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AND ONE BRANCH
CAROLINE GAYLORD NEWTON
AND ONE BRANCH OF HIS DESCENDANTS
In the early part of the year 1630, in the town
of Plymouth in England, there was a solemn
ceremony, of the organization of a church com-
posed entirely of those who were about leaving,
or had already left their homes, and were com-
ing together, members of one church family, to
make new homes in the new world of America.
Eev. John Warham, a man of excellent edu-
cation and ability, a graduate of Oxford Uni-
versity, was installed pastor, and Mr. John
Branker was ruling elder and school master.
There were one hundred and forty persons in
this company, some of them little children, and
among them was one boy named Miles Merwin,
supposed to be at that time about seven years
old, who was to cross the ocean in the care of
his Aunt Abigail, the wife of John Branker.
They sailed from Plymouth the 20th day of
March, 1630, in the ship Mary and John, called
^'Mr. Ludlow's vessel," of about 400 tons
They were ten weeks on the ocean, and as
there were two ministers with them, they had
preaching every day of the voyage.
The ship reached the land at Nantasket,
Mass., on the Sabbath-day, May 30th, and the
next day, Monday, they were put on shore with
their goods and cattle.
After some exploration by ten men of their
number, they chose a place for settlement, and
named it Dorchester.
In that first year after their arrival in this
country, they endured much hardship. They
might perhaps have planted some seeds, as they
were here in the month of June, but they must
first have some shelter for wives and little ones,
and with little sowing, there was little reaping,
and in the winter of 1630-31, they suftered from
hunger. They were near the coast, and clams,
muscles and fish were the chief articles of food.
A pleasant sight to them were the friendly
Indians who came with baskets of yellow corn
on their backs for sale, and later, ships came
laden with the same from Virginia, until, as one
of them writes " they were filled with food and
gladness. Then did all the servants of God
bless His holy name, and love one another with
pure hearts fervently."
They remained in Dorchester five years, hear-
ing much during that time about the fertile
meadow land bordering on the Great River
westward. Meadow land, so-called, which was
comparatively free from forests, and did not
need to be cleared by hard labor with the axe,
was much desired by them, and in the autumn
of the year 1635, about sixty men, women and
children, with them young Miles Merwin, driv-
ing before them their cattle and swine, a tedious
journey of many days, reached and crossed the
Connecticut River, and settled themselves on its
western shore, between that and the Farming-
ton River, which they called the Rivulet.
Their new home they at first named Dorches-
ter, but the name was changed to Windsor, at a
meeting of the General Court in February 1636-
It was not to a wilderness they came, like the
Pilgrims of 1620, a few having settled here
before the coming of the church body; for this
was the second removal of the church which had
been formed in England, and there were no new
ceremonies of church organization either in
Dorchester or Windsor.
It was now the month of October, and but
little time could be counted on for preparing
shelter for themselves and their cattle.
Some began digging cellars, usually choosing
the slope of a hill; some chopped down trees and
hewed them roughly and hastily; these laid
around and over the cellars, and thatched with
the dry meadow grass, were their abodes for the
first hard winter, and served as foundations for
the log houses to be later built.
The winter came earlv; the river was frozen
over by the middle of November, and there was
Many of the cattle died; one estimate says
they lost in their dying stock, the value of
£2400, and some of the remainder they were
obliged to kill for food.
The Indians were numerous, and being at
first friendly, helped out their supplies some-
what by corn and acorns.
All the land in the three neighboring settle-
ments of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield
had been honestly purchased of the Indians,
although those Indians did not realize that they
would be crowded out of their hunting and fish-
ing by the palefaces.
The next year, in 1636, the Indians became
very threatening, and formed a plan for driving
all the white settlers from New England.
Upon their first coming to Windsor, the In-
dians were peaceful, and the settlers chose their
home lots as far from each other as they pleased ;
but within two years, early in 1637, there was
evidently danger from some of the neighboring
tribes, and every family who had been farther
away moved to the center, those who were
already there, giving up a part of their land to
these others, and all giving their time and
strength to cutting and setting a strong pali-
sade of high stakes or posts, braced within, and
encircled outside by a wide, deep ditch. I have
seen traces of this ditch two hundred and sixty
The whole length of this line of palisades was
but little less than a mile, and after it was
finished, a constant guard was necessary, lest
the Indians should succeed in climbing over, or
in setting fire to it.
The story of the Pequot War need not be told
here. Miles Merwin was probably too young to
have any part in it, but not too young to help
in gathering the supplies, or to guard the Pali-
sade, within which, for a time, all must dwell.
At the Court of the Colonies convened at
Hartford, May 1st, 1637, it was decided that
there should be an offensive war against the
Pequots, and Captain John Mason, one of these
Windsor settlers, was apointed commander of
the ninety men who were to go against that
Windsor was to furnish thirty men, and as
its share of supplies, sixty bushels of corn, fifty
pieces of pork, thirty pounds of rice and four
cheeses. Each plantation must have its corn
ground and a part of it made into bread.
Whether the corn-mill called Warham's Mill
was in operation at this time, is uncertain, but
it was running soon after, for in 1640 the
record reads :
"Mr. John Warham has by gift of
ye Town one acre of land more or less,
lying by his mill, as it bounds north,
beginning at ye fall of ye water out of
ye Trough upon ye Wheel."
Tradition claims that this was the first grist
mill in Connecticut, and that it ground the corn
of neighboring towns as far away as Middle-
town. The Colonists erected it, fitted it with a
great clumsy wheel, and presented it to Rev.
Mr. Warham, as a part of his support.
Twenty-four years later, in 1664, he gave a
deed of it to his wife, Abigail Branker Warham,
the aunt of Miles Merwin, and it is probable
that Miles had spent many hours in watching
the grain through the hopper, and taking the
The beautiful Green, near the old Windsor
church, has always borne the name of Palisado
Green in memory of the early Indian troubles.
After the close of the Pequot War, and the
return of Captain Mason and his men, some left
the protection of the Palisade and returned to
their farms, and there was but little more
trouble with Indians.
The Rev. Mr. Warham removed across the
Farmington River and built his house near the
small Mill-brook upon which his mill was stand-
ing, and one of his numerous deeds mentions a
"small palisade" which must have been set up
there for the protection of those who could not
in a time of danger, cross to Palisado Green.
It was several years before there was a per-
manent bridge, and the minister was obliged to
cross in a row-boat or canoe every Sabbath day.
The Rivulet, as they called it, was usually nar-
row and quiet, but in the spring it was often a
wide roaring torrent.
In 1650, it was ordered at the town meeting
that "upon the Lord's days, none shall go into
the canoe before the magistrates and elders,
and that there shall not go at any time above
thirty-five persons in the great canoe, and not
above six in the little canoe, upon penalty of
Mr. Branker with his wife and Miles Merwin,
were living on the farther side near Mr, War-
ham, and as ruling elder, he with his family
was favored with an early passage across the
The meeting-house was erected in 1640, but
was not finished until a long time after that,
for every board was sawed by hand, and the
nails were made, one by one, by a blacksmith,
and the trouble with the Indians had taken
It is said by Cotton Mather that Mr. Warham
was the first minister in this country to preach
with notes. Some of his sermons are still in
existence in the State Library in Hartford.
Mather, speaking of the notable energy and
vigor of his ministry, says : " He was as pious
a man as most that were out of Heaven." John
Warham and Thomas Hooker had been friends
in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, and their
friendship was continued in Connecticut as
neighbors ; Warham having come in 1636,
Hooker in 1636.
Besides his church and his mill, Mr. AVarham
had a fondness for dealing in real estate, as did
many others who came from England, where a
right in land was more difficult to obtain. There
are on the records, twelve or more deeds of
property with his name attached.
Miles Merwin, upon becoming of legal age,
had this prevalent habit of buying and selling
He bought of Mr. Whiting a lot west of the
Rivulet with the building thereon for £8. The
price seems very low, but this is supposed to
have been the stone house which was built by
Rodger Ludlow, who removed to Fairfield. The
house was built on the bank of the river, be-
tween that and a smaller brook flowing into it,
and the spring floods came very near it, on one
occasion entirely surrounding it ; so that it was
"drowned very deep." Miles found it, for this
reason or some other, "too hard" for him, and
was released from his bargain.
He bought a lot in the Great Meadow for £20
and was released from this also by Mr. Whit-
Thomas Marshfield had built a house on the
lot next north of Mr. Branker's in 1637, which
was afterwards purchased by Roger Williams,
who owned it for three years, and sold it then,
in 1650, the homestead with the land, to Miles
Miles was then twenty- seven years old, and
was already married to Elizabeth Baldwin,
widow of Theophilus Canfield, and it is supposed
that the three elder children, John, Elizabeth
and Thomas, were born in this house, which
stood on the east side of Broad Street.
He sold the place in 1652 to Captain Samuel
Marshall, but Marshall did not occupy it, and
probably Miles Merwin remained in it until his
removal to Mil ford.
In an old "Book of Rates" concerning seating
the meeting-house in Windsor, under date of
January 18th, 1659-60, Miles Merwin's name is
down as paying seven shillings ; this was the
highest price paid for a man and his wife, and
very few paid as much as that, but this was not
the yearly payment.
When the meeting-house was built, pews
were not provided, and each man apparently,
paid for building a seat for himself.
Miles Merwin's was one of those raised a little
higher than others, which accounts for a shill-
ing more in price.
Miles Merwin was admitted to the church in
Milford May 4th, 1661, his wife in June of the
same year. Her youngest child, Daniel, was
born June 30th, 1661.
Lambert's History says that Miles Merwin
was in Milford in 1645, but this is a mistake
which probably arose from confusing his name
with that of Miles Moore, who was there at
In the earliest original record of the Town of
Milford, which I have carefully examined,
Moore's name is spelled M-u-r, in the list of
baptisms, as follows :
Deborah, dau. Isabel, wife of Miles M-u-r,
bapt. Oct. 31, 1647.
Miriam, dau. Isabel, wife of Miles M-ii-r,
bapt. Dec. 12, 1647.
Lydia, dau. Isabel, wife of Miles M-u-r, bapt.
Oct. 5, 1649.
On other pages of the record, the following :
Abel, son of Miles Moor, Feb. loth, 1652.
Mary, dau. Miles Moor, Nov. 9th, 1653.
Elnathan, son Miles Moor, Sept. 1655.
In the list of planters in 1646, his name is
This list of Moor children is inserted here,
because some have erroneously supposed the
Deborah, Miriam and Lydia, named above, to
be children of Miles Merwin.
The first record in Milford of a baptism of
the Merwin name is : "August 21st, 1656,
Samuel Merwin, sonne of Miles Merwin of Mil-
In the early Land Records of the Town of
Milford, there are many pages closely written,
on which the entries have no separate dates.
The year is, in some cases, placed at the top of
One page is dated 1649, then for several pages
there is no date, the next being 1669, a period
of twenty years.
About midway of these pages is the entry :
"Miles Merwin hath given him by this Court
for his Encouragement to settle with the Town,
ten acres of land, five acres being in Brick Kiln
The first entry of the Merwin name that I
find with a definite date, is January 10th,
1654. There was then a grant "by the Town
of Milford to Tanner Miles Marwin of a lott
next unto Ensign Bryan's Warehouse by the
harbour's side, for to build and improve his
Another "item" says, that Marwin's tan-
works were a few rods west of Bryan's wharf.
"Feb. 7th, 1657, the General Court granted
six acres of land to Miles Marwin.''
"1657, Miles Marwin hath liberty to remove
the gate and fence at the land, and to set it up
again at the corner of the front of his lott, next
the lott that is still in the Towne's hands, over-
throwing that highway, and join it to Sam
Coley's fence, which the said Miles Marwin
undertakes to freely at his own cost, not only
to remove, but to maintain it as his own for
three years from that day, upon the condition
that the Town will give him a little spot of
marsh that lies with his lott which the Town or
Court did grant him ; but how far his marsh
should run into the harbour he knows not ;
there is four rods by the house and eight by the
Each planter kept up his proportion of the
common fence, and carved the initials of his
name on a stake at each end of his his own line.
It must be remembered that all the dwelling
houses in Milford, at this time, were within the
palisade for protection from the Indians. These
palisades were large posts ten or twelve feet
high, set so closely that a man could not pass
between them, ingress and egress being only-
through the gates. Gates were made and kept
in order by individuals, the use of more land
being granted them for their trouble. Jona-
than Baldwin had eighteen acres for the gate in
The land enclosed by the palisade at Milford
was nearly a mile square, and in 1656, a law
was made that no Indian should, on any pretext,
be allowed to remain within it over night.
The Indians had a village at the place now
called Burwell's Farms, and had been at times
quite troublesome, especially so in the years
1645, 1646 and 1653.
At one time they had set the grass and woods
surrounding the palisade on fire, and the settlers
had serious trouble to save their homes from
The land had been purchased from the Indi-
ans, the price being six coats, ten blankets, one
kettle, and a quantity of hoes, knives, hatchets
and small mirrors, but not all members of this
Wepawaug tribe considered themselves bound
by the transaction.
The last deed given by the Indians of land in
Milford was the twenty acres on the high bluff
now known as Welch's Point. The price then
paid was six coats, two blankets and three pairs
Thomas Welch, my great-great-great-great-
great-grandfather afterwards bought it of the
town for £21, 6 shillings, and it has ever since
been called by his name, Welch's Point.
''Town-Meeting, January 10th, 1659."
"Ordered, that Miles Marwin have ten acres
of land given him in the swamp about the
(Evidently this was wooded, as others were
allowed to draw wood from it, and ' 'if he do not
improve it, it reverts to the town.")
"General Court held at Milford, March 19th,
"Miles Marwin hath liberty to have the re-
mainder of his land which the town granted
him, next to John Brown's land on this side of
it, in the Indian side."
"General Court held in Milford, April 27,
' 'The town hath given liberty to John Stream
and Miles Marwin to have the town line to run
on the outside of those Lotts, provided they
bare the multiplication of fence, and also have
the consent of the owners of that fence which
lyeth against their land, and also that they be
at the charge to remove the gates.''
"April 27, 1660, item. The town declared
themselves by a vote that Miles Marwin shall
have that piece of land for his own properties
which he hath taken in with his meadow at
Oyster meadow, provided that he pay rates for
it according as it shall be sized by Thomas
Wheeler and Stephen Freeman, for they are
appointed by the town to size it.
"/fern. Miles Marwin hath liberty to lay
down his piece of land in the Indian side, and to
take up so much beyond Sarg't Fowler's or any-
where thereabout where he can find it."
Jasper Gunn is chosen by the town to measure
"1665. Miles Marwin is granted liberty to
take up the land which was granted to Good-
man Botts, by his own lott at sea-side, on the
Indian side, convenient highways being re-
All these are from the Milford proprietors,
and not deeds from one man to another.
In each case the name is spelled Marwin.
Land which was otherwise unclaimed was di-
vided among the early settlers at different
times. There was one division in 1645, another
in 1646, a half division, whatever that may
mean, in 1658 and the other half in 1660;
another half division in 1676, the remaining
half in 1679. One in 1686, when there were 129
persons. The last one was in 1689.
In a division about 1676, Miles Marwin has
At a meeting of the General Court, January
6, 1687, there had been some difference between
Lieut. Samuel Burwell and Miles Marwin about
the line between their lands near the Round
Meadow, and a committee of six men were ap-
pointed to adjust it. Their decision was ac-
cepted by both parties, and was signed, ' 'In be-
half of Father, I Thomas Marwin, am satisfied."
After receiving these grants of land from the
Proprietors, and having sold his lands in Wind-
sor, and received all he could expect from his
Aunt Abigail, Miles Marwin purchased a large
tract of land on the shore of Long Island Sound,
some of it comprising a part of what is now
known as Pond Point, Merwin's Point, and
Woodmont, extending across Oyster River into
what is now the Town of Orange.
Some of this land has ever since been, and
still is, in the possession of his descendants, a
period of more than two hundred years.
In the meantime, the circumstances of Miles
Merwin's relatives in Windsor has had greatly
Mr. John Branker, the husband of his Aunt
Abigail, a gentleman of good education, had
been the first school-master, and long continued
in that office.
February 1656-7 it was voted that Mr.
Branker should have £5 paid to him out of the
next town rate toward his maintenance of a
In his office as ruling elder of the church, hav-
ing been regularly and solemnly ordained, he
occasionally delivered the weekly lecture in the
absence of the minister, and it was his duty to
visit and pray with the sick, and in the public
congregation, to pray and expound the scrip-
He possessed considerable property, and dying
May 29, 1662, he left it all by will to his widow,
Abigail, who promptly married the minister,
Rev. John Warham, at that time a widower.
Mr. Warham moved into her house, which
was repaired for their use, but it was later sold
to Thomas Allyn, who had married Mr. War-
ham's daughter Abigail.
The minister had a salary besides the income
of the grain mill; in 1650, he had one hundred
pounds; in 1656, four score and ten pounds.
In the year 1661, instead of a tax being laid,
his salary was paid by voluntary subscriptions,
the smallest sum for the year being one shilling
and sixpence; the largest, by Roger Ludlow,
one pound, ten shillings.
The "toll" at the mill at the same time was
one-sixteenth or two quarts in a bushel for Eng-
lish grain or malt grinding, and one twelfth for
Rev. Mr. Warham died April 1, 1670, but he
had previously conveyed this mill to his wife,
and a few days before his death, March 19, he
had signed a will leaving to her all the property
which had been her own before her marriage to
This was a necessary provision, for otherwise
she would have had no real control of her own,
though she had evidently used what power she
had, for on April 11, 1670, eleven days after
Mr. Warham's death, the record says:
" At a meeting of Assize, permission is asked
to provide for debts contracted in the sickness of
both Mr. and Mrs. Warham.
" The great expense that Mr. Warham's
estate hath been at in mayntaning Mrs. War-
ham in the time of her exercises and affliction,
upwards of two years, and her wastful dis-
posing of many things without his privity."
Notwithstanding her "wastful disposing,"
there was considerable remaining, for his estate
inventoried well for those times: £1239, 10 s.,
the homestead being appraised at £250, land in
the Great Meadow £100, books £82, 4s. &c.
Miles Merwin and his family, apparently Mrs.
Warham's only relatives on this side of the
ocean, had removed to Milford years before, but
he visited his Aunt occasionally, and two of his
children were her special favorites, one, Abigail,
being her namesake, but she seems to have been
offended by his leaving her in her old age. She
had taken into her house to care for her after
being left a widow, a family named Newberry,
and they at her death came into possession of
the house and furniture as their own.
A daughter of this family married a Mr.
Rowland, and the house built by him, and still
called the Rowland house, is built upon the
John Branker home lot.
Mrs. Warham died in 1684, and although
Miles Merwin was in Windsor on business in
that year, it is not known whether he was with
her at the time of her death; the family were in
There seems to have been trouble and dis-
agreement over Mrs. Warham's will. She
made what is called by the lawyers a nuncupa-
tive will, one not written, but made by word of
mouth in the presence of witnessess, and this
was admitted by the Probate Court, and is now
on record in Hartford.
Miles Merwin claimed that her written will,
written sometime before, should be the one
admitted, and presented his petition to the
General Assembly in March, 1685.
To this petition this answer is recorded on
page 190 of Colonial Records of Connecticut;
"A General Court held at Hartford, October
"Upon the petition of Miles Merwin, this
Court having heard what hath been presented
against the settlement of Mrs. Abigail War-
ham's estate by the County Court, March 5,
1685, and what hath been said for the confirma-
tion thereof, doe see reason to settlement of the
estate according as the Court of Assistants May
last hath done."
Although living at such a distance from
Windsor, the first Miles Merwin seems to have
displayed all the persistence in battling for
what he considered his rights, that has been in
later generations of the name, and in October
of the same year, he presents another petition
Copy of Petition
Miles Merwin (Murwin)
Priv. Controv. Vol. 3, 91.
(State Library, State Capitol)
To the Honorable General Assembly, now sit-
ting in Hartford, ye Humble Petition of Miles
Murwin showeth: —
That whereas, Mrs. Abigail Waram ( Ware-
ham ) Late of Windsor, ( being hereby Relative
to ye petitioner) Did make her last will and
testament under her name and seal, And in ye
said Will Did Apoynt ye petitioner sole executor
to her said Will & Gave to ye petitioner a con-
siderable Legacy, upon which ye petitioner
Did appeare att ye County Court in Hartford in
obtained a probation of ye said will which was
exhibited in said Court & two witnesses present
ready to give oath yt they saw ye testator sign
ye said will. But Capt. Daniel Clarke with
some others made some objections against ye
probation of said will by which means ye
petitioner could not gaine a probation of said
will. Your petitioner also delivered ye Wit-
nesses to give oath to Mr. John Warams sign-
ing of ye writing intended by him for his last
will and testament ( but not accepted for such
by ye County Court ) but could not obtain that
But ye worshipfuU County Court proceeded to
a distribution or settlement of some part ( at
least ) of ye estate of ye said Mrs. Waram to the
great dissatisfaction of your petitioner upon
which ye petitioner Did apply himself to ye
Honored Court of Assistants in May last for
Releef, but not obtaining ye Releef which was
expected I have made bold to present this my
complaints and petition to ye Honors for Eeleef
Humbly craving yt I may have liberty granted
for ye reading of that writing have references
to ye matters which are in Court and then
impartially to weigh my evidence and plead in
equal scales of justice. And if they do not out
weight all ye evidence and pleas of my adver-
saries I shall willingly aquiess in what sentence
shall proceed from ye Honors. I doe most
humbly crave yt I may have but what Law and
Justice Gives mee that I may not bee much
overrun by ye power and policy of my adver-
saries who I know to bee mutch advantaged in
both but yet I Hope my Rituous cause will in
part plead for it selfe. Soe Resting in Hopes I
subscribe ye Honors in all Dutyfull submission.
( Signed ) Miles Murwin, Senior.
Oct. 12, 1685.
This petition of Miles Merwin was also re-
fused, and the will which was admitted, and
which I have seen in the Probate Office at Hart-
ford, is as follows :
"We underwritten being present with Mrs.
Warham who spent her last days in our family,
she discoursing with us respecting her estate,
she declared that she had formerly given her
Cousin Miles Merwin such a multitude, that if
she had thousands she would not give him a
penny. No, not a pinyis poynt She further
said that things were so with her now in regard
of her long sickness and expense thereupon, that
she could not tell whether she had anything to
give away. She also disowned that she had
any will, and said further that her cousin, Miles
Merwin, desired that she would make over her
estate to him. and she manifested herself much
troubled, and said she knew not but that she
might live to need and expend it, and that she
had before she dyed.
Mary, the wife of Capt. Newberry, and Abi-
gail, the daughter of the aforesaid, both affirm
that Mrs. Warham sayd to them when she was
of good understanding & sound memory con-
cerning her estate, that if there was anything
left when the Court had to consider thereoff,
she had thought that little Miles Merwin should
have somewhat, and the other that lived with
her so long, & as for her moveables that were
brought into her house. Return Strong, Mary
Newberry and Abigail doe testify she freely
gave them to us, and sayd they should not be
taken from us. The above sayd was by her
declared to us sometime last March. September
Mary M. Newberry's mark
Abigail C Newberry's mark
To this paper, the names of Miles Merwin's
six older children only are appended, Elizabeth,
John, Abigail, Thomas, Samuel and Miles,
although ten must have been living at that time.
The one "who lived with her so long", was
the eldest daughter, Elizabeth. Abigail War-
ham's estate inventoried one hundred and
twenty-six pounds, fourteen shillings and six
The Probate Court, March 10, 1684-5, ordered
the Administrators, Captain Newberry and
Return Strong, to distribute:
"To Miles Merwin, Jr., one third of the Estate:
To Elizabeth two thirds of one third:
To John, Thomas, Samuel and Abigail the
remainder; Miles Junioi- to possess the Lands if
he desire it, he paying his brothers and sisters as
the Administrators may appoint."
This inventory and distribution appear not to
include the house and furniture which Captain
Newberry claimed, but the children of Miles
Merwin inherited all except that. Whether the
appeal of their father made any real difference
in the final settlement of the estate is not
The Merwin relatives were the only ones on
this side of the ocean.
It was in this year of 1684, that Miles Mer-
win of Milford was a witness in the import-
ant law-case of Whiting vs. Bissell in Windsor,
testifying concerning his own purchase and sale
of real estate there, and it was probably from
his testimony at that time, that Savage in his
Genealogy takes the dates which he gives thus :
"Miles Merwin in 1684, calls himself 60 years
old, but in 1692 says about 70. He died April
23rd, 1697, aged about 74."
Miles Merwin's first wife, Elizabeth Baldwin
Canfield, the mother of his seven older children,
John, Elizabeth, Thomas, Samuel, Miles, Daniel
and Abigail, had died July 10, 1664.
He soon married again, Sarah Piatt, daughter
of Deacon Eichard Piatt, and widow of Thomas
By her he had five children, Martha and
Maria, twins born Jan. 23, 1665-6; Hannah,
November 15, 1667 ; and Deborah and Daniel
born April 24, 1670.
At the birth of this second pair of twins, the
mother died, and probably little Daniel also, as
the baptism of Deborah only is recorded. "Giv-
ing two sons in the family the same name, as
two here were named Daniel, though unusual,
was not unknown later in the same family, per-
haps in order that if one should die, a favorite
name should not perish.
After her death, Miles Merwin married again,
taking for the third time a widow, Sarah, widow
of Daniel Schofield.
She had six children by her first husband, but
none by Merwin.
Realizing that he must now be near the close
of his busy and eventful life, be began to plan
for the suitable disposition of his large property.
Besides his extensive farming operations, he
had carried on the business of tanner and currier,
and living on the seacoast, he became part owner
of a sloop and two brigs, making voyages to the
His eldest son, John, who was settled on the
homestead with him, continued this commerce,
and John's s(m-in-law, John Collins, command-
ing the ship Swan, sailed from Milford to the
West Indies for sixteen years, until the Swan
was finally lost at sea.
Ship building was carried on in Milford Har-
bor, on the eastern shore, across the bay from
Miles Merwin's tannery.
The tannery business he gave to the eldest
son, John. John had married April 12, 1683,
the widow Mary Holbrook, and they, with their
little family, had lived in the father's home.
A deed dated June 4, 1695, gives to this "eld-
est son John, for consideration of one hundred
and fifty pounds, the house in which they now
dwell together, with Barn, Tanhouse, Salthouse
and Leantoes, Tan-yard, Malt-house and all
tools and Implements that belong to the trade
of a Tanner, also Homelott, Orchard, Gardens,
Yards and Marsh."
A deed dated May 17, 1695, gives to his son
Samuel Merwin, a piece of land, the considera-
tion being that Samuel shall pay his own eldest
child ten pounds "as a Legacy from Mee."
At the same date he deeds Samuel sundry
parcels of land.
The next year, March 9, 1686, he gives
another deed of property to John.
Previously to all these, he had made his will.
Dated May 5, 1695, apparently writing it out
himself, and remembering all of his many
The item in this will, of fifteen Bibles for the
fifteen grand children, seems to have been a
common bequest in that century.
The will of Deacon Richard Piatt, grandfather
of six of Miles Merwin's children, dated 1683,
bequeaths a Bible to each of the two younger
ones, Hannah and Deborah Merwin, showing
that he had probably already given them to the
older ones in his life time.
This little girl of thirteen years, Deborah
Merwin, who received the Bible from her grand-
father Piatt, was my great-great-great-great-
grandmother on my father's side. Her daughter,
Mary Burwell, married Abner Newton and
settled in Durham.
Many of the descendants of the first Miles
Merwin, by this daughter Deborah, bearing the
name of Newton, are still living in Durham.
Henry Gleason Newton, George Watson,
Arthur Selden and Caroline Gaylord of the
sixth generation from Miles Merwin; William,
Frederic, Roger, Gaylord, Abner and Katharine
of the seventh generation; Elmer and Stanley
of the eighth.
All these descendants of Miles Merwin have
the surname of Newton.
There is one little one, Elizabeth Mary, daugh-
ter of Frederic Ailing and Harriet Camp New-
ton, his wife, of the ninth generation.
Henry Huntington Newton, of the sixth, for
many years the eldest and moet honored head of
this branch of the family, died October 6, 1907.
There were besides, many descendants of
those of this line who removed from Durham to
Greenfield, Mass., about the year 1760, and to
Hartford and Hartland, Conn., about 1780.
Roger Watson Newton
Sixth generation, age 84 years
Chari^ES Watson Newton, Eighth
Katharine Huntington Newton,
Roger Rossiter Newton "
Home of Hrnrv Huntington Newton, Durham, Conn.
Deborah Merwin's brother Miles was our an-
cestor also, Deborah, in the line of my father,
Gaylord Newton, and Miles in the line of my
mother, Nancy Maria Merwin, by whom our
family are counted in both the sixth and seventh
MILES MERWIN'S WILL.
The last will and testament of Miles Merwin
of Milford, Senr in ye county of New Haven in
New England, made this 5th day of May in ye
yeare of ye Lord Christ, 1695.
I, Miles Merwin aforesaid, being in spirit &
sound memory, & understanding, although
under some infirmity of body. Doe heare make
this my last will & testament in manner &
forme as followeth :
First, I give & bequeath my soule into the
hands of God through Jesus Christ who gave it,
and my body to a Devout & Christian Buriall.
Imprimis, I give to my dearly beloved wife,
Sarah Merwin, ten pounds a year during her
widowhood. Also, I give the house and ye
improvement of my Parlor & ye Leantoe, with
what room she needeth in ye Cellar in what
part she pleaseth, so long as she shall see cause
to live in my house in her widowhood. Item,
I give to my loving wife for her use while she
liveth in my house the use or power to com-
mand for her use in ye house two beds wth all
their furniture .... in both for summer
and winter, wth bed linen shee needeth for her
comfort she shall have. Also she shall have
power to command for her use ye oven in my
other roome wth potts, kettles, skillets, pot-
hangers, pails, wooden-ware of wht sort soever.
And what earthen ware she needeth for her use.
Also for her use I give her her choice of my
spinning wheels & power to command one or
more when she needeth.
Also I give to my sd wife Cider enough to fill
two barrells & ten bushells of apples yearly if
my orchard at home yield so much ; & if it
prove a plentiful year at any time, then she
shall have cider enough to fill three barrels, she
finding barrels for ye whole, besides ye ten
bushells of apples yearly. Also I give her ye
use and benefit of one cow wh cow is to be main-
tained winter and summer by my executors.
All wh gifts and legacies be to her only dur-
ing her widowhood. And if she see good to
remove herself for some time, she shall have
liberty to come again to my house when she
pleaseth ; but if she changeth her condition by
marriage, then all the aforesaid guifts and leg-
acies to cease, that is all which is above ex-
Kathakink Huntington Newton
Roger Rossiter Newton
Eighth in descent from Miles Merwin
And my executor shall pay unto my wife ye
full sum of forty shillings a year during her
natural life, which I will and bequeath unto her.
Item. I give unto my grandchildren: namely
ye children of Sarah Pottet wch she had by John
Pottet of Stamford, and to soe many of them as
shall be living after my decease, the sum of
twenty shillings apiece.
Item. I give to John Scofell of Stamford
three pounds and ten shillings.
Item. I give to Mary Camp, wife of Samuel
Camp of Milford, three pounds and ten shillings.
Furthor my will is yt my wife shall have ye
Dispose of ten pounds of my estate at her de-
Item. My will is that those of my Children
y t have not received their whole portion already,
yt is to say John two hundred pounds, Thomas
one hundred pounds, Samuel one hundred
pounds, Miles one hundred pounds, with Com-
pleating what is wanting to making ye just
sum of fifty pounds to all and every of my own
natural daughters, soe much as all or any of my
children want of their portion, what any son
wanteth of his hundred pounds as above ex-
pressed, and what any of my daughters want of
their fifty pounds, shall be first paid by my
executor after my decease.
Item. I give to my ten grandchildren one
hundred pounds: what is not ah*eady payd or
paid by me while I live, shall be payd by my
executor when they come of age : to ye eldest ye
child of each family of my children's, it shall be
payd, be they male or female.
Item. My will is, I give to all and every of
my Grandchildren that shall be living at my
decease One bible to be procured & delivered to
all and every of them by my executor after my
decease, as soone as may be with conveniency.
Item. My will is yt ye land I had of Nathll
Farran, I say I will give it to my son John, his
eldest child, to pay ye ten pound Legacy above
mentioned to my Grandchild of ye house.
Item. My will is, my debts and Legacies
being paid, yt ye Remainder of the estate shall
be equally divided amongst all my natural
children then living.
If any of my sons dye, ye family of ye de-
ceased shall have their part, ye full of it. And
if any of my daughters dye, there shall be no
part of yt Dividable to ye house.
Item. My will is that my debts and Legacies
be paid by my Executors.
Item. My will is, & I do nominate and
appoint my two sons John Marwin & Miles Mar-
win to be my Executors of this my last will &
testament. And further, if these Refuse or are
desabled, then ye full power to Execute shall be
with the other.
And I do declare this is my will of all I have
ordered to be paid for my deare wife, as is
before expressed, the Burthen of it shall not be
upon any one of my children, but it shall be
borne by, and paid out of my estate by my
Item. My will is, & I heere declare it, yt if
my son John Merwin shall have occasion for one
hundred pounds stock for carying on his trade
of farming, he shall have it out of my estate as
be with him to be paid cash within six years
after my decease by my sd son John His heires
or Assignes as this my will directs.
Signed, sealed, and declared by Miles Mer-
win, Senr. to be his last will & testament in
the presence of us.
Miles Merwin ( Seale )
Josiah Plat, )
Edward Nilkison ) these 2 sworn in Court June 1697.
The names of ten children and fifteen grand-
children were written on the will in the Probate
Office, as was the custom.
The children were all living at the time of his
death in 169Y, except the two who were called
Daniel, and all the daughters were married.
These are the names:
John and Miles Merwin were sworn as execu-
tors in July, 1697.
The inventory of his possessions is dated May
12, 1697. The total was only £463, lis, lid.
A few items from the inventory give some
idea of the prices of certain articles :
Wearing apparel .
Sheets, pillow-beers, etc.
One holland sheet, an old one, a
feather bed, with curtains,
blankets and coverlids
Spoons, earthenware, woodenware
Miles Merwin's widow, Sarah Scofield Mer-
win, did not long survive him to enjoy her
"potts and panns," her apples and cider, and
her ten pounds a year.
She died in less than a year from the date of
his death, March 6, 1698.
An inventory of her estate was made and pre-
served by the same men who had inventoried
her husband's, Timothy Baldwin and John
Smith, and it was sworn to before Richard Treat,
Deputy Governor, June 16, 1698.
Here is part of it :
One bedding with silk grass
Silk Caps .
2 Silk Hoods
Two special handkerchiefs
Pr. bodkins and stays
One safeguard .
New chest and lock .
One half thousand of pins
"Waistcoats," aprons, stockings and petti-
coats, red and blue ones especially mentioned,
were almost innumerable, the total amounting'
to £55, 19s. 3d.
Nathan G. Pond, in his pamphlet entitled "Ye
Story of ye Memorial," that is, the story of the
Milford Bridge, speaks of "a most interesting
deed of entail made by Miles Merwin."
It would appear that Miles Merwin had no
particular idea of founding a family to be called
by his name, in the new world, according to the
customs of Old England whence he came, and
which he remembered, until the birth of his
The first three had been named John, Thomas
and Samuel, but when the fourth came, Dec.
14, 1658, he gave him his own name, and later
gave him a deed of the best portion of his prop-
erty, providing that it should always be inher-
ited by the eldest son of the eldest son.
This deed was probably written by himself,
two years before his death, and is curious for
its exceedingly careful provisions.
"This Indenture, made the thirteenth day
of May, in the year of our Lord God one thou-
sand, six hundred ninety and five, between
Miles Merwin, Sen'r Taner, of the one party,
and Miles Merwin, Jun'r., of the other partie,
both parties belonging to Milford in the County
of New Haven in the Colony of Connecticut in
New England witnesseth that the said Miles
Merwin, Sen'r, for and in consideration of the
conditions which hereafter in and by those pres-
ents reserved and contained which on the part
and behalf of the said Miles Merwin, Jun'r. , are
and ought to be paid, done and performed, full-
filled and kept, hath given, granted, bargained,
sold, alienated, Enfeoffed and Confirmed, and by
this his present deed doth grant, bargain, sell,
alien, enfeoffe unto his said son. Miles Merwin,
Jun'r. , a certain parcell or tract of land, being
all and every part of that his farm commonly
called and known by the name of Merwin's
farm, situate lying and being within the bounds
of Mil ford afforesaid at a place called the Indian
side according to the limits bounds and extends
thereof as may fully and plainly appear by the
Records of Milford afforesaid as it belonged or
ought to belong to the afiforenamed Miles Mer-
win, Sen'r.,Together with all Buildings, Edifices,
Courtlages, gardens, Hontyards (courtyards?),
Lands, Meadows, Pastures, Woods, Underwoods,
Wasts, Wayes, Waters, Water-courses, ease-
ments, Proffitts, Privilidges, Appurtenances
and Advantages whatsoever thereon being,
thereunto belonging or thence arising by any
manner of way or means whatsoever, as also
two Oxen, five cows, and three other brooding
Cattell, one Horse and one brooding mare and
fourty sheep upon said farm together with the
Carts, Ploughs, Chains, tackling and all other
Tools and Implements belonging to the said
farm to Have and to Hold the said farm with
all the buildings and Edifices, Cattell, Stock,
Carts, Ploughs, Implements and all the singular
the Premises with their and
every of their Appurtenances before by these
presents bargained and sold or meant men-
tioned or intended to be hereby granted,
bargained and sold, and every part and parcell
thereof from and after the decease of him
the said Miles Merwin Sen'r., unto the said
Miles Merwin, Jun'r., to the use and behoof of
the said Miles Merwin, Jun'r., for the term of
his natural life, and from and after his decease
to the use and behoof of the First Son of the said
Miles Merwin Jun'r of his body lawfully to be
begotten and for default of such issue to the
use and behoof of all and every other son and
sons of the body of the said Miles Merwin Jun'r
begotten or to be begotten one after another as
they shall be in senority of age and priority of
birth, and of the heirs of the body of every of the
same sons respectively to be begotten, the elder
of the said sons and the heirs being always pre-
ferred before the younger and the heirs of their
bodies. And for default of such issue to the
use and behoof of Thomas Merwin, Son to the
said Miles Merwin, Sen'r, and of the heirs males
of the body of such First Son Lawfully to be be-
gotten, and for default of such issue, to the use
and behoof of all and every other Son and Sons
of the body of the said Thomas Merwin, Lawfully
begotten or to be begotten, one after another,
as they shall be in Senority of age and priority
of birth, and of the heirs of the body of every
of the same sons respectively — the Elder of the
said Sons and the heirs of his body being all-
ways preferred before the younger and the heirs
of their bodies.
And for default of such issue to the use and
behoof of the First Son of Samuel Merwin, son to
the said Miles Merwin, Sen'r., and of the Heirs
Males of the body of such First Son — lawfully to
be begotten, and for default of such issue to the
use and behoof of all and every other son and
sons of the body of the said Samuel Merwin
lawfully begotten or to be begotten one after
another as they shall be in senority of age and
priority of birth and of the body of every of the
same sons respectively, the Elder of the said
sons and the heirs of his body being allways
preferred before the younger and the heirs of
their bodies; and for default of such issue then
to the use and behoof of the right heirs of the
said Miles Merwin, Jun'r, forever. And the
said Miles Merwin, Sen'r., for himself, his heirs,
Executors and Administrators doth covenant
promise and Grant to and with his said son
Miles Merwin, Jr., and said heirs by these
presents that all the said farm Buildings and
Premises and every part and parcell thereof with
the Appurtenances now are and be and soe from
time to time and at all times hereafter forever,
shall or may remain and continue to the several
respective uses before herein mentioned limited
and declared according to the intent and mean-
ing hereof freely cleared and discharged of and
from all former and other bargains, Sales, gifts,
leases, mortgages, troubles and incumbrances
whatsoever, had, made, committed or done by
him the said Miles Merwin, Senior, or any other
Person or Persons lawfully claiming or to claim
from, by or under him. Upon the condition
following, that is to say, that the said Miles
Merwin, Junior, or the heirs, as afore mentioned,
shall well and duly pay, or cause to be paid, the
full and Just summe of five hundred pounds,
that is to say, twenty- five pounds a year till the
full end and term of twenty years from and
after the time of the decease of the said Miles
Merwin, Senior, be fully completed and ended.
In such pay as shall yearly be raised or pro-
duced off the said farm (Sider only excepted), to
be paid at prices current between man and man,
to all the children of the said Miles Merwin,
Senior, (his Eldest Son John Merwin only ex-
cepted), equally to be divided among them, the
Chari^ks Watson Newton
said Miles Merwin, Junior, being one of them
to have his share, and if any of the said Miles
Merwin, Senior, his Sons dye before the receipts
of such payments, then such payments shall be
yearly made and paid during the whole time
aforesaid to the children of such sons deceasing
equally to be divided among them, but in case
any of the said Miles Merwin, Senior, his daugh-
ters dye before the time of such yearly pay-
ments, then the said payments shall cease as to
them and their children. Such daughters so
deceasing before the time of such payments be
due, their children shall not have any benefitt
or share of the same. And it is covenanted
granted and agreed by and between the said
parties to these presents, and the said Miles
Merwin, Senior, doth covenant, grant and agree
to and with his said Son, Miles Merwin, Junior,
and the Heirs as aforesaid that if it should so
happen in any of the years of payment as above
said that there should be extraordinary loss in
Crops or Stocks on said Farm, that then the said
Miles Merwin, Junior, or the heirs as aforesaid
shall not be compelled to pay the said yearly
payment in such a year wherein he or they have
suffered such losses, but shall have further time
to pay it in.
In Witness Whereof the said Miles Merwin
Senior to these presents hath sett to his hand
and seal the day and year first above written in
the seventh year of his Majesties Reign William
the Third, King of England, Scotland, France
and Ireland, Defender of the Faith.
Not that notwithstanding what is above men-
tioned the said Miles Merwin Senior reserves
liberty to himself if he shall by Providence be
reduced to a low state, to sell part or all of the
fore mentioned farm for his subsistence which
his said Son Miles Merwin Junior or one of his
male children shall have the first refusal of,
and deduction in such case to be made out of
the above said five hundred pounds, according
to the price that any part of the said farm shall
be sold for ; this notation being entered before
signing and sealing.
Miles Merwin (Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of
Bartha : Langstaffe,
This deed was acknowledged by the above writ-
ten Miles Merwin, Senior the sixth day of June
Ano Dom 1695 to be his act and deed before me
Recorded July the
J. S. Bryan, Reg'r Alex Bryan, Commissioner.
Tombstone in the Mii.ford Cemetery
of Miles Merwiii, who died April 23d, 1697
aged 74 years
John Merwin, the eldest son, remained in'the
home of their father, carrying on the same
business of the tannery besides trading to the
He married Mary, daughter of Thomas
Welch, and widow of Isaac Holbrook, April 2,
Miles also married a widow, Hannah Wilmot,
widow of Samuel Miles, September 26, 1681.
In those days of the settlement of different
parts of New England, and the Indian wars,
almost every woman appears to have been left a
widow once or twice at least. The three mar-
riages of the first Miles were all to widows.
This Miles of the second generation with his
wife, Hannah, settled on the entailed estate
given him by his father.
Their only daughter, Elizabeth, was born
January 10, 1683. She married a son of Gov-
ernor Robert Treat, but died young, leaving
two little children.
Miles Merwin ^ and Hannah Wilmot had
two sons. Miles and Daniel; Miles, the first born
son, being the heir, according to the deed of
This Miles, the second generation, born 1658,
made his will, bequeathing as much of his.
property as he had power over, Oct. 21, 1721.
He had evidently a firm faith in the literal
resurrection of the body, for the first provision is:
"I desire my body to have a decent burial, I
believing that I shall receive it again."
He left one hundred pounds to be divided
equally between the children of his daughter,
Elizabeth Treat, lately deceased.
He gave Daniel one good young cow besides
what he had already given him in real or per-
sonal estate, but the house and land he could
not give, it belonged to his son Miles.
In the time of a later Miles, this house had a
trying experience. It was plundered, but not
destroyed, by the British troops, when they
landed in Milford in 1779.
Lambert's History says :
"Twenty British ships lay off Milford
a number of days, the inhabitants hourly
expecting an attack, but only a few
landed at Pond Point, and plundered
one house, that of Mr. Miles Merwin.
The house was closed at the time, the
family having gone into the town."
Milford had already seen much of the dread-
fulness of war, before the slight matter of the
plundering of the Merwin homestead.
In January, 1777, a vessel bearing a flag of
truce arrived at Milford Harbor, having on
board two hundred Americans who had been
prisoners of the British on their ships at New
Henry Huntington Newton
Seventh in descent fi'om
Eiehth from Richard Piatt
Caroline Gaylord Newton
Seventh by her father
Eighth by her mother
They were perishing with starvation, cold
and disease; twenty had died on board the ship,
coming up the sound, in the bitter winter
The residents of Milford and surrounding
towns came to care for them, but within a
month, forty-six more had died, and were
buried in one grave, in the south part of the
Milford grave-yard. A tall brown stone monu-
ment inscribed with the forty-six names, marks
the spot where they lie.
This was the time when my great-grand-
father, Elisha Fairchild, drove his team of
horses down from Middletown, to take some of
those helpless ones back to their homes.
They were suffering with the small-pox; he
contracted the disease from them, and died
within a month, a real martyr of the Eevolu-
tion, though not dying in battle.
He had been a soldier in the French and
Indian War, coming through that unharmed.
He left a widow and five little children, one
of whom, Abigail, became the wife of Abner
Newton, my grandfather.
One of those for whom he thus give his life,
was William Butler. Butler received a pension,
living to a good old age, but the young widow
and children of Elisha Fairchild were given no
Returning from this digression to the third
generation of Merwins, Daniel, second son of
the second Miles, born in 1691, when
he arrived at man's estate, saw his elder brother
John settled in the family homestead, and his
younger brother Miles ^ on the land which was
to be his and his son's forever.
The Merwins of those early generations
seemed always ready to settle in a new place, a
trait not entirely unknown in those of later
Miles, the first, had several times taken the
journey between Milford and Windsor, and at
the time of his death, little Daniel, his grand-
son, a child of six years, and living near, had
probably often heard stories of these journeys,
which might have been through what was after-
wards known as Durham.
No white man had settled there, and the spot
was not much frequented by the Indians, though
well-known to them as a hunting ground.
There was a cleared field on the farm now
known as the Gaylord Newton Farm, which has
always been called "The Old Field," as the only
place in that neighborhood where the Indians
Whether or not little Daniel heard of the
place from his grandfather, he certainly heard
about it, as he grew to manhood, for most of
the settlers in the new town came from Milford.
The first house in Durham was built in 1699,
and the number of settlers increased until a
patent was granted to the Town of Durham,
May 21, 1708. This original patent now hangs
in the Town Library in Durham.
The inhabitants, though few in number, be-
lieved in the independence of the people, and
held a town-meeting December 24, 1706.
At this town-meeting before there was a
town, four of our ancestors were elected to ofHce:
Nathaniel Sutliff, Constable ; Samuel Fairchild,
Selectman ; Joel Parmelee, Fence Viewer, and
Robert Coe, Lister, or Assessor.
At the same meeting it was voted that they
desired the town of Durham should be annexed
to the County of New Haven.
The early name of this tract of land was
Coginchaug, though spelled in many different
ways. The old deed held by the Merwin family
dated 1687 reads : "a piece of land in a place
called Cogonshake;" and for the record, it is
marked on the outside "a deed of Cockingcheg. "
This was the Indian name signifying Long
In 1704, the name was changed to Durham
by the Act of the General Assembly, though it
was not then a town.
The main street was originally planned in the
southern part, on a hill which is still known by
the name of Meeting-house Hill, but before any
building of importance was erected, it was
changed to its present location, most of the land
on this ridge between two valleys, now com-
prising the village, being then in the possession
of the Talcott family of Hartford.
"Ye Worshipful Mr. John Talcott" was one
of the first settlers in Hartford, having a house
built for him in 1635 on the corner of Main and
Talcott Streets, and moving into it with his
family in 1636.
His son. Lieutenant Colonel John Talcott, our
great, great, great, great-grandfather, was a
famous fighter in the Indian wars, and had
this Durham land granted to him for his ser-
He was one of three men appointed to have
charge of the Charter of the State granted by
King Charles II, in 1662.
Roger Wolcott is authority for the statement
that when the Charter was hidden in the oak
October 1, 1687, this Lieut. Col. John Talcott
secured it from the table, when the lights were
extinguished, as he might lawfully do, having
been appointed to keep it in charge. The Record
"Oct. 9, 1662. The Pattent or charter was
this day publiquely read in audience of ye free-
men, and ye freemen made choice of Mr. Willys,
Col. John Talcott and Lieut. John Allyn to
take the Charter into their custody, in behalf of
Lieut. Col. John Talcott died in the year
1688, and his youngest son Hezekiah, then a
little child two years old, inherited a part of
the Durham land.
The second wife of Lieut. Col. John Talcott,
and the mother of Hezekiah, was Mary Cook,
possibly daughter of Major Aaron Cooke, Senior'
whose will dated August, 1690, bequeaths to
his "Grandson, Aaron Cooke, son of my son
Aaron, a parcell of land being three hundred
acres lyeing between Middletown and Walling-
ford, being in ye Colony of Connecticut, for-
merly granted to Major Nash of New Haven by
ye general Corte, and soe by deed to me."
It is more probable that this Mary Cook,
mother of Hezekiah Talcott, was the daughter
of Jacob Cook who came as a child with his
mother to this country in the ship Ann in 1623.
His father Francis, and his brother John,
came in 1620 in the Mayflower, the mother and
younger children coming three years later. John
and Jacob had each a daughter named Mary,
born at nearly the same time, the daughter of
John marrying a man named Thompson, the
other Mary probably becoming the second wife
of Colonel John Talcott, and mother of Hezekiah,
whose daughter, Mary Talcott, married Miles
Merwin in 1743, thus making all of the Merwin
family of Durham, Mayflower Descendants.
John Talcott', though holding his land from
the General Assembly, joined in purchasing it
from the Indians also.
In the Records of the General Assembly is
the following entry, dated May 13, 1703.
"This Assembly doth empower the
guardian of Mr. Hezekiah Talcott to
sell a convenient number of lotts out of
the said Hezekiah's land at the place
called Cokinchauge, to accommodate
the inhabitants there with a convenient
place for a town platt, according to the
proportion due from the said Hezekiah,
for settling the said towne."
In the original plan of the town, dated 1704,
which I have seen in the immense safe in the
Capitol at Hartford, and of which I have a copy,
the land marked as belonging to Hezekiah Tal-
cott, extended the whole length of Main Street,
from the old tavern, which was first kept by
Samuel Weld, and later by John Swathel, to
south of the green, a full mile in extent.
In the Town Patent granted by Governor
Saltonstall, May 21, 1708, the name of Hezekiah
Flan of Bvf^HAM
Talcott is the first of the seven Patentees whose
names are given.
The thirty-four men who were residing in
Durham at that time, were called the Patentees
or Proprietors, and I consider it an honor that I
am descended from six of the thirty-four; Joel
Parmelee, Samuel Fairchild, Nathaniel Sutliff,
James Curtiss, Hezekiah Talcott and Robert
These Proprietors continued to hold their own
business meetings distinct from town-meetings
for many years, admitting others to their privi-
leges by vote among themselves.
There is a deed dated Feb. 1st 1703-4 from
"John Permele, husbandman, to my brother
Joell Permelee, of all my right of a Part of a
two-hundred acre farme that I bought of Abra-
ham bradley of S^^ Guilford at a place com-
monly called Cauchinchag, neare Middletown,
containing 65 acres more or less."
A part of the land belonging to Hezekiah
Talcott was given without price, to encourage
settlement in the new town, as was the custom
throughout New England.
In May, 1701, land was distributed by lot in
allotments of thirty acres each, to twenty-three
different persons, among whom the following
were our ancestors or relatives:
Joel Permele, John Permele, John Sutliff,
Nathaniel Sutliff, Samuel Camp, Joseph Coe,
In the early Land Records, very many pages
are filled with copies of deeds from Hezekiah
Talcott, but not the very earliest, as he was not
then of age.
March 28, 1707 there was recorded a deed
from Hezekiah Tallcot and Eunice Tallcot of
Hartford to James Wadsworth of Farmington,
acknowledged before Joseph Tallcot, Justice of
May 6, 1708, a deed of land to Saml. Camp,
Senior, and on the same date, one to Benjamin
Baldwin from Hezekiah Talcott.
March 28, 1710-11, Joseph Talcot gave a deed
of his share of 562 acres inherited from his
father. Colonel John Tallcot, deceased, to his
brother, Hezekiah Tallcot.
Hezekiah's home was near the place where
now stands the house of Mrs. ]\lary Gatzmer.
In the year 1721, it was to this young town of
Durham, that Daniel Merwin, of the third
generation, with his wife, Sarah Botchford
and their five little children removed, followed
later by his cousin Mary Burwell and her hus-
band, Abner Newton, and other families from
Both Merwin and Newton settled on the Main
Street, Merwin purchasing the house which is
now occupied by William C. Hubbard, and
Abner Newton purchasing the Mill-pond prop-
erty, and several acres north of it with two
houses, the places now owned by W. R. Atwell
and Frank Barton.
Daniel Merwin had married, November 30,
1710, Sarah Botsford, Daughter of Elnathan
Botsford. Their children were:
Ann, Born November 20, 1712
Daniel, " September 15, ni4
Ann, " March 24, 1715-16
Sarah,, " June 10, 1718
Miles, " November 29, 1719
D. Miles " March 27, 1721
Elizabeth " February 14, 1722-3
Daniel Merwin became prominent in the
affairs of the new town, and is called Honorable
Daniel Merwin in the records, a prefix not given
in those early days without good reason.
He made large purchases of land, some ex-
tending beyond the bounds of Durham into
Middletown, a part of which is now covered by
the Middlefield Reservoir, and westward to the
"April 13, 1721, Daniel Merwin of
Milford, purchased of Nathan Camp of
Durham, a dwelling house, barn, and
home-lottof six acres for £100. bounded
eastwardly, westwardly, and northerly
by highway, and southwardly by Sam-
uel Norton's home-lott."
This is the house owned by William Hubbard,
and shows that the road running between Wil-
liam Scranton's and Herbert Southmayd's then
extended through to Brick Lane, as it was laid
out on the first plan of the Town.
Daniel Merwin, and his son Miles and grand-
son Job, each in succession with his family,
lived and died in that house. It has been very
much altered and improved since their time.
Nathan Camp, who was the original owner,
was also our ancestor.
Dec. 5, 1721. John Camp, Jr., of Milford,
sold to Daniel Merwin of Durham, 31 acres for
Dec. 19, 1721. Robert Coe of Durham, sold
to Daniel Merwin of Durham, ten acres west of
the swamp, north of the Wallingford road for
Sept. 10, 1722. Isaac Chauncey and Nathaniel
Chauncey sold to Daniel Merwin 65 acres for
One hundred acres of land purchased at this
time by Daniel Merwin was a part of the tract
given by the General Court to Major John Nash
of New Haven, and sold by his heirs to Major
Aaron Cook of Northampton, Mass. This
original deed, dated October 27, 1687, and also
Graves in Durham Cemetery of Daniel Merwin :^ his son. Lieut. Miles Merwin ^,
and trrandson, Miles ^Nlerwin 5-
the original deed to Daniel Merwin, are now iu
the possession of the children of Miles Talcott
Merwin in Durham.
It was long before the boundary line was
exactly settled between Middletown and Durham,
and Daniel Merwin had much to do in its final
location, the papers concerning it still remaining
in the family.
In 1733, the town voted that it was needful to
build a new meeting-house, and Sergeant Daniel
Merwin and others were appointed ' ' to consider
the heighth, length, bredth and dementions of
the meeting-house, and discourse the best and
most able carpenters."
This second meeting-house was raised in May,
1736, and was still unfinished in November,
when a tax of twelve pence per pound was laid
to finish it, with Daniel Merwin, Collector.
When the town voted to build this meeting-
house, in 1733, the appropriation for a "skoole"
was reduced from £6 to £3 for the j^ear.
Daniel Merwin died April 17, 1766, in his 79th
year. His wife, Sarah Botchford, died Septem-
ber 23, 1764, eighty-two years old, and their
grave-stones, large, handsome brown sandstone,
are on the summit of the hill in the old burying
ground with those of their children and grand-
Their eldest son, Daniel, was born in Milford,
and was a boy eight years old when the family
moved to Durham.
He married December 20, 1738, Elizabeth
Wells of Haddam. Their little son James was
born October 19, and ten days later, Oct. 29 the
young wife died.
May 11, 1741, Daniel was married again to
Mary Burrett and by her he had seven children,
Elizabeth, Ehnathan, Sarah, Daniel, Ann,
Israel and Hannah.
This Daniel Merwin, Junr. was one of the
subscribers to "The Book Company of Durham,"
which was formed October 30, 1733, and said to
be the first Public Library in the Colony or
State of Connecticut.
He died May 15, 1758.
Slavery was in existence in Durham then, as
it was in all the towns of the state, and his
widow sold at least one slave, in settling his es-
tate the year after his death.
The bill of sale I copy from Fowler's History
Durham, June 19, 1759.
Know all men by this present: that I the sub-
scriber, widow Mary Merwin, Executrix of the
last will of Daniel Merwin, Junr., do sell, alien
and convey and confirm unto Elnathan Chaun-
cey of Durham in the County of New Haven, to
him and his heirs, one certain negro man, about
30 years of age named Ginne, for and during
his natural life, it being for the consideration of
13 pounds already received to my full satisfac-
tion, in witness hereof I set my hand and seal,
this 19th of June in the year of our Lord 1759.
In presence of Mary Merwin.
Miles Merwin of the fourth generation, second
son of Miles and Sarah Botsford, born Nov. 29,
1719, was a child not quite three years old at
the time of the removal from Milford to Dur-
The explanation of the name given to the
third son, a baby one year old at this time, of D.
Miles, seems to be the fear that either Daniel or
Miles might die, as so large a number of little
children did die in the early settlement of the
country, and the desire that the little one might
continue the name of either.
Miles was a young man of twenty when the
first military company was organized in Dur-
ham in 1739.
James Wadsworth, born in Farmington, but
one of the very early settlers in Durham, was
made Colonel of the Tenth Connecticut Regi-
ment of Militia, and the cartridge-box and ac-
coutrements now in the possession of the heirs
of Miles Talcott Merwin, marked '■^Ilnd Coni'y.
Xth Meg.''' seem proof that it was the one carried
by Lieutenant Miles Merwin, under the com-
mand of Colonel Wadsworth.
His sword also is treasured by us, his descend-
ants, as being undoubtedly the one carried by
him in the French and Indian War, and also in
the War of the Revolution.
In the Colonial Records of Connecticut, on
page 70, Vol. II, is the record of an Act of the
General Assembly in Hartford, May, 1757:
"This Assembly do establish Mr. Miles Mer-
win to be cornet of the troop of horse in the
Tenth Regiment in this Colony", the cornet of a
company being the officer who carried the stand-
ard in a company or troop of horse, the second
officer in the Company.
Seven years later, May 1764, page 255, Vol.
XIII of the Colonial Records reads:
' 'This Assembly do establish Mr. Miles Mer-
win to be Lieutenant of the Troop of Horse in
the Tenth Regiment in This Colony."
This Tenth Regiment of Connecticut Militia
continued its organization during the War of
the Revolution, and was frequently in service.
It was at the Danbury fight in April, 1777, re-
inforced Washington on the Hudson, and served
faithfully until peace was declared.
Lieut. Miles Merwin had married when a
young man of twenty-four, his bride being only
The record of their marriage reads: "Miles
Merwin and Mary Talcott were Joyned in Mar-
riage June 30, 1743."
She was the daughter of Hezekiah Talcott,
(b. Feb. 24, 1685-6; d. Feb. 13, 1764), who
was the proprietor of the best part of Durham,
and of his wife, Jemima Parsons, grand-daugh-
ter of Cornet Joseph Parsons, one of the found-
ers of Springfield, Mass.
The great, carved, oaken chest, mentioned on
another page as being an heir-loom in the
family of Miles Talcott Merwin, bears the
initials I. P., and was brought from England
by our ancestor, Cornet Joseph Parsons.
At the time of Mary Talcott's marriage to
Miles Merwin, her uncle, Joseph Talcott, had
been Governor of Connecticut for seventeen
years, and all of the Talcott family had been
prominent in the history of the New England
Colonies, from their earliest settlement.
Lieut. Miles Merwin (1719-1786) and Mary
Talcott, his wife, had eight children :
Miles, born May 1, 1744
Job Merwin, who inherited the homestead,
died in 1824, leaving his widow with a very
good property. The funeral expenses were such
h ? - «
5 .i ^ "t;
as were usual in those days, and I copy them
from the old Merwin account book:
To James Clark for digging grave . $1.25
To Charles Camp for making coffin . 2.75
To John Loveland for tolling the bell .50
To Olive Norton for making shroud . 37^
A shroud was always used for the dead, made
of a soft white cloth manufactured for that pur-
pose, and called "shrouding." No one was ever
"laid out," to use the old-fashioned expression,
in clothing worn by them in life.
The use of a hearse for the coffin and covered
carriages for the family was unknown at that
time. Coffins were placed upon a long wagon,
and covered with a pall.
* * *
Lieutenant Miles Merwin died December 12,
1786, sixty-seven years old. His wife, Mary
Talcott, died January 18, 1793. Their graves
are close by those of his father and mother, in
the old cemetery in Durham.
The inscription on his grave-stone is :
"In memory of Lieut. Miles Merwin,
who having served his generation ac-
cording to the will of God through a
useful life, finished his course on earth
Dec. 12, 1786, in the 66th year of his
"The sweet remembrance of the just,
Like a green root, revives and bears,
When dying nature sleeps in dust."
Miles, their eldest son, born May 1, 1744, the
fifth generation in this country, married Mary
Parmelee, November 4, 1767.
Her grandfather, Joel Parmelee, (1714-1788),
was one of the first settlers of Durham, his
name being on the petition for the town plat
His grandfather, John Parmelee, was one of
the first settlers in Guilford, coming there in the
company of Rev. Henry Whitfield, who built
the Old Stone House.
John Parmelee's home lot in Guilford in
1636 was the land on which the First Congrega-
tional Church and the adjacent buildings now
"John Permeley", who came from England
with Whitfield was one of the twenty-five who
signed the Covenant on board the ship, June 1,
1639, when they had been on the ocean about ten
His father, Maurice Parmele, fled to Holland
from the persecution in England about 1567.
His great-grandson, our great-great-grand-
father, Joel Parmelee, was a private in the War
of the Revolution in 1776, in Captain Hand's Co.
Colonel Talcott's Eegiment. Later in the same
year he was Corporal in Captain Steven's Co.
with John Parmelee, probably his son, serving
In 1779 his name appears as Sergeant enlisted
for the War in the Sixth Connecticut Line Eegi-
ment under Captain Bezaleel Bristol.
The family home of Miles and Mary Parmelee
Merwin was the house at the head of Brick Lane,
known as the Miles Merwin house, which has al-
ways since been in the family, and is now owned
by his great-grandson, Edward Payson Merwin.
It is supposed that this Miles, the fifth gener-
ation, built this house, and planted the noble
line of maples in front of it.
Their eleven children were :
Jerusha, born August 27,
' April 27,
' February 2,
' December 12,
' June 25,
' October 25,
* November 11,
' December 23,
' August 31,
' November 9,
Those eight daughters followed the example
of the worthy woman in the Book of Proverbs:
"She layeth her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle; she
maketh linen garments and selleth
them, and delivereth girdles unto the
The great clumsy loom upon which every
year they wove hundreds of yards of cloth, is
still standing, a curiosity to the children of to-
The old account-book kept the record of vari-
eties of weaving; Curtain-cloth, striped cloth,
striped linen, tow-cloth, plain cloth, bed-tick,
worsted, &c. The "setting-out" of eight brides
must have involved a vast amount of spinning
and weaving, not to mention the millions of
stitches of hand sewing.
Most of the Merwin men lived to a good old
age, but this Miles and Mary Parmelee, his wife,
both died under fifty. His death was July 31,
1793, and hers June 6, 1795.
It was usual to carve an account of the vir-
tues of our ancestors upon their headstones, and
some of these epitaphs may be undeserved, but
this great-grandmother of ours was worthy of
the words above her:
"Prudence and grace adorned her mind:
Her lips were peace, her carriage love:
Patient -and meek, to Heaven resigned.
She died in faith of joys above."
Ellen Maria Nkwtox
Henry Gleason Newton
Seventh s^reneration in the line of their father
Eighth in the line of their mother
Miles had died two years earlier, and the in-
scription upon his grave is:
' 'When thou, my Jesus and my God
Shall come in majesty divine,
Raised from the dust in glory bright.
With joy and beauty shall I shine."
Their eldest son. Miles of the sixth generation,
our grand-father, is well remembered by all of
his grand-children. He was born February 2,
1772, married November 27, 1794, died July 31,
1859; 87 years old.
His first wife, the mother of all his children,
was Phebe Camp, a descendant of Nicholas
Camp, one of the first settlers of Milford, and
also of Thomas Welles, who was Governor of
Connecticut in the years 1655 and 1659, being
Governor, Deputy Governor or Treasurer of the
Colonial Government for many years until his
death in office.
The nine children of Miles Merwin and Phebe
Camp his wife, were:
Miles, born Thursday, September 7, 1795
Alva, born Wednesday, October 12, 1796
Phebe Camp, born Saturday, March 31, 1798
Ruth, born Wednesday, December 11, 1799
Mary Parmelee, born Thursday, Nov. 12, 1801
Alva, born Saturday, October 29, 1803
Rhoda, born Wednesday, September 11, 1805
Noah, born Wednesday, June 24, 1807
Nancy Mariah, born Thursday, March 29, 1810.
The Camp family were in comfortable circum-
stances, and Phebe's wedding dress, in 1T94,
was very handsome.
It was a heavy brocaded green silk damask,
made with a short waist and long skirt.
When the third church was built, in 1835,
these long straight breadths of her wedding
dress were dyed red. and given by her to cover
the cushion of the pulpit. It was burned with
the building November 28, 1844. Some treas-
ured bits of both red and green remain to us,
and a few pieces of her furniture and silver.
As was the custom in New England at that
time, her silver spoons, still firm and good, were
engraved with the initials of both husband and
wife, M. P. M., theM for Miles and P for Phebe
She had some property of her own, a part of
which was a rather valuable tract of land on
what was called West Mountain. This was
sold after her death and the proceeds divided
among her six living daughters.
Of her nine children, all except the first
daughter, Alva, lived to a good age, all married,
and all except Phebe, whose married life was
less than two years, had children.
The mother died December 1, 1812, when little
Nancy was only two and a half years old.
Miles, the eldest son, the seventh generation,
and Noah, the younger, settled on farms close
by their father's and lived and died there.
Miles enlisted in the War of 1812 serving under
Commander Medad Hotchkiss and Commander
He was stationed at New London, but did not
serve out of the State.
The daughters married and settled, some
nearer, some farther from the old home, but
none so far away that they did not occasionally
return for the Thanksgiving gatherings.
Each of the six daughters had a bountiful
"setting-out" of linen and wool, raised on the
farm, spun on the great wheel and little wheel,
and woven on the loom in the red painted build-
ing which they called "the shop" and which
stood a few feet east of the house.
There were windows on every side of the shop,
for it was all in one room, and it was sunny
and warm and bright on cold winter days when
the six sisters were at work there together, for
no one of the six married until the youngest was
fourteen years old.
Each could spin and weave her own linen, al-
though for preparing the table linen, the intri-
cate and mysterious patterns of "huck-a-buck
and bird's eye" and "M's and N's," they re-
quired the skill of a specialist from another fam-
Every separate article was marked in blue
linen cross-stitch with the initials of its owner,
and laid away in her particular chest to wait for
the marrige which was sure to come.
Each daughter knit a pillow case full of stock-
ings, of linen thread, of woolen yarn, and some
of cotton also, every one marked carefully with
the blue initials, and in some cases they lasted
until earthly apparel was no longer needed.
They had nice dresses for best, of silk, and of
soft French chintz, and as the wearing of a cap
was then a badge and token of the married
state, as a wedding ring was among Episcopa-
lians, and is now among even orthodox Congre-
gationalists, each for her marriage provided a
handsome cap of real lace, and wore it there-
after on all ceremonious occasions. The quaint,
old family daguerreotypes which we prize so
highly, show us the fashion of them, but the
vandal hands of their children long ago des-
troyed the dear old caps, to obtain the lace for
With all the work that was done in the red
shop, the sisters found time for reading and
study and embroidery on lace and muslin, of
which sorde fine specimens have been inherited
by their children.
The youngest one, Nancy Maria, my mother,
was remarkable for the number of verses she
could repeat in the Sunday-school.
Phebe Camp White
Ruth Lee Mary ParmeIvEE Nobi,e
Nancy Maria Newton Rhoda Sage
Daughters of Miles Merwin (1772-1859)
This Sunday School was first organized in, or
a little before, the year 1818, when Nancy was
eight years old, and her elder sister, Phebe, was
chosen the first female Superintendent.
The lessons were simply committing to mem-
ory Bible verses, hymns, and answers in the As-
sembly's Shorter Catechism.
Nancy laid her Bible open before her on the
bench of her spinning-wheel, and in the cease-
less stepping to and fro as she drew out and
twisted the thread, she learned verse after verse
and chapter after chapter, until she could re-
peat every word of the Book of Isaiah, as well
as many other parts of the Bible.
In the early days of this Sabbath-School, it
was continued through the summer, then closed
for the winter in October, with a public meet-
ing, a long, solemn address, usually by one of
the deacons, written, and read from the manu-
script, and a report of the state of the school,
and the number of verses that had been recited
in the six months.
In October, 1824, the report was, "22,192
verses of scripture, 2335 answers of catechism,
6,572 verses of hymns, making a total of 31,099,
and this exclusive of the adult classes."
Nancy, at this time, was the only one of the
sisters young enough to be considered a child.
Most of them married young, quite as soon as
the linen chests were filled; and at the time of
marriage, the father added a gift of a sum of
money, so that each daughter furnished the
house which her husband provided.
Rose blankets and imported counterpanes were
purchased for best, but for ordinary use, the
home-made linen and wool lasted for many
These six sisters, although sometimes separa-
ted after marriage in different towns and states,
always cherished the strongest affection for each
other to the end of life.
A few only of their many affectionate letters
to each other have been preserved. There is one
written by Phebe to Nancy after the death and
burial of her much loved husband, Seymour
White. They had lived together only a year
and a half, in the house now owned and occupied
by George Francis. After his death, she re-
turned to her father's house, remaining there
until she received a most urgent call to fill the
position of matron to the American Asylum for
the Deaf in Hartford.
How acceptably and lovingly she performed
the duties of that office, can best be told by an
extract from an article published in the year
1885 by one who had been many years before
under her care.
" In the heart of every graduate of the Asylum
in the forty years in which Mrs. Phebe C. White
filled the post of matron, she occupied a warm
" She was a second mother to all of them —
some of them knew no other — and around her
name clusters many a tender memory of their
younger days, when they were far from home.
She was emphatically a woman among a thous-
and; yea, among ten thousand.
' ' T last saw her a few years ago, in Central
New York, where she was visiting, and it was a
real pleasure to look upon her beaming, mother-
ly face, and clasp her honest hand after years of
"She long ago vacated the office she had so
truly filled, and only recently passed, at a ripe
old age, to the world beyond."
A strong family feeling continued through
the next, the present generation. There were
thirty -five cousins, though not all living at one
time. Twenty-eight of them lived to manhood
and womanhood, and as every family finally
settled within twenty miles of the ancestral
home in Durham, visits were often exchanged.
A few weeks before grandfather's death, in
the summer of 1859, the family assembled at the
old home, and thirteen great-grand children
then living, sat together around one table.
He walked into the room, and looking upon
them with deep emotion said, ' ' This is a most
interesting sight; be good children all of you,
live in peace, and prepare to meet me in
There were at this time, in 1859, fifteen sons
and daughters, counting also their wives and
husbands, thirty-two grand children and thirteen
There were four generations of Miles Merwins
then living in Durham in a radius of half a
They were distinguished as Miles Senior, Miles
Junior, Miles Talcott, and Miles Tyler Merwin,
the last named being a child of ten years, one of
the great-grand children above mentioned.
Of the twenty-eight cousins who were living
at the same time, too many died in their
youth, Frances, Marietta, Elizabeth and Henry
Sage following each other in quick succession.
Lyman Baldwin, Charlotte Ellen Noble, a young
girl, always bright and cheerful, helpful to her
friends, sparing no pains or trouble to make
others happy, Charles Gilbert Lee, wasting his
young life in Andersonville prison, Ellen Maria
Newton, useful everywhere, organist in the choir,
a teacher in Sunday School, a great favorite with
all her friends, and filling the place of a
mother in her own home, Henry Merwin
Baldwin, a soldier in the Civil War, severely
wounded in the battle of Olustee, Florida,
Caroline and Phebe, daughters of Miles Merwin,
Mary Noble Arnold; "all these died in faith"
many years ago.
Their numbers are now rapidly diminishing.
The earliest born and the latest born passed
away in 1904, Miles Talcott Merwin at the age
of eighty-two and Charles Baldwin Merwin,
October 31, at fifty-six.
Charles Baldwin Merwin had long been in
failing health, and made his will a few years
ago, remembering all his near relatives, and
providing that after their decease, a large part
of the property he had accumulated should bene-
fit the church and schools in his native town of
He also bequeathed, besides the gifts to church
and Sunday School and High School, three
thousand dollars for establishing and replenish-
ing a library in connection with the school, and
a fund the income of which was to be expended
in the care of the cemeteries of Durham.
Miles Talcott Merwin was the first of the line
to be distinguished by a middle name, for the
reason that in his early life, the three gener-
ations of Miles Merwins were still living and
all residents of Durham. He was still strong
and courageous at the age of eighty. Though
bent with rheumatism, and often suffering from
other disabilities, he continued managing his
large farm himself, driving in storms of
winter and heat of summer ten miles to market
his produce, and seemed expecting to continue
doing the same for years to come until the
accident of a fall in the barn caused the
illness which resulted in his death after two
weeks of suffering, August 29, 1904.
He had been useful through all his long life
in the affairs of town, of church and of Sunday
School, his place there never being vacant ex-
cept by reason of illness.
For the last twenty years of his life he had
been annually elected President of the Sunday
School Association, taking charge of all its
He was much interested in the work of the
Historical Society, which was formed in Dur-
ham at the Bi-Centennial of the town in 1899,
and had prepared some interesting papers for
He was the last "tything-man" elected by the
First Church of Durham, and might be said to
have died in office, although his election was
many years ago.
A tything-man was an officer elected annually
in the days of our grandfathers to preserve
order in the meeting-house during services, as
well as to make complaint of any disorderly con-
duct or travel on the Sabbath.
Miles Talcott Merwin felt a great interest in
the history of the family.
All the descendants of our grandfather were
invited to a re-union at his house in August,
1903, the plans having been made and invita-
tions written and sent by Henry G. Newton and
wife of New Haven.
The day appointed proved to be very stormy,
but thirty-seven gathered there.
They had a business meeting, forming the
Merwin Association, electing Miles Talcott Mer-
win President, Mary E. Van Size, Vice-Presi-
dent, and Caroline Gaylord Newton, Secretary.
Speeches were made by those accepting these
offices, a historical paper was read by the Sec-
retary, and many reminiscences were given by
the elder ones among the cousins.
A flash-light photograph was taken of the
group, but because of the rain, some had al-
ready left the circle.
Plans were laid for yearly meetings of the
Association, but illness and death have pre-
vented their meeting again.
Mrs. Mary E. Van Size, the eldest of the re-
maining cousins, then in her eighty-second
year, with mind and memory and bodily health
still unimpaired, was at that time unanimously
elected Vice-President of the Merwin Associa-
tion, and in response made an appropriate
speech, telling some stories of her childhood
days when her home was near grandfather's
She spoke of the Thanksgiving Days when all
the descendants came together without ex-
ception; of the long table in the East room, the
striped hempen and woolen carpet which covered
the floor; the beautiful pink china, and the cut
glass brought out from the glass fronted buffet
which is still in the corner of the west parlor.
This pink china was purchased by the step-
mother, Miles' second wife, Abigail Seward.
Mrs. Van Size remembered the wonderful
journey that she made with her father and
mother and little brother, Lyman, in the year
They put beds, bedding and provisions into a
long wagon, drawn by two horses, and left
Durham on a Friday morning, stopping for a
lodging on the way wherever the darkness hap-
pened to find them; resting over the Sabbath
after two days' journey, according to the com-
mandment, and on Monday proceeding again on
They saw many strange things, among oth-
ers, that astonishing sight, the new railroad
and train running from Albany to Schenectady.
They stayed a short time with relatives in
Albany, then drove on, reaching their jour-
ney's end at Sherburne, New York.
The family afterwards returned to Connecti-
cut, and settled in Cromwell.
Others among the cousins added to the
interest of the re-union by their recollections
of the old days.
Henry S. Merwin, Mrs. Wealthy Ives, wife of
John Ives, of Meriden, Thomas Noble, William
H. Lee, Henry G. Newton and others gave
Letters were read from absent ones, and a
memorial book was prepared in which all present
registered their names.
Those present were:
Miles Talcott Merwin,
Henry Sage Merwin,
Lucy Stowe Merwin,
George Barber Merwin,
Ella Elizabeth Merwin,
Emily Foote Merwin,
Agnes Dickerman Merwin,
Asaph Merriam Merwin,
Harry M. Merwin,
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Van Size,
Mrs. Thomas Noble,
(Elizabeth Baldwin Noble,)
Miss Sarah Ellen Noble,
Thomas Henry Noble,
Mrs. John Ives, (Wealthy Merwin Ives),
Mrs. James P. Piatt, (Harriett Ives Piatt),
Miss Majorie Piatt,
William Henry Lee,
Mrs. William H. Lee, (Mary Griswold Lee),
Charles Sherman Lee,
William Randall Lee,
Mrs.Wm. Randall Lee, (Lucy Foote Lee),
Albert Clifford Lee,
Miss Hotchkiss (later Mrs. A. C. Lee),
Mrs. Earle Baldwin, (Ruth Lee Baldwin),
Miss Martha Wetmore,
Leland Howard Ives,
Henry Huntington Newton,
Mrs. H. H. Newton, (Caroline Gaylord
Henry Gleason Newton,
Mrs. H. G. Newton, (Sarah Baldwin Newton)
Miss Caroline Newton Stevens.
Letters were read from:
Mrs. N. E. Stark, (Mary Lee Stark,
Mrs. Ellen M. Lee Bristol and family.
General Edward Merwin Lee,
Miles Tyler Merwin,
Edward Payson Merwin,
Charles Baldwin Merwin,
The exercises closed with the singing of Auld
Lang Syne, and Praise God from Whom All
Miles Merwin,^ born about 1623, died April
He married Elizabeth Baldwin, widow of
Their children were:
John, born 1650,
Abigail, born 1652,
Thomas, born 1654,
Samuel, born August 21, 1656,
Miles^ born December 14, 1658,
Daniel, born, June 30, 1661.
The mother died July 10, 1664.
Miles married again Sarah Piatt, widow of
Their children were:
Martha and Maria, born January 23 1666.
Hannah, born November 15, 1667.
Deborah and Daniel, born April 24, 1670.
The mother died April 24, 1670.
Miles married again Sarah, widow of Daniel
Scofield, by whom he had no children.
Miles Merwin^, born December 14, 1658,
died * * *
He married Hannah Wilmot, widow of Samuel
Miles, September 26, 1681.
Their children were:
Elizabeth^ born January 10, 1683,
Daniel Merwin, born 1688, died April 11,
1766, married Sarah Botchford November 30,
Their children were:
Ann, born November 30, 1712,
Daniel, born September 15, 1714,
Ann, born March 24, 1715-16,
Sarah, born June 10, 1718,
"Miles, born November 29, 1719,
D. Miles, born March 27, 1721,
Elizabeth, born February 14, 1722-23.
Lieutenant "Miles Merwin, born November 29,
1719, married Mary Talcott June 30, 1743, and
died December 12, 1786.
Their children were:
^Miles, born May 1, 1744,
Daniel, born May 30, 1746,
Job, born February 16, 1749,
Noah, born November 9, 1752,
Mary, born May 24, 1755,
Rhoda, born August 19, 1757,
Sarah, born June 7, 1760,
David, born June 7, 1760,
David, born February 10, 1763.
Miles Merwirig, born May 1, 1744, died July-
Si, 1793. He married Mary Parmelee November
Their children were:
Jerusha, born August 27, 1768.
Eunice, " April 27, 1770.
Miles, " February 2, 1772.
Olive, " December 12, 1773.
Ruth, " June 25, 1776.
Nancy, " October 25, 1778.
Rhoda, " November 11, 1780.
Jesse, " December 23, 1782.
Mary, " May 14, 1785.
Hannah, " August 31, 1787.
Noah, " November 9, 1789.
Miles Merwin^, born February 2, 1772, died
July 31, 1859. He married November 27, 1794,
Their children were: (recorded in the hand-
writing of our grandfather in the Family Bible) :
Miles^, born September 7, 1795, Thursday,
Alva, born October 12, 1796, Wednesday,
Phebe Camp, born March 31, 1798, Saturday,
Ruth, born December 11, 1799, Wednesday,
Mary Parmelee, born November 12, 1801,
Alva, born October 29, 1 803, Saturday,
Rhoda, born September 11, 1805, Wednesday,
Noah, born June 24, 1807, Wednesday,
Nancy Mariah, born March 29, 1810, Thurs-
OUR ancestor's whose names are on the
Eeference has been made to the Memorial
Bridge in Milford.
Many of the old New England families are
descendants of those whose names are upon that
I count among my ancestors fourteen of those
names, seven in the Merwin line, and seven in
the Newton line; in some cases, by the inter-
marriage of families, having the same by both
father and mother.
I take these numbers as corresponding to
those in Ye Story of ye Memorial, as told by
Nathan C. Pond.
No. 9. TJiomas Buckingham,
Hannah, his wife.
Their daughter Hannah married Thomas
Welch; their daughther Sarah married Captain
Samuel Newton, son of Rev. Roger Newton;
their son, Abner Newton, my great- great-grand-
father, married Mary Bur well, and settled in
Durham ; their son Burnell married Eunice
Johnson; their son Abner married Abigail Fair-
child; their son Gaylord married Nancy Merwin,
No. 10. Deacon Richard Piatt,
Mary, his luife.
Their daughter, Sarah Piatt, married Miles
Merwin; their daughter Deborah married Sam-
uel Burwell; their daughter, Mary Burwell,
married Abner Newton, as above.
No. 13. John Burwell,
Alice, his ivife.
These are the father and mother of the Samuel
Burwell in the previous paragraph.
No. 15 Joseph Baldwin.
Hannah, his ivife.
Their son Johnathan married Thankful
Strong; their son, Ezra Strong, married Ruth
Curtis; their daughter, Phebe Curtis, married
Elah Camp; their daughter, Phebe Camp, mar-
ried Miles Merwin, my grandfather.
No. 16. Timothy Baldtvin,
Mary, his ivife.
Their daughter, Hannah Baldwin, married
Elnathan Botsf ord ; their daughter Sarah, mar-
ried Daniel Merwin, and settled in Durham.
No. 19. Miles Merwin.
Sarah, his wife.
All of the name in Milford and Durham
descend from him, and his tombstone is the only
one known to be that of an early settler, in the
Milford cemetery. It has been engraved and
published in the book "Old Tomb-stones of
Milford." (See illustration on a previous page.)
His first wife was Elizabeth Baldwin, the
second Sarah Piatt. I am a descendant of both
wives, on my mother's side from Miles, the son
of Elizabeth, and on my father's side from De-
borah, daughter of Sarah Piatt, and Miles Mer-
win; the 7th generation by my father, and 8th
by my mother.
No. 20. Thomas Welch,
Hannah, his wife.
Their daughter, Sarah, married Captain
Samuel Newton; their son, Abner Newton,
married Mary Burwell, as above.
No. 22. Nicholas Camp,
Sarah, his tvife.
Their son, Joseph Camp, married Hannah
Rogers, daughter of Eleazer Rogers and Eliza-
beth Knowles; their son Nathan married Rhoda
Parsons, daughter of Samuel Parsons, and
grand-daughter of Cornet Joseph Parsons; their
daughter Rhoda married Joel Parmelee; their
daughter Mary married Miles Merwin, my great-
Also a son of Nathan Camp and Rhoda Par-
sons, Elah Camp, married Phebe Baldwin; their
daughter, Phebe Camp, married Miles Merwin,
No. 23. John Stream
Martha Beard, his wife.
Sarah Beard, daughter of Martha Beard by
her first husband, was the wife of Nicholas
Camp, number 22.
No. 24. Thomas Ford
Elizabeth, his wife.
Their daughter, Abigail Ford, married Elder
John Strong; their daughter Thankful married
Johnathan Baldwin, the son of Joseph Baldwin,
as before mentioned.
No. 25. Sarg^t. Thomas Campfield
Phebe Crane, his wife.
Their son, Thomas Campfield, born October
14, 1654, married Rebecca Adkinson; their
daughter, Phebe Campfield, married John
Camp; their daughter Phebe married Samuel
Fairchild; their son, Elisha Fairchild, married
Abigail Crowell; their daughter Abigail Fair-
child married Abner Newton, my grandfather.
No. 26. Henry Botsford,
Elizabeth, his ivife.
They had five daughters, but only one son^
Elnathan, born in Milford in 1641. Elnathan
Botsford married Hannah Baldwin; their
daughter Sarah married Daniel Merwin and
settled in Durham.
No. 28. Joseph Peck,
Alice, his wife.
This Alice, before her marriage to Peck, was
the widow of John Burwell, grandmother of
Mary Burwell, wife of Abner Newton.
No. 29. John Smith,
Grace, his wife.
This Grace Smith was Grace Hawley, daughter
of Joseph Hawley, the ancestor of Governor
and Senator Joseph Hawley.
Their daughter, Mehitabel Smith, married
Edward Camp; their son, Joseph Camp, married
Phebe Canfield; their daughter, Phebe Camp,
married Samuel Fairchild; his son Elisha Fair-
child, married Abigail Crowell; their daughter
Abigail married Abner Newton, my grand-
Besides these whose names are on the bridge,
there are many others whom we remember as
our historic ancestors, those who made the New
England wilderness to blossom as the rose, pre-
paring homes and churches and schools and
colleges for us, their children.
Among the ancestors of the present Merwin
family are: John Birdsey, Matthew Mitchell,
Robert Coe, Joseph Hawley, Timothy, Joseph
and Richard Baldwin, Joseph Andrews, Nicholas
Camp, Joseph Judson, John Curtis, Henry
Woodward, Captain John Taylor, Thomas Bliss,
John Rogers, Thomas Ford, Cornet Joseph Par-
sons, Alexander Knowles, John Kirby, John
Parmelee of Guilford, Lieutenant Colonel John
Talcott of Hartford, Thomas Welles, for many
years Governor, Deputy Governor and Treas-
urer of Connecticut, and others whose names
are well known and honored.
Letter of John Coe, son of Robert Coe, to
Mary Hawley Coe, his ivife.
We are their descendants in the Sixth Genera-
"Westfield, August 23d, 1708.
My Dear Wife: —
This comes to bring my harty
love and efections to you, and to tell you of my
earnest desiar to imbrace you in the arms of
love hoping they may find you and ours in
I have been very well ever since I left you for
which I prays God. The post from Albani last
week brings news that the enimy disagre and
french indians are turned bak, the scouts from
dearfield have not yet discovered the army we
look for a post from Albani tomorrow after
which we are in great hopes of being drawn ofe
or the greater part of us.
I am just now a going to Northampton to
wait on our governor which makes me in so
much hast. So I remain till death your loving
Our soldiers here are all well. "
The address is to "Mary Coe, Living at Strat-
This letter was written by my great-great-
great-great-grandfather, at this time a man fifty
years old, to his wife, while he was serving
against the French and Indians. Deerfield had
been destroyed for the second time four years
previously, and the difficulty in this war was to
discover from what direction the enemy would
Bancroft says ' ' they stealthily approached
towns even in the heart of Massachusetts."
Six days after this letter was written, August
29th, the French and Indians appeared suddenly
at Haverhill, and massacred the inhabitants,
beating the minister, Benjamin Rolfe, to death;
braining his wife with a tomahawk; dashing
the head of his babe against a stone, and "there
were a multitude of the slain."
Thomas Welles 1598— Jan. 14, 1660.
Thomas Welles, born in 1598 was descended
from an old family of the English nobility. He
was twice married, first to Elizabeth Hunt, who
died in 1640, afterwards to Elizabeth (Deming)
Foote. We are descended from the first wife,
Elizabeth Hunt. With his wife, he left Roth-
nell, Northamptonshire, Eng., and came to
America with Lord Say-aud-Sele early in 1636.
They settled at Saybrook, but soon removed
to Hartford, where he always held a prominent
place in public affairs. He was chosen a magis-
trate in 1637, and for the remaining twenty-two
years of his life, continued in some important
He was the fourth Governor, but had been
Deputy, or Lieutenant Governor, Moderator of
the General Court and Commissioner under the
earliest two, Haynes and Hopkins. He was
Governor two years. Deputy Governor four
years, Secretary of State seven years, and
Treasurer twelve years.
All these services were without pay from the
State. No Governor received a salary until
1677 when the General Court granted thirty
pounds annually, "because of many expenses
He died on Sunday, January 14, 1660, in
Wethersfield, and was probably buried there,
his body being afterwards removed to the Center
church Cemetery in Hartford, the exact place
of interment being unknown.
The following is a copy of the first deed ever
given of the Merwin land in Durham; the
original deed of 1687 with the seals and signa-
tures being still in the possession of the family
of Miles Talcott Merwin.
The land was given to Major Nash by the
General Court for his services in the Indian
To ALL Christian People to whom these
presents shall come, Greeting : Know ye yt
Wee Sarah Nash, Philip Payne & Mary my
wife & Hannah Ball widd. the son-in-law natt
& lawfull daughters & Executors of ye last
will and testant of ye hono'ed father, Major
John Nash, late of Newhaven deceased, for
and in consideration of ye sum of ffifty pounds
in Current Country pay according to Inventory
apprised and payable by us ye sd Executors ac-
cording to agreement wth & unto Major Aaron
Cook of Northampton in ye Massachusetts Col-
ony in right of Elizabeth his wife late deceased,
and one of ye daughters of ye sd Maj'r John
Nash and one of ye executors & legatees named
in his said last will and testant, and for and
towards ye paym't of ye sd sura of ffifty as a
part of sd paym't have demised granted &
made over, & by these presents I do demise
grant make over and confirm for us,
each and every of us, the Heirs Executors &
Assigns for ever unto ye sd Aaron Cook One
tract or parcell of land, given and granted by
ye Gen'll Court at Hartford in ye Colony of
Connecticut by their act bearing date Octobr
7th, 1674 as in & by ye same may & doth ap-
pear, & by their order lay'd out to ye sd Maj'r
Nash by John Moss & John Bracket, Survey-
ors appointed thereabouts
lying & being at a place called Cogonshake
neere Walliogford Containing by estimation
three hundred acres be it more or less, bound-
ed by a white oak at ye north east Corner
marked I. N. I. M. I. B., from thence south-
ward to a Beech tree marked as above, from
thence westward to a grt Chestnut tree marked
in like manner from thence due west to Wall-
ingford East bounds; from thence to a small
white oak standing in Middletown south ffrom
where Wallingford bound stays. This oak is
marked I. N. wh ffarme or tract of land is ap-
prised in Inventory of ye sd Maj'rs Estate at
To Have and to hold the sd ffarme or
tract of land (soo valewed & apprised as aforsd)
with ye woods, ways, waters, water Courses,
Swamps, Uplands, meadows & apurtenances
with all ye libertys, privaledges, profits & ad-
vantages thereunto belonging to him ye sd
Maj'r Aaron Cook his Heirs Executrs Ad-
ministrators or Assignees forever in fee simple
yielding or paying to his Majestie and his
Successors only ye 5th part of gold & Silver
oar as by Charter is provided without any claims,
demands, oposition, trouble or molestation to
him, or them, or any of them, by us the sd
Sarah Nash, Philip & Mary Paine & Hannah
Ball, or of or from the Heirs Executor or Ad-
ministrators or of any of us or them, or of,
from, or by any other person or persons, claim-
ing or to claime by from or under us or any of
us, for, and or by other means or movement by
any meanes directly or indirectly whatsoever.
In Witness Whereof we have hereunto set
hands & scales this 27th day of October, 1687.
Philip Payne (seal), Sarah nash (seal)
Mary payne (seal),
hannah Bal (seal).
Sealed and delivered in This writing was acknowledged
presence of us. by the subscribers therein named
„,, . ,1 T to be their voluntary Act & deed
Thomas tallmadge, ye day & yeare as above.
Jno. Tallmadge. g^^^^^ ^^ ^^ j^^^^
June ye 3d, 1708, this Instrument was Re-
corded in ye Records for ye Town of Durham,
pr James Wadsworth T. Clerk.
On the outside is written "a deed of cocking-
cheg." Major Nash's Heirs Deed to Major
An extract from a deed of a part of the Nash
land to Daniel Merwin in 1724, some of which
is still in the possession of the Merwin family.
"Know all men that I, Aaron Cook of Hart-
ford in the County of Hartford, in the Colony
of Connecticut, for the sum of Two hundred
pounds paid by Daniel Merwin of Durham in
the County of New Haven * * * *
have sold unto the said Daniel Merwin a certain
piece or Parcel of land being a Part of the Farm
called Nashis Farm in Sd Durham containing
one hundred acres together with all the Remain-
der of Sd Farm only excepting two hundred
acres at the eastwardly end provided there be
three hundred acres or more
"In witness whereof I have signed sealed and
delivered this Testament this twenty 2d Day of
Octobr in the eleventh year of the Reign of our
Sovereign Lord George of Great Britian, King
&c. Anno Domini 1724.
Aaron Cooke Senr.
This has not the clause of the older deed, one-
fifth of all gold or silver ore to his Majestie.
Milford May 12th, 1697.
An Inventory of ye Estate of Miles Murwin
Senr of Milford, dec'd.
£ s d
Wearing Aparell £30, Os, 6d, fulled
linssy woolsy 5 . . . . 35 00 06
two bedsteads and bed furniture £19,
4s, Cubords, babbes, Cheses and a
box, £4, lis, . . . 23 15 00
table linen and pillow beer 16, 13, 04
Carpet and sheets 23, 15, . . 40 05 06
A cubbord form. Cushions, thread
and hose yarn . . . . 02 05 06
Glass bottles woollen and linnen yarn
and cards, . . . . , 08 16 05
Jeny baskets Juggs wheeles flax and
a box iron, . . . . 05 1-J- 05
Cash and a Silver Cup 7, 3, 6d, Gim
blet buttons and Knives, 18s 4d, . 08 02 10
A pair of mony scales and pins and a
chest, sheares needles Iron tooles, 08 02 10
Needles silk Rasors Socks A pc broad
cloth, paper, combs, . . . 03 08 03
Buckles timber nails, a wheat Riddle
2, 18, hackling, . . . . 05 19 06
Iron tooles Grater spoon and nails 2,
10, 6, pipes a box and buttons
powder butchers ax, 2, 0, 8, . . 04 19 02
Scotch cloth linnen 6, 8, Iron sheets
old guns pistollsand sword £11, Is,
9d, . . . - . . 17 19 09
A new fether bed Curtens blankets.
Coverlids, . . . . 17 04 00
Screws pens hooks locks forks a chest
a hat and a box, . . . . 07 03 06
hops Ropes and hooks and lines a bed
sheet and furniture,
A hammock tallow and flax Corne
waues, . .....
Sheets tow cloth Carry boxes, barells
and bushels, ....
A table chairs, bras and peuter and a
110 acres of land,
pewter and spoones, tinware, bras
mortar, earthen ware and measures,
wooden ware Sadie Chafin dish iron
pestle and mortar,
bags Corne, wheat and meal pork and
beefe, tramells tongs, .
Cider and old cask £5, 15s, tobaco
Oyle pack sadle hors halter.
Oxen Cows a bull and young cattle
26, 13, one tray China a hetchell
and books, ....
24 Bushel malt and a mare 4, 14,
land bought of Nathll Farran £10,
pewter and spoones. Earthenware
wooden ware and iron ware iron
and a Canoe £1, 14s, 9d,
Thomas Murwin's debts by bill £2,
One butternut sheet an old one,
09 11 06
30 16 09
13 05 00
59 07 00
05 10 06
12 10 06
11 10 06
14 16 00
32 06 03
14 14 00
51 14 09
00 15 00
The In'y taken by us
John Smith j
Jonathan Baldwin v Sworn
Timothy Baldwin )
Mrs. Sarah Merwin ye widow Sworn
to ye of ye estate all before ye
453 11 11
Extracts from different Pages of the old Ac-
Bought January ye 11th,
A. D., 1796, price 4 shillings, 6 pence.
/ s d
1795 to a school rate to Abram Camp
to a school rate to Mr Coe & Dennis Camp
to a barrel of cider
1796 to weaving 19^^ yds of cloth at 8d. per yd
to weaving 20)4 yds of cloth at yd. per yd
to 4^ pounds of mutton @ 4^
to Olive and Ruth at tayloring
1797 to one day Braking flax
to a dozen of ale wives
to a ladder
to faning rye and flax seed
1798 to a quart of brandy
1799 to weaving 17X yds brown tow cloth @ 7d. pr
to weaving 9^ yds table linen at 8d. per yd
to weaving 6 yds check linen at 8d. per yd
to weaving 5 handkerchiefs
to weaving 79 yds cloth at "jd. per yd
to a callico gown
1800 to weaving 41 yds at 7d. per yd
to weaving J^)4 yds striped linen at 8d. per yd o
1822 Oct. to two hands ^ day moving old school-
house and carting boards & lumber from
Middletown |oo 50
Page 62. For Joel Parmelee (1714-1788) read
Joel Parmelee (1679-1748).
Page 28. In the list of Newton descendants
of Miles Merwin of the seventh generation now
living in Durham, Jonathan Edward Newton
The small figures prefixed to some names indicate the generation in the
line of descent from the emigrant ancestor.
Adkinson, Rebecca 85
Albany 76, 77
Ailing, Frederic 28
AUyn, Ivieut. John 49
Andrews, Joseph 87
Elizabeth 9, 79, 84
Harriet Carpenter 78
Henry Merwin 72
Jonathan 83, 85, 96
Joseph 83. 85, 87
Lyman 72, 76
Ruth Lee 78
Timothy 35, 83, 87, 96
Ball, Hannah 91, 93
Barton, Frank 53
Beach, Thomas 25, 79
Birdsey, John 87
Bliss, Thomas 87
Flnathan 53, 83
Sarah 52, 53, 55, 58, 80
Botts, Goodman 15
Brown John 14
John I, 7, 17
Brick Lane 54
Bristol, Ellen M. 78
Alexander 33, 42
J. S. 42
Burrett, Mary 56
Alice 83, 86
John 83, 86
Mary 52, 84, 86
Samuel, 16, 83
Mary 31, 34
Nathan 53, 54, 84
Nicholas 65, 85
Phebe 65, 83, 84, 86
Elizabeth Baldwin 25. 79
Theophilus 9, 79
Charter Oak 48
Cogonshake 47, 92
Cockingcheg 47, 93
Mary Hawley 88
Robert 47, 51. 54. 87, 88
Coley, Sam 12
Collins, John 26
Connecticut River 3
Aaron 49, 54. 91, 93. 94
Crane, Phebe 85
Crowell, Abigail 85
Dorchester, 2, 3
Durham 47, 55, 58, 71
Abigail 82, 85
Samuel 47, 51
Farran, Nathaniel 32
Foote, Elizabeth Deming 89
Freeman, Stephen 15
Francis, George 70
French and Indian War 45, 58, 89
Gatzmer, Mary 52
Greenfield, Mass. 28
Gunn, Jasper 15
Hand, Captain 63
Hartford 5, 28, 70
Gov. Joseph 86,
Joseph 86, 87
Haynes, Gov. 90
Hollingworth, Joseph 42
Hooker, Thomas 8
Hopkins, Gov. 90
Hotchkiss, Medad 67
Hubbard, William 54
Hull, Mary 34
Hunt, Elizabeth 89
Harriet White 78
Leland Howard 78
Wealthy Merwin 77
Jones, William, 93
Judson, Joseph 87
King Charles 1 1 , 48
Kirby, John 87
Knowles, Alexander 87
Lambert's History 10
LangstaiTe, Bartha 42
Albert Clifford 78
Charles Gilbert 72
Charles Sherman 78
Ellen Maria 78
General Edward Merwin 78
Lucy Foote. 78
Mrs. Albert C, 78
Mary Griswold 78
Ruth Mary 78
William Henry 78
William Randall 78
Long Swamp 47
Ludlow, Roger 9, 18
Marwin, Thomas 16
Marshall, Samuel 9
Marshfield, Thomas 9
Mason, John 5
Mather, Cotton 8
Mayflower Descendants 50
Meeting House Hill 48
Memorial Bridge 82
Merwin Association 75
Abigail 24, 79
Alva 65, 81
Ann 53, 56
Charles B. 73
3 Daniel 43, 44, 46, 51. 52, 54.
55. 56. 57.
4 Daniel 56, 80
5 Daniel 60, 80
Deborah 27, 28, 29, 82
D. Miles 53, 58
Edward P. 63, 78
Elizabeth 24, 34, 43, 53, 56, 79
Hannah 27, 56,
Job 54, 60, 80
John 26. 32, 33, 34, 36, 43
Maria 25, 79
Martha 25, 79
Mary 57, 60. 63, 65
Mary Parmelee 65, 81, 84
1 Miles I, 5, 6, 7, 8
10, II, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17,
20, 22, 23. 24, 25, 26, 27,
29. 33. 35, 36, 37, 38, 39.
41. 42, 82, 83, 84.
2 Miles 23. 24, 32, 34, 36,
38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
3 Miles 43, 44
4 Miles 53, 58, 59, 60, 61
5 Miles 60, 62, 63, 64
6 Miles 63, 65, 72. 83, 84
" Miles 65, 66, 72, 73. 81
8 Miles Talcott 55, 58, 72
75. 77, 91
9 Miles Tyler 72, 78
10 Miles Herbert
6 Nancy 63, 81
7 Nancy Maria 65, 68, 82
•T Noah 60, 80
•"> Noah 63, 81
7 Noah 65. 81
Olive 63, 81
s Phebe 73
Phebe Camp, 65, 84
" Phebe Camp 65, 66
Sarah Scofield 35
Samuel 27, 31, 34, 36. 39.
Thomas 34, 36, 38, 39, 79
Merwin's Point 16
Mieles, Stephen 42
Miles, Samuel 43
Mitchell, Matthew 87
9, Elnathan 11
19, Isabel 10
28, Lydia 11
40, Mary 11
Miles 10, II
37, Miriam 11
Nash, Major John 49, 91, 93
Sarah 91, 93
Abigail 23, 24
Benjamin 23, 24
, 73, Captain 23
Mary 23, 24
New Haven 36
Abigail 45, 82
1 Abner28, 52.53,82.83,84
2 Abner, 45, 82
Abner Buckingham 28
Arthur Selden 28
Caroline Gaylord 28, 75, 78
Captain Samuel 82
Elizabeth Mary 28
Ellen Maria 72
Elmer George 28
Frederick Sill 28
79 Gaylord 46
Gaylord Arthur 28
Harriet Camp 28
Henry Gleason 28, 75. 77, 78
Henry Huntington 28, 78
Jonathan Edward 28
Katharine Huntington 28
Mary Burwell 28, 52
Nancy Maria 29, 65, 70, 82
Sarah Baldwin 78
Stanley Sill 28
Nilkison, Edwar^ 33
Charlotte Ellen 72
Elizabeth Baldwin 77
Sarah Ellen 77
Thomas Henry 77
Northampton 54, 88, 91
Norton, Olive 61
Old Stone House 62
Olustee, Florida 73
Oyster River 16
Palisado Green 6, 7
Joel 47, 51, 62, 63
John 51, 62, 63
Cornet Joseph 60, 84, 87
Philip 91, 93
Pequot War 5
Plat, Josiah 33
Harriet Ives 78
James P. 78
Richard 25, 27, 28, 82
Sarah 82, 84
Pond, Nathan G. 36
Pond Point 16
Sarah 31, 34
Rogers, John 87
Saltonstall, Gov. 50
Daniel 34, 79
Seward, Abigail 76
Stark, Mary Lee 78
.Caroline Newton 78
Elder John 85
Nathaniel 47, 51
Swathel, John 50
Hezekiah 49, 50, 51, 52, 59
I/ieut. Col. John 52
Gov. Joseph 52, 60
Mary 59, 60, 61
Taylor, Capt. John 87
Gov. Robert 43
Van Size, Mary E- 75, 76
Wadsworth, Col. James 58
Abigail 6, 17, 18, 19, 21
John I. 6, 7, 8, 17, 18
Warham 's Mill 6
War ot the Revolution 58
Thomas 14, 43, 82, 84
Welch's Point 14
Weld, Samuel 50
Gov. Thomas 65, 87
Wheeler, Thomas 15
Whiting, Mr. 8, 9
White, PhebeCamp 71
Whitfield, Rev. Henry 62
Williams, Roger 9
Wilmot, Hannah 43
Windsor 3, 4, 5, 10, 46
Wolcott, Roger 48
Woodward, Henry 87
Ancestors and Descendants
PUBLISHED IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. Phebe Camp Merwin White
Phebe C. White left her property to the
graDdchildren of her father. She had always
taken a great deal of interest in them. Several
of these grandchildren agreed to contribute to
the publishing of a pamphlet giving the names
of all the descendants of her father, Miles Mer-
win. The obtaining of necessary data involved
a large amount of correspondence, and this
share of the work was done principally by Eliza-
beth Maddock Noble and Sarah Baldwin Newton,
It was published in l'J03 in a Hittory of Middle-
sex County, and the jDublishers furnished pages
of the sketch suitable for binding.
Caroline Gaylord (Mrs. Henry Huntington)
Newton aided in procuring the pictures and hav-
ing them printed. She also made a more ex-
tensive examination of the line from the original
Miles Merwin, Avho came from England, and
that work is annexed to this.
In the course of her investigation, she found
that page 5, being the first page of this book,
was partly incorrect. Miles Merwin came first
to Windsor and not to Milford. He did not
have fifteen children, but twelve; and these by
two mothers, although he was married three
times. He was born about 1623 and died at the
age of seventy- four.
The special design of this publication is to
effectuate the wishes of Phebe C. White, that
the descendants of her father might know and
be interested in one another; that they might
remember the precepts and example of their
forefathers and foremothers, and be good and
M^orthy citizens, faithful in society and in the
It is intended to send a copy of this work to
each descendant of her father, and I exhort
them, like their predecessors, to live honestly,
speak the truth, pay their debts and taxes, be
faithful to the church, and be true sons and
daughters of New England.
Henry G. Newton.
HIS ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS
MERWIN. Miles has been the family
name for many generations, the first Miles
Merwin in this coimtry having- come from
North Wales to Milford, Conn., as early as
1645. He was born about 1603, and learned
in England the trade of a tanner. In Milford
he became the owner of a large tract of land
on the shore of Long Island Sound, now
known as Pond Point and Merwin's Point,
and a part of which is still owned by his de-
scendants. His gravestone, now standing in
Milford cemetery, is the only one remaining
of the early settlers. He lived to be ninety-
four years of age. He married young, and,
if the family record is correct, became the fa-
ther of fifteen children, by three different
His son Miles, born December 14, 1658,
married Hannah Wilmot, of Milford.
Their son Daniel, bom in Milford, mar-
ried Sarah Botchford, also of Milford, and re-
moved to Durham, Conn,, about 1721. He
became prominent in Durham affairs, and is
called the Hon. Daniel Merwin. He pur-
chased 100 acres of land for £200 in the north-
western part of the town, besides 100 acres
more in Haddam and Middletown, for which
he paid £500. This land in Durham had nev-
er been occupied by any white man. and was
a part of that granted by the General Court to
Aaron Cook in 1689, the original deed of that
date being now in the possession of the fam-
ily, and labeled "Deed of Land in Cogon-
shake," that being one way of spelling the In-
dian name (Coginchaug) of the place before
it was settled as a town.
Daniel and Sarah Merwin had five children,
of whom the second son. Miles, was the an-
cestor of the Durham Merwins, He was
born March 29, 1721. In May, 1757, he was
appointed, by the General Assembly, "Cornet
of the troop of horse in the loth Regiment in
this Colony," and in May, 1764, was appoint-
ed lieutenant in the same regiment. Tlie
sword which he wore in the French and In-
dian war, and probably also in the war of the
Revolution, is still a valued heirloom in the
possession of his descendants. He may have
served earlier in some other capacity, as a
cartridge box marked "Ilnd Comy Xth Regt,"
is still in the possession of his great-great-
grandson, Miles Talcott Merwin. He married
Mary Talcott, granddaughter of Col. John Tal-
cott, one of the original proprietors of Durham,
and they lived in Durham, in the second house
north of the factory of the Merriam Manu-
facturing Company, which he inherited from
his father, Daniel. They had eight children,
the first-born being named Miles.
This Miles, the fifth in line of descent in
this country, married Mary Parmelee, grand-
daughter of Joel Parmelee, who was one of the
first proprietors. They had eleven children,
the third child and first son receiving the name
MILES MERWIN, last mentioned,
known to the generation now passing as Miles
Merwin, St., the sixth in line of descent in
this country, was born in Durham, February
2, 1772, and died July 31, 1859.
He Hved in an age when farming was the
principal occupation, and included most kinds
of manufacturing, and Durham made nearly
everything that was used there. The family
raised their own flax, broke it, spun and wove
it, and made the cloth into garments. They
raised the sheep and sheared them. The girls
carded, spun and wove the wool, and made
clothes for the men from the cloth. Indus-
tries were varied, and a successful farmer
must needs be a good business man.
In his early youth, a colony of Merwins
went forth from Durham, Conn., and settled
a town in Greene county, N. Y., calling it
Durham after their native village. For many
years it was his custom to make them an an-
nual visit, driving with his family 120 miles
in three days.
Like his fathers before him, and his de-
scendants after him, he took his part in the
world's work. He feared God, but not man ;
attended church fifty-two Sundays in the year,
and twice each Sunday; commenced the Sab-
bath at sundown on Saturday; brought up a
family of eight children; settled his two sons
upon farms adjoining his own; and proved
himself in every Avay a true member of the
Merwin family, viz., a typical son of New
England. He ruled over his family, as was
his right and duty according to the doctrine
of the age, and was resolute in maintaining
his position w^hen he knew he was right. His
children honored him. Let his many descen-
dants do likewise.
3.1iles Merwin, Sr., w^as married Novem-
ber 27, 1794, to Phebe Camp (born February
4, 1773, died December i, 1812), who was a
descendant of Nicholas Camp, one of the ear-
liest settlers in Milford. They had nine chil-
dren : Aliles, born September 7, 1795, died
July 17, 1879; Alva, born October 12, 1796,
died June 3, 1802; Phebe Camp, born March
31, 1798, died October 8, 1884; Ruth, born
December 11, 1799, died April 3, 1854; Mary
Parmelee, born November 12, 1801, died No-
vember 8, 1873; Alva, born October 29, 1803,
died May i, 1892; Rhoda, born September
II, 1805, died November 27, 1868; Noah,
born June 24, 1807, died May 21, 1849; Nan-
cy Maria, born ]March 29, 18 10, died Febru-
ary 9, 1857.
Two years after the death of the mother
of his children he was married January 2,
1 814, to Abigail Seward (born January 30,
1772, died March 23, 1837). He was again
married October 11, 1837, to Grace Kirby
(bom January 17, 1775, died August 13,
1856), of Cromwell, then known as Middle-
town Upper Houses. Tlie Merwin homestead,
an engraving of which appears here, was
owned and occupied by his father and by him,
and this sketch principally concerns his de-
MILES MER\VIN, eldest son of Miles
and Phebe (Camp) Merwin, known to the
present generation as Miles Merwin, Jr., was
the seventh in line of descent in this country.
He lived in the house built by Samuel Fair-
child, whereof the chimney bears the date
"1727," and which stands next east of the
Merwin home shown in the engraving. While
still a youth he served in the war of 18 12.
He Vv-as enterprising and vigorous. He add-
ed to the occupation of farmer that of drover,
bringing each year large droves of cattle
which he purchased in northem and eastern
New York. He was influential in the estab-
lishment of the Merriam Manufacturing Com-
pany, which has contributed so much during
more than fifty years to the prosperity of Dur-
ham. He was a large stockholder at its or-
ganization, and for many years continued to
be its first president. In the early days he
was very frequently called upon to try cases
before justices, and exhibited much legal tal-
ent. He especially delighted in a victory over
Henry B. Harrison, won in the early days of
his practice in an arbitration case. For a
long time in the latter part of his life he was
the trial justice of the town.
Mr. Merwin was married October 17,
1 82 1, to Wealthy Sage (born October 22,
1795, died September 10, 1825). Their chil-
dren were: Miles Talcott, born October 11,
1822; Henry Sage, bom July 20, 1824. Mr.
Merwin married (second) December 21,
1827, Harriet (White) Keith (born January
12, 1795, died June 10, 1858). Their chil-
dren were : Wealthy Sage, born November
24, 1828; Caroline Ellen, June 28, 1831 (died
February 19, 1863) ; Phebe Camp, October
24, 1832 (died January 5, 1869) > Margaret,
July 10, 1836; Maria White, September 25,
1839. Mr. Merwin married (third) June 3,
1863, Mary (Wooster) Leavenworth (born
July 27, 1806, died March 12 ,1880).
Miles Talcott Merwin, son of Miles
Merwin, Jr., and Wealthy (Sage) Merwin,
and eighth in line of descent, received the name
of Talcott in memory of his great-great-grand-
mother, Mary Talcott, w4io was descended
from Col. John Talcott, of Hartford, one of
the original proprietors of Durham. His
business has been mainly that of lumberman
and farmer, in both of which he has been very
successful. In 1867 he purchased the larger
part of a township on the side of Blue Moun-
tain, in Hamilton county, in the Adirondack's,
and built there the original "Blue Mountain
House," overlooking Blue Mountain lake,
which later was and still is owned by his eldest
son. Two other sons have also married and
settled in that region, and he now has three
sons and thirteen grandchildren there.
Mr. Merwin has always been a steadfast
Republican and an unfailing supporter of the
^ fer'JsB» '-■»
Miijvs Talcott Merwin
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church. He has been especially noted for
his firmness and courage in adversity, taking
his part wherever it lay without regard to
praise or blame, and his tenacity in doing his
work without regard to bodily ailments. Of
late years he has given his attention entirely
to the management of his farm in Durham.
]\Ir. Merwin married November 20,
1848, Elizabeth Ann Tyler (bom October 21,
1 82 1, died December 10, 1849), ^"^ their son,
Miles Tyler, was born November 9, 1849. ^I^-
Merwin married (second) May 8, 1851, Ellen
Agnes Foote (born December 14, 1823, died
March 18, 1889). Their children: Ella
Elizabeth, born April 17, 1852; Walter Lee.
March 23, 1854; Benjamin Foote, August 2^,
1855; Emily Foote, September 17, 1857;
Ralph Linsley, April 22, i860; Agnes Dick-
erman. May 16, 1864.
Miles Tyler Merwin, son of Miles Tal-
cott and Elizabeth K. (Tyler) Merwin, and
ninth in line of descent, is the proprietor of the
"Blue Mountain House," a summer hotel in the
Adirondacks. He is also engaged in lumbering
during the winter and operates a sawmill in
the spring and fall. He has held the office of
justice of the peace for sixteen years, and jus-
tice of sessions for six years; also school
trustee, fire warden, postmaster and other
minor offices. He is very active in church
work and has been Sunday-school superinten-
dent for several years. Benjamin Foote Mer-
win and Ralph Linsley Merwin, the two
brothers who followed Miles Tyler to Blue
Mountain Lake some years later, have been
connected with the place in carrying on busi-
ness and holding offices, and are doing their
share in making "the wilderness blossom as the
Miles Tyler Merwin married Fannie O.
Barker November 24, 1879, and they have
five children: Miles Herbert, born August
3, 1881; Helen Elizabeth, March 20, 1883;
Russell Lee, June 25, 1886; Gertrude Estelle,
October 2, 1889; Theodore Edwin, May 5,
1899. Miles Herbert Merwin, eldest son of
Miles Tyler Merwin, and tenth in the line of
descent, is studying for the profession of civil
Ella Elizabeth Merwin, Emily Foote Mer-
win and Agnes Dickerman Merwin, daugh-
ters of Miles Talcott and Ellen A. (Foote)
Wai.tkr Lkh Merwin
I 854- I 905
Merwin, reside at their father's home in Dur-
ham. All three were well educated, and have
been capable and efficient teachers; Ella and
Emily in Durham and Middletown, and Agnes
is at present teaching in Springfield, Massa-
Walter Lee Merwin, son of Miles Talcott
and Ellen A. (Foote) Merwin, prepared for
college at Durham Academy, and graduated
at Yale in 1878. He was for three years pro-
fessor of Greek and mathematics in New
Windsor (Md.) College, then read law with
Hon. Charles S. McCormick, at Lock Haven,
Clinton Co., Penn., v.^as admitted to the Bar
in 1883, and began the practice of law in that
place. In 1889 he removed to Pittsburg,
Penn., where he has since been successfully
engaged in the practice of the law. He mar-
ried Maria Louise Moore December 24, 1885,
and they have three children: William Wal-
ters, born July 11, 1887; Miles Henderson,
July 22i, 1892; and Margaret Russell, July 30,
Benjamin Foote Merwin, son of Miles
Talcott and Ellen A. (Foote) Merwin, was
married to Clara Griffin February 22, 1883.
Their children are: Grace Clara, born Feb-
ruary 24, 1SS4; Charles Benjamin, November
15, 1885; George Barber, January 5. i6Sj;
Emily Lottie, July 10, 1890; Earl, August 15,
1893; Milford, September 12. 1895; Benja-
min Foote, April 12, 1897.
Ralph Linsley Alenvin, son of ]\Iiles
Talcott and Ellen A. (Foote) Merwin. mar-
ried Mary Ella Pascoe December 2, 1887.
Their children : Walter Cyrus, born June 5,
1889; Ethel May, born April 12, 1891. died
July 13, 1894.
Henry Sage Merwin, son of Miles Mer-
win, Jr., and Wealthy (Sage) Merwin, re-
ceived the name of Sage from his mother, who
was the aunt of Edmund Sage (who married
Rhoda Merwin), and the great-granddaugh-
ter of David Sage, the emigrant to this coun-
try. He is thus a cousin of Russell Sage, the
New York financier. In his youth he taught
school four winters, and also spent a year in
business in Richmond, Virginia.
Henry S. Merwin married early in life,
and built a house in Durham, near to those
occupied by his father and grandfather. He
has been mainly engaged in farming, and pur-
Henry vSagk :\Ii:k\\in
chased a large amount of land around and near
his home, including a part of that owned by
the first Daniel Merwin. His buildings were
extensive, and he was well known through
the county, and, to a considerable extent,
through the State. He continues hale and
He exhibited well the Merwin charac-
teristic of resistance to oppression when an
attempt was made by State commissioners to
condemn a pair of line horses. In spite of
persuasion and threats, to whicli most would
have succumbed, he maintained his position,
and two General Assemblies of the State rec-
ognized that he was right and comxpensated
him for his expense in the contest; while the
horses lived on to a good old age, thus set-
ting at naught the diagnoses of a host of vet-
Mr. Merwin was married May i6, iS-iS,
to Sylvia Minerva Merriam (bom March 20,
1827, died September 20, 19CX)), of Meriden,
Conn. Their children : Asaph Merriam,
born November 2, 1849; Sylvia Elizabeth,
July 5, 185 1 ; Elisha Sage, October 29, 1853
(died December 22, 1853) ; Frank Howard,
September 25, 1855 (died August 30, 1873) »
Arthur Henry, June 18, i860; William Page,
October 13, 1862 (died January 4, 1866) .
Asaph Merriam Merwin, eldest son of
Henry S. and Sylvia M. (jMerriam) Merwin,
left his father's farm in 1872, and for eight-
een years was engaged in the manufacture of
building brick, near Perth Amboy, N. J. In
1S90, he returned to Durham, and two years
later purchased the family homestead, fonner-
ly owned by his grandfather, where he is en-
gaged in farming and poultry raising. He
married Mary Ball Tappan, of Elizabeth, N.
J., September 20, 1877, and they have one
son, Harry Merriam Merwin, who was born
at Perth Amboy, January 14, 1886.
Sylvia Elizabeth Menvin, daughter of
Henry S. and Sylvia M. (Merriam) Mer-
win, was a teacher for several years, being a
graduate of the State Normal School at New
Britain in 1874, and her eldest daughter is
now taking a course in the same school. She
w^as married May 19, 1880, to William Curtis
Barhite, now merchant and postmaster in
Ridgefield, Conn. Their children : Sylvia
vlaria, born ]\Iarch 17, 1882; Helen lola,
March 12, 1884; Emma Agnes, October i,
Frank Howard Merwin, son of Henry S.
and Sylvia M. (Merriam) Mferwin, was edu-
cated at Durham Academy. Faithful and
reliable, he was becoming of much use in the
family and the church. He was drowned
while bathing in the mill pond on Allan's
brook, near the center of the town, when near-
ly eighteen years of age. The bearers at his
funeral were the six other members of the Bi-
ble class to which he belonged, all seven of the
young men having united with the church
about a year previous.
, Arthur Henry Merwin, son of Henry
S. and Sylvia M. (Merriam) Merwin, was
with his father extensively engaged in farm-
ing in Durham, and was also for several years
deputy sheriff of Middlesex county. In 1900
he removed to New Haven, where he now re-
sides. He married Kate A. Bailey, of Hig-
ganum. Conn., December 20, 1883. Their
children: Phebe White, born October 6,
1884; Ruth Ella, April 17, 1887 (died April
30, 1891); Edna Althea, Mferch 9, 1889; El-
sie Margaret,. June 5, 1891 ; Myra, June 20,
Wealthy Sage JMerwin, daugliter of
Mi'es Merwin, Jr., and Harriet (White) Mer-
win, was engaged in teaching for ten years, in
Durham, Conn., and in Morristown, X. J.
She is a member of the Daughters of the
American Revohition. She was married De-
cember 5, 1858, to John Ives (born December
25, 1825), of Meriden, Conn., senior member
of the firm of Ives, Upham & Rand. Their
children: Leland Howard, bom October 16,
1859; Harriet White, lx)rn September 14,
Leland Howard Ives, son of John and
Wealthy S. (Merwin) Ives, is connected with
his father in the dry-goods business in Aleri-
den, and is also engaged in the care of real
Harriet White Ives, daughter of John
and Wealthy S. (Merwin) Ives, was mar-
ried December 2, 1885, to James Perry Piatt,
of Meriden, Conn., Judge of the United States
District Court, and son of O. H. Piatt, Unit-
ed States senator. They have had two chil-
dren: Margery, bom December 30, 1886;
and James Perry, Jr., born February 20,
1889, who died July 19, of the same year.
WEAi/fHY vSage Merwin Ives
lyKLAND Howard Ivi;,s
Harrikt Whiti'; Ivks Platt
U. vS. Juixviv Jamk.s Phkr\- Pi^aTT
Ninth in dt-sceiit from Rijhanl I'latt
who came from Kns'laiKl in 1638
Caroline Merwin, second daughter of
Miles, Jr., and Harriet (White) Merwin,
spent most of her Hfe at her father's home in
Durham. She was always thoughtful for the
comfort of others, possessing ability and good
judgment, and w^as a favorite among her sis-
ters, who considered her mtich like their Aunt
Phebe White. Through a long illness of ten
years she was bright and cheerful. She died
at the age of thirty-one, at the home of her
sister in Meriden. where she passed the last
two years of her life,
Phebe Camp Merwin, daughter of Miles
Merwin, Jr., and Harriet (White) Merwin,
was married in April, 1853, to Gershom Bird-
sey (born ]\Iay 5, 1832, died September 2,
1856), of Meriden, Conn. Their son, Eddie,
was born January 15, 1856. and died August
15, of the same year. Phebe C. (Mer-
win) Birdsey was married (second) in Jan-
uary, 1 86 1, to Abner Canfield Wetmore, of
Meriden, Conn. Their children: Martha
Scovil, born October 8, 1861 ; Julia Merwin,
born April 20, 1868.
]\Iartha Scovil Wetmore, daughter of Ab-
ner C. and Phebe C. (Merwin) Wetmore,
was for three years a pupil at Mt. Holyoke
Seminary. She left the Seminary after the
death of her father, in 1883, and has been a
teacher for seventeen years in the schools of
Julia Merwin Wetmore, daughter of Al>-
ner C. and Phebe C. (Merwin) Wetmore,
was married to William L. Hatch April 3,
1889, and their son, Harold Wetmore, was
bom January 24, 1890.
Margaret Merwin, daughter of Miles
Merwin, Jr., and Harriet (White) Merwin,
w^as a pupil at Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and
was for thirteen years a teacher in the schools
of Durham, Meriden and New Haven. She
was married April 2, 1870, to Abner Can-
field Wetmore (born October 21, 181 5. died
June 3, 1883), of Meriden, Conn. Their
daughter, Fannie Canfield, was born April 8,
Fannie Canfield Wetmore, only daugh-
ter of Abner C. and Margaret (Merwin) Wet-
more, resides with her mother in Meriden.
She has had a business education and has been
for seven years in the office of the C. F. Monroe
Company, manufacturers of cut glass, in Meri-
Katharine Eaton Bi,ack Safford
Maria White Merv/in, youngest daugh-
ter of Miles Merwin, Jr., and Harriet
(White) Merwin, was married July 31, 1865,
to Edwin Jerome Black (born August 4,
1841), who served in the Civil war, as a
member of Company D, Twentieth Regiment,
Connecticut Volunteers, being one year with
the Army of the Potomac, and two years with
Sherman's Army in the Southwest. They
now reside in Rockfall, Conn. Their children:
William Jerome, born February 13, 1867;
Carrie Phebe, bom October 23, 1870,
William Jerome Black, son of Edwin J.
and Maria W. (Merwin) Black, served
three years in the regular army, then
enlisted at New Orleans in the Second Lou-
isiana Regiment, and served in Cuba during
the Spanish war.
Carrie Phebe Black, daughter of Edwin
J. and Maria W. (Merwin) Black, was mar-
ried to Edward Safford in May 188S; and
their daughter, Katie Eaton, was bom in July,
PHEBE CAMP MERWIN, daughter of
Miles Merwin, Sr., and Phebe (Camp) Mer-
win, was fourteen years of age wlien her
mother died, leaving her the eldest of six
daughters and next to the eldest in a family of
eight children. Thus early in life placed in
a responsible position as head of her father's
household, she developed great decision of
character and executive ability. Two years
later, when relieved of the burden by the com-
ing of a stepmother, she resumed her place as
a dutiful daughter and loving sister, until most
of her brothers and sisters were settled in life;
then, on October 5, 1836, she was united in
marriage to Seymour White (born in 1794,
died March 18, 1838), of her native town,
who was engaged in the shoemaking business.
Mrs. White's wedded life was of brief duration.
She returned to her father's house after the
death of her husband, and some months later
was offered the position of matron of the Asy-
lum for the Deaf at Hartford. She assumed its
duties in the autumn of 1839, with many mis-
givings, but for thirty-two years filled the po-
sition with "rare fidelity, devotion and suc-
The high esteem in which she was held
is shown by the following extract from the
"Annals of the Deaf and Dumb/' puiblished at
Washington, D. C. : "Mrs. White was a
woman of great equanimity, common sense
and large charity for all, with rare poise of
Christian character. Prompt, energetic, firm,
kind, she ruled the servants with a strong yet
gentle hand, and no negligence was tolerated
in her department of the Asylum. To the
teachers and other officers she was ever courte-
ous and kind — a trusted counsellor and friend ;
to the pupils she was a faithful, wise, ju-
dicious mother, winning the love and respect
of all; and the hundreds of graduates whom
she has watched over and befriended will ever
keep her in affectionate remembrance."
In the autumn of 1871, at the age of sev-
enty-three, Mrs. White resigned her position
and returned to the home of her childhood,
there to pass her remaining years. She out-
lived all her brothers and sisters except one,
a widowed sister, who came to be a companion
for her in the house in which they were born.
Here, for thirteen years, "surrounded by a
large circle of relatives and friends, her Chris-
tian character bore richest fruit in large-heart-
ed benevolence and charity."
Mrs. White was always interested in
church and Sunday-school work, and, at the
time of her death was still a member of the
Bible class. Upon the organization of the
first Sunday-school in Durham, about 1818,
she was the female superintendent. Sixty
years later she gave a cabinet organ to the same
school, and in her will left a fund to provide a
yearly addition to its Iibrar>'. She also left
by will a gift to the church which became the
nucleus of the fund for the building of the
parlors, which are now so important in its so-
cial life. She remembered, also, the benevolent
societies of the Congregational Churches.
Mrs. White ever maintained a lively in-
terest in the members and numerous descend-
ants of her father's family, and her advice and
aid were often sought and freely given. Al-
ways generous and helpful to them during her
life, she was also enabled by economy and pru-
dence in the management of her income, to
leave by will a substantial legacy to each of
her twenty nephews and nieces.
This sketch of the Merwin family is in-
serted here through the contributions of her
nephews and nieces, as a token of their appre-
elation of ber thoughtful and loving remem-
brance of them, and in the hope that it may
cause her to be kept in mind, and assist in
maintaining among succeeding generations
the recognition of relationship and interest in
each other which she did so much to foster,
and vvhich has characterized those of our time.
RUTH MERWIN, daughter of Miles
Mei-win, St., and Phebe (Camp) Merwin,
was married September 28, 1829, to James
Edward Lee (born October 20, 1800, died
November 18, 1889), who occupied the
farm in Guilford, Conn., which has been in the
possession of his family since the settlement of
the town. Here she resided with her husband
until her death, which occurred twenty-five
Before her marriage she learned the mil-
liner's trade in Middletown, Conn., and was
for some years engaged in that business. She
was a devoted wife and mother, loving and
tender, self-sacrificing to a fault, and her
Christian character impressed itself upon all
with whom she was connected. ' Her early
married life was saddened by the loss of their
first three children. Charlotte Elizabeth, Ed-
ward Merwin and William Henry, who died in
infancy. Their other children were: Mary
Elizabeth, born July 20, 1833; Edward Mer-
win, August 23, 1835; Ellen Maria, April 7,
1839; William Henry, July 15, 1841 ; Charles
Gilbert, January 31, 1843 (died March 6,
Mary Elizabeth Lee, daughter of James
E. and Ruth (Merwin) Lee, was educated at
Guilford Institute, and was for several years
a teacher, also an author. She was married at
Cheyenne, Wyo., Septeml)er 30, 1874, to Prof.
N. E. Stark, who was school commissioner
for New Hampshire four years, and principal
of schools in Cheyenne for thirteen years.
Their son, Edwfard Thayer, was born at Chey-
enne, October 28, 1875.
Edward Thayer Stark, son of N. E. and
Mary E. (Lee) Stark, is a graduate of Wyo-
ming University, 1899. He was married Sep-
tember 26, 1901, to Amanda Needles, of Atlan-
tic, Iowa, and is now telephone inspector in
Edward Merwin Lee, son of James E.
and Ruth (Merwin) Lee, is a lawyer by pro-
I\Iar\' Ivi.izAiiKTH Ijac vSTAKK
Edward Mickwin I^EE
Colonel 5th Mich. Cavalry, U. S. V.
fession, admitted to the Bar in New York in
1 86 1, and in the United States Supreme Court
in 1865. He served through the Civil war,
becoming a private in the Fifth Michigan Cav-
alry, was promoted through the different
grades to captain, heutenant colonel and col-
onel in the same regiment, and afterward brev-
etted brigadier general. For fourteen months
he was in Libby and other military prisons,
where his cheerfulness and courage aided much
in keeping up the spirits of his comrades.
Gen. Lee represented Guilford in the Gen-
eral Assembly in 1866 and 1867; organized
Wyoming Territory in 1869, as secretary and
acting governor; secured the passage of the
Woman Suffrage Law there, and appointed
women to office; and has made political
speeches in all National and some State cam-
paigns from 1865 to 1892, over a thousand in
all. For the last twenty-five years he has been
engaged in the practice of law in New York
Ellen Maria Lee, daughter of James E.
and Ruth (Merwin) Lee, was educated at
Guilford Listitute, and, like her sister, became
a teacher and author. She was married Octo-
ber 20, 1864, to Samuel Allen Bristol (born
October 7, 1841), of Guilford, Conn., who
served nine months in the Civil war, as a mem-
ber of the Twenty-seventh Regiment, Con-
necticut Volunteers, and was for two weeks
in Libby prison. They removed in 1869 to
Cheyenne, Wyo., where he established and
now conducts, as president, the S. A. Bristol
Publishing Company. Their children: Kate,
born in Guilford May 27, 1865 ; Edward Mer-
win Lee, born in Cheyenne November 15,
1869; Sara, born in Guilford August 29, 187 1 ;
Charles Allen, born in Cheyenne Februar^^ 13,
1874; Ruth, born in Cheyenne October 28,
1877 (died March 19, 1880) ; Ellen, born in
Cheyenne November 13, 1879.
Kate Bristol, daughter of S. Allen and
Ellen M. (Lee) Bristol, was married Septem-
ber 20, 1887, to John Knox Wade (bom De-
cember 3, 1 861, died May 17, 1892) ; their son,
John Knox, born December 9, 1888, died Au-
gust 12, 1890; their daughter, Kate, was born
August 4, 1 89 1.
Edward Merwin Lee Bristol, son of S.
Allen and Ellen M. (Lee) Bristol, a printer by
trade, was married September 30, 1890, to
William Hkxrv Lkk
Co. B.. 16II1 Regt., C. V.
Margaret Morrison (born April 25, 1868), at
Cheyenne. Tlieir children: Francis Sistere,
bom Septeinber 30, 1891 ; John Allen, June 2^,
1895 ; William Merwin, January- 2, 1898.
Sara Bristol, daughter of S. Allen and
Ellen M. (Lee) Bristol, was married Septem-
ber 18, 1895, to William Curtiss Mains (born
September 3, 1871 ) , of Brooklyn, N. Y. Their
daughter, Margaret, born June 29, 1900, died
October 4, 1 901, at Mt. Vernon, New York.
Charles Allen Bristol, son of S. Allen
and Ellen M. (Lee) Bristol, a book binder by
trade, enlisted in May, 1898, in Battery A, Wy-
oming Light Artillery, United States Volun-
teers, and served as second lieutenant in that
battery during the campaign in the Philippines,
until honorably discharged and mustered out
in September, 1899. He married Daze May
McCabe, of Cheyenne, April 18, i960.
William Henry Lee, son of James E.
and Ruth (Merwin) Lee, served in the Civil
war, enlisting in 1862, in Company B, Six-
teenth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, and
was discharged for disability in 1863. He is
a farmer in Guilford, and represented that
tov.-n in the General Assembly in 1886. He
was a. charter member of the Guilford Bat-
tery, and remained a member for twenty } cors,
being corporal, second lieutenant, and for more
than four years its first captain. He married
Mary Elizabeth Grisvwld, of Mystic, Conn.,
November 21, 1867. Their children: Ruth
Mary, born July 28, 1869; Charles Sherman,
November 12, 1870; Edward Merwin, Decem-
ber I, 1872 (died August 10, 1892) ; William
Randall, February 14, 1876; Albert Clifford,
August 5, 1883.
Ruth Mary Lee, daughter O'f William H.
and Mary E. (Griswold) Lee, married Addi-
son E^rle Baldwin, of Branford, Conn., April
5, 1893. Their children are: Dorothy Rae,
bom June i, 1895; Harriet Carpenter, born
July I, 1900.
Charles Sherman Lee, son of William
H. and Alary E. (Griswold) Lee, was for
seven years a member of Battery A, Connecti-
cut National Guard, and for five years of the
Connecticut Naval Reserves. At the outbreak
of the Spanish war he enlisted as seaman in
the United States Navy, and was honorably
discharged at the close of the war. He is now
a member of Company F, Second Regiment.
Chaki.hs CVii.bkkt Lkk
Co. B., i6th Reg., C. V.
I 843 -I 865
Connecticut National Guard (New Haven
Grays). He is engaged in manufacturing in
Edward Merwin Lee, son of William H.
and Mary E. (Griswold) Lee, was a graduate
of Guilford Institute, in 1890. He was a
bright scholar and a great favorite. He was
for a time employed in Meriden, and after-
ward entered the wholesale house of Charles
G. Kimberly in New Haven. There, a few
months later, he received injuries, by falling
down an elevator shaft, which resulted in his
William Randall Lee, son of William
H. and Mary E. (Griswold) Lee, with his
brother Charles S. served in the navy during
the Spanish war, and is now a member of the
Connecticut Naval Reserves. He was married
November 28, 1900, to Lucy Foote, of Guil-
ford, Conn., and is engaged in manufacturing
in New Haven.
Albert Clifford Lee, yoimgest son of
William H. and Mary E. (Griswold) Lee, still
remains on the farm with his father.
Charles Gilbert Lee, son of James E.
and Ruth (Merwin) Lee, served in the Civil
war, enlisting in Company B, Sixteenth Reg-
iment, Connecticut Volunteers. He was made
corporal August ii, 1863; was in several bat-
tles; captured with his regiment at Plymouth,
N. C, April 20, 1864; a prisoner at Anderson-
ville nine months; and died March 6, 1865,
at Wilmington, N. C, from the effects of his
The following poem relating to the two
brothers, William H. and Charles G. Lee, at
Antietam, was written by Susie E. Ward, their
former teacher at the Guilford Institute:
What the Sick Soldier Told Me.
The surgeon said "Remain," but somehow I could not
For the order had been given, and the boys were on their
And thinking on the morrow's fight, I saw my brother
Calm in battle, as he used to be, when plowing father's
Or I saw him falling, wounded, or lying ghastly —
From my bed of straw upspringing, "I am going too," I
So I hurried on just after; on the ground at night we lay.
And I felt his arm about me in the old accustomed way;
But when morning came, quick-footed, and our ranks in
He was twenty paces from me: Oh, how boiled my
Placed so near him, yet not with him, 'twixt us two a
score of others,
Till the men passed me down the line, for they knew
that we were brothers.
Did you ask how went the battle? Why, we lost the day,
And at last, when we retreated, I tried hard but could
Sick at heart and sick in body, I was falling to the ground,
But Charley was beside me, his dear arm about me wound ;'
Whileone comrade took our muskets, passed our knap-
sacks on toothers.
That he might be strong to help me, for they knew that
we were brothers.
O Christian, fellow Christian, is it so with you and me.
Children of one Heavenly Father, members of one
Do we live a love so simple? Is a strong arm ever
Round him whose faltering footsteps show his strength
is almost gone ?
And when worldly hearts press onward, blindly parting
us from others,
Do their dense ranks quickly step aside, knowing that
we all are brothers?
MARY PARMELEE IMERWIN, daugh-
ter of Miles Merwin, Sr., and Phebe (Camp)
Merwin, was married April 27, 1824, to
Thomas Noble (born April 2'j, 1797, died
January 20, 1854), of Westfield, Mass., where
his ancestors had Hved for several genera-
tions. They remained in Westfield until
1 84 1, when they removed to Granville, Mass.
In 1843 t^'^^y removed to Cromwell, Conn.,
remaining there until Mr. Noble's death,
which occurred eleven years later. A few
months after the death of her husband, Mrs.
Noble, with her younger daughter, returned
to Durham to care for her aged father^ where
she remained until a few weeks before her
death, when she was taken, in failing health,
to the home of her sister Alva, in Cromwell,
where she died at the age of seventy-two.
Before her marriage she learned the tail-
or's trade in Middletown, Conn. Wherever
she lived she always made herself useful in
church work and in the neighborhood, being
one of the reliable and efficient persons whose
aid was sought in case of sickness or death,
or any emergency ; and she had frequent oc-
casion for the exercise of her talents among
her kinsmen and acquaintances.
Their children : William Merwin, born
February 2, 1825; Mary Amelia, May 29,
1827 (died January 22, 1886) ; Thomas, May
\\'ir.i,iA.M Mkrwin Nobi.k
Cl.AKA AdKI.IA NoHIvK
Emma Amklia Nobi,e
22^, 183 1 ; MerAvin Lee, September 2, 1834
(died August 20, 1S53) 5 Charlotte Ellen, De-
cember 23, 1846 (died February 8, 1866).
WiiLiAM Merwin Noble, son of Thomas
and Mary P. (Merwin) Noble, was engaged
for thirty-five years in the manufacture of
hammers at Cromwell, Conn., under the firm
name of Warner & Noble. During the years
of his active life he was one of the leading
men of the town, and has held different town
offices. He was married May 8, 1850, to Al-
mira Parmelee Mildrum (born June 19, 1826,
died January 26, 1891 ) . Their children : Ar-
thur William, born May 29, 185 1; Clara
Adelia and Emma Amelia (twins), March 10,
1853; Edward Shepard, April 29, 1858;
Robert Mildrum, March 16, i860; William
Cleveland, October 2, 1869.
Arthur William Noble, son of William
M. and Almira P. (Mildrum) Noble, has been
for many years in the hardware business at
Riceville, Iowa. In the great fire which oc-
curred there July 20, 1901, when more than
fifty places of business were burned, his store
and dwelling house were both destroyed. He
married Laura Anna Pierce, May 12, 1896.
Their daughter, Julia Charlotte, was born
April 5, 1898, and their son, Lucius Pierce,
born February 22, 1902, died three days after
Clara Adelia Noble, daughter of William
M. and Almira P. (Mildrum) Noble, was mar-
ried October 20, 1874, to Daniel Webster, of
Berlin, Conn. Their children : Mary Emma,
born June 21, 1S79; Helen, May 26, 1881
(died September 6, 1882) ; Hattie Louise, De-
cember 14, 1883; William John, October 21,
1886; Stewart Noble, July 31, 1888; Gertrude,
February 5, 1891.
Einma Amelia Noble, daughter of Will-
iam M. and Almira P. (Mildrum) Noble, with
the exception of a few years spent in the West
with her brothers, has always lived at the
home of her father in Cromwell.
Edward Shepard Noble, son of William
I\I. and Almira P. (JNIildrum) Nc^ble, resides
in Cromwell, and has been for twelve years
with the Peck, Stovv' & Wilcox Company, ii^
East Berlin. Fie was married May 17,
18S2, to Minnie Augusta Griswold, of Crom-
well. Tliey have had three children : Har-
old Beaumont, born November 27, 1887,
(iAVLOKD KiMBALI. NOKI.K
1 889- 1 908
Robert Mildrum Nobi,e
died August 29, 1888; Le Roy Beaumont was
born June 17, 1891 ; Howard Edward, born
March i, 1896, died August 22, of the same
Robert Mildrum Noble, son of WilHam
M. and Ahnira P. (Mildrum) Noble, con-
ducts a hardware store in Riceville, Iowa, and
is also engaged in the sale of musical instru-
ments. He was married June 27, 1888, to
Elizabeth Sumner Kimball, of Wentworth,
Iowa. Their children : Gaylord Kimball, born
July I, 1889; Douglas, December 22, 1894
(died January 2, 1895) ; Robert Mildrum, Jr.,
April II, 1896; Curtis Cleveland, December
27, 1898; Isabel, July 8, 1902.
William Cle\'eland Noble, youngest son
of William M. and Almira P. (Mildrum) No-
ble, is living in Cromwell, and has been for
several years in the employ of the Peck, Stow
& Wilcox Company, of East Berlin. He was
married to Mary Frances Hill, July 6, 1898.
Their son, Kenneth Hill, was born April 3,
Mary Amelia Noble, daughter of Thom-
as and Mary P. (Merwin) Noble, married
Henry Arnold, of Westfield, Mass., in 1848.
He went to California in 1849, ^"^ engaged
in mining, returning home after a few years.
In 1855 he again went to CaHfornia, accom-
panied by his wife. They remained there
fourteen years, in 1869 returning to Connec-
ticut with their two sons and settling in Had-
dam. Their children : Edward Clark, born
June 5, 1856, and Frank Hubbard, born Jan-
uary 13, 1858, at Woolsey Flat, Nevada Co.,
Cal. ; two other sons, Charles and Henry, who
died in infancy, were born at Lake City, Cali-
Edward Clark Arnold, son of Henry and
Mary A. (Noble") Arnold, w-as educated at
the Middletown High School, at Westfield,
(Mass.) Academy, and at Williston Acad-
emy, Mass., of vvhich latter he is a graduate.
He resides in New York City, where for many
years he has held the position of advertising
manager for the Chautauquan Magazine.
Frank Hubbard Arnold, son of Henry
and Mary A. (Noble ) Arnold, resides in \Va-
terbury, Conn., where he is employed in the
large brass factory of Benedict & Burnham.
He was married December 27, 1890, to Maiy
Hazen, of Haddam, Connecticut.
Thomas Noblk Elizabeth M. Noble
Sarah E. Nohlk Thomas H. Noble
Eighth and Ninth Generation
Thomas Noble, son of Thomas and Mary
P. (]\I^rwin) Noble, removed with his fath-
er's family to Cromwell, Conn., when twelve
years of age. In 1857, he w^nt to California,
crossing the Isthmus, and engaged first in
mining, and afterward for six years in the
hotel business as partner with his brother-in-
law, Henry Arnold. Later they engaged in
the same business for three years in Nevada.
Mr. Nohle returned by the same route, in
1869, to Cromwell, where he has since resided,
engaged principally in farming and dairying,
and is now president of the Cromwell Cream-
ery Association. He and his family are
members of the Congregational Church, and
for several years he has had charge of the
financial matters of the Ecclesiatical Society,
and has also been its clerk and treasurer.
With fine musical taste and voice, he has been
prominent for many years in the music of the
church and Sunday-school. He married April
13, 1870, Elizabeth M. (Baldwin) Belden,
of Cromwell. Their children : Sarah El-
len, born May 27, 1871 ; Thomas Henry, born
November 20, 1875.
Sarah Ellen Noble, daughter of Tliomas
and Elizabeth M. (Baldwin) Noble, has al-
ways lived in Cromwell. She inherits her
father's taste for music, and like him is use-
ful in the Sunday-scliool and the choir, as
well as the social life of the church.
Thomas Henry Noble, son of Thomas
and Elizabeth M. (Baldwin) Noble, is eighth
in the line of descent, and seventh of the
name, from Thomas Noble, the emigrant an-
cestor, who died in Westfield, Mass., in 1704,
He has always resided in Cromwell, except a
few years which he passed in New Haven as
stenographer for Judge William K. Town-
send. He is now employed as stenographer
with the J. & E, Stevens Company, in Crom-
Merwin Lee Noble, son of Thomas and
Mary P. (Merwin) Noble, was an ambitious
scholar, and was preparing for Yale College
at Monson (Mass.) Academy, but during a va-
cation was drowned, while bathing in Long
Island Sound, off Madison, Connecticut.
Charlotte Ellen Noble, daughter of
Thomas and Mary P. (Merwin) Noble, re-
moved with her mother from Cromwell to the
Merwin homestead in Durham when about
eight years of age. She, like her older
brothers and sister, was of a very lively tem-
perament, learned readily, and had a retentive
memory. She was the youngest granddaugh-
ter, and her presence made the Merwin home-
stead an attractive place for the many cousins
who were slightly older. She died at the age
of nineteen, from diphtheria contracted while
caring for a young cousin of the next genera-
ALVA MERWIN, daughter of Miles
Merwin, Sr., and Phebe (Camp) Merwin, was
married September 17, 1822, to Isaac Stebbins
Baldwin (born July 17, 1800, died April 11,
1871). They resided in Durham until Oc-
tober, 1834, when they removed with their
two children to Sherburne, Chenango Co., N.
Y., and one year later to Norwich, N. Y.
There their son Lyman, a boy of great prom-
ise, was drowned at the age of eleven years.
In November, 185 1, they returned to their
native State, locating in Cromwell. After the
death of her husband nearly twenty years later,
M>rs. Baldwin lived for several years with her
sister, Mrs. White, at the Merwin homestead
in Dnirham, returning to her Cromwell home
in 1884. Always kindly, cheerful and
hospitable, her house was a favorite resort of
her nephews and nieces, as well as her chil-
dren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She retained much of her physical and mental
vigor to the last, and enjoyed to its close a
life of continuous activity and usefulness.
Her death, at the age of eighty-eight years,
occurred on the fifty-ninth anniversary of the
great accession to the church in Durham, dur-
ing the ministry of Henry Gleason, at which
time she became a member of that church.
Their children : Mary Elizabeth, born Decem-
ber 28, 1823; Lyman Merwin, February 2,
1827 (died June i, 1838) ; Henry Merwin,
June 21, 1840 (died May 2, 1864) ; Sarah
Allen, February 14, 1846.
Mary Elizabeth Baldwin, daughter of
Isaac S. and Alva (Merwin) Baldwin, mar-
ried April 5, 1842, James Maddock (born in
1 8 16, died November 5, 1843), ^t Norwich,
N. Y. Their daughter, Elizabeth Maddock,
was born January 24, 1843. After the death
of her father she lived with her mother's pa-
rents, taking the name of Baldwin.
Mary EIvIzaekxh Baldwin Vaxsizh
Mary E. (Baldwin) Maddock was mar-
ried (second) August 26, 1845, ^ Ebenezer
Hibbard Vansize (born January 10, 1822,
died April 17, 1893). In 1850, they re-
moved from Norwich to Utica, where Mrs.
Vansize is now Hving, in the house which
she has occupied for more than half a
century. She is a constant attendant at church
and Sunday-school, faithful to the prayer-meet-
ing, and active in church and charitable work.
Their children : William Baldwin, born April
8, 1853; Catherine Hibbard, March 21, i860
(died April 10, of the same year) ; Hibbard
K"imball, June 20, 1864; Mary Merwin, De-
cember 5, 1865 (died September 10, 1866).
Elizabeth Maddock Baldwin, daughter of
James and Mary E. (Baldwin) Maddock, was
married December 25, 1863, to Lewis Bel-
den (died August 7, 1864), of Rocky Hill,
Conn., who served in the Civil war in Com-
pany H, First Connecticut Heavy Artillery,
and died in the service August 7,1864. She
married (second) April 13, 1870, Thomas No-
ble, of Cromwell, Conn., and they have two
children, as before mentioned.
William Baldwin Vansize, son of Eben-
ezer H. and Mary E. (Baldwin) Vansize, has
been engaged in various applications of elec-
tricity to the useful arts, including the tele-
graph and telephone. He studied law, and
was admitted to the Bar in New York State
in 1879, and has since practiced as a patent
lawyer and expert in New York City. He
was married September 22, 1874, to Marian
G. Fellows, of Albany, N. Y. She died in
1893, and he subsequently married Amelia
Ridout, of New York City, and, at present,
resides in Brookl)^i, New York.
Hibbard Kimball Vansize, son of Eben-
ezer H. and Mary E. (Baldwin) Vansize, has
been for twenty vears connected with the
Oneida National Bank of Utica, N. Y. He
began as corresponding clerk in 1882, and is
now paying teller. He married Cora Mary
Norton, December 8, 1887. Their daughter,
Mary Mildred, was born August 9, 1891.
Henry Merwin Baldwin, son of Isaac
S. and Alva (Merwin) Baldwin, served in
the Civil war enlisting in Company C, Sev-
enth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers. He
was severely wounded in the battle of Olustee,
Fla., February 20, 1864, and after two
months spent in the hospital at Beaufort, S.
C, was given a furlough, and went to his
home at Cromwell, Conn., where he died from
illness ten days later.
Sarah Allen Baldwin, daughter of Is-
aac S. and Alva (Merwin) Baldwin, was mar-
ried to Henry G. Newton (mentioned below)
September ii, 1885. For several years she
was a teacher, and later studied medicine, and
was graduated in 1885 from the New York
Medical College for Women. She has prac-
ticed her profession but little, but is actively
interested in matters of church, education and
charity in New Haven, where she now. re-
sides. She is chainnan of the Woman's De-
partment of the City Missionary Association
of New Haven ; chairman of the visiting com-
mittee of the New Haven Woman's School
Association; a member of the executive com-
mittee of the Home for the Friendless, and of
the board of managers of the Elm City Kin-
dergarten Association ; one of the original in-
corporators named in the charter of Grace
Hospital ; a member of the outlook committee
of Plymouth Church, and secretary of the
Home Department of its Sunday-school; and
the first woman ever registered as a voter in
RHODA MERWIN, daughter of Miles
Merwin, Sr., and Phebe (Camp) Merwin, was
married June 28, 1829, to Edmund Sage (born
July 3, 1804, died May 4, 1878), of Cromwell,
Conn., who owned and managed a large farm
on the main turnpike between Hartford and
New Haven. The six daughters of Miles
Merwin, Sr., always had a very strong affec-
tion for each other. As their children grew
up visits between the families were frequent,
and children as well as adults looked upon
these gatherings as a great event in their lives.
Many such meetings were held in the spacious
Sage home, and "Aunt Rhoda" was a house-
hold word among her sisters' children.
In later years another sister, Mary, and
afterward Alva, with their families, settleid
in Cromwell, all living within a half mile of
each other, making it a favorite rallying place
for the others, and the scene of many festive
occasions. The three sisters, as well as their
husbands and children, were good singers, and
the musical evenings which they spent together
were much enjoyed by all.
The life of Mrs. Sage and her husband
was later overshadowed by the loss of four
of their five children, between the ages of nine-
teen and twenty-nine years, all living at home
until their deaths, which occurred within nine
years. Mr. a,nd Mrs. Sage afterward removed
to Newark, N. J., where she died a few^ years
later, at the age of sixty-three. Their chil-
dren : Elizabeth Williams, born June 17,
1830, died August 16, 1859; Frances Mer-
win, born February 21, 1832, died February i,
185 1 ; Martha Marietta, born February 13,
1834, died June 9, 1856; Charles Edmund was
born February 3, 1838; Henry Lewis, born
September 20, 1841, died April 25, i860.
Elizabeth Williams Sage, daughter of
Edmund and Rhoda (Merwin) Sage, was a
graduate of the State Normal School of New
Britain. She was for several years an enthus-
iastic and very successful teacher, until failing
health obliged her to relinquish her work. So
devoted to her profession was she that, when
cautioned by her physician against continuing
in school, she remarked to her friends: "If
I knew I could live only one year and continue
teaching, or two years without teaching, I
should choose to teach."
Frances Merwin Sage died at nineteen,
Martha Marietta Sage at twenty-two and
Henry Lewis Sage at nineteen years of age
(children of Edmund and Rhoda (Merwin)
Sage). They were all of good ability, kind-
hearted, and apparently had reason to expect
successful and happy lives. The three cousins,
Henry M. Baldwin, Henry Lewis Sage and
Henry Gleason Newton, being nearly the same
age, were often in company, and the "three
Henrys" always had enjoyable times together.
Charles Edmund Sage, son of Edmund
and Rhoda (Merwin) Sage, served through
the Civil war, enlisting in the Fifth Connecti-
cut Regiment, in June, 1861. He was sworn
into service as a member of the Fifth Regiment
Band, was in several battles, and was dis-
charged in 1862; then was appointed carrier
of dispatches at the headquarters of the gen-
eral commanding. Afterward, for ten years,
he was located in Newark, N. J., superintend-
ing the erection of many buildings, both pub-
lic and private. Then, purchasing a farm in
Charlks EuMuxi) Sack
Band 5th Reg. C. V.
Somerset county, N. ]., he removed thither,
where he at present resides.
Mr. Sage was married September 19, 1868,
to Mary Anna Esch. Their children : Walter
Merwin, born October 15, 1869; Edmund
Esch, July 6, 1871 ; Frederick Henry, Novem-
ber 24, 1874,
Walter Merwin Sage, son of Charles E.
and Mary A. (Esch) Sage, is a graduate of
the State Normal School of New Jersey, and
of the Law School of Dickinson College, Car-
lisle, Penn. ; he also graduated in the classical
course of the same college, holding three di-
plomas, and having the degree A. M. con-
ferred by said college. He is at present prin-
cipal of the Fairview school, North Hoboken,
Edmund Esch Sage, son of Charles E.
and Mary A. (Esch) Sage, is a graduate of
the New Jersey State Normal School, holding
a life certificate, and is now principal of the
Diamond Hill school of Summit, New Jersey.
Frederick Henry Sage, son of Charles
E. and Mary A. (Esch) Sage, also holds a
State Normal life certificate, and is principal
of the Long- Hill school, in Gillette, Morris
Co., N. J., where he resides.
NOAH MERWIN, younger son of Miles
Merwin, Sr., and Phebe (Camp) Merwin, al-
ways resided in Durham, his native town. He
followed the employment of his father, pur-
chasing a farm near the old homestead. A
man of strong convictions, he refused to go
with his party when that party selected as a
candidate a slave holder and duelist (Henry
Clay), and became an Abolitionist w:hen Abo-
litionists were unpopular, even though he
thereby, for a time, alienated some of his best
friends. Conscientious in the performance of
his Christian duties, he was a constant attend-
ant at the Sabbath services and at the prayer-
Mr. Merwin married November 24, 1837,
Olive Stowe (born November 25, 1809, died
May 12, 1884), of Middlefleld, Conn. Their
children: Lucy Stowe, born November 7,
1839 (died August 30, 1840) ; Lucy Stowe,
June 30, 1841 ; Edward Pay son, March 23,
1844; Charles Baldwin, August 3, 1848.
Lucy Stowe Merwin, daughter of Noah
Edward Paysux Mkrwin
and Olive (Stowe) Merwin, was educated at
the Durham Academy, Ipswich Female Semi-
nary and Mt, Holyoke Seminary, of which lat-
ter she is a graduate. For thirty-eight years
she was engaged in teaching, most of the time
in the public schools, in the higher grammar
grades and the high school department. For
twenty-tfive years she taught in her native
State; for two years was assistant principal of
the Bucksville Academy, in Kentucky ; for five
years taught in the middle West, in Pueblo,
Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo., the last two years
as principal of the high school ; and for four
years taught in Portland, Oregon.
Fond of travelling, she improved her va-
cations in visiting Alaska, the Hawaiian Isl-
ands, and interesting points in Colorado, Wy-
oming, Utah and California. She has crossed
the continent six times. One year she spent
in the Adirondacks.
Edward Payson Merwin, son of Noah
and Olive (Stowe) Merwin, was educated at
Durham Academy and the Indianapolis High
School. For some years he w&s with Colt's
Fire Arms Company in Hartford, and after-
ward was for three years in New Jersey ; then
for thirteen years with the Wheeler & Wilson
Company, of Bridgeport, Conn. ; and for the
last twenty years has been with the Morley
Button Sewing Machine Company of Ports-
mouth, N. H., where he resides. He has made
some important and valuable inventions on
His aunt, Mrs. Phebe C. White, had a life
estate in the Merwin homestead, and after her
decease, in 1884, it passed to the children of
Noah Merwin. Edward P. Merwin, being the
elder son, purchased the interest of his brother
and sister, and is now; the owner, occupying
it during his vacations. The entire Merwin
family hope it may long continue in the Mer-
win name. He was married June 10, 1884, to
Martha L. Hulme (born December 22, 1843).
Their daughter, Jennie, born July 28, 1885,
died August 9, of the same year.
Charles Baldwin Merwin, son of Noah
and Olive (Stowe) Merwin, v/as educated at
Durham Academy. He was for a time in the
employ of the Boston & New York Air Line
Railroad Company. In 1873 he went to New
York and was for five years in the establish-
ment of P. S. Smith ; then went into business
Chaklks Baldwin Mkkwin
1 848- 1 904
on his own account, as a manufacturing sta-
tioner and printer, in lines requiring the best
skill and utmost care. He makes a specialty
of supplying seminaries and colleges, and also
of legal printing. He is held in high esteem
in both business and social relations. He re-
sides in Bayonne, N. J., and is a member of
the Newark Bay Boat Club. He was married
August 3, 1 87 1, to Ella Jane Crowell (born
April 17, 185 1, died January 2, 1892), of Dur-
ham, Conn. He married (second) October 18,
1893, Ada Emeline Ballard (born November
29, 1868), of New York City.
NANCY MARIA MERWIN, youngest
daughter of Miles Merwin, Sr., and Phebe
(Camp) Merwin, married December 5, 1838,
Gaylord Newton (bom July 31, 1804, died
December 16, 1883), in whose school she had
been a pupil. Before her marriage she taught
in the district school of Durham, and was a
teacher in the Sunday-school as long as she
was able to be there. She was a member of
the choir, and always helpful in church and
neighborhood ; always ready in sickness and
trouble tO' do for others more than her strength
would admit; always cheerful and 'happy,
brave and uncomplaining, and absolutely con-
scientious. She viewed the slow approach of
certain death as calmly as if she were about
to take a journey to a neighboring state; to
her last hour thoughtful for the welfare of the
husband and children she was leaving. Their
children: Ellen Maria, born June 24, 1841
(died October 7, 1863) ' Henry Gleason, June
5, 1843; Caroline Gaylord, January 21, 1845.
Ellen Maria Newton, daughter of Gay-
lord and Nancy M. (Merwin) Newton, from
the age of fourteen had charge of the house-
hold. Gifted with an especially fine ear for
music, she became church organist in her early
girlhood. Quick-witted and sprightly, she
was usually associated with those older than
herself, and was a universal favorite, but best
loved where best known. She had a class in
Sunday-school, and among her latest acts was
writing a letter to each scholar, her strength
failing before she had completed the last let-
Henry Gleason Newton, only son of
Gaylord and Nancy M. (Merwin) Newton,
was named in memory of Rev. Henry Gleason,
who united them in marriage, and during
whose short ministry^, ended by his death, the
church in Durham doubled its membershiip.
He was married September ii, 1885, to Sar-
ah Allen Baldwin, M. D. (before men-
tioned). ,He was educated in Durham Acad-
emy, entered Wesleyaii University, in Middle-
town, Coim., in 1861, but, his health failing,
left in the first year. He taught the South
school in Durham in 1862; entered colleo-e
again in 1863, when his health again failed;
taught the South school in Northford in 1865
and 1866, where his great-uncle Bur well New-
ton had taught many years before in the same
building, and to which said Burwell left a
fund for the aid of the school. Hfe entered
Wesleyan again in 1867, graduating in 1870,
being a member of the Eclectic Fraternity and
the Phi Beta Kappa. 'He graduated from the
Yale Law School in 1872, taking two essay
prizes in Civil and Common Law, and the
valedictory at class day, and was admitted to
the Bar. He has practiced law in New Ha-
ven since that time, retaining his residence in
Durham for a long time. He was for ten years
acting school visitor in Durham, and
has been attorney for the town most
of the time for thirty years. He was
elected to the General Assembly in 1885, when
he was chairman of the Judiciary committee,
and leader of the House. Declared elected
the next year by one vote, he claimed a mis-
count, contested his own election as attorney
for his competitor, and succeeded in having
himself unseated, and his opponent seated, at
the opening of the second day of the session,
the shortest time on record. He was elected
to the General Assembly from New Haven in
1895, and was chairman of committee on Hu-
mane Institutions ; obtained the passage of a
bill for a State Reformatory, and the adop-
tion by the House of an amendment revising
the State Constitution (both of which meas-
ures were killed at the next session), as well as
several other important laws which still sur-
vive. Mr. Newton is the author of some le-
gal treatises ; chairman of the board of direc-
tors of the City Missionary Association of
New Haven from its organization; director
and a member of the board of trustees in the
New Haven Y. M. C. A. ; director of and at-
torney for the National New Haven Bank;
trustee of the Farmers' & Mechanics' Sav-
ings Bank of Middletown ; member of the
Sons of the American Revolution and Sons
of the Colonial Wars ; Referee in Bankruptcy
for New Haven county; member of State
Board of Health. He has been active in
Plymouth Church and Sunday-school for thir-
ty years, and is deacon of the Congregation-
al Church in Durham. He is the author of
the "History of Durham" in the ''History
of Middlesex County," published by J. B.
Beers & Co. He was president of the day at
the celebration of the Durham Bi-Centennial,
July 4, 1899, and on the latter occasion wrote
the following hymn, which, as it is the only
poem extant specially descriptive of Durham,
is here inserted :
Two centuries since, the Beaver Dami lay smiling hills
A trackless maze was Coginchaiig2 of swamp and forest
The settlers' sturdy axe strokes rang and Durham's fields
And we her praises sing.
Hold we now her bi-centennial,
May her joy remain perennial,
Till they on her last millennial,
Durham's praises sing.
Our fathers early sought to be combined in church estate;
Their meeting-house upon the Green they built with
With churches three their children now their labors
And Durham's praises sing.
Standing Order* raise the strain,
Methodists take it up again,
Churchmen swell the glad refrain,
Durham's praises sing.
The Center schoolhouse soon was built, well hewn was
Then West, Southwest and South appear upon the cata-
The North and Quarry lately joined to recall Cogin-
And Durham's praises sing.
North and Quarry set it ringing.
South and Center join in singing.
West and Southwest voices bringing,
Durham's praises sing.
We celebrate this festal day two hundred years of worth;
The fairest, loveliest, dearest town that ever was on earth;
Our heartfelt prayers and earnest vows we mingle with
And Durham's praises sing.
Hold we now her bi-centennial,
May her glory be perennial,
Till they on her last millenial,
Durham's praises sing.
1. All that remains of Beaver Dam is a strip of firm land
across Durham Meadows about midway between the causeways.
2. Coginchaug, the Indian name for Durham, signifies Thick
Swamp or Long Swamp.
3. Poor rhyme but diflScult to avoid.
4. The Congregational Churches were formerly called the
Standing Order," because they were established by law and main
ained by taxation. .
5. The North and Quarry School Districts united under the
name of Coginchaug.
Caroline Gaylord Newton, daughter
of Gaylord and Nancy M. (Merwin) Newton,
was educated at the Durham Academy in its
palmy days, and taught for several terms in
Durham and Wallingford before her marriage
to Henry Huntington Newton, December 9,
1864. In 1866 Mr. Newton purchased the
former home of Benjamin H. Coe, the artist,
where they have resided ever since. Several
pictures painted by Mr. Coe over seventy-five
years ago are still in the house.
After her sister's death, she was for many
years church organist, and until recently has
been a member of the choir. She early had
a class in Sunday-school and now has charge
of the junior department, and is active in ev-
ery department of church work.
She has never missed a meeting of the
Historical Society, formed in 1899 at the cel-
ebration of the 200th anniversary of the
founding of the town, and has been especially
active in its maintenance, and one of the
principal contributors to its list of historical
sketches, and is also a valued and frequent
contributor to the pleasure of the literary circle.
Omitted from page 40:
Mary Ellen Arnold,' daughter of Henry and
Mary A. (Noble) Arnold, born Nov 10 1872-
died Aug. 16, 1873.
Omitted from page 51:
Edmund Esch Sage was married Oct. 5 1901
to Anna Louisa Armbruster.
Frederick Henry Sage was married Feb 15
1902, to Hattie Augusta Armbruster.
National New Haven Bank should be Yale
Page 31 :
Francis Sistere should bo Frances Sistare.
Since January 1, 1903.
1903. April 12. Grace Clara Merwin, p. 16.
David Henry Haight.
1904. May 29. Charles Benjamin Merwin, p. 16.
1904. June 1. Mary Emma Webster, p. 38.
Lester John Hutchins.
1905. Jan. 2. Edward Clark Arnold, p. 40.
1906. Feb. 1. Ellen Bristol, p. 30.
Marshall Mott Atwell.
1906. June 2. Fannie Canfield Wetmore, p. 22.
William Elijah Atwood.
1906. July 25. Hattie Louise Webster, p. 38.
Leland Walter Gwatkin.
1907. June 29. Albert Clifford Lee, p. 33.
Harriet Maud Hotchkiss.
1908. May 26. Phebe White Merwin, p. 19.
Adolph Jeau Bode.
1908. Nov. 28. Gertrude Estelle Merwin, p. 14.
George Baldwin Wells.
1909. June 20. George Barber Merwin,
1909. Aug. 3. Helen lola Barhite, p. 18.
Edwin Adams Holmes.
1909. Sept. 4. Sylvia Maria Barhite, p. 18.
Archibald V. Davis.
Since September 1, 1902,
1902. Sept. 3. Elma to Edmund EschSage,
1903. Jan. 4, Jessie to Arthur Henry Mer-
win, p. 19.
1903. Aug 5. George Charles to Frederick
Henry Sage, p. 51.
1903. Oct. 31. Edith Ida to William Cleve-
land Noble, p. 39.
1905. March 1. Charles Lee to Edward
Merwiu Lee Bristol, p. 30.
1905. May 16. Joseph Lester to Mary Web-
ster Hutchins, p. 38.
1905. Sept. 22. Charles Andrew to Charles
Benjamin Merwin, p. 16.
1906. Aug. 19. Dorothy Stone to Grace
Merwin Haight, p. 16.
1906. Aug. 31. Esther Russell to Ralph
Linsley Merwin, p. 16.
1906. Nov. 23. Ruth to Ellen Bristol At-
well, p. 30.
1907. March SO. Florence Irene to Arthur
H. Merwin, p. 19.
1907. July 18. Emily Luetta to Charles
Benjamin Merwin, p. 16.
1907. Nov. 14. Mary Anna to Edmund
Esch Sage, p. 51.
1908. Aug. 16. Charlotte Griffin to Grace
Merwin Haight, p. 16.
1909. June 12. Emma Eleanor to Ellen
Bristol Atwell, p. 30.
1909. July 9. Dorothy Beatrice to Edward
Clark Arnold, p. 40.
1910. March 16. David Henry to Grace
Merwin Haight, p. 16.
1910. May 15. George Raymond to Gertrude
Merwin Wells, p. 14.
1910. July 26. Evelyn Clara to George
Barber Merwin, p. 16.
Charles Edmund Sage died August 12, 1903,
the first death after this book was first printed.
This was a few days before a gathering of the
descendants of our grandtather at the home of
Miles Talcott Merwin, in Durham.
Mr. Sage had planned, and was very desirous
to be present, but at the time of the meeting he
was on a sick bed, from which he never arose.
He bore his part in life well and faithfully and
his descendants are doing theirs worthily.
Emma Amelia Noble died November 23, 1903.
She and her sister Clara were twins, and, when
they were young looked so exactly alike that it
puzzled the relatives to tell them apart. She was
always much beloved by all who knew her. She
lived with her family until her decease, which
came after a long and painful illness, during
which she was tenderly cared for by her father.
Miles Talcott Merwin, the oldest of the cou-
sins, died July 29, 1904. His manner of death
befitted him. Eighty- two years of age, climbing
a ladder in his barn, he fell and never recovered
from the accident.
Undismayed by misfortune, he had fought the
battle of life bravely to the end, and won true
Charles Baldwin Merwin died October 31,
1904. He was the youngest of the cousins.
He remembered his Town and the Church of his
parents, and the Sunday School he attended in
his youth, leaving $20,000 for the schools of
Durham after the decease of his wife, several
thousand dollars to the Church, one thousand
dollars to the Sunday School, and a fund to
establish a school library.
Walter Lee Merwin, son of Miles Talcott
Merwin, died February T, 1905. He had been a
practicing lawyer in Pittsburg, Penn., for many
years. He was called very suddenly, his sick-
ness being less than forty-eight hours. He had
done his work well and was highly respected
and deeply mourned.
Mary Elizabeth Van Size died October 15,
1905. She was then the oldest of the cousins.
Active and vigorous up to the short illness which
preceded her decease, the secretary of a large
Sunday School Class, always present at Church
services, interested in her descendants, helping
wherever she saw help needed, the tribute paid
to her memory by her pastor at her funeral was
one rarely equaled, and touched the hearts of
William Merwin Noble died March 8,
1906. He was then the oldest of the cousins.
Universally respected, he lived the typical New
England life, and his memory is cherished by
Henry Huntington Newton died October
0, 1907. He was the husband of Caroline Gay-
lord Newton, they both being descendants in the
seventh generation of the first Miles Merwin.
He was by all recognized as the best man in the
Durham Congregational Church, and was for
forty-three years an officer in that Church.
Mary Esch Sage, widow of Charles Edmund
Sage, died November 19, 1907, and was buried
in the Sage Lot in Cromwell, many of the Mer-
win relatives attending. She had lived her life
well. Her worth is attested by her children
following in her footsteps.
Gaylord Kimball Noble, son of Robert Mil-
drum Noble, died October 29, 1908. He was
nineteen years old, had finished his preparatory
course and entered upon his second year in
Ames Agricultural College. The faculty and
students of the College united with the citizens
of Riceville in their expression of grief and
William Cltrtiss Mains, husband of Sara
Bristol, died January 23, 1909.
Highly educated, well qualified and success-
ful in his chosen profession of the law, earnest
and persistent in every movement for the public
good, he was beloved by a host of friends.
Martha Hulme Merwin, wife of Edward
Payson Merwin, died August 25, 1909, at the
old Merwin homestead in Durham, which was
owned and occupied by her husband's grand-
father and great grandfather. She bore her
sickness bravely and was recognized as a worthy
member of our tribe.
Mary Elizabeth Griswold Lee died Decem-
ber 2, 1909.
Her forty-two years of married life were spent
in the ancestral home of the Lees in Guilford,
Before marriage she w^as a teacher. Notwith-
standing her many years of ill health her
children are among the most robust of the Mer-
win descendants, and they fully recognize that
she filled the highest place, that of a wise and
Henry Sage Merwin died March 12, 1910.
He was then eighty-six years of age, approach-
ing more nearly than any other of that genera-
tion, as yet, to the age reached by their grand-
father. He occupied the house built for him at
the time of his marriage, his two surviving sons
being near to care for him in the later months
of feebleness of mind and body.
He was a faithful attendant upon the services
of Church and Sunday School until his hearing
failed, and was always ready to do his share of
the world's work.
Ada Emeline Ballard Merwin, widow of
Charles B. Merwin, died August 30, 1910.
She was very dear to her husband, who pro-
vided generously for her in his will; attractive,
and much liked by the large number of his
relatives with whom she became acquainted.
The re-union of the descendants of Miles Mer-
win Sixth, or Miles Merwin Sr. as he was called
in his lifetime, was held at the residence of Miles
T. Merwin, in Durham, on Thursday, August 6,
1903. There were present: — Miles Talcott Mer-
win, Ella E. Merwin, Emily F. Merwin, Agnes
D. Merwin, Lucy S. Merwin, Asaph M. Merwin,
Harry M. Merwin, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Newton,
Henry S. Merwin, of Durham; George B. Mer-
win, Blue Mountain Lake, N. T. ; Mrs. Mary E.
VanSize, Utica, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. John Ives,
Leland H. Ives, Mrs. James P. Piatt and daugh-
ter Margery, Martha S. Wetmore, of Meriden;
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lee, Albert Clifford
Lee and Miss Hotchkiss, (since Mrs. A. C. Lee)
of Guilford ; Mr. and Mrs. A. Earle Baldwin and
daughter Harriet, of Branford; Mr. and Mrs. H.
G. Newton, Charles Sherman Lee, Mr. and Mrs.
William Randall Lee, of New Haven; Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Noble, Sarah E. Noble, T. Harry
Noble, of Cromwell, Caroline Newton Stevens.
Letters of regret and of greeting were received
from many absent members, among them, from
Benjamin Foote Merwin and Clara, his wife, of
Blue Mountain Lake, Adirondacks, N. Y., on
behalf of themselves and their seven children;
Walter L. Merwin of Pittsburg, Penn., Charles
B. Merwin of New York City, Ellen Lee Bristol
and S. Allen Bristol, her husband, of Cheyenne,
Wyoming, and their thirteen children and grand-
children, all signing; Edward Arnold, of New
York City, Maria Merwin Black, Caroline Black
Safford, of Middlefield, Sylvia Elizabeth Barhite
of Ridgefield, Conn. ; Gen. Edward Merwin Lee
of New York City sent a letter especially com-
memorating the virtues of the three wives of
Of those present there were 14 grand-children
with husbands and wives, 17 great-grand-child-
ren, and five great-great-grand-children of
Miles Merwin (1772-1859).
A Miles Merwin Association was formed with
the intent of including other descendants of the
original Miles Merwin who settled in Milford.
The Abner Newton who came to Durham in
1724, was a grandson of that Miles Merwin, and
there are many other descendants of the first
Miles Merwin, probably several thousand, scat-
tered through the country, many in New Haven,
Milford and surrounding towns.
Miles Talcott Merwin, the oldest grand-child
present, was elected President and patriarch of
the association. Mary Elizabeth Vansize, of
Utica, N. Y., the next oldest grand-child present,
was chosen Vice-President and matriarch.
Caroline G. Newton, who was elected Secre-
tary, wife of Henry H. Newton, of Durham,
read a historical paper, a part of which was as fol-
"There is a beautiful old cemetery in the town
of Windsor, and the steep green bank from its
western border slopes down to the quiet waters
of the Farmington River. The newer graves
are made close to the wall of the plain white
church, for this cemetery is literally a church
yard, and has been, since the first one was laid
there, about the vear 1636. The earliest stones
have disappeared, if indeed any were placed there
in the first days when there was constant fear of
the Indians; but there is one to the memory of
Eunice Talcott Hooker, a relative of us all,
daughter of Gov. Talcott, and wife of Nathaniel
Hooker, dated 1643. There are many noted
names here: — Gov. Toucey, Oliver Ellsworth,
Gov. Roger Wolcott: Above the grave of Wolcott
is the inscription:
"Earth's highest station ends in 'Here he lies"
And dust to dust concludes her noblest song."
But the one with which the record of Miles
Merwin has to do is an oblong box-like structure
of brown sand-stone; on the sides of which is
carved this inscription:
"In memory of Rev. John Wareham.
He was installed Pastor of this church
at its organization in Plymouth, Eng-
land, in 1630. They arrived in this
country the 30th of May the same year,
and remained at Dorchester, Mass. five
years, when they removed to this town.
Here Mr. Wareham continued his pas-
toral labors to his flock until April 1,
1670, when he slept in the Lord. He
was among the most eminent of New
England's early Divines.
Erected by his Church, 1842."
The Memorial History of Hartford County
says that "Miles Merwin was a nephew of this
Rev. John Warham," but he was a nephew of
the minister's wife, Mrs. Abigail Blanchard
Warham. He came with her as a boy, and
continued living with or near her for many
years, and his removal to Milford was later than
has been supposed, for he is mentioned in the
Windsor Records in 1648 and "in 1650 he
bought from Roger Williams the Marshfield
place, and sold it in 1652." This land, still
known as the Miles Merwin lot, is a few rods
south of the place where once lived the Mr.
Stiles who wrote the History of Windsor.
The present Congregational Church in Wind-
sor stands on the site of the first church, and
the original inhabited plot of ground must have
been larger than the present green, which still
bears the name of Palisado Green, for in the
year 1636 every dwelling was within the en-
closure surrounded by palisades for protection
from the Indians. Miles' home at first was, of
course, with his relatives, but he early mar-
ried, and established a home for himself, his
first wife being Elizabeth Baldwin.
His land is on the eastern side of the Farm-
ington River, but it was not many years before
the Rev. Mr. Warham removed his residence to
the west side of the river, crossing it in a row-
boat every Sunday for the weekly services.
There are descendants of the name of Merwin
still living near the old Palisado Green, of
whom John is the ancestor.
Miles married in Milford Sarah Piatt Beach,
the daughter of Richard Piatt, and the widow
of Thomas Beach. She died in 1670, the same
year in which occurred the death of Rev. John
Warham. After her death, Miles married once
more, Sarah Scofield, who outlived him. Miles
Merwin had twelve children, and the widow
Beach having six of her own by Thomas
Beach, made a good old-fashioned family, if all
were living at one time. Eliza or Elizabeth,
John, Abigail, Thomas, Samuel, Miles, Daniel,
Martha and Mary or Maria, twins, Hannah,
Deborah and the other Daniel. Of these twelve
all but one, Daniel, lived to grow up and marry.
Eliza married a Canfield; Abigail, a Scofield;
John, born in 1650, we find settled on the home-
stead, but the fact that his descendants are still
in Windsor, may mean that he afterward
returned to that place and settled on the Wind-
sor homestead. Thomas settled in Norwalk,
Samuel married Sarah Woodin and settled in
New Haven. The descendants of Miles Merwin
still own Pond Point and Merwin's Point in
Milford. Daniel died young. Martha married
James Prince, and Mary, a Hull. Hannah
married Abel Holbrook, and Deborah, Samuel
The youngest of these children, Deborah Mer-
win, born in 1670, married Samuel Burwell,
and their daughter Mary, born in 1700, married
Abuer Newton, and came with him to Durham.
The wife of Abner Newton and Daniel Merwin,
coming about the same time, being first cousins.
Gay lord Newton and Nancy Merwin, marrying
nearly 120 years later, were really fifth cousins,
though entirely ignorant of that fact.
Miles, the fourth son of the first Miles, mar-
ried Hannah Wilmot Miles, widow of Samuel
Miles. His son, Daniel, born about 1688, mar-
ried Sarah Botsford, a woman a few years older
than himself, and in 1721, they removed to
Durham, three years later, their cousins Abner
and Mary Newton coming also.
The Town of Durham had then been laid out
only about 15 years, the original plan, of which
I have a copy, being dated 1707, the General
Assembly a little before that time empowering
the Guardian of Hezekiah Talcott to sell a suf-
ficient number of lots on each side of the main
street for the settlement of the place. Hezekiah
came of age Feb. 1706-7. The tract of land
marked on the plan as his, extended the whole
length of Main Street, from Mr. Burckel's to be-
low the Green, and had been granted to his
grandfather, Col. John Talcott, one of the first
settlers of Hartford, by the General Court, for
services in the Indian Wars.
The cousins Newton and Merwin settled on this
Main street, Newton in the south part, near the
Mill Pond on Allyn's Brook, which he bought,
and Daniel Merwin in the house now owned by
William C. Hubbard.
Daniel Merwin bought a very large farm and
many acres of the same land are still owned by his
descendants. Some of this land was in Middle-
town and some in Durham, and it was many
years before the boundary line between these
two towns was established so that he could know
exactly in which town taxes were due. Mr.
Merwin had much to do with fixing the line
which now stands, and some papers with records
of surveys and petitions etc., are still in the
carved old oaken chest which has been inherited
by his great-grandson, Miles Talcott Merwin.
Daniel died April 17, 1766, in his 78th year.
His wife, Sarah Botchford Merwin, died Sept.
23, 1764, 82 years old, and their grave-stones,
large and handsome brown sand-stone, stand on
the summit of the hill in the old grave-yard.
They had three children, Daniel, born in Mil-
ford, May 15, 1718; Miles, afterward known as
Lieut. Miles Merwin, also born in Milford,
March 29, 1721; and Elizabeth, born Feb 14
This Miles Merwin, son of Daniel Sr., was a
young man only 18 years of age at the time of
the organization of the first military company
in 1739. James Wads worth, born in Farming-
ton in 1675, and one of the first settlers in
Durham, at this time more than sixty years old,
was made Colonel of the 10th Connecticut Reg-
iment of Militia, and the cartridge box now in
the possession of Miles Tal ;ott Merwin, marked
2nd Company 10th Regiment, seems proof that
it was the one carried by Lieut. Miles Merwin
under Col. Wadsworth.
In the Colonial Records of Connecticut, page
70, Vol. II, appears this record of the General
Assembly held in Hartford, May 1757.
"This assembly do establish Mr. Miles Merwin
to be cornet of the troop of horse in the 10th
Regiment in this Colony;" the cornet of a
company being at that time the officer who car-
ried the standard in a company or troop of
Seven years later, May, 1764, page 255, Vol.
XIII, of the Colonial Records, reads; "This
assembly do establish Mr. Miles Merwin to be
Lieut, of the troop of horse in the 10th Regt. in
this Colony." Long before this, and soon after
he came of age, this Miles of the 4th generation
had married Mary Talcott, a daughter of the
Hezekiah Talcott who had owned the most of
the land comprising Durham Main Street.
Another paper tells how notable the Talcott
family had already been in the history of the
Connecticut Colony, her grandfather, John Tal-
cott, having been the means of securing the
Charter which Wadsworth hid in the Charter
Oak, and her Uncle Joseph Talcott having been
for seventeen years Governor of Connecticut at
the time of her marriage with Miles Merwin.
Their first son Miles was born May 12, 1744;
two years later came Daniel, then at intervals
of three years Job, Noah, Mary, Rhoda, Sarah
Tliis Miles, the fifth generation, married Mary
Parmelee and had eleven children, three only
being sons, Miles, Jesse and Noah. The eight
daughters being of no particular consequence
need not be named.
This Miles, the sixth generation, and our
grandfather, married Phebe Camp, Nov. 27,
1794. A bit of her wedding dress is before lis,
and the chairs on which they sat on their wed-
ding day more than a century ago."
Addresses were made by Miles Talcott Merwin
and Mary E. VanSize. Many reminiscences
were called up by the others especially by
Wealthy S. Ives, Henry S. Merwin, William
H. Lee, and Lucy Stowe Merwin.
Many pieces of the old family china and silver
were used at the table, and called forth re-
miniscences from the older ones who had used
them as children.
The gathering had been planned as a lawn
party, but during the afternoon the rain fell in
torrents and continued until late in the night.
Two teams had driven from Guilford, one from
New Haven, two from Meriden, and one from
Cromwell. The rain detracted nothing from the
festivities, social intercourse and merriment
The small figures prefixed to some names indicate the generation in the
line of descent from the emigrant ancpstor
Anna Louisa 63
Hattie Augusta 63
Dora (Diers) 64
Dorothy Beatrice 65
Edward Clark 40, 64, 71
Frank Hubbard 40
Henry 39, 40, 41, 63
Henry, Jr. 40
Mary A. (Noble) 36. 39, 40, 63
Mary (Hazen) 40
Mary Ellen 63
Ellen (Bristol) 30, 64
Emma Eleanor 65
Marshall Mott 64
Fannie C. (Wetmore) 22, 64
William Elijah 64
Bailey, Kate A. 19
Addison Earle 32, 70
Alva (Merwin) 9, 36, 43, 44,
46, 47. 48
Dorothy Rae 32
Elizabeth Maddock, 3, 41, 42,
44, 45, 70
Harriet Carpenter 32, 70
Henry Merwin 44, 46, 50
Isaac Stebbins 43, 44, 46, 47
Lyman Merwin 43, 44
Mary Elizabeth 44, 45, 46, 67,
70, 71. 79
Ruth Mary (Lee) 32, 70
Sarah Allen, 3, 44, 47, 57, 70
Ballard, Ada Emeline 55
Emma Agnes 19
Helen lola 18, 64
Sylvia E. (Merwin) 18, 71
Syhna Maria 18, 64
William Curtis 18
Barker, Fannie O. 14
Sarah (Piatt) 74
Elizabeth M. (Baldwin) 3, 41,
42, 44, 45, 70
Phebe C. (Merwin) 12, 21, 22
Carrie Phebe 23, 71
Edwin Jerome 23
Maria W. (Merwin) 12, 23, 71
William Jerome 23
Blanchard, Abigail 73
Adolph Jean 64
Phebe W. (Merwin) 19, 64
Botchford, Sarah 6, 75, 77
Charles Allen 30, 31
Charles L,ee 65
Daze M. (McCabe) 31
Edward Merwin Lee 30
Ellen 30, 64, 65
Ellen M. (Lee) 28, 29, 30, 31,
Frances Sistare 31, 63
John Allen 31
Margaret (Morrison) 31
Samuel Allen 30, 31, 70
Sara 30, 31
William Merwin 31
Brown, Winnifred 64
Deborah (Merwin) 74, 75
Phebe 9, 10. 79
Canfield — 74
Eliza (Merwin) 74
Civil War 23, 29, 30, 31, 33, 45,
Crowell, Ella Jane 55
Archibald V. 64
Sylvia M. (Barhite) 18, 64
Esch, Mary Anna 51, 68
Ellen Agnes 13, 14, 15, 16
Gleason, Rev. Henry 56
Griffin, Clara 15, 70
Mary Elizabeth 32, 33, 69, 70
Minnie Augusta 38
Hattie L- (Webster) 38, 64
Leland Walter 64
Charlotte Griffin 65
David Henry 64
David Henry Jr. 65a
Dorothy Stone 65
Grace C. (Merwin) 16, 64
Harold Wetmore 22
Julia Merwin (Wetmore) 22
William L , 22
Hazen, Mary 40
Hill, Mary Frances, 39
Hannah (Merwin) 74, 75
Edwin Adams 64
Helen I. (Barhite) 18, 64
Eunice (Talcott) 72
Hotchkiss, Harriet Maud 64, 70
Mary (Merwin) 74, 75
Hulme. Martha L- 54. 68
Joseph Lester 65
Lester John 64
Mary E. (Webster) 38, 64
Harriet White 20, 70
John 20, 70
Leland Howard 20, 70
Wealthy S. (Merwin) 20. 70,
Keith, Harriet (White) 11, 20,
21, 22, 23
Kimball, Elizabeth Sumner 39
Kirby, Grace 10
Leavenworth, Mary (Wooster)
Albert Clifford 32, 33, 64, 70
Charles Gilbert 28, 33, 34
Charles Sherman 32
Charlotte Elizabeth 28
Edward Merwin 28,
Edward Merwin (2) 28, 29, 71
Edward Merwin 32, 33
Ellen Maria 28, 29, 30, 31, 70
Harriet M. (Hotchkiss) 64, 70
James Edward 27, 28, 29, 31,
Lucy (Foote) 33
Mary E. (Griswold) 32, 33,
Mary Elizabeth 28
Ruth Mary 32
Ruth (Merwin) 9, 27, 28, 29,
William Henry 28
William Henry (2) 28, 31, 32,
33. 34. 70, 79
William Randall 32, 33
Elizabeth 3, 41, 42, 44, 45, 70
Mary E. (Baldwin) 44, 45, 46,
67, 70. 71, 79
Sara (Bristol) 30, 31
William Curtiss 31, 68
McCabe, Daze May 31
Merriam, Sylvia Minerva 17,
Abigail (Seward) 10
Ada E. (Ballard) 55
Agnes Dickerman, 13, 14, 15,
Alva (2) 9, 36, 43, 44, 46, 47.
Asaph Merriam 17, 18, 70
Arthur Henry 18, 19, 64
Benjamin Foote 13, 14, 15. 7°
Benjamin Foote, Jr. 16
Caroline Ellen 11. 21
Charles Andrew 65
Charles Baldwin 52, 54, 66, 70
Charles Benjamin 16, 65
Clara Griffin 15, 70
2 Daniel 74
2 Daniel (2) 74, 75
3 Daniel 6, 7, 17, 75, 76, 77
4 Daniel 77
Deborah 74, 75
Edna Althea 19
Edward Payson 52, 53, 54
Elisha Sage 17
Elizabeth A. (Tyler) 13
Elizabeth (Baldwin) 74
Ella Elizabeth 13, 14, 15, 70
Ella J. (Crowell)55
Elleu A. (Foote) 13, 14, 15, 16
Elsie Margaret 19
Emily Foote 13, 14, 15, 70
Emily Lottie 16
Emily Luella 65
Esther Russell 65
Ethel May 16
Fannie O. (Barker) 14
Florence Irene 65
Frank Howard 17, 19
Gertrude Estelle 14, 64
George Barber 16, 70
Grace Clara 16, 65
Grace (Kirby) 10
Hannah 74, 75
Hannah (Wilmot) (Miles) 6,
Harriet (White) (Keith) 11,
20, 21, 22, 23
Harry Merriam 18, 70
Helen Elizabeth 14
Henry Sage 11, 16, 17, 18, 19,
69, 70, 79
John 74, 75
Kate A. (Bailey) 19
L(UCy Stowe 52
Lucy Stowe (2) 52, 70, 79
Margaret 12, 22
Margaret Russell 15
Maria L,. (Moore) 15
Maria White 12, 23, 71
Martha L. (Hulme) 54, 69
Martha 74, 75
3 Mary 74
5 Mary 78
Mary B. (Tappan) 18
Mary E. (Pascoe) 16
Mary W. (Leavenworth) 12
Mary (Parmelee) 7, 78
Mary Parmelee 9, 35, 36, 37,
39, 41, 42, 48
Mary (Talcott) 7, 12, 78
1 Miles 5, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75
2 Miles 6, 74, 75
4 Miles 6, 77, 78
•'> Miles 7, 78
6 Miles 7, 9, 10, 23, 27.35,43,
48, 52, 55, 70, 71. 78, 79
" Miles 9, 10, rr, 12, 16, 20,
21, 22, 23
8 Miles Talcott 7, 11, 12, 13,
14, 15, 16, 66, 70, 76, 77, 79
9 Miles Tyler 13, 14
10 Miles Herbert 14
10 Miles Henderson 15
Nancy Maria 9, 55, 56, 61, 75
5 Noah 78
6 Noah 78
7 Noah 9, 52, 53, 54
Olive (Stowe) 52, 53, 54
Phebe (Camp) 9, 10, 23, 27,
35. 43. 48, 52. 55
V Phebe Camp 3, 9, 21, 23, 24,
25. 26, 43
8 Phebe Camp 12, 21, 22
Phebe White 19, 64
Ralph Linsley 13, 14, 16, 65
5 Rhoda 78
7 Rhoda 9, 16, 48, 49, 50
Russell Lee 14
Ruth 9, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33
Ruth Ella 19
Samuel 74, 75
Sarah (Botchford) 6, 75, 77
Sarah P. (Beach) 74
Sarah (Scofield) 74
Sarah (Woodin) 75
Sylvia Elizabeth 17, 18
Sylvia M. (Merriam) 17. 18,
Theodore Edwin 14
Thomas 74, 75
Walter Cyrus 16
Walter Lee 13, 15, 70
Wealthy (Sage) 11, 12, 16
Wealthy Sage 11, 20, 70, 79
William Page 18
William Walters 15
Mildrum, Almira Parmelee 37,
Hannah (Wilmot) 6, 75
Moore, Maria Louise 15
Morrison, Margaret 31
Needles, Amanda 28
Abner 71. 75, 76
Caroline Gaylord 3, 56, 61, 70,
Ellen Maria 56
Gaylord 55, 56, 61, 75
Henry Gleason 4, 50, 56, 58,
Henry Huntington 61, 68, 70
Mary (Burwell) 75
Nancy M. ("Merwin) 9, 55, 56,
Sarah A (Baldwin) 3, 44, 47,
57, 70 •
Almira P. (Mildrum) 37, 38,
Arthur William 37
Charlotte Ellen 37, 42
Clara Adelia 37, 38
Curtis Cleveland 39
Edith Ida 65
Edward Shepard 37, 38
Elizabeth MB. (Belden) 3,
41, 42, 44. 45. 70
Elizabeth S. (Kimball) 39
Emma Amelia 37, 38, 66
Gaylord Kimball 39, 68
Harold Beaumont 38
Howard Edward 39
Julia Charlotte 38
Kenneth Hill 39
Le Roy Beaumont 39
Laura A. (Pierce) 37
Lucius Pierce 38
Mary Amelia 36, 39, 40, 63
Mary F. (Hill) 39
Mary P. (Merwin) 9, 35, 36,
37- 39' 41, 42. 48
Merwin Lee 37, 42
Minnie A (Griswold) 38
Robert Mildrum 37, 39
Robert Mildrnm, Jr. 39
Sarah Ellen 41, 70
1 Thomas 42
*' Tliomas 35, 36, 37, 39, 41,
7 Thomas 36, 41, 42, 45, 70
"^ Thomas Henry 41, 42, 70
William Cleveland 37. 39
William Merwin 36, 37, 38, 39
Norton, Cora May 46
Mary 7, 78
Pascoe, Mary Ella 16
Pierce, Laura Anna 37
Harriet W. (Ives) 20, 70
James Perry 20
James Perry, Jr. 20
Margery 20, 70
Martha (Merwin) 74, 75
Carrie P. (Black) 23, 71
Katie Eaton 23
Charles Edmund 49, 50, 51,
Anna L. (Armbruster) 63
Edmund 16. 48, 49. 50
Edmund Esch 51, 63, 65
Elizabeth Williams 49
Frances Merwin 49 50
Frederick Henry 51, 63, 65
George Charles 64
Hatlie A. (Armbruster) 63
Henry Lewis 49, 50
Martha Marietta 49, 50
Mary A. Esch 51, 68
Mary Anna 64
Rhoda (Merwin) 9, 16, 48,
Walter Merwin 51
Abigail (Merwin) 74
Seward, Abigail 10
Amanda (Needles) 28
Edward Thayer 28
Mary E. (Lee) 28
Nathan Edward 28
Spanish War 23, 31, 32, 33
Stevens, Caroline Newton 70
Stowe, Olive 52, 53, 54
HezekJah 76, 78
Col. John 7, 12, 76, 78
Gov. Joseph 72, 78
Mary 7, 12, 78
Tappan, Mary Ball i8
Tyler, Elizabeth Ann 13
Amelia (Ridout) 46
Catherine Hilibard 45
Cora M. (Norton) 46
Ebenezer Hibbard 45, 46
Hibbard Kimball 45, 46
Marian G. (Fellows) 46
Mary E. B. (Maddock) 44, 45,
46. 67,70, 71, 79
Mary Merwin 45
Mary Mildred 46
William Baldwin 45
John Knox 30
John Knox, Jr. 30
Kate (Bristol) 30
Abigail (Blanchard) 73
Rev. John 72, 73. 74
Clara A. (Noble) 37, 38
Hatlie Louise 38, 64
Mary Emma 38, 64, 65
Stewart Noble 38
William John 38
George Baldwin 64
Gertrude E- (Merwin) c ;, 64
Phebe C. (Merwin) 3, 9, 21,
23, 24. 25, 26, 43
Wilmot, Hannah 6, 75
Abner Canfield 21, 22
Fannie Canfield 22, 65
Julia Merwin 21. 22
Margaret (Merwin) 12, 22
Martha Scovil 2 1 , 70
Phebe C. (Merwin) (Birdsey)
12, 21, 22
Woodin,_ Sarah 75
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