i CK3Y COLLECTION
Eighth Annual Reunion
THE SOCI ETY OF DESCEND-
ANTS OF HENRY WOLCOTT
MADISON HOTEL, DETROIT, MICH.
AUGUST, 21st and 2 2nd, 19 12
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Report of the Eighth Annual Reunion, Society
Descendants of Henry Wolcott,
Held August 21st and 22nd 1912, at Madison Hotel,
The eighth annual session was called to order by President Clarence
E. Wolcott, of Syracuse, New York, at 2 o'clock P. M.,
August 2ist, 1912, registration having taken place late that morning. In
the absence of Secretary Dr. Chandler Wolcott, of Rochester, N. Y., N.
A. Wolcott, of Warren, Ohio, was chosen secretary protem.
There were present eighty (80) members, representing ten (10)
The entire registration list follows :
Babbitt, Florence S., Ypsilanti, Mich.
Bigelow, Mrs. Mamie Wolcott, Albion, Mich.
Bissell, Mrs. Anna Wolcott, Detroit, Mich.
Bissell, Florence W., Detroit, Mich.
Cheesebrough, M. R., Detroit, Mich.
Church, Mr. Zoe Wolcott, Maumee, Ohio.
Church, Mrs. Zoe Wolcott, Maumee, Ohio.
Dunham, Mary Wolcott, Waverly, N. Y.
Fitch, Chas. C, Struthers, Ohio.
Fitch, Katherine J., Struthers, Ohio.
Fitch, Henry Wolcott, Struthers, Ohio.
Green, Mary Wolcott. West New Brighton, New York City.
Hayes, Stanley Wolcott. Richmond, Ind.
Hayes, Mrs. Stanley Wolcott. Richmond, Ind.
Hoyt, Mrs. Kate S., Toledo, Ohio.
Hull, Mrs. W. C. Wolcott. Maumee, Ohio.
Johnson, Lorena Wolcott, St. Johns, Mich.
Kanouse, Sarah L., Bryon, Mich.
Payne, Frances, Flint, Mich.
Payne, Dr. A. E., Flint, Mich.
Randolph, Mr, Htenrj W., Verrton, Mich.
Randolph, Mrs, Henn VV.. Vernon, Mich.
Spencer, Mr. F, C, Chardon, Ohio.
Spencer, Mrs. P. C, Chardon, Ohio.'
Wick. Mrs. Alice Wolcott, Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Clarence E., Syracuse, N. Y.
Wolcott, James, Lansing, Mich.
Wolcott, Mr. Harry, Norfolk, Va.
Wolcott, Mrs. Harry., Norfolk, Va.
Wolcott, Warner, Jefferson, Ohio.
Wolcott, Henry K., Batavia, 111.
Wolcott, Mrs. Henry K., Batavia, 111.
Wolcott, Mr. Clarence K., Corning, N. Y.
Wolcott, Mrs. Clarence K., Corning, N. Y.
Wolcott, J. M., Maumee, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. Eva, Gentry, Ohio.
Wolcott, G. H., Jackson, Mich.
Wolcott, Mary A., Jackson, Mich.
Wolcott, Thomas C, Jackson, Mich.
Wolcott, Judson E., Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. Judson E., E. Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, C. L. V., E. Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Robeson B., E. Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, W. O. Bogota, Columbia, S. A.
Wolcott, D. B., Kent, Ohio.
Wolcott, Jr., D. B., Kent, Ohio.
Wolcott, H. L., Lockwood, Ohio.
Wolcott, H. J., Lockwood, Ohio.
Wolcott, D. B., Garfield, Kansas.
Wolcott, Mrs. D. B., Garfield, Kansas.
Wolcott, Mr. J. W., Warren, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs., J. W., Warren, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. Warner, Jefferson, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mr. Dorr, Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. Dorr, Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Chas. F., Lakewood, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mr. Wm. West, Farmington, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. Wm. West, Farmington, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mr. C. A., Shinglehouse, Pa.
Wolcott, Mrs. C. A., Shinglehouse, Pa.
Wolcott, Mr. N. A., Warren, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mrs. N. A., Warren, Ohio.
Wolcott, Miss Myrtle, Warren, Ohio.
Wolcott, C. L., Cleveland, Ohio.
Wolcott, Mr. Wm. N., Manchester, la.
Wolcott, Mrs. Wm. N., Manchester, la.
Wolcott, Mr. L. Bruce, Baltimore, Md.
Wolcott, Mrs. L. Bruce, Baltimore, Md.
Wolcott, Mr. L. J., Albion, Mich.
Wolcott, Mrs. L. J., Albion, Mich.
Wolcott, Miss Ruth, Albion, Mich.
Wolcott, Mr. Cleveland, Albion, Mich.
Wolcott, Mr. E. F., Lansing, Mich.
Wolcott, Mrs. E. F., Lansing, Mich.
Wolcott, Alice, Detroit, Mich.
Wolcott, Gertrude W., Lansing, Mich.
Wolcott, Mr. Eben H., Marion, Tnd.
Wolcott, Mrs. Ellsworth, Detroit, Mich.
Wolcott, Mr. Sidney, Buchanon, Mich.
The address of welcome was very ably given by Hon. L. J. Wolcott,
of Albion, Mich. The response was given by Hon. Eben H. Wolcott, of
Regrets were received and read from Rev. Peter C. Wolcott, Island
Park, of Chicago, 111., Dr. Chandler Wolcott, of Rochester, N. Y.,
Beulah L. Frazer, of Chicago, 111., and several others. Perhaps the most
instructive letter received was from Dr. Edwin H. Wolcott, of Rochester,
N. Y., and is herewith quoted in full :
"I regret that circumstances beyond my control will prevent me
from attending the reunion of our family at Detroit this year. I have
now attended four successive meetings of our society and have become
so much interested in the organization and had so much pleasure in
meeting the various members of the family that I shall certainly miss the
occasion more than you can realize.
"While it would be a great pleasure to meet all who would at-
tend the reunion this year, yet I am somewhat comforted by the fact that
the geneaology of the family, which has been in process of formation
for several years, is now an assured fact and the books will be ready for
distribution in the very near future. An earnest effort has been made
by Mr. Chandler Wolcott, Chairman of the Histoiical Committee, to have
these books completed in time for this reunion, but this has been
impossible. Great credit is due the Historical Committee, especially the
chairman, for their untiring efforts in behalf of the society.
"Again I make the suggestion that some special effort should be made
to cut down the mailing list, for a society with a little over 100 members
who pay, cannot afford to carry a mailing list of 1,200 names. I also think
that the time of the meetings should be changed for I think we could get
.i much targei attendance if they were held in June, September or
October So man} people t ; 1 1< < - their vacations in August and they do
not feel thai thej can combine their vacations with the reunion.
"The historical committee should, in my opinion, he continued, to as-
sist those who as yet have not been able to trace their line and also pre-
serve new records as they appear from time to time from different mem-
bers o!" the family, so that after a few more years, possibly ten, another
edition of the book may be published and so on as occasion may require.
This suggestion is made for the reason that it has been over thirty
years since Memorial was published and for twenty years of this time
at least, no records were kept and this fact has made the work of the
historical committee most difficult for the last few years, which would
not occur again provided the records were kept as they are sent in from
time to time.
"Finally it might be well to consider the advisability of holding the
meetings every two years rather than ever year, now that the genealogy
has been brought up to date, and the special work of the society has been
completed for the present.
"I hope you will have a pleasant and successful meeting, and I am
sorry that I cannot be with you."
The reports of the Secretary-Treasurer and the Chairman of the
Historical Committee were read and accepted. These reports in full
Report of Secretary -Treasurer
"Aside from the routine work, there has been nothing worthy of
mention in the conduct of the office since the meeting at Niagara Falls,
a year ago. The mailing list continues unchanged except in cases where
positive information has been received and at the present time is so
large as to be unduly expensive for the society by reason of the useless
labor and postage necessitated. It seems opportune to quote in this con-
nection from the report of my predecessor, Edwin H. Wolcott : 'It is
important that some action be taken by the society at this time to reduce
this list. If the secretary were authorized to go through the list care-
fully and remove the name of each person who has shown no interest in
the society for the past two or three years I venture to say that there
would not be more than three hundred remaining on the mailing list.
This would reduce the expense of the society by quite a sum in the way
of postage alone, to say nothing of labor.' Inasmuch as the possibility
of not securing all material for the genealogy no longer enters into the
question, there seems more reason than ever before for such a reduction
and should the society decide upon such a course the undersigned would
be pleased to assist his successor in going through the list.
During the year the following deaths have been reported:
Miss Julia H. Wolcott, Chicago, 111.
Mrs. Charlotte Wolcott Bates, wife of Capt. Francis Bates, U. S. A.,
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Miss Ella L. Wolcott, Elmira, N. Y.
The last named — a cousin of the Rev. Samuel Wolcott, compiler of
the Wolcott Memorial — was a loyal member of the society from its be-
No special appeal for funds to carry on the general expenses of
the society has been made to any of the members during the past year
as has been done in previous years, as it was thought that all of the
money available should be applied toward the publication of the
genealogy. The list of the members who gave for that purpose will be
found in the report of the Chairman of the Historical Committee.
The report of the financial condition of the society is as follows :
From Sec.-Treas., E. H. Wolcott $60.42
Interest to June 1, 1912 2.10 — $232.52
Rubber Stamp .... .50
Salary, Secretary-Treasurer 50.00
Salary, Chairman Historical Committee 50.00 — $229.00
Balance on hand $3-52
Report of the Chairman of the Historical Committee
As stated in the program of the Eighth Annual Reunion, mailed
June 20th, it was hoped that the genealogy of the family, in the prepara-
tion of which your Historical Committee has been engaged, might be
ready in time for the reunion. Owing, however, to the delays which
are always present in undertakings of the kind, it has not been possible
to accomplish this and we must content ourselves with the announcement
that copies of the book will be sent some time in September to all sub-
scribers who have remitted the amounts of their subscriptions.
It is believed that a few words explanatory of the course pursued
in soliciting subscriptions should be given. Since the idea originated the
material for the book has expanded to a remarkable degree. The inten-
tioil -ii the <>utsei was Id ^ivr every member ol tlx - society an oppor-
uiiiiiv. n he desired it, to secure a cop)' and every effort was made to
secure subscriptions, Announcements were sent to twelve hundred indi-
viduals upon the mailing lisl and also to more' than six hundred lihraries
.is ii was desired to publish as large an endilion as possible. After a
Bufficienl number of subscriptions at $5.00 each had been paid in to
make ii possible to proceed with the printing without incurring too large
a deficit, .hi appeal was sent to some members to assist in making up
such deficit, and the following contributed in addition to their sub-
E. H. Wolcott $30.00
Mrs. Anna S. Churchill 300
Jackson W. Sparrow • io.uu
Family of Roger Wolcott 50.00
A detailed account of the moneys received or subscribed and paid
out or to be paid out on account of the genealogy, so far as it is possi-
ble to present at the present time is as follows :
Subscriptions received $805.00
Contributions received 93-°°
Interest : 6.00
Outstanding Subscriptions :
Fourteen individuals at $5.00 $70.00
Fifteen libraries at $6.00 90.00
Total subscribed but not paid in $160.00
In addition to the foregoing, the following have written that they
will pay the sums opposite their names upon the completion of the work
but the number of copies desired has not been specified :
S. W. Hayes $100.00
Harry K. Wolcott 50.00
Edward W. Wolcott 50.00
Total promised $200.00
Grand Total — $1,264.00
Printing subscription blanks
Paid stenographer for preparation of manu-
script for printer
Paid for work on indexes, etc
Bill for pictures and printing of 200 copies
of book (estimated)
A deficiency amounting to $85.48 under the most favorable condition
It should be borne in mind that it was only by reason of the moneys
actually paid in by the early subscribers at $5.00 per volumn that it was
possible to proceed with the printing of the 200 copies and that it is there-
fore primarily due to those who have remitted that we owe the book.
This is the first effort to compile a really comprehensive genealogy
of the family, and we think you will agree with us in feeling that it should
be printed in a form worthy of preservation even though the former
estimate is exceeded. There has been no attempt to make this a 'du luxe
edition' but simply to have a good substantially bound book, creditable
to the society and worthy of the family name. In order to keep within
the amount subscribed, it would have been necessary to leave out alarge
amount of really interesting matter and we have thought that those
able to do so would prefer to help make up the deficiency rather than to
have the book abridged. Any copies not taken will be sold at the rate
of $10.00 per volume and the receipts applied toward making up the
deficiency now existing.
Those who have been engaged in similar work are aware of the
amount of labor involved in the preparation of a work of this kind,
aside from the financial questions already referred to. It is, of course,
inevitable that mistakes may occur, but the effort has been made in the
way of sending genealogical blanks and corresponding with members
of all branches of whom there was anything known, to secure all the data
obtainable and to include all that has been been sent in and this has de-
layed the publication of the book.
James W. Wolcott, of Maumee, Ohio, was called upon for remarks and
he spoke very interestingly about his branch of the family. He also read
a historical sketch of unusual interest, which is herewith given in full :
Historical Sketch by James Wolcott
"Among first settlers of the Maumee Valley was James Wolcott,
who died al his home in Maumee, Ohio, on Sunday, January 5th, 1873.
He was born al Torrington, near Litchfield, Conn., November 3rd, 1789.
His lather, Cm Wolcott, was a cousin of Oliver Wolcott, one of the
signers of the- Declaration of Independence. In j 818 lie came West and
Stopped .it Delaware, Ohio, where he engaged with Joseph S. Hughes to
ereel a factory and superintend the husiness of manufacturing woolen
goods, Alter remaining two years at Delaware, he went to Missouri,
and at St. Louis was married to Mary Wells (my mother), who was a
daughter of Captain Wells, who was killed at the massacre of Chicago.
Father and mother went from St. Louis to Ft. Wayne, Ind., and from
thence to Maumee, Ohio. They, with all their household goods were
paddled from Ft. Wayne down the Maumee River in a large canoe, called
a 'pirogue,' hy two Frenchmen. They landed in Maumee in 1826. They
bought land at or near Maumee and built a log house in what was then
a wilderness and became prosperous and wealthy.
"It has always seemed strange to me that in the early days of these
United States, no matter in what circumstances of life the Wolcotts
were thrown, they became identified with what tended to make these
United States great.
"In order to make this assertion plain in regard to my father, I
shall have to give you a little of the history of my mother and her
father, Captain Wm. Wells. Years ago (I do not know the date) two
little boys of about six and 8 years of age, were gathering nuts and
flowers in the woods near the residence of Gen. Nathan Pope of Ken-
tucky. One of them was red-headed and named Wm. Wells ; the other
was timid. While playing they were captured by a band of Miami Indian
warriors led by the celebrated Indian Chief 'Little Turtle.' The little
fellow commenced to scream and cry and to keep him still une of the
indians caught him and raised his tomahawk as if to strike him, when
Wells leaped up and caught his arm and struck him with his fist which
surprised the Indian and caused the rest to laugh and it so pleased them
that they let the timid little fellow go, but kept Wells and took him to
the house of the tribe on the Wabash, where he was adopted as a son by
Chief Little Turtle and lived with his foster father until manhood and
married the daughter of Little Turtle. Wells- took part with the
indians in the defeat of Gen. Harmar and St. Clair.
"After the defeat of St. Clair, Wells and Little Turtle had a consul-
tation and they decided that the time had come to make peace with
the United States. Wells proposed that he leave the Indians and join
General Wayne who was organizing an army at Pittsburg. Little Turtle
agreeing to advocate terms of peace on the part of the Indians, Wells
took an affectionate leave of them and joined Gen. Wayne at Pittsburg.
After stating to Gen. Wayne why he desired to join Gen. Wayne's army,
Gen. Wayne was so pleased that he made Wells Chief of Scouts with the
rank of captain.
"In Gen. Wayne's march from Cincinnati to the Maumee River at
Defiance, Well's company of scouts guarded the advance and flanks of the
army so well that the Indians at no time were able to surprise him.
"I must here relate an incident that happened to Wells when the
company of scouts reached the Auglase River in advance of the army.
They saw coming down the river a canoe with a number of Indians in it.
Wells who was in Indian costume addressed them in the Indian
language and told them to come ashore, which they did. When the canoe
touched the shore, Wells heard the click of the locks of the guns of
his men who were on the bank. When Wells discovered that the canoe
contained his foster father Little Turtle, and all his family among whom
was Wawangajith, the Indian wife of Wells and her children, little Mary
Wells, an infant, who in after years married Judge James Wolcott, and
was my mother, Wells immediately sprang between his men and the
canoe and throwing his gun to his shoulder shouted to his men, 'I will
shoot the first man that attempts to injure these Indians. They are
my father, my wife and children.' After greeting his father, he embraced
his wife and children and the scouts all shook hands with them and bade
them go with Little Turtle who informed them that he was taking the
family to a place of safety.
"I need not relate the incident of the battle of Fallen Timbers which
was fought on the 20th of August, 1794, where Wayne gained a most
signal victory over the Indians which led to the Treaty of Greenville in
1795. Wayne and Wells representing the United States and Little
Turtle and the chiefs of various tribes representing the Indians, the re-
sult of which was to forever fix the jurisdiction of the United States,
over all of what was known as the Great Northwestern Territory, com-
posing the great States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wiscon-
sin without which we would not be the great powerful nation that we
"My mother was a devout Christian and a zealous Episcopalian."
Florence S. Babbitt, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, offered a valuable
bloodstone bearing the initials "T. W." to any member of the Wolcott
family with these initials. T. C. Wolcott, of Jackson, Michigan, was the
lucky man. This stone is of unusual antiquity and historic value.
Clarence K. Wolcott, of Corning, N. Y. exhibited a medal worn by
Justice Wolcott at the inauguration of George Washington. On the
outside c.Ikc of the medal arc the words "Long live the President," in
the center the initials "G. W."
Next in order waa the discussion <>i plans for the future. Motion
was made thai another meeting be held next year.
I lic cutting down of the mailing list was discussed. It was finally
moved and carried thai lliis he left to the discretion of Dr. Edwin H.
Wolcott, of Rochester, N. Y., and Chandler Wolcott, of Rochester, N. Y.
Motion was made and carried that a committee of three (3) be ap-
pointed by the president to determine exact time and place, and that
the place should he either Hartford, Weathersfield, Fitchburg or Wind-
sor, all of Connecticut. The appointment of this committee was de-
ferred until a later time.
Election of Officers
The following officers were then elected in the usual manner :
Harry K. Wolcott, Norfolk, Va., President.
Mrs. L. Bruce Wolcott, Baltimore, Md., 1st Vice-President.
Wm. A. Wolcott, Hartford, Ct, 2nd. Vice-President.
Miss Mary Wolcott Green, New York, N. Y., Secy-Treas.
California, Nelson A. Wolcott, Los Angeles, Cal.
Colorado, Miss Anna Wolcott, Denver, Col.
Connecticut, Robt. R. Wolcott, Weathersfield, Conn.
Delaware, Mrs. Henry Clay Wolcott, Harrington, Del.
District of Columbia, Miss Mary Wolcott Durham, Washington,
Georgia, Chas W. Wolcott, Atlanta, Ga.
Illinois, Edward E. Wolcott, Joliet, 111.
Indiana, Eben H. Wolcott, Marion, Ind.
Kansas, Darwin B. Wolcott, Garfield, Kas.
Maryland, L. Bruce Wolcott, Baltimore, Md.
Massachusetts, Herbert R. Wolcott, Springfield, Mass.
Michigan, L. J. Wolcott, Albion, Mich.
Nebraska, Ethan C. Wolcott, Omaha, Neb.
New Jersey, Wilfred B. Wolcott, Camden, N. J.
New York, Mrs. Herman Drisler, Mt. Vernon, N. Y.
Ohio, Judson E. Wolcott, E. Cleveland, Ohio.
Eastern Penna., Mrs. Mary Wolcott Dunham, Waverly, N. Y.
Western Penna., Mrs. A. Wolcott Reddick, Wilkinsburg, Pa,
Texas, Mrs. Wm. A. Anderson, Houston, Tex.
Vermont, Miss Helen S. F. Wolcott, Bennington, Vt.
Virginia, Edward W. Wolcott, Norfolk, Va.
Wisconsin, Mrs. Theodore Yates, Milwaukee, Wis.
At the close of the election, the new president was escorted to the
chair and made a neat speech of acceptance. He announced that the ap-
pointment of his committees would be made later.
This concluded the business session and adjournment immediately
N. A. Wolcott, Secretary Protem.
A banquet was held in the evening, Hon. Harry K. Wolcott, of
Norfolk, Va., acting as toast master.
A sonnet by Mr. Wellman L. Wolcott, of Columbus, Ohio, Poet
Laureate, was read, the author being unable to be present.
All honor to our sires whose names appear
In brilliant lettering on history's page,
Whose lamps of life-bright beacons of their age —
Gleamed with a splendor rich and pure and clear !
Inspired by love and gratitude sincere,
We venerate each patriot and sage
Who left, unsullied, as a heritage,
A name their children ever must revere.
Through fear or favor never did they swerve,
But battled for the right with courage rare ;
Where duty called, they led without reserve,
And left the impress of their valor there ;
Yet, for no master were they wont to serve.
Or in the words of any master swear.
Wellman L. Wolcott.
\u address, "The Wolcotl Mothers/' was delivered by Miss Mary
Wolcotl Green, of New York, co-author of "The Pioneer Mothers of
America." She spoke in part as follows:
Address by Miss Mary Wolcott Green
Mr. Toastmaster, Members of my own Wolcott Blood:—
There are to day forty eighl stars on our Nation's flag, representing
as many states and in the history of fully one-fourth of these states we
find tlu name of Wolcott standing for Colonial, Revolutionary and na-
tional activity, either in governmental office or in warfare.
W e are proud of the part played by our ancestors in the early settle-
ment of America and in the growth which ended in a separate govern-
ment. We find many books telling of those men who started civilization
on the Western continent. We are thrilled with the stories of their
courage, how they braved the dangers of an unknown sea, reached the
unwelcoming shores, faced the grim terrors of the dense forest, suffered
the attacks of savage men and still more savage beasts, endured hunger,
cold, starvation, sickness and disease brought on by a change of climate.
We glory in the records of how they overcame difficulties, hewed down
the forest, built homes, breathed the spirit of freedom, fought for liberty
and founded a nation.
But search these same books through and where do you find the
story of that silent factor, who by their side endured every hardship,
willingly shared every burden, bore an equal part in every labor and
struggle, that factor without whom the wilderness had never been con-
quered, nor the history of a great nation ever have been written — the
Henry Wolcott is said to have come here to find greater religious
and civil freedom. Elizabeth Saunders was guided by no such motive.
The thought of finding broader personal liberty, of acquiring property
and estates for himself and heirs might buoy up the courage of a man,
but it could never fill with gladness the heart of a woman nor repay
her for the loss of the old home ties. The motive which inspired Eliza-
beth Saunders is that which has been woman's through all ages since
time began — love, such as a woman has for those who belong to her.
But whatever the motive which inspired the early settlers their com-
mon hardships brought them closer together and the story of the Wolcott
family is the story of New England.
It is an interesting study to watch the development of the women
under the new world environment — the steady growth in qualities which
build and strengthen character.
During all the ages of civilization and before, it had been the man
who had gone forth to fight the battles, while to the woman were left
the lesser affairs of domestic life. She may have been the toy or the
drudge of the man or master, but whether she came from castle or
cabin, she was always the sheltered one, hedged about and constrained
by custom from active participation in the larger affairs of human en-
deavor. Ever her horizon was narrowed, ever her emotions were fos-
tered, but seldom her sense of justice, her judgment, firmness or reso-
But there was something in the free air of the new continent that
was developing the spirit of progress and independence in the men and
by the natural outcome of environment and conditions the men and
women began to come nearer in purpose and understanding. They were
working together, this man and woman of Colonial days with but a single
purpose, to build a home, to feed, clothe and rear their families and to
worship God as seemed best to them. Their very isolation brought them
into close companionship. The wife helped the husband in forest or
field, helped him sow and garner their scanty crops, faced the same
dangers from lurking savages and prowling wild beast, and took the
same precaution that he did for the safety of their children. She thus
became the bold resourceful woman who was to help carry civilization
to the Pacific Coast, within half a century of independence. As civiliza-
tion moved Westward the Wolcott name went with it.
And in was the man and woman together who planned and who to-
gether worked out the solutions of the problems that came into their
lives — and each colony had its own problems, and they had many in com-
mon — the troubles with the Indians, the misrule of the royal governors,
the restraint of trade, the levying of unjust taxes, all worked to toster a
And all the lessons learned by the men were learned also by the women,
and they became strong, sturdy, and self reliant, and from these high
souled Colonial dames were born not only the leaders in the war of In-
dependence, but also the great-hearted, self-sacrificing and uncomplain-
ing women of 1776.
Perhaps there is no record of these women of the Wolcott family
more complete than that of Martha Pitkin, who married Simon Wolcott,
whose romantic wooing has been sung by poets.
Martha Pitkin was a handsome girl of 22 when she came from
London in 1661 to persuade her brother, William, to return to England.
She had one brother in the royal army and when she first saw William
working like a laborer on his own estate, she exclaimed, "I left one
brother serving his king; I find the other serving swine!"
Her arrival set the whole colony in commotion. Not only were the
young men ready to lay their lives and fortunes at her feet, but even the
grave elders consulted together, feeling that she was a woman of too
much charactei to lose from the colony, and at last in a general meet-
ing decided thai she must be detained and they selected for her husband,
Simon WolcOtt, the fifth son of Henry Wolcott, the most distinguished
man of the colony.
Bu1 the pod says that Simon Wolcott was not the only one of the
family who was in love with the fair Martha. His brother William also
loved her and finally after a long conference between the two it was
agreed that the matter should he settled by lot. William taking a wild
rose in one hand and a poor weed in the other held them behind him and
gave Simon his choice — and he, the lucky one, rode away "with the
sweet wild rose that he had drawn pressed close upon his beating heart."
Much of this may be the poet's imagination, but records prove that
Simon Wolcott married Martha Pitkin in 1661.
For ten years they lived at Windsor and then moved into the wilder-
ness near Simsbury with their five small children.
Martha Pitkin had been brought up in London, far from any realiza-
tion of the rude life of the colonist, knowing nothing of dangers from
wild beast or crafty savages. But she was to gain this knowledge by
bitter experience and after being driven from her home with her little
brood several times they were forced to come back to Windsor.
In 1687 Simon Wolcott died and his wife was left with an estate in
debt and but partially cleared and a large family to provide for.
Ursula Wolcott, a granddaughter of Martha Pitkin, had also a woo-
ing which in this year considering also the progress of the feminist move-
ment it may be well to recall.
Matthew Griswold had long wooed and loved the fair Ursula from
afar but he was an extremely bashful youth and alas, words failed him
when he tried to declare his feelings. To Ursula's mind he needed a
little encouragement, and whenever she met him she would ask, "Have
you. anything to say to me?" and as often he leplied in the negative.
At last meeting him on the stairs one day, she said, "Have you any-
thing to say to me Matthew?" and received the usual reply. "Well, it's
time you did," said Ursula, and thus unloosened the tongue of her
bashful lover. He later became the Governor of Connecticut and this
honor was partly due to the help of his admirable wife. Ursula's de-
scendants comprise twelve governors and thirty-six judges and they, no
doubt, owe as much to the self reliant and courageous Ursula, as to the
hesitating and self conscious Matthew.
In the war of the Revolution the women showed their courage and
fortitude — the heritage of two generations on the American continent —
and in this struggle the Wolcott women bore their share. No fighter
enduring the most bitter campaign was more of a witness to the suffering
and sorrow of his countrymen than were the devoted women who
"Staid at home and kept the hearthfire burning ;
Who spun, and wove, and tilled the barren soil,
Who fought the fight of faith with perfect trusting,
And murmured not through all the weary toil."
It was the New England women, of which the Wolcott women were
types, of whom John Adams was thinking when in a letter to his wife,
concerning Admiral Lord Howe and General William Howe, he wrote :
"I do not think the Howe's have very great women for their wives. If
they did we should suffer more from their exertions than we do. A
good wife would have put Howe into possession of Philadelphia long
This is the keynote to the woman of the Revolution. She was not
only brave but she was loyal, and was a constant source of inspiration to
the men who were fighting the battles. That blind unquestioning loyalty
which follows love, a charactertistic peculiarly women's own, held her
steadfast, and she was devoted to the cause of independence as a princi-
ple. A new note had come into her life. Her environment and experi-
ence had broadened and deepened her life, adding a virility and decision
which is to-day the heritage of American womanhood.
The men at the beginning were resisting unjust laws, were fighting
against taxation without representation. For the women the war for
independence began at Concord and Lexington.
The record of the Wolcott women has never been written. Part of
their story is as old as grim war itself. We know how the wife repressed
her tears at the parting, holding them back and sending the man away
dry eyed, lest her tears should unnerve him, watching him as he rode
away, then turning back to take up the duties, doing the work of two,
often with only the help of her children.
But if the true story of the war of 1776 is to be written there is
another side — the story of the strong thoughtful woman who so thorough-
ly believed in the justness of her cause that no sacrifice was too great
so long as liberty be won. The sorrow of separation was her only hard-
ship. The danger, the toil, the privation and planning were all part of
the training she had received by the side of the man, who, by reason
of his physical strength, was to bear the musket, and his burden was
made light by his knowledge of her capabilities and her belief in the
ultimate success of their cause.
The name of Oliver Wolcott, the signer of the Declaration of Inde-
pendence is sroken by all who bear the name, with great reverence, and
this will ever be as long as the American Republic shall stand, but how
many times is the name of Laura Collins Wolcott remembered, even by
her descendants. During all the years when he was in attendance at
Continental Congress or recruiting soldiers in the field, she had charge
of the Farm, attended to -ill the duties both within and without the
home, not onlj providing her family with the necessaries of life, but
Furni King foi the soldiers clothes of her own making, stockings of her
own knitting, and blankets of her own weaving. Constantly from her
hands came help to the sturdy old signer, who though he risked much,
knew he could depend on her support. It was only by the efforts of this
brave self sacrificing woman thai Oliver Wolcott was able to bear his
pari in the struggle for liberty, and while his name lives in the written
pages of historj the name of Laura Collins should stand in our family
annals, at least, a monument to enduring womanhood.
Her daughter, Mary Ann Wolcott, who later married Chauncey
(ioodrich was said to have been the most beautiful woman of her time,
but she deserves a place in history aside from her beauty.
We point with pride at the incident of the tearing down of the leaden
statue of King George, in Bowling Green, New York, by Oliver Wolcott,
but sometimes we fail to remember that the destruction of the statue
itself meant little, but the significant value of that act was the part of
the women of the time and Mary Ann Wolcott and her sister Laura
moulded over one-half of the 40,000 bullets made from the statue of
King George which were to hail liberty into the faces of his own red-
I should like to tell you of Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth, whose fine
character and gracious dignity both at home and in the society where her
husband's position as Chief Justice of the United States, placed her, won
her a high place in the respect of her countrymen, of Elizabeth S'tough-
ton, wife of Oliver Wolcott, Treasurer of the United States, of whom
this story is told. "An Englishman addressing a gentleman of Con-
necticut said : 'Mrs. Wolcott would be admired at the Court of St.
James,' received the reply 'Sir, she is admired even on Litchfield Hill;'"
of Lucy Wolcott Barnum, who had a father, brother, and a husband in
the Revolution; of Margaret Rowen Wolcott, whose husband was with
Washington at Valley Forge. But time forbids even if the stories of
most of these have not been lost in the lapse of years. The part shared
by them in the making of our history shall be known only when time
shall be no more.
But in these days when our population is increasing more by immi-
gration of alien races than by the descendants of the founders of our
nations history, it is well to recall these deeds of the past. By this we
may inspire a reverence for the brave men and noble women and their
achievements. A study of their struggles not only broadens human
thought, but brings us closer to the hearts and lives of those who bore
the heat and burden of the day, when life was an unremitting struggle
for the mastery of the wilderness.
Let not oblivion be the reward of these silent actors in our nations
"God of our fathers, known of old
Lord 5 of our far flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine
Lord God of Host, be with us yet
Lest we forget — Jest we forget."
Address by Hon. Eben H. Wolcott
Hon, Eben II. Wolcott, of Marion, hid., State Assessor, gave an
address on "The Wolcotts in I'ublic Office." He said:
We have mel here to day in convention assembled, the descendants
ot a common ancestor.
We meel to renew acquaintances most pleasantly begun, to estab-
lish more firmly our ties of kindred, and if possible through some word
or thought, more keenly arouse our patriotic impulses, that we may
more perfectly represent a race, so prominently associated with the
history of our country, and make us more worthy of the heritage of'true
American citizenship, so justly belonging to us.
It will only be possible for me in the limited time allowed, to describe
a few of those connected with our race, who have been more or less
prominent in American affairs, and while the history of any people or
family should be broad enough to cover all the conspicuous characters,
and events with which they have been associated; of necessity I can only
select a few.
Besides I question your interest. We are prone to observe or re-
cord only the striking events of life, like the man Who gazes with un-
concern upon the star-lit heavens, with its myriads of worlds, and splen-
did constellations, but at the flight of a meteor, stands spellbound in
wonder. He sees the spectacular activity and ignores the passive
of the vast beyond.
The greatness of any nation depends for security upon the largest
body of its citizens, but certain individuals, have at all times, helped to
shape and direct the affairs of our country, in a more or less degree,
and so have given an individual impress, that makes them worthy of con-
sideration in a study of American history.
But history was written long before America was known, and the
Wolcotts lived prominently and effectively, before they first made Ameri-
ca their home.
The coat of arms of the "Wolcott" family is evidently of great an-
tiquity, and is the same as that of the family spelling the name "Wal-
cott," indicating the identity of these families.
We, the American family of Wolcotts, find our most ancient records
among those of the family in Tolland, which was the ancestral home of
John Wolcott, the father of Henry Wolcott, the first American of this
name. There were many branches of the family living in adjoining
parishes in England bearing the same name, the family being rather
numerous at this time.
John Wolcott, of Tolland, was the owner of a landed estate, so that
when Henry Wolcott came to our shores, he was a man of position and
means, with authority among his fellow men. It is evident that he
was a man of firm purpose and great faith in his convictions, for he
left England to avoid the persecutions, that were then suffered by the
A staunch Puritan, dissastisfied with conditions in England, at the
age of 52, he with his wife and three sons set forth upon their perilous
journey to the "New Country." They left behind them two daughters and
one young son, until they could prepare a suitable home in the land of
The wonderful faith and courage of these Puritan ancestors of ours
is an open book to our people. Their early trials and sufferings and
final triumphs, are the history of our nation's infancy.
Henry Wolcott, the first, was prominent in the affairs of the colony
a ( . once, and when the First General Assembly was convened in Connec-
ticut, he was elected a member of the Lower House, later he was chosen
as a member of the House of Magistrates or Upper House, and w.is
annually re-elected through life, serving with honor and conspicuous
It is difficult for us in this age, to appreciate or fully estimate
the high courage and character of this man.
A man of wealth, at that period in his native country, he left a
life of comfort, a proud position in his ancestoral home, for the trials
and privations, he knew he must face in this new country. Not a young
man, but of middle age, not fired by the enthusiasm of youth, but with
the mature thought and deliberation of his years, he made his decision.
To him principle was above price, and liberty of thought and conscience,
the inalienable right of all men. Upon such characters as these was
laid the corner stone of our nation; it can not perish as long as it rests
secure upon this base.
After his death, some one of his descendants were chosen, annually,
into the Magistry for nearly eighty years.
His son Henry was a successful importer and an expert at short
hand. I call attention to this as it is generally understood, that short
hand is of modern origin.
I wish indeed I had the time to recite in full the personal biography
of Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut. It is a wonderful story of
early hardships, and bitter trials, of constant dangers in his infancy,
of limited opportunities, of intense christian convictions and wonderous
Entering into business, when in early manhood, his success brought
him prominence, so that political preferences soon came to him, and with
them increased honors.
He led the Connecticut troops and at the fall of Louisburg, was com-
missioned Major General, notwithstanding he was next to the oldest
man in the army.
lie was elected Govei in 1750 and died at the age of seventy-
<-i)Jit, leaving .1 large family, many of whom were prominent in the af-
fairs of the Colony.
Mis oldest son, Roger, was representative in the General Assembly,
Major .md finally chosen as Judge of the Supreme Court. He would
probably have rilled Itis fathers position as chief executive, but death
Another son, General Erastus Wolcott, was very prominent in the
affairs of his State, being a Representative, Speaker of the House, Judge
of Probate, Member of Congress and Judge of the Supreme Court.
Bui the most distinguished son in this illustrious family was Oliver
Wolcott. A recital of his activities and honorable positions, would make
alone, full reading. Graduating at Yale College, he entered the army
"under Governor Clinton, of New York, with rank of Captain. After the
French war he entered actively into affairs of his State. After being
chosen Sheriff of Litchfield County, he represented his town in the Gen-
eral Assembly. His political successes carried him through the offices
of Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge of Probate, Mem-
ber of Congress, to Governor of his State.
He also served in the Militia in every position from Captain to
A most eloquent man of rigid integrity, he was intrusted with many
delicate dealings with the Indians. Was appointed one of the Commis-
sioners of Indian affairs, for the Northern Department, and did much
toward keeping the Indians neutral during the Revolutionary conflict.
When the time came and the citizenship of our country cast off the
yoke of allegiance to England, his was one of the names signed to that
He died while serving his State as its chief executive.
The influence of such a life, leaves its impress upon affairs, through
centuries, teaching men the glories of patriotic virtue, of unselfish devo-
tion and unswerving allegiance to their countries welfare.
And now comes a third Governor of Connecticut, the grandson of
Roger, the Governor, his father, Oliver, also Governor. Father, son and
grandson alike honored, alike distinguished. It is allotted to but few
families to enjoy such prominence.
A successful merchant, he also served as Judge before chosen as
Governor. His great talents were such that when President Washington
selected a successor to Alexander Hamilton, as Secretary of the Treasury,
he found none more worthy than Oliver Wolcott.
Youthfully precocious, he could read at four, and considered Dr.
Watts Hymns as nursery songs. Going to school at six, being much
more advanced than most pupils, but shy and diffident, he did not advise
his instructor, and being threshed for not answering simple questions,
left the school. He would not return. His mentality was such that he
committed long lessons to memory with ease.
Desiring to enter Harvard, his father took him there at the early age
of eleven. The attitude of the higher class men toward the lower, their
contemptuous treatment, so incensed and frightened him, that he re-
turned home, to enter at an older age and graduate.
His quaint description of his horn elife is most interesting. How
as a boy he disliked Sunday, because he was taken to the wash tub and
thoroughly scrubbed from head to foot. He describes the plainness of
his daily attire, as compared with the gorgeousness of his Sunday clothes.
His coat of scarlet, his silk vest, silver buttons, and cocked beaver hat,
with gold lace band.
His fathers position made him acquainted with many public men, and
helped shape his leaning toward public life. He served his country well
and ably, distinguished alike by his unfailing courtesy and unswerving
While, so far I have dealt with the Wolcotts of Connecticut, we can
readily understand that a people of such energy and great activities would
not confine themselves to one locality. We find the history of many
States showing the evidence of their presence.
Christopher Parsons Wolcott was Attorney General 01 Ohio and
later Assistant Secretary of War. A man of strong character and firm
purpose, his influence upon the affairs of his State was most marked
and his services of great value.
Another Wolcott, Horace, founded Granville Female Seminary, in
Ohio, Colorado, that wondrous State, carved out of the plains of the
West and the heart of the Rockies, will long do honor to the memory of
the most brilliant orator and distinguished statesman that ever came
from her borders, U. S. Senator Edward D. Wolcott.
A most gifted speaker, a lawyer of renown and unusual ability, a
man of distinguished presence, his speech nominating Blaine in the
national convention, was among the nation's masterpieces of oratory.
The history of Colorado is in part a history of his efforts. Connected
with large affairs and mighty problems, in the early development of the
State, his keen intellect and forcefulness, made success an assured fact.
He died in the prime of manhood but the record of his achievements will
A kindly man, firm where right should prevail, tender when mis-
fortune left its impress ; when Judge Alfred Wolcott died, Michigan lost
a most eminent jurist and a most desirable citizen.
A modest man distinguished on account of the integrity and justice
of his rulings, which were characteristic of his life, his impress upon
the affairs of his State was that of a most honorable man. The span of
in- ii too short for such men, but the influence of a character Like his
In es "ii through all time.
There seems t<> have been a preference for certain names by our
people, as in Studying the genealogy of our -family we cannot fail to
notice the large number oi Henrys and Rogers, so when ! call attention
i" another oi our distinguished men the name will be common but the
man and his life a mosl uncommon one. In Governor Roger Wolcott, of
Massachusetts, the family was honored indeed.
Mis long career of public service, his unselfish efforts in the affairs
of his State and her multitude of interest, particularly while in
active service as governor, made his rank as one of the most distinguish-
ed executives of Massachusetts, during the three hundred years of State
A direct descendant of Gov. Roger Wolcott, of Connecticut, and his
son Oliver, signer of the Declaration of Independence and also Governor,
and his son Oliver, a member of Washington's cabinet, and Governor of
Connecticut, after his father, he inherited the splendid intellect and
ability of his illustrious ancestors, and the patriotic spirit so conspicuous
in his life was as much a part of his nature, as his fearless courage and
When he died a people mourned, and a great State was bereft. I take
the liberty here to quote from the splendid eulogy by Henry Cabot Lodge,
which was delivered at the memorial service held in honor of Roger
Wolcott at Boston. Not that part which gives a review of his activities,
or the honors conferred upon him, it would be lengthy in detail and be-
sides a common history, but that which gives the reason why he at-
tained greatness. "It is worth consideration, this genealogy which I
have hastily sketched in bare outline. We have here one of the rare
instances of a family which, starting in America with a man of fortune
and. good estate, always retaining his position in the community. In the
main line, at least, it never encountered the vicissitudes which attend
nearly all families, in the course of two hundred and fifty years. The
name never dropped out of sight, but was always borne up by its repre-
sentative, in the same place in society as that held by the founder. More
remarkable still in almost every generation there was at least one of the
lineal male desendants of the first emmigrant who rose to the highest
positions in military, political and judicial life. The list of governors,
generals, cabinet officers and members of congress, in iiie peuigree, is a
long and striking one. From the days of the Somersetshire gentleman,
to those of the present generation, which has given a governor to Mas-
sachusetts and a brilliant senator from Colorado, to the United States
Senate, the Wolcotts, both as soldiers and civilians, have rendered ser-
vice to their country, as eminent as it has been unbroken. War and
Statecraft were in the blood of this race, and can we wonder that they
have found fitting exemplars in our own time? It is not a name made
illustrious by some single ancestor in a dim past and suffered to rest
unused by decendants who were content with the possession of a trade-
mark. Here is a long roll of honor, where the son felt that he would
be unworthy of his father, if he did not add fresh luster to the name he
bore, by service to his State and country, either in the hour of trial or
in the pleasant paths of peace."
I have been requested to speak of my own father, and with modesty
and sincere affection, I make this brief survey. Born in New York State,
Ansan Wolcott, of Wolcott, Indiana, early developed the energetic spirit
of his ancestors, and sought new fields of enterprise. He first wandered
to the Southland but the custom of slavery, of human servitude, drove
A successful lawyer in New York City for many years, as attorney
for a Western railroad company he came to Indiana, and on its Western
border upon the edge of the vast prairie country that stretched on
through Illinois he established a new home. He had absolute faith in
this new country and its future greatness, which judgment, the years have
proven as well founded. But the early struggles were many, and loss
and disaster followed for many years, which would have discouraged a
less sturdy spirit.
A man of great independence and original thought, he was a deep
student of public affairs, never held by custom or tradition, he followed
his own beliefs and convictions.
As a Republican in the State Senate of 1869 and 1871, he stood forth
as a leader and as Chairman of the Finance Committee, was of great
service to the State during this trying period.
Afterward, when the greenback movement swept over the country,
he was that party's nominee for Governor, but in his last years was
again a Republican.
A reserved man, but of the most kindly of natures, tender and sym-
pathic, he was respected and honored by all who knew him. He died in
his eighty-eighth year, and lies buried near the little village of 1,000 in-
habitants, that bears his name, and owes its existence to his enterprise
There is a thread of gold woven in the character of every man, and
it should be, so as to strengthen the fabric of his life, and protect him
from the danger of want or penury, but we live in an age, when the
whole cloth must be of gold, the lust for wealth is dominating our lives,
while the more durable qualities, the more somber virtues and quiet
coloring of domesticity are sacrificed for those of brilliant display.
There must come a change. Patriotism must be put above price, in-
tegrity above interest, and manhood and morality above money.
I in stud} of the lives of these men thai we today arc honoring,
ha o impressed me with the unselfishness of their motives, the gener ;
osity of their sacrifices thai I bow my head in shame at my own un-
worthiness. Whal are we doing now? What 'have we done that will be
worth while, or leave its imprint upon the future? We are naturally
restricted by the limitations of our ability and our environments, condi-
tions change, men have changed. Our ancestors paid the price, to pur-
chase freedom for themselves and their descendants. Are we free.
Our glorious flag, emblem of freedom. Is the blue as pure as of
old or is it eaten with the acid of selfish ambitions of men in high places?
Is the white yet spotless, or is sullied by the baseness and roguery of
those we trust? And the crimson, red as the pure blood shed in brave
defense of our nations honor, is it not streaked with yellow of the
bartered price of falseness to trust and abuse of privilege?
Would that the shades of our forebears, could appear and with their
matchless eloquence tell us the story of a great nations birth. Its high
ideals, its mighty truths, its pure conceptions. Tell us of the sacrifices
freely made, the trials endured, the unselfishness of men, all given, all
health, strength, wealth, life itself, that the principles of truth, honesty,
integrity, and honor might live.
Let some of this spirit enter our hearts, that we may live to some
purpose, to some worthy end, an honor to the memory of those who have
so honored us.
Responses to toasts were made by President Clarence E. Wolcott, of
Syracuse, N. Y. ; Mr. Judson E. Wolcott, Cleveland, O. ; Mr. Stanley Wol-
cott Hayes, Richmond, Ind. ; Mr. James Wolcott, of Maumee, O. ; Mr.
Grove Wolcott, Jackson, Mich. ; Mr. Dorr Wolcott, Cleveland, O. ; Mr.
Duncan Wolcott, of Kent, O., and many others which proved that wit and
wisdom were not confined to any one section of the country or to any
one branch of the family.
It was voted that letters of appreciation should be sent to Mr. Grove
H. Wolcott, chairman of the Executive and Program Committee for the
eighth annual reunion, for the excellent arrangements for comfort and
pleasure ; to the management of the hotel and cafe, and to the various
newspapers of Detroit for their unfailing courtesy and attention.
On Thursday the members of the society went by boat to Belle Isle
Park. After visiting the zoological and botanical gardens they were
served a luncheon in the casino and then went on an automobile trip
through the park.
This closed the regular program and after farewells had been said
with promises for future meetings the members left for different parts
'of the country to their widely scattered homes, feeling that it is good
to be a Wolcott.
Officers and Committees, 1912-1913
President, Harry K. Wolcott, Seaboard Bank Building, Norfolk, Va.
ist Vice-President, Mrs. L. Bruce Wolcott, Baltimore, Md.
2nd Vice-President, William A. Wolcott, Hartford, Conn.
Secretary-Treasurer, Mary Wolcott Green, 613 Prospect St., West New
Brighton, New York City.
Executive and Program.
Chairman, William A. Wolcott, Hartford, Conn.
Stanley W. Hayes, Richmond, Indiana.
Dr. Edwin H. Wolcott, Rochester, N. Y.
Chairman, Chandler Wolcott, Rochester, N. Y.
Mrs. Samuel Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, N. Y.
George A. Reynolds, Hartford, Conn.
Chairman, Chandler Wolcott, Rochester, N. Y.
Mrs. Samuel Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, N. Y.
George A. Reynolds, Hartford, Conn.
Rev. Peter Clark Wolcott, Highland Park. 111.
Grove H. Wolcott, Jackson, Mich.
Chairman, J. E. Wolcott, Cleveland, Ohio.
— — Herman Drisler, Mount Vernon, N. Y.
Clarence E. Wolcott, Syracuse, N. Y.
Chairman, Mrs. Hugh Harbison, Hartford, Conn.
Mrs. L. Bruce Wolcott, Baltimore, Md.
Miss Elizabeth Ellsworth Wolcott, Fishkill-on-Hudson.
Wellman L. Wolcott, Columbus. Ohio.
The annual dues of this Society shall be the sum of tzvo dollars,
which shall be paid by every member thereof. Such payment by member
shall extend the privileges thereof to a wife or husband and to all
children under eighteen years of age. The fiscal year of the Society shall
extend from January first of one year to January first of the next vear.
If you are now a member, kindly send your check or money order to
Mary Wolcott Green, Secretary-Treasurer, 613 Prospect Street, West
New Brighton, New York City, as soon as possible.
If you are not a member, won't you send your check or money order
to the Secretary-Treasurer, and make application for membership.