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Report of 

THE 

Eighth Annual Reunion 

OF 

THE SOCI ETY OF DESCEND- 
ANTS OF HENRY WOLCOTT 




HELD AT 



MADISON HOTEL, DETROIT, MICH. 
AUGUST, 21st and 2 2nd, 19 12 



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Report of the Eighth Annual Reunion, Society 

of 

Descendants of Henry Wolcott, 

Held August 21st and 22nd 1912, at Madison Hotel, 
Detroit, Mich. 

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 : 



Members Present 

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. 



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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. 



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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 
Marion, Ind. 

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 



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.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 
follow : 



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. 



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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- 
ginning. 

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 : 



Receipts : 

From Sec.-Treas., E. H. Wolcott $60.42 

Dues 170.00 

Interest to June 1, 1912 2.10 — $232.52 

Expenditures : 

Postage 41.20 

Printing 87.30 

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- 



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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- 
scriptions : 

E. H. Wolcott $30.00 

Mrs. Anna S. Churchill 300 

Jackson W. Sparrow • io.uu 

Family of Roger Wolcott 50.00 

$93.00 

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 : 
Receipts : 

Subscriptions received $805.00 

Contributions received 93-°° 

Interest : 6.00 

$904.00 

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 



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Expenditures : 
Postage 



$45-25 
33-23 



Printing subscription blanks 

Paid stenographer for preparation of manu- 



script for printer 

Paid for work on indexes, etc 



146.00 
25.00 



Total paid 

Bill for pictures and printing of 200 copies 

of book (estimated) 

Grand Total 



$249.48 



$1,100.00 



—$1,349.48 



A deficiency amounting to $85.48 under the most favorable condition 
is shown. 

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 : 



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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 



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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 
are to-day. 

"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 



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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. 



State Vice-Presidents 

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, 
D. C. 

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, 



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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 
followed. 

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. 



Our Fathers 

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. 



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\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 
Wolcott women. 

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 



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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- 
lution. 

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 
broader freedom. 

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 



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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 



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"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 
ago." 

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 



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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- 
coated soldiers. 

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. 



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Let not oblivion be the reward of these silent actors in our nations 
tragedies. 

"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." 



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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 



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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 
Dissenters. 

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 
their adoption. 

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 
ability. 

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 
faith. 

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. 

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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 
intervened. 

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 
Major General. 

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 
immortal document. 

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, 

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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 
integrity. 

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 
remain. 

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 



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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 
history. 

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 
splendid bearing. 

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 



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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 
him back. 

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 
and efforts. 

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. 



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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. 



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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. 

Historical. 

Chairman, Chandler Wolcott, Rochester, N. Y. 

Mrs. Samuel Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, N. Y. 
George A. Reynolds, Hartford, Conn. 

Publication. 

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. 

Finance. 

Chairman, J. E. Wolcott, Cleveland, Ohio. 

— — Herman Drisler, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 

Clarence E. Wolcott, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Badge. 

Chairman, Mrs. Hugh Harbison, Hartford, Conn. 

Mrs. L. Bruce Wolcott, Baltimore, Md. 
Miss Elizabeth Ellsworth Wolcott, Fishkill-on-Hudson. 
N. Y. 

Poet Laureate. 

Wellman L. Wolcott, Columbus. Ohio. 



Annual Dues. 

Article IV. 

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. 



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