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A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of 
Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation 









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John Miller, immigrant ances- 
MILLER tor, came from Maidstone, 

county Kent, England, and set- 
tled at Lynn, Massachusetts. He was also for 
a time at Salem. With other Essex county 
men he removed to East Hampton. Long Is- 
land, about 1649. He and his wife Mary had 
sons: Andrew, settled in 1671 at Miller 
Place, Long Island ; George, mentioned be- 
low ; John; William, married Hannah ; 

Jeremiah, died June 2, 1734. 

(II) George, son of John Miller, was born 
in Easthampton, died October 12, 1712. Chil- 
dren, bom at Easthampton : George, killed 
by a horse; John; Hezekiah, mentioned be- 
low ; Nathan. 

(III) Hezekiah, son of George Miller, was 
born at Easthampton, about 1680. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Sherry. Children, born at 
East Hampton : Child, born and died in 
1714; child, born July, 1718, died soon; son, 
1721, died 1733: son, 1724; Jane, married 
Thomas Filer; Thomas, married Sarah Hop- 
kins ; Henry, married Anna Earle ; Keturah, 
baptized 1736; Joanna, married Ezekiel Hand: 
Jacob, mentioned below. 

(IV) Jacob, son of Hezekiah Miller, was 
born about 1715. He owned the covenant 
and was baptized at East Hampton July 13, 
1740. He married Susanna Wickes (or 
Weeks), of Oyster Bay, Long Island. He 
removed to Huntington. Long Island. He 
married (second) Mary Renland. of Himt- 
ington. Children of first wife: Elizabeth: 
Elizabeth : Mathew ; Freelove ; Jacob, men- 
tioned below. 

(V) Jacob (2). son of Jacob (i) Miller, 
was baptized at Huntington. Long Island, 
April 24. 1754. He followed the" sea and 
owned a whaling vessel. During the revolu- 
tion he came to Wallingford, where he died. 
He married Elizabeth Filer. Children: i. 
Rev. Samuel, mentioned below. 2. Rev. Tho- 
mas, began early in the Baptist ministry: for 
a time was at Greenpoint, Long Island, then 
at Palmyra, Atwater and Deerfield. Ohio : mar- 
ried .^senath, daughter of Nathaniel Andrews, 
of Wallingford : they resided at Southington, 
Connecticut, a few years ; he appears to have 

preached a L'niversalist sermon in Meriden 
in 1834; children: Sylvia, Selina, Caroline, 
Henry A., Louisa, Porter, Mary, Griswold, 
Samuel, William, and others, said to be twen- 
ty-two in all. 3. Orrin D. 4. Henry. xAnd 
others, names unknown. 

(V'l) Rev. Samuel, son of Jacob (2) Mil- 
ler, was born on Long Island, April 15, 1773, 
died November 14, 1829; married Vincy 
Blakeslee. He joined the Baptist church. 
He became the first minister of the Baptist 
church of Meriden and continued for twenty- 
six years. He preached in other Baptist pul- 
pits in the vicinity from time to time. He 
married Vincy, daughter of Joseph and Lois 
(Ives) Blakeslee. Children: i. Lyman, mar- 
ried Thankful, daughter of David and ihank- 
ful (Moss) Hall; daughter, Vincy Ann, was 
mother of Mrs. Grove W. Curtis, of Hartford, 
Connecticut. 2. John Milton, married Mercia 
Bryant, of Sheffield, Massachusetts. 3. Joel, 
mentioned below. 4. Samuel, married Janet, 
daughter of Ira and Julia (Hull) Andrews. 
5. Alonzo, married Eliza Ann Hobson. 6. .'M- 
mond, married Catherine Rogers. 7. Oliver, 
died when a young man. 8. Rev. Harvey, 
married Sarah Rosetta, daughter of Othniel 
and Rosetta (Yale) Ives. 9. George, married 
Lucy Marcia, daughter of Elisha B. and Hep- 
sibah (Cornwall) Wilcox. 

(VII) Joel, son of Rev. Samuel Miller, was 
born at Meriden, October 24, 1801, died Au- 
gust 25, 1864. He married Clarissa, daugh- 
ter of Seth Doud and Elizabeth (Hall) Plum. 
In 1829 the Millers removed to Canastota, 
New York, and lived there eight years. They 
then returned to Meriden and settled on a 
farm on which the family has since lived. 

(VIII) Edward, son of Joel Miller, was 
born .'\ugust 10, 1827, in Wallingford. He 
attended the public schools of his native town 
and Post Academy in Meriden for a few 
terms. When fifteen years old he began to 
work in the factory of Horatio N. Howard in 
Meriden, making lamp screws, hoops and can- 
dlestick springs. Then for two years he was 
in the employ of Stedman & Clark, who made 
similar goods. While still in his teens he en- 
gaged in business, on his own account in part- 




nership with his father, iranufacturing a sim- 
ilar line of goods to those of his former em- 
ployers. The firm name was Joel .Miller & 
Son. Two years later he bought his father's 
share in the firm, giving his note for eight 
hundred dollars. Before the end of the fol- 
lowing year he paid his father out of the prof- 
its of the business which continued to grow 
and prosper. Larger quarters were soon 
found necessary: a wooden building was 
erected on the site of the present works, which 
was destroyed by fire in 1856 and this loss was 
followed by the financial panic of 1857, but the 
business survived, and in 1838 Mr. Miller be- 
gan to manufacture kerosene burners in his 
new factory. Hitherto the burners in use had 
been imported and Mr. .Miller was the pioneer 
in the industry of making lamps for burning 
kerosene made from distilled coal. Bronzes, 
sheet brass and brass utensils of various kinds 
were added to the product of the factory 
from ti lie to time. .As the business developed 
large additions were made to the factory ca- 
pacity, and in 1866 new capital was enlisted 
and a joint stock company formed, under the' 
name of Edward Miller & Company, with a 
capital of $200,000, with .Mr. Miller as presi- 
-deat ai.ti •.lana'r'er, in which capacity he served 
until his death, June 11, 1909. Xew buildings 
were erected and the capacity of tiie plant in- 
creased. Some eight hundred hands are em- 
ployed regularly in recent years. The Miller 
company produced the famous Rochester 
lamp, first placed on the market in 1884. It 
gained a world-wide reputation in a short 
time. Imitations naturally came into the field 
and the .Miller comnany met competition by 
producing the .Miller lamp, the highest 
achievement in the art of illumination with 
kerosene. It is simple and cannot get out of 
order: it has no dirt pocket: the central draft 
through a solid seamless brass tube cannot 
leak : it has screw adjustment and plunge 
movement and it has the simplest possible ar- 
rangement for rewicking. The present officers 
of the company are: President, Edward 
Miller: vice-jiresident nnd superintendent, .Ar- 
thur E. Miller: secretary anfl treasurer, Ben- 
jamin C. Kennard : rlirectors, Edward Miller, 
.Arthur E. Miller, Hon. .\biram Chamberlain, 
Benjamin C. Kennard. John L. Billard and 
Andrew J. Sloper. The present capital of the 
company is $750,000. The company has re- 
cently added the manufacture of gas and 
electric fixtures. The Meriden Journal in 
an appreciative article thus described the 
business : 

"The company's prosperity is such that it 
knows no dull periods or its workmen want 
of employment. The departments are fully 

equipped with all the most modern machinery 
that can aid in the rapid and perfect production 
of goods. It is the rule in the manufacture of 
their goods that excellence is the grand thing 
to be attained and the high esteem in which 
their products are held by the dealers and con- 
sumers warrants the assertion that they realize 
the end sought. Their products are largely 
e.xported to foreign lands and immense as this 
business is, it is constantly increasing. It 
would be an impossibility to enumerate the 
great assortment of articles made by this 
company. Prominent among them are lamp 
trimmings of every variety, tinners' hard- 
ware, together with brass and bronze goods. 
Their designs are thoroughly their own and 
are selected by those appreciative of the supe- 
riority of American styles over those of for- 
eign lands. Yet the company keeps a sharp 
eye on the centres of artistic productions with 
a view that none shall excel them. The result 
is that not only are the designs of the art cen- 
tres equaled, but in most cases excelled by the 
addition of the -American artist." 

The creation and devebpment of this mam- 
moth business was the life work of Mr. 
Miller. .Although he had had the interest of a 
good citizen in public affairs, he declined 
public office, excepting service in the common 
council, of which he was a member for twelve 
years. In early life he was a Democrat, but 
he supported the Republican party since it 
was organized. He was a prominent and hon- 
ored nieniber of the Broad Street Baptist 
Church and one of its board of managers. In 
1869 he gave to this church an excellent pipe 
organ. He was greatly interested also in the 
Young .Men's Christian Association and the 
Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, to 
both of which he made substantial gifts. 
L'ntil later years he enjoyed outdoor sports 
such as fishing and hunting. His motto, to 
which he has held fast through a long, useful 
and eminently successful career in busi- 
ness, was : "Whatever you undertake as 
a life work, do it thoroughly and stick to it." 
For years he was treasurer of the Connecti- 
cut Baptist Educational Society. He gave lib- 
erallx to various benevolent organizations. He 
contributed a handsome sum to the building 
fund of the German Baptist Church. 

He married, .August ;?o, 1848, Caroline M. 
Neal. born .April 14. 18,^0, died August 29. 
1906. daughter of Joseph and Matilda 
(Barnes) X'eal, of Southington. Connecticut, 
and to her wise coun.sel and advice Mr. Mil- 
ler generouslv attributed much of his success. 
Children: Edw^ard. mentioned below: Lavette 
.Alena, born January 10, 1853, married Charles 
A. Kendrick, of Meriden; Arthur E., men- 



tioned below : Two others died young, Car- 
rie and Emma. 

(IX) Edward (2), son of Edward ( i ) :\Iil- 
ler, was born at Meriden, February i, 1851. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
place until 1868, when he entered the Pre- 
paratory Academy at Suffield, Connecticut, 
class of 1870. and fitted for college. He grad- 
uated from Brown University with honors in 
the class of 1874, and in the following autumn 
began in a practical way to learn the business 
in his father's factory, step by step. He has 
held the offices of treasurer and secretary since 
1882 and in recent years has borne a large 
share of the. responsibility of the management. 
Much of the recent growth and prosperity of 
the concern are due to his prudent and sa- 
gacious handling of affairs, and he ranks 
among the most substantial and honored cit- 
izens of Meriden. He has served two terms 
in the Meriden common council and has been 
a member of the school board. He is trustee 
of the City Savings Bank and is a member of 
the Home Club. He is a student and has col- 
lected-one of the finest private libraries in the 
city. Since 1874 he has had charge of the 
music of the First Baptist Church, as his 
father and grandfather had before him. He 
resides in the Edward Miller residence on 
Broad street and is unmarried. 

(IX) .\rthur Eugene, son of Edward (i) 
Miller, was born at Meriden, September 12, 
1863. He attended private schools there and 
graduated from the Hartford high school in 
the class of 1883. For one year he was a 
student in Brown University, leaving to take 
his place in his father's business, with which 
he was already somewhat familiar and in 
which he was then needed. He learned every 
detail of the shop work in a practical way and 
fairly won his promotion to the position of 
assistant superintendent. In 1901 he became 
superintendent and he has filled that position 
to the present time. He is a member of the 
Home Club : of Meridian Lodge, No. jj, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of which he was mas- 
ter at one time: of Honorable Chapter. No. 
27, Royal Arch Masons : of St. Elmo Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar, of which he was 
eminent commander, and has taken the thirtv- 
second. degree in Masonry. He resides at the 
homestead. He is unmarried. 

Thomas Miller, immigrant an- 
MILLER cestor, settled first at Rowlev, 

Massachusetts, whence he canie 
to Middletown. Connecticut, as shown by the 
church records. He was one of the first pro- 
prietors of Middletown and erected 
a mill there. His wife Isabel died in 

1666 and le married (second) i, June 6, 1666, 
Sarah, daughter of Samuel Nettleton, of Bran- 
ford. In his will in 1680 he gives his age as 
above seventy, and in the settlement of his 
estate soon afterward the ages of his children 
are mentioned, from Thomas, aged fourteen, to 
Sarah, aged one year. He died August 14, 

1680. His widow, Sarah, married 

Harris. Child of first wife : Ann, married, in 
1653, Nathaniel Bacon. Children of second 
wife: Thomas (mentioned below); Samuel, 
born April i, 1668: Joseph, August 21, 1670; 
Benjamin, July 10, 1672 ; John, March 10, 
1674; }ilargaret, September, 1676: Sarah. Jan- 
uary 7, 1679; Mehitable. March 28, 1681 (post- 
humous ) . 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Mil- 
ler, was born at Middletown, May 6, 1667; 
died September 7. 1727. He resided in his na- 
tive town. He married, in 1688. Elizabeth, 
daughter of Edward Turner. She died in 
1695 and he married (second), in 1696, Mary 
Rowell. Children, born at Middletown, of first 
wife: Thomas. 1692: .\bigail, 1694: Elizabeth, 
1695. Children of second wife: Mary, 1697, 
died aged si.xteen : Stephen, mentioned be- 
low : James, 1700: Elizabeth, 1702: Eunice. 
1704; Patience, 1707; Deborah,.. 1708. 

(III) Stephen, son of Th...ias ^^.y-Mill 
was born at Middletown in 1699. Among his 
sons was Stei)hen. mentioned below. 

(IV) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) Mil- 
ler, was born about 1730. He lived in Mid- 
dletown. In 1790, according to the first feder- 
al census, he had in his family three males 
over sixteen, two under that age and four 
females. Other heads of families there were 
Caleb. Jonathan, Edward and Jared, sons or 
relatives of Stephen. 

(V) Stephen (3), son of Stephen (2) Mil- 
ler, was born at Middletown, about 1770. 
Among his children was Stephen, mentioned 

(\T) Stephen (4), son of Stephen (3) Mil- 
ler, was born in 1795 at South Farms, where 
he followed farming. He married (first) Cla- 
rissa Whitmore. of Maromas. He married 
(second) Lucretia. dau.ghter of Elisha Fair- 
child, of East Long Hill, whither he moved to 
the farm of his father-in-law soon after his 
second marriage. He was a prosperous farm- 
er. His last years were spent in Middletown, 
where he had a home near Pameacha Bridge. 
He died there September 26, 1877. Children 
of first wife: Stephen W., mentionerl below: 
Benjamin W., a farmer, who lived at South 
Farms and died unmarried. Children of sec- 
ond wife: Darius, mentioned below: Nathan 
G., married (first) Cora McKee, (second) 
Celia Stanley, (third) Agnes Stanley, child 



died in infancy; Charles, married (first) Abi- 
gail U'elton. (second) Sally Benton, and was 
a successful dry goods merchant at Waterburv ; 
Catherine E., widow of Erwin Strickland, of 
Bridgeport; Frank, married Emily Clinton, 
and is engaged in the coal business in Bridge- 

(\'II) Stephen W., son of Stephen (4) Mil- 
ler, was born October 23, 1821. After his 
father's second marriage and removal to the 
Fairchild farm, he attended school in that dis- 
trict. When a young man he began to work 
for the William Wilcox Manufacturing Com- 
pany at Zoar, Connecticut, for the humble 
wages of fifty cents a day. but he made rapid 
progress in mechanical skill and won advance- 
ment rapidly. He continued with this concern 
for twelve years. For a short time he was em- 
ployed in the Whitmore quarries at Maromas, 
Connecticut. He inherited fifty acres of his 
father's estate and upnn that he settled and 
devoted his life to agriculture. .At the time 
of his death he owned eighty-six acres. He 
added the culture of tobacco to his other crops 
and usually had five acres planted with tobac- 
co. He also made a specialty of market gar- 
dening. He died July 27. 1884, after several 
ye.irs of ill health. He married Hannah A., 
born .May 8, I6,,.r. at South Farms, died Feb- 
ruary 5, 1870, daughter of William and Lucy 
(Clark "I Corey. Her father was a carpenter 
and joiner. Children: i. Clara W.. horn Jan- 
uary 18. 18^1 : married. January i. 1883, Lewis 
M. Crowell. horn January 7, 1850. at Zoar, 
died July 9, i8qo. a farmer; children: Stephen 
M. Crowell, February 10. 1884; Abigail H. 
Crowell. September 10. 1886: Eldon L. Crow- 
ell. November 5. 1887; Irene W. Crowell. Oct- 
ober 21, 1889. 2. .\lice Cora, .August 20. 1863; 
educated in the Middletown public schools and .\cademy : married. November 25, 
1885, Frank L. Strickland, born October. 1858, 
a clerk in the Parshley shoe store at Middle- 
town, then with the department house of R. 
H. White & Company of Boston, and since 
1886 proprietor of a shoe store in Rockville, 
Connecticut : children : Edna Helen Strickland, 
born June 5, 1887: Bertha Miller Strickland, 
June 28. 1889: Walker Knight Strickland, Au- 
gust I. 1891. died Januarv 11. 1892: Seward 
Holmes Strickland. .April' 8, 1898. 

(\'II) Darius, son of Stephen (4) Miller, 
was born October 29. 1829. He was educated 
in the district schools of Middletown and in 
the Durham .Academy. He began his business 
career as clerk in Fagan's dry goods store at 
Middletown. where he worked for three years. 
.At the age of eighteen he came to New Britain 
and worked as clerk in a store in that town for 
two years. With S500 he had saved and S700 

he recei\e(l ircm his father, he embarked 
in business as a dry goods merchant in 
New Britain and he is still in active business 
there. From a small beginning his business 
grew to mammoth proportions. He prospered 
and invested his money shrewdly. Simplicity 
industry and conservatism have characterized 
his business career. No merchant in the city 
has won a larger degree of financial success 
and none stands higher in the esteem and con- 
fidence of his townsmen. 

The Bridgeport Post says of him : "One of 
the guests of honor yesterday (at the golden 
wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Darius Miller, Au- 
gust 14. 19101 was Darius Millet, founder of 
the Darius Miller Company's dry goods store 
in New Britain, and his wife. Although 
eighty-one years of age. he pays close atten- 
tion to the store and is familiar with everv 
detail. He is an ultra-conservative man in a 
business way, and has not been in a hurrv 
to adopt all the new schemes which have 
been originated for carrying on business. His 
business has been of slow but sure growth. 
He has always invested his money wiselv and 
is now easily a millionaire. .Although all of 
the other brothers are married, he is the only 
one who has been able or will be able, prob- 
ably to celebrate tl:e close of a half century 
of married life. He married Miss Lizzie Bis- 
sell of Windsor, fifty years ago yesterday. The 
first wives of the other brothers' have all died. 
-And it was because of the fact that Darius was 
the oldest and probably the only one of the 
brothers who could celebrate a golden wed-- 
ding that Frank ;\tiller conceived" the idea of 
having a reunion to observe the occasion- prop- 

The reunion is described by the same paper : 
"There was truly a remarkable familv re- 
union vesterday at Lehmann's shore house. 
when Frank Miller and Mrs. Miller. Mr. Mil- 
ler's sister, his three brothers with their wives 
gathered to celebrate the golden wedding,' anni- 
versary of Darius Miller'of .New Britain. The 
ages of the four brotl;ers and sister aggretrate 
over 360 years and they rei^resent miHions of 
dollars. But it was a very quiet affair and 
carried off in the most simple wav possible. 

"All were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
Miller of this city. The familv reunion would 
have been a complete reunion had the parents 
been alive. The five were the onlv children. 
Each of the brothers has been unu'suallv suc- 
cessful in business. * * * Another 'broth- 
er who was present with his wife was Nathan 
0., now of New York. He is a financier and 
has been interested in enough big projects to 
fill a book if they were enumerated. He is now 
seventy-seven and his more active davs in the 



business world are now almost over. He was 
first president of the Iron Steamboat Com- 
pany, president of the Eagle Lock Company, 
owned the Nickel Plate Railroad and a very 
large interest in the Edison Electric Light 
Company. These are but a few of the matters 
in which he has been active. He has always 
been successful and is very wealthy. 

"Charles Miller of Waterbury, who owns 
the Randolph & Clowes Company of Water- 
bury and was formerly head of the Miller & 
Peck Company, was present. It will be re- 
called that on January i. he turned this firm 
over to the clerks in the store. He is seventy- 
three years of age. 

"Frank Miller is too well known in Bridge- 
port to call for any details. As a shrewd and 
successful business man he can take a place 
at the head of the table any time. He is now 
president of the City National Ban':. Mrs. 
Miller was formerly Miss Hallock and is a 
student of the fine arts. 

"Mrs. Kate E. (Miller) Strickland, a sister, 
is also very w'ell known in this city. 

"A striking incident of the celebration yes- 
terday was the taking of the pictures of the 
group. The guest of honor had not had a pic- 
ture of himself taken in fifty years, but he sub- 
mitted to the efforts of John P. Haley, pho- 
tographer, without a murmur, and several pic- 
tures were taten of himself and the other 
members of the family. These pictures will 
be treasured in the Miller family as a memoriail 
of one of the most pleasing incidents in the 
family history. * •■' '= 

"Frank Miller and his brothers were the 
sons of a farmer and each started out to 'hoe 
his own row' with a capital of S700. The mil- 
lions that have been accumulated since were 
made out of a careful and intelligent use of 
the original few hundred. Yesterday's was 
not the first reunion of the family. It is com- 
mon at Christmas and Thanksgiving for the 
family to get together." 

The A't'Ti.' Britain Herald in commenting on 
the reunion said : "Starting with a modest 
bank-roll, the proceeds of the sale of the farm, 
the boys developed their resources in differ- 
ent fields. Success came to all, and when they 
took stock of material things yesterday, they 
found that the few hundreds with which they 
started had developed into many millions, and 
the end is not yet. Mr. Miller is one of New 
Britain's worthiest citizens. He is the oldest 
merchant doing business on Main street, and 
none is held in higher respect or esteem. It 
is not too much to hope that he and his wife 
may be spared to celebrate other pleasant an- 

The account of this familv would be incom- 

plete without the interview with Frank Miller 
in the IVatcrbury American, August 18, 1910. 
He said : "If we were to start out to-day as we 
did, the four brothers, over fifty years ago, 
. with seven hundred dollars apiece, the chances 
are that we would be worth in the same given 
time considerably more than we are to-day." 

The American has told of the union of the 
Miller brothers "* * * who reckoned up 
the united results of their strivings at more 
than twenty-five million dollars. 

".And I suppose that most of the young men 
who read that .story." >aid Mr. Miller, "said to 
himself, 'Yes, but that was in the good old 
days of easy times and great opportunities. 
They couldn't do it to-day." The times are 
easier to-day and the opportunities greater 
than they ever were. Any young man who will 
live as we used to and work as we used to 
will succeed, 

"My father was a farmer. He used to work 
— work hard. When I was a little fellow we 
boys were up before daylight, taking care of 
the stock and doing three hours' labor before 
mother called us to breakfast. Then we work- 
ed all day and till the sun went down at night. 
After dark, we went up the lane for the cows 
at the pasture bars and drove them home and 
milked after dark. We never heard of a ten- 
hour day or an eight-hour day. 

"We had no holidays except the Fourth of 
July, and then we had only two cents to spend. 
We had a loving father, but he knew the value 
of money and meant we should. Father was 
something more than a farmer. He was a pub- 
lic->[iiritcil man and a great friend of Edwin 
M. Stanton, and during the Civil War Mr. 
Stanton got father to do important things for 
him. I went through the war with Grant — 
the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, you 
know. No man can expect to succeed who 
doesn't do his duty by his country. Well, in 
1864, when we were right down on the firing 
line and things were still interesting, who 
should show up in camp one day but father! 
He had been to see Mr. Lincoln and got my 
discharge paper from him. 

" 'Frank,' he said, 'this war will be over 
next year and I want you to come home. Your 
mother wants you. Since you enlisted, do you 
know, she has never allowed me to lock the 
door for fear you would come home and find 
it locked ? She has never gone to bed at night 
without going down on her knees, God bless 
her, and praying that you would be a man in 
the face of the enemy. She has never got up 
in the morning without stealing into your room 
to see if bv any chance you had coi.^e home 
in the night.' It was the hardest situauim that 
was ever put up to a man, but I stayed, and, 



sure enough, when I got home one night, after 
the war was over, I found the house unlocked 
and my room waiting for me, as I had left it 
when I went away. That was the sort of 
mother we used to have, and I guess that our - 
American girls to-day make just as good moth- 
ers, bless 'em. 

".AH my brothers have been thrifty. There 
is Darius up in New Britain. He's worth a 
great deal of money and he has made it all 
himself. But he still runs his store up there, 
just as he did in i860. .\ woman goes in and 
the same clerk sells her a spool of silk and a 
carpet. I tell him that he is losing money by 
not getting modern, but he says he can't see 
it. and hates to change. 

"Darius used to be a great friend of J. P. 
Morgan's father, who used to go up and con- 
sult him about business. He always took Dari- 
us' advice. He is like my father's father — 
hardheaded and practical and kindly. 

"W'e have always fought shy of politics — 
never had time to go into that sort of thing. 
Some people have a talent for it, and better 
let them do it. My advice is to stick to straight 
business. This country is all right, only we 
have too many politicians and too much poli- 
tics. Things move fast now. People complain 
about the country and say it is going to the 
dogs. It isn't. The country is better than 
ever it was. 

"It costs to live, but look at what you get 
for your labor. Keep inside the amount of 
your earnings — and you can do it without suf- 
fering — and the money will pile up. Be wise 
in your investments and the money will do 
the re*t. I have a mine out in the west ami 
every year I have to go out there and look 
after it, and as I ride across the country, 
I cannot help thinking what a wonderfully 
rich and prosperous land we have here. It 
takes the foreigners who come over here to 
understand how to live and get ahead. Coming 
from a land where frugality is taught, they 
start in practicing it and get ahead. I know 
people talk about the cost of living. But look 
at tlie pay for labor. It is wonderful. I have 
been all through Europe and I have seen how 
people live in those lands where they tell us 
everytliins: i^ rhcnre"" than it i-; here. Things 
are cheaper — including wages. .Ml in all. it 
simmers down to the same condition — those 
who want to work and get ahead can do it 
here as well as elsewhere and a little better. 

"Why. there is Nathaniel Miller, here in 
Bridgeport. He told me the other day that 
the two-dollar-a-day workman lives better than 
the rich man of his father's time : and it is 

"The .American people can be trusted to 

spank those that need it and go calmly on their 
way, making an honest living and developing 
the country." 

Darius Miller is a prominent member of 
the Congregational church, and lie gave to the 
societv the land for the present church edifice. 
He married, in i860, Elizabeth Bissell. of East 
Windsor. Connecticut. They have no chil- 

The surname Brandegee 
BRANDEGEE is spelled also Brundig, 
Brandig, Brandish. Bran- 
diger, Brondigee. Brandigat, Brandisley, 
Brondish and Boundikee, and all these spell- 
ings are found relating to John Brandigee, 
who was in Wethersfield as early as 1635. 
He was doubtless of English birth, though the 
name is possibly German or Dutch originally. 
He died before October 27, 1639, the date of 
the inventory of his estate. He left a widow 
and five children. It is believed that he was 
killed by the Indians in the massacre of 1637. 
He was at Watertown for a siiort time before 
coming to Wethersfield and was a freeman 
there. His widow Rachel married .Anthony 

John Brandegee, probably a son, was a set- 
tler in Rye, New York, and signed the decla- 
ration of loyalty to Charles II., July 26. 1662, 
sjielling his name Brondish, but in January, 
1663, he spelled his name Brontlig. He was 
the first town clerk of Rye: was deputy to the 
general court in 1677 ^nfl 1681 : died in 1697. 
In the accounts of those days he is called 
"Stout Old John Brundig." He was in 1662 
one of the original proprietors of Manursing 
Island. Rye. and of Poringoe Neck. He left 
four sons. John, Joseph, David and Joshua, 
and they have had many descendants in West- 
chester county. New York. 

(I) Jacob Brandegee. believed to be son 

of John and (Brock) Brandegee, of 

Rye, grandson of "Stout Old John Brundig," 
of Rye, settled in Stepney, in the town of 
Wethersfield. .According to family tradition 
he ran away from home. He is said to have 
been born in 1729 and to have come from Nine 
Partners. New York, to Great Swamp when 
thirteen years old. He was by trade a weaver, 
and at one time kept a store in Great Swamp 
\'illa!je. now Berlin. He married, at Newing- 
ton, Connecticut. October 11. 1752, Abigail 
Dunham. He owned the covenant in the New- 
ington Church, July 27, 175:;. In later life he 
was engaged in the West India trade, sail- 
ing vessels from Rocky Hill, and died at sea 
on a return voyage from Guadaloupe. March 
2S. I7^^5- Ills widow married fsecond) Major 
Eells. son of Rev. Edward Eells, of Upper 



Middletown, Connecticut, now Cromwell. She 
died January 25, 1825. Children, recorded at 
Kensington: Elishama, born April 17, 1754, 
mentioned below ; Rhoda, October 5, 1756, 
died April, 1781 ; Persis. August 31, 1758; 
Abigail August 31, 1760, died 1820: Mary, 
December 18, 1763, died 1764: Jacob, January 

4, 1765- 

(11) Elishama, son of Jacob Brandegee, 
was born at Berlin, Connecticut, April 17, 
1754. He was also a sea captain and engaged 
in the West India trade and iiad a store at 
Berlin. He was a soldier in the revolution, 
enlisting in the Second Company, Second 
Regiment, under Captain Wyllys. He was re- 
cruited in Middlesex county and took part in 
the battle of Bunker Hill, after which he was 
detached and assigned to Captain Hanchett's 
company, September i, 1775, taking part in 
the .Arnold E.xpedition against Canada. .After 
the assault on Quebec he was taken prisoner. 
The Second Regiment was organized under 
Colonel Wyllys as a continental regiment. He 
married. March 10, 1778. Lucy (Plumb) 
Weston, widow of Jeremiah Weston, daugh- 
ter of Samuel and Patience (Ward) Plumb. 
She died February i, 1827; he died February 
26, 1832. Children, born at Berlin : Jacob, 
N'ovember 11, 1779: Lucy, July 15. 1781 ; 
Elishama. mentioned below : John, November 
19, 1786: Sarah Milnor, August 2, 1793. died 

(HI) Elishama (2), son of Captain Eli- 
shama (i) Brandegee, was born at Berlin, 
Connecticut. November 5. 1784, died April 
ID, 1S34. He married (first) October 14. 
181 1. Emily Stocking, born 1792, died June 
7, 1833, descendant of George Stocking, who 
came to Hartford with Hooker in 1636; (sec- 
ond) November 28, 1835, Amna Booth 
Alygatt, born March 8, 1798. He was 
a large land owner and conducted a store 
on Main street. Berlin, near where the Town 
Hall now stands. He conducted a prosperous 
business, people coming from all the neigh- 
boring towns to purchase goods at his store ; 
it was like the large department store of to- 
day, because everything was to be found there, 
groceries, dry goods and medicines, ploughs, 
and also the post office. Twice a year he went 
to New York by stage coach to replenish his 
stock and most of his buying of dry goods 
was done nn Pearl street. His daughter. Julia 
Brandegee, says, "I remember the markings 
on the different drawers, silks, satins, laces, 
fine shawls and dainty-colored red slippers. 
Our ancestors loved finery. He ran two 
thread factories and some of the spools of 
blue thread are still in existence. In the yard 
just south of his home stood a mulberrv 

grove, and from the silk worms which were 
fed on the leaves, his mother spun some beau- 
tiful silk. There is an old red silk dress in 
the family which was woven about 1786. prob- 
ably some of the first silk made in this coun- 
try." He was a man of excellent ability and 
very public spirited. Children, born at' Ber- 
lin : I. Jacob Sheldon, born September 9, 
1812: married Sarah Hinsdale. 2. Elishama, 
mentioned below. 3. John, born August 25, 
1816; married Mary Ann Bulkeley. 4. Ca- 
millus Marius, April 20, 1820, died ^lav 5. 
1821. 5. Marius, March 8. 1823; married 
Catherine A. Fountain. 6. Henry Justus, July 
29, 183 1 ; married Sarah Kipp Miller. 7. 
Sarah Elizabeth, May 24. 1833 : married Dan- 
ford Newton Barney. Child of second wife: 
8. Julia Sophia, born October 28, 1836; lives 
in Farmington. 

(IV) Dr. Elishama (3) Brandegee, son of 
Elishama (2) Brandegee, was born at Berlin, 
January 14, 1814. died February 17, 1884. 
Dr. Brandegee attended the Cheshire .Acad- 
emy and the Simeon Hart Academy of Far- 
mington and graduated from Yale College in 
the class of 1833. He studied medicine in 
the Yale Medical School and received the de- 
gree of M. D. He also attended lectures at a 
medical school at Castleton, \'ermont, from 
which he also graduated. For about two years 
he was engaged in practice at St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, but at the end of that time returned 
home, on account of his father's ill health, 
and from 1841 to within eight weeks of his 
death, was in active practice in Berlin. He 
was one of the ablest physicians of his day 
in this section and enjoyed a large practice, 
extending throughout ISerlin, East Berlin, 
Westfield. Newington, Rocky Hill, New Brit- 
ain, Beckley, and Kensington. 

In 1850 Dr. Brandegee purchased from Jo- 
seph Booth the house built by his father for 
the teachers of the Northington .Academy, 
which was at one time a flourishing institu- 
tion. Dr. r.randegee remodeled the house 
and made it one of the most attractive resi- 
dences in the town. He took a keen interest 
in public education and was a staunch friend 
of the public schools. He was a prime mover 
in establishing a public library. He was a 
lifelong student, making a specialty of botany 
and ornithology. In politics he was in later 
years a Republican, and he held the offices of 
assessor and treasurer of the school board of 
Berlin. He was a consistent and faithful 
member of the Congregational Church of 
Berlin. He was modest and retiring in dispo- 
sition but attracted many friends and wielrled 
a great influence in the conmnunity. 

He married, .\pril 28, 1841. Florence Stith, 



of Petersburg, Xirginia, boin at Florence, 
Italy, November 8, 1822, died at Berlin, Con- 
necticut, December 28, 190 1, daughter of Ma- 
jor Townshend and Katherine (Potter) Stith. 
Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812, 
and was minister to Tunis in Monroe's admin- 
istration. Children: I. Daughter, born and 
died February 14, 1842. 2. Townshend Stith, 
served in the civil war in the First Connecticut 
Regiment; resided at San Diego, California, 
now at Berkeley, California: a civil engineer 
and an expert botanist : married. May 29, 1S89. 
Marv K. ( Lavne 1 Curran. 3. Charles, served 
in the Fifth New York Zouaves in the civil 
war: lived in the west for some years, but re- 
turned to Farmington. Connecticut, and was 
town clerk, now town clerk and judge of pro- 
bate. He married Mabel Daggett, of Somer- 
ville, Massachusetts, daughter of John G. and 
Augusta L. (Warner) Daggett: child, Hilda, 
born April 12, 1887. 4. Florence Stith, re- 
sides at Berlin. 5. Robert Boiling, an artist, 
educated in Paris, having a studio in Farming- 
ton : married, March 17, 1898, Susan Lord, of 
Northampton, daughter of Joseph and Lucy 
( Meech ) Lord : children : Robert Lord, born 
December 31, 1898: Paul Montague, Septem- 
ber 24, 1908. 6. Emily Stocking, resides at 
Berlin. 7. Katharine, resides at Berlin. 8. 
Henry Melville, died January 28, 1893, in 
Helena, Montana, unmarried: buried in the 
Maple cemetery, Berlin. 9. Edith \'ictorina, 
died November 22, 1863. 10. Horace Stock- 
ing, died March 29, 1864. 11. Arthur Lati- 
mer, married, December 7, 1905, Grace, 
daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Meech) Lord. 
12. Edward Newton, a real estate dealer at 
Helena, Montana: married, October 26. 1899, 
at Helena, Montana, Harriet R.. daughter of 
Francis and Hannah Pope: chiUlren : Florence 
Pope, born October 30, 1902 : Harriet Stith. 
January 14, 1907. 

John Naphey. the first ances- 
N.\PHEY tor of this family of whom we 
have been able to secure an ac- 
count, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and 
lived there to the advanced age of eighty-five 
years. He followed the trade of an oyster- 
man. He was the father of six children: 
George. Mary Jane, John Edward, see for- 
warfl. .Maria. Stephen S.. Elizabeth. Of these 
John Edward and Elizabeth are living. 

(II) John Eflward. son John Naphey, was 
born in Norwalk. Connecticut, September i, 
1838. Here he attended the public schools, 
and learned the trade of a painter, which line 
of work he followed up to 1871, when he went 
to New Britain and continued in the >ame 
business up to 1886, when he removed to 

Vonkers. New York, continuing the same 
business up to 1904, when he removed to 
Bridgeport. Connecticut, following his trade 
up to 1908. in all a period of over fifty years. 
In the latter named year he retired and re- 
moved to Unionville. Connecticut, where he is 
now enjoying a well-deserved rest. He mar- 
ried Josephine Boyce, who was born at Peeks- 
kill, New York. Children: John H., see for- 
ward ; Harriet, married D. J. Gillispie. Five 
others are deceased. 

(Ill) Captain John H. Naphey, son of John 
Edward Naphey, was born in Hastings, New 
York, August 25, 1866. When he was five 
vears old he went with his parents to live at 
New Britain, Connecticut, where he attended 
the public schools. He then entered the em- 
plov of the Adkins Printing Company, learn- 
ing the trade of printer. This concern pub- 
lished the first daily newspaper of the city, 
The Nezv Britain Herald. He remained with 
this company until 1890, when he came to 
Bridgeport, Connecticut, to take the position 
of foreman of the City Steam Printing Com- 
pany, and for the following seven years held 
this responsible position. He was afterward 
in the employ of the Ansonia St'iitinel. Anso- 
nia. Connecticut, then with the Marigold 
Printing Company of Bridgeport, and later 
with Walter P. Phillips, inventor of the Phil- 
lips-^for,se telegraph code, as foreman of the 
printing and advertising department. He re- 
mained with this concern until 1898, then was 
with the printing and catalogue department of 
Warner Brothers, corset manufacturers of 
Bridgeport, until December i, iqio. since 
which time he has been with the Brewer, Col- 
gan Company. In addition to this he owns a 
printing plant which he operates. Captain 
Naphey, during his residence in both New 
Britain and Bridgeport, has been active in 
the state militia. He joined Company E, 
First Regiment, Connecticut National Guard, 
of New Britain, serving five years, and tlien 
for seven years was in the Fourth Section, 
Machine Gun Battery of Bridgeport, ranking 
as sergeant and acting lieutenant. He was 
one year with the Third Division, Naval Bat- 
talion, and three years with Company E, 
Fourth Regiment of Bridgeport, as clerk : 
elected captain in 1904, served until 1905, 
then resigned. He has served for many years 
as drum major of the Wheeler and Wilson 
Band, one of the oldest and most popular 
musical organizations in the state, and has ap- 
peared with them in a large number of pa- 
rades in diflfcrent parts of tlie country. He is 
a staunch Republican in politics, and has been 
a candidate of his party for state senator in 
the twenty-second district. He has always 



been a zealous worker for good government, 
and has a strong influence in his own party 
in pubHc affairs. His earnestness, integrity 
and faithfulness have won for him many po- 
litical and personal friends. He is a member 
of the Woodmen of the World, and has been 
a delegate to the convention for the district 
that mcludes the states of New York, Con- 
necticut and Rhode Island. He belongs to the 
Bridgeport Club, the Concordia Society, the 
Germania Society, Pacific Engine Company, 
the \'olunteer Firemen's Association, of which 
he has been secretary, the Fraternal Order of 
Eagles, and other social organizations. 

Captain Naphey married (first) Sarah 
Catherine \'ensel, who died January 29. 1904, 
daughter of Thomas \"ensel, born in New 
Britain, and spent life there. Children: i. 
Grace, born December 9. 1886: married, Sep- 
tember 12. 1910, Louis J. Morrison, an ac- 
countant of Bridgeport. 2. Marjorie, died 
May 14, 1907, aged sixteen vears. He mar- 
ried (second) August 13, 1904, Maria Eliza- 
beth Porter, born in Bridgeport, June 22, 
1870, daughter of William H. and Sarah G. 
(Richards) Porter (see Porter). Child, Ida, 
born November 12, 1905. 

William H. Porter was born at Holley. Or- 
leans county. New York. .August 22, 1836. son 
of Samuel M. Porter, of Waterbury, Con- 

necticut, and grandson of 

Porter, who 

was a soldier in the revolution, wintering at 

\'alley Forge, and who married (first) '■ 

Bronson and (second) — Monson, and 

\vhose children were: i. Rev. Stephen, a 
Presbyterian minister, educated at Yale Col- 
lege, preached most of his life in Geneva, New 
York ; his son, J. Germain, was also a min- 
ister, preaching in Buffalo, New York, before 
the civil war, and at Eleventh and Locust 
streets, St. Louis, and at Watertown. New 
York, where he died ; his brothers, Edward 
Pierson and Samuel Porter, were among the 
first telegraph operators in this countrv. 2. 
.A.zuba. 3. Samuel M.. educated in \Vater- 
bury. where he taught school, spending some' 
years there, and then removed to Holley, New 
York, learned the cabinet and chair-making 
trades, following the same for forty years ; 
he was a soldier in the war of 18 12. on duty 
in New Haven : he married Maria Carpenter 
Phillips, born in New Jer-ey. died aged fifty- 
seven; they had eleven chiklren, of wliom only 
two are living: }ilrs. Lockling, William H.. 
see forward. Samuel M. Porter died at .Al- 
bion. Michigan, aged ninety. 

William H. Porter attenled the public 
school and academy nf Holley. New York, 
and later learned the trade of cabinet making. 
He enlisted in the quartermaster's department 

of the Army of the Cumberland and served 
under General Sherman in his famous march 
from Atlanta to the sea, then served under 
General Thomas and was in the battle of Nash- 
ville. At the end of si.x months he was hon- 
orably discharged. He then came to Bridge- 
port and took a position as foreman of a ma- 
chine shop. He remained here until 1866 then 
went to Michigan to take charge of his fa- 
ther's affairs and settle up his estate, and in 
1867 returned to Bridgeport and became mas- 
ter mechanic of the Tomlinson Spring and 
Axle Company, which position he held for 
ten years, until the company went out of 
business, when he entered the employ of the 
Bullard Machine & Tool Company, with 
which he was connected for nine years, dur- 
ing three of which he was engineer. He was 
then for a year and a half engineer for the 
Norton Emery Wheel Company of Bridge- 
port, and then took the position of mechani- 
cal- engineer of the Nonpareil Cork Works. 
At the end of two years he resigned to take 
charge of the Masonic Temple of Bridgeport, 
his present position. Mr. Porter married, in 
1866, Sarah G. Richards, born at Poultney, 
\'ermont, daughter of Tryon Richards, who 
was a master mechanic in the Tomlinson 
Spring & Axle Works for twenty-five years, 
and then resigned and was succeeded by Mr. 
Porter, as mentioned above. Children of 

Tryon and (Clark) Richards: Mrs. 

.-\. J. Wilkins ; Henry Richards, a man of 
great promise, but who died at the early age 
of " twenty-seven years: Edna Richards, died 
young: Sarah G., married William H. Porter 
and their only ciiild, Maria EHzabeth, married 
Captain John H. Naphey. Mr. and Mrs. Por- 
ter are charter members of Orient Chapter, 
No. I, Order of the Eastern Star, of Bridge- 
port. Mr. Porter is a member of St. John's 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; Jerusalem 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Jerusalem 
Council, Royal and Select Masters; Hamilton 
Commandery, Knights Templar, and of all the 
Scottish Rite bodies including Pyramid Tem- 
ple. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, up to the 
thirty-second degree, and has held office in the 
Council and Chapter. In religion Mr. Porter 
is a Presbyterian, and in politics a Republican. 

The Porter family in this line 
PORTER is of pure New England de- 
scent, springing from John 
Porter, who came to .America in 1635 and 
lived in Hingham and Salem (Danvers), Mas- 
sachusetts. In the country of its nativity, 
England, the family was one of worth and in- 
fluence from a very early period. Its armo- 
rial bearings in its several original English 



branches vary somewhat in details, but have 
for their distinctive feature three church bells 
on the escutcheon. The blazonry as given by 
Matthews (•"American Armoury and Blue 
Book," edition of 1907, p. 156). for the New 
England line, is as follows : "Arms — on a 
fesse sable between two barrulets or, three 
bells of the first. Crest — a portcullis chained 
or. Motion — V'igilantia et virtute." The- de- 
scendants of John Porter, of Hingham and 
Salem, have included many persons of note in 
the learned professions, in connection with 
educational interests and institutions, and in 
civic and military life. Dr. Noah Porter, pres- 
ident of Vale College, and Miss Porter, the 
founder of the celebrated Porter School at 
Farmington, Connecticut, were of this an- 
cestry, as were two presidents of the United 
States, Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleve- 
land. In the revolution, members of the Por- 
ter family of New England were zealous and 
active patriots. At the first tire of the British 
at Lexington one of those killed was .\sahel 
Porter, of W-ohurn, and tlie first name in- 
scribed on the monumental tablet of the slain 
at Bunker Hill is that of an uncle of the 
grandfather of the present Dr. George Loring 
Porter, of Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

(I) John Porter, .American ancestor, was 
born in England, 1596. It is believed that he 
was from Dorset, and that Richard Porter, of 
Weymouth, Massachusetts (1635), was his 
brother. On the second of April, 1635, John 
Porter sailed from England on the " 
and Ellen." Arriving in Massachusetts, he 
probably lived for a time in Boston or 
Dorchester, but soon removed to Hingham. 
Hon. Samuel Lincoln, the historian of the lat- 
ter place, is of the opinion that he was there as 
early as 1635. He received a grant of land 
in Hingham, September 2, 1637, was constable 
in 1641, and was elected representative to the 
general court in 1644. In the latter year he 
purchased land and became a resident in 
Salem (now Danvers), Massachusetts, and 
subsequently he largely increased his posses- 
sions, "so that at the time of his death ("Sep- 
tember 6, 1676) he was the largest landholder 
in Salem, his lands lying in what are now Dan- 
vers, Salem, Wenham, Topsfield and Beverly." 
To his third son Joseph he gave as a marriage 
portion, in 1663, five hundred acres. He was 
representative from Salem in 1668. He mar- 
ried Mary . Children: i. John, mari- 
ner, unmarried. 2. Samuel, see below. 3. 
Joseph, baptized in Hingham. September 9, 
1638. 4. Benjamin, baptized in Hingham, No- 
vember, 1639. 5. Israel, baptize<l in Hing- 
ham. February 12, 1643. 6. Mary, married 
Lieutenant Thomas Gardner. 7. Jonathan, 

baptized in Salem, March 12, 1648, died be- 
fore 1676. 8. Sarah, baptized in Salem, June 
3, 1649; married Daniel Andrews. 

(II) Samuel, second child of John and 
Marv Porter, was probably born in England. 
He was a mariner by occupation, residing at 
\\'enham, where he owned considerable prop- 
erty. His will was dated the tenth of the 
twelfth month, 1658, the statement being 
made that he was then "bound to the Barba- 
does." He died in 1660. He married Han- 
nah, daughter of \Mlliam and Elizabeth 
Dodge, of Beverly: she married (second) De- 
cemijer 2. 1661. Thomas Woodbury, of Bev- 
erlv (by whom she had nine children 1, and 
died January 2. 1689. Child of Samuel and 
Hannah (Dodge) Porter, John, see below. 

(III) John (2), only child of Samuel and 
Hannah (Dodge) Porter, was born (prob- 
ably in Wenham) 1658. Inheriting the large 
property of his father, he was a resident of 
Wenham throughout his life, and was a prom- 
inent citizen, representing the town in the gen- 
eral court in 1712-24-26, arid also serving at 
various times as moderator of the town meet- 
ings. He was noted for his great independ- 
ence and liberality of mind. During the 
witchcraft excitement he deliberately opposed 
the persecutions, and in one of the trials tes- 
tified with his wife Lydia in favor of the ac- 
cused. He died March 8, 1753. He married 
Lydia, daughter of Henry and L_\dia Herrick, 
of Beverly: she was born 1661, died February 
2, 1737, Children: i. Samuel, born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1681, died September 13, 1770. 
2. John, 1(383, died about 1775. 3. Hannah, No- 
vember 24, 1687, died at the age of one hun- 
dred ; married Thomas Kimball. 4. Elizabeth, 
died at the age of one hundred : married Da- 
vid Gilbert. 5. Benjamin, see below. 6. 
Jonathan, born September 11, 1696, died Oc- 
tober 9, 1759. 7. Xehemiah, died at the age 
of ninety-two. 8. Mehitable, born October 11, 
1(59 — • 'I'cd at the age of eighty-eight; mar- 

.ried Caleb Kimball Jr. 9. Sarah, born Janu- 
ary 6, 1698, died at the age of eighty-nine: 
married Thomas Dodge. 10. Mary, July 20, 
1700, died at the age of ninety : married (first) 
Robert Cue: (second) Samuel Tarljox. 11. 
Lydia, died aged sixty; married William Lain- 
son. The combined ages of the foregoing 
eleven children was nine hundred and fifty- 
five, an average of 'eighty-seven : their father 
lived to ninety-five. 

(IV) Benjamin, fifth child of John (2) 
and Lydia (Herrick) Porter, was born in 
\\'enham, 1692, removed to Boxford, Massa- 
chusetts, and died there June 30, 1778. He 
married, January 30, 1716, Sarah, daughter of 
Moses Tyler; she was born 1696, died Janu- 



ary 27, 1767. Children: i. Moses, see De- 
low. 2. Mary, married Deacon Thomas Chad- 
wick. 3. Benjamin, born October 21, 1721. 
died May 15, 1784. 4. Sally, born March, 
1726. 5. Lucy. 

(V) Moses, eldest child of Benjamin and 
Sarah (Tyler) Porter, was born November 
18, 1719, lived in Boxford, and died there No- 
vember 7, 1 79 1. He and his first wife were 
prominent in organizing the first church in 
the upper parish, and he was a member of it 
for nearly seventy years. He married (first) 
December 3, 1741, Mary, daughter of Ed- 
mund Chadwick, of Bradford ; she was born 
1720, died March 7, 1781, and was the mother 
of all his children, as follows: i. Asa, born 
1742. 2. William, see below. 3. Mary, born 
1748, died 1752. 4. Moses, born January 18, 
1750, married Ann Kay. 5. Aaron. March 
28, 1752. lived in Biddeford. 6. Mary, July 20, 
1754, died July. 1818; married Joseph Hovey. 
7. Lucy. October i. 1756, died May 11, 1836; 
married Colonel Benjamin Towne. 8. James, 
December. 1758, died 1761. 

(\I) William, second child of Moses and 
Mary (Chadwick) Porter, was born May 27, 
1744. He lived in Boxford and died July 26. 
1822. He married Mary Adams. Children : 
I. Hannah, born January 26, 1769: married 
Zachariah Adams. 2. William. March 26, 
1770, removed to Haverhill, New Hampshire, 
and Danville. Vermont : married Lettice Wal- 
lace. 3. James, August 28, 1771 ; married 
Margaret Tilton. 4. Aaron. June 7. 1773; 
lived in Danville, V'ermont ; married Rebecca 
Blanchard. 5. Mary, June 3, 1775 ; married 
Amos Carlton. 6. Sarah, April 22, 1777 ; mar- 
ried John Osgood. 7. Isaac Adams, see be- 
low. 8. Elfzabeth, November 29. 1782. 9. 
Pamelia, February 5, 1785 ; married Luther 

(\'n) Isaac .Adams, seventh child of Wil- 
liam and Mary (.Adams) Porter, was born in 
Bo.xford Massachusetts, March 22. 1779, died 
in Dover, New Hampshire, April 15, i860. 
He married (first) Catherine Buel, born 
March 21, 1781. died at Danville, Vermont, 
July 20, 18 1 5. Their children were: .Albert, 
George. Charlotte, Mary Ann. He married 
(second) Mary Newman, born July 17, 1782, 
died December 20. 18 17. To them was born 
Timothy Newman, December 20, 1817. Mar- 
ried (third) Mary Kent, born May 7. 1782,' 
died in Dover, New Hampshire. Their chil- 
<lren were: Catherine E., born September 30, 
1823: Lucy Kent, born April 23, 1828. 

(VIII) George, second child of Isaac 
.Adams and Catherine (Buel) Porter, was 
born in Danville, \"ermont, November 21. 
1808. In early life he established himself in 

Concord, New Hampshire, where he was en- 
gaged in the hardware business under the 
firm style of Porter & Rolfe. Removing in 
1852 to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, he embarked 
in the manufacture of railway spikes, chairs 
and other supplies ( the firm being Dilworth, 
Porter & Company), and resided there until 
his death. November 22, 1881. He married, 
.August 17, 1836, Clara P., daughter of Peter 
and Abigail Ayer, of Haverhill, Massachu- 
setts, a descendant of Simond Ayer, who came 
from England to Haverhill in 1635 ; she died 
.August 15, 1893. Children: i. George Lor- 
ing, see below. 2. Henry Kirke, born Novem- 
ber 24, 1840, head of the important corpora- 
tion of H. K. Porter & Company, manufac- 
turers of locomotives, of Pittsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania ; was representative from there to con- 
gress : resides in Washington, D. C. ; married 
.Annie De Camp Hegeman. 3. Mary Buel, 
born June 7, 1846; married William E. Lin- 
coln, now vice-president of H. K. Porter & 
Company of Pittsburg; they have one child, 
Kirke Porter Lincoln. 

(IX) Dr. George Loring Porter, eldest 
child of George and Clara P. (Ayer) Porter, 
was born in Concord, New Hampshire, .April 
29, 1838. He received his early education in 
academies at Farmington, Maine (under Ja- 
cob Abbott), Pembroke, New Hampshire, and 
New London, New Hampshire, and then en- 
tered Brown University in Providence, Rhode 
Island, where he was graduated in 1859, re- 
ceiving the degrees both of Bachelor of Arts 
and ]\Iaster of .Arts. While a student he was 
a member of the Alpha Delta Phi and after- 
wards an honorary member of the Phi Beta 
Kappa, with both of which organizations he 
has since maintained a connection. After com- 
pleting his college course he pursued medical 
studies successively with Dr. J. P. Dake, of 
Pittsburg, and Drs. Brinton and Da Costa, of 
Philadelphia, also attending lectures in the 
Jefferson Medical College, and in Marcli, 
1862, the degree of M.D. was conferred on 
him by that institution. He immediately pro- 
ceeded to qualify himself for surgical duty 
with the army in the field, and on .April 29, 
1862. passed the requisite examination for the 
regular army before the military board in 
Washington. Receiving an assignment to duty 
in the government hospital at Strasburg, \'ir- 
ginia, he reported there eleven days later, and 
from that time for more than six years he was 
actively engaged in professional work in the 
army. Soon after his arrival at Strasburg the 
Union forces were obliged to retreat from that 
locality, and he was left in charge of the sick 
and wounded. Being made prisoner by an 
officer of Stonewall Jackson's command, he 



was directed by that officer to assume respon- 
sible charge of the hospital and to care tor 
both the Union and Confederate men needing 
his services. It has been said that "this was 
probably the first recognition during the civil 
war of the right of medical officers to claim 
the protection of the modern rules of war gov- 
erning non-belligerents. " The position at 
Strasburg was presently recaptured, and Dr. 
Porter, after remaining there a brief time and 
performing duty in other hospitals, accom- 
panied the army in its movements as surgeon 
of Light Battery F, Fourth United States Ar- 
tillery. On July 17, 1862, only a little more 
than two months after entering the service, 
he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the 
United States army with the rank of first lieu- 
tenant. From November 18, 1862, to May 10, 
1864, he was with the Fifth United States 
Cavalry, .Army of the Potomac. Throughout 
this (as well as the preceding) period he was 
present in many of the most terrific battles of 
the war, including Cedar Mountain, the sec- 
ond Bull Run. Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, 
and the Wilderness, repeatedly discharging his 
duties under the direct fire of the enemy. At 
Boonsboro he was wounded in the left arm. 

His superior officer. Captain Julius Mason 
of the Fifth Cavalry, in recommending him 
for a brevet, wrote: "The regiment was en- 
gaged in many battles, losing heavily in sick 
and wounded. .\ssistant-Surgeon Porter's 
faithfulness to the sick and wounded is grate- 
fully remembered by the officers and men, and 
his conspiciK)us gallantry during the battles 
of Upperville. .Aldie, Gettysburg, Williams- 
burg, Funkstown and Brandy Station, where 
he took the dearl and wounded almost from 
the hands of the enemy, entitles him to the 
greatest praise and consideration." On May 
10. 1864, being ordered to Washington, he 
entered upon duties as post surgeon in the 
.\r>enal, where he continued until May, 1867. 
He was bre vetted captain anil major, March 
13. 1865. for faithful, jjallant and meritorious 
service in the field. .After the assassination 
of Lincoln the responsibility of medical offi- 
cer in charge of the arrested conspirators was 
assigned to him. In May, 1867. he was or- 
dered to St. Paul. Minnesota, and from there 
to Camp Cook, Montana : and in the spring 
of i8/'>8 he was attached to the expedition to 
the mouth of the Mussellshell river, which 
was engaged in that campaign against Sitting 
Bull. Shortly after Sitting Bull, with a large 
force of Indians C'itimated at three thousand, 
besieged Camp Cook and during this time Dr. 
Porter discharged at various times the duties 
of officer of the day. relieving the overworked 
officers. Dr. Porter has a very fine testi- 

monial from Major-General Terry, reading as 
follows: "T well recollect the great service 
that you rendered in the Department of Da- 
kota under my command, and the high re- 
spect and esteem in which you were held by 
all your associates. I recollect also your ac- 
tion at Camp Cook when it was attacked by 
the Siou.\ in taking upon yourself the duties 
of an officer of troops in addition to your 
medical duties. It entitled you to the high- 
est consideration. Very sincerely yours, Al- 
fred H. Terry." In the following summer he 
resigned from the army, and, traveling alone 
on horseback from Montana to the Pacific 
coast, returned to the east by way of the Isth- 
mus of Panama. At this time no transconti- 
nental railroad extended from the Mississippi 
to the Pacific. The trail traversed by the 
original explorers, Lewis and Clark, in 1805- 
06, was but little improved and the locality 
through which he passed was seven years 
afterwards made historic by the treacherous 
murder by the Modock Indians of the United 
States peace commissioner. General Canby. 
.-\fter many adventures with prospectors and 
trappers, he finally reached the Columbia river 
at Wallula. 

Embarking upon the private practice of his 
profession in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. 
Porter soon attained a recognized position as 
one of the most competent and successful phy- 
sicians of that city. He has resided in Bridge- 
port without interruption since, and is a citi- 
zen highly respected and esteemed. He has 
taken a very active, influential and creditable 
part in connection with the organization and 
promotion of medical societies and institutions 
for the interest of the profession and the pub- 
lic. Dr. Porter was conspicuously instru- 
mental in procuring the passage in the legis- 
lature of the "Medical Practice Act," in 1893, 
and his address in its support, delivered be- 
fore that body, received many warm com- 
mendations from friends of the measure, and 
was referred to as follows in the Xcic Haven 
Register, April 22, 1893, t'le editor of which 
was a stranger to him, and therefore entirely 
unbiased : "Two weeks ago there did not seem 
to be much hope for the bill, because all the 
agitation appeared to be in favor of those op- 
posed. But, somehow or other, the friends of 
the bill got their second wind, so to speak, and 
they rallied with capital effect at the final 
hearing Tuesday. The sensation at that hear- 
mg was created by Dr. Porter, of Bridgeport, 
whose scholarly and eloquent address in be- 
half of the bill was not only a surprise to 
those in whose favor he was speaking, but to 
the opponents as well. It was a very' polished 
effort, full of intelligence, and sparkling here 



and there with dramatic effects, that deepened 
the interest in the speaker. The anti-medical 
bill people were captivated with his charming 
and unaffected discourse, and one of the first 
to congratulate him on his brilliant and mas- 
terful speech was the leading counsel for 
those opposed to the bill, of this city. It was 
a tribute to one who displayed such rare pow- 
ers of entertaining even those who radically 
disagreed with him." One of the incorpora- 
tors of the Bridgeport Hospital, lie delivered 
the opening address at the dedication of its 
surgical building, and became a member of its 
staff and executive board. He served at vari- 
ous times as president of the Bridgeport Medi- 
cal .Association, Fairfield County Medical As- 
sociation, and Connecticut State Medical So- 
ciety. For many years he has been visitor to 
the Hartford Retreat for the Insane: he has 
•occupied the position of president of the 
United States pension examining board for 
Fairfield county ; he was a member of the 
Ninth International Medical Congress; and 
he has rendered extensive services as medical 
examiner for the principal life insurance com- 

.A man of literary tastes and accomplish- 
ments. Dr. Porter has written and published 
many papers, both of scientific and general 
interest. These include: "A Report of a Case 
of Xanthic Oxide Calculus" (the only speci- 
men ever recognized in America) : ".\ New 
Danger in Surgery" ; "Tubal Pregnancy" ; 
"The Cost of Sickness to the Inflividual and 
the State" : "The Medical Practice .Act in Con- 
necticut" (an address to the legislature) ; 
"The Recognition of Death" ; "The Wave 
Theory, Its Application in Sickness" ; "Con- 
necticut Work and Workmen" : "The Water 
Supply of Cities" ; "The Tragedy of the Na- 
tion" (an account of Lincoln's assassination), 
and a lecture on Washington. 

He is a member of numerous and varied 
organizations in addition to those already re- 
ferred to. Some of these are the .American 
Academy of Medicine, Military Order of the 
Loyal Legion, Grand Army of the Republic, 
Army and Navy clubs of Connecticut and New 
York, has been president of the Outing, Eclec- . 
tic and Seaside clubs, of Bridgeport, honor- 
ary member of the -Algonquin Club of Bridge- 
port, Bridgeport Library Board, and Masonic 
fraternity fin which he is of the thirty-second 
degree). He is also an honorary member of 
the Universitv Club: the only honorary mem- 
ber of this club. Throughout his life he has 
taken an enthusiastic interest in outdoor sports, 
and he is an active member of several select 
fishing and game clubs. In his religious affili- 
ations he is a Baptist. He has long been a 

cordial supporter of the work of the Young 
Men's Christian Association. 

Dr. Porter married, November 20, 1862, 
Katherine Maria, daughter of Edwin M. and 
Sarah (Simpson) Chaffee, of Providence, 
Rhode Island. She is descended from an old 
New England family. Her father was the 
inventor of the Chaffee cylinder for vulcaniz- 
ing rubber. Children: i. Clara Elizabeth, 
born October. 1864, died September 20, 1805. 
2. George, born December 4, 1865, a farmer 
in Langdon, New Hampshire ; married, June 
2, 1892, Mary A., daughter of Janis Carter 
and Marcia (Hammond) Walker. Children: 
George Loring, Henry Kirke and Katherine 
Marcia. 3. James Benton, born January 24, 
1867, connected with General Electric Com- 
pany, making special reports on style of plants 
built by this company. He resides in Phila- 
delphia : married Helen, daughter of William 
R. and Cornelia (Arnold) Talbot. Both rep- 
resent families prominent in colonial and revo- 
lutionary times. Mr. Talbot is a prominent 
member of the Cincinnati Society. 4. Ethel, 
born January 24, 1870 ; married Ezra D. Dick- 
erman, June 11, 1891 : died January 17, 1908. 
Children : Ethel Cornelia, Mary Porter, Ed- 
ward Dwight and Beatrice Bradley. 5. Lind- 
say. 6. Mary Hope. 7. Alice. 8. Aaron. 9. 
Hugh. 10. Grace. 11. Anna. 12. Clarissa. 
The last eight all deceased. 

The first of this family in Eng- 
PORTER land, William de la' Grande, 

was a Norman knight who 
came with William the Conqueror in 1066 
and acquired lands at or near Kenilworth in 
Warwickshire. His son Ralph, or Roger, be- 
came grand porteur to Henry I. from 11 20 to 
1 140, and from this the surname of the family 
was derived. The ancient coat-of-arms of the 
family : Argent of a fesse sable between two 
or three church bells of the first. Crest: a 
portcullis argent chained. Motto: "Vigilantis 
et virtuti." 

(I) John Porter, immigrant ancestor, came 
to New England in 1630 and settled first in 
Dorchester. In 1635 ^^ with others went with 
Rev. John Warham and settled on the Con- 
necticut river at Windsor. He was living there 
as early as 1637, when his name appears on 
the records. His residence was near the Little 
river, at its junction with the Connecticut, be- 
tween the lands of George Phelps and Joseph 
Loomis. He was a man of considerable wealth 
as shown by his will. He died in Windsor, 

April 22. 1648. He married Rose , 

who died in July. 1647. Children: John, born 
1620: Sarah, 1622: Anna, 1624: Samuel, 1626, 
mentioned below; Rebecca, 1628; Mary, 1630; 



Rose. 1632; Joseph, 1634; Tames, 1638; Na- 
thaniel. February 29, 1640; Hannah, Septem- 
ber 4. 1642. 

(II) Samuel, son of John Porter, was born 
in England in 1626, died September 6, 1689. 
He was a merchant. He married, in 1659, 
Hannah, daughter of Thomas Stanley, the im- 
migrant. She died December 18, 1708. Chil- 
dren : Samuel, born April 6. 1660: Thomas, 
April 17, 1663; Hezekiah. January 7, 1665; 
John. December 12. 1666. mentioned below; 
Hannah. 1668; Mehitable, September 16, 
1673 ; Experience. August 5. 1675 ; Ichabod, 
June 17. 1678: Nathaniel, November 15, 1680; 
Stanley, April i, 1683. 

( III) John (2), son of Samuel Porter, was 
born December 12, 1666, at Windsor. He 
married (first) April 3. 1690. Mary Butler. 
Richard Butler, the immigrant, came from 
Braintree. county Essex, England, in 1632. 
to Massachusetts, and located at Hartford, 
Connecticut: was deputy to the general court, 
1656-60 : deacon of the church. He died Au- 
gust 6. 1684. 

Thomas Butler, son of Richard, was born 
in England : married Sarah, daughter of Rev. 
Samuel Stone, of Hertfordshire. England, who 
graduated from Emmanuel College. Oxford, 
A.B. 1623. A.M. 1627, came to this country 
in the ship "Grififin." arriving September 4, 
1633. and located first in Cambridge, where he 
was a teacher under Hooker, was chaplain in 
the Pequot war. and died at Hartford. July 20, 
1663. Mary Butler, daughter of Thomas But- 
ler, was born in 1670; married. April 3. i6go, 
John Porter, who removed from Hadley, Mas- 
sachusetts, to Lebanon. Connecticut, in 1702, 
thence to Hebron. He married (second). Oct- 
ober 13. 1726. Sarah Church. Richard Church 
came from England and settled at Hartford, 
having twelve acres of land in the first division, 
April 18. 1659: agreed to go to Hadley in 
1660: died in December. 1667: his wife Anne 
died .March 10. 1^184. John Church, son of 
Richard Church, was born in England in 1628: 
married. October 2-. 1637, Sarah, born in 
England, daughter of Richard Beckley, who 
came from England and settled in Wethers- 
field. Connecticut ; John Church died in 1696. 
John (3), son of John (2) Church, was born 
in 1669: married, in 1699. .Abigail Cadwell. 
Thomas Cadwell. immigrant, came from Eng- 
land and settled in Hartford: married, in 1658. 
Elizabeth, born in England, daughter of Ed- 
warfl .^tcbbins. who came from Enc;land with 
wife Mary, sister Eliza Holyoke from Tam- 
worth. Warwickshire, to Lynn. Massachu- 
setts, removing later to Springfield and died 
May 4, 1661. Edward Stebbins removed to 
Hartford in 1636; was deputy to the general 

court. 1639 to 1656: his wife Frances died in 
1673; he died in 1663. Abigail Cadwell, born 
November 26. 1670, married, 1699, John 
Church. Sarah, daughter of John and Abigail 
Church, was born in 1700: married. October 
13, 1726. John Porter; removed to Hebron 
and he died January 4, 1747. Children : John, 
born January 26, 1691, mentioned below; 
Mary. May 4. 1693; John, October 3. 1694; 
Esther. 1696: Sarah. 1699; Joseph, 1702; Reu- 
ben. 1704: Daniel, 1706. 

(I\') John (3), son of John (2) Portei 
was born January 26, 1691. He married (first) 
November 9, 1720, Esther Deane, who died 
July 10, 1726. He married (second) Novem- 
ber 2, 1727, Sarah Heaton. Nathaniel Heaton 
came from England to Dorchester. Massachu- 
setts, in 1634. with wife Elizabeth. James 
Heaton, son of Nathaniel, was born in Eng- 
land, removed to New Haven, in i66o-6r. mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Nicholas Street, who 
came from England to Taunton in 1637 and 
was a teacher there and at New Haven : died 
April 22. 1674. James Heaton. born 1665, son 
of James, married Sarah Bigelow ; their daugh- 
ter Sarah Heaton. born 171 5, married. Novem- 
ber 2. 1727, John Porter, who removed to 
Lebanon. Connecticut, and thence to Hebron; 
was deacon of the church. He died January 
5' I753- John Bigelow, born in England in 
1617, son of Randall Bigelow, of Wrentham, 
county Sufifolk. came to Dedham. Massachu- 
setts, and married, (Dctober 30. 1642. Mary, 
daughter of John Warren, who came from 
England to Watertown in 163 1, died Decem- 
ber 13, 1667. Mary Bigelow died October 19, 
1691 : John. July 14. 1703. Jonathan Bigelow, 
son of John Bigelow, was born December 11, 
1646: married, 1671. Rebecca, born 1653, 
daughter of John Shepard, who came from 
England to (Tambridge in 1638-39 ; married, 
October 4. 1649. Rebecca, daughter of Samuel 
Greenhill. who came from county Kent, Eng- 
land, to Cambridge in 1634, removed to Hart- 
ford in 1655: his widow Rebecca married Je- 
remy Adams. Children of John Porter : Mary, 
born July 19, 1721 ; John. April 30. 1723; 
Daniel, January, 1726; Reuben, September 26, 
1728: Amos, 1730: Sarali, November 2. 1731; 
Ruth. 1733; Laura, 1735: Anna. 1737; Pa- 
tience. November 30, 1738: Eunice, 1740; [o- 
nah. 1742. 

(\') Daniel, son of John (3) Porter, was 
born in January, 1726. He married (first) 
October 25, 1747, Diana Dunham, who died 
January 27, 1760. He married (second) April 
23. 1761. Sarah Barnard, who died October 17, 
1769. They lived at Haddam, Children: 
Gaylord. mentioned below; Daniel. October i, 
1750; Eleazer, March 8, 1752; Marv, June 15] 



1754; Anna, December 5, 1757; John, Janu- 
ary 4, 1760, killed in the service during the 
revolution; James B., January 20, 1762, set- 
tled in Georgia ; Ambrose. 

(\'I) Gaylord, son of Daniel Porter, was 
born at Haddam, October 4, 1748. He mar- 
ried (first) October 2~, 1768, Miriam Brown, 
who died July 15, 1779. He married (sec- 
ond) February 10. 1783, Susannah Brown, 
who died February 25, 1795. He married 
(third) August 7, 1795, Amelia Brown. Fie 
died August 5, 1823. He lived at Middletown, 
Connecticut. Children, born there : Amasa, 
May 12, 1771 ; Rosvvell, January 7, 1773, died 
^777 '• John, August 25, 1775, died 1778; Su 
sannah. Xovember r6. 1783, die'l December 
I, 1788; Truman, March 3, 1790; David, Feb- 
ruary 4, 1794; Anna, May 28, 1796; Jasper, 
September 22. 1797; John, mentioned below; 
Royal. December 2, 1800; Barzilla H., May 
I, 1802; C)rleans B., September 27. 1803; Al- 
mina. May 27, 1805. 

(VH) John (4). son of Gaylord Porter, 
was born at Middletown, August 25, 1799. 
He married, in 1823, Fanny, daughter of Hez- 
ekiah Scovil, of Haddam, who married Han- 
nah Burr. John Porter married (second) in 
1858, Sarah Stocking. He was a manufac- 
turer at Middletown. Benjamin Burr, immi- 
grant ancestor, and wife Anne came from 
England to Hartford; she died August 31, 
1683 : he in 1682. Samuel Burr, son of Ben- 
jamin, married Mary, daughter of John Basey, 
of Hartford; Samuel died September 29, 1682. 
Jonathan Rurr, son of Samuel, was born in 
1679; married Abigail, daughter of Xathaniel 
and Mary ( Earle) Flubbard. Xathaniel Burr, 
son of Xathaniel, was born March 23, 1717; 
married, August 19, 1743, Sarah Porter, and 
removed to Haddam; he died September 12, 
1782; she May 21, 1799. Jonathan Burr, son 
of Xathaniel. was born April 11, 1756; mar- 
ried Lydia Bailey ; he was captain in the con- 
tinental army in the revolution : diecl at Had- 
dam, February 10, 1804. Hannah, daughter 
of Captain Jonathan Burr, married Hezekiah 
Scovil, son of Joseph, born March 31, 1757, 
soldier in the revolution. William Scovil, 
father of Joseph, was born June 13, 1706, sen 
of John Scovil who came from England. 
Children of John and Fanny (Scovil) Porter: 
John S., born November 16, 1835 ; died Febru- 
ary 18, 1882; Jane. March 30. 1837, died Sep- 
tember 5, 1837; Joseph, August 30, 1839, mar- 
ried Harriet Stevens, of Cromwell, Connecti- 
cut, and died in 1909 ; Edward, January 30, 
1841, married Kate Stevens, sister of the wife 
of his brother Joseph; ."Mice, June 15, 1843, 
unmarried, living in X^ew Haven ; Fannv. Feb- 
ruary 4, 1848, died in 1849; Wallace. Decem- 

ber 25, 1850, mentioned below. Child of sec- 
ond wife; Martha, born 1859, unmarried, lives 
at Portland. 

(\"ni) Wallace, son of John (4) Porter, 
was born at Middletown, December 25, 1850, 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town, and at Columbus, Ohio, whither 
he went with his brother John, after their 
father died. When he was sixteen years old 
he returned to Connecticut and learned the 
trade of machinist in New Haven in the shops 
of George Griswold & Company. He came 
to Higganum, Connecticut, in 1894, He is 
now president of the D. & H. Scovil Company, 
manufacturers of plantation hoes. This con- 
cern was established by his uncle in 1844 and 
was the first to manufacture the cotton 
planter's hoe by power other than hand labor. 
The company does a large and flourishing 

He is a Democrat in politics and a member 
of Trumbull Lodge, No. 22, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of New Haven, He married, 
September 29, 1881, Florence Gesner, born 
August 10, 1836. died July 27, 1910, daughter 
of Benjamin \Vells, of Stratford. Her father 
went to Columbus, Georgia, before the civil 
war. and established a wholesale and retail 
boot and shoe business. He came north at 
the beginning of the war, and after the war re- 
turned to Columbus and resumed business. 
His firm. Wells & Curtis, was the oldest in 
their line in that city. John Wells, father of 
Benjamin, married Ruth Birdseye, of Strat- 
ford, daughter of Rev. Xathan Birdseye, a 
Congregational clergyman, who lived to the 
great age of one hundred and three rears 
three months and three days, and who 
preached a sermon and led the singing on his 
one hundredth birthdav, though he was then 

Mrs. Porter is a gifted musician and 
for many years sang in the choir of the Con- 
gregational church, of which ^Ir. Porter is 
organist. John S. Porter, brother of Wallace 
Porter, was also for many years organist of 
St. Thomas' Church at New Haven. Mrs. 
Porter was educated in the public schools at 
.Stratford and at Miss Wheeler's Young 
Lailies' School. !Mrs. Porter has four sisters: 
.\bigail Curtis Wells, born at Columbus, 
Georgia, in 1830, died in 1901, unmarried. 
Julia Louisa Weils, born in Columbus, July 
2.S. 1833, died X'ovember 27, 1908; married 
Tillott Kenoney, of Ithaca, New York, born 
in Auburn. Xew York, died June 17, 1909. 
.\deline Alice Wells, born February 8, 1837, 
married Henry Robert Taylor, of Westport. 
and had one child. Robert Henry Taylor. 
Clara Elizabeth Wells, born at Columbus, Oc- 



tober 22, 1846, married William Byington, of 
Ithaca ; child, Benjamin Wells Byington. 

Children of Wallace Porter: i. Ralph Wal- 
lace, born in New Haven, January 13, 1884; 
attended the public schools of Haddam ; a 
farmer: unmarried: living with his parents. 
2. Whitney Scovil, born at Stratford, Septem- 
ber 30, 1S86: educated in the public schools 
of Haddam, the Worcester Academy and at 
the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 3. Philip 
Wells, born at Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, 
September 5, 1888; attended the public schools 
at Haddam' and .Middletown and the Wor- 
cester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts; 
now a student at the Colorado School of 
Mines, Golden City. Colorado, completing his 
training as a mining engineer. 4. Harriet 
Louise, born at Wilkes Barre. December 31, 
1890: attended the public schools of Haddam 
and Middletown and Lasell Seminary at Au- 
burndale, Massachusetts. 5. Florence Adeline, 
born at Wilkes Barre, October 25, 1892 ; edu- 
cated in the public schools at Haddam and 
Lasell Seminary. 6. Esther Caroline, born at 
Higganum, September 20, 1894; educated in 
the public schools of Haddam and Middle- 
town. 7. Hezekiah Scovil. born at Higganum. 
June 4, 1896, attended the public schools of 
Haddam and Middletown and Choate School 
in Wallingford. 

Dr. Daniel Porter, immigrant 
PORTER ancestor, was one of the first 

physicians of the colony. He 
was doubtless born in England. He came to 
Connecticut early. He was fined. March 16, 
1644-45, for some trivial offense by the par- 
ticular court. He was licensed to practice 
physic and chirurgery by the general court of 
Connecticut. In 1661 a yearly salary of six 
pounds was ordered paid him out of the pub- 
lic treasury and his "fee-table" was established 
by law. He was a celebrated bone-setter, as 
the surgeons were commonly called. He set- 
tled in Farmington, Connecticut, but was re- 
quired to attend on the sick in Hartford, 
Windsor. Wcthersfield and occasionally Mid- 
dletown. In ifV)8 he was "freed from watch- 
ing warding Tryneing (training)" and in the 
following year a special grant was made him 
by the general court for his services, a hun- 
dred acres laid out afterward in the northwest 
corner of Wallingford. This tract proved not 
in the colony land, and in 1728 on petition of 
his grandson, Daniel Porter, son of Daniel and 
Hezekiah Porter, of Woodbury, son of Dr. 
Richard Porter of New Haven, one hundred 
acres were granted instead, west of the Hou- 
satonic river. In 1671 his salary was raised 
to twelve pounds as "incouragement for set- 

ting bones," and the court "advised him to 
instruct some meet person in his art." Evi- 
dently he instructed his son Daniel. His sons 
Richard and Samuel also became bone-setters. 
He was not on the list of freemen in 1669, but 
was in 1672. He died in 1690. He married 


Children : Dr. Daniel, born Feb- 

ruary 2, 1652-53, practiced in Waterbury, 
died January 18, 1726-27, married Deborah 
, who died May 14, 1765; Mary, Feb- 
ruary 5. 1654-55, married Eleazer Knowles : 
Nehemiah, October 24, 1656. married Hannah 
Lumb ; Dr. Richard, March 24, 1658, men- 
tioned below ; Anna, 1660-61 ; John, Novem- 
ber 14, 1662, married (first) Rebecca Wood- 
ford, (second) Martha North: Dr. Samuel, 
October 24, 1665, married .\bigail Hum- 
]'hreys. of W'oodbury. ilied March 25, 1763, 
succeeded his father as bone-setter at Farm- 

( II) Dr. Richard, son of Dr. Daniel Porter, 
was born at Farmington. March 24, 1658. died 
1738-40. He lived in Waterbury, where he 
was one of the early proprietors, having a 
small town right as early as 1684. In May, 
1688, he owned two acres at the corner of 
Bank and Meadow streets, adjoining the land 
of Jonathan Scott. Afterwards he bought, 
March 18, 1694-95, of Abraham Andreuss's 
widow, for twenty-six pounds, a house and 
thirty acres adjoining. He was highway sur- 
vex'or in Waterbury, 1703-04: collector 1706: 
on the school committee 1709: selectman 1713. 
In 1712 he was appointed to dig the graves, an 
elective office at that time. He removed from 
Waterbury, and lived, in 1718 and later, in 
W'est Haven. His will was dated November 
I3' ^73^'- proved February, 1739-40. He 
owned land at Waterburv and New Haven. 
He was called Dr. Porter in the probate rec- 
ords but seems not to have practiced until 
after he left Waterbury. His wife Ruth died 
January 9, 1709-10. Children: Dr. Daniel, 
settled in Simsbury. died before his father : 
Joshua, born .\ugust 7. 1688, in Waterbury. 
died November 19, 1708 ; Mary, January 14, 
if>90-gi : Ruth, October, 1692: Samuel, March 
20. i')93. (lied 1728, married Hilary Brnwnsiin : 
Hezekiah. January 29. 1696-97, died August. 
1702: John. June 11. 1700. living with Deacon 
Clark, 1730: Timothy. December 21. 1701, 
married Mary Baldwin ; Dr. Hezekiah. July 
27, 1704, mentioned below; Richard; Lydia, 
married Pardee. 

(III) Dr. Hezekiah, son of Dr. Richard 
Porter, was born in New Haven, July 27, 
1704. He was living in 1728 in Woodbury, 
and in Waterbury in 1739 when his father 
died. He removed to Northampton in 1739, 
being called of Farmington in the town rec- 



ords. He was given a settlement jointly by 
Hatfield, Hadley, Deerfield and Northampton, 
to practice in these towns. He was called a 
"bone-setter," there being a physician in Deer- 
field and perhaps others in the section. He 
was in Northampton, March 27, 1739, receiv- 
ing two hundred pounds from the towns men- 
tioned. He have record of four sons : Hez- 
ekiah. mentioned below ; Dr. Ezekiel, who was 
a soldier in the revolution from Northampton, 
removed to Rutland, \'ermont, and according 
to the census of 1790. had two sons under six- 
teen and two females in his family. Dr. Ezek- 
iel was the first president of the First Ver- 
mont Medical Society, in his family Dr. James 
Porter was reared ; Asa, settled at Rutland 
and according to the census of 1790 had two 
males over sixteen and two females in his 
family ; Abel, soldier from Northampton in 
the revolution eight months in 1775 and seven 
days in 1777. 

'(IV) Dr. Hezekiah (2), son of Dr. Hez- 
ekiah ( i ) Porter, was born in Northampton 
about 1740. He was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion ; probably surgeon, as he is called "Dr." 
in the rolls, marching to Bennington, Ver- 
mont, in 1777 and again in 1778. A Hezekiah 
was also in Captain Parsons's company. 
Colonel Charles Webb's regiment, Connecticut 
line, in 1780. He lived in Naugatuck. 

(V) Asa, son of Dr. Hezekiah (2) Porter, 
married and had son, Henry A. 

(VI) Henry A., son of Asa Porter, was 
born in Waterbury, 1807, died in 1903 at 
Bridgeport, Connecticut. The old Porter 
house at Naugatuck is still standing and is the 
oldest house in the town. He married Abigail 
Piatt, born in 1814, died in 1903, at Bridge- 
port. Children : Charles Henry ; Sarah, mar- 
ried Calvin Hall, of Bridgeport. 

(VII) Charles Henry, son of Henry A. 
Porter, was born at Naugatuck, Connecticut, 
July 8th, 1832, died April 19, 1899. In pol- 
itics he was a Republican. He married Isa- 
bella Carter. Children: Charles Henry, born 
February i, 1856, mentioned below; Ida F.; 
June 9, 1869. 

(VIII) Charles Henry (2), son of Charles 
Henry (i) Porter, was born February i, 1856, 
at Naugatuck, Connecticut. He attended the 
public school and Day's Preparatory School of 
Bridgeport. He then devoted himself to the 
study of music and in the course of time grad- 
uated from the Leipsic Conservatory of Music 
in Germany. Upon his return to this country 
he founded the Conservatory of Music at Hali- 
fax, Nova Scotia, and was its director for the 
first sixteen years of its existence. He then 
accepted the office of manager for the Equita- 
ble Life Insurance Company for the Maritime 

Provinces and ' Newfoundland. While living 
in Nova Scotia he was teacher of the piano 
and musical theory in the Conservatory and 
organist of St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church 
at Halifax. He was also the conductor of 
the Opheus Club for a period of twenty years. 
Since July, 1906, he has been state manager 
for Connecticut of the Equitable Life Insur- 
ance Company. His office is at 865 Chapel 
street, New Haven. He is a member of the 
Quinnipiack and Country clubs of New Ha- 
ven : of Virgin Lodge, No. t,j, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons of Halifax, and of the Cham- 
ber of Commerce, New Haven. He is a Re- 
publican. He married. May 12, 1908, Eliza- 
beth, born April 24, 1877, daughter of George 
R. Chamberlain. 

(II) Dr. Daniel (2) Porter, 
PORTER son of Dr. Daniel (i) Porter 
(q.v. ), was born February 2, 
1652-53 and died January 18, 1726. He mar- 
ried Deborah Holcomb. They settled in 
Waterbury, Connecticut, and she died there 
May 4, 1765. He was for a considerable time 
the only professional man in the town, there 
being no business for a lawyer and no means 
of support for a minister. Besides medicine 
and surgery, which he learned under the in- 
struction of his father, he did land surveying 
and filled various offices for which the duties 
called for more than the usual amount of edu- 
cation. He left an estate valued at about two 
thousand dollars and besides load, while liv- 
ing, given much to his children. His medical 
library, it may be said, consisted at the time 
of his death of a "bone-set" book valued at 
two shillings. Children, born at Waterbury: 
Daniel, March 5, 1699, died aged seventy-six; 
James, April 20, 1700, mentioned below; 
Thomas, April i, 1702, died aged ninety-five; 
Deborah, March 6, 1603-04, married James 
Baldwin: Ebenezer, December 24, 1708, died 
aged ninety-five; Ann, April 28, 1712, married 
Thomas Judd and James Nicholas, and was 
living in 1801. 

(Ill) Dr. James Porter, son of Dr. Daniel 
(2) Portec was Ixirn at Waterbury, April 20, 
1700. and died at the age of eighty-six. His 
was a family of remarkable longevity. He fol- 
lowed the profession of his father and grand- 
father in Waterbury. He was on the tax list 
in 1730, and his name is often in the town 
records. He settled at Hop Swamp about 
1725. The first mention of his house is found 
in 1730. It was located at the foot of Bissell 
Hill and west of the present Hop Swamp 
school house. Tradition tells us that when the 
house was building the workmen went from 
the center of the town in the morning and re- 



turned at night, fearing Indian attacks. In 
later years a new house was so enclosed un- 
der the same roof with the old one that the 
two houses appeared as one building. When, 
a few years ago, the house was taken down, 
the workmen were greatly surprised to find 
that two independent frames were set together. 
So unique was the work, that a drawing of it 
was made for preservation. A new house 
built by the Brou^hton brothers occupies the 
very site of the house of 1730. In 1737 he 
sold the homestead of his father to his brother 
Thomas. The land alone conveyed in this 
deed is worth more than a million dollars 
at the present time. 

He married Dorcas, daughter of John Hop- 
kins, August 22, 1733, and she died at Water- 
bury, June 26, 1750. He died there March 
20. 1785. Children, born at Waterbury: 
Huldah. December 8, 1733: James. November 
19. 1737, mentioned below: David, May 11, 

(IV) James (2). son of Dr. James (i) 
Porter, was born at Waterbury, November 19, 
1737. He was' a soldier in the revolution, en- 
sign in Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Canfield's 
regiment in 178 1. He married (first), Novem- 
ber 9, 1762, Lucy Bronson, daughter of Josiah. 
She died October 14, 1776, and he married 
(second), .April 23. 177S, at Waterbury. Mary 
Gambel. He was on a committee to provide 
clothing for revolutionary soldiers in 1778. 
He owned a grist mill on Hop Brook, and 
sold it in 1781 to Asa Leavenworth. Children, 
born at Waterbury, by first wife: Jesse, June 
25. 1763: Dorcas, June 10, 1766, married 
Ward Peck : Son. born and died November 
22. i~C<S: James, August 3, 1772. mentioned 
below. Children of second wife : Mary, Au- 
gust 2. 1779: Reuben, October 24, 1780: Me- 
linda, .\ugust 6, 1783, married Charles Bough- 
ton : Clarenda, October 15, 1789: Josiah. Au- 
gust 30, 1792: Samuel. December 28, 1793. 

(V) James (3). son of James (2) Porter, 
was born at Waterbury, .August 3, 1772, and 
died at Woodbury. Coimecticut, in 1836. He 
married .Methea Perry, born .August 7, 1775, 
at Woodbury, died at Bridgeport, daughter of 
Dr. Joseph Perry, of Woodbury. Children : 
Phillips : Harriett : James, mentioned below ; 

C\I) James (4). >on of James (3) Porter, 
was born at Woodbury, November 19, 1802, 
and died in May, 1S91, at Bridgeport, Con- 
necticut. He received his early education in 
Woodbury, in the district known as Hop 
Swamp. He was active in public affairs : was 
supervisor of the town poor, and served three 
vears in the common council of the city of 
Briflgeport. He was first employed in a 

grocery store in Bridgeport, and also went 
as a supercargo on coastwise vessels. After a 
few voyages he purchased two grist and flour 
mills which he operated until they were swept 
away by a dood. He then purchased a farm, 
which he carried on for some years and then 
retired. He bought his homestead at Bridge- 
port of Wilson Hawley. Most of the original 
farm has been sold for building lots, though 
the house remains and is occupied by the 
family. In religion he was a Congregation- 

He married Mary Hawley, born at Bridge- 
port, January 12, 1803, died December 26, 
1847. Children: i. Charles Perry, June 17, 
1833; mentioned below. 2. James, May 11, 
1834; died July 11, 1891 at Bridgeport; mar- 
ried Mary J. Baylies : children : i. Child died 
in infancy: ii. Mary Elizabeth, November 19, 
1859: married Joseph J. Rose and had Ruth 
Elizabeth Rose. Marion H. Rose and Bessie 
P. Rose ; Mr. Rose was a lawyer in Bridge- 
port: iii. Kate Belle, July 13, 1861 : married 
Austin J. Blanchard of Jamaica, Long Island; 
have no children. 3. Elizabeth C, now living 
on the homestead at Bridgeport. 844 North 
avenue, and is well and favorably known 
among the older residents of the city. 

(VII) Charles Perry, son of James (4) 
Porter, was born June 17, 1833, and died June 
2S. 1882, at Bridgeport. He was educated in 
a private school of Bridgeport. He began his 
business career as clerk in the Bridgeport Sav- 
ings Bank and eventually became treasurer, 
the fourth man to hold that office succeeding 
George Sterling in 1871, and holding the office 
until his death. He was a faithful and able 
bank officer and carried forward the work of 
his predecessor efficiently. This bank ranks 
among the strongest and best in the state, and 
the credit for its high standing is due in large 
measure to the ability of its treasurers. Mr. 
Porter was a prominent member of the Con- 
gregational church, a member of the church 
board and superintendent of the Sunday 
school. He married Augusta Lincoln Wales, 
of New York City. The>- had one child, Edith 

William Roberts was son of 
ROBERTS and Catherine (Leete) 

Roberts ("Robards.") and 
came to East Hartford from Middletown, 
Connecticut. He lived near the foot of 
Smith's lane, on the meadow hill, south of the 
present bridge road, on what was then the 
main street. He died probably in 1735. His 
house was built on land which came to him 
from his wife's father. Captain James Forbes, 
who gave his daughter six acres on her mar- 



riage. He married Dorothy Forbes, daughter 
of Captain James Forbes. Children : Dor- 
othy, baptized in the South Church at Hart- 
ford, 1687; Deborah, baptized, First Church, 
April, i6go ; William, baptized 1695, died 
1726, married Deborah Spencer, had son Will- 
iam; Benjamin, baptized March 8, 1698, men- 
tioned below; Joseph, baptized August 11, 
1700: Mary, baptized May 31, 1702; Samuel, 
baptized December 24. 1704, married Sarah, 
daughter of Ebenezer Hills, Sr. 

(H) Benjamin, son of William Roberts, 
was baptized March 8, 1698. He was a mer- 
chant trader and the owner of several vessels, 
among them the "Martha," "Samuel" and 
"Porrige," engaged in trade with the West 
Indies and Xew London, bringing home loads 
of merchandise which were stored in his cellar, 
which was built especially strong for the pur- 
pose. He was also a large land owner. He 
married (first), September 26, 1730, Dorothy, 
born 1705, died October 5, 1737, daughter of 
Nathaniel and Hester (Hosmer) Pitkin. He 
marcied (second), July 13, 1739, Jerusha 
Pratt, a descendant of John Pratt, w-ho settled 
in Hartford with the Hooker party in 1635. 
Children of first wife: i. Dorothy, born Janu- 
ary 23. 1734; married Lemuel Kingsbury of 
Andover. 2. Susannah, born 1736; died un- 
married, 1804. Children of second wife: 3. 
Jerusha, born April 24, 1740; married Jona- 
than Stanley, for eighteen years town clerk 
and treasurer. 4. Catherine (twin of Jerusha), 
married Jonathan Hubbard, ancestor of Gov- 
ernor Hubbard. 5. Benjamin, born November 
15, 1741 ; farmer in East Hartford and mar- 
ried IDorothy Goodwin. 6, Sarah, born April 
13, 1743; married Joseph Hurlburt. 7. Mary, 
born January 18, 1745; married Timothy 
Forbes. 8. William, born January ig, 1746; 
married Abigail Stanley. 9. Nathaniel, born 
December 24. 1750; married Anne Xewcomb. 
10. George, born November 22, 1752; men- 
tioned below. II. Abigail, born 1756; mar- 
ried John Norton and died November 12, 
1775. 12. Lemuel, born 1760; died 1775. 

(HI) George, son of Benjarnin Roberts, 
was born in East Hartford, November 22, 
1752, and died October 4, 1824. He was a 
farmer and business man. He served in the 
revolution in Captain Jonathan Wells' com- 
pany. Colonel Erastus Wolcott's regiment, and 
was at Boston from December, 1775, to Feb- 
ruary, 1776. He held various town offices, 
and was elected selectman in 1820, serving two 
years. He married (first), Jerusha, born 
May 20, 1757, died November 22, 1817, 
daughter of Timothy and Ruth (Pitkin) Will- 
iams, granddaughter of Ozias Pitkin and great 
granddaughter of William Pitkin, the immi- 

grant ancestor. He married (second), Lucre- 
tia ( Beaumont) Abbey, widow of Jeduthan 
Abbey. Children, all by first wife : Jerusha, 
born 1782. died July 7, 1798; Clarissa, May 4, 
1783, died January 28, 1864, married Dr. Ed- 
ward Pitkin: Ozias, .\ugust 10, 1785, men- 
tioned below; George, May 28, 1789, died 
November 10. 1808; Alvin, August 16, 1791, 
died April 9. 1818: Esther, born July 4. 1793, 
died in Manchester. January 9, 1822. married 
James Budwell ; Lucretia, born November 10, 
1795, died March 31, 1821, married Dr. W. 
Cooley; Martin, born October 14, 1799, died 
in New York, April 17, 1821, whither he had 
gone to purchase goods to set up in business. 
(IV) Hon. Captain Ozias Roberts, son of 
George Roberts, was born August 10, 1785, 
and died February 8, 1868, in the house where 
he was born. He was educated in the district 
school, and being fond of adventure, went to 
sea when a young man. During the war of 
1812 he shipped with Captain Josiah Griswold 
of Wetherstield on board the privateer "Block- 
ade." This vessel was owned by Thomas 
Belden and others, and was fitted out on the 
Connecticut river, and carried six guns. After 
a time the "Blockade" was captured by a 
British brig-of-war, and was run into the 
Bermudas, and the crew confined in a prison , 
ship. Ozias Roberts and Dr. William Cooley, 
however, managed to escape to the shore, and 
were secreted by a negro until they could re- 
turn to safety. For some time Ozias continued 
to follow the sea, and became captain of a ves- 
sel plying in the West Indies trade. At the 
death of his father, however, he returned 
home and managed the estate the rest of his 
life, making a successful farmer. At one time 
he owned and conducted the ferry at East 
Hartford. Two years prior to his death, he 
had a fall in his dooryard, from the effects of 
which he never fully recovered, and was there- 
after confined to his room, although he con- 
tinued to manage his affairs. In politics he 
was a Democrat, previous to the formation of 
the Republican party, and was a strong Aboli- 
tionist, and employed runaway slave labor. 
He served as state senator, and, for four terms 
after 1828. was a member of the House of 
Representatives. In 1838 he was elected town 
treasurer,' serving two terms, and was for 
many years custodian of the school funds. 
His good judgment was so well known and 
valued that he was often consulted for advice 
by his friends and neighbors, and he settled 
many estates. He was a Royal Arch Mason, 
and although not a church member he gave 
liberally for the support of the churches, and 
was a member of the Ecclesiastical Society 
and often one of the committee. He was a 



strict disciplinarian and brought his children 
up to respect the Sabbath and to live lives of 
usefulness. Hon. Richard D. Hubbard, an ex- 
governor of Connecticut, was brought up in 
the family of Ozias Roberts as his ward and 
cousin. The home of Captain Roberts was al- 
ways open for the entertainment of his friends, 
and was the scene of more gatherings than any 
house in town. Thanksgiving and Election 
days were always observed with bountiful 
cheer, and the numbers of relatives and friends 
who gathered there on those days testified to 
his popularity. He married (first), Martha, 
who died January 3, 1809, aged twenty-one, 
daughter of Joseph and Martha (Adams) 
Treat. He married (second), Harriet Treat, 
who died July 19, 1822, aged thirty-two, sister 
of his first wife. He married (third), March 
26, 1823. Xancy Comstock, horn July 4, 1802, 
in East Hartford, died January 17, 1859, 
daughter of Perez and Abigail (Raymond) 
Comstock, of Montville, Connecticut. Chil- 
dren of first wife: i. Mary Ann. died .-Xpril 3, 
1848, aged forty-one: married March 10. 183 1, 
Deacon Horace Williams. 2. Martha, born 
December 23, 1808, in East Hartford. Chil- 
dren of second wife: 3. (leorge. born 18 10, 
mentioned below. 4. Jane Treat, born Decem- 
ber 10, 181 1 : married Edward Goodwin. 5. 
Harriet, born October 11, 1814: died Novem- 
ber 19, 1875: married, 1835, .\aron Olmstead 
and had Horace B., .Arthur G., .-K. Fred and 
Charles H. Olmstead. 6. Jerusha. born March 
15. iStQ: married Alfred Kilbourne. Children 
of third wife; 7. Estlicr Hidwell. horn May 

25. 1824: died September, 1883: married .Al- 
bert Comstock Raymond, who built the Ray- 
mond Library in East Hartford. 8. Luther 
Martin, born November 18, 1826; died March 
21. 1847, on board a ship on which he was 
second mate, and was buried at \'era Cruz, 
Mexico. 9. Juliette, born July 23. 1829: died 
October i, 1857; married John B. Smith of 
East Hartford and P.erlin. 10. .Artiuir, born 
January 14. 1831 ; dieil January 23, 1833. 11. 
Emma (twin), born October 15, 1835; died 
.April 2. 1856, unmarried. 12. Ellen (twin), 
born October i^, 1835: died unmarried. April 

26, 1850. 13. Elizabeth Bradford, born March 
21, 1838: married Henry .\. Street, of New 
Haven. 14. .\rthur Ozia>. horn Feljruary 22. 
1840: master's mate in tlic civil war. 15. 
Frances L.. born .August 23. 1846: recistrar 
of the Martha Pitkin Wolcntt Chapter 
Daughters of the .American Revolution, at 
East Hartford. 

(V) George (2). son of Captain Ozias Rob- 
erts, was born in East Hartford in 1810. and 
died in 1878. He attended the public schools 
and assisted his father on the farm until he 

was seventeen years of age, when he went to 
Hartford and entered the employ of Thomas 
K. Brace, as clerk of his grocery store. He 
remainetl there until he was twenty-one. and 
then went to New York and entered the dry- 
goods house of Fitch, Goodwin & Company, 
remaining two years, during which time oc- 
curred the great cholera epidemic in the city, 
when but few had the courage to remain 
there. In 1833 he returned to Hartford, and 
in a short time was chosen state director in 
the Phoenix Bank. He formed a partnership 
with Charles H. Northam. carrying on a 
wholesale grocery business under the firm 
name of Northam & Roberts. In 1836 a part- 
nership was formed with Philip G. and Edwin 
G. Ripley, the firm being Ripley, Roberts & 
Company, and an extensive iron business was 
conducted by them for three or four years. 
About 1840 Mr. Roberts returned to New 
York, and went into partnership with G. 
Spencer, and was for several years in success- 
ful business. He was one of the organizers 
of the Metropolitan Bank of New York. In 
1853 he retired from active business to a farm 
in South Windsor, Connecticut. In 1854 he 
was chosen treasurer of the Hartford Carpet 
Company, which owned extensive mills at 
Thonipsonville and Tariffville. In 1856 on the 
retirement of Hon. T. M. Allyn. he was 
elected president and treasurer of the com- 
pany, and continued in the position until his 
death, twenty-two years later. One of the 
prominent officials of this company said that 
in all that time the relations were most pleas- 
ant, and that Mr. Roberts was never heard to 
utter an unpleasant word, being always even- 
tempered, genial and kind. He was prudent 
and wise and managed the affairs of the cor- 
poration with much ability. He was president 
of the Woven Wire Mattress Company, a di- 
rector in the Phoenix National Bank, the 
.Aetna Fire Insurance Company, the Connecti- 
cut Trust and Safe Deposit Company, and for 
twenty years director of the Hartford Gas 
Company. He was noted for his business 
sagacity and .good judgment and was an ex- 
ceedingly valuable man in the corporations 
with which he was connected. Although by 
nature retiring and modest, yet he loved the 
society of his friends, and was an anfreeable 
companion. He was a staunch Republican in 
politics, and a supporter of the L^nion during 
the civil war. He took an active interest in 
the affairs of his town and state. He was a 
member of Center Church, and a practical 
Christian, carrying the principles of his re- 
ligion into everyday life. 

He married (first), October 19, 1836, 
Louisa, daughter of Captain Allen Stewart. 



He married (second), Elvira Evans, born 
July 12, 1812. daughter of Jason and Thank- 
ful (Taylor) Evans, and a descendant on her 
mother's side from John Taylor of Windsor. 
Her line of descent is: Thankful (6), 
flaughter of Hollis (5) ; Sergeant Thomas (4), 
who was prominent in the French and Indian 
war, being captured and taken to Canada 
while on a march from Northfield to Fort 
Dummer, July 14, 1748; he received fifty 
pounds from the government of the province 
for bravery in action ; Thomas Taylor (3) was 
wounded at Deerfield and drowned in the Con- 
necticut river, August 31, 1717; John (2), 
married Thankful Woodward and was killed 
by the Indians at Xew Haven. Alay 13. 1704; 
John (i) was a first settler at Windsor, Con- 

Child of first wife: Louisa Stewart, died 
aged about eleven. Children of the second 
wife: Martha, married Edward C. Ritchie of 
Brooklyn ; Mary, married George C. Perkins 
of Hartford; George, married Ida Hamilton, 
and succeeded his father as president of the 
Hartford Carpet Company ; Jane L., married 
George D. Holton, of Chicago, Illinois ; Sarah, 
died aged three years ; Henry, born January 
.22, 1853, mentioned below. 

(\T) Hon. Henry Roberts, son of George 
(2) Roberts, was born in Brooklyn, New York, 
January 22, 1853. The first twelve years of 
his life were spent on a farm in South Wind- 
sor, where he attended the public schools and 
worked on the farm during liis boyhood. He 
graduated from the Hartford high school, in 
the class of 1873, and entered Yale College, 
from which he was graduated in the class-of 
1877 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He 
then studied law and graduated from the Yale 
Law School, but has never practiced his pro- 
fession. He studied law for the purpose of 
fitting himself for a business career. After 
completing his education he entered the office 
of the Hartford Woven Wire Mattress Com- 
pany, of which his father was president, and 
of which he himself is now president. In 
1884 he was elected secretary of the corpo- 
ration and since 1886 has been president, suc- 
ceeding his brother who was the head of the 
company after his father. This concern is one 
of the leading enterprises in Hartford and 
has shown a magnificent record of growth and 
prosperity. He has had a most honorable and 
distinguished career in public life. He was 
elected alderman from the sixth ward of Hart- 
ford in 1897 and served two years as chairman 
of the ways and means committee, winning for 
himself the public confidence and demonstrat- 
ing an aptitude for public affairs and capacity 
for high public service. In i8g8 he was 

elected to the general assembly from the city 
of Hartford and during the session of 1899 
was chairman of the house committee on fin- 
ance. He was earnest and efficient both in the 
work of the committee room and on the floor 
of the house. His popularity and influence ex- 
tended beyond the city of his home to all parts 
of the state. He took a position of leader- 
ship in the Republican party. He was elected 
state senator from his district in 1900 and was 
appointed chairman of the appropriations com- 
mittee. In 1902 he was nominated bv the Re- 
publican state convention for lieutenant gov- 
ernor on the ticket with Governor Chamberlain 
and he was elected. At the end of his two 
years of efficient and useful service in this high 
oflice, a New Haven newspaper said of Gov- 
ernor Roberts : "The cordial esteem of twenty- 
four leading men of the state is something an 
unworthy man never gets. The cordial es- 
teem of all who know him cannot be enjoyed 
by any man not of high class, morally and'in- 
tellectually. Lieutenant Governor Roberts has 
won a high place in the regard and affections 
of the people of Connecticut, and in our opin- 
ion no Senate was ever presided over more 
successfully than the one of 1903, over which 
the favorite son of Hartford wielded the 

The Republican convention nominated him 
for governor, September 14, 1904, and he was 
elected in November following, by a hand- 
some majority over A. Heaton Robertson, the 
Democratic candidate. He was inaugurated 
Wednesday, January 4, 1905, and his message 
received unusual attention and most favorable 
comment from the press of the state. His 
administration was marked by much impor- 
tant legislation and by a most systematic and 
intelligent handling of the public business. 
Governor Roberts fairly won the high appre- 
ciation of his fellow-citizens, regardless of 
partisan or other differences. The estimate of 
Governor Roberts made at the time of his 
nomination, by Charles Hopkins Clark in the 
Hartford Conrant, of which he is editor, shows 
again how faithful a prophet is Mr. Clark, for 
the estimate need not be changed except as 
to tenses to become a summary of the Gov- 
ernor's character and record at the close of 
his administration. Mr. Clark wrote : "Being 
of highest character, experienced in all public 
affairs, loyal to all that relates to Connecticut's 
best welfare, and ambitious only to perform 
every public duty for the greatest good of the 
state, he is a candidate who commands the 
respect of all, and the better you know him 
the better you will like him. 

"Sometimes conventions nominate candi- 
dates who are like bumble bees in the fact that 



they are biggest when first born. Henry Rob- 
erts is not such a candidate. He was big 
enough to get 171 more votes than the total 
number given to his three popular and power- 
ful rivals. His growth in popularity will in- 
crease every day of the campaign. He will 
win by a big plurality. He will be the next 
governor of Connecticut, and he will be one 
of the best governors Connecticut has ever 

Like his father, Governor Roberts is inter- 
ested in various enterprises and financial in- 
stitutions of Hartford. He is a director of 
the Hartford Trust Company, the State Sav- 
ings Bank, the Hartford Electric Light Com- 
pany, the Farmington River Power Company 
and a trustee of the Slater Industrial School 
at Winston. North Carolina. He is a mem- 
ber of the Country Club at Farmington, the 
Hartford Club and other social organizations. 
He takes a lively interest in local history and 
genealogy and is a prominent member of the 
Connecticut Society of the Colonial Wars and 
the Sons of the .American Revolution. In re- 
ligion Governor Roberts is a Congregational- 
ist. attending the Centre Street Church. He 
married. October 5, 1881. Carrie E., daughter 
of Isaac W. Smith of Bridgeport. Connecticut. 
Children: John Taylor, born October 4, 1882, 
now a broker in Hartford ; Francis Thatcher, 
born December. 1885. died March 20. 1889 ; 
Edward Constant, born June 4, 1888. 

John Roberts lived in Middle- 
ROBERTS town, Connecticut, where he 

died July 6. 1721. He mar- 
ried, December 27, 1693. Sarah Blake, born 
February 16, 1675, died May 6, 1737. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Roberts, 
was born at Middletown, September 22. 1697, 
inarried there, November 18, 1718, Martha 
Lucas, born March, 1698-99. 

(III) Jonathan, son of John (2) Roberts, 
was born at Middletown, June 29, 1730, died 
December 9. 1775. He settled in Waterbury, 
Connecticut. He married (first), September 
19, 1751, Mary Whitmore. who died May 18, 
1765. He married (second) July 11, 1765, 
Catharine, who died in 1788. daughter of 
Thomas Doolittle. Children of first wife: 
Esther, born September 18, 1752; Benjamin, 
January 13. 1754; .\my. May 12, 1753: son, 
November 4. 1756. Waterbury: Elihu. June 22, 
1758: Deborah, March 24, 1760; Seth, March 
27. 1763. Children of second wife: Benja- 
min, mentioned below; Jonathan; Jesse; and 
three daughters. 

(I\") Benjamin, son of Jonathan Roberts, 
was born at Middletown, September 19, 1771, 
died May 7, 1850. He lived at Watertown, 

Connecticut. He married (first) Esther Pres- 
ton, born at Torrington, August 6, 1772, died 
March 4, 1832. He married (second) Anna 

. Children of first wife : Hosea, born 

July 9. 1795; Horace, August 24, 1797; Peter 
M., mentioned below ; Frederick, August 8, 
1801 : Maria, October 8, 1803 ; Sarah and 
(twins), July 17. 1805; Jefferson, Oc- 
tober 8. 1807; Anna, June 6, 1809: Stephen, 
June II. 1811; Harriet, November 2^, 1816. 
Child of second wife: Jerome, born March 
5- 1835. 

(\ ) Peter M., son of Benjamin Roberts, 
was born in West Goshen, Connecticut, Au- 
gust 15, 1799, died May 4. 1849. He lived 
in Cornwall all his life and was a tavern 
keeper and prosperous farmer. He lived in 
what was called Roberts Hill, where he died 
at the age of forty-six years. He married. 
.\pril 22, 1823, Joanna Wooster, born Novem- 
ber 8, 1805, daughter of a pioneer settler. She 
married ( second ) Thomas Herney and lived 
to an advanced age. 

(\T) Elbert George, only child of Peter M. 
Roberts, was born in Cornwall, Connecticut, 
October 4, 1824, died July 24, 1889. He at- 
tended the district schools and Wesleyan Uni- 
versity, at Middletown. .After graduation he. 
lived with his mother and stepfather in St. 
Loui.s, Missouri, where he engaged in busines.-;, 
first as a wholesale dealer, then as a retailer, 
and met with much success. He was also in 
business in Alabama. In 1861, when the civil 
war broke out, he returned to Litchfield 
county, and began to manufacture cotton yarn 
in the town of Goshen, making his home in 
Litchfield. He died at the age of si.xty-two. 
He married Virginia, born November 13, 
1828. at Montgomery, .Alabama, died June 2, 
1 901, daughter of John W. and Margaret 
(Dial) Kerr. Her father was born in 1798, 
died -August 22, 1855; her mother was born 
in 1805. died April 9. 1884. Children : i. Vir- 
ginia Helen, born February 22. 1848, resides 
with her brother Elbert P. 2. Elbert Frank- 
lin. 3. Dr. George Kerr, born March 3, 1855; 
graduate of Hohart College and of the Col- 
lege of Physicians and Surgeons of New 
"S'ork. practicing at .\ttleboro. Massachusetts, 
married, June 20. 1882. Susan Hawley : chil- 
dren : William Hawley, George and Helen. 
4. .Anna, born November 3, 1857 : formerly a 
school teacher at Duluth. Michigan : married, 
November 3. 1908. William T. Marsh, of 
Litchfield. 5. John Williams, born November 
16. i860, a farmer in Illinois: married. lulv 
6. 1888. Jennie E. Russell. 6. Elbert Petef, 
mentioned below. 

(VII) Elbert Peter, son of Elbert George 
Roberts, was born October 29, 1863. He was 




educated at Litchfield, in public and private 
schcxils. He began to study law in the office 
of Chief Justice Andrews, and continued with 
Mr. Hickox, a prominent lawyer of Litch- 
field. Having been admitted to the bar in 
1884. he has practiced in Litchfield since then. 
In addition to the law, he has a large real es- 
tate business. He is a justice of the peace and 
has been on the grand jury and the school 
board. He is a member of St. Paul's Lodge, 
No. II. Free and Accepted Masons; of Darius 
Chapter, No. 16, Royal Arch ^lasons, and of 
Buel Council, Royal and Select Masters. In 
religion he is an Episcopalian and in politics 
a Democrat. He has been auditor. He mar- 
ried. May 12, 1900, Marion, born November 
22, 1863, daughter of Charles and Lucy (INIer- 
riman) Perkins, of Litchfield. They have no 

Charles Browne, immigrant 
BROWNE ancestor, was born in England 

and became an early settler in 
Rowley. Massachusetts. He had a house lot 
there in 1647 and other lands, to which he 
added later. That he was a man of education 
is proven by the fact that he was for a time 
the town's school-master. In 1661 he was 
granted a lot, "to beate the drum for the 
benefit of the towne." His name appears in 
a list of freeholders of Rowley, January 28. 
1677. It is also recorded as "Br Browne" 
among the church members in full com- 
munion, and "Goodwife Browne" united' 
March 7, 1671. The wife of Charles Browne 
was Mary, daughter of William and Mar- 
garet Acy. Their marriage occurred i4-8mo.- 
1647, i" Rowley. Charles Browne died in 
1687, and was buried December 16. His wife 
died December 12, 1683. They had eight sons 
and one daughter. 

(II) Nathaniel Brown, son of Charles 
Browne, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, 
May 20, 1660. He shared in the distribution 
of his father's estate and received various 
grants of land. On June 29, 1707. he sold 
his homestead to Jonathan Wheeler, of New- 
bury, and soon thereafter removed to Groton, 
Connecticut. A deed of land in Groton, Jan- 
uary- 8. 1707-08, expressly states that he was 
"late of Rowley," and he and his wife were 
dismissed from the Rowley church to Groton, 
June 29, 1707. He purchased lands in Groton 
and was soon made an inhabitant. His home 
was at Poquonock Cove, where he bought two 
hundred acres of Gershom Rice. The town 
called upon him for service in various capac- 
ities and he was an honored townsman. In 
liis will, proved June 24, 1731, he mentions 
sons and daughters, among them his son 

Nathaniel. His wife, whom he married in 
Rowley, June 4. 1685, was the daughter of 
David and Sarah (Wise) Wheeler. David 
Wheeler was the son of John Wheeler, and 
was born about 1625, in England, coming to 
New England in the ship "Confidence," in 
1638. Sarah Wise was the daughter of Hum- 
phrey Wise, of Ipswich. 

(Ill) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i) 
and Mary (Wheeler) Brown, was baptized in 
Rowley in September, 1690, and was aged sev- 
enteen when his father removed to Groton. 
On May 30, 1717, after his marriage to Anna 
Haynes, which occurred July 11, 1713, he 
bought land at Poquonock Cove, but, March 
30. 1722, he bought a one-third interest in a 
tract of two hundred acres in the north part 
of Groton (Ledyard). In his subsequent life 
he bought and sold lands quite extensively, 
acquiring finally a large tract, which he be- 
queathed to his decendants. His homestead 
was on the road from Mystic to Norwich, 
about three-quarters of a mile north of where 
the "Church Hill meeting house" once stood. 
He was probably identified with the Separatist 
movement and his son Nathaniel was ordained 
a minister of that sect in 1751. Nathaniel 
Brown died in July, 1770, aged eighty years, 
and his wife shortly afterwards. She was the 
daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Starke) 
Haynes, and was born November 3, 1696, in 
Groton. They had six sons and two daughters. 

(I\') Ebenezer, son of Nathaniel (2) 
Brown, was born in 1725, in Groton, died 
there in July, 1799. aged seventy-four. The 
deeds passed in the settlement of his father's 
estate establish his line of descent. His home- 
stead was originally a part of his father's 
tract. He was probably the Ebenezer Brown 
who served, April 6 to December 4, 1761, in 
Major John Durkee's company of Norwich. 
He deeded, during his life, lands to several 
of his sons, among them, November 13, 1786, 
a tract to his son John Brown. The wife of 
Ebenezer Brown was Ruth, daughter of 
Captain John Jr. and Sarah (Copp) Mor- 
gan, who was born April 9, 1733, in Groton, 
and married in 1750. She died in March, 
1806. Her grandfather was Captain John 
Morgan, of Groton, a son of John Morgan 
and grandson of James Morgan, ancestor of 
many distinguished persons of that name. Her 
grandmother was Ruth, daughter of Benjamin 
and Mary (Picket) Shapley. the latter being 
a daughter of John and Ruth (Brewster) 
Picket, daughter of Jonathan Brewster and 
granddaughter of Elder William Brewster, of 
the "Mayflower." 

(V) John, son of Ebenezer Brown, states in 
his application for a pension that he was born 



in 1755, in Groton, Connecticut. He was 
therefore about of age when the revolutionary 
war broke out and was living in one of the 
most patriotic towns in Connecticut. He en- 
listed as tifer in the Tenth Company, Captain 
.\bel Spicer, Colonel Parscns's regiment. May 
9, 1775. and served to December 18, 1775, be- 
ing stationed at Boston. This regiment was 
reorganized early in 1776 as the Tenth Con- 
tinental, and John Brown became fifer in the 
company of Captain Gallup, of Groton. In 
this regiment he served one year, engaging 
in the battles of Long Island and White 
Plains. He was then engaged in the Rhode 
Island service for three months. On .April 
6, 1777. he enlisted at Groton, in Captain 
Amos Stanton's company. Colonel Henry 
Sherburne's regiment, and was appointed 
■"Fife Major" of the regiment. After serving 
three years, he was discharged April 6, 1780, 
at .Morristown. New Jersey. He participated 
in some of the most arduous and dreadful ex- 
periences of the war, serving in all five years. 
On -April II, 1818, he made application for 
a pension and his claim was allowed. He was 
then a resident of Plainfield, Connecticut. His 
brothers, Daniel and Ebenezer, were also revo- 
lutionary soldiers, serving in the Tenth Com- 
pany of the Sixth Continental Regiment. 
.After the return of Major John Brown from 
the war. he lived for a time at his father's 
homestead. In 1786 he received land from 
his father, consisting of thirty-four acres, 
where he probably lived. Subsequently he re- 
moved to Plainfield and died in Sterling in 
1835. His gravestone in "Green Hollow" 
cemetery bears the epitaph : "Mr. John Brown, 
Died June 22, 1835. .Aged 80. .A soldier of 
the Revolution." "The wife of Major Brown 
was Phebe, daughter of George and Mary 
(Fisher) Glover. She was the sister of Mary 
Glover, wife of Captain Nathaniel Prentice 
Peabody, and .Anne Glover, wife of Captain 
Erastus Perkins, of Norwich. On her father's 
side she was descended from "The Worshipful 
Mr. (John) Glover," member of the London 
Company and captain of the Ancient and 
Honorable .Artillery Company of Boston. 
.After the former brother-in-law she named 
one of her sons. 

(\'I) Gurdon Perkins, son of Jr>hn Brown. 
was horn .April 9, 1797. in Groton, 
baptized in Plainfield. .April 29. 1814. He 
married, June if^. 1822. Esther, daughter of 
Elias and Elizabeth (Giles) Dean, of Plain- 
field. Afterwards he occupied the homestead 
of his father-in-law. which na=sed to him and 
his wife at the death of Elias Dean in 1849. 
He held several town offices, was a justice of 
the peace and a schoolmaster of local celebrity 

for thirty-six years. His death occurred July 
6, 1880, in Plainfield. The ancestral line of 
Esther (8) Dean is: Elias (7) Dean, Abijah 
(6) Dean, Abijah (5) Dean, William (4) 
Dean, James (3) Dean, Walter (2) Dean, 
William ( i ) Dean, of South Chard, Somerset- 
shire, England. The wife of Elias Dean was 
a daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Hall) 
Giles, through whom she was descended from 
Edward Giles, of Salem, the immigrant an- 
cestor of the Giles family, and from John Hall, 
of Cambridge and Medford, Massachusetts. 

(\TI) John Dean Browne, son of Gurdon 
Perkins Brown, was born August 26, 1836, in 
Plainfield, Connecticut. In youth Mr. 
Browne's life was devoted to the farm and 
district school, and at the age of nineteen he 
taught the schools in his native town. In 
1855 he made a visit to the then far-off ter- 
ritory of Minnesota, and two years later lo- 
cated in Minneapolis, where after varying 
occupations, including the duties of associate 
editor of the weekly paper, he engaged in the 
service of the Minneapolis Mill Company, and 
for two years aided in the development and 
improvement of the magnificent water power 
at that point, which has since brought wealth 
and power to that beautiful city. When the 
work was completed. Mr. Browne was selected 
by the Little Falls Manufacturing Company 
to undertake the development of the fine water 
power at that point. He was elected a director 
and secretary, and appointed agent to carry on 
the work. Little Falls was at that time a 
small village of a few hundred inhabitants, on 
the extreme border of civilization, about one 
hundred miles north of ^Minneapolis. Here he 
spent a year, with a large crew, constructing 
a dam across the Mississippi river, under 
great difficulties successfully completing the 
work. This point was about three hundred 
miles north of the nearest railroad (LaCrosse) 
and nearly all the supplies for the crew had 
to be hauled overland from Minneapolis or St. 
Paul. This work involved a large responsibil- 
ity and was no small undertaking for a young" 
man of twenty-four years. 

While in Minneapolis, Mr. Browne was ac- 
tively prominent in local and §tate politics,, 
aided in the organization of the Republican 
party in Minnesota in 1855 (territorial days) 
and held intimate relations with the dominant 
partv at the national capitol through the ad- 
ministration of President Lincoln, for whose 
election he had been an enthusiastic and efifec- 
tive worker. He was often a delegate to 
countv and state conventions, and was elected 
an alternate delegate to the National Repub- 
lican convention which nominated Mr. Lin- 
coln at Chicago in i860. At the clbse o£ the 



presidential campaign, he was elected mes- 
senger to take the first electoral vote of the 
state to Washington, an office regarded as 
highly complimentary at that time. He re- 
mained in Washington during the eventful 
winter preceding the withdrawal of the seced- 
ing states, and during his stay there received 
an appointment in the interior department, 
under Joseph Wilson, commissioner of the gen- 
eral land office. For four years during l,in- 
coln's administration, he was chief clerk in the 
office of surveyor general of public lands in 
St. Paul, to which city the office had been re- 
cently removed from Detroit. He was ap- 
pointed with the rank of major on the staff 
of General Daley, then in command of the 
state militia. When the call to arms came 
in i86i, he with others enlisted and recruited 
a company for the Second Regiment, and re- 
ported at Fort Snelling, but was rejected by 
the examining surgeon on account of physical 

In 1865 Mr. Browne returned to his native 
state and engaged in the business of fire in- 
surance. In 1867 he became connected with 
the Hartford Fire Insurance Company, as its 
general agent and adjuster. In 1870 he was 
elected secretary of that company, in the du- 
ties of which he was engaged until called to 
the presidency of the Connecticut Fire Insur- 
ance Company, in 1880. This company, un- 
der his leadership, has marched steadily for- 
ward to its present position as one of the 
large and solid financial institutions of Hart- 

In politics Mr. Browne is independent. He 
cut loose from the Republican party at the 
time of the nomination of Blaine and advo- 
cated the election of Cleveland, whose adminis- 
tration he cordially approved. He is an un- 
compromising foe to centralization, paternal- 
ism and imperialism in government. He be- 
lieves in the Declaration of Independence, the 
rights of states, and the constitution as under- 
stood by the fathers. He is interested in many 
Hartford business, charitable and social organ- 
izations and associations ; is a trustee of the 
Society for Savings, a director in the Phoenix 
Mutual Life Insurance Company, the National 
Exchange Bank : director, member of the 
finance committee and chairman of the board 
of managers of the Hartford Retreat ; director, 
member of the finance and executive commit- 
tees of the Connecticut Humane Society : di- 
rector of the Charity Organization Society ; 
president of the Charitable Society of Hart- 
ford ; member of the Connecticut Historical 
Society, the Hartford Board of Trade, the 
Hartford Club, the Hartford Golf Club, the 
Sons of the American Revolution ; hereditary 

member Society of Colonial Wars, the Reform 
Club of New York, and a cheerful supporter 
of all legitimate charitable and educational 

He married, October 23, 1861, Frances, 
daughter of Luther and Lydia C. (Wood- 
ward) Cleveland, of Plainfield, Connecticut. 
She died in 1893, leaving two daughters, 
Alice Cleveland, wife of Francis R. Cooley, 
of Hartford, and Virginia Frances Browne 
(see Cleveland VI). 

(The Cleveland Line). 

Whether written Cleveland or Cleaveland, 
that English patronymic is derived from a 
place of the same name in the north riding of 
Yorkshire, where the family has been seated 
from the time of the Norman Conquest. Tradi- 
tion, supported by the researches of students 
and investigators of repute, attributes the 
founding of the family to Thorkil, who is sup- 
posed to have been a Saxon land proprietor, 
and who about the time of the conquest as- 
sumed the name of de Cliveland and called 
himself Thorkil de Cliveland. The Cleveland 
genealogy presents the ancient history of the 
family in detail, but does not assume to de- 
termine definitely the English ancestry of the 
immigrants. It states, however, that the 
parish records of St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Eng- 
land, show records from 1542 to 1612, of Ips- 
wich Clevelands, all of whom were without 
doubt akin to Moses Cleveland, of Woburn, 
Massachusetts, the immigrant ancestor, and 
bore the same christian names as Moses and 
his immediate descendants. The Cleveland 
coat-of-arms is : Per chevron sable and er- 
mine, a chevron engrailed countercharged. 
Crest : A demi old man proper habited proper, 
having on a cap gules turned up with a hair 
front holding in the dexter hand a spear 
headed argent, on the top of which is fixed a 
line proper, passing behind him, and coiled 
up in the sinister hand. There were other 
coats-of-arms also, borne by different branches 
of the family, with more or less difference 
from those flescrihed. 

(I) Moses Cleveland, immigrant ancestor, 
came when a youth from Ipswich, England, to 
this country. Tradition says he came in 1635. 
He was born about 1624 and died at Woburn, 
Massachusetts, January g, 1701-02. He mar- 
ried, in Woburn, September 26, 1648, Ann 
Winn, born in Wales or England about 1626. 
Children, born in Woburn: Moses, Septem- 
ber I. 1651 ; Hannah, August 4, 1653; Aaron, 
January 10, 1654-55; Samuel, June 9, 1657, 
mentioned below; Miriam, July 10, 1659; 
Joanna. September ig, 1661, died March 12, 
1667; Edward, May 20, 1664; Josiah, Feb- 



ruary 26, 1666-67; Isaac, May 11, 1669; 
Joanna, April 5, 1670. 

(II) Sergeant Samuel, son of Moses Cleve- 
land, was born in Woburn, June 9. 1657, died 
at Canterbury, Connecticut, March 12, 1735- 
36. He was a soldier in King Philip's war 
and held the rank of sergeant. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman, March 11, 1689-90. He 
bought land in Chelmsford, November 17, 

1681. on the north side of Tadmuck Hill. He 
returned to Woburn in iiy.}^ and the same year 
removed to Canterbury, Connecticut. The 
settlers had considerable trouble over the dis- 
tribution of the land, and there were nu- 
merous disputes and trials at law regarding 
it. At one time Samuel Cleveland, together 
with nearly all the prominent men in the town, 
was fined for "stealing loads of hay." On 
April 30, 1723, the land under dispute was 
finally apportioned to the satisfaction of all, 
and Samuel Cleveland was among those who 
had the shares allotted to first settlers. He 
married (first) in Chelmsford, May 17. 1680, 
Jane Keyes, born in Newbury, October 25, 
1660, died November 14, 1681, daughter of 
Solomon and Frances (Grant) Keyes. He 
married (second) at Chelmsford, May 23, 

1682, Persis Hildreth. born February 8. 1660, 
died February 22. 1698. daughter of Richard 
and Elizabeth Hildreth. He married (third) 
July 25, 1699. at Canterbury, Mrs. Margaret 
Fish, widow of John Fish. Child of first wife, 
born at Chelmsford: Jane, about 1681. By 
second wife: Persis. .\pril 21, 1683; Samuel, 
January 12, 1685; Ephraim, .April 10, 1687; 
Joseph, July 18, 1689; Elizabeth, June 26, 
1693, at Woburn. Born at Canterbury : Mary, 
June 14, 1696: children of third wife: .\bie;ail, 
.April 23, 1700, died February 23. 1717-18; 
Timothy, mentioned below. 

(III) Captain Timothy, son of Sergeant 
Samuel Cleveland, was born at Canterbury, 
Connecticut, August 25, 1702. died there Jan- 
uary 19, 1784. He was a farmer, and com- 
mander of the second company of the train 
band durincr the French war. He married 
Dorothy Hide, who died .August 19, 1769, 
probably daughter of Jonathan Hide, of (Can- 

Children, born at Canterbury: .Abigail, 
March 27. 1728: Zipporah. September 4, 
1729: Elizabeth, baptized February 4. 1731; 
^[argaret. born December 24. 1732: Timothy, 
December 20. 1734. mentioned below; Lucre- 
tia, February 2, 1737: .Samuel. February 23, 
'738-39: Ephraim. .August 20. 1740: Cyrus, 
October 2. 1743: Elkanah. baptized Novem- 
ber 20. 1744. 

(I\') Lieutenant Timothy (2), son of Cap- 
tain Timothy ( i ) Cleveland, was born at Can- 

terbury, December 29, 1734, died there Octo- 
ber 2y, 1803. He served in the revolution in 
Captain Aaron Cleveland's company at the 
Lexington alarm. April 19, 1775. He was at 
the battle of Bunker Hill, and had the breach 
of his gun stock shot off while in full retreat, 
and exclaiming, "the darned British shall have 
no part of my gun" ran back in the face of 
the advancing foe, and bore it off in triumph. 
He was in the Second Connecticut Regiment, 
General Israel Putnam's, in 1775, known as 
Colonel John Durkee's in 1776, reorganized 
for the Continental army, and marched to New 
York in April. 1776. He was in the battles of 
Trenton and Princeton and re-entered the con- 
tinental army in 1777. He was commissioned 
lieutenant in 1777. He married, January 30, 
1760, Esther Fish, born February 18, 1735-36, 
died November 3, 1803, daughter of John and 
Esther (Johnson) Fish. Children, born in 
Canterbury: Jacob. March 6. ijhi ; Bethabra, 
October 31, 1763, mentioned below; Cyrus, 
May 12, 1766; Jeptha, October 7, 1768; Dor- 
othy, May 30, 1772, died young; Mary, No- 
vember 6, 1774; Dorothy, October 12, 1779, 
died unmarried March 3, 1862 ; Elkanah, June 
9, died June 21, 1782. 

(\^) Bethabra, son of Lieutenant Timothy 
(2) Cleveland, was born at Canterbury, Con- 
necticut, October 31, 1763, died while on a 
visit to his daughter at Ware, Massachusetts, 
April 15. 1835. He was a farmer of Canter- 
bury. He married, December 31, 1794, ^lar- 
garet Pellett, born about 1770, died at Ware, 
May II, 1847. Children: Nancy, born Sep- 
tember 4. 1795, died unmarried April 15, 
1863: Hiram. January 8. 1798; Thomas, Sep- 
tember or October 14, 1801 : Mary, .August 25, 
1803 : Luther, October 25, 1806, mentioned 
below; Emeline. September 23, 1809. 

(\T) Luther, son of Bethabra Cleveland, 
was born in Canterbury, October 25. 1806. He 
was educated at the Plainfield Academy, and 
for a number of years was the preceptor of 
the school. He resided at Plairficld. and was 
a prosperous and prominent citizen. He served 
as collector in 1850. clerk and treasurer of the 
school fund in the same year, clerk in 1853. He 
was active in the church and for many years 
leader of the choir. He married, at Plain- 
field, October 16. 1834. Lydia Clift Wood- 
ward, born March 7, 181 1, died February rg, 
1890, daughter of Captain Lemuel and Brid- 
get (Gallup) Woodward, of Plainfield. Chil- 
dren, born at Plainfield : Frances. December 
20. 1837, died December 25, 1893, married, 
October 23, 1861, John Dean Browne (see 
Browne \'II) : Julia Woodward, November 19, 
1841 : Lemuel Wood\vard. twin of Julia Wood- 


1 595 

The ship "Hector" and her con- 
BROWN sort (name unknown) sailed 

from London and reached the 
Boston Colony, June 26, 1637. Among the 
fifty men who came on these ships was Fran- 
cis Brown. In the company under Theophilus 
Eaton and John Davenport he went in Sep- 
tember of the same year to look for a site for 
a new colony. They settled upon Ouinnipiack, 
or New Haven, and seven men, among them 
being- Francis Brown, were left there during 
the winter of 1637-38. The remainder of the 
party returned to Boston and in the spring of 
1638 returned, bringing their families and 
others with them. In the division of land 
"seven of them dwelt on the bank side." that 
is. on what is now East Water street, fronting 
the harbor, among them being Francis Brown. 
(Atwater's History of the Colony of New 
Haven ) . 

(I) Francis Brown was a tailor by trade, 
and also for a time kept the ferry at Red 
Rock over the East River, probably the Quin- 
nipiack river. He married, in England, Mary 
Edwards, who died December 7, i66g. He 
died in East Haven, 1668; will proved April 
13, 1668, names wife Mary, daughter Lydia 
and four sons. 

(II) Eleazer, son of Francis and Mary 
(Edwards) Brown, was baptized October 16, 
1642. died October 23. 1714. He married Sa- 
rah Bulkeley, born August 12. 1640. 

(III) Gershom, son of Eleazer and Sarah 
(Bulkeley I Brown, was born October 9. 1665, 
died 1724. He married, 1695, Hannah Mans- 
field, born March 11, 1669. died November i, 

(I\') Olive, daughter of Gershom and Han- 
nah (Mansfield) Brown, was born February 
22. 1708, died October 10, 1743. She married, 
March 20, 1728. Nathaniel Brown, no known 
relative. He was educated in England, came 
to America from Ireland, and had a brother 
who was a lawyer in London, England. A 
family Bible, dated 1735, has his name written 
in it and is now in the possession of the family. 
He died October 21, 1751, and his burial was 
in the Old Green Cemetery ; later the stone 
marking his grave was removed to the Grove 
street cemetery, where it now is. 

(V) Captain Robert, son of Nathaniel and 
Olive (Brown) Brown, was born in 1736. died 
September 8, 1807. He married. Julv 2, 1767, 
Mary Law. who died June 11. 1837. In 1790 
the first feileral census shows that he had in 
his family five males over sixteen, three males 
under that age and four females. 

(\T) Robert (2), son of Captain Robert 
(i) and Mary (Law) Brown, was born Au- 
gust 19, 1770, died April 20, 1S54. He mar- 

ried, July 28. 1798, Mrs. Eunice (Mix) Har- 
wood, born May 17, 1774, died October 10, 
1869. Children: i. Charles, born March 17, 
1801, was for many years in partnership with 
his brother, Andrew Law, in the manufacture 
of soap and candles in New Haven : married 
Lucretia, daughter of Samuel Russel, and des- 
cendant of the Rev. Samuel Russel, who gave 
the first forty volumes as a nucleus for the 
foundation of Yale College Library; children: 
Frances Louise, married Whiting S. Sanford ; 
David Russel. born May 30, 183 1, died Feb- 
ruary 21, 1910; James Hotchkiss ; George Al- 
exander. 2. Andrew Law, see forward. 3. 
George. 4. Frances Louise, married (first) 
James Hotchkiss: (second) Horace Butler, of 
New York. 5. Emily, married Major Moul- 
throp, an old time photographer of New Ha- 
ven. ^ 6. Catherine, married George B. Rich. 

(VII) Andrew Law, son of Robert (2) and 
Eunice (Mix-Harwood) Brown, was born 
February 17, 1805, died February 12, 1871. 
He was educated in the public schools of New 
Haven, and engaged in business with his 
brother, Charles Brown, in the manufacture 
of soap and candles at New Haven. He inar- 
ried. November ii, 1832, Mary Ann Beebe, 
born July 4, 181 1, died May 17, 1S92. She 
was a member of the First Baptist Church. 
Children, born at New Haven: Robert A., 
secretary and treasurer of the New Haven 
Savings Bank and president of the New Ha- 
ven Manufacturing Company; William H., 
see forward ; Mary, married Henry Holt, of 
Springfield. Massachusetts. 

(Vnii William H. son of Andrew Law 
and Mary Ann (Beebe) Brown, was born in 
New Haven. February 18, 1837. He received 
his education in the public schools of New 
Ha\-en and the Lancastrian school. He was 
engaged in business as a dealer in cigars and 
spirits up to the time of his death, January 
II, 1S88. He married Cornelia, daughter 
of Horace Camp, who died at the age of 
eighty-four years, and his wife died at the age 
of eighty-six years. Children: William H. 
Jr., secretary and treasurer of New Haven 
Manufacturing Company; Frederick Ward, 
see forward; Dr. Albert R,, a dent- 
ist in New York City; Andrew L., a dent- 
ist in New York City. Mrs. Brown resides 
with her children in New York City. 

(IX) Dr. Frederick Ward, son of William 
H. and Cornelia (Camp) Brown, was born in 
New Haven, July 14. 1863. He attended the 
public schools of his native city. He studied 
dentistry under Drs. Austin B. Fuller, Frank 
C. Swift and J. S. Cairoli, of Bridgeport, and 
Dr. H. J. Stevens, of New Haven. He then 
pursued a course of dentistry in the University 



of Pennsylvania, graduating in the class of 
1888 with the degree of D.D.S. Since then 
he has practised his profession in New Haven. 
He has handsomely appointed offices, equipped 
with the latest appliances, located at 1098 
Chapel street. 

Dr. Frederick \V. Brown was appointed by 
Governor Rollin S. Woodruff, July i, 1905, 
one of the state commissioners of dentistry of 
Connecticut for a term of five years. In 1909 
he was president of the Connecticut State 
Dental Association. He is a member of the 
Second Company, Governor's Foot Guard, 
of which he was for a time commissary ser- 
geant, and was commissioned major. Decem- 
ber 10, 1907, resigning July 13, 1909. He is 
a member of Vale Lodge of Heptasophs ; 
Wooster Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
Franklin Chapter. Royal .\rch Masons : New 
Haven Commander)', Knights Templar ; Pyra- 
mid Temple. Mystic Shrine, having taken all 
the Scottish Rite degrees up to the thirty-sec- 
ond : New Haven Dental Club and Union 
League Club. In politics he is a Republican. 
Dr. Brown married. April 29, 1893, Jennie 
Aalata. daughter of Halsey C. Thomas, of 
New Haven. Children: Mildred, born Feb^ 
ruary 13, 1894: Leonard, January 22, 1899. 
Dr. Brown and his wife are both musical and 
have both held positions in various New Ha- 
ven churches. 

(H) Samuel, son of Francis 
BROWN Brown, (q. v.), was baptized 
April 7, 1645, died in Walling- 
fonl, November 6, 169 1. He was an original 
subscriber to the compact for the settlement 
of Wallingford and had a lot assigned to 
him, but not building on it within the time 
prescribed, lost his title. He married. May 2, 
1667, Mercy Tuttle, born .April 2"], 1650. Chil- 
dren : .\bigail, born March 11, 1669, died 
.\pril 28, 1670: Sarah, .\ugust 8. 1(372: Ra- 
chel. .April 24, 1677: Francis, October 7, 1679. 
mentioned below : Gideon. July 12, 1685 • Sam- 
uel. October 29, 1689. died June 20, 1691. 

(Ill) Captain Francis (2) Brown, son of 
Samuel Brown, was born October 7, 1679, 
died September 23. 1741. His will shows him 
to have been a man of considerable means. He 
married (first) April 11, 1705, Hannah .Ailing, 
born May 2},, 1678, died December 9, 1725, 
daughter of John and Susanna fCoe) .Ailing. 
He married ("second) December 22. 1726, 
Elizabeth Rosewell, born September 5, 1690, 
died October 13, 1742, daughter of Richard 
and Lydia (Trowbridge) Rosewell. Children: 
John, born May 14, 1706: Samuel, October 6, 
1708: Mehitable, April 9, 1711 ; Stephen, .Au- 
gust ID, 1713, mentioned below; Timothy, 

April 10, 1716: Isaac, died November 21, 1738, 
aged twenty-one. 

(I\') Stephen, son of Captain Francis (2) 
Brown, was born August 10, 1713. He set- 
tled in Windsor, Connecticut. In 1764 admin- 
istration w-as granted on his estate to his 
widow. He married, September zj, 1739, Ma- 
bel Bradley, and had, it is said, seventeen chil- 
dren. She married (second) Caleb Turner, 
Lit New Haven, who was appointed guardian 
to four minor children. Seven of the chil- 
dren are: Hannah, born February 26, 1741 ; 
Mabel, May 26, 1743 ; Sibyl, December 28, 
1745 : Stephen, January 4, 1751, mentioned be- 
low ; Olive, August 25, 1753, died young; 
Olive, May 28, 1756: Rebecca, May 30, 1757; 
Phebe. July 8, 1759. 

(V) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) 
Brown, was born January 4, 175 1, died Alay 
5, 1833. He lived in Windsor, and was in 
the revolution in Captain Nathaniel Hayden 
Jr.'s company at the Lexington Alarm, April 
'9- '775- He married- (first) November 26, 
1775, Eunice Loomis, who died June 23, 1808. 

He married (second) , of Windsor. 

Children : James, born December 2. 1776, 
mentioned below ; Stephen, born April 30, 
1778: Bradley, December 2Ty. 1779, died Sep- 
tember 16, 1845 • Eunice, January 29, 1781 ; 
Sarah, January 27, 1782, died February 10, 
1850: Martha, December 23, 1784, died June 
17, 1865: Rebecca. December 6, 1786, died 
November 16, 1867; son, February 11, 1789, 
died young; son, April, 1790, died young; 
Jesse. May 17, 1791, died December 27, 1870; 
Melinda. February 14, 1795, died March 15, 
1S49: Oliver, December 23, 1798; Mabel. Feb- 
ruary 12. 18 12. 

(\T) James, son of Stephen (2) Brown, 
was hoxw December 2. 1776. He learned the 
trade of blacksmith of his father, and at the 
age of twenty-one removed to Canton, Con- 
necticut, remaining there a year. In 1798 he 
removed to Waterbury, and worked at his trade 
there the remainder of his life. He was an ori- 
ginal partner in the third rolling mill erected 
in Waterbury in 1830, afterward known as 
the Brown & Elton Company. He was re- 
markable for his industry, sobriety and hon- 
esty, and was a respected citizen. Long after 
his frugal liabits and success in business had 
secured him a competence, he continued to 
work, believing idleness to be a sin. He was 
a colonel of militia and a deacon of the church. 
He died July 24, 1848. He married Lavinia 
Welton. Children: Philo, born January 26, 
1803: William. June 16. 1804, mentioned be- 
low: Mary .Ann, died young; Augustus, born 
.August 20, 181 1 : Dr. James. July 2, 1815. 

(VTI) Hon. William Brown, son of James 



Brown, was born in W'aterbury, June 16, 
1804. At the age of eighteen he became a 
clerk in the store of Charles D. Kingsbury in 
the old building still standing on the west side 
of Exchange place, and remained in this posi- 
tion for three years. He then traveled in the 
southern states for Alark Leavenworth, manu- 
facturer of clocks. In 1827 he entered into part- 
nership with Mr. Leavenworth and the firm 
continued until 1830, when he removed to Pleas- 
ant \'alley in the northern part of South Caro- 
lina, about fifteen miles from Charlotte, North 
Carolina, where he remained two years. On 
his return he opened a store in partnership 
with his younger brother, at the corner of Ex- 
change place and West Main street. In the 
summer of 1835 the store was destroyed by 
fire, whereupon the firm bought the stock and 
good will of Kendrick & Company in the 
building occupied later by the Bronson 
library. In addition to the mercantile busi- 
ness the firm manufactured buttons and hooks 
and eyes. In 1842 Mr. Brown took charge of 
the works at Waterville where buttons and 
pocket cutlery were manufactured and re- 
mained there about five years. In 185 1 he 
and his brothers Philo, Augustus and James 
established the corporation of Brown & 
Brothers, brass founders. The business flour- 
ished and the firm became prominent in this 
line of industry, and for fifteen years Mr. 
Brown devoted himself with great energy and 
application to this business. Then he retired 
and from that time until he died he was occu- 
pied in the care of his property, in advising 
the managers of the various corporations in 
which he was a stockholder and in adminis- 
tering public and private trusts. He was pres- 
ident of the Detroit and Lake Superior Cop- 
per Company, one of the board of agents of 
the Bronson Library of \Vaterbury, and direc- 
tor of many other corporations. 

He held the office of selectman and other 
town and city offices in Waterhury, and for 
many years was consulted freely by public 
officers, who valued his judgment and e.xperi- 
ence and appreciated his good sense and pub- 
lic spirit. .\s a private citizen and town officer 
he gave his time and talents freely in the j)ub- 
lic service to a greater extent than any other 
citizen in his generation. In politics he was 
a Democrat. He represented the fifth sena- 
torial district in the legislature in 1870 and 
was again elected in 1880 and was in office 
at the time of his death. He represented the 
town in the assembly in 1872-74-75. When 
his death was announced in the senate by Sen- 
ator Coe, the following resolution was unani- 
mously passed : 

"Resolved, That the Senate has heard of 

the death of William Brown, late a senator of 
the Fifth district, with profound sorrow and 
regret : that as an expression of our respect 
for the memory of the deceased a committee 
of three be appointed by the president of the 
Senate to attend the funeral, and that as a 
further mark of respect the Senate do now ad- 

Senator Bradley said : "The sad intelligence 
which comes to us at this hour, informing us 
of the death of Senator Brown occasions a 
profound sorrow not only to this body, but 
casts a shade of sadness over a large circle 
of acquaintances throughout the state. By 
his genial ways, his word of kindly greeting 
always extended to an acquaintance and his 
sound judgment well seasoned by a long life 
spent in active business pursuits, he endeared 
himself to us, both as a warm friend and a 
valuable member of this body. The ripest of 
us all in the fruitage of years, and with one 
exception, the oldest member in the councils 
of the state has fallen, and we, his associates, 
deeply mourn his death." Senators Coe, Brad- 
street and Mills were appointed the committee. 

The Xczc Haven Union said : "He was much 
respected and his death is universally regret- 

The Hartford Post said: "Personally he 
was a very agreeable man and in all his busi- 
ness and official relations was popular with his 

The Hartford Times said: "Mr. Brown was 
among the ablest and most successful busi- 
ness men of the state, and he was universally 
esteemed. His loss as a public man and as 
a private citizen will be regretted throughout 
the state." 

The Meriden Republican said: "He was 
born and always lived in Waterbury, where he 
was very highly respected, and in the state 
senate he was looked up to as a gentleman 
of thorough integrit)- and is highly esteemed 
by his associates." 

The Neii> Haven Palladium said: "The 
death of Senator Brown of the Fifth district 
has sent a feeling of sorrow, not only among 
the members of the senate, but also those of 
the house. Although not a demonstrative man, 
perhaps in consequence of his age as well as 
nature, he was universally esteemed and was 
generally considered a safe and conservative 
adviser. He was a genial man, and as has 
been before mentioned in this correspondence, 
was the oldest member of the general assembly 
with the e.xception of Judge Seymour of the 
house, who was his senior by only a few 

The board of agents of the Bronson library 
took the following notice of Mr. Brown's 



death: "For the fourth time since the organi- 
zation of this board we are called upon to 
mourn the loss of one of its members. On 
the third day of March. 1881, at one-thirty 
a. m., Hon. \\'illiam Brown died suddenly of 
heart disease at his residence in this city. He 
was born in Waterbury, June 16, 1804. He 
was one of tb.e members of the first board of 
agents and drew by lot the two-year term. 
which expired July 4. 1870. On the tirst 
Monday of October, 1875. he was elected to 
serve for twelve years from July 4, 1876, and 
this term was but partly completed at the time 
of his death. He was a valuable member of 
the board, and his counsel in this as in all 
other bodies with which he was associated will 
be greatly missed. He was often elected to 
the legislature and was serving a term as sen- 
ator from this district. Thus one by one the 
old landmarks are removed. May as worthy 
men be found to fill these vacant places." 

Lieutenant Governor Bulkeley, now United 
States senator, said of Mr. Brown, "Who, 
di'ring the time when he represented the Fifth 
district in the chamber won not only the respect 
but the affection of every senator by his kindly 
manner, his sound judgment, his great ex- 
perience and his personal worth." 

The H'atcrbury Aiiierican said of him: "He 
was a man of sound judgment and keen busi- 
ness insight. He investigated a subject with 
great care and so exhaustively that no aspect 
of it was likely to escape him. He brought 
his imagination to bear on a question in such 
a way as to anticipate all contingencies and 
hence he was rarely taken by surprise. He 
was a safe counselor and an excellent negoti- 
ator, patient, wary, thorough and never losing 
sight of the end in view. As a legislator he 
was careful, conservative, uniformly courteous 
and moderate ; never hasty in forming an opin- 
ion, but adhering to it firmly though not ob- 
stinately when formed. He was domestic in 
his habits, fond of his home and a most kindly 
and affectionate husband and father." 

He married (first) December 17, 1828. Su- 
sannah, daughter of Judge John Kingsbury. 
She died May 28. 1841. He married f second) 
March 25, 1844. Rachel X'ienna, daughter of 
.\sa Fenn. nf Middlebury, Connecticut. His 
widow is still living at an advanced age. Chil- 
dren : I. Marcia Bronson, born July 31. 1832, 
died December 14, 1851. 2. Robert Kings- 
bury, December 6, 1833, mentioned below. 3 
Eliza lane, .^pril i, 1836: married. October 
14. 1858, Guernsey S. Parsons, banker and 
judge of probate in Waterbury : child, Sarah 
Kingsbury, born November 30. 1864. 4-5. Son, 
(twin ), born May i, 1841. died young; daugh- 
ter (twin) who died young. Child of second 

wife: 6. Frederick James, born September 30, 


(\ni) Robert Kingsbury, son of \Villiam 
Brown, was born in U'aterbury, December 6, 
1833. He attended the public schools in Water- 
bury, East Litchfield and Williston Seminary 
at Easthampton, Masachusetts. After leaving 
school he entered the employ of Brown Broth- 
ers, his father's company, and learned the busi- 
ness thoroughly. He held various positions of 
responsibility in the concern and for a time 
had charge of the manufacturing department. 
He was a stockholder in the concern which was 
owned chiefly by his father and uncles, who 
founded it. After thirteen years he left the 
brass business to devote his entire attention to 
the care and management of his real estate. His 
fortune has been largely augmented by wise in- 
vestment, and he is now the largest owner of 
real estate in the city of Waterbury. No man 
has worked harder or contributed more to the 
welfare and development of the city of Water- 
bury, and, on the other hand, perhaps no man 
has reaped a more substantial reward for his 
confidence in the growth and future of the 
city. He was frugal and saving in his per- 
sonal habits from early youth. He went with- 
out shoes and stockings to get together his 
first capital. One of his first investments w^as 
two hundred dollars in the stock of the Citi- 
zens' Savings Bank of Waterbury. His object 
in making this investment was the privilege it 
gave him to attend the business meetings of 
the bank. 

He has been averse to holding public office 
and has declined repeatedly to be a candidate, 
though not lacking in interest in public affairs. 
Indeed. Mr. Brown is active in public affairs 
in Waterbury, and often writes and circulates 
tracts to influence the public to his way of 
thinking, or to remonstrate against bad govern- 
ment. "L'pon the love and esteem of the gov- 
ernment depends the strength of the govern- 
ment, and when the laws are considered just, 
every man becomes an executor. When the 
laws are used with their iron-clad power re- 
venge is often the unspoken motive. * * * 
The average American has but a vague idea of 
the constitution and the laws governing the 
free American people. Blinded by her growth 
and prosperity, trusting in the people to rule, 
and meekly following our political leaders, it 
has never seemed to occur to us that this thing 
would not cease content with the present." The 
foregoing is an extract from one of his political 

He married. January 22. 1856, Elizabeth 
Nichols, daughter of Stiles Middlebrook, of 
Bridgeport, Connecticut. They have no chil- 



Professor Irving Fisher, of 
FISHER New Haven, Connecticut, pro- 
fessor of political economy at 
Yale University since 1898, traces his ancestry 
on the paternal side to William Fisher, a 
farmer in Ashgrove, New York, and a sol- 
dier of the revolution. 

(II) Zachariah, son of William Fisher, was 
born 1767, died 1840. He was a farmer at 
Nine Partners, New York. He married De- 
light Norton, born 1770, died 1855, daughter 
of George Norton, born 1724, died 1776, of 
Roxbury, Connecticut, a revolutionary soldier, 
who was fatally wounded at Trenton ; he was 
the son of George Norton, born in 1697. mar- 
ried .\gnes Austin : lie was the son of George 
Norton, whose wife was Hannah Younglove, 
daughter of John Younglove. the first minis- 
ter to Suffield, Connecticut ; he was the son of 
George Norton, born 1641, died 1696, whose 
wife was Sarah Hart: he was the son of 
George Norton, who married Mary Machias, 
and emigrated from London in the fleet with 
Francis Higginson. the first minister to come 
to Salem. George Norton was sent out by the 
Company of Massachusetts Bay and recom- 
mended to the consideration of the settlers as 
a carpenter : he built the first meeting house 
in Salem in 1654. which is still standing. Cack 
of him, according to the best information ob- 
tainable, the line of Nortons was as follows : 
He was the son of Robert Norton, of Bedford- 
shire, England; he was the son of Thomas 
Norton, whose wife was the daughter of 
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury ; 
he was the son of 1 l:omas Norton, who was 
the son of John Norton, third, married Jane 
Cooper, daughter of John Cooper, and who 
was the son of John Norton, who was the 
son of Sir John Norton, wiiose wife was .\nnie 
Grey, daughter of Lord Grey. Sir John Nor- 
ton was a son of Sir De Norville. who was the 
■"^n of a line of five Sir De Norvilles. the 
frthtr o'f tl:e last ci ulioni was Le Signeur 
Lc .\"'^r\-illc. who came ir, cr to Eiv;laii'l with 
William the Lonqucrcr. 

(III) John, son of Zachariah and Delight 
(Norton) Fisher, was born 1794, died 1861. 
He was a farmer in Cambridge, New York, 
and a captain in the war of 1812. He mar- 
ried Almira King, daughter of Hezekiah 
King, born 1755, died 1823, and Mercy 
(Thornton) Kin-j-. born 1757. died 1824. 
Hezekiah King was a revolutionary soldier; 
lived in Massachusetts as a farmer, and after- 
wards came to Cambridge, New York; his 
brother John also served in the revolution ; 
they were sons of John King, zorn 1730, died 
108. a farmer in Egremont. Ma<sachu!.etts, 
and a revolutionary soldier. The continental 

payrolls on file in the state house in Boston 
show that John King was in service from 
July, 1776, to August, 1777, and from June 
to July, 1780, in Colonel Hopkins' regiment. 
He married Elizabeth, born 1727, died 1808, 
daughter of John Fenner, of Saybrook, Con- 
necticut. John King was the son of Heze- 
kiah King, born 1690, died 1740, of Wey- 
mouth, Massachusetts, and Sarah, born 1694, 
died 1750, daughter of William Read, whose 
wife was Esther Thompson. Hezekiah King 
(16901790) was the son of Hezekiah King, 
who was the son of John and Esther (Bayley) 
King, and the former named was the son of 
John King. 

(IV) Rev. George Whitefield Fisher, son of 
John and Almira (King) Fisher, was born 
1831, died 1884. He was a Congregational 
minister, his chief pastorate being in Peace 
Dale, Rhode Island. He married Elmira, 
born in 1846, and still living, daughter of 
John and Catherine (Bozorth) Westcott. 
John Westcott was born in 1822, died 1898; 
he was a glass-cutter in New Jersey ; he was 
the son of Reuben Westcott, born 1790, died 
1853, a farmer in Pleasant Mills, New Jersey, 
and Amy (Beebe) Westcott, born 1796, died 
1838. Reuben Westcott was the son of 
Thomas Westcott, of Westcott Neck, Gallo- 
way, New York, born 1747, died 1823. Thom- 
as Westcott was the son of Daniel Westcott, 
born 1705, died 1791. who was supposed to 
have come to New Jersey from New Eng- 
land. It is not absolutely certain that this 
Daniel Westcott is the father of Thomas 
Westcott. and the genealogy back of this Dan- 
iel may belong to another line. This last Dan- 
iel Westcott was the son of Daniel Westcott, 
who was the son of Daniel Westcott, who 
died in 1702, who was the son of Richard 
Westcott, who died in 1651, and was a brother 
of Stukely Westcott and William Westcott. 
1 hese three brothers came from England 
some time after 1636. Catherine (Bozorth) 
Westcott, wife of John Westcott. is the 
(laughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Bettel) 
Bozortl . -.iiii'-cl L'.ozorth was the son of Wil- 
liam Bozorth, whose wife was a Norcross. 
Elizabeth (Bettel) Bozorth was a daughter of 
Richard and Catherine (Oebertorf) Bettel, 
who was the daughter of Caspar Oebertorf. 

(V) Professor Irving Fisher, son of the 
Rev. George Whitefield and Elmira (West- 
cott) Fisher, was born at Saugerties, New 
York, February 27, 1867. He graduated at 
Yale College in 1888, continuing his studies 
at Berlin and Paris. In i893"he was ap- 
pointed tutor in mathematics at Yale, since 
which time he has been constantly engaged in 
teaching, lecturing and writing. In 1898 he 



was appointed professor of political economy 
at Vale, in which capacit;. he is serving at 
the present time. He is a member of many 
economic and mathematical societies in this 
country and abroad, and several of his books 
are standard textbooks to-day in many of the 
universities and colleges of this country. Pro- 
fessor Fisher married. June 24, 1893, Mar- 
garet, fifth child of Rowland Hazard, of Peace 
Dale, Rhode Island, a prominent manufac- 
turer. Children: Margaret, born .-Vpril 30, 
1894: Caroline. June 17, 1897; Irving Nor- 
ton, November 11. 1900. 

Cornelius Jones, immigrant ances- 
JONES tor, was of Welsh or English an- 
cestry. He settled in Stamford. 
Connecticut, where his descendants have been 
numerous. He died in 1657. Children: 
Ebenezer, born .\ugust 20. 1646; Mary, Feb- 
ruary, 1647 ; Cornelius, November. 1648 : 
Child, aged si.x in 1657: Child, aged three in 


(II ) Ebenezer, son of Cornelius Jones, lived 

at Stamford or vicinity. 

(III) Benjamin, son of Ebenezer Jones, 
was born about 1700. He married, at Stam- 
ford, December 4, 1735. Mary Haley. Chil- 
dren, born at Stamford: Benjamin, October 

16, 1736; Joseph. July 16, 1738: Mary, Feb- 
ruary 17, 1739-40; Prudence, January i. 1741- 
42: Ebenezer. December 20, 1743: Lewis, 
mentioned below. 

(IN) Lewis, son of Benjamin Jones, was 
born at Stamford, December 20, 1745. He 
married. May 9, 1790, Sally Masters. Chil- 
■flren, born at Stamford: Phebe. January 23. 
179 1 ; John, mentioned below: Oliver. Octo- 
ber 8, 179-1.: Benjamin. March 16, 1797. 

(V) John Hamlin, son of Lewis Jones, was 
born at Stamford, February 12. 1793. He was 
educated in the district schools : he learned 
the trade of shoemaker and made shoes on 
his own account later, and on one of the trips 
he made to sell his shoes and buy stock in 
New York City he disappeared and was pre- 
sumably murdered. He was a man of excel- 
lent character and enjoyed the respect of the 
entire community. He had a small place in 
Darien where he also did some gardening and 
farming. He nurried in Darien, formerly 
Stamford, Sally Jennings, born 1798, in South 
Norwaik, died in 1861. Children, born at 
Darien: i. Henry, married Sarah Ann Butts, 
died aged fifty-three: three children in South 
Norwaik : Frederick ; Samuel : Elizabeth. 
marrie'l George Piatt. 2. Gershom. died at 
South Norwaik. aged twenty-one. 3. Susan 
Ann, died aged fifty; married Henry Prince, 
shoemaker, of New Haven and Darien ; he 
died aged sixty. 4. John H., mentioned below. 

(\"I) Tohn Hamlin (2), son of John Ham- 
lin (i) Tones, was born at Darien, August 3. 
1829. He attended the district schools in the 
winter terms until he was sixteen years old. 
From the age of seven to fifteen he was ap- 
prenticed to a farmer, and then served an 
apprenticeship of five years in the tanner's 
trade, and afterward worked in the patent 
leather factory for a time. He subsequently 
left the leather business and started on his 
own account a livery stable in Bridgeport, 
conducting it successfully for ten years or 
more. In 1858 he sold his livery business and 
bought out the leather business of W. H. Al- 
drich and conducted this successfully for 
eight years, when he repurchased his old 
stables', which he rebuilt on the site next to 
the present postoffice : conducted this until 
1877 and then disposed of them. Having dur- 
ing this time purchased a farm in Fairfield 
near the Brooklawn Club, he moved to this 
and conducted it successfully for four years, 
and then embarked in the trucking business 
and conducted that four years ; then engaged 
in the flour and feed business for three years; 
then sold and engaged in the house-moving 
business, which he conducted successfully for 
twelve years, when he retired. He married 
(first) Jane Ann Sherman, born at Newton, 
daughter of Z. R. Sherman. She died in 
1865. He married (second). October 6. 1869. 
Eliza G. (Milne) Shannon, widow of James 
Shannon, and daughter of Robert Milne, who 
was born in Scotland and died in Bridgeport. 
Huldah (Thompson) Milne, wife of Robert 
Milne, was a daughter of David Thompson, 
of Weston, Connecticut, granddaughter of 
Samuel and Hannah Thorp. Mr. Milne was 
a successful gardener and florist. His wife 
was a member ot the Presbyterian church. 
Children of Robert and Huldah Milne: i. 
Eliza G.. mentioned above. 2. Jennet, de- 
ceased : married Robert Hitchins. of Bridge- 
port : child. Carrie Hitchins. 3. James, a sol- 
dier in the civil war ; deceased. Children of 
John Hamlin and Jane Ann (Sherman) 
Jones: i. \\'illiam. died in infancy. 2. Edith 
Sherrran. married Charles L. Buckingham, a 
millwright of New Milford. and lives at Den- 
ver. Colorado : children : Mabel Sherman, 
Harold John, Marian. Children of second 
wife: 3. Dr. Robert M.. born Bridgeport, 
September 2. 1870, graduate of Flower Hos- 
pital in New York, a homeopathic physician 
of that citv. residin" in Madison avenue. 

Basil Lannean Gilder- 

GILDERSLEE\'E sleeve, philologist, son 

of Rev. Benjamin and 

Emma Louise (Lamiean) Gildersleeve, born 



at Charleston, South Carolina, October 2^, 
1831, graduaLed A. B., Princeton, 1849, -■^- ^I-- 
1853 : studied in universities of Berlin, Bonn, 
and Gottingen, Ph. D., Gottingen, 1853 ( LL. 
D. William and Mary, 1869; Harvard, 1886; 
Yale, 1901 : University of Chicago. 1901. D. 
C. L. ; University of the South, 1884. L. H. 
D. ; Princeton, 1899, D. Litt. : Cambridge, 
1905 ; Oxon, 1905 ) ; professor of Greek, 1856- 
76. and of Latin, 1861-66, University of \'ir- 
ginia ; professor of Greek at Johns Hopkins 
since 1876. He was founder and editor of 
American Journal of Philology since 1880; 
honorary member Cambridge ( England) 
Philology Society : Archaeology Society of 
Athens, Philology Syllogos of Constantinople ; 
Societx' Promotion Hellenic studies : corre- 
sponding fellow British .\cademy : fellow 
.American .Academy .Arts and Sciences ; mem- 
ber American .Academy .Arts and Letters, etc., 
etc.: author Latin grammar, 1867-94: Latin 
Series, ( primer, reader, school Latin grammar. 
Latin composition, etc.), 1875: Essays and 
Studies, 1890: Greek Syntax, 1900: Hellas 
and Hesperis. 1909: editor Propertius, 1875: 
Justinus .Martyr, 1877: Odes of Pindar, 18S5. 
He married, September 18, 1866, Elizabeth 
Fisher Colston, daughter of Raleigh and 
Gertrude Powell Colston, born at Midrlleburv, 
Loudoun county, \'irginia. Children : Raleigh 
Colston, and Emma- Louise, who married Gar- 
dinier Martin Lane, of Boston. .Massachu- 
setts, 1S98. His residence is at 1002 North 
Calvert street. Baltimore, Marvland. 

The surname Shipman is de- 
SHIPM.AN rived from a trade name. 

shipman being equivalent to 
sailor. Shipton. as the name of the .\meri- 
can immigrant was spelled on the earlv rec- 
ords, is a place name, and the coat-of-arms 
of the English family of Shipton is described : 
Argent three pairs of bellows sable two and 
one. The Shipton crest : .An eel naiant proper. 
But Shipton is probably not the correct spell- 
ing. Shipman was an ancient English sur- 
name and several branches of the family bear 
coats-of-arms. The Shipman (or Shiphan ) 
family of Welby, county Flereford, had these 
arms granted in 1581 : Or a cinquefoil between 
three crosses crosslet gules, and their crest 
is: -A demi-ostrich. wings expanded argent. 
The Shipman family of New Jersey claim 
descent from Harmon Shipman, born in Ger- 
many, in 171 7, came to .America in 1740. set- 
tled in Harmony, New Jersey, and Union- 
town, Warren county. There is a tradition 
that the New Jersey family is related to the 
Connecticut Shipmans, and the personal names 
in the two families are similar, but if the 
German origin of the New Jersey family is 

correctly given in the family history, there 
could be no relation traceable. The Connecti- 
cut immigrant was an Englishman. 

(I) Edward Shipman, the immigrant an- 
cestor, is said to have come from England, 
sailing from Hull in 1639, with George Fen- 
wick, but if this is correct he must have been 
a }'0ung child. .A William Shipman, aged 
twenty-two, sailed May 28, 1635, for Virginia. . 
His relation to Edward is not known. Ed- 
ward Shipman's name was spelled Shipton in 
the early records of Saybrook, Connecticut, 
where he first settled, but later the name is 
spelled Shipman and all the family follow 
that spelling. Edward married (first), Jan- 
uary 16, 165 1. Elizabeth Comstock, who died 
about the middle of July, 1659. He married 
(second), July i, 1663, Mary .Andrews. He 
was admitted a freeman in October, 1667. He 
died September 15, 1697. In the will of the 
sachem Uncas, February 29, 1676, Shipman 
was one of the three legatees to whom he gave 
three thousand acres of land within sight of 
Hartford. Children of first wife: Elizabeth, 
born May. 1652, married, December, 1672, 
John Hobson : Edward, born February, 1654; 
William, June, 1656. Children of second wife: 
John, mentioned below : Hannah, born Febru- 
ary, 1666: Samuel, December 25, 1668: .Abi- 
gail, September, 1670; Jonathan, September, 


(II) John, son of Edward Shipman, was 
born in .Saybrook. .April 5. 1664: married, 
May 5, 1686, Martha Humphries. Children, 
born at Saybrook: John, born January 6, 1687, 
mentioned below : Jonathan, twin of John ; 
David, born .August 9, 1692: .Abraham, De- 
cember 31, 1695, married Ruth Butler: Mar^ 
tha. .April 6. 1699: Hannah, .\pril 25, 1702. 

(HI) John (2), son of John (i) Ship- 
man, was born at Saybrook, January 6, 1687, 
and died there July 7, 1742. He married, 
January 11, 1715, Elizabeth Kirtland. .A 
manuscript letter in the Hinman's manuscripts 
of Boston states that John came from Eng- 
land with Fenwick, evidently an error, for 
the grandfather of John was the immigrant. 
This manuscript states that John married 

^^'illis. The children according to this 

paper were : John, of Saybrook ; Elias. settled 
in Killingworth and New Haven : Nathaniel, 
mentioned below: Samuel, born Ma\- 21, 1726, 
died Sejitember 4, 1801, married (first) Sarah 
Dot}', (second), January 10, 1754. Hannah 

Bushnell : Elizabeth, married Bush- 


(IV) Nathaniel, son of John (2) Shipman, 
was born about 1720-25, in Saybrook. He re- 
moved from Saybrook to Norwich, Connecti- 
cut, about 1750. He was chosen elder of the 
Si.xth or Chelsea (now Second) church at 



Norwicii. December 30. 1763. He was a 
founder of this church and one of the leading 
citizens of Norwich. He married ( first ) at 
Norwich, in 1747. Ruth Reynolds, born 1727- 
28, died 1755: married (second), July 18. 
1756. Elizabeth Leffinsjwell. born at Norwich, 
January 4, 1729-30. died there June 8, 1801. 
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Lord) 
Lefiingwell (see Leffinsjwell I\'). Children 
of first wife: i. Lucretia, married Rev. Sam- 
uel Hall, of Sag Harbor. 2. Betsey, married 
Andrew Frank : removed to Canaan. Chil- 
dren of second wife: 3. Lizzie, born at Nor- 
wich. September 11, 1757: died .\pril 8, 1834; 
married, December 16, 1786, Peabody Clem- 
ent, of Norwich. 4. Nathaniel, born May 17, 
1764, mentioned below. 5. Lydia. born Octo- 
ber [I, 1766: married (first) Asa Spaulding, 
born 1757, graluate of Yale, 1778: married 
(second) Bela Peck. 6. Oliver Leffingwell, 
born 1773, died 1775. 

I \') Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i) 
Shipman. was born in Norwich, Mav 17, 1764, 
anil died there July 14, 1853. Early in life 
he learned the trade of goldsmith, and he be- 
came a man of large influence and importance 
in the community. A natural leader of men, 
he was oftener than any of his contempora- 
ries called to preside over public gatherings 
and town meetings. He represented Norwich 
for many years in the general assembly ; was 
judge of probate and county judge. He set- 
tled many estates and transacted much legal 
business for his neighbors. Miss F. ^L Caul- 
kins, the historian of Norwich and New Lon- 
don, thus wrote of Judge Shipman: 

"Judge Shipman was a man of great simplicity of 
habits, of viijorous common sense, upright, honorable 
and independent, both in his inward promptings and 
in his whole course of action. He was almost al- 
ways in office, serving the town and state in a va- 
riety of ways — municipal, legislative and judicial — 
displaying more than cfimmon ability, and giving gen- 
cr.-i] sati-.faction in all three departments. Affability 
rnd a taste for social enjoyment made him a de- 
lightful companion. His readiness to communicate 
his vivid appreciation of character, his richly stored 
mtmory. -"nd his abundant flow of traditionary and 
historic anecdote held the listening ear bound to his 
voice as by an invisible charm. .A sentimcu of 
pratitudc leads me to speak of another trait— his 
kirdness and winning attentions to the young. He 
was indulgent of their presence, of their vivacity and 
their snrrts; was ready to gratify them with some 
t-Ie of the olden time: to make them h-'nov with 
y-Or «rift« of flowers or fruit; to comolim.-n't their 
sclf-rrsnc-t by ?sVing them to read to him or lead- 
ing them to converse on subjects rather above 
rh-n ')el'>"- t^-e'r standing. This is a rare character- 
istic in thi' hrrrying. impetuous age. Pleasant are 
I'll the memrries --nmiected with this honored and 
cvempl-r>- son of Xorwiclv" 

He married .Abigail, daughter of Judge Ben- 
jamin and Mary ('BGardman) Coit, October 

II, 1794; she died July 31, 1800. Children: 
Lydia Leffingwell, born December, 1795, <Iied 
January 18, 1851, unmarried; Thomas Leffing- 
well, mentioned below. 

(\I) Rev. Thomas Leffinpjwell Shipman, 
son of Judge Nathaniel Shipman. was born 
in Norwich, .\ugrst 28. 1798. He attended 
the public schools and entered Yale College, 
where he was graduated in the class of 18 18, 
then went to the Andover Theological Semi- 
nary, from which he graduated in 1821. and 
immediately afterward entered upon his life 
work as a Christian minister. He had been se- 
lected, during the summer, one of six grad- 
uates to be employed in missionary labor un- 
der the auspices of the South Carolina Hoine 
Missionary Society, and he sailed for Charles- 
ton in October, 1821. He entered upon his 
work with zeal and enthusiasm : and was in 
this section for some months, ministering in 
various parishes, but chiefly at a rural parish 
known as Stony Creek. Returning to .Ando- 
ver, Mr. Shipman continued his studies until 
November, when he was engaged to supply the 
pulpit of the Congregational Society at Leb- 
anon, Coimecticut. There his earnest labors 
in the parish brought an accession of thirty 
members in a brief period. In March fol- 
lowing he filled the pulpit for a few weeks in 
a newly organized parish at Brooklyn, New 
York. He went thence to Brooklyn. Connecti- 
cut, then to \'ernon, and later to Hartford, 
where he acted as supply in the South Church. 
Through the winter he preached in various 
towns in Connecticut, and in .April, 1824, was 
tendered a unanimous call to the First Congre- 
gational Church in Lebanon, but on account 
of his youth and inexperience he declined the 
opportunity. Shortly afterward he received 
a commission from the United Domestic So- 
ciety of New York, the predecessor of the 
•American Home Missionary Society, and went 
to Huron county, Ohio, a pioneer minister in 
that field, and remained a year, "sowitig seed 
in new ground." In 1825. for seven months, 
he preached to a small congregation in Nor- 
wich Falls, Connecticut, ami then was or- 
flained and installed as pastor of tb.e First 
Church of Southhury, Connecticut. Here he 
stayed for the ne.xt ten years and under his 
eirnest and zealous pastorate the church was 
greatly enlarged and strengthened. Pastor 
a;-d congregation had a strong mutual affec- 
tion, and it was with much regret on both 
si 'es that illness in his family caused hiin to 
resign. .After brief reriods of labor in vari- 
ous places he began in 1837 to fill the pulpit 
of the Congreijational Church at Bozrah, Con- 
necticut, and continued for four vears. In 
May, 1842. he was called to the 'church at 



Jewett City, Connecticut, and after a year be- 
came the settled pastor there, remaining for 
eleven years, when he asked for dismissal on 
account of a shattered nervous system de- 
manding rest. He continued to live at Jewett 
City and never accepted another charge, but 
supplied the pulpits from time to time, in pe- 
riods ranging from two weeks to eight months 
in no less than thirty parishes in New London 
and Windham counties. 

His life was long and useful, varied in its 
activities, and he was prominent in all move- 
ments to educate, elevate and benefit human- 
ity. Inheriting liis father's fluid of humor 
and love of historical matters, he possessed the 
same winning cordiality and friendliness of 
manner. As a pastor he was earnest and in- 
dustrious and especially successful in his so- 
cial relations with his parishioners. As a 
preacher he was logical and convincing, adorn- 
ing his sermons with cheerfulness and a touch 
of humor that attracted the attention and en- 
listed the interest of his congregations, re- 
gardless of the seriousness or abstruseness of 
his theme. He preached effectively when he 
was nearly ninety years of age, and in his 
old age he remained hale and hearty, broad, 
charitable and sympathetic with people of all 
ages and conditions. 

He married (first) in Colchester, Connecti- 
cut, May 3, 1827, Mary Thompson Deming, 
born October 9. 1803, (lied October 14. 1841, 
at Norwich, daughter of General David and 
Abigail (Champion) Deming (see Champion 
\'I). He married (second). .May i. 1844, 
Mrs. Pamela Lord (Fuller) Coit. widow of 
John Coit, and daughter of Dr. Josiah and 
Mary (Lord) Fuller, of Plainfield, Coiuiecti- 
cut. He died August 29, 1886. in Jewett City, 
and his widow died March 2, 1889. Child of 
first wife: i. Nathaniel, luentioned below. 
Children of second wife: 2. Lydia Lefiing- 
well, married Dr. George \\'. .\very, and had 
Helen .Shipman .Vvery. 3. Thomas Leffing- 
well, born Februarv 2~ . 185 1, died February 

27, 1853- 

(\II) Hon. Nathaniel Shipman. son of 
Rev. Thomas Leffingwell Shipman. was born 
.August 22, 1828, at Southbury, Connecticut. 
He attended the public schools, completing his 
preparation for college at Plainfield .-\cadeniv 
at Plainfield. Connecticut. He was gradu- 
ated from Yale College in the class of 1848, 
and began the study of law with Judge 
Thoma^; B. Osborne (Yale, 1817). at Fair- 
field. Connecticut. In October. 1849, lie en- 
tered Yale Law School. He did not com- 
plete the course there, but removed to Hart- 
ford, where he was admitted to the bar and 
where for many years he was one of the most 

prominent lawyers. He was a member of the 
Connecticut legislature of 1857, and was ex- 
ecutive secretary of Governor Buckingham 
from 1858 to 1862, during one of the most 
critical and important periods of the state 
government. In 1875 he was appointed judge 
of the United States District Court, an of- 
fice that he filled with conspicuous ability. In 
1884 Judge Shipman received the honorary 
degree of LL. D. from Yale College. 

He married, in Hartford, May 25, 1859, 
Mary C, daughter of David Franklin and 
Anne (Seymour I Robinson, and sister of Hon. 
Lucius F. Robinson. Children: i. Frank 
Robinson, born February 15, 1863; graduated 
from Yale College in 1885, and from the The- 
ological Department of that university in 1889, 
and since May i, 1889, has been assistant pas- 
tor of the First Church of Hartford. 2. .Ar- 
thur Leffingwell, mentioned below. 3. Mary 
Deming, born July 27, 1868. 4. Thomas Lef- 
fingwell, born July 16, 1870: died July 3, 
1872. 5. Henrv Robinson, born March 30, 

(\ III) Arthur Leffingwell Shipman, son of 
Hon. Nathaniel Shipman, was born at Hart- 
ford. November 19, 1864. He was educated 
there in the public schools, and graduated 
from Yale College and Yale Law School. He 
has practiced his profession since then in the 
city of Hartford, and ranks among the most 
successful lawyers of that city. He won dis- 
tinction as a young attorney by his success in 
contesting the claim of the Central New Eng- 
land Railroad for a right of wa\- throu'^h the 
Montague farm. In politics he is a Republi- 
can. He was a member of the Hartford com- 
mon council in 1891, and showed unusual apti- 
tude for public business. He was appointed 
corporation counsel by iMayor Henney and 
has made a record in this office for sound le- 
gal opinions and sturdy defense of the rights 
of the municipality In religion he is a Con- 
gregationalist. He married Melvina \'an 
Kleek, and they have two chik'ren. 

I Tlie Leffingwell Line). 

Tl:e origin of the English surname Lef- 
fingwell is uncertain. It has been spelled vari- 
ously, Leafphingwell. Leviuijwell, Lephing- 
well. Lefingwell. Leapinvill, Lepingwell, Lep- 
pingwell. and Leapingwell. 'I he last form of 
the naiue is the one used in England at the 
present time, but the earliest form on record is 
Leffingwell, the form used by the .American 
families. In 1495. Lawrence Leffingwell lived 
in county Esse.x. En'dand, and there were Lef- 
fingwells in county Herts also. In the parish 
of White Colne. county Essex, tiiere was a 
family of Leffingwells, Thomas and Alice his 



wife. The baptisms of their chil Iren are in 
the parish register as follows : Christian. 
March i6. 1599: Michel. February 19. 1603, 
probably the Michel who settled in Wobiirn, 
Massachusetts, in 1637: Robert. 1637; Mar- 
garet, November 10, 1630: Thomas, ^larch 10. 
1624, probably the immigrant ancestor. 

(I) Lieutenant Thomas Leffingwell was 
born in England, and was perhaps the Thomas 
who was baptized at White Colne. county Es- 
sex, March 10. 1624. son of Thomas and Alice 
Leffingwell. He came to New England when 
quite young, evidently, and settled in Say- 
brook, Connecticut. He became very friendly 
with the Indians, especially the Mohegan 
tribe, of which Uncas was chief. Trumbull, 
in his "History of Connecticut," says : 

"L'ncas, with a small band of Mohegan Indians, 
was encamped on a point of land projecting into the 
river, and there closely besieged by their most in- 
veterate foes, the Narrngansetts. Finding himself in 
danger of being cut off by the enemy, he managed to 
send to his friends, the English colony at Saybrook, 
the news of his extremity, with perhaps some appeal 
for help. L'pon this intelligence, one Thomas Lef- 
fingwell, an ensign at Saybrook, an enterprising. 
bold man, loaded a canoe with beef, corn and pease, 
and, under cover of the night paddled from Say- 
brook into the Thames, and had the address to get 
the whole into the fort. The enemy soon perceiving 
that Uncas was relieved, raised the siege. For this 
service L'ncas gave Leffingwell a deed of a great 
part, if not the whole of the town of N'orwich. In 
June. 1659, L'ncas, with his two sons, Owaneco and 
.■\ttawanhood, by a more formal and authentic deed. 
made over unto said Leffingwell. John Mason. Esq.. 
the Rev. James Fitch, and others, consisting of 
thirty-five proprietors, the wliole township of Xor- 
wich, which is about nine miles square." 

Thomas Leffingwell was afterwards lieuten- 
ant. In 1659 he removed to Norwich and had 
several grants of land there. His home lot 
was on the highway ne.\t to Joseph Bushnell's 
land. He became a prominent man in the 
town, serving as selectman, surveyor, and on 
important committees. lie was deputv to the 
general court for fifty-three sessions, 1662- 
1700: and was aI>o a commissioner. He di- 
vided his property among his children before 
his death, which occurred about 1714-1^ 
when he was about ninety-two vears old. He 

married Mary (perhaps White), who 

died at an advanced age. Februarv 6, 1711. 
Children: Rachel, born March 17, 1648: 
Thomas, mentioned below : Jonathan, Decem- 
ber 6. 1650: Joseph. December 24, '1652: 
Mary. December 10, 1654: Nathaniel, Decem- 
ber II, 1656: .Samuel, at Saybrook. married 
.Anna Dickinson. 

fll) Sergeant Thomas r2) Leffingwell, son 
of Lieutenant Thomas d) Leffingwell. was 
born at Saybrook. .August 27. 1649, and died 
at Norwich. March 5. 1723-24, In 1660 he 

went with his father to Norwich, where he 
lived the rest of his life. He was admitted 
a freeman in 1671, and was representative to 
the general court. He lived near his father, 
and in 1 700 his house was kept as an ordinary 
or inn. The inventory of his estate shows him 
to have been well to do for those days. He 
married, in 1672, Mary Bushnell, born at Say- 
brook, January, 1655, died September 2, 1745, 
daughter of Richard and Mary (Marvin) 
Dushnell. Children, all born at Norwich : 
Thomas, mentioned below ; Elizabeth, Novem- 
ber, 1676: Anne, January 25, 1680; Mary, 
March 11, 1682: Zerviah. October 17, 1686: 
John, February 2, 1688-89 '• Abigail, xA.ugust 
9, 1693; Hezekiah, 1695, died 1699, 

(III) Deacon Thomas (3) Leffingwell, son 
of Sergeant Thomas (2) Leffingwell. was born 
at Norwich, ]\larch 11. 1674, and died there 
July 18, 1733. He was a merchant and cord- 
w ainer by trade, and also kept an inn. He was 
elected deacon of the church in 1718. In 1708 
he was ensign of the First company of mili- 
tia, and in 1713 was representative to the gen- 
eral assembly. His will was dated March 20. 
1737-38, and proved September 13, 1743. He 
married, March 31, 1698, Lydia Tracy, born 
October 11, 1677, died November 28, 1757, 
(laughter of Dr. Solomon and Sarah (Hunt- 
ington) Tracy, and granddaughter of Lieu- 
tenant Thomas Tracy. Children : Sarah, 
born February 13, 1698-99, died April i, 1770; 
Hezekiah, born May 9. 1702, died 1725 : 
Thomas, mentioned below ; Lydia, born July 
28, 1706; Zerviah, May 31, 1709: Samuel, 
April, 1722. 

(I\') Thomas (4) Leffingwell, son of Dea- 
con Thomas (3) Leffingwell, was born at 
Norwich. February 2, 1703-04, and died there 
September 28, 1793, in his ninetieth year. He 
lived on the homestead, and carried on the 
Leffiniiwell Tavern. He and his wife were 
members of the First Congregational Church. 
He married, January 23. 1728-29, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth ( Pratt) 
Lord. Children: Elizabeth, born January 
4. 1720-30. married Nathaniel Shipman (see 
Shipman IV) : Thomas, born Julv 29, 1732, 
died December 8, 1S14: .\nd'rew. l)orn 
June 30, 1734, died .Vugust 12, I7S!2: Manin, 
born November 13. 173S, died .Kpril 6, 17S1 : 
Lydia, l;orn June 9, 1744. died Mav 2^. 182^,: 
Oliver, born July 6, 1751. died at' sea. Octo- 
ber 5 or December 11, 1771. 

fThe Champion Line). 
(I) Henry Champion, the immigrant an- 
cestor, came from England and settled in Say- 
brook. Connecticut, as earlv as 1647. He had 
various parcels of land in Saybrook, and about 



1670 removed to Lyme, where lie was one of 
the first and most active founders. He was 
achnitted a freeman there May 12. 1670. and 
owned land. He Iniilt liis house on the hill 
just east of the meeting house, and near the 
old burying' ground. He died February 17, 
1708-09, aged about ninety-eight years. He 

married (first) : (second), ^larch 21, 

1697-98, Deborah Jones, of Lyme. The fol- 
lowing September an agreement was entered 
into between the heirs and the widow De- 
borah regarding the distribution of the estate, 
and tlie original of this agreement has been 
preserved. Children, born in Saybrook : Sarah, 
1649; ^larv- 1651; Stephen, 1653; Henry, 
1654 ; Thomas, mentioned below ; Rachel, mar- 
ried John Tanner. 

(11) Thomas, son of Henry Champion, was 
born in April, 1656, in Saybrook, and died 
April 5, 1705, in Lyme. He resided on land 
given him by his father in Lyme. He also 
had grants there. His will was dated April 
4, 1705, the day before his death. He mar- 
ried in Lyme, August 23, 1682, Hannah 
Erockway. born September 14, 1664, died 
March 2. 1750, daughter of Wolston and Han- 
nah (Rriggs) Brockway. She married (sec- 
ond) John Wade, of Lyme, as his second 
wife. Children, born in Lyme: Hannah. Feb- 
ruary 13, 1684; Sarah, March 8, 1687-88; 
Thomas, January 21, 1690-91 ; Mary, July 31, 
1693: Henry, mentioned below; Deborah, 
A]n\\ 26, 1697: Elizabeth, July i, 1699; 
Bridget, 1702. 

(HI) Lieutenant Henry (2) Champion, son 
of Thomas Champion, was born May 2. 1695, 
in Lyme, and died at East Haddam, Novem- 
ber 26, 1779. When he became of age he 
made an agreement with his brother Thomas 
to divide the homestead, and in 1716, settled 
in East Haddam, where he bought fifty acres 
of land in the first division. He lived about 
a mile east of the meeting house, and his 
house is still standing. He was "a man of 
more than medium height, square and com- 
pactly built, all his joints seemed to be double, 
and he was possessed of great strength. His 
face was handsome, his eyes dark and his com- 
plexion florid." His will was dated June 29, 
1764, and proved February 7, T780. He mar- 
ried, in East Haddam. January 16, 1717, Me- 
hitable Rowley, baptized December, 1704, 
died October 5, 1775, daughter of Moses and 
Mary Rowley. Children, born in East Had- 
dam: Ehenezer, January 27. 1718, died, un- 
married, January 16, 1789: Mehitable, born 
February 25. 1720; Henry, mentioned below: 
Israel, December 20. 1726: Judah, August 
20, 1729: Mary, November 28, 1731; Eliza- 
beth, June 26, 1734. 

. (I\') Colonel Henry (3) Champion, son 
of Lieutenant Henry (2) Champion, was born 
in East Haddam, January 19, 1723, and died 
July 23, 1797. At the age of eighteen he was 
appointed ensign of the East Haddam South 
Company. In 1758 he was elected captain of 
a company to serve in the French war. The 
company left Colchester, where he had set- 
tled, on June 8. 1658, and marched to join 
the main army at Lake George. He left a 
diary with an account of the trip and cam- 
paign. He returned home November 15 and 
on March 8, 1759, was elected captain of the 
fifth company of the second regiment, and 
was transferred to the cojnmand of the twelfth 
or Westchester company in Alay, 1760. On 
;\Iay 14, 1772, he was appointed major of the 
twelfth regiment of colonial militia. On April 
26, 1775- he served as one of the commis- 
sioners to supply the troops with provisions 
and stores, and when General Washington 
took command of the army he recommended 
that he be one of the commissaries. He 
served in that position until the evacuation of 
Boston in March, 1776. In 1775 he was ap- 
pointed colonel of the Twenty-fifth regiment. 
Wlien the army began to assemble at New- 
York, Colonel Champion acted as commissary, 
and from that time the army was supplied al- 
most wholly by him. He also provided for 
the troops ordered to Rhode Island. He re- 
ceived the appointment of sole commissary 
general of the eastern department of the Con- 
tinental army in .\pril, 1780. In that spring 
he was placed in command of a train, largely 
supplied from his own resources, to relieve tlie 
distress of the army at Morristown. In a 
very short time he reached the Hudson, was 
ferried across at Newburgh, and delivered the 
provisions. In May, 1780, he resigned his 
commission and returned to his home in West- 
chester. He was deputy to the general as- 
sembly in 1761, from 1765 to 1779, and in 
1781-83-90-91-92. He was deacon of the 
\Vestchester church from 1775 until his death. 
He married (first) in East Haddam, De- 
cember 25, 1746, Deborah Drainard, born June 
20, 1724, died March 17, 1789, daughter of 
Captain Joshua and Mehitable (Dudley) 
Brainard. He married (second), in West- 
chester, November 24. 1791, Mrs. Sarah 
(Brainard.) Lewis, born April 30, 1744, died 
January 17, 1818, widow of Judah Lewis, and 
daughter of Stephen and Susannah (Gates) 
Brainard. Children, all by first wife: i. 
Henry, born in East Haddam, October 23, 
1747: died January 26, 1750. 2. Epaphrndi- 
tus. born .-\pril 16, 1749, in East Haddam; 
killed in Westchester. Jul\- 13, 1752, being 
scalded in a vat of malt. 3. Henry, mentioned 



below. 4. Deborah, born May 3. 1753. 5- 
Epapliroditus. born April 0, 1756. 0. Dor- 
othy, born October 29, 1759. 7. Mary, born 
September 11, 1762. 8. Elizabeth, twin of 
Mary. 9. Esther, born May 8. 1766. 

(V) General Henry (4) Champion, son of 
Colonel Henry (3) Champion, was born in 
Westchester, Connecticut, March 16, 1751, 
and die;l there July 13. 1836. He served in 
the revolution as ensign at the Lexington 
alarm. On April 26. 1775, he was appointed 
second lieutenant of the Eighth company, Sec- 
ond regiment, and on May i promoted to first 
lieutenant. He was on duty at Roxbury until 
December 10. He was in the battle of Bun- 
ker Hill. On January i, 1776, he was pro- 
moted adjutant on the staff of Colonel Sam- 
uel U'yllys. and after the evacuation of Bos- 
ton, marched to New York, and assisted in 
fortifying that city. He took part in the bat- 
tle of Long Island. August 2~, 17^6. and was 
with the army at White Plains, October 28, 
remaining until December, 1776. On January 
I, 1777, he was promoted captain of the First 
Connecticut Line, remaining until the regi- 
ment was reorganized as the Third. On July 
15, 1779. he was appointed acting major of the 
First battalion, Light Brigade. This corps 
was composed of picked men from all the regi- 
ments under Washington's immediate com- 
mand, and was organized esisecially to at- 
tempt the capture of Stony Point, which was 
successfully clone. Major Champion remained 
in the army until the close of the revolution. 
He was a member of tlie Order of the Cincin- 
nati in Connecticut. 

Major Champion was deputy to the general 
assembly in 1789, 1793-98, 1800-05, ^"'^ ivom 
1806 to 1817 was assistant. He was a deacon 
in the Westchester church from 1813 to 1828. 
General Champion always celebrated July 16, 
"Stony Point Day." at his home in Westches- 
ter. He obtained the charter for the Phoenix 
Bank of Hartford, because the State Bank 
had refused him the accommodation of a loan. 
He was largely interested in the Connecticut 
Lantl Com|)any. to which he subscribed over 
eighty-five tliousand dollars. The towns of 
Champion. New York, and Ciiampion. Ohio. 
were named in his honor. He was instru- 
mental in obtaining the >chooI fund for Con- 
necticut, and was chairman of the committee 
of the legislature appointed to arrange for 
the holding of the Hartford Convention in 
1814. His epitaph reads as follows: 

"The patriotism of General Champion early led 
him to join the army of the Revolution, He was a 
brave and efficient subaltern officer at the battle of 
Bunker Hill. He shared in the periloit< retreat of 
the .American troops from Long Island. He ren- 

dered es'^eiuial services under Kosciusko in con- 
structing die defences at West Point. He led the 
first baft.ilion of Connecticut Light Infantry at the 
capture of Stony Point. Subsequently he filled many 
offices of honor and trust in his native State. By 
his talents and influence he promoted the welfare 
of the community where he resided. He died 
cheered by the hope and sustained by the promises 
of the Gospel, leaving a memory respected by his 
friends, cherished by his family and honorable to 
the place of his birth." 

He married, in East Haddam, October 10. 

1781, .\bigail Tinker, born March 24, 1758, 
died April 19, 1818, daughter of Sylvanus and 
Abigail (Olmstead ) Tinker. Children, born 
in Westchester: i. Henry, born August 6, 

1782. 2. .\ristarchus, born October 23, 1784. 
3. Aristobulus. twin of Aristarchus. died Feb- 
ruary 3, 1786. 4. Abigail, mentioned below. 
5. Harriet, born May 2. 1789. 6. IMaria. born 
November 19, 1791. 7. Infant, born March 
II, 1794; died young. 8. Infant, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1795 : died young. 9. Eliza, born 
July 19, 1797. 10. \Villiam, twin of Eliza, 
died April 21, 1798. 

(AT) Abigail, daughter of General Henry 
(4) Champion, was horn in Westchester, Jan- 
uary 17, 1787, and died in Hartford, March 31, 
1835. She married in Westchester, September 
17, 1804, her cousin. General David Deniing, 
born August 23, 1781. died June 6, 1827, son 
of Major Jonathan and Alice (Skinner) Deni- 
ing, and grandson of David and Mehitable 
(Champion) Deming. Ciiildren: i. Mary 
Thompson Deming, born October 9. 1805 : 
married Rev. Thomas L. Shipman ( see Ship- 
man \T). 2. Harriet Tinker, born I-'ebruary 
2^^. iSoS: died September 5, 18 10. 3. .\bigail 
Champion, born June 18. 1810: died unmar- 
ried, June II, 1846. 4. Jonathan .\mory, born 
r)ctol;er 19, i8tJ: died May 5, 1828. 5. 
Henry Champion, born May 2^. 1815. 

The name Hallock has been 
HALLOCK variouslv spelled Holveake, 

Ilolliok,' Halliock, Halleck, 
Hallioak, Ilallick and Ilallack. The signature 
of William Hallock of Long Island, dated at 
Southold ("townslu'pi February 10. 1M2. and 
on record at RiverJiead. is written HoUyoake 
by the copyist, and it is quite evident that it 
was used intercliangeablv with that of IIol- 
yoke. The latter name has been known in 
England for centuries, and there is a family 
coat-of-arms. One Erlward Holyoke migrated 
from Stafford coinitv in \(\y). and was after- 
wards [)resident of Harvard College. His son, 
Elizur Holyoke, became well known in north- 
western Massacinisetts from having received a 
grant of land near Northampton in 1654; also 
from tl'e fact that Ml. IlnKuke was named for 



liim because he camped at its base while look- 
ing for land. The family arms appear in his 
will, 171 1, as follows: Azure, a chevron ar- 
gent, cotised. or, between three crescents of 
the second. Crest : a crescent, argent. 

(I) Peter Hallock, the first of the family to 
come to America, and one of the New Haven 
Colony, landed at Hallock's Neck, Southold, 
Long Island, in 1640, and settled near Matti- 
tuck. He came over with a company of Puri- 
tans with the Rev. Mr. John Youngs. Accord- 
ing to a tradition in the family, Peter Hallock 
was the first of the thirteen men who composed 
the company, to set foot on the shore among 
the Indians at Southold. For this reason that 
part of the village was named Hallock's Neck, 
and the beach extending from it Hallock's 
Beach, names which are still retained. He pur- 
chased from the Indians the tract of land since 
called 0\ster Ponds, now Orient, and then re- 
turned to England for his wife and on com- 
ing back with her found that the Indians had 
resold his property. He then bought about ten 
miles west of Mattituck. His wife was a widow 
when he married her, and had a son by her 
former husband, Mr. Howell. The only child 
of the second marriage was William, mention- 
ed below. 

(II) William, son of Peter Hallock. was 
born, lived and died at Mattituck. His wife was 

Margaret . He died September 28, 

1684, leaving a will dated Southold (town- 
ship), February 10, 1682, and proved October 
21, 1684, which is preserved in the ancient rec- 
ords both of Suffolk county at Riverhead and 
of New York City. He left his property to his 
wife, four sons. Thomas. Peter, William and 
John, and his five daughters, Margaret, Mar- 
tha. Sarah, Elizabeth and Abigail. To Thomas 
and Peter he gave the farm where he lived, giv- 
ing Thomas the western half, except the 
"swamp lot," and Peter the eastern half, in- 
cluding the said lot and his dwelling house. To 
William lie left lanfl near Southild village, 
and to John land on Wading river. The will 
implies deep sorrow that his son John had mar- 
ried into and joined the prescribed Society of 

( III) John, son of William Hallock, married 
Abigail Swazey. He removed to Setauket in 
Brookhaven. and died there in 1737. His wife 
died in the same year January 2t,, "both very 
ancient and in unity with Friends." Deeds in 
Riverhead, Long Island, mention four of his 
sons, John, Peter, Benjamin, mentioned below, 
and William, who settled near him, as did also 
his son Jonathan. His dwelling house in Se- 
tauket. covered with cedar, is still standing. 

(IV) Benjamin, son of John Hallock. was 
born about 1700, and settled near his father at 

Setauket. Long Island. Children: Benjamin, 
born September 13, 1729; Stephen, mentioned 

(V) Stephen, son of Benjamin Hallock, was 
born in Setauket, Long Island, and removed to 
Richmond, Massachusetts. He was a soldier in 
the Revolution from that town, a private in 
Captain Rowley's company. Colonel John 
Brown's regiment of Berkshire county militia 
from June 30, 1777, to July 21, at Fort Ann on 
the Ticonderoga alarm. He was also in Cap- 
tain Rowley's company. Colonel John Ashlev's 
regiment, July 22 to Augtist 13, 1777, at Still- 
water. He was in Captain Joseph Raymond's, 
company, Colonel Israel Chapin's regiment, 
October 18 to November 2, 1777, at Claverack, 
to reinforce the continental army. He was in 
Captain John Bacon's company. Colonel David 
Rosseter's regiment, at Stillwater, in 1780. Af- 
ter the revolution he settled at Williston, Ver- 
mont. In 1790 the first federal census shows 
that he had in his. family at Williston, Chitten- 
den county, four males over sixteen, two under 
that age, and six females ; his son Stephen was 
head of a family, consisting of wife and two 
sons under sixteen, and his son Content had 
only two males over sixteen in his familv. In 
1792 Stephen, purchased the present residence 
of his relative. Rufus Stevens, at Richmond, 
\'ermont, on the Ohio river. He died there 
October 31. 1803, aged sixty-six, according to 
his gravestone. He married Sarah Chamber- 
lin at Richmond. Massachusetts. He had six 
sons, all of whom settled in Richmond. \'er- 
mont: Stephen, Content (Chamberlin), Joseph, 
John, Isaac, mentioned below, Amos. 

(\l) Isaac, son of Stephen Hallock, was born 
about 1770. He removed with his parents 
from Richmond. Massa?iiu?etts. to ^\'illi^ton, 
\'ermont, and afterward, about 1792, settled at 
Richmond, Vermont. He died at Middlesex, 
\'erniont. Children: Ansel, mentioned below; 
Isaac. Joseph, Stephen. 

(\TI) Ansel, son of Isaac Hallock. was born 
at Richmond, \'ermont, about 1800. He mar- 
ried . Children, born at Richmond : 

Stephen, September 16, 1824, mentioned be- 
low : Joseph, of Woodstock, Connecticut : Isaac 
of Hubbardston, ^Massachusetts ; Llicretia, 
married Simpson Hayes ; Lucinda, married 
Lester Cameron ; Emily, married Wallace 
Bruce: Elizabeth, died unmarried, aged fiftv- 
six _\-ears : Mary, married George Stone : .An- 

(\'IIIj Stephen (2), son of Ansel Hallock, 
was born at Richmond. \'ermont, September 
16, 1824. died at White River Junction. April 
12. 1898. He was a railroad contractor. He 
married Sarah Jane, daughter of .Abner Wells, 
of Middlesex, \'ermont. Her mother's maiden 



name was Lewis. Children: i. William Theo- 
dore, born at Braintree, Vermont, February g, 
1855 : married Sarah Xash. of White River 
Junction. \"ermont : child, Ralph. 2. Elmer 
Ellsworth, mentioned below. ,^. Jennie Maude, 
born November 12, 1864, died March i, 1906, 
married George E. Fellows, of White River 
Junction ; children : Don E., Eda B. and Dean 

( IX) Elmer Ellsworth, son of Stephen (2) 
Hallock. was born at Braintree. \'ermont. June 
3, 1863. He was educated in the public schools 
of White River Junction. For eleven years he 
was in the employ of the Case. Lockwood & 
Brainerd Company, of Hartford, Connecticut. 
He then entered the life insurance business 
with the Aetna Life Insurance Company of 
Hartford, Connecticut. In 1S95 he became 
general manager of the Aetna Life Insurance 
Company for southern and western Connecti- 
cut, with offices in New Haven, where he now 
is. He is a member of the L'nion League Club 
of New Haven, of the New Haven Yacht Club, 
and the Charter Oak Lodge, Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows, of Hartford. He is a mem- 
ber of Trinity Church of New Haven, and in 
politics is a Republican. He married, Novem- 
ber 6. 1882. Harriet .\., born September 16, 
1864, daughter of Cornelius V. and Maryette 
(\'ining) Chapin. They had one son. Roy 
Edgar, mentioned below. 

(X) Roy Edgar, son of Elmer Ellsworth 
Hallock, was born at Hartford. Connecticut, 
October 28. 1885. He attended the South 
school of Hartford, and in 1897 entered the 
Mount Pleasant Military Academy at Ossin- 
ing-on-the-Hudson, leaving in 1902. He spent 
one year at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville. 
Connecticut, graduating in 1903, and entering 
the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale Univer- 
sity in the fall of the same year. He graduated 
from Yale in the class of 1906. After a year 
or so of free-lance work in the magazine field, 
he located with the Larkin Company of LUif- 
falo, taking charge of considerable of their 
publicity wc rk and at the same time publishing 
a mayazine ior them. In 1909 he returned to 
New 'S'ork to take charge of the editorial and 
adverti^ng I'epartments of Every Woman's 
Miij^aciiii-. In the fall of 19 10 he was made 
a director in the company and elected secre- 
tary. He is a member of the .\ldinc Club of 
New York, the Yale Club of New York, the 
Marine and Field Club of New York, and the 
L'nion League Club of New Haven. 

fIV) William Hallock. son 

HALLOCK of John Hallock (q.v.), was 

was born about 1722: died 

about 1782. He lived many years at Stony 

Brook, but was in Greenwich.. Connecticut, dur- 
ing most of the revolutionary war. in which 
he suffered much in the command of picket 
boats on the sound. He married Sarah Sax- 
ton, of Huntington, Long Island, sister of 
Harriet Saxton, who married Zephaniah Piatt, 
the founder of Plattsburg, New York. After 
Mr. Hallock died his widow lived with her 
youngest daughter Anne, wife of Lodowick 
Hackstaff, in Sing Sing and New York City, 
and was buried in St. Paul's church yard, 
Brooklyn, in 1806, aged eighty-three years. 
Children: i. William, mentioned below. 2. 
Anne, died at Brooklyn, in August. 1841. aged 
seventy-four years, married Lodowick Hack- 
staff. 3. Elizabeth, born Septeinber 16, 1750, 
died 1846, aged ninety-six years, mother of 
Hallock Bromley, father of Isaac W. R. Brom- 
ley, of New York. 4. George, an enterprising 
ship-builder in Stony Brook ; father of Joseph, 
George (2). Benjamin, Charles D., Erasmus 
and Nathaniel. 5. Zephaniah Piatt, died in 
New York City in 1831, aged sixty-six, father 
of Charles S.. of New York, Charlotte W., of 
Tarrytown, New York, and grandfather of 
John Youngs Hallock, a prominent merchant 
of San Francisco. 

(\') William (2), son of William (i) Hal- 
lock, was born about 1755. He was a 
soldier in the revolution and a prisoner of the 
British one year in the old sugar-house of in- 
famous memory in New York City. He was 
taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island. His 
widow was one of the last of the revolutionary 
war pensioners. He married Ruth Hawkins. 
Her last days were spent in Derby, Connecti- 
cut. Children, Zephaniah, mentioned below ; 
Israel, in partnership with Zephaniah ; Warren 
H.. of Brooklyn. New York', a -hip-builder; 
Mary Rebecca, Sarah. 

(\T) Zephaniah. son of William (2) Hal- 
lock. was born on Long Island at Stony Brook, 
1792. (lied at Derby. Connecticut. January 11, 
1870. He came to Derby in 181(1 and engaged 
in shipbuildiug, first at Sugar street, and then 
at Derby Narrows, where he builtmany vessels. 
He was in partnership with his brother Israel. 
Few, if any, men ever lived in town more 
universally respected than Zephaniah. He was 
a zealous Congregationalist. joining the church 
in youth and manifesting his faith in daily good 
works through a long and useful life. His 
high standards of morality and busi- ' ' 
the daily example of integrity man- _,; 

powerful influence for good in the c .,. 

He was of cheerful disposition and socially at- 
tractive. He was active in the church and sel- 
dom absent from meetings. As ship-builders 
the Hallocks always bore an enviable reputa- 
tion, both at home and abroad. Zephaniah was 



affectionately called "Uncle Zeph" in later 
years and the town history pays him the com- 
pliment of being one of "the most honest men 
that ever lived." "There was no duplicity or 
double dealing in his character and rather than 
shirk his contracts by putting in shoddy timber 
or practicing any dodge upon his employees, he 
would sooner suffer loss in dollars." Therefore, 
any vessel labeled with the name of Hallock 
whether in port or on the ocean always bore 
the palm of great merit. He took part in the 
war of 1812. He married Sarah Hall, a native 
of Cairo, New York. Children : William Hen- 
ry; Franklin; Frederick H., died in infancy; 
Ann .Augusta, Edwin, who is further men- 
tioned below. 

(VH) Edwin, son of Zephaniah Hallock, 
was born at Derby, Connecticut, August 16, 
1840, and his boyhood and later life have been 
spent in his native town. He attended the pub- 
lic schools and S. A. Law Post's "Classical and 
Commercial Institute." His first work after 
leaving school was in a wood-turning shop, 
where he spent a year and pretty thorotighlv 
mastered the trade. During the next five 
years he was teller in the Derby Savings Bank 
and learned the elements of business and ac- 
quired valuable habits of accuracy and preci- 
sion in daily life. Mr. Hallock and his brother 
Franklin had previously purchased the hard- 
ware store, which was founded in 1835 by S. 
A. Downs & Company. Afterwards the firm 
became Downs & Sanlord, then Diiwns, San- 
ford & Com])any, and later F. HallfH'k & Com- 
pany. Mr. Hallock incorj^orated his business 
in 1897 as the F. Hallock Company, of which 
he is presic'ent. The concern has a verv large 
trade in all kinds of hardware and building 
material. .Mr. Hallock has al>o been engaged 
in the real estate business in Derby. In politics 
he is a Republican. He was a member of the 
school hoard of Derby for five veirs. He rep- 
resented the town in the general assembly of 
the state in 1897, 1933-05, and each year was 
appointed to important committees and demon- 
strated unusual ability as a legislator. In 1903- 
04 he served on the committee on claims, banks 
and appropriations. He is a trustee of the Der- 
by Savings Bank and a trustee of the Derbv 
Hospital. He is a prominent Congregational- 
ist. treasurer of the First Congregational 
Church of Derby, member of the Congrega- 

.'••'■•-Club of New Haven and treasurer of the 
'j;oung Men's Christian Association. He 
her of the New Haven Chapter, Con- 
necticui .society. Sons of the American Revo- 
lution ; of the New Haven Colony Historical 
Society, of New Haven, and of 0"satnnic 
Lodge No. 16, Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, of Derby. He is unmarried. 

The family bearing this name is 
SMITH one of the oldest in New London 
county, and one which has given 
to the state many good and honorable citi- 
zens, who have played well their parts in pub- 
lic and municipal affairs, as well as in private 
life. One of the original proprietors of the 
town of Norwich was Rev. xXehemiah Smith, 
who was born in England about 1605. He 
emigrated to America, and was admitted a 
freeman at Plymouth, Alassachusetts, March 
6. 1637-38. He married Anna Bourne, whose 
sister Martha married John Bradford, son of 
Governor William Bradford. Rev. Mr. Smith 
lived in Stratford, New Haven, New London, 
Groton, and came to Norwich as one of the 
original proprietors, purchasing land from Un- 
cas in June, 1659. The descendants of Rev. 
Mr. Smith are very numerous throughout 
eastern Connecticut. 

(I) Thomas Smith, a descendant of Rev. 
Nehemiah Smith, was born in Ledyard, Con- 
necticut. May 16, 1754, died December i, 
1844, in Franklin, Connecticut. He was a 
farmer and also worked at coopering. He 
enlisted from Stonington, Connecticut, in the 
revolutionary army. May 17, 1775, for seven 
months, under Captain Samuel Prentice ; later 
for two months he was under command of 
Captain James Gordon ; subsequently for two 
months under command of Captain John 
Swan. He received a pension for his services. 
He was a member of the Methodist church in 
Ledyard, and was a Whig in politics. In 1844 
he moved to Franklin with his son. Prentice 
P.. and resided there the remainder of his 
days. He married, November 2. 1777, Thank- 
ful Bennett, born October 5, 1757, died at the 
home^of her son. Prentice P., .August 9, 1850. 
'"^fr. Smith was an upright Christian man, and 
his wife was exceedingly well versed in the 
Scriptures. Children: i. Polly, born January 
27, 1779; married a Mr. Geer, and removed 
to Erie. Pennsylvania. 2. Betsey. October i, 
1780: married a Mr. Latham, and removed 
west. 3. Abigail. .April 28, 1782; married a 
Mr. Grant, and died August 26, 1820. 4. 
Thomas. March 12, 1784; married (first) 
Phebe Bennett; (second) Phebe L. Johnson; 
died December i, 1844. 5. Thankful, April 
2T,. 1786, died July r. 1797. 6. Nancv, May 
20. 1788: married William .Avery, and 'resided 
in Windham. 7. Lvdia, November 14, 1790 
died August 20. 1813. 8. Fanny, February 13! 
1793. died -August 20, 18 13. 9. Prentice P., 
see forward. 

ril) Prentice P.. son of Thomas and 
Thankful fBennett) Smith, was born in Led- 
yard, Connecticut. September 11, 1795. He 
attended the district school, was reared to 



farm work, and his business career was de- 
voted to farming and coopering, having a farm 
in the north part of Ledyard and a shop on 
the farm, making many barrels for use in the 
West Indies molasses trade. He removed to 
Franklin, 1844. where two sons had preceded 
him, and he purchased the farm of Andrew 
Hull. A few years later he disposed oi the 
farm in Ledyard. and remained on the farm 
in Franklin until 1868. when he and his wife 
went to live with their son. William C, re- 
maining until their deaths, his occurring Jan- 
uary 3, 1881, and that of his wife December 
17, 1885. In early life Mr. Smith united with 
the Ledyard Methodist Episcopal Church, but 
later transferred to the Bean Hill Methodist 
Church. His wife also held membership in 
the same churches. During his residence in 
Ledyard he took an active part in church mat- 
ters. In politics he was first a Whig and later 
a Republican, representing Ledyard one term 
in the legislature, serving on the board of 
selectmen, and hokling other minor offices. He 
married, December i, 1814, Maria .\very, 
born August 13, 1797. Children: i. Sarah 
Maria, born September 30, 1815 ; married Rev. 
Silas Leonard, a Methodist minister, and died 
in Franklin. November 29. 1884. 2. Prentice 
O., .August 3, 1817: married Eliza King, who 
died June 17, 1904: he was a member of the 
firm of Smith brothers for manv years, and 
later was general agent of a [niblishing house : 
he died in Franklin, February 14, 1898. 3. 
John Owen, see forward. 4. Mary Louisa, 
January 25, 1822 ; married John Shapley, a 
machinist by trade, and they resided in 
Cazenovia, New York, for a number of years, 
but later removed to Gananoque, Canada. 5. 
Austin .A., May 21, 1824: married Frances 
Mather ; he was a machinist by trade, but was 
engaged in several business enterprises ; he 
died in Franklin, April 22, 1883. 6. Henry N., 
April 18, 1827: married Lydia Lathrop, and 
resided in Franklin, where he was engaged at 
farming until his death, June 15. 1883; in 
early life he was connected with the firm of 
Smith Brothers ; he was a deacon in the 
Franklin Congregational Church. 7. Lucian 
H., July I, 1829; married Jane Lathrop: was 
a blacksmith, later a farmer, and was killed 
by a fall in his barn in Bozrah, October 5. 
1879. 8. Frances H., .April 24, 1832; married 
Hekekiah Huntington, and resided in New 
York. 9. William Curtis, July i, 1835; mar- 
ried Elizabeth H. Mumford : a farmer, and re- 
sides in Franklin : served as deacon in the 
Franklin church. 10. Ezra Leonard. .August 
II, 1837: a farmer, and resides in Minne- 
apolis. Slinnesota: married Lucy Hastings, of 

(HI) John Owen, son of Prentice P. and 
Maria (,A\ery) Smith, was born in Ledyard, 
Connecticut, October 6, 18 19. He removed to 
Franklin in young manliood, and before he 
became of age bought his time from his father, 
and was employed in the carriage shop as a 
carriage trimmer. Later on he traveled for 
the establishment, selling buggies and wagons 
in New London and surrounding counties. He 
purchased the homestead farm at Smith's 
Corners, and for many years this was looked 
after by his son, Owen S., and Mr. Smith 
was general agent in Massachusetts for the 
successive editions of the atlas published by 
Mitchell & Bradley, from which he realized a 
goodly competence. Later he was an agent 
for the celebrated West's American Tire Set- 
ter. From 1889 to 1893 he devoted his at- 
tention to his farm, and in the latter-named 
year disposed of the farm and removed to 
Norwich, to make his home with his son, 
Frank H.. residing there until his death. Jan- 
uary 30, 1896. He was a Republican in poli- 
tics, and represented Franklin one term in 
the legislature. He was the prime mover in 
the erection of the Franklin Congregational 
Church and parsonage, was active in looking 
after its finances, and served as superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school for many years. 
Mr. Smith married, in 1842. Abby Shapley 
King, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1822. 
daughter of Captain Joseph and Abby ( Shap- 
ley 1 King. She died September 21, 1894, 
and her remains were interred in Yantic cem- 
etery, as were also those of her husband. 
Children: i. Owen S., see forward. 2. Frank 
H., born March 28, 1852: married (first) 
Florence Proctor: (second) Maude Rich- 
mond: children of second wife: Helen B. 
and F'rank R., the latter a member of the firm 
of J. P. Barstow & Company in Norwich. 3. 
Julia O., born* 1856, died in 1897, unmarried. 
(IV) Owen S., son of John Owen and Abby 
Shapley (King) Smith, was born in Frank- 
lin. Connecticut. June 29, 1848. He received 
his education in the district schools, the select 
schools in Franklin, and the Norwich Free 
Academy. Upon the completion of his studies 
he returned to the home farm and assumed 
the management of it for his father, remain- 
ing there for eight years after his marriage, 
until 188 1, when he moved to his present 
farm in Norwich Town, which place has been 
in the possession of the Huntington family 
for almost two hundred years. Mr. Smith 
has devoted his attention to general farming, 
and from 1887 to 1900 conducted a success- 
ful ice business, after which he turned his 
attention to the real estate business, in which 
he has been equally successful. He is a Re- 



publican in politics, but has never sought or 
held public othce, preferring to devote his 
time to business pursuits. He united with 
the Franklin Congregational church, was 
transferred to the Second Congregational 
Church at Norwich and later to the First 
Congregational Church. He served as super- 
intendent of the Second Congregational 
Church for several years. Mr. Smith mar- 
ried, October 2, 1872, Harriet Eunice Hunt- 
ington, born in her present home, June zj, 
185 1, graduated at Norwich Free Academy, 
class of 1871, daughter of Deacon Edward 
Andrew and Harriet A. (Lyman) Hunting- 
ton (see Huntington V'H). Children: i. 
Edward Huntington, born July i, 1873; was 
educated in Norwich Free .\cademy, Amherst 
College (from which he graduated in 1898) 
and Hartford Theological Seminary (from 
which he graduated in 1901) ; he was ordained 
at Norwich Town in June, 1901, as a foreign 
missionary of the .\merican Board, and has 
been stationed at Foo Chow, China, since 
December, 1901. He married, October 2, 
1901, Grace W. Thomas, of Boston; children: 
Helen Huntington, born December 19, 1902; 
Edward Huntington, Jr.. born January 26, 
1905, died April 11, 1910, in China; Eunice 
Elizabeth, born May 24, 1906: all born in 
China. 2. Mabel King, born December 21, 
1874: graduated from Norwich Free Acad- 
eni}-, class of 1893; married, October 2, 1901, 
T. Snowden Thomas, of Boston ; children : 
Lucille Franklin, born August 21, 1902; 
Julian Snowden, born March 11, 1904; Paul 
Smith, June 27, 1906; Donald James, .March 
31, 1908. Mr. Thomas is general secretary 
of the Young Men's Christian .\ssociation at 
W'atertown, New York. 3. Harold Lyman, 
born October 2, 1886; graduated in 1904 from 
Norwich Free .\cademy. 4. Sidney Palmer, 
born January ir. 18S9. Mr. and Mrs. Owen 
S. Smith reside in the old Huntington house, 
Huntington avenue. Bean Hill, Norwich. This 
house was built in 1717, and here si.x genera- 
tions of the Huntington family were born. 

(The Huntington Line). 

(I) Simon Huntington, immigrant ances- 
tor, was born in England, and sailed for New 
England in 1633 with his wife and children, 
but was taken ill and died on the voyage, of 
smallpo.x. His widow. Margaret (Barrett) 
Huntington, settled with her children first at 
Roxbury, [Massachusetts, where she married 
(second) 1635-36, Thomas Stoughton, of 
Dorchester. They removed to Windsor. Con- 
necticut, and settled there. ^Targaret was 
probably horn in Norwich, England. Prac- 
tically nothing is known of Simon Huntino-- 

ton. Even his name was a mystery to the 
early genealogists of the family. Children: 

1. William, settled in Salisbury about 1640. 

2. Thomas, settled in Connecticut. 3. Chris- 
topher. 4. Simon, see forward. 5. Ann, men- 
tioned in a letter written by Peter Bret to 
his sister, Margaret (Barrett) Huntington. 

(H) Simon (2), son of Simon (i) Hunt- 
ington, was born in England about 1630, and 
came to America on the ill-fated voyage with 
his mother in 1633. He settled in Norwich, 
and was a member of .Mr. Fitch's church 
there. He was a deacon of the church until 
1696, when his son succeeded him. He was 
a member of the general assembly in 1674; 
had a grant of land in 1686; was townsman 
in 1690-94. In 1694 he was on a committee 
to search out and report the deficiencies in the 
public records. He served on the committee 
to seat the meeting house, 1697, and in 1700 
was on a committee to give deeds and fix titles 
of lands in dispute or with defective* title. He 
married, in October, 1653, Sarah, daughter of 
Joseph Clark, of Windsor, Connecticut. She 
died in 1721, aged eighty-eight. He died at 
Norwich, June 28, 1706, aged seventy-seven. 
Children: i. Sarah, born at Saybrook, Au- 
gust, 1654; married Dr. Solomon Tracy. 2. 
Mary, born at Saybrook, .\ugust, 1657;' mar- 
ried a Forbes, of Preston. 3. Simon, see for- 
ward. 4. Joseph, born September, 1661. 5. 
Elizabeth, born at Norwich, February, 1664, 
died young. 6. Samuel, born at Norwich, 
-March i, 1665. 7. Elizabeth, born at Nor- 
wich, October 6, 1666; married Joseph Backus. 
8. Nathaniel, born at Norwich, July 10, 1672, 
died young. 9. Daniel, born at Norwich, 
March 13, 1675-76. 

(HI) Deacon Simon (3), son of Simon 
(2) Huntington, was born in Saybrook, Con- 
necticut, February 6, 1659, died November 2, 
1736. He was taken by his parents to Nor- 
wich, in the spring of 1660, and resided on 
the homestead which was described in the rec- 
ords as "the home lot lying on both sides of 
the highway," in the second book, and as 
"four acres, abutting east on land of Thomas 
Tracy, south on land of Mr. James Fitch and 
north on the highway," also "four acres over 
the highway against his home lot," in the first 
book of records. In the second records, the 
south division abuts north on the street twenty- 
five and a half rods, on the street thir- 
teen and a half rods, south on land of Cap- 
tain Fitch fourteen rods: the line then runs 
southeast four rods, abutting northwest on 
the Fitch lot, runs southwest from there two 
rods, four feet, from there west two rods, 
south twenty rods minus four feet, abutting 
west on Captain Fitch's land and south on 



Fitch's land eighteen rods, and east on Lieu- 
tenant Thomas i racy's land forty-three rods. 
Ihe frontage of twenty-hve and a half rods 
comes from the land of Charles Young to the 
corner near the house lately occupied by the 
Rev. Charles A. Northrop, and then the west- 
ern frontage of thirteen and a half rods goes 
along the road by the Green as far as the 
house occupied by Miss Grace McClellan. The 
houses of tlie first and second Simon Hunt- 
ingtons were situated on this land. Like his 
cousin, Christopher, Simon was destined to a 
most important service in the early history of 
the home chosen for him by his parents. In- 
heriting his father's piety and gifts, he was 
called in 1696 to succeed him to the deacon- 
ship, and in this office he served with no less 
than his father's fidelity and acceptance, as 
long as he lived. He was largely engaged in 
civil atTairs, serving in many of the most im- 
portant offices with marked ability. His 
house, occupying a central position, was hon- 
ored as the magazine for the defensive weap- 
ons of the town, and as late as 1720 a report 
made to the town states that it contained a 
half-barrel of powder, thirty-one pounds of 
bullets and four hundred flints. In 1682 it 
was voted in town meeting to grant "to Simon 
Huntington Jun. to take up one hundred akers 
of land on the Shawtucket, not prejudicing 
the highways nor former grants." He mar- 
ried, October 8, 1683. Lydia Gager, born in 
Norwich, .August 8. 1663, died August 8, 1737, 
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Gore) 
Gager. and granddaughter of that "right 
goodly man and skillful chyrurgeon." who 
had come to America in 1660 with Governor 
Winthrop. John Gager, her father, removed, 
in 1635, from Charlestown, Massachusetts, to 
Saybrook, subsequently to New London, and 
thence in 1660 to Norwich, Connecticut. Chil- 
dren : Simon, born 1686: Sarah. 1687-88: 
Deacon Ebcnezer. see forward : Captain 
Joshua. 1698. 

n\') Deacon Ebenezer, son of Deacon 
Simon C3) Huntington, was born in Norwich, 
Connecticut, May. 1692. died September 12, 
1768. He became a member of the church in 
1717. and was chosen deacon January 18, 
1737. to succeed his father, in wh'ich office he 
served until 1764. on the appointment of his 
son. He married. June 20. 1717. Sarah, born 
in Norwich. Februarv 13, 16^)8-90. died .\pril 
I, 1770. daughter of Deacon Thomas and Ly- 
dia (Tracy) LeffingAvell. Children: Sarah, 
born 1718: Rev. Simon, see forward: Lucy, 
1722 : Lvdia, 1735. 

(V) Rev. Simon (4). son of Deacon Eben- 
ezer Huntington, was horn in Norwich. Con- 
necticut, September 12. 1719. in the Simon 

Huntington house on Bean Hill, died Decem- 
ber 2/, 1801. He graduated from Yale Col- 
lege in 1741, united with the church, 1742, 
studied theology and preached until his health 
failed. He was chosen deacon to succeed his 
fatlier in 17O4. He married (first) January 
17, 1751, Hannah Tracy, born September 2, 
1727, died January 30, 1753. He married 
(second) January 24, 1759, Zipporah Lathrop, 
born 1733, died March 16, 1814. Children by 
first wife: Samuel, born 1751; Hannah, 1753. 
By second wife: Roger, 1759; Daniel, 1762; 
Ebenezer, see forward; Erastus, 1769. 

(,\T) Ebenezer [2), son of Rev. Simon 
(4) Huntington, was born in Norwich, in the 
Simon Huntington house on Bean Hill. .Au- 
gust 26, 1764, died February 2-, 1853. He 
was a farmer, residing on Bean Hill, Nor- 
wich, where his death occurred. He married, 
in Lebanon, September 26, 1806, Eunice, born 
July 30, 1779, daughter of Captain Andrew 
and Ruth (Hyde) Huntington, of Lebanon, 
Connecticut. Children : [Nlary Ann. born Oc- 
tober 30, 1807 : Cornelia Eliza, February 8, 
1809: Edward .Andrew, see forward; William 
Lathrop, February 8, 1817, died August 11, 
1825 ; Samuel Tracy, September 20, 1819, died 
August 10, 1825. 

(\TIl Deacon Edward Andrew, son of 
Ebenezer (2) Huntington, was born in Nor- 
wich, in the Simon Huntington house, on 
Bean Hill, October 23, 181 1. He was chosen 
deacon of the First Congregational Church 
in Norwich in 1857, and was the seventh of 
that name that had been called to same office 
in that ancient church. He married, in Wood- 
stock. Connecticut, June 26, 1850. Harriet A., 
daughter of Daniel Lyman, M.D.. of Smith 
Woodstock, and granddaughter of Rev. Eli- 
phalet Lyman, who was pastor of the Con- 
gregational church in Woodstock from 1780 
to 1825, and who died February 2. 1836. aged 
eighty-two years. His wife, Hannah Hunt- 
ington, was born .April 28, 1753. married, in 
1779, and died in Woodstock. .April 19. 1836. 
She was a woman of unusual brilliancy of in- 
tellect, and retained her mental faculties re- 
markably in her advanced years. Children of 
Deacon Edward .Anrlrew Huntino;ton: i. Har- 
riet Eunice, born June 27, 185 1 ; married. 
October 2. 1872, Owen S. Smith ; Mr. and 
Mrs. Smith reside in the old Simon Huntins;- 
ton house on Bean Hill, Norwich, built in 
1 717, in which house six generations of the 
Huntington family were born (see Smith 
IV). 2. Mary Eldredge, born December 29, 
1854: married. December 28. i88r, Charles 
W. Haines, a lawyer of Colorado Springs, 
Colorado: children: Faith Huntington and 
Marion Huntington Haines, both unmarried. 



Ebenezer Smith, a descendant of 
SMITH Thomas Smith, who settled early 
at East Haven, Connecticut, re- 
sided at North Haven, Connecticut, and was 
for many years town treasurer and a promi- 
nent citizen. Thomas Smith married, in 1662, 
Elizabeth, only daughter of Edward Patter- 
son. Children : John, born ^larch, 1664 ; 
Anna, April i, 1665; Infant, born and died 
1667; John, born June 14, 1669; Thomas, 
August. 1671 ; Thomas, January 31, 1673; 
Elizabeth, June u, 1676; Joanna, December 
17, 1678; Samuel, May 24, 1681 : Abigail, 
August 17, 1683; Lydia, March 24, 1686; Jo- 
seph, 1688: Benjamin, November 21, 1690, 
died young. 

(li) Henry Hart, son of Ebenezer Smith, 
was born in North Haven, Connecticut, in 
1828. Eour generations of the family have 
been born there. He was educated in the 
public schools and learned the trade of machin- 
ist, which he followed through his active life. 
He is now living at Hartford. He married, 
November 25, 1852, Mary Buckley, born Jan- 
uary 4, 1827, daughter of Amasa and Mary 
(W'elherill) Morgan (see Morgan \'II). 
Children: Frederick H., born November 28, 
1854: Herbert Eugene, mentioned below. 

(ill) Dr. Herbert Eugene, son of Henry 
Hart Smith, was born at Hartford, Connecti- 
cut, October 21, 1857. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native city, and graduated 
from the high school. He then entered the 
Sheffield Scientific School of Vale University 
in iSjf) and was graduated with the degree of 
Ph.B. in the class of 1879. He was a student 
in Yale Medical School for the year follow- 
ing and then entered the Medical School of 
the University of Pennsylvania, from which 
he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in 
1882. He returned to the Yale Medical 
School anrl in June, 1883. was appointed lec- 
turer in chemistry and in 1885 was chosen 
professor of chemistry, being the third to 
occupy the chair. The three professors of 
this rlepartment have taught ninety-seven 
years altogether — a most remarkable record of 
long and able service. Since 1S85 Dr. Smith 
has also l)een dean of the Yale Medical 
School. His work in the laboratory and lec- 
ture room, and his published contributions to 
science ha\e given him a world-wide reputa- 
tion and high standing in the scientific world. 
Much of his published work lias been in con- 
nection with the researches and problems of 
the Connecticut board of health, of which he 
was chemist for a number of years. He has 
contributed also to various medical societies. 
of which he is a member, and to medical pub- 
lications. He is a member and was formerly 

president of the New Haven City Medical 
Society ; member of the Connecticut State 
Aledical Society, the American Chemical So- 
ciety, the American Society of Biological 
Chemists, the American Physiological Society, 
the American Public Health Association, the 
Graduates Club of New Haven and the 
United Congregational Church of New Haven. 
His home is in New Haven, but he spends iiis 
summers at Woodmont, Connecticut. He 
married, June 30, 1885, Emily Scull, born 
September 30, 1856. daughter of David D. 
Dinnin. Children : Emily Dinnin. born No- 
vember 10, 1886: Alary JMorgan. April 19, 
1888: Ehzabeth Bernard, October 8, 1889; 
Emily D. and Mary M. are members of the 
class of 1910, Vassar College. Elizabeth B. 
is a pupil of the Heminway School of Do- 
mestic Science at Framingham, Massachu- 

(The Morgan Line). 

dll) James Morgan, son of John Morgan 
(q. v.), was born in New London, Connecti- 
cut, about 1680. He married Bridget , 

and settled in Preston, Connecticut, where he 
died November 7, 1721. Children, born at 
Preston: Samuel, December t6, 1705; James, 
June 24, 1707, mentioned below ; Hannah, 
September 9, 1708; Rachel. July 19. 1710; 
Daniel. April 16, 1712. 

(I\') James (2), son of James iii Mor- 
gan, was born at Preston, June 24, 1707. He 
had but one child, Samuel, mentioned below. 

(\') Samuel, son of James (2) Morgan, 
was born in 1728. He settled in Waterford, 
Connecticut, and died there, January 26, 1825, 

aged ninety-si.x. He married Mary , 

wdio died September 25, 1804, aged eightv- 
one. Both were buried in the old second 
burial sround at New London. His will was 
dated AFay 9, 1816, proved February, 1825. 
Children : Samuel, mentioned below : Lvdia ; 
Lucretia. born about 1753; Margaret, about 
1755: Louisa, about 1757; Bridget. 1760. 

(\'I'l Samuel (2), son of Samuel (r) Mor- 
gan, was born in 1748. He settled in Water- 
ford, but probably removed to Wethersfield, 
where he died ATarch 19. 1815, aged sixtv- 

seven. He married Afehitable , who 

died July 3. 1810. aged sixty-three. He mar- 
ried again. He settled in Wyoming, Penn- 
■^x'lvania. and barely escaped with wife and 
infant daughter from the massacre of 1778. 
Children: ^fehitable. died in Hartford. .Vo- 
vember 24. 1856: Samuel, born 1780: Gideon, 
settled in \'irginia : .\masa. mentioned below. 

(\'II) Amasa, son of Samuel (2) Morgan, 
was born July 3, 17S6, was drowned at Hart- 
ford. .April 2. 1S31. He settled in ^^'etllers- 
field. He married, .April 22, 1813. Mary, 



daughter of Elias Wetherill : -he died Octo- 
ber jS, 1856, aged sixty-six years. Children: 
EHza Ann, born March 14. 1814. married 
Sahnon Steele: Chauncey, July 31, 1815. 
married Lois Ann Miller and" C. M. Lewis; 
Lewis. January 17, 1817, married Jeanette 
Pinney, Samuel, December 14, 1818, married, 
February 13, 1848, Adelia A. Clark; Harriet, 
February 9, 1821. married E. Eoyington and 
L. Adams; Justus Rockwell, September 14, 
1822, married, November 29. 1843, Henrietta 
Judd: James Henry, May 14. 1S25, married, 
November 20, 1847, Martha Whitmore; 
Mary IJuckley. January 4, 1827, married. No- 
vember 25. 1852, Henry H. Smith (see 
Smith 11) ; Joseph, January 21, 1830. 

Rev. Henry Smith, immigrant 
SMITH ancestor, was born in England, 
in 1588, near Norfolk. He came 
to .America in 1636. and settled in Wethers- 
field. Connecticut, in 1638. He is thought to 
have married twice, but the name of his first 
wife is not known. The name of his second 
wife was Dorothy,'sister of Rev. John Cotton. 
of Boston. He died in 1658. and she married 
Tsecond) John Russell, father of Rev. John 
Russell, who succeeded Mr. Smith in the pas- 
torate at Wethersfield. and who, ten vears 
later, became the first minister at Hadlev', and 
died May 8, 1690, aged eightv-three. ' Mrs. 
Dorothy (Smith) Russell died' at Hadlev in 
1694. Children of Rev. Henry Smith: Pere- 
grine, died unmarried : daughter, married and 
had children : daughter, married and had 
children: Dorothy, born 1636; Samuel 
in Wctiiersfield, 1638, mentioned below: Jo- 
anna. Wethersfield, Deceml)cr 2-,. 1641 : Noah, 
Wetliersfield, February 25, 1643-44: Eliza- 
beth. Wcthersfield. .August 25. 1648. 

(U) .Samuel, son of Rev. Henrv Smith, 
vyas born in Wethersfield, in 1638-39. He 
lived at Northampton, Massachusetts, from 
1666 until about 1680. He removed then to 
Hadley, to take care of his mother. The 
following, taken from his letter in 1698-99. 
refers to his stepfather. John Russell: "Hut 
he wa^ sometimes a little short of ye Charity 
which thinketb no Evil, at ye least I was wont 
to think so when his Hand was too heavy on 
my Shoulders & I remembered ye swcetnesse 
& ye Charity of my fir<;te Father, but on ye 
whole said he was a Goorle Man & did well 
by my_ Mother & her children & no rloubt we 
did often try his wit &- temper."' Samuel 
Smith died at Hadley. September 10. 1703. 
aged Mxty-five. He married Mary, daugliter 
of Tames Ensign, the immigrant who was one 
of the fir=t settlers of Hartford. ChiUlren : 
Samuel, deacon : Sarah, born before her 

father's removal to Northampton ; Dorothy, 
baptized 1667, at Northampton ; Ebenezer 
baptized at Northampton, 1668; Ichabod, born 
at Northampton, January 24, 1670, mentioned 
below; ^lary, Northampton, January 19, 1673; 
James. Northampton, June 12, 1675 ; Pre- 
served. Northampton, August, 1677. 

(Ill) Deacon Ichabod, son of Samuel 
Smith, was born at Northampton. January 24, 
1070. He lived in Hadley until about 1699, 
and after that in Sutfield. He married, about 
1692, Mary, daughter of Thomas Huxley, of 
Suffield. Children born at Hadley: Child 
born February i, died February 13,' 1693-94; 
Mary, born May 20, 1696. Children born in 
Suffield: Hannah, January 21, 1698; Samuel, 
November 5, 1700, mentioned below; Ichabod, 
January i, 1708; James, March 15, 1710-11; 
Joseph, January i. 1717. 

(I\') Samuel (2), son of Deacon Ichabod 
Smith, was born November 5. 1700. in Suf- 
field. died there August 25, 1767. He mar- 
ried Jerusha, daughter of Atherton Mather, 
of Suffield, November 8, 1725. She was born 
in \\'indsor, July 18, 1700, and died at the 
home of her son. Rev. Cotton Mather Smith, 
in Sharon, Connecticut, aged ninety. Chil- 
dren: Elizabeth, born November 10. 1726; 
Dan, October 25, 1728; Cotton Mather, Octo- 
tx^r 15. 1730, mentioned below: Simeon 
(Rev.). .August 6, 1733; Paul, September 15, 
1736; Jerusha, died young. 

(V) Rev. Cotton Mather, son of Samuel 
(2) Smith, was born October 15, 1730, in 
Sheffield, Connecticut, died in Sharon, 1806. 
He graduated from Yale College in 175 1, and 
studied divinity with Rev. Mr. Woodbridge, 
at Hatfield or Hadley. He was ordained and 
settled at Sharon, .August 28. 1755. He mar- 
ried, about 1757, Temperance, widow of Dr. 
\\'illiam Gale, of Goshen, New A'ork. and 
daughter of Rev. William W'orthington, of 
Saybrook. She was born .April 8. 1732, died 
June. 1800. Rev. Cotton Mather" Smith 
preached his Iialf-ccntury sermon in Sharon 
in 1805. and died there November 27 or 30, 
1806. For some months he was chaplain in 
the revolutionary army. He was a mission- 
ary to the feeble churches in \''ermont. He 
organized the \'ergennes Congregational 
CInirch, September ' 17, 1793. Children: 
Ehznbetli. horn Time 29. 1750: Juliana, Feb- 
ruary 12. 1761 : Thomas ^Mather! Januarv 21, 
1763: Governor John Cotton. Februarv 12, 
1763, mentioned below: T.ucretia, Tanuarv 20, 
1767,^ died 1773; Mary, Februarv '16, 1769. 

(VI") Governor John Cotton, son of Rev. 
Cotton Mather Smith, was horn in Shamn, 
February 12. 176;. died March. 184;. He 
graduated from Vale College in 17S3. He 



became lieutenant-governor of Connecticut in 
181 1, governor in 1813-17. He was a mem- 
ber of the United States congress, iSoo-06, 
and was elected for a fourth term, but re- 
signed. Was subsequently appointed to a 
judgeship in the supreme court of his state. 
He was president of the American Board of 
Commissioners for Foreign Missions and of 
the American Bible Society. He married, Oc- 
tober, 1786, Margaret, born in Amenia in 
1766, died 1857, daughter of Jacob Evert- 
son, of Pleasant Valley, New York. Air. 
Evertson was descended from a long line of 
famous Dutch admirals of that name, as also 
from Admiral DeRuyter. He was a member 
of the New York provincial congress of 1774- 
75. John Cotton Smith was the last governor 
of Connecticut under the charter of Charles 
the Second. 

(\H) William Mather, only child of Gov- 
ernor John Cotton Smith, was born in Sharon, 
August 26, 1787, died March, 1864. He grad- 
uated from Yale College in the class of 1805. 
He was educated for the law, but devoted liis 
life to good works and was greatly beloved. 
He conducted a farm and had extensive real 
estate interests in Sharon, where he lived, and 
in the state of X'ermont. He established one 
of the first Sunday schools in the United 
States and conducted it for fifty years. He 
was a noted lay preacher, and in the absence 
of the minister occupied the pulpit in the 
Sharon church. He ofticiated at many fun- 
erals. For more than thirty years he held 
services regularly in outl\ing districts. He 
was a faithful member of the church of which 
his grandfather was pastor, joining at the 
early age of twelve years. He entered col- 
lege the same year. He married. 1809. Helen, 
born in Columbia county, in 1786, died Alay, 
1867. daughter of Gilbert R. Livingston, of 
Red Hook, New York. Children : John Cot- 
ton, born March 21, 1810. graduate of Yale 
College in 1830, died unmarried in 1879: Rob- 
ert Worthington, mentioned below : Gilbert 
Livingston, born May. 18 13, graduate of 
Princeton College in 1833, died December, 

(\in) Robert Worthington, son of Wil- 
liam ]\rather Smith, was born in Sharon, Con- 
necticut, May 28, 181 1, died there September 
10, 1877. He was educated in the public 
and private schools and in Williams College, 
and studied medicine under Dr. Willard Park- 
er, of New York City, but followed farming 
most of his life in his native town. He re- 
ceived the degree of M.D. from the Pittsfield 
Medical College. He married, in December, 
1834, Gertrude L'Estrange. born at Carmel, 
New York, September, iSii, died in Sharon, 

November 2^, 1894, daughter of Daniel and 
Gertrude (L'Estrangej Bolden. Her mother 
was of Huguenot ancestry. Children, born at 
Sharon: i. Gilbert Livingston, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Flelen Evertson, August 22, 1839, 
lives with her brother in Sharon, member of 
the Daughters of the American Revolution; 
has written for all the leading magazines 
under her own name and various noms de 
plume ; author of "Colonial Days and Ways," 
published by the Century Company in 1900. 
3. William JNIather, born September 30, 1843, 
died September 3, 1848, aged five years. 4. 
Gertrude Bolden, October 20, 1850, married, 
April 20, 1881, Robert Clinton Geer, of Nor- 
folk, Connecticut ; lives in New York City ; 
children : Gertrude L'Estrange Geer ; another 
child who died young. 

(IX) Gilbert Livingston, son of Robert 
Worthington Smith, was born in Carmel, New 
York, December 29, 1835. He was educated 
in the public schools of Sharon and has always 
lived in his native town. He has large real 
estate interests and conducts a large farm. 
He spends his winters in New York City, 
where he owns the residence built by Dr. 
Simeon Smith, brother of Rev. Cotton Mather 
Smith, mentioned above. The house is built 
of stone quarried in Sharon, under the super- 
vision of an Italian mason-architect. He is a 
member of the New York branch of the Sons 
of the Revolution. His politics have always 
been those of the Republican party. He rep- 
resented the town in the general assembly in 
1878-79, and served on the board of arbitra- 
tion and as chairman of the committee on 
roads and bridges. He is unmarried. 

James Smith, immigrant ances- 
SMITH tor, was born in England. He 
came to Massachusetts Bay be- 
fore 1639. when he was located at Weymouth 
anij was a proprietor of that town. He was 
admitted a freeman in 1654. His will was 
dated June ig, 1673, proved June 22, 1676, 
bequeathing to wife Joane : sons James and 
Nathaniel; daughter Hannah Parramore; 
granilsnn James, son of deceased son Joshua. 
Children : James, Joshua, Nathaniel, men- 
tioned below, Hannah, married (first) John 
26, 1679: Hannah, !\Iarch 29, 1687. 

(HI) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i) 

Snell and (second) Parramore. 

(U) Nathaniel, son of James Smith, was 
born at Weymouth, June 8, 1639. He was ar- 
mitted a freeman in 1681. He married Ex- 
perience and lived at Wevmouth. Chil- 
dren, born at Weymouth: Nathaniel, Septem- 
ber 2, 1675, mentioned below: John. August 
Smith, was born at Weymouth, September 2, 



1675. He seems to have lived at Taunton and 
Scituate, Massachusetts, and later moved to 
Litchfield, Connecticut. His brother, John 
Smith, also came to Litchfield. He died in 
1725 at Litchfield and administration on his 
estate was granted May 11, 1725, to his widow 
Ann and son William. Children, mentioned 
in probate records: William; Nathaniel; Abiel, 
married, September 24, 1729, Abigail Pelet ; 
Johnson; Stephen, married, January 25, 1732- 
33, Mary Stoddard ; Jacob, mentioned below ; 
Jonathan ; Ann ; Elizabeth ; E.xperience, mar- 
ried B. Horsford ; Sarah ; Mary ; Phebe. 

(IV) Jacob, son of Nathaniel (2) Smith, 
was born probably as early as 1710. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth . Children : Jacob, men- 
tioned below ; Rebecca, David ; there were 
probably other children. 

(V) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) Smith, 
was born in 1738, died April 14, 1807. He 
was a lieutenant in the revolution. He mar- 
ried Mary Lewis, who died December 30, 
1833. aged eighty-one years. Upon his tomb- 
stone in Northfield cemetery, Litchfield, is in- 
scribed : 

"Oh! Thou great arbiter of Life and Death! 

Thy call I follow 10 the Land Unknown. 

I trust in Thee and know in Whom I trust." 

(\'I) David, son of Jacob (2) Smith, was 
born at Litchfield. He married Anna, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Mary (Spencer) Bar- 
tliolomew. Her father was a soldier in the 
revolution. Children: Hiram, Charles, Tru- 
man, Mary, Benjamin, Samuel, Edward, Dav- 
id, James, Anna, married Merritt Clark and 
lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

(\ II) David (2), son of David (i) Smith, 
was born April 6, 1822, at Northfield, Litch- 
field county, Connecticut, where he attemled 
the public schools in his youth and learned 
the trade of stone mason. At tlie age of 
thirty, in 1852, he came to Meriden. Con- 
necticut, where he made his home the re- 
mainder of his life. He died there in 1893. 
He was a prominent builder and contractor 
for many years. His residence was on West 
Main street. He was a Republican in politics 
and keenly interested in public affairs. He 
was active in the temperance movement and 
an earnest advocate of total abstinence. He 
was a member of the First Congregational 
Church of Meriden. He married, in 1848, 
Fidelia, born in 182^, died in 1896, daughter 
of Daniel and Ruth (Uu\l) Parker, of Meri- 
den. Ruth Hull was the daughter of Jesse 
Hull, a soldier of the revolution, and his wife 
Hannah, who was a daughter of Jehiel Pres- 
ton, a sergeant in the re%'olution. Daniel 
Parker's father was a soldier in the revolu- 

tion, a British prisoner of war in the prison 
ships of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Smith 
celebrated their golden wedding, November 
22, 1898, surrounded by their surviving chil- 
dren and received the congratulations of many 
friends. Children: i. Nettie E., married 
Julius S. Augur, of Meriden, Connecticut; 
children : Julius Jr., a student in Yale, Agnes 
S., and Frank Augur. 2. Frank Daniel, born 
June, 1852. married Florence P. Powers ; 
thev have one child, Edna W. 3. Dr. Edward 
Wier, mentioned below. 4. Ella Isabel. 5. 
Jennie S. 6. Frances Eva, an artist of much 
ability, died October 27, 1898. The daughters 
are active members of Susan Carrington Clark 
Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolu- 

( \'\U) Dr. Edward Wier Smith, son of Da- 
vid (2) Smith, was born in Meriden, October 
17, 1854. He attended the public schools of 
Meriden and the Hopkins Grammar School of 
New Haven, the oldest school in the state. 
He entered Yale College in 1874, gradu- 
ating in 1878, a classmate of President Taft, 
with the degree of .\.B. He then entered the 
Yale Medical School, and he then taught school 
for a time at Yaleville, Connecticut. He re- 
sumed his medical studies at McGill Univer- 
sity, Montreal, Canada, and was graduated in 
the class of 1882 with the degree of M.D. 
During his college course at New Haven he 
played on the varsity baseball club and took 
part in the games with Harvard, Princeton 
and other college teams. He began to prac- 
tice medicine in 1S82 at Meriden, Connecti- 
cut, where he has remained to the present 
time. In 1892 he took a course in the Post 
Graduate Medical College, New York City. 
He is on the medical and surgical staffs of 
the Meriden Hospital, a member of the J^Ieri- 
den Medical Society, the Connecticut State 
Medical Society, the .^mericr.ri .Academy of 
Medicine and of the .American Medical .Asso- 
ciation. He was formerly president of the 
New Haven County Medical Society. Dr. 
Smith belongs to the First Congregational 
Church of Meriden. He is a member also of 
Meriden Lodge, No. /■/, Free and .Accepted 
Masons ; of St. Elmo Coniniandery. No. 9, 
Knights Templar ; of Keystone Chapter, Royal 
Arch Masons, and of the Connecticut So- 
ciety, Sons of the .American Revolution. He 
is a Republican in politics. He married, Octo- 
ber 14, 1885. Helen B., daughter of Oliver 
and .\bbie C. (Caldwell) Rice, of Meriden. 
She was born in Meriden, October 21, 1837. 
Children: Marion Rice, born June 26, 1887; 
David Parker, May 7, 1889, graduate of Yale 
College in 1910: student in Yale Medical 

^ &tuM. ^ 



Winchell Smith, son of William 
SMITH Brown Smith, a nephew of Cap- 
tain John Brown, the Abolition- 
ist (see Brown \I), and \'irginia (Thrall) 
Smith, and grandson of John Smith, was born 
at Hartford. Connecticut. April 5, 1871. He 
attended the public schools and Hartford pub- 
lic high school. He took up the profession 
of actor and was in the cast of various com- 
panies under the management of Charles 
Frohman from 1894 to 1904. He formed a 
partnership with Arnold Daly in 1904. in the 
production of "Candida" and other plays of 
Bernard Shaw. Since 1906 Mr. Smith has 
been a playwright. He has written: "A Red 
Stocking," "Brewster's Millions." "Via Wire- 
less," "The Fortune Hunter," "Bobby Bur- 
nit," "Love xAmong the Lions," "The Out- 
sider," "The Only Son." In politics he is 
Republican, in religion he is a Congregation- 
alist. He is a member of The Lambs, Play- 
ers. Greenroom, Friars, Atlantic Vacht clubs, 
and Greenroom Club of London ; the Incor- 
porated Society of Authors, England ; the 
American Society of Dramatists and Com- 

He married, December 20, 1895, Grace 
Spencer, of Pennsylvania, daughter of Frank 
and Margaret (Searles) Spencer, of Troy. 

Mr. Smith was named for his father, Wil- 
liam Brown Sniitli. but his noni de phniie and 
stage name is Winchell. 

(The Brown Line). 

(I) Peter Brown, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England and came in the "Mayflower" 
with the F'hniouth companv in 1620. He was 
unmarried when he came, but within the ne.Kt 
thirteen \ears had married twice. He was 
admitted a freeman in 1633. IMary and Mar- 
tha Brown, probably his wife and elder daugh- 
ter, had divisions of cattle with him in 1627. 
It is supposed that his first wife was Martha, 
and that Mary and Priscilla were her daugh- 
ters and the two mentioned by Governor Brad- 
ford as married in 1650. In 1644 the daugh- 
ters were placed in the care of their uncle, 
John Brown, a leading citizen of Duxbury. 
Peter Brown died in 1633 before October 10, 
and his estate was settled by the court, No- 
vember II, 1633. Administration was granted 
to the willow Mary. He had several other 
children, among whom was Peter, mentioned 

(II) Peter (2), son of Peter (i) Brown, 
was born in 1632. .He settled at Windsor, 
Connecticut, and lived to he nearly sixtv vears 
old. He died at Wind.^^or, March g. 1692. leav- 
ing an ptate of four hundred and nine pounds 
to be divided among his thirteen children. 

(Ill) John, son of Peter (2) Brown, was 
born at Windsor, January 8, 1668, died Feb- 
ruary 4, 1728. ^Married, February 4, 1691, 
Elizabeth Loomis. who died December 11, 
1723. Children, born at Windsor: Elizabeth. 
February 11. 1692; Mary, September 11, 
1(594; Ann, September i, 1*396: Hannah, Au- 
gust 24, 1697 ; John, mentioned below ; Ann, 
August I, 1702: Sarah, January 22, 1704; 
Isaac. March 17, 1706-07: Daniel, January 
29, 1708-09; ]*Iary. March 8, 171 1; Esther. 
March 17, 1712-13. 

(I\') John (2), son of John (i) Brown, 
was born in Windsor, March 11, 1699-1700, 
died September 3, 1790. He married, March 
14, 1725, Mary Eggleston, who died August 
25, 1789, aged eighty-seven years. He re- 
sided at Bloomfield. Connecticut. Children : 
Mary, died 1827, aged nearly one hundred 
years: Captain John, mentioned below; Mar- 
gery, June 3. 173 1 ; Esther, September 5, 1733 ; 
Ezra, July 25, 1738; Hannah. July i. 1739; 
Azubah. March 20. 1740; Hannah, August 17, 
1743: Sarah. March 28, 1746. 

(V) Captain John (3) Brown, son of John 
(2) Brown, was born at \^'indsor. November 
4, 1728. He removed to what is now Bloom- 
field. Connecticut, and thence to We^t Sims- 
bury. He was captain of the Eighth Com- 
pany, Eighteenth Connecticut Regiment, in 
1776, in the revolution and was in the cam- 
paign in New York in 1776. He died in the 
service, September 3, 1776. He married, 
March 2. 175S. Hannah, daughter of Elijah 
and Hannah (Higley) Owen. She died May 
18. 183 1, aged ninety-one. She was de- 
scended from John Owen, of Windsor, a 
sketch of whom appears in this vv'ork. Chil- 
dren, born in Sim<bury: Hannah, December 
24, 175S: Azubah, }^Iay 7, 1760; Esther. 
March 4. 1762; }ilargery, Januarv 25. 1764: 
Lucinda, November 18, 1765 ; John. August 
31. 1769: Owen, mentioned below; Thcde, 
January 5. 1773 ; Roxy. May 29, 1775 ; Ahiel, 
November 18, 1776 (posthumous). 

(\T) Owen, son of Captain John (3) 
Brown, was born February 16, 1771. His 
father died during the revolution leaving the 
mother with a large family of young children 
in great poverty, but the mother lived to see 
most of her children well established in life. 
Owen Brown learned the trade of tanner and 
settled first at Norfolk, Connecticut, after- 
ward at Torrington in 1799. His farm at Tor- 
rington was later called the "John Brown" 
place, from the fact that the famous Aboli- 
tionist v,-as born there. The dwelling house 
was built in 1776 and at last accounts was still 
standing, but unoccupied. It was located in 
the western part of the tow 11. three miles from 



Wolcottville, on a road seldorr. traveled. The 
farm was pleasantly located, but not up to 
the standard of this section, and Mr. Brown 
doubtless bought it because it was cheap and 
adapted to his purpose tor a tannery. On a 
brook, west of the house, on the north side 
of the east and west road he built his tannery 
and shoe shop and for six years worked at his 
trade. He was a man of keen perception, 
good humor and wit. His brother John was 
deacon of the church at New Hartford ; Fred- 
erick, another brother, was a judge of the 
court at Hudson, Ohio. Owen Brown was 
strongly religious and was never absent from 
church. In 1805 he removed to Hudson, Ohio. 
He came back a year or two later on business, 
but returned to Hudson soon. He was a 
trustee of Oberlin College from 1835 to 1844 
and then resigned in consequence of growing 
infirmities. He was much esteemed by his 
associates for his practical wisdom and staunch 
integrity. He was a man of few words, be- 
cause a painful habit of stammering made it 
almost impossible for him to speak, but every 
word was valued. His home was at the seat 
of the Western Reserve College. During the 
war of 1812 he furnished cattle to the gov- 
ernment for the use of troops. He died ;\Iav 
8, 1856. 

He married, at Simsbury, February 11, 
1793, Ruth Mills, born 1771, daughter of 
Gideon and Ruth (Humphrey) Mills, grand- 
daughter of Hon. Oliver Humphrey. His 
wife died at Hudson in 1808, and he married 
(second) Sarah Root. He married (third) 
Abi (.Abigail) Hinsdale (or Lucy (Drake) 
Hinsdale, widow of Harmon). Children of 
first wife: Anna Ruth, born July 5, 1798, in 
Norfolk : Captain Jolin. the Abolitionist : Sal- 
mon, .\pril 30. 1802: Oliver Owen, October 
26, 1804; Frederick. 1806. 

John Smith, immigrant ancestor, 
SMITH was born in England and settled 
early at Ipswich. Massachusetts. 
Besides this Jolm Smith, a John Smith settled 
at Boston, a boy in the family of Rev. John 
Wilson : another John Smith, of Boston, was 
banished and went to Rhode Island ; a third 
was a tailor in Boston. There was a John 
Smith, of Weymouth, in 1638: a Rev. Tohn 
Smith at Barnstable: John Smith, prominent 
in Dorchester as early as 1636: John Smith, 
of Lynn, 1636: John Smith, of Salem, 1642; 
John Smith, of Hampton, New Hampshire: 
John Smith, of Plymouth, 1633 '■ ^Ir. John 
Smith at Derlham, 1630: John Smith, of Lan- 
caster: John Smith, of Taunton. 1639: John 
Smith, of Charlestown. 1644. and perhaps 
other John Smiths all in Massachusetts before 

1650. John Smith, of Ipswach, died there in 
1672. He was a commoner and had a share 
in Plum Island in 1664. He was a tenant of 

Ajipleton. He married Elizabeth . 

Children, born at Ipswich : John, October 29, 
1654; Elizabeth, married William Chapman; 
William, born April 20, 1659, was in King 
Philip's war : Thomas, mentioned below ; 
Moriah, February 28. 1664; Ruth, October 6, 
1666: Mary, died unmarried, June -24, 1739; 
Prudence (twin of Mary), born June 11, 

(II) Thomas, son of John Smith, was born 
at Ipswich. June 7, 1661. He was one of the 
first settlers of Sufifield, Connecticut, having 
land granted to him at the second town meet- 
ing held November 17, 1682. He was a tan- 
ner. He died at Suffield. December 2, 1726. 
He married (first) in 1684, Joanna Barber, 
who died June 25, 1688; (second) Mary, 
daughter of John Younglove, the first minis- 
ter of Suffield. Child of first wife : John, born 
1688. Children of second wife: Thomas, 
Mary. Sarah, Johanna, Eleazer (twin). Ex- 
perience (twin). Obedience, Ruth, Hannah. 

(III) Thomas (2). son of Thomas (i) 
Smith, was born at Suffield, August 28, 1690, 
died there about 1759. He married Abigail, 
daughter of Anthony and Abigail (Holcomb) 
Austin. Children, born at Suffield: Thomas, 
mentioned below, and John. 

(I\') Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) 
Smith, was born November 6, 1725, died 
at)Out 1814. He married Esther Ball, who 
died November 5. 1822, aged eighty-four. 
Children, born at Suffield : Thomas, Abigail, 
John, mentioned below. Jose[)h, Alexander 
and Esther. 

(V) John (2), son of Thomas (3) Smith, 
was born at Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, 
June II, 1757, died at Granville, Massachu- 
setts. September 3, 1835. He was a soldier 
in the revolution in 1775. He was a miller 
by trade. He married Keziah Pease, of Som- 
ers. Connecticut, who died February ti, 1830. 
Children : Orsamus, John F., Zebina, Henry, 
George W., Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Pease, 
.Albert Gallatin, mentioned below, and Mar- 
garet Maritta. 

(\T) Albert Gallatin, son of John (2) 
Smith, was born at Granville. April 30, 1801, 
died at Collinsville, iMay 11, 1S71. He at- 
tended the public schools and was there edu- 
cated. He was a miller for several years at 
Broadbrook. East Windsor. Cnnnecticut. He 
owned a small place in Granville, Massachu- 
setts, also conducted a boot and slme business. 
He spent his last years in Collinsville with his 
children. He married Sarah Harger, of Gran- 
ville, born July 5. 1800, died Februarv 11, 



188 1, at East Granville, Massachusetts, daiio;h- 
ter of Joel and Tabitha (Coei Harger. Chil- 
dren: Josephine, Benjamin P., Timothy A., 
Bela, Fannie E., Sarah Jane, Samuel Henry, 
James Albert, Margaret M., Joseph Kenyon, 
mentioned below. 

I \TI) Joseph Kenyon, son of Albert Gal- 
latin Smith, was born in Otis, Massachusetts, 
January 5, 1843. He received his early edu- 
cation in the schools of East Granville, Massa- 
chusetts. He began to work when he was ten 
years old and when sixteen "bought his time" 
of his father, working in summer for various 
employers and attending the district and high 
schools in winter. He was in northern New 
Jersey, where he taught school two years. 
Then for two years he worked in the United 
States armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, 
and for three months in the armory at Water- 
town, New York. He came to Collinsville, 
Connecticut, in 1865, to work for the Collins 
Company as a steel forger and continued until 
1870. when he entered partnership with his 
brother Samuel Henry in the seed trade at 
Augusta. New Jersey, continuing one year, 
and continued seven years in X'irginia. He 
owned a plantation of two hundred acres and 
large tracts of wood land in Loudon county, 
\'irginia. While in the seed business he 
traveled extensively for the concern and has 
been in twenty-six states of the L'nion. In 
1880 he disposed of his plantation and timber 
lands in the south and returned to Collins- 
ville. Four years later he came to Winsted, 
Connecticut, and has lived there since 1884. 
For a number of years he was engaged in the 
flour and feed business in Winsted, but for 
the past fourteen years has been in the real 
estate business, handling farm and suburban 
properties. He is a member of \'iUage Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons. Collinsville, and 
is a past master: member of the .Ancient Or- 
der of United \\'orkmen. In politics he is a 

He married (first) December 6, 1870, AI- 
wilda, daughter of James and Sarah J. (Roe) 
Shotv.ell, of Sussex county, New Jersey. She 
died February 26. 1882, at Collinsville, Con- 
necticut, aged, thirty-five years. Children, all 
born in Loudon count}-, \'irginia: i. Tames 
Albert, born December 29. 1871 : assistant 
treasurer of the Win-ted Savings Bank : mar- 
ried. May 23. 1900, Emma A. Johnson, of 
Winsted : children : Ralph Mather, born Oc- 
tober 13, 1905 : Paul Samuel, Februarv 22, 
1908. 2. Grace L.. born November 6. 1874 : 
married. June 14, 1908, Rolla J. Spelman ; 
child, Virginia Eleanor, born November 15, 
IQOO. 3. Henry Samuel, born November 14, 
1876, (lied ^larch 3. 1897. Mr. Smith mar- 

ried (second) February 6, 1S84, Anna North 
Taylor, born at Avon, Connecticut, 185 1, died 
April 12. 1888. He married (third) October 
20, 1896, Emogene A. Hotchkiss, of Nor- 
folk, (Connecticut, daughter of William and 
Margaret (Hamilton) Hotchkiss. 

The ancestors of Friend W. 
SMITH Smith, one of the representative 

men of Bridgeport, active in its 
business, political, fraternal and social life, 
came from Plolland and England and were 
nearly all engaged in the ministry. 

(I) Eben Smith, the first of the line herein 
recorded, was one of the foremost clergymen 
of his time, and was one of the original pro- 
moters of W'esleyan University, Middletown, 
Connecticut. He and his brother, James Mat- 
thews Smith, were Alethodist circuit riders 
and made preaching tours through Connecti- 
cut and Massachusetts. Eben Smith was a 
delegate to the general conference of his 
church for four consecutive sessions. He was 
also one of the original promoters of Wes- 
leyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. 

(II) Friend William, son of Eben Smith, 
was a clergyman of the Alethodist denomina- 
tion, and for a period of half a century 
preached in various parts of Connecticut and 
New York. He married Mary Esmond. They 
had four children ; Friend William is the only 
son and the only one now living. 

(HI) Friend William (2), son of Friend 
U'illiam (i) and Mary (Esmond) Smith, was 
born in Kortright, Delaware county, New 
York, May 11, 1829. He acquired a prac- 
tical education in the public schools of New 
York City and at Amenia Seminary. Dutchess 
county. New York. His greatest delight was 
in books and the attainment of knowledge, 
and he read hi-tory, poetry and scientific books 
with especial pleasure. \\'ishing to earn his 
own living, he left school at an early age and 
became clerk in a hosiery house in New York 
City at ten dollars per month. After thirteen 
years of employment in this and other lines of 
business in New York and New Haven, he 
came to Bridgeport in 1849, and has remained 
to the present time (1911), a period of over 
sixty years, and during that time has always 
been prominent in its attairs. Possessing a 
taste and aptitude for commercial life, he 
engaged in the dry goods business in 1849 
and continued in the capacity of proprietor 
until 1851, when he entered the employ of E. 
Birdseye. then the leading dr}- goods mer- 
chant of Bridgeport, as a fellow clerk with 
David Read, who later founded the present 
great dry goo.-ls house of D. M. Read & Com- 
pany. He remained here until i860, a period 



of nine year?, when he was made postmaster, 
which responsible position he tilled satisfac- 
torily until 1869, covering the period of the 
troublous civil war times, during both terms 
of President Lincoln's administrations, and 
during the tenure of office the new postoffice 
was erected through his instrumentality. Dur- 
ing his incumbency of the office of postmaster 
he was a member of the state central com- 
mittee, chairman of the executive committee 
in the city of Bridgeport, and, in fact, one of 
the foremost politicians of the community. At 
the close of his official service as postmaster, 
Mr. Smith entered business and organized the 
Forrester Manufacturing Company of Bridge- 
port. In 1871 he went to Nevada as a repre- 
sentative in the interest of the Connecticut 
Silver Minins: Company, of which there were 
large local interests, and in which capacity 
he became familiar with the process of mining 
and milling the precious metals. He remained 
there until 1873. when he resigned his position 
and returned to Bridgeport, Connecticut. .\t 
this time the postoffice department was ad- 
vertising for a new letter box lock. Mr. 
Smith and Mr. Frederick Es:ge invented to- 
gether a lock for which >rr. Smith invented a 
key and they were the successful bidders. The 
outcome of this success was the organization 
in 1874 of the firm of Smith & Egge, now one 
of the most prosperous of Bridgeport's con- 
cerns. This continued until 1877, when the 
firm was incorporated as the Smith & Egge 
Manufacturina: Company, the new companv 
buying out the stock of Mr. Egge and he 
becoming superintendent. The officers of the 
firm were: Friend W. Smith, president: War- 
ner H. Day, secretary and treasurer. This 
continued for many years, when Mr. Day was 
succeeded bv Frederick .\. Booth, and he was 
succeeded by Oliver C. Smith, the -present 
secretary and treasurer. This concern is well 
and favorably known to the L^nited States 
government, and for several years they had 
the contract for manufacturing all the post- 
office mail locks for mail baes in use in the 
postal service in the United States : thev al«o 
supplied Mexico, Hayti and Chili with mail 
locks and keys. 

.About this time ^fr. Smith oricrinated the 
system of carrier and office chains for secur- 
ing the lock keys and secured orders for the 
entire coimtry. The appointment of Mr. 
Smith as postinaster Had brought him in touch 
with many government official', hence he had 
hut little trouble in securing the contract from 
this government, as well as the foreign coun- 
tries above mentioned. He also secured con- 
tracts for all the cord fasteners and label cases 
and punchers used in the postal service, and 

for many _\ears this firm was one of the 
largest contractors in the country for furnish- 
ing supplies to the mail equipment division of 
the post office department of Mexico, Hayti, 
Chili, Santa Domingo, as well as the entire 
United States, with these articles and other 
inventions, and had extensive dealings with 
the treasury and navy departments of the 
government. There are branch offices in New 
York, Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis. 
The idea of using chain instead of cord for 
hanging weights to windows was conceived 
by Mr. Smith, and the "Giant" metal sash 
chain introduced by his company is now a 
standard article in general use. Throughout 
the country for the general trade they manu- 
facture a \ariety of chains, padlocks and sew- 
ing-machine hardware and attachments. 

In 189 1 Mr. Smith visited England and 
organized the Automatic Chain Company, in 
Birmingham. England, using his methods in 
the English market, and also made arrange- 
ments for the use of his patents in Germany. 
In addition to his achievements in the inven- 
tion of many valuable devices used in the 
postal service and his responsibility as presi- 
dent and owner of such a large concern, Mr. 
."^mith organized the Bridgeport Deoxydized 
Bronze and Metal Company and was its presi- 
dent for a long time. 

Mr. Smith's transactions throughout the 
many years i>f his business career hwe been 
characterized by the utmost honest\- and in- 
tegrity, and his business associates and patrons 
repose in him the greatest confidence, a fit- 
ting testimonial of his character as a man. 
He lias been active in the councils of the Re- 
publican party, representing Fairfield county 
in the Republican state committee for several 
years, his work therein proving satisfactory to 
his constituents and the people at larore : also 
he served as a member of the board of ap- 
portionment and taxation of Bridgeport, re- 
tiring on account of impaired health. He 
enjoys the distinction of being the first man 
in Bridgeport to answer the call by the labor- 
ing men for the nine-hour-a-day work, which 
fact gained for him great popularity, and he 
wa^ solicited by the Labor party several times 
to act as their nominee for the office of mayor 
of the citv. .At one Labor Day parade his 
photograph, an oil painting, was carried 
through the streets. He was grand marshal 
of the Grand .\rmy parade. June 5. 1903. and 
was presented by this body with a memorial 
commemorative of the occasion. Some of his 
employees have been with him for a quarter 
of a century, a fact which amply testifies to 
his qualities as an employer. Not onlv in 
Bridgeport, but throughout the entire country, 


162 1 

he is recognized as a man of public spirit and 
influence, and although he has attained the 
ripe age of eighty-two years, he is active and 
clear on many points. The poem which ap- 
pears at the close of this sketch was written 
by himself on the tifty-seventh anniversary of 
his marriage. It is but one of a large num- 
ber which Mr. Smith has composed, covering 
many subjects. He also contributed "The 
History of the Bridgeport Post Office,'' which 
appeared in the Municipal Register for 1876, 
and the article was republished in Orcutt's 
"History of Bridgeport" in 1887. Mr. Smith 
was a member of the reception committee 
which greeted Abraham Lincoln upon his visit 
to Bridgeport. He holds membership in St. 
John's Lodge, No. 3, Free and Accepted 
Masons, and has passed through all the bodies, 
including the Scottish Rite bodies up to the 
thirty-second degree. Though reared a Meth- 
odist, he is now a member and vestryman of 
Christ Church (Episcopal). He is a member 
and past governor of the Seaside Club, a mem- 
ber of Algonquin, the Seaside Outing Club, 
the National Manufacturers' Association and 
the Bridgeport Historical and Scientific So- 
ciety. He is a director in the City National 
Bank. He is a trustee of the Mechanics' and 
Farmers' Savings Bank. 

Mr. Smith married, February 23, 1853, in 
the old First Methodist Church, to which 
church the family formerly belonged, the cere- 
mony being performed by Mr. Smith's father, 
Rev. Friend William Smith, assisted by the 
Rev. Edmund S. Jaynes. brother of the late 
Bishop Jaynes of the Methodist church. .-\n- 
geline Amelia Weed, born in the town of 
Bethel, May 3. 1833, daughter of Zilpah 
Northrop and Zerah Weed. Her father was 
a well-to-do farmer and manufacturer, and 
her mother came from Ridgefield : the family 
came to Bridgeport between sixty and sixty- 
five years ago and Mrs. Smith lived there 
until her death. The remainder of her fam- 
ily died when comparatively young. Children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Smith: i. Friend \Y. Jr., 
born December 20. 1854: graduated from 
Yale Law School, 1882, and was admitterl to 
the Fairfield county bar in June. 18S3; he 
makes a specialty of patent law and has had 
a large number of cases before the LTnited 
States circuit court, and has testified as an 
expert in many cases in all the courts. He 
married. November 11. 1884. Harriet, daucfh- 
ter of Jonathan M. and .Sarah Knowlton Mer- 
ritt. of Tarrytown. New York: children: 
Sophia. Tulia and Friend W. ("3). 2. Oliver 
Cromwell, secretary and treasurer of the 
Smith & Esfge Company. -?. Charles Esmond, 
superintendent of the Smith & Egge Com- 

pany ; both at home. 4. Maybelle, wife of 
Horace H. Jackson, of Bridgeport; children: 
Esther and Doris. 

Mrs. Friend William Smith died at her 
home. No. 732 Lafayette street, January 21, 
191 1, aged seventy-seven years, seven months. 
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. 
Earnest J. Craft. Interment was in Alountain 
Grove cemetery. Airs. Smith was a woman 
of more than ordinary intelligence and one 
who had a very active life. She was very 
prominent in charitable associations. She was 
a member of the Bridgeport Ladies' Charit- 
able Society and its president until by reason 
of her imperfect hearing she deemed it best 
to resign the office, but still remained on the 
board of managers. Her personal attention 
was always given to visiting of the poor and 
she dispensed her charities herself. She will 
be greatly missed in this direction. Mrs. 
Smith became a member of Christ Episcopal 
Church and w-as confirmed with her husband 
under the rectorship of the late Rev. Beverly 
Warner. An efficient member of the different 
societies of the church, her helping hand will 
be much missed. 


Yes, 'ti> ,T long, long time from "Now"- 
Fifty and se\en years all told — 

Since we were pledge by marriage vow, 
.\n(l sealed that pledge with ring of gold. 

'Twas early Spring when we were wed, 
The birds were seeding out their mates. 

The flowers were waking from their beds, 
Xew life was opening wide its gates. 

.\h well! the many years have passed. 
The honr with ns is past eleven. 

The happiest day must end at last — 
God gr.-'nt that ours may end in Heaven. 

We're living in the twilight now. 

The brilliant colors of the day — 
The gold and crimson — graceful bow 

.'Vnd yield themselves to sober gray. 

The evening of the day has come, 

.■Xnd weary labor greets its close. 
.\nd in the peaceful, qiuet home. 

.\waits the hour of sweet repose. 

Thankful for blc^^sirgs we Iiave had, 
For health and comfort all along. 

So many things to make us glad — 

Hopeful, we'll sirg our evening song. 

.\nd blended with that evening song 
Forgiveness for each seeming wrong. 

.•Xnd when that evening song shall cease, 
P.oth sink to rest in nerfect peace. 

The stream that borders "Better-Land" 

Is near, and we can almost toss 
A pebble to its waters clear — 

And soon we'll gently step across. 

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But when the border stream is croaed. 
And we have reached the tarthcr shore. 

It cannot be 1 we are not lost 
To all our loved one — evermore. 

Death cannot conquer in the strife. 

For God is love, and Love has planned 
That Death itself shall yield to Life 

Love finds its own in "Better-Land." 

And ere we leave this world so fair, 
The last sweet effort of the mind 

Shall be an earnest, ardent prayer, 
God bless the loved ones left behind. 

John North, the immigrant an- 
NORTH cestor, came to New England in 
1635 in the ship "Susan and 
Ellen," which landed in Boston. He was 
then twenty years old. He was one of the 
proprietors and first settlers of the town of 
Farmington, Connecticut, the first offshoot 
from the church of Rev. Thomas Hooker, of 
Hartford. Land was granted him there in 
1635, and he and his sons, John and Samuel, 
were included in the eighty-four original land 
owners among whom were divided, in 1676, 
the unoccupied lands of Farmington. He and 
his wife were members uf the Farmington 
church, with which they tmited in 1656. He 
married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Bird. 
He died in 169 1, aged seventy-six years. 
Children: John, born 1641 ; Samuel (twin), 
1643: Mary (twin), 1643: James, 1647; 
Thomas, 1649, mentioned below; Sarah, bap- 
tized 1653 ; Nathaniel, Jime 29. 1656 ; Lydia, 
May 9, 1658: Joseph, 1660, died 1691. 

(H) Thomas, son of John North, was bom 
in 1649. He was a soldier in the Indian wars, 
and received for his services a soldier's grant 
of land. In 1669 he married Hannah Newell, 
born in 1656, and they settled in the north 
part of Farmington. now .-Kvon. He died in 
1712, and his wife in 1757. They had chil- 
dren, the tliirti of whom was Thomas, men- 
tioned below. 

(Ill) Thomas (2). son of Thomas (i) 
North, was born in 1673. He married, in 
1698, Martha, daughter of Isaac and Eliza- 
beth (Lathrop) Roys or Royce, of Walling- 
ford. Connecticut, and granddaughter of Rev. 
John Lathrop, who came from England to 
Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1634. .According 
to another authority, he married (first) Mary 
Rice or Roys in 1698, and (second) Martha 
Roys or Royce. her cousin. He settled in 
what is now Berlin, Connecticut, and was 
one of the founders of the Congregational 
church there, with which he united in 1707. 
He was a man of wealth and influence. He 
died in 1725. He had eight children, among 
them James, mentioned below. 

(IV) James, son of Thomas (2) North, was 
born in 1709, died in 175S. He married Sarah 
Seymour, born December 2, 1712, died Au- 
gust 20, 1781. He lived in the Great Swamps 
of Kensington, Connecticut. Child, James, 
mentioned below. 

(V) Hon. James (2), son of James (i) 
North, was born January 18, 1748. He mar- 
ried (first) September 29, 1774, Rhoda Judd, 
who died March 15, 1824, aged seventy. He 
married (second) Abi, widow of Captain Jus- 
tus Francis, and daughter of Deacon Timothy 
Stanley. He went to New Britain and lived 
there with John Richards in Stanley Quar- 
ter. From the latter he learned the black- 
smith's trade. He was an energetic and in- 
dustrious man, and prospered. He was a 
magistrate, clerk, treasurer of the Ecclesiasti- 
cal and School Society, also school visitor. 
He was a representative from the town of 
New Britain to the state legislature, and was 
for a time captain of the military company. 
He was appointed a member of the standing 
committee of the church, in 1795, and was 
active in securing a new meeting house in 
1822. He died May 14, 1833. His widow 
died October 3, 1852, aged eighty-seven. 
They were buried in the New Britain ceme- 
tery. Children : Rhoda, born February 10, 
1776: James, December 19, 1777; Seth, Au- 
gu>t 13, 1779 ; .-Mvin, mentioned below ; Henry, 
November 3. [783; Abi, Novetnber 21, 1784; 
Nanc}', January 11, 1787; Henry, September 
24, 1789; Orpiia, August 12, 1793; William 
Burnham. December 6, 1797. 

(VI) Alvin, son of Hon. James (2) North, 
was born September 4, 1781. He married 
(first I July 15, 1804, Anna, born January 15, 
1783, died June 26. 1815, daughter of Colonel 
Gad and Mary (Judd) Stanley, and grand- 
daughter of Rev. \VilIiam Burnham, first pas- 
tor of the (ireat Swamp Church Society. Her 
father, Colonel Stanley, was a representative 
in the general assembly from Berlin from 
1785 to 1804, and was one of the wealthiest 
and most influential men in the town. .\Ivin 
North married (second) May i, 18 16, Clar- 
issa Burnham, born June 7, 1788, daughter 
of Judge Oliver Burnham, of Cornwall. He 
was a cabinetmaker by trade, but in 1812, 
with Seth J. North and Hezekiah Whipple, 
began the manufacture of silver-plated buckles, 
cloak clasps and other similar articles. For 
half a century he was an active and energetic 
business man of New Britain, and was asso- 
ciated at different times with Henry Stanley, 
Horace Butler and several of his sons. He 
was interested in several corporations and 
was successful in all his business affairs. He 
was a man of sterling worth and inteeritv and 



was one of the original members, with his 
wife, 1842, of the South Congregational 
Church. He was appointed on the standing 
committee of the church in 1843, and held 
the office until his death, September i, 1865. 
Children: Orrin Stanley, born July 13. 1805, 
married Sarah Clark, born July 18, 1809 ; 
Harriet A., March 5, 1807, died March 4, 
1809; Henrietta, August 16, 1809, died Octo- 
ber 5, 1810. Children of second wife: Oliver 
Burnham, March 13, 1817, mentioned below; 
Harriet A., September 28, 1818; Sarah Rog- 
ers, August 28, 1820 ; Hubert Franklin, No- 
vember 13, 1822, married, 1852, Jane Hendrix, 
born May 11, 1825; Mary Cordeha, July i, 
1825; Henrietta Clarissa, September 16. 1829. 

(VH) Oliver Burnham, son of Alvin North, 
was born March 13, 1817, in New Britain, 
died October 23. 1893. He became identified 
with its industries at an early age. He was 
for a number of years associated with his 
father in the manufacture of silver-plated 
buckles, cloak clasps, rings and hooks for 
men's clothing, and hooks and eyes for 
women's clothing. Later he purchased Judds' 
mills at New Britain and manufactured knobs, 
bits and other articles in that line. In 1852 he 
built a larger plant, but later this was burned 
down, and he removed to New Haven, where 
he continued in the manufacturing business 
until his death. He was one of the leading 
citizens of New Haven, and a man of wealth 
and influence. He married. May 10, 1843, 
Martha Elizabeth, born June 11, 1823, died 
July, 1906, daughter of Jedediah and Eliza 
(Hollister) Post. Jedediah Post was born 
July, 1788, in Hebron, Connecticut, died in 
July, 1866. Eliza (Hollister) Post, daughter 
of Roswell Hollister, of South Glastonbury, 
was born December 8, 1797, in South Glas- 
tonbury, died July 8, 1838. Children: i. 
William Burnham, born June 4, 1844 : mar- 
ried (first) Elizabeth Andrus ; (second) An- 
nie L. Stevens ; children of first wife : i. Grace 
E., married Louis C. Smith ; ii. Clara B., mar- 
ried .\rthur S. .\llen ; iii. Florence C, unmar- 
ried ; iv. Eleanor, unmarried. 2. George Post, 
born June 3, 1849. 3- Edward Mills, born 
October, 1852, died in 1871. 4. Ellen .Augusta, 
born June 2, 1856: married J. V. Clawson. 
5. John Hollister, born February 18, 1859 ; 
married Marguerite Bulford; children: Cor- 
nelia B., John H. Jr., Virginia. 6. Mary Rus- 
sell. September 8, 1871 : married J. G. Estill, 
1893 : children : Joe Garner. Wallace, Gordon 

(VHTi George Post, son of Oliver Burn- 
ham North, was born June 3, 1849, at New 
Britain, Connecticut. He was educated in the 
public schools. He has been connected with 

the O. B. North Company in various positions 
of responsibility since completing his educa- 
tion, and has been president of the corpora- 
tion. Mr. North is a Republican in politics, 
and an Episcopalian in religion. He is a 
member of the Union League Club and the 
Chamber of Commerce. His residence is the 
old family mansion at 604 Chapel street. He 
married, September 4, 1879, Sarah Margaret 
Field, of Hamilton, Canada, daughter of John 
Field. Children: i. Margaret Field, born 
June 28, 1883 ; graduate of the New Haven 
public and high schools and of Smith College, 
class of 1905 ; member of the Lawn Club of 
New Haven. 2. Oliver Burnham, January 
24, 1885 : attended the public schools and 
graduated from the Hopkins Grammar School 
of New Haven, where he prepared for col- 
lege: graduate of Yale College, with degree 
of A.B. in 1908; afterward clerk and travel- 
ing salesman for his father's concern and 
later elected treasurer of the O. B. North 
Company, of which his father is president. 

Governor Thomas Welles or 
WELLS Wells, immigrant ancestor, was 

born in Esse.x county, England, 
in 1598. His property there was confiscated 
for political reasons, and he came to this 
country as secretary of Lords Say and Seal. 
He located first in Saybrook, about 1636, and 
later in Hartford, where he was a magistrate 
as early as 1637, and for twenty-two years 
altogether. He was deputy governor in 1654- 
56-57-59; governor in 1655-58. He held 
other offices of trust and honor. He died 
January 14, 1659-60, and was buried in Hart- 
ford. He married (first) Elizabeth Hunt, 
who died in 1640, and (second) Elizabeth 
Foote, widow of Nathaniel Foote, and sister 
of John Deming, one of the pioneers at 
Wethersfield. She died July 28, 1683, aged 
eighty-eight years. He died January 14, 
1659-60. Children: Ann. born 1619; John, 
1621, mentioned below; Robert, 1624, died 
1659: Thomas, born 1627: Samuel, 1630; 
Sarah, 1632; Mary, 1634; Joseph, 1637. 

(ID John Wells, son of Governor Thomas 
Welles, was born in England, in 1621, and 
came over with his parents. He settled in 
Saybrook, in 1636. in Hartford soon after- 
ward, and in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1645, 
residing there the rest of his life. He was 
admitted a freeman at Hartford in 1645. He 
was a deputy to the general court from Strat- 
ford in 1656-57-59; magistrate at Stratford in 
1658. and judge of probate. He was one of 
the most prominent citizens. He married, in 
1647, Elizabeth Curtis, sister of William Cur- 
tis, of Stratford, and daughter of John Cur- 



tis, one of tlie leading citizens and first settlers 
of that town. She married (second I John 
W'ilcoxson, and had Hannah, Elizabeth and 
Mary. Children of John Wells: John [2), 
born 1648. mentioned below ; Thomas ; Robert 
(twin of Thomas), 1651 : Temperance, 1654; 
Samuel, 1656 ; Sarah, September 28, 1659 ; 
-Mary, .\ugust 29, 1661. 

(Ill) John (2), son of John (i) Wells, 
was born in 1648, at Stratford, and died there, 
March 24. 1713-14. He married Mary Hol- 
lister, daughter of John Hollister. Children, 
born at Stratford: Mary, November. 1670, 
married Jeremiah Judson : Sarah, January, 
1673-74: John, 1675-76: Comfort: Joseph, 
June 12, 1679; Elizabeth: Robert, September, 
I(j88: Thomas, mentioned below. 

( I\') Deacon Thomas, son of John (2) 
Wells, was born at Stratford, in 1690. He 
married there, August 31, 1710, Saraii Stiles, 
of an old Connecticut family. Children, born 
at Stratford: LJathsheba. August 30, 171 1: 
Ephraini, November 7, 1712: Comfort, Sep- 
tember 15, 1714; Sarah, June 28, 1715; 
Thomas, .\ugust 20, 1717: Gurdon, February 
3. 1724; Hezekiah, mentioned below. 

(\') Hezekiah, son of Deacon Thomas 
Wells, was born July 12, 1732, at Stratford. 
He married Elizabeth Xichols. daughter of 
'i heophilus Xichols. They removed to Litch- 
fiel'i, Connecticut, and he died there. Chil- 
dren, born at Stratford : Philip, November, 
'753: ••^gt"', 1756, mentioned below; Glo- 

(\T) .-\gur, son of Hezekiah Wells, was 
born in Stratford, in 1756. He married, Feb- 
ruary 2. 1780, Pixlee, and settled in 

Stratford. Ciiildren, born in Stratford : Wil- 
liam, .\ugust I, 1781: David, January 18, 
1783, mentioned below: Xicholls, June, 1720; 
r.eltie. Xovember 9, 1786; Molly, Xovember 
3. 1788: .-Xgur, September 9. 1790. 

(\'U ) David, son of .Agur Wells, was born 
at Stratford, January 18, 1783. He appears 
to have settled, when a young man, in Xew- 

town. He married . Child: Emory, 

mentioned below. 

(XTIIi Emory, son of David Wells, was 
born in Xewtown. He learned the trade of 
shoemaker. In 1841 he moved to Lockport. 
Xew York, where he engaged in the inanu- 
facture of shoes the rest of his life. He was 
a Democrat in politics, a faithful anfl consis- 
tent Episcopalian in religion, and one of the 
mrist honored and highlv respected citizens of 
the town. He married Maria Gilbert, dausjh- 
ter of Isaac Gilbert. Children, born at New- 
town : Jenette, married Henry Jackson : 
Isaac, settled in Fairfield county : ."Xmbrose 
H., mentioned below. 

(IX) Ambrose H., son of Emory Wells, 
was born in Xewtown, March 26, 1S37, and 
died February 15, 19 10. He received his early 
education in the public schools of Xewtown, 
and learned the trade of blacksmith, at which 
he worked for three years in Xorth Salem, 
Xew York, when he went to Xewtown, then 
to Woodbury, and, in 1862 to Waterbury, as 
foreman of the tube department in the brass 
factory of Brown Brothers, a position he held 
for a period of nineteen years. He had also 
worked previously in a paper mill in Xew- 
town, and as foreman in the paper mill at 
Woodbury, Connecticut, and was for two 
vears in the flour and feed business in Water- 
bury. He then began business on his own 
account, manufacturing specialties, with one 
man and a boy to help him. The business 
grew, and in iSqo he built a small shop at 
the present location, on the Watertown road, 
twenty by thirty feet. From time to time 
he built additions to provide for his increasing 
trade, until now the floor space amounts to 
twenty-five thousand square feet, and a force 
of one hundred men or more is employed. The 
factory is devoted to the manufacture of 
seamless brass tubing. The business was in- 
corporated in 1907 under the name of A. H. 
Wells and Company, the stock being held by 
himself, wife, five sons and granddaughter. 
He was a member of King Solomon Lodge of 
Free Masons, of Woodbury and a prominent 
member of Union Chapter, and a member of 
its board of trustees. 

He was, as all his sons were, a charter mem- 
ber of the Pequot Club. In politics he was a 
Democrat, and he was on the board of finance 
of the city of Waterbury for a number of 
years, and at the time of his death was a 
member of the board of public works. He al- 
ways declined to become a candidate for pub- 
lic office, though not lacking in interest in 
public affairs. .\11 five sons were associated 
with him in business. The present officers of 
the corporation are: president. Samuel J.; 
vice-president. Fran! lin .A.: treasurer. George 
H. : secretary and assistant treasurer, Clifford 
H, : superintendent. Edward .\. : these and 
Mrs. A. H. Wells constitute the board of di- 

He married, December 17. 1862, Eveline 
Judson, dauchter of Zenas J. Judson (see 
Judson). Children: i. Samuel J., married 
f first) Jennie Marie Fischer: (second) Mary 
i^chulke, who is of German ancestry : child of 
first wife: .\letha M. : children of second 
wife: Martha A.; George I. 2. George H., 
married Flora Davis. 3. Franklin A., mar- 
ried .Amelia Sclndke : children: Lillian. Emily, 
Gertrude and Florence. 4. Edward A., mar- 



ried Camline Engert, and had son Edwin. 
5. Clifford C , not married. 

(The Jiidson Line). 

(I) William Judson, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, Yorkshire tradition 
says, and came to America in 1634, to Con- 
cord, Massachusetts, where he lived four 
years. Then he located at Hartford, Connec- 
ticut, and in 1639 settled at Stratford, Con- 
necticut. His wUl was dated December 21, 
1661, and he died before December 15, 1662, 
the date of his inventory. His wife Grace 
died at New Haven, September 29, 1659, and 
he married (second) Elizabeth Wilmot, widow 
of Benjamin Wilmot. She died in P'ebruary, 
1682. He died July 29, 1662. Children, born 
in England: Joseph, 1619, mentioned below; 
Jeremiah ; Joshua. 

(H) Lieutenant Joseph, son of William 
Judson, was born in England in 1619. He 
was nineteen years old in 1639, when the 
family settled in Stratford. He married 
Sarali, probably daughter of John Porter, of 
Windsor, October 24, 1644. and she died 
March 16, 1696-97, aged seventy years. He 
died October 8, 1690, aged seventy-one years. 
Children, born at Stratford : Sarah, March 
2, 1645; John, December 10, 1647; James, 
April 24, 1650, mentioned below ; Grace, Feb- 
ruary I, 1651 : Joseph, March !0, 1654; Han- 
nah, December 13, 1657: Esther, August 20, 
1660: Joshua (twin), October 27, 1664; Ruth 
(twin). October 27, 1664: Phebe, October 29, 
1666; .\bigail, September 15, 1669. 

(HI) Captain James, son of Lieutenant Jo- 
seph Judson, was born in Stratford, April 
24, 1650, and died there, February 25, 1720- 
21. He was a large land owner and farmer; 
captain of the military company. He married 
(first) August 18, 1680. Rebecca, daughter of 
Thomas Wells. She was born in 1655, and 
died November 3, 1717. He married (sec- 
ond) November 20, 1718, Ann, daughter of 
James Steele, of Wethersfield, son of Sam- 
uel. She died in 1739. Children, born at 
Stratford: Hannah, May 30, 1682-83: Sarah, 
February 16. 1683-84: Rebecca, February 25. 
1684-85; Joseph, January 10. 1686; James. 
April I, 1689: Phebe, October 2, 1691 ; David, 
August 7, 1693. mentioned below. 

CIV) Captain David, son of Captain James 
Judson, was born at Stratford, August 7, 
1693. He married there, October 29, 1613, 
Phebe. daughter of Ephraim Stiles. He died 
and was buried in New Haven, Connecticut. 
Children, born at Stratford: David, Septem- 
ber 26, 1715; Phebe, February ig, 1717-18; 
Abel. January 31, 1719-20: Abel. February 
13, 1721-22, mentioned below : Agur. March 

23, 1724 ; Ruth, April 26, 1726 ; Daniel, April 
26, 1728; Sarah, October 17, 1730; Abner, 
June 9, 1733; Betty, February 12, 1736-37. 

(V) Abel, son of Captain David Judson, 
was born February 13, 1721-22. He mar- 
ried. May 7, 1744. Sarah Burton. Children: 
John, born 1745; Abel (2), mentioned below; 
Sarah, 1749. married Asher Peck; Ruth. 1752, 
married Henry Fairman. 

(\'l) Aber(2), son of Abel (i) Judson, 
was born in Stratford, in 1746. He located 
in Newtown, Fairfield county, where he owned 
more than two hundred acres of land on 
Mile Hill, now or lately occupied by Daniel 
G. Beers. He was a man of independent 
thought and action, and a prominent member 
of the Sandemanian church. He married Ann- 
Bennett. Children, born at New^tow^n : i. 
Ruth. November 17, 1769; married M. Hard. 
2. Bennett, February 12, 1771. 3. Betsey, 

December 22, 1772 ; married Prindle. 

4. Rufus, December 27, 1774; removed to 
Ohio. 5. Abner, October 17, 1776; married 
(first) Hard; (second) Jud- 

son ; (third ) 

Shepherd. 6. Abel, 1778. 

7. Marcus, February 3, 1780. 8. Laura, De- 
cember 8, 1781 ; married Zera Blackman. 9. 
Jerusha, September 22, 1783 ; married Eleazer 
Starr. 10. Silence, April 3, 1785 ; married 
Daniel Wells, a shoemaker of Zoar, Connec- 
ticut. II. Isaac, February 3, 1787. 12. Dr. 
John, February 11, 1789. 13. Martin, Feb- 
ruary 17, 1791 : a miller at Sandy Hook, Con- 
necticut. 14. Zenas J., mentioned below. 15. 
Anna, January 6, 1795 ; married Thomas 
Seeley, a shoemaker and hotel keeper at New- 

(\"ri) Zenas J., son of Abel (2) Judson, 
was born at Newtown, March 28, 1793. He 
was a tailor by trade, and lived at Newtown. 
He married Fanny Torrence. The youngest 
of their thirteen children, Eveline, married 
Ambrose H. Wells (see Wells). 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Gov- 
WELLS ernor Thomas (i) Wells (q. v.), 
was born in England, about 1627, 
died in 1668 at Hartford. He married, June 
23, 1654, Hannah, daughter of John Pantry, 
one of the original settlers of Hartford. His 
wiflow died August 9. 1683. Children : Re- 
becca, 1655: Thomas. 1657: Sarah, 1659: 
Ichabod, 1660; Samuel, 1662; Jonathan. 1664; 
Joseph, 1667. 

(HI) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) 
Wells, was born at Hartforfl in 1657, died 
March, 1695, when a young man. He mar- 
ried Mary Blackleach. His widow married 
(second) John Olcott. 1695, and had four 
children. She married (third) Captain Jo- 

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sepli W'adsworth. chief actor in the conceal- 
ment of the colonial charter in the famous oak 
tree. Children of Thomas and Mary Wells : 
Thomas, born October i6. 1690; John, men- 
tioned below. 

(IV) John, son of Thomas (3) Wells, was 
born December 16, 1693. He married (first) 
September 8, 17 15, Elizabeth Chamberlain. 
Children, born at Colchester: Mary, July 15, 
1716; John, November 24. 1718. John Wells 
married (second) January 29, 1738, Sarah 
(Bulkeley) Trumbuil, widow of Joseph Trum- 
bull and daughter of Rev. John and Patience 
(Prentice) Bulkeley. Joseph Trumbull was 
brother of Jonathan Trumbull. Rev. John 
Bulkeley was son of Rev. Gershom and Sarah 
(Chauncey) Bulkeley, grandson of Rev. Peter 
Bulkeley, the immigrant, a sketch of whom 
appears elsewhere in this work. Sarah 
Chauncey was daughter of President Chaun- 
cey of Harvard College. 

(V) Chauncey, son of John Wells, was 
born in Colchester in 1745, died January 26, 
18 ro. He was a taxpayer in his native town 
in 1787. He followed farming for his voca- 
tion. He married. October 20. 1785, Marga- 
ret Wise, who died April 20, 1826. Children: 
Oliver B., born June 18. 178^1: Eliar, Octo- 
ber 7, 1787; Guy, June 6, 1789: Anna, July 
10, 1791 : Chauncey, July 30, 1793. mentioned 
below: Sally, .\pril 12, 1796; Roxey, Jiuie 9, 
1799: Bethiah T.. >rarch 23, 1807. 

(XT) Chauncey (2). son of Chauncey (i) 
Wells, was born in Colchester, July 30. 1793, 
died October 25, 185.'^, and is buried in the 
old cemetery at Hartford. He removed to 
Hartford and married (first) Hannah King, 
February 9, 1826. Pie married (second) Jan- 
uary 6, 1840. Charity Pease. Chiklren of 
first wife: i. Anna E., born May 7, 1828; 
married, Septenilicr 19, 1850, J. Watson 
White, and removed to Waterbury, Connecti- 
cut, about 1850, and died .\pril 30, 1861. 2. 
Hannah S.. November 20, 1829: married, 
Marcii \-. 1852, Edward L. Caswell and re- 
moved to Phocnixville. Pennsvlvania, about 
1854. and died January 8, 1888. 3. Sarah J., 
November 13. 183 1, died August 29, 1872, 
unmarried. 4. Chauncey. July 10, 1833, died 
June 20, 1838. 5. .Mfred, nientioned below. 

(VH) Alfred, son of Chauncey (2) Wells, 
was born in Hartford, December 21, 1834. 
He spent the first sixteen years of his life in 
his native town and attended the Hartford 
high school. He came to Waterbury in 185 1. 
He enlisted November 14. 1862, and entered 
the service as lieutenant of Companv A, 
Twenty-third Regiment. Connecticut \'olun- 
teer Infantry, and was afterv.ard commis- 
sioned captain. lie went with his regiment 

to reinforce the command of General Banks 
in Louisiana. During the siege of Port Hud- 
son, the Twenty-third Regiment was sent to 
guard the New Orleans & Opelousas railroad 
and Captain Wells was stationed at Bayou 
Boeuf in charge of a large quantity of gov- 
ernment stores. When General Richard Tay- 
lor surrounded the place with a superior force 
of Confederates and capture became inevit- 
able. Captain Wells rendered effective service 
in destroying the supplies to prevent their 
falling into the hands of the enemy. He 
was captured June 24, 1863, and taken to the 
Confederate prison at Tyler, Texas, where 
he was confined thirteen months. After his 
release. Captain Wells returned to Waterbury 
and soon engaged in partnership with J. W. 
White, and after the death of J. W. White 
was engaged with L. C. White, dealer in 
papers, strawboard, etc. A wooden factory 
was built on Bank street in 1868 and was 
destroyed by fire the same year. A brick 
factory was immediately built. The firm was 
the first to manufacture pulp lined straw- 
board. The business grew to large propor- 
tions and much of its success was due to the 
ability, activit}' and good judgment of Cap- 
tain \\ells. yir. Wells remained in the firm 
for twenty _\ears, to the time of his death. 
He took a keen interest in politics and in 
the affairs of the city of Waterbury. He 
was for a time president of the common coun- 
cil. He was a Republican. By nature con- 
servative, careful in forming opinions and 
cautious in expressing them, he possessed a 
great influence in the community and was al- 
ways to be found striving for the Ijest things 
in the community. In religion he was a Con- 
gregationali>t. He died July 11, iSSf). and 
his death was a great loss to the city. 

He married, December 23, 1856, Sarah Jen- 
nett Caswell, of Phoenixville. Pennsylvania, 
born April 27, 1833, died October 26, 1904. 
daughter of John Nevins Caswell, who was 
born in Hartford, February 19, 1802, died 
January 4, 1866, He married Martha Lemon, 
of Plioenixville. Children: i. Charles Nev- 
ins. born at Waterbury, October 4, 1857, died 
in Scuthford, Connecticut, September 11, 
1905 : married, January 18. 1888, Minetta C. 
Burton, who died November 7, 190S; chil- 
dren: i. . Mfred. born in Brooklyn. New York, 
.August 28, 1888: ii. Helen Jeannette. born in 
Boston. -Massachusetts. November 22, 1S90; 
iii. Frances Bacon, born in New Haven. Con- 
necticut, October i. i8g6: iv. Jean Elizabeth, 
born in New Haven, October 14. 1900: all of 
whom have been living with their father's 
sister. Martha C. \\'ells. at 270 Grove -treet, 
since the death i.if their mother. 2. Martha C, 



born in Waterbiiry, January 11, i860, resides 
at 270 Grove street, Waterbury. 

(V) Thomas (3), son of Deacon 
WELLS Thomas {2) Wells (q. v. 1, was 
born August 20, 1717. He mar- 
ried Sarah Laborie. Children : Bathsheba, 
born October 4, 1744; James, April 13, 1748: 
Thomas, ^larch 28, 1752; Sarah, baptized 
November, 1754; Elias, mentioned below. 

(VT) Elias, son of Thomas (3) Wells, was 
born November 30, 1756, in Stratford, in the 
old Wells homestead. He served in the revo- 
lution. He was by occupation a farmer in 
Stratford. In religion he was an Episcopalian. 
He married, August 30, 1781, Peninah Wheel- 
er. Ciiildren: Bathsheba, born October, 
1782: Urania, November 15, 1784; Sally 
Rachel, February 10, 1787; John, October 6, 
1789; Elias, October 19, 1793: Lewis, men- 
tioned below. 

I \'n ) Lewis, son of Elias \\'ells. was born 
in Stratford, and baptized there .April, 1796. 
He was a farmer by occupation, and bought 
his first farm near that of his father in Strat- 
ford. Later he sold it and removed to Bridge- 
port, where he bought several lots of land in 
that part which was then Stratford. He 
served in the war of 18 12, together with his 
brother John, their camp being located where 
the locomobile shops now are. In politics he 
was a Democrat and always interested in all 
town affairs. He died in Stratford. He mar- 
ried Betsey, daughter of Samuel Wheeler, who 
died in Stratford, aged fifty-five years. Chil- 
dren : I. Leonard, born May 2. 1S29. men- 
tioned below. 2. Thomas, unmarried ; died in 
Stratford. 3. William D., born 1835 ; moved 
to Kansas: married (first) Lovey V. Widgeon 
and had children: married f second) Emma F. 
\\'oolley and had one child. 

fVHI) Leonard, son of Lewis \\'ells, was 
born May 2, 1829, in Stratford. His father 
moved to Bridgeport when he was very young, 
and he was educated there, in the old Mill 
Green School, kept by David Booth. He has 
followed general farming as an occupation all 
his life. His farm now stands in the citv, 
and at one time contained about one hun- 
dred acres, some of which he has cut up into 
building lots and sold. He still keeps his 
homestead and a large lot, a part of which is 
used as a garden. He was formerly a Demo- 
crat and has served as selectman in Strat- 
ford. He takes a general interest in all town 
affairs. He is a member of the Sons of the 
American Revolution. ■ He married, in Strat- 
ford, Elizabeth Dougal, dauyfhter of John 
Ford, who was a farmer and a well-known 
man in ^.lilford, Connecticut. He died in 

Bridgeport. Elizabeth D. Ford was born in 
Milford and died in Bridgeport. Children: 
I. Lewis Wheeler, born in Stratford; edu- 
cated there ; now a minister, living in Mills- 
boro. Delaware, preaching at St. Paul's Epis- 
copal Church; married Sarah Ann Grove; 
they had three children, all deceased. 2. 
Eugene Ford, born in Stratford and educated 
there ; civil engineer ; lives in Bridgeport with 
his father ; married Alice Wheeler Wells, 
daughter of William P. Wells, of Lawrence, 
Kansas. 3. Frank Leonard, resides in East 
Hartford, employed with the Hartford Gas 
Company ; married Ida May Benedict. The 
father, grandfather and great-grandfather of 
Leonard Wells were born in the old red house 
in Stratford, which is still standing. 

Simon Huntington, the 
HUNTINGTON immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England and 
sailed for New England in 1633 with his 
wife and children, but was taken ill and died 
on the voyage of smallpox. His widow, Mar- 
garet (Barrett) Huntington, settled with her 
children first at Roxbury, Massachusetts, 
where she married (second) 1635-36, Thomas 
Stoughton of Dorchester. They removed to 
Windsor, Connecticut, and settled there. ?\Iar- 
garet was probably born in Norwich, England. 
Practically nothing is known of Simon Hunt- 
ington. Even his name was a mystery to the 
early genealogists of the family. Children: 
William, settled in Salisbury about 1640; 
Thomas, settled in Connecticut; Christopher, 
mentioned below : Simon, settled in Norwich, 
Connecticut : Ann, mentioned in a letter writ- 
ten by Peter Barrett to his sister, Margaret 
(Barrett) Huntington. 

(II) Christopher, son of Simon and Mar- 
garet (Barrett) Huntington, came to New 
England with his mother, and lived at Wind- 
sor. He married there in 1652, Ruth, daugh- 
ter of William Rockwell. He removed to 
Saybrook, and in the spring of 1660 was one 
of the founders of Norwich, and was one of 
the patentees of the town in 1665. He died 
in 1691. Children: i. Christopher, born 1653; 
died at Saybrook. 2. Ruth, born April 13, 
1653 (probably twin), died young. 3. Ruth, 
born April. 1658. died ^larch 26, 1681. 4. 
Christopher, born November i. 1660: the first 
male child born in Norwich; married (first) 
May 26. 1681, Sarah .\dgate : (second) Mrs. 
Judith (Stevens) Brewster, widow of Jona- 
than Brewster, who was great-grandson of 
Elder William Brewster. 5. Thomas, born 
March 18, 1664. 6. John, March 15, 1666, 
mentioned below. 7. Susannah, August, 1668; 
married Captain Samuel Griswold. 8. Lydia, 

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August, 1672. 9. Ann, October 25, 1575; 
married Jonathan Dingham. 

(Ill) John, son of Christopher and Ruth 
(Rockwell ) Huntington, was born in Xorwich. 
March 15, 1666. and died in 1696. He mar- 
ried. December 9, 1687, Abigail Lathrop. born 
May, 1668, daughter of Samuel Lathrop and 
granddaughter of Rev. John Lathrop, the first 
minister of Scituate. Massachusetts, who was 
imprisoned in London two years and finally 
released in 1634. Her father ^emo^■ed to Xor- 
wich in 1648. and was constable in 1691 ; chil- 
dren: Abigail, born P'ebruary 19. 16S9; John, 
April JO. 1690. mentioned below : Hannah, 
born March 25. 1693-94, married John Hunt ; 
Martha and Deborah, twins, born December 9, 

( I\') John (2). son of John (i) and Abi- 
gail (Lathrop) Huntington, was born April 
20. i6<X). and died June 2. 174 — . He removed 
to Tolland early in the settlement of that town. 
He married in 1723. Thankful Warner, of 
Windham, who died July 14. 1739. Children: 
John, born February 22. 1726. mentioned be- 
low: Thankful. March 16, 1727; Samuel. July 
II. 1728. died in the French war: .Andrew', 
born October i. 1732: Deborah, born Mav 21, 

(\ ) John (3). son of John (2) and Thank- 
ful (Warner) Huntington, was born in Tol- 
land. Crjnnecticut. February 22, 1726. and was 
accidentally killed by a fall under a cart wheel 
oh the road from Hartford to Tolland. March 
23. 1774. He was a farmer in Tolland, and 
married Mehitable Steele, born June 6. 1733. 
Children: John, born May 11. 1749: married. 
1783. Rebecca Xewell : Thankful, born July 
23. [750. died r)ctober 29. 1750: Mehitable. 
January 24, 1752: twin daugliters. born and 
died Xovember 15. 1733: Elisha. December 
17. 17.^4: William. September 19. 1757: Heze- 
kiah. December 30. 1759. mentioned below; 
Deborah. Xovember 21. 1762: Samuel. March 
23. 1763. married Sally Howard: Abigail, 
March 29, 1767: Ruth. May i .'. 1769: Thank- 
ful. October 3. 1771 : Mara. October 27. 1774: 
died August 3. 1777. 

i\'\) Hon. Hezekiah Huntington, son of 
John ("3") and Mehitable ('Steele") Huntington, 
was born in Tolland. December 30. 1739. He 
studied law with Ciideon Granger of Sufficld. 
and with John Trumbull, afterwards judge of 
the superior court, and was admitted to the 
bar at Hartford in 1789. He established him- 
self at the practice of law in SufiField in 1790. 
and soon attained eminence in his profession. 
In 1806 he was appointed bv Jefiferson attornev 
for Connecticut, holding the office until 1829. 
He was a member of the general assemblv in 
several sessions from Mav, 1802, until October 

1805. In iSor he was appointed a commis- 
sioner under the bankrupt law of the United 
States, and held the office about two years. 
In 1S13 he removed to Hartford, where he 
resided the rest of his life. He died in Middle- 
town, May 27, 1842. Mr. Huntington was a 
man of great ability and was very popular. 
He married, in Suffield, October 5, 1788. Susan 
Kent, born September 20, 1768. Children: i. 
Henry W., born August 16, 1789; graduate 
of Yale 181 1 : married Helen Dunbar. 2. Julia 
Ann, born December 10. 1790; married. Octo- 
ber 12. 1814. Leicester King, a merchant of 
Bloomfield. Ohio, where she died January 24, 
1849; children: i. Henry W. King, born Sep- 
tember 24. 1815, died Xovember 21, 1837; ii. 
Julia A. King, born November 7, 1817; iii. 
Susan H. King, born July 6, 1820. died 1837 ! 
iv. Leicester King, born July 26, 1823 ; v. 
David King, born December 24, 1825 ; vi. 
Helen D. King, born X'ovember 19, 1827; vii. 
Hezekiah King, born August 3, 1829; viii. 
Catiierine B. King, born July 8, 1832. 3. 
Horace Augustus, born May 9. 1792: married, 
1817, Maria Evans, and became a merchant in 
Xatchez, ^Mississippi, where he died of yellow 
fever December 9, 1819. 4. Samuel Howard, 
born December 14. 1793; mentioned below. 5. 
Hezekiah. born October 28. 1793 : married 
(first), June 26. 1825, Sarah Morgan, who 
died April 16. 1847; (second), Catherine B. 
Sunnier : was a publisher and the president 
of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. 6. 
Susan Lyman, born January 14, 1798; married, 
October 21, 1833, Rev. J. B. Cook, a Bajnist 
nu'nister of Binghaniton, Xew York; had 
Susan Kent Cook, born December 26, 1837. 
7. Francis Junius, born December 3. 1802; 
married. September i, 1833. Stella Bradley 
Bull, daughter of Michael Bull : was a pub- 
lisher in Hartford and Xew York City. 

(\'I[| Hon. Samuel Howard Huntington, 
son of Hon. Hezekiah and Susan (Kent) 
Hurtington. was born in Suffield. December 
14. 1793. He graduated from Yale College in 
181S. and was admitted to the bar. He began 
practice in Hartford, and was successful from 
the start. In 1829 he was clerk of the state 
senate. He was judge of the county court 
and on the establishment of the court of claims 
in Washington, District of Columbia, he was 
elected the chief clerk. He was for many years 
a warden of Trinity Church. He died at his 
residence on Summer street. Hartford. Febru- 
ary 4, 1880, aged eighty-six years. He had 
been a man of remarkably vigorous health 
ail his life: a man of good' habits and warm 
hospitality. At the age of eighty-five he 
walkerl erect, with a lighter step tlian many 
young men. Several weeks before his death 



he wrote an article published in the Hartford 
Tillies, concerning the location of a railway 
crossing. Though his health was at the time 
failing, the article showed that his mind re- 
tained its wonted vigor. He married (first), 
October 25, 1825, Catherine H. Brinley, who 
died July 21, 1832, aged twenty-six, daughter 
of George Brinley, of Boston. He married 
(second), Sarah Blair Watkinson, who died 
April 26. 1876, daughter of Robert Watkin- 
son. Children : Catherine Brinley, born Janu- 
ary I, 1837; Maria Champion, December 27, 
1838: Robert Watkinson. December 3, 1840, 
mentioned below: Samuel, December 17, 1842: 
Henry Kent, Alarch 2j. 1844: .Sarah Blair and 
Elizabeth A., twins. November 30, 1847. 
Elizabeth .\. married Charles J. Cole (see Cole 

(\'ni) Colonel Robert Watkinson Hunt- 
ington, son of Hon. Samuel H. Huntington, 
was born December 3, 1840. On the breaking 
out of the civil war he was a freshman in 
Trinity College. He enlisted in General Haw- 
ley's company, First Connecticut X'olunteer 
Infantr\-, and in September, 1861. was ap- 
pointed a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He 
was in the service continuously until the fall 
of 1899. On June 21, 1864, he was promoted 
to the rank of captain. He was senior Marine 
Corps officer at Samoa, and was on board the 
"Trenton." After the destruction of the ships 
in the hurricane there of 1887. he was in com- 
mand of the marine forces on shore which laid 
out the encampment, etc. On October 24, 
1889, he was promoted to major, and February 
2. 1897, to lieutenant-colonel. During the 
Spanish war he was in charge of a battalion 
about six hundred and fifty strong. They 
sailed on the "Panther," and were encamped 
in Florida for some time. On reaching Guan- 
tananio Bay, they were landed on Friday. June 
ID. under cover of a war-ship, and all day 
Saturday and until Sunday forenoon the Span- 
ish forces on land kept up a bushwhacking 
fight, killing four men and wounding several. 
Entrenchments were thrown up in spite of the 
opposition of the enemy, their attack lasting a 
week, being made chiefly at night. The land- 
ing was of great value, and "Camp McCalla," 
as it was named, became famous in American 
history. One of the results of the landing was 
to secure for the blockading squadron a safe 
anchorage and a smoother sheet of water for 
coaling. It was an important move, executed 
with judgment and skill. For meritorious 
service. Col. Huntington was promoted to the 
rank of colonel. He was retired from active 
service January 10. 1900. He married (first), 
November, 1865, Jane Lathrop Trumbull, 
great-granddaughter of Jonathan Trumbull. 

She died March 3, 1868. He married (sec- 
ond) in 1879, Elizabeth S., daughter of Gen- 
eral Amiel Whipple, who was killed at the 
battle of Antietam. Children of first wife: 
Robert \Vatkinson and Rev. Daniel Trumbull, 
both further mentioned hereafter. Child of 
second wife: Eleanor Sherburne, married Wil- 
liam Randall Sayles. 

(IX) Robert Watkinson Huntington, son 
of Colonel Robert Watkinson and Jane Lath- 
rop (Trumbull) Huntington, was born in Nor- 
wich, Connecticut, November 9, 1866. In earl) 
boyhood, after the death of his mother, he 
went to reside with his grandfather. Judge 
Samuel Howard Huntington, at Hartford, and 
after graduating from the Hartford high 
school he entered Yale University, taking his 
bachelor's degree with the class of 1889. At 
Yale he affiliated with several college societies, 
including the Scroll and Key. In November, 
' 1889. he entered the service of the Connecticut 
General Life Insurance Company as an errand 
boy in the home office at Hartford, and per- 
ceiving the possibilities open to him he de- 
termined to accept that line of business as his 
life work, fully determined to reach the top 
round of the ladder ere his ambition should be 
satisfied. From the most humble post in the 
service he rapidly advanced through the vari- 
ous grades, including the exacting position of 
actuary and the highly responsible office of 
secretary, and in 1901 he was chosen presi- 
dent of the company, thus reaching the goal of 
his ambition in the unusually short period of 
twelve years. Twenty years ago the assets 
of the Connecticut General Life Insurance 
Company amounted to $1,960,482.49. its 7302 
policies amounted to $9,333,410; January i, 
1910, its assets amounted to $8,871,702.22, 
and its insurance in force to $44,568,663. 
Mr. Huntington is connected as director 
and trustee with some of the strongest finan- 
cial institutions in Hartford. He is a fel- 
low of the Actuarial Society of America ; 
is a member of the Hartford Club and the 
Hartford Golf Club; and of Trinity (Protes- 
tant Episcopal) Church, of which he is a 
vestryman. In politics he is independent. 

In his youth ;\Ir. Huntington made good 
UFe of his opportunities for an unrestricted 
indulgence in manly sports, particularly hunt- 
ing and fishing, thereby developing an excep- 
tionally strong physique, which has enabled 
him to preserx'e intact the buoyancy and 
spirit of youth, in spite of the numerous cares 
and responsibilities incumbent upon his posi- 

May 5, 1906, ^Ir. Huntington married IMiss 
Constance Alton Willard, of Lexington, 
Massachusetts : their children are : Robert 



Watkinson, born July 2. 1907: Mary W'illard, 
born March 15. 1909. 

(IX) Rev. Daniel Trumbull Huntington, 
son of Colonel Robert Watkinson and Jane 
Latlirop (Trumbull) Huntington, was born 
in Norwich, Connecticut, August 4, 1868. He 
was graduated from Yale with the class of 
1892. and after studying for a year at the 
General Theological Seminary in New York 
he entered the Berkeley Divinity School, 
Middletown, Connecticut, completing his 
course there in 1895. He was ordained a 
deacon in June, 1893. and became a priest 
of the Protestant Episcopal church in April, 
1896. Immediately after his ordination as 
deacon he entered the foreign mission service 
under the auspices of the Episcopal board, 
and in the following September began his 
labors at Hankow, Central China. From 
February to June, 1896, he was in charge 
temporarily of the Boone School at Wuchang, 
and was subsequently engaged in mission 
work in Shasi. Hsinti and Hankow. He is 
now stationed at Ichang. 

(Ill) Deacon Christo- 
HUNTIXGTON pher (2) Huntington, 
son of Christopher (i) 
Huntington (q. v.), was born November i, 
1660, the "first-born male" of Norwich, Con- 
necticut. He had a town grant at Norwich 
in 1684 and was a prominent citizen of Nor- 
wich. He was first townsman (selectman) 
in 1691-1705-09, and succeeded Richard 
Bushnell as town clerk. From 1695 until 
he died he was deacon of the church. He was 
a surveyor and an extensive land owner. He 
died at Norwich. .April 24, 1735. His grave- 
stone stands on the brow of the hill on the 
southeast corner of the uptown burying 
ground. He married (first), Alay 26, 168 i, 
Sarah, born January, 1663, died Februarv, 
1703-06. daughter of Deacon Thomas and 
Mary (Bushnell) Adgate. Her mother mar- 
ried (first) Richard Bushnell. He married 
(second) ( )ctoher, 1706. Mrs. Judith (Stev- 
ens) Brewster, widow of Jonathan Brewster, 
great-grandson of Elder William Brewster. 
Children of first wife, born at Norwich: 
Ruth, November 28, 1682; Christina. Septem- 
ber 12, 16S6; Isaac. February 3. 1688, men- 
tioned below: Jabez, January 26. i6qi ; Mat- 
thew, .April 16, 1694: Hezekiah, December 
16, iTx/i: Sarah, January 5. 1699-1700: Jere- 
miah. December 13. 1702. Children of second 
wife: Judith, September 10, 1707; John, 
November 13. 1709; Elizabeth, May 6, 1712; 
Jeremiah, December 20. 171 3. 

(IV) Isaac, son of Deacon Christopher (2) 
Huntington, was born at Norwich. February 

5, 1688. He was a prominent member of the 
church. He was one of the committee to 
labor with the Separates, appointed October 
21, 1726. He succeeded his father as town 
clerk, December 6, 1726, and his last entry 
as town clerk was a month before his death, 
January 9, 1764. He married, February 21, 
1715-16. Rebecca, great-granddaughter of 
Rev. John Lothrop, of England and Scituate, 
Massachusetts. Children, born at Norwich : 
Rebecca, November 17, 1717; Isaac, August 
25, 1719; Sarah, April 17, 1721 ; Nehemiah, 
January 2, 1722-23; Dorcas, February 23, 
1724-25 ; Rebecca, born and died June 6, 1725 ; 
Rebecca, born December 4, 1726; Mary, No- 
vember 26, 1728; Samuel, March 23, 1731, 
died 1737: Joseph, November 15, 1732; Eli- 
jah, December 21, 1734: Benjamin, mentioned 
below; Abigail, July 29, 1739. 

(V) Benjamin, son of Isaac Huntington, 
was born at Norwich, February 22, 1736. He 
succeeded his father as town clerk and was 
succeeded by his son. He was selectman 
with Barnabas Huntington, Samuel Tracy and 
Elijah Brewster, who called the first revolu- 
tionary meeting in Norwich, June 6, 1774. 
He married, March 5, 1767, ^lary, daughter 
of Joseph and Mary (Carew) Brown. She 
died April 24. 1777. Children, born at Nor- 
wich: Mary, March 8, 1768; Philip, men- 
tioned below; Alice, March 21, 1773; Daniel, 
Tune ID. 1776. 

( \T ) Philip, son of Benjamin Huntington, 
was born September 26, 1770, died February 
4, 1823. He was town clerk from the time 
his father died until his own death. He mar- 
ried, January 17, 1796. Theophila Christ, who 
died November 30, 1806, aged thirty-eight 
years. Their only child was Benjamin, men- 
tioned below. 

(\TI) Benjamin (2), son of Pliili]) Hunt- 
ington, was born at Norwich. April 24. 1798, 
died there in May, 1881. He was a promi- 
nent merchant and was for many years treas- 
urer of the Norwich Savings Hank. He suc- 
ceeded his father as town clerk and held the 
office, until it was removed to the city. He 
married, September 30, 1830, Margaretta D., 
born J.larch 29, 1808, daugjiter of John Web- 
ster Perrit. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Children, born at Norwich: i. John Webster 
Perrit, July 3. 1831, mentioned below. 2. Son, 
born and died March 24, 1833. 3. .Margaretta 
Dunlap, June 13, 1S34. died January 8, Tgo8. 
4. Peletiah Webster, July 2, "1836, mentioned 
below. 3. Benjamin Newton, May 21, 1838; 
married Sarah J. MacMahon : had no chil- 
dren. 6. Son, born and died February 13, 
1840. 7. Sara Learning, September 8. 1842; 
resides at 344 Washington street, Norwich 



Town, in the old Colonel Christopher Letifing- 
well house. 8. Thomas Dunlap. July 26, 1844, 
died September. 1861, aged seventeen years, a 
soldier in the civil war, enlisted in the Eighth 
Connecticut Regiment under Captain Edward 
Harland. now General Harland. of Norwich ; 
was taken sick in camp and returned home, 
where he died two days later. 9. Henry Clay, 
died in infancy. 

(Mil) John Webster Perrit, son of Benja- 
min (2) Huntington, was born July 5, 1831, 
in Norwich. He went to California at the 
time of the discovery of gold. He married, 
in Yoncalla, Oregon. Mary Applegate. They 
resided in Salem, Oregon, where he died, 
leaving one son, Benjamin, who married Mary 
Miller, of Oregon, and had thirteen children: 
Benjamin, Webster. Perrit. Phillip. Margaret- 
ta, McKinley. James. Thomas. Anna. Sara, 
Mary. Ruth and Rachel. 

(Vni) Peletiah Webster, son of Benjamin 
(2) Huntington, was born at Norwich. July 
2. 1836. He is president of the Huntington 
National Bank of Columbus. Ohio. He mar- 
ried (first). Mrs. Jane Deshler Beeson. a 
widow; (second) Frances Sollace: (third) 
Ida Notlinagel. Children of first wife: i. 
Benjamin, died aged four vears. 2. Thomas 
Dunlap, married and had Rachel Lelfin^wel!, 
Constance and Peletiah Webster. 3. Webster 

Perrit, married Anna and had Jane. 

Deshler and Ruth. Children of second wife: 
4. Theodore Sollace. married Grace Lee and 
had one child. Theodore. 3. Francis Ropes, 
married Adeline Llrick and had no children. 
6. Baldwin Gwynne. married Maybel Money- 
penny, of Columbus. Ohio, and had three chil- 
dren : Ann. Frances Sollace and John Web- 
ster Perrit. Children of third wife: 7. Edith, 
unmarried. 8. Margaret, unmarried. And 
two others died in infancv. 

(TIL) Lieutenant Sam- 
HL'NTINGTON uel Huntington, son of 
Simon Huntington I'q. 
v.). was born in Norwich. March i. 1665. 
He married there, October 29. 1686. Mary, 
daughter of William Clark, of Wethersfield. 
In 1700 he removed to Lebanon, after selling 
his house and lot in the former town for a, 
parsonage. Before his removal he had been 
a public man and had held several important 
positions. In 1692 he was appointed con- 
stable, and had before this been one of the 
townsmen. Ten years after his removal he 
was appointed by the citizens of Norwich on 
a committee to locate the new meeting house, 
about which a serious dispute had arisen. He 
was a large land holder in both Norwich and 
Lebanon. His name appears on the list of the 

Lebanon church in 1707 and his wife's in 
1701. He died there May 10, 1717, and she 
October 5, 1743. Children, born in Norwich: 
EHzabeth, April 24, 1688-89; Samuel, August 
28, 1691, mentioned below; Caleb, February 
8, 1693-94; Mary, October i, 1696; Rebecca, 
February, 1698-99; born in Lebanon: Sarah, 
October 22, 1701 ; John, May 17, 1706; Si- 
mon, August 15, 1708. 

(IV) l3eacon Samuel (2) Huntington, son 
of Lieutenant Samuel (i) Huntington, was 
born in Norwich, August 2S, 1691. He mar- 
ried, in Lebanon, December 4, 1722, Hannah, 
daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Avery) 
Metcalf, born January 17, 1702. Her father, 
Jonathan Metcalf, was the son of Jonathan 
and Hannah (Kenric) Metcalf, of Dedham, 
Massachusetts ; grandson of Michael and 
Mary (Fairbanks) Metcalf; and great-grand- 
son of Michael and Sarah Metcalf, who were 
driven by the persecutions of Bishop Wren, 
of Norwich, England, to flee to New England 
in the spring of 1637. They settled in Ded- 
ham. Samuel Huntington was elected deacon 
of the Lebanon church. His wife was admit- 
ted to the church. April 25, 1725, and died 
in Lebanon, October 14, 1791. He died in 
1784. Children, born in Lebanon: Samuel, 
October 16, 1723; Mary, June i, 1725; Zer- 
viah, July 23, 1727; Oliver, April 15, 1729; 
William. August 12, 1731, died September 11, 
1731 ; William, August 20. 1732, mentioned 
below; Sybil, February, 1734-35; Eliphalet, 
April 14, 1737; Jonathan, March 19, 1741 ; 
Eleazer, May 9, 1744; Josiah, November 5, 

(V) Captain William Huntington, son of 
Deacon Samuel (2) Huntington, was born 
August 20, 1732, in Lebanon. He married, 
October 27. 1757, Bethia Throop, a lineal de- 
scendant of William Scrope, one of the judges 
who condemned Charles I., and on fleeing to 
this country changed his name to Throop. 
She was born in 1738, died July 12, 1799. 
Her funeral sermon, preached by the Rev. 
Zebulon Ely and published afterwards, bears 
testimony to her great piety. Captain William 
Huntington was a farmer by occupation, and 
a useful and upright man. He lived in Le- 
banon, and died tliere May 31, 1816. Chil- 
dren, born in Lebanon: Dan, August 9, 1758, 
died September 6, 1738; Rhoda, December 14, 
1739. died December 11, 1764; Marv, August 
18. 1761: Wealthy. April 18. 1763; Rhoda; 
William, March 6, 1765; Eunice. January 14, 
1769: Dan, mentioned below. 

(VI) Dan, son of Captain William Hunt- 
ington, was born in Lebanon, October ir, 
1774. He graduated at Yale. 1794. He was 
tutor in Williams College from 1794 to 1796, 



and for the next two years tutor in Yale. 
From 1797 to 1809 he was pastor of the Con- 
gregational church in Litchfield, Connecticut, 
and of that in .Middletown, Connecticut, from 
1809 to 1816. From the latter town he re- 
moved to Hadley, Massachusetts, where he 
spent the remainder of his life. Here he did 
not settle as pastor but continued to preach. 
For a time he supplied a Unitarian congre- 
gation and finally became a L'nitarian. He 
married, January i, 1801, Elizabeth Whiting, 
born February 7, 1779, died April 6. 1847, 
only daughter' of Charles and Elizabeth (Por- 
ter) Phelps, of Hadley. Children : Charles 
Phelps, born in Litchfield, May 24, 1802. men- 
tioned below: Elizabeth Porter, May 8, 1803; 
William Pitkin, July 16, 1804 ; Bethia Throop, 
October 7, 1805: Edward Phelps. April 25, 
1807; John Whiting, May 28, 1809; Theophi- 
lus Parsons, July 11, 181 1; Theodore Greg- 
son, March 18, 1813; Mary Dwight, April 
18, 1815; died young; Catherine Carey, May 
8, 1817, died August 15, 1830: Frederic Dan, 
May 28, 1819. 

(\'n) Charles Phelps, son of Dan Hunt- 
ington, was born in Litchfield. Connecticut. 
May 24, 1802. He graduated from Harvard 
in 1822. He became a lawyer, attained an 
early prominence in his profession, and was 
one of the judges of the superior court for 
Sufifolk county, Massachusetts. He lived for 
several years in Northampton, Massachusetts, 
anil later in Ilo^tijn. He married (first). Oc- 
tober 28, 1827, Helen S., born in Xorthamp- 
ton. August 24. 1806, died March 30. 1844. 
daughter of Elijah Hunt Mills. He married 
(second), June 2, 1847, Ellen Greenough, 
horn in Boston, March 28, 1814, sister of 
the sculptor of that name. Children of first 
wife, born in Northampton : Helen Frances, 
July 7, 1 83 1 : Charles Whiting, September 22, 
1834; Elijah Hunt Mills, Julv 22. 18^6; 
Helen Bethia. July 12, 1838, died July 25, 
1S39: Mary ICiizabeth, Marcii 10. 1840: Ed- 
ward Stanton. .April 3. 1841. mentioned be- 
low; Harriette Mills. May 18. 1843. died July 
8, 1844; children of second wife: Henrv 
Greenough. March 24, 1848; Laura Curtis, 
September 15, 1849. 

(Vni) Edward Stanton, son of Charles 
Phelps Huntinijton, was born at Northamp- 
ton. April 3, 1841. He married, i860. Julia 
A. Pratt, born 1856. daughter of United 
States Senator Pratt, of Indiana. He settled 
at Logansport. Indiana, and was an agricul- 
turist. Later he settled in Quincy, Massa- 
chusetts, where he was engaged in literarv 
pursuits. In politics he was Renublican : in 
religion a Freethinker. Child, Charles Pratt, 
mentioned below. 

(IX) Charles Pratt, son of Edward Stan- 
ton Huntington, was born at Logansport, In- 
diana, November 22, 1871. He prepared for 
college in the famous old Adams Academy 
of Quincy, }vlassachusetts, of which the prin- 
cipal was Dr. William Everett, son of United 
States Senator Edward Everett, of Massa- 
chusetts. He entered Harvard College in 
1S89 and was graduated with the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts in 1893. He continued his 
studies abroad and was graduated in 1901 
from "L'Ecole des Beaux Arts" of Paris. 
He has since then followed the profession of 
architect in New York City. The Spanish 
Aluseum, the American Geographical Build- 
ing, the Numismatic Society Building and the 
Spanish church are among his creations and 
are well known buildings in New York City. 
His office is at 18 West Thirty-first street, 
New York. He is a member of the Societe 
des Beaux Arts, the American Institute of 
Architects, the National Geographical So- 
ciety, the Harvard Club of New York, the 
Players Club of New York and the Municipal 
Art Society of New York. In politics he is 
independent. He married. May 5, 1S94, in 
Florence, Italy, Maude M. Bayly, born in 
1872 in India, daughter of General Abingdon 
Bayly, of the Royal Artillery, England. Her 
mother was Mary (Faunce) Bayly, a native 
of Kent, England. They have one child, 
\'i\-ienne Maude, born April 25, 1902. 

Sergeant Francis Nichols, im- 
NICHOLS migrant ancestor, was born in 
England and was among the 
first settlers of Stratford, Connecticut, where 
he was living as early as 1639. He had a 
military training and belonged to the Horse 
Guards of London, it is believed. He was 
closely related to Colonel Richard Nicolls, the 
first English governor. He owned land in 
Southhold. Long Island. His estate was dis- 
tributed among his chidren before his death. 
He married (second) Anne Wines, daugh- 
ter of Barnabas Wines, of Southold. She 
married (second) John Etton, of Southold. 
His children, born in England, were: Isaac, 
mentioned below ; Caleb ; John : Daughter, 
married Richard Mills; Anne, mentioned in 
the will of her grandfather Wines in 1675, 
married Christopher Goings. Jr. 

(II) Isaac, son of Francis Nichols, was 
born in England: died in 1695, at Stratford, 
Connecticut. He was a deputy to the general 
assembly several terms. His will was dated 
September 28. 1694, proved November 6, 
ifiQ;. He bequeathed his homestead and 
lands to Benjamin, after the death of his 
wife, and states that he had given as he was 



able to his other children. Children, born at 
Stratford : Mary, February 2, 1(348, married 
Rev. Israel Chauncey ; Sarah, November i, 
1649, married Stephen Burritt ; Josiah. Janu- 
ary 29, 1752-53, married Margaret Nichols; 
Isaac, March 12, 1764, mentioned below; 
Jonathan, December 10, 1655, married Han- 
nah Hawkins; Ephraim, December 15, 1657, 
married Esther Hawley, widow of Ebenezer; 
Patience, February 2, 1660; Temperance, 
May 17, 1662 ; Margery, November 30, 1663 ; 
Benjamin, February 2, 1666, removed to 
Derby ; Elizabeth, born April 2, 1668, married, 
July 9, 169 1, Joseph Webb. 

(HI) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (i) Nichols, 
was born March 12, 1654. He owned a house 
and land at Stratford in 1686. He married 

Mary , who died at Stratford, in 1690. 

He died in 1680. Children: I-"rancis, born 
June 3, 1676; Richard, November 26, 1678, 
mentioned below; Joseph, November i, 1680. 

(I\') Richard, son of Isaac (2) Nichols, 
was born in Stratford, November 26, 1678, 
died there September 20. 1756. He married, 
June 3, 1702. Comfort Sherman, died Febru- 
ary II, 1726-27, daughter of Tiieophilus Sher- 
man, of Wethersfield. His will was dated 
September 25, 1755. and proved October 9, 
1755. He left a widow Elizabeth, his second 
wife. Children, born at Stratford : Tiieophi- 
lus, March 31, 1703. see forward; Elijah, 
September 3, 1706; Nathaniel. April 8, 1708; 
Joseph; William; Jerusha. .March 27, 1717, 
married James Walker ; Temperance, mar- 
ried Joseph Thompson ; Comfort, married 
Daniel Burritt. 

(V) Theophilus, son of Richard Nichols. 
was born at .Stratford. March 31, 1703, and 
died there April 7, 1774. He is buried in 
the old Stratford burying ground. His will 
was dated January 13. 1773, and proved May 
9, 1774. His inventory, dated May 23, 1774, 
amounted to two thousand one hundred and 
seventy-nine pounds and seven pence. He 
married (first), January 2, 1724, Sarah Cur- 
tis, who died September 26, 1769, aged si.xtv- 
seven, a daughter of Lieutenant Ebenezer 
Curtis. He married (second) Mehitable Peet, 
who died September 20, 1771, aged about 
fifty-two, widow of William Peet. Children 
of first wife, born at Stratford: William, 
November 10. 1724. lived at Trumbull, Con- 
necticut; Philip, January 5, 1726-27, men- 
tioned below; Lucy, December 30, 1728; 
Betty, November 10, 1730; Charity, Novem- 
ber, 2, 1732; Lavinia, June 7. 1734; Sarissa, 
September 30, 1736; .\nne. May 19, 1738; 
Sarah, June, 1745. 

(VI) Philip, son of Theophilus Nichols, 
was born January 5, 1726-27. at Stratford 

and died there May 13, 1807. He was a 
man of large influence and held much prop- 
erty in land and shares ; for many years was 
a magistrate. He dealt in horses and mules, 
exporting to the West Indies. His will was 
dated December 13, 1805, and proved June 
9, 1807. Inventory amounted to £25,123 four 
shillings nine pence. He married (first), 
October 9, 1753, Mehitable Peet; (second), 
September 9, 1757, Mary Prince, who died 
May 13, 1811, aged seventy-seven. They 
were members of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. Children, born at Stratford, by first 
wife: William, March 10, 1755, mentioned 
below; Philip, September 11, 1756. Children 
of second wife, born at Stratford : Mercy, 
January 23, 1759; Lucy, April 6, 1761 ; Han- 
nah. December 29, 1762; Mary, May 9, 1765; 
Richard, August 5, 1767; Sarah, August 19, 
1769, married Rev. Abraham L. Clarke; 
Charles Theophilus, July 21, 1771 ; George 
Kneeland, December 15, 1773, died young; 
George Kneeland, December 26, 1776. ' 

(\TI) William, son of Philip Nichols, was 
born at Stratford, March 10, 1755, and died 
at Stratford July 22, 1837. He was buried in 
the Pequonnock cemetery. He was a farmer 
by occupation and an Episcopalian in religion. 

He married first Edwards ; second. 

•Huldah Downs, of Redding, Connecticut. 
Children of first wife: Sarah, married Isaac 
Seeley ; Philip, accidentally shot and killed ; 
Mehitable. married Asa Beardsley ; Prudence, 
married Captain William Goodsell ; Hannah, 
died C)ctober 2, 1855, aged sixty-seven; Anna, 
married Levi Lyon ; Serena, married Abijah 
Beardsley; Betsey, married (first) George 
Remington; (second) Pennoyer. Chil- 
dren of second wife: David. 1797; William 
Han ford, died January 26, 1838, aged thirty- 
nine; Wakeman. 1801 ; Flam, born 1802; 
Stephen, 1804. mentioned below; Child, died 
in infancy; Philip Edwards, died September 
26, 1855, aged forty-eight. 

(Vlli) Stephen." son of William Nichols, 
was iiorn nt Trumbull, formerly Stratford, 
Connecticut, September 16, 1804. His mother 
died when he was thirteen years old anil he 
had to seek a home for himself. He came to 
Bri(li,report and lived with his sister, working 
for various farmers. He learned the trade 
of shoemaker, following it for twenty years, 
but eventually returned to farming. In poli- 
tics he was a Whig until the party dissolved, 
and afterward he was a Republican. He rep- 
resented Bridgeport in the Connecticut gen- 
eral assembly in 1878, and was appointed to 
the committee on cities and boroughs. He 
was for many years a justice of the peace; 
was an assessor, and selectman of the town. 

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and member of the commnn council of the 
city of Bridgeport. He married. March 4. 
1829. Emehne. daughter of Aaron Beardsley, 
of Trumbull. Children: Jane E., died young; 
Stephen Marcus, mentioned below. 

(IX) Lieutenant Stephen Marcus, son of 
Stephen Nichols, was born in Bridgeport, 
July 10, 1838, died there July 29. 1870. He 
was educated in the public schools of his na- 
tive town. He was engaged in the retail 
grocery business on Main street, Bridgeport, 
both before and after the civil war. Later 
he engaged in the crockery business on Wall 
street" in company with Henry Porter and 
was there until he retired. He was first lieu- 
tenant of Company D, Twenty-third Connec- 
ticut Regiment for one year during the civil 
war. In politics he was a Republican. He 
was a member of Free and Accepted .Masons 
of Bridgeport. He married. December 23, 
1861. Julia Gorham Hall, born October 2, 1836, 
at Trumbull, daughter of Alanson and Sophia 
Shelton (Edwards^ Hall. Mrs. Nichols is 
living at ~2~ State street, Bridgeport. She 
is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. 
Children, born at Bridgeport: i. Lizzie Hall, 
February 12. 1863, died March 23, 1891, mar- 
ried Swan Brewster; child, Stephen, died in 
infancy, March. 1891. 2. Wilbur F.dwards, 
born .-Xugust, 1864; died, unmarried. March i,' 

The branch of the Nichols 
NICHOLS family herein traced is de- 
scended from Enos Nichols, 
who married Sarah Jennings, of \'irginio. He 
settled in the Mountains of \'irginia, but 
was driven out by hostile Indians, losing all 
his lands and property. He then located near 
the New York state line, and later drifted 
to Milton, Connecticut, where his death oc- 
curred. Among his children was Jeremiah. 
see forward. 

(II) Jeremiah, son of Enos Nichols, was 
born about 17S0. He attended the schools 
adjacent to his home, and later served an 
apprenticeship to the trade of shoemaker, 
which line of work he followed throu;.:hout 
the active years of his life. He was a soldier 
in the war of 1812. engaged in the defense 
of the coast near Bridgeport, Connecticut. 
He married Rachel Squiers. Children : Ste- 
phen, see forward; Samuel, Polly. Mian. 

CIII) Stephen, son of Jeremiah Nichols. 
was born in 1807 in West Milton. Connecti- 
cut, died in West Vir<:;inia. 1859. He was 
educated in the schools of his native place, 
acquiring a practical knowledge which quali- 
fied him for the duties of life. He resided 

for a time in New York state, then settled 
at Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he owned 
a meat and provision business, having prior 
to that followed the trade of miller. He was 
an active and useful citizen, successful in busi- 
ness and prominent in temperance work. He 
married. Mary .\nn Low. born in 181 5. died 
at Weston. Connecticut, 1845. Cbildren : 
George, died at Togus, Maine; had no chil- 
dren : Silvester \'an Rensselaer, of whom fur- 
ther below. 

(IV) Silvester \'an Rensselaer, youngest 
son of Stephen Nichols, was born at Weston, 
Connecticut, 1841. His boyhood was spent 
in attending the district school and assisting 
his father. He left home at the age of sixteen 
and went west, but returned in i860 and 
worked with his uncle, William Piatt, in the 
meat business at Bridgeport. At the break- 
ing out of the civil war he enlisted in the 
Second Connecticut Light Battery and served 
for three years, thus demonstrating his loy- 
alty and fidelity to his country. .\t the close 
of hostilities he returned to Bridgeport and 
again entered the service of his uncle, afore- 
mentioned, remaining until 1872, when he 
engaged in the market business on his own 
account, under the firm name of Nichols & 
Lill, butchers, whose shop was located on 
State street. He sold out his interest in the 
business in 1888. but resumed business again 
in 1800. establishing a meat market at No. 100 
Fairfield avenue, which he conducted for 
seven years and then disposed of the same, 
and since then devoted his attention to the 
real estate business in Bridgeport, continu- 
ing until his death. He erected a brick block 
on Liberty street and other valuable houses. 
He was energetic and enterprising in his 
methods, straightforward and honorable in all 
his transactions, and thus well merited the 
success which attended his efforts. He served 
in the common council of Bridgeport in 
1892-93. having been elected on the Repub- 
lican ticket, and his religious convictions 
were those of the Methodist church. He was 
a member of Elias Howe. Jr., Post. No. 3, 
Grand .Vrmy of the Republic; Pe |uomiock 
Lodge and Stratfield Encampment, also Re- 
bekah Lodge. Inflependent Orrlcr of Odfl Fel- 

He married ('first) .\bhie P.. Nichols, 
born in Stepney, died in 189S, daughter of 
.\ger Nichols. Married (second) Rebecca 
Frances Jenkins, a native of England. CTiil- 
dren: Stephen John and Margaret. Mr. Nich- 
ols died November 20. 1910. The funeral 
services were conducted hy the Rev. G. W. 
Brown, pastor of the First Methodist Epis- 
copal Church. Interment was in Stepney. 



Concord. Massachusetts, was 
WHEELER the original home of the 
Wheeler families in this 
country. Joseph. Obaciiah and Thomas Wheeler 
all doubtless related, settled there about 1640. 
George Wheeler, of Concord, and John 
Wheeler, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, were 
related. Isaac Wheeler, of Charlestown ; 
Richard, of Dedham ; Thomas, of Salem ; 
Thomas, of Boston, and Timothy, of Water- 
town, pioneers before 1660, were probably of 
the same stock. Timothy removed to Con- 
cord. The family is of ancient English an- 

(I) Lieutenant Thomas Wheeler, iiumi- 
grant ancestor, settled early in Concord. He 
came to Fairfield, Connecticut, with tlie first 
settlers, and became prominent there. He 
died at Fairfield and his will, dated January 
16, 1653-54, proved August 23, 1654, has been 
partly destroyed, but the names of some of his 
children are legible. He left an estate at Con- 
cord to his son Thomas ; property at Fairfield 
to John and mentions three daughters. His 
widow's will, August 21, 1659, also mentions 

son Thomas. He married Ruth . 

Children: Thomas: John, mentioned below; 
Hannah, married James Bennett ; William ; 
Sarah, married Thomas Sherwood : daughter. 
(H) Sergeant John, son of Thomas 
W'heeler, came to Fairfield, Connecticut, with 
his father, apparently in 1644. He owned a 
large part of Grover's Hill at Black Rock, 
where he resided. In 1681 he paid taxes on 
one thousand and four acres of land, and was 
the third largest ta.xpayer in Fairfield. He 
died early in 1690, and his inventory, dated 
March 8, 1689-90, amounted to one thousand 
five hundred and sixty-six pounds. The will 
of his widow (Elizabeth or Judith) was dated 
February 21, 1702-03. proved March 24. The 
ages of the children are found in the father's 
will in 1690, whence the dates of birth are 
estimated. He was a member of the general 
court of Connecticut in 167: -72-74-77. Chil- 
dren: Judith, born 1661 ; John, 1663-64; 
Elizabeth, 1667: Mary, 167 1 ; Rebecca. 1672: 
Joseph, 1674, mentioned below: Hannali. 
1676: Abigail, 16S0: Obadiah. 1682: Ann, 
1684: Jonathan, 1687: David, 1690. 

CIII) Joseph, son of Sergeant John 
Wheeler, was born in Fairfield in 1674. He 
was the ancestor of Vice-President Wheeler, 
through his son Joseph, grandson Joseph, 
great-grandson Zalmon and his son Almon, 
father of William A., vice-president of the 
United States in the Hayes achiiinistration. 
Joseph resided at Black Rock, Fairfield. His 
will dated March 9, 1758. proved Julv 20, 
1759, mentions his brother David, son Thomas 

to care for his widow. He married Deborah 

• Children, born at Fairfield : Joseph, 

November 18. 1706: Thomas, July 10, 1708; 
Esther, August i, 1710: Catherine, November 
7, 1712: Ephraim, March 25, 1716, mentioned 
below; Seth ]\Iarch 26, 1721. 

(IV) Ephraim, son of Joseph Wheeler, was 
horn at Fairfield, March 25, 1716. He re- 
sided in the northwest part of Fairfield. He 

married Martha . Children, born at 

Fairfield, baptized at Greenfield Hill church : 
Enos, baptized November 4, 1739: Catherine, 
baptized November 4, 1739 ; Daniel, baptized 
August 4, 1745, mentioned below; Ephraim, 
born ]\Iarch. 1750; Hannah, born November 
12, 1758: Grace, born June 12, 1763. 

(\') Daniel, son of Ephraim Wheeler, was 
born at Fairfield and baptized August 4, 1745. 
Children, born at Fairfield: Ellen, April 5, 
1767; Daniel, February 14. 1768, mentioned 
below; Stephen, December 17, 1769. Accord- 
ing to the census of 1790, Daniel had three 
males over sixteen, three under that age and 
five females in his family. 

(\I) Daniel (2), 'son of Daniel (i) 
Wheeler, was born February 14, 1768, at 
Fairfield. .Among his children was Daniel, 
mentioned below. 

(\TIl Daniel (3), son of Daniel (2) 
Wheeler, was born about 1800-10. He was 
a farmer in Fairfield. Early in life he fol- 
lowed the sea and became a master mariner. 
Children, b'lrn at Fairfield : Joseph, a brass 
mok'.er at Ansonia, Connecticut : Charles Al- 
bert, mentioned below; Sarah, married (first) 
Gideon Morehouse; (second) Jacob Van 
Dorn : lives at Southport ; Clarissa, married 
(first) Edward Hawkins; (second) John 
Howard Hawkins, his brother: .\delia, mar- 
ried John Wilson, of Bridgeport. 

f\ill) Charles .Mbert, son of Daniel (3) 
Wheeler, was born in Fairfield, March, 1842. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
town, and worked during his boyhood on his 
father's farm. He continued in later life to 
follow farming for an occupation, and is one 
of the most progressive and prosperous farm- 
ers of the town. .\t one time he made a spe- 
cialty of raising onions for the New York 
market. He is now engaged in general farm- 
ing and has a small dairy. He attends the 
Congregational church. He married Sarah 
Ann Raymond, born in 1840. Children, born 
at Fairfield: Daniel Clinton. April 29, 1871, 
a painter living at Southport, three children : 
Edna Raymond, Sarah Bernice and Charles 
.Albert, deceased : Charles Bert, mentioned be- 
low : Effie Raymond, married Martin Budd, 
lives at Greenfield: children: Louis Wheeler, 
Gladys [May, Ruby Elizabeth. 



(IX) Charles Bert, son of Charles Albert 
Wheeler, was born at Fairfield, February 15, 
1873. He was educated there in the public 
schools. He worked on his father's farm un- 
til nineteen years old, when he began an ap- 
prenticeship in the plumber's trade at Bridge- 
port. After working as a journeyman a few 
years, he established himself in the plumbing 
business in Bridgeport gnd built up an ex- 
cellent business, which he conducted three 
years : he then sold out and since has followed 
ills trade. He is a skillful mechanic and has 
a reputation for the best work. He built the 
house in which he resides on Colorado avenue 
from his own plans. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, in religion a Universalist. He mar- 
ried. .\pril 18, 1900. Addie Harriet, daughter 
of James L. White, of Bridgeport. Chil- 
dren, born at Bridgeport: Lloyd Raymond, 
December 8 1902 ; Dorothy Elizabeth, January 
I, 1908. 

Ephraim (2) WJieeler, son 
WHEELER of Ephraim (i) Wheeler (q. 
v.), was born at Stratford. 
March, 1750. He was a farmer in Stratford 
all his life. Children : David, Nathan, Na- 
thaniel. Silas, Mary, Sarah. Joseph, mentioned 

(\'I) Joseph, son of Ephraim (2) Wheeler, 
was born at Stratford, died there aged sev- 
enty-five years. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of his native town, and followed 
farming all his life. He built a house on the 
homestead, greatly improved his farm and 
became one of the substantial citizens of the 
town. He took an active part in public af- 
fairs and held various offices of trust and 
honor. In religion he was a Methodist and 
he was a loyal and faithful member. He 
married Betsey Wilcox. Children: i. Eph- 
raim, married Eliza Shepard : had five chil- 
dren. 2. Mary, married Gould Curtis and had 
six children. 3. George E., mentioned below. 
(VIIl George E., son of Joseph Wheeler, 
was born .\pril 8, 1829. at Stratford. He at- 
tended the public schools and academy, and 
during his youtii worked on his father's farm. 
He has been engaged in farming, in fact, all 
his active life, and has one of tiie best culti- 
vated farms in this part of the state. He 
has always been interested in public affairs 
and public education, has been a constant 
reader and stuilcnt. and is iJo^sessed of a 
great fund of information and general knowl- 
edge. He is a liberal contributor to the 
church and charity. He is a Republican in 
politics. He commands the respect and confi- 
dence of all his townsmen He married, 
March 28. 1863, Juliana Miller, born March 

20. 1837, at Hartland. Connecticut. Children: 
I. Mary Jane, born July 26, 1864; married 
Frank E." Baldwin, a carpenter by trade at 
Nichols, Connecticut; children: Claire, Ber- 
nard and Rupert Baldwin. 2. Lina Georgia, 
born June 17. 1869, died May 19, 1907; mar- 
ried Newton J. Reed, born at Newtown. Con- 
necticut, a merchant at Stratford ; children : 
Elliot and Ruby. 3. Joseph AL, born March, 
1S74: married Nettie Cook; children: Pearl 
R. and George Everett. Giles Harry Miller, 
father of Mrs. Wheeler, was born at Hart- 
land ; was a farmer ; married Lucy Grimes. 
He was a son of Solomon and Lydia Aliller, 
of Hartland; the former was a farmer and 
Methodist minister. 

Moses \\'heeler, immigrant 
WHEELER ancestor, was born in Eng- 
land, very likely in the coun- 
ty of Kent, in 1598. The Wheeler family had 
lived here for over four hundred years. He 
sailed from London in 1638, and settled in 
the New Haven colony. He was among the 
first to receive an allotment in that colony. 
Here he married Miriam Hawley. sister of 
Joseph Hawley, one of the first settlers in 
the colony, and a very prominent man. He 
was expelled from the colony in 1648 because 
of a slight infringement of one of the Blue 
Laws, for which the colony was noted. Ac- 
corfling to tradition he had been away for sev- 
eral months, and returned on a Sunday. For- 
getting the "Blue Laws" in his joy at his 
return, he kissed his wife and children, and 
was expelled by the authorities when they 
learned of it. He then joined the little settle- 
ment of .Stratford, and jnirchased here a home 
from the Indians on the shore, near what is 
now known as Sandy Hollow. He afterwards 
bought a large piece of land in the upper part 
of the town, extending from the river to some 
ilistance above the site of tlie present New 
York, New Haven & Hartford railroad. He 
was a ship carpenter, and kept a farm for 
himself. He was given permission by the 
general court to keep a ferry at Stratford, 
which he already had established. Seventeen 
years after its establishment, the town leased 
the ferry to him with thirt)- or forty acres of 
upland adjoining it. for twenty-one years, 
without tax or rate except sixpence per an- 
num. The inhabitants were "to be ferried 
over for one half penny per person and two 
Iience for horse or beast." The town agreed 
to pay for any improvements he had made if 
lie should leave it at the expiration of his 
lease. His son's will, proved January 23, 
1724-25, shows that he received the ferry' from 
his father Moses, and left it to his own son 



Elnathan, so it remained in the family at least 
over one hundred \ears. He disposed of most 
of his land to his sons ten years before his 
death. He owned much land, and was one of 
the most prominent men of the town. He 
was a strong, powerful man, of whom the In- 
dians are said to have stood in mortal terror. 
He returned to England in 1665, at the time 
of the "Great Plague." and so did not remain 
long, but returned again to Stratford. He 
died January 15, 1698, the first white man of 
one hundred years who had lived in New Eng- 
land. He is buried in the old Congregational 
church at Stratford. A rough stone, cut 
from the rocks at his homestead, marks his 
grave, with the inscription: "Moses Wheeler, 
Aged 100, Dyed Jan. I5tli. 1698." His will 
was proved February 19, 1698, and after dis- 
posing of his real and personal property gen- 
erally, he says: "I give to my daughter Mir- 
iam two pewter dishes, to my son Moses, his 
wife, ye pewter platter, and to my daughter 
Mary, a bras kitle houlding ten to twelve gal- 
lons, the Abridgement of the Marter Booke, 
and Mr. llrooks His Devices of Satan, and 
to Elizabeth ye wife of my son Samuel, ye 
great kitle. and to Mr. Israel Chauncey twen- 
ty shillings in silver." Jane, a sister of Moses 
Wheeler, also came over to America with 
him, and married Rev. Adam Blakeman, the 
first clergyman of the Church in England in 
Stratford. She was two years younger than 
her brother, having been born in 1600. She 
died in 1674. She married (second) Jacob 
Walker, son of Robert Walker, and brother of 
Rev. Zachariah Walker, pastor of the Con- 
gregational church in Stratford. The Rev. 
Adam Blakeman was rector of the church 
from 1639 to 1665. One of his sons married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Moses ^\'heeler. Chil- 
dren : I. Elizabeth, married (first) Samuel 
Blakeman, and (second) Jacob Walker; she 
was grandmother of General David Wooster. 
2. Miriam, married James Blakeman. and was 
the mother ancestor of all those named Blake- 
man or Blackman in the towns of Hunting- 
ton, ?^Ionroe and Xewtown. 3. Samuel, left 
no children. 4. Moses, ancestor of many peo- 
ple, mentioned below. 5. Mary, married 
ffirst) Samuel Fairchild, and (second) Ben- 
jamin Beach. 6. Joanna, died in 1694, un- 

(II) Moses (2), son of :\ loses (i) 
Wheeler, was born at Stratford, July 5, 1651. 
He inherited the ferry from his father, to- 
gether with the homestead. He removed the 
stone house which his father built, and replaced 
it with a wooden house, which was standing 
until May 12, 1891, when it was burned down. 
He was a farmer, as well as ferryman. He 

died January 30, 1724, and is buried beside 
his father, with a similar headstone, evidently 
from the same place. The inscription says: 
"Here Lays The Body of Mr. Moses Wheeler 
Who Departed This Life Jan. The 30th. 
1724, in The 74th. Year of His Age." He 
was one of the wealthy men of Stratford, as 
his estate is inventoried at one thousand four 
hundred and sixty-three pounds five shillings 
si.x pence. He bequeathed to his wife live 
pounds above their marriage agreement ; to 
his son James forty pounds ; also to his sons 
Nathan and Robert and his daughter, and to 
his grandchildren. His son Elnathan was 
made his executor, and he left to him all his 
lands, with the ferry, and all movable goods 
anil personal estate. He married Sarah, 
daughter of Caleb XichoUs, October 20, 1674, 
Cliildrcn : Moses, mentioned below ; Caleb ; 
Sarah ; Xathan or Elnathan : Samuel ; James ; 
Robert : Elizabeth. 

Sergeant Francis Xicholls, grandfather of 
Sarah (Xicholls) Wheeler, came from Eng- 
land in 1635, and was in Strafford in 1639 
among the first settlers. He was closely re- 
lated to Colonel Sir Richard Xichols, the first 
English governor of Xew York, who estab- 
lished the first Episcopal church in Xew York, 
and who, under the command of James. Duke 
of York, commanded the fleet that took New 
Xetherlands from the Dutch in 1664 and 
named the place Xew York. Francis Xicholls 
was a military man in England, and was a 
member of the famous regiment of Horse 
Guards in London, but the title of sergeant 
was conferred on him at Stratford. He was 
a member and communicant of the Church 
of England, and the ancestor of a pious, 
wealthy, distinguished family of Stratford. 
His son, Caleb, married .Anna, daughter of 
Andrew Ward, of Fairfield, and died in i6go. 
He was the father of Sarah, who married 
Moses Wheeler. 

(Ul) Moses (3), son of Moses (2) 
\\heeler, was born July 8, 1675. He mar- 
ried (first) Ruth Bouton, in December, 1698. 
Fle married (second) Mercy Lattin. widow of 
Thomas Lattin and daughter of Henrv Wake- 
lyn. Children, by first wife: Elnathan. men- 
tioned below ; X'athaniel, drowned at the ferry. 

(R) Deacon Elnathan, son of Moses (3) 
\\'hccler. was born January 31, T703, died 
March 1 1. 1761. He married, December 8, 
1726. Martha, daughter of David and Martha 
(Blagge) De Forest. His estate was in- 
ventoried at one thousand six hundred and 
nineteen pounds eleven shillings one pence, 
and included "one ne3;roman. Will., 30 pounds, 
twehe Knee Buckles, a part of a set of china 
dishes, 4 Bibles and a number of books." 



The De Forest family first appears in Avesne, 
France, where from 1559 a Spanish garrison 
was kept for many years so that any one of 
Protestant faith was cruelly persecuted. Here 
the De Forest and other families embraced 
the foreign doctrine, and successive persecu- 
tions compelled the removal of their family 
to Le Couteau, to Ledau, and to Leyden. In 
1606 in Leyden four brothers were living, 
Jean, Jesse, Michel, and Girard De Forest, 
and a sister Jeanne. Jesse, the ancestor of 
the Stratford Wheelers, married at Leyden, 
Marie du CIou.k. Soon after the Plymouth 
Pilgrims removed from Leyden. he and others 
left Holland, and planned to settle in X'irginia. 
This plan was not carried out. and in 1623 
he joineil an expedition for the conquest of 
Brazil, where he died in 1624, very likely at 
San Salvador. His son Isaac sailed with a 
brother for New Netherland, October i, 1636, 
in the yacht "Rensselaerwick." He married 
at New Netherland. June g. 1641. Sarah. 
daughter of Philip and Si sanna (du Chiney ) 
du Trieux. who were Walloons of the earli- 
est migration. -David, son of Isaac, married, 
1696, ^lartha. daughter of Samuel Blagge. 
of New \'ork. who was the son of Captain 
Benjamin Blagge. David came with his wife 
to Stratford, where they "covenanted witii the 
Church," .\ugust 7. 1697. He was a glazier 
by trade, and died .\pril 20. I72r. Martha, 
daughter of David and Martlia (Blagge) De 
Forest, was born .April 13. 1700. married 
Deacon Elnathan Wheeler, and their children 
were: Ruth. Martha, Sarah. Nathaniel. Eliz- 
abeth, Mary. Elnathan. mentioned below. Eu- 

(\') Elnathan (2). son of Deacon Elnathan 
(i) Wheeler, was born May 20. 1740. He 
married. January 26. 1765. Charity, daughter 
of Steplien Frost, son of Joseph Frost, of 
Charlestown, Massachusetts. She was born 
in 1740. Her sister Esther married Solomon 
Plant, father of David Plant, lieutenant-gov- 
ernor of the state of Connecticut from 1823 
tn 7827. and a member of congress from 1827 
ti> 1829. one of the most inrtuential men of 
his day in political circles. Elnathan W heeler 
lived on the Wlieeler homestead which he in- 
inherited from his fatiier. He alMj was a 
farmer as his ance-tors had been. The occu- 
pancy of the ferry had passed out of the fam- 
ily by this time, and in 1813. when the first 
bridge was built over the Ilousatonic river, 
between Stratford and Milford. the custom 
of a ferry wa- abolished. He was a firm, up- 
right man. very much respected bv hi> asso- 
ciates He owned much land, for he gave 
tTuich to his sons. His eldest Mm Elnathan 
was given a large farm at Harvey's Farm, a 

short distance north of his own home. Elisha 
was gnen a farm adjoining his father's on the 
north. To Reuben he gave a farm in Putney, 
in the northern part of town. At his death. 
February 14, 1809. he left the Wheeler home- 
stead to his youngest son Stephen. His wife 
survived him several years, and after his 
death lived at the homestead with her son 
Stephen. She died March 6, 1816. Children: 
Elnathan. born March 5, 1766, died Novem- 
ber I. 1805; Charity. July 8, 1769, died 1797, 
unmarried: Elisha. July 26. 1772, mentioned 
below; Reuben. July i. 1775; Ruth, May 15. 
17S0; Stephen. ^larch i. 1782. 

( \T I Elisha, son of Elnathan 12) Wheeler, 
was born July 26, 1772, died May 5. 1853. 
He married Dorothy, born in 1776. died Janu- 
ary 12. 1847, daughter of Ezra Birdseye, of 
Oronoque, and granddaughter of Rev. Na- 
than Bird'^e^'e, who preached a sermon in the 
Congregational church in Stratford on his 
one hundredth birthday. His tombstone bears 
the inscription : "Sacred to the Memory of 
the Rev. Nathan Birdseye. A. M. He was 
Born August 19th. 17 14. Graduated at Yale 
College in 1736. Ordained at West Haven. 
17.J.2. Dismissed and Recommended liy the 
Consociation 1758 and Departed This Life 
January 28th. 18 18. Aged 103 Years. 5 
Months and 9 Days. The Memory of the Just 
is Ijlessed.'' Cliildren : i. George, born at 
Stratford in 1800, died July 16. 1835 : mar- 
ried Betsey C. Booth, of Stratford, October 
2;^. 1829: children: Lucy Birdseye. September 
4, 1830. .Mary Curtiss. Decemljer 26, 1831. 
died July 29, 1835, George Birdseye. June 6. 
1S35, married and removed to Kansas City. 

2. Ralph, born 1807: married (first) Eliza- 
beth Gall, of Hudson. New York: child. Eli- 
sha, deceased: married ( secoml 1 Marv 
; children: Phebe, married, and Wil- 
liam, who went west and settled. 3. Ezra, 
mentioned below, 

(\'in Ezra, sun of Eli>ha Wheeler, was 
born in Stratford. No\-ember 9. 1809. died in 
New 'S'ork City. December 18, 1885. When 
quite young he went to New York City, 
where he engagctl in ijusiness in wliicii he was 
very successful. He amassed a fortune and 
retired some years prior to his death. He 
marriefl ("first) Caroline Darrow. of New 
York City. He married 1 ^e.-ond) Celia \'is- 
cher. of .\lliany. New ^'urk. He married 
("third) Emily Curtiss. Children liy first wife: 
I. Sarah Ellen, married Dr. Walter de For- 
est Fay. of New York City, now deceased : 
she resides in Stratford. 2. Caroline, resides 
in New York City. Children of second wife: 

3. John \'ischer, deceased, was a resident of 
New York. 4. Celia \'isclier. deceased. Chil- 



dren of third wife: 5. Emily Curtiss, born 
1852, died August 28. 1872. 6. Arthur de 
Forest, mentioned below. 7. , Laura, makes 
her home with Arthur de Forest Wheeler. 8. 
Walter, resides in Stratford. 9. Edward, died 
in infancy. 

(\'III) .\rthur de Forest, son of Ezra 
Wheeler, was born in New York City, Janu- 
ary 3, 1855. He was educated there in the 
public schools, and was engagefl in business 
with his father until his retirement, since 
which time he has made his home in Stratfoid, 
and is a well-known and highly esteemed citi- 
zen. He is a member of Christ Episcopal 
Church, in which he has served as vestryman 
for a number of years. He married, Septem- 
ber 17, 1884, Carrie May Dunbar, born at 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 10, 1857, 
daughter of George Curtis and Jane (Shel- 
ton I Dunbar. Her father was born in .A.b- 
ington and died in Hartford. Children: Dor- 
othy Birdseye, born July 6. 18S5 : Emily Dun- 
bar, March 3, i8gi. 

Deacon Paul Peck, immigrant an- 
PECK cestor of this family, was liorn, we 
are told, in county Esse.x, England. 
in i6o8. He came to Boston in 1635 on the 
ship "Defense" and remained in Boston and 
vicinity until 1636, when he went with Rev. 
Thomas Hooker and his party to Hartford 
and became one of the founders of that city 
and the state of Connecticut. He was a pro- 
prietor of Hartford in 1639 and became a 
leading citizen. His home was on what is 
now Washington street not far from the state 
capitol. He was deacon of the church from 
i')S[ until his death. December 23, 1695. His 
\\ ill, elated June 25, 1695, was proved January 
15, 1695-96. His inventory amounted to five 
hundred and thirty-si.x pounds five shillings. 
He liequcathed to his wife Martha: children: 
Paid. Joseph. Martha Cornwall, Mary An- 
drew, Sarah Clark, Elizabeth How : grand- 
sons: Paul and Henry Peck; son-in-law, John 
Shepherd : granddaughter, Ruth Beach : son- 
in-law. John Bouton. Children: i. Paul, 
born 1639. -■ ^lartha, 1641 : married, June 

8. 1665. John Cornwall. 3. F.lizaheth, 1643: 

married How, of Wallingford. 4. 

Jiihii, December 22. 1645. 5. Samuel. 1647. 
nientioneil below. 6. Joseph. 1650, baptized 
December 22. 1650. 7. Sarah, 1653 : married 
Thomas Clark, of Hartford. 8. Hannah, 
1656: married. May 12, 1680. John Shepherd. 

9. ^fary. 1662: married John Andrew, of 
Hartford: died in 1752. 

( IF) Samuel, son of Deacon Paul Peck, was 
born in Hartford. Connecticut, in 1647. He 
settled in West Hartfiird and lixed there until 

his death. January 10. 1696. He married 

Elizabeth . Child, Samuel, mentioned 


(HI) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Peck, 
was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 
1672, died December 9, 1765. He settled in 
Middletown, now the town of Berlin. Con- 
necticut. He married Abigail, daugliter of 
Joseph CoUier, she died October 28, 1742. 
"children, born at Kensington: i. Samuel, 
January 6, 1701. 2. Moses, April, 1703. 3. 
Isaac, born at Scarborough, November 2, 
1706. 4. Abijah, December 28, 1707. 5. 
Zebulon, September i, 1713, mentioned below. 

6. .\mos, born at Kensington, March 5, 1715- 

7. .\bel, born at Kensington, December 28, 
1717, died September 19, 1742. 8. Elisha, 
born at Lynn, July 2},. 1723 : married Mary, 
daughter of Hewett Strong. 

(I\') Zebulon, son of Samuel (2) Peck, 
was born in Middletown, Connecticut, Sep- 
tember I, 1713, died at Bristol, Connecticut, 
January 13, 1795. He niarrieil, July 10, 1735, 
Mary, daughter of Josiah Edwards, of East- 
haifipton. Long Island: she died May 2},. 1790. 
Children: i. .\bigail, born May 20, 1736: 
married Hezekiah (Iridley, and removed to 
Clinton, New York, where she died .Vpril j[, 
1826. 2. Justus, November 14, 1737. 3. 
Elizabeth, September 30, 1739, died November 
16, 1741. 4. Mary, .August 12. 1741, died Oc- 
tober II, 1785. 5. Zebulon, born at Meriden. 
.April 15. 1743. 6. -Abel, born at .Meriden, 
1745. 7. David, born at Bristol, May 13, 
1749. 8. Lament, born May 8, 1751. men- 
tioned below. 9. Elizabeth, born at Bristol ; 
married. December 16, 1772, .Abel Haw ley ; 
died at Clinton, New York, March 12. i8t6. 
ID. Josiah, i)orn January 19, 1755. 

(V) Lament, son of Zeinilon Peck-, was 
born May 8. 1751, at Farniington, died May 
5, 1823, at Bristol, formerly Farniington. He 
lived there all his aclive life and was promi- 
nent in both town and church. He married 
Rachel Tracy. Children, born at Bristol: i. 
Sally. February 7. 1784. 2. Tracy, .April 5, 
1785. mentii'Ued below. 3. Richard. Decem- 
ber 15. 17S6. 4. .Susanna, .\ugust 31. 1788. 
5. Child, September 21, 1790, died Octo!)er 

8. following. 6. Epaphroditus, October 26, 
1791. 7. Xehemiah, September 26. 1793. 8. 
Newman. Xo\-en^iber 25, 1795. 9. Rachel, De- 
cember 25, 1797. 10- James G.. June 24, 1800. 

(\T) Tracy, -^on of Lament Peck, was born 
at Bristol. .\i:ril 5. 1785, died there February 
12, 1862. He was a prominent citizen of 
Bristol. He served his town in the general 
assemblv of the state : later was state sen- 
ator : was for many years justice of the peace, 
judge of probate, selectman, t'lwn clerk, i.anal 



commissioner, county surveyor, and held other 
offices of trust and honor. He was greatly m- 
terested in the genealogy of his family and 
other matters of local history. He married. 
February 3. 1812. Sallv Adams, of Litchfield. 
Children, born at Bristol: i. Epaphroditus. 
November 13, 1812, died in London. England, 
September 20, 1857: pioneer salesman of 
American clocks in Europe. 2. Sally H. S.. 
March 17. 1815. died December 9, 1815. 3. 
Sarah Tracv. November 5, 1816; married 
Charles E. Smith: died at Bristol. June 17. 
1804. 4. Rachel Riplev, September 27. 1818: 
married. lulv 2;. 1S48. Charles Bronson : died 
at Waterbur'v. December 31. 1908. 5. Joseph 
Adams. October 9. 1820. died December 4. 
1822. 6. A son, July 6. 1822. died July 12, 
1822. 7. Joseph Adams, Feljruary 18, 1824; 
married, September i. 1846, Mary E. Thorp; 
died at New Haven. September 5. 1908. 8. 
Josiah Tracy. August 3. 1S26, mentioned be- 
low. 9. Eliza L. '.August 19. 1828. died July 
17, 1847. 10. "Henry\\danis, July 26. 1S32; 
captain of Company L Tenth Connecticut 
Regiment, in the civil war. fought in twenty- 
three battles: still living (1910) in Bristol, 
Connecticut. 11. Kezia Adams, November 
25. 1834: still living in Bristol. 12. Tracy, 
May 24. 1838, graduate A. B.. Yale, 186 1; 
professor of Latin in Cornell and in Yale uni- 
versities, now professor emeritus in Yale: 
married, December 22, 1870, Elizabeth H. 

(ATI) Josiah Tracy, son of Judge Tracy 
Peclc, was' born at Bristol. Connecticut. Au- 
gust 3, 1826. died at Bristol. June 22. 1877. 
He was collector of internal revenue during the 
civil war, and for one term judge of probate. 
He resided at Bristol, and was pnmiinent in 
all public and business matters. In religion 
he was a Congregationalist and in politics a 
Republican. He married. November 23, 1847, 
Ellen Lewis, born October 3, 1825, daughter 
of Theodore and .\my (Lewis) Barnard. She 
is still living at Bristol. Children, horn in 
Bristol: i. Mile^ Lewis. July 24. 1849: re- 
sides at Bristol : has been treasurer of the 
Bristol Savings Bank from 1871 to the pre-ent 
time 11910): was warden of the borough of 
Bristol. 1894-96: is president of the Bristol 
and Plainville Tramway Company, and di- 
rector of many otlier business corporations : 
married, October 18. 1871. Mary Harriet Sey- 
mour: children: i. losiah Henrv. horn March 
5, 1S73: graduated A. B. at Yale. 1S95. LL. B. 
at Harvard. 189S: in law practice at Hart- 
ford: married. November 12, 1902, Maud 
Helen Tower: ii. Howard Seymour, horn 
May 17. 1874. graduated .\. B.. Yale. 1896: 
married. October 16, 1900, Florence Erlna 

Roe: children: Seymour Roe, born November 
:;, 1901, and Nancy, June 30. 1903: they reside 
at Bristol; iii. Hilda ^I.. born April 19, 1881, 
graduated A. B., Vassar, 1903: resides at 
Bristol ; iv. Rachel K., born January 6, 1883, 
graduated .A. B.. Vassar. 1905 ; married, June 
2^. 1910, Newell Jennings: they reside at 
Bristol; v. Mary M. L., born January 22, 
1895. 2. Eliza Jane, born August 4. 1853; 
resides at Bristol : assistant librarian of the 
Bristol Public Library. 3. Theodore Barnard, 
born January 14. 1856; graduated Arch. B. 
at Cornell, 1877 ; now an architect at Water- 
burv. Connecticut. 4. Epaphroilitus, born 
May 20, i860, mentioned below. 5. Edson 
May, born May 2t,. 1864: assistant treasurer 
of the Bristol Savings Bank: married. October 
[7. 1894, Philena Skinner : they reside in 
Bristol. 6. Ellen Amy, born March 18. 1869; 
resides in Bristol. 

(XTII) Epaphroditus, son of Josiah Tracy 
Peck, was born May 20. i860, at Bristol. Con- 
necticut. He graduated LL. B., Yale. 1S81. 
He has been in legal practice at Bristol since 
1882. He has been town and borough attor- 
ney, prosecuting attorney, liquor prosecuting 
agent for the county, since 1887 associate 
judge of the court of common pleas for Hart- 
ford- county, and since 1903 lecturer and in- 
structor on the faculty of Yale Law School. 
He was the orator at the centennial celebra- 
tion of the town of Bristol in 1885. at the 
celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth 
anniversary of the First Congregational 
Church of'Bristol in 1897. and at the one hun- 
dredth anniversary of the town of Biirling- 
ton. 1906. He has been prominent in the 
local and state work of the Congregational 
church, moderator of the state conference at 
New Haven. 1903: delegate to the national 
council at Des ^Moines. 1S94; alternate dele- 
gate to the international council at Boston, 
^899; director at large of Missionary Society 
of Connecticut since 1901 : president of the 
Central Congregational Club, 1904-05, and 
author of "the Property Rights of Husband 
and Wife unrler the Law of Connecticut," 
1904. and of numerous addresses and articles, 
lie i- a member of the .\mcrican Bar .\sso- 
ciation. American .\cademy of Political and 
Social Science. Connecticut .\cademy of Arts 
and Sciences, Connecticut Historical Society, 
and other societies, and of the Graduates' 
Club, New Haven. He resides at Bristol. 
He married, .\ugust 21. i8?6. Grace, .laughter 
of Franklin C. and Mary B. Brownell. Chil- 
dren : I. ^Margaret Winthrop. born June 25, 
i8c;0: now a student in Bryn Mawr College. 
2. Grace Brownell. November 15, 1892. .lied 
May 16, 1896. 3. Dorothy .\dam-. March 4, 



1897, died August 26, 1899. 4. Mildred Ath- 
erton. October i, 1898. 5. Eleanor Lewis, 
September 10, 1904. died Alay 2, 1907. 

The name of this family is of great 
PECK antiquity. It is found in Belton, 

Yorkshire, England, at an early 
date, and from there scattered not only over 
England but in every civilized country in the 
world. .A branch settled in Hesden and 
Wakefield, Yorkshire, whose flescendants 
moved to Beccles, Suffolk county, and were 
the ancestors of one branch of the American 
family. The arms of the Peck family in Eng- 
land : Argent on a chevron engrailed, gules 
three crosses formee of the first. Crest: A 
cubit arm erect, habited azure, cuff argent, 
hand proper, holding on one stalk enfiled with 
a scroll, three roses gules, leaves vert. 

(IV) Amos, son of Samuel (2) Peck (q. 
v.). was born at Kensington, March 5, 1715, 
died in Middletown, April 6, 1802. He mar- 
ried, July 26. 1750, Mary Hart, who died June 
22. 1771. Children: Matthew, born July 16, 
1751 ; .\mos, January 25, 1754; Ruth, Novem- 
ber 28, 1756; Mary, March 9, 1760: Huldah, 
September 13. 1762: Lemuel, March 28, 1765, 
mentioned below; Lucy. December 2. 1767. 

(V) Lemuel, son of Amos Peck, was born 
March 28, 1765, died in Berlin. Connecticut, 
February 22, 1821. He married Lydia Dick- 
inson, who died .-\pril 15, 1826. Children: 
Selden, born January 25. 1794. mentioned be- 
low ; Harriet, Fel)runry 14, 1796, died Novem- 
ber II, 1828: Sherman. December 28, 1800. 

(\T) Selden, son of Lemuel Peck, was 
born January 25, 1794. died in Meriden. Con- 
necticut. He was a farmer in Berlin. Con- 
necticut. He married. November i, 1826, 
Lucy PI. Hart. Children : Sherman H., born 
March 17, 1829; Hattie E., April 16, 18.^5; 
Henry H.. December 25. 1838. mentioned be- 
low : George S., May 9, 1840, died 1865 : Lucv 
Ann. October 17. 1844. 

(\'II) Henry H., son of Selden Peck, was 
born in Berlin, December 23, 1838. He at- 
tended the pubhc schools, and assisted his fa- 
ther on the farm until he was seventeen years 
did, when he entered the Merirlen hi2:Ii school, 
and finishel his education at the Kellogg In- 
stitute. In 1857 he entered the drv goods 
store of D. &• N. G. Miller, .-\fter three years 
in their employ, he removed to Water'bury, 
and with Charles Miller opened a drv goods 
store there. The first store was in Baldwin's 
Mock, under the firm name of Miller & Peck. 
In 1861 they removed to Hotchkiss block, and 
and remained there until they removed to 
their present location on South Main street. 
The firm was successful from the start, and 

in 1887 Mr. Peck withdrew from active busi- 
ness, although his name is still associated with 
the firm. He has been trustee of the Dime 
Savings Bank, and president since 1886. In 
the same year he served as representative in 
the legislature, serving on a number of impor- 
tant committees. He was a member of the 
executive board of the hospital in 1895, ^"d 
was one of the founders of the board of 
trade. He is a charter member of Continen- 
tal Lodge, Free and .Accepted Masons, and 
Clark Commandery, Knights Templar, He 
has traveled extensively, and visited almost 
every quarter of the globe. He is unmarried. 

Benjamin Peck, son of Henry 
PECK Peck (q. v.), was baptized Sep- 
tember 5, 1647, ^t New Haven, 
Connecticut, where he lived all of his life. 
He resided in the second division, then known 
as the Sperry farms, afterward Amity So- 
ciety, and now a part of Woodbridge. His 
will was dated March 3, 1730, and proved 
-April 5, 1730. He married Mary, daughter 
of Richard Sperry, March 29, 1670. Chil- 
dren: Benjamin, born January 4, 1671 ; Mary, 
September 3, 1672; Joseph, February 26, 
1676: Esther, 1679; Ebenezer, April 24, 1681, 
dierl young ; Ebenezer, January 5, 1684, men- 
tioned below: Desire, August 26, 1687: John; 
Lydia, married Solomon Terry ; Mehitable, 
married Ebenezer Stevens. 

(Ill) Ebenezer, son of Benjamin Peck, was 
born January 5. 1684, at New Haven. He 
lived in New Haven, and probably in Amity 
Society. His will was presented to the court 
to be approved May, 1768, but was not proved. 
The court ordered the estate to be divided 
among the heirs. He married (first) Hannah 
Hotchkiss: (second) Elizabeth Wilmot. Chil- 
dren, born at New Haven : Ebenezer, March 
12, 1710; Hannah, February 15. 1711-12; 
-Mary, November 2, 1714; Joseph, March 28, 
1718. mentioned below: Rachel, August i, 
1721 : .Ambrose, March 5, 1725; Lydia, De- 
cember II, 1728: Eunice, August 6, 1730, died 
young: Bathsheba, September 27, 1732; Ben- 
ajah, June i, 1735 : Benjamin, August 14, 
1737, died young: Stephen, August 5, 1742; 
Eunice, September 28, 1744: Benjamin, March 
ID, 1746-47- 

(I\") Joseph, son of Ebenezer Peck, was 
born at New Haven, March 28, 1718. He 
settled at .Amity. His will is at New Haven. 
He married .Anna Perkins, January 12, 1743- 
44. Children: Seth. settled at'Bristol, Connecti- 
cut : Joseph, mentioned below : Dan. settled 
at Bristol : John, married Lois Osborn ; Henry, 
settled at Eiristol ; .Amey : Dorcas; Bathsheba; 
Asenath ; Electa, married Roger Ailing, 



(V) Joseph (2). son of Joseph (i) Peck, 
^yas a jail keeper. Children: Joseph, men- 
tioned below : Nancy ; Sarah. 

(\'I) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) Peck, 
married Annie Reed, both of Lyme, Connec- 
ticut. They had a son George Reed, men- 
tioned below. 

(VII) George Reed, son of Joseph (3) 
Peck, was born at Lyme, 180 1. He married 
Elizabeth Smith Lee. Children : Seth Lee, 
mentioned below. Joseph. Esther M., Ricliard 
U'„ Frank. James Henry, Mary and Walter 
Scott, all of whom were married except Mary. 
(\"III) Seth Lee, son of George Reed Peck, 
was born at Lyme, December 6, 1825. He 
was educated in the public schools of his na- 
tive town and at the academy. He started a 
tannery in Lyme, near HamburEi;. where he 
was in business for four years. Then lie came 
to Norwich and worked in various lines of 
business, ten years on his own account and 
for ten years was in charge of a building ma- 
terial business owned by Alfred Young Hib- 
bard. He bought the business after the death 
of his employer and continued in it for ten 
years. He admitted his son. Henry, and John 
McWilliams, and the firm name is now Peck, 
McWilliams & Company. The firm does a 
large business in building and general con- 
tracting. Mr. Peck retired from active busi- 
ness in 1900 and resides at 25 Peck street, 
Norwich. He was a soldier in the civil war, 
Company C, Twenty-sixth Regiment Connec- 
ticut Volunteers, and is a member of Sedg- 
\yick Post, No. i. Grand .\rmy of the Repub- 
lic. He is a member of the Broadway Con- 
gregational Church of Norwich. He married, 
August 6, 1849. Eunice, born May 11, 1822, 
daughter of Nehemiah M. and Huldah 
r Wheeler) Gallup (see Gallup XI). Chil- 
dren: I. Henry Clay. January 27, 1859; mar- 
ried Lizzie Wanser and had one child, \'iolet 
Marian. 2. William Lee, born November 7, 
1859: resides in New London: married Emma 
Williams : children : Howard Bentley, Harrv 
Williams and Ruth Williams. 3. Charles Setli, 
August 22, 1865. died October 28. 1869. 

(^The Gallup Line), 
evil) Eenadam Gallup, son of Captain 
John Gallup (q. v.), was born in Stonington, 
Connecticut, in 1655. He married Esther, 
born July 20. 1660, daughter of [ohn and 
Esther Prentice, of New London, Connecticut. 
They were both members of the Congrega- 
tional church of Stonington. He died .-\ugust 
2, 1727, aged seventy-two, and his wife died 
May 18, 1 75 1, aged ninety-two. The inven- 
tory of his estate amounted to five hundred 
and eighty-three pounds, thirteen shillings. 

No will has been found. Children: Hannah, 
born May 22, 1683; Esther, 1685; Mercy, 
1690; Benadam, 1693, mentioned below; Jo- 
seph, 1695: Margaret, 1698; Lucy, 1701. 

(Mil) Lieutenant Benadam (2) Gallup, 
son of Benadam ( i ) Gallup, was born at Gro- 
ton. Connecticut, 1693. He married Eunice 
Cobb. January 11, 1716. He died September 
30, 1755, and his wife died February i, 1759, 
aged sixty-three. His "ear-mark" was re- 
corded June 24, 1718, and the same mark 
was used afterwards by his son Henry. Chil- 
dren: Benadam, born October 26, 1716; 
Esther, February 24, 1718; Eunice (twin), 
March 29. 1721 ; Lois (twin) ; William, July 
4, 1723: Henry, October 5, 1725, mentioned 
below: Nathan, 1727; Ebenezer; Thomas P., 
baptized Jul\- 28, 1734: Hannah, married Rob- 
ert Allyn, January 23, 1755 ; Sarah. 

(IX) Henry, son of Lieutenant Benadam 
(2) Gallup, was born in Groton, October 5, 

1725. He married, October 4, 1750, Hannah, 
daughter of Nehemiah and Zerviah (Stanton) 
Mason. He died November 11, 181 1, aged 
eighty-six, and his wife died January 24, 1808. 
She was a great-granddaughter of Major John 
Mason, and was born in Stonington, June 10, 

1726. Major John Alason was born in Eng- 
land about 1600 and came to America in 1630. 
He was lieutenant in the English army, serv- 
ing under Lord Fairfax in the Netherlands 
with Captain John Gallup, and sharing with 
him and his son John the terrible conflicts in 
the Indian wars. He settled in Dorchester, 
and married Anne Peck in 1640. He was 
deputy-governor and major-general of the 
forces of the colony. He died January, 1672. 
His sixth child, Daniel, born April, 1652, inar- 
ried, October 10, 1679, Rebecca Hobart. third 
wife, daughter of Rev. Peter Hobart, of 
Hingham, Massachusetts. He died 1737, and 
she died April 8, 1727, at Stonington; they 
had seven children. The youngest, Nehemiah 
Mason, married Zerviah Stanton, and they 
settled at Stonington and owned Mason's 
Island. Children of Henry Gallup : Nehe- 
miah. born June 19, 1751. mentioned below; 
Eunice, August 7, 1755; Henry, October 17, 
1758; Andrew, January 26, 1761 ; Jared, No- 
vember 22, 1767. 

(N) Nehemiah, son of Henry Gallup, was 
born June 19. 1751. He married Elizabeth 
Brown, January 28, 1783. Children: Eliza- 
beth, born November 10. 1783; Nehemiah M., 
February 12, 1785, mentioned below; John S., 
April 5, 1787: Orenda, March 8, 1790; Elisha, 
June 22, 1792; Luke, April 17, 1794; Serviah, 
October 16, 1796; Ebenezer, April 27, 1800. 

(XI) Nehemiah M., son of Nehemiah Gal- 
lup, was born in Groton, February 12, 1785, 



died Januar\- 21, 1871. He married Huldah 
Wheeler, of Sionington, April 26, 1812. Chil- 
dren: I. Eliza, born November 12, 1813; mar- 
ried Lyman Gallup, December 9, 1840 ; died 
April 23, 1879. -■ Mary A., April 17, 1815 ; 
married William Fanning, July 21, 1836. 3. 
Nehemiah ^\., October 22, 1816. 4. John W., 
November 6, 1818. 5. Hannah, August 7, 
1820: married Eleazer W. Carter, March 2, 
1844: died June 13, 1846. 6. Eunice. May 11, 
1822 ; married Seth L. Peck. August 6. 1849 
(see Peck VHI). 7. Phebe E., February 8, 
1824, died ]\Iay 30, 1842. 8. Mason, March 
4. 1826, died April 16, 1830. 9. William R., 
May 19, 1828. 10. Harriet A., August 22, 
1830: married Frederic A. Button, June 19. 
1850; died April 25, 1887. 11. Benjamin, 
June 19, 1832 : has lived in the Southern 
States, in Canada, in Chili, South America, 
and Sacramento City, California. 12. Henry 
C, November 6, 1834 ; went to London. Eng- 
land, where he was married and where he re- 
sided until his death. He left a son, who is 
now living in that citv. 

The first mention found of An- 
MOORE drew Moore, of Poquonock, 

Connecticut, is the record of his 
marriage, which is as follows : "Andrew 
Moore & fara Phelpes yt was Dafter of fam- 
uell Phelpes ware married by capten Newber- 
ry, february 15. 1671." Samuel Phelps was the 
son of William, the immigrant, who came to 
Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1630, and from 
there went to Windsor, Connecticut, in 1636. 
He married Sarah, daughter of Edward Gris- 
wold, November 10, 1650. The Phelps fam- 
ily came from Tewkesbury, England, on the 
ship '"Mary and John." Sarah Griswold was 
born in Kenilworth, England, in 1628, and 
came to America with her father in 1639. 
They settled in Windsor, Connecticut. 

(I) In 1675 Andrevv Moore was paid one 
pound, seventeen shillings by Matthew Grant 
on "warr account." This must have been for 
services during the destruction of Simsbury 
by the Indians. January 23, 1674, the town 
paid .Andrew Moore, Nathaniel Pinney and 
Joseph Griswold. by Matthew Grant, for mak- 
ing a new ferry boat. They were paid three 
pounds six shillings eight cents in barter, and 
it seems that the tax levy was assigned be- 
fore collection in the payment of debts at that 
time. He received all his share of payment 
for the boat in provisions. On August 24, 
1678, he and thirty-four others were sued by 
James Cornish for a school bill of five shil- 
lings two cents. His oldest child Sarah was 
then only six years old. On December 20, 
i68o. he was paid by the town for labor on 

the church. He had a grant of land at Sal- 
mon Brook, now Granby, Connecticut, in 1680, 
in which he is called "Andrew ^loore, the car- 
penter, of Windsor, Conn." Major John Tal- 
cott, who had agreed to extinguish the Indian 
title to Simsbury for three hundred acres of 
land, gives a gloomy account of this land at 
that time. He says that he "can find no place 
where anything considerable can be taken up, 
the most of that which some call meadow is 
full of small brush and vines through which 
there is no passing, or full of trees great and 
small, and in ye place where the best land of 
that sort is, there is no accommodation of 
upland to it saving only mighty tall moun- 
taynes and Rockes and the way bad to it, and 
a great way to all of it, and will be dismally 
obscure and solitary to any that shall live 
upon it, and very hard coming at the market, 
not only because of the remoteness but bad- 
ness of the passage, and the society of the 
neighborhood will be very thin, all which will 
be discouraging." At a later date Andrew 
Moore bought land of John Gozard on the 
"east side of the mountains, bounded easterly 
by Simsbury easterly bounds, southerly by 
John Pettybone, his lot (allias Jonathan 
Moore, his lot) the bredth of s'd lot westerly 
by the commons is fifty rods." On March 29, 
1715, he deeded to his son Benjamin Moore, 
"for divers good causes and considerations me 
thereunto moving, but especially in considera- 
tion of my fatherly love and affection I have 
to my son Benjamin Moore," fifty acres of 
land in Turkey Hills, now East Granby. He 
lived in Windsor, where the births of all his 
children are recorded except William. He 
died November 29, 1719. The inventory of 
his estate was made December 17, 1719, 
amounting to three hundred and twenty 
pounds, and his widow Sarah was appointed 
administratrix. He had fifteen acres of land 
in Windsor, with house and barn, carpenter's 
tools, farming implements, a cider mill, loom, 
spinning wheel, sword and belt, and a library 
"prised at 8 shillings,'" besides two pieces of 
land in Simsbury. The distribution of the 
estate took place April 5, 1720, and each of 
his nine children took his share of property 
after the widow's share had been set off to 
her. Children : Sarah, born December 6. 
1672: Andrew, February 15, 1674; Deborah, 
May 31, 1677: Jonathan, February 26, 1679- 
So : Abigail, September 12, 1682; William, 
1684. mentioned below : Rachel, February 6, 
1690-91 : Benjamin, December 5. 1693: Amos, 
October 19, 1698. 

(II) William, son of Andrew Moore, was 
born in 1684, died May 9, 1780, in Granby, 
Connecticut. His headstone is marked "Mr. 

1 644 


Will. Moore," and says lie died in his ninety- 
seventh year. He married (first I Elizabeth 
Case, who died in Granby, then Simsbury, 
September 29, 1739, when she was forty-nine 
years old. Xo record of this marriage has 
been found, but he mentioned in his will a 
■■piece of land he bought of his brother. Wil- 
liam Case." If by brother he means brother- 
in-law, then Elizabeth, daughter of William 
and Elizabeth 1 Holcomb ) Case, born Septem- 
ber. 1689, was his wife. William Case was 
the son of John Windsor and Sarah (Spen- 
cer) Case, of Hartford. Elizabeth had a 
brother William who was born March 22, 
1691. William Moore married (second), Jan- 
uary 20. 1740, Damaris, daughter of Josiah 
Phelps, who married Sarah, daughter of 
Nathaniel and Sarah Porter Wincliell. Jo- 
~iali Phelps was son of Samuel, son of Wil- 
liam, the immigrant. "The aged William 
Moore"' made his w^ill Xovember 7, 1773, and 
the distribution of the estate occurred Octo- 
ber 30, 1 78 1. The inventory amounted to 
seven hundred and fifty pounds. To ■"my be- 
loved wife Damaris" he gave one-half the 
dwelling house, one-quarter the cellar and 
well, one-quarter of the barn and one-quarter 
of all his lands and moxable estate as long 
as she remained his widow. She was eighty- 
one at the time of his death. Children, by 
first marriage: William, born July 19. 17 12: 
David. September 18, 1713: Timothy: James, 
June 6, 1715, mentioned below: Shadrack, 
September 19. 1717: Mercy (or Maryi, Xo- 
vember 25, 1719: Ebenezer, .April 20 IJ22: 
.\ndrew: Isaac. 1727. Child by second wife, 
Xaomi (or Ame). 

(Ill) James, son of William Moore, was 
born in Simsbury. June 6, 1716. He married 
Rachel, daughter of Matthew and Hannah 
C Chapman) Grant, in Simsbury, May 25, 1737. 
She was born in Windsor, April' 17, 1704. 
Matthew was son of Samuel and INIary (Por- 
ter I Grant. Samuel Grant was son of Mat- 
thew Grant, who came to Dorchester in 1630. 
Sarah Cha] man was daughter of John Por- 
ter, the immigrant, who came in 1639. Tames 
Moore (lied March 5. 1788. and is bur'ied in 
East (iranby. He made his will December 
10. 1782. disposing of land in Mooretown, a 
neishhorhood now in Southwick. Massachu- 
setts, and land in Turkey Hills, now Granbv. 
He remembered his widow as follows: "To 
my beloved wife Rachel, the use of one-half 
my brick house and home-lot containing about 
44 acres to use as long as she shall continue 
my wiflow and to have ye liberty of ve use of 
my well and to get Wood on mv Mountain 
Lots during her Widowhood, and one-third 
part of my movable estate after debts and 

funeral charges are paid out of my movable 
estate (not my legacies) to be her property 
forever." The following shows he was op- 
posed to trumped-up accounts: ""If any one 
or mure of my s"d children shall bring in any 
Debts or Charges whatever against my Es- 
tate after my decease unless it is Legacies of 
by Xote or Obligation under my hand well 
e.vecuted, he or she or they are to have Xo 
other Portion out of my Estate only what is 
Recovered By \"irtue of S'd Debt or Charge 
and not to take Any advantage of my Legacy 
to them in this will." Children : James, Wil- 
liam, mentioned below, Joel, Asa, Roswell, 
Rachel, Charity. 

(I\') William (2) Moore, son of James 
Moore, was probably born in Simsbury about 
1740. He was at Bunker Hill under Captain 
Thomas Knowlton, and served three subse- 
quent enlistments. His final discharge is 
dated 'Slay 5, 1780, from the third regiment, 
Connecticut line. Colonel Samuel Wyllis. He 

married Sarah . and had six children 

born in Westfield, Massachusetts. In 1825 
Sarah Moore, of Sand Lake, Rensselaer 
county, Xew York, deeded a piece of land in 
Simsbury which she inherited from her father, 
Mr. Hoskins. This might have been the 
widow of William. Children : Sarah, born 
May 3, 1757: Eve, May 14. 1760: King. May 
18, 1762: William, August 13, 1764; Charity, 
August 19, 1766; Theodosia, .April 23, 1769; 
\\"illis : Apollos, mentioned below. 

(\') Apollos, son of W'illiam (2) Moore, 
was born in 1771 and settled in Barkhamsted. 
He had a cousin of the same name, son of 
Guy Moore. His brother William also settled 
in Barkhamsted, and his brother King, born 
at ^^'estfield. May 18, 1762. was a soldier in 
the revolution. .Apollos died at Riverton, in 
the town of Barkhamsted. Connecticut, in 
1861, aged about ninety-one years. He was 
a farmer and owned much land, in fact, the 
larger part of the site of the present village 
of Riverton. He married Candace Beach, 
Children: Alpheus, Charles Beach, De Mar- 
quis De Casso y Rujo Moore, mentioned be- 
low, Candace. Xancy, Belinda. Lucinda, .Avis. 

(\'n De Marquis De Casso y Rujo, son of 
-Apollos Moore, was born September 18, 1804, 
in the town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut, died 
in Colebrook. in 1889. He owned a large 
farm and saw mill and manufactured lumber 
on a large scale, being very successful. He 
married Thankful, born September 25. 1808, 
died September. 1885, daughter of Judah and 
Mercy ( Eno ) Roberts. Children :' Candace, 
born June 10. 1824: Osbert. March 18. 1830; 
John. February i. 1835, died in infancv: El- 
len; Sarah Marilla, July 24, 1839; John'Apol- 



los. December 18, 1842 ; Laura Almira, Octo- 
ber 10, 1844; Robert Cicero, March 10, 1849, 
married, in 1872, Belle Lucy, daughter of 
Chester and Lucy Ann (Hulbert) Claflin, of 
Sandisfield, Massachusetts. 

(VII) John Apollos, son of De Marquis 
De Casso y Rujo Moore, was born in Cole- 
brook, Connecticut, December 18, 1842. He 
attended the public schools of his native town, 
the Suffield Literary Institute, the Select 
School in Riverton, Connecticut, and the 
Eastman Business College, of Poughkeepsie, 
New York, from which he was graduated at 
the age of twenty-one years. He taught 
school three years before he was of age, in 
Litchfield county, Connecticut and in Massa- 
chusetts. He lived in Winsted, Connecticut, 
a year, working as clerk in a hardware store. 
During the ne.xt four years he was in inisiness 
on his own account in Xew Boston. Massa- 
chusetts, as a general merchant. Since 1872 
he has made his home at Robertsville, Con- 
necticut. He followed teaching, in addition 
to farming, until 1902, and since then has 
devoted all his time to his farm. He is a 
Republican in politics and represented his 
town one year in the general asseiribly. He 
is a deacon of the Baptist church. He mar- 
ried, March 3, 1866, Irene Harriet, born at 
Torrington, then Newfield, October 14, 1843, 
died May 20, 1905, daughter of Deacon Fred- 
erick and Harriet (Hoyt) North (see North 
Ml. Children: i. Almira Ruble, born .\u- 
gust 16, 1867: married Clayton H. Deming, 
of Tollan<l, Massachusetts, superintendent of 
Tunis club; children: Arthur C. Harvey 
John, Lynn N., Allen M. and \'ernera Dem- 
ing. 2. De Marquis De Casso y Rujo. July 
24, 1869 ; physician at South Manchester, 
Connecticut, married Ida Quilter. 3. Freder- 
ick North, mentioned below. 4. Harriet 
Thankful. August 25, 1875 ; married Homer 
Deming, of Colebrook. farmer: children: 
Bernice and Homer Deming. 5. Cicero John, 
December 14, 1878: dentist at Terryville, 
Connecticut; married Lillian Tarr. 6. Irene 
Marilla. Alay i. 1881 ; school teacher; lives 
with parents. 7. Ira Winfield, June 14. 18S3 ; 
machinist, Terryville, Connecticut; married 
Iva Remington ; children ; Winfield R. and 

(Vni) Frederick North, son of John Apol- 
los Moore, was born in \\'inchester, Litch- 
field county, Connecticut, November i, 187 1, 
and was educated in the public schools of 
Colebrook. He took a special course in civil 
engineering and surveying. He has been en- 
gaged in farming most of his active life, at 
Colebrook. He lived for a time at Torring- 
ton. In 1908 he came to Winsted, and since 

then has devoted his entire attention to his 
profession as civil engineer and to the real 
estate business. In politics he is a Republican, 
in religion a Baptist.- He married, January 
I, 1895, Susie E., daughter of Samuel and 
Eliza ( Reed ) Bull, of New Hartford, Con- 
necticut. Both parents were born in Eng- 
land, and came to this country in 1872, making 
their home soon afterward in New Hartford. 
Her father died in Winsted, in 1905. He 
was a carpenter by trade. Children of Sam- 
uel and Eliza Bull : Samuel, born and died in 
England, Mary A., Samuel J., Susie E., Wil- 
liam E., Frederick G., Harry C, Louise, 
Richard S., Jennie, Ralph R. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Moore: Althena Elizabeth, 
born at Torrington, October 18, 1895 ; Rich- 
ard Frederick, Torrington, December 15, 
1896'; Alfaretta Irene. Winchester, July 26, 
1898; Ruby North, Colebrook, December 16, 
1902; John Robert. Colebrook, May 11. 1905; 
Marion Marilla, Colebrook, Februarv 22, 

(The North Line). 

(III) Ebenezer North, son of Thomas 
North (q. v.), was born in 1703, died Au- 
gust 5, 1789. He married, in 1730, Sibyl 
Curtis, who died November 17, 1794. aged 
ninety-one. He came to Torrington from 
Farmington Great Swamp in the spring of 
1741 and bought, with Zebulon Curtis, two 
farms south of the old Mathew Grant place, 
where he settled. Later he sold part of his 
farm to Curtis. Children, born at Farming- 
ton and Torrington: x\shbel, October 3, 1731, 
died July 9. 1800; Noah, mentioned below; 
jMartin, December 13, 1734, died 1806; Sybil, 
September 4, 1736; Lucy, May r. 1739: 
Asahel. IMay 13. 1743, died 1803; Ebenezer, 
June 27, 1746, died December 12, 1832: 
Achsah. .\ugust 14. 1748: Sarah, December 

I. 1752. 

(IV) Deacon Noah, son of Ebenezer North, 
was born at Farmington, January 10, 1733, 
died April 5, 18 18. He removed to Torring- 
ton, Connecticut, with his parents when he 
was ten years old. He was a prominent citi- 
zen and represented his town several years in 
the general assembly of the state. He was 
selectman of the town of Torrington and 
deacon of the church. In religion he was a 
very strict Puritan. In going to the barn one 
Sunday afternoon with him, his grandson 
Cyrus slid across a little patchof ice. The 
old man got a horsewhip and proceeded to 
trounce the youngster severely for breaking 
the Sabbath. He married (first) March 25. 
1756, Jemima Loomis, who died December 27, 
1767. He married (second) May 29. 1771, 
Elizabeth Humphrey, who died August 5, 



1822, aged seventy-eight years. Children : 
Noah, born June 12, 1757, died April 28, 
1789; Junia or Junius; Remembrance, Octo- 
ber 13, 1762; Jemima, April 7, 1766, married 
Elihu Barber: Mary, December 19, 1767, 
married Rev. Hezeki'ah West, Baptist minis- 
ter, who went to Pennsylvania. 

(V) Junia or Junius, son of Deacon Noah 
North, was born September 24, 1760. died 
November 14, 1828. He married (first) Jan- 
uarv 25, 1785, Sabrina Fyler. She died, and 
he married (second) Sally Covey, in January, 
1807. He settled on the north and south road 
east of his father's, where his son afterwards 
lived. He kept a tavern for many years, and 
was an active, stirring man. He was called 
'"Uncle Juna"' by all. Children, all by first 
wife: Ro.xalany, born November 2. 1785, 
married Daniel Murry in March, 1810: Tri- 
phena, March 14, 1787. died April 10, 1867; 
Ariel. August 13, 1788, died September 22, 
1818: Ruby, July 28, 1790, married (first) 
Orrin Loomis, in November, 1821, and (sec- 
ond I Moses Drake, died May 16. 1875 : Wil- 
lard, June 5, 1792: Sabrina. August 15, 1794, 
died May 22. 1875 : Junius or Junia, .\pril 30, 
1796: Lura. October 7, 1798, married Midian 
Griswold, March 19, 1822. of Litchfield: 
Frc'lerick. mentioned below, and Philomela 
(twins'), August 12, 1803: Philomela died 
.April 30. 1804. 

( \'L) Deacon Frederick, son of Junia or 
Junius North, was born .August 12, 1803. 
He married Harriet, daughter of Ira Hoyt, 
June t4. 1830. She was born in Warren. 
Connecticut, March 30, i8io. He lived on 
his father's place. He was elected deacon of 
the Baptist church in Newfield, was a farmer, 
and very much respected. Children : Char- 
lotte Jane, born May 13, 183 1, married Jo- 
se) h Deming, of Colebrook. March 12. 1856; 
Adaline Plumb and Catharine Palms (twins), 
.\ugu5t 29. 1833: .\daline Plumb died May 
28. 1848: Carrel F\ler, June 29. 1835: Junius 
Davis, June 17. 1839: Roxa .\melia. .\pril 23, 
1842, died May 28. 1882. married Elbert Nor- 
ton, of Goshen, December 31, 1865: Irene 
Harriet. October 14, 1843, <^l'^'l ^I^y 20, 1905, 
married John .-\. Moore, of Colebrook. March 
3, i8fi6 (see Moore \'II). .\nnie Margiana. 
March 2-. 1845, married Edward V. Clark, 
of Washington, Connecticut, October 22, 
1870: Frederick AIoueo, born April 10, 1846: 
Lyman Hoyt, February 4, 1849: Rubie Olivia, 
>fay 30, 1 85 1. 

Stephen Moore was the keeper 
MOORE of the lighthouse on Fairwcather 
Island for many years. Pre- 
viously he liad been a farmer in Derby, Con- 

necticut. He was an upright and useful citi- 
zen, faithful to every duty and interested in 
every good cause. He is buried in Mountain 
Grove cemetery. Bridgeport, Connecticut. He 

married Hannah . Children: James 

Hovey, mentioned below : ^^■illiam. died 
voung : Kate, unmarried, succeeded her father 
as keeper of the lighthouse and so continued 

until her death : Mary, married Hunt, 

of Brooklyn, New York: Elizabeth, married 
Wdliam Howard Thomas. All of the above- 
named children are now deceased. 

(II) James Hovey, son of Stephen and 
Hannah Moore, was born in 1804 at Derby, 
Connecticut, died at Bridgeport, Connecticut, 
in 1889. He was educated in the public 
schools of his native town. He began his bu';i- 
ness career at the age of eleven, when he was 
sent alone to drive a flock of sheep from 
Derby to Fairweather Island, where his father 
kept the lighthouse. When he reached Bridge- 
port the tide was too high to ford the river 
and he had to wait for low tide, but he finally 
reached his destination safeh'. with all his 
flock, and was afterward employed by Isaac 
Hinman to make similar trips. He served an 
apprenticeship at the trade of shipwright, 
worked as a journeyman for a time, and later 
engaged in business on his own account as a 
ship-builder, enjoying in due course of time 
a large and flourishing trade. He built for 
himself some forty vessels, in addition to 
those under contract, and made use of them 
in the coal trade. He was a master mariner 
and on various occasions handled the vessels 
himself. After his death the business was 
continued for a time by his widow. The 
shipyard and docks that he built, as well as 
the vessels, are a monument to his energy, 
industr_\- and ability. He began without ad- 
vantages in the race of life and won a signal 
success in business. He was undaunte<l by 
adversity, and per-^evered and won in many 
struggles that seemed hopeless. He won the 
confidence of the business world and the re- 
spect of his townsmen. Fle was interested 
in public education and performed efficient 
service as a member of the school board, and 
also for a time served in the capacity of select- 
man of the town. He was a director of 
Pequonock Bank in 188 1, and his knowledge 
of the value of real estate was of inestimable 
value to that institution. He was a constant 
attendant of the First Congregational Church, 
of which his wife was a member, and where 
her grandfather preached for twenty-one 
years, up to the time of his death, and who 
erected the first house on Golden Hill, now a 
fine residential section. In politics Mr. Moore 
was a Republican. He married (first) Betsey 



Leete. He married (second) in 1872, Eliza- 
beth Waterman, born at Stratford, daughter 
of Alanson Freemund Lewis (see Lewis V). 

(The Lewis Line). 

(I) Benjamin Lewis, immigrant ancestor, 
is first heard of in New Haven. Connecticut, 
removing there from WalHngford in 1669, 
and taking up his residence in Stratford about 
1676-77, where he was the first of the name. 
He exchanged his farm in WalHngford with 
John Hull, of Stratford and Derby, for Huirs 
property in Stratford. He married, in Strat- 
ford, Hannah, daughter of Sergeant John 
Curtis, and settled in WalHngford. but later 
returned to Stratford. Children: John, born 
in WalHngford. September. 1672; Mary, No- 
vember. 1674. in WalHngford ; James, 1679. 
in Stratford: Edmund, 1679: Joseph, 1683; 
Hannah. 1685; Mary, about 1688; Martha, 
1691 : Benjamin, mentioned below: Eunice. 

(H) Benjamin (2). son of Benjamin (i) 
Lewis, was born in 1696. He married Sarah, 
daughter of Daniel De Forest. According to 
the town records of Stratford he married, 
February 26. 1719-20. Sarah Nicolls. Chil- 
dren: William; Nehemiah : Hepsebah, bap- 
tized June, 1724: Benjamin, mentioned be- 
low: Samuel, born June 23. 1731 ; Isaac, Sep- 
tember, 1734. 

(HI) Benjamin (3), son of Benjamin 12) 
Lewis, was born September 14. 1729. Lie 

married Elizabeth . Children : E'ree- 

mund. mentioned below : Huldah. baptized 
November, 1765; Agur. baptized July, 1767; 
Daniel, baptized .April. 1776: Betsey, married 
Abijah L'tYord : Polly, married Judson Curtis. 

(I\') Freemund. son of Benjamin ( 3) 
Lewis, was baptized February. 1764. Lie was 
born and ilied in Stratford. He married 
Cherry, born January 11. 1763, daughter of 
Benoni and ^iehitable (Booth) French. Chil- 
dren : Alanson Freemund. mentioned below ; 
Eliza Mehitable, married Eliakim Hough. 

(\') Alanson Freemund, son of Freemund 
Lewis, was born August 30. 1795, died in 
Stratford. May 22, 1859. He was a farmer 
by occupation, and resided on the old home- 
stead in Stratford. He participated in the 
war of 18 1 2. He was prominent in town 
affairs, taking an active part in the building 
of roads and in the school and church. He 
married Julia, daughter of Rev. Elijah Water- 
man. She was buried in Lake \'iew ceme- 
tery, Bridgeport. Connecticut. Children : 
Frederick Alanson, died at age of twenty : 
Julia, married Nathan B. McEwen, of Strat- 
ford, she is still living there: Thomas, died in 
1908: Margaret, unmarried, resides with her 
sister, Mrs. McEwen ; Elizabeth Waterman, 

married James H. Moore (see Moore II) ; 
Mar\-. died at age of eighteen. 

John Hill was one of the first 
HILL settlers of Guilford: he came from 

Northamptonshire. England. as 
early as 1654. He lived on the north side 
of the green in Guilford, in the place occupied 
in late years by E. C. Bishop and Tabar 
Smith. He was born in England and died 
June 8, 1689. His wife, Frances, died ]\Iay, 
1673. Their children were: John, born 1644; 
James, 1646: Ann, 1648: Sarah and Elizabeth. 
His second wife was Katharine, widow of 
Alexander Chalker, of Saybrook. 

(II) James, son of John Hill, the settler, 
was born in Guilford. ^"lay 15, 1646, died Oc- 
tober, 1707, and was interred at Guilford. Lie 
married, in September, 1682. Sarah Griswold, 
and their children were: Sarah, born 1683; 
Isaac, 1685; James, 1687: Ann, 1690; Daniel, 
1692: John and Charity (twins), 1694; Mich- 
ael. 1698: Mary, 1701. 

(III) Isaac, son of James Hill, was born 
in East Guilford. September 5, 1685, died in 
Woodbury. February 7, 1755. He married, 
July 5. 171 1, Ann Parmalee, and they had 
fifteen children. Isaac Hill removed to Wood- 
bury as early as 1738: all the children but 
Jonas were born in Guilford. Jonathan and 
Daniel were twins : Isaac, married. November 
16. 1741. Caroline Perry: Sarah: Ahirah, 
married, January 29, 1754, Mehitable Lewis; 
James: Submit, married, November 10. 1748, 
David Hotchkiss ; Huldah. 

(I\') Jonathan, son of Isaac Hill, was born 
January 30, 1734. He was brought up in 
Woodbury and died there February 10. 1797. 
He married there April 19. 1738. Elizabeth 
Perr_\-. Children, born at \\"oodbury: Anne, 
Af)ril 19. 1759; Reuben. February 26, 1761 ; 
Da\-id. February 10. 1765. died 1843 • Daniel, 
^March 22. 1767, mentioned below ; Jonathan, 
March 25. 1769. 

(\') Daniel, son of Jonathan Hill, was born 
[March 22. 1767. at Woodbury, died in Beth- 
lem, ]\Iarch 2. 1849. ^^e married Electa 
Elinor, who died February 7. 1840. Children, 
born at Woodbury: Julia, married Harvey 
Perkins ; Ann Maria, married Cephas Beach ; 
Emily, married Giles Gaylord : Rollin R., 
married Susan IM. Kassom and removed to 
Illinois; Gilman E., mentioned below. 

(\T) Gilman Elbridge. son of Daniel Hill, 
was born in Woodbury, now Bethlehem, Con- 
necticut, and resided there until 1834, when 
he removed to Middlebury, where he lived 
until his death. He \\as a deacon of the 
church, and a man of wide influence in the 
community. He represented his district in the 



general assembly. He married, March 5, 
1834, Nancy, daughter of Phineas Crane (see 
Crane \'I). Children: Sophia, born 1835: 
Oilman Crane, mentioned below. 

(MI) Oilman Crane, son of Oilman El- 
bridge Hill, was born in Bethlehem, Connec- 
ticut, June 13, 1843. He was educated in the 
public schools, and has been a manufacturer 
all his active life. He has lived in Middle- 
bury, Naugatuck, New York City, St. Peter, 
Minnesota, and since 1870 in Waterbury, Con- 
necticut. In all these cities he has had manu- 
facturing interests. He was secretary of the 
American Flask and Cap Company from 1871 
to 1876, and since then has been secretary of 
the \Vaterbury Brass Comjiany. In 1890 he 
patented a device known as a stubholder. In 
politics he is a Republican, in religion a Con- 
gregationalist. member of the Second Congre- 
gational Church of Waterbury. He was a 
member of the old Arcadian Club for amateur 
theatricals. During the civil war he was sec- 
retary of Company A. Second Regiment, Con- 
necticut Militia. He is a director in the Dime 
Savings Bank and a corporator of the Water- 
bury Savings Dank. He married. May 30, 
1878. Charlotte Buckingham, daughter of 
Qiarles Benedict. Tliey have one child, Kath- 
arine, who married, April 14, 1904, Dr. Nel- 
son A. Pomeroy. 

(The Crane Line). 

The surname Crane has an ancient English 
history dating back to the Hundred Rolls of 
the thirteenth century, and was probably a 
Norman local name earlier. Its similarity to 
the name of a bird has caused some of tiie 
families to adopt the crane as a symbol on 
their coat-of-arms, and indeed some branches 
of the family may have adopted the emblem 
before taking the surname. Tlie coat-of-arms 
of the Crane family of Suffolk. England, to 
which some if not all the .American families 
belong, is : Argent a fesse between three 
crosses crosslet fitchee gules. Crest: .A. crane 
proper. There have been many distinguished 
Englishmen of this name from the earliest 
use of the surname. There were a number 
of pioneers of this family in Massachusetts 
before 1650. 

CI) Henry Crane, immigrant ancestor, was 
born about 1635. in England, and came to 
Wethersfield, Connecticut, as early as 1655. 
Here he was associated with his brother Ben- 
jamin as a farmer, a tanner and currier of 
leather. Soon after 1658 he removed to Ouil- 
ford, Connecticut, and in 1663 was one of 
twelve planters to locate at Hammonnassett, 
later known as Killingworth, a place lying be- 
tween Guilford and Saybrook. Up to the 

tim.e of his death his name appears often in 
the records of the town in connection with 
various public trusts, civil, military and re- 
ligious. He was made a freeman, September 
24. 1669 : representative to the general court. 
May, 1675 ; chosen lieutenant of Killingworth 
train band, in 1676; was also justice of the 
peace for the county of New London, 1(398- 
1701-02-03. He was one of the assistants in 
the upper house of the general court, Octolier 
12, 1665, also in May, 1666. For twenty- 
seven years he was representative to the gen- 
eral court of Connecticut. As a first settler of 
Killingworth he was granted by the town 
committee sixteen acres of land. He became 
captain of militia, and was frequently called 
to serve on committees and arbitrations in- 
volving varied and important questions re- 
lating to public and private affairs. He mar- 
ried (first) Concurrence, daughter of Mr. 
John Meigs, of Guilford, about 1663. She 
died in Killingworth. October 9, 1708. He 
married (second) December 26, 1709, De- 
borah Champion, widow of Henry Champion, 
of Lyme, Connecticut. He died April 22, 
1711. Children, recorded in Guilford: John, 
born about 1664; Elizabeth, about 1666; Con- 
currence, December 27, 1667, recorded in Kil- 
lingworth : Mary. August 23, 1670 ; Phebe, 
December 24, 1672; Theophilus. January 5, 
1674; Abigail, April 3, 1676; Henry, Octo- 
ber 25, 1677, mentioned below ; Mercy, June 
21, 1680: Nathaniel. August 7, 1682. 

(II) Henry (2), son of Henry (i) Crane, 
was born October 25, 1677, in Killingworth, 
Connecticut. He married Abigail, daughter 
of Robert Flood, of Wethersfield, Connecti- 
cut, January 27, 1703-04. He settled in that 
part of Killingworth afterwards set off to 
Durham, of which he was one of the thirty- 
four original proprietors. From 1718 to 1740 
he represented the town in the state legisla- 
ture, and was justice of the peace for tlie 
county of New Haven from 1728 to the time 
of his death. He died April 11, 1741. leav- 
ing a large estate for that time. His widow 
died .August 31, 1754, aged seventy-eight. Chil- 
dren: Silas, born January 25. 1705. men- 
tionerl below; Concurrence. March 25, 1708: 
Henry, March 20, 1710: Abigail. June '), 

(III) Silas, son of Henry (2) Crane, was 
born January 25, 1705, and settled in Dur- 
ham, Connecticut. He received tiie military 
title of sergeant and rendered service during 
the French and Indian wars, and was quite 
prominent in all matters relating to the wel- 
fare of the town, serving on the committee to 
settle as to who sliould serve as pastor of the 
church and many other important committees. 



He resided on a portion of the seven hundred 
and fifty acre farm belonging to his father. 
He died January 15, 1763. His wife was 
Mercy, daughter of Samuel Griswold. whom 
he married November 27, 1729. She died 
August 29, 1782. Children : Abigail, born 
September 10, 1730; Jesse, June 5, 1732: 
Flood, February 12, 1734; Silas, November 
9, 1737; Robert Griswold, February 18, 1739, 
mentioned below; Eli. November 27, 1742; 
Flood, February 27, 1744: Huldah, April 30, 
1747; Ruth, December 12, 1749: Frederick, 
February 24, 175 1 : Nathan, September 18, 


(IV) Robert Griswold, son of Silas Crane, 
was born February 18, 1739, in Durham, Con- 
necticut. He married (first) at Durham, Oc- 
tober 31, 1765, Mary, daughter of Eleazer 
Camp. She died April 30, 1790, and in Feb- 
ruary, 1791, he married (second) Sybilla Jud- 
son. who died January 12, 1808. After a few 
years' residence at Durham, he removed, 
April 7. 1769, with his family to the town of 
Bethlehem, Connecticut, and there lived until 
his death. March 6, 1820. Children, born at 
Durham : Mary, August 7, 1767 ; Robert, No- 
vember 12, 1768; born at Bethlehem: Molly, 
May 20, 1770: Achsah, April 7. 1772; Eleazer, 
December 28, 1773 ; Jesse, 1775 ; Phineas, 
mentioned below; October 10, 1777; Sarah, 
May 23, 1 78 1, 

(V) Phineas, son of Robert Griswold 
Crane, was born at Bethlehem, Connecticut. 
October 10, 1777. He married, Januarv zt,. 
1800, Irene, daughter of Gideon and Abigail 
Nichols. She died at Stratford, Connecticut, 
March 20. 1856. He was captain of the 
militia, and the latter part of his life deacon 
of the Congregational church. He died at 
Bethlehem, Connecticut, November 17, 1839, 
aged sixty-two. Children : John N., born 
Alarch 17, 1801 ; Fanny C, November 28, 
1802; Frederick C, January 8, 1805: Cath- 
arine. December 3, 1806 ; Gideon, September 
24, 1808; Nancy. December 13, 1810, men- 
tioned below; Abigail, March 6, 1813; Mary 
A., December 27, 1814; Phineas M., January 
28, 18 19; Robert, December 27, 1820; Nathan. 
December 5, 1822. 

(V'l) Nancy, daughter of Phineas Crane, 
was born December 13. 1810. She married. 
March 5. 1834, Gilman E. Hill, of Bethle- 
hem, Connecticut (see Hill VI). 

George Clarke, immigrant an- 
CLARKE cestor. was born in England 

and came to this country in 
1637 in the company of Rev. John Davenport 
and his congregation from counties Kent and 
Surrey, near London. With him came three 

relatives, James. John and George Clarke. 
After about a year in Boston, the party lo- 
cated at New Haven, Connecticut, whence in 
1639 they moved to Milford in that colony. 
A tract of three acres, purchased for a com- 
mon, is still free from buildings and has been 
in the possession of Qarke and his descend- 
ants to the present time. It is now owned 
by David Nathaniel Clarke, mentioned be- 
low. The First Church of Milford, of which 
George Clarke was a member, was established 
August 22, 1639, and he was a deacon. He 
became a man of wealth and prominence in 
the community. He was a carpenter and 
builder, as well as a farmer, and doubtless 
built many of the first houses in the town. 
He died in June, 1690. and his wife Mary 
also died at Milford. He was a deputy to the 
general court from Milford. Children; 
Thomas, mentioned below, Sarah. George, 
John, Abigail, Elizabeth. Rebecca and Mary. 

(II) Thomas, son of George Clarke, was 
born in Boston in 1637, died in }iIilford. Con- 
necticut, in 1 7 19. He was a farmer and 
owned more land than any other man in Mil- 
ford. He married (first) in 1663, Hannah, 
daughter of William Gilbert. He married 

( second ) Grace, widow of Samuel Prudden. 
Children of first wife: Sarah, Samuel, Thom- 
as, mentioned below, George. Joseph and 

(III) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) 
Clarke, was born at Milford. Januarv 22, 
1688. died there February 12, 1728. He was 
also a farmer. He married. November 22. 
1703, Martlia Clarke, of Farmington. Chil- 
dren : ^Martha, .\nn, Thomas, Keziah, lona- 
than. Jared. mentioned below. 

(I\') Jared. son of Thomas (2) Clarke, 
was baptized at Milford, January 28, 1719, 
died there May 21, 1789. He followed farm- 
ing through his active life. He married Mar- 
tha Baldwin, baptized December 8, 1723, died 
before 1770. Children, born at Milford : 
David, died young ; Enoch, Hial, David, men- 
tioned below, Hial, Jerusha, Abel and Martha. 

(\') David, son of Jared Clarke, was born 
in 1751, died in 183 1. He was a farmer in 
his native town. He was an active patriot 
and served in the revolutionary war. He was 
with General Washington on Long Island and 
many interesting incidents of his experience 
have been preserved by his descendants. 
\\'hen General Tryon attacked Danbury. Con- 
necticut, he. with Justin Wood, Samuel Green 
and others, proceeded to tlie path and from 
behind fences and trees shot and killed many 
British soldiers. Green was killed. David 
Clarke married Anna Clarke, born in 1755, 
died in 1812, daughter of Isaac Clarke, of 


what is now the town of Orange, Connecti- 
cut, descendant of Dr. Sainuel Andrew, one 
of the founders and the second president of 
Yale College and pastor for fifty-two years 
of the First Congregational Church of Mil- 
ford, and taught some of the college classes 
at his home in Milford. Children, born in 
Milford : David. Hannah, Martha, Nancy, 
David, mentioned below, John, Samuel, Hial, 
Elizabeth. Jerusha. Sarah A.. Mary A. and 
Mabel ; the last three were by a second mar- 

(V'l) David (2), son of David (i) Clarke, 
was born November 15, 1782. died January 
17, 1853. He was a farmer in Milford and 
prominent in public life. In politics he was 
a Whig and in religion a Congregationalist. 
He married. October 31. 1805, Mary Smith, 
born in Milford. November 2. 1784, died Feb- 
ruary II, 1857. daughter of Samuel Bryan 
Smith, a soldier in the revolution. Samuel 
B. Smith was with General Montgomery in 
the Quebec Expedition, and was at one time 
in command of a vessel which transported 
troops across the Great Lakes, and while 
there a vessel loaded with British officers and 
soldiers drifted ashore in the fog and were 
taken prisoners by the .Americans. Children : 
I. Maria, born October g. 1806: married Den- 
nis Beach, a carriage manufacturer of Mil- 
ford. 2. Louisa Ann, April 21, 1809, died 
unmarried. 3. Laurette, August 19. 1811 ; 
married Isaac F. Stone, of Orange, a carriage 
maker and merchant, who died at Louisville. 
Kentucky. 4. Catherine Mary, October 29, 
1813: married. April 10. 1834. Elias Clark, 
a farmer of Milford: she died in 1901. 5. 
Mason S., November 11, 1815: a wholesale 
merchant in New Orleans, Louisiana. 6. 
Emily Susan. July 21. 1817; married Lemuel 
Powell, of Brooklyn. New York. 7. Julia 
Smith. September 29. 1819: married, July 13, 
1841. Harvey Beach. 8. David Nathaniel, 
mentioned below. 9. Samuel B., February 19, 
1824: a wholesale merchant in New York 
City, married. December 20, 1848, Sarah 
Barney Belcher, of Chickopee. 10. Charles 
William. September 19, 1827. 

(\'U) David Nathaniel, son of David (2) 
Clarke, was horn at Milford. October 8, 182 1. 
He attenfied the public schools of his native 
town and a class taught by the minister of 
the Congregational church before the high 
school was established and he was one of 
the first pupils in the high school. He was 
for a number of \ears associated with his 
brother, Samuel B. Clarke, in commercial 
business in New York City. Samuel Bryan 
Clarke was afterward a law partner of L'nited 
States Senator Elihu Root of New York. Re- 

turning to his native town. David Nathaniel 
Clarke devoted his attention to farming, in 
which he has since been engaged with abun- 
dant success. Some of his land has been in 
the possession of his family from the time of 
the first grant to his pioneer ancestor in 1639, 
or soon afterward. With his sons, Mr. Clarke 
owns and cultivates some three hundred acres 
of land in Milford. He was formerly a mem- 
ber of Ansantawae Lodge, Ancient Free and 
Accepted Masons, of Milford. In politics he 
is a Republican, with a tendency to independ- 
ence. He has been selectman and assessor of 
the town and held other offices. He is a 
prominent member of the Congregational 
church, and was one of the first members of 
the local order of the Sons of Temperance. 
He has always been an earnest and zealous 
supporter of the cause of temperance. He 
was a soldier in the civil war, but after spend- 
ing some time in camp was discharged on 
account of ill health. He married, June 19, 

1854. Charlotte Ann. born October 23. 1826, 
daughter of Newton Piatt, of Milford, and 
sister of Lenora S. Piatt. She died October 
10, 1866. Her father, Newton Piatt, was 
born December 21, 1792. died February 24, 
1863; married. October 18. 1821, .-Xnna Clarke, 
born November 24. 1799. died September 7, 
1863. Mr. Clarke married (second) October, 
1867, Lenora Sophia Piatt, sister of his first 
wife. Children of first wife: i. David Le- 
land, mentioned below. 2. Mary Ellen, born 
September 5, 1856: unmarried; resides in 
Boston. 3. Elbert Newton, mentionetl below. 
Children of second wife: 4. Charlotte Anna, 
born 1869 : married Frank E. Hine. a civil 
engineer, residing at Fishers Island, Xew 
York state : children : Eleanor Clarke Hine, 
December 16, 1896: Donald Frank Hine. Jan- 
uary 26, 1899 : Winifred Charlotte Hine, 
.\pril 27, 1901 : Esther Josephine Hine. .April 
18. 1908. 5. Vincent Bid. He. born August 8, 
1880: graduate of Yale College in 1902; now 
city engineer of Ansonia, Connecticut. 6. 
Child, died in infancy. 

(\'III) David Leland, son of David Nath- 
aniel Clarke, was born at Milford, ^larch 20, 

1855. He attended the Milford public schools 
and the famous Russell Military School at 
New Haven. Connecticut. He then became 
associated with his father in the management 
of the farm at Milford. He was for al)init 
thirty years associate editor of the Ansonia 
Sentinel, having charge of the Milford de- 
partment of that newspaper. He has been 
for many years a director of the Milforrl .Sav- 
ings Bank. In politics he is a Republican. 
He is clerk of the First Congregational 
Church and a prominent and active member. 

c/^ ^cx^^^Jz^ 


He married, October 29, 1884, Emma J. Mun- 
son. at Alilford, daughter of Edward Preston 
and Mary Jane, (Plumb) Alunson. Her 
mother was born May 5, 1833, died August 
20, 1882. Her grandfather was Lewis Mun- 
son. They trace their ancestry back to Cap- 
tain Thomas Munson, who was one of the 
early settlers of New Haven and had an im- 
portant part in the life of the Xew Haven 
Colony. Children : David Andrew, fifth of 
the name in direct line, born June 24, 1887 ; 
Emerson Leland, August 3, 1890; Mabel 
;gust 8, 1893. 
I VHI) Elbert Xewton. son of David Nath- 
aniel Clarke, was born September 7, i860, at 
Milford. He was educated in the district 
school near his home and in the graded schools 
of ^klilford. At tiie age of eighteen he en- 
gaged in business with his father and brother 
under the firm name of D. N. Clarke & Sons, 
farming and market gardening, and continued 
until 1894. Since then he has been a general 
contractor. His business includes the laying 
of concrete and cement walks and building 
roads, making excavations and fillings. He 
also deals in lumber. He has a farm of 
twenty-five acres and leases other lands. In 
politics he is a Republican. He is a member 
of the Milford Driving Association and of 
Arctic Fire Company, Xo. i. He and his 
family are members of the 
tional Church and for five 
on its standing committee. 

He married, February 18, 1885, Susie I. 
Smith. She is an active worker in the First 
Congregational Church, a former teacher in 
its Sunday school and member of the Ladies' 
Benevolent Union. She is a charter member 
of Deborah Stowe Chapter, Daughters of the 
.American Revolution. Children : Stanley 
Xewton. born December 7, 1887 : Mildred 
Leanora, June 19, 1891 ; Florence Isabel, 
INIarch 14. 1897: Marjorie Theresa, Septem- 
ber 18, 1898. 

The Smith family settled in [Milford in 
colonial days. The great-grandfather of 
Susie I. (Smith) Clarke, Isaac Smith, her 
grandfather. Xathan Smith, and her father, 
E. Stiles Smith, were shoemakers. Her father 
married Maria Theresa Piatt, a native of Mil- 
ford, daughter of Jonah Piatt, granddaughter 
of Fisk Piatt. Her twin sister, Sadie T. 
Smith, born February 13, 1862, married 
Charles S. Clarke, a seedsman of \V'akeman, 
Ohio: her brother, Frank W. Smith, of Xew 
Haven, married Carrie W. Beard, of Milford. 
Through her mother's family, Mrs. Elbert X. 
Clarke descends in the tenth generation from 
William Fowler, who came to Connecticut 
with Davenport and was one of the founders. 

First Congrega- 
years he served 


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She was si.xth m descent from Captain John 
Fowler, who was commissioned by the gen- 
eral assembly, captain of the second company 
or train band of the Second Regiment in the 
revolution, and he also served the town and 
country by raising troops for the continental 
army. Mrs. Clarke is also descended through 
her mother's family from Captain Charles 
Pond and Sir Charles Hobby. The latter was 
an officer in the colonial wars and was one of 
the si.x Americans knighted at Windsor 
Castle in 1705. He was the ancestor of Mary 
Hobby, who married Zachariah Hubbard ; 
their daughter. Alary Hubbard, married Peter 
Ponfl and were parents of Captain Charles 
Pond, the first ensign in Captain Peter 
Peret's company, Colonel Charles Webb's regi- 
ment, at the siege of Boston ; commissioned 
as first lieutenant, January 17, 1776; in com- 
mand of the war vessel "Schuyler" which 
captured the British ship "Crawford" and a 
sloop; he captured three prizes in 1776 and 
recaptured various American vessels and 
stores taken at Long Island : was in the battle 
of White Plains ; crossed the Delaware with 
Washington in December, 1777, and was in 
the battle of Princeton ; was commissioned 
captain, January i, 1777, resigning April 20, 
1779, to take command of the war vessel 
"New Defense," which was taken by the Brit- 
ish after an engagement, and he was confined 
in the prison ship "Jersey," but soon after- 
ward exclianged : was a member of the So- 
ciet\- of Cincinnati: married Martha Aliles; 
their daughter Sally married William Herpin 
Fowler, and their daughter, Sarah Fowler, 
married Jonah Piatt, maternal grandfather of 
Mrs. Clarke, mentioned above. 

(II) Ensign George, son of 
CLARK Deacon George Clarke (q. v.) 
(as he spelled the name), was 
born in Alilford, in 1647, died there July 19, 
1734. He married Deborah Gold. He was 
one of those who negotiated for the purchase 
from the Indians, February 29, 1700, of the 
land on which the Clark family still resides. 
Mr. David Clark now lives on the homestead, 
and opposite his house is a stone on which he 
has inscribed the names of all the owners. 

(Til) Captain Nathan, son of Ensign 
George Clark married Abigail Xewton, 
descendant of Rev. Roger Newton, first pastor 
of the church in Farmington and second pas- 
tor in Milford. succeeding Rev. Peter Prudden. 
(IV) Xathan (2), son of Captain Xathan 
( I ) Clark, was born ,-\ugust, 1746, died Inly 
12, 18 19. He married Mabel Treat, born 1753, 
died July t, 1828, descendant of Governor 
Robert Treat. 




(V^) Nathaniel, son of Nathan (2) Clark, 
it is believed, was born in Milford, Connecti- 

(\"I) Nehemiah, son of Nathaniel Clark, 
was born November 24. 1783. He settled in 
Salisbury, formerly Milford. Connecticut, died 
there June 2. 1871. He was a farmer and 
miller and owned much land. He married 
Polly Walton, born 1787, died April 20. 1837. 
Children: Delia M., born December 25, 1810: 
Nathaniel W.. February 19, 18 14. died May 
31, 1883; George Baldwin, mentioned below: 
Henry .A.. June 19, 18 19. died December 9. 
1872: Mary. May 24. 1822. died March 25. 
1888: Andrew. June 26, 1828. drowned June 
14. 1842: Sarah. November 28. 1829. died 
July 24. 1875. 

(\'n) George Baldwin, son of Nehemiah 
Clark, was born in Salisbury, March 6, 181 7, 
died March 26. 1895. He was a farmer, liv- 
ing in the south part of the town, and owned 
much real estate there. In politics he was a 
Democrat and served the town as selectman. 
He represented the town in the general as- 
sembly. He married (first) December 30, 
1845. Betsey A. Hamlin, of Sharon. Connec- 
ticut, born November 5, 1824, died November 
27. 1853, daughter of Benjamin and Betsey 
Hamlin. He married fsecond) November 22. 
1866, Jane, born at Salisi)ury. March 18. 1834. 
now living in Salisbury, daughter of James 
and Jane (Heath) Landon, and granddaugh- 
ter of .Ashbel and Loraine ( Chapman ) Lan- 
don. Children of first wife: George 11.. men- 
tioned below ; .Ambrose R., born September 
19, 1853, died ^lay 11, 1880. Child of second 
wife: Jennie L.. born October 20. 1868. lives 
with her m(jtlier in Salisbury. 

f\'ni) George Hamlin, son of (jeorge 
Baldwin Clark, was born in Salisiniry. Con- 
necticut. .\pril 2. 1847. He was educated in 
the district schools of his native town and at 
the Rogers School for Boys at New Milford, 
Connecticut. He worked with his father on 
the farm until after he was twenty-one years 
olfi. In 1875 he came to the village of Salis- 
bury to take a position as clerk in the store 
of his brother. .Ambrose R. Clark, general 
merchant. In 1876 he bought the business. 
and since then has been a mer:hant of promi- 
nence in this section. He owns two stores in 
Salisbury, a dry goorls store and a general 
store, carrying also hardware and tools, in 
addition to dry goods and groceries. He also 
has a half interest in a drug store in that 
village. He is associated with Judge Doual<l 
T. Warner in agricultural business. He is 
president of the Cutlery and Handle Company, 
in Salisbury. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and has been town clerk and town treasurer 

fur about twenty-five years. He has repre- 
sented the town for three terms in the gen- 
eral assembly. He was state senator in 1902- 
03. He is a member of Salisbury Lodge, No. 
5'i. Knights of Pythias, and has been its 
treasurer from the time of organization. He 
is treasurer of the Men's Club. Salisbury, and 
has lieen from the first. He is a prominent 
member and a vestryman of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. He married, October 25. 
1882, Marv E. Ball, of Salisburv, daughter of 
Robert and Elizabeth (Stiles) Ball. They 
have no children. 

Lieutenant William Clarke, im- 
CLARK migrant ancestor, was born in 

Dorsetshire, England, in 1609. 
Family tradition says that he came to New 
England in the ship "Mary and John," leav- 
ing Plymouth, England. [March 30, 1630. His 
name also appears in the list of passengers in 
the "Mary and John" which sailed from Lon- 
don. March 24. 1633. He settled at Dorches- 
ter before 1635, where he was a prominent 
citizen, selectman, 1646-50. In 1653 he was 
one of the petitioners to settle in Northamp- 
ton, and he removed there in 1659. His wife 
rode on horseback with two baskets or pan- 
niers slung across the horse, carrying a boy 
in eacii basket and one on her lap. her hus- 
band, fifty years old. preceding on foot. He 
was granted twelve acres on the west side of 
what is nov.- Elm street, bordering on Mill 
river, and comprising to-day the north half 
of the campus of Smith College. Fie built a 
log house where he lived until i63i, when it 
was burned, being set on fire by a negro. Jack, 
a servant of ."^anuiel Wolcott. who took a 
brand of fire from the hearth and swung it 
up and dmvn to "find victuals." The new 
house bi'ilt in its place remained standing 
until 1826. Lieutenant Clarke organized in 
1661 a train Isanti of sixty men, which he com- 
manded in King Philip's war. He served as 
selectman twenty years, and was also judge of 
the county court. He died at Northampton, 
July 18. 1690. and in 1884 a monument was 
erected to his memory by his de-cendants. 
The i>id gravestone is still preserved. He 
married (first) Sarah ( ?), who died Septem- 
ber 16, t675: (second) November 15, i6;6, 
Sarah Cooper, who died May 6. 1688. Chil- 
dren : Sarah. Iwrn 1638: Jonatiian, 1639; 
Nathaniel, 1642: P'.vperience, 1643: Increase. 
1646: Rebecca. 1648: Joh.n. 1651; Sanniel, 
1633: William, 165'), mentioned below; Sarah, 

(II) Captain William Clarke, son of Lieu- 
tenant William Clarke, was born in Dorches- 
ter. July 3. 1656. He removed from North- 



ampton, where lie had p;one with his parents, 
to Lebanon, Connecticut, and was one of the 
purchasers of what was known as the Clarke 
and Dewey purchase, in the northern part of 
the town. He was one of the original pro- 
prietors of the town and was the first repre- 
sentative from the town to the general court, 
in 1705, serving for thirteen years. He was 
a selectman sixteen years, and town clerk 
twenty-five years, 1700-1725. He was cap- 
tain of militia, serving in the Indian wars. 
He married (first), at Northampton, July 15, 
1680, Hannah Strong, who died January 31, 
1694, daughter of Elder John and Abigail 
(Ford) Strong. He married (second) 1694, 
Mary Smith, who died April 23, 1748. He 
died at Lebanon, May 29, 1725. Children: 
Hannah, born 1682: .\bigail, 1^)83: William, 
1685; Jonathan. 1688, mentioned below: 
Thomas. 1690: Joseph, 169 1 ; Benoni, 1693,: 
Timothy, 1695 ; Gershom, 1697. 

(HI) Jonathan, son of Captain William 
Clarke, was born at Northampton, May 13, 
1688. died at Lebanon, January 12, 1744. He 
w^as a farmer there, and married, January 6, 
1 714, Hannah Smalle\-. He had a son Jona- 
than, mentioned below. 

( I\' ) Jonathan (2). son of Jonathan d) 
Clarke, was born at Lebanon, November i. 
1 713, died there in 1800. He was a farmer 
and selectman of the town in 1757. He in- 
herited a large estate, which he sold, and lost 
his fortune through the depreciation of cur- 
rency during the revolution. He married, 
January 16, 1733, Mercy Dewey, born .\pril 
I, 1714. in Lebanon, daughter of \\'illiam and 
Mercy CBagley) Dewe\-. Children: Hannah, 
born 1735: Jonathan, 1737, mentioned below: 
Dan. 1741 : iMercy, 1743 : David. 1748: Gideon 
( ?) : Zerviah. 1731 : Lemuel. 1733: Gershom, 


(\') Jonathan (3) Clark (as he spelled the 
name), son of Jonathan (2) Clarke, was born 
at Lebanon, .\pril 29. 1737. died there Sep- 
tember 28, 1772. He married, ^.^a^ch 26, 
1736, Dorothy, daughter of Gideon and Re- 
becca fOrdaway) Hunt. Children: Gideon, 
born 1739. mentioned below: Olive, 1762 (see 
Lebanon Town Records, Old Book, p. 368). 

(\'I) Captain Gideon Clark, son of Jona- 
than (^3) Clark, was born in Lebanon. April 
i^- ^759' fl'^f' January 2, 1833. in Columbia, 
Connecticut, formerly a part of Lebanon. He 
was a farmer and succeeded to the farm of his 
wife's father at Lebanon. He was a soldier 
in the revolution, and in 1832 wa.s a pensioner 
living in Tolland countv, (Tonnecticut (Conn. 
Rev. Rolls, p. 636). He married, April 10, 
1787, Temima Newcomb. born October 24, 
1756, daughter of Peter (5) : Hezekiah (4) ; 

Simon ( 3 ) ; Lieutenant Andrew ( 2 ) : Captain 
Andrew Newcomb (i). Her mother was 
Hannah, daughter of Richard and Mary Eng- 
lish, formerly of Bristol, Rhode Island. She 
was born in Lebanon, September 19, 1722. 
Her grandmother was Jerusha (Bradford) 
Newcomb. daughter of Thomas (3) : Major 
William ( 2 ) : Governor William Bradford 
(i), of the "Mayflower" and "Plymouth." 
Children: Dorothy, born October 5, 1788; 
Chester, April 26, 1790: Orren. January 28, 
1792: Hannah. September 7, 1793: Lucy, Au- 
gust 28, 1795 : Charles, mentioned below. 

I \'II ) Charles, son of Captain Gideon 
Clark, was born in Lebanon, now Columbia, 
September 30, 1797, died in Enfield, April 3, 
1867. He married, in Enfield, June 21, 1832, 
Dorothy, daughter of Captain John King (5) ; 
Joel (4); Benjamin (3): i3enjamin (2); 
James ( i), of Suffield, Connecticut. She was 
born in Enfield, February 24, 1814, died in 
Melrose, August 11. 1887. Her mother was 
Alice Button, of Enfield. Children: Mabel, 
born 1834, married Joseph Abbot Thompson, 
of Melrose, 1858: Almira King, 1835, mar- 
ried John van Eeuran Coomes, of Long- 
meadow, Massachusetts, 1868: Charles Wal- 
lace, 1839, married Helen Esther Clark, of 
Enfield, 1863 : Mahlon Newcomb, mentioned 

(VHI) Mahlon Newcomb, son of Charles 
Clark, was born in Enfield, September 20, 
1846. died at Hartford, November 14, 1904. 
He married, at Hartford. September 20, 1869, 
Mary .Alice, daughter of Hiram Haven (7), 
of Shrewsbury, [Massachusetts, and Hartford, 
Connecticut: Closes (6) : Lemuel (5) : Moses 
(4): Joseph (3 1: Moses (2): Richard (i), 
of Lynn, Massachusetts. She was born in 
Hartford. December 12, 1849. Her mother 
was Adeline Olivia Lambert, born ?^Iarch 12, 
1818, parents unknown. She was possibly the 
niece of William Lambert, who appears in 
Boston about that time, for she used to speak 
of an L^ncle William, who lived in Boston 
when she was a child. Mahlon Newcomb 
Clark was connected with the Phoenix Insur- 
ance Company, of Hartford, Connecticut, as 
chief clerk and cashier, for about thirty-three 
years and until the time of his death.' Chil- 
dren: Charles Mahlon, born June 21, 1870, 
died April 17, 1872: Walter" Haven, men- 
tioned below. 

(IN) Walter Haven, son of [Mahlon New- 
comb Clark, was born at Hartford. January 
20, 1872. He attended the public schools and 
graduated from the Hartford high school in 
the class of 1892. He entered Yale College, 
from which he was graduated in 189(1. and 
studied his profession in the Yale Law School, 

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where he received his degree with the class 
of 1899. He was admitted to the Irlartford 
county bar in 1898. After his graduation he 
formed a partnership with Judge William A. 
Arnold, of Willimantic, under the firm name 
of Clark & Arnold, with offices in the First 
National Bank Building, 50 State street, 
Hartford, and has continued in general prac- 
tice m this firm to the present time. He was 
president of the common council board of 
Hartford in 1902 and represented Hartford 
in the general assembly in 1905. In 1903 he 
was appointed associate judge of the Hart- 
ford police court, and since January i, 1908, 
has been judge of this court, being appointed 
bv Governor Woodrutt, succeeding Judge 
Garvan. Judge Clark is a member of the 
prudential committee of the Farmington Ave- 
nue Congregational Church of Hartford. He 
married. June 26, 1902. Julia Ellen Gilman, 
of Hartford, daughter of judge George S. and 
Ellen (Hills) Gilman. Mrs. Clark is a grad- 
uate of Smith College, class of 1896. They 
have one child, Eleanor ?\lary, born March 
6. 1904. 

Thomas Clark, immigrant ances- 
CLARK tor, was born in England, 1599, 

and first appeared in this country 
as a settler in July. 1623. when he arrived at 
Plymouth in the "Anne," in a company of 
forty-two adult passengers, besides children. 
He brought with him considerable property, 
especially cattle, and had land allotted to him 
near Eel River, now Chiltonville. There is a 
general tradition among the descendants of 
the Pilgrims, and particularly among the de- 
scentiants of Thomas Clark, that he was the 
Thomas Clark who was one of the mates of 
the "Mayflower," and gave his name to Clark's 
island, of which he took possession, December 
8. 1620. This tradition, however, has never 
been verified. In 1627 he was the only per- 
son of that name in Plymouth Colony, in 
documents of the period lie is called variously 
a carpenter, yeoman, merchant or gentleman. 
In 1633 'i^ 'ook the freeman's oath, and in 
1637 headed the list of volunteers to act 
against the Pequot Indians, being then men- 
tioned as of Eel River. In 1640 he is in- 
cludefl in the list of fifty-eight '"purchasers 
or old comers" in Plymouth. In 1641-43-44- 
45-46-47 he was constable and surveyor of 
highways. In 1643 he was in the list of the 
men of the colony able to bear arms. In 165 1 
and 1655 he was representative to the general 
court and was at one time employed to audit 
the accounts of the colony. Between 1655 
and 1660 he removed to Boston, where he 
lived in the vicinity of Scotto's Lane. His son 

Andrew married Mehitable, daughter of 
Tliomas Scotto. and Thomas Clark gave him 
a house in tliat region. When the son An- 
drew removed to Harwich Thomas Clark ap- 
pears to have followed him, and^ the two 
were among the earliest proprietors of that 
town. In his latter days he lived with his 
daughter, Susanna Lothrop, at Barnstable. 
From 1654 to 1697 he was a deacon of the 
Plymouth church. He married (first), about 
1634. Susan or Susanna, daughter of widow 
Mary Ring, of Plymouth. All his children 
were probably of this marriage. He married 
(second) Mrs. Alice Nichols, daughter of 
Richard Hallett, in Boston, 1664. He ilied in 
Plymouth. March 24, 1697, and was buried on 
the summit of Burying Hill, where his grave- 
stone is still to be seen. Children (dates of 
birth conjectural): Andrew, 1635; James, 
1637; William, 1639: Susanna. 1641 : Nath- 
aniel, 1643; John, 1645 or 1651. 

(11) Andrew, son of Thomas Clark, was 
born in 1635, and when a young man removed 
to Boston, where his name is found in the 
tax lists for 1674. He was in the shoe busi- 
ness, and lived in Scotto's Lane, where his 
father bought him a house. He was assistant 
counsellor, and several times representative 
to the general court. He removed to Har- 
wich, of which he was one of the original pro- 
prietors, in 1694. He married, 1671. in Bos- 
ton, Mehitable, daughter of Thomas and Joan 
(Sanford) Scotto. baptized February 11, 
1649. The family of Scotto was of some note 
in tlie early history of Boston. They are said 
to trace back to the year 1120. and the name 
was originally Scot-howe, wdiich signified a 
portion of the hillside. In the early records 
it is variously written Scotto, Scottoe, Scottow 
and Scottoa. They came from Norwich, Nor- 
folk county. England, and were cabinet-mak- 
ers by trade. The immigrant ancestors con- 
sisted of a widow, Thomasine Scotto, and 
her two sons, Thomas, born 161 2. and Joshua, 
1615. She was admitted to the First Church 
in 1634 and the sons in 1639. In the "Book 
of Possessions" Thomas Scotto is put down 
as the owner of a house and garden in School 
street, four acres of land at Muddy River 
(Brookline). and a marsh at the same place. 
The property on School street descended to 
his great-great-grandson. Dr. Samuel Clark, 
and remained in the family until 1825. when 
Dr. Clark sold it to the city, and it now forms 
a part of City Hall Square. Thomas Scotto 
was overseer of graven, gates and fences in 
1644, and in Town Records. February. 1646, 
appears the following: "Thomas Scotto to 
see yt \e graves be digged five foot deep." 
He died in 1661. His brother, Joshua, was 



one of the founders of the South Church, 1662. 
In 1687 he was, by commission from James 
II., chief justice of the court of common pleas 
for the province of Maine. He was the author 
of two tracts, "Old Men's Tears," printed in 
1691, and "Planting of the Massachusetts 
Colony, 1694." His house was in Sudbury 
street,' and he died January 20. 1698, aged 
eighty-three. Andrew Clark died in Har- 
wich,' in 1706. Children of Andrew Clark: 
Thomas, born July 10, 1672 ; Susanna, March 
12, 1674; x\ndrew, 1678; Scotto, 1680 (men- 
tioned below); Nathaniel, 1682; Mehitable, 
December 8, 1686. 

(III) Scotto, son of Andrew Clark, was 
born in Harwich, r68o. married, 1706, Mary 

. He is styled in deeds, "Scotto Clark, 

miller." Children: Andrew, born December 
I, 1707; Scotto, Novembers. 1709 (mentioned 
below): Mary, April 7, 1712: Joseph and 
Benjamin (twins), January 8, 1714: Lydia, 
1717; Nathaniel. June 19, 1719; Sarah, 1721 ; 
Ebenezer, June 3, 1723: Seth, June 19, 1726. 

(IV) Scotto (2). son of Scotto (i) Clark, 
was born November 8. 1709, married. March 
22, 1733, Thankful Crosby, born February 7, 
1714, died December 17. 1802. He died Au- 
gust 31, 1795. He was a master mariner, and 
nine of his eleven sons were whalemen. One 
of them was killed by a whale, in sight of his 
father, who cornmanded the boat. Children, 
born in Harwich: Elisha. May 14, 1734; 
Reuben, August i. 1735; Tully, November 30, 
1736, killed by a whale: Mark, born 'Sla.y 3, 
1738: William, January 14, 1740; Mercy, Au- 
gust 9, 1741 : Barnabas, March 9, 1743 ; Scotto, 
September 22, 1745: James, January 6, 1747; 
Abigail, September 7, 1748: Roland, Febru- 
ary 18, 1750: Joshua, December 4, 1752; Fes- 
senden. October 8, 1754: Thankful, October 
22, 1757- . 

(V) Elisha, son of Scotto (2) Clark, was 
born May 14, 1734. at Harwich, married, 
February 14, 1760, Hannah Hopkins, born 
March 28, 1735. He settled in Conway, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1774. and died there, Septem- 
ber 9, 1811. His wife died October 22, 1813. 
Children, all but the last two born in Har- 
wich: Judah, November 22, 1760: Mercy, 
April 24, 1762: Hannah, November 20, 1763; 
Elisha, August 29. 1765: Scotto, July 14, 
1767: Oliver, July 5, 1769: Tabitha, Novem- 
ber r, 1771 ; Thomas, November 16, 1774; 
Thankful, September 7, 1776. 

(\'I) Judah, son of Elisha Clark, was born 
November 22, 1760, married, October 12, 
1788, Abigail Freeman', born July 28, 1768, 
died October 10, 1833. Judah was a soldier 
of prominence in the revolution. His name 
appears in a descriptive list of men raised to 

reinforce the Continental army from Conway 
for the term of si.x months, agreeable to a 
resolve dated June 5, 1780, and he is returned 
as received by Justin Ely, commissioner, by 
Brigadier General Glocer, at Springtield, Mas- 
sachusetts, July 16, 1780. He was then nine- 
teen years old, five feet four inches in height. 
He marched to camp July 16, 1780, in the 
company of Captain Zebulon King, and was 
at Camp Totaway October 25, 1780; was dis- 
charged December 23 following. He had also 
been in the service in Captain Eli Park's com- 
pany, Colonel Leonard's regiment, from 
Hampshire county, in 1777, in Captain .\bner 
Pomeroy's company. Colonel Ezra Wood's 
regiment, in New York state, in 1778-79, and 
in Captain Elijah Dwight's company, Colonel 
Elishn Porter's regiment, in 1779, and later in 
Captain Abel Dinsmoor's company. Colonel 
Porter's regiment, in 1779, at New London, 
Connecticut. He died May 19, 1805, in Con- 
way. Children, born in Conway: Elkanah, 
September 11, 1789; Hannah, October 4, 1790, 
died October 31, 1790: Freeman, born Novem- 
ber 28, 1791, died February 23, 1792; son, 
born October 30, 1792, died November 14, 
1792; Abigail, born October 3, 1793. died Jan- 
uary 21, 1794; Freeman, born May 23, 1795: 
Henry, February 26, 1797; Edmund, January 
-7> 1799: William. May 9, 1801 : Abigail, 
April 28, 1803, died September 2, 1803 : Wins- 
low, born August 29, 1804 (mentioned be- 

(\TT) Winslovv, son of Judah Clark, was 
born .\ugu3t 29, 1804, married, June 3, 1830, 
Betsey L. Bardwell, born April 2, 18 10. He 
was a farmer and fuller by occupation and 
lived in Shelburne, ^lassachusetts. He died 
there, November 12, 1881. Children, born in 
Shelburne: i. ^^'ilIiam Henry, August 8. 183 1. 
2. Joel Bardwell, September 14, 1833. 3. Abi- 
gail Freeman, January 2;!,. 183S, married 
David Hunter, of Greenfield, }ilassachusetts, 
deceased. 4. Judah \\'inslow, born March 29, 
1843 (mentioned below). 5. Lydia Newhall, 
October 14, 1S45, married Charles Purington, 
6. Betsey Maria, born December 3, 1853, ^i^'^s 
in Greenfield. 

(\TII) Judah \\'inslow, son of W^inslow 
Clark, was born March 29, 1843, ii Shelburne, 
died in Terryville, Connecticut, February 3, 
1896. He was educated in Shelburne Acad- 
emy, but left the town at the age of twenty- 
one years and went to Terryville, where lie 
became identified with the Andrew Terrv Com- 
pany, manufacturers of malleable iron. He 
afterwards became superintendent and held 
the position for many years. He was then 
made director, and about 1889 secretarv and 
treasurer, which position he held until his 



death He was a trustee of the Bristol Sav- 
ings Dank and took an inlerest in the schools 
of the town of Terryville. In religion he was 
a Congregationalist. He married. May 5, 

1868, Eliza Augusta, daughter of Alexander 
and Lydia (Gaylord) Pond (see Pond \'I). 
She was born in Plymouth, Connecticut. June 
19, 1845. Children: i. Mabel, March 31. 

1869. 2. George Clifford. August 21. 1872, 
mentioned below. 

(IX) George Clifford Clark, son of Judah 
Winslow Clark, was born in Terryville, Au- 
gust 21, 1872. He was educated in the 
schools of liis native town, in the Hartford 
High School and the Sheffield Scientific 
School, Yale University, from which he grad- 
uated in 1893. He then entered the Andrew 
Terrv Company's plant, and has been identi- 
fied with it ever since. In 1896 he was made 
secretary and in 1898 secretary and treasurer. 
He was one of the organizers of the Terry- 
ville Savings Bank, and was made its first 
jjresident. which position he still holds. He is 
also a director of the bank, and of the An- 
drew Terry Company. He has been a mem- 
ber of the Republican town committee for 
many years, and is at present its chairman. 
He is also a member of the Connecticut Sons 
of the .American Revolution, and of the Con- 
ereeational church. He is unmarried. 

The Wilcox family is of Saxon 
\\ ILCOX origin and was seated at Bury 
St. Edmunds, county Suffolk, 
England, before the Norman Conquest. Sir 
John Dugdale. in the visitation of the county 
of Suffolk, mentioned fifteen generations of 
the familv previous to the year 1600. This 
traces the lineage hack to the year 1200. when 
the surname came into use as an inherited 
family name. On old records the spellings 
Wilcox. Wilcockson, Wilcoxon and Wilcox 
are used interchangeably. 

(1) John Wilcox lived in Hartford, Con- 
necticut, and was chosen surveyor in 1(143-44; 
he served as selectman in 1650. He died in 
1651: his will was dated July 24. 1651. and 
he was probably buried in the Center Church 
burying ground in Hartford. His wife flied 
about 1668. Children: John, mentioned be- 
low: Sarah, married John Bidwell an ! settled 
in Middlctdwn: .\nn. born about i''ii6. mar- 
ried John Hall, Jr., and settled in Mitldletown. 
ni) John (2). son of John (i) Wilcox, 
was born in England and came to Hartford 
with his father. He removed to Middletown 
Upper Houses, where he died May 24. iftj6. 
He had agreed to settle in Middletown. but 
failing to do so prrimptly.. the general court 
in 1653 voted to compel him to occupy his 

grant or find a substitute. On March 10, 
1 057. he bought the homesteads of Joseph 
Smith and .\Iatthias Treat, and afterwards 
sold them to his cousin, Samuel Hall. In 1659 
he was on the committee on roads, and June 
30, 1660, he was granted lands at Wongunk. 
It has been claimed that he removed to Dor- 
chester for a few years. He purchased land 
and built a house, before November I, 1665, 
on land later occupied by the Deaumont-Han- 
mer House. He married (first) September 
17. 1646, Sarah Wadsworth, who died 1649, 
daughter of William Wadsworth. He mar- 
ried ( second 1 January 18, 1650, Catherine, 
daughter of Thomas Stoughton, of Windsor, 
who built the stone house or fort. Pie mar- 
ried ( third I Mary, widow of Joseph Farns- 

worth and Long. She died in 1671 

and he married (fourth) Esther, born May, 
1650, died ^lay 2, 1733. daughter of William 
Cornwall. She married (second) John Stow, 
of .Middletown. Child of first wife: Sarah, 
born October 3, 1648, died December 3, 1727. 
Children of second wife: John, born October 
29, 1650, died young; Thomas, died young; 
Marv. November 13, 1654, died young; Israel, 
lune 19, 1656, mentioned below; Samuel, No- 
vember 9, 1658. Children of fourth wife: 
Ephraim, July 9, 1672 ; Esther. December 9, 
1673: Mercy. ^Iarch 9, 1675-76. 

(Ill) Israel, son of John (2) Wilcox, was 
born in Midilletown, June 19. 1656. died De- 
cember 20. 1689. He married, March 26, 
1678, Sarah Savage, born July 30. 1637, died 
February S. 1724, daughter of John Savage. 
Children: Israel, born January t6, 1680; 
John, July. 1682; Samuel, September 26, 
1685, mentioned below: Thomas, July, 1687; 
Sarah, November 30, 1689. 

(I\') Samuel, son of Israel Wilcox, was 
born in East Berlin, September zu. i'iS5. died 
January 19. 1727. He married, March 3, 
1714-15, Hannah, daugiiter of John Sa';e. She 
married ( sectjnd 1 .Malachi Lewis, and died 
.\pril. 1737. Samuel had four children, of 
whom one was Daniel, mentioned below. 

( \" ) Daniel, son of Samuel Wilcox, was 
lorn in East I'.erlin. December 31, 1715. He 
was r. large lani'holder. and gave each of his 
children a farm. He also laid out sixty rods 
fur a burying ground, now known as the Wil- 
cox cemetery, in the villa'.;e of East Berlin. 
He died July 29. 1789. of apoplexy. On his 
i^ravestone is the following: "He was the 
I'ather of 13 children, 62 grand children & 
,^^ great grand children. 

■ I g.'>ve this groi-nd 
I'm laid licre fir^;; 
Sonti my remains 
Will turn to dust. 



My wife and progeny around 
Come sleep with me 
In this cold ground". 

He married, March 16, 1737, Sarah White, 
born April 22, 1716. died June 28. 1807, 
daughter of Daniel White and a descendant 
of [ohn Wliite, the immigrant ancestor, 
through Daniel (4). Daniel (3). Nathaniel 
(21. The inscription on her gravestone says: 
"She was the mother of 13 children, 70 grand 
children, 191 great grand children, 18 great 
great grand children, total 292. 

"Beneath this stone 

My dust it lies. 
Till the last trumpet 

Shakes the Skies. 
Children and friends. 

I warn you all 
Least suddenly 

Your Judge Should call." 

Children: Lois, born June 14. 1738, died Au- 
gust 18, 1805; Sarah, December 31. 1739; 
Daniel, Xovember 17, 1741, "died in ye camp 
at Roxbury" : David, September 24. 1743, 
died October i, 1762, "at the Havannah," a 
prisoner of war; Hepzibah, January 31, 1745, 
died 1821 ; Stephen, October 19, 1746. tlied 
December 31, 1843: served in the revolution; 
Huldah, May 24, 1748: Josiah. May 31. 1750: 
Olive, October 16, 175 1 : Samuel, September 
12, 1753, mentioned lielow : I-aac. August 14. 
I755' died immarried. Xovember 2^, 1775, 
served in the revolution: Jacob, June 21, 1758, 
died March 15, 1841, in the revolution; Pa- 
tience, fanuarv 4, 1760. died September 2, 

( \'I ) Samuel (J), son of Daniel Wilcox, 
was born September 12. 1753, in Ea'^t Derlin, 
died March 12, 1832. He lived in what was 
known as the Heald house. He married 
(first) May 28, 1778, in Middletown. Phebe, 
born May 28. 1759, died March 9, 1796, 
daughter of Richard Dowd. He married 
(second) Sarah, born February 17, 1757, died 
February 26. 1826, daughter of Elislia Sav- 
age, who was in the revolution. Elisha was 
son of William (3). son of William (2), son 
of John Savage, the immigrant. He married 
(third) Rebecca, born December 12, [762, 
died May, 1844, sister to Sarah Savage. Chil- 
dren ; Ricliard, born October 24, 1780, died 
September 3, 1839; Benjamin, June 27, 1782, 
mentioned below; Daniel. June 2y. 1785; Syl- 
vester, April 20. 1788, died July 2^. 1854. 

(MI) r)enjamin, son of Samuel (2) Wil- 
cox, was born June 27, 1782. in East Berlin, 
died May 10, 1843. He and Shubael Pat- 
terson were the first to utilize the waters of 
the Mattabesit or Sebethe river for manu- 
facturing purposes. They erected in what is 
now Fast Berlin a mill for ■spinning cotton 

yarn to be put out to women to be woven by 
them on hand lootns. This property passed to 
the Roys & Wilcox Company, then to the 
Peck, Stow & Wilcox Company. He mar- 
ried (^first) February 26, 1806, Betsey Savage, 
born June 2^. 1787, died January 28, 1831, 
daughter of Selah Savage, ensign at the battle 
of Bunker Mill, and Elizabeth (Porter) Sav- 
age, Elisha Savage (4). lieutenant in the revo- 
Irtion : ^\'illiam ( 3 ) ; William (2) ; John Sav- 
age, the immigrant. He married (second) 
Hepzibah Wilcox (jalpin. Children : Eliza 
Porter, born Januar_\- 17, 1808, died February 
17, 1832: Samuel Curtis, December 11, 181 1, 
mentioned below: Edward, April 22, 1815. 

( \ HI) Samuel Curtis, son of Benjamin 
\\ ilcox, was born in East Berlin, December 
II, 181 1, died September 21, 18S6. He was 
brought up on his father's fann. attended 
school at Ballston Spa, Xew York, and taught 
-chool for several years. He returned to Ber- 
lin and established a general store. He trav- 
eled south by team and established a similar 
store at Washington, Xorth Carolina, con- 
ducting these for many years. He then es- 
tablished a tinware factory under the firm 
name of Carpenter, Lamb & Wilcox. The 
factory was located on land now owned by 
the \\'ilcox family and rented to H. H. 
Damon, the original building erected bv Mr. 
Wilcox having since been remodelled for Mr. 
Damon. It was the first tinware factory in 
the L^nited States and started with thirty 
hands. The firm quickly developed a wiile 
and profitable trade, especially through tiie 
southern states. All kinds of tinware were 
nianufactured, and the business was continued 
for fifteen years. In 1845 Mr. Wilcox estab- 
lished at East Berlin a small manufactory fiir 
tinmen's tools and machines, and fmni this 
nucleus there came the widely known firm rif 
the Peck, Stow & Wilcox Cornpany. The lat- 
ter was established in 1870, on the consolida- 
tion of eight similar factories, seven in Con- 
necticut, and one in Cleveland, Ohio, and em- 
ploys several thousand hands, with a capital 
of Si. 500.000. Mr. Wilcox was vice-president 
of this company until his death. When the 
Cirrugated Metal Company of East Berlin 
was in financial straits. Mr. Wilcox came to 
the rescue. Through his ad\ice, bridge con- 
struction was added to its scope, and in 1871 
the Berlin In in Bridge Company came into 
existence, with Mr. Wilcox as president. He 
retained the nffice until his death, and through 
his excellent judgment and business ability 
the struggling business was transformed into 
one of Berlin's proudest industries. It is one 
of the largest and most prosperous companies 
of its kind in the United States, employing 



nearly a thousand men, and steadily growing 
in influence and trade. To this business he 
devoted most of his attention and to his efforts 
it owes its prosperity. It is to-day one of 
the most prominent bridge firms in the world, 
and has constructed some of tlie finest engin- 
eering structures in both the old and new 
continents. Among its contracts was a build- 
ing in Berlin. Germany, which cost $50,000, 
and the machinery building for the Paris Ex- 
position of 1900. Mr. Wilcox was a stock- 
holder and director of many enterprises. In 
politics he was a Democrat. For its substan- 
tial growth and development Berlin owes much 
to him. He was an accurate judge of human 
nature, kind in disposition ; he was at the same 
time a man of strong convictions, to which he 
was ever true. 

He married (first) July 20, 1836, Eliza 
Anne Parsons, born March 19, 1815, died Jan- 
uary 20, 1845. daughter of Nathan Parsons, 
of Durham, Connecticut. He married (sec- 
ond) June 7, 1846, Anna Scovill Peck, born 
March 15, 1827, died March 7, 1884. daugh- 
ter of Norris and Elizabeth 1 Langdon) Peck, 
of Kensington Parish, Berlin. Her father was 
born December 9. 1795, and was descended 
from Deacon Paul Peck, born about 1622 in 
county Essex. England, and came to Boston 
in the ship "Defence,"' and removed in 1636 
with Hooker's company to Hartford, where 
he was an original proprietor ; his house and 
farm was on the corner of Washington street 
and Capitol avenue, tiie site of the new state 
library and supreme court building; he was 
surveyor of highways, townsman, chimney 
viewer, and deacon in the First Church. Her 
mother was descended from the prominent 
Langdon family, large landholders in wiiat is 
now the town of Berlin, owning land now oc- 
cupied by the New York, New Haven & Hart- 
forfl Railroad Company, and by the extensive 
brickyard in the vicinity ; they were also 
patriots in the revolution. Children : Laura 
Parsons, born March 17. 1837, died Decem- 
ber 28, 1866: Julia Eliza, September i, 1838, 
died .\pril 2, 1852: Catherine Parsons, De- 
cember 18. 1842. died May 17, 1843: .Samuel 
Parsons, .-\ugtist 24, 1844, died .\ugust 20, 
1846. Children of second wife: Samuel 
Howard, .\pril 23, 1848 ; Clarence Peck, 
March 18, 1850, died June 15. 1852; .-Xnna 
Peck Ctwin), December 2, 1853, died Decem- 
ber 15. 1856: .-\mos Peck (twin), died Decem- 
ber 30. 1853: Edward Henry. Sejitember 22, 
1856, died January 24. 1865 : Frank Langflon, 
lanuarv 6, 18^9, mentioned below : Elizabeth 
Peck, \larch 8. 1861 : \"ictor Peck. Mav 27. 
1866. died May 28. 1867. 

(IX) Hon. Frank Langdon, son of Samuel 

Curtis Wilcox, was born in Berlin, January 
6. 1859. He attended the Berlin Academy 
until he was twelve years of age, and then 
entered St. Paul's School at Concord, New 
Hampshire, graduating in 1S76. after a five 
years' preparatory course. He entered Trin- 
ity College, Hartford, graduating in 1880 with 
the degree of A.B., and then entered the shops 
of The Peck, Stow & Wilcox Company at 
Kensington, Berlin. He became the manager 
of the shops in 1885, continuing in that capac- 
ity until the consolidation of the Kensington 
factory with the other factories of the com- 
pany. He then became associated with the 
Berlin Iron Company as its treasurer, which 
position he held until the company was ab- 
sorbed by the .Vmerican Bridge Company, 
May 12, 1900. He is interested and identified 
with many business interests in Hartford 
county. He is vice-president of the Peck, 
Stow & Wilcox Company, director of the 
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company of 
Flartford, of the Phoenix National Bank of 
Hartford, New Britain Trust Bank of New 
Britain, of the Berlin Savings Bank of Ber- 
lin, and president of the Fidelity Trust Com- 
pany of Hartford. In politics Mr. Wilcox is 
a Republican. He was a member of the state 
legislature in 1893, serving as clerk of the 
judiciary committee. In 1903 he was a mem- 
ber of the state senate, representing the sec- 
ond district, and was chairman of the com- 
mittee on senatorial districts, expositions and 
rivers, roads and bridges. He was a member 
of tlie Connecticut commission to the Louisi- 
ana Purchase Exposition. He was president 
of Trinity College Alumni Association and 
.\thlctic Association. He is a member of St. 
F.lino Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
.Meriden: of Delta Psi, college fraternity: of 
Engineers' Club of New \'ork : major, com- 
manding First Company Governor's Foot 
Guard, and a member of several social clubs. 
He was also a member of the advisory com- 
mittee of the Connecticut commission to the 
Jamestown Exposition, and is president of the 
Society of Middlctown Upper Houses, being 
descent'.ed from si.x of the founders of Upper 
Houses. He is superintendent of the Congre- 
gational Sunday school at Berlin. 

He married, January 19, 1898, Harriet 
Churchill, born March 20, 1870, in Berlin, 
daughter of Deacon Charles Selah and Julia 
.Sophia ('Higgins) Webster. Children: Mar- 
garet U'ebster. born February 15. 1902; Sam- 
uel Churchill. November 29, 1904. 

The Heyden or Heydon fam- 

IIAYDEN ily of England belonged to the 

Order of Knights, deriving 



this surname from the town of Heydon in 
Norfolk, where they were first seated. The 
word means high down, or plain-on-the-hill, 
and the town itself is rich in ancient history. 
The family itself appears as early as the Nor- 
man Conquest, but comes into prominence early 
in the thirteenth century in the person of Thom- 
as de Heydon, resident at Heydon, and a jus- 
tice itinerant in Norfolk in 1221. From him all 
the English families known are descended. 
They do not seem to have been numerous at 
any period of their history. The principal 
branch in the persons of the eldest sons re- 
mained in Norfolk, inheriting the estates of 
Heydon. Baconsthorp and elsewhere, while a 
branch in the line of the second son, by the 
name of John de Hayden, settled in Devon- 
shire about 1273 and another a few genera- 
tions later at Watford, near London. 

(I) Thomas de Heydon, the English pro- 
genitor, born probably about 1 185, died 1250. 

(II ) William Heydon, eldest son of Thomas 
de Heydon, was born about 1220, died 1272. 
He had the estate at Norfolk. 

(HI) John de Heydon, younger son of Wil- 
liam Heydon, was county judge in Devonshire 
in 1273.' 

(IV) Robert Heydon or de Heydon, son of 
John de Heydon, appears to have been the 
first to change the spelling of the first sylla- 
ble to Hay, a form that afterward distin- 
guishes this branch of the family. He settled 
at Boughwood, parish of Harpford, Devon- 
shire, near which estate the family afterward 

dwelt. He married Joan . He deeded 

his estate to his son Henry in the nineteenth 
year of Henry I. 

(V) Henry Haydon, son of Robert Haydon 
or de Heydon, married a relative, Julian, 
daughter and heir of Haydon of Ebford. 

(\T) William (2) Haydon, son of Henry 
Haydon, inherited his father's estate at Bough- 

(VH) Robert (2) FLiydon. son of William 
(2) Haydon. succeeded his father. 

(\'in) John (2) Haydon was son of Rob- 
ert (2) Haydon. 

(TX) Henry (2) Haydon, son of John (2) 
Haydon. had the Boughwood and Ebford es- 
tates in 1397. Children: John, inherited the 
estate : ^^'i^ianl, mentioned below. 

(X) ^^'illiam (3) Haydon, son of Henry 
(2) Haydon, inherited the estate of his elder 
brother John, who died without issue. Chil- 
dren: Richard, rlied young: John: Richard, 
mentioned below : William. 

(XI) Richard Hayrlon, sim of William (3) 
Ha_\'don, was living on the estate in 1476. 
Children : Richard, mentioned below : Tohn : 

(XH) Richard (2) Haydon, son of Richard 
(i) Haydon, had the estates in 1522; married 
Joan, daughter of }ilaurice Trent, of Ottery 
St. Mary. Children : Thomas, mentioned be- 
low ; John, of Cadhay ; George, of Hornes- 
seys. The family arms : Argent three bars, 
gemells azure, on a chief gules a barrulet 
dancette or. Crest: the white lion vulning 
the black bull. These arms were granted be- 
fore 1315. 

(Xni) Thomas (2) Hayden, son of Rich- 
ard (2) Haydon, married Joan, daughter of 
Richard Weeks, of Honey Church. Children: 
Thomas, mentioned below ; Daughter, married 
Walter Leigh: Jane: Margaret. 

(XI\') Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) 
Hayden, inherited the family estates of Hills 
in Kelmiston, Boughwood and Ebford : mar- 
ried Christiana, daughter and heir of Robert 
Tidersleigh in Dorsetshire. Children: Rob- 
ert, mentioned below : Thomas. 

(X\') Robert (3), son of Thomas (3) 
Hayden, inherited the estate of his grand- 
uncle at Cadhay, a distinguished lawyer, who 
held the charter for incorporating the church 
when England broke away from the Roman 
church, in 1536, known as St. Mary Ottery, 
where many of the family are buried. His 
wife Joan inherited the estate at Cadhay and 
he rebuilt the house, which is still in good 
repair. He married Joan, daughter of Sir 
Amias Paulet, of George Hinton, Somerset- 
shire. Children: Gideon, mentioned below; 
Amias : Drew : Margaret. 

(X\T) Gideon, son of Robert (3) Hayden, 
succeeded to the Cadhay and Ebford estates ; 
married Margaret, daughter of John Davy, of 
Creedy. The author of the family history 
says : "They had seven sons and five daugh- 
ters. Several of the sons grew to manhood 
and were living in 1630. The eldest, Gideon, 
succeeded him. The names of the others do 
not appear, I take it there must have been 
a John, William and James, and that they 
were the John, William and James who emi- 
grated to Boston in 1630-33." Gideon Hay- 
den owned the ship "Dove" of Lymston in 
1629, and it was conmianded by his son 
Gideon. The son. John Hayden, commanded 
the "Phoeni.x" of Dartmouth, also in 1628. 
In any case the American branch seems closely 
connected with the Devon family and the 
lineage seems to be correct. 

fXMI) John (3), son of Gideon Havden, 
is said to have come to Boston in 1630. He 
was admitted a freeman May 14. 1634, and 
was a proprietor of Dorchester in 1632. On 
June 8. 1639, his "fine for entertaining an un- 
licensed servant, as he did it ignorantlv, was 
remitted to him." In 1640 he'was in Brain- 



tree. He married Susanna 

His will 

is dated October 31. 1678. and proved July 
26, 1682. showing that he died between those 
two dates. Children: John, born 1634, men- 
tioned below ; Joseph : Samuel ; Jonathan, May 
19, 1640; Hannah, April 7, 1642: Ebenezer, 
September 12. 1645; Xehemiah, February 14, 

(X\'ni) John (4). son of John (3) Hay- 
den, was born in Braintree, in May, 1634, 
died there in 1718. He settled in his native 
town and was a farmer. He married, April 
6, 1660, Hannah Ames, daughter of William 
and Hannah (Ames) Adams, of Braintree, 
born May 12, 1641, died July 3, 1690. Chil- 
dren : Hannah, born January 3, 1661 : Sarah. 
Jidy 9, 1662 : Josiah, June 19, 1669 ; also Jo- 
seph. John. Hannah. Elizabeth, Lydia and Abi- 

( XIX") Josiah. son of John (4) Hayden. 
was born at Braintree, June 19. 1669, died 
at Sudbury, December 9, 1730. He removed 
to Sudbury with other Braintree families be- 
fore 1700, and settled near the westcrlv boun- 
dary of the town. In 1707 he signed a remon- 
strance against the division of the town into 
two parishes. The last of his descendants in 
Sutlbury was Dana Hayden. who died on the 
homestead about 1850. Children: Elisha : Ed- 
mund, mentioned below; John, lived at Hop- 

(XX) Edmund, son of Josiah Hayden, 
settled in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Chil- 
dren: Joseph, Sybilla, Sarah. Edmund. Cc'in- 
fort, Eunice, Thomas, Josiah, mentioned be- 

(XXI) Josiah (2), son of Edmund Hay- 
den, was born about 1740. He married 
Ruhamali Thayer. He was a taxpayer in Wil- 
liamsburg in 1772. and served in the revolu- 
tion from that town. He was corporal in 
Captain John Kirklaud's company from Au- 
gust 16, 1777. .\n affidavit in the Hamp- 
shire company. January 28, 1778. signed by 
Lieutenant Abner Pomeroy and Sergeant 
Phinehas Wright, states that they were sent 
to bring Hayden and others back to camp, 
they having deserted, and did so, the men 
returning without guard or compensation, and 
received the punishment ordered and served 
until the expiration of their engagement. This 
was a common occurrence, many men leaving 
when they considered their services no longer 
necessary, in order to care for their farms. 
In the census of 1790 appears -the name of 
Josiah Hayden as living in Williamsburg, with 
a family of three males over sixteen, two 
imder sixteen, and three females, showing 
that he Iiad six children then, .\mong tliem 
were: David, born 1778, settled in Attle- 

borough : Daniel, March 25, 1780, mentioned 
below ; Cotton. 

(XXII) Daniel, son of Josiah (2) Hayden, 
was born March 25, 1780. He learned the 
trade of machinist, and at the age of seventeen 
learned the gunsmith's trade, going to the 
armory at Springfield for that purpose. He 
remove 1 to Pawtucket. Rhode Island, and 
entered the employ of Samuel Slater, the only 
cotton manufacturer at that time in the United 
States. \\'ith him he constructed the first 
machinery for the manufacture of cotton 
made in this country. He became an expert 
in this line, and remained in Pawtucket a 
number of years, a part of the time associated 
with David Wilkinson. In 1808 he returned 
to Williamsburg and erected the first cotton 
mill in western Massachusetts, about three 
miles from the centre of the town. Around 
this mill a village grew up which took from 
him the name of Haydenville. In 1817 he 
sold this factory to his nephews, Joel and Jo- 
siah Hayden, and removed to Waterbury, 
Connecticut. He rented a room in the fac- 
tory of Leavenworth. Hayden & Scovill, and 
began the manufacture of lamps and other 
articles of brass. He also aided his son, Jo- 
siah S., in 1830, in constructing the first ma- 
chinery ever used for the purpose of covering 
buttons with cloth, and was interested in the 
manufacture of buttons and small brass ar- 
ticles until his death. He married. .August 
20, iSoi, .\bigail. born April i. 1775. daugh- 
ter of Major Joseph Shepard. of Foxborough, 
Massachusetts, an oflficer in the revolution. 
Children: Josiah Shepard, born July 31. 
1802. mentioned below: Al)by Hewes. Xovem- 
ber 2j, 1804: .\rdelia Crode, December 25. 
1806: Sylvia Shepard. X'ovember 25. 1809; 
Harriet Hodges. X'ovember 3. 1S12. 

I XXIII) Josiah Shepard. son of Daniel 
Itay('eii, was born in Foxborough. July 31, 
1802. died February 17, 1877. He was an 
accomplished mechanic, and invented the first 
machine ever used for covering buttons with 
cloth. He also invented a machine for mak- 
ing button eyes, and built the first engine 
lathe in Waterbury. In 1830, in company 
with his father, he commenced the manu- 
facture of cloth buttons by machinery. He 
married. January 10. 18 ly, Riihamah Guil- 
ford, who died X'ovember 27. 1841, dauc^hter 
of Simeon Guilford. Children: Hiram 
Washington, born February 10. 1820. men- 
tioned below: Edward Simeon. October i, 
1825. died young. Four children died in in- 

fXXIN') Hiram Washintjtou. scjn of Jo- 
siah Shepard Hayden. was born February 10, 
1820, in Haydenville, and came to Waterbury 



with his parents when young. He attended 
the old Waterbury Academy. He was in- 
duced to try the work of engraving metal but- 
tons in the firm of J. 'SI. L. and \V. H. Sco- 
vill, an art at that time in its infancy. He 
found the work too confining and gave it up, 
but was afterward induced to resume it. He 
made the first chased buttons manufactured 
by the Scovills, and probably the first in the 
United States. He removed to Wolcottville 
in 1838, and was with Wadhams & Company, 
button manufacturers. In 1841 he returned to 
Scovills & Company, making all the best dies 
for buttons and medals until 1853. While at 
\\'olcottville he became interested in the 
method of manufacturing brass kettles there, 
and soon devised a more effective way of 
making them. This single invention of the 
spinning process affected vitally the history 
of four of the leading manufacturing con- 
cerns of Waterbury. In the old method there 
was a tendency to make the metal thinner at 
the angle formed by the bottom and sides of 
the l<ettle. where the greatest strength was 
needed. In his process the metal here was 
thickest, and his invention, patented in 1851, 
he sold to. the Waterbury Brass Company. 
This discovery revolutionized the manufac- 
ture of brass and copper kettles, and is the 
only niethod in use new. In 1853 he joined 
with Israel Holmes, John C. r.ooth and Henry 
H. IIa\den in the organization of Holmes, 
Booth & Hardens, engaged in the manufac- 
ture of brass and copper articles. He had 
charge of the factory and since its formation 
never was absent from a stockholder's annual 
meeting. Mr. Hayden took out a remark- 
al)le number of patents in this country and 
Europe, a large majority of which were as- 
signed to Holmes. Booth & Haydens. Among 
his many inventions is a breech-loading rifle, 
a magazine rifle and breech-loading cannon. 
A machine for making solid metal tubing, 
which he invented, was sold to a Pittsburg 
company. His love for art led him into the 
de\-elopment of the daguerreotype. While en- 
gaged in this, the idea came to him of taking 
pictures on paper. A scientific article on this 
subject, written by him in 185 1, but never 
published, entitles him to the honor of being 
an independent discoverer of the photogra- 
phic process. The Waterbury American of 
February 14, 185 1, contained the following 
notice of his discovery: "Air. Hiram Hay- 
den, ingenious artist of this village, has ^hown 
us three landscape views taken by the usual 
daguerrean apparatus upon a white paper sur- 
face, all at one operation. This is the first 
successful attempt to produce a positive pic- 
ture by this extraordinary medium. The pic- 

tures exhibit the effect of light and shade, 
similar to a fine engraving, bringing out the 
most delicate minutias with the fidelity of the 
ordinary daguerreotype. For many purposes 
this improvement will be of great importance, 
as it will enable the operator to produce views 
and portraits of any size that may be required 
and at a cheap rate. We understand that Mr. 
Hayden has made application to secure a pat- 
ent upon a mode of preparing the paper pre- 
vious to its use." His studies in photography 
were almost continuous, and he was president 
of the Waterbury Photographic Society. Dur- 
ing his leisure hours he devoted himself to 
various branches of the fine arts, etching on 
copper, modeling in wax, and sketching with 
charcoal and pencil. Always a diligent reader 
and student, he acquired a large store of in- 
formation on all subjects. He married, July 
31, 1844, Pauline, eldest daughter of Henri 
Aligeon, a native of France. Children: Ed- 
ward Simeon, mentioned below : Lena Migeon, 
married Frederick J. Brown; Florentine Har- 
riet. Mrs. Hayden died April 20, 1873. Mr. 
Ha_\'den died July 18, 1904. As a man of 
original ideas and having embodied them in 
practical ways, he had a large share in the ad- 
vancement of the prosperity of Waterburv. 

(XX\') Edward Simeon, son of Hiram 
\\'ashington Hayden, was born October 20, 
1851. He was educated at private schools in 
Waterbury and at the Riverview Military 
Academy at Poughkeepsie, New York, He 
entered the Waterbury National Bank as 
jjookkeeper in February, 1869. In February, 
1879, he was elected secretary and treasurer 
of Holmes, Booth & Haydens. Having made 
a study of the metallurgy of copper, he be- 
came connected with the Bridgeport Copper 
Company in September, 1886. He was one of 
the promoters of the Baltimore Electric Re- 
fining Company, organized in March, 1891, 
for the purpose of using his process of electro- 
lyzing metals. This invention has been pat- 
ented in the L'nited States and foreign coun- 
tries. Tlie extensive plant in Baltimore, 
Maryland, was built from his plans and under 
iiis supervision. He was appointed first lieu- 
tenant and paymaster of the Connecticut Na- 
tional Guard, September 30, 1878; major and 
brigade commissary, January 23, 18S3; major 
and brigade quartermaster, April 23, 1884. 
He resigned his military offices in April, 1890. 
He died February 14, 1899. He was a mem- 
ber of the Sewanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, 
the Racquet Club of New York City, the Ten- 
nis Club of New York City, the W^aterbury 
Club, the Country Club of Farmington. the 
Sons of the .\merican Revolution and Con- 
necticut Societv of Colonial Wars. He mar- 



ried, October 8, 1S77, Elizabeth Gilder Kel- 
logg, of New York City, daughter of Xorman 
Gilbert and Rebecca T. (Hinckley) Kellogg 
(see Kellogg X). Children: i. Pauline Mig- 
eon, born May 20, 1879. 2. Rose Hinckley, 
June 16, 188 1 ; married, June 10. 1906, Wil- 
liam Shirley Fulton, son of William E. Ful- 
ton (see Fulton) : children: William Hayden 
Fulton, born March 12, 1907, and Elizabeth, 
born January 14. 19 10. 3. Margery Kellogg, 
:\rarch 20, 1884. 

(The Kellogg Line). 
The surname Kellogg is found in England 
early in the sixteenth century, and there are 
differences of opinion as to its origin. Some 
think the name comes from two Gaelic words 
meaning lake and cemetery, making it a place 
name. The earliest record of the family is in 
Debden, county Essex, England, when in Jan- 
uary, 1525, Nicholas Kellogg was taxed. Wil- 
liam Kellogg was also on the tax list. There 
were many ways of spelling the name, among 
them Kelhogge, Kellogue, Cologe, Calaug, 
Cellidge, Kellock, Killhog, Collidge, Cellog, 
and many others." There were many families 
of the name in county Essex, Great Leigh and 
r.raintree being the seat of different branches 
probably of the same family. Nicholas Kel- 
logg was born about 1488 and married Flor- 
ence, daughter of William Hall. He was bur- 
ied in Debden, May 17, 1558, and she was 
buried there November 8, 1671. Children: 
William, buried in Saffron Walden, February 
2, 1578; Thomas, lived in Debden, probably 
ancestor of the .American immigrant men- 
tioned below. 

(I) Phillippe Kellogg, probably son of 
Thomas Kellogg mentioned above, lived in 
1583 in Bocking, county Essex, England, a 
parish adjoining Braintree. On September 
15 of that year his son Thomas was baptized 
there. Two years later he was found in 
Great Leigh where his daughter .Annis was 
buried in 161 1. He may have had two wives. 
Children: Thomas, baptized September 15, 
1583: Annis. buried ^L-ly 25, 161 1: Robert, 
baptized in Great Leigh, November 14. 1585, 
removed to Braintree and was buried there 
January 18, 1666: Mary, baptized February 
16, 1588: Prudence, baptized March 20, 1592; 
Martin, baptized November 23, 1595, men- 
tioned below : Nathaniel, died in New Eng- 
land without issue : John. Jane. Rachel. 

(II) Martin, son of Phillippe Kellogg, was 
baptized in Great Leigh, November 23. 1595, 
died at Braintree. in 1671. He was a weaver 
or cloth worker and resided in Great Leigh 
and Braintree. His will was dated May 20, 
1671. He married, in .St. Michaels, Bishops 

Stortford, county Hertford, October 22, 1621, 
Prudence Bird, who died before him. Chil- 
dren: John; Nathaniel, baptized March 12, 
1624: Joseph, baptized April i. 1626, men- 
tioned below ; Sarah, baptized February i, 
1628; Daniel, baptized February 6, 1630, re- 
moved to New England; Samuel, removed to 
New England : Martin. 

(HI) Lieutenant Joseph, son of Martin 
Kellogg, was baptized at Great Leigh, county 
Essex, England, April I, 1626, died in 1707. 
He was the immigrant ancestor. He settled 
in Farmington, Connecticut, where he was 
living in 1651. He and his wife joined the 
church, October 9, 1653. He sold his home 
lot in 1655 and removed about 1657 to Boston. 
On October 19, 1659, he bought of Peter Oli- 
ver his dwelling house on the street to Rox- 
bury. He sold this property June 13, 1661, to 
John Witherden. The lot of land is now oc- 
cupied by the Atlvertiser Building on Wash- 
ington street. He paid seven hundred dollars 
for it at that time. He removed to Hadley, 
and the town made an agreement with him 
in 1661 to keep the ferry between Hadley 
and Northampton. He built his house on a 
small home lot which had been reserved by 
the town for a ferry lot. He was given leave 
also to entertain travelers. In 1677 the town 
voted to pay him forty pounds for the loss of 
his team which had been impressed for the 
country's service, and for ferriage for sol- 
diers. He and his son John and grandson 
John kept this ferry until 1758. almost a cen- 
tury. Stephen Codman, who married his 
daugliter, kept it still later. The last name 
of the ferry was Goodman's Ferry. 

Joseph Kellogg was selectman of Hadley 
many years. In 1686 he was on a committee 
to lay out lands, and for the purchase of 
Swampfield from the Indians. He and his 
sons had grants of land in Hadley. He was 
sergeant of the military company in 1663. and 
May 9, 1678. was appointed ensign of the 
foot company. October 7 of the same year he 
was made lieutenant, serving until 1692. He 
was in command as sergeant of the Hadley 
troops in the famous Turner's Falls fight, 
May 18, 1675. His will is dated June 7. 1707, 
and proved February 4. 1708, giving the 
year of his death. He married (first) prob- 
ably in England, Joanna , who died in 

Hadley, September 14, 1666: (second) .Abi- 
gail Terry, born in Windsor, Connecticut, 
September 21, 1646, daughter of Stephen 
Terry, the immigrant. Her will was dated 
May 29, 1717, and proved October 31, 1726. 
His wife .Abigail was before the court in 
1673 for wearing silk, contrary to the law, but 
was acquitted. It was shown at the trial that 



her husbaml's estate was below the two hun- 
dred pounds necessary to allow her to wear 
"gold or silver lace, gold or silver buttons," 
etc. Children of first wife: Elizabeth, born 
in Farmington, March 5, 165 1, died young; 
Joseph, August 11, 1653: Nathaniel, baptized 
October 29, 1654, died young; John, baptized 
December 29, 1656 ; Martin, iiorn in Boston, 
November 22, 1658; Edward, October i, 
1660; Samuel, September 28, 1662, men- 
tioned below; Joanna, December 8, 1664; 
Sarah, August 27, 1666. Children of second 
wife: Stephen, April 9, 1668; Nathaniel. Oc- 
tober 8, 1669: Abigail, October 9, 1671 ; Eliz- 
abeth. October 9, 1673; Prudence, October 14, 
1675: Ebenezer, November 22, 1677; Jona- 
than, December 25. 1679; Daniel, March 22, 
1682; Joseph, May 13, 1684; Daniel, June 
10. 1686; Ephraim, January 2, 1687, died 

I l\') Samuel, son of Lieutenant Joseph 
Kellogg, was born in Hadley, September 28, 
1662. He was brought up in the family of 
Colonel Stanley, who rescued him, when a 
child, from an overturned kettle of boiling 
soap. He bought land in tlie south meadows 
at Hartford in 1691 and sold it in 1705; 
bought land at West Hartford and lived 
there. He was deacon of the church. 
He married, at Hartford, September 22, 
1687, Sarah Merrill, born September 19, 
1664, died 1719. daughter of Deacon John and 
Sarah (Watson) Merrill. He and his wife 
were admitted to the Second Church at Hart- 
ford, March 17. 1695. Her will was proved 
November 3, 1719. Children: Samuel, born 
August 27, 168S: Margaret. January, 1690; 
Abraham, baptized October 23. 1692: John, 
born December 16. 1695-96: Isaac, January 
17, 1697. nientioned below; Jacob. April 17, 
1699; Benjamin, January, 1701 ; Joseph April 
13, 1704; Daniel, April, 1707. 

(\') Captain Isaac, son of Samuel Kellogg, 
was born at Hartford, January 17. 1697, died 
July 3. 1787. He resided at New Hartford 
and was the first representative to the Con- 
necticut assembly, serving twenty-three terms. 
He was justice of the peace, lieutenant of the 
Fourth Company of the train band and cap- 
tain afterward. He was deacon of the First 
Church of New Hartford. He was distin- 
guished for his piety, good judgment, firmness 
and ability. His descendants are very numer- 
ous. His son Noah and grandson Michael 
had the homestead. He married, at Hartford, 
December 26. 17 1". Mary, born May 31, 1697, 
died January 3, 1780. daughter of Joseph and 
Mary (Judd) Webster. Children: Samuel, 
born November 15, 1718; Abraham, January 
17. 1720. mentioned below; Marv, March 2, 

1723; Theodosia, June 7, 1724-25; Isaac, Oc- 
tober 8, 1727; Noah. December 13, 1729; Jo- 
seph, October 14, 173 1 ; Ashbel, October 18, 
1732; Sarah, February 16, 1735; Margaret, 
June 12, 1737; Ann, August 21. 1739; Esther, 
August 21, 1739; Huldah, March 30, 1742. 

(\'I) Abraham, son of Captain Isaac Kel- 
logg, was born at Hartford. January 17, 1720, 
died January 13, 1805. We are told he was 
erect and haughty in appearance, but cheerful, 
pious and agreeable. He married, at New 
Hartford, June 17, 1747, Sarah Marsh, bap- 
tized June 28, 1724, daughter of Jonathan 
Marsh, of Hartford. She rlied in 1796. Chil- 
dren : Esther, born March 24, 1748; Abra- 
ham, January 27, 1750; Solomon, December 
10. 1751 ; Moses (twin), February 23, 1754; 
Elias (twin) ; Phineas, June 7, 1756; Martin, 
July 16, 1758; Frederick Webster. January 
31, 1761 ; Sarah, June 3, 1763; Truman, Jan- 
uary 6. 1766; Elizabeth, June 17, 1768. 

(VII) Moses, son of Abraham Kellogg, 
was born at New Hartford, February 23, 
1754, died there in 1806. He was a soldier 
in the revolution on the Lexington alarm. He 
married (first) Rhoda, daughter of Deacon 
Silas Kellogg. He married (second) Janu- 
ary 19, 1786, Mabel, born March 6. 1763, 
daughter of Elijah and Rachel (Wells) Mer- 
rill. Children of first wife: Son, died 
young ; daughter, died young ; James, baptized 
August II, 1782. Children of second wife: 
Norman, born October 31, 1794, mentioned 
below: Truman, December. 1806; Henry, died 
October 22, 1823, at Mobile. Alabama: Polly, 

married Benham ; Louisa ; Sophia, 

married Lovejoy. 

(VIII) Colonel Norman, son of Moses 
Kellogg, was born October 31. 1794, died De- 
cember 17, 1872. He married. January 3, 
1821. Fannie, born December 29. 1797, daugh- 
ter of Isaac Steele, of New Hartford, born 
October 14, 1752. died December 6. 1863, 
and Lavinia (Goodwin) Steele, born Jan- 
uary 8. 1765, descendant of John Steele, of 
Hartford, assistant governor in 1636; des- 
cendant also of Governor WiHiam Bradford, 
Governor Webster and Richard Treat. They 
resided at New Hartford, later at Nepaug, 
Connecticut. He was a farmer, colonel of mili- 
tia, twice representative to the general assem- 
bly, and for fifty years a Free Mason. Chil- 
dren, born at New Hartford : Leonard Fitch, 
born January 25. 1822; Robert Dwight, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1823 ; Norman Gilbert, January 20, 
1825, mentioned below ; James Homer, June 9, 
1826 ; Fanny. November 25, 1828 ; Henry Clay, 
June 20. 1831 : Lucius, October 7, 1834; Fanny 
Eliza. August 7, 1837. 

(IN) Norman Gilbert, son of Col. Norman 



Kellogg, was born at Xew Hartford, January 
20. 1825. died in Xew York City. Xoveniber 13, 
1900. He was for some years a member of the 
wholesale dry goods firm of Kniseley, Stout 
■ & Kellogg of New York, a member of Dr. 
Howard Crosby's church. He retired some 
years before his death. He married (first) Jan- 
uary 21, 1852, Rebecca Thorpe, born January 
-3. ^^33' daughter of Charles Albert Hinckley, 
born at Hallowell, Maine, January 18. 1792, 
and Rebecca (Farnham) Hinckley, widow of 
Rev. Thomas B. Thorpe. Charles Albert 
Hinckley was a descendant of Governor Thom- 
as Hinckley, Governor Prince of Plymouth, 
Major John Freeman and Elder William 
Brewster. He married (second) October 3, 
1765, Elizabeth Steele, daughter of Samuel and 
Mary Ann (Steele) Castle. She died October 
30, 1867. Children of first wife: Elizabeth 
Gilder, mentioned below ; Rebecca, died young ; 
Emily, died young. Child of second wife : Sam- 
uel Castle, October 27, 1867, married Mary 
Davenport Easton. 

(X) Elizabeth Gilder, daughter of X^orman 
Gilbert Kellogg, was born March i, 1855 ; mar- 
ried, in X'^ew York. October 8. 1877, Edward 
Simeon Hayden (see Hayden XXV). 

The surname Whiting (Whi- 
WHITIXG ton) is derived from a place 
name and has been in use in 
England since the earliest adoption of sur- 
names there. Roger Witen is mentioned in 
the Domesday Book (1085). Alan de Witting 
is mentioned on the rolls of Yorkshire in 11 19 
and 1 1 50: Hugo Witeing was of Dorsetshire 
in 1202; Everard de Witting, of Y'orkshire in 
1 195; Giffardo \\'iteng, of Somersetshire, in 
1214: Wilhis de Witon, of Yorkshire, 1216: 
Thomas de Whitene, of Nottinghamshire, in 
1276; \\"\\\s. Whithingh. of Oxfordshire, in 

The Whitings have several coats-of-arms. 
but that in use by the f^ily of this sketch at 
the time of the emigration and afterward is 
described : Azure a leopard's face or I)etween 
two flaunches ermine in chief three plates. 
Crest : A demi-eagle displayed with two heads 

(I) Major William Whiting, the immigrant 
ancestor, held an enviable position among the 
early settlers of Hartford. Connecticut. .\t 
some time between 1631 and 1633 he became 
one of the purchasers of the Piscataqua grants 
of the Bristol men. He was associated with 
Lords Say and Brooke and George Wyllys. 
They continued Thomas Wiggin as their agent. 
He retained his interests in Maine until his 
death. He was "one of the most respectable 
of the settlers (of Hartford) in 1636, one of 

the civil and religious Fathers of Connecticut, 
a man of wealth and education, styled in the 
records, 'William Whiting, gentleman.' " In 
1642 he was chosen one of the magistrates : in 
1641 treasurer of the colony of Connecticut, 
an office he held the rest of his life. "In 1646 
a plot was laid by Sequasson, Sachem of the 
Xaticks, to kill Governor Haynes and Hopkins 
and Mr. Whiting on account of the just and 
faithful protection which these gentlemen had 
alTorded Uncas. The plot was disclosed by a 
friendly Indian and the danger averted." He 
bore the title of Major as early as 1647. He 
was one of a committee who for the first time 
sat with the court of magistrates in 1637; was 
admitted freeman in February, 1640: was mag- 
istrate 1642-47. treasurer. 1641-47. In 1638 
he was allowed to trade with the Indians and 
was appointed with Alajor Mason and others 
to erect fortifications in 1642. and in the same 
year was appointed with Mason to collect 
tribute of the Indians on Long Island and on 
the Main. He was a merchant of wealth and 
had dealings with Mrginia and Piscataqua. He 
had a trading house on the Delaware river and 
another at Westfield, Massachusetts. His will, 
dated March 20, 1643, states that he was about 
to make a voyage at sea. It bears a codicil 
dated July 24, 1647. (See Trumbull's Colo- 
nial Records, or Hartford Probate Records). 
Whiting was powerful and useful in the colony 
on account of his broad views and wealth, 
which enabled him to carry out for the benefit 
of the community his large and various plans. 
Always an efficient promoter of the trade and 
commerce of Hartford, he had trading houses 
also in various parts of the country and he 
owned many large land patents. Governor Ed- 
ward Hopkins and he were the two leading 
merchants of the colony of which Hartford 
was the centre. After the Pequot war was 
over thev began to export corn "beyond the 

His widow, Susanna, married, in 1650, Sam- 
uel Fitch, of Hartford, and (third) .Alexander 
Bryan, of Milford. Connecticut. She died July 
8. 1673 at Middletown. His inventory showed 
an estate of two thousand eight hundred and 
fiftv-four pounds. Children: i. William, was a 
merchant, died in London, England, in 1699; 
in 16S6 he was appointed by the general as- 
sembly as their agent to present their petition 
(); re charter to the king. 2. John, born i'')35; 
graduate of Harvard College in 1653 : came to 
Hartford in 1660 as colleague of Rev. Samuel 
Stone, pastor of the first church : withdrew 
with his followers, February 12, 1672, and 
formed the second church : married (first) in 
1654. Sybil Collins; (second) Phebe, daughter 
of Thomas Gregson ; his widow married Rev. 



Jolin Russell, of Hadley ; John Whiting died 
September 8, 1679. 3. Samuel. 4. Sarah, mar- 
ried (first) Jacob Mygatt, of Hartford; (sec- 
ond) John King, of Northampton. 5. ^lary, 
married, August 3, 1664, Rev. Nathaniel Col- 
lins : she died October 25, 1709. 6. Joseph, men- 
tioned below. 

(II) Joseph, son of Major William and Su- 
sanna Whiting, was born October 2, 1640, at 
Hartford and died there October 8, 1717. He 
was a merchant, first of Westheld, Massachu- 
setts, later of Hartford, whither he returned 
about the time of King Philip's war. He was 
treasurer of th colony of Connecticut from 1678 
until his death, a period of thirty-nine years. 
His son John succeeded him in this office and 
held it for thirty-two years. He was a wealthy 
and distinguished citizen. He married (first) 
October 5, 1669, Mary, daughter of Hon. John 
Pynchon and granddaughter of Hon. William 
Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts. Her mother was Ann (Wyllys) Pyn- 
chon, daughter of Hon. George Wyllys (not 
John). He married (second) in 1676, Anna, 
daughter of Mathew AUyn. Her mother was 
a daughter of Hon. William Smith, of Spring- 
field, and granddaughter of William Pvnchon. 
She was born August 18, 1652, and died March 
3, 1735, at New Haven. Joseph Whiting died 
October ig. 1717. Children of first wife: 
Mary, born August 19, 1672, married (first) 
Joseph Sheldon and (second) John Ashley; 
Joseph, October 5, 1674, died young. Children 
of second wife: Anna, born August 28, 1677, 
died April 18. 1684; John, November 13, 1679, 
died young; Susanna, June 18, 1682, married 
(first) Samuel Thornton, (second) Thomas 
Warren: William, March 14, 1685, died Sep- 
tember 6, 1702; Anna, August 18, 1687; Mar- 
garet, January 5. 1690, married Rev. Jonathan 
Marsh; John, December 15. 1693, mentioned 

(III) Colonel John Whiting, son of Joseph 
and Anna ( Allyn) Whiting, was born in Hart- 
ford. December 15, 1693. He succeeded his 
father in 171 7 as treasurer of the colony, hold- 
ing the office for thirty-two years. He was a 
merchant in Hartford and a man of wealth and 
standing. He- commanded a regiment in the 
French and Indian wars. He died February 12, 
1766. He married Jerusha, daughter of Rich- 
ard Lord, of Hartford, grandson of Thomas 
Lord, one of the first settlers of the town of 
Hartford. She was born February 25, 1699, 
and died October 21, 1776, in Windsor, Con- 
necticut. Children, born at Hartford ; Joseph, 
January. 171.^. died February, 1715: Abigail, 
July 24. 1718, died December 21, 1722; Je- 
rusha. September 16, 1720, married Daniel 
Skinner, she died July 6, 1803 ; Joseph, Feb- 

ruary 14, 1722, died November, 1725; Anna, 
February 16, 1724, married Lieutenant Ben- 
jamin Colton, died May 31, 1762; John, June 
17, 1727; Mary, August 25, 1729, married John 
Skinner; Susan, February 10, 1732; Sarah, 
April 6, 1734; William, October 12, 1736, died 
October 19, 1775; Allyn, June 23, 1740, men- 
tioned below ; Elizabeth, June 25, 1743, died 
August 14, 1750. 

(IV) Allyn, son of Colonel John and Je- 
rusha (Lord) Whiting, was born June 23, 
1740; died February 9, 1818. Allyn Whiting 
was a soldier in the revolution in John Skin- 
ner's company. Major Sheldon's regiment of 
light horse, October to December. 1776, and 
in Captain Ozias Bissell's company, (Jolonel 
Roger Enos' regiment in New York, in 1778. 
He resided at West Hartford. He married 

Elizabeth , and he and his wife joined the 

church at Hartford. Children: Abigail, born 
Septemberfi 1759, died March 23, 1764; Allyn, 
March, 1761, died October 5, 1778; Joseph, 
August. 1763, mentioned below; Abigail, Au- 
gust, 1766, died August 29, 1775 ; Elijah, June, 
1769; Gibson, August, 1772, died March 14, 
1826; Anna, March, 1774; Abigail, September, 
1776, died November 2, 1776. 

(\') Joseph (2), son of Allyn and Eliza- 
beth Whiting, was born in West Hartford, in 
August. 1763; died 1842. He married, in 
1784, Mary Goodwin, born 1766, died 1835. 
He was a farmer and had the title of Major 
in the militia. Children, born in West Hart- 
ford : Joseph, 1784, died 1815; Mary, married 
Paphro Steele; Allen, July 4, 1788, mentioned 
below : Delia, married Samuel Phelps : Sally 
Goodrich, married Harry Phelps ; Emily, mar- 
ried Thomas Hurlburt ; Flavia, married Rus- 
sell Anderson ; Nathan ; Eliza, married Amos 
Ward : Henry K., married Mary Filleo. 

(VI) Allen, son of Joseph (2) and Mary 
(Goodwin) Whiting, was born in West Hart- 
ford, July 4, 1788, and died there November 3, 
1871. He was a farmer. He married Amanda 
Alford, born June 6, 1706, died April 5, 1849 
(see Alford IN). Children, born at West 
Hartford: Emerson Alford, August 25, 1818; 
Joseph P., February 24, 1820; Samuel P., Sep- 
tember 19, 1821 : Elvira, December 3, 1822; 
Alfred, March 21, 1824, mentioned below; 
Richard Henry, January 17, 1826; John, July 
23, 1827: Orson, January 21, 1829: Thomas, 
born November 22, 1830: Amelia Jane, May 
5, 1833; William, January 14, 1835; Ellen, 
June 16, 1837. 

(\'II) Alfred, son of Allen and .\manda 
(Alford) Whiting was born in West Hart- 
ford, March 21, 1824, and died May 5, 1905. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town. He engaged in business as a 



riorist and nurseryman and was in active busi- 
ness about sixty years. He purchased a large 
tract of land in West Hartford and opened 
\\'hiting lane through his property from Farm- 
ington avenue to Park street. He planted the 
trees now standing on each side of this high- 
way and from time to time sold lots until at 
the time of his death he owned only the home- 
stead and a few acres. He had a green-house 
of some hundred thousand feet of glass, the 
largest in the vicinity of Hartford. He was 
a shrewd and successful business man, up- 
right and honorable in all his dealings and held 
in high esteem by all his townsmen. In politics 
he was a Republican, but never sought or held 
public office. He married, April 8. 1852, at 
West Hartford. Frances Elizabeth Gilbert, 
born at West Hartford, February 21, 1831 (see 
Gilbert MI). Their only child was Helen 
Frances, who resii!es on Whiting lane, West 
Hartford, on the homestead. 

I The Gilbert Linel. 

The family of Devonshire, England, to 
which Sir Humphrey Gilbert belonged was 
doubtless the same as that to which the early 
settlers of Windsor, Connecticut, of the Gil- 
bert name belonged. Jonathan settled early in 
Hartford. William and Thomas in Windsor, 
and Obadiah and Josiah, all presumably broth- 
ers, were in Connecticut by 1640. 

(I) William Gilbert settled at Windsor. It 
is believed that Captain John, mentioned below, 
was his son. 

(II ) Captain John Gilbert, believed to be the 
son of \\'illiam, settled in Windsor, Connecti- 
cut, and was admitted a freeman May 21, 1657. 
The general court sold to him for ten pounds 
March 11. 1662-63, I^"*^ lying between that of 
Captain Richard Lord and of John Culich "at 
ye landing place on the Rivulet both parcels 
being or lying in ye south meadow at Hart- 
ford." The court allowed him eleven pounds 
in consideration of a horse "that dyed in the 
country's service." He married. ^lay 6, 1647, 
.\my, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Lord, 
of Hartford. Children : John, born January 16, 

1648. died young: John, February 19. 1652-53 ; 
Elizabeth. February 12, 1655-56; Thomas, Sep- 
tember 14. 1658. married. September 27. 16S1, 
Deborah Beaumont ; Amy. August 3. 1663 ; Jo- 
seph, .^pril 3. 1666. mentioned below: James: 
Dorothy, married Palmer. 

(III) Joseph, son of Captain John and .-Kmy 
(Lord) Gilbert, was born at ^^'indsor. .\pril 
3, 1666. He married (first) May 17. 1602, 
!\fary Grnsvenor : (second) May 8," 1695, Eliz- 
abeth Smith, born November, 1672. .^mong 
the children of Joseph Gilbert was a son, Hen- 
jamin, mentioned below. 

(I\') Benjamin, son of Joseph Gilbert, was 
born May 11. 1704. and married. May 14, 
1730, Elizabeth Marshfield who died in 1772. 
They had a son, Benjamin, mentioned below. 

(V) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
and Elizabeth (Marshfield) Gilbert, was born 
September 2^. 1737, in \\'est Hartford, and 
died May 21, 1807. He was one of the found- 
ers of the Friends Church in Hartford. In 
1789 he was chosen deacon of the First Church 
of Hartford (Congregational), but in Decem- 
ber, 1794, he resigned the office, having joined 
the Quakers. A paper laid before the church 
at this time asking to be released from all 
bonds and covenants was signed by him, his 
son Charles. Ruth Gilbert and Charles Web- 
ster. The church voted at the next meeting 
to labor with them and not to accept their 
resignations. But the laboring proved futile, 
for the church voted, April i. 1802, that these 
persons having embraced the Quaker creed and 
kept away from all church services during so 
long a period be released from all church 
vows and left to go their own way. The 
Quaker church in West Hartford was estab- 
lished about this time, and the Gilberts gave 
the land for the church, burying ground and 
school house. Both church and school house 
have long disappeared, but the burying ground 
remains on Quaker lane. West Hartford, and 
many of the Gilberts were buried there. He 
married, .\ugust 2t, 1762. Anna Butlt-r. born 
November 16. 1745, died December, 1782. Chil- 
dren : Charles, born January 3, 1763, mentioned 
below : .\nne Hurlburt : Elisha : Nathan : Eli- 

(\'[) Charles, son of Benjamin (2) and 
.Anna (Butler) Gilbert, was horn January 3, 
1763 ; died October 7, 1812, at West Hartford. 
He owned large tracts of land in West Hart- 
ford and .was a prosperous farmer. He was 
also a Quaker. He married, in 1787, Ruth 
Cadwell, born October 3, 1763, died March 
29, 1823. Children: i. Charles, born 1788, 
mentioned below. 2. Benjamin, born Novem- 
ber 23, 1791 : built the house nn the homestead 
just beyond \'anderbilt Hill : married Rhoda 
Kellogg Cadwell, born May 27, 1796, died 
.\ugust 19, 1862: he died Deceniber 11, 1868; 
was also a Quaker in religion. 3. Mary. 

( XTI) Charles (2), son of Charles 1 i) and 
RntJT ( Cachvell ) Gilbert, was born in West 
Hartford in 1788, and died there in 1851. He 
married Eliza Ann Cadwell. He inherited and 
acquired nnich real estate in his native place. 
He was a prosperous stock farmer and was 
also engaged in the meat provision business in 
Hartford. Children : Frances Elizabeth, bom 
Febru.Tr\- 21. 183 1, married, .April 8, 1852, .Al- 
fred Whiting, of West Hartford (see Whiting 



\'U) : Ruth Amelia. Mary Ann. Charles, 
Alice Eliza. 

( The Alford Line). 

The surname Alford is identical with Al- 
vord, and is of English origin. There are 
many variations in spelling, some of them be- 
ing Alfred, Alvard, Alvart, Alverd, Allord, Al- 
ved, Alloord. Alluard, Olford, Olverd, Olvord, 
etc. The principal seat of the family in Eng- 
land was in county Somerset, where it was es- 
tablished very early. The name was a place 
name, derived from Aldeford, a ford across a 
river. Robertus Dominus de Aldford was 
governor of a military station, Aldford Castle, 
commanding an old ford across the Dee above 
Chester. The connection of the Somerset 
family with Aldford Castle in Cheshire is 
early, but distinct. The Somerset family be- 
came land owners about 1560. The coat-of- 
arms of the Alford family is described as a 
shield surmounted with the crest; on a wreath 
of the coulers, a boar"s head couped or, in the 
mouth a broken spear argent. 

(I) John Alvord or Alford was born about 
1475-85 in England, and lived in the parish of 
Whitestaunton. county Somerset. 

(II) Rev. Alexander Alford was born about 

1500-20. He married Agnes , and lived 

at Whitestaunton, in 1550. His will was 
dated December 22, 1576, and his widow's will 
was dated in 1577. She was buried at West 
Monckton. county Somerset, in 1578. Chil- 
dren: .Mary. .Mice. Elinor, Solomon. William. 
John, Bartholomew. Bridget. 

(IV) Thomas, grandson of Rev. Alexander 
Alford, married, May 11, 1618. Joan Hawkins. 
Children : i. Benedict, mentioned below. 2. Al- 
exander, baptized at Bridgeport, county Dor- 
set, England, October 15, 1627; died at North- 
ampton, ^Massachusetts, October 3, 1687; mar- 
ried at Windsor. Connecticut. October 29, 
1646, Mary \"ore. resided at Windsor and 
Northampton. 3. Joanna, baptized at White- 
staunton, county Somerset. December 8, 1622; 
died at Windsor, Connecticut. Mav 22. 1684: 
married there May 6, 1646, Ambrose Fowler, 
and removed to Westfield. Massachusetts. 

(Y) Benedict Alford. the immigrant ances- 
tor of the Alford family, son of Thomas and 
Joan (Hawkins) Alford, was born probably 
at Whitestaunton. England, about 161 5-18, and 
died at Windsor, Connecticut. April 23. 1683. 
All his descendants spell the name Alford, 
while those of his brother Alexander use Al- 
vord. He came with his sister Joanna to 
New England, settled in \\'indsnr. Connecti- 
cut, and was a sergeant- in the Pequot war in 
May. 1637. In 1640 he was granted a home 
lot. He probably made a visit to England in 
1640. and was a witness to a deed in county 

Somerset. He married, at Windsor, Novem- 
ber 26. 1640, Jane Newton, of the Newton 
family of Broadway parish, England. He was 
on the jury in April 1643, and was constable 
in 1666. His will was dated in 1683-84, and 
his estate amounted to two hundred and twen- 
ty-nine pounds three shillings nine pence. He 
was a member of the, Windsor church, admitted 
October 17, 1641, his wife being admitted Jan- 
uary 13, 1647. He was a contributor in June, 
1678, to the fund for the poor in other colonies. 
Children : Jonathan, born June i. 1645 ; Colonel 
Benjamin, July 11, 1647, died August 12, 1709; 
Josiah, July 6, 1649, mentioned below ; Eliza- 
beth, September 21, 1651 ; Jeremiah, Decem- 
ber 24, 1655. 

(VI) Josiah, son of Benedict and Jane 
(Newton) Alford. was born at Windsor, Con- 
necticut, July 6, 1649, and died May 10, 1722. 
He married. May 22, 1693, Hannah, born April 
8, 1668, died August 10, 1753, daughter of 
Jonas Westover. Children: Hannah, born 
March 12, 1694; Josiah, December 27, 1696, 
mentioned below : Nathaniel. February 10, 
1698; daughter, died July 8, 1704; Elizabeth, 
June 29, 1703 ; Dorothy, June 22, 1709. 

(\'II) Josiah (2), son of Josiah (i) and 
Hannah ( Westover) Alford. was born Decem- 
ber 27, 1696. and died in December. 1768. He 
married, at Simsbury, Connecticut, October 20, 
1726. ]\Iary (Case-brake), born about 1698. 
Children: Josiah. born .\ugust 13, 1727: Han- 
nah. April 2. 1730; Elijah. December 14, 1732; 
Eunice. October 29, 1735: Peletiah. April 14, 
1739. mentioned below; Jesse, September, 

I \ III) Peletiah, son of Josiah (2) and 
Mary (Case-Drake) Alford, was born April 
14, 1739, and died October 25, 1804. In 1776 
he served in Lieutenant Case's companv, the 
Eighteenth Regiment of militia. He married, 
September 22, 1768, Anne Bacon, born July 13, 
1749, died April 13. 1805. Children: Peletiah, 
born 1769, mentioned below; Samuel, Septem- 
ber 13, 1770; Anna, March 24, 1772, died Sep- 
tember 18, 1775; Doris, November 25, 1773; 
Jonas, born September 19, 1775 ; Jabez, July 
ID, 1778. 

(IN) Peletiah (2), son of Peletiah ( i) and 
Anne (Bacon) Alford, was born in 1769 and 
died in 1825. He married, February 25, 1795, 
Amanda Cadwell, born 1773, died 1809. Their 
daughter Amanda married Allen Whiting (see 
Whiting XT). 

Thomas Sherwood, born in 
SHERWOOD Sherwood Forest. Not- 
tingham, England, 1586, 
died in Fairfield. Connecticut, 1655. He sailed 
from Ipswich, April 21, 1634. in 'the good ship 

1 668 


"Francis." John Cutting, master, and landed in 
Boston, Massachusetts, in June of the same 
year, accompanied by his wife Alice, horn 1587, 
and four children: Ann, born 1620: Rose, 
1623: Thomas, 1624: Rebecca. 1625. He set- 
tled first at Wethersfield, where his name ap- 
pears on the second list of settlers other than 
those from Watertown. He settled in Fair- 
field as early as 1643, when his name appears 
on the Stamford land records. He served as 
deputy with Roger Ludlow in the general 
court, 1650. He brought with him to Fair- 
field his second wife. Mary . by whom 

he had six more children. His will is dated 
July 21, 1655, and proved October 26, 1655. 

(H) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Alice Sherwood, was born in England, 1624. 

He married (first) ; (second) Ann, 

daughter of Benjamin and Mary Turnev. Chil- 
dren : ]\Iary, Benjamin, Samuel, Ruth. Abigail. 

(HI) Benjamin, son of Thomas (2) and 
Ann (Turney) Sherwood, died 1737. He mar- 
ried Sarah , born 1692. Children : Mary, 

Mindwell. Benjamin. Joseph. Xoah. Sarah. 

(IV) Joseph, son of Benjamin and Sarah 
Sherwood, was born December i. 1702. Mar- 
ried, February 17, 1730, Sarah Osborn. born 
June, 171 1, daughter of Sergeant David and 
Dorothy Osborn. Children : Grace, Eleazer, 
Joseph, Jehiel, Grizel, David, Abel, Reuben. 

(V) Jehiel, son of Joseph and Sarah (Os- 
born) Sherwood, was born March i, 1739. He 
built, in 1765. on Greenfield Hill, his comforta- 
ble house, where with his wife (a very superior 
woman) he reared his ten children. He served 
during the revolution, enlisting in Colonel 
Beebe's regiment: sergeant in 1775, at Fish- 
kill : with Colonel Whiting in 1777, and ensign 
of Fourth Company, Fourth Regiment. Janu- 
ary, 1780. His house was used as a hospital 
for the wounded after Tryon's raid. He mar- 
ried. October 5. 1763, Sarah Squire, of Green- 
field Hill. Connecticut. Children : Squire. Je- 
hiel. Sarah. Lyman. Charity. Stephen, .\bigail. 
Mabel. Lyman, William. After the death of 
his wife, about 1796, he disposed of the home 
farm to his son Stephen, and with his two 
youngest children settled on the Oblong, nov. 
South East. Putnam county. Xew York, pav- 
ing for the farm when the line was finally es- 
tablished. At his death it became the property 
of his son Lyman and it has been in the pos- 
session of his family to the present time. The 
family burial plot is on this farm where the 
families of Jehiel and Lyman are all interred. 

(\'l) Stephen, son of Jehiel and Sarah 
(Squire) Sherwood, was born April 20, 1773, 
died July 3, 18^5. He married (first) Eulilla 
Goodsell. born February 8. 1776, died March 4, 

1814. daughter of David (born 1752) and 
Anna ( Beers) Goodsell, granddaughter of 
Thomas (born December, 1731, died 1805) 
and Miriam (Bradley) Goodsell (born 1737), 
great-granddaughter of Rev. John (born De- 
cember 21, 1705, died December 27, 1763), 
and Mary (Lewis) Goodsell (born May 18, 
1706. died December 11, 1769), married July 
2y, 1725, Rev. John, a graduate of Yale. 1724. 
and great-great-granddaughter of Thomas 
Goodsell, born in Somerset county, England, 
1646. died at East Haven, Connecticut, 1713; 
graduate of Trinity. Oxford University. 1(173, 
X^ew Haven, 1678, married. June 4. 16S4, 
Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Coo- 
per) Hemingway. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Sherwood: i. Alvah, born 1798, died unmar- 
ried. 2. Eliza, born ^lay, 1800, died May, 
18S8: she became the second wife of James 
Beers. 3. Oran, see forward. 4. Betsey, born 
October 29, 1807, died February 14, 1870; 
married (first) Uriah Banks; (second) Thom- 
as Merwin. born 1820, still living. 5. Xorman. 
6. Anna Beers, born February 29, 1812, died 
February 12. 1S83 : married, October 4, 1832, 
Frederick B. Wakeman. born June 17. 181 1. 
died February 3. 1893. Stephen Sherwood 
married (second) May 15, 1816, Tamer, 
daughter of Moses and Abigail (Wakeman) 
Banks. Children : Sarah, William, Emily, 
Mary J.. Frances, Wilson. 

(\TI) (T)ran, son of Stephen and Eulilla 
(Goodsell) Sherwood, was born January 18, 
1804. died January 2. 1848. He started out 
in life as a teacher, but after his marriage 
opened a general store at Xewburg. X'ew York, 
but, possessing natural shrewdness, he soon 
saw a better opening in the lumber trade. He 
shortly afterward removed to New York City 
and opened a yard in Cherry street ; he was 
ver\- successful, conducting an excellent busi- 
ness in mahogany and fine woods from ]kIe.xico 
and the West Indies. The schooner "Cham- 
pion," owned by him. was captured and the 
crew imprisoned during the Mexican war. 
Thev all received indemnit}' — act of Congress 
on .Mexican war claims, 1850. He invested 
largely in real estate in the Adirondacks and 
in Fairfield, Connecticut, now Bridgeport; he 
built a handsome residence on his property in 
Fairfield, and in 1S40 took up his residence in 
that town, and in 1846 sold the house and a 
portion of the land to the late P. T. Barnum, 
who named it "Iranistan," and it became the 
well-known home of the famous showman. Mr. 
Sherwood soon after retirerl from active busi- 
ness, devoting his time to his home interests. 
He died January 2, 1848. in the new house 
which lie had erected near the oUl one. He 
married Fanny Wakeman. horn June 27. 1804, 



died March 21, 1883. Children: i. Richmond, 
born August 15, 1825, died June 16. 1892; 
married Hannah Swords : children : Lavinia, 
born 1864, died December 21, 1886. married 
George W. Warner ; Jessie, born 1886, died 
September 28, 1890. 2. Franklin, see forward. 
3. Lavinia. born December 18, 1833 ; married, 
April 3, 1855, John M. Holcomb ; died No- 
vember 24, 1857. 4. Houston, born Septem- 
ber 4. 1835. died May 29. 1836. 5. Fannie, 
born April 9. 1841 (Mrs. Whiting). 

(A'lHi Franklin, son of Oran and Fanny 
(Wakeman) Sherwood, was born June 28, 
1829. died January 3, 1908. He was born and 
educated in New York .City and came to 
Bridgeport with his father in 1840. Having 
been a lover of books and study, he early be- 
came interested in newspaper work, associat- 
ing himself with several during his younger 

He is best known as the editor of The 
Leader, a famous weekly paper that dealt 
almost exclusively with city politics. This he 
published from February 21, 1872, to 1899; '' 
was during this time that he gave to the pub- 
lic his famous reminiscences — "Bridgeport .\s 
It Was" — which was eagerly sought after by 
those desiring a complete history of the city's 
political and business life. In this history he 
brought to the work the aid of his remarka- 
ble memory and his storehouse of records and 
papers which were unsurpassed in reference to 
Bridgeport and the surrounding country. He 
was of marked independence, and despised the 
modern modes of politics, and was a strong 
believer in "America for the Americans." He 
married. December 24, 1854, Mary A. Weller, 
born 1839, died November 14. 1908. Children: 
I. Franklin Jr., born June 28, i860: married, 
January 7, 1883, Jessie Hotchkiss, born April 
I, i860: children: Mabel Richmond, born Oc- 
tober 21. 1883; Fannie Hotchkiss. April 3, 
1891 : Franklin. February 29. 1896. 2. Rich- 
mond, born August 8, 1861 ; married Irene 
Lyon ; child, Ruth, born October 8. 1889. 3. 
Charles Henry, born May 27, 1868; married, 
September 27, 1893, Alice S. Piercy ; child, 
Clifton Reed, born October 8, 1896. 

The ancient English surname 
CL'RTISS Curtis is also spelled Curtiss. 

Curtesse, Curteis and Curtoys. 
Stephen Curtiss was of .Apple lore, Kent, 
about T450. and several of his descendants 
were niayurs nf Tenterden. a town where 
many settlers in Scituate. Massachusetts, 
came from. The family has also lived from 
an ancient date in county Sussex. The an- 
cient coat-of-arms is thus described: Argent 
a chevron sable between three bulls heads ca- 

boched gules. Crest: .\ unicorn pas. or be- 
tween four trees proper. 

( I ) William Curtiss. the ancestor, lived in 
England and probably died there. His widow 
Elizabeth and sons John and William settled 
in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1639. 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) Cur- 
tiss, came to Stratford, Connecticut, with his 
widowed mother Elizabeth and his brother 
John. He was one of the first settlers of the 
place in 1639. He married (first) Mary 

; (second) about 1680, Sarah, widow 

of Ensign William Goodrich, of Wethers- 
field, Connecticut, and daughter of Matthew 
Morris, of Hartford. He died December 21, 
1702. His will was dated December 15, 1702^ 
and proved December 31, 1702. His wife died 
about the time he did. The will of his mother 
Elizabeth was proved June 4, 1665. Chil- 
dren: Sarah, born October 10, 1642; Jona- 
than, February 14, 1644; Joshua, October 
I, 1646; .\bigail, April 21, 1650: Daniel, No- 
vember 16, 1652: Elizabeth. September 13, 
1654; Ebenezer, July 6, 1657; Zachariah, No- 
vember 14, 1659, mentioned below ; Josiah, 
-August 30, 1662. 

(III) Zachariah, son of William (2) Cur- 
tiss, was born November 14, 1659. died June, 
1748. He married Hannah, daughter of Na- 
thaniel Porter. She died in 1738, aged sev- 
enty-three years. Children : Zachariah. men- 
tioned below : Nathaniel, married Hannah 
Wales. November 27, 1712; Jeremias, bap- 
tized May. 1706. 

(I\') Zachariah (2), son of Zachariah (i) 
Curtiss. (lied June 12. 1748. He married 
Mary . Children: Mitchell, born Janu- 
ary, 1721-22: Eunice. October 3, 1722: Mary,, 
November 6, 1724: Rhoda, Januar\- 19. 1726; 
Beulah, February 5, 1727-28: Mitchell, Sep- 
tember 21. 1729; Susannah, October 6, 1736. 

(\') Mitchell, son of Zachariah (2) (Zur- 
tiss, was born September 21, 1729. He mar- 
ried, February 11, 1753, Phebe, daughter of 
Deacon Thomas Peet. Children : Zachariah, 
born September 17. 1733; Daniel ^ilitchell, 
January 5, 1755, mentioned below; Mary 
.Anne. November 7, 1756; Phebe. July, 1764; 
Isaac, December, 1766. 

(VI) Daniel Mitchell, son of Mitchell Cur- 
tiss. was born January 5, 1755. Fie married 
Hepsy Burr. June 24. 1778. Children: Jus- 
tus Burr, born January 2J, 1780. mentioned 
below; Ely, September 16, 1781 ; Mary, Feb- 
ruary 14. 1786: Daniel, March 8, 1788; Hep- 
sibah. September 29, 1790. 

( \TI ) Justus Burr, son of Daniel Mitchell 
Curtiss, was born January 27, 1780. He re- 
sided at Nichols, Connecticut, where he was 
a carpenter and joiner, and died there. He 



married Huldah Edwards, of Chestnut Hill, 
Fairfield county, Connecticut. Cliildren : El- 
liott Plumb, Henry, Munson, Emeline, Ma- 
tilda, Silvia, Susan, Elizabeth, who married 
Aaron Sherwood. 

(VIII) Elliott Plumb, son of Justus Uurr 
Curtiss. was born at Nichols, Connecticut, 
April 22, 18 14. He was educated in the dis- 
trict school. In his youth he became inter- 
ested in the manufacture of saddle-trees, a 
then fiourisiiins: industry at Nichols. He 
worked at his trade one year in St. Louis. Mis- 
souri, then returned to Nichols and worked 
until the factory at Nichols was abandoned, 
when he engaged in farming and continued at 
that until his death. March 10, 1896. He was 
interested in public at¥airs and for many years 
served in the state militia. He was one of the 
founders of the ^lethodist Episcopal church 
and a prime mover in building the present 
building. He married Clarissa, born at Green- 
field Hill, daughter of David and Lucy Bulk- 
ley, who were the parents of two children : 
Clarissa, mentioned above, and Lucy, who 
married Bond, of New York. Chil- 
dren: Hamilton, died in infancy: Lizzie, died 
young: Isal)el. married Horace P. Nichols, of 
Nichols: Elliott Plumb Jr., mentioned below; 
Nathan Bulkley, born May 14, 1857, in part- 
nership for many years with his brother in the 
firm of Curtis Brothers, dealers in stoves and 
heaters, and plumiiers : this partnership con- 
tinued until the death of Elliott P. in 1894, 
when the business was closed out, and in 
1898 he formed a partnership with Abraham 
Wellington in the same lire of business. This 
continued until 1906 when he bought out Mr. 
Wellington, since which time he has conrlucted 
the business alone. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican, was an assessor of Nichols for several 
years, and was also on the school boarrl, act- 
ing as school visitor for several year<. Has 
taken an active part in the Methodist Episco- 
pal church in Nichols, having served several 
years on the board of >tewards and icjurteen 
years as superintendent of Sunday school. He 
married. October 20, 1881, at Cornwall, Con- 
necticut, Mary .Ann, daughter of Rev. Wil- 
liam T. (iilhert; children: ClitTnrd Gill^ert, 
born July 28, 188.5: Elizabeth Bulkley, May 
7, 1885, deceased: John Burr. October 6, 1887: 
Cornelia. June 4, 1889, died in infarcx. 

(IX) Elliott Plumb (2) Curtis (as he 
spelled the name, although his children spell 
it Curtiss), wn of Elliott Pluml) ( i ) Curtiss, 
was born at Nichols. July 26. 1853, died July 
24, 1894, at Bridgei)ort. He attemled the \mh- 
lic schools of his native town anrl the Strong 
School. He began his career in the liridge- 
port post office, where he remained two v ears. 

Then became a clerk in tiie drug store of L. 
W. Booth, where he remained two years. He 
was then in the employ of the John S. Way 
.Maiuifacturing Company of Bridgeport, after 
which he became a partner with John H. 
Flinch, in the grocery business in Shelton, 
where he remained three years. He entered 
partnership with his brother, Nathan Bulkley 
Curtis, under the firm name of Curtis Broth- 
ers, l}uying the Leavenworth store in 1S84. 
They carried on an extensive business as 
plumbers and dealers in stoves and furnaces 
for a period of ten years. His death cut short 
a promising career. He had demonstrated un- 
usual business ability and had his life been 
spared would have taken a prominent place in 
the business world. In politics he was a Re- 
publican. He was a member of all the Ma- 
sonic bodies, including the Comniandery : of 
the Roof-Tree Club : a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, and took a great inter- 
est in that. He was a man who loved his 
home and preferred the society of his family 
to any club, and his memory is fondly cher- 
ished by his widow and children. He was be- 
loved by all who knew him for his many fine 
qualities of heart and mind. 

He married, June, 1S83. at Bridgeport, 
Anna Belle Hatch" Hall (see Hall MI).' Chil- 
dren: Clara, born December 11, 1884: Elliott, 
May 7, 1886, a clerk in the Pequonnock Bank : 
Mildred Reliecca, August ifi. 18S8: Louise 
H., January 15. 1892. 

(The Hall Line). 

(I ) Francis Hall, immigrant ancestor, was 
the son of Gilbert Hall, who lived in Kent, 
England. He came to America from Mil- 
ford, coimty of Surrey, with his brother Wil- 
liam, in the ship with Rev. Henry Whitefield 
and the latter's company. William Hall set- 
tled in Guilford, Connecticut, and I'rancis in 
New Haven, where he arrived in time to par- 
ticipate in a meeting of olonists held June 4. 
1639. The following year he joined in the en- 
terprise of planting a new settlement at the 
head jf a small inlet on Long Island Sound, 
which they named Fairfield. .\t this time Mr. 
Hall was thirty-two years old. In 1654 he 
jnirchased land in Fairfield, and in 1659 more 
land in Stratford, Comiecticut. where he set- 
tled several _\e:irs later. Here he was an attor- 
ney-at-law. and continued his practice almost 
to the time of his death. In iOfig he held 
the office of constable in .Stratford, and May 
II. \C^~6. was a deputy to the general court 
held in Hartford. He married (first) in Eng- 
land, Elizabeth , who with two sons, 

Isaac and Sanuiel. came with him from Eng- 
land. She died, it is supposed in Fairfield. 



July 6, 1665. He married (second), October 
30, 1665, Dorothy, widow of [ohn Blakeman, 
and daughter of Rev. Henry Smith. Francis 
Hall died March 5, 1689-90. His will was 
dated May 6, 1686, and proved March 14, 
1689-90. Children : Isaac, born in England, 
mentioned below ; Samuel, about 1635 ; Mary, 
Elizabeth, Rebecca, died March 28, 1690; 
Hannah, married, July 14, 1675, Joseph Blake- 
man. of Stratford. 

(H) Dr. Isaac Hall, son of Francis Hall was 
born about 1629, in the county of Kent, Eng- 
land, and came to this country with his parents 
when a boy. He settled in Fairfield with his 
father, and became an eminent physician and 
surgeon. In the latter capacity he rendered 
service in the colonial militia during the Indian 
wars, for which he received a grant of land in 
Fairfield. Previously, in 1660, he had received 
from his father a large estate in the same 
town. He took the oath of fidelity to the colo- 
nial government in 1659. He is supposed to 
have been a proprietor of Wallingford, Con- 
necticut, in 1670. He married, January 16, 
1666, Lydia, daughter of Nicholas Knapp, of 
Fairfield, who survived him. He died in Fair- 
field, in 1714. Children: Isaac, born Novem- 
ber 8, 1667, mentioned below; Sarah, May 3, 
1668 : Lydia, September 20, 1670 ; Elizabeth, 
November 11, 1672; Samuel, September 14, 
1674; Francis, September 26, 1676; John, 
February 8, 1677, died young; John, January 
3, 1679; Mary, August 7, 1681 ; Abigail, April 
I, 1683; Jonathan, December 2, 1684. 

(Ill) Isaac (2), son of Dr. Isaac (i) Hall, 
was born November 8. 1667. He married 

(first) about 1685, Hannah , who died 

in 1694. He married (second) Sarah Ann 

, widow. He became a physician and a 

partner with his father in the practice of 
medicine in 16S0. He died in Redding. Con- 
necticut, in August. 1757-67. Children: Sam- 
uel, mentioned below; Isaac; Lydia. baptized 
September. 1698; Burges, baptized November, 
1701. in Stratford; Jesse, baptized 1703, in 
Stratford; Asa, baptized February, 1705-06. 
in Stratford ; Joshua, baptized November, 
1708, in Stratford; Ann, baptized July, 171 1, 
in Stratford; Jane, baptized December, 1712, 
in Stratford. 

(I\') Samuel, son of Isaac (2) Hall, died 
February 8, 1734. He married, July 29, 1714, 
Sarah Silliman. Children: David, born July 
12, 1715, died February 15, 1725 ; Martha, 
April 9. 1717; Samuel, December 16. 1720; 
Nathaniel, November 3, 1721 ; Ebenezer, 
March 12, 1723, mentioned below ; Sarah, 
February 20. 1724 ; Mary, September 18, 
1726: David. June 20, 1728: Abel, July 12. 

(\') Ebenezer, son of Samuel Hall, was 
born March 12, 1723. He married and had 
a son Daniel, mentioned below. 

(\'I) Daniel, son of Ebenezer Hall, was 
born November 9, 1758. He married Jem- 
ima Turney, born May 28, 1762. Children: 
Tabitha, Mabel, Turney, Alanson, see for- 
ward. Zalmon, Alban, Benjamin. 

(\'II) Alanson, son of Daniel Hall, was 
born in Trumbull, Connecticut, September 25, 
1790, died June 18, 1863. He married Sophia 
Shelton Edwards, born October 2, 1795, at 
Long Hill, died January 7. 1862. Children : 
I. Shelton Lynson, born April 11, 1813 ; mar- 
ried, in 1845, Elizabeth P. Appleton ; children: 

i. Mary Appleton, married Amos, 

child, Mary, died 1885; ii. James Appleton, 
drowned: iii. Elizabeth Shelton Appleton; iv. 
Samuel Edward Appleton, graduated at the 
University of Wisconsin ; married Helen S. 
Durant. of Racine, July, 1886; v. Sarah 
Fuller .\ppleton, deceased. 2. Samuel Bald- 
win, born May 5, 1816, died December 27,, 
1870; married, December 25, 1845, Sarah 
Walker ; children : i. Louise Sterling Hall, 
born September 22, 1846, died in 1887; ii. 
Frank Sylvanus Hall, born May 15, 1850, died 
in 1888 of heart disease. 3. Harriet, born 
November 9. 1817, died April 13, 1845 • mar- 
ried, June. 1838, James D. Brinsmade ; chil- 
dren : i. Franklyn P. Brinsmade, born June 
6. 1840, married Julia Pardee: children: 
Hattie and Cora Brinsmade; ii. Hattie S. 
Brinsmade. died aged eighteen months. 4. 
Charles Hobart, born ^Nlarch 2. 1819; married, 
February 12, 1850, Delia Plumb; daughter, 
Ella Elizabeth Hall, born February 24, 1871, 
married, June 27, 1900, Edward O. Mara. 

5. Claudius Bamford, born December 6, 1821 ; 
married, July i, 1847, Anna V. Perry; chil- 
dren: i. Austin P. Hall, born October 9, 
1,850: ii. Clifford P. Hall. January ir, 1857; 
iii."^ Frank P. Hall, 1859: iv. Carlton Hall. 

6. Edward Turney. born August 28, 1823 ; 
married. May, 1856, Sarah Jennings; (sec- 
ond) Mary Buckley; child of first wife: Alin- 
nie. died June, 1899; children of second wife: 
Eugene. Marietta, Edward, Clinton, died 1902. 

7. Orniel Alanson, born April i, 1825; mar- 
ried. July, 1848, Rebecca Nichols Hatch; 
children: i. Anna Marie Hall, died aged four 
years, eight months : ii. Ormel Howard Hall, 
married Lucinda G. Clark, deceased; one 
child, deceased; married (second) Carrie 
Lockwoofl ; children : Ormel Howard, Ir. and 
Raymond Hall; iii. Anna Belle Hatch Hall, 
married Elliott P. Curtiss, and had a son and 
three daughters (see Curtiss IN ) ; iv. Mel- 
ville Edwards Hall, married Mary Hammond; 
children : Mav antl Gladvs Hall ; v. Freder- 



ick Willey Hall, married Stella Nichols : chil- 
dren : Pauline and Ruth Hall ; vi. Daniel Clif- 
ford Hall, married Grace Boughton : children : 
Grace Boughton and Helen Hall. 8. Eliza 
Jane, horn March 3, 1S27; married. March 
22, 1866. James D. Brinsmade. whom her 
sister Harriet had formerly married : died 
August 6. 1904; child. Charles Edwards 
Brinsmade. married Ada Fairchild : children : 
Dora, Mittie and Arthur Dwight Brinsmade. 

9. Francis Leander. born June 15, 1828; mar- 
ried Esther Andrews, and died June 27, 1867. 

10. Theodore Sturges, born September 3, 
1829. died February 22. 1867, aged thirty- 
six years. 11. Rufus Warren, born December 
13, 1830; married Emily Smith; children: 
Adna, Emma, IMary Sophia, Rufus Warren ; 
the father died June 4, 1880, aged fifty. 12. 
Susan Ann, born January 23, 1S32, died Feb- 
ruary 12, 1895: married' Charles E. Plumb: 
children: i. Willard Plumb, married Ida Sum- 
mers: ii. Eddie Plumb, died October 2S. 1863.' 
aged four years : iii. Frank Plumb, married, 
November 2j._ 1890. Lizzie Tait : iv. Arthur 
Plumb, now deputy sherit? in Bridgeport, 
Connecticut : married, November 27. 1890, 
Lottie Bennett, deceased. 13. George Au- 
gustus, born January 8, 1835, died June 30, 
1839. 14. Julia Gorham, October 2, 1836: 
married, December 25, 1861, Stephen AL 
Nichols, died July 29, 1870 (see Nichols IX). 
15. George Augustus, born March 14, 1838; 
married Lottie Loper: children: i. Clarence 
Lo])er. died aged three years ; ii. Frank Loper. 
died in infancy: iii. George A. Loper, mar- 
ried, in 1887, Emily Garlick : they reside in 
California: have one daughter. Irene ; iv. 
Lottie Loper, died December 3, 1885. 

(Ill) [osiah Curtis, son of Will- 
CURTIS iam (2) Curtis (Curtiss) (q. 
v.). was born in Stratford. Au- 
gust 30. 1662. He married ffir.^t) Abigail. 
daughter of Lieutenant Joseph and Sarah fud- 
son. of Stratford, in July, 1692. Slie died in 
1607. and he married (second) Mary. 
dau!,diter of Benjamin and Mary Beach, of 
Stratford. In May, 1714, he was appointed 
captain of the train band of Stratford by the 
general court, anrl in 1716 he was depu'tv to 
the general court. On December 29, 1725, he 
wa< permitted, with John Wilcoxson, Jr., to 
build a saw mill on the Halfway river. He 
died in 1745. and his wife ilied in 1759. His 
will was proved November 20. 1745. at Fair- 
field. Children, born in Stratford :' William. 
September 22. 1693: .\bigail, 1695: .\nna, 
1697: Eunice. .August i, 1699; Abraham, men- 
tioned below: Josiah, January 6. 1702-03: 
Benjamin, December 25, 1704; Peter, .\pril 

I. 1707: Matthew, December 16, 1708, died 
young: Mary, July 25, 171 1; Matthew, De- 
cember I, 1712: Charles, January i, 1715-16; 
!Mehitabel, January i, 1715-16. 

('I\") Abraham, son of Josiah Curtis, was 
born in Stratford. May 16, 1701. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of John and Alary 
\\'elles, of Stratford, February 25, 1724-25. 
She died in Stratford, August 31, 1770. He 
died there September 7, 1779. Children, born 
in Stratford : Stephen, mentioned below : Eliz- 
abeth, November 25, 1729. 

(\') Stephen, son of Abraham Curtis, was 
born in Stratford. June 3, 1727. He married 
(first) Tabatha Beardslee. July 28. 1745: 
(second) Sarah Judson, October 17. 1749. 
She died November 2, 1794, and he died ilay 
8. 1806. His will was filed in Bridgeport, 
Connecticut, June 2, 1806. Children, all born 
in Stratford: Abraham, November, 1747, 
died young: James. August 17, 1748: Sarah, 
October 10. 1750: Jerusha. August i, 1751, 
(hed young: Jerusha, March 21. 1753: Abra- 
ham, February 6, 1754: Hannah, July 14, 
1755: Stephen Judson, July 5, 1757, died June 
17, 1760: William. August, 1758: Stephen 
Judson, 1761 : Sarah, August 4, 1765: Belle, 
February 6, 1767: Phebe, September 6, 1769; 
Levi, mentioned below. 

(\'I) Levi, son of Stephen Curtis, was 
born in Stratford. March 26, 1772. He mar- 
ried (first) Sarah ; (second) Eliza- 
beth L'fford. He died in Stratford. February 
21. 1854. Children, all born in Stratford: 
Phebe ; Betsey, married Robert Lovejoy ; 
Cornelia, married George Wellington Shelton ; 
Sarah, married Isaac Wells : Elbert : Stephen, 
mentioned below : Willis : Peter, born April 
3, 1797; Matthew, December 16, 1808: Mary; 
Martha : Charles ; Mehitable. 

(\'II) Stephen (2). son of Levi Curtis, was 
horn at Stratford, 1799, died there in 1861. 
He followed farming in his native town, and 
also engaged in fishing in the Connecticut 
river, being the owner of a number of seine 
right';. He was also a Thomsonian doctor. 
He married Alaria Birdseye, of Stratford. 
She died there at the age of eighty-eight 
years. Children: Calvin, died young : Calvin : 
Thaddeus : Robert: George: Sarah, who mar- 
ried Preston Henry Hodges in 1879. he is now 
deceased, she is still living in Stratford. 

(\TII) Robert George, son of Stephen (2) 
Curtis, was born at Stratford, June 2, 1825, 
died October 4, 19 10. He received his edu- 
cation in the public schools and the Stratford 
-Academy. He assisted his father in farming 
and fishing, and followed those occupations 
all his life. He inherited from his grand- 
mother two seine rights on the river, and 



when the shad used to run plentifully made 
a considerable income from them, though 
good shad were then sold for only a nickel 
each. Of late years he made a specialty of 
general farming. He had much skill with 
tools. With the aid of a carpenter he built 
his own house, and in his home are tables, 
bookcases and a grandfather's clock, which 
he made. The clock especially is an e.xquisite 
bit of workmanship. He was an ardent Re- 
publican in politics. He attended the Congre- 
gational church. He belonged to no clubs or 
organizations, and devoted himself to his 
home and family. He was highly esteemed 
by his townsmen for his many good qualities 
of mind and heart, his integrity and sound 
judgment. He married. October 24, 1850, 
Sarah Wells, born June 8, 1825, died June 
15, 1905. Children: I. Belle, born February 
13. 1852, died at Stratford, March 22, 1839. 
2. Clarissa Ailing, born September 7, 1856, 
married Dr. Lewis, of Stratford, .\pril 27, 
1886, and they have si.x children: Robert Cur- 
tis, born March 3, 1888; Frederick Bradley, 
July 3, 1889; Eleanor Wells. September 24, 
1890; Esther Coe. November 5, 1891 : Claribel 
May, December 31, 1892: Clarence Birdsey, 
February 24, 1894. 3. Maria Birdsey, born 
June 13, 1862. 

(IH) Thomas Curtis, son of 
CURTIS John Curtis ( q. v.). was born 
at Stratford. January 14, 1648. 
He was admitted a freeman in October, 1670. 
He was captain of the train hand in Walling- 
ford. was one of the oritrina! proprietors of 
Wallingford in October, 1669, and a signer 
of the original covenant, and was also a sur- 
veyor. His name appears among those acting 
at a church meeting in 1670. the earliest rec- 
ord of the town. He was deputy to the gen- 
eral court in 1689-1714-17 : constable 1681 : 
town treasurer in 1686. In fact during his 
long life he filled almost every office in the 
gift of his fellow townsmen. His will was 
filed May 5. 1736, bequeathing to wife and 
children. He married, June 9, 1674. Mary, 
daughter of Nathaniel, soldier in Pequot war, 
1636. anfl .\bigail Merriman, of Wallingford. 
Children, born at Wallingford: Mary. Octo- 
ber 13. 1675: Nathaniel, ^^ay 14, 1677. men- 
tioned below: Samuel, Fel5ruar\- 3, 1678: Eliz- 
abeth, September 11. 1680: Hannah. Decem- 
her 3. 1682: Thomas August 26, 1683 : .Sarah, 
October i, 1687; Abigail, November 3, 1689; 
Joseph, October i, 1691 : Jemima, January 13, 
1694; Rebecca, .'\ugust 21, 1697: John, Sep- 
tember 18. 1699. 

(IV) Nathaniel, son of Thomas Curtis, was 
born at \\'allingford. May 14, \Cq-. He was 

a farmer in that part of :\[eriden, called Falls 
Plains, now Hanover. He was selectman, 
1717, constable in 1729, and held various 
other town offices. He died March 4, 1763. 
His will was filed at New Haven, June, 1763. 
He married (first) April 6, 1697, Sarah Hall, 
of Wallingford ; she died December 13, 1700. 
He married (second I July 9, 1702, Sarah, 
daughter of Zachariah and Sarah (Gilbert) 
How, of Wallingford ; she died January 4, 
1740, aged sixty-five. He married (third) 
October 11. 1741, Phebe Bartholomew, widow 
of Micah Palmer, of Branford ; she died Jan- 
uary 5, 1763, aged sixty-nine. Children, born 
at Wallingford: Benjamin, mentioned below; 
Hannah. February 19, 1705 ; Moses, August 
9, 1706: Enos, March 19, 1708; Nathan, May 
12, 1709; Jacob. .August 23, 1710; Sarah, 
March 30, 1712; .\bigail, April g, 1713; 
Eliada, March 30, 1714: Comfort, October 30, 
1716: Nathaniel, January i. 1718; Rhoda. 

(V) Benjamin, son of Nathaniel Curtis, 
was born at Wallingford, April 27, 1703. He 
was admitted to the Meriden church. May 10, 
1731. In 1744-33 he was tithingman and 1731 
surveyor of highways. He married, Decem- 
ber 12, 1727, Miriam, daughter of Samuel and 
Hope Cook, of Wallingford. He died Octo- 
ber 30, 1754; she died May 29, 1776. aged 
seventy-four. Children, borri at Wallingford: 
Esther, October 2, 1728; .Abel, December 22, 
1729: Susannah. November 9, 1732; Lois, 
September 30, 1733: Benjamin, mentioned be- 
low: Miriam. August 30, 1737: Sarah, May 
29, 1739: Ruth, September 21, 1741 ; Aaron, 
November 8, 1744. 

(VI) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
Curtis, was born in parish of Meriden, Octo- 
ber 27. 1733. He was town surveyor in 1773- 
76 and signed the oath of fidelity in 1777. 
He was one of the largest landowners in Wall- 
ingford and became a most prominent citi- 
zen. He was a man of strong individuality, 
shrewd and successful. He served in the 
French and Indian wars in 1758. He mar- 
ried. A [arch 31, 1763. Mindwell, daughter of 
Daniel Hough, of same parish. He died Jan- 
uary 16, 1822: she died June 8, 1807. Chil- 
dren: Lucy, born Februarv 14. 1764: Aaron, 
February 9, 1763: Benjamin, Mav 19, 1766; 
Eunice, January 13, 1768: .Arnasa, June 19, 
1770: Ivah, October 19, 1771 (son); Elisha, 
June 19, 1773: Lydia. Mav 4, 1773; Ruth, 
March 18, 1777; Amos. April 14, 1779; Sam- 
uel, June 30. 1781 : Lydia, February 5, 1783; 
Asahel, mentioned below : Roswell December 
24, T788. 

(VII) .Asahel, son of Benjamin (2) Curtis, 
was born in parish of Meriden in Walling- 
ford, July 2, 1786. He was a member of 



Compass Lodge, of Wallingford. and charter 
member of Meriden Lodge' in 185 1 and the 
first senior warden. He was appointed en- 
sign by Governor Oliver Wolcott, Alay 20, 
1820; tax collector, June 6, 1825; town treas- 
urer, June 18, 1834 ; representative to the gen- 
eral assembly from ^leriden in 1836. He was 
a private in the war of 1812. He married, 
November 8, 1812, Mehitable, daughter of 
Augustus and Anna (Grinnell) Redtield, of 
Clinton, Connecticut ; she was descended from 
William Redfield, one of the early settlers, 
and Anna (Grinnell) Redfield was a descen- 
dant of John and Priscilla Alden. Children, 
born at "Meriden: Jennett, :\Iarch 14, 1814; 
Phebe Ann, June 21, 1815; Benjamin Upson, 
July 20. 1817; Asahel, February 25, 1821 ; 
George Redfield, mentioned below. 

(\'ni) George Redfield, son of Asahel Cur- 
tis, was born at Meriden, December 25, 1825, 
died May 20, 1893. He was educated in the 
public schools, and started in business in ivlid- 
dletown, Connecticut. After a few years he 
began to teach school near Rochester, New 
York, and a year or so later in Meriden, Con- 
necticut. About 1850 he became teller in 
the Meriden Bank and in 1852 when the ]Mer- 
iden Britannia Company was organized, he 
accepted the otifice of treasurer of that com- 
pany and held it until hi? death. He was also 
president of the Meriden Silver Plate Com- 
pany, Meriden Gas Light Company. Meriden 
Electric Railroad Company and a director of 
numerous other corporations. He was mayor 
of Meriden, 1879-81, and filled many other 
positions of trust and honor. He was always 
deeply interested in St. Andrew's Church and 
was junior and senior warden for many years, 
and many times its delegate to the diocesan 
conventions, and in 1892 was state delegate 
to the general convention of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. 
He gave generously to All Saints Memorial 
Church in ^[eri<len, which his sister, Mrs. 
R. A. Hallam, had lionated. and the day be- 
fore his death i)resented a new rector\- to the 
church. He married. May 22, 1855, Augusta. 
daughter of Jesse and Sophia (Talmadge) 
Munson, of Bradford, New York (see Mun- 
son VH). Children, born at Meriden : George 
Munson, mentioned below : Frederick Edgar, 
born August 12, 1861, died September 10, 
1869: Agnes Deshon, .Xpril 10, 1863; mar- 
ried. May 22, 1890. Allen B. Squire, and died 
May 20, 1900. 

(IX) George Munson, son of George R. 
Curtis, was born at Meriden, May 27, 1857. 
He received his education in the public schools 
of Meriden, the Military School at Cheshire 
and Trinity College, Hartford. He began his 

business life as a clerk in the office of the 
Meriden Britannia Company and was its as- 
sistant treasurer for five years. Upon the 
death of his father he was elected treasurer 
and held that office until the company was 
merged with the International Silver Com- 
pany in 1898, becoming at that time the first 
assistant treasurer of the new corporation. 
Since 1900 he has been treasurer of the com- 
pany. He is secretary and treasurer of Mer- 
iden Gas Light Company, and Alericlen Elec- 
tric Light Company, director and president of 
Curtis Memorial Library, ]\Ieriden : a director 
of Home National Bank, Meriden Trust & 
Safe Deposit Company, and Meriden Savings 
Bank, trustee and secretary of the Curtis 
Home Corporation, and director of Manning 
Bowman & Company. He resides in Meriden. 
He is a student of history and wrote the his- 
torical part of "A Century of Meriden" (pub- 
lished by the Journal Company in 1906). He 
resides in [Meriden and is keenly interested in 
the welfare and development of that city. In 
politics he is a Republican, and in religion 
an Episcopalian. He is a member of Con- 
necticut Historical Society, Hartford: New 
Haven Colony Historical Society ; American 
Historical Association : Grolier Club of New 
York: Home Club and Colonial Club, Mer- 
iden. and Delta Psi fraternity. He married, 
Novemijer 30, 1S86, Sophie Phillips, only 
daughter of Thomas Trowbridge and Cath- 
arine (Hurlburt) Mansfield, of Meriden. She 
was born May i, 1864. They have one child, 
Agnes ^lansfield Curtis, born September 6, 
1887, educated at St. ^largaret's School at 
\\'aterbury, Connecticut, and St. Timothy's 
School at Catonsville, Mar}-Iand. She mar- 
ried, June I, 1910, William Bowen Church, of 

(The Munson Line). 
I nil Joseph Munson, son of Samuel Mun- 
son (q. v.), was born November i, 1677, died 
October 30, 1725. He lived in Wallingford, 
Connecticut. His first residence was at the 
south end of the village on the west side of 
the principal street, and in June, 1714, "The 
lower end of the town" was said to begin at 
Joseph Munson's. He retained the ownership 
of these eleven acres, but acquired a new 
homestead of twenty-eight acres where he was 
living at the last, and which became the home- 
stead of his son Joseph. This place appears 
to have been within the bounds of the first 
parish, as the deaths of Joseph and three of 
his children were entered in the First Church 
records. December 28, 1703, he was chosen 
fence viewer with one other, for the lower end 
of the town. In October, 1712, he was made 
ensign by act of assembly of the east com- 


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pany or train band. On December 29, 1713, 
he and Samuel Munson were chosen two of 
the five townsmen. He was first of four 
grand jurymen in 1719. He also held other 
offices in the town. He left one-third of his 
estate to his wife, and the remainder was 
divided among liis other heirs in nine parts. 
He married, Alarch 10, 1700, Margery, 
daughter of John Hitchcock. She was born 
September 9, 1681, and in March. 1764. she 
was said to be "deceased." His widow Mar- 
gery married Stephen Peck, of Wallingford, 
January i, 1727. Children: Abel, born Janu- 
ary 10, 1701 : Abigail, .\pril 2, 1704; Joseph, 
December 25, 1705 ; Desire, February, 1707- 
08: Thankful, January 17, 1710; Ephraim, 
mentioned below; Margery, October 10, 1717; 
Jemima, March 27, 1720: Agur, April 7, 1725. 

(I\') Ephraim, son of Joseph Alunson. was 
born in \\'allingford, November 5, 1714, died 
September 21, 1770. He was a husbandman, 
and lived in Bran ford, Connecticut, and Gran- 
ville, Massachusetts. His guardian, chosen 
June 4, 1729, was Ichabod Merriam. He was 
still of Branford. Alarch 11, 1742: he was an 
early settler of Granville. This territory was 
sold in 1686 by Toto, an Indian, to Cornish, 
for a gun and sixteen brass buttons, and in 
1718 was conveyed to "a set of proprietors." 
The original name of the place was Bedford. 
Samuel Bancroft was the first settler. 
Ephraim Munson was among the few follow- 
ing. He married. May, 1739, Comfort, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Howe) 
Curtis. She was born October 13, 17 16. 
Children: Jesse, born December i, 1740; 
Jared. mentioned below ; Margery, 1744 ; 
Ephraim, 1745: Thaddeus (twin) 1747; Com- 
fort (twin), 1747; Hannah, 1749: Adah, 
1751 ; Jemima. His widow married (second) 
■ Bishop. 

(\') Jared, son of Ephraim Munson, was 
born about 1742, died July 30, 1823. He lived 
in Manchester. \'ermont. There is a tradition 
that he was horn in Suffield. During his 
childhood and youth his home was in Gran- 
ville, where he was still living when thirty 
years of age. At thirty-five years of age, 
he lived in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. He 
removed to Manchester in 1778, and became a 
freeman there, March 29, 1779. Nearly the 
whole village of Alanchester is built on con- 
fiscated Tory property. Jared Munson se- 
cured two hundred acres lying west of the 
main street north of the north line of Shattuck 
place. His house was the first south of the 
Congregational Church. He had some part 
in the revolutionary war. His name was on 
the "Pay roll Capt. Gideon Ormsbee Co. in 
Col. Ira .\llen Regt. of Militia — for service 

done this State in the alarm in the March 
1780." Judge Loveland Munson observes in 
reference to his great-grandfather: "He must 
have had abundant faith in the American 
cause, for all the land he bought on coming 
here in 1778 was property taken from the 
Tories by confiscation, the title to which de- 
pended on success." He married (first) An- 
norah, daughter of Joseph Hale ; she died Au- 
gust 3, 1785. He married (second), January 
19, 1786, Bridget Utley. She died August 29, 
1832, aged seventy-nine. Children : Jared ; 
Rufus, mentioned below; Marcia, died May 

12, 1797 ; Mary Ann, married Curtis ; 

Warren, born about 1769; Ephraim, born 
1769; Anna, August 7, 1777; Joseph, July 
3, 1779; Betsey, October 27, 1786; Marcia, 
August 24, 1788; Henry Utley, December 6, 
1796: William. 

(VI) Rufus. son of Jared Munson, was 
born about 1763, died September 13, 1797, 
He was a farmer, lived in [Manchester, Ver- 
mont, and is said to have owned one of the 
best farms in his vicinity. In 18 12 the most 
northerly place in Manchester village was 
the Munson homestead, then occupied by the 
widow and children of Rufus. Revolutionary 
record: "Pay roll Capt. Gideon Ormsbee's Co. 
in Col. Ira .\llen Regt. of Militia — for serv- 
ice done this State in the alarm in the month 
of March." Fifty-seven men including Rufus 
were paid for from one to seven days. He 
served in Captain Thomas Barney's company, 
Colonel Ira Allen, "on alarm to the North- 
ward which commenced 11 Oct., 1780;" fifty- 
eight men served from five to thirty-two days. 
He was on the pay roll of Barney's company, 
Allen's regiment, in May, 1782, "on an alarm 
to the \^'estward after Tories to retake Lieuts. 
Blanchard and Hine;" thirty -one men served 
from two to four days. He married, probably 
1790, Bethiah, daughter of Josiah Burton ; 
she was born in New Milford, Connecticut, in 
1772, died December 3, 1843, as widow Buck, 
of Lanesboro, Massachusetts. Children: 
Cyrus, born January 22, 1791 ; Jesse, men- 
tioned below; Benjamin, November 19, 1794; 
Polly, December 31, 1796. 

(VII) Jesse, son of Rufus Munson, was 
born August 21, 1792, in Manchester, Ver- 
mont. He died October 24, 1879. He was a 
shoemaker, tanner, farmer, general merchant, 
and carried on a lumber business. He was a 
Democrat in politics. In religion he was an 
Episcopalian. He lived in Greenfield ; in 
Bradford, New York (1838-71) ; and in Will- 
iamsport, Pennsylvania. After the death of 
his father, Jesse, as yet a child, lived with 
his uncle, John Burton, at St. Albans. At 
the age of thirteen, he began to live with his 



uncle, Curtis Burton, at Greenfield, whose 
busines-s, tanning, shoemaking and farming, 
he subsequently purchased. One of his early 
successes consisted in opening a temporary 
store for the sale of boots antl shoes in Can- 
ada, and during the war of 1812 large quan- 
tities were disposed of to the soldiers. He 
added to his other business the sale of dry 
goods, and also lumbering in the adjacent 
county of Essex. For twenty-six years he 
conducted his various branches of business to 
a financial success. His energy knew no 
bounds. He would often drive to the Hud- 
son, twenty miles, so early in the morning 
that he would be obliged to waken some of 
the inhabitants to learn whether he could 
cross the river on the ice, which bent and 
swayed under its burden. He moved with his 
family to Bradford, where there were better 
opportunities for lumbering. There, with his 
son-in-law, H. ^ilerriman. he purchased saw 
and grist mills, and timber and farming lands. 
Later, merchandising was added to the busi- 
ness of the family, and later still there were 
purchases of vast tracts of coal and pine and 
other timber lands in Potter and Clinton coun- 
ties, Pennsylvania. Jesse Munson and his 
family founded and sustained the Bradford 
Academy for many years. He contributed 
largely to the erection of the Episcopal Church 
( St. .Andrews) and to its maintenance, while 
others did not fail to receive from his liberal 
hand. As supervisor, during the war of the 
rebellion, the quota of soldiers for Bradford, 
owing to his activity, was filled earlier than 
that of any other in Steuben county : he gave 
from his own funds from ten to twenty-five 
dollars for each man. He exerted himself 
vigorously in behalf of temperance. When 
~iime workinen lirouglit a decanter into his 
fieUl. he smashed it against a tree. The in- 
cident created great excitement, and figured 
in the temperance lectures of tiiat period. 
Throughout his career it was said of him that 
he "was remarkable for his originality, activ- 
ity, and integrity." 

He married, 1813, Sophia Talmadge, born 
October 13, 1791, in Canaan, Connecticut, died 
May 10, 187 1, daughter of Jonathan Tal- 
madge, of Greenfielfl. and a great-great- 
granddaughter of Lieutenant Enos Talmadge, 
of New Haven, who had command of fort 
at Schenectady when sacked by French and 
Indians in 1689. He was killed and his body 
burned. After the death of his wife, Mr. 
Munson resided with his son Edgar in W'ill- 
iamsport. Penn-'ylvania. Children: Rufus, 
born November 15, 1813: Cyrus, Julv 13. 
1815: .-Vdeliza, May 19, 1817; Edgar, .April 
21, 1820; Augusta, July 17, 1833, married 

George Redfield Curtis, of Meriden ( see Cur- 
tis \Tn). 

(\"ni) Sheldon Pixlee Curtis, 
CL'RTIS son of Daniel Curtis (q. v,), 

was born in Stratford, Connecti- 
cut, May 26, 18 1 2. He was a cabinetmaker 
in Stratford, Connecticut, where he died Jan- 
uary 9, 1875. He was a Republican in pol- 
itics, and held the office of selectman. He 
attended the Congregational church. He mar- 
ried, September 23, 1835, Sarah, daughter of 
Joel and Tryphena (Gorham) McEwen, of 
Stratford. Children, born in Stratford: i. 
Robert William, born July 30, 1836, men- 
tioned below. 2. Alfred" Henry, merchant in 
New York City ; married Miss Brooks, of Mil- 
ford, 3. Charles Birdsey. 4. Frederick, de- 
ceased ; married Julia Hovey ; was a merchant, 
partner of his brother Alfred H. 

(IN) Robert William, son of Sheldon Pix- 
lee Curtis, was born in Stratford, July 30, 
1836. He attended the public schools and the 
Stratford .\cademy. He served an apprentice- 
ship of three years in the old machine shop at 
Bridgeport, known as the Crescent Foundry 
and Alachine Company, and for twenty-five 
years was employed as toolmaker in the fac- 
tory of the Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Ma- 
chine Company, Bridgeport. During that 
period he resided for eleven years in Bridge- 
port, but returned to Stratford and has lived 
there during his later years. He is now re- 
tired from active business. He has an at- 
tractive home and five acres of land. He has 
always taken a keen interest in public affairs 
and he has been a leader of the Republican 
party in this section. He served five terms 
as selectman of the town of Stratford, 1889- 
90-95-96-97: in 1891 he was assessor of the 
town. He is a member of the local grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, and was treasurer 
from its organization, serving for thirteen 
years. He married, in 1861, ^Iary Elizabeth, 
horn in Stratford, daughter of Henry and 
Cynthia (McEwen) Benjamin. They had 
no chiUlren. She died January 19, 1908. 

(IN) Charles Birdse_\e Curtis, 
CURTIS son of Sheldon Pixlee Curtis (q. 
v.), was born at Stratford, No- 
vember 20, 1839. He was reared on his 
father's farm, anrl educated in the public 
schools and Stratford .Academy. .-\t the age 
of eighteen he engaged in farming on his. 
own account on a place of twenty-five acres 
near the village of Stratford and has con- 
tinued to reside there to the present time, 
although for some years he has not been en- 
gaged in active business. He is one of the 



• most substantial and prominent citizens of 
his native town, and he and his family are 
active and popular socially. In politics he is 
a staunch Democrat and has been honored 
with most of the offices within the gift of his 
townsmen. He has served many terms as 
selectman and for many years has been a 
member of the school board. For eis^ht years 
he was deputy sheriff under Robert L. Clark- 
son, and in 1876 represented Stratford two 
terms in the general assembly of the state. 
He and his family attend Christ Episcopal 
Church and Mr. Curtis was vestryman for 
many years. He is a kindly, charitable and 
highly esteemed neighbor, an earnest, active 
and useful citizen, and his domestic life is 
particularly happy. He was a member of the 
Stove Club and with his wife was a charter 
member of the Housatonic Club. 

He married, October 18, 1876, Sarah 
Martha Strong, born July 11, 1855, daughter 
of Charles Pond and Clarissa L. (Chatfield) 
Strong (see Strong VH). They have but 
one child, Pauline Strong, born June 21. 1880; 
married, October 4, 1905, Harry Augustus 
Burnes, born in Bridgeport, a contractor and 
builder, largely engaged in building ice- 
houses. Mr. and Mrs. Burnes are prominent 
socially and their home is very attractive. 

( The Strong Line). 

(l\) Thomas Strong, son of John Strong, 
was born about 1630-40 at Windsor, Con- 
necticut, probably, and died October 3, 1689. 
He was a trooper in 1658 at Windsor under 
Major Mason. He removed in 1659 to Xorth- 
ampton, Massachusetts, with the Connecticut 
colonists. He married (first) Decemlier 5, 
i6fio, ^[ary, dau'.ihter of Rev. Ephraim Hevv- 
ett. of Windsor. She died February 20, 1670- 
71. He married (second) October 10, 1671, 
Rachel, daughter of Deacon William Holton, 
of North.ampton. She married (second) May 
16, 1698, Nathan Bradley, of East Guilford, 
now Madison, Connecticut. Deacon Holton 
was one of the first settlers of Hartford and 
of Northampton, where he was one of the 
first board of magistrates. He was deputy 
to tlie general court in 1667-69. Children of 
first wife: Thomas, born November 16, 1661 ; 
Maria, August 31, 1663 : John, March 9, 1664- 
65: Hewett. December 2, 1666; Asahel. Chil- 
dren of second wife: Joseph, December 2, 
1672: Benjamin. 1674: .Adina. January 25, 
1676: Waitstill, 1677-78: Rachel, July 15, 
1679: Selah. December 2. 1680: Benajah, 
September 24, 1682: Ephraim. mentioned be- 
low: Elnathan, .August 20 16S6: Ruth, Feb- 
ruary 4. 1688: Submit. I'ebruary 2t,. 1690 

( HI) Ephraim, son of Thomas Strong, was 
born at Northampton, January 4, 1685. He 
went to Milford in 1705-06. He was a black- 
smith and farmer and a prominent citizen. 
He married. May 10, 1712, Mary, born .Au- 
gust 27. 1686, daughter of Elder Daniel Buck- 
ingham, granddaughter of William and Han- 
nah ( Fowler ) Buckingham, and great-grand- 
daughter of Lieutenant William Fowler. 
Children : Ephraim, mentioned below ; John, 
born January 26, 1715. 

(IV) Hon. Ephraim (2), son of Ephraim 

(1) Strong, was born Alarch 10, 1713-14. He 
graduated at Yale College in 1737, and was 
prominent in county and state, serving often 
as representative in the general assembly of 
the province. He followed farming for a vo- 
cation. He died May 17, 1802. He married, 
in 1746, Mary, daughter of John and Mary 
(Clark) Prudden. ''escendant of Rev. Peter 
Prudden, first minister of Windsor, "noted 
for his piety, gravity and boiling zeal against 
the growing evils of the times and for a sin- 
gular faculty to sweeten, compose and qualify 
exasperated spirits." Children: Sibyl, born 
January 13, 1747; Mary, August 6, 1749: 
Eunice, July 24, 1752: Ephraim, mentioned 
below; Ann, September 25, 1757: John Prud- 
den. .August 12, 1763; John, July 3, 1766. 

(\") Ephraim (3), son of Hon. Ephraim 

(2) Strong, was born at Northampton, July 11, 
1754. died September, 1843. He was a farmer. 
He married Hannah Piatt, born 1758. died 
October 12, 18 12, daughter of Deacon Joseph 
Piatt, of Milford. Children, born at Mil- 
ford: William, January 16, 1781, mentioned 
below: Sarah, married .Adam Pond; Eunice, 
born June 2, 1787. 

( \T ) Hon. William, son of Ephraim (3) 
Strong, was born at Alilford, Connecticut, 
January- 16, 1781. His family was one of 
tlie prominent families of Milford. He was a 
succe-isful merchant of Alilford, Connecticut, 
prominent in public affairs and represented 
the town in the general assembly. He was 
judge of probate many years. He married, 
in 1800. Alary Hubbard, born June 15, 1779, 
died .April 5. 184 1. daughter of Charles Pond. 
Children, born at Milford: Ephraim, born 
September 4, i8or ; Mary Prudden, April 9, 
1803: Charles Pond (twin), mentioned below; 
Martha Miles (twin), March 24, 1805, never 
married: Hannah Piatt, June 15, 1809, never 
married; Catharine Pond, September 17, 181 1, 
never married; Sarah, July 17, 1813; William, 
July 9, 1815; Charlotte, .\ugust" 12, 1817; 
George. February 12, 1819; John Carrington, 
September 5, 1821. never married. 

(\TI) Charles Pond, son of Hon. William 
Strong, was horn at Milford. March 24, 1805, 



died Alarch 21, 1870. He was educated in 
the public schools of his native town. He 
was in the grain business in New York and 
at Logansport, Indiana, and in the latter city 
owned and operated a large tlour mill. He 
married (first) Caroline, daughter of Samuel 
:Merwin, of Milford. He married (second) 
Clarissa Lewis Chatfield. born at Stratford, 
died at Bridgeport. Children of first wife: 
Charles, died aged four years : Charles Will- 
iam, March 12, 1833; Caroline Merwin. March 
II. 1844. Children of second wife: Clarissa, 
died young; John Lewis, born March 20, 
1845; Edward Henry, February i, 1847; 
Clarissa Chatfield, April 8, 1850; Sarah 
Martha, July 11. 1855, married Charles Birds- 
eye Curtis (see Curtis IX) ; Anna Pond, Feb- 
ruary 27, 1857, married George Benham 

Ralph Hemingway, the 
HEMINGWAY immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England and set- 
tled early at Roxbury, ^Massachusetts. He 
was a member of the Ro.xbury church as early 
as 1633, and was admitted a freeman, Sep- 
tember 3. 1634. He was a proprietor of the 
town. He died June i, 1678. His will was 
dated May 4, 1677. and proved July 11, 1678, 
bequeathing to wife Elizabeth, and children 
John, Samuel, Joseway, and Elizabeth Hol- 

He married, July 5, 1634, Elizabeth Hol- 
brook, who died February 4, 1684, aged 
eighty-two years. Children.' born at Roxln^rv : 
:Marah, born and died in 1635 ; Samuel, June. 
1636, mentioned below; Ruth, September 21. 
163S; Joiin, April 2-, 1641 ; Joshua, .\pril 9. 
1643; Mary, .\pril 7. 1644: Marv, April 7. 

(II) Samuel, son of Ralph Hemingwav. 
was born in Roxbury, in June, 1636. The 
name is also spelled by various branches of 
the family Hemingway. Hemmingway. Hem- 
enway and Hemnicnway. He settled in New 
Haven, Connecticut, and later at East Haven, 
1660, where many of his descendants have 
lived. He was a man of considerable educa- 
tion and refinement. The town records which 
he kept as clerk for a long time show his 
admirable handwriting. He married, in 1662, 
Sarah, daughter of John Cooler, a magis- 
trate and early settler. Children : Sarah, born 
July 26, 1663; Samuel, December 13. 1665; 
^lary. July 5, 1668; Hannah, September 14, 
1670 : Abigail, February 16. 1672; John. May 
29. 1675 '• Abraham, December 3, 1677. men- 
tioned below: Isaac (twin). December 6, 
1683; Jacob rtwin). December 6, 1683. first 
student in Yale College. B. .\.. 1704. and 

pastor of the church in East Haven for fifty 

(Ill) Abraham, son of Samuel Heming- 
way, was born at East Haven, December 3, 
1677. He married, November 11, 1713, Sarah 
Talmadge, his second wife. Child of the first 
wife: Sarah, married Enos Potter. Children 
of the second wife: Abraham, born lanuary, 
1715, died young: Elizabeth, October "3, 1716; 
Abigail, March 17, 1719; Isaac, February 17, 
1721; Anna, February, 1723: Hannah, Octo- 
ber 22, 1724; Abraham, April i, 1727, men- 
tioned below. 

(I\') Deacon Abraham (2) Hemingway, 
son of Abraham (i) Hemingway, was born! 
at East Haven, April i. 1727. 'He married 
there, April 24, 1746, Alercy, born April 17, 
1730, died January 12, 1812, daughter of 
Joseph and Mercy (Thompson) Tuttle, grand- 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Sanford) 
Tuttle and of John and Mercy (Mansfield) 
'Ihompson; great granddaughter of Joseph 
and Hannah (Munson) Tuttle. Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Paine) Sanford and of John and 
Priscilla (Powell) Thompson. Child'ren. born 
at East Haven: Isaac. February, 1747; Sarah, 
February 17, 1749; Abraham, April 10, 1751I 
Abigail, May 17, 1753; Enos. September 17, 
^lli- mentioned below; Alercy, Julv 5, 1757; 
Elizabeth. May i, 1760; Isaac. Mav 3, 1762; 
Jacob, 1764. 

(\ ) Enos, son of Abraham (2) Heming- 
way, was born, at East Haven, September 17, 
1755. and died in 1845. He was a represen- 
tative to the general assembly from 1797 to 
1809, twenty-one sessions, the longest record 
hi the history of the town. He was a soldier 
in the revolution, in the Sixth companv, Cap- 
tani William Douglas, in 1775, in the northern 
dqjartmcnt. under Colonel David \\'oo?ter of 
New Haven. In 1832 he appears on the list 
of government pensioners and again in 1840, 
when he was living at East Haven and his 
age then was stated as eighty-five. Accord- 
mg to the census of 1790, lie was of East 
Haven and had two sons under sixteen and 
fnur tVmales in his family and owned one 

He married, .\pril 23, 1777, Sarah, born 
May iS. 1758, daughter of Samuel and 
Mehitable (Denison) Hemingwav. Her 
father was born March 12. 17 13.' died October 
-5. I779- son of John and Marv (Morris) 
Hemmgway. John was born '\\i\ 29, 1675, 
son of Samuel and Sarah (Cooper) Heming- 
way (see Hemingwav 11). Children, recorded 
at East Haven: Samuel, born .April 25. 1778; 
Sarah. September 17, 1780; Betsev. October 
25. 1782: Nancy. ^Lav 7. 1781; Anson. Octo- 
ber TO, 1787: Willott (twin). lanuarv 29, 



1791 : Wyllis (twin), January 30, 1791, men- 
tioned below 

(VI) Wyllis, son of Enos Hemingway, was 
born, at East Haven, January 30, 1791. He 
married, November 16, 1809, Mary Brown, 
born December 21, 1788, daughter of Daniel 
and Hannah (English) Brown. Daniel 
Brown was born in 1743, died 1788, son of 
Eleazer and Sarah (Rowe) Brown. Eleazer, 
born i6q6, died 1768, was son of Gershom 
Brown and grandson of Eleazer and Sarah 
(Bulkeley) Brown, great-grandson of Francis 
and Mary (Edwards) Brown and of John 
Bulkeley. Sarah Rowe was born in 1700, 
daughter of John and Abigail (Alsop) Rowe, 
and granddaughter of Matthew Rowe. Han- 
nah English, born 1749, was daughter of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah (Dayton) English, grand- 
daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca (Brown) 
English. Benjamin English was born in 1676, 
died 1725, son of Clement and Mary 
(Waters) English and grandson of Richard 
Waters. Sarah Dayton (English) was born 
1716, died 1769, daughter of Isaac and Eliza- 
beth (Todd) Dayton, granddaughter of Isaac 
and Rebecca (Tuttle) Dayton and of Michael 
and Elizabeth (Brown) Todd: great grand- 
daughter of Samuel Dayton or Deighton and 
of Jonathan and Rebecca (Ball) Tuttle. Will- 
iam Tuttle was father of Jonathan. Children 
of Wyllis and Mary (Brown) Hemingway: 
Samuel, mentioned below ; Jane : Anson. 

(\TI) Samuel (2), son of Wyllis Heming- 
way, was born March 14, 181 1, and died De- 
cember 31, 1881. He lived at Fair Haven, 
was in the mercantile business until 1867, 
wh.en he became president of the Second Na- 
tional Bank of New Haven, and held that of- 
fice until his death. In religion he was a Con- 
gregationalist, in politics a Republican, and he 
was a director in many concerns. He married 
(first) Mary Brown. Children: Charles W. ; 
George S. : Jane Clarinda. He married (sec- 
ond) Marietta Smith, daughter of Daniel 
Smith of East Haven. Children : Samuel, 
mentioned below, and James Smith, mentioned 

(Vni) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) 
Hemingway, was born at New Haven, No- 
vember 2, 1858. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native city, graduating 
from the New Haven high school, class of 
1878. He is one of the most prominent finan- 
ciers and bankers of New Haven, having been 
president of the Second National Bank of 
New Haven since January, 1899. He is a di- 
rector of ihe New Haven Water Company : 
the Boston & Maine Railroad : the Elaine 
Central Railroad Company ; and trustee of the 
New Haven Savings Bank. He is a member 

of the Ouinnipiack Club, the Lawn Club, the 
Country Club, and the New Haven Colony 
Historical Society. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, in religion a Corrgregationalist and 
a member of the Center Congregational 
Church. His home is at 327 Temple street. 
New Haven. 

He married, October 18, 1882, Minerva Lee 
Hart, born November 9, 1859, in New Haven, 
daughter of Rev. Burdett Hart, of New 
Haven. Children, bora in New Haven: i. 
Samuel B., September 8. 1883; attended the 
New Haven high school and Taft's school, 
Watertown, Connecticut,. B. A., 1900, and of 
Yale College ( M. A., 1905) (Ph. D., 1908); 
now an instructor in Yale College. 2. Louis 
Lee. born April 25, 1886: graduate of Hop- 
kins Grammar School, 1904, graduate of Yale 
College (B. A., 1908): clerk in the Second 
National Bank of which his father is presi- 
dent. 3. Donald Hart, born June 27, 1892; 
educated in Hopkins Grammar School, stu- 
dent at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massa- 

(\TII) James Smith, son of Samuel (2) 
Hemingway, was liorn, in New Haven, Feb- 
ruary 4, 1861. He attended the public schools 
there. He is a prominent banker, treasurer 
and trustee of the New Haven Savings Bank 
at 170 Orange street. He is a director of 
the New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail- 
road Company : of the New England Naviga- 
tion Company : of the Second National Bank 
of New Haven ; New Haven Gas Light Com- 
pany : the Security Insurance Company ; trus- 
tee of the Union New Haven Trust Com- 
pany. He is a member of the Quinnipiack 
Club, thiC New Haven Country Club, the Lawn 
Club, and the New Haven Colony Historical 
Society. In politics he is a Republican : in 
religion a Congregationalist. a member of the 
Center Church, New Haven. 

He married. November 24. 1891, Louise 
Watson Ludington. of Baltimore. Maryland, 
born there, January 23. iS^iS, daughter of 
Jesse C. anti Nancy (Huntley) Ludington, 
both of Connecticut, but residents for many 
\'ears of Baltimore. Mr. Hemingway's home 
is at 325 Temple street. New Haven. Chil- 
dren: Harold Ludington, born May 25, 1893, 
graduate of the Hopkins Grammar School of 
New Haven, and now student in Phillips 
Academy. Anr'over, Massachusetts; Margaret 
Louise, March 30, i8g6: James Smith, Jr., 
July 9, 1S99. 

Robert Potter, immigrant an- 

POTTER cestor, came from Coventry, 

England, in T634, and was 

made a freeman of the ^lassachusetts Bav 



colony, September 3, 1634. He is spoken of 
first as a farmer at Lynn, Massachusetts, and 
then he moved probably to Roxbury, and 
soon after was made a freeman. His first 
trouble with the church at Roxbury finally 
resulted in his being compelled to leave the 
colony, and he then settled at Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island. At this time he had become 
a follower and friend of Samuel Gorton, the 
great religious disturber, anfl they and their 
associates purchased a tract of land called 
Shawomett Purchase. Rhode Island, which 
was afterwards named by them Warwick in 
honor of the Earl of Warwick who had be- 
friended them during their troubles with the 
Colonv of Massachusetts. "Samuel Gorton, 
the great religious disturber, came from Gro- 
ton. England, where his family had been many 
generations. He was born abmit 1600, came 
to America before 1638, Plymouth. Massachu- 
setts, thence to Rhode Island, and was ad- 
mitted an inhabitant June 2~, 1638." 

In 1638 Robert Potter was also admitted 
an inhabitant of the island of .Aquidneck, 
Rhode Island, and April 30, 1639. he. with 
twenty-eight others, signed the following com- 
pact: "We whose names are underwritten 
do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of 
his Majesty King Charles, and in his name 
do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body 
politicke. unto his laws according to matters 
of justice." In his belief he agreed with the 
Quakers in the rejection of church ordinances 
and a few other p^iints. but he differed with 
them in points which were considered the 
most essential. It seems from the records 
that he and his associates did not get on well 
in Portsmouth, and the following is from the 
records of the Colony of Rhode Island, March 
\(^. \Cm,2: "It is ordered that Robert Potter, 
Richard Garden. Ram'all HouUlen. and Samp- 
son Shotton i)e di-francliised of the privileges 
and prerogatives belonging to the body of this 
State, and their names cancelled from the 
records." The next day the colony ordered 
that these same men should not come upon the 
island armed, and if they did so. they were 
to be taken bef(jre the magistrate. In 1A42 
he sold his house and land at Portsmoutii to 
his brother-in-law, Jcjhn .\nthony. On Janu- 
ary 12, 1^142, Samuel Gorton. Robert Potter 
and others of Warwick, were deeded land by 
the Narragansett Indians. In 1643 he and 
others were summoned to appear at the gen- 
eral court at I'.oston to hear com])laint of 
Pomham and Socconocco l)ecause of some "in- 
jurious dealing toward them by yourselve-^." 
Tliey refuscfl to obey the summons, declaring 
that the\' \\ere legal subjects of the King of 
England and he\nnd the limits of Massa- 

chusetts colony. Captain Cook and a com- 
pany of soldiers were sent to get them, and 
they besieged the house in which they were 
sheltered and finally captured them, and all 
except Shotton were taken to Boston for trial 
and condemned to confinement in several dif- 
ferent towns. Their wives and children were 
forced to live in the woods and suft'ered hard- 
ships that resulted in the death of at least 
three women, one of whom was Robert Pot- 
ter's wife. He was taken to Rowley and set 
to work under guard, and threatened with 
death if he attempted to talk of the heresies 
he believed in. Hebard Gorton and some of 
his associates then went to England and 
presented to the commissioners of foreign 
plantations, appointed by parliament, a mem- 
orial against the Colony of Massachusetts for 
their violent and unjust expulsion of them- 
selves from the Colony. In i6j6 an order re- 
inforced them in their possession of Shaw- 
omet (Warwick), forbidding the Massachu- 
setts Colony to interfere with them. 

In 1643 Robert Potter was arrested and 
tried in Boston and was also excommunicated 
from his church. The date of his coming to 
England first is not known, except that he 
was a passenger with the Rev. Nathaniel 
Ward who was afterwards minister at Ips- 
wich and is supposed to have sailed from 
England in April, 1634. In 1649 Robert Pot- 
ter was licensed to keep an inn. In 1651 he 
was commissioner, and on May 23. 1655, he 
was again appointed by the court of commis- 
sioners to keep a tavern. The inventory of 
his estate, forty-two pounds, was taken May 
14. 1656, and on June 11. 1656, the town 
council found that it was necessary to sell 
some of his land to discharge debts. On 
March 16, 1686. his will was made, and it 
was proved May 4. 1686. His wife was 
Sarah, who married (second") John .'-^anfonl, 
of Boston, and the executors were William 
and John Mason Jr. He bequeathed to 
daughters of his brother. Robert Sanford, 
sister Mary Turner, to the children of John 
Potter. ' I-liizabeth Potter, and Deliverance 
Potter. ;uid to executors. Robert Potter mar- 
ried (first) Isabel, who died in I'i43. and he 
married (second) Sarah, who died in i()86. 
Children. In- first wife: Elizabeth, born in 
Roxbury. ^fassachusetts : Deliverance, born in 
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1637: Isabel, born 
in Portsmouth: John, mentioned lx"low. 

(II) John, son of Robert Potter, was Ijorn 
in Portsmouth in 1^139. He was made a 
freeman in 1660. He married (first) Ruth 
Fisher, and married (second) 1684. widow 
Sarah Collins. He was married i)y Ma\or 
John Greene who was afterwards dejjuty gov- 



*?rnor. He was deputy in 1667-71-72-80-83. 
and on Auguit 24, 1676, he was a member 
of the court martial held at Newport for the 
trial of certain Indians cliarged with being 
engaged in King Philip's designs. On May 
7, 1679. he was granted, by petition, thirty- 
six siiillings due him for service some years 
before, when he was constable, in securing 
and sending Indians to Newport. In 1685-86 
he was assistant. On October 10, 1687. he 
deeded to his eldest son Robert, two hundred 
acres for love, and on April 28, 1688, he and 
his son Robert sold John .-\nthony, of Ports- 
mouth, l)uil(iings, orchard, and twenty-eight 
acres in Portsmouth, for sixty pounds. (3n 
October 6. 1692. he dcetled to sons Fisher 
and John, one hundred acres each, and Feb- 
ruary 14, 1693, he deeded to his son Samuel 
eiglity acres. He died intestate, and on .April 
10, 1694. his son Robert disposed of the es- 
tate, to the two yoimgest brothers, Edward 
and Content. Chih'ren. horn in Warwick: 
Robert. .MarcJi 5. 1665: Fisher, July t2. 1667; 
John, November 21, 1669. mentioned below; 
William, May 23, 1671 ; Samuel, January 10. 
1672; Isabella. Octol)er 17. 1674: Ruth. No- 
vember 29. 1676: Edward. November 25, 
1678; Content. October 2. 1680. 

(Ill) John (2\, son of John (i) Potter, 
was born at Warwick, November 21. 1669. 
He married Jane, daughter of Roger and 
JMary P.urlinghame. He was killed February 
5, 171 1, by the falling of a tree, and his 
widow married (second) December 27. tiie 
same year, his brother. Edward, and these two 
brothers both had a son John who grew up 
to maturity, and lioth by the same mother, 
Jane. Children, born in Cranston, Rhode 
Island: John, liorn Isefore 1695: Fisher. Sep- 
tember 29, 1706: Mary: William, mentioned 
below : .\my ; Alice, John. 

(I\'i William, son of Joim (2) Potter. 
was born in Cranston. Rhode Island. He 
married, February 19, 1720. Martha Tilling- 
hast. Children: .Almv. Iiorn .\i)ril 17. 1721: 
Ruth. November 24. 1722: Captain \\'illiam. 
Septemlier 24. 1724: Martiia. February 2y. 
1727: .Sarah, .\pril 15, 1729; Oliver, men- 
tinned below; Keziah. born in Cranston. 

( \' 1 Tjliver. son of ^^'illiam Potter, was 
burn in Cranston. Rhode Island. He mar- 
ried. October 17, 1757. Mary Colvin. Chil- 
dren, born in Coventry, Rhode Island: Col- 
onel Andrew, October 18, 1757, mentioned 
below; Rol)e, April 11. 1759; Noel. June 4. 
1761; ."^arah. December 28, 1763; Freelxjrn, 
December it, 1765; Hiildah. [anuarv 16. 

(\']) Colonel Andrew Potter, -on of Oliver 
Potter. \\a~ burn in Cm-entry, Rhode I>lan 1. 

October 18, 1757, died March 21. 1829. He 
married .Xancy Remington, who died in 1827. 
Children ; Amanda, married Orrin Fairman ; 
Edmund, l.iorn 1791 : Nicholas G.. September 
I. 1792, mentioned below; Rev. Ray. born in 
Cranston. June 22. 1795 ; Caroline, married 
Elisha Olney ; Samuel, married Temperance 
Stone; Nancy R., born February 12, 1801. 

( \'II) Nicholas G.. son of Colonel Andrew 
Potter, was born in Warwick, September i, 
1792. died in 1846. He married (first) Jan- 
uary 8. 1815. .\nna F., born in 1799, died 
1834. flaughter of Dr. Harding Harris. He 
married 1 second) April 26. 1844. Charlotte, 
daughter of Caleb Atwood. Children by first 
wife; Harding Harris, born in Providence. 
Rhode Island. October 11. 1815; Edwin W., 
born in Johnson, Rhode Island. March 6. 
1819 (the remainder of the children were 
born in Johnson) ; Henrv T.. October i, 182 1, 
mentioned lielow ; .\nn Frances, October 13. 
1823; Phebe Sophia. Alarch 28, 1826. died 
September 24. 1827; William L.. April 23, 
1830: John, July 2S. 1834. died October 14. 
1834; Phel;e H.. December 2-. 1838. died 

(\'III) Henry T., son of Rev. Nicholas G. 
Potter, was born at Johnson. Rhode Island. 
October i. 1821. He graduated from the 
Smithficld Seminary at North Scituate. 
Rhode Island. He was gifted with mechanical 
abilit}' of a higii order and when a young 
man engaged in the manufacture of cotton 
machinery of all kinds in Rhode Island. 
.Vfteruards he came to making the c(in^truc>- 
tion of mills, dams and machinery and tlie 
laying out of mill villages a specialty. His 
undertakings were, at the time, tiie largest of 
the kim! in this country. He declined to call 
]iini>e!f an engineer, though he took high rank 
in tile engineering profession. He preferred 
to designate himself as a builder of and de- 
signer of engineering works. He was fore- 
man in a machine shop at the age of eigliteen. 
In 1852 he built the .Arctic mill and village at 
Warwick. Rhode Island. He went to Paltic 
wiien the ])lace was a comparative wildernes-^. 
laid (Hit a villaLre, made the necessary plans 
and superintended the construction of the 
big dam and mills there. In 1863 he came 
to Norwich. Cimnecticut. In 1864 he luiilt 
a canal and dam fur the Occum Company. 
He bi'ilt for FiKvai'd T'. Taft the village of 
Taft\-ille. la_\ing out the streets, erecting the 
houses and plamiing the dam and canal. The 
cornerstone of the bi'^ mill wa^ laid .\pril 
17. 1866. Init when the work reached the sec- 
ond story, financial disaster (U'ertook tlie own- 
ers an! ci)n>truction ceased. In 1867 Mr. 
Potter was engaged b\' the Mousat mic Water 



Company of Birmingham to build a dam 
across tlie Housatonic river. This vast work 
inchiding the locks and canal was completed 
October 5, 1870. and the event celebrated 
with music, a parade and formal addresses. 
In the history of Derby fifteen pages are 
devoted to the enterprise. Of Mr. Potter 
the history says: "The engineer, Mr. H. T. 
Potter, received most hearty commendation 
and praise. He was a man of no specious 
pretense, vet very able: patient as most men, 
often more so; seeing at a glance what he 
could do, and always did what he promised; 
many times under censure, and yet he went on 
his wav steadily, pushing to the end, beat- 
ing back one and another difficulty, until 
finallv the work under his hands grew to tinal 
completion, a monument to his engineering 

The dam on the Shetauket river built by 
him has a drainage area of four hundred and 
fifty-nine square miles and is twenty-five feet 
high, .\nother dam the same height on the 
same river has a drainage area of four hun- 
dred and seventy-seven miles, and a third fif- 
teen feet high has an area of five hundred and 
twenty-six miles. The clam on the Housatonic 
has a drainage area of one thousand five hun- 
dred and sixty miles and is twenty-four feet 
high. All these dams were built on a rather 
poor gravel foundation and much was learned 
bv the builders in the course of construction. 
He was appointed in 1878 to the state board 
of civil engineers for the supervision of dams 
and reservoirs and contir.ued in that office 
until he resigned on account of ill health in 
1897, a few months before he dierl. 

The first dam approved by him was that at 
Greeneville to take the place of the structure 
built in 1830 b,\- the Norwich Water Power 
Company. The new dam was built in 1881- 
82 and develops the largest power in eastern 
Connecticut. The second was a dam on the 
Quinebaug river in the town of Thompson at 
the village of Reed.-villc. This dam has a 
timber rollway and a long earthen cnibaiik- 
ment over which a highway passes. The third 
was a dam in Woodstock, built without state 
supervision in an improper manner and 
strengthened by the addition of ten feet in the 
width of the base, as recommended by Mr. 
Potter. The fourth was the new Slater dam 
at Jewett City, built to take the place of the 
one carried away in the freshet of 1886. It 
is of stone masonry with granite face, founded 
on a large lerlre and said to be the finest 
structure of its kind in the third congressional 
district. He approved another dam at Jewett 
City above the Slater ('am. to take the place 
of one that was dcstroved in 1886. and a si.xth 

at the Pachaug reservoir to take the place of 
a wooden dam that has become rotten. The 
seventh dam was a timber dam at Moosup, the 
eighth for water power for Lebanon, and the 
ninth for the Pomonah water supply. Dur- 
ing his later years he was a consulting engi- 
neer and expert in mill construction. His 
advice was often sought, and great confidence 
was reposed in his judgment. 

In 1862 he represented the town in the 
general assembly of the state. He was elected 
an honorary member of the Connecticut Asso- 
ciation of Civil Engineers and Sur\-eyors, 
June 7, 1S87. Mr. Potter was well informed 
in many fields of thought and was a gifted 
public speaker. His integrity was never ques- 
tioned. He detested shams of all kinds. His 
home was his chief delight in life and there 
'lis best personal qualities were revealed. He 
was kindly, considerate and charitable in deal- 
ing with men and was highly esteemed by his 
neighbors and friends. He died September 
20, 1897. He was buried in the Yantic cem- 
etery. He purchased a home on Washington 
street, Norwich, and lived there the remainder 
of his life. 

He married. November 16, 1848. Sarah Ba- 
ker, who died January 26, 1903, daughter of 
Dr. Daniel Baker, of Fiskville. Children: i. 
Daniel Baker, died August 16. 1901 ; unmar- 
rieil : was a jeweler in Norwich. 2. Weaker 
Harris, married Julia Lathrop, of Norwich; 
child. Ruth Potter. 3. Jennie, resides in the 
old home on Washington street. 4. Harry, 
died January 17. 1893: was clerk in the Dime 
Savings Bank of Norwich. 

George Potter, immigrant an- 
POTTER cestor. was born in England, 

and came as early as 1638 to 
Port'^moutli, Rhode Island, and was admitted 
as an inhabitant of what was then called the 
island of Aquidneck. He and twenty-eight 
other settlers signed the compact regarding 
their government. April 30. if\Y)- His widow 
married Nicholas Niles. He had a scui Abel, 
mentioned below. 

(II) Abel, son of George Potter, was Ijorn 
about 1640. died in 1692. \\'hen a youth he 
was bound out as an apprentice for a term of 
eighteen years to William Boylston or Baul- 
ston. He bought a right in the town of Dart- 
mouth, May 3. 1667. and also owned land 
in Providence, Rhode Island. He was aflmit- 
tcd a freeman. May i. 1677. His will was 
proved March 9, 1692, his widow Rachel Iieing 
executrix. He married. November 16, 1669, 
Rachel, daughter of John and Priscilla \^"ar- 
nor. Children, born at Warwick. Rhode 
I.sland : George, dieil ^Nlay 3, 1712: John, 





born 16S0; Abel, mentioned below; Benjamin; 
Marv ; Ichabod ; Job. 

(Ill) Abel (2), son of Abel f i ) Potter, 
was born about 1690, died January 10, 1727. 
He married (first) January i, 1713, Rebecca 
Paine; (second) .April 30, 1719. Martha, 
widow of John Paine. Child of first wife: 
Benjamin, mentioned below. 

(I\"j Major Benjamin Potter, son of Abel 
(2) Potter, was born October 18, 1713. He 
settled at Cranston, Rhode Island. He mar- 
ried, December 25, 1735. Jemima, daughter of 
Joseph Williams Jr. Children, born at Cran- 
ston: Zuriel, April 8. 1740; Meshach. men- 
tioned below ; Honneyman, M. D. ; Holliman, 
July 3, 1755; Susanna; Rebecca; Jemima. 

(V) Meshach, son of Major Benjamin Pot- 
ter, was born at Cranston, 1744, died Septem- 
ber 18, 1819. He married. April 10, 1774. Tem- 
perance, born 1750, died 1828, daughter of 
Josiah and Sarah BurlinLjame. Children, born 
at Cranston ; Lydia. May 29, 1775 ; Henry H. 
January 13, 1777; William .Anson, mentioned 
below; Thomas Rumeril. March 6. 1781 ; 
Freelove. May 10, 1783; Hannah, June 22, 
1786; ^kleshach, May 27, 1788; married three 
times; AI;ednego, June 28, 1790; Simon W., 
September 17, 1792. 

(\'n William Anson, son of Meshach Pot- 
ter, was born February 3. 1779. He married, 
in 1S05, Sarah, daughter of John and Hope 
(Harris) (Parkhursti Smith. Children, born 
at Warwick: Alfred W., July 10. 1806; Re- 
becca W.. January 13. 1808; Eliza Harris, 
twin of Rebecca W. ; Maria Smith, Novem- 
ber 28, 1809; William Pitt, mentioned below; 
J0I3 Harris. February 28. 1817. 

(VH) William P'itt, son of William .\nson 
Potter, was born .\ugust 16. 181 1. died Feb- 
ruary 14, 1887. He was superintendent for 
many years of the Norwich Bleaching, Dyeing 
and Calendering Company, now the United 
States Finishing Company, and was at one 
time treasurer of the corporation. Fie lived 
at Norwich. He married, July 15, 1835, 
Sarah D.. daughter of Nicholas Hawkins. 
Chilflren ; i. Charles H., born at Warwick, 
June I, 1836; married (first) July 22, 1S63, 
Marion Waters, born 1837. died 1868, dau'^h- 
ter of Jedediah \\'aters ; married (second) 
May 19, 1874. Aima M.. daughter of David P. 
Otis. 2. \Villiam Pitt, mentioned below. 3. 
Frank H.. born at Norwich, November 17, 
1856; married, .\ugust 24, 1881, Minnie E., 
born 1S32. daughter of David P. and Julia 
Ann Otis. 

(\TII) William Pitt (2), son of William 
Pitt (i) Potter, was born nt Norwich. July i, 
1850. He married, August 14. 1873, Ellen A., 
daughter of George H. and Lucinda Waldo 

(Cheney) Griswold, granddaughter of Henry 
Griswold, of Windham, Connecticut. Henry 
Griswold came to Windham from New Hamp- 
shire, when about twenty-four years old ; mar- 
ried Tryphena. daughter of William Page, 
a blacksmith by trade. Lucinda Waldo (Che- 
ney) Griswold was a daughter of Joseph and 
Abigail (Babcock) Cheney, and granddaugh- 
ter of Abiel Cheney Jr., son of Abiel Cheney 
Sr. .Abigail Babcock was a daughter of Na- 
than Babcock, of Windham. William Pitt 
Potter was educated in the public schools of 
Norwich and graduated at the Norwich Free 
.\cademy. For twenty-five years he was 
bookkeeper for the Norwich Bleaching, Dye- 
ing and Calendering Company. He died at 
Norwich, August 13, 1901. He was a mem- 
ber of the Greenville Congregational Church 
and was superintendent of the Sunday school 
for fourteen years. He was a member of 
Somerset Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
Royal Arch Masons; Royal and Select Mas- 
ters ; Columbian Commandery, Knights Tem- 
plar. In politics he was a Republican. Chil- 
dren: I. Ernest Griswold, born at Norwich, 
.August 6, 1874, died October 3. 1874. 2. 
Charles Palmer, August 5, 1875, was organ- 
ist of the Second Congregational Church of 
Norwich twelve years, of the Greenville Con- 
gregational Church six years and is now an 
organist in Boston ; graduate of the Norwich 
.Academy and a pupil of the New England 
Conservatory of Alusic ; he represents the 
Gale-Sawyer Company of Boston, dealers in 
office supplies. He married, February 27, 
1903. Blanciie Louise Spaulding, of Norwich. 

This family for centuries 
H-\MILTON has been one of the most 

distinguished in .Scotland 
and England, and closely related to ro_\'alty in 
both countries. Before 1300 the family was 
established in Scotland in Lanarkshire, Ren- 
frew?hire and Ayrshire, and has been numer- 
ous ever since. The name is a place name of 
Norman origin. The family in Scotland pos- 
sesses the titles to the dukedom of Hamil- 
ton (and of Chatelherault in France), niar- 
quisates of Clydesdale and Hamilton ; earl- 
doms of Arnn, Haddington, Lanark. Alelrose, 
Orkney, Rothes, Ruglen ; viscountcv of Kirk- 
wall: lordships of Aberbrothwick. Avercorn, 
Binning. Byres. Haliburton, Hamilton, Kil- 
patrick, }\Iachanshirc, Alountcastle. Paisley, 
Polmount, Riccarton : baronies of Bargeny, 
l^lhaven and Stenton. The Lanarkshire fam- 
ily, whose seat was in Westburn, and from 
whom th.e .\merican immigrant mentioned 
below is saifl to lia\'e sprung, bore these arms : 
Gules, three cin(|uefoils ermine, with a bnr- 



der counter point of the second and first. 
Crest : A hand grasping a lance in bend 
proper. Motto: "Et Arma et Mrtus." :Many 
families of this name emigrated to Ireland 
and settled in the counties of Tyrone. Antrim 
and Londonderry. 

(I) David Hamilton, the immigrant an- 
cestor of this branch of the family, lived in 
the township of Hamilton, near Glasgow, 
Scotland. He was taken prisoner by Crom- 
well at the battle of Worcester. September 3, 
165 1, and with many others was sent to this 
country bv Cromwell as prisoner of war, and 
sold into slavery. David Hamilton sailed on 
the ship "John and Sarah." from Gravesend, 
near London. November 8, 1652, arriving at 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the April fol- 
lowing. He worked from five to ten years 
for his liberty, and then went to Dover, New 
Hampshire, and settled in what is now the 
town of Rollinsford. on the west bank of the 
Salmon Falls river, at a place called Newicha- 
wannock. and which he bought in 1669. Here 
he lived until he was killed by the Indians, 
September 28, 1691. His name appears Feb- 
ruary 20, 1689, on a petition for defense 
against the enemy. He married at Saco, 
Maine, July 14, 1662, Anna Jackson, daugh- 
ter of Richard Jack-^on, who came to America 
on the same .-hip and who was also a prisoner. 
Children: Solomon, born .-\ugust ID, 1666; 
Jonathan, born December 20, 1672 : Abel, born 
1676: Jonas, born 1678: Gabriel, born 1679, 
mentioned below ; David, died without issue ; 
Abiel, born 1680: James, born 1682. 

(II) Gabriel, son of David Hamilton, was 
born in 1679. and lived in Berwick, Maine. 
He owned much property in Herwick, and also 
some in New London, Connecticut. He and 
his wife Mary joined the church at Berwick, 
September 6. 1713. His will was dated Sep- 
tember 22, 1729, and proved .April 6, 1730. 
He married (first) al)out 1705, Mar\- Hearl. 
who died before August 9, 1718. daughter of 
William. Sr. and ElizabctJi Hearl. I le mar- 
ried fscci'nd). May 2;. 1721, Judith 1 Lord 1 
Meeds, b>rn March 29. 1687, daughter of Na- 
than an I Martha fTo.xer) Lord, of Berwick, 
and widow of Benjamin Mteds. Children of 
the first wife, the fir-t five baptized SeiJtcmber 
6, 1713: Gabriel: Mary, died young: Han- 
nah: John: Patience: Jonathan, baptized Au- 
gust 4. 1713. mentioned below: Katherine, 
baptized Mav 29, 1718. Children of the sec- 
ond wife: Niary. baptized .August 27. 1724: 
Martha, baptized same day : Margaret. ba|)- 
tized same day: Olive, baptized May 6, 1731. 

flU) Jonathan, son of Gabriel Hamilton. 
was baptized in the first parish of Berwick. 
Maine. .August 4, 1715. He remove! about 

1736 to New London, Connecticut, and mar- 
ried there, July 26, 1735, Elizabeth Strick- 
land. It is said that he had a second wife, and 
that Phebe, who died July 26, 1786, was his 
third wife. In 1760, with his wife. Phebe, he 
removed to Horton, Nova Scotia. He was 
the first high sheriff of King's county. He 
died February 24, 1778. Children of Jona- 
than Hamilton : John : James, born Febru- 
ary 2, 1763, mentioned below: Jonathan, born 
February 10, 1767: Sarah, born March 24, 
1 760, died young. 

(I\') James, son of Jonathan Hamilton, 
was born February 2, 1763. and married, Feb- 
ruary 10. 1796. Nancy Harris. He died De- 
cember 9. 1843. They had one child, James 
E.. mentioned below. 

(A') James Edward, son of James Hamil- 
ton, was born in Norwich. He married Anna 
Maria Gesner, whose ancestors were of 
Knickerbocker and French Huguenot stock, 
Konrad Gessner, the Zurich scholar and phil- 
osopher, was an ancestor. Her father was 
Henry Gessner. a farmer and trader of New 
York, who lived to the advanced age of nine- 
t_\-four years. She was a faithful member of 
the Protestant Episcopal church. She died 
at the age of seventy-four years. James E. 
Hamilton was a merchant in the West Intlia 
trade. He lived to the age of eighty-four 
years. Children: J. Henry, professor in 
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. New York; 
Charles Storrs : James : Nicholas L. 

(\I) Charles Storrs, son of James Ed- 
ward Hamilton was born in New York City, 
January 3, 1848. Tiie family removed to 
Grand Pre. Nova Scotia, and he went to school 
there. A branch of this Hamilton family lo- 
cated in Nova Scotia some generations l^efore, 
having grants of land for their service in the 
capture of Louisburgh. He prepared for col- 
lege under a private tutor and entered Kings 
College at A\'indsor. Nova Scotia, the oldest 
chartered college in th.e Dominion of Canada. 
He was graduate! witli the degree of A. B., 
in tlie class of 1873, and tlien came to Boston, 
wliere lie began tlie study of law in tlie office 
of Hon. Samuel Clark, a congressman from 
that city. .After two years of study lie en- 
tered t!ie Yale Law Scliool and was gradu- 
ated \\ it!i the degree of LL. B. in 1875, after 
cigliteen months. lie liad previously sturlied 
medicine to some extent in the office of Ids 
uncle ar.d wliile at New Haven he took some 
courses in tlie Yale Aledical School, and he 
!ias made a specialty of law cases requiring 
some knowledge of medicine and surgery, es- 
pecially actions of tort and suits for damages 
for injrries. He was admitted to the bar in 
1875. after an extended trip througli tlie 



southern states. In May, 1875, he opened an 
office in the Yale National Bank Building, 
where he has been located ever since. He has 
taken high rank among the lawyers of Con- 
necticut, and is especially in demand as an 
advocate on account of his success as a trial 
lawyer. In recent years he has had an exten- 
sive business in the courts of IMassachusetts, 
Rhode Island and New York in trying before 
juries cases for damages. In Connecticut this 
class of cases is not tried by jury. He has had 
from one to four cases in every state report in 
Connecticut since \'olume 41 was published. 
He is in much demand as public speaker. 
Notwithstanding his busy life, he has main- 
tained his acquaintance with the classics and 
reads Latin and Greek for a pastime. He 
speaks French and German fluently. In addi- 
tion to his law practice, lie has extensive in- 
terests in shipping and real estate. 

He was a Republican until 1890, when he 
differed from his party in some essential 
points, and since then he has been independ- 
ent. In 1888 he was a member of the com- 
mon council of New Haven from the second 
ward, and in the following year was an al- 
derman of that city. In 1890 he was nomi- 
nated for state 'senator and though his party 
was in the minority, he ran ahead of the ticket. 
In the same year, he was chairman of the 
commission to revise the city charter and ordi- 
nances of New Haven and did his work thor- 
oughly and well. He takes a keen interest in 
the legislation of the state from year to year, 
and has drafted many important statutes that 
have been enacted in recent years. He has 
held various other offices of trust and responsi- 
bility. He was at one time a director of the 
New Haven Free Public Library and chair- 
,man of the Board of Registration of New 
Haven for five \-ears. He has held the office 
of justice of the peace. He has written arti- 
cles on legal topics for various periodicals and 
newspapers of New Haven and New York. 
He wrote an article on "The Use and Effect of 
a Seal on a Written Instrument," for the 
Bench and Bar Rcz'iezv (now The Forum). 
He has taken out three patents for marine in- 
ventions — for a new adjustable centre board, 
a rudder hinge and a mooring-line attach- 
ment. He was a trustee of the New Haven 
Yacht Club, member of the Shelter Island 
Yacht Club, and a skillful yachtsman. In the 
summer of 1901 he carried the flag of this 
yacht club for the first time into the British 
provinces on his schooner yacht "Fearless." 
He is also fond of fishing and hunting, and 
takes much of his recreation with rod and 
line, or with his gun. He has an interesting 
collection of birds, made bv himself and hand- 

somely mounted. He is a member of Hiram 
Ledge, No. I, Free and .\ccepted Masons, and 
has taken all the degrees of Scottish Rite 
Masonry, including the thirty-second. He is 
a member of the Bar Association of Con- 
necticut. For many years he was a vestry- 
man of St. Pau'rs Protestant Episcopal 

He married, August 13, 1878, Mary Eliza- 
beth, daughter of William Chipman, of 
Brooklyn. Children: Mary Grace, graduate 
of the Orton & Nichols School of New Ha- 
ven, and Woodside Seminary, Hartford, and 
William Storrs White, born in 1891, one of 
the honor men in Sheffield Scientific School 
of Yale College in 1908. 

(II) Philip Judd, son of Thomas 
JL'DD Judd (q. v.), was born in 1649, 
baptized September 2. 1649. He 
married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Loo- 
mis, of Windsor, by his first wife. He lived 
in Farmington. Connecticut, until a few. years 
before his death, and then removed to Water- 
bury, where he died in October, 1689. The 
inventory of his estate was taken November 
2. 1689, and presented to the court at Hart- 
ford, November 11. The widow was adminis- 
tratrix, but she seems to have been married 
again, before 1691, to some person whose 
name has not been found, and Ensign Thomas 
Judd and Thomas Judd. the smith, were ap- 
pointed administrators, and to take care of the 
children, March, 1691. Tlie estate was much 
in debt, and considerable was expended for 
the children. One hundred and forty-four 
pounds were left to be divided. Children: 
Philip, mentioned below ; Thomas, baptized 
]\Iay 27. 1683, died young; Hannah, baptized 
October 19, 1^84, five years old : William, bap- 
tized July 3, 1687, two 3'ears old; Benjamin, 
baptized Mav 4, 1690, three months old. 

(III) Phi'lip (2), son of Philip (i) Judd, 
was born in 1673, baptized March 13, 1681. 
He lived in that part of Danbury called Bethel, 
and died aged over eighty years, between 
1760 and 1765. He and his second wife 
Lydia were members of the church in Beth- 
el in 1760. That church seems to have been 
organized in 1760. He had three sons, and 
Deacon E. Taylor thought he had five daugh- 
ters. Children: Philip; Thomas; Samuel, 
mentioned below ; Hannah ; Rebecca. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Philip (2) Judd. of 
Danbury, in Bethel Society, was born there 
in 1700. He married Hannah Knapp. They 
were both members of the church in 1760. 
Children: Ebenezer, born about 1743-44: 
Samuel, twin of Ebenezer, mentioned below ; 
Comfort, about 1745; James and Jonathan, 



both Tories in the revolution, joined the Brit- 
ish on Long Island, and died without issue ; 
Elijah, June 19, 1759. 

(V) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Judd, 
was born about 1743-44. He married Lucy 
Hawley, and had one child. Benjamin, men- 
tioned below. This wife died and he married 
a second. He lived some years in Cornwall, 
and is belieyed to have died there. 

(VI) Benjamin, son of Samuel (2) Judd, 
was bom in Bethel, in 1769, died .March 6, 
1826. He married (tirst) June 13, 1790, 
Zilpha Williams, of Bethel. She died April 
15, 1819, and he married (second) Elizabeth 
Sturdevant, April 30, 1820. Children by first 
wife: Samuel, born November 2, 1791 ; Lucy, 
December 15, 1792, married Abel Crofut ; 
Polly, August 15, 1795, married Stephen Ad- 
ams; Hawley, September 13, 1797, mentioned 
below : Hiram, May 14, 1803. By second 
wife: George B., January 24, 1821. 

(VII) Hawley, son of Benjamin Judd, was 
born September 13, 1797, in Bethel. He mar- 
ried. December 31, 1818, Eleanor Adams, of 
Redding. Connecticut. He removed to Pem- 
broke, New York, and from there to Michi- 
gan. His first wife died and he married a 
second wife. Children, all born in Bethel: 
Betsey, March 29, 1819; Grant. June 29, 1821, 
mentioned below; Hiram Benjamin, April 3, 
1823 ; Harrison. June 2, 1825 ; Henry. July 
20. 1827; Amelia. February 22, 1831 ; Frank, 
December 18. 1833; Mary, January 28, 1839; 
Edgar. March 10, 1841. 

(\'IIIi Grant, son of Hawley Judd. was 
born June 29, 1821, in Bethel. In 1843 he 
removed to Stamford, where he passed the 
remainfler of his life. He was one of the or- 
ganizers of the Phoenix Carriage ]Manufac- 
turing Company, of Stamford, with which he 
remained until the comjiany dissolved. Dur- 
ing his life he was much respected, and had 
many fine characteristics. He died January 
3, 1892. He married, IMarch 26, 1845, Han- 
nah M. Knapp. born June 26, 1827. daughter 
of Luther and Hannah (Selleck) Knapp (see 
Knapp VI). Child. William Hawley, men- 
tioned below. 

(IX) William Hawley, son of Grant Judd, 
was born at Stamford, Connecticut, February 
10, 1850. He was educated chiefly in tlic jiri- 
vate schools of his native town. .\t the age 
of eighteen years he began his business career 
in the employ of Fox & St. John, lumber 
dealers, Stamford. Upon the death of Mr. 
Fox in 1868, the firm name was changed to 
St. John & Hoyt. Harvey Hoyt succeeding 
to the interests of Mr. Fox. Mr. Judd con- 
tinued with the new firm as bookkeeper, sales- 
man and manager until 187S, when he was ad- 

mitted to the firm and the name changed to 
St. John, Hoyt & Company. Early in 1888 
Mr. Getman, of Oswego, New York, was ad- 
mitted to the firm and the name changed to 
Hoyt, Getman & Judd and continued thus un- 
til 1897, when ^Ir. Bogardus became a mem- 
ber of the firm and the name became Getman, 
Judd & Company. ]\Ir. Getman died in 1897 
and the concern was incorporated the follow- 
ing year under the name of the Getman & 
Judd Company, Mr. Judd being president of 
the company. Mr. Judd is secretary and 
treasurer of the St. John Wood Working 
Company ; secretary, treasurer and director of 
the East Branch Dock Corporation ; treasurer 
and director of the Victor Steamboat Com- 
pany ; director of the Stamford Trust Com- 
pany, the Stamford Hospital, Manufacturers' 
Association of Stamford and the Woodland 
Cemetery Association ; trustee of the Stam- 
ford Savings Bank ; delegate of the Eastern 
States Retail Lumber Dealers' Association, 
and has served as president of the Connecti- 
cut Lumber Dealers' Association. He is a 
Republican and somewhat active in politics 
and city attairs ; he was a burgess of Stam- 
ford under the borough government. He is 
a member of the Church Club of Connecticut, 
the Republican Club of New York, the Sub- 
urban Club of Stamford, the Stamford Yacht 
Club and the Lumbermen's Club of New York 
City. Mr. Judd married, November 11, 1873, 
in New York City, Anna Moores, born .\pril 
3, 1 85 1, daughter of Charles W. and Susan 
(Maliory) Moores. Mr. and Mrs. Judd are 
members of St. Andrew's Protestant Epis- 
copal Church of Stamford; he has been a 
vestryman for many years and for the past 
ten }ears has served as junior warden of the 
church. ' 

(The Scars Line). 

(II) Caleb Knapp, son of Nicholas Knapp 
(([. v.). was born January 20. 1636. He set- 
tled at Stamford. Chiklren, born at Stam- 
ford: Caleb, November 24, 1661 ; John, men- 
tioned below. 

(I in John, son of Caleb Knapp. was born 
at Stamford. July 25, 1664. He married there, 
June 10, 1692, Hannah Ferris. Children, born 
at Stamford : Samuel, August 2y, 1695 ; John, 
.\ugust. 14, 1697; Hannah, March 10, 1698- 
99; Peter, August 15, 1701: Charles, men- 
tioned below; Deborah, June 28. 1707; Moses, 
.\ugust 6. 1709. 

(I\') Charles, son of John Knapp. was born 
May 9, 1705. at Stamford. He married there, 
June 17, 1731, Bcthia Weed. Children, born 
at Stamford: Cliarles. July 18. 1732; Sarah, 
.\pril 2. 1734; Hannaii. March 29, 1736; 
Bcthia. June 12, 1738; Jonas, August 25, 



1740; Epenetus, May 19, 1742; Gideon, De- 
cember I, 1744: Silvanus, November 30, 1746; 
Hezekiah. mentioned below. 

(V) Hezekiah, son of Charles Knapp, was 
born at Stamford, October 14, 1749, died at 
Stamford, December 11, 1840. He married, 
in Greenwich, Connecticut, September 7, 1775, 
jNIary Peck, born November 13, 1752, died 
September 19, 1842. He was a soldier in the 
revolution in Captain Jonathan Whitney's 
company. Colonel (General) Wooster's regi- 
ment in 1776, and was in the New York cam- 
paign after the battle of White Plains. He 
was a pensioner in 1840, then aged ninety 
(pages 485 and 662 Conn. Rev. Rolls). Chil- 
dren, born at Stamford: Polly, July 18, 1776; 
Hannah, March 12, 1778; Rufus, August 19, 
1781 ; Sally, November 18. 1785 : Luther, men- 
tioned below; Bethia, January 15, 1795. 

(VI) Luther, son of Hezekiah Knapp, was 
born at Stamford. August 21, 1789. died there 
December 5, 1866. He married there, Octo- 
ber 25, 1814, Hannah Selleck. born April 23, 
1793, died there August 26, 1861, daughter of 
Joseph Selleck. born February 14. 1759, died 
March 16, 1846, and Phoebe (Clock) Selleck, 
born November 17, 1772, died March 21, 1853. 
Children, born at Stamford: Phoebe Selleck, 
July 19, 1815; Joseph Selleck, March 15, 
1818; Mary Peck, June 6, 1821 ; Ann Eliza, 
May 26, 1823 : Charles Hezekiah, August 23, 
1825; Hannah M., June 26, 1827; married, 
March 26, 1845, Grant Judd (see Judd VHI). 

Hingham, Massachusetts, is 
LINCOLN distinguished as the home of 

all the first settlers of the 
surname Lincoln. From these pioneers are 
descended all the colonial families of the 
name, including President Lincoln and more 
than one governor and man of note in all 
walks of life. The surname was variously 
spelled Linkhorn, Linkoln, Lincon, and was 
common in old Hingham. in England, for 
more than a century before immigrant ances- 
tors made their home in Massachusetts. The 
origin or meaning of the name has been a 
theme of discussion. Some have maintained 
that it is a relic of the Anglo-Saxon-Norman- 
Conquest period, when, near some waterfall 
(Anglo-Saxon "lin") a colony (Roman "col- 
onia") was founded, thus giving Lincolonia or 
finally Lincolnshire. Eight of the name were 
among the first settlers of Hingham, coming 
thither from Wymondham, county Norfolk, 
England. Three brothers, Daniel, Samuel and 
Thomas, came with their mother Joan. There 
were no less than four named Thomas Lincoln, 
adults and heads of families, all doubtless re- 
lated. They were distinguished on the records 

and in local speech by their trades. They 
were known as Thomas, the miller ; Thomas, 
the cooper; Thomas, the husbandman and 
Thomas, the weaver. There was also Stephen 
Lincoln who came with his wife and son Ste- 
phen, from Wymond, England, in 1638. This 
name is spelled also Windham and Wymond- 

(I) Thomas Lincoln, the miller, was born 
in Norfolk county, England, in 1603. He 
came to Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1635, 
and was one of the proprietors the same year. 
He drew a house-lot of five acres at Hingham, 
July 3, 1636, on what is now South street, 
near Main, and later drew lots for planting. 
Before 1650, he had removed to Taunton, Mas- 
sachusetts, and had built a grist mill there 
on Mill river at a point in the very heart of 
the present city, near the street leading from 
the railroad station to City Square. It is said 
that King Philip and his chiefs once met the 
colonists in conference in this mill. He served 
in Taunton on the jury in 1650; was highway 
surveyor there in 1650 and the largest land 
owner. He became one of the stockholders 
in the famous Taunton iron works, established 
October, 1652, as a stock company. Among 
other stockholders were Richard Williams, 
Richard Stacy and George Watson. These 
works were operated until 1883, and the dam 
and foundation still mark one of the most 
interesting sites in the history of American 
industry. He married (first) in England, and 
(second) December 10, 1665, Elizabeth (Har- 
vey) Street, widow of Francis Street. Lin- 
coln gave land in Hingham to his son Thomas, 
who sold it October 11, 1662, specifying the 
history of the transactions. Lincoln's will 
was dated August 23, 1683, when he stated 
his age as about eighty years. Tlie will was 
proved March 5, 1684. Children: John, 
baptized February, 1639, married Edith Ma- 
comber; Samuel, mentioned below; Thomas 
Jr., February, 1637-38, at Hingham; Mary, at 
Hingham, October 6, 1642, married William 
Hack and Richard Stevens ; Sarah, December, 
1645, married Joseph Wills, of Taunton, and 
settled in Scituate. 

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas Lincoln, the 
miller, was born at Hingham, England, or 
vicinity and baptized in Hingham, Massachu- 
setts, in 1637. He married Jane , and 

settled in Taunton, Massachusetts. Children: 
Samuel (q. v.) born June i, 1664; Han- 
nah, married Owen; Tamsen, married 

Jonah Austin Jr. ; Elizabeth, married William 

(III) Samuel (2), «on of Samuel (i) Lin- 
coln, was born at Taunton, June i, 1664; 
died aged seventy-five years. He settled at 

1 688 


Xorwich. Connecticut. later in Windham in 
that state. He married, June 2, 1692. Ehza- 
beth Jacobs, also of an old Hingham family. 
Lhildren: Samuel, inentioned below. Jacob. 
Thoras, Jonah, Xathaniel. died in infancy, 
and Elizabeth. 

(IV) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Lin- 
coln, was born in Windham. Connecticut, No- 
vember 29, 1693; married, August 23, 1723, 
Ffuth Huntington. Children : Samuel. John. 
I mentioned below"). Xathaniel. who lived to 
be one hundred and five years and five months 
of age, Joseph. Eleazer and David. 

CV) John, son of Samuel (3) Lincoln, was 
born at Windham. July 28. 1726. and died 
June 7, 1810. He married ffirst) Rebecca 

; (second). May 30. 1758. Annie Sto- 

well, widow. Children of first wife : Two died 
in infancy. Children of second wife : Annie. 
Eleazer. Jonah and Jerusha (twins), and 

(M) Jonah, son of John Lincoln, was born 
at Windham, November 15, 1760. For many 
years in addition to farming on an extensive 
scale, he was a -wool manufacturer at North 
Windham. One of the products of his mill 
was satinet that was used in making uniforms 
for the revolutionary soldiers and felt for 
paper machines. For a time the business flour- 
ished, but after the war the commercial crisis 
caused heavy losses. For a number of years 
his sons were associated with him and the 
business was finally taken by his son Stowell. 
The later years of Jonah's life, he spent in 
farming and at the time of his death he had 
a handsome competence. In politics he was 
a John Ouincy .Adams Democrat and took a 
keen interest in national, state and town af- 
fairs. He was for many years representative 
to the general assembly and for a long time 
served the flistrict. comprising the towns of 
Hampton, Windham and Chaplin, as now con- 
stituted, as judge of probate. He was active 
in organizing the Christian Church at North 
Windham. He died May 14. 1845, and was 
buried at North Windham. He married. May 
I, 1783. Lucy Webb, born May 31. 1763. died 
July 23, 1846, at the age of eighty-three \ears. 
Children, born at Windham: i. James. May 
31. 1784; married Asenath Flint. 2. Dan. 
mentioned below. 3. Stowell. October 28, 
1788. for many years a manufacturer at North 
Windham, captain of the artillery company ; 
married Maria Welch and died March 29, 
1870. 4. John. February 17. 1791 : married 
Millany Huntington and was a farmer in 
r.erks county. Pennsylvania, where he died. 
5. Ralph. December 22. 1792: married .\lmira 
Trumbull, was a manufacturer at North 
Windham and died June 24, 1876. 6. Elisha, 

January 12. 171,5: married Eliza .-\plin. was a 
farmer in Berks county, then in Ohio, and 
finally in \'an Buren. Arkansas, where he died. 
7. Lucy. July 11, 1797; married Benjamin 
Perry, a carpenter. 8. Marcia. November 2t,, 
1799; married Luther Biirnham. a farmer of 
Hampton and finally at North Windham 
where he flied. 9. Albert, September 9, 1802, 
graduated at the military academy at West 
Point and while on his way to Fort Anthony, 
now Minneapolis, Minnesota, died. October 
13. 1822, at St. Louis. Missouri. 10. Burr, 
October 2. 1804; married Elmira Wood. 

(VH) Dan. son of Jonah Lincoln, was 
born July 27, 1786; died December 31. 1864. 
In early manhood he entered his father's 
mill at North Windham, became an expert 
clothier and later a partner of his brother 

In middle life he bought the Tucker 
farm, just over the Windham line in Chaplin, 
and built thereon the Clover Mill. Later he 
removed to Scotland and followed farming. 
His last years were spent on the Burr Lin- 
coln place, later William Sibley's, in North 
Windham and he died there. For many years 
he was captain of militia and was widely 
known as "Captain Dan." He was a prom- 
inent citizen in this section; was selectman of 
both Windham and Chaplin. He was of sound 
judgment and strong character. His counsel 
and advice were sought by many and he had 
many friends in all classes of people. He mar- 
ried. February 6. 1812, ^Mehitable Flint of 
North Windham, born November 3, 1787, died 
September 3, 1875. Children: i. Amanda, 
born November 10. 1812: died January 12, 
1890; married Edwin E. Burnham of Wind- 
ham, a prominent merchant and real estate 
dealer in later life at Willimantic. 2. Mason, 
March 26. 1816. a blacksmith at North W'ind- 
ham, afterward a banker and real estate broker 
at Willimantic; died July 10. 1889. 3. Allen, 
of further mention. 4. .Albert. September 
13. 1819, blacksu'ith until the civil war. en- 
listed and returned disabled, engaged in 
farmiii'''. died at Cmentry. Januar\- u. 1885. 
5. Jared W.. September 8. 1823. still living 
( 11)11 ) in Cliaplin ; was a school teacher, then 
a farmer in \\'in(lhani and Scotland. Con- 
necticut: bought .\llen Lincoln's store 
in Chaplin in 1837: was aiijiointed post- 
master by President Lincoln and except dur- 
ing two Democratic administrations was post- 
master until he retired and was succeeded by 
his son ; was town clerk and treasurer in 
1863 and continually until 1905. thereafter 
represented the town of Chaplin in the gen- 
eral assembly in 1862: clerk anrl treasurer of 
the Congregational Society until 1908. 6. 



Earle, died young. 7. Jonah, died young. 8. 
Dan Jr., died \oung. 

(VIII) Allen, son of Dan Lincoln, was 
born in the north end of the town of Wind- 
ham, Connecticut, October 16, 181 7. He at- 
tended the district schools and worked during 
his boyhood on the farm. In 1831 his parents 
removed to the Tucker farm over the line in 
the town of Chaplin and he was "bound out" 
and had more than his share of hard work 
and drudgery. But his schooling was not neg- 
lected and in the course of time he was found 
competent to teach. When he came of age he 
purchased the Tucker farm, where he had 
lived when a boy, going in debt for the entire 
amount of the purchase price and making the 
place pay for itself. When a yoimg man he 
bought wool in the west and sold woolen goods 
there, in addition to his farming. Twice be- 
fore he was thirty-five he met with reverses 
and lost all his property', but he was never 
discouraged. In 1853 he removed to Chaplin 
and opened a general store. Four years later 
he opened a similar store in Willimantic, in 
what was then the principal part of the vil- 
lage, at the corner of Bridge and Alain streets, 
and retained his store at Chaplin, but finally 
sold it to his brother Jared W. Lincoln. In 
1864 he made his home permanently in Willi- 
mantic. In partnership with I. Lester Eaton, 
also of Chaplin, he opened a general store 
in the old "Brainard House" and carried on 
business there until, in company with E. E. 
Burnham and J. G. Keigwin. he built Union 
Block and removed to the store that was in 
later years occupied by John M. ."Mpaugh. his 
son-in-law, to whom he finally sold his busi- 
ness. .After leaving Chaplin, he bought the 
Howes property on Union street, opened Tem- 
ple. Valley and Center streets and sold lots 
and built dwelling houses there. He erected 
the brick house on Center street. For a long 
time he and E. E. Burnham. were in part- 
nership in the real estate bu'^iness in which 
they were very successful. In 1869 he pur- 
chased the Bassett Block and soon afterward 
a large tract of land on Prospect Hill. In 
1876 he formed a partnership with E. A. 
Buck and E. M. Durkee in the flour and 
grain business. This firm was dissolved in 
1879. Soon afterward he took into partner- 
ship his only son, .Mien B. Lincoln, under the 
firm name of A. Lincoln & Son, and con- 
tinued in business to the time of his death. 

He was elected to various offices of honor 
and trust and filled them with characteristic 
zeal and faithfulness. In Chaplin he was 
postmaster and town clerk and in 1855 rep- 
resented the town in the general assembly. 
In Windham he was selectman, town clerk 

and treasurer seventeen years, and for many 
years an active trial justice. He was one of 
the commissioners to establish and install the 
first waterworks for fire protection in the vil- 
lage of Willimantic and was especially active 
and useful in borough affairs. For many years 
he was a director of the Willimantic Savings 
Institute and for a time was president of the 
Willimantic Trust Company. He was orig- 
inally a Democrat, but in 1856 voted the Free 
Soil ticket and joined the Republican party 
at its organization. In religion a Congrega- 
tionalist he served the society of which he 
was a member in various offices and was 
active in the movement that resulted in a new 
church building at Willimantic. He was a 
member of Eastern Star Lodge of Free and 
Accepted Masons. He died February 8. 1882, 
and was buried in the cemetery at Willimantic. 
The following tribute to his character is one 
of many : "Atr. .Allen Lincoln, for the past eight 
years a director of this bank (Savings Insti- 
tute), having been suddenly removed from our 
midst by death. Resolved, that in the death 
of Mr. Lincoln, who met with us at the last 
meeting of the boara, we feel that this bank, 
in common with other public interests with 
which he was connected, has lost a x'aluable 
helper, and that as fellow ofificers, we take 
this opportunity to express our appreciation of 
his uniform and prompt attendance, genial 
ways, and the valuable advice and assistance 
he has rendered in this management of the 
affairs of the bank. We miss his kindly pres- 
ence from our councils, and honor and cherish 
his memory as a pleasant companion and good 
citizen, who discharged any trust, public or 
private, to which he was called, with fidelity 
and ability. Resolved, that these resolutions 
be placed in the records of the bank, and a 
copy delivered to the invalid widow and the 
family of the deceased, as an expression of 
our sympath}- with them in their affliction. 

He was an able and successful business man, 
facing loss and misfortune with courage and 
honor, paying his dtbts in full and asking no 
favors. He was consiflerate and sympathetic 
with others in misfortune and generous in 
charity. His manly, sterling character was an 
example and inspiration in the circles in which 
he moved. He was a devoted husband and 
father. He married, Alay 25, 1841, in Chap- 
lin, Sallinda Bennett, who was born, in that 
town, lanuary 28, i8r8. a daughter of Dea- 
con Origen and Sallinda (Babcock) Bennett. 
The Babcocks were a Coventry family, the 
Bennetts of Stonington, Connecticut. Deacon 
Origen Bennett was a farmer and for years 
was deacon of the Baptist church at Spring 
Hill, Alansfield, Connecticut. Mrs. Lincoln 



was one of the four children of his second 
marriage. Origen Bennett Jr. taught school 
at Chaplin for more than forty years. Mrs. 
Lincoln died December 26, 1900, and is buried 
at Willimantic. A memorial baptismal font 
of bronze and marble has been erected in 
memory of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in the First 
Congregational Church, of which they were 
members. Children of Allen and Sallinda 
(Bennett) Lincoln: i. Martha Sallinda. born 
in Chaplin, April i, 1847; married John M. 
Alpaugh, of Willimantic, later of Providence, 
Rhode Island; children: Frank L. and Clif- 
ford J. Alpaugh. 2. Janette (twin), born De- 
cember 22, 1848; married Frank F. Webb, 
of Willimantic. 3. Lila, twin of Janette, mar- 
ried Edward H. Brown, of Providence, and 
has tliree children — Ward L., Preston and 
Mabel B. Brown. 4. Allen Bennett, mentioned 

(IX) Allen (2) Bennett, son of Allen (i) 
Lincoln, was born .\ugust 2. 1858. in the house 
that stood formerly near the corner of Church 
and Main streets. His schooling was begun in 
Miss Rose Dimock's private school. In 1865 
he entered the Natchaug School, which was 
founded in that year and graduated in 1875. 
He then entered the Williston Seminary at 
Easthampton and was graduated in the class 
of 1877. Hs graduated from Yale College 
with the degree of A. B. in the class of 1881. 
For about a year he was associated in busi- 
ness with his father, but his tastes were liter- 
ary and he accepted a position as editorial 
writer on the staff of the Prozndence Evening 
Press, under Z. L. White. Afterward he held 
a similar position on the Providence Journal, 
under George W. Danielson. In 1S85 he re- 
turned home, on account of ill health, 
and soon afterward was elected temporary 
clerj- of the state board of education in place 
of A. J. Wright, who was absent on sick 
leave. In the fall of 1886 he established The 
Connecticut Home, at Willimantic, making it 
the state organ of the Prdhihition pirty. I'our 
years later, he removed the office to Hartford 
and combined his paper with the Worcester 
Times, a similar newspaper, which he bought, 
and continued the amalgamated journals under 
the name of The Nczv England Home, which 
took high rank among the Prohibition news- 
papers of the country. The Prohibition party 
strength was undermined by political changes 
and the support of the party newspapers weak- 
ened. In .X'oveniber. 1894. Mr. Lincoln sold 
his paper to what was afterward The \^czv 
Voice, published in Chicago. In 1895 he es- 
tablished in Willimantic a branch of the Co- 
operative Savings Society and also carried on 
a fire insurance ac;ency. He added life 

insurance to his business. In May, 1901, he 
sold his other business and has since devoted 
his attention chiefly to life insurance. He 
developed successfully the district agency of 
the Northwestern Mutual Life, in eastern Con- 
necticut, and May i, 1909, he was appointed 
manager of the district offices of the same 
company in New Haven, Connecticut and in 
September, 1909, removed his residence from 
Willimantic to New Haven. His literary work 
has not been confined to newspapers. He was 
while in college an editor of the Yale Courant 
for three years. In 1883 he wrote a history 
of the Natchaug School and in 1885 a "His- 
tory of all the Fire Companies ever formed 
in \\"indham," both of which were published 
in pamphlet form and were valuable contribu- 
tions to local history. In 1885 he wrote a 
series of articles on civil service reform which 
were personally commended by George Wil- 
liam Curtis and issued in pamphlet form by 
the Willimantic Civil Service Reform Asso- 
ciation. He developed ability as a public 
speaker and during various political campaigns 
spoke at rallies of his party in more than a 
hundred towns in Rhode Island, Connecticut 
and New York. He was chairman of the 
Prohibition State Committee for several years 
and a number of his addresses were published 
as campaign documents of the Prohibition 
party. In 1892 he was chosen historian of 
the town of Windham at the hi-ccntennial 
celebration, and was editor and compiler of the 
Memorial Volume, published in 1893. In 
June. 1900, The Hartford Times published an 
article on "A New Democracy" written by 
Mr. Lincoln, and said editorially : "His 
conclusions must appeal powerfully to all 
patriotic Americans, and presentation of 
them has not been excelled in force or 
precision by any writer on public ques- 
tions who has recently addressed the 
American public." He cast his first vote 
for the Republican party, but in 1884 sup- 
ported Cleveland. In 1886 he joined the Pro- 
hibition party and in recent years he has been 
independent of all parties in his political 
action. He has served on the school board of 
Willimantic and was charter member of the 
Willimantic Board of Trade. He is a mem- 
ber of the e.xecutive committee of the State 
Civil Service .Reform Association, flelegate- 
at-large in the -State Brotherhood of Congre- 
gational Men's Clubs, and member of the New 
Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Grad- 
uates' Club. He and his wife are members 
of the Congregational Church, Willimantic, 
of which he was superintendent of the Sun- 
day school for ten years. He married, Decem- 
ber 18. 1883, Caroline Laura Buck, born 



March -'5, 18^14. daughter of Edwin A. and 
DeHa Lincoln Buck. Her father was formerly 
state treasurer of Connecticut, residing at 
Ashford. Mrs. Lincoln was active in church' 
and social circles in W'illimantic. Children : 
I. -^Marion Buck, born January 2, 1888. 2. 
Elsie Bennett. November 27, 1892. 3. Bar- 
bara Grace, (?)ctober 15, 1896. 4. Julia 
Armour. June 27. 1899. 

William Buck, the immigrant an- 
BL'CK cestor. came from England on the 

ship "Increase."' which sailed, 
April. 1635. and landed in a month at Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts. At that time, he gave his 
age as fifty years, and so he was born in 
1585. His son Roger, then eighteen years old, 
was with him. He settled at Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts. He had a grant of land of twenty 
acres in 1652, which was lot No. 91 in the 
so-called Cambridge Survey. The new home 
was situated in what w-as called the west field, 
now Raymond street, northeast from Garden 
street. He was a plough-wright. He died, 
intestate, January 24, 1658. He was buried 
in the old cemetery at Cambridge. His son 
Roger was administrator. 

(II) Roger, son of William Buck, was born 
in 1617, in England. He came with his 
father to New England on the "Increase," 
April 15, 1635. His mother was probably 
dead at this time. It is supposed that Enoch 
and Emanuel Buck who settled at Wethers- 
field, Connecticut, were relatives, and were 
perhaps sons of William Buck. Roger Buck 
was a plough-wright and a farmer. He set- 
tled near his father at Cambridge, and when 
his wife Susannah died, he moved to Woburn 
where some of bis children lived. He died in 
Woburn, November 10, 1693. Children: John, 
born September 3, 1644: Ephraim, July 26, 
1646, mentioned below: }ilary, born January 
23, 1648: Ruth, November 6, 1653; Elizabeth, 
July 5, 1657: Lydia, married November 3, 
1672. Henry Smith; Samuel, March 16, 1669. 

(III) Ephraim, son of Roger Buck, was 
born at Cambridge, July 26, 1646. He mar- 
ried, January i, 1671, Sarah, daughter of 
John and Eunice (Mousall) Brooks of Wo- 
burn. He doubtless settled there a few \ears 
before he married, as he is mentioned in the 
will of John Mousall, whose granddaughter 
he married, and Mr. Mousall died !\Iarch 27, 
1665. He was a man of much distinction. 
He was appointed local magistrate by the gen- 
eral court, to try small causes. He was a 
farmer. His grandson Jonathan was the 
founder of Bucksport, Maine. He died, Jan- 
uary, 1721, at Woburn. Children: Sarah, 
born January 11, 1673; Ephraim, July 13, 

1676; John, January 11, 1678-79, died young; 
John. February 7. 1679-80: Samuel, Novem- 
ber 13, 1682, mentioned below; Eunice, July 
7, 1685 ; Ebenezer, May 20, 1689 '< Marv, Octo- 
ber 28, 1691. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Ephraim Buck, was 
born at Woburn, November 13, 1682. About 

1708, he married Hannah . He settled 

at Woburn, and was a farmer. Children: 
Hannah, born February i, 1710; Samuel, May 
7, 171 1, mentioned below; Sarah, April 16, 
1716; Zebediah, August 29, 1719. 

(V) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Buck, 
was born at Woburn, ;\Iay 7, 171 1, and died 
at Killingly, Connecticut, December, 1765. 
From records in Connecticut, a connection be- 
tween the Thompson and Woburn families 
is_ found. Samuel Buck went from Woburn 
with many other families who went to Kil- 
lingly and Thompson, Connecticut. Eleazer 
Bateman joined the Killingly church. Septem- 
ber 15. 1715, from Woburn. Richard Blosse, 
from West Watertown, joined the church. 
May 23, 1716, and George and Sarah Blanch- 
ard of Lexington, October 18, 1715, and the 
stream of emigration continued for several 
years from Woburn to Thompson. James Wil- 
son and Ivory Upham joined the church in 
1729, from Woburn. Very likely Samuel Buck 
came with relatives in the thirties. There 
is nothing but a record of marriage, of 
Robert Buck, in 1715, and he may have 
been one of the Wethersfield family. Sam- 
uel was one of the heads of families 
who signed the covenant on November 
19, 1745. and called Rev. Perley Howe of 
Dudley, ^Massachusetts, to settle as minister at 
Killingly. He bought a farm on Killingly 
Hill in 1756, of Ebenezer. on which he settled. 
The Rev. Mr. Howe kept no church records, 
so that information about Samuel Buck's 
family is hard to find. For many years he 
was deacon of the church. In 1765 he was 
succeeded by Lieutenant Benjamin Levens, 
who may have been related to Samuel Buck 
from Woburn. The son of Samuel, Samuel 
Jr., married a Aliss Bloss, whose parents came 
from \\'atertown, Massachusetts. There is 
good reason to believe that all of the follow- 
ing names are children of Samuel, and some 
certainly are. Children: i. Zerviah, married 
Giles Roberts, April 3, 1754. 2. David, men- 
tioned below. 3. Samuel, married ^ilartha 
Bloss, January i, 1760. 4. Jonathan, was in 
the revolutionary war, second lieutenant, killed 
at the battle of Harlem, New York. September 
15, 1776. 5. Aaron, died August 24. 1755. 
6. Child, died October 5, 1756. 7. Reuben, 
married Elizabeth, joined the church, 1769. 

(\T) David, son of Samuel (2) Buck, mar- 



ried Anna Russell. June 2?, 1756. He came 
from Massachusetts to Putnam, a part of 
Thompson or Killingly township, where he 
settled. He was a farmer and a joiner. Chil- 
Iren, by first wife : David. Jonathan, Aaron, 
mentioned below; ^Irs. Josiah Dean, Mrs. 
Benjamin Cutler, two daughters who succes- 
sively married Resolved Wheaton. By second 
marriage: Daviil : Eliza, married Henry 

(\'H) xA.aron. son of David Buck, was born 
at Killingly and lived on the old homestead. 
He married .\nnie. daughter of Asa Lawrence, 
of Killingly. Children : Lucy, married Calvin 
Leffingweli; Rosamond, married Calvin 
Boyden : Mary, married Jesse Herenden ; 
Anne, married Caleb Howe ; Erastus ; Elisha ; 
Augustus, mentioned below : George, born 
October 13, 1810. 

(MH) .Augustus, son of Aaron Buck, died 
of scarlet fever at the age of thirty-seven, 
after a few days' illness. On February 13. 
1827. he married Lucy Knowlton Brooks, who 
died February 8. 1856, and was buried beside 
her husband in the Baptist Cemetery at West- 
ford. She was born February 27. iSoi. daugh- 
ter of Simeon Brooks, who was born in 1767, 
and died in 1844. Simeon Brooks married 
Eunice Bass, and had three children, Juliana. 
Lucy Knowlton. and Maria. Simeon, was son 
of Deacon Abijah Brooks of Ashford. Con- 
necticut, who married Lucy Knowlton and had 
twelve children. He was a deacon in the Ash- 
ford Presbyterian Church, and was a prom- 
inent man. His wife was distinguished in the 
community for her many excellent qualities. 
It is said of her, that a short time before her 
death as she was about to retire for the night, 
she saw a light flash up before her. at times 
brilliant and then fading away, and she called 
this a warning of her approaching death. She 
lived but a few days longer, dying April 16. 
1820. She was daughter of William Knowl- 
ton. who was born in 1706. and married, in 
1728. Martha Binder of Boxford. who was of 
a noble ancestry. Colonel Thomas Knowlton, 
the noted revolutionary soldier, and Lieuten- 
ant Daniel Knowlton. were sons of W'illiam. 
He was born in Ipswich, but removed to West 
Boxford. He spent his last days in Ashford, 
where he moved about 1740. He was son 
of Nathaniel Knowlton Jr.. who was born 
in 1683. In 1703 he married Mary Burnett, 
and they had six children. Nathaniel Knowl- 
ton. father of Nathaniel Jr., was born in 1658. 
and married Deborah Jewett in 1682. They 
had seven children. He was a very prom- 
inent man. and held a high position in the 
colony. An old historian says of him: 
"Though honored by men he did not forget 

to honor his God." He died in 1726 and his 
wife in 1743. He was son of John Knowlton 
Jr., who was born in 1633, and married Sarah 
■ Whipple. They had ten children. His father, 
John, was born in 1610, and married Mar- 
jery Wilson, and they had three children. 
Captain William Knowlton. father of John, 
was at least part owner of a vessel in which 
he, with his wife and children, sailed to 
America. He died on the voyage, and a 
gravestone erected to his memory still stands 
in Shelburne, Canada. His wife and children 
moved to Hingham, Massachusetts. Captain 
William Knowlton, father of Captain William, 
was born in 1584, and married Ann Elizabeth 
Smith. He was son of Richard Knowlton, 
who was born in Kent in 1553, and married 
Elizabeth Cautize on July 15, 1577. They 
had four children. The coat-of-arms of the 
Knowlton family is: "Argent, a chevron, be- 
tween crowns and ducal coronets sable." The 
crest is a demi-lion, rampant. The motto is : 
"Vi at Virtute." 

(IN) Edwin Augustus, son of Augustus 
Buck, was born in Ashford, Connecticut, Feb- 
ruary II, 1832. He married, May 9. 1855, 
Delia A., daughter of George and Laura ( Ash- 
ley) Lincoln of Ashford. She was born here 
November 27, 183 1, in Westford Society, and 
died at Willimantic, February 28, 1906. Mrs. 
Buck was always very active in church and 
social work, both in Ashford and ^Villimantic. 
Her father. George Lincoln was a tanner by 
trade, and a well-known citizen in Ashford 
representing that town in the general assembly 
of 1847. ^r^'s- Buck belonged to Aime Wood 
Mlderkin chapter. Daughters of .American 
Revdution. Edwin .Augustus Buck received 
an elementary education at a neighboring 
school, and then attended the Ashford Acad- 
emy. When eighteen years old. he began to 
teach school at the school which he had at- 
tended as a scholar, having many of his form- 
er scliniilmates as pujiils. He received a dollar 
a day and boarded at home. He taught for 
three terms in district No. 4, two in the Woods 
district, and one in the Knowlton district. 
When he was twenty-four he began business 
for himself. He furnished sawed lumber for 
various trades, such as car timber, plough 
beams, antl finished lumber in chestnut. Irlis 
business soon became large. The Collinsville 
Axe Company which was making at that time 
a cast-steel plough, bought of him many thou- 
sand plough beams. In Boston and \Vorces- 
ter, Massachusetts, he had customers who gave 
him very large orders, also, and he supplied 
many thousand feet of chestnut lumber for 
furniture. In the later fifties he purchased the 
bankrupt stock of the Westford Glass Com- 



pany, and the late Senator John S. Dean and 
his son (afterwards Mayor Charles L. Dean 
of Maiden, Mass.) were associated with Mr. 
Buck in the carrying on of that business. Soon 
they opened branch houses in New York and 
Boston. After about twenty years Mr. Buck 
retired from the firm and moved to Williman- 
tic. where he became associated with the late 
Allen Lincoln in the grain business. The 
firm was called Lincoln, Buck & Durkee, in 
1876, when the late Everett AL Durkee of 
.\shford joined it. It is now Stiles and Har- 
rington. Before leaving Ashford he had been 
identified with the business interests of Staf- 
ford Springs, where he was a director of the 
Stafiford National Bank, and president of the- 
Stafford Savings Bank from 1874 to 1877. 
He bought the hardware business of Craw- 
ford & Banford at StafTord Springs, and put 
it in charge of his oldest son, George E. Buck, 
giving it the firm name, E. A. Buck & Co. 
In I goo this was sold out. He and his son 
established in Palmer, a hardware store and 
oil business which was carried under the name 
E. A. Buck & Co., also. His _\ounger son, 
William .\. Buck, was a partner with him in 
flour and grain in Willimantic and still carries 
on the business under the name of E. A. Buck 
& Co. Edwii) Augustus Buck was also inter- 
ested extensively in lumber for many years. 
He died in Willimantic, ]\Iay 12, 1905. He 
was a man of sound judgment and good busi- 
ness ability. He held many positions ot trust 
and importance. He was a trustee of the 
Willimantic Savings Institute ; a director in 
the Willimantic Machine Company ; a trustee 
of the A. G. Turner estate ; assignee of the J. 
Dwight Chafifee property ; a trustee of the W. 
G. and A. R. Morrison estate, all large es- 
tates. He acquired much real estate in Willi- 
mantic, and much landed property in \\'illi- 
mantic and .\shford. He was active and 
prominent in politics all his life. When a very 
young man, he became town constable. When 
he was twenty-four he was sent to the gen- 
eral assembly from Ashford, although the op- 
posing candidate was Ebenezer Chafifee. a 
prominent citizen. He was the youngest mem- 
ber of the assembly at the time. In 1S62 he 
was again elected by a coalition of L'nion 
Democrats and Republicans. He was of great 
help to the L'nion cause during the war, and 
secured many pensions for soldiers after the 
war. He was elected to the legislature in 
1865 by the Democrats. In 1874 and 1875 he 
was in the general assembly, and in both ses- 
sions was on the judiciary committee. After 
he removed to Willimantic he was chosen a 
member of the state senate, and in 1876, state 
treasurer. The session in which he served in 

the senate was the last in the old State House. 
In 1878 he was nominated for re-election as 
treasurer, but the entire partv ticket was de- 
feated in that election. When "Willimantic was 
a borough, he served as a burgess, also as 
selectman for the town of Windham. He was 
appointed state bank examiner bv Governor 
Morris. He was not a member of any church, 
but contributed liberally to the support of all 
He helped many men over hard places, and 
few realize the extent of his benefactions. 
Children: i. George E., resides in Palmer, 
Massachusetts. 2. Lucy M., resides at home, 
3. Charlotte E., married Dr. T. R, Parker of 
Willimantic ; member of the Daughters of 
American Revolution 4. Caroline Laura, mar- 
ried Allen B. Lincoln of Willimantic, now of 
New Haven (see Lincoln 1. 5. William A.; 
member of E. A. Buck & Co.; married Mary 
J. Phillips of Willimantic. 6. Bertie L., died 
young. 7. Ella Delia, married Arthur I. Bill 
of Willimantic. 

John Plum was a yeoman of 
PLUME Toppesfield, coimty Essex, Eng- 
land. In the visitation of Esse.x, 
in 1634, John Plumer is reported as father 
of Robert, of Great Yeldham, in Essex, but 
no other children are mentioned. John in his 
will mentions Robert, Thomas and the chil- 
dren of son John, deceased, and four daugh- 
ters. The will is dated September 29, 1586. 
Then we have the will of Robert, the efder, 
dated January 9, 1611-12, wherein he gives to 
his children and his second wife's children, 
and to sifters Alice Easterford's and Margaret 
Edgele3''s children, naming them, and then "to 
Thomas Plume my eldest brother's son" and 
to the children of John Plume, who was his 
eldest son. It is thought that his eldest 
brother was named John, and the John that 
was his eldest son was born before the Toppes- 
field register begins, 1560. and died before 
Robert's will, in 1611-12. He married Eliza- 
beth , who was buried October i, 1586. 

Children: Robert, mentioned below; lohn, 
born about 1532; Alice, about 1534; Margar- 
et, about 1536: daughter, about 1538; Thomas, 
about 1540; daughter, about 1542. 

(II) Robert, son of John Plum, was born 
about 1530, at Toppesfield. He was a yeoman. 
He lived at Great Yeldham, county Essex. 
He owned much land in Great Yeldham, Little 
Yeldham, Toppesfield, Waller Belchamp, Bul- 
mer. Castle Hedingham. Hedingham Sible, and 
Halsted, in county Essex. He gave Spavnes 
and Butlers manors and much other land to 
Robert, his eldest son, Yeldham Manor to 
Thomas, Hawkdon Hall, in Suffolk, to Ed- 
mund, and other land to a married daughter. 



and bequeathed also to children of his brothers 
and sisters. He married (first) Elizabeth Pur- 
cas, who was buried June 25, 1596; (second) 
Ethelred Fuller's widow, who died in May, 
1615. He was buried M^y 18, 1613. Chil- 
dren: ;\Iargaret, born about 1556; Robert, 
mentioned below ; Elizabeth, baptized Decem- 
ber 9, 1560; Thomas, [March 12. 1563-64; 
Mary, baptized October 9, 1566; Anne, bap- 
tized May 2, 1569: Edmund, baptized Septem- 
ber 2, 1571 ; infant son, born about 1575; 

(HI) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) Plum, 
was born about 1558, and settled" at Spaynes 
Hall, Great Yeldham. His son Robert was 
eldest and the heir; his son John, mentioned 
below, received only a small estate with Ridge- 
well Hall, Essex. He was buried at Great 
Yeldham, August 14. 1628. He married Grace 
Crackbone, buried July 22, 1615. Children, 
born at Great Yeldham: Robert, 1587: Mar- 
tha, baptized March 20, 1592-93; John, men- 
tioned below; Thomas, about 1596; Alary, 
about 1598; Ethelred, baptized April i, 1599; 
Frances, baptized .November i, 1601 ; Hannah, 
baptized August 26, 1604. 

(IV) John (2), son of Robert (2) Plnm, 
was baptized at Great Yeldham. July 28, 1594. 
He resided after his marriage at Spaynes Hall, 
Great Yeldham. He was living there, ac- 
cording to the official visitation, in 1634. He 
came to Wethersfield, Connecticut, as early as 
1635, and died at Branford, Connecticut, in 
July, 1648. He owned a vessel, in which he 
probably came to \\'ethersfield, and in which 
he made trading voyages on the Connecticut 
river. It is surmised to have been his vessel 
which was employed to carry Captain John 
Mason's little army in the Pequot war around 
Narragansett Bay to the point of their attack, 
and that he took part in that fight and received 
therefor a grant of land. He was the first 
ship-owner in Wethersfield. He was a juror ; 
representative to the general court in 1637-41- 
42-43; collector of customs in 1644; nomin- 
ated as assistant, but was defeated. He sold 
out at Wethersfield in 1644. and removed to 
Eranford, where, in 1645, he was chosen to 
keep the town's books. He died August i, 
1645. His will was proved August i, 1645. 
His wife Dorothy was living as late as i66g. 
Children : Robert, baptized at Ridgewell. De- 
cember 30, 1617; John, baptized May 27, 
1619: William, born May 9, 1621 ; Ann, bap- 
tized October 16. 1623 ; Samuel, mentioned 
below: Dorothea, baptized January 16, 1626; 
Elizabeth, born October 9, 1629; Deborah, 
July 28, 1633. 

(V) Samuel, son of John (2) Plum, was 
baptized at Ridgewell, county Essex, England. 

January 4, 1625-26. He settled at Branford, 
"Connecticut. He sold out his land at Bran- 
ford, June 23, 1668, and removed to Newark, 
New Jersey. The name of his wife is not 
known. He died January 22, 1703. Children: 
Elizabeth, born January 18, 1650-51: Mary, 
April I, 1653; Samuel, March 22, 1654-55; 
John, mentioned below; Doratha, March 26, 
1655-56 ; Joshua, August 3, 1662 ; Joanna, 
March 11, 1665-66. The name is spelled 
Plum, but most of the descendants follow 
the spelling Plume. 

(XT) John (3), son of Samuel Plum, was 
born at Branford, October 28, 1657. He lived 
in Newark, died there July 12, 1710. He mar- 
ried, in 1677, Hannah, daughter of Azariah 
Crane. Children, born at Newark: Alary; 
Sarah ; Jane ; Hannah ; John, mentioned below. 

(VII) John (4) Plume, son of John (3) 
Plum, was born 1696, at Newark. He was the 
first to use the present spelling. Plume. He 
married Joanna Crane, who died March 9, 

1760. He married (second). Mary , 

who was living in 1784. Children : Isaac, born 
October i, 1734 ; Stephen ; Mary ; Jane : Phebe ; 
Joanna; Joseph; John (mentioned below). 

(VIII) John (5). son of John (4) Plume, 
who was born about 1743, died about Jan- 
uary, 1771. He married Susan Crane. Chil- 
dren, born at Newark: Joseph R., July 30, 
1766: Matthias, 1768; David, mentioned be- 
low : Robert. 

(IN) David, son of John (5) Plume, was 
born at Newark, 1769, died there August 27, 
1835. He was a prosperous farmer. He mar- 
ried Matilda Cook. Children, born at New- 
ark: Margaret, 1795; Robert, mentioned be- 
low ; Amzi, married Phebe Peach ; James C., 
born 1801, married Anna Maria Ross. 

(X) Robert (3), son of David Plume, was 
born in 1799, at Newark, New Jersey. Early 
in life he learned the trade of carriage maker, 
and came to North Haven, Connecticut, to 
follow his trade. After his marriage he re- 
turned to Newark to live. He married Au- 
relia Hulse, a descendant of the Barnes family, 
one of the prominent families of North Haven. 

(XI) David Scott, son of Robert (3) 
Plume, was born at New Haven. Connecticut, 
August 22, 1829. He received his early educa- 
tion in Lovell's Lancastrian School, and after 
the return of the family to N'ewark, in 1835, 
attended a private school in that city. When 
he was fifteen years old he entered the employ 
of a manufacturer of brass goods at N^ewark, 
to learn the business. He won promotion 
rapidly, and soon occupied positions of large 
responsibility. When he was twenty-two years 
old, in 1852, he embarked in business for him- 
self as a brass manufacturer in Newark, with 



a store in New York City, Waterbury being 
the centre of brass manufacturing at that 
time, and in the course of his business he came 
to know the manufacturers there. In 1866 he 
bought an interest in the Thomas Manufac- 
turing Company, at Plymouth Hollow, Con- 
necticut (now Thomaston), and removed to 
that village to take charge of the plant. In 
1869 he was one of the founders of the Plume 
& Atwood Manufacturing Company, of Water- 
bury. It was a joint stock company, and his 
associates were Israel Holmes. John C. Booth, 
Lewis J. Atwood. Aaron Thomas, George W. 
Welton and Burr Tucker. The name origin- 
ally adopted was the Holmes, Booth & At- 
wood Manufacturing Company, but on Jan- 
uary I, 1871, this was changed to its present 
form, the Plume & Atwood Alanufacturing 
Company. Israel Holmes was the first presi- 
dent, John C. Booth secretary, and Mr. Plume 
treasurer. Soon afterward the company 
bought the Hayden & Griggs Manufacturing 
Company, and in June following purchased 
the brass rolling mill of the Thomas Manu- 
facturing Company, at Thomaston. The capi- 
tal stock was then $400,000. During the same 
year the erection of the factory on Banks street 
was begun. This plant and that at Thomaston 
have both been enlarged from time to time, 
and the cnn'^eni has held its place among the 
foremost brass manufacturers of the country. 
It manufactures sheet brass, brass wire, lamp 
burners and trimmings, copper rivets, pins and 
similar goods. After the death of ^Ir. Holmes, 
in July. 1874, Mr. Booth was elected presi- 
dent and Lewis J. Atwood secretary. The 
company was incorporated by the general as- 
sembly in January, 1880. .After the death 
of ;\Ir. Booth, in July, 1886. Burr Tucker was 
elected presirlent, and Robert H. Swavze, of 
New York City, secretary. Mr. Plume con- 
tinued as treasurer of the concern. Mr. Plume 
was also treasurer of the American Ring Com- 
pany, another of the great manufacturing con- 
cerns of Waterbury. He removed his resi- 
dence from Thomaston to Waterbury in 1873. 
In politics he was a Whig until the civil war, 
and afterward a Republican. He never sought 
public office, however, though he held a num- 
ber of places of trust and honor. He repre- 
sented the town in the general assembly in 
1876, and was re-elected in 1878. He ranked 
easily among the foremost men of the city 
in business and civil life. He was a director 
of the New York & New England Railroad 
Company, formerly the Hartford, Providence 
& Fishkill railroad, and now a part of the 
New York, New Haven & Hartford system. 
Mr. Plume was one of the organizers of the 
Waterbury Horse Railroad Company, and held 

the office of president from the time of in- 
corporation until it was merged with the 
Waterbury Traction Company. The Connec- 
ticut Electric Company was the first to furnish 
electricity for lighting and power in Water- 
bury, and he was elected its president when 
it was organized, in 1884. The Waterbury 
Traction Company came into existence in 1894, 
of which he was president, and after it was 
merged with the Connecticut Street Railway 
and Lighting Company he was a director and 
vice-president of the corporation. He was 
also the most active associate of Mr. Young in 
building the first telephone exchange in Water- 
bury, and the original company afterward be- 
came part of the Southern New England sys- 
tem. When the Colonial Trust Company was 
incorporated lie was made president, which 
office he held till the time of his death. He 
was a director of the Phoenix Mutual Life 
Insurance Company, of Hartford, and of the 
Waterbury Hospital. Mr. Plume was a mem- 
ber of the Union League Club, of New York 
City ; also the Waterbury Club and the Home 
Club, of Waterbury. He was a communicant 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He mar- 
ried, October 16, 1855, Abbie Cornelia Rich- 
ardson, of Newark. Children: Frank Cam- 
eron, (q.v. ) : David N., died September, 1899; 
Emily .Mansfield, married John Gary Evans, 
formerly governor of South Carolina. 

(XII) Frank Cameron, son of David Scott 
Plume, was born at Waterbury, August 7, 
1856. He married, July 7, 1880, Sarah An- 
drews, born in Waterbury, September 11, 
1852, daughter of General Stephen Wright 
Kellogg (see Kellogg IX). He was educated 
in the public schools and became associated 
with his father in business. Children : Ste- 
phen Kellogg, born at Waterbury, May 16, 
1881, mentioned below; Angus Cameron, born 
at Thomaston, July 13, 1884, died December 
8, igo^. 

(XIII) Stephen Kellogg, son of Frank 
Cameron Plume, was born at Waterbury, May 
16, 1881. He attended the Taft School, at 
Watertown, and the Holbrook Military School. 
He became associated with his grandfather 
in the Plume & Atwood Manufacturing Com- 
pany, and is now general manager of the 
Thomaston plant. His home is in Waterbury. 
He is a director of the Thomaston National 
Bank and of the Plume & Atwood Manufac- 
turing Company. In politics he is an active 
and influential Republican. He is unmarried. 

(IV) John Kellogg, son of 

KELLOGG Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg 

(q. v.), was baptized in Farm- 

ington, December 29, 1656, and married, in 



Hadley, Massachusetts, December 23, 1680, 
Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Dem- 
ing) Moody. She was born 1660, died in 
Farmington. September 10, 1689. He mar- 
ried (second) Ruth , who survived him, 

and died after 1732. He Hved in Farmington 
and Hadley, and succeeded to the ferry in the 
latter town, which had been formerly operated 
by his father. In 1720 his name appears in a 
list of those owning the largest estates in Had- 
ley. At that time his estate was valued at 
one hundred and fourteen pounds sixteen shil- 
lings. He lived at one time in the Hopkins 
school house in Hadley. Children, of first 
wife, born in Hadley: Sarah, May 2, 1682; 
John, March 21, 1684, died March. 1691 ; Jos- 
eph, November 6, 1685. mentioned below; 
Samuel, April i, 1687; son, born and died 
September 9, 1689. Children of second 
wife: Ruth, April 5, 1693, died November 15, 
1705: Joanna, June 12, 1694; Esther, Feb- 
ruary 17, 1696; Abigail, September 26, 1697; 
John, October 26, 1699; James, July 10, 1701. 

(V) Joseph, son of John Kellogg, was born 
November 6, 1685, in Hadley, married, March 
15, 171 1, Abigail, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Abigail (Broughton) Smith, born July 11, 
1688. He was a weaver by trade and lived 
in South Hadley. Several years after his death 
his son John was appointed administrator of 
his estate. Children, born in South Hadley : 
Abgail, December 8, 171 1 ; Sarah, January 8, 
1714: Ebenezer, December 26, 1715: Ruth, 
Januar)- 18, 1717; Martha, May 21. 1720; 
Esther, September ig, 1722; Joseph, Decem- 
ber 24, 1724; John, (Dctober 13, 1727: Rachel, 
September 15, 1730; Jabez, February 11. 1734, 
mentioned below; Eunice, December 4, 1736. 

(VI) Jabez, son of Joseph Kellogg, was 
born February 11, 1734. He was a private in 
Captain Samuel Smith's company, which 
marched from South Hadley to the relief of 
Fort William Henry, August, 1757, served 
thirteen days, travelled one hundred and eighty 
miles ; also in Captain Elijah Smith's com- 
pan\'. Colonel Israel ^"i'liains' regiment, in 
the expedition against Canada at Crown Point, 
April 26 to December 7, 1759; furnished him- 
self with arms. He served in the revolution. 
Captain Kendricks' company, Colonel Lovell's 
regiment, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1776, 
as corporal ; Captain Chapin's company. Col- 
onel Porter's regiment, September 24 to Octo- 
ber 4, 1777, sergeant; Captain Wait's com- 
pany. Colonel Woodbridge's regiment. Ben- 
nington Alarm. .A.ugust, 1777. private. In 
1875 '1^ removed to Hanover. New Hampshire, 
and died there. 1791. He married Abigail 
Catlin, who died in Hanover, 1788. Children 
born in South Hadlev : Phineas, January 6, 

1759; Enos, July 28, 1761 ; Jabez, April 22, 
1763; Julian, September 27, 1765, mentioned 
below; Noadiah, October 26, 1767; Joseph, 
February 26, 1770; Abigail, March 20, 1772; 
Erastus, October 27, 1774, died May 12, 1775; 
Erastus, April 4, 1776; John, November 17, 
1778; Rachel, July 23, 1781. 

(VII) Julian, son of Jabez Kellogg, was 
born in South Hadley, September 2-, 1765, 
married, February 14, 1788, Molly, daughter 
of Lieutenant Jacob and Mary (Kellogg) 
Pool. She was born February i, 1771. Her 
father, Jacob Pool, was an officer in the revo- 
lution, and died of smallpox in the early part 
of the war. Her mother, Mary (Kellogg) 
Pool, was the daughter of Stephen and Martha 
(Wells) Kellogg, and was baptized July 30, 
1753' in Colchester, Connecticut. Martha 
Wells was the daughter of Jonathan and Mary 
(Newton) Wells, of Colchester. Her mother 
married (second) Captain John Fellows, born 
1 75 1, son of Deacon Samuel and Eunice 

Fellows, of Harvard. Massachusetts. 

Her grandfather, Stephen Kellogg, was the 
son of Jonathan, born December 25, 1679, in 
Hadley; married. January 3, 171 1, Ann, 
daughter of James Newton, of Kingston, 
Rhode Island, born April 13, 1692. in Col- 
chester, died August 14, 1769. Her great- 
grandfather. Jonathan Kellogg, was a son of 
Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg. Julian Kellogg 
was a blacksmith by trade, and when sixteen 
years of age, removed to Shelburne, where he 
learned his trade of Major Nash. He was a 
representative to the general court in 1808. 
From the public prints of the day we read : 
"His character was reputable and his life use- 
ful. In his death the church lost a cordial 
friend, and the town a valuable inhabitant." 
He died in Shelburne, August 4. 1813; and his 
wife in Bernardston. 'Massachusetts. Septem- 
ber 7, 1833. Children, born in Shelburne: 
Abigail, November 12, 1788; Polly, Decem- 
ber 10. 1790; Jacob Pool, February 16, 1793; 
Elam, July 14, 1795; Henry, April 26, 1797; 
Julia, March 10, 1799; John, December 10, 
1800; Rachel, April 14. 1802, died January 
22. 1803; Samuel Otway. July 22. 1809. died 
[ul\- 12. rS[o: Mar\- Al)i;;ail. August 24. 

(VIII) Jacob Pool, son of Julian Kellogg, 
was born February 16, 1793, in Shelburne, 
married, October 20, 1820, Lucy Prescott, 
daughter of Stephen, born May 24, 1764, and 
Sarah (Prescott) Wright, born March 31, 
1765. She was born August 4, 1795. in Ashby, 
Massachusetts. He was a farmer by occupa- 
tion and Hved in Shelburne, where both he and 
his wife died. He died October 6. 1843, his 
wife. Ma\' 2v 1882. aged eightv-seven. Cliil- 



dren : Stephen Wright, born April 5, 1822, 
mentioned hclow ; Ai. February 15, 1824; 
John, January 6, 1826, served with distinction 
in Mexican and civil wars, on General Sheri- 
dan's staff as chief of commissary, with rank 
of colonel; Sarah Prescott, born September 11, 

(iXi Gen. Stephen Wright Kellogg, son of 
Jacob Pool Kellogg, was bom April 5, 1822, 
in Shelburne. His early life was spent on his 
father's farm, where he worked in the sum- 
mer until twenty years old. After he was six- 
teen he taught school in the winter months, and 
attended an academy at Shelburne Falls for a 
short time. At the age of twenty he entered 
Amherst College, where he remained for two 
terms, then, at the beginning of the third term, 
entered Yale. He graduated from the latter 
in 1846. with one of the three highest honors 
of his class. In the fall of that year he be- 
came principal of an academy in Winchendon, 
Massachusetts, but the following winter re- 
turned to New Haven and entered the Yale 
Law School. In June, 1848, he was admitted 
to the New Haven bar, and immediately 
opened an office in Naugatuck, where he re- 
mained until 1854. In that year he was elect- 
ed judge of probate for the Waterbury dis- 
trict, which included Naugatuck, and removed 
to Waterbury. where he has since had his law 
office. In 1851 he was clerk of the Connecti- 
cut senate ; 1853 a member of the senate from 
the Waterbury district, and in 1856 a member 
of the house. In 1854 he was appointed by the 
legislature judge of the New Haven county 
court, and held the office of judge of probate 
for seven years. From i866-6g he was city 
att(^rne\-. ruid durin;; that lime secured the 
first legislation for supplying the city with 
water. From 1877 to 1883 he was again city 
attorney, and drew up a bill for the establish- 
ment of a sewerage system for the city, pro- 
curing its passage by the legislature. In i860 
he was a delegate to the Republican national 
convention, and a member of the committee in 
that convention which drew up the "platform" 
upon which Abraham Lincoln was first elected 
president. He was also a delegate to the na- 
tional conventions of 1868-76, and in the latter 
chairman of the Connecticut delegation. In 
the civil war, from 1863 to 1866, he was col- 
onel of the Second Regiment of the Connecti- 
cut National Guard, and from 1866 to 1870, 
brigadier-general. In 1869 he was elected to 
the forty-first congress and re-elected in 1871- 
73. During his six years of service in con- 
gress he was a member of the committees on 
the judiciary, patents, war claims and Pacific 
railroads, and chairman of the committee on 
civil service reform in the forty-third. He was 

thought to be one of the best representatives 
the district ever had, with a peculiar aptitude 
for the practical side of legislation. Since the 
organization of the Bronson library in 1S68 he 
has been one of the agents, and while in con- 
gress succeeded in making it one of the six 
depositories in the state for the valuable publi- 
cations of the government. Since his retire- 
ment from congress Mr. Kellogg has devoted 
himself to the practice of his profession. He 
has never lost his interest in public affairs, and 
has frequently written articles for the press 
upon political and other subjects of interest. 

He married, September 10, 1851, Lucia, 
daughter of Major Andre Andrews, born July 
8. 1782, and Sarah iMehitable Hosmer, born 
August 4. 1794, and granddaughter of Chief 
Justice Hosmer, of Middletown. She was 
born March 11, 1829, in Buffalo, New York. 
Children, born in Waterbury : Sarah Andrews, 
September 11. 1852, married Frank Cameron 
Plume (see Plume XII) ; Lucy Wright, Janu- 
ary 14. 1855: Frank Woodruff, July 26, 1857; 
John Prescott, March 31, i860 ; Elizabeth Hos- 
mer, March 14, 1864; Stephen Wright, March 
S. 1S66; Charles Poole. .April 27. 1868. 

Thomas Brush, the immigrant an- 
BRUSH cestor, was born in England 
about 1610 and came to this 
country before 1653, in which year he is re- 
corded as owning a lot in Southold, Suffolk 
county. Long Island. In 1656 he witnessed 
a will in Southold and attended a town meet- 
ing there in 1660. October, 1660. it was agreed 
that "Gudman Brush" shall keep "the ordi- 
nary." He was made a freeman of Connecti- 
cut in 1664. In 1656 or 1657 he removed to 
Huntington. Long Island, having "sold his 
home at Southold to Thomas Mapes, his wife 
Rebecca assenting." About 1665 he with two 
others was sent by the "Inhabitants of Hunt- 
ington with an Indian called Chickinoe to The 
South ?iIeadow" to find and fix the boundaries 
of a piece of land bought from the Massa- 
pague Indians. This land was South Neck, 
and upon it was a marked tree which was to 
serve as a witness to the bargain. The white 
men met there some twenty Indians with their 
sachem, who was at first very reluctant to 
conclude the transaction. They finally agreed 
to point out the tree, however. Thomas Brush 
was ahead of the other white men, and went 
past the said tree without noticing it. "Then 
an Indian called him backe and shewed him." 
He was one of the proprietors of Hunting- 
ton in 1672. He was also chosen one of the 
overseers of the town and finally constable. 
He exercised his authority in the latter posi- 
tion when the town, February 21, 1670, "refuse 



to Repair the Fort" at Xew York because they 
felt deprived of the liberties of Englishmen. 

His wife was Rebecca, daughter of John 
Conkling or Conclyne, who was said to "have 
come from Xottinghamshire. England. He 
was received as an inhabitant of Salem, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 14, 1640, and had four 
acres of land allotted to him in 1649. He was 
an active man, who "Identified himself with 
every new enterprise with zeal and energy, and 
soon became the cynosure of all the village." 
He moved later to Southold, and about 1660 
to Huntington, where he is numbered among 
the founders of the town. He is believed to 
have been born about 1600. 

Thomas Brush died in 1675 and his son 
Thomas administered upon his estate in 1677. 
It was valued at 306 pounds, which was a very 
fair sum for those times. Children : Thomas ; 
Richard, mentioned below : John, born about 
1650, and Rebecca, married February 8, 1682, 
Jeremiah Hobart or Hubbard. 

(II) Richard, son of Thomas Brush, settled 
on West Xeck, on the south shore of Lloyd's 
Harbor. This property remained in the pos- 
session of his descendants until 1898. Like his 
father, he was a town officer, a commissioner 
to lay out lands and roads, and in 1683 one of 
the seven trustees annually elected under the 
new patent. He married Hannah or Joanna 
Corey. Following a common practice of his 
time he divided his real estate among his sons 
during his life-time. In 1700, he gave a farm 
to his son Thomas, with the consent of his 
wife. In 1709 he gave Richard and Thomas 
"meadows and uplands," and in 1710 his son 
Robert his home lot with other property in- 
cluding one-half one hundred pound right of 
commonage. Children : Richard ; Thomas ; 
Robert, mentioned below, and Reuben, mar- 
ried February 11, 1739. 

(III) Robert, son of Richard Brush, was 
born in 1685 and married. He was also a 
town trustee, and when a new meeting house 
was built was among the most liberal sub- 
scribers, giving the sum of twenty pounds. He 
was e.xecutor of the will of Jeremiah Hub- 
bard Jr., his nephew, in 1730. He had four 
-nns. of wiioni Reulien married i\ulh Wo ids, 
February 11, 1739, and was a prominent citi- 
zen; anri Jonathan, mentioned below. 

(IV) Jonathan, son of Robert Brush, was 
born and lived at Huntington. Long Island. 
He married Elizabeth Smith. Among their 
children was Joshua, mentioned below. 

(\'') Joshua, son of Jonathan Brush, was 
born at Huntington and always lived there. 
He marrierl Margaret Ireland, of West Hills. 
Long Island. .Among their children was 
Philip, mentioned below. 

(\T) Philip, son of Joshua Brush, was born 
at Huntington and lived in that town. He mar- 
ried Ruth Brush, a distant relative. Among 
their children was Jarvis, mentioned below. 

(VII) Jarvis, son of Philip Brush, was born 
January 6, 1797, and died in 1883. He was 
a merchant in Brooklyn until 1835, when he 
retired from business and made his home at 
Danbury. Connecticut, but in 1841 returned 
to Brooklyn to live. He married Sarah 
Keeler, born at Ridgefield, Fairfield county, 
Connecticut, June, 1797, daughter of Timothy 
and Luranv (DeForest) Keeler. Children: 
Joseph Beale Brush, merchant in Xew York, 
born September 2^. 1828, died July 23, 
1869: George Jarvis, of whom further. 

(VIII) George Jarvis, son of Jarvis Brush, 
was born in Brooklyn, X^ew York, December 
15, 183 1. He received his early education in 
the schools of Danbury, Connecticut, where 
his father moved in 1835, and in Brooklyn, to 
which he returned in 1841. It was not. how- 
ever, until 1846, when he was sent to a school 
in West Cornwall, Connecticut, that he had 
an opportunity to pay any special attention to 
science. This school was kept by Mr. Theo- 
dore S. Gold, who was an enthusiastic stu- 
dent of mineralogy, botany and of various 
other departments of natural history, and he 
not only gave instructions to his pupils in 
these subjects but succeeded in inspiring them 
with a taste for them. Although young Brush 
was at this place only six months, he remained 
long enough to acquire a fondness for natural 
science, which in the end resulted in changing 
his course in life. He intended to pursue a 
business career, and, accordingly, on leaving 
the school at West Cornwall entered, in the 
latter part of 1846, the counting-house of a 
merchant in Maiden Lane, Xew York City. 
There he remained for nearly two years, but 
the taste for scientific study already acquired 
did not desert him, and in particular he took 
advantage of every opportunity that came in 
his way to go ofif upon mitieralogical excur- 
sions. .^ severe illness that befell him in 1848 
rendered it necessary that he should abandon 
the mercantile profession and it was decided 
that he should take up in its place the life of 
a farmer. 

Just about this time Professor John P. Xor- 
ton returned from England and Holland, and 
in conjunction with Professor Silliman Jr., 
opened at Yale College a laboratory for the 
purpose of practical instructon in the applica- 
tions of science to the arts and to agriculture. 
At the same time he began a course of lec- 
tures on agriculture and agricultural chemis- 
try. To attend these lectures, to fit himself 
as thoroughly as possible for the life of a 



farmer. Professor Brush, not as yet seventeen 
years old, repaired to New Haven in October, 
1848. This event changed his career. He 
came to attend a single course of lectures on 
agriculture. He remained two years as a stu- 
dent of chemistry and mineralogy. In Oc- 
tober, 1850, he went to Louisville. Kentucky, 
as assistant to Benjamin Silliman Jr., who had 
been elected Professor of Chemistry in the 
university of that city. There he remained 
the following winter, and in i\Iarch. 1851, 
made one of the party who accompanied the 
elder Silliman on a somewhat extended tour 
in Europe. Returning to Louisville in the au- 
tumn of that year he continued acting in his 
old capacity until the spring of 1852, when he 
returned to New Haven. .\t the time he was 
student, no degrees were granted by the col- 
lege merely for proficiency in science. There 
was a general feeling that the pursuit of it, 
like the pursuit of virtue, was its own reward. 
But throu- h the exertions of Prof. Norton 
the corporation of the college voted to create 
the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy and to 
grant it to those of the old students in the de- 
partment of science who would come back and 
pass a satisfactory examination. Accordingly, 
Mr. Brush returned, and after undergoing ex- 
amination received, with five others, at the 
commencement of 1852 the degree of Ph. B., 
the first time it was gi\-en h_\- the cone2;e. 

The academic year 1852-53 was now spent 
by him at the L^niversity of Virginia, where 
he was employed as assistant in the chemical 
department. Here he was associated with 
Professor J. Lawrence Smith in a series of 
special studies, the object of which was to re- 
examine a number of American minerals 
which had been described as new species. The 
results of their joint investigations were pub- 
lished in the fifteenth and sixteenth volumes 
of the American Journal of Science, second 
series. At the end of the academic year Pro- 
fessor Brush went to New York, where he was 
associated with Professor Silliman Jr., in 
charge of the mining and mineral department 
of the L'niversal Exposition held that year in 
the city. But he now began to feel the neces- 
sity of pursuing his studies to an extent \\ hich 
he was not able to do in this country, especially 
at that time. Accordingly, in 1853 he sailed 
for Europe, and during one year at the L'ni- 
versity of ]\Lmich devoted himself to chemistry 
and mineralogy under Liebig, Von Kobell and 
Pettenkofer. The year following — that of 
1854-55 — he spent at the Royal Alining Acad- 
emy in Freiberg, Saxony. 

just about this time an effort was being 
made at New Haven to put the scientific 
department of Yale College in a more 

satisfactory position than it had previously 
held. To building it up Professor Norton 
had sacrificed time and money, and at 
last his life; and after the loss it sus- 
tained in his early death it for a while con- 
tinued to exist rather than to live. Outside 
of a very small circle nobody cared for it, and 
it might at any moment have dropped entirely 
out of being and the larger portion of the 
academic world would not have known enough 
of it even to regret its death. Modern sci- 
ence is so aggressive, it occupies so prominent 
a position both in the theory and practice of 
education, that it is hard for us now to realize 
how low was the estimation in which it was 
held in this country even less than thirty years 
ago. The academic department of Yale Col- 
lege numbered at that period among its faculty 
the names of some men of science who were 
held in honor throughout the country. Their 
reputation, in fact, rather overshadowed that 
of most of their colleagues in other branches. 
Still, so strong was the influence of ancient 
tr.Tflitio'i that the pre\'ai!irg college sentiment 
reflected the views and feelings of the past and 
very little those of the present; it did not begin 
to have even a conception of what was in store 
in the future. The student might or might 
not learn Latin and Greek, but whichever was 
the case he left the institution with a profound 
respect for them both, and usually the degree 
of his respect was fairly proportioned to the 
degree of his ignorance. It was not at all so 
in the case of the natural sciences, in spite of 
the eninericre of snnie of the processors. Nor 
in the academic body as a whole was there 
then the least comprehension of what may be 
termed the solidarity of studies — that com- 
munity of honor and dishonor in which they 
share, which renders it impossible for any one 
of them to be unduly depreciated without hav- 
ing some injurious effect upon the development 
of all the rest. 

Still the necessity of doing something more 
than had been done was beginning to be felt, 
and in a feeble way efforts were put forth to 
prepare for what the blindest could not fail 
to see was the inevitable. In 1854 an attempt 
was made at organization. The scattered in- 
struction given by individual professors was 
brought together in the catalogue though no- 
where else, and an institution under the some- 
what imposing name of the Yale Scientific 
School existed at least on paper. There was 
then no money to endow it ; it is safe to say 
that, had there been, none would have been 
voted. But in one respect the corporation did 
a service to the new department they had cre- 
ated, greater than could have been rendered by 
any pecuniary assistance that lay in their 



power. At the commencement of 1855 they 
elected Mr. Brush to a prcTessorship. 

He was first offered the chair of mining and 
metalkirgy, but this he decHned as embracing 
too much and the title was hmited to that of 
metalkirgy alone. This, several years after, 
was e.xchanged for that of mineralogy. To 
qualify himself still further for the position, 
the newly-elected Professor went in the au- 
tumn of 1855 to London, where he pursued 
his studies in the Royal School of Klines. The 
following year he made an extended tour 
through the mines and smelting works of Eng- 
land, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Germany and 
Austria. In December, 1836, he returned to 
this country, and in January, 1857, he entered 
upon the duties of his professorship. 

From this time on the history of Professor 
Brush has been the history of the special sci- ■ 
entific department of Yale College, which in 
1861, owing to the liberal benefactions of Mr. 
Joseph E. Sheffield, received the name of Shef- 
field Scientific School. He came to it while it 
was not only without reputation, but without 
appreciation or expectation. He came to it 
while it was poor beyond even that decent pov- 
erty which apparently belongs, in the nature of 
things, to institutions of learning, while it was 
in a state so unorganized that as a whole it 
could hardly be said to have a being at all. 
It exhibited, indeed, a good deal of life in the 
college catalogue but beyond that its vitality 
did not extend. There was vigor enough in 
certain of its departments, especially in that of 
civil engineering, under the charge of Profes- 
sor William A. Norton, but in such cases it 
was a vigor due to the energy of the individual 
instructor and therefore almost certain to dis- 
appear whenever he disappeared. To bring 
these scattered units into an organic whole, to 
build up a complete and consistent scheme of 
scientific education, which should have both 
definite and lofty aims, which should train men 
thoroughly in scientific methods, and which 
should continue to exist by its own inherent 
vitality after the men who established it should 
have passed away — all this became by degrees 
the main work of Professor Brush's life. His 
energy, his judgment, his executive capacity 
and his devotion soon gave him the leading fli- 
rection in the affairs of the institution. He 
was for a long period its secretary: he ha? al- 
ways been its treasurer, and when, in 1872, a 
more formal organization of its faculty was 
felt to be desirable, he was elected as its presid- 
ing officer, a position which he re- 
tained until his retirement in 1898. Others 
have done their part toward developing 
various departments of the school, but its 
growth, as a whole, and the position which it 

has acquired among scientific institutions, 
whatever that position may be, has been due 
to him very much more than to any other one 
man connected with it. None are more willing 
to admit this than the colleagues who have co- 
operated with him, and it is a gratification for 
them to have an opportunity of saying here, 
without his knowledge, what would never be 
suffered to be printed were it submitted to his 

Nor has Professor Brush been idle in his 
special work, in spite of the exhausting de- 
mands made upon his time and thought by 
the management of the Sheffield Scientific 
School. The series of investigations made 
by him on American minerals, in con- 
junction with Professor J. Lawrence Smith, 
have already been mentioned. He co- 
operated with Professor Dana in the 
preparation of the fifth edition of his 
treatise on "Descriptive Mineralogy" published 
in 186S, and an account of his special 
services in connection with that will be found 
stated in the author's preface. To the two 
editions preceding, as well as to this one. he 
contributed analyses of minerals. He also 
edited the eighth, ninth and tenth supplements 
to the fourth edition, as well as the appendix 
to the fifth, published in 1872. In 1875 he 
brought out also a "Manual of Determinative 
Mineralogy and Blowpipe Analysis." In ad- 
dition to these he has been a constant con- 
tributor to the American Journal of Science, 
as will be seen by the following list 
of articles furnished by him to that 
periodical, second series. "Analyses of 
American Spodumene ;" "'On the Chemical 
Composition of Clitonite (Seybertite) ;" "On a 
New Test for Zirconia:" "On Prosopite ;" "On 
the Chemical Composition of Antigorite;" "On 
Dechcnite and Eusynchite ;" "Note on Para- 
thorite :" "Chemical Composition of Chalco- 
dite;" "Analyses of Gieseckite ( ?) from Diana, 
Compact Pyrophillite. L'nionite, Danbury Feld- 
spar;" "Chemical Examination of Boltonite;" 
"On Crystalline Hydrate of Magnesia;" "On 
.Ambtygonite from Maine ;" "On Tfiphylins 
from Norwich, Massachusetts ;" "On Children- 
ite from Hebron, Maine :" "On the Tucson 
Meteoric Iron;" "On Tephroite;" "On Arti- 
ficial Diopside ;" "On Cookeite and Jefferis- 
ite :" "On Native Hydrates of Iron :" "On Sus- 
sexite;" "On Hortonolite ;" "On Durangite :" 
"On a Meteoric Stone from Frankfort, Ala- 
bama ;" "On Magmetite in the Pennsville 
Mica." Third Series : "On Gahnite from New 
Jersey :" "On Ralstonite ;" "On Compact An- 
glesite ;" "On Durangite ;" "On American 
Sulphoselenides of Mercury." 

In 1878 a new and remarkable mineral lo- 


1 701 

cality at Branchville, Fairfield county, Con- 
necticut, was discovered, and in connection 
with Professor Edward S. Dana. Professor 
Brush produced a series of papers in the 
American Journal of Science, (third series, 
vol. XV. pp. 398, 481; vol. XVI, pp. 33, 114; 
vol. XVII, p. 359; vol. XVIII, p. 45, and vol. 
XIX. p. 310). and in them are described the 
new phosphates — Eosphorite, Triploidite. Dic- 
kinsonite, Lithophilite, Reddingite. Fairfieldite 
and Fillowite. In conjunction also with Pro- 
fessor E. S. Dana he contributed to the same 
journal a memoir on "Spodumene and Its Al- 
terations" (XX, 257), and a paper on "Cry- 
stallized Danburite from Russell, New York" 

In 1862 Professor Brush was a correspond- 
ing member of the Royal Bavarian Academy 
of Sciences; in 1866 a member of the Imperial 
Mineralogical Society of St. Petersburg, and 
in 1877 a foreign correspondent of the Geo- 
logical Society of London. He is also a mem- 
ber of the American Philisophical Society, of 
the National Academy of Sciences, and of 
various other scientific bodies in this country. 
In 1880, at the meeting of the American Asso- 
ciation for the Advancement of Science held 
at Boston, he was elected its president for the 
following year, and in that capacity presided 
over the meeting held in August, 1881, at Cin- 
cinnati. He was director of the Sheffield Sci- 
entific School from 1872 to 1898 and received 
the degree of LL. D. from Harvard in 1886. 
After his retirement in 1S98 he was made 
professor emeritus of mineralogy in Yale Uni- 
versity. He is still president of the hoard of 
trustees of the Sheffield .Scientific School, and 
also one of the trustees of the Peahody 
Mtiseum of Yale University. 

He married, in 1864, Harriet Silliman, 
daughter of John Trumbull, who was the 
grandson of the first Governor of Connecticut. 
Children: i. Sarah, married Professor Ed- 
ward Thompkins McLaughlin, professor of 
English at Yale College. 2. Eliza, married 
Louis G. Pirsson, professor, a graduate of 
Yale College, Sheffield Scientific School. 3. 
Bertha, married Rev. Edward L. Parson, of 
South Derkelev, California ; three chililren. 

Thomas Barbour or Barber, 
BARBOLTR the immigrant ancestor, came 

to New England in the ship, 
"Christian." March 16, 1634. He settled in 
Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635, at the age of 
twenty-one, with the Saltonstall party, under 
Francis Stiles. He was a soldier in the Pe- 
quot fight. He married, October 7, 1640, Jane 

• , who died September 10, 1662. He died 

September 11, 1662. Children: i. John, bap- 

tized July 24, 1642; married (first) Bathsheba 
Coggins; (second) Widow Hannah Bancroft. 
2. Thomas, see forward. 3. Sarah, baptized 
July ig, 1646; married Timothy Hall. 4. Sam- 
uel, baptized October i, 1648; married (first) 
Mary Coggins; (second) Ruth Drake. 5. 
Mercy, baptized October 12, 1651 ; married 
(first) John Gillett ; (second) George Norton. 
6. Tosiah, born February 5, 1653-54 ; married 
(first) Abigail Loomis; (second) Sarah (Por- 
ter) Drake. 

(II) Lieutenant Thomas (2) Barber, son of 
Thomas (i) and Jane Barber, was born July 
14, 1644, died May 10, 1713. He removed to 
Simsbury, and was a carpenter by trade, build- 
ing the first meeting house there. He mar- 
ried. December 17. 1663. Mary, who died in 
16S7. dau' hter of William and Mary (Dover) 
Phelps, the immigrants. Children : John, 
born November i, 1664, married Mary Hol- 
comb; Mary, born January 11, 1666; Sarah, 
born July 12, 1669, married Andrew Robe; 
Toanna. born idTO. married (first) Io-;iah .\d- 
kins, (second) Benjamin Colt; Thomas, bom 
October 7, 1671, married Abigail Buell; Sam- 
uel, see forward ; Ann, married Jonathan 

(III) Samuel, son of Lieutenant Thomas 
(2) and .Mary (Phelps) Barber, was born 
May 17, 1673, died December 18. 1725. He 
married, December 17, 1712, Sarah Holcomb, 
born 1691, died 1787, aged ninety-six, daugh- 
ter of Nathaniel and Mary (Bliss) Holcomb. 
She removed from the old parish to West 
Simsbury in 1738 with her four sons, Samuel, 
Thomas, Jonathan and John, and daughters, 
Mercv and Sarah, the sons settling on the best 
land in the "centre school district." They 
were among the earliest and most prominent 
settlers of West Simsbury. Children : i. Sam- 
uel, born 1 714; married (first) Tryphena 
Humphrey; (second) Hannah (Humphrey) 
Case. 2. Thomas, born 1716; married Eliza- 
beth Adams. 3. Jonathan, born 1717; mar- 
ried Jemima Cornish. 4. John, see forward. 
5. Sarah, born April i, 1722; married John 
Case. 6. Mercy, married Ephraim Buell, Jr. 

(IV) John, son of Samuel and Sarah (Hol- 
comb) Barber, was born December 4, 1719, 
died December 27. 1797. He married, Jan- 
uary 22, 1746-47, Lydia Reed, who was born 
November 18, 1726, died October i, 1806, 
a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hill) 
Reed. Children : Lydia, born December 26, 
1747, married Samuel Olcott ; John, see for- 
ward; Reuben, born December 7, 1751, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Case; Sarah, born July i, 1754, 
died .'Kpril 15, 1761 ; Rhoda, born April 25, 
1756, died June i, 1761 ; Benjamin, born 
March 3, 1760, married Lydia Case; Jona- 



than, born 1763, married Abi Merrell ; Abel, 
born 1765, married Chloe Case. 

(V) John (2), son of John (i) and Lydia 
(Reed) Barber, was born November 29, 1749. 
died November 3. 1825. He married, in 1773, 
Elizabeth Case, born April 20, 1752, died May 

26, 1817, daughter of Captain Josiah and 
Esther ( Higley) Case: Children: Infant, born 
1774, died same year; Elizabeth, born March 

27, 1775, married Roswell Barber: Rhoda, 
born 1777, married Gurdon Hurlbut: Cyntha, 
born .\larcii 1 1. 1775. married Chauncey Sadd : 
John, see forward; Abi, born Alarch 4, 1784, 
married (first) EHsha Case, (second) John 
Brown; Sylvia, born 1785, died 1786; Sylvia, 
bom 1787, married Dan Case; Luke, born 
1789. married (first) Clara Foote, (second) 
Lavinia Hosmer; Austin, born 1792, married 
Lucy Allen. 

(VI) John (3) Barbour, as the name is now 
spelled, son of John (2) and Elizabeth (Case) 
Barber, was born February 18, 1783, died No- 
vember 24, 1865. He married (first) October 
13, 1803. Delight Griswold Case, born October 
15, 1783, died April 13, 181 1, daughter of 
Elisha and Delight (Griswold) Case. Mar- 
ried (second). June 15, 1812, Fanny Hunt, 
born August 30, 1792, died November 6. 1858, 
daughter of George and Jemima (Hollister) 
Hunt. Children of first wife: i. Lucius, born 
July 26. 1805; see forward. 2. Eveline G., 
born July 22, 1807; married Abel G. Buell. 
3. Edwin Case, born May 26, 1810; married 
(first) Harriet Newel Hinman; (second) Wi- 
dow Ann Maria Hinkley. Children of second 
wife: 4. Selden, born (Jctober 5, 1813, died 
April 20. 1814. 5. Fanny Maria, born Febru- 
ary 7. 1815; married Lawrence S. Parker. 6. 
Fidelia Gates, bom March 16, 1817; married 
George C. Baldwin. 7. Herschell, born April 

I, 1819. died April 22, 1819. 8. Theodore 
Dwight, born June 28, 1820; married Angcline 
Dodge. 9. Silvia, born January 28. 1822. died 
February 12. 1822. 10. Goodrich Hollister, 
born June 28, 1824 ; married Harriet C. Ward. 

II. John Newton, born June 22, 1828: married 
Electa Houghton. 12. Theron Laselle. born 
February 20, 1832, died July 21, 1864, unmar- 
ried. 13. Juliet Louise, born September 28, 
1834; married (first) George Davis; (sec- 
ond) Hiram Peck; (third) Noel Mattison. 

(VII) Lucius (3), son of John and 
Delight Griswold (Case) Barbour, was 
born July 26, 1805, in Canton. Connecti- 
cut, died February 10. 1873. When about 
fourteen years old he went .with his 
parents to western New York. For a num- 
ber of years he traveled in the south and 
west, where he was en-^a"ed in hu'^ines^ and 
investing in western lands, especially in Indi- 

ana. He finally settled in ;Madison, Indiana, 
and engaged in the wholesale dry goods busi- 
ness. Afterwards he became interested in the 
same line in Cincinnati, Ohio. About 1845 he 
removed to Hartford, Connecticut, where he 
afterward lived, although he kept his business 
interests in the west. He possessed excellent 
business habits and ability and his efforts met 
with success. He was greatly esteemed by all 
who knew him. He was deacon of the Second 
Congregational Church of Hartford from 1858 
to 1865, and in the First Congregational 
Church from 1869 until his death. He was a 
trustee of the Hartford Theological Seminary, 
a director of the American Asylum for the 
Deaf and Dumb, and of the Charter Oak Bank. 
He married. April 23, 1840, Harriet Louise 
Day, born February 2. 1821, died September 
26, 1886, daughter of Deacon Albert and Har- 
riet I Chapini Day (see Day \T1). Children: 
Harriet Louise, born June 22, 1843, ^^'^^ No- 
vember 7, 1848; Lucius Albert, see forward; 
]\lary Adelia. born February 23, 1851. died 
March 6, 1851 ; Hattie Day, born July 18, 
i860, married Richard Storrs Barnes. 

(Mil) Lucius Albert Barbour, son of Lu- 
cius and Harriet Louise (Day) Barbour, was 
born January 26, 1846, at Aladison, Indiana, 
and came when young with his parents to 
Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the public 
schools and graduated from the high school in 
1864. Later he became teller in the Charter 
Oak Bank, resigning in 1870 to make an ex- 
tended tour of Europe. He enlisted .Septem- 
ber 9, 1865, in the Hartford City Guard, then 
attached to the First Regiment as P.attery D. 
His military advancements were rapifl, receiv- 
ing wide notice in the state. He was by na- 
ture a leader, well fitted for military honors. 
He resigned from the Guard in 1871. but re- 
turned some years later, and in February, 
1875, was chosen major of the First Regiment. 
He was elected lieutenant-colonel, December 
28, 1876, and was advanced to the command 
of the regiment, June 26, 1878. Colonel Bar- 
bour was in commanrl of the First Regiment 
at the Yorktown Centennial in 1881. and won 
a natirnal reputation by the splendid efficiency 
and discipline which his organization dis- 
pla\ed. In this connection the command vis- 
ited Charleston, South Carolina, and gained 
the highest military praise. Archibald Forbes, 
the celebrated London war correspondent, paid 
a high tribute to Colonel Barbour's command. 
Colonel Barbour was one of the most popular 
officers connected with the National Guard and 
his selection later as adjutant-general of the 
state met with popular approval throughout 
the state. He resigned as colonel, November 
12, 1884. In politics he is a Republican, and 



was a member of the house of representatives 
in 1879, and proved an efficient member of 
that body. He was prominently identified 
with "Battle Flag Day," being a member of 
the legislative committee which had charge of 
the arrangements. As a distinguished repre- 
sentative of the National Guard, he is honored 
throughout Connecticut. He was for many 
years president and treasurer of the Williman- 
tic Linen Company, of Willimantic, and has 
the reputation of being an able business man- 
ager. He is president of the Charter Oak Na- 
tional Bank of Hartford. He is a deacon of 
the Fir?t Congregational Church of Hartford. 
He married, February 8. 1877, at Brooklyn, 
New York, Harriet E. IBarnes, born December 
2, 1849, died Xoveni':er 8. 1899. daughter of 
Alfred Smith and Harriet EHzabeth (Burr) 
Barnes. Her father was the founder of the 
publishing house of A. S. Barnes & Company 
of New York City. Children: i. Lucius 
Barnes, born February I, 1878; married Char- 
lotte Cordelia Hilliard; children: Lucius Hil- 
Hard, born April 5, 1903; Alice Cordelia, torn 
April 30, 1907. 2. Harriet Burr, born July 22, 
1879; married George Ale.xander Phelps. 

Robert Day, immigrant ancestor, 
DAY came to New England in the ship, 

"Elizabeth," from Ipswich, Eng- 
land, to Boston. He was born about 1604. 
With him came his wife Mary, aged twenty- 
eight. He settled first in Cambridge, and was 
admitted a freeman. May 6, 1635. He re- 
moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where he 
was living as early as 1639 and was one of 
the first settlers there. He married (second) 
Editha Stebbins. sister of Deacon Edward 
Stebbins. He died in Hartford in 1648, aged 
forty-four. His widow married (second) 
Deacon John ]\Iaynard: married (third) in 
1658. Elizur Holyoke, of Springfield, and died 
there October 24, 1688. Children: i. Thomas, 
see forward. 2. John, married Sarah Butler. 
3. Sarah, married (first) Nathaniel Gunn ; 
(second) Samuel Kellogg. 4. ?>Iary, married 
(first) Samuel Ely; (second) Thomas Steb- 
bins; (third) John Coleman. 

(11) Thomas, son of Robert Day, married, 
October 27, 1659, Sarah, daughter of Lieuten- 
ant Thomas Cooper, who was killed when 
Springfield was burned by the Indians. He 
died in Springfield, December 27, 171 1. His 
will was dated May 29. 171 1, and proved 
March 25, 1712. His widow died November 
21, 1726. Children; i. Thomas, born March 
23, 1662; married Elizabeth IMerrick. 2. 
Sarah, born June 14, 1664; married John Burt. 
3. Mary, born December 15. 1666; married 
John ]\Ierrick. 4. John, born February 20, 

i66g, died August 6, 1670. 5. Samuel, see 
forward. 6. John, born September 20, 1673; 
married (first) Marah Smith; (second) Han- 
nah (Marsh) Kent. 7. Ebenezer, born Febru- 
ary 18. 1676, died June 12. 1676. 8. Ebenezer, 
born September 5, 1677; married Mercy 
Hitchcock. 9. Jonathan, born August 8, 1680; 
married IMercy Burt. 10. Abigail, born 1683 ; 
married (first) Samuel Warriner ; (second) 
Thomas Miller. 

(Ill) Samuel, son of Thomas and Sarah 
(Cooper) Day, was born [May 20, 1671, died 
October 19, 1729. He married. July 22, 1697, 
Marah Dumbleton, who died Alay 17, 1/59, 
daughter of John and Lydia (Leonard) Dum- 
bleton. Children; Samuel, born October 8, 
i6g8, married Martha Stebbins ; Josiah, see 
forward; Mary, born September 10, 1703, died 
October 24, 1703 ; Lydia, born August 2, 1706, 
married Miles ^[organ; Thomas, born August 
19, 1708, married Abigail Parsons; Marv, born 
March 19, 171 1, married Hezekiah Day; Abi- 
gail, born March 17, 1713, married Timothy 
Woodbridge; Aaron, born August 11, 1715, 
married (first) Sybil :\Iunson. (second) Su- 
sannah Stanley. 

(I\') Josiah. son of Samuel and r\Iarah 
(Dumbleton) Day, was born March 10, 1701, 
died January 15, 1770. He married (first), 
February 25, 1731. Elizabeth Bliss, born Feb- 
ruary II, 1704. died August 25, 1739. aged 
thirty-five, daughter of Peletiah and Elizabeth 
(Hitchcock) Bliss. He married (second), De- 
cember 24. 1748, Hannah Ingraham. He re- 
sided at West Springfield. Children ; Moses, 
born January 7, 1732, died January 27, 1742; 
Gideon, see forward ; Elizabeth, born January 
31, 1736, married Seth S. Coburn ; Aaron, 
born June 2, 1738, married Eunice Bliss. 

(V) Gideon, son of Josiah and Elizabeth 
(Bliss) Day, was born September 17, 1733. 
He resided several years in West Springfield, 
and afterwards removed to Westfield. ^lassa- 
chusetts. He married. December 9. 1762, Eliz- 
abeth Duncan, daughter of Samuel and Marv 
(Ingham) Duncan. Children; i. Moses, born 
October 23, 1763; married Polly Carew. 2. 
Jemima, born September 24, 1765; married 
Peter Rose. 3. Ambrose, see forward. 4. 
Asenath. born February 24, 1771, died unmar- 
ried. 5. Electa, born July 13, 1773; married 
Gains Searles. 6. JMartin, born March 22, 
1777; married ]\Iary Noble. 7. Calvin, born 
March 19, 1779; married Polly Farnham. 8. 
Gideon Bliss, born February' 8, 1781, died 

(VI) Ambrose, son of Gideon and Eliza- 
beth (Duncan) Day, was born Julv 7, 1767. 
He resided in Westfield. He married, Mav 5, 
1791, Mary (Pollv) Elv, who died February 



27, 1839, aged sixty-nine. Children : Ambrose, 
born Februar)' 9, 1792, married Sarah Spen- 
cer; Robert, born December 18, 1794; Albert, 
see forward; Mary, born October 26, 1801, 
married Alfred Topliff; Calvin, born Febru- 
ary 26, 1803. married Catharine Seymour; 
Horatio Ely, born June 18, 1814, married 
Adelia Burt. 

(VII) Albert, son of Ambrose and Mary 
(Ely) Day, was born November 29, 1797. He 
resided in Hartford. Connecticut, where he 
was a prominent man. He was a member of 
the firm of A. & C. Day & Day, Griswold & 
Company. He was lieutenant-g-overnor of 
Connecticut, 1856-57. He married, November 
II, 1819, Harriet Chapin. of Chicopee, daugh- 
ter of Frederick and Roxalany (Lamb) Cha- 
pin. Children : Harriet Louise, born February 
2. 1821, married Lucius Barbour (see Bar- 
bour \'II ) : Albert I'rederick. born July 19, 
1824. married (first) Annie \V. Bulkley, (sec- 
ond ) Caroline Ballard : Charles Gustavus, 
born April 19, 1829. married Sarah F. Davis. 

This, the Norwich branch of 
GREENE the Greene family, comes from 
the Boston branch of the Rhode 
Island family, descended from John Greene, 
of Warwick, of that state. John Greene was 
descended from the family of Greene of 
Greene's Norton. Northamptunshire. Eiit;land. 
which flourished in that county from 13 19 un- 
til the time of Henry \'lil. Sir Ilenry 
Greene Knt., lord chief justice of England in 
1353, was the head of this family in his time. 
His younger son. Sir Henry Greene, was be- 
headed in 1399 for his attachment to the cause 
of Richard II. Queen Catherine Parr was 
a member of this family, her mcither being 
Matil'la Greene, daughter and co-heiress of 
Sir Thomas Greene, of Greene's Norton. By 
the marriage of Matilda Greene and her sis- 
ter .\nne. respectively, to Sir Thomas Parr 
and Baron \'au\-, the Northampton estate 
passed into other families. 

A branch of this family, from which the 
American Greenes are descended, owned and 
occupied the estate of Bowridge Hill, in Gil- 
lin!,diani parisii. in Dorsetsliire. in the reign 
of Henry XTII.. and so continued until 1635 
and after. Many records of births, marriages 
and deaths of tlie family appear in the par- 
ish records, and various curious wills of theirs 
are extant. Their old stone house is still 
standing. The John Greene, of Warwick, 
Rhode Island, referred to in the foregoing, 
and who is treated in what follows, was a 
younger brother of the owner of Bowridge 
Hill, at the time of his emigration to the 
American colonies in 1635. From this source 

came the Greenes under consideration, and 
their lineage from the American ancestor fol- 
lows, each generation being designated by a 
Roman character. 

(I ) John Greene, of Salisbury, county Wilts, 
England, sailed from Southampton, England, 
in the ship "James" to Boston, in 1635. bring- 
ing with him his family. Air. Greene was 
probably born at Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, 
Dorset, where his father, Richard (2), and 
grandfather, Richard (i) Greene, resided. 
His great-grandfather was Robert Greene, of 
Bowridge Hill. He was of Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, for a short period, and of Providence 
in 1637. He was one of the twelve persons to 
whom Roger Williams deeded land bought of 
Canonicus and Miantonomo, in 1638. He was 
one of the twelve original members of the 
First Baptist Church. In 1643 he and others 
purchased a tract of land now called War- 
wick. He was commissioner during 1654-57; 
was made a freeman in 1655. John Greene 
was a surgeon in Salisbury, and there made 
his first marriage at St. Thomas Church. This 
was on November 4, 1619, and to Joan Tat- 
tersall. His children and the dates of their 
baptism were: John, August 15, 1620; Peter, 
March 10, 1622 : Richard, March 25, 1623 ; 
James, June 21, 1626; Thomas, June 4, 1628; 
Joan, October 3. 1630; Mary, May 19. 1633. 
He married (second) Alice Daniels, a widow; 

married (third) Phillipa . His death 

occurred in 1658. Some of the conspicuous 
descendants of John Greene, of Warwick, 
Rhode Island, have been General Nathaniel 
Greene, of revolutionary fame : John, deputy 
governor of the colon\- : William, lieutenant- 
governor and governor of the colony: Wil- 
liam (2). chief justice and governor of Rhode 
Island : Ray Greene, United States senator ; 
and the latter's son. William, lieutenant-gov- 
ernor, and graduate of Brown University : and 
General George S. Greene. 

(II) Thomas, son of John (Ircene. born 
June 4, 1628, married, June 30, 1659. Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Rufus and Margaret Bar- 
ton. Mr. Greene was a freeman in 1655 : com- 
mission>'r in 1662: deputy in i667-'X)-70-7i- 
72-74-78-81-83-84: and assistant in 1678-79- 
80-84-85. He died June 5. 17 17. Children: 
Elizabeth, born July 12. t66o: Thomas, .Au- 
gust 4, 1662: Benjamin, January ro. 1666; 
Richard, March 5. 1667: W'elthian. January 
23, 1670: Rufus. January 6. i''>73: Nathaniel, 
mentioned below. 

(III) Nathaniel, scni of Thomas Greene, 
born April 10, 1679, married, February 27, 
1703. .\nne. daughter of Thomas and Frances 
Gould, of Boston. Mr. Greene removed to 
Boston where he was engaged in mercantile 




pursuits. Their children, whose births are 
recorded in Warwick, were : Rut us, born May 
30, 1707; Nathaniel, born May 14, 1709, "at 
Boston." Mr. Greene lived and died in Bos- 
ton, leaving Thomas, Nathaniel, Rufus, Ben- 
jamin and William. 

(I\') Benjamin, son of Nathaniel Greene, 
also resided in Boston, and was there en- 
gaged as a merchant. 

(\') Gardiner, son of Benjamin Greene, 
was the merchant prince of Boston ,and one of 
the foremost men of New England of his 
time, both in business and social life. The 
following extracts concerning him, his fam- 
family and estate are from "The ^Memorial 
History of Boston" (1881). His house stood 
on the site of the new court house. Pember- 
ton Square, and his estate was the most fa- 
mous in Boston. .A. view of the house is in 
the mayor's office at the City Hall. The build- 
ing was of wood. 'three stories in height, four 
large rooms on each floor, with an L. The 
woodwork of the drawing room was elabo- 
rately carved, and in this respect it differed 
from the Faneuil house, which had plainer 
ornamentation. Mr. Greene had resided in 
Demerara for many years after 1774, and had 
laid there the foimdation of a large fortune. 
In 1775 he married Miss Ann Reading, who 
died in 1786. Two years later he visited Bos- 
to.n. and married Elizabeth, daughter of Dan- 
iel Hubbard, who died in 1797. In July. 1800, 
while in London, he married Elizabeth Clarke, 
daughter of Copley the painter, and soon took 
up his permanent residence in Boston, and 
here died December 19, 1S32. 

The most conspicuous, e.xtensive and ele- 
gant garden in the early ])art of the nineteenth 
century was that of Gardiner Greene, who 
also had one of the early greenhouses in Bos- 
ton. The grounds were terraced, and planted 
with vines, fruits, ornamental trees, flower- 
ing shrubs and plants, and were, sixty-five 
years ago. says the author of the "Memorial 
History of Boston." a scene of beauty and 
enchantment which I shall ne\-er forget. Here 
were growing in the open air, Lilack Hamburg 
and White Chasselas grapes, apricots, necta- 
rines, peaches, pears and plums in perfection, 
presenting a scene which made a deep impres- 
sion on my nn'nd. and which gave me some 
of those strong incentives that governed me 
in the cultivation of fruits and flowers. Here 
were many ornamental trees brought from 
forei.Lin lands: one of wliich. the "Salisburia 
adianti folia," the Japan Ginko tree, was re- 
moved through the personal efforts of the late 
Dr. Jacob Bigelow, and planted on the upper 
mall of the common, where it now stands. 
(\T) William Parkinson, son of Gardiner 

Greene, was late of Norwich. In Miss Caul- 
kins' "History of Norwich" (1866) appears 
the following notice of Mr. Greene, who was 
mayor of the city in 1842: "Mr. Greene was 
a native of Boston, but an inhabitant of Nor- 
wich for more than forty years. He was the 
second son of Gardiner and Elizabeth (Hub- 
bard) Greene, and born September 7, 1795. 
He graduated at Harvard College in 1814, and 
afterward studied law. but his health not being 
equal to the requirements of the legal pro- 
fession, he removed in 1824 to Norwich, and 
engaged at once in business, as a partner and 
agent of the Thames Manufacturing Com- 
pany, which had invested a large capital in 
the purchase of mill privileges at the Falls. 
In this city he soon acquired and retained 
during life the esteem and respect of the com- 
munity. He was an energetic and large- 
hearted man ; literary in his tastes, but with 
profound sagacity in financial and business 
concerns. These qualities were united with 
a pure life and an entire absence of ostenta- 
tion. As a beautiful result of his unobtru- 
sive life and liberal disposition, he seemed to 
have no enemies. Slander never made him 
its mark, and his name was never mentioned 
with disrespect. He was never possessed of 
robust health, and therefore seldom able to 
give his personal services in aid of public 
measures, but all charitable and noble un- 
dertakings having for their object the welfare 
of man and the honor of God were sure of 
his liberal aid and cordial sympathy. In 1825 
he was chosen the president of the Thames 
Bank, and held the office for sixteen years. 
With this exception, and that of the single 
year in which he was mayor of the city, he 
steadfastly declined, on account of his health, 
all appointments to public office. He died 
June 18. 1864. aged sixty-eight. Seldom had 
the death of a citizen excited in the place so 
deep an interest and such profound regret. It 
was a loss that was felt in the circles of busi- 
ness and of public improvement; in the de- 
partments of education and philanthropy." 
yir. Greene was one of the incorporators 
of the Norwich Free Academy in 1854. He 
was tlie second president of the board of trus- 
tees of that institution, serving from 1857 
until his death in 1864. His wife, in 1859, 
gave to the academy a house and grounds for 
the use of the principal. .\t various times the 
gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Greene to the acad- 
emy amounted to S40.000. After Mr. Greene's 
removal to Norwich in the early twenties, he 
was wholly identified with the place, and by 
his enterprise and liberal and enlightened 
course as a citizen, contributed largely to its 
prosperity. He was one of the founders of 



the Thames Manufacturing Company in 1823. 
The company purchased the mill of the Quine- 
baug Company, wiiich in i8j6 built a mill on 
the Shctucket river for the manufacture of 
cotton and woollen goods, before it went into 
operation. The Thames Company likewise 
purchased the mill at Bozrahville, and in its 
best days had the three large mills in success- 
ful operation. Two new companies were 
formed and went into operation between 1838 
and 1842. under the auspices of Mr. Greene 
— the Shetucket Company and the Norwich 
Falls Company. The latter company pur- 
chased the mill at the Falls, which had for- 
merly belonged to the Thames Company. 
These companies were established by Mr. 
Greene chiefly upon his own credit, and were 
kept, while he lived, under his management 
and direction; each mill had 1,500 spindles in 

Mr. Greene was the prime mover and the 
largest subscriber to the stock of the Water 
Power Company, incorporated in 1828 "for 
building a dam and canal in order to bring 
the waters of the Shetucket river into manu- 
facturing use." He had previously purchased 
land on the Ouinebaug above the union with 
the Shetucker and on the latter river from 
Sachem's Plain downward, nearly three miles 
in extent on either side of the river, in Nor- 
wich and Preston. The Shetucket dam was 
built, a canal dug, and a village was laid out 
by this company, and properly named Greene- 
ville in honor of William P. Greene, who had 
been the active promoter of the enterprise. 
On July 14, 1819, Mr. Greene married Eliza- 
beth .Augusta Borland, of Boston. 

(\TI) Gardiner (2), eldest son of William 
Parkinson Greene, was born in Boston, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 19, 1822, and came 
with his parents in 1824 to Norwich, Connecti- 
cut, where he attended school, after which he 
entered Vale College, graduating in 1843. He 
then attended the Law School of Harvard Col- 
lege, and graduated with the degree of LL. B. 
in 1845. Returning to Norwich, his health 
not permitting him to practice his chosen pro- 
fession, he became engaged in manufacturing 
with his father, assisting him in establishing 
the Shetucket cotton mills at Greeneville, also 
the cotton mill at the Falls, and was for many 
years manager of both, also filling the office 
of treasurer of both companies, and conduct- 
ing the business with marked ability and suc- 
cess. He retired from business a few years 
before his death, which sad event occurred at 
his home in North Washington street, Nor- 
wich, October 30, 1895, and he was buried in 
Yantic cemetery. He was a Republican in 
politics, and was a staunch supporter of his 

party : while he never sought office, he took a 
deep interest in the growth and improvement 
of his adopted city, and was ever ready to aid 
in whatever tended to the advancement of 
Norwich and its institutions. He was a con- 
sistent member of Christ Episcopal Church of 
Norwich, and for many years held the office 
of vestryman, and still later was senior war- 
den of the church. He took a deep interest 
in all church work. Mr. Greene was a gen- 
tleman of culture : his refined taste and pleas- 
ant, unassuming manner won for him the ad- 
miration and respect of his fellow men. He 
was the soul of honor, detesting shams of all 
kinds : was kind and charitable, and delighted 
to relieve suffering wherever possii^le. His 
home life was one of happiness and content- 
ment, and it was there that his fine personal 
characteristics were best reflected. Mr. 
Greene was a director in tlie Norwich \\"ater 
Power Company, and he was also interested in 
banking matters. 

He married, June 26, 1850, ]\Iary R. Adams, 
of Alexandria, Virginia, daughter of Francis 
and Mary R. (Newton) Adams; she was much 
devoted to her husband and family, and like 
him is a member of Christ Episcopal Church. 
They had two children: Gardiner Jr., and 
Leonard Y., who died at Cedar. Rapids, Iowa, 
September 18, 1895. 

(\Tn) Gardiner (3), son of Gardiner (2) 
Greene, was born August 31, 185 1, in Nor- 
wich. He was graduated from the Norwich 
Free Academy in 1868, from Yale College in 
1873, and from Columbia College Law School 
in 1877. 

He was admitted to the bar in New York 
City, in May, 1877, and at New London, 
Connecticut, in March, 1878. In the latter 
year be became associated in the practice of 
law with the late Hon. John Turner Wait, 
of Norwich, a partnership that only terminated 
with Mr. Wait's death in 1899. Mr. Greene was 
a member, from Norwich, to the lower house 
of the genera! assembly of the state in 1891- 
92 and in 1895-96. He was chairman of the 
committee on canvass of votes for state offi- 
cers in the memorable deadlock session of 
1891-92. The house having ordered that no 
bui^iness should be introduced except through 
this committee, he was placed at the head of 
the Republican party in the assembly during 
that contest. He was a member of the com- 
mission for the revision of the statutes of 
Connecticut, whose labors are represented in 
the general statutes of 1902. Mr. Greene was 
appointed a judge of the superior court of 
Connecticut in 1909. He married, .April 4, 
1894, Louise Eustis Reynolds, of Norwich, 
daughter of the late Henry Lee and Mary 



(Hill) Reynolds. Both Mr. and Mrs. Greene 
are, members of Christ Episcopal Church. 

Harmanus Madison Welch, son 
WELCH of George and Zelinda (Niles) 
Welch, was born July 18. 1813, 
in East Hampton, Connecticut, died May 29, 
1889, in New Haven. On his father's side he 
was of Scotch-Irish descent, his mother's an- 
cestors were English. 

At about sixteen years of age, he went to 
Amherst with the intention of fitting himself 
to practice medicine, but was induced instead 
to enter upon a commercial life, and before he 
became of age he had commenced in his own 
name a business career which was extended 
over half a century and was one of unswerving 
rectitude and marked success. He started in 
Bristol and Plainville, Connecticut, and later 
became interested in some of the most pros- 
perous manufacturing enterprises of the state. 
In industry and thoroughness, and in willing- 
ness to serve the public in positions where the 
duties were arduous and exacting, his career 
might well serve as a model one. While liv- 
ing in Plainville, he was chosen .to represent 
Hartford county in the state senate, and served 
also at different periods in the general assem- 
bly. In 1848 he removed to New Haven and 
becam.e the partner of Hon. James E. English, 
who was afterwards n^.ember of congress, gov- 
ernor of Connecticut, and United States sen- 
ator. This partnership continued until his 
death. In i860 Mr. Welch was elected mayor 
and continued in that office until 1863, and 
while mayor his equipment and forwarding of 
troops were especially conspicuous. His great- 
est service to the country w-as the promptness 
with which he and his associates tendered fi- 
nancial aid to the government in the time of 
its greatest need in 1863, by the formation of 
the First National Bank of New Haven, of 
which he was the organizer and for over 
twenty-six years the president. This bank, 
though numbered two on the list of the comp- 
troller of the currency, was in reality the first 
to comply fully with all the required conditions, 
and the moral effect upon others of his early 
action was, in view of his well-known conserva- 
tism and that of others connected with him, 
very beneficial. 

For the last thirty years of his life, Mr. 
Welch was constantly entrusted by the people 
of New Haven with positions of responsibility. 
Most of that time he acted as town and city 
treasurer, but will perhaps be best remembered 
locally, by his services upon the board of 
education. When he assumed office the credit 
of the school district was at its lowest, and its 
notes had gone to protest. He advanced the 

money to complete the Eaton school, and was 
instrumental in' the creation of a strong pub- 
lic sentiment in favor of the common schools. 
He watched and guided the evolution of pubHc 
education in New Haven from the chaos in 
which he found it to the Hillhouse high school, 
which at his death had become the preparatory 
school for the University, and conspicuous for 
the thoroughness of the preparation of its 
pupils. He not only believed in compulsory 
education, but was decidedly of the opinion 
that through such means the so-called problem 
of immigration would be solved. Few men 
outside of those connected with educational in- 
stitutions have been able to serve so long a 
period and to accomplish so much. Mr. Welch 
was also a trustee of the Young Men's Insti- 
tute, which until within a few years furnished 
the only available public library. The general 
public was singularly indifferent to its needs, 
but Air. Welch, by wise judgment in invest- 
ments, succeeded in establishing it in its own 
building, and in making it self-supporting. 

The quality which above all others distin- 
guished Mr. Welch was the keenness with 
which he felt the responsibility of any private 
or public trust confided in him. These trusts 
were many, but large or small, each received 
the same attention to the last detail. It was 
this acute sense of his duty which prevented 
his ever taking needed rest and the enjoyment 
of a trip abroad. He was possessed of an 
active mind, gifted with a remarkable memory, 
and as he spent his entire leisure time in his 
library, his intellectual attainments became of 
a high order. 

He married, on May 21, 1834, Antoinette, 
daughter of Noble Abraham and Lydia Grid- 
ley Pierce, of Bristol, Connecticut. Of the 
family of eleven children, four died in infancy. 
The others are: i. Colonel Deming Norris, As- 
sistant Quartermaster, United States "Volun- 
teers, died February 11, 1885. 2. Cora An- 
toinette, married Professor Alexander van Mil- 
lingen, of Robert College, Constantinople. July 
16, 1879, died November 22, 1892. 3. Pierce 
Noble, mentioned below. 4. Ella Marian, 
married Edwin S. Wheeler, of New Haven, 
January 12, 1870, died November 24, 1898. 
5. Grace, married Cornelius C. Davies, of 
New Haven, May 16, 1867. 6. Zelinda Ly- 
dia, Vassar A. B., 1873 ; married William J. 
Isaacson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, June 29, 1882, 
died June 9, 1888. 7. Harmanus INIadison, 
M. D., Yale, B. A., 1875; died September 18, 

(Ill) Pierce Noble, son of Harmanus Madi- 
son and Antoinette (Pierce) Welch, was born 
in Plainville, Connecticut, June 27. 1841, died 
October 26. 1909. in Berlin, Germany. The 



greater part of Mr. Welch's boyhood was spent 
in New Haven, where he attended General 
Russell's Military School, in preparation for 
Yale College. After receiving the degree of 
B. A. in 1862, he spent two years in travel, 
and in study at the Universities of Berlin and 
Gottingen. In 1867 he began his business life 
in New York City, as partner in a wholesale 
grocery house. Returning to New Haven in 
1870, Mr. Welch became interested in the or- 
ganization of the New Haven Rolling Mill 
Company, with which he was connected as 
treasurer and president until 1890. Succeed- 
ing his father, he was president of the First 
National Bank from 1889 until his death ; he 
was also president of the Bristol Brass Com- 
pany, vice-president of the Bristol Manufac- 
turing Company, and of the New Haven Gas 
Light Company, a director of the New Haven 
Clock Company, a trustee of the New Haven 
Trust Company, and of the National Savings 
Bank, a director of the Security Insurance 
Company, and of other business, as well as 
philanthropic or.ganizations of the city. Mr. 
Welch was a generous promoter of many char- 
itable and religious movements, and made large 
contributions to the Young Men's Christian 
Association, of which he was president for fif- 
teen years. He was also president of Mt. 
Meigs Institute in Waugh, Alabama, a school 
for the education of the negro race, and was 
treasurer of the Yale Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety, which has in charge the Yale Collegiate 
School and hospital at Changsha. China. In 
1892 he presented Yale University with Welch 
Hall, erected in memory of his father. In col- 
lege. Mr. Welch was a member of the .Alpha 
Delta Phi fraternity, and later an honorary 
member of the Senior Society, Wolf's Head. 
He belonged to the Yale and Reform clubs 
of New York, and the Graduates Club of New 
Haven. From early manhood a member of the 
First Baptist Church, he shared in its activities 
and privileges, and for nearly a quarter of a 
century served as superintendent of its Sun- 
day-school. In later years he was also greatly 
interested in the work of his denomination 
among the Italians of the city. A man of broad 
sympathies and generous deeds, unfailing in 
patience and courtesy, and in unselfish devo- 
tion to duty. Mr. Welch will long be remem- 
bered in the community as an inspiring exam- 
ple of Christian manhood. 

He married. February 28, 1867, Emma Cor- 
nelia, daughter of John and Cornelia T Mon- 
tague) Galpin, whose ancestors came from 
England to Connecticut, in the early days of 
its history. 

Their chilrlren are: i. Cornelia Galpin, wife 
of John Marshall Gaines, of New York City, 

Yale. B. A.. 1896: Ph. D., 1900: children: 
John Marshall, Jr., born October 31. 1902; 
"William Welch, June 12. 1904: Pierce W^lch, 
August 13, 1905. 2. Ella Marian, Vassar, 

A. B., 1895 ; wife of Henry Solon Graves, Yale, 

B. A.. 1892, director of the Yale Forest School, 
and chief forester of the United States. 3. 
Pierce Noble, mentioned below. 4. Hilda 
Frances. \'assar, A. B.. 1901 ; wife of Charles 
Welles Gross, of Hartford, Connecticut, Yale, 
B. A., 1898, Han-ard, LL. B., 1901 ; child, 
Spencer, born December 22, 1906. 5. Cora 
Deming, Vassar, A. B., 1904. 

(I\') Pierce Noble (2), son of Pierce Noble 
(i) and Emma Cornelia (Galpin) Welch, 
was born March 14, 1877, in New 
Haven, Connecticut. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native city and Phillips 
Academy at Andover. After graduating 
from Yale, in 1898, he spent two years 
at the Harvard Law School, and a year 
and a half as a clerk in the First National 
Bank of New Haven. Returning from a trip 
around the world in 1902, Mr. Welch became 
connected with the Peck Brothers' Company, 
of which he is vice-president and treasurer. 
He is a direttor of the First National Bank, of 
the New Haven Clock Company.- of the Bris- 
tol Brass Company, of the Bristol Manufactur- 
ing Company, and a trustee of the Young 
Men's Christian Association. He is a member 
of the Graduates Club, of the Yale Club of 
New York City, and of the Alpha Delta Phi 
fraternity of Yale University. He belongs to 
the First Baptist Church. 

The Scofield family is of an- 
SCOFIELD cient and honorable lineage, 

representatives thereof being 
prominent in the various walks of life, per- 
forming conscientiously and faithfully the du- 
ties and responsibilities which fell to their lot. 
The first ancestor of the family was Sir Cuth- 
bert Scofield. of Scofield Manor. 

(I) Daniel Scofield, grandson of Sir Cuth- 
bert Scofield. was born in the parish of Roch- 
dale, Lancashire. England. In 1609 he emi- 
grated to America, sailing in the ship. "Susan 
and Ellen," and after residing for a time at 
Ipswich. Massachusetts, located at Stamford, 
Connecticut, where he died in 1670. He ap- 
pears to have been a man of prominence in the 
colony, and in 1658 served as marshal of 
Stamford. He married Mary, daughter of 
Rev. John Youngs. Children : Daniel ; John, 
see forward ; Richard ; Joseph ; Mary, born 
November. 1657; Sarah. 

(II) John, second son of Daniel and Mary 
(Youngs) Scofield. was born in 1650, died 
March 27, 1699. He married, at Stamford, 



£ Lc^r-t,, 



July 12, 1677, Hannah Mead. Children, born 
at Stamford: i. Samuel, July 10, 1678: mar- 
ried, February 10, 1703, Eunice Buxton. 2. 
John, January 15, 1680, died 1758; married, 
November 17, 1743, Mary Mead, of Green- 
wich ; no children ; he was known as Sergeant 
John. 3. Ebenezer, June 26, 1685. 4. Na- 
thaniel, December 10, 1688, see forward. 5. 
Alercy, October 30, 1690; married Henry 

. 6. Mary, August 4, 1694. 7. 

Susanna, March 2, 1698; married, February 
II, 1720, Caleb Smith. 

(HI) Nathaniel, son of John and Hannah 
(Mead) Scofield, was born in Stamford, Con- 
necticut. December 10, 1688, died 1768. He 
married, January 21, 1713-14, Elizabeth Pet- 
tet. Children: John, born, October 4, 1714, 
see forward; Nathaniel, ^larch 7, 1717: Jona- 
than, May 2, 1719 ; Josiah, June 26, 1721 ; Eliz- 
abeth, August II, 1726; David. INIay 13. 1727; 
Silvanus, May i, 1729; Thankful, October 11, 
1731 ; Silas, December 10. 1735; Abraham, 
February 17, 1737. 

(IV) John (2) son of Nathaniel and Eliz- 
abeth (Pettet) Scofield. was born in Stamford, 
Connecticut. L)ctober 4, 1714. He was a team- 
ster in the revolutionary war. He married, 
jNlarch 4. 17-I4, Hannah Mills. Children: Sil- 
vanus and Epenetus, twins, born December i, 
1744; John, see forward. 

(V) John ("3), son of John (2), and Han- 
nah ( Mills") Scofield. v^as born in Stamford, 
Connecticut, September 4, 1746. died April 17, 
1833. He was a substantial citizen and prop- 
erty- owner at Shippan. town of Stamford. He 
married (first) February 18, 1768, Susanna 
AV'eetl : (second), January 14, 1773, Sarah 
Nichols, who died in 181S, aged sixty-five 
years: (third) [Martha Lounsbury. Children 
by second wife: i. Susanna, born December 
19, 1773; married, March 31. 1796. William 
Bishop, father of Alfred Bishop, of Bridge- 
port, who built the New York & New Haven 
railroad (see Bishop family). 2. John. Janu- 
ary 14, 1775 ; married, February 9, 1806, Sally 
Knapp. 3. Silas. April 2. 1776; married. Feb- 
ruary 4, 1803, Rebecca Holmes. 4. Robert, 
Jul)- 14. 1777. see forward. 5. James, Sf.p- 
ten-iber 22. 1778, see forward. 6. Elizabeth, 
July 15, 1781 : married, February 7, 1804, Ru- 
fus Knapp. 7. Benjamin, June 21, 1783. <iied 
October 20. iSoi. 8. Sarah Nichols. Septem- 
ber 4. 1788. died January 7, 1790. 

(\'I) Robert, third son of John (3) and 
Sarah ( Nichols) Scofield. was born in Stam- 
ford. Connecticut. July 14, 1777. died May 9, 
1817. He was a farmer by occupation. He 
married, April 15, 1708. Hannah Bell: she 
died December 19, 1843. Children: Eliza, 
born July 15, 1799. died Jaiuiary 2S. 1846; 

Danus, January 27, 1801, died April 24, 1820; 
Sally, May 20, 1803, died July 10, 1883; 
George, September 10, 1805, died July 31, 
1881; James B., May 10, 1807, see forward; 
Oliver, June 13, 1809, died June 26, 1870; 
Emily, May 15, 1811 ; Holly, March 6, 1813! 
died April 18, 1871; Hannah, January, 1815^ 
died January 22, 1837; Robert, April I'o, 1817^ 
died October 15, 1894. 

( VH) James B., son of Robert and Hannah 
(Bell) Scofield, was born at Shippan, town of 
Stamford, Connecticut, May 10, 1807, died Oc- 
tober 15, 1869. In early life he followed the 
trade of blacksmith, but later engaged 
in the foundry business with J. D. 
Warren and Isaac Wardwell, under the 
firm name of J. D. Warren & Companv ; 
later Mr. Warren, Mr. Wardwell and Mr. Sco- 
field formed what is known as the Stamford 
Foundry Company, and in this Mr. Scofield 
continued up to the time of his death. He 
was a leading member of the Universalist So- 
ciety at Stamford, and was active in the affairs 
of the community in which he resided. He 
married (first) April 10, 1830, Betsey Ann 
Raymond, born at Long Ridge, Stamford, 
Connecticut, November 14, 1804, died May 7, 
1839. ^larried (second) Mary Holmes. Chil- 
dren by first wife : George E., born February 
4, 183 1, see forward; Lewis B., born May 4, 
1833, died June 13, 1863. at New Orleans, 
while serving as a member of Company B, 
Twenty-eighth Connecticut Volunteer Infan- 
try; Hamiah M., born December 12, 1836, died 
February 6, 1863. Children by second wife: 
Mary A., June 14, 1841, married Thomas Has- 
lani. now deceased ; children : Lewis S., Alice 
M., Agnes B.. Mary H., Elizabeth H. and Em- 
ily B. Haslam : Emily J., January 24, 1845, 
married Cyrus W. Dearborn ; no children : 
Elizabeth H., born January 14, 1855, married 
Allen J. Finny; children: Lillian and James 
A. Finny. 

(VIII) George E.. son of James B. and 
Betsey Ann (Raymond) Scofield, was born in 
Stamford, Connecticut. February 4, 1831. In 
early manhood he learned the trade of carpen- 
ter with Thomas P. Dixon, serving an appren- 
ticeship of four years, and then became con- 
nected with the Stamford Foundry Conipany, 
continuing in their employ for twenty years, 
(luring the latter part of which time he was 
a stockholder. About 1874 he disposed of 
his interest in that business, and at various 
times has been connected with important con- 
cerns in his town, acting for three years as 
treasurer of the Stamford Gas Light Com- 
pany, and vice-president of the Citizens' Sav- 
ings Bank for some years. He is a staunch 
Republican, and has filled offices of trust 



and responsibility, among which was that 
of deputy assessor under the internal 
revenue act appointed by United States 
government for the towns of Stamford, Green- 
wich and Darien, which he held for about two 
years ; deputy collector and inspector of cus- 
toms for the district of Fairfield for seven 
years ; collector of town, school and borough 
taxes: town and borough assessor; Republican 
register of voters, serving for twenty-one 
years: appointed by President Arthur, post- 
master of Stamford, which appointment he de- 
clined; clerk in probate court, serving for ten 
years. He has always taken an active part in 
the Universalist society at Stamford, serving 
for thirty-six years in the capacity of treas- 
urer. He enlisted as a private in 1S62 in Com- 
pany B., Twenty-eighth Connecticut \'olun- 
teer Infantry: was promoted in January, 1863, 
to commissary sergeant, and served as such un- 
til he was mustered out at New Haven, August 
28, 186,3. He married (first) May 19. 1858, 
Lydia E. Ferris, of Stamford, Connecticut, 
born May 7, 1833, died November 13, 1867; 
married (second) June 15, 1S69, Emma E. 
Rose, of Suffield. Connecticut. Child of 
first wife: Arthur F., born May 20, 1859, 
married Lillian E. Simmons : no children. 
Children by second wife: Julia Rose, born 
March 5, 1871, married Dr. Charles P. Haller. 
of Bridgeport, Connecticut ; no children ; 
James Bell, born April 12, 1875, died March 
30. 1876. 

(\'l) James, four son of John and Sarah 
(Nichols) Scofield, was born in Stamford, 
Connecticut, September 22, 1778. He was a 
farmer by occupation. He removed to New 
Jersey during the latter part of his life, and 
his death occurred there. He married. April 
17, 1S03, Anna Jones. Children : James Jones, 
born .August 22. 1804: John William. April 10, 
1805: Sarah Ann, October 13, 1806: Edward 
R., "March 17, 1808: AlbertHenry, July 29, 
1809: Lydia Emeline, February 22, 181 1 : Eliz- 
abeth Nichols. August 26. 1812: Haiuiah 
]Maria, October 7. 1814: David Lyman, July 
22. 1816, see forward: Charles Ephraini, De- 
cember 7, 18 1 7. 

(VH) David Lyman, son of James and 
Anna (Jones) .Scofield, was born July 22. 1816, 
died January 19, 1883. He was for some years 
associated with the late Alfred Bishop, of 
Bridgeport, in building and contracting enter- 
prises, they having built many miles of the 
present New York & New Haven railroad in 
addition to various others. During the latter 
part of his life Mr. Scofield was engaged as a 
civil engineer, deriving therefrom a lucrative 
livelihood, .\fter his marriage he took up his 
residence in Stamford, remaining there until 

his death. He married, January i, 1850, in 
Stamford, Connecticut, Josephine Webb, born 
in New Rochelle, New York, July 8, 1831, 
daughter of Augustus and Naomi ( Water- 
bury) Webb, her mother having been a daugh- 
ter of William Waterbury. Mrs. Scofield came 
to Stamford, Connecticut, from New Rochelle, 
New York, at the age of five years, accompany- 
ing her parents, who purchased the home 
where she now resides with her son. Henry 
Clay Scofield, in which she was married, and 
where she has lived for over seventy-four 
years. Children : Annie Louise, born ^larch 
22, 1851, died April 28, 1881, unmarried: Sar- 
ah Frances, September 16. 1854, died Novem- 
ber 3, 1880. unmarried: Henry Clay, Novem- 
ber 26, 1856, see forward: Edward Everett, 
August 29. 1 86 1, died October 24. 1863 ; Emily' 
Augusta, May 27, 1864, married, June 9, 1897, 
Samuel M. Burroughs: Josephine Webb, June 
8, 1867, died May 10, 1910: married, June 3, 
1902, James B», Bonney; child, Henry Scofield, 
born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 24, 
1907; Augustus Webb, February 21, 1870. 

(\'ni) Henry Clay, eldest son of David 
Lyman and Josephine (Webb) Scofield, was 
born November 26, 1856, in Stamford, Con- 

He attended the old Broad street school, 
known as the Center school, acquiring a 
practical education which qualified him for 
the active duties of life. For a short time 
after completing his studies he was associated 
with his father in civil engineering. In 1875 
he entered mercantile life in New York City, 
and at the present time (1910) is serving in 
the capacity of treasurer and secretary of the 
C. H. & E. S. Goldbury Company, Incorpor- 
ated, wholesale dealers and manufacturers of 
wooden ware in New York City. He attends 
the L'niversalist church of Stamford, of which 
he is treasurer and a member of various com- 
mittees. He is a member of the Municipal Art 
Society of New York City and of the Metro- 
politan Museum of Art of New York City. He 
resides witii his mother in Stamford. 

Jchn Jenkins, immigrant an- 
JENKINS cestor, came from Judbury, 

Scotland, to America aliout 
1750. He settled in New York. He married a 
Miss Gordon, niece of Sir John Sinclair, the 
Scottish statistician and agriculturist. They 
eloped and came to America, where they set- 
tled. They had a son, James. 

(II) James, son of John Jenkins, was born 
1755, died 1817. He was a corporal in the 
revolutionary war. attached to the North Jer- 
sey Continental line, served under Captain 
Outwater, honorably discharged at end of 



war. He married Susanna V'an Gelder, and 
they had a son, James. 

(Ill) James (2), son of James (i) Jen- 
kins, was born in 1789 in New York 
City. He was a very prominent mer- 
chant of New York City, and engaged 
in the wholesale hardware business. He 
was identified with many institutions. 
He was a director of the North River 
Bank, and had various offices of trust. He 
died in New York City during the epidemic of 
cholera in 1840. He married Hannah Robert- 
son. Children: i. James \V., who went west 
during the gold excitement of 1849. in Cali- 
fornia, but later returned and settled in Madi- 
son, Indiana, where he died. 2. John Jay. who 
was a resident of New York all his life: he 
was associated for several years with Columbia 
College; he died 1897, unmarried. 3. Charles 
T., who went to California, but later returned 
and settled at Salem, Alassachusetts; he mar- 
ried Lucy Weston, and they had one child, 
Lawrence W., who is curator of Natural His- 
tory in the museum at Salem, Massachusetts. 
4. George Washington Allston, mentioned be- 
low. 5. Hannah, married Rev. Dr. Abram D. 
Gillette, a Baptist clergyman. 6. Susan, mar- 
ried Dr. Pitcher, of 2\Iadison, Indiana. 

(I\') George Washington Allston, son of 
James (2) Jenkins, was born in New York 
City, February 20, 18 16, and wa*; reared there. 
He received a good education, attending board- 
ing school at New Canaan, Connecticut. In 
early life he became an artist and spent several 
years in Europe, studying art in Paris, Brus- 
sels and Dusseldorf: after his return he fitted 
up a fine store and dealt extensively in im- 
ported paintings and works of the old masters 
in New York. He was also one of the found- 
ers of the National Academy of Design in New 
York City. In 1865 settled in Stamford, where 
he bought and improved real estate there. He 
died February 2^, 1900. He married, in 1869, 
in Stamford, Emma Clarke, granddaughter of 
Charles Pitt, of Stamford, and daughter of 
John Clarke, of Boston. Children, born in 
Stamford: i. James Sinclair, 1871, mentioned 
below. 2. George Allston, born in 1879 : en- 
gaged in the real estate and insurance business 
in Stamford; married Ethel Ford, of Stam- 

(V) James Sinclair, son of George Wash- 
ington Allston Jenkins, was born in Stamford, 
Connecticut. October 31, 1871. He prepared 
for college at St. Mark's School, Southbor- 
ough, Massachusetts, and entered Yale Uni- 
versity, graduating with the degree of A. B. in 
the class of 1894 and from the Yale Law 
School with the degree of LL. B. in 1896. In 
the same vear he was admitted to the bar 

and began practice at Stamford in partnership 
with Judge Frederic C. Taylor, under the firm 
name of Taylor & Jenkins. The firm has taken 
a prominent position at the bar. Mr. Jenkins 
is a member of Union Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons ; Puritan Lodge, No. 43 Odd 
Fellows, the Elks, also the Royal Arcanum. 
He is president of the Shippan Point Land 
Company, a large residential development on 
Long Island Sound in the town of Stamford. 

He is a member of the Suburban Club of 
Stamford ; the Stamford Yacht Club, the Wee 
Burn Golf Club of Noroton, Connecticut; 
the Yale University Club, the Graduates 
Club of New Haven, the University 
Club of Bridgeport, and the University 
Club and Yale Club of New York 
City. While in college he was a mem- 
ber of the Sophomore society. Eta Phi ; the 
Senior society. Psi Upsilon;'and the Senior 
society, Wolf's Head; and when a student of 
the Law School, of the Corbey Court Societv. 

He married. October 16, 1900, Gladys Pom- 
eroy, of Stamford, born in New York City, 
October 8, 1883, daughter of William L. Pom- 
eroy, a woolen merchant in that city ; firm of 
Pomeroy & Plummer, now living, retired from 
business. Children, born at Stamford : George 
Allston, January 20, 1903 ; Gladys Pomeroy, 
September 21, 1904; William Pomeroy, April 
19. 1907; John Jay, July 20, 1910. 

The surname ^Morris is said to 
MORRIS be derived from two sources; 

one of native origin, the other 
from the continent of Europe. It is variously 
spelled : Morys, Morrys, Aloris, Morris, ]\Io- 
rice, ]\Iorrice, Moryce, Mawrice, Maurice, etc., 
and is compounded with various initial expres- 
sions as, Le, Mont, Fitz, Clam, etc. When 
these latter occur, and v>hen the name is spelled 
Maurice, it may be considered of continental 
origin. Several of the name accompanied Wil- 
liam the Conqueror to England. The name 
means warlike or powerful, and \\as used to 
signify a chieftain. \\'altham Abbey, county 
Essex. England, v.-as presided over by Nicholas 
Alorris, who was abbot from 1371 to 1390. In 
1377 John Morris ga\-e the abbey forty acres 
of land. This place was the seat of the Mor- 
ris family in England. 

(I) Dorman Morris, immigrant ancestor, 
was first found in this country in Boston, Mas- 
sachusetts. He afterwards removed to Con- 
necticut. He married Elinor . Chil- 
dren : Daniel, mentioned below, and Honor, 
born April I, 1674. 

(II) Daniel, son of Dorman and Elinor 
Morris, was born February 13, 1672, died in 
1749, buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He 



married Polly Benjamin, born in Stratford, 
Connecticut. Child: Daniel, mentioned below. 
(Ill) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) and 
Polly (Benjamin) Morris, was born in Bridge- 
port, Connecticut, May 7, 1715, died March i, 
1792, in Gray's Plains, Newtown, buried at 
Walker's Farms. He moved to Newtown 
about 1782. He was a farmer and joiner. He 
was appointed guardian of the Golden Hill In- 
dians and to report to the probate court of 
Fairfield in February, 1768. He married 
(first), July 9, 1741. Sarah Fayerweather 
Mackhard, Widow of Matthew Mackhard ; she 
was born in Scotland, 1712-13, died April 16, 
1761. and was buried in Stratford. He mar- 
ried (second) Mrs. Jackson, widow. Children 
of first wife: Mary, born December I, 1742; 
Sarah, September i, 1745; Amos, November 
30, 1747, died young; Daniel. March 8, 1749, 
died \Iay 7, 1749; Daniel, December 13, 1750, 
mentioned below : James, June 14, 1753, 
moved to Halifax: Matthew Mackhard, July 
25, 1757- Child of second wife; .-Xmos, born 
September 28. 1762. 

(I\') Daniel (3), son of Daniel (2) and 
Sarah Fayerweather (Mackhard) Morris, was 
born in Fairfield, now Bridgeport, December 
13, 1750, died in Newtown, March 15, 1828, 
buried at Walker's Farms. He attended the 
Lexington alarm. He conducted a saw and 
flour mill in the Gray's Plains district of New- 
town, and also conducted agricultural pursuits. 
He was active in local affairs. He moved to 
Huntington about 1790, to Roxbury about 
181 7. and later to Newtown. He married 
June 12, 1774, Elizabeth, born 1757. daughter 
of Israel and Mary (Salter) Burritt. Mary 
(Salter) Burritt was born June 23, 1725, in 
Anticgo, one of the West India Islands, and 
came from there to Bridgeport. Connecticut. 
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Morris: Israel B., 
born in Newtown. July 26. 1775 ; Sally (or 
Sarah), born in Bridgeport, married (first) 
Abraham Blackman. (second) .Abel Curtis; 
James, born in Bridgeport ; Daniel, born in 
Newtown. January 27, 1781 ; Eli Goulii. June 
6, 1783. mentioned below; Polly, horn .\ugust 
I, 17S6, married Jolm P.lackman ; Nancy, born 
July I. 1790. married Silas N. Glover; Eliza- 
beth (or Betsey), born January 30, 1792. mar- 
ried Fairchild' Burritt ; Eunice, born June 6, 
1793. married John Blackman ; Winthrop, 
lived in Woodburv and Roxburv. 
* (V) Eli Gould,' son of Daniel (3) and Eliz- 
abeth (Burritt) Morris, was born in Newtown, 
June 6. 1783, died there January 3. 1856. He 
was a successful farmer in iiis native town. In 
18 19 he bought a farm of eighty-five acres, 
which he afterward increased to about one 
hundred and thirtv acres. He was a member 

of the Episcopal church at the time of his mar- 
riage ; he was a Democrat in politics, but never 
held public ofiice. He married, March 21, 
1 82 1. Lydia Bennett, born in Trumbull, Con- 
necticut, June 4, 1794, died July 2, 1879, in 
Newtown. Children : Eli James, born Decem- 
ber 20, 1821, died Newtown, November 10, 
1901. married. September 2, 1850, Jane E. 
Chambers ; Luzon Burritt, April 16, 1827, 
mentioned below : Martha Jane, December 14, 
1834, died in Newtown, June 12, 1877. 

(VI) Hon. Luzon Burritt, son of Eli Gould 
and Lydia (Bennett) Morris, was born in 
Newtown, April 16, 1827, died in New Haven. 
August 22, 1895. He attended for a time the 
common schools of his neighborhood, At the 
age of sixteen he began work for a black- 
smith in Roxbury. Later in the same year he 
worked in the edge tool factory of Raymond 
French, of Seymour. Being ambitious, 
he saved his earnings and used them 
for an education. He attended the Con- 
necticut Literary Institute at Suffield, 
where he prepared for college. He then 
entered Yale College, graduating in 1834. 
He then prepared for the profession of 
law, partly in the Law School and partly in 
an office, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. 
He began practice in Seymour, and entered at 
once into political life, identifying himself with 
the Democratic party. In 1S55-56 he was a 
representative from the town of Seymour to 
the legislature. In 1857 he was appointed 
judge of probate for the New Haven district, 
to which office he was elected six times. His 
wide experience gained in this office was the 
cause of his being made chairman of the com- 
missioners appointed by the legislature to re- 
vise the probate laws of the state. In 1870 
he represented New Haven in the legislature, 
and in 1874 he served in the state senate. In 
the former body he was chairman of the com- 
mittee on railroads, and in the latter chairman 
of the judiciary committee and also president 
pro tem. He was returned to the lower house 
in 1876, also in 1880-81. and in the last two 
sessions was active in the discussions on the 
question of the boundary line between Con- 
necticut and New York, and served again on 
the judiciary committee and as chairman of 
the committee on incorporations. The com- 
mission to which the boundary line dispute 
was referred agreed to fix the line in the 
middle of the Sound, a decision which pre- 
served to Connecticut lands of immense value 
to the oyster producers along the coast. 

Throughout his long period of public service, 
Judi^e Morris gained a thorough knowledge of 
legislation and administration, and his experi- 
ence, probity and faithfulness to trust com- 



manded for him an influential place in his pro- 
fession and in the public councils, and gained 
for him the esteem of his fellow citizens, with- 
out regard to partisan differences. For twenty- 
five vears or more before his death he was a 
distinguished memberof the Xew Haven coun- 
ty bar, his practice being connected largely 
with the settlement of estates. As the agent 
of Daniel Hand, he handled for him more than 
a million dollars, and was instrumental in es- 
tablisj-iing the Hand Academy at Madison, 
Connecticut. In the eighties. Judge Morris 
began to be talked about as a good and avail- 
able man for governor, and in 1888. he was a 
candidate of the Democratic party for that 
office. He received at the election following a 
plurality of the votes cast, but not a majority, 
which the state requires to elect, and the leg- 
islature, being Republican, his opponent was 
chosen. He was again a candidate at the next 
election, and although he received a majority 
of the votes was restrained from assuming the 
duties of the office through technicalities. In 
1892 he was for the third time a candidate 
and won. He gave the state one of the best 
administrations it had ever had. His career 
was "one of his own shaping and forging, and 
is a good example of what may be accom- 
plished by men of genius and perseverance. 
For years before his death he was one of the 
most trusted counselors of the state. He was 
for more than twenty years prominently con- 
nected with the Connecticut Savings Bank of 
New Haven and was its president at tiie time 
of his death. He was ahva_\'s greatly interested 
in the schools of New Haven, an interest pro- 
ductive of much good. He served on the New 
Haven board of education and also on the 
board at Westville, and in each body was 

Judge }i [orris married. June 15, 1856, Eu- 
genia Laura, born October 5, 1833, daughter 
of Lucius and Laura Tuttle, of Se}'mour, Con- 
necticut. Children: Robert Tuttle, born May 
14, 1857, mentioned below; Mary Seymour, 
December i. 1858. a graduate of X'assar Col- 
lege in 1880. married Charles M. Pratt, of 
Brooklyn, New York; Helen Harrison, May 
12, 1863. graduate of \'assar, 1883, married 
President Arthur T. Hadley. of Yale Col- 
lege: Emily Eugenia. June 26, i86g, graduate 
of \'assar, 1890: Charles Gould. February 4, 
1871, mentioned below: Ray, June 4. 1878, 
mentioned below. 

(VII) Robert Tuttle, son of Hon. Luzon 
Burritt and Eugenia Laura (Tuttle) Morris, 
was born May 14, 1857. He graduated from 
Cornell College, 1879, and later graduated 
with the degree of M. D. from the College of 
Phvsicians and Surgeons of New York ; now 

practicing in New York City. He married, 
June 4, 1898, Aimee Reynaud, of New York. 

(VII) Charles Gould, son of Hon. Luzon 
Burritt and Eugenia Laura (Tuttle) Morris, 
was born at Westville, Connecticut, February 
4, 1871. He attended the public schools and 
fitted for college at the Hopkins Grammar 
school- of Xew Haven. He graduated from 
Yale College in the class of 1895, and from 
the Yale Law School in 1897. He has prac- 
ticed law in New Haven since the latter yeSr. 
He is president of the New Haven Dairy Com- 
pany. He served in the naval battalion of the 
Connecticut X'ational Guard in the enlisted 
grades and as commissioned officer ; volun- 
teered in the navy in 1898 when the Spanish- 
American war began and was rated as seaman, 
acting B. M., first class. He has resided in 
Newtown since 1902. In politics he is a Demo- 
ocrat. He is a member of the First Church of 
Christ of New Haven, known as Center 
Church (Congregational). He belongs to 
Hiram Lodge, No. 18, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons : L'nited Spanish War Veterans : Connecti- 
cut Societ}-, Sons of the American Revolution, 
and to the Graduates Club of X'ew Haven. He 
is secretary of the Connecticut Civil Service 
Reform Association. He married, in Brook- 
lyn, X'ew York. September 27, 1S99, Elisabeth 

(\TI) Ray, son of Hon. Luzon Burritt and 
Eugenia Laura (Tuttle) Morris, was liorn in 
New Haven, June 4. 1878. He graduated 
from Yale College, class of 1901. He is a 
banker in New York City. He married, Oc- 
tober 4. loo'i. Katharine Grinnell. of New 

Matthew IMorris, the revolu- 
MORRIS tionary ancestor of this faniilv, 
was the first of the name in 
Woodbury, Connecticut. He was a soldier in 
Captain Nathan Hine's company, with the rank 
of corporal, in 1776. In 1790, he had three 
sons under sixteen and two females in his 
family, according to the first federal census. 
He marrie'I ^lehitalile. born May 22, 1762, 
daughter of Benjamin Judson. of Woodbury. 
Among his children appear to be John, whose 
wife died at Woodbury, March 2, 181 1, aged 
twenty-seven : James, married in Woodbury, in 
182 1 : Judson, mentioned below. 

(II) Judson, son of ^Matthew Morris, was 
born at \\'oodbury. He married (first) ]\Ie- 
hitable Peck, who died April 8, 1813, aged 
thirtv-two years. He married (second) in 
1813. Jerusha, born June 20. 1785, daughter 
of Reuben and Thankful Hotchkiss. Judson 
Morris was a prominent citizen, a well-to-do 
farmer and large land owner. Children of 



first wife: Almira. Eliza. Mehitable, ^Marcus 
and Sally. Children of second wife: Henry; 
Hobart Hotchkiss, mentioned below; Betsey, 

married Church; Ruth, married Le- 

grand Judson ; Imogene, married Charles S. 

Reuben Hotchkiss, son of David Hotchkiss, 
was born at Woodbury, Alarch 8, 1756. He 
was a soldier in the revolution in Captain Na- 
than Hine's company in 1776 and in Captain 
Stoddard's company in 1777, and was living 
in 1832 in Litchfield county, his name appear- 
ing on the pension list at that time. Reuben 
Hotchkiss married in 1783, Thankful Alinor, 
who died Alay 4, 1842 ; their children : Jerusha, 
born April 23, 17S4, died young; Jerusha. June 
20, 1785, mentioned above; Josiah, Xovember 
4. 1787; Harvey, February 13, 1790; Betsey, 
July 16. 1792; Reuben Harvey, June ii, 1794; 
David. Xovember 5, 1796, Gervase. Julv 2, 
1801 ; Ruth. December 16. 1803. David Ho'tch- 
kiss, father of Reuben Hotchkiss, settled in 
Woodbury, in 1740: married, Xovember 10, 
1747. Submit, daughter of Isaac Hill. She 
died in March. 1756; their children : Sibil, born 
May 29. 1749; David, baptized January 20, 
1751; Huldah, April 16, 1752; Eliza, Febru- 
^O' 3. 1754 ; Reuben. March 8, 1756, mentioned 

(HI) Hobart Hotchkiss. son of Judson 
Morris, was born at Woodbury, Connecticut, 
May 24, 1817; died February 2. i8gi. When 
a young man he learned the trade of finish- 
ing cassimer and followed it for a number of 
years in the woolen mill in Hotchkissville, in 
the town of Woodbury. He then entered the 
employ of Allen & Dayton, general merchants, 
Hotchkissville. and held positions of responsi- 
bility under dififerent firms conducting that 
business for a period of twenty-eight \cars. 
and until he retired from active business. He 
was an able business man. thoroughly reliable 
and of strict integrity, and possessed the es- 
teem anfl confidence of the community. He 
was active in public affairs and served with 
ability as justice of the peace, as postmaster 
and in various other offices of trust and honor. 
He was a prominent member of the Congre- 
gational church. 

Hobart Hotchkiss married, October 18, 
1842. Sarah M., daughter of George and Sally 
(Way) Hurd. George Hurd was a native of 
Monroe, Connecticut, was a carpenter and join- 
er by trade, and died in the prime of life, at 
the age of thirty-four years. Children of 
George and Sally Hurd: Lewis C. Sarah M., 
Harriet L, Margaret H.. Frederick. Martha, 
who died young. Sally (Way) Hurd lived to 
the advanced age of ninety-five years. Mrs. 
Morris resides in Woodburv at Hotchkissville. 

Mr. and Airs. Morris had one child. George 
Franklin, mentioned below. 

(I\") George Franklin, son of Hobart 
Hotchkiss ;\Iorris, was born September 21, 
1844, in Hotchkissville. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native town, and at ihc age 
of si.vteen became bookkeeper for the firm of 
Allen & Dayton, merchants, in the native vil- 
lage. Four years later he went to Marshall, 
Michigan, where after working for a year and 
a half as clerk, he returned home. Wlien he 
returned to his native place, he was employed 
as bookkeeper by R. J. Allen. After five years 
he embarked in business with George M. Al- 
len and remained for eleven years. The firm 
was dissolved and 'Sir. Morris worked for a 
}-ear in the office of American Shear and Knife 
Company. He then became a partner -.v. the 
firm of Morris & Dawson, general mercn.-'.nts 
at Xorth Woodbury, and this firm conti:: .ed 
for nine years. He purchased his present 
store, the old stand of R. J. Allen, in Hotch- 
kissville. X'ovember i, 1893, and built up a 
large and flourishing business. He has one of 
the largest and best stores in this section and is 
enterprising and progressive in his business 
methods. Mr. Morris has been active in public 
life. In politics he is a Republican. He was 
town clerk of Woodbury for ten years and 
auditor six years. He represented the town 
in the general assembly of Connecticut in 1881 
and 1901. In his first term he served on the 
committee on temperance, in the second on the 
committee on new towns and probate districts. 
He was for four years postmaster of North 
Woodbury and for a number of years post- 
master at Hotchkissville. He holds a com- 
mission as notary public. He is one of the 
incorporators of the Woodbury Savings Bank 
and is a trustee of several estates. He is a 
member of the Congregational Church and has 
held the office of deacon since January 5. 1882. 

He married, in 1868, Sophronia, born in 
Xew York state, daughter of Francis Dawson. 
Children: i. Carrie, born May 12, 1871 ; mar- 
ried Ryce L. Clark; children: \"irg!nia. born 
June 21, 1900; Morris Dawson, September 30, 
1905 ; Mary Esther, April 24. 1907. 2. Hobart 
Dawson. May 11. 1879; educated in the pub- 
lic schrxils and Wilbrahaiii Seminary ; associat- 
ed in business with his father. 

Richard Goodman, immi- 
GOODMAX isrant ancestor, came from 

England and settle^! first in 
Cambridge. Massachusetts, where he was a 
I)roprietor in 1633. He was admitted a free- 
man. May 14, 1634, and brought a suit in 
Plymouth court. Alarch 4. 1638-39. He re- 
moved to Hartford, Connecticut, with Rev. 



Mr. Hooker's company and was one of the 
first settlers there. Later he removed to Had- 
ley, Massachusetts, and was killed by the In- 
dians in King Philip's war, April i, 1676. 
He married, at Hartford, December 8, 1659, 
Mary Terry, and administration on his estate 
was granted her September 26, 1676. Chil- 
dren: John, born October 13, 1661 ; Richard, 
March 23, 1663, mentioned below; Stephen, 
February 6. 1664 ; Alary, November 5, 1665, 
married John Noble ; Thomas, March 20, 
1668, died young; Elizabeth, February 5, 1671, 
married Jacob Warner ; Thomas, September 
16, 1673; Samuel, born Alay 5, 1675. 

(H) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) 
Goodman, was born ^March 23, 1663, in Had- 
ley, Massachusetts, died at Hartford, May 14, 
1730. The inventory of his estate was filed 
June II, 1730, showing an estate of one hun- 
dred and thirty-seven pounds, seven shillings 
and eight pence. He married Abigail Pan- 
try, born January 11, 1678-79, died January 
26, 1708, daughter of John, granddaughter of 
Jolin. and great-granddaughter of William 
Pantry. Children : Mary, baptized March 7, 
1702, died young; r^Iary, baptized May 10, 
1703; Richard, born November 4, 1704; Tim- 
othy, September 22, 1706, mentioned below; 
Abigail, married Daniel Ensign ; Esther, born 
October 30, 1709. 

(HI) Timothy, son of Richard (2) Good- 
man, was born September 22, -1706, died 
March 12, 1786. He had land given him by 
his grandfather, John Pantry, March 4, 1729, 
in West Hartford, near Farmington. The 
Boston Chronicle of May 2, 1768, states that 
on April 7, 1768, the house of Timothy Good- 
man in West Hartford was burned with all 
the furniture and clothes, which were very 
rich and costly, and that Jerusha, daughter 
of Daniel Ensign, who lived in the familv, ten 
years old, was burned to death. He married 
(first) May 7, 1735, Joanna \V'adsworth, who 
died March 10, 1768, aged fifty-three, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Joanna Wadsworth and 
granddaughter of Captain Joseph Wadsworth, 
of Charter Oak fame. He married (second) 
November 29, 1769, Widow Elizabeth Wads- 
worth, of Hartford. Children : Joanna ; Tim- 
othy, baptized March 7, 1736; Thomas, born 
March 18, 1739: Abigail, October 4, 1741 ; 
Mary, February 12, 1744; Elizabeth, March 
16 1746; Richard, April 10, 1748, mentioned 
below; Mehitable (twin) baptized June 24, 
1750, died Alay 2, 1758; Moses (twin), bap- 
tized June 24, 1750. 

(IV) Richard (3), son of Timothy Good- 
man, was born April 10, 1748. died in West 
Hartford, in May, 1834. He was in the revo- 
lution in Captain Seymour's company. He 

married, in 1771, Nancy Seymour, .born Feb- 
ruary 16, 1751, at West Hartford, died Jan- 
uary 27, 1792, daughter of Captain Timothy 
and Lydia (Kellogg) Seymour. Children: 
Nancy born March 6, 1772, died February 18, 
1845; Aaron, July 20, 1773, mentioned below; 
Richard. November 30, 1774, died March 2, 
1841 ; Elizabeth, November 20, died Decem- 
ber 12, 1776; Moses, July 12, died July 18, 
1778; Miletiah (twin), July 12, 1778; Lydia, 
July 6, 1780 died March 18, 1859; Lucia, No- 
vember II, 17S2 (twin); Laura (twin), No- 
vember II, 1782; Elizabeth, July 17, 1784; 
Joanna, October 2, 1786; Sylvester, April 8, 
1789; Childs, November 7, 1791. 

(V) Aaron, son of Richard (3) Goodman, 
was born July 20, 1773, •" We'st Hartford. 
He was the first postmaster of West Hartford, 
and held the office until his death, March 28, 
1832. He married, April 15, 1804, Alma Cos- 
sitt, born at Granby, Connecticut. December 
10, 1780, died in Plainfield, New Jersey. No- 
vember 13, 1868, daughter of Asa and Mary 
(Cole) Cossitt. Children: Edward, born De- 
cember 10, 1805, died July 28, 1882: Alma, 
March 14, 1809; Julia, June 14, 1814; Sam- 
uel, born June 12, 1818, died March 28, 1819; 
Aaron Cossitt, mentioned below. 

(\'l) Aaron Cossitt, son of Aaron Good- 
man, was born in West Hartford, April 23, 
1822, died July 29, 1899. At the early age of 
thirteen, in 1835, hs became a clerk in Sum- 
ner's book store in Hartford. In 1841 he went 
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to take a posi- 
tion in the house opened there by .\. S. Barnes 
& Company, but returned the following year 
and went into partnership with his former em- 
ployer under the firm name of Sumner & Good- 
man. In 1848, he bought out his partner's in- 
terest in the firm and continued alone until 
1852. when he embarked in the paper business 
in New York City. He was one of the orig- 
inal stockholders and directors in the Phoenix 
Mutual Life Insurance Company of Hartford, 
and became its president in 1875, having se- 
cured a controlling interest in its stock. In 
1889 the compan}- vv'as reorganized and he sold 
out and dissolved his connection with the 
company. From that time Mr. Goodman 
lived quietly, giving his time and attention to 
private interests and to philanthropic work. 
He was a member of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows and the Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, in St. John's Lodge. In early life he was 
a member of the old sack and bucket com- 
pany in the fire department, and was captain 
of the Hartford Light Guard, and served on 
the staff of General Frank Bacon. He was a 
member of Trinity Church. He married, April 
10, 1857, .\nnie M. Johnston, born in New 



York City; daughter of Robert R. and Mary 
Sears (Hatch) Johnston, ruid thought to be 
descended from Dr. John Johnston, who came 
from Scotland in 1685 and settled at Perth 
Amboy, New Jersey. One of her early an- 
cestors was John Alden, of Plymouth, who 
came in the "'Mayflower". Children : Eniilie, 
married Rev. Richard Wright, of Windsor 
Locks: Edward, died 1872; Annie G., mar- 
ried Rev. John F. Phinih. of New Milford. 
Connecticut; Alary A., Richard J., mentioned 

(V'll) Richard Johnston, son of Aaron Cos- 
sitt Goodman, was born in Hartford, March 
23, 1875. He was educated in the public and 
high schools of his native town, and at Yale 
College, graduating in 1896, and from the Yale 
Law School in 1899. During his last vear at 
the Law School he also practiced law in New 
Haven. He was admitted to the bar in Jan- 
uary, 1899, and began the practice of his pro- 
fession at Hartford in October, 1899. Since 
1905 he has been associated with Leslie W. 
Newberry under the firm name of Newberry 
& Goodman. In addition to this he is the 
president and general manager of the Bush 
Manufacturing Company of Hartford, nianu- 
facturers of automobile radiators and auto 
parts. Tills corporation was organized in Ap- 
ril, 1908. and has been very successful. His in- 
terest in politics began at an early age, and 
his activity in party matters began immedi- 
ately after his graduation from college. In 
1903 he was elected to the common council, 
serving two terms ; was on the Republican 
town committee from January, 1904, to Jan- 
uary, icx>8, and has served as health commis- 
sioner since 1908. He is a member and vestry- 
man in Trinity Church ( Episcopall. He is 
prominent in Masonic circles, being a member 
of St. John's Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, and of Washington Conmiandery, 
Knights Templar, of Hartford. He is a mem- 
ber of the Connecticut Historical Society, So- 
ciety of Colonial Wars, State of Connecticut, 
Mimicipal Art Society. Hartford Club, Hart- 
ford Golf Club, University Club of Hartford, 
Republican Club, Graduates Club of New Ha- 
ven and Yale Club of New York. Mr. Good- 
man enlisted as a private in Company K, First 
Infantry, Connecticut National Guard, in 1899. 
He was made second lieutenant in November, 
1902: captain. December. 1902: major, i';07: 
lieutenant-colonel, November, 1908. which po- 
sition he still holds. He was an aide on the 
staff of grand marshal General Chaffee at the 
inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as presi- 
dent of the L'nited States. He has always 
taken an active interest in out-door sports, be- 
ing especially fond of boating, fishing, tennis. 

and horseback riding. His home is at 834 
Asylum Avenue, Hartford. He is unmarried. 

(The Sears Line). 

The first edition of the Sears genealogy gave 
what purported to be the English ancestry of 
the family, but the second edition by Samuel 
P. May, in 1890, shows that the ancestry was 
conjectural and erroneous. The parentage and 
ancestry of Richard Sears. American immi- 
grant, have yet to be established. The sur- 
name spelled Sares, Scares. Sayer, Seers and 
Seir, in this country, and many other variations 
in England are to be found in the records. 
The surnames Sawyer and Sayer furnish al- 
most identical variations in spelling and make 
the work of the genealogist very difficult. 
There is a belief in the family that the Sears 
family is of Norman origin. The eastern par- 
ishes of London and vicinity had many fami- 
lies of this name about 1600. The name is 
common in the islands of Guernsey and Jersey, 
from which many emigrants came with the 
early settlers at Marblehead and vicinitw 

( I) Richard Sears, immigrant ancestor, was 
a taxpayer in Plymouth colony as early as 
1632. He removed to Marblehead, where he 
was a landowner in 1637, but returned to the 
Plymouth colony about 1638, and settled at 
Yarmouth. He took the freeman's oath June 
7. 1653. Commissioners were appointed to 
meet at his house, on Indian affairs, October 
26, 1647. He was one of the settlers and foim- 
ders of Yarmouth. He was buried August 26. 
1676. His widow Dorothy was buried March 
19, 1678-79. Children: Silas, died at Yar- 
mouth. January 13, 1697-98: Paul, born 1637- 
38, mentioned below ; Deborah, born at Yar- 
mouth, September, 1639, died August 17, 


(II) Captain Paul, son of Richard Sears, 
was born probably at Marblehead. Massachu- 
setts, in 1637-38. after February 20. and rlied 
at Yarmouth. February 20, 1707-08. He took 
the oath of fidelity in 1657. lie was captain 
of the militia at Yarmouth, and was in the 
Narragaiisett war. He was one of the original 
proprietors of Harwich, which was laicl out 
betwe'.Mi Bound Brook and Stony Brook as 
Wing's Purchase. He married, at Yarmouth, 
in 1658, Deborah \\'illard. baptized at Scituate, 
September 14. 1645. died May 13. 1721. daugh- 
ter of George Willard. Her mother was prob- 
ably Dorothy Dunster. Children: Mercy, 
born July 3. 1639: Bcthia, January 3, 1661-62. 
filed Jidy 3, 1684: Sanutel, January, 1663-64, 
mentioned below : Daughter, • 1666. perhaps 
Lydia. who married Eleazer Hamblin : Paul, 

June 13, 1669: , October 24. 1672, 

probably Mar}', who married Colonel John 



Knovvles; Ami, March ijy 1675, ^^^'^ Novem- 
ber 14. 1745: John, 1677-78, died Alay 24, 
1718: Daniel, 1682-83, died August 10, 1756. 

{ III ) Captain Samuel, son of Captain Paul 
Sears, was born at Yarmouth in January, 
1663-64, died January 8, 1741-42. He was one 
of the earliest inhabitants of Harwich. His 
lirst house there was just over the line that 
separates the part of Harwich, which is now 
West Brewster, from East Dennis. It stood 
until after 1800, and was occupied by his sons. 
His will was dated April 7, 1740. He was con- 
stable in 1702, lieutenant 1706. and later cap- 
tain. He married Mercy Mayo, born 1664, 
died January 20, 1748-49, daughter of Dea- 
con Samuel and Tamzin (Lumpkin) Mayo, 
and granddaughter of Rev. John Mayo : chil- 
dren : Hannah, born July i, 1685: Samuel, 
September 15, 1687; Nathaniel, September 23, 
1689; Tamsen, November 13, 1691, died July 
17, 1761 ; Jonathan. September 3. 1693: Cap- 
tain Joseph, July 15, 1695; Joshua, May 3, 
1697; Judah, C^ctober 29, 1699. mentioned be- 
low; John, July 18, 1701 : Seth, ^lay 2~ . 1703; 
Benjamin. June 16, 1706. 

(IV') Judah, son of Captain Samuel Sears, 
was born October 29, 1699, died at Rochester, 
Massachusetts, about 1776. He lived in Har- 
wich, now West Brewster, and his house was 
standing recently. He removed to Rochester 
and joined the church there in 1769, and was 
tythingman in 1764-67. His will was dated 
February 5. 1773, proved September 2, 1776, 
his son Judah being executor. He married, at 
Yarmouth, in November, 1731, Mary Paddock, 
born 1714, daughter of Judah and Alice (Al- 
den ) Paddock, granddaughter of David Alden 
and great-granddaughter of John and Priscilla 
(Mullens) Alden. who came on the "May- 
flower." Children : Ann, born March 31, 1733 ; 
Judah, November 19, 1734; Mary, baptized 
November 7, 1736, died young: Alden, born 
February 24, 1738-39: Nathan, June 18, 1741 ; 
David. May 10, 1744; Richard. June 8. 1746: 
Alary, April 15. 1750. married, at Rochester, 
November 13, 1766, Jonathan Hatch, of Fal- 
mouth, his son, Alden Hatch, had a daughter, 
Mary Sears (Hatch) Johnston, whose daugh- 
ter. Annie M. Johnston, married Aaron C. 
Goodman (see Goodman \'I) : Elizabeth, bap- 
tized July 8. 1752: Alice, married Charles 
Church: Sarah, baptized March 30, 1755. 

The surname Ellsworth is 
ELLS\\'ORTH derived from that of a 

small village a few miles 
from Cambridge. England. The village is on 
a small stream once remarkable for its eels, 
hence the name of the village, place of eels. 
The name is spelled in various ways — Elswort, 

Elesworth, Elsworth, Ellesworth and Avles- 

(I) Sergeant Josias Ellsworth, the immi- 
grant ancestor, was the son of John Ellsworth, 
and said to have been a descendant of Sir John 
Ellsworth, in the time of Edward III, who re- 
sided in Cambridgeshire, England. This con- 
jecture is derived from "Mr. John Ellsworth, 
who was a respectable merchant in London, 
early in the nineteenth century, who stated that 
it was a tradition in his family which had long 
resided in Yorkshire, that a member of it had 
formerly removed to foreign parts : that he was 
a young man when he left, and never re- 
turned." He was born in 1629. He was in 
Connecticut as early as 1646. In 1654 he 
bought a house and lot in Windsor south of the 
Rivulet, near the old mill, on what was after- 
wards known as the Gillett place. In 1655 he 
bought the property afterwards known as the 
Chief Justice Ellsworth place. He was a juror 
in 1664: admitted a freeman Ma\' 21. 1657. 
His wife was admitted to the church in Wind- 
sor about 1663. and he contributed three shil- 
lings to the Connecticut relief fund for the 
poor of other colonies. He died August 20, 
1689, leaving an estate valued at six hundred 
and fifty-five pounds. He married, November 
16. 1654, Elizabeth Holcomb, who died Sep- 
tember 18. 1712. Children: Josias, born De- 
cember 5, 1655: Elizabeth, November 11, 
1657; Mary, May 7, 1660: Martha. December 

7. 1662: Sergeant Thomas, September 2, 1663 : 
Jonathan, June 28, 1669, mentioned below ; 
Lieutenant John, October 7, 1671 : Captain Job, 
April 13, 1674: Benjamin, January 16, 1676, 
died April 14, 1690. 

(II) Captain Jonathan Ellsworth, son of 
.Sergeant Josias Ellsworth, was born in Wind- 
sor, June 28. 1669, according to the family 
record. He resided in Windsor, where he kept 
a tavern and a small store of West India goods, 
and was engaged in many small business ven- 
tures. He was a man of sterling good sense, 
but was of such wit and humor that he went 
bv the name of "Hector Ellsworth." He was 
tall and strong. His death was caused by his 
being thrown from a horse, September 13, 
1749. when he was eighty-one years old. He 
married, October 26. 1693. Sarah, born Sep- 
tember 19, 1675, died November 9, 1755, 
daughter of Tahan Grant. Children : Jona- 
than, born March 11. 1695-96; Sarah, January 

8, 1698: John. 1701 ; Giles, August 6, 1703; 
Mary. March i, 1706: Esther, ]\iarch 9, 1708; 
David, August 3, 1709. mentioned below; 
Hannah, September 10, 1713; Jonathan, Au- 
gust 22. 1716: Ann, August 12, 1719. 

(III) Captain David Ellsworth, son of Cap- 
tain Jonathan Ellsworth, was born in Wind- 



sor, August 3 (June 17, according to the fam- 
ily Bible). 1709. He inherited from his father 
a hundred pounds, and acquired a handsome 
estate through his own industry. He was a 
farmer. "He had much cunning, or quick wit, 
and very sound judgment; was a selectman 
nearly all his active life, and commanded a 
company of Connecticut men at the Siege of 
Louisburg, hence his title of Captain." He 
died March 5, 1782. He married. July 8, 1740, 
Jemima Leavitt. of Suffield, born July 9. 1721, 
"a lady of excellent mind, good character, and 
pious principles," daughter of Joshua and Han- 
nah Leavitt. She married (second) June 4, 
1784, Captain Ebenezer Grant, and died Feb- 
ruary I, 1790. Children: David, born March 
27. 1 741 ; Oliver, April 29, 1745, mentioned 
below: Martin, January 12, 1750; Jemima, 
March 13, 1751. 

(IV) Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth, son of 
Captain David Ellsworth, was born in Wind- 
sor, April 29, 1745. At an early age he was 
placed under the instruction of Rev. Dr. Bel- 
lamy, and in 1762 entered Yale College, re- 
maining there two years. At Nassau Hill, now 
Princeton, New Jersey, he attained high rank 
as a scholar, and there received the degree of 
A. B. in 1766. After his graduation, his father 
placed him under the instruction of Rev. Dr. 
Smalley, to educate him for the ministry. Af- 
ter a year's study, however, he abandoned that 
calling for the law. and studied first with the 
first Governor Griswold of Connecticut. He 
completed his course of reading with Judge 
Root, of Coventry, and was admitted to the 
bar of Hartford county, in 1771. The debts 
which he incurred while studying he paid by 
cutting and selling wood from land which he 
owned, not being able to sell the land. 

His father gave him a house and farm in 
Bloomfield Cthen Wintonbury). and for about 
three years he divided his time between farm- 
ing and the law. the income from his practice 
being very small. His skill in handling an im- 
portant case given him by a neighbor secured 
a verdict for his client and won him at once 
a high reputation. His practice rapidly in- 
creased, and in 1775 he was appointed attorney 
for the state. He sold his farm and removed 
to Hartford, and his practice soon became 
larger and more remunerative than any of his 
contemporaries in the state. His resolute will, 
and power of concentration, together with the 
concise statements of his cases, and his lucid 
and forcible arguments, gained for him a com- 
manding position at the head of his pro- 
fession. He was a Whig in politics, and at 
the beginning of the revolution represented 
\\'indsor in the general assembly of Connecti- 
cut. While in that bodv. he served actively in 

the militia, and was one of a committee of four 
ca-lled the "Pay Table." This committee at- 
tended to the military expenditures. In Octo- 
ber, 1777, he was elected a delegate to the 
continental congress, and served as a member 
of the marine committee, acting as a board of 
admiralty, and also on the committee of ap- 
peals, and took a prominent part in all dis- 
cussions and political measures. From 1780 to 
1784, by }early elections, he was a member of 
the governor's council. In June, 1783, he left 
his seat in congress, and although re-elected, 
declined to serve. In 1784 he declined the ap- 
pointment of commissioner of the treasury to 
take the position of judge of the Superior 
Court of Connecticut. He conducted the duties 
of this office with rare ability and great repu- 
tation until he was a member of the Federal 
Convention at Philadelphia in May. 1877. In 
this body he bore a distinguished part, and 
became conspicuous as one -of the ablest advo- 
cates of the rights of the individual states. 
To him we are largely indebted for the Federal 
element of our constitution "by which so many 
sovereign States are kept in distant activity, 
while included under a higher sovereignty." 
He moved in the convention to expunge the 
word "National" from the constitution, and 
substitute the words "Government of the 
United States," and this was finally agreed to 
without a dissenting vote. Upon the organiza- 
tion of the new government at New York in 
1789, Mr. Ellsworth was one of the senators 
from Connecticut, and was appointed chairman 
of the committee to organize the judiciary of 
the United States. The original bill, in his 
iiandwriting, passed with but slight alteration, 
and its provisions are still in force. He was 
particularly watchful over the treasury, and 
was called the "Cerberus of the Treasury." He 
was spoken of by John Adams as "the firmest 
pillar of Washington's whole administration." 
By common consent he was yielded precedence 
in the Federal ranks in the senate, then com- 
posed of the elite of the Republic. The mission 
of John Jay to England in 1794 was due to his 
suggestion. March 4, 1796, he was made the 
successor of !Mr. Jay as chief justice of the 
Supreme Court of the United States, and by 
an extensive course of study, freshened his 
memory on points of law in which he felt him- 
self deficient. His dignified bearing, courteous 
impartiality and acknowledged ability won for 
him everywhere the confidence and esteem of 
the bar. In 1799 President Adams appointed 
him one of a committee to negotiate with 
France as an extraordinary commission to 
avert a war between the two countries, if pos- 
sible. Of the other members of the commis- 
sion, Mr. Henrv declined to act, on account 



of age, and Mr. Ellsworth did so reluctantly, 
but went to France, reaching there March 2, 
1800, accompanied by the two other members 
of the commission. A treaty was concluded 
which met with much opposition from con- 
gress, but which time has proved was wise. 
Judge Ellsworth's health had been seriously 
impaired, and travel only increased his malady. 
He was carried to England on the "Ports- 
mouth," and there took the mineral waters at 
Bath, with some benefit. His son Oliver, who 
had accompanied him as secretary, returned 
home with his father's resignation of the office 
of chief justice. Judge Ellsworth sailed from 
Bristol in April, 1801, and after a painful voy- 
age was landed at Boston. In 1802 he was 
again elected a member of the governor's coun- 
cil which acted as a superior court of errors 
in Connecticut, being the final court of appeals 
from all inferior state jurisdictions. Here his 
influence was controlling. In May, 1807, he 
was appointed chief justice of the Supreme 
Court of Connecticut, but he resigned the office 
soon. He died November 26, 1807, and was 
buried in the Windsor cemetery. A monu- 
ment marks his grave. Judge Ellsworth was 
tall and erect. His eyes were blue, large, fine 
and penetrating, and his brows were arched and 
heavy. His expression was pleasant. His 
manners were simple and unaffected, and his 
bearing was dignified and courtly. He was 
particular about his personal appearance, and 
never hurried his toilet. In public he always 
appeared in black silk stockings, with silver 
knee buckles, and wore a fine ruffled shirt. His 
silk justice's robe and powdered hair greatly 
heightened his natural advantages. His life 
was regular and strictly temperate. Daniel 
Webster once in the senate referred to Ells- 
worth as "a gentleman who had left behind 
him, on the records of the government of his 
country, proofs of the clearest intelligence and 
of the utmost purity and integrity of charac- 
ter." In 1790 he received the degree of LL.D. 
from Yale College, and in 1797 the same de- 
gree from Dartmouth and Princeton. 

Judge Ellsworth married. December 10, 
1772. Abigail Wolcott, born February 8, 1755, 
died August 4, 1818, daughter of William, 
Esq.. and Abigail ^^^olcott. Children, born in 
Windsor: .\bigail, born August 16, 1774; 
Oliver. October 22. 1776. died Alay 20, 1778; 
Oliver, April 27, 1781 : Maior Martin, April 
17- 17S3 ; William, June 25, died July 24, 1785 ; 
Frances, August 31, 1786; Delia' July 23, 
1789; William Wolcott. November 10, 1791, 
mentioned below; Hon. Henry Leavitt (twin), 
born November 10, .1791. 

(V) Governor William Wolcott Ellsworth, 
son of Oliver Ellsworth, was born in Wind- 

sor, November 10, 1791. He graduated at 
Yale College in the class of 1810. He studied 
law at the then celebrated law school at Litch- 
field. Connecticut, under Judges Reeves and 
Gould, and in the office of his brother-in-law, 
Chief Justice Williams. He was drawn to the 
profession of law by a natural taste and heredi- 
tary predilection and prosecuted the study with 
great energy and high purpose. His text 
books, which have been preserved, give evi- 
dence of his thoroughness in the marginal and 
interleaved notes of decisions in both English 
and American courts hearing upon the subject 
of the text. Throughout his life he kept pace 
with the decisions of the courts, the progress 
and changes in the law of the land. He was 
admitted to the bar in 1813, and in a city where 
the progress of a young lawyer is seldom rapid, 
his success was so great that, in 1817, when 
Judge Williams, whose practice at that time 
was second to none at the Connecticut bar, was 
elected to congress, Mr. Ellsworth was taken 
into partnership with him and was for two 
years in charge of his extensive business. By 
this time Mr. Ellsworth had an extensive prac- 
tice of his own and he continued successfully 
to practice in Hartford for sixteen years. He 
was a Whig in politics and was elected to con- 
gress in 1827, and served five years, resigning 
at the end of the twenty-third congress. His 
legislative record was highly honorable to him- 
self and satisfactory to his constituents. As a 
member of the judiciary committee he was 
active in preparing measures to carry into ef- 
fect President Jackson's "Proclamation against 
the Nullification Act of South Carolina." He 
was on the committee to investigate the affairs 
of the United States Bank at Philadelphia. To 
him, more than to any other man, is due the 
extension of the copyright law. He was a 
persistent and consistent advocate of a moder- 
ate protective tariff to protect home industries 
and develop manufactures as well as furnish 
revenue for the government. Returning to 
Hartford in 1834. he resumed the practice of 
law. and it was against his inclination that in 
1838 he was persuaded to become a candidate 
for governor of the state. He was elected by 
a large majority, however, and thrice re- 
elected, serving the state four years as chief 
executive with conspicuous ability and success. 
During this period he was twice offered and 
declined an election to the United States .Sen- 
ate. From 1842 to 1847 he was again in active 
practice of his profession. Then he was elected 
by the legislature a judge of the Superior 
Court and of the Supreme Court of Errors. He 
remained on the bench as an associate judge 
of the Supreme Court until 1861. when he re- 
tired by age limitation. Then, full of honors 


and still possessed of his great intellectual 
powers, he retired to privp.te life, though he 
never ceased to take a keen interest in public 
affairs. He received the honorary degree of 
LL.D. from Yale College in 1838. He was 
professor of law in Trinity College. Hartford. 
He was one of the original incorporators and 
at the time of his death president of the board 
of directors of the American Asylum for the 
Education and Instruction of the Deaf and 
Dumb, at Hartford. He was president of the 
board of directors of the Hartford Retreat for 
the Insane. 

The following estimate of his character and 
delineation of his personality is from a sermon 
by Rev. George H. Gould, pastor of the Centre 
Church of Hartford, preached at the funeral 
of Governor Ellsworth : 

"He was a Puritan of the best ^tock. His 
honesty was of perfect whiteness. Rufiis Choate 
once spoke of him, in a speech before a legis- 
lative committee of Massachusetts, as 'a man of 
hereditary capacity, purity, learning and love of 
the law.' adding, if the land of the Shermans, 
and Griswolds. and Daggetts. and Williams, rich 
as she is in learning and virtue, has a sounder 
lawyer, a more upright magistrate or an hon- 
ester man in her public service. I know not his 
name.' In Judge Ellsworth were hereditary qual- 
ities of great mental and moral worth. Like his 
father, the Chief Justice, he was reinarkable for 
the simplicity of his tastes and habits. In man- 
ner he was dignirted: in person he was tall and 
finely proportioned with as fine a personal pres- 
ence and bearing as any man of his time; he 
was a good speaker and had a fine voice: in 
conversation he was earnest and sincere, and all 
his intercourse was marked by kindness and in- 
tegrity of nature. The crown of his enduring 
character was his Christian walk and conversa- 
tion. He early professed Christ and ever after, 
through all his membersliip in the old Centre 
Church of Hartford, was an humble and faithful 
follower of his Lord. 

"He delighted in theological sti\dics and dis- 
cussions and took a very active part in relig- 
ious movements. He was a protninent friend 
of the great charitalile and missionary enter- 
prises; was much interested in Sunday schools 
and even after he had attained a high official 
position, he continued his duties as a teacher 
in the school connected with his church. From 
1821 until his death, a period of forty-seven years, 
he held the office of Deacon in the Centre 
Church. In all things he was an admirable rep- 
resentative of Xew England, a man of old-time 
integrity, sincerity, solidity of character." 

Governor Ellsworth married. September 14 
1813, Emily Webster, born .Xugust 4, 1790 
died .-Xugust 23. 1861. daughter of Noah U'eb- 
ster. the lexicographer fsee Webster \'l) 
Governor Ellsworth rlied January 15. 1868 
Children, born in Hartford : i. Pinckiiey Web- 
ster, December 5. 1814: mentioned below. 2 
Emily. September 27. 1816: married. .April 27 
1841. Rev. Ahner Jackson, president of Trin 
ity College. 3. Harriet. Jidy 4. 1818: married 

December 2t^, 1S45, Rev. Russell S. Cook, sec- 
retary of the .American Tract Society : she died 
February 24. 1848. 4. (Jliver. September 13, 
1820. 5. Elizabeth. November 17. 1822: died 
January 20. 1823. 6. Elizabeth, June 8. 1824; 
married. December 14, 1853, Hon. Waldo 
Hutchins, congressman from twelfth Nevi: 
York district, lawyer of New York Cit-y. 

( \'I ) Dr. Pinckney W^ebster Ellsworth, son 
of Governor \\'illiam Wolcott Ellsworth, was 
born in Hartford. December 5. 1814. He was 
descended from Governor Williatn Bradford 
of Plymouth ; of John Steele, who was in Hart- 
ford before Hooker and other pioneers of Mas- 
sachusetts and Connecticut. He attended the 
public schools and entered Yale College, from 
which lie was graduated in the class of 1836. 
He took up the study of medicine and attended 
medical schools in Philadelphia and New York, 
graduating from the College of Physicians and 
Surgeons of New York with tlie degree of 
M.D. in 1839. His medical studies were after- 
ward continued in Paris, London and Dublin. 
He settled in Hartford in 1843 and began to 
practice his profession, becoming in a few 
years one of the leading surgeons of the state. 
He was the first to perform a surgical oper- 
ation with the use of anaesthetics, outside of a 
dental office. He was in partnership with Dr. 
Amariah Brigham. who became subsequently 
superintendent of the Retreat for the Insane 
in Hartford, and later superintendent of the 
Insane Asylum at Utica. New York. Dr. Ells- 
worth was for a considerable time one of the 
visiting physicians of the Retreat. He was one 
of the organizers and a prominent member of 
the City Medical Society of Hartford, and a 
leading member of the Hartford County and 
Connecticut Medical Societies, and honorary 
member of the New York State Medical So- 
cict\-. During the civil war he was appointed 
brigade surgeon by Governor Buckingham, ' 
and served on the staff of General Isaac T. 
Stevens of the Army of the Potomac, who was 
shot and killed at the head of his command in 
the second battle of Bull Run. Dr. Ellsworth 
was examiner of recruits for the service, and 
made personal examination of about nine thou- 
sand soldiers. Later he held the office of pen- 
sion examiner, in Connecticut, for nine years 
uiuler Presidents Johnson. Grant and Cleve- 
land. He was a member of the Centre Church 
of Hartford for many years. In politics he 
was always independent and never sought pub- 
lic office of any kind, and even in the church 
he always declined to hold office. A lifelong 
student, not only of medical, but of theological 
and philosophical subjects, his learning was 
profound. He was especially interested in 
reading and comparing the Greek scriptures. 



He wrote a number of papers on his theological 
research and published "IiTimanuel, God with 
us," etc. The busiest part of the doctor's life 
was spent in his home and office on the site 
of the Phoenix Life Insurance Company's pres- 
ent office building-. 

He married (first), October 11, 1842, Julia, 
born February, 1822, died March 18, 1854, 
daughter of Jesse Sterling, of Bridgeport, one 
of the first treasurers of the Housatonic Rail- 
road Company. He married (second) Decem- 
ber 7, 1837, Julia Townsend, born at New 
Haven, March 3, 1837, now living at Hartford, 
daughter of Lucius K. Dow. Child of first 
wife: I. William Sterling, born August 11, 
1849: died April 16, 1832. Children of the 
second wife : 2, Julia Sterling, born June 27, 
i860: married, December 21, 1882, .•\ugustus 
Julius Lyman, son of Bishop Lyman, of Ashe- 
ville. North Carolina. 3. Emily Webster, born 
May 21, 1864. 4. Harriet, born June 16, 1865; 
died October 31, 1868. 5. Wolcott Webster, 
born October 23, 1867, graduate of Yale Col- 
lege. 6. Ernest Bradford, born April 2^, 1870. 

7. Edith Townsend, born February 4, 1872. 

8. Alice Greenleaf, born October 6. 1877. 

(The Webster Line). 

(I) John Webster, the immigrant ancestor, 
was one of the original settlers of Hartford, 
Connecticut. He was magistrate of the colony 
from 1639 to 1659:- deputy governor in 1653, 
and governor in 1656. During the next three 
years he was first magistrate of the colony, or 
republic, as his descendant Noah Webster calls 
it. On account of a controversy with the min- 
ister of Hartford, the settlement at Hadley, 
Massachusetts, was planned and John \Vebster 
headed the list of fifty-nine signers who agreed 
to locate there. His son Rolijert was another 
signer. Governor Webster lodged at North- 
ampton, Massachusetts, fell sick soon after- 
ward, but recovered and became one of the 
judges associated with John Pynchon and 
Samuel Chapin. His home was on the east 
side of the highway, near the late residence of 
George Wyllys, in Hartford. He died April 
5, 1683, and was buried at Hadley. His will 
was dated June 23, 1639. He gave to his 
wife, Agnes, the use of his estate at Hart- 
ford during her life, and he also bequeathed 
property to his four sons. Children : Robert, 

mentioned below ; Mary, married Hunt, 

who died in 1639; Mathew settled in Farming- 
ton: William, whose wife was tried for witch- 
craft in 1G84-83, married, 1671, Mary Reeves, 
and resided at Hadley ; Thomas, married Abi- 
gail Alexander: Anne, settled at Northfield, 
Massachusetts, married John ^ilarsh, of Had- 

( H) Robert, son of Governor John Webster, 
was born about 1630-40 and died in 1676. He 
was a representative to the general court at 
Hartford 1638 to 1639. He was executor of 
his father's will. He signed the agreement to 
go to Hadley, but for some reason remained 
in Hartford or soon returned there. His will 
was dated May 20, 1676. He married Susan- 
nah , whose will was dated January 23, 

1698. The inventory of her estate was dated 
November 17, 1703, naming three sons living 
and John, deceased. Children : John, died 
1694, mentioned below : Jonathan, married, 
i68i, Dorcas Hopkins: Samuel, died in 1734; 
Robert, married Hannah Beckley, and died in 
1744; Joseph, died in 1730: William, died in 
1722: Susanna, married John Graves, of Hart- 
ford: Mary, married Thomas King: Eliza, 

married John Seymour : Sarah, married 


(HI) John (2), son of Robert and Susan- 
nah Webster, was born in Hartford about 1630, 
and died in 1694. Children, born at Hartford : 
John, married, 1712, .Abiel Steele, and died in 
1733, lived in Southington, Connecticut: Eben- 
ezer, lived to advanced age ; Jacob, died in 
1728, married Elizabeth Nichols; Daniel, born 
1693, mentioned below : Sarah ; Ann : Abigail, 
married, 1710, Jacob Merrill. 

(I\') Daniel, son of John (2) Webster, was 
born in 1693, at Hartford, and died there in 
1763. He married, 1719, Miriam Kellogg. 
Children: Daniel, died young: Noah, born 
March 23, 1721, mentioned below: Zephaniah, 
June I, 1724, died in March, 1761 ; Abram, 
died in 1731 : Miriam, born October i, 1729, 
married (first) William Sedgwick, (second) 

Marsh, of New Hartford, died at great 

age at home of her son, Timothy Sedgwick, 
\Vest Hartford; Daniel, September 4, 1731, 
died in 1783 ; Elihu, died in youth. 

(\') Noah, son of Daniel and Miriam (Kel- 
logg) Webster, was born at Hartford, March 
23. 1721 ; died November 9, 1813, aged ninety- 
one years seven months. He married, 1749, 
Mercy Steele, daughter of Eliphalet Steele. 
Children, born at Hartford: i. Mercy, born 
November 8. 1749: married John Kellogg Bel- 
den, and died August 11, 1820. 2. Abram, 

born in 1731: married (first) Merril ; 

(second) Dorothy Seymour, and (third) 
Eunice Childs. of Deerfield. 3. Jerusha, born 
in 1756: married Loel. Lord of Salisbury, who 
removed to Danb\'. New York ; she died Feb- 
ruar\' 21. 1821. 4. Noah, born October 16, 
1738. mentioned below. 3. Charles, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1762; married (first) Betsey Wood- 
ruff; (second) Mrs. \\'ilkinson. 

(VI) Noah (2), son of Noah (i) and 
Mercy (.Steele) ^\'ebster, was born in West 


Hartford, October i6. 1758: married, October 
26, 1789, Rebecca Greenleaf, of Boston. He 
served as a private in his father's company in 
the campaign against General Burgoyne, in 
the fall of 1777. He studied law and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1781, but he preferred 
teaching to law, and in 1782 opened a classical 
school at Goshen, New York. In 1783 he pub- 
lished at Hartford the "First Part of a Gram- 
matical Institute of the English Language," 
followed by a second and third part in the 
two years following. He published "The 
American Spelling Book" in 1783. and U'in- 
throp's Journal, which until then had been 
preserved only in manuscript. He wrote vari- 
ous political essays in the Connecticut Courant 
in 1785, entitled "Sketches of American Pol- 
icy." He was interested in public questions, 
and in 1785 visited the southern states to ad- 
vocate the enactment of state copyright laws. 
In 17S6 he delivered a course of lectures in the 
principal cities and towns on subjects relating 
to the English language, and these lectures 
were published in 1789 under the title of "Dis- 
sertations on the English Language." In 1787 
he taught English grammar and kindred sub- 
jects at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, .\fter the 
Federal constitutional convention adjourned, 
he published a work entitled "Examination of 
the Leading Principles of the Federal Consti- 
tution." In 1788 he published for one year 
the American Magazine, but the venture was a 
failure finanically. Returning to Hartford in 
1789. he took up the practice of his profession 
and gair.ed a prominent position at the bar. In 
1793. at the request of the president, he estab- 
lished a daily newspaper in New York City 
to support the administration. This paper was 
called the Mincri-a, and after a short time he 
added a semi-weekly called the Herald. These 
were subsequently called the Conuncrcial Ad- 
vertiser and the Xeii.' York Spectator. The 
Advertiser is still published, though the name 
was changed again to The Globe a few years 
ago. Webster's articles in these papers under 
the nom-de-i)lume "Curtius" ably defended 
Jay's treaties ant! other controverted policies 
of the young government. 

In 1798 he removed to New Haven, and in 
1799 he published "A Brief History of Epi- 
demics and Pestilential Diseases" in two octavo 
volumes. In 1802 he published a work on the 
rights of neutrals in time of war, and "Histor- 
ical Notices of the Origin and State of Bank- 
ing Institutions and Insurance Offices." and in 
1807 his "Philosophical and Practical Gram- 
mar of tiie English Language." He had in 
1806 published a "Compendious Dictionary," 
and in 1807 commenced the great labor of his 
life, "A Dictionary of the English Language," 

the first edition of which appeared in 1828 in 
two quarto volumes, and a second in 1840 in 
two royal octavo volumes. While preparing 
this stupendous work he lived at Amherst, 
Massachusetts, and he was one of the most 
active and influential founders of Amherst Col- 
lege. He was for a number of years a repre- 
sentative to the general court from Amherst. 
He had served his district in New Haven in 
the Connecticut legislature several terms previ- 
ously, and for a time was iudge of one of the 
state courts and one of the aldermen of the 
city. He returned to New Haven in 1822 and 
visited Europe in 1828. Early in 1843 '''^ pub- 
lished "A Collection of Papers on Political, 
Literary and ^tloral Subjects,'' and an elabor- 
ate treatise on "The supposed change of tem- 
perature in Winter." His last literary labor 
was the revision of the Appendix to his dic- 
tionary, completed a few days before his death. 
He died at New Haven, May 28. 1843. Of 
the "Elementary. Spelling Book" nearly fifty 
million copies have been sold, and during the 
preparation of the dictionary the income from 
this work supported his family. His dictionary 
was revised after his death by his son-in-law, 
Pr(jfessor Goodrich, and from time to time by 
others. The Merriams of Springfield have 
been the publishers for many years. In 1823 
he received the honorary degree of LL.D. from 
Yale College. Dr. \\'ebster's works, besides 
those mentioned, were : "History of the 
L'nited States," revised in 1838; "Letters to a 
Young Gentleman Commencing His Educa- 
tion," published in 1823: "Manual of Useful 
Studies," in 1832; "The Prompter." and a 
"History of Animals." 

In many respects Dr. Webster was the most 
famous scholar of his period in American liter- 
ature. He performed a work of lasting value 
to the English-speaking people and blazed the 
way for other lexicograpliers to follow. That 
he was a genius cannot be disputed. His ver- 
satility in literature was as remarkable as his 
learning was profound. 

Children of Noah and Rebecca (Greenleaf) 
Webster: i. Emily, born August 4. 1790: mar- 
ried William Wolcott Ellsworth, September 
14. 1813 fsee Ellsworth family). 2. Frances 
Jidiana, February 3, 1793; married. October i, 
1816, Chauncey Allen Goodrich. 3. Harriet, 
April 6, 1797: married (first) Edward H. 
Cobb, of Portland, May 22. 1816. and ("sec- 
ond) July 26. 1825, ^^'illiam Choimcy Fow- 
ler. 4. Mary, January 7, 1799; died February 
28, 1819; married Horatio Southgate, of Port- 
land. 5. William Greenleaf, September 15, 
1801 ; married Rosalie Eugenia Stuart, of Vir- 
ginia, May 5. 183 1, and removed in 1835 to 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 6. Eliza Steele, December 



21, 1803: niarr-ed, September 5. 1S25. Henry 
Jones. 7. Henry Bradford, November 20, 
1806; died aged ten weeks. 8. Louisa, April 
12, 1808. 

The name of Whittlesey 
WHITTLESEY was first taken by the 
people living in Cam- 
bridgeshire, England, on the Whittlesea Fens, 
at no later date than the tenth century. In 
the year 1187 William \Vhittlesey led a for- 
lorn hope at the siege of Acre. He followed 
his king in the effort to rescue the tomb of 
Christ from the Jews, and was one of about 
fifty men who withstood the famine of fire and 
water and returned to England with the king, 
by whom he was knighted in 1190. In 1192 
he fell at the battle of .Malta. Cambridgeshire 
was the birthplace of the English and Ameri- 
can families of the name of Whittlesey and 
there are still many of the name living in that 
county. The coat-of-arms of the English fam- 
ily is described as follows : Azure ; a fess, er- 
mine, between three escalop shells. Or. An 
Esquire helmet on shield. Crest : Lion ram- 
pant. Motto: Animo et fide (Courage and 

(I) John Whittlesey, immigrant ancestor, 
was born July 4, 1623, in Cambridgeshire, 
England, near Whittlesea, the son of John, 
born in 1593. and Lydia (Terry) Whittlesey. 
The latter's mother's name was Wesley, and 
she and her husband were married in London, 
October. 1621-22. John Whittlesey, the son, 
came to .An-'erica with the Lords Say and Seal 
Company in 1635. The company landed in 
Boston, Massachusetts, but as early as 1636 
were in Saybrook, Connecticut. The records 
of Saybrook from this time to 1670 were de- 
stroyed by fire, but the Whittleseys are men- 
tioned as among the inhabitants of Middlesex 
county. Connecticut, in 1648. In 1662 John 
\A'hittlesey and William Dudley, of Sa}brook, 
contracted with the town to keep a ferry across 
the Connecticut at Saybrook from Tilly's 
Point. They were also to build a road to the 
point and a horse canoe or boat large enough 
to carry three horses at once and such passen- 
gers as desired to cross. In 1677-78-79 John 
Whittlesey is mentioned as buying lands. He 
represented the town of Saybrook in the gen- 
eral assembly between 1644 and 1683, and was 
also elected in 1696-97-98-1703. In 1678 he 
was appointed collector of minister's rates, and 
again in 1681-82; townsman in 1688-89-97. In 
1684 he was one of the attorneys, a lister in 
1685, and frequently one of a committee to 
survey and lay out land and to scat people in 
the meeting house. He was made freeman, 
April 4. 1704. His house was built n.ear the 

ferry, on the west bank of the river, and the 
site remained in the family until recent years. 

He married, at Saybro'ok, June 20, '1664, 
Ruth, born April 20, 1645, daughter of Wil- 
liam and Jane (Lutman) Dudley. Her father, 
William Dudley, was born in Richmond, form- 
erly Sheen, in Surrey, England, and came to 
Guilford, Connecticut, in 1639, with Rev. 
Henry Whitfield, as part of the Eaton and 
Hopkins expedition. He married Jane Lut- 
man, of Wysborough Green, August 24, 1636. 
He was representative in the general court 
for Guilford, and died March 16, 1683-84. His 
wife died May i, 1674. He was the son of 
David Dudley, of Darking, county of Surrey, 
1630, a wheelwright by occupation. He was 
the son of Squire Thomas Dudley, born about 

1586, of Darking. His wife's name was 

White. He was married in 1612 and died in 
16^9. He was one of twelve children of Rob- 
ert Dudley, born 1533, died 1584. Robert 
Dudley was the son of Robert Dudley, Earl of 
Leicester, who married (third) Lettice, daugh- 
ter of Sir Francis Knolles, widow of Robert 
Devereux, Earl of Essex. He was the son of 
John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, born 
1302, beheaded 1333, married Jane Guilford, 
born 1304, died 1533, daughter of Sir Edward 
(luilford. John Dudley was the son of Edward 
Dudley, born 1462, beheaded 1310, married 
Elizabeth, heir to Sir Edward Gray. Edward 
Dudley was the son of Sir John Dudley, born 
at .Arundel Castle, Sussex county, died 1300, 
married Elizabeth Branshot. died 1499. Sir 
John Dudley was the son of Sir John Sutton, 
Lord Dudley, K. G., born 1406, rlied 1467, mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Berkley, 
Knight. John Whittlesey died April 13, 1704. 
Children: John, born December 11, 1663; 
.Stephen, April 3, 1667; Ebenezer. December 
II, 1669; Joseph. June 15, 1671 ; Josiah, Au- 
gust 21, 1673: Jabez, March 14, 1673: David, 
June 20, 1677; Eliphalet, July 24, 1679; Ruth, 
April 23. 1681 : Sarah. Mav 28, 1683: Sam- 
uel, 1686. 

(II) Eliphalet, son of John Whittlesey, was 
born July 24, 1679, at Saybrook. In 1707 he 
removed to Newington and purchased seventy- 
two acres of land from his brother Jabez. On 
this land he erected his house and barn and 
started farming. In 1723 and 1727 he was 
one of the "prudential committee" in the so- 
cietv. His name appears on the list of New- 
ington church members in 1747, on the com- 
niittee to superintend letting the school money 
during the year 1748: on the committee to 
"seat the meeting house," 1756. He married, 
December i, 1702, Alary Pratt, born May 24, 
1677. at Savbrook. He died .September |. 1737, 
and his wife, Alarch 22, 1738. Children : Alary, 



born October i, 1703; Hannah, May 13, 1711 ; 
Eliphalet, mentioned below. 

I III I Eliphalet (21, ?on of Eliphalet (i) 
Whittlesey, was born in Xewington, May 10, 
1714. He was a farmer by occupation, and 
his farm was one of the best known and most 
productive in the vicinity of Xewington. He 
was also prominent in public aftairs. In 1761 
he removed with his family to W^ashington. 
Connecticut, and united with the church there 
the same year. He was soon after chosen 
deacon. In May, 1775, he was appointed a 
member of the general assembly from Kent, 
Connecticut, also at a special session held at 
Hartford, bv order of the governor, called to 
provide for the defense and safety of the in- 
habitants and to supply troops. He took an 
active and important part in the colonial wars. 
October 13, 1748, he was commissioned by the 
general assembly to be ensign of the Tenth 
Company or train band in the Si.xth Regiment 
of the colony of Connecticut, and on May 9, 
175 1, was commissionefl lieutenant of the same 
company and regiment. March 7. 1756, he was 
appointed and' commissioned captain of the 
Si.xth Company of the Fourth Regiment. Feb- 
ruary 9. 1757, he was commissioned captain of 
the Tenth Company of the Si.xth Regiment, 
and March. 1758. commissioned captain of the 
Fourth Company in the First Regiment under 
Phincas Lyman, colonel; 1759. captain of the 
Fifth Company, First Regiment; 1760, captain 
of Fifth Company. First Regiment. In 1760 
he was placed at the head of a company which 
was raised on the call for twenty-five hundred 
men for Major-General William Shirley's com- 
mand, to operate at Crown P'jint and Iroquois 
Lake. He participated in the battles and re- 
mained in service during the war. In the 
campaign of 1757. which resulted in the sur- 
render of Fort William Henry to Montcalm's 
forces. Captain Whittlesey had the connnand 
of a picked company of one hundred men. 
mostly from Wethersfield. Connecticut. In 
1758, when Fort Edward was the base of oper- 
ations, and Ticonderoga the objective point. 
he was always in the thickest of the battles and 
led his men with great bravery. 

He married. Decenilier 16. 1736. Dorothy, 
born December 24. 1716. died April 14. 1772, 
daughter of Captain Martin Kellogg, who 
settled in the first society of Wethersfield. but 
afterwards removed to Xewington, where he 
died. .\s a boy he lived at Dcerfield. Massa- 
chusetts, with his father, stepmother and three 
other children. During Queen .\nne's war, 
February 29, 1704. he was captured by the 
Indians, together with his father and the other 
children, but they were afterwards allowed to 
return. He was several times captured, but 

was returned. He was often employed by the 
government as interpreter of the Indian lan- 
guage at the Indian treaties. He was commis- 
sioned captain in the Si.xth Company of militia 
of Wethersfield by the general assembly, and 
in 1746 was engaged to be pilot for the ex- 
pected British fleet in the St. Lawrence. In 
175 1 he was the colony's agent to the chief of 
the Mohawks to supply them with clothing. 
He married, January 26, 1692, Dorothy Ches- 
ter, died September 26, 1754. His father was 
}(lartin Kellogg, born October i, 1660, prob- 
ably at Farmington. He was often employed 
as an Indian interpreter and was a courageous 
and active man. He was a weaver by trade. 
He survived many captures and much hard 
treatment by the Indians. 

He married (first) December 10, i')84, 
Ann, daughter of Samuel and Mehetabel John- 
son, born at Hadley, ^Massachusetts, February 
22, \6C:)j, died at Deerfield, July 19, 1689. Sam- 
uel Johnson was born March 5. 1642, at Had- 
ley, and was killed by the Indians at Deerfield, 
September 8, 1675. .Mehetabel, his wife, was 
the daughter of Humphrey Johnson, born in 
England, son of John Johnson, who came from 
England in the fleet with John Winthrop, and 
was a representative in the first general court, 
1634. a member of the Ancient and Honorable 
Artiller}' Company, 1638. He lived in Rox- 
bury, Connecticut, where he died September 
30, 1659. ]\Iartin Kellogg married the third 
time in 1732. His father was Joseph Kellogg. 
Dorothy Chester, wife of Captain Martin Kel- 
logg, was the daughter of Stephen and Jemima 
(Treat) Chester. Her father was born May 
26, 1660, son of Captain John Chester, born 
August 5, 1635, married, February, 1653, 
Sarah \Velles, born in 1631, daughter of Gov- 
ernor Thomas W'elles. the fourth governor of 
the Colony of Connecticut, 1655-58. He died 
Februarv 23, 1698. and his wife. December 12 
or \C\ 1(^198. He was the son of Leonard Ches- 
ter, born July 15. 1610, married, in England, 
1634. Mrs. ^'lary (Sharpe) Wade, born about 
1608. daughter of Xicholas Sharpe. He died 
in Wethersfield, Connecticut, December 11, 
I ''147, and the family arms are on his tomb 
in the old Wethersfield burying-ground. His 
wife died November 30, 1688. He was the 
son of John Chester, of Blaby, England, who 
marrieil Dorothy Hooker, sister of Rev. Thom- 
as Hooker, founder of Hartford, and daugh- 
ter of Thomas Hooker, mentioned elsewhere 
in this book. John Chester was the son of 
Leonard and Bridgetta (Sharpe) Chester, and 
grandson of Sir ^^'illiam Chester, baronet, of 
I.r.ndon. Eliphalet Whittlesey died July 12, 
1786. at Washington. Cnnnecticut. Children: 
Martin, born October 5, 1737; Lemuel, May 



16, 1740; John, December 23, 1741. mentioned 
below; Anna. January 27, 1744; Abner, Alay 
I, 1746; Eliphalet, July 2, 1748; David, Au- 
gust 18, 1750; Asaph, May 12, 1753; Dorothy, 
September 5, 1755; Elisha, January 8, 1758; 
Roger, October 6, 1760. 

(IV) John (2), son of Eliphalet (2) Whit- 
tlesey, was born at Newington, December 2t„ 
1741. He removed in 1761 with his father to 
New Preston, Connecticut. He left a diary 
which shows that he served as a servant to 
his father in the colonial wars. His discharge 
shows that he served for three years in his 
father's company. May 9, 1756, he assisted in 
forwarding stores from Connecticut to Green- 
bush, opposite Albany, New York. From the 
memoranda left by Mr. Whittlesey we find that 
the "spirit of the times" and the "safety of 
the people" predominated above all else in his 
mind, and after placing his farm in perfect 
working order, he devoted his attention to the 
revolution. In 1776 he was a private in Cap- 
tain Tibbetts" company, August 18 to Septem- 
ber 14, 1776, at New York, in Captain John 
Hinman's company ; October 28, he marched 
to Stamford, Connecticut, in Captain Moseley's 
company. November 6, the rc^'iment was at 
Horse Neck; November 12, marched to Rye; 
December 2, was at Saw Pitts, under General 
Wooster. March 21, 1777, he was commis- 
sioned ensign by Jonathan Trumbull, and 
served in the regiment of Lieutenant-Colonel 
N. Parsons. He recruited the quota of men 
for New Preston and collected and forwarded 
supplies and ammunition. After the revolution 
he was a justice of the peace, and was re- 
elected to the Connecticut legislature for sev- 
enteen consecutive sessions, and was also a 
member of the committee of safety. He was 
chosen deacon of the church in 1788, but de- 
clined to act. He was chosen and made a 
member of the convention to ratify the Con- 
stitution of the United States, and gave his 
vote. January 3, 1788. 

He married, November 14, 1765, Mary, born 
August 24, 1745, at New Preston, died Sep- 
tember 30, 1802, daughter of Matthew and 
Hannah Beale. Her father, Matthew Beale, 
was born April 13, 1719. He married (first) 
March 17, 1738, at New Preston, Hannah 
Cogswell, and removed to Salisbury in 1792. 
He married (second) Hannah Sweezey, Sep- 
tember I, 1777, and removed to Long Island. 
His father, George Beale, was born in Eng- 
land, 1675, died 1760. He came to America 
with his son Matthew when the latter was 
eleven years old. Hannah Cogswell was the 
daughter of Edward and Hannah (Brown) 
Cogswell, born at Ipswich, April 13, 1719, died 
in 1776, of dumb ague. Her father, Edward, 

was the son of William Cogswell, who was 
the son of William, who was the son of John. 
John Whittlesey died March 22, 1812. Chil- 
dren : Matthew Beale, mentioned below ; John, 
January 11, 1768; Mary Beale, June 13, 1771! 
Chester, November 25, 1773; Eliphalet, Sep- 
tember 21, 1775, died February 14, 1777; Eli- 
phalet, March 13, 1778; Asaph, January 4, 
1781 ; Elisha, October 19, 1783. 

(V) Matthew Beale, son of John (2) Whit- 
tlesey, was born at Washington, October 13, 
1766. He practiced law in Danbury, Connecti- 
cut, and there amassed a large estate. He was 
representative to the general assembly, state's 
attorney, and served in many other public po- 
sitions with unusual excellence. In 1848 he 
was first president of the Whittlesey Associa- 
tion, He was a man of sound integrity and 
skill in his profession, and an example of the 
manners and principles of the Puritan age. 
He married (first) Hannah, born September 
13, 1772, died May 7, 1819, at Danbury, daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer Russell and Hannah (Judson) 
White. He married (second) October 26, 
1824, Mrs. Caroline Hollam Buckley, born 
March 25, 1773, widow of the son of A. M. 
and Betsey (Brownell) Buckley, Matthew 
Beale Whittlesey died October 10, 1847. Chil- 
dren: William Augustus, born July 14, 1796; 
Eliza, April 16, 1798; John, February 16, 1800; 
Oliver, Alarch 31, 1803 ; Mary Anna, February 
9, 1805; Amelia (twin), August i, 1808; Julia 
(twin) ; Ebenezer Russell, mentioned below. 

(VI) Ebenezer Russell, son of Matthew 
Beale Whittlesey, was born at Danbury, Jan- 
uary 30. 181 3. When fifteen years of age he 
went to New York, where he served an appren- 
ticeship to a jeweler, and followed the trade 
for ten years. He then went to Long Island, 
and became interested in market gardening 
and the milk business. In the year 1840 he re- 
turned to Danbury and assumed charge of his 
father's farm. He also did business as a con- 
tractor and as such became widely known. He 
was associated with Mr. George Redfield under 
the firm name of Redfield & Whittlesey. They 
built a portion of the Fourth avenue tunnel in 
New York City, and St. James' Church in 
Danbury. In the early seventies Mr. Whittle- 
sey retired from active business, and devoted 
his time to the management of his farm. He 
was at one time warden in the town, select- 
man and a member of the board of burgesses. 
He was a member of the Congregational 
church, and with others organized the Second 
Congregational Church. Later he returned to 
the First Congregational Church, and was sup- 
erintendent of the Sunday school for twenty- 
six years. He was a man of integrity and 
sound judgment. He died October 6, 1892. 



He married, at Newtown, Long Island, Febru- 
ar_\- 19, 1840, Ann Eliza, born January 16, 1822, 
at Cairo, Greene county. New \'ork. ilaughter 
of Jacob and Permelia (Carmen) White. Her 
mother. Permelia (Carmen) White, was the 
daughter of George Washington and Betsey 
(Buckbee) Carmen, of Westchester, New 
York. On her father's side she was a direct 
descendant of Peregrine White, of Plymouth. 
Children : Frank, born January 20, 1841 : Mat- 
thew Beale, November 2. 1842; John Jacob, 
November 12. 1844; Mary, December 23, 
1846: William Augustus. Feliruary 21. 1849: 
Elmira Carmen. August q, 1S51 : Frank Rus- 
sell, August 28, 1858: Charles White, June 30, 
1861 : Granville, mentioned below. 

(V'H) Granville, son of Ebenezer Russell 
Whittlesey, was born at Danbury, July 11, 
1864. He studied law with Brewster. Tweedy 
& Scott, and was admitted to the bar in Febru- 
ary. 1889. He remained with this firm until 

1892, when he was made clerk of the city court. 
He served in the latter capacity until March, 

1893. when he became a member of the firm of 
Tweedy. Scott & Whittlesey. He is a member 
of the Sons of the American Revolution, of 
the New England Society, New York, and of 
the Congregational church, Danbury. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. He married, January 
19, 1903, Julia Delliker. born September 29, 
1876. daughter of Ebenezer and Julia (Del- 
liker) Hill. Children : Granville, horn in 
Danbury, December 5, 1903 ; Julian Hill, 
Greenwich, October. 1905. 

William Beardsley, the 
BE.'KRDSLEY immigrant ancestor, was 

born in England in 1605. 
He came to this country in 1635 in the ship 
"Planter" with his wife Mary, aged twenty- 
six, children Mary, aged four, John, aged two, 
and Joseph, aged six months. According to 
the family tradition, he was a native of Strat- 
ford-on-Avon. the home of Shakespeare, and 
it is believed that he gave the name of Strat- 
ford to the settlement in which he made his 
home, now Stratford. Connecticut. One of his 
descendants who settled in western New York 
named the town in wiiich he located .-Xvon in 
hoi^or of the Beardsley who came with Rev. 
.Adam Blakeman from St. Albans, England, 
and settled first at Hadley. Massachusetts. In 
1638 he removed to Hartford, Connecticut, and 
in the followincf spring to Stratford, of which 
he was one of the first settlers. He was deputy 
to the General Court seven years. He was a 
mason by trade. His will was dated September 
28. if/<o. and proved July 6. 1661. His inven- 
tory, dated February 13. 1660-01, amounted to 
three hundred and thirty-three pounds fifteen 

shillings eight pence. He died at the age of 
fifty-six years, leaving several }oung children. 
Children : i. Mary, born 1631 ; married Thom- 
as Wells. 2. John, born 1632 ; captain ; died 
November 19, 1718. 3. Joseph, born 1634; 
mentioned below. 4. Samuel, born 1638 : had 
land in what is now Bridgeport. 5. Sarah, born 
1640: married, June 8, 1668, Obadiah Dickin- 
son. 6. Hannah, born 1642; married Nathan- 
iel Dickinson. 7. Daniel, born 1644; died 1730. 
8. Thomas, mentioned by Savage. 

(II) Joseph, son of William Beardsley, was 
born in 1634. He inherited half the estate of 
his father, on condition that he should lead 
a seafaring life and care for his mother. He 
fulfilled the conditions. He was living in 
Brookhaven, Long Island, when, July 31, 1684, 
he exchanged his property in Stratford for the 
property of Andrew Gibb at Brookhaven. 
Later he returned to Stratford, however, and 
died there in 1712, aged seventy-seven years. 
His inventory was dated May 29, 1712, and 
amounted to seven hundred and eighty-two 
pounds six pence. He married Abigail Day- 
ton. Children: i. Joseph, born June 16, 1666. 
2. John, born November 4, 1668. 3. Hannah, 
born April 30, 1671 ; married Thomas Har- 
vey. 4. Elizabeth, married Edmund Pulford. 

5. Thomas, married Sarah Deming. 6. Eph- 
raim, married Alehitable Osborne. 7. Jona- 
than. 8. Josiah, mentioned below. 

(III) Josiah. son of Joseph Beardsley, was 
born in Stratford or Brookhaven about 1685- 
90. He married, November 4, 1712, at Strat- 
ford, ?klary Whittemore. probably daughter of 
Samuel. Children: i, Kate, born March 23, 
1714. 2. Hannah, born February i. 1715. 3. 
Josiah. born December 31, 17 16. 4. Samuel, 
born June 30. 1719; mentioned below. 5. 
Israel, born March 13, 1721. 6. Benjamin, 
born July 12, 1723, died 1726. 7. Isaac Jud- 
son, born October, 1725. 8. Benjamin, born 
February 28, 1727-28. 9. Jonathan, baptized 
August, 1734; settled at Newtown. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Josiah Beardsley, was 
born in Stratford, June 30, 1719, He married 
(first) Ann, daughter of Samuel and 'Sla.ry 
French; (second) Thankful Doolittle. .Sam- 
uel Beardsley was in Lieutenant Colonel Jona- 
than Duncan's regiment at Peckskill in 1777, a 
captain in rank; also captain in Colonel Sam- 
uel Whiting's regiment in 1777. Children: i. 
Catherine, born July, 1742. 2. Josiah, born 
February 6, 1750. 3. Daniel, born July, 1752; 
married Ann Hawley. 4. Anna, married Eli 
Smith. 5. Sarah, baptized August 13. 1758. 

6. Joseph, baptized, August 13, 1758. 7. Sam- 
uel, born May 14, 1760. 8. Eliot, baptized 
.■\ugust 29, 1762; mentioned below. 0. Sarah, 
baptized August 29, 1762. 10. Hall, born 


1767. II. Catherine, born March 2, 1770; 
married Stephen Beardsley, of Trumbull, Con- 

(\^) Eliot, son of Samuel Beardsley, was 
born in Stratford in 1762, and was baptized 
there with his twin sister. Sarah, August 29, 
1762. He settled at Southbury, Connecticut, 
and many of his descendants have lived at 
Winsted and vicinity. In 1790 he was living 
at Huntington, Connecticut, and had one fe- 
male in his family. He married, April 20, 
1788, Hannah Beach, who died June 10, 1799. 
He married (second), October 16. 1800, Abi- 
gail Patterson, widow. Children: i. Abigail, 
born at Huntington, April 25. 1792. 2. Han- 
nah, born May 17, 1798. 3. EliLit, born De- 
cember 26, 1801. Perhaps others. 

(VI) Eliot (2), son of Eliot (i) Beardsley, 
bom December 26, 1801, at Huntington. He 
married Delia Rockwell. They lived at Win- 
chester. Connecticut. 

(\TI) Edward Rockwell, .-^on of Eliot (2) 
Beardsley, was born at Winsted. Connecticut, 
January 10, 1839. He was educated in the 
public schools and Yale College, where he 
graduated in 1859. He was treasurer of the 
Beardsley Scythe Company from 1S59 to 1874. 
From 1874 to 1877 he conducted a private 
banking business in Winsted, and in 1877 be- 
came secretary and treasurer of the Central 
New England ar.d Western railroad, which po- 
sition he occupied for tv.-enty-nine years until 
his death. May 19, 1906. He removed from 
Winsted to H^artford in 1881, and passed the 
remainder of his life in that cit\'. In "-elin-ion 

he was a Cone'resfationalist. 

politics a 

staunch Republican. He was a member of 
the Asylum Avenue Congregational Church of 
Hartford : secreta"}' and treasure" of the 
Eeard.-^ley Library of Winsted ; ant! a director 
of The Empire Knife Company of Winsted. 

He married, January n, i8'67. Emma Afle- 
laide, born January 30. 1840 { see Lyman and 
V'ctmore families;, t'auehtcr of Thomas \\'at- 
scn. She is living at Plartford. Connecticut. 
Children: i. Elliot Gay. born June 4, [86S. 2. 
Edward Watson, born June 4. 18C.8. mentioned 
lielow. 3. Faith, died in infancy. 4. 
Rockwell, born at A\'insted. April 5, 1876. 

( \Tn I Eduard ^^■;lt:on, .^cn of Edward 
Rockwell Beardsley, was born in Winsted, 
June 4, [8^8. and attended the public schools 
there. Fie went with tb.e famil}' to Hartford 
in 1881 and there attended the public schools, 
taking a two years' course in the Plartford 
public high school. In December. 1885. he 
entered the employ of the D. H. Buell Jewelry 
Company, resigning that position. July. 1S86, 
to become a clerk in the ofifice of the Phoenix 
Fire Insurance Company, where he continued 

until March, 1891, when he was appointed 
local agent of that company for Hartford, also 
representing various other fire insurance com- 
panies. He conducted a general fire insurance 
business in his own name until March I, 1899, 
and then entered a partnership with General 
L. A. Dickinson and C. I. Beardsley, under 
the firm name of Dickinson, Beardsley & 
Beardsley in the same line of business. Since 
General Dickinson's death, January 27, 1901, 
the firm name has been Beardsley & Beards- 
ley. They are the local agents of the Aetna 
Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, the 
Phoenix Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, 
the Home Insurance Company of New York, 
and the Alliance Insurance Company of Phila- 
delphia. Mr. Beardsley has been successful in 
business and is well known throughout the 
country as an able, progressive and enterpris- 
ing underwriter. He was president of the 
Connecticut Association of Local Fire Insur- 
ance Agents in 1902 and 1903 and is at pres- 
ent (1909) the president of the National Asso- 
ciation of Local Fire Insurance Agents. He 
was vice-president of the Hartford Board of 
Fire L'nderwriters in 1899, and re-elected for 
a second term in 1900. He is an active and 
prominent Republican. He was fire commis- 
sioner of the city of Hartford 1902-05, and 
has been for several years clerk of the west 
middle school district of Hartford. He is a 
member of the Republican Club of Hartford. 
Fie is a member of the Asylum Avenue Con- 
gregational Church of Hartford. He belongs 
also to the Hartford Golf Club : the Connecti- 
cut Society, .Sons of the American Revolution ; 
the B. IT. Webb Council, Royal Arcanum, and 
St. John's Lodge of Free JNTasons. He mar- 
ried. October 15. 18S9. Ida May Johnson, born 
September 28. 1869. They h.ave one child, Ar- 
line Johnson, born July 13, 1893. 

(The Lyman Line). 

(I) Alfred the Great, King of England, 
n^irricd Ethelbirth. daughter of Earl Ethel- 
ran : their son — 

(II) Edward the Elder was King of Eng- 

(III) Edgina, daughter of Edward, married 
Hcnr\- dc ^'erandoi?. 

(I\') Hubert fourth \'.as Count de ^^erman- 

(V) Adela. daughter of Hubert, married 
Hugh Magnus, fifth Count de Vermandois, 
and son of Henry I., King of France. 

(VI) Isabel, daughter of Hugh, married 
Robert, Earl of ^Millent and Leicester. 

(ATI) Robert was second Earl of Leicester. 
(VIII) Robert, his son, was third Earl of 



(IX) Margaret, daughter of Robert, mar- 
ried Saier de Quincy. 

(X) Roger was the Earl of Winchester. 

(XI) Elizabeth, daughter of Roger, married 
Alexander Comyn. 

(XII) Agnes, daughter of Alexander, mar- 
ried Gilbert de Umireville, called the famous 
baron, the flower and keeper of the northern 
parts of England, 

(XIII) Gilbert de L'mfreville was an in- 
fant at the time of his father's death and was 
made a ward of Simon de Mountford. Earl of 
Leicester. He was the Earl of Angus, having 
married Matilda, Countess of Angus, a lineal 
descendant of Malcolm III., King of Scotland, 
three of whose sons succeeded to the throne. 
Gilbert died in 1307. 

( XR') Robert de L'mfreville, second son of 
Gilbert, had livery of his lands. He was one 
of the governors of Scotland and was a mem- 
ber of parliament under Edward II., until the 
eighteenth year of his reign, when he died. 
He was the second Earl of .^ngus. 

( X\' ) Sir Thomas de L'mfreville, son of 
Robert, was heir to his half-brother, Gilbert, 
and lived at Harbottle. He married Joan, 
daughter of Lord Rodam.' 

(XV'I) Sir Thomas de Umfreville was sec- 
ond son of .Sir Thomas ( i ) and heir to his 
brother, Sir Robert, and w-as living in the time 
of Henry IV.. at Kyme. Children: i. Gilbert. 
a famous soldier in the French wars in the 
time of Henry IV. and \'.. and was slain with 
Thokas, Duke of Clarence and others. 2. Jo- 
anna, mentioned below. 

( X\'II ) Joanna, daughter of .Sir Thomas de 
L'mfreville, married Sir William Lambert. ~rin 
of .-Man Lambert. 

(X\TII) Robert Lambert, of Owlton, was 
his son. 

(XIX) Henry Lambert. Esquire, of Ongar, 
county Essex, was 'living in the twenty-fifth 
year of the reign of Henry VI. 

(XX) Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Lam- 
bert, married Thomas Lyman of Xavistoke. 

(XXIi Henry Lyman, of Xavistoke. was his 

(XXII) John, son of Henry Lyman, lived 
in High Ongar. 

(XXIII) Henry, son of John Lyman, lived 

in High Ongar. He married Elizabeth , 

and had nine children. 

(XXIV) Richard, third child of Henry Ly- 
man, was born at High Ongar, county Essex, 
England, and baptized Octolier .^o, 1580. In 
1629 he sold to John Gower lands and orchards 
and a garden in Norton Mandeville. in the par- 
ish of Ongar, and in .August, 16;^ i. embarked 
with his wife and five children in the ship 
"Lion," William Pierce, master, for New Eng- 

' land. In the ship, which sailed from Bristol, 
were Martha Winthrop, third wife of Govern- 
or Winthrop, the governor's eldest son and 
his famil}-. and also Eliot, the Indian apostle. 
They landed at Boston, and Richard Lyman 
settled first in Charlestown, and with his wife 
united with the church of which Eliot was 
pastor. He was admitted a freeman, June 11, 
1635, and in October of the same year, join- 
ing a party of about a hundred persons, went 
to Connecticut, and became one of the first 
settlers of Hartford. The journey was beset 
by many dangers, and he lost many of his 
cattle on the way. He was one of the original 
[iroprietors of Hartford in 1636. receiving 
thirty parts of the purchase from the Indians. 
His house was on the south side of what is 
now Buckingham street, the fifth lot from 
Main street, west of the South Church, and 
bounded apparently by Wadsworth street 
either on the east or w-est. His will was dated 
April 22. 1640. and proved January 27, 1642, 
together with that of his wife, who died soon 
after he died. He died in 1640. His name is 
inscribed on a stone column in the rear of the 
Centre Church of Hartford, erected in mem- 
ory of the first settlers of the city. He mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Roger Osborne, of 
Halstead. in Kent. England. Children: i. 
William, buried at High Ongar. August 28, 
161 5. 2. Phillis. baptized, September 12. 161 1 ; 
came to Xcw England and married William 
Hills, of Hartford; became deaf. 3. Richard, 
baptized July 18, 1613; died _\oung. 4. Wil- 
liam, baptized, September 8. 1616: died Xo- 
vember. 1616. 5. Richard, baptized February 
24. 1617: mentioned below. 6. Sarah, bap- 
tized February 6. 1620. 7. .\nne, baptized, 
.■\pril 12, 1621 ; died young. 8. John, baptized, 
1623: came to X'ew England; married Dorcas 
Plumb ; died. August 20. 1690. 9. Robert, born 
September, 1629; married Hepzibah Bascom. 
(XXV) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) 
Lyman, was baptized at High Ongar. Febru- 
ary 24. \ff\-. He and his two brothers, John 
and Robert, were taxed in 1655 in Hartford 
for a rate assessed to build a mill. They prob- 
ably removed the same year to Northampton, 
where in December. 1655, Richard was chosen 
one of the selectmen. He sold his father's 
homestead in Hartford in 1660. He married 
there Hepsihah. daughter of Thomas Ford, of 
Windsor. She married (second) John Marsh, 
of Hadley. Richard Lyman died June 3. 1662. 
Children: i. Hepsihah. married November 6, 
ifi'S2, Joseph Dewey. 2. Sarah, married. 1666, 
John Marsh. 3. Richard, married Elizabeth 
Coles. 4. Thomas, mentioned below. 5. Eliza, 
married, August 20, 1672, Joshua Pomeroy. 
6. John, settled in Hadley. 7. Joanna, born 



1658. 8. Hannah, born 1660 ; married, June 
20, 1677, Job Pomeroy. 

(XX\'I) Ensign Thomas, son of Richard 
(2) Lyman, was born in Windsor, Connecti- 
cut, in 1647, and died July 15, 1725, aged 
seventy-five years. He removed to Northamp- 
ton in 1656, and in 1708-09 to Durham, Con- 
necticut. His wife Ruth and part of the chil- 
dren came to Durham with him. He was one 
of the early settlers there, one of the first 
deacons of the church and represented the 
town several sessions in the general assembly. 
Both he and his wife renewed their covenant 
with the church at the settlement of Rev. 
Nathaniel Chauncey, December 30. 1710. 
They were dismissed by letter from Northamp- 
ton church under date of January 16, 1710-11. 
He was ensign of the militar}- company. He 
married, in 1678. Ruth, widow of Joseph Baker 
and daughter of William Helton. She had 
si.x children by her first husband. Children of 
Thomas and Ruth Lyman: i. Thomas, born 
1678. 2. Mindw^ell, born 1680: married John 
Harris. 3. Ebenezer, born 1682; mentioned 
below. 4. Elizabeth, born about 1684. 5. 
Noah, born 1686: died 1728. 6. Enoch, born 
January 18. 1691. 

(XXV'H) Deacon Ebenezer. son of Ensign 
Thomas Lyman, was born in Northampton in 
1682, and died in 1762, at the age of eighty. 
He removed to Durham, Connecticut, after his 
father and settled near the north boundary on 
the west road, or Cooked Lane, about 1719. He 
bought land in 1737 over the line in Middle- 
field with his brother Noah, and in 1740 re- 
moved to Tnrrington. He and his son Eben- 
ezer were original members of the church. Oc- 
tober 21, 1 74 1, and he was elected deacon Jan- 
uary r. 1742. He was representative from 
Durham in the general assembly in 1737. He 
married, January 2. 1706, Experience Pom- 
eroy. Children: i. Moses. 2. Experience, 
born April 17. 1708, at Northampton. 3. Eben- 
ezer, born September 20, 1709; mentioned be- 
low. 4. Stephen, born .A.ugust 14, 171 1. 5. 
Experience, born December 25, 1712. 6. Mind- 
well, born July 13, 1714, baptized at Durham; 
married. October 29, 1741, Jacob Strong. 7. 
John, born 1717; died 1763. 8. Hannah, bap- 
tized June 30. 1723; died February 19. 1771 ; 
married Asahel Strong. 

fXXVHI) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer 
(t) Lyman, was borni n Nrthhampton. Sep- 
tember 20. 1709. He removed to Durham with 
his parents about 1709. He was the first settler 
in Torrington, Connecticut (1737), whither he 
went with his "young family of three persons.'' 
He owned a large tract on what was later 
called Lyman Brook, and his house was used 
for garrison purposes during Indian troubles. 

He married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of 
Noadiah Seward; (second), in 1737, Sarah 

. Children: i. Caleb, born 1747; died 

1810; married Hannah Loomis. 2. Ebenezer, 
born ALarch, 1750; died March 7, 1S13 ; settled 
m \'ermont. 3. Sarah, born 1740. died 1832, 
aged ninety-two years ; married, November 23I 
1763, Joel Wetmore (see Wetmore IV). 
4. Esther, married Nehemiah Lewis. 5. Ruth, 
married Ashbel North. 6. Rhoda, married 

Nathaniel Hayden. 7. Mary, married 

Tuttle and lived at Windsor. 

(The Wetmore Line). 

The Wetmore family was original!}- the 
same as Whittemore and Whitmore. as stated 
in the English ancestry of the Whittemore 

(I) Thomas Wetmore. the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in 16 15, in one of the western 
counties of England, according to familv tra- 
dition. He came to America in 1635. sailing 
from Bristol, and settled in Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, where in 1639-40 he was a land 
owner. He removed to Hartford soon after- 
ward, and in 1649 was one of the first settlers 
of Massabeseck, which was incorporated as 
the town of Middletown, Connecticut, Novem- 
ber 23, 1653. He was admitted a freeman May 
20, 1632. and must have then been a member 
of the orthodox church and worth at least 
two hundred pounds. He represented INIiddle- 
town in the General Assembly in 1654-55. He 
died December 11, 1681, aged sixty-six. His 
will was dated July 20. 168 1. He married 
(first) Sarah, daughter of John and Ann 
(Willicke) Hall. December 11. 1645. She died 
December 7, 1664-65, and he married (sec- 
ond). Januar)- 3, 1667. Mary (Piatt) Atkinson, 
daughter of Richard Piatt and widow of Luke 
Atkinson. She died June 11, 1669, and he 
married (third) Katherine (Leete) Robards, 
widow, who died October 13, 1693. In the 
probate records, the record of his surviving 
children and their ages is given as follows: 
John. 36: Thomas. 29: Samuel. 26: Izrahaih. 
25: Beriah. 23; Nathaniel. 20: Joseph, iS; Jo- 
siah. 13: Benjamin. 7: Elizabeth. 32: Marv, 
31: Hannah. 28; Sarah, 17: ]\[ehitablc, 13; 
Abigail. 3 ; Hannah, one year. Children of 
first wife, horn at Hartford: i. John, baptized 
September 6. 1646. 2. Elizabeth, baptized 
1648: married Josiah .A.dkins. 3. Marv, born 
1649: married John Stowe. 4. Sarah, baptized 
April 20, 165 1 ; died 1655, Born at Middle- 
town : 5. Tjiomas, born October 19, 1652 ; 
married Elizabeth Hubbard. 6. Hannah, born 
February 13, 1654. 7. Samuel, born Septem- 
ber 10. 1656; mentioned below. 8. Israhiah, 
born March 8 or 9. 1658. 9. Beriah, born No- 



vember 2. 1659 ; married Margaret Stowe. 10. 
Nathaniel, born April 21, 1661 ; married Dor- 
cas Allen, widow. 11. Joseph, born March 5, 
1662: married Lydia Bacon. 12. Sarah, born 
November 27, 1664. Children of the second 
wife: 13. Josiah, born March 29. 1667. 14. 
Mehitab'.e. born June i. 1669. Children of 
the third wife: 15. Benjamin, born November 
27, 1674. 16. Abigail, born November 6, 1678. 
17. Hannah, born January 4, 1680. 

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas Wetmorc. was 
born September 10, 1656. and died April 12, 
1746. He removed to the Middlefield Society 
in 1700, and was one of the first settlers there. 
He married, December 13, 1687, Mary, born 
April 7. 1664. died May 24, 1709. daughter of 
Nathaniel and .-Knn Bacon. Her father was a 
native of England, and his family lived in 
Stratton, county Rutland, England. Children : 
I. Mehitable, born November 14, 1689. 2. 
Samuel, born March 13. 1692: mentioned be- 
low. 3. Mary, born June 29, 1694. 4. Benja- 
min, born May 17, 1696. 5. Thomas, born Au- 
gust 26, 1698. 6. Daniel, born May g, 1703. 
7. Reriah, born January 22, 1706-07. 8. 
Jahez. born May 14, 1709. 

(III) Samuel, son of Samuel Wctmore. was 
born in Middletown, Connecticut, March 13, 
1692. and died December 30, 1773. He was a 
member of Midrlleficld .Society and removed 
with his family to Wincliester, Connecticut, on 
election day, 1771. where he purchased land. 
He was the first person interred in the old 
Winchester burying ground. His farm in 
Winchester remained in the family for many 
generations. He married. June 21, 1722, Han- 
nah Hubbard, born July 21, 1700. died June 
4, 1794. Children, born in ^Iiddletown: i. 
Deacon Spmuel. born December 24. 1723: died 
September 22. 1804. 2. Hannah. l)orn Decem- 
ber 18, 1723. 3. John, born October 27, 1727. 
4. Rev. Noah, born .April 16, 1730; died March 
0. 179'^. 5. Mehitable, born .August 5, 1732: 
died 1816. 6. Sarah, bom March 31. 1734; 
died 1803. 7. Lois, born March 6, 1736. 8; 
Incl. born March 9. 1738; mentioned below. 
9. ^^liccnt. horn September 15. 1739. 10. 
Maru. bom July 23. 1741. 

(IV) Joei, son of Samuel Wetmore, was 
born in Middletown. March 7 or 9. 1738. and 
died in Torrington. in February. 1814, aged 
seventy-five. He resided in Torrington, Con- 
necticut, and married, and his wife owned the 
covenant in the church there. March 10. 1765. 
He married. November 23, 1763, Sarah, 
daughter of Deacon Ebcrezer Lyman, of Tor- 
rington (see L_\man family). She died in 
1832. aged ninety-two years. Children: i. 
Olive, born March 10. 1765; died November, 
1848. 2. Ebenezcr Lyman, born 1766. 3. 

John Pomeroy, born June 15. 1770: died Au- 
gust 22. 1S53. 4. Melicent, born January 10, 
1772; mentioned below. 5. Sarah, married 
Giles Whiting. 

( \" ) Melicent, daughter of Joel Wetmore, 
was born in Torrington, January 10, 1772, and 
(Hcd September 19. 1S4S. Slie married, Jan- 
uary I, 1797, Captain Thomas, born in New 
Hartford, October 15, 1763, died January 23, 
1850, son of Levi and Abigail (Ensign) Wat- 
son. Children: i. Roman, born September 27, 
1797; died unmarried, February 12. 1848. 2. 
Thomas, born February 5, 1800; married, No- 
vember 10, 1829, Emeline, born August 3, 
1807, daughter of Elizur and Amanda (Steele) 
Curtis : children, born in New Hartford : i. 
Caroline Amanda, born October 7, 1831 ; ii. 
Charlotte Ellen, born January 8, 1835 ; iii. 
Emma Adelaide, born January 30, 1840, mar- 
ried Edward R. Beardslev (see Eeardslev fam- 

(Ill) Thomas, third son 

BEARDSLEY of Joseph Beardsley (q. 
v.), married Sarah Dem- 
ing, July i8, 1707, and removed to Ripton, 
nov; Huntington, in 1729, wb.ere he died in 
1773. His chil Iren were: Israel, December 
3, 1708, n-.entioned below; Sarah. March 24, 
1709-10; Hannah, May 26, 1715: Elizabeth, 
October 26, 1716: Esther, married Benjamin 
DcForcst : Thomas and Henry (twin>). May 
19, 1720, both died young: Thankful, July 8, 

(I\') Israel, son of Thomas Beardsley, was 
born December 3, 1708. He married Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Samuel Blagge, May 30, 
1730. They removed to Newtown, Connecti- 
cut, before 1761, where he died in 1791. Chil- 
dren : Samuel Blagge, born January, 1731-32; 
Israel, September 30, 1733: Elisha. .\ugust 17, 
1735. mentioned below; Urania, baptized April 
9, 1738; Lemuel, June, 1740: And, April, 
I743:jared. 1744; Katharine. February, 1753: 
Price. May ig, 1761, in Newtown. 

(V) Elisha, son of Israel Bt-ardsley, was 
born .August 17, 1735. died in Monroe, April 
h. 182.-. ' He mr.rried >'ehetal.el. ('au'diter of 
E!-,er.c;:er and Abigail Hurd. He was a farmer 
by occupation ; a large landholder : a communi- 
cant in the Episcopal church, vestryman and 
clerk. 1768-1812, and warden from 1S12 until 
his deatli. Children : .Abbe Betsey, baptized 
August 5, 1770: Ebenczer, baptized April 26, 
1772: Eiisha Hubbard, baptized December 5, 
1773: Ezra .\bel, baptized January 14, 1776; 
Elihu, baptized Sci)tembcr 7, 1777. mentioned 
below; .Agur, baptized August, 1779; Roswell, 
born in 1782. 

(\T) Elihu, son of Elisha Beardsley, was 


173 1 

born in Ma,v, 1777; baptized September 7, 
1777, died F..-bruary 29, 1844. He married 
(first) Priscilla, daughter of Deacon Deodatus 
Silliman, of Monroe; she was born in 1778, 
died September 9, 1803, aged twenty-five. He 
married (second) September i, 1805, Ruth, 
daughter of W'ilham Edwards, who was born 
September 10, 1781, died March 30, 1864. 
Children of second wife: Priscilla; Eben Ed- 
wards ; Agur ; Ambrose ; Sylvia, married Lu- 
cius B. Burroughs; Rufus, died September 21, 

(VII) Rev. Eben Edwards Beardsley, D.D., 
LL.D., son of Elihu Beardsley, was born at 
what is now the town of Monroe, Fairfield 
county, Connecticut, formerly the town of 
New Stratford. January 8, 1808. His boy- 
hood was spent largely on his father's farm and 
in the district schools. At the age of sixteen 
he was sent to the Staples Academy at Weston, 
where he began his classical studies. While a 
student he taught a few seasons in the district 
schools of tlie vicinity. He went to the Epis- 
copal Academy at Xorwalk to prepare for col- 
lege under Rev. Reuben Sherwood, then rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church at Norwalk, when 
Rev. Allen L. Morgan was head master of the 
academy. He entered Trinity College in 1828, 
and took the academic course of four years. 
He was especially fond of literature, and he 
took a place of honor at graduation. About 
the same time he received pay for a maga- 
zine story that had been accepted, and this 
money, he often said, seemed the best to him 
of any that he ever earned or received. He 
taught school for one year in Hartford, and 
for two years was a tutor in Trinity College, 
pursuing at the same time the study of theol- 
ogy by himself, with what help he could get 
from the college curriculum. He was ordained 
deacon by Bishop Brownell, August 11, 1835. 
and immediately placed in charge of St. Peter's 
Church at Cheshire, Connecticut. In 183S he 
was called to the position of principal of the 
Academy at Cheshire, and he continued also 
as rector of the church there. L'nder his man- 
agement the school prospered. He was anx- 
ious to have a new church built, and offered to 
give his services without salary, if the un.ler- 
taking were accomplished within a given time. 
The church was built. ^ Soon afterward he re- 
signed as rector to give his undivided attention 
to the school ; but in 1844 the parish again had 
need of him, and he relinquished the academy 
for the church, and became rector once more. 
He continued his good work in this field of 
labor from 1833 to 1848. He then came to 
New Haven, as the first rector of the Third 
Parish, St. Thomas's Church. This church vvas 
organized by men of modest means, and had a 

small beginning. At first services were held 
in the chapel of the First Ecclesiastical Society, 
beguuiing April 20, 1848. The increase in 
numbers came sooner than expected, and prep- 
arations were soon made for building a church. 
A lot was bought on Elm street, and a brick 
chapel, seating about three hundred, was 
erected in the summer of 1848. On this site a 
handsome new church was erected a few vears 
later, and consecrated April 19, 1855. Great 
difficulties had to be overcome by the rector 
and his parishioners ; but the church continued 
to grow, and now St. Thomas's is unsurpassed 
in richness, convenience and beauty by any 
church in the city. He continued in the same 
parish until his death in December, 1891. a 
faithful, gifted and popular pastor and 

Dr. Beardsley was a trustee of Trinity Col- 
lege from 185 1 until his death, a period of 
forty years, and his wisdom and zeal were of 
great service to this institution. He opposed 
the removal of the college from the center of 
the city to the suburbs. He did not approve 
of the building up of Berkeley Divinitv School 
at Middletown about the person of Bishop 
Williams. He was trustee of the Diocesan 
School at Cheshire for a long time, and was 
always alive to its well being and never absent 
from its ar.niversaries ; he had douljtless the 
largest sense of responsibility for the institu- 
tion of any of the trustees. He received the 
degree of D.D. from Trinity College in 1854, 
and it was well earned, though unsought and 
unexpected. He was in July, 185 1, orator at 
the twent}'-fifth anniversary of the founding 
of the college. In 1859 he was elected to the 
standing committee of the diocese, the bishop's 
council, and served the remainder of his life 
in this office. He declined other calls from 
parishes that sought him as rector, and year 
by year grew in influence and reputation. .All 
kinds of offices came to him unsought, be- 
cause of the good judgment and wisdom, the 
strong and manly character he possessed. The 
sixth decade of his life was devoted largely 
to the preparation and publication of historical 
works. He was throughout life a student of 
history, and especially fond of local and church 
history of his native state. He often wrote 
historical sermons and lectures, and was fre- 
quently called upon as orator for historical 
celebrations. A series of parochial lectures in 
his own church led to the preparation of the 
"History of the Episcopal Church in Connecti- 
cut,'' his first large work. The first voliune 
was printed in 1865, the second in 1868. This 
book was a labor of love. He was careful in 
research, and thorough in verifying facts, 
seeking the original records and corresponding 



with living witnesses to the facts of which he 
was writing. In later years he took a unique 
place as adviser and counsellor in the church. 
He was a constant and productive worker, tak- 
ing few and brief vacations. He went abroad 
in 1870, and was welcomed heartily in Eng- 
land and Scotland ; his history had made liim 
known across the sea, and he formed many 
new friendships there. In 1868 he was a mem- 
ber of the general convention of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, composed of the house of 
bishops and the house of clerical and lay depu- 
ties, four from each diocese. He sat in eight 
conventions, and presided over the lower 
house in 1880 and 1883. He always served 
on the most important committees, and exerted 
a, potent influence in the deliberations of the 
conventions, though he was not given to fre- 
quent speaking. He undertook the writing 
of a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson, com- 
monly known as the Father of the Episcopal 
Church in Connecticut, and also the first presi- 
dent of Columbia College, He spent three 
arduous years in the preparation of this work, 
which was published in 1873. Dr. Johnson, it 
may be said, was the first in Connecticut to 
teach the Copernican theory of astronomy, 
when Yale College and the Pope at Rome still 
agreed that the sun went around the earth, 
Dr, Beardsley's Life of Bishop Seabury was 
finished in 1880, and in the same year he at- 
tended the provincial synod of the Churcli of 
England, at Montreal, as representative of the 
American Episcopal church. 

He loved his work, his church, and the ser- 
vices of the church, and often attended divine 
services in other churches. He was rarely dis- 
abled bv sickness, and enjoyed uniformly good 
liealth all his life. The first Sunday of August, 
1890, was the first time in forty years, unless 
out of the country, when he failed to be pres- 
ent on the Sunday of the month to admin- 
ister communion. A collection of his historical 
papers and addresses at various anniversaries 
was made at the request of his friends, and 
published under the title of '"Addresses and 
Discourses." In 1884 he was one of a deputa- 
tion from Connecticut to Scotland and the 
Scotch Episcopal church to commemorate the 
consecration of Bishop Seabury, of Connecti- 
cut, at .Aberdeen, and to renew and .strengthen 
the bond between the two Episcopal churches. 
He had many friends in Scotland then to wel- 
come him. He was interested in the new 
diocesan school called St. Margaret's for girls, 
established in Waterbury in 1875, and in the 
raising of the diocesan fund for the support 
of the bishop to one hundred thousand dollars, 
bringing much relief to the churches and par- 
ishes and improving the financial condition of 

the diocese. Friendship with Philip Marett, to 
whom New Haven owes in great measure its 
public library, led to placing Dr. Beardsley in 
a position of great trust and responsibility in 
the disposition of his estate at the death of his 
i.laughter. Mrs. Gififord. Many worthy insti- 
tutions were benefitted. Dr. Beardsley was 
tlie one man above all others in whom Bishop 
Williams trusted, and on whom he leaned in 
later years. 

"Dr. Beardsley was a remarkably wise man; 
shrewd in good sense, able to look at things in 
a quiet, judicial way, to see the probable 
course of things and the end from the begin- 
ning. It was New England wisdom of a good 
kind. He had his own way of judging men, 
and he felt strongly on many questions ; but 
he measured men quite accurately, and made 
not many mistakes. He knew well the Con- 
necticut parishes, and was in full sympathy 
with them in their desire to keep in the old 
paths. He knew how the people in the parishes 
felt, what traditions were behind them, what 
feelings and motives and desires appealed to 
them and were likely to influence them. Of 
course Dr. Beardsley was a conservative, a 
man not given to change, distrusting a good 
many new methods and ideas in the religious 
world. He trusted to the ministry of the Word 
and Sacraments, to the preaching of the Gos- 
pel, to ordinary ])arochial ministration, to 
build up the church." 

He died December 21, 1891, 

"He made no selfish struggle for place or 
power. He did his work, and let it pass for 
what it might. He did the work close at hand, 
and took up one task after another as they 
came to him. * * * Of highest ideals as re- 
gards integrity and honesty and justice, a man 
of great gentleness and kindness, his life light- 
ened up with a sense of humor, a plain, ap- 
proachable, straightforward man of the best 
New England type, reverent. God-fearing, as- 
sociated in a helpful way with many institu- 
tions and interests, ver_\' useful in his day and 
generation, a man of unusual wisdom and 
judgment, a .lover of truth in speech and in 
writing, and a lover of righteousness — having 
large if quiet part in many movements which 
make for religion and for common good, 
* * * He kept his interest in life, and he 
worked on to the end: no break in his useful- 
ness or his work, having the reward of tem- 
perate, orderly, godly living and high think- 
ing." The foregoing is cited from the address 
of Rt. Rev. Bishop Edwin S. Lines, D.D.. on 
the occasion of the presentation to the New 
Haven Colony Historical Society of a portrait 
'>f Dr. Be.Trdsley. November 19, 1902. Dr. 
Lines was then president of this society. Dr. 



Beardsley was its vice-president 1862-73, and 
its presidenc 1873-S4, and to him the society 
owes much of its importance and possessions. 

Dr. Beardsley pubhshed : "Historical Ad- 
dress at Cheshire" (1844); "History of the 
Episcopal Church in Connecticut," of which a 
second edition was published in 1869 in two 
volumes; "History of St. Peter's Church at 
Cheshire" (1837) ; "Life and Career of Sam- 
uel Johnson, D.D." ( 1874) : "Life and Times 
of William Samuel Johnson" f 1876 1; and 
other works. He contributed a number of 
papers that are published .in the proceedings 
of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. 

He married, in Cheshire, Jane Margaret 
Matthews, born at St. Simon's Island, Georgia, 
March 20, 1824, died August 30, 185 1, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Edmund Matthews, of St. Simon's, 
Georgia ; her father was born at Charleston, 
South Carolina. Mrs. Beardsley was the only 
daughter. She had a brother. Dr. Henry \V. E. 
Matthews. Mrs. ^Matthews and daughter came 
north to live among friends in the village of 
Cheshire. The only child of Dr. and Mrs. 
Beardsley was Elisabeth Margaret, born at 
Cheshire, March 16, 1844, now living at 30 
Elm street. New Haven, and well known in 
church and societv. 

( \') losiah (2), son of 
BEARDSLEY Samuel Beardsley (q. v.), 
was born at Stratford, 
February 6, 1750. He was a tailor by trade. 
In 1S05 he removed from Stratford to Butter- 
nuts, Otsego county. New York. He married 
Abigail Bulkley. Children : Daniel, born July 
15, 1779, mentioned below: Eli, August 26, 
17S1 ; Sally, July 17, 17S3; Robert, April 21, 
1786: Bulkley, February 27, 1791 ; Abbie, Jan- 
uary I, 1798; Fanny, February 10, 1803. 

(\T) Daniel, son of Josiah (2) Beardsley, 
was born at Stratford, July 15, 1779. He was 
a farmer all his active life. In politics he was 
a Whig. He lived at Butternuts, New York, 
but with his wife made frequent visits to his 
old home in Stratford, and upon his return 
used to take a load of clams, then a great lux- 
ury at places distant from the shore. Their 
last visit was in 1843. He was a thrifty farmer 
and used to buy pork of all the farmers in 
the section where he li\e(.l. packed the pork, 
smoking the hams and shoulders. He found 
a good market for this meat among the men 
then building the Delaware & Hudson canal. 
He became well-to-do. "[ have heard him 
speak of it as a remarkable fact," sa\s a de- 
scendant, "that one year he made clear over 
a thousand dollars, which was a large sum, 
when in those days the best dairy butter sold 
for from three to ten cents a pound and brown 

sugar at over twenty cents a pound." He mar- 
ried, November 11, 1804, Hannah Achsah 
Hurd. Children: Elvira, born June 6, 1806, 
died in 1850: Erastus, August 12, 1812, men- 
tioned below : Chauncey, 1816, died 1879; Wil- 
liam Hurd, November 30, 1818, died in 1886. 

( VH) Erastus, son of Daniel Beardsley, was 
born August 12, 1812, died June 8, 1880. He 
was a farmer by occupation, a Methodist in 
religion, and a Republican in politics. He lived 
at Butternuts. New York. He married. April 
8, 1840, Phebe Wood, born November 15, 
1820. died February 4, 1880, daughter of Ben- 
jamin and Lodema (Wakeley) Wood, grand- 
daughter of Amos and Phebe (Peet) Wood 
and of Dennis W^akeley. Amos Wood lived at 
Amenia, Dutchess county. New York. Benja- 
min Wood moved to New Lisbon, Otsego 
county. New York. He was born in Amenia, 
May 12. 1797, died in 1884. He was a farmer. 
His wife Lodema died in 1850. Their chil- 
dren : Phebe. married Erastus Beardsley, men- 
tioned above ; Elizabeth, married Eben T. 
Waite : Sarah Wood, married William \\ ag- 
staff. Children, born at Butternuts: Benja- 
min Franklin, February 28, 184 1, mentioned 
below: William Henry, April i, 1843: Mary 
Achsah, January 15, 1845, "^'^d August 18, 
1848: Melissa Lodema, May 25. 1849, died 
February, 1S93; Charles Dennis, July 9, 1851, 
died March 15. 1906; George Washington, 
June 5, 1853 ; Sarah Elizabeth, November 3, 
1855. died February 28, 1856; James Elum, 
March 10, 1859: Robert Erastus, February 28, 
186 1. 

(Vni) Dr. Benjamin Franklin Beardsley, 
son of Erastus Beardsley, was born at Butter- 
nuts, February 28, 1841. He attended the pub- 
lic schools and the Gilbertsville Academ\- and 
Delaware Collegiate Institute. He graduated 
from the medical department of the University 
of Bufifalo, New York, in the class of 1865. 
He began the practice of medicine in Coventry, 
New York. He removed to Binghamton, New 
York. Since 1886 he has been engaged in 
general practice at Hartford, Connecticut. For 
about six months of each >ear of late he has 
been lecturing in various parts of the country 
on subjects relating to the practice of medicine 
and surgery. He was a Republican until 1888, 
since then a Prohibitionist. He served two 
terms as coroner of Chenango county, New 
York. He has been especially interested in the 
temperance movement, and was nominee for 
lieutenant-governor on Prohibition ticket in 
1910. FTc has delivered more than two 
tliDusand lectures in all parts of the coun- 
trv on the subject of temperance. Dur- 
ing the civil war lie paid a substitute three 
hundred dollars to support the govern- 



ment. in order to continue hi? studies in 
the medical school. He is a member of St. 
John's Lodge, Free and Accepted ^L-lsons, of 
Hartford, and of the South Park Methodist 
Church. His family are members of the First 
Baptist Church. He mirried, at Sublette. 
Illinois, October i6. 1865, Anna Elizabeth 
Guy, born at Greene, Chenango county, New- 
York, August 16, 1843, daughter and only 
child of Rev. Albert and Ainia (Allis) Guy. 
Children: i. ?\Iary Allis. born July 2. 1872, 
at Coventry. New York; graduate of Columbia 
College ; teacher in the Hawthorn School, New 
York City. 2. Guy Erastus, December 14, 
1874. mentioned below. 3. Howard Wood, 
September 7, 1889. at Hartford: graduated 
from Yale Universitv, 1910. receiving degree 
of Ph.B. 

(IN) Guy Erastus, son of Dr. Benjamin 
Franklin Beardsley, was born at Coventry, 
New York. December 14. 1874. He attenfled 
the public schools at Binghamton and the Hart- 
ford high school. He left the high school in 
his junior year to enter Yale College and he 
graduated there with the degree of Ph.B. in 
the class of 1896. He began his career in 
business as clerk in the employ of the Aetna 
Fire Insurance Company. After six years with 
this company, he went to Pittsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, and remained a year as special agent 
for western Pennsylvania of the National 
L'nion Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburg. 
He returned to Hartford in Jaminry, 1903, as 
special agent of the Home Insurance Company 
of New York for Comiecticut ar.d Rhode Is- 
land. In July, 1905, he l:ecame a special agent 
for Connecticut, western Massachusetts and 
\'ermont for the Aetna Fire Insurance Com- 
pany and he hel.l thispo sition until May, 
1907, when he was elected to his present office 
as assistant secretary of the .Aetna Fire Insur- 
ance Company. He is a Republican in politics : 
a member of the .Xsyhnn Hill Congregational 
Church, of the L'niversity Club, the Hartford 
Golf and Twentieth Century clubs of Hart- 
ford. He is a trustee of the Society for Sav- 
ings. He married, December 2, 1903, Jane 
Reed, daughter of John Reed Hills (see 
Hills in. Children, bom at Hartford: John 
Hills, October 2.7, 1904, Guy Erastus, Jr., 
October 12. Hjc/k Roxanne, May 18. 1910. 

(The Reed Line). 

The rame of Reed is fDimd not only in Eng- 
land, where it has been common from the time 
surnames caire into use. and as a clan name 
before that time, but in Ireland, Scotland 
and various countries on the continent of Eu- 
rope. The name at present is spelled generally 
in three wa\s : Reed, Reid antl Reade. The 

genealogy of the Read family of Kent, Eng- 
land, dates back to 1139 to Brianus cle Rede of 
Morpeth, on the Wensback river in the north 
of England. 

(I) John Reed or Read was born in 1598, 
supposed to be son of William and Lucy 
(Henage) Reed. He was brother of William 
Reed, of \\'eymouth. ^lassachusetts. He came 
to America in 1630 and lived for a time in 
Weymouth, where he was in 1637. He was of 
Dorchester in 1638, and removed from there 
to Braintree. In 1643 or 1644 he went to 
Rehoboth with Rev. Mr. Newman and his 
church, and his name is third on the list of 
proprietors of that town. He was constable, 
and a man of atifairs. He kept an inn. He 

married Sarah . He died September 7, 

1685, aged eighty-seven. Children : Samuel, 
William, .\bigail. baptized in DL^rchester, De- 
cember 30, 1638: John, born in Braintree. .Au- 
gust 29, 1640; Thomas, November 9, 1641 ; 
Ezekiel ( twin), died }oung; Zachariah (twin), 
died young; Moses, October, 1650; Mary, Jan- 
uary, 1652 ; Elizabeth, January, 1654 ; Daniel, 
March. 1655; Israel, 1657; Mehitable, .\ugust, 
1660; Josiah, mentioned below. 

(II) Josiah, probably the elder son of John 
Reed, was among the early emigrants from 
Massachusetts to Cotmecticut, and settled near 
New London as early as 1652. Lie had two 
sons, John, Josiah, mentioned below. 

(III) Josiah (2), son of Josiah ( i ) Reed, 
settled in Norwich, Connecticut. He married, 
in November. 1666, Grace Holloway, of 
Marshfield, Massachusetts, who died ^Iay 9, 
1727. He died July 3, 1717, at Norwich. 
Children: Josiah, born .\pril, i6fi8; William, 
.April, 1670: Eliazbeth, September, iri72; Ex- 
perience, February 27, 1675; John, August 15, 
1679; Joscjjh, March 12, 1681, mentioned be- 
low: Susanna, September 20, iTi'^^ ; Hannah, 
July, ir,88. 

(I\') Joseph, son of Josiah (2) Reed, was 
born March 12, i'')8i. He married, .\ugiist 
25. 1708, Mary Guppie. Children : Joseph, 
born May 23, 1709; Mercy, November 28, 
171 1 ; Abigail, February 7, 1712; Esther, No- 
vember 22, 1714; Mary, August 19. 1717; 
Elizabeth, June 28, 1719; Samuel, mentioned 

(\') Samuel, son of Joseph Reed, was born 
October 16, 1721, at Norwich, died at Lisbon, 
Connecticut, January 17. 1801. He married, 
October 3, 1745, Mary Andrews. Children: 
Samuel, born October 28, 1746; Jonathan, 
February 12, 1749; Mary. June 10. 1751 ; 
Elisha. January 3, 1753. 

(\'n Samuel (2), son of .'^amuel (i) Reed, 
was born at Lisbon, Connecticut. October 28, 
1746. He married Lucy Kilham, of Preston, 



Connecticut, September 24, 1769. Children: 
Sarah, born at Norwich, August 12. ijj'^, 
died April 7, 1795 ; Lucy, born June 30, 1778; 
Elijah, mentioned below. 

(\'II) Elijah, son of Samuel (2) Reed, 
was born August 5, 1780. He married Sarah 
or Sally Peck. January 3, 1805. They lived 
at Canterbury, Connecticut. Children : John 
P., born December 24, 1805 ; Elisha, Novem- 
ber 3. 1807: Jemima, October 20. 1809, mar- 
ried William Hills (see Hills I) ; Thomas N., 
August II, 181 1 : Sally D., July 8, 1814. 

(The Hiils Line), ■ 

(I) William Hills was born near Paisley, 
Scotland, about 1780. He came to this coun- 
trv with some of his people when he was a 
small boy and located at \Vest Farms, West- 
chester courly. New York, now the district of 
Harlem, New York City, borough of the 
Bronx. Thence he came in later years to 
Hartford. Connecticut. The name was orig- 
inall\- Hill, the final letter being added in this 
country to the surname. He died in Hartford 
in 1857. He married Jemima, born October 
20, 1809, died November 30, 1893, daughter 
of Elijah Reed, of Canterbury (see Reed VH). 

Children: William, married Julia ; 

Charles, married Josephine Pollard ; Sarah 
Jane, married Edward Francis ; John Reed, 
mentioned below ; Mary, married Charles H. 
Tryon and had two sons. 

(H) John Reed, son of William Hills, was 
born at Hartford. October 9. 1841. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
city, and throughout his active life has fol- 
lowed the trade of mason and the business of 
builder and contracting mason in Hartford. 
His office is on }ilain street, near Central row. 
He has constructed many of the business build- 
ings of the city, and for many years has been 
one of the foremost in his line of business. 
He has been honored with various places of 
trust and honor. In politics he is a Republican 
and he has taken an active and influential 
part in public affairs. He was state senator 
for several terms and at one time senior sen- 
ator and member of the Yale College corpora- 
tion, representing the state. He has repeate lly 
declined to take the nomination for mayor of 
the city and other offices to which he could 
have been elected. He is a member of the 
order of Free and Accepted Masons. He is 
a director of the Travelers" Insurance Com- 
pany, the United States National Bank, the 
Kellogg & Bulkeley Printing Company and 
trustee of the Pratt Street Savings Bank. 

He married Ella Maria, born April 25, 1844, 
died February 14. 1897, daughter of Charles 
Otis and Caroline Maria (IMyers) Willis. 

Children : Caroline E.. born May, 1868 ; Grace 
M., August, 1871, Jane Reed, March 15, 1877, 
married, December 2, 1903, Guv E. Beard- 
sley, of Hartford (see Beardsley IX). 
Her mother was born July 24, 1822. at Or- 
ford, Connecticut, died July 7, 1899, daughter 
of Henry and Elizabeth (Wells) Myers, "john 
Wyllys, father of Charles Otis Willis or Wyl- 
lys, was born July 13, 1795, at Manchester 
Green ; married Elizabeth Cheney, of Man- 
chester, Orford parish, born September 23, 
1791, daughter of Timothy and Rhode (Skin- 
ner) Cheney. Ephraim Wyllys, father of John 
Wyllys, married, November 8, 1792, Mary 
Cutler. Ephraim was the son of John Wyllys, 
who died in 1807. John Wyllys was of Orford 
parish and a taxpayer there in 1789, a descend- 
ant of the old Connecticut family of Wyllys. 

Caroline Maria (Myers) Willis, born 1822, 
died 1899. was daughter of" Henry and Eliza- 
beth (Wells) Myers. Her father was born 
May 14, 1787. at Rocky Hill, died February 
15, 1828, son of Henry and Mehitable (Riley) 
Myers of Rocky Hill. Henry Myers, born 
about 1786, was from Pennsylvaina, son of 
John Myers, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, who 
died in 1803. 

Elizabeth fWells) Myers, born June I, 
1788, at Wethersfield, died December 26, 1833, 
was daughter of Captain Samuel Wells, a 
master mariner, born about 1760, died 1820; 
married (first) Betsey Richards, by whom he 
had four children; (second) Susan Hum- 
phrey, a native of Litchfield county, Connecti- 
cut, who died at .\lmira, Chemung county. 
New York, in 1835, having had five children. 

The McNeil family of Bridge- 
McNEIL port, now represented by Hon. 
Archibald McNeil and his three 
sons, has been resident in Connecticut for 
nearly two centuries. Tracing from the first 
ancestor to the youngest descendant, the line 
embraces seven generations. Throughout its 
career the McNeil family has been distin- 
guished by patriotic spirit, and it has been 
honorably and influentially identified with pub- 
lic affairs and actively and successfully asso- 
ciated with the substantial interests of the 
state of Connecticut. 

This famil\- is descended from north of Ire- 
land Protestant stock. According to Burke"s 
"Landed Gentry", the representative McNeil 
(or McNeill) families, including those of Col- 
onsay, Craigdunn, Taynish, Gilha and Gailla- 
challie, all trace their lineage to a common 
ancestor, Torquille McNeil, of Taynish, who, 
in the fourteenth century, was keeper of Cas- 
tle Sween. In the old couiitr\- the race still 
continues vigorous and occnriies a high social 



position. The late eminent General Sir John 
Carstairs McNeill was of the house of McXeill 
of Colonsay. The immemorial heraldic device 
of the family is a silver lion rampant on an 
azure field, which usually is blazoned quarterly 
with the arms of notable allied families. 

(I) Archibald McNeil, founder of the Con- 
necticut line, was of Branford, where in 1735 
he purchased lands. Subsequently he was a 
prominent citizen of New Haven, was assessor 
in 1740 and surveyor of liighways in 1746, 
and was conspicuous in real estate transac- 
tions. A circumstance of particular interest is 
his participation, as one of the "brothers" in 
founding the first Masonic lodge in Connec- 
ticut (now known as Hiram Lodge, No. i), at 
a meeting "held at Jehiel Tuttle's. in New 
Haven on the festival of St. John the Evan- 
gelist, 1750". This was only seventeen years 
after the first institution of Masonry in the 
American colonies (which occurred at Boston, 

July 3 •.1733) • 

Archibald McNeil was successfully engaged 
in the trade with the West Indies, in part- 
nership with Samuel Cook (who was named 
as e.xecutor of his will), and was owner^and 
supercargo of the ship "'Peggy and ^lolly". 
He died in the island of Jamaica in the latter 
part of 1752 (see "Connecticut Colonial Rec- 
ords", vol. X, p. 577), and his will was pro- 
bated in July, 1753, by his widow, who was 
placed under bond of three thousand pounds 
sterling, indicative of a very considerable 
estate for those times. He married Mary, 
daughter of Rev. Samuel and Abigail (Whit- 
ing) Russell and widow of Benjamin Fenn. 
She was born in 1708. Her father, Rev. 
Samuel Russell, was one of the founders of 
Yale College. Issue : Archibald, born Sep- 
tember 20, 1736, see below; Charles, baptized 
January 18, 1739; Charles, baptized Novem- 
ber I, 1741-; John, born August 2, 1745. bap- 
tized August 4, 1745 ; removed to .\rmenia 
precinct. Dutchess county, New York ; Sam- 
uel, baptized October 9. 1748, of Litchfield, 

(II) Archibald (2). eldest child of .\rchi- 
bald (i) and Mary (Russell) McNeil, was 
born in Branford. Connecticut, September 20, 
1736, and baptized October 10 following. He 
lived in New Haven and Mil ford, and was a 
large property owner ; died before July 3, 
1782. when the executor of his estate was ap- 
pointed. On July 3, 1776. he enlisted in the 
continental forces. He married, in New 
Haven. Connecticut, May 2. 1758, Sarah 
Clark. Issue : William, see below. 

(III) William, son of Archibald (2) and 
Sarah (Clark) McNeil, was born in New 
Haven, May 13, 1759. He was a graduate of 

Yale College, class of 1777, and in the old 
Yale catalogue is described as a sea captain. 
During the revolution (January 30, 1782, to 
August 13, 1783 : he served as gunner on the 
American privateer "Marquis de Lafayette", 
under Captain Elisha Hinman. In the brief 
war of the United States with France he was 
again on the same vessel, which was cap- 
tured by the enemy, and with others he was 
for some time confined in a French prison. 
On account of this event he was one of those 
who figured in the celebrated French spolia- 
tion claims. He was engaged in business in 
Derby, Connecticut. His death occurred in or 
before 1808. He married, in New Haven, 
Huldah Augur. Issue (the chronological se- 
quence not being exactly known) : Abraham 
Archibald, born July 21, 1802. see below; 
William ; Maria, married, September 12, 1824, 
Russell Bradley, of New Haven : John, had a 
daughter, Elizabeth, who married John E. 
Wylie, of New Haven; Henry; Nancy, mar- 
ried R. Dickinson. 

(I\') .\braham Archibald, son of William 
and Huldah (Augur) McNeil, was born in 
Derby, Connecticut, July 21, 1802. In early 
life he was supercargo of vessels in the West 
Indies trade, sailing out of New Haven. Re- 
moving after 1825 to Bridgeport, he became 
a prominent citizen of that community. For 
some time he was associated in the shoe man- 
ufacturing business with Samuel Hodges, his 
wife's uncle. He was the founder of the 
system of lighthouses in Bridgeport harbor, 
and for many years before his death was the 
keeper of the lighthouse at the entrance to the 
harbor. Mr. ^IcNeil died in Bridgeport, May 
II. 1873. He married, in Bridgeport, No- 
vember 23, 1827, Mary Ann, daughter of 
Captain William Hulse, who in 181 3 was lost 
at sea with all the crew of the brig "William", 
sailing out of Bridgeport. She was born No- 
vember II. 181 1, died July, 1892. Issue: i. 
Charles Hubbell. born December 14. 1828, de- 
ceased ; was engaged in business pursuits, 
being for many years associated with his 
brother Archibald : twice married, but had no 
issue: his widow married (second) Captain 
Alvin P. Hunt. 2. Jolm. born October 9, 
1830. deceased: many years harbor-master of 
Bridgeport and a highly public-spirited citi- 
zen, especially active in all movements for the 
improvement of the harbor: married. 1865, 
.\nna, daughter of James and Anna Maria 
( Barnes) Scofield, of New York, and is sur- 
vived by one daughter, who is the widow of 
Rev. Louis N. Booth, of Bridgeport. 3. Sam- 
uel William, born March 16. 1832, deceased. 
4. Eliza Maria, born January 9, 1834, died 
March 6, 1835. 5- Josiah Hoyt, born February 



9, 1835, died August 24, 1836. 6 and 7, (twins), 
bom August 31, 1837, Augustus, died Au- 
gust 18, 1838, and Sidney Adolphus, deceased, 
who was a citizen of Bridgeport and keeper of 
the lighthouse, and is survived by his widow. 8. 
Mary Hoyt, born October 20, 1839, died No- 
vember 25, 1840. 9. Alary Hoyt, born De- 
cember 12, 1840, deceased. 10. Archibald, 
born July 2, 1843, see below. 11. Maria 
Longworth, born December 25, 1845, de- 
ceased ; married Lester J. Bradley ; no sur- 
viving children. 12. Sarah, born August 28, 
1848, died 1853. 

(V) Archibald (3), tenth child of Abra- 
ham Archibald and Mary Ann (Hulse) Mc- 
Neil, was born in Bridgeport, July 2, 1843. 
He received his early education in Sellick's 
School in Bridgeport, subsequently attending 
the celebrated Thomas School in New Haven 
and the Hopkins Grammar School of the same 
place, and graduating from the latter insti- 
tution in i860. After completing his studies 
he entered the ship chandlery store of his 
brother, Charles H., then located opposite the 
old depot and steamboat landing, Bridgeport. 
From 1863 to 1876 he was in partnership 
with his brother, under the firm name of Mc- 
Neil Brothers, in the wholesale fruit and 
produce business. In the latter year the 
brothers removed to New York and estab- 
lished themselves in the wholesale butter and 
cheese trade at 84 Broad street, the firm style 
being Archibald McNeil & Company, and 
three years later they embarked in the export 
and import business with Cuba, dealing in 
bituminous coal and produce. The New York 
house was discontinued in 1888, when Mr. 
McNeil returned to Bridgeport, where he has 
since been extensively engaged in the coal 
trade. The present style is the Archibald Mc- 
Neil & Sons Company, Incorporated, in which 
his three sons, Archibald, Kenneth W. and 
Roderick C, are associated. One of the rep- 
resentative men of alTairs of Bridgeport, Mr. 
McNeil enjoys the highest business and per- 
sonal reputation, is conspicuous for public 
spirit, has been active and prominent in po- 
litical life, and with his family occupies a 
leading position in the social circles of the 

From his earliest years warmly interested 
in political questions and public policy, Mr. 
McNeil became attached to the principles of 
the Democratic party, an-l in that faith he 
has always continued. Though never a seeker 
of public office, he has on several occasions 
accepted nominations, and his record as a 
candidate before the people is one of excep- 
tional popularity and success. In 1872-73 he 
represented the old second ward in the Bridge- 

port common council. During the first 
Bryan campaign, in 1896, he was a candidate 
for the legislature, and though defeated ran 
some four hundred votes ahead of his ticket. 
In the spring of 1897 he was offered the 
nomination for the mayoralty, but declined. 
He was elected to the state senate by a large 
majority in 1902, and in 1906 was again 
elected, defeating the Republican state leader 
in a district probably the wealthiest, most con- 
servative, and most consistently Republican 
in the state. While in the senate he received 
the nomination of his political associates for 
the office of president pro tempore, thus be- 
coming the Democratic leader of that body. 
Of his course and record in the senate the 
following was said: "It is worthy of note that 
there have been many times when Senator 
McNeil, abandoning the position assumed by 
some of his best friends, has fought almost 
alone for some measure which he believed to 
be right, or against some measure he thought 
to be wrong. And his whole legislative rec- 
ord has been a steady and determined refusal 
to advocate or countenance any measure 
which, in his opinion, would not be entirely 
for the best interests of the state or its insti- 

He was a charter member of the old Eclec- 
tic Club of Bridgeport and its president, and 
is a member of the Seaside Club and the Al- 
gonquin Club (having been president of the 
latter for two years). From 1874 to 1877 he 
was commodore of the old Bridgeport Yacht 
Club, and he is now governor of the Bridge- 
port Yacht Club and was its commodore in 
1899-190Q. He is a member of the General 
Silliman branch, Sons of the American Revo- 

Senator McNeil married, in New York City, 
October 2, 1881, Jean McKenzie, daughter of 
George J. Clan Ranald, of New York City. 
Their children are: i. Archibald, born in 
New York, June i, 1883 ; now president of 
the Archibald McNeil & Sons Company. He 
received his education in the public schools of 
his native city and graduated in igoi from 
the Park Avenue Institute with high honors. 
He has been a prominent factor in local poli- 
tics and in 19 10 was elected to the senate from 
the twenty-second district by a large major- 
ity. He is a member of Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 36, of 
Bridgeport, of which he has been esteemed 
leading knight, and in March, 1910, was 
chosen exalted Ruler. He is president of the 
Calumet Club, a prominent member of Wo- 
wompon Tribe, Independent Order of Red 
Men, the Brooklawn Club, Seaside Club, 
and the Arion Singing Society. 2. Kenneth 



Wylie, born in Bridgeport, September 14, 
1885 ; secretary and treasurer of the Archibald 
McNeil & Sons Company. Married, in New 
York City, November, 1907, Queenie Beatrice, 
daughter of William H. Hall, of New York. 
They have one child, Kenneth Hall McNeil, 
born May, 1908. 3. Roderick Clan Ranald, 
born in Bridgeport, March 20, 1888; general 
manager of the Archibald McNeil & Sons 

Dolor Davis, immigrant ancestor, 
DAVIS was one of the prominent pion- 
eers. He married in county Kent, 
England, March 29, 1624, Margery, daughter 
of Richard Willard, of Horsemonden, county 
Kent, yeoman. She was baptized at Horse- 
monden, November 7, 1602, and died before 
1667. He, with his wife, three children, and 
Simon Willard, his wife's brother, came to 
New England and settled prior to August 4, 
1634, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. { Simon 
Willard was one of the founders of Concord, 
and he was captain of foot in 1646, major in 
1654, and at his death in 1673 "the colony 
lost one of its most distinguished members." 
Dolor Davis was a carpenter and a master 
builder. He received his first grant of land 
in Cambridge, June 4, 1635, and others later. 
He removed to Duxbury, August 5, 1638-39, 
was admitted freeman, and was granted land 
there in 1640. He was a resident in Barn- 
stable in 1643, and was admitted a freeman 
there June 2, 1646. He held many public 
offices in Barnstable, including those of high- 
way surveyor and constable. He and his wife 
were dismissed from the Duxbury church to 
the Barnstable church, August 27, 1648. In 
1656 he left Plymouth Colony and returned 
to Massachusetts Bay, where he purchased, in 
Concord, one hundred and fifty acres with a 
house. In 1666 he returned to Barnstable, 
where he died in June, 1673. His will was 
made September 13, 1672, proved July 2, 1673. 
He mentions his sons Simon and Samuel as 
already having their portions ; eldest son 
John ; son-in-law Lewis, and Mary his wife ; 
and daughter Ruth Hall. Children: i. John, 
born in England about 1626, to whom was 
bequeathed the Concord homestead. 2. Mary, 
born in England about 1631. 3. Elizabeth, 
died young. 4. Lieutenant Simon, born in 
.\merica, mentioned below. 5. Samuel, born 
in America and lived in Concord and Bed- 
ford. 6. Ruth, born in Barnstable, March 

24, 1645- 

(II) Lieutenant Simon Davis, son of Dolor 
Davis, was born in America and settled in 
Concord. His homestead was near his father's 
house, on a farm given him by his father. He 

was one of Captain Thomas Wheeler's troop- 
ers in the expedition of 1675 to the Nip- 
muck country, and he took command when 
the captain was wounded. He received his 
commission as lieutenant, July 2, 1689. He 
was admitted a freeman, March 21, 1699, and 
was deputy to the general court in 1689-90-92- 
1705. He died in Concord, June 14, 1713, 
and his will was proved July 3, 1713. He 
married, December 12, 1660, Mary, born at 
Concord, July 12, 1640, daughter of James 
and Eleanor Blood. Children: Dr. Simon, 
born October 12, 1661, mentioned below; 
Mary, October 3, 1663; Sarah, March 11 or 
15, 1666; James, January 19, 1668; Eleanor, 
October 22, 1672; Ebenezer, June i, 1676; 
Hannah, April i, 1679. 

(III) Dr. Simon (2) Davis, son of Lieu- 
tenant Simon ( i ) Davis, was born in Con- 
cord, October 12, 1661. He settled there, and 
was one of the most distinguished physicians 
of his day. He married (first) Elizabeth, 
daughter of Henry Woodhouse, of Concord, 
and she died November 12, 171 1. He mar- 
ried (second) Mary Wood. Children by first 
wife: Dr. John, born November 19, 1689, 
mentioned below ; Simon, September 7, 1692 ; 
Henry, February 23, 1694; Elizabeth, March 
28, 1695 ; Mary, November 8, 1701 ; Samuel, 
March 6, 1703; Eleanor, March 4, 1705-06; 
Peter, September 25, 1707. 

(IV) Dr. John Davis, son of Dr. Simon 
(2) Davis, was born in Concord, November 

19, 1689, died November 16, 1762. He lived 
in Concord and Acton. He was a physician. 
Me married, December 17, 1713, Abigail Dud- 
ley. Children: i. John, born July 15, 1714, 
mentioned below. 2. Ezekiel, June 8, 1717; 
married Mary Gibson ; their son was Captain 
Isaac, killed at Concord. 3. Micah, February 
15, 1720. 4. Isaac, October 24, 1723. 5. Abi- 
gail, March 22, 1726-27. 6. Samuel, April 23, 
'^7?i'^- 7- Sarah, married. May i, 1757, John 
Robbins. The will of Dr. John bequeaths to 
wife .Abigail, sons John, Ezekiel, Micah and 
Samuel, daughters Abigail Melvin, Sarah 
Robbins. Mentions brother Simon Davis ; will 
was dated September 3, 1762. 

(V) John (2), son of Dr. John (i) Davis, 
was born at Concord. July 15, 1714, died at 
Littleton, Massachusetts, October 6, 1753. He 

married Hannah . Children, born at 

Concord: John, June i, 1735, mentioned be- 
low. Born at Acton : Ezekiel, February, 
^73^-37^ settled in Shirley; Abel, May 14, 
1739; Hannah, February 28, 1740; Elisha, 
twin of Hannah; Silas, November 8, 1743; 
Jonathan, October 9, 1749. Born at Little- 
ton: Rebecca, July 9, 1750; Mary, February 

20, 1753- 



(\"I) John (3), son of John (2) Davis, 
-was born June r, 1735, at Concord. He lived 
at Acton and Littleton, Middlesex county, 
Massachusetts, and settled about the time of 
his marriage at Shirley, Worcester county. 
His brothers, Ezekiel, Elisha, Silas and Jona- 
than, also settled in that town. His home 
was the farm lately owned by the Wilsons 
and previously by Thomas Clark, where most 
of his children were born. He served his 
country in the French and Indian war. He 
was sergeant in Captain Henry Haskell's 
company of minute-men. Colonel James Pres- 
cott's regiment, on the Lexington alarm. He 
or his son was a drummer in Captain Mills's 
company, Colonel Joseph V'ose's regiment, 
1777-79. He or his son was in Lieutenant 
Holden's compan}'. Colonel Jonathan Reed's 
regiment, enlisting in September, 1777, in the 
continental army for three years ; sergeant in 
Captain Barnes's company. Colonel Timothy 
Bigelow's regiment, from March to Decem- 
ber, 1777, credited to Wrentham, residence 
Shirley, twenty months, twenty-seven days 
as sergeant, and ten months as private, then 
for three months sergeant again. He was 
sergeant in Sylvanus Smith's company, 
Colonel Bigelow's regiment, at Stillwater, 
A'alley Forge and Providence, 1777-78. He 
was sergeant in Captain Dow's company. 
Colonel Bigelow's regiment. January i, 1780, 
to ]\rarch i. Both he and his son John seem 
to have done long and faithful service in the 
war. In 1788 he removed with that part of 
his family that had not passed their minority 
to Reading. \'ermont, and erected the first 
saw mill in that section and turned a wilder- 
ness into a well-tilled farm. "He fulfilled the 
mission of life with admirable precision, and 
went down to his grave, leaving behind an 
honorable and useful memorv." He died in 
:May, 1808. 

John Davis married, at Acton, June 2, 
"^lil^ Huldah Thayer. Children, born at 
Shirley: i. John, born about 1758-59; mar- 
ried Anna Holden : removed to Westminster, 
where he passed the first ten years of his 
married life, then returned to Shirley, v,here 
he lived the remainder of his life, and died 
February 8, 1827; had thirteen children. 2. 
Cornelius, born 1761 : was in the revolution- 
ary army three years and was ensign in Shay's 
rebel army : settled at Cavendish, \'ermont ; 
children: Hiram. Luther and Lucy, settled 
in Canada. 3. Huldah, born at Shirley. No- 
vember 3, 1763; married Philemon Holden. 
4. Samuel, March 13, 1765; married Phebe 
Spaulding and Mary Cogswell. 5. Lucy, mar- 
ried, 1785, Nehemiah Estabrook. 6. Ezekiel, 
mentioned below. 7. Thankful, August 21, 

1772; niarried Ezekiel Palmer; died Julv 8, 
1858. 8. Eliakim. :\Iarch i, 1775; married 
Ohve Hawthorn, of Reading, Massachusetts; 
removed from Reading to Sterling, in the 
same state ; had eight children. 9. Jonathan, 
October 11, 1776; married Sally Francis, of 
Lexington ; had eleven children ; cleared a 
farm at Windsor, X'ermont. 10. Levi. Octo- 
ber 15, 1777; married Jemima Hubbard and 
Sally .Allen : settled at Brooktield, \'ermont. 

(\'II) Ezekiel, son of John (3) Davis, was 
born at Shirley, April 2, 1770, died Septem- 
ber II. 1849. He was eighteen years old 
when the family of his father came to Read- 
ing and he made himself useful in clearing 
the forest and cultivating the farm. He was 
a farmer at Reading all his active life and 
there all his children were born. At the age 
of twenty-one he married, June 17, 1791, 
Bethia Grandy, born December 29, 1770, died 
March 9, 1850. Children, born at Reading, 
Vermont: i. Harry, August 7, 1792, died 
August 10. 1793. 2. Edmund, October 10, 
1793; married, November 2, 1816, Rebecca 
Philbrick and had nine children. 3. Betsey, 
October 11, 1795: married, .\pril 2, 1817, 
Sewall Shattuck and had seven children. 4. 

Solomon, mentioned below. 


March 24, 1799, died September 30. 1855 ; 
married (first) March 18, 1823, Semira 
Pratt; (second) Susan Pratt, February 18, 
1832: (third) Grace Stearns. 6. Clarissa, 
July 7, 1801 ; married, February 15, 1823, 
.America .Amsden ; one child. 7. Sophia, No- 
vember 5, 1803; married, February 15, 1822, 
Henry Megrath and had eleven children. 8. 
C}-nthia. January 28, 1806 ; married. May, 
1824, George Clyde and had seven children. 
9. John, April 15, 1808; married, January 24, 
1834, Lydia Pratt and lived at Cavendish, 
\'ermont ; four children. 10. Christopher C, 
July 15, 1810; married Elvira Wheeler, Fan- 
nie H. \\niite and Polly Morey ; five children. 
II. Lorintha, September 29. 1812; married, 
January 19. 1836, Francis Curtis and had ten 
children. 12. Lucy. October 26. 1814; mar- 
ried. February 6, 1847, AVilliam G. Grandy. 

(Vni) Solomon, son of Ezekiel Davis, was 
born at Reading, April 3, 1797. He settled in 
St. Lawrence county. New York. He mar- 
ried. May, 1824, Fanny Grandy, who died 
October 15, 1841. Children: George; Al- 
pha ; Fanny ; Alpha Ezekiel, mentioned be- 
low : Benjamin W.. June 5, 1831, married, 
1854, .Abbie Withey: children: Jenny J., born 
August 3, 1857: George .A.. July 13", 1S62; 
Frank B., October 28. 1863; Fannv L., Jan- 
uary 20, 1866 : George H., November 8. 1868. 
Solomon Davis died on the way to Illinois, 
where he intended to settle, and his wife con- 



tinned to their tlestination and lived the re- 
mainder of her life there. 

(IX) Alpha Ezekiel, son of Solomon Davis, 
was tjorn September 2, 1829, in St. Lawrence 
county, New York. He was educated in the 
public schools there, and worked on a farm 
until he was twenty years old. At the age of 
sixteen he went to Vermont and four years 
later came to Worcester, ^Massachusetts. He 
went west with the family, but returned to 
\'erniont and lived with an uncle four years. 
At Worcester he was employed in the State 
Hospital for the Insane for about three years, 
and then spent two years in Illinois. He 
started in the railroad business in 1859 and 
continued for a period of forty-eight years. 
He was employed on the old Norwich & 
Worcester railroad as brakeman, baggage- 
man, freight conductor and passenger con- 
ductor. He was well known for a generation 
by the patrons of this railroad and retired 
with an enviable record of faithfulness and 
efficiency. He is a communicant of the 
Protestant Episcopal church of Norwich. He 
married (first) October 6, 1852. Jane E. 
Withey, born March 14, 1828, died July 17, 
1855. He married (second) January 6, 1858, 
Lucy Frances Withey, sister of his first wife.. 
She was born September 23, 183 1. He had 
one child by his first wife, James Clarence, 
mentioned below-. 

(X) James Clarence, son of Alpha Ezekiel 
Davis, was born February 19, 1854. He has 
been a member of the W'orcester police force 
«ince 1896. He married, September 28, 1875, 
Sarah R. Cowan. Children: i. Alpha F.. 
married Jennie Murphy, of \\'orccster, and 
has twin sons, Reginald and Winthrop. 2. 
Clarence Theodore, married Lillian Peter- 
son : children : Clarence F. and Ruth. 3. 
Marion Cowan, married John I. Hoyt ; chil- 
dren : Clarence J. and Charlotte Louise. 4. 
Charlotte Louisa, married \\'illinm Hanna- 

The ancient home of the Skil- 
SKILTON ton ("formerly Skelton) fam- 
ily is in Cumberlandshire, 
England, in the parish of Skelton, from which 
the family took, its name. The name was 
written de Skelton as long as the family 
owned the Skelton estate, or parish, and re- 
sided there. The prefix was dropped by emi- 
grating portions of the family, and finally 
entirely omitted after the middle of the fif- 
teenth century. Some derive the name of 
the parish directly from the British language 
— Skell. water, and tone, tow-n. Others be- 
lieve that the town was not named until the 
latter half of the Anglo-Saxon period, or 

possibly as late as 1090, when its cultivation 
began. Thus, they derive the name from the 
Anglo-Saxon language — Skaling, a hut. Huts 
were built in numbers in the forest of Ingle- 
wood to shelter the herdsmen who tended 
the vast herds which fed in the ancient for- 
est, forming in time a village ; and, when 
cultivation began, the place was called Skal- 
ing-ton, tone, tune, etc.. having previously 
been adopted from the British into the Sa.xon 
language, and used as now in English in Skel- 

The earliest de Skelton mentionetl repre- 
sented Cumberland in Parliament, in the time 
of Edward I. about 1300. John de Skelton 
was knight of the shire in 13 16, reign of Ed- 
ward II. Adam de Skelton was member of 
Parliament 13 18. John de Skelton was mem- 
ber of Parliament 1324-29. Richard de Skel- 
ton was member of Parliament in 1331, reign 
of Edward III. 

Thomas de Skelton was knight of the shire 
in 1337, reign of Edward HI. Sir Clement 
de Skelton, about 1350, married the heiress 
of Orton, of Cumberland, and in default of 
heirs a part of the property passed out of 
the family. He was four times knight of 
the shire, between 1375 and 1396. in the reign 
of Richard II. Between the reign of Edward 
II. and Henry \TII. several individuals of 
this family distinguished themselves in the 
Scotch and French wars. .As a token of su- 
perior strength and valor they preserved, in 
Westminster Abbey, a large sword equal to 
that of Edward III., which it was said was 
worn by some of them in attendance upon 
the king in France. Hence came the family 
coat-of-arms, viz. : Azure, a fez between three 
fleurs de lis, or. It appears that such was 
the marked character of their prowess that 
several dififerences were granted in their arms, 
each indicating the individual personal suc- 
cess as a commander against the French. Sir 
Thomas de Skelton was stewarrl of the Duchy 
of Lancaster. He died in 1416, and was 
buried in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. He was 
probably father of Johannes de Skelton. who 
was member of Parliament 1401, 1406 and 
1422. Both he and his son Jolin were noted 
among the gentry at the visitation of 1433. 
The latter was sherifT of Cumberland in the 
tenth, nineteenth, twenty-fourth and twenty- 
ninth years of Henry \'L, and was in Parlia- 
ment in 1450. For his prowess as a warrior 
he received a grant from the crown of one 
hundred acres at .Armathwaite. His brother 
Richard was sherif? of Cumberland in 1427, 
and was with Henry V. in France at the 
battle of Agincourt, about 1416. He mar- 
ried the heiress of Branthwaite, and estab- 



lished the family of Skeltons of Branthwaite, 
receiving a grant of arms for his valor. 

Robert Skelton, Esquire, member of Par- 
liament for Carlisle, in 1471. 

John Skelton, Esquire, sheriff of Cumber- 
land, in 1511. 

George Skelton, Knight, was sheriff of 
Cumberland in 1520. 

Sir John Skelton, of Norfolk, married 
Anne Boleyn, aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn. 

Rev. John Skelton, of Norfolk, was Poet 
Laureate of Henry VIIL 

John Skelton, Armiger. was sheriff of Cum- 
berland 1633 (Charles L). 

Sir John Skelton. one of the generals of 
Charles L and Charles IL, was lieutenant 
governor of the city and fortress of Ply- 
mouth. 1692. At that time his son, Sir Bevil 
Skelton, was captain of the guards, and soon 
after he was minister successively to the 
courts of Germany, Holland and France. 

Charles Skelton, brother of Bevil, not 
known to fame, lost his life in battle in the 
wars of the period. 

Charles Skelton, Lieutenant General in the 
French service, Grand Croix, Commander of 
the Order of St. Louis, married the daughter 
of Lord Dacre. She died 1741. 

Henry Skelton, of Branthwaite Hall, gen- 
eral in the army, and governor of Portsmouth, 
was engaged in Flanders and in Scotland in 
1745. Dying without issue, he bequeathed his 
estate to his friend, Jones, who had saved his 
life in battle, the Jones family taking the 
name of Skelton. 

Rev. Dr. Philip Skelton, of Ireland, from 
the Arneathwaite family, was a noted Epis- 
copalian divine and commentator. 

The name of Skilton being even now very 
rare in England, it is probable that the change 
from Skelton took place about the beginning 
of the eighteenth century, one of the first of 
the name may have been John Skilton, men- 
tioned below.* 

(I) Dr. Henry Skilton, immigrant ances- 
tor, oldest child of John and Alary (Bennitt) 
Skilton, who were married January 23, 1717, 
in the parish of Saint Michaels, Coventry, 
England, was there born November 19. 1718, 
and baptized December 3, 1718. He had sis- 
ters Mary and Sarah, and also a brother John, 
whose descendants were communicated with 
from America as late as 1853. The family 
removed to Rumsey, Hampshire county, Eng- 
land, about 1725, and the mother died soon 
afterward. The father entered the British 
navy. Henry left home March 31, 1734, and 
entered the navy. He sailed .^pril i, 1735, 

* (The above was compiled from the notes gath- 
ered by Dr. .\very Jiidd Skilton abovit 1850.) 

in a gun-ship, and later in the year landed 
in Boston, Massachusetts, and for a time 
lived at Roxbury, Massachusetts. He settled 
first in Preston, Connecticut. Henry Skilton 
took the place of his son Avery, who was 
drafted for the continental army, about the 
time of the battle of Bunker Hill, and was 
with a detachment stationed at Roxbury Neck, 
near Boston, Massachusetts. He is said to 
have rendered such service as a private sol- 
died as to attract marked attention and to 
receive an appointment and commission as 

He married. July 9, 1741, Tabitha, eldest 
child of Joseph and Tabitha (Gardner) Av- 
ery, born February 25, 1717, at Grotton, Con- 
necticut. In 1749 he removed to Southing- 
ton, Connecticut. He studied medicine, and 
practiced his profession at Southington. i\bout 
1760 he removed to Woodbury. Connecticut, 
and continued practice there. In his old age 
he removed to Watertown, Connecticut, and 
died there June 7, 1802, aged eighty-four 
years. His wife died October 25. 1797. He 
was an able, pious and useful citizen, one of 
the founders of the Strict Congregational 
Church in what is now Prospect, Connecticut. 
He engaged in farming on a large scale and 
in other business as well. Children : Lucy, 
born April 5, 1742, died April 17, 1758; Eliza- 
beth, February 11, 1743-44,. died September 
I, 1749; Mary, February 12, 1746, married 
Elisha .^.twood ; Avery, April 30, 1748, men- 
tioned below; James, June i, 1750. died No- 
vember, 1755 ; Tabitha, August 26. 1752, died 
July 28, 1753; Tabitha, December 12, 1754, 
died November 27, 1755; Sarah, April 11, 
1757, married xAbraham Richards, and died 
November 30, 1793, in Yates county. New 

(II) Avery, son of Henry and Tabitha 
(.\very) Skilton, was born at Preston, Con- 
necticut, April 30, 1748, died at Watertown, 
Connecticut. August 27, 1832. He lived for 
a time at Bethlehem, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried. March 26, 1771. Parthenia Judd, born 
August 6, 1754; she died at Watertown, 
March 30, 1839 (see Judd family). Chil- 
dren: I. Millicent, born October 5, 1772; 
married Anthony Gurnsey, who died Decem- 
ber 30, 1848; she died May 25, 1839; no 
children. 2. James, born April 10. 1777; 
mentioned below. 3. Lucy, born July 21, 
1780; married Jesse Hine : had two children 
who died unmarried. 4. Henry, born July 
17, 1783 ; had four sons and four daughters. 
5. Mary, born May 22, 1786; died December 
25. 1822: unmarried. 6. Parthenia. born Oc- 
tober 2, 1788: died September 12, 1830, at 
Lyons, New York ; married Cyrus Avery. 7. 



Tabitha, born May 2, 1797; never married; 
died October 30, 187S, at South Farms, Con- 

(Ill) James, son of Avery and Parthenia 
(Jiidd) Skilton, was born April 10, 1777, in 
Bethlehem. Connecticut, and died April 9, 
1848, in W'atertown, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried, June 30, 1799, Chloe, daughter of Eli- 
jah and Hannah (Scovill) Steele (see Steele 
family). Children: i. Elijah, born May 17, 
1800; married, April i, 1827, Elizabeth Wil- 
son: (second) March 25, 1738, Mrs. Sarah 
Remington, at Ravenna, Ohio. 2. Dr. Avery 
Judd, born February i. 1802: married, March 
2, 1828, Mary Augusta, daughter of Cyrus 
and Rebecca (Munn) Candee : he died ]\[arch 
20. 1858, at Troy, New York, where he was 
a physician. 3. Julius James Gardner, born 
June 24, 1804: died unmarried, .\ugust 17, 
1858, at Troy, New York. 4. Henry Bennett, 
born August 29, 1806; died March 13, 1894, 
at W'atertown. Connecticut : married, Novem- 
ber 19. 1832, Julia Clark: (second) Novem- 
ber 19. 1838. Emily, daughters of Merritt Sr. 
and Katurah (Smith) Clark. 5. John Ches- 
ter, born April 30, 1809 ; mentioned below. 
6. Hannah Maria, born February 4, 1S12; 
died January 18, 1897, at Middlebury, Con- 
necticut ; married, March 22, 1840, Gould 
Smith, son of Merritt Sr. and Katurah 
(Smith) Clark.- 7. Samuel William South- 
mayd. born June 20. 1814: died .-\pril. 1894, 
at Morris. Connecticut: married, November 
26. 1846, Mary, daughter of Joel and Emma 
(French) White. 8. Millicent Parthenia, 
born December 24, 1816: married, December 
2, 1842, Rev. Ebenezer O. Beers. 9. George 
Frederick, born February ii. 1820: died July 
18. 1895. at Watertown. Connecticut: mar- 
ried, May 4. 1841, Wealthie Munn; who died 
December 3, 1848: (second) Abigail, daugh- 
ter of George Thomas and .-\lmira ( Richards) 
Wilcox. 10. Mary .Augusta, born November 
14, 1822 : married. December 29. 1847. Mer- 
ritt Clark. Jr., son of Merritt Sr. and Katurah 
(Smith) Clark, of Prospect, Connecticut. 

(I\') John Chester, son of James and 
Chloe ( Steele) Skilton, was born April 30, 
1809. in Watertown, died in Plymouth. Con- 
necticut. December 29. 185 1. For twenty- 
five years he was identified with the Seth 
Thomas Clock Works of Tliomaston. Con- 
necticut. He married in Northfield, Connec- 
ticut. Anna, born February 18. 1810, died at 
Hartford, Connecticut, July 14, 1891, daugh- 
ter of Levi and Anna (Guernsey) Heaton. 
Children : Anna. De Witt Clinton and Chloe 

(V) De Witt Clinton, son of John Chester 
and .\nna (Heaton) Skilton. was born in 

Thoinaston, Connecticut. January 11. 1839. 
He began his business career in 1855 in Hart- 
ford, in the dry goods trade with C. S. 
\Veatherby. In October, 1861, he entered the 
employ of the Hartford Fire Insurance Com- 
pany as a clerk in the otfice. On August 19, 
1862, he enlisted for the civil war service in 
Company B, Twenty-second Connecticut \'ol- 
unteer Infantry, and was mustered into service 
September 20 following, as second lieutenant 
of the company. The regiment was a part 
of the Army of the Potomac under Major- 
General Heintzelman, in brigade of General 
Robert Cowdin, and later Colonel Burr Por- 
ter. On February 16, 1863, he was pro- 
moted to first lieutenant, and served with 
honor until mustered out, July 7, 1863. On 
his return to Hartford he resumed his former 
position, and December i, 1867, was chosert 
secretary of the Phoenix Fire Insurance Com- 
pany. He held that position from December 
I, 1867, to August I, 1888, when he was 
elected vice-president of the company and 
acting president. On February 12, 1891, he 
succeeded Henry Kellogg to the presidency, 
and under his management the business grew 
rapidly. When he entered the service as sec- 
retary in 1867 the capital was S6oo,ooo, the 
assets ?I,234,I95, and the surplus 8113,683. 
On January i, 1910, the capital had more 
than trebled, the amount being $2,000,000; 
the assets had increased to 89,941,424.23, and 
the surplus to 83.066,837.38. The premium 
income for the year 1868 was 8i-2i9,2U, 
and for the year 1909 was 84.889.175.87. 

President Skilton's career has been con- 
temporary with the years of the great growth 
in American insurance, and he has been iden- 
tified with all the organized ettort, and hence 
gave much time and thought to the upbuild- 
ing of the National Association. He was 
selected by the New York City Association 
of Underwriters to represent the Connecticut 
companies of the committee which prepared 
the standard policy for fire insurance. By 
many states this form has been adopted and 
made obligatory. The Phoenix Fire Insur- 
ance Ccmpany owes much of its success to 
his able management. He is a director of the 
Hartford National Bank, and a corporator 
and trustee of the State Savings Bank. He 
is a member of the Military Order of the 
Loyal Legion of the United States, of Robert 
Tyler Post. Grand Army of the Republic, 
and of the Hartford Club. He was secre- 
tary of the National Board of Underwriters 
three years; vice-president seven years, and 
president three years. For seven years he 
was con-.mitteeman of the West Middle School 
district. He is a Republican in politics, and 



is affiliated with the Asylum Avenue Con- 
gregational Church. 

He married, August 8, 1865, Ann Jeanette 
Andrews, born August 25, 1842, daughter of 
Lyman and EHzabeth (Brown) Andrews, of 
Hartford. One child, John Lyman, born 
June 4, 1868, died November i, 1887. 

(The Steele Line). 

(I) John Steele, immigrant, was born in 
coimty Essex, England, and died at Farm- 
ington. Connecticut, November 25, 1655. He 
came to this country when a young man, about 

1631-32, and settled first in Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts, then in Hartford, Connecticut, and 
finally in Farmington. His brother, George 
Steele, who also came to Hartford, died in 
1663, very old. John married (first) Rachel 

, in England. She died in 1653. He 

married (second), soon afterward, Mercy 
Seymour, sister of Richard Seymour, who 
survived him. Children : John, married 
Mercy Warriner, who married (second) 
Thomas Hill; Lydia, married, March 31, 
1657, James Bird; Mary, twin with Lydia, 
married William Judd ; Hannah, born 1655 ; 
Sarah, born about 1638, married Lieutenant 
Thomas Judd ; Samuel, mentioned below. The 
order of birth of the children is not known. 

(H) Samuel, son of John and Mercy (Sey- 
mour) Steele, was born in England in 1626- 
27, and came with his parents to America. 
He was a leading citizen of Farmington, Con- 
necticut ; deputy to the general assembly in 
1668-69-72-77; lieutenant of the Farmington 
train band in 1674. He had a grant of land 
from the general court. May 9. 1672, of two 
hundred acres. He married Mary, daughter 
of Hon. James and Alice Boosey ; her father 
was a prominent citizen of Wethersfield. She 
was born September lo, 1635, died at Farm- 
ington, in 1702. Children : James, born Au- 
gust 31, 1644, mentioned below; Mary, De- 
cemlier 5, 1652; Rachel. October 30, 1654, 
lived at Wethersfield, married Jonathan 
Smith ; Sarah, baptized December 29, 1656, 
died unmarried; Samuel, born March 11, 
1658-59, died young; John, baptized Decem- 
ber ID, 1661. died unmarried; Hannah, born 
16S8'; Ebenezer, August 13, 1661, married, 
February 15, 1705. Sarah Hart. 

• (HI) Captain James, son of Samuel and 
Mary (Boosey) Steele, was born August 31, 
1644, died May 15, 17 13. He was a merchant 
in \\'ethersfield, and captain of the train band. 
He married. July 19, 1687, Anna, daughter 
of Captain Samuel and Elizabeth (Hollister) 
Welles. She was born in 1668, at Wethers- 
field. and died in 1739, aged seventy-one. She 
married (second) November 20, 1718, James 

Judson, of Stratford. Captain Samuel Welles 
was a magistrate and commissioner, a son of 
Governor Thomas Welles. Children of Cap- 
tain James Steele: Samuel, born October i, 
1688, married, June 23, 1714, Anna Williams; 
Dr. Joseph, September 27, 1690, mentioned 
below; Prudence, January 17, 1693, married, 
December 8, 1714, Josiah Deming, of Weth- 
ersfield: Hannah, Alarch 18, 1697, married, 
July 10, 1715, Ephraim Goodrich; Anne, Oc- 
tober 28, 1702, married William Hooker; 
David, June 8, 1706. 

(IV) Dr. ' Joseph Steele, son of Captain 
James and Anna Welles Steele, was born at 
Wethersfield, September 2j , 1690. He resided 
in Farmington, in the section now the town 
of Berlin, Connecticut. He married, Febru- 
ary 16, 1715, Elizabeth, daughter of John 
Jr. and Sarah (Goodrich) Hollister, of Glas- 
tonbury. John Hollister, Sr., was one of the 
first settlers of Wethersfield. Children, born 
at Farmington: Elizabeth, December 16, 1715; 
Sarah. July 17, 1717; James, May 18, 1719, 
mentioned below; Abigail, January 5, 1721, 
married Nathan Booth, of Berlin, Connecti- 
cut ; Dr. Samuel, February 24, 1722-23 ; Anna, 
January 23, 1724-25, married John Root; 
Ebenezer, May 18, 1727, married Sarah Mid- 
dleton ; Jonathan, married Bethia Stone ; 
Elizur, 1736, married, November 17, 1765, 
Mary Rood ; Lucy, June 24, 1737, married 
Jonathan Pitkin, resided at East Hartford. 

(V) James, son of Dr. Joseph and Eliza- 
beth (Hollister) Steele, was born May 18, 
1719, died July 27, 1775. He married Mercy, 
daughter of Caleb and Abigail (Woodford) 
Cowles, granddaughter of Joseph Woodford, 
son of Thomas Woodford, who came from 
England to Farmington, aged seventeen, in 
1664. She died July 22, 1809. They resided 
at IDerlin, Connecticut. Children, born at 
Berlin: i. Mercy, August 15, 1745: married, 
1764, Alexander Rhoades, of Wethersfield, 
Connecticut ; died in 1836. 2. James, August 
18, 1746; married Lucretia Dibble. 3. Jo- 
seph, September 17, 1747-48: married Olive 
Churchill : resided in Kensington, Connecti- 
cut. 4. Elizabeth, August 18. 1752; married 
Eleazer Aspinwall ; she died May 4, 1832, 
5. Thomas. July, 1755 ; died November 13, 
1761. 6. Elijah, January 22. 1758; mentioned 
below. 7. Jonathan, November 5, 1761 ; died 
August 3, 1848. 8. Chloe, 1764-65 ; died De- 
cember, 1776. 

(VT) Ehjah, son of James and Mercy 
(Cowles) Steele, was born at Berlin, Jan- 
uary 22, 1758, died 1830. He was a soldier 
in the revolution, in the Fifth Company, under 
Captain Benedict Arnold, at the siege of Bos- 
ton, in 1775 : later in the campaign in New 



York ; in Captain Thomas Converse's com- 
pany, Colonel Heman Swift's regiment of 
the Connecticut Line in the Continental army, 
1781-83. He married Hannah, daughter of 
Ezekiel and Mindwell (Barber) Scovill. 
Their daughter, Chloe, born October 2, 1780, 
married, June 30, 1799, James Skilton (see 

(The Judd Line). 
The surname Judd is one of the oldest Eng- 
lish surnames, and is identical with Jude, an 
old and now almost obsolete personal name. 
Judson and Judkins are formed from the 
same name. Henry Judde, of county Kent, 
and John Judde. of O.xfordshire, were men- 
tioned in the Hundred Rolls of 1275, and 
the family has been in Kent down to the 
present time. Sir Andrew Judd. a dealer in 
skins and furs, of London, son of Jchn Judd, 
of Tunbridge, Kent, was mayor of London in 
1550, a man of wealth and influence. He 
endowed a grammar school in Tunbridge. His 
only child was a daughter .\lice. The coat- 
of-arms of this family is : Gules, a fesse 
raguled between three boars' heads couped 
argent. It is likely that all the Judds are 
descended from this Kent family. The only 
other coat-of-arms of the Judd family is 
plainly of the same origin, and indicates re- 
lationship. The Judds of Middlesex bear: 
Gules, a fesse raguled between three boars' 
heads erased argent. Crest: on a ducal coro- 
net or. a cockatrice, wings displayed i)roper. 
The family was also prominent in county Es- 
se.N. England. 

(I) Deacon Thomas Judd, immigrant an- 
cestor, came from England in 1633 or 1634, 
and -cttlerl at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
where he had a home lot granted to him .\u- 
gust. 1634. It was in that part of the town 
known as the West End, on the road to 
Watertown. He had other land granted in 
1635, and was admitted a freeman May 25 
that year. He removed to Hartford, Con- 
necticut, in 1636. and had two acres for a 
home lot. near the "Charter Oak." He was 
one of the first proprietors and settlers of 
Farmington, Connecticut, and removed there 
from Hartford about 1644. His home lot was 
on the main street, and he was a substantial 
farmer and an inlluential man. He was dep- 
uty to the general court several times. He 
was a charter member of the Farmington 
church, and was its second deacon. He died 
November 12, 1688. aged about eighty. His 
first wife flied in Farmington. antl he mar- 
ried (second ) December 2, 1679, Clemence 
Mason, widow of Thomas .Mason, of North- 
ampton, and resided in Northampton the re- 
mainder of his life. He was selectman there 

in 1682. Children, order of birth not known: 
Elizabeth, married, December 27, 1653, Sam- 
uel Loomis ; William, mentioned below : Thom- 
as, born about 1638, married Sarah Steele; 
John, born about 1640, married Mary How- 
kins; Benjamin, born about 1642, married 
Mary Lewis: Mary, born about 1644, married, 
January i, 1663, Thomas Loomis; Ruth, bap- 
tized February 7, 1647, married John Steele: 
Philip, baptized September 2, 1649, married 
Hannah Loomis; Samuel, born about 1651. 

(II) Sergeant \A'illiam Judd. son of Deacon 
Thomas Judd, married, March 30, 1658, Mary, 
daughter of John and Rachel Steele, of Farm- 
ington ; she died October 2, 1718, aged about 
eighty. He lived in Farmington, and was 
counted a well-to-do citizen for those days. 
The inventory of his estate was presented No- 
vember 5, 1690. His age when he died was 
about fifty-five years. Children: ^lary, bap- 
tized July 22. 1660 ; Elizabeth, July 22, 1660, 
died young; Thomas, October 13, 1662; Wil- 
liam, January 8, 1665, died young; Thomas, 
born 1663, mentioned below; John, 1667; 
Rachel, 1670, died unmarried 1703; Samuel, 
1673; Daniel, 1675; Elizabeth, 1678. 

(III) Deacon Thomas (2) Judd, son of 
Sergeant William and Mary (Steele) Judd, 
was born in 1663, and settled in Waterbury, 
Connecticut. He was a blacksmith by trade, 
and conducted a farm. He was town clerk, 
deacon of the church, captain of militia, jus- 
tice of the peace, and a deputy to the general 
court more than twenty years between 1696 
and 1733.. His will was dated .\pril 26, 1738, 
and bequeathed to his son William his silver- 
headed cane, which descended later to Syl- 
vester Jufid, of Northampton. He died Jan- 
uary 4, 1747. He married, February 9, 16S8, 
Sarah, daughter of Stepb.en and Hannah ( .\s- 
trood) Freeman, who died September 8. 1738, 
aged si.xty-eight. Stephen Freeman was one 
of the first settlers of !Milford, Connecticut, 
and later of Newark, New Jersey. Children: 
A\'illiam, liorn l\lay 7, 1689, mentioned below; 
Martha. September 11, 1692; Rachel, Novem- 
ber 13, 1694; Sarah, .\pril 2t,. \(«)7. died No- 
vember 3, 1725-26; Hannah, July 2, 1699, 
died March 12, 1713; Mary. January 30, 1701 ; 
Elizabeth, July 23, 1704; Ruth, May 0, 1707; 
Stephen, November 30, 1709. died Tune 25, 


(R') Captain William (2) Judd. son of 
Thomas (2) Judd, was born May 7, 1689, 
died January 29. 1772. He lived a few years 
in Kensington Society, Farmington, now 
Berlin, and removed to Waterbury. He final- 
ly settled near the center of Westbury parish, 
now the town of Watertown. His will is 
dated January 23, 1772. He was a captain of 



militia, and a representative to the general 
court many sessions. He married (first) Jan- 
uary 21, 1713, Alary Root, who died Decem- 
ber 10, 1751, daughter of Stephen and Sarah 
(W'adsworth) Root, of Farmington. He 
married ( second ) Hope Lee, widow. Chil- 
dren : Timothy, born December 28, 1713, men- 
tioned below; Stephen, August 17, 1715; 
Hannah, September 12, 1717, died young; 
Jonathan, October 4, 1719: Daughter, died 
young; Elnathan, August 7. 1724; iMary, No- 
vember 22. 1727; William, January 12, 1730; 
Sarah, November 30, 1732, died April 27, 


(V) Timothy, son of Captain William (2) 
Judd, was born December 28, 1713, died Jan- 
uary 23, 1796. He graduated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1737, and lived in Westbury parish. 
He represented Waterbury in the general 
court twenty-one sessions, 1746-73. He«was 
appointed a justice of the peace every year 
from May, 1765, to May, 1783, and held other 
offices. He married (first) March 29, 1744, 
Mary Clark, who died November 8, 1744, 
daughter of Thomas Clark. He married 
(second) October 9, 1749, Millicent South- 
mayd, daughter of Samuel and Margaret 
(Southmayd) Gaylord, and widow of John 
Southmayd ; she was born 1720, died March 
26. 1763. He married (third) August 8, 
1764, Ann Sedgwick, widow of Benjamin 
Sedgwick. This proved an unhappy mar- 
riage, and they separated. He married 
(fourth) June 6, 1780, Mary Foote, who died 
in October, 1782. widow of Samuel Foote. 
He married (fifth) a widow Clauson, of Stam- 
ford. Children: Mary, born December 11, 
175 1 : Parthenia, August 6, 1754, married, 
March 26, 1771, Avery Skilton, son of Dr. 
Henry Skilton, of England (see Skilton fam- 
ily), died March 30, 1839; AUyn Southmayd, 
born October, 1756; Giles, born October 20, 
1758, died September 3, 1759; Millicent, born 
August 21, 1760, died August 30. 1762; Tim- 
othy, born Januarv 21, 1763, died Mav 26, 

The names of our families 
W-\RNER are the product of the :\Iiddle 
Ages. To the world a bless- 
ing, to mankind a point of distinction, names 
serve a beneficial use. In the delineation of 
> names we see the character and habits of an 
ancient people expressed ; in them we trace 
the changes they have undergone from the 
most remote time. 

In the southwestern part of England, near 
the boundary of Wales, dwelt a race of people 
engaged in agricultural pursuits. These people 
in self-defense were forced to protect them- 

selves from the surrounding savage tribes by 
appointing from among themselves the most 
athletic and discreet men, who might go out 
into the country and warn the people of the 
approach of the enemy. Hence the name 
"Warner." The name Warner occurs in the 
Domesday Book. It is also found in the ac- 
count of the Manor of Warners, which de- 
rived its name from Edmund Warner, who 
held the estate in 1630. The Arms of War- 
ner is a bend engrailed between six roses with 
three and three gules, with motto. "Non nobis 
tantrm nati." They were emblazoned on their 
shields, and are also found carved in several 
parts of the ceiling of the south aisle of the 
church of Great Waltham, England. The 
Warner arms are discussed by Burke, and 
their motto, "Non nobis tantum nati", is in- 
terpreted, "We are not born for ourselves 
alone." The earlier Warners, the representa- 
tives of the family, are generally supposed to 
have been of a fighting Christian stock. .\n 
authority has stated several to have been 
killed in religious riots or massacres. 

The Manor of Pakelsham, containing four 
hundred and eighteen acres, was granted to 
John Warner, of Warners Hall in Great Wal- 
tham ; his son John held it until 1473 '- I'lis 
son Henry seized of it March 21, 1504; his 
son John, Gentleman, held it until his death 
in 1552; he also held the Manor of Brusches ; 
Henry, his brother, an heir, held it until his 
death in 1556, when it passed to the heirs of 
his sister. 

Queen Elizabeth granted in 150S lands to 
Sir Edward Warner, Knight, in the Manor of 
Gettingham, county Kent; also Manor of Bax- 
ley in the same county ; he married Elizabeth, 
third daughter of Sir Thomas Brooke. 

\\'illiam Warner, Esq., in the latter part of 
the reign of King Edward, became possessed 
of Northwood Manor, county Kent, and iield 
it until his death in 1504: then his son Hum- 
phrey seized of it, and he held it until 15 13, 
when he willed it to his son William. 

John Warner, of Foot Cray, was sheriff of 
county Kent in 1442. He received the posi- 
tion from his father John, who had received 
it from the government in 1395. 

Henry A Warner, capitalist and real estate 
dealer, whose business career from boyhood 
has been passed in New Haven, where he is 
widely and favorably known as one of the 
city's leading business men and substantial 
citizens, descends from one of Connecticut's 
earliest families. 

(I) John Warner, the first of the line on 
this side of the Atlantic, at the age of twenty- 
one years came from England with the party 
who sailed in the ship "Increase" in 1635. In 



1637 he performed service in the Pequot war. 
He became one of the original proprietors of 
Hartford in 1639. In 1649 hs married (sec- 
ond) Ann, daughter of Thomas Norton, of 
Guilford. Mr. Warner became an original 
proprietor and settler of the town of Farm- 
ington, Connecticut ; he united with the church 
there in 1657, and was made a freeman in 
1664. In 1673 he went to Mattatuck (Water- 
bury) to ascertain if it was a desirable place 
to settle, and was a patentee of that place in 
1674. It was his intention to move thither, 
but he died in 1679, leaving a widow. Mar- 

I IV) John (2) Warner, a descendant of the 
John ^^'arner mentioned above, was a captain 
in the Connecticut state guards, and served 
in Governor Waterbury"s state brigade, assist- 
ing in the defense of the seacoast in 1781. 
The long hill between Plymouth and the town- 
ship now known as Thomaston was for many 
years called Warner Hill in his honor. From 
him our subject is descended. 

(V) John (3), son of John (2) Warner, 
married and had a son Abijah, mentioned be- 

(VI) .Abijah, son of John (3) Warner, 
married Betsey, daughter of Jason Fenn. 

(\'II) Gains Fenn, son of Aljijah Warner, 
was born in iSii, in that part of the town 
of Plymouth known as Town Hill, in Litch- 
field county, and was the youngest of three 
children. He was but six years old when his 
father died, and until his marriage remained 
at home with his mother. .At the age of 
twenty-one he wedded Harriet Jackson, of 
Bethlehem, that county, and the young couple 
settled in their own home. For aliout three 
years Mr. Warner worked the farm, and then 
moved to WaterviUe. His two daughters, 
Helen and Harriet, were born during his resi- 
dence in Plymouth : his son, Henry .\., in 
^^'atervi!le, Coimecticut. .\bout the year 1847 
he found his life work. He met a man who 
was in the business of manufacturing malle- 
able iron castings, and who so urged him to 
enter this work that he finally decided to go 
with him to Straitsville and investigate for 
himself. He soon moved his family to that 
place, and so well succeeded in the new ven- 
ture that when the buildings were burned to 
the ground he removed the works to New 
Haven, many of the principal workmen going 
with him. In tiiis line he had the monopoly, 
and his was the largest concern of the kind 
in the country. Mr. Warner passed the re- 
mainder of his life in that city, active alike 
in commercial, religious anrl benevolent circles, 
and widely known and Ijeloved. 

It was during Mr. Warner's residence in 

Plymouth that the Congregational church in 
that village was built, and he threw his superb 
energies and strength into that enterprise. He 
hauled much of the timber from tlie woods to 
the mill, and from there to the church lot. 
.At "raising day" all the town turned out to 
help, and afterward all were served, as was 
the custom of the time, to doughnuts, raised 
cake and cider. When he removed to Straits- 
ville. at that time a very small village, Mr. 
Warner deplored the fact that no regular 
church services were held there, and he very 
soon made arrangements whereby theological 
students from New Haven should preach in 
the small chapel each Sunday for the sum of 
ten dollars and their board. His house was 
freely opened for their accommodation, and 
very often the compensation was largely given 
from his own pocket. As he grew in pros- 
perity he was ever ready to respond to numer- 
ous calls for benevolence, both public and 
private, which were made upon him, notably 
that of home and foreign missions, growing 
stronger each year of his life. Mr. Warner 
was a man of few words, and while ever 
friendly to those who were so fortunate as to 
possess his love and confidence, he showed a 
true and loyal heart, to be relied upon in any 
extremity. In his family he was the faithful 
husband, the kindest of fathers, and his house 
was ever open to all his friends. 

In the year i860 Mr. Warner decided to 
build a new residence, and purchased a fine 
lot on Chapel street of about one and a half 
acres, in the center of the city, opposite Yale 
College, where he erected the substantial 
house now occupied by the Union League 
Club, in the rear of which is now the Hyper- 
ion Theater, and on the western side Warner 
Hall, an apartment building, erected and man- 
aged by his son, Henry A. Warner. It is 
characteristic of Mr. Warner that, when ques- 
tioned by a member of the college faculty as 
to his venture in laying out this acre or more 
of ground, stocking it with fruit trees, foun- 
tain, grapery and ornamental shrubs, lest he 
should suffer invasion by mischievous boys of 
the college, to reply: "I shall not molest them, 
and I don't think they will ever trouble me," 
and tl-.ey never did. After moving to his new- 
home he gave his best Christian efforts to the 
welfare of the College Street Church, which 
building joined In's land on the eastern side, 
and was an earnest helper and exemplary 
member until his death, in October. 1S70. He 
died as he had lived, in full trust and faith in 
his Saviour and (jod. since when, in 1837, 
during a strong religious movement through- 
out the entire country, he and his young wife 
uniterl with the church in Plymouth Center. 



(\'III) Henry A., son of Gaius Feiin War- 
ner, was born March 10, 1842, at Waterville, 
in the town of Waterbury, and was six years 
old when the family settled in New Haven. 
There, in the public and private schools, and 
at General Russell's and Hopkins grammar 
school, he received his education, and was 
prepared for a business career. For many 
years he was an iron manufacturer, continu- 
ing his father's large concern, and he has since 
dealt in pipe, in which line his efforts have 
met with deserved success. Returning east 
after the Chicago fire. Mr. Warner stopped 
at Akron, Ohio, and found a make of pipe 
which had not been introduced east, where 
imported Scotch pipe and a slip glaze pipe 
from New Jersey were in use. How'ever, 
they were soon superseded by the Ohio pipe, 
which j\lr. Warner introduced and sold 
throughout New England. For many years 
he received royalty on all pipes made from 
this clay and sold east. He has also dealt 
extensivelv in real estate, and is proprietor of 
the Warner Hall Apartment Hotel, at No. 
1044 Chapel street. New Haven. At the time 
of the erection of this building, which was 
the first six-story building erected in Connec- 
ticut, he gave it the name of "Warner Hall," 
quite unaware that there had been a "W'arner 
Hall" at the Manor of Pakelsham. which was 
granted to John Warner of "Warner Hall" 
in Great ^^'althalu, England. Mr. Warner re- 
sides at 612 Whitney avenue. New Haven. 

Mr. Warner married Gertrude E. Morton. 
Mr. and Mrs. Warner's religious connections 
are with the Plymouth Congregational Church 
of New Haven, which wa-^ formerly the Col- 
lege Street Church, of which he has been a 
deacon. ]\[r. Warner's political affiliations are 
w'ith the Republican party: but while ever in- 
terested in politics and public affairs, he has 
kept aloof from party warfare, and has never 
held public office. He is a member of the 
Union League, Young Men's Republican 
Cluii. Sons of the American RcA'olution, 
Chamber of Commerce, Country Club, and 
was sergeant major of the Second Company 
Governor's Horse Guard. Mr. ^\'arner has 
two sisters living, ^Irs. Helen L. Cowles. 
widow nf I.uman Cowdes, and Harriet W. 
Merwiii. wife of Thomas P. Alerwin, all of 
New Haven. 

John Eaton, the first of the line 
EATON here under consideration, is re- 
corded as taking the freeman's 
oath, ?\[ay 25. 1636. His wife. Abigail, ac- 
companied liy twri children, embarked for 
New England in the ship "Elizalieth and 

Ann." April 27, 1635, and it is probable that 
the husband and father came with them. 

(H) John (2), third child of John (i) and 
Abigail Eaton, was born at Watertown, Mas- 
sachusetts, about 1636. The maiden name of 
his wife Alice is not recorded. 

(HI) Thomas, son of John (2) and .\lice 
Eaton, was born at Dedham, Massachusetts, 
1675. died 1748. He removed to Woodstock, 
Connecticut, and afterwards to Ashford, 
where the greater part of his life was spent. 
He married Lydia, born in 1679, died in 
1748. fifteen days after the death of her hus- 
band, daughter of Nathaniel Gay. 

(I\') Nathaniel, sdfi of Thomas and Lydia 
(Gay) Eaton, was born at Woodstock, Con- 
necticut, 1704. He removed with his parents 
to the neighboring town of Ashford about 
1727, and lived there the greater part of his 
life. He held many minor offices of the town, 
and for a time was town clerk and town treas- 
urer. He married Esther, daughter of Cap- 
tain John and Sarah Parry. 

(\") Abel, son of Nathaniel and Esther 
(Parry) Eaton, was born at Woodstock, Con- 
necticut. 1754, the youngest of thirteen chil- 
dren. He went to Concord, New York, in 
1769, and there served as deacon of the church 
and captain of a military company. He later 
removed to Greene county. Between 1776 
and 17S0 he was absent from home for a 
considerable period, and it is supposed that 
he was then on service in the revolutionary 
war. He married Ann Azuba Hurd. of Rox- 
bury. He died in Cairo, New York, in 1812. 

(\'I) Amos, son of Abel and Ann Azuba 
(Hurd) Eaton, was born at Chatham, Colum- 
bia county. New York, in 1776. died at Troy, 
New York, May 6, 1S42. When fourteen 
\-ears of age he was selected to deliver a 
Fourth of July oration in his native town. 
With his own hands he made the necessary 
instruments for surveying, and soon began 
work as a surveyor of the neighboring farms. 
Pie was a student at Williams College, from 
which institution he graduated in 1779. He 
became a lawyer, but his career as such ter- 
minated unfortunately, and in 1815 he adopted 
natural science as his profession. He soon 
became an interesting lecturer, his services 
being in great demand, and in iSio he was 
invited by Governor De\\'itt Clinton to lec- 
ture before members of the legislature. He 
was afterward employed by Hon. Stephen 
\'an Rensselaer to make a geological and ag- 
ricultural survey of the district adjoining the 
Erie canal, and his report, published in 1824, 
was one of the earliest works of that kind in 
America. The same patron established in 
1824 the school of science nnw l<n()wn as the 



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, 
New York, and Mr. Eaton was made tlie 
senior professor; here he spent the remainder 
of his life. He published many text books, 
and kindled in the breasts of many young men 
a love for science, which in time made their 
names famous and immortal. Professor 
Eaton was married four times. His second 
wife, Sally, daughter of Eleazer and Try- 
phena (Beebe) Cady, born at Canaan, New 
York, 1780, died at New Haven. Connecticut, 
July 13, 18 10. 

(X'H) Brevet ^lajor-General Amos B. 
Eaton, son of Amos Jlaton, was 'born in 
Greene county. New York, in 1806. He 
graduated from West Point in 1826, and was 
at once assigned to garrison duty, serving in 
the war with Mexico. At the breaking out 
of the civil war he was made chief of the 
commissary service, with headquarters at New 
York City, and was also purchasing commis- 
sary for the armies in the field. Millions of 
money passed through his hands in the dis- 
charge of the duties of the important posi- 
tions assigned to him, and in the selection of 
General Eaton the government was particu- 
larly fortunate. 

(Mil) Professor Daniel Cady Eaton, onl_\- 
son of Brevet Major-General Amos B. Eaton, 
was born at Fort Gratiot, Michigan Territory, 
in 1834. While a student at Yale, where lie 
graduated in 1857. he was a zealous student 
of botany, and the three years after gradua- 
tion were spent in the Lawrence Scientific 
School of Harvard L'niversity, where he re- 
ceived the degree of Bachelor of Science in 
i860. In 1864 he was elected to the newly 
founded L'niversity professorship of botany 
at Yale, which he held until his death. He 
married, in 1866. Caroline, daughter of Tread- 
well Ketcham, of New York City. 

CIN) George Francis, second son of Pro- 
fessor Daniel Cady and Caroline f Ketcham) 
Eaten, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, 
May 20. 1S72. He graduated from Yale Col- 
lege in i8()4. and took up the study of oste- 
ology and palaeontology with Professor 
Marsh: he is now (1910) curator of the Os- 
teological Collection in the Peabody Museum 
of Yale L'niversity. He married. Octol^er 24, 
1899. Julia Henrietta, daughter of Thorvald 
Frederick Hammer, of Branford. Connecticut. 
Two son-;. Frederick Selden. of the tenth gen- 
eration, born July 15. 1900. and Richard Law- 
rence. April 17, 1906. 

('\'II) Daniel Cadv. son of .\mos 
EATON Cq. V. ) and Sally YCady) Eaton, 
was born in the village of Cats- 
kill, New York, June 17, 1805. As soon as 

possible he devoted himself to business. When 
a very young man he went to New York and 
found employment in the wholesale dry goods 
establishment of Doughty & Robinson, of 
Pearl street, where subsequently he was ad- 
mitted to partnership. In 1845 he retired from 
business and went to Europe. In 1847 he 
again went to Europe, accompanied by his 
family. From 1849 until 1852 he was in New 
York devoting himself to finance and politics. 
In 1852 he and John A. Dix were the leaders 
of the conservative side of the New York City 
Democracy. Under President Pierce Mr. Dix 
expected to be appointed Minister to France, 
and Mr. Eaton expected to be made Collector 
of the Port. Disappointed in their expecta- 
tions, they went abroad with their families 
and remained away until the death of Mr. 
Eaton in Paris, June 11, 1855, when the two 
families returned to .America. Mr. Eaton was 
fond of France, devoted to the fine arts, and 
instilled his tastes into his son. In addition 
to his son he left a daughter, who became the 
wife of George S. Brown, of Baltimore, of 
the banking house of Brown Bros. & Com- 
pany. The wife of Mr. Eaton was a grand- 
daughter of General James Livingston, of the 
well-known family and of revolutionar\- fame. 
(\TII) Daniel' Cady (2), son of' Daniel 
Cady (i) Eaton, was born at Johnstown, New 
York. June 16, 1837. He was at school in 
Paris, France, when ten years of age, and 
upon his return to the United States attended 
the Grammar School of Columbia College 
until 1S52, when he again went abroad and 
pursued studies in Geneva, Gottingen. Rome 
and Paris until the death of his father in 
Paris, June, 1855. He entered Yale College 
in 1856 and was graduated in iS6o with the 
degree of B.A. He entered the Columbia 
College Law School in i860 : was admitted to 
the bar in Albany, New York, in 1861, a 
year ahead of his class, hoping for and ex- 
pecting the position of judge advocate on the 
stafT of General John A. Dix. Disappointed 
in this, he joined the Seventh Regiment New 
York State Militia, and was with it during its 
seconil term of service under the United 
States. .After the return of the regiment from 
Baltimore he v>-as drill master of the One 
Hundred and Fifty-fifth New York \"olun- 
teers exi^ecting to be appointed its major. He 
was, liowever, seized with a fever, contracted 
during his service, and for over six months 
was an invalid. During the New York City 
firaft riots he served on the stafif of General 
Miller. After the riots were over he was 
gazetted colonel of a regiment that was never 
raised. His military career was gloriously 
ended by his name appearing in the list of the 



last draft for troops ; a draft which, unfor- 
tunately for hmi, was not enforced. In 1863 
he received from Yale the degree of 'SI. A. 
After a residence of several years abroad he 
was, in 1869, appointed to the newly estab- 
lished professorship of the History and Criti- 
cism of Art in Yale College. He resigned his 
professorship in 1876 because the corporation 
would not give him a position outside of the 
art school, where his position was suborflinate 
and disagreeable and where his activities were 
of very little, if any, benefit to the college. 
From .1878 until about 1900 his time was 
passed in studying the history of the line arts 
abroad and in writing and lecturing on the 
subject at home. When Hadley was elected 
president of Yale University he was oft'ered 
and accepted a university professorship. This 
he held until retired for age in 1907 with the 
title of Emeritus. Apart from pamphlets, 
magazine and newspaper articles on various 
subjects, he is the author of a "Handbook of 
Greek and Roman Sculpture," Boston, James 
R. Osgood & Company, 1884, and of "A 
Handbook of Modern French Painting," 
Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1909. 
He is now ( 1910) at work on a "Handbook 
of French Sculpture", which he hopes to 
publish next year. 

This family seems to have been 
BAKER connected with various important 

affairs of the colony from its 
first settlement. September 5, 1664, Claes 
Jansen Backer was one of the signers of a 
petition to Governor Stuyvesant to surrender 
New Amsterdam to the English on account of 
the defenceless condition of the town. Octo- 
ber 21, 1664, among those who took the oath 
of allegiance to the English in New York 
City were: Claes Jansen Backer, Hendrick 
Janzen Backer, Reinier Willemzen Backer, 
and Jacob Backer, husband of Alargriet Stuy- 
vesant. December 24, 1673, Claes Jansen 
Backer and another are on record in connec- 
tion with the sale of a house. March 17, 
1674, Hendrick Willemse Backer was worth 
two thousand guilders, and Reinier Backer 
was worth five thousand guilders. Jacob 
Backer and Claes Jansen Backer were not 
assessed at this time, and it is probable that 
they had already left the city for New Jer- 
sey. June 15, 1674, Hendrick de Backer and 
a number of others petitioned that each of 
them may be given and granted a piece of 
ground on Staten Island at the mouth of the 
Kill von Kull, and they were deferred in the 
matter of this request to the time of the dis- 
posal of the lands. In April. 1676, Margriet 
Stuyvesant Backer obtained a patent for two 

hundred and twenty- four acres of land in 
Elizabethtown, New Jersey. March 11, 1677- 
78, her children were: Hendricus, Nicholas 
and Abraham. Among the signers of a peti- 
tion to King William III. of England, in 
1697 or a little later, by the residents of East 
New Jersey, was .\braham Baker. It would 
seem that all the Backer and de Backer fam- 
ilies left New York City and went to New 
Jersey about 1670 and afterward, where the 
name, owing to their English associations, 
was anglicized to Baker. 

The village of Tappan, whence this family 
came, is in the Passaic valley. New Jersey, 
and among the Dutch grantees of this section 
we find the name of Claes Jansen Backer. 
Backer or Baker was one of the Dutch pur- 
chasers in Bergen, now Hudson county, in 
1668. Littell. in his "Passaic Families," gives 
an account of two Baker families in this sec- 
tion. Thomas Baker, he says, emigrated from 
England and settled first on Long Island and 
from thence removed to Connecdcut Farms, 
now Union, New Jersey. Thomas Jr., son of 
Thomas Baker, the immigrant, removed from 
L^nion to the Passaic valley, to the town of 
New Providence, and there bought various 
tracts of land. He married Hannah Thomp- 
son, on the Rahway river, and had children : 
Thomas ; William, married Rachel \'alentine ; 
Daniel ; Nathan ; Sarah ; Elizabeth. Henry 
Baker, who was not related as far as is known 
to Thomas Baker, lived half a mile from 
Westfield Church toward Springfiekl ; he mar- 
ried Phebe Hedges, of Long Island, and had 
children: Daniel, June 3, 1753: W'illiam, mar- 
ried Jemima Wooflruff; Jonathan; Jeremiah; 
Jonathan ; Phebe ; Henry. The descendants 
of both are traced by Littell. 

fl) Claes Janszen Kust married (first) 
Aechtje Cornells : (second) July 21, 1647, 
according to the record in the Dutch Re- 
formed Church of New York City, Geertje 
Nannincks, widow of Abel Reideiihasen. 

(II) Claes de Backer, son of Claes Janszen 
and Geertje (Nannincks) (Reidenhasen) 
Kust. was baptized in the Dutch Reformed 
Church of New York City, June 8, 1648, died 
June 8, 1698. 

(HI) Hendricus. son of Claes de Backer, 
was born about 1680. 

(TV) Nicolaas, son of Hendricus de Back- 
er, was baptized in Staten Island, October 21, 

(V) William Baker, son of Nicolaas de 
Backer, was baptized about 1740, and lived 
at Tappan. New Jersey. Late in life he went 
to Dutchess county. Slew York, to live with 
his son John ]M., and died there. He married 
Elizabeth Fose. 



(\'I) John yi., son of \\'illiam and Eliza- 
beth (Fosei Baker, was born October 2, 1788, 
baptized in the Tappan Dutch Reformed 
Church, November 6, 1788, died in 1863. He 
ran away from his home during his youth, but 
must later have become reconciled to his par- 
ents, for they came to live with him. He had 
a nephew, Benjamin, living at Honeoye Falls, 
New York, who has children: Claude, Ed- 
ward, Frank and others. John M. Baker was 
a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He married 
Hetty Meddaugh, of La Grange, Dutchess 
county. New York, born in 1778, died in 
1853, and their gravestones may be seen in 
the Freedom Plains churchyard. Children : 

I. Aaron, married (first) ; (second) 

Adaline Meddaugh; children of first mar- 
riage : Melissa, John Peter, Edwin : children 
of second marriage : Alary Ann, Amelia and 
Eugenia. 2. Levi, see forward. 

(VH) Levi, youngest child of John M. and 
Hetty (Meddaugh) Baker, was born at La 
Grange, Dutchess county, New York, Au- 
gust 6, 18 19, died in Kingston, New York, 
September 6. 1898. He received a common 
school education, and learned the trade of a 
merchant tailor in Poughkeepsie. New York, 
which he followed for many years, employing 
a number of journeymen. After his retire- 
ment from business he removed to Kingston, 
New York, where the last twelve years of 
his life were spent. He was an earnest worker 
in the cause of temperance, was a charter 
member of the Dutch Reformed church of 
Poughkeepsie, also an elder. He married 
(first) .August 23, 1841. Mary .\nn Jewell. 
born April 30, 1824, died February i, 1843. 
He married (second) May 5, 1845, Emily 
Brown, of Rhinebeck, New York, born Jan- 
uary II, 1825. now living in Kingston, New 
York, daughter of Sebastian and Eliza (Bard) 
Brown, and a great-granddaughter of Major 
John Pawley. the famous officer of the colon- 
ial and revolutionary wars. Children, all of 
second marriage: i. Francis Marion, born 
Afarch 24. 1848: lives at Providence, Rhode 
Island, and is a commercial traveler ; married 
(first) Kate Emighie and had children: 
Henry N., .Amy. Bertram Francis: married 
(second) Abby Perry Dennis, of Bristol, 
Rhode Island. 2. DcWitt Levi, January 31, 
1851. died March 26. 1854. 3. Mary Helen, 
December 2. 1854: live^ in Kingston. New 
'S'ork. 4. ^^■illard. see forward. 5. Carrie, 
July 18, 1862 : married Edgar Eltinge Keator, 
who died June 18, 1894: has one son, Harold 

(Vim \\'illard. third son of Levi and 
Emily (Brown) Baker, was born in Pough- 
keepsie, New York, October 27. 1858. He 

acquired his education in the public and high 
schools of his native town, commenced the 
study of law in the office of Hughes & Baker, 
at .Amenia. New York, and was admitted to 
the bar of Litchfield county, Connecticut, in 
1S80. In 1883 he was admitted to the bar in 
New York. At first he established himself in 
the practice of his profession at Amenia, and 
later at Sharon, Connecticut, where he has had 
an office since that time, 1886. He has not 
confined his activities to the legal profession, 
but has been a leading spirit in a number of 
business enterprises, as well as taking a fore- 
most interest in the public welfare of the com- 
munity. He was one of the organizers, and 
until recently a director, of the Sharon Water 
Company : an organizer and director of the 
Sharon Electric Light Company and of the 
Sharon Telephone Company. For a number 
of years he served as an otficer of the first 
district, and is a trustee of the Sharon Library 
Association. As clerk of the probate court 
of his district he has done excellent service 
for many years. He was appointed post- 
master of the town in 1897, and since that 
time he has filled that office v.'ith credit to 
himself and to the satisfaction of all who have 
its welfare at heart. He is active in the af- 
fairs of the First Congregational Church and 
since 1895 has been a member of the stand- 
ing committee of the society. He is a mem- 
ber of the local council of the Royal Arcanum. 
Mr. Baker married. April 30. 1887. Nellie A. 
Hitchcock, of Unionville, Connecticut, daugh- 
ter of Elmer and Mary (Gorman) Hitchcock. 
Children: Mildred Hitchcock, born January 
3. 1S95 : Marion Brown, .August 18, 1900. 

The surname Noble is of great 
NOBLE antiquity in England. It first 
ajipears in the reign of Richard 
1.. and lias been common since then. Several 
noted merchants of the name lived in Edin- 
burgh. \'arious families of the name bore 
arms and the principal seats of the family 
were in Cornwall, Belson and Bishop's Ten- 
tor, county Devon, and Marming, near Maid- 
stone, county Kent. The latter family bore 
these arms: Or two lions passant guard, in 
pale azure between as many flaunches of the 
last : over all a fcsse gules charged with three 
bezants. Crest: A lion passant azure. 

(I) Thomas Noble, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was born as early as 1632, in England, 
and died in Westfield, Massachusetts, Feb- 
ruary 20. 1704, aged at least seventy-two 
years. He was an early settler at Spring- 
field. Massachusetts, coming thither from 
Boston, where he was an inhabitant, January 
5, 1653. He had an account at the store of 


John Pynchon in Springfield, and the account 
book shows that he visited England soon af- 
ter removing from Boston. In 1664 he with 
others was given leave to set up a saw mill 
on a "brook below Ensign Cooper's farme 
over Agawam River." He was an assessor 
of the town. He had lands granted to him . 
in Westfield, in July, 1666, on condition of 
settlement, and the grant was renewed Jan- 
uary 9, 1668. He settled there as early as 
January 21, 1669, and was on a committee 
to decide the boundary lines. His homestead 
was about two miles and a half from the 
present center of the town. He served as 
constable, and took the oath of allegiance, 
January 23, 1678. He joined the Westfield 
Church, February 20, 1681, and was admitted 
a freeman, October 12, 1681. He was fined 
five shillings at one time for traveling on a 
fast day. His home was exposed to Indian 
attacks during King Philip's war. Rev. Dr. 
Davis says "One night during family pray- 
ers. Gray Lock (an old Indian), stepped up 
and pulled the string and let the door swing 
open, and as soon as all was quiet, he would 
pull the string again. Mr. Noble was per- 
suaded by his friends to move into town. Gray 
Lock said he had several opportunities of kill- 
ing most of his children at a shot, but did not 
want scalps as much as captives." On ISIarch 
2. 1696, Thomas Noble was chosen county 
surveyor. He was a tailor by trade. His will 
was dated May 11, 1697, and proved Sep- 
tember 5, 1704. He married, November i, 
1660, Hannah, horn in Springfield, August 17. 
1643, only daughter of William and Joanna 
(Scant) Warriner. She joined the Westfield 
church. November 11. 1680. She married 
(second), January 24, 1705, Deacon Medad 
Pomeroy, of Northampton. Children : John, 
born March 6, 1662; Hannah, born February 
24, 1664; Thomas, born January 14, 1666; 
Matthew; Mark, mentioned below; Elizabeth, 
born February 9, 1673; Luke, born July 15, 
1675: James, born October i, 1677: Mary, 
born June 29, 16S0; Rebecca, born Januarv 
4. 16S3. 

f II) Mark, son of Thomas Noble, was born 
in ^^'estfield. about 1670, and died there, April 
i(^. 1741. He was a farmer and was chosen, 
in 1718. surveyor for the town and county 
roads: in 1720 constable: and in 1722. to seat 
the meeting. In 1725 he was tythingman. On 
April 8, 1741, a few days before his death, he 
executed a deed giving his property to his 
sons John and Noah Noble. He married, in 
1698, Alary or Mercy Alarshall, who died 
May 12. 1733, daughter of Samuel and Re- 
becca (Newberry) Marshall, of Northamp- 
ton. She joined the Westfield church, De- 

cember 23, 1703. Children, born in West- 
field: Noah, born March 5, 1699, died Octo- 
ber 7, 1703; Mary, born December 20, 1701 ; 
Abigail, born July 7, 1704; John, born De- 
cember 21, 1706; Miriam, born January 4, 
1710; Noah, born May 23, 1713. mentioned 

(Ill) Noah, son of Mark Noble, was born 
in Westfield, May 23, 1713. He died there 
about 1781. aged about sixty-eight. He 
joined the Westfield church in 1741, but hav- 
ing become a Separate, he w'as cut off, Jan- 
uary 3, 1750. He was a farmer, residing on 
the same place where his grandson, Elisha 
Noble, afterwards lived. He married, Jan- 
uary 17, 1737, Sarah Barber, of Springfield, 
Massachusetts. She was born, probably, De- 
cember 4. 1715, daughter of John and Sarah 
(Smith) Barber. She died of pleurisy, July 
6, 1797. aged eighty-two. Children: Abigail, 
born December 19. 1737: Gad, August 25, 
1739. mentioned below; Mark, November 9, 
1741 ; Zenas, November 30, 1743; Jerusha, 
December 18, 1745; Joel. February 29. 1748; 
Sarah, June 30, 1750: Phineas. 

CIV) Gad, son of Noah Noble, was born 
in Westfield. August 25, 1739, and died there 
March 9, 1823. He was among the drafted 
men who during the American revolution 
went, September, 1776. to New York for two 
months. He resided about one mile east of 
Westfield Centre, on tlie road toward Spring- 
field. He was a farmer, and also kept a tav- 
ern. He married, March 8, 1764, Catherine, 
who was born May i. 1744, daughter of Sam- 
uel and Catherine (Fowler) Noble, of West- 
field. She died January 23. 1810. Children: 
Lucy, born April 29, 1766; Catherine, June 
2, 1769; Gad. June 20, 1771 ; Enoch, March 
5, 1773, mentioned below: Naomi, July 31, 
1775: Elijah. March 9, 1778: Elisha, Septem- 
ber 15, 1780. died young: Elisha. }ilarch 8. 
1782: Naomi, .\ugust 31, 1784. 

(Y) Enoch, son of Gad Noble, was born 
in A\'estfield, March 5. 1773, and died in 
Richmond, or \\'illiston. V'ermont. Januarv 
29, 1856. He resided in Bristol, Connecticut, 
from 1795 through 1800: in Hartland, Con- 
necticut, 1800-1806: in Richmond, \^ermont, 
1806-56. He married, November 18, 1795. 
Caroline ^Matilda, who was born Julv 17, 
1 77 1, daughter of Colonel Seth Smith, of 
New Hartford, Connecticut. She died Au- 
gust 8, 1849. He was a man of untiring in- 
dustry, both as a farmer and a blacksmith. 
He brought up his children respectably, im- 
pressing on their minds lessons in industry 
and economy. He was generous, hospitable, 
eminently social in his habits, and of unques- 
tioned integrity. Never tied to party, he in- 



variably voted for the candidate, in his opin- 
ion, best fitted for the place, without regard 
to his political sentiments. He was one of 
the first volunteers in the war of 1812. He 
was in the battle of Plattsburg, and performed 
service at Sackett's Harbor, for which he re- 
ceived a pension. The story is told of him 
that when on his way to Plattsburg, some one 
asked of him : "How long do you intend to 
stay?" "Stay," was his answer, "I shall stay 
as long as a Briton remains to invade our 
soil!" Following the faith of his parents, at 
the age of twelve years he united with the 
Baptist church, but subsequently embraced 
the tloctrine of universal salvation. Children : 
Amureth Smith, born March 3, 1800, men- 
tioned below: Warham, September 28, 1802; 
Amelia, August 3, 1805 : Alonzo, June 3, 
1805; Caroline ^latilda, December i, 181 1; 
Maria, April 7, 1817. 

(\"1) Amureth Smith, son of Enoch Xoble, 
was born in Bristol. March 3, 1800. He mar- 
ried (first) September 5, 1826, Ruth, who 
was born in W'illiston, \'ermont, January 24, 
1808, (laughter of Calvin and Ruth Murray. 
She died in Richmond, February 2, 1827. He 
married (second), October 28, 1829, Susan, 
who was born in Hinesburgh, X'ermont, Feb- 
ruary 18, 1808, daughter of Captain Daniel 
and Susan (McClave) Patrick. She died in 
Chester, X'ermont, March i, 1875. He re- 
sided in Richmond until 1837; in Hinesburgh, 
1837-65; in Rutland, 1865-69; and he moved 
to Chester in 1869. Children: Daniel Patrick, 
born August 12, 1830: Ruth Maria, born June 
20, 1832: Henry Smith, October 8. 1845, 
mentioned below. 

(MI) Dr. Henry Smith Xoble. son of 
Amureth Smith Xoble, was born at Hines- 
burg, \'ermont, October 8, 1845, and attended 
the public schools there. He prepared for 
college in the Green Mountain Institute at 
South Woodstock. Vermont, and entered 
Tufts College, from which he was graduated 
with the degree of .\.B. in 1869. He studied 
his profession in the College of Physicians 
and Surgeons of Xew York City ami received 
the degree of ^I.D. in the class of 187 1. He 
received the degree of LL.D. from Tufts 
College in 1905. He was an interne at the 
Hartiford City Hospital for a time, and be- 
gan to practice medicine at Chester. \'ermont, 
where he was located for seven years and a 
half. He was then appointed assistant super- 
intendent of the Hartford Retreat. Subse- 
quently he became an assi^^tant in the Michi- 
gan State .Asylum for the Insan'e at Kala- 
mazoo, and was afterward assistant physician 
of. the Connecticut State Insane Asylum at 
Midflletown. Connecticut, serving there 1885- 

98. He was then assistant superintendent of 
the same institution from 1898 to 1901 and has 
been superintendent since then. He is well 
known throughout the country as an able and 
successful alienist. He is a member of the Am- 
erican Medical Association ; the Connecticut 
.]\ledical Society ; the Middlesex County Med- 
ical Society: the American Academy of Medi- 
cine: the American Medico-Phychological As- 
sociation; the Xew York Neurological So- 
ciety; Olive Branch Lodge, Free Masons, of 
Cliester, Vermont, of which he was formerly 
senior warden. In religion he is a Universal- 
ist ; in politics a Republican. 

He married, March 14, 187 1, Edna Jane, 
born August 12, 1S46, daughter of John and 
Rose (Lowell) Chaft'ee. They have no chil- 

Franklin Pierce Carter, founder 
CARTER of the Carter & Hakes Ma- 
chine Company, of Winsted, 
Connecticut, in which he holds a number of 
important offices, is possessed of many ad- 
mirable qualities which have drawn about him 
in public as well as private life a large circle 
of friends. While he has never sought public 
office, but allowed the office to seek the man, 
he has been honored in this respect a number 
of times by his fellow citizens, and has filled 
the offices to which he has been elected with 
honor and ability. The Carters came original- 
ly from England, and were among the earliest 
settlers in this country. In his maternal line, 
Mr, Carter traces his descent back' to the 
"Mayflower" Puritans. 

(I) Robert Carter, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England about 1675, ^^'^^'^ ^^ K''" 
lingworth, Connecticut, Xovember 6, 1751. 
He sailed from Bristol, England, for Amer- 
ica, about 1700, was a shipwright !)y trade, 
and had a business as a ship builder at what 
is now Clinton, Connecticut. Tl:e name of 
h\< wife has not been preserved. Children: 
Benjamin, William, see forwanl, Joh.n. Sam- 
uel. Mary, Nathaniel, Joseph. 

(II) \\"illiam, son of Robert Carter, immi- 
grant, was Ivirn at Killini^wnrth, Connecticut, 
in 1702. and joined the church at that place 
ill 1725. Xijt long after he removed to Cuil- 
fcrfl. Connecticut, and from thence to Wal- 
lingford, in tlie same state. In the latter 
town he married. May 3, 1733, .\nn, daugh- 
ter of Theophilus and Sarah (Street) Yale. 
Children: Thaddeus, see forward: a daugh- 
ter, born Xovember 20, 1738: William, born 
X'ovember 14, [748 ; perhaps others. 

(111,1 Thaddeus. son of William and Ann 
f Yale) Carter, was born at Wallingford, Con- 
necticut, .\pri1 8. 1735. He served as a sol- 



dier during tlie revolution, being in Captain 
Isaac Cook'^ company in 1775, and removed 
to Litchfield, Connecticut, prior to 1783. He 
married Lucy, daughter of Elisha Andrews, 
granddaughter of Samuel Andrews, and great- 
granddaughter of William Andrews, the immi- 
grant ancestor. They had a number of chil- 

(IV) Noah Andrews, son of Thaddeus 
and Lucy (Andrews) Carter, was born at 
W'allingford, Connecticut, in 1777, died in 
Earkhamsted in 1830. He was a very young 
child when his parents removed to Litchfield, 
and from thence he removed to Bristol, where 
he was one of the pioneer preachers of the 
Methodist Episcopal church in Connecticut. 
Prior to this time he had been adopted by his 
maternal uncle, the Rev. Noah .\ndrews, for 
whom he had been named. His secular oc- 
cupation was that of farming, and for many 
years the visiting clergymen of the Methodist 
Episcopal denomination were entertained at 
his home in Bristol. In 1815 he removed 
to Barkhamsted, where he spent the remainder 
of his life. He married, in 1798, Lydia Gay- 
lord, of Plymouth, Connecticut, who was born 
in 1778. Children: Chloe, born October 23, 
1799 : Thaddeus .Andrew^, March 29, 1802 ; 
Polly, August 24, 1804 : Evitts, December 24, 
1S06 : Hiram, see forward ; Joseph Henry, 
November i. 1812; Caroline, May 23, 1815; 
Rispah ; Lydia. 

(Y) Hiram, son of Noah Andrews and 
Lydia (Gaylord) Carter, was born in Bris- 
tol, Connecticut. January 29, 1810, died in 
Barkhamsted, Connecticut, February 20, 
1861. He was five years of age when he 
came to Barkhamsted with his parents, and 
received his education in the public schools 
of the town. He carried tlie Cnited States 
mail on horseback for many years between 
Lee, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecti- 
cut. In 1S34 he went to Ohio with the view 
of settling in that state, but after a short time 
returned to Barkhamsted, engaging in farming, 
with vihich occupation he was identified until 
his death. Stanch in his adherence to the 
tenets of the Methodist denomination, he was 
for many years an active member of the 
Methodist church in Pleasant \'alley, a vil- 
lage near New Hartford, in the town of Bark- 
hamsted. He married, February 3. 1833, Eli- 
za Nancy Taylor, who died }.Iarch 18, 1895. 
at the home of her eldest son, Edwin R., in 
New Hartford. Children : Edwin R., born 
in 1S34: Mary, 1836: Lyman, 1837: Hiram, 
1839 : Eliza Jane, 1842 : John Wesley, 1844 : 
George Taylor, 1846 ; Philina Jenette, 1848 ; 
William Carvosso. 1849; Franklin Pierce, see 
forward; Carrie, 1856. 

The line of descent of Eliza Nancy (Tay- 
lor) Carter is as follows: (i) William and 
Mary Ta_\lor, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 
were the immigrant ancestors. (II) Samuel, 
son of William and Mary Tavlor, married 
Sarah Cole. (HI) John, son of Samuel and 
Sarah (Cole) Taylor, married Elizabeth 
Baily. (IV) William, son of John and Eliza- 
beth (Baily) Taylor, married Ruth Rich, see 
forward. (V) \\^illiam, son of William and 
Ruth (Rich) Taylor, married Abigail Case. 
(VI) William, son of William and .\bi- 
gail (Case) Taylor, married Nancy Wick- 
ham. (VII) Eliza Nancy, daughter of Wil- 
liam and Nancy (Wickham) Taylor, mar- 
ried Hiram Carter, as mentioned above. 

The line of descent of Ruth (Rich) Tay- 
lor is as follows: (I) Elder William Brews- 
ter, who came to America in the "Mayflow- 
er." (II) Patience, daughter of Elder Wil- 
liam Brewster, married Governor Thomas 
Prince. (Ill) INIary, daughter of Governor 
Thomas and Patience (Brewster) Prince, 
married John Freeman. (IV) ^lercy, daugh- 
ter of John and ^^ary (Prince) Freeman, 
married Samuel Knowlcs. (V) Mary, daugh- 
ter of Samuel and Mercy (Freeman) Knowles, 
married Thomas Rich. (VI) Ruth, daughter 
of Thomas and Mary (Knowles) Rich, mar- 
ried William Taylor, as mentioned above. 

(VI) Franklin Pierce, son of Hiram and 
Eliza Nancy (Taylor) Carter, was born in 
Pleasant \'alley, in the town of Barkhamsted, 
Litchfield county, Connecticut, September 28, 
1S52. He was educatefl in the district schools 
of his native town until he had attained t!ie 
age of sixteen years, and from his earliest 
vouth displayed an unusual aptitude for every- 
thing connected with machinery in every form 
and developed a decided mechanical turn. 
L'pon tb.e completion of his education he went 
to Flartford. Connecticut, where he entered 
upon his business career. He was fully de- 
termined to learn the machinist's trade, and, 
with this end in view, entered the employ 
of the Pratt & \Miilney Company, of Hart- 
ford, and remained with concern for the 
long period of thirty }-ears. During this time 
he perfected himself in all the details of this 
trade, and rose from one grade to another, 
until he had filled numerous positions of trust 
and responsibility, and the faithfulness and 
conscientiousness of his work were fully ap- 
preciated. In the early part of 1899 ^Ir. Car- 
ter severed his connection with this firm, and 
in April of that year went to Winsted. Con- 
necticut, where he founded the Carter & Hakes 
^[achine Company, of which he is general 
manager, secretary and treasurer. The excel- 
lent ciuality of the output of this concern 



soon gained for it a widespread reputation, it 
grew rapidly and consistently, and is in a most 
flourishing condition. In spite of the mani- 
fold demands made upon him by the duties 
of his business, Mr. Carter found time to 
devote to the public welfare of the communi- 
ties in which he resided and has always been 
a staunch supporter of the principles of the 
Republican part}-. In April, 1891, he was 
elected councilman from the first ward of the 
city of Hartford, and was re-elected for the 
two succeeding years : in April, 1894, he was 
elected alderman, serving for two years : and 
in April, 1896, he was elected by the board 
of aldermen and councilmen as a member of 
the board of relief for a period of two years. 
He is a member of the board of directors of 
the Litchfield County Hospital of Winsted, 
was for many years a member of the Pearl 
Street Congregational Church of Hartford, 
and is now a member of the First Congrega- 
tional Church of Winsted. His fraternal as- 
sociations are as follows : St. Andrews Lodge, 
No. 64, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons : 
Meriden Chapter, Royal Arch Masons: Ty- 
rian Council Xo. 31, Royal and Select Mas- 
ters; all of \\'insted: also Charter Oak Lodge 
No. 2, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
of Hartford, Connecticut, in which he is one 
of the oldest past officers. 

Mr. Carter married, October 17, 1876, Ella 
Eliza Smith, of New Hartford, Connecticut, 
and has children: i. Ethel, born March 2, 
1880: married Clifford \\'heeler. a traveling 
salesman for the Strong Manufacturing Com- 
pany, of Winsted. 2. Mills Taylor, born .\u- 
gust I, 1882, is with the Carter & Hakes 
Machine Company. 

Tames Stewart Osborne, of 
OSBORXK the Osborne family which 
has been prominent in Fair- 
field. Connecticut, from the first settlement 
of the town, was born there March 9, 1802. 
He married Elizabeth Brown Guilford, born 
at Charlestown, Massachusetts, now Boston, 
November 10, 1806. Children : James, a 
farmer at Hull's Farms, Connecticut : Cap- 
tain Samuel, a master mariner, lived at Brook- 
lyn, New York; Mary, married LeGrand 
Sherwood : Oliver Stewart, mentionerl below ; 
Sarah Jane, deceased. 

dl) Oliver Stewart, son of James Stewart 
Osborne, was born in Fairfield, in December, 
1834, died in March, 1897. He enlisted in 
1861 in Company M. First Connecticut Heavy 
Artillery, and served three years in the civil 
war. He was badly hurt during the war by 
having his horse fall upon him. He was a 
member of the Grand .\rmy of the Republic. 

He married, September 25, 1855, Ellen Lewis 
Sturges, born at Fairfield, July 9, 1837 (see 
Sturges VI). Children: born at New Haven : 
Oliver Thomas, November 14, 1862, men- 
tioned below; Caroline, November 20, 1865, 
died October 27, 1868. 

(Ill) Dr. Oliver Thomas Osborne, son of 
Oliver Stewart Osborne, was born at New 
Haven, November 14, 1862. He attended 
both private and public schools in New Haven, 
and took the classical course at the New 
Haven (Hillhouse) high school, from which 
he was graduated, with honors, and with the 
rank of third in a class of more than fifty, in 
1882. He combined the study of medicine at 
the Yale Medical School with the work at the 
New Haven high school in the year 1S82, 
thus saving a year of time, and graduated 
with the degree of M.D. in 1884. He then 
went abroad and studied a year in the Medi- 
cal University at Leipsic, Germany. He re- 
turned to New Haven in the fall of 1885 and 
began the practice of medicine, where he has 
practiced his profession since that time, mak- 
ing a specialty of internal medicine. After 
teaching in the Yale Medical School as assist- 
ant in the Medical Clinic, later as instructor 
in Materia Aledica and Therapeutics, he was 
appointed assistant professor, and was made 
full Professor of Materia Medica and Thera- 
peutics in 1895. He received the degree of 
A.M. from Yale College in 1899, ^"d re- 
ceived the extra title of Professor of Clinical 
Me'licine in 1906. He was the instigator of 
the anti-tuberculosis movement in southern 
Connecticut, and was chairman for two years 
of the original committee for the furtherance 
of this object, .\fter the incorporation and 
organization of the New Haven County Anti- 
Tuberculosis Association he became the chair- 
man of the medical board of the Gaylord 
Farm Sanatorium for the treatment of in- 
cipient tuberculosis, which position he has 
held since its inauguration in 1905. He is a 
director of the New Haven County Anti- 
Tuberculosis Association : director of the Elm 
City Private Hospital Corporation : member 
of the council of the American Therapeutic 
Society; president of the New Haven Medical 
Association ; vice-president of the United 
States Pharmacopoeial Convention for the 
term of 1910 to 1920: member of the Commit- 
tee on Revision of the 1910 Pharmacopceia : 
chief of the Medical Clinic of the New Haven 
Dispensary ; director of the National First 
Aid .Association of America. He is a mem- 
ber of the New Haven County Medical So- 
ciety : The Connecticut Medical Society ; 
American Medical Association ; .American 
Therapeutic Society ; National Association for 



the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis ; 
Connecticut Society of Social Hygiene ; Con- 
necticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, mem- 
ber of the New Haven Chamber of Com- 
merce. He has been editor since July, 1907, 
of the therapeutic department of the Journal 
nf the Amcncan Medical Association, a week- 
ly journal with a circulation of over 53,000. 
He is ex-president of the Hillhouse High 
School Alumni Association, of the American 
Therapeutic Society, of the New Haven 
County Medical Society, of the Yale Medical 
Alumni Association. Ex-chairman of the 
Therapeutic Section of the American Medical 
Association, and of the Committee on Creden- 
tials and Arrangements of the United States 
Pharmacopceial Convention of 1910. Was an 
accredited delegate to the International Med- 
ical Congress at Budapest, 1909, and read a 
paper by invitation in the medical section of 
that congress. He is the author of a book 
on "Introduction to Materia Medica and Pre- 
scription Writing" ; of a book on "Therapeu- 
tics" : of a thirteen-page article on Acromegaly 
and a short article on Fever in Buck's "Refer- 
ence Handbook of the Medical Sciences" ; of 
the section on Organotherapy in Cohen's "Sys- 
tem of Physiologic Therapeutics" ; and of 
more than fifty original articles published in 
various magazines and journals. He is a Ma- 
son, a member of Hiram Lodge, No. i, New 
Haven : member of the Graduates' Club, and 
of the L^nion League Club. New Haven. In 
politics a Republican ; religious denomination 

Dr. Osborne married, April 18, 1888, Mary 
Woodward Tyler, of East Haven, Connecti- 
cut, born October, 1865, daughter of .\mmi 
and Harriet Tyler. Children : Marguerite 
Nichols, born January 23, 1889: Gertrude 
Stewart, June 28, 1890, died July 21, 1890. 
Dr. Osborne resides at 252 York street, New 

(The Sturges Line). 

(I) John Sturges was born in England in 
1623, and came to Fairfield, Connecticut, in 
1660, in his thirty-seventh year. His name is 
often spelled Sturge and Sturgee. He bought 
Richard Fowles' homestead and various other 
property from time to time until he became 
one of the large property holders there. He 
was admitted a freeman, May 14, 1669, and 
was a selectman the same year. His will, 
daterl March 4, 1697, bequeathed to his son 
Jonathan the homestead, his sword and vari- 
ous parcels of land; to Joseph his fowling 
piece, long gun and land : to John his little 
gun; to Deborah, wife of James Redfield, 
several lots of land and his negro woman 
Jenny ; to his grandson Christopher ; son-in- 

law, Richard Stratton, and children by his 
daughter Sarah; to daughter Abigail, wife of 
Simon Couch, his negro boy Jack ; the re- 
mainder of his movables to be divided between 
his daughters Deborah and Abigail ; to his 
absent son Thomas. His home was on the 
northwest side of the highway to Mill Plain. 
He married Deborah, daughter of John Bar- 
low. Children: Jonathan ; Joseph, mentioned 
below ; John, married Mary Goodwin ; Thom- 
as ; Deborah, married James Redfield ; Sarah, 
married Richard Stratton ; Abigail, married 
Simon Couch. 

(II) Joseph, son of John Sturges, was born 
in 1652, died 'Slay 9, 1728. He married (first) 
Sarah, daughter of Joseph Beers. He mar- 
ried (second) Mary . His will men- 
tions his wife Mary and children, Esther 
Lines, Abigail Osborne, Sarah Sherman and 
others. Children, born at Fairfield ; Chris- 
topher ; Joseph : David ; Jeremiah, baptized 
with the three first mentioned, May 24, 1696; 
Solomon, born May 15, 1698; Sarah, ;\Iarch 
10, 1699-1700; Esther, March 2, 1700-01; 
Abigail, June 14, 1702; Jane, March 12, 1703- 
04; Deborah, June i, 1708; Benjamin, men- 
tioned below. 

(III) Benjamin, son of Joseph Sturges, 
was born at Fairfield, February 5, 1709, died 
in 1759. He married Thankful Ward. Child, 
Seth, mentioned below ; probably others. 

fIV) Seth, son of Benjamin Sturges, was 
born at Fairfield. April 28, 1735, died March 
20, 181 1. He was a carpenter by trade, liv- 
ing at Fairfield. He married, February 5, 
1 761, Mary, born September 11, 1738, died 
November 9, 1800, daughter of Peter Burr 
(see Burr IV). Children, born at Fairfield: 
Benjamin, March 11, 1762, died August 11, 
1832, married Thankful Darrow ; Ward, No- 
vember 27, 1763, died April i, 1812, married 
Rachel Hoyt : Eunice, August 4, 1765, died 
February 21, 1836. married Abraham Cooper 
Woodhull ; Seth, August 27, 1767, mentioned 
below; Barlow, August 28, 1769. died 1819, 
married Eunice Osborne ; Aaron Burr, July 
16, 1771, died November 8, 1834, married 
Selina Hill Wakeman : Gershom, June i, 1773, 
died March 17, 1835. married ElizaJjeth 
Davis: Ezra, February 20, 1775. died No- 
vember 15, 1849, married Lydia Gilbert; Jo- 
seph, April 27, 1777, died April 15, 1855, 
married Sarah Burr ; Jeremiah, April 30, 
1779, died December 12, 1845, married Maria 
Shelton ; Peter, January 10. 1782, died 1844, 
married Nancy . 

(V) Seth (2). son of Seth (i) Sturges, 
was born at Fairfield, .-Vugust 27, 1767. died 
March 20. 181 1. He was a carpenter by 
trade, and lived at Fairfield. He married, De- 




cember ii, 1791, Grissell Gould, wlio died 
February 28. 1832, daughter of Abel Gould 
(see Gould IV). Children, born at Fairtield: 
Ellen, August 31, 1792, died September 13, 
1868, married (first) Jonathan Lewis, (sec- 
ond) Edward Bennett; John Gould, July 5, 
1794, died August 7, 1864. married Lucinda 
Rust, Tamar Perry and Frances \'andeburgh, 
settled in Poughkeepsie, New York ; Judson, 
March 31, 1796, died November, 1868; Mary 
Burr, April 11. 1799, died May 13, 1822, 
married Edward Bennett ; Jonathan, February 
13, 1801, died January 24, 1S75, married 
Sarah Hull and Laura Wilson ; Racilla, Feb- 
ruary I, 1803. died November 29, 1823, mar- 
ried James Rust : Samuel Squire, January 23, 
1805, died February 25, 1848, married Lydia 
Hoyt : Seth Morehouse, May 19, 1808, mar- 
ried Mary Young; Peter, mentioned below. 

(VI) Peter, son of Seth (2) Sturges, was 
born June 22, 1810, died .-\pril 18. 1853. He 
lived at Southport, Connecticut. He married, 
August 30, 1833, Harriet C. Van \'reden- 
burgh, who died November 10. 1852, killed in 
a railroad accident at Southport. Children: 
William D., born June 16. 1835, died April 
13, 1878, married, February 29, i860, Corne- 
lia Lockvvood. v.-ho died March 3, 1908, lived 
in San Francisco: Ellen Lewis, July 9, 1837, 
married, September 25, 1855, Oliver S. Os- 
borne (see Osborne II) ; Maria B., June 14, 
1840. married, December 16. 1869. Henry T. 
Hawley; .Austin, May 26, 1842, married, Oc- 
tober 12, 1869, Emma .A. Bennett, born March 
31. 1847: Jane S., March 19, 1846, died May, 
1872. married, October 7, 1869. Re^'- Welling- 
ton S. Skinner; Benjamin, December i. 1849, 
married, September 28, i86<;, Maggie Crombie. 

(The Burr Line). 
(I) Jehue Burrc or Burr was born in Eng- 
land of German descent. He came over it is 
supposed, in the fleet with Governor Win- 
throp to New England and was in Boston in 
1630. On October 19th of that year he ap- 
plied to the general court of Massachusetts 
for the right; of a freeman, and was admitted 
May 18, 1631. In 1633 he was one of a 
committee to oversee building a bridge over 
Muddy and Stone rivers, between Boston and 
Roxbury. In 1635 his name and that of his 
wife are mentioned as among the church 
members of Roxbury. Massachusetts. He was 
one of the pioneers of Springfield or .Agawam, 
and with William Pyncheon, William Smith 
and six other young men "of good spirits & 
sound bodies" founded that town in 1636. 
On February 9, 1637, he was appointed by 
the general court of Connecticut to collect 
taxes at Agawam (at that time under the 

jurisdiction of Connecticut) to assist in de- 
fraying the expenses of the Pequot war. Sav- 
age says that he removed to Fairfield in 1640, 
and represented that town in 1641. He was 
granted a house lot by the town, southwest 
of the meeting-house green and the pond, af- 
terwards called Edward's pond. He was dep- 
uty to the general court in September, 1645, 
also in 1646. He is believed to have been 
the Jehue Burr who appealed a jury verdict 
in 165 1, given in Stratford, to the general 
court at Hartford in the same year ; was a 
grand juror in 1660, a commissioner of the 
United Colonies in 1664; and died before 
1670. It is uncertain who his wife was. It 
is possible that she was a sister of Sergeant 
Nehemiah Olmstead, in a record of whose 
lands is mentioned the fact that said Olmstead 
"before he died, did purchase land of his 
brother-in-law Jehue Burre." It is more prob- 
able, however, that Olmstead married a 
daughter of Jehue Burr. John Cable, Sr., 
wlio died in 1682, mentioned in his will his 
kinsmen Jehu and John Burr, and the wife 
of Jehue may have been a sister of John 
Cable. Children : Jehue, mentioned below ; 
John, Daniel, Nathaniel. 

(II) Jehue (2), son of Jehue (i) Burr, 
was born in England, it is supposed. He 
married (first) JNIary, daughter of Andrew 
Ward. He married (second) Esther, \\idow 
of Joseph Boosy. of Westcliester. He be- 
came one of the most influential men in the 
town of Fairfield and also in the colony. He 
was a captain in King Philip's war, a com- 
missioner of the United Colonies, and held 
offices of the highest trust and honor. He 
lived in the family homestead, having pur- 
chased in 1671 his brother John's interest in 
the house and home lot of their father. In 
1673 he purchased the next lot west of this. 
His will was dated January 7, 1689, and 
mentioned his wife Esther, his sons Daniel, 
Peter and Samuel, daughters Esther. Eliza- 
beth, Sarah, Joanna and .Abigail (the last 
four minors), also a granddaughter, Mary, 
daughter of his rleceased daughter, Mary 
Wakeman. He died in 1692. Children: 
Peter, graduated at Harvard College in 1690, 
became a noted juflge of the supreme court; 
Daniel. Samuel, Esther, Elizabeth. Sarah, 
Joanna, Abigail. 

(III) Daniel, son of Jehue (2) Burr, lived 
in Greenfield, .Aspetuck river, and was called 
Daniel Burr, of Upper Meadow. December 
19, 1687, he was given by his father twelve 
acres of land at the Upper Meadow, with a 
house and barn, on the east side of the Mill 
river. He married (first) Hannah, daughter 
of John Banks. He married (second) Mary 



Sherwood. He married (third) EHzabeth 

. His will was dated January i, 1719- 

20, and mentioned his wife Elizabeth, sons 
Jehu, Stephen, Peter, David, JMoses and 
Aaron, the last three minors ; daughters Han- 
nah, Alary, wife of Wheeler, Elizabeth, 

wife of Hull; Jane and Esther. The 

inventory of his estate was dated July 14, 
1727. The estate was large, his eldest son 
receiving over one thousand pounds, and each 
of his other children five hundred and forty- 
five pounds. Children of first wife : Daniel, 
Hannah. Children of second wife: Jehu, 
]Mary. Children of third wife: Elizabeth, 
baptized September 20, 1696: Stephen, Octo- 
ber 3, 1697 • Peter, July 23, 1699 ; Jane, April 

27, 1701 ; Esther, January 31, 1702-03: Na- 
thaniel, June I, 1707: David, January i, 1709- 
10: Moses. March 28. 1714: Aaron. 

(IV) Peter, son of Daniel Burr, was born 
July 23, 1699, died in August, 1779. He re- 
moved to Redding, Connecticut, and was 
clerk of the Congregational society and mod- 
erator of the parish in 1734. His inventory, 
dated August 4. 1779, amounted to two hun- 
dred and fifty-five pounds, eight shillings. He 

married Sarah . Children : Esther, 

baptized Xovember 29. 1734: Sarah, baptized 
February 21, 1736; Ezra, baptized January 
2, 1737; Mary, married Seth Sturges (see 
Sturges I\' ) ; Edmund, baptized September 

28, 1741. 

(I\') Rev. Aaron Burr, son of Daniel Burr, 
was born January 4, or March 4, 1715-16, 
died September 24, 1757. He graduated at 
Yale College in 1735; studied for the minis- 
try, and was first settled in Newark, New Jer- 
sey, where he taught a flourishing school 
until called to be president of Princeton Col- 
lege. Upon settling in Newark, he sold the 
homestead at Upper Meadow to two cousins, 
each named Joseph Bradley, one of whom 
was the great-grandfather of Justice Joseph P. 
Bradle}', of the United States supreme court. 
He married Esther, daughter of Rev. Jona- 
than Edwards, of New Haven. Children; 
Sarah : Colonel Aaron, third vice-president of 
the United States. 

(The Gould Line). 
(I) Nathan Gould, son of Nathan Gould, 
of England, was the immigrant ancestor : he 
came from St. Edmundsbury in South Brit- 
ain, and was in Milford. Connecticut, as early 
as 1647. in which year he purchased land 
there. December 12, 1649, he purchased 
"George Hubbard's dwelling-house & home- 
lot at Milford. & all his upland & meadow", 
and on the thirty-first of the next December 
sold the same and removed to Fairfield. Here 

he became the owner of several estates, and 
seems to have occupied himself largely with 
the buying and selling of lands and home- 
steads. His name is mentioned in the Con- 
necticut Royal Charter of 1662. He died 
March 4, 1694, greatly respected by the people 
of the town and honored throughout Con- 
necticut and New England for his Christian 
character, sterling worth and great useful- 
ness. His will dated March i, 1693-94, 
mentioned his only son, Nathan, to whom he 
left most of his real estate, also four daugh- 
ters, Sarah Thompson, Deborah Clark, Abi- 
gail Selleck and Alartha Selleck, to whom he 
left the remainder of his estate, to be equally 
divided among them. The name of his first 
wife is not known. He married (second) 
Martha, widow of Edmund Harvey, of Fair- 
field ; she died in Fairfield, 1694. Children: 
Nathan, mentioned below; Sarah; Deborah; 
Martha, married (first) John Selleck: (sec- 
ond) Rev. John Davenport, of Stamford, 
grandson of Rev. John Davenport, the eccle- 
siastical founder of New Haven ; by her sec- 
ond husband she had seven children, and be- 
came the ancestor of a talented and illustrious 
lineage ; Abigail. 

(H) Lieutenant-Governor Nathan (2) 
Gould, son of Nathan (i) Gould, was deputy 
governor of Connecticut about 1705. He died 
October 31, 1723, aged sixty years. His 
tombstone is still well preserved in the Burial 
Hill cemetery. His will was dated September 
13, 1723; in it he gave to his son John a 
double portion of his estate ; to son Samuel 
a single share, including what he had already 
given him ; to sons, Onesimus, David and Jo- 
seph, a single portion of his estate; to son 
Hezekiah fifty pounds, "over and above 
what he had expended upon his learning" ; to 
daughter Abigail, one hundred pounds above 
her marriage portion ; to daughter Martha, 
two hundred pounds. He married Hannah, 
daughter of Colonel John Talcott, of Hart- 
ford, and sister of the great lawyer, John 
Read Talcott, of Boston. Children : John, 
Samuel, mentioned below ; Hezekiah, Abigail, 
Martha, Onesimus, David, Joseph. (The 
order of birth of the above is not known). 

(HI) Samuel, son of Lieutenant-Governor 
Nathan (2) Gould, purchased the Gould 
homestead in Fairfield, which in 1888 was 
occupied by three daughters of the late Hon, 
John Gould, He died October 11, 1769. He 

married Esther, daughter of Bradley. 

Children: Hester, baptized November 8, 1719; 
Abigail, May 24, 1724; Abel, September 17, 
1727, mentioned below; Abraham, October 
18, 1730, probably died young; Abraham, May 
t4. 1732- 



(I\') Abel, son of Samuel Gould, was born 
September 17. 1727, in Fairtield, died in 1789. 
He married Ellen, daughter of Peter Burr. 
Children and dates of baptism : John, born at 
Fairfield and baptized October 5, 1755; Abel, 
October 24, 1756; Talcott, June 17, 1759; 
Ellen. August 2. 1761 : Samuel. November 27, 
1763; Isaac. February 23, 1766; Esther, May 
8, 1768; Nathan, September 30. 1770: Gris- 
sell, January 17, 1772, married Seth Sturges 
Jr. (see Sturges V); Seth, May 14, 1775: 
Hannah, June 17, 1775. 

Deacon Samuel Chapin. "The 
CHAPIN Puritan", was undoubtedly the 
progenitor of all in this coun- 
try of the name. There is a tradition that he 
was of Welsh origin and another that he was 
of Huguenot descent. The late President A. 
L. Chapin, of Beloit College, after an ex- 
haustive study of philological records abroad 
was of the opinion that he was of French 
Huguenot descent and probably fled with 
other persecuted Huguenots to Holland, 
where he associated with the English Puritans 
who had also fled to Holland. The coat-of- 
arms also points to French origin and the 
name of Deacon Samuel Chapin's wife, which 
was Cicely, or Cecile, is one found in early 
French families. 

Tradition says that he was born or lived in 
Dartmouth, England, for a time, or at least 
sailed from that port, about 1635, while there 
is reason for the belief that he came over in 
163 1 or 1632 in the "Lyon," if he was not of 
the original Pyncheon company. He was a 
contemporary with Pyncheon in the settlement 
of Ro.xbury, Massachusetts. He followed him 
to Springfield and was known as "Pyncheon's 
right-hand man" and one of the "founders of 
Springfield". He was made a freeman, June 
2. 1 64 1, and elected to town office in 1642. 
The Chapins of this country are all descended 
from him, according to the best authorities. 
He was a distinguished man in church and 
state. Fie was deacon of the Springfield 
church, elected in 1649, and employed to con- 
duct services part of the time in i'^?6-57 when 
there was no minister in town. He was ap- 
pointed commissioner to determine small 
causes. October 10. 1652, and his commission 
was indefinitely extended in 1654. His wife. 

Cicely , died February 8. 16S2-83: he 

died November 11, 1675. Of their children 
five were born in Europe: Catherine, Sarah. 
David, Henry and Josiah. Japhet was born 
August 15. 1642. and Hannah. December 2, 
1644. Rev. Henry Ward P.eecher was a de- 
scendant of Catherine Chapin and President 
William H. Taft is of the Josiah Chapin line. 

(ID Japhet. son of Deacon Samuel Chapin, 
was born in Springfield, October 15. 1642, died 
at Chicopee. February 20, 171 2. He married 
(first) Abilinah Coo'ley, July 22, 1664, who 
died November 17, 1710; (second) Dorothy 
Root, of Enfield, Connecticut. ]klay 31, 171 1. 
Japhet Chapin settled first in Milford, Con- 
necticut, where he was living November i6, 
1669. when he took a deed from Captain John 
Pyncheon and built his house at the upper end 
of Chicopee street. He was in the fight at 
Turners Falls in 1675 in King Philip's war in 
which he was a volunteer, and his son Thomas 
was grantee of a large tract given to the sol- 
diers and their descendants by the general 
court. He was, like his father, a man of great 
piety, a bulwark of the Puritan faith. Chil- 
dren : I. Samuel, born July 4, 1665. 2. Sarah, 
March 16, 1668. 3. Thomas, May 10, 1671. 
4. John, May 14, 1674. 5. Ebenezer, June 26, 
1676, mentioned below. 6. Hannah, June 21, 
1679. 7. Hannah, July 18, 1680; married, 
December 31, 1703, John Sheldon, of Deer- 
field ; was taken captive by the Indians and 
kept in Canada two years. 8. David. No- 
vember 16, 1682. 9. Jonathan, February 20, 
1685, died in infancv. 10. Tonathan. Septem- 
ber 23, 1688. 

(III) Ebenezer, son of Japhet Chapin, was 
born in Chicopee, Alassachusetts, June 26, 
1676, died in Enfield, Connecticut. December 
13, 1772. He married, in December, 1702, 
Ruth Janes, died January 18. 1736. daughter 
of Abel Janes, of Northampton. They had 
eleven sons, six of whom settled in Somers 
Mount and had farms adjoining. On the 
homestead at Enfield six generations have 
lived, each Ebenezer by name, and five genera- 
tions are buried in one lot in the Enfield, Con- 
necticut, cemetery. Children, born at En- 
field: Rachel, August 2~ , 1703; Ebenezer, 
September 23. 1705. mentioned below ; Noah, 
October 25, 1707; Seth, February 28, 1709; 
Catherine, January 4, 171 1; Moses. August 
24. 1712: .-\aron, September 28. 1714: Elias, 
October 22. 1716; Reuben, September 3, 1718; 
Charles, December 26, 1720; David, August 
18, 1722: Elisha, April 18, 1725: Phineas, 
June 26, 1726. 

(IV) Ebenezer (21, son of Ebenezer (i) 
Chapin, was born at Enfield, Connecticut, Sep- 
tember 23, 1705, died there March i, 1751. 
He received from his father, April 7, 1749, 
three parcels of land in Somers, Connecticut, 
and lived there for a time. He returned to 
Enfield to live with and care for his father. 
His estate was distributed August 5, 1755, his 
wife Elizabeth lieing administrator. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Pease, died July 6, 1786. aged 
seventy-four, daughter of fonathan Pease. 



Children : Ebenezer. mentioned below ; Eli- 
phalet, Elizabeth, Ruth, Tabitha, Enener, 

(V) Ebenezer (3), son of Ebenezer (2) 
Chapin, was born September 29, 1734, died 
April 23, 1822. He enlisted, April 18, 1777, 
in Captain Peter Penniman's company. Col- 
onel Wood's regiment, for service at Rhode 
Island; discharged May 7, 1777. Enlisted 
July 28, 1780, as sergeant in Captain Philip 
Ammidon's company, Colonel Nathan Tyler's 
regiment ; marched on alarm to Rhode Island ; 
discharged August 8, 1780. He resided on 
the homestead at Enfield. He married. May 
4, 1758, Mehitable Bartlett, of Stafford, Con- 
necticut, who died April 8, 181 1, aged seventy- 
seven. His will was dated October 20, 1797, 
and mentions wife Mehitable, children Tim- 
othy, Mehitable Collins, Mary Pease, Susan- 
nah Booth, Sarah Barber, Tryphena Terry, 
Pattv and Ebenezer. Children born in En- 
field : Mehitable, June 7, 1760; Mary, April 
28, 1762; Susannah, August 21, 1764; Ebe- 
nezer, June 15. 1766; Sarah, March 31, 1768; 
Tryphena, April 30, 1770; Timothy, April 12, 
1772, mentioned below; Joel, May 6, 1774; 
Samuel, May 19, 1776; Patty, April 23, 1780. 

(\T) Timothy, son of Ebenezer (3) Cha- 
pin, was born at Enfield, April 12, 1772, died 
June 30, 1858. He married (first) at Enfield, 
November 27, 1800, Lecty Barber, died July 
12, 1804: (second) October 7, 1806, Susannah 
Terry, born March 23, 1778. died June 19, 
1858. Children of first wife : Reuben, Tim- 
othy Barber. By second wife : Dan Terry, 
born March 8, 1808; Henry, June 10, 1810; 
Gilbert, November 18. 181 2, Joel, August 16, 
181S. mentioned lielow : Francis, August i, 

(\TI) Joel, son of Timothy Chapin, was 
born in Enfield, August 16. 18 15, died .Au- 
gust 27, 1852. He was brought up on his 
father's farm, and received a good education 
in the public schools and at Yale College, al- 
though he did not graduate. He was a fine 
student and linguist, speaking several lan- 
guages. He was licensed to preach, and al- 
though he was never settled over a pastorate 
he often supplied pulpits. In early life he 
taught school, and later established and main- 
tained several boarding schools for boys. He 
was the author of a series of four grammars, 
two of which were issued shortly before his 
death. In politics he was a Whig. He mar- 
ried, at Enfield, September i, 1841, Amelia, 
born May I, 1818. died December 22, 1882, 
daughter of Elisha and Lovisa (Gleason) 
Parsons, of Enfield. Her father was a farmer 
and leading citizen in town and church. Chil- 
dren, born in Springfield, Massachusetts: i. 

John Eliot, July 13, 1842. 2. Joel Leander, 
December 30, 1843 ; a remarkable boy, being 
intensely religious from early youth, a student 
of high rank, ambitious to be a missionary ; 
enlisted in Company A, Si.xteenth Regiment 
of Connecticut Volunteers, in July, 1862 ; was 
slightly wounded at Antietam, in September, 
1862, and captured with his regiment at Ply- 
mouth, April 20, 1864, and died in Anderson- 
ville prison, July 20, 1864. 3. Gilbert War- 
ren, mentioned below. 

( VIII) Gilbert Warren, son of Joel Chapin, 
was born at Springfield, Massachusetts, Au- 
gust I, 1847. He received his education in the 
common schools, and worked on the farm in 
his boyhood. When he was eighteen years 
old he left home and began his business ca- 
reer as clerk in a wholesale carpet establish- 
ment. Soon after he took a position as 
clerk in a retail carpet store and at the end 
of his third year in business accepted a posi- 
tion in the office of the largest shoe jobbing 
concern in New York City. Altogether he 
spent seventeen years in the shoe business. 
He had some experience in the newspaper 
and insurance business. Since 1889 he has 
been in the Society for Savings of Hartford, 
the largest bank in New England (excepting 
Boston) and for many years has been its 
actuary. IVIr. Chapin gained wide experi- 
ence in the subject of investments and securi- 
ties in pursuing an intricate and extended 
litigation in behalf of an estate in the prose- 
cution of a trustee for breach of trust. This 
experience and the admirable training of a 
varied business life added to a natural apti- 
tude for the investment department of the 
banking business. He has charge of the se- 
curities and accounts of the bank and repre- 
sents various interests in the capacity of exec- 
utor, conservator, trustee, etc. 

Mr. Chapin is at present developing a tract 
of land and building for rental some hand- 
some residences on Chapin place, Hartford. 
He is interested in local history and genealogy, 
especially in the Chapin family. He was the 
prime mover in forming the Chapin Family 
Association and has been its president from 
the time of organization. His pride in the 
family of Chapin is great and amply justified 
by the record of his ancestors. The name of 
Chapin is clean and honorable, with a few 
great names, and withal, faithful and hon- 
orable even in the humble walks of life. He 
is a member of the Hartford Historical So- 
ciety, the Municipal An Society, the Hart- 
ford Club and the Get Together Club. He is 
a Republican and a member of the Republican 
Club of Hartford, but has never sought or 
held public office. He is a member of the Con- 



necticut Congregational Club and he and his 
family belong to the Farmington Avenue Con- 
gregational Church of Hartford. 

He married (first) October 22. 1874, at 
Mansfield Center, Connecticut, Delia P., born 
February 4, 1849, in New York City, died 
January 31, 1902, daughter of Herbert Bar- 
rows and Cynthia Selima (Storrs) Campbell. 
Her father was a New York merchant. She 
had a sister Eugenie. 'Sh. Chapin married 
(second) November 17, 1909, Lucy G. Stock. 
His onlv child is Warren Storrs, born July 4, 
1885. educated in the Hartford district and 
high schools, graduating in the class of 1903 
and from Amherst College with the degree of 
A. B. in the class of 1907; now located in 
Springfield. Massachusetts, where he is asso- 
ciated with the Phelps Publishing Company in 
their advertising department. 

(II) Josiah Chapin, son of 
CH.\PIN Deacon Samuel Chapin (q. v.), 
was born probably 1634. He 
married (first) at the age of about twenty- 
four vears, Mary King, in Weymouth. No- 
vember, 1658. She died May 30, 1676. He 
married (second) at Ipswich, Lydia Brown, 
September 20, 1676. She died October 11, 
171 1. He married (third), June 22, 1713, 
Mehitable Metcalf. in Dedham. She died De- 
cember 2. 1724. He died September 10, 1726, 
at the advanced age of ninety-two years. He 
settled in Weymouth and later in Braintree. 
where he lived for more than twenty years, 
and eleven of his fifteen children were born in 
Braintree. three in \\'eymouth and one in 
Mendon. He removed to Mendon in Worces- 
ter county. Massachusetts, where the fifteenth 
child was born in 1684. He was one of the 
original grantees of the town of Mendon, and 
one of its most prominent citizens in the early 
days. Fie built the first sawmill in the town. 
He held many public offices, and was chair- 
man of the selectmen for twenty years. He 
represented the town in the general court. 
He left many descendants. The record of 
his children and grandchildren in his own 
handwriting has been preserved. 
His children were: 

I. Samuel, born November 11, 1659, Wey- 
mouth; drowned at sea, April 10, 1692. 2. 
John, June 11, 1661, Braintree: died at sea, 
1686. 3. Mary, August 27, 1662, Braintree. 
4. Deborah, June 16, 1664, Braintree; died 
August 16, 1668. 5. Josiah, December 17, 
1665, Braintree; slain in Lord Russell's fight, 
May 20, 1693. 6. Shem, May 11, 1667, 
Braintree; died June 6, 1667. 7. Seth, Au- 
gust 4, 1668, mentioned below. 8. Joseph, 
May 17, 1670. 9. Henry, February 15, 1671, 

Braintree; died March 20, 1761. 10. Eph- 
raim, December 18, 1673, Braintree. 11. De- 
borah, February 12, 1675. ^-- Lydia, Septem- 
ber 29, 1677, Braintree. 13. Sarah, March 12, 

1679, Braintree. 14. David, November 11, 

1680, Braintree. 15. Hannah, November 11, 
1684. Mendon. 

(Ill) Captain Seth Chapin, son of Josiah 
Chapin, was born August 4, 1668, at Brain- 
tree. He married (first) May Read. She 
died without issue September 12, 1689. He 
married (second) Bethia Thurston, March 
25, 169 1. Sh