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Fitch Family 


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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 
"Fitch fields." 

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 


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 


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- 


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. 


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. 





" 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.) 


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 

<iove : 

"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- 


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." 


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. 


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 
present day. 

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 
are unknown. 

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, 


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- 
out issue. 


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. 


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 


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. 


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 

young. . 

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. 


: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. 


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. 
Children :« 

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," 


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 
15, 1830. 


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 
Olmsted, 0. 

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., 


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., 
October, 1866. 


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, 
horn 1880. 

Sarah Fitch, (daughter of Walter Fitch), married 
Alexander Hamilton 1883. One child, Laura, 
horn 1885. 

Henry L. Fitch, (son of Daniel Fitch), married 
Harriet Wells at Dayton, Cattaraugas Co., X. Y. 
Children : 

• 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 : 


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. 
Children : 

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 


(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. 
12, 1814. 

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 
24, 1875. 

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. 


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 


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 : 


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 
Alcksburg, Michigan. 

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 
second wife. 

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, 
and Chester. 

Augusta, born 1854, married Rily. No 


Maud, born married Riley. Children : 

Charles, Xed, Estelle. Tudor Fitch lives at 
Pavillion, Mich. 

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. 
Children : 

Bertha L., born June 18, 1875. 

Gertrude J., born April 20, 1S79. 


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. 
14, 1879. 

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 
follows : 

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. 


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- 
field, Minn. 

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. 


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 

14, 1825. 

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 
Olmsted, 0. 

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. 


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, 
Conn. Children: 

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, 


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. 
30, 1844. 

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 
10, 1853. 

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 
Children : 

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 
child, Clara. 


Horace (son of Simeon Wetherell, Jr.), married 
Nov. 29, 1848, Lneina Bailey, of Middletown, Conn. 
Children : 

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 
29, 1863. 

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 
15, 1878. 

Lulu Esther, born March 23, 1873. 

Horace Herbert, born August 22, 1874. 

Martha Elizabeth, born May 15, 1876. 

Clayton White, born June 3, 1882. 


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 
August, 1855. 

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 
Hartford, Connecticut. 


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. 


He died November 4, 1868, and was buried at 
Olmsted, O. Children: 

Sabra Maria, born at East Windsor, Conn., May 
22, 1824. 

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. 
Children : 

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- 
burgh, Mo. 

May Ann, born March 6, 1853, married John 
Downey, at Pittsburgh, Mo., Oct. 30, 1877. 
Children : 

Thomas K, born Sept. 10, 1879. 


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 
28, 1878. 

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 


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 
Olmsted, 0, 

Children of Sanford and Clarissa Fitch : 

.lames W., born at East Windsor, Conn , March 
9, 1822. 

George Kenyon, born in Chautauqua Co., 1ST. Y. r 
March 2, 1826. 

Clarissa J , born in Chautauqua Co , X Y, Aug; 
17, 1828. 


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. 
Children : 

Lucretia (>., born December 3, 1869. 

Charley, born December 14, 1875. 


George S., born January 20, 1852, married Emma 
McKendre, in Crawford County, Wis., July 4, 1873. 
Children : 

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 


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. 
Children : 

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. 


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- 
ville, Ky. 

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 
business. Children: 

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 
17, 1872. 

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. 


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- 
lin Carle 

Merit, born at Colesburgh, Iowa, Jan 16, 1862, 
died July 21, 1863, buried at Colesburg, Iowa. 

Charles Horace, born at Dyersville, Iowa, May 
1, 1870. 

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. 


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- 
dren : 

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 



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 
five sons. 


.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- 
mantic, Conn. 

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. 
Children : 

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. 


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- 
dren : 

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. 
No issue. 

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- 
ried, 1862. 

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 
Philadelphia, 1825. 

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. 
One child. 

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. 


"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, 
1858. Children: 

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 
in Oregon. 

Ellen, born May 28, 1828, resides at Claryville, 
H". Y. 

Cornelius R., born August 20, 1829, resides at 
Lexington, Ky. 

Frederick, born May 19, 1834, resides at Lexing- 
ton, Ky. 

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- 
port, Conn. 

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. 


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. 
30, 1824. 

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 


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 


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. 


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 
25, 1843. 


"James, 22 (son Dr Wm , u ) married May, (daughter 
of Noah) Plumb, of Bridgeport, Conn , Oct. 23, 
1837. Children: 

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 
wife : 

Ann, born November, 1702, married ■ ; 

Children : 

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, 
married Whiting 

Elizabeth, lorn May 26, 1718, married Bis- 

sell, died December 18, 1747; had Daniel living 
in 1755, 


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, 
in 1784 

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 
Mason . 

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 
and '01. 

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. 
XXII.. 73.) 

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 
Clarissa White. 

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, 
read Arsinoe. 

Pages 8s and 93, for Marianne, read Mariamne. 





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