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BEING A COMPILATION OF THE PEDIGREES OF THE ENG- 
LISH LINE, AND OF THE DESCENDANTS OF RICHARD 
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>PON the opposite page, appears a fac-simile of the coat of arms 

or ensign armorial of the ancient Booth Family, borne by the 

S* fainiry for upwards of seven hundred years. The Lion, denot- 




ing royalty, and the Wild Boars' Heads, denoting bravery, 
are the oldest crests known in England. They show the 
antiquity of the family adopting them, also its dignity, rank and near 
relationship to the reigning sovereign, as well as the family's reputa- 
tion for undaunted courage. The shield is a modification of the Nor- 
man shield, denoting the intermingling of the noble Norman blood 
with the native Briton by intermarriage of the races. The entire device 
as shown, is copied from that preserved in the Booth Family by Lady 
Mary, Countess Dowager of Stamford, only daughter of Sir George 
Booth, third Lord Delamere and second Earl of Warrington, in whose 
possession the principal documents relating to the early histor\ r of the 
Booth Family were, in 1771. The family motto, "Quod Ero Spero," 
literally translated means, "What I shall be I hope; " liberally rendered 
it signifies, "What I hope to accomplish I shall accomplish," or, in 
other words, "Hope, perseverance, success." This motto typifies 
the character that marks the race, illustrious examples of which have 
developed all along the line to the present day. 




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PART I.— THE ENGLISH BOOTHS. 



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HE following Genealogy of the ancient Booth 
Family in England is compiled from "Kimber and 
Johnson's Baronage, " vol. i, and "Nicolas' Peer- 
age," vol. i, and from the Genealogical Chart 
preserved in the family of the Countess Dowager 
of Stamford, who was the only daughter of Sir 
George Booth, third Lord Delamere and second Earl of 
Warrington, who died in 1 758. This family name, which 
can be traced back nearly seven hundred years, to Adam 
de Boothes, first appears in the county palatine of Lan- 
caster. All the other families of this name in various 
parts of England are believed to be derived from this 
parent stock, through its younger branches. The spell- 
ing of the family name has been various; among the forms 
given are De Boothes, Bouthe, Boothe and Booth. 

1. Adam" 1 de Boothes, the paternal ancestor of the distinguished 
Booth Family, was, as his name indicates, descendant of a 
Norman familv of rank who came over to England with Wil- 
liam the Conqueror about the year 1066 and settled in the 
county palatine of Lancaster, where his son William was living 
in 1275. He is supposed to have been born about the year 
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William 2 de Boothes (Adam 1 ), son of Adam de Boothes, married 
Sibill (or Sybil) daughter of Gilbert (or Ralph), younger brother 
to William de Brereton, with whom he had the Lands of Withen- 
shaw. The Breretons were an ancient family dwelling at Brere- 
ton of the county palatine of Chester (a). A "county palatine" 
was a county where the proprietor, called the "count-palatine," 
was a sort of prince possessing ro} r al rights and jurisdiction, or 
the same powers in the administration of justice in his county as 
the king had in his palace. , The original counties palatine of 
England were Lancaster, Chester and Durham. 

Thomas 3 de Boothes (William, 2 Adam 1 ), sou and heir of William, 
had issue, viz: John (or as a deed says, Robert), who was living 
in time of Edward II. (from 1307 to 1327.) 

John 4 de Boothes (Thomas, 3 William, 2 Adam 1 ), (or Robert) son 
of Thomas, married in the Barton family of Lancashire, but it 
is not certain whether his wife was Agnes, daughter and heir of 
Sir William de Barton, or her daughter and heir, Loretta. He 
had a son and heir, Thomas. 

Thomas 5 de Boothes (John* Thomas, 3 William, 2 Adam 1 ), styled 
Thomalyn de Boothes de Barton, was living in time of Edward 
III. (1327 to 1377). His seal (as appears by an ancient docu- 
ment in possession of Lord Delamere in 1680) was in 1372 "a 
chevron engrailled in a canton, a mullet, and for crest a fox and 
a St. Catherine wheel," with the motto " Sigillum Thomas." He 
married Ellen, daughter of Robert (or Thomas) de Worsley, near 
Boothes in Lancashire. By her he had three sons and four 
daughters : 

John, 6 his son and heir (see his history hereafter). 

Henry, who had issue. 

Thomas, who had a son Robert. 

Alice. 

Catherine. 

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(a). Cheshire is a maritime county of England on the coast of the Irish sea, 
and has an area of 1105 square miles and a population of about 700,000. In 
828 A. D.. Egbert annexed Cheshire to his kingdom. William the Conqueror 
erected it into a county palatine. Chester, the capital of the county palatine of 
Cheshire, is on the right bank of the Dee, twenty-two miles from the sea and 
sixteen miles southeast of Liverpool. It stands on a rocky eminence, is mostly 
inclosed by ancient and massive walls, and is one of the most picturesque cities 
of England. The two main streets were cut out of the rock by the Romans five 
feet or more below the level of the houses. These streets are lined with shops, 
over which are piazzas or "rows" for foot passengers. It has an old and mas- 



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6. John6 Boothe (Thomas, 5 John, 4 ' Thomas, 5 William, 2 Adam 1 ), son 
and heir of Sir Thomas de Boothes, was living in time of Richard 
II. and Henry IV. (1377 to 1413). He is styled Sir John of Bar- 
ton, and bore as his paternal arms the ancient Booth device, viz : 
"three boars' heads/' to which for his Barton estate he added 
another, viz: " argent a fesse gules, by the name of Barton." He 
married twice, viz : First, Joane, daughter of Sir Henry Trafford 
of Trafford, in Lancashire, Knight. The Traffords were of very 
ancient name and dwelt in Lancashire before the time of "William 
the Conqueror. After her death he married Maude, daughter of 
Sir Clifton Savage of Clifton, in Cheshire, Knight. The children 
of Sir John Boothe and Joane, his wife, were : 

i. Thomas, heir to Sir John, who was knighted in the fourteenth 3-ear of 
Henry VI. (1436). He married Sabell, a widow, daughter of Sir 
William (or George) Carrington of Carrington, Knight. By her he 
had four sons and three daughters, but the male line failed in the 
sixth generation, and his brother Robert? became the head branch 
and has so continued. 

ii. Robert, 7 heir to Sir John after the failure of the male line of Thomas 
(see his history hereafter). 

iii. William, who became Bishop of Coventry and Litchfield in 1447, and 
Archbishop of York in 1452. Died in 1464. 

iv. Richard, of Streabland in County Suffolk. He married Catharine, 
daughter and heir of Philip Oke of Streabland, and had issue, and 
his grandson, Philip was knighted, but the male line became extinct 
in the third generation. 

v. Alice, who married Robert Clifton. 

vi. Margery, who married Joseph Byron. 

vii. Rogerus, whose grandson Carolus became Bishop of Hereford in 1516 
and died in 1535. The male line of Rogerus extended down through 
Roberte, Rogerus, Richardus, Robertus and Robertus, successively, 
and became extinct in Rogerus, only son to Robertus, in the sixth 
generation, about 1600. 

viii. Joane, who married Thomas Southworth. 

ix. George, who had issue, which became extinct in the third generation. 

x. Catherine, who married Thomas Radclifie, of Wimmersley. 

xi. Joana, who married Thomas Shirborne, of Anghto. 

After the death of Lady Joane, Sir John married Maude, daughter 
of Sir Clifton Savage, of Clifton, in Cheshire, Knight. The issue of Sir 
John Boothe and Maude Savage, his second wife, were : 

sive sandstone cathedral 375 feet long, with a tower 127 feet high. Among its 
other edifices are a castle, and St. John's Church, supposed to have been founded 
in 698 A. D., and now partly in ruins. Here is a stone bridge across the Dee, 
with a single arch 200 feet in a span. Chester occupies the site of an important 
Roman station called Deva (or Deyana) Castra. Poptilation about 50,000. 
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i. Lawrence, who was made Bishop ot Durham, 1457, and Archbishop 
of York, 1476. He was also Keeper of the Privy Seal, 1457, under 
Henry VI., and 1474 under Edward IV. was made Lord High Chan- 
cellor of England. He died in 1480. 

ii. Thomas, who married Anne, daughter of Sir John Ashton, and had 
issue, but it failed in the next generation. 

iii. John, who was killed at Flodden Field, 1533. 

iv. Henry, who died unmarried. 

v. Nicholas, who died tmmarried. 

vi. Margaret. 

vii. Anne. 

viii. Dorothy. 

Robert 7 Boothe {John, 6 Thomas, 5 John,* Thomas, 3 William, 2 
Adam 1 ), second son and heir of Sir John Boothe, was the first of 
the Boothes who settled in Dunham Masse}- in Cheshire. He 
died September, 1450, and is buried in the parish church of Wil- 
merton in Cheshire. He married Dulcis (or Dulcia), daughter and 
co-heir of Sir William Venables of Bollen, Knight. She died Sep- 
tember, 1453. Sir Robert and William his son, had a grant of 
the Sheriffalty of Cheshire, for both their lives and the survivor 
of them. Sir Robert and his wife Dulcis had a numerous family: 
the books say nine sons and five daughters, but the ancestral 
chart of Lady Stamford makes mention of only six sons and 
three daughters. The names of the fourteen children are given 
as follows: 

Ellen, who married Robert Leigh of Adlington. 
i. Matilda (or Margaret), who married Sir Joseph Moberly, Knight, 
ii. William, § heir to Sir John (see his history hereafter), 
v. Ralphe, the second son, married Margaret, daughter and sole heir 
of Thomas Sibell of Kent, and had two daughters but no male issue, 
v. Hamo (or Hammond), a clergyman, upon whom was conferred the 

title L. L. D. 

vi. Robert, who was Dean of York, and died in 1487, and by the author- 
ity of Lady Stamford's genealogy, was married, but his issue became 
extinct in the third generation. 

vii. William (or Edmund), whose son Philip, was knighted, 17 Henry 
VII., and married Margery, daughter of Sir William Hopton 
of Swillington, Knight, whose younger daughter married William 
Litton, whose son was Rowland Litton, and grandson Rowland 
Litton. The male line became extinct in the third generation. 

viii. John, who became Bishop of Exeter in 1465 and died in 1478. 

ix. Lucy, who married John Chantrell. 

x. The names of the other children as given in the books of heraldry 
are: Geoffrey, Peter, Philip, Joan, and Alice. Neither of these last 
five are mentioned in Lady Stamford's genealogy, and probably they 
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8. Sir William 8 Boothe (Robert , 7 John, & Thomas * John ± Thomas* 
William, 2 Adam, 1 ), of Dunham Massey, Knight, eldest son and 
heir of Sir Robert Booth, married Matilda (or Maude), daughter 
of Joseph Dutton, Esq., of Dutton, in Cheshire. She survived 
him and married again. By her he had several children ; the 
books say five sons and nine daughters, but the genealogy of 
Lady Stamford makes mention of but one son and three daugh- 
ters. Sir William Booth received of King Henry VI. an annuity 
for services to the crown. The names of the fourteen children 
are given as follows : 

i. Matilda (or Margery), who married Joseph Leigh de Boothes. 

ii. Dulcia, who married Thomas Leigh, of Westhall. 

iii. George, » of Bolin and Dunham, (see his histor3'). 

iv. Anne, who married Asherly of Asherly. 

v. The other ten children are named in the books of heraldry as follows: 
Richard, Laurence, John, William, Ellen, Alice. Elizabeth, Joan, 
Isabella, and Catherine. Neither of these are mentioned in Lady 
Stamford's genealogy, and probably all died in infancy. 

9. vSir George 9 Booth (William, 8 Robert, 7 J obn? Thomas, 5 John ,± 
Thomas, 5 William, 2 Adam 1 ), son and heir of Sir W T illiam, 8 mar- 
ried Catherine, daughter and heir of Robert Mountfort, of 
County Stafford. The Mountforts were of noble connection, 
being related to David, King of Scotland, and to the great family 
of Clinton. This marriage brought to Sir George an ample 
estate of manors and lands in the counties of Salop, Stafford, 
Warwick, Leicester, Hereford, Wilts, Somerset, Devon and Corn- 
wall. Sir George Booth died the first year of Richard III. (1483). 
By his wife Catherine he had three sons and two daughters, 
according to the heraldic records : 

i. William, io of Bolin and Dunham, (see his history). 

ii. Margaretta (or Ellen), who married Trafford of Trafford. 

iii. Elizabeth (or Alice), who married William Massey, of Denfield. 

iv. The names of the other two sons were Laurence and Roger, but no 

mention is made of them in Lady Stamford's genealogy, and they 

probably died in infancy. 

10. Sir William 10 Booth (George, 9 William, 8 Robert, 7 John, 6 Thomas, 5 
John* Thomas, 3 William, 2 Adam 1 ), of Bolin and Dunham Mas- 
sey, Knight, was twice married ; first to Margarette, daughter 
and co-heir of Thomas Ashton de Ashton, Lancashire, Underline 
Knight (by his wife Anne, daughter of Lord Greyslock and 
Wemm, "by whom a large inheritance in Lancashire and 
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1771, in possession of the Countess Dowager of Stamford. Lady 
Margerette died before 1504, leaving two sons : 

i. George, n born about 1491 (see bis history). 

ii. John, who married a daughter of Sir Pierre Dutton, and had two sons, 
William and Robert, in Dutton, Cheshire. 

He then married Alionoria (Ellen), daughter and co-heir of Sir John 
Montgomery, of Kewby, in Staffordshire. Sir William Booth died the 
eleventh year of Henry VIII. (Nov. 19, 1519) and was buried at Bowden. 
By his wife Alionoria (or Ellen) he had eight children : 

i. William. 

ii. Edward, ancestor of the Twemlow Booths. 

Hi. Hamlet. 

iv. Henry. 

v. Andrew, who died a single person in the thirty-first year of Henry VIII. 

vi. Joane (or Jane), who married Hugh Dutton. 

vii. Dorothy, who married Edward Warre. 

viii. Anne, who married William Brereton. 

11. Sir George 11 Booth (William,™ George, 9 William ,» Robert, 7 

John, 6 Thomas , 5 John , 4 Thomas, 3 William, 2 Adam 1 ), of Dunham, 
son and heir of Sir William Booth, married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Sir Thomas Butler, of Bewse}- (Beausay), Knight, near War- 
rington, in Lancashire, whose progenitors had been summoned 
to Parliament in the reigns of Edward I. and II. By her he had 
four sons and seven daughters. He died in the twenty-third 
year of Henry VIII., (1531) aged 40 years. 

George, born about 1515, died 35 Henry VII. (see his history), 
i. Elizabeth, who married Richard Sutton. 
ii. Dorothy, who married Robert Tatton. 
v. Anne, who married William Massey. 
v. John, the second son, who was knighted and had issue: William, 

Robert, Edward, Henr3 r . 
vi. Robert, the third son. 
vii. Alice, who married William Damport. 
viii. Margaret, who married Peter Leicester, 
ix. Ellen, who married John Carrington, of Carrington. 
x. Roger and Cecil are not mentioned in Lady Stamford's genealogy, 
and probably died in infancy. 

12. Sir George 12 Booth (George 11 William,™ George 9 William,^ 

Robert, 1 John, 6 Thomas, 5 John,* Thomas, 3 William, 2 Adam 1 ), 
eldest son and heir of Sir George Booth, was born about 1515 or 
1516, and died 154-4, aged 28. He married, in 1531, when but 
16 years of age, Margaret, daughter of Rowland Bulkeley, of 
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then, after her death, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edward 
Trafford, in Lancashire, Knight. To him, as one of the families 
of rank, came an official letter, Oct. 12, 1529, announcing, by 
command of Queen Jane Sej'mour, the birth of her son, after- 
wards Edward VI. It is dated on the day of his birth. This 
letter was preserved by Lady Mary, Countess Dowager of Stam- 
ford (1771), as was also another from Henry VIII. to Sir George 
Booth, Feb. 10, 1543, concerning forces to be raised against the 
Scots. Elizabeth, wife of Sir George Booth, died in 1582. Both 
of them lie buried at Trentham Church, Staffordshire. By her 

the mother of his children, he had: 
i. Elizabeth, who married William Chantrell de Bache. 
ii. William, is born 1541 (see his history). 
iii. Amey (or Anne), 
iv. Mary, who married Randall Davenport, of Kenbury. 

13. Sir William^ Booth (George,™ George,"* William,™ George? 
William? Robert? John? Thomas? John? Thomas? William? 
Adam 1 ), of Dunham, Knight, son of Sir George Booth, was but 
three years old when his father died, and, therefore, was in ward 
to the King. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John War- 
burton, of Airley, Cheshire, Knight. He became Sheriff of Chester 
1571, and was knighted 1578, and died September, 1579, in his 
39th year. He was buried at Bowden. His wife died December, 
1628. They had seven sons and six daughters: 

i. George, bona about 1567, was but 12 years old when his father died. 
He was knighted when of age and succeeded to the estate of his 
father. He was twice High Sheriff of Cheshire and of Lancashire. 
He married twice and his second wife was a daughter of Judge 
Anderson of the King's Bench. He had five sons and seven daugh- 
ters. William, the eldest son, died before his father, but his son 
George (grandson of Sir George) succeeded him as heir. He was the 
first Lord Delamere. His son Henry, second Lord Delamere, suc- 
ceeded to the peerage and became very famous in English history. 
He was knight of the shire, custos rotulorum, and memoer of several 
Parliaments. He favored the Bill of Exclusion, guarding the Pro- 
testant succession, for which he was thanked by Lord Russell on the 
morning of that nobleman's execution. In the latter years of 
Charles II., and after the accession of James II., he was twice com- 
mitted to the Tower, and, at length, tried under the last named 
tyrant for high treason, and unanimously acquitted by the court of 
twenty-seven peers. Afterward he retired to Dunham Massey until 
the Revolution, when he was one of a committee of three noblemen, 
appointed by the Prince of Orange, to demand of James that he 
remove from Whitehall. He was made Privy Counsellor, Chancellor 
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George, his son, succeeded him as third Lord Delamere and second 
Earl of Warrington, but his only issue was Mary, who married 
Rt. Hon. Henry Grey. Earl of Stamford, and the line became extinct. 

M ARY. 

Alice. 

Edward (or Edmund), a lawj-er, who died without issue. 

John, died 1644, leaving three sons and one daughter. 

Robert, an officer of the army, died 1628. 

Richard, i* the fifth son, baptized in 1578, married a Massey ofCogs- 
hill in Cheshire, and died in 1628. From him the Boothes of Bar- 
row, in Cheshire, and (tradition says) of New England, U. S. A., are 
descended. 

Eleanor, who married a Panton. 

Susan, who married Edward Warren. 

Dorothy, who married Broughton. 

The other children were: William, who died before his father; Peter, 
who died young; and Elizabeth. The last two are not mentioned in 
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PART II.— THE NEW ENGLAND BOOTHS. 

Descendants of Richard Booth, in Fairfield County, Conn. 

|HE following Genealogy of the New England 
Booths, or that part of them descended from Rich- 
ard Booth (who descended from Richard Booth, of 
Cheshire, England) , who settled in Fairfield County, 
Conn., U. S. A., is compiled from the town and 
church records of Stratford and Newtown, Conn., 
from records in family bibles, from inscriptions on grave 
stones, and from tradition. Tradition, the unwritten his- 
tory of men and events, transmitted orally from father to 
son, or from ancestors to those of later generations, says, 
that three brothers, the sons of Richard Booth, of 
Cheshire, England, came to America between 1630 and 
1640, their father having died in December, 1628. They 
landed at New Haven, Conn., and the oldest, Richard 
Booth, settled in Stratford, Conn., in 1640, one year after 
Stratford was settled. John settled at Southold, Long 
Island, N. Y., and the younger brother went North. His- 
tory speaks of one Robert Booth at Exeter, New Hamp- 
shire, as early as 1645. The descendants of these brothers 
were aware of their English origin as told to them by 
their parents, and members of the Booth families visited 
their cousins in England and English cousins of the Booth 
family visited them at an early date. 

1. Richard 1 Booth, the progenitor of the Booth family of Fairfield 
Count}-, Conn., emigrated from Cheshire, England, between the 
years 1630 and 1640, his father, as tradition has it, being Richard , 
the fifth son of Sir William Booth, Knight, who died and was 
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his two younger brothers emigrated to America with Richard, 
one of them settling on Long Island and the other elsewhere, 
Richard being the only one who settled in Connecticut. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth, sister of Captain Joseph Hawley, who was the 
first town clerk of Stratford, and settled in Stratford in 1640. 

Richard Booth's name appears often in the town records of his 
day, as "townsman," or selectman, and in other commissions of 
office and trust. The prefix Mr., before his name, in the colonial 
records, indicates, under the rigid adjustment of social rank then 
observed, a position decidedly influential and respectable. His 
large landed property he divided in his life-time among his chil- 
dren. He left no will. The latest mention of him extant is in 
March, 1688-9, in his 82nd j-ear. As the Congregational Burial 
Ground, west of Main street, was opened in 1678, he was doubt- 
less buried there, and as his son Joseph, who outlived him not 
more than 12 to 15 years, would probably be interred at his 
side, the spot cannot be distant from the monument lately 
erected by William A. Booth, Esq., and other descendants of 
Joseph, over the grave of the latter. 

Mr. Booth seems to have been twice married, for in 1689 (p. 
16, vol. ii., Land Rec.) he speaks of "my now wife," a phrase 
commonly indicative, as then used, of a second marriage. His 
first wife, the mother of his children, was Elizabeth, sister of 
Joseph Hawley, the founder of that name, and the first recorder 
or town clerk of Stratford. This is another incidental proof of 
his being among the original proprietors of the town. Their 
daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1641. A collateral evidence 
also of the marriage is the fact that his son Ephraim, in his will 
styles Samuel Hawley, son of Joseph, "cousin." 

Mr. Booth's home lot was in Main street, on the west side, the 

fifth in order below the Bridgeport road, and is No. 29, on the 

map of Stratford. Like the other proprietors, also, he had lands 

of considerable area in the aggregate, scattered through various 

parts of the town, where, in the divisions by lot, they chanced to 

fall. This disconnected state of one's farm lands is characteristic 

of such property in Stratford, even now. The children of Richard 

and Elizabeth Booth were : 

Elizabeth, born Sept. 10, 1641; married John Minor, an interpreter 
to the Indian missionaries, who settled in Woodbury, Conn., and 
had ten children, viz: John, Thomas, Hannah, Elizabeth, Grace, 
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ii. Anne, born Feb. 14, 1643, not known to have been married. 

iii. Ephraim, born Aug. 1, 1648; married Mary Clark in 1674, who 
married, after Ephraim's death, Thomas Bennitt, of Newtown, in 
1692. Ephraim and Mary Booth had four children, viz : Bethia. 
who married her cousin, Samuel Hawley, Jr., in 1702; Richard; 
Mary, born 1676, married Agar Fairchild September, 1710; Johanna, 
born September, 1678, married John Sherwood 1699 and Thomas 
Hawley 1701. 

iv. Ebenezkr, born Nov. 19, 1651 ; married twice. By his first wife he 
had: First, Abia, born October, 1674, married Joseph Beach; sec- 
ond, Richard, born May, 1679. By his second wife, Elizabeth Jones, 
he had: Ebenezer, born Nov. 19, 1655, and married, 1709, Mary, 
daughter of James Cla.rk, and settled in Newtown, Conn.; Deborah, 
Edward, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Benjamin. Ebenezer was ancestor 
of Sabra Sherman, who married Daniel Booth of Bridgewater. 
Ebenezer, son of Richard, died in 1732. 

v. John, 2 also called Sergeant John, born Nov. 6, 1653, (see his history 
hereafter). 

vi. Joseph, born Jan. 8, 1656, married three times and is ancestor of all 
the Booths now remaining in the present town of Stratford. He 
died Sept. 1, 1703, and had seven children, all by his second wife. 

vii. Bethiah, born Aug. 18, 1658. 

viii. Johannah, born March 21, 1661. 

Sergeant John 2 Booth (Richard 1 ) was born Nov. 6, 1653. His 
title of Sergeant was earned in the Pequo't War. In 1675 King 
Philip incited a general Indian war against the whites, burning 
many villages, and killing men, women and children in the colo- 
nies of Massachusetts, Plymouth and Connecticut. The colonists 
made haste to defend themselves, and raised a thousand men to 
be placed under command of Col. Thomas Church for an expedi- 
tion against the stronghold of the enemy in the swamps of Rhode 
Island, and to make active warfare upon them in their winter 
quarters there. The town of Stratford raised one company of 
troops for this purpose, among whose volunteers was John 
Booth, then but 22 years of age. The march to the seat of war 
was made in the winter, on foot, through snow knee-deep, for 
nearly 100 miles and through an unsettled country, where thev 
found the enemy entrenched in a fortress in a large swamp, diffi- 
cult of access, on an island of a few acres in extent, surrounded 
by a broad ditch of water, the depth of which wotild reach to 
their armpits. Close alongside of this ditch was a barricade of 
logs, ten or twelve feet high, and no entrance was discovered 
only at one place, where a large tree lay across the ditch, capable 
of allowing only one by one at a time to pass out in single file 
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was no course to pursue but to press quickly forward and drive 
the Indians from the block house, and obtain possession. 

Of the Connecticut troops to cross on the log, the first was 
another company from their colony; the Indians sent forth a 
murderous fire from their muskets that killed a large number of 
that company. The next company close behind them was from 
Stratford, headed by their captain, who was shot down as soon 
as he began to cross the log, and most of the men next to him. 
John Booth, one of the soldiers, was in the center of that com- 
pany in crossing the log. He pushed forward, and, while in the 
act of raising his low-crowned hat to cheer on the men behind, a 
musket ball passed through it, just grazing the top of the scalp, 
and would have pierced his skull had the hat been in its usual 
place. This hat was preserved in the Booth family for upwards 
of half a centum, after which it was unaccountably lost. By 
this time they had succeeded in driving the Indians from the 
block house, preventing the remainder of the troops from being 
obstructed by the fire of their guns in crossing to the fort. The 
tide had turned in their favor; for sometime they fought desper- 
ately against the Indians, and before the close of the fight a por- 
tion of the Massachusetts troops effected an entrance in the 
rear — placing the Indians between two fires, killing and wound- 
ing numbers of them. The savages were completely routed, and 
soon disappeared. Their wigwams were fired, and the women 
and children that were in them perished with the structures. It 
was hoped that they could have got King Philip, but he escaped 
at that time, but was afterwards hunted down and shot dead 
in a swamp where he had fled for safety. The tribe having lost 
a greater part of their number, were completely broken up in 
their winter quarters. 

Sergeant John married first, June, 1678, Dorothy, daughter of 
Thomas Hawley, of Roxbury. After her death, in 1710, he mar- 
ried, second, Hannah, widow of Robert Clark. She died in 1717. 
By his first wife, Dorothy, they had : 

Thomas, born March 13, 1679; married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Isaac Judson; second, Elizabeth Coney. 

Jonathan, 3 born 1682 (see his history hereafter). 

Ephraim, born 1689; married Rachael, daughter of Abraham Nichols, 
in 1711. 

Mary, born 1686. 

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vii. John, Jr., born 1695; married Elizabeth Mallory, of New Haven, 
Conn., Jan. 9, 1717, and had six children, viz: Nathan, Gideon, 
Bethiah, Elizabeth, Mabel and Mary. Gideon Booth was ancestor 
of Mrs. Dyniond, the famous Booth historian. 

3. Jonathan 3 Booth {John, 2 Richard 1 ) was born at Stratford the 
winter of 1681-2, and married Hester, daughter of Samuel Gal- 
pin, 1703, and after the birth of his two oldest sons, he, with his 
cousin Ebeuezer, journeyed to Newtown in 1707-8, following up 
the Housatonic River to where the tribe of Pohtatuck Indians 
lived, and purchased of them an extensive tract, about two miles 
west of the river, on part of which the village of Newtown was 
afterwards laid out and built. They immediately commenced to 
clear the forests of the land for cultivation, returning next year 
to prepare dwellings before they moved their families. 

From Jonathan and his cousin, Ebenezer Booth, all the Booths 
of Newtown have descended, and there is scarcely an old family 
name in the limits of the town but what can (by intermarriage) 
trace their lineage back to them, as, for instance, the Beers, 
Nichols, Hawleys, Glovers, and many others. His youngest son, 
Jonathan, built a house on the old homestead, nearly in front of 
his father's, in 1740. This dwelling was covered with cypress 
shingles ; those on the roof lasted 80 years before renewal, and 
the bricks used in the construction of the chimney were brought 
from Holland. The plastering was done by an Indian and the 
ring composed of mortar in the ceiling of the parlor was consid- 
ered a great piece of art in those days. This house remained until 
a few years ago ; it was removed to the opposite side of the street, 
to give place to the more modern structure, now on its site. 
These early settlers, brave in enduring hardships, with persevering 
industry and contented dispositions, laid the foundation of pros- 
perity, which later generations of Newtown are now enjoying. 
Jonathan Booth was buried near the center of Newtown Bury- 
ing Ground, and his moss-covered, reddish gravestone reads as 
follows: " In memory of Mr. Jonathan Booth. He died Febru- 
ary 8, A. D. 1755, aged 73 years." The grave of Hester, his 
wife, lies by his side, but the inscription on her gravestone is 
only partially legible. Jonathan Booth's children were: 
i. Daniel, 4 born Jan. 12, 1704, (see his history hereafter), 
ii. Abel, born July 15, 1707; married and had nine children, viz: Ann, 
who married a Dibble, of Danbury, Hezekiah, Damans, who mar- 
ried Jared Baldwin, Abel, Abiel, Rebecca, who married a Toucey, 
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iii. Ann, born April 15, 1710; married Nathaniel Nichols December, 
1732-3; had four sons, Richard, Peter, Theophilus and Elijah. 
Richard had Austin and Daniel. Peter had Lemuel, Nathaniel, Sarah, 
Polly, Rebecca and two more daughters ; Sarah married Hull Booth: 
Polly married Lamson Birch; Rebecca married Simeon Beers. Theo- 
philus had Abel, James, Sarah Ann and Booth. Elijah had David, 
Joseph and Charles. 

iv. Jonathan, born June 10, 1715; married, and had five sons, viz: 
Reuben, Joseph, David, Zalmon and Jonathan. Reuben had Smith 
and Hull; Hull had Reuben and David. Jonathan had Zalmon. 

v. Mabel, born Dec. 13, 1722; married Daniel Beers, and had Jerusha, 
Cyrus, David, Daniel, Austin, Esther and Mabel. Jerusha married 
Webb Tomlinson, and had Sally, Eli, Beers, Abel, Mabel, Polly, 
Joseph, Sophia and Abigail. David had Ammon, Samuel, Booth, 
Amos, Cyrus, Luther, Sally, Betsey, Charles; Betsey married Cabel 
Baldwin. Esther married Caleb Bennett, and had Abel, James and 
Sarah Ann. Mabel married John Beach, and had Luc3', Anna, 
Mathew, Boyle, John and Phoebe; Lucy married James Nichols; 
Anna married a Sheldon. 

Lieutenant Daniel 4 Booth (Jonathan? John, 2 Richard 1 ) was 
born at Stratford Jan. 12, 1704; removed with his parents, 
when four or five years of age, to their new home in Newtown, 
Conn., where he spent a long, active and useful life. He was 
married to Eunice, daughter of Thomas Bennett, by the Rev. 
John Beach, then a Congregational minister, in 172—. By his 
marriage he had eight children, three sons and five daughters, all 
of whom lived to grow up, marry and have families, and settle 
around him. His father built him a house about half a mile east 
of his own, and gave him a deed of the same in March, 1728-9, 
with the orchard of young apple trees thereon, and two of them 
are still living at the present time. By his industry and manage- 
ment he acquired a large landed property, and was at one time 
the largest landholder in town. The inhabitants of the colony 
were sparsely settled within its limits, and looked to themselves 
to keep up a military organization in defense of itself against any 
inroads of an enemy. Every able-bodied man was enrolled to 
duty, held himself ready in any emergency, and every town had 
its organized company. Daniel Booth was chosen a lieutenant 
in the company at Newtown, and held a lieutenant's commission, 
and the numerous deeds on the town records give him the title 
of Lieutenant. 

Lieutenant Daniel became a member of the Congregational 
society, or, as they styled themselves in that day, Presbyterians, 
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Rev. John Beach, their minister, became convinced by diligent 
research and examination of the invalidity of Congregational 
ordination and declared for the Church of England, and crossed 
the broad Atlantic to England for holy orders, where he was 
ordained. He was appointed a missionary to Newtown and 
vicinity, returning in autumn of the same year. 

Lieutenant Daniel Booth was a faithful and an honored mem- 
ber of the society, to which he belonged, was a man of extensive 
reading, well versed in the Bible and had held the office of a 
deacon for thirteen years, diligently studying the Scriptures, con- 
tinually perusing their sacred leaves, until he became convinced of 
the errors of Congregationalism, and resigned his office of deacon 
and membership in the said society. The minister and members 
of said society expostulated and tried to dissuade him from his 
course, and called a day to meet them in the meeting house, and 
to discuss the subject of his resignation. In the month of Septem- 
ber they met in the meeting house for the purpose of acting on 
his resignation. Deacon Daniel expressed his views on the sub- 
ject, and the Rev. Mr. Judson followed him on the subject of his 
resignation ; they thus reasoned upon the matter together, but 
Deacon Daniel having thoroughly posted himself, and brought 
forward so much Scriptural proof that he outreasoned the Rev. 
Mr. Judson, his minister, and the Rev. Mr. Judson told his people 
not to say one word against Deacon Daniel Booth resigning. 
The members of the society recorded the following: 

''Sept. 9, A. D. 1763: Deacon Daniel Booth resigned of his 
own motion his office of deacon in this church, and also his rela- 
tion as a brother, because he could not, as himself declareth, be 
easy under the Calvanistic doctrine therein taught." 

The effect of the conversion of Rev. John Beach, and his faith- 
ful deacon, Daniel Booth, to the Church of England, brought a 
large number of followers from the Congregational Societ} r to 
the Episcopal Church, and Trinity Church, Newtown, was from 
that time and continues to be one of the strongest Episcopal 
parishes in the diocese of Connecticut. 

Lieutenant Daniel Booth was a man of broad views in his 
charities as well as in his religion. It was his custom to visit, in 
person, every poor family in town during the winter, carrying a 
grist of wheat or other provisions to the needy, and investigat- 
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fodder enough to winter their cow, it must be brought and put 
with his cows till grass came. Of course, he never lacked for 
help in the coming harvest. Speaking of his sons, who com- 
plained that he gave away too much, he used to say : " My boj-s 
don't realize that for every pound I give away in charities there 
comes back ten pounds to me again." At a time -when milch 
cows were scarce and he had cows to sell, he refused to sell to 
those who had money, because so many poor people needed cows, 
that had no money. Many instances of his liberal kindnesses are 
told, and the following inscription on his grave stone, near the 
center of Newtown Burying Ground, written by his beloved 
pastor, Rev. John Beach, sums it all up: 

"The once well-respected Mr. Daniel Booth, here rested from 
the hurry of life the 8th of April, A. D. 1777, aged LXXIII. Could 
a virtuous, honest and amiable character, could blessings of the 
poor echoing from his gate, could the sympathetic grief of an 
aged partner disarm the king of terrors, he had not died. What 
is life? To answer life's great aim. 

"From earth's low prison, from the vale of tears, 
With age incumbered and oppressed with years, 
Death set him free, his Christ had made his peace ; 
I>et grief be dumb ; let pious sorrow cease." 

Lieutenant Daniel was a tall man of a fine and commanding 
appearance, with a good physical constitution, far beyond one of 
his years. Reared in the midst of the Pohtatuck Indians, his 
every-day business bringing him in contact with them, they 
learned to both love and fear him, and he had a peculiarly fasci- 
nating influence over them. He learned them to cultivate the 
soil and taught them many of the arts of civilization. He, in 
person, plowed their corn, and they in return howed corn for him. 
Alone, in the dead of night, he would often leave his bed and go 
out in the darkness to their settlement, on what is now known 
as Walnut Tree Hill, one or two miles away, to still their " pow- 
wows" and settle their difficulties, and came home unharmed. 
Once his wife, after waiting and watching his return into the 
small hours of the night, was pacing the long hall, when the door 
opened noiselessly and a tall, straight form, like an Indian, con- 
fronted her in the gloom. She shrieked, and, fainting, was caught 
in her husband's arms — as she supposed he was killed and the 
stranger was on his murderous errand. He died universally 
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i. Esther, who married James Heard, August 1747. 

ii. Anna, who married George Smith, of Brookfield, Nov. 24, 1748. 
Their son John was born and she died in child-bed Oct. 26, 1749. 

iii. Daniel, 5 born 1730 (see his history hereafter). 

iv. Sarah, who married Ebenezer Peck March. 1757. 

v. Abraham, who died Oct. 20, 1815. 

vi. Eunice, who married James Glover and died May 7, 1795. 

vii, Naomi, who married Z. Norton. 

viii. Ezra, from whom all the Booths at or near Vergennes, Vt., sprang, 
was born in 1745 and died July 18, 1812. His children were: 
Samuel Beers Booth, Cyrus Booth, Eunice Booth and Austin Booth. 
Samuel Beers Booth had children: Sally, who married William H. 
White, and had three children; Ezra, of Rochester, N. Y., who died 
in 1891, leaving six children; Jared Brace, who had two children, 
now living, and several who died quite young. Cyrus Booth had no 
children. Austin Booth lived in Newtown, Conn., while his two 
older brothers removed to Vergennes, Vt., about 1S00. His three 
daughters, Anna, Lucy, Abigail, died in Newtown; William died, 
single, at Key W T est, Fla. Henry married and died in Vermont and 
left one son. Ezra died in Vermont and left six children, William, 
Richard, Austin, Lucy, Ellen and Ada, all of whom married and had 
children. Cyrus A. removed to Vermont in 1S34, married, first, 
Catherine M. White, and had William White, who married and had 
two daughters; Charles Austin, a United States army officer, grad- 
uate of West Point, married and had three children. Cyrus A. mar- 
ried, second, Sarah Booth White, and had Sarah, who married Rev. 
A.B.Clatk, Episcopal missionary at Rosebud, S. Dak., and had three 
children; John Henry, lawyer, a graduate of Yale College and Col- 
umbia Law School, married and settled at Plattsburgh, N. Y. 
Cyrus A. Booth is the present Mayor of Vergennes, Vt. 

5. Daniel 5 Booth (Lieutenant Daniel^ Jonathan, 3 Sergeant John, 2 
Richard 1 ) was born in Newtown in 1730. He married Huldah 
Thompson, of Stratford. He alwa3 r s lived on the old homestead 
of his father on the "Island" so-called, about one-half mile east 
of Newtown village. He was a merchant, buying fat cattle, pork 
and provisions from the farmers, shipping them in his own ves- 
sels from Bridgeport to the West Indies, and bringing back for 
sale sugar, molasses, rum, etc. He had a large landed estate and 
his lands reached continuously for seven miles northward across 
the Housatonic River into Bridgewater, where two of his sons 
settled on farms bequeathed to them. He was a man of strict 
integrity and had the entire confidence of the whole community. 
The following anecdote gives the keynote to his character : A 
farmer bringing a yoke of fat oxen to sell was asked how much 
he wanted for them. He replied he "thought he ought to have 
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them, "you ought to have ten pound ten." And "ten pound 
ten " was what he got for them. 

The children of Daniel and Huldah Booth were: 

Parthena, born 1773, died 1851 ; married Jabez Hawley, and had 
children: 1. Sally, b. 1798, m. Philo Beers, and removed to 
Michigan. She had : Mary, who married an Ingersoll, and had 
Howard. Sarah, Arthur, Robert, Mattie, Charles; Philo, who died 
unmarried ; Sarah, who married James Dole, of Chicago, and had 
Fannie, Matie, George, Arthur, Charles, Julia ; Orville ; Annie, who 
married a Smith and had two sons. 2. Anna, died unmarried. 
3. Mary, b. 1802, died 1852, m. Granville S. Glover and had: Ann 
Elizabeth, m. Henry D.Gilbert, and had two children; Charlotte, 
died unmarried ; Jabez Hawley, b. 1827, m. Mary Elizabeth Peck, 
and had two children. 3. Benjamin, m. Emeline Glover, and had 
Mary, Frederick, Juliette, William, Annie, Margaret, Sarah. 5. 
Daniel Booth, b. 1805, m. Olive Hawley, and had: Esther A., b. 
1837, m. Rev. J. E. Goodhue, an Episcopal clergyman, and had Mary 
Helen, Willis Elbridge and Marion Louise; Elmer Booth, b. 1843, 
m. Cornelia Belle Estey, of Chicago; Henry S., b. 1849, m. Julia 
Curtiss and had two children. 6. Isaac Nichols, b. 1807, m. Avis J. 
Shepard, and had: Edson, who married Margaret Nichols, and had 
six children ; Homer A., who married Grace Nichols and had two 
children ; Edgar F., who married a McMahon, of New Milford, and 
had two children; Arthur, b. 1851, died 1869. 7. Robert Nichols, 
b. 1811, m. Harriet Blackman and had: Angeline, who married a 
Beers and had three children; Hattie S., who married a Hurd and 
had one boy; Robert, who married Ida H. Stoddard and had three 
boys and one girl. 

Thompson, born 1775, died 1849, married Eunice Coburn and had 
children : Lyman, Charles, Maria, Louisa, Susan and Laura. 
Neither of the daughters married, but both sons married and had 
children. Lyman removed to Berkshire County, Mass., had one son 
and several daughters. Charles married Jerusha Lewis and removed 
to Western Illinois. 

Daniel,6 born 1776, died 1862 (see his history). 

Joseph, born 1779, died 1853; married Clara Blackman, and had 
children: 1. Elmer, who married Ann Curtiss and had children: 
Mary Booth, who married D. M. Bronson and had Hattie, Anna 
and Minnie; Sarah, who died unmarried. 2. Nichols, who married 
Antoinette Pray and had five children, all of whom died before the 
age of 20. 3. Josiah, who married Sarah Morehouse; left no chil- 
dren. 4. Charlotte Clarissa, -who died single, in her minority. 
5. Daniel. 

Phebe, born 1781, died 1863, unmarried. 

Huldah, born 1783, died 1840; married Cyrus Sherman and had 
children: 1. Jotham, who married Mary Ann Bostwick, and had 
children: Mary Jane, who married Franklin Fairman, of Chicago, 
and had children, Matilda Louise, Frank Sherman and Marion; 
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2. Cyrus Beers, who married Caroline Beers, had no children. 

3. Marj', who married Eben Price, of Norwalk, and had one son. 
Dr. Sherman Price, dentist, of New York Citj*. 

vii. Naomi, born, 1786, died 187—, unmarried, 
viii. Nichols, born 1788, died when 6 3 r ears old. 
ix. Sabra. born 1790, died 1846, unmarried. 

6. Daniel 6 Booth (Daniel, 5 Lieutenant Daniel ± Jonathan % Sergeant 
John, 2 Richard 1 ) was born in Newtown Dec. 11, 1776; married 
Sabra Sherman Jan. 10, 1805 ; settled on his farm inherited from 
his father in Bridgewater, where he lived all his life. Honest, 
industrious and frugal, they lived a happy, christian life together 
on the homestead by the side of the Housatonic river for fifty 
years, until Sabra's death, in 1855, and raised a family of five 
children, two sons and three daughters. Daniel Booth died April 
16, 1862, aged 86 years. Sabra Booth, his wife, died Dec. 20, 
1885, aged 74 years. A monument of Ouincy granite, erected by 
their children, Julia A. and Walter S., in Bridgewater Lower 
Cemetery marks their place of burial. They died universally 
respected and beloved. Their children were: 
i. Julia Ann, born April 7, 1806; married CA-renins Beecher, of Wake- 
man, Ohio ; had no children, 
ii. Daniel Lewis, born April 1, 1810, died Oct. 31, 1877; married, first, 
Emelia E. Randall, of Bridgewater, and by her had: 1. Daniel 
Theodore, born 1836, removed to Minnesota 1855, married Mary 
Nelson 1865, became an Episcopal clergyman and was for many 
years rector of St. Luke's, Willmar, Minn.; had children: Grace 
Emelia, Julia Esther, Mary Seabury, Laurence Nelson, Sarah Irene. 
Daniel Norman and Gertrude Theodora (twins), William Robert and 
Margaret Louise (twins) and Mary Esther Nelson, who was born 
and her mother died November, 1887. 2. Nathau Randall, married 
Fidelia Hamm, and had one daughter, Lula May. 3. Justin Sher- 
man, who was killed by a shell in the battle of the Wilderness. 
4-. Susan Emelia, who married George Fowler and had Herbert, Lil- 
lian, Edith and Edward (twins), Mary, Frederick, Grace and William. 
Daniel L. Booth's wife, Emelia, died 1846 ; and in 1847 he married 
Jane Ann Peck, of Newtown, and by her had : Emeline Jane, who 
married Rev. Joseph Hillmer, Ph. D., professor of ancient and 
modern languages, of Winona, Minn., and had Jennie, Joseph, Nonna 
and Elsie; Lewis Abner, married, had no children; Richard Bots- 
ford died single; Joseph. Daniel L. Booth removed to Minnesota in 
1855 and died at Faribault, aged 67. 
iii. Sarah Irene, born 1817, died in Bridgewater, Conn., 1853. 
iv. Mary Charlotte, born Sept. 1, 1820, died 1889; married George 
Smith and had two daughters : Frances Julia, who married Fred- 
erick Turrill, and had Grace and Henry; Ada, who married Carson 
Mead, and had one daughter, May. 
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Walter Sherman? Booth (Daniel, 6 Daniel, 5 Lieutenant Daniel, 4 ' 
Jonathan, 3 Sergeant John, 2 Richard 1 ) was born in Bridgewater, 
Conn., September 28, 1827; married, 1848, Catherine Eliza, 
daughter of Eber S. Peters, of Kent, Conn., who lived to the 
advanced age of 95 years. The following is compiled from the 
History of Olmsted County, Minn., published at Chicago, and 
extended to date: " Walter S. Booth, author and publisher, was 
educated at Newtown Academy and Trinity College, Hartford, 
Conn. After his marriage he taiight classical schools in Con- 
necticut, fitting young men for college until 1855, when he 
removed to Fillmore County, Minn., and subsequently studied 
law with Hon. Thomas H. Armstrong, and was admitted to the 
bar at Austin in March, 1861. He removed to Rochester in 
October, 1862, taking charge of the Rochester City Post, then 
owned by Hon. David Blakely, Secretary of State, and continued 
in charge till the close of the Civil War, in 1865. He then, with 
Maj. J. A. Leonard, just returned from military service in the 
South, purchased the City Post of Mr. Blakely, and the Repub- 
lican of Shaver & Eaton, publishers, uniting the two papers 
under the name of the Rochester Post, which it still continues. 
Mr. Booth was also . for many years Court Commissioner and 
Cit} r and Ward Justice of Rochester. During his connection with 
the Post he wrote the Justice's Manual and the Township 
Manual for Minnesota, which have since passed to the tenth 
editions and become standards for the use of officers throughout 
the state. In 1876 Mr. Booth sold his interest in the Rochester 
Post to Mr. Leonard, to engage exclusively in the publication of 
township and law blanks, books and manuals, assisted by his 
son, Walter S.,Jr. The new business of editing and publishing 
elementary works of instruction for township and other officers, 
and supplementing them with well-prepared blanks and record 
books, proved a great success, and during the succeeding eight 
years Booth's publications became standard throughout the 
state. Needing larger facilities for publishing and a more cen- 
tral point for distributing their publications Messrs. Booth & 
Son removed their establishment and families to Minneapolis in 
1884 and extended their field to embrace the entire Territory of 
Dakota also. Their extensive establishment was entirely burned 
up in the disastrous Tribune Fire of 1889, but they recovered 
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and Township Manuals for each of the new states of North 
Dakota and South Dakota, as well as other publications in use 
in Minnesota, so that in 1892 the house of Walter S. Booth & 
Son were the publishers of twelve different standard law 
manuals and over 1,200 different kinds of standard law and 
township blanks. His children were as follows : 
Harriet Gertrude, born in Canaan, Conn., Jan. 11, 1849, died in 

Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 3, 1879. Married Wilhelm August Abel, son 

of Pastor Lenhard Abel, of Kolding, Denmark, Jan. 11, 1871. They 

had two daughters: Catherine Elizabeth, born in Rochester, Minn., 

Sept. 28, 1871, died in Minneapolis April 10, 1888 ; Marie Albertine, 

born in Milwaukee Dec. 12, 1876. 
John Peters, born in Bridgewater, Conn., Dec. 3, 1850. 
Walter Sherman, Jr. ,s born in Bridgewater, Conn., July 1, 1855; 

married Nettie Amelia Nelson Feb. 1, 1878. They had children; 

Lillie May, born in Rochester, Minn., Jan. 5, 1882; William Henry9, 

born in Minneapolis July 9, 1886. 
Henry Whipple, born at Hamilton, Fillmore County, Minn., Jan. 14, 

1861, died in Rochester, Minn., March 17, 1881. 
William Hull, born in Rochester, Minn., Aug. 26, 1864, died in 

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The Booth Pedigree of Sabra Sherman, wife of Daniel 6 Booth (see 
page 23 ), descended from Richard 1 Booth of Stratford, is as follows : 

1. Richard 1 Booth (see his history, pages 13, 14). 

2. Ebenezer 2 Booth (Richard 1 ) (see his history, page 15). 

3. Ebenezer 3 Booth {Ebenezer, 2 Richard 1 ), b. Nov. 19, 1655, m. 1709, 

Msry, daughter of James Clark, and removed to their new home 

in Newtown, and had children : 
(1). Deborah, b. July 6, 1710. (2). Ann,-t b. Dec. 6, 1711, m. Ebenezer San- 
ford. (3). Nathaniel, b. March 10, 1713. (4). Abner, b. July 16, 1714. 
(5). Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1716, m. Peter Mallett of Stratford. (6). Ebenezer, b. 
April 1, 1718, m. Rachel Sanford. (7). Abiah, b. Feb. 11, 1720, m. Joseph 
Summers. 

4. Ann 4 Booth (Ebenezer, 5 Ebenezer, 2 Richard 1 ), b. Dec. 6, 1711, m. 

Ebenezer Sanford, June 10, 1731, and had children : 
(1). Esther, b. Sept. 2, 1733, m. Stephen Crofut of Redding. (2). James, b. 
Oct. 8, 1736, and had children: Naomi, Lucy, Timothy, Silas, Polly, Anna. 
(3). Ebenezer, b. Nov. 17, 1738, and had Armida, Ebenezer, Eliza. (4), Ann, 5 
b. April 14, 1741, m. Henry Glover. (5). Abiah, b. June 29, 1744, m. Jonas 
Sanford, and had children: Mabel, m. Benjamin Glover; Phebe, m. a Black- 
man; Abiah, m. a Roberts; Joel, a fine scholar and mathmatician, who had 
David C, a Judge of the Superior Court of Conn., and Charles G., a merchant; 
Esther, m. Richard Randall; Andrew; Clara, m. a Porter; Lucy Ann, m. Nath- 
aniel Randall, whose daughter Emilia m. Daniel L. Booth (see page 23). 
(6). Eunice. (7). Ebenezer. 

5. Ann 5 Sanford (Ann Booth, 11 Ebenezer, 3 Ebenezer, 2 Richard 1 ), b. 

April 14, 1741, m. Henry Glover, Nov. 14, 1762, and had: 
(1). Sarah, 6 b. Nov. 6, 1763. (2). Anne, b. Oct. 27, 1765, m. Richard Ben- 
nett. (3). Rhoda, b. Feb. 25, 1769, m. Joseph Fairchild. (4). Simeon, b. May 
14, 1772. (5). Prudence, b. Nov. 3,1774, m. David Peck. (6). Henry, b. April 
7,1779, m. Keziah Johnson and had two boys and two girls — the youngest was 
Emeline, who married Benjamin Hawley (see page 22). (7). Lucy, b. July 11, 
1782, m. Eli Beardsley and had one son Josiah and two daughters. 

6. Sarah 6 Glover (Ann Sanford, 5 Ann Booth* Ebenezer, 3 Ebenezer 2 

Richard 1 ), b. Nov. 6, 1763, m. Lewis Sherman and had children: 

(1). Esther, b. Oct. 17, 1780, m. Eben Tvrrell and had : Sally, m. Andrew 
Shelton, no children ; Abby, m. Burton Clark and had Edward and Juliette, 
each married and had children; Isaac, m. and had Elmer and Alfred. 

(2). Sabra, 7 b. Nov. 26, 1781, m. Daniels Booth (see page 23). 

(3). Anna, b. March, 1783, m. Isaac Briscoe and had: (1) Amy, m. "Wm. 
Tomlinson and had six children of whom Susan m. Philo S. Beers; (2) Lewis, 
who had several children; (3) Charles, who had four children, one of them, 
Charles Henry, became a judge at Hartford, Conn.; (4) Harriet, m. Horace 
Dibble and had three children; (5) Polly, m. David Glover and had several 
children; (6) Sally, m. Curtis Frost and had two daughters; (7) Caroline, m. 
Warren Fairchild. 

(4). Justin, b. July 20, 1785, m. 1st Senea Sherman and had eight child- 
ren, six of whom reached maturity, viz : (1) Lewis J.; (2) Nathan G.,m. Elizabeth 
Otis and had Joseph Otis, Emma Medora, Walter Justin and Mary Nancy m. 
B. A. Hayes and had children; (3) Cyrus J., m. and had children; (4) Charles 



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S., m. and had children; (5) Walter R. (physician), m. and had children ; (6) 
Mary E., b. 1821, d. 1844 unmarried. Justin m. 2nd Betsey Redding and had 
(1) Harriet L., m. G. Waugh, had two daughters; (2) George B., m. Sally 
Buckman and had Georgia F., m. Mr. Owen and had two children; Alma B., m. 
Mr. Bates and had two children; Hattie E.; and Justin; (3) John G., m. Julia 
Beecher and had Florence, m. George Canfield and had one daughter. Kem. 
2nd, Elizabeth Miller and had John M., Julia E. and Mary B. 

(5). Philo, b. Jan. 16, 1787, m. Phebe Masters and had Sabra, James L., 
Isaac G., Currence, Justin and Sylvester, all married and had children and 
mostly settled in Iowa. 

(6). Marcia, b. Jan. 21, 1789, m. N. S. Beers and had Sylvia, in. Lewis 
Frost and had five children ; Philo S.. m. Susan Tomlinson and had two daugh- 
ters. Marcia lived to the advanced age of nearly 102 years. 

(7). Sylvester, b. April 27, 1791, m. Mercy Peck and had Lewis G., tri. 
and had several children; Flora, m. N. D. Trowbridge and had five children; 
Geo. M., m. Jerusha Glover, no children; Emily C, m. David V.'ooster and had 
three children. He lived in Bridgeport, Conn. 

(8). Ornan, b. Dec. 10, 1793, m. Clara Lake and had eleven children of 
whom eight reached maturity, viz: Charles L., Fanny, Harriet, Jane, Sarah, 
Phebe, Clara and Samuel Justin. He lived in Danbury, Conn. 

7. Sabra 7 Sherman, wife of Daniel 6 Booth (see his history, page 
23), (Sarahs Glover, Ann 5 Sanford, Ann 4 ' Booth, Ebenezer, 3 Eben- 
ezer, 2 Richard 1 ) was a woman of great energy and force of character. 
Her father died leaving a family of eight small children while she was 
but twelve years old. Necessity developed her character and her 
womanhood. She had a natural, deep-seated religious tone, and her 
morals were old-fashioned and strict. After her marriage she became a 
model wife and mother. She devotedly loved her children and they 
strongly loved her. She jealously watched the company they kept, the 
morals they acquired, and the principles they practiced in their daily life. 
She had perfect control of her own temper, and perfectly governed her 
children. She governed them by her look, and not by scolding or blows. 
That earnest, loving- look — never to be forgotten— that showed how 
deeply her child's disobedience pained her, disarmed him, and he lovingly 
laid his head in her lap and asked her forgiveness. The writer's earliest 
recollection is of his mother, late at night, after a hard day's work, while 
all the rest of the family had retired, withdrawing to a corner of her 
bedroom and first silently reading by candle light the sacred pages of her 
time-worn, beloved Bible and then kneeling down in silent prayer, doubt- 
less praying for the guidance, safe-keeping and welfare of her children. 
Sixty years have passed since that sight, and the lines of Cowper now 

well express the feelings of the writer : 

" My boast is not that I deduce my birth 
From loins enthroned and rulers of the earth, 

But higher far my proud pretentions rise — 
The son of parents passed into the skies." 

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