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The principal object of this volume is to exhibit the gene-
alogy of that branch of the Fitch family, who are descended
from Thaddeus Fitch, formerly of Vernon, Connecticut.
A large number of the Fitch Family, residing in Northern
Ohio, hold a family reunion annually, and are organized for
that purpose under the name of the "Fitch Association."
Through the efforts of the Association, the complete genealo-
gical record of the family was obtained and the purpose of
this volume is to preserve and perpetuate such record.
In the preparation of the work, our thanks are due to Hon.
J. 8. T. Stranahan, from whose book entitled "Genealogies
Stranahan, Josselyn, Fitch and Dow," we have drawn much of
our information of the earlier generations of the family ; to
Mr. E. F. .Tagger, of Windham, ()., Mrs. Rachael Bradford, of
Uncassville, Conn., Mr. A. Judd, of Hartford, Conn., for valu-
able informations; and also to Mr. M. AV. Fitch, of Oakland,
Cab, whose patient researches have enabled us to complete
the family record.
J. G. F.
Olmsted, 0., December, 1886.
First House Lots, 1660
The Fitch Family.
The Fitch* name was anciently written Fytche,
FFytche, Fytch. Ffytch, Ffitch, and some branches
of the family in England still retain one or another
of the forms of this old orthography. The family
originated in Germany, and the modern German
families Ficlite, Fieht, Feicht, are probably des-
cended from the original stock still remaining in
that country. There is a traditionary legend that
the family came to England from Saxony, from a
place having a German name, meaning in English
In the records of the Herald's Office, in London,
the genealogy ot the Fitch family is quite full,
much more so than common. In the Herald's visi-
tations to Essex, the family pedigree is traced back
from sons to fathers, step by step, to William, sec-
ond son of John Fitch, who was living in Fitch
Castle, in the Parish of Widdington, in the north-
west part of Essex, in the 22d year of the reign of
Edward L i. e. A. D. 1294.
*From "the Fitch family" by the late Prof. G L. Mills, not
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Stranahan, in his "Genealogies" to whom we
have already acknowledged our indebtedness, gives
an account of the Fitch* family in England, differ-
ing in some particulars from that above given.
Among the earlier settlers in Xew England of
the name of Fitch, Stranahan and also Prof. Mills
mention the following :
"Jeremiah, who was the first Fitch whose name
appears on record on this side of the Atlantic, at
Lynn 1084, Reading 1644, Boston 1652, where four
children- are recorded as horn to him, two of them
sons, of whom one died in infancy. Deacon Zece-
riah, of Heading, brother of Jeremiah, had seven
sons and one daughter. James and wife came in
1685, settled in Brooklyn, had only one daughter.
Richard, of Boston, brother of James, died child-
less. John, of Rehobeth, probably a brother of
James and Richard, killed in the obstinate Indian
fight, at Rehobeth, March 26, 1675, had four daugh-
ters and one son who died a minor. John, of
Gloucester, who married Mrs. Mary Coil, 1667, but
of whose descendants we are not informed."
John, of Windsor, Conn., died 1676, had been
there many years, but probably not related to-
others of the name in Connecticut."
*See appendix I.
"Samuel, of Hartford, 1050, school teacher and
representative: married Mary, widow of William
Whiting ; had Samuel who went to Milford, and
Thomas, born 1652, who lived at Wethersfield. It
it thought he may have been a brother of Rev.
James. The above were early settlers of Xew
England, not known to be of the raee of Rev.
"From one of the remaining fragments of the
ancient Church register of Booking, adjoining
Braintree, in Essex, we learn that Thomas F fitch
married Ann Pew, August 6, Kill. Of their chil-
dren, five sons and the widowed mother, emigrated
to America, and settled in Connecticut." The
names of only three are known with certainty,
viz : Thomas, Joseph and James.
Thomas Fitch, came in company with other
emigrants in 1638, and settled at Xorwalk ; (his
wife unknown) had two sons, and was great-grand-
father to Thomas Fitch, Governor of the Colony
of Connecticut, from 1754 to 17<><;.
"Joseph Fitch, of Xorwalk, Conn., in 1652; of
Hartford, Conn., in 1660, where he married Mary,
daughter of Rev. Samuel Stone, removed at Wind-
sor, Conn., where he purchased a twentieth part of
the original township, and was living as late as
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1713." His great -grand so 11, John (whose father
and grandfather bore the name of Joseph), horn in
East Windsor, Conn., January 21st, 1743, was the
inventor of the first steamboat, "of whose many
misfortunes the greatest was that lie appeared in
the world before it was prepared to appreciate the
importance of the great discovery he had made."
" (Rev.) James Fitch, in whom we are more par-
ticularly interested, and whose descendants we
propose to trace in the following pages, w T as born
at Bocking, County of Essex, England, on the 24th
of December, 1622, and was consequently in his
sixteenth year when he came to this country, in
1638. After a long and thorough course of pre-
paration for the ministry, under the Eevs, Hooker
and Stone, of Hartford, he was ordained in 1646,
as pastor of the Church, at Saybrook, Conn. Here
he remained until 1660, when he decided with the
greater portion of his congregation to remove to
the new settlement at Norwich. He labored there
faithfully, as the pastor of the Church, which was
gathered anew, until 1696, when he became dis-
abled from further active service by a stroke of
palsy. The town evidenced its appreciation of his
character and services by voting to him, for several
successive years, a continuance of a portion of his
salary, although he was a large land holder in Nor-
wich, as well as in the towns of Lebanon and Wind-
ham. Jn 1702, he retired to Lebanon, where sev-
eral of his children had settled and where he died."
"During the early colonial period in which Mr.
Fitch lived, the clergy held the predominant influ-
ence in New England, in secular as well as religious
affairs. Their countenance and advice was sought,
not only in spiritual matters, but in the decision of
political questions, affecting the public interest, as
well as the worldly affairs of their parishioners.
Thus we find that Mr. Fitch, in addition to being
an original proprietor of Norwich, was one of the
legatees of Joshua Uncas, and thus an original
proprietor also of the town of Windham, where he
received an allotment of five of the forty-eight
shares, (of a thousand acres each) into which that
township was divided, lie was, also, much inter-
ested in the settlement of the town, as well as of
Lebanon, and there is the best reason for believing
that his counsel and assistance was frequently soli-
cited by the early planters of those places. At the
first town meeting held in Windham, June 11,
1692, a committee was appointed 'to go to Mr.
Fitch to advise with him about a minister,' and it
is probable that he often visited the new planta-
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tions, and, at times, preached to the people before
they had settled ministers of their own. And, al-
though we possess but a meager record of his
ministry, there is sufficient evidence that he was
well qualified to lay, broadly, wisely and well, the
foundations of the Colony in whose affairs he evi-
dently held a prominent position of usefulness.
Distinguished for the penetration of his mind, the
energy of his preaching and the sanctity of his life,
he seems w r ell to have deserved the encomium of
Cotton Mather, who calls him the 'holy and acute
Mr. Fitch.' Many younger ministers studied with
him, who were afterwards notable preachers of the
word ; and when his venerable teacher, the Rev.
Mr. Hooker, of Hartford, died, he waa invited to
take his place. To this nattering request, his-
laconic reply was, 'with whom shall I leave these
few sheep in the wilderness.' An election sermon,
which he preached, by invitation, before the Colo-
nial Assembly, received the compliment of being
the first election sermon ever printed. To the Mo-
hegan Indians he not only preached in their own
language, but strove by gifts of his land, to induce
them to adopt the habits of civilization. This
called forth a letter of thanks from the General
Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut, accom-
paniecl by an appropriation for the use of his
assistants, and a committal to his charge of the
Indians captured in 'King Philip's war.' To his
influence indeed, the Colony had been largely in-
debted for the co-operation of Owaneeo, Uncas and
other Indians in that war,* in which he had also
served as a Chaplain, with such acceptableness as
to call forth from the Assembly an urgent request
that he would act again in the same capacity. He
has been justly characterized f as 'a wise, kind and
good man, greatly beloved by his people, and who
during the fifty years of his ministry, exercised a
beneficial and extended influence, not only in spirit-
*"The Rev. Mr. Fitch appears to have been a man of true
philanthropy and of enlarged missionary zeal. He made early
efforts to instruct the natives in the truth of the goapel. He
took pains to acquire their tongue, and was a frequent visitor
in their wigwams. He impressed them with his own sincerity
and benevolence, so that others who like Uncas himself re-
mained obstinate in their unbelief, accorded him their entire
confidence and regarded him with affectionate respect. To
their temporal, as well as spiritual wants, he was always alive.
His converts were formed into a settlement by themselves
upon lands which he partly presented and partly procured for
them from the town." — Bishop Lee's Discourse at Norwich
Jubilee, p. 133.
tin ancient Windham Genealogies, published in the Willi-
mantic Journal, by the late excellent Wm. L. Weaver.
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ual matters, but in secular affairs — in things per-
taining to the welfare of the Colony and the good
order and prosperity of the new plantations.' His
printed works, although few, were highly appreci-
ated by the best minds of that day. They comprise
a most tender and affectionate Sermon preached at
the funeral of his mother-in-law, the wife of Major
John Mason ; an Election Sermon (in Yale Coll.
Lib.) previously alluded to, preached in 1674; and
in the possession of Mr. George Brinley, of Hart-
ford, Conn., is a volume of 133 pages, 12mo, con-
taining three distinct treatises by Mr. Fitch, viz :
'An explanation of the solemn advice, recommended
by the Council in Connecticut to the inhabitants
in that jurisdiction Respecting the Reformation of
those evils which have been the procuring cause of
the late judgments upon New England,' Boston,
1683 ; 'A brief discourse proving that the first day
of the week is the Christian Sabbath wherein, also
the Objections of the Anti-Christian Sabbatarians
of late risen up in Connecticut Colony are refuted,'
and 'The Covenant which was solemnly Renewed
by the Church in Norwick, in Connecticut Colony,
in New England, March 22, 1675.' We have also
seen a volume by him entitled, 'The first Principles
of the Doctrine of Christ; Together with Stronger
Meal for them that are skil'd in the word of Right-
eousness, or, The Doctrine of Living unto God
wherein the Body of Divinity is briefly and meth-
odically handled by way of Question and Answer.
Published at the desire and for the use of the
Church of Christ, in Norwich, in New England, by
James Fitch, pastor of that Church," Boston, 1679.
The three pages of 'To the Reader' are signed by
the celebrated Rev. Dr. Increase Mather. He also
wrote an interesting account of his work for the
'heathen/ in 1674, which is printed in Mass. Hist.
Soc. Coil's 1st series i., 208, besides many letters to
the Assembly which may be found in Trumbull's
Colonial Records of Connecticut/*
"Mr. Fitch's long and useful life closed on Xov.
18, 1702, according to the inscription on his grave-
stone although Lebanon records say Xov. 19. His
wife survived him and was living in 1711. The date
and place of her death has not been ascertained."
u His grave in the old burying ground at Leba-
non, Conn., near the resting place of the Trum-
bulls, is marked by an upright slab bearing the
following inscription : " *
■Said to have been -written by his son, Rev. Jabez Fitch.
Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., First Series x., 68.
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IN HOC SEPULCRO DEPOSITEE SUNT RELIQUIAE
YIRI YERE REVERENDI D : IACOBI FITCH I NATUS
FUIT APUD BOOKING IN COMITATU ESSEXL^) IN ANGLIA,
ANNO DOMINI 1622 DECEMB R 24 - QUI POSTQUAM
LINGUIS LITERATIS OPTIME INSTRUCTUS FUISSET
IN NOVANGLIAM VENIT ^ETAT. 16 ET DEINDE VITAM
DEGIT HARTEORDLiE PER SEPENNIUM SUB INSTITU-
-TIONE VIRORUM CEEEBERIMORUM D : HOOKER ET D : STONE
POSTEA MTNERE PASSORALI FUNCTUS EST APUD SAY-
BROOK PER ANNOS 14 ILLINC CUM ECCKESLE MAIORI
PARTE NORYICUM MIGRAYIT ET IBI CETEROS VITJE
ANNOS TRANSEGIT IN OPERE EVANGELICO IN SEN-
-ECTUTE VERO PR^l CORPORIS INFIRMITATE NECES-
-SARIO CESSABAT AB OPERE PUBLICO : TANDEMQUE
RECESSIT LIBERIS APUD LEBANON UBI SEMIANNO
EERE EXACTO OBDORMIYIT IN IESU ANNO 1702
NOVEB R 18 ETAT 80 VIR, INGENII ACUMINE,
PONDERE JUDICII, PRUDENTIA CHARITATE, SANCTIS
LABORIBUS, ET OMNIMODA VITiE SANCTITATE PERIT-
IAQUOQUE ET VI CONCIONANDI NULLI SECUNDUS.
" In this grave are deposited the remains of that
truly reverend man, Mr. James Fitch. He was
born at Booking, in the County of Essex, in Eng-
land, the 24th day of December, in the year of our
Lord 1622 : who after he had been most excellently
taught the learned languages came into iS'ew Eng-
land at the age of sixteen, and then spent seven
years under the instructions of those very famous
men, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone. Afterwards he
discharged the pastoral office fourteen years at
Saybrook. Thence he removed with the major
part of his Church to Norwich, where he spent the
other years of his life in the work of the gospel.
In his old age indeed he was obliged to cease from
his public labors by reason of bodily indisposition
and at length retired to his children at Lebanon,
when after spending nearly half a year he slept in
Jesus in the year 1702, on the 18th day of Novem-
ber, in the 80th year of his age."
"He was a man as to the smartness of his genius,
the solidity of his judgment, his charity, holy
labors, and every kind of purity of lite, and also as
to his skill and energy of preaching, inferior to.
(From a signature of 1651.)
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Rev. Mr. Fitch married (1), October, 1648, Abi-
gail (daughter of Rev. Henry Whitfield, minister
■of Guilford, Conn.;) she died September 9, 1659.
He married (2), October, 1664, Priscilla, daughter
of Major John Anne (Peck*) Mason. f. Children
by his first wife, (all born at Saybrook, Conn. :)
James 2 , born August 2, 1649.
Abigail, born August, 1650, married Capt. JohnJ
(son of Major John) Mason and had two children :
Elizabeth, born January, 1651-2, married Rev.
Edward Taylor, of Westfield, Mass., September 5,
1674 ; she died in 1689, having had eight children
most of whom died young.g
;i: Supposed to have been a daughter of Rev. Robert Peek, of
Hingham, England, and Mass. — See History of Hingham, page
20. Also, Dorcester.
t See Appendix II.
tOne of the six Connecticut Captains killed in the Swamp
Fight, in King Philip's war.
#Mr. Tayh>r was a student with Rev. Mr. Fitch, and his at-
tachment to the daughter probably commenced at that time.
A love letter received by her from him before their marriage
has been preserved, which is interesting as showing the quaint
and peculiar style of the age. The letter was accompanied by
a rough pen sketch of a carrier dove with a olive branch in
its mouth and the following inscription on the body of the
"This dove and olive branch to you,
Is both a post and emblem too."
Hannah, born September, 1653, married Thomas
Meeks or Mix, of New Haven, Conn., Jnne 30,
1679, and settled on the East side of the Shetucket,
within the limits of Ancient Norwich ; they had
nine children :
Samuel 5 , born April, 1655.
Dorothy, born April, 1658, became the second
wife of Xathaniel Bissell, of Windsor, Conn., had
two children, and died June 28, 1691. Children by
his second wife, (all born at Norwich, Conn.) :
Daniel 4 , born August 16, 1665.
John"', born January, 1667.
Jeremiah 1 , born September. 1670.
Jabez 7 , born April, 1672.
Ann. born April, 1675. married Joseph (only
son of Major William) Bradford, of Plymouth, (by
his second wife); they settled at Xorwich, but re-
moved to Lebanon, where she died October 17,
1715, leaving issue :
Nathaniel 8 , born October, 1679.
Joseph 9 , born Xovember, 1681.
Eleazer 10 , born May 14, 1683, married his first
cousin, Martha, daughter of Captain John and Anne
(Mason) Brown, of Swanzey, Mass. ; settled at Le-
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banori, Conn., where he was a deacon, and where
he died about 1747. His wife survived him ; to
whom he left his property, having no issue.
Descendants of the Rev. JAMES FITCH, the Set-
tler, in the Line of his Son James.
"(Major) James Fitch 2 was a prominent and in-
fluential man in his day ; and the owner of a vast
amount of land, which he accumulated by legisla-
tive grants, by purchase from other grantees, and
through his intimate connection with the Indians,
of whom he was a noted friend and patron. Indeed,
after the death of Major John Mason, he possessed
more influence over the sachems than any one else
in the colony. In 1684, he received from Owaneco
the native right and tit/le to a large tract, extend-
ing from the Qumibaug River, north of the present
town of Brooklyn, Conn., westward, forty-five
miles and northward to beyond the northern boun-
dary of Massachusetts. Out of this, in 1686, he
sold the Town of Pomfret, consisting of 15,100
acres, for £30 ! In 1687, he received from the
same Chief parcels of land in Plainfield and Can-
terbury, several miles in extent. In addition, also,
he owned land in various localities in the neigh-
borhood of Norwich, and as one of Joshua's lega-
tees, and an original proprietor of Windham, was
allotted live one thousand acre shares, one located
at Windham Centre, one at Willimantic, and three
at Mansfield. He settled at Norwich, but lived in
Preston, Plainfield, and Canterbury, of which latter
town he was the founder, having purchased the
land, made the first clearing, laid it out in farm
and house lots, and erected the first barn and
framed house within its limits. He was a brave
and experienced partisan soldier in the Indian
wars ; and active in politics, representing Norwich
for several sessions, in the General Assembly, and
was chosen, in 1681, one of the Assistants of the
Colony. An early patron of Yale College, to
which he gave the glass and nails for its first
edifice, he further renewed his interest by an en-
dowment of 637 acres of land in Killingly Town-
ship — an act which, in the then peculiar situation
of the infant institution, (1701) ensured its estab-
lished permanence. He evidently possessed good
abilities, excellent business capacity, great activity,
energy, and industry, and was among the very
foremost men of the Colony in his day. He died
in Canterbury, November 10, 1727, aged 80."
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Major Fitch married (1) in 1676 Elizabeth Mason,
youngest daughter of Major John, and sister of his
father's second wife ; she died Oct. 8, 1684, and he
married (2) May 8, 1687, Mrs. Alice, daughter of
Major William Bradford, of Plymouth, and widow
of Rev. Wm. Adams, of Dedham, Mass. Children
(by his first wife) :
James, born January, 1678, died aged one week.
James, born June, 1679, died early, unmarried.
Jedidiah, born April 17, 1681, married Elizabeth
, had Elizabeth and Peter.
Samuel, born July 12, 1683, had James, Samuel.
Sarah, Mary, John, etc.
Elizabeth, born 1684, married . Children (by
his second wife) :
Abigail, born February 22, 1688, married Col.
Dyer of Canterbury, Conn.
Ebenezer, born January 10, 1690.
Daniel, born February, 1693, married Anna
John, born 1695.
Bridget, born 1697.
Jerusha, born 1699, married Daniel Bissell.
William, born 1701.
Jabez, born 1703.
Descendants of the Ber. JAMES FITCH, the Set-
tler, in the Line of his Son Samuel.
Samuel 3 , (son of Rev. James) was one of the
earliest inhabitants east of Shetucket, a landholder
in East Norwich, (in what is called Long Society,
now included in Preston, Conn.,) where his father
had a large grant ; was a settler there in 1(387, and
living as late as 1725.* His wile's name is un-
known. He had various lots of land granted to
him, and laid out in the town of Lebanon, Conn.,
in 1695 and 1701, but it does not appear that he
ever resided there, although some oi his descen-
dants settled there. He was the ancestor of the
late Col. Asa Fitch, of Bozrah, Conn., (and also of
the Colonel's wife — a second cousin of the same
name,) from whom are descended the Fitch fami-
lies of that town ; and also of Hon. G-. N. Fitch,
U. S. Senator from Indiana, and other prominent
men. From deeds, etc., we learn the names of his
Children — Hezekiah ; Jabez ; Benjamin ; Peletiah 1 .
Peletiah 1 , (son of Samuel 3 ) married Eliz. who
died 1778, at residence of her grandson, Col. Asa
1 Miss Caulkins says he died in 1725. Nearly all the infor-
mation we have concerning this family, is from land records.
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Fitch, at Bozrah, Conn. He died 1750, leaving a
son, Benjamin 2 .
Benjamin' 2 married Amy , who died at Lis-
bon, 1795, aged 66. He died at Lisbon, 1763, aged
36, leaving John 8 .
John 3 died 1840, aged 92, and had John, Jr., (M.
D.,) of Clinton, 1ST. Y., who died 1841, jc. 61, and
had Eliza S., first wife of Col. John Barstow; John
L. of Bridgeport, born 1807, who married, 1841,
Eliza Worden, and had William W. ; John H. ;
Frank E. ; and (twins) Mary W. and Marion ;
Jared W. ; (M. D.,)'of Oneida, K Y.; Thomas B.,
of Syracuse, N. Y. ; Irene, second wife of Col. Bar-
stow; William M. ; Emory W. ; and Frank E.
Descendants of the Rev. JAMES FITCH, the Set-
tler, in the Line of his Son Daniel.
(Capt.) Daniel 4 , (son of Rev. James), settled at
New London (at the place now known as Mont-
ville), Conn. ; was an active soldier in the Indian
wars of his day; and owned three farms, one at
Dry Brook, one lying on both sides of "the Con-
necticut path," (the road to Hartford through Col-
chester), and a homestead at Trading Cove, which
was a town grant to his father, and which has des-
cended, by inheritance, to his descendants in the
He married, March, 1698, Mary, (daughter of
Matthew) Sherwood, of Fairfield, Conn.; and died
June 3, 1711. Children:
Adonijah, born April, 1700 — called " Captain ; "
and married twice. By his first wife had Anne,
who married her second cousin, Samuel Hyde, and
Sarah, who married Thomas Rogers, of Montville.
Captain Adonijah's second wife was Anne, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Calkins) Hyde, of
Lebanon, and widow of Simon Gray, of Lebanon.
Captain Adonijah had other children whose names
James, born October, 1702, (according to Preston
records, but in private records, October 18, 1703),
— called "Captain" — married Anne (daughter of
Robert) Dennison, and settled at Lebanon, where
he died in 1789 ; and was ancestor of Hon. Jere-
miah Mason, an eminent lawyer and United States
Senator from jS T ew Hampshire ; who spent his lat-
ter years in Boston, Mass.
Lemuel, born January, 1704, named in distribu-
tion of his father's estate, was at Colchester in 1731.
Mary, born September, 1707, married (1) 1726,
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Rev. James Hillhouse, first minister of Montville,,
and probably ancestor of all of that name in this-
country.* (2) in 1740, Rev. John Owen, of Groton,.
Conn. She died 1768.
Daniel, married November 16, 1732, Sarah Sher-
wood, (daughter of Samuel) of Stratford, now
Bridgeport, Conn. He died in 1755, leaving a
large property, a widow and the following Chil-
dren: Samuel, Sherwood, James, Abiah, Rachel,.
Eleanor, Sarah, Mary, Anne and Abigail.
Descendants of the Rev. JAMES FITCH, the Set-
tler, in the Line of his Son John.
(Capt.) John Fitch 5 , (son of Rev. James) re-
ceived from his father on the 13th of May, 1696,.
the gift of a thousand acres right in Windham,
Conn., the home lot of which was number 13 at
the center, and the house built by him remained in
* Among whom was a daughter of Hon. James Hillhouse,.
who became the first wife of Rev. Dr. Hewitt, of Bridgeport,
Conn., and had Rev. Augustus, of the Roman Catholic
Church ; Rebecca, who married Dr. — Bowen, of Bridgeport,
and Dr. Henry, a surgeon in the civil war in Tennessee, and
who married Catharine Hurd, of Bridgeport.
the family over a hundred years. He had a super-
ior education for that day and was a prominent and
useful citizen. He was chosen Town Clerk of
Windham, Dec. 4, 1704, which office he held by
successive annual re-elections, until his death in
1743, a period of thirty-eight years. He was also
for a short time Judge of Probate, and Captain of
Militia, and represented the town in the Colonial
Legislature at twenty different sessions, from 1712
to 1742. He first "owned the covenant" in the
Xorwich Church, of which he was a full member
in 1700. He was a man of wealth, high social
position, and extensive influence.
He married July 10, 1695, Elizabeth, eldest
■daughter of Thomas and Miriam (Tracy) Water-
man, of Norwich, Conn. He died May 24, 1743,
.aged 75 years; she died June 25, 1751, aged about
76 years. Children :
Elizabeth, born June 1, 1696, married Xathaniel
Webb, of Windham, son of Samuel Webb, the first
Windham settler of that name, and became the an-
cestor of the Windham and Scotland Webb
Miriam, born October 17, 1699, married Heze-
kiah Riley, of Windham, and died in 1744, with-
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Priseilla, born February 5, 1702, married Rev.
Solomon Paine, of Canterbury, Conn.
John, born March 18, 1705.
Descendants of the Rev. JAMES FITCH, the Set-
tler, in the Line of his Son Jeremiah.
" (Capt.) Jeremiah Fitch 6 , ancestor of the Cov-
entry, Columbia, Andover, Willimantic and Bolton
families of the name, settled at Lebanon, Conn.,
where lands had been granted him soon after his
marriage. He remained there until 1703, (perhaps
a little later) where he removed and settled on
lands now included in South Coventry. The home
farm owned by him in Coventry (in which it was
included in 1723), is yet in possession of his des-
cendants, being owned by the heirs of the late Dea.
Appollos Fitch. The old homestead was a little
north of the present home and on the other side of
the road. Miss Caulkins gives it as a tradition that
the Fitchs always selected their farms beside rivers,
and were noted for securing the best lands. Capt.
Jeremiah certainly acted in accordance with the
tradition ; his farm (which is located in the "Flan-
ders District" and was called "the mile and a
•quarter"), is a beautiful and excellent one, includ-
ing a large slice of the Willimantic Meadows"
mentioned in the early records where the first
Windham and Norwich settlers it is said, were ac-
customed annually to resort for their winter supply
of hay before the country was much cleared. In
October, 1708, he was commissioned Captain of the
second company of militia in the town of Lebanon.
This second company was probably in the second
society (now the town of Columbia, Conn.,) then
known from the shape of the district, as Lebanon
Crank.* Capt. Jeremiah and his wife were mem-
bers of the Windham Church before that in Cov-
entry was formed, and the first mention of him in
the latter Church's records (the first portion of
which is missing) is October 22, 1719, when he was
appointed one of the committee to "seat" the in-
habitants of the "Mile and a Quarter" in the meet-
ing-house, L e. to assign them their proper places.
In 1723 he was chosen a Selectman of Coventry,
which office he held for six years — the last time
being in 1735. He represented the Town in the
General Assembly during ten sessions (1725-1734),
possessed considerable influence in town affairs,
and was esteemed by his cotemporaries.
*MSS. Rec. Vol. IV p. 48, Sec'y of State's Office.
28 FITCH FAMILY
He was, according to family tradition, a noted
land surveyor, and surveyed much of the towns of
Lebanon, Coventry, and, it is said, a portion of
Windham. There are some interesting facts in the
life of Capt. Fitch, as related by Hon. J. Hammond
Trumbull, in an account of the " Hartford Riot,' r
published in the Hartford Press some years since,
and which from their inaccessibility to general
readers are worthy of preservation in this form for
the benefit of those particularly interested. After
giving some account of the will of Joshua Uncas
and his legatees, as well as of the difficulties con-
cerning land titles that arose in consequence, he
says, "that about 1700, pioneer settlers found their
way from Hartford and Windsor to what is now
probably the south-east part of Coventry, some
under former conveyances from the legatees, others
by " squatters' law," — took possession of lands
about Wongumbaug pond, between Hop and
Willimantic rivers. Not far above the junction of
the two streams, Capt. Jeremiah Fitch, a son of
Rev. James, and brother of Major James Fitch of
Canterbury, who at this time was one of the most
popular and influential men in Eastern Connecticut
(though a determined opponent of Gov. Salton-
stall) had purchased a considerable tract and estab-
lished his residence. His house, however, and part
of his farm, was south of the boundary of Coven-
try, as first established, and was alleged to be with-
in the tract reserved by Joshua for his sons, and
was conveyed by Abimeleck, the last surviving
son, to Major John Clark and Rev. Thomas Buck-
ingham, of Saybrook. In May, 1721, Major Clark
brought an action in the Superior Court of Hart-
ford County to recover possession. The case was
obstinately contested on both sides, and in March,
1722, judgment was given for plaintiff, and execu-
tion granted for costs, amounting to £14 13s.
Capt. Fitch was obstinate — it was returned unsatis-
fied, and he was committed to Hartford Prison.
His neighbors at Hop River, "the Mile and a Quar-
ter," Lebanon and Coventry, were indignant, and
similar action was threatened against some of
themselves — there was, indeed, scarcely a farm in
that region over which there was not two or three
conflicting titles. They resolved on a demonstra-
tion. On Monday afternoon, October 22, 1722, a
party from Hop River, and some from (East)
Windsor, about fifty in all, crossed the Hartford
ferry and marched to the jail to demand the im-
mediate release of Capt. Fitch. The jailor refused
compliance — but a battering-ram was soon found
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in a piece of timber lying near — the door was burst
open — they rushed in and carried off Capt. Fitch
in triumph. Their retreat, however, was not un-
molested. Col. Wm. Whiting, the High Sheriff,
with some assistance, overtook them at the river-
side and made every exertion to recapture the
prisoner. His efforts were unavailing. The rioters,
after the interchange of a few blows, and much
scuffling, all got on board the ferry boat and com-
pelled the ferryman, in spite of Col. Whiting's
command to the contrary, to put off from the shore
and land them on the east side.
At the Special Court, May, 1723, fifteen were
convicted of riot, etc. Two were sentenced to be
branded in the forehead, others were fined from
£2 to £20, and two or three escaped by giving
evidence for the prosecution. Capt. Fitch was
fully acquitted of all participation in the riot and
"burglary" — the Court not regarding it as a crime,
or even evidence of "burglarious intent," that he
walked out of prison with his friends, when the
doors were open.
This lawsuit had a curious sequel: Major Clark
found it more difficult to keep than to obtain pos-
session. In 1724 he was again a suitor in the Su-
perior Court to recover the land of which Captain
Fitch had again "dispossessed" him— when the
jury gave a verdict for the defendant. So Capt,
Fitch was left in quiet possession. Among the
participants in the expedition and riot was Stephen
Brown, the first Willimantic settler of that name.
He was the cousin of Capt, Fitch, his mother and
Jeremiah's hoth being daughters of Maj. John
Capt. Jeremiah Fitch married Ruth, probably
daughter of Stephen Giffordt and Hannah Gallup,!
of Norwich. Capt. Fitch died in Coventry, Conn.,
May 22, 1736, aged 65 years, his wife survived
him, and was living in 1756. Children ;
Jeremiah, born probable in 1707 or 1708.
(Twins), Lucy and Ruth, born April 18, 1699, in
Lebanon, Conn. Ruth married Daniel Whitmore,
of Coventry, Conn.
Hannah, born January 18, 1701, in Lebanon,
Conn., married Humphrey Davenport, of Coven-
try, Conn., May 9, 1726.
Aimer 2 , born July 8, 1703, in Lebanon, Conn.
Gideon, probably born in Coventry, Conn., mar-
* Weaver says, with truth that the Masons and Fitches
were all powerful in Eastern Connecticut in their day, and
their influence was felt in the whole Colony.
t Appendix III. t Appendix IV.
32 FITCH FAMILY
ried Sarah Caulkins, probably settled in Norwich,
Elisha 3 , born in Coventry, Conn., was executor
of his father's will.
James 4 , born in Coventry, Conn.
Joseph, born in Coventry, Conn.
Stephen, born 1712, in Coventry, Conn., mar-
ried, January 24, 1837, Eleanor Strong, and proba-
bly removed to Willimantic. Weaver, in Genealo-
gies of Ancient Windham, (No. cxiv), devotes con-
siderable space to the proof of this Stephen having
been the son of Capt. Jeremiah Fitch. The most
important fact, in addition to other presumptive
testimony which he presents, is, that the late
Jeptha Fitch, of Coventry, son of Abner, and
grandson of the Captain Jeremiah, born in 1752,
and died in 1829, stated distinctly to his descen-
dants now living, that Stephen Fitch, father of the
late Erastus Fitch, of Willimantic, was his own
cousin. This could not be, unless their fathers
were brothers. Stephen above named, was son of
Stephen the Willimantic settler. 'This statement
being so recent and distinctly remembered,' renders
it certain, in his opinion, 'that the Willimantic
Fitches are descendants of Rev. James Fitch and
Major John Mason.'
(Lieutenant) Jeremiah', (son of Capt. Jeremiah 6 )
married, (1) January 6, 1730, Mercy, (daughter of
Capt. Thomas). Porter, of Coventry, Conn. She
was born October 10, 1708, and died January 27,
1734. He married (2) widow Martha Gilford,
dune 4, 1744. He died January 8, 1779, in his 72d
year. Children, (:>y his first wife) :
Lucy, born September 12, 1730.
Mary, born January 18, 1738, died May 7. 174!).
Hannah, born September 13, 1735.
John, born September 13, 1742, died March 25,
( By his second wife) :
Mercy, horn June 7, 174ii, died March 10, 1761.
Jeremiah, horn January 4, 174S, married Sep-
tember 8, 177h, Sybil Dimmick, had horn 1777.
Jeremiah, born 177N.
(Twins), Mary, — still-horn — and John, horn
December 20, 1 7">4.
House built by Capt Abner Fitch, Coventry, Conn., still
(Capt.) Abner,2 (son of Captain Jeremiah, ) re-
moved with his father's family to Coventry, about
1706- where he married (1) Muth Rose ? * of that
town' February 17. 1736. He married (2) widow
Lee, when he was 8:2 years old, and died at the
age of 95. From the Coventry Town, Church and
Society Records, he seems to have been a man of
considerable note. In the year 1731, '34 and '50,
he was a Lister and Inspector : in 1737 and .>'.> a
Grand Juror ; in 173:], "46 and '65 a Highway Sur-
veyor; 173G a Collector of Ministerial Kates: m
1747 and '50 an Auditor of the accounts of the two
previous treasurers of the Society: in 1751, Moder-
ator of the Society's Meeting : and in 1753, one of
the "Seaters" of the Meeting Ilonse, an office of no
small importance and respectability in those days.
Capt. Fitch and h ; s wife are found upon the list of
church-members during the pastorate of Dr. Hun-
tington, who was settled in 1763— there having
been, apparently, no previous church records. Mr.
Fitch is called' -Sergeant" in 1747: -Ensign in
1750, and -Captain"' in 1753. Children, (all by
first wife) :
Jeremiah, born March 29, 1737.
Jephta, born March 26, 1740, probably died
Bettie, born September 11, 1743, married Daniel
Cutler, of Lisbon, Conn., where she died.
Ruth, born October 13. and died Dec. 3, 1744.
Ruth, born , married Lyon, of Wood-
stock, where they lived ami died.
Aimer/' born November IS, 174i».
Jeptha, 6 born September, 17">±
;: Appendix V.
36 PITCH FAMILY
:Klisii.\. :; (son of (/apt. Jeremiah, 6 ) married, May
27, 1736, Priscilla Patten. Children:
Deborah, born 1736, died October 15, 1741.
Elemiiel, born 1739.
Deborah, born and died 174±
Joseph, born 1748.
Josiah, born 174b, married Ruhama Allen, bad
Jerusha, Phiiena, Mason, Anthon, Parmissa.
Nathan, born 174S.
Deborah, born. \l-rl.
Elijah, born 17;">4.
Jasper 7 .
James 4 , (son of Capt. Jeremi ih (i ) married, Octo-
ber 6, 1788, Phebe Meei ■ Iren:
Richard, born Jan,; , VI.
Phebe, born March 6, I
Jesse, born March 11, 1752.
House built by Jeremiah Fitch. Vernon, Conn.
38 PITCH FAMILY
Jeremiah Fitch, (sod of Capt. Abner Fitch, of
Coventry, Conn.,) settled at Windsor, Conn. On
the 17th of July, 1756, Capt. Abner Fitch nought
of Joseph Webster a farm kt a certain piece or par-
cel of land lying in said Windsor," and it is not im-
probable that Jeremiah Fitch, his son, may have
occupied the farm soon after its purchase by his
father. By deed of gift dated October 28th, 1705,
Capt. Abner Fitch conveyed the same land to his
son Jeremiah in which he is spoken of as "my well
beloved son, Jeremiah Fitch, of Windsor, in the
County of Hartford." etc. The farm appears to
have been a tine one. The farm buildings were
located on the south side of the road on rising
ground, affording to the westward a fine view of
the Hockauum River and the broad valley of the
Connecticut. In the opposite direction arose the
rugged, wooded hills and mountains which bound
the valley on the east.
We are unable to give more than a meager ac-
count of Jeremiah Fitch. He was, according to
family tradition, a farmer and tavern keeper. At
the time he first settled on this farm it was included
in old Windsor; then it formed part of Fast
Windsor ; next it was a part of the Parish of Xorth
Bolton, formed of parts of Bolton and Fast Wind-
sor; and lastly, by act of the Legislature in 1808,
the Parish of North Bolton- was incorporated a
town and called Vernon. The farm remained in
possession of the Fitch family until about 1830,
when it was sold by the widow and sons of Thad-
deus Fitch, previous to their emigration to Ohio.
Sec Barber's Hist, of Conn.
The manufacturing Village of Talcottville is now
located on it.
Jeremiah Fitch married February 1, 1759, Abi-
gail Whitmore, at Coventry, Conn., daughter of
Daniel and (.Dorcas) Whitmore, of Killingly, Conn.
She was born at Killingly, July 5, 1733. Accord-
ing to the records of Killingly, Daniel Whitmore,
his wife and five children, died in 1741, and it is
not improbable that the family were broken up and
that Abigail was living with some relative in Cov-
entry at the time of her marriage to Jeremiah
Fitch. Jeremiah Fitch died August 20, 1796,
buried at North Bolton (now Vernon, Conn.) His
wife survived him more than twenty years, dying
February 4, 1818, and buried beside her husband.
Daniel, born January 17, 1760, died unmarried,
July 20, 1785.
thaddeus, born July 27, 1761.
Iioxana, born June 13, 1763.
Thankful, born January 16, 1765.
Converse, born October 24, 17(51*.
Mirriam, born January ( J, 1772.
Thaddeus Fitch, (son of Jeremiah Fitch), mar-
ried Rebecca Webster, of North Bolton, Nov. 27,
1788. She was the daughter of Elijah Webster, of
Bolton, where she was born, September 10, 1766.
Her grandfather, Ezekiel Webster, was killed by
the Indians near Syracuse, X. Y. Thaddeus Fitch,
by the terms of his father's will, inherited one-half
of his father's land, "lying in Bolton and East
Windsor;" — "Thaddeus on the north side of the
farm lying in Bolton ; " — subject to the right of his
mother to "one-half the improvement of my land,"
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so runs the will. The portion of the farm devised
to Thaddeus Fitch included the house and other
farm buildings, and became his home during the
remainder of his life. His mother appears to have
lived with him until his death ; and afterward un-
til her death, with her grandsons Chester and
Chauncey Fitch, who occupied the old home after
the death of their father Thaddeus Fitch. She
was, according to the testimony ot her grandson,
Chauncey Fitch, a "nice old lady." Thaddeus
Fitch was a prosperous iarmer, and at the time of
his death the owner of lands in East Windsor and
East Hartford, in addition to the farm inherited
from his father. He appears to have been a man
of good standing in the community. In 1802 he
was collector of the Society for rate for the Eccle-
siastical Society of North Bolton. In 1805 he was
a surveyor of highways. At a general meeting of
Republicans in 1805 he appears to have beep ap-
pointed sole manager for the County of Tolland;
and was executor of his father's will. Children ':
Daniel, born November 1, 1789.
Chester, born March 17, 1791.
Nancy, born June 10, 1793.
Chauncey, born January 1, 1795.
Almvra, born January 19, 1797.
Eli, born September 28, 1798.
Betsey, born October 25, 1800.
Sanford, born November 19, 1802.
Horace, born November 18, 1804.
Flisha, born July 3, 1807.
Walter, born Feb. 28, 1809; died June 3, 1811.
Mary, born February 25, 1811 ; died September
Thaddeus Fitch died April 16, 1816, aged 54
years, and was buried at Vernon, Conn.
Rebecca, widow of Thaddeus Fitch, married (2)
February 11, 1819, John Walker, Esq., of Vernon,
Conn. He died November 18, 1828.
After the death of her second husband, Rebecca
Walker went to Ohio with her children. She died
at the home of her son Eli, at Olmsted, O., Septem-
ber 30, 1841>. aged 83 rears, and was buried at
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the Line
of his Son Daniel.
Daniel Fitch, (sou of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Jerusha Loomis, January 7, 1818. She was the
daughter ot Gideon Loomis, of East Windsor, Conn.,
born August 25. 179-3: and was a descendant of
Joseph Loomis. the first settler in this country, who
came over with his family in the ship Mary and
John from at or near Bristol, England, in the year
1630. He settled first at Dorchester, Mass.. 1 re-
moved to Windsor, Conn. His name and that of
his son John, appear on record among the inhabit-
ants of Windsor, in 1640. Mr. Fitch lived with
his father-in-law at East Windsor, Conn., and car-
ried on his farm, where he remained until 1823,
when he moved to Genessee County, X. Y., and to
Cattaraugas County in 1825, where he settled on a
farm. In 1840 the removal to Ohio and eventually
settled on a farm in Townsend, Huron County, O.,
44 FITCH FAMILY
where he died September 18, 1852, and was buried
at Xorwalk, 0. He was an earnest Christian, a
member of the Methodist Church, and much re-
spected in the communities where he lived. He
was jointly with his brother Chester, executor of
his father's will. Jerusha Fitch, after the death of
her husband, removed with nearly all her family
to Rock County, Wisconsin, where she remained
until 1874, when she returned to Xorwalk, ().,
where she died Feb. 21, 1875, and was buried beside
her husband. Children:
Walter W., born November 18, 1818.
Henry L., born February 22, 1816.
Thaddeus, born March BO, 1818.
Mary Ann, born August 16, 1820.
Harriet E., born October 12, 1822. All born at
Hast Windsor, Conn.
Emily C, born March 19, 1825.
Horace, born April 3, 1827.
Augustus B., born July 18, 1830.
Alfred B., born October 11, 1833.
Xewell D., born Xov. 25, 1835. All born at
Leon, Cattaraugas Co., X. V.
Walter Fitch, (son of Daniel Fitch), went with
his father's family to New York State in 1823, and
to Ohio about 1840. He married Laura Barton of
Hidgeville, ()., July 4,1845. They had five Children .-
Caroline, born at Olmsted Falls, ()., in 184H.
Plumer, born at Ridgeville', 0., in 1848.
James, born at Townsend, O., in 1850.
(Twins), Mary and Sarah, born at Avon, Rock
Co., Wis., in 1857.
Walter W. Fitch died at Spring Vallcw Wis.,
Caroline Fitch, (daughter of Walter Fitch), mar-
ried Henry Johnson, 1874.
Mary Fitch, (daughter of Walter Fitch), married
Silas Bliss; 1879. One child, Walter W. Bliss,
Sarah Fitch, (daughter of Walter Fitch), married
Alexander Hamilton 1883. One child, Laura,
Henry L. Fitch, (son of Daniel Fitch), married
Harriet Wells at Dayton, Cattaraugas Co., X. Y.
• lane, horn at Leon. X. Y., in 1S44. Married
Mortimer Xelson in 1864. They had six children
— three sons and three daughters.
Erwin, born at Leon, X". Y., in 184(5, was a sol-
dier in the war of the southern Rebellion. He
died at Madison, Wis., in 1865.
Thaddeus, (son of Daniel Fitch), married at Leon,
X\ Y., in 1840, Lucy Boardman. Children:
Alanson I>.. born at Berea, ().. July 26, 1842,
died September 10, L843.
dames A., born at Olmsted, ()., in 1S44. He
married Olive Miner, at Collins, 0., Oct. 10. 1865,
and died at Clyde. O., Jan. 8, 1874.
Edgar E., horn at Townsend, O., Nov. 2.~>, 1848,
married Ida Hatfield, at Clyde, O., duly 12, 1876.
Mary A., (daughter of Daniel Fitch), married at
Leon, X. Y., in 1840, Charles Morse. One child,
Lucius, born at Leon, X". Y., in 184:-).
Mary A. Morse died at Berea, 0., Oct. 12, 1845.
Buried at Berea,, O.
Harriet Fitch, (daughter of Daniel Fitch), mar-
ried at Leon, X. Y., Simon Purely, Feb. 26, 1843..
Tbev had two Children :
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Juliette, born at Towneend, 0., in 1845, and
Eugene, born June 9, 1851, died April 4, 1865.
Juliette Purdy married John Ward, Jan. 4, 18(54.
One child. Eugene, born at Spring Valley, Wis.,
March 21, 1865. Mr. Purdy lives at Brodhead, Wis.
Emily C, (daughter of Daniel Fitch), married at
Townsend, Ohio, December 27, 1848, George Ben-
son. Mr. Benson was a soldier in the war of the
Rebellion: A member of Company B, 25th Reg't
Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He died at Hilton Head,
S. C, September 6, 18(14. Children :
Ella L, born August 30, 1850, married at Xor-
walk, ()., Sept, 8, 1880, Mark K. Lee.
Emma, born at Townsend, ()., October 12, 1853;
died at Xorwalk, ()., December (>, 1870.
Frank A., born at Orfordville, Wis., September
22, 1857, married at Fremont, O., Vinnie Gallagher,
August 6, 1884. One child, Kate F. Benson, born
May 1, 1880. Emily C. Benson married (2) James
Seeley, March 10, 1868. They live at Xorwalk, O.
Horace Fitch, (son of Daniel Fitch), was born in
the State of Xew York, removed with his father's
family to Ohio, and with his mother and family to
Rock County, Wis. He was popular among his
associates, and had many friends. He was never
married. He was a soldier in Company E, 22d
Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers in the war of the
Rebellion. Died at Danville, Kentucky, January
4, 1863; and was buried at Orfordville, Wis.
Augustus Fitch, (son of Daniel Fitch), married
Anna Bunting, July 4, 1 858. Children :
May, born January, 1859.
Emma, born in 1861.
Jesse, born in 1863.
Fred, born in 1865.
Hattie, born 1868.
Alfred B., (son of Daniel Fitch), married Sarah
E. Whitehead, of Plymouth, Wis., in 1864. One
child, Frank E., born February 17, 1867.
Newell D., (son of Daniel Fitch), married Martha
Shirley, of Spring Valley, Wis., January 21, 1864.
Hubert, born Nov. 8, 1864, died Aug. 22, 1866.
Horace, born Oct. 15, 1869. died Nov. 28. 1870.
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the Line
of his Son Chester.
CHESTER FITCH, (second son of Thaddeus
Fitch), received a fair common school education
and was brought up a farmer. He married Betsy
Edmonds, March 17, 181:], who was born Septem-
ber 20th. 1792. and was an adopted daughter of
Daniel Elmer of North Bolton. Conn. At the
death of his father, in 1816. Mr. Fitch inherited a
part of his large farm, on which he lived until
1880, when lie removed to Pomfret, Chantaqna
County, X. Y. In 1831 he removed to Olmsted,
Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He purchased a tract of
land on Rocky River, in the northerly part of the
Township, which he improved and made into a
valuable farm. He was a man of great energy of
character, active and persevering in whatever he
undertook to perform. His wife died June 23,
1863, and was buried at Olmsted, O. He married
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(2) in 1865, Anna Morris. In 1867, lie sold his
farm and removed to Mount Vernon, ()., where he
remained until the death of his second wife in
1876, when he went to live with his son Tudor, in
Michigan. He died December 14, 1881, aged 91
years, and was buried in Olmsted, 0.
Children, all by his first wife :
Elizabeth E., born December 24, 1813, died Aug.
Charles C, born May 29, 1815.
Smith W., born April 17, 1817.
Eliza Ann, born April 18, 1819.
Frederick, born June 2, 1821.
Adaline, born August 18, 1824.
Tudor, born August 10, 1826.
Hudson, born September 30, 1828.
Alfred, born April 14, 1832, died Aug. 24, 1834.
Alfred White, born October 2, 1835.
Charles C. Fitch, (son of Chester Fitch), was
born on the old Jeremiah Fitch farm, at Vernon,
Conn. In 1830, he went with his father's family
to Fomfret, Chataqua Coanty, N. Y., where he re-
mained until 1831, at which time his lather and
family reniOAcd to Olmstead, O. He married May
3d, 1842, Lydia II. Wilson, who was born at St.
Albans, Vt., March 30, 1822, and was eldest daugh-
ter of Brooks Wilson, of Ohnsred, O., died of con-
sumption October 19, 1867, and was buried at
Olmsted, O. Mr. Fitch married (2) March 10,
1870, Ellen M. Dry den, of Olmsted Falls, daughter
of C. P. Dry den, and a descendant of Artemus
Dryden, of Holden, Mass., the first settler in this
country. He is a prosperous farmer at Olmsted, O.
Children all by his first wife :
Maryette M.,born July 24, 1843, married George
Arundell, of Newbery, England, October 15, 1884.
They reside at Cleveland, O.
Martha Z., born November 10, 1845, married
Herbert O. Kennedy, November 20, 1872, son of
John Kennedy of Olmsted, 0. Children :
Helen M., born June 11, 1874, died April 28, 1882.
Alice K., born March 13, 1876.
Mattie F.,born Dec. 30, 1832, died April 14, 1884.
Melvin W., born April 11, 1852, married Lelia,
daughter of John Ronep, of Olmsted, O., Decem-
ber 24, 1873. Children:
Lydia E., born May 22, 1875.
Mary W., born August 7th, 1877.
Dell, born May 4, 1880, died January 29, 1881.
Agnes M.j born Dec. 27, 1881.
Charles C. Fitch had other Children :
Emma R., born August 4, 1848, died Oct. 19, 1850.
LuceyM.,born Feb. 24, 1862, died Mar. 28, 1864.
Gerty M., born Sept. 12, 1866, died Feb. 24, 1867.
Smith Webster, (son of Chester Fitch), married
his first cousin, Sabra Maria, eldest daughter of Eli
Fitch, Dec. 3, 1842. Children :
Emily Helen, born March 29, 1844, married
Asher Stearns in 1870, who was a member of Co.
1, 150 Reg't Ohio Nat. Guards in the hundred days
service in the late war. They have :
Mabel Maria, born Jan. 7, 1871.
Loring Burton, born June 22, 1874, died March
Sabra Mertilla, born March 6, 1877.
Bessie Fitch, born May 4, 1881.
Hudson Arthur, born Jan. 12, 1846, married
Mary Odell. They have one child, Otis.
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Mr. Fitch enlisted Dec. 28, 1863, in Company D.
125th. O. V. I.', was promoted to 1st Serg'tSept. l r
1865, and was mustered out with the company
Sept. 25, 1865. In May, 1^64, he joined his regi-
ment at Dallas, Ga. He remained with the regiment
until late in August, when in the great flanking
movement of Sherman's Army to the rear of
Atlanta ; being unable to march with the regiment
on account of sickness, he was taken prisoner and
confined at Andersonville Prison. From an ac-
count of his experiences as a prisoner, written by
himself, we append a few extracts — as faintly in-
dicating the sufferings he endured in the service of
his country. Speaking of the prison fare, at An-
dersonville, he says : "Our rations, which were
cooked, consisted of a piece of coarse corn bread,
made from cob meal, about one and one-half inches
square — one pint of boiled beans (bugs, dirt and
gravel stones included), a mouthful of boiled beef,
and sometimes a few grains of salt." About Sept.
10, 1864, 5000 of the prisoners of Andersonville
were transferred to Savannah, where they remained
until Oct. 12, when they were transferred to the pri-
son at Millen, Ga. From here he managed to escape,
but was recaptured and taken back to prison. Speak-
ing of the punishment inflicted on him, he says i
" The stocks is an instrument of torture which is-
used by Southern planters to punish refractory
slaves. The person to be confined is forced to lie
down on his back, with the limbs crossed at the-
knees ; his feet are then confined about two and a
half feet from the ground by means of two thick
boards with holes through them large enough to
accommodate the ankles, which shut together con-
fining a person in such a position as to render it
impossible to change position." "Towards night
it began to grow cold, and by 9 o'clock it was al-
most impossible to keep from freezing ; as I was
not allowed any fire, food, water or covering of any
kind. "The next morning the assistant Com-
mandant, one Capt. Cameron, a deserter from our
army came to me, and asked me how I enjoyed my
comfortable bed. I replied that 'Paul and Silas
were once fastened in the stocks, and I presumed
that my feelings in regard to its comfort, were
similar to theirs. He was nearly beside himself
with rage, grinding his teeth he swore with a bit-
ter curse, that he would 'tame me yet'. During
the second day and night of his confinement in the
stocks, a cold rain fell which froze his limbs to his
knees, icicles hung to his heels, and froze to his
hair. Continuing his narrative, he says : I tossed
my arms to and fro and beat myself to keep from
freezing to death. My mouth and throat were
parched with thirst, and hunger gnawed at my
vitals. I prayed that death might come and release
me from my suffering.' "
At 8 P. M. of the next day he was released, "so
weak and benumbed that I could not stand."
When Sherman's Army approached Millen, the
prisoners were removed to Blackshaer, Ga. Here
he remained until November 26, when observing
a vacant place in the ranks of some prisoners who
were about to be paroled, he steped into the vacant
place, and managed to escape to "Gods Country."
Newton Clarence, born Dec. 27, 1847, died in 1849.
Charlotte Annette, born Sept. 10, 1850, married
Cassius Stearns, in 1873. Mr. Stearns was a
52 FITCH FAMILY
soldier in the late war ; a member of Co. I. 150th
Reg't Ohio Nat. Guards, in the hundred days
service. Children :
Neva Mary, born Sept. 4, 1874.
Emily Josephine, born Feb. 14, 1876.
Howard Gray, born September 14, 1877, died
September 7, 1878.
Edna Wealthy, born May 4, 1879.
Frank De Alton, born Jan. 13, 1853, married
Hattie Porter, who died in 1881. They had one
child, Grade, born Jan. 16, 1879. He married (2)
Nettie Palmer. Children by his second wife :
Fred, born January 16, 1883.
Alton, born February 19, 1885.
Edwin Leslie, born August 5, 1862, married
Melissa Palmer in 1884. One child, Clayton, born
April 15, 1885, died Sept. 7, 1885. Sabra Maria,,
wife of Smith W. Fitch, died April 8, 1864, and
was buried at Olmsted, O.
Eliza Ann, (daughter of Chester Fitch), married
May 25th, 1841, John H. Perkins, who was born in
Massachusetts, May 22, 1819. Children:
John, born was a soldier in Co. I., 150th Reg't
Ohio Nat. Guards, in the hundred days service,
married Rhuemma Coe, July 25th, 1861. One
child, Hattie Eldora, born Sept. 7, 1863, married
Herman J., (son of James W.) Fitch.
Alfreda P., born at Huron, 0., July 11, 1842,
married May 6, 1860, fm. Cousins. Two Children :
William V., born at Dover, O., May 7, 1861 y
married Lucy L. Terwillager, at Scotts Station,
Michigan, Feb. 3, 1885. She died Nov. 1, 1885.
John, born at Brady, Mich., January 18, 1867.
Betsey I., born at Huron, ()., Dec. 3, 1844, died
at Olmsted, 0., Oct. 27, 1856.
Chester H., born at Huron, ()., August 14, 1845 r
married Jan. 6, 1867, Collisca Ooe, who was born at
Dover, 0., Dec. 14, 184^5. Childn n ;
Herman C, born Nov. 2, 1867.
Burton 8., born May 30, 1870.
Clayton F., born August 12, 1872.
Judson B., born August 15, 1874.
Infant, born and died, in 1876.
Vernon X., born February 27, 1882.
Russell C, born at Olmsted, O., May 10, 1848 r
married Anna Feuchter, Mar. 25, 1884. Two children:
Eva, born February 15, 1885.
Clarence, born April 27, 18&6.
Ernest D., born at Olmsted, O., April 29, 1851 r
married Pena Wershing, December 16, 1880. No
Morgeana, born at Olmsted, O., August 31, 1854 r
died September 5, 1855.
Celia J., born at Olmsted, O., April 15, 1857,
died July 31, 1861.
Eliza A. Perkins, died July 26, 1872.
John H. Perkins, died March 15, 1878. Both
buried at Olmsted, O.
Frederick Fitch, (son of Chester Fitch), married
Elvira Dwinell, April 4, 1849. She was born in
Franklin, Vermont, January 31, 1825. In 1853,
he moved to Pavilion, Michigan, where he settled
on a farm. His wife died August 1 J, 1859, and
was buried at Pavilion, Michigan. He married (2)
Phebe Peck, in 1873. Frederick Fitch died June
28, 1875, and was buried at Pavilion, Michigan-
Children by his first wife :
54 FITCH FAMILY
Allison Frederick, born at Olmsted, 0., January
18, 1850, married at Kalamazoo, Mich., September
27, lb77, Mary C. Himebaugb. One child, Mida
C, born February 11, 1882. Mr. Fitch resides at
Addison Alberto, born at Olmstead, O., Feb. 18,
1852, died at Wakeshma, Mich., June 16, 1867,
buried at Pavilion, Mich.
Emma Gertrude, born in Pavilion, Mich., June
25, 1854, died October 12, 1854, buried at Pavilion,
Emma, born at Pavilion, Mich., January 16, 1856,
married at Olmsted, O., Sept. 23, lb77, Frank H.
Perry. One child, Frankie Helen, born April 8,
1881. They reside at Vicksburg, Michigan.
Eva Elvira, born at Pavilion, Mich., August 1,
1859, died October 15, 1859.
Flora May, born June 8, 1874, the child by his
Adaline, (daughter of Chester Fitch), married
November 3, 1841, Herod Stocking, who was born
at Dover, O., July 5, 1819, and was the son of
Joseph and Jane Stocking. Children:
Charles F., born at Olmsted, 0., August 4, 1842,
married Sarah E. Wickham, of Wood County, O.,
January 1875. Children :
Nettie, born November, 1876, died Feb., 1877.
Adaline, born April, 1&79.
Eoselle, born at Olmsted, 0., Dec. 21, 1845, died
at Angola, Indiana, February, 1846.
Joseph, born at Angola, Indiana, March, 1848,
died July, 1849.
Joseph Chester, born at Angola, Indiana, Dec.
2, 1852, married August 20, 1876, Lyclia A Brad-
brook. Children :
Ernest, born at Bowling Green, O., June 8, 1877.
Ethel, born June 24, 1879.
Myrll, born Aug. 16, 1884, at Grand Rapids, 0.
Willis, born at Dover, 0., Jan 31, 1861, married
April 27, 1886. Emma 0. Rochty.
Tudor, (son of Chester Fitch), married Mary
Dlmmick, May, 1850. Children:
Chester, born February, 1851, married , and
had Addison, Luella, Arthur, Ernest, Gertrude,
Augusta, born 1854, married Rily. No
Maud, born married Riley. Children :
Charles, Xed, Estelle. Tudor Fitch lives at
Hudson Fitch, (son of Chester Fitch), was born
on the old Fitch farm at Vernon, Conn. He came
to Olmsted, 0., in 1*31, with his father's family,
where he has since remained, engaged in the oc-
cupation of farming. He married Abigail Wilson,
(sister of his brother Charles first wife), October
31, 1849. She was born October 13, 1831. Children:
Isabelle F., born June 14, 1852, married Orfila
Stearns, January 28, 1874. Mr. Stearns enlisted
September, 10, 1862, in the 15th Ohio Battery, then
at Holly Springs, Miss. ; and served with the Bat-
tery at the siege of Vicksburgh. He was trans-
ferred to Company H. Fourth Regt. Yet. Res.
Corps, with which he served to the close of the war.
Bertha L., born June 18, 1875.
Gertrude J., born April 20, 1S79.
56 FITCH FAMILY
Retta L:, born August 3, 1856, married Edward
I). Heyden, October 28, 1874. Mr. Heyden enlis-
ted in St. Lawrence County, K. Y., where he then
resided, at the age of seventeen, and served three
years and ten months as a soldier in the late war.
He was orderly for Gen. Halleck during the time
he was Commander-in-Chief, and afterwards served
in Louisiana and the southern States. He was
•discharged as Sergt. Co. D. lith New York Cav-
.alry. Children :
Mavis, born August 21, 1875.
Lois, born June 7, 1877.
Infant daughter, born May 27, 1679, died Sept.
Bessie, born July 13, 1880.
Claude I)., born June 2, 1^3. Mr. Hayden lives
in Frontier County, Nebraska.
Alfred White Fitch, (son of Chester Fitch), mar-
ried at Olmsted 0., October 11, 1856, Sarah L.
Thompson, who was born Jan. 26, 1838. Mr. Fitch
removed to Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in 1862,
and to Eaton County, Mich., in 1874, where he now
resides. They have one son, Merwin A., born July
27, 1859. He married Effie Bosworth, October 14,
1880. She was born August 7, 1862, in Pittsford,
Hillsdale County, Michigan.
Nancy, (daughter of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Minor White, of East Windsor, Conn., (now Man-
cheste), March 31, 1814. He was born at East
Windsor, Conn., February 24, 1784. He filled
several offices in town — a Representative in the
State Legislature — for fourteen years a select man —
often an appraiser and distributor of Estates in
.town. He lived the life of a farmer, and by the
aid of his wife acquired a good property. Their
descendants of children, grand, and great grand
children are thirty-live. They had live children as
Emily, born January 25, 1815, died Feb. 20, 1839.
William, horn October 14, 1816.
Henry Hudson, born February 15, 1822. #
Harriet, born April 10, 1825.
Mary Fitch, born July 14, 1828.
Minor White died at his home in Manchester,
Conn., May 31, 1868. His wife died February 21,
1«74. They were buried at Manchester, Conu.
William, (son of Minor and Nancy Fitch).
White, married May 25, 1841, Mary Howlett, of
Hartford, Conn., where she was born Feb. 26, 1«19.
Mr. White settled on a farm in his native town.
After remaining a number of years, he sold his
farm and removed to St. Paul, Minn. From thence
he removed to Wilmar, Minn.: and at length to
Wahpeton, Dakota, where he now resides. In his
native town of Manchester, Conn., he was honored
by being elected Select man for the town ; and
Justice of the Peace, and held the latter office for
a number ot years, while living at Wilmar, Minn.
Evalina L., born at Manchester, Conn., March 26,
1848, married at St. Paul, Minn., Henry L. Wil-
liams. August 5, 1869. Children:
Mary A., born at St. Paul, Minn., July 1, 1870.
Henry White, born Xov. 11, 1872.
William Minor, born at Manchester, Conn., May
10, 1845, married at M alone, X. Y., June 11, 1872,
Emma Elizabeth Sabin. Children :
Grace W., born at St. Paul, Minn., July 10,1874.
58 FITCH FAMILY
Mary E., born at Litchfield, Minn., July 8, 1877.
William Minor White, died at Litchfield, Minn.,
May 8, 1877. Mary E., his daughter, died at Red
Wing, Minn., July 31, 1878, both buried at Litch-
Charles Lemuel, born at Manchester, Conn., June
1, 1848%married Monrovia Hutchinson, at Minea-
polis Minn., in 1875. One child, lioy, born in 1876,
died at Wilniar, Minn., in 1876. Monrovia White
died at Wilmar, Minn., in 1876. He married (2)
at Wilmar, Minn., Mary Porter. Children by his
second wife :
Charles Henry, born at Wilmar, Minn., in 1880.
Eva Anna, born at Wilmar, Minn., in 1883.
William M,, born at Wahpeton, Dak., in 1886.
Mary Howlett, born at Manchester, Conn., April
25, 1853, married Elson Baldwin, at St. Paul,
Minn., in 18s0.
George Hudson, born at Manchester. Conn., Feb.
13, 1859, married at Litchfield, Minn., Feb. 22,
1882, Henryetta K Pixley. Children :
Mary Elizabeth, born at Minneapolis, Minn.,
November 25, 1882.
George Franklin, born at Wahpeton, Dakota,
April 26, 1886.
Henry Hudson, (son of Minor White), lives on
the old homestead at Manchester, Conn. He has
been agent and general manager for many years in
the manufacture of paper and cotton goods, in his
own and other towns. He has represented his
town several terms in the State Legislature, and
filled other and minor places of trust. He married
Cordelia Howlett, of Windsor, Conn., Nov. 27, 1845.
She died Oct 21, 1869. Children :
Alice Cordelia, born March 9, 1851, married
June 10, 1874, Elisha C. Hilliard. Two children :
Charlotte Cordelia, born Nov. 15, 1876, and
Elisha Ernest born March 26, 1881.
Henry Kirk, born April 18, 1854, and
Minor Hudson, born November 4, 1860.
Henry Hudson White, married (2) Elizabeth
Hilliard, of Manchester, February 22, 1871. Chil-
dren by his second wife:
Charlotte Florence, born October 21, 1874.
Harlow Hilliard, born July 27, 1 880.
Harriet, (Daughter of Minor White), married
Edward II. Griswold, June 10, 1847. Children:
Ella M., born May 28, 1850.
Abbie ,1., born May 24, 1852, died Sept. 11, 1861.
Ida, born January 16, 1857.
Hattie, born July 27, 1861.
Mary Elsie, born August 15, 1 863. They live at
South Manchester, Conn.
Mary F., (daughter of Minor White), married
Dwight Spencer, of Manchester, Coim. She died
March 6, 1870. Children •
Xellie, born March 12, 1859, married June 20,
1881, Win. H. Chrlds, of Hartford, Conn. Children :
Xellie R., born May 24, 1882.
Mary, born March 7, 1886.
Frank Fitch Spencer, born September 30, 1865.
60 FITCH FAMILY
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the line
of his son Chauncey.
Chauncey Fitch, (son of Thaddeus Fitch),
married Anna Loomis, of East Windsor, Conn.,
December 30, 1819. She was sister, of Jerusha,
wife of his brother Daniel, and also of Harriet, wife
of his brother Horace, and was born January 24,
1797. Mr. Fitch first occupied with his brother
Chester, the old homestead at Vernon Conn., and
afterwards carried on the large farm of his father-
in-law, Gideon Loomis, at East Windsor, Conn.
In November, 1831, he started with his family, for
Olmsted, 0. The vessel on which they took pas-
sage at Buffalo, was driven by stress of weather
into the harbor of Dunkirk. His wife was taken
sick with a fever, and the family was taken to the
house of his uncle, Ebenezar Webster, in Pomfret,
near Fredonia, N. Y., where his wife died, Decem-
ber 8, 1831, and was buried in the burying ground
at Pomfret. Mr. Fitch, with his mother and family,
proceeded on in a sleigh, arriving at Olmsted, 0.,
December 25. He purchased a tract of wild land
in the central part of the township, on which he es-
tablished his residence. In the fall of 1833, he
returned to Connecticut, and on August 18, was
married to Clarissa Loomis, sister of his first wife.
She was born March 28, 1802. In common with
other pioneers, in Ohio, he endured the hardships
and privations incident to the settlement of a new
country; and by persevering industry and economy,
acquired a fair property. He was for many years
a prominent member of the Methodist Church.
Among the people of the township he was highly
respected, holding at various times a number of
township offices -familiarly called "Uncle Chaun-
cey," and widely regretted at his death. He died
June 6, 1881, aged 86 years, and was buried at
Olmsted, 0. Children by his first wife, all born in
Francis R., born November 11, 1820, at the old
Fitch home, in Vernon, Conn.
Alfred B., born at E. Windsor, Conn., August
18, 1822, died at Olmsted, O., March 30, 1832, was
buried at Olmsted, O.
Julius D., born at East Windsor, Conn., March
Margaret Ann, born at E. Windsor, Conn.,
January 12, 1827.
John Gk, born at East Windsor, Conn., January
27, 1829. Children by his second wife, born at
Nancy Ann, born August 9, 1834
Gilbert Loomis, born November 12, 1838.
Francis R Fitch, (son of Chauncey Fitch), mar-
at Hamburg, K Y., November 17, L852, Ulyssa
Purdy, who was born at Hamburg, N. Y., Feb. 15,
1822. He was a prosperous farmer at Olmsted, O ;
and was a man of ability and good judgment,
having many friends who were greatly shocked at
his sudden death. He died October 7, 1857, aged
37 years, and was buried at Olmsted, 0.
Julius D. Fitch, (son of Chauncey Fitch), received
a good education at the common schools, and at
"Rocky River Seminary." He married Eliza
McKenzie, at Otsego, Mich, January 24, 1853.
62 FITCH FAMILY
She was the daughter of Donald McKenzie, who
came to this country from Scotland, about 1830,
and was horn at Burlington, Vt , August 9, 1834.
They live at Joliett, 111. Children :
Ella Virginia, horn September 18, 1858.
Kenneth Chauncey, born Novembea 6, 1871.
Margaret Ann, (daughter of Chauncey Fitch),
married May 1, 1862, Isaac C. Rittenberg. He was
born in the Province of Ontario, Canada, February
7, 1823, came to Cleveland, , with his father's
family in 1840 They reside at Elyria, 0. Chil-
dren born at Olmsted, O.
Chauncey W., born December 24, 1864.
Clara M., born May 24, 1872
John G. Fitch, (son of Chauncey Fitch), was a
Lieutenant in Co 1 , 150th Regt. Ohio Nat. Guards,
in the hundred days service in the late war He
married April 17, 1860, Ellen II , daughter of
Abram S. Underbill, of Olmsted, 0., and a descen-
dant of Capt. John Underbill, one of the early
settlers of New England. She was born at Olmsted,
a, March 12, 1837. They live on the old Chaun-
cey Fitch farm, at Olmsted, O. Children:
Anna Loomis, born October 4, 1862, married
Odell Stearns, March 26, 1884. One child, Hazel,
born February 28, 1885.
Rufus J., born October 30, 1870.
Adaline Pearl, born July 9, 1875.
Nancy Ann, (daughter of Chauncey Fitch),
married Charles Monk, November 24, 1859. One.
child, Francis Thomas, born March 13, 1863.
Gilbert Loomis, (youngest son of Chauncey
Fitch), received a good education at Baldwin
University. He died unmarried, at La Crosse,
WiB , August 20, 1 865, aud was buried at Olmsted, O.
Almyra, (daughter of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Simeon Wetherell, Jr., October 3, 1816. He died
at Manchester, Conn., August 9, 1871, aged 78
years. Almyra TVetherell, died at Manchester,
Conn., Oct 25, 1870 Both buried at Manchester,
Francis X., born July 13, 1817, died June 22, 1819.
Esther S.. born March 12, 1819.
Simeon F., born December 19, 1820.
Elizabeth F., born May 19, 1822.
Ealph T., born November 8, lo25.
Horace, born October 3, 1827.
AVells, born November 22, 1^2! ».
Mary A , born February 24, 1832.
Henry W\, born December 23, 1834.
Martha, born July 5, 1837.
Esther S., (daughter of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.),
married July 5, 183.3, Ralph Cutler, of Manchester,
Conn. One child. Kosabelle E., born July 24, 1846,
married April 28, 1869, A. A Alderman, of Man-
chester. Conn. Chill rin :
Ralph, born March 28, 1871, died July 4, 1872.
Ethel, born Nov. 26, 1872. died April 19, 1880.
Melvin, born March 21, 1875.
Esther, born Jan. 22, 1877, died Dec. 2, 1880.
Frank, born January 6, 1883.
Simeon F., (son of Simeon TVetherell, Jr.),
married February 4, 1844, Jane A. Vorra. Children :
Maria J., born January 9, 1845.
Emma S., born Jan. 9, 1847, married Nov. 30,
1871, Arthur H. Eogers, of M anchester, Conn.
Mary E., born Sept. 19, 1852, married Dec. 18,
64 FITCH FAMILY
1873, Alfred L. Bidwell of Manchester, Conn. He
died April 2, 1886. Children :
Jennie Pauline,bornOct. 2, 1875, died Dec. 9, 1875.
Clarence F., born Nov. 1, 1876.
Isaac Reed, born March 9, 1884.
Ellen Mvra, (daughter of Simeon F)., born July
4, 1855, married Nov. 22, 1882, Frank W. Carpenter.
One child, Florence M., born Jan. 6, 1885.
Elizabeth F, (danghter of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.),
married April 26, 1843, Azel G. Snow, of East
Haddam, Conn. Five Children:
Infant daughter, born Nov. 12, 1844, died Nov.
Infant daughter, born Sept. 12, 1846, died Oct. 2,
Frederick W., born July 24, 1850, married March
5, 1874, xAJice Stone. Children :
Martha J., born March 23, 1853, died August
Emma E., born August 23, 1865.
Ralpt T, (son of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.), married
Clara Meech. Children :
Ralph T., born , died . Irene, born ,
married S. R. Kellogg, of Clarks, Nebraska. Six
Henry, born , died .
Jennie, born , died .
George, born , died .
Ernest, born .
Laurie, born — — .
Nellie, born .
E. May, (daughter of Ralph T)., born , mar-
ried Arthur T. Brown, of Helena, Montana. One
Horace (son of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.), married
Nov. 29, 1848, Lneina Bailey, of Middletown, Conn.
Teresa Maria, born Aug 17, 1850, married Mav
19, 1869, John M. Terrell. Five children :
Edith Alice, horn September, 1870.
Alice Edith, born July 1872.
Irene Belle, born May 1878.
Harrison W., born April 15, 1884.
Helen Wetherell, born September, 1885.
George Wells, born July 26, 1852, married
Henrietta I. Ashton, of Middletown, Conn. Two
children, Eva and Grace.
Isabel Almyra, daughter of Horace Wetherell,
married January, 1883, H. Adison Pierce, of
Springfield, Mass. One child, Kenneth Adison,
born July, 1885.
Charles Fremont, born September 21, 1856, died
September 20, 1858.
Celia Lucina, born Feb 20, 1859.
Mary Anna, born August 6, 1860.
Hattie Elizabeth, born Oct. 30, 1862, died May
Lucina, wife of Horace Wetherell, died June 1,
1868, aged 40 years.
Horace Wetherell, married (2) Abba Ann White,
of Bolton Conn., Nov. 3, 1869. Children by his
second wife :
Hattie White, born August 20, 1870, died April
Lulu Esther, born March 23, 1873.
Horace Herbert, born August 22, 1874.
Martha Elizabeth, born May 15, 1876.
Clayton White, born June 3, 1882.
66 FITCH FAMILY
Wells, (son of Simeon Wetherell Jr.), married
April 30, 1864, Mary R. Thompson, of South Wind-
sor, Conn. Children :
Lillian Eva, born June 10, 1865.
Henry Wells, born June 29, 1868.
Mabel Grace, born Feb. 17, 1879.
Mary A., (daughter of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.),
married George Holcomb. One child, Clarence F.,
born 1851. She married (2) William Tufts, in
June, 1860. Children :
Jessie S., born Aug. 22, 1861, married Dec. 22,
1880, Charles Rose, of Manchester, Conn. They
have two children. Harold, born Oct. 20, 1881,
and Bessie born Dec. 18, 1884.
Addie G., born July 21, 1865.
Minnie R., born Aug. 24, 1868, died Aug. 24,
1869. Mary A. Tufts, died at Springfield, Mass.,
May 6, 1870.
Henry W., (son of Simeon Wetherell, / Jr.),
married Sept. 1854, Amey Foster, of Middfetown,
Conn. They had one child, Frank F., born
Henry W. Wetherell, died Jan. 7, 1866, at Jack-
sonville, Florida, and was buried at Bridgeport,
Martha, (youngest daughter of Simeon Wetherell,
Jr.), married K Gardner Wells, April 13, 1856.
One daughter, Amy, born April 15, 1861, died May
24, 1856. N. Gardner Wells, died March 30, 1873,
aged 56 years. His widow, now 1886, resides at
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the line
of his son Eli.
Eli Fitch, (son of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Sabra Cady, September 22, 1821, and settled on a
farm in East Windsor, Conn.
Sabra Cady. was born at East Windsor, Conn.,
January 12, 1803, and was a daughter of Elijah
Cady of that town, who married Sabra Loomis, a
descendant of Joseph Loomis, of Windsor, Conn.,
the first settler in this country. Mrs. Fitch was
also a descendant of Elisha Fitch, son of Capt.
Jeremiah Fitch, of Coventry, Conn. Xahum Cady
her grandfather, married Deborah, daughter of
Elisha Fitch : was drafted as a soldier in the war
of the revolution. Tie hired his brother-in-law
Elijah Fitch, to take his place ; who was taken pris-
oner by the British and starved to death in a Prison
Ship, near Long Island. In 1831, Mr. Fitch re-
moved to Ohio, settling on a farm at Olmsted,
Cuyahoga County. His farm, bordering on Rocky
River, is a very tine one in this respect, carrying-
out the tradition that the Fitches selected their
farms beside streams of water. He was a man of
more than ordinary ability, though not liberally
educated, yet he was well informed and possessed
a remarkable memory. In all the affairs of life he
was honest and upright; liberal in his views, and
much esteemed in the community where he lived.
He was, and also his wife inclined to a belief in
Universalism, though not members of the Church.
68 FITCH FAMILY
He died November 4, 1868, and was buried at
Olmsted, O. Children:
Sabra Maria, born at East Windsor, Conn., May
Miles Webster, born at East Windsor, Conn.,
February 27, 1826.
Charlotte Elvira, born at East Windsor, Conn.,
March 29, 1829.
Mary Eliza, born at East Windsor, Conn.,
July 15, 1831.
Emily Helen, born at Olmsted, 0., March 15, 1834,
died October 22, 1835, buried at Olmsted, 0.
Julia Ann, born at Olmsted, O., June 23, 1836.
Seymour Cady, born at Olmsted, 0., Oct. 18, 1839.
Herbert Olmsted, born at Olmsted, 0., April lj,
Sabra Maria, (eldest daughter of Eli jFitch) mar-
ried Smith W. Fitch, her first cousin. For an ac-
count of her family, see family of Chester Fitch.
Miles Webster, (son of Eli Fitch), was a natural
artist; after receiving instruction he established
himself at Fremont, O , as a photographer and
portrait painter. After remaining some years he
removed to Toledo, 0. He had the misfortune to
loose his wife, and all his children but one son in
childhood. Hoping to benefit this son, whose health
was very poor, being threatened with consumption
— as well as his own health, in the fall of 1^86,
Mr. Fitch removed to Oakland Cal. Mr. Fitch
married Kate Pitt at Fremont, , April 3, 1862.
Wilbur, born Dec, 1862, died in 1867.
Herbert Pitt, born July 16, 1865.
May Belle, born Aug. 18, 1868, died in 1869.
Thomas, born Jan. 1371, died Dec. 1871.
He married (2) Jennie Bassett, Nov. 1875. His
first wife died February 18, 1871.
Charlotte Elvira, (daughter ofEli Fitch), married
Algernon 0. Smith, who was a merchant and
manufacturer, at Fremont. ()., where he died Nov.
29, 1868. Children:
Frank Lewis, born June 23, 1855.
Annie C, born May 5, 1859, died September 27,
1879, and was buried at Canon City. Col., where
Mrs. Smith still lives.
Mary Eliza, (daughter of Eli Fitch), married
James Hickey, Aug. 24, 1850. He was the son of
Michael Hickey, of County Kildare, Ireland, where
he was born in 1824. He came to Brooklyn, N.
Y., with his mother and family in 1845. He is by
trade a builder, and had charge of a large portion
of the stone work on the Cleveland, Columbus, and
Cincinnati Rail Road. He is now 1886, a large
farmer and land owner, at Olmsted, O. Himself,
and also his wife, are prominent members of the
Catholic church. They have a large family of
children, as follows :
Michael John, born June 16, 1851, married Mary
Pollard, Feb. 20, 1878. Children :
Nano M., born Jan. 26, 1879.
James F., born Nov. 30, 1880, died Nov. 29, 1881.
Teressa Agnes, born Feb. 1, 1883.
Richard, born Jan. 27, 1884. They live at Pitts-
May Ann, born March 6, 1853, married John
Downey, at Pittsburgh, Mo., Oct. 30, 1877.
Thomas K, born Sept. 10, 1879.
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James H., born December 27, 1881.
M. Vincent, born July 20, 1884. Mr. Hickey had
other children as follows :
Katharine Sabra, born Oct. 30, 1854.
James Eli, born Sept 19, 1856.
Essie Julia, born Dec. 27, 1858.
Theresa Viola, born Sept. 9, 1860
Emily Helen, born Feb. 20, 1863, died May 8,
1865, buried at Olmsted, O.
Dennis Miles, born June 28, 1865, died Feb. 4,
1886, buried at Olmsted, O.
Francis Peter, born May 22. 1867.
Gertrude Emily, born May 30, 1870.
Vincent Patrick, born Oct 12, 1872.
John Joseph, born Feb. 18, 1875, died April 29,
1879, buried at Olmsted, O.
Julia Ann, (daughter of Eli( Fitch), married
William W. Mead, Dec 17, im%:~ Children :
Harry William, born Dec. 15, 1865.
Gertrude Evelyn, born March 23, 1868. Mr.
Mead is a prominent citizen of Olmsted Falls, O.,
and was for several years by successive re-elections,
treasurer of the Township of Olmsted, O.
Seymour Cady, (son of Eli Fitch), married Eliza
Broady, June 7, 1862 Children :
Sabra Eliza, born August 18, 1863, died August
Guy Leslie, born Jan. 19, 1865. Eliza, wife of
Seymour Fitch, died July 16, 1873, and was buried
at Elyria, O.
Herbert O., (son of Eli Fitch), married Jennie
Rickard, Sept. 26, 1866 One child, Stewart, born
April 7, 1870. Mr. Fitch lives at Fort Wayne,
Indiana. He was a member of Co. 1 , 150 Reg't.
Ohio Xat. Guards, in the hundred days service in
the late war, and served with the Regiment in the
Fortifications at Washington, D C.
Betsv, (daughter of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Horace Wright, July 13, 1826. He died at Phila-
delphia, March 27, 1829 They had one son, Horace,
who died at Troy, X. Y., December 11, 1827. She
married (2) about 1840, John Walker, of Fredonia,
K Y. Two children, Lewis, and, Elizabeth, who
married Aimer K. Perry, of Aurora, 111 , where she
died. Betsey Walker died at Olmsted, 0., October
28, 1868, and was buried at Olmsted, O.
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the line
of his son Sanford.
Sanford Fitch, (5th son of Thaddeus Fitch),
received a fair education, and learned the trade of
a clothier. In 1821, he married Clarisca While;
and 1823, removed to Chautaqua County, X. Y.
In the western part of the County he purchased a
tract of wild land, which he improved and on which
he lived, until the summer of 1831 ; at which time
he went to Ohio, and purchased land in the Town-
ship of Olmsted, Cuyahoga County After making
some improvement on his land, he returned to
Chautauqua, X. Y. In the fall of 1832, he removed
with his family to his new purchase, arriving at
Olmsted, December 26. Mr Fitch cleared up and
improved his farm, built substantial buildings ; but
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in 1847, feeling that his health would be better in-
some locality further from Lake Erie, he sold his-
farm and removed to Wadsworth, Medina County,
O. The change not proving beneficial, as he had.
anticipated after remaining some time; he sold out
and removed to a large improved farm in Lagrange,.
Lorain County, O. Beng a great sufferer from
asthma, and his health not permitting the active du-
ties of a farmer, he again sold his farm and bought
property in the Village of Wellington, 0. Mr.
Fitch was for many years and up to the time of his
death, an honored member of the Baptist Church,
loved and respected by all who knew him. In
political matters he was a whig, (as were most of
his brothers), but on the formation of the Repub-
lican party he transferred his allegiance to it, and
adhered to it ever after. In all the localities where
he had a residence the people^elected him to posi-
tions of public trust ; the duties of which he per-
formed with credit to himself, and satisfaction to
the people. Fie died at his home in Wellington,
August 18, 1869, and was buried in the "Butternut
Ridge" Cemetery, at Olmsted, 0. Clarissa Fitch,
(his wife), died at the residence of her daughter y .
Electa (.Mrs. Leach), in Medina, 0., January 1st,
1886, and was buried by the side of her husband at
Children of Sanford and Clarissa Fitch :
.lames W., born at East Windsor, Conn , March
George Kenyon, born in Chautauqua Co., 1ST. Y. r
March 2, 1826.
Clarissa J , born in Chautauqua Co , X Y, Aug;
William S , born in Chautauqua, X. Y , June 25,
Cordelia Frances, born in Olmsted, , July 11,
Henrv S , born at Olmsted, , April 9, 1836.
Albert M., born at Olmsted, 0., January 31, 1839.
Benjamin F., born at Olmsted, 0., Sept. 3, 1842.
Electa, born at Olmsted, O., Dee. 4, 1845.
Wells, born at Wadsworth, O., Feb. 16, 1849,
died February 17, 1861, buried at Olmsted, O.
Two died in infancy.
James W. Fitch, (eldest son of Sanford Fitch),
married at Olmsted, ()., October 2, 1842, Lucretia
P., daughter of Vespasian Stearns. He settled on
a farm at Olmsted, 0., on which he has lived for a
period of forty three years. Mr. and Mrs. Fiteh
have twelve children six sons and six daughters —
now 1«86 — all Living as follows:
Alice O., born July 30, 1845, married James
Gage, February 12, 1868. One child, Myrton E.,
born November 0, 1868. James Gage died Sept.
21», 1883, and was buried at Olmsted. 0.
Ellen L., born August 31, 1849, married Robert
Henry, December 13, 1871. One child, Damie
Ellen, born Aug. 2, 1874. Robert Henry died at
Dennisou, Texas, February 12, 1880, and was
buried at Olmsted, ( ).
Ellen L., married (2) R, T. Elliott, of Olmsted, ().,
February 21, 1884.
Priscilla S , born January 6, 1850, married Alfred
Glendenning, of Dover, ()., November 25, 1868.
Lucretia (>., born December 3, 1869.
Charley, born December 14, 1875.
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George S., born January 20, 1852, married Emma
McKendre, in Crawford County, Wis., July 4, 1873.
Lavern, born June 25, 1875, died Oct. 15, 1881.
V^ada, born January 6, 1878.
Clinton, born January 8, 1882.
Alma, born August 6, 1884.
Harriet E., born March 24, 1854, married George
Barnum, November 19, 1873. One child.
Harry A , born September 25, 1881.
Clara J . born November 1, 1856, married Frank
Snow, of Parma, , November 8, 1882. Children :
Orlo and Rolla, twins, born January 6, 1884.
Frank Jay, born March 4, 1859, married Anna
B. Stark, May 22, lb79. Children :
Lillian, born February 17, 1880. )
Edna, born June 23, 1884, died Sept. 15, 1884.
Vespasian S., born August 4, 1862, married Alice
M. Alford, March 10, 1882. Children:
Howard 0., born December 23, 1883, died July
30, 1884, buried at Olmsted, O.,
Avice Ruth, born December 2, 1884.
Herman J., born April i9, 1866, married Hattie
~E. Perkins, June 22, 1884. One child, Hazel Pearl,
born August 24, 18^5.
Byron E., born July 8, 1868.
Grace E., born November 10, 1871, and
Arthur L., born Oct. 25, 1873.
George Kenyon Fitch, (2d son of Sanford Fitch),
learned the trade of a printer, in the offices of the
Elyria Atlas and the Cleveland Herald. In 1847,
lie went to New Orleans, and soon afterwards ac-
quired an interest in a job printing establishment.
In 1849, he shipped a small amount of printing
material by sailing vessel from Xew Orleans for
California : went thither by the Isthmus route, and
early in 1850, established at Sacramento the Daily
Transcript newspaper, which he and partners after-
wards removed to San Francisco ; where some years-
later it was merged in the Alta California ; Mr.
Fitch having previously become interested in the
latter journal, from which he retired in 1856
In 1859, he purchased an interest in the San
Francisco Evening Bulletin, and has since been
prominently identified with that journal. He has
also -been part owner ot the Morning Call since 1857-
In 1857, he married Tiara Virginia Duvall. daugh-
ter of Wm. T. Duvall, of Washington, I). C, where
she was horn March 21, 1837. She is a descendant
of Marcen Duvall, a French Huguenot who, about
the middle of the 17th century left France on ac-
count of religious persecution, and settled in Mary-
land. Of three children, daughters, two lived to
Clara, born February 19, 1858, was killed at
Monterey, in 1882, by being accidentally thrown
from a carriage.
Virginia, born September 12, 1859, is now, 188H,.
the only living descendant.
Clarissa J. Fitch, (eldest daughter of San ford.
Fitch), was married at nineteen years of age to Rev.
Henry Moore, then Pastor of the Congregational
Church, at Strongville, 0. Mr. Moore was born at
Floyd, X. Y., August 13, 1813 ; was educated at
the Oneida Institute, AVhiteborongh, X. Y. IHirtng-
the early years ot his ministry, he was a strong-
anti-slavery advocate, and labored zealously for the
abolition of slavery. His first field of labor as a
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minister was at Mantua, O., and afterwards in suc-
cession at Wayne, 0. ; Evans, N. Y. ; Johnston ville,
and Amherst, 0. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are now
living with their son-in-law, Dr. Von Ruck, at
Norwalk, 0. Children :
Clarissa Harriet, born in Strongville, ()., Jan. 29,
1849, died in Amherst, O , June 21, 1850.
Delia Harriel, born Nov. 3, 1851, in Amherst, 0.,
married December 25, 1872, Dr. Karl Von Ruck,
of Stuttgardt, Germany. They have two children :
Silvio Henry, born Aug. 24, 1875.
Cella Grace, born March 6, 1877.
Mary Alice, born April 2, 1855, in Camden, ( >.,
married August 21, 1877, George A Bishoprick,
of St. Catherine's, Canada, who died July 19, 1885.
They had four children :
Karl, born July 7, 1878.
George Emil, born May 24, 1881.
Wellesford Henry, born February 12, 1883.
Grace Alice, born October 10, 1885.
Carrie Belle, born in Camden, 0„ October 11,
1857, died September 5, 1858.
Abbie, born Aug. 30, 1859, at Johnsville. 0.
Grace, born in Camden, O., March 17, 1862.
Henry Wells, born June 29, 1864, in Camden, 0.
Is a graduate of the Western Reserve Medical Col-
lege, in Cleveland.
Wm. S., (son of Sanford Fitch), received a fair
education in the common schools and at "Rocky
River Seminary." In early life he went to Cali-
fornia, where he has since resided. He married at
San Francisco, Cal., September 28, 1862, Annie
Theller, daughter of the late Dr. E. A. Theller,
formerly of Buffalo, N. Y. She died and also, an
infant son, in September, 1863 Mi". Fitch married
(2) at San Francisco, January 29, 1867, Frances
Lytle Wood, who was born March 26, 1849, in the
old Fort called '-Alamo," in the town of San An-
tonia, Texas. Children by his second wife, all born
at San Francisco.
Beatrix, born December 24, 1867.
May, born May 1, 1869, died June 26, 1869.
Sherman, born January 18, 1872.
Cordelia Frances, (daughter of Sanford Fitch),
married at Medina, 0., August 17, 1851, Chester J.
•Colborn, a merchant. Children :
Amanda Jane, born at Medina, O., September 17,
1852, married at IJays City, Kansas, March 29, 1872,
Alonzo B. Webster. One child, Alan, born Oct. 4,
1875, at Dodge City, Kan.
Edward Fenton Colborn, born at Medina, 0.,
August 12, 1854, married at Ann Arbor, Michigan,
December 29, 1830, Lizzie Louisie Dygert. One
<Jiild, Chester Treat Ramsdell Colborn, born at
Gunnison, Colorado, Dec. 7. 1886.
Chester J. Colborn, died at Medina, O., Septem-
ber 3, 1857.
Cordelia F. Colborn, married (2) Markus Joseph
Riley Treat, at Medina, 0., June 26, 1861. They
live at Hays City, Kansas.
Henry S, (son of Sanford Fitch), married Eliza-
beth Bradford, at Brunswick, O., April, 1859.
Harry B., born 1860.
William S., born 1863
Infant daughter, born February 6, 1866, died
in August, 1866.
Infant son, born June, 1867, died Sept. 1867.
78 FITCH FAMILY
Elizabeth, wife of Henry Fitch, died at Mansfield,.
0., in August, 1867.
Albert M., (son of Sanford Fitch), married Alice
Harrison, of LaGrange, 0., July 5, 1877, who died
December 30, 1877. He married (2) October 13,
1869, Emma J. Hill, of Camden, 0. In 1868, Mr.
Fitch engaged in the clothing business in Welling-
ton, O., where he built up a prosperous business ;
and where he remained until 1«85, when he re-
moved to Elyria, O., where he continues the same
business. Children :
Xelson S., born September 22, 1870.
Albert H., born April 11, 1874
Pearle E , born June 16, 18s2.
Benjamin F., (son of Sanford Fitch), settled in
Louisville, Ky., and engaged in the Dry Goods
trade. He was very successful in acquiring proper-
ty, but died young. He married March 9, 1868,
Florence E. Willson, of Louisville, Ivy. Children :
Nellie H., born June 22, 1870
Clara, born June 12, 1872.
Benjamin F., born March 2, 1877. Benjamin F.
Fitch, died July 29, 1879, and was buried at Louis-
Electa, (youngest daughter of Sanford Fitch),
married at Wellington, O., July 17, 1866, Ossian
X. Leach, who was born at Sullivan, O., October
21, 1841. Mr. Leach engaged in the clothing
business at Wellington, O. ; but in 1872, removed
to Medina, O., where he has built up a prosperous
Frank H., born May 2, 1867.
Bertha H., born April 2, 1870, died Nov. 2.,
Florence Alice, born January 17, 1872.
Amy Gertrude, born Nov. 13, 1870, diedJanuary
Descendants of THADDEUS FITCH, in the line
of his son Horace.
Horace Fitch, (son of Thaddeus Fitch), married
February, 1829, Harriet Loomis, daughter of
Gideon Loomis, of East Windsor, Conn., and sister
of Jerusha Loomis wife of his brother Daniel, and
also of Anna and Clarissa, wives of his brother
Chauncey. She was born September 6, 1806. In
1831, he removed to Olmsted, 0., settling on a farm
in the southerly part of the township ; where he
remained for the rest of his life. He was a man
social in his disposition, a genuine wit, and an
excellent horseman. His wife died October 10,
1865, aud was buried at Olmsted, 0. He died Dec.
28, 1S72, also buried at Olmsted, O. Children :
Lewis, born at East Windsor, Conn., July 18,
Edward, born at Olmsted, O., October 16, 1833.
Amelia Ann, born at Olmsted, O., March 16, 1834.
Abbey Ann, born June 17, 1836.
Emily, born February 22, 1840.
Harrison H., born February 24, 1841.
Loren Loomis, born April 20, 1845.
Horace, born February 29, 1848.
80 PITCH FAMILY
Lewis Fitch, (son of Horace Fitch), married
Lucy Howard, February 7, 1852. He removed to-
Iowa, but not liking the country, returned to Ohio-
eventually, settling at Grand Rapids, where he
still resides. Children:
Fayette W., born August 14, 1854.
Newton Charles, born July 4, 1856.
Harriet E , born August 1, 1858.
Jane D., born May 25, 1867.
Flora, born August 25, 1871.
Frederick J., born Jan. 16, 1878.
Edward (son of Horace Fitch), married Feb. 22,
1854, Sarah Touslee, at Olmsted, ()., and moved to
Iowa, where his wife died July 15, 1854. He mar-
ried (2) June 15, 1860, Jane Gaylor, of Clayton
County, Iowa. They had two children :
Hala, born January 2, 1862, who married John
Wilcox, July 1, 1883, at Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Charley, born May 1, 1870.
Jane died November 22, lt>76. Mr. Fitch mar-
ried (3) Helen Hall, February 8, 1881, and removed
•to Hubbard County, Minn , where he now resides.
Amelia Ann, (daughter of Horace Fitch), mar-
ried William Busby ■, February 7, 1852. They had
three children :
Mary Elizabeth, born December 27, 1852, mar-
ried Joel Rice, July 6, 1878. One child.
Harry Busby, born June 2, 1882
Walter Edward Busby, born September 1, 1855,
married Dora Cornilia Lilly, November 22, 1880.
They have one child, Ruby Mav, born August ll y
Hiram Charles, born January 1, I860, died March.
6, 1864, buried at Olmsted, 0.
Amelia Ann Busby, died October 4, 1863, and
was buried at Olmsted, O
Abby Ann (daughter of Horace Fitch), married
at Olmsted, , February 22, 1855, Horace Touslee.
They removed to Monticello, Iowa, where she died
January 31, 1873. Horace Touslee was born at
Smithv'ille #. Y , June 24, 1833. Children :
Edward Perry, born at Olmsted, O., November
14, 1855 ; married at Rock Grove, Iowa. Mary
Elizabeth Foote, November, 1875.
Emily Rosell, born at Elkhart, Iowa, April 2,
185 s *', married George Sebaugh, of Green, Butler
Co., Iowa, Dec 1, 1«76.
Harriet Ann, born at Colesburg, la , married
July 4, 1881, at Cardot Falls Wis., Benjamin Frank-
Merit, born at Colesburgh, Iowa, Jan 16, 1862,
died July 21, 1863, buried at Colesburg, Iowa.
Charles Horace, born at Dyersville, Iowa, May
Emily, (daughter of Horace Fitch), married
George Richardson, December 24, 1867. One child,
Ella, born Sept. 22, 186^. She married (2) Alvah
R. Barnard, July 11, 1880. They live at Olmsted, O.
Harrison EI., (son of Horace Fitch), married
Martha A., daughter of Robert N. Fuller, one of
the early settlers of Columbia, Lorain County, O.,
where she was born October 13, 1846. Mr. Fitch
is a prosperous farmer at Columbia, 0. He enlist-
ed March 5, 1864, in Company G, 125th Ohio Vol.
Infantry, and served with the Regiment in Ten-
nessee and Georgia ; was mustered out June 18, 1865.
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Loren Loomis, (son of Elorace Fitch), enlisted at
the age of 17, in Co. C, 124th Regt. O. V. L, in
September. 1862 In the fall of 1863, was trans-
ferred to Co. I)., 8th Regt. Vet. Res. Corps, and
sent to Camp Douglas, Chicago. In the spring of
1864, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, and
assigned to duty as Post Adjutant, at Camp Fry,
Chicago, 111. In April, he was made Adjutant, of
the 156th Regt. 111. Vol. Infantry, and served
through Tennessee and Georgia to the close of the
war. "lie married April 10, 1869, Jennie S., young-
est daughter of H. K. and Philinda Miner, of Olm-
sted Falls, 0. They have one child :
Florence L., born at Olmsted Falls, O., January
29, 1874. Mr. Fitch lives at Jackson, Mich., and
is employed as conductor on the Fort Wayne and
Jackson, and Lake Shore and Mich. Southern R'y.
Horace, (youngest son of Horace Fitch), married
Martha Perkins, at Olmsted, 0., November 8, 1870.
They had six children :
Jessie H., born August 7, 1872.
Willie R,, born February 2, 1874.
Harlo B., born May 1, 1876, died August 12, 1877.
Rollie R., born October 16, 1877.
Jennie, born May 8, 1879.
May M., born September 5, 1881.
Martha (Perkins) Fitch, was born May 28, 1846,
and died from an overdose of chloroform, January
3, 1884. He married (2) March 31, 1883, Mary A.
Harding, who was born August 19, 1851. One child :
Dallas A., born June 15, 1884. In the spring of
1885, Mr. Fitch removed to Frontier Co., Nebraska,
where he now resides.
Descendants of THADBEUS FITCH, in the Line
of his Son, Eli sua.
Elisha Fitch, (son of Thaddeus Fitch), married
Mary Ann Olcott, August 15, 1831. She was the
daughter of Earned Olcott, of Manchester, Conn.,
and a descendant of Thomas Olcott, a merchant of
Hartford. Conn., one of the first settlers of the
town. Mr. Fitch removed to Olmsted, O., soon
after his marriage ; settling on a tract of wild land
in the northerly part of the town. Here he re-
mained engaged in clearing up and improving his
farm until 1856 : when he bought some land in the
village of Olmsted Falls, on which he built a fine
residence, and where he remained for the rest of
his life. He-was punctual, exact and honest in
business matters, and in his life and conduct
practically exemplified the principles of < hristian-
itv He d'ied Jan 11. 1884, and was buried at Olm-
sted, Mr. and Airs Fitch had no children ; but
have an adopted daughter, Helen, wdio married
James Atkinson, of Ridgeville, 0., in 1864. Chil-
Arthur E., Albert Everett and Clarence
Roxana, (daughter of Jeremiah Fitch,) married
Elnathan Grant" Their Children :
Lodica, who married of New York, and had
Roxana, who married Brown.
Diantha, who died at Rockville, Conn.; in
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Daniel Fitch Grant, who died in 1854.
Roxana Grant, died Dec. 10, 1842. Her husband,
Elnathan Grant, died August 31, 1849 They were
buried at Vernon, Conn.
Thankful, (daughter of Jeremiah Fitch), married
Jonathan Skinner, Nov. 9, 1786. We have no
further account of them.
Converse Fitch, (son of Jeremiah Fitch), inherit-
ed from his father one-half of his landed estate,
subject to his mother's right to "one-half the im-
provement" of it. The will says : "Converse all in
East Windsor and so much of the farm lying in
Bolton, on the jfottth side, as to make him equal."
He married Anna Grant, at North Bolton, October
11, 1792. We have no certain information that he
ever lived on the farm inherited from his father.
The greater portion of his life was spent on a farm
in Tolland, Conn., where he died and was buried,
but the date of his death has not b^en ascertained.
His wife died January 7, 1855, and was buried by
the side of her husband at Tolland Their Children :
Augustus, born November 8, 1793, settled at
Rootstown, N. Y.
Russell, born September 30, 1795, died Novem-
ber 11, 1820.
Warren, born May 6, 1797, married (1) Mary
Safford, who died Sept. 5, 1834. He married (2)
Rachael Usher, who died July 5, 1844. They had
one son Rufus, who married Usher, and had
two children. Rufus died Jan. 2, 1864. His wife
ciied Ma/ ^0, 1868 William, (son of Warren), now
living at Rockville, Conn., married Nancy Robin-
son. One child, Mary. Henryetta, (daughter of
Warren) married Loomis, of Andover, Conn.
Oliver, (son of Warren), lived at Cohoes, N. Y.
Two children. Mary, (daughter of Warren), mar-
ried Whiting G. Wells, of Gilead, Conn. She died
May 18, 1886.
Fanny, (daughter of Converse Fitch), born May
17, 1799, married Joseph T. Truman. Died at her
sons, in State of New York.
Abial, (son of Converse Fitch), born April 8,
1801. Married Asenath Andrews, of Coventry,
Conn. Their Children :
Milton L., born August 3, 1832.
Frances, born Sept, 26, 1834, married Charles T.
Bryant, and have Melissa A., born April 8, 1837,
who married John B. Ingraham.
Anna G., born January 29, 1839.
Hattie L., born Sept 10, 1^42.
Cornelia A , born June 14, 1847.
Holsey, (son of Converse Fitch), born February
8, 1803, died May 22, 1830
William, (son of Converse Fitch), born Feb. 15,
1805, died June 25, 1825.
Orson, (son of Converse Fitch), born June 23,
1809, died July 8, 1835.
Nathan S , (son of Converse Fitch), born May 5,
1811. Married Electa Strickland, of Bolton, Conn.
Had Emily and Irving, the latter now living at
Hartford, Conn Each of them have two children.
Lorena, (daughter of Converse Fitch), born June
1, 1813, married Wm Nelson Northrop Lives at
Ellicottville, N Y. They had one son, Edward D.
Northrop, who resides at Greenville, Ga., and has
8$ FITCH FAMILY
.Miriam, (daughter of Jeremiah Fitch), married
Joel Thrall, of North Bolton, Conn., January 9,
1799. Children :
Joel, born 1799, married Irma Avery, of Bolton,
Conn. One child, Emily. He died in 1869.
Willis, born January 14, 1801, married Christia-
na Bissell, of North Bolton, Conn. Children :
Edward B, married, lives at Hartford, Conn.,
and Irma S.
Willis Thrall, died June 20, 1884, buried in
Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Conn
Sally, (daughter of Joel and Miriam Fitch Thrall),
born at Bolton, Conn., in 1803, died May 6, 1854.
Buried at Willimantic, Conn. She married (1)
Putnam. One child, George. (2) Loveland,
one child, Caroline.
Phila, (daughter of Joel Thrall), born at Bolton,
Conn., died November 5, 1822. Buried at Willi-
Joel Thrall died July 27, 1834. His wife died
September 25, 1846.
"Abner, 5 (son of Capt. Aimer,-) resided half a
mile south of the old Capt. Jeremiah Fitch place,
now (1886) in possession of Deacon Appollos Fitch's
family.* He sold his farm to his brother Jeptha,
a part of his family had gone west to Bridgewater,
Oneida Co., X. Y., and he was preparing to follow
when his hip was broken by the oversetting oi his
wagon, while on the road between his late home
and the old Fitch place. He was carried to the
latter place, but only lived a fortnight after the ac-
cident, dying on the 23d of March, 1797, aged 47,
* By regular descent.
and was buried in the South Coventry burying
ground His wife, Elizabeth Root, whom he mar-
ried in 1771, was a woman of great energy ; and
after her husband's death went to Bridgewater, X.
Y., with the remainder of her family. She after-
wards married Capt. John Mills, who died soon
after their marriage, and she removed to Delhi, N.
Y., and from thence to Franklyn, Delaware Co.,
K Y., where she resided until Oct. 10, 1817, when
she died of apoplexy, in the 64th year of her age.
Ebenezer Root, 8 born Sept 26, 1772.
Thomas,' 1 born July 28, 1774.
Elizabeth, 10 born April 25, 1776.
Diantha, u born February 18, 1778.
Vine, born March 23, 1780, was a school and
music teacher, and died suddenly at Canandaigua,
X. Y., 1803, unmarried
Cornelius Root, 1 ' 2 born July 22, 1783.
Latham, 13 born June 20, 1785.
William, 14 born May 16, 1787.
Mary, 15 (or Polly), born February 20, 1789.
Ursula, 16 born January 8, 1792."
"Jeptha," (son of Abneiy) married (1) January
23, 1777, Ursula, (daughter of Capt Ebenezer) Root,
and a sister of Elizabeth Root, his brother Abner's
wife. She died August 19, 1»21, aged 66. (2) at
72 years of age, widow Sally Hartshorn. He died
in 1829. Children :
Deadamia, born November 23, 1777. died Sept.
17, 1846, in Willimantic, unmarried.
Ephriam, born December 9, 1778, died at Coven-
try, Sept. 6, 1806, unmarried.
Apollos, 17 born March 10, 1780.
88 FITCH FAMILY
Phebe, born December 31, 1781, married Capt.
Joseph Root Simms."
Jasper, 7 (son of Elisha, 3 ) married Eunice (daugh-
ter of Zenas) Howes, of Windham, Conn. Chil-
Fanny, 1808, unmarried.
Henry H., born 1810, married Mary Barber. No
Mary J., born 1812, married (1) Luther Friek.
(2) John Capen. No issue.
William A., born 1814, married Lois Perkins.
Lucy P., born 1816, married Timothy Perkins.
Died in Massachusetts. Two children :
Alfred H., born 1819, married Martha Parker,
April 27, 1842
Caroline, born 1824, married Samuel T. Loomis,
of Coventry, Conn. Three children.
"Ebenezer Root, 8 (son of Abner, 5 ) married Sarah
Dow, Jan. 17, 1796, and soon after removed to a
farm in Westmoreland, Oneida Co., X. Y., where
he continued till his death, August 19, 1820. His
wife died in Westmoreland, March 7, 1842, aged
66 years. Children :
Phebe, born Angust, 1738, became the second
wife of Bradford Seymour, of l T tica, N. Y., and
died 1«4 — .
Abner, born Dec. 1, 1800, a farmer, and lived on
old homestead, in Westmoreland. Died unmar-
Statira, 18 born May, 1803.
Ebenezer R, 19 born April 25, 1805.
Arsinor, 20 born February, 1807.
Marianne, 21 born March 7, 1813.
Diantha, born Apr. 14, 1818, unmarried in 1867."
"Thomas,' 1 (son of Abner, 5 ) studied medicine and
married Olive Fletcher He settled in the practice
of his profession in Delhi, X. Y. He was after-
ward a merchant at Philadelphia, Pa., and cashier
of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of that city.
He afterwards took a deep interest in the construc-
tion of the Louisville and Portland Canal, on the
Ohio River, and through his exertion, most of the
stock was taken up in Philadelphia and the work
completed. He died in 1850. His wife died in
1853. ( 'hildren :
Fletcher, born 1804, in Delhi, X. Y., died in
Diantha. born March 3, 1813, in Philadelphia,
unmarried in 1867.
Mary, born January 6, 1820, married, October 4,
1837, J. C. Thatcher, from Xew London, Conn., a
dry goods merchant in Xew York City. She
died in 1856 Their children were :
Thomas Fitch, born Dec. 2, 1838, who married
Mary, (daughter of Dr. Wm. H.) Rockwell, of
Brattleboro, Yt., and now lives at Flatbush, L. I.
Mary ()., born September, 1841.
John Christopher, born February 29, 1844. "
"Elizabeth, 10 (daughter of Abner, 5 ) married at
Bridgewater, X. V., about 1803, Jesse Ives, a native
of Torrington, Conn. Children :
Fanny, born in 1805, at Y nitestown, X. Y. un-
married in 1867.
Charlotte, born in 1810, at Bridgewater, X. Y ,
unmarried. Both these sisters live on and manage
their large farm with much success.
90 FITCH FAMILY
"Diantha, 11 (daughter of Abner, 5 ) married Rufus
Bunnell, a graduate of Yale College. He was an
active business man and accumulated a large for-
tune. He died July 13, 1856. His wife died June,
George, born 1805, died in 1806.
William Rufus, born March 6, 1806, married (1)
Sarah Haight. (2) Cornelia Sterling
James Fitch, born March 27, 1807, unmarried in
1867, a graduate of Yale College.
Thomas Fitch, born November, 1808, married
Mathilda (McCoy), widow of W. H. Beck, in 1834."
"Cornelius Root, 12 M. D., (son of Abner, 5 ) was
eminent and successful in his profession, at Delhi,
K Y. He married March 12, 1816, Paulina,
(daughter of Marsh) Farrington, (who was a son of
Col. Thos. Farrington, of the Revolutionary Army
and Elizabeth Cotton), and died July 12, 1846, at
Delhi, X. Y Children :
Fitz James, born Dec. 7, 1817, unmarried, re-
sides at Catskill, X. Y.
Thomas, (M. D), born April 13, 1820, resides at
Prattsville, X. Y.
Jessee Ives, born Nov. 30, 1824, lawyer, resides
Ellen, born May 28, 1828, resides at Claryville,
Cornelius R., born August 20, 1829, resides at
Frederick, born May 19, 1834, resides at Lexing-
Emma, born February 3, 1839, resides at Clary-
ville, X. Y."
"Latham Fitch, (son of Abner, 5 ) married Alice,
daughter of John Holdridge, a lieutenant ot the
Revolutionary War. Children :
Julia, born October 18, 1815.
Ralph, born December 25, 1817.
William Root, born March 25, 1820.
Emily A., born August 17, 1825.
Latham Fitch, died at Castile, K. Y., January
23 1853 "
"br William, 14 (son of Abner, 5 ) married Hannah
"Follett, born < )ctoher, 1790. Children :
.lames,- 2 born December 17, 1812. p
Qrsula, born , died Sept., 1836, in Bridge-
Elizabeth, born September 18, 1810, died October
1, 1835, at Franklin, X. Y. ' . '
Diantha, born May 26, 1818, died June 4, 183b v
Mary, born April 30, 1820, at Franklin, KY.,
married L. M. Bissell of that place in 1866. Ghil-
(I l'f '71 '
Diantha, William F. and James ; William, 23 born
January 26, 1822. ^ . _ _ lfl .
Dr. William died at Dryden, ST. Y., July 16th,
Mary, 15 or Polly, as she was familiarly called,
(daughter of Abner, 5 ) became the second wife ot
Col. John Mitchell, in Wayne, N. Y., where she
died in 1845." . _ ., ..
"Ursula, 16 (daughter of Abner, 5 ) married Martin
Miner, about 18 L 6, a merchant in Unadella, N. Y.
She died in 1830, in Syracuse, N. Y. Children :
Fitch, born about 1817.
Isaac, born about 1819, supposed to have been m
the Texan Kavy, when that Republic was lighting
for her liberty.
92 FITCH FAMILY
George, born about 1823, was 'Col,' and living in
Atlanta, Ga., at the close of the war of the Rebel-
Thomas, born about 1825.
Ellen, born about 1828."
Apollos, 17 (son of Jeptha, 6 ) .lived in Coventry,
Conn. Married August 18, 1801, Sybil Edgerton,
born 1781, inherited the old Capt, Jeremiah Fitch
farm, spent his days upon it and left it to his
widow and children, who, in 1867, were living upon
it. He died August 19, 1842. Children :
George Edgerton, born August 18," 1802, died
April 17, 1882.
Lucy Eliza, born May 6, 1804, died 1885.
Ursula Root, born Nov. 2, 1805, died January 26,
Ephriam Alson, born October 1, 1807, died Sept.
Newton, born November 14, 1809, married Jane
Carolina Bidwell, of Coventry, Oct. 10, 1832 He
died October 28, 1843. His widow and daughter,
Diantha L , are now, 1886, living at Willimantic,
Lucretia, born Oct. 9, 1811, died July 28, 1846.
Jephtha, born June 29, 1813, died Sept 3, 1818.
Phebe, born May 29, 1815, married Isaac C.
Perkins, of Hartford, Conn , died March 14, 1848.
Sybel, born Nov. 16, 1817, died Aug. 26, 1839.
Sarah Ann, born August 1, 1820, married
Araunah Judd, of Coventry, Conn., December 19,
1854. They now reside in Hartford, Conn. Mrs.
Judd, is now, 1886, the owner by (inheritance), of
the old Capt. Jeremiah Fitch farm, in Coventry,
Conn ; which has remained continuously in the
Fitch family, since Capt. Jeremiah Fitch first
settled upon it about 1706.
Maria, born October 1, 1823, married Henry
Albro, of Coventry, Conn., September 25, 1861.
-She died February 3, 1882
"Statira, 38 (daughter ofEbenezer R 8 ), married in
1832, Samuel W. Johnson. Children :
Samuel; Sarah; Amos F. ; Thomas S."
"Ebenezer, 19 (son of Ebenezer R , 8 ) married Jan.
1, 1851, Jane Lewis; lives on the old homestead
farm, at Westmoreland, N". Y, Children :
Sarah, born October 9, 1853.
Abner Lewis, born August 20, 1856.
Ebenezer R, born November 22, 1859"
"Asinore, 20 (daughter of Ebenezer R. 8 ), married
May 24, 1832, Albert P. Seymour, of Westmoreland,
ST. Y. Chi drew.
Alfred R,, born January 14, 1837.
Bradford, born October 28, 1841.
Mary, born July 19, 1845.
Albert P., Jr., born Nov. 9, 1846.
"Marianne, 21 (daughter ofEbenezer R 8 ), received
what was at that period, deemed a solid and
thorough female education, which embraced a prac-
tical and useful discipline, and rendered her an ac-
curate English scholar. The correctness of her
deportment in childhood, and the general style of
her mind in youth, gave ample promise of the
future woman. Her remarkable even temper, in-
dustrious and active habits, fondness for useful
knowledge, and compactness of mind, suggested a
future character of very much more than common
power. The religious tendencies of her mind and
heart dated from her early youth. Conscientious
<»4 FITCH FAMILY
in the discharge of religious duties, fond of reading
the Bible and other religious books, a regular at-
tendant upon the public worship of God, she was
indeed deemed a Christian by those who knew her
best, long before she ventured to cherish the hope
for herself. When in later life, she finally conclu-
ded to assume the responsibilities of membership
with the visible church of Christ ; the step was not
taken without the most rigid self-examination.
Her early thoughts on the subject of religion, like
her more mature ones, were solid and practical,
she was never a doubter, and never a caviller with
the word of God. Her difficulties were not with
the Truth as revealed in the Bible, but wholly with
herself. Passing up into womanhood with these
general features of mind and character ; she was
married in 1837, at the age of 24 years, to Mr.
James S. T. Stranahan, who at that time, was
a merchant and manufacturer, in the Town
of Florence, Oneida County, New York,
where they resided for three years after.
In 1840, the family removed to the City of Newark,
"S. J., where the two children surviving her were
born, and, in February, 1845. she removed to the
City of Brooklyn, H". Y., where she continued to
reside until the time of her death, a period of a
little more than twenty-one years. Soon after
coming to Brooklyn, she became a member of the
congregation of the South Presbyterian Church of
Brooklyn, and in 1855, she and her husband, con-
nected themselves with that Church by a public
profession of their faith In 1851, she made, with
her husband, an extensive tour through Europe.
In the City of Brooklyn they occupied a high social
position Mr Stranahan having been elected a Re-
presentative to the thirty-fourth Congress, and
subsequently occupying other positions of respon-
sibility in the City and State. Mrs. Stranahan was
active in every good work in the City of her adop-
tion and those who knew her felt that they could
confide in her judgment her discernment, her tact,
and her unflinching integrity and principle. For
eight years she was the first Directress of the "Gra-
ham Institute for the Relief of Aged and Indigent
Females,*' a position requiring the exercise of rare
abilities, and the most skillful management to har-
monize the discords, and quiet the misunderstand-
ings, inevitable in such an institution. Her discre-
tion, equanimity and tact, were equal to the duties
of the place and under her administration peace
and quiet reigned. It was probably from the
knowledge of her executive abilities, that she was
unanimously chosen to preside over the Woman's
Relief Association, organized in Brooklyn, on the
23rd of Xovember. 1862. as auxiliary to the United
States Sanitary Commission. This position was
also one which required great tact and skill in the
presiding officer. About eighty churches of differ-
ent denominations in Brooklyn, co-operated in the
work of the Association and it had, also, numer-
ous auxiliaries scattered over the Island Their
diverse elements were held together, in perfect
harmony by Mrs. Stranahan's skillful manage-
ment, till the occasion ceased for their labors. The
Association was from first to last a perfect success,
surpassing in its results most of the branches of
the Commission and surpassed in the harmony and
efficiency of its action by none. Mrs Stranahan
96 FITCH FAMILY
in her final report says : 'The aggregate of our ef-
forts, including the results of our Grand Fair, re-
presents a money value of not less than half a mil-
lion of dollars — $300,000 of this sum were paid
into the treasury of the United States Sanitary
Commission in cash; and hospital supplies were
furnished to the amount of over $200 000 more,
embracing the various things needed for the com-
fort of the sick and wounded soldier." The Great
Fair of Brooklyn owes its origin to the Woman's
Relief Association. It was at first proposed that
Brooklyn should unite with New York in the
Metropolitan Fair, but on further deliberation it
was thought that a much larger result would be
attained by an independent effort on the part of
Brooklyn and Long Island and the event fully jus-
tified the opinion It is much to say, but the proofs
of the statement are ample, that no one of the Sani-
tary Fairs, held from 1863 to 1865. equalled that of
Brooklyn in its freedom from all friction and dis-
turbing influences in the earnestness of its patriotic
feeling and the complete and perfect harmony
which reigned from its commencement to its close.
This gratifying condition of affairs was universally
attributed to the extraordinary tact and the execu-
tive talent of Mrs. Stranahan. As was well said
by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Spear, "she was the
right woman in the right place. She gave her
time to the work with a zeal and perseverance that
never faltered and with a hopefulness for her
country, which yielded to no discouragement or
despondency. As a presiding officer she discharged
her duties with self-possession, courtesy, skill and
method, that commanded universal admiration.
s GENEALOGY. 97
She had a quick and judicious insight into the var-
ious ways and means by which the meetings of the
Association could be rendered interesting and at-
tractive The business part of the work was con-
stantly under her eye Xo woman ever labored in
a sphere more honorable, and but few women
could have tilled her place Her general temper of
mind, her large and Catholic views as a Christian,
and then her excellent discretion, eminently fitted
her to combine all the Churches in one harmonious
and patriotic effort" Upon the disbanding of the
Association, when all necessity for its labors had
ceased Mrs Stranahan returned to the quiet of her
borne, and except her connection with the Graham
Institution gladly withdrew from any conspicuous
or public position Her health was found to be
somewhat impaired by her assiduous devotion to
her duties as connected with the Association, but
she made no complaint, and her family did not feel
alarmed. The Spring of 1866 found her so feeble,
that it was thought the pure and bracing air of the
Green Mountains might prove beneficial in restor-
ing her strength but her days were numbered, and
on the 30th of August she died at Manchester Yt ,
giving up her spirit "calmly, peacefully, even
smilingly,*' as was said by a witness of the scene.
Her death was that of a Christian, her loss — a loss
not only to her own loved and loving home circle,
but to the city and the community in which she
dwelt ? *
Children of James S. T. Stranahan:
Mary, born at Xewark, X. J., July 14. 1840.
Fitch James, born at Xewark X. J., September
98 FITCH FAMILY
"James, 22 (son Dr Wm , u ) married May, (daughter
of Noah) Plumb, of Bridgeport, Conn , Oct. 23,
Mary, born Nov. 22, 1839 ; unmarried in 1867.
Walter, born December 4. 1840, married in 1865,
8. M. Leith, of North Carolina, has children; he
was lieutenant in 6th Connecticut Regt. and woun-
ded at Fort Wagner, S. C , and promoted to Major.
Elizabeth born Nov 10. 1849."
"William. Jr , w (son of Dr. William 14 ), graduated
at the Albany Medical College, in 1846 He mar-
ried Urania t. Everitt Children :
Mary Everitt, born June 15, 1852, in Virgil, New
Elizabeth, born April 25. 1856.
Katie, born July 14, 1861, in Dryden, N. Y."
Descendant* of REV. JAMES FITCH, in the line
of his son Jabez.
Rev Jabez (son of Rev. James), graduated at
Harvard College, in 1694 ; and after his father be-
came disabled by paralysis, was invited to occupy
his pulpit with a view to settlement After preach-
ing there about a year, however, he declined the
call to settle; was subsequently elected a Tutor and
Fellow of Harvard College, and in 1703. was or-
dained at Ipswich, Mass., as a colleague of the Rev.
John Rogers. He afterwards removed to Ports-
mouth, N. H, where he was installed about 1725,
and where he died November 22, 1746 He mar-
ried Elizabeth, (daughter of John) Appleton, June
10 1704. Children :
Mary; Ann; John graduated at Harvard Col-
lege, 1728. James"
Descendants of REV. JAMES FITCH, the settler
in the tine of his son Nathaniel.
''(Capt.) Nathaniel Fitch, 8 (son of Rev. James),
was one of the earliest settlers of Lebanon Conn.,
where he owned a grist mill and a fulling mill. He
married (1) December 10. 1701 Ann, (daughter of
Joshua) Abel, of Norwich, ( onn , who died July 3,
1721. aged 47 years; (2) September 17 1729, Mind-
well Tisdale, of Lebanon, Conn Capt, Fitch, died
May 4, 1759, aged 79 years. Children by his first
Ann, born November, 1702, married ■ ;
Joshua born February 13, 1704.
Latham, born March 29, 1705.
Nehenrah, born February 10 1708.
James born October 15. 1709.
John, born January 7, 1712.
Nathaniel, Mehitable, born February 3, 1717,
Elizabeth, lorn May 26, 1718, married Bis-
sell, died December 18, 1747; had Daniel living
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RachaeL born October 1720, died May 28, 1726.
Abel, born November 22, 1722.
Caleb, born June 17, 1725 Ghitdrenhj second wife :
Jabez born October 4 1730 died Nov. 14, 1736.
Ezekiel, born March 11, 1732 ; living in 1755
Isaac, born May 10. 1734, was joint executor
with his mother of his father's will.
Descendants of Iter. JAMES FITCH, in the Line
of his Son, Joseph.
"Joseph 9 (son of Rev James), settled first at Sto-
nington. Conn, but after his second marriage
moved to Lebanon. Conn., where he spent the re-
mainder of his days and appears to have been a
man of wealth. He married (1) Sarah (daughter of
Major Samuel Mason), who died previous to 1721.
(2) Ann. (eldest daughter of Rev. Samuel Whiting),
of Windham. Conn, Dec. 29, 17-1. He died May
9, 1741. She died at Windham, September 18,
1778 Children by first wife :
Judith born in Stonington, Conn.
Sarah, born Jan 24. 1704, in Stonington, Conn.,
married and had children
Mason, born September 11. 1708, graduated at
Yale College in 1729 ; died March 10, 1734.
Joseph, born February 14, 1711, was "Captain,"
married Zervia, (daughter of Daniel Hyde), of Le-
banon, Conn. No children.
Children by second wife :
Samuel born January 16 1724- at Lebanon, Conn ,
graduated at Yale College, 1742. was a lawyer in
Boston, married Elizabeth Lloyd; was Attorney
General of Massachusetts ; died in La n don, England,
Eleazar, born August 29. 1726, graduated at
Yale College ; settled at Windham. Conn. ; was
Sheriff and a noted Loyalist during the revolution.
Azel born November 7. 1728. was "Captain;"
died about 1769, probably unmarried.
Ichabod. born May 17. 1734.
Ann, born July 12, 1737.
Thomas, born June 11, 1739, died Jan. 2, 1747."
From Morant's History of Essex, England, we learn that
Braintree, in that County was settled hy the Flemish who left
the Netherlands, on account of the cruelties of the Duke of
Alva. Fichte is a German name, and the ancestors of the
Fitch family of Braintree, were undoubtedly of this Flemish
emigration to England. Ralph Fitch, one of the earliest
English voyagers to India, in the latter part of the 16th Cen-
turv, was a merchant at London ; and, as that city is only 40
miles from Braintree and the adjoining village of Bocking, he
may very possibly have been a native of that part of Essex,
and even an ancestor or direct relation to Thomas Fitch, pro-
genitor of the American family.
Major John Mason, the father of Priscilla, second wife of
Rev. James Fitch, was born in England, in 1600, had a military
training; and, (with Miles Standish, John Underhill, and
Gardner, all famous soldiers); served under Sir Thomas
Fairfax, with the rank of lieutenant. He is supposed
to have come to New England with the company which
settled at Dorchester, Mass., in 1630; and in 1032, was sent by
the General Court, in company witn John Gallop, and twenty
men in a shallop of 20 tons burden, to break up a gang of
pirates which had infested the coast, an undertaking which he
prosecuted with courage and prudence, despite the hardships
of the winter season. For this he received £10 from the
Government, and, in November of that year, was made Captain.
In September, 1(534, he was one of a commitie of military men
who were appointed to select sites for fortifications in Boston
harbor, and personally superintended the erection of works
on Castle Island. In 1635 he represented the the Town of
Dorchester in the General Court, and while a member of that
body, June 3d, the second application of the Rev. John Ware-
ham and his church, of Doi-chester, for permission to remove
to and found a colony on the Connecticut River was received
and granted. In this enterprise, Mason was the leader, and
an honored and much trusted participant in the trials of the
tedious journey through the woods, in October, 1635, and the
subsequent hardships of the winter of 1835-6, which resulted
in the founding of the present Town of Windsor, Connecticut.
Soon the three new settlements of Hartford, Wethersfield and
Windsor, were threatened by the Indians, and then Mason
led the gallant little band of settlers against the savages-
tracking them to their fastness; and, in the celebrated
"Swamp Fight," completely crushing out the the Peqreots.
This brilliant campaign and battle forms so conspicuous a
page of New England history that it is unnecessary for us to
give the details, interesting as they are. Mason, was on this
occasion the Savior of the Infant Colony, and his services
were properly recognized by the General Court at Hartford,
which created him the "public military officer of the Planta-
tions of Connecticut," with a salary of £40 per annum, a
position which he held until within two years of his death,
a period of about 35 years- -first with the title of "Captain,"
afterwards of "Major," and, being the only Major in the
Colony, he was frequently named in the public acts of the
Court as "The Major," no other designation being necessary
to distinguish him. He was the drill master also of the
Colony, being authorized to "train" all the inhabitants there-
of ten days in each year. He removed to Say brook in 1647, it
being the post of most importance and greatest danger,
and was empowered to have command, not only of all sol-
diers, but the inhabitants of the town ; similar orders were
given in 1652. Thus the habeas corpus act was suspended,
and dictatorial authority, for the time conferred upon Mayor
So important was the presence of Major Mason to the
infant Commonwealth, that the General Court, in answer to
his request for permission to embark in a project for a settle-
ment in Deleware, returned the reply : "That it is much in
the desire of the whole Court that he would not entertain the
thought of removing his abode out of this Colony, whereunto
they cannot give the least allowance or approbation" — but
the court cannot wholly deny him, and "are content that he
shall attend the services for three months, provided, he will
engage himself to return within that time, and continue his
abode as formerly," also in a letter of complaint to the Com-
missioner of the United Colonies, they say that the Narragan-
setts had fired eleven bullets into a house "in hopes as they
boasted to have slain him, whom we have cause to honor,"
whose safety we cannot but make ourselves bound to protect,
our deputy governor, Major Mason."
The Major, indeed, would seem to have been much less
careful of his own safety than the General Court ; the last of
the instructions to him, when sent on an expedition to Long
Island, (then belonging to Connecticut), was, "we do not
judge it convenient, that you should in your own person, make
after any Indians in the woods," &fi.
In further testimony of their appreciation of Mason's ser-
vices and gratitude for them, they made him grants of con-
siderable tracts of land, to two of which only can we refer.
On the 5th of June, 1041, "that Captain Mason shall have 500
acres of ground for him and his heirs, about Pequot Country.
On the 11th of September, 1651, also the island commonly
called Chipachange, (now Mason's Island), in Mistic Bay, as
also 100 acres near Mistic, when he shall make a choice. A.
portion of this Island is still owned and occupied by the
descendants of Mason.
But not only were the military affairs and Indian affairs of
the Colony almost entirely entrusted to the charge of Major
Mason, or governed by his counsel. For a series of years (from
1037 to '41, he was a Magistrate ; and, from 1641 to '59 an assis-
tant or member of the General Court, and from 1659, he was
Lieutenant Governor, for ten successive years when he de"
clined a re-election, and for two years, during the absence of
Governor Winthrop, in England, endeavoring to obtain a
charter for the Colony, he was acting Governor. He was also
one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies (Conn.,
Mass., and Rhode Island), for the years 1047, '54, '55, '50, '57
Captain Mason was by far the most prominent person in the
company that removed from Saybrook, and founded the town
of Norwich. The deed of the town which was executed on
the 0th of June, 1059 by Uncas Owaneco and Attawanhood;
was executed in the presence of John Mason and Thomas
Tracy. This was the third town in Connecticut of which
Major Mason had been the founder. The other two were
Windsor and Saybrook. And he was also one of the early
and influential settlers of Dorchester, in Massachusetts.
Major John Mason possessed all the elements of greatness.
His purposes were high and noble ; his will was strong and
determined. He was possessed of remarkable firmness and
promptitude, a courage that was absolutely fearless, united
with a prudence and moderation the most considerate and
reflecting. He was yet a man of moderation and a friend of
peace ; and by his firm cautious and resolute, and yet pacific
course he prevented or checked in the outset every tendency
to disorder or violence. These high qualities made him not
only a great soldier, but an admirable legislator and Magistrate,
and caused him, as we have seen, to be selected as the master
mind in all the important measures undertaken by the Colony
for a long series of years. Never do we find recorded a
single manifestation of an intolerent or persecuting spirit.
Envy, hatred and malice seemed to find no place in his heart.
He was virtuous in his life and habits, and in the relation of
husband and father he was without reproach.
His form was suited to the noble and devoted character of
the man. He is described as large in size, lofty in stature,
and of a commanding presence. There was certainly nothing
feeble or effeminate in his composition ; and whatever excess
of sternness, or harshness or impetuosity, there may have
been in his character, there was never anything bordering on
tyranny or injustice; and those rougher and harsher features
were moderated and tempered by the sinsere faith and humble
life of the christian. He suffered during the last year of his
life with one of the most painful of diseases, and died on the,
30th day of January, 1672, in the seventy second year of his
The closing paragraph of the last letter he wrote to the
General Assembly of the Colony, is in the spirit, as it is in the
language of an apostle, entreating their remembrance at the
throne of grace, he adds: Beseeching the God of Peace, who
brought again from the dead the Lord Jesus ; the great Shep-
herd of His sheep, to make us perfect in every good word and
work to do his will, into whose hands I commend you and
your mighty affairs, who am your afflicted, yet true servant,"
His grave had been neglected, and its exact location lost, the
stones which marked it having been removed and built into a
wall. At the bi-centennial settlement celebration at Norwich,
in 1859, which was attended by an immense crowd, and con-
tinued two days, Governor Wm. A. Buckingham presiding ;
(see description and proceeding iri "Norwich Jubilee,") funds
were raised and a committee appointed to purchase the
ground and, erect a suitable monument to the memory of (as
the Masonic master Clark, said when laying the corner stone
on the second day), "a man called "Captain," "Major" and
"Major-General" John Mason, who though not a Mason, most
remarkably exemplified the principles of Masonry."
On the banks of the Yantic and about a mile distant, were
the farm and house where John Mason lived and died ; and on
the same stream a short distance above, under the shadow of
a magnificent oak the solitary remains of the primeval forest,
on an elevation from which you see around the woods and
cultivated fields, comfortable and costly jesidences and amid
the countless evidences of the industry and wealth of his de-
scendants, rest his remains, henceforth to be marked by an
appropriate monument. "Hon. J. A. Rockwell's address, 1859.
Major Mason, by his second wife Anne Peck, of Hartford,
whom he married in July, 1639 ; had the following children :
Tssbel ; Priscilla, who became the second wife of Rev. James
Fitch; Samuel; John, who married Abigail, the eldest
daughter of Rev. James Fitch ; Rachel ; Anne ; Daniel ; and
Elizabeth, who became the first wife of Major James Fitch."
( See Hineman's Catalogue of the first settlers of Connecticut ;
Caulkins History of Norwich; Hall's History of Norwalk ;
Stiles History of Windsor, Conn.)
Stephen Giftbrd, an original proprietor of Norwich, in 1660,
married ( I ) in 1<><>7, Mary Gove. She died in January, 1672 ;
he then married (2) Hannah, (daughter of 2nd Capt John,)
Gallup in 1672. Children by his first wife, Samuel, born 1668,
Hannah, born 1671. Children by his second wife, John, born
1673, Ruth, born 1676, married Capt. Jeremiah Fitch, (son of
Rev. James); Stephen, born 1679, Aquilla, born 1682.
John Gallup was of Dorchester in 1630, removed soon to
Long Island (now called Gallup's Island, as supposed after
him) in Boston Harbor; was a fisherman and pilot, had a
home and garden in town ; joined the Church in January,
1634, and became a freeman in April following. In the ex-
pedition made with Capt. Mason in pursuit of the pirate Bull
(alluded to on page 104.) He won great credit for courage and
energy. In July, 1630, he again distinguished himself by his
attack on the murderers of Oldham, as related by Trumbull in
his history of Connecticut, who says, "One John Gallup, on
the 20th of July 1636, going from Connecticut to Boston, in
his boat of 20 tons burthen, discovered John Oldham's vessel
(another Boston Captain) full of Indians. Suspecting that
they had murdered Mr. Oldham, he hailed them, but received
no answer. Gallup was a bold man; and, though he had with
him, but one man and two boys, he immediately bore down
upon them, armed with two guns, two pistols and duck shot,
and fired so thick among them that he cleared the deck. The
Indians all got under the hatches. He then stood off and run
down upon her quarter, with a brisk gale, nearly oversetting
her ; and so frightened the Indians, that six leaped into the
sea and were drowned. He, a second time, also, raked her
fore and aft, with his shot, and bored her with his anchors ;
but the Indians kept themselves so close that he ran down
upon her a third time, and five more Indians leaped overboard
and were drowned. He then boarded, and took two of the In-
dians and bound them ; two or three others armed with swords,
in a little room, could not be driven from their retreat, he fas-
tened the hatches down upon them. Mr. Oldham's corpse-
was found on board. Captain Gallup fearing the Indians
might get loose if together, and having no place to keep them
apart, threw one overboard. He buried the corpse in the sea,
stripped the vessel of goods and rigging, and took her in tow ;
but night came on — the wind rose, and he was obliged to let
her go adrift." He afterwards, carried the ammunition and
provisions in his vessel, and received the prisoners, to keep or
bind, for the expedition sent by Massachusetts and Connecti-
cut, under the command of Major Mason, in pursuit of the
remnant of the Pequots, after the destruction of their fort at
Mistic by Captain Mason. He brought his wife, Christobel,
from England. He died in the summer of 1650. His will
provides for wife and ehileren, and gives £2 to a new meeting
house then building. Will of widow (published in Gen. Reg.,
V. 444i was made 1055. Children, John, Samuel, Nathaniel,
Joan, married Thomas Joy. (See also, Heral. Jour. No.
Captain John Gallup, 2d of Boston (son of proceeding) born
in England, served in Pequot war, under Major Mason, for
which Connecticut gave him a grant of 100 acres of land ; was
at Taunton. 164.".. a short time and removed to New London,
in 1651, and to Stonington, of which he was representative,
October. 1665, and May 1067. He was one of the six Connec-
ticut Captains killed in the great Narragansett Swamp Eight,
19th December, 1675, the hardest battle of Philip's War, where
80 men were killed and 150 wounded, of whom many died
before relief could be had. He married Hannah (daughter of
Margaret) Lake, a widow, who resided at John Winthrop's.*
Children ; Hannah, born 1044, married, 1072, Stephen Gilford,
of Norwich, as his second wife; John, made a freeman 1073;
Esther, born 1653, married U>74, Henry Hodge, of Taunton ;
* Margaret bake. (Mrs.) was at New London, 104(5, and many
years after, see (ien. Reg. vii. 165). She was the daughter of
Col. Edmund Bead, of Wickford Co., Essex, Eng., and eldest
sister of Elizabeth, second wife of John Winthrop, Jr., John
Lake, her husband was descended from the Lakes, of Norman-
ton, Yorkshire, who claimed descent through the ( ailleys
from the Albinis. Earls of Arundel and Sussex, from the
Counts of Louraine, (the right line of Charlemagne) and from
"William the conqueror. (Heraldie Journal, No. xxii., 75.)
She died, says Felt, 1672, leaving two daughters. Hannah,
who married John Gallup 2d ; Martha, who married Thomas
Benadam, born 1656 ; William, born 1658; Christobel, born
16 , married, Peter Oasarv ; Eliza, born 16 , married
Henry Stephens ; Mary, born Hi , married John Cole,
of Boston; Margaret, born 16 , in 1704, unmarried.
"Robert Rose, of Wethersfield, 1639, from Watertown, Mass ,
came in the Francis, fro n Ipswich, Suffolk Co., Eng , in 1634,
aged 40, with wife Margery, aged 40, and children. Was Con-
stable, 1640; Representative, 1641, '42, '43; removed before
1648, to Stratford; and. in list of freemen, 1659. He died at
Branford, 1665, leaving a good estate. Children, (all but the
youngest born in England.) John, born 1624 ; Robert; Eliz-
abeth, born 1626 ; Mary, born 1628 ; Samuel, born 1630; Sarah,
born 1632; Daniel, born 1636; Dorcas, born 1637.
Daniel Rose, of Wethersfield, (son of Robert), was born in
England, came over when three years old. was called 63 years
old in 1696; married in 1664, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the
first John Goodrich. Children; Elizabeth, born 1665;
Daniel, 1667; married 1706, at Colchester, Mary Foot, daughter
of 3d Nathaniel; Sarah, born 1681; Abigail, born 1683;
Dorothy, born 1687; Lydia, born 1680.
Daniel Rose, Jr., of Wethersfield, (son of Daniel), born 1667,
married at Colchester, 14th May, 1706, Mary, daughter of the
3d Nathaniel Foot; removed to Coventry, about 1726. Child-
ren, Ruth, born 1706, died young: Jehiel, born September 8,
1708, Ensign of Coventry, much respected ; Daniel, horn 20th
August, 1710; Josiah, born 27th November, 1712; Ruth, born
13th March, 1717, married 17th February, 1736, Captain Aimer
The Fitch and Mason Arms.
The Fitch Arms given in this volume, are copied from an
impression of the seal of Thomas /itch, Governor of Connec-
ticut, from 1754-61), appended to a document of the date of
1757. Its heraldic description is as follows : Yert a chevron
between three leopard's heads, or, crest a leopard's head ca-
bassed, or in the mouth a sword proper hilt gules. "These
are given by Burke, as those of Fitch of Headall and Woodham,
Walter Co., Essex and Eltham, and Mount Mascul Co., Kent.
Morant states that the Fitch family bought several estates in
the Co. Essex, about the middle of the 16th century. One
branch settled at Brazen Head, in Lindrell ; the other and
principal branch, at little Canfield, a few miles distant. (Hist.
Essex. 11. 446. 463.) A branch of the Fitch family was set-
tled at Bocking, as early at least, as 1569, when John Fitch,
gentleman, held the manor of Boones an messuage of Lyons
in that Parish. (Morant, 11. 387. (Heraldic Journal XIII. ,4(5-47.)
The Mason arms, here given, are taken by permission of
Mr. Theo. W. Mason, of Brooklyn, N. Y., from a copy of an
ancient painting on parchment, in the possession of Mr.
William Fitch, of Norwich Town, Conn. They are described
by Burke, as "Yert two lions combatant, or, Crest a mermaid
The seal of Major Mason given on this page, is copied from
an impression found on some of his letters, now preserved in
the Massachusetts, and also Connecticut Archives, and the
arms there depicted arc probably those of his second wife
Peck. (See Heraldic Journal, xiii., 41-12, 1866.)
Page ft, 5th line from bottom, for Coil, read Coit.
Page 13, 1st line, for meal, read meat.
Page 2ft, 13th line from bottom of page, for where, read when.
Page 40, lltb line from top of page, for Ronep, read Pomp.
Page 66, 3rd line from bottom of page, for 1856, read 1866.
Page 69, 4th line from bottom of page, for 1884, read 1885, and
last line, for Thomas K., read Thomas H.
Page 71, 12th line from bottom of page, forClarisca While, read
Page 78, 4th and 5th lines from top of page, for 1877, read 1867.
Page 79, 2nd line from top of page, for 1870, read 1873, and 3rd
line for January, 17, 1872, read March loth, 1874.
Page 7i>, 7th line from bottom, for 1833, read 1832, (prodadly.)
Page 82. 5th line from bottom, for 1884, read 1882.
Pages 88 and 93, for Arsinor, read Arsinoe, and for Arsinore,
Pages 8s and 93, for Marianne, read Mariamne.
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