we doing to make the information which 
you desire easily accessible to you? Can we readily produce for 
you that family letter or the data about some minor incident 
which occurred right here in Hartford? Too often we cannot. 
We are not alone in this situation. In a recent article in the 
National Geographic Magazine regarding the famous Hunting- 
ton Library they told of more than a million manuscripts stored 
in their cellar which are neither indexed or even listed. If we 
do not do something about indexing our collections, we can 
hardly justify adding to them continually and then merely storing 
them away. In my remarks last year I alluded to this matter 
and it has been much on my mind during the year just passed. 
I believe that the time has come when we should make a be- 
ginning at this tremendous task, and the word "tremendous" 
is not an exaggeration when describing it. Results will not be 
evident for a long time, but a trial will show us what has to be 
done and how to do it. Consider the information which we should 



have on a single letter. Who wrote it and to whom? Where was 
it written and when ? What persons and places are mentioned in 
it? This is too costly an undertaking to be done from our ordinary 
income, which hardly covers our normal expenditures, but it 
seems to me to be a work which might appeal to many individuals 
to the extent of financing work on a specific group of manuscripts 
relating to a family, a place or a period. 

Let me not, by this suggestion, discourage any who would con- 
tribute to our general funds. Only by such gifts can the Society 
grow and continue to do its work. We have been fortunate in 
this respect. During the past year we have had generous gifts, 
amounting to $2i,gio.^y, from the following, to whom I extend 
our sincere gratitude and appreciation: 



Anonymous 

Newton C. Brainard 

Francis E. Brown 

Mrs. Horace J. Gary 

Charter Oak Study Club 

Florence S. M. Crofut 

Mrs. F. J. Decker 

Ensworth Foundation 

Ralph M. Ferry 

Dorothy F. Gage 

Hartford Chapter Daughters of the 

American Colonists 
Denison H. Hatch 
Elizabeth R. Helfrick 
J. H. Hunt 
George H. Livengood 
Wood Mecham 
Jessie A. Parsons 
Willis R. Pressell 
Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims 
Ada C. Taylor, bequest 
Carl P. Tomlinson 
Edgar F. Waterman 
Mrs. Albion B. Wilson 



The recent fire at the Museum of Modern Art has given your 
executives much concern as to our own collections. This concern 
is not clue to any conditions which we know to exist but it makes 
us worry as to whether we have neglected any precautions which 
we should have taken. We have a fireproof building equipped 
with modern devices. Our collections should be safe but when 
we see the damage which occurred in another modern building 
we want to be sure that we have not overlooked any dangerous 
conditions here. Our insurance agents have inspected our build- 
ings and found only minor points on which to comment. These 
are being attended to. 

On the matter of finances, I can report a satisfactory year. Our 
income was $278.00 greater than our expenses. This is not a safe 
marmn. As lonij as our activities continue to increase and infla- 
tion stays with us, we will need and fervently hope for continuetl 
increases in our endowment. 

It is not perfunctory flattery when I report to you again the 
satisfactory services of our staft. The comments of those who 
have visited our building or written us for information, as well 
as my own opportunities for observation which occur several 
times each week, assure me that our staff is devoted and efficient 
and interested in the work which they are doing. I commend 
them highly. 

Newton C. Brainard, President 



Necrology — 1958 



Katharine Cecilia Ahern 

Katharine Cecilia Ahern of West Hartford, who became a 
member of this Society December 3, 1935, died at Hartford 
Hospital December 30, 1957. She had been a teacher for many 
years at the ChafTee School in Windsor. 

Miss Ahern was born in Hartford, daughter of the late James 
and Mary (Sheedy) Ahern, and had been a resident of Hart- 
ford most of her life. She was graduated from Smith College 
in 1897 and was the first woman to be awarded a master's degree 
at the University of North Carolina. In 1914, when the Loomis 
Institute was opened, she was made head of the girl's day student 
division. She taught Latin, English and History at the school, 
later named the Chaftee School, from 1914 to 1938 when she 
retired. 

Miss Ahern is survived by a niece, Mrs. Michael Murphy of 
San Francisco, California and a nephew, James T. Saybolt of 
Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

A solemn requiem Mass was held at St. Joseph's Convent, with 
burial at Mt. St. Benedict cemetery, Bloomfield. 

Horatio Hugh Armstrong 

Horatio Hugh Armstrong of Hartford, a member of this 
Society since January 3, 1922, died at Hartford Hospital December 
8, 1957. After 41 years with Travelers Insurance Co., he retired 
in 1946, having served as vice-president of the group agency 
department. 

Mr. Armstrong's long employment with Travelers began in 
1905 when he was a liability special agent in the St. Louis, 
Missouri, office. From there he was appointed casualty manager 
for Indiana, and two years later, due to his outstanding work, he 
was promoted to the home office in Hartford as agency assistant 
in the life and accident department. He was made assistant super- 
intendent in 191 1, superintendent of agencies in 1924, and vice- 
president in 1927. 



Mr. Armstrong was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, in 1880. He 
was married to the former Marjorie Edson, and during World 
War II he was active as director of the Hartford Red Cross. 
Through his efforts in 1944 as chairman of the Hartford Red 
Cross Funci Campaign, more than one miUion dollars were raised 
in less than one month's time. Mr. Armstrong traveled extensively 
in the United States and Canada, and was active in several life 
insurance agencies. He was also interested in historical matters 
and served as a trustee of the Henry Whitfield House, Guilford, 
and was on the Marine Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. 
His other affiliations included former vice-president of the Twen- 
tieth Century Club, Hartford; and member of the Hartford 
Golf Club; Oriental Lodge No. 500, AF and AM, California, 
and the Knight Templars. 

Mr. Armstrong leaves his wife and a brother, Luther H. Arm- 
strong of Berkeley, California. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, 
West Hartford. 

Morgan Bulkeley Brainard 

Morgan Bulkeley Brainard of Hartford and Fenwick, a mem- 
ber of this Society since January 5, 1904 and for many years 
chairman of its Finance Committee, died at Hartford Hospital 
August 28, 1957. He had been president of the JEtna. Life Affiliated 
Companies since 1922 until his retirement in 1956. Mr. Brainard 
was, for many decades, an outstanding leader in civic and com- 
munity affairs and his influence was widely felt throughout the 
business world. 

The son of the late Mayor Leverett B. and Mary (Bulkeley) 
Brainard, he was born in Hartford January 8, 1879. He attended 
Hartford Public High School from which he was graduated in 
1896. In 1900 he received his A.B. degree from Yale University 
and in 1903, he was graduated from the Yale Law School. 

Mr. Brainard served in the law firm of Sperry & McLean for 
one year, which was followed by his position as assistant treasurer 
with the ^tna Life Insurance Co. In 1907 he was promoted to 
treasurer of what was then ^tna Casualty and Surety, and he was 
again promoted a year later from secretary to treasurer of the 
iEtna and Liability Co. In 1910 he was elected vice-president and 
treasurer of JEtna Life. In 1922, upon the death of his uncle. 



Morgan G. Bulkeley, former Governor and United States Senator, 
Morgan B. Brainard became president of the three companies, 
and of the fourth company, Standard Fire Insurance Co., when 
it was acquired in 1923. 

Besides his high post in the insurance world, having been suc- 
cessful in raising his companies' premiums from nine to five hun- 
dred miUion dollars, he was a vital part of community life, having 
served as director of many Hartford businesses. He was chairman 
of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, director 
for 20 years of the Connecticut State Prison and a member of its 
Board of Parole, and from 1909 to 1918, he was a member of the 
Hartford Board of Police Commissioners. It was Mr. Brainard's 
remark, "The thing I'm proudest of is the fact that I'm a native 
of Hartford, born and brought up here, and a product of Hart- 
ford's public schools." Mr. Brainard served on the board of many 
institutions, a few of which were the Hartforci Hospital, the 
Institute of Living, and the American Cancer Society. He was 
also a trustee of the National Safety Council, the Wadsworth 
Atheneum, the Colt Bequest, the Morgan Memorial, and the 
Watkinson Library. Historical matters interested him greatly and 
his collections of State House china and clocks are well known. 

Mr. Brainard is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Stuart Moftat 
Brainard whom he married April 27, 1905; four sons, Morgan B. 
Brainard, Jr. of Hartford, Charles E. Brainard and Maxwell L. 
Brainard, both of West Hartford, and Edward M. Brainard of 
Grangeville, Idaho; a daughter, Mrs. Henry S. Robinson; a 
brother, Newton C. Brainard, president of this Society; a sister, 
Mrs. J. H. Kelso Davis of West Hartford; eight grandchildren; 
two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at St. John's Episcopal Church, West 
Hartford, with burial in Cedar Hill cemetery, Hartford. 

Edward Perrine Cody, Sr. 

Edward Perrine Cody, Sr. of Wethersfield, who became a mem- 
ber of this Society March i, 1949, died at Hartford Hospital after 
a short illness on August 7, 1957. 

Mr. Cody was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April i, 
1868. He had been a resident of Wethersfield for the past thirty- 



eight years. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, 
Wethersfield, and is survived by a son, Edward P. Cody, Jr.; three 
daughters, Mrs. Harold Springer of Wethersfield, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Bagley of West Hartford, Miss Mabel Cody of Wethersfield; and 
five grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at the James T. Pratt Co. Chapel 
with burial in Cedar Hill cemetery, Hartford. 

John Ostrom Enders 

John Ostrom Enders of West Hartford, a member of this 
Society since March i, 1921, died at his home April 3, 1958. He 
was the second of three generations which have played major rolls 
in Connecticut banking circles for the past three quarters of a 
century. 

Mr. Enders was born in Hartford December 3, 1869, the son 
of the late Thomas O. and Harriet Adelaide (Burnham) Enders. 
He attended the Prospect Hill School, the West Middle School, 
Stearns and Bowen's Private School, and Phillips Exeter Academy. 

He started as a runner in his father's bank and through his later 
efforts as president, he negotiated the merger of the United States 
Bank, Fidelity Trust Co. and the Security Trust Co. which became 
the United States Security Trust Co. in 1923. Four years later 
he was made chairman of the board of the Hartford National 
Bank and Trust Co. when it was formed through the merger 
of the United States Security Trust, Hartford National and ^Etna 
National. His son, Ostrom Enders, is now president of the Hart- 
ford National, a position he has held since 1947. 

Mr. Enders has been active in many Hartford firms, having 
served on the board of ^Etna Life Insurance Co. for 54 years, as 
trustee of the Society for Savings, as a director of ^tna Casualty 
and Surety Co., a director of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection 
and Insurance Co., and a trustee of the Dime Savings Bank. He 
served as vice-president and later president of the Hartford Hos- 
pital, and has also been closely affiliated with the Hartford Insti- 
tute of Living when it was known as the Hartford Retreat. 

Surviving him are his wife, Harriet (Whitmore) Enders whom 
he married June 12, 1895; two sons, Ostrom Enders and Dr. John 
F. Enders of Harvard University, holder of the Nobel Prize for 



his work in growing polio virus in living monkey tissue; two 
daughters, Mrs. Briton Martin, wife of a Philadelphia architect, 
and Mrs. Elvia E. Richards of Waterford; ten grandchildren, a 
step-grandson; and eleven great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at St. John's Episcopal Church, with 
burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. 

Mrs. Francis T. Fenn 

Mrs. Mildred (Quiggle) Fenn of West Hartford died at Hartford 
Hospital after a short illness on December 8, 1957. She had been 
a member of this Society since December 3, 1935. She was the 
wife of Francis T. Fenn, retired vice-president and treasurer of 
the Hartford Fire Insurance Group. 

Mrs. Fenn was born in Hartford July 11, 1888, the daughter 
of the late Elmer C. and Margaret (Bolles) Quiggle. She was a 
member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church as well as 
active in the Women's Association and the Over 60 Club of 
Union Settlement. She is survived by her husband; two sons, 
Francis T. Fenn, Jr. and Hart Q. Fenn of West Hartford; a 
daughter, Mrs. Benjamin D. Rogers, Jr., of Norfolk, Massachu- 
setts; and six grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at her home, with burial in Fairview 
cemetery. West Hartford. 

Samuel Herbert Fisher 

Samuel Herbert Fisher of Litchfield, who had been a member 
of this Society since October 4, 1932, died in Litchfield June 7, 
1957 at the age of 90. A Democrat, he was appointed by Governor 
Wilbur Cross to help organize the Connecticut Safety Commis- 
sion in 1936. He served as its chairman from 1936 to 1940, and 
from 1940 to 1943 he was Connecticut Defense Administrator. 

Colonel Fisher, who served in Company F, Second Regiment, 
Connecticut National Guard, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He 
was a graduate of the Yale Law School. He first practiced law 
in Washington, D.C., and then opened an office in New Haven 
in 1895. In 1916 he moved to New York City where he was per- 
sonal counsel for Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness and her son, Edward 

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S. Harkness, retiring in 1931. Yale University conferred upon 
Colonel Fisher an honorary degree of M.A. in 1920, and an 
honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1936. He also received a 
Doctor of Laws degree from Colgate University in 1932, and 
another from Wesleyan University in 1935. 

Colonel Fisher was appointed, in 191 1, Judge Advocate of the 
General Stafif of Governor Simeon E. Baldwin, serving in this 
capacity until 1915. He was a director of the Chicago, Milwaukee 
and St. Paul Railroad, the Union Theological Seminary of New 
York, the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and the Central 
Council of the Charity Organization Societies of New York. He 
was also a trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital of New York. 

Col. Fisher is survived by a son, Robert Lewis Fisher of Litch- 
field; and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Crosette Babbitt of Wash- 
ington, D.C. 

Mrs. Alfred E. Hammer 

Mrs. Rosamond (Swan) Hammer of Branford, who became a 
member of this Society January 7, 1941, died after a brief illness 
on July 25, 1957. She was born in Boston, the daughter of Dr. 
Charles Walter and Harriet Winchester de Karajan Swan. 

Mrs. Hammer was a graduate of Radcliffe College and was the 
author of A Daughter of Firenze, an account of her mother's life 
in Italy. During her many years of residence in Branford, she was 
active in many community enterprises. She served as registrar 
of the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames of America; presi- 
dent of the Branford Branch, American Red Cross; and of the 
Branford Visiting Nurse Association. She was appointed to the 
board of trustees of the Whitfield House by Governor Wilbur 
Cross and was a member of the Fortnightly Club, the Italian 
Circolo, New Haven Lawn Club, and the Branford Garden Club. 
She belonged to the Unitarian Society of Hamden, 

Mrs. Hammer is survived by her brother, Walter B. Swan of 
Omaha, Nebraska; and by four stepchildren, Forrester L. 
Hammer and Thorvald F. Hammer, both of Branford; Mrs. 
Charles Francis Clise of Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Henry M. 
Clark of Suffield; and by several grandchildren; and twenty 
great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at the Curtis Funeral Home, with 
burial at Center cemetery, Branford. 

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Mrs. William J. Johnson 

Mrs. Clara E. (Morris) Johnson of East Berlin, a member of 
this Society since December 4, 195 1, died on April 6, 1957 at New 
Britain General Hospital. She was the wife of William J. Johnson, 
and the daughter of the late Dr. William H. and Ella G. (Pond) 
Morris. She was born January 18, 1881 in Brooklyn, New York, 
and had lived for 45 years in East Berlin. Her memberships in 
organizations were many, including the East Berlin Methodist 
Church; the Order of the Eastern Star; the Ruth Wyllys Chapter, 
D.A.R.; the Founders of Hartford; the Griswold and Buell Family 
Associations. 

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband; two sons, William 
M. Johnson of East Berlin and Myron B. Johnson of Rocky Hill ; 
four daughters, Mrs. Robert Hoflfman of Middletown, Mrs. 
Arthur J. Marieni, and Mrs. Fred W. Guite, both of East Berlin, 
Mrs. Robert B. Horton of Cromwell; 14 grandchildren; and 21 
great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at the Rose Hill Funeral Home, 
with burial in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. 



Charles Pool Kellogg 

Charles Pool Kellogg of Waterbury, a member of this Society 
since May 3, 1921, died at Waterbury Hospital on December 27, 
1957. He was former secretary of the Connecticut State Depart- 
ment of Public Welfare and was one of the foremost welfare 
workers in the State. He was one of the organizers of the Con- 
necticut Conference of Social Work in 1909, and of the Associated 
Charities in Waterbury, now the Lincoln House Association. 

Mr. Kellogg was born in Waterbury April 27, 1868, the son 
of the late Stephen Wright and Lucia Hosmer (Andrews) Kel- 
logg. He attended St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, 
and Yale University from which he received his A.B. degree in 
1890 and LL.B. degree in 1893. While attending Yale, he was on 
the editorial board of the Yale Daily News. He was also a member 
of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and the Senior Society of Skull and 
Bones, both at Yale. 

Mr. Kellogg's first employment was at the American Pin Co., 
Waterbury, which he left a year later to attend the Yale Law 

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School. He was in his father's law firm from 1893 to 1895, and 
in September of 1895 he became secretary of the State Board of 
Charities which, in 1921, was reorganized as the Department of 
Public Welfare. In 1900, Mr. Kellogg was Connecticut's official 
delegate to the Congress of Public Relief in Paris, the International 
Prison Congress in Brussels, and an International Congress of 
Charity Organization Societies in Lontlon. In 1909 he sat in on 
a conference at the White House at which President Theodore 
Roosevelt was one of the leaders for the basic principles of a 
plan for placing needy children in homes instead of institu- 
tions. In 1928 Mr. Kellogg retired from the State Department of 
Public Welfare, following 32 years of continuous service. 

Mr. Kellogg is survived by 14 nieces and nephews. Funeral 
services were heki at the Second Congregational Church, with 
burial in Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury. 



Anna Mabel Kf.yes 

Anna Mabel Keyes of Hartford, a member of this Society since 
November 6, 1927, died at her home on February 9, 1958. She 
had lived most of her life in Hartford where she had been a piano 
teacher; but she was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Feb- 
ruary 9, 1870, the daughter of Samuel B. and Mary (Fuller) 
Keyes. 

Miss Keyes was a member of numerous organizations, includ- 
ing the First Methodist Church; the Ruth Wyllys Chapter, D.A.R.; 
the Musical Club of Hartford; the McAll Auxiliary; and the 
Jewett Family Association of America. She is survived by a sister, 
Mrs. Ethelwyn K. Marshall of Hartford; a nephew, Olney D. 
Shailer of East Hartford; and several cousins. 

Funeral services were held at the James T. Pratt Co. Chapel, 
with burial in Cedar Hill cemetery, Hartford. 



W. Langdon Kihn 

W. Langdon Kihn of East Haddam, who became a member 
of this Society February 7, 1956, died at Lawrence Memorial Hos- 
pital in New London December 12. 1957. He was a well known 

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artist and one of the country's foremost painters of American 
Indian life. 

Mr. Kihn was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 5, 1898, 
the son of Alfred C. and Carrie L. (Peck) Kihn. He studied at 
the Art Student's League in New York under Frank Vincent 
Dumond, Kenneth Hayes Miller, George Luke, and was also 
the pupil of Homer Boss and Winold Reiss. In 1920 he accom- 
panied Mr. Reiss to Montana and New Mexico, the first of Mr. 
Kihn's many trips to the Indian country in our American west 
and Canada as well. His first one man show was held at the 
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, when he was twenty-three 
years old, and there were many other exhibitions before he reached 
the age of thirty. He lived among the Indians on occasions, and 
through these experiences he was able to portray from life the 
American Indian scene with which he has most often been identi- 
fied. 

In 1935 Mr. Kihn was commissioned by the National Geo- 
graphic Society to paint a series of the life of the Indian. This 
assignment included seven sectional projects, the result of which 
were over one hundred canvases in a monumental work which 
took fifteen years to complete. The paintings are now in the 
National Geographic Society's headquarters in Washington, D.C., 
and are included in the book, printed by the Society in 1955, 
entitled Indians of the Americas. 

Mr. Kihn also illustrated several books and he was a distin- 
guished portrait painter. His portraits have included Dr. Alexis 
Carrell, Ruth St. Dennis, Ted Shawn, Governor Wilbur Cross, 
Vilhjalmur Stefansson ancl many others. His works are in the 
permanent exhibitions of the Ohio State University, Provincial 
Museum in British Columbia, McGill University, Ottawa Na- 
tional Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum, 
Winnipeg Art Gallery, and in several private collections. Besides 
his affiliations with art and anthropological organizations here 
and abroad, he was a director of the Connecticut Forest and Park 
Association and a member of the Connecticut Fine Arts Asso- 
ciation. 

Mr. Kihn is survived by his wife, Helen (Butler) Kihn of East 
Haddam, and by a daughter, Phyllis Kihn of Hartford. Funeral 
services were held at the First Church, Congregational, East 
Haddam, with burial in the Cove Cemetery, Hadlyme. 

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CORTLANDT FrANCIS LuCE 

Cortlantlt Francis Luce of Hartford, who became a member of 
this Society December 3, 1946, ched at his residence on May 4, 1956. 
Mr. Luce, a victim of a cerebral hemorrhage which left him para- 
lyzed, had been confined to his bed for some years. He was a 
familiar figure to Hartford people and was known to many as 
"The Man in the Window." His days were spent propped up beside 
the window, reading, writing, and waving to his friends on the 
street below, many of whom were unaware of his name. 

He was born in Boston October 22, 1876. He came to Hartford 
at an early age, and was graduated from Hartford High School 
in 1896. He went on to Yale University where he excelled in sports, 
playing two years of football under the immortal Walter Camp. 
He was trained as an architect and when graduated from Yale 
in 1900, he went on to New York to launch into his architectural 
career. 

In 1927 illness overcame him, but he spent many fruitful years 
among his memories of meetings with such famous people as 
President Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Harry Houdini, the 
great magician, William Lyon Phelps, Buffalo Bill Cody, J. P. 
Morgan and many others. In 1953 he wrote a series for the Hart- 
ford Courant entitled "From the Man in the Window." These 
articles were gathered and printed the following year in pamphlet 
form by a group of his classmates at Yale. Many letters were sent 
to him by strangers who had learned to know him only as the 
figure in the window, and one morning he found he had returned 
the waves and nods of 86 people. 

Mr. Luce was the son of Clarence and Alice (Francis) Luce. 
His father was a well known architect in Boston. He is survived 
by his wife, Mrs. Isabell (Munn) Luce; two sons, Cortlandt F. 
Luce, Jr., and Stewart M. F. Luce, of Adanta, Georgia. 

Funeral services were held at Gross Memorial Chapel, Asylum 
Hill Congregational Church, with cremation in Springfield, 
Massachusetts. 

William Hutchinson Putnam 

William Hutchinson Putnam of Hartford, a member of this 
Society since April 7, 1914, died at Hartford Hospital of an acute 



internal hemorrhage on March ii, 1958. He was one of Hartford's 
outstancHng civic figures, and for 40 years he was the moving 
force behind Hartford's redevelopment and bridge building pro- 
gram. When Mr. Putnam was 80 years old, the city honored him 
with a testimonial dinner attended by some 800 government, busi- 
ness anci civic leaders, and at which he was named "Hartford's 
Number One Citizen." 

Mr. Putnam was a stock broker still active as a senior partner 
of Putnam and Co. at the time of his death, but he is probably 
best known in recent years for his work in promoting the city's 
multiple bridge plan and obtaining funds for their construction. 
Mr. Putnam once listed his interests as "Hartford Hospital, Hart- 
ford parks and horticulture, education at Connecticut College 
for Women, major improvements in the city of Hartford, and 
the welfare of its citizens." In all of these he played an active 
part, contributing his support with the energy that characterized 
most of his activities. His interest in parks brought him appoint- 
ment to the Board of Park Commissioners in 1931, a position he 
retained for 17 years and was twice named president. His varied 
interests included membership to the board of directors of the 
Community Chest. In 19^4 he was named director of the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Hartford Hospital. He was president of 
this organization for seven years and also served as chairman of 
the board of directors. He was named chairman in 1936 of the 
Hartford Flood Commission, to which he was appointed by the 
late Mayor Thomas J. Spellacy. When the Hartford Redevelop- 
ment Commission was established to increase the city's accessibility 
and business opportunities, Mr. Putnam was chosen to direct it. 
These affiliations, and many others, were indicative of Mr. Put- 
nam's leadership and his unfailing eifforts to improve and build 
up the city. 

Mr. Putnam was born in Brooklyn jConn. |, February i, 1878, 
the son of Albert Day and Harriet Eliza (Dorrance) Putnam. 
On March 8, 1899, he married Adabelle C. Lyon who died April 
17, 1944. Following his education in public schools, he became a 
clerk in the Windham County National Bank of Danielson, a 
position he held for seven years. He became a life insurance sales- 
man, and then went into the profession which was to be his the 
rest of his life, becoming a bond salesman in Boston in 1904. A 

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year later he returned to Connecticut as a representative of 
William A. Read Co. of New York. In 1912 he became a partner 
of Richter and Co. becoming a senior partner in 1921. 

Mr. Putnam is survived by two sons, Lyonel H. Putnam and 
Albert D. Putnam, both of Hartford; a daughter, Marcella 
R. Putnam of Hartford; two grandsons, William H. Putnam II 
of West Hartford, and Douglas T. Putnam of Cambridge, Massa- 
chusetts; and a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert G. Perry, Jr., of 
West Hartford. 

Funeral services were held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hart- 
ford, with burial in the family plot in the churchyard of Old 
Trinity Church, Brooklyn. 



Mrs. Samuel March Seymour 

Mrs. Bertha (Allen) Seymour of Hartford, who became a mem- 
ber of this Society May i, 1945, died at her home January 26, 1958. 
She was born in Norwalk, the daughter of the late Rufus J. and 
Emma (St. John) Allen on November 16, 1864. She had been a 
resident of West Hartford for the past twenty years and was a 
member of the Sarah Hooker Chapter, D.A.R. 

Mrs, Seymour was a former school teacher, retiring about 
twenty-five years ago from the West Middle School in Hartford. 
She is survived by a son, D. Allen Seymour of West Hartford; 
a brother, D. C. Allen of North Haven; and a grandson, Richard 
A. Seymour of West Hartford. 

Graveside services and burial were at Riverside cemetery, Nor- 
walk. 

Hazel Belle Shepard 

Hazel Belle Shepard of West Hartford, a member of this Society 
since May 20, 1947, died at her home February 21, 1958. She was 
born in Ellington September 17, 1882, a daughter of the late 
Edward S. and Laura (Pinney) Shepard. She was a direct de- 
scendent of Humphrey and Joyce Bissell Pinney, first settlers of 
Ellington. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, 
Hartford; Ruth Wyllys Chapter, D.A.R. ; Smith College Club of 

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Hartford; and the Over 60 Club of Union Settlement. She is 
survived by a nephew, Jean E. Shepard of South Windsor. 

Funeral services were held at her home, with burial in Elling- 
ton Cemetery, Ellington. 



Warren Wallace Weston 

Capt. Warren Wallace Weston, who became a member of this 
Society May 15, 1951, died at Veteran's Hospital, Sawtelle, Cali- 
fornia May 5, 1957. He was 83 years old. 

Capt. Weston, U. S. Army, Ret., was a Shriner and twice 
Patron of the Eastern Star. He was a voluminous genealogical 
correspondent to the Society, working on descendants which in- 
cluded the Weston, Webb, Whiting, Bronson, Hull and many 
other families of Connecticut. 

Capt. Weston was a Mormon. Burial was at Sawtelle Veteran's 
cemetery, Sawtelle, California. 



Howard Arnold Willard 

Howard Arnold Willard of Hartford, who became a member 
of this Society February 4, 1939, died at St. Francis Hospital on 
November 8, 1957. He was an antique dealer, appraiser and auc- 
tioneer, with an antique shop located at 39 Mulberry Street, 
Hartford. 

Mr. Willard was born October 30, 1888, the son of the late 
William L. and Martha (Southworth) Willard of Wethersfield. 
Only recently, in May of 1957, he was the auctioneer at the benefit 
auction held at the Wadsworth Atheneum. 

Besides his wife, Virginia (Miller) Willard, he is survived by 
four sons, William L. Willard, Howard A. Willard, Jr., Palmer 
S. Willard, and John B. Willard, all of West Hartford; three 
daughters, Mrs. Robert de Richemont of South Africa, Vir- 
ginia Willard and Mrs. Theo. A. deWinter, both of West Hart- 
ford; a brother, Henry G. Willard of Wethersfield; and several 
grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at the James T. Pratt Co., with 
burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. 

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Mrs. Samuel Porter Williams 

Mrs. Bertha McCullough (Clark) Williams of Hartford, 
a member of this Society since July 17, 195 1, dieci at her home 
May 6, 1958. She was born June i, 1876, in Germantown, Pennsyl- 
vania, a daughter of the late Edward and Sarah (Homer) Clark. A 
resident of Hartford most of her life, she was a member of the 
Asylum Hill Congregational Church and the Town and County 
Club. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs, 
Frederic D. Cotter of Irvington-on-the-Hudson, New York, Mrs. 
Albert W. Erdman and Mrs. Paul T. Gait, both of West Hartford; 
eight grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at her home, with burial in Cedar 
Hill Cemetery, Hartford. 



Sir Alfred Zimmern 

Sir Alfred Zimmern of Avon, who became a member of this 
Society September 12, 1947, died at his home November 24, 1957. 
He was a British international affairs expert, as well as a professor 
and author. 

He was born at Surbiton, Surrey, England, January 28, 1879, 
the son of Adolph and Matilda (de Neufville-Eckhard) Zimmern. 
He came to the United States permanently in 1947 as visiting 
professor at Trinity College. In 1950 he joined the faculty of 
American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, but 
moved to a new home in Avon in January of 1956. Arnold Toyn- 
bee, the renowned British historian, said a few years ago that 
Sir Alfred was one of the 12 most brilliant scholars to influence 
his life and thinking. The entry in Who's Who lists Sir Alfred 
Zimmern as, simply, "political scientist," while his outstanding 
works have included teacher of world statesmen, a shaper of the 
League of Nations Covenant, and UNESCO. 

His association with Hartford began in February of 1947 as 
visiting lecturer at Trinity College, delivering four talks on "The 
World Crisis." When these were completed, he stayed on as 
visiting professor, making his residence for three years on Farm- 
ington Avenue. In 1953 he donated 400 volumes of classics to 
Trinity. Sir Alfred was emeritus professor of international relations 



at Oxford until his death, where he had introducetl the subject 
into Oxford curriculum in 1930. For 14 years he conducted a 
school for international studies in Geneva, Switzerland, for 
scholars from 60 nations. He was knighted in 1936 by Edward 
VIII, now Duke of Windsor, at the instigation of the then Prime 
Minister Stanley Baldwin. As an author, perhaps his most ac- 
claimetl work is The League of Nations and the Rule of Law, 
written in 1936 and revised in 1938. 

Sir Alfred leaves his wife, Lady Zimmern, the former Lucie 
Anna Hirsch-Flotron; and two step daughters, Mrs. Everet V. 
Stonequist, wife of a sociology professor at Skidmore College, 
New York; and Capt. Evelyn Barbier, Army Nurse Corps, sta- 
tioneci in Louisiana; three sisters in England, Elsie Zimmern, 
Edith Zimmern and Mrs. W. Barton; two granddaughters, 
Martha Stonequist and Mrs. Ibrahim Abu Sharr of England. 

Memorial services were held at the Methodist Church, Simsbury. 



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Report of the Director 

Mr. Preside fit and Members of the Society: 

Introduction 

I feel compelled at this time to remark briefly upon two mis- 
conceptions that hurt the Society. First, there is the common 
belief that we have all the endowment we need and second, that 
membership in this Society is by invitation only. This simply is 
not true. 

For twenty years I have periodically deplored the lack of a 
manuscript cataloguer, scarcity of funds for manuscript and 
museum acquisitions, and our extremely limited funds for pub- 
lishing. These are fundamentals upon which this Society was 
built, and we have made little, if any, progress in twenty years 
of effort. 

It is dangerous to continue any longer without a manuscript 
cataloguer. We are building a huge backlog and are justly criti- 
cized for our inability to produce, or even tell what we have. 
Small contributions for this purpose will tide us over until endow- 
ment income can absorb the expense. 

We are deeply grateful for the Alvord and Gay funds for manu- 
script acquisitions, but they can not do the job alone. Museum 
funds are still almost non-existent. There are now a number of 
centers outside our State competing with us for source materials 
and they are purchasing the finest museum items when available. 
This raises market prices alarmingly all along the line. I do not 
think you want to travel all over the country to see treasures that 
should remain here in Connecticut, but it will happen if we run 
out of ammunition. As trustees of a collection now in its 133rd 
year, we recognize no prior claim to our field. We have so far 
fought with honor and success. Your support will assure its con- 
tinuance. 

It has been established that publications in small editions and 
with limited outlets require subsidy. No one will criticize our choice 
of Dr. Weaver's ]onathan Trumbtdl, Connecticut' s Merchant 
Magistrate. It is a fine book; it had to be published as a contribu- 
tion to our knowledge of a significant period in the history of 
Connecticut. Unfortunately, the money tied up in unsold copies 
is of no use to us and it will be years before we will get it back. 

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Consequently, we need endowment, regular income to subsidize 
worthwhile books so that succeeding volumes are not dependent 
solely upon previous sales. 

Income from the Publication Fund for the Bulletht is inade- 
quate to cover the cost of that periodical. Fortunately, surpluses 
in the General Fund have been available to make up these deficits, 
but for the most important single function of the Society to con- 
tinue in the red is unthinkable. 

These are three vital areas — manuscript cataloguing, acquisi- 
tions, and publishing funds — in need of sizable endowments. I 
trust you are now well indoctrinated. This, too, is important. 
Every restricted fund left or given to the Society is intact, its 
terms are carefully carried out and, over the years, each has con- 
tributed its proportionate share to the growth of the Society. The 
clear-cut aims of our founding fathers keep us within limits that 
are feasible, and from which we do not stray no matter how great 
the temptation. In brief, we have fulfilled their trust and I believe 
deserve your encouragement in building an ever better library 
and museum devoted to Connecticut. Remember the need, our 
record of performance, and your own aims, and help us increase 
our endowment. 

For some years we have had a steady, if not spectacular, growth 
in membership. We have members in 42 states, all but Alabama, 
Arkansas, Georgia, Nevatia, South Dakota and West Virginia. 
This is quite remarkable, yet we should have a larger local repre- 
sentation. Membership is a bargain at $5.00 and we all should talk 
about the advantages. Every year we have fine lectures, exhibi- 
tions, seminars, and members receive substantial discounts on 
books. Publications alone to be distributed free to members next 
year will exceed the dues in value, and this is made possible only 
by gift of the catalogue, Morgan B. Brainard's Tavern Signs and 
the bequest which underwrites the cost of the George Dudley 
Seymour furniture catalogue. We do not need a campaign, but 
we can certainly use a few friendly plugs here and there so that 
those interested will become members. 

Statistically this year has been a paradox. Library use is up 
sharply, museum attendance down, and full use of the auditorium 
has caused total attendance figures to increase nearly 30 per cent. 
Financially we have had problems. We started this year with a very 
tight budget which is well reflected in the final figures of an 

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operating surplus of only $278.46. It became necessary to add 
another maintenance man. This was predicted, but injuries forced 
it upon us earlier than anticipated. Some reinvestment was made 
to carry this in the future, the results of which are not yet apparent 
in this fiscal year's income. Gifts and foundation grants for specific 
purposes, and gifts to principal, totalled nearly $22,000, a very 
gratifying figure. 

Through death and resignation we lost 60 members while 
admitting 112, a net increase of 52 and a present total of 1,367. 

The lecture series suffered by several unavoidable counter attrac- 
tions and dismal weather on at least two occasions, yet they still 
set new attendance records. We are greatly indebted to the follow- 
ing for their lectures: 

Eleanor Fayerweather 
Charles O. Bierkan 
Dean A. Fales, Jr. 
David M. K. McKibbin 
Lloyd W. Fowles 
Herbert C. Darbee 
Kenneth Scott 
Daniel J. Foley 

Our Seminar "Restoration of Old Houses" co-sponsored by the 
Antiquarian & Landmarks Society of Connecticut and The Society 
for the Preservation of New England Antiquities became self- 
sustaining. Again people came from New Hampshire, Massachu- 
setts, Rhode Island and New York and their comments have been 
most helpful. Next year we plan a similar series on "Furnishing an 
old House," to include landscaping, drapery, upholstery, floor 
coverings, picture frames and furniture. 

Library 

Large gifts of books and manuscripts, particularly those pre- 
sented by Mrs. William B. Goodwin and Mrs. Morgan B. Brainard, 
plus generous contributions, have made this a truly outstanding 
year. The late William B. Goodwin, antiquarian and archaeologist, 
was interested in a variety of subjects. Mrs. Goodwin has given us 
his voluminous correspondence files, a large number of books, and 
a number of significant manuscripts. Among these might be 

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mentioned a letter by Fitz John Winthrop, agent of the Colony 
and later Governor, dated April 22, 1694, concerning the defense 
of Albany, New York, by the militia of the various colonies. 
Connecticut was willing to send her quota, but she wanted it 
understood that they would serve with, not under. New York 
jurisdiction. Another letter is from William Franklin, Tory Gov- 
ernor of New Jersey, who was imprisoned in East Windsor. He 
wrote October 21, 1778, to the British Troops, whom he was sure 
would set him free, requesting good treatment for John Watson 
and his wife, for he had been treated by them with great civility 
and kindness. There is also a journal of Joseph Coit, commencing 
in 1715; letter books of Daniel Goodwin and Ebenezer Barnard, 
Jr., of Hartford 1790-97; and letters to and from the Rev. Samuel 
Peters 1799-1823. Peters was a Tory who fled to England during 
the Revolution and wrote a history of Connecticut, noted for its 
prejudices and misstatements. Among books of unusual interest 
in this collection a copy of Present State of New England, Lon- 
don, 1677, should be noted, interleaved and profusely annotated in 
1831 by Samuel Adams Drake, a distinguished New England 
historian. 

In August we lost our former President and long-time chairman 
of our Finance Committee, Morgan B. Brainard. We shall miss 
his guiding hand and his generosity in helping us acquire ma- 
terials for the library. He had a great collection of books, manu- 
scripts and prints, a large portion of which have been presented 
by liis widow, Mrs. Brainard. There were more than thirty i8th 
Century Connecticut imprints which improved copies previously 
in our collection, as well as unique copies of Tom Thumb's Flay- 
Boo\, Norwich 1795; History of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal 
Green, New Haven 1797; two broadside proclamations dated 
New London 1721 ; The World's Vanity, New London, n.d., 
and One Hundred Dollars Reward, 1794. In the near future, this 
gift will be described in more detail in the Bulletin, for it is one 
of the most outstanding of recent years. 

Elizabeth P. Andrews of Pomfret presented 558 letters of the 
Williams family of Lebanon and Wethersfield, covering three 
generations and dating between 1770 and 1850. 

From Mrs. George M. Creevey, of New Hartford, we received 
an important collection of more than a thousand letters written 
to Thomas H. Seymour. These cover the period of his Mexican 

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War career as Hero of Chapultepec, his term as governor of 
Connecticut, and his three years as Minister Plenipotentiary to 
Russia. There are also letters of great interest written during the 
Civil War when he was sympathetic to the southern cause. 

Mrs. Henry M. Clark, of Suffield, has been collecting pic- 
tures of houses for many years. These have been added to our file 
on Connecticut architecture and they include many unusual photo- 
graphs of interesting houses, now gone, the records of which prob- 
ably cannot be found elsewhere. 

We were fortunate in purchasing the Foster W. Rice collection 
on Nathaniel Jocelyn, one of Connecticut's foremost 19th Century 
artists. This includes a four-volume unpublished biography and 
a checklist of Jocelyn paintings. To augment this collection, Mrs. 
Henry M. Clark, a great-granddaughter of the artist, has pre- 
sented to us the extensive diaries of Jocelyn's five daughters, and 
many other interesting family letters. 

Two Revolutionary War orderly books were acquired with the 
income of the Alvord Fund, as well as an important letter by 
Eleazer Wheelock, dated 1740. 

Other acquisitions, too numerous to mention here, appear in 
the extended lists appended to this report. However, in closing, 
it should be noted that account books of four cabinetmakers were 
also purchased: Elisha Hawley of Ridgefield 1786-1793; Amos 
D. Allen of Colchester 1790-1797; Nathaniel Sterling of Wilton 
1801-1859; and Elisha H. Holmes of Essex 1825-1829. 

Museum 

It is not yet possible to evaluate the benefit of a fully equipped 
conservator's laboratory and cabinet shop, made possible by a 
grant of $5,350 from the Ensworth Founc^ation last summer. This 
includes a dry mounting press for photographs and a mat cutter. 
Already many of our photographs, including those in our current 
exhibition on Connecticut Stonecutters, have been mounted and 
it is now possible to mat our extensive print and broadside collec- 
tion, not only protecting them but making them available for 
exhibition purposes. 

Roger Dennis has worked on a number of our paintings, and 
those who have seen the results or watched him in action have 




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M>\otl,n 4 U,e i^u H"il,a«,H Joe u|n ^ J 






(Left; Pastel ptirtrait of Mrs. Luceannah (Smith) Jocelyn, wife of Simeon Jocelyn, the 

clockmaker. (Right) Label found on portrait, attributing it as the work of Abraham 

Delanoy. Both are gifts of Mrs. Henry M. Clark 

been much impressed by his skill and the necessity for such work. 
Paul Koda, in the cabinet shop, has done the same with furniture. 
A desk, which came apart in the flood, is now as good as ever, 
while a poorly mahoganized Revolutionary period desk is being 
reflnished. These craftsmen are permanent requirements of a 
museum, and it is most encouraging to have a realistic budget for 
conservation comparable to acquisition and exhibition funds. 
Needless to say, professional care and repair have more than once 
convinced donors of the advisability of entrusting their heirlooms 
to our custody. In the case of paintings, the sooner the better, for 
once there is loss of paint, all a conservator can do is replace what 
is gone. 

A number of outstanding exhibits were held this past year: 
in Gallery I, William Hamilton Gibson, Little-Known Connecti- 
cut Artists 1790-1810, Wall Decorations from the Index of Ameri- 
can Design, and Connecticut Stonecutters. In Gallery IV, we had 
an interesting collection of children's chairs and, more recently, 



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an exhibition of painted chests. Smaller special exhibits of photo- 
graphs and recent acquisitions have been most useful in calling 
attention to subjects of interest in the Society. 

Gifts to the museum have been varied and are of exceptional 
importance. Among the paintings is an outstanding pastel portrait 
of Mrs. Simeon Jocelyn, done by Abraham Delanoy, a gift of 
Mrs. Henry M. Clark. This is the only example of Delanoy's 
work in Connecticut and bears a contemporary handwritten label 
dated New Haven, 1787. 

Mrs. Dwight Hughes, of Northampton, Massachusetts, pre- 
sented us with a superb miniature of Royal R. Hinman, who was 
instrumental in reviving this Society in 1839. From Mrs. Hughes 
we also received a snuffbox presented to Mr. Hinman upon the 
marriage of his daughter, Jane Ashley Hinman to John Bigelow, 
of Mobile, Alabama, October 18, 1838. Mrs. Hughes was also 
responsible for securing from the Clarke School for the Deaf in 
Northampton, portraits of Mr. Hinman and his wife, Lydia 
Ashley. Her portrait has initials HCP on the back, believed to be 
those of Henry Cheever Pratt. 

From an anonymous donor we received a fine crayon portrait 
of Seth Wells Cheney of Manchester. Cheney, who died in 1856, 
was himself a crayon artist and engraver. This portrait of him 
is by Denison Kimberly of Guilford. 

Eugene E. Wilson, of West Hartford, gave us a large painting 
of the USS Hartford, signed J. W. Stancliff '88-89. Mr. Wilson 
served on the Hartford as a Midshipman, while Stancliff was an 
artist with studios in Hartford. This picture presented a restora- 
tion problem, for it was apparently never finished and, in the 
process, it suffered from fire. Much of the rigging is still in pencil, 
and it appears as though the artist, attempting to clean away 
the ravages of the fire, discovered only abrasion would work so he 
left it unfinished. We, too, found it impossible to clean the paint- 
ing and have relined and replaced only paint that was lost through 
damage. 

By purchase we acquired an interesting view of the mouth of 
the Connecticut River, signed by the artist H. C. Arnold, Essex, 
1861. This is illustrated in the April Bidletin. It also presented 
a problem in conservation for, with the signature on the back, 
we felt it should not be relined. As a result, we are experimenting 

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Samuel Blin, .nclnidi mi \\ cthcrsfiekl, painted by Sainuel Hroadbent 

with sealing this picture between two sheets of plexiglass so that 
both sides may be preserved. 

A delightful, small water color portrait of Samuel Rlin, archi- 
tect of Wethersfield, by Samuel Broadbent, was purchased. It is 
both signed and dated and is an important example of Broad- 
bent's work as well as a study of a hitherto unknown architect. 
There are many portraits attributed to Broadbent, but this is the 
first, to our knowledge, that bears his signature. 

We also purchased a small painting of Timothy Pitkin and 
three family miniatures, two by Anson Dickinson and one by 
F. R. Spencer, 1830. Although Miss Kidder, now Mrs. Emerson 
Greenaway and former Assistant Librarian of this Society, pub- 
lished Dickinson's Work Book in 1937, these are the first examples 
by this notable miniature artist in our museum. 

The furniture collection has been augmented by an imposing 
cherry secretary attributed to Aaron Chapin, the gift of Robert 
Savage of Honolulu, H.I., and Richard T. Steele, of West Hart- 
ford. An extended account of this important acquisition is in 
the April issue of our quarterly. 

By purchase through an anonymous gift, we have a fine cherry 
arm chair attributed to Eliphalet Chapin, and a decorated chest 
from East Wintlsor, dated 1738. Though completely restored, the 



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Tureen bearing Arms of Connecticut. This gift of rare Staffordshire china was presented 
by Phihp H. Hammerslough 

chest is a significant piece and warrants considerable study. It 
raises important questions of restoration and we hope exhibition 
of it will prevent obliteration of original decoration on other 
similar pieces. 

One of the rarest pieces of historic Staffordshire, a gravy tureen 
bearing the Arms of Connecticut, was the gift of Philip Hammer- 
slough of West Hartford. Only three examples, all in institutions, 
are recorded. 

Penrose R. Hoopes, of Philacielphia, has presented a collection 
of several huntlred tools that belonged to Daniel Burnap, Con- 
necticut clockmaker. These are profusely illustrated in his book, 
which we hope to publish next fall. The tools will be displayed 
at that time. 

A collection of Connecticut masonic aprons has been deposited 
by James R. Case of Bethel. These, and a number of our own, 
will be exhibited. 

Mrs. Samuel St. John Morgan, of Boston, has completed the 
gift of Kellogg Prints started some years ago by her late husband. 



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Pig lit iron, Salisbury, 1773 

The Society's collection is by far the largest in existence and was 
increased by 79 examples this year, 32 having been acquired by 
purchase. The Kellogg firm, still in existence, was the greatest 
competitor of Currier and Ives. 

A unique pig of Salisbury iron, dated 1773, was purchased, as 
was an American Songster bird whistle in its original printed 
box, patented by Jerome Secor of Bridgeport, 1880. 

From Mrs. Frederic J. Agate, of Cromwell, and through the 
good services of the Manuscript Committee of the Connecticut 
Society of Colonial Dames of America we received, among other 
things, the dress and slippers of Catherine Wadsworth, worn at 
her wedding to Nathaniel Terry in 1798. 

Editor 

Publications included the usual Annual Report, and the ^2-page 
quarterly Bulletin with index, plus an additional subject index 
to volumes 10-20. A Bool^s for Sale catalogue was distributed, 
which we hope will stimulate sales. The catalogue, Morgan B. 
Brainard's Tavern Signs, is about to go to press, while the George 
Dudley Seymour Furniture Catalogue is in galley proof. Shop 
Records of Daniel Burnap, ClocI{maker by Penrose R. Hoopes 
is in page proof, for which illustrations have been selected, 
and a pre-publication circular is now being prepared. If orders 
are received in sufficient numbers, this book will be published 
in the fall. Volume 29 of our Collections was distributed in 
September, and some work on the succeeding and final volume 
of John Cotton Smith papers has been done. This is more than 
enough to keep our editor busy, and on occasion others on the 
stafT must help out. Gross sales of books totaled $2,247.74, ^^^^^ 
sale of duplicate volumes, $866.47. 

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American Songster, with box, patentctl by Jerome Secor, 1880 

Conclusion 

We are deeply grateful to those members and friends who so 
kindly made possible our loan exhibitions throughout the year. 
Their participation has contributed greatly to the success of these 
series. 

We are also indebted to The Society for the Preservation of 
New England Antiquities and the Antiquarian & Landmarks 
Society of Connecticut for their cooperation in producing our 
seminar "Restoration of Old Houses." A particular word of 
appreciation is due to the following participants: 

Abbott L. Cummings 
Robert H. Emerick 
Herbert C. Darbee 
Lewis F. Perry 
Bertram K. Litde 
Edward Litwin 
Lincoln B. Mitchell 
Joseph B. Cook 
William E. Gass 



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The staft, though overworked, continues to faithfully perform 
their duties and a little more. We are plagued by a chronic short- 
age of stenographic help and much time is wasted in routine 
correspondence and filing. The maintenance staff have macie our 
grounds a show place in Hartford and the building itself draws 
favorable comments for its general appearance. The responsibility 
of operating this venerable institution is not an easy one, but the 
full support of your officers and committees assures progress and 
continued improvement in existing services. 

Since 1938 it has been my privilege, except for the war years, 
to present to you a report on each year's activities. After twenty 
years, it is still not an easy task. So much happens each year, that 
at best we can only hit the high spots. Inclusion or exclusion of 
comment on specific subjects is not necessarily an evaluation, for 
some things have been or will be featured in the Bulletin. It has 
been interesting to me to reread what has been said previously 
and find so much that has become a reality. I can only say it has 
been my good fortune to have been associated with the Society 
during twenty of its most significant years. Unfortunately, we 
are not endowed with a crystal ball and I can only hazard an 
opinion, but I am confident we are on the threshold of a period 
of remarkable growth and service to our City and State. 

If I may be permitted to reminisce for a moment, there are two 
events which stand out in my memory. The first of these resulted 
in our purchase of this building. This is a very involved story, 
but if it had not been for the selling job by J. M. K. Davis, I am 
sure we would not have secured an option to buy this property 
within forty-eight hours. 

The second event was the unlimited financial support provided 
for the auction sale of the Albert C. Bates collection. Many of 
you not only presented me with a virtual blank check but also 
lent moral support at the sale itself. The muttered "good boy," 
the squeeze on the arm and back slap as our choices were bought, 
cannot be described in words. This expression of confidence and 
inspiration, the realization that we could meet all competition in 
acquiring treasures for our collection, is a memory I shall always 
cherish. 

Thompson R. Harlow, Director 



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Library and Genealogical Donors 



Andrews, Elizabeth P. 
Andrews, Mrs. James P. 
Angell, Gertrude R. 
Bassett, J. Walter 
Bates, Mrs. Robert P. 
Beattie, Mrs. John J.. Ill 
Beckwith, Richard 
Bentley, William P. 
Best, Harriet D. 
Bidwell, Mrs. Eliot N. 
Bissell, Charles S. 
Botsford, Dr. Charles P., 

estate of 
Brainard, Morgan B. 
Ikainard, Mrs. Morgan B. 
Brainard, Newton C. 
Brewster, Philip B. 
Brown, Constance P. 
Bryan, George D. 
Buell, Mrs. Robert C. 
Cameron, Kenneth W. 
Case, James R. 
Case Memorial Library 
Chapin, Mrs. Frank M. 
Clark, Bertha W. 
Clark, David S. 
Clark. Mrs. Henry M. 
Cleveland, Mr. 6c Mrs. 

Stuart W. 
Colonial Williamsburg 
Connecticut, State of 
Connecticut (kneral Life 

Insurance Co. 
Connecticut Printers, Inc. 
Connecticut State Librar\ 
Cooney, Barbara P. 
Cooper, Robert L. 
Cramer, Dorothea 
Creevey, Mrs. George M. 
Crofut, Burton L. 
Cummings, Abbott L. 
Daniels, Clark E. 
Daughters of Founders 

& Patriots 
Davis, Mrs. Clara B. 
Dayton Public Library 

& Museum 
Dc Witt, Albert L. 
Edwards, Mrs. Frances M. 
Edwards, Col. William H. 
Eisenhart, Willis W. 
First National Bank of 

New Haven 
Fitler, Mrs. Elizabeth P. 
Flynt, Henry R. 
Ford Motor Co. 



Foster, Russell T. 
Gaines, Pierce W. 
GimbeUCol. Richard 
Goodwin, Francis, II 
Goodwin, Mrs. William H. 
(Jreen, Mrs. Chandler T. 
Griffeth, Lieut. Col. G. G. 
Haddath, Mrs. Emeline L. 
Hanna, Doreen P. 
Hart, Mrs. Truman 
Hartford Electric Light Co. 
Hartford Seminary 

Foundation 
Harvard University 
Hatch, D. E. 
Hawley, Roswell 
Hayes, Helen E. 
Haynes, Williams 
Hills, Francis J. 
Holcombe, Harold G. 
Hoopes, Penrose R. 
Howell, Max D. 
Hull, Mrs. Alice P. 
Ingersoll, Mrs. John A. 
lacobus, Melancthon W. 
Johnson, Foster 
Keith, Elmer D. 
Kendrick, Mrs. Carrie M. 
Kilbourne, Dr. Austin 
Kuin, Jacob 
Lawson, FLdward W. 
Lester, Mrs. James D. 
Lewis, Sister M. Rita 
Livengood, George H. 
Liverant, Israel E. 
Lottick, Kenneth V. 
Luce, Cortlandt F., Jr. 
McCann, Kenneth S. 
McCann, W. R. 
McMaster, Capt. Fitzhugh 
McMillian Industrial Corp. 
Maher, Mrs. Grace 
Markham, Lester M. 
Mason, Mrs. Lucile E. 
Mayott, Clarence W. 
Means, Carroll A. 
Miller, Ogden 
Millhouse, F. Russell 
Moulthrop, Mary A. 
Mucklow, Mrs. A. W. 
Myers, Mrs. Lefa A. 
New York State Society 

of the Cincinnati 
Nichols, Mrs. George L, 
Nord, Mrs. W. A. 



North Haven Historical 

Society 
Old Sturbridgc Village 
Osborn, Annis 
Parr, Mrs. Charles McKew 
Pendleton, Janet 
Perkins, Henry A. 
Pershing, George O. 
Pierpont Morgan Library 
Preston, Mrs. J. G. 
Price, James D. 
Ranney, Mrs. Helen S. 
Rice, Foster W. 
Rissland, Karl E. 
Roberts, George McK. 
Romaine, Lawrence B. 
Rowell, Dr. Hugh G. 
Royce, Helen E. 
Runge, R. H. 
Russell, Charles B. 
Sawers, Mary B. 
Scholle, Howard A. 
Sheehan, Beatrice L. 
Shelburne Museum 
Smith, Mrs. Edwin A. 
Smithson, Nellie B., estate of 
Stanton, Dr. Carey 
Steele, Leon L. 
Straw, Alfred 
Sweet, Mrs. John H. T. 
Teg, William 
Thoms, Dr. Herbert 
Tilton, Mrs. Arthur V. R. 
Tomlinson, Carl P. 
Townsend, Mr. & Mrs. 

Charles D. 
Trinity College 
Trowbridge, Mason 
University of Pennsylvania 

Library 
\'an Name, Fred 
VVadsworth Atheneum 
Walls, John A. 
Warren, William L. 
Waterman, Edgar F. 
Waterman, Mrs. Edgar F. 
Waterman, Marjorie F. 
Weaver, Glenn 
Weaver, Samuel P. 
Welling, Elizabeth D. 
Wesleyan University 
Whittemore, Richard C. 
Whittles. Dr. Lee J. 
Wilmington Society of the 

Fine Arts 



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Printed Genealogies 

Abbott-Adlum-Cireen, Allen, Cantine, Crook, Eisenhart, Hills, Jones- 
Swartzvvelder, Lain-Mather, Peckham, Potter-Richardson, Robinson, 
Streeter, Weaver. 

Manuscript Genealogical Notes 

Applegate, Boss & others, Case-Judd, Crofut, Crofut-Picket (chart), 
DeWitt, Dowd (2), Emons, Ingraham, Lester, Markham (chart), Mead, 
Spencer, Starr (2), Terry, Tucker, Wilcox, Young. 

Bible Records 

Beman, Blumenthal-Butler, Bostwick, Butler- Wells, Griswold-Butler, 
Hamilton-Converse, Hillyer-Atvvood-Barber-Case, Judson (3), Judson- 
Tuttle, Price. 



Manuscript Accessions 

Elizabeth P. Atidrews, Pomjret. 

Account book of deaths in Wethersfield, 1 828-1 838, giving name, an- 
cestry, place of death, cause, age and date. 

Annotated almanac, 1755. 

Bond for admission of Ezekiel Williams to Yale, Nov. 26, 1781. 

Catalogue of library of John Williams, May 1837. 

Cost of additions to a house, 1799, place not given. 

Letter of Eliphalet Dyer to Major Elderkin concerning lawsuit, Wind- 
ham, Feb. 9, 1768. 

Letters, mostly in the i83o"s, by and to the Williams family of Lebanon 
and Wethersfield, including John, Thomas, William, Ezekiel and 
others. ( 124) 

Letters of Solomon Williams, New York City, to his brother William, 
Lebanon, ca. 1800. (17) 

Letters of Thomas Williams, ca. 1830 to his son Thomas Scott Williams 
while at Yale. (38) 

Letters to Mrs. Charles B. McLean, Collinsville. (52) 

Letters to Mr. and Mrs. William W. Andrews, Wethersfield and New 
York City. (77) 

Letters to various members of the Williams family, including Ezekiel 
of Wethersfield, John Williams at Yale 1780-1, Sophia E. of 
Wethersfield, Mary D. of Philadelphia, Pa., Hannah H. of Spring- 
field, Mass. and Elizabeth B. of Philadelphia. (250) 

School accounts, Sarah Reynolds, dame, 1769-1780 [Wethersfield?]. 

Sermon, unidentified. 

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Mrs. Eliot N. Bidwell, West Hartford. 

Bible and family records of the Lemuel and Ransom Judson families and 

Bostwick and Tutde families. 
Diary and family memorandum of Ransom Judson. 
Diary of Grace (Filley) Bidwell, 1926-1944. (2) 
Letter of Jonathan Corey Bidwell to Grace Filley, Ft. Manginnis, Mont., 

Oct. 7, 1885. 

Estate of Dr. Charles P. Botsford, Upper Moutchiir, N.J. 

Deeds (2) and document, 1803, concerning Isaac Botsford of Berlin. 

Newton C. Brainard. Hartford. 

Capt. Gallup's orderly book, April 15, 1757, during service around 
Lake George, (typed copy) 

Constance P. Brown, Pinewald, N.J. 

Military documents (16) concerning John Bowles, of Hartford, ist 
Connecticut Militia, 1808-1816. 

Mrs. Robert C. Buell, Hartford. 

Record book #1, Washington School District, tiartford, 1841-1883. 

James R. Case, Bethel. 

Alexandre Bertier's "Journal de la compagne d'Amerique 10 Mai 

1780-26 Aout 1781." (copy in French and English translation) 
Itinerary of the marches, Bertier document no. 9 (copy in French). 
Proposed march plan, Bertier document no. 8 (copy in French). 
Scrapbook containing photostats of the Bertier maps and documents. 

Mrs. Fran/{ M. C ha pin, Pine Meadow. 

Material concerning the Chapin Machine Company, Pine Meadow. 

David S. ClarJ{, Washington, D.C. 

Notes on the Terry family and related families. 

Mrs. Henry M. Clar/{, Suffield. 

Digest of land records of Suffield, 1 679-1 750, in Springfield, Mass., 

compiled by the donor, (photostat copy) 
Letter of Isaac Plant to his mother, written at sea Dec. 5, 1821. 
Yale term bill of Ezekiel Hayes, of New Haven, and miscellaneous 

deeds. (4) 

Connecticut Printers, Hartford. 

Payrolls of Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1 866-1 878. 

Connecticut State Library, Hartford. 

Federal Writer's Project, WPA file of data sheets on Connecticut 
Houses. 

Dorothea Cramer, Torrington. 

Ledger of Henry Cramer, broom factory, Plainville, 1889-1890. 

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Mrs. George M. Creevey, New Hartford. 

Letters to Hon. Thomas H. Seymour, 1830-1867, covering his miUtary, 
political and diplomatic career. (1,000) 

Burton L. Crojiit, Tuxedo Parl{, N.Y. 

Crofut-Pickett ancestral chart; certificates of service and death notices. 

(copies) 
Notes on the Crotut family of Danbury. 

Abbott L. C urn mill gs, Boston, Mass. 

Letters to and from Maria Talcott, of Middletovvn, during the i86o's. 

Mrs. Clara B. Davis, Elizabethton, Tenn. 

McLean County, Illinois, cemetery inscriptions. 

Albert L. DeWitt, Chicago, 111. 

Partial genealogy of the Devvitt, Boss, Chamberlain, Cromwell, D'Arcy 
families. 

Mrs. Frances M. Edwards, Suffield. 

Letter of John H. Norton, Hartford, May i, 1861, to his sister Elizabeth. 

Pierce W . Gaines, Fairfield. 

Documents and letters concerning the brig "Friendship," Noah Scovell, 

master. (10) 
Documents concerning the schooner "Fanny & Catherine," 1800. (2) 
William Imlay letters, Dec. 5, 1790; Dec. 26, 1789; Nov. 8, 1789. 

Francis Goodwin, II, Hartford. 

Document, Dec. 20, 1784, concerning Benjamin Dunning of Saybrook. 

A/;'j'. William B. Goodwin, Hartford. 

Journal of Joseph Coit, 1697-1787. 

Letter book, 1 790-1 799, containing 76 letters, mostly by Daniel Good- 
win to his guardian, Ebenezer Barnard, Jr. 

Letter book, 1 790-1 797, containing 60 letters, mostly by Ebenezer 
Barnard, Jr., of Hartford, to his ward, Daniel Goodwin. 

Letter of Fitz John Winthrop, Apr. 22, 1694, London, to Sir Edward 
Harley, Kt. 

Letter of Gov. William Franklin, of New Jersey, Oct. 21, 1778. con- 
cerning John Watson and wife of East Windsor. 

Letters of Rev. Samuel Peters, 1 802-1 824. mostly to his nephew John 
S. Peters, of Hebron. (23) 

Miscellaneous letters to Rev. Samuel Peters, 1 799-1 823, while in London 
and New York. (10) 

Mrs. Emeline L. Haddath, Hempstead, L.I. 
Account book of A. Skinner, 1825-1862. 
Account book of Ecclesiastical Society, Westchester, 1 829-1 882. 

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Diary of Emeline Brown, i860. 

Miscellaneous school certificates and papers of Saxton B. Little, of 

Columbia. (7) 
Unidentified account book, 1 824-1 844. 

Hartjord Seminary Foundation, Hartford. 

Letter books (2) and miscellaneous material of Frederick Knapp, of 
Hartford. 

Helen E. Hayes, Detroit, Mich. 

Notes on the Applegate family. 

Mrs. Alice Phillips Hull, Sarasota, Fla. 

Commission of Asa Phillips as Ensign, Dec. 15, 1780. 

Elmer D. Keith, Clintonuille. 

Blacksmith accounts, 1859-1866, Middletovvn, including some Con- 
necticut river shipping accounts. 

Austin Kilboiirne, M.D., Hartjord. 

Account books (5) of Edward Perkins, of Suffield, tobacco merchant, 
1 893-1 895. 

Mrs. James D. Lester, Scarsdale, N.Y. 

"Astronomical calculation" — Starr family genealogy. 
Genealogical notes on the Dowd, Starr and Wilcox families. 
Lester family — addenda to printed genealogy. 
Memoirs of East Berlin, written by Mrs. Julia S. Mildrum. 
Notes concerning the background of the Dowd family. 

Israel E. Liverant, Colchester. 

Inventory of estate of John Wheeler, of Stonington, June, 1761. 
Inventory of estate of Lydia Prink, of Windham, 2 March 1777. 

Kenneth S. McCann, Sr., Gleubtirnie, Md. 

Addition to "(lenealogy & History of the Portland, Me., Bruns Families 
in Denmark & America." (4 pages) 

Lester M. Marl^ham, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Markham family chart. 

Mrs. Lucile E. Mason, Independence, Mo. 
Notes on the Emons family. 

Carroll A. Means, Wood bridge. 

Inscription to Mary W. Perkins, Dec. 30, 1833, from "S.M.M." 
Letter of Stephen Mix Mitchell to Peter Verstille, Aug. 17, 1774. 

Mrs. A. W. Mucklow, Wethersfield. 

Bible records of the Blumenthal-Butler, Griswold-Butler and Butler- 
Wells families. 



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Mrs. George L. Nichols, Northampton, Mass. 

Miscellaneous estate papers of Rachel Boynton, of Coventry. (6) 

Mrs. W. .4. Nord, Pasadena, Calif. 

Copies of Bible records: Hillyer-Atwood-Barber-Case. 

Henry A. Perkins, flartjord. 

Account book of Harry Pratt, of Hartford, 1808-1814. 

Karl E. Rissland, Greenfield Center, N.Y. 

Commission as captain of Elisha Swan, Middletown, Oct. 29, 1794. 

George McK. Roberts, Hartford. 

Cienealogical notes on the Caleb Spencer family. 

Helen E. Royce, Hartford. 

Account book of Daniel Cirisvvoki, ca. 1828. 

R. H . Range, Huntington, L.l. 

Record of David Thompson, born 1766, East Windsor, died South 
Bend, Ind., 1846/7. 

Charles B. Russell, Newington. 

Letters to Samuel Sherman, of Woodbury, from E. E. Sherman, Jr., 
1814; F. Cr. Tower, 1816 and Henry Barnard, 1841. (3) 

Mary B. Sawers, Middletown. 

Lineage of [eremiah Mead, Jr., of Greenwich, Revolutionary soldier. 

Mrs. E. A. Smith, Sherbourne, N.Y. 

Case-Judd family connection through official records, (copy) 

Estate of Nellie B. Smithson, Hartford. 

Documents relating to Walter Smithson, ca. 1 865-1 875. (4) 

Mrs. Edgar F. ]\'aterman, Hartford. 

Account book, 1 852-1 870, general store. 

Account book of Joshua Smith, of Windham, 18 14. 

Account books (2) of Isaiah Ramsdell, of Mansfield, 1816-1825, 1835- 

1854, 1874-1892. 
Personal accounts of (luilford Smith, of Windham, 1 895-1914. 

Marjorie F. Waterman, Hartford. 

One line of descent from Henry Ingraham. (photostat of original 
manuscript) 

Elizabeth D. Welling, West Hartford. 

Letter by Abraham Lincoln, July 27, 1861. 

Wesley an University, Middletown. 

Correspondence of the Acorn Club, 1902-1903. 
History of the Episcopal Church, Hartford, n. d. 

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Record book of school votes, Mill District in Yantic, Norwich, 1857-1912. 

Unidentified account book, 1 837-1 848. 

Unidentified ledger, perhaps kept in Hartford, 1 833-1 839. 

C. Richard Whittemore, Westboro, Mass. 

Family register of Leonard Warfield Darling, 1787 — . 

Lee }. Whittles, M.D., Glastonbury. 

School and other records kept by Joseph E. Goodrich, of Portland. 

Pure/iase. 

Account book, Hotchkiss & Merriman Manufacturing Co. record book, 

1843-1863. 
Account book of Deacon Elisha Hawley, of Ridgefield, cabinetmaker. 
Account book of Ebenezer Talcott, of Wethersfield, 1730-1795, cabinet- 
maker. 
Account book of Elisha H. Holmes, of Essex, 1825-1829, cabinetmaker 

and undertaker. 
Account book of John Hinckley, 1786-1811, of Killingworth. 
Account book of Jonathan Leonard, Jr., containing accounts of weaving 

satinet, 1822. 
Account book of Nathaniel Sterling, of Wilton, 1 801-1859, carpenter 

and cabinetmaker. 
Account book of Thomas Rix, of Norwich, June 1773-June 1780. 
Account book, perhaps of S. P. Hull, place unknown. 
Account books, cloth manufacturing, ca. 1 821-1830. (4) 
Account books of Ebenezer Hayden, of Saybrook, 1774-1832. ( 18) 
Brinley family manuscripts. (3 notebooks, 26 letters) 
Cash book no. i of Charles Sigourney, of Hartford, 1 829-1 832. 
Civil War letters of William Henry Mallory. (76) 
Day book of J. Burbridge, itinerant hatter, 1810-1818. 
Day book of William Seymour, of Hartford, 1 825-1 828. 
Diary of J. Burbridge, 1805-1818. 
Jocelyn material, including unpublished manuscript by Foster W. Rice 

for "Life of Nathaniel Jocelyn." (4 boxes) 
Journal of European tour of Rev. John H. and Annie Gray Barbour, 

1878. 
Letter of Oliver Wolcott to Jeremiah Wadsworth, Philadelphia, May 5, 

1795- 

Letters of Oliver Wolcott, Treasury Department, ca. 1786-1823. (5) 

Medical record of P. Lonsdale as surgeon on U.S.S. Hartford, com- 
mencing July 20, 1864. 

Norwich city court papers and dockets. (2 boxes) 

Notebook of poetry by G. Forrester Barstow, of Putnam. 

Orderly book of Joel Smith, Redding, Mar. 21, 1779, Capt. William 
Judd's Company. 

Records of Advent Church, Abington, 1 858-1 877. 

Small account book kept by Alfred Massy, 1800. 

Unidentified account books (5) and letter book. 

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Museum Donors 



/Etna Life Insurance Company 

Agate, Mrs. Frederic J. 

Ball, Sarah 

Beattie, Mrs. John J. Ill 

Bidwell, Dorothy F. 

Bissell, Charles S. 

Brainard, Morgan B. 

Brainard, Mrs. Morgan B. 

Brainard, Newton C. 

Brewster, Mrs. James 

Brown, Constance P. 

Bushbee, Mrs. Wilkie 

Butler. Mrs. Eva L. 

Case, James R. 

Clark, Mrs. Henry M. 

Clarke School for the Deaf 

Chapin, Mrs. Frank M. 

Creevey, Mrs. George M. 

Cummings, Abbott L. 

Davis, John M. K. 

Daughters of the American Colonists 

Dean, Ray M. 

Edwards, Mrs. Frances M. 

Goodwin, Mrs. William B. 

Haber, Mark 

Hammerslough, Philip H. 

Hart, Mrs. Truman 

Haylett, Mrs. Howard B. 



Hinkley, E. Eleanor 

Hitchcock Chair Company 

Hoopes, Penrose R. 

Hughes, Mrs. Dwight 

Hunter, George W. 

Kelsey, Luman P. 

Kingsley, Louise 

Laggren, Mrs. Robert I. 

Lambert, Mrs. Wilbur C. 

Loomis School 

Manuscript Committee of the 
Connecticut Society of 
Colonial Dames of America 

Means, Carroll Alton 

Morgan, Mrs. Samuel St. John 

Nichols, Mrs. George L. 

Olds and Whipple Company 

Plourde, Mrs. Edward 

Preston, Mrs. Harold G. 

Rice, Foster W. 

Royce, Helen E. 

Savage, Robert 

Starr, Mrs. William F. 

Steele, Richard T. 

Stern, Fannie E. 

Taylor, Morgan 

Warren, William L. 

Wilson, Eugene E. 



Museum Accessions 



baby pen 

block and gavel, 2 


mmiatures, 4 
miscellaneous 


, 20 


signs. 4 
snuff box 


cane 

china, 1 1 pieces 
costumes, 72 items 
coverlets, 5 


movie film 
photographs, 
portraits, 6 
pottery, 2 


462 


stereopticon views, 30 
tool, printer's 
tools, clockmaker's, several 
hundred 


daguerreotypes, 12 
fire trumpets, 2 
landscapes, 4 


prints, 75 
sconces, 3 
shaker box 




toys, 26 

water colors and drawings, 3 



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FINANCIAL REPORT 

Condensation of report of 

AUerton C. Hickmott, Treasurer 

May 19, 1958 
Report to: Mr. Newton C Brainard, President 
The Connecticut Historical Society 

The assets of the Society increased approximately $270,000 for the current 
fiscal year. These are book values. 

Income for the year increased slightly, but expenses increased a little faster 
so that while for the year the Society operated in the black, the margin 
is extremely low. 

During the year, the principal change in securities owned was a partial 
repayment of the mortgage on the property at Buckingham and Washing- 
ton Streets and the sale of a modest amount of Hartford insurance stocks, 
the proceeds of which were invested in other securities with some apprecia- 
tion in income. 

Additional income is the most vital need of the Society, and it is probable 
that further thought will be given to the sale of additional insurance stocks 
and to subsequent reinvestment in securities that will produce somewhat 
higher income. 

A, C. Hickmott, Treasurer 

UNRESTRICTED INCOME 

Dues S 4'707--5 

Rental of auditorium and lecture hall 992-50 

Genealogical Loan (net after postage) 5.00 

Gifts, Miscellaneous 3,520.00 

Charles G. Woodward Trust 8,479.93 

Edwin H. Bingham Trust 142-35 

ENDO WMENT FUNDS, INCOME UNRESTRICTED 

Principal Income 

Albert C. Bates Fund, established by gift in 1906 $ 1,023.70 30-70 

Silas Chapman, Jr. Fund, bequest November, 

1926 71,106.79 4,611.97 

Sophia F. Coe Fund, bequest April, 1916 1,074.63 70.69 

Wilbur L. Cross Fund, established in December, 

1947 by Alain C. White 102.35 6.74 

George Henry Fitts Fund in memory of Colonel 

Thomas Knowlton, bequest January, 1925 . . . 10,234.56 673.28 

General Fund, established in 1849 17,308.67 803.38 

James J. Goodwin Fund, established in October, 

191 5 by Mrs. James J. Goodwin in memory of 

her husband 20,469.14 1,346.56 

E. Stevens Henry Fund, bequest February, 1922 562.90 37-03 

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Jonas Coolidge Hills Fund, trust established by 

will in 1913, terminated 1954 56,838.26 3,739.10 

James B. Hosmer Fund, bequest September, 1878 5,117.28 336.64 

Dr. William Ward Knight Fund, bequest De- 
cember, 1923 8,187.65 538.62 

Francis T. Maxwell Fund, bequest March, 1942 5,117.28 336-64 

Henry L. Miller Fund, bequest of Annie C. 

Miller in 1943 in memory of her father 4,280.53 281.60 

Charles Morris Mills Fund in memory of Jona- 
than Flynt Morris, bequest, 1951 5ii-73 33-66 

Edward B. Peck Fund, bequest October, 1928 . . 33,262.34 2,188.16 

William H. Putnam Fund, derived from sales of 

The Two Ptitnams 327.55 20.74 

Dr. Gurdon W. Russell Fund, bequest in 1909 of 
$3,000 and bequest of Mrs. Russell in 1922 of 
$5,000 8,187.65 538.62 

James Shepard Fund, bequest in 1929 with addi- 
tions from sale of books given for the purpose 1,905.99 

Edwin Simons Fund, bequest December, 191 5 . . 5,526.66 

Grace F. Smith Fund, bequest in 1950 5,117.28 

Jane T. Smith Fund, bequest in 1930 1,023.46 

Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fund, bequest in 1939 • . 10,234.56 

Mary K. Talcott Fund, bequest in 1920 6,243.08 

Ada L. Taylor Fund, bequest in 1957 501.86 

Mabel C. TuUer Fund, bequest in 195 1 5,117.28 

Tuttle Fund, bequest in 1940 of $5,000 from 
Jane Tuttle and bequest in 1941 of $4,925 from 
Ruel C. Tuttle 10,254.56 

Alain C. White Fund, established 1954, partial 

receipt of bequest in 1951 2,558.65 

Albion B. Wilson Fund, bequest in 1951 with 
additional gift of $10,000 in 1957-1958 by Mrs. 
Albion B. Wilson 20,254.56 

Charles Cj. Woodward Fund, bequest in 1950 . . 20,469.14 

Principal unrestricted endowment $332,880.09 

Total unrestricted income $ 38,632.96 

LESS EXPENSES 

Bank fee $ 2,147.98 

Binding 494-95 

Miscellaneous (Lectures, seminar, exhibitions, 

travel) 2.738.05 

Photostats ^33-33 

Printing 1,919.08 

Postage 907.79 

Library supplies 1,012.13 

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124.61 

363.58 

336.64 
67-33 

673.28 


410.70 

17.58 
336.64 


673.28 


168.32 


673.28 

1,346.56 



Social security 399-i6 

Summer help 500.00 

Salaries 25,425.00 

Microprint 850.00 

Museum and Library 500.00 

Microfilm 400.00 

Total expenses $ 38,127.47 

Surplus $ 505.49 

Transferred to Building Funds In- 
come 227.03 

Balance of income, unrestricted ... $ 278.46 

ENDO WMENT FUNDS. INCOME RESTRICTED FOR BUILDING 

Principal Income 

George E. Hoadley Fund, bequest November, 

1922 $526,006.35 $ 25,725.81 

George Dudley Seymour Endowment Fund, be- 
quest 1945 32,034.19 2,107.36 

Principal restricted endowment, building $558,040.54 

Total restricted income, building $ 27,833.17 

LESS EXPENSES 

Bank fee $ 1,212.38 

American District Telegraph, burglar and fire 

alarms 1,029.24 

Fuel 2,385.13 

Gas 32.59 

Insurance 1,082.13 

Electricity 1,847.08 

Repairs 1,824.42 

Supplies 934-24 

Water 25.76 

Equipment 3 16.90 

Grounds ^'323-33 

Social security 236.28 

Miscellaneous 504.68 

Telephone 479-54 

Salaries 14,826.50 

Total expenses $ 28,060.20 

Overdraft, transferred from General Fund 

Income, surplus 227.03 

Balance 4/30/58 $ 0.00 

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ENDOWMENT FUNDS, INCOME RESTRICTED 
LIBRARY & MUSEUM 

Principal Income Balance 

George Buell Alvord Fund, established in De- 
cember 1955 by Mrs. Muriel Alvord Ward of 

West Hartford in memory of her father, the 

income only to be used for acquisition of manu- 
script materials $10,225.09 $ 672.66 $ 19.39 

Lucius B. Barbour Fund, derived from the sale of 

Manwaring's Early Connecticut Probate Records 1,034.25 67.67 24.36 

William F. J. Boardman Fund, derived from sales 

of copies of Boardman Genealogy, Wethers field 

Inscriptions, Boardman Ancestry and Greenleaf 

Ancestry 1,212.98 79-69 4.58 

Lucy A. Brainard Fund, established by gift in 1892 

which is being further increased through the sale 

of books presented for the purpose by Morgan 

B. Brainard, Newton C. Brainard and The Case, 

Lockwood & Brainard Co 2,823.90 183.01 0.00 

Connecticut Society of Colonial Wars Fund, estab- 
lished in 1925 by gift of the Society of one-half 

interest in remaining unsold copies of Vital 

Records of Norwich 254.59 16.75 16.75 

Florence T. Gay Fund, bequest in 1953 for the care 

and increase of the Julius Gay collection of 

Farmington manuscripts 2,099.59 138-12 79-12 

Charles J. Hoadly Fund, derived from sale of 

Ptiblic Records of the Colony of Connecticut 

and volume 3 of the Public Records of the State 

of Connecticut 3,982.79 256.43 37-70 

Newman C. Hungerford Fund, for care and in- 
crease of coin collection 2,046.91 134.66 252.49 

Library-Museum Fund, derived from sale of books 

presented in 1948 by Mrs. J. C. Hills, augmented 

by books from Barclay Robinson and Kenneth 

Lord 885.51 55-75 10.67 

Horace E. Mather Fund, bequest in December 

1933 by Lucy O. Mather in memory of her father 5,1 17.28 336.64 0.00 

Jonathan Flynt Morris Fund, derived from sale of 

Morris Register presented by the daughters of 

Mr. Morris 158.03 10.40 1.23 

Thomas Robbins Fund, bequest in 1856 by the 

Society's first Librarian 6,734.99 

Dr. Gurdon W. Russell Book Fund, derived from 

sales of Descendants of John Russell 279.53 

George Dudley Seymour Museum Fund, bequest 

in 1945 for the Seymour Collection 25,706.67 

Edgar F. Waterman Fund, established by gifts in 

1947 with additions from sale of books given 

for the purpose 10,665.05 660.94 81.66 

Edwin Stanley Welles Fund, established in 1924. 

Income to be available when principal reaches 

$600 637.50 

Principal, restricted endowment library and 

museum $73,864.66 



443.06 


211. 12 


18.16 


4.66 


,691.12 


3,898.82 



Total restricted income, library & museum f 4,788.32 

Balance restrictcil income, library & museum $ 4.642.55 

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ENDOWMENT FUND, INCOME RESTRICTED PUBLISHING 

Principal Income 
Publication Fund, derived from gifts and admis- 
sion fees $ 40,970.85 $ 2,510.00 

Balance 4/30/57 291.84 

Sale of books 308.1 1 

Transferred from (reneral Fund Income, sur- 
plus 921.10 

Total income restricted publishing $ 4,031.05 

Expense of Bulletin 3,960.25 

Balance 4/30/58 $ 261.59 

TOTALS Principal Income 

Endowment, income unrestricted $ 332,880.09 $20,785.93 

Endowment, income restricted building 558,040.54 27,833.17 

Endowment, income restricted library & museum 73,864.66 4,788.32 

Endowment, income restricted publishing 40,970.85 2,510.00 

Total endowment $1,005,756.14 

Total endowment income $55,917.42 

Miscellaneous unrestricted income (dues. Society's share of C. (j. 

Woodward & E. H. Bingham Trusts, rentals, gifts etc.) 17,847.03 

Total income $73,764.45 

Gifts and bequests to Endowment 1 1,000,00 

Book sales to Endowment 457-58 

Admission fees to Endowment 519.00 

Gifts for specific purposes 1,600.00 

Foundation (irants 5,850.00 

Sale of publications 1,790.16 

Sale of duplicates 866.47 

State appropriation toward Collections, Vol. 29 1,000.00 

CASH BALANCES 

State Appropriation Fund $ 1,2:54.36 

Publication Fund Income 261.59 

Anonymous Museum Fund 1,362.80 

Newton C. Brainard Account 14,526.34 

Ensworth Foundation 583.60 

Ancient Vital Records Fund 310.16 

M. W. Jacobus Account 10.50 

CJeneral Fund Surplus Income 278.46 

Restricted library and museum 4,642.55 

Publication Fund Surplus Income 2,183.26 

$25,393.62 

Book value of endowment $ 766,038.55 

Market Value 4/30 '58 $2,042,690.49 

Value of building $ 635,906.62 

Respectfully submitted, 

Allerton C. Hickmott, Treasurer. 

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